Jonah Larkin

Tactical Friday: How Impact Overrides Willpower with Jonah Larkin

“Getting clear, getting intentional, knowing what you’re doing… It can change your whole day. And small actions lead to huge results over time.” – Jonah Larkin

In this episode of Tactical Friday, I welcome Jonah Larkin back to tackle morning rhythms and target sustainability by focusing on impactfulness instead of the need for willpower. He emphasizes the need for preparation and eliminating barriers for smoother execution.

[00:01 – 00:42] Opening Segment

  • If you have a platform and you want to create content that DELIVERS, go over to!
  • For the first part of my interview with Jonah, tune in to last Monday’s episode 

[00:43 – 13:23] How Can We Sustain Building Better Habits?

  • The seven-day challenge
  • Show yourself what it’s like to succeed.
  • Understanding the impact means eliminating the need for willpower.
  • In creating sustainable long-term habits, do not bite off more than you can chew.
  • Linking behaviors and eliminating barriers
  • Visualize it in your mind
  • There is no more excuse. The key is to be prepared.
  • Changing your whole day
  • Small actions lead to big results over time.
  • Make your environment conducive to building better habits.

[13:24 – 15:36] Closing Segment  

  • Connect with Jonah (links below) 
  • Visit his website, Linkedin, and more! 
  • Closing words 

Key Quotes: 

“You have to show yourself what it’s like when you succeed and how impactful having that morning rhythm or routine can be. Because that is the key, once you see how impactful it is, then you don’t need the willpower anymore.” – Jonah Larkin

“For people to create sustainable long-term habits… The biggest mistake that I see people make over and over is that people try to bite off more than they can chew… That is a setup for failure, right? And so we need to start really, really small.” – Jonah Larkin

Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help with Jonah Larkin

“Asking for feedback and asking for help, if you can do that, man, the sky’s the limit.” – Jonah Larkin

In today’s episode, Jonah Larkin tackles the mental framework behind manhood and how it affects our lives both personally and professionally. He lays out the points to recognize and emphasizes the importance of asking for help on the way to reaching our fullest potential.

Joining us today is Jonah Larkin. After selling his company in 2005, Jonah found himself completely burned out, physically, mentally, and spiritually. This led him on a 10-year adventure of self-discovery. Besides traveling, Jonah dove deep into meditation attending multiple month-long retreats sitting for 10 + hours per day. Now he helps founders, executives and those in the helping professions create higher levels of self-mastery.

[00:01 – 05:59] Opening Segment

  • If you have a platform and you want to create content that DELIVERS, go over to!
  • Jonah’s 10-year adventure of self-discovery
  • Starting your day connected with oneself
  • Harnessing the power of nature and meditation
  • Understanding how the world works and man’s place in the world

[06:00 – 21:01] Defining the Rite of Passage to Manhood in the Current Culture

  • Interpersonal dynamics
  • It is essentially how to create influence – a two-way street
  • Let people feel understood to establish trust.
  • Managing conflicts creatively and productively
  • Step into tough conversations in a non-confrontation way but directly and powerfully.
  • The masculine archetypes
  • Recognize the developmental journey from boyhood to manhood to strike a balance.
  • Utilize this mental model to map out where we are thriving and needing some help.
  • The rite of passage to manhood entails sacrifice.

[21:02 – 31:45] Being Good at Everything is Impossible

  • Flipping the switch to the manly mindset
  • Understand the source of your mental model of manhood.
  • Acknowledge both the strengths and the downsides.
  • We derive our value from competence and feeling like we’re being useful.
  • Allowing yourself to receive help
  • No one becomes successful alone – work with people smarter than yourself.
  • Asking for help and feedback is powerful.
  • The value of tapping into the community

[31:46 – 35:41] Closing Segment  

  • The legacy Jonah wants to create:
  • Leave nothing on the table and help out those people who are trying to make an impact.
  • Connect with Jonah (links below) 
  • Visit his website, Linkedin, and more! 
  • Join us for Tactical Friday!

Key Quotes: 

“True influence is a two-way street… The more trust that you and I have together, the more influential we become to each other.” – Jonah Larkin

“The best leaders are able to step into conflict in a creative and productive way.” – Jonah Larkin

“No matter how good it [your mental model of manhood] is, there’s always a downside to it… Our greatest strengths are also our biggest weaknesses.” – Jonah Larkin


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