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October 21, 2020
Good morning! Ten days until Halloween, if that’s even happening…?
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”
NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going
A Multitasking Myth
What are the rules and myths about multitasking? Some experts say it’s impossible to do more than one thing at once, other experts say that’s nonsense, and we multitask all the time. We’re no experts, but common sense tells us that multi-tasking certainly seems real. Folding laundry while chatting on the phone, thinking about our day while in the shower, and dipping the nuggets in the sauce while driving all seem like multitasking to us.
Perhaps what the experts mean when they say multitasking is impossible is that performing anything well is impossible unless you’re truly focused on the task. Getting into flow is unlikely to happen if you’ve got six things on your mind, and you have an appointment in fifteen minutes.
Multitasking is possible but inefficient if you’re doing similar things (i.e. reading and thinking strategically). We’ve all been there when reading pages from a book that doesn’t particularly captivate us and find ourselves at the bottom of the page with no idea what we just read. However, use multitasking to your advantage, and you’ll find that you’ve folded your entire wardrobe while on that phone call with your best friend.
We multi-task every day, and many of us do it well enough. Maximize how effective your tasking is by doing tasks that use different parts of the brain. Don’t try to answer questions you’re asked while listening to an audiobook. Do file away things in your file cabinet while on hold. Separate things you need to do and compliment them effectively.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Share Your Story With The World
Have you ever thought about writing a book? The idea might be daunting, but in reality, if you have a good concept, what’s stopping you? For many, it’s going through the long and complicated process of getting your book published. Not to mention, how do you cover the costs associated with publishing a book?
Inkshares is a platform that helps you brainstorm, craft, finance, publish, and sell your book idea. They are your partner every step of the way to answer your questions, provide guidance, and ultimately take your book from an idea in your head to a physical product that can be sold to the world.
They start by helping you craft a book outline and then the first chapter. You can share that content with your followers for feedback or move on to your pre-order campaign. This tactic allows you to raise money to cover the costs associated with writing, editing, and publishing your book. Finally, once your book is written, they help edit, format, and prepare your manuscript for publication.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Keep healthy in the hustle
10 Superstars For Better Health
Our friends over at Nutrition Action have some great and, at least one, surprising food secrets for you:
- Sweet Potatoes – Nutritional superstars. Loaded with “carotenoids,” the pigments that give the food its characteristic color, sweet potatoes are a good source of potassium and fiber.
- Mangoes – One cup of mango supplies roughly two-thirds of a day’s vitamin C.
- Plain (0%) Greek Yogurt – Fat-free, unsweetened Greek yogurt goes with anything, from fruit to cereal to eating it in plain goodness. Greek yogurt has about 15g protein in 5 oz., twice that of its regular counterpart.
- Broccoli – It’s loaded with vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin K, and folate.
- Wild Salmon – Fatty fish like this one are rich in omega-3 fats, which reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Wild-caught is the only way to go, not farmed.
- Oatmeal – Quick, old-fashioned or steel-cut…all are delish. One cup has 4g of fiber and is well known for its heart-healthy benefits.
- Garbanzo Beans – Garwhat? Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) are rich in protein, fiber, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Wow. We like them with fresh basil, tomatoes and olive oil.
- Watermelon – A heavyweight in the nutrition department, 2 cups has 10% of your daily vitamin A, 25% vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene, and you get all this for only 90 calories!
- Butternut Squash – Good with stir-fry, soup, or oven-roasted chips, butternut squash, gives you lots of fiber, vitamins A and C.
- Leafy Greens – Kale, collards, spinach, mustard greens, and Swiss chard. These are loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and fiber.
Stay healthy, Achievers.
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
Talking You Out Of It
Last week, I (Kyle) spoke with a career coach who told me how her clients often share their new career ideas with friends. They don’t do this because they are excited, but rather because they want someone to talk them out of it. They have realized that the idea of changing careers is scary and complicated. Therefore, they are hoping someone will talk them out of it to rationalize giving up and going back to the job they hate.
I found this confusing because I initially thought I have never tried to get someone to talk me out of my ideas or dreams. However, when I dug deeper, I realize that this behavior manifests itself in other ways. For example, when my alarm goes off at 6 am to work out, I secretly hope that it is raining outside or the workout app on my TV won’t work. In these instances, I am hoping something “talks me out of” working out.
Why do I do this? Well, it’s mainly because the alternative is going back to sleep. Our mind is always trying to keep us safe, so it will always prioritize rest over working out. So, my question to you is, how often do you do this yourself? When you come up with an idea you would like to pursue, do you bring it to your friends? If you do, are you secretly hoping they will give you a good reason not to do it? Do you let your fear of the unknown get in the way?
I can’t answer that, but I can tell you that this behavior is more normal than I thought. Change, putting yourself out there, and trying something new are all scary and complicated propositions. We feel bad if we quit on ourselves before we even begin. However, if someone else talks us out of it, we feel we have a valid excuse.
The bottom line, if you want something in life, you need to get past the fear of the unknown and go for it. Quitting for any reason is 100% your fault and is something you, not the friend who “talked you out of it,” will have to live with for the rest of your life.
SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within
3 Questions For Your Career Crossroads
At some point in your career, you will come to a crossroads. Something will happen, and you will begin to think about where to go next. For many, this means changing industries or switching career types entirely. It is one thing to move from one company to its competitor. It’s another to leave something you know well for an unknown.
While a career transition is a lengthy process, here are three questions to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
- What would I do if no one paid me? Forget about money for a minute. Assume you had all you needed. What would you do for a living? While you might not be able to pursue that exact answer, it can probably identify a similar path that will compensate you enough for you to pursue it.
- What would I do if I knew I could not fail? This question is supposed to help you realize that your potential is unlimited. Most of the time, we talk ourselves out of something because we are afraid to fail. If you remove failure from the equation, you can have an honest conversation about what you really want in life.
- What makes me feel excited? This is a vague question that should result in a brain dump. When you think about what you want to do next with your life, what gets you excited? What makes you smile and daydream? Write down everything that comes to mind and then explore what career opportunities are connected with those ideas.
FUN STUFF – WEDNESDAY WORDS
[ toh-tis -wee-ri-boos; English toh-tis -vir-uh-buhs ] | adverb | Latin
with all one’s might.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- More Texans have now cast their ballots for the upcoming presidential election than the total number of people in the state who voted for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
- A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor police-shooting case confirmed that homicide charges against the officers involved were never presented to them by Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron.
- Daily coronavirus case numbers in the US are at levels not seen since the summer, and more than a dozen states set record highs for Covid-19 hospitalizations in the past week.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
Contact one person you had a falling out with and settle the issue once and for all. Take this as a sign!