08: Stop Managing Time w/ Jon Giganti

Episode 08 - Jon GigantiToday’s Guest is John Giganti of ‘The Catalyst Project.’
“I’m a catalyst – a storyteller that helps facilitate the growth in others. Through writing, speaking, coaching and training, my mission is to help you jumpstart your work, ignite your life and leave your ultimate legacy…
The Mission of The Catalyst Project is simple – We want to plant seeds and watch them grow.  There’s no greater measure of success than facilitating the growth of others.  I’m here to tell you that no matter your situation or circumstances, you can make a difference.  All it takes is a change in mindset and the willingness to give of yourself.  I challenge you to stop playing small.  It’s time to make your impact on the world.”

Key Takeaways

  • Focus on adding value to the other person. When you do this, in turn, you may receive something for yourself that was not expected.
  • Value your time. Value every second you have and use it to make a difference and reach out to others.
  • Manage your priorities. Energy, Focus, and Stress, are some key concepts to manage and be aware of while pursuing your business. If you regulate these aspects of your life, you will be able to be more productive and save a lot of time and energy.
  • Work on managing your energy, not your time. This will help you immensely as you are reaching out to others and taking on many different tasks.
  • Make sure to leverage the relationships that you have already built. Value these relationships and continue to invest in them.
  • “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” ~Arthur Ashe

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Manage energy, not time.” @JonGiganti”]
  • [Tweet “”You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” ~Arthur Ashe @JonGiganti”]

Resources

To get complete show notes with clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR08

02: The Power of a Soul on Fire w/ Kary Oberbrunner

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Today’s Guest is Kary Oberbrunner the author of the book Day Job to Dream Job: Practical Steps for Turning Your Passion into a Full-Time Gig. He left his day job to pursue his dream jobIgniting Souls. Through his writing, speaking, and coaching, he helps individuals and organizations clarify who they are, why they are here, and where they should invest their time and energy. He is the founder of Redeem the Day, which serves the business community, and Igniting Souls, which serves the non-profit community. The author of several books, Kary also serves as a founding partner on the John Maxwell Team. He and his wife Kelly are blessed with 3 amazing children.

Key Takeaways

  • Our personal struggles do not define us. We can break free from those struggles and move into our destiny.
  • We need people in lives who will push us hard if we want to be successful. We need “truth tellers.”
  • Business fail because they are focused on themselves instead of making it all about the client.
  • Time, Team and Tools are key to breaking out of your Day Job so that you can move into your Dream Job.
  • You can’t sustain a high performing business or life if your body can’t handle the work load. Personal and Physical health is important.
  • Confusion repels, clarity attracts.
  • Market before you Manufacture
  • Get to know someone first before hiring them. Learn how they handle projects and different situations.
  • “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He simply pursues his vision of excellence and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always appears to be doing both.” ~ L. P. Jacks

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “”When you want to be liked, people are not going to hire you” @karyoberbrunner”]
[Tweet “”I don’t sell people, I serve people” @karyoberbrunner”]
[Tweet “”Confusion repels, Clarity attracts.” @karyoberbrunner”]
[Tweet “”Market before you manufacture.” @karyoberbrunner”]

Resources

 
Complete show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/SBR02

Simple Goal Setting

6108b580editWhy is it that we don’t set goals? We all know that goal-setting is critical to our success, but why do we still struggle to actually do the work of planning out those goals? We may think about our goals, but do we write them down and share them with others? 
[Tweet “There are a lot of great resources out there for goal-setting. But, Where do you start?”]
Today I want to talk about two simple things that make setting and pursuing goals successful.
1. Write it down: Unwritten goals are better than no goals, but not by much. Something happens when you commit it to paper. A world opens up that you never saw before.  When I write my goals down I do two things:

  • First, I write out yearly goals and long-term goals.
  • Second, I write out a monthly calendar with my goals for the next month outlined out.

By having my goals written out, I have something to refer to when I need to know where to focus my energy next.
2. Tell someone: If we keep our goals to ourselves it’s very easy to lack motivation to press forward when things get difficult. On the other hand, when we tell other people our goals, we are accountable for what we have said.   More importantly, when we share our goals with other people they can encourage and help us along the way.
Don’t make your goal-setting complicated and block yourself from getting started. Take these two simple steps and set your goals today, not tomorrow.  Even if you don’t achieve them, you will achieve more than if you don’t try.
Have a great day. Be successful, make a difference, and encourage someone else today.
Here’s your chance, write one of your goals in the comments below.

