• http://www.meaningfulhq.com/what-to-do-when-its-your-turn.html // EP#60: What To Do When It's Your Turn (and it's always your turn) 

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http://www.meaningfulhq.com/kimanzi-constable.html // EP059: Kimanzi Constable - Are You Living or Existing?

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This marks the first episode of a new series here on the podcast: Meaningful Mondays. 

These new Meaningful Monday episodes will usually be shorter and faster-paced than my interviews and audiobook summaries. I decided to start Meaningful Mondays because I thought about how de-motivating Monday mornings can be for so many people... 

Especially if you're punching the clock every morning at a job that doesn't fulfill you.

My hope is that this new addition to the show can give you something positive, powerful, and inspiring to start your week with.

Here's the first of what I hope to be many Meaningful Monday episodes, and it's inspired by an old Jim Rohn speech I used to listen to whenever I felt like I might be making excuses for not bringing my best on a daily basis; whenever I was faking it, and perhaps not being the best "me" that I possibly can be (at work, at home, at the gym, anywhere). I hope you enjoy listening to this episode. But more importantly, I hope you *do* something with it.


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How easy is it to get up in the morning when you know you're not doing all that it takes?

 

Not very easy at all… You can just lay there awake thinking — oh "what’s a few more minutes in bed, it won’t matter much anyway"

 

WRONG — it does matter. It will matter.

 

NOW, how easy is it to get up in the morning when you're pouring it on, doing the best you can, anxious to get going to make progress toward your dreams.

 

it's a whole different story.

 

when you're resting to renew your reserves it's much different than

 

resting to avoid your day

 

when your psyched up and excited for your life,

 

when you're excited for what you plan to accomplish for the day,

 

it's amazing you'll wake up before the alarm clock even tries to startle you awake

 

your successes fuel your ambition

 

your successes give you extra energy

 

your successes pave the way for more success

 

it's the snowball effect with one success you're excited to meet another

 

and another and another… and pretty soon

 

the disciplines that were so difficult in the beginning,

 

the disciplines that got you going are now part of your philosophy.

 

How do you know when you're successful?

 

Do you have to be a millionaire?

 

NO,

 

all we ask of you is that you earn all that you possibly can,

 

if you earn 10,000 a year and that's the best you

 

can do that's enough...

 

God and everything else will see to it that you're OK

 

the key is to just do the best you can

 

if it's ten thousand a year — wonderful.

 

if it’s a hundred thousand a year — wonderful.

 

if it's a million a year — wonderful.

 

it doesn't matter if it’s $10,000 a year or a million a year

 

it doesn't matter — as long as you've done the best you possibly can...

 

EARN the most you possibly can,

 

BE the most you possibly can,

 

and here's why: the essence of life is GROWTH,

 

the essence of life is growth--to do the best you can!

 

… and here's what's interesting — humans are the only life form that will do LESS than they possibly can,

 

humans are the only life form that will settle for less,

 

every other life for me except human beings drive to its maximum capacity...

 

how tall a tree grow?

 

as tall as it possibly can!

 

you never heard a tree growing as half as high is it could,

 

no, trees don't grow half, trees send their roots down as deep as possible,

 

stretch their limbs up as high as possible,

 

produce every leaf possible, and every fruit possible,

 

as a matter a fact...

 

you never heard of the human physically growing half... we keep growing until we’re done...

 

now that's a part of life we can't control,

 

it's genetically coded and that's probably why we keep growing 'til we’re done,

 

because we can't control that part,

 

it's the rest of the growing that we control,

 

the growing of our minds--the expansion of our minds that

 

we CAN control, and that's what tends to get away from us.

 

All life forms inherently strive to their MAX EXCEPT for human beings...

 

Now why wouldn't human beings strive to their maximum possibility?

 

Here's why: because we've been given the dignity of *choice*.

 

Choice makes us different than alligators and trees and birds.

 

The dignity of choice makes us different than all other life forms...

 

.. and here's the choice ——  to become PART of what we could be; enough to get by...

 

OR to become ALL that we can BE...

 

my best advice for you is to CHOOSE the ALL.

 

Earn all you can,

 

make all the friends you can,

 

read as many books as you can,

 

develop as many skills as you can,

 

see as much as possible, DO as much as possible,

 

make as much fortune as possible, give as much away as possible...

 

THE MAX — there’s no life like it! — I'm telling you, once I got on track I've never looked back.

 

Pick up the challenge, go for it, take the best of the two “easy’s"

 

take the route of "it's easy to get ahead”, "it's easy to do all you can”, “it’s easy to succeed”, “it’s easy to have financial freedom"

 

the more you do, the more you get.

