Why I Make Podcasts

I believe everyone wants to do something BIG with their life!

I believe everyone CAN do something BIG with their life!

I want to help everyone accomplish their big thing. This podcast focuses on developing personal and leadership traits that you can use to dominate your life. Big Things don’t just happen, so let’s start doing what’s necessary to leave a legacy.

– Andrew Glover

Podcast Episodes

Episode 40

Hard Work and Intention: Interview with Few Will Hunt

Episode 39

Elite Performance

Episode 38

Distraction Management

Episode 37

Managing Up

Episode 36

Dominate the Morning

Episode 35

Lessons Learned from my Half Ironman

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Episode 35 Show Notes
6 months ago, I cast a vision of completing a half ironman race. Just a few days ago, I made that dream a reality and I want to tell you all about it. I spent many months preparing for the race and learned a lot along the way that applies to anyone doing something big. Take a listen to my personal journey and let it inspire you to tackle your own!

 

Thanks for supporting the podcast!

Andrew Glover

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Episode 34

Making Mistakes

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Episode 34 Show Notes
You’ve heard the phrase “don’t be afraid to fail” but I’m here to tell you the opposite. You SHOULD be afraid to fail. Unless, you know how to fail properly.

Our education system and our society doesn’t know how to properly fail. When someone messes up, we just point and say “you’re a failure” and move on to something else. We don’t teach people how to address a failure, be resilient, and come back swinging even harder in the next round.

This episode is going to change that. Take a listen and I’ll walk you through the essential steps you need to take every time you fail. I’ll show you the proven techniques to make even your worst failure an opportunity to make yourself better.

Don’t go blame someone or something else if you’ve failed. Just learn how to fail properly. Only then can you be truly “unafraid to fail”.

 

Thanks for supporting the podcast!

 

Andrew Glover

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Episode 33

Permission Granted

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Episode 33 Show Notes
For some reason, our culture has tricked us to think that we need permission to be exceptional. You have a great idea or something awesome you want to pursue, but since no one has told you “yes, you should go do that” we often shrink away and fail to pursue it. In this episode, I tell you about my experience with the lie of “permission” and talk about how giving myself permission to do things has allowed me to accomplish big things in my life.

Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

 

Andrew Glover

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Episode 32

Bringing Your Highest Value

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Episode 32 Show Notes
You want to be a successful leader? Learn to delegate your tasks. Delegation is not getting someone to do your dirty work – it’s a tool that enables you to bring the highest level of value to whatever you are doing. In this episode, I break down how to know what tasks you should delegate, which ones you should hold on to, and also how to delegate properly to set your team up for success.

If you are a leader struggling with many tasks and don’t feel like you are getting anywhere, listen to this episode and see where you can implement the art of delegation in your life today.

Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

 

Andrew Glover

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Episode 31

Elevate Above Your Emotions

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Episode 31 Show Notes
It seems in this day and age that emotions have taken over our world. TV, news channels, blog posts – everywhere we look we see people making decisions based on emotion. And while that might make for a good prime time drama or news headline, it’s not how we should be making decisions, and it is definitely not how we do big things.

Emotions make us shortsighted and self centered. If we aren’t careful, we can make pretty bad decisions if we allow emotions to influence our actions. If, instead we want to learn how to solve problems effectively (which is the key to doing big things), we must learn how to put our emotions in check and elevate our perspective above the fog of our feelings.

Dealing with a personal conflict or a difficult situation at work, school, or home? Want to find a way through it? Check out this episode and start solving your problem and moving forward!

Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

 

Andrew Glover

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Episode 30

Build. Solve. Lead.

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Episode 30 Show Notes

In this episode, I describe the new focus of the Big Things Done podcast. As I’ve talked with audience members and reflected on my own experiences, I have determined there are 3 key aspects to doing big things – building your best personal life, solving problems, and leading people. This episode breaks down each of these areas to describe the “brand values” for the future podcasts and services, and I think they are also very important mindsets to focus on if you are looking to become exceptional.

Additionally, in this episode I announce my new email newsletter – Big Things Weekly, and my new coaching service Big Things StandUp. There is a lot happening with Big Things, and I would love for you to join me. Head to my website and you can subscribe to my newsletter or apply for the StandUp!

 

Andrew Glover

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Episode 29

Crushing Your Job

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Episode 29 Show Notes
The vast majority of us work as an employee in a company. So how do we do Big Things within that organization? Things like getting into a leadership role where you can fix problems or change the culture. Or maybe it’s transferring to a different position to experience a new side of your company or industry.

Whatever your Big Thing is within your company, this episode gives you 3 proven tips to help you dominate and execute your maximum potential inside any organization. Whether you are trying to get a promotion, gain new experiences, or rise to higher leadership opportunities, I’ve been there and have learned the critical mentalities that will open doors for you to operate at your highest level.

Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

 

Andrew Glover

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Episode 28

The Definition of Success

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Episode 28 Show Notes
The way our society defines success is completely wrong. We are told that you are only “successful” if you make a lot of money or have a high social status, or are a leader of a big company. Unfortunately, this warped way of thinking of success doesn’t inspire people to be the best person they can be.

In this episode, I talk about my definition of what success really is and why it matters. This way of thinking about success is awesome because it inspires and challenges me at the same time. Give it a listen and I bet you’ll think the same!

Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

 

Andrew Glover

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Episode 27

Winning Relationships

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Episode 27 Show Notes

Relationships are powerful…and sneaky at the same time. The people you spend time with influence you in big ways. You pick up on their beliefs, priorities and values and they soon can transform your own mindset.

In this episode, I share a little of my experience (what NOT to do), as well as some tips for how to identify and foster encouraging, positive, and lasting relationships. I’ve personally found the times I am most successful are when I am surrounded by people who push me to do better.

Make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who build you up and push you to max out your potential!

Support the podcast – leave a 5 star review and tell a friend.

Thanks!

Andrew Glover

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Episode 26

Think for Yourself

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Episode 26 Show Notes

Everyday, we are bombarded with opinions and beliefs. Everywhere we look and listen, people are trying to tell us what to believe and how to live. And if we aren’t careful, we can end up believing them without truly understanding what they are saying. I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to live my life based on what someone else wants me to believe.

Want to be someone who thinks for themselves and knows how to form their own beliefs? Check out this episode where I talk about how I navigate this world of opinions and come up with my own solid beliefs that help me live my own life with confidence.

Support the podcast – tell a friend!

Andrew

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Episode 25

Growing Beyond Your Hard Work Ethic

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Episode 25 Show Notes
I imagine you have a strong work ethic. You know how to sacrifice and dedicate yourself to accomplishing something. You have put in the sweat and the hours to accomplish your mission. Hard work is the foundation for any big thing.  But…

…that’s not all there is to being successful. Being a hard worker does not mean you are moving closer to doing big things. In fact, it often can lead to us plateauing and not achieving our maximum potential.  In this episode, I share something you should incorporate into your everyday life to continue moving forward on your Big Thing!

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Episode 24

Trust the Process

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Episode 24 Show Notes
It’s inevitable that you are going to be required to sacrifice and do things that are not enjoyable if you want to do something big – if not, it’s just something average. Recently, I found myself repeating a phrase to myself to keep me motivated to study for my Dental Board Exam – “trust the process”. In this episode, I explain what that phase means, how you can learn to trust your process, and why it’s the only thing that is going to help you accomplish your big thing.

 

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Episode 23

The Power of Respect

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Episode 23 Show Notes

Are you respected? If you want to do something big with your life, you definitely need to be respected by people around you. I like to call it the “hidden currency” of a person who can do something that is meaningful.  Whether you are asking someone for money (sales or donations), advice, volunteer time, or a favor, a person has to respect you in order for them to want to work with you. If you aren’t respected, you won’t be able to bring people on board to support your mission and help you create meaning and value in our world.

 

This episode talks about the 2 ways you can get respect. Each one is good in itself but ultimately depends on what you are trying to go do.

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Episode 22

Your 2018 Internal Review

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Episode 22 Show Notes
At the end of a year, we naturally think about the future. We dream about the new and improved things we want to go do. We envision a better life, a new accomplishment, something we can be proud of.  And while I am 100% in favor of thinking big thoughts and accomplishing amazing things, I think we can easily get lost in pursuing the future without addressing areas in our lives that can enable us to actually accomplish our goals.  The best foundation for your future begins with knowing yourself intimately – your strengths and weaknesses – and letting that knowledge guide your future path.

In this episode, I guide you through how to conduct your own Internal Review and why it matters. This is a must if you want to be someone who does something exceptional with your life, and not just talk about it.

 

Click on this link to download the template!

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Episode 21

Extreme Ownership Book Review

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Episode 21 Show Notes
This episode is a review of the leadership book Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. This is probably one of the most influential leadership and personal development books written in our modern time.  If you want to become a dominant leader who has excellent personal habits, this is a must-read!

I cover the technical components of the book and also discuss many of the themes the authors outline to make you and I better leaders and people. We’ve talked about many of these concepts in previous podcast episodes, so it’s a great book that compliments what we believe and challenges us to become better.

You can purchase the book through this link

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Episode 20

Personal Habits for Successful Leaders

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Episode 20 Show Notes

What: We all know the importance of doing things that will set us up for personal success. Eating healthy, good sleep, fostering positive relationships, taking risks – all these are examples of actions we can take to make us better personally. In episode 19, we took that same idea and applied it to leadership, specifically looking at actions and mentalities that leaders should take to set their team up for success.  In this episode, we continue that theme, but focus on personal actions and habits that will make you a successful leader. These actions focus on traits that will allow you to lead more effectively, and keep your mentality strong through the ups and downs of a leadership journey.

