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You’ve Had It All This Time

I’ve been doing some reflection this past week asking myself this question: “Where is Sunday Morning Joe going?”

Over the past 9 months, I have been blown away by the proliferation of readers, shares, and replies. I am so grateful for your support. Hitting the send button every Sunday still scares me — a high bar for critical evaluation, more challenge, and a widened perspective.

But the opportunity to serve you is what fuels me to hit the send button. And every week, something of value is returned back to me:

I challenge you to do better = you challenge me to do better.

In the simplest of terms, this is about helping you in your pursuit of happiness, abundance, courage, performance, freedom, and gratitude.

Ultimately, the tipping point here is the difference between a nice set of words every Sunday vs. taking small actions every day that will lead to profound change.

Too often, we only see a giant gap between where we are and where we want to be. Our brain doesn’t like this gap. Our motivation doesn’t like this gap. Our comfortable self doesn’t like this gap.

The bigger the gap appears to be, the less likely we are to take action. We’ll never get there, right?

So, how can we fuel ourselves to take small actions every day in the pursuit of happiness, abundance, courage, performance, freedom, and gratitude?

Here’s what puts energy in my tank. Please feel free to use these:

Morning Routine: Every morning, carve out time to exercise key parts of health — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. A daily routine each morning maximizes your best energy, clarity, and attention of the day. I created and use my “Small Steps Daily Practice” (which I teach in my 5 With Joeprogram) but you can create your own. Start small and incrementally increase. But more importantly, just start. Every morning.

Practice an activity in which you find flow: Whether it’s art, reading, sport, or even a household chore, perform an activity in which you become deeply absorbed without a sense of time.

Do work that excites you: Pursue work about which you are excited to tell your friends and family when you come home at the end of the day. If you’re not there yet, it’s never too late to launch a plan that puts you on this path.

Always be learning: The proliferation of online courses, e-books, podcasts, and videos revolutionizes what we CAN learn and from WHOM we learn. The premiere leaders in every field are available to us within seconds 24/7.
Experiences instead of stuff: Pursue more awakening moments that promote action, boundary expansion, and pure aliveness. Much more on this coming next week.

Be more grateful: This is the fuel that brings you back to these steps againtomorrow. And the next day. And the next…

When in doubt, serve others: Who can you help today? Right now. Go.

Shift your focus away from what you don’t have. Build upon what’s already with you all of the time. In small steps. Every day.

As America’s first ever Olympic Gold Medalist in Whitewater Canoe Slalom, Joe promotes strategies and shares stories for living and performing at your best, doing the work that matters and engaging with purpose. His platforms include performance coaching and consulting, professional speaking, broadcasting and his weekly newsletter, “Sunday Morning Joe.”