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October 20, 2020

Good morning! Can you guess what Kamala Harris, Snoop Dog, John Krasinski, and Candice Swanepoel have in common?

Today’s their birthday.

INSPIRATION

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

– Jim Rohn

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

There May Not Be A “Right” Way

It’s human to want to organize things into “right” versus “wrong,” “good” versus “evil,” “my way” versus “their way.” This is biological, and this very evolutionary trait helps us organize our thoughts better and took us from swinging in trees to trading stocks on Wall Street. It can get us into trouble, though.

How we perceive things can vary drastically depending on our mood, subtleties in the situation, or even how we remember things. How something is intended can be interpreted differently from how it is “meant.” Confused? Let’s give you an example.

Let’s look at Disney movies. Many Disney movies would be drastically different if they were spoken in the language of their native characters. Beauty and The Beast would be in French, The Little Mermaid in Danish, and good ‘ol Frozen would be in Norwegian. These movies were written in English, so which language would be the “right” version? You’d have a good argument for both sides. Even if the movies’ messages and themes apply in their home countries, it’s fascinating to see how the translation of the songs changes the meaning of the music. It’s a whole new world of thinking…

There may not be a “right” way when viewing an event, concept, or especially a conflict, through our own eyes. Every conversation has at least two sides and, crazy as it is, both sides could be correct (or wrong).

“Next Level” thinking is considering that there may not be a single way to interpret something and that if there are multiple viewpoints, there may be truth and even beauty in each. Listen to some Disney songs in their native language, and you may find that you like a few of them even better than when you first heard them. The same may be true for how you see or do things now.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Vetting Software Programs

If you are looking for a software program to help you solve a business problem, the good news is, there are around dozens, if not hundreds of options to choose from. The bad news is, it’s challenging to figure out which one to choose. Choosing a software program means investing budget dollars, which usually means having to justify that cost someone above you. If you are going to propose a new purchase, you need to prove you did your homework.

Capterra is a program that helps you search and compare software programs and tools before you buy them. Essentially, it acts similar to a search engine. The difference is that unlike Google, the results are listed by the quality and high customer satisfaction ratings.

This tool allows you to search for and compare marketing, sales, HR, and finance programs. Simply type one of those keywords into the search engine and research the first four or five programs listed in the results. You can use this information to craft your pitch presentation and discuss why you chose one tool over another. This data will come in clutch when trying to persuade your boss or justify your proposal to finance.

To try this tool out for free and explore the 700+ categories available, click here.

MONEY: Become wealthy

Think Better

Think better, and don’t let money rule you or how you think about what you value.

Don’t let how you perceive money and how you use it, translate into stress and anxiety. Too often, we let “saving a buck” or “it’s only a little extra” thoughts get in the way of better decisions. We’re sure you’d be surprised to see the times that a few pennies here or there really influence your decisions when thinking of what and how to spend.

Don’t think so? Here are two examples of money mindset traps that many people fall into. The most prevalent example is gasoline! Many people will travel extra miles or spend an extra fifteen minutes trying to find a gas station that is two or three cents cheaper to get the best price around. In reality, this saves us maybe a dollar. Wow. It feels great, though, when we get those extra savings, and we get to tell our friends that we got gas for $1.99 the other day when everyone else was paying $2.09! We’re such thrifty people! But a lot of energy was spent making sure we saved that dollar or two.

Paying the parking meter is just as ridiculous. We’ve seen so many people try to time the exact time they’ll be back to their car, so they don’t have to shell out another quarter or two. Really? Use the dollar you saved on gas and put it in the parking meter, and save yourself the anxiety of having to get back at your car before you get a ticket. But seriously, “losing” the dollar for the extra time in the meter if you get back early pales to the parking ticket you can expect if you run out of time on the meter.

The reverse is tolls on the highway. Put in your destination and check the routes. Usually, the fastest time is the toll road, but the second or third route option can save you five or ten bucks in tolls for an extra ten minutes. If you’re not in a desperate rush, save the cash and take the time. You’ll be surprised how much tolls add up when you’re not paying attention.

