Jon Gordon helps leaders stay positive, and realized most people spend their entire lives dealing with what he calls the “5 D’s”—Doubt, Distortion, Discouragement, Distraction and Division.
Jon explains how each works, how to combat them, and how business and faith leaders need a message of hope that began in the Garden of Eden.
Welcome to Episode 376 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About segment, Carey talks about the game we all play in our heads about who our competition is.
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INSIGHTS FROM JON
1. If your people are Zoomed out, you might need to be more interactive
Both Carey and Jon are hearing from a lot of leaders that their people are getting “Zoomed out.” Jon has found a way to make his Zoom coaching calls with hundreds of people engaging and interactive. So, how does he do it?
Rather than giving an hour-long monologue, Jon finds a way to involve his audience throughout the session. Through Zoom, his team deploys polls, pushes the audience into smaller groups and even does a live Q&A where the audience asks their questions on video.
When Jon sets his training up in this way, his people are much less “Zoomed out” afterwards.
2. Many people don’t realize they are in a battle right now, and that’s why they’re losing
Most people don’t even realize they are fighting a battle every day in life. In his new book, The Garden, Jon helps people see that the negativity, stress and anxiety we all are feeling is the result of a battle raging for our souls. And, if we want to win the battle against stress and anxiety, we need to see the 5 D’s:
When you are able to identify these 5 tactics, you can start to win the war against stress and anxiety.
3. If you struggle to stay motivated, change your thinking
A lot of leadership is the battle won inside your mind. During the interview, Jon talked about how optimists are statistically more successful than pessimists, and that encouragement and positivity always go further than discouragement and negativity. If you want to succeed, you have to be able to tell yourself that brighter days are ahead.
The same thing happens with motivation. Zig Ziglar made a great point when he was told, “Zig, motivation doesn’t last.” He responded, “Neither does bathing. That’s why you have to do it every day.” Jon agrees and points out that before you can feed the people you lead, you have to feed your own motivation first.
Quotes from Episode 376
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Next Episode: Todd Wilson
Todd Wilson, President of Exponential, talks about the future of church growth, why trying to get people back into buildings might be an old church planting strategy and the future of innovative church planting. Plus, Todd talks in-depth about how church funding models can adversely impact real innovation in church planting.
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