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Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod is a weekly podcast dedicated to empowering and equipping you with practical advice and strategies to achieve your goals and dreams. If you are looking for help with achieving your goals in any (or EVERY) area of your life, Hal will give you the inspiration, motivation, and action plan to take yourself and your life to the next level. Subscribe to the podcast and get a new episode every Wednesday.
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Nov 29, 2021

How do you go from doing work that makes you money to doing work that fulfills you—and could even be called your dream job?

To help you answer this question I’m speaking with Ken Coleman. Ken is a career expert, as well as the host of The Ken Coleman Show, where he helps people discover not just what they were born to do, but how to turn their dream career into a reality. He explores this even further in his new book, Paycheck to Purpose, which I’m reading right now.

Today, Ken returns to the podcast to talk about how to love your craft, make a unique contribution to the world that only you can make, and his step-by-step process for bringing your work into alignment with your passion and mission.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Why the concept of a “dream job” has become such a cliche—and how bad jobs and our cynicism toward the idea of work hold us back.
  • Why there are more jobs, career paths, and dream jobs in the “sweet spot” than you probably think—and the connection between dream jobs and entrepreneurship.
  • The four major questions you can ask to make a plan to transform your career.
 

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Nov 24, 2021

What was the first personal development book you ever read? How did it impact you? For me, it was How to Win Friends & Influence People when I was 19 years old. It introduced me to the concepts of personal growth and personal development. It kickstarted my first career and was the catalyst for my decision to dedicate myself to lifelong personal development.

My friend, Brian Johnson, embodies this at the highest level. He has read over 1,000 books related to philosophy and personal development. You may also remember Brian from The Miracle Morning Movie (he was the expert in the “Reading” scene), or you might know him as the creator of Philosopher’s Notes (where I first discovered him) or the founder of Optimize. Most recently, he is the founder and CEO of Heroic.

In this conversation, Brian and I share the most valuable lesson(s) we’ve learned from reading over 1,000 personal development books.

Key Takeaways

  • The book that changed Brian’s life when he was 21.
  • The single most valuable lesson that stands out more than any other from all the books Brian has read.
  • The value of what Brian calls “antifragile confidence” and why so many personal development junkies fail to make what they read part of their daily practice.
  • The value of living your life in 30-day challenges and installing habits that can run on autopilot.
  • How to get free access to 600 book summaries at Optimize.me/Hal

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Nov 17, 2021

We are all carrying some level of guilt, shame, or regret. We’ve all done things that aren’t in alignment with our values, or that we’d do differently now if given the opportunity.

We also carry some degree of hurt, anger, or resentment toward people who we believe wronged us.

What would life be like to live completely free from ALL this emotional turmoil? How can we release ourselves from the weight of those experiences that cause us pain? What can we do to stop reopening old wounds and triggering past traumas?

Today’s episode is all about forgiveness. It’s about forgiving yourself for the mistakes you’ve made in your own life, as well as for the hurt other people have caused you. In this conversation, I want to show you what it means to truly be forgiving, dissolve the emotional links holding you back, and face the world with a cleaner slate than ever before.

Key Takeaways

  • Why our past traumas can so easily haunt us, trigger us, and make us viscerally uncomfortable for years or even decades.
  • Why forgiveness is something we do for ourselves–not something that other people give us.
  • What makes regret a powerful teaching tool–and the benefits of making mistakes.
  • Why beating yourself up over things you’ve done in the past is all but valueless.
  • How to unlock the transcendent power of unconditional forgiveness.
  • Simple steps you can take right now to begin forgiving yourself.

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Nov 10, 2021

I know this is a departure from topics I normally address on the podcast, but I hope you’ll listen and take this episode seriously, as well as read this email for more details and resources. I took the time to record this for you from a place of moral obligation. 

I don’t know if you’re aware, but we are experiencing a severe, unprecedented global supply chain crisis, and I’ve been researching and considering what this could mean for all of us. Specifically, there is a realistic possibility that we could experience food shortages in the relatively near future (this fall/winter). I’m talking about grocery stores and restaurants not being able to get food, and thus each of us having to rely on our own supply for an unknown length of time. 

