This post is comprised of my notes from Chalene Johnson’s “Being Unstoppable” presentation at Camp Do More (CDM) on June 18, 2013, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. [Note that some of my commentary is in brackets. Chalene took a picture of us standing behind her before she began.]
Do more of the right things. You can do anything, but don’t do everything. Do the things with the most impact. Learn to take action in smaller steps. [This is related to her to-do list practices as discussed in her book, PUSH! Here are the steps to becoming unstoppable:
Step 1 – Know where you’re going. Have you ever been busy all day and then felt like you didn’t get anything done? You need specific targets. Pick one small thing you will do each day.
Step 2 – Tell people you’re on your way. Create accountability by telling people what you’re going to do. Give yourself a fast approaching deadline. [My goal was to make Lifetime with WW a few days after returning home, so while I’m in Vegas I decided that I’m not going to overeat every day, or indulge at every meal. Even though we are working out, you can’t out-train a bad diet. I’m too close to my goal to mess around.]
Step 3 – Identify detours. What distracts you or causes you to procrastinate? Address how you will handle those situations. [For me, it’s too many tabs open, phone, TV, internet, and Facebook. For me to get creative and/or productive, I have to shut out the world.]
Step 4 – There’s more than one way to get there. You don’t need to take control over everything. Consider other ideas about how to arrive at a destination or achieve a result. Chalene’s attitude about the changed logistics for CDM mentioned in the previous post was, “It’s fine. We’ll deal with it.” [That’s an awesome approach. I need practice saying something like this in situations when I want to go off. I tend to be reactive but this allows you to remain calm and assess everything without emotion or rash decision-making.]
Step 5 – Focus on the finish. Our brains can’t process negatives. For instance, if you say, “Don’t think about XXX… your first inclination is to start thinking about it. **Don’t look at what others in your industry are doing. If you’re running and you look beside you or behind you, you get off track and run off course. Run your own race. You don’t know how others get to where they are today, and what sacrifices they are making. Worry about your own life.
This is where your priority statement comes in.
Step 6 – Fill up your tank. Protect your energy. Chalene said she can’t listen to our stories when we meet her because she has empathy and feels us. She’s got to be focused on the content she wants to deliver to us. What things fuel you? Things that fuel your relationship are talking, spending time together, eating together.
In a relationship, one person is better at different things. You may think it’s not fair, e.g., “I’m always the one who has to…” but get over it. Be the hero and don’t demand a reward for what you’ve done. Improve the way you feel about them. Keep trying, be patient, and be persistent. You can’t make another person happy, but people will take action when they feel supported. Let them know you support them.
Step 7 – Technology. Use your phone for your to-do lists. [I use the GTasks app, which syncs with Google Calendar.]
Do things in seasons instead of trying to do everything all at once. Chalene did not do videos and social media much while she worked on her book. Schedule an hour each day to work on a big task.
Step 8 – Adopt a “Right Now” attitude.
Don’t multitask. There will never be a perfect time to stop and do that thing you’ve been meaning to do, so start now.