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October 2, 2020

Good morning! Happy Friday. That’s all.

INSPIRATION

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”

-Plutarch

LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best

Part 2: Satya Patel

Welcome to part 2 of our conversation with Satya Patel, Director of Content at Teal. If you missed part 1, we suggest opening yesterday’s newsletter to check it out. We covered the necessary mindset and steps to make a career change.

As with any significant life changes, you will undoubtedly run into obstacles. “At Teal, we call these obstacles, ‘blockers’ – the things that impede making progress (such as making a career change).  Common obstacles are having some type of gap, like a knowledge or experience gap.  Other obstacles include financial issues, family situations, or limiting beliefs,” explains Satya.

Often, we are excited about trying something new but let one of these “blockers,” like lack of experience or skills, stand in our way. Luckily, the team at Teal has created various programs to help get past this obstacle.

“The knowledge, skill, and experience gaps are all things that can be addressed through learning. Either through self-directed learning (books, podcasts, websites, online courses, and even YouTube) or through formal education and learning from people in the field and mentorship.  There is even a site called Catchafire, where you can volunteer for a nonprofit to gain experience in a job-related field that can be put on your resume.  For example, someone who wants to move into social media work can volunteer to do social media for a nonprofit for a set amount of time.”

Ultimately, you need a growth mindset. Changing careers involves growing in multiple areas. Here, it is about motivating yourself to leverage tools like YouTube, podcasts, and other websites to self-educate yourself on the skills and information you need to enter that new industry or get that new position. It also may require you to make sacrifices, such as volunteering (aka working for free) your newly learned skills to build your portfolio and resume.

We ended our conversation by talking about burnout and what she does to ensure that it does not impact her work. “This is a good question because many people right now are working from home, and there is almost no separation between work and personal life, which can lead to burnout rather quickly. Some strategies to help avoid burnout are to create some boundaries between work and personal life. That includes taking time for lunch without a device, if possible, or dedicating a set time in the day for some physical or wellness activity and actually putting this into your calendar, so it is not skipped over.”

As achievers, we are much more susceptible to burnout because of all the goals we set for ourselves. However, if we burn out, our work will suffer. There is no point in producing something if it is not of the highest quality. The key is to remember that achievement is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not about how much work you can squeeze into each day. The key is to accomplish as much quality work as you can. As long as you end your day feeling satisfied and accomplished, you can take some time to rest and recharge for the next day.

A huge thank you goes out to Satya Patel for sitting down to talk to us and participate in this two-part series.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Music That Brings Peace and Healing

Music has several health benefits, as any music lover knows, including calming the mind and helping to get a full night’s sleep. As an achiever, these are two major areas to master if you want the focus and energy needed to bring your goals to life. Keeping an open mind when looking for alternative ways to gain clarity and focus in your everyday life gives you more opportunity to benefit from

Keyboard Artistry was founded by award-winning musician John Tussey. His music has been proven to produce tremendous health benefits such as calming anxious school children, putting babies to sleep, solving sleep issues, and aiding those who suffer from anxiety and PTSD.

Tussey is an award-winning keyboard artist, composer, and music instructor who has released 25 albums since 1996. What makes his music unique is his ability to record music embedded with the frequencies of the periodic table.

The periodic table, you say? Yes indeed. Tussey was mentored by David Van Koevering, a quantum physicist, music instrument inventor, and musicologist. Certainly an overachiever in our books. Tussey also uses what are called the “Solfeggio Frequencies,” which resonate at 396Hz, 417Hz, 528Hz, 639Hz, 741Hz, and 852Hz.

Simply having Keyboard Artistry playing softly in the background gives peace and tranquility to the mind and makes us feel very zen. How do we know? We’re listening to it right now! An achiever’s life is often hectic, chaotic, and stressful. Add some peace and harmony to your monkey mind and listen to some music infused with the frequencies of the Periodic Table.

Get a taste for some calm and learn about John’s process and browse his album collection.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

The Power of Yet

Some phrases roll off the tongue, especially when we’re overwhelmed, frustrated, and just down on ourselves. Even if you’re the most positive person in the world, we would be lying if we said we didn’t rip on ourselves sometimes. We often say these phrases:

  • “I don’t get it.”
  • “I just can’t do this.”
  • “It didn’t work.”
  • “I have no clue what to do.”

