Optimal Living Daily - Personal Development & Self-Improvement

Optimal Living Daily - Personal Development & Self-Improvement

By Justin Malik

Join award-winning audiobook narrator in this personal growth accelerator, delivering bite-sized episodes each day that are rich with wisdom and practical advice. Optimal Living Daily features a carefully selected mix of blog posts from some of the most influential voices in self-help, covering a wide array of topics such as minimalism, productivity, mental health, and personal development. Each episode is thoughtfully narrated to not only inform but also inspire you to make meaningful changes in your life. Whether you're seeking motivation, clarity, or strategies to enhance your daily life, Optimal Living Daily is your go-to source for personal development. It’s not just a podcast; it’s a daily habit that empowers you to live your best life, one insightful and uplifting episode at a time. Dive into episodes that cover the essence of self-help, minimalism, and self-improvement, offering actionable steps to foster personal development. This podcast is designed for those passionate about personal development and minimalism, looking to integrate self-help strategies and self-improvement techniques into their daily routines. By focusing on personal development, each episode provides you with the tools needed for self-improvement and minimalism, transforming your life with every listen. Listen now, and become an OLD friend--your optimal life awaits...

Episodes

3260: How To Ask The Right Question When You’re Anxious (Hint: It’s Not “Why?”) by Ingrid Y Helander

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3260: Ingrid Y Helander explains why asking "Why?" during moments of anxiety can be counterproductive, leading to more stress and negative self-beliefs. Instead, she suggests a mindful approach by acknowledging the body's sensations with curiosity using "Hmmmm," fostering a more effective way to manage anxiety. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com/dont-ask-why-how-to-ask-the-right-question-when-youre-anxious/ Quotes to ponder: "When you ask 'Why?' without first acknowledging the feeling of your body's nervous system, you can get easily trapped in an anxiety loop that has no end." "Anxiety is an activation of your nervous system based upon receiving a cue of danger. In other words, it’s a body feeling." "A simple 'Hmmmm' is a great place to start." Episode references: Lynne Twist: https://soulofmoney.org/about-lynne-twist Shefali Tsabary: https://www.drshefali.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/07/2411m 38s

3259: 4 Ways to Be Mindful by Shirley of Daring Living on Mindfulness & Meditation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3259: Shirley from DaringLiving.com offers practical advice on staying present and managing emotions through mindfulness. Discover four simple techniques - journaling, meditation, creating personal time, and self-reflection that can help you cultivate awareness and enrich your daily life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://daringliving.com/be-mindful/ Quotes to ponder: "Wouldn’t you feel so much better to be in control of your own thoughts and emotions, and understand why you are feeling and behaving the way you do?" "To be 'mindful' means to be conscious and aware of the content in one’s mind." "I believe that being mindful is the first step to making any change you want to create in your life." Episode references: Headspace: https://www.headspace.com Calm: https://www.calm.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/07/2410m 39s

3258: Long-Term Thinking by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Personal Growth & Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3258: Colin Wright explores the importance of long-term thinking through the lens of The Long Now Foundation's 10,000 Year Clock. This monumental project emphasizes our unique human ability to plan far into the future, urging us to extend our perspective beyond immediate concerns to benefit future generations and avoid repeating past mistakes. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/long-term-thinking/ Quotes to ponder: "We have that capability, but we tend not to use it very often, because day-to-day concerns have priority, and moment-to-moment concerns even more so." "The power of recording information and thinking long-term is that we can inoculate ourselves against some types of mistakes that we would otherwise make over and over again." "Maintaining a sense of self place within broader swathes of time - helps us consider where things are going across eons, rather than limiting our time-horizon to today." Episode references: The Long Now Foundation: https://longnow.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/2411m 34s

3257: Are You Lonely by Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui of A Life in Progress on Mental Health & Wellbeing

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3257: Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui reflects on her experiences with loneliness as an introvert. She discusses how loneliness often stems from inner grief rather than a lack of social interaction, emphasizing the importance of embracing solitude and finding personal connections that are meaningful. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.alifeinprogress.ca/are-you-lonely/ Quotes to ponder: "Loneliness for me is less about needing people and more about grief, a call to do some inner work." "Being busy or sitting in a crowd is not the antidote to lonely, although it might offer a temporary distraction." "Joyful living is not the absence of pain or struggle. It is a choice. A decision to step out despite the struggle." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/2411m 4s

3256: An Overlooked Factor in Creating Positive Change by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Habit Building

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3256: Leo Babauta, from ZenHabits.net, emphasizes the often-overlooked factor of mood in creating positive change. By being mindful of our feelings, accepting our moods, and taking small positive steps, we can foster lasting habits and make significant improvements in our lives. Discover how your attitude towards change can make all the difference in your journey toward a better self. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/tude/ Quotes to ponder: "It's easy to get stuck in a negative mood, where you just don’t think you can do it and give up caring." "If you can keep the good feeling going, you’ll form a habit or make the change you want to make." "Each positive step can be a joy in itself, a place to smile and breathe and find gratitude." Episode references: Mindfulness in Plain English: https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Plain-English-Bhante-Gunaratana/dp/0861719069 The Power of Habit: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/081298160X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/07/2411m 27s

3255: A New Way to Say Goodbye to Stress by Dr. Lisa Firestone of PsychAlive on Anxiety Relief

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3255: Dr. Lisa Firestone explores practical strategies to combat stress by addressing the negative inner voices that amplify our anxiety. She highlights the importance of recognizing and challenging these destructive thoughts to foster a more compassionate and realistic self-view, ultimately promoting mental and physical well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.psychalive.org/a-new-way-to-say-goodbye-to-stress/ Quotes to ponder: "When we set our standards too high, we often set ourselves up to later become a target for our critical inner voice." "To fully rid oneself of the critical inner voice, one must not only identify the negative thoughts but stand up to them." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/2412m 52s

3254: Why the Illusion of Control Is Hurting Your Goals by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Self Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3254: Nir Eyal explores the illusion of control bias, illustrating how our desire to control situations often leads us astray, such as in survival scenarios where staying put is wiser than wandering off. He offers practical strategies to overcome this bias, emphasizing the importance of recognizing internal triggers and time-boxing to stay focused and achieve real agency. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.nirandfar.com/illusion-of-control/ Quotes to ponder: "Trying to make the journey to the nearest town just feels better and more productive than waiting in place for an indeterminate amount of time, hungry, alone, and with nothing to do." "This need for perceived control is a fixture of everyday life." "It’s an action I can take to feel in control if only for a moment even though I know the better decision is to stay with my head down and keep writing." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/07/2411m 44s

3253: Skepticism May Be Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed by Steve Pavlina on Self Improvement & Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3253: Steve Pavlina warns that excessive skepticism, especially when turned inward, can be detrimental. Instead of fostering intelligence and success, it breeds fear and doubt, stifling opportunities and growth. Pavlina encourages using courage and common sense to embrace risks and achieve greater success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/11/skepticism-may-be-harmful-or-fatal-if-swallowed/ Quotes to ponder: "Skepticism originally came about as a form of opposition to dogma. The general idea behind skepticism is to avoid swallowing foolish beliefs." "Skepticism is like slashing your car’s tires to prevent one of them from going flat." "The skeptic says, 'Let’s see if this will work.' The intelligent person says, 'Let’s see this work.'" Episode references: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Landmark-Bestseller/dp/1585424331 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/2412m 45s

3252: Peace Is Your True Nature by Richard Paterson of Think Less and Grow Rich on Meditation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3252: Richard Paterson reveals that profound peace is our true nature, accessible through meditation. He explains that by quieting the mind, even momentarily, we can experience the inherent peace that always exists within us, offering a transformative perspective on handling anxiety and unhappiness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thinklessandgrowrich.com/peace-is-your-true-nature/ Quotes to ponder: "Peace is not something to find or create but something to recognise." "Don’t try to be a peaceful person. Be peace." "There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind means disturbance; restlessness itself is mind." Episode references: Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi: https://www.amazon.com/Be-You-Are-Teachings-Maharshi/dp/0140190627 I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: https://www.amazon.com/Am-That-Talks-Sri-Nisargadatta/dp/0893860220 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/2411m 33s

3251: Practical Minimalism Tips For Beginners by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Minimal Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3251: Anthony Ongaro shares practical tips for beginners exploring minimalism, focusing on decluttering both physical and digital spaces. He offers actionable advice to simplify life and reduce stress, emphasizing the benefits of intentional living. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/minimalism-tips-for-beginners/ Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism isn’t about deprivation; it’s about creating space for what matters most." "By reducing the noise and clutter around us, we can focus more clearly on our goals and passions." "Intentional living means making deliberate choices about what we bring into our lives, both physically and mentally." Episode references: Zen Habits: https://zenhabits.net The Minimalists: https://www.theminimalists.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/07/2411m 9s

3250: Finding the Balance Between Rest and Hustle by Jennifer of Simply Fiercely on Mental Health

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3250: Jennifer from SimplyFiercely.com shares her journey of finding the balance between relentless hustle and much-needed rest. She delves into the struggle of recognizing when to push forward and when to step back, highlighting the importance of listening to emotional cues and embracing self-care to maintain productivity and well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/finding-balance-rest-hustle/ Quotes to ponder: "Taking time for rest was actually a productive strategy and not quitting. I’m getting more done and I’m (arguably) less cranky." "Putting 100% into my work, all the time, leaves me nothing left to invest in myself." "So be present with friends. Sleep when you’re tired. And rest when you rest." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/07/2411m 8s

3249: A Low Sugar Diet - What's The Big Deal? by Elly McGuinness on Self Improvement & Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3249: Elly McGuinness explains the rising popularity of low sugar diets, highlighting the negative effects of sugar on health, including tooth decay, insulin spikes, and increased body fat. She emphasizes the benefits of whole foods and offers practical tips for reducing sugar intake without sacrificing flavor. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ellymcguinness.com/blog/low-sugar-diet-whats-big-deal/ Quotes to ponder: "Sugar can lead to accelerated tooth decay and cause insulin spikes and troughs, increasing the risk of type II diabetes." "A diet rich in real, whole foods can be considered an excellent focus for a low sugar diet." "Unrefined natural sugar substitutes like raw honey and pure maple syrup provide nutrition for the body without the negative impacts of refined sugar." Episode references: The Keto Diet: https://www.amazon.com/Keto-Diet-Your-Guide/dp/1628601043 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/07/2410m 47s

3248: Quit Listening to Your Feelings ASAP (Says the Shrink) by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3248: Dr. Kelly Flanagan shares a heartfelt story about his daughter's bravery during a flight and uses it to illustrate the importance of listening to inner wisdom rather than being driven by transient emotions. He emphasizes that true courage involves discerning the guidance of our deeper self amidst our feelings, leading to more meaningful and empowered choices. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/quit-listening-to-your-feelings-asap-says-the-shrink/ Quotes to ponder: "I'm not saying feelings are bad or that we shouldn’t pay attention to them. In fact, as a psychologist, I think we need to become aware of all of our feelings." "Courage is listening to your wisdom rather than your feelings." "You don’t have to feel confident to have inner wisdom; you just have to have faith in its presence." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/07/2411m 29s

3247: Why the White Space in Our Life Matters by Brian Gardner of No Sidebar on Mindfulness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3247: Brian Gardner highlights the importance of creating "white space" in our lives to combat the constant distractions from digital devices. By intentionally eliminating noise and busyness, we can focus on personal growth, authenticity, and joy. Discover how simplifying your life can lead to a clearer path and a more fulfilling existence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/white-space/ Quotes to ponder: "And then suddenly it hit me: I’m addicted to being busy." "The white space in our life is where the magic happens." "Eliminating the noise allows us to grow." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/2410m 0s

3246: [Part 2] What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold? by Mr. Money Mustache

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3246: Stoic philosophy emphasizes the value of embracing voluntary discomfort to broaden your comfort zone and appreciate life's simpler pleasures. By focusing on reason and hard work, Stoics achieve lasting happiness and fulfillment without relying on fleeting pleasures. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/02/what-is-stoicism-and-how-can-it-turn-your-life-to-solid-gold/ Quotes to ponder: "By experimenting with voluntary discomfort, we learn to appreciate far more of our life, and can be content with a much simpler and more wholesome one." "Rewarding social interactions are a specialty of the Stoic. They believe that humans are social animals at the core, and thus we must exercise this part of our personality to maintain a balanced happiness." "Either the insult is true, in which case we should be grateful for the insulter for pointing out this area in which we could improve, or it is false, in which case we should pity the insulter for his lack of accurate perception." Episode references: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Marcus-Aurelius/dp/1503280462 Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: https://www.amazon.com/Stoicism-Art-Happiness-Teach-Yourself/dp/1444187104 A Guide to the Good Life: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/0195374614 The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/2411m 32s

3245: [Part 1] What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold? by Mr. Money Mustache

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3245: Mr. Money Mustache explores the profound philosophy of Stoicism, debunking common misconceptions and revealing how its principles can lead to a joyful and meaningful life. By practicing techniques like Negative Visualization and focusing only on what we can control, we can eliminate negative emotions and anxieties, cultivating a deep sense of appreciation for what we already have. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/02/what-is-stoicism-and-how-can-it-turn-your-life-to-solid-gold/ Quotes to ponder: "Stoicism, in short, is a series of mental techniques and ways of life that allow you to decrease, and then virtually eliminate, all negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, and dissatisfaction." "The solution, the Stoics realized, is to learn to want the things you already have, rather than wanting other things." "It turns out that if you practice negative visualization on a regular basis, you learn to both appreciate your current life much more, and to be mentally prepared in the event of any changes in your life as well." Episode references: A Guide to the Good Life: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/0195374614 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/07/2411m 28s

3244: Is Failure Good? by James Altucher on Self Improvement & Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3244: James Altucher challenges the glorification of failure, arguing that there's nothing inherently valuable in failing. Instead, he emphasizes learning from related concepts like curiosity, persistence, and forgiveness. Altucher encourages focusing on these aspects to overcome challenges and grow, rather than fixating on failure itself. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/failure-good/ Quotes to ponder: "Failure is not a hard problem. It’s a label. Failure is in the past. Hard problems can be solved right now." "The best way to get better, to get more known, to learn the subtleties of your art or your field or your sport, is to simply do it again." "The thing you learn first is forgiveness. Then you move back to the present. Get healthy. Be around people you love. Start being creative again." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/07/2411m 27s

3243: 3 Steps to Take When Decluttering Sentimental Items by Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3243: Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism provides practical advice on handling sentimental items during decluttering. By focusing first on non-emotional items, acknowledging feelings, and keeping truly special items, she guides readers towards a simpler, more fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nourishingminimalism.com/decluttering-sentimental-items-2/ Quotes to ponder: "Feelings can be uncomfortable, because we often spend our lives avoiding them and avoiding causing other people to feel things." "When you let go of baby clothes, it is admitting that that season of life is past." "Permitting yourself to keep the special items before you begin will help curb the anxiety of decluttering these items." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/2412m 31s

3242: 8 Places Happy People Find Peace by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel on Choosing Happiness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3242: Marc Chernoff's insightful article on MarcAndAngel.com reveals eight key places where happy people find peace, from embracing acceptance and forgiveness to nurturing passionate endeavors and positive actions. Discover practical steps to cultivate inner peace and enhance your daily life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2013/02/22/8-places-happy-people-find-peace/ Quotes to ponder: "Acceptance is letting go and allowing things to be the way they truly are." "Do not waste all your happiness by overlooking everything you have for everything you wish you had." "Peace is beautiful; it is the manifestation of your love, and the best resolution for a brighter future." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/07/2411m 37s

3241: My Philosophy on Money by Mr. 1500 of 1500 Days on Personal Growth & Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3241: Mr.1500 of 1500Days.com reflects on his philosophy regarding money, realizing that money is merely a facilitator for achieving life goals rather than the ultimate aim. He emphasizes the importance of time, health, relationships, and personal growth over financial accumulation, advocating for financial independence to maximize time spent on meaningful pursuits. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.1500days.com/my-philosophy-on-money/ Quotes to ponder: "Invert, always invert." "Money isn’t really the goal. Money is just a facilitator." "Time is the most valuable asset." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/07/2410m 47s

