Cast 22 – Fewer Goals

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I tried big goals! Itty bitty goals. And a few in between.

Failed a lot along the way, too.

But what’s worked best for me? Listen in to the system I use for defining goals, and therefore, my life.

If you’ve tips and tricks for setting and achieving goals, drop a comment – I’ll owe you one!

Cast 21 – Tools to Face Uncertainty

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This is a long one. Listen – it’ll be worth it.

Have an announcement I’m leaving in the cast. But to help you, below are abridged bullets my notes on dealing with stress and making decisions when things are uncertain.

(Most of these tips come from my mentors, both virtual and live, so if anything here helps you, they will be of greater utility!)

Dealing With Stress

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  1. Sleep.
  2. Eat (fats and proteins).
  3. Make lists.
  4. Meditate.
  5. Long walks.
  6. Visit nature.
  7. Intense exercise.
  8. Cut down the schedule.
  9. Remember and consume intense media.
  10. Discover minimally viable life.
  11. Days > years.
  12. Bonus not included in the cast: Cut down on stimulants. (Looking at you, coffee!) ☕

Making Decisions

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  1. Doing > planning.
  2. What do I enjoy more?
  3. What is required for me to feel satisfied?
  4. Will I be better for having done it?
  5. Am I living my best life? How can I?
  6. What do other people want more?
  7. What would I need to do if I was to die in three months? Six?
  8. What would the decision look like if it were easy?
  9. Make the decisions / choices simpler.
  10. 90/10 Principle (upgrade from the 80/20 Principle).
  11. Say “no” if I can’t give it a “HELL YES!”
  12. Say “no” if there are no next steps or long term benefits.
  13. Say “no” if I am considering this because of guilt or obligation with no merit for myself.
  14. What’s the worst possible failure? How can we mitigate that?
  15. What would I do if not afraid?
  16. Will worry help the outcome?
  17. What do I fear that lacks unrecoverable risk? 💀
  18. Does it tell a white truth?
  19. How close is this to my sought-for legacy?

Tell me, what are your strategies for dealing with stress? Techniques for making decisions? Comment – I and others could learn a lot from you!


Cast 20 – Living Mentors

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Last week’s cast talked about those I’ve never met though consult on a daily basis.

This week I thank a few people I who’ve had unimaginable impacts on my life, true role models to emulate.

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There are more of you out there, those that know not of this podcast, those that listen every week, more than I can count (or include in a <15 minute ‘cast!) – I adore you ❤ This is no slight to you, merely a recognition of the gifts others have made.

Such acts of gratitude are supposed to be cathartic, especially in times such as those we find ourselves in. I highly recommend you to try the same – come up with the role models in your life, living or dead, and listen to what they teach, watch what they do. They persevere – you will too 😊

Cheers ~

Cast 19 – Virtual Mentors

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I am a multitude. A legion. I am a bit over everyone and everything that I’ve experienced.

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Their intelligence, insight, and inspiration have made my life objectively better 😊

This is about those people and things that I continue to learn from every day, things that you too could could add to your squad of virtual intimates.

Here’s a short list of the living mentors I go to for guidance on the daily:

  • Gary Vee – CEO, writer, speaker, inspirational hustler with more drive than you can shake a stick at and aspire to live up to.
  • Tim Ferriss (a chat with Gary Vee) –  Writer, self-experimenter, professional life- and work-hacker; a nice balance to Gary.
  • Jocko Willink – Former Navy SEAL commander, writer, leadership consultant, tea maker, jujitsu artist, and master of getting after it.
  • Jordan Peterson (a chat with Jocko) – At times controversial Canadian psychologist, writer, and current cultural phenomenon.
  • Paula Pant – Financially independent Afford Anything host, humorist, and charming voice for what we don’t talk about in enough detail: money.

(Be sure to listen in for books and historical figures!)

I also highly recommend these folks:

Who do you already follow from on this list? Who are you adding? 🤔 Let me know who your mentors are – I want to learn from them too!

Cheers through next week.

Cast 18 – March April Goals

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It’s that time again 😁 In seriousness, March has been a rocker for the world. COVID-19 has shut down entire countries, killed tens-of-thousands, and forced millions more indoors indefinitely.

I have not been without impact myself, be it a sickness earlier in the month 😷 to now working from home like so many others. It’s affected my goals, too, for March, and brought a… clarity, to my thoughts.

Listen to the ‘cast for more info! As a reminder, my goals for March were:

  • Giving overtime at work
  • Property buying
  • Writing
  • Following yes-and-no lists

For April, we’re going to be taking it a little easier as we settle into this new WFH lifestyle 😶

Stay safe at home yourself! Leave a comment on how COVID-19 has affected you too.

Chat with you next week! Cheers!

Cast 17 – Feeling of Isolation

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Last week I was sick. Before that I was nixing GDC (since cancelled). Now, I realized I was in trouble, so I took care of myself.

Will be taking care of myself.

Before continuing, check out the World Health Organization for up-to-date COVID-19 FAQs!

Listen to the cast to pick-up some self care for yourself 😊

Cast 15 – Feb Mar 2020 Goals

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A combination post! Last month’s goals get addressed, while we set off to conquer March.

Spoilers ahead:

February Goals Reviewed:

  1. Housing
    1. Won. Work towards owning property done every. Single. Day. Get some!
  2. Writing
    1. Won. I came in at the minimum, but a pass is a pass. Housing did take a lot, and I hope to apply that work ethic to my writing as well.
  3. Overtime
    1. Won. Not as much as expected (due dates got pushed), but still an extra 2-5 hours committed every week (largely eaten by meetings 😭).
  4. Yes and No
    1. Won! I tell you how beneficial these lists have been for me in the podcast. Give it a listen to know how much I recommend such things! 😃

On to what counts…

March Goals Proposal:

  1. Housing Round 2
    1. The primary goal. I have done a lot of the leg work required to get started, but now it’s time to close. There’s a lot of risk, so patience is key.
  2. Writing
    2. ARGH 😡
    3. Just…
      1. Just write something.
        1. Put it out there.
          1. Come on, man…
  3. Overtime
    1. Should be the last month of crunch, but we’ll wait to see. For now, 2-5 hours extra will suffice.
  4. Yes and No
    1. Can I keep it up for a second month? I really hope so. Will need to re-evaluate early if certain goals eclipse 😉
Phone lock screen images from Yigit Koroglu and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team.

And as a reminder, GDC is not happening this March (it’s for the better).

That be that! Let me know what your thoughts on the podcast style are and your own goals in March. Looking forward to hearing about your endeavors! Cheers!

Cast 13 – Quick Table Top Role Playing Game – 2

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Coming hot off last week’s post, here is the second half of the Quick TTRPG (name pending; any suggestions?).

Today we’re getting after the role of the Game Moderator, some general rules for everyone, and background to the system.

Download the action-oriented sheet here.

And here’s the roleplay sheet.

The sheets will be appearing soon! In the meantime, let me know if these suckers print properly – not all printers were created the same 😑

Lots happening towards this month’s goals – looking forward to sharing more news with you in future posts 😁 Enjoy the game! Cheers.