After experiencing relatively minor food shortages when the pandemic hit (think empty grocery shelves and no toilet paper), and more extreme shortages here in Texas last winter during what was known as the “snow-pocalypse” (it was very difficult to find any meat at grocery stores), and now paying close attention to the current supply chains (I have friends in related industries who have confirmed it’s even worse than we’re being told), I encourage all of us to get at least a 30 day supply of food. Although being prepared for longer (2-6 months) wouldn’t hurt. 

As for what food to buy, if you Google “emergency food” you’ll get a bunch of unhealthy 25-year shelf life foods that are loaded with preservatives. But if you value eating healthy, I recommend simply ordering organic rice & beans, as well as mung beans that you can sprout (Google how to do that) - so that you can have “living” food that is also high in protein (7 grams of protein per 1 ounce). None of those are very expensive, even the organic stuff. I get all of the above on either Amazon or FoodToLive.com. 

As for meat, I recommend stocking up now and if you can afford it, getting a deep freezer to store it in. My wife and I found a used one on Craigslist and also use it to freeze a good amount of organic vegetables. We also got a backup generator to power our fridge and freezer, in case we lose power like we did last winter in Texas, for 5 consecutive days. 

If you want more variety, you might also consider buckwheat, oatmeal, nuts, freeze-dried fruits, and canned foods. Also, if you live in an area that experiences frozen pipes or power outages, stock up on bottled water and/or get a water filtration system like a Berkey filter (last year we also lost running water for 5 days). 

To be clear: I’m not advocating hoarding or panic buying. Consider that if we each buy a little bit more now, while supply chains are still in tact, and stock up on what we might need in an emergency situation, then if we reach an emergency situation, those who prepared in advance don’t have to go to the store and take food off of the shelves from those who weren’t prepared.

And BTW, I’m certainly not trying to scare you. That’s not my intention here. Preparation isn’t about becoming paranoid. Quite the opposite. It’s about knowing that you’ll be ready for whatever comes, rather than worrying about what might be. 

In this short episode, I explain what I’ve been doing to plan ahead, including actionable steps you can take and resources you can use to be prepared. Hopefully our supply chains get figured out, but I’d rather us all be safe than sorry/hungry. 🙏🏼❤

Key Takeaways

  • The two mantras I live by–and why I don’t see any value in sustained fear.
  • Why we may experience unprecedented food shortages this winter.
  • The longest-lasting, most affordable, healthiest food you can buy that isn’t loaded with preservatives.
  • The benefits of eating living food. 
  • Why I’m not advocating hoarding or panic buying–and how to help people who aren’t as well-prepped as you.

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Nov 3, 2021

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the authors of one of my all-time favorite books, Mathew Micheletti and Ashley Cottrell. Known worldwide as “The Yoga Couple” to their 500,000+ followers, they’re also the authors of a book that I haven’t stopped recommending since I read it: The Inner Work: An Invitation to True Freedom and Lasting Happiness. 

Their book astounded me. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. They’re experts in consciousness, learning how to interact with your significant other in ways that stop us from getting triggered, and changing our approach to life so that we experience True Freedom and Lasting Happiness. 

In this conversation, we take the teachings of Mat and Ash’s book, The Inner Work, and go even deeper, discovering new insights as we discuss how to apply their teachings in a world that couldn’t possibly be crazier, chaotic, or more uncertain.

Key Takeaways

  • What exactly the Inner Work is, why we should all be doing it, and how we can use this framework in our everyday lives.
  • How we can transform our view of reality using themes of consciousness.
  • Why yoga is so much more than physical poses, and the deep connection between yoga and inner freedom.
  • How yoga can be used to process trauma, make sense of anger, and reconnect with higher consciousness.
  • What you can do when your partner doesn’t want to embark on the same journey of self-improvement that you’re taking.
  • The beauty of letting go of expectations and resentment.
  • And so much more!