3240: Why Chasing Happiness Is Futile by Stephen Guise of Mini Habits on Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3240: Stephen Guise of MiniHabits.com explains why the pursuit of happiness is ultimately unfulfilling, using personal anecdotes and insights from celebrities to illustrate how fleeting happiness can be. Instead, he advocates for appreciating life's varied experiences, including its challenges, to achieve a more sustainable and profound sense of contentment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://minihabits.com/why-chasing-happiness-is-futile/ Quotes to ponder: "When How I Met Your Mother first went on the air, I ran into an actress that I knew and she said, ‘Are you just like so happy all the time?’ And I remember thinking, ‘Does she really think that when CBS picked up this show, it left me with an inability to feel anything other than unbridled joy?’" "Jim Carrey once said, 'I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.'" "The highest highs in life are actually the greatest danger to your long-term contentment." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/07/2413m 53s

3239: The Underappreciated Joy of Keeping Your Tastes Simple by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3239: Joshua Becker shares the value of simple tastes through reflections on his father's lunch habits and his own minimalist lifestyle. He outlines several benefits, such as finding joy easily, avoiding lifestyle inflation, and increasing gratitude, arguing that simplicity fosters freedom and deeper contentment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/simple-tastes/ Quotes to ponder: "There are many benefits that accompany having simple tastes." "When your tastes are simple, it is easy to find things you enjoy." "If you are not spending routinely on expensive things, there is more money available to spend when the splurge is truly desired." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/2412m 1s

3238: Approach Technology Like the Amish by Cal Newport on Productivity & Intentional Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3238: Cal Newport delves into Kevin Kelly's insights on the Amish approach to technology, highlighting their thoughtful and intentional evaluation process. The Amish balance modern conveniences with community values, providing a model for digital minimalism that prioritizes meaningful use over impulsive adoption. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://calnewport.com/approach-technology-like-the-amish/ Quotes to ponder: "In any discussion about the merits of avoiding the addictive grasp of technology, the Amish stand out as offering an honorable alternative." "Amish lives are anything but anti-technological. I have found them to be ingenious hackers and tinkers, the ultimate makers and do-it-yourselvers." "The key is building a good life not fretting about missing out on some minor short-term pleasure or interesting diversion." Episode references: What Technology Wants: https://www.amazon.com/What-Technology-Wants-Kevin-Kelly/dp/0143120174 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/07/2410m 56s

3237: 8 Ways to Let Go of Perfectionism by Rebecca Crespo of Minimalism Made Simple

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3237: Rebecca Crespo explains how to overcome perfectionism and embrace a more fulfilling life. By letting go of the need for approval, allowing mistakes, and setting realistic expectations, you can foster self-love and creativity. These steps will help you live more freely and joyfully. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.minimalismmadesimple.com/home/let-go-of-perfectionism/ Quotes to ponder: "You’re not in competition with anyone else but yourself. Letting go of perfectionism begins when you stop comparing your insides with others’ outsides." "Letting go of perfectionism means learning that it’s okay if some people disapprove." "Perfectionism can be a lonely way to live. Letting go means recognizing that you are worthy just as you are, including all your flaws and mistakes." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/07/2410m 47s

3236: Numbing vs Relaxing: Are You Disconnecting from Life AND Sleep Your Way To Greater Connection by Kristine Klussman

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3236: Kristine Klussman explores how intentional use of technology can help decompress, while numbing behaviors, such as mindless screen time, inhibit emotional connection and fulfillment. Recognizing and addressing these behaviors can lead to a more connected and fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.kristineklussman.com/numbing-vs-relaxing/ & https://www.kristineklussman.com/sleep-your-way-to-greater-connection/ Quotes to ponder: "When we are engaged in numbing behaviors, we are disconnected from ourselves emotionally, unaware of and unable to feel our real feelings." "Next time you feel that compelling urge to escape or numb a feeling, take a deep breath instead and ask yourself: 'What am I trying to avoid right now?'" "Resisting the urge to numb will help you to build mental muscle, to realize what a powerful force the 'urge' to escape reality is, and to gain a more profound and fulfilling level of connection to life." Episode references: Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington: https://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Revolution-Transform-Your-Life/dp/1101904003 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/2410m 49s

3235: Downsizing Early in Life - What You Need to Know by Jen Rao with The Simplicity Habit

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3235: Jen Rao shares insightful advice on the benefits of downsizing early in life, challenging the traditional notion of waiting until retirement. Through personal anecdotes and practical tips, she illustrates how minimizing living expenses and possessions can lead to a more fulfilling and adventurous lifestyle. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thesimplicityhabit.com/downsizing-early-in-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Money is renewable, time is not. I believe a smaller home makes you rich in time." "My belongings were not adding value to my life. Instead, they were subtracting from it." "To me, life is an adventure." Episode references: Gone with the Wynns: https://www.youtube.com/user/gonewiththewynns Exploring Alternatives: https://www.youtube.com/c/ExploringAlternatives Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/07/2411m 37s

3234: RAIN Method - A Perspective on Reducing Harm in the World by Kylee Lessard of A Blue Sky Mind

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3234: Kylee Lessard explores how the RAIN method, a mindfulness practice, can help individuals address personal fears and insecurities, fostering a better ability to support others and reduce harm in the world. By recognizing, allowing, investigating, and nurturing our emotions, we can create positive ripples that contribute to collective healing and growth. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.ablueskymind.com/blog/rain-method-a-perspective-on-reducing-harm-in-the-world Quotes to ponder: "When we can stay present with our own fear and insecurity, we are better able to be there for others. You can start to be part of the healing of our world by starting with yourself." "Experiment and see which intentional gesture of kindness most helps to comfort, soften or open your heart. It might be the mental whisper, I’m here with you. I’m sorry, and I love you. I love you, and I’m listening. It’s not your fault. Trust in your goodness." "Let’s work on ourselves with the goal of sending as many positive ripples into the world. Enough ripples will create a wave. And we need many waves right now." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/2411m 58s

3233: How to Understand When You Love Someone with Recurrent Depression by Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3233: Dr. Margaret Rutherford offers a heartfelt exploration of loving someone with recurrent depression, sharing Patricia's story to illustrate the complexities and challenges involved. By developing empathy and understanding, loved ones can better support and help manage this difficult condition. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drmargaretrutherford.com/how-to-understand-when-you-love-someone-with-recurrent-depression/ Quotes to ponder: "Every now and then, the powers that be dig a hole in the floor somewhere, a hole just big enough for you to fall through." "Patricia’s eyes filled with tears. Dan looked at her. 'I’m sorry. Now I get it. I’d be paralyzed.'" "You can help by not judging and by giving them the respectful message that you know they’re trying." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/2410m 4s

3232: How We’re Harmed by Our Dissatisfaction with Ourselves by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Finding Happiness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3232: Leo Babauta explores how our deep-seated dissatisfaction with ourselves hinders our ability to form positive habits, maintain healthy relationships, and achieve true happiness. By shifting towards self-love and acceptance, we can transform our lives, fostering greater productivity, contentment, and meaningful connections. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/dissatisfaction/ Quotes to ponder: "We are unhappy with who we are, sometimes in small ways but often in very fundamental ways." "What if, instead of beating ourselves up (or blaming others), we just accepted what happened and then took appropriate action?" "It starts with the simple intention to love yourself, to see yourself as adequate and worthy of love, to wish for your own happiness and the relief from pain and stress." Episode references: Radical Acceptance: https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Acceptance-Embracing-Yourself-Awakening/dp/0553380990 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/06/249m 17s

3231: [Part 2] Stop Confusing Habits for Routines: What You Need To Know by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3231: Creating long-lasting routines is key to self-improvement. Nir Eyal explores why habits formed through extrinsic rewards often fail, and how turning actions into routines can lead to lasting behavioral change. By planning and embracing discomfort, we can successfully integrate new routines into our lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/ Quotes to ponder: "Offering ourselves extrinsic rewards makes conditioning our own behavior very difficult. It can be exceedingly hard to resist cheating." "Instead of focusing on how hard writing or exercising every day can be, think of the difficulty as part of the journey." "By not expecting every aspiration to become an effortless habit, you increase your odds of success." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/2410m 3s

3230: [Part 1] Stop Confusing Habits for Routines: What You Need To Know by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3230: Trying to build good habits can often backfire. Nir Eyal explains the critical differences between habits and routines, and why understanding these differences is essential for effective behavior change. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and use the right strategies to improve your life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/ Quotes to ponder: "Habit works by generating an impulse to do a behavior with little or no conscious thought." "If some magic laundry-folding fairy appeared and told you not to worry about the task, you’d happily go about your day." "Unlike a routine, which feels uncomfortable to do, in the case of a habit, not doing a behavior feels bad." Episode references: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg: https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Habits-Changes-Change-Everything/dp/0358003326 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/2412m 5s

3229: Set Your Defaults by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Productivity, Focus & Mindfulness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3229: Colin Wright of ExileLifestyle.com shares how turning off phone notifications empowered him to regain control over his digital life. He encourages us to reassess our interactions with technology, reminding us that we have the power to set boundaries and customize our devices to serve our needs better, rather than letting them control us. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/set-default/ Quotes to ponder: "We don’t recognize, I think, how much power we have over the tools we use every day." "Your devices can serve as gatekeepers for your attention, if you let them." "Retake control of your digital life, and be a serf no longer to the authoritarian pings that have come to negatively sway your day." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/2411m 6s

3228: Productivity Needs A Purpose by Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose on Personal Values & Vision

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3228: Shawna Scafe emphasizes that productivity alone isn't fulfilling; it must serve a greater purpose. She explores how aligning daily activities with personal values and a clear vision of a purposeful life leads to deeper satisfaction, especially for mothers juggling various responsibilities. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://simpleonpurpose.ca/productivity-life-on-purpose/ Quotes to ponder: "You can’t just be productive for the sake of being productive." "There is nothing worse than getting to the end of the day, week, month, finish line and feeling like all that energy might have been better spent elsewhere." "It is important because without this purpose we meander, we roam, we feel lost, we feel restless." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/249m 55s

3227: Confessions of a Hoarder by Rose Lounsbury on Minimalism, Decluttering & Simple Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3227: Rose Lounsbury shares a candid and relatable story about her journey from hoarding school supplies to letting go and embracing minimalism. Her personal experience sheds light on the human instinct to hold onto things for security and how overcoming this can create space for new, more relevant aspects of our lives. Her insights provide a compassionate understanding of why we hoard and the liberating power of decluttering. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://roselounsbury.com/confessions-of-a-hoarder/ Quotes to ponder: "I see this type of thinking in almost all my clients, and it’s hard to admit that I see it in myself." "It’s important for me to feel this, to realize that it is natural for people to have a hard time letting go, and to understand that possessing objects can and does often make us feel safe." "Minimizing is a process. A step here, a step there, when we’re ready." Episode references: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering-Organizing/dp/1607747308 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/06/2410m 42s

3226: This is How to Find Your Inspiration, Creativity and Focus by The NeuroGym Team of MyNeuroGym

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3226: Discover how historical geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci and Marie Curie harnessed their creativity and focus. Learn actionable strategies from neuroscience, such as doodling, daydreaming, and dabbling, to unlock your own creative potential and achieve a balanced, productive mind. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://blog.myneurogym.com/how-to-find-focus-inspiration-creativity Quotes to ponder: "There’s more flexibility in their thought processes, more contributions from different parts of the brain." "Dabbling in a new endeavor whether a hobby or fantasy disrupts your habitual and reactive thinking, helping you find new solutions to old problems." "So if you want to overcome limiting beliefs that keep you separated from your inner genius, you've got to start daydreaming more." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/06/2410m 31s

3225: Water - How Much Water Should You Drink a Day by Chalene Johnson on Hydration Advice

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3225: Chalene Johnson explains the importance of personalized hydration and how it impacts various aspects of health, from metabolism and digestion to cognitive function and skin health. By using urine color as a practical guide, she empowers you to find the right daily water intake tailored to your unique needs. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.chalenejohnson.com/water/ Quotes to ponder: "Our brains rely heavily on our blood supply to function. When our blood supply is restricted due to dehydration, our brain doesn’t function properly." "When your body doesn’t have enough water, your metabolism slows down." "Ultimately, you must decide what’s right for you based on how you feel." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/06/248m 57s

3224: Don't Let Fear Have the Last Laugh by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Embracing Fear & Resiliency

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3224: Dr. Kelly Flanagan shares a profound insight on embracing fear rather than attempting to eliminate it. Through a personal narrative of a turbulent flight, he illustrates how fear can coexist with fun, highlighting the importance of acknowledging fear as a companion in life’s adventures rather than an enemy to conquer. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/dont-let-fear-have-the-last-laugh/ Quotes to ponder: “With my eyes shut tightly, I’m making my fear worse by trying to control it.” “I used to think the goal of therapy was to help people vanquish their fear. Now, I think a goal of therapy is to help people vanquish that idea.” “There is another world existing right in the midst of our fear, a world in which fun is waiting to happen.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/2410m 26s

3223: The Power of Saying “No” by Julie Freidell with No Sidebar on Simplifying Life & Minimalism Advice

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3223: Julie Freidell's journey from being a perpetual people pleaser to someone who prioritizes her own well-being is a compelling story of self-discovery and empowerment. Through learning to say "No," she overcame anxiety and found balance, leading to more meaningful relationships, increased productivity, and genuine personal freedom. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/no/ Quotes to ponder: "Whether you deal with anxiety or not, giving yourself permission to say 'No' provides the power to delegate where and when you create space for yourself." "Being busy is not (ever) the answer. In fact, when you’re busy, you’re not showing up for your loved ones in the way that you should be." "Learn to say 'No' for the sake of saying 'Yes' to a better life." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/249m 15s

3222: Be Dignified, as a Rule by David Cain of Raptitude on Effectiveness & Productivity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3222: Explore the insightful reflections of David Cain from Raptitude.com on how adopting a dignified approach to daily tasks can enhance personal effectiveness and self-respect. Cain shares personal anecdotes and practical advice on how simple changes, like dressing well or focusing on intentionality, can transform mundane activities into acts of dignity, ultimately improving both productivity and personal satisfaction. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.raptitude.com/2023/03/be-dignified-as-a-rule/ Quotes to ponder: "Dignity doesn’t follow effectiveness as much as effectiveness follows dignity. We’re more engaged while reading from a beautiful hardcover than from a computer printout, or in a lamplit armchair rather than a plastic patio chair." "Wine tastes better out of a spotless wineglass than from a paper cup. Perhaps we should have dignity foremost in mind whenever we do anything, because it’s an intuitive sense we all have, and it points the way to a thing done well." Episode references: Marcus Aurelius, Meditations: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30659.Meditations Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/06/2410m 42s

3221: Living a Life of Joy by Steve Pavlina on Finding Happiness & Intentional Living Decisions

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3221: Explore the profound simplicity of attaining joy with Steve Pavlina’s guidance on aligning every decision towards joy, thus cultivating a life filled with contentment and ease. Discover how embracing your present moment can shift your life's trajectory towards ongoing happiness and fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/05/living-a-life-of-joy/ Quotes to ponder: "Joy results from total acceptance of your present moment." "When you live on purpose, your relationship with time changes dramatically. You’ll no longer be looking for happiness somewhere in the future." "If you are far away from joy, you cannot simply jump to this state immediately and stay there for long." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/06/2410m 4s

3220: Now is a Perfect Time to Be Happy by Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui of A Life In Progress on Choosing Happiness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3220: Discover the empowering perspective from Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui on choosing happiness regardless of life's conditions. Embrace the radical decision to be happy now, breaking away from shame and embracing our inherent worth. Krista invites you to challenge the myths that hold you back and find joy in the present moment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.alifeinprogress.ca/be-happy-now/ Quotes to ponder: "Happiness is a choice for most of us, much of the time." "I don’t always feel happy. Sometimes I feel afraid, horribly anxious, deeply depressed. And yet, I believe happiness is still my choice." "We’ve torn down the ramshackle walls that blocked our spirits from the light and now they begin to sprout and thrive." Episode references: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/249m 40s

