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Good morning, Achiever!

INSPIRATION

β€œYou have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

– Marcus Aurelius

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Stay healthy in the hustle

Dream On


What if one daily activity is the foundation of everything? And what if that activity wasn’t something you had direct control of?

Dreaming. We don’t mean daydreaming or having big dreams for yourself and not just “getting a good night’s sleep.” Maybe the story of how Paul McCartney’s song “Yesterday” came from his dreams isn’t purely antidotal.

Dreams happen during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. Most of us have our first REM sleep 90 minutes in, and which lasts about 10 minutes. Then you slip in and out of REM sleep (in cycles) and stay in REM for an increasing period. Your final REM sleep is the longest, typically lasting for an hour and happens at the very end of your sleep.

The Best for Last

The final REM sleep is the most crucial period of dreaming because it’s almost as much as all your other dreaming periods combined.

More about REM sleep

  • It’s the only time our brain is devoid of anxiety-triggering noradrenaline
  • Key emotional and memory-related structures of the brain reactivate (which means we can process all that pent up emotion)
  • There’s decreased activity in other regions, like the one involved in rational thought

What if we don’t dream?

You’re probably wary of being sleep deprived, yet never considered being dream deprived. *cue Twilight Zone music*

In 2017, the University of Malaysia conducted a study where they used nicotine to suppress REM in rats to deprive them of dreaming.

The rats were put through mazes to test how well their brains were working. The study discovered the “REM sleep deprivation significantly impaired learning and memory performance without defect in locomotor function.”

That’s pretty scary because you can go through all the motions and unknowingly not learn or remember nearly as well as you would if you had completed your dreaming.

According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, if you learn a task and then sleep, you may be 10x better at that activity than if you had stayed awake. Dreaming helps make sense of new information.

You’ve probably fallen asleep unsure about something and woken up with a new solution or clearer understanding.

A 2009 report from California indicates that REM helps with creative problem-solving. In the morning, the researchers gave volunteers a series of creative problems and then asked them to spend the afternoon mulling over solutions before being tested at 5 p.m. One group of subjects stayed awake, while another was allowed to nap. Only those who took longer naps entered REM sleep. People who entered REM sleep enhanced their performance by nearly 40% compared with non-nappers and Non-REM nappers.

How do we know if we’re dreaming enough?

It’s kind of hard to know if you’re dreaming enough because you’re asleep! Luckily there’s an easy test: if you’re still sleepy when you wake up in the morning, you haven’t dreamed long enough. You probably didn’t have your final and most important dream.

LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best

Be Bold


People often shy away from big swings because they assess the odds and build a case against trying something before they even take the first step. Long shots aren’t nearly as long as they seem. Crazy ideas are not the craziest and, hell, many people love crazy ideas!

It’s easy to make a case against something – to create a laundry list of all the potential shortcomings and negative consequences. A few strong and significant pros that make an idea worth pursuing are more powerful than dozens of cons.

Believe in your power, in your ability to make things happen, and figure out what you’re unsure of. With enough energy, thoughtfulness, and commitment, even the boldest ideas can be executed. Just make sure that when you decide to take your big swing, don’t take it half-assed.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Better Copy For Your Brand


Have a great idea but struggle to put it in writing? This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if your business or side hustle depends on it. You know what you’re selling and the value it provides, but sometimes it’s not too easy to articulate. Sometimes you can’t even describe it as beautifully as you’d like, let alone write about it.

You may have to write pieces such as website copy, landing pages, sales emails, Facebook ads, blog posts, and more to promote your brand. Writing copy that will engage your audience is challenging, and, when possible, you can delegate the chore to the professionals for outstanding results.

Copywriting Crew is a service that will write your sales and marketing copy for your brand. It’s even in their name! You begin by filling out 2 questionnaires designed to get to know your brand voice, products, and project. Then, Copywriting Crew presents you with several writers you can choose from based on your needs and each writer’s background. They then deliver the perfectly written content you requested as if inspired by Greek poetry and allow up to 2 rounds of revisions free of charge.

