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How do you find these people?
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With Get Momentum, co-founders Jason and Jodi Womack, coach you on both strategic and tactical levels.
We want to help you make it bigger and better, but it all starts with you.
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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been under the misconception that:
what food you eat
how much you exercise
and the quality of your sleep
Is what equals
health + wellness
But here’s the thing, after dozens of coaching calls with GET MOMENTUM members this month, we noticed 3 recurring facts:
1. Everyone KNOWS the RIGHT answers... We're supposed to eat healthier, exercise regularly and sleep more. But we still don’t do it!
2. Everyone mentioned someone else in their life that has an impact on their habits: a spouse, kids, coworkers, clients.
3. Everyone knows that EASY wins every time. If frozen pizza is easier than steamed veggies, then you’re having pizza for dinner!
This month’s focus at GET MOMENTUM is "Your Wellness Advantage."
I'm not going to tell you how to eat, drink, move or sleep.
There are literally dozens of magazine, books and experts on each of those topics.
We find the behaviors and mindsets to make the best practices for your wellness to actually occur MUCH MORE FASCINATING.
Whether you’re running a company or coordinating your family sitting down together at the dinner table, you have to have a strategy.
During tomorrow’s 60-minute GET MOMENTUM Master Class titled “Wellness: The Leadership Advantage" Jason and I will coach you in best practices:
Join GET MOMENTUM today and attend tomorrow's live Master Class.
You’ll be glad you did.
Hello from Quito, Ecuador.
I’m sitting here in a little cafe, on one of the busiest street I’ve encountered here in South America this week. Since Monday, I’ve been traveling from Miami to Chile to Peru and now I’m here (before heading off to the Galapagos tomorrow) speaking and answering GREAT leadership-development questions that are rooted in the book, www.YourBestJustGotBetter.com.
So, I posted a “Leadership Quiz” over here on the Get Momentum blog. I hope you’ll like it.
I hope more than that you’ll reflect on your Leadership Development journey.
“Womack,” my baseball coach yelled, “Run through the base every time.” I remember like it was yesterday.
Watch a baseball game long enough to see a player hit the ball and run through first base. Then, think about the connection to learning: You’re done after you finish, not as you finish.
In the learning world, seeing something “through to the end” is a valuable leadership skill. Two examples of “running through first base” are:
1. Researching a quote.
2. Following up after meetings.
Does your presentation include a quote by someone famous?
Years ago, a seminar participant asked me: “Who was that person you quoted?” My heart sank as I admitted I didn’t know. She shook her head and said, “Why didn’t you spend a little extra time researching it?
Now, when I find a new quote to use, I spend a few extra minutes learning something about the person who said it.
Soon after you finish a meeting, two things are about to happen:
1. Everyone forgets the finer details of the discussion; and
2. Everyone prepares for their next meeting.
After a meeting, you have a unique opportunity to make a lasting, positive impression. Wait too long, and you miss the opportunity. Follow up in a meaningful way.
Build a follow up plan for each meeting or presentation. Schedule time to debrief your notes and reach out. The mark of a leader is the ability to “see something through.”
Practice it as a learning leader and watch how people respond.
Are you waiting until “then” to make the change you wish you were experiencing “now?” What’s out THERE that you’d like to make different? And, most importantly, what’s right HERE you can work with in order to make progress toward that outcome?
I met with my wellness coach - Andrea - in New York City today. The workout was an hour long; a restorative session, just what I needed on a Friday. But, more than that, I went to this workout as part of my “research” for Get Momentum members worldwide!
Next month at www.TimeToGetMomentum.com we’re studying the topic of “Leadership and Wellness.” (Click here to see that theme, and review all 12 Leadership Skills you learn and practice in the Get Momentum Coaching Program.)
Now, I gotta tell you, Andrea is one of the smartest, most amazing leaders I know. Throughout the session, she’d place an encouraging word at just the right place. If there was something she saw that needed to be adjusted, she quietly walked over and helped each one of us. Toward the end of the session, I heard her say: “For those of you who are already on to your next things in your mind, come back to the present. Come back to me. Come back to this room."
Have you ever had to “come back to where you were?"
There I had been, taking a mental vacation from my workout. You see, I was right there physically, but my mind was a million miles away. I was off worrying about/planning something that is coming my way; even if it’s not.
Tell me, have you ever been there? Have you found yourself “away from the present, focused on what isn’t?"
