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INSPIRATION

“Do or do not, there is no try.”

– Yoda

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STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere

Overcome Setbacks with Acknowledgement


Jumping into the same action that already led to failure is bad, mmkay. Some call this insanity, so why do we fall into this trap?

We do it because we act before we acknowledge our previous failure or are eager to try again. Action before or without thought is a dangerous game. This is an almost guaranteed way to face the same, if not worse, failure because you didn’t learn and adapt from your previous mistake.

When you honestly assess a situation, you acknowledge your setbacks, your mistakes, where you may have gone wrong, and, most importantly, what best action to take next.

Here’s the thing, it can be simple, but won’t necessarily be easy. The more confident you were in your action that led to a setback, the harder it will be to let go of that action, and the more likely you will be to justify rather than scrap certain behaviors. Old habits die hard. You may struggle to switch tactics, and also have to stay positive and confident in your next plan of attack when the last one you trusted didn’t work out.

Effectively pivot by visualizing creative new ideas and approaches. Think critically by examining why your initial approach failed. Immerse yourself in possible new actions. Remain confident in your execution and delivery; you’ve got this. You’re not dumb or insane, that’s why you’re trying something new. You’re ready to succeed – act like it. Shoulders back, chest out, firm voice.

You’re an Achiever, after all.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

The Act Of Daily Gratitude


Reading about the habits of high achievers, they often speak about practicing gratitude. Gratitude is “the act of being grateful for the positive things you have in your life.” Seems simple enough, but with our busy lives, we often forget to stop and be thankful for everything we have. GoGratefulis here to change that.

GoGratefulis a message based journal app that helps you practice gratitude daily. Each morning you receive a text message asking you what you’re grateful for, which is an excellent way to start the day after you’ve read The Achiever. Once you reply to the text, it gets stored in a private gratitude journal. You can access this journal at any time, especially when you feel stressed, anxious, or sad.

Practicing gratitude has been proven to produce a variety of benefits. When we experience an emotion like appreciation, it enhances the communication between the brain and the heart. Reminding yourself of the good things in your life boosts your mood and makes you less stressed. When you are grateful for what you already have, you will attract even more things to be thankful for.

SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within

What Are Your Operating Principles?


A personal operating principle is a value lived consistently, tested under pressure, and through experience. Put another way, it is the “values you live by during good times and bad.” It is the person you strive to be every day regardless of whatever changes and curveballs life may throw your way. Your POP can guide your choices and ensure you are becoming the person you want to be.

So, how does one determine what principles and values they want to live their life by? Beautifully, there is no set process for this, you can design your own method. Ask yourself a series of questions that elicit profound self-discovery about yourself, your goals, dreams, and intentions. Simply asking “why” can be clarifying in and of itself? “Why” do I want this?” “Why am I striving for this?”

Examples of these values include productivity, integrity, honesty, optimism, learning, growth, fun, energy, organization, and creativity. To start, examine that list and decide what speaks to you. Which of those values do you want to be known for? At the end of your life, which of those values do you want people to say you lived by?

Once you determine that, write them down and put them somewhere you’ll see frequently. A journal, your bedpost, your bathroom mirror, somewhere you can see them every day. When making life choices, both large and small, consider these values and determine if your choice represents them. When your choices align with your operating principles, you can be confident that you live life on your own terms.

THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity

Small Steps


How often have we all said that we would do something, only to never get around to it? “Only all the time…” some of you may be thinking. There seems to be some supernatural force between “That’s something that I should do” and “This is something I’m doing.” This can be a tough place to be, especially when we have good intentions. Life gets in the way, we lose track of time, and what’s more, there are often legitimate reasons why we don’t get to something we intend to.

These types of things can creep up on us all the time. Just look at the state of your house, or your room, if you let those things go unattended. First, you don’t have time to make the bed, then you get busier and don’t fold the laundry on the drawers, and before you know it, your room looks like you left the windows open during a hurricane. Fix this with small steps. The antidote to this chaos (shout out to Dr. Jordan Peterson), is to take small, manageable steps that add up to a big win. Let’s say, in that example, your room is a huge mess and altogether it looks like a three-hour project that you just don’t have the time or interest to tackle right now. Start small and just make your bed. It’s totally okay not to complete the whole project, at least your room is 1% better than before. Do this enough times, and you’ve got a clean room.

When starting a project, or even a task, start with small steps, smaller than you think you need. Answer a single email, read a single paragraph, make a three-minute phone call. Your to-do list does not have to be a list of enormous projects that look too daunting to handle. It’s far better to have a list of incomplete items you’re making progress on than a list of never-started, would-be-great-if items.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

What is Self-Awareness?

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Self-awareness is one of the five pillars of emotional intelligence. The official definition from the bigwigs at Oxford Dictionary say “it is an awareness of one’s personality or individuality.” More simply, being self-aware is the act of understanding who you are, how you act, how you are perceived, and the impact your behavior has on the people around you.

Have you ever known someone loud or rude regularly? Perhaps you know someone who invades your personal space a bit too much, asks inappropriate questions or gives off a vibe that makes them unpleasant to be around. The reason these people never change is due, in part, to a lack of self-awareness (sometimes a gross lack of self-awareness…). They are unaware that their behavior is bothersome, and it makes others want to avoid interacting with them.

Having self-awareness means you know you behave or think a certain way, and you are aware of what that might mean for the people you interact with. A self-aware person may know that they have a short fuse, and when they begin to lose control of their temper. That person knows they cannot change this habit overnight, but they make conscious efforts to control their emotions out of respect for others.

We all have shortcomings that we struggle to fix, such as getting annoyed easily, snapping at others, or micromanaging specific tasks to ensure they are done the way we want. By proactively practicing self-awareness, you tell the people around you that while you may not be able to change who you are entirely, you acknowledge your flaws and will try your best not to let them interfere with what you are trying to accomplish.

FUN STUFF – TUESDAY TRIVIA

On July 14th, 1853, the first major US World’s Fair – the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations – opened in New York City.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • On Monday, California, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all counties to close many indoor activities, including dining inside restaurants.
  • The NFL’s Washington franchise will change the Redskins name and logo, the team announced Monday. We’re taking bets on what the name will be…RedWolves? RedTails?
  • Senate Republicans will finish their own plan for a new round of pandemic relief as early as next week.
  • The S&P 500 fell 0.9%, with all the losses accumulating in the last hour of trading.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

For the next 7 days, start each day by stating three things you are grateful for.