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Oct 27, 2021

Today, I’m bringing you a conversation with my dear friends, Mike & Lindsay McCarthy, who are also the co-authors for the two newest Miracle Morning books: 

The first is the Updated & Expanded 2nd edition of The Miracle Morning for Parents & Families (available on Amazon)

And the second... 

Is the brand new Miracle Morning for Parents & Families PLAYBOOK (also available on Amazon) which gives you seven (7) actionable Exercises & Worksheets to implement what you learn from the book, including:

  • Exercise #1: Your Family Bedtime Ritual Worksheet
  • Exercise #2: Your Family Miracle Morning Worksheet
  • Exercise #3: Your Family Values Worksheet
  • Exercise #4: Kids' S.T.A.R.R. Chart Worksheet
  • Exercise #5: Kids' Screen Time Contract Worksheet
  • Exercise #6: Your Family Goals Worksheet
  • Exercise #7: Your Family Meeting Agenda Worksheet

We believe that strong, healthy families are crucial to a healthy society. Thus, we are committed to elevating the consciousness of humanity by sharing the life-changing power of the Miracle Morning with as many parents and families as possible! 

In today’s conversation, we talk about what it means to parent with intention, what inspired their Family Playbook (and how to use it), and the systems, rhythms, and rituals that have helped them level up as parents.

Key Takeaways

  • Why entrepreneurs often struggle to bring their knowledge of leadership and teams home to their families.
  • How the McCarthys look at goals, family values and the definition of identity.
  •  What a McCarthy family dream session (or meeting) looks like—and how they stop these sessions from turning into bickering.
  • The three Ps of exceptional parenting.
  • The valuable conversations that Mike and Lindsay’s works opened up within their own family—and how they can help yours as well.

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Oct 20, 2021

What would you do if you had no responsibilities? If you could get rid of your job, all of your bills, and not have to answer to anyone—how would you spend your days?

My friend and filmmaker, Nick Conedera (director of The Miracle Morning Movie) decided to answer that question for himself. He burned his possessions (literally), got rid of everything he owned, and spent three (3) years living in a van and traveling around the country. 

He tells the story of his journey in his brand new book, 70MPH: Grab the Wheel and Haul Ass to Your Dreams. I highly recommend picking up a copy. Nick is one of the best storytellers I know, and you won’t be disappointed!

Knowing how wise and insightful Nick is, I knew I needed to talk to him about his incredible adventure, and I assure you that his observations, insights, and perspectives are truly unique and highly valuable. 

Today, he joins me on the podcast to tell us what he learned that can help all of us to clarify our values and live in alignment with what matters most to each of us.

Key Takeaways

  • Why Nick decided to take a departure from his “normal life,” get rid of his belongings, and hit the open road.
  • The personal challenges that come with living in a van—and why we as humans are more than capable of adapting to them.
  • How living in a van helped Nick bring his existence into alignment with his values, find harmony with nature, and feel happier.
  • Why you don’t need to burn everything you own and move into a van to live in alignment with your values—and how to tell if it’s time to take a journey of your own.

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Oct 13, 2021

Have you noticed how divided we have become as a society? The media is constantly pushing narratives that categorize people into groups, fostering animosity and even hate towards those who have different beliefs and opinions than we do. 

When we focus on our differences, we feel disconnected from one another. It not only hurts us as individuals, but collectively as a society.

When we choose to see each other from the perspective of our similarities, our commonalities, and our sameness, we feel connected. We feel love, even when we disagree on topics, concepts, or beliefs.

On today’s podcast, I’m inviting all of us to remember that we are all fundamentally the same, that ALL of us have far more in common than we have differences, and that each of us has a responsibility to do our part to heal humanity’s division. 

Today, I want to explore why our differences are actually superficial, who we really are at our core, and the very real possibility that there’s a higher level of consciousness we can all access with regards to how we see and treat each other.

Key Takeaways

  • Why you’re still the baby you were born as—and so is everyone else.
  • The 5 criteria we use when judging other people—and why the 5th is where we should be operating if we want humanity to thrive.
  • How superficial differences come to change our perception and definition of others—and why they shouldn’t.
  • Why actions speak louder than words, but intentions reveal our soul.
  • How to look past superficial differences and disagreements to find common ground and better understand your shared values with someone else.

