Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Just going through the motions-like life is just a blur of commuting to work, calendar event and obligations.  If so then listen up.  I recently interviewed Chris Bartz-Brown the author of a new book entitled ” Wake Up-A Handbook to Living in the Here and Now“.

This is not only a fantastic book, but the book design is exceptional, it really is a handbook–please feel free to take notes on the pages provided.  Chris has provided 54 playful strategies to help the readers snap out of autopilot.  We discussed several playful strategies in our interview together, example “Kill your Television”.  As Chris states, a little television is not a bad thing, but a lot of television wastes our time and our life. What would be the payoff for watching less television?  What else could you do to entertain yourself, read a book, take a walk, exercise, meditate?   All the options seem better than watching television.

How about the idea of noticing what you notice. Most of us are in such a hurry that we infrequently notice the little things in life.  How about carrying a pen or pencil with some paper and just start writing down what you notice? These things could be people, conversations, buildings, articles or a fleeting glance from someone in a passing bus. It doesn’t matter what you find interesting; it only matters that you notice it.  So what is the payoff of this new activity, becoming more sensitized to the world in which we live and as a result enjoying a heightened sense of connectedness and vitality.

Chris’s new book “Wake-Up” is a great easy read with lots of strategies for changing your habits and behavior for the better. If you want to learn more about the book and Chris please click here to be directed to Chris’s website.  

I hope you enjoy this lively interview with author Chris Bartz-Brown.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Alan Weiss the co-author with Marshall Goldsmith of a new book entitled “Lifestorming-Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life“.  This is a practical handbook for becoming the person you want to be.  You will discover what it takes to redesign your life, friends, behaviors, and goals in order to move closer to your goals.

Alan and I discuss the evolutionary journey, and a very important question: To what extent is your journey one of internal control, and to what extent one of external control?  I believe this concept alone is one of the most important elements that one must master if they are going to master their life.  As Alan states are you taking a “random walk” through life, or do you have high control and are one of those people that creates your world, or are you mutually creating your world.  No matter your purview of your world, it would be best to have high control if you want to make something of yourself.

If you want to change behavior, Alan states that most studies have found that it’s very difficult to merely change poor behavior.  It’s much more effective to substitute a more positive behavior. Change for its own sake makes little sense.  The key is to determine the salutary result that makes the change worthwhile.

I hope you enjoy the lively and engaging dialogue with Alan Weiss the co-author of “Lifestorming-Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life“.  If you want to learn more about the book you can click here to be directed to the book website page.  If you want to learn more about Alan Weiss please click here or Marshall Goldsmith click here.

Thanks so much for listening, enjoy the podcast!

 

How often do you beat up on yourself?  What if you could learn to apply self-compassion to that part of you that gets lashed by your ego telling you that you are not good enough?

In my interview with author Radhule Weininger MD, Ph.D. we discuss her new book Heartwork The Path of Self-Compassion.  In the interview, with Radhule she reveals the 9 practices for opening our heart up so that we can heal the pain that we carry inside, and that frequently won’t go away.

Hearwork is filled with wonderful success stories and practices so that the reader can apply the techniques to their specific issues.  She also provides various meditation and mindfulness practices that cultivate heightened awareness, tranquility and inner happiness.  As Radhule writes ” As your wounded heart begins to heal with self-compassion, it may begin to fill with generosity and kindness; the boundaries of your self-preoccupation may loosen, and compassion for yourself can naturally widen to compassion for others.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama tells us, ” Although you may not be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you (and others) suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation”

So if you want to learn how to respond differently with self-compassion and compassion for others, then you are going to want to listen to my interview author Radhule Weininger MD, Ph.D.  If you are interested in exploring Radhule’s website, just click here.   You will find more about her workshops, seminars and professional services.

I hope you enjoy my interview with author Radhule Weininger MD, PhD about her new book Heartwork, The Path to Self-Compassion.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Sterner the author of a new book entitled ” Fully Engaged-Using the Practicing Mind in Daily Life“.  As Tom states in the introduction to the book “Everything in life worth achieving requires practice.  In fact, life itself is nothing more than one long practice session, and endless effort of refining our motions”

Tom realizes and teaches to his coaching clients that to be fully engaged in any activity means to be present in the moment and in what you are doing right now.  This task is easier spoken about than achieved.  As stated this takes practice and becoming aware of one’s thoughts and actions.  Now while thousands of books have been written about this subject, Tom cuts to the chase and to the core of what he believes is required of us to attain an elevated level of awareness and consciousness.

In Fully Engaged, Tom explores specific techniques, such as through awareness training and setting goals with accurate data, and demonstrates how using these techniques will not only help you reach your objectives, but will keep you engaged in each moment of your life.

If you want to learn more about Tom Sterner you can click here to be directed to his website, or you can click here to visit his Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Tom Sterner.

 

I recently had the pleasure of conducting another interview with Richard Barrett about his new book entitled “The Metrics of Human Consciousness“.   In our interview we discuss the seven levels model of human consciousness that Richard developed to assist his clients in better understanding their employees as well as helping to move the organizational consciousness in a positive direction.

Richards seven levels are 1 ) Surviving-Satisfying your physiological needs 2) Conforming-Satisfying your needs for love and belonging. 3) Differentiating-Satisfying your need for respect and recognition. 4) Individuating-Satisfying your need for freedom and autonomy.  5) Self-actualizing-Satisfying your need to find meaning and purpose in life 6) Integrating-Satisfying your need to make a difference in the world.7) Serving-Fulfilling your destiny by caring for the well-being of humanity and or the planet.

