Episode #10: Discover The Truth About Nutrition And Wellness

with Kayleigh Pleas

17 years ago, my physical health was a mess.  I was a junior in college, and my weight had ballooned to 225 lbs.  For perspective, I am ~ 5 feet and 8 inches tall.  Not good.  I didn’t like the way I looked and I liked the way I felt even less.  So I set about losing weight and becoming healthier.  I made a lot of mistakes.  I banged my head into the wall many times.  It wasn’t until 7 years later (10 years ago), that I lost the needed weight and have since kept it off.

I wish I had known my next guest – Kayleigh Pleas – back then.  Because if I did, I know I wouldn’t have struggled as much or for as long as I did.  I’m not alone with my experience, however, as I’ve met and spoken to so many other people just like me.  They try hard but keep falling short because of the different obstacles in our way.  Do I go paleo? vegan? Do I start crossfit?  running daily? How do I manage my mind?  my emotions? daily cravings?  Why do I want to change my diet and lifestyle?

If you’re struggling with any or all of these questions, or if you just want to improve your nutrition and wellness, then I implore you to listen to today’s episode with Kayleigh Pleas.  She’s going to discuss these topics and so much more.  You won’t be disappointed and you’ll come out on the other end with concrete tips and practices to start improving your diet and wellness today!

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Episode #009: Learn To Meditate Mindfully And Become Happier, Healthier, & More Resilient

With Cory Muscara

My next guest, Cory Muscara, is one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to meditation and mindfulness.  He’s a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show and spent 6 months in silence practicing meditation 14+ hours a day.

If you’re struggling to manage the stress of everyday life – juggling work responsibilities, managing your kids schedules, finding time for you and your significant other, keeping the house clean, whatever it is – then I want you to consider meditation.  Last year I was at my breaking point with stress and on a lark, I decided to give it a try.  After the first 10 sessions on my Headspace App, I decided I would meditate for a year straight to see what, if any, positive effect it would have.  That was the best decision I made last year.  I tracked my well-being using a journal and spreadsheet everyday and that one change – meditating everyday – totally changed my life and well-being.

If you think you want to change your life too, then listen to this episode with Cory.  His insights, habits, and tips will help you start and maintain a healthy meditation practice today!

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Episode #008: Get Inspired To Change Your Body, Mind, and Life

With Branden Collinsworth, Nike Master Fitness Trainer, Entrepreneur, & Philanthropist

My next guest, Branden Collinsworth, has one of the most inspirational stories you will ever hear.  He grew up in the projects on the east side of Las Vegas, where many of his community and friends ended up in prison or dead.  He and his family were homeless at one point, living out of a car.  But he managed to embrace that experience and use it as the edge for success in his life – opening up his own fitness gyms, becoming a Nike Master Fitness Trainer, and starting The Warrior Retreats project to help fuel his philanthropic pursuits.

If you’ve been struggling with motivation, or think that you can’t achieve success, then you need to check out this interview with Branden.  I promise his story, his message, and his ideas about fitness, life, and success will change you.  They will help you find the motivation you need to finally achieve the best version of you and the life you’ve always wanted.

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Episode #007: Reb Rebele on Why Helping Others Can Be The Key To Succeeding At Work And Finding A Fulfilling Career

One of the great myths in business and work is that to succeed you must climb your way to the top … on the backs of others.  My next guest tells us that this is simply not true and that often times, those that are most successful “give” just as much as they “take.”  This prosocial behavior is the key to success for individuals and organizations everywhere.

If you’re looking to find a new way to thrive within in your career and at your work, then you’re in for a real treat listening to my conversation with Reb Rebele.  He talks about his work as a researcher in UPenn’s Wharton People Analytics department, shares his insights from his writing in Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post and most importantly gives us some really effective habits and practices we can use everyday.

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Episode #006: Emily Esfahani Smith on stopping the chase for happiness and finding meaning instead

I first met Emily Esfahani Smith when I was an assistant instructor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.  One of my responsibilities was to read and grade theory papers for one of the classes.  I was absolutely blown away by the power and insight of her writing.  I remember thinking at the time that one day I’d be reading a future book from her.

