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This podcast is for real people who want to make changes but don’t know how to start. If you feel like positive change is overwhelming or elusive, or building the life you want seems far away, I will help you create easy and practical steps toward success. If you don’t have time to sift through thousands of hours of podcasts, hundreds of books or centuries of advice, let me do it for you! I will help you start with small steps in categories like productivity, self-help, health, technology or best practices. Each episode of my podcast will be posted in a blog format on my webpage, so you’ll always have the resources and links.

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United States

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This podcast is for real people who want to make changes but don’t know how to start. If you feel like positive change is overwhelming or elusive, or building the life you want seems far away, I will help you create easy and practical steps toward success. If you don’t have time to sift through thousands of hours of podcasts, hundreds of books or centuries of advice, let me do it for you! I will help you start with small steps in categories like productivity, self-help, health, technology or best practices. Each episode of my podcast will be posted in a blog format on my webpage, so you’ll always have the resources and links.

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English

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Episodes

181 - Get out of the Rut of Overthinking

2/26/2024
181 - Get out of the Rut of Overthinking In this episode, we explore the topic of overthinking and how it can negatively impact us. We discuss the book 'Overthinking' by Daniel Michaels, where the author suggests that overthinking is a safety mechanism that helps us make decisions. However, it can often lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. Overthinking can have both mental and physical effects. It can cause us to perceive patterns that do not exist, leading to insomnia and undue stress. This can escalate to the point where we jump to conclusions that may not be true, such as thinking that people dislike us or are against us. I share strategies to break out of this cycle of overthinking, such as identifying and aligning with our values, journaling to get ideas out of our heads, and taking action. Finding hobbies or activities is important to help shift our focus away from stress. We also highlight some cognitive distortions associated with overthinking. Lastly, we emphasize that gratitude can help combat overthinking by fostering a positive outlook. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/51098481 https://startwithsmallsteps.com/181-get-out-of-the-rut-of-overthinking/ Jill’s Links https://abetterlifeinsmallsteps.com https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@startwithsmallstepspodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:23:20

180 - Great Opportunity in the Cave of Fear

2/19/2024
180 - Great Opportunity in the Cave of Fear We wrap up our conversation on Joe Polish's book “What’s in It for Them? Nine Networking Principles to Get What You Want by Helping Others Get What They Want.” and highlight the fact that many jobs, especially in retail, require such an ability. Even if your current job isn't your dream job, getting it right is necessary for growth and finding your ideal role. I stress the importance of bravery in dealing with difficult people and situations. Joseph Campbell talked about our fortune being inside 'the cave of fear,’ a metaphor for challenging situations or difficult people. It is easy to work with nice individuals, but when you can resolve an issue for someone who is challenging, it makes you stand out. I also emphasize the significance of understanding people's preferences, likes, and dislikes. Treating others as they would like to be treated can build stronger, more effective relationships. Be memorable in a positive way. Being memorable doesn't necessarily mean being flashy or showy; it could be about your unique experiences, skills, or problem-solving ability. Meet in person wherever possible and treat every conversation as important. https://geniusnetwork.com https://startwithsmallsteps.com/180-great-opportunity-in-the-cave-of-fear/ Jill’s Links https://abetterlifeinsmallsteps.com https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@startwithsmallstepspodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:15:35

