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22 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
108 – Lose a job? Don’t Panic!
108 – Lose a job? Don’t Panic! https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3334 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod Find out what to do if you have a sudden loss of a job. Don’t get down or depressed; look at this as a new adventure and do everything to keep yourself from being bitter or angry. Think about everything you learned and gained skills since you last looked for a job. It is about looking at critical areas you are interested in and your priorities and guiding principles. Think about your budget and how much money you need to live or would like to make. Think about this as a chance to do something you like better, make more money, or change your work area. This time might be scary, but it doesn’t have to be awful. Don’t burn any bridges with your last job or other people. Relationships and networking are the keys to your future employment and work. Not only is it essential for you to keep your old relationships going, but now is a time to make new relationships. Think about who can help you find another job. Bring in your team. Figure out what matters to you in a job and what you would have changed because now is your opportunity Decide if now is the time to get training or go to school. It is good to learn other new things unrelated to your job. Learning about new items will give you confidence and something interesting to discuss during your new job interviews. Spend some time visiting family and taking time to do things you can’t do while you have a job. Write your resume and get an elevator speech so you can talk to others about your future work plans. We covered elevator speeches in episode 19. Check out job sites and other places to look for jobs to see what is out there. You might consider counseling or career specialists to help you find a job. Your job is finding a job and being kind to yourself. You are now working for yourself to find your new future. Challenge Try to imagine if you are going to get another job. Maybe you're not looking right now. Perhaps you're not in danger of losing your job. But pretend for a moment that you will look for a new job. What are those career anchors that are going to make you fulfilled? What are you looking for in a new job? Would it be another schedule? Would it be another pay increase? Would it be another industry? And maybe even jot down some of these things that if you were going to get another job, what would you be looking for? Perhaps this is your chance, then to just casually look in the ads on the websites in the different places to see if any of those jobs meet your needs. But again, if you get but, doing a little dreaming will help you know what's next.
27 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
107 - The 1-Page Marketing Strategy
107 - The 1-Page Marketing Strategy https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3328 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod Learn how to create a simple marketing plan to promote your work. Why market? It is to make more money in our endeavors. More money means we have more resources to make our business survive and use our money to help others. Everyone has a professional plan. Having a marketing plan will help you be most effective. A tiny minority of marketing efforts is influential; you must be selective when you don’t have the time or money to do it all. That is where the 1-page marketing plan is perfect for a simple, easy-to-follow program. Advertising is making a poster Promotion is dressing up like a dinosaur and gaining attention The press talking about it is publicity And people laughing about it at the water cooler is public relations Strategy is your plan for marketing, and a tactic is acting items in the strategy, Can you learn some things about marketing in your area by looking at the competitors around you? When you come up with a marketing strategy, you want to measure the costs and effectiveness. It should be compelling to the target. It should offer the target audience something and have a request for them to act. For example, is it to listen to a podcast or buy a product? You have some small steps to follow up with your customers and track their activity. Did the plan work? Then after people follow the ask, you should maintain that relationship. He then talks about his plan. You can find more information here https://blog.12min.com/the-1-page-marketing-plan-pdf-summary/ Before marketing work, you want to figure out who your marketing plan is for. People probably don’t even know who you are. They should learn who you are and what you do. While you try to get your prospects to buy, they should learn to like what you do. After the phase, follow up and get your customers to trust your work and buy again or tell a friend. That is the best marketing when you have word of mouth. You want to target your marketing to a segment of people who might be your customers. You can’t be everything to everything. It makes you not unique. No one will think you are special enough to buy from your competitors. So your plans should have a very narrow focus. Mass marketing is expensive. You want to be a big fish in a small pond. To find your audience, you want to score how personally fulfilling this customer is to you. Then you want to achieve the potential for income and how important your product will be to the customer. Finally, when you have found that sweet spot of a group of people you want to work for, and that group can provide you the income, you know you have found your target. Once you find this target audience, you must learn everything about them with their dreams, wishes, hopes, and fears. What do they buy and read, and what problems are they trying to solve? Then develop a fake person or character who can represent them. What does your buyer look like, then? Then, when you make plans, you can think about them. With how crowded markets are, you must stand out. You must be unique in a way that makes you stand apart from others so they buy from you. Get an elevator speech about your business and products so you can say it right off your head if someone asks you. In episode 19, we talked about how to get an elevator speech. Write with compelling words and emotional terms. Be clear with your titles and not so creative that they don’t know what you are talking about. In your follow-up, don’t spam them and make them sorry they signed up. Never buy lists to text and email. They tend to be terrible quality lists and may be illegal and get you blacklisted. Create you’re your content and be the voice of your customer. For example, have a blog or podcast to tell your customer's story. You want them to think about you and say to their friends too. You aim to turn a prospect into a customer and advocate for your product. Challenge If you are thinking about doing any kind of marketing, whether you're trying to market a nonprofit organization that you're working for, whether you're trying to sell a book that you're writing or a podcast you have, consider creating this one-page plan that he has from this book, to try to find out. https://blog.12min.com/the-1-page-marketing-plan-pdf-summary/
