How Much Business Is Your Profanity Costing You?

3 Reasons to Cut the Cussing

I follow a lot of speakers, bloggers, and podcasters who swear on stage, on screen, and at the microphone. I’m no fan of profanity, but I’ll wade through it if there’s a payoff.

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I’ve made huge gains in my personal and professional life from people who could make sailors blush. But here’s the thing: I don’t always feel comfortable directing my audience to do the same. It’s just not worth offending them.

Season 3, Episode 11: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

10 Practical Strategies for Greater Influence

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can lead transformational conversations.

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A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence.

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Why Exercising Now Matters for Your Future

3 Powerful Reasons to Drop the Excuses and Hit the Treadmill Today

I sometimes talk with people who say they don’t have enough time to exercise. The older I get the more that reminds me of people who say they don’t have enough money to save for retirement.

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I can relate. When I was younger and rising in my career, I rarely made time to exercise. I was too busy killing it to realize it was killing me. And it almost did.

The Secret Part of Bravery People Struggle with Most

Jon Acuff Explains Why We Need to Step Out When We Feel Like Holding Back

This is a guest post from my friend Jon Acuff. He’s a New York Times bestselling author who just wrote a new book called Do Over. (I bought a copy for every member of my team!) You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter.

I write about fear a lot. I write about more than just rational fears like when you go to Chipotle and try to order queso and they tell you, “We don’t have queso.” I write about irrational fears as well.

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People often ask me, “Where do you get all these ideas about fear?” and they are always disappointed with my answer: “I’m afraid of a lot of things. And then I write them down.”

I wish it was fancier than that, but it’s not.

The Fastest Way to Get Clarity about Your Future

5 Simple Steps to Get Straight and Get Moving

Have you had this experience? You’re traveling in a new city, using your GPS to find your destination. But the route doesn’t seem to match reality. Suddenly, you’re in a strange place with cars buzzing by and no clarity about where to turn next.

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How do you get where you want to go? Maybe you’re unsure about your plan, you’re not sure what to do, and it looks like your competition is flying by, leaving you in the dust.

Season 3, Episode 10: The Real Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish [Podcast]

How to Handle Criticism with Grace

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this tenth episode, Michele Cushatt and I talk about how to handle criticism with grace.

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Criticism is inevitable, and it stings. But only the foolish sting back. The wise pause, evaluate, and turn it to their advantage. Here are four disciplines to help you better handle—and even benefit from—criticism.

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4 Reasons You Should Buy a Standup Desk—Right Now

Plus 4 Easy Solutions That Work for Almost Any Budget

Modern Americans are the most sedentary people in world history. We sit nearly all day in our homes, cars, and offices—all before laying in bed for hours every night.

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All of that immobility is adding inches to our waistline and subtracting years from our life. But there’s one very simple solution.

Yes, Life is Risky—Dive in Anyway

How We Can Find Miracles in the Midst of Difficult Times

This is a guest post by Michele Cushatt, speaker, blogger, and my cohost for This is Your Life. I’m excited about the release of her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life. You can read her blog here and follow her on Twitter. You can also read my review of this amazing memoir here.

Life comes at us in waves. Sometimes the surge ripples gently by. Other times it can pound the daylights out of us and leave us gasping for breath. How do we respond when that happens?

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I live with my family in Colorado so my kids are more familiar with soaring mountains and sweeping plains than surge and swirl of ocean surf. But several months ago, while visiting my parents in Nevada, we decided to hop across California and see the beach.

How to Make a New Habit Stick

Why It’s Harder than You Thought—and What to Do about It

We’re over seventy days into the New Year. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions? Some people I talk with are building momentum and making big gains. Others are struggling—especially when it comes to developing beneficial new habits.

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For decades now I’ve heard that it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit, thirty days at the most. If a person can just marshal their will power for three or four weeks, bingo! They’ve got it made. But anyone struggling to form a new habit knows there’s more to the story.

Season 3, Episode 9: Making Peace with an Unexpected Life [Podcast]

An Interview with Michele Cushatt, Author of ‘Undone’

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, I turn the tables a bit and interview Michele Cushatt about her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life.

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As I said in my review Monday, Undone is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. It’s a book that will give you clarity, courage, and the commitment we always talk about on this podcast. More than anything, it will help us see that our lives our a gift.

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Get a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog for Just $2.95 a Month

This Offer Expires on March 31, 2015

Three years ago, I recorded a screencast called, “How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less.” Since that time, more than 10,000 people have used that short video to launch their own blog. If you have ever thought about building your own platform, now is the time. Here’s why …

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Note: Even if you already have a blog, it’s worth taking advantage of this unprecedented price just in case you want to launch another web property in the future. I did. It’s a steal.