It’s good to be aware of how to save, when to save, how you spend your money, and what you spend it on. Don’t be penny-wise but dollar foolish.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

The Resilient Mindset Model

There are 3 parts to the model:

  1. The four Ss of resilience
  2. The four characters of the brain
  3. REACTS

When we respond to any challenge, we are drawing on the brain pathways that have to do with four Ss: self, situation, supports, and strategies. Our past experiences shape our thoughts about those four Ss and determine how we will interpret and respond to that challenge.

The four characters are the Ant, the Grasshopper, the Glowworm, and the Dragonfly, representing a different part of the brain.

  • The Ant lives in the cortex, the part of the brain responsible for making decisions that benefit us in the long run. When we go to the dentist, study for a test, or order a healthy salad, we are putting the Ant to work. In the model, the Ant carries the tools for optimum brain performance. When those are in place, we make better long-term decisions.
  • The Grasshopper lives in the limbic system, which is the center of our emotions and is in charge of our short-term goals and survival. When we are out having a good time or jumping out of the way of the oncoming car, we are putting our Grasshopper to work.
  • The Glowworm lives in the amygdala, a special part of the limbic system designed to look out for threats. When we see a car coming towards us, the Glowworm is in charge of recognizing that threat and switching control of the brain from the Ant to the Grasshopper so that we can get out of the way.
  • The Dragonfly lives in the prefrontal cortex and is in charge of mindfulness, including self-awareness and situational awareness. By being aware of the present moment and what is happening in our brain, we can make more informed choices.

REACTS is an acronym that stands for the brain’s social threats and rewards: respect, equity, alliances, control, territory, and similarity. The brain responds in much the same way to social threats as it does to physical threats. When we feel a social threat, our Glowworm may go to red-alert and call out the Grasshopper to protect us.

The Resilient Mindset model helps us understand the control that we have over our choices. We can choose when to feed the Ant and when to feed the Grasshopper. We can choose to strengthen the Dragonfly with mindful practices. We can choose to build more resilient thought pathways by using the Four Ss as a framework for preparing for, handling, and reflecting upon challenge. This model can be applied to all aspects of life, from navigating the playground to navigating the boardroom. So the next time you face a challenge, think about who you want to call out–your Ant or your Grasshopper.

SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within

10 Ways to Show Up for Yourself

  1. Commit to habits, practices, routines, and rituals that are good for your well-being, even when you don’t want to.
  2. Allow yourself to feel a multitude of feelings without labeling it as wrong, harmful, or negative.
  3. Practice listening to your needs and discovering different ways of meeting those needs.
  4. Practice self-forgiveness. For not being perfect, for forgetting, for your past, for what you don’t know, for getting off track, for losing yourself.
  5. Let yourself start again, over and over, as often as needed.
  6. Take care of your basic needs: stay hydrated, get enough sleep, move your body, and eat nutritiously.
  7. Permit yourself to rest, take breaks, and have downtime.
  8. Spend quality time with yourself: reading, writing, creating, and knowing who you are underneath is who you think you should be.
  9. Use a lens of curiosity and compassion with yourself as often as possible.
  10. Remind yourself that you are worthy of being shown up for as anyone else in life. Make yourself a priority in your own life.

FUN STUFF – TRIVIA

What holiday was formally established on this day, October 20, by Abraham Lincoln? Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • Chadwick Boseman’s final film performance teased in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom trailer on Netflix (Dec 18).
  • Missing Zion National Park hiker Holly Courtier found alive after 12 days on Sunday.
  • A tsunami warning was issued Monday after a preliminary magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Sand Point, Alaska.
  • NASA Picks Nokia to Build 4G Wireless Networks on the Moon before the end of 2022.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Keep an extra phone charger and a charged portable power bank in your car for emergencies.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Thanksgiving Day! Let’s hope they commemorated it with some pie.