16 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
106 – The Culture of Fortitude and the Self
106 – The Culture of Fortitude and the Self - https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3322 - Have fortitude and self-assurance that your work and effort will make everything work out in the end. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod Sisu (Finnish) – It means to have grit or perseverance. If you are at the end of your rope, you still find it inside yourself to keep going. It isn’t even in this concept of big woes. It can be small things and short moments of grit. https://matadornetwork.com/read/finnish-concept-sisu/ Fiero (Italian) – Taking pride in your achievement by accomplishing a goal and not unwarranted vanity or ego. Engelengeduld (Dutch) – tolerance, patience, and the ability to endure Novaturient (English) – change your behavior or life by seeking the change and taking steps to get there. Inuuqatigiittiarniq (Inuit) - Respect for other people and a commitment to harmony and peace. Meraki (Greek) – loving your creations and efforts and what you do in life. It is a love of labor and creativity. . https://greekerthanthegreeks.com/2015/03/lost-in-translation-word-of-day-meraki.html Tempest Fugit (Latin) Time flies and is going to run out. Therefore, we must look at it as a precious and fleeting commodity. Þedda redast (Icelandic) – Technically, it means external relations, but everything will work out just fine. It is an optimistic way to look at life but also includes this stoic, calm view of things that happen in life. And if even it doesn't work out, it will in the end anyway. https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20180603-the-unexpected-philosophy-icelanders-live-by Aftselakhis (Yiddish) – Wanting to do something after someone tells you that you shouldn’t. Fernweh (German) - Having a longing or being homesick for a place you have never been. Shouganai (Japanese) – Don’t worry or think about issues you can’t do anything about. Mudita (Javanese) - Being happy or having joy for other people’s happiness. Verschlimmbesserung (German) – Trying to make something better, but you made it worse instead. Kummerspeck (German) - It is translated as “bacon-grief,” which means eating and gaining weight to get comfort or stress relief. Kuidoare (Japanese) - When you eat yourself into going broke, which maybe is a word that goes with “bacon grief.” Challenge Think about which one of these personal attitudes stuck with you. Which one do you like the most? Is it sympathy for other people? Or is it this concept that everything will work out in the end? And I want you to think about how this philosophy helps you face challenging times when trying to do something better in your life. Links https://proofed.com/writing-tips/15-useful-foreign-words-that-dont-exist-in-english/ https://www.theodysseyonline.com/20-foreign-words
22 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
105 - Best Advice of the Last Year
105 - Best Advice of the Last Year https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod 105 - Best Advice of the Last Year - https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3316 - On the second anniversary, I offer up what I think the best advice of last year was for this season. Don’ts Don't Be Buried by Time Management - https://smallstepspod.com/98-create-new-standards-for-time-and-life/ and https://smallstepspod.com/97-abandon-the-time-trap-by-focusing-on-your-purpose/ and https://smallstepspod.com/96-our-damaging-concept-of-time/ Never Lie to Yourself - https://smallstepspod.com/95-ending-the-lies/ Never Read Minds - https://smallstepspod.com/93-make-everyone-happier-at-work/ Don't Assume You are Always Right - https://smallstepspod.com/87-changes-that-save-relationships/ Don't Sweat the Wrong Stuff - https://smallstepspod.com/87-changes-that-save-relationships/ Act Now - https://smallstepspod.com/81-go-go-now/ Don't Let Your Dopamine be Manipulated - https://smallstepspod.com/80-dopamine-dizziness/ Don't Assume the Negative View is Wrong - https://smallstepspod.com/76-be-negative-and-be-prepared/ Do’s Is Stress Relief Making Things Worse - https://smallstepspod.com/100-be-childlike-and-see-the-world-in-a-new-way/ Discover Your Work Style - https://smallstepspod.com/92-identify-your-work-style/ Find Your Season of Life - https://smallstepspod.com/91-thrive-in-the-seasons-of-life/ Make a List of Habits to Improve - https://smallstepspod.com/ben-franklins-life-improvement-plan/ Find Your Fun Magnets - https://smallstepspod.com/83-are-you-having-fun/ Get Courage - https://smallstepspod.com/82-gain-everyday-courage/ Come Up with Health Snacks - https://smallstepspod.com/78-take-five-and-a-health-snack/ Be a Scientist in Your Own Life - https://smallstepspod.com/74-be-a-scientist-of-your-own-life/ Be Your Own Best Friend - https://smallstepspod.com/70-say-yes-to-yourself/ Turn Your Goals into an Epic Quest - https://smallstepspod.com/64-geek-and-quest-your-goals/ Get Cozy - https://smallstepspod.com/64-geek-and-quest-your-goals/ Generous Tit for Tat - https://smallstepspod.com/59-can-nice-people-get-ahead/ Find your Ikigai - https://smallstepspod.com/57-pick-the-full-or-half-ikigai/ Be Flexible and Look for Opportunities – In a time like this, the best thing we can do is stay loose and look for your chance to act. Even in a rough time, there are chances to get what you want. Challenge Think about if you could have an opportunity to knock on your door. What would that look like? What are you looking for that you can start watching out for and ponder? Start looking for those opportunities, and then be ready to jump. 5 4 3 2 1 GO!
