How to get more good stuff in your brain

Several years ago I started listening to things other than music when I was working out. Weird, I know. That year was tough, so I needed all the help I could get. My dear friend sent over a podcast and implored me to listen. I’m going to link it here because it will definitely help you. It was so good I started listening to Steven Furtick every week. On one random leg day a guy named Craig Groeschel guest preached for Furtick.

I don’t remember what the topic was, but I promise you it was profound. How do I know? Because I have been listening religiously (pun intended) to Craig Groeschel ever since. For years. In fact, he’s my official lawn mowing sponsor.

That first time, though, I distinctly remember thinking, “How does he keep up at this pace for 45 minutes? That’s incredible.” I mean, the content was so good, his delivery so good, I didn’t understand how he could say it so fast. I mean, he was speaking so fast without messing up!

When I went to turn it off at the end I finally figured it out: I had inadvertently turned him to 1.5 speed. So, he was basically on fast forward! That made me feel better, but slightly less impressed if I’m being honest. 😉 (What does it say about my brain that I think fast is impressive, sigh. Time for self-reflection)

I learned, though, that day, the key to getting content in faster. Put them on 1.5 speed. You see, unlike other times, I was able to start and finish a podcast in one sitting. That was so important because:

  1. Getting good stuff in my brain is necessary.
  2. I could finish podcasts in 1 5k or 1 workout or 1 lawn mowing.
  3. I like to finish things (and that never happens if it gets cut off with 10 minutes left.
  4. My train of thought wasn’t jacked up if I did manage to make it back.

Fast forward a few years and I heard Pastor Groeschel say he listens to books in the same way! Well, isn’t that funny. When he is traveling or working out, he listens to audio books a little faster (1.5) speed so he can get more good stuff in his brain. That’s really important because a lot of us are relying on his stuffed-with-good-things brain to help us weekly and monthly.

So, there you have it. That’s the secret to getting more stuff in: 1.5 speed. It’s simple, but it’s not always obvious. It’s in the bottom left of your podcast window. Where it normally says 1 you can press and either speed it up and slow it down. You can also do this with YouTube videos y’all!

Tell us which books/podcasts you’ve listened to lately! We can all use help getting good stuff in.

PS: Disclaimer: Not everything needs to be on hyperspeed. Be smart y’all.

PPS: My Planning Mastermind starts next month. Check out what’s happening. You’ll notice I have listening to these things tied with another good habit. That makes both more likely to happen. Just like working out with a friend or eating popcorn when you watch a movie. 😉

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