In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll experiment with one of the secret weapons of behavioral psychology - rituals. Often misunderstood, we'll explore how we can use them to do our best work. Listen in, and you'll learn what to do when you're staring at a blank document or spreadsheet, how to overcome dread and fear to do work that matters, why you need a pre-game ritual just like the pros, and how to capture and use momentum to add habits easily.
In a special episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll explore a baker's dozen of powerful personal development principles with this week's master chef, Charlie Gilkey. A self-described old soul, Charlie is an author, speaker, contributor to Inc Magazine, and business advisor at Productive Flourishing. I met Charlie at the first World Domination Summit and was immediately struck by how well he integrated his experience as an officer with the Army National Guard and his doctoral studies in philosophy into principles that resonated for business owners and individual peak performers. For his habit profile, Charlie thought an audio interview would be better, and I have to agree. Listen in on our conversation to hear Charlie's insights directly, and then use the notes below to implement the key ideas in your own life.
In 1990, Jerry and Monique Sternin were given six months to figure out why children in Vietnam were starving and start to fix it. Extreme poverty was obviously the cause, and no one thought any progress could be made in just a few months. Instead of using common sense or their own previous success methods, they did something very different. They decided to find out if any of Vietnam's poorest toddlers were not malnourished. When the search team reported back with "'Có, có, có'" (Yes, yes, yes), they knew it was possible. Instead of just feeding their children rice, these mothers were mixing in sweet potato greens and shrimps so small they were tossed aside. They were also feeding their children small portions throughout the day, accommodating their tiny stomachs. The differences were so small, they could have easily gone unnoticed. But these children were not starving, and their solution could apply to all families.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll explore one of the toughest areas of habit development - the ones you don't do every day. More specifically, you'll learn how to identify habits that need a different strategy, why making an appointment is important and how to do it effectively, how to use a placeholder habit, and when you should commit to a daily habit.
In early 2011, my husband and I were excited to be attending the first ever World Domination Summit when we came across the headline "I'm Jumping Out of a Plane at WDS - Who's Coming With Me?" We try to do one thing every year that terrifies us, and that seemed to fit the bill. We signed up. On an early July morning in Portland, Oregon, we met Joel Runyon. He'd organized the event to mark another item off his Impossible List. Since then, we've kept in touch as Joel has continued to mark things off: building his own marketing agency, getting six pack abs, swimming in the Dead Sea, raising $25,000 to build a school in Guatemala. I wanted to catch up with Joel to find out what drives him and how he continues to live life as a purposeful adventure.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, I'll share the surprising habits that have helped me restore my health after severe health problems four years ago. More specifically, you'll learn how to eat healthy and deal with your cravings, why sleep is so important and how to get enough, why you'll want to sit less and what to do instead, how to use exercise to improve your brain, and how to live virtually pain free.
It's tempting to debate in the abstract, focusing on what could have been or how it might be. When it comes to workplace issues, this is particularly true. I wanted to profile someone with a unique big-picture perspective. Meet Diana Schultz, CEO of Kindred Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her route to the top demonstrates the power of persistent excellence. While working towards her master’s degree in Public Administration, she took a job as human resources manager at an acute care hospital. After just 60 days on the job, the CEO resigned and Diana was asked to temporarily fill the position while the hospital sought to hire a new CEO. Unsatisfied with the candidates they'd seen, the staff started a petition to appoint Diana as CEO. The regional director agreed. A few years later, she interviewed for the CEO position at Kindred, and the rest is, as they say, history. I met Diana last October at a TBW conference and was immediately struck by how comfortably and confidently she navigated leading both a family and a large company. With the symbolic recognition of Equal Pay Day last week, I knew the timing was perfect to share her habits and insights.
Anybody close to me knows that the coffee beans in my logo are a bit ironic. I've yet to acquire the taste (or the smell). My drug of the choice for the last several years has been Monster Rehab. My favorite is the green tea, but I was nearly giddy when I discovered the orange flavor at a truck stop on a remote Texas highway. I would drink one every morning, another one mid-afternoon, and then occasionally a third in the early evening. Because I've become a student of foods and nutrition in my journey to eating paleo, I knew that their long list of ingredients contained things that I wouldn't ingest in any other form. I won't touch fast food. (I'd rather skip a meal.) And most things that come in bags and wrappers are off limits too. So why would I keep drinking them? It was a habit.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, you'll learn four proven habits for getting started again when you feel stuck. More specifically, you'll learn how to develop positive momentum by starting very small, why you must be willing to ask for help, how to reclaim your motivation, and how to tell if it's just a season or if you're sabotaging yourself.
Nearly a year ago, I saw Melissa and AJ Leon on an interview on Jonathan Fields' Good Life Project. Immediately, I knew I wanted to know them. The way they described living so intentionally and so fully - together - was beautiful. They create. They travel. They share. They give. All with excellence, and all together. Just since I discovered them, they've launched a quarterly magazine for creative arts, created a conference, funded a Kickstarter project at nearly 400%, and traveled all across the US in Pegasus - their veggie-fueled, hand-painted converted bus. In early March, I had the opportunity to spend time with them in person, and it was perhaps the most inspiring week of my life. I don't believe it's a coincidence that it led to my most focused month ever. I knew I had to catch up with them again so I could share their insights with you too. In particular, I wanted to know how they managed to work so well together in every aspect of their life. In today's world, that is incredibly rare.