18 minutes | Sep 9, 2022
1 - Why Small Steps are Important - Reissue - The Queen inspired me
Why Small Steps for Success and Change The Queen inspired me in this speech and set the course of my life after it. I admired and appreciated her calm and her words, and her humor. I am re-releasing this episode in memory of her. Summary · Small steps lead to lasting change, rebuild relationships, and achieve the goals despite bumps in the road. · If you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better · Make sure you break your goals into steps that are so small you cannot fail · Create a connected trigger when you will take the action, name the tiny, tiny habit and create a celebration · If you can’t make the goal smaller, break it into tinier actions. Challenge Let’s pick one thing you can break into a small tiny action that you know for sure you can do. Links and Resources: The Queen’s Speech on Small Steps to Change the World https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30260865/queen-elizabeth-christmas-message-transcript-2019/ James Clear on Being One Percent Better https://jamesclear.com/marginal-gains https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits BJ Fogg on Tiny Habits https://www.tinyhabits.com/300recipes https://www.tinyhabits.com/ Stephen Duneier on Small Decisions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMbvJNRpLE Half Sized Me on Slowing Down https://www.halfsizeme.com/why-you-need-to-slow-down/ Business Insider on Saving $1 a Day https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/how-much-youd-have-if-you-saved-1-a-day-for-the-rest-of-your-life-2017-7
16 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
104 - Get Good Info with CRAAP or TAARP
104 - Get Good Info with CRAAP or TAARP https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3311 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod TAARP or CRAAP? – Created by Sarah Blakeslee to help people decide how to ensure data is from a good source. She developed the standard Currency (or Timeliness), Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose (Point of View). Her students told her that the acronym stood for CRAAP, and she embraced it. There are many names they call this standard CRAAP, CRAB, CRAP, TRAP, TARP. Currency or Timeliness – Is the data current enough to matter, and do they use timely, recent, and useful references? It is too easy to report old material. Relevance – Is the data on the right topic for the project? Does it have the right audience in mind for your purposes? Authority – Does the person who wrote the information an authority or expert on the information, either by experience or education? Does their process of collecting the data make what they are saying true? Ensure the people you reference have the authority to make their claims confidently. Accuracy – Are there mistakes that are blatant or show sloppiness by the author, which might mean there are reasons to be concerned? For example, could the data be biased or not even true or select information to prove the point? Purpose or Point of View – Was this writing backed by someone or had a purpose? Is it meant to convince someone of something, or is it purely an academic article? Again, make sure your data isn’t trying to sell you. Don't Save Volatile Data – If the data becomes outdated quickly, there is no point in saving it. Perhaps keep the site that researches this topic or make a note of the topic. Quickly advancing research will become old fast. Personal Bias – Does the author have a viewpoint that taints or alters the whole work? It might be ok to use if you get other views too. Actionable – Does the data provide the right call to action from the listeners or readers? If you are hoping to get action, it should have the ability to urge people. Correct Data for the Right Format – Some data is suitable for podcasts, others for posters, and others for academic papers. Ensure that you have the right research for your purposes. Create an Action Plan – Create a plan for the data and how you will use it. Knowing the proper way to use it will help you stay focused. Challenge Take a hard look at whether you're using good sources. And then, in the future, can you think about this CRAAP or TAARP method of analyzing your data and making sure that your data is timely, and accurate? Ensure that it has authority, meaning coming from good sources and that it's relevant to what you're trying to study, that there's a real purpose to this data, that it fits the format you're trying to do, and that it has the proper purpose. Finally, ensure that you're using good resources when finding data. Links https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRAAP_test
18 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
103 - How to Curate
103 - How to Curate https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://smallstepspod.com/103-how-to-curate/ How to Curate Data – We have so much data and information. How do we deal with the sheer volume? How can we tell what is worth storing or referring to and what is fake or useless to us? Gather Details – The first step is to gather details. Whether you start with many details ad pair down or start small and grow the data where needed, you must find the right system. Curate Like a Museum – Museums must pick what will be displayed and how it is organized for the visitors. They expect to see what aligns with the museum's topic and what exciting items to display. That is the same attitude you want when curating your data. Write a Data Plan or Charter – Decide when working with data or a project to create a plan for the data. What kind of data do you need? Is this a deep dive or an overview? In what format will the data need to be presented? A podcast or a blog article, or an infogram? Make it Your Own – Take data that others created and research with it. Then make it your own. You do not wish to plagiarize or copy other people's work or steal their efforts but instead, learn it and give it a new life with your perspective and creativity, Get the Data to The Right People – figure out with data the correct format for it. For example, some data is great for video and others for audio, and some information is excellent for text and graphics. Give the Proper Attribution – Always give the proper attribution and credit people's work. It will provide appropriate credit to the data source and help people find more details if they are curious about the topic. Pare It Down – Too much data or overwhelming people with a flood of information will weaken your message. Instead, pare down the details to the right level for the audience and the topic. Imagine if you had to pay for each word. What words and sentences would go away? Challenge Think about howyou're curating your data. Whenever it is you're trying to look up a particular topic, do some research on a specific issue. What process do you take to ensure that you're getting good information that's accurate for your project?
29 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
102 - Learn and Earn and Keep Going - Reissued because of server migration
102 - Learn and Earn and Keep Going - Reissued because of server migration last week https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://smallstepspod.com/3298-2/ Keep learning, keep questioning, and keep your career fresh and growing. Beginning, Middle, and End? People often think about work as having a beginning, middle, and end but is that how work must be? Do we just go up a hill for our career and then down until retirement? It paints a bleak picture of the work world. Work as a Journey – instead of looking at work as this big up and down, it is a journey with easy parts and challenging climbs stumbles and wins. We can look at an adventure with big plot turns with a trip. Questions and Humility – Learn how to ask great questions but not beat people over the heads with them. We want to ask questions to honestly learn what is happening, how we can solve it, and understand people better. It is the only way we can learn and grow. Learn, Earn and Retire – Instead of looking at work as an up and down, look at it as a continuous cycle. We must consistently learn and earn and learn and earn. That way, our careers grow. We grow! We become better and more confident and happier with our jobs. Now We Continuously Learn – Because jobs are higher tech and fancier machinery and knowledge industries, we must learn and learn and ask questions. It keeps us at the peak of our careers and makes sure we are ready for the next career adventures. Renew Your Mind, Reset Your Career – Resetting your career is about constantly learning and looking at your skills and abilities so you can decide which path your path should take. It might mean you have to stretch a bit to Confidence, Age, and Experience – With age, people gain confidence, and that is primarily because of built experience. Suppose you were the type of person who believed in “faking it until you make it” then you might feel less confident because you see the newer or younger employees gaining skills and knowledge and possibly taking your spot. Instead, you should build that knowledge so you can be more confident. Build Bridges with Everyone – Meet people in your work and office of all experiences, levels, and teams. Those bridges will help your career and will help you solve the more significant problems at your workplace because you will have learned from your great questions and your years of experience. Building Our Own Identities – By being both a mentor and an intern, you have the best of both worlds to ask good questions and give great advice. This identity will set the stage for your new work identity as a learner and an excellent advisor with experience. This will refresh our careers and our image work. Regaining our Beginners Mindset – If you get stuck where you no longer want to learn or no longer feel you can know. To get back to a great career, you must regain your beginner mindset, which means you ask questions and trace your thinking to ensure your assumptions and experience are leading you down the right path. You will learn new things to inject knowledge and energy into work. Foster Honesty – We can’t fix what we can’t be honest about. Creating a culture of honesty will allow people to feel free to tell you when something is wrong or what conditions something must be solved. When you have an honest reputation, people will come to you with ideas and problems. Humble Inquiry – Remember always when asking questions means being humble. Asking questions with that humble attitude will allow people to be honest and let you get to the root of any issue. Challenge Think of three ways that you could be a mentor. How can you help newer people in the company do better and reach their potential? Then think of three ways that you could be an intern. How could you learn more? How could you ask better questions? What questions could you ask that will bring new and creative ideas to the problem? Links https://chipconley.com https://www.ted.com/talks/chip_conley_becoming_a_modern_elder
18 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
101- Can Generations of Workers Get Along?
