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September 18, 2020

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“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

– Warren Buffet

LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best

Part 2: Lisa Jeffs

Welcome to part 2 of our interview with female entrepreneur and business coach Lisa Jeffs. If you missed part 1, check your inbox for yesterday’s edition. We left off talking about how Lisa had transitioned out of being a youth counselor, and after a few failed ideas, she landed as a health and nutrition coach for about a year before she felt another change was needed.

“One of my top values is creative expression, and I felt like the niche I was coaching in did not allow me to express my creativity the way I wanted too. It felt very organic for me to transition into a role where I was helping people discover their passions and purpose in life.”

The key takeaway here is that Lisa did not settle for just good enough. She knew she was on the right track with coaching but was stubborn about ensuring her career aligned with her values. As an achiever, it’s important to set goals that are not only impactful but align with the type of person you want to be and the life you want to live.

Later in our conversation, we reached the highly popular topic of mindset. Since Lisa works with people who are transitioning careers and making significant life changes, I wanted to get her thoughts on what type of attitude her clients need to overcome to get started.

“One of the things I do when I first work with clients is an assessment to get clear about your underlying thought patterns. What are you saying to yourself on a daily basis. In the first week, I have them take a pen and paper to monitor and write down their thoughts. This helps us understand what kind of mindset we are working to overcome.”

A fascinating piece of information Lisa shared with us was that her clients often believe that they are not good enough to make a change and start their own company. Even though they are established, successful business people, they are still dealing with the same issues that you and I deal with daily.

We thank Lisa for taking the time to speak with us and look forward to sharing additional excerpts of her interview in future editorials. To learn more about Lisa Jeffs and her coaching services, click here.

SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within

Why Inspiration Trumps Motivation

I’m convinced that being inspired to do something great is far more powerful than being motivated.


  • something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create; a force or influence that inspires someone
  • divine guidance or influence exerted directly on a human mind or soul


  • the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
  • the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

Inspiration seems to point to a grand purpose. It compels someone to act. Motivation simply pushes someone to achieve something.

Author Wayne Dyer states “A highly motivated person takes an idea, goes out there, and won’t let anybody interfere with them. Inspiration is exactly the opposite. If motivation is when you get hold of an idea and carry it through to its conclusion, inspiration is the reverse. An idea gets hold of you and carries you where you are intended to go.”

Most success stories go like this:

  1. Something inspires an individual, usually when they’re young.
  2. They take that inspiring moment with them throughout life.
  3. The inspiration evokes a profound passion.
  4. The passion strengthens and pulls the person towards the achievement of their goals.

There’s no “push.” Inspiration creates a permanent inner yearning that pulls you towards your life’s vision and purpose. Whereas, motivation mainly uses extrinsic incentives to temporarily push you towards something, until the next push is needed. Motivations come and go, but inspiration doesn’t.

Psychologists Todd M. Thrash and Andrew J. Elliot have noted these core aspects of inspiration: evocation, transcendence, and approach motivation. First, inspiration is evoked spontaneously without intention. Inspiration is also transcendent, forming a grand vision of something new in a moment of clarity and awareness of possibilities. Finally, inspiration involves approach motivation, in which the individual strives to transmit, express, or actualize a new idea or vision.

So the question is, who or what has inspired you? Or maybe it just hasn’t found you yet.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

The Quest For Better Presentations

Meeting presentations can be downright boring, which is a problematic reputation for those who have something valuable to present. Fair or unfair, but anyone trying to present at a meeting is already facing an uphill battle. Once your audience sees a bunch of long bullet points on a boring template, they will begin to tune out, check their e-mail, or think about what they want for their next meal.

SlideQuest helps you turn the tide and create presentations people will actually want to hear. They have broken their entire library into different packages depending on the story you plan to tell and styles to match your brand. Ideal if you are continually creating presentations or need a set template for other teams to use.