Why: Leadership is hard, demanding, and confusing. It is not something that just naturally happens, it’s not magic, but rather groomed and perfected over time. If you want to become a more effective leader, there are certain habits and actions you need to incorporate into your daily life to grow and develop. It’s no different than an athlete who must eat healthy, train, and sleep to be successful.

The Breakdown

  1. Always be learning. The current Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is renowned for his dedication to learning, even at one point having a personal library of over 7,000 books! His dedication to learning has made him the leading expert in the art of warfare, and his model of constant learning is shared among many of the top CEOs and leaders in our world today. Learning need not be limited reading; podcasts, online courses, YouTube videos, conferences, and many other sources exist today to grow your understanding, provide alternative perspectives, and help you learn from the mistakes of others.
  2. Balance. “Work-life balance” is a hot buzzword these days, and for good reason. Unfortunately, the term is often misunderstood and therefore misapplied. Our lives will never have a perfect split of work and personal time. A leader must know how to prepare for and execute in times where the mission objectives take priority, but then also be able to quickly adapt and not maintain an imbalanced mindset. The same is true in the opposite direction as well. A leader who knows how to balance their personal life and work well is much more suited to creating a winning culture with their team.
  3. Physical Fitness. Multitudes of scientific studies confirm the many benefits of routine physical activity in a person’s life. Lowering stress, maintaining healthy weight, controlling hormones, and the list goes on. Leaders must make decisions and think clearly in all seasons of life, but that can only be done when you are physically rested and performing well. Routine physical fitness (not necessarily running a marathon or being a bodybuilder) will help you stay steady in stressful situations, increase your self esteem, and allow you to better process your thoughts.
  4. Under-reacting. The movies often portray leaders as people who overreact, throw things, yell and scream when something bad happens. But ask yourself – how does that reaction help you solve a problem? Here’s the answer – it doesn’t, and in fact, causes much more harm because you lose sight of what your objective is (“tunnel vision”) and also don’t promote an environment where your team can come to you with issues (which also means they will not want to take risks and attempt things they might fail at). Instead, leaders should “under-react” to a situation, focusing instead on being almost too calm, not saying anything, and doing much more listening than talking/acting.
  5. Ownership. The largest thing that stymies big ideas from becoming reality is people not taking aggressive action to make things happen. When faced with a challenge or something that goes wrong in our lives, most of us ignore it. We distract ourselves with something else. We hope that someone else will solve it, or that the situation will magically change. If you want to grow as a leader, start taking ownership of the challenges in your life by acknowledging problems exist, adopting the mindset that you are responsible for it, and more importantly, you are the only one who can make it better. Not anyone or anything else – it’s you.

Tie Up

Each one of these actions are things you can do personally that will help you become a better leader. While they do not directly correlate to a leadership action, they are foundational habits that will help you move your team to a future position. When you practice these habits (learning, fitness, balance, under-reacting, dreaming), you will build positive characteristics that naturally flow into you being a great leader who is knowledgeable, durable, thinks clearly, dedicated to the success of both the mission and people, and also has a clear understanding of where they want to go.

 

Application

  1. Find your learning plugins. Find something you want to learn about and attack it.  Perhaps that is a book you want to read, educational podcast, or new training. What are you actively trying to learn right now?
  2. Physical activity. Dedicate at least 3 days a week to 30 minute activities. Doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Just something to elevate your heart rate for a prolonged period of time.
  3. Find 2 weak areas in your life and develop your “ownership plan” to turn them around. Your ownership plan will consist of the actions that YOU will take to make things better. It usually starts with acknowledging the problem and publicly claiming that you are responsible for the situation not being so great. But right after that is an action statement that says “here is what I am doing to fix it”. Your next days or weeks must be spent doing what you just said you would do.

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Episode 19

How Leaders Build Successful Teams

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Episode 19 Show Notes
What: We hear all the time about the importance of setting ourselves up for success.  Things like reading, eating healthy, exercising, networking – all great things we should be doing if we want to accomplish something. But what about from a leadership perspective? In this episode, we will talk about 3 habits that leaders must incorporate into their leadership style to make their team successful.

The Breakdown:

  1. Know and Communicate Why. Leaders must be able to know why they do what they do and why it matters. If they don’t, there is very little solid ground to stand on when time get tough, and no direction in a world full of distraction.
  2. Invest in the Advancement of Your Teammates. Your teammates will be motivated to work for you, and do a better job, if they are able to improve and advance in their careers and personal goals. Be a leader who wants to make the individuals they work with better than when they first came and worked for you.
  3. Empower Your Teammates. Leaders often times turn into task masters who just tell employees what to do. The problem with that is now your organization is limited to your ability to hand out tasks and manage everything. Why do that? Why not instead let the people who work for you do their jobs (what they are skilled at), giving you the opportunity to ensure you are moving in the right direction?