179 - Be Creative to Make A Connection

2/12/2024
179 - Be Creative to Make A Connection In this podcast episode, we discuss how to improve the lives of others by exploring Joe Polish's book, "What's in it for them? Nine networking principles to get what you want by helping others get what they want." I highlight the importance of investing time, attention, money, effort, and energy to foster connections and relationships. It's crucial to adapt our approach to each individual, understanding their unique contexts and needs. Additionally, I emphasize the value of creativity in building relationships and share personal anecdotes to illustrate how "thinking outside the box" can help establish a connection. He stresses the significance of being reliable, the person others can rely on, metaphorically speaking. This means being available and responsive, whether it's dealing with support tickets, emails, or direct conversations. We need to be patient, even with those we don't necessarily like or relate to, and work towards understanding their needs. He also cautions against getting lost in other people's problems, overcommitting, or becoming susceptible to energy vampires. It's vital to maintain balance and protect oneself while being helpful and supportive. I explore the importance of being practical in problem-solving. It's not enough to listen and empathize; we must offer solutions that meet the actual needs of the people we're dealing with. This requires understanding their problems, asking the right questions, and genuinely listening to their responses. Offering solutions should go beyond the standard "guidebook" responses and involve genuinely thoughtful, personalized, and feasible solutions. Find someone they're somewhat distant with and attempt to bridge that gap. By understanding what makes that person tick, they can start to appreciate them more and figure out how to be of genuine help. Take small steps towards making people feel appreciated, even those who might seem a bit unlovable. https://geniusnetwork.com https://startwithsmallsteps.com/179-be-creative-to-make-a-connection/ Jill’s Links https://abetterlifeinsmallsteps.com https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@startwithsmallstepspodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:18:11

178 - Feel Their Pain And Connect

2/5/2024
178 - Feel Their Pain And Connect In this podcast episode, I talk about the book What's in It for Them?: 9 Genius Networking Principles to Get What You Want by Helping Others Get What They Want By Joe Polish. We explore the importance of understanding people's unique circumstances, which the author calls "atmospheric conditions." As a "pain detective", he says we have to investigate what's genuinely causing people to suffer in their job or daily life. This helps provide better support and build stronger connections with them. By reducing their suffering, we can make their lives better and form collaborative relationships. Authenticity is key in all our interactions. People can detect inauthenticity quickly. That's why we should always strive to be genuinely interested in solving people's problems. It's not about using skills to gain something in return. It's about building trust, rapport, and comfort with others. Atmospheric conditions refer to understanding the conditions of someone's life to understand better why they behave the way they do. If someone's going through a tough time at home, it will affect their performance at work. Understanding this can help someone react more appropriately and empathetically towards them, providing better support. In all our relationships, communication is key. We can choose to communicate and resolve issues, connect and form a bond, or avoid the situation altogether. That's why it's crucial to notice if people are leaning in or pulling back, connecting or disconnecting. Ultimately, understanding people better can help us build stronger, more authentic connections. https://geniusnetwork.com https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3854 Jill’s Links https://abetterlifeinsmallsteps.com https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@startwithsmallstepspodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:24:57

177 - Making Weight Loss and Health Easier

1/28/2024
177 - Making Weight Loss and Health Easier In this episode, we’re going to explore the concept of weight loss as described in Driving. Rangan Chatterjee’s book, “Feel Great, Lose Weight.” Driving. Chatterjee’s book focuses on maintaining a healthier lifestyle by improving our habits and emotional responses and by choosing quality food options. One important aspect we discussed is the need to shift away from processed foods and towards single-ingredient options. And let’s not forget the importance of home cooking! We also talked about the significance of fiber in our diet and how it helps us feel full, reducing overeating. Mindful eating was another key concept we discussed, and I suggested drinking a glass of water before meals to help us feel fuller and reduce our portions. He talks about time-restricted eating. It means limiting the hours during which we eat. This is a response to the modern availability of food at all hours, which is not how our bodies historically functioned. Sleep is also a crucial factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and we discussed how it affects our eating habits and the role of caffeine in disturbing our sleep patterns. When it comes to exercise, He suggests seeing it as a way to feel more alive and energized rather than just a way to burn calories. We talked about how moderate exercise, like weightlifting, can help build muscle, which in turn burns more calories. And let’s not forget about fun and non-strenuous forms of exercise, like dancing, playing with pets, or simply being more active in daily life. Finally, we talked about the importance of having a positive self-image and a healthy relationship with food. We shouldn’t use food to solve emotional problems or as a comfort mechanism. Instead, we should find other ways to deal with stress and emotions, such as connecting with people, joining clubs, or doing volunteer work. He concluded with a suggestion to eat until we are 80% full, as our bodies often register fullness only after we have overeaten. https://drchatterjee.com/feel-great-lose-weight/ https://startwithsmallsteps.com/177-making-weight-loss-and-health-easier/ Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:25:26