  • Brian

Do Hard Things

Do Hard ThingsThe victory is in the struggle. Mark Twain, said one time that you should “eat a frog for breakfast.” What does that mean? It means, do your least favorite things first. In order to do that you must be willing to do hard things.
[Tweet “Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day -Mark Twain”]
So many times, we spend our days looking for the easy way. However, the success is in the challenge. When we are creating something new, building a business, or doing something great, there are no easy shortcuts.
There is no easy cookie-cutter map to follow. If you are going to achieve greatness, then you must learn to do hard things and create your own map.

[Tweet “There is no easy cookie-cutter map to follow”]

In order to do hard things, you must choose. Are you willing to go the difficult route or do you want to focus on what is easy?
Here’s a list of difficult things that I found are critical to my success.

  • Taking time to exercise.
  • Eating healthy.
  • Going to bed early… so I can get up early.
  • Taking time to make meaningful connections with people.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Working on the business not just in the business.
  • Removing a disgruntled team member.
  • Firing the client the drains your time and resources.
  • Asking for help.
  • Investing in my own personal development.
  • Setting deadlines for projects.
  • Turning off the cell phone

 

What hard things do you need to do this year in order to be successful?

Share your thoughts in the comments

Are you Making a "New Year's resolution"?

INew Yeart’s about the time of year that people start thinking about the New Year. Traditionally people set these things called “New Year’s resolutions”.
What about you?  Do you set “New Year’s Resolutions”?  If you do, have you succeeded in the past with your resolutions?
The statistics on the success of these resolutions are grim. Personally, I don’t usually set New Year’s resolutions,
However, this year I’ve been thinking about the new year a little bit differently.  I have been wondering if maybe I should set some “New Year’s Resolutions”.  Over this past year, I have found myself developing new habits that I feel are key for healthy success.
The other day I sat down and wrote out the habits that I have begun in the last year.  I feel like these are important for me to achieve healthy success in 2015 and beyond.  Next, I will be setting goals to improve each of those habits in 2015.
Maybe this means I will be setting “New Year’s Resolutions.”  However, my goal is not to come out of the gates with a burst of energy in the new year that fades as time goes by.  My goal is to transform my life.
At age 38 I am “re-inventing myself” from an “expert” in building houses to being an expert in building healthy businesses, lives and families.  I have spent a lot of time soul searching over the last year. I truly believe this is God’s calling for me over the next season of life.  However, I will not achieve my destiny if I do not experience a transformation of my life.  I cannot move forward and stay the same.  To move forward I must grow.

[Tweet “Nothing of significance is achieved without personal growth!”]

They say it takes 30 days of regular action to establish a habit in our lives. Therefore, rather than setting a New Year’s resolution to do something for a whole year, I’m going to set a goal to do something for 30 days. Then, when the 30 days are up, I will have a habit that will carry throughout 2015 and beyond.
It is easy to come out the gate blazing, it is much harder to stay the course. It is the habits and the actions we take every day that make up our lives.  At the end of lives, our legacy will be composed much more of the habits we practiced, than the exciting new years resolutions we set and failed to keep.

What habits are key to your success?

What habits do you want to develop in the new year?

Why do you want to develop those habits?

Here are some of my habits that I want to develop in 2015.

Share yours in the comments. I will get it started by sharing my mine.

– Brian

6 Strategies to Get to the End of Your "To do" List

To Do listAs I talk with small business owners there is a theme.   Their “to do” lists have taken over their work and their lives.
Why is it that the small business owner’s to do list never seems to end?
Personally, I struggle with this. I can create things to do, faster than I can complete them. And, I have a habit of just doing things, rather than thinking about whether or not what I am doing is actually important.
[Tweet “Action without strategy leaves you overworked and stressed”]
Many of us started our businesses to have freedom and flexibility and instead we find ourselves ruled by the never ending to do list and everything seems important.  As a small business owner, you are wired for action.  This is a great strength.  But, action without strategy, leaves you overworked and stressed.

