Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

By Gregg Clunis

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Description

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes is a personal development podcast focused on exploring the day-to-day behaviors we all engage in that determine the results we gain in our lives. Hosted by Gregg Clunis, the show shares simple strategies you can implement into your life to start moving the needle towards your biggest goals.

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624 - How to Be a Supportive Partner
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In this episode, we look at how to be a supportive partner. 

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The Problem:

Choosing to share your life with a romantic partner looks different for everyone. Cohabitating, long distance relationships, choosing to have children or not. There are a lot of choices and none of them are necessarily “right” or “wrong”. However, there is one common denominator among every successful relationship: your partner will one day face challenges that are outside of your control and outside of your experience. So how do you support them when you can’t move a roadblock out of their path? Is it even your responsibility to move it?

Digging Deeper:

Throughout the course of your relationship, the type of support that your partner needs may change. Mental illness, chronic pain, cancer, or family deaths name a few of the unpredictable things that may throw your relationship for a loop. According to the National Law Review, stress about finances, parenting disagreements, and household responsibilities are some of the most common challenges faced in relationships. To make things worse, COVID-19 has heightened anxieties leading to an uptick in divorce rates (National Law Review, 2020). According to the New York Post, the number of people seeking divorce from March to June of this year was 34% higher than March to June of 2019 (Rosner, 2020). Newly weds seem to be the demographic seeking divorce at a higher rate than ever before (Rosner, 2020).

The Solution

Supporting your partner through a difficult situation involves first realizing that we all have problems that we go through. This seems like a general statement that we are all aware of, but it’s important to acknowledge and be reminded of. Our partner’s struggles may be similar to or the same problem as the ones we are facing, but their experience is entirely independent of our own. It can be easy to ignore this when we get so caught up in our own day to day struggle. We may experience the exact same thing as another person, such as the pandemic, but no two experiences are exactly the same.

SOURCES:

Medina, Raphael. Supporting Your Partner: Long Term Illness. (2020). Ultimate Love Counseling & Coaching. 

Retrieved from https://ultimatelovecc.com.supporting-your-partner-long-term-illness/.

Rosner, Elizabeth. (2020). Divorce Rates Skyrocket in US Amidst Pandemic. New York Post.

Retrieved from https://nypost.com/2020/09/01/divorce-rates-skyrocket-in-u-s-amid-covid-19/.

National Law Review. (2020). Divorce Rates and COVID-19. 

Retrieved from https://www.natlawreview.com/article/divorce-rates-and-covid-19.

Cramer, Duncan. (2006). How Supportive Partner May Increase Relationship Satisfaction.

British Journal of Guidance & Counseling. 

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069880500483141


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Nov 27, 2020
623 - How We Form Habits
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In this episode, we look at how we form habits.

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The Problem

I’ve mentioned on this podcast a number of times that the secret to moving forward is taking consistent action over long periods of time. I’ve also spent an enormous amount of time talking about how taking advantage of the habit system can make it significantly easier to do that.

The process for change becomes really simple when we break it down into these two things.

  1. You identify the change you want to create
  2. You figure out the key behavior that will drive it
  3. You turn that behavior into a habit
  4. Over time the change occurs

It’s basic, straightforward, and makes sense. But obviously simple and basic aren’t quite enough to create change.

Digging Deeper

You may already know this but let’s quickly cover what exactly a habit is. According to Oxford, a habit is defined as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

In other words, they are the things you regularly lean towards doing when faced with a similar situation. This could be something good for you like brushing your teeth or it could be something detrimental like responding negatively to anxiety.

This is an important point. From the brain’s point of view, there is no difference between a good habit and a bad habit. There are just tendencies in our behavior that get reinforced.

So how do habits form? In a response on the website 1440.org Dr. Judson Brewer said this about habits:

“In brain speak, the habit loop needs a trigger, a behavior, and a reward.”

The Solution

Well the first thing to remember is that it doesn’t matter whether you are purposefully building a good habit or accidentally building a bad habit. The process is going to be the same. This means you need to be careful of how you respond to things.

But assuming that we want to purposefully build a good habit, one that aligns with the goals we’ve set, then we simply need to look at the process and try to create those outcomes.

We need a trigger of some kind and we need a similar context. This could be anything, just pick something that you can repeat on a close to daily basis. This is why tools like Habit Stacking, the process of piling a new habit on top of an existing habit work. The existing habit already has a trigger and so you piggy back your new habit with that existing trigger.


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Nov 26, 2020
622 - Working Hard Isn't Enough
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In this episode, we look at why working hard isn't enough to create the life you want. 

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Nov 23, 2020
621 - Why Failure is Such a Big Problem
921

In this episode, we look at why failure is such a big problem.

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Nov 20, 2020
620 - Is Anxiety a Habit?
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Nov 18, 2020
619 - How to Achieve Your 2020 Goals
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In this episode, we look at two different approaches to changing behavior and break down which is the “best”.

Get excited because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

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Nov 17, 2020
618 - Top 3 Personal Finance Podcasts (November 2020)
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In this episode, we look at 3 personal finance podcasts that are worth checking out. 

Resources Mentioned:

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https://www.investingfromthebeach.com/

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Nov 13, 2020
617 - Bad Habits to Break ASAP Pt 1
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In this episode, we look at a bad habit you should try to break asap. 

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Nov 11, 2020
616 - 3 Ways to Hit Snooze Less
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In this episode, we look at 3 simple ways to stop hitting snooze. 

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Nov 09, 2020
615 - Top 3 Good Habits to Build
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In this episode, I share 3 habits you should consider building asap.

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Nov 07, 2020
614 - How Your Environment Affects You
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In this episode, we look at how your environment affects your day to day behavior. 

The Problem

We often make the mistake when trying to develop ourselves and improve our lives by just focusing on the actual behavior change. This matters. Of course if we get ourselves to stop doing something it would lead to some kind of change in our outcome. But it’s not the whole picture.

This is proven by the sheer number of people who commit themselves to development each year only to drop off within a few months.

Here’s how it typically happens. We get excited about the chance to start clean. We set our goals, get some friends involved to hold us accountable, and start taking action.

But yet change doesn’t come. What’s going on?

Resources:

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/02/09/new-study-reveals-how-long-new-years-resolutions-usually-last/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/16/thursday-january-17-day-most-new-years-resolutions-fail/2539402002/

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Nov 04, 2020
613 - How Curiosity Can Change Your Life
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In this episode, we look at how curiosity can change your life. 

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Nov 02, 2020
612 - Why Motivation Doesn't Work
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In this episode, we look at why motivation sometimes doesn't work. 

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Oct 30, 2020
611 - Is Self-Help Holding You Back?
637

In this episode, we look at whether or not self-help might be holding you back in life. 

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Oct 29, 2020
610 - How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
810

In this episode, we look at how to get out of your comfort zone. 

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Oct 26, 2020
609 - How to Grow Without Leaving People Behind
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In this episode, we look at how to grow without leaving people behind. 

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Oct 23, 2020
608 - Why You Can't "Catch Up On Sleep"
680

In this episode, we look at whether or not you  can actually catch up on sleep. 

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Oct 22, 2020
607 - How to Be Confident In Your Growth
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In this episode, we talk about how to be confident in your goals as you try to create change in your life. 

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Oct 20, 2020
606 - How to Stop Impulse Buying
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In this episode, we look at how to stop impulse buying. 

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The Problem

In 2017, Americans spent $240 billion—twice as much as they’d spent in 2002—on goods like jewelry, watches, books, luggage, and telephones, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Spending on personal care products also doubled over that time period. Americans spent, on average, $971.87 on clothes last year, buying nearly 66 garments, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association. That’s 20 percent more money than they spent in 2000 adjusted for inflation.

At the same time, Americans are taking up more space. Last year, the average size of a single-family house in America was 2,426 square feet, a 23 percent increase in size from two decades ago, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. The number of self-storage units is rapidly increasing as well.  There are around 52,000 such facilities nationally; two decades ago, there were half that number.

Digging Deeper

Why do we buy so much stuff anyway? Research shows there are many reasons why we feel compelled to buy what we really don’t need.

  • Buying provides a sense of security of the unknown.
  • We get a rush of dopamine over the initial purchase.
  • We feel the need to impress – Keeping up with the Joneses.
  • Having a kingdom of stuff makes us feel important.

And the one we will talk about today – advertising and its effect on us.

The Solution

So how do we deal with this?

Here are a few ways to get your buying impulse under control.

· Push the pause button in your mind, instead of the buy now button.  Logically contemplate what draws you to that product in the first place.  Was it the lure of the ad, or do you really need it?

· Quiet your consumer brain.  Take a deep breath and let the moment of absolutely having to have this shiny new thing pass.

· Make sure you know and understand that you cannot buy happiness.  Happiness does not come from an item. If you are not happy now, nothing you will buy can change that.

· Do the things that will really make you happy. Much of our purchases are done to make us feel better – find another way to feel better.  Get up and go for a walk, call a friend, or read a book, or learn a new recipe.

One tangible step: Implement a two day rule. If you are making a purchase that isn’t an absolute necessity, wait two days before purchasing. Doing so can remove you from the initial impulse and allow logic to take over.

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Oct 13, 2020
605 - Cognitive Distortions 101
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In this episode we look at cognitive distortions, how they affect your personal growth, and what to do about them.

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The Problem:

I am sure this has happened to you. A disagreement with someone you care about, or one negative comment out of 10 other positive ones, and all of a sudden you’re in a spiral of negative thoughts about yourself, the other person and the event itself.

The problem is that these thoughts are more often than not inaccurate. They aren’t a good representation of what actually happened. Further, they are a completely made up representation of the event from the other person’s perspective.

Digging Deeper

Cognitive distortions are biased perspectives we put on ourselves and the world around us. They are patterns of thinking or believing that are irrational and that we unknowingly reinforce over time. These ways of thinking are harmful because, in general, we tend to act in accordance with our beliefs. So if our beliefs are false or inaccurate, naturally our actions will suffer as a consequence. Then those negative actions get reinforced as habits and all of a sudden we spend each day taking the wrong actions and making the wrong choices all because of a simple cognitive distortion.

In 1976, psychologist Aaron Beck first proposed the theory behind cognitive distortions and in the 1980s; David Burns was responsible for popularizing it with common names and examples for the distortions.

The Solution

How can you stop these cognitive distortions?

One way is to reframe the situation. "Reframing is the habit of consciously changing how you feel when you are experiencing an irrational or false thought or belief.”  You can ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this thought realistic?
  • Am I basing my thoughts on facts or on feelings?
  • What is the evidence for this thought?
  • Could I be misinterpreting the evidence?
  • Am I having this thought out of habit?

Let’s take the example above using the cognitive distortion of a mental filter, remember that’s when you filter out all the positive stuff and focus on the negative. In that situation you could stop and think for a moment. Is this really true? Is this comment based in reality at all?

Examine the evidence: Is there anything to back up this person’s comment as fact or is it just one person’s opinion?

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Oct 12, 2020
604 - Creating a Guiding Principle
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In this episode we look at the role guiding principles play in your personal growth. 

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Oct 10, 2020
603 - Reasons to Start Meditating
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In this episode we look at 3 major reasons to start meditating today. Get excited because this is Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

Welcome to another episode of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes where I share simple strategies you can use to get more out of your life. My name is Gregg Clunis and in this episode I’m sharing 3 huge reasons to start meditating if you haven’t already.

The Problem

You’ve been told over and over again that you need to start meditating. I’ve brought it up a number of times on this podcast and have tried to drive the point home using as much science, research, and personal experience as I can.

But yet, you still aren’t meditating.

Why is that?

Why Meditation is Important

  1. We never get quiet time to ourselves
  2. Increase in grey matter (over long periods of time)
  3. Better situational emotion management
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Oct 07, 2020
602 - Tips for Better Meditation
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In this episode, I share 3 tips to help you get better at meditation. Get excited because this is Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

Welcome to another episode of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes where I share simple strategies you can use to get more out of your life. My name is Gregg Clunis and in this episode I’m sharing 3 tips to help you get better at meditation and get more from your sessions.

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To enter all you have to do is do a meditation session and post to Instagram as a post or a story. You can post a video, a quick message, a picture of your meditation space...whatever you want. The post must tag the podcast @tinyleaps and it must be about your meditation session.

Then each Friday I’ll be drawing a winner at random from that week’s entries and sending them $150. Easy right? For more details find the podcast over on instagram and check the full post in my highlights.

The Problem

We know the value of meditation, it’s been proven over and over again. In fact I’ve talked about this a lot over the 600 episodes of this podcast so far. But yet even with knowing how good it can be, it’s still hard as hell for most people to pick up as a habit.

On the other hand, the people who DO start and stick to it will regularly sing its praises for creating direct results in their lives.

The Solution

1) Meditation is about making an effort

So the first thing I want to say is that meditation isn’t about sitting perfectly still and finding some inner nirvana. That state is something life long practitioners are working towards but it certainly isn’t their daily experience.

Meditation is actually just about making an effort to be still. It’s about trying, even if it’s in vain, to calm the inner voice and allow thoughts to drift away without you jumping on them.


2) Thoughts will happen, let them pass

The goal isn’t to get rid of thoughts, anxieties, or stresses. Instead if you can create an unattached attitude towards your thoughts and anxiety as they drift by you then you can control your reaction or non-reaction to certain things.


3) Give yourself a center

The final piece of advice is to give yourself some kind of center to return to. The purpose here is to give yourself some kind of anchor so that when your thoughts inevitably pull you in you can find your way back to the middle.

A lot of people recommend the breath for this. By focusing on your breath you give yourself permission to ignore the drifting thoughts. It also is easy to find when you drift.

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Oct 05, 2020
601 - Managing Time Like a Budget
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In this episode, we talk about managing your time like a budget.  Get excited because this is Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

Welcome to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes where I share simple strategies you can use to get more out of your life. My name is Gregg Clunis and, in this episode, we will be discussing the positive benefits of managing your time like a budget.

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Oct 02, 2020
How to Win $150 in October (Episode 600 Giveaway)
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In this episode, I announce our 30 Days to Big Changes kick off challenge and explain how you can win $150 in October. 

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To celebrate episode 600 of the podcast I want to give away $600 in October. So I decided to launch a challenge. The goal is for you to meditate as many days as possible in October. It doesn't matter if you are new to meditation or a seasoned pro.⠀

Here's how it works:⠀
1. To enter the giveaway you must post about your meditation session on Instagram. ⠀

2. For an entry to be valid you must follow and tag the podcast @tinyleaps in your story or in your post. Your post must be about the ⠀
challenge in order to count as an entry.⠀

3. Drawings will be done on the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th of October. There will be 1 winner each week who will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card or equivalent.⠀

4. You may gain up to 1 entry per day towards that week’s drawing.⠀

5. If you win the drawing during any of the weeks your entries will not be valid in future weeks. You can only win once.

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Sep 30, 2020
599 - How Friction Can Help You Change Your Life
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In this episode, we look at the role that friction plays in personal development. 

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The Problem:

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I can’t seem to stop drinking soda, I just don’t have the willpower” Or maybe you blame it on a “sweet tooth.” Or you’ll say something like “If I weren’t so lazy, I would exercise more.”

Statements like this, whether we intend them to or not, reinforce an idea that our bad habits are determined by a set of characteristics we were born with.  Our habits are fixed because “that’s just how I am.”

Let me make something clear – you were not born lazy, or unorganized, or with a sweet tooth. You developed those attributes later in life through a combination of factors but they are not inherently a part of who you are.

This means you can break them.

Digging Deeper

In 1936 Kurt Lewin formulated the statement: “Behavior is a function of the Person in their Environment.”

Lewin, who earned the unofficial title the founder of Social Psychology, was a German American psychologist born in 1890.

Lewin took a complex subject – what drives human behavior - and broke it down into one sentence. “Behavior is a function of the Person in their Environment.”

It is a formula for understanding how positive life changes can come about and highlights just why bad habits can be difficult to break.

So if behavior is a function of the Person in their Environment then there are two things that can be changed. The Person or the Environment.

The Solution

Whatever habit you want to change, one way to start is to look at how you could either increase or decrease the amount of effort, or friction, it takes to make it happen.

In this way you do not have to rely on willpower and can instead tap into the power of our unconscious behaviors.

We may take the brain for granted on a day to day basis but it uses an enormous amount of energy. This is why our brain takes tasks and turns them into habits. By shifting the burden over to the sub-conscious we use less energy while still allowing those tasks to be accomplished.


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Sep 28, 2020
598 - How to Get Organized
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In this episode, we look at Mise En Place, what it means, and how it can help you change your life.

The Problem

Feeling unorganized and unable to get everything done in a day is pretty common. In fact, Americans spend nearly $10 billion a year on self-help and organization products - according to Marketplace Enterprises. Thats billions – with a B

Yet  according to the Wall St Journal office workers waste an average of 40% of their workday.  Not because they aren’t motivated, but because they were never taught organizing skills to cope with the increasing workloads and demands.

Digging Deeper

To find this guiding principle we are going to turn to an industry you might not expect. Restaurants.

Have you ever heard of Mise-en-place?

It’s a French phrase that roughly translates to “everything in its place.”  You may have heard this term on the many reality cooking shows.

And while useful to help chefs create awe-inspiring meals we can learn a great deal about how to achieve more in our own lives by looking at this principle.

The Solution

For every hour of planning, 3 to 4 hours are saved from redundancy, waiting for information, not being prepared and poorly managed tasks.

Imagine setting your work and household up so that you develop deeply ingrained habits – you put your pen back in the same spot after each use. No more hunting for car keys, or shoes, or deciding what to take to lunch during the work week.  Lose the frustration of trying to keep up with projects.

How can mise-en-place do this for you?  First thing to wrap your head around is that mise-en-place is not just a list of items to do.  It’s a mindset on being prepared for and being focused on the task at hand.

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Sep 25, 2020
597 - How to Improve Your Memory
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In this episode, we look at one simple strategy to improve your memory.

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The Problem

There are often really important things we need to remember in our day to day lives. These can be minor like remembering to take out the trash or a bit more serious like remembering your anniversary. Regardless of what it is you need to remember though it’s not always easy to do so.

Digging Deeper

The first thing we need to better understand is what our options are when it comes to memory. There are three main categories of memory:

  • Long term memory
  • Short term memory
  • Working memory

The Solution

So how do we use this knowledge to better remember things that are important but not critical?

The answer comes in two steps:

  1. Encoding
  2. Memory Recall

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Sep 23, 2020
596 - 3 Questions to Get Started
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In this episode, we look at 3 simple questions to ask to find your first steps. 

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The Problem

Personal development is difficult. We know that taking action consistently is the key to getting results, but there is so much to consider even before we get to the “taking action” part of things.

What should we even take action on? How do we turn our goals into action in the first place? What do we do when we get stuck?

Digging Deeper

Part of the reason this happens is because of how complex personal development has gotten. Between all of the books, apps, podcasts, facebook groups, email lists, blogs...etc that are out there this industry has gotten very loud.

Everyone has their own process and their own method for helping you create change and solve your problems. And while, on the surface, this might seem like a good thing, it ultimately leads to a lot of confusing advice that often contradicts each other.

The Solution

  1. Which area of your life needs the most support?
  2. What opportunities do you have?
  3. What can’t you do that you wish you could?

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Sep 22, 2020
595 - Why Change is Inevitable
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In this episode, we look at why change is inevitable. 

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The Problem

Many people are afraid of change. Whether or not that change is good or bad we tend to want to hold on to the things we know and have experience with. This is the same reason why people tend to be more willing to take action in order to move away from pain than they are to gain pleasure.

Your life might not be great right now, but you’ve come to terms with that. You’ve absorbed that idea into a part of your identity and so losing it becomes painful.

Digging Deeper

Of course, being afraid of change means that many of us stay exactly the same throughout our lives. We spend each and every day working hard just to be able to maintain what we have, never thinking about how we can gain.

When setting goals or pursuing something specific we often sabotage ourselves because the focus required to gain that thing MEANS being willing to sacrifice something else. Success requires sacrifice.

The pain of that sacrifice is felt more deeply than the pleasure of the success and so we limit our success to things that require as little sacrifice as possible.

But the truth is...whether we choose to sacrifice or not...change is inevitable.

“According to researchers, the body replaces itself with a largely new set of cells every seven years to 10 years, and some of our most important parts are revamped even more rapidly”

The Solution

The only way forward is to decide, right now, that  YOU are going to have some say in the change that happens. Because remember, change is going to happen whether you like it or not. The most you can do is try to direct that change.

How do you do that? By actively trying to change. By forcing it to happen. By embracing the fear and pain and sacrifice head on, challenging it to a duel, and whooping its little booty like the conqueror that you are.

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Resources: 

https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/does-body-really-replace-seven-years.htm#:~:text=According%20to%20researchers%2C%20the%20body,%3A%20Stanford%20University%2C%20Northrup%5D.

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Sep 18, 2020
594 - The Truth About Time Management
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In this episode, we look at the truth about time management and why it's still a problem.

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The Problem

Whole industries have been built around time management systems and teaching us how to use them. There is no shortage of these hacks - digital and paper calendars, notification reminders, productivity apps on your phone and the list goes on. In addition, there are millions of blogs, podcasts, and books, all on the topic of how to manage your time.

Yet even with all of these resources available to us, we are  all still frustrated, we’re still wasting time, and we’re still unable to get things done.

What gives?

Digging Deeper

When did the idea of time management come about?

The idea of time management was invented by Fredrick Taylor in the late 1800’s to provide a system to accomplish more in a shorter period of time. This was at a time when mass production was beginning, and the factory owners needed the workers to produce in large quantities.

In his book, The Principles of Scientific Management, he laid the groundwork for modern organization and decision theory.

The idea was simple, how can you get more output from each individual worker in an organization given the limitations of the 24 hr day?

The Solution

So what do we do to actually improve our time management skills in today’s world and in our personal lives?

Well first we have to realize something:

Time is fixed and inflexible. That means time, by definition, is not manageable.

Time isn’t something you can change. We all get 24 hours in a day and we all need to sleep, eat, rest, shower, and do any number of other things that have nothing to do with our goals.

Once you realize this truth you can stop asking the fundamentally incorrect question of “how do I better manage my time?” and start asking the correct question which is “how do I manage myself and my behavior?”

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Resources: https://www.amazon.com/Principles-Scientific-Management-Frederick-Winslow/dp/0486299880

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Sep 16, 2020
593 - Stop Relying on Willpower
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In this episode, we look at willpower and why you struggle to accomplish your goals. 

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The Problem:

When we decide we want to build better habits things tend to be pretty straightforward– we are going to lose weight, stop smoking, organize our closets, and finally stop procrastinating. But by the end of the week your plastic bins for organizing are still in the trunk of your car, your new running shoes tossed in the back of the closet, and there are those cigarettes still being smoked.

