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June 10, 2020
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” The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. “
– Alice Walker
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 People 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 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.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
iTranslate – Aprende todos los idiomas !
Most people I know would like to learn a second language. However, this takes time, and even when you’re done, there are still dozens of other languages you still don’t know. It’s great to know Spanish, but it’s useless if you are visiting Germany or have clients that are fluent in Chinese. What you really need is a tool that will take your English words, and quickly translate them into whatever language you need in the current moment. That is exactly was iTranslate Voice was built for.
iTranslate is a mobile app that allows you to communicate with almost anyone regardless of language. To start, select your native language and the language of the person you are speaking with. Then, simply speak your message into the phone. Your words will be translated, and your message will be spoken aloud in the new language. You can utilize this tool when speaking to someone in person or exchanging text messages with contacts across the globe.
This is the perfect tool for communicating with a co-worker or friend in a different country. It is also ideal for anyone who travels often and does not speak the native language. It can allow you to confidently travel internationally for business or pleasure without worrying about something getting lost in translation. iTranslate supports over 40 languages and dialects to ensure you are speaking in the version of the language that your contact will understand.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Keep healthy in the hustle
Rewiring Your Brain
Scientists used to think that the brain’s structure was hard-wired and immutable. The widely held belief was that the brain was a machine: machines are capable of many things, but they do not change and grow.
New research demonstrates that the brain is actually plastic, meaning it is able to change based on experiences.
Neural pathways connect relatively distant areas of the brain or nervous system, and each pathway is associated with a particular action or behavior. Every time we think, feel, or do something, we strengthen this pathway. Habits are well travelled pathways.
New thoughts and skills carve out new pathways. Repetition and practice strengthen these pathways, forming new habits. Old pathways get used less and weaken. With repeated and direct attention towards a desired change, we all have the ability to rewire our brains.
Pleasure & Reward:
The brain’s reward pathway encourages us to seek out activities essential to survival such as food, water, shelter, sex, and nurturing. When the reward pathway is activated, the brain floods with dopamine. Dopamine makes us feel good and we repeat the activity. The reward creates the desire to repeat the action.
Recognize and avoid negative triggers:
There are environmental triggers such as places, smells, and sounds, social triggers such as family and friends, and emotional triggers such as depression, stress, frustration, anger, anxiety, and loneliness. Triggers can cause a downward spiral if they are associated with bad habits. For example, if you are depressed, you might use drugs to escape. Drugs flood the body with dopamine and the body develops a tolerance. A tolerance means less reward and less pressure so you become emotional all over again. The process repeats with higher drug use.
Rewiring the Brain:
We can rewire our brains just by thinking, but it takes lots of practice. Set goals, recognize both positive and negative triggers, make conscious decisions, and seek pleasure and reward from healthy pursuits. New pathways are strengthened, and through repetition, new healthy habits are formed.
Keeping Your Brain Primed for Change:
If we don’t use our brains, we can’t engage its plasticity. Highly focused activities help keep the brain in good shape. Try learning a new language or skill, solving logical puzzles, or placing yourself in new environments.
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
The 4 Agreements for a Winning Mindset
Be Impeccable with Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. Also, give others the benefit of the doubt. This could completely transform your life.
Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you’re healthy as opposed to when you’re sick, when you’re energetic as opposed to when you’re tired. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
From Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements”
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills
3 Tips on Becoming a Better Public Speaker
Full disclosure, I am a motivational speaker who gets paid to speak to large audiences. That might sound frightening to someone who does not enjoy public speaking. Speaking in front of people can be overwhelming. You have to stand up, have a bunch of people stare at you, and communicate your ideas in a coherent manner that will keep your audience’s attention.
Here are three quick tips on how to become a more confident public speaker:
- Prepare An Outline. Public speaking is meant to educate your audience on your topic. Before you speak, take a few minutes to plan out what you want to present. What information does your audience need to learn by the time you are finished? Once you know what type of conclusion you want to arrive at, plan out what additional points you need to talk about to get there.
- Breathe and Talk Slow. I have seen countless co-workers talk way too fast during a presentation. If the crowd can’t digest the information you are presenting, they will lose interest. It’s important to speak slightly slower than you would in a normal conversation. It may sound odd at first, but it will allow the audience to understand what you are saying. Lastly, remember to breathe and relax. You will be fine, and it will be over before you know it.
- Remember The Expectations. Novice public speakers often think they need to deliver a professional sounding speech when they get up in front of an audience. That is simply not the case. The only thing you need to is to deliver information and value. The people in front of you are not expecting to be entertained. The only thing they expect is to learn something from your presentation. As long as you give them something valuable, it’s okay if the delivery was slightly off.
FUN STUFF – UNCOMMON WORDS
Schwellenangst: Fear of crossing a threshold to embark on something new
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- NASDAQ tops 10,000 for first time ever.
- Apple is trying to find a way for users to take socially distant selfies.
- The Confederate Flag will be banned from public spaces on Navy ships and Texas counties will remove some Confederate monuments.
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