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Episode 169 – Dump the Plan

 

Early on this Friday morning, we’re kicking off the first full day of the Annual Ojai Leadership Retreat! But first, you’re getting the early morning cast, as always.

In this week’s episode, I discuss the idea of… “How do you get going?…especially if you’re stalled out?”

Special guest, Geoff Welch also joins me to discuss this topic.

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Episode 168 – Benefits of Being A Team Player

 

In this week’s episode, I discuss why teams go weird, why people go off course when working on a project, and lastly, I discuss some solid ideas about how you can enhance and build up your team over the next couple weeks.

One of the reasons that projects go weird is that there is an inability to see the world through someone else’s lens.

Also, what’s a rookie move in the workplace? Recognizing the flaws and what didn’t go right.
What about the veteran move? Looking around your world and recognizing that your mission is being moved forward.

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Episode 167 – Less sleep, less productive

 

What gives extremely successful people the right to do what it took to get them to the level that they’re at; turn around, and tell us not to do the things that got them to that level of success?

Look at people like Arianna Huffington, who tells the story about a time in her life when she was not getting enough sleep. There are many articles about it, including this one from The Atlantic (that I quote in the episode) and this TED Talk (by the way, are you looking for more TED Talks? Check this out).

Years down the road, when you think to yourself… where you want to be, what you want to have done, and where you’ll want to have gone; it might actually demand that you get MORE sleep, and you get LESS done. This means… to be as maximally productive as possible, you may need to get less done.

Do you want to know how to sleep better at night? You have to figure out what productivity means to you. What will success look, sound, and feel like to you?

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Episode 166 – Change Your Focus, Change Your Life

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This episode is inspired by Bruce Lee, an incredible teacher and mentor who helped me to change my focus and ultimately change my life. His focus on living life at the pinnacle of developed potential truly stands out. However, there are a lot of people who you’ll come into contact with who do not want to live their life at the pinnacle of human potential. Bruce & Brandon

Within your work life and personal life, it is important to prepare yourself for future opportunities so that when an opportunity does present itself, you are equipped to take it on!

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Episode 165 – I Will Miss You

After my niece and nephew visited a while back, I noticed there was a nice little note off to the lower, left-hand corner of the white board in my office. Every time I look at it, I get this feeling of gratitude. It makes me smile, and I also start to think about where my world can use the kind of presence and honesty that I see when I read her little note to us.

As you’re listening to this episode, bring to mind some of the people you’re connected to. Think about the folks you have worked with, people in your family, the community members that you come in to contact with as you go about your day-to-day life. Then, think about the ones you haven’t seen in a while and ask yourself, “Do I miss them?”

I’ll leave it to you to identify what you could do about that (if anything), but I will share with you a personal philosophy of mine:

We live in an acknowledgment-deprived society. There, I said it. I believe that if we could spend even a “little” bit of time each day where we pause and look back on the people who have helped us, the situations we’ve found ourselves in, the ideas for improvement that we see when we look out at the world…

if we did that, we just might find a place where we could place a feeling of gratitude. What if you expressed that, out loud, to the people you have connected with along the way, who you have not seen in a while? Think about how it might affect them if you paused long enough to let them know – in a genuine, giving, heartfelt way – how special they are.

Ready?

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Episode 164 – Not Creative? Think again

One of our upcoming “Momentum Themes” over at www.GetMomentum.co is going to be Innovation.

It’s one of those topics that is taking over the medium to large-sized organizations I am working with these days. They are looking to be more creative with the products they offer, the services they provide, the training programs they schedule… just about everything is being touched by needing to be more imaginative and innovative.

In this episode, I want to share a couple of things I’ve learned about the creative process. You’ll notice as you’re listening that I DID record this podcast episode a bit ahead of time. You see, every now and again, being innovative means that you look forward and anticipate what’s coming, and get ready to experience that fully.

You are creating every day. You’re bringing to mind the good, the bad, and the ugly. Even if you think you’re NOT creative, you had to create…to think that. Really, when you look around and see, hear and feel what you experience. When you’re in a social situation, come to present. Really be “there,” right where you are, and notice what you can. You might look someone directly in the eye for an extra 10 seconds while you talk to them (easy to make eye contact when you’re LISTENING, harder when you’re talking; try it out), you might ignore a side conversation while you’re listening to the person in front of you, or you might resist the urge to jump in to a conversation and cut someone off.

Whatever it is, you can practice being present and you’ll start to think of things that you may not have thought of before.

So…I’d like to invite you to one of my FAVORITE “how-to-be-more-creative” activities of all time. In less than 3 minutes you can practice being creative. Oh, and you just might earn $5,000 within a few months. Ready?

Episode 163 – Time: You Could Be Managing It Better

How much time do you NEED?

Now, the real question I have for you: Is it even possible to get it? You’ve made choices, you’ve designed a life, you’ve attracted the kinds of things that you’ve got that “take” time. Recently, I was talking with a mom of a toddler (is that what you’d call a 2-year-old?) and she said, “I’m really looking forward to having a little more time in my day once he’s in school.”

Look, I’m not a dad, but I’ve been around enough families to know: There isn’t more time later. You have 7 days in a week. You’ve got 1,400 minutes in a day. If you waste just 15 minutes, you’ve lost 1% of your day. You know how easy it is to lose 15 minutes?

Go check Social Media for a while.
Wait for someone who’s running late.
Type with two fingers.
Procrastinate.