What happened?

Digging Deeper

The dictionary definition of willpower is the control exerted to do something or restrain impulses, and the ability to control one’s own actions, emotions or urges.

It’s important to understand that willpower is like physical strength in that:

  • Willpower is a mind-body response, not merely a mindset
  • Willpower is limited (just like muscle power)
  • Willpower is trainable (just like muscle power)

According to researchers at McMaster University of Hamilton in Ontario willpower can be exhausted. Picture yourself working on, you might start out strong but by the end your last rep you find yourself struggling to do the exercise. The same thing happens to our willpower.

The Solution

But given how temporary that willpower can be it ends up being a bit of a double edged sword.

When we see ourselves as lacking willpower and failing at our goals our self-confidence takes a hit and we start doing nothing, or we replace action with fantasy. (One day when I lose those 30 pounds…)

So how can you train and strengthen your willpower to maximize its capacity?

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Sep 14, 2020
592 - How to Say Yes to Yourself
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In this episode, we look at how to prioritize yourself and say no to others more often.

The Problem

I often struggle with prioritizing myself and making decisions that I actually want. It sounds silly right? It should be easy to prioritize myself. It should feel like the simplest thing in the world to check what I want in a situation and act accordingly. But it’s not.

Maybe it’s because I like avoiding conflict. And it’s not just me, many people around the world avoid conflict at all costs. Conflict is uncomfortable, it’s scary, and anything that might lead to conflict is seen as wrong. Speaking up for yourself? That’s a big no no. Saying no to a request? Wouldn’t dream of it. Changing your mind about plans with friends? That’s rude.

It’s built into our culture but it comes from very deeply rooted survival mechanisms that drive us to take actions and say things that may lead to being liked or accepted.

Digging Deeper

We live in a world that does not reward no. We live in a world that works only if you comply with the system. As a result, in our day to day lives it can be increasingly hard to prioritize ourselves, say no to those around us, and say yes to ourselves.

But it is possible to get better at this and to start pursuing the life that you really want rather than living your entire life in response and service to everyone else.

While I’m no expert at this and cannot even begin to understand all of the varying situations of people listening to this podcast. I can at least share what I’m personally doing to get better at this. Hopefully you can find something in this to apply to your own situation.

The Solution

  1. Get Clear on What You Want
  2. Compare Requests to Your Ideals
  3. Advocate for Yourself
  4. Choose to Compromise or Say No

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Sep 08, 2020
Repost: You Are Not Your Circumstances
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Sep 04, 2020
Repost: You May Not Deserve to Be Confident
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Sep 03, 2020
Repost: The Importance of Sharing Your Story
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Sep 02, 2020
Repost: How Are Your New Years Resolutions?
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Sep 01, 2020
Repost: Where Does Creativity Come From?
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Aug 31, 2020
591 - Three Tiny Ways to Practice Self Love
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In this episode, we look at three tiny yet effective ways to practice self-love, even when you’re busy and exhausted.

Inner Monkey: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inner-monkey/id1440076093

The Problem

How do you practice self-love? How do you learn to love yourself? And, when you are incredibly busy or tired or frustrated, how do you continue to fit it in?

Digging Deeper

Self-love is defined as a regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. Now of course this idea can be taken too far. There is no end to narcissistic individuals who believe their priority of self at the expense of others is a good thing. But self-love is inherently a good thing.

If we look at that definition, a regard for one’s own well being and happiness, it simplifies things. In order to practice self-love we simply need to start paying attention to the things that affect our well-being and happiness.

The Solution

Get More and Better Sleep

Getting more sleep is one of the first things you can do for yourself that can produce the biggest results. With lack of sleep comes lack of patience, an inability to focus, and a number of other negatives that can bleed into the rest of your life.

By getting just 20-30 minutes more of good quality sleep you can improve your overall quality of life significantly and position yourself to accomplish more each day.

Eat Happier

We often set eating healthier as a goal we want to work towards. We may do this because we want to lose weight or for any number of other reasons but it is one of the more common goals out there.

With that said, eating happier on it’s own can also be an amazing way to practice self-love. Think about how you feel when you eat poorly. Maybe you get a stomach ache. Maybe you feel disappointed in yourself for breaking you goal. But when you focus on eating happy you give yourself permission to eat some of those “less healthy” foods while also giving yourself permission to eat the things that are healthy. It's the best of both worlds.

Start Your Day for Yourself or End it With Yourself

I’ve talked about this before and I want to reiterate it here. Making time for yourself is critical to your own growth and development. And without your growth and progress you won’t be able to truly serve everyone else around you.

It can be tough to find the time during the day to prioritize your own issues. Between work, school, your family, your friends, your health and other things taking time for yourself and your mental health can often be pushed to the back.

This tip is about starting your day for you. Wake up 10 minutes earlier and be with yourself, by yourself. Do a meditation, get a quick stretch in, go for a walk, or do nothing. Whatever YOU want to do with no input from anyone else.

If you’re struggling to get it done in the morning then try ending your day for you instead. Block off those last 10 minutes of the day or just let it happen naturally in bed. Do something that is yours and yours alone. Make the choice for yourself. That’s such a rare luxury now a days as we all live in a reactionary space but it doesn’t have to be. ‘

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Aug 28, 2020
590 - Take One Tiny Leap Per Week
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In this episode, we look at three tiny yet effective ways to practice self-love, even when you’re busy and exhausted.

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The Problem

The process of growth and personal development can be both challenging and rewarding.

On the one hand you realize how much power and control you truly have over the direction your life goes. You realize that all big changes come from the tiny leaps you take every day. And you realize that that means that if you can just focus on your tiny leaps each day, you can in some small way direct the outcomes you gain from this life.

On the other hand, you recognize how difficult it is to actually show up each day and take those tiny leaps. You start to see how much internal work needs to go into taking external action. You face failure and pain and sacrifice and all along the way question whether or not you even know what you’re doing. Because truly you’re just making it up and everyone else knows but you’re clueless.

Digging Deeper

Back in episode 584 I spoke about overwhelm and the role it plays in personal development. I also spoke about how that overwhelm came from our prefrontal cortex being overstimulated. This is an obvious outcome to a culture defined by working too much, not sleeping enough, and reaching for that ever elusive holy grail of productivity.

The Solution

I want to encourage you to adopt a new approach to your self-help journey. Keep setting goals, keep finding your first tasks. Keep taking action.

However, when you start to take that action I’d like you to focus in the beginning on just taking one tiny leap each week.

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Aug 26, 2020
589 - Why Trying (and Failing) Matters
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In this episode, we look at why trying something once and subsequently failing at it matters so much for finding success.

The Problem

What if I told you that there is a real reason why you are struggling to achieve your goals? Like a real, solid reason. Not some wishy washy excuse?

Well there is. It may not be the only reason, and it certainly isn’t some secret technique that you need to pay me money to learn. But there is a real reason.

The reason is simple, we don’t fully understand the process of setting goals and working towards them.

Digging Deeper

For years the self-help industry has touted the value of setting goals. There have been hundreds of books, podcasts, youtube videos, and speeches dedicated to the topic. We’ve created frameworks and processes and systems designed to make goal-setting easier or more straightforward.

I’ve been a part of this too. Because for a long time I bought into the idea that the biggest problem in goal-setting was just that the systems were broken. I thought that if we could just improve the process for people then more people would accomplish there goals.

That might still be true, but improving the system does nothing if it doesn’t consider the reality of the situation that the system deals with.

The Solution

So here’s my advice. Try things. Try them once. 

Use that initial motivation to fuel immediate action and take it. Fail at it. Let yourself go through the full process. 

Doing this will allow you to get an idea of the work involved and what kind of motivation is required to sustain yourself. It will also help you understand whether or not this is a goal worth trying again. 

The good news is that if you do decide to try again you’ll be approaching it with a much more balanced understanding of the effort required for that outcome. This should help reduce that burnout and keep you running much longer.

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Resources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/neuronarrative/202003/why-we-often-fail-reach-our-goals

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166432819313889

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Aug 25, 2020
588 - Best Mental Health Podcasts Pt.1
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In this episode, we look at 3 podcasts I recommend for improving your mental health.

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Part 1: The Problem

There are currently over 1 million podcasts out there for you to choose from with over 30 million episodes available. At least those numbers are from April so you can bet there are even more now.

So what are we to do??

This week I want to shine a spotlight on podcasts that I think are invaluable when it comes to our mental health. So without further delay let's get into the list.

Part 2: Digging Deeper

The first show I want to highlight is one you might already be familiar with. It's called Therapy for Black Girls. Now I've got a bit of a confession to make *deep breath* and I'm not sure how to say this so I'm just going to say it....I am not a black girl...

I know I know, shocking news. But I've never given this show a chance specifically because of that. I thought "I'm glad this resource exists for black girls and women but based on the name I probably won't get much from it".

Girl was I wrong and I'm happy I was.

Therapy for Black Girls is hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford who is an actual licensed Psychologist and the podcast covers a number of topics that people of all races genders and ages should be exploring. A recent episode I listened to was on the importance of self-compassion.

Dr. Joy covers a lot of other important topics like embracing yourr queer identity, whether or not relationships HAVE to be hard work, Collective Grief, and Loneliness. 

While the podcast does live up to it's name by providing many excellent episodes specifically targeted to the struggles that are unique to Black women here in the United States, there is plenty to walk away with regardless of who you are or where you are at in your own life.

The second podcast I want to recommend is Tori Dealing With...Hosted by Tori Deal who made a name for herself on the reality show The Challenge the podcast shares first hand perspectives on various challenges and issues that every day people face each day. Similar to what I try and do here on Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

Tori talks about dealing with topics like anxiety, change, love, failure, forgiveness, cannibis and really anything else you might be thinking about on a day to day basis. In each episode she shares a story that helped guide her views on the subject, is crystal clear that she is just sharing her own experience rather than trying to push something on you,

There is a ton of value in this podcast that you'll be missing out on if you choose to avoid it.

Part 3: The Solution

So these are the two podcasts I'd recommend looking into for mental health topics. I'd love to hear from you, what podcasts are you listening to that have helped your mental health?

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https://therapyforblackgirls.com/

https://tori-dealing-with.simplecast.com/

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Aug 21, 2020
587 - One Habit to Start Your Day
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In this episode, we take a look at one simple habit you can build that can help you set up your day for success.

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

One thing we've always known is that starting our days off right can be the difference between feeling successful and productive or feeling like the day got away from you. But how exactly do you go about starting your day off right?

The common answer here is to develop a morning routine but morning routines can often be hard to keep up, long, and difficult to fit into our lives.

So I started asking myself....if I could only do one thing in the morning to get my day started what would it be? What is the tiny leap,  the smallest, most impactful step you could take?

Part 2: Diving Deeper

Well it turns out that the answer is stretching. Yeah, stretching first thing in the morning is one habit that, if done can have massive effects on your energy levels, mood, and overall experience throughout the rest of the day.

According to an article on South Dakota State University's website:

"Stretching first thing in the morning can relieve any tension or pain from sleeping the night before. It also helps increase your blood flow and prepares your body for the day ahead."

Overnight as we sleep our bodies are rarely moving. As a result our muscles get sore, our joints get tight, and our blood pressure goes down. When we wake our bodies naturally work to reset these but a good stretch can be an excellent short cut to help make this happen faster.

Here's what an article on Scientific American has to say about blood flow to the brain:

"Part of the reason exercise enhances cognition has to do with blood flow. Research shows that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better."

Part 3: The Solution

  1. Increased blood flow to the brain can improve alertness and energy levels through the rest of the day
  2. Reducing aches and pains can improve mood
  3. Getting back into your body and reconnecting with the physical world can help you stay present through the day

All of that just from stretching each morning. Easy right? So while having a full morning routine that includes stretching would be a good thing, if you find yourself with less time to work with or if you find yourself struggling to be consistent with that routine just focus on stretching and you can still get some huge benefits.

Useful Links:

https://extension.sdstate.edu/benefits-stretching

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-you-think-better-after-walk-exercise/

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Aug 20, 2020
586 - How to Future-Proof Your Income (Big Questions Preview)
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In this episode, I share a snippet of my conversation on the Big Questions podcast with Cal Fussman. 

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Aug 19, 2020
585 - How to Make Time for Your Goals
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In this episode, we look at simple ways to fit personal development into your day. Even if you only have 2 minutes free.

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

Making time for yourself can be difficult. Between work, your family, regular chores of being an adult, your friends...etc life can get hectic and time can fly by quickly.

Part 2: Diving Deeper

This is even worse in today's world thanks to the expectation from many employers to be constantly connected and always on.

So how can you build personal development into your day when you just can't find the time? Or what do you do when the only time you have is the moments at the end of the day when you are too exhausted to do anything?

Well here an easy way to integrate personal development into your day to day life.

Part 3: The Solution

1. How much time do you truly have?

Something I've talked about in the past is that many of us feel we don't have the time to do something, but in actuality it's just that the time isn't available in one block.

The issue is that these hours are not concentrated and so they either go unnoticed or, even if you are aware of them, they are difficult to utilize.

Well the first step is to get an accurate understanding of what time you have available, even if that time is spread out. I'd start with doing an audit of your day. That means to live your life as normal but to take note of the moments throughout the day where something else could be done at the same time or where it feels too short and so nothing valuable gets done at all.

Do this audit for about a week to get an accurate average of this free time.

2. Get focused

The trick with making progress even when time and energy is limited is to be as focused as possible. 

One major issue we all have with personal development is that we often try to improve our "lives" as a whole. We fail to recognize that our "lives" are actually made up of very distinct areas, each requiring different things to improve.

So improving our "life" is actually impossible. Instead, we need to aim to improve one area of our life at a time. Those improvements will trickle into the rest of your life thus leading to overall improvements.

So once you know how much time you actually have to work with it's time to pick an area like fitness, nutrition, finances, career, relationships, or mental health.

3. Pick your strategy

Certain activities and tasks are really not suited to limited chunks of time spread throughout the day.

When you have limited time, and that time is broken up throughout different moments of the day, you need to start thinking tiny and organized.

So if fitness is your focus, and you only have short, 5 minute sprints throughout the day, then finding routines that can maximize that time would be best.

It seems small and unimportant, but it's where the journey starts. Eventually it will become more of a priority in your life and you'll clear other things out to make it happen. But that won't happen unless you start where you are.

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Aug 18, 2020
584 - Are You Overwhelmed by Self Help?
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In this episode, we look at how to deal with personal development overwhelm.

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[YouTube Video] How to Be More Productive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QhPUoVHkpQ

Part 1: The Problem

Personal development is an incredibly complicated and frustrating process. Our lives are so complex, there are so many areas to consider, and the list of constraints we face on a day to day basis are quite honestly insane.

Then, when we finally make the decision to take charge and gain control, we're met by a thousand different "teachers" or "guides" in the space each sharing their "unique process or system" designed to help you change your entire life....all for just $1,997 dollars and .97 cents.

You know you don't need all that...shit you couldn't even afford it if you wanted to. If you had that kind of money just sitting around things would honestly be a little easier.

So you decide to just put in the time. You start taking some action and you start seeing some results and you feel good.

Then one day you wake up and.....you don't know what to do.

You have no idea what to focus on. Where to spend your time. What's important and what isn't.

All of a sudden you're overwhelmed.

Overwhelm is a major problem in personal development and it only gets worse the more ambitious or driven you are, but what can we do about it?

Part 2: Diving Deeper

Well we first have to look at what's going on when we get overwhelmed.

According to the abstract of an article published by Amy F. T. Arnsten

"The prefrontal cortex (PFC)—the most evolved brain region—subserves our highest-order cognitive abilities. However, it is also the brain region that is most sensitive to the detrimental effects of stress exposure. Even quite mild acute uncontrollable stress can cause a rapid and dramatic loss of prefrontal cognitive abilities, and more prolonged stress exposure causes architectural changes in prefrontal dendrites."

Here's how the article describes the role of the pre-frontal cortex:

"The prefrontal cortex (PFC) intelligently regulates our thoughts, actions and emotions through extensive connections with other brain regions. It creates a “mental sketch pad” through networks of neurons that can maintain information in the absence of environmental stimulation"

Part 3: The Solution

The solution here is to move slower and give yourself the room to rest

Look at the process of change as one of starts and stops? Why not let it be okay to try and fail and try again and fail again? Why not embrace the fact that we are going to get overwhelmed because our poor, squishy little brain is dealing with A LOT and that that is okay. 

Instead of setting yourself up for failure, approach your growth and change from a place of expecting to fall off. This way you'll have an actual plan in place for getting back on the horse and trying again. It'll no longer be something you need to motivate yourself for. It won't be something you need to forgive yourself for. After all, that was what you expected to happen in the first place.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2907136/

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Aug 17, 2020
583 - The Outcome Doesn't Matter
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In this episode, we look at why the outcome of your actions matter far less than you think.

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

When focusing on improving some area of our lives we tend to get caught up in the outcomes that we create. Did we eat well or not? Did we save money or not? Did we lose weight or not?

This makes sense, focusing on the outcomes allows us to measure progress and gives us a guide for what direction to go in.

The problem is that focusing exclusively on outcomes ignores the very real value that exists just from the decision itself and the process that follows.

Part 2: Diving Deeper

Here's what I mean. When you make a decision to pursue something. Like truly make a decision. Not one of those half baked decisions that you never act on but when you finally get to a place where action because natural.

That kind of decision causes massive shifts in the way you view yourself. In your identity.

No, you don't identify as a runner. But all of a sudden you are a person who could be a runner.

No you don't run a successful business. But all of a sudden you are a person who could do that.

No you don't have a lot of money saved up. But all of a sudden you are a person who could.

The act of making a decision. A real, meaty decision, shifts the way you view yourself. It shifts what you view as possible for yourself. It shifts your entire sense of self. Even before action is taken.

Then, once you start taking action another shift occurs.

You start to realize just how possible it is.

Whereas before you became a person who could, in theory, accomplish your goals, now you start to a wrap your head around it. You start to see what's required more clearly. You start to see the path.

When you take action..that is, trying things, failing, experimenting, reading, learning, trying again, asking questions...etc...you start to find you way.

It's almost like stumbling through the darkness trying to find your way out. All you can do is take a step, hold out your hands, and feel your way forward.

That's exactly what taking action does for you. With each step you start to form a slightly more clear mental picture of your surroundings. Of what's required.

Between these two things....making a decison, and starting to take action, you experience massive growth as a person. You become a better you, one more prepared, more confident, and more capable than ever before.

Whether or not you successfully accomplish the goal, abandon it, or fail trying doesn't really matter.

Part 3: The Solution

So let's shift the way we view success. Let's start place more emphasis on the part of things that truly matters. Making a decision and taking action. If we do those things, we win. No matter the outcome.

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Aug 14, 2020
582 - Two Unique Ways to Build Self-Confidence
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In this episode, we look at 2 concrete things you can do today to start building your self-confidence.

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

So much of our lives and our ability to take consistent action comes down to our levels of self-confidence.

If we have it, we feel more comfortable taking certain actions, trying new things, and going for what we want. This relationship to ourselves leads to more successes which leads to an increased level of self-confidence.

If we don't have it, we are less likely to take action. That reduced level of action leads to fewer successes which leads to decreased levels of self-confidence. Or at the very least, reduce the overall list of successes you can pull from to create that self-confidence.

Part 2: Diving Deeper

Unfortunately building self-confidence can be challenging. Ultimately confidence comes through taking action and achieving success. Building a history and building a sense of trust with yourself.

But it's a catch 22. If you want to build self-confidence you need to take action, but if you want to take action you need to have self-confidence.

So what can you do?

Part 3: The Solution

Well if you find yourself in this catch 22 situation then you need to find a workaround. So let's look at what's required here.

Self-confidence is ultimately about trust. If you trust yourself and your ability to follow-through on things you will have a higher degree of self-confidence and therefore take more actions. It will also affect you less when you screw up.

Well the first unique approach would be to re-frame your history.

One easy way to do that is simply to start writing down all of the successes and good things from our day. It's easy, at the end of the day start creating an "I Did It" list which just collects all of the successes you had. All of the good things you do.

Don't worry about the failures or the areas of improvement, let those die with history. Let yourself focus on the wins. Doing this can help shift the frame you look at things from and can provide just enough trust in yourself to start taking action.

The second really unique way of building trust is to borrow it. Let's look at the financial industry as an example. If you need to borrow money to buy a house or go to school or whatever else. If you don't have a high enough credit score or don't make enough money you can often still get access to the loan by bringing on a co-signer. A co-signer is a way for the lender to increase their confidence that they will get their money back.

If you are stuck in a catch 22 where you don't have enough self-confidence to take action then find yourself a cosigner.

In this case a co-signer would be someone willing to help keep you on track, hold you accountable and, if needed...clean up any messes you make.

So it's a little more than an accountability partner and will require someone you truly trust since you can't trust yourself.

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Aug 12, 2020
581 - The Science of Flow
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In this episode, we look at the state of flow, what it is, how it works, and how to take advantage of it.

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Part 1: What is Flow

Definition:  An altered state of consciousness in which the mind functions at its peak, time may seem distorted, and a sense of happiness prevails. In such a state the individual feels truly alive and fully attentive to what is being done.

Part 2: What's Going On?

In an article for Psychology Today, Steven Kotler (the same steven kotler) writes:

"during flow, the brain releases an enormous cascade of neurochemistry. Large quantities of norepinephrine, dopamine, endorphins, anandamide, and serotonin flood our system. All are pleasure-inducing, performance-enhancing chemicals with considerable impacts on creativity. Both norepinephrine and dopamine amp up focus,  boosting imaginative possibilities by helping us gather more information..."

Part 3: How to Get Into Flow

Let's look at the requirements for flow.

The first requirement would be a degree of skill in the activity. Flow as a state allows for quicker thinking, faster information process, and a more effortless feel. In order for these things to happen though you first need to be good at the task.

Another requirement is a distraction free environment. Some research has been done on this that states that being able to work distraction free for at least 10-15 minutes is required in order for your mind to get into the space that a flow state could be possible.

Optimize your body and mind. Having internal "distractions" like hunger, being tired, stressed...etc will make it harder to reach a state of flow as well.

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Resources Used:

https://time.com/56809/the-science-of-peak-human-performance/

https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/flow+state

https://www.stevenkotler.com/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-playing-field/201402/flow-states-and-creativity

https://www.stevenkotler.com/book-pages/the-rise-of-super-man

https://medium.com/personal-growth-lab/how-to-reach-flow-state-using-10-flow-state-triggers-473aa28dc3e5

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Aug 10, 2020
580 - Mental Health and Grief Pt 2.
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Aug 07, 2020
579 - Mental Health and Grief Pt 1.
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In this episode, we take a look at the balance between managing your mental health and dealing with the symptoms of grief.

