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Mark Podolsky AKA The Land Geek - Issue #355


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December 31 · Issue #355 · View online

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T- Thoughts
“Work on your strengths, not your weaknesses. How many of your New Year’s resolutions have been about fixing a flaw?“  -Jonathan Haidt
2021 is gone like that. Like a blink of an eye. When time is moving this quickly it’s a great habit to look through the year and review what went well, what you could have improved on and reexamine your priorities.
Tim Ferriss has an amazing exercise he discusses that I’m definitely going to try for the first time. Here is what he writes:
I’m often asked about how I approach New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that I no longer approach them at all, even though I did for decades. Why the change? I have found “past year reviews” (PYR) more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions. I did my first PYR after a mentor’s young daughter died of cancer on December 31st, roughly eight years ago, and I’ve done it every year since. It takes 30-60 minutes and looks like this:
1. Grab a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
2. Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week.
3. For each week, jot down on the pad any people or activities or commitments that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month. Put them in their respective columns.
4. Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at your notepad list and ask, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
5. Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in the new year. Get them on the calendar now! Book things with friends and prepay for activities/events/commitments that you know work. It’s not real until it’s in the calendar. That’s step one. Step two is to take your “negative” leaders, put “NOT-TO-DO LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning for the first few weeks of 2022. These are the people and things you *know* make you miserable, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense.
What I love about this approach is it takes all the pressure off of me to take on another task, challenge, big goal etc. I’m already working on my 20 year plan… I’d rather develop better habits, i.e. not checking email as often, or being more consistent with my yoga practice than setting New Year’s resolutions that could be setting me up for failure.
So this year, I’m going to put into my calendar the nouns (people, places and things) that I KNOW bring me joy based on last year’s nouns… I’ll let you know next year how it goes, but my bet is eliminating the activities I didn’t enjoy and adding more of what I know I enjoy is going to be a fantastic and intentional way of planning my year.
I want to thank you for your precious attention this year and wish you and yours a happy healthy prosperous 2022!
"Today marks the end of the last chapter of the year. With the start of the first chapter of the New Year’s book, let’s put the old book on the shelf or even in the lower drawer, and let’s pick up the new one, carry crayons in our hands, and start writing a new colorful story.” -― Nadine Sadaka Boulos
L- Land
This Week on The Art of Passive Income...
On this week’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott welcome Author, Success Coach, Clinical Psychologist, and Emotional Intelligence expert, Sharon Grossman to the show.
Episode Notes
Dr. Sharon Grossman is the author of The 7E Solution to Burnout and an Emotional Intelligence expert. She holds a doctorate degree in Psychology and has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Over the last two decades, she has worked to help improve the health and well-being of high achievers all around the world, who often sacrifice their self-care as a result of work demands.
Dr. Grossman coaches physicians, lawyers, and other professionals in high-stress industries who are struggling with anxiety, overwhelm, and burnout. She has a unique gift for connecting with audiences and ensuring that they walk away with insights and actionable strategies focused on improving Emotional Intelligence and on strengthening time management skills so they can effectively manage work-related stress and live a balanced life. By mindfully implementing Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Grossman believes anyone can overcome adversity, increase resilience, and feel more fulfilled.
Listen in as they discuss:
  • What specifically led Dr. Grossman to create a career and success as a therapist who finds solutions for high achievers who are burnout
  • What are the signs of someone who is burnout
  • Is chronic fatigue a result of burnout
  • What to do manage your mind and resolve the causes of burnout
And, more!
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In This Week's Round Table...
The new year is only a few days away and the Land Geeks are gearing up for an amazing year. Find out on this week’s roundtable podcast episode how they are setting their 2022 goals and what metrics they are using to communicate them to their team.
Episode Notes
Joining Mark this week are:
  • Erik Peterson
  • Scott Bossman
  • Teria Harris
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
Listen in as they go around the table and share with us what their approaches are to setting goals for 2022 and how they are communicating their goals to their team.
Scott Bossman: Read the book The Gap and The Gain by Benjamin Hardy. What it talks about is measuring your progress in life in the gain instead of the gaps. So many of us think about the gap and all of our failures. Well, you need to spin it. Set your goals in relation to where you were compared to where you want to be. When you’re looking for progress in that way, you’re in the gain.
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G -Gratitude
Melissa Callegari, thank you for sharing your success with us!
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