101- Can Generations of Workers Get Along? https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3291 What role do you play in the work world? Are you a mentor or an intern: a teacher or a learner? Are you helping others? Older Workers have Fears - Older workers are worried about becoming forgotten or laid off for costs, or just missing their opportunities to advance. Statistics show that if you are over 50, the next time you change jobs, it might not be the worker’s choice. Their next job might not be as good or interesting as the old one. Younger Workers are Frustrated - Younger people worry that older people are taking the jobs, preventing them from moving up. They might feel like they have imposter syndrome or can't make the new job work. All the stress keeps people siloed. Older Workers Get Attached to Their Experience - But older people can feel attached to their experience and best practices. Of course, they have experience and have seen situations before, which gives them confidence. But can they be too attached to that and become too rigid and not open to new ideas or trying something outside of the experience? Younger Employees Want to Create an Impact with Fresh Ideas - Younger employees who wish to make an impact and have education and ideas that are new and cutting edge. But maybe they reject the experience because they think new is better or the new idea is their ticket to becoming known in the company. Generational Wars can Occur - This conflict of worries and conflict of experience and new ideas puts generations at work in conflict and can cause mistrust and competition. This War between the generations can even be cold and silent as the stress mounts. Be a “Mentern” - There are mentors who are experienced and help others. Some interns are younger and newer and hoping to get experience. But what about trying to be a “mentern”? You can teach. You can learn. You can help and all the plusses and minuses of all experiences in the company and make everything better Tips for Everyone - Everyone should learn to ask questions, learn from each other, and have gravitas. Be serious but friendly and take every opportunity to grow and help. This will make workers stand out at any age or experience. Don’t Stereotype People - Stereotypes don’t pay off. Not every experience worker is smarter or better, and not every newer employee is lost and unsure. Give everyone a chance to show you who they are and what they offer. History Shows Mentors Pay Off - If you follow, you see many famous people with mentors and mentees. From Socrates to Plato, Aristotle, Warren Buffet, and many modern tech giants. History is filled with this relationship. It’s a meaningful relationship that makes everyone better. Challenge Figure out which stage you are in your company. If you've been in our company for a while, you might be more in that mentor phase. If you're new to the company, you might be in that fresh idea, learning stage, and figure out where you're. Give three examples of what you bring to this job. What is it that you have that other people don't have? If you're newer to the organization, maybe you have experienced learning something directly in college that other people didn't know. You can bring a lot of good ideas. If you've been established in a company for a long time, you may have the experience that helps other people improve. Links https://chipconley.com https://www.ted.com/talks/chip_conley_becoming_a_modern_elder
22 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
100- Be Childlike and See the World in a New Way
100- Be Childlike and See the World in a New way https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3286 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod Why We Lost our Childhood and Became an Adult – We used to have fun and creativity, and then the teen years came upon us. We lost our desire to be kids and all that goes with it. Then, as we moved into adulthood, our childhood memories became about the teen years, which we never want to return. The adulthood phase takes over, and we never look back. We have all the Control and All the Stress – We get stressed, and life comes crashing into our lives and gets overwhelmed. But the paradox is we have more control over life than ever. We can change things. Being Childlike became an insult – We even get to the point where we think a person having a childlike viewpoint is an insult. Grow up! But we must see that being this way is a bonus. We Lose the Ability to see past failure – As adults, we see failures as loss and feel a sense of devastation about failing at something. Instead of having that inventor’s view of learning that failure is showing us things that don’t work and help us to move in a direction that might work. Learn to Play Again – We get that excitement back by learning to play again. We laugh and have fun when we succeed, and we laugh and have fun when we fail. But we try again and again and never let it break us down. Find Joy in Simplicity - Take Joy in the simple pleasure. We picked flowers, ran in the fields, and even played with Christmas boxes. It didn’t take much to give us joy. Also, we were open to giving to others. We brought gifts to our teachers and our parents and our friends. Be simple and generous, and it will bring us joy. Look at the world with a sense of wonder – View the world with a new sense of wonder. There are amazing things around us to give us joy and inspire us. When we have a fresh view of the world, it can make us more creative. We don’t have to be privileged – We don’t have to have advantages in life to get what we want. So we can start to plan and look for steps even if we might not have the resources now. Everyone has obstacles – Many of the most inspiring people throughout history have had disadvantages, struggles, and downturns. Yet, they found ways to overcome them, and so can we. Steps to Getting Your Dreams - Write down your dreams and dream big. Then make your dreams into actionable details. Then create steps that you can act upon. If you have difficult steps, make them smaller. Then, add dates to your steps to know when to act on them. When we succeed, we inspire – When we succeed at our goals, it is excellent for us, but it inspires other people to reach their goals. Be curious and ask why – Curiosity is the key to escaping the adult doldrums. It lets us meet new people and learn from them. We can have great conversations with them with curiosity. People love to talk about themselves. It also helps us get to the truth of a situation. He suggests having a Why person in meetings to drive out all the assumptions we make. Get over fear. It is false evidence appearing real – Fear causes us to stop acting on our dreams. But God has our back, and we can work towards our goals. Get over the fear that is holding you back. It might seem like an obstacle, but it is often false and holds us back. Get Realistic about the Fear – To get more realistic, you can write down the best-case scenario. Then write down what is the worst story that could happen. Then write down what is the most likely and realistic story. This will help you get to the center of the truth of the situation. Challenge Write down three dreams. Pick one of the dreams you think is something you would love and that you're capable of doing. And start to give it some exact details about what it is you're looking to do. And then write the first three steps you could take to get that dream. Links https://escapeadulthood.com/blog/ https://shop.escapeadulthood.com/products/wonderhunt-book-pre-order?variant=42234540032160 – For the fundraiser book