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

Grief is something we all go through. In fact, it's something we are all going through right now. When you hear the word grief you likely think about losing someone you love. This is normal as it's the most commonly used form of the word. But grief isn't just about death. It's actually about loss.

Grief: Deep sorrow, especially cause by the death of someone.

Sorrow: a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others

So grief is just about loss.

Part 2: Diving Deeper

Let's look at this from two angles:

1. Losing someone you love

2. Losing something important

In this part we will look at navigating the loss of someone you love. In the next episode we'll look at losing something important.

Losing someone you love is hard. The sense of loss is extreme and, even if you are prepared for it, the realization of how complete and final it is can cause a disconnect between how you expect the world to be and how it actually is.

I remember when my dad first died the hardest parts, and still is the hardest parts, were all those little moments where I would suddenly realize that he was in fact gone.

Those moments where I casually thought of a funny thing he said, or remembered a phone call we had, only to realize that it could never happen again.

That disconnect lead to moments of shock that over time started to eat away at my mental health. 

This is how grief works. It sits in the background allowing you to feel more or less okay. Okay enough that you maybe even start to feel guilty about how okay you feel. And then one day...bam! Grief strikes and you find yourself collapsed in a ball on the ground crying your eyes out about this person you lossed.

Part 3: The Solution

The short answer is that you need to figure out what works for you when dealing with grief. The longer answer is that everything needs to be okay. Whatever you need in order to get through that pain and deal with it in a healthy way needs to be okay. If you don't feel like going for that run....don't. It's fine. If you don't feel like taking a shower...don't. Give yourself that room.

Because grief is a dark place. It's waking up one day and finding yourself in a dark cave. When you find yourself in a dark cave the process for getting out is going to be messy. You're going to be covered in mud and sweat and tears and scrapes and bruises. But as long as you gain those things with the purpose of moving forward and finding a place of light...then it's okay.

What isn't okay is sitting in the darkness of that cave and purposefully harming yourself with no intention of moving forward. When that starts to happen, when you start to engage in vices like drinking in a way that feels unproductive, you need to find support in the form of therapy or something similar.

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Aug 06, 2020
578 - What is Your Real Goal?
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In this episode, we talk about why you shouldn't get caught up in the individual goals that you've set.

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

When it comes to personal development one of the first steps many people take is to sit down and start setting goals for themselves. Maybe those goals are around weight loss, or perhaps it's about saving money, or maybe your goal is to meditate more often.

Whatever the goal ends up being, it's a very straightforward place to start. By setting goals you give yourself a sense of direction and allow yourself to move forward in a structured way.

It only becomes a problem when we get caught up in the day to day goals we are setting and forget what we ultimately want.

Part 2: Diving Deeper

Here's what I mean, more often than not there's an underlying reason for your goal.

  • Why do you want to make more money?
  • Why do you want to lose weight?
  • Why do you want to get a promotion?
  • Why do you want to start a business?
  • Why do you want to find love?
  • Why do you want to raise good kids?
  • Why do you want to meditate?

There is always a real goal behind the goals we set. There is always a reason, a sense of why. That reason will be different for each person so it's something you really need to dive into for yourself, but if you are struggling there is one thing it typically comes back to.

Part 3: The Solution

We set goals, in part, because we want to be happier.

That's the only reason to create change. Progress for progress' sake is unfulfilling. There's no reason to grow or change or be better. Except if we believe that the change will lead to a better life. A happier life.

Why do you want more money? It might be so that you can take the financial boot off of your neck. Leading to less stress, less arguments in your relationship, more freedom, more time. Basically, more happiness.

Why do you want to lose weight? It might be that you want to feel better in your body. Fit into your wedding dress or tux, Feel pride in how you treat yourself. Gain more energy....etc. Basically, more happiness.

So whatever your reason is...figure it out. Set your goals with that in mind. Take action with that in mind. Doing so will lead to more success and more consistency. It will also lead to making decisions that guide you towards what you TRULY want rather than getting distracted.

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Aug 05, 2020
577 - Your Past Is Not Your Future
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In this episode, we take a look at why your past doesn't affect your future.  

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem 

We let our history of outcomes affect our behavior going forward.  We worry that because we've never been good at money it means we never will be We stress that bad relationships means we will never find a good one We spend time believing that because we struggle to eat well it means we can't change that Two things that play a role here is Carol Dweck's model of mindset: 

  • Fixed mindset meaning you believe you are what you are and you need to work with that 
  • Growth mindset meaning you believe you are capable of becoming more of what you are  

The truth is that your past can be one of two things: 

  • A historical record of who you are and will always be 
  • A collection of data points outlining lessons learned and outcomes to avoid 

Part 2: Diving Deeper 

According to an article on Brain Pickings.com about fixed and growth mindsets: 

"Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness." 

The important part in this quote is that our mindset develops from a very early age. It's based on the results we've gained, and the things that were reinforced over time.  

Part 3: The Solution 

The solution is straightforward but difficult. It's to shift the way you think about your past. View your past as a collection data points, neither good nor bad, that you can refer back to. But do not make decisions about potential futures based on those data points.  

You can do everything right and still not get what you want. You can do every wrong and still find massive success. The requirement for each is the same, to take action and make progress, then use those data points to inform decisions.  

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https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/

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Aug 04, 2020
576 - Three Kinds of Personal Development
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In this episode, we take a look at why allowing yourself to be human is required for personal growth.

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There are two main dynamics in the personal development world right now.

  • Hustle Culture
  • Manifest Culture

In this episode, we'll break these two dynamics down, discuss there pros and cons, and talk about the path forward for your own life. 

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Aug 03, 2020
575 - Two Requirements to Change Your Life
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In this episode, we take a look at the two requirements to changing your life.

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We often look at personal development and creating change as a process of taking action over a long period of time. In fact I've been guilty of simplifying it in this way too.

The unfortunate truth is that this view of personal development does not address the very real problem of getting started in the first place. It doesn't look at the very real mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome before any action can be consistently taken.

Today I want to dive a bit deeper into these prerequisites so that we can start to build a better understanding of the entire process behind change, taking action, and making progress in your life.

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Jul 31, 2020
574 - Being Positive is a Choice
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In this episode, we take a look at why being positive is a choice.

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https://yourpositiveoasis.com/10-irresistible-traits-people-positive-vibes/

https://www.lifehack.org/293018/15-signs-negative-people

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Jul 30, 2020
573 - How to Make Friends As an Adult
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In this episode, I dive into the world of adult friendships and we look at what is required to create new friendships once you are out of school and in the real world.

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Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3874845/

https://www.cigna.com/static/www-cigna-com/docs/about-us/newsroom/studies-and-reports/combatting-loneliness/cigna-2020-loneliness-infographic.pdf

Additional Resources:

https://www.talkspace.com/blog/how-to-make-friends-adult/

https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2017/02/how-to-make-friends-as-an-adult/

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-make-friends-as-an-adult-4769076

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Jul 29, 2020
572 - What Does "Making It" Mean?
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In this episode, we look at what 'making it' actually means.

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Jul 28, 2020
571 - Must Read Personal Development Books of July 2020
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In this episode, we look at the must-read books of July 2020. Recommended by listeners. 

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Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

"Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

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How to Be Miserable by Dr. Randy J Paterson

"This tongue-in-cheek guide will help you identify the behaviors that make you unhappy and discover how you—and only you—are holding yourself back from a life of contentment. You’ll learn to spot the tried-and-true traps that increase feelings of dissatisfaction, foster a lack of motivation, and detract from our quality of life—as well as ways to avoid them."

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Playing Ball on Running Water by Dr. David K Reynolds

"Essentially based on Japanese Zen psychotherapy Morita Therapy and Constructive Living Therapy.
Teaches that quietly sitting with and accepting emotions is calming, then our daily actions can present a positive influence in life.

In other words, actions are more important than feelings."

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Own The Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus

"Own the DayOwn Your Life is an empowering handbook that guides readers to optimize every moment of the day, from waking in the morning, through work and play, until bedtime each night. With small, actionable changes implemented throughout the course of one day, we can feel better, perform more efficiently, and live happier. And these daily habits turn into weekly routines, ultimately becoming part of lifelong healthy choices."

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Jul 27, 2020
570 - How to Stay Consistent (Vitamin Joy Podcast Teaser)
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In this episode I share a teaser of my recent interview on the Vitamin Joy podcast. 

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Jul 24, 2020
569 - Procrastinating? Do This...
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In this episode, I share 3 things you can do about those tasks you always procrastinate on. 

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

  • A lot of the things on our "task list" don't get done. We consistently push them off
  • Each day we push it to the next day, and the next day, and the next day
  • Eventually the task sits there, the reminder gets ignored, and we avoid that task completely
  • We aren't exactly procrastinating, we still do other things, but we just can't get ourselves to do this one important thing.
  • Something we can all do to take better action each day is to pay close attention to the areas that we often fail and do something about it. Let's take a look at it.

Part 2: Diving Deeper

That something can be in the form of:

  • Outsourcing (Can you pay someone else to do it? Would this be worth while?)
  • Improving Systems (Can you make it easier to do?)
  • Question Its Value (Is it really that important?)

Part 3: The Solution

  • Outsourcing:
    If something is important and needs to get done but you often fail to do it or drop the ball then look into the reality of paying someone else to do it. We often push back against the idea of "spending money" but the truth is that sometimes you can spend money "profitably". The clearest example is this, if you know that sending out cold emails will get more sales, but you never do it, paying someone else to do it will result in an overall increase in revenue. Here's a less clear example, if you often find yourself neglecting various household tasks or organizing your life but you recognize it's value to reduce overwhelm or anxiety, paying someone else to do it will cost you dollars but save you on your mental health.
  • Improving Systems:
    If something is important and needs to get done, you find yourself never doing it, and you can't justify the expense of paying someone else to do it (or it's something that only YOU can do) then your next step is to look at the systems. Your systems around a task are all of the things you do to accomplish that task. For example, going out for a run might require you to pick out running clothes, put on your shoes, grab your keys, find your headphones, get in the car, drive to the trail, and then go for a run. That's your "system". One thing that can make action easier is to improve the system itself. So perhaps, in the example above, you start leaving your shoes by the door. Perhaps you choose your running clothes the night before. Perhaps you leave your car keys and headphones by your shoes. Doing this would reduce the amount of searching and thought that needs to go into getting out for the run.
  • Question Its Value:
    The final thing you can do is look at whether or not that task should even be done. Sure it feels important but if you always fail to do it and things are still fine then is it actually important? This obviously isn't going to be applicable to most things but sometimes we trick ourselves into doing things because it "feels important" without ever questioning if it truly is. By eliminating these tasks you can free up the mental space and focus your efforts on what's truly important. Just a few ideas. This will be rolling out as an episode on my podcast Tiny Leaps, Big Changes this week. Hope it helps!

Part 4: Daily Challenge

  • What have you been putting off?
  • Can it be outsourced?
  • What do your systems look like?
  • Is it really important?

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Jul 23, 2020
568 - How to Work Through Limiting Beliefs
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In this episode, we look at a straightforward approach to working past limiting beliefs. 

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Part 1: Presenting the Problem

  • Everyone struggles with limiting beliefs
  • Limiting beliefs often come from minor experiences throughout our lives that get reinforced:
    Didn't get the job? Maybe you're just a bad interviewer. Failed the test? Maybe you're just bad at math. Always struggled with managing finances? Maybe you just aren't good with money. Always late? Maybe you're just disorganized.
  • Limiting beliefs have a major effect on our lives
  • Limiting beliefs however are not impossible to overcome. 

Part 2: Diving Deeper

  • What are beliefs?
    "Beliefs are our brain’s way of making sense of and navigating our complex world. They are mental representations of the ways our brains expect things in our environment to behave, and how things should be related to each other—the patterns our brain expects the world to conform to. Beliefs are templates for efficient learning and are often essential for survival."
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-purpose/201810/what-actually-is-belief-and-why-is-it-so-hard-change
  • How do they form?
    Through experiences we've had throughout our lives. The more similar these occurrences the more reinforced those beliefs become.
    "Beliefs allow the brain to distill complex information, enabling it to quickly categorize and evaluate information and to jump to conclusions. For example, beliefs are often concerned with understanding the causes of things: If ‘b’ closely followed ‘a’, then ‘a’ might be assumed to have been the cause of ‘b’."

Part 3: The Solution

  • How do you break or replace beliefs?
    Beliefs are formed through an attempt to categorize and identify complex information quickly. It's an attempt to save time and energy. An automatic behavior. To change these beliefs you need to interrupt that automatic behavior and replace the connection.
    For example, if you hold a belief that you always screw up interviews it's because you have had bad interviews in the past and have connected that to your sense of self. Your job now is to slow down that reaction to the interview. We do this through analysis.
  • Some ways to analyze:
    - Journaling
    - Speaking thoughts out loud
    - Reflection
  • Analysis won't solve the problem in the moment. But doing it often enough afterwards can start to shift the automatic connection and provide room to insert a new belief.

Part 4: Daily Challenge

  • Identify one limiting belief you have
  • Use one method of analysis to break it down. Speak it out loud, journal, or just reflect on it
  • Insert a new belief into the mix. One that is more empowering.
  • Do this today

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Jul 22, 2020
567 - Just Make It Up!
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In this  episode, a share a story of starting my first business in college.

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Jul 21, 2020
566 - The Effects of House Plants on Mental Health
847

In this episode, we look at the benefits of having a house plant. 

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3 ways plants help improve your mental health

  • Reduces Anxiety and Stress
  • Helps Boost Focus
  • Connection to Nature reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression

Tips for adding more plants

  • Choose plants that like  indirect sunlight if you don't have a sunny window.
  • Choose plants that need less water ( like Cacti or succulents) if you forget to water.
  • Ask questions at your local stores about what plants fits your life style, how much water they need and the right kind of soil for them.

11 Ways Plants Help Mental Health

Why Indoor Plants Help

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Jul 20, 2020
565 - How to Build Self-Confidence
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In this episode, we look at how to rebuild your self-confidence after having toxic relationships. 

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Jul 17, 2020
564 - The Mental Health Effects of Going Outside
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In this episode, we look at the mental health benefits of getting outside more often.

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What to do if you're having mental health issues

  • Try getting outside

Spending time outdoors improves mood by

  • Interrupting the negativity loop in the brain
  • Sights and sounds of outdoors is soothing “It's not clear exactly why outdoor excursions have such a positive mental effect. Yet, in a 2015 study, researchers compared the brain activity of healthy people after they walked for 90 minutes in either a natural setting or an urban one. They found that those who did a nature walk had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that is active during rumination — defined as repetitive thoughts that focus on negative emotions. “When people are depressed or under high levels of stress, this part of the brain malfunctions, and people experience a continuous loop of negative thoughts," says Dr. Strauss.” - https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/sour-mood-getting-you-down-get-back-to-nature
  • Promotes movement and physical health

Ways to get more time outside:

  • Schedule 20-30 minutes a few times a week
  • Look for nature in local settings – Find trails and parks near by
  • Ask a friend along – going with others is just as beneficial

Resources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/sour-mood-getting-you-down-get-back-to-nature

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Jul 16, 2020
563 - How to Support Yourself While Supporting Others
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In this episode, we look at how to best support yourself while supporting the people who need you the most. 

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"In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. 5 percent of adults (18 or older) experience a mental illness in any one year, equivalent to 43.8 million people."

We talk a lot about managing our own mental health, but it's very likely that someone who is close to you is going to struggle with their own mental health at some point and rely on you for support.

Do not become a sacrificial lamb

  • Dropping everything that matters to you for the other person
  • Going above and beyond regularly
  • Neglecting your own mental health and life

The best way to support someone else is to maintain your own mental health

How to take care of yourself:

  • Make time to focus on your own physical health to keep your resilience up
    Eat healthy
    Get out and move
    Get enough sleep
  • Avoid unhealthy coping like drinking or substance use
  • Focus on your own established Mental Health routines. This may not be the best time to start something new, but you can at least stick to what you know works
  • Avoid Feeling Guilty - Quote from National Alliance on Mental Illness “When you allow yourself to notice your feelings without judging them as good or bad, you dial down the stress and feel more in control. When you feel less stressed, you’re better able to thoughtfully choose how to act.”
  • Gather Help from Others – reach out to other loved ones, trusted friends, support groups, mental health professionals

Resources

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mental-health-nerd/201911/when-the-one-you-love-is-depressed

https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Taking-Care-of-Yourself

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Jul 15, 2020
562 - Nobody Remembers Your Failures
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In this episode, we talk about how nobody remembers your failures. 

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According to a small 2015 study with a sample size of about 1000. 31% of adults have a fear of failure.

This can lead to:

  • Inaction
  • Frustration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative effects across your entire life

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What is failure anyway?

Here's how I look at it:

  • As long as you keep trying you will never fail.
  • Being "in progress" is not the same as "I've failed". stop treating them the same.
  • If you decide a goal isn't what you want anymore and abandon it then you have successfully dodged a bullet
  • The only way to "fail" is to want something and do nothing about it

With that said, this isn't the commonly accepted view of failure. So let's look at some examples of failures that no one remembers:

  • Bill Gates: $110 Billion. Started Microsoft and invented computing as we know it. Started a company in 1972 called Traf-O-Data to provide traffic data to engineers. Have you ever heard of it? Of course not, it was a massive failure. Then in 1975 he started Microsoft. What would have happened if Traf-O-Data had worked? The entire computing industry, everything we know as technology may be completely different.
  • Oprah Winfrey was the co-anchor on a prime-time news station back in 1976. The show flopped and she was fired after a year. She later went on to do...well basically everything. You know who Oprah is.
  • Usain Bolt was chosen for the 2004 Jamaican Olympic  team in Athens. He was eliminated in the first round of the 200 m dash. Then in 2012 he became the first man in history to set 3 world records in a single Olympic Games competition.

The examples are endless

  • No one remembers or talks about your failures
  • No one cares about what you "didn't" do
  • The 3 examples I've given, while they may have viewed each of these events as failures at the time they all did exactly what they should have. They tried again. Bill Gates didn't stop after Traf-O-Data and say "well, I guess running a business isn't for me". Oprah didn't get fired and decide that she just wasn't a good host. Usain Bolt didn't get eliminated and say "well I guess that was my shot. I blew it".
  • I'm sure each of them were in pain. I'm sure each of them hurt. But they kept going. So they never failed. They just learned and tried again. That's what you need to do.

Resources:

https://www.beingguru.com/2018/09/bill-gates-1st-startup-traf-o-data-was-a-failure-in-70s-failure-is-just-a-word-if-you-look-back-at-your-mistakes/

https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/2011/5/1/when-oprah-was-ours

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/usain-bolt-worlds-fastest-man/0/usain-bolt-a-life-in-pictures/bolt-in-the-first-round-of-the-200m-at-the-2004-olympics-athens/

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Jul 14, 2020
561 - How to Analyze Your Negative Thoughts
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In this episode, we look at our negative thoughts.

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How Negative Thoughts Happen

"Our overall mind state has a certain tone or flavor based largely on the types of thoughts we think. When the deep limbic system is overactive, it sets the mind’s filter on “negative.” If you could look into the thoughts of people who are depressed, you would find one dispiriting thought following another. When they look at the past, there is regret. When they look at the future there is anxiety and pessimism. In the present moment, something is most often unsatisfactory. The lens through which they see themselves, others, and the world has a dim grayness to it. They are suffering from Automatic Negative Thoughts, or ANTs. ANTs are cynical, gloomy, and complaining thoughts that just seem to keep coming all by themselves."

Takeaways:

  • Often the negative thoughts we are having aren't conscious. They just happen.
  • They come out of no where
  • This is called Automatic Negative Thoughts

How to Deal With ANT's

  • Use language as a tool to process your thoughts
  • Describe what you are feeling either out loud to yourself, to someone else, or in a written format
  • Describing what you are feeling forces you to analyze it.
  • There's a difference between language inside your own mind and language used to communicate an idea.
    This is why you sometimes have such a clear idea of something in your head but can't find the words to describe it
  • The process of turning your thoughts into language is called encoding.

"In order to convey meaning, the sender must begin encoding, which means translating information into a message in the form of symbols that represent ideas or concepts. This process translates the ideas or concepts into the coded message that will be communicated. The symbols can take on numerous forms such as, languages, words, or gestures. These symbols are used to encode ideas into messages that others can understand."

  • While encoding a message your mind needs to analyze the information and find the right "symbols" or language to communicate it with.
  • That process of analyzing can sometimes help you see things more clearly
  • Think about when you say a word over and over again or read it over and over again and it starts to look weird. You start to question if it's spelled correct or if you're saying it right.
  • This happens because you are seeing the word as it's individual parts. you are analyzing it. Rather than reaching for the word as a whole
  • The same thing happens with our Anxiety or negative feelings

Takeaways:

  • The next time you find yourself having automatic negative thoughts try saying the thoughts outloud to yourself. It just might help you realize how silly those thoughts are.

Resources:

https://ahha.org/selfhelp-articles/ant-therapy/

https://web.njit.edu/~lipuma/352comproc/comproc.htm#:~:text=In%20order%20to%20convey%20meaning,message%20that%20will%20be%20communicated.&text=The%20channel%20is%20the%20means%20used%20to%20convey%20the%20message.

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Jul 13, 2020
560 - Why "Take Massive Action" is Bad Advice
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In this episode, we look at why "take massive action" is bad advice. 

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Reasons this isn't good advice

  • Unclear: What counts as "massive action""? Uncertainty leads to overwhelm and increased likelihood of inaction
  • Invalidates tiny action: When your focus is on taking "massive action" it leads to discounting all the tiny things you can do now or the tiny things that you NEED to do. This also leads to inaction because it feels like what you CAN do isn't enough
  • Massive action can lead to burn out and doesn't consider your current situation (empathy). It's a blanket statement that means nothing.

What to do instead

  • Start your goal setting from a place of Empathy. Figure out what your constraints are BEFORE setting your goals
  • Set a goal that is contextual to your situation
  • Create a progressive action plan. Start with the tiniest thing you can do and progressively increase to larger actions
  • Start immediately
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Jul 10, 2020
559 - A Better Way to Learn
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In this episode, we look at the effects of learning for examination vs learning to teach.

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Abstract

"This study tested whether students who learned with an active orientation would be more intrinsically motivated to learn and would learn more than students who learned with a passive orientation. The active orientation was created by having subjects learn material with the expectation of teaching it to another student; the passive orientation was created by having subjects learn the same material with the expectation of being tested on it. The results indicate that subjects who learned in order to teach were more intrinsically motivated, had higher conceptual learning scores, and perceived themselves to be more actively engaged with the environment than subjects who learned in order to be examined."

How to use this in your own life

  • When you need to learn something new for work or for your own life, find someone who is willing to support you and schedule a teaching session with them . Create the expectation that they will ask questions throughout the session.
  • This will allow you to learn the topic with the additional pressure of needing to explain it to others. That pressure can lead to the motivation required to dive deeper into topics and ask better questions yourself.

