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11 Ways Blogging Can Change Your Life & Earn You a Living 

A lot of you might be wondering… How can blogging change your life?

I’ve got a real treat for you in this episode of Untapped because I’ll be sharing 11 Ways Blogging Can Change Your Life and Earn You a Living!

Eleven years ago, almost to the month, I started my very first blog. 

It was 2008 and I hadn’t long been in Vancouver, Canada, when I figured I wanted a better way than a group email, to share my massive life changes and new journey with my friends and family.

I signed up for a free Bloggr account via Google and started posting. 

Even though I had no idea what I was doing at the time, writing has come pretty easily to me and I enjoy it.

So, it felt natural to turn my creative passion into a possible revenue source, even if I didn’t know how to do that.

I had a fair bit of time on my hands as I’d quit my corporate job in London, taken off to Canada to play World Championship Ultimate Frisbee, and now was figuring out what to do with my life and what my first business could be.

Little did I know this would be a love affair that would continue well past any long term relationships I’ve had to date.

Nor did I know that it would allow me to launch my first and second business, and earn me a full-time income in just a few years!

Today, I’m still blogging – as you can obviously see from this blog post 😉 – and I know that I’ll continue this type of content for years to come.

I hope you learn a lot from this episode, and I hope that these 11 lessons can help you build your very own business just from blogging.

Blogging can be a truly great way to create a thriving online business, so you’ll definitely want to tune in to the full episode for all the details.

In this podcast you’ll learn why:

#1. Starting a blog gives you a purpose

#2. Running a blog makes you more disciplined

#3. Blogging helps you establish a writing habit 

#4. Blogging builds your credibility

#5. A Blog lets you build a community

#6. Blogging gives you a platform 

#7. Blogging makes you a better writer

#8. Blogging lets you make money from affiliate marketing

#9. Blogging helps you monetize your content  

#10. Blogging lets you build a real business

#11. This 3 pronged approach helps you consistently create and publish blog posts

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Why Less is More

Less is more… We’ve all heard this phrase, but do you actually know what it means and why it’s true?

The phrase less is more means that having just the essential things is better than having way too much of superfluous things.

It allows you to focus on what matters.

Recently I sat down to lunch with the lovely Kit Whelan, co-founder of 7in7 Digital Nomad Conference, which is an amazing vision of 7 conferences being held in 7 continents over 7 years!

I am actually honoured to be a keynote speaker at the 7in7 conference in Wellington, New Zealand happening 22-28 October.

I’m going to be speaking about prioritizing what matters the most in your life and will definitely be touching on LifePilot and what it’s meant to living with intention and making my dreams a reality.

Kit told me that after this event, they’re holding a Reading Retreat in a castle in Scotland, which to me sounds simply delicious.

And it clearly did to others too as it sold out in a day, and for good reason, because people are craving to take time out and give themselves permission to simply do less.

Getting Clear on Your Perfect Day

Personally, one of my perfect days, consists of jam-packing as much as I can from 6am to 9pm at night, but that’s because I’m energized by living life to the full.

This includes meeting like-minded friends, training for my triathlon, working on my business, interviewing guests for my podcast, and spending time playing with my gorgeous dogs.

To others, that probably seems freaking exhausting.

How I make all those things work is by managing my time well and prioritising what matters.

I also realized that while I pack in a bunch in my life, I also do this in my work and in the way I teach and I’m guilty of trying to over deliver by delivering too much!

So with my new Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator, which I’m running three sold out cohorts of right now, I’ve made a considered effort to simplify to the essentials.

As you can imagine, teaching a course about preselling and launching your own online course could be super overwhelming when you consider all the moving parts involved that I need to teach.

So, as Leading Learner, my job is to teach them how to do less but get more meaningful results.

It seems to be working, by through my intentional design of the accelerator, and my students are accomplishing so much.

The importance of taking time to chill out

I’m a fan of jam-packing as much as I can into each day, but I also know the importance of taking some downtime and just chilling out.

That’s why I’m pretty excited to take a truly decent break in December.