Application:

  1. Why do you come to work every day? How does the work you do make an impact on someone or something? Be able to answer these deeper questions that appeal to the main reason we exist – to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
  2. What are the areas that your teammates can improve in?  Is it getting a Master’s degree? Certifications? Training? Conferences? How can you give your teammates the opportunities to grow their skills and become more valuable?
  3. Whenever a team member presents a question or problem, simply ask them “what would you do?”. This puts the responsibility on them to solve problems, implement a solution, and ultimately take ownership of the issue.

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Episode 18

First or Best?

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Episode 18 Show Notes
What – Every leader is required to make decisions that move their team from where they are now to a future point. This episode shows you how to approach making any decision.

Why – As a leader who’s had to make many decisions, there often is a conflict between making a decision quickly and making a decision that has the best possible outcome. Put differently, you often need to decide if you want to be first, or do you want to be the best?  This applies to decisions made in business, relationships, school, and even in your personal life. 80% of the time, you will not be able to make a decision that is both fast AND the best (which would be the ideal scenario, and every leader should be actively growing to improve this area). As a leader, you need to make a decision that will provide the most benefit to moving your team forward, and leaders must learn to distinguish and prioritize their decision as needing to be first, or needing to be the best.  

Breakdown: What does it mean to focus on being “first” or being the “best”

First – There are many decisions where the primary benefit is just to get something moving. Your solution or course of action does not have to be perfect, in fact, it will likely be altered as you go along. Your primary focus in making a “first” decision is to get an action plan out quickly and get the ball rolling. In these types of situations, there usually is an opportunity that will only be available for a short period of time, or a project that just needs to get started to meet the deadline. Leaders who are decisive thrive here because they don’t need a perfect solution, they just need action.

Best – There are situations where your plan must be the best, and so your priority and focus must be primarily on developing the best possible solution.  In these types of situations, you typically only have 1 chance to get it right, so it needs to be perfect, otherwise you will fail. As a leader, your focus is on gathering information and resources to draw up the best plan, no matter how long it might take. Leaders who have to be perfect thrive in this area because they need a perfect plan more than they need fast action.

Tie Up: As a decision maker, the ideal scenario is for a leader to develop the best solution in as short amount of time as possible. Often times, however, that is not realistic, especially as we are growing as a leader. Learning to categorize each decision as needing to be “first” or the “best” will help you place the right priority and effort to achieve the best outcome.

Application: To become a better decision maker, use what we’ve talked about previously as a lens to view every decision.  Here are some specific questions you can ask:

  1. What is my deadline? Every decision process should start by setting a time in which you must commit to a course of action.
  2. How easily can I adjust my future course of action? This question speaks to the degree of quality you need in your decision. Do you only get one chance at this and need to have the best plan? Or can you adjust on the way?
  3. What happens if I do nothing? This is a really great question to ask because often times leaders feel like the have to make a decision right now, when that isn’t the case. Understand what you might be losing (if anything) by not acting quickly. What would you gain?
  4. Am I really going to be able to get resources to make a better decision? No one can see the future, so we will never exactly know the outcome of a plan or solution, so don’t trick yourself into thinking that you will be able to know everything if you spend more time researching or thinking. Take an honest assessment of your situation and evaluate if there is realistically more information you could obtain to make a better decision.

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Episode 17

Passion, Momentum, and Execution – an inspirational interview with Alison Galvan

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Episode 17 Show Notes
In this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing Alison Galvan, the owner and founder of EnergyX Fitness Studio in San Antonio, TX. I interviewed Alison because she has an excellent story about how she turned her idea into action. As you listen to the interview, you will immediately pick up on Alison’s passion and drive, and the story of the early days starting her gym is a testament to the power of simply “doing” something to achieve your big thing.

You can find and follow Alison and her gym at the links below. Be sure to stop by her studio and take a class, it’ll be one of the best workouts you’ve ever had!

Instagram – @energyxfitness, @alisonfaithfitness

Facebook – EnergyX Fitness, Alison Galvan

Website – energyxfitness.com

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Episode 16

Ideas to Action (Pt 2)

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Episode 16 Show Notes
In this episode, we continue our conversation about how to turn an idea into action, and we focus on 4 things that often hinder us from taking action on an idea we have.

Losing Passion – one of the best ways to ensure your passion for an idea is mature enough to sustain you is to purposefully distance yourself from your idea for 1-2 weeks.

