Season 3 Episode 1: It’s a Journey, Not a Trip

Season 3 Episode 1 of the Thermostat with Jason BargerTrips are isolated experiences. A journey involves a series of trips and experiences where learning and development build upon one another. All the twists and turns in the journey matter. With all that is happening in the world today, sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we’re on a journey, not a trip. We must prepare for the long-haul and take care of each other along the way. How are you preparing yourself and those around you to stay focused on the journey?

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1:03 – Jason welcomes all the listeners to Season 3 Episode 1. A new season and new things happening for the podcast.

4:50 – The difference between a journey and a trip. Jason loves trips, he loves traveling and seeing a new place in time. The reality is that they mean more and have more depth when they aren’t isolated experiences but part of a journey. Stepping back and thinking about how each trip is part of a greater landscape makes it all connected. A journey is longer-lasting, connected to a series of experiences.

6:30 – A journey is about the experience as a whole rather than the individual stops along the way. It helps Jason today to step back and appreciate the bigger picture of his life, his experiences. We are developing, growing, and each experience builds upon another.

7:55 – With all that is happening in the world, we need to remember that we are on a journey not on an isolated trip. This is a marathon that is not a sprint. Many of the teams and organizations in the last few months of the global pandemic starting in March with clarity around mission, vision, and values came out of the gates firing on all cylinders.

9:30 – In times of crisis, leadership is revealed. So many of the organizations responded so well that Jason has been working with as a leadership team and as an organization. They identified new protocols, and focused on the details to make sense every single day of the new information that was coming.

11:00 – The same groups are tired, you can see in their eyes, in their voices, their engagement, that they are tired and rightfully so. So much has happened in the last few months that has been challenging to our minds and lives. It is just now kicking in that we are on a journey and not just a trip. Many believed that by July 4th this would be behind us. Unfortunately, that is obviously not the case. Many teams and leaders and needing to make time to step back and take a breathe to be ready for the next stretch of the trip.

12:47 – Jason talks about his friend, Andy Politz from Columbus has been on many expeditions to climb Mount Everest. Andy told a story that stuck with Jason which he shares. The air on Mount Everest takes 4 breaths to do anything because the air is so thin. It took Andy 4 breaths to just sit up, 4 breaths to tie his shoes. There are times in our lives when we need to take 4 breaths before we take that first step.

14:57 – The best in the world need to take time and space to step back, to breathe. So that they are staying in line to the daily culture that they are creating and are connected to the 6 A’s of leading change. Listen to this podcast now about the 6 A’s of Leading Change.

16:15 – Take time to breathe, to take in what is going on around, and to take a step back so that you will be able to continue on the journey. Be prepared for not just a trip but for a journey. Walk with one another, support one another, and take the 4 breaths to take that step.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. How do you need to catch your breath and refocus your energy?
  2. How do you need to do that with your team?
  3. Are you preparing yourself and others for a journey, or only an isolated trip?
  4. What conversations that are the currency for change are needed in your life and with the team and organization that you work with every single day?

Remember, every journey begins with a single step. We need to create time and space to breathe and then to move forward together.

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A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.