I’ll be lounging around, enjoying nature, and reading books – basically just resting up after my half Ironman.

My upcoming break got me thinking…

I haven’t done a retreat in a while, so I’m planning to hold one next year in 2020 because I adore imagining and designing these experiences and then making them a reality.

In the past I’ve called them the ‘Freedom Retreat’ and in addition to fpcusing on business and mindset, I’d also add in special experiences like massages, taking cooking lessons, and relaxing.

But, what if next year’s retreat was the ‘Less is More’ retreat where we focus on taking a break while still envisioning your best life by focusing on having a great mindset – basically taking LifePilot to the next level.

If you’re interested in joining me early April 2020 in Bali for a ‘Less is More’ retreat, send me a DM on Instagram or shoot me an email at natalie@nataliesisson.com saying “Heck yeah to Bali!”

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why and how less is more
  • How I manage my time so that jam-packed days don’t feel exhausting
  • Why taking a break can be beneficial to you and your business
  • About information for my next retreat

Podcast Resources

Learn more about 7in7 Digital Nomad Conference

Check out LifePilot and how it can help you practice the ‘less is more’ lifestyle

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6 Lessons Starting a Podcast Has Taught Me

Over the years, I’ve learned so many lessons from starting a podcast.

When I started one back in 2011, I didn’t expect just how much joy it would bring me and how much value it would add to my life.

So, in honour of International Podcast Day, I wanted to share the 6 lessons starting a podcast has taught me. If you’re thinking of starting one or thinking about giving up on yours, then this episode is definitely for you.

Now, some people might say that there are too many podcasts out there and the medium is oversaturated, but guess what?

People have been saying the same exact thing since when I started my first podcast back in 2011!

There might be a ton of podcasts out there, but that shouldn’t discourage you from sharing your unique voice with people who truly need to hear what you have to say.

6 Lessons I Learned From Starting a Podcast

Starting a podcast has given me so many amazing opportunities to chat with guests who intrigue and fascinate me. It’s like having my own personal team of mentors that I get to chat with each week!

Another thing I love about podcasts is the versatility of them.

The quality of podcasts has gone through the roof within the last few years alone, and some have whole production crews and hefty budgets behind them.

This means they’re just so much better to listen to, because they’re scripted, researched and so well produced as engaging stories – almost like going back to good ol’ radio series.

Lesson 1: Podcasts are amazing for personal development and learning.

Whether you prefer having guests on your podcast to interview, or prefer offering solo episodes where you teach and share, podcasts are sure to make YOU learn and develop.

If you decide to have guests on your podcast, then you’d obviously be learning from their experiences and perspectives, which is an awesome way to keep expanding your mind.

Whereas researching topics on your own and sharing your personal experiences can also be a great way to develop and go deeper into researching these topics beforehand too.

Personally, I love both of these styles.

Lately, I’ve been loving having people come on my Untapped podcast and share their unique experiences and outlooks on topics that relate to what I try to teach everyday: how to get paid to be you.

The people that I usually invite on my show are people I find fascinating and who have something to teach both me and you.

These guests have done some incredible things and have so many gold nuggets of wisdom that I absolutely love sharing with all of you who tune in.

While my style of podcasting is more of an informal conversation, where I do a little bit of background research and then ask questions during the interview that I’m really curious about, I also think more formatted and planned out interviews can be successful, too.

Lesson 2: Podcasts make you more disciplined and consistent.

Podcasts have been the one medium that I’ve been able to be consistent with since the early days of my business.

That’s not a coincidence.

In fact, podcasts are incredibly great tools for making you become more disciplined and committed to producing content on a consistent basis.

When I first started out at podcasting, I was super inconsistent. But, knowing that my listeners were expecting a new episode each week forced me to stick to a schedule and have everything released by their deadlines.

Over the years I worked out that batching 3-5 interviews in a day or two was a way more productive method, so that I have 6-8 weeks worth of content on hand, and can plan my promotions around them too.

This also helps everyone on my team to get all of their tasks done in advance so that nothing slips through the cracks.