Their packages include themes such as pitch decks, project management, data displays, and more. These templates allow you to skip the hassle of designing the slides yourself. They also help you avoid a last-minute scramble to create a slide you didn’t know you needed.

To take an in-depth tour of their various slides and offerings, please click here.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

Brag About Yourself

Promoting yourself can be uncomfortable, especially for those who are quieter and more introverted. For some (mostly extroverts), talking about themselves is their saving grace and for others (like myself), talking about themselves makes their skin want to crawl.

Meredith Fineman is the author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion and helps people gracefully and humbly get recognition for their achievements.

She defines bragging as “seeding facts about your work strategically and cohesively to get what you want”- doesn’t sound so bad.

Most often, shy people fall under the “qualified quiet,” people who have done the work but don’t know how to talk about it. If this is you, you know this exactly. You probably think, “What if people think I’m too much or obnoxious?”. But people that are actually frauds don’t ever worry about those things! Being worried is part of the territory of being someone who thinks critically and strategically, but it shouldn’t stop you.

The qualified quiet are precisely the types of people- the smart, thoughtful, self-aware, hardworking, and truthful-we need to hear from!

Fineman says that one small thing we can do is evaluate our email signatures. It allows us to be in control of our story. Whether it’s putting your direct contact information, a link to your personal website, or more about you.

There are opportunities all around you to “brag” about yourself; you just need to take advantage of them.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Stay healthy in the hustle

How Anger Affects Your Body

First, there is a source of anger- disappointment, frustration, judgment, rejection, fear. Then, there’s a chain of activation in the brain—first, the amygdala, then the hypothalamus, and then the pituitary and adrenal glands. Now you have stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline running through your veins.

Elevated cortisol causes neurons to accept too much calcium. A calcium overload makes cells fire too frequently and die. The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex are particularly vulnerable to cortisol and these adverse effects.

Cortisol Effects :

  • Prefrontal Cortex: High levels of cortisol cause a loss of neurons in the prefrontal cortex. Suppressed activity prevents you from using your best judgment and keeps you from making right decisions and thinking about the future.
  • Hippocampus: High levels of cortisol kills neurons in the hippocampus and disrupts the creation of new ones. Suppressed activity weakens short-term memory. It also prevents you from forming new memories properly. This is why you might not remember what you want to say or have said in an argument.

Too much cortisol decreases serotonin, the hormone that makes you happy. A decrease in serotonin can make you feel anger and pain more easily, increase aggressive behavior, and lead to depression.

How Stress Hormones Affect the Rest of Your Body

  • Cardiovascular system: increased heart rate, blood pressure, arterial tension, blood glucose level, and blood fatty acid level.
  • Immune system: decrease thyroid function and the number of natural killer cells, increase the number of virus-infected cells and the incidence of cancer
  • Digestive System: decrease blood flow and metabolism and increase dry mouth.
  • Vision: increase intraocular pressure and decrease eyesight
  • Head: increase the number of migraine and headaches
  • Skeletal: decrease bone density


Scientists say they have identified evidence of a new mass extinction event in the fossil record, and it’s one that allowed dinosaurs to dominate the Earth for more than 200 million years.

It took place 232 million to 234 million years ago and has been called the Carnian Pluvial Episode. Dinosaurs originated some 20 million years before this event, but they remained quite rare and unimportant until the Carnian Pluvial Episode hit,

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

  • A nurse who worked at an ICE detention center in Georgia filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that immigrant women received questionable hysterectomies.
  • The smoke from dozens of wildfires in the western United States is creating unusually hazy skies and remarkable sunsets on the east coast.
  • In remarks Wednesday night at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Attorney General Willia Barr had called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” since slavery.
  • The first volume of former President Barack Obama’s memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It’s called “A Promised Land”.

1% BETTER: Improve each day

Think about the people that’ll cry at your funeral, only their opinions of you should truly matter to you. Everyone else, tune out!