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 first met Richard Barrett about 15 years ago at a workshop that he was conducting in San Francisco. I was intrigued to attend the workshop, for the topic was about “Liberating the Corporate Soul“. Richard and I have maintained our friendship since our first meeting, and I have followed his evolution and the numerous books he has written over the years since our meeting.
In our interview for this podcast we are focusing on his newly released book entitled ” A New Psychology of Human Wellbeing–An Exploration of the Influences of Ego-Soul Dynamics on Mental and Physical Health.” Richard did a tremendous amount of research to write this book, but the content is well presented and is very useful in understanding the dynamics of our soul and ego.
Richard references the four dimensions of our souls energetic awareness. They are body, mind, science and psychology. “Your soul is a field of conscious awareness that identifies with your energy field. Is is who you are. You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. Your soul and the soul of every other human being is an individuated aspect of the universal energy field from which everything in our physical world arises, states Richard”. Richard was inspired to write this book as a result of reading “Toward a Psychology of Being” by Abraham Maslow.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with author Richard Barrett who is filled with depth, insight and a wonderful grasp about how our ego and soul compete for our desire to become the aware, conscious and alive individuals we are entitled to become.
If you want to learn more about Richard Barrett you can click here to be directed to his website, or click here to be directed to his Facebook page.
There is no doubt that the emotional clutter that we hang on to takes it’s toll on us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I recently interviewed Donald Altman the author of a new book entitled ” Clearing Emotional Clutter-Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation, and we discussed how emotional clutter affects or habits and behaviors negatively.
Donald presents mindfulness practices that are designed to allow us to clear the clutter by managing our brains which he asserts everyone of us can do. He calls it a mindful lifestyle reboot which is centered around six clutter clearing skills which are assessed through the acronym PAIR UP: Present Moment Participation, Attuned Acceptance, Intentionality, Reflection, Understanding of Suffering and Purposeful Partnership.
Donald show the readers throughout the book how to use these skills to become more centered and to live in the moment. If you would like to dissolve your personal emotional clutter and live a life that is more fulfilled and purposeful then you just might want to pay attention to what Donald is prescribing in “Clearing Emotional Clutter“.
To connect with the author or find out more about the book please click here to be directed to the author’s website. I hope you enjoy this interview with author Donald Altman about Emotional Clutter.
This next interview was with business strategist, keynote speaker and author, David Horsager on his newest book “The Daily Edge.” In this book he discusses proven productivity tips that will enable any busy executive to work so efficiently that they will have time left for what David sees as the most important task, building trusted relationships with people.
If you are always feeling like there just isn’t enough time in the day for everything you need to accomplish, this book is a must read for you.
You can find out more on David at www.davidhorsager.com. Purchase a copy of “The Daily Edge” here.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Keith Rollag about his book “What to do When You’re New.” Keith’s book gives great techniques and key strategies to help you become more comfortable, confident, and successful in new situations. If you get nervous and anxious in new situations whether its starting a new job or moving into a new neighborhood Keith Rollag will take you through steps and practices to make you more comfortable and eventually being able to teach others what to do when they’re new.
Keith Rollag is a professor at Babson College, a small private school just outside of Boston that specializes in entrepreneurial leadership. He first realized the challenges that come with being new when he moved to Japan for a previous employer. Over the past twenty years he has interviewed lots of newcomers, asked some to keep diaries of their experiences, and conducted surveys in several organizations.
I think you will find this interview very enlightening. You can follow Keith on twitter as well as purchase his book on Amazon
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield the authors of a new book entitled “The Art of Doing-How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well“. In my interview with the authors we explore some of the thirty-six superachievers they profiled in the book. We also explore the characteristics that superachievers have in common, and the reasons for their success.
I asked questions about actress Laura Linney, Cesar Millan and Tony Hsien the founder of Zappos. All of them has shared core principles and practices. While all of their stories are different, the principles and practices are very similar.
I am going to list the practices/principles articulated by the authors, for I believe this is paramount to understanding what makes each of them tic. First, they all have extreme dedication to what they profession. Second, they have what the authors refer to as intelligent persistence. Third, they rely on a community of support. Fourth, they possess great listening skills. Fifth, they are all great storytellers. Sixth, they have a keen ability to test their ideas to determine if they are viable. Seventh, they know how to manage their emotions. Eight, they are always evolving their skills and abilities. Ninth, they are patient and last they have an attitude of happiness.
The authors have articulated the takeaways from each of the thirty-six superachievers, “The Art of Doing” is a great book with wonderful stories and insights into how the super achievers think and act. If you want to learn the principles and practices of these individuals I highly recommend reading their book and listening to our podcast. You can also check out the book website by clicking here, or visit the Facebook page by clicking here, or Twitter Feed 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.
Intentionally is a how we all strive to live our lives. The question is how frequently do we live a life focused on our intention?
In my recent interview with Mallika Chopra we discuss her new book entitled ” Living with Intent“. Even the daughter of Deepka Chopra had her own messy journey to purpose, peace and joy. As he points out in our interview she struggled managing a business, motherhood and balancing between all of the demand on her life. Mallika was taught at a very young age growing up in her home to set intentions and have a daily practice of meditation, but like all of us she got off track and had to take a strong look at how she was living her life.
How many of you set intentions daily before your feet hit the ground? How many of you give gratitude for all that you have daily? Just these two practices can have a significant impact on your happiness, joy and fulfillment in life. Millika has an acronym for “INTENT”. “I” stand for Incubate, “N” for Notice, “T” for Trust, “E’ is for Express, “N” is for Nuture, “T” is for Take. Intention are expressions of who we aspire to be as individuals-physically, emotionally, spiritually as members of our families and communities.
If you are looking to live your life with more intentionally, peace, joy and happiness then I recommend that you listen to this wonderful interview with Millika Chopra about her new book “Living with Intent“.
You can learn more about Millika by visiting her Intent website by clicking the link. You can also connect with her via Facebook. I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with Millika Chopra.
In the new book “Nothing Changes Until You Do” Mike Robbins explores the issues of self compassion and getting out of our own way.
In my interview with Mike we discuss the important issue of self-love, and I don’t mean the narcissism. We all need to be asking ” Are the actions we take on a daily basis, self fulfilling or are we going through the motions?” Reflection and insight will awaken us to a new life, one with more intrinsic rewards.
Mike’s book is filled with great stories that all of us can relate to about our life quests.
Being gentle with ourselves and asking for help, can sometimes be a difficult thing to do, but reaching out and asking for support is sometimes all it takes to get us or of our negative mindset and move through some difficult times and challenges.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a great authors. If you want to learn more about Mike and his other books please click here to be directed to his website.