Richard states that our level of consciousness changes as our values change.  He provides a really cool website where you can take a 5 minute assessment to measure your level of consciousness.  After you complete the assessment his organization sends you a report so you can see where your values lie on the human metrics of consciousness.

I hope you enjoy another great interview with Richard Barrett.  If you want to access the free-assessment please click here to be directed to the assessment page.  If you want to learn more about Richard Barrett and Values Centre please click here to be directed to his website.

 

Bill Jensen is a returning guest to Inside Personal Growth.  This time he joins me to discuss a book he published sometime ago called The Simplicity Survival Handbook.  Simplicity is something that we all need a bit more of in our lives. We have become more inundated with complexity in our world as a result of the speed of transmission of information, and the devices that keep us tethered every minute.   We are spending more time on email, distracted by social media not to mention that the devices are “always on” which leads to us being so distracted that we are not paying attention to our most important relationship–our family.

Simplicity is the power to do less (of what does not matter), simplicity is the power to do more (of what does matter), states Jensen. Bill guides the reader on how to reduce email clutter, write shorter emails, go to fewer meetings, how to quickly communicate with anyone more effectively, how to leave shorter voicemails and much more.

If you are like most technology workers your day is filled with emails, voicemails, texts, meetings and attempting to put out fires and solve problems.  Now this is what you are probably paid to do, but what if you could shift some of those activities to more productive and creative endeavors?  Imagine the value you would bring to your organization, and how much better you would feel everyday.

I encourage you to listen to and implement some of the thirty-two techniques that Bill Jensen writes about in his book “The Simplicity Survival Handbook“.  You can learn more about Bill Jensen by clicking here to be directed to his website.  You can also watch a presentation on the Future of Work Bill did in 2015 by clicking here.

 

I don’t know of a soul living that has not had an issue with clutter in their life.  This could be physical or mental clutter, and we are all looking for ways to organize and reduce the amount of stuff and or thoughts that are preventing us from living a life of freedom.  I know “Getting Clutter Free for Life (The Weekend)” has particular importance for me because I am needing to do a cleanse of my home for soon I will be making a move.

In my interview with author Cary David Richards about his new book “Get Clutter Free for Life (The Weekend) we discuss the psychological issues associated to attachment to our stuff, and ways to systematically release our stuff.  As Cary states the basis of this book is about learning how to live in the moment and being present, and it is challenging to accomplish this free state of being when the energy around you is stifling our creativity and freedom of expression.

Cary has a great way to approach getting rid of our clutter and stuff, he recommends categorizing (ie: clothes, electronics, furniture, pictures etc.)  and dealing with one item at a time.  Cary suggests that you take all the clothes out of your closet not just deal with one closet at a time, this approach allows you to inventory the items, and put them into the discard, give away, or keep pile.   He recommends doing this for all the categories of items you own, for this allows for an entire house cleaning, and it will accomplish it quickly.  Cary also states to do this process quickly, not drag it on for months and months–prolonging this de-cluttering process give you opportunities for excuses to keep stuff you should eliminate.  Cary does not like to refer to himself as a minimalist, but it certainly sounds like he leads a life of freedom from clutter and stuff which is the minimalist way.

If you are in the process of thinking about de-cluttering, or cleaning house I would recommend that you listen to my interview with Cary David Richard about his book “Get Clutter Free for Life (The Weekend). If you want more information about Cary David Richards you can visit his website by clicking here or go to his Facebook page just click here.  I hope you enjoy my interview with author Cary David Richards.

Our moral compass is set by the values we live by.  Values are one of the most important elements we can define as individuals and as organizations. When our friends and family look at us they can tell you the values that we live by and uphold.  When our customers evaluate our level of service, they too can tell us the values our organization stands by and for.

In my recent interview with Dina-Dwyer Owen the co-chair of the “The Dywer Group” we discuss her new book entitled “Values, Inc-How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change The World“.   Dina was profiled on the popular TV Show “Undercover Boss“.  Her organization is comprised of group of franchise companies that provide a myriad of services to homeowners, from Mr. Rooter to The Grounds Guys”

In my interview with Dina we discuss the importance of how values that she learned from her father, these values have helped to shape The Dwyer Group today.  Diana sites that 73% of people surveyed believed that a code of ethics makes their company a better place to work, and this is truly exemplified throughout the Dwyer Group of companies.   Dina know is that “being authentic” and transparent is important to the success of any organization.  If you want to learn more about the importance of personal and business values, then I recommend that you listen to the words of Dina Dwyer-Owen in our interview together.

You can learn more about her companies by clicking here, or you can connect with her on Facebook by clicking the link, or Twitter.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with a wonderful leader driven by her values and making this world a better place to live.

 

 

 

John W. Carver III is the author of a new book entitled ” Build Your Foundation: 68 Building Blocks for a Successful Rewarding Life.

In my interview with John we discuss many of his 68 building blocks, which are fundamental to living and enriched and rewarding life.

His book is filled with great stories that John has learned and applied to his life. In our interview with explore the many stories, and the ensuing life lessons that apply to anyone wishing to enrich their lives.

I hope you enjoy our interview and take away just a few insights that assist you in shifting patterns or belief that might be holding you back from success or happiness.

If you want to learn more about John please click here to be directed to his website.