21 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
99 - The Unconscious Brain and Creativity
99 - The Unconscious Brain and Creativity Creativity is not just about the Arts – People think creativity is about arts or acting. Still, creativity is about all sorts of actions like troubleshooting, science, or even problem-solving. Creativity is Not Born – Anyone can be creative and learn. However, people are not born with it but get better and better with practice. We are Unsure About the Unconscious – We are unsure about the unconscious. But that does not prevent us from using it. We don’t know how many things work, but it works to our benefit. We Learned it Young – We learn at a young age from school to only think with our conscious mind. But unfortunately, we are only taught how to use it; therefore, we are terrible at problem-solving with our unconscious minds. Solving Problems Without Trying – Have you ever solved a problem by just taking a walk, napping, or doing something else? The unconscious brain keeps working on issues when we do other activities. The Fast Hare Brain – The conscious brain is the hare. It speeds a long and tries to solve answers. It thinks in words and math and solid thoughts that are easily reachable. The Tortoise Brain – The unconscious brain is slower. It doesn’t use words or tangible things, so you must learn how to hear it. You need both brains to solve problems. Never Force a Decision – Never force a decision before you need to. Give your brain more time. Give your unconscious mind time. You will also allow time for more data or changes in the problem. Waiting is only beneficial to you. Stop Interruptions – Interruptions break up your creativity and your unconscious thoughts if the interruptions are coming inside your brain by telling yourself that you are wrong or other thoughts that destroy your creativity. Let Ideas Gel – Let ideas roll around in your unconscious a bit. Then let the “hare brain,” the conscious brain, take what the unconscious brain solved and structure the idea. The two brains working together will develop the best ideas. Play – Play will increase your creativity and let you think outside the boxes your conscious, uncreative brain establishes. Start with Creativity from Others – If you use the work of others as a starting point, it will help you learn about creativity from professionals. Then make it your own. On top of other creativity, your creativity will bring a great idea. Edit and Keep it Short – if you are bored reading your work, then it is boring and will bore others. Good editing will make your work better. Challenge Take a problem you have this week, then sit in a quiet room and play in your mind. Think about it. Think about tinkering with the idea, turning it over in your head a bit. Maybe even go for a walk with that notepad in hand. Then see after this creative, uninterrupted time if you found a better solution to your problems, or maybe at least a more creative solution. Then, if you found it worthy and it was helping you, incorporate that path into your innovative thinking and then incorporate it into your creative thinking. Links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb5oIIPO62g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWEXQ9E4QiI
14 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
98 - Create New Standards for Time and Life
https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3267 https://www.oliverburkeman.com/ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://smallstepspod.com/stop-perfectionism-and-finish/ Time is Limited – We only have so much time and attention. Therefore, we must be more careful about what we decide to do and what we spend our attention on. Limit Effort to One Task – We multitask because we get stressed or bored with other tasks. But it only means that we fail at more and more jobs. So instead, we should pick the most important thing, focus on it, and stop multitasking. Decide on What to Fail At – You must do many things, but you will not be good at some of them instead of letting balls drop and feeling bad about it. Decide ahead of time what tasks you won’t be good at and perhaps do a horrible job. For example, you must be a great spouse or parent, but you can be a terrible clothes folder. Celebrate Your Achievements – Look back at the successes you had already and pat yourself on the pat. Then, cheer those accomplishments to energize yourself and see how far you have come. Reduce Your Concerns – We can’t be upset and worried about everything. You only have so much emotional energy and strength to focus on things. If you have concerns you cannot do something about, drop them. Decide what you can do or will do and end it there. Get Single-Purpose Tech – Tech can do many things, but it can also mean you get distracted. For example, can you get a book reader with no internet? Can you get a camera with no social media on it? With a single focus tech, you can stay focused on what you want to accomplish without distraction. Enjoy the Small Joys – We think of the big joys in life. You dream of a great vacation or a new house or a boat. What about the small pleasures around your home or work. Be A Researcher in Your Relationships – Find out with your keen mind about the people around you. Research into your family and close friends to ensure your relationships are everything they can be. Practice Doing Nothing – Spending time doing nothing, either by prayer or meditation or hobbies, will renew your energy and your attention. Learn how to do nothing and spend more and more time learning. Challenge Now that you know what types of things are stealing your attention, what types are stealing your time? What kinds of things do you have to focus on? What should be on that list? Try to come up with a list of four things that you could get rid of, or you can plan to fail at.
