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Good morning, Achiever!

INSPIRATION

β€œIt is in our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

– Taylor Benson

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

The Three Part Formula For Becoming Exceptional


We can see patterns in exceptional people’s behaviors when we study how they became who they are. The finding: greatness is not limited to a single quality. There isn’t a single trait that we can emulate exclusively to unlock our inner Achiever and become great.

Despite this lack of “defining quality,” there is a formula that can be a starting point for understanding what it takes to become the crΓ¨me de la crΓ¨me.

Depending on your chosen profession, 50% of your achievement is genetic and comes from the innate abilities you are born with. Michael Phelps has the torso of swordfish, the legs of a man 8″ shorter than him, a disproportionately large chest, a wingspan 3″ longer than his height, hyper-extended joints, and size 14 feet – the perfect, Olympic swimmer body. Your own gift might be your IQ, linguistic ability, musical talent, charm, wit, work ethic, or stress tolerance. Your success depends on identifying and building on your natural strengths.

25% of this formula (some would say more) comes from intense effort and the hard work you put into improving your abilities. Honing your strengths and improving your weaknesses. You either enhance your natural gifts or let them waste away. Hard work is more easily recognized in domains such as education, sports, or music, where you can see the inputs and the direct output. Every great person has devoted years of their life to getting better at and mastering their craft.

The final 25% comes from a set of “enabling factors” that drive extreme success. 5 enabling factors are common to every exceptional human, including:

  1. An environment that is supportive, full of other high-achieving people, and has a culture of striving and excellence.
  2. A deep belief that they are capable of performing at the highest level. Unwavering belief and confidence in themselves.
  3. The ability to learn from others by borrowing ideas, utilizing mentors, and a set of honest people to rely on for learning and support.
  4. A focus on the small details that others tend to ignore and an understanding that the compound effect of mastering these is incredibly meaningful.
  5. Discipline and steadfast commitment to their goals.

You can’t choose your genes, but you can certainly decide how hard you work, the characteristics and skills you want to develop and hone. That’s half the equation.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Your Logo, Everywhere!


As a small business owner or side hustler, you’re often forced to wear many hats. You work long days completing tasks related to sales, marketing, finance, and really anything else that needs to get done. Some things, however, such as printing, can be left to the professionals. Create your own designs and marketing materials, and let the execution be carried out by someone else who knows what they’re doing.

Vistaprint is a leader in printing all types of marketing and branding materials like business cards, banners, and even lawn signs. They can be your go-to source for branded giveaways such as mugs, clothes, hats, and other items with your logo printed. Vistaprint also makes personal items such as invitations, stationery, and photo gifts. Heck, soon they’ll probably be doing wedding invitations and tattoos.

The best part about Vistaprint is the price point. All of their items are reasonably priced to ensure that budget-strapped business owners like you and us can afford quality branding. They often offer several types of discounts and bundle deals on the majority of their items.

Check out some much-needed print on their website: www.Vistaprint.com.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

That Time You Messed Up


We all screw up, it’s a fact of life. Every one of your friends, family members, co-workers, and contacts has screwed up in a big and small way at some point in their lives. We have all also had successes. Every person reading this has many things they’ve accomplished that they should be proud of. Despite this, chances are high that you often let your mistakes hold you back more than you let your successes propel your forward.

The reasoning behind why we keep reverting to remembering our old mistakes may lie in psychology, family history, or health issues depending on who you are and what you may remember. Even though that old screw up may have messed up something in the past, by keeping that mistake with you, the damage you are doing to your future is far greater.

When you remember a past mistake (we call them the “nagging doubts”), you make it harder for yourself to move forward. Consciously and unconsciously, you can prevent yourself from making an impactful decision, enter a prosperous new relationship, accept an exciting new opportunity, or take a bold action that could significantly enhance your quality of life. The real mistake is not what happened years ago, it’s letting that incident screw up your future by lamenting on it when you could be focusing on the future.

The next time you need to decide or choose a course of action and those nagging doubts start to creep up, consider only the facts in front of you. What is best for your current situation and your future self? What choice is best going to align with your goals and ambitions? Whatever happened in the past will have no impact on what you do moving forward, unless you choose to let it. So, you can screw up once and learn, or screw up twice and suffer. Or screw up thrice and really suffer! Make the choice to let it the past stay in the past and consider your bright future.

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

It’s Only 5 Minutes!


My grandmother is 97 and still has the depression-mentality of getting charged on the phone by the minute and will only stay on the call for thirty seconds, maybe a minute. My aunt is the opposite, her phone bills are studied by physics professors; how she stretches fifteen minutes of talking time into an hour is still a mystery of time. My grandmother used to be criticized for this until we noticed that we always pick up when she calls and talk to her for a minute or two because we all knew it wouldn’t be a huge time commitment, and we’d be off the phone soon. When my aunt calls, the call invariably goes to voicemail because there’s an hour-long conversation attached to that callback.

Apply this same mentality to your relationships when keeping up with people you know. Conversations don’t have to be long, and you can connect with more people when you spare 5 minutes and not 50. A call is superior to a text because a text is more impersonal and a call gives greater importance than a text. You can even begin the call with a variation of the phrase “I only have five minutes, but I was thinking of you and wanted to hear how you’re doing.” This puts a predetermined end time to the call that you can adhere to in order to keep it short and sweet.

You don’t have to continually tell people you only have 5 minutes to talk but reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while that you’ve been putting off and build that relationship with a small step.

The result? I talk to my grandmother all the time. I almost never talk to my aunt.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

What is Self-Regulation?


Self-regulation is one of the five fundamental components that comprise emotional intelligence. It is defined as “the ability to control yourself and exhibit appropriate emotion and action dependant on the situation.” In simple terms, self-regulation means you act appropriately even though no one is forcing you too.

When we think of our potential, we have the power to do almost anything we want. No one will arrest us if we do not show up to work, and no one will scold us for eating something we probably shouldn’t be eating (you may be broke and fat, though). A self-regulated person understands the long term impact of their actions and is disciplined to make choices that lead to a greater future. No one may be forcing you to do something, but you’ll have to face the pied piper sooner or later.

Let’s take the oft-felt emotion of anger. When a situation or individual makes you angry, you are the only person who can stop yourself from losing control and flying into a fit of rage. A self-regulated person knows that even though they are fully capable of this, it will not do them any good. They choose to stay calm not because it is what they want, but because they know it is the right thing to do. This is an “extreme” example as we don’t often feel rage, but it’s important to know that the same self-regulation applies to more mundane situations.

Being self-regulated means you can choose your reaction to a situation before reacting. When analyzing how to best handle something, take into account the short and long term ramifications of each option. Ultimately, you choose the reaction that will be most beneficial to what you are trying to achieve.

Your boss: “Yeeaahhh I’m going to need you to come in on Suuunday.”

You: “I’m self-regulating my desire to scream.”

FUN STUFF – TUESDAY TRIVIA

What animal featured in their circuses did ancient Romans call hippotigris?

Answer below.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

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1% BETTER: Improve each day

Google “Productivity Tips” and commit to practicing the first one you read all week.

Answer: Zebra