"If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done." -Unknown
“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” -Unknown

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How to Regain Your Perspective After a Major Setback

Use this Proven 5-Step Process and Get Back on Track

It’s easy to lose perspective if you immerse yourself in the river of daily news. Things appear to be bad—and getting worse! The end of the world as we know it is right around the corner.

The media profit from our fear and anxiety, which is exactly why I stopped watching television news. It provides an incomplete picture at best. But things are not always what they seem.

How the Enneagram Can Help You Become a Better Leader

The Most Powerful Tool I’ve Found for Personal Development

Leading others starts with leading ourselves. That means leaders must be be committed to personal development if we’re going to have long-term success. But some paths to personal development are more direct than others.

My friend Ian Cron is both a priest and a therapist. He’s also an expert in the Enneagram, an ancient personal-development tool that’s received increased attention over the last several years.

Encore Episode: What if the Barriers Were Only in Your Head? [Podcast]

Defeating Limiting Beliefs in the 3 Major Areas of Life

The podcast is currently on hiatus while we design a new and improved show. We’ll be airing some fan favorites in the meantime and will debut the new format in the new year. So stay tuned! Today, we have one of our most popular episodes to share with you. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed how to defeat the beliefs that are holding you back.

Most of the things that hold us back are not external. They’re inside our heads and hearts, the limiting beliefs that keep us from making meaningful progress toward our goals—or even setting those goals to begin with.

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Turning Failure to Your Advantage

How to Use Setbacks as Fuel for Future Success

In 1991, I—along with my business partner—suffered a financial meltdown. We had built a successful publishing company, but our growth outstripped our working capital. We simply ran out of cash.

For a while, our distributor funded us in the form of cash advances on our sales. But eventually, their parent company wanted those advances back. Although we didn’t officially go bankrupt, the distributor essentially foreclosed on us and took over all our assets.

Encore Episode: How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast]

4 Heart-Defending Disciplines

The podcast is currently on hiatus while we design a new and improved show. We’ll be airing some fan favorites in the meantime and will debut the new format in the new year. So stay tuned! Today, we have one of our most popular episodes to share with you. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it.

It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential clients, and customers. What is this critical leadership asset? It’s our heart. Today I’m sharing four disciplines to keep it in shape.

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Why I Stopped Watching Television News

And Why the Future Will Be Far Better Than We’re Told

Along with more than 70 million of my fellow Americans, I watched the presidential debate Monday night. It’s hard to expect more from the context, but it was very negative.

Why I Stopped Watching Television News

It’s one of the reasons I almost never watch television news. You can make a good argument for viewing the debates. This is a historic election, and voters should stay informed. But in general watching TV news is a terrible way to do so.

What to Do with Difficult Clients [Podcast S08E13]

(And How to Attract Better Ones)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss what to do with difficult clients.

If you’ve ever been in a service-oriented business, you have likely dealt with the “high-maintenance client.” This is the person who has unreasonable expectations and is often demanding, unrelenting, and never satisfied regardless of how hard you work to meet their expectations. In today’s podcast, I give you practical advice on how to handle these situations.

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