Need for Resources – it can be frustrating to spend time getting resources instead of making progress toward your goal, but the reality is getting your resources is PART of achieving your goal. Embrace that fact and accept it as part of the process.

Fear of Failure (Personal) – no one likes to lose, and we often convince ourselves we are going to lose even before we start. One way to keep yourself from extinguishing your own flame is by ensuring you have realistic expectations for yourself.

Fear of Failure (Social) – we all care about what other people think about us. Whenever you worry about what anyone will think of you if you fail, just remember that you are at least doing something that few other people are trying to do. Take pride in that and let that motivate you.

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Episode 14

Ideas to Action (Pt 1)

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Episode 14 Show Notes
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN –  2:55 min

  • The steps and focus areas you need to take an idea and turn it into action.

WHY IT MATTERS –  3:07 min

  • Remember the definition of a leader?  Leaders are people who think of a future position and bring their team to that state. Leaders turn ideas into action, and knowing the steps and ways to do that are critical to making a better world.

THE BREAKDOWN –  5:45 min

Here are the three focus areas for any leader who wants to turn an idea into action.

  • Know your end goal. Is it achievable? Is it better?  Why is it better than where you are right now?  What do you think it will feel like when you get there?  You have to live it and be so excited about it. Remember that not everyone will be as excited about it as you are. You are your only advocate sometimes.
  • Identify your resources. Big things don’t just happen, they require time, energy, focus, money, knowledge, skills, dedication, equipment, and support.  How are you prioritizing them?
  • Doing your tasks. This is where most people stop. We talk and strategize all the time about how to do something, but when we talk about the actions we have actually taken, we have nothing to say. Here’s how to not fall victim to cheap talk and how to make progress. Remember, the key to doing Big Things is simply doing them.
    • Macro Tasks – write out your big tasks that you need to accomplish. At a very high level, what are the broad things you need to do. If you don’t know what this looks like, get some advice from someone who’s done it.
    • Micro Tasks – Take your first Macro task and write out all of the micro-tasks you need to accomplish to get there.  Breaking your tasks into bite-sized chunks will show you that you can actually do this, and give you momentum as you cross tasks off your list.

THE TIE UP –  16:15 min

  • We want to be people who not just have ideas, but actually make them a reality. People who turn ideas into action are leaders. The biggest way you can differentiate yourself, the biggest way you can make an impact, the biggest way you can improve yourself and the world around you is to start being a leader, and start DOING your big thing.

APPLICATION –  17:10 min

  • Find 2 mentors or credible sources of advice for your big thing. Learn from them what they’ve done. Understand the process better.
  • Write out your macro and micro tasks. Start focusing on the small things that you need to do right now to make progress toward your big thing.

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Episode 12

Victim or Victor?

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Episode 12 Show Notes
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN – 3:45 min

  • How to identify when you are being a victim and what to do to become a victor

WHY IT MATTERS – 4:03 min

  • Big things do not happen easily. They are hard, painful, and difficult. But the people who accomplish big things all have one thing in common – they refuse to be victims of their situations.
  • The way you respond to resistance and how you prepare yourself for bad, unexpected things in your life will determine whether you can accomplish your big thing.

THE BREAKDOWN – 6:24 min

  • What is a victim?  A victim is a person who has something happen to them that was bad, unexpected, and out of their control. Being laid off from a job, a tornado leveling your house, or being diagnosed with cancer are all common instances of people being victims.
  • What is a victim mentality? Every person in the world is a victim of something at one point or another. The issue, however, arises when we continue to believe that we are powerless to do anything in our situation, and even require some other person or force to save us.
    • We often blame things like “the system”, “the school”, “the economy”, “the society”. Anyone but ourselves.
  • What is a Victor? A victor is the same as a victim except for one part – they don’t admit that everything is out of their control. A victor focuses on what they can do to make the situation better. They don’t blame anyone for the things that have happened, because it simply doesn’t matter. While they cannot control everything, a victor knows that the next step they take is 100% in their power, and the are determined to move to a future, improved state (which, by the way, is exactly what a leader is).
  • How do you Identify if you are a victim or a victor?  It’s all based on your first reaction to a bad situation. Do you concentrate on the past? Or do you focus on your future trajectory? Do you blame the entity that is out of your control, or do you empower yourself to own the situation and make it better?

THE TIE UP – 14:10 min

  • Turning ideas into action and doing big things means you will have resistance – count on it. Your success in those moments is dictated by whether your focus is on the past and the things you cannot control, or on you and your future that you can control.
  • It starts with the small things often times. When something small doesn’t go your way, do you dwell on the bad situation? Do you let your bad 15 minutes affect your attitude and actions? Or do you instead brush it off and focus on the next thing you can do to improve the situation?

