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August 28, 2020

Good morning.

INSPIRATION

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse”.

–Florence Nightingale

ADVENTURE & LIFESTYLE: Live the life you want

En Garde!  Get Ready For Action

In fencing (non-lethal sword-fighting), “En Garde” or “On Guard” signifies that you are ready to begin, and your opponent should prepare for action. Fencing is a lot of fun, and if you’ve never fenced before, we highly recommend it.

There is a world of activities outside of our normal scope of fun things to do that can make your life exciting and fun during your grind to greatness. Getting stuck in the same old routine can be a downer after a while if you don’t have some spice in your life. We recommend you get in the routine of exposing yourself to new experiences and new activities you haven’t experienced before. Strive for once a month on a weekend where you can truly enjoy the experience—ever played tennis or golf before? If not, try it. It could have been years since you’ve played, and it may as well be a new experience for you.

Fencing, a shooting range, archery, horseback riding, and a drive-in movie are examples of activities outside the norm for most people. Try some! Start small if you want, and begin to do new variations on some of your favorite activities. Enjoy hiking? Instead of going to the same park, try someplace new, you’ll probably love it. Go out to eat once a week? Try a new place that serves similar food; you could have a new favorite eatery now.

Kayak or canoe on a canal, take a Polaroid camera and get some great adventure shots, see what the ice cream is like in a different state, we can keep going if you like, but you get the idea. Instead of going to the club again or out to your most frequented restaurant (you know…before COVID), try new things, and you’ll expand your horizons and likely find some new activities you’ll love. As the saying goes, we regret what we don’t do far more than the things we do.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Stay healthy in the hustle

Ways To Cope When You’re Feeling Like This…

Best Ways to Cope with Stress:

Identify unhealthy coping mechanisms

  • Social withdrawal.
  • Oversleeping.
  • Overeating sweet or fatty foods.
  • Mindlessly watching TV without caring what you watch.
  • Using medication to relax you.
  • Smoking.
  • Drinking too much alcohol.
  • Taking out stress on others.

Be physically active

  • Dance to your favorite song.
  • Walk your dog or walk by yourself.
  • Take the stairs every time it’s reasonable to do so.
  • Find an exercise partner.

Build and maintain relationships

  • Ask a colleague to lunch.
  • Call, text, or email an old friend to catch up.
  • Invite your exercise partner for a walk and chat.
  • Schedule weekly meetups with at least one friend.
  • Get to know new people by signing up for an evening class or joining a club.
  • Consider volunteer work, which not only counteracts loneliness but also allows you to give back to the world.

Change your attitude

  • Think and say positive things.
  • Stop overthinking everything.
  • Set “worry periods” – only allow yourself to stress out for a short period of time.
  • Deliberately reframe life’s challenges- ask yourself what opportunities they might present.
  • Make a gratitude list.
  • Problem solve.
  • Find lessons.
  • Put your problems into perspective- will you really care about the present situation in a week, month, or year?

Develop a “stress relief” toolkit

  • Take your favorite walk.
  • Meditate.
  • Interact with an animal.
  • Book yourself a massage.
  • Contact your best friend.
  • Take a hot bath or shower.
  • Read a good book.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Not Your Mama’s Yoga

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we do most of our daily activities. This includes our ability to exercise and stay fit. Running outside sounds good in theory until you get hit with a heatwave followed by a tropical storm. For a home workout to be successful, it must be straightforward, easy to access, and hold us accountable, so we actually get off our asses and do it. Enter in a type of workout you may have never heard of.

DDP Yoga is a revolutionary workout that takes traditional Yoga and kicks it up a notch. Diamond Dallas Page, a former professional wrestler, founded DDP Yoga when he needed to find a way to exercise without aggravating his previously injured neck or back. His yoga program is “no-impact cardio,” meaning you get a cardio workout’s benefits without the pounding your joints take on a normal run.

On top of weight loss, his programs help you be more flexible and mobile in your everyday life. This is ideal for someone who sits at a desk all day or has a job that requires them to move around quite often. Each membership includes a 20-week schedule that tells you which classes to take on which days. The classes range from 20 to 40 minutes so they can fit into your busy schedule.

We think it is important to include that he offers specialized classes for people struggling to stand up straight or suffer from a severe lack of mobility.

To learn more about the courses and benefits you get with DDPYoga, click here.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

3 Reasons For Communication Breakdown

Being able to communicate with your co-workers is vital to your business’s long-term growth and success. When the lines of communication breakdown, things fall through the cracks, deadlines get missed, and relationships amongst team members can suffer. If an employee feels that this lack of reliable communication is stunting their professional growth, they may decide to leave the company.

Here are three reasons why communication breakdown takes place amongst employees and teams within a business.

  1. Complicated Organizational Structure: As a company grows, it must hire more senior team members to fill various manager and director type roles. However, issues arise when these new positions are not clearly explained to the existing team members. Employees may get frustrated when they see their ideas or projects come to a halt because they are unsure who to get an answer from.
  2. Lack Of Planning: Companies typically have basic processes they follow daily. The problems arise when an unexpected issue or crisis occurs. Team members are unsure of the next steps, leading to poor decision making or, even worse, complete decision paralysis. It’s challenging to communicate the next steps of a situation when there is no plan to follow.
  3. Difference In Perceptions: As a business owner or executive, you may think you are treating all of your teams fairly and equally. However, your opinion means very little if one team feels they are being treated less fairly than another. For example, if the marketing team regularly sees the sales team be congratulated in meetings and given rewards, it will cause resentment and friction. This type of communication breakdown can lead to a loss in production and revenue.

The first step in preventing this from happening to your company is to schedule regular check-ins with all team members. If you cannot do this personally, make sure your managers meet one-on-one with their direct reports. During these meetings, encourage the managers to ask about the issues listed above. If several managers are reporting the same problem, you know this is something you must address as soon as possible to avoid a breakdown in communication.

MINDSET: Unleash the Achiever within

Realizing Today Is Friday Like…

When I (Kyle) used to work in corporate America, I hated when people would bring up Friday’s. The day itself is fine because it precedes the weekend and the events you’ve been looking forward to all week. However, the people I used to work with seemingly spent their whole week waiting for Friday.

A classic example would be the multiple times I would be in the kitchen on a Monday or Tuesday morning, and someone would walk in and ask, “Is it Friday yet?”. Why do people ask this? We’ve been following the same calendar for thousands of years. If yesterday was Monday, then you have a few days to go until Friday.

Then I realized that people fixate on Friday to distract from their current situation. They don’t like their job and therefore cannot wait to escape into the weekend. Essentially, most people wish their lives away waiting for the weekend.
So, if you are the person who is always talking about Friday, you may want to do some soul searching. What changes can you make to enjoy the rest of your week better?

FUN STUFF – FAST FOOD FRIDAY TRIVIA

Whose death in December 1980 was honored with Kentucky flags at half-staff for four days? Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • Hurricane Laura barreled across Louisiana on Thursday, killing at least six people and leaving more than 875,000 people without power.
  • Prosecutors on Thursday charged 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois in the fatal shooting of two protesters and the wounding of a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Trump accepted renomination from the White House lawn on the final night of norm-shattering convention.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Buy a box of blank cards or thank you cards, so you have one when the occasion pops up.

Trivia answer: KFC’s own, Colonel Sanders