I’ve also been able to create an incredible SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that is super detailed and precise so that anyone who joins my team will immediately know how to create, publish, and promote the podcast.

We have also have a Podcast template in Asana, that brings the SOP to life, where everyone on my team is assigned to their respective tasks and they can mark off once they’ve completed the next step.

If you’ve been struggling to put out content and stick to your schedule, I highly recommend using a podcast to get you back on track!

Lesson 3: Podcasts are fantastic business tools.

The fact that you have people turning up each week to listen to what you have to say is a powerful testament to how podcasts can be used to grow your business.

Podcasts build up your credibility, authority, and integrity in whatever it is you want to share or teach.

For me, I make sure my episodes focus on how to tap into your potential, get paid to be you, and design your life and work to have purpose.

My listeners can count on learning something that will help them in these areas whenever they tune in to an episode of Untapped.

And I’ve learned that when your audience feels like they can trust and learn from you, they’re more likely to become clients or customers.

It’s also more likely that people will recommend your podcasts to other people, which cultivates a truly wonderful cycle of engagement and exposure.

Lesson 4: Podcasts are great revenue-generating tools.

Along with being fantastic business tools, podcasts are also great tools for generating revenue.

With tons of sponsorships and advertisement opportunities out there nowadays, you could easily create an extra revenue stream for yourself.

Personally, I like to keep my podcasts advert free, but I have had great (and lucrative) sponsorships in the past, that I worked with who were relevant and helpful for my audience.

I never promote anything just for the sake of promoting it, and I like to think that has helped build up my credibility. I’m very choosy about what I recommend.

Aside from advertising and sponsorships, podcasts are also wonderful avenues for promoting your own products and offerings.

So, not only could you generate a revenue stream from promoting things you really love and use on a daily basis, but you could also generate a more active revenue stream by promoting your own offers to an audience you know will be interested!

Lesson 5: Podcasts create lasting friendships and bonds.

The people that I’ve met over the years on my show and other shows are unforgettable.

I may have forgotten the shows I’ve been on, or the specifics on what we talked about, but I never forget the bonds that I make with the people I’ve interviewed or been interviewed by.

I love giving people a platform to share their stories, and I know that I’ve been grateful to others who have done the same for me.

It’s really important for us as creators to support one another, and it’s a total win-win situation.

So, if you have been a guest on any of my podcasts, or if I was a guest on yours, this one is for you and I’d love to have you back on my show or come back on yours!

Also, a special shout out to Rolly, my podcast editor, who has been listening to my voice for quite some time now and always delivers fantastic final episodes. Thank you for the work that you do!

Lesson 6: Podcasts allow your voice to be heard.

Looking at the stats for my podcast, there are people listening in to my podcast from around 100 countries.

Crazy, right?

That’s the incredible power of podcasts!

They allow you to distribute your voice, your message, and your experiences all across the globe to tons of diverse communities.

That is a gift.

That is a privilege.

And, really, all I have to do is a hold a mic and start recording.

So, if you have something to say, say it.

I promise you, you’ll be surprised at how many people will want to listen.

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The Top 10 Episodes of Untapped

As a fun little bonus, here’s a list of the top episodes of Untapped. If any of them intrigue you or sound interesting, give the full episode a listen and let me know what your thoughts are after!

#10: 6 Rules to Finish What You Start

In this episode, I share the 6 rules to finishing what you start and how to apply them and also share how to write a manifesto.

#9: Why Consistency is Your Secret Weapon

In this podcast I share how my training has progressively stacked to build a better, faster, stronger than me and how you can apply that in life, the power of mind over matter to get you through the tough times and the 3 key things I’ve layered into this journey that have led to my success so far.

#8: Intentions vs Goal Setting – Which is Best To Succeed in Life?

In this episode, you’ll learn the difference between goals and intentions and how to apply intentions to your life goals.

#7: 6 Ways To Tap Into Your Human Potential

Here are a few key ways I’m going to live up to and even beyond my potential throughout the course of my life, this podcast, my vlog and as I live write a book on this very topic, that I hope you can apply to.

