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Monthly Goal Check-In | Thor Conklin | Episode #607

How are you doing on your annual goals?

 

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Peak Performance Nation

  

#1 Podcast on how to get things done.  Learn from Peak Performers in all areas of life and Business.  Do you know what to do but can’t figure out why you are not executing what you already know?   If so, this Podcast will give you the tools, strategies, and psychology to not only break through the choke point but to truly become a Peak Performer.  

Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.  

Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life by mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary roadmap, strategies, tools, and psychology to win this game.

Environmental Effect (#160)

We all want to believe that we have the willpower to consistently make good decisions and develop good habits. As it turns out though, research shows that willpower is a limited resource; the more we tap into it, the less we have in reserves. Because your willpower bucket tends to be at its height early in the day, this is also one of the reasons to get started on the right foot with a healthy, productive morning routine.

When it comes to pursuing goals, what often matters more than discipline and willpower is the environment and people we surround ourselves with on a regular basis.

I think it’s helpful to examine this concept of environment from two perspectives: micro and macro.

Micro Environment

Want to watch less TV? Take the batteries out of the remote and put it across the room.

Want to run more in the morning? Put your shoes next to your bed and go to sleep in your running clothes.

Want to eat less? Use smaller utensils and dishware.

The author of the research-based book Mindless Eating found that, “If you use a big spoon, you’ll eat more. If you serve yourself on a big plate, you’ll eat more. If you move the small bowl of chocolates on your desk six feet away from you, you’ll eat half as much.”

These small changes can significantly affect your micro environment and allow you to reserve willpower so that you can tap into it when you need it for bigger decisions.

Macro Environment

Controlling our macro environment is harder and can involve some tough choices, from where we choose to live to whom we choose to spend our time with. As Jim Rohn said, “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

The “whom we associate with” aspect can often be the most difficult for people. But the reality is, if you want to drink less and your close friends go to the bar four nights a week, it’s probably in your best interest to find new friends to hang out with the majority of the time.

Rather than deplete your willpower by joining them at the bar and hoping to not be enticed to drink, the easier path would be to join them one night a week and then fill your other nights with friends and activities that don’t involve alcohol.

Same thing if you want to be in a happy, loyal marriage. Hanging around others who are unfaithful in their relationship or spending time in environments where this behavior is condoned or encouraged is probably not the best choice for this objective.

The environmental effect even extends to people in our social networks. Studies have shown that people who want to lose weight have more success dropping pounds just by including thinner people in their inner circle.

This is also true for geographic environments. Each summer, my wife and I spend a week in Park City, Utah. We go on daily hikes, we eat better and spend far more time outdoors. These are all things that we enjoy and that make us feel better. Could we do these same things at home? Sure. However, the reality is that the environment of Park City is such that it’s a place where people are more active and enjoy the outdoors. It is a place people intentionally move to and choose to visit for those reasons. So, when everyone around us is exhibiting the same behavior, it’s easier to join in. What’s more is that doing so requires a lot less willpower.

In summary, to accomplish what you want most, it’s important to think carefully and intentionally on a macro level about how to associate with people and environments (including companies) that support your objectives. This may also mean removing yourself from those that do not.

On a micro level, think about how and where you can decrease the friction for things you want to do and accomplish and increase friction for those that aren’t in alignment with those goals.

 

Quote of The Week

“There’s just one way to radically change your behavior: radically change your environment.”

 

Dr. B.J. Fogg

 

 

 

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Think. Care. Deliver. l Steve Krull l Episode #605

Steve Krull fell in love with search years ago, when he was in a technology position managing web developers. He has never looked back on his decision to become a search marketer. His years of experience in the industry led him to his current role as BFO’s Co-Founder and CEO.

Steve believes in collaboration and leading by example, or what he calls “unleadership.” He strives to lead the company in a way that centers on being vulnerable, accepting feedback, trusting, and doing good things.