176 - Simplify Against the Blissy Food

1/22/2024
In this episode, we will explore the weight loss concept, as described in Dr. Rangan Chatterjee's book, "Feel Great, Lose Weight." According to Dr. Chatterjee, losing weight can be challenging not because of personal fault, but due to our environment. Our world is filled with calorie-rich foods and sedentary work, making battling societal norms and pressures tough. Dr. Chatterjee further emphasizes that everyone is unique, which makes the weight loss process even more complicated. What works for one person may not work for another due to differences in body types, lifestyles, and metabolisms. Hence, finding a weight loss routine that suits our needs and circumstances is crucial. He suggests that the goal should not be about conforming to societal standards of beauty, but rather feeling the best we can for ourselves. The book explores the idea of a ‘weight point,' which suggests that our brains have a set point for our body weight. This means that our bodies maintain this set point, no matter how much we diet or exercise. Understanding and adjusting this weight point could be the key to sustainable weight loss. He talks about food that hits our dopamine system which makes it hard to ignore even if we are full. The body, out of ancient systems, craves for us to eat certain things. If we fight against that urge and return our food to one simple food, our dopamine will reset back to normal, and we will lose some of the urge to overeat. We will hear our hunger/full signals again. https://drchatterjee.com/feel-great-lose-weight/ https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3845 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:21:30

175 - Igniting Change in Your Life

1/15/2024
175 - Igniting Change in Your Life I delve into the concept of achieving our goals and creating our best life, drawing inspiration from the book "A Whole New You, Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life" by Bret Blumenthal. I discuss the importance of creating a mission statement, to guide our life's goals. These mission statements can be about work, health, or other aspects of life and should reflect the qualities and characteristics we want to live by and the legacy we want to leave in the world. I then discuss the concept of a vision statement, a visual representation of our goals, like a vision board. The next step in the process is to identify what we want to achieve and map the gap between where we are and where we want to be. This involves assessing our emotional and physical state and imagining what our ideal self would look like and feel like and how it would impact those around us and our activities. Having a flexible mindset during this stage is essential, as it allows us to adapt and find ways to make our goals happen. We should focus on our strengths and accomplishments and bury our past failures, only taking away the lessons we learned from them. Throughout this process, it's important to visualize our goals and recognize that we are the ones in control of our lives. We should create a vision statement or vision board representing our end goal, which could be something as simple as a collage of pictures from the internet. Sharing our goals with others can also be beneficial as they can provide support and encouragement. It's also crucial to break down our goals into small, achievable tasks and to set specific start dates for each task. This way, we can keep track of our progress and stay accountable. Finally, it's crucial to acknowledge and reward ourselves when we progress towards our goals and to hold ourselves accountable. Accountability can be built through various means, such as having a workout partner, hiring a life coach, or even using a habit tracker like Streaks. Understanding how accountability works best for us can greatly increase our chances of achieving our goals. The challenge for you, the listener, is to come up with one small goal, write out a mission statement for it, and create a vision board or vision statement. https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3839 https://www.brettblumenthalstudio.com/brett-blumenthal-books-and-publications Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:19:01

174 - Small Steps to Big Changes

1/8/2024
174 - Small Steps to Big Changes I’m diving deep into the topic of personal transformation with Brett Blumenthal’s book, A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life. We’ll be discussing how incremental changes can lead to significant reinvention and how to recognize when change is needed, whether due to dissatisfaction or a natural transition in life. One of the key takeaways from Blumenthal’s book is the importance of understanding what motivates us. By drilling down with the questions we can uncover the root issue that needs addressing. It’s also essential to distinguish between physical and emotional signs of needed change and to determine whether these issues are situational or ongoing. I find Blumenthal’s emphasis on data to identify change patterns is particularly helpful. By tracking our progress, we can see how far we’ve come and what areas we still need to work on. In the process of self-discovery, it’s crucial to recognize our strengths, weaknesses, and passions. Identifying what we love to do can drive positive change, while understanding our failures can help us learn and grow. Blumenthal emphasizes the importance of forgiveness and letting go of past failures, a point that deeply resonates with all of us. She also advises examining past experiences, like family dynamics or traumatic events, which might contribute to current struggles. Remember, the journey to a brand new you begin with small steps and small changes. So, let’s take those steps together and see where they lead us. https://www.brettblumenthalstudio.com/brett-blumenthal-books-and-publications Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:19:07

