There’s a backstory to my episode today. This morning I received a text message from my mom. It said, “Just read this, do you agree?”
Attached was a photo of an article that said, “truly the brain is wired to do only one thing at a time. When you feel like you are doing two things at once, you’re actually doing two individual things in rapid succession. Multi-tasking doesn’t expand the brain’s capacity to accomplish both; it simply increases the amount of mental effort it must put out. The result is that we simply reduce the attention we give to each of the tasks.”
In short, YES I agree…
I talk about my thoughts around this issue and also point out some of the negative things that come from trying to multi-task, such as:
1. Lower productivity on both tasks
2. Stops you from getting into a state of flow
a. U of California Irvine study says that when we are distracted, it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on task
3. UCLA Study – impacts short term memory
4. Leads to increased anxiety
5. Inhibits creative thinking
How do we solve this? Refer to Episode 014 – Success PlanningPlan your day List your tasks in priority (Long term list, short term list) List top 3 priorities for the day List the tasks that MUST get done that day Block your time – NO DISTRACTIONS Take breaks Optimize your work environment
Speaker 1: (00:00) Hey, this is Jeff Heggie. Thanks for joining again or if this is your first time, welcome to our success strategies is something I started just kind of to talk about different things we can be doing to make sure that we’re staying productive and getting things done while we’re facing this coronavirus pandemic and today what I want to talk about are a couple different things. One is as we’re in quarantine or social distancing, whatever you’re having to do right now, how important it is to still stay connected, staying connected with your team was your employees with those that you work with, but also with friends and family and different stuff like that. But how do you do that when you’re in quarantine? One, pick up the phone, text, whatever you want to do. Use a zoom call. There’s a lot of ways we can still stay connected.
Speaker 1: (00:47) You know, yesterday was my wife’s birthday and we’re in quarantine and how do you throw a surprise birthday party for someone when you’re in quarantine? We had our out in our front yard eating, eating cake and celebrating her birthday. And we had arranged to have a lot of friends and neighbors just drive by and come say hello, honk, rolled down the windows, wish her happy birthday, that sort of thing. So there’s a lot of ways that you can still stay connected with people and I think it’s really important to make sure that you’re doing that for yourself, for others and especially for your team. So that’d be the first thing I want to talk about. The other thing was, the topic of knowing your why Simon Sinek. Uh, you know, I love how he’s taught that. That’s something, that’s how I first came to know who he was when he talks about knowing your why.
Speaker 1: (01:35) He says, once you discover your ‘WHY’, you’re better able to align your beliefs with every choice and action that you take in order to do greater things and get more from fulfillment out of the things that you do. Um, he talks about a lot about it with companies, but on a personal level too, you know, you’ve got to know what your why is as you’re making choices and doing different things. People, the way he said it with companies is people don’t want to buy what you do. They want to buy why you do it. And so really knowing what your why is an important thing. And I think a lot of people believe that they know what their why is, but they don’t know it on a deeper level. And the reason I got thinking about this was for a couple of reasons. Um, I wrote an article in my blog on August 1st of 2019 and it was called seven levels deep.
Speaker 1: (02:27) And over the last couple of weeks it’s been the most popular article on my website on www.JeffHeggie.com. So if you want to learn more about this, go, go check out that article. I talk about Simon Sinek and I talk about the seven levels deep exercise, but I also on www.JeffHeggie.com my momentum training is free right now. And this is one of the things that I talk about. I go through this exercise, really learning what your why is. And so if you want that free momentum training, go to www.JeffHeggie.com And you can signed up on that and take a look at that and learn from that. But you know, as as a way of motivation as well, there’s a lot of things that when things get tough and we go through hard times or we’re in quarantine and we have a day that we don’t have much motivation, it’s what’s the why behind what you’re doing that’s going to drive you and keep you motivated and get you up in the morning to go do things.
