Are You in the Right Place?

I just moved to Chattanooga TN a year ago, mainly due to some advice from my friend Dan Miller. It’s not been easy. As a matter of fact, many aspects of it have been pretty hard because we had no family or support system where we moved. But still, it’s worth it.

I feel I have to ask, are you in the right place for your calling?

Where you do what you do matters

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Check out Dan Miller. Scroll down and you’ll find a link to him.

My July 2016 Reading List

I’m an avid reader, and I think it would be cool if you were too. Because I’d love to interest you in what’s out there, I’ll start posting the books I read in the previous month. Depending on what I’ve been involved in and, of course, the book itself, the number of books will vary.

The Innocent by David Baldacci. I love reading mysteries by audio when I’m travelling. My 11yo son and I listened to this one on a two week road trip to a speaking engagement in CT. It’s a great book. I only had to fast forward one section that I thought he was too young for.

The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier. This one came highly recommended from my good friend Kent Julian. One of the best books I’ve ever read on branding.

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. I thought the Disney movies were cute and funny, but they don’t hold a candle to the true story they came from. In this case, truth is so much more spectacular than fiction.

Fighting Fit by Col. David Ben-Asher. This is a martial arts book about Israeli defense forces training. It’s a great book about basic self-defense training.

That’s it for this month.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at  www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Are You a Weird but Harmless Animal?

I saw this in a comic book and couldn’t help but establish some correlation to my own life.

Zoo of Weird But Harmless Animals

I don’t fit into many traditional molds. I don’t look like a typical ‘whatever’ in the role I’m filling at any given time, be it dad, speaker, or coach. But that’s okay. That’s who I am. That’s what makes me, well…me.

I’m a weird but harmless animal.

I hope you are too.

Don’t ever be normal.

Be you.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at  www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Creating a Countdown Clock to…

Chris Guillebeau, world famous traveler, best selling author, and guy I’ve met (yeah, I’m totally name-dropping here) posted recently about creating countdown clocks to foster a sense of urgency and awareness for a goal.

I really liked the idea. You can read his blog HERE. It also has a cool story about Chris’s dad.

Oh, I’m not just name-dropping. Here’s a picture of me and Chris together. I guess that means I’m picture-dropping too.

Chris Guillebeau

Right now, my family is living in an apartment in Chattanooga TN. It’s a tiny three bedroom apartment that has me, my wife, four kids in it. Not only that, but we homeschool there, and I also have a home office. We’re just here until we find an area of town where we want to buy land and build a house once we save up some money. There are some perks like a pool and other kids for mine to play with, but I really hate apartment living.

So, I created a countdown calendar for our time to escape this place for a better one (ooh, that sounds ominous). That’s my calendar below. It’s tacked on the wall right beside the main door. You can’t miss it, and that’s the point.

Apartment Countdown Calendar

If you have something you’re planning, dreaming about, or just want to get done, then a countdown calendar might work for you. You can create a big physical one like mine, get a digital app one for your phone or computer, or even get really uber fancy with a crafty one. Either way, no matter what you do, give it a try and see if it helps. Check out the links below for places to find different countdown clocks.

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Countdown clock embedded in your website

Countdown app for your phone

Countdown clock for Word

Fancy crafty countdown calendars

Chris Guillebeau’s Countdown Clock post

Chris Guillebeau’s latest book Born for This

Born for Adventure or Developing It?

Some of us are born for adventure, with a wanderlust that can’t ever be completely quenched. I got that from my grandpa.

Lizzy Caplan was born with it. On the show Masters of Sex the directors wondered if she could pull off a 1950’s period piece. She went for it.

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If you’re not born with it, no worries, you can develop it.

Look for little adventures each and every day. You’ll soon realize the power and joy in life that comes from a life of constant curiosity.

What will you look for today?

Coffee in a new place?

A new item on the lunch menu?

Twenty jumping jacks before lunch?

What will it be?

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Watch Lizzy Caplan in a modern piece Now You See Me and a period piece Masters of Sex. Hint…she’s great in both!

Here’s a book chock full of tips for adventuring with coffee

Is Your Team Anything Like the Star Wars Crew?

Aside from the obvious enjoyment of interstellar travel and light saber duels, the Star Wars movies offer a great many lessons in other areas. Because team building is a primary focus of my speaking, I would like to point out a few lessons from Han Solo and others as they relate to teams.

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  • Small teams can accomplish great things. Rebel Alliance- 2, Death Stars- 0.
  • Every team needs an Obi-Wan Kenobi to serve as the gatherer to bring members together. This person may or may not be the team leader. It just depends.
  • The goals are sometimes more important than the team itself. Sometimes people, products, or processes are sacrificed to reach the goal. Luke Skywalker’s arm is never gonna grow back.
  • Sometimes teams need to come together for a season and then disband when the job is done. The main crew in Star Wars is constantly evolving.
  • Teams don’t always have to get along perfectly to work. Just think about all the constant infighting among the Star Wars crew.

There are so many more lessons to learn. If you want to see all of these principles in play and realize your own, have your team sit down and watch a few or all of the movies and analyze them in terms of team building.

I hope this helps you and your team. If you would like to delve deeper into team building, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Buy the original Star Wars trilogy and watch it as a team

Quit Making Dumb Goals. Make them S-M-A-R-T.

I teach a lot on goal-setting at various conferences and with my coaching clients. Depending on my time with them, I may delve deeper into other related issues, but a core piece of my goal-setting process is the SMART method.

The SMART method is pretty easy and simple to remember. It’s one of the reasons I use it. It stands for…

S- Specific

M- Measurable

A- Achievable

R- Results Based

T- Time Oriented

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Here’s an example from my own life…

At the beginning of the year I weighed 243 lbs. My goal for the end of the year is to weigh in as a light heavyweight at 206 lbs or less. That means a loss of 37 lbs for the year, 3.08 lbs per month, or 0.71 lbs per week. Now this is a SMART goal.

Specific– Weigh in at the end of the year at 206 pounds or less.

Measurable– I can look at the scales and see if I’m on track or not.

Achievable– 0.71 pounds per week is very achievable and healthy. Something crazy like 5 pounds per week would be unhealthy.

Results Based– The entire goal is based on my weight results.

Time Oriented– Get it done by the end of January 31. Maybe if I do better than expected I can eat more junk on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of the year and meeting my goal.

As of my weigh-in on Monday I’ve lost 5 lbs in 7 weeks, which is 0.71 lbs per week, give or take 15 or more decimal places. I’m right on schedule so far. This is even better than you think because I started my new lifestyle change halfway into January. I’m still going to stick with the beginning of the year as my start date though.

That’s it. I’m doing great on my plan, have set a great set of goals, and I’m well on my way to success. I want you to do the same. I recommend starting small, like this…

  1. Take something you consider a goal or a dream. It could be better fitness, a cruise vacation, or anything that sits unaccomplished.
  2. Grab a piece of paper and write that goal at the top.
  3. Go through the SMART method with your goal. Do not skip any steps. If it doesn’t fit SMART, then you may need to change the goal so that it does.
  4. Now complete it.

I hope this plan helps you. If you would like to delve deeper into goal-setting, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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My fave goal-setting book by Brian Tracy

Disclaimer- I didn’t invent the SMART method. I first heard it taught in college. The method was first presented by George T. Doran in a 1981 issue of Management Review.