173 - Trust, Love, and Rebuilding Society in the 80s

1/1/2024
173 - Night of the Comet Reflections Today, I'll discuss the 80s apocalypse movie "Night of the Comet." In this movie, we follow two sisters, Regina and Samantha, who survive an event that turns most of the population into zombie-like creatures. We'll explore the important apocalypse themes that this movie raises, such as trust, the importance of loved ones, and the need to establish a plan for rebuilding society. I'll be highlighting several lessons that we can learn from it. Firstly, it emphasizes the importance of questioning information and not blindly trusting what others say even when they promise the North Pole (Christmas movie?). People in the movie were misled about the safety of the comet, leading to disastrous consequences. Secondly, the bond between the two sisters emphasizes the importance of finding and supporting loved ones during challenging times through sarcasm and shopping. Thirdly, the movie encourages the search for other survivors, as it brings together individuals who can provide support and companionship, mainly if they are cute boys. We'll also discuss the need for defenses and strategies to protect oneself in a post-apocalyptic world, as seen in the 80s. "Night of the Comet" is a cult classic combining horror, comedy, and 80s nostalgia. I invite you to ponder what rules and principles you would establish if you were to rebuild society after an apocalypse. Even at the end of the world, girls just want to have fuuuuun. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087799/ Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:10:05

172 - Beyond What You Can Prove on 34th Street

12/25/2023
172 - Beyond What You Can Prove on 34th Street In this episode of our podcast, I talk about a movie that always reminds me of the magic of Christmas - "Miracle on 34th Street." The movie tells the story of Macy's store hiring a new Santa Claus, who is a kind and genuine person resembling Santa. As we follow the plot, we see how belief, mistrust, and the power of helping others during the Christmas season shape the story. One of the central characters in the movie is Susan Walker, a young girl who initially doesn't believe in Santa Claus due to her practical-minded mother's influence. But as the movie progresses, Susan's faith in Santa Claus is restored as she witnesses acts of kindness and experiences the magic of Christmas. As the story unfolds, we also see a subplot involving a lawyer, Mr. Galley, who defends Kris Kringle (Santa Claus) in court, risking his own reputation and job. The court case becomes a turning point in the movie, as the post office delivers numerous letters addressed to Santa Claus to the courthouse, validating Kris Kringle's existence. The judge dismissed the case, and Kris Kringle was set free. The movie concludes with a heartwarming scene where Susan's wish for a house is fulfilled, symbolizing the power of belief and the magic of Christmas. Watching this movie always leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful, reminding me of the importance of kindness, compassion, and the power of believing in something greater than what meets the eye. As we approach the holiday season, I encourage all of you to embrace the spirit of Christmas, show kindness to those around you, and have hope for a better tomorrow. Merry Christmas, everyone! https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3820 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_34th_Street Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:12:03