Speaker 1: (03:27) And as I said, you know, a lot of people think they know what their why is, but in reality, they don’t know it on a deeper level. But once you figure it out on a deeper level, it’s that much more meaningful to you and it’s that much more effective in keeping you motivated and keeping you moving forward. So really encourage you to go www.JeffHeggie.com and get that free motivational Momentum Training. And I think it’s the third video that I talked about this and it’ll take you through an exercise to look at some of your goals that we figure out throughout that course and figure out what your why is behind each of those and really find a deeper level to it. And then the other thing I just want to remind you about tomorrow, Thursday the 16th, um, 12 o’clock, Arizona time mountain standard time.
Speaker 1: (04:12) I’m hosting my free, virtual focus group for business owners. We’re going to be talking about different marketing strategies and things you can implement right now while we’re in the middle of this pandemic. And you can be running your business as usual, but love to have you join there as well. You can sign up for that. Go to www.JeffHeggie.com and scroll down to the bottom where the courses are and everything and you can do that. Or go to www.JeffHeggiecoaching.com/webinar and register there. But love to have you join us there. We’re going to talk about a lot of great marketing ideas, but also today’s message. Knowing your why. Really want you to figure that out and use that as something that’s going to keep pushing you forward and keep motivating you to do the hard things while we’re in this pandemic. So go to www.JeffHeggie.com Find out more about that. If you have any questions, contact me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org send me an email. I’d really love to hear from you. Thanks and have a great day and we’ll talk to you again tomorrow.
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Speaker 1: (00:01)
Hey, welcome back. Thanks for joining again today and if this is your first time joining, I appreciate it. If you’d go check out some of the other videos I’ve done, just go to www.JeffHeggie.com and go to Success Strategies up at the top and you’ll be able to see all the other ones. But hopefully these have been useful for you and you’re getting something out of them. I know I have, it’s been nice doing them because it makes me think about things and I’ve just enjoyed doing it. So hopefully this has been a benefit for you as well. I actually, when I was coming home from my run today, I actually recorded one of these already to post and was going to use, but I’ve had some thoughts since then and I wanted to add a few things. So I’m going to do it again.
Speaker 1: (00:39)
I’m going to talk about a couple things. One, what I talked about this morning, was talking about the things that we focus on because really what we focus on is ends up being the life that we live. And as we like we’re, we’re sitting here on Friday. Again, I talked about it, I don’t know when it was a few episodes ago that I talked about, you know, setting your goals, setting your intentions, um, while you’re working from home and we’re in this pandemic that you can make sure you’re still productive, getting things done. And so I want you to look at your week and see what you did accomplish. And I didn’t get this posted as early as I thought, but even if you’re not seeing it till later on, look at what you still have to accomplish throughout this week to make this a successful week for you to make it so that you’ve accomplished everything you set out to do on Monday and put your focus on that.
Speaker 1: (01:34)
Put your focus and effort and put all your energy and make today if it has to be the most productive day of the week and get things done so that you can wrap the week up and either go into the weekend for more work or be with family or whatever. It’s going to be with everything that you wanted to accomplish by Friday down and out of the way. Um, you know, when we talk, when we talk about focus, there’s a common saying that you hear energy flows where, sorry, where focus goes, energy flows. And so as you really focus on the things that are most important to you, you’re going to be able to put all your energy there and that’s when you’re going to accomplish those things. So that’s number one. That’s what I wanted to talk about. But there’s also, I just got off the call with a client that we talked about something that I want to share as well.
Speaker 1: (02:27)
It’s something that I’ve done myself in the past. I’ve had clients do it in the past. I asked this client to do it and it was actually a good friend of mine, Joseph talked to me about it just a while ago. I’m with Jim quick if you don’t know Jim quick. I knew of him, uh, some of his work, but after Joseph talked to me about it and some of his things that he was teaching, I went and started studying some of gym stuff and I actually ended up being in a course right now. I wanted gyms and the thing that Jim was talking about in the thing that Joseph brought up to me was how a gratitude journal can help people that are dealing with anxiety and depression. And so, you know, with myself or with these clients that I’m working with, that wasn’t the intention of the gratitude journal.