Some Writing Services we find useful:

  • Website Copywriting: SEO-Optimized copy for all your website pages
  • Landing Pages: Convert visitors into leads and eventually into customers
  • Facebook Ads: Get your target audience to stop scrolling and learn about your products
  • Sales Emails: Create a series of emails to motivate leads to make a purchase
  • Blog Posts: Keep your website up to date with fresh and relevant content

Copywriting Crew can take your brand to the next level and save you valuable time in the process.

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

An Amateur’s Guide to Time Blocking


Time blocking forces us to think more critically about the time we spend and how we spend it.

Time blocking breaks your time down into discrete “blocks” or set increments wherein you’ll accomplish specific tasks. This forces you to prioritize and fill up free time with pre-commitments and a plan of action.

Here are some time blocking tips:

  • Commit to single-tasking: Multitasking doesn’t seem to work without diminishing the quality of your work (studies even cite a 40% decrease in productivity). For each given time block, set one task. Ex., during your 30-minute “finish marketing proposal” task, don’t get distracted by emails, phone calls, or other unrelated tasks.
  • Decide on your increments: Time blocking can work no matter what kind of increments you use. Take billionaire Elon Musk, who blocks his days into 5-minute intervals (might be too intense for beginners).
  • Decide which parts of your day to time block: For most people, it helps to time block the gritty part of your day between 10 am and 4 pm, after your morning routine and before you’re wrapping up. Some people find it best to block their personal lives too.
  • Document it: Choose whether you want to go old school with a planner or new age with digital. If you go digital, you can set alarms at regular intervals to know when to move to your next task.
  • Give yourself some flexibility: If you’re using 30-minute time intervals, allow yourself 5 minutes in between. The extra time will enable you to wrap up whatever task you are completing or will need to finish later.
  • Block time for breaks: Block time for breaks like you would block any other to-dos. Avoid burnout!!!
  • Schedule time for catching up: Sometimes, unexpected tasks will appear, or some tasks will slip through the cracks. Allow yourself a block of time or even a day to do the remaining or missed tasks.

With time blocking, when it comes time to do the task, you don’t have to think, plan, or decide, you only have to DO!

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

How To Be More Likable


The Like Switch by Jack Shafer (a psychologist and FBI agent specializing in behavior analysis and recruiting spies) is about gaining people’s trust as quickly as possible.

A big part of becoming more likable is employing the right body language. Here are a few tips:

Body Language

  • Avoid the urban scowl, also known as Resting B*tch Face. Sometimes it’s our natural disposition or learned from growing up in a big city or touch neighborhood. Whatever the reason, if people have asked you “why you’re mad” or told you that “you’re intimidating,” you probably have it, and you’ll need to actively work to turn that frown upside down without having a reason.
  • We tend to address and look at people we already know. Instead, we should bring the people who are not in the fold into our message by looking at them. Resist the temptation to look at the people who are already on board and focus on winning over the audience’s less friendly faces.
  • Intensify your eye contact by gazing for a second, turning your head to give the impression you’re breaking eye contact, but keep locking eyes for one more second. End your stare down with a smile. It’s safe to approach if the person looks at you again.
  • A head tilt to the right or left is a non-threatening gesture that makes you seem more trustworthy and attractive.
  • A smile is a powerful friend signal. Smiling faces are more beautiful, more likable, and less dominant. A smile portrays confidence, happiness, and enthusiasm, and acceptance. Learning to produce a real smile (upturned mouth and squinty eyes) at will when there is no reason to comes with intention and practice.
  • Touching is a powerful, subtle, yet complex form of nonverbal communication. A risk-free way to measure the strength of a new relationship is to accidentally touch or brush against the person of interest’s hand. They will unconsciously send signals indicating the touch’s acceptance or rejection.

FUN STUFF

Can you name what novel this opening line is from? Answer below.

β€œIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • Presidential nominee Joe Biden says he will announce his running mate next week.
  • MacKenzie Scott (formerly Bezos, yes, that one) has already donated nearly $1.7 billion to a variety of organizations and causes after pledging last year to give most of it away during her lifetime.
  • MLB suspended the Miami Marlins’ season​ through Sunday in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that infected half of the Marlin’s team.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Put a spare $20 or blank check in your wallet/purse for emergencies.

Novel Answer: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Though it’s about the French Revolution, it sounds a little like our current situation.