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Oct 6, 2021

As individuals, it is our ability to live in alignment with our values that determines our level of fulfillment. No matter what you value — health, family, freedom, safety, contribution etc. — when your thoughts, words, and actions are in alignment with what you value most, you are living a fulfilled life. 

But are their shared values that matter most for ALL of us?

That’s ultimately up to you to decide, but I believe there are values that are crucial for all of us, both to thrive as individuals and as a society. Today we explore what those values are, and we can better live in alignment with them so that we can ALL experience higher levels of fulfillment.

Key Takeaways

  • A detailed addition to last week’s episode on “How to Be Fearless.”
  • The difference between what matters most for us individually and collectively.
  • Why HEALTH is a core value for all of us.
  • What my highest values are and why.
  • How healthcare systems can save our lives while simultaneously being driven by ulterior motives that we should be weary of.
  • What I do every day to choose happiness and inner freedom.

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Sep 29, 2021

Is it possible to live your life completely free from fear? Today, I propose that it is and explain how you can do it.

In a previous episode on this topic (Episode #355: Freedom From Your Fears), I talked about the differences between unconscious and conscious fears, why we are the ones who create nearly all of the fear we experience, and why it might not be possible to be fearless, but we can fear less.

However, today I’m returning to this topic to explain how each of us can release our fears completely and become truly FEARLESS.

Key Takeaways

  • Why we are all experiencing subtle levels of fear, nearly all of the time.
  • The root cause of most of our fears, and how we can take control.
  • Where fear comes from and how to reframe it into something empowering.
  • How our unconscious fears can become conscious.
  • Why fear is not real and how anyone is capable of transcending it!

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Sep 22, 2021

Every day, we’re faced with the reality that humanity is divided right now, possibly more than ever. I’m seeing people be outright hateful to each other, in ways I’ve simply never seen before. Even wishing harm upon others has become all too common. I fear that humanity is losing the shared values that are necessary for us to sustain peace and unity. 

If you and I aren’t the change we want to see in the world—if we don’t stand for love, compassion, respect, forgiveness, freedom, and allowing each other the dignity to each choose how we live our lives—we, as a species, may be in more trouble than any of us can even imagine. 

But how can we love, respect, and forgive people who have wronged us, or who we view as a threat to our own safety? How can we honor our own values while getting along with people who may not share our values? Is it possible for us to remember that we are ALL fundamentally the same—human beings on this journey we call life—and to focus on and find common ground in our shared humanity, as opposed to our relatively superficial differences? 

In today’s episode, I want to unpack these questions and really try to answer them. It starts with you, and it starts with me. I want to talk about how we treat and view other people, the bigger picture of what’s going on with humanity, and what we can do to create unity and stop sowing division during this critical time in history.

Key Takeaways

  • Why focusing on our differences instead of our commonalities is driving us apart.
  • How the media is conditioning us to fear, hate, and wish harm on others.
  • Why choosing to view people from a space of unconditional love doesn’t condone their behavior—and why hating someone hurts you more than them.
  • The value of truly living life in alignment with your values.
  • Why we’re all deserving of unconditional love.

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Sep 15, 2021

Can you remember that indescribable feeling of first falling in love with someone? What if that peak state could be activated within you, at any given time? 

We often associate the word love with a romantic relationship. And when we fall in love with someone, we give all the credit for those feelings to that person. But the other person is really just the stimulus for achieving that state of being. The truth is, that state is always available to us, and some would argue, it’s our default spiritual state. 

We’ve been talking a lot lately about how to harness your ability to choose how you experience each moment of your life, regardless of your outer circumstances. Today, we’re going to dive deeper into that theme from a different angle, specifically discussing how you can choose to make love your default way of experiencing life, even when life is difficult (aka sucks).

Key Takeaways

  • Why love in our society is misunderstood and almost always thought of in terms of romantic love—and why love is our fundamental state.
  • How COVID has helped me live in a state of love and joy, even as I’ve faced setbacks and challenges.
  • How approaching meditation in a different way can help you get into an optimal state.
  • Why living intentionally and consciously accepting life as it is can help you stop emotions from getting the best of you.

