#064 – Uncommit (Essentialism Pt 14) [Podcast]

Sometimes we truly have so much to do, we don’t know which end is up. But sometimes the frenzy is self-induced.

Uncommit

Uncommit

Feeling overwhelmed is sometimes a matter of perception – if you think you have too much to do, your limbic system takes over and you can’t think creatively about alternatives.

Overscheduling is a common form of resistance because it seems so virtuous. “I want to write, I really do, but I can’t because I have all these other (less satisfying and less scary) things to do.” Overcommitting yourself is one way to keep yourself safe from the risk of noticing how you feel and what you think and trying to write about that.

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#063 – Dare (Essentialism Pt 13) [Podcast]

I dare you … dare you to simply say “no” to the trivial many things in your life.  But how exactly do we do this?  Sometimes that is easier said than done.

Dare

Dare

Yet, the right “no” spoken at the right time can change the course of history.  Are you ready to take this dare and create new freedom in your life?

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#062 – Clarity (Essentialism Pt 12) [Podcast]

Clarity … the first type of nonessential you’re going to learn how to eliminate is simply any activity that is misaligned with what you are intending to achieve.

Clarity

Clarity

 

We need a “mission statement” to help gain clarity in our lives.  Knowing what our goals are in life are the first step in saying “No” to the trivial many in our lives.

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#061 – Being Picky (Essentialism Pt 11) [Podcast]

If the answer isn’t a definite yes, then the answer should be no.  Part of essentialism is being picky about what we say yes to.  Your most effective no is a well-defined yes.

Being Picky

Being Picky

 

Ok ok … but how can we really do this?  How can we implement a stronger, selective criteria into our lives.  We discuss that in this episode.

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#060 – Sleep (Essentialism Pt 10) [Podcast]

Sleep … the last frontier.  These are the voyages of “Gee do I have to?” and “I can live off of just 4 hours” craziness.  The mission is to totally crash my life by going against every bit of research about what meaningful sleep actually is.

Sleep

Sleep

 

Ok ok … so I’m being a little sarcastic.  But this is how I often have approached sleep in my life … something annoying … a nuisance … and something I would fight against and try to live with as little as I could.  But, I’ve started to act more like a grown up of late, and put into practice what research tells me I should embrace about sleep.

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The Great Sleep Mystery

I call sleep “The Great Sleep Mystery.”  It has always baffled me.  And angered me.  I have so much I want to do in life, and sleep always seemed to get in my way.

The Great Sleep Mystery

The Great Sleep Mystery

So for half of my life (maybe more), I have fought sleep.  Resisted, tampered with it, and especially purposefully pushed myself to not sleep.  I’ve realized now just how wrong I’ve been about this.

#059 – Play (Essentialism Pt 9) [Podcast]

Many of us have been lied to.  We were told that play is trivial. That it is a waste of time …unnecessary … childish. And this is further from the truth.

Play

Play

Play is essential in many ways. Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for Play, has studied over six thousand individuals and has concluded that play has the power to significantly improve everything from personal health to relationships to education to organizations’ ability to innovate. “Play,” he says, “leads to brain plasticity, adaptability, and creativity.” As he succinctly puts it, “Nothing fires up the brain like play.”

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#058 – SPECIAL: My Essentials and the Future of First Things

I want to get personal today and tell you about some of my struggles (and successes) with Essentialism.  Also, I need your help!  I discuss some of the future of First Things podcast in this episode.

My Essentials

My Essentials

I hope you will consider taking the first annual survey of First Things listeners.  The survey link is in the Show Notes below.  There are only 10 questions, and it is completely anonymous.

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#057 – Look (Essentialism Pt 7) [Podcast]

Do you know how to LOOK for essentialism in your life?  How to find the essential things in your life?  Many people struggle with this vital aspect.

Look

Look

We discuss some exercises you can do to find that “signal” among the noise of your life.  If you know what to look for, it is often easier to hear that signal in your life.

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