If you believe in a higher power, then prayer is very important to you. In my interview with author Sam Beasley we speak about his new co authored book with BJ Gallagher entitled “Your Life Is Your Prayer–Wake Up To The Spiritual Power in Everything You Do“. When we talk about prayer, the image that comes to mind for most people is that of one’s head bowed, eyes closed, hands clasped, and perhaps kneeling –perhaps not. This is the classic prayer for posture. We turn our attention inward and upward.

In my interview with the author Sam Beasley we speak about the fact the prayer does not have to be when you are in this traditional position, one is in prayer most of the day; in what we asking for and the thoughts they are thinking. “Your Life is Your Prayer” is a book filled with prayers, things to contemplate, and the conversations that we have which are frequently prayers to the Divine.

Sam, like many of us, wasn’t always a believer. He spent the first 37 years of his life absolutely certain that he was alone in this life; it didn’t occur to him to pray.

“Someone suggested that I try it and I explained that ‘I wasn’t a believer'”, he replied.

“That’s OK just pretend you are.”

“I didn’t know how to do that but I started spending more time with a few people who embrace faith, the first thing I noticed was that they were happier than me.  About two years later I heard an inner voice speaking to what San Juan de la Cruz called “Something I Don’t Know” and I realize that for the first time I had a sense of something beyond name.

If you were looking for something to help you go beyond yourself and find a higher source, then you have the opportunity to read a great book that can shift your perspective about the power of prayer.

I highly recommend that you listen to this interview with author Sam Beasley about his new book “Your Life is Your Prayer” If you’d like to learn more about this book you can go to Sam’s website by clicking here.

Enjoy this inspiring interview with a truly heartfelt author.

In my interview with David Meltzer the author of a new book entitled “Game-Time Decision Making – High Scoring Business Strategies From The Biggest Names in Sports” we talk about his book and the simple premise behind the book — which is to learn to be prepared and to make decisions in the moment with confidence, clarity, balance, and focus. “The world’s best coaches and managers make a living being confident that they have the right information to make the best decisions and you should as well” states David.

“We start with the decision-making mindset there are three minds with which we make our decisions: the conscious, subconscious, or unconscious minds. Our conscious mind evaluates what people think, what people say, and what people do. And it takes time to get the conscious alignment necessary to make a decision.” Looking at what people think, say, and do helps us evaluate how are aligned others are with our foundational values: our personal values, experiential values, and receiving values.  We have to know the balance of values that we’re looking at sometimes, a decision is made 100% on our personal values. Sometimes it’s made 100% on our giving values, and so on so we have to keep that in context with our conscious decision making, and we have to know how the actions of others are aligned with our core values.

The subconscious mind deals with the countless things that we believe. We assess the actions and intentions of others and whether those are aligned with our values and beliefs. The belief becomes aligned with the entire roster of our thoughts, both conscious and subconscious. The reason for this is that what we believe vibrates faster than our conscious thought. Our subconscious vibrates faster than our conscious. So when we make a snap decision for or a call an audible,  we rely on beliefs, based on our whole life experience.

I hope you enjoy this engaging interview with author David Meltzer about his new book “Game-Time Decision Making“. If you want to learn more about David and the book please click here to be directed to his personal website.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Greg Reed about his co author new book with Sharon Lechter entitled “Success & Something Greater“. In our interview together we discuss the principles that have never before been published from Napoleon Hill. In this podcast we talk about the Great Magic Key to success which was something that Napoleon Hill talked about as well. According to Greg, this Magic Key will unlock the door to riches, unlock the door to fame, and in many cases it will unlock the door to physical health.

So just what is this great magic key that Napoleon Hill spoke about — the answer is simple and in one word: concentration!

So how is concentration defined? In concentrating on any subject, you must think and remember that the mind wandering is not thinking. Efficient scientific thinking contemplates the ability to direct your mind up and down the various limbs of the tree that represents the subject of your thoughts following each limb to the end and retracting it back to the trunk of the tree. Keeping your mind always on the tree as a whole. Ability is concentration! Desire whatever you want and if you desired strong enough the great magic of concentration will help you attain it if the object of your desire is something which is humanly possible to attain.