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Sep 8, 2021

For today’s podcast, I’m inviting you to choose to be either Person A or Person B, addressing the implications of the choice you make, and sharing insights on how to effectively choose. 

There are huge differences between these two people, and choosing to be one over the other can determine our quality of life. For me, I’ve found that the conscious choice makes all the difference in my quality of life, my mental and emotional well-being, my degree of success and almost every other aspect of my being.

In this episode, I want to give you an eye-opening look into how you are choosing to show up and who you’re choosing to be, no matter what’s going on in the world or in your life.

Key Takeaways

  • How we as human beings can choose how we feel about every moment of our lives.
  • Why no one consciously chooses unhappiness, and what really makes us unhappy.
  • Wisdom from Margaret Wheatley’s book, Who Do We Choose To Be?
  • How to answer a question as loaded as “What should we focus on?”
  • Why people can survive tragedy without being resigned to letting it define them.

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Sep 1, 2021

Today’s podcast covers precisely how to experience two (2) types of freedom that we all want: Outer Freedom and Inner Freedom.

Outer Freedom is the ability to get yourself to do what you need to do—even when you don’t feel like it—in order to produce the results, outcomes, and circumstances that you want, in every aspect of your life.

Inner Freedom is the ability to get yourself to feel exactly how you want to feel (happy, confident, calm, etc.), regardless of what’s happening in your life.

How do you get yourself to do what you need to do–even when you don’t feel motivated to do something? When you can do things that produce results, you have outer freedom.

How do you get yourself to feel the emotional and mental states that would enable you to enjoy this one life you’ve been given, even in the midst of tragedy, trauma, and forces outside of your control? When you access your ability to choose the way you feel, regardless of your circumstances, you have inner freedom.

In today’s conversation, I’m going to share with you the most effective strategy I’ve ever implemented to achieve outer freedom. Then, I’m going to walk you through seven steps, in the form of questions, that you can use to quickly (if not immediately) access the inner freedom you were born with.

Key Takeaways

  • How I motivate myself to get things done, even when I don’t want to do them–and why it’s okay to not be perfect.
  • How to get yourself to start doing the things you don’t want to do–and why committing to action while being unattached to results can make all the difference.
  • Why fear inevitably leads us to procrastinate.
  • Questions to ask yourself on your journey to inner freedom.
  • And so… much… more! :^)

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Aug 25, 2021

Today’s episode is a very real, raw, and authentic conversation with someone who’s become a total inspiration to me, Eric Hansen. Despite living through unimaginable circumstances, he has figured out how to embody what I’ve been talking about for the past year… Inner Freedom

Eric is a recovering drug addict who began using at the age of 12, raised by his mother who was also an addict. He has been homeless multiple times, and he’s been in and out of jail and prison. While he was in prison, he discovered this podcast, and it transformed his outlook on life. 

Currently out for four months, employed, and living in a halfway house, Eric is still navigating difficult health struggles and various painful consequences of his previous actions. However, his internal quality of life and his ability to experience the inner freedom that we all seek, are truly exceptional. He’s building a following in the Miracle Morning Community Facebook group, where he has posted every single day, for 96 consecutive days. 

I’ve been so inspired by him that I knew I needed to talk to him on the very same podcast that changed his life. 

In this extraordinary conversation, Eric tells the story of how he fell from success to homelessness, how to recover from hitting rock-bottom, and how to truly take responsibility for–and choose how we experience–our lives.

Key Takeaways

  • How Eric discovered the Achieve Your Goals podcast while in prison, and the immediate impact it had on him.
  • What the Miracle Morning has done for Eric that nothing else did.
  • How Eric’s career in sales thrived as he fell further and further into cocaine addiction and his family fell apart.
  • How Eric stays accountable to himself, even in the toughest times.
  • How Eric was able to further his education during his most recent stint in jail–and why episode #338 of this show, “Freedom from Your Emotional Pain,” impacted him like nothing else.

