My good friend Dr. Daniel Friedland MD has written a wonderful book entitled “Leading Well from Within” this book is for anyone who is seeking to leverage the stress in their lives and become a better leader in the process.

I know that many of you reading the blog entry are familiar with “conscious leadership” Daniel provides a platform through his book “Leading Well from Within” that gives the reader an entirely new perspective of what it is like to be a conscious leader.  There is a clear correlation between leadership effectiveness and business performance.  Daniel states that “to lead well from within you need to ensure you have the best driver in the driver’s seat to meet life’s demands”.   To become the best driver you need to understand that how your brain reacts to certain stimuli and conditions, and how you are able to learn to control your response is the secret of being a conscious leader.

The difference between being reactive versus being creative is knowing how to reduce and control your stress and removing your self-doubt, while increasing your inspiration.  All of this activity occurs in various areas of your brain, and you can learn how to modulate this through being mindful.  “Leading Well from Within” is the guidebook for any leader wanting to improve their responses to circumstances and events that if handled properly could become the turning point to improving their outlook about the situation, and the outlook of all those that depend upon a well centered and focused leader.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Daniel Friedland and his new book “Leading Well From Within” please click here to be directed to his website.  You can also connect with Daniel on his Facebook page by clicking here.

 

Fear is something that is immobilizing, it keeps us from spreading our wings and doing things that we might not otherwise do.  If you are an entrepreneur then you have to be a bit of a risk taker, and willing to be afraid.  You are venturing into unchartered waters and have to learn along the way.

I had the pleasure of doing this interview with Peter I Scott IV the author of a book entitled ” The Fearless Mindset-The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Getting Fit in Less Time, Double Your Income & Become Unstoppable“.   Sound great doesn’t it?  I am pleased to report that Peter is a thriving entrepreneur and he has had to face many major fears in his life.   He spoke with me about the irrational fears and the rational fears, and how many of our fears are irrational once you take a deeper look at how the fear manifest in our lives.  Take for instance the fear of speaking in front of a crowd of people.  It is reported that this is the #1 fear for many people.  Most people would rather do anything other than speak in from of a group of people.  Usually that fear comes from our insecurity and that we might look bad in the eyes of others, we won’t be enough.

So how would you replace that fear and displace it from your mind—know you are enough, that you are confident and secure in who and what you are.  Exude confidence and understand that most of the audience does not know as much about what you are going to speak about as you do.  Reaffirm this through positive self-talk.

Peter said that one of the most profound pieces of wisdom he ever learned was from psychologist Fritz Pearl.  Fritz Pearl said “Fear is excitement with breath”  The lesson here is to breath, your breath is so important to calming you down and grounding your body.  Peter recommends yoga, meditation or any practice that will help to center you and focus on your breath to overcome your fears.

If you want to learn more about Peter I Scott IV and is upcoming 3-day course please click here to be directed to the website.

If you want to sign up for Peter’s newsletter just click here.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with Peter I Scott IV the author of “The Fearless Mindset“.

 

Once in awhile you run across a book that can change the course of your life, and “Start Here” certainly has the ability to do just that.

I recently had the honor of interviewing Nate Klemp, PhD the co-author of a new book entitled “Start Here” and we had a lively discussion about the book and the practices that are incorporated into the book and hopefully become part of the readers daily routine.

We start our interview off by discussing the “happiness set point”, yes we all have one and we have the opportunity to re-set our happiness set point as Nate explains in our interview.  The key to resetting our set point is understanding the three set point forces.  The first one is “judgement” and is the mind’s tendency to divide the inner and outer world into categories–good/bad, right/wrong, like/dislike.  The second one is “attachement“. Is it the mind’s tendency to approach or cling to pleasurable thoughts, beliefs, or sensations.  And the third is “resistance“.  This is the mind’s tendency to fight or flee from painful sensations, experiences, or situations.   These three set point forces can certainly be monitored, managed and can have an amazing effect on your level of happiness.

The foundation of well being revolves around three stages, train, be and do.  These three stages make up the foundation of the Life-XT program that is outlined in “Start Here”.  The training stage consists of meditation, movement and inquiry. The “Be” stage consists of presence, gratitude and compassion; and the “Do” stage consists of engagement, relationship, and contribution.  While these words don’t do justice to explaining the entire Life-XT program it does provide you with the elements included in the program.  If you want to learn more please click here to be directed to the website for Life-XT.  You can also click here to be directed to the Facebook page for the book.

I hope you enjoy this great interview with author Nate Klemp, PhD about his new book “Start Here-A Groundbreaking Science-Based Program for Emotional Fitness.”

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.

 

I am certain that almost everyone listening to this podcast is interested in better health and nutrition.  So what makes the approach that Dallas & Melissa Hartwig authors of the new book ” Whole 30”  so much different that all the other diet & nutrition programs?

In my interview with Dallas Hartwig we explore how “Whole30” transforms your life.  It is not a diet program or even a quick fix for that matter.  The “Whole 30″ program has been carefully designed to change the food you eat, and find out which foods are causing you health challenges.

Dallas and Melissa are focused on good nutrition, detoxing and only having you eat food that work for you.  The physical benefits of the Whole30 are profound, 96% of the participants lose weight and improve their body composition without counting or restricting calories.  Dallas recommends not stepping on the scale everyday to measure your weight , instead he focuses on how you feel and how you clothes fit as an indicator of success.