Speaker 1: (03:15)
But I, I agree with it. I think there’s a lot of opportunity there to use a gratitude journal to help you with that. But there’s also a lot more than comes out of it that I think is very worthwhile. And if you’ve never done one before, give it a try. Just give it a week. Go for a week, see how it goes. And I’m going to give you two different ways to do it. One for yourself and one for you and a significant other or a friend or whatever it might be. Number one is just this client that I was just working with. Uh, she meditates every morning. And so what I asked her to do is immediately after her meditation, just spend five minutes and just start writing about things that you’re grateful for. And I told her one day it might be deep and really meaningful and the next day you might be saying, you know, I’m grateful that I got out of bed this morning.
Speaker 1: (04:08)
But just start writing and recognizing all the blessings you have in your life. Because even if you’re having a terrible day, even if things are going awful, the fact that you can spend some time and focus on some things that you’re grateful for will go a long ways. And so spend at least five minutes a day writing in a gratitude journal that your focus on those blessings in your life and you’re going to see a shift in a see a mindset shift and you’ll start recognizing and realizing that even when things are bad, your life is full of blessings and opportunities. Now the other way, and I did this actually, I don’t know, I believe it was Darren Hardy. I learned it from, um, I wrote a gratitude journal every day for I don’t know how many months, but what I would write in it is everything that I was grateful for about my spouse, about my wife, Tamara.
Speaker 1: (05:04)
And just every single day I wrote, you know, just a few lines, a paragraph of something I was grateful for. Sometimes, like I was saying with this gratitude journal, sometimes it was deep. Sometimes I was grateful that she did my laundry. Um, sometimes I was grateful that she folded my clothes, made me dinner, whatever it might be. But every day I wrote about something that I was grateful for. And what I noticed is I started looking for things that she was doing that I was grateful for. So every day I was recognizing those things that whether she was purposely doing something for me, going out of her way to do something or if it was just what she does every day, I was recognizing all that she does for me, my family, whatever it is. And so I want you to do that. Whether it’s a spouse, a friend, family member, whatever, try that as well.
Speaker 1: (05:57)
Start writing in it everyday. Something you’re grateful for, what they’ve done, what they do. And, and then the best part was she didn’t know I was doing it. And then one day I gave it to her and you know, it was pretty meaningful. It went a long way in helping solidify and build our relationship for her to be able to go through there and see the, I actually recognized all the different things that she did. Um, you know, there’s so many times that your spouse does things that they don’t get recognized for. And when you do something like that and they can see that you appreciate it, that you don’t take it for granted. It goes a long ways and I think the opportunity to do that was helpful to me, but it was helpful for her as well to see that I recognize those things.
Speaker 1: (06:49)
So again, looking at end in this week, it’s Friday, uh, hope you have a great weekend, whether you’re working, spending time with family, whatever it is, hope it’s great and productive and you can get things done. But really focus on getting things wound up for your Friday, what you wanted to be accomplishing by this time. When you sat down on Monday and you were looking at what you wanted to get done, let’s get it done. Get caught up. If you’re ahead, get some extra done, whatever it is, and then, you know, take some time to start five minutes a day is all it’s going to take. You can figure out how to carve out five minutes, especially right now, when everyone’s home, five minutes a day, write in a gratitude journal, write everything you can think of that you’re grateful for. Every day it’s going to be different.
Speaker 1: (07:35)
There’s going to be days that it’s the same things over and over. You’re grateful for the exact same things, but it’s gonna change your focus. It’s going to change what you’re focusing on and it’s gonna help you to recognize those blessings. And then the same thing, doing one for your spouse or for someone else will wreck. You’ll start to recognize and focus on the blessing they bring to your life as well. So thank you. Have a great day. Have a great weekend, and I probably won’t see you til Monday, but we will do another one of these then and keep in touch. Go to www.JeffHeggie.com and sign up for the Momentum Training, it’s free. Yesterday I talked about signing up, going through that and then giving me some feedback. I would love to hear feedback on it. Please. When you go through it, it’s only three videos that’ll come out every couple days and the, I think the longest one is 30 minutes and the rest are about 1213 minutes.
Speaker 1: (08:30)
It doesn’t take a lot of time, but I think there’s really some impactful information in there that will be helpful for you as you’re dealing with things as we’re going through this pandemic. But even if, whether we’re in this pandemic or not, there’s some great things that talks about the Momentum Cycle and how to build confidence and how to change cycles when you’re on a downward cycle. And then it goes into creating your path and finding out what your goals are, where you want to be in a year, and how you’re going to get there. And then on the last day it talks about figuring out for each of your goals what your why is, why you truly want to do it. And it’s a, it’s a really cool exercise to go through that. It’s not just here’s my why, this is why I want it. It makes you do some thinking and it makes you dig down and you’ll realize some things that you didn’t know before. So thanks and again, go to www.JeffHeggie.com to get that and we will talk to you again on Monday. Take care.
As a business and success coach I’m often asked for advice on various topics. Recently I had a request from a client to just give them one thought or idea to focus on each day. As I thought about that, I made the decision to do it on a bigger scale than just helping one of my clients. I’m not sure how long this will go on for, but at least for now, while we are dealing with COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic, I’ll be sharing a daily success strategy and I’ll be making it public.
Below you’ll find my video from today, but you can gain full access to them by visiting my DAILY SUCCESS STRATEGIES page
Businesswoman, Podcast Host and Mindset Guru. Tori Gordon is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, podcast host and master transformation coach who is committed to guiding people and organizations to their highest potential. She spent six years fitting in with societal norms and climbing the corporate ladder before leaving good for great and following her passion and to empower others to find their path, heal their past, and create a life they love. After being inspired by the unexpected loss of her sister and mother to cancer and years of transformational experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. As founder and CEO of professional coaching agency, Coachable LLC, Tori’s mission is to guide and facilitate client’s authentic emergence as they learn radical self-acceptance and uncover their own inner power so that they can step out of the box they’ve been limited by and embrace new standards for living.
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“No matter what had happened the night before – good game, bad game, soreness, fatigue – he was up working out every morning while most of the other guys slept.”
That was Tim S. Grover talking about Michael Jordan, in his book Relentless.
He continued, “Kobe is the same; he’s insatiable in his desire to work. Some days we’ll go back to the gym twice a day and once more at night, trying different things, working on certain issues, always looking for the extra edge.”
In Kobe Bryant, The Mamba Mentality – How I Play, Phil Jackson said this about Kobe:
“My staff would meet at 8:30 AM at our facility before a practice or game to prepare for the coming day. More often than not, by the time I pulled in, Kobe would already be parked in the car next to my designated spot, taking a nap. He would be in the gym well before that, maybe by 6 AM to get his pre-practrice workout done before anyone else showed up. That was the trademark of the final 10 years of his career.”
What are you doing to separate yourself from your competition?
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, these guys were the best at their game. Was it just their God given talent that made them that way? Absolutely not! It was also their work ethic, their drive and dedication and their love of the game.
One of the biggest secrets to success lies in the answer to this question. What do you do when no one is around? What are you doing to get better, move to the top, or stay at the top?
It doesn’t matter if it’s in sports, business or something else, if you want to be the best, there is so much that you have to do on your own. You can’t do it for recognition or praise. You put in the extra practice for yourself, not for anyone else.
Last weekend Drew Brees set the new NFL record for most career pass touchdowns. Brees has the same mentality and work ethic as Jordan and Kobe. What was he doing the night before the game where he broke the record? The same thing he does every night after practice has ended and the rest of the team has left. He goes through his own workout.
This video from Reggie Bush was taken the night before his last game.
This is what it takes to be great.
What are you doing to be great?
How much time do you dedicate towards practice each week?
Do you practice with intent?
Be honest with yourself. Are you doing everything you can to be the very best at what you do? Are you settled and ok with where you are at? What changes do you need to make? Are you willing to make them? Check out ourGuided Tour and see how we can help you achieve this.
