Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces.

season-4-episode-9-v1-artwork

Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about certain temptations. I don’t know a single leader who has not dealt with at least one of these four.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 8: Goal Setting for Beginners [Podcast]

5 Principles for Setting Goals That Work

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to start setting goals that actually work.

season-4-episode-8-v2-artwork

When I speak, I’m amazed at how many people in the audience recognize the value of setting goals. I’m also surprised by how few actually do it. I’ve been setting and achieving big goals most of my life, and I’ve identified five simple goal-setting principles that will help you get results.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 7: How to Achieve More by Sleeping More [Podcast]

4 Specific Ways Sleep Enables You to Accomplish Your Goals

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to achieve more by sleeping more.

Season-4-Episode-7-V1-Artwork

Our society places a high value on achievement and little on rest. But the more we cheat our sleep to pursue our goals, the less we actually accomplish. Today we talk about the science of sleep and achievement—specifically how rest helps you accomplish your goals.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 6: Watch Your Mouth [Podcast]

How Small Changes in Your Vocabulary Can Make a Big Impact on Your Life

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the vital importance of the words we use.

Season-4-Episode-6-V1-Artwork

What if it turned out most of our burdens were really benefits we missed because of the words we used to describe them? Our vocabulary possesses a lot of power over our life and experience. If we want to improve our attitude and our results, it’s time to start listening to the words we use.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 5: Getting the Most Out of Evernote [Podcast]

12 Uses You May Not Have Considered

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to get the most out of Evernote.

season-4-episode-5-v2-artwork

Evernote is a cloud-based, information organization app. But you probably knew that, right? The system already boasts over 100 million subscribers. Why? Because it’s the one of the few apps almost no one can outgrow—I find new uses for it all the time. Here are twelve you may not have considered. They’re a little unconventional, but they save me time, trouble, and a lot more.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 4: The Secret Power of Smiling [Podcast]

5 Reasons it Matters—for You and for Others

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the secret power of smiling.

Season-4-Episode-4-V1-Artwork

When I was CEO of Thomas Nelson, a consultant called me out for how little I smiled. I didn’t know I was scowling, but I was setting the wrong mood for my team. After that I not only learned to smile, I learned five reasons it matters—for you and others.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 3: Why Learning to Lead Means Learning to Follow [Podcast]

5 Characteristics All Great Followers Have in Common

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss why learning to lead means learning to follow.

Season-4-Episode-3-V1-Artwork

If you want to be an effective leader, it’s critical that you first learn to be an effective follower. It sounds counterintuitive, but without the character and skill formation that comes from learning to follow, you’re almost guaranteed to be a poor leader.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 2: Setting Up Camp in the Discomfort Zone [Podcast]

7 Strategies for Making the Most of Challenging Situations

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the importance of setting up camp in the discomfort zone.

Season-4-Episode-2-V1-Artwork

If you’re an entrepreneur or leader of any kind you’re going to face discomfort and difficulty. But here’s the good news: These are the times we most grow and make progress towards our goals—especially if we follow seven strategies for making the most of challenging situations.

Listen to the Audio

Season 4, Episode 1: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

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

We’re back! Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of our brand new season, Stu McLaren (who’s filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

Season-4-Episode-1-V2-Artwork

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.

Listen to the Audio

Season 3, Episode 13: Why Is Retirement a Terrible Idea? [Podcast]

And My Answers to 8 Other Listener Questions

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this final episode of the season, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why retirement is a terrible idea and answer eight questions from you, the listener.

season-3-episode-13-artwork-v6

One of my favorite shows is our Q&A show. It’s a fun, off-the-cuff way to interact with the needs of my audience and share what insights I have. In this episode we talk about why I don’t believe in retirement, post-vacation email overload, the value of empathy, and more.

Listen to the Audio

Season 3, Episode 12: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast]

An Interview with Greg McKeown, Author of ‘Essentialism’

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Season-3-Episode-12-Artwork-V1

We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce, and consume more—constantly. As a result, our schedules are packed, while our lives seem empty. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, one of the best business books I’ve ever read, offers the perspective and tools we need to break free from this trap.

Listen to the Audio