3219: How To Let Go of Possessions AND Stop Making It Complicated by Leo Babauta of Mnmlist on Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3219: Leo Babauta encourages us to embrace minimalism by letting go of possessions that burden us emotionally and physically in "How to Let Go of Possessions." He delves into the emotional challenges and rationalizes the benefits of a clutter-free existence, aiming to simplify our attachment to material things. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://mnmlist.com/how-to-let-go-of-possessions & https://mnmlist.com/stop-making-it-complicated Quotes to ponder: "Letting go can be an amazing release, and when you do, you’ll feel liberated and light." "You might also notice that the first two are associated with the past, the second two are associated with the future, and only the last deals with the present." "Focus on living now, in the present. And when you do that, you realize you don’t need any of these possessions." Episode references: Becoming Minimalist: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/letting-go-of-clothes/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/06/2410m 40s

3218: This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity And Creativity by Benjamin Hardy on Productivity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3218: Benjamin Hardy's concise article on personal development delves into mastering your subconscious to significantly enhance clarity and creativity. Through a routine practiced before sleep and upon waking, Hardy presents a powerful method to align your subconscious desires with conscious achievements, promising a profound transformation in personal and professional realms. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://medium.com/thrive-global/this-10-minute-routine-will-increase-your-clarity-and-creativity-fa32b219cecd Quotes to ponder: "Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” - Napoleon Hill "Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious." - Thomas Edison “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein Episode references: "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Landmark-Bestseller/dp/1585424331 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/06/2412m 19s

3217: Key to Early Retirement - Margin of Safety by ESI of ESI Money on Financial Independence & FIRE

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3217: Discover how ESI from ESIMoney.com strategizes the concept of 'Margin of Safety' for a robust early retirement plan. This episode explores the necessity of financial buffers to manage unexpected expenses and ensure a stable, stress-free retirement. Learn to secure your financial future by understanding the risks and implementing multiple safeguards. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://esimoney.com/key-early-retirement-margin-safety/ Quotes to ponder: "Expect the unexpected when it comes to money emergencies." "In early retirement, it's crucial to have several significant margins of safety." "Our current annual budget is $85k. As you might imagine, that affords us a pretty high standard of living." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/06/2411m 37s

3216: [Part 2] Pursuing a Richer, Fuller Level of Happiness by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3216: Joshua Becker explores the profound realization that true, lasting happiness doesn’t stem from fleeting pleasures, but from living purposefully and selflessly. His insights in "Pursuing a Richer, Fuller Level of Happiness - Part 2" illuminate how daily acts of giving and purpose not only enrich our lives but also ground us in a deeper sense of fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/richer-happiness/ Quotes to ponder: "There’s just this wonderful feeling to know that you’ve put your whole heart into something and lived your day to the fullest." "Even relationships, ultimately, cannot determine our happiness." "Sometimes happiness is hard and messy. Sometimes it feels like achy legs or sheer exhaustion." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/2411m 43s

3215: [Part 1] Pursuing a Richer, Fuller Level of Happiness by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3215: Joshua Becker of BecomingMinimalist.com shares a compelling story of Jason and his family, who found that adopting a child from foster care profoundly changed their understanding of happiness. Through their challenges and new perspectives, they discovered that deep, meaningful happiness comes not from material pursuits but from fulfilling a significant purpose. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/richer-happiness/ Quotes to ponder: "You know what’s weird? Maybe the hardest part is everything I have been forced to confront about myself through all this: struggles I thought I had overcome in my life and lessons that I didn’t think I had left to learn." "I am happier. But it’s hard to describe. I would say that I now have a deeper, richer view of happiness than I had before." Episode references: USA Today article on the American Dream: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/07/04/american-dream/11122015/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/2411m 17s

3214: 9 Beliefs You Need to Succeed at Anything by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel on Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3214: Delve into the powerful mental foundations of success with Marc Chernoff's exploration of the nine essential beliefs shared by highly successful individuals. These principles are not just theoretical but are actively practiced by achievers to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and dictate their own life courses. Tune in to understand how adopting these beliefs can profoundly change your approach to personal and professional hurdles. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2012/12/26/9-beliefs-you-need-to-succeed-at-anything/ Quotes to ponder: "The problems I face are opportunities." "What's important is creating value." "I am 100% responsible for my life." Episode references: Think and Grow Rich: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Landmark-Bestseller/dp/1585424331 Eat That Frog!: https://www.amazon.com/Eat-That-Frog-Great-Procrastinating/dp/1576754227 Personal Development for Smart People: https://www.amazon.com/Personal-Development-Smart-People-Irrefutable/dp/1401922767 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/2410m 47s

3213: 4 Common Twitches That Steal (And Profit From) Your Attention by Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3213: Anthony Ongaro of BreakTheTwitch.com delves into the subconscious habits that distract us daily, identified as "Twitches". He explains how these small, impulsive actions - like compulsively checking social media or making unnecessary online purchases can cumulatively sap our attention and derail our productivity. Ongaro offers insights into how confronting these discomforts head-on can lead to personal growth and reclaim our focus, ultimately enriching our lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/common-twitches/ Quotes to ponder: "Every day, there were small things I’d do that I often didn’t even realize were happening. And although small, I couldn’t help but notice the compounding effect those small things were making in my life." "The immediate, enthusiastic, 'Yes!' to commitments I didn’t have the time or space for because at some deep level, not being liked is uncomfortable." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/06/2413m 17s

3212: Intuitive Awareness by Shana Olmstead on Personal Development & Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3212: Shana Olmstead sheds light on the empowering aspect of intuition in her article on ShanaOlmstead.com. She elaborates on how recognizing and strengthening our innate intuitive voices can profoundly influence our lives by steering us towards realizing our full potential and overcoming the restrictive fears instilled by our logical minds. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://shanaolmstead.com/2020/01/13/intuitive-awareness/ Quotes to ponder: "Intuition is the loving, positive, truthful, calm voice that we all have inside of us, guiding us towards our truth and potential." "Understanding the difference between the voice of your intuition versus your ego can simply be broken down by the feeling of love versus the feeling of fear." "We all need our intuition in order to make the best decisions for us in our own lives in areas such as love, career, family, and where we live just to name a few." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/06/2410m 23s

3211: Decluttering: How to Decide What to Keep? by Jennifer of Simply Fiercely on Simplicity & Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3211: Discover transformative decluttering tips with Jennifer from SimplyFiercely.com. In her enlightening guide on making tough choices about what to keep, Jennifer delves into practical strategies to overcome emotional hurdles and create meaningful boundaries. This episode offers valuable insights into simplifying your life by refining your possessions and priorities. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/decluttering-how-to-decide-what-to-keep/ Quotes to ponder: "Practically I know I only need one pair but how do I decide which one?" "Pausing and taking a moment to remove ourselves from the situation creates space to make rational decisions and to think about the big picture." "When there is no ‘best’ decision, we’re given an amazing opportunity to redefine ourselves." Episode references: Ruth Chang's TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/ruth_chang_how_to_make_hard_choices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/06/2410m 20s

3210: Accountability Keeps Your Goals on Track by Tyler Tervooren of Riskology on Discipline & Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3210: Tyler Tervooren of Riskology.co shares a transformative insight on achieving personal goals through accountability in "Accountability Keeps Your Goals on Track." He highlights the power of accountability partnerships and the psychological backing that supports this approach, suggesting practical steps to harness this force to ensure success in personal and professional aspirations. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.riskology.co/accountability-hack/ Quotes to ponder: "Accountability forces you to set smart goals and stick to them." "You’ll tell the truth more often if you think lying will be uncovered. And that’s exactly the accountability you need to stick to your most difficult goals." "If there’s a new goal or habit you’re trying to dedicate yourself to, you can keep yourself on track by setting up your own accountability measures." Episode references: Bogus Pipeline (SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY): https://psychology.iresearchnet.com/social-psychology/social-psychology-research-methods/bogus-pipeline/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/06/249m 47s

3209: What I Wish My Extroverted Parents Knew About Raising an Introvert by Tyler Jacobson of Introvert Dear

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3209: Tyler Jacobson of Introvert Dear.com reflects on his introverted nature and the misunderstandings that arose from being raised by extroverted parents. He shares a personal narrative filled with poignant insights on the challenges and strengths of introverts, offering invaluable advice to parents on recognizing and nurturing their child's inherent traits for better understanding and growth. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://introvertdear.com/news/parents-raising-introvert/ Quotes to ponder: "Nothing was wrong with me; nothing had failed within me. I was simply an introvert." "I wish I could go back in time and talk to my parents about all this." "Allowing myself to unwind and settle back into my own skin made it possible for me to do it all over again the next day.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/06/249m 34s

3208: Zen Mind in the Middle of Chaos & Stress by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Mindfulness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3208: In "Zen Mind in the Middle of Chaos and Stress," Leo Babauta explores the transformative power of the Zen Mind to navigate life’s tumultuous moments with calm. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, Babauta teaches us the art of letting go, a practice that promises peace amidst chaos and stress. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/zm/ Quotes to ponder: "It’s not the work, which is just a series of actions. It’s not the deadline, which is just a time constraint. It’s my reaction to those external events - my fear that I’m not going to make it, that I’ll mess up, that I’ll look stupid or incompetent." "What if I could let go of wanting things to turn out that way? This is a fantasy, an ideal, that I’m holding onto." "You are now free, and you can just do the first task - after all, that’s all you can ever do." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/2410m 36s

3207: The Three Levels of Commitment by Jeff Goins of Goins Writer on Self Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3207: Jeff Goins illuminates the evolving essence of commitment across different life stages in his article "The Three Levels of Commitment." He distinguishes between the fleeting excitement of new experiences, the deeper engagement of temporary commitments, and the profound dedication required in lifelong commitments, offering a fresh perspective on how our commitments shape our lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://goinswriter.com/commitment/ Quotes to ponder: "The world needs more of is not new ideas and daring dreams, but commitment - a willingness to do the hard work that matters." "Commitment means something different at different stages of life." "What we need is a little more conviction in our difference-makers." Episode references: Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life: https://www.amazon.com/Wrecked-When-Broken-World-Comfortable/dp/0802404928 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/249m 37s

3206: OMG. Can We Stop With The Morning Routines Already? by Michael Mehlberg on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3206: Michael Mehlberg critiques the obsession with rigid morning routines in his article, arguing that the true value of a morning routine lies in its flexibility and personal relevance. He highlights the dangers of blindly following prescribed routines, emphasizing the importance of adapting daily rituals to one's personal life and circumstances to truly harness their power to enhance productivity and well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://michaelmehlberg.com/blog/2019/11/19/omg-can-we-stop-with-the-morning-routines-already Quotes to ponder: "Your morning routine isn’t some to-do list. It’s a warmup for your day." "If you warm up with the right routine for you, whatever that may be, you’ll be preparing your mind and body to avoid distractions and get s*** done." "Your morning routine should be a source of inspiration, not a source of guilt." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/06/2411m 40s

3205: There's No Speed Limit by Derek Sivers on Personal Development & Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3205: Discover the transformative power of high expectations through Derek Sivers’ compelling narrative on accelerated learning and personal growth in "There’s No Speed Limit." Dive into the story of a young musician’s unconventional journey with a remarkable teacher who showed that the only limits we face are those we impose on ourselves. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://sive.rs/kimo Quotes to ponder: "He taught me that ‘the standard pace is for chumps’ - that the system is designed so anyone can keep up." "I owe every great thing that’s happened in my life to Kimo’s raised expectations." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/06/249m 15s

3204: How To Instantly Calm A Restless Mind by Richard Paterson of Think Less And Grow Rich on Meditation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3204: Discover how to embrace the inevitable restlessness of the mind with Richard Paterson's insights from ThinkLessandGrowRich.com. Paterson explains that suffering arises not from the mind's inherent disturbances but from our resistance to its natural state. This transformative perspective promises profound peace when we shift how we relate to our thoughts. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thinklessandgrowrich.com/restless-mind/ Quotes to ponder: "There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind means disturbance; restlessness itself is mind." "Don't be concerned about the thoughts that come and go. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone." Episode references: I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0893860468 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/2411m 20s

3203: Six Ways To Use Minimalism To Support a Zero Waste Lifestyle by Jenny Lee of HelloBrio on Simple Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3203: Explore how minimalism and sustainability intertwine in Jenny Lee's insightful piece from HelloBrio.com, "Six Ways To Use Minimalism To Support a Zero Waste Lifestyle." Lee offers practical tips on reducing waste by prioritizing reuse and quality over quantity, illustrating how small changes in consumption can lead to a more sustainable lifestyle. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.hellobrio.com/blog/minimalism-zero-waste Quotes to ponder: "The beautiful thing about minimalism is that it naturally supports being zero waste - or nearo waste, as I like to call it." "Reduce, reuse, recycle" is in that order for a reason. Reduce the amount of stuff you have and use." "By repairing and cleaning your items, especially your clothing, you can make them last a lot longer." Episode references: Marley's Monsters: https://www.marleysmonsters.com/ Timberland boots: https://www.timberland.com/en-us Dawn dish soap: https://dawn-dish.com/en-us/ Kut from the Kloth jeans: https://www.kutfromthekloth.com/ French Press replacement carafe: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=french+press+replacement+glass Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/06/2412m 1s

3202: Get These Fundamentals Right and You Can Achieve Anything by Carl Pullien on Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3202: Carl Pullein's exploration into the core elements for a fulfilling life reminds us that discipline, planning, and focused intent are timeless principles championed by great thinkers across history. His article challenges modern individuals to adopt these virtues to navigate away from common excuses and aimless routines, offering a roadmap to personal success and contentment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.carlpullein.com/blog/get-these-fundamentals-right-and-you-can-achieve-anything/2/10/2019 Quotes to ponder: "Everything flows back to this one trait. Without discipline you will always choose the cake over the healthy option, you will always drink that one too many glasses of wine, and you will always choose the sofa over a thirty-minute jog or walk." "No excuses. The most common ones being, 'I’m not ready yet' or 'I just have to do this first' or 'I don’t have time'." "The majority of the people you will meet today woke up without a plan for the day." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/2411m 35s

3201: 5 Toothbrushing Frequently Asked Questions by Crystal Raypole with Healthline on Oral Health

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3201: Crystal Raypole's Healthline article on "5 Toothbrushing FAQs" delves into the essentials of optimal oral hygiene, emphasizing the importance of correct brushing techniques and the right tools for maintaining dental health. Discover key insights on brushing duration, techniques, and the debate between manual and electric toothbrushes to enhance your daily dental care routine. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-should-you-brush-your-teeth-2 Quotes to ponder: "Brushing your teeth regularly is a key way to improve oral health." "Current recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA) encourage brushing for two minutes, twice per day." "If the bristles are flattened, you’re probably brushing too hard." Episode references: American Dental Association: https://www.ada.org/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/249m 55s

3200: How to Find Joy in Unexpected Places This Summer by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Happiness & Being Happy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3200: Dr. Kelly Flanagan explores the elusive concept of joy in "How to Find Joy in Unexpected Places this Summer," emphasizing its presence in the most challenging circumstances. Through a personal narrative set against a dramatic backdrop of lightning and moonlight, Flanagan contrasts the fleeting pleasures of typical holiday indulgences with the profound, enduring joy found when confronting life's storms head-on. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/how-to-find-joy-in-unexpected-places-this-summer/ Quotes to ponder: "Happiness is all about pleasurable circumstances and orchestrated comfort. But joy is a place inside every circumstance." "Joy is the place we stumble upon when we look our deepest pain and greatest fear directly in the eyes, and we refuse to flinch." "Joy is not the answer to hardship. Rather, it is the birth of an entirely new way to experience the pain and the fear and the sorrow itself." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/06/2411m 11s

