Perspective & Getting Back On Track

After a few months off from regular podcasting, the ActionPodcast crew are back!

In this show, Chris and Paul discuss the importance of periodically stepping back and taking stock of what is really most important. Sometimes we all need to hit the reset button, take an honest look at our priorities, and put some things on “pause”.

And doing that often requires courage to make decisions to let go of things that are holding you back. In this discussion, Chris references an article from the NY Times on “The Busy Trap” which can be found here.

We also talk about what we’ve been up to and our plans for the future.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for topics and your success stories. Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Time Is Flying By…Time to Take BOLD Steps

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Are you amazed at how quickly time seems to be passing? Worried that December will be here again and you won’t have taken action towards making those longed-for changes in your life? Perhaps it’s time to ditch the baby steps and push yourself out of your comfort zone!

Chris and Gina discuss ways you can begin to take big, bold steps – and calculated risks – towards creating the life you’d love. If you wanted to increase your happiness quotient by 10x – what could you do TODAY to get the ball rolling?

Supporting a Friend with Low Confidence

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A great topic suggestion from Anne-Marie, who’s friend is suffering from a bout of low confidence. So what can she do to help her friend through this period of low confidence?

By first focusing on the language that both of you use, you can help them find areas in which they do have confidence. This kind of support will help your friend recognise that there are good parts and not everything is doom and gloom.

Although your friend might not have confidence in a specific task, helping them recognise their own self belief can be critical to helping them through a difficult time.

Confidence is based on being certain, to a degree, of an outcome. No matter how inconsequential it might seem. Taking baby steps can really lead to big changes over time.

With your support, your friend will have the choice to make small changes everyday so that in a few weeks, months or maybe years they will be in a better place. If they start making those changes now.

Listen to the podcast to find out how to change your focus and give you the strength to move forward.

Have you helped a friend through a period of low confidence? What worked for you and more importantly your friend? Leave a comment below or use our feedback page

How To Put An End To Wasting Time

We think many of our listeners can relate to this scenario — you’ve got lots of things to do and want to get them done but after a few hours of activity, you just don’t feel any productivity. Rather than energised by a sense of achievement, you’re floundering in a swamp of frustration.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how intelligent, driven or committed to the cause you are, there are days (or weeks) where you feel like you’re getting nowhere.

In this podcast, Paul and Chris take on resolving this challenge as posed to us by one of our listeners.

Time management is an ongoing quest for many people and yet it’s always the wrong quest. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself.

And specifically, you can manage your state, your focus, your energy and your clarity.

Paul and Chris provide great tips and practical actions to break out of any frustration and turn confusion into victory.

Let us know what you will do differently after listening to this podcast. Leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

3 Ways to Identify Your Strengths

Over the last decade there have been many significant advances in our understanding of how to achieve and become our best.

The modern world has evolved beyond the over-simplified advice of positive thinking, have a goal and dream big. While those still are part of the recipe for success, they alone aren’t the missing link between what you have and what you want.

One of the fundamental shifts in performance management – especially as it relates to your career or job success – is the movement away from working hard to overcome your weaknesses and rather, put greater emphasis on amplifying your strengths.

But the challenge within that is knowing your strengths well enough, and knowing which ones to amplify the most for the greatest results.

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In this podcast, Paul and Chris provide three ways (in rising order of complexity) to breakdown what you do, identify your true strengths and decide where you put your time and effort.

One of the most powerful approaches is to use the Challenge vs Skills dimensions popularised by psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in his groundbreaking book [amazon_link id=”0061339202″ target=”_blank” ]Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience[/amazon_link]. Below is a graph that identifies the components and can be used as a practical exercise to get you clearer on when, how and why you excel where you do.

Listen to this podcast now and let us know what you’ve discovered are your strengths…and how you plan to use them to achieve even more this year. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

 

Do You Have Trouble Putting Yourself First?

