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Episode 178 – Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away

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What do you have to give away?

Do you know how to leverage your network?

The era of networking is passing us by. The idea of showing up at an event, business card in hand, meeting and greeting, and collecting names and numbers is not longer valid. I mean, sure, you’re bound to leave one of those events with some todos…I just want to challenge you to make sure they are the RIGHT todos. So, how do you know what to do? Listen in…

In this episode, you’ll also learn…

  • Where Jason is hosting a #CoffeeChat on Friday!
  • What a book reader wrote in a review for Jason’s book, Your Best Just Got Better
  • The BEST way to build a network.
  • What special event is coming up in Ojai next February.
  • Who Jason would like to meet…if you have any “Silicon Valley” connections!

Please do leave us a question, an idea, a prompt below, so we know what YOU think of this ‘cast.

Next month, things are changing. BIG time…

If you want to build your network, listen to this episode!

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Episode 177 – 60 months from now

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Where will you be in 60 months?

 

Look around and watch the people you spend time with. They are influencing you…

 

You’ve had a social network since before the advent of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. There have always been people around who you “followed;” whether they were role models, or people you just couldn’t help but notice. Today it’s just a little different. You see, you can curate your network in different ways than ever before. When you find 5 or 10 people who positively influence you, you can “subscribe” to them, you can reach out to them, you can learn from them almost every day.

In this episode, you’ll also learn…

  • We’re moving the podcast to a new day of the week.
  • Jason worked with the most amazing client on Monday.
  • There’s a BIG announcement about the Leadership Retreat.
  • There are great ways to care for, grow and nurture your network.

Please do leave us a question, an idea, a prompt below, so we know what YOU think of this ‘cast.

If it’s time to build a strong network, listen to this episode.

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Episode 176 – The 5-Day Experiment

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How long will you take to start doing something consistently?

When was the last time you thought you’d change a habit?

So, you’ve probably heard the research about how long it takes to turn a new practice in to a habit. Well, I’m here to tell you to stop thinking that way. I mean, really, before you commit to the 18 or 21 or 66 days it’s going to take, wouldn’t it be worth your while to take just 5 days to identify whether or not you should even THINK about turning that thing in to a habit?

In this episode, you’ll also learn…

  • There is a change coming to the podcast. Ready?
  • Where Jason has been lately.
  • How long it “might” take to turn something in to a habit.
  • How you can start making a change without really doing that much.
  • Oh, and, one more request from Jodi before we end the month!

Please do leave us a question, an idea, a prompt below, so we know what YOU think of this ‘cast.

Next month, things are changing. BIG time…

If it’s time to make new habits, you need this podcast.

I promise!!

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Episode 102 – You…Only Better Today

THE most popular episode of the entire Your Best Just Got Better podcast series. Learn what the world’s best know about performance, productivity and personal development.

Before you listen, ask yourself this question, “What if you knew the one thing to do to make sure you are at your best every day?”

This podcast will equip you with the two tools you need, to be you…Only better!

Episode 175 – Routines – the micro steps that turn behaviors in to habits

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How “good” are your routines?

How to do what you’re doing every day…better?

Well everyone, today’s podcast episode uncovers TWO of the routines I’ve practiced for more than a decade. Both of these help me take better care of myself; and, I’ve found the better care I take of myself, the more available I am to care for – and be there for – others..

In this episode, you’ll also learn…

  • Why Jason is in Camden, Maine.
  • What he will send you if you email him sometime today!
  • How your Priorities are connected to your Habits.
  • And, how Habits are supported by Routines.
  • Oh, and, you’ll hear how episodes 173, 174 and 175 all connect!

If you leave a comment below – a question, an idea, a prompt – one of us will get back to you right away.
You know how thankful we are, right? We love doing this podcast for you; hope you love it too!

Study your routines, you’ll build new habits.

I promise!!

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Episode 174 – A Fast and Easy Way to Change a Habit

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Want to make a new a habit?

There is one thing you can do, starting today!

Today, you’re going to start a process that will teach you how to build a new habit.

In this episode, you’ll also learn…

  • How to focus on your MIT’s: Most Important Things
  • How I started Your Best Just Got Better Podcast: because a family friend thought it was a good idea
  • Once you know 1 of your MITs is really important; here’s what to do about it
  • Jason shares an activity that he PROMISES will start your change toward better

Please listen to the podcast now, oh, and share your thoughts in the comments section below…

Thank you for being part of the Your Best Just Got Better and Get Momentum communities!

Start a new #habit … Today!

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Episode 173 – If it were easy, you’d be doing it already

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Would your life be better if you focused on Most Important Things and prioritized those MITs more effectively?

The answer is (of course)… Absolutely!

This week, Jason shares a story and some insight about how we think, how we work, and how we can “Discipline” ourselves to Make Better Choices at work and in life.

