As the political debates continue in the U.S., world economic news seems as mixed as ever and jobless rates continue to inch back down in several sectors, talk continues to center on the hope for recovery.

Recover You

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It’s has been a slow and challenging climb out of what most would call the worst recession of my lifetime. And yet, I’ve never felt more hopeful.

I’ve witnessed a shift in the way people are thinking about their business. Some things will not recover, some industries are destined to sunset and some long practiced management habits and behaviors are still being shoved at the next generation of people coming into the workforce.

But mostly I’ve begun to witness a realization in small business owners and entrepreneurs that people matter most. That recovery is as much about recovering a sense of purpose and passion as it is about hiring numbers. And that the first task and most important recovery is internal.

In fact, the first and most important job ahead is recovering your own sense of hopefulness, grace and love.

I plan to spend some amount of time focused on this subject throughout the next year as I’ve grown tired of the negative talk, lifeless energy and downright beat up state of so many small business owners, entrepreneurs and friends I meet as I travel this planet.

And the thing is, this isn’t some soft-hearted notion. This is a highly practical aspect of integrated growth and yet it’s one we so often fail to connect.

For me 2013 is the year of Project Recover You.

I’m not a big fan of goals. I know lots of people use goal setting as a tool to drive them to the next milestone, but it’s always worked the other way for me. As soon as I set some highly specific goal, it seems the world begins to conspire against its achievement.

For me, the secret to growth and change is locked in habits and behaviors. As soon I can change a habit or behavior that is holding me back I can make effortless progress towards an end.

So, in my mind, project recover you starts with identifying and addressing habits and behaviors that are holding you back and replacing them with habits and behaviors that foster growth.

The list of positive behavior replacements that I plan to discuss reads like a list of what people already know they should do, but the problem with a “should list” is that it’s pretty much a “I have no intention of actually doing” list.

Until these items show up on your must do list they will act as reminders of fear, regret and self-doubt. Don’t you think it’s time to let that trio go?

I know this is starting to get a bit heavy and preachy, but that’s not the intent here at all. I believe so much in the power of owning and running a business as the most incredible way to make a rich and fulfilling life.

But I also believe that it takes consistent intention, attention and work to stay focused on building the best you in the process.

So, join me in this little recovery mission, help me learn about and develop even better habits and behaviors and let’s spread the word on this ultimate inside job.

Please follow this thread, share your thoughts and let me know if you think this positive message is a mission worth pursuing.

Project Recover You will dive into the following topics as they relate to the work of building a business inside of a life:

How to recover your:

  • Thoughts – the internal dialogue is probably the strongest adviser, for good or bad, and the strongest advocate of both change and growth and fear and resistance.
  • Breath – breathing is perhaps the most mindless of all human behaviors and an intentional practice of mindful breathing is perhaps one of the most powerful tools you can employ
  • Energy – Mind, body, and thought come together in what we eat and food for the entrepreneur is fuel. Plain and simple, there’s good fuel and not so good fuel.
  • Strength – Work is physically demanding and movement returns energy. Yes I’m talking about exercise and getting outside
  • Silence – Business is noisy, even if you’re in it alone. Planned solitude, silence and reflection are required to return to your true intentions
  • Play – The eighty-hour plugged in work week is robbing us of the ability to appreciate, relax and enjoy each other – let’s fix that
  • Purpose – Love is purpose. What if more of our actions were inspired by love? I think that would be pretty incredible place

So, that’s the really loose road map. Want to join Project Recover You? Just share your thoughts below and let’s start this together.

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John Jantsch

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network.
  • Thank you John.

    Inspiring message.
    My approach to 2013? Change one habit each month.
    I know if I wake up each day on purpose and conscious, the goals fall into place.


    • Thanks Walt – if you care to share would love to hear some of the habits you are changing – I know that can be personal, so only asking to help give others a sense of the depth of this approach.

      • John,

        First two habits;

        1. Begin each morning with yoga and meditation.
        2. Scheduled writing time every morning from 6-8 AM (before checking email, any social media, any voice mails)

        First, get my body, mind, and spirit on purpose.
        Next, DO my purpose.

        Oh yeah, to clarify, when I say writing, I mean WRITING. Not research and getting ready to write. Not editing and cleaning up what I wrote. Writing meaning creating something new, fresh, and hopefully valuable to someone.

  • John, I like your idea of Project Recover

    I too am done with negativity. I am
    surrounding myself with positive thinking business people.

    I have found that if I set a list of
    attainable, realistic goals with a date, I can stay focused.

    I use a goal setting plan mapped out
    over a 12 month period.

    1. 90 day, 6 month 1 year plan.

    2. I write them down
    3. I post on my wall so I have to
    look at them every day.
    4. I cross them off when they are
    5. Every 90 days, I reassess the
    6. Start over with Step 1

    It is real simple and worst case scenario, I am only 90 days

    Sometimes I get my 6 month, 12 month goals finished before my 90
    day goals.

    • Thanks Michael – love the resetting every 90 days, so easy to look up and find a year is gone.

  • This was such an inspiring and practical post. I spent most of 2012 traveling the world. It was my year to Recover Me and I didn’t realize it until I was alone in South after months of traveling. The solitude, the silence and being disconnected allowed me to regain the ability to have a dialogue with myself and examine my feelings and thoughts beyond the minor considerations that I used to give them on a daily basis (an unexamined life is bliss). Now I am back to what some call “the real world”. I have a great job, moved to Miami and I am starting a new life but my current challenge is learning how to keep this ability of internal dialogue and live a life in line with the 7 principles you outlined for recovery and maintenance of your self. This post helped remind me of the things I must do to achieve this.

    • Thanks Yianni – love your story – my plan is to dig deeply a time or two into each of those principles/habits over the next few months. I hope you’ll continue to share.

  • Jenny Pratt

    “the problem with a “should list” is that it’s pretty much a “I have no intention of actually doing” list.” …LOVE that concept. The idea of turning a should do list into an “I actually got it done” list would be SO liberating. I always wonder if it’s fear of success or just plain laziness that prevents me from doing what I say I want to do. Maybe it’s something else entirely.

    Thanks for starting this conversation. Looking forward to being a part of the conversation over the next 15 months!

  • OBVAVirtualAssistant

    This post is
    packed with advice! Aims for next year 2013? Lots to look forward to and lots
    to do. With correct planning and timings hopefully all goals will be achieved.
    Few definitely will lag back put to have the inspiration and keep up the
    motivation is what all works magic. This is post is like looking into your
    bright future with so many positive prospects.

  • Absolutely. I agree with your post here. This is great to use on a personal level and a business level.

  • Jody Hollis

    What a fantastic concept. It is time to end the doom and gloom. Look forward to following this thread.

  • John, a great message and objective. After all of the vitriol from the elections, I look forward to a period of calm and appreciation of what we have developed. We conquered the recession and we should enjoy the recovery and coming period of expansion.

  • Bob Gaynor

    John: I have started working on the things I need to do now to make next year a better year, so your post arrived at just the right time. It will be good to receive some guidance and maybe feedback from others following the same path.

  • edworthington

    Hi John. It’ really good to see another side of your writing, especially this kind of strategic self improvement writing. In your post you said “I know this is starting to get a bit heavy and preachy, but that’s not the intent here at all.” I dont think you were heavy or preachy at all. Matter of fact I believe that we all (especially me) need to be reminded that we can make calm, subtle changes in our life that will make BIG impact. Thanks again.for a fantastic post.