Here are 6 Strategies to Get to the End of Your “to do list”

  • Eliminate distractions – Often times we can’t complete our to do list, because we are just getting interrupted too much. When you have a specific project to work on, make sure you have a work-space that allows you to focus. Shut the office door and turn off the phone.
  • Set a time limit for each task –  Many times tasks take longer than necessary, because we do not put limits on them. When you schedule your time in blocks, allocate a certain amount of time for each item you are trying to accomplish. When you get to the end of that time block, move onto the next one.  If you did not complete your task. Evaluate your schedule and determine whether you push something else back or come back to the task at a later time.
  • Do the important things first –  It is very easy to spend lots of time checking emails and responding to questions and demands of others. These things are often not your priorities. Determine what your priorities are, and put those in the schedule first.
  • Learn to say no –  Many times, our to do list is overrun with the priorities of others. Make sure that your tasks line up with the priorities that are important to you and your business. If not say no!
  • Eliminate some of your tasks –  When you write your to do list, eliminate a predetermined portion of them before you ever start to work. Start with eliminating 10% and then slowly increase your percentage until you find what works for you. This group is probably unimportant and doesn’t need to be completed anyway.
  • Empower your team- Many times we get interrupted because our team is not empowered to make decisions and get things done. If you have delegated the responsibility to someone else, make sure you have also delegated the decision-making authority for them to complete the task. Then follow up to hold them accountable. If they are coming to you to get decisions you are better off to have done it yourself.

There is good news.  You do not have to end every day stressed by the things that are still on your to-do list.  If you change your actions, you can change your results.

What strategies do you use to increase your productivity and get to the bottom of your to do list?

Share your thoughts in the comments

 
-Brian

Strengthen Your Marriage Through Confession & Healing

Today’s Post is a guest post from Justin Davis of Refine-Us Ministries.
Justin and his wife Trisha know all too well the dangers of settling for an ordinary marriage. Their own failure to recognize the warning signs almost resulted in the end of their marriage, their family, and their ministry.
Justin and Trisha are bloggers, authors, speakers and founders of RefineUs Ministries. Sharing their story of pain, loss and redemption, RefineUs is igniting a movement to build healthy marriages and families.
They are the co-authors of their first book, Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough, published by Tyndale House Publishers.
I believe that through this post you will be challenged and encouraged to strive of an extraordinary marriage.


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When Trisha and I first got married and entered ministry in 1995, I prided myself on being a person that was accountable. I was accountable in my choices: I wouldn’t counsel with a woman behind a closed office door; I wouldn’t give a teenage girl a ride home from church without another person in the car. I wouldn’t do lunch with a female without my wife or another male staff member. At all costs I wanted to be accountable.
When we started Genesis Church in 2002, I knew that accountability would be of utmost importance. I sought out a guy in our core group and asked him if we could meet each Wednesday morning to “hold each other accountable.” As a church planter, I had a church planting coach. He and I would meet every Thursday morning and he would ask me questions about my relationship with God. He would ask me questions about my marriage, my struggles, my weaknesses. He wanted to hold me accountable. Eventually I had a group of Elders I met with once a month who were the spiritual leaders of our church, and I was accountable to them.
So with all of these boundaries and all of these safe guards and all of these great leaders and friends holding me accountable how could I ever be unfaithful to God and my wife? That’s not possible right? But I was unfaithful, despite all of my accountability.

ACCOUNTABILITY CAN BE USELESS

Accountability is only as valuable as the transparency you and I offer in the context of that accountability. I was just transparent enough to make people believe I was authentic. I was as honest as it was comfortable. I knew how to admit weaknesses and struggles that were socially acceptable and would score me religious points.
Why do we hide so easily?

  • Fear of rejection.
  • Fear of judgment.
  • Fear of the consequences of honesty.
  • Fear of losing a relationship.

No decision made in fear is ever healthy.

Andy Stanley said, “We fear the consequences of confession because we have yet to realize the consequences of concealment.”