3199: Why Memories Are Better Than Things by Lisa Avellan of No Sidebar on Minimalism & Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3199: Rediscover the beauty of experiences with Lisa Avellan's poignant reflections in "Why Memories are Better than Things." Through a nostalgic journey back to her childhood home's site, Lisa illustrates how embracing memories can liberate and enrich our lives far more than material possessions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/memories-better-than-things/ Quotes to ponder: "He brought me into a spacious place - a place to remind me that to fully live is to not remain still, frozen in time with material representations of what once existed." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/249m 36s

3198: [Part 2] Why You Should Care About Many Things by Mark Manson on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3198: Mark Manson delivers compelling insights on the risks of over-identifying with one aspect of our lives, whether it be career, relationships, or hobbies. Drawing from personal anecdotes and tragic tales of famed individuals, he argues for the importance of cultivating a diversified identity to enhance emotional resilience and overall life satisfaction. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/why-you-should-care-about-many-things Quotes to ponder: "Once you begin valuing yourself only for one aspect of your identity, your self-worth becomes dangerously fragile." "If you invest all of your identity in one basket, then you put your self-esteem and emotional well-being at risk." "What do you really care about? Invest yourself in a wide range of areas." Episode references: Blow: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221027/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/05/2410m 46s

3197: [Part 1] Why You Should Care About Many Things by Mark Manson on Optimizing Life

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3197: Explore the crucial concept of "identity diversification" in Mark Manson's insightful narrative. Delve into how diversifying what we value - much like diversifying investments - can prevent a total collapse of self-esteem when life inevitably throws challenges our way. It's an enlightening read that promises to shift your perspective and enrich your understanding of personal identity. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/why-you-should-care-about-many-things Quotes to ponder: "Whether consciously or unconsciously, we all choose what’s important to us; we choose what we value." "It’s also smart to diversify your identity, to invest your self-esteem and what you care about into a variety of different areas - business, social life, relationships, philanthropy, athletics - so that when one goes south, you’re not completely screwed over and emotionally wrecked." "Identity diversification. It’s one of those ideas that’s so obvious yet so elusive." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/2410m 35s

3196: Be Better at Balancing it All by Rachel Shanken of MindBodyWise on Self Help & Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3196: Rachel Shanken reflects on how her early passion for gymnastics shaped her life's philosophy, emphasizing precision and perfection. Through personal development and a pivotal yoga therapy session, she discovered the importance of mental flexibility and embracing a more balanced approach to life's challenges, highlighting how internal struggles often mirror external ones. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://mindbodywise.com/blog/be-better-at-balancing-it-all/ Quotes to ponder: "There was a right way and a wrong way, where timing was vital, and where every nuanced movement meant huge success or major failure." "Life felt (falsely) safer and clearer - moving along a self-imposed narrow mental path, much like a 4-inch balance beam, with little room for error." "The balance of the two creates amazing things, including a nice big exhale in my body and mind." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/05/249m 32s

3195: Practical Minimalism for Busy People by Jennifer of SimplyFiercely on Simple & Intentional Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3195: Discover how to adopt a minimalist lifestyle even amidst a hectic schedule in Jennifer's enlightening article on SimplyFiercely.com. She shares three actionable strategies that simplify your life without demanding significant time or energy, emphasizing the importance of starting small and focusing on intentional living. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/practical-minimalism-for-busy-people/ Quotes to ponder: "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become." "If you want to simplify your life don't be afraid to start small." "Stop shopping for things you don’t need." Episode references: Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/05/249m 33s

3194: My Morning Routine isn’t Guru Approved - And That’s What Makes it Perfect for Me by Ramit Sethi of IWT

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3194: Ramit Sethi challenges the one-size-fits-all approach to morning routines, arguing that success isn’t tethered to habits like meditation or journaling. In his article on IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com, Sethi emphasizes personalizing your morning to fit your lifestyle and goals, thereby creating a foundation for a truly fulfilling "Rich Life." Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/morning-routine/ Quotes to ponder: "No, you don’t need to meditate to be successful!" "It’s far better to consciously decide what your morning looks like." "The best morning routine is decided the day before, the week before, and the year before by mastering the fundamentals." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/05/249m 7s

3193: The Sunk Cost Fallacy - Why People Cling to Jobs & Investments Longer Than They Should by Paula Pant

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3193: Dive into the psychology of financial and personal decisions with Paula Pant's insightful exploration of the sunk cost fallacy. Discover why people continue investing time, money, and effort into lost causes, and how recognizing this cognitive bias can lead to more rational choices and better life outcomes. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://affordanything.com/sunk-cost-fallacy/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/05/249m 59s

3192: Happiness is an Inside Job AND Cultivating Contentment by Kerry Ogden on Choosing to be Happy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3192: Discover the essence of true happiness with Kerry Ogden's insightful discussion on finding contentment within ourselves. Learn to navigate the blocks to contentment, such as entitlement and unrealistic expectations, and embrace a life of gratitude and acceptance, where happiness is not just a pursuit but a natural state of being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://kerryogden.com/2022/08/happiness-is-an-inside-job/ & https://kerryogden.com/2022/08/cultivating-contentment/ Quotes to ponder: "True contentment is not based on favorable circumstances. It’s about awareness." "It takes compassion and strength to see ourselves clearly." "Recognizing and working with these obstacles clears the way to cultivate the roots of contentment." Episode references: Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Happiness-Zen-True-Contentment/dp/1590309219 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/05/2411m 31s

3191: Do You Like the Person You Are Becoming by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on Authenticity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3191: Joshua Becker invites us to reflect deeply on our personal evolution in "Do You Like the Person You Are Becoming?" from BecomingMinimalist.com. Exploring the nuances of change - whether personal or professional - he challenges us to assess if we're growing into the individuals we aspire to be, underscoring the importance of aligning our actions with our true selves. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-who/ Quotes to ponder: "Change is the only constant in life." "Do you like the person you are becoming?" "If you are not happy with the person you are becoming, you can always change." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/05/2410m 22s

3190: 10 Quick Questions that Will Change the Way You Think Today by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3190: Discover how to harness the power of self-inquiry with Marc Chernoff's enlightening piece. Chernoff delves into the transformative impact of asking ourselves the right questions, underscoring how this simple yet profound practice shapes our thoughts, words, actions, and ultimately, our character. A must-listen for anyone seeking personal growth and stronger resilience during challenging times. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2019/06/19/10-quick-questions-that-will-change-the-way-you-think-today/ Quotes to ponder: "Judge a person by her questions rather than by her answers. Because asking the right questions is the answer." "One of the strategies we teach over and over again is self-inquiry, which is basically the art of asking ourselves the right questions." "Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/05/2412m 1s

3189: Feeble Excuses by Steve Pavlina on Personal Growth Transformation & Self Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3189: Steve Pavlina challenges the validity of common excuses in his article, urging readers to confront the real issues behind their excuses. He emphasizes that by acknowledging and addressing our internal barriers, such as laziness or lack of motivation, we can initiate personal growth and transform our lives positively. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/02/feeble-excuses/ Quotes to ponder: "Excuses are lies we tell ourselves to avoid dealing with unpleasant truths." "Whenever you hear yourself making this statement, you know deep down it isn’t the truth." "It’s easier on our egos to blame failure on external, uncontrollable factors such as lack of time, information, or resources." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/249m 29s

3188: On The Importance of Trying New Things by Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue on Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3188: Explore how breaking out of your routine and trying new things can enrich your life with Helene Massicotte’s engaging insights on personal growth and exploration. Massicotte illuminates how venturing into the unfamiliar can expand our comfort zones, enhance our experiences, and even lead to unexpected opportunities. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2014/2/7/on-trying-new-things Quotes to ponder: "Standing still makes my brain rot. Period." "Just give a thought to who you admire most, the people you find interesting, intelligent and insightful. I guarantee they do not follow a predictable routine in thought and action." "My comfort zone is forever expanded because once I have tried something, it's part of my frame of reference, forever." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/05/2411m 53s

3187: Minimalism & Happiness Through Scientific Eyes by Lee Hughes with The Minimalists on Simple Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3187: Explore the scientifically backed benefits of minimalism with Lee Hughes as he unpacks the relationship between happiness, materialism, and living simply. Discover how minimalism isn't just about having fewer possessions, but about prioritizing life experiences and relationships that genuinely enhance your well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.theminimalists.com/scientific/ Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism is really all about the reassessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff—the possessions and ideas and relationships and activities - that don’t bring value to your life." "While much research has examined the effect of income on happiness, we suggest that how people spend their money may be at least as important as how much money they earn." "Experiences make people happier than material possessions because they are more open to positive reinterpretations, are a more meaningful part of one’s identity, and contribute more to successful social relationships." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Becoming Minimalist: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/ Rowdy Kittens: https://tstrobel.com/ Zen Habits: https://zenhabits.net/ Exile Lifestyle: https://exilelifestyle.com/ Be More With Less: https://bemorewithless.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/05/249m 13s

3186: Brilliance in the Trench by Angelina Lee of Exploring Plan Be on How to Become More Resilient

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3186: Amidst the swirling chaos of April, Angelina Lee shares a touching story of finding unexpected beauty and resilience. Her narrative, "Brilliance in the Trench," from ExploringPlanBe.com, vividly illustrates the power of perspective during overwhelming times. It's a reminder that even in the darkest moments, there are splashes of color and hope that thrive against all odds. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exploringplanbe.com/brilliance-in-the-trench/ Quotes to ponder: "April has been a long year." "I felt as though I was standing on a platform with a small cup of water in my hand while watching a train that was completely engulfed in flames speed down the tracks." "That we could look at the rubble piling up all around us and yet miss the brilliant colours of hope that manage to grow through the cracks." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/05/248m 22s

3185: Emotional Intelligence Creates Loving and Supportive Parenting by Dr. John Gottman of The Gottman Institute

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3185: Dr. John Gottman reveals how emotional intelligence can reshape parenting for the better. His insights delve into why understanding and navigating emotions are crucial for both parents and children, offering a transformative approach to fostering more loving, supportive relationships. Through practical advice and powerful anecdotes, Dr. Gottman illustrates the profound effects of emotional coaching on a child's development and future success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.gottman.com/blog/emotional-intelligence-creates-loving-supportive-parenting/ Quotes to ponder: "Emotional intelligence seems to determine success in life more than IQ." "Emotions are our internal ‘GPS’ through life." "One of the most powerful gifts you can give your child is an admission that you made a mistake, and apologizing and asking for forgiveness confers respect to the child." Episode references: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Emotionally-Intelligent-Child-Parenting/dp/0684838656 Daniel Goleman's Work on Emotional Intelligence: https://www.danielgoleman.info/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/05/2411m 34s

3184: How to Not Believe Your Ultra-Persuasive Rationalizations by Leo Babauta on Self-Sabotage & Fear

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3184: Leo Babauta guides us through the psychological labyrinth of self-sabotage in his article on ZenHabits.net, revealing how intelligent individuals often master the art of convincing themselves to avoid necessary actions due to fear. Babauta provides a robust strategy for dismantling these persuasive rationalizations, offering practical tools to uphold commitments to personal growth and meaningful work. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/persuasive/ Quotes to ponder: "Smart people are very good at creating super persuasive arguments for why they shouldn’t do the thing they’re fearing doing." "Everybody has a plan until they’re punched in the face." "You need to intentionally practice in this, every day, so that you get better and better at overcoming the resistance and not collapsing when hit with fear." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/2411m 16s

3183: [Part 2] To Accomplish Big Things: Think Big but Act Small by Jay Harrington of Life and Whim

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3183: Explore the essential strategies for high achievement with Jay Harrington's insights from "To Accomplish Big Things, Think Big, but Act Small." This episode delves into the power of setting clear goals, discerning essential priorities, and executing small, consistent actions that compound over time to yield significant results. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/accomplish-big-things-think-big-act-small Quotes to ponder: "The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip." "Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done." "It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" Episode references: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: https://www.amazon.com/Essentialism-Disciplined-Pursuit-Greg-McKeown/dp/0804137382 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/2410m 45s

3182: [Part 1] To Accomplish Big Things: Think Big but Act Small by Jay Harrington of Life and Whim

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3182: Discover how to achieve great accomplishments through manageable actions in Jay Harrington's enlightening piece from LifeAndWhim.com. Jay delves into the crucial balance between thinking big and acting small, emphasizing strategic practices like minimizing distractions and dedicating time to deep, focused work. Explore how embracing hard work can lead to profound satisfaction and personal growth. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/accomplish-big-things-think-big-act-small Quotes to ponder: "The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult or worthwhile." "Hard work can be deeply satisfying. It feels good to do a job well done." "Practice is a precursor to passion." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/2410m 47s

3181: Understanding And Overcoming Procrastination by Dr. Margaret Rutherford on Focus & Productivity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3181: Explore the multifaceted nature of procrastination with Dr. Margaret Rutherford, as she delves into its roots ranging from trauma to perfectionism. Discover practical strategies to tackle procrastination by understanding its underlying causes and learn how to transform shame and self-doubt into empowering self-compassion. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drmargaretrutherford.com/understanding-and-overcoming-procrastination/ Quotes to ponder: "When procrastination is no longer manageable or funny, these procrastinations aren’t a laughing matter; instead you feel humiliated by how insignificant your fears seem and chastise yourself, 'I don’t know why I can’t do this, everybody can do this.'" "If it’s mainly anxiety, then calming techniques such as mindfulness or meditation could be useful, hypnosis is a possibility, cognitive work (challenging those irrational thoughts), and regular exercise could also be helpful." Episode references: EMDR International Association: https://www.emdria.org/ EMDR Institute, Inc.: https://www.emdr.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/2411m 45s

3180: Upping Your Vibe by Kathy Robinson of Athena Wellness on How to Increase Energy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3180: Explore the power of personal energy in "Upping Your Vibe" by Kathy Robinson. Kathy dives into how our energy not only impacts our mood but also shapes our interactions and attracts similar energies. Discover actionable strategies to enhance your personal energy through awareness, reframing, and releasing, fostering an environment of positivity that propels you toward wellness and success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://athenawellness.com/blog/2021/8/1/upping-your-vibe Quotes to ponder: "Energy is a vibration that travels in waves, attracting like energy." "Creating positive energy is a skill, a muscle we can exercise and get stronger." "Negativity is contagious with the ability to infect and influence the behavior of others." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/2410m 53s

3179: Minimum Viable Home by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Minimalism & Simple Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3179: Colin Wright's "Minimum Viable Home" challenges the conventional allure of furnishing homes with excessive decor and underused gadgets. Emphasizing the philosophy of minimal viable products from tech, Wright advocates for starting with the basics - those things truly necessary and building from there. His journey towards a minimal, functional home encourages readers to scrutinize what they genuinely need, fostering both space and clarity in their living environments. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/minimum-viable-home/ Quotes to ponder: "It only seemed natural, having lived the way I’ve lived for so long, to stick to the essentials." "I didn’t know what I wanted in a home, but I did know what I’d need to do the work I enjoy doing. I decided to start there." "No more couches for the sake of couches. No more gadgets because I have room to store them." Episode references: The Minimalists: https://www.theminimalists.com/ Minimum Viable Product: https://www.productplan.com/glossary/minimum-viable-product/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/05/2410m 41s

3178: One Thing Unhappy People Refuse to Do for Themselves by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3178: Marc Chernoff's article "One Thing Unhappy People Refuse To Do for Themselves" shares powerful insights into the transformative magic of self-love and self-care. Through personal stories of loss and recovery, Marc and his partner Angel underline the importance of self-respect and assertiveness in navigating life's hardships. Their message encourages readers to prioritize their emotional and mental health to reclaim happiness and inner peace. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/11/22/one-thing-unhappy-people-refuse-to-do-for-themselves/ Quotes to ponder: "You, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and respect." "Resisting and ignoring your own feelings and emotions does not serve you. It leads to stress, illness, confusion, broken relationships, fits of anger and bouts of deep, dark depression." "It’s about living honorably. It’s about doing the right thing, for YOU, no matter what, even when nobody else is going to know or understand." Episode references: 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Things-Successful-People-Differently/dp/0525542744 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/05/249m 17s