Outside of work, Steve loves the Chicago Cubs, having fun with his family, and looking for new hobbies. He also enjoys reading a good spy novel, watching old movies, and keeping busy. On a typical Saturday afternoon, he might be caught chasing the kids or fixing things around the house (that he probably broke).

 

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#1 Podcast on how to get things done.  Learn from Peak Performers in all areas of life and Business.  Do you know what to do but can’t figure out why you are not executing what you already know?   If so, this Podcast will give you the tools, strategies and psychology to not only break through the choke point but to truly become a Peak Performer.  

 

Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.  

 

Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life through mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary road map, strategies, tools and psychology to win this game.

Clear Habits (#159)

Last week, I wrote about the power of the domino effect in goal-setting. The truth is that, for most, it’s not willpower or desire that helps us reach our goals; it’s changing our habits and making little, seemingly minor decisions each day that contribute to the big, noticeable changes later on.

That said, willpower does play an essential role in establishing new habits and reaching important goals. Research has shown that a new habit takes at least 60 days to stick. So, pushing through, delaying gratification and resisting short-term temptations during this time frame requires willpower.

A few weeks back, I had the privilege of sitting down with James Clear, bestselling author of Atomic Habits and a recognized authority on the topic of habits. Clear’s writing process actually started as a weekly habit. Today, several hundred thousand people subscribe to his newsletter and read his insights.

Here are a few key takeaways on habit-building that I learned from reading Atomic Habits and from my recent discussion with James:

The 1% Rule

Most of us want change to happen overnight. As such, we tend to lose patience waiting for our efforts to produce results. The reality is that lasting change manifests from compounding effort; doing or not doing small, seemingly insignificant things each and every day. And this takes time.

Clear did the math on all this and found that, if you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done. Conversely, if you get 1 percent worse each day for one year, you’ll decline nearly down to zero.

Take soda as an example. Over the course of a year, you would surely see the result of adding or subtracting the 51,000 calories (of mostly sugar) contained within a can of soda.

Same thing goes for something like running a marathon. If you started by running just a half-mile and then ran 1 percent more each day, in just a few months, you’d be running the distance.

Now, you’d need to tap into that willpower thing again to actually put one foot in front of the other and start running, but running 1 percent more each day is psychologically more doable than the idea of running a full marathon.

Habit Stacking

One of the best ways to successfully add a new habit into your routine is to stack a new habit on top of an existing one.

Let’s say part of your morning routine is to make coffee first thing and you want to start writing in your journal in the morning. Using the habit stacking method, you’d set your coffee to brew and write in the journal during those five minutes your coffee is being made. Since your morning coffee is already a built-in trigger, it makes it easier to stack a new, positive habit on top of it.

You can do this professionally as well. Want to celebrate more wins within your organization? Add that segment to an existing daily meeting.

Moment of Decision

Each day, personally and professionally, we face key decision-making moments that can alter our outcomes for not only the rest of the day but for long after. Whether you decide to log onto Facebook and get distracted or make headway on that writing project is drastically affected by what happens in the first few seconds.

If your phone is right next to you when you wake in the morning, you might go down the Facebook route and miss your writing window. However, if you leave your cell phone downstairs and replace it with a pen and journal on your night stand, you are more likely to write in those first few moments after waking.

These small changes drive you towards more desirable choices that, eventually, you’ll find easier to do and continue doing.

Next week I’ll talk about the role environment plays in both encouraging the right choices and discouraging the wrong ones. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my conversation with James Clear on the Outperform podcast. It’s packed with habit wisdom from the master.

 

Quote of The Week

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

 

John Dryden

 

 

 

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Say Less… Communicate More l Stacey Hanke l Episode #604

STACEY HANKE’S passion is teaching others how to communicate with influence Monday to Monday®. As a keynote speaker and mentor to C-suite executives, she helps individuals see through the eyes and ears of their audiences. The result iscareer-changing insights. She is the author of Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday and previously wrote the #1 Bestseller, Yes You Can! Everything You Need from A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. Hanke holds a certification as a Speaking Professional for the National Speakers Association, is a Member of the C-Suite Network Advisors, and a Member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Recognized as one of the National Speakers Associations “Top 6 Under 40,” Hanke has appeared in the New York Times and SmartMoney, has emceed TedX, and has appeared on the Lifetime Network and WGN Chicago.

