The James Swanwick Show

“Monitoring how you spend your time is one of the most important decisions you make.” - Daniel Francis

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Are you an effective human being? Do you get stuff done, or do you procrastinate? Do you focus on what you need to do to achieve your goals, or are you stopped in your tracks by every distraction, every phone notification and email? Do you live your life in a way that will cause your look back on your life, from your deathbed, and be proud of what you accomplished? Are you an elite person?

Regardless of where you stand on the road to becoming an elite human being, Daniel Francis is here to help you learn how to achieve the next level. This interview is packed with practical, step-by-step methods to get more out of your time on earth. Daniel is a master at clarifying the steps and the processes that need to be put in place for you to be truly satisfied with your output, not wasting time on frivolous and less worthwhile activities, and instead being ruthlessly dedicated to those things that will bring you true, lasting and fulfilling happiness.

Throughout, Daniel has a really visceral take on achieving lasting happiness in a life, from his detailed attention to his physical senses, to taking “cave time” for big decisions, to mastering his mornings and nurturing his evenings. His habit of turning his phone completely off, not just silencing it, shows his dedication to being truly present, and to ruthlessly accomplishing his goals.

Wherever you stand on the spectrum of a life truly optimized for happiness, fulfillment and achievement, you’ll get a lot out of this episode. If you’re looking for practical steps to build a better life on several different levels, you’ve come to the right place. So please join me on this journey of exploring the processes we can put in place to take our lives from average to awesome, with Daniel Francis, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Notes on the Show:

  • When you get your communication with yourself sorted out, you start to communicate more effectively with the world around you as well

  • You can’t wait for things to happen to you. You must go out and make them happen

  • You have to be connected with your emotions to know what your calling and passion is. You have to connect with your senses and emotions

  • Use your senses more regularly. Focus on them

  • Take time to appreciate and be thankful for the world around you

  • Find people who are doing something similar to what you want to be doing, and then model them, and their behaviors

  • Look at the things that you feel obligated by, and ask yourself if it is all really necessary. Unnecessary obligations will trap you and keep you from going out and doing what you really want to do

  • Take “Cave Time,” where you go into isolation and ask yourself simple questions to help you gain clarity on life direction and decisions

  • Look for experiences that will bring you longer-term joy and increased happiness, rather than short spikes of pleasure

  • Be the master of your mornings. Consider not turning your phone on until later in the day

  • Use the nighttime, while you are sleeping, to program your subconscious. You can do this by focusing on important things right before going to sleep

  • Notifications, unanswered messages, etc, on your phone put a tremendous pull on your mind. If you can turn the phone all the way off at times, so that you’re not even getting those notifications, it will free your mind up



Daniel Francis’ Death-Bed Clarification Exercise:

Imagine yourself on your deathbed, and ask yourself two questions:

  1. What would I be pissed at myself for not doing in my lifetime?

  2. What would need to happen for me to get to this point, on my deathbed, and be ecstatic, fulfilled with peace, and ready to pass on


“Look at how your identity, who you’ve convinced yourself that you are, may have trapped you, and where you should step away from it.” - Daniel Francis

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