#090: 3 Crucial Actions To Prepare You For 2014 [Podcast]

What most people do this time of year: run around in a frenzied chaos, and slide into the finish line of the current year battered, bruised, and confused.

Man at chess board

Man at chess boardI have discovered three crucial actions that if, intentionally taken, can quite literally multiply the success and fulfillment you enjoy in 2014. Today, I’ll share with they are and how you can use them.

  •  A favorite productivity app revisited… and why.
  •  Why I love sinners.
  •  And the always award-winning, much much more.

Announcements:

  • I am updating my copywriting course… win free access with your comments between now and Christmas.
  • Seats available for Strategic & Tactical Influence (STI) — dates January 14-16 in Phoenix, AZ.

Conferences where I will be attending and/or speaking:

Tip Of The Week

 

There’s nothing like a little peer pressure to get you to do the right thing. Like exercise, for instance. Listen to the podcast to find out why I’m revisiting a favorite productivity app, with renewed vigor ( the app is Lift.)

Spiritual Foundations

And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.” Luke 7:37-38

I love sinners –  here is why and how.

Feature Segment:  3 Crucial Actions To Prepare You For 2014

There are three actions that, if taken, will dramatically shift the experience you have of 2014. Most to listen to this show will agree with these actions, and proceed to never take them. How about you?

  1. Pause
  2. Ponder
  3. Prepare.

What To Do Now

Grab your calendar and schedule a spot for each of these three. Then, if you wouldn’t mind, report back your experience here.

If you enjoy the podcast, I would consider it a great favor if you subscribe (and leave a review) in iTunes. This helps new people discover the podcast. You can also find the podcast on Stitcher.

Question:    What did you discover when you took time to pause, ponder, and prepare? Click here to leave your comments.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

18 thoughts on “#090: 3 Crucial Actions To Prepare You For 2014 [Podcast]

  1. The three “P’s’ of prosperity, maybe?

    Also, Ray…your Spiritual Foundations reminded me of something I heard a couple months back and I’m still thinking about daily. Nowhere in the Bible are told be isolated from the world, insulated yes…but not isolated.

  2. What did I discover? Well I started a new full time job in ministry a few months ago. That sidelined a lot of my “internet platform business” activities, not due to a change of intention but due to lack of capacity. Nonetheless, I want to develop a prosperous online biz. So from your exercise in this podcast I discovered:

    1) I have to keep myself motivated by listening to podcasts like this and other sources.
    2) Determine to be more aware of what I need to do . Keep working on clarifying the results and outcomes I want to accomplish. Your tip about imagining the end result and reverse engineering the steps to get there is really good.
    3) I have to be ok with imperfection. Be ok with, “not done yet – but there’s a plan for that.” Put into action what I can, when I can.
    4. Work on one major project at a time until it’s finished.

    Thanks Ray. I hope to get a shot at taking your copywriting course.

  3. Ray,

    it’s amazing how you managed to sum ??up the planning process in just three words.

    For me, of these three, the most powerful but also the most underrated is to pause.

    It’s powerful because when I pull the plug, removing the noise of phones, e-mail, tv, papers, books and even family, ideas flow into my mind with ease. Sometimes we consider to pause as waisting time because we always have something to do.

    Even holidays are often intended only as rest for the body, but we continue overfeeding our mind with information without thinking that the mind is the engine of our body and if we stress it, the body also suffers.

    I remember that maybe the most productive year of my life has been when I went to Mozambique for a mission with a Charity. A whole month in a village in the center of Mozambique without TV, phones, newspapers or other distractions. When I came back I had great focus, great energy, I was not only renewed. I was a new me.

    So, to pause for me is essential to find the focus.

    Another essential thing for me is preparing and setting my goals in writing. In the past I have made the mistake of doing it without writing them down. After one month all the goals were confused in my mind, overtaken by new priorities, and none of them accomplished.

    Now, I only make my plans in writing, following the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. method I learned on episode #071 of your podcast and Michael Hyatt’s podcast (episode #6).

    The results are proven.

  4. Ray,

    it’s amazing how you managed to sum ??up the planning process in just three words.

    For me, of these three, the most powerful but also the most underrated is to pause.

    It’s powerful because when I pull the plug, removing the noise of phones, e-mail, tv, papers, books and even family, ideas flow into my mind with ease. Sometimes we consider to pause as waisting time because we always have something to do.

    Even holidays are often intended only as rest for the body, but we continue overfeeding our mind with information without thinking that the mind is the engine of our body and if we stress it, the body also suffers.

    I remember that maybe the most productive year of my life has been when I went to Mozambique for a mission with a Charity. A whole month in a village in the center of Mozambique without TV, phones, newspapers or other distractions. When I came back I had great focus, great energy, I was not only renewed. I was a new me.

    So, to pause for me is essential to find the focus.

    Another essential thing for me is setting my goals in writing. I have made the mistake of doing it without writing them down. After one month all the goals were confused in my mind, overtaken by new priorities, and none of them accomplished.

