Season 3, Episode 10: The Real Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish [Podcast]

How to Handle Criticism with Grace

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this tenth episode, Michele Cushatt and I talk about how to handle criticism with grace.

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Criticism is inevitable, and it stings. But only the foolish sting back. The wise pause, evaluate, and turn it to their advantage. Here are four disciplines to help you better handle—and even benefit from—criticism.

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4 Reasons You Should Buy a Standup Desk—Right Now

Plus 4 Easy Solutions That Work for Almost Any Budget

Modern Americans are the most sedentary people in world history. We sit nearly all day in our homes, cars, and offices—all before laying in bed for hours every night.

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All of that immobility is adding inches to our waistline and subtracting years from our life. But there’s one very simple solution.

Yes, Life is Risky—Dive in Anyway

How We Can Find Miracles in the Midst of Difficult Times

This is a guest post by Michele Cushatt, speaker, blogger, and my cohost for This is Your Life. I’m excited about the release of her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life. You can read her blog here and follow her on Twitter. You can also read my review of this amazing memoir here.

Life comes at us in waves. Sometimes the surge ripples gently by. Other times it can pound the daylights out of us and leave us gasping for breath. How do we respond when that happens?

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I live with my family in Colorado so my kids are more familiar with soaring mountains and sweeping plains than surge and swirl of ocean surf. But several months ago, while visiting my parents in Nevada, we decided to hop across California and see the beach.

How to Make a New Habit Stick

Why It’s Harder than You Thought—and What to Do about It

We’re over seventy days into the New Year. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions? Some people I talk with are building momentum and making big gains. Others are struggling—especially when it comes to developing beneficial new habits.

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For decades now I’ve heard that it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit, thirty days at the most. If a person can just marshal their will power for three or four weeks, bingo! They’ve got it made. But anyone struggling to form a new habit knows there’s more to the story.

Season 3, Episode 9: Making Peace with an Unexpected Life [Podcast]

An Interview with Michele Cushatt, Author of ‘Undone’

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, I turn the tables a bit and interview Michele Cushatt about her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life.

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As I said in my review Monday, Undone is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. It’s a book that will give you clarity, courage, and the commitment we always talk about on this podcast. More than anything, it will help us see that our lives our a gift.

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Get a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog for Just $2.95 a Month

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Three years ago, I recorded a screencast called, “How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less.” Since that time, more than 10,000 people have used that short video to launch their own blog. If you have ever thought about building your own platform, now is the time. Here’s why …

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Note: Even if you already have a blog, it’s worth taking advantage of this unprecedented price just in case you want to launch another web property in the future. I did. It’s a steal.

5 Lifelines for Finding Peace in Difficult Times

A Review of Michele Cushatt’s New Book, ‘Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life’

I start a lot of books. I quit the bad, finish the good, and come back again and again to the truly great. Michele Cushatt’s newest, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life, is one of those.

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Michele is one of the most gifted communicators I know. I love the way she tells stories, shares insights, and reveals her fears and hopes in her speaking, blogging, and every week on my podcast. She’s what Brené Brown calls “wholehearted.”

But I can’t think of any place her talent and hard-won skill shines as brightly as in her new book.

What I Learned from My 2015 Reader Survey

5 Key Conclusions to Better Serve You

I’ve been doing reader surveys since 2009, and I get excited every time the numbers come in. As far as I’m concerned, a reader survey is the best way to get real, useful, concrete data on the people I want to serve best: you.

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Last month I launched my 2015 reader survey. I do a survey almost every year because it helps me gain clarity and improve the content I create. For the past few days, I’ve been pouring over the results.

To my delight, almost thirty-five hundred people participated. I want to share the results with you, along with how I plan to use the feedback to meet your needs and exceed your expectations in the coming year.

Season 3, Episode 8: How to Write a Blog Post in 70 Minutes or Less [Podcast]

My Step-by-Step Workflow for Content Creation

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to stay consistent with your blogging in just 70 minutes.

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One of the most important aspects of building your platform is consistency. But creating great content on a regular basis is time consuming, right? Not if you follow my simple, step-by-step workflow for content creation.

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Why Customer Service is the New Marketing

3 Undeniable Principles Entrepreneurs Can’t Afford to Miss

If you make a stellar product but don’t provide stellar customer service, guess what you won’t have? Very many customers.

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If you’re looking for a competitive advantage in business, customer service is the answer. Why? It’s like investing in both customer loyalty and your promotional budget at the same time. Customer service is the new marketing.

Why More Time Is Not the Answer to Your Productivity Problems

My Free New Ebook Will Show You How to Create More Margin for What Matters Most

We all start out the week with 168 hours, but it never feels like enough, does it? Work, family, exercise, projects, hobbies, meetings, dates, time off—how can we possibly fit it all in?

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According to Gallup, half of us say we don’t have enough time. But what if that’s the wrong way to look at it?