#6: The Simple Way to Crush Your Next 90 Days

In this episode I share with you my process for setting my quarterly goals and intentions, and making sure they are spread across the 8 categories of life I value most and why focusing across these areas gives you a more balanced approach to working towards goals and intentions that will improve your whole life, not just your money or work situation.

#5: The 30 Minute Business Plan Template

In this podcast, I literally walk you through what my next 3 months looks like for my business so you can have a crack at writing up your quarterly One Page Biz Plan.

#4: 10 Questions to Unlock Your Potential

I came across a Lifehack article and it caught my attention because it was called “10 Questions That Will Unlock Your Potential” and I thought how appropriate given the newly launched Untapped Podcast – Live up to your potential. So I took the ten questions and answered them for myself, and I’d love you to do the same because they are juicy, and they WILL help you unlock your potential.

#3: Meditation is the Key to Everything

I jumped at the chance to dive deeper into why meditation and mindfulness are transforming peoples’ lives more than ever, in this interview with Dr Elise Bialylew. She’s a coach, meditation teacher and social entrepreneur who trained as a doctor and psychiatrist.

#2: Four Steps to Self Motivation

Just how self-motivated are you? Are you prepared to take charge of your goals and achievements? Or do you set goals, knowing you won’t really work towards them, because they scare your or are too complex?

In this podcast you’ll learn the four factors necessary to build the strongest levels of self-motivation you can.

#1: How Sigrun Grew Her Business to Seven Figures in Four Years

This was such a popular interview because Sigrun is not only awesome but impressive, taking her business from five figures in her first year, by offering 1-1 coaching, and less than four years later, scaling it to hit  seven figures in revenue!

In this episode she shares how she rebuilt her business model to include group masterminds, retreats and her signature (and legendary) program SOMBA – Sigrun’s Online MBA.

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The Art of Changing Your Business with Julia Kelly

What does changing your business actually look like? As in starting a new business in a completely different industry and having a totally new offering?

Can you make such a big leap and be successful? What does it take to make not only the shift but the mindset shift?

 On this episode of Untapped, I got to hear all about what it takes from Julia Kelly, co-Founder of Rigits, a remote bookkeeping services company.

 Yet just a few years ago Julia had started gone from being a successful caricature artist to building a whole business and team around doing this for corporates and at events.

In fact I interviewed her about it on my Suitcase Entrepreneur podcast on Debunking the Starving Artist Myth, as I thought her story was really cool.

It’s a perfect example of how Julia took her skills she learned in a job she applied for, and turned it into a side hustle and then a full blown business that almost runs without her.

Now she has a completely different business and a new team, and is well aware that she needs to remain relevant in an industry being very much affected by the future of work – in that accountants are being replaced with systems and automation.

If you tuned into my podcast Embracing the Future of the Future with Frances Valintine then you’ll learn just how quickly the world is changing and adapting to the way in which we are working and who’s doing the work.

Julia is well aware of that and we discussed how they’re adapting to stay relevant and thrive in this new era, and in many ways she’s always been adapting and following her heart.

 Julia’s journey began in college where she started her solopreneur career of being a caricature artist. She was able to grow her skills into a six-figure business and hired other artists as well.

However, after a year, Julia realized that she wasn’t being challenged anymore and that her successful business (which she’s still running today) was not going to be able to grow anymore.

 So what did she do next?

She went back to her roots as a graduate with a B.A. in Accounting and teamed up with a friend and started a company that does bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses and startups.

It was a completely different realm of work from the caricature business, but Julia found it to be exciting plus it tapped into her sweetspot of her accounting knowledge and what she knew would be profitable to her AND beneficial to her clients. 

By taking a risk and changing her business, Julia was able to have a business that had a recurring revenue model – something that her caricature business lacked. She also found that she thrived in having a team and didn’t enjoy being a lone wolf after all.