171 - Overcoming Limiting Beliefs with Self Therapy

12/13/2023
171 - Overcoming Limiting Beliefs with Self-Therapy Today, I talk to you about the book How to Be Your Own Therapist by Owen O’Kane and the importance of reprogramming our negative thoughts and challenging the rules we have set for ourselves. You and I are not victims of our thoughts and we have the power to break free from the negative narratives in our minds. By reprogramming ourselves and adopting new, more beneficial rules, we can overcome the limiting beliefs that hold us back. Let’s prioritize our own well-being and engage with life authentically. Taking care of our physical and mental health, engaging in activities that bring us joy and calm, and surrounding ourselves with supportive people are essential for personal growth. I believe in being kind to ourselves and others, as well as prioritizing the needs of others without becoming people-pleasers. Here are some practical strategies that can help us manage negative thoughts. I like to use grounding practices and tapping to distract my mind from negative spirals. By rewiring our reactions and focusing on an action plan, we can address triggers and create healthier habits. Reflecting on lessons learned and practicing gratitude can also contribute to our overall well-being. Let’s take small steps towards self-improvement and be patient with ourselves throughout the process. Remember, setbacks and challenges are a normal part of life, but with perseverance and self-compassion, we can navigate through difficult times and find our way back to a positive path. https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3805 https://www.owenokane.com/the-books/ Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:24:19

170 - The Importance of Self Therapy and Reflection

12/12/2023
170 - The Importance of Self-Therapy and Reflection I discussed the importance of therapy and self-reflection in managing our emotions and improving our lives from the book How to Be Your Own Therapist by Owen O'Kane. Therapy and self-reflection can help us manage our emotions and improve our lives. When someone goes to therapy, they get to bounce ideas off of someone who is objective and can offer a different perspective. It's beneficial in navigating through difficult emotions and experiences. It's particularly interesting how our childhood experiences impact our current emotions and beliefs. Our brains are wired to react quickly to protect us, but sometimes, this reactivity can be overdone, leading to negative emotions and thought patterns. By challenging automatic emotional responses and examining the core beliefs we have developed, we can work towards managing our perfectionism and cultivating kindness towards ourselves. Understanding your core beliefs is key in helping to address and reshape them. Through self-therapy, you can better understand my past experiences and how they influence current thoughts and behaviors. By reflecting on your life story, acknowledging both positive and negative events, and sharing experiences with a supportive listener, you can reframe your perspectives and find hope for the future. Ultimately, while self-therapy can be a valuable tool, you can learn that you are the solution to your problems. It requires a commitment to self-reflection, patience, and a willingness to challenge and change your patterns of thinking and reacting. By taking small steps towards self-understanding and embracing the self-therapy process, you can work towards leading a happier, more fulfilling life. https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3808 https://www.owenokane.com/the-books/ Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:24:54

169 - The Importance of Intentional Rest

12/4/2023
169 - The Importance of Intentional Rest I dive into the concept of rest and how it's often mistaken for laziness. With everything going on in the world right now, it's no wonder that o many of us are feeling exhausted and drained. But don't worry, we've got you covered! We'll be discussing all sorts of ways to find rest and recharge, so that you can tackle your day-to-day responsibilities with renewed energy and focus. First off, let's talk about the most obvious form of rest: sleep! Whether it's taking a nap or hitting the hay early, getting some shut-eye is crucial for our overall well-being. But intentional rest can take on many forms, and what works for one person may not work for another. Different types of rest and how they can be beneficial for different people. For example, have you ever tried guided imagery or meditation? It can be a great way to calm your mind and recharge your batteries. We'll be sharing some personal experiences with creating mental images of peaceful scenes, like walking on a beach or through a rainforest. But rest isn't just about sitting still and doing nothing. Sometimes, it's about engaging in activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. We'll be talking about things like going for a walk in nature, listening to music, spending time with pets, or taking a hot bath – all great ways to relax and recharge. Finding time with friends at either random fun or scheduled events is a fun way to relax. Of course, it's important to remember that rest should refocus and reenergize us, not demotivate us or cause procrastination. We'll be discussing how to find that balance, and encouraging listeners to be mindful of the difference between rest and laziness. Rest should have a purpose and help us tackle our goals with renewed inspiration and motivation. So, if you're feeling burnt out and in need of some rest, tune in to today's episode. We'll be sharing all sorts of tips and tricks for finding rest that works for you. And remember, taking the time to recharge is crucial for your overall well-being and productivity. https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3802 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:22:58