I know the people I work with spend a lot of time thinking about (and taking about) what may OR may not happen. Now, I’m not going to say “stop it.” We can’t. We naturally think of things that are “out there.” What I am suggesting is...
Catch yourself doing it. And then change the direction, duration and destination of that thinking.
Have you ever thought about CHANGING what you believe is possible? I have; and, I wrote about it over here. Instead of giving up, or giving in, simply notice you’re off-topic, and come right back. I’m telling you it’s possible to have, be and do more, if you’ll use the power of your mind, and the facts about time, to your advantage.
I’m here to share my version of reality with you: “It could be different."
There are 5 ways I know of to build a mindset, find the environment, and build the habits you’re going to need to:
You can read (and) watch all about those 5 things to do right here.
I wrote a note for you, linked to a video, and got you some pages from the book. I hope you enjoy!
Personally, I love how email works. You see, I can be sitting here and just like that I’ll get an email from a friend (thanks Brian!) with an awesome question like:
“How do creativity and productivity relate to one another?"
Ok, so I’m going to be very transparent with you: They’re tied together like the strands of wire that create the cables that suspend the Golden Gate Bridge.
That’s how they’re related...
Now, I can almost see you from there. You just rolled your eyes. You’re thinking something like, “But Jason, I want to be free to create. Being productive - even just thinking about being productive - pulls me out of my creative space.
In the book, “Your Best Just Got Better,” I wrote:
We use words and phrases to let others know what we think about creativity, possibility, goals, even our own performance preferences and methods.
Consider even a casual conversation like this one:
Friend 1: “Hey, how are ya?”
Friend 2: “Not bad. How are you?”
Friend 1: “Busy. Seems like I’m always behind. Too much to do, you know?”
Friend 2: “Oh, wow, I know. I’m completely stressed, too. In fact, just last week I had to . . .”
Try to be creative, without being productive.
And, try to be productive, without being creative.
I think what we’re facing isn’t a defining issue; I believe we’re facing a meaning issue...
Let me share a story... Just last week, Jodi and I were DEEP in a discussion (ok, it was on the verge of an argument) about a single aspect of our business that was causing us stress. (If you really want to test the value and strength of your relationship with your partner, start a business together. It's awesome!)
We were facing a deadline, and we needed to “be productive” quickly. So, what did we do? We talked “about” producing; we didn’t try to produce. Did you catch the subtle difference? We gave ourselves benefit of thinking before doing. We stood in front of my office white board and filled it with ideas, possible avenues, and a brainswarming process of idea generation.
Then what did I do? I sat at my desk, and I organized that thinking. Again, I wasn’t doing…I was dancing in the space between “Productivity” and “Creativity.” Do you give yourself that gift? I call it, “Put it where I’ll find it again."
It took about 30 minutes. I loaded up my “Evernote” notebooks and stacks with all kinds of tasks, projects, outcomes, areas of focus, and then...
And then we returned to the table where the discussion began. (It WAS about 3 hours later…) There, in about 15 minutes we uncovered a solution to the part of a project that was driving us crazy. It was a SIMPLE solution, so simple in fact that had we just focused on “being creative” or “being productive,” I don’t think we would have found it.
You see, for me the SOLE purpose of "Being Creative" is NOT to actually produce anything.
Production, productivity, producing something is actually pretty easy.
To me, thinking is one of the most critical components of creativity. I've got to let myself have the time, the space, and even the tools to THINK and then I can be a bit more creative. When I’m overwhelmed by the unfinished, in motion, disorganized “stuff” all around, I simply can’t do that.
And, when it comes to producing, I need to stop - one a week or once a month at the minimum - and think…create…dream…wonder.
The best thing I ever did, and I suggest you do this too, is to study what the meaning behind those words is to me...
What do YOU want to create…and, what do you want to produce?
How fast, and how far, are you going?
A colleague of ours in Omaha, NE sent an email a while back. In there, he listed out a few questions for Jodi and I, and this is the one that got me thinking:
On the one side, I can get all proud of myself and make a LONG list of my areas of focus, my projects and deliverables, and the oh-so-many tasks I have to do...
On the other hand, I had to stop and think. Several journal pages later, I wrote this question “Who are you working for, Jason?"
This changed things up a bit, and thinking continued. I wrote down the names of people, of associations, of communities, and of organizations. I was positively overwhelmed.
Positive: consisting in or characterized by the presence or possession of features or qualities rather than their absence.
Overwhelm: have a strong emotional effect on
Did you ever see that Brene Brown TED Talk on Vulnerability? (LINK here) In her work, Brene poses very specific questions. As you read these two, I invite you to identify “your own who.” That is, think about the people around who impact/affect YOU being the best you you can be...