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Aug 18, 2021

“How’s life?” can often be a loaded question, especially with the state of the world right now. If you ask most people, they’ll run through an inventory of their circumstances. You might hear them talk about what’s going well, but, more often than not, you’ll hear about their problems, financial challenges, difficulties at work, struggles in their marriage, or other less-than-stellar circumstances. 

And when we’re not talking about our problems/circumstances, we’re thinking about them. We tend to listen to the voice in our head, stressing about the present and worrying about the future, and unconsciously allowing our emotional well-being to suffer. 

But what if there is more to life than our circumstances? What if life is actually the experience we’re having in the present moment? And what if you could learn how to transcend the voice in your head and live the majority of your life in the present moment? 

In today’s episode, I want to teach you two techniques you can use to stop the voice in your head from taking over and give you the power to truly live in the present moment. Even if you’re already familiar with them, I want you to look at them in a new way, combine them, and discover how they can help you be here now–and live free from fear, stress, and anxiety.

Key Takeaways

  • How to assess how often you’re fully present.
  •  Where stress, fear, overwhelm, and regret come from.
  •  Why our brains are prone to amplifying and focusing on problems when we try to solve them.
  • How to not let the voice in your head create your reality.
  •  How a mantra can help you bring your life into alignment on your terms. 
  • My 7-day challenge that will enable you to begin quickly living in the present moment.

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Aug 11, 2021

When you’re experiencing stress, fear, anxiety, overwhelm, depression, or any other challenging emotional state, how can you regain control of the way you feel?  

Today was supposed to be another “Ask Me Anything” episode, where I answer listener questions. However, as I began to address the first question: What do you believe about Jesus, God, and the Bible, I found myself thinking about the difficult situations and resulting emotions that many people are facing right now. 

If you’ve experienced emotional distress, are concerned with the future, or are afraid of the unknown, today’s episode will provide you with some practical advice you can use to rise above your challenges and take control of your emotional state.

Key Takeaways

  • Why I don’t identify with any political party or religious sect—and how to find your own truth.
  • How we create layers of protection, to protect our psyche, over the course of our lives.
  • Why it’s so important to get back in touch with who you really are.
  • How inner freedom gives you the power to choose how to experience life in any given moment.
  • What to do when your emotional state isn’t serving you—and how to double down on taking control of your emotions during challenging times.

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Aug 4, 2021

Today’s episode of the podcast is going to cover three somewhat random and unrelated (yet very important) topics. I’m talking about:

  • Four profound lessons learned from the BEST vacation of my life – and how you can immediately apply them to enhance your daily life.
  • Major disruptions in our food supply chain and how to prepare for the very realistic possibility of coming food shortages.
  • Why the book I’m reading right now is SO good that it may have led me to stop writing my newest book.

Why these topics? In short, they all tie back to health, safety, freedom, and happiness. 

Key Takeaways

  • Four guiding principles to enhance your everyday life.
  • What to consider when it comes to adding value to your loved one's life in really simple but meaningful ways.
  • How to “eat for energy” and why I’m so intentional about the foods I consume (and exactly what I eat from when I wake up until I go to bed).
  • Why you have the power to choose your perspective and interpret life however you choose.
  • How I’ve been preparing for potential food emergencies without becoming a paranoid prepper.
  • Why The Inner Work has had such a huge impact on me—and how to make sense of when other people appear to have received the same message from the universe that you have.

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Jul 28, 2021

Do you consider yourself to be an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist? Optimism, pessimism, and realism are three different paradigms that impact how we approach life and interpret life’s events. For some, they’re even identities.

When we face difficult times, our dominant paradigm tends to become amplified, which can be the determining factor in whether we suffer or thrive.

I’ve experienced this in a unique way. For many years of my life, I was what I would call a delusional optimist. While this helped me through some difficult times, it also stopped me from healthily processing negative emotions and events, and I had to learn quite a few tough lessons the hard way.

In this episode, I want to dive deep into the differences between optimism, pessimism, and realism–and help you identify how these paradigms can be most useful and effective as you optimize and make the most of the life you live.

