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I’ve heard the mantra “Leaders are readers” - you probably have, too. The problem is that, if you’re busy like me, you struggle to find time to read as much as you want to or as much as you feel you should.

Today, I’m going to share a couple things I’m doing to help make this easier.

Physical books

There is something special about reading a physical book. You can actually feel the pages. It’s easy to underline, write notes, or dogear pages.

However, physical books take up space. If you have lot of books, a lot of space can be used just in storing books (I have boxes and boxes of books).

eBook/Kindle books

To save physical space, Kindle or other types of eBooks make it easy to store a lot of books in a single device that may be even smaller than a single book. This makes it easy to take a lot of books virtually anywhere.

While you can still take notes, it seems to be a little more cumbersome in my opinion.

Audiobooks

A downfall to both physical books and eBooks is that you can’t do anything else at the same time (well, I guess you can do some exercise like walking on a treadmill or exercise bike).

A lot of the books I “read” are actually audiobooks. I can listen to the books while I’m doing a variety of tasks - mowing, cleaning, driving, etc. I can even speed it up and get through the books a little faster.

A downfall to audiobooks is that it’s easier to get distracted and you don’t get as much out of the books.

Blinkist

While you can miss a lot of the details in books, many times, all you need to do is grasp the main points. A lot of the details just support or prove the main point(s). There is value in getting the details, for sure, but you can make a lot of progress if you take the main point and apply it to your life.

Blinkist is an app that is like Cliffnotes - which you never used to take a shortcut when writing book reports back in school. A benefit of Blinkist, though, is that you can have written summaries and audio summaries, so it’s like a summarized ebook and audiobook in one.

While this doesn’t let you get the depth of going through the full book, you are able to get those important points out of it and have a good foundational basis.

You can check out Blinkist for yourself.

 

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Are you an automator? Do you automate your sales? Do you automate the growth of your following? Are you able to automate for impact? 

Today’s guest is a serious automator, and she would like to show you how how to do it too. Kathryn Jones is a bestselling author, Certified Internet Marketer and the ClickFunnels Dream Car winner. You can connect with her on Instagram or join her Facebook Group Design Hackers Official. You can also pick up Katryn’s book Automate Your Routine, Guarantee Your Results.

 

How We Can Start Automating

Becoming an automator really is a mindset and a lifestyle. The word automation means to set up systems so that things can be done without human control. 

We all have repetitive tasks that we can outsource to other people. We can use software systems to free up our headspace and out time. 

Catherine discovered in her early twenties that she was lacking motivation and will power to get up. By setting up a simple system with a loud alarm clock, she discovered that she could use that tool and suddenly set herself up for success. 

She even applied this principle to eating healthier; instead of having waffles and cinnamon rolls in the house, she would only have egg whites. 

All automation can be simplified to one basic question: 

How can I avoid making the same mistake twice? 

 

Automation Is More Than Apps 

There is more to a system than just an app; barriers are important. The elimination of other possibilities is essential too. When you combine human behavior with essentially computer science coding, right, you're actually able to program your brain. 

If we look at the basics of coding, it's zeros and ones.  A computer will do exactly what you tell it to do. 

So when you're creating your routines, it is important to write out what you want to do as if you are a computer. Break it down, and you literally program your mind. 

With the example of using an alarm clock, she broke it down like this:

  1. Open your eyes
  2. Take two deep breaths
  3. Sit up
  4. Get out of your bed
  5. Leave your room and close the door so you can't go back in there
  6. Walk to the alarm clock
  7. Turn it off
  8. Go into the bathroom
  9. Close the door and shower.

When you eliminate other options, you also get your brain into a regimented routine. 

I highly recommend you listen to this entire episode, as we spoke more about health and routines in the show notes as well as automating your business. Thanks to Kathryn for being a guest on the Success Road Podcast. 

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Are you falling short in meeting your goals? Or maybe you feel like something is just missing. 

On today’s episode, I chat with Roman Marinov about goal setting. Roman is a relationship coach who has been trained in Tony Robbins’ coaching program. He also is offering a free 30% discount on coaching for anyone who mentions Success Road Podcast listeners. Just mention the show to him. 

Why Is Goal Setting Important?

A great example is to think of a plane. A plane needs to know where it's going. It needs to know his destination. Otherwise the plane will waste time, and fuel. It might get lost or even be going in the wrong direction. And that's what goals are for us. Goals are our destinations. That’s why goals are so important.

How To Approach Goal Setting

Roman uses a straightforward framework that consists of a quick meditation. Then he asks individuals to share their goals in four specific categories which include personal, financial, adventure and contribution. This entire process comes from the book Awaken The Giant Within.

 

And so they give Roman those goals, he writes them down. And then the next step is he asks why these goals are important to them. And the next step is getting very, very specific, creating specific action items for each goal and the deadlines. That's the process.

Best Advice For Someone Not Working With A Coach

Roman recommends reading Awaken The Giant Within and following the framework described in the book. The very first step is taking five minutes to write a goal in each category without filtering yourself. For example, if you're working in the financial category of goal, so someone may write “I want to make this specific amount of income.” Following the framework is key, and sticking to it by showing up everyday.  

 

When Goal Setting Isn’t Working

If you’re struggling with achieving goals, Roman recommends focusing is on the future. Believing something will happen and what it will feel like when it happens. This provides a form of motivation. Roman uses visualization in the morning and evening to stay on track. 

Accomplishing Goals With Loved Ones

Roman recommends reading the book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, because Covey goes into depth about this topic in the book. 

 

In some cases, putting some of your money at stake can help too. You could tell a friend, “If I don't complete complete this goal by the specific deadline, use this money however you want.” And if you accomplish the goal, you get the money back. That's a pretty easy way to hold yourself accountable.

Your Next Steps

We will all fail at meeting our goals sometimes. We all have to readjust our goals too. This is all just part of the process. You set new goals, and then you create a plan. Whether you are starting a new goal or just need some help with a current goal, Roman offers a free complimentary coaching session for all new clients. In addition, mention Success Road Podcast for a special 30% off discount. 

 

Best of luck as you pursue and achieve your goals. Feel free to contact me, Joshua Rivers, and tell me some of your wins. I’d love to hear them!

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