168 - Embracing the Power of Decision-Making

11/27/2023
168 - Embracing the Power of Decision-Making Today, talk about something crucial to achieving success in life: making decisions. Even deciding not to make a decision is still a decision, and it can lead to missed opportunities and a feeling of stagnation. That's why it's better to make wrong decisions and learn from them than remain indecisive and not move forward. Indecision can prevent personal growth, limit advancement, and hinder the pursuit of happiness. I know that decision-making can be tough. It can be difficult to choose between options and fear making the wrong choice. But I've learned that taking action is the key to overcoming indecision. By setting goals, breaking them down into smaller steps, and seeking advice and research, we can make informed decisions that align with our aspirations. And it's important to be kind to ourselves throughout the process and manage stress and anxiety. Making decisions not only shapes our lives but also influences how others perceive us. Being decisive portrays confidence, self-trust, and a sense of direction. And the best part? Decision-making is an ongoing journey. We may face setbacks and rejections, but it's crucial to remain committed to our goals and learn from our experiences. By taking action, we become more confident, productive, and capable of building fulfilling relationships. Remember, having a decision firmly in our grasp starts with taking small steps. https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3780 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:21:37

167 - Taking the Extra Step for Excellence

11/20/2023
167 - Taking the Extra Step for Excellence I talk about the importance of going above and beyond personally and professionally. I share an idea from Napoleon Hill's book to highlight the benefits of going the extra mile and encourage listeners like you to make additional efforts and exceed expectations consistently. In today's society, many individuals only do the bare minimum. However, I believe that additional efforts can positively impact one's reputation and opportunities for growth. By focusing on what a boss dislikes doing and taking on those tasks with excellence, you can become indispensable in the workplace. Going the extra mile is not about working longer hours, but rather about adding an extra touch of quality and care to my work. Going the extra mile extends beyond professional settings and you can find ways to make a difference in your personal relationships by doing small acts of kindness and going above and beyond for others. I believe that serving and helping others can bring positivity and fulfillment to our lives. Overall, we explore the philosophy of going above and beyond in various aspects of life. I hope to inspire you to become the kind of person who consistently exceeds expectations and brings value to others. https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3775 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:16:51

166 - Turning Regrets into Opportunities

11/13/2023
166 - Turning Regrets into Opportunities We explore the topic of regrets and how we can deal with them in a positive and constructive way. One of the key things we discuss is reframing regrets and finding silver linings. Even when things don't go as planned, there are often positive aspects to be acknowledged. The concept of "at least" moments can help us shift our perspective and focus on the good in a situation. Another important strategy is self-compassion. It's so important that we treat ourselves with the same kindness we would offer a friend. The idea of self-distancing can help us analyze our regrets from a third-person perspective and gain better insights for the future. So, how can we use our regrets as catalysts for personal growth and improvement? We discuss the value of failure resumes, which serve as inventories of lessons learned from past mistakes. The importance of matching regrets with resolutions and adopting a journey mindset, viewing life as an adventure with ups and downs. This episode provides you with practical strategies and perspectives to help you navigate and overcome your regrets in a positive and constructive way. Remember, it's okay to make mistakes, and not everything will go perfectly. Let's make peace with our regrets and focus on maximizing our important decisions. https://www.danpink.com/the-power-of-regret/ https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3771 Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:19:02

165 - How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

11/6/2023
165 - How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward In this episode, I delve into the topic of regrets and their impact on our lives. I talk about the book The Power of Regrets, How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, by Daniel H. Pink. He draws on insights from a researcher who conducted a World Regret Survey, which classified regrets into four types: foundation regrets, boldness regrets, moral regrets, and connection regrets. My own regrets and experiences helped shape who I am today. The importance of learning from regrets and using them as a catalyst for future growth. I discuss three different approaches to dealing with feelings: expressing them openly, burying them, or using them for better thinking. I believe that the latter approach can help us make better decisions and understand ourselves better. Furthermore, regrets can add meaning to our lives, contrasting and enriching our experiences. Embrace their regrets as part of their personal stories and use them for growth. There are different types of regrets that people commonly have, such as relationship regrets for women and career regrets for men. Also, there are distinguishing characteristics between regrets of inaction and regrets of action, noting that regrets of inaction tend to resonate more strongly with people as they age. Reflect on how you handle regrets and categorize your regrets to gain a better understanding of their impact. https://www.danpink.com/the-power-of-regret/ https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3766 Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:23:23

