The Coach & the Monk: Take Two



I’m so excited to have Danny Creed and Craig Marshall back on the show. Join us for a fascinating conversation about how to achieve success without sacrificing your personal wellbeing.

On today’s podcast:

  • Ditch time management, it’s all about priority management now
  • Happiness vs joy
  • Allowing our higher selves to guide us more
  • Taking baby steps

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Ditch time management, it’s all about priority management now

One of the things Danny and Craig are on a mission to do is to show people how to be successful, and at the same how to nurture their souls.

Everyone is looking for the right work-life balance. We have to learn how to mix business and life together so that we can achieve the best results.

You shouldn’t be looking into time management, it’s all about priority management. We have to understand what has the highest priority for us based on the consequences.

Happiness vs joy

German writer Goethe once said, “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” When you can control what you’re doing, your stress level also goes down.

There is no happy ending to an unhappy journey. Many people feel like they need to struggle and climb ladders. There is no need to suffer.

There is a distinction between the words “happiness” and “joy”. Happiness has a cause. It’s based upon some sort of external condition of achievement. Joy is very different. It’s a perky, fun state of consciousness. Joy is about enjoying every step in your journey.

Allowing our higher selves to guide us more

Craig realized that he is the one creating his own reality. He decided to take total personal responsibility.

As a monk, he also learned that he has a higher and a lower self. The higher self is intuitive, creative, joyous. The lower self, the little ego, is fearful, it sometimes shuts down, and has a lot of old school beliefs.

The third thing he learned is that whatever he chooses to put his attention on to, it’s going to increase. If he puts his mind on success and the specifics of achieving it, that’s going to grow.

The fourth thing he has learned is that mindfulness practices are actually tools to tap into his inner guidance from his higher self.

Taking baby steps

If we can improve the quality and the clarity of our thinking by one-tenth of one percent a day, in time we will experience massive personal growth.

Success happens by getting small wins, by changing small habits.


Rewire Yourself for Success



Sometimes it’s good to analyze what our mind. Find a way to get some positive reinforcement, to retrain the way we think, to stop allowing our negative thoughts to take over.

On today’s podcast:

  • What is rapid transformational therapy?
  • How to become the best version of yourself
  • Training our subconscious
  • A new, innovative program to rewire your brain
  • Overcoming physical and emotional issues

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What is rapid transformational therapy?

Michele has been an executive coach for many years now, and during all this time she became a bit of a learning junkie. She’s always curious to find new, interesting ways to become a better person and a better coach.

She discovered the work of Marisa Peer a few years ago. She started working with her, and was very impressed by the results.

She decided to become certified as an advanced practitioner of rapid transformational therapy. Rapid transformational therapy is a unique combination of traditional hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  

How to become the best version of yourself

During a two-hour session over Zoom, Michele is able to find out more about her clients: where their feelings got stuck and what got them blocked.

It’s all about how to become the best version of yourself. Michele tries to help her clients figure out what they ultimately want.

There are three parts in an RTT session:

  • Discover – Michele learns more about her clients
  • Rewire – she drops them into a very relaxed state of hypnosis
  • Transform – she asks their subconscious what is the root cause of these blocks and then creates a monologue with their subconscious and instills the new empowering beliefs into their brains

Training our subconscious

Our subconscious remembers everything that’s ever happened to us. Everything is stored on our hard drives.

Once we’re able to understand the root causes of our problems, we can let them go. And let them go is the most powerful thing we can do.

Your brain loves repetition. The more you think a thought, the truer it becomes for you.

A new, innovative program to rewire your brain

Michele created a really unique process that combines RTT with coaching: the 30-Day Rapid Rewiring Breakthrough Program.

Ultimately, it’s like doing a brain detox. Your brain has been operating in a certain way, and now you’re telling it to operate in a different way. There is going to be some resistance.

Overcoming physical and emotional issues

Your confidence can be taken out in a lot of different ways. Sometimes it can get chipped away little by little. Sometimes you can get the imposter syndrome.

In the book she co-authored, “Breakthrough Healing”, readers can find ways to help them overcome their physical and emotional issues.


Filtering the Noise and Focusing on Success



It can be tough in the midst of everything to make sure that you stick to a vision of what’s really important. Find out how to deal with fear and doubt and focus on your goals in this episode.

  • Recognize fear and doubt and act on it
  • Finding something relaxing

On today’s podcast:

  • How do you deal with fear and doubt?
  • How to handle failure
  • Maintaining focus on your goals
  • Getting a personal board of directors

How can you stop fear and doubt from paralyzing you?