The Study

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3102/00028312021004755

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Jul 09, 2020
558 - The Privilege of Personal Development
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In this episode, we continue our discussion on Personal Development as a form of Privilege.

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Adams Thoughts

"Pursuing self-improvement is indeed a privilege, and it can easily become a selfish endeavor. But it doesn't have to end up this way. These practices are also tools to equip us for our collective struggle. To give us the awareness, the perspective, the time, the attention, the focus, and the mental energy to step up when the moment calls for it. To know we have the time and emotional capacity to drop everything to take care of a family member. To show up for a friend who's hurting. To knock on doors for a cause or candidate. To join and contribute to a mutual aid network. To protest, march, and stand in solidarity. To use that privilege for something other than our own pleasure or well-being".

In Episode 553 I Said

  • Personal development is a form of privilege. It's something that people who are doing okay are able to pursue while those who are struggling, and need it most, often can't.

In this episode

  • If you have privilege you should take advantage of it
  • It's not something to feel bad about
  • It doesn't have to be a bad thing
  • It's about recognizing that privilege
  • If you're in a position to pay off your student loans quickly because of where you started in life or the kind of job you had or because of the support you received earlier in your life...that is a good thing. But that doesn't make you better than someone who is stuck with their loans for the rest of their life.

Some realizations

  • You are in the position you are in in part because of the life you have lived
  • Struggling isn't always because of someones choices and success isn't always because of someones choices
  • Tiny privileges throughout your life lead to massive shifts in the direction of your life
  • Privilege isn't about receiving something, it's about never having to think about something

What to do

  • Privilege isn't a bad thing. Personal development isn't a bad thing. Use both to help others.
  • Don't burn the ladder when you get to the top, build an elevator instead.
  • If you ARE in a place of privilege, pursuing personal development, growth, and progress allows you to fully use that privilege to aid others.


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Jul 08, 2020
557 - How to Get Back on Track
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In this episode, we look at how to get back on track when you've lost your habits or routines. 

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The Core Question

When you develop a habit or routine but eventually break it, how do you get it back?

Why this is a problem

  • Leads to frustration with yourself
  • Hard to find direction
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Confirms negative beliefs about self

Why its hard to get back

  • What you're talking about is an identity. Your way of being.
  • You were there, and you still identify that way, so it feels like you should be able to just pick back up
  • You don't necessarily identify the way you are now, even though it is your current reality
  • So you wake up every day feeling like you should be this person...even though you aren't
  • It's like if you grew up super super rich and then lost all your money. It still feels like you're rich. You still think like you're rich. You probably still act like you're rich. So the reality of where you are currently can't ever quit settle in.

How do we get back there

  • Remember that you didn't get there all at once. You grew into that person little by little over time. But yet you are trying to and expecting to get BACK there all at once. that expectation is still there because you still feel like that person. So you have to accept that you aren't that person anymore. You could be again, but as of this moment you are not that person. Accept that and treat it like a journey you are going on to get there from scratch
  • Stop focusing on getting back to where you were and start focusing on getting to somewhere better than here. A focus on getting back to is a focus on the end goal. A focus on improvement from where you are is a focus on progress with a splash of empathy
  • Make a list of everything you liked about yourself when you were that person.. Get clear on what exactly it is you are trying to become. It's hard to "get back to" something because you are thinking about it as a whole picture. Break that person down to the individual habits and routines that made them up...then focus on each piece individually. It won't be quick but you'll build back up to that person again.

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Jul 07, 2020
556 - Do This When You Feel Upset or Anxious
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In this episode, we look at the H.A.L.T framework. 

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What is HALT?

HALT is a tool used in various mental health treatment programs including narcotics and addiction dependencies. It's an acronym that stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Basically you can think of it like a checklist for checking in with yourself and identifying potential reasons for how you are feeling.

In general, checking in with yourself is a fantastic habit to build. HALT is just one framework to help you do so.

Why do people use HALT?

Let's think of a pretty common situation.

You've been busy all day and forgot to eat lunch. It's not 4 pm and you have just a few more items on your list of things to get done. Your friend messages you and you just feel annoyed at everything they're saying. Then you head into the store and someone cuts you off in line. You find yourself getting angrier than you normally would have.

This happens because we get hangry. It's something we all experience but we don't unfortunately do a good job recognizing the cause.

When something like this happens you can use the HALT framework to check in with yourself, recognize why you feel so upset, and calm yourself down until you can solve the problem (eat).

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Am I hungry?

  • when did I last eat?
  • was it healthy?
  • Do I need to eat now and what are my options.

Am I angry?

  • who can I call to talk about that with?
  • What can I do to take care of myself around this emotion?

Am I lonely?

  • Who can I reach out to?
  • where can I go to feel connected and not alone?

Am I tired?

  • Do I need to reset and rest?
  • Can I adjust my day to better care for my own needs?
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Jul 06, 2020
555 - What is Action Faking?
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In this episode, we take a look at Action Faking. 

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What is Action Faking?

"Action-Faking: when you take solitary and/or uncommitted action that is NOT part of a bigger process

For the aspiring entrepreneur who wants to get rich, be his own boss, and blah blah blah, "action-faking" is ordering cards from Vistaprint." - MJ Demarco, Millionaire Fastlane

  • Action faking is all the stuff we do that makes us feel good about our progress without actually making any meaningful progress.

What does Action Faking Look Like?

Fitness

  • Getting a gym membership but not going to the gym
  • Buying exercise equipment but not using it
  • Reading articles on the best shoes for running or the best running form but not running

Nutrition

  • Planning your entire week of meals but not prepping them
  • Reading about the best diets
  • Getting a free nutrition consultation but not hiring the nutritionist

Finances

  • Setting up a savings account but not setting up automatic transfers
  • Reading books on how to save but not taking action

Mental Health

  • Learning about meditation but not meditating

Career

  • Creating your 5 year plan

Relationships

  • Swiping left and right on an app, going on dates, but never being willing to commit.

Why do we Action Fake?

  • It feels like progress
  • It doesn't require risk
  • It's a good starting point

How to stop Action Faking

  • Plan your first real action and schedule it
  • Utilize accountability to get started

https://www.thefastlaneforum.com/community/threads/whats-an-action-fake-action-faking.92039/ 

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Jul 03, 2020
554 - Mental Health Emergencies
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In this episode, look at mental health emergencies. 

Recognizing an Emergency:

Any time a person is an immediate danger to others or themselves, experts say.

Quote:

"In many ways, issues related to suicide are similar to having chest pain: This is an emergency, and it should be taken seriously," Borenstein says. In other words, if someone around you is threatening violence, call 911 or take the person to the nearest emergency room yourself, he says.

Other situations that warrant quick care include people who show signs of psychosis that affect their functioning such as delusions, paranoia or fear, Borenstein says. People who are extremely agitated, wild, overly active and unable to calm down should also raise red flags – particularly if they don't respond to verbal interventions like saying, "Hey, can we sit down and talk?" Lieberman adds.

Sudden behavior changes should be taken seriously, too. "If something evolves rapidly, it's probably not psychiatric," Lieberman says. It's probably something really, really serious like poisoning, and they just need to be taken to the closest emergency room immediately." If you have a choice, head to an academic medical center, since clinicians there tend to be up-to-date on the most effective procedures and treatments, he says."

When to Ask For Help if its Not an Emergency:

  1. Feeling sad, angry, or otherwise “not yourself.”
  2. Abusing drugs, alcohol, food, or sex to cope.
  3. You’ve lost someone or something important to you.
  4. Something traumatic has happened.
  5. You can’t do the things you like to do.

Resources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201303/5-signs-its-time-seek-therapy

https://www.mhanational.org/finding-help-when-get-it-and-where-go

https://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-hospitals/articles/2015/07/21/what-to-do-during-a-mental-health-crisis

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Jul 01, 2020
553 - The Problem With Personal Development
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In this episode, we take an honest look at the personal development industry and some of it's biggest issues.

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Jun 29, 2020
552 - How to Combat Decision Fatigue
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In this episode, we talk about decision fatigue.

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What is Decision Fatigue?

"As it turns out, your willpower is like a muscle. And similar to the muscles in your body, willpower can get fatigued when you use it over and over again. Every time you make a decision, it’s like doing another rep in the gym. And similar to how your muscles get tired at the end of a workout, the strength of your willpower fades as you make more decisions." - James Clear

  • Everyone has a reserve of mental energy, and each decision draws on it
  • The more decisions you make, the less mental energy you have

Two Ways to Avoid It:

  • Proactive: Optimizing your day to day routine to reduce unnecessary decisions (the president)
    Choose your outfit the night before
    Set out clothes for workouts
    Meal prep
  • Reactive: Giving yourself space to reset and improve decision making (taking a break)
    • Do something fun
    • Take a break
    • Stop for the day

Key Takeaways:

1. Plan to make decisions early in the day

2. Make small decisions ( like what to wear) ahead of time

3. Avoid impulse decisions

Resources:

https://jamesclear.com/willpower-decision-fatigue

https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2019/05/13/how-to-identify-when-youre-experiencing-decision-fatigue/#1dfea0267fb4

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Jun 26, 2020
551 - How Habit Stacking Works
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In this episode, we take a look at habit stacking and why it works.

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What is Habit Stacking?

"Also termed 'habit chaining', the process involves grouping together small activities into a routine which you link to a habit already set in your day. This makes the routine memorable and anchors your new habits to an existing trigger. Or in simpler terms: use the things you already remember to do to remind you to do something else, like reading one chapter of a book when you get into bed."

Why Does This Work?

  • Classical Conditioning

What is Classical Conditioning?

"Classical conditioning involves placing a neutral signal before a naturally occurring reflex. In Pavlov's classic experiment with dogs, the neutral signal was the sound of a tone and the naturally occurring reflex was salivating in response to food. By associating the neutral stimulus with the environmental stimulus (food), the sound of the tone alone could produce the salivation response."

The 5 Stages:

  1. Acquisition
  2. Extinction
  3. Spontaneous Recovery

Key Takeaways:

  • Habit Stacking is the process of pairing a new habit with an existing one
  • This works because of classical conditioning which ties new behaviors to existing behaviors
  • When trying to build new habits you'll go through periods of acquisition, extinction, and spontaneous recovery

Resources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/classical-conditioning-2794859

https://www.esquire.com/uk/life/fitness-wellbeing/a15489/habit-stacking-chaining/

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Jun 25, 2020
550 - How to Change Yourself
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In this episode, we talk about how to change yourself.

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What is Reciprocal Determinism:

"According to psychologist Albert Bandura, reciprocal determinism is a model composed of three factors that influence behavior: the environment, the individual, and the behavior itself. According to this theory, an individual's behavior influences and is influenced by both the social world and personal characteristics."

Behavior

"behavior is controlled or determined by the individual, through cognitive processes, and by the environment, through external social stimulus events."

Environment

"the physical surroundings around the individual that contain potentially reinforcing stimuli, including people who are present (or absent). "

Individual
"all the characteristics that have been rewarded in the past. Personality and cognitive factors play an important part in how a person behaves, including all of the individual's expectations, beliefs, and unique personality characteristics."

Each of these factors over the course of your life have combined in unimaginable ways to create you. The combinations are endless and so you are unique.

How can we use this to change in the future?

  • Change behavior
  • Change environment
  • Change yourself

By changing one of these things you change the potential combinations going forward. By changing all of these things you completely shatter the path you were travelling.

Challenge:

  • Do something different today
  • Go somewhere new today
  • Respond to something differently today

Resources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-reciprocal-determinism-2795907

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Jun 22, 2020
549 - How to Be Better By Mistake Pt 2. (feat Alina Tugend)
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In this episode,  I sit down with Alina Tugend to discuss her book Better By Mistake.

About the Guest:

Alina Tugend is a long-time journalist who has worked in Southern California, London, Washington DC, Rhode Island and New York.  From 2005-2015 she wrote the award-winning biweekly Shortcuts column for The New York Times business section; Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Times, The Atlantic, O, the Oprah Magazine, Family Circle and Inc. Magazine. In 2011, Riverhead published Tugend’s first book, “Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong.” She also contributed a chapter to the book “Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong.”

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Her Work:

On giving and receiving feedback

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/07/your-money/how-to-survive-performance-reviews.html

Why we remember negative events more than positive ones

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/your-money/why-people-remember-negative-events-more-than-positive-ones.html

Why we don't all need to be so special

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/your-money/redefining-success-and-celebrating-the-unremarkable.html?_r=1

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Jun 19, 2020
548 - How to Be Better By Mistake Pt 1. (feat Alina Tugend)
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In this episode,  I sit down with Alina Tugend to discuss her book Better By Mistake.

About the Guest:

Alina Tugend is a long-time journalist who has worked in Southern California, London, Washington DC, Rhode Island and New York.  From 2005-2015 she wrote the award-winning biweekly Shortcuts column for The New York Times business section; Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Times, The Atlantic, O, the Oprah Magazine, Family Circle and Inc. Magazine. In 2011, Riverhead published Tugend’s first book, “Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong.” She also contributed a chapter to the book “Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong.”

Follow her on twitter at @atugend and see more of her work at www.alinatugend.com

Her Work:

On giving and receiving feedback

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/07/your-money/how-to-survive-performance-reviews.html

Why we remember negative events more than positive ones

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/your-money/why-people-remember-negative-events-more-than-positive-ones.html

Why we don't all need to be so special

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/your-money/redefining-success-and-celebrating-the-unremarkable.html?_r=1

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Jun 17, 2020
547 - How Reward Systems Work
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In this episode, we talk about reward systems and why they work so dang well.

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Common Reasons to Use Reward Systems

  • Rewards success
  • Punishes failure
  • Something to look forward to

What is Operant Conditioning

"Operant conditioning (sometimes referred to as instrumental conditioning) is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behavior. Through operant conditioning, an association is made between a behavior and a consequence for that behavior"

Why Does This Work?

There are two types of behavior

  • Respondent behaviors are those that occur automatically and reflexively. Think of pulling your hand away from the stove when burned or putting your hands forward to stop yourself when falling.
  • Operant behaviors, on the other hand, are those under our conscious control. Some may occur spontaneously and others purposely, but it is the consequences of these actions that then influence whether or not they occur again in the future.

Key Components:

Reinforcers & Punishments

Reinforcers:

"Reinforcement is any event that strengthens or increases the behavior it follows."

Positive Reinforcers

Positive events or situations presented after the behavior

  • Praise
  • Direct Rewards

Negative Reinforcers

The removal of events or situations as a result of a behavior

  • Giving a crying child candy to get them to stop

Punishments:

"Punishment is the presentation of an adverse event or outcome that causes a decrease in the behavior it follows"

Positive Punishment

"sometimes referred to as punishment by application, presents an unfavorable event or outcome in order to weaken the response it follows. Spanking for misbehavior is an example of punishment by application"

Negative Punishment

"also known as punishment by removal, occurs when a favorable event or outcome is removed after a behavior occurs. Taking away a child's video game following misbehavior is an example of negative punishment"

Key Takeaways:

  • The 2 kinds of behaviors are reflexes and operant behavior. Operant behaviors are more controllable and programmable.
  • If trying to develop or reduce an operant behavior using a reward system can be helpful.
  • When creating a reward system focus on reinforcers and punishments. Reinforce the behavior you want by giving yourself a reward or being praised. Be careful of accidentally reinforcing habits and behaviors you don't want
  • Punish behaviors you don't want

Resources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/operant-conditioning-a2-2794863#examples-of-operant-conditioning

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Jun 16, 2020
546 - How a Plant-Based Diet Helped His Diabetes (feat. Eric Adams)
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In this episode, I sit down with Eric Adams to talk about meditation, mindfulness, and how switching to a plant-based diet cured his diabetes. 

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Jun 08, 2020
545 - Police Reform, Protesting, and Creating Real Change (feat. Eric Adams)
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In this episode, I sit down with the current Brooklyn Borough President to discuss George Floyd, Police Reform, Protesting, and how to create real lasting change in the system. 


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Jun 03, 2020
544 - How to Build a New Habit
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In this episode, we look at Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, and how to build a new habit. 

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Why We Want to Build Habits

  • Habits make taking action easy
  • Habits allow behavior changes to stick

Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning is a technique frequently used in behavioral training in which a neutral stimulus is paired with a naturally occurring stimulus. Eventually, the neutral stimulus comes to evoke the same response as the naturally occurring stimulus, even without the naturally occurring stimulus presenting itself.

Throughout the course of three distinct phases, the associated stimulus becomes known as the conditioned stimulus and the learned behavior is known as the conditioned response.

Examples:

"John B. Watson's experiment with Little Albert is a perfect example of the fear response.10 The child initially showed no fear of a white rat, but after the rat was paired repeatedly with loud, scary sounds, the child would cry when the rat was present. The child's fear also generalized to other fuzzy white objects.

This experiment illustrates how phobias can form through classical conditioning. In many cases, a single pairing of a neutral stimulus (a dog, for example) and a frightening experience (being bitten by the dog) can lead to a lasting phobia (being afraid of dogs)."


Operant Conditioning

Operant conditioning (sometimes referred to as instrumental conditioning) is a method of learning that occurs through reinforcements and punishments. Through operant conditioning, an association is made between a behavior and a consequence for that behavior.

When a desirable result follows an action, the behavior becomes more likely to occur again in the future. Responses followed by adverse outcomes, on the other hand, become less likely to happen again in the future.

Examples:

"If your child acts out during a shopping trip, you might give him a treat to get him to be quiet. Because you have positively reinforced the misbehavior, he will probably be more likely to act out again in the future in order to receive another treat."


Resources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/behavioral-psychology-4157183

https://www.verywellmind.com/classical-conditioning-2794859

https://www.verywellmind.com/operant-conditioning-a2-2794863

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Jun 01, 2020
543 - How to Re-frame The Day Pt 2. (feat Adam Lowenstein)
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In this episode, I sit down with Adam Lowenstein the author of Re-frame The Day to discuss meditation, mindset, and politics.

Pick up a copy of Adam's book: www.reframetheday.com

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In the episode we cover questions like:

  • What is it like working in the political world?
  • How, in your eyes, is the world of politics and real life connected?
  • How do we actually create stillness and reduce the amount of time we spend rushing?
  • You mention meditation in your book as a way to create awareness. Many people listening to this podcast have tried and failed at meditation time and time again. Do you have any advice for how to finally build the habit?
  • What changes can someone make today to start re-frame their days?
  • What one habit or routine should listeners focus on building into their lives?
  • How do we make these changes without getting overwhelmed?
  • What do we do if or when we get overwhelmed?
  • What does the result look like? What should we expect to change if we are making progress?
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May 29, 2020
542 - How to Re-frame The Day Pt 1. (feat Adam Lowenstein)
1475

In this episode, I sit down with Adam Lowenstein the author of Reframe The Day to discuss meditation, mindset, and politics. 

Pick up a copy of Adam's book: www.reframetheday.com

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In the episode we cover questions like: 

  • What is it like working in the political world?
  • How, in your eyes, is the world of politics and real life connected?
  • How do we actually create stillness and reduce the amount of time we spend rushing? 
  • You mention meditation in your book as a way to create awareness. Many people listening to this podcast have tried and failed at meditation time and time again. Do you have any advice for how to finally build the habit? 
  • What changes can someone make today to start re-frame their days?
  • What one habit or routine should listeners focus on building into their lives?
  • How do we make these changes without getting overwhelmed?
  • What do we do if or when we get overwhelmed?
  • What does the result look like? What should we expect to change if we are making progress?

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May 27, 2020
541 - How to Deal With Criticism
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In this episode, we look at how to deal with criticism from your loved ones. 

Why We Take Things Personally:

  • We depend on others for security and needs
  • When others do something that feel threatening to our security we can take it personal
  • This can impact our mental health by adding anxiety, sadness or resentful feelings

How to not take it personal:

  • Gain some perspective - can you see things from their point of view? can you ask clarifying questions?
  • Take some space to work though how you feel about the situation and to gain some clarity
  • Refocus on yourself, stay busy with your own needs
  • Dont "Climb Down" and be negative in response.

Resources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/francesbridges/2018/06/29/how-to-stop-taking-things-personally/#50ea48d96726

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-flux/201408/how-stop-taking-things-personally

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May 18, 2020
540 - How to Develop Self-Awareness Pt. 2 (feat Phil Gerbyshak)
1198

In this episode, I sit down with Phil Gerbyshak to discuss his career, his book, and self-awareness.

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Useful Links:

https://philgerbyshak.com/

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May 15, 2020
539 - How to Develop Self-Awareness Pt. 1 (feat Phil Gerbyshak)
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In this episode, I sit down with Phil Gerbyshak to discuss his career, his book, and self-awareness. 

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Useful Links:

https://philgerbyshak.com/


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May 13, 2020
538 - How to Be More Assertive
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In this episode, we look at how to be more assertive in your life. 

Benefits of Being Assertive:

  • increased confidence and self esteem
  • better stress management
  • better boundaries, saying no

What it means to be assertive:

"Being assertive is a core communication skill. Being assertive means that you express yourself effectively and stand up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others.Being assertive can also help boost your self-esteem and earn others' respect. This can help with stress management, especially if you tend to take on too many responsibilities because you have a hard time saying no. Some people seem to be naturally assertive. But if you're not one of them, you can learn to be more assertive."

How to Be More Assertive

  • Start Small and use "I" statements
  • Reherse and Practice setting boundaries
  • Use Positive Self Talk

Resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/assertive/art-20044644

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-be-more-assertive#avoid-guilt

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May 11, 2020
Podcast Spotlight: Motivate Me
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In this episode, I introduce you to a new podcast that I think you'll enjoy. It's called Motivate Me and it's hosted by Dean Booty.  Enjoy this preview of the podcast and, if you like it, be sure to subscribe. 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/motivate-me/id1498151906

May 08, 2020
537 - How to Find a Therapist Pt. 2 (feat Clay Cockrell)
1323

Today on the podcast we have a super action oriented conversation with Clay Cockrell. Clay is a practicing psychotherapist, the founder of Online Counseling.com, the creator of Walk and Talk therapy, and the host of the podcast Finding Therapy.

In today's episode we talk about:

  • The stigma around therapy
  • How to find the right support for you
  • How to evaluate your therapist
  • Why taking a walk with your therapist is a good idea.

Website: www.onlinecounseling.com

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May 01, 2020
536 - How to Find a Therapist Pt. 1 (feat Clay Cockrell)
1625

Today on the podcast we have a super action oriented conversation with Clay Cockrell. Clay is a practicing psychotherapist, the founder of Online Counseling.com, the creator of Walk and Talk therapy, and the host of the podcast Finding Therapy.

In today's episode we talk about:

  • The stigma around therapy
  • How to find the right support for you
  • How to evaluate your therapist
  • Why taking a walk with your therapist is a good idea.