3177: Q&A - Health Effects of Listening to Podcasts with Headphones While Sleeping on Sleep Tips

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3177: Explore the auditory nuances of nighttime habits with Dr. Neal's insights on the potential risks and benefits of wearing headphones while sleeping. Featuring expert opinions from the Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern University, this episode demystifies the impact of nighttime audio on sleep quality and hearing health, offering practical recommendations for those who prefer a lullaby of podcasts or movies. Quotes to ponder: "If you do wear headphones, keep the volume low." "Wearing headphones while sleeping was likely not harmful and may help improve sleep quality just so long as certain criteria are met." "Wearing earbuds for long periods of time, day after day may increase the risk of developing an ear infection." Episode references: Cleveland Clinic article: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/sleeping-with-headphones/ The Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/03/09/sleep-headphones-safe-insomnia-tips/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/05/248m 40s

3176: 8 Signs You're A Perfectionist by Mia of She Dreams All Day on Personal Development & Self Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3176: Explore the insightful analysis of perfectionism with Mia from SheDreamsAllDay.com, who dives into the reality that perfectionism isn't just about high standards, but a mindset that can severely limit personal growth. Mia articulates how recognizing and understanding the signs of being a perfectionist can be the first step towards embracing imperfection and pursuing real progress. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://shedreamsallday.com/signs-youre-a-perfectionist/ Quotes to ponder: "Being a perfectionist is a true struggle. Because truth be told, there is no such thing as perfect." "The all-or-nothing or fixed mindset is a regular with perfectionists. This basically means having opposite thought patterns than those with a growth mindset." "Perfectionism is when you avoid the feeling of shame and failure." Episode references: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/05/249m 43s

3175: A Guide to Overcoming Procrastination & Finding Focus by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Intentional Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3175: Explore how to combat procrastination and enhance your focus with insights from Leo Babauta. Dive into the practical strategies for dealing with discomfort and uncertainty, empowering you to tackle important tasks and contribute positively to the world. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://zenhabits.net/focusguide Quotes to ponder: "When you get the urge to switch to something else, pause and deal mindfully with it." "Our lives are brief and limited, and running in fear of difficult tasks to distractions and comfort is not the best way to spend our lives." "The trick to overcoming procrastination is to catch ourselves when we’re about to switch tasks, and instead stay with the urge without acting on it." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/2412m 18s

3174: What's Stopping You From Starting (And What To Do About It) by Shirley of Daring Living on Habit Formation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3174: Explore how to conquer the inertia that keeps you from initiating meaningful actions in your life in Shirley's article from DaringLiving.blog. Discover practical steps to overcome common hurdles like fear, distraction, and indecision, and start making progress towards your personal and professional goals today. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://daringliving.com/starting/ Quotes to ponder: "Whenever we start thinking about anything that is unfamiliar, and start thinking about new possibilities that we’ve never done before, our ego is threatened, because we are entering a new territory that we did not have prior experience with." "It’s important to be aware of these ego-driven emotions and thoughts that you’re having. Because in reality, they are really not serving to move forward." "You are always one decision away from a completely different life." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/05/248m 1s

3173: Make Your Everyday Place Your Happy Place by Jay & Heather Harrington of Life And Whim on Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3173: Jay and Heather Harrington illustrate a transformative journey from routine escapes to making their "happy place" their home in Traverse City, Michigan. Exploring the paradox of waiting for retirement to enjoy life, the episode delves into embracing everyday joys and intentionally choosing happiness now, inspired by the narrative of the fisherman who simply lives in the moment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/2019/make-everyday-place-your-happy-place Quotes to ponder: "We only have one life to live, so why wait until retirement - an uncertain, future outcome - to live how we want, where we want?" "Is there an unlived life inside of you? Is the voice in your head calling you to something more?" "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/249m 5s

3172: 7 Strategies for Effective Daily Habits by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Personal Development & Self-Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3172: Discover the simple yet effective ways to build and sustain daily habits with Anthony Ongaro's insights from BreakTheTwitch.com. Ongaro emphasizes starting small and the importance of consistency over intensity to integrate new routines into your life, offering practical strategies that promise gradual but meaningful change. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/effective-daily-habits/ Quotes to ponder: "Start smaller. The best way to establish a habit is beginning with something that you can 100% absolutely do every single day." "Once you drop a habit, it’s actually harder to restart than it is to start out in the first place." "Forget the goal. Work on establishing a system instead of focusing on a particular goal." Episode references: The Power of Habit: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/081298160X The 4-Hour Body: https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Body-Uncommon-Incredible-Superhuman/dp/030746363X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/05/247m 46s

3171: Eudaemonia by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Personal Development & Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3171: Colin Wright explores the ancient philosophical concept of eudaemonia in his article, shedding light on its relevance to modern life and personal development. Through a contrast with hedonism, Wright delves into how striving for eudaemonia involves seeking a deeper, more sustainable form of happiness through virtue and self-improvement, rather than fleeting pleasures. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/eudaemonia/ Quotes to ponder: "Eudaemonia can be seen as a metric by which one can measure the relative goodness or positivity of their life." "Hedonism states, in essence, that pleasure and happiness are the main purpose of any person’s life." "Eudaemonia, in contrast, focuses less on pleasure-related happiness and more on a broad sense of wellness." Episode references: Eudaemonia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudaimonia Hedonism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonism Hedonic Treadmill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/05/249m 38s

3170: Feeling - Exposed by Greg Audino on Emotional Intelligence & Mental Health

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3170: Greg Audino delves into the complex world of emotions in his latest piece, "Feeling. Exposed." He challenges the conventional views on feelings, illustrating how our perceptions shape their impact on our lives. By recognizing the fleeting nature of feelings and choosing how we respond to them, Audino offers insightful strategies for managing emotions constructively. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://medium.com/invisible-illness/feeling-exposed-5a1c24d6d245 Quotes to ponder: "Tony Robbins illustrates this pretty beautifully. He likes to talk about how nothing in the world or anything that happens in it has any value or meaning aside from what we choose to put on it." "Feelings are always fleeting and apt to change, which many of us over age 14 inherently know but conveniently choose to forget at times when sulking feels more enjoyable." "The more we repeat the labels we attach to feelings, the stronger they become, thus turning into personality traits over time." Episode references: Tony Robbins: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/05/248m 44s

3169: Why Mental Wellbeing Starts With Putting Your Trainers On by Dr. Jenny Brockis on Mental Health & Wellness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3169: Explore the profound mental health benefits of simply lacing up your trainers and stepping out for a walk in Dr. Jenny Brockis' enlightening article. Dr. Brockis explains how various forms of physical activity not only boost mood and cognitive function but are crucial in managing stress and maintaining overall brain health. Learn how to integrate exercise into your daily routine for significant improvements in your mental and physical wellbeing. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.drjennybrockis.com/2016/10/17/why-mental-wellbeing-starts-with-putting-your-trainers-on/ Quotes to ponder: "Exercise, especially in a green space has been shown to help alleviate stress, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and elevate mood." "Regular exercise over the longer term has the additional benefit of reducing brain shrinkage that normally occurs with age." "Exercise can be used as a useful way to clear the mind of worrying thoughts and help us to focus on more pleasant things." Episode references: Brain Fit!: https://www.amazon.com/Brain-Fit-Smarter-Thinking-Save/dp/0987147528 Thriving Leaders Retreats: https://www.thrivingleadersretreat.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/05/2411m 8s

3168: The One Thing with the Power to Bring Us All Together by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3168: Explore the transformative power of pain in Dr. Kelly Flanagan's thoughtful narrative on how suffering serves as the great equalizer, erasing hierarchies and revealing our shared human vulnerabilities. Discover how embracing our pain can lead us to a sense of home and unity, challenging the isolating competitions of life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/the-one-thing-with-the-power-to-bring-us-all-together/ Quotes to ponder: "Pain can make little children empty piggy banks for a stranger who doesn’t feel like a stranger anymore because they share the common ground of disappointment and loneliness." "Can you imagine a world of people equalized by their pain? Can you imagine a world where our sense of home doesn’t end at the front door?" "Suffering is the great equalizer. From herniated disks to surprising loneliness to shocking divorces to unexpected diagnoses, every single one of us will eventually be equalized by pain and suffering." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/2410m 54s

3167: The Pursuit Of Status: How To Avoid Chasing The Wrong Things by Louis Chew with No Sidebar

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3167: Explore the pitfalls of the pursuit for status with Louis Chew's enlightening piece from NoSidebar.com, where the tale of philosopher Denis Diderot illustrates the dangerous allure of materialism. Learn how a simple gift - a scarlet robe - spurred Diderot into a spiral of debt and dissatisfaction, serving as a cautionary tale for our modern consumption patterns. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/pursuit-of-status/ Quotes to ponder: "I was the absolute master of my old robe. I have become the slave of the new one." "Humans evolved in small social groups in which image and status were all-important, not only for survival, but for attracting mates, impressing friends, and rearing children. Many products are signals first and material objects second. Our vast social-primate brains evolved to pursue one central social goal: to look good in the eyes of others." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/2412m 43s

3166: Bring Back Your Childhood Dreams by Chris of Keep Thrifty on Improving Mental Health & Self-Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3166: In "Bring Back Your Childhood Dreams" by Chris of KeepThrifty.com, rediscover the power and simplicity of your childhood aspirations. Chris shares how reconnecting with the dreams of our younger selves can reveal genuine desires and lead to a fulfilling, simplified life. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, this episode will inspire you to rethink what's truly important and how to pursue it. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.keepthrifty.com/bring-back-your-childhood-dreams/ Quotes to ponder: "Children have an amazing ability to dream - to think of possibilities for the future without care for what’s possible, practical, or socially acceptable." "Our grown-up sensibilities would tell us that our path should have been climbing the corporate ladder, upsizing to a bigger house and pursuing the material goods that show you’ve made it." "By using why’s, I’ve been able to get to the core of each of my childhood dreams in a way that makes them achievable regardless of my situation." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/05/2410m 47s

3165: Having Enough by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy on Personal Development & Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3165: In "Having Enough" by J. Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com, the author shares a profound insight into the satisfaction of recognizing one's sufficiency in life's essentials - love, material needs, and even happiness. J. Money emphasizes the importance of appreciating what we currently have, rather than continually chasing more, ultimately leading to a more fulfilled and content life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://budgetsaresexy.com/having-enough/ Quotes to ponder: "When you truly have enough you no longer spend energy or time chasing stuff in hopes they fulfill you." “How beautiful it is to realize such a thing! How many people do we know who’s genuinely satisfied with their lives and not forever chasing fulfillment?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/248m 46s

3164: How to Make Life More Pleasurable by David Cain of Raptitude on Self-Improvement & Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3164: In "How to Make Life More Pleasurable," David Cain explores the intriguing idea that limiting our indulgences can actually increase our enjoyment of them. By sharing personal anecdotes and historical insights, Cain illustrates how scarcity enhances appreciation, whether it's sleep, food, or entertainment, offering a fresh perspective on how to savor life's simple pleasures. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.raptitude.com/2019/10/how-to-make-life-more-pleasurable/ Quotes to ponder: "Whenever classes started again, sleep became much more enjoyable." "Recently I stopped drinking coffee daily, and now when I do have a cup, I enjoy it much more." "When pleasures are more occasional, they’re more pleasurable, and that’s reason enough to limit how often we indulge in them." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/04/2410m 22s

3163: 8 Little Ways to Simplify Your Life by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3163: Explore the serene art of simplification with Courtney Carver’s "8 Little Ways to Simplify Your Life." This insightful piece from BeMoreWithLess.com encourages small, manageable changes that fuel bigger transformations, enhancing both mental space and overall happiness. Whether it’s reducing holiday stress or taking media breaks, each tip offers practical steps towards a lighter, more intentional life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://bemorewithless.com/little-simple/ Quotes to ponder: "Simplicity isn’t always easy, but the little changes are just as important as the big ones." "Craft an email, give a one less gift certificate, or call your friends and family to enjoy the holidays differently." "Author Julia Cameron calls this an artist’s date: 'The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you.'" Episode references: How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields: https://www.amazon.com/How-Live-Good-Life-Soulful/dp/1401948413 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/249m 0s

3162: What If My Small Dreams Are My Greatness by Genevieve V. Georget with A Life In Progress

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3162: In Genevieve V. Georget's thought-provoking piece, "WHAT IF MY SMALL DREAMS ARE MY GREATNESS?" she explores the profound realization that true greatness may not lie in grand, world-altering achievements but in the small, everyday actions and decisions that define our lives. Georget's narrative weaves through her personal journey of self-acceptance and the transformative power of recognizing the significance in the seemingly insignificant, challenging us to redefine what it means to lead a meaningful life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.alifeinprogress.ca/small-dreams-greatness/ Quotes to ponder: "Your dreams aren’t big enough." Those were the words that shattered my heart. "What if those dreams of mine ARE my greatness? What if the small things are the big things?" "A life filled with runny noses and carpools and supportive phone calls to friends and piles of dishes, THAT TOO, IS HOLY GROUND." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/04/249m 59s

3161: How do You Start Saving Money Living Payday to Payday by Misty with Women Who Money

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3161: Discover practical strategies to escape the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle in Misty's enlightening guide on WomenWhoMoney.com. This episode explores simple, yet impactful financial changes that empower you to save effectively and gain control over your finances, fostering a life of less stress and more security. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://womenwhomoney.com/saving-money-living-paycheck-to-paycheck/ Quotes to ponder: "Taking control of your finances starts with understanding where your money is going." "Save first, then spend. Make it your mission." "Automation is a powerful tool that can transform your finances by growing your savings on autopilot." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/04/2410m 19s

3160: The Protection Principle: A Motivation Technique That (Always) Works by Stephen Guise of Mini Habits

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3160: Stephen Guise introduces the Protection Principle in his article, demonstrating a potent motivation technique that thrives without reliance on willpower or habits. By aligning reason and desire through a need to protect something valuable - whether it's health, family, or a business - this principle taps into deep emotional and biological drives, making it an enduring source of motivation. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://minihabits.com/the-protection-principle-a-motivation-technique-that-always-works/ Quotes to ponder: "There is one motivation technique that works better than any other, and it can last a very long time." "The protection principle takes effect when you have something to protect." "You just have to set up something worth protecting." Episode references: "Motivation: What It Is, How It Works, and Where to Find It" Podcast Episode on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/motivation-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-where-to-find/id1067688314?i=1000648785464 Books by Mark Manson: https://markmanson.net/books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/04/2411m 52s

3159: The Art of Being Easily Fascinated by Joel Zaslofsky with Becoming Minimalist on Gratitude

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3159: Joel Zaslofsky's piece, featured on BecomingMinimalist.com, explores the joyful practice of becoming "easily fascinated." Zaslofsky illustrates through personal anecdotes how adopting a mindset focused on wonder and curiosity enhances our interactions and relationships, making us more generous, grateful, and valued by others. Embrace the overlooked miracles of everyday life and discover how a shift in perspective can enrich your existence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/fascinating/ Quotes to ponder: "The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common." - Ralph Waldo Emerson "People who seem to constantly find joy in us and the world around us are almost always more enjoyable to be with." Episode references: Emilie Wapnick's TED Talk: How to Be Everything - https://www.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/2411m 20s

3158: 8 Things You Must Give Up to Find Peace by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel on Happiness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3158: Marc Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com guides us on a journey to peace by advising what to let go of, including old regrets, the desire for a pain-free life, and materialistic measures of success. Embrace the changes and challenges as opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2012/12/28/8-things-you-must-give-up-to-find-peace/ Quotes to ponder: "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." "You rarely fail for the things you do. You fail for the things you don’t do, the business you leave unfinished, the things you make excuses about for the rest of your life." Episode references: Books by Marc & Angel: https://www.marcandangel.com/book/ The Power of Now: https://a.co/d/7CqI66R Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/2412m 23s

