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Episode #39: How to Keep Focused During the Day

The shift to working from home during a national pandemic has definitely shortened our attention span. Focusing on work when so much extra stuff is going on can be incredibly difficult. I offer strategies today that will help you reprioritize your work, increase your output, and center you on your goals again.
What’s Inside:
  • When I’m feeling stuck, I ask myself, “What am I procrastinating on?.”
  • 3 questions that I look at every day to stay focused.
  • If the result you want is to create, then you need to have a plan.
  • Even with strategies, it’s normal to get distracted. Use these strategies to correct yourself quickly.
  • Your Call to Action for this week.
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Episode #38: Consistency to Create Traction

It can be easy right now to make excuses for why you’re not being consistent in your business and your life. The crisis was a pretty huge disruption in all of our lives, but it’s time to move toward our goals again. I talk about small and actionable ways you can add consistency back into your daily life again.
What’s Inside:
  • We need to resist the idea that we don’t have time.
  • How to pause, regroup, and work toward your goals again.
  • If you want to be the owner of your life, you need to create some consistency.
  • Take inventory about what actions you can add or change to create consistency.
  • Your weekly call to action.
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Episode #37: Create Clarity

Disruptions have taken on a whole new meaning this year as we have had to get used to social distancing and staying at home. Getting clarity when everything we planned for has shifted takes some work. I walk you through some thought exercises that will help you slow down so that you can speed up again.
What’s Inside:
  • The path to burnout is pretending that our lives haven’t changed in the last few months.
  • Create clarity by asking yourself these 3 questions.
  • What can you do to set your business or yourself up for success?
  • Take an hour and get clear about where you’re going.
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Episode #36: Resistance

Have you ever scheduled a meeting and then dreaded that meeting? Do you ever sit down to do a task and find that your brain simply can’t focus? Today I talk about some simple solutions for working through reluctance or outright resistance, and why your feelings are totally normal.
What’s Inside:
  • How to get things done even when you don’t want to.
  • Why resistance to all the things you’re “supposed” to do is normal.
  • Sometimes the strategy is so simple that we overlook it.
  • Your weekly call to action.
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Episode #35: Word Choices

There are three negative phrases that can suck the joy out of your life. I introduce three new positive phrases that help you reframe your life with gratitude, and that help you see the bright side of the work you’re privileged to do. Reclaim the energy in your life by simply changing how you talk about the work you do.
What’s Inside:
  • The positive words I use to create a lightness around the work I do every day.
  • How changing your words can change your energy and your mindset.
  • The three negative words that could be pulling you down.
  • Do you want to be more positive for your family, your business, or for yourself?
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Episode #34: Transition Time

Do you feel like your schedule is too full for everything you really need to do? Scheduling in transition time is a trick to pad your calendar with more flex time to get even more accomplished. I talk about what that might look like for you, and how it has worked on my own calendar.
What’s Inside:
  • How building in transition time helps create more time for your team.
  • Skipping transition time can create some over scheduling conflicts.
  • When scheduling less activities yields more productivity.
  • If this works for you, then try adding in transition time for two weeks and.
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Episode #33: Why

By utilizing the strategy of asking yourself why you do or don’t want to do something, you can dive deeper into understanding your actions or inaction. This understanding can help you move beyond the way things have always been done into a more productive, fulfilling business strategy.
What’s Inside:
  • Some key strategies that will help you decide if you’re making the best decisions.
  • Deciphering your Why can help you clarify your message to subordinates.
  • Align your goals and head in the right direction by asking yourself to dive deep for your purpose.
  • Your weekly call to action.
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Episode #32: 1st Quarter Review

When we plan big yearly goals, it’s best to take some time to assess where we’re at, and the end of the first quarter is the perfect time to do this. I review my own goals, and talk about why I succeeded at only some of them. By not personalizing my failure, I’m able to learn from my mistakes and plan better for the second quarter.
What’s Inside:
  • How I focused on profit first for my own business in this quarter.
  • Why my keynote speech became a less important goal for me.
  • Assessing your accomplishments requires you to not take it personally.
  • Planning too many goals for a quarter can inhibit your goals.
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Episode #31: Infinite Mindset