Over the last twenty-plus years, Hanke has trained hundreds of thousands of leaders,salespeople, and business professionals across the United States and abroad. The influence skills and techniques she shares build the confidence, credibility, and presence that create lasting results.

Stacey Hanke, Inc., the company she founded in 2004, provides keynotes, training, and coaching for organizations in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, advertising, financial, and insurance. Her clients encompass Fortune 500 companies and household brands such as Coca-Cola, GE, General Mills, FedEx, Kohl’s, McDonalds, Nationwide, Leo Burnett, and several branches of the US Armed Services.

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#1 Podcast on how to get things done.  Learn from Peak Performers in all areas of life and Business.  Do you know what to do but can’t figure out why you are not executing what you already know?   If so, this Podcast will give you the tools, strategies and psychology to not only break through the choke point but to truly become a Peak Performer.  

 

Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.  

 

Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life through mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary road map, strategies, tools and psychology to win this game.

Domino Effect (#158)

This is the time of year when many people set New Year’s resolutions. I’m personally not a big believer in setting resolutions, a perspective that is often confirmed when I compare the number of cars parked in front of the nearest gym at the beginning of January versus the end of February.

Real change doesn’t happy overnight. It requires a lot of intention, small steps and discipline. In fact, the more radical an attempt is to change behavior or habits, the more likely it is to fail. Creating a new habit takes at least 30-60 days to stick.

However, the beginning of year is a great time to reset and recalibrate goals; and science supports this. A study conducted by Gail Matthews found that people with written goals are 39% more likely to hit them. What’s more is that if they send their progress to friends for accountability, they are 76.7% more likely to reach them. Those are meaningful numbers.

Before setting your goals this year, you might want to visualize a domino. When lined up in a chain, the momentum of each domino falling can knock over another domino, even one that is 50% bigger. This ”domino effect” compounds quickly, so much so that if positioned correctly, it would only take 29 dominos to knock down the Empire State building.

So, why I am I talking about dominos? Because this concept was inspired by a book I read over break called, The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. After reading it, I am making some changes to my goal-setting.

This year, I am only picking four goals, which is a huge reduction from past years. Everything else that I would normally set as a goal is now a tactic (domino) to achieve one of my “ONE thing” goals. These sub-goals or dominos are the means, not the end.

For example, I have a 2019 goal to achieve a measurable improvement in both fitness and focus. Things that would have been goals in previous years are now steps for me to achieve that goal, which is what is most important.

Last year I set a goal to run a half marathon, but I also had an opportunity to bike from London to Paris. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do both. Rather than feeling like I did not accomplish a goal, I should have realized both were tactics to reach the same end goal: improved discipline and health. So that’s my real focus and I now know what I need to get there.

Another goal is related to my second book, Elevate, which comes out on October 1st. My “ONE Thing” goal is to hit the New York Times bestseller list. To support this goal, I have identified 15 dominos I need to topple for that to become a reality. Next to each domino, I have also written the name of the person or people who can help me get there.

As the year progresses, I may find other or better ways to meet the goal and I’ll simply swap out the tactics. But, for now, I am focused on the how.  And here is where the concept of alignment really comes into play. Each of these four goals support each other. For example, to reach my goal of making the New York Times bestseller list with Elevate, I will need to maximize my focus and energy.

What’s more is that because each of my One Thing goals are aligned with one or more of my core values and/or long-term goals, I will have knocked over an even bigger domino when I complete it.

If you are looking for success this year, here is the winning formula:

  • Have goals, but fewer of them.
  • Write them down.
  • Share them with others.
  • Focus on where you can get 1% better at each day, making those small down payments towards the big things that matter most.

 

If you need some help getting started, try using my whole life dashboard.

 

Quote of The Week

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

 

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