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Mastering Work/Life Balance

Dear Friend,

Let’s face it… We’re all busy.

Managing tasks/work along with all the relationships we have is one of the hardest things about being an adult.

There are tons of concepts on “work/life balance” out there. Most say it’s a “time” issue. While learning how to manage time is certainly helpful, I actually think it’s more about mindset.

My friend Jeremie Kubicek (co-founder of GiANT and Leadercast) just released his second video in his free training series called the 5 Gears. It’s all about Work/Life balance…and how to master it.

Click below to watch it:

Video #2: Mastering Work/Life Balance


Tracee J. Swank, Leader
Church Doctor Ministries

P.S. – If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the first video in the series where he actually teaches you the 5 Gears. It’s really powerful and super easy to start implementing right away.

Watch it here now:

Video #1: The 5 Gears System


Here’s what the video is all about:

In video 2, Jeremie teaches 3 brand new tools and relates them to the 5 Gears.

:: Tool 1 – Know Yourself to Lead Yourself ::

The first tool is “Know Yourself to Lead Yourself”. This tool will help people:

  • Become aware of their current reality (knowing yourself)
  • Learn how to change their reality (leading yourself)
  • Address certain actions they take (and the consequences of those actions)
  • Modify the patterns that lead to certain actions and which ones they should change
  • Identify the tendencies that are undermining their influence

:: Tool 2 – The Support/Challenge Matrix ::

The second tool is called the “Support / Challenge Matrix”. It’s all about learning how to lead in a way that helps others feel empowered, come alive, and thrive. It will help people understand your leadership tendency: do you tend to lean towards support? challenge? The best leaders learn how to do both at the appropriate time.

This is one of the most important (and powerful) tools used in leadership. The best type of leader is a “liberating leader”. This is someone who understands how to calibrate both support and challenge appropriately. The problem is that most people have a tendency towards one or the other. Some organizations are full of leaders who bring high challenge, yet offer little to no support. Other organizations have a culture where leaders bring a lot of support and “rah-rah”, but rarely bring any challenge for fear of disturbing relational harmony.

:: Tool 3 – 5 Circles of Influence ::

The final tool is called the 5 Circles of Influence. This is a clear and simple visual representation that helps us distinguish between the “circles of influence” and relationships we have in life. They include:

  1. Self
  2. Family
  3. Team
  4. Organization
  5. Community

Two major learning opportunities from this tool are:

1. Intentional is better than accidental. Most leadership, parenting, and living is accidental.

2. Just because you’re doing well in one circle of influence doesn’t mean you should stop there. The question becomes: what type of leader are you in each circle? How well are you connecting in each circle?

Go watch it now:

Video #2: Mastering Work/Life Balance

A new tool on productivity and connecting well


Jeremie Kubicek (co-founder of GiANT and Leadercast) just released a brand new video training series called “The 5 Gears”. It’s powerful stuff.

He’s worked with thousands of leaders around the world and he has figured out what makes some people influential…and what causes others to lose influence.

In this first video, he’s going to teach you a concept he calls the “5 Gears: How to be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time”. It’s the exact system he uses in his high-level leadership training…and he’s giving it away for free.

Go watch it now before he takes it down:

Best Regards,
Tracee J. Swank, Leader
Church Doctor Ministries

P.S. He’s taught this to thousands of people around the world and has seen massive transformation take place. I think you’ll really like it.

Check it out:


Again, here’s what the video is all about:

In this first training video, Jeremie introduces himself and explains the 5 Gears.

He talks about how every person we’ve ever met wants 2 things: 1) To be successful in their endeavors (even though many define success differently), and 2) to build deep and meaningful relationships with those around them.

In light of that, we all face the tension between work/life balance.

Personal growth and development can be broken down into 3 major areas: 1) Hard Skills or IQ, 2) Self-Awareness, and 3) Relational Connectivity.

When you think back to the person who has had the greatest impact and influence on your life, it was most likely due to their ability to connect and be present with you, not as a result of knowing their Myers-Briggs type or having a high IQ.

Connectivity is important and yet it’s one of the biggest issues facing us as “busy adults”.

Most of our lives, the “training” we undergo focuses on developing our IQ or hard-skills. Think back to primary school, college, and even most training programs inside our organizations. Hard skills are not bad, but with the expansion and availability of Google, YouTube and Wikipedia, information & credentials are no longer enough.

In the new world, establishing and maintaining relationships is the competitive advantage.

That’s exactly what the 5 Gears is aimed at. Learning how to be both “present” and “productive” when there is never enough time.

The 5 Gears is a connectivity tool that uses the analogy of a manual stick shift. Throughout our day, certain times call for different gears. Each gear is important and should be used appropriately. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us only use 2 or 3 gears and we miss out on the value of the others.

5th Gear is Focus Mode. Think of this as “being in the zone”. Time flies by, you’re extremely productive, and a lot of work gets done.

4th Gear is Task Mode. Most of the time this is multi-tasking with emails, phone calls, meetings and small interruptions throughout the day. This is where the majority of people spend their day. Learn to master 4th Gear or it can very easily master you.

3rd Gear is Social Mode. This happens during a birthday party, cookout with friends, or in other large group settings. You talk about common things like the weather and the latest happenings. You don’t go super deep but it is still good conversation.

2nd Gear is Connect Mode. This is when you have a really good conversation with someone and go deeper than you do in 3rd gear. These conversations with friends and family do not involve work.

1st Gear is Recharge Mode. This is all about learning how to rest and recharge, something most of us have trouble doing well.

He also covers Reverse, which is “Responsive Mode”. It’s all about learning how to apologize.

Watch this free video training!