Whether you are a CEO, entrepreneur of a small business, a 9-5 career person or anything in-between, getting things done and achievement of your best ability is often a daily struggle. Join in our discussion with Mark Green, a strategic advisor and coach, at Performance Dynamics Group, and author of Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done. You will hear us discuss what is holding you back, better understanding motivators and what activators are and how to use them to your advantage. We close the discussion with an important value bomb about living in your comfort zone.
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Book: Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done
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- Kevin: Today we’re going to talk about what’s holding you back and to help you better understand what we call motivators are and what activators are and how to use them for your advantage
- Mark Green is a strategic advisor, a coach at Gravitas Impact Premium Coaches, an author of Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done. He’s driven by a relentless passion to liberate human potential
- Where did you come from and what inspired you to get to where you are today?
- Mark: In middle school and high school, I was always the guy that people talked to; everyone was comfortable talking to me
- I was able to be there for people and listen to them, helping them think a little differently about what it was they were struggling with
- This ultimately planted the seed that sprouted into where I am today (it’s never a straight path to get there)
- I coach CEOs and their executive teams, helping develop them as leaders by helping them figure out how to get out of their own way
- Kevin: This sounds a little bit like the WTR belief of avoiding losses, because if you first fix the problem, things will be better down the road
- What exactly is a motivator?
- Mark: In my book Activators, I’ve identified 3 hidden growth killers (the things that operate below our conscious level that have a profound impact on how we think and therefore the kinds of results that we get)
- Motivators: something that is an impetuous to act (explains every animal behavior)
- Fear: a motivator to move away from/get less of something
- 5 indicators that fear is dominating your thoughts
- A tendency to move away from loss rather than toward gain (“I’m afraid of what’s not going to happen more than I’m willing to go after what I want to have happen”)
- “The flip flop” (a fear behind reconsidering doing something that you initially wanted to do)
- Unreasonable continued sacrifice (tolerating something that you really shouldn’t be tolerating)
- Gut feeling that you’re doing the wrong thing
- Activators to reducing fear
- Slow down so you can disengage a little bit of the emotional content and engage more logic content
- Not “being the most expensive house in your professional neighborhood” (change your neighborhood and engage with people who are at a higher level than you who have already walked the journey that you’re afraid of… will help you move forward and grow)
- You become whatever/whoever you’re interacting with
- You know you’re in the right place when your ego is at risk (humbling)
- Inspiration: a motivator to move toward/get more of something
- We usually weigh a loss twice as heavily as we weigh a gain
- Get level of inspiration to be twice the level as your fear
- Purpose: the why behind what it is we’re trying to do (increases inspiration)
- To increase inspiration, we decrease the logic and increase the emotion (opposite to what we need to do to decrease fear)
- If you have a past negative orientation (bad experience), and you’re presented with a decision today that causes you to remember it, it could cause you to not make an optimal decision today (“I got bitten before so I’ll get bitten again”)
- Activator #7: leverage your past
- You have to reframe your past and essentially re-remember that event and find the positive things that happened in that event (a change in perspective)
- If we’re taking time to fixing our motivators, habits, and beliefs, ultimately nothing happens until we behave/do something/act
- Behavior change tactic examples
- “If, when, then statement”: when this happens, then I will do that (intention)
- 2 ways to change your behavior
- Think your way into being (“If I think about something enough, then overtime I will come to embody those thoughts”)
- It works, but can take a long time and a lot of energy to make it happen overtime
- Be your way into thinking (“Just do it”)
- It might be a little uncomfortable, but if you just do the behavior, then it’ll be a much quicker path to learn it, master it, and become it
- Get the result faster than thinking your way into being
- Being willing to acknowledge that you must be uncomfortable in order to master this
- Kevin: I’m going to ask you for a value bomb. In your experience, what’s something that our WTR listeners could look to avoid and something to do about that?
- Mark: Something that you could avoid is living in your comfort zone (of your financial world, of your peers, of the readings that you do, of your country, etc.)
- If you are interested in connecting with me, you can find me on LinkedIn at Coach Mark Green
- My book can be found at activators.biz
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