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INSPIRATION

“If you figured it all out today, what would be the point of tomorrow? Enjoy the process of being a work in progress.”

– Unknown

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

Getting Unstuck

Contemplating your life’s purpose is probably the noblest, most important, and daunting work you can do. It’s practical, professional, personal, and permeative. However, when you discover your larger why and are grounded in it, you’re more impactful, focused, and determined.

Gay Hendricks, the author of “The Big Leap,” explores the concept of our purpose as the unique combination of our genius and the thing the world most needs from us. He says we should “really just sit down and do a little bit of thinking…on the five most important things [we] want to experience in [our] life” to find our purpose.

Two Exercises to Help:

  1. Work backward. What achievements, impact, accolades, service, and lasting memories are important for you to leave behind? What do you envision for yourself in this life? This is similar to writing your obituary. We’ve all heard the quote, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for,” but ships also don’t set sail without a destination. 
  2. Find a metaphor. Metaphors anchor you in the experience you want to have and the impact you want to create without getting too fixed in the details. Are you the quarterback? Someone who directs, coordinates, or takes charge of a project. The coach? The designer of the jerseys?

THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity

What Will You Sacrifice

A lot of people will come across an idea for a business in their lifetime. Most don’t even bother acting on it. Out of the few that do, most of them fade out for various reasons. One of the most common yet unforeseen reasons is the number of sacrifices you will have to make.

When people dream about launching their own company, they think about things like being their boss, cutting a ribbon in front of a store, showing off to their friends, and vacationing in Hawaii. They seldom picture the sacrifices they will have to make to have a shot to obtain all of those things. Before you start, you must determine what you are going to and willing to sacrifice.

Your new venture will require a significant amount of time. Where will it come from? What events will you stop going too? Time is finite, and you can’t get it back. It will require money. What luxuries are you going to forgo? It’s going to need your energy and attention. Are your loved ones ready to see less of you? Are they prepared to pick up the slack you will leave behind?

Starting a business includes sacrifice. Before you begin, you must identify what that looks like for you and determine if you are up to the challenge.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Your Own Speaking Coach

It is one thing to have a valuable idea, but communicating your thoughts is an entirely different story. Have you ever had something to say only to mess it up upon delivery? You have exactly what you want to say in your head, but what comes out of your mouth is something your toddler might say. The most important word in your presentation doesn’t come to mind. There is nothing more frustrating than leaving a conversation, knowing that you did not explain yourself articulately.

Speeko is a free mobile app designed to help you fix your communication flaws and presentation shortcomings. It does this by analyzing what you say and providing detailed feedback on areas such as delivery, tone, pace, pause, intonation, and more. It is like having a personal speaking coach available at any time.

You can begin by practicing your speech or presentation and record it with Speeko. Once you finish, Speeko will walk you through what you said and what you can improve. The best part is you can practice your public speaking whenever you want. Most Speeko users report using the app for 5 minutes each day to improve upon their presentation skills.

To learn how this app works and the benefits of practicing public speaking regardless of your career, click here.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Keep healthy in the hustle

Square Up with Your Breathing

Box breathing, also called tactical breathing, is the reckoning tool to use to work through your emotions (instead of offloading them) and cultivating a sense of calm.

Box breathing consists of four simple steps:

  1. Inhale deeply through your nose, expanding your stomach for a count of four.
  2. Hold in that breath for a count of four.
  3. Slowly exhale all the air through your mouth, contracting your stomach for a count of four.
  4. Hold the empty breath for a count of four.

This simple method will help you be calm–create perspective and mindfulness while managing the emotional bomb you’re about to detonate. Being relaxed will help you become emotionally grounded. In tense situations, it’s important to respond calmly rather than react and, sometimes, it only takes a few deep breaths.

The definition of calm is creating perspective and mindfulness while managing emotional reactivity.

  • Calm is a daring leadership superpower because it heals anxiety and creates the space we need to become emotionally grounded.
  • In tense situations, to respond calmly (rather than react), sometimes all it takes is counting to ten.
  • Calm is contagious, so it can lessen group anxiety.

How do you stay emotionally grounded in emotional situations?

MONEY: Become wealthy

3 Ways To Spend Your Stimulus Check

Here are three ways to spend your government stimulus check if you haven’t already.

  1. Buy plants for your home workspace or office. Studies show that plants make us happy, and happiness means more productivity. Plants in the office can increase productivity by as much as 15 percent. 15 percent equates to 1 hour and 12 minutes of an 8-hour workday. We’ve kindly done the math, and that’s 36 days per year!
  2. Get some exercise equipment that you’ll use. Now many of us can exercise before, after, or in the middle of the workday. Researchers say exercise during the workday helps increase productivity and regain concentration. So, $1,200 spent on exercise equipment that gets you excited to work out will help your body and your work.
  3. Improve your nutrition. Better nutrition increases productivity by decreasing absenteeism and improving worker stamina, positivity, and stamina. Hangry-ness is a real thing. Slightly increase your monthly food budget to accommodate healthier options.

And if you’ve already spent it, we hope it was something fun!

FUN STUFF – SOMETHING PRESIDENTIAL

Which chief justice has administered the presidential oath of office more times than any other chief justice? Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Before you take a picture on your phone, quickly wipe off your lens. You’ll get a crisper photo.

Trivia answer: Chief Justice John Marshall – 9 times