Just five years later and I found myself engrossed in her popular new book – The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters.  In the book, Emily argues that we should stop chasing happiness and instead pursue a life of meaning and purpose.  This point of view comes from years of psychology and philosophy research and interviews with people from all around the world.

If you’ve ever struggled with finding happiness in life, trying to understand how your life fits with it all  … Then check out this interview and pick up her book.  You will not regret it. It’s a great way to understand how we can understand meaning and purpose, and craft a life worth living.

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Episode #005: Eliminate your fear and master writing today – 7 incredible writing tips with Kathryn Britton

Do you struggle to write well … to write consistently … and to share your knowledge and stories with the world?

For a long time, I did.  Growing up, I always thought that great writing was something others did – you know, the creative eccentrics, the lone geniuses.  I struggled with procrastination when writing, I struggled with imposter syndrome, and I struggled with the fear of judgment by others.

Because of that, I spent a long time avoiding writing – whether it was writing at work, writing for school, or just writing for my own enjoyment.  It wasn’t until I went back to graduate school that I faced and conquered these fears.  Now, I do consider myself a good writer and I’m confident sharing my work with the world.

Don’t make the same mistake I did.  Eliminate your fear and master your writing!

Today I speak with Kathryn Britton about how you can integrate writing into your life and become a great writer.  We’ll discuss the most effective habits and practices of writing and provide key insights to help you improve your writing.

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Episode #004: Discover How You Can Crush It In Life Using Your Signature Strengths – A Conversation With Dr. Ryan Niemiec

One of the great falsehoods we’ve been led to believe in life is the idea that we must focus only on our weaknesses to succeed in life.  The need to identify and correct weaknesses shows up just about everywhere we look.  Think about the last job interview you had, I bet they asked about a weakness.  Or think about growing up playing sports – you probably had a coach telling you all the wrong ways you were swinging the bat.  In my first performance evaluation, my supervisor spent the first 50 minutes about all the things I needed to improve.

But if we really want to thrive in life – be it at work, in our personal relationships, with our well-being, in sports … anything worth doing – then we should be focusing on our strengths just as much as our weaknesses (if not more).  That’s the overwhelming take home message from the science of character strengths.

Today I speak with Dr. Ryan Niemiec about the science and application of character strengths.  We’ll uncover the best habits and practices of character strengths and discuss key insights.

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Learn The Most Effective Habits & Practices From Some Of The World’s Best Experts

I asked some of my favorite experts and thought leaders – people that are world class performers in what they do – for quick and uncommon habits and practices that we can adopt to help us thrive in life and at work every day. They really came through with some priceless wisdom and tips that will help you on day 1.

When you’re done reading, I would love to hear a quick and uncommon habit or practice from you, in the comments!

On Wellness, Health, & Fitness

Take 5 minutes each day to practice sitting completely still. This takes the meditation one step further. By committing to stillness, you’re forced to meet, be with, and find an inner grounding amidst all of the things you might typically try to move away from (e.g. an itch, low back pain, extra energy in the body). Doing this over time develops calm, resilience and confidence to meet the various discomforts that may arise.”     Cory Muscara, Long Island Center For Mindfulness
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Episode #003: How You Can Become A Creative Powerhouse With Monica Kang

From Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy Expert to CEO And Founder of InnovatorsBox

I teach creativity and innovation courses at the Unvirsity of Maryland’s Academy of Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  One of the questions I ask my students often is, “How many of you think you are creative?”  The response is always the same – one or two hands respond yes – that’s less than 10% every time.

Most people just don’t think they are creative or can ever be creative.  If that describes you, or if you want to learn how you pump up your creativity, then today’s episode is definitely for you.

Today I speak with Monica Kang, CEO and founder of InnovatorsBox, a company that is helping individuals and organizations learn to be creative and reach their full potential.

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