Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going ~ Jim Rohn
What We Did
Following yesterday’s free day of yoga, spa treatments, beach time and Bali exploration, students felt lighter and optimistic this morning. Our morning session kicked off with a review and discussion around habits based on an assignment set days prior to monitor how they each spent their free day yesterday. Drawing from S.J. Scotts’ Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less, we looked at ways to stack mini habits to achieve long-term goals. Our afternoon session with Inspirational Speaker Joseph de Wolk covered his journey of career exploration and entrepreneurship and his current work at Inspirasia Foundation and Annika Linden Centre to remind us that purpose-driven business is “not just [about] the dollars or hours, but the effect you want to have”.
What We Observed
- Yesterday’s free day gave students a chance to switch off and have fun, after an intense week of hard work and deep introspection. The importance of having time off was evident this morning as many of the students several students who’d started the programme in a rush to develop their new ventures shared that they felt more comfortable letting go of their ideas to explore new ones with an openness to new possibilities and directions.
- The morning session on habits helped students look at how they currently manage their time and tasks in order to identify areas for improvement. Using various tools and resources, students endeavoured to redesign their daily routine with new practices, activities and mini habits.
- Students drew valuable lessons and insights from Joseph’s talk on working with purpose and understanding impact, prompting an engaging discussion around definitions and models of social enterprises. His closing comments came as a relief to our students: “There is no right way to working with Purpose. It comes down to what you want for yourself and your business - the impact you wish to make and the means with which you measure and maximise it. In work and in entrepreneurship, the key is to remain driven and inspired by a bigger vision.”
- There is no secret formula for quick and easy change. The key is discipline, applied to a framework for creating and sustaining the habits to help you achieve your goals. Habits differ from person to person; as with everything else, getting it right starts with mindfulness - knowing your Why, Where you are, and Where you want to go. With clarity of ourselves and our core desires, each of us is capable of getting things done and making things happen.
- We often neglect to recognise small achievements, perpetuating the feeling that we’re not doing enough or being productive. Part of the problem is that we tend to think about productivity solely in terms of work. When’s the last time you patted yourself on the back for cooking a healthy meal at home, spending quality time with your spouse or making time to call a family member or friend after ages? We all wear multiple hats - employee/entrepreneur, spouse/partner, sibling, friend - and each of these roles demand discipline and dedication to doing and being our best. Productivity is entirely subjective. So if you’re looking to do things better, consider what matters to you and remember that everything counts.