APPLICATION – 21:15 min

  • Make a list of the things in your life you want to change. Are you overweight? Need better sleep habits? Have bad grades? In a toxic relationship? In some bad debt? Now take that list, and figure out how to change them. Do not, and I repeat DO NOT beat yourself up over it and dwell on the bad things in your life – that’s what victims do. Rise up, develop a plan, and actually start making changes in your life for the better.
  • Be more prepared. Victors cannot control everything in life, but they do recognize that they can put themselves in a position to be successful by planning ahead. What do you need to plan ahead for?  Do you have an emergency savings fund? Do you have the right insurance? Are you working to increase your skills and value so you do not become obsolete? Make sure you are prepared for the things life could throw at you so you continue to make progress towards your Big Thing.

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Episode 10

Peer Leadership: Lead Without a Title

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Episode 10 Show Notes
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN – 7:25

  • How to lead when you are not a “leader” with official power or authority
  • How to do big things no matter your position in a company or team

WHY IT MATTERS – 8:00

  • The keys to success as a peer leader are exactly the same to being effective as an official leader. You’ll be able to do really big things when you learn and apply peer leadership principles
  • Becoming an effective peer leader will differentiate yourself from those around you, opening doors for advancement and opportunity

THE BREAKDOWN – 9:23

What is “Peer Leadership”

  • Peer: Someone who is equal to you in terms of authority and responsibility
  • Leadership: Being ahead of everyone else and bringing your team to you future state (listen to Episodes 7 & 8 for more on this topic)

The Question: How are you supposed to lead when you don’t have power over people? Why would they listen to you? Why would they even care?

  1. Build your own credibility. To lead people, you need some sort of credibility in order for people to listen to you. You have no power, no authority, so give people a reason to listen to you.
  2. Communicate why it matters. No one likes being told what to do, especially from someone who does not have power over them. Offering a reason of why it matters, however, can help accomplish even the least enjoyable of objectives.

TIE UP – 17:50

  • An effective leader has to have credibility and be able to communicate why something matters.
  • A peer leader has to make their own credibility and figure out why things matter.
  • If you can lead people without power, imagine what is possible once you do have an official leadership position!

APPLICATION – 20:16

  1. Identify what you need to be the best at your job or place of influence to build credibility. Ideas:
    1. Take classes about your subject increase understanding
    2. Read books about your area of interest
    3. Practice your public speaking
    4. Increase your attention to detail in the small projects
    5. Bring more energy to your workplace
  2. Find something not right at your workplace and fix it! Or, start something small that adds value to your peers or organization. Ideas:
    1. Clear up a convoluted process that is inefficient
    2. Clean up your breakroom or restrooms
    3. Organize the filing system
    4. Bring order to a normally unorganized event
    5. Start a walk club or an informal meeting about how to improve your performance

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Episode 9

Keep Your Team From Burning Out

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Episode 9 Show Notes
Work-related stress is on the rise, and that is indicated by the growing body of studies and the multitude of health-related employee benefit programs companies now offer. Employers are thankfully realizing that burned out employees destroy productivity and actually increase operating costs (not to mention the negative effects on the human being…that’s pretty important too).

A little bit of stress is always going to be present in the workplace – and that is mostly a good, healthy thing.  From my experience in the military, however, I have found that when work-related stress becomes chronic and unsolvable, that’s when it starts to degrade the performance of your team.  As a leader, it is your responsibility to limit that type of stress that hinders performance and ultimately leads to employees feeling burned out.

There are all sorts of ways modern companies are trying to make work less stressful. But no matter how many hip programs and services an organization can offer, culture is still king when it comes to reducing work-related stress. If you want to keep employees performing their best, first ensure that your culture is one that ultimately shows respect to your team.  Here are two things to think about when it comes to building a healthy climate in your organization.

    1. Leaders must actively listen to employees.  In order to keep stress at an appropriate level, a leader must understand the sources of consternation. Seems pretty basic, right? But how many leaders actually do this?  How many leaders ask employees what is causing them headaches? What could be improved to make them perform better? What additional resources or guidance do they need to do their job?  When a leader asks these questions, they not only have knowledge to act upon, but they also show their employees a high level of respect – which goes a long way to creating a culture where people feel valued and actually want to be there.   
    2. Empower leaders to do the right thing.  Somebody put a leader in a position for a reason – hopefully it is because they are competent and able to make good decisions. Capitalize on that talent by giving them (or yourself) the authority to do the right thing for their team members. If there are 5 different approvals that need to be met before someone can get the help they need, no one will ever get help!  Let the leaders who know their teammates best (i.e. the lower level leaders) be able to make appropriate decisions that keep their members performing well.

Want to ensure your employees aren’t getting burned out? Make sure your organization’s culture is one where leaders are engaged and empowered to help their teammates.  All the yoga classes in the world can’t compensate for a non-supportive culture.

