How to Avoid Procrastinating When You Feel Overwhelmed

This is a guest post by Lucille Zimmerman. She is a licensed professional counselor and an affiliate faculty professor at Colorado Christian University. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

On my morning jogs, I’ve been listening to Michael Hyatt’s new book Platform (unabridged audio edition). In spite of being a tremendous resource, I find myself getting overwhelmed, sometimes even irritated.

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The problem with Michael’s book is that it contains too much information. For instance, the book doesn’t just teach the benefits of Twitter, it tells you how to set up an account, and even what size your personal photograph should be.

#026: How to Lead in Turbulent Times [Podcast]

It’s no secret that the last four or five years have been challenging from an economic, technological, and global perspective. In this episode, I discuss five actions leaders must take in order to lead well in turbulent times.

A Ship on a Turbulent Sea

When I speak publicly on this topic, I call this presentation, “Shift: Leading in Turbulent Times.” I use the word “shift” for two reasons:

  1. The world seems to be shifting under our feet.
  2. We must also shift if we are going to lead well.

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“How To Be Predictably Persuasive”
by Ray Edwards

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Ray Edwards Show
September 19, 2012

I met Ray Edwards in New York recently at a gathering of membership site owners. He is a copywriter by trade—a really great copywriter.

Recently, I was on his blog and discovered that he is also a podcaster. His show is mostly about Internet marketing and copywriting, but he throws in a few life lessons as well.

I listened to two episodes so far and am very impressed. I think his is now my favorite podcast. Give it a listen!

5 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider Writing a Book

Have you ever thought about writing a book? If you are like 61.5 percent of my readers, you probably have. But even if you haven’t, I urge you to consider it.

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Being a published author has done more for my career—and my income—than I could have ever imagined. It has opened doors of opportunity I couldn’t have dreamed were possible. And, it can happen for you, too.

Here are five good reasons why you should consider writing a book:

5 Characteristics of a Strong Mind

LaRae Quy worked as an undercover and counterintelligence FBI agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. Now she speaks and writes on leadership and empowerment. Her book, Secrets of A Strong Mind, is available on Amazon. Visit her blog, Empower the Leader In You, or follow her on Twitter.

We live in turbulent times. If you and I are to overcome the obstacles in our way, we’re going to need a strong mind.

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No matter the circumstances around us, we will need to rely upon the mental toughness we normally look for in our heroes, not in ourselves.

A Comprehensive List of My Tools

I just finished a page about all the tools I use. I arranged them by category: blogging, social media, speaking, podcasting, productivity, etc. You can find the page by clicking on “My Tools” in the navigation, but I didn’t want you to miss it because it was tucked away on a menu. I’d love to hear what tools you are using (leave on comment on the My Tools page).

I am excited about being a presenter at the very prestigious Merrimack College & The Eagle-Tribune Speaker Series.  This speaker series has notable speakers like John C. Maxwell and Sir Ken Robinson speaking in the past.

Date: April 2, 2013
Time: TBA
Event: Merrimack College and The Eagle-Tribune Speaker Series
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Merrimack College & The Eagle-Tribune
Venue: Merrimack College: Rogers Center for the Performing Arts.
Location: 315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

A Question That Changes Everything

In 2003, I was named President of Thomas Nelson. It was an extremely busy time. I made some major changes to my executive team and had two vacant positions. As a result, I essentially had three jobs.

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One morning on my way to work, I grabbed my computer case in my right hand, a fresh cup of coffee in my left, and headed downstairs to the garage to leave to work.


Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health (Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale Books, 2011)

This is one of the most revolutionary health books I have read in some time. The author’s basic premise is that wheat and wheat products are responsible for many of the health maladies that plague modern Americans, including obesity, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and more.

When I first heard about the book, I dismissed it because I have always been taught that wheat, especially in its whole-grain form, is healthy for you. He presents a compelling case that the wheat we eat today bears little resemblance to the wheat of one hundred years ago. It has been so genetically-modified and hybridized that our bodies can’t process it. The result is chronic inflammation, leading to everything from poor health to a general lack of energy.

The book is pretty technical. The author is a medical doctor, and he is determined to prove his case with hard data and lots of science. Fortunately, he weaves in lots of case studies about his patients and how a gluten-free diet transformed their health.

As a test, Gail and I, along with a couple of our daughters with Crohn’s disease, decided to give the diet a whirl. We’ve been on it now for two weeks. I can honestly say that I have never felt more alert and energetic. One of my daughters has already lost ten pounds.

3 Essentials Every Man Must Know to Be an All Pro Dad

This guest post is by Mark Merrill He is president of Family First, host of the nationally-syndicated “Family Minute” radio program, and author of the newly released book, All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to be a Hero to Your Kids. You can follow Mark on Twitter.

It’s football season! From high school to college to the NFL, men are on the gridiron seeking to win and ultimately become champions. They’re digging, clawing, and giving it all they’ve got to come out on top.

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It should be no different with fatherhood. We need men out there who are in the game—the most important game of their life—working hard and striving toward the goal to be the best they can be, to be All Pro Dads.