Season 2, Episode 09: The 3 Forces That Shape Character [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of character and the forces that shape it.

3 Forces That Shape Character

Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.

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Will You Reach Your Goals in 2015? My New Free Video Series Shows You How

We are all made to accomplish certain things unique to us. Our dreams and ambitions tell us all the time what those things are, but sometimes we tune them out, right?

Will You Reach Your Goals in 2015? My New Free Video Series Shows You How

Maybe other voices—all the pressing, demanding, urgent things in our lives—take precedence. Maybe we’re afraid about what our dream might cost us. Or maybe we feel like our ambitions have led us astray in the past.

Those last two were big for me.

One Sure-Fire Trick for Overcoming the Winter Blues

Every year we hear news about people who suffer from holiday or seasonal blues. More than just hearing about them, a large number actually experience them. I certainly have.

One Sure-Fire Trick for Overcoming the Winter Blues

For some, it’s about relational rifts and resentments. For others, including me, it’s about diminishing daylight and getting less exercise—at least that has been the case for me in the past. Since discovering this about myself, I’ve been intentional about addressing it.

But there’s another factor we could be missing.

I Thank, Therefore I Am

For some, the word eucharist can be off-putting. It suggests ritual, sacraments, and liturgy. It can seem like the very opposite of a personal relationship with God.

I Thank, Therefore I Am

But eucharist is word that all of us can embrace. It comes from the Greek, eucharisteó, which means “to give thanks.” This behavior should not only be central to the life of every Christian, but it’s also what distinguishes humans from all other created beings.

Season 2, Episode 07: How Book Publishing Has Changed and What it Means for You [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the changing world of book publishing. If you are an author—or an aspiring author—this episode is for you.

How Book Publishing Has Changed and What it Means for You

I am always surprised by how many people have either written or want to write a book. According to my last reader survey, 65 percent of my audience fits into this category.

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Update! Vote on the Most Inspiring Transformation Story of 2014

The votes are in, and David Hollingsworth and Scott Kedersha have won the top spots for most inspiring transformation stories. See the winning videos below. I am thrilled to award them both VIP access to my updated 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever goal-setting course. We heard so many exciting success stories in 2014. I can hardly wait to see the transformations that happen in 2015.

More than 2,500 people went through my goal-setting course last year. The results have been pretty astounding.

Vote on the Most Inspiring Transformation Story of 2014

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My team and I asked participants how their lives changed and what advice they would give the rest of us about accomplishing more in 2015. We combed through all the responses and picked the five most inspiring.

Now it’s your turn to vote on your favorites.

The Gratitude Advantage: Four Ways Giving Thanks Improves Your Life

There are a lot of myths around the first American Thanksgiving in 1621, but one thing is for sure. The Pilgrims were lucky to be alive, and they knew it.

The Gratitude Advantage: 4 Ways Giving Thanks Improves Your Life

“Eleven months earlier the Pilgrims had arrived at the tip of Cape Cod, fearful and uninformed,” says Nathaniel Philbrick in his history Mayflower. “By all rights, none of the Pilgrims should have emerged from the first winter alive.”

But they did. Thanks to God, their faith, and help from many Native Americans, they did more than survive. They began to flourish. And it’s a virtuous circle.

What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

I love watching people succeed, especially if I can learn something I can apply in my own life and share with you. That’s why I’m excited about what I learned from watching Slack’s success this year.

What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

Slack is a communications tool that enables natural and effective team collaboration. The company, started by Stewart Butterfield, the cofounder of Flickr, has been making news since going public earlier this year and is already worth more than a billion dollars.

Season 2, Episode 06: What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the difficulty of waiting.

What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait

I am good at a few things, but waiting is not one of them. Whether it is being put on hold when I call a business, sitting in the waiting room of my dentist’s office, or standing in the security line at the airport, I am impatient.

How about you?

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How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

If you’re in a position of leadership, chances are better than good you’re going to blow it with your people sooner or later. It’s like messing things up in your marriage. Don’t ask me how I know this, but it’s inevitable from time to time.

How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

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There are pluses and minuses to that comparison, but one benefit is that making things right with our spouses can teach us how to make things right with just about anyone.

How? I’m not a counselor, but after decades of professional and personal experience, I’ve found mending relationships involves the same basic five steps.