The Break-Out Strategy

You’ll hear this from coaches a lot.

“What’s our break-out?”

“How do we get the – (whatever sport it is we’re playing) – out of our zone and into theirs?”

The same goes for your career.

Do you have a break-out strategy for taking that next step in your career?

Do you know where you want to go next?

Do you know who you need help from?

Do you know what you need to get there?

It’s not complicated, draw a box on a piece of paper, make 4 squares within it and map it out.

From there draw arrows between the boxes.

Now you have a break-out strategy.

Start thinking Long Term

I wish I had better running endurance today.

I wish I could bench my own weight today.

I wish I had a better wrist shot today.

I wish I had better grammar today.

But I don’t (and many of us don’t either), where we want to be today we are not and that frustrates all of us to no end.

Even if we have put in months and months of effort already.

This isn’t about doubling down and working twice as hard ( but if you need it, that’s good too) it’s about thinking where you want to be tomorrow today.

Simply put – write down where you are today (or record it or something) – put it into a box for 6 months.

Six months from now are you still there?

No.

Rinse and Repeat baby, all day every day.

Stop thinking about the short-term today and start focusing on the long-term tomorrow.

 

How to Start a Podcast

I’ve been doing a Podcast for a few months now and like anything, it isn’t the ongoing execution of the cast that took the most time but the initial “doing” of the cast and getting up to make it happen.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed that goes into creating a cast, don’t, here are some simple steps that we took to get started.

  1. Get a decent Mic.  I purchased this one, very easy to use and easy to take with me.
  2. Download Audacity for audio mixing (seriously, I am not an audio engineer and I was able to figure it out in 10 minutes).
  3. Download some cool intro music.  I went onto iTunes and bought 2 tracks for $.99 a piece.
  4. Get a website – WordPress or LibSyn can get you setup pretty fast and they have all the goodies to make it happen.
  5. Register your Podcast with iTunes and Stitcher.
  6. Start Recording.

That’s it – six steps to having your own Podcast.

I’d be remiss to say that it is 50% easier if you do it with someone, you can both encourage and support each other through the trials of getting it started and it’s always good to have someone to laugh with.

For the actual episodes themselves, we try to do a one-page outline that we keep in front of us so we know what we are talking about and that’s it.

Do a few tests to verify the audio quality, but other than that give’r.  We were in a horrible room for our first few episodes that had some hard echo – that’s life.

The best part about doing a Podcast?  No one sees you sweat when you are recording it.

Give’r.

The Make It Work Project

Are you really open to a New Idea?

Or are you paying lip service.

You know the answer, we all do.

We all the know the moment we stop listening and start hearing the rest of the conversation in the hope that it will eventually finish.

Or that we ask someone to present their idea knowing full well we aren’t going to accept it and have already started to move forward in other areas.

These are sometimes referred to as the “Make Work” Projects – projects meant to keep you busy, invested in  your idea, figuring out what can and can’t work but with the intention that it will never be accepted.

So go for it – take on the “Make Work” project and “Make It Work” – make it happen, figure out the risks, mitigate them and keep moving forward.

That’s for the people driving the idea.

For those that aren’t ready to hear the new idea, that aren’t really ready for change, that’s okay, but be up front about it, there’s nothing to hide from.

Building a Better Mouse Trap

Sometimes, all that is needed is a better MouseTrap – a better way to solve the problem, a modification on the structure, some much needed enhancements, etc, etc.

You don’t need to be an innovator to be a creator, sometimes all you need is a tweak to take something broken and make it better than before, better than anyone imagined, and through that create a better product that will re-invigorate a worn-out market or need that people have long forgotten.

History is littered with examples so don’t worry if you haven’t invented the latest tire that tweets out it’s mileage and alerts you when a nail gets lodged in it sometimes what is really needed is a Better Mouse Trap and not a new one.