If you’re also in a rut and feel like you’re not progressing or enjoying your work anymore, definitely check out the full interview to learn more about the art of changing your business and how to tap into your potential!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What it’s like to go from a solo operation to being in a partnership and having employees
  • Why Julia started another business in a completely different industry and what she learned by doing it
  • How to juggle two businesses by having one on autopilot
  • The most common mistakes business owners make with money and how to avoid them

Resources

Check out Rigits for Julia’s bookkeeping and accounting business.

Head to jkexpressions.com to learn more about Julia’s live digital caricature business.

 

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Embracing the Future of the Future with Frances Valintine

What is the future of the future? And how the heck can you be a part of it so that you’re not left behind in the past?

That is the topic of my conversation on this episode of the Untapped Podcast with the one and only Frances Valintine, founder of The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab.

Frances is one heck of a mover and shaker. And she believes that we’re living in a time of great advancement as well as rapid disruption. She believes that the progress and the ability to look forward and plan for tomorrow is essential for long term success.

Frances is at the cutting edge of what we need to do to stay relevant as we move into a new era filled with uncertainty as technology takes over our jobs allowing us to essentially tap into more of our human skills.

If you listened to Episode 32 – The Future of Work Is Learning, I shared what the future of work really is, the major trends and forces shaping it and why it’s more important than ever to become a lifelong learner and keep upskilling to remain relevant and ahead of the curve.

Frances takes us even further because she is living and breathing this. At the time of our interview, she had just finished up the Future of the Future conference that she hosted where she interviewed all these incredible people on stage.

What I love about Frances is that she’s extremely forward thinking by the way she looks at how we reinvigorate our existing skills, adopt new practices, and integrate people who think differently in our businesses.

As the founder and CEO of The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab, Frances works in the space between the whole ecosystem of learners from young children to experienced corporate leaders.

While Tech Futures Lab helps organisations and individuals to navigate the contemporary world of business, The Mind Lab was developed to empower students, schools, teachers and principals to develop contemporary knowledge and practical skills for today’s rapidly evolving world and the future of work.

She knows that our economic success has a greater reliance on people who can combine science, technology, design and creativity in ways that we are only just starting to realize.

So in our interview, we discuss a lot of those things. And I think you are going to find it fascinating. I hope it’s going to open your eyes, expand your mind, and really get you thinking about what role you are going to play in the future of work and just how you can thrive in it.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the future of work looks like and what that means for you
  • Why reinvigorating your skills and learning new skills is vital now more than ever
  • How to thrive and remain relevant in the rapidly evolving world
  • Frances’ journey to become one of the most influential leaders in New Zealand

Resources

Connect with Frances over on LinkedIn

Learn more about the Tech Futures Lab – The Graduate School for Human Impact

Learn more about the award winning education provider The Mind Lab

 

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The Future of Work is Learning

The Future of Work is learning – what does that mean?

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m all about staying relevant and keeping up with the ever-changing world of the way in which we work and live.

The thing is, those changes are coming at us fast and many of the trends we see happening in the future of work are already here.

Robots and AI are already being used to automate and streamline jobs, and it’s predicated by the OECD that 14-30% of jobs as we know them will not even exist in the next 5 years.

So it’s more important than ever that we figure out how to ramp up our skills, particularly our uniquely human-centered skills, to stay relevant and be irreplaceable!

The good news is around 70% of new jobs will be created, most of which we can’t even predict yet. Crazy right?

That means by continuing to learn new skills and gain more experience, we have more chance of thriving in the future of work, rather than just surviving.

On today’s episode of Untapped, I’m sharing a recording of the talk I gave at an Inspire Group, an online learning and leadership company.

The purpose of this event was to inform our clients about what’s about to head their way and what they need to start thinking about when it comes to learning solutions for the future.

It was also a great way to showcase all the trends that are coming up and how the Future of Work IS learning.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the Future of Work actually is
  • How automation can and will benefit us
  • How we can collaborate effectively with the robots
  • What changes and trends have already started to happen

You can also watch a summary of what I presented on my YouTube Channel here

Resources

Read: How to Tap Into the Future of Work

Read: 11 Benefits to Learning Something New.