In my podcast with Dr. Greg Reid about his new book “Success & Something Greater” we also speak about overcoming obstacles, constant forward motion, surrounding yourself with good people as well as the permission to live your passion. I hope you enjoy this interview with Dr. Greg Reid, if you want to learn more about Greg and his new book please click here to be directed to his website.

How many of us have sketched out something on the back of a napkin when we were making a point or explaining something to someone? I know that I used to do it quite frequently; if not a napkin, a piece of paper. It seems as if the spontaneity might be lost if we did not sketch it out, and as we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words!

In my interview with author Tina Hay we discuss her new book entitled “Napkin Finance – Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less“. Her book is filled with napkins that are articulately illustrated about topics ranging from improving your credit to diversification in investing to reduce risk. I personally know that most of the topics are not taught in high school, for that matter not even in college. We have a country with citizens that could be much more financially literate, and if you are looking to improve your knowledge I would highly recommend getting “Napkin Finance – Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less“.

I have a background in the financial services business and some of the concepts explained in “Napkin Finance” are done more effectively than I have heard presented by financial planners. If you are looking to improve your personal financial literacy or would like to generally understand how the world of finance works – I highly recommend Tina Hay’s book “Napkin Finance“.

You can also learn more at her website by clicking here for every napkin in the book has an accompanying video production of between 1-2 minutes that explains the concept in more detail. Thanks for listening and enjoy this podcast with author Tina Hay.

Leadership is a fascinating topic with lots of book having been written on the topic. While the topic need not be complicated, when you think about “a leader” you begin to see that the emotional intelligence of the leader really does make a huge difference in the effectiveness of a leader.

In my interview with author Dave McKeown  we discuss his new book entitled ” The Self-Evolved Leader – Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down.” Dave and I look at the factors that have leaders scrambling just to maintain their effectiveness. “One of the current issues leaders face is the speed that we are moving. Each year we spend tens of billions of dollars on leadership trainings, books, workshops, webinars, coaches and keynote speeches. Despite the colossal amount we invest in building better leaders, we’re experiencing a more significant leadership gap than ever before” states Dave.

During our interview Dave, exposes just some of the issues of balancing between agility and execution, achieving more with fewer resources, the constant pull on our attention, the rapidly changing workplace, reliance on heroics just to name a few.

Dave speaks about what he refers to the “Cycle of Mediocrity” — and to put it quite simply, it occurs as a result of us believing that we need to react urgently to issues, be a hero, and solve problems with haste which leads to learned helplessness and disempowerment within our teams.

If you want to break this cycle, then I highly recommend that you listen to this podcast and read Dave McKeown’s book “The Self-Evolved Leader“.

If you want to learn more about our author please click here to be directed to his website Outfield Leadership.

I hope you enjoy this engaging interview with coach and transformational advisor Dave McKeown.

Trying to understand our personal psychology is always challenging. As we reflect on what is going on in our lives and what we would like to change, we look for ways to better understand our emotions, beliefs and patterns.

In my recent interview with author and psychologist Steven Kessler we discuss his book entitled “The 5 Personality Patterns – Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity“, we explore how to understand our patterns.

What I appreciate about Stevens’s approach to understanding our patterns is that he has made his book simple and easy to use and understand. As Steven states “Your experiences of life is determined mostly by your habits of attention and patterned flow of your life energy.” In our interview together Steven expounds upon the five patterns of leaving, merging, enduring, aggressive and rigid. Each of these patterns have been influenced by our childhood and are survival patterns we have taken on to protect ourselves. If you want to learn how to recognize these patterns and modify them, you will want to listen to this podcast.

If you want to learn more about the patterns, please join Steven and myself for a great interview about “The 5 Personality Patterns.”