21 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
97 – Abandon the Time Traps
97 – Abandon the Time Trap by focusing on your Purpose https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3260 https://www.oliverburkeman.com/ https://smallstepspod.com/57-pick-the-full-or-half-ikigai/ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod We Lost Control Early – From an early age, with school lessons and chores, we learn about managing time, which ends up being a trap for us later. Holiday vs. Vacation – Holidays are better than vacations because everyone is off. People can spend time with their loved ones. They also keep work from piling up since everyone is out of the office. Holidays are more relaxing, and people are happier too. Getting True Rest – Learn to rest in a truly relaxing way. Have hobbies that have no purpose and no end game or goal. Try for hobbies that allow you to enjoy your time. Paying Attention – Attention is the first step to genuine appreciation. If we aren’t paying attention to the people or the incredible experiences around us, we are not enjoying everything life offers us. Stop Looking for the Unobtainable – Stop trying to accomplish things that are either too hard, too many tasks, too much multitasking, or something outside our abilities. If we spend time doing these tasks, we are not doing the tasks that are important to us or things we could get done. Relieve Stress – By having too many tasks or things that we cannot get done and get stressed. So what do you do to relieve stress? Are you playing mindless games or taking on additional tasks hoping to distract you from what you should be doing. By having proper rest and preventing yourself from getting that stressed, you can also avoid the bad habits you picked up to relieve stress. Get Achievable Goals – Reduce the number of goals and start practicing incrementalism which means breaking your tasks into small steps. Do Your Purpose – Ensure your tasks align with the functions you should be doing because they get you close to your purpose. This is what you are meant to do, that you are good at, and helps the world. For example, focusing on talent might mean you can accomplish the task but might not be happy. Following your dreams might mean you aren’t good at what you hope to do. But the purpose is that perfect combination of skill, desire, and benefit. Abandon Hope in the Trap – Give up on the hope you can do it all or get done the things you shouldn't get done. Forget the idea that if only you were more organized, or if you were more organized or had more apps, you could do it all. You can’t, and the sooner you realize it and give up, the sooner you can move on to your real purpose. Challenge Come up with a list of the very things not that you feel like you should be doing? Don’t list the tasks you feel that you must do. Instead, make sure it is your purpose and the thing that will move the world. But what's that one thing that if you were doing it, you would change the world and your life, and you would do so in a way that makes you extraordinarily liberated and happy.
21 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
96 - Our Damaging Concept of Time
96 - Our Damaging Concept of Time Four Thousand Weeks https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3253 https://smallstepspod.com/ruthlessly-eliminate-noise/ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod We Try to Pack It All In – We think we can be more efficient with our time. We believe we can pack in everything if we are only more efficient. We Used to be Tasked Oriented – In history, we had very little access to an exact time, and it primarily didn’t help people because they were task-oriented and had to complete tasks and not just finish and start work at times. So, for most of human existence, all time was just for us to survive. Now it is a Conveyer Belt – It feels like time flies off the end of a conveyor belt and that we can never keep up. It makes us frustrated and stressed. We Have to Make Hard Choices – To get over this stress and competition for our time and attention. We must make hard decisions and learn to say no. We Distract Ourselves Because of Time Stress – When the stress gets worse, we start to distract ourselves with silly games and other timewasters. Is Tech to Blame? Tech allows us to record and organize tasks, will enable us never to drop any task, and reminds us to do it all. We think with this efficiency. We can do it all. We should drop tasks and pare down the list. Tech is not to blame. Our harmful use of task lists is to blame, and if we used the tool only to track the critical tasks we should do, tech would be a powerful tool. Ruthlessly Eliminate and Say 'No" – To get to a place where you can use your time better and reduce your stress, distractions, and feeling overwhelmed, pick the things that should be done and start cutting tasks. Time and Attention are the Most Important The Shortness of Life – Seneca suggested that everyone was wasting their lives on silly stuff like politics and parties. Instead, do the things that matter. We Try to Force Focus – We try our best to cut out noise with headphones or tech because we are so overwhelmed. If your lists and options are already paired down, you will not have to do so much after-the-fact elimination. Get Off the Conveyor Belt – Time to get off the conveyor belt and focus on what is essential. Next show, we will discuss tactics to get out of the productivity trap. Challenge Write up a list of all the things you are expected to do in your personal life. Maybe it's painting something that you promised your wife you would do. Perhaps it's setting up that thing you bought last year, and you never quite got to it. Or perhaps it's just getting around to some of the mundane tasks you have around your house that you mean to do. Write those all down and next week, we'll talk about what you can do to start chopping that list into something you can accomplish.
19 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
95 - Ending the Lies
95 – 95 - Ending the Lies https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3243 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod Lying to yourself will stall every goal or dream you have, and it must stop now. You aren’t fine. You don’t suck or lost or too old or unskilled. Learn how to identify and combat lies. Face the truth and reach for the right solutions. Invent a Story – This is an elaborate lie that involves a story with intrigue. People think the more details they put into a lie. The more people will believe them. So, we tell stories about why we can’t get what we want in elaborate stories with sweeping histories and bleak futures. The Blatant Lie – This is a lie that is so clearly a lie without any sense of self-respect. You flat out lie. Did you do the dishes? Yes! That is not true! The White Lie – This is a tiny lie and perhaps is the most damaging. We say a slight untruth to spare our feelings or make ourselves feel better. You didn’t do your goals today, but it's fine. You will undoubtedly do it tomorrow. You know you won’t, but this white lie helps you not get upset at yourself and causes no impact on tomorrow. The Brash Lie – This preposterous lie is just bizarre and boastful and is meant to cheer you up or make you feel better without good reason. You don’t exercise because you don’t need it! You get plenty of motion in daily efforts! This isn’t true and is just an excuse. Lie of Omission – This lie is about omitting information that would prove this to be a lie. For example, tell yourself you need to work the weekend, and your project will be fine. You aren’t exposing yourself because you are constantly behind, and you have too much on your plate. A weekend will not fix your problem. Instead, you need to take your projects and cut out many tasks. How to Tell if You Are Lying – Do you shift your seat or have nervous habits while telling yourself these lies? Do you sweat or feel jittery while telling yourself something? Do you feel like you repeat it repeatedly and embellish it as if to convince yourself? Can you look at yourself, find the mirror and see it written all over your face? You are probably lying to yourself, and it must stop! Why Do We Lie? – We lie to spare our feelings, so we don’t feel bad about our lack of action. We try to get ourselves out of doing something we do not wish to do. We entertain ourselves with a lie, so we don’t have to face facts. How Do We Stop Lying? You stop lying by taking steps to prevent and never lie again. The more we do it, the better we get at it, and the more we lie. Once we start taking steps to stop, it will be easier to face the truth, tell it, and hear it. When you catch yourself in a lie, immediately stop, even if you must yell STOP out loud or in your head. Then, catch yourself not lying and facing the truth, and praise your step forward. Challenge Take the lies you wrote down last week and categorize them. Do you have a type of lie you like to rely on? List a few contrary opinions to this lie and identify why it is untrue. Think about why you told yourself the life. What are a few ways you can counteract the lie with the truth?
