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INSPIRATION

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

– Arthur Ashe

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

Questions to Ask to Challenge Your Cognitive Distortions


How do I know this thought is accurate?
What evidence do I have to support this thought or belief?
How can I test my assumptions / beliefs to find out if they’re accurate?
Do I have a trusted friend who I can check out these thoughts with?
Is this thought helpful?
Are there other ways that I can think about this situation or myself?
Am I blaming myself unnecessarily?
What or who else contributed to this situation?
Is it really in my control?
Am I overgeneralizing?
Am I making assumptions?
What would I say to a friend in this situation?
Can I look for the shades of grey?
Am I assuming the worst?
Are there exceptions to absolutes like always or never?
Am I making this personal when it isn’t?

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

99 Designs and No Pics Ain’t One


People love creative imagery and flashy designs. In a world filled with noise and messaging, the right designs can get your brand noticed. Graphic design is right up there with sales, marketing, and finances on the list of things that can overwhelm a new business owner or side hustler.

Even when you determine you have the budget for a graphic designer, there is the question of which one to choose. They all seem to have impressive portfolios, but how do you know if they will work well with your ideas? 99 Designs has a solution that you might just be interested in.

99 Designs is a global community of graphic designers. They work on projects such as logos, business cards, branding guidelines, landing pages, websites, and more. The best part is, you get to sample their work before choosing them. Check out this easy yet incredibly effective three-step process they have created for you.

  1. Write Your Brief. Your first step is to outline exactly what you are looking for. This includes what you need to be designed, your brand colors, your messaging, and anything else you can think of.
  2. Start Your Contest. Here comes the fun part. Your brief gets sent out to the entire community of designers. Those that are interested will submit samples for you to review and consider. You get proof that you are hiring the right designer before committing to them.
  3. Hire Your Designer. Once you determine which design fits your brand the best, choose your designer and complete the project. The best part is that you have found someone who understands your vision and can keep working together.

SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within

10 Ways to Show Up For YOURSELF

  1. Commit to habits, practices, routines, and rituals that are good for your well-being, even when you don’t want to.
  2. Allow yourself to feel a multitude of feelings without labeling it as wrong, harmful, or negative.
  3. Practice listening to your needs and discovering different ways of meeting those needs.
  4. Practice self-forgiveness. For not being perfect, for forgetting, for your past, for what you don’t know, for getting off track, for losing yourself.
  5. Let yourself start again, over and over, as often as needed.
  6. Take care of your basic needs: stay hydrated, get enough sleep, move your body, and eat nutritiously.
  7. Give yourself permission to rest, take breaks, and have downtime.
  8. Spend quality time with yourself: reading, writing, creating, and knowing who you are underneath is who you think you should be.
  9. Use a lens of curiosity and compassion with yourself as often as possible.
  10. Remind yourself that you are worthy of being shown up for as anyone else in life. Make yourself a priority in your own life.

STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere

NVLLVM EXTAT PROBLEMA QVOD SOLVI NON POTEST


Latin for “No Problem Exists That Cannot Be Solved”. Either that or someone fell asleep on their keyboard.

We like to think that this set of Scrabble letters is actually pretty awesome.

If you think of history, out of all the many problems humans have faced as we’ve grown, matured and improved (still growing ma!), we have solved some of the most incredible problems that were once thought impossible.

Need heat and cooked food? BOOM: Fire. Disease a big problem? Hellloooo penicillin. Need to power that iPhone? Thank you, Edison. And the internet solved communication, connectivity and information problems all around the world (…and maybe created some too…).

The point is, almost every problem has a solution, maybe you just haven’t discovered it yet.

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

Practicing Empathy


Empathy is defined as understanding how someone feels because you know them, even if you are not feeling that way. This is different than sympathy, which is the act of feeling sorry for someone. People often think they are practicing empathy when, in reality, they are only practicing sympathy.

Truly feeling empathy for someone is complicated. However, if done correctly and genuinely, it can help build relationships and improve communication. To feel empathy for someone you must stop and attempt to understand what they are going through. For example, if your boss is always in a bad mood, you have two choices. You can get offended and have a strained relationship, or you can attempt to understand that his rudeness is probably born out of being overworked and underappreciated.

You are not excusing his rudeness but instead being empathetic to his situation. Once you realize this, you can attempt to support him by taking on additional responsibilities or letting him know the team appreciates him. By practicing empathy, you have strengthened your relationship and put yourself in a better position to succeed.

Empathy is difficult because we have to try and understand the feelings of someone else. Then, we have to understand why they feel that way and determine if there is anything we can do in support of them. If you can master this and become an empathic person, you will open up new doors of growth, communication, and achievement.

FUN STUFF – A JOKE FOR FATHER’S DAY

Golfers never diet, they exist on greens.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • The Supreme Court upheld DACA and blocked President Trump’s attempt to to end protections for nearly 700,000 immigrants brought to the US as children.
  • AMC is set to open its theatres (some locations) on July 15, ahead of the Mulan premier.
  • Wednesday’s death of Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, erases those who were closest to the assassinated 35th U.S. president.
  • PepsiCo announced that it’s renaming its Aunt Jemima syrup brand. Other companies like Cream of Wheat and Mrs. Butterworth’s are reconsidering their brands too.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Purchase a self-help book on Amazon and commit to reading it for 15 minutes a day for the next two weeks.