I think that’s why James says in 5:16, “ Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
We don’t talk about the “healing” type of confession in the Church very often. In fact, we have built a religious system that tries to find healing through hiding our sins, not confessing them. The sins we do confess are safe sins: bitterness, jealousy, materialism, selfishness.
For years, I forfeited the healing that God longed to bring to my heart not because I didn’t confess my sins to Him; but because I refused to confess them to anyone else.
Temptation loses its power when we confess. 
Sin loses its ability to keep us fractured when we confess. 
Addictions lose the control they have in our lives when we confess. 
In order to not go back to sharing “just enough to look accountable” I am consistently asking myself these questions as I attempt to be transparent…maybe they will help you today:

1. AM I TELLING THE ENTIRE TRUTH RIGHT NOW?

Shading the truth is easy. Exaggerating is often unnoticeable. As I am telling any story, but especially a story about myself, I want to always ask, “Am I telling the entire truth right now? Am I leaving anything out or adding anything to this story? Am I lying when the truth will do?”

2. AM I SHARING DETAILS THAT WILL MAKE ME LOOK MORE SPIRITUAL THAN I REALLY AM?

You know how this rolls…we share parts of our heart with someone and 100% of our motivation is to show them how “close to God” we are. We want them to think of us as spiritual; we want to appear put together; we want to settle any doubt they may have about our relationship with God.

3. AM I TELLING MYSELF THE TRUTH?

Sometime the person I need to be the most honest with is myself. I can deceive myself easier than anyone else. If I can’t be honest with myself, then I’m incapable of being honest with others.
God knew that we would need two things to live in freedom in this life: the burden-bearing love of one another and the power of God through prayer. Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other…so that you may be healed. 
Will living this way be easy? No. Will it be worth it? More than you could ever imagine.

Justin and Trisha Davis
RefineUs Ministries

The Hidden Secret of Thanksgiving

Hidden Secret of ThanksgivingIt is the season for Thanksgiving.  Over the next few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our friends and family, eating way too much food and enjoying each other’s company.  This past week, Facebook and Twitter have been full of people sharing what they are thankful for.
I love this season.  I think it is awesome that we take time to be thankful.  This year as I reflect on the things I am thankful for, I am reminded of the hidden secret of thanksgiving.  Now I am not referring to some great secret hidden in the “Thanksgiving Holiday.”  I am referring to the hidden secret of the “practice of thanksgiving.”
What is this secret?
The secret is that if we make the attitude and practice of thanksgiving a habit, we can radically improve our lives. I heard Tony Robbins sum this up so well when he said, “Turn expectation into appreciation and you can transform your life.”
Expectation creates disappointments, frustration, damaged relationships and a victim mentality.  Thanksgiving on the other hand, brings hope and optimism and improves our relationship to the world around us.
tony robbinsNow I have a challenge for you.  It is not good enough to just “be thankful,” we need to speak it.  There is something powerful that happens, to us and those around us, when we speak.  Words are powerful.  They can build up or tear down, encourage or discourage, heal or hurt, and bring hope or fear.
Personally, I have found it difficult to just, “not say negative words.”  Instead, I need to fill my mouth with thanksgiving and appreciation.  Are you the same way?
Therefore, for the last two months I have been working on developing a habit of speaking “thanksgiving.” Each day I choose to practice this action. First, As I get my shower in the morning I express the things I am thankful for (that way no one hears me and thinks I am crazy.)  I have found that this simple practice is radically changing how I view life each and every day.  Second, I am making the choice to say “thank you” to somebody. Usually I do this through an email, text or Facebook message.

Here 7 benefits of Expressing Thanksgiving

  • Less Discouragement
  • Increased Optimism
  • Increased Productivity
  • Improved Relationships
  • More Energy
  • More Awareness of Opportunities
  • Increased Influence

I am 100% convinced that Tony Robbins is right.  Thanksgiving and appreciation can transform our lives.

What are some of the benefits your have experienced from expressing “Thanksgiving?”

Share your thoughts in the comments

 

31 Ways to Achieve Peak Performance

Peak PerformanceIn order to get great results in our businesses, our personal lives and our relationships we have to be able to function at our best.  Operating at this peak performance level allows us to be more effective, get better results and experience a greater level of satisfaction.
But what does peak performance look like, and how do we make sure we are functioning at that elite level?
When I was younger I played baseball.  One of the things I learned from participating in competitive sports was that peak performance contained two elements.  Energy and Momentum.  When these two elements were both working together we experienced amazing results and playing seemed almost effortless.