Ready to start making your company’s culture the best it can be? Listen to Episode 9 of the Big Things Done Podcast for 3 practical tips to start leading your organization well.

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Episode 8

Want to Lead? Start Here (Pt 2)

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Episode 8 Show Notes
Note: Listen to Episode 7 before listening to Episode 8.

Recall the definition of what a leader is from Episode 7: A leader is someone who is ahead of everyone else, and works to bring their team to their future state.

Episode 8 is all about the second part of this definition – what it means for a leader to bring their team to their future state. I’ve been in countless organizations where a “leader” talked about a future state or goal, but the organization never progressed toward it. How do you avoid just talking about big things and actually going and doing them?  How do you lead your team to accomplish your goals?

  1. A leader makes and executes action plans.  An action plan is a simple list of what needs to be done, who is responsible for doing it, and when it must be accomplished. Without an action plan, nothing will never be done – the team has no direction or sense of accomplishment. A leader must recognize the importance of action plans and be the DRIVING force behind their creation and execution.

          Application: Always carry a way to write down action plan details so you do not forget and can keep people accountable. The                  best way to lose leadership credibility is to say you’ll do something and then never follow through. Also, resolve to not leave                      your meetings until an action plan has been established and can be implemented. There are very few meetings where an action                plan isn’t warranted – so any time you leave a meeting without one was a waste of time.

      2. A leader communicates the action plan and why it’s important. People want to be led, not told what to do, and there is a big                     difference between the two. A leader not only communicates the action plan to their team (who, what, and by when), but also                     expresses why it matters. And telling your team the reason for doing all they do is a constant, repetitive task. It is the responsibility           of the leader to consistently maintain the perspective of their team members to keep them motivated and performing at their best.

        Application: Find specific examples and instances of how what you are doing matters. How did your product change a customer’s            life? How did your service improve a company? Somehow, some way, find the specific ways your team’s efforts made an impact                and share it with them.

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Episode 7

Want to Lead? Start Here (Pt 1)

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Episode 7 Show Notes
In this two part series, we detail out the very basic definition of what it means to be a leader. Too often, our world produces books and speeches about the qualities of a leader, but rarely does anyone take the time to discuss the definition of what a leader is. While these conversations are good, they do not serve to equip people to develop and grow into effective leaders – because they gloss over the basics, which is where we all need to start.  And that is a shame, because leadership is THE THING THAT CAN SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM IN OUR WORLD.

Here’s my definition of what a leader is:

A leader is someone who is ahead of everyone else, and works to bring their team to their future vision.

In Episode 7, we talk about the first part of that definition – what it means for a leader to be a person who is ahead of everyone else.  And it boils down to 2 simple facts:

  1. A leader thinks about a future vision.  A leader is someone who says “where we are right now is not ok. We need to move to this better, improved state”. Literally, a leader is mentally ahead of most people because        they are not thinking about the issues going on right now. Rather, a leader is focused on where they want to move to in the future.

          Application: commit to a future state. Detail out a goal or status that you want for yourself and your                organization. If you aren’t sure what this means, go listen to Episode 1 of the Big Things Done Podcast              where we talk about how to find “your big thing”

2. A leader is motivated by their future vision. Our society loves to tell people to “live in the moment” and only focus on the things that are immediately in front of you. Not so for a leader. A leader’s actions and decisions completely revolve around moving to a future vision. A leader will do things that are not enjoyable or may not make sense in the present, in order to move closer to a place they want to be in the future.

        Application: Find the link between your future state and your daily tasks. Divide a piece of paper into 2            columns, left and right. On the left column, write out every one of your  daily tasks.  In the middle of the          right column, write your future state or desired goal. Now draw a line between each of your tasks and              your future state.  Above each line, write 3-5 words that explains how the task relates or brings you                   closer to your future state.   

Be sure to listen to Episode 8 (part 2) for the second part of the definition of leadership.

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Episode 6

Building a Brand, Finding Your Identity, Trusting the Process – Interview with Tom Lennox

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Episode 6 Show Notes
If you want to start a company, build and/or improve a brand, this episode FOR YOU!!

When it comes to doing Big Things, few people have built as iconic of charity organizations as Tom Lennox, the founder of Pelotonia and Chainbreaker.  Combined, these organizations bring together nearly 10,000 people to participate in annual bike rides in Columbus, OH and Minneapolis, MN and have raised $159M for life-saving cancer research.  Both organizations operate and feel different than most common-place charities, and that is primarily due to Tom’s extensive knowledge of building brands and running businesses. This interview focuses on the very beginning of the organizations and how the values and identity of Pelotonia and Chainbreaker were formed.