How do you win in life when there are no finish lines? Inspired by Simon Sinec, I talk about the idea of an infinite mindset, and how that translates into the business world. By setting long-term goals and focusing on the short-term goals that move your business plan forward, you too can embrace the idea of always growing.
What’s Inside:
  • Your weekly call to action.
  • The difference between a finite game and an infinite game.
  • Why sports and war analogies fall a little flat when it comes to life.
  • The dash poem and what it means for your business.
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Episode #30: Who Not How Book Review

I love reviewing books that I really think will help you, and in this episode I talk about Dan Sullivan’s book Who Not How. As a powerhouse in the coaching industry, Dan’s enthusiasm for solving business problems is inspiring. I read some of my favorite quotes in this book, and talk about how you can apply them to your own business.
What’s Inside:
  • Are you the right person to work on a goal?
  • Can I achieve this goal by doing nothing?
  • Why you shouldn’t be doing all of the “hows” on your own.
  • How to help others catch the vision of your goal.
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Episode #29: Golf Lesson Learnings

Golf is a little like your business goals. It doesn’t always matter if you hit the ball; it matters who you become when you hit that ball and the process you went through to get there. I share 8 golf rules that are applicable to the business world, and how they can help you better strategize your business goals.
What’s Inside:
  • What system have you created in your life?
  • How “Being” is better than “Doing”.
  • What “Don’t kill the birdie” has to do with life.
  • Who did you become to hit that ball and why does that matter?
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Episode #28: Balance - What Does That Mean?

When things feel out of balance, what does that look like for you? When you recognize that things are leaning too heavily to one side, I have some strategies that can help you. I share what balance looks like for me, and give some questions for you to ponder about where you can shift the load in your personal or professional life.
What’s Inside:
  • Your weekly call to action.
  • How balance can change.
  • What balance looks like for me, right now.
  • How I intentionally sought out friend time, and why that restored balance.
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Episode #27: How to Keep Focused

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a to-do list, developing a solid plan of action is the first step in tackling it. But what about all of the daily distractions found in modern life? If crossing things off your list doesn’t happen because you’re reflexively checking your phone twenty times an hour, then I have some productive strategies for you.
What’s Inside:
  • My tips for reducing distractions.
  • How to accomplish everything on a massive to-do list.
  • How using social media selectively frees up your time.
  • Move a project forward with these ideas.
  • Using buffers between your goals, like watching Netflix, limits your accomplishments.
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Episode #26: What You Should NOT Be Doing

If your days feel full of activities, and you can’t seem to find time to move forward with your goals, then it’s time to let go of some things in your life. But how do you choose what to cut out? I give some examples, and then provide some questions you can ask yourself to winnow out the things that are just not necessary in your life.
What’s Inside:
  • Thinking introspectively, I ask some questions that will help think carefully about your time.
  • How giving up Orange Theory made me happier.
  • How doing less can actually be like doing more.
  • I provide a weekly call to action for you to put into action.
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Episode #25: Why You're Not Taking Action

Diving deeper into the idea behind why we might break our promises to ourselves, I explore the thought process behind the decisions we make. When we make goals that we continue to fall short on, it is more helpful to carefully think about why we are doing that and how we can change that than putting the same goal on our to-do list every week. I walk you step-by-step through that process.
What’s Inside:
  • How do we feel when we continue to break promises to ourselves?
  • How can slowing down what we’re feeling make us change our behavior?
  • Why you should address a core problem before it becomes a bigger problem elsewhere.
  • When the to-do list becomes ineffectual, and how you can fix that.
  • Why self-awareness is the first step to accomplishing goals.
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Episode #23: What Got You Here Isn’t Going To Get You There

When you’re moving between goal posts, what worked for you before won’t continue to work moving forward. But how do you accomplish something you’ve never done before? Taking that first step toward your goals requires a lot of out-of-the-box thinking, and a determination to move the needle on your personal and professional life.
What’s Inside:
  • How losing that last ten pounds is like moving from $1 million in sales to $2 million.
  • Why brainstorming is important for your goals.
  • How to know when your path to your goals isn’t working.
  • The “magic pill” for a business plan doesn’t really exist.
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Episode #22: The Only Person You Can Control Is Yourself

