I planned to skip this week's habit profile. Continuing my series as if Easter were just another Sunday didn't feel right. But, during my study time last week, a question popped in my mind: what were Jesus' habits? It turns out that I'm not the first person to have asked that question. There are two great books on the subject - The Jesus Priorities by Christopher Maricle and The Jesus Habits by Jay Dennis. I'm particularly struck by the way Maricle approaches the question. By sorting the events and recordings of Jesus' life by principle, Maricle identified 8 priorities. I decided that there was no better way to celebrate this Easter Sunday than to share them with you.
In episode 5 of the podcast, we shared the story of the boy torn between a million dollars and a mere penny doubled every day for a month. It might not be obvious at first, but the penny is clearly the better option. The same is true for our habits. Want to develop a new habit or break a bad one? Start really small. Find the penny. When everything inside you wants to launch into a new life, to start off with a bang, to make tremendous progress with one swift change, resist. That rarely works. Instead, find the penny.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll question if habits even matter and you'll discover the surprising reason they're incredibly important. More specifically, you'll learn why habits are like the fabled doubling penny, why you can't change your life without changing your habits, how we can use habits to influence others, and how habits can change your family tree or your org chart.
I met Carlos Miceli on a street corner in Austin. It wasn't quite as adventurous as it sounds, as we were both with groups that recognized each other at SXSW. Through Twitter, we've stayed in touch over the years. Lately, I've become fascinated with his portfolio of projects and wanted to find out how he maintains so much momentum. Recently, he accepted a position as the Innovation Advisor to the Director of Citizen Care for the city of Buenos Aires, his home town. He's still juggling five other major projects, and I haven't seen him drop the ball yet. I'm excited to share his story as I have a hunch that there are valuable insights we could learn from.
Businesses have habits. And just like people, the effects are incredibly powerful. They can provide scaffolding to reach their goals nearly effortlessly - or work feverishly against them. They can be bloated, inefficient, and cranky, clinging to the life support of days gone by and resisting any semblance of change. Or they can be lean, efficient deliverers of fabulous service and value, seeking to improve a little bit each day and purposefully scanning the horizons for new opportunities. Sound familiar? If your business (or department or job) sounds like the former, it's likely entangled in massive knots of bad habits. That's okay. We can untangle them, and we already know where to start.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, you'll discover why you don't need willpower and instead, how to use 5 simple strategies for creating new habits. More specifically, you'll learn why willpower doesn't work, or causes more problems, how to add momentum to your habit snowball, how to apply Proverbs 4:26 that tells us to "make level paths for our feet," and how to feel like your snowball is rolling downhill.
Since 2007, Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen have partnered to build a 7-figure ecommerce business that produces quality niche products. Along with all the hard-earned knowledge that comes from a good 'ol fashioned product business, the pair have also become thought leaders in the online marketing space with their top-rated Lifestyle Business Podcast and private membership group. Personally, I admire the two for how well they balance several successful business projects - and find time every week to give back to entrepreneurs around the world. So when Dan tweeted to ask for show ideas, I quickly replied that I'd love to know the business habits they feel are most critical to their success. I was thrilled to wake up and discover that exact podcast, and I knew I had to share it with you. I also caught up with Dan the next day to round out the profile with a few more questions.
Last Saturday, I waited in line for over two hours to talk to Gary Vaynerchuk for a few minutes. That might sound like a sacrifice on my part, but it pales in comparison to his willingness to stay for over five hours and talk with every single person that wanted to see him. As he told me, "Giving is my priority. I don’t believe that I can get until I have given enough, and I always look for ways to do that.” That challenged me to think about giving in a different way - as an integral component to business, not as a purely personal endeavor. On Monday afternoon, I opened an email with Chris Guillebeau's latest blog post - a challenge to help someone for free for his experiment of scaled generosity. As I read it, I knew instantly what I had to do. Several key conversations and months of thinking merged together to birth a service that would provide free, personalized habit coaching for anyone that needed it.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, you'll discover how to build habit momentum by creating a snowball that automatically takes you where you want to go. More specifically, you'll learn how to reframe the way you think about habits, how simple changes to the words you use make a huge difference, three straightforward steps to getting momentum started, and how to use ridiculously tiny goals to accomplish big things.