In this episode, you’ll also learn…

  • Where Jason has been, and where he’s going
  • How to decrease stress, anxiety, and complexity and lead life focused on your MITs
  • IF you’re on the road, Jason can share some smart “travel hacks” for making your trips easy, fun, and hassle-free
  • In a way, your brand is made up of/by/from: Who you spend time with, What you do, and How you do it
  • Jason shares a big insight he’s had about “Discipline” so you set yourself up for success more easily

Check it out now and share your thoughts in the comments section below…

Enjoy and thank you for being part of the Your Best Just Got Better and Get Momentum communities!

Make today #Better…

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Episode 172 – How to Persevere Through the Tough Times – Create Clarity

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Last month over at GetMomentum.co we addressed the topic of “Perseverance” and how effective leaders need to be able to go through the tough times…especially when they are tough.

As you look around your work and your world, pick one goal that you know you’d like to achieve, and clearly state what the experience will be when you get there.

I know of 4 productivity tactics that will give you the super-power you will need when the times get tough. However, you know me…and I’m only going to focus on ONE of these tactics each week. That way, you don’t feel overwhelmed, and you can test the information I share with you bit-by-bit…or, as my writing teacher Anne Lamott said, “Write that book bird-by-bird…”

Ok, so here are the four ways to persevere – again, I’m only going to talk to you about one a week…

This week’s tactic: Clarify your vision of what “There” looks like 

The other three are:

  1. Build a team of peers who support you
  2. Reflect – daily – on your wins
  3. Focus, Focus, Focus on what you’re about to do next

During the last “member’s-only” town hall at Get Momentum, we asked, “What gets in your way of achieving on your most important goals?” From around the world, they told us:

  • I have too many priorities
  • I’m too distracted at my desk
  • There are competing intentions from management

Does any of that sound familiar?

You see… I’m a student of leadership, and I look for the qualities in and of those around me who demonstrate leadership. I’m also a historian – so, I look to the past for anchors, examples of times past, that I can look to for advice and the occasional bit of inspiration… Here’s one from a long-time-ago American President, John Quincy Adams…

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Want to know how to persevere through tough times? I have a writing tactic for you and here it is…take out 4 note-sized cards, and on each one write down one of those “mores.” Here they are again:

  • Dream more
  • Learn more
  • Do more
  • Become more

Then, every day for the next 5 days add ONE item to each card representing where you see yourself – your vision – 36 months from now. On day 6 – if you do this 5 days in a row – call me, and we’ll talk about your vision and I’ll coach you with the one best tools I know of, to make a vision…a reality.

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Episode 171 – How to Get Lucky – Part II

 

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Here’s a quote by Lois McMaster Bujold: “Experience suggests it doesn’t matter so much how you got here, as what you do after you arrive.”

Isn’t it true that every now and then, a little luck is all you need. I know there are 2 things you can do to increase the likelihood good things will happen to you. Each one puts you in a better position to gain momentum and achieve your goals.

In this episode, I’ll tell you all about how to be in the right place at the right time

In the next episode of this series, I’ll tell you how important it is to get current; You’ve got to clean the slate because it’s hard to take on more when you’re already buried. Let me start with a story…

During the winter of 2012 someone told me: “You’re so lucky, you got a book published.”

I gotta tell you, it has stuck with me ever since. Whenever I work with a small business owner or a newly promoted manager, I think to myself, “How are they managing – and creating – their luck?”

So in this podcast I want to tell you step by step how I created this “lucky” experience.

And, it all starts from the cliche “ Be in the right place at the right time.” Take those two pieces of advice, one at a time…

RIGHT PLACE:

This means that you’re getting out, you’re putting yourself in a position to meet people, to see things, to do things. Here’s a question for you:

Where do you need to be, that will increase the likelihood good luck will happen? Click pause on the podcast, and answer that question. Here it is again: Where do you need to be, that will increase the likelihood good luck will happen?

RIGHT TIME:

You’ve heard the saying, “Timing is everything,” right? Well, here’s what I know – and trust:

Luck doesn’t happen EVERY time, but it could happen at ANY time…

Just a few weeks ago, in New York City, I met a woman in the elevator as we were traveling down to the lobby. Between the 7th floor and the 1st floor, we shared a conversation. As the doors opened, she said, “Do you have a copy I can buy right now?” Yup, my “elevator pitch” worked that day! Was I lucky? Nope… right place…right time.

Let me tell you the story of getting “lucky” and getting my book published.

On March 12th, 2011…

I was at a conference, it was rainy morning, and as I reviewed the conference schedule I saw a meeting titled, “From Blog to Book.” The breakout session was at a hotel a 1.2 mile walk away from where I was. So, I had a choice…

The easy thing would have been to choose a different breakout, and skip that one. I mean it was cold, rainy and windy outside…not a great day for a walk. But, as the saying goes, “You’ve got to play to win.” So walk I did.

At the end of the session I introduced myself to the three book publishers who were the panelists, and gave them my card. I had been writing a blog, I said, and now I wanted to write a book. They all smiled…one guy even said, “Good luck with that.”

An hour later I was back near the main conference center, about to cross a street when I looked up to see Matt, one of the publishers on the panel. So, I reintroduced myself, told him again about my plan to publish a book, and even said, “I’ve started a book proposal, can I send it to you?” He gave me his card – again – and said he’d take a look.