We learn anxiety. Little kids think they can do everything; they’re fearless. Ask any parent with a 2-year-old and they’ll tell you, their little guy/girl is the most overconfident creature they’ve ever met.

Once we grow up and become professionals, we make up all these stories about all these awful things that could happen to us. We have to respond by recognizing when we’re making up a story that doesn’t match reality.

How to deal with failure

Michael Jordan, of all people, encountered major setbacks in his professional sports career. He pushed through though, working on his skills and coming out stronger as a result.

If life’s setbacks are really getting to you, see if you can carve out some time to decompress and relax. Pick up a good book, practice a musical instrument, or try another activity to change your mindset.

How to keep pushing towards our dreams

Steve keeps things simple. While 1-year plans are really popular, he prefers to focus in on a 90-day strategy for goal achievement. This lets him focus on simple, positive, daily habits that help him increment his way to success.

It also helps you realize when you may be barking up the wrong tree before you commit 9 extra months that you wish you hadn’t.

Ensuring accountability

Great companies are made through great teams. The same strategy can work for your personal achievement.

Find 2-to-3 people in your life who you can check-in with regularly. Give each other feedback on how everyone is doing. It’s like having a personal board of directors, keeping your ship on course!


How to Be a Balanced Leader



One of the most important skills we need to learn as leaders is how to balance things effectively. This week I have the perfect guest to help us with that: keynote speaker and author Rocky Romanella.

On today’s podcast:

  • We’re all leaders
  • What is balanced leadership?
  • What are you trying to accomplish?
  • We need to think about our legacy

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We’re all leaders

Rocky believes that we’re all leaders. Sometimes we can get caught up in titles, but at the end of the day we’re all leaders at one time or another.

For him, leadership is leaving things a little better than you’ve found them. Are people better after they’ve interacted with you? Then you’re a leader.

What is balanced leadership?

Rocky noticed that great leaders always keep things in balance. Extremes are generally no good on either side. So how do you find this balance?

When you swing one way too far as a company or a leader, you get out of balance. Rocky began to develop the concept of balanced leadership.

Every time you need to make a decision, challenge yourself with three questions:

  • Am I thinking like a customer?
  • Will my people understand the role that they play and why we’re doing what we’re doing?
  • Am I acting like an owner?

What are you trying to accomplish?

Ask yourself “What is it that I’m trying to accomplish? What are the things that are important to me?”

Each one of us show take inventory of three key things:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I stand for?
  • What won’t I compromise?

Great leaders understand how to accept and handle bad news, they know when to apologize and when to move forward.

We need to think about our legacy

As a leader, you have to believe in your people many times until they’re ready to believe in themselves.

For Rocky, leadership is ultimately about legacy. Things are better because of you and people will remember you for the good things you’ve left behind.


A Passport for Freedom: How to Travel the World Sustainably



Why do we do the things we do? Why do we put ourselves in a position of saving as much as we can and living life when we retire? Today I have a very special guest. Meet Matt Javit, a world traveler and a blogger, here to change the way you think about your life.

On today’s podcast:

  • Always try to get better
  • The freedom of fewer things
  • Leverage technology
  • The world is kind and inviting

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Always try to get better

Matt was working consistent 60-hour weeks for an international IT services company. He worked really hard and had a lot of success.

He believes that if you have skills that are valuable in the market and you continue to improve every day, there is always going to be a role for you to produce in some capacity.

If you’re always trying to get better, you’ll have opportunities at your door when you decide to bring in more income.

The freedom of fewer things

Together with his wife, Matt took the leap of faith and went on an amazing journey traveling the world. They knew that there were a lot of risks involved but they felt that the rewards were ultimately greater than the risks.

Before they left for their travels, they made sure to leave everything in order.

They both realized that they didn’t need many of the things they thought they needed. It was extremely freeing.

Leverage technology

We live in a time where it’s never been easier to attempt to do what Matt and his wife are doing. They’ve leveraged technology in the greatest way.

They are taking full advantage of everything that’s out there in order to keep their costs down but also keep their cultural experiences at the highest level.

Their travels have changed their philosophies on so many levels.

The world is kind and inviting

Matt and his wife were pleasantly surprised to see that the English language is used in many parts of the world. Even when someone didn’t speak English, they could still understand each other using sign language or Google Translate.

Overall people wanted to do them right. Matt feels that the world is extremely kind and inviting.

He believes that what he is doing is going to become a lot more common in the future.


How to Master the Skill of Active Listening



My guest today is author and coach Denise Dudley, here to share with us her expertise on the art of active listening. It’s important that we all become aware of the fact that by fully listening to what someone has to say we honor that person. Active listening sounds like a tough job, but once we commit to it, we will almost instantly improve our relationships on a noticeable scale.