Learn more about Inspire Group

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Beat Procrastination by Managing Your Emotions

Lately, with the sheer amount of work I’ve put on my own plate, and take full responsibility for, I’ve found myself procrastinating more than I’d like to admit.

Procrastination – the thing we all love to hate but can’t avoid…until now!

Turns out, what has always been viewed as another form of laziness or perfection (depending on which side of the coin you place yourself), actually has nothing to do with time management at all!

After reading a fantastic NYTimes article, it appears it’s not about time management but emotions management – which is something we as humans can definitely work on controlling.

Here’s what the article quotes:

“A 2013 study, Dr. Pychyl and Dr. Sirois found that procrastination can be understood as “the primacy of short-term mood repair … over the longer-term pursuit of intended actions.”

Put simply, procrastination is about being more focused on “the immediate urgency of managing negative moods” than getting on with the task, Dr. Sirois said.”

This makes so much sense to me. We feel bad when we procrastinate, but because we often procrastinate by getting something else done, that’s not priority but is useful, we temporarily feel better.

Until we return to the shite feelings of still being behind, stressed, anxious, self-doubt and even more horrible emotions that procrastination briefly took us away from.

Before we know it, we get stuck in an endless chronic cycle of rewarding those bad feelings through the habit of procrastination.  

There is an alternative, six in fact, and I think you’re going to like them and by the end of this podcast, even implement them, rather than procrastinating right?!

In this episode I share with you:

  • Why you’re not a lazy person even if you procrastinate
  • Why procrastination is not a time management problem, but an emotions management one
  • The real reason we procrastinate and how to break the chronic cycle
  • How to rewire our brain to a Bigger Better Offer than the reward of procrastination
  • Six positive ways to beat procrastination

Resources

Read this NYTimes article: Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control) 

Short video by Mel Robbins: The reason you procrastinate (It’s not what you think) 

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The simple way to crush your next 90 days

It’s April 1st and it’s time to raise to get serious about the next 275 days you have to make the most of in 2019.

Yet you and I know, if we are to look at the whole nine months we still have to make the most of this year, we won’t necessarily make the most of our time.

However, if we focus on a 3 month sprint, we will definitely place a sense of positive urgency around the things that matter most.

We will inevitably get clear on our priorities and what really matters, because the results we want are just 3 months away, and that’s close enough to feel real!

In this episode I share with you:

  • My process for setting my quarterly goals and intentions, and making sure they are spread across the 8 categories of life I value most
  • Why focusing across these areas gives you a more balanced approach to working towards goals and intentions that will improve your whole life, not just your money or work situation.
  • My actual goals I set for the Q1 of 2019 and how I progressed – and a few surprises that I threw in too about a JOB!
  • What I’ve set myself up for in Q2 and how that translates into my monthly, weekly and daily goals using our Life Pilot System.

Find out more about that at lifepilot.co and come join us!

One thing I didn’t mention in the podcast, but will focus on next week, is that I also set up my Quarterly Business Goals today using my 1 Page Biz Plan template, and that felt really good too.

I love this tool I’ve designed and you can get a free template here to use yourself to make sure you crush Q2.

Why consistency is your secret weapon

In less than a week I’ll be competing in the Suzuki Sprint Distance National Championship in Kinloch, Taupo.

I’m both excited and nervous for this sprint triathlon.

It seems insane to think for the last three months, I’ve been consistently training 5-6 days a week, doing what my awesome coach Nathan Martin tells me to do.

All that training for a sprint race, that should be done in less than 1 hr 45mins (if I’m on pace)!

A Sprint Triathlon is made up of a:

  • 750m swim
  • 20km bike (with hills)
  • 5km run

And ONLY in the last 3-4 weeks have I noticed the compound effect of all that triathlon training.

What I know to be true is that consistency and daily habits lead to micro improvements that turn into bigger improvements as you get better and adapt.

Along the way I’ve done multiple events I’ve like the Splash n Dash or Super Sprint tri or the Wellington Classic Ocean swim.