And that put me in to action. You see, over the previous 6 months, on again/off again, I’d been working on writing a book proposal. I’d even submitted a version of it to another publisher, and NEVER got a response. So, when Matt said he’d look it over, I knew I had to act fast…

I called Jodi, said I’d catch up later that evening, went to the hotel room, and worked for 4 hours straight to finish a version of the proposal I could send to Wiley Publishing. I clicked send, and met Jodi for dinner – That was March 12th.

On March 21st – I got a clarification email from Lauren, an editor at Wiley, asking me just a couple of questions. I received that email at 6pm while I was in Keene, New Hampshire. I changed my dinner plans and sent a revision of the proposal the next morning.

On April 4th, I opened my email inbox to see an email titled, “Welcome to Wiley.” I was in Chicago that afternoon, getting ready for a seminar the next day with a world-wide organization named, the “Institute for Management Studies.” Can you guess what I put in my introduction THAT morning?

For the next 4 months, I traveled to more than 20 cities, visited 4 countries, and presented 39 Leadership Workshops for Fortune 100 companies, universities and even a not-for-profit organization in New York City. Meanwhile, I wrote…and wrote…and wrote.

On August 24th of 2011, I submitted the Final Draft of the book, Your Best Just Got Better and on February 7th of 2012, my book was published. In less than 10 months I went from, Blog to Book.

And that…is how I got lucky…

Episode 170 – How to Get Lucky – Part 1

 

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When it comes to making good things happen, have you ever found yourself waiting…hoping for that little bit of luck you’ll need?

I gotta tell you, I love this quote by Ray Kroc, you know the guy who invented McDonalds…

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”

So, in this episode of the podcast, you’ll learn one of the two ways I know of to “step in to luck” a little more often. And, yes, by the way this is the SECOND in a series of two episodes…I recommend you try one of these for a week or two before you hold yourself accountable to the other way to “get lucky more.”

Before I share this tactic, I will ask: Have you rated the podcast yet? Please, take a moment when you’re done and visit iTunes or Stitcher and leave your comments. If you do, email to let me know. I’ll send you something special – no matter HOW many stars you give! My email address is Jason@WomackCompany.com

So, if you want to get lucky more, you’ve got to put yourself in position to get lucky more.

I hope you weren’t expecting me to give you some new, profound, amazing tool. No, you’re probably sitting there (or walking, or driving) thinking, “Yeah, I gotta put myself in a position to get lucky more.”

But, the question is how? How do you do that?

I’m going to tell you WHY to do it, and then HOW. Look, by the end of today you’ll either have moved the mission forward…Or not. You’ll be closer to your goals…Or not. And, it’s going to take a lot – a lot of work, a lot of chance, a lot of luck, and a lot of effort to achieve some of those goals that you’re chasing.

In 2007, Jodi and I started our company. You may notice, when you visit the Web site www.WomackCompany.com that we did, indeed, name our company The Jason Womack Company. Look, it’s all we had back then. I mean, up until that point I was a high school teacher in Ojai, CA and a senior management consultant with David Allen and Company – you know, the guy who wrote the book called Getting Things Done for the 11 years before that.

Let me tell you how lucky we’ve gotten over the past few years:

Jodi and I started a company – a consulting firm, serving international and domestic clients, several of which are Fortune 100 companies.
I’ve been on stage at the same conference where speakers such as Les Brown, Dick Cheney, Benjamin Zander.
We have coordinated TED events in our home town of Ojai, CA.
I published my book – with a New York City publisher – within 11 months of meeting the Vice President of Wiley Publishing.
I’ve completed 5 half-ironman distance triathlons; and I’ve won a 5-miler running race in Homer, Alaska.

Now, you’re probably wondering, HOW did you do all of that Jason?

Well, first of all, I’ve just put a drop in to the bucket. I wanted to give you a sense of what happens when you DO what I’m about to teach you. But first, I have to ask:

How bad do you want it? I mean it? If you’re thinking that things are fine, that you really DON’T need to change, here’s my advice. Stop listening to this episode of the podcast.

I’m serious.

Press stop, and move right along.

Ok, you still here? That means you’re ready to take things up a level, so here’s my tactic – the one that I use EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. to get more lucky…

Do what you say you’re going to do…In the time you say you’re going to do it.

When you tell someone you’ll have something to them by Monday; do it.
When you tell someone you’ll get back to them, do it.
When you tell yourself you’ll do something, do it.

Here’s my challenge to you, if you’re ready.

Take out a blank piece of paper and on top write, “What have I said I was going to do…For who?”

Over the next 5 days, I want you to continue adding to that list. Even if you DO one of them, add it to the list. I want you to see what happens, in the space of just 120 hours, when you move through the day-to-day of life.

You say yes to a lot.

If luck is defined as success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions… I encourage you to put a bit more of that success in your own two hands. Get read to get lucky, do what you say you’re going to do.