477 – How To Avoid Overwhelm, Stress And Burnout

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When you are trying to get something new off the ground, there seems to be an ever increasing list of high priority projects that need to be accomplished. I know, from personal experience, that trying to do too much can be overwhelming, stressful and potentially lead to burnout.

In this week's podcast, I share five steps that I have learned to take to avoid overwhelm, stress and burnout when it comes to consistently taking my online business efforts to the next level.

1. Commit to having a mindset of gratitude and positivity.
2. Consistently reprioritize your ongoing project list.
3. Choose one thing to focus on and say not to all other projects.
4. Embrace Grace. You can't do everything!
5. Never neglect the top five priorities outside of work. (sleep, physical fitness, family, friends and recreation)

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460 – That Time I Felt Like A Complete Fraud

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I was recently invited to be a guest on Tammy Helfrich's Right Where You Are podcast. Over the years, I've been a guest on hundreds of podcasts. This interview was, by far, one of the greatest times that I've spent as a guest on someone else's show.

For those who are not familiar with how I got my start in the podcasting world, how I turned my love for podcasting into a full-time career and what has transpired since, this interview is a great overview of what has transpired over the past 11 years. After we were finished recording, I knew that I wanted to share the recording here in my own podcast and Tammy was gracious enough to agree to having me share it with you here.

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404 Audio Journal Format & Five Insights I’ve Gained Over Six Months of Putting My Health & Fitness First

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The Audio Journal Format
Alain recently asked a few questions about the audio journal format for my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. He said that he found it fascinating that I managed to record over 600 episodes in light of the fact that he never considered such an audio format to be one that would help generate income or business from such a personal podcast. He wanted to know if I felt that this was a winning formula for me due to the fact that I had already established myself within the podcasting industry. He wanted to know if I thought that such a format would work for someone who is just starting out and where this would be their only show. My response to these questions is the main focus of this episode.

 
 
Five Insights I've Gained Over The Past Six Months
Yesterday, I posted a significant blog post celebrating the first six months of consistently maintaining my commitment to putting my helath and fitness above all other life pursuits, including my business. Near the end of this week's episode, I share five insights that I've gained over these past five months.

1. Putting Your Health & Fitness First and finding way to fit in your work
verses being more efficient in your work so that you can find time to fit in your Health & Fitness.

2. The importance of knowing what you're going to say yes to and what you are going to say no to ahead of time.

3. Starting the day off knowing what the most important one, two or three things I need to accomplish today, that is above everything else.

4. The ability to actually say no to great opportunities that don't fit within your current plans for the future.

5. Life is lived inside the margin you allow for yourself.

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399 – A New Shift In Priorities

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For the past several years, I've made it a practice to always keep a list, available in plain site, of the top five to ten priorities of my business pursuits. This list is always ranked with the highest priority at the top.

When committing things to my calendar, I always attempt to find a way to “say yes” to anything that will help me find greater success in my top three business pursuits. I will occasionally “say yes” to commitments related to other priorities that are on the list. The higher the priority, the more likely it is that I'll “say yes.” If I'm asked to commit to something that is not on this list, it's almost certain that I'll “say no” to such a commitment.

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, why I was recently inspired to make a significant shift in my business priorities. I realized that something, extremely important to the success of my business, was completely missing from this list. I hope that my sharing this will help inspire others to be more intentional about the things that they work on each day.

 
 
Also in this episode…

  • I talk about my upcoming speaking gigs and the talks that I plan to give.
  • Jim Bramham asked for my thoughts on what to do when you have done an interview for your podcast and then decide that you don't want to publish that interview.
  • I talk about the Instagrate to WordPress plugin
  • I talk about my thoughts on batch recording or pre-recording future episodes of Podcast Answer Man.
  • Be sure to sign up for my May 25th session of Podcasting A to Z.
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    390 Are You So Busy Building Your Business That You Don’t Have Time To Work On Building You?

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    Are your business pursuits keeping you from living the healthy lifestyle you desire?
    If so, you are not alone. I am a recovering workaholic. When I went into business for myself, building my business from the ground up, I worked a minimum of 14 hours per day, seven days a week, without a single day off, for the first nine months. After nine months, I took one day off per week and simply increased the number of hours I worked each of the other six days. After my first full year in business, I ended up in the hospital and almost died.

    Here are a few blog posts that I wrote while I was in the hospital

    In The Hospital.
    Scheduled For Surgery
    Now I’m just P—ed Off!
    On The Road To Recovery

    Once I had fully recovered from surgery, I began to take some serious steps to live a healthier lifestyle. I started working out regularly and eating healthier foods. I began to not only see serious results in myself, but also in the lives of those in my family and my online community.

    The image below shows me on the left, my wife, Stephanie, on the right and one of the members of our online community, Maggie Mack, in the middle.

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    Over an 18 month period of time, I had lost 60 pounds and Stephanie had lost 72 pounds. However, in the Fall/Winter of 2011, I had got pretty sick with a terrible case of bronchitis that had me out of my workout routine for several weeks. I then had several business trips. I got behind in my work and eventually I got to the place where I was so depressed about how out of control my life/schedule had become that I started to go back to my old eating habits and I avoided going back to my routine of regular workouts. Basically, what was going on in my business was more important than that healthier lifestyle once again. Eventually, I ended up gaining back all the weight that I had lost.

    Three years after my first visit to the hospital, I allowed myself to get so out of shape, that I landed myself in the hospital for a second time, thinking that I was actually having a stroke.

    What's worse is that I was so focused on my business that I delayed going to the hospital to get checked out, FOR DAYS, until I could finish up some things with work. You can read my posts from that experience at http://gspn.tv/hospital2012.

    Since that second trip to the hospital, I've been hyper focused on finding ways to build more balance and margin into life. I've been documenting this journey, for many years, in my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. On November 14th, 2014, I had a major breakthrough. Details of that breakthrough were shared in episode 583, and all the episodes released since.

    Since November 14th, I've maintained my commitment to working out six days a week, every week. I've gone back to eating healthy foods. I've built in the margin needed to sustain my efforts and I've even been successful in maintaining this routine through a sinus infection that turned into bronchitis, an out of town business trip and also a rib injury that lasted for two weeks.

    I've been posting selfies after each of my workouts. So many people have told me how much this consistency has inspired them. One friend had reached out to me and said they they were really wanting to get back into their health lifestyle habits. When I asked this friend what was holding them back, they responded with a lengthy email about how it was their business that is keeping them from making process in living a healthy life.

    I recorded episode 390 of Podcast Answer Man as a response to that email.

    I hope that what I've shared will inspire you to prioritize your health above your business. I know, firsthand, just how difficult this can be. However, I promise you… It can be done!

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