Movies to watch this weekend.
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“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
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MY LIFE IS TOO COMPLICATED!
Life is complicated. As your knowledge, experiences, skills, and wealth grow, so does the complexity you deal with. One of the greatest ways to do this is to break your tasks down into their simplest components (or as simple as you can make them). This makes large tasks less formidable and alleviates the stress of constantly thinking you have monster problems to solve.
For example, you have “clean the house” on your to-do list. That may seem like a huge undertaking because you amalgamate all the actions you have to do and think you have to do. When this happens, mentally break the task down to small, actionable items. Here’s how this would go:
Fold laundry ➡️ Put clean clothes on bed ➡️ Fold one item of clothing ➡️ Put folded item away ➡️ Repeat until complete.
You’ve simplified a daunting task into something that you can easily do without much effort. After a few minutes, your “big job” is done. Become hyper-efficient by completing complementary tasks, like making calls and filing papers, at the same time. Rinse and repeat with the other projects you have and you’ve got a less stressful life.
There’s another part to this: Mindset. Getting into this habit will help you simplify your complicated life.
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Make Meetings Not Suck
These 1:1s don’t always go as planned, as anyone who has been in one knows. They can often result in blank stares, awkward pauses, and minimal tangible results. Without structure, these meetings become a wasted opportunity to make your team and company better. Fear not, Uptick has a solution.
The app Uptick was created to give structure and clarity to your one-on-ones. The app supplies you with intentional questions to ask and core topics to cover. The suggestions they provide are based on data and research and are designed to uncover what’s going on with your employees and team.
One of Uptick‘s most valuable functions is the ability to clarify expectations between meetings. As a manager, you can send questions to your employee about what they want to cover in your follow up. Your direct report can outline what they need you to bring or questions you will address. This allows you to prepare ahead of time and make the most of your time together. We bet this could even be used for relationships.
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SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within
3 Movies About Self Discovery
Debuting in 2010 and starring Julia Roberts, the premise of the movie is that Roberts’ character Liz thought she had everything she wanted until she divorced and found herself questioning what she truly wanted. Liz’s character essentially achieves everything in life that society tells us we should strive for only to realize that it’s not what she wants for herself. This sounds familiar to a lot of us as Achievers.
The 2003 film earned high marks on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes with its ensemble cast. In this film, a man visits his father on his deathbed and explores the theme of not being afraid of life but instead living it to the fullest. None of us enjoy thinking about our final days, and Big Fish forces us to confront this eventuality and decide how we want to be remembered for our time on this earth.
Serendipity wasreleased in 2001 and included a robust cast, including John Cusak, Kate Beckinsale, and Jeremy Piven. The story begins when Cusak and Beckinsale’s characters accidentally meet in an NYC department store. The pair spend the evening together and decide that fate will bring them back together if they’re meant to be together. On the surface, it’s a simple rom-com. As the film progresses, however, it dives deeper into the difference between settling for something good or chasing something great.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills
3 Signs Of High Emotional Intelligence
Having emotional intelligence is the mark of a true Achiever and is something we should all continually strive for. Equally important, the people we associate with daily should have these qualities as well. Determine where you and others fall on this spectrum with three signs that someone has high emotional intelligence.
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How To Ask For Advice From Professionals On LinkedIn
It’s smart and ambitious to approach someone with experience and ask them for advice. That said, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this. Be respectful of people’s time and use language appropriate for each individual. Sending a one-size-fits-all email with general questions is the best way to get ignored. To get honest, professional advice from someone on LinkedIn or even to make a new connection, you must be quick and to the point. Some quick examples to help you out:
In each example, you change a general inquiry into a question that evokes thought and opens up a potential conversation. Your audience can respond with a simple, straightforward answer and still provide value. This allows the recipient to answer without feeling overwhelmed and sets you apart from your peers.
FUN STUFF – TRIVIA
What treat/snack symbolizes arms folded in prayer and the 3 holes stand for the trinity? Answer below.
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Trivia Answer: Pretzel. We love us a good cinnamon sugar pretzel.