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Happy August!

INSPIRATION

β€œNo one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

– Buddha

STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere

Becoming Fearless with Rejection Therapy


We’ve all been stung by hearing “NO” and have allowed ourselves to be temporarily paralyzed by another person’s rejection of us or give up altogether. How can we not only move beyond the sting of rejection but also embrace rejection?

Author and entrepreneur Jia Jiang decided to face his life-long fear of rejection as he began his entrepreneurial journey. He knew that succeeding as an entrepreneur often means being invincible.

Jiang played a game of intentional rejection by committing himself to 100 days of straight rejection in order to overcome his fear. His outlandish requests ranged from requesting a “burger refill” at Five Guys to requesting to plant flowers in a stranger’s backyard. He was surprised to have received a few yes’s along the way, including when a Krispy Kreme donuts employee agreed to make him a donut in the shape of the Olympic symbol.

Here are the most important lessons from a game of rejection:

We can often turn a “No” into a “Yes.” People say no because they don’t have enough information or feel at risk. Asking the question “Why” gives the person an opportunity to share what is making them uncomfortable and gives you the opportunity to replace it with trust and confidence.

Say what is on that person’s mind. Empathy is a tool to break down barriers. Something as simple as “Is that weird?” or “You probably think I’m being a jerk right now” makes you relatable and on the same page.

Rejection is a numbers game (like so many things). Stand back up after enough nos, and you will eventually find a yes. Jiang’s score was 51-yes to 49-no.

Avoiding rejection is not a net positive. Most people believe avoiding rejection is a good thing, but when we shy away from rejection, we reject ourselves and our ideas before the world ever has a chance to reject them. This is the worst form of rejection!

“No” is not the worst thing that someone can say to you. The worst they can say is, “you didn’t even ask.” It implies that you said “no” to yourself before others could reject you.

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

-Aristotle

Think of this quote every time you step into a situation that forces you to expand your comfort zone. Playing it safe isn’t really living, rather it’s just existing.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

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SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within

What Keeps You Awake At Night?


Tell us if this sounds familiar. You run around like crazy all day and find yourself exhausted at the end of it. When you finally slide into bed, you are staring at the ceiling, thinking about a million different things. This ends up keeping you up, which means you are getting less sleep and will be tired the following day.

Instead of just accepting this as reality, we should examine what is keeping us awake. What do we find ourselves thinking about the most? More importantly, what can we do to solve this problem and get to sleep faster? For the next three nights, we want you to write down some of the thoughts that run through your head and keep you awake. Once you determine the theme, you can work towards finding a solution.

You may find that you are kept awake by worrying about life problems such as money, health, or your family. Whatever the problem is, identify one thing you can do to lessen your concern. If there’s nothing you can do, then there’s no point in worrying. If you are constantly thinking about your next-day tasks, then get into the habit of creating a list and prioritizing each thing you need to accomplish. Lastly, if you are guilty of replaying past events in your head, it’s important to identify why you are doing that and accept the fact that no good can come from it.

Sleep is an integral part of becoming a high achiever. If you are losing out on valuable rest because you are up thinking about something, then that is a problem. Ultimately, it is up to you to identify the problem and then implement a reasonable solution.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Stay healthy in the hustle

Strength Training…For Your Brain


Start improving your cognitive fitness and building a healthier, smarter, and stronger brain through these four practical habits.

Eat more Omega-3s.

  • The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat, including a large portion of an Omega-3 fatty acid called Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
  • DHA promotes new neuron growth, which allows your brain to operate much more efficiently and effectively.
  • Omega-3s in your diet will enhance your memory, attention-to-detail, mood and charisma, and ability to assimilate and implement information.
  • Foods such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and trout contain Omega-3s. If the sound of those foods turns your nose up, invest in a fish oil supplement.

Play chess

  • Being able to recognize trends and adapt is an essential skill that playing chess teaches.
  • A 2010 study appearing in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers discovered that playing chess boosted both sides of your brain.
  • Chess stimulates the growth of dendrites, which are tree-like branches that conduct signals from other neuron cells into the neuron they’re attached too. Bigger and faster neurons increase your ability to process information.
  • Sign up for a free account at chess.com.

Learn a new language

  • Learning a second language increases the volume of your brain. It’s an evolutionary advantage that helps strengthen your “mental muscles.” No weights required.
  • A study by the University of Chicago appearing in the April 2012 issue of Psychological Science found that people who spoke an additional language were better able to pick up nuances and subtleties in any given situation.
  • Starting with any language app for as little as 15 minutes is a great way to build this habitβ€”for example, Duolingo.

Learn how to dance

  • As you age, the typical person sees a decrease in their motor, cognitive, and perceptual abilities. You can build a sharper brain by learning how to danceβ€”and you don’t need to have the skills of a professional dancer.
  • Dancing improves cerebral health. In particular, spatial memory, along with preserving and even enhancing your motor, other cognitive, and perceptual abilities.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

Three Books On Changing Your Mindset


If there’s one thing that all the advice given out by successful people have in common, it’s the use of the term β€œmindset.” We hear terms like positive mindset, growth mindset, dreamer mindset, follower mindset, at the list goes on and on. The bottom line is that if you want to achieve more than the average person, than you need to adjust the way you view the world.

The biggest mistake many people, myself included, make is believing that you can simply flip a switch and change your mindset. Your brain does not work like that. In fact, your mind is so complex that it will often fight to prevent you from changing the way you think or act. That is why we suggest checking out one of these three books and putting their advice to work.

  1. Thinking Fast and Slow: This popular book focuses on the psychological side of decision making and the code we must break in order to change our mindset. The best part of this book is that the advice is broken down into manageable steps for the reader to follow.
  2. The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business: Author Charles Dublugg dives deep into habits and the impact they have on your everyday life. This is an excellent read for anyone who feels their bad habits are holding them back.
  3. Outliers: The Story of Success: Are you quick to blame others for your mistakes? If you know the answer is yes, we suggest giving this book a try. Author Malcolm Gladwell walks the reader through his process of master anything you put your mind too.

FUN STUFF – TRIVIA

What Rock singer has had 12 top 10 hits on Billboard, including 7 from a 1984 album, but never a no. 1 single? Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • Companies with work from home (WFH) until 2021: Google, Universal Music Group, and Amazon corporate. Companies with WFH forever: Facebook, Twitter, Square, and Shopify.
  • Lord & Taylor, the first U.S. department store filed for bankruptcy.
  • Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Microsoft is still in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok after Trump had said on Friday that he would soon ban TikTok in the United States.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Write a handwritten note to a colleague, spouse, or family member letting them know you appreciate them.

Trivia answer: Well, he was Born in the U.S.A…he’s no other than Bruce Springsteen!

Bruce Springsteen Dancing in the Dark