Key Takeaways

  • What it really means to be an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist.
  • Why so many self-identified realists are focused on the negative–and why it’s just as realistic to be excited about the possibilities and positives in life.
  • The dangers of blind or delusional optimism–and how it can make it extremely difficult to process or make sense of negative emotions.
  • An exercise you can do to truly understand what’s going on in your life and reframe your reality.
  • The genius of being able to hold two opposing ideas in your mind simultaneously.
  • The ABCs of realistic optimism.

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Jul 21, 2021

Do you ever struggle with prioritizing your goals and figuring out which one deserves the most attention? Does that lack of clarity ever cause you to procrastinate or feel like you’re not being as productive as you should be? 

In today’s podcast, I’m going to help you to overcome these common struggles by sharing Chapter 6 from my latest book/audiobook, The Miracle Equation, in its entirety. The chapter is titled “Your Mission: It's Time to Get Clear About Your Top Priority.”

If you want to learn how to identify the single most important priority in your life, commit to one singular mission, and achieve your biggest goals and dreams, this episode is for you!

Key Takeaways

  • How identifying your “mission” can enable you to achieve ALL of your goals.
  • Understanding the key difference between a goal and a mission.
  • You can’t win a gold medal in more than one activity/sport!
  • Find out if multitasking is holding you back from achieving your biggest goals — and what to do instead!
  • Why I was completely delusional about my priorities prior to being diagnosed with Cancer.
  • Why the fear of going through another financial crisis (like that of 2008) prevented me from prioritizing what mattered most.
  • How I was able to overcome my addiction to work and productivity. I share the radical changes I made to my schedule so I could be fully aligned with my highest priority… family.
  • Why it’s okay if your top priority changes over time.
  • How to choose your mission and accomplish any goal!
  • How to achieve more in 30 days than most people do in 12 months.
  • The problem with creating long-term goals.
  • 5 safety nets you can use to ensure you successfully accomplish your mission.

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Jul 14, 2021

How do you fulfill the unlimited potential that is within you, in order to create everything you want for your life? How do you stop procrastinating, get past the obstacles standing in your way, and do everything you’re capable of?

It’s one thing to know what you need to do, it’s another thing to actually live it.

In today’s episode, the second edition of my “Ask Me Anything” series, I’m answering your questions on this topic. Join me as we dive deep into what it means to live to your full potential, how to achieve it, and what you can do to gain the power to live the life that you truly want and deserve.

Key Takeaways

  • How to stop unconsciously settling for less, overcome feelings of dissatisfaction, and create the inner (and outer) world you want to experience each day.
  • The key to stop procrastinating, become consistent in your actions, and get out of unhelpful routines.
  • How to take the teachings you read about, lean into those beliefs, and make them a part of your daily practice.
  • Four simple rules to live by to unlock your potential.

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Jul 7, 2021

Would you say that you’re truly happy? In 2020, I got to a place where I was so depressed that I told my wife and my friends, “I don’t remember what it feels like to be happy.” That was after I had already sent my wife a desperate text message one night that read, “I don’t want to worry you, but I feel like I don’t want to live, and I don’t know what to do.” 

I was so scared that I’d never be able to get back to a place of happiness again and couldn’t remember how to get there. But over the course of the past year, I’ve gone from being the most unhappy I’ve ever been to arguably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. It wasn’t a change in circumstances that led me there, it was a change in how I approach and view my life.

In today’s episode of the podcast, I want to share the three steps I took to get from being completely unhappy to feeling like I’m living life in a state of joy, peace, love, and gratitude—everything that makes up the feeling of happiness.

Key Takeaways

  • Why two people whose lives look exactly the same often feel completely different.
  • Why happy people find joy in everything they do and unhappy people constantly experience emotional turmoil.
  • The reason why there’s no cookie cutter approach to happiness—and how you can remove the obstacles that stop you from feeling happy.
  • The power of choosing to be happy—and what this actually entails.
  • What happens when we accept the unchangeable, stop resisting reality, and be at peace with things exactly as they are.
  • How to find joy in everything you do and make every moment the best moment of your life.