3157: Add the Best; Drop the Worst by Steve Pavlina on New Habit Formation & Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3157: Steve Pavlina shares a straightforward but powerful approach to personal development in his article "Add the Best; Drop the Worst." Pavlina encourages readers to introspect and identify one superlative habit to adopt and one detrimental habit to eliminate. This method promises significant life improvements over time by focusing on small, manageable changes. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2013/06/add-the-best-drop-the-worst/ Quotes to ponder: "Add the best. Drop the worst." "Choose simple habits with clear and crisp boundaries." "If you hit the snooze and got up at 5:10 am, you failed. If you’re vertical before the clock hits 5:01 am, you succeeded. No room for doubt." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/2410m 55s

3156: How to Free Yourself From the Bad Habit of Negative Self-Talk by Ellen Burgan of If It Brings You Joy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3156: Ellen Burgan's exploration on combating negative self-talk guides listeners through the transformative process of swapping harmful mental habits for empowering affirmations. By reframing self-critical thoughts into positive self-talk, Ellen illuminates a path to enhanced self-esteem and overall happiness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ifitbringsyoujoy.com/personal-development-shortcut-to-a-better-you/ Quotes to ponder: "Beating yourself up, that inner critic in your head, negative self-talk, putting yourself down, it’s time to say goodbye to the self-destructive and disempowering voice in your head that steals your confidence and makes you feel bad about yourself." "With that attitude, you won’t get it. Instead, believe in yourself and always think positively. Give yourself a pep talk and tell yourself that you CAN do it!" "Don’t those words bring on a much better feeling than 'I’ll never be good at that?' Acknowledging even the smallest step forward is very empowering." Episode references: Abraham-Hicks: https://www.abraham-hicks.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/249m 18s

3155: Less is More by Catherine of Common Sense Living on Minimalism & Simple Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3155: Explore the enriching world of minimalism with Catherine from CommonSenseLiving.ca in "Less is More," where you'll discover how embracing less can enhance your life's quality. Unpack the secrets of living a fulfilled life through intentional living, the joy of a minimalist lifestyle, and the power of gratitude. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.commonsenseliving.ca/post/less-is-more Quotes to ponder: "Becoming minimalist frees us to live a bigger life with a more passionate pursuit of our greatest purpose and goals." "Learning to live with less does not mean your life is not abundant. It clears up more space for the things that matter." Episode references: The More of Less: https://a.co/d/5HDViBk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/2410m 11s

3154: 5 Reasons Why You’re Not Achieving Success (& How To Overcome Them) by Brian Tracy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3154: Discover effective strategies to conquer common barriers to success in Brian Tracy's enlightening article. Tracy emphasizes the importance of setting specific, measurable, and realistic goals, providing actionable tips to help you define and achieve your personal and professional objectives. Listen and learn how to transform vague desires into concrete achievements. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/personal-successnot-achieving-success/ Quotes to ponder: "Setting goals gives you both long-term vision and short-term motivation." "Specific goals are helpful because when you spell out exactly what you want to do, it’s easier to envision yourself doing it - and then to go through the motions." "Adding a deadline to each goal you set is essential - when you add a deadline to your goals, you’ll be much more motivated to work towards them and ensure you reach them before the time is up." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/04/249m 16s

3153: Q&A - Social Anxiety Coping Strategies - Thoughts and Strategies For Managing Social Anxiety and Therapy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3153: Explore practical coping strategies for social anxiety with Greg Audino as he addresses a listener's quest for better tools to manage anxiety in social settings. Delving into the nuances of individual coping mechanisms and the integration of thought processes, this episode offers tailored advice to transform your approach to social anxiety and foster meaningful connections, even in challenging environments. Quotes to ponder: "Social anxiety is something that I’ve always had, and I’m looking for better coping strategies when I’m feeling it." "I don’t want to practice going to a bar and talking to people, I want ideas for how to manage the anxiety when I’m already at the bar and feeling it instead of being paralyzed with thoughts." "What if, when you’re at that bar and you’re feeling uncomfortable, you direct your thoughts towards questions like: What’s the worst thing that would happen if I talked to that person over there?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/04/2410m 14s

3152: Give Up Comfort by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on How To Build Resiliency & Becoming Resilient

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode number: 3152 Leo Babauta's "Give Up Comfort" explores the allure and pitfalls of our obsession with comfort, especially in unfamiliar situations like travel. Babauta challenges us to embrace insecurity and discomfort, illustrating through personal experiences how this shift can transform our approach to life's uncertainties, leading to growth and a deeper sense of presence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/comfort/ Quotes to ponder: "What if we could dive fully into the insecurity of the situation, and stay in the insecurity without needing to change it?" Episode references: "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle: https://a.co/d/bi3UcJC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/04/2410m 21s

3151: The Focus Launch List by Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch on Productivity & Self-Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3151: In "The Focus Launch List" by Anthony Ongaro of BreakTheTwitch.com, learn a structured approach to overcoming the chaos of an overwhelming to-do list. Anthony shares practical steps to help clear your mind, organize your workspace, and prioritize tasks efficiently, ensuring you're set up to enter a flow state that significantly boosts productivity. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/focus-launch-list/ Quotes to ponder: "Pause everything (and I mean everything) and take a bunch of deep, slow breaths." "Identify two things: a quick win and an urgent/important task." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/2411m 19s

3150: 3 Reasons to Believe in the Law of Attraction by Joel Bein on Personal Growth & Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3150: Joel Bein explores the intriguing possibilities of the Law of Attraction, focusing on its practical benefits irrespective of its metaphysical validity. He advocates for a balanced approach to adopting this mindset, encouraging listeners to use it as a tool for personal empowerment, expanding imagination, and fostering self-belief. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://joelbein.com/blog-1/2023/09/21/3-reasons-to-believe-in-the-law-of-attraction/ Quotes to ponder: "The law of attraction is a universal principle that states you will attract into your life whatever you focus on." "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without accepting it." - Aristotle "Even if the Law of Attraction isn’t metaphysically real, it’s worth building this skillset, in my opinion." Episode references: Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams: https://a.co/d/eoZaWjv Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/2411m 1s

3149: Stop Crowding Out Your Happiness by Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes on Mental Clutter & Finding Joy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3149: In "Stop Crowding Out Your Happiness," Sarah Von Bargen of YesAndYes.org sheds light on the paradox of self-sabotage where we unintentionally dilute our joyful moments with overbooked schedules and incessant mental clutter. Through relatable anecdotes and actionable advice, she urges readers to safeguard their slices of joy and immerse fully in life's happy moments, offering a guide to living more mindfully and contentedly. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.yesandyes.org/2017/05/crowding-out-happiness.html Quotes to ponder: "Much of our lives consist of boring, responsible, logistical things. The shining moments of joy – a great conversation, a long-awaited holiday, amazing food – are the minority." "In the pie chart of our lives, joy is a pretty small slice." "Give your happiness some space to breathe, dude." Episode references: Roadtrippers: https://roadtrippers.com/ Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/2410m 20s

3148: 4 Reasons Worry Scares You and How to Be More Fearless by Ingrid Y Helander on Self-Awareness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3148: Ingrid Y Helander's exploration of the relationship between worry, our nervous systems, and personal insight sheds light on the intricate ways our minds and bodies react to fear. By understanding the reasons behind our worries and adopting a more curious, gentle approach towards them, we can foster a sense of calm and self-awareness that empowers us to face life's challenges with a renewed sense of confidence and clarity. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com/4-reasons-worry-scares-you-and-how-to-be-more-fearless/ Quotes to ponder: "Facing your worries can actually open the door to valuable personal insights and a deeper understanding of yourself." "Worry is not inherently bad; it's a part of our complex personalities, aiming to protect us." "By inviting curiosity rather than fear into our relationship with worry, we cultivate a healthier, more compassionate self-awareness." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/249m 45s

3147: How to Finally Say Goodbye to Sentimental Items by Kerri Richardson on Emotional Liberation & Clarity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3147: Kerri Richardson's article illuminates the emotional journey of letting go of sentimental items, emphasizing the importance of cherishing memories over physical objects. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, Richardson encourages readers to free themselves from the burden of material attachments, fostering a path to emotional liberation and clarity. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://kerririchardson.com/sentimental-clutter/ Quotes to ponder: "The memory you have of that person lives in your heart, not in the item." "Whoever gave you that item never intended to wrap up guilt and obligation with it. If you are no longer enjoying it, for whatever reason, the respectful thing to do for your relationship with that person or the memory of that person is to let it go." "The box broke, but my memory didn’t." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/2410m 36s

3146: Building Your Routine by Danae Smith of This Wondrous Life on Intentional Living & Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3146: Danae Smith of This Wondrous Life explores the profound shift from a life structured by external schedules to the empowering journey of crafting personal routines. Smith candidly shares her evolution towards embracing a routine that breathes life into her days, highlighting the transformational power of daily structures. Through personal anecdotes and insights, she illuminates the path from aimless time to intentional living, championed by the philosophy of James Clear's goalless systems for continuous improvement. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://thiswondrouslife.com/twl/building-your-routine Quotes to ponder: "Choosing to pursue a consistent routine for each morning and evening was the wake-up call I needed." "Having a daily routine has given me a harbor of familiarity and consistency that when everything else may be in an abnormal state this one part of my day is not." "When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy." Episode references: Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits Habit Scorecard by James Clear: https://jamesclear.com/habits-scorecard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/04/2411m 35s

3145: Are There Health Benefits To Spending Time In Nature by NeuroGym Team on Mental & Emotional Well-Being

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3145: NeuroGym Team's exploration into the transformative power of nature reveals a simple yet profound solution to combat negative thoughts, lack of creativity, and poor memory: spending time outdoors. Diving into recent scientific findings, they illustrate how immersing oneself in natural settings, away from the hustle of urban life, can significantly enhance mental and emotional well-being, offering a free and accessible remedy for many modern ailments. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://blog.myneurogym.com/level-up-your-brain-patterns-with-this-one-free-activity Quotes to ponder: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy." "The group that took the test on day 4 (post immersion in nature) scored 50 percent higher than those who took it before the trip. You've got to get outside to think outside of the box!" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/04/2410m 9s

3144: One Sentence That Will Change Your Life by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on People-Pleasing & Fear of Judgment

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3144: Dr. Kelly Flanagan invites readers to embrace a transformative sentence that promises to liberate them from the shackles of people-pleasing and fear of judgment. By adopting this mindset, Flanagan assures a path to genuine self-acceptance, deeper connections, and a life filled with grace and compassion towards oneself and others. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/one-sentence-that-will-change-your-life/ Quotes to ponder: "I’m not going to worry very much about offending people anymore, which means I need you to tell me when I do, so I can think about it and decide if I need to apologize." "I’m sick of living in fear of what others will think of me. It has drained me, and I can’t recall who I truly am. So, I’m done with feeling responsible for everyone else’s feelings." "I know I’m broken and make mistakes. But I also know now we’re all broken, which means your hurt may not be my fault." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/04/2410m 45s

3143: If You Own One Thing in the World, Let It Be This by Kerry Ogden with NoSidebar

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3143: In Kerry Ogden's compelling exploration of NoSidebar.com, the author delves into the transformative power of owning oneself in the quest for authenticity and belonging. Ogden's journey through the mirage of societal expectations to the embrace of minimalism underscores the essence of self-worth and the liberating journey toward true belonging. This narrative not only invites readers to reflect on their paths but also offers practical wisdom on navigating life with courage, self-compassion, and an unwavering commitment to personal growth. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/own/ Quotes to ponder: "Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone." "There is only one thing in this world you really need to own and that’s you." "Belonging is so primal to survival that the threat of losing it is terrifying." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/2412m 54s

3142: [Part 2] How to Make Your Own Luck by Mark Manson on Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Fortunes

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3142: In "How to Make Your Own Luck - Part 2," Mark Manson explores the unconventional wisdom that taking risks and stepping out of one's comfort zone can significantly increase one's chances of experiencing serendipity. By embracing spontaneity and seizing opportunities, Manson argues, we can turn ordinary moments into extraordinary fortunes. This piece is not just a call to be more adventurous but a nuanced look at how success is often the result of numerous failed attempts and the importance of maximizing the return on luck. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/how-to-make-your-own-luck Quotes to ponder: "Spontaneity will open you up to more potential opportunities and adventures." "What is commonly perceived as luck is often merely someone who wasn’t afraid to screw up a few dozen times." "Optimists are more likely to identify a lot of 'false positives' — believing something is good when it’s really bad — while pessimists will more likely identify 'false negatives' — believing something is bad when it’s actually good." Episode references: RESEARCH SHOWS LUCK PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN LIFE SUCCESS: https://driven-woman.com/blog/archive/research-shows-luck-plays-a-crucial-role-in-life-success/ "Success and Luck" by Robert H. Frank: https://a.co/d/4P4Kuk0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/04/2411m 28s

3141: [Part 1] How to Make Your Own Luck by Mark Manson on Behaviors & Mindsets for More Opportunities

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3141: Mark Manson delves into the fascinating realm of perceived luck, challenging the common belief that luck is merely a series of fortunate events that happen to some more than others. He unveils the truth behind creating one's own luck through behaviors and mindsets that invite more opportunities, suggesting that with the right approach, anyone can become a "lucky" person. Manson's insights not only debunk myths surrounding luck but also provide a practical guide for anyone looking to enhance their life with more serendipitous encounters. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/how-to-make-your-own-luck Quotes to ponder: "In other people, we focus on the successful result, not the toil and struggle they endured to reach it or the missed opportunities and growth experiences they suffered through." Lucky people increase their odds of chance encounters or experiences by interacting with a large number of people." Episode references: The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman: https://a.co/d/dAcoK8u Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/2410m 31s

3140: Managing Time Like Money by Tynan on A Balanced Approach for Present Joy & Future Satisfaction

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3140: Tynan emphasizes managing time with the same precision as money, advocating for a balanced approach that secures both present joy and future satisfaction. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, he illustrates how to value and allocate time for maximum benefit, blending productivity with pleasure for a fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://tynan.com/timelikemoney/ Quotes to ponder: "Enjoy life to the fullest now, because fifty years from now is just going to be another 'now'." "Combine productivity and play whenever you can." Episode references: The Time Paradox: https://a.co/d/e1bMh7O Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/248m 31s

3139: 5 Signs It’s Time To Stop Decluttering by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Enriching Life Experiences

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3139: In "5 Signs It’s Time To Stop Decluttering," Courtney Carver from BeMoreWithLess.com offers a refreshing perspective on decluttering, focusing on the point when it may no longer serve your well-being. She illuminates the signs indicating it's time to shift focus from minimizing possessions to enriching life experiences and relationships. This thoughtful approach encourages readers to consider decluttering's role in their lives and when to prioritize personal connections and self-care over the pursuit of simplicity. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://bemorewithless.com/stop-decluttering/ Quotes to ponder: "Decluttering is not about getting rid of stuff, it's about finding confidence in who you are, not what you own." "I know if I wait 30 days before I purchase, I usually won't want it anymore." "It might not be time to stop decluttering but if it is, shift your focus to what will make you feel even more brave, content, vulnerable, joyful, and loving." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/249m 32s

3138: Only 1% of Americans Do This Essential Daily Habit by Benjamin Hardy on Goal-Setting

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3138: In Benjamin Hardy's piece from BenjaminHardy.com, readers are invited to consider the profound impact of daily goal-setting, an activity practiced by only 1% of Americans. Hardy elucidates how dedicating a mere five minutes each day to this practice can significantly alter the trajectory of one’s life, turning aspirations into achievements and separating the extraordinary from the ordinary. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://bettermarketing.pub/1-of-americans-do-this-essential-daily-habit-1c1650724740 Quotes to ponder: "Success is a choice, and so is the level of performance and direction we commit to in our daily lives." "Without clarity of direction and purpose, behavior and motivation become erratic." Episode references: Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield: https://a.co/d/fXkD4ka Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/04/2412m 30s

