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I believe we are each the sole owner of our lives. Are you a true “owner” or an “employee” of your life?



All too often it’s easy to play small and think there’s nothing better. This mindset encourages us to find creative ways to cope and tolerate our circumstances instead of actively looking for ways to find all that is possible, often beyond our wildest dreams.



I believe there’s a better way to live, one where you lead and act as the driver of your life instead of being its passenger. In that spirit, this show covers a variety of topics around the themes of personal ownership, effective personal leadership, productivity, co-active coaching, and being a better human.



Along the way I'll share the things I'm learning myself and through other people as guests.

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I believe we are each the sole owner of our lives. Are you a true “owner” or an “employee” of your life?



All too often it’s easy to play small and think there’s nothing better. This mindset encourages us to find creative ways to cope and tolerate our circumstances instead of actively looking for ways to find all that is possible, often beyond our wildest dreams.



I believe there’s a better way to live, one where you lead and act as the driver of your life instead of being its passenger. In that spirit, this show covers a variety of topics around the themes of personal ownership, effective personal leadership, productivity, co-active coaching, and being a better human.



Along the way I'll share the things I'm learning myself and through other people as guests.

    117: Plugging Time Leaks to Honor Commitments

    117: Plugging Time Leaks to Honor Commitments

    You might find it easier to honor your commitments by eliminating the things that waste your time and energy. Here’s how to do it.

    Highlights



    * Time leaks are things that eat away at your commitments and increase the possibility that you will not honor them

    * Straight-Line Leadership: Tools for Living with Velocity and Power in Turbulent Times by Dusan Djukich



    * “What you have committed to, up to now, is revealed by what you have produced or failed to produce”

    * “Involved with” vs. “committed to”





    * What gets in the way of honoring your commitments?

    * What do you do or where do you go when you have 15 or 20 minutes between meetings?

    * Reducing time leaks adds time back to your day

    * Having large blocks of time without clear intentions or guard rails

    * Committing to do certain things in a given day

    * What things are you doing that aren’t giving you anything back?

    * Managing Slack by turning off the presence indicator and closing it for an hour as an experiment

    * Decide what you will say “No” to in a given week to help you plug a time leak–make them small and doable

    * Unsubscribe from all those newsletters

    * Disable the notifications on your phone or simply power it off

    * Where do you go when you are bored or seeking to soothe yourself?

    * Where do you find yourself without knowing how you got there?

    * What’s the biggest mindless activity that you do in a day that consumes the most time?



    Credits



    * Original photo source

    • 21 min
    116: Commitment Not Motivation

    116: Commitment Not Motivation

    When I’m looking to move something forward I’ve found better results by getting clear about what I’m committed to rather than searching for motivation.

    Highlights



    * Where does motivation come from and where do you get it?

    * Motivation is illusive and there is a better way

    * What if you aren’t motivated and that isn’t a problem?

    * Motivation as a by-product of commitment

    * Partial commitment is no commitment

    * What are you committed to in your life?



    * How much time and attention do you give them?

    * What would your life look like if you were committed?





    * If you were committed what would you do?

    * Straight-Line Leadership: Tools for Living with Velocity and Power in Turbulent Times by Dusan Djukich

    * Time Warrior: How to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and chaos by Steve Chandler

    * A commitment is something that you absolutely will do or have done–otherwise it is an intention.

    * How to Get Clients: New Pathways to Coaching Prosperity by Steve Chandler

    * Daily commitments of time and things that I have absolute control

    * What are you creating with your commitments or lack thereof?

    * No judgement around what you are or are not committed to

    * Mark Lauren workout programs

    * Clarity of your desire is stronger than any technique or program



    Credits



    * Original photo source

    • 23 min
    115: Restarting Just Like You

    115: Restarting Just Like You

    Here’s how I got back up again after getting off track. I hope it helps you do the same.

    Highlights



    * Restarting

    * Intention vs. commitment

    * Resizing a task or situation in order to commit

    * Honoring the promises we make to ourselves as much as the ones we make to others

    * Simple process to restart



    * Short list of things to do when you wake up

    * Set an alarm

    * Get up when the alarm rings

    * Get moving by getting some things done!





    * “Good enough” and be done–get it out

    * Stop putting the restart off and just crawl if you have to

    * Don’t rely on motivation or it could be a long time



    Credits



    * Original photo source

    • 6 min
    114: Unsubscribing from Judgement

    114: Unsubscribing from Judgement

    One of the keys to the universe and a better life is our relationship with judgement of self and others. Setting it aside has been one of my biggest paths to freedom.

    The Path to Removing Judgement

    I originally posted this on LinkedIn earlier in the year.

    I saw a post at the start of 2022 on LinkedIn encouraging people to “purge negativity” from the new year by removing connections who post negative things. It seemed like a good idea and yet missing something. My take from the post and the comments was that if you get rid the negativity around you, then you will be positive. That hasn’t been my experience.

    What I found in 2021 and am continuing to this day, is an ongoing evaluation of the judgement I have of others. My own judgement creates my own internal negativity. How I react to what I read and see others post creates my own negativity. Nobody can make me feel negative. That’s my choice, even if it’s a subconscious, knee-jerk reaction. The more I own that, the more is possible.

    Realizing this is my ongoing work I choose not to receive content from people that I judge. It’s tempting to stay subscribed to the newsletter that has interesting ideas or to follow a person I want to model in order get ideas from them. What I’ve learned from these people is that a majority of my energy goes into critiquing and evaluating them (judgement) instead of useful learning. Yes, I realize you could argue that’s useful on its own. I felt dirty inside after doing that.

    I unsubscribed and unfollowed all the people and groups where this happens. It’s possible that my critique is “true.” If I don’t have a relationship with them where this critique can be useful, I’m creating a swamp of poison in my heart. Even if I did have a relationship with them, it’s doubtful I could help them in any significant way with judgement in my heart.

    I see this as a point in time–each “now.” Tomorrow or five years from now I may be able to read things from these same people or groups and have nothing but openness, love and acceptance in my heart. Believing I had evolved from an earlier place of judgement I re-subscribed to a place I used to have judgement around. Within receiving a few emails I was back to my old critiques. So I unsubscribed. More of my own work to do.

    And I don’t judge that either (except when I do, and then I forgive it). Something else to consider here is the judgement you have towards yourself.

    My experience is that judgement always travels as a pair. If I’m judging someone else I’m likely also judging myself about something. And if I am judging myself I’m likely judging others too.

    • 9 min
    113: Slowing Down More

    113: Slowing Down More

    Maybe you can relate to my experiences and discoveries here and the revelations I had upon waking one day.



    * Reflecting on themes around



    * Judgement

    * Being

    * Doing





    * Conversations with Lisa DiMateo

    * Super salient thoughts right after waking

    * The illusion that if we figure out why we will actually change

    * Mel Robbins The Five Second Rule



    Credits



    * Original photo source

    • 8 min
    112: Checking in with Captain Seth Vore

    112: Checking in with Captain Seth Vore

    Seth Vore joins me in June 2022 to give an update on the plans he shared in December 2021. Everything has come to fruition. Seth no longer lives in his house or has a job, however he does have a new boat his family is preparing to live on for the next year as they travel.

    Learn More about Seth Vore and His Family



    * The Great Loop is a 6,000 mile, year-long boating trip Seth and his family are on

    * onFIREfamily – Website

    * onFIREfamily – YouTube



    Credits



    * Cold Funk by Kevin MacLeod

    * Original photo source



    All songs licensed under Creative Commons

    • 43 min

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