On today’s podcast:

  • Always watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still there
  • Commit to actively listen
  • Listen without formulating a response in your head
  • Paraphrase more

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Always watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still there

Listening seems to us like a very passive activity. Research has shown that when you’re truly listening, many parts of your brain lighten up. There is a lot going on, but physically it feels like we’re just sitting there.

Part of your job as a speaker is to always be listening and watching for feedback in your listener(s). Watch for cues to make sure your listeners are still with you and they haven’t become bored.

Sometimes it’s important to sit still when we’re listening so that we can send the message of “I’m with you, I’m not thinking about anything else.”

Commit to actively listen

If you are going to really listen to someone, go to a quieter, neutral room. Make sure you also avoid distractions.

We try to have our most important conversations in person, because we get to have these visual cues.

The first step in any journey towards becoming better at whatever it is you’re interested in is to actually make a commitment.

Listen without formulating a response in your head

Sometimes people may have different views. It’s hard to suspend your immediate judgment, but it’s really important to do it if you really want to listen to what that person is saying.

Suspending your immediate judgment has to do with listening without formulating a response just yet and staying open enough.

It’s important to make a commitment not to interrupt. Wait because people need to feel that they are heard. Only interrupt someone if they’re being offensive or abusive.

Paraphrase more

Paraphrasing is really the best first thing that you can say once you’ve been listening to a segment of someone’s story.

When you hit it right, you see the other person lighten up. If you hit it wrong, you get a red light.

It’s also important to “listen” to nonverbal communication.

Brains don’t really love to multitask. Many people actually resist multitasking. You are multitasking if you’re listening and considering what you’re going to say next. Wait until the person is finished and then formulate your response.


How to Launch Your Own Video Show



My guest today is video marketing strategist Sheryl Plouffe. Sheryl shares with us her expertise on how to create your own video show from scratch. Tune in and if you launch your show anytime soon, make sure to let us know!

On today’s podcast:

  • The benefits of creating your own show
  • Live vs recorded
  • Tools you might want to use
  • How to promote your show

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The benefits of creating your own show

One of the benefits of having your own show is that it keeps you on track. As entrepreneurs, we need to be creating content.

Another benefit is that it keeps you accountable to your audience. When you tell the world you’re launching a show and that you’re going to commit to that, this keeps you accountable.

A third benefit has to do with consistency. If you commit to a weekly show, it keeps you consistent.

Live vs recorded

If you are thinking about launching a video show on Facebook, do it. It will allow you to better connect with people.

When you put yourself out there on video you’re allowing people into your life.

If you choose a live show, it’s much more authentic. You can’t edit it. A recorded video can be an easier option.

Tools you might want to use

If you’re doing an interview-style show, you should consider using Zoom.

Another good tool is Switcher Studio. It allows you to do a show with prerecorded video. You can switch in between elements, including yourself live.

How to promote your show

There are many ways to promote your show. You can start by promoting your show to your existing email list. You can also include your show in your signature at the bottom of your email.

You can also promote it on your Facebook profile or on other social media.

Don’t forget word-of-mouth. Tell people about it.


How to Embrace Your Natural Curiosity



Today’s episode is all about curiosity. It’s important to realize that our natural curiosity changes as we grow older. There are more and more things holding us back. It’s important to acknowledge these things and be proactive. My guest today, Dr. Diane Hamilton, has some fantastic advice to share with us.

On today’s podcast:

  • There are four things holding us back
  • Recognize your fear and do something about it
  • Make yourself a little uncomfortable
  • The dangers of technology
  • Our environment can also hold us back

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There are four things holding us back

There really isn’t a good tool to measure curiosity yet. Diane discovered that there are four things that are holding people back:

  • Fear
  • Assumptions of the way things are or should be
  • Technology
  • The environment

Curiosity can be either positive or negative. Some people get into analysis paralysis, they plan and plan, and don’t get things done.

Recognize your fear and do something about it

There are always fears holding you back from many kinds of decisions. Many people don’t dip their toe in the water because it’s not cool to do so. You think you might look goofy.

Many people fear what other people will think. It’s a very hard thing for us to overcome.

It’s very important to recognize that it’s the fear that’s holding you back and do something about it. Fear really comes down to the stories we tell ourselves.

You have to ask yourself, “What is the value I’m missing because of holding back?”

Make yourself a little uncomfortable

Many people do things because they assume that they should be doing these things. They don’t open themselves up to options because that’s the way it has always been done.

We limit ourselves to this little bubble we think it’s the world. You don’t even know what you don’t know until you get out there.

