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How to Finish what you start with Jon Acuff – Episode 211 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including Do Over: Make today the first day of your new career,and his newest book, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done.

For 20 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.

In addition, Jon is also a big proponent of social media with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and more than 290,000 twitter followers. In 2010 he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam. Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.

Show Highlights:

Which lessons about goals work and which are causing damage? @JonAcuff

“Shoot for the moon so you’ll land with the stars” doesn’t actually work. @JonAcuff

Most people judge goals on a pass/fail scale. @JonAcuff

You can have a big goal, but you should have steps along the way. @JonAcuff

Most goal advice is given as if you are a robot without emotions. @JonAcuff

As a leader, if you consistently set the wrong goal you create a culture of distrust. @JonAcuff

The breakroom tells the truth, the boardroom doesn’t. @JonAcuff

We live in a world with limitless distractions and bottomless opportunities. @JonAcuff

Most people tell their goals to their friends the wrong way. @JonAcuff

When you have a goal, you can choose shame or strategy. @JonAcuff

Often, we want complicated solutions, in part, because we don’t have to do them. @JonAcuff

Rory shares how to immediately increase your self-discipline. @rory_vaden

Finishing is a habit. @rory_vaden

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting every Wednesday. The show is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts, has listeners from all around the world and shares “insights and inspiration to help you take action.” Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews special expert guests and thought leaders. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

3 Ways to Outperform Your Competition

There is a lot of value for any organization to be gained from being “best in class, #1, champion, or industry leader, etc.”

But with so much competition and so much universal availability of resources, how can you consistently rise above and outperform your competition or even just outperform your own potential?

Simple.

Regardless of whether you’re trying to beat someone else or just break your own personal records, it brings us back to 3 truths that remain timeless and relevant even in a world of constant change and technological advancement.

1. Work Longer – Work more hours than anyone else or than you ever have before. There is so much power in sheer volume. Don’t underestimate it. Find a way to take time from insignificant activities you’re engaging in to reallocate towards your goals that really matter. (Hint: if you’re watching the US average of 27 hours a week of television, start there!)

It’s also not just your own total personal hours (which should of course always be maximized in the direction of your key priorities) but that of your team as well. When you grow your trained staff, you’re growing the total number of hours being invested into the achievement of your mission.

2. Work Faster – Become more efficient. Stay more focused. And increase your sense of urgency to squeeze the ultimate value out of each second out of yourself and your team every single day. If you can eliminate distractions or unnecessary work from yourself and your team that will give you instant lift.

Also, as discussed in our most recent book Procrastinate on Purpose, “automation is to your time what compounding interest is to your money.” So, anything that can be automated, operationalized, or streamlined should be because over the long haul you will get ROTI Return on Time Invested. Most of all though it’s your own internal intention, focus, and discipline that needs to be mastered.

3. Work Smarter – There is such a thing as “a sharper axe.” So, it does make sense to be intelligent and strategic. For example, if you’re in sales, learn to master asking for referrals, prospect by vertical markets, use scripts and get a sales coach.

If you’re a small business owner learn the tools that will help you scale your business and generate leads.

If you’re busy at all, learn to multiply your time by spending time on things today that create more time tomorrow.

If you’re a leader, create the space you need to spend time developing your people. You also could get a leadership coach to shortcut your learning curve.

But never use working smarter as an excuse or justification for working less.

And never use the excuse that if you can’t work longer for some reason that you still can’t find a way to beat your best.

Because it’s not just about working smarter or working faster, or working longer.

When it comes to outperforming your potential, it’s always about a combination of all of the above.

What’s More Powerful than Inspiration?

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I love inspiration.

I love to inspire.

I love to be inspired.

There is nothing quite as fun as working when you have an inspiring reason to be working for.

Yet successful people know that inspiration is a luxury; not a necessity.

You don’t have to feel inspired in order to do great work.

You can just do great work.

You don’t have to be inspired in order to act.

You can just act.

You don’t have to be inspired in order do.

You can just do.

Inspiration is great.

Inspiration is wonderful.

Inspiration is something that you hopefully find.

But if you don’t, it doesn’t mean you can’t work and do great things in the meantime.

Because there is something that is more powerful than inspiration.

Discipline.

Discipline shows up on bad days as well as good days.

Discipline shows after you just had a “loss” as well as after you just had a “win.”

Discipline is what you can run on when you don’t feel like running.

Yes, discipline is more reliable than inspiration.

Discipline is more steadfast than inspiration.