During several of those I was on a high one moment, wanting to quit the next and then wondering why the heck I was attempting to be a triathlete the next!

The very first Splash n Dash was painful and made me wonder what on earth I was taking on.

The most recent one I competed in, while tough, was my best performance.
It brought out this inner strength that I was waiting to emerge, and a sense of competitiveness to do and be better that I felt was hiding up until that point.

Then this weekend gone, I smashed my training doing the 3 disciplines at race distance and pace and got a bunch of personal bests!

The point of this story is to encourage you to NEVER give up.

Rewards and results come through showing up and doing the work. Always.

There’s TONNES more I can and want to do to get better but for now I’m proud of where I’ve got to.

I’m in this for the journey, to find my next finish line and the next.

In this podcast I share

1. How my training has progressively stacked to build a better, faster, stronger me and how you can apply that in life

2. The power of mind over matter to get you through the tough times

3. The 3 key things I’ve layered into this journey that have led to my success so far

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Intentions vs Goal Setting – Which is Best To Succeed in Life?

As we near the end of January 2019, I want you to ask yourself how those New Year goals and resolutions are going?

If you’re like 92% of people, you won’t have stuck to your resolutions, because you likely set vague ones or had unrealistic expectations like:

“I’m going to become a celebrity game show host” or “I’m going to break a world record in gumboot throwing”.

Champagne can do that to the best of us…

There’s another factor here, that has likely led to you not succeeding…yet, which is that you probably didn’t have a plan to make your lofty goals or resolutions a reality.

That’s where you need intentions to go along with your goals, to ensure you will actually succeed.

What’s the difference between goals and intentions?

Goals are focused on the future. They’re about a destination or a specific achievement. For example I am aiming to compete in the Kinloch Sprint Triathlon on February 10th.

I’ve been training towards this for almost three months now, up to six days a week, so I damn well hope I hit my goal time on the day.

My big hairy audacious goal is to qualify to represent New Zealand at the World Champs in September this year. Eeek!

Intentions are in the present moment. Intentions are lived each day, independent of reaching the goal or destination. They are about the inner relationship with yourself.

What I know to be true, is that the journey of getting my level of fitness up to speed (pun intended) to be able to compete in this event, has been the really rewarding part.

Everyday, I’ve turned up with intention to make a micro improvement in my run, bike or swim. No matter how tired I feel or what my last result was.

The actual event, although it matters, is not going to replace all the hard work, commitment and dedication that I’ve put in to my training since October.

The real intention is to get into peak health, and maintain that for the rest of my life!

Why Goal Setting Sucks On Its Own

I’ve always been an avid goal-setter. For most of my formative years, I used my competitive nature and Upholder tendencies of always doing what I say I will, to achieve my goals.

And I did achieve a LOT of them over the years. I was determined to.

The thing is, once I’d achieved a big milestone, I was often left feeling pretty empty.

What I’ve noticed over the years, as I got older and thankfully wiser, is that I was putting all my eggs into one basket, and setting myself up for a let down, rather than focusing on the journey of continual improvement.

And I know I’m not alone. I’m 99% certain you’ve experienced this in life too.

In this excellent Article on Inc –  Why you might feel empty after reaching a huge goal and how to move on by Wanda Thibodeaux, she speaks to the fact that goals give a sense of purpose, connection and direction.

But, if all we focus on is working long and hard to reach this one monumental goal, when you finally hit it, all those links you’ve created between yourself and your sense of worth disappear.

So now you can’t define yourself the way you did. And you have all this time on your hands that you don’t know how to fill.

I felt like this after I won my Regional Body Sculpting Championship – something I dedicated myself to for 9 arduous months, I felt a severe lack of identity.

I had a bright shiny trophy, some bling and a tub of protein powder, but my quest to be the best had now passed, and I didn’t know what to do next!

She notes that added to that is “neuroscience kicking you in the face while you’re down.”

In short, your brain releases dopamine, a hormone associated with both motivation and happiness, in anticipation of reward.

That’s what keeps you working towards your goals, especially where each milestone you set towards achieving it gets hit, it gives you more reason to keep going, and a biological position to feel good.

