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September 24, 2020

Good morning! The CDC released new health guidance for the upcoming holiday celebrations. A couple of points worth highlighting:

  • Your Scream mask doesn’t substitute for a cloth mask on Halloween.
  • Invest in thermals and layers now. Thanksgiving dinner could be outside. Replace your tiki torches with heat lamps.

INSPIRATION

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”

-Napoleon Hill

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

Part 2: Preparing for the Rough Ride

We’re back with our entrepreneur series. So, you flicked on the switch and can see the way. Now comes the prep for the challenging ride ahead.

When you first tell your friends or family that you’re thinking of starting your own business, you may get some laughs. Don’t be discouraged. Laugh with them.

Failing to gain the support of your friends and family occurs for two main reasons:

  1. When entrepreneurs challenge the status quo, it may not reflect well on others, who may appear to be afraid or reluctant to do the same. You become a mirror for what they’re too scared to do or be themselves.
  2. Others may be unable to fathom why an entrepreneur would want to risk the security of a steady job. Such people might belittle or reject what the entrepreneur hopes to achieve. This might come from a place of genuine concern, especially if from your parents.

You can deal with discouragement by:

  • Not trying to be likable to others. Disapproval from others may be a sign that you’re doing the right thing.
  • Embracing being laughed at. If no one is laughing or ridiculing you, you are likely not pursuing a revolutionary or change-inducing idea.
  • Clearly defining what success means to you—not to others. You must learn what truly motivates you and sparks passion and purpose in their lives.
  • Putting others’ opinions in perspective. This will help you become emotionally liberated and make better decisions.
  • Learning to recover more quickly from rejection, failure, and letdowns. In times of strife and failure, true achievers are those who get up, brush themselves off, and get going again.

Battling uncertainty, discouragement, and even disapproval will help you become stronger and better skilled for the ride ahead.

ADVENTURE & LIFESTYLE: Live the life you want

An Achiever’s Playlist

Looking for some tunes to blast while you’re in the zone? We’ve got you covered with some jams that have the beat to go behind the scenes while you’re in “flow.” There’s something here for everyone, classical, jazz, rock, pop, and more. Pick a few you like and add them to your specific mood playlists.

  1. Forever In My Heart – Bruce BecVar
  2. A View To A Kill – Duran Duran
  3. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
  4. Domino – Jessie J
  5. The Man – The Killers
  6. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  7. A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  8. Der Kommissar – After The Fire
  9. Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked – Cage The Elephant
  10. Take Five – Dave Brubeck
  11. When I Get There – Maya Isac
  12. Divertimento in D major, K. 136 “Salzburg Symphony No. 1” – Mozart
  13. The Final Countdown – Europe
  14. Don’t Bother Me – Tashannie

Let us know what you like, and we’ll throw some more suggestions your way.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Mental health is finally becoming normalized. While sometimes uncomfortable to talk about, it’s an essential aspect of what makes an achiever so successful. Being able to overcome your negative thoughts, stress, and life’s challenges is a crucial and ongoing battle that many of us face daily. Happify is here to help you win that battle.

Happify provides research-backed and evidence-based solutions for improving your mental health. At its core, it provides solutions for breaking old patterns, creating new habits, and taking control of your thought process. It helps you identify what triggered pushed you into a mindset of being stressed, anxious, and burnt out. The techniques they use have been developed by leading scientists and experts who have been studying evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for decades.

Take their free assessment test and begin your journey to improved mental health.

THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity

Create Your List and Stick To It

When you are an employee, someone else assigns you tasks and due dates. You don’t have to think much about what to do and when to do them. It’s a little different when you’re working from home, working on your passion project, or starting your own business.

One of the most difficult adjustments entrepreneurs have to make is setting priorities and deadlines. After years of leaving the operational choices up to someone else, it’s now your turn to determine what needs to get done first, second, and third.

To avoid being paralyzed by indecision, you need to create a daily to-do list (or actions list) and stick to it. Create a list and prioritize each item based on how important it is to your goals.

Once the week begins, stick to your list and the priority you set for yourself. Do not give in to the temptation to put off the more difficult tasks until the end of the day. There is a reason you ordered this list the way you did in the first place. Focus all your energy on that first task and keep moving forward, one at a time, only thinking about the task at hand.

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

Why People Share and Who Shares

Social sharing is sharing content from a website on a social media site or app.

Why We Share:

  • Entertainment: 49% say sharing allows them to inform others of products they care about and potentially change opinions or encourage action.
  • Define Ourselves: 68% share to give people a better sense of who they are and what they care about.
  • Relationships: 78% share information online because it lets them stay connected to people they might not otherwise keep in touch with.
  • Self-Fulfillment: 69% share information because it allows them to feel more involved in the world.
  • Support a Cause:84% share because it is a way to support causes or issues they care about.

Who are the Sharers

  • Altruists: share content to be helpful.
  • Careerists: share to build a professional reputation.
  • Hipsters: share a cutting edge and creative content that builds their identity.
  • Boomerangs: share content to get a reaction from the audience and seek validation.
  • Connectors: share content to stay connected with others and make plans.
  • Selectives: put more thought into what they share and with whom they share it.
Why do you share? What kind of sharer are you?

FUN STUFF – CHALLENGE

Think of a six-letter word for something you might wear. Insert an “O” in the exact middle, and you’ll get a phrase meaning “Not aware.” What is it? Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • Ex-Louisville police Officer Brett Hankison charged with wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor case.
  • In a new video leaked to MacRumors, Marc Allera, CEO of major UK carriers BT and EE, has been caught telling employees that the iPhone 12 launch is “just days away”.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci scolded Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a congressional hearing on Wednesday after the senator claimed that COVID-19 cases might not be rising in New York because of herd immunity.
  • In pictures: About 120 of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s law clerks stood on the Supreme Court steps when her body arrived Wednesday morning. Her body will be taken to the US Capitol on Friday, and she’ll become the first woman in American history to lie in state there.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Jewelry insurance​, which is more comprehensive than your typical renters or homeowners insurance, is often overlooked. Don’t make that mistake. Proper jewelry insurance covers theft, loss, damage, disappearance, natural disasters, and worldwide travel (not that we’re doing too much of that right now).

Challenge answer: Outfit –> Out of it