Website: www.onlinecounseling.com

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Apr 29, 2020
535 - 9 Things I Learned About Gratitude
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In this episode, we look at what I learned from my conversation last week with Karl Staib. 


Key Takeaways:

  1. Gratitude plays a major role in dealing with grief and loss. By focusing on the time you are grateful for or the people you are grateful for you make it harder to focus on the pain of the experience.
  2. Traumatic experience create deeper rooted neural connections than regular experiences.
  3. When the decision to act has been made (subconsciously) there is a moment in time where a choice can be made. It's small but is something that can help us take control of our actions.
  4. Willpower is limited and based purely availability. Way power is based on your why and can be a stronger motivation to take or not take an action.
  5. The way you view something, how you think about it has an effect on how much energy is available for it. If something is a chore, it becomes draining. If something is an opportunity, it becomes empowering.
  6. When we focus on gratitude in our day to day lives we enable the release of dopamine for yourself and the other person (if you express it)
  7. The 4 levels of gratitude are surrounding, sharing, self-gratitude, and spiritual. Surrounding focuses on what we can experience with our senses. Sharing is what we can express to others. Self is what we love about ourselves. and Spiritual is our connection to something bigger.
  8. The easiest way to build a gratitude habit is to focus on expressing it while brushing your teeth. Or any other habit you already have. Reclaim that time and focus on 3 things you are grateful for.
  9. Really focusing on your why as the core of creating change is the best way to make your actions powerful


Books:
Emotional Success: https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Success-Power-Gratitude-Compassion/dp/0544703103
Bring Gratitude:L https://www.amazon.com/Bring-Gratitude-Bite-Sized-Mindset-Practices/dp/1977845495

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Apr 27, 2020
534 - How to Build a Gratitude Practice Pt 2. (feat. Karl Staib)
1269

In this episode, I'm sitting down with Karl Staib the author of Bring Gratitude.

Today on the podcast we have an amazing conversation with Karl Staib. Karl is the author of Bring Gratitude: Feel Joyful Again With Bite-Sized Mindset Practices. He's also a speaker and coach who's mission is to help 1,000,000 people develop a better mindset with gratitude at it's core.

In today's episode we talk about:

  • How to create a gratitude practice
  • Where to start with daily gratitude

Useful Links:

https://bringgratitude.com/tap-into-the-potential-of-waypower/

https://bringgratitude.com

https://bringgratitude.com/challenge/

https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Advantage-Principles-Psychology-Performance/dp/0307591549

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Apr 22, 2020
533 - How to Build a Gratitude Practice Pt 1. (feat. Karl Staib)
1776

In this episode, I'm sitting down with Karl Staib the author of Bring Gratitude.

Today on the podcast we have an amazing conversation with Karl Staib. Karl is the author of Bring Gratitude: Feel Joyful Again With Bite-Sized Mindset Practices. He's also a speaker and coach who's mission is to help 1,000,000 people develop a better mindset with gratitude at it's core.

In today's episode we talk about:

  • How gratitude can trigger dopamine release
  • The differences between willpower and waypower
  • The secret to staying grateful in the moment
  • How to build a gratitude practice.

Useful Links:

https://bringgratitude.com/tap-into-the-potential-of-waypower/

https://bringgratitude.com

https://bringgratitude.com/challenge/

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Apr 21, 2020
Repost: What is Your Motivation?
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In this episode I talk about motivation...this is a good one.

Connect:

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Apr 17, 2020
Repost: Move Fast and Solve Small Problems
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In this episode, I introduce you to the idea of a "design sprint" and how you can use it in your life to achieve ALL of your goals.

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Apr 13, 2020
532 - The Realm of Likely Possibilities
875

In this episode, we talk about what is really possible for you to accomplish. 

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Apr 10, 2020
531 - A New Way to Set Goals
1250

In this episode, we look at a new way to set goals that have a chance of being accomplished. 

What are LEAP Goals?

A goal-setting framework designed for long-term, lifestyle based goals.

What it stands for?

  • Long Term
    Your goal should revolve around adjusting your lifestyle for the long term rather than trying to accomplish something specific in the short term.
  • Empathetic
    Your goal needs to consider and account for the reality of your situation and position. Setting goals that are completely out of the realm of likely possibilities will just leave you feeling defeated.
  • Actionable
    Your goal must be something that you can take action on in order to move forward.
  • Process Focused 
    Your goal must revolve around engaging in certain behaviors regularly rather than accomplishing certain outcomes.

When to use LEAP Goals

  1. When aiming for habit or lifestyle changes
  2. When struggling to find motivation each day
  3. When other goal-setting options aren't working
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Apr 09, 2020
"Too many ads..."
395

In this episode, we address the issue of there being too many ads on the podcast. 

Apr 06, 2020
Repost: How to Overcome Your Fears (feat. Akshay Nanavati)
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In this episode, I sit down with the author of Fearvana to talk about how he turns his fears into his greatest strengths.

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Apr 05, 2020
Repost: Feeling Overwhelmed? Do This.
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In this episode, I share my top advice for what to do when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed.

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Apr 04, 2020
530 - Birthday Review (2020)
881

In this episode, we look at the last year in Tiny Leaps and my history.


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Apr 03, 2020
529 - How to Be Productive At Home
706

In this episode, we look at 3 ways to be more productive at home. 

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  1. Make a clear goal
  2. Keep a to do list
  3. Invest in headphones
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Apr 02, 2020
528 - Real Ways to Make Money Online Pt. 2
927

In this episode, we look at 3 more ways to make money online.

  1. Become a Virtual Assistant
  2. Trading On the Stock Market (not easy)
  3. Affiliate Marketing
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Apr 01, 2020
527 - Start Your Day Like This
848

In this episode, I tell you the #1 thing you should prioritize at the start of your day. 

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Mar 31, 2020
526 - How to Find Your Voice
579

In this episode, we look at how to find your voice. 

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Big Takeaway: You already have your voice. You just can't hear it .

  1. Stop and ask yourself what it is you think
  2. Record your thoughts (journaling, creating content...etc))
  3. Start sharing and have others tell you
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Mar 30, 2020
Repost: Stop Working So Hard
791

In this episode, I talk about the dangers of working hard in pursuit of your goals.


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Mar 29, 2020
Repost: Feeling Unmotivated? Listen to this
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In this episode we look back at episode 210 and share some thoughts on what to do if you aren't feeling motivated. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Mar 29, 2020
525 - The Importance of Mindset in Failure
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In this episode, we look at your relationship to failure and why it matters so much .

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Your relationship to failure is your relationship to success

  1. If you believe failure is a negative, you will avoid it. If failure is pain, you will do more to avoid it than to gain success.
  2. If you believe failure is a requirement you will do what you need to to experience it.
  3. If you have failed in the past and you hold on to it you will likely fail again in the future
  4. If you have failed in the past and you learn from it you will likely succeed in the future.
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Mar 27, 2020
524 - Why You Should Read More Fiction
817

In this episode, we talk about why you should read more fiction.

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  1. Introduction to new perspectives in new contexts
  2. Stimulate the imagination and creativity
  3. Take your mind off of the real world
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Mar 26, 2020
523 - What I Learned From Tracking My Weight
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In this episode, we talk about some lessons learned while tracking my weight every day.

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Why I Started

  • Almost hit 210
  • Decided I wanted to take control
  • Knew I needed to learn about my body
  • Decided to weigh myself daily for the data

Lessons Learned (These are just for me)

  • My body doesn't process carbs well
  • Around 80g of carbs per day usually = weight loss
  • High protein diets leave me feeling energized and focused
  • 100g of carbs per day usually = sustaining
  • If I'm in a "losing pattern" I can cheat without killing momentum (it slows but progress is still made)
  • There are a lot of landmines
  • Always read labels
  • Most things are fine to eat as long as you can "afford it"
  • Having an understanding of your macro ratios, quality of food, and what works for your body is more important than counting calorie
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Mar 26, 2020
522 - The Importance of Community
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In this episode, we look at why community is incredible valuable for your personal growth. 

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Notable Quote

"Across many studies of mammals, from the smallest rodents all the way to us humans, the data suggests that we are profoundly shaped by our social environment and that we suffer greatly when our social bonds are threatened or severed.  When this happens in childhood it can lead to long-term health and educational problems.  We may not like the fact that we are wired such that our well-being depends on our connections with others, but the facts are the facts."

- Matthew Lieberman, Author of Social

3 Reasons

  1. Sense of purpose
    We want to be needed and relied on. We want to mean something to someone.
  2. Sense of acceptance
    We want to feel validated as the people we are. A social circle proves that we aren't the "weird" kid.
  3. Sense of support
    We want to feel that, should we ever need it, someone has our back. Even if we don't want to rely on that.

How to Build Your Community

  1. Find groups and communities around your interests
  2. Be open and willing to share pieces of yourself
  3. Have an opinion

Resources:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-we-are-wired-to-connect/

https://www.amazon.com/Social-Why-Brains-Wired-Connect/dp/0307889092

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Mar 24, 2020
521 - How to Become Your Best Self
953

In this episode, we discuss 3 simple strategies to help you become your best self. 

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  1. Raise Your Standards
  2. Analyze Your Mindset
  3. Gain New Perspectives
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Mar 24, 2020
520 - How Fortnite Helped my Personal Growth
1251

In this episode we're going to be looking at some really interesting lessons I learned from playing the video game Fortnite. Over the last two years of playing this game, I’ve been trying to improve at this game and I’m going to break down what those lessons and the role that I think they can have in our personal development.

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Key Points:

· Why having something measurable helps

· How being confronted by reality builds resilience

· How trying again and again develops a better mindset

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Mar 21, 2020
519 - Top 3 Apps for Better Focus at Home
762

In this episode we're looking at three of my favorite productivity and focus tools right now. We've done lists like this in the past, and today I recommend the three new things that I'm using that so far are helping in my day to day focus dramatically.

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Key Points:

· What 3 apps I recommend trying

· Why they help focusing at home

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Mar 20, 2020
518 - The Science of Loneliness
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In this episode we are looking at loneliness. This is one of those topics that we tend to dismiss. But the truth is loneliness is one of the most dangerous emotions and feelings that people can fall into today we shed some light on loneliness and what it might mean in your own life. And I share some advice on how to deal with loneliness and how to avoid loneliness in the future.

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Key Points:

· Definition of Loneliness

· Who Suffers From Loneliness

· Why Loneliness is a Problem

· How to Deal With Loneliness

Resources and Links:

https://www.verywellmind.com/loneliness-causes-effects-and-treatments-2795749
https://fortune.com/2018/05/01/americans-lonely-cigna-study/

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Mar 20, 2020
517 - How to Stay Connected When Distanced
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In this episode we're looking at ways to stay connected with your community and people that you love, while you are practicing social distancing. We want to avoid people accidentally isolating themselves so I share three ways to continue to feel connected without being physically present.

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Key Points:

· Why you want to distance, not isolate

· Why you should schedule the time to call, skype, etc.

· How to stay connected if you’re working from home

· How getting outside (while still following guidelines) can help

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Mar 18, 2020
516 - How to Stay Motivated At Home
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In this episode I share three concrete tips to help you stay motivated while working at home. This is something that is new for a lot of us and you may be having to do for the first time or maybe it's not the first time, but it's not something you do regularly. So today I talk about three tips that help allow it to be a productive environment.

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Key Points:

· Why you need to take breaks regularly

· How the novelty of working at home can keep you motivated

· Why you should not buy in to "Hustle culture" and "Always on" mentality

Notable Quote:

“You are in charge of the delineation between your work and your life. Make sure that those two things don't blend just because now you are working in the place that you live your life.” – Gregg Clunis

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Mar 17, 2020
515 - What is Social Distancing
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In this episode, we discuss Social Distancing and why it's important. 

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What is social distancing

Social distancing is a set of nonpharmaceutical infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease.

"Many cities undertook just these measures over 100 years ago to blunt the impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Those that acted swiftly and decisively were rewarded with fewer cases and a lower peak of cases, relieving the demand for medical care."

Why social distancing matters

Avoid exposure, avoid spreading. There are not enough tests and we don't have an accurate idea of who has it / who doesn't, The only way to prevent overwhelm is to reduce chance of exposure altogether.

  1. Flatten the curve
  2. Give the system more time to react
  3. Protect yourself and those around you (if you get exposed, everyone you know will likely get exposed).

Basic rules to follow

  1. Stay at home if you can
  2. Wear face masks if you have any of the symptoms (cough, fever, fatigue...etc)
  3. Maintain a minimum 6 foot proximity between you and others around you when possible
  4. Do not attend events or gatherings unless completely necessary

Important notes to consider

1. It's more important than ever now to stay connected with people. Distance does not have to mean isolation.

2. Do not choose to be ignorant here. Yes, there is a lot of hype and nonsense in the media. No, the world probably isn't ending. No you don't need to stock up on 12 years worth of toilet paper. No, your armageddon bunker is probably not necessary. No, this isn't going to turn into the Walking Dead. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be informed and act based on that information. Learn what you need to learn and don't be stupid. This doesn't get solved if we don't take it seriously.

This can very quickly turn into a situation like what Italy is currently facing where the country is shut down, and doctors are being forced to decide who lives and who dies based on chances of survival. Or it can be brought under control by giving our medical experts the time they need to find a more concrete solution. 

We're the ones in control of which outcome we get. Your actions and choices today matter for this just as they do in your personal development.

Resources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/03/16/coronavirus-social-distancing-myths-realities-column/5053696002/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

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Mar 17, 2020
514 - Why Politics Matters
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In this episode, we look at politics in America and why it matters.

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Mar 15, 2020
513 - The Past Doesn't Exist
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In today's episode, we talk about why the past discussion on the past, the present and the future. And we're looking at that through the lens of personal development, what those three things mean to us as individuals and how changing our viewpoint on it could help our personal development, our growth going forward.

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Key Points:

  • Why the past doesn't exist
  • Why effects are still there even though the event isn't
  • Why holding on to those pasts is the only way to bring them to the present.
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Mar 14, 2020
512 - 3 Ways to Learn Something New Daily
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In this episode we are looking at some easy ways to make sure you learn something new every single day. In my opinion this is something that is a requirement for personal growth and development. As many of us get older, as we graduate school and move into the workforce and maybe start families, one mistake we make is we often put learning on the back burner. Here are simple ways to change that.

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Key Points:

· Why podcasts can help you learn in your "found time"

· How to learn more by asking more questions

· Why you should be subscribing to newsletters

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Mar 13, 2020
511 - 3 New Perspectives on Failure
749

In this episode we are looking at the topic of failure. A failure is such a major part of our growth and so many people hold themselves back because of that failure. They hold themselves back because they are holding onto the past, or the fear of future failures to come. But failure is important, and not failing can actually be holding you back.

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Key Points:

  • Why you should see failure as a gift to your future self
  • Why failing is crucial to moving forward
  • Why failure is where learning and growth happens
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Mar 12, 2020
510 - Let's Talk About Personal Development
852

In this episode, I talk about the idea of giving 110% and how it might not be the best way to grow. We hear it pretty much all the time in the personal development space but it's something that might be a part of the reason you're sort of being held back in your personal growth.

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Key Points:

· How we hear about the hustle mentality all the time

· Why giving 110% all the time is impossible

· How to use the 80/20 rule

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Mar 11, 2020
509 - What I Learned From Meditation
875

In this episode, we talk about some lessons I've learned by practicing meditation. 

  1. Struggle leads to happiness and permanent growth
  2. You always feel better doing the thing rather than not doing it
  3. The "you" you think you are is not "you". "You" are not permanent. "You" are malleable and changeable. Therefore, "You" can grow.

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Mar 11, 2020
508 - Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously
909

In this episode, we talk about how to stop taking yourself so seriously. 

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Mar 10, 2020
507 - How Clutter Affects Productivity
874

In this episode, we discuss the role that clutter has on your productivity. 

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Quoted from Harvard Business Review:

"You may think you’re not bothered by your overstuffed filing cabinets or the stacks of paper on your desk. But scientists at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute have used fMRI and other approaches to show that our brains like order, and that constant visual reminders of disorganization drain our cognitive resources and reduce our ability to focus. They also found that when participants cleared clutter from their work environment, they were better able to focus and process information, and their productivity increased."

What can you do?

  1. Create a schedule of regular clean up
  2. Create an organizational system for your space
  3. Take the extra 3 seconds to put things in the right place

Resources:

https://hbr.org/2019/03/the-case-for-finally-cleaning-your-desk

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Mar 08, 2020
506 - When to Quit Your Job
1021

In this episode, we talk about how soon to quit your job after starting your business.

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Mar 08, 2020
505 - 3 Life Hacks to Save Money
698

In this episode, we look at 3 very simple  things you can do to save a little more money.

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  1. Use cash & envelopes
  2. Order groceries online and pick them up (running total). Breanna Shaw on Quora
  3. 2 day rule

Resources:

https://www.quora.com/profile/Breeanna-Shaw

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Mar 07, 2020
504 - How to Keep Yourself Accountable
799

In this episode, we talk about accountability and how to keep ourselves accountable. We all have goals we have set and I often hear that it’s so hard to be accountable. Today I share three ways you can stay accountable to yourself, even when there isn’t someone else to keep you on track.

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Key Points:

  • How to start observational journaling
  • Why you need to build a daily review habit
  • How to pre-plan your activity
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Mar 06, 2020
503 - Top 3 Productivity Tools
723

In this episode, we look at my top 3 productivity tools right now. 

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Takeaways:

  1. Evernote
  2. Trello, Notion, or Monday.com
  3. Calendar
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Mar 04, 2020
502 - The Role of Mindfulness in Finances
731

In this episode, we look at the role that mindfulness plays in our personal finances. 

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"Mindfulness and healthy finances create a virtuous cycle, where 1) mindfulness improves your finances, and 2) improved finances gives you more freedom to pursue a more mindful, compassionate, and fulfilling life."

  • Being mindful with your finances allows you to improve your finances
  • Improving your finances gives you freedom to be more mindful

Definition of Mindfulness: The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • How much do you spend
  • How much do you make
  • When are your bills due
  • How much debt do you have
  • What is that debt costing you monthly?
  • What is your APR?
  • What is your plan?

Resources:

https://www.mindfullyinvesting.com/ride-the-virtuous-cycle-of-mindful-personal-finances/

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Mar 03, 2020
501 - Change Your Life in 5 Mins a Day
759

In this episode, we look at a few things you can do to change your life in 5 minutes each day.

  1. 2 Minute Meditations
  2. 5 Minute Stretches
  3. Read for 5 Minutes
  4. 5 Minute Networking

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Mar 02, 2020
Episode 500 - Thank You
913

In this episode, we meet two listeners of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes and learn how the last 500 episodes have played a role in their personal development. 

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Feb 28, 2020
499 - The Purpose of Meditation
768

In this episode, we talk about the purpose of meditation and what you should be aiming for.    

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1. Develop self-awareness    

"The purpose of meditation is to understand ourselves and how our mind works. By doing that we can better understand how life works and give our mind more room to work. "   

2. Create room for growth and change   

"Through meditation, you begin to make your mind more pliable and willing to accept new ideas and beliefs."    

3. Develop new perspectives   

"Meditation helps us to gain a bigger perspective on all of life " 


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Feb 26, 2020
Repost: Why You Should Bet On Your Strengths
939

In this episode, I talk about why you should bet on your strengths and we cover:

  • The simple reason your strengths matter more than your weaknesses
  • Why "fixing yourself" is a bad idea
  • How to figure out what you're good at
  • Why "dropping the ball" can be a good thing

Resources:

Scott Barry Kaufman | Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being? | Scientific American - Beautiful Minds Section

Erika Andersen | How Feeling Grateful Can Make You More Successful | Forbes - Leadership Section

Gary Vaynerchuk | We Need to Talk About the Importance of Self-Awareness | Medium

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Feb 25, 2020
498 - Why You Need to Understand Interest Rates
961

In this episode, we look at the APR on our credit cards and loans. 


Quotes:

"More than 40% of Gen Z, around 30% of Millennials and Gen X, and almost 40% of Baby Boomers say they don’t know what the interest rate on their credit card is, according to a new survey by Stash, a micro-investing and banking app.

But it’s not like folks don’t need to know because they’re paying off their bill in full each month and not triggering any interest charges: Americans paid $113 billion in credit card interest last year, up 12% from 2017, and up a whopping 49% from five years ago when the national average was just $76.3 billion, according to MagnifyMoney, a financial product comparison website."

Takeaways:

1. A higher APR or Annual Percentage Rate leads to paying more overtime. This seems basic but is often underestimated.

2. If you aren't extremely careful, you can get into a situation where you are never able to get out of the debt (student loans).

3. Higher APR means less gets paid on the principle which means carrying a higher balance for longer and lowering your credit score.

Here's what to do:

  1. Find your APR for every line of credit
  2. Create a plan to repay those debts. Either based on APR or on balance (avalanche or snowball)

Resources:

https://money.com/millennials-love-to-pay-with-credit-cards-but-almost-30-of-them-cant-name-their-interest-rate/

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Feb 24, 2020
497 - Top 3 Mental Health Apps
673

In this episode, we talk about my top 3 favorite mental health apps right now.


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Feb 24, 2020
496 - Your Reaction Matters
482

In this episode, we discuss the role your reaction plays in creating the life you really want. 

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Feb 22, 2020
495 - How to Change Your Money Mindset
734

In this episode, we talk about how to change your money mindset. 

  1. Daily reading
  2. Keep a spending log
  3. Review money activities monthly
  4. Log-in to your bank account daily
  5. Make hard decisions

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Feb 22, 2020
494 - Change Doesn't Just Happen...
927

There is a very simple, straight-forward approach to creating change. In this episode I'll share it with you. 

  1. Your outcome is tied to your actions
  2. Change in outcome happens when there is a change in action
  3. Change in action happens when there is a change in identity, belief, or desire
  4. Change in identity, belief, or desire comes from exposure to new identities, beliefs, or desires
  5. Exposure comes in books, meeting new people, doing new things, or thinking more deeply on what you already know (journaling, meditation...etc)

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Feb 21, 2020
493 - Lessons Learned from NASA
970

In this episode, I share some lessons learned from visiting the Kennedy Space Center down in Florida. 

  1. NASA Engineers and astronauts recognize that they will never see the fruits of their labor
  2. They know that the goals along the way matter just as much as the end goal
  3. They know that their may never be a true "end"
  4. They get value and fulfillment from the practice of showing up and taking one tiny step forward
  5. They see the larger picture in their work and focus on inching it slightly closer
  6. They know that the future doesn't happen if they don't lay the groundwork

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Feb 19, 2020
492 - How to Find Fulfillment
768

In this episode, we look at how to find fulfillment in any area of your life.   