He also has an upcoming live online course that will start in February called Understanding Yourself and Others. If you would like to sign up for this course, click here. You can also go to Steven’s website for more information about the book and courses by clicking here.

All I can say about author Nir Eyal and his new book entitled “Indistractable – How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” is that it is an aha! book and a must read if you want to become more focused and productive.

I think that most people in our “always on” world would like to find better ways to improve our focus, and become more Indistractable.  I know for me personally this has always been a problem for I believe I have been afflicted with attention deficit disorder.

So it is agreed, that we all need to learn how to avoid distraction and learn what triggers our distraction and what causes the problems. Distraction stops us from reaching our goals, and traction leads us closer to our goals, and triggers prompt both traction and distraction.

As Nir articulates in “Indistractable” the root causes of our distraction are more than our mobile devices.  All motivation is a desire to escape discomfort, and anything that stops discomfort is potentially addictive, but that does not make it irresistible.

Time management is pain management – distractions cost us time, and like all actions, they are spurred by the desire to escape discomfort. Our tendencies toward boredom, negativity bias, rumination and hedonic adaptation conspire to make sure we’re never satisfied for long.

If you want to master your internal triggers you will want to listen to this compelling interview with author Nir Eyal. His book will teach you techniques to master distraction and become more focused. You can also receive his no-cost supplemental when you purchase his book. This 80 page PDF is a wonderful addition to the book with exercises to learn now to become Indistractable.

I hope you enjoy this fascinating interview with a behavioral scientist and author that can change your life forever.  Click here to see a talk that Nir did at the Habit Summit.

You can also visit his website by clicking here.

I recently had the pleasure of interview a very wise author by the name of Humble the Poet. This is my second interview with Humble about his second book entitled “Things No One Else Can Teach Us“.  As Humble states ” Everyone of us endures setbacks, disappointments, and failures that can incapacitate us. But we don’t have to let them. Instead we can use these event as opportunities for growth”.

The lessons taught in this new book are invaluable, and the way that Humble writes about the lessons and weaves in his own personal real life experiences help the reader relate. We all have lessons, the question we should ask ourselves is what are we learning and how do we prevent from repeating the unfortunate events or circumstances in our life.

As we enter this New Year, we all set resolutions and or goals. We have aspiration to become better as something — health, relationships, finances… and if we look at our previous lessons, we will see opportunities to become better at something and change our patterns. Just remember that our life here on this planet is impermanent so don’t be so hard on yourself. “Remember that the people in our lives won’t be here forever is the best way to motivate us to be as wonderful to them as possible, while they’re still here”– states Humble the Poet.

I hope you enjoy this honest interview with Humble the Poet about his new book “Things No One Else Can Teach Us“.  His wisdom is invaluable, and the stories he tells in this interview can awaken you to ways you can lead your life in a more sincere and genuine way.

If you want to learn more about Humble the Poet, please click here to be directed to his website.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing James Purpura. He and his wife Steph have authored a new book entitled “Perception-Seeing is Not Believing” and this book will be one of those books that shifts your entire perception about your life.  When you listen to this interview you will learn about the backstory about James and Steph and how their personal stories of extreme abuse in their lives which brought them together to rewrite the chapters in their own personal lives.

All of us at one time or another has been rejected and maybe even ridiculed by another person.  How does that experience make you feel?  I am assuming not so good.  The bigger question you might want to ask is are you still caring around that rejection from many years ago and how might that be blurring how you see the world, or better yet– are you not taking the affirmative actions and risks in your life because of this rejection and belittlement you experienced as some point in your past.

I encourage you to join James Purpura as we delve into how you can alter your perception of the world for the better, and improve your outlook on life.  Remember no one else is responsible for your happiness, you are. No one else did it to you, and you can change your life for the better immediately, just by shifting your perception. 

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with James Purpura about his new book “Perception-Seeing is not Believing“.

To learn more please go to James and Steph’s website by clicking here.  You can also take a perception assessment called Perception Sketch by clicking here, this assessment is entirely at no-cost and will reveal your true perception about your life and the world.