I recently had the pleasure of making a connection with the founders of “The Best Self Journal Co,” Allen Brouwer and Cathryn Lavery. I was inspired to reach out to them because of all the amazing things I was hearing from friends that were using their journal as well as the customer feedback about the product that was prevalent on the internet.
In my podcast interview with Allen and Cathryn, we discuss the inspiration for the development and design of the Best Self Journal. It steamed from the fact that both Allen and Cathryn were not able to find a journal that had all the features that they knew were critical to one’s success. The two were working long hours, seemingly spinning their wheels and not feeling like they were making any progress toward their purpose in life. They read 100’s of books on personal growth and self-help and compiled the ideas and concepts that they learned into the journal.
This journal is unlike any that you have seen. It features a 13 week roadmap to decide on your goals and break them down into something that is more proximal and easier to get your head around. It also features a morning and evening gratitude section as well as a place to record your wins for the day and the biggest lessons you have learned daily. You can record and track the habits you are attempting to develop as well as reflect on your day. They have even included a section they refer to as freedom pages where you can jot ideas and record notes.
Many people today only use a digital phone to record their meetings, and or take notes. But there is something very “cathartic” in putting pen to paper. The research states that the use of paper and pen vs. all digital recording of our notes and ideas allows our brains make a deeper connection when we write it down versus put it in a digital list-thus we are more apt to attain that goal we are working toward.
I hope you will take the time to listen to this informative interview with Allen Brouwer and Cathryn Lavery the founders and designers of The Best Self Journal.
If you want to learn more about the company please check out their website by clicking here or visit them on Facebook.
In my recent interview with author Susan David, we had the opportunity to speak about her new book entitled ” Emotional Agility-Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life.” The premise behind Susan work is that if people can learn the techniques of emotional agility, they can master the challenges in life that frequently derail them and create depression and despair.
It is all about navigating our inner world which consists of the negative self-talk, our thoughts, feelings and the habitual patterns that we create in our life that do not serve us from releasing our emotional baggage. Emotional Agility is an innovative approach to navigating life’s twist and turns with insight and accordingly to our values, rather than our knee-jerk “hooks” in which our thoughts, emotions, and stories drive our behavior.
If you want to learn more about Susan’s work you can visit the book website by clicking here. You can also take her free Emotional Agility Quiz and get your free 10 page personalized report. You can connect with Susan on Facebook by clicking this link. I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with author Susan David who provides insightful advice on how to release the emotional triggers that are holding us back.
“Your past can not be changed, but you can change tomorrow by your actions today.” This great quote is part of a new book by author and co-founder of the Hudson Institute called “Life Forward-Charting the Journey Ahead.”
At the true heart of “Life Forward“, it is masterful as assisting the reader in understanding how to deal with change. We all know that change is the biggest constant in our lives, but considering the rapid pace of change in our high tech, alway on society, it would be great to learn how to navigate change more effectively.
Most developing cultures in the first half of the twentieth century looked at the world through lenses prepared to see evolving stability, progress, and in the U.S., the good old American dream. The lenses that we now see through are change, change, change, change.
The forces of change seem to have no containment, limits or predictable sources of control. Those of us still wearing the old lenses have increasing difficulty seeing the astounding advantages of the new paradigm–the global marketplace, worldwide civilization, multicultural peoples, new careers, technological advances, transnational political structures and more.
In my interview with Pam we discuss the old rules and the new rules, these new rules are a foundation to assisting the reader in learning how to cope and assess how to deal with change. I know you are going to really enjoy my interview with author Pam McLean. If you want to learn more about the book, and the wonderful courses and programs that the Hudson Institute offers please click here.
In my interview with author Michael Alden, he states that most self-help program don’t have the anticipated impact on people’s lives that they expect. The reason is that in his estimation people reach too high, then don’t achieve their goals and become disappointed.
Simply stated Michael says to just do 5% More in every area of your life and you will achieve your goals. This technique is not new, but Michael is absolutely one-hundred percent correct– if we just complete the incremental short term goals our larger goals and vision will manifest. Do they always manifest that we envision, no but we do make progress toward our goals and dreams–you bet.
In my interview with this dynamic author that has reached the pinnacle of success, we discuss his challenging youth being brought up in the housing projects, having a mother as a drug addict, and loosing other members of his family to drugs. Mike has seen it all, and as a result decided to take an alternative path, he became a lawyer then started a very successful marketing company called Blue Vase which sells millions of dollars of health related products through infomercials.
If you are on a quest to improve your batting average relative your goals in life then I would highly recommend that you read and study the techniques that Mike talks about in his new book 5% More. If you want to learn more about Mike and his book 5% More, please click here to be directed to the book website.
You can also connect with Mike through his Facebook page, or watch a great video on YouTube.
I hope you enjoy my interview with author Michael Alden about reaching and achieving your goals.
I have a very good friend by the name of Michael Mc Cafferty that recently developed a new IOS application that automatically pushes out inspirational quotes to your mobile devices. Now I must say that quote apps are nothing new–but To Be Wise is a very unique application.
Mike and his team of developers have added features that make To Be Wise a very special quote system. You can read the quotes at your own pace with a scroll that has been built into the application, you can link to inspirational Ted-X talks on many of the quotes, you can add your own quotes, and you can share quotes for friend, associates and family.