Here are some of the main themes from the interview:

  1. The importance of forming your unique identity
  2. The link between business success and living your business’ values
  3. Developing and trusting your process
  4. Learning to develop and utilize your skillsets, regardless your position
  5. The importance of finding an occupation you love and find meaning

Here are 3 links to deepen your understanding of brands. There are many great resources out there, these are just starting points to get you thinking:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/77408

https://www.brandingstrategyinsider.com/2016/09/a-brief-history-of-branding.html#.Wvm4r2gvx3g

https://www.shopify.com/blog/how-to-build-a-brand

Here are the links to Pelotonia and Chainbreaker if you want to learn more, or better yet, sign up to participate!

http://pelotonia.org/

https://chainbreakerride.org/

If you are interested in donating to cancer research, consider sponsoring me as I participate this summer!  I am riding 100 miles on August 11th, 2018, and am raising $1,500 to fund life-saving cancer research. I need to raise $15 per mile to reach my goal, and you can help me by donating at this link: https://chainbreakerride.org/donate/checkout?rider=799

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Episode 5

Know Your Stats

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Episode 5 Show Notes

Are you tired of giving up on your dreams and goals when things get hard?

Pay attention to your stats.

We have been taught to only think about stats that are in the past – how much money we’ve made, what our profit margins were, how much weight we’ve lost. We call these metrics “lagging metrics”, because they only tell you about what happened in the past. These stats are ok, but they aren’t the best, because they don’t give any indication that you can do better or are moving toward your goal.  That’ll make even the best person eventually want to quit.

Here’s a better approach – start paying attention to your leading metrics. Leading metrics are actions that you take to influence a future event. These are metrics, that if you do them well, you will reach your goal. I guarantee you already know what these are, but I’m willing to bet that you don’t use these to say you’re successful on a daily basis. You should start.  

If you are tired of feeling bad about not reaching your goals and want to start making progress toward your BIG THING, listen to the episode to learn about how to use your stats properly!

Here is the link to the Chainbreaker Ride organization that I mention in the episode. If you would like to donate or learn more, click here https://chainbreakerride.org/donate/checkout?rider=799. All donations are tax-deductible and will go to my fundraiser goal of $1250.

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Episode 4

Everyone Has a Story

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Episode 4 Show Notes

We all have a story of how we got to where we are today, and in this episode, I share a little about my personal journey and my Big Thing. I was hesitant at first to open up about my story – only because it’s not very dramatic and doesn’t involve some sort of cool, crazy, radical transformation. But as I look back on the “average” events in my life, I can point to multiple lessons that can help me get better in the future. My purpose in sharing my story is to inspire you to look at your story, identify the valuable lessons that you’ve learned, and start making yourself better.

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Episode 3

Protect Your Time

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Episode 3 Show Notes

Have you ever seen someone who has a lot good things going on in their life? They’re really busy, making big things happen – how do they have the time to do that??

They protect their time

Here’s a reality check: our culture is sloppy when it comes to spending time wisely. We are taught that it is ok to let our life’s circumstances dictate what we do. We are rewarded for thinking we are “victims” of our career, our friends, how we are feeling today. The instant entertainment-focused world we live in wants you to spend your time with their content.

That’s NOT ok!

If you are serious about doing something big in your life, you have to abolish this type of thinking. You have to go on the OFFENSIVE and PROTECT your time to use it wisely. In this episode, I walk through a great way to do this, and it centers around building your strategic calendar.

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Episode 2

Hope is Not Your Strategy

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Episode 2 Show Notes
We’ve all had a great idea that we wanted to go do. But ask yourself, how many times did you actually go do it?  Or maybe you’re in a company that presented a brilliant new product – did anything ever develop after the initial meeting?

How do we keep that from happening? How do we move past this and start doing Big Things?

It all depends on your first reaction when you want to go do something. Often times, when we face something big, the first thing we say is “I hope that I can do it”.  But that’s not how you turn ideas into action.


Hope is a dangerous word for people who want to do something big. In this episode, I share my experience with “hope” and show a much better way to approach your big thing. The application will help you develop into a person who’s first reaction to something big is “here’s my plan”.

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Episode 1

What’s Your Big Thing?

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Episode 1 Show Notes
We all want to do something big with our lives – every one of us. Losing weight, making money, starting a business, creating a new product, fixing something that’s broken – we all want to do something big.

But big things don’t just happen randomly – they require skills, habits, and characteristics to make them a reality. Whether your goal is personal or organization, all require certain distinct traits to lead yourself and your team to achieve at a high level.

Episode 1 takes this concept and relates it to the purpose behind this entire podcast – helping people and teams get something big accomplished. I share how my active duty military experiences have given me a unique perspective that can help you accomplish your big thing.  This podcast is all about giving you practical things you can do to achieve your goals. Everything we talk about I have actually put into practice and executed – and so can you!  Every episode will have an application, and this episode asks you to define your “big thing” in much more detail than you probably have.

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