    Now, I only make my plans in writing, following the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. method I learned on episode #071 of your podcast and Michael Hyatt’s podcast (episode #6).

    The results are proven.

  5. My biggest problem has been hitting the pause button; I go and go and go. One thing that I have learned, especially in this last year, is to take time to ‘re-create’ as you put it. I was raised to believe that burning the candle at both ends is the only way to achieve. Without taking time to step back, regroup and get a new perspective of the tasks at hand, it is so easy to lose focus and find that you are just spinning your wheels and not advancing forward at all. I have worn myself so thin that my heart was literally giving out on me. Now that I have a sizable doctor’s bill that shows me the error of my ways, I make pause an important part of my routine. My, now six year old, daughter has vowed to help me with this…aka, she is going to make me play more, her words not mine.

    • Daughters have a way of doing that! My little girl is 2.5 and asks me to play in her room and leave the computer behind! I love spending time with her, so its easy to put the computer down!

  6. Ray – I love this summary of what I’m calling the “pre-planning” process. When I’ve thought about this, I’ve listed the steps as Notice, Evaluate, and Commit. Somehow, Pause, Ponder, and Prepare sound so much more poetic, and are easier to remember. I appreciate the fact that you put “pause” first. It is the foundation of everything that follows.

    It’s great that we know this, whether we’ve heard it before or it’s the first time. Now we have to DO it. Pause. Ponder. Prepare. And then Plan. As Robert D. Smith says, “Execution is everything.”

  7. Pause has always been the biggest challenge for me, but I have been practicing it this past month and it has made a difference in being more creative. As for the other two steps, I tend to Ponder a lot, but I need to do it with more purpose. The Prepare step is one I am looking forward to, because I know I have everything I need to create the kind of life I want.

  8. Three simple steps to success that are doable for me.

    This year the Lord told me to write three hours a day, but I chose to fill the hours with other interests. I chose passive activities like TV, filling my head with news, watching basketball games, anything to distract me from the business at hand. But you’ve given me here a game plan. I need someone to hold me accountable, but I’ve yet to find that person or persons, and so I’ll continue to pray for the right soul that will keep me on the path. I’d appreciate prayer for this matter. More than anything, I want to heed the call to ‘redeem the time.’

    ~ Blessings

  9. I think one reason Christians avoid sinners is because we are not always strong enough to not get pulled into a time of sin. It is not always an elitist “I think I am better than sinners” mentality. We must be prepared to not be pulled into sin and also not “hide our light” when hanging with sinners. Jesus hung with sinners as a rescue mission of love, we should be spiritually prepared for that.

    • Adam, I think you are making a great point. Until a person reaches that “utter relief of holiness” level, than it is best to be very careful when you get around a particular weakness.

  10. Ray, I agree with you on the 3P’s. I have been using a similar idea for years now. I call it E.P.A.

    Evaluate: Discover the current situation and why it exists.
    Prepare: Make plans to change current situation.
    Achieve: Now go do it!

    I’m in the process of preparing now. My discovery was the following:

    – I give more value than compensation received. I do it with such regularity that I actually am devaluing my gifts.

    So, I plan on doing less, and by doing so creating more value. I will still be generous, but I will control the flow.

  11. As I took time to pause and ponder, I realized that there were a few areas of my life that I wanted to develop in this past year, that I did take action on in the way i would have liked. These are areas that are getting my first attention as I create my written goals for 2014.

  12. The Spiritual Foundations piece reminded of something the Lord showed me recently about forgiving people. God said that just as He forgave me, according to 1 John 2:2 He had already made payment for that person, and I have no right to hold a debt over their head that has already been paid. The case against them has been dismissed. Immediately I was able to let it go and I was free!

  13. Anytime I ask people today “Hey, how ya doin?” – I notice that nine times out of ten the answer comes back, ‘Oh man, I’ve been really busy lately.’ And then it’s usually followed by a long list of tension-filled activity and concerns. It seems that hurry has almost become a new badge of honor or some new measure of significance. Personally, I think hurry is a great sickness today. Its killing the human body, and reducing any chance of hearing from God. Carl Jung wrote ‘Hurry is not of the devil; hurry IS the devil”. To counter this, Jesus often retired to quiet places to rest, pause and pray, and he even dragged his disciples along to show them how to do it. In this regard, I like what John Ortberg says about this: “We must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives”. I want that statement to be a cornerstone for me in 2014. Thats why I want to create a business in 2014 that helps me to support my family and provide a lifestyle of less hurry. I’m reaching out for help and praying that God will help me too. Thanks for your post Ray.

  14. I like this. It’s short, and the alliteration makes it easy to remember.

    Our personal worlds are stuffed with stimulation, and new electronic gadgets make it so darned convenient and cheap to consume video and audio and print that consuming can become an addiction! How do we discipline ourselves to stop listening and reading and watching and DO something to apply the ideas and information that we absorb?

    I will use pause-ponder-prepare for the next month and see how it affects the balance between action and consumption. What will it change? Will I be more purposeful and focused? Will I be happier? Will I be different?

    A human experiment has begun. Stay tuned for more. . .