It’s good to make yourself a little uncomfortable.

The dangers of technology

Technology can be intimidating. You have to learn a new trade and you can feel overwhelmed.

Another type of people feel too comfortable with technology and allow it to do everything for them.

Sometimes technology keeps you from asking the questions, because the answers are readily available. Eventually you might end up not knowing what you might be missing, because technology has already figured out all the steps along the way.

Our environment can also hold us back

The environment can also seriously hold us back. Some of our natural curiosities can be cut out at school or at home.

Our family might not even know that they are holding us back.

Now with social media, we also have a new environment of people expecting us to behave in a certain way.


How to Create More Success by Changing Our Relationship with Failure



One of the most important things we can do as leaders is to create a safe environment where our team members know that they can make mistakes. My guest today is executive coach Christine Springer, here to share with us her expertise on how to build resilience and self-compassion.

On today’s podcast:

  • Using setbacks to come back stronger
  • Feeling safe when making mistakes
  • The two biggest myths about resilience
  • Having a fixed vs a growth mindset
  • The first step to take in order to build resilience

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Using setbacks to come back stronger

Being resilient is having the ability to handle change and setbacks. You use those setbacks and failure to actually come back stronger.

Why does adversity keep us from moving forward? What are we afraid of? The number one reason why people struggle to be resilient is that we judge ourselves. We take it personally.

We sometimes mix up taking responsibility with beating ourselves up.

Feeling safe when making mistakes

When we are young, we figure out the best way to survive in our environment. Many of us grew up with teachers or parents judging us.

One of the most important things we do as adults is learning how to shift the survival strategies we adopted as kids to strategies that can actually make us thrive.

The way we can help kids and team members is to make them feel safe when they make mistakes.

The two biggest myths about resilience

The first biggest myth about resilience is that if you are resilient, you’re going to be immune to feeling disappointment about the setback or the failure. When we feel disappointed about that, you start beating yourself up about feeling disappointed.

The second biggest myth about resilience is the belief that you either are resilient, or you are not. Also, that if you are not resilient, that you cannot develop it. That’s not true.

You need to have the desire to build resilience and to keep practicing.

Having a fixed vs a growth mindset

It’s important to allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling whether it’s disappointment or frustration. You have to actually feel it. Your body will store any emotion that you don’t allow yourself to feel fully and let go of.

You need to be able to develop a personal relationship with each of your team members. Develop a plan together of what success looks like.

People with a fixed mindset tend to be less resilient because they take failure very personally. People with a growth mindset are almost kind of curious about failure. They are energized by the idea of solving a puzzle.

The first step to take in order to build resilience

The first step to take in order to build resilience is to recognize the three habits that make us not resilient: perfectionism, personalizing feedback, and persevering on mistakes.

When we’re mindful of these tendencies, we can catch ourselves before they sabotage us later on in the game.

Shift from the three Ps to the three Cs: compassion, curiosity, and confidence.


Developing a Culture of Learning Within Our Organizations



One of the most important topics that we often don’t consider is investing in our everyday learning. My guest today, leadership consultant Liz Czepiel, is the perfect person to guide us when it comes to this vital component of every organization.

On today’s podcast:

  • Creating a culture of learning is vital to our organizational success
  • Avoiding the easy approach and going for the bigger picture
  • Being very specific and strategic
  • Knowing your expectations

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Creating a culture of learning is vital to our organizational success

People are an organization’s most valuable asset. How can we get the most out of them? We have to figure out what drives and motivates them.

When we step into leadership roles, part of our responsibility is to develop our teams. A big component of that is helping our teams learn about themselves and the business.

Learning within an organization correlates with innovation. We need to challenge our employees to think bigger and broader, to be better than the competition.

Avoiding the easy approach and going for the bigger picture

When organizations take the easy approach, they invest in the wrong solutions. They should be factoring in what will support organizational goals.

When it comes to learning, we want it to be extremely practical to our employees.

When organizations think about their learning approach holistically, it’s a complete game changer.

Being very specific and strategic

It’s important to expand learning opportunities behind the classroom. Most people learn by doing. Some of the most powerful learning experiences involve practical applications of learning principles.

You also need to be very specific about the people that you are bringing on board. Make sure to bring people who want to innovate.

An organization shouldn’t look to invest in the biggest e-learning system to just check the box for their employees. You need to be really specific and strategic. More isn’t always better.

Knowing your expectations

Learning and development shouldn’t stop once you’re a director. One of the most beneficial that organizations can do is to continuously invest in their leadership.

You need to be super clear on what your expectations are when it comes to learning. Think about how you are going to incorporate them into things like your performance reviews.