The problem is, when you reach your goal, that release of dopamine drops and it’s harder for you biochemically to have joy.

The other reason goal-setting leaves you disappointed is that it moves you towards what you think you want, and takes you out of enjoying the present moment.

So instead of being grateful for the here and now, you’re left feeling like what you currently have isn’t enough, and you must strive harder to get the ‘next big thing’.

Which leads to you being stuck in an endless cycle of goal setting to fill the void.

Living your intentions, on the other hand, is much different than having a goal-oriented focus.

That’s because it allows you to focus on how you want to be in the moment, how you want to feel right now, and everyday.

It’s not about winning or losing, hitting or missing, it’s about tuning in to your moment to moment focus.

This means you live life by your values and what matters most to you.

And that’s a beautiful way to live, right?!

How to combine goal setting with daily intentions


The key thing to understand is that focusing on your intentions does not mean you give up your goals.

It actually means you’ve found a great partner to achieve your goals with.

I like to think of intention as your personal trainer. It gives you the daily rhythm, motivation and accountability you need to transform yourself.

By being intentional you’ll enjoy the journey as much as the destination, and therefore bring more joy to everything you’re doing.

Intentions really act as a reminder on how you want to show up in the world and live each day.  They give you the purpose to show up to meet your goals!

That’s why my partner Josh and I baked in intentionality into our Life Pilot tool and methodology.

We’d both had enough life experience and exposure to all sorts of methods, strategies and frameworks, to know that goals are devoid of joy, unless they’re backed by daily intention.

That’s why when people join our Life Pilot Challenge, we ask them to set no more than 3 goals OR intentions – each day, week, month or quarter, based on their chosen life categories.

This takes some getting used to, but once you tune into it, it makes life planning way more enjoyable and ‘sticky’.

My real life example of intentions supporting goals

If you’d looked at my Weekly Tab in my Life Pilot spreadsheet last week, my ‘work’ category goal was to Finish first quarter of Content Editorial calendar.

I smashed that by Friday afternoon, because when I planned out my week in advance, I had set ‘working on my content calendar and brainstorming topics’ as one of my three ‘Daily’ actions on both Wednesday and Friday.

I didn’t just hope that by our Sunday Reflection time that it would have magically have happened. I had stated it in my daily actions and scheduled it into my calendar!

My intentions backed up and supported my goal.

Same with my triathlon training. Last week’s ‘health’ goal was to Plan / prepare and nail swim event.

When I turned up on Sunday morning to choppy ocean conditions at Oriental Bay in Wellington, I was tempted to not compete.

Thankfully, I’d set several daily intentions throughout the week to be fully present at my swim trainings.

As a result, I knew I was more than prepared for the event and just needed to stop being a wuss and get to the start line.

Once I stopped swallowing water from the barrage of waves, I actually enjoyed it!

How to apply intentions to your life goals

Let’s say you wanted to finally develop a meditation practice, so you go with:

  • Monthly intention for January – Deepen my meditation practice to improve my appreciation of life.
  • Your weekly goal might be: Commit to doing at least 4 guided meditations.
  • Your daily action then could be: Use Insights Timer App to do a guided meditation

Each morning you look at your journal, notebook, whiteboard (or your trusty Life Pilot spreadsheet) where you’ve recorded this, check your daily actions, then schedule in time to make them happen.

That night you check back and record whether you hit, progressed or missed your action.

Doing that alone, often reveals, after several days and weeks, trends and patterns of what you like to do and what you avoid.

That way you can break the pattern by getting an accountability partner, setting a different goal or figuring out whether your values are aligned with what you’re setting.

Like anything in life worth doing, you need to always remain curious as to why you do some things easily and put off others.

You need to ask better questions to make sure you are digging into these patterns, behaviours and habits, so you can continually be working on being your best self.

Now, what do you intend to do next?

Want to test out our Life Pilot tool and methodology for yourself? Join our next 10 Day Life Pilot Challenge starting February 1st. Details at lifepilot.co

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