3137: 12 Ways to Make Yourself Recession Proof by Philip Taylor of PT Money on Personal Finance

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3137: Dive into the insightful strategies outlined by Philip Taylor at PTMoney.com on becoming recession-proof. Through a blend of personal finance tips and practical advice, Taylor equips readers with 12 actionable ways to safeguard their financial future against economic downturns. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ptmoney.com/recession-proof-12-ways/ Quotes to ponder: "Here’s how you and your family can land safely." "Make sure you are generating revenue for your company. Any position can add value." "Health care is now and will be a very hot field for a long time." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/04/249m 51s

3136: Thought Work: The Most Important Work You’ll Ever Do Is Learning to Manage Your Mind by Erica Layne

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3136: Erica Layne's insightful article, "Thought Work: The Most Important Work You’ll Ever Do is Learning to Manage Your Mind," illuminates the transformative power of thought work. By mastering the art of managing your thoughts, you unlock a pathway to a more fulfilled and controlled life. Layne offers practical advice on distinguishing yourself from your thoughts, understanding the true source of your feelings, and the liberation found in presence and mindfulness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ericalayne.co/thought-work/ Quotes to ponder: "Your thoughts— not your circumstances— determine your feelings." "The more you practice presence, the better you’ll feel." Episode references: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: https://a.co/d/6dM0ab1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/2411m 2s

3135: 7 Daily Habits to Change Your Life Forever by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on Personal Transformation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3135: Joshua Becker of BecomingMinimalist.com shares transformative insights on how the accumulation of daily habits significantly shapes our lives. By introducing seven simple, yet profoundly impactful habits, Becker invites readers to embark on a journey of personal transformation, promising that even small changes in our daily routines can lead to monumental shifts in our overall well-being and life direction. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/habits-to-change-your-life/ Quotes to ponder: "You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine." "Once you take control of your habits, you begin taking control of your life. Any from this list will lead to positive results." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/2411m 19s

3134: 9 Good Decisions You’ve Waited Too Long to Make by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3134: Marc Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com enlightens us with "9 Good Decisions You’ve Waited Too Long to Make," urging us to embrace simple yet profound life changes. From being present to appreciating what we have, Chernoff's advice cuts through the noise of daily life, offering a clear path to a happier and more fulfilling existence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2012/11/26/9-good-decisions/ Quotes to ponder: "Being completely present is extremely important - being actively in the ‘here and now’ for yourself and for the ones you love." "If you’re brave enough to say ‘goodbye,’ life will always reward you with a new ‘hello.’" "Happiness is NOT a fleeting state of mind; it is a lifestyle choice that requires the willingness to work through the tears." Episode references: "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle: https://a.co/d/4w5z1Y0 "Getting Things Done" by David Allen: https://a.co/d/0z8HjkU "Awaken the Giant Within" by Tony Robbins: https://a.co/d/6QfgdOZ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/2410m 16s

3133: How to Tell if You’re a Complainypants by Mr. Money Mustache on Shifting from Envy to Admiration

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3133: Discover how Mr. Money Mustache confronts the pervasive culture of complaint in his incisive piece "How to Tell if You’re a Complainypants." Through vivid examples ranging from Olympic athletes to financial moguls, he challenges readers to shift from envy and grievance to admiration and learning. This article critiques a common social tendency and offers a powerful perspective shift, inspiring readers to embrace adaptability and the joy of solving life's puzzles. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/07/how-to-tell-if-youre-a-complainypants/ Quotes to ponder: "It’s not the results that make you happy, it’s the using of your mind and skills to advance your cause." Episode references: “Arnold” a Netflix Documentary: https://www.netflix.com/tudum/articles/arnold-schwarzenegger-documentary-release-date-trailer-news Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/2410m 2s

3132: You Can Write and Embody a New Story For Your Life by Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui of A Life In Progress

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3132: Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui of ALifeInProgress.ca shares a deeply personal journey through joy, sorrow, self-discovery, and the realization that being "enough" is not about perfection, but about embracing one's messy, beautiful self. Her story is a testament to the power of self-compassion, resilience, and finding joy in the imperfections of life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.alifeinprogress.ca/i-am-enough/ Quotes to ponder: "What happens when you’re thirsty and dip into the bucket of joy is that you come up not just quenched but awake." "You can finally tell the truth about what you want and learn to love yourself well." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/04/249m 39s

3131: Things We Are Never Meant to Know by Ali Cornish of Everthrive on Finding Balance & Embracing Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3131: Ali Cornish of Everthrive.org delves into the intricacies of navigating through the overwhelming abundance of choices in modern life, from existentialist thought to the aisles of a grocery store. She offers a reflective exploration of finding balance, embracing minimalism, and the importance of approaching life with a specific agenda to mitigate stress and excess. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://everthrive.org/blog/2019/5/2/things-we-are-never-meant-to-know Quotes to ponder: "Recognizing if it causes you to buy more than you need or causes extra stress, well, then maybe it’s something to consider." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/04/249m 34s

3130: Happiness Is All in Your Mind by Paula Felps with Live Happy on Transformative Power of Creativity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3130: In "Happiness Is All in Your Mind," Paula Felps delves into the transformative power of creativity on well-being. Through insights from experts and research, Felps argues that engaging in creative activities can lead us to a state of flow, enhancing happiness, and dispelling the myth of the tortured artist. This enlightening piece suggests that everyone has the potential to harness creativity for a more fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.livehappy.com/self/happiness-is-all-in-your-mind/ Quotes to ponder: "Once those creative juices start flowing, and you’re no longer focusing on your own life or problems, you get into that flow state where you’re working and the positive feelings are being reinforced. It’s a great way to enhance your mood." "We have been brought up to believe that artists are broke and tortured and crazy. When I say, ‘Let’s become an artist, let’s play, let’s get in touch with our inner resources,’ people are frightened. They believe they can’t be happy if they become an artist, but the opposite is true." "Artistic, creative people are solvent, they’re happy; just start working on your creativity and watch what it does for you." Episode references: "Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life" by Shelley Carson, Ph.D.: https://a.co/d/ezefjsR "The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" by Julia Cameron: https://a.co/d/0iOirCW Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/03/249m 28s

3129: A Simple Act of Kindness by Dr. Allison Niebes-Davis of Dr. Allison Answers on Gestures of Recognition

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3129: Dr. Allison Niebes-Davis captures the profound yet understated power of kindness in her piece. Through personal anecdotes, she illustrates how small gestures of recognition can have a deep impact on our sense of belonging and visibility in the world, urging us to actively notice and appreciate those around us. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drallisonanswers.com/relationships/a-simple-act-of-kindness/ Quotes to ponder: "Feeling seen is like someone saying, 'I notice you. You matter. And you’re worth my attention.'" "A simple act of kindness. So the question is, who are you going to share it with?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/03/249m 2s

3128: When Resistance Smacks You in the Face by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Pursuit of Productivity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3128: In "When Resistance Smacks You in the Face," Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net dives into the heart of creative struggle, offering readers a blend of personal insights and practical strategies to combat the inevitable resistance faced in the pursuit of productivity. Babauta's reflection on his own battles against distraction and fear serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges of remaining dedicated to one's creative endeavors. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/ouch/ Quotes to ponder: "Sit there, and look inside yourself. Just because an urge arises to run doesn’t mean you have to follow it." "Think about who you’re helping. While Resistance is scary, it’s often not nearly as bad as the pain that someone else is facing." "Just get started. Usually all I need to do is get the ball rolling." Episode references: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2654360/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/03/249m 18s

3127: [Part 2] Stop Feeding Your Brain Mental Garbage by Michael Mehlberg on Better Decision-Making

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3127: Michael Mehlberg of MichaelMehlberg.com illustrates the profound impact of our mental diet on personal development in "Stop Feeding Your Brain Mental Garbage - Part 2". He emphasizes the necessity of curating the content we consume, from social media to books, to foster better decision-making, enhance our relationships, and achieve our goals. Mehlberg’s insights serve as a crucial reminder of the power we hold over our mental well-being through selective exposure to information. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://michaelmehlberg.com/blog/2019/8/19/stop-feeding-your-brain-mental-garbage Quotes to ponder: "I don’t know the books I read last year any more than the food I ate. Even so, they have changed me." -Mark Twain "Read thoughtless books or listen to thoughtless podcasts and, you guessed it, you’ll think thoughtless thoughts. Do the opposite, and you’ll become the opposite." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/2410m 2s

3126: [Part 1] Stop Feeding Your Brain Mental Garbage by Michael Mehlberg on Health & Happiness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3126: Michael Mehlberg shares a visceral story on MichaelMehlberg.com to illustrate a potent message: the content we consume impacts our health and happiness as much as the food and drink we ingest. Through personal anecdotes and psychological research, Mehlberg explains how everything from social media to the books we read can influence our mental well-being, urging readers to be mindful of their daily consumption. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://michaelmehlberg.com/blog/2019/8/19/stop-feeding-your-brain-mental-garbage Quotes to ponder: "When we consume to change ourselves it’s important to ask what we’re changing and why. If there’s nothing inherently wrong with what we’re changing, why do it?" "Garbage in garbage out," they say. In my case, it was wine and cigars; and there was no question as to why." "What We Consume Affects All We Do" Episode references: Power of Positivity: https://www.powerofpositivity.com/ University of California Irvine study on stress and media consumption: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/media-exposure-mass-violence-can-fuel-cycle-distress-study-shows Psychology Today on unrealistic beauty standards: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/perfect-me/202401/social-media-and-unrealistic-beauty-ideals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/2410m 29s

3125: The Forge of Life by Steve Pavlina on Purpose & Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3125: Steve Pavlina explores the metaphor of life as a forge, shaping us through experiences into unique, conscious beings. He challenges the notion of dissolving into unconscious oneness after death, proposing instead that the purpose of life might be to develop a strong, individual consciousness that wishes to continue its journey beyond the mortal realm. Pavlina's insights offer a fresh perspective on personal development and the value of actively participating in shaping one's character. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2015/06/the-forge-of-life/ Quotes to ponder: "We come into this world like blocks of marble, and we’re sculpted by experience." "What if instead of dissolving into the light, the point of life is to develop such a strong individual consciousness that we don’t want to dissolve into unconscious oneness afterwards?" "Embrace the new. I’ve found that when I do this, I have few regrets." Episode references: Tim Freke's official website: https://timfreke.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/2410m 58s

3124: What Presence Feels Like by Julie Morgenstern on Being Fully Engaged in the Moment

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3124: Julie Morgenstern's exploration of Africa and her reflections on presence capture the essence of being fully engaged in the moment. Her journey, from meeting inspiring women in Malawi to delivering a workshop in South Africa, emphasizes the profound impact of being present. Through her experiences, Morgenstern outlines how presence can transform our perception, enhance our senses, and deepen our connection to our surroundings. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.juliemorgenstern.com/tips-tools-blog/2019/8/22/name-it-and-bring-it-with-you Quotes to ponder: "We see and experience things when we go to places we’ve never been that simply cannot happen by armchair travel through a Google search." "Simply put, being in 'the moment' means that you are marveling at the newness and presentation before you. You are just reacting, not anticipating or worrying about anything." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/03/249m 37s

3123: How Minimalism Builds Consistency for Personal Growth by Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3123: Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch.com shares an enlightening perspective on how minimalism isn't just about decluttering space but a profound tool for personal growth. By embracing minimalism, Ongaro highlights how we can create consistency in our lives, fostering a conducive environment for developing better habits and living more intentionally. This approach not only simplifies life but significantly amplifies our capacity for personal development and achieving our true potential. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/how-minimalism-builds-consistency-for-personal-growth/ Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism is both an effective tool and one of the best places to start if you know something in your life needs to change." "Consistency is where the magic happens. Small, steady improvements change the entire game." "Minimalism helps reduce the noise, increase our awareness, and save more energy for what’s truly important." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/249m 34s

3122: Circle of Invisible Mentors by Joel of 5AM Joel on How to Propel Personal and Professional Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3122: Joel from 5AM Joel.com explores the transformative power of imaginary mentors in "Circle of Invisible Mentors," inspired by Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich." By consulting with icons like Richard Branson, Jocko Willink, Elon Musk, and even his future self, Joel demonstrates how envisioning advice from these figures can propel personal and professional growth. This practice, while unconventional, offers a unique strategy for overcoming challenges and achieving success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://5amjoel.com/mentors/ Quotes to ponder: "The weirdest imaginary mentor that I have is my future self, at 65 years old." Episode references: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Landmark-Bestseller/dp/1585424331 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/03/249m 31s

3121: The Best Fitness Challenge You Could Ever Take - Focus on What You Can DO by Nia Shanks

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3121: Dive into Nia Shanks' empowering fitness challenge that shifts the focus from superficial goals to celebrating what your body can accomplish. This transformative approach encourages you to appreciate your strength, technique, and physical abilities, fostering a healthier relationship with fitness and self-confidence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.niashanks.com/fitness-challenge-what-you-can-do/ Quotes to ponder: "Focus on what your body can DO, and Nothing Else." "Remember, this challenge is all about focusing on what you CAN DO." "By focusing on their performance, improved body composition just becomes a wonderful side effect." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/03/249m 41s

3120: Who's Editing Your Life Story? by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on How to Be More Authentic

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3120: In "Who’s Editing Your Life Story?" by Dr. Kelly Flanagan, readers are invited to reflect on the importance of having a trusted editor in life - not just for writing but for navigating the personal stories we live. Flanagan draws from personal experiences and literary wisdom to argue that embracing our errors with the help of a trusted editor can lead to a more authentic, revised story of our lives, filled with growth, understanding, and deeper human connection. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/whos-editing-your-life-story/ Quotes to ponder: "Every writer needs an editor. Rough drafts are rough, and writers need another set of eyes to create something beautiful and meaningful." "We need people who will say the hard things, people who will serve up the hard medicine, people for whom we will swallow it because we know they are serving it out of love and caring and respect." Episode references: Father Fiction by Don Miller: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Father-Fiction/Donald-Miller/9781439190531 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/03/2412m 19s

3119: The Weight of Emotional Clutter - And 4 Steps to Letting Go by Erica Layne with NoSidebar

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3119: Erica Layne's article on NoSidebar.com, "The Weight of Emotional Clutter - And 4 Steps to Letting Go," provides a heartfelt examination of the internal narratives that hold us back and offers a methodical approach to decluttering our minds. Layne's personal journey and actionable steps guide readers toward emotional freedom, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and shifting our mental scripts toward positivity and self-love. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/the-weight-of-emotional-clutter/ Quotes to ponder: "Emotional clutter is the type of clutter that is the most unseen but has the greatest impact on your happiness and well-being." "Keep yourself shored up by practicing purposeful self-care and remembering that you are whole and beautiful and worthy no matter what." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/249m 19s

3118: Do Affirmations Work? How to Effectively Employ Affirmations by Clearing Negative Beliefs by Joel Bein

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3118: Joel Bein explores the common skepticism surrounding affirmations and reveals their potential inefficacy due to underlying negative beliefs. By sharing his personal journey of overcoming deep-seated doubts, Bein illustrates how confronting and resolving these internal conflicts can empower affirmations, transforming them from self-help clichés into valuable tools for self-improvement. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://joelbein.com/blog-1/2024/01/02/do-affirmations-work-how-to-effectively-employ-affirmations-by-clearing-negative-beliefs/ Quotes to ponder: "Most people have opposing, negative limiting beliefs buried in their subconscious mind. So, adding a positive affirmation on top becomes akin to spraying dog crap with some air freshener." Episode references: "5 Steps to End Negative Self-Talk" guide: https://thehumanliberation.co/OLD/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/249m 43s

3117: Tilting My Mirror (Motivation is Delicate) AND Kurt Vonnegut Explains Drama by Derek Sivers