It was thought that running a mile in under 4-minutes was physically impossible for any human being. Until, at Oxford University’s Iffley Road Stadium in 1954, Roger Bannister completed four laps in 3:59.4. The photo of an exhausted Bannister with his eyes closed and mouth opened appeared on the front page of newspapers around the world, a testament of what humankind could achieve.
As important as anything, Bannister broke a psychological barrier with this run. This once believed impossible record only lasted for 46 days before Australian runner John Landy shaved 1.5 seconds off of his time. By the end of 1957, 16 runners had logged sub-4-minute miles. Since that time more than 1,400 runners have broken the 4 minute mile and the current record stands at 3:43.13. An impossible task until Bannister changed that belief.
Similar to the impossible 4-minute mile, breaking the 2-hour marathon (26.2 miles) was another barrier that seemed would never happen. In fact, researchers in Australia crunched marathon world records over the past 60 years and concluded that there was a 10 percent likelihood that the two-hour mark would fall by 2032, and just a 5 percent chance it would happen by 2024.
Last week, on October 12, 2019 Eliud Kipchoge ran the fastest 26.2 miles ever and broke through the seemingly impossible barrier of two hours with a time of 1:59:40. That is an incredible sub-4:34 mile pace for the entire distance.
Just like when Bannister broke the 4-minute mile barrier in 1954, Kipchoge has inspired a new generation to push their limits with what is possible.
“It is a great feeling to make history in sport after Sir Roger Bannister in 1954. I am the happiest man in the world to be the first human to run under two hours, and I can tell people that no human is limited,” Kipchoge said. “I expect more people all over the world to run under two hours after today.”
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” NAPOLEON HILL
To live the life you truly desire, the first step is to break through the psychological barriers that are holding you back. You have to believe that you can get there.
Kipchoge believed he could break the two-hour barrier. Before the event he said, “Many ideologies [have] been going that no human will break the two-hour mark but personally, I have dared to try. I am doing it to make history.” After the race he said, “there was no point that I doubted myself.”
Look around. Your biggest dreams, the life you really want is not the 4-minute mile or the 2-hour marathon. Most likely, there’s already someone that is living that life. You don’t need to wait for someone to break through that psychological barrier before you can achieve it. That barrier has already been broken.
Your first step to achieving your goals is believing you can do it.
Where do you really want to be? What are your big goals? Identify the real and the imagined barriers that are holding you back. It’s time to break through those barriers and reach your true potential! Stop believing your own lies.
Not knowing how to do it. Not seeing the path. Thinking it’s impossible. These are all excuses that you’ve told yourself. Kipchoge figured out how to run a sub-2 hour marathon, you can figure out how to achieve the life you want.
Once you really believe you can achieve your goals you need to give yourself a path to follow so you’ll be able to reach the goals you previously thought were impossible.
In May of 2017, Kipchoge came up just shy of the two-hour mark during Nike’s Breaking2 project, finishing with a time of 2:00:25. After missing the mark by less than half a minute, he created the path he needed to follow to accomplish the goal a little more than two years later. This included his training and preparation all the way through to the pace setters and water delivery during the run.
Planning is key to your success. Figure out how you’re going to reach your ultimate goals and follow that plan. But be flexible so you can adjust quickly and make decisions when road blocks appear.
If at times you get knocked off your path it doesn’t mean it’s over. Adjust and figure out how to get back on the path again. Brian Tracy said, “Your ability to persist longer than anyone else is the quality that will guarantee great success in life. Persistence is self-discipline in action and the true measure of your belief in yourself. Resolve in advance that you will never, never give up!”
The first step in your journey is to see in your mind what it is that you really want and to truly believe you are capable of achieving it. The mind is a powerful force and when you use it to create the life and the outcomes you desire, amazing things will happen.
He’s actually inspired all of us that we can stretch our limits in our lives and we can do more than we think we can do.
PATRICK SANG – ELIUD KIPCHOGE’S COACH