How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness?
How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?
So, here’s the answer to that question:
We just launched our 21st Get Momentum Theme at www.TimeToGetMomentum.com.
The Get Momentum Coaching program is for a global community of leaders. It is the most exciting product we have to offer.
Each month we serve as coaches to leaders, entreprenuers and friends around the world. What do we do? We identify a “Leadership Skill" that we all need to improve such as "Public Speaking," "Managing Meetings Effectively," or even "Health and Wellness Choice Making."
Throughout the month, we offer a Master Class online, a one-on-one coaching call, and a Momentum Module workbook that members write in as they learn how to Be Better.
On top of that, http://www.WhereIsWomack.com, I travel around the world leading workshops on topics of Leadership, Momentum and Creativity in the Workplace. But, again, it’s not necessariy the “What?” of what I’m doing, but the “Who?” I get to work with throughout the journey.
Get Momentum attracts life-long learns, self-starters, and people who know that they make a difference every day.
It's the first Wednesday of 2015, and I'm heading to a "calendared event," call it a meeting if you will...
And, I'm writing specifically to invite you to join Get Momentum today.
Can I tell you why?
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that there are 11 million meetings held every day in America. How many of those did you attend or lead?
Have you ever stopped to ask, “What does a successful meeting look like?"
Do you have big decisions to make this year? This month?
Are the meetings you attend as effective and efficient as possible?
This month, leaders like you are becoming more effective Meeting Managers.
Get Momentum members worldwide are learning the secrets of more successful meetings.
Click here to download the ENTIRE Get Momentum Leadership Coaching curriculum.
There are FOUR areas leaders need to focus on to become excellent meeting managers. This month, we cover how to:
Prepare for an effective meeting
Lead an effective meeting
Attend an effective meeting
and Follow Up effectively
Imagine if your meetings were more efficient and effective.
Join Get Momentum today and you can attend tomorrow’s 45-minute Master Class titled:
“Plan, Lead and Attend Better Meetings."
I know that meetings have a bad reputation. Think about it, everyone loves to complain about meetings. But here’s the thing…meetings aren’t going away anytime soon.
And Get Momentum members I’ve talked to say they spend 20-30 hours a week planning and attending meetings. If your schedule is anything like this, you know how consuming and important it is.
Having more efficient, effective and productive meetings could save you 20% of the time you’re currently spending. That equals 4-6 hours that you could get back into your life.
During tomorrow’s Online Global Webinar “Master Class,” Get Momentum members will learn:
1. How “Decision Fatigue” negatively affects your ability to lead effectively.
2. At least 3 of the 5 skills effective managers know about running meetings.
3. The impact that “Checklists” - and examples - have on meeting management.
AND, studying the month-long Momentum Module this month, you’ll learn how to effectively plan and prepare for a meeting, keep the meeting on track, manage any problems that arise, and properly follow up afterwards.
There is plenty of time to sign up as a member so you can be on the live Master Class that's happening this Thursday, January 8th. We present the Master Class as a webinar twice each day, once early in the day, and once in the evening…we RECORD the Master Class so you can watch it later when you have time.
Basic monthly Get Momentum Membership is just $99/month. I know you'll get more than 10X the value you pay to be a part of it.
Effective leaders know that there’s a lot to be gained (and learned) from listening, but they don’t always have the time to “go there.” Three questions make it easier to build trust at work.
When meeting with someone, it’s easy to fall back on traditional “negotiation skills” as you seek the end goal. On your way to the meeting consider their needs, and where they are coming from. This is a way to build rapport without really having to “do” anything.
Most of the people you interact with are starving for positive attention. Specifically, they want to be noticed for the contribution they make, for the good work they do. Notice what people are doing and catch them doing something right. Acknowledge them with a specific example of how their work is helping the company.
During an especially difficult part of a hike I was on last year (the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim, 52-mile/2-day Grand Canyon event) one hiker was struggling. He did not stop talking about hard it was. So, I asked him to tell me what he could imagine his kids (ages 9 and 13) would be doing in a decade. He refocused his energy! For 2 hours, he thought and talked, hiking through the difficult uphill section of the climb.
Effective leaders notice when the people around them could use a little support, need to be noticed, and are challenged by what’s right in front of them. It’s your job as their trusted leader to make it easier for people to do their best work.
Practice asking these three questions, and see how it improves your interactions this week.