Our country is filled with food related disease from high blood pressure to diabetes and most if not all of the conditions can be eliminated through better nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.   One of the major causes of theses diseases is inflammation, as Dallas states it is like being a little bit sick all the time.  Your food choices can rectify almost all of the associated inflammation,  and related illnesses so choose wisely.

I trust you will find my interview with author Dallas Hartwig insightful and filled with useful guidance toward better health.  I recommend you check out the Whole30 website by clicking here, and also visit the Whole30 Facebook page by clicking here.

 

This is not just another interview with an author about meditation. Alka Dhillon has a very interesting personal story with purpose and meaning  behind her book “The OM Factor

Alka ” provides the reader with practical advice about how to lead a life of fulfillment, joy and success.  She provides what she refers to as seven practical steps to healing the wound and getting your two extra arms.  While these steps are focused on meditation, she has added an all important step around “judgement”.  It is something that almost all of us do, not only focused on others but self judgement and unless we can forgive ourselves and others our world becomes a miserable place to live in.

We all hear the word “stress” and know that we are surrounded by circumstances and events that we can cause us high levels of stress.  The bigger question is how do we reprogram our brains to act instead of react to the “stressor”.  The OM Factor guides the reader through examples and stories from being anxious to feeling anger or resentment to almost everything in between in an effort to show and instruct the reader on how to overcome the stress.  Alka does a wonderful job of giving the reader practical advice with techniques that will ease or even potentially eliminate the stress.  If yoga and meditation are part of your daily practice, then you are going to love my interview with Alka Dhillon.

If you would like to learn more about Alka Dhillon please click here to be directed to her book website, or click here to be directed to her Facebook page.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with a lovely woman who really has sage advice for anyone attempting to find peace, joy and tranquility in their life.

 

I recently was invited to a presentation by Ken Blanchard and his co-author Morton Shaevitz about a new book entitled ” Refire Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of your Life the Best of Your Life.”  I was certainly inspired by what Ken and Mort has to say about aging and how we need to shift our paradigm about retirement.

The reality is that baby boomers are living longer and are healthier than previous generations.  It is not uncommon to see baby boomers working into their 70’s and 80’s with more zest and vitality for what they are doing.  Some are required to work because their finances would not allow them to retire, but many are working for the love of contribution to society and want to stay active.

In Ken and Mort’s new bookRefire Don’t Retire” they create a parable and a very compelling story for the reader.  You are taken on a journey of an aging husband and wife who are lucky enough to have a wake up call, and shift their whole perspective about how they see the world.  They have a spiritual awakening along with a realization about their emotional, intellectual and physical well being that gets them engaged with zest, zeal and passion for life again.

If you are considering retirement, or are in retirement you really need to read and understand that their are so many other options.  What contributions can you make to society, how do you want to spend the rest of your life?  These are important questions, let’s face it you can only workout or play golf so much.

Please listen to this very compelling interview with Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz.  You can also learn more about their book by clicking here to be directed to the website for the book.  Enjoy this wonderful interview!!!!

 

I happen to be watching the documentary ” Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead #2″ by Joe Cross.  If you have not seen this documentary it is certainly worth watching, and learning about the life changing steps that Joe Cross took to get himself and thousands of others back to health and vitality.

As a result of watching Joe’s documentary I payed particular attention to an interview he conducted with Brian Wansink from Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab.  I was fascinated by how Brain was focused on how the change in our surroundings and environment can have a significant impact on our health and nutrition, so I reached out to him to do an interview for Inside Personal Growth.

In this interview with Brian Wansink, Ph.D. you will learn how simply it is to reconstruct and rethink your environments for success in your food consumption. Brian says that the answer isn’t to tell people what to do: it is to set up their living environments so that they will naturally lose weight.   He says we need to work with human nature not against it, and that willpower is a very challenging way to shift our eating patterns for success, and he proves it in his new book “Slim By Design“.

During our dialogue together we discuss some very simple techniques that you can employ in you home, the restaurants you eat in, your grocery store, your workplace and at your children’s school.   You will learn how to create a mindless solution for your eating habits, that will work and allow you to shed the unwanted pounds.   This is not to state that you can only change your environment for success, you still need to exercise and learn what foods are healthy for you, but this factor is a key to a healthy lifestyle  change in what you eat and how much weight you might be able to lose.

I hope you enjoy this upbeat and lively interview with a fascinating man and scientist, Brian Wansink, Ph.D. If you want to learn more about “Slim By Design” or his other books please click here to be directed to his website.

As we  get focused on our health goals for the start of the year, many may have experienced that it has been challenging to maintain that focus, and have already given up.

In my interview with Jordan Meltzer the co-founder of the Pure Start Cleanse we discuss strategies that work for anyone looking to cleanse and shed that unwanted weight.  The Pure Start Cleanse program provides the elements to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and detoxify, re-energize and burn fat without feeling tired or hungry.

The supplements that are required to start the cleanse are not proprietary, and all products to maintain your cleanse can be obtain at you local health food store.

If you want to learn more about the Pure Start Cleanse program please click here to be directed to the website, you will also be provided with a no-cost half hour coaching session with Jordan Meltzer the co-founder of Pure Start Cleanse.

I hope you will avail yourself of this great offer to find out more about becoming more mentally, physically and spiritually revitalized.