If you’re spending a great deal of time wishing that you could fix your boss or your employees, then today’s strategy might feel radical to you. I delve into ways that you can change your mindset and free up your mental energy to truly change the world around you. And it all starts with some serious introspection on your part.
What’s Inside:
  • Reinventing yourself starts with being the owner and thoughts of your feelings.
  • These three phrases will help you see if you have a problem with control.
  • How giving up the idea of control will improve your relationships.
  • How we can give up unrealistic expectations of others.
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Episode #21: You Have Everything You Need

How do you know if you’re ready to take the next step in your business? More planning and more preparation isn’t the answer. Get quiet and think about your goals, your skills, and what your first step will look like.
What’s Inside:
  • Take this one action step this year to grow your business.
  • How Star Wars is a little like your business plan.
  • Serious questions to think about as you act on your business ideas.
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Episode #20: Straight-Line Leadership

Welcome to the twentieth episode of The Strategy Corner. I offer up a total book review of Straight-Line Leadership for those who are too busy to read all of it.
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Episode #19: Creating 1st Quarter 2020 Plan

Welcome to the nineteenth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode we are bringing it all together and developing our 1 Year Plan and 1st Qtr. goals for 2020.
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Episode #18: Creating 2020

Welcome to the eighteenth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode we are going to talk about creating 2020 utilizing a strategy of answering a set of questions as if it is December 31, 2020.
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Episode #17: Your 1 Thing and Dreaming for Vision 2020

Welcome to the seventieth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode we are going to talk about creating your 1 Thing and Dreaming can aid in helping you create a vision for 2020.
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Episode #16: Building Your Foundation 2020 Planning

Welcome to the sixteenth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode we are going to build your foundation so you can grow and develop your 2020 vision.
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Episode #15: Looking Back At 2019

Welcome to the fifteenth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode we are going to look back at 2019 and what you, the listener has accomplished and learned.
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Episode #14: Gratitude to Create Joy

Welcome to the fourteenth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going talk about a simple strategy for creating joy. It is called Gratitude to Create Joy and it is a tool I use daily to focus on the “good” in my life.
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Episode #13: How to Get Your Employees to Solve Problems

Welcome to the thirteenth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to share how you can get your employees to solve problems for you and thus create space for you the leader to not only level yourself up by your employee.
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Episode #12: Fear and Excitement

Welcome to the twelfth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to share how fear and excitement live in the same vein and how you can tap into your excitement to get through fear.
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Episode #11: Morning Routine

Welcome to the eleventh episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to talk about my morning routine, the reasons for having a morning routine, and the famous Miracle Morning routine.
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Episode #10: Reinventing Yourself

Welcome to the tenth episode of The Strategy Corner.  In this episode I am going to share with you passages from one of my favorite books, “Reinventing Yourself:  How to become the person you’ve always wanted to be” by Steve Chandler.
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Episode #9: Playing With Time

Welcome to the ninth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to share a simple strategy about time, and how you can play with it to “Produce” more.
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Episode #8: Productivity

Welcome to the eighth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to dive into the idea of Productivity and how you can utilize this strategy to get more intentional production done.
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Episode #7: Gratitude Ahead of Time

Welcome to the seventh episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to talk about a strategy I first heard from Brooke Castillo several years back called “Gratitude Ahead of Time”, that I utilize on a daily basis.
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Episode #6: Slowing Down to Speed UP

Welcome to the Sixth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to share a counterintuitive strategy called “Slowing Down To Speed Up”.
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Episode #5: Schedule for Success

Welcome to the fifth episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I am going to share Dan Sullivan’s time keeping system strategy that I use in coordination with lasts weeks strategy by Brooke Castillo to accomplish and schedule everything for success.
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Episode #4: How to Get Things Done

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Strategy Corner.  In this episode I will be sharing a strategy I utilize weekly to help me to get things done.
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Episode #3: People Second

Welcome to the third episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode I will be discussing the concept of People Second which is a continuation from lasts weeks episode on Structure First.
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Episode #2: Structure First

Welcome to the second episode of The Strategy Corner.  In this episode I share with you a strategy exercise every owner and executive team should go through if they want to grow and or create a profitable business and it’s called, Structure First.
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Episode #1: Who do you WANT and NEED to be?

Welcome to the first episode of The Strategy Corner. In this episode, I share with you a little about me, what to expect each week and then we dive into my first strategy.
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