Season 8, Episode 3: How to Vacation Like a Pro [Podcast]

7 Steps for Recharging with Intention

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of our best tips on getting the most out of your time away.

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Taking a break and recharging is vital for your individual and family health. However, you’ve probably realized how much work goes into planning family vacations, everything from booking airfare and hotels to getting your business ready for your absence. In this episode, we give you practical steps to vacationing like a pro.

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The Difference Between Trying and Doing

​How to Turn Attempts Into Accomplishments

There’s an instructive scene in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda is instructing Luke Skywalker in how to use the Force. He asks Luke to retrieve his disabled spaceship out of a bog where it has sunk, using only his mind.

there is no try

Luke, of course, thinks this is impossible. Sure, he has been able to move stones around this way. But a spaceship? That’s completely different. Or is it?

"For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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How to Become a Morning Person

(Even If You Don’t Think You Can)

A few years ago, someone listened to my podcast, “Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual.” They wrote to me and said, “I really would like to be a morning person. Do you have any advice for becoming one? Is that even possible?”

sunrise and coffee

First of all, yes. It is possible. This is not like trying to become a professional basketball player if you are only 5’6″ tall. This is more like trying to change a belief system and a set of habits. You can do it if you are intentional.

"Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours." -Tom Hopkins

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend

Power up by Unplugging

The weekend gives most of us the chance to downshift and recharge. But how often do we seize on it to catch up or get ahead on our work instead?

fun with friends

If researchers are right, more than ever before. Not only are we working more hours on the weekend, we’re cramming the time with more chores, errands, and other to-dos. “[T]he data support the theory that Sundays . . . are becoming ever-more harried,” says one report.

Encore Episode: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

frustrated

Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we? The good news is that we can get through those moments and stay on course. I’ve got six tricks for training yourself to persist when you want to quit.

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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." —Thomas Edison

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How to Become Better Than You Ever Thought Possible

3 Practical Steps for Achieving Peak Performance

This is a guest post by Jeff Goins. Jeff is the author of four books including the national bestseller The Art of Work (available for $2.99 this week only). You can find him on Twitter and follow his award-winning blog.

Why are some people so good at what they do whereas others struggle with the most basic of tasks? Have you ever wondered if you were capable of achieving more in your work and life?

peak-performance

This question is what researcher Anders Ericsson has spent most of his career pondering. And the answers might surprise you.

"Feeling afraid? Do it scared." -Michael Hyatt

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7 Steps to Gain More Confidence Now

A Proven Path to Overcome Fear and Reach Your Goals

Whenever I speak with leaders about their greatest struggles, the answer I hear more than any other is a lack of confidence. It’s a universal affliction.

confident man

Early in my career, I suffered from almost crippling social anxiety. At formal office functions, I’d sweat like crazy and my hands would go ice-cold.

Later, as the CEO of Thomas Nelson, I wrestled with heavy feelings of inadequacy. Was I really up for the job? Could I really lead this business through the Great Recession?