How to activate your mind for good.

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INSPIRATION

“I cheer for people. I was raised to believe there’s enough sun for everybody.”

– Tracee Ellis Ross

SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game inspired by “six degrees of separation,” the theory that nobody is more than six relationships away from any other person in the world. The game was created in 1994 by Brian Turtle and two classmates at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. They were watching “Footloose” on TV when it was followed by another Kevin Bacon movie, and then another.

The game requires players to link celebrities to Bacon in some way. It’s rare to find a Bacon number of 4 or higher. Bacon has appeared in more than 65 movies, making it a little bit easier for him to be the namesake of this game.

Kevin Bacon has amassed the social capital required to be connected to so many celebrities because of his prolificacy. We can apply the Bacon game in our own lives. Sure, we are probably not actors in the lights-camera-action sense, but we are the actors of our own lives. Engaging with friends and family, networking online and in-person, being an active member of your community, and present on social media are all ways to simulate the prolific nature of Bacon.

In 2007, Bacon Launched SixDegrees.org, a charitable organization that connects celebrities with good causes. Bacon turned a “light hearted game into a game changing movement that will directly benefit grassroots organizations while establishing a global intimacy.”

What started as a cute, fun game enabled Bacon to leverage his social capital to help people around the world.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

Keeping Remote Teams Connected

The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced thousands of companies to work from home for the foreseeable future. This current situation can put a strain on team communications and make it challenging to build a strong company culture and improve morale. If this sounds like something that is happening to you, we suggest the Goals App.

The Goals App is designed to keep your employees connected, monitor overall morale, and continue building a strong and healthy company culture. It does this by assigning team members fun and innovative goals to complete throughout the week.

A few examples of goals you can set for your team are

  • Compliment A Team Member
  • Post Your Favorite Movie
  • Share a Fitness Goal
  • Learn A New Skill
  • Share A Fun Fact

Each day your employees and co-workers will complete these tasks and earn points towards individual and team prizes. You can control how many points each task is worth and what prizes they are awarded. This allows you to emphasize tasks that promote team unity or personal discovery.

To learn more about how to Goals App can work for your company and the well-known companies that already use it, please click here.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills

3 Books On Self Awareness

Self-awareness is defined as an understanding of one’s own personality or individuality. In simple terms, it is the ability to know yourself, including your strengths, weaknesses, and the image you project out into the world every day. It is a critical component of emotional intelligence and essential in achieving any goals that involve interacting with other achievers.

We have selected three books on self-awareness that have been reviewed and approved by Book Authority, a leader in identifying and rating quality books.

“The Body Awareness Workbook For Trauma” By Dr. Julie Brown Yau, PhD

This book focuses on trauma and how holding on to a past traumatic event can impact your physical and mental health, and overall quality of life. Dr. Julie will dive deep to help you understand what past traumatic events may be holding you back from achieving happiness and your overall goals. She will also share cutting-edge advice to level out your emotions and creating new healthy habits to help you move past your traumatic experience.

“The Self Esteem Advantages” By David Michael King

This book is for anyone who worries they are not enough and has a strong desire to be better, braver, smarter, and stronger. Author David King explores the idea that we, as a society, we’re never taught to be kind to ourselves. We are so quick to tear ourselves down and slow to raise ourselves up. David will guide you through engaging with your self-esteem and provide advice on topics such as anxiety, over-thinking, self-forgiveness, learning to love, mindfulness, and much more.

“Personal Power Through Awareness” By Sanaya Roman

This book focuses on spiritual healing and the positive and negative energy you deal with every day. Sanaya Roman provides the reader with a powerful and proven process to help them recognize and clear any unwanted energy such as thoughts, beliefs, and emotions so you can stay balanced and centered. Topics covered in this best selling book include being aware of surrounding energy, not being affected by other people’s moods, listening to your intuition, changing your inner dialogue to start loving yourself, and much more.

NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going

3 Ways To Take Your Career To The Next Level

Do you ever feel stuck in your career? Nothing is exactly wrong per se, yet you feel like something is not right. Perhaps you have been doing the same thing for several years or just don’t feel the passion and fire you once had. Regardless, you feel it’s time to jump-start your career and take things to the next level. Here are three quick but useful tips for doing just that.

  1. Pitch An Idea or Project: Instead of waiting around for your next assignment, create one for yourself. Examine the current state of your department or company. What could be improved upon? Better yet, what project has been sitting in neutral for too long? Pitch your new idea to your boss and give yourself something new and fresh to get excited about.
  2. Invest In Professional Development: If your day job isn’t teaching you what you want to learn, take the initiative, and do it yourself. Invest in a professional development course that will teach you a new skill that you can apply to your work. This could be a soft skill like leadership or a hard skill like a software program that your team often uses.
  3. Search The Job Market: To be clear, this is different from finding a new job. Searching the job market means looking at what the next rung of the ladder looks like for someone in your position. Figure out what companies are looking for and then create a plan to acquire those new skills.

Getting stuck in your career is not your fault. Staying stuck because you refused to take action? Well, that’s a different story.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

Activate Your Mind 

Changing an opinion and admitting you were wrong after believing you were correct is hard, especially when you pride yourself on being an intelligent human being. It can be a little embarrassing or a blow to your ego. Some also find it difficult to stick to the beliefs they hold true in the face of opposition. Think of this in terms of closed-minded and open-minded people:

  • Closed-minded people don’t want their ideas challenged. They want people to agree with them and are more interested in being proven right than asking questions and learning others’ perspectives. They’re focused on being understood rather than understanding.
  • Open-minded people are more curious when someone disagrees and open to the possibility that they might be wrong. The difference in opinion compels them to see things through others’ eyes.

Both Have Their Shortfalls

  • The flexibility of an open mind is great if not, necessary to a point. But bending too quickly or too often might mean giving up their correct beliefs or principles for another set. It made Henry Clay unelectable. Open-minded people are often perceived as too impressionable and not principled enough for holding no firm convictions and granting plausibility to anything.
  • The rigidness of a closed mind makes a person appear true to their values, but those satisfied by their level of knowledge lose all sense of discovery. There’s no further inquiry. Closed minds show strong convictions- right or wrong- because they stubbornly cling to assumptions, emotions, or what they think they know. It’s a passive mind.

An Alternative is an Active Mind

Instead of worrying if you’re too open-minded or too close-minded, seek to have an active mind. With an active mind, you’re able and willing to examine ideas critically. An active mind, according to philosopher Ayn Rand, “does not grant equal status to truth and falsehood; it does not remain floating forever in a stagnant vacuum of neutrality and uncertainty; by assuming the responsibility of judgment, it reaches firm convictions and holds to them.”

It’s less about whether or not you change your opinion and more about how you form your opinions. There’s a greater priority on the process of thinking and forming opinions than making a hasty conclusion.

Three Stages of an Active Mind:

  1. Listening: Seek diverse viewpoints from multiple sources, read things that confirm and dispel your opinions, and ensure your understanding.
  2. Synthesizing: Compare old and new information, explore how different ideas fit together or the nuances and subtleties, distinguish between broad principles and narrow interpretations.
  3. Acting. Test your ideas with other people and other experiences. Continue to look to confirm beliefs and detect errors, update your thinking.

FUN STUFF 

Bonanza

[ buh-nan-zuh, boh- ] | noun

a source of great and sudden wealth or luck; a spectacular windfall

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