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October 5, 2020
Good morning! Welcome to another crazy week.
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills
3 Simple Tips For Getting Stuff Done
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a student, a stay-at-home parent, a work-from-home employee, or someone trying to hold it all together, you know that motivation is tricky. Identifying the type of motivation behind a specific task can help you accomplish more. Here are a few tips for understanding your lack of motivation and encouraging gumption during your lazy days:
- Attach reason to the task. Ask yourself: Why is the task important? What will it lead to in your life? Sometimes the answer will be simple: I won’t get fired. Other times, it will be grander: I will be one step closer to financial freedom.
- Assess your unwillingness to get started. You know you have to a few hours to meet a deadline, but you’re spending an excessive amount of time getting ready, eating lunch, or scrolling through your phone. Perhaps you are afraid of failing at the task, feel like you thrive under pressure, or have an unhealthy relationship with stress. Whatever it is, it’s crucial to uncover the root of your problem.
- Use the 15-minute rule. Gretchen Rubin advocates for this rule in her book, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life. You can accomplish more than you think in 15 minutes. Commit to working on a task you’ve been putting off for 15 minutes without interruption. Then, stop at 15 minutes. Do this every day, and you’ll see the progress you’re making.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Up Your Cam Game
With the majority of the country working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s important that you can broadcast a clear, high-resolution picture when presenting to clients or meeting with co-workers. For business owners or content creators, a professional webcam can enhance how your videos come out and give off more of a professional look and feel.
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NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going
The Power of Changing Your Identity & How To Do It
Changing from a smoker to a non-smoker. Going from eating meat to a vegetarian, maybe even a vegan. Being a neurotic mess to meditating. Collecting everything to becoming a minimalist. All of these required a change in identity.
Benefits of Changing or Altering Your Identity:
- You’ll stop doing some of the behaviors that you used to do, including your bad habits.
- People will associate you with your new identity if and when you act like that person. For example, if you’re a writer, you’ll write every day.
- You’ll stop overthinking or fighting with yourself because you’ll know what you should do because of your new identity. It becomes less of a daily struggle.
- You’ll change longstanding beliefs about what you can and cannot do or become.
- You’ll feel more control and adopt the mindset that you can change almost anything.
How to Change Your Identity
- Do it consciously. Be intentional with your actions and behavior.
- Think about who you want to be. This is necessary and self-explanatory.
- Intentionally start doing the actions. Set up reminders- post-its or alerts on your phone.
- BE the new version of yourself. Do the actions as if you are already that person.
- Reinforce it with appreciation and continued effort. Take a minute each day to look back at how far you’ve come.
- When you slip, think about what the new version of you would do. We aren’t perfect but don’t give up when you falter. Don’t view the disruption as proof you’re not the person you want to be.
Pick one area of yourself at a time. Don’t try to shift everything about yourself.
What identity do you want?
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
Powering Through VS Slowing Down
Many self-proclaimed experts and gurus will talk about the need to push through feelings of fatigue as you march towards your goals. They state that slowing down for any reason is a sign of weakness, and it could be fatal because your competitors are right behind you and won’t slow down. This is dramatic, oversimplified, and a bit silly.
Yes, when it comes to pursuing your goals and achieving something above average, you will need to go harder and further than used to. However, it is perfectly okay to slow down in certain situations. For example, if you are tired, have a headache, and cannot focus, your body is most likely telling you that you need to relax. If the next task on your list requires you to be creative, then it needs to wait until tomorrow. If you try to be creative in that state of mind, your quality of work will undoubtedly suffer.
Powering through means not stopping when you first get tired. It also means working longer than you are used to completing a time-sensitive task before the deadline. For example, if it is 7 pm and you still have several administrative tasks to complete, you can power through and get them done now, so you have more free time tomorrow to focus on creative tasks like creating content or brainstorming ideas.
Slowing down is not a sign of weakness. When you feel tired or sick, your body is sounding the alarm bells. It is telling you that something is wrong and you need to take a break. Working for 12 hours, three days in a row will become meaningless if you get sick and miss a week’s worth of work. It comes down to listening to your body, prioritizing your work, and be honest about what needs to be done now and what can wait until tomorrow.
THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity
The Way You Dress
Full disclosure, I (Kyle) am not always the sharpest dressed person. When I want to, I can clean up pretty nicely. However, I am more likely to show up to Sunday brunch in shorts and flip-flops than a polo and khakis. Passion for fashion is different for everyone. Some of us love getting dressed up and take time to pick out what we are going to wear. Others, just put on what’s available and move on. Most of the time, either system works perfectly fine.
Your mindset towards the clothes you wear come into play when you become a business owner, are working towards a promotion, or are trying to improve something significant in your life. If you own a business, no matter how big or small, you have to dress the part. Now, let me be clear. You do not have to go out and buy an Armani suit or Vera Wang dress. However, you should be showing up to certain events in clean clothes that show you care about your appearance.
I own two suits and I got them both at Men’s Warehouse. Some may scoff at buying a suit at a chain store. However, I bought them at a time where my spare cash was going into building my business. Instead of focusing on buying a designer name, I focused on buying a suit that would fit well and look nice. My suits are tailored to my size and fit very well. Plus, here’s a little secret. Anyone worth connecting with will not stop a conversation because you are not wearing a designer name suit. The point I am trying to make is that I own two suits that make me look professional instead of just buying generic dress clothes that may be too big or too small. When my budget allows, I will upgrade accordingly.
What you wear will depend on where you are going. Not every event requires a suit. Some events may allow you to wear jeans. Again, this is about the way you present yourself to the world. I own a pair of form-fitting, dark blue jeans, that go very nicely with a specific button-down and a sweater that looks like it was purchased at Brooks Brothers. Spoiler alert! I bought the entire outfit from Kohls. Am I cheap? No, but I understand it’s not about who makes the clothes, it’s about what the clothes say about you.
You want people to know that you care about the way you look and that you put effort into things that matter such as important meetings and events. Put it another way. Potential partners want to work with someone who dresses like them, not the random guy on the street they sell their products too.
FUN STUFF – TRIVIA
The word Pez comes from the German word for peppermint – PfeffErminZ.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- Only 3 states are reporting declines in new coronavirus cases as the US hits its highest daily rate in 2 months.
- California marked a grim milestone Sunday as the number of acres burned during a record-setting wildfire year surpassed 4 million.
- ‘SNL’ returned to mock the presidential debate. Jim Carrey premiered his Joe Biden impression, taking on Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
Keep a fresh change of clothes in your trunk for emergencies.