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Feb 19, 2020
491 - Personal Finance Books That Changed My Life
754

In this episode, we look at 3 books that changed my life.   

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  1. Total Money Makeover 
  2. I Will Teach You to Be Rich 
  3. Money: Master The Game
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Feb 17, 2020
490 - How to Build Your Credit
1026

In this episode, we look at a basic process for improving your credit.   

  1. Recognize the Value of a Credit Score 
  2. Understand Your Score 
  3. Identify Your Weak Areas 
  4. Put Everything on Auto Pay  

Resources: 

https://www.moneyunder30.com/how-credit-works  

https://www.credit.com/credit-reports/how-credit-works/

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Feb 14, 2020
489 - How to Develop EQ
813

In this episode, we look at how to develop EQ.

What is EQ?

“Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them,” - Howard Gardner

5 Aspects of EQ

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Motivation
  4. Empathy
  5. Social Skills

How to Develop EQ

  1. Think About The Results of Your Actions Before Taking Them
  2. Slow Down and Analyze Your Thinking

Resources:

https://psychcentral.com/lib/what-is-emotional-intelligence-eq/

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Feb 13, 2020
488 - The Mental Health Benefits of a Routine
730

In this episode, we look at the mental health benefits of having a routine. 

1. Take Control of Your Sleep Cycle

"Routine can liberate your mental health, and it can have incredible psychological benefits, including alleviating symptoms of mental disorders, and insomnia. Creating a daytime routine for yourself or a loved one can promote better sleeping cycles." (Dr. Danielle Forshee)


2. Know What to Expect

"The importance of mental health has been associated with a variety of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorderaddictiondepression, among others. The reason behind this is that when we organize ourselves and know what to expect, it’s easier to actively work towards counteracting the thoughts and symptoms of any of the aforementioned mental health conditions." (Psychology Today)


3. Take More Time Off

"Creating a routine allows us to build in time for the important things. This includes time to rest, relax, and have fun. It’s not perfect – there are always going to be days when something overruns, a job takes three times as long as we expect it to take, or someone pops in unexpectedly. But structuring our time to include some downtime increases the likelihood that we’ll manage to have that time most days." (Blurt It Out)


Resources:

https://drdanielleforshee.com/psychological-benefits-of-routines/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-gen-y-psy/201810/the-power-routines-in-your-mental-health

https://www.blurtitout.org/2018/11/08/mental-health-benefits-routine/

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Feb 12, 2020
487 - 8 Questions to Create a Perfect Budget
1138

In this episode we are looking at eight very simple, very straightforward questions that I have personally used to create a perfect budget. These questions can help you create something that you can stick with, that will work long term and that you can build a lifestyle around.

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Key Points:

· Why you want to start with what you have

· How to identify where your money is actually going

· The 8 questions you should ask yourself

· How to take it a little bit at a time

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Feb 10, 2020
486 - How Discipline Sets You Free
686

In this episode, we look at how discipline can lead to unlimited freedom. 

Quote:

"A little imprisonment — if it's of your own making — can set you free." - Austin Kleon

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Feb 09, 2020
485 - Keep Going by Austin Kleon (Book Review)
568

In this episode, we look at the book Keep Going by Austin Kleon.

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Feb 08, 2020
484 - How to Raise Your Self Esteem
1019

In this episode, we look at how to raise your self-esteem.

  1. Do something kind for someone
  2. Prioritize self care
  3. Go easy on your losses
  4. Change your expectations

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If you aren't familiar, Lion's Mane and Chaga are these funny looking mushrooms that have been linked to all kinds of awesome health benefits. Lion's Mane even helps support increased focus, productivity, and creativity.

The team over at Four Sigmatic had the brilliant idea to take these mushrooms, combine them with 100% organic Arabica coffee beans. It has 0 sugar, 0 carbs, and 0 calories. It’s organic, Vegan, Paleo, sugar-free, dairy-free.

and the absolute best part? It leaves you feeling great! Seriously I've got this buzz right now that just feels natural, focused, and in control. It's not the usual hyperactive energy that I get from my regular coffee.

The coffee even comes in these really easy to use packets that you can bring with you anywhere. Just heat up some water, rip open a packet, pour, mix, and you're good to go.

Now of course we have a special offer for Tiny Leaps, Big Changes listeners. Receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic order. Just go to
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Feb 08, 2020
483 - How to Build a Community Based Business (Case Study ft. Outdoor Voices)
1080

In this episode, we do a case study on Outdoor Voices to learn how we can build our own community centered businesses.

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Problem

Fitness apparel brands are targeted towards the elite athlete and the aspirational idea of the elite athlete. Very few, if any, fitness brands focus on the regular person who works out or aspires to working out.

Solution

A lifestyle fitness apparel brand build around a community of regular people. Utilizes brand images and real people to push the message.

Customer

Primarily women between 25 and 45 who live busy lives but feel their best when moving their body. Outdoor Voices becomes a way for them to do so.

Marketing

Underlying Philosophy:

  1. Identify a gap in the marketplace
  2. Align with an "identity"
  3. Build community offline and online

Model

Apparel, ecommerce

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Feb 06, 2020
482 - How to Trust Your Gut
914

In this episode, we look at a simple process to trusting your gut.   

How to listen to your intuition: 

  1. Slow the situation down and listen 
  2. Ask the question "what is my gut telling me?" 
  3. Tune out the noise 
  4. Don't be afraid to change your mind  

Resources: 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/wander-woman/201703/should-you-trust-your-gut

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Feb 06, 2020
481 - How Nutrition Affects Mental Health
669

In this episode, we look at the effects of nutrition on our mental health. 

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Resources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626

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Feb 05, 2020
480 - 4 Ways to Start a Meditation Habit
879

In this episode, we talk about 4 simple ways to start a meditation habit. 

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Takeaways:

  1. Start small (2 minutes a day) | Zen Habits
  2. Do it anywhere and everywhere | Headspace
  3. Habit stacking | Daring to Live Fully
  4. Keep it simple | Buddhainonia

Resources:

https://zenhabits.net/meditate/

https://www.headspace.com/blog/2016/01/11/sticking-9-ways-make-meditation-daily-habit/

https://daringtolivefully.com/create-a-meditation-habit

https://buddhaimonia.com/blog/5-steps-to-making-meditation-a-daily-habit

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Feb 03, 2020
479 - Learn to Love Yourself
460

In this episode we talk about a quote I found about loving yourself and it is so important. It can be easier to put the focus elsewhere, but today we talk about why self-love is foundation for loving others.

Key Points:

· Why loving yourself is so important

· Why loving yourself makes you better at loving others

Notable Quote:

"By learning to love and treasure myself, I will become that much better able to deeply love and treasure someone else" - Troy L. Love, A Year of Self Love

“Your ability to grow and choose yourself and prioritize progress and be confident and love yourself is a billboard to everyone around you.” – Gregg Clunis

Resources and Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Year-Self-Love-Inspiration-Yourself/dp/1641527641

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Feb 02, 2020
478 - Listen When You Feel Stuck (My Story)
1159

In this episode I talk about what I do when I get stuck or feel like I've reached a certain place in life and can't really move forward. I know that experience very personally so I have a few strategies that can help you by sharing what has worked for me.

Key Points:

· What I get stuck on

· Why new things help gain perspective

· How to break the mold

· How I get out of my own way

· Why connection drives growth

Resources and Links:

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Jan 31, 2020
477 - How to Get Better
944

In this episode, we look at the single best strategy to guarantee you get better at whatever you are working on.   

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Resources: 

https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/heres-what-practicing-does-to-your-brain-and-how-to-do-it-right.html

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Jan 30, 2020
476 - How to Make Less Mistakes
1043

In this episode, we look at how to make less mistakes.

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Takeaways:

  1. Minor Mistake (a mistake of little consequence)
  2. Strong Habit Intrusion (James Reason)
    "When a habit or routine is established and pops up in a situation where the action is inappropriate for achieving desired outcomes"
  3. Identify the areas where these intrusions happen
  4. Build safe-guards into your process in those areas (double checking, get a second pair of eyes...etc)

Resources:

https://www.amazon.com/Human-Contribution-Unsafe-Accidents-Recoveries/dp/0754674029


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Jan 29, 2020
475 - One Question to Find Your Purpose
873

In this episode, we look at one weird question to help you find your purpose.   This is one of the questions I get the most often. I am going to share the circumstance that led me to this show and hopefully this will help you in your life too.

Key Points:

· How I found my way to creating this show

· The question you can ask yourself to help you find your passion

Relevant Article:  https://markmanson.net/life-purpose  

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Jan 28, 2020
474 - Why You Should Spoil Yourself
997

In this episode, we look at the reason you should buy more clothes, get your nails done, and spoil yourself. We talk about how looking good can boost your self and why it has an important impact on your life.

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Key Points:

· What emotional immunity is

· How looking good build up your emotional Immunity

· How self-esteem can improve other area of your life

Articles Used:

https://thetempest.co/2018/11/07/style/heres-why-you-feel-good-when-you-look-good/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-squeaky-wheel/201306/does-self-esteem-function-emotional-immune-system

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Jan 27, 2020
473 - Why Journaling Matters
676

In this episode, we look at why journaling matters. While I do not journal every day, I do make a point of doing it regularly and have found it to be beneficial in my life. Here is how if can help in your life too.

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Key Points:

· Why journaling will declutter your mind and give you clarity

· How it can help you stay focused

· The benefit of seeing where you were and where you are going

· Why journaling is an amazing way to share your story

Notable Quote:

You can journal currently and three years from now, look back at those pages and recognize yourself in those pages even if you've moved a long way from then.”


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Jan 25, 2020
472 - How to Keep More of Your Money
997

In this episode, we look at a step-by-step approach to keeping more of your money. 

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Takeaways:

  1. Track your spending (write it down)
  2. Review the reality each week
  3. Identify 1 behavior to change during that review
  4. Make a conscious effort to change or eliminate that behavior

Quotes:

"The secret to saving more of your money is to become conscious about your money habits and then actively control those behaviors"

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Jan 23, 2020
471 - Disconnecting For Your Mental Health & Creativity
617

In this episode, we talk about why you need to disconnect from social media and the impact it has on your creativity. We all are flooded with contacts and social media and we talk about how stepping away can help you hear your own voice.

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Takeaways:

  • Why you need to separate inspiration and processing
  • How creativity happens
  • The secret to hearing your own voice
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Jan 23, 2020
470 - How to Learn Faster
854

In this episode, we look at a simple process to learn new skills faster. I'm going to be showing you how I learn something new so that you can apply it to your own life. This will help you start getting from not knowing what you're doing, to being able to put that thing into practice very quickly.

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Takeaways:

  1. Accept that failure is a part of the learning process
  2. Start learning where you are
  3. Take notes on your failure
  4. Learn the missing pieces
  5. Try again
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Jan 21, 2020
469 - How to Finally Beat Procrastination
730

In today’s episode, we talk about procrastination. We all have those things we don’t get around to doing, even though we may need or want to. Here is how you can beat procrastination in two easy steps.

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Key Points:

· Why people procrastinate

· How to identify why you procrastinate

· How I beat procrastination in two steps

Takeaways:

1. Pursue something underwhelming

2. Stop trying to do too much

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Jan 21, 2020
468 - Raising My Credit Score (My Story)
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In this episode, I talk about the last year of my credit journey and some lessons learned after having my score drop by 200 points.

Key Points:

· Why a credit score matters

· Where I started and what happened to cause my score to drop

· What I did to improve my score over the last year

· What resources I used to keep track of my score

Important Links:

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Jan 18, 2020
467 - Social Media & Mental Health
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In today’s episode, I talk about the effects of social media on mental health. Social media is a powerful tool to connect people but also can cause some negative effects. I also share four ways you can mitigate those effects.

Key Points:

· Why checking social media triggers the pleasure sensors in our brains

· What can happen when we don’t get the "likes"

· How social media impacts our opinions of ourselves

· 4 steps to mitigate the effects of social media

Important Links:

https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/blog/centre-mental-health-blog/anxiety-loneliness-fear-missing-out-social-media

https://www.psycom.net/social-media-teen-mental-health

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-11-stress-minimizing-negative-effects-social.html

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Jan 17, 2020
466 - 5 Requirements to Start a Business
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In this episode, we look at the 5 major requirements to start your own business. Around this time of year, I get many questions about how to make money on the side, to start a business, to take an idea and turn it into a revenue stream. This is how you can get started.

Key Points:

· Why you should start with a problem

· Providing a solution

· Why you need a target customer

· The importance of marketing

· Why you need a model

Important Links:

Take the survey: http://tinyleaps.fm/survey

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Jan 15, 2020
465 - How to Be Mentally Flexible
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In today’s episode, we talk about the concept of mental flexibility, and why it is so important. As we go through life, there will be moments when we are stressed out, and when it feels like everything is falling apart. In those moments, the key to coming out on top and making better choices that align with our goals is mental flexibility.

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What is Mental Flexibility?

Being able to make intentional decisions about how to engage challenging situations or emotions.

Requirements to Mental Flexibility:

  • Self      Awareness
  • Intentionality

Steps to Develop Mental Flexibility:

1. Check in with yourself regularly (outside of tough situations)

2. Check in with yourself during tough situations

3. Make the conscious choice to take control

Important Links:

https://www.quora.com/What-is-mental-health

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Jan 14, 2020
464 - Top 3 Personal Finance Tools
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In today’s episode we talk about the top 3 personal finance tools I am currently using and how they have been helpful to me with saving, knowing where I am at, and what is next.

Key Points:

· What tool helps me save the most

· What tool helps me with my credit

· What tools help me keep track

Mentions:
Digit - Save more money without thinking about it (http://tinyleaps.fm/digit)
Credit Karma, Experian, Credit Wise - Keep track of your score, Plan your actions
Spreadsheets - Track your activity, keep goals top of mind

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Jan 14, 2020
Repost: The Difference Between Good Stress and Bad Stress
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Jan 13, 2020
Repost: 3 Life Lessons Learned from Journaling
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In this episode, I share three lessons I've learned over the past year by journaling.

Community:

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Jan 12, 2020
Repost: My Top Recommended Books for your Personal Growth
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In this episode I talk about my 7 top recommended books for your personal development. Get comfortable and get ready to read because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

You Will Hear:

  • My 7 favorite books right now and what they have done for my life.
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Jan 10, 2020
463 - How to Find Your Passion
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In today’s episode,we look at the best way to find your passion if you don't currently have one. We hear all the time that if we want to be successful, we need to work on things that we have passion for. But what does passion even really mean? And what do you do if you don't already have a passion?

Key Points:

· What passion is

· How curiosity plays a part

· Why you should start by expanding your world

· 5 steps to find your passion

· Why it's okay if your passions change

Important Links:

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Take the survey: http://tinyleaps.fm/survey

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Jan 09, 2020
462 - How Slowing Down Can Help You Move Faster (feat. Corin Hinderegger)
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In this episode, I share an article from Corin Hinderegger on the Tiny Leaps, Big Changes blog.  

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/GreggClunis 

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Jan 08, 2020
461 - If I Had to Start From Scratch...
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In today’s episode, I talk about how I would build my business today if I lost everything and had to start over from scratch. I share four ways I would approach starting over, and how you can help yourself if you are starting from scratch, or currently trying to make it work.

Key Points:

· Why you want to bridge the knowledge gap first

· How you have to start and fail to grow

· Why you might need to keep your day job

· When to jump ship

Notable Quote:

"Competence is confidence." - Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

Join Better Help

Take the survey  

Subscribe on YouTube

Podcast Website

Instagram

Facebook

Community

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Jan 07, 2020
460 - The Only Goal You Should Prioritize in 2020
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In this episode, we look at your goal setting for 2020 and talk about what I believe is the only goal you should be focused on this year.  At the end of each year, we all set different goals for the next year. Maybe our goal is to make more money, or maybe our goal is to start that business. Whatever our goal is, there's one thing we need to take care of FIRST if we want the best chance at accomplishing it.  

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Key Points:

· What you should prioritize in 2020

· Why it is so important

· 4 ways to make it happen

Notable Quote:

“Your mental health is and your emotional health is the number one barrier between where you are now and where you want to be.” – Gregg Clunis

Links:

Subscribe on YouTube  

Podcast Website    

Instagram  

Facebook 

Community 

Doctor On Demand

Mental Health First Aid

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Jan 07, 2020
Repost: How to Achieve Your Goals and Resolutions
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In this episode we talk about goal setting and why so many of us never hit the goals we set. It’s time to check on your resolutions because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

You Will Hear:

  • Why our brains are wired to move away from goal setting
  • Why stretch goals are a waste of time
  • How to approach your goals in the future

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Jan 04, 2020
459 - Real Ways to Make Money Online Pt 1
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In today’s episode we are looking at three very real ways to make an extra income from home. These are ways I have tested personally or seen them tested by someone I know and each of these is a great way to use your skills to make some additional income.

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Resources:

Textbroker

Fiverr

Upwork

VIP Kid

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Jan 02, 2020
458 - Four Years of Tiny Leaps
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In today’s episode, we look back at the show and how it has grown since I had the original idea for it in December of 2015. I launched it January 1st of 2016 and here we are four years later. Now, I couldn't tell you when I first launched the show how much my life was going to change in the next four years, both for the good and for the not so good. Today, we look back at the biggest lessons I have learned in the four years of Tiny Leaps.

Important Links:

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Key Points:

· What has changed in the last four years

· How one idea sparked everything

· How momentum played a role

· Why you should shorten the time between the idea and the action

· What I want to focus on in 2020

Notable Quote:

“At the end of the day, whatever it is you're trying to accomplish for yourself, one single new thought, one single new concept that is acted on can completely change your situation.” – Gregg Clunis

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Jan 01, 2020
457 - The Benefits of Weekly Reviews #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we are looking at the benefits of performing weekly reviews. We have talked about why it was important to really ask yourself what it is you want from the year and about the importance of pre committing to something, and then how to go about making 2020 a year to remember. Now we are going to talk about how a weekly review can keep you focused and on track.

Key Points:

· Why weekly is a great review frequency

· Why it Increases your likelihood of accomplishing your goals

· How reviewing keeps your goals on your mind

· How reviews use guilt to your advantage

Important Links:

Join Blinkist

Resources:

Back to Basics: Your Weekly Review

Quotes:

"No matter how organized you are, how together your system is, how careful you are about processing your inbox, making a task list, and working your calendarif you don’t stop every now and again to look at the “big picture”, you’re going to get overwhelmed. You end up simply responding to what’s thrown at you, instead of proactively creating the conditions of your life.

Almost every productivity expert recommends some kind of review, whether it’s a formal process you crank through (like David Allen recommends) or simply a few minutes of “me time” to think about where you’re at. Although there’s nothing magical about the week as a unit of time, doing such a review weekly seems to work best – it’s a block of time that’s very deeply ingrained in us as a scheduling unit."

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Jan 01, 2020
Repost: The Benefits of Walking
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In this episode, we talk about why you should get into walking.

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Dec 30, 2019
Repost: Stop Saying "I Can't"
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In this episode, we talk about why you shouldn't say that you can't do something. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Dec 29, 2019
Repost: Forget Hustle, Take a Break Instead
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This is a repost of episode 96 of the podcast. For more, head over to www.tinyleaps.fm. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Dec 28, 2019
456 - How to Identify Your Next Step #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we're looking at the step by step approach to taking your biggest goals and targets, and breaking them down into your next steps. I know we all set big goals and this will help make them attainable a little bit at a time. This is one that I think is going to be incredibly valuable for many of you as it has been valuable for me in mapping both my podcast and in my personal goals.

Key Points:

· Why you need to break your goals down into steps

· How it helps to work backwards

· How you can identify each step

· How to make this process work for you

Important Links:
www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 27, 2019
455 - Why You Need to Block Out Time #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we talk about time blocking and how it can help you manage and maximize your time. We talk about what time blocking, is, why it works and how you can use it to leverage your time in 2020.

Key Points:

· What is time blocking

· 3 reasons it is so effective

· How to maximize the times you set

· How to create time blocks

Notable Quote:

“If we don't consciously make an effort with that time, it will vanish. It will go away very quickly. And you've probably had one of those days where you wake up and you're just sort of hanging out and before you know it, the sun is going down and you're not really sure what you did that day.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

www.shoptinyleaps.com
https://blog.rescuetime.com/time-blocking-101/

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Dec 26, 2019
454 - The Greatest Gift You Can Give (Holiday Special)
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In today’s episode we talk about how the greatest gift you can give, this holiday season but the rest of the year too, is your time. I share a song that has stuck with me on this topic and why it is so impactful. We also talk about why your time is so important and where you should focus it to give the most.

Key Points:

· How a Jay-Z song reminds me what is important

· Why money has less value than time

· What you should spend your time on

· Who you should spend your time with

Notable Quote:

“Money does not solve problems. Money can fuel the solution for problems, but money itself does not solve the problem. So this holiday season, when you are looking for ways to give back, when you were looking for ways to support your community, when you are looking for ways to support your family, when you're looking for ways to support yourself, I encourage you to spend the time.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 25, 2019
453 - The Biggest Mistake You Can Make in 2020 #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode I talk about the biggest mistake you can make in 2020 for your goals. I talk about why this mistake happens, and how you can overcome it so you can stay focused and on target for next year.

Key Points:

· What is the biggest mistake you can make for your goals

· Why we have to pay attention to drift

· Why tracking is key

· How to start tracking your goals

Notable Quote:
“But the minute you allow yourself to slip into the unconscious, the minute you allow things to just happen to you rather than actually pushing to make things happen. That is when you lose control.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:
www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 24, 2019
452 - How to Make 2020 The Best Year Ever #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we talk about a simple approach to planning your 2020 how making it successful. While changing your life can be hard, it does not have to be complicated and we explore how to make 2020 your best year yet.

Key Points:

· Why hard doesn't automatically mean complicated

· Why you won’t reach the ideal, but need to define it anyways

· The six quick steps to put it all into action

Notable Quote:
“Stop looking for the ‘new thing’, because that's what's holding you back.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 23, 2019
Repost: The Benefits of Setting Intentions
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In this episode, we talk about the benefits of setting intentions and being clear about what you want.

Community:

http://facebook.com/groups/tinyleaps

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/greggclunis

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Dec 22, 2019
Repost: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
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In this episode, I share a few thoughts on why you need to focus on the journey and stop comparing yourself to others.

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Community:

facebook.com/groups/tinyleaps

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Dec 21, 2019
451 - What Do You Want From 2020? #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we talk about how to start getting ready for 2020 by taking a much closer look at where you are, and who you really want to be. I also share an exercise that will help make this much clearer that you can do today.

