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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

In 1999, Kevin Costner starred in a baseball movie called For Love of The Game. Costner played an older pitcher named Billy Chapel, who was pitching a game in a sold-out Yankee Stadium. Chapel would get on the mound and acknowledge the chaos around him that included yelling fans, the nearby subway, and the various distractions in the ballpark. He would say “Clear the mechanism,” and everything would fall silent. Then, he would pitch.

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

How many of your meetings per day include at least one person not in the same room as you? Whenever you have a call with a remote co-worker, client, or potential customer, you are required to dial-in to a virtual conference room. Each meeting brings with it a different URL, phone number, and pin to enter the meeting. For someone who is forced to take calls on the go or fit them into a busy schedule, keep tracking of all that information can become a massive headache. If only someone would create an app to save you from all of that.

MobileDay is a mobile application that allows you to join any virtual meeting with just one tap. First, the mobile app syncs to your calendar and pulls in every meeting you have scheduled. Then, it tests the information provided to ensure you will be able to enter the meeting at the appropriate time. When your meeting arrives, MobileDay sends you a reminder and invites you to open the app. With just one click, you are dialed into the meeting and ready to go.

MobileDay offers an enterprise-grade security system to protect all of your information and ensure only you are entering the meeting. It should be noted that over 170,000 business professionals use and trust MobileDay daily. Their app has powered over 10 million one-touch calls in the past three years. These stats make MobileDay the clear leader in conference call dialing applications.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

What is Self-Awareness?

Self-awareness is a term often associated with high achievers and successful individuals. Its official definition states that it is a demonstration of the “ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values” along with the ability to understand how they impact their own behavior. In simple terms, possessing self-awareness means you understand your emotions and behavior and do not let it dictate your actions.

Self-awareness is broken down into five key components:

Identifying Emotions
It is important to remember that feeling a wide range of emotions is normal and expected. The key is how you react to those emotions. It’s okay to get angry, but practicing self-awareness means not letting that anger force you into irrational behavior or decision making.

Accurate Self-Perception
This fancy term simply means assessing your strengths and weaknesses and accepting them both as equals. Be careful not to let your strengths trick you into an inflated sense of value. On the other hand, do not let your weaknesses beat you down to a point where you feel ineffective and useless.

Recognizing Strength
By recognizing what in life you are good at, you are building up self-confidence and self-worth. This exercise will also point out the areas of your life that need improvement.

Possessing Strong Self-Confidence
We’ve already covered how to build up our self-confidence by identifying our skills and strengths. We can continue this by practicing self-praise after each achievement of success, regardless of how big or small. It is also crucial to meet every disappointment with an open mind and a positive attitude.

Possessing Self-Efficacy
Self-efficacy is the belief in your ability to establish and achieve your goals. You cannot reach the goals you set out for yourself unless you believe you possess the skills, strengths, and confidence necessary.

STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere

Resilient Mindset Model

There are 3 parts to the model:

  1. The Four Ss of resilience
  2. The four characters of the brain

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.

  • The Ant lives in the cortex, the part of the brain that is in charge of 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 that is 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, which includes self-awareness and situational awareness. By being aware of the present moment and what is happening in our brain, we are able to make more informed choices.

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

In the midst of a global pandemic, now seems like a fitting time to talk about one rule from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Three Rules of Epidemics.”

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:

  • Connectors are the people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions. A connector is essentially the social equivalent of a computer network hub. They usually know people across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles.
  • Mavens are “information specialists”, or “people we rely upon to connect us with new information”. They accumulate knowledge, especially about the marketplace, and know how to share it with others. According to Gladwell, Mavens start “word-of-mouth epidemics” due to their knowledge, social skills, and ability to communicate.
  • Salesmen are “persuaders”, charismatic people with powerful negotiation skills. They tend to have an indefinable trait that goes beyond what they say, which makes others want to agree with them. Gladwell cites several studies about the persuasive implications of non-verbal cues, including a headphone nod study.

What role do you play in your network? Or what role do you wish to be?


Which mammal doesn’t have vocal cords?

Answer below.

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