In today’s podcast, Paul and Gina look at the sometimes thorny issue of putting your own needs first in times of stress or change. This could be during exams, moving house, the end or beginning of a relationship, changing location or changing jobs.
Often we’ve been brought up to believe that putting our own needs first is selfish. But this is NOT TRUE!
Sometimes it’s essential to create boundaries, albeit temporary ones, and let people know that you love them, but you’ve got your own stuff to deal with for a bit. You love them, but you need some ‘me time’ right now.

Partners, friends and relatives won’t generally mind – as long as you’ve communicated clearly and directly with them why you’ll not be so available for a bit. And if they do, this great quote from Bernard Baruch will be helpful:
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Are You Emotionally Connected to Your Dreams and Goals?

easterIn today’s podcast Paul and Gina look at the benefits of becoming more emotionally engaged with the things or lifestyle you want to create. Wanting something isn’t enough – you’ll just get more of that ‘I want’ feeling.

But by engaging all your senses – smell, sight, touch and hearing – and using your imagination (a very powerful tool) you’d be amazed at what you can create.

Gina plans to create her home in France… so instead of just having a visual image of the house, she is using her other senses to connect with her desired end result.

How do you emotionally connect with your goals and dreams?

When The Going Gets Tough, How Do You Get Going?

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Are you having a tough time?

Everything seems like hard work?

Nothing going right?

What do you do to turn things around?

It’ a situation that a lot of people can relate to. External circumstances can really take their toll. It might feel like the world is against you sometimes, so how do you pull yourself out of this vicious circle?

A lot of it relates to being more conscious of what options are available to you. It’s more likely that changing your own perception will have a more dramatic impact that anything else you could do.

We aren’t suggesting that you need to be all “Happy Clappy” but going in with a more neutral or just a less emotional point of view, then you’re going to become the voice of reason. Whilst everyone else around you seems to be losing their heads!

Listen to the podcast to find out more on how to manage, when the going gets tough.

Comments, topic suggestions, ideas, hints & tips or just to share your own experiences, post a comment below or use any of options on our feedback page

Productivity and the Importance of Focus

Do you know what it takes for you to be really focused on what matters?

Do you know what makes the difference between your ‘good’ days and ‘scattered’ or ‘overwhelmed’ or ‘totally unproductive’ days?

If you don’t know this already, you are missing a massive trick to getting things done.

In this podcast, Chris and Paul discuss why focus is critical but increasingly difficult to maintain.

According to The Energy Project – an organisation that helps individuals, leaders and team to sustain high performance – the greatest drain on our energy in the modern workplace is our mental energy. This is our ability to remain focused on the task at hand while not giving in to instant gratification of switching tasks, checking emails or being drawn into an unnecessary conversation.

[Note: you can check how you do against the global average by taking The Energy Audit right now. It’s free and only takes a few minutes.]

By surrounding yourself with the right environment, tools and mindset to start the day, you can easily feel significant improvement in your focus, productivity and daily fulfillment.

Paul and Chris give practical tips and tools to help you do this more consistently.

Let us know what you do to get, and stay, focused. Leave us a comment below or post on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you.

Up Your Average

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Jim Rohn – “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

How do you tell when it’s time to up your average?

Paul and Chris discuss how often their clients talk to them about increasing their social circle. They feel stagnant and want to get more out of life but feel limited by either the small number of friends that they have, or that the people they do hang around with don’t seem to motivate them to try anything new. It’s just the same old thing day in and day out.

Whether you want to improve your salary, your quality of life, fitness or whatever it is. Have a look around you at the 5 people you spend the most time with, would you say you are the average of that group? Chances are that it is the case.

We’re not suggesting that you should dumb your entire circle of friends and just start a fresh. But more like replacing the lowest “common denominator” to increase your own average.

Maybe it’s just the motivation you need, to hang out with people who are more likely to challenge you.

Listen to the podcast to find out how tell if you need  to up your own average and how to take the simple steps to do it.

 

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