Key Points:

· What to ask yourself ahead of the New Year

· How to explore where you want to be

· Why it is important to have a clear end goal

Notable Quote:

“Change will happen as a result of making progress.” – Gregg Clunis

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Dec 20, 2019
450 - How to Get Rid of Bad Habits #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we are looking at how to start to get rid of bad habits. We talk about how to identify the habit trigger and map out your habit, then how to further explore why you are engaging in the loop to start.

Key Points:

· What is a habit loop

· Why you need to map your habit loops

· How to identify what you are getting out your bad habits

Important Links:

https://hbr.org/2019/12/how-to-break-up-with-your-bad-habits?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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Dec 19, 2019
449 - What to Do With No Support #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we talk about what to do when you have no support. We will all have those who doubt us as we try to grow and make changes, so I share how you can be successful even when it feels like you are doing it alone.

Key Points:

· Why you have to trust yourself

· What you should focus on

· Why you should demonstrate results

· Why it’s important to connect with new people

Notable Quote:

“Focus on your journey. Focus on where you are in comparison to where you were.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:
www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 18, 2019
448 - Why You Should Listen to Nike #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode, we talk about Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan and why it resonates with so many people, how it can apply to you and what you can learn from it. We all have that thing we are want to do but haven’t, and this episode can help.

Important Links:
www.shoptinyleaps.com

Key Points:
· How complicating things is getting in your way

· Why Nike got it right by saying "Just Do It"

· How to use this for your own progress

Notable Quote:

“My ultimate point is things are simpler than we want them to be than we think they are. We make them more complicated because we haven't done it and we assume since we haven't done it, that must mean it's hard.” – Gregg Clunis


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Dec 17, 2019
447 - Sacrifice is Required #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode, we're talking about sacrifice. We are exploring why balance and growth at the same time isn't possible, about accepting sacrifice, and how that that will move you forward faster than anything else. We also talk about why you should be consciously choosing what you sacrifice.

Key Points:

  • Why balance AND growth isn't possible
  • Why happiness and growth IS possible
  • Why you need to accept sacrifice
  • Consciously choose what you sacrifice

Notable Quote:
“Growing does not mean sacrificing happiness. It means sacrificing balance and those are different things.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:
www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 16, 2019
446 - How to Guarantee Growth #ProgressFirst
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In this episode, we look at a proven way to guarantee personal development and growth. We explore how you can be confident that you are going to make progress in your life even if it is a little bit at a time.

Key Points:

  • Why change and growth doesn't happen just by "showing up"
  • Why you need purposeful growth
  • How purposeful growth works
  • How to keep yourself in the ideal zone

Notable Quotes:

“At its core progress is a measurement against where you used to be, not a measurement against where you want to be.” – Gregg Clunis

“That's what purposeful growth actually looks like. It's figuring out the area that you want to grow in, making a drastic change in that area and then consciously choosing to show up every day.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 13, 2019
445 - How to Stay Motivated #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we are looking at how to keep yourself motivated. Even when you are working towards a goal it can be really difficult sometimes to actually get up and do what you know you need to do. So today we explore ways to keep yourself motivated in those moments when you feel stuck.

Key Points:

  • How to play to your energy
  • Why you should take a break
  • When to celebrate your wins
  • Why you should shake off failure

Important Links:

www.shoptinyleaps.com

--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Dec 12, 2019
444 - How to Improve Time Management #ProgressFirst
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In today’s episode we are looking at four different techniques to help you improve your time management skills. Time management is such an important part of improving your life and we explore more ways to integrate these productive habits into your day.

Key Points:

· Making your most important task the first one

· Don't give anything only half your attention

· Maximize your scheduled time

· Choose progress over perfection

Notable Quote:
“Progress above all. I do not believe in chasing perfection. I think that it is a flawed mentality. It forces us into a state where we are constantly criticizing or we are constantly upset and we are constantly holding ourselves back.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

https://blog.proofhub.com/work-smarter-not-harder-9-time-management-tips-that-will-change-your-life-f2292f3d0044

https://jamesclear.com/time-management-tips

https://www.hubgets.com/blog/ways-improve-time-management-skills/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2018/05/01/manipulate-time-with-these-powerful-20-time-management-tips/#18f25c8757ab

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Dec 11, 2019
443 - What to Do Over the Holidays
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In today’s episode, we talk about how to get the best out of the holidays! The holidays can be a stressful time for many of us but its not just about presents, looking festive, or meeting expectations. We talk about what you might be forgetting to do that is actually to most important parts.

Key Points:

· Focus on spending time being present

· Carve out time and space for yourself

· Why you should catch up on leisure

· Get organized for 2020

Notable Quote:

“We don't set resolutions on January 1st. We set resolutions beforehand, get prepared, and then hit the ground running.” Gregg Clunis

Important Links:
www.shoptinyleaps.com

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Dec 10, 2019
442 - One Skill That Will Change Your Life
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In today’s episode, we are talking about communication and why it is likely the most important skill you will have. We explore why working on it will change your life, how you can develop this skill, and why it matters so much.

Key Points:

· Why this is such an important skill

· How to develop it

· Why it helps if you write more

· Why you should not just consume

Notable Quote:

"Your ability to communicate is the distinguishing factor between success and failure in most goals that you might go after in your life." – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:
www.magicspoon.com/tiny

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Dec 09, 2019
Repost: Raise Your Standards
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In this episode, I talk about why it's important to raise your standards for yourself and how those standards can affect your motivation going forward.

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Dec 06, 2019
441 - 4 Things You Didn't Realize School Taught You
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We have all heard or said that we don’t use what we learned in school but is that actually true? In today’s episode we are talking about school really taught us all about the world and being in it. Here are four skills you learned in school that help you in your life everyday

Key Points:

· How to share ideas effectively

· How to interact and connect with others

· How to think and form opinions

· How to operate within the box

Notable Quote:

"We live in an idea world. We live in a world that is run largely by the ideas we each have because it's so easy to execute on those ideas." Gregg Clunis

Important Links:
www.shoptinyleaps.com
www.tinyleaps.fm/innerhour

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Dec 05, 2019
440 - 25 Mins to Change Your Life
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In today’s episode we are looking at a very, very basic routine you can do once per month that might help change your life. This is the first thing I did that helped me move from where was to where I am now. I break it down into three easy steps and 25 minutes a month.

Key Points:

· Starting with “What do I want”

· 3 steps to change your life

· How writing change ideas into language

· How this helps, even when its not first on your mind

Notable Quote:

“Because we all know who we want to become to some extent, or at the very least, we know who we don't want to become. We have an idea of what life we want to live and what life we don't want to live.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

calm.com/tinyleaps

tinyleaps.fm

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Dec 04, 2019
439 - 4 Ways to Clear Your Mind
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In today’s episode we're looking at how to clear your mind. This is something that we all need to do more of, but most of us don't. This is phenomenally important because it allows our mind the space it needs to rest. It allows us to recuperate and it allows us to process things. Here are four different ways that you can clear your mind both when you need to and just as a general habit that you can build and act on, on a day to day basis.

Key Points:

· Why its important to clear our minds

· How to start learning to meditate

· Why journaling can help

· How scheduling your day creates mental space

· The breathing exercise that helps me

Notable Quote:

“That organizational process is powerful for allowing us to step out from underneath the weight that comes with all of the things we're dealing with in our lives. Just by sitting down and writing it out.” – Gregg Clunis

--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Dec 03, 2019
438 - Make progress a priority
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Pick up the #ProgressFirst collection now through December 31st. http://shoptinyleaps.com

Dec 02, 2019
Repost: The Benefits of Having Hobbies
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In this episode, I talk about hobbies and why you should have some.


Nov 30, 2019
437 - How to Stop Caring What People Think
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In this episode we talk about how to stop caring so much about what other people think. I think many of us struggle with this worry about everybody else and what they think about us. I talk about how we can stop filtering ourselves through what we believe others think. 

Key Points:

· Why you have to start with you

· It's not about you, it's about them

· Question your thinking

· Keep things in perspective

Notable Quote:

“I get that this isn't something you fix overnight. You fix it over time. You keep working on it and you keep trying to catch yourself and you forgive yourself when you screw up and eventually you get there.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

https://medium.com/personal-growth/what-i-learned-when-i-stopped-caring-about-what-other-people-thought-of-me-b536324a1f97

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201610/8-ways-stop-worrying-about-what-other-people-think

Nov 29, 2019
436 - What I'm Thankful For (2019)
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In today’s episode I share all the things I am thankful for this year. Although this is a little different from my standard how-to type episodes, but the purpose of this episode really to recognize what I am grateful for and to inspire you to as well.

Notable Quote:

“We need to be showing gratitude and gratefulness in our day to day lives. Because the more we focus on what we have and the more we focus on the things that we love and that we appreciate in our lives, one the more value we'll get out of those things and those people.” – Gregg Clunis

Nov 28, 2019
435 - The Truth About Calories and Fat Loss
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In today’s episode I read an article from Jennifer Trepeck which is the very first article on the Tiny Leaps website. And I wanted read it for you to share her wisdom and encourage you to connect with her deeper. I think the article itself is phenomenal and hope you do as well.

Key Notes:

· Why Calories In vs. Out doesn’t work

· What you should focus on instead

· Calorie Quality over quantity

Important Links:

http://tinyleaps.fm/the-truth-about-calories-and-fat-loss/

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Nov 27, 2019
434 - 10 Interesting Facts About Me
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In today’s episode I mix it up and talk about some things you might not know about me! If you're curious about who the heck Gregg Clunis is, and if you're a longtime listener, then this will probably fill in some of the gaps that you maybe just don't know about me, my journey, my hobbies and inspirations.

I talk about:

· My journey growing up

· How I came to create Tiny Leaps

· A few of my struggles and successes

· A few of my hobbies

Notable Quote:

“Without that immigration, without moving to the States, without seeing my parent’s sort of start over from scratch without having the experiences that we had, I would not believe the things I do now.” – Gregg Clunis

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Nov 26, 2019
433 - Anxiety 101
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In today’s episode I talk about the basics of anxiety. This is something we've talked about a lot on this show, but the more we understand it and the more tricks and strategies we have to tackle it, the better off I think we are. We will fill in some of our gaps and add a real understanding about what anxiety is, what it does, how our brains are handling it, like what's actually happening up there when we feel anxious and what we can do about.

Key Points:

· What anxiety is

· How it affects us

· How anxiety works in our brains

· What we can do to about anxiety

Notable Quote:

“When you have that feeling of anxiety, it is a surefire sign that you were not living in the present.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

betterhelp.com

https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety#natural-remedies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3684250/

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Nov 25, 2019
432 - Progress Above All Explained
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In today’s episode I explore the term “progress uber alles”. I talk about what it means when directly translated and where the saying comes from. We also explore what it means in our day to day lives and progressing forward each day.

Key Points:

· What "progress uber alles" means

· Where the saying comes from

· Why progress over passion

· How progress leads to passion

Notable Quote:

“As long as we're making progress every single day, we're doing the right thing.” – Gregg Clunis

Nov 22, 2019
431 - How to Use Your First Hour
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In today’s episode, I talk about how the first hour is a powerful part of your day, and what I think is the most important thing to do in that time. I also explain how this can help you take control of your day and keep your life moving forward.

Key Points:

· What the most important to do first is

· Why owning your morning means owning your day

· How to start where you are now

Notable Quote:

“You need to pick an area and put your efforts there. Put your focus there, put your time there, prioritize it, and then eventually you re-balance.” – Gregg Clunis

Nov 21, 2019
430 - One Habit That Changed My Life
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In this episode I talk about the number one habit that has affected my life the most and created the most change for me. It is a habit that helped me create Tiny Leaps and write my book. And I think many of us could use this to build more and accomplish more in our lives.

Key Points:

· What my biggest strength is

· How it came from my weaknesses

· Why to look at the flip side of your weaknesses

· Why you need to start on your goals right now

Notable Quote:
“You have to be willing to go through that journey… I think many of you forget that the only thing stopping you from changing your life is your own willingness to make the sacrifice.” – Gregg Clunis

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Nov 20, 2019
429 - The Science of Motivation
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In today’s episode I talk about the Science around Motivation. We tend to talk about motivation a lot because most of us are sort of either struggling to have enough of it or we think we don't have enough of it. But is motivation really a problem?

Key Points:

· What causes motivations in our brain chemistry

· The role dopamine plays in our motivation

· How to get motivated when you aren't focused

· How rewards can fuel motivation

Notable Quote:

“But if we're struggling to feel motivated, if we're having a tough day of focus, we just don't want to do things anymore. What we need to do is train our brains to focus on the reward of that task.” – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

http://blog.idonethis.com/the-science-of-motivation-your-brain-on-dopamine/

www.magicspoon.com/tiny

www.tiny.fm

Nov 19, 2019
428 - My Top 5 Books on Productivity
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In this episode I share with you the top five books I recommend right now if you are trying to become more productive, if you want to get more stuff done on a day to day basis and just what I think you should be reading to change the way you think about productivity in your daily life.

Key Points:

· My top 5  recommendations

· A bonus sixth book

· How these books all tie into a more efficient day to day


Important Links:

http://tinyleaps.fm/shop/

amazon.com/ONE-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-Results

amazon.com/Essentialism-Disciplined-Pursuit-Less

amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek

amazon.com/Power-Less-Limiting

amazon.com/Compound-Effect

Nov 18, 2019
Repost: Why You Aren't Happy
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In this episode we talk about happiness and where it comes from. But don’t worry, you must be in your happy place already because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

You Will Hear:

  • Where happiness comes from.
  • The number one thing you need to do to be happy.
  • Why you aren't happy.

Resources:

Relationships

Anxiety & Depression

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Nov 17, 2019
Repost: How to Be More Confident and Less Stressed
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This episode is on the following topic: Power poses Title: 126 - Power Poses: How to Be More Confident and Less Stressed Music: youtube.com/watch?v=ukrb6npW_Rg Resources: dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/9547823/13-027.pdf ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Nov 16, 2019
427 - Habit Building 101
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In this episode, we look at the process of Habit Building for beginners. 

Key takeaways

  • A habit is a fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling
  • We form them to be more efficient, because we aren't aware, unintentionally
  • Habit formation is the process of forming habits
  • Habits form using the habit loop in 3 parts. 1. The trigger, 2. the behavior, 3. The reward

Research:

Wikipedia Entry on Habits

Habit Formation

The Power of Habit


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Nov 15, 2019
426 - Passion is Not Enough
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In this episode, we talk about why passion is not enough to keep you going. 

  • Why passion is not enough
  • Why opportunity is the best thing to focus on 
  • Why I believe in Progress Uber Alles

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Nov 14, 2019
425 - How to Be Awesome At Your Job (feat. Pete Mockaitis)
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In this episode, we sit down with Pete Mockaitis to talk about your career and how to be awesome at your job.

About Pete:

Pete Mockaitis [Muh KITE iss] is an award-winning trainer and coach who helps professionals perform optimally at work. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and Inc. Pete has delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 leaders hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, FedEx, Amazon, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, and the United Nations), 50 countries, and every Ivy League university. He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at Your Job podcast. The show has been downloaded over 8,000,000 times and consistently ranks as a top business show in Apple Podcasts. Pete lives in Chicago with his wife and two babies.

Resources:

How to Be Awesome At Your Job Podcast

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Nov 13, 2019
424 - The Problem With Mentorship
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In this episode, we talk about some of the problems that exist in our quest for mentorship. 

 You'll Hear: 

  • Why you need to pick your mentors wisely
  • The top 2 issues with mentorship
  • Why mentorship isn't always the right path forward

Free Business Coaching:

http://tinyleaps.fm/stephen

Nov 12, 2019
423 - Failure is A Step Forward
680

In this episode, we talk about why failure is inherently a positive thing that you should seek out. 

You'll Hear:

  • Why we fear failure
  • How failure is actually a good thing
  • What we can learn from failure

Quote:

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” - Stephen McCranie

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Nov 11, 2019
Repost: The Surprising Psychology of your Money Habits
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In this episode we talk about some the surprising science behind your spending habits. Go ahead and put away that credit card because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

In This Episode:

  • Why it's not your fault that you spend so much.
  • How to stop spending so much.

Resources:

Psychology of Money

The Psychology of Money – How Saving and Spending Habits are Programmed in Your Brain


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Nov 10, 2019
Repost: The Effects of Exercise on Your Brain
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In this episode we talk about the surprising effects that physical exercise has on your mind. It might be time to clean the dust off that treadmill because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

In This Episode:

  • How exercise benefits the white matter in your brain.
  • Why prioritizing exercise is important.

Resources:

Why Is Physical Activity So Good for Your Brain?

Physical Exercise for Brain Health

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Nov 09, 2019
422 - You Must Struggle
648

In this episode, we talk about why you NEED to be willing to struggle if you want to improve your life. 

You'll Hear:

  • Why you don't want the outcome without the journey
  • Why you don't want to win the lottery
  • How the journey carves  you into the person you need to be


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Nov 08, 2019
421 - Why We Spiral Out Of Control
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In this episode, we take a look at why we spiral out of control. 

You'll Hear:

  • What Catastrophizing means
  • Why we all spiral out of control
  • How to reign in your negative imagination

Quote:

"This is a habit of mine. When faced with the unknown, I expect the worst. And I can make mountains—no, volcanoes—out of molehills. Turns out, there’s a name for this: catastrophizing. This has become my new favorite word because it means I’m not the only one who does this. It also means I am likely not crazy." 

Resources:

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes Website

4 things to remember the next time you’re spiraling

What is Catastrophizing? - Cognitive Distortions

What is Catastrophic Thinking? (And How to Stop)


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Nov 07, 2019
420 - Top 3 Tools to Be More Productive
891

In this episode, I talk about my current productivity stack and share the roles they play. 

You'll learn about:

  1. Notion
  2. Productivity Challenge Timer
  3. Google Calendar

Listen to More Episodes

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Nov 06, 2019
419 - The Truth About Mindset
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In this episode, we look at what exactly mindset is and how you can develop a good one. 

You'll Hear:

  • The two types of mindsets
  • The difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset
  • How to develop a growth mindset

More Episodes:

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

Recommended Reading:

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Why Mindset Matters for Your Success

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives


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Nov 05, 2019
418 - Where to Start With Your Debt
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In this episode, we look at strategies to help you get out of crippling debt and start to live your life again. 

You Will Hear:

  1. Find Out How Bad The Damage Is (Dave Ramsey)
  2. Pick a Plan (Credit Card Insider) (Avalanche, Snowball)
  3. Build a Lifestyle (Elizabeth Moore)
  4. Reward Yourself (Tony Robbins)

Resources:

How to Pay Off Debt

How to Pay Off Debt: 6 Strategies That Work

Reward Yourself

Paying Off $30k in Debt in Just 2 Years (feat. Elizabeth Moore)


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Nov 04, 2019
Repost: Decision Fatigue and the Power of Habit
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In this episode we talk about decision fatigue and how we can combat by creating more habits. Don’t forget to pay attention to the road because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

You Will Hear:

  • How decision fatigue affects us
  • Why we can't resist dessert
  • How to incorporate habits into our lives

Links:

What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals

Decision Fatigue

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Nov 03, 2019
Repost: Why You Should Embrace Failure and Disappointment
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In this episode we talk about failure and why we all try so hard to avoid it even though it’s the one thing that leads to success. It’s time to pull yourself out of that slump because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

You Will Hear:

  • Why people avoid failure and disappointment.
  • Why failure is a necessity in order to succeed
  • How to deal with failure and make it a positive experience

Links:

Why Failure is Good for the Brain

Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings


--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Nov 02, 2019
417 - 5 Tips to Fix Anxiety
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In this episode, we share 5 tips to help you fix your anxiety. 

Book a call with Stephen

Key Points:

  • Start deep-breathing.
  • Meditate.
  • Practice self-care.
  • Eliminate soda.
  • Trim the fat from your budget.
  • Bonus: Face it!

Links:

Tips for Living With Anxiety

21 Quick Tips to Change Your Anxiety Forever


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Oct 31, 2019
416 - How to Take Control of Your Life
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In this episode, we talk about strategies to help you feel more in control of your life.

Key Points:

  1. Ask yourself what is taking control away from you
  2. What does control mean? What does it look like? Write it down
  3. Pick the first thing in that vision
  4. Show up

Key Notes:

The sense of agency (SA), or sense of control, is the subjective awareness of initiating, executing, and controlling one's own volitional actions in the world.

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Oct 30, 2019
415 - Advice I'd Give Myself
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In this episode, I share advice that I'd give myself if I could travel back in time. 

Take Control of Your Mental Health

Key Points:

  1. Stop Worrying About Passion
  2. Everything Always Works Out
  3. People & Relationships Are The Most Important
  4. Have a Good Credit Score
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Oct 29, 2019
414 - How To Define Success
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In this episode, we look at your definition of success

Key Points:

  1. What is success to you?
  2. Is that what you really want?
  3. This is your life...the only one
  4. Why are you doing what you do?
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Oct 28, 2019
Repost: 4 Awesome Alternatives to Meditation
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In this episode we talk about the alternatives to meditation for those of us who just don’t like doing it. It’s time to break out the colored pencils because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

You Will Hear:

  • Why journaling can be just as beneficial as meditation.
  • How to develop a coloring practice to decrease your stress levels.
  • Why yoga may be the best alternative to meditation.
  • How flow can be used to decrease anxiety.

Resources:

Journaling

Coloring

Yoga

Deliberate Practice (flow)

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Oct 27, 2019
413 - How to Beat Social Anxiety
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In this episode, we talk about how to tackle social anxiety.

Join Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/tinyleaps

Key Points:

  • Why social anxiety is hard to deal with
  • Why you sometimes need to "just do it"
  • How deep breathing helps with anxiety

Important Links:

6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety

Learning Deep Breathing

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Oct 25, 2019
412 - The Best Career Advice
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In this episode, we look at your career and how you should be thinking about it.

Key Points:

  • Why the work you do doesn't always matter
  • What actually matters in your career
  • How to start getting ahead in your career

Important Links:

113 Best Pieces of Career Advice We've Never Heard Before

7 Great Pieces of Career Advice No One Ever Told You

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Oct 23, 2019
411 - How to Beat Procrastination (2019)
1024

In this episode, we look at a few strategies to help us beat procrastination. 

Join Better Help

Key Points:

  • Why you need to get clear on what it is you need to do
  • How focusing on the negative can help you be more productive
  • Why you sometimes need to "just do it"

Important Links:

10 Ways to Beat Procrastination

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Oct 22, 2019
410 - Didn't Get Enough Sleep? Do This!
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In this episode, we talk about what to do when you don't get enough sleep. 

  1. Wake up at the right time (sleepyti.me)
  2. Eat Well
  3. Drink Water
  4. Do The Bare Minimum
  5. Go to Bed Earlier Than Usual

Links:

http://sleepyti.me

Understanding Sleep Cycles

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Oct 21, 2019
409 - How to Gain Self-Confidence
610

In this episode, we talk about how you can gain self-confidence.

