Episode 25 - A Lifestyle of Winning

February 15, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. In this episode, Kayvon and Dai talk about the continuous battle we have in sticking to our goals. We set goals—like taking care of our health, for instance—and all too soon, we cave and have a doughnut or postpone that next workout for another day. So how can we set the habits that lead us in the right direction? Kayvon and Dai discuss the do’s and the don’ts for how to follow your goals to success and use their own personal goals as an example.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast
  • 00:50 – Kayvon and Dai talk about the hockey game they went to the night before
    • 01:21 – Kayvon missed the goal because he went to the restroom
  • 02:30 – Dai shares how he had ideas for future episodes when they were at the game
    • 03:07 – Dai talks about his six cities, Canadian tour
    • 03:48 – Dai shares the importance of prioritizing our health
  • 04:38 – Dai welcomes listeners and explains what they can expect from the podcasts
  • 05:30 – Kayvon shares how priorities can change when life happens
  • 06:11 – Kayvon refers to the book The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth, that discusses how to apply “design thinking” to your personal life; stop wishing and start doing
  • 07:06 – “Most of the time we are coming up with reasons, because we think we should appear reasonable”
  • 07:48 – Kayvon asks people to answer the question, “Who are the three people they really admire?”
    • 08:22 – Dai answers Steve Jobs, Simon Sinek, and his wife, Christie
    • 09:09 – Are what these people do, in order to be admired, considered reasonable?
  • 10:25 – “Our priorities are our priorities, everything else comes secondary”
  • 11:17 – It is OKAY to be unreasonable
  • 11:58 – Kayvon shares about his goal to be healthy and how he is currently training in Crossfit
    • 12:15 – It might seem unreasonable for others that he spends 3 hours in the gym, but it is his priority
  • 12:50 – Dai shares that it’d be easier to not do things
  • 14:30 – Maintaining health is more critical, especially when travelling
  • 15:05 – It is important to pay attention to the emotional connection of feeling great after working out
  • 15:43 – “Do not rely on your will power”
  • 16:21 – Kayvon’s 1st piece of advice is to stick to a routine and commit yourself to that
  • 16:39 – When you travel, you do not have access to the food you have at home
  • 16:58 – If you made a commitment to yourself that you are not eating sugar, you should commit to that even when you are travelling
  • 17:52 – Sometimes the commitment is about exercising and you can start by taking small steps
  • 19:15 – Turn your commitments into doable, small steps and you may eventually do what you intended in the first place
  • 20:01 – Those are the little victories and winning is contagious
  • 20:24 – Making a daily to-do list and remind yourself about your goals
  • 21:00 – Kayvon completely covers the item on his list with his pen, expressing his total dominance over the task
  • 21:50 – Start small in your goals like adding whole, unprocessed food to your diet
  • 22:45 – The Japanese have “kaizen” which means continuous improvement
  • 23:35 – Constant improvement of 1% adds up at the end of the year
  • 23:55 – Dai mentions how his friend, Jeff Keith, sets up realistic milestones for his team and engages in constant communication with them
  • 24:37 – “How can I create an opportunity to win for myself”
  • 25:15 – Kayvon’s 2nd piece of advice is have a structure and prepare yourself for the things that might happen in order to stick to your goal
  • 26:10 – Kayvon’s 3rd tip is have a community or a support group
  • 27:33 – Dai talks about the tribe he created
    • 27:55 – A member of the tribe shared about her daughter having negative feelings about exercise, but the parents still did the workouts and she eventually joined them
  • 29:21 – What we do for ourselves has an impact on the people around us
  • 29:30 – Dai uses social media to inspire, motivate, and instill confidence
  • 30:20 – “In helping ourselves, we can help others”
  • 31:40 – “If you want to change the people around you, change the people around you”
  • 32:00 – Kayvon and Dai would appreciate feedback and your reviews

3 Key Points:

  1. It is important to prioritize your health and stick to that goal.
  2. Create a routine and commit to it—this is better than relying on willpower to achieve your goals.
  3. Take small measurable steps in achieving your goals—each victory will fuel the next.
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