164 - Using the Tools of the Creative

10/30/2023
164 - Using the Tools of the Creative Today, we will explore the concept of creativity and how it applies to our everyday lives. I'll be sharing some insights from Adam Savage's book, "Every Tool is a Hammer", as well as my own experiences with podcasting and project management. First up, let's talk about the power of deadlines. As creators, we all have unique ways of expressing ourselves, but sometimes we need a little push to make decisions and move forward. That's where deadlines come in - they can help us prioritize and fine-tune what's truly important in our projects. I'll be sharing some tips on how to set effective deadlines and how they've helped me improve my own work. Next, we'll delve into the world of project management and diagramming. Even if you're not a natural artist, there are plenty of tools and apps available to help you create diagrams and visualize your work. I'll be sharing my own experience with using Visio to diagram a project plan at work, and how it helped us identify a crucial gap in our process. Then, we'll explore the concept of learning by iterations. It's all about understanding that the first few attempts at something may not be perfect, but each attempt gets us closer to perfection. Embrace the journey of creativity, even when it doesn't go as planned. Sometimes, the most joy comes from the unexpected turns in our creative journey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98S4m-uZe9Y https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3759 Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:21:16

163 -Embracing the Maker Mindset and Unleashing Your Creativity

10/23/2023
163 -Embracing the Maker Mindset and Unleashing Your Creativity Today, we talk about the importance of embracing creativity and the mindset of being a maker. Anyone can be a creator, no matter what activity or project they choose. I'll be sharing some ideas from the book Every Tool's a Hammer. Life is What You Make It by Adam Savage and insights about the power of passion and obsession in driving creative pursuits. Additionally, I'll be highlighting the significance of creating detailed lists and organizing tasks to maintain focus and momentum. Are you familiar with the concept of "knolling"? I'll be discussing it and the importance of setting up a workspace or environment that is conducive to creativity and productivity. Collaboration is key, and I'll be stressing the value of seeking help when needed rather than trying to tackle everything independently. I know that challenges may arise during the creative process, but I want to encourage you to persevere and complete projects with attention to detail. In this episode, I want to remind you that everyone has the ability to be a maker in their own unique way. Whether it be through crafting physical objects or engaging in creative pursuits like public speaking or podcasting, there are endless possibilities. So, let's embrace our passions, follow our inspirations, and take small steps towards realizing our creative potential. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98S4m-uZe9Y https://startwithsmallsteps.com/163-embracing-the-maker-mindset-and-unleashing-your-creativity/(opens in a new tab) Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:24:17

162 - Mastering Communication in a Distracted World

10/16/2023
162 - Mastering Communication in a Distracted World We'll dive into the topic of capturing and retaining attention in an increasingly distracted world. As a host, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to maintain focus in various situations. We will review some useful tips and strategies to help you improve your communication skills and hold your audience's attention. One of the key things to keep in mind is that attention must be earned, not bought or stolen. That's why I highly recommend checking out "8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World" by Paul Hellman. This book is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to gain people's attention and make a lasting impact through communication. One of my favorite techniques is using a clear structure in presentations that addresses the audience's questions: why they should listen, what the main topic is, and what action they should take after receiving the information. It's also important to use impactful words and avoid unnecessary details, as saying less can often lead to better understanding and retention of information. By implementing the strategies we've discussed today, you can make a big difference in how you capture and hold your audience's attention. So, take these tips and put them into practice in your own communication sessions. https://expresspotential.com/youve-got-8-seconds/ https://startwithsmallsteps.com/?p=3749 Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@startwithsmallsteps.com

Duration:00:18:28