On today's podcast, I'm honored to interview Kamal Ravikant. He's the author of two awesome books - Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It and Live Your Truth. What's awesome about Kamal's writing is that he's vulnerable and authentic enough to share some really raw and profound truths that I think lots of us need to hear. "We don't stumble accidentally into an amazing life. It takes a conscious commitment to figuring out what we stand for - finding our truth. It begins by looking inside ourselves, because when it rises from within, we have no choice but to express it, to live it. That is when magic happens."
Should we strengthen our brains like we do our bodies? Absolutely. The problem is that we're rarely taught how. And what we hear about sometimes sounds weird or even embarrassing. But it's incredibly important. As Christopher Paolini says, "the monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist. Fear, doubt, and hate have hamstrung more people than beasts ever have." In this episode of the Habit Chef Podcast, we'll explore four positive habits we can develop for strengthening our minds and fighting stress. Listen in, and you’ll learn what people who are mentally strong don't do, how to prevent yourself from doing them, why daily exercise is the next blockbuster drug, how to program yourself to think differently, how to quiet your mind, and what you should do for 20 minutes each day.
Have you ever been thrown off track by something you thought would be positive? I've certainly experienced that over the last couple of months. An opening in the leadership position at Port Royal caused me to rethink the trajectory of my role. After some evaluation, I decided to submit a plan to fill the gap and provide leadership for the next few years. An intensive interview processed ensued, and I was selected. Then the virtual can of worms exploded ... Combining the inherent intensity of a leadership transition with an annual owners' meeting and unexpected turnover in a key position led to weeks of feeling like I was being tossed by the waves and barely keeping my head above water. Eventually, we got enough key people and processes in place, and the intensity began to subside. Only then did I begin to make sense of what I'd experienced, how I should learn from it, and what I could share with you. In this episode of the Habit Chef Podcast, we'll uncover a surprising source of disruption and how to prevent it from derailing your progress.
Instead of recording my own podcast for today, we decided to turn the tables. Lisa Goodgame interviewed me for the Women. Connected. podcast by TBW. Listen in, and you'll hear about the power of intention, why making one change at a time can be incredibly important, how technology can support building and maintaining effective habits, how to mimic systems that work for others to build your own structure, and why a laptop bag is the most important work accessory you need. If you listen to the end of the episode, you'll notice that I made a specific recommendation about how to improve your habits. Today, I decided to take it a step further.
In a special interview edition of the podcast, you'll hear about the habits Nathan Agin uses to build his business and maintain his health while he travels. Listen in and you'll learn how he uses a specific creative practice to keep ideas flowing, why commitment and flexibility make an incredibly powerful duo, how he manages his energy instead of his time, how to get started with a simple approach to meditation, and how his travels have influenced his healthy diet.
In another interview edition of the podcast, you'll hear about the habits Meron Bareket uses to build a system of inspiration, for himself and his audience. Listen in and you'll learn who inspired him and why he decided to build a business that inspired others, how he uses affirmations and a specific morning routine to get a good start each day, how he plans his days in pomodoros, why he manages his inputs precisely, and how he uses a 'commander's intent' mindset to ensure success.
For today's profile, we have another special episode of the podcast. I'm honored to introduce you to someone who's been a mentor to me for more than a decade. More than anything, he taught me how to consistently study and apply leadership principles to my own life. Today, Ron Kitchens is the CEO of Southwest Michigan First, a team regularly recognized for their excellence in the workplace. In this in-depth interview, Ron shares his personal leadership philosophy and the unique ways he applies it to the workplace. From rugby scrums to planned cheating, there are plenty of useful surprises that you can apply to your own organization.
We've all heard the joke that when women are stressed, we either eat or go shopping. I definitely do more of the former, but if you prefer the latter, today's episode is just for you. Today my good friend Julie Shuttlesworth will share show how we can shop smarter and save lots of money in the process. Listen in, and you’ll learn how to quickly raise our awareness about shopping, how to make simple shifts to save money, why the myths of the hoarder and full-time shopper are false, and how to save money on big-ticket items.
Things are different, so this monthly report will be too. For most of August (and July, truthfully), I struggled. Every meal was a battle, and I was rarely victorious. My sleep was limited, and my intensity lagged during my workouts. Looking back, the reasons are obvious. But at the time, it made me feel like a fraud. How could I write and coach people about healthy habits when mine were a mess? I quickly decided that the only thing I could do was simply tell the truth and be vulnerable. Anything less was paralyzing. Then, a funny thing happened. My Tribe reminded me about what else was going on in my life and how that affects my habits, particularly the personal health ones. They read back what I'd shared when they were tackling tough projects. It all made sense.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll explore the four steps to measuring your progress so you'll know when to celebrate or shift gears. If you've ever wondered when it's time to pat yourself on the back or switch to Plan B, this show is for you. And if you listen to the end of the episode, I have a special challenge to help you finish 2013 strong and tackle a big goal. Listen in, and you’ll learn how to gauge how well you're doing, how to decide when to move on to the next goal, why you likely need to commit longer, why you'll accomplish more by focusing on the process, not the event or result, how to know when to celebrate, and when to measure your progress.