18 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
94 - The Lies We Tell Ourselves
94 - The Lies We Tell Ourselves https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3237 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod It's bad enough to lie, but it stops us from achieving our dreams when we tell ourselves lies. We can't fix what we won't be honest about. I Will Never Get My Goals – You will never get your goals if you keep telling yourself that you can't get them. If the plans are reasonable, you should be able to work towards your goal. I Will Never Be Good at This – You will never get good if you keep telling yourself this! Getting good at something possible is about intelligent and targeted practice. I am Not Lucky – People who feel unlucky have an external locus of control. Fate is against them, and they have control over what they can get in life. Thomas Jefferson said I'm a great believer in luck, and the harder I work, the more I have of it. I Have No Time – Of course, you have time, at least a little. We all do things for stress relief but isn't there sometimes you can carve out? I was Not Born with Advantages – Having advantages is a significant step up and helpful. But if you have no advantages, you can still get there. It will take work and a great plan, but you can get your goal. I Am Not Perfect – And you do not have to be either. Your strengths and faults allow you to be successful. So you do not need perfect. But instead, you need your unique perspective. Everything Stinks – Everything can't stink! It is a blanket way of getting out of any goal, hope, or dream. It is the lie that blanks out everything. Some things stink, some are fine, and some are great. If you believe this lie, you need perspective on how many things are going your way. This Thing is Preventing Success – Hurdles in life can mean you might not be able to reach goals as fast as you wish, but you can get there. The idea is that you must mitigate the hurdles and reduce their impact. They might give you a better perspective and make your projects better. I Need Something First - You might feel you need something special to achieve your goals, and indeed some things help. But that doesn't mean you can't get what you want without those things. There are always ways around the hurdles. Why Bother? – You might tell yourself that you won't get what you want. You could tell yourself what you want doesn't matter. But what you do does matter and what you want is essential. Even if it doesn't work the way you hope, you will always get value. I Need More Information – It can feel like more information will help, another book, another class, or one more week of research. That is procrastination. More time can teach you something new, but you can start now. You know what to do next. Do it. I Must Attain Perfect Success – You may feel to do your goals, you must be perfect at what you are trying to do. You might feel you lack enough perfection to succeed, but everyone has flaws. No one is perfect. Keep going. This is a big lie. I Will Start Tomorrow – Nope! You won't! There will be a new excuse tomorrow. Start now. I'm Fine – Are you fine, or are you telling yourself this because it lets you off the hook with your dreams? Are you saying this because it is a way to dismiss your need for something new? Stop saying this terrible lie. I am Entitled – The world owes you new and better things! Others have this goal and haven't worked as hard as you! This lie makes you decide you don't need to work for your goals; when they fail, it isn't your fault. I Can't Be Unique – There are a lot of best practices and pathways to achieving goals. You might feel like you must follow these systems to get your goal all the time and not add your uniqueness to the project. But it will be your uniqueness that makes the project better. The world is not made for cookie-cutter plans or people. Challenge Start writing down five lies that you tell yourself frequently. Write them down. Are you the worst? No, you're not the worst. Is it too late for you? Nope, it's not too late either. But start writing them down and coming up with why those items are lies.
23 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
93 - Make Everyone Happier at Work
93 - Make Everyone Happier at Work https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3231 https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod Make Your Personality More Appealing – After examining your personality, see how you can make it work more smoothly. Build on Strengths – Instead of trying to dig yourself out of the holes created by your weaknesses, build up your strengths. Let your team help make your talents complete. If you need to work on weaknesses, then just understand it will take a lot of work and make you uncomfortable for a while. Personality Backup Style – when people get stressed, the dominant, assertive style takes over. If a person has a more assertive style, they can become argumentative or a tyrant. If they have less, they can get -quiet or give up. They can even go the opposite way, and the driver can just give up and walk away. Observe, Plan, Act, and Monitor – Check the relationships around you and see how you relate. How could you do better? Then come up with a plan and check how you are doing. We Can't See Thoughts – Remember that you can observe behaviors but can’t see inside another person’s head. You don’t know why they are doing what they are doing. Look to see how we can use behaviors without reading their minds. Respect, Communication, Manners – Always remember that respecting others and having manners and good communication goes a long way to making teams and relationships work. Challenge Take your quadrant, take some of the people around you and try to guess what quadrant they're in, and see how you have clobbered each other in the past. For example, have you been passive-aggressive and just refused to answer the question? Do you not talk at all? Or do you talk so much and fast, you're talking over everybody? Try to figure out how the pluses and minuses of the people on the team are helping or hurting the relationships with each other. And then see if there are ways to be more flexible so that we can work together better as a team. Links https://hcleadershipessentials.com/blogs/leadership/the-people-styles-model-for-gaining-selfawareness-as-a-leader
19 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
92 - Identify Your Work Style