Discipline is more consistent than inspiration.

And the unexpected truth about discipline is that when you focus on being disciplined, inspiration often eventually shows up.

It’s like Southwestern taught me when I was in college “if you act enthusiastic you will become enthusiastic.” It’s similar that if you work as if you were inspired you will eventually become inspired.”

But if you focus on inspiration, you may or may not be disciplined.

And if you wait around for inspiration to show up, you may never get started.

Discipline keeps you going inevitably, perpetually, and habitually.

Inspiration keeps you going only conveniently.

So be inspired.

Inspire others.

And seek inspiration.

Just don’t wait for it before you show up and go to work.

All you need is discipline for that.

Servant Selling

Don’t just be in sales; be on a mission.

Be so convicted in what you do that you have no choice to tell everyone you know about it.

Don’t just be closing deals; be changing lives.

Don’t just be pushing products; be transforming customers.

Don’t just be selling; be serving.

Facing Entrepreneurial Fears with Christy Wright – Episode 188 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

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Christy Wright, both entertaining and inspiring, presents messages that educate and give hope to audiences nationwide. As the creator of Business Boutique and through her podcast and sellout live events, Wright has equipped thousands of women to successfully run and grow a business so they can make money doing what they love. Wright is a Certified Business Coach and Ramsey Personality. Since joining Ramsey Solutions in 2009, she has spoken to audiences across the country at women’s conferences, national business conferences and Fortune 500 companies. Her new book, Business Boutique, releases April 2017.

Show Highlights: 

  • When people know what selling really is, they can sell with confidence. @ChristyBWright
  • When you’re meeting people’s needs and solving their problems, the sale is natural. @ChristyBWright
  • Many people don’t have sales simply because they aren’t asking. @ChristyBWright
  • It’s easy for us to look in the rearview mirror of our life instead of through the windshield. @ChristyBWright
  • The best way to shift guilt is to focus on wherever you are at the moment. @ChristyBWright
  • My mom didn’t teach me persistence, she lived it. @ChristyBWright
  • More is taught than caught. @DaveRamsey
  • You’re not harming your kids by working hard, you’re helping them. @ChristyBWright
  • The number one thing that will hold you back is fear. @ChristyBWright
  • Fear isn’t a sign you’re doing something bad, it’s a sign you’re doing something bold. @ChristyBWright
  • The antidote to fear is action. @ChristyBWright
  • You always take the next affordable step. @TheSharkDaymond

Let Christy know you were listing by tweeting her at: @ChristyBWright.

Connect with her online at christywright.com or facebook.com/OfficialChristyWright.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting every Wednesday. The show is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts, has listeners from all around the world and shares “insights and inspiration to help you take action.” Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews special expert guests and thought leaders. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

How to Immediately Get More Productivity Out of Your Team

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What if you could afford to walk around passing out $100 bills all day to your team?

Do you think that would help motivate them?

Do you think that could be effective in getting them to take action?

I think most of us would agree that it would be pretty powerful if when we asked someone to do something, we could just hand them over a Benjamin when it was all done.

Well that is how it is when you give out verbal praise to your team members.

Verbal appreciation is a form of currency.

And the payoff of praise can be huge.

Employee surveys regularly cite “feeling valued” “feeling important” and “feeling appreciated” as one of the highest determining factors of job satisfaction and job retention…even more so than money.

So when someone does something wonderful and you praise them, that is like the equivalent of handing them a $100 bill.

What’s so powerful about that of course is that verbal appreciation is an unlimited resource!

But there is no one reminding you that when you dish out genuine praise, it’s as if you’re handing out $100 bills. So as a leader you have to be the one reminding yourself that’s how it is.

There is no reason we shouldn’t be abundantly and regularly recognizing people for their efforts.

There is no cost to it- other than our own discipline to be considerate and intentional about recognizing the contributions people are making.

And that which is recognized is repeated.

When you appreciate people and notice the solid effort they put in, the more they are likely to stay loyal and bought in.

Verbal appreciation is a form of currency. Recognizing people is a part of their compensation package.

But when we don’t recognize our team members they will eventually feel under appreciated, then that will escalate to feeling taken for granted,  and eventually over time they can even feel taken advantage of.

And that is when they leave.

Or worse, that is when they stay and start to complain and pollute the culture.

At minimum though you can guarantee they won’t be doing their best work.

So remember verbal appreciation is a form of currency. And giving it out is a small price to pay for loyalty, retention and engagement.

In fact, it’s no price at all.