Key Points:

  • Why you need to give yourself evidence of the opposite
  • How your confidence is based on your evidence
  • What you can do to gain self-confidence

Important Links:

7 Mental Hacks to Be More Confident

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Oct 18, 2019
408 - The Power of Quiet
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In this episode, we talk about why it's important to have more quiet time in your life.

Key Points:

  • Why it's important to experience quiet
  • The #1 reason we don't ever sit with ourselves
  • Why we need quiet in order to think

Get 1 Hr Free Business Coaching

Important Links:

7 Reasons Why You Need Quiet Time

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Oct 17, 2019
407 - The Most Attractive Trait In a Person
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In this episode, we take a look at the #1 trait that people find attractive in others.

Key Points:

  • Why people like a good sense of humor
  • Why ambition is key
  • How a sense of self helps others trust you

Important Links:

8 Traits People Find Attractive, According to Science

6 Traits Of Truly Attractive People

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Oct 16, 2019
406 - How to Change Your Life
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In this episode, we talk about why you shouldn't try to "prove them wrong".

Join Betterhelp: http://betterhelp.com/tinyleaps

Key Points:

  • Why proving them wrong is a bad idea
  • Why you need to come to your change from a positive place
  • How to change your life
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Oct 15, 2019
405 - Debunking "Healthy" Foods
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In this episode, we take a look at some of the foods that we all like to think are healthy, even when they aren't.

Key Points:

  • Why eating sushi is the equivalent of eating slices of white bread
  • Why a spinach wrap is basically just green colored bread
  • How to eat healthy in today's world

Notable Quote:

"Two sushi rolls may seem like the perfect light lunch. It's fish, right? But what most women don't know is that a typical California roll contains the carb equivalent of two and a half to four slices of bread—that's like eating two sandwiches filled with fake crab, avocado, and a teeny bit of veggies. Add a spicy tuna roll (another common choice) and you're eating another mayo-laden tuna sammy. At 640 calories, these rolls aren't terrible. But all those simple carbs are crowding out the protein and veggies." - Rachel Beller, R.D.

Important Links:

Original Article

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Oct 14, 2019
Repost: Simple Ways to Save More Money
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In this episode we talk about saving money and I share three extremely simple approaches to doing that even if you feel like you can’t afford it. Go ahead and put your quarter in the piggy bank because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.

In This Episode:

  • Why we have a hard time saving money
  • Why saving should come before expenses
  • 3 Ways to save more money

Resources:

The Truth About the Psychology of Saving and Spending

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Oct 13, 2019
Repost: Why You Can't Make a Decision
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In this episode we talk about indecision, who is affected by it, and what we can all do to improve our ability to make faster decisions. But you don’t have to worry about this decision because you are now listening to Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

In This Episode:

  • The state that makes it hard for us to make decisions.
  • What we can all do to increase our decision making ability.

Music:

Ivan B - Edge Of The World (ft. Niykee Heaton)(Prod. Tido Vegas) | | provided by CopyrightFreeNetwork

Resources:

Why So Many People Can’t Make Decisions

Dealing with Uncertainty: How to Cope with Ambivalence and Decision-Making


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Oct 12, 2019
404 - Habits Of The Rich
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In this episode, we take a look at some of the habits that rich people engage in and why they are important for our own lives.

Key Points:

  • The top 4 habits of the rich
  • Why improving your life depends on the habits you have
  • How to add new habits to your life

Notable Quote:

“I'm fascinated by the differences between rich people and poor people. Are the differences mostly a matter of class and economic mobility? Are people born to wealth and poverty and destined to remain there? Or are there observable differences in attitude and action that tend to lead people to specific levels of affluence?" - J.D. Roth

Important Links:

Original Article

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Oct 11, 2019
403 - How to Get More Clients (feat. Stephen Mayo)
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In this episode, I sit down with Stephen Mayo to talk about how you can get more clients. 

You'll Hear:

  • The number one thing holding you back from landing clients
  • Why you need to start with inner work to get outer results
  • Why you need to learn to love sales

Book a 1 Hr Call With Stephen: http://tinyleaps.fm/stephen

Get Weekly Tips & Advice From Stephen

About Stephen Mayo:

Stephen coaches entrepreneurs and  successful professionals to generate more of the outcomes they want.   His clients have learned to attract more customers, sell more  effectively, generate higher cash flow and manage their teams more  effectively.  With over 10 years experience as a consultant serving  Fortune 500 clients, Stephen brings first-hand experience of how small  shifts in mindset can produce extraordinary results.

Connect With Stephen Mayo:

Website


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Oct 10, 2019
402 - Top 3 Sleep Hacks For Better Rest
790

In this episode, we take a look at some simple things you can do in your life to improve your rest and get better sleep. 

Key Points:

  • Why cutting blue light exposure early is important
  • Why you need a nighttime routine
  • The benefits of having a set bedtime

Buy Good Habits, Bad Habits

Notable Quote:

“A good night's sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet.” – Rudy Mawer

Important Links:

Original Article

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Oct 10, 2019
401 - How to Be Confident As a Shy Person
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In this episode, we discuss strategies to become more confident when you are a shy person.

We Discuss:

  • The #1 thing to do as a shy person
  • Why you need to act immediately once you get nervous
  • How to improve your confidence, even if you are shy
  • Why being confident is about practice

Warby Parker: 

http://warbyparker.com/tinyleaps

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Oct 08, 2019
400 - What's Next?
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In this episode, we celebrate episode 400 and look ahead to the next phase of the Tiny Leaps podcast. 

We Discuss:

  • The role that Tiny Leaps plays in the landscape of personal development
  • How we are expanding our media offerings beyond podcasting
  • Our renewed focus on helping you navigate road blocks in your life


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Oct 07, 2019
Repost: How to Be More Creative
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In this episode we revisit episode 2 of the podcast to help us improve our creativity each day. 

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Oct 06, 2019
Repost: How Music Affects Your Productivity
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In this episode, we revisit episode 22 of the podcast from back in 2016. We explore the role that music plays in our productivity.

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Oct 05, 2019
399 - The Ugly Truth About Careers
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In this episode, we take a look at the role that careers play in our lives, and what the ugly truth behind them is.

Key Points:

  • Why your career shouldn't be your life
  • The kind of career you should aim for
  • Why you shouldn't pursue your passion

Notable Quote:

"Just. Get. Over. It." - Mahara Scholz

Important Links:

Original Article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-talk-career-ugly-truth-mahara-scholz/

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Oct 04, 2019
398 - What is Mental Strength?
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In this episode, we add a definition to the idea of mental strength and explore what it actually means. 

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Key Points:

  • The definition of mental strength 
  • Why being mentally strong also means relying on others
  • Why you need to give yourself the space to feel upset or stressed

Notable Quote:

"When you're mentally strong, you compete against yourself instead of your peers. You know what you did yesterday, and you want to do better tomorrow. This helps you always set realistic goals." - Ralph Roberts Website

Important Links:

Original Article: https://ralphrobertspersonaltrainer.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-mentally-strong

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Oct 03, 2019
397 - The Brutal Truth About Weight Loss
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In this episode, we talk about the Brutal Truths of weight loss and getting into shape. Buckle up because you may not like hearing these.

Good Habits, Bad Habits: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250159076

Key Points:

  • The 4 brutal truths about weight loss
  • Why you need to want it more than anything else
  • Why losing weight is so dang hard
  • How your life is designed to hold you back

Notable Quote:

"You gotta’ want it more than anything else…more than  relaxing, eating, sleep, time with friends/family. It doesn’t need to be  this extreme forever, but when you’re getting started and for the first  year or two you need to approach weight loss with a religious-type  fervor. Nothing can get in the way." - Frederick Gandolfo, MD 

Important Links:

Original Article: https://retroflexions.com/core-concepts/want-to-lose-the-gut-good-start-by-reading-these-five-brutal-truths/


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Oct 02, 2019
396 - 3 Things to Stop Doing When Depressed
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In this episode, I share 3 things you should stop doing when you feel down or depressed.

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Key Points:

  • The 3 things to stop doing when depressed
  • Why masturbation is fundamentally a good thing, but not when used as a crutch
  • Why drinking coffee might be holding you back from happiness

Notable Quote:

"It’s a bad idea to reward yourself for a behavior that’s not inherently rewarding." - Johnny Murphy

Important Links:

Johnny's Profile: https://www.quora.com/profile/Johnny-Murphy-1

Johnny on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/johnnymurphy1111

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Oct 01, 2019
395 - The 3 Types of People In Your Life
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In this episode, I tackle the 3 types of people in your life based on an article by Dominick Quartuccio.

Listen to the Man Amongst Men Podcast: https://www.doinnerwork.com/podcast

Key Points:

  • The 3 categories that people fall into
  • The 3 types of people in each category
  • The 1 type of person you need to spend more time with

Notable Quote:

"Highest Self You: That rare breed of person who sees  past your present-day greatness and limitations and only speaks to the  most elevated version of who you are, and who you can become." - Dominick Quartuccio

Important Links:

Original Article: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-3-types-of-people-in-your-life/

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Sep 30, 2019
Repost: An Introduction to the Pomodoro
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In this episode, we break down the Pomodoro Technique of productivity to help you set yourself up for the week ahead. This episode originally aired in 2016.

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Sep 29, 2019
Repost: Why You Should Prioritize Sleep
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In this episode, we revisit an episode from the earliest days of Tiny Leaps that I think is still incredibly relevant today. It's all about why you NEED to prioritize sleep if you want to make real progress on your goals. 



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Sep 28, 2019
394 - How to Be More Focused (feat. Anna Goldstein)
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In this episode, I sit down with Anna Goldstein from Profit With Purpose to break down a simple process to be more focused. 

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Sep 27, 2019
393 - How to Be Kind to Yourself (feat. Katie Elliott)
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In this episode, I sit down with Katie Elliott from Little Challenges to talk about why it's so important to be kind to yourself on your personal journey. 

Listen to her podcast: https://www.littlechallenges.com/podcasts

Download 'How to Be Resilient': http://littlechallenges.com/tiny

Amiko Cards: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/amiko-self-care-cards-and-membership-site#/

About Katie:

Katie Elliott is the founder of the Little Challenges project, host of  the Adventures in Behaviour Change podcast and creator of Amiko Cards. A  former children's author and illustrator, jazz musician and social  entrepreneur, Katie works from her home in Wotton-under-Edge, a small,  rural town in Gloucestershire, UK.

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Sep 26, 2019
392 - How to Overcome Anxiety (feat. Ashley James)
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Today on the show I am speaking with Ashley James to talk about how you can overcome anxiety. Ashley is an expert in dealing with anxiety, having spent much of her life dealing with it herself, so she set out to find a solution.

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Key Points:

· What anxiety is and what causes it

· How fight or flight is linked to anxiety

· How the body responds to thoughts

· What target fixation is and why it matters

· How to help your anxiety right now

Important Links:

learntruehealth.com

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Sep 25, 2019
391 - How to Stop Drifting Through Life (feat. Dominick Quartuccio)
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This episode. I sit down with Dominic Quartuccio show to talk about a topic that many of us struggle with, but we don't necessarily realize it. It's called drifting and you've ever felt like you're losing control of the direction your life is going in, this episode will help.

Key Points:

· What is drifting and how does it happen

· What happens when you drift

· How to become aware of the drift in your life

· What you can do today to stop drifting

Notable Quote:

More awareness creates a new awakening and then I can go through that cycle of bringing back command of my life. - Dominick Quartuccio

Important Links:

www.tinyleaps.fm/mentalhealth

www.doinnerwork.com


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Sep 24, 2019
390 - How To Deal With Insecurity In Your Relationship (feat. Juan Santos)
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In today’s episode I'm sitting down with Juan Santos who is an expert in relationships and discussing how tackle insecurity or jealousy in the relationship. It's something that we all experience, but if it gets too toxic or too out of control it can do a lot of damage both to our own self-esteem and to the health of the relationship.

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Key Points:

· What insecurity is, and why we have it

· How we notice it in our lives

· How our inner voice impacts our security

· Four Steps to tackle and control insecurity

Notable Quote:

Do that job of selecting which frame you're going to filter this event through, and from there, once the frame is placed on it, if it's a positive frame or a negative frame, the rest of your actions and thoughts and feelings sort of fall into place with that. – Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

Santoscounseling.com

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Sep 23, 2019
How to Get Pregnant Naturally (feat. Sarah Clark)
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In this episode, I sit down with Sarah Clark to talk about the elimination diet and how it can help you get pregnant naturally.

Key Insights:

  • About the Elimination Diet
  • How to Do the Elimination Diet
  • The Role Diet Plays in Pregnancies

Important Links:

How and Why to Do An Elimination Diet:  https://fabfertile.com/blog/how-and-why-to-do-an-elimination-diet-2/

Mindfulness Fertility Series (Registration Closes Sept 23rd):  https://fabfertile.clickfunnels.com/launch-page-118609567

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Sep 20, 2019
388 - How to Deal With Post-Partum Depression (feat. Johnna Farrell)
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In this episode, I sit down with Johnna Farrell to talk about her struggles with Post-Partum Depression and what she did to move forward. 

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grow-yourself-grow-your-marriage/id1473115781

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Sep 19, 2019
387 - A Simple Exercise to Stay Present
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In this episode, we talk about staying present and living in the moment, because this is Tiny Leaps, Big Changes. 

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The Highlights:

  • It's getting harder and harder to stay present
  • Everything in life is competing for your attention
  • By taking control of your attention you can improve your focus

The Quotes: 

"Depression lives in the past and anxiety lives in the future. Alternately, calmness and peace of mind live in the present." - Elyssa Barbash

"Harvard psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert found that people spend almost 47% of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re currently doing."

The Takeaway:

"Monotasking, also known as single-tasking, is the practice of dedicating oneself to a given task and minimizing potential interruptions until the task is completed or a significant period of time has elapsed. Monotasking contrasts with multitasking, which is the ability to divide one's focus among multiple tasks."

Links

https://blog.rescuetime.com/single-tasking/

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Sep 18, 2019
386 - How to Eat to Burn Fat (feat. Jenn Trepeck)
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In this episode I sit down with Jenn Trepeck to talk about how to eat to burn fat.

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What exactly is the problem?

Losing weight in a healthful way that is long term. Or losing weight and still feeling like you have energy. Or that feeling where you’re like, I’m doing all the things but it’s not working or I can’t sustain it. This is why a lot of people choose Keto but the truth of Keto is that it's very difficult to maintain and follow and still have a life. You breathe wrong and you knock your body out of ketosis but Keto is not the only way to burn fat as fuel.



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Sep 17, 2019
385 - How to Promote Better Mental Health
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In this episode, we share some strategies to maintain your mental health. Get excited, because this is Tiny Leaps, Big Changes. 

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The Problem:

We know that mental health is important. We understand that we should be doing regular up keep of our mental health just like we do for our physical health. 

But how do you actually do it? 

Often times because mental health issues are invisible, it's easy to say that they aren't really there. 

We tend to chock up mental health issues to any number of other things, right down to just straight up ignoring it. 

So how do we maintain something we can't see and, don't even really understand? And what can we do on a daily basis to promote better mental health? 


The Research: 

From Patricia Harteneck, Ph.D., MBA

"Your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after you work out, which is why exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression."

"What you eat nourishes your whole body, including your brain. Carbohydrates (in moderate amounts) increase serotonin, a chemical that has been shown to have a calming effect on your mood. Protein-rich foods increase norepinephrine, dopamine, and tyrosine, which help keep you alert. And vegetables and fruits are loaded with nutrients that feed every cell of your body, including those that affect mood-regulating brain chemicals."


From Mariana Plata

"The importance of mental health has been associated with a variety of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, addiction, depression, among others. The reason behind this is that when we organize ourselves and know what to expect, it’s easier to actively work towards counteracting the thoughts and symptoms of any of the aforementioned mental health conditions."

Routines give you a sense of control, but mixing things up reminds you how in control you actually are. 


From Health.gov.au

"Being part of a community can have a positive effect on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Community involvement provides a sense of belonging and social connectedness. It can also offer extra meaning and purpose to everyday life."


Recap

1. Take care of yourself

2. Do something different

3. Share with others to connect more



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Sep 16, 2019
384 - Why Mental Illness Has A Stigma
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In the US, 1 in 5 people will struggle with mental illness each year so in this episode we are looking at why mental illness and mental health are so stigmatized, how the media adds to this stereotype, and how we can help fight these stigmas ourselves.

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Key Points:

  • How mental health stigmas began
  • The damage these stigmas cause
  • Mental health stigmas in minority communities
  • How the media portrays mental health
  • How you can affect change on these stereotypes

Notable Quote:

if we want to end or even just reduce the stigma around mental illness and mental health, then we need to recognize that we have it and we need to catch ourselves when those things happen. The only person we can focus on improving is ourselves by catching ourselves.  - Gregg Clunis

Resources:

Mental Health UK: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stigma-and-discrimination

The stigma of Mental Disorders: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5007563/

Understanding the impact of stigma on people with mental illness: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1489832/

Mental Health & Stigma: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/why-we-worry/201308/mental-health-stigma

Mental Health By The Numbers: https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers

Global mental health: five key insights which emerge from the data: https://ourworldindata.org/global-mental-health

Black Therapists Explain the Stigma of Mental Health in Minority Communities: https://thethirty.whowhatwear.com/mental-health-in-minority-communities

Drapetomania: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drapetomania

Challenging Mental Health Stigma In The Black Community: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2018/Challenging-Mental-Health-Stigma-in-the-Black-Comm

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Sep 13, 2019
383 - How to Create Content That People Want (feat. Jonathan Gill)
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In today’s episode I am sitting down with Jonathan Gill, who  is the CEO and founder of backtracks, a podcast startup that recently raised a good amount of money to help change the podcasting industry. We are learning a little bit more about a platform that I think take the podcasting industry to the next level, as well as helping individual podcasts grow and have more value.

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Key Points:

  • How Jonathan created a unique service
  • How his platform maximizes marketing
  • Finding the right co-founder for your company
  • How to get the right funding for your show

Important Links:

Backtracks: https://backtracks.fm/

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Sep 12, 2019
382 - What is Mental Health?
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In today’s episode we talk about mental health really is, and why mental health is sometimes confused with mental illness. We also talk about how  mental wellness is key to being successful at personal development.

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Key Points:

  • What is mental health
  • What is mental illness
  • How prioritizing your mental health will improve your life

Notable Quotes:

“There is no health without mental health.” - World Health Organization

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Sep 11, 2019
381 - Mental Health for College Students (feat. Dr. Desreen Dudley & Teladoc Health)
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In this sponsored interview episode, I sit down with Dr. Desreen Dudley from Teladoc Health to discuss the mental health struggles that college students face. 

What's Covered:

  1. The biggest reason that college students struggle with mental health issues
  2. Why so many college students don't seek help when they need it
  3. The top signs to look for in deciding whether or not to speak with a professional 
  4. How Teladoc Health's mobile app can help you get professional help conveniently

Talk to a licensed therapist by phone or video with Teladoc Health. 

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Sep 10, 2019
380 - How to Learn New Things
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In this episode we are talking about the process of learning something new. This is something that I do  constantly since  I am  always learning a new skill. Through doing this  I built up a mental model that helps me understand what to expect when I go into something new and can be helpful for you too.

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Key Points:

  • Why learning by the school method is less effective
  • How I learned by doing in my own business
  • Jumping wherever it makes sense
  • Learning to adjust as you go

Notable Quote:

“If you want to learn a new skill, whatever it is, whether it's for work, your own creative purposes for your life, if you want to improve on something that's important to you, if you want to be better in any particular area, the only way is to start where it makes sense.” - Gregg Clunis

Important Links:

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Sep 09, 2019
379 - How to Build a Life You Really Love (feat. Shannon Ashley)
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In today's episode we are going to mix it up and I am going to read to you an article  written by Shannon Ashley. It's titled "How to build the life you really love."  This is not my article but I am excited to share her story about how she has overcome some limiting beliefs and made progress on her goals.

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Key Points:

  • Choosing a good life, over an easy one
  • Defining what a good life means to you
  • Limiting beliefs and getting past them
  • Creating the life you want, one baby step at a time

Notable Quote:

"We owe it to ourselves to step past our self limiting beliefs and take those baby steps to build the lives we love. It might seem scary, but an unfulfilled life is much scarier. "  - Shannon Ashley

Important Links:

Original Article: ttps://medium.com/publishous/how-to-build-a-life-you-really-love-5e4db5b09e0 

Shannon's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/shannonashley 

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Sep 06, 2019
378 - Surviving Sexual Assault & Trauma (feat. Shana Yadid)
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In today's episode I am sitting down with Shana Yadid and talking about surviving sexual assault and  about how caring for another living being can help you to remember what it means to care for yourself. Shana is the founder of "Yadid’It" Dog Training. And it's such an incredible story that led her here.

Important Links:

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Key Points:

  • How Shana overcame trauma to go on and help others
  • How she found  the spirit to be resiliant and successful
  • Shana’s concept of overall success in entrepreneurship
  • Reaching out, and telling your story to help others

Notable Quote:

"I can share my gift with the world and I don't need anybody else to put themselves between me and that goal." - Shana Yadid


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Sep 05, 2019
377 - Are Your Memories Real?
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Is your memory actually reliable? Well, the truth is, human memory is fickle and it can be easily altered, forgotten, or overwritten. In this episode we are talking about whether or not memory can actually be trusted because our memory might be a lot more flexible than we all realize.

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Key Points:

  • The science behind why our recollections vary
  • What affects our ability to remember
  • How our brains prefer to remember the positive
  • 4 Simple things you can do about it

Notable Quote:

“We tend to think that memories are stored in our brains just as they are in computers. Once registered, the data is put away for safekeeping and eventual recall. The facts don't change, but neuroscientists have shown that each time we remember something, we are reconstructing the event, reassembling it from traces throughout the brain.” - Ken Eisold PHD

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Sep 04, 2019
376 - Stop Stopping The Unstoppable (feat. Ross Everett)
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In this episode I'm sitting down with Ross Everett. Ross is the creator of a show and author of a book called Stop Stopping the Unstoppable. I'm really excited to learn from him more about this concept that  we need to stop getting in our own way and stop forcing ourselves into mediocrity.

Key Points:

  • How Ross used humor to create a love-laugh relationship with the self help industry
  • And how he found himself at clown school
  • Using your unique gifts to solve problems
  • Finding success in authenticity

Notable Quote:

“If you are trying to be something that you're not, if you are inauthentic, it is not funny. And the whole world will feel that. “ - Ross Everett

Important Links:

Warby Parker: http://warbyparker.com/tinyleaps

Stop Stopping the Unstoppable :  https://www.stopstoppingtheunstoppable.com

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Sep 03, 2019
375 - How to Deal With Negativity
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