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Erik Fisher on Beyond the To Do List Part 2 {Podcast Episode #18}


Erik Fisher joins me on the podcast today. He is the host of Beyond the To Do List. It is a great podcast on productivity, and I highly recommend it. He also recently released a book with yesterday’s guest, Jim Woods. It is a book on productivity and goals. I read it over the weekend, and highly recommend it. I’m giving away another free copy today, so be sure to leave a comment to win.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • What prompted him to start Beyond the To Do List
  • His experience with different types of podcasts
  • How he overcame obstacles
  • The best advice he’s heard on his podcast
  • His new book about productivity
  • The myth of progress
  • Learning to say no to things
  • Learning to unplug and have balance, even from good things
  • Drifting through life is NOT a life
  • Making and meeting the goals that matter
  • Sometimes we still feel stuck

You can find Erik’s podcast, Beyond the To Do List on iTunes. You can also check out his new book here, or follow him on Twitter. I’m giving away a free copy, so be sure to leave a comment below.

What advice stuck with you from this episode?


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Jim Woods on Beyond the To Do List {Podcast Episode #17}


Jim Woods joins me on the podcast today. He is a writer, a chocolate chip cookie addict, and an awesome encourager. He is releasing his first ebook, Beyond the To Do List, with Erik Fisher, this week. It is a book about goals and getting things done.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Drifting along in life
  • Realizing how much you are actually doing
  • Learning to live differently
  • Don’t put your identity in your dream
  • Learn to experiment
  • Don’t try to do it all at once
  • Even good things can be overwhelming
  • Goals can be fuzzy sometimes
  • Set the right goals and achieve those goals
  • You are not alone, even if you feel like it

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a free copy of the book. You can also pick up the book on Amazon here.

You can follow Jim on Twitter, or on his blog here.

What goals are you working on? Share in the comments for your chance to win a free copy.








Kurt Bubna on Epic Grace {Podcast Episode #16}


Kurt Bubna joins me on the podcast today. He is a Pastor, a first time author, and a self-proclaimed “recovering idiot.” His book, Epic Grace, releases today! It is a book about how we all make mistakes, and how grace is always available to us. Kurt has a fun story of how he got published, and I think you will enjoy his practical advice.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • The ReWrite Conference
  • How his book idea started with journaling
  • Learning to listen, learn, and grow
  • How this book process stretched him
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Simple stories can transform lives
  • We get stuck because we give up

You can find Kurt on Twitter, Facebook, and his website. You can read the first chapter for free by clicking on the book on his website.

I’d love to hear what resonated with you about this episode. Share in the comments below.

YOU are here

Photo from: The Orchard Community

You are here for a reason.

Who you are becoming is so important.

It’s not just about the dream that you have.

It’s about how you are changing, and who you are becoming.

Today’s post is about YOU.

Let me know what you are celebrating.

Let me know what you are frustrated about.

Let me know how I can encourage you, or celebrate with you today.

Ready, set, GO!


Learning to Harvest Effort

Photo credit: Creative Commons (Robert Photographics)

Photo credit: Creative Commons (Robert Photographics)

I just finished reading Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden. I have heard him speak on multiple podcast episodes, and really like his concept of working hard to chase your dream and realizing that it won’t be easy.

One section really stuck out to me, as it is something I see happen to so many well-intentioned people, including me. Here are a few quotes.

“Improving your self discipline, then, happens not only from creating a good schedule but also from learning to recover from getting off schedule.”

“Too many people get upset or discouraged because they focus on results that are not within their control. In other words, they let their sense of self-worth be defined by outcomes rather than effort, so that when they don’t experience overnight success, or they get off track, they start to disregard their schedule.”

“Part of adopting the Take the Stairs mind-set is learning to take pride in controlling the activities that are within your power and to let go of the worry and fear attached to the results that are not.”

“You always get paid for how hard you work, but it’s not always right away.”

“Get relentless about putting your self-esteem into your work habits instead of your results.”

“Stay focused on initiating a harvest season of work habits.”

Wow. Wasn’t that great advice? I have already shared it with multiple people this week in discussions about being frustrated. We all tend to get stuck in wanting our success to happen overnight. We get stuck in the comparison trap and forget how we have been disciplined and making slow but steady progress.

My encouragement for you today is to take some time to celebrate the harvest of good work habits that you have been following. Have you been exercising more regularly? Getting up early to write? Spending more intentional time with your family?

Celebrate that, and know that steady and consistent work habits will always pay off in the end.

Have you ever been frustrated what appeared to be a lack of results? How did you overcome?

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