My New Book ‘Living Forward’ Is Finally Here

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I can hardly believe it. My new book, Living Forward, coauthored with my longtime friend Daniel Harkavy, is out today. This launch closes a very important circle in my life.

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Three years ago Daniel and I met on a Florida beach to get away and dream about this project. By then I’d worked with Daniel’s organization, Building Champions, for a decade.

I found their Life Planning process to be hugely beneficial. It’s helped me navigate choppy water personally and professionally. In fact, as I explain in the book, it guided me through some of the worst of the Great Recession. Now we wanted to get that message out as far as we possibly could.

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Why You Need a Life Plan Now [Podcast S07E03]

A Proven Way to Avoid Wasting Your Life

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt talks with my friend Daniel Harkavy and me about our brand new book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.

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Far too many people drift through life, dissatisfied and nagged by regrets. But there’s one tool that can help you fight the drift and pursue the life you want. And we’re going to unpack it in today’s episode.

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"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most important of all, other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you." - Jeffrey Gitomer

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How a Small Shift in Your Vocabulary Can Instantly Change Your Attitude

3 Suggestions to Boost Your Mood and Improve Your Performance

This past year I have noticed how my vocabulary impacts my attitude. Words have power. They impact others, of course, but they can also have an impact on us.

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I was once headed out of town for a speaking engagement. A friend called and asked me where I was going. I said, “Oh, I’m headed to San Jose. I have to speak at a convention.” I said it with a little resignation in my voice.

4 Reasons Your Leadership Suffers When You Cheat Sleep

Here’s What Your Late Nights are Really Costing You

If you’re an entrepreneur, corporate boss, or ministry leader, chances are good you’re not getting enough sleep. In fact, I’d bet money on it.

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The national average is short of seven hours a night. And that number, already below the recommended eight, is probably overstated. Why do I think that?

Join Daniel Harkavy and me live and in person for a fun-filled, energizing evening to launch our book, Living Forward! We’ll walk you through the life-planning concepts from the book and take your questions live. Our goal is to inspire you to stop drifting and start designing the life of your dreams. Best of all, the event is free—but you must register to attend.

Date: March 1, 2016
Time: 07:00-08:30 p.m.
Event: Living Forward LIVE
Topic: Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want
Venue: Cross Point Church
Location: 299 Cowan Street
Nashville, TN 37213
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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How to Discern Your Calling [Podcast S07E02]

3 Vital Components of Meaningful Work

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to find your calling in life.

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Life is full of ups and downs—that’s especially true for business. So what keeps you steady in the storm? The answer is your calling. The problem is that sometimes people don’t know what their’s is. Hopefully, not after today’s episode.

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"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." -Suzy Kassem

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What You Can’t Afford to Miss When You Make a New Hire

3 Criteria to Ensure You Get the Best Fit for Your Team

It’s popular to say the customer is always right. It’s also not true. Whether you run a business, nonprofit, or ministry, your team comes first.

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Get the right team, and you’re off to the races. Hire the wrong team, and you’ll likely move slowly—maybe even backwards.

So what’s the trick for getting the best people in place?

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We’re Celebrating the Launch of My New Book and Want You to Come

My new book hits the streets in less than two weeks. We’re making final preparations now, and the only thing missing from the book launch party is you!

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If you live in or around the Nashville area, I want to extend a special invitation to join me in person for Living Forward LIVE! on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at 299 Cowan St. in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee.

Living Forward LIVE! is a free, fun-filled, inspirational event to kick off the release of Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day

Maximize a Midday Snooze and Start Winning Like the Best Nappers Do

I am a habitual nap-taker. I take one almost every day and have for years. I used to feel a little guilty about it—like I was slacking off or something. Then Sam Moore, my predecessor at Thomas Nelson, admitted to me he too was a napper.

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“Every day after lunch, I lie down on the sofa in my office,” he recounted. “I hold my car keys in my right hand and let my hand hang toward the floor. When the car keys fall out of my hand, I know I’m done.” (Evidently, the famous artist Salvador Dali had a similar practice. He called it “slumber with a key.”)