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Jun 30, 2021

If you’re an entrepreneur (or a wantrepreneur), this episode is for you. Today I’m talking with Gino Wickman, arguably one of the most influential entrepreneurs in modern history and bestselling author of Traction, Get a Grip, and Rocket Fuel. Perhaps even more consequential, he’s the creator of EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), which is used daily by over 100,000 companies around the world.

Gino’s newest book, The Entrepreneurial Leap is packed with real-life stories and advice to help others make the leap into entrepreneurship, shorten your learning curve, and produce significant results. However, this isn’t just a book for new entrepreneurs. It helped me to identify the fundamentals necessary to optimizing my business, many of which I’d skipped on my own journey.

Today, Gino and I are talking about what he’s learned about starting businesses in his 30 years of coaching entrepreneurs, the meaning of true entrepreneurship, and how to realize what you’ve been put on this earth to do.

Key Takeaways

  • The 6 essential traits to being an entrepreneur.
  • Why over 50% of new businesses are out of business in the first five years and the complicated relationship between entrepreneurship and risk taking.
  • The eight critical mistakes that even seasoned entrepreneurs make.
  • Why entrepreneurial parents shouldn’t force their kids to become entrepreneurs.
  • What makes rejection such a powerful and valuable learning experience.
  • The 9 stages of building a successful business.

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Jun 23, 2021

Let’s be honest, life can really suck sometimes. Life can be difficult. On our worst days, life can feel downright unbearable. So, how can we be happy and enjoy our lives, more often than not?

On last week’s podcast, we began to answer this question by exploring How to Make Every Moment the Best Moment of Your Life (in case you missed that episode, I highly recommend you listen to it here first before you dive into this one). 

This week, we’re picking up where last week left off. By evaluating what enabled me to go to bed the other night, feeling like I had lived my best day ever, I’ve found a repeatable formula you can use to create the best day of your life, on any given day. 

Today I’m sharing with you what I now do that enables me to make any day the best day of my life, why I do it, and how you can too.

Key Takeaways

  • Why the best day of your life exists in isolation and not in comparison to the other days you’ve lived.
  • How to stop the things that are all but guaranteed to happen from ruining the best day of your life. (e.g. traffic, disappointments, difficult people, etc.)
  • Why living in alignment with your values is the key to experiencing a feeling of total satisfaction, fulfillment, and contentment.
  • The common obstacles to living your best day and how to tackle them, one by one.
  • The three-step formula for living the best day of your life.

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Jun 16, 2021

If I were to ask you to recall the best moment of your life, what comes to mind…?

I think most people would recall a significant event or occasion, such as the birth of a child, their wedding day, running a marathon, or the day that they got to ______ (fill in the blank with some exceptional experience). For most, the best moment would likely be an event or circumstance and the positive emotions they experienced as a result, which prompts them to identify it as their best moment.

But what if the best moment of your life wasn’t measured by external circumstances? What if it was something you chose rather than something that occurred randomly? If that were the case, could one choose to make any, or every moment the best moment of their life? Might that be possible?

And if it was possible to choose to experience any moment as the best moment of your life, if you had that ability, what would be the repercussions of using that ability daily? How might it impact the quality of your life?

Today, we’re exploring this idea of the best moment of your life; what it’s about, if we have the power to create and experience it, if it’s left to chance, and if it’s random. I’m also going to share why people struggle with implementing this concept, and how you can overcome the struggles in a way that can significantly and immediately enhance the quality of your life.

Ultimately, in this episode I share how you can begin experiencing any moment as the best moment of your life—literally—even during extremely difficult circumstances.

Key Takeaways

  • Why pitting external circumstances against the internal experience is key to achieving inner freedom—and why inner freedom is (arguably) more important than your external circumstances.
  • How to create your inner experience during trying and emotionally painful times.
  • The power of accepting the moment as-is to invite emotional peace, inner peace, and emotional freedom.
  • How to be an island of sanity for the people closest to you in chaotic times.
  • Ways to make any given moment the best moment of your life and live in a state of perpetual fulfillment.

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