Today, we get help from… Kevin Costner?
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“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”
– Jim Rohn
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
Clear the Mechanism
This is something that I have employed in my daily life. Often times, I get overwhelmed with e-mails, deadlines, client calls, and problems to solve. Then, to make matters worse, the landscapers are outside, the dog is barking at them, and my wife is listening to a podcast at a high volume. Before you know it, I am on the brink of complete sensory overload. This is when I stop, take a deep breath and say, “Clear the mechanism.”
I cannot silence the noises, nor can I can change my current workload or who is trying to communicate with me. What I can do is regain control of the situation. I focus on one singular task and zero in, effectively blocking out the noise around me. Then, I move onto the next one and then the next one. I accept the fact that I can only solve one problem at a time.
The next time you are on the verge of melting down, stop everything you are doing and take three deep breaths. Close your eyes and say, “clear the mechanism.” Then, attack one problem head-on and hard as you can. Keep going until the situation no longer seems unmanageable. By the time you get there, you will notice the noises and distractions around have disappeared.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
You Are Now Entering a Meeting
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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills
What is Self-Awareness?
Self-awareness is broken down into five key components:
Possessing Strong Self-Confidence
STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere
Resilient Mindset Model
There are 3 parts to the model:
When we respond to any challenge, we are drawing on the pathways in the brain 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, each of whom represents a different part of the brain.
REACTS is an acronym that stands for the social threats and rewards of the brain: respect, equity, alliances, control, territory and similarity. The brain responds in much the same way to social threat as it does to physical threat. When we feel social threat, our Glowworm may go to red-alert and call out the Grasshopper to protect us.
The Resilient Mindset model helps us to understand the control that we have over the choices that we make. 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 your are facing a challenge, think about who you want to call out–your Ant or your Grasshopper.
SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network
The Law of the Few
The Law of the Few
As Gladwell states, “The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular […] set of social gifts”.
These people with a particular set of social gifts are described in the following ways:
What role do you play in your network? Or what role do you wish to be?
FUN STUFF – TRIVIA
Which mammal doesn’t have vocal cords?
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
1% BETTER: Improve each day
Take a walk for 20 minutes a day, three days a week, for the next two weeks.
Trivia Answer: Giraffe