92 - Identify Your Work Style by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton Buy Me Coffee https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3225 Learn more about your work style and the work styles of others. The model can help you learn how to do better with your team. Don't Pigeonhole Others – It is OK to look at other people's personalities but not pigeonhole them or decide that they are exactly like them. Model Behavior to be Predictive – Using a model of behavior is helpful to work with others in a better way. The Style Grid – The grid is less or more Assertive and less or more Responsive. More Responsive and More Assertive is type Expressive. They are open and enthusiastic, and energetic. If they feel stressed, they can attack others. More Responsive and Less Assertive is the Amiable type. They are friendly and the people who hold a team together. When they get stressed, they give in. The third type is Analytical, who is less Responsive and Less Assertive, and they love data and getting things right. When they get stressed, they avoid things. The last type is less Responsive and more Assertive and is called Drivers. They love to get things done correctly. When stressed, they start to rule over things and people without getting their input. Who Are You? – It is a great idea to determine which type you are and ensure you can use your type to the best ability. You should also think about what others think you are. They may not be the same. Determine what others on the team are and plot them on a grid. Challenge Look at these categories and try to list a few of the pros and cons that this particular style has for you. Links https://hcleadershipessentials.com/blogs/leadership/the-people-styles-model-for-gaining-selfawareness-as-a-leader
20 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
91 - Thrive in the Seasons of Life
91 - Thrive in the Seasons of Life https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3213 At any age or any season of life, there is a purpose, a thing to learn, and an action you should take. Whatever comes your way, learn to thrive. The Four Seasons Spring is a time to be young and curious and grow some roots. Learn everything. Question everything. Try things and meet new people. Summer is the time to branch out and create stronger roots. It is the adulthood of your life. Make choices and make connections. Experiment and plan and decide how your life should go. Autumn – This is a time to cash out the rewards and growth you achieved in your life. Plan for your next season by planning and setting aside the rewards you gathered. Winter – It is a time to enjoy and teach. Take all the. Opportunities you gained and prepared for the next adventure or the next thing. Enjoy the roots and branches of your life. You worked hard for them! Every Season has a Purpose – Keep in mind that each season has a purpose in nature. Trees grow and fruit and drop their leaves because of their purpose. Find the purpose of the season. Find what you need to learn or do or not do. Keeping the purpose in mind will allow you to do what is needed and thrive. Seasons as a Short Period of Time – Sometimes seasons are discussed as periods of times that are either good for certain goals or activities or bad for them. Is it a season to get a new job or is a season to sit tight and keep still? Know what season you are in. Find the purpose of the season and figure out what you should do or not do. Figure out whom you need to teach about this season and help them thrive. Challenge Figure out two different seasons that you're in, first, figure out not when it comes to age. But when it comes to the mentality you're having. Are you in spring, where you're learning summer, where you're growing autumn when you're reaping the benefits, or winter when you're cozy up? Or when you're cozy and drinking hot cocoa and thinking about and reflecting on your life? Again, it's not based on the real seasons, it's based on where you're at right now. Then try to come up with some minor seasons. Are you in a season of job growth? Are you in a season of job learning? Maybe you just got a new job? Or are you in a season of moving, Links https://www.arhantayoga.org/blog/the-four-seasons-of-life/ https://www.developgoodhabits.com/seasons-life/ https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/10-reasons-to-embrace-the-season-of-life-you-re-in.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn!_Turn!_Turn!\
21 minutes | May 31, 2022
90 - Maximize Your Choices and Be Satisfied
90 - Maximize Your Choices and Be Satisfied https://smallstepspod.com/?p=3208 Maximizers and Satisficers – Maximizers want the best purchases and restaurants. They act in a way to produce the best results. The Satisficers look to find “good enough.” It is beneficial to act and get things done or find appropriate items. But often, better options are possible and should be pursued. Traits and Outcomes – Deciding which action level is appropriate is the key. Determine what traits a project, lunch, or purchase needs to have depending on the audience and the expectations. For example, are you working on an essential task for your boss or picking lunch? Overcoming the impact – Each side has its pros and cons. For a Maximizer, they need to make quicker decisions or get things done. Projects need to be completed. Lunches need to get picked. Meanwhile, Satisficers need to find appropriate quality and not get things done for the sake of getting it done. Figure out the right level of detail that is required. Perhaps you can let others make decisions or help you find the right level of determination. Satisficers can spend more research and see what other criteria matter to other people. The Eisenhower Matrix – To help sort your projects, use the Eisenhower Matrix, which was talked about in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. You decide between important and not important and urgent or not urgent. Important and urgent things need quick action and decisions. Important but not urgent can take time, or perhaps someone else could do it. Not essential, but urgent can be delegated. Not critical and not significant should be maybe it shouldn’t be done at all FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) – Maximizers can feel like they made a wrong choice if they do not pick the best or find out later that there was a better object, restaurant, or meal they missed. They struggle to choose if they feel something better is out there or think they can do better or if there are too many choices. By restricting choices or letting others choose, decisions are made faster. Challenge Figure out if you're a Maximizer or Satisficer for the most part or take note of when you change into a different personality type based on situations, then try to determine how being in this camp has benefited you. For example, maybe you make fantastic decisions as a Maximizer, and you should pat yourself on the back for that. But sometimes it takes too long. Or, if you're a Satisficer, you make quick decisions, and you're on the go, and you get things done quickly. But maybe you picked something that wasn't the right thing because you were trying to be okay. Write down a few things that you could do, like taking more time doing a little more research or making a quicker decision and counteracting the negatives that go along with this personality type. Links https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210329-do-maximisers-or-satisficers-make-better-decisions https://medium.com/growth-habits-lab/how-to-make-better-decisions-are-you-a-satisficer-or-a-maximizer-5c789693b941 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/201506/satisficing-vs-maximizing https://freakonomics.com/podcast/are-you-a-maximizer-or-a-satisficer-nsq-ep-14/ https://gretchenrubin.com/2006/06/are_you_a_satis/
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