Encore Episode: Setting Up Camp in the Discomfort Zone [Podcast]

7 Strategies for Making the Most of Challenging Situations

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the importance of setting up camp in the discomfort zone.

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If you’re an entrepreneur or leader of any kind you’re going to face discomfort and difficulty. But here’s the good news: These are the times we most grow and make progress towards our goals—especially if we follow seven strategies for making the most of challenging situations.

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"Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours." -Tom Hopkins

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend

Power up by Unplugging

The weekend gives most of us the chance to downshift and recharge. But how often do we seize on it to catch up or get ahead on our work instead?

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If researchers are right, more than ever before. Not only are we working more hours on the weekend, we’re cramming the time with more chores, errands, and other to-dos. “[T]he data support the theory that Sundays . . . are becoming ever-more harried,” says one report.

An Invitation to Join My Productivity Focus Group

One of the most popular topics I write about is productivity. And I hear regularly that people are very interested in a course on how to cut distractions, save time, and get results. I have good news.

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I’ve been hard at work developing my productivity approach over the years. I’ve intentionally refined it down to a simple but systematic framework that can be used by just about anyone looking to get more done without working more hours.

And I’m ready to get your feedback.

When Gail and I go out to eat someplace special, I love getting reservations from the chef’s table. It’s fun to see what’s going on in the kitchen and how our meal is being created.

But imagine being able to go inside the kitchen and have input on the courses as they’re being prepared.

An Invitation

I’m starting a private focus group to check my assumptions and get potential users like you involved in the creation of the course itself. If you’re a high achiever, I’d love your take on:

  • Product concept
  • Course content
  • Title and subtitle
  • Packaging direction
  • And more

Productivity is a core part of my leadership message. It’s a core part of who I am. This focus group represents a singular opportunity to help me shape one of my signature products.

I think of it as an invitation for you to not only come into my kitchen, but provide useful input on the menu itself.

The Opportunity

This group will be limited, but the benefits for joining are significant. Not only will you be able to inform how we build the course, you’ll also receive:

  • Early, discounted access to the beta version of the course
  • A 50 percent discount on the full course
  • The chance to be part of a group of like-minded productivity enthusiasts
  • An opportunity to interact directly with me on productivity: what works, doesn’t work, and why

What’s required? Only that you interact in our private Facebook group and provide honest, timely feedback on elements of the course.

So, how can you join?

Next Step

Follow the link below to a brief application. This will help us select the kind of user who will not only benefit the most from the course but provide us the maximum benefit in building it.

If you’re convinced you’d like to achieve more while still having time for what matters most in life, this could be a natural fit.

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Encore Episode: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

10 Practical Strategies for Greater Influence

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can best leverage everyday conversations to make a difference in your relationships.

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A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence.

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"Leadership is an education and the best leaders think of themselves as the students not the teachers." -Simon Sinek

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How to Nail Your Goals with This Simple Secret

4 Keys to Accomplish the Goals You Keep Missing

This is a guest post by Megan Hyatt Miller. Megan is the Chief Operations Officer of Michael Hyatt & Co. She is also Michael’s oldest daughter. Megan, her husband Joel, and their four children make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Most of us start pursuing our goals with great focus and intensity, but roadblocks inevitably surface before we’re far down the road. We might be tempted to quit, or simply redouble our efforts in an effort to scale the obstacle, but the secret may be tossing our strategy out the window and trying an alternate approach.

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I’ve been steadily working to reclaim my fitness, working out with a trainer consistently for several months, doing cardio on my off days, and dialing in my nutrition. In fact, it felt so good to feel strong again, that I pushed it a little harder than I should have.

Just as all my hard work started to pay off, I noticed a pain developing in my foot. I tried to ignore it for several weeks, but eventually I gave in and went to the doctor, only to discover I had a stress fracture in my fourth metatarsal. As I walked out of the doctor hobbling in my boot, I felt angry, defeated, and ready to quit. But I didn’t.

3 Ways to Treat the Scourge of Cynicism

What to Do if Your Organization Is Infected with the Disease

I hate cynicism. It is like cancer to the human soul. It is especially deadly when it infects an organization.

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A few years into my tenure as the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I thought we had pretty much eliminated it from our company. I was hoping the disease was in remission. But, one morning I discovered that it was still alive and well—at least in parts of the company. The worst part was that a few of our leaders were manifesting symptoms of the disease.

We’re Looking for a Rockstar Marketing Automation Manager. Are You a Fit?

Great news: I’m looking to fill a brand new position on my team. We’re a fast-growing company with big goals, and I need to fill this role to help take us to the next level. Click on the title below for all the details.

What if you’re not a candidate? Would you mind passing this along to someone you think might be a fit? Thanks for your interest in helping our company grow!

Encore Episode: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

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Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we? The good news is that we can get through those moments and stay on course. I’ve got six tricks for training yourself to persist when you want to quit.

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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." —Thomas Edison

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