EP46: When to Say Yes to Feel Purposefully Aligned With Don Khouri

When there is so much to do, our brains can have us feeling stuck and blank on what to do next. With the right tools and mindset, we are able to regroup to get back on our True Stride. 

Actions that are truly aligned with our goals keep us purposely productive. In this episode, I chat with Don Khouri about productivity processes and when to say “Yes”, so that we can continue to choose actions that serve us in our journey. 

Don Khouri contributes to the world as a speaker, author, and coach who helps executives and business leaders who aim to increase productivity and profits. While working together, he helps them streamline their activities, eliminate distractions, and make better decisions on which activities to focus. Dr. Khouri has held several key leadership positions at Fidelity Investments during his successful 21-year career, and he holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems.

Besides technology, leadership development lights Don up. He loves building high performance teams. Don shares his knowledge to help you become awesome at being purposely productive. That way, you can prioritize fun, and create a positively memorable journey. What does it feel like to be connected to your Heart Value? What is the process to show up and move more purposely? What actions can you take?

Listen to this conversation with Don to shift from feeling overwhelmed to empowered, and learn the five steps to evaluate “When to Say Yes,” when you have requests on your time.


In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:29] – Don tells us what experience made him appreciate leadership development.

[05:12] – Don questions if we can shift from overwhelmed to empowered and take control of our actions.

[08:10] – When not in the right emotional state, we can make decisions that we don’t want.

[10:21] – We get to choose our emotions. I share the time I lost my internal happiness, and how I shifted those feelings.

[11:59] – Don mentions five simple steps to evaluate requests that take up time. He takes time to explain number three with an example.

[14:01] – A story of Harry Truman gives a useful example of valuing time and developing a team.

[16:14] – Don continues with the five simple steps to evaluate requests that take up time. A huge part of the evaluation is knowing the context of priorities.

[18:52] – Don shares the two reasons why C-level executives delegate and how to master delegation.

[21:17] – Don suggests that people do this today to start their journey to saying “yes.”

[23:36] – I share a story of getting out of the overwhelm of tasks and accomplishing tasks bit by bit.

[25:17] – If you do nothing else, be aware of your mindset.

[27:01] – Thank you for listening!


Memorable Quotes:

  • “Instead of feeling overwhelmed, what if we felt empowered instead?” – Don
  • “We’ve got to get in touch with our feelings first, so that we can then use our logic and use our minds. Then, connect on a different level with where we’re going and what we want to accomplish.” – Mary Tess
  • “Priority is so important when we’re looking at our goals and our actions.” -Don
  • “Be aware of your mindset when you’re evaluating requests for your time.” – Don


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Don Khouri 

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