Jonathan believes in a framework of giving love to these parts of your life daily as you need: vitality, connection, and contribution.
Keeping this in mind, Jonathan focuses on giving to these parts through
Meditation and mindfulness practice
Mobilizing work flow and regular exercise
Building his life with the ability to be around family frequently throughout the day
Weekly loving-kindess practices – wishing yourself and five other levels of your social group well.
Meditation and reading
Talking to others from different spiritual practices
Constantly asking “is this truly meaningful to me?” and “Will this give me life and let me be in relationship with people I can’t get enough of?”
[00:21] Welcome to The Ziglar Show, where we inspire your true performance. I’m your host, Kevin Miller, and today, well, I’d normally say we’re going behind the scenes, but with Jonathan Fields of The Good Life Project, he was so authentic and personal in our main interview in show 534, it feels like we were behind the scenes with him the whole time. But in this show we walk through Jonathan’s personal life and the healthy habits he consistently walks out to maintain his…good life. A preview…he’s not a morning person, he puts big emphasis on meditation. He doesn’t miss his morning coffee, he’s not a fan of indoor exercise, his biz partner is his wife and they are nearly always together, he works to keep himself sharp mentally by being physically healthy, his career efforts are wrapped around the question, “Will this opportunity allow me to spend as much time as possible with people I can’t get enough of?” and he loves making stuff and just signed up for a month-long course on guitar building!
[01:37] Connect with all that Jonathan has for you at goodlifeproject.com, or just search for it in iTunes or Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.
[02:29] Here, then, I bring you Jonathan Fields’ habits for success:
[02:38] Jonathan, I mean, you’re a guy who has a message full of daily inconsistent habits for people to put in your book, because you don’t tell them, which was exactly, which we talked about in our last show, that I appreciate greatly that it’s a framework. So, but in your personal and not the framework, the literalness of Jonathan Fields in your daily habits, looking at the seven spokes in the Ziglar Wheel of Life, want to get a behind-the-scenes on you.
[03:20] Physical: So there are a couple different things. One, and I’m going to throw this in, even though it might not be considered directly physical, but I have a daily meditation practice. And, to me, that meditation practice is that you, one of the things that is critical to my physical well-being, because it feeds back into my physical health and my pain, my energy, stuff like that, so I wake up every morning, I wake up with an alarm — just kind of wired that way. I am not a morning person, though. So I wake up early without an alarm, but I am not social. My eyes are actually closed and I find my way out. I grind some fresh coffee beans and put a cup of coffee, pot of coffee on, and then I go and I sit and do twenty-five-minute morning practice. And the details: first 3-5 minutes I actually do a breathing practice, ‘Pranayama,’ and it is actually some of the yoga practices that I used to do and that practice is designed to kind of common sense among my nervous system. It also is tied into heart rate variability. What we know is that breathing, if you truly are breathing, it actually is really strong as a linear relationship with so many internal systems that it’s a tremendous practice. So, start with 3-5 minutes of reading actual sizes and then I do a mindfulness, a state of mindfulness practice for twenty minutes.
[08:28] Family: We’re trying to get in as a family as often as we can, which again goes against the, like we are just talking about. I certainly have a smaller dinner. So we try that actually, and I’m also very beneficial, in that I’ve literally built my life so that I work with my business partner and wife. So we are together 24×7, so to the extent where you know you want to, my daughters like, each of, “We needs to get some friends.” It is like you need to go out, you need to go do something. So I’ve built my life in a way where I’m with my best friend, my lover, my — like the smartest person and the most compassionate person 24/7, and because we work from our — we had an office, and we’ve actually moved it home and our plays are actually all distributed. So we’re home a lot, so my daughter is in and out of home, and so we’re around her on a pretty constant basis, too. So we’ve kind of — other than saying there are specific structures that we’ve created to honor that, we’ve kind of built everyday life around the ability to be around each other on a pretty high-level basis. And I think that’s been my approach, rather than saying, “OK, we’re separated during the day; you knowm I get home late at night, so let’s build specific constructs to make sure our relationship is OK.” You’ve kind of done the opposite approach.
[13:25] Mental: This, so this is kind of funny, right? Because when you asked me about my physical body I refer to mindset practices. And if you ask me about my mental well-being, I am gonna refer to physical practices. And because again, like I don’t distinguish between the two — you know, if my physical body is in pain, then mentally I’m in pain, emotionally I’m in pain; and if I’m stressed and depressed and anxious psychologically, my physical body is going to be in pain. So my approach is just trying to do a little bit every day for each one of those. So mentally I have daily practices where, you know, mindfulness practice is really one thing I do weekly; loving-kindness practice, as well. Where there’s a sequence sort of, offerings that you make where you are wishing yourself well and you’re wishing a sequence of five different sort of like levels of people well, and that’s actually been interestingly researched and shown to elevate your state of mind, your positivity, and cultivate compassion as well. It’s one of the few things that’s been actually shown in research to increase. So that’s something that you, on a weekly basis, in addition to the other practices.
[15:15] Financial: Hire people who are way better at it and pay more attention than they. So I think my fundamental financial practice is outsourcing. I know just my brain, I know it’s important, but I also know my brain doesn’t go there.
[15:51] Spiritual: I think part of that comes out of my meditation and part of that also is a lot of reading. Some sort of constantly reading in different traditions and also part of the way on my living is by sitting down with teachers from, you know, from science, from theologies. So I have this amazing opportunity to actually sit down with people of different spiritual traditions and talk to them.
[17:09] Career: I think I’m constantly asking myself, “Does this matter in the context of anything that is truly meaningful to me?” And that question helps keep me sort of focused. So there’s a bigger question that I sort of stop intentionally asking, but it’s kind of always there as my decision making tool, which is where will this opportunity allow me to spend the greatest amount of time possible, absorbing activities and relationships that fill me up, while being surrounded by people I can’t get enough of, and that’s kind of like the ultimate standard for me.
[18:15] Personal: I love making stuff and more things than when I was a kid, and even through my adult life, but make physical things. I would work with my hands and make stuff; I painted houses, I built houses, whatever it is I would make stuff and I got away from that as I sort of moved into the knowledge.
[19:42] Ok, friends, there are a bunch of guitar lovers out there who are now thinking about building one…including my oldest son. Again, connect with all that Jonathan has for you at goodlifeproject.com, or just search for it in iTunes or Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Coming up next in show 536 we listen to a two-minute clip from Zig Ziglar where he deftly points out how we all understand there are things we can do, right now, to make our lives worse. But what we don’t often conceptualize nearly as much is…there are things we can also do…right now, to make our lives so much better. He tells it in a compelling way, of course. From the message I asked this question, “Your life is what it is today. What is a change you could make, pretty quickly, that you think would improve your life for the better? Any answer is relevant.” We got a great array of answers, from things people espoused were good habits, to people who had specific things they wanted to do to make their lives better…but were struggling to actually do. Tom Ziglar joins me in this show to talk through the comments…it’s a great conversation.