 

So the two primary benefits of positive reinforcement are:

 

#1: to build good habits, and

 

#2: to create more energy to fuel your ambitions, your desires, your achievements.

 

How can you isolate what's working for you, and what isn’t?

 

how can you make sure that you’re reinforcing your positive disciplines?

 

Well if it isn't apparent — easy to see right away,

 

if what you're doing is happening in such small increments that you're not sure if you're on track,

 

then you need to be writing it down,

 

you need to keep a journal anyway,

 

but if you really aren't sure that what you’re doing is making measurable progress,

 

you need to keep a written record,

 

you need to write down everything that may be relevant in your day--what you did,

 

who you saw, what you felt; how it may or may not affect you now and in the future...

 

The best way to track your activities at the day is to write them down

 

the best way to track your activities of the week is to write them down,

 

the best way to analyze your progress through the year is to have written it down…

 

WHY?

 

So you can look back on it.

 

Because by keeping a written record of your life you will be more accountable,

 

by putting into writing the action steps you have planned you will easily see what works and what doesn’t.

 

Most people just try to get through the day—

 

never writing anything down,

 

never really keeping track of their progress along the way

 

never really knowing if they are doing all they can to reach their goals,

 

to drive their ambition.

 

But gifted people learn to get FROM the day,

 

they don't let a day end without picking up some valuable experience, some emotional content,

 

Some idea that might positively affect their future

 

to get the most from the day.

 

To learn the most from a day you need to be able to reflect on the day.

 

in order to reflect on the day you need to do something that day that deserves to be reflected on,

 

pablo picasso said that “Action is the foundational key to all success.”

 

Bob Dylan said “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

 

So, how do you know when YOU are successful?

 

The day you get up and spend most of your time taking action towards something you’ve decided on your own is worth pursuing for its own sake —and then the very same evening of that very same day—climbing into your bed with a pen and a pad, ready jot something down worth reflecting on tomorrow.


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Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:10pm PST

057: 10 Percent Happier

http://www.meaningfulhq.com/10-happier-summary.html // Episode #57: 10 Percent Happier (Audio Summary)

What if you could learn to calm your mind, relax under pressure, and de-stress your life without losing your edge? 

Impossible, you say? 

That’s not what author Dan Harris claims... His book, 10% Happier offers a practical way to approach mindfulness in the modern world. And on today's episode of The Meaningful Show, we're going to be doing an audio summary on Harris' book. 

Here's what you'll learn about in this episode:

  • The various forms of achieving enlightenment through mindfulness, 
  • How to deal with stress more effectively,
  • and how to meditate.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable. After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out… We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.


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MeaningfulHQ.com // EP056. Lyle McDonald - The Stubborn Fat Solution

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On today's episode of The Meaningful Show PodcastI'm joined by Lyle McDonald, author of The Stubborn Fat Solution Patch 1.1 (not to be confused with his original book with a similar title, The Stubborn Fat Solution).

Lyle is a pioneer in the health and fitness industry; known for his science-backed bodybuilding blog:bodyrecomposition.com

So grab a drink, tune-in and take notes.. this is a good one.



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show notes + topics discussed in this episode:

  • The downfall of Paleo
  • Various approaches + methods to eradicating stubborn body fat on problem areas specific men and women (bros: we tend to accumulate fat around the belly, while women tend to accumulate fat around the hips and thighs.)
  • The various taboo drugs used in the bodybuilding world, including: steroids/testosterone (obviously), DNP, clenbuterol, ephedrine
  • How Vitamin D can have a hormone effect
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Nootropics
  • Flexible dieting
  • The psychology of dieting and fat-loss
  • The Ketogenic Diet / Ketosis / Ketones
  • Hormones being released from the heart
  • Low carb diets
  • Why do people get so religious about CrossFit?
  • Is Gluten Free really *that* bad? 
  • CrossFit's secret to success (*hint: it's all about the tribes)

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books mentioned // by lyle mcdonald:

The Stubborn Fat Solution Patch 1.1. 
A Pharmacological Approach to Manipulating Atrial Natriuretic Peptide for Ultimate Fat Loss

stubborn fat solution patch 1.1

The Stubborn Fat Solution (original)

The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner

The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook: A Scientific Approach to Crash Dieting

A Guide To Flexible Dieting


other books mentioned in this episode:

The Power of Habit by Charle Duhigg

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Drive by Daniel Pink


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MeaningfulHQ.com // Episode #55: The Charisma Myth // In this episode, we're going to be doing a FlashNotes Audiobook Summary on The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane

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