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.

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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.

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Blogging Gone Bad: 7 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Plus Easy Fixes to Gain and Retain the Readers Your Message Deserves

I follow a lot of blogs. I also stop following a lot. Why? My day is the same length as everyone’s, and frankly life’s too short to read bad blogs.

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Once I started blogging over a decade ago, I became a student of the art. Through trial and error I learned what worked, what didn’t, and how to improve my approach. I’ve shared a lot of what I’ve learned right here and at Platform University.

One thing I’ve discovered is that when bloggers go wrong, we tend to do it in the same ways. And that’s actually good news because it means it’s easy to diagnose and fix many of our problems.

"The grass is greener where you water it." -Neil Barringham

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The 10 Characteristics of a Rockstar Executive Assistant

What Every Leader Needs to Know about the Most Important Member of the Team

You can’t make it on your own, and that’s not a putdown. It’s reality. And the bigger your goals, the more help you’re going to need in reaching them.

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In the corporate world, I relied heavily on my executive assistants. When I struck out on my own, I thought I could manage without one. Crazy. I just couldn’t keep up.

It didn’t take long before I enrolled a virtual assistant. Now I have two and couldn’t run my business without them. But what makes a great assistant, whether virtual or in the office? If you’re a leader, you’d better know the answer to that question.

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.

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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.

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Why Going Outdoors Makes You Smarter, Stronger, and More Spiritual

3 Life-Changing Benefits of Nature You Can’t Afford to Miss

Whether we’re in our homes, in our cars, or in our offices, we spend most of our days removed from nature—and it’s not good for us.

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I just returned from a fishing trip on the Big Horn River in Montana, and I’m on sabbatical right now in Maine. I live outside Nashville, Tennessee, and one thing we have in abundance is trees. But Maine has us beat. There are 22 billion trees here—almost 17,000 per person.

We all know about the environmental benefits trees and other plants provide. But how often do you take advantage of the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits we get from nature?

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas Edison

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How to Use the Gratitude Advantage at Work

6 Tactics for Powering Your Success by Expressing Thanks

Lona Collins is 107 years old. When a reporter asked what she does to stay young, she said gratitude. “Don’t go crabbin’,” she advised.

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Most of us know about the gratitude advantage. Research shows that expressing thanks leads to lower stress, better relationships, improved health, and more. But there’s one place we’re unlikely to express gratitude—work.

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.

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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.

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The Most Valuable Missing Ingredient in Your Fitness Routine

5 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider Adding Strength Training to Your Workout Today

I’ve been running for years now. It’s an essential part of my health and fitness—and even my business. But if you’re like me, there could be something missing from your workout routine.

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Almost two years ago I set some significant health-related goals, and I hired a personal trainer to help me reach them. He evaluated my routine and we agreed the main thing I needed to add was strength training.

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