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Have you ever experienced this in your own life?  That amazing experience where you are “in the flow” and results come effortlessly…
Now I realize that many things in life are hard work. There is no “magic pill.”  In fact it takes hard work to develop yourself to be able to function at peak performance.  Here is a list of  31 strategies to help you achieve peak performance.  You won’t be able to apply all of them to your life, but start with a few and build from there. Some prepare you for peak performance and others maximize your efforts.

The List!

  1. Get more sleep
  2. Exercise
  3. Take a nap
  4. Go for a walk
  5. Say “thank you”
  6. Read a book
  7. Take a class
  8. Limit your workday
  9. Take a vacation
  10. Write down your goals
  11. Schedule your tasks in blocks
  12. Delegate low value tasks
  13. Focus on your strengths
  14. Talk to a friend
  15. Clean up your office
  16. Eliminate clutter
  17. Put up a “do not disturb sign”
  18. Turn off your cell phone
  19. Pray
  20. Laugh
  21. Do something fun
  22. Meditate
  23. Play with children
  24. Go on a date
  25. Journal
  26. Eliminate time wasters
  27. Say “no”
  28. Work in a new place
  29. Take personal time away
  30. Meet with your team
  31. Listen

There are many more, but this list will get you started.  Focus on finding ways to increase your energy and build momentum.  Then balance this with a rhythm of engagement and rest. You can’t perform at a peak level all the time.  You will slowly wear down.  Take the opportunities to recharge and then when you engage you will be at your best.

What would you add to the list?  How do you achieve peak performance?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

When you perform at your best you are more effective, get better results and free up more time for your relationships with those that matter most.  Have a peak performance day.
 
-Brian

3 Gifts Everyone Needs (They don't cost any money!)

Gifts

Photo Credit – Jimmie


It seems like every year we move into the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier.  I was seeing Christmas decorations in stores back in October.  So I realize, I may be a little late to the party (even though it is before Thanksgiving), but I wanted to share with you 3 gifts to consider giving to everyone on your list this year.
These gifts won’t cost you any money, but they will take intentional effort.  I personally am committing to give more of these gifts year round than I ever have before.

Gift #1 – Appreciation

Most of us work hard each day to serve somebody.  It may be our clients, our employees, our neighbors, or even our family.  We put effort into helping others (even if we are “just doing our job”).  Unfortunately, most people do not show appreciation or say thank you.  They may appreciate what we do, but they get to busy to say it.  However, when someone does say “Thank You” it makes us feel so good.  One gift of appreciation can have us living on “cloud 9”  all day.
Therefore, as you go through life, particularly this holiday season, make sure you are showing appreciation.  You will encounter sleep deprived UPS drivers, frazzled waitresses, overworked retail workers, and stressed family members.  In those moments take action and show appreciation.  I am sure you will make someone’s day.

Gift # 2 – Encouragement

Life can be discouraging.  Unexpected things happen… the car won’t start, we loose our best client, an employee quits, the equipment breaks down, or we get a tax audit.  These things can leave us feeling defeated.  On top of that, running a business is hard work.  Therefore, we all know how much we need encouragement.
The reality is, that everyone needs encouragement.  Everyone faces difficult things that wear them down.  Encouragement is like a “shot in the arm.”  So make the intentional effort to encourage someone today.  Let them know that you believe in them and are supporting them.

Gift # 3 – Love

I know that people define “love” a lot of different ways.  But for this gift I want to define love as, value.  When we love someone, they have a high value to us.  We care about them and understand their worth as a person.  What often times gets lost, particularly in a busy season, is telling someone how valuable they are to us.
As you go through this busy Holiday season, make sure you slow down enough to let your friends and family know how important they are to you.  Spend time with them,  share a cup of coffee, give a hug, and say “I love you!”  This unconditional love could be just the gift that someone is longing for today.
So there it is.  I have given you a foolproof way to to give great gifts this Christmas without breaking your budget.  Today I want to start the gift giving with a gift of encouragement to you.  Below is the first in what will be a series of Small Business Revival Quote videos to encourage you each and every day.  I hope you enjoy it.

 
Have a Great “Gift Giving” Day!

  • Brian