Motivating you to be healthy and assertive.
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“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
– Fred Rogers
LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best
Perk Up, It’s Monday
What if we told you there’s a positive correlation between leadership and drinking copious amounts of coffee? We’ll hold your spot in line at Starbucks, be here soon.
Leaders and greats like Napoleon Bonaparte, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Voltaire, Balzac, J.S. Bach, and Beethoven are all… men. And they were all serious, over-achieving coffee drinkers. Oprah, too, so you know it’s legit.
According to numerous peer-reviewed studies, a regular daily dose of coffee:
Scientists and nutritionists don’t advocate for 3 gallons of it, though. Instead, they advise having between four and 8 cups (8 oz.) before mid-day.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
The Wonder Of Hiring The Right Person
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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills
Someone is assertive when they behave confidently, stating what they want and believe, sometimes expressing their needs and opinions, so people take notice. Someone who is assertive oozes self-confidence (maybe, not all the time but definitely in the moment of exertion).
If you want to become more assertive, start with your self-confidence. Although being assertive is not an all-or-nothing behavior. Being of “medium” assertiveness means sometimes choosing to speak up and other times choosing (and keenly knowing when) to hold back and say nothing at all.
Acting inquisitive and curious is a safe way to come off as assertive but not overly aggressive. Asking questions about why and how someone arrived at a decision or their thought process behind a belief is not confrontational and comes off as magnanimous. Any mistakes exposed by asking questions become teachable moments. By acting curiously, you elevate the conversation above the tendency to be defensive and the blame-game.
To assess and develop your assertiveness, ask yourself: Am I confident in my skills and abilities? Do I know my worth? What holds me back from stating what I want or asking for what I need? Am I afraid to use my voice, or do I know it’s better not to?
The answers to these questions will be your gauge to measure whether you’re confident to speak up and smart enough to know when you shouldn’t, or if you need to work on your self-confidence.
Sometimes it takes a little summoning to be assertive. As Michelle Obama writes in her novel Becoming, “Confidence, I’d learned then, sometimes needs to be called from within. I’ve repeated the same words to myself so many times now, through many climbs. Am I good enough? Yes, I am.”
SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within
To Motivate or Not to Motivate
This is how Elon Musk makes simultaneously launching electric cars and actual rocket ships easy. How Ben Franklin retired in his forties, invented the lightning rod, and helped write the Declaration of Independence.
But what drives these fantastic leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs? Is it their sheer motivation?
The simplest definition of motivation boils down to wanting a change in behavior, thoughts, feelings, self, environment, or relationships.
There’s rational motivation in which we’re motivated by visible opportunities, reaching our goals. We make the best decisions given our information and options. Then there’s biased motivation where we hold a bias toward a decision that conforms to what we already know. We ignore ways to make our lives better.
Often, our motivations (or lack thereof) are a hidden logic we don’t actively perceive. The thing you feel motivated to do is what you feel you’re meant to do. The thing you don’t feel motivated to do is probably for reasons you’d rather not reveal or admit to yourself or can’t seem to figure out.
Perhaps, we are inherently biased because of the infinite number of choices before us seem impossible. Rationality is limited. We can’t fathom the idea that we as individuals have the power to send rockets to space, so we don’t motivate ourselves towards that goal.
If you believe that motivation is rational and an objective indicator of where your pursuits should aim, listen to it. If you feel uninspired, it could be that your current opportunities are inadequate or nonexistent. If you feel invigorated, take it as a sign you’re on the right path.
If you believe motivation is biased, you have to actively and consciously recognize all the available opportunities.
In the short term, your motivation can be up one day and down the next. Starting might be difficult, but stopping even harder. You have frustrations that make you want to throw things but go away after you get into bed. You wake up and are excited to see what the day brings.
Susan Fowler, author of Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing, and Engaging, says that “People want to thrive. People want to flourish, and if they’re not, why? Why aren’t they?”.
Your motivation is an important signal in the long-term. Lulls in your motivation are like red flags in a relationship. One, two, even three red flags you can let slide, but any more and it’s time to be honest with yourself and break up. If you can’t motivate yourself for months or years, the problem is probably with the project. Flip the classic “it’s not you, it’s me” on its head. There are lots of opportunities in this sea; you just have to be rational and recognize them.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Keep healthy in the hustle
Track Your Health
What is Bioimpedance?
Bioimpedance uses body composition analysis to break your body into fat, muscle mass, minerals, and body water, giving you a more comprehensive understanding of how your body works and changes throughout the day.
Tracking our fitness goals is a bit easier thanks to technology like the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and other smartwatches. Something is rewarding about having a “56-day move streak” and meeting my activity goals for the day, and it helps build the habits necessary for a healthier lifestyle. The Aura Band goes beyond other fitness trackers by incorporating bioimpedance analysis.
The Aura Band measures body composition as well as hydration, sleep, activity, and heart rate. Aura Band tracks when you’re walking, resting, and playing sports, analyzing your activities and health data in real-time. You can access the data and analysis on its companion app. If you prefer to use a different app, you can transfer all of that data to Apple Healthkit, MyFitness Pal, etc. You’re able to physically see the changes your body is making internally and externally. Aura also makes a strap with similar features as the band for the Apple Watch.
The Aura Band is excellent for fitness and it’s an innovative way to predict health issues early to better people’s lives. Think preventative care instead of reactive. Technology likes this makes it possible for healthcare to become data-driven, cheaper, and more reliable.
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