Run Toward the Roar

Run Toward
the Roar

Episode 27


the subtelty of drift

February 29, 2024

the subtlety of drift

In this episode of Run Toward the Roar, John Robertson explores the silent but pervasive issue of drifting in both personal life and leadership roles.

John begins the conversation by emphasizing how recognizing and addressing our own personal needs is not just a matter of self-care but a critical step towards growth and development.

He underlines the creation of a new norm, guiding listeners towards establishing long-term values that stand strong against life’s pressing urgencies. This segment is a clarion call to mindful living and definitive action that undercuts aimless drift.

The peril of drifting is likened to sailing unanchored, where neglect leads to a lack of effort, energy, and guidance in life’s vast waters.

An insightful point brought into focus is the concept of Continuous Partial Attention (CPA), a modern-day predicament where we find ourselves in a never-ending state of crisis management, consequentially sidestepping essential tasks and values.

The episode drives home how drifting can leave us failing to honor our truths, and void of common sense, taking listeners through the warning signs and outcomes of letting life’s current pull us without resistance.

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What to expect in this episode:

00:00 Grateful for ongoing conversation, focusing on challenges.
04:12 Man offers to return check, later regrets.
06:26 Key takeaway: Embrace change and take decisive action.
10:56 Business success through pruning, altruism in crisis.
15:36 Drifting away from long term values and relationships.
19:10 Continuous partial attention hinders focus and truth.
22:26 Neglecting basic truths leads to negative consequences.
25:31 Practice and reinforcement lead to growth.
27:44 Financial challenges, neglected books, overburdened with responsibilities.
32:31 Empowerment, action, community, and podcast growth.

About John Robertson

John Robertson is one of the leading Coaches, Consultants, and Speakers that Leaders in the workplace look to “when things start to feel like they’re falling apart” due to issues with their staff, support systems, and company “ethos” (character and habit driven behaviors that either make or break an organization during times of crisis). Find out more about his THRIVE-based Books, Training, and Resources here.

Driven by a “recognition of others’ strengths” and a deep-seated faith in their ability to find their way through even the most challenging of times— John creates an intensely inspiring environment for recovery, optimization, and triumph.

With over 30 years of experience leading large groups through his involvement in the church alongside shepherding public-service organizations (such as Townships, Firefighters, Police, and First Responders) through their own points of crisis and transition, John is counted on time and time again as “the steady voice of reason during even the most challenging of storms”.

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About the book

If you would like to follow along in an easy format please go to Amazon and purchase a copy of the book Run Toward The Roar: Transforming Crisis and Change into the Opportunity to Thrive, as that is the theme that we will be building on.

If you’re willing to please send me an e-mail, I would like to send you chapter one of the discovery guide so that I can encourage you in the thinking of this journey.

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