We say these things we such finality like we are definite of the outcome for the rest of time. These phrases encourage a defeatist attitude. We probably don’t even realize we’re limiting ourselves. Try adding the word “yet” to the end of the sentence:

  • “I don’t get it yet.”
  • “I just can’t do this yet.”
  • “It didn’t work yet.”
  • “I haven’t figured out what to do yet.”

You can do anything you put your mind to. Adding the “yet” removes the finality of the sentence. You’re allowing yourself the opportunity to change or find a solution and giving yourself back the power.

tl;dr: yet = opportunity

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Keep healthy in the hustle

Tips for Setting Effective Boundaries

Assess resentment: recognize feelings of hurt, anger, or resentment as early warning signs that you need to start setting boundaries. When you can be honest about these disagreeable feelings, you can use them to help signal when to say yes or no.

Clue into personality preferences: developing healthy boundaries goes hand-in-hand with becoming drawn to boundary-lovers. People who are immature at limit-setting often find themselves with “boundary-busters” in the form of family, colleagues, or friends. Instead, make deeper connections with people who can hear your “no” without being critical, getting hurt, or personalizing it.

Seek other boundary setters: Whether you’re growing boundaries in your current relationships or finding new ones, you need others with the same values of limit setting and responsibility to encourage you, practice with you, and stay with you.

Define what’s most important: Write a list of your treasures, for example, your time, money, feelings, or beliefs. Ask yourself how you want others to treat these treasures. How do you want others not to treat them?

Practice baby nos: Ask a good friend, someone you trust and who loves you, if you can practice baby nos with them. This could be about something small that rubbed you the wrong way recently. For example, “I felt hurt when you invited all these other people and didn’t let me know.” Real intimacy is built around the freedom to disagree.

Revel in some guilt: If your conscience is silent and providing no ‘how could you?’ guilt-inducing messages, it might mean you’re not moving ahead. Feeling some guilt about saying no means that you are working on setting boundaries.

OUR CHOICE: Stuff we like

Are You on the Right Frequency?

Did you know there’s a type of music that brings the periodic table of elements to life? Yes, you read that correctly.

Thanks to one of only two men in the world who records music embedded with the frequencies of the periodic table, you can listen to music that heals, relaxes, and is likely to give you the “best sleep ever.”

Meet John Tussey, the creator of Keyboard Artistry and 10 albums with these frequencies. His albums also feature Solfeggio Frequencies, 444Hz, and 432Hz. Research shows Solfeggio frequencies have profound mental, emotional, and physical effects, including affecting the heart rate, reducing anxiety, and blood pressure.

Tussey’s music is made in Hawaii, where John lives, and that alone brings us relaxation! Here’s something in the background to help you focus, get those creative juices flowing, and something to relax you after a busy day of work. You’ll want to make sure you have his music ready to play. Check it out here on SpotifySoundcloud, or iTunes.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

3 Ways To Become A Better Listener

When we think about improving our communication skills, we focus on talking, what we say, and how we say it. What we often overlook is the lost art of listening. To communicate with someone properly, we must understand what the other person is saying. Here are three quick tips to help you become a better listener starting today.

  1. Listen To Learn: You may not notice it, but when we listen to someone, we tend to spend that time thinking about what we want to say. When we do this, we cheat ourselves of learning something valuable. We also disrespect the other person by not giving them our full attention.
  2. Ask Questions: When someone finishes talking, ask follow up questions about what they just mentioned. It will show that you were listening and engaged with what they were saying. These types of questions can uncover new ideas and solutions you hadn’t previously considered.
  3. Wait To Respond: So often, we hear someone say something, and we feel compelled to jump in and add our thoughts to the mix. We almost feel as if we need to get our words in before the topic is changed. If you are continually interrupting the person you are talking too, they will eventually become annoyed and refrain from speaking with you in the future.

FUN STUFF – SLANG FROM ACROSS THE POND

argy-bargy

[ ahr-gee-bahr-gee ] | noun

Chiefly British.

a vigorous discussion or dispute.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Listen to 3 songs from Keyboard Artistry today, which has frequencies scientifically known to relax and heal. Perfect for falling asleep to, winding down, or focusing. Listen here: SpotifySoundcloud, or iTunes. One of our favorites is Oxygen Bliss.