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Sep 26, 2017

This episode originally aired on The Meaningful Way Podcast | Episode 34

Do you occasionally feel like a creature of habit?

Duke University states at least 45% of our everyday behavior is habitual. So what do you do if you’re ready to change your ways and break through with a little more confidence? Michael Bungay Stanier, author of Do More Great Work, says it’s all about pushing a little harder and digging a little deeper-- all while doing less.

Michael’s the Founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less and have more impact, such as teaching time-crunched managers at Fortune 100 companies -- like TD Bank, Kraft, Gartner, and VMware -- to coach in 10 minutes or less. In Michael’s latest book, The Coaching Habit, he shares the seven questions to ask that’ll have the highest influence on those closest to you… and yourself.

In a fast-paced world, learn how slowing things down could be your best kept secret to breaking old habits and making room for the new.

Key Takeaways:

The coaching habit. We all have a tendency to see a problem and want to fix it. We’re wired to leap in, give advice, problem solve, and take control if we need to -- but there’s another way to help those around you, while simultaneously helping yourself and it’s… [9:23].

The on-the-job experience. There are different levels of doing “the job”. Bad work’s when you spend your day wasting time; good work’s when you do only what your job description entails. But great work is filled with value, meaning, and impact. Try this ONE simple thing to “create the great” and identify the impact you want to make on the world… [16:50].

The five secret weapons. Have you ever tried quitting something -- smoking, eating a bad diet, cursing, being late, etc. -- and failed? Sure, having a good support system’s crucial, but that’s just part of it. In building new habits, think “baby steps” and bring out the big guns by focusing on these FIVE essential components… [26:26].

The resistance game. Ever feel like you’re almost confident enough to try to do something new and different -- to step out towards the edge of yourself -- and self-doubt takes over? We’ve all been there! Your mind can play powerful games with your confidence. Get ahead of self-sabotage by trying this… [31:55].

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