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If you want to win your day, start the night before. Here's a dead-simple evening routine to help: === Thanks for reading. Follow me for stories and insights on elite performance.

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A family of four. Our second girl was born on 8/26 at 3:09am. The same day as our anniversary! Lindsay is doing amazing. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and well wishes. God is good!

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Friendly reminder for managers + leaders. Fridays are not the best days for feedback. Why not? Your words carry more weight than you know and will likely be carried into the weekend. Unless it absolutely can’t wait, save it for next week. Caring for your people includes being mindful of how you can impact them away from work.

Itzhak Perlman is a world-class violinist. 16 Grammys, 4 Emmys, Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has a saying: • “Learn slowly, forget slowly” Our brains need time to absorb info. Learn quickly and you forget quickly. Learn slowly and it’s likely to stick. This is how Itzhak trains on the violin. So, want to get better? Practice patiently.

Our second daughter is due today. We're patiently waiting. It has me thinking about this wonderful advice from Jerry Seinfeld: There's no such thing as "quality time" with your kids. Don't wait for time to pass. It's all quality time. - Seinfeld: "I’m a believer in the ordinary and the mundane. These guys that talk about “quality time” – I always find that a little sad when they say, “We have quality time.” "I don’t want quality time. I want the garbage time. That’s what I like. You just see them in their room reading a comic book and you get to kind of watch that for a minute, or [having] a bowl of Cheerios at 11 o’clock at night when they’re not even supposed to be up. "The garbage, that’s what I love." - So, as we wait for baby No. 2, we get to: • spend more time with our 2-year-old • go on more family walks together • lay on the ground and color • give her more attention Pretty soon, we'll be back in the fog of a newborn. For now, we have a bit more time as a family of 3. I don't want to wish this "waiting" time away. It's precious, too.

My life has been marked by failure. In sports and business, it’s been a common teacher. I’ve learned there are 3 critical steps to respond to failure: 1 - RECOGNIZE IT Before we can learn from or overcome failure, we need to recognize it. When you fail, call it what it is. A failure. You didn’t meet the goal or standard. Own it without excuses. Denying failure denies yourself (and your team) the opportunity to grow from it. Remember this quote: “Winners make the most mistakes.” If you’re not failing much, you’re probably playing too safe. - 2 - INSPECT IT Once we’ve recognized a failure, we need to inspect it. • What happened? • What didn’t happen? • Why did this happen? • What can we learn from it? • What can we do differently? Take a 360-degree look at the failure. See everything there is to see about it. You’re hunting for a valuable lesson that will make you better. - 3 - FORGET IT Once you’ve inspected the failure and pulled out the lesson, forget it. As an athlete, one of the most common mistakes is letting failure on one play sabotage the next play. In a professional setting, it could be letting a poor presentation or a botched conversation impact the next one. Leaning to move on from failure is a critical skill. Learn and let go. - How to respond to failure: • Recognize it • Inspect it • Forget it There is no success without it. ===== Thanks for reading. Follow me for more writing on mindset and performance.

Less done consistently beats more done occasionally.

Elite performers are relentlessly consistent. If you struggle with consistency, these 5 strategies will help: ---- Thanks for reading. Follow me for more on consistency + other performance topics.

I spent time with a retired Navy SEAL. He was a sniper for 15 years. He shared a perspective on failure I’ll never forget. “The greatest gift you can ever give me is to humble me,” he said. I asked him to expand. “Your willingness to be humbled will determine how great you become. Failure is humbling. I want to be humbled over and over and over again. "The question is, how willing are you to be humbled?” Let that sink in. Now go have an awesome week.