Sleeping, Thinking, and Speaking Well to Success

Sleeping, Thinking, and Speaking Well to Success

by Byron M. Vidal

1. SLEEPING WELL

Sleeping well is an essential element to success. Sleeping well leads you to thinking well. Many students and laborers tend to give up sleep in order to achieve more. But studies show that it is better for the brain to sleep for a shorter number of uninterrupted hours than a longer number of fitful ones. We depend on our cognitive skills in our professional lives and when we fail to get a good sleep, our abilities to focus and concentrate, reason, remember and make good judgement is impaired.
Nothing is more essential to the brain’s physiological health and everyday maintenance than healthy sleep. Researchers at the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York found that that our brain performs a nightly flush where the brain rids itself of all metabolic by-products and waste that the brain cells produce as they work. This waste that gets tossed into a fluid area between tissue cells that make-up 20% of the brain is what is flushed out during this cerebral downtime that happens while we sleep.
Compared to good sleepers, poor sleepers tend to struggle to concentrate, are more likely to experience low mood and are more likely to be irritable. This could result to strained relationships, reduced productivity and a range of mental and physical health problems.
So the next time you are tempted to work late and burn the midnight oil, remember that sacrificing sleep could actually put you to a disadvantage. Putting in regular hours of sleep with a clear mind leaves you more focused and productive the next day, and you’ll feel healthier for it.
“Sleep is the one-third of our lives that affects the other two-thirds. Sleep well, live well.”    -Dr. Safwan BADR, former president of the American Academy of sleep medicine.

2. THINKING WELL

The world’s most successful people have one thing in common: they think differently from everyone else. This is how John C. Maxwell introduces his New York Times bestseller, How Successful People Think.

  1. Thinking is a discipline. If you want to be better at it, you’ve got to work at it. Thinking well is the hardest work.  Melt and trim the unnecessary fat and plant and reap from your thinking well.
  2. Spend time with people who challenge you. Smart thinkers expose themselves to different ideas and type of people.
  3. It’s one thing to have an idea, another to follow through. “Ideas have a short shelf-life and you must act on them before the expiration date.”
  4. Thoughts need time to develop. Don’t just settle on the first thing that comes to mind. Thoughts need to be shaped until they have substance and they need to stand the test of “clarity and questioning”
  5. Smart people collaborate with other smart people. Thinking with others has its benefits. It’s like allowing yourself a shortcut to experiencing everything and learning from them.
  6. Reject popular thinking (or not thinking at all)
  7. To appreciate others’ ideas, you need to value other ideas. Don’t think that you are always right. Be open to other ideas so you can have room to expand your own.
  8. Engage in reflective thinking to allow yourself perspective and confidence in your decision-making. As Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
  9. Get over negative self-talk. Winners think in terms of “I will” and “I can” Smart people see possibilities, and not limitations. Former baseball star Sam Ewing once said nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.”
  10. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember we can all change the way we think.

Learning how to master the process of thinking well leads you to productive thinking. If you can develop the discipline of good thinking and turn it into a lifetime habit, then you will be successful and productive all your life.

3.  SPEAKING WELL

Thinking is useless when we don’t use the best words and best tools for it. Think well and speak best with accuracy. Brevity is the soul of wit, as less is often more. The best we select our words, the more we improve, leverage, and maximize our thinking device. Like software, it’s GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” Selecting the best words in every moment of your life with creative, innovative, and expressive best words that you can define with accuracy not with vagueness is a must.  Select and define best words with accuracy daily or many times of the week, even if it is just an exercise.

When talking you must remember these things:

  1. Organize your thoughts. Think before you say anything
  2. Say what you mean
  3. Get to the point and say exactly what you want done
  4. Be concise and use the shortest, most familiar words
  5. Be real. Communicate clearly through your own personality and let the real you come through. People will be more convinced if you are more comfortable with yourself and what you represent.
  6. Speak in images. Use words that will help people visualize concepts.

Listening well is the other side of speaking well. In order to deliver the words that your audience want to hear, you must be able to feel their pulse and put yourself in their shoes.

  1. Show genuine interest and attention. Concentrate so you increase your retention and comprehension.
  2. Use your eyes to communicate. Look for feelings so you can see the real intentions not communicated verbally.
  3. Observe nonverbal signals so you can ask the right questions.
  4. Make the other person talk with ease and not fear being judged.

 

Not sleeping well for success, not thinking well, and not selecting the best words for every moment of your life is dangerous, as they encourage us to fool ourselves and others. I say, “Sleeping well for success, thinking well, and the habit of selective and usage of best words is the recipe of true success.”

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Some of My Next Blogs/Articles/Posts Will Evolve By The Good Reminders of the Words Below:

“We all have, let’s say, two or three dozen massive pain points in our lives that everyone can relate to. I try to basically write about those, and then I try write about how I attempted to recover from them.”    James Altucher

Tim Ferriss wrote, some of my most popular blog posts since 2007 have been the least time consuming but the most uncomfortable. To produce these, I usually ask myself:

“What am I embarrassed to be struggling with?  And what am I doing about it?”

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”    Neil Gaiman, University of the Arts commencement speech

Cool Eustress Words From Scott Adams and Peter Diamandis From The Book Tools of Titans By Tim Ferriss

Losers have goals. Winners have systems.—-Scott Adams

When I first started blogging, my future wife often asked about what my goal was. The blogging seemed to double my workload while promising a 5 percent higher income that didn’t make any real difference in my life. It seemed a silly use of time. I tried explaining that blogging was a system, not a goal. But I never did a good job of it. I’ll try again here.

Writing is a skill that requires practice. So the first part of my system involves practicing on a regular basis. I didn’t know what I was practicing for, exactly, and that’s what makes it a system and not a goal. I was moving from a place with low odds (being an out-of-practice writer) to a place of good odds (a well-practiced writer with higher visibility).

So the payday for blogging eventually arrived, but I didn’t know in advance what path it would take.

My blogging has kicked up dozens of business opportunities over the past years, so it could have taken any direction.

Those are cool eustress words from Scott Adams.

Here are cool eustress words from Peter Diamandis:

I think of problems as gold mines. The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.

When 99 percent of people doubt you, you’re either gravely wrong or about to make history.

THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE IS TO HELP A BILLION PEOPLE.

Are you working on something that can change the world? Yes or no? The answer for 99.99999% of people is ‘no.’ I think we need to be training people on how to change the world.

 

What You Can Do Within Four Hours Like I Do

What You Can Do Within Four Hours Like I Do

by Byron M. Vidal

What You Can Do Within Four Hours Like I Do:

  • Two sets of the power of breathing exercises for nearly one hour while the state of the weather is cleaning the natural air. I did it near the plants. I learned the power of breathing exercises from Anthony Robbins and David Wolfe.
  • I ate two apples and two citrus fruits with Lindt 90 percent supreme dark chocolate with the power of the empty stomach. You must only eat fruits with an empty stomach. I will explain about it on my next posts/blogs/articles.
  • I got 96 liters of tap water with my bare hands from nearly across the street up to 2nd floor through stairs. Stamina, endurance, and resiliency training. More to this on my next blogs.
  • I read cool and sensible books.
  • I did the meditative process.
  • I handwritten the classic way. Kinetic memory kicks in when you are writing.
  • I communicated well with reasonable clients through my very simple mobile phone. You will somehow smile and laugh when you will have the opportunity to see my old-fashioned mobile phone. Always remember, “The wiser the soul, the greater the simplicity,” I got that very powerful words from an unknown source.
  • I Believe You Can Do Better Than I Do Because That’s Why I’m Here For You. You Must Believe In Yourself Like I Do To You. Your Eustress Is You.

Cool Eustress: Just Do It and Correct Course Along The Way

Chef Jose Andres of National Geographic impact me well with these words from one of his 2015 writings, which I only read about half an hour ago: “Whatever you decide to do, just remember, as Winston Churchill said, “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” so just keep trying and have fun.” Your Cool Eustress.