In my interview with Mike we discuss not only the unique features, but we speak about the origins of To Be Wise which was an offshoot of the days when Mike was owned Telemagic software, and he added in a pop-up daily inspirational quote and the users of Telemagic fell in love with the daily inspirational quotes. The world of technology has evolved tremendously since the days of Telemagic, but our human needs to be inspired, and to learn will never wain.
I encourage you to listen to this inspiring interview with the founder of To Be Wise, Michael Mc Cafferty. And if you want to download the free version of To Be Wise just click here and you will be directed to the Apple Store.
You can currently utilize the application on your iPhone or iPad. I hope you enjoy my interview, here’s is to gaining more wisdom, and learning from the masters of all times.
What a brilliant book. Evan Carmichael has created not only a great book for any entrepreneur, but the book layout and ease of use and read is fantastic!!!!
In Evan’s new book “Your One Word” you are guided to helping find that “one word” that infuses you with passion, fire and desire to go big. Evan one word is “Believe”. Your one word will become your personal motto, and will help you capture your purpose and passion.
Evan asks a series of questions that help you find your “One Word”. He also gives great examples and stories. Now once you have found your “one word”, he does not leave you there. He provides practical advice on using your “one word” to grow and develop your business.
In his section of the book on the “Planning Checklist’, Evan helps you get started by taking action on your campaign. There are nine steps: 1) The Right Mindset 2) The Powerful Credo 3) Your Founding Story 4) Your Tribe of Followers 5) Rituals and Gestures 6) The Purposeful Name 7) knowing your Enemy 8) Memorable Logos, Fonts and Symbols 9) An Impactful Sound.
Remember that when you start your campaign for your business you are not just running a quick marketing project, you are in this for the long haul. You are here making a statement, and you are going to change the world.
I hope you enjoy my insightful and inspirational interview with Evan Carmichael the author of “Your One Word“. If you want to learn more about Evan you can find him at his website by clicking here, or through Facebook by clicking here—also Twitter #believe.
I had the privilege of recently interviewing Heather McGowan the co-author of a new book entitled “Disrupt Together-How Teams Consistently Innovate“. I was truly amazed at the depth and breadth of knowledge Heather has about innovating within organizations. The book “Disrupt Together” is a compilation of chapters written by distinguished thought leaders in the field of innovation.
Heather and I had an opportunity to discuss many of the chapters within the book, along with her contribution entitled “Framing the Vision for Engagement” When you have been handed a strategic directive it is the job of the managers to create an actionable enterprise. To create that actionable enterprise is requires that we are able to engage the talent responsible for the development of that new product or services being innovated. As Heather states in the book “The process is a nonlinear, iterative sequence of discover, formulate, develop, and optimize phases. When the directive can be explicitly stated as an actionable vision ,the value creation phase of development and optimize ensue, offering problem solutions and value creation.
This process is at the heart of every organization involved in innovating something new or redesigning a product to improve it. Disrupt Together is designed for anyone who want to take a deep dive into learning more about the dynamics of teams in the creative and innovative process. Every chapters provides insight and wisdom from some of the best teachers in the industry.
If you want to learn more about Heather McGowan and her passion, for the future of work and learning I recommend you visit her website by clicking here. You also might want to watch a very cool video of a presentation she did Redesigning Work by clicking here.
I had the pleasure of being able to interview author Richard Barrett about his book entitled ” The Values Driven Organization“. According to Richard values driven organizations are the most successful organizations on the planet. So what are values-“they are the ideals and customs of a society toward which the people have an effective regard”.
So why should you care about making your company driven by its values. The reason is that values driven organizations have employee engagement levels that are significantly higher, and this equates to an earning of 3.9 times the earning per share compared with organization where employees have low engagement. Gallup recently conducted a survey about employee engagement and found that 29% of US employees were actively engaged, 55% were not engaged and 16% were actively disengaged. The cost to organization of this level of disengagement is about $17, 500 per employee.
So if you want do you have to do to improve the engagement of your employees : 1) make your baseline rewards sufficient and fair. 2) have a congenial working atmosphere 3) give your employees autonomy and freedom 4) give them opportunities to pursue mastery, learn and excel in their field of expertise. 5) allow them to work with purpose.
If you are interested in learning more about creating the best conditions in your organization to improve the performance and profitability of your company please listen to my interview with Richard Barrett one of the foremost experts on organizational and cultural transformation.
To learn more about Richard Barrett his company Values Centre please click here to be directed to his website.
In my recent interview with Justin Gesso we discuss his new book entitled “Leave the Grind Behind“. How many of you wish you could get out of the daily grind, the 8-5 routine?
That is exactly where Justin was a few year ago, and he found the secrets to find a way out of the grind, and making a better life for himself and his family.
In our interview together we discuss the grinder mindset and what is required to achieve your new success. So what’s the positive definition of “grind?” “Grinder,” of course. Don’t confuse “the grind” I’m telling you to ditch with “the Grinder” I want you to become. Being a Grinder means you grind hard for your personal purpose and goals, not for someone else’s.
To leave the grind behind, make no mistake, you need to grind. You need to grind hard. You’re just doing it for yourself, and let me tell you—you’ll love it. As a Grinder, you spend your one, short life building your legacy and your unique imprint on this world.”
If you are interested in “Leaving the Grind Behind” then you will want to read Justin new book. You will also want to take advantage of some of the very informative and articles, blogs and articles at his website. He also has what he refers to at the “grinder quiz” which will inform you about if you are a “cog” or a “grinder”
I encourage you to visit Justin’s book website by clicking here, or visit him on Facebook by clicking here.