In this week’s podcast, you’ll identify ways that you can GAIN 1% – 2% of your time each day. But, you want to know a secret? Saving time is the easy part; knowing what to DO with that time…That’s an entirely new conversation. There really are a few things you can do, NOT to save time, but to know what to backfill that saved time with!

So, instead of blaming time, let’s look at what you can do to work a little bit smarter. In the ‘cast, you’ll get my one favorite tip to best figure out how to get a little more time starting tomorrow!

Episode 162 – A State of Improvement

 

You’ve probably seen or read the title of my book, Your Best Just Got Better and what I find is that the best leaders are changing things by asking, “How could this be better?”

This month over at Get Momentum, we’ve been learning about productivity through technology.

Most people slog through their partly working systems, they put up with slow and inconsistent ways of doing things. In these cases, we need to look at the situation and figure out what’s going on. Consider your organizational system and where it’s supporting you.

And lastly, if this podcast has been helpful for you, make sure that you subscribe in iTunes, and review us in the iTunes Store as well! Thank you!

Episode 161 – Doing The Work

Over the past week, I’ve visited Portland, OR – Chicago, IL – Pittsburgh, PA – New York City, NY and now, Palm Springs, CA. I’ll be home later this afternoon.

In this podcast, you’ll learn 3 ways you can do better work. You see, I’ve met quite a few people over the past week at conferences and workshops, and there was a theme I looked for throughout several conversations.

You’ve heard of the #CoffeeChat events I put together, right? Please go to the web and visit: www.Coffee With Womack .com and you’ll see a listing of current and past #CoffeeChat meet ups around the world. Over the past week, I asked people to think of the big goal they are working on.

One of my favorite books is titled, “Do the Work.” In it, author Steven Pressfield outlines an easy-to-follow method of getting things done when you’ve decided to take on a larger-than-life project. The entire book comes down to one simple idea:

Do. The. Work.

Last weekend, I was at a conference in Portland, OR and at one of the dinner events, someone asked me about how I got the book published. It’s a great story, if you’re ever interested in hearing it. I talked about how I met the publisher at another conference, and within 11 months the book was published and on the bookshelves of major bookstores around the world. Within 18 months, it had been translated in to both Chinese and Russian.

Do, do I feel lucky? Yes…And no. I went and found this quote by a childhood hero of mine, Lucille Ball. She once said…

 

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

I’ve got three ways you can experience more “luck” in your work and in your life. Now, I put luck in quotes, because I trust that the more I do the work, the more good things will come my way.

But first, I want to share something special. Please write this address down where you can see it later:

www.WomackCompany.com/nmp You can register for an online class to learn how to get more done, easier, and faster. Let me share some of what I’ve learned about doing the work:

1. Get really clear

Sometime today, write down the following dates: 2 days from now, 2 months from now, and 2 years from now. Then, next to each of those times, write the words: Clear. Visible. Blurry.

Now, what is clear to you about your future? What can you see with absolute certainty? What are you working on, have been working on, that you are certain will come to pass. Then, what can you see…Kinda? And, what is blurry? In order to achieve what you’re hoping to complete, you’re going to have to get much more clear about what you want.

2. Ask for help early on in the process

The 5 people you spend the most time thinking about and talking to will either help you, or get in your way. One of the benefits Get Momentum members tell us all the time is that there is a global network of professionals who is right there to help them along the way. Recently, three Get Momentum members have gone through a 4-week accountability goal-achievement program together. All three said that they made more progress on a single goal that month than they had in the previous year!

3. Be much more grateful every day

In the next 24 hours you’ll experience a lot. At work, in life, at play, you’ll have benefited from someone else’s time or energy or attention. Let them know you appreciate it, and watch what happens to your relationship…

The next Get Momentum Ojai Leadership Retreat is starting soon. As you become a member of Get Momentum, the next conference will cost you just $100. Imagine, 3 and a half days to focus on planning the following 12 months in a retreat-setting surrounded by 19 other people who have an absolutely clear focus on exceeding their goals in life and at work.

Episode 160 – The Discipline to Succeed

 

People are naturally very reactionary creatures with a narrow field of awareness (you can only hold so many priorities in your head at one time). This is why we respond to emails throughout the day when it’s easy to address a quick notification for something that can be easily done and checked off that list.

We are pushed and pulled by this constant barrage of information, so much so that we can’t process the bigger picture or ultimately the longer term goals that actually mean something. For example, when you write about the things you’ve learned and important progress you’ve made, sending an email never made it to that list.

The Get Momentum program helps you put this all into perspective. If you take the time to focus on something and use technology to help keep your field of awareness within the moment, there’s a lot of potential to actually be productive and make noticeable progression in your Most Important Things (MITs).

The most useful revelation for myself when following this advice is not some magical guide or handbook to solve all my problems, but rather a discipline and process flow to (metaphorically speaking) succeed:

Evaluate the journey. Look at what you’ve done, where you are, and where you want to go. Evaluating the journey has a lot to do with knowing your self-worth. What skills do you have to offer? What don’t you want to do? What have you learned?

Set the destination. If you’re trying to get to a constant state of happiness or level of success, you need to know at least the general direction you’re headed. It’s impossible to set a goal if you don’t even know your own values and mission statement.

Plan the path. Once you can visualize where you want to be, then be your own project manager and set those important milestones and checkpoints. Hold yourself accountable and plan out how long it will take to get there realistically.