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3117: Discover the transformative power of subtle changes with Derek Sivers as he shares his personal journey through a challenging mountain drive. His story, "Tilting My Mirror (Motivation is Delicate)," reveals how minor adjustments in our surroundings can significantly impact our motivation and stress levels, encouraging us to take control of our environment for a more fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://sive.rs/tilt & https://sive.rs/drama  Quotes to ponder: "Motivation is delicate. When you notice your motivation fading, you have to seek out the subtle cause." "A simple tweak can make all the difference between achieving something or not." "That little tweak changed everything! Now it feels like I’m almost alone on this gorgeous mountain drive." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/03/2410m 2s

3116: Four New Ways to Convert Worry to Confidence by Ingrid Y. Helander on Unlocking Inner Calm

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3116: The podcast discusses Ingrid Y. Helander's blog post on converting worry to confidence using Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy concepts. It highlights common reactions to worry and presents four new methods to promote emotional well-being and build a strong, confident foundation. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com/four-new-ways-to-convert-worry-to-confidence/ Quotes to ponder: "Using Internal Family Systems (or IFS) Therapy concepts, you can actually change the way you react to the parts of your personality that work like a little 'internal family' inside you." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/2410m 16s

3115: What a Clogged Sink Taught Me About Minimalism by Rose Lounsbury on Decluttering & Simple Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3115: In this episode of Optimal Living Daily, Justin Malik reads Rose Lounsbury's blog post, "What a Clogged Sink Taught Me About Minimalism." Rose shares her experience of realizing the inconvenience of a slow sink only when forced to share the bathroom with her family during renovations. Drawing parallels to clutter in our lives, Rose highlights how we often become accustomed to living with the burden of clutter, whether physical or mental. The post encourages listeners to consider the immediate benefits of decluttering, emphasizing the positive impact on daily life and well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://roselounsbury.com/clogged-sink-minimalism/ Quotes to ponder: "Eliminating the excess is the easiest way to start living an easier, less stressful life." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/249m 9s

3114: The Best Way To Think More Clearly by Dr. Jenny Brockis on Enhancing Cognitive Clarity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3114: In this episode of Optimal Living Daily, Justin Malik narrates Dr. Jenny Brockis's blog post, "The Best Way To Think More Clearly." Dr. Brockis emphasizes the positive impact of movement on cognitive function, highlighting studies that reveal increased engagement and effective learning when individuals are on their feet. The post explores the connection between physical activity and mental sharpness, advocating for a shift from sedentary habits to incorporating more movement into daily life. Dr. Brockis provides practical suggestions for integrating movement, ultimately encouraging listeners to prioritize the one thing that can significantly enhance their thinking, learning, and memory: moving more. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.drjennybrockis.com/2017/10/2/best-way-think-clearly/ Quotes to ponder: "Regular exercise has been shown to help us to retain more grey and white matter, assisting the development of cognitive reserve." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/03/2410m 2s

3113: Rejecting Consumer Norms Changed My Financial Life Forever by Lisa Harrison of Mad Money Monster

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3113: In this Minimalist Monday edition, Diania Merriam presents Lisa Harrison's blog post from MadMoneyMonster.com, titled "Rejecting Consumer Norms Changed My Financial Life Forever." Lisa shares her journey of rejecting societal expectations and consumer norms, highlighting the impact it had on her financial life and the shift from embracing to rejecting consumerism. The post emphasizes the importance of redefining success, retraining financial habits, and finding peace in a life of frugality. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://madmoneymonster.com/2018/09/11/rejecting-consumer-norms-changed-my-financial-life-forever/ Quotes to ponder: "Our financial motivation switched from embracing consumer norms to rejecting them in exchange for hefty investing and a more carefree lifestyle." Episode references: The Millionaire Next Door: https://www.amazon.com/Millionaire-Next-Door-Surprising-Americas/dp/1589795474 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/03/249m 55s

3112: Motivation: What It Is, How It Works, and Where to Find It by Mark Manson on Emotional Gamification

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3112: In this episode, Justin Malik explores Mark Manson's blog post on MarkManson.net titled "Motivation: What It Is, How it Works, and Where to Find It." The episode delves into the misconceptions about motivation, emphasizing the practical aspects of cultivating motivation through action, emotional gamification, and embracing the struggles inherent in pursuing meaningful goals. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/motivation Quotes to ponder: "Motivation is not just a feeling. It is a habit, a practice that we need to cultivate in our daily lives." "By focusing on the values and the process, rather than the end goal, you’ll find that motivation becomes a natural side effect of the journey." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/2412m 18s

3111: The Power of Ridiculously Small Steps by Kendra Adachi with Becoming Minimalist on Developing Habits

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3111: In this episode, Justin Malik narrates Kendra Adachi's blog post from BecomingMinimalist.com titled "The Power of Ridiculously Small Steps." Kendra shares her struggle with incorporating yoga into her routine and how adopting a ridiculously small step approach transformed her daily habit. The key message is about the effectiveness of embracing small steps to create meaningful habits that align with what truly matters to you. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/ridiculously-small-steps/ Quotes to ponder: "Even if you’re trying to develop habits that support a life you deeply, authentically want, small steps are still your best bet because then you’ll actually move." "Embrace the power of small steps. They matter, they count, and they’re the best way to create habits around what actually matters to you." Episode references: Kendra can be found online at: https://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/03/249m 19s

3110: 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel on Productivity & Improved Relationships

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3110: Marc Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com delivers transformative insights in "7 Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day," exploring how a TO-DON'T list can significantly enhance your life. By advising against unproductive habits like worrying about the wrong people, neglecting the present for the future, and overcommitting, Chernoff guides us towards improved relationships, financial stability, and overall happiness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2013/05/28/7-things-you-need-to-stop-doing-every-day/ Quotes to ponder: "This moment will never happen again. Look around. Cherish your time as you’re living it." "Make time every day to not be busy. Have dedicated downtime moments - clear points in the day to reflect, rest, and recharge." Episode references: Books by Marc & Angel: https://www.marcandangel.com/book/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/2411m 54s

3109: Simplicity is Not a Destination by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Daily Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3109: Courtney Carver's "Simplicity is Not a Destination" explores the misconception that simplicity is a final goal rather than an ongoing journey. Through shared experiences and practical advice, Carver highlights the importance of embracing simplicity as a daily practice, emphasizing that true satisfaction comes from the process itself rather than reaching a particular state of minimalism. This enlightening perspective encourages readers to find joy in simplicity every day, challenging the notion of a definitive endpoint. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://bemorewithless.com/practice/ Quotes to ponder: "Instead of trying to change everything and everyone around you, accept that there is no finish line and no prize for having more or less." "If simplicity is a practice and not a destination, you don’t have to wait to get started. You can measure your success in joy and happiness instead of arrival time and place." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/03/2410m 15s

3108: Developing a Routine by Danae Smith of This Wondrous Life on Personal Growth, Intentional Living & Habit Formation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3108: Danae Smith of ThisWondrousLife.com shares an insightful exploration into the importance of developing a routine that transcends mere scheduling to foster a culture of intentionality and balance in our lives. Through her personal journey of trying and failing to implement a dream routine amid life's adventures, Smith underscores the transformative power of small, meaningful steps towards cultivating a life that makes room for what truly matters. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://thiswondrouslife.com/twl/define-and-solidify-how-to-find-your-routine Quotes to ponder: "A routine is about making space for you to get your mind, heart, soul, and body right." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/03/2410m 19s

3107: 8 Habits to Keep Paper Clutter to a Minimum by Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3107: Rachel Jones of NourishingMinimalism.com presents a practical guide to minimizing paper clutter in our lives. With actionable tips ranging from dealing with mail immediately to embracing digital options, Jones offers solutions to one of the most common clutter challenges, making it easier to maintain a tidy, less stressful living space. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nourishingminimalism.com/8-habits-to-keep-paper-clutter-to-a-minimum/ Quotes to ponder: "Deal with papers immediately. (Also known as the “one-touch” rule)" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/03/2411m 2s

3106: Busyness is a Kind of Debt by David Cain of Raptitude on Minimalism, Mental Clarity & Stress Reduction

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3106: David Cain of Raptitude.com shares a profound insight into decluttering not just our physical spaces but our mental ones as well, illustrating how achieving 'zero' - be it emails, commitments, or clutter - can drastically improve our mental clarity and reduce stress. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, Cain makes a compelling case for minimalism as a tool for better living, urging us to reevaluate our relationship with busyness and embrace the liberating power of zero. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.raptitude.com/2015/09/busyness-is-a-kind-of-debt/ Quotes to ponder: "The psychological effect of reducing any type of mess to zero is profound. It feels like a noisy fan has shut off." "Whatever is normal to us becomes invisible, no matter how counterproductive, and we’ve simply become accustomed to tracking too many ongoing concerns in our heads." Episode references: Getting Things Done by David Allen: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280 KonMari method: https://konmari.com/about-the-konmari-method/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/03/2411m 37s

3105: When to Embrace Life’s Red Flags by Jay Harrington of Life and Whim on Risk-Taking & Fostering Resilience

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3105: Jay Harrington's insightful piece on "When to Embrace Life's Red Flags" offers a compelling narrative on the delicate balance between safeguarding our children and allowing them to navigate risks independently. Highlighting a personal family experience, Harrington eloquently discusses the importance of fostering resilience, creativity, and self-esteem in children through exposure to controlled risks, especially emphasizing the nuanced challenges faced by parents of girls. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/2018/embrace-lifes-red-flags Quotes to ponder: "The red flags are not prohibitive - people are allowed to venture out in the water but the flags indicate that there are risks involved." "Kids need to learn to respect red flags but not always adhere to them. Growth comes from pushing past them." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/03/249m 9s

3104: [Part 2] How to Get Good at Dealing With Massive Change by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Adaptability

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3104: In "How to Get Good at Dealing with Massive Change – Part 2," Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net offers insightful strategies to embrace the fluidity of life with a calm mind and a grateful heart. Babauta guides readers through practices of relaxation, compassion, gratitude, and joyful appreciation amidst life's inevitable changes, illustrating how to find beauty and strength in the transient nature of our experiences. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/everchanging/ Quotes to ponder: "Relax into the beauty of the changing moment. Everything is moving, changing, shifting into a new moment." "Practice compassion, gratitude, and joyful appreciation. Can you be grateful for this moment? Appreciate its beauty, its swirling change, its wide openness." "Love the everchanging moment exactly as it is. It includes suffering, loss, and pain, but also constant shifting, growth, and the joy of moving into something new." Episode references: Pema Chodron: https://pemachodronfoundation.org/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/2411m 5s

3103: [Part 1] How to Get Good at Dealing With Massive Change by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3103: Leo Babauta's guide on "How to Get Good at Dealing with Massive Change" offers a transformative approach to navigating life's inevitable shifts. Through cultivating a mindset of openness and adaptability, Babauta teaches how to embrace change as an opportunity for growth and joy, rather than a source of stress. His insights into the habitual reactions our minds default to when faced with upheaval, paired with practical strategies for mental training, promise a path to resilience and profound personal development. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/everchanging/ Quotes to ponder: "The situation just exists, it is not bad. So instead of continuing to be caught up in your thoughts, drop into the pure experience of the present moment." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/03/2410m 57s

3102: What "Peak"ed My Curiosity and Is Making Me Strive for More by Helene Massicotte of Free to Pursue

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3102: Helene Massicotte of FreeToPursue.com shares transformative insights from "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise" by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, challenging the notion of innate talent and emphasizing the power of deliberate practice. Massicotte's personal journey of applying these principles to writing, speaking, strength training, and archery not only showcases the practical steps towards self-improvement but also inspires readers to reassess their own potential and the myths surrounding natural abilities. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2016/5/31/what-peaked-my-curiosity-for-more Quotes to ponder: "The power is in the word 'deliberate'. Just going through the motions doesn’t make us better." Episode references: Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool: https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Secrets-New-Science-Expertise-ebook/dp/B011H56MKS Freakonomics Radio podcast episode #244: How to Become Great at Just About Anything: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freakonomics-radio/id354668519?i=1000367662472&l=en Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/03/2413m 29s

3101: 19 Ways to Be Better Today Than Yesterday by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy on Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3101: J. Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com shares a poignant reflection prompted by a chance encounter, leading to "19 Ways to Be Better Today than Yesterday." This article serves as a reminder of the importance of kindness, self-improvement, and the value of small actions in making a significant impact on ourselves and those around us. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://budgetsaresexy.com/ways-to-be-better-today-than-yesterday/ Quotes to ponder: "I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/03/249m 36s

3100: Build Your Boundaries by Catherine of Common Sense Living on Self-Care & Assertive Communication

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3100: Catherine of CommonSenseLiving.ca illuminates the underestimated power of setting boundaries to protect and preserve one's energy against the drain of external demands. She argues for the necessity of assertive communication and self-commitment to maintain personal well-being and authentic living, offering actionable advice for those struggling to establish their limits in a world that often takes kindness for weakness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.commonsenseliving.ca/post/build-your-boundaries Quotes to ponder: "Nobody will tell you to set boundaries. All the people around you benefit from your giving nature. Check yourself and slow down if you're giving too much." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/248m 42s

3099: 13 Overrated Virtues by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists on Minimalism & Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3099: Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists.com reevaluates commonly celebrated virtues in "13 Overrated Virtues," challenging the conventional wisdom that holds them in high regard. Millburn's insightful critique reveals how these virtues, when misapplied or taken to extremes, can undermine personal relationships and detract from living a values-aligned life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.theminimalists.com/virtues/ Quotes to ponder: "Loyalty at the expense of integrity is detrimental to a relationship." "When in doubt, 'I don’t know' are the three most freeing words we can utter." "We are at our best when we are smart enough not to rely on [empathy], but to draw instead upon a more distanced compassion." Episode references: Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom: https://www.amazon.com/Against-Empathy-Case-Rational-Compassion/dp/0062339338 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/03/2411m 52s

3098: 8 Tips for Waking Up Early & Conquering the Alarm Clock by Loren Pinilis of Goins Writer

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3098: Loren Pinilis shares transformative advice on Goins Writer.com for those struggling to rise with the sun, detailing a dual strategy that addresses both physical readiness and mental fortitude. With practical steps like setting multiple alarms, cultivating a positive mental environment, and establishing a consistent wake-up routine, Pinilis's guide is essential for anyone looking to harness the benefits of early mornings for enhanced productivity and well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://goinswriter.com/wake-up-early/ Quotes to ponder: "When I realized waking up early is a battle fought on two fronts, everything changed." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/03/249m 2s

3097: How to Recover from a Binge by Elly McGuinness on Recovery, Self-Forgiveness & Emotional Well-Being

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3097: Elly McGuinness guides us through a compassionate approach to bounce back from binge eating, emphasizing self-forgiveness and practical steps for physical and emotional recovery. Discover strategies to regain control and prevent future episodes. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ellymcguinness.com/blog/how-to-recover-from-a-binge/ Quotes to ponder: "Forgiveness is the first step towards healing." "Take a moment to reconnect with your body's needs." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/03/2411m 5s

3096: An Invitation to Dance Like No One is Watching by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Ego, Vulnerability & Authentic Connection

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3096: Dr. Kelly Flanagan's insightful piece, "An Invitation to Dance Like No One is Watching," explores the complex relationship with our egos through the lens of personal and familial experiences, particularly inspired by the book "Wonder." Flanagan delves into how our egos serve as both a protective armor in youth and a barrier to genuine connection, urging readers to embrace vulnerability and the beauty of our true selves beneath the facade. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/an-invitation-to-dance-like-no-one-is-watching/ Quotes to ponder: "The ugliest thing in a person is ultimately essential to preserving the beautiful thing we are becoming." Episode references: Wonder by R.J. Palacio: https://www.amazon.com/Wonder-R-J-Palacio/dp/0375869026 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/2411m 10s

3095: Simplifying the Little Areas of Life by Aimee Stotts with NoSidebar on Decision Fatigue, Simplicity & Decluttering

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3095: Aