PEAK Newsletter: 8/8/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK.   The August PEAK Around Town will take place this Thursday, August 10, from 6-10 PM, at the Allandale Mansion Amphitheater.  Beth Snapp will be performing at this event.  There is no entry fee; food will be available for purchase from Foodie Fiction, and beer will be available for purchase from Sleepy Owl Brewery.   This week’s blog post, written by PEAK Board member Jeremiah Clark, talks about the importance of a strong morning routine.   We’re excited to be providing volunteers for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee’s The Farmer and The Chef event again this year!  The event will take place at the Blackthorn Club on Thursday, September 7, from 6 to 9 PM.  Volunteers will assist with greeting, registration, and the silent auction.  Please click here to register as a volunteer.   Town Planner is hosting a call for photographers.  Photos will be used in the 2018 Town Planner calendars.  Click here for more information.   Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: What’s Your Routine?

WHAT’S YOUR ROUTINE? The morning is arguably the most valuable time you have available to you each day.  While you may claim to be a night owl and in fact be very successful at working late, your body is nevertheless the most rested, and your mind the most able to process, when you first wake each morning.  It is therefore to your advantage to use this time wisely.  This is why Square CEO Jack Dorsey routinely wakes at 4:30 AM for a six mile jog before heading into the office, and why Apple CEO Tim Cook is up and commonly sending corporate emails before 5 AM, just to name a few of the many successful individuals whose days regularly begin well before daylight. Now answer truthfully: did you hit the snooze button this morning?  No judgement here.  I did it yesterday. J While we all need extra R&R at times, we should arguably strive to make the most of our mornings.  Leadership guru Darren Hardy for example espouses the idea of tackling your largest daily task first thing in the morning.  Not only will you have the most mental energy at that time, but there will likely be less distractions first thing in the morning as well.  You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you achieved something early on, which will give you a confidence boost for the rest of your day.  A Forbes Magazine article agrees with Darren’s argument, and also cites four additional tasks we should strive to complete each morning, all before 8 AM.  These include exercising, mapping your day, eating breakfast, and reflecting....

PEAK Newsletter: 7/25/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK. (If the graphics aren’t loading for you, please click here to view the text-based version of this newsletter.) The August PEAK Around Town will take place August 10, from 6-10 PM, at the Allandale Mansion Amphitheater.  Beth Snapp will be performing at this event.  There is no entry fee; food will be available for purchase from Foodie Fiction, and beer will be available for purchase from Sleepy Owl Brewery.   A HUGE thank you goes out to our friends at Prendergast Construction for their gold level sponsorship!  Their generosity means the world to us.   Another great post by PEAK Board member Jeremiah Clark!  If you currently have a secondary steam of income or are considering owning your own business, this post is for you.   Our friends at High Voltage are hosting a Yappy Hour TONIGHT!  BYOD (bring your own dog), and we’ll see you there!   Our friends at Allandale Mansion are hosting a free concert series this August.  Click here for the concert schedule.   Oops!  We had a little glitch last time we congratulated our members for their acceptance into Leadership Kingsport, so we’re congratulating them again.  Congrats to Tara, Mandi, Emma, Jeremiah, Ashley, John, Tina, and Katherine!  We’re so excited for you!   Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: Bacon and Bacon Seeds

BACON AND BACON SEEDS   (Shout-out and thanks to PEAK member Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez, founder of Beyond Engagement: Social Media Management, for the title of this article). While many individuals may have dreams to grow their own business, a great number of those same individuals cite a similar excuse for why they are unable to do so: they are already busy with a full-time job.  The problem with this argument is that it places the wrong perspective on what your full-time day job is and what it provides for you.  Rather than seeing your current job as a hindrance, realize that your job is your current source of “bacon” (income), and that having that bacon makes it easier to invest in growing “bacon seeds”, i.e., your side business, which can potentially one day become your primary source of income. This is true for several reasons.  Maintaining your day job will ensure that you preserve a steady income stream to provide for you and your family.  You do not want to find yourself out of money and in “desperation mode” while trying to grow a business as this will have severe negative ramifications on your actions (such as rushing into less-than-ideal business arrangements or offering your product or service well below market value simply because you need cash).  Plus, as starting a business will require capital, maintaining your day job will ensure you have a way to cover those expenses. Keeping your job provides other benefits as well, such as access to resources such as personal networks and skill-building opportunities.  It also ensures that you can take your time to test...

PEAK Newsletter: 7/11/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK.   Volunteers are still needed for Saturday’s Busking Around the World event!  This is a Fun Fest event taking place in Downtown Kingsport.  Two shifts are available. If interested, please click here to learn more and sign up.   PEAK Board member Jeremiah Clark encourages you to do a midyear review and shares a best practice for keeping motivation in this week’s professional development post.       Congratulations are in store for three PEAK members, three PEAK Board members, and one PEAK Advisory Council member!  These individuals were selected as members of Leadership Kingsport’s Class of 2018.  The full list is available here.   The July PEAK Around Town is this Thursday!  Join us at High Voltage from 6 to 8 PM for yard games, beer and sharing boards, and a vintage photo booth.   See you Thursday!    – The...

Professional Development: Midyear Review and the Five Second Rule

MIDYEAR REVIEW & THE FIVE SECOND RULE   July is here, which means that now is a good time to take stock of your year.  What were you hoping to have happen in 2017?  Any specific goals or dreams?  Now ask yourself: have your actions and activities so far this year reflected those goals?  In other words, are there visible signs that you have been working towards bringing these desires to fruition?  One last question: if the rest of 2017 continues as the first half of the year has, how will you feel on December 31st?  Accomplished, or disappointed? Chances are that you know exactly what it is that you need to be doing to achieve your goals.  You also probably know why you have those goals in the first place and why they are so important to you.  But it is likely that taking action towards those goals may not be a habit for you, and as motivation speaker Terri Savelle Foy states, habits (and hobbies) are the only things people will act on naturally. So how can we create new habits that propel us towards our goals?  This is where the Five Second Rule, a concept (and book) created by author and TEDx speaker Mel Robbins, enters the picture. The Five Second Rule is this: if you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move your body within five second or your brain will kill the impulse. Think about some practical applications of this Rule.  Let’s assume that you have a goal to exercise every morning.  When your alarm clock goes off in...

PEAK Newsletter 6/27/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK.   The July PEAK Around Town will take place Thursday, July 13, from 6-8 PM at High Voltage. Join us for beer, snacks, and lawn games.  Thank you to our friends at High Voltage for opening on a Thursday for us!   This week’s professional development blog post, written by PEAK Board member Jeremiah Clark, encourages you to give turning on your filter a try.   We’re so excited about our Fun Fest event, Busking Around the World!  At least 20 volunteers will be needed for this event.  You can learn more about the event and sign up for a shift on our Eventbrite page.   Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: Turn on Your Filter

TURN ON YOUR FILTER In today’s world we are constantly bombarded with information and interruptions.  Between television and internet advertisements, robo/spam-calls, and countless news articles, there is much out there to keep us distracted from the things that are truly important to us.  Not only do these things take up our time and mental energy, but many of these distractions often prey upon negative emotions and fears, creating a cycle where you spend even more time and energy thinking about them.  This can ultimately lead to more pessimistic thoughts and outlooks towards your daily actions and goals. This is why many psychologists and leadership coaches espouse the idea of being selective about what you choose to give attention to.  In other words, learn to filter incoming information.  As leadership expert Darren Hardy often discusses, humans naturally gravitate towards, and therefor ultimately find, more of what they already focus on.  This means that if you are already paying attention to distractions, including specifically negative ones, then you will soon find even more coming your way.  But the opposite is also true.  If you choose to filter out negative distractions, your outlook and focus will improve for the better.  Many successful entrepreneurs, including X-Prize Foundation chairman Peter Diamandis, support such action, claiming that your vision for your future will be clearer and more optimistic if it isn’t marred down by negative politics, controversies, and an unhealthy focus on tragedies, all of which can result from not properly tuning your filter to protect your thoughts. It is to be noted that you may not even realize the impact that distractions are having...

PEAK Newsletter 6/13/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK.  Click any of the graphics to learn more.         Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: Mental Strength

MENTAL STRENGTH     Life is full of challenges, and how you handle those challenges can have serious ramifications on the direction of your life.  More times than not it is easier to simply throw in the towel and give up rather than face those challenges, but success in any realm of life requires that you be a warrior and press on.  More so then physical prowess, this requires mental toughness.  Following is a list of thirteen thoughts and actions from leadership expert Jim Rohn and published through Success Magazine that you can incorporate into your daily routine to aid you in developing mental strength. 1. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself.  Everyone has setbacks, but how long you are set back is dependent entirely upon how long you dwell on those negative circumstances. 2. Don’t give away your power.  No matter your circumstances, you have control over your actions and attitudes. 3. Don’t shy away from change.  Change is one of the only constants in life, so embrace it. 4. Don’t waste energy on things beyond your control.  There is only so much your brain can process each day, so focus that energy on what you can control. 5. Don’t try to please everyone.  You will never be able to, and trying to do so will be a never ending drain on your energy. 6. Don’t fear taking risks.  It’s a cliché, but it is true: fortune favors the bold. 7. Don’t dwell on the past.  Focus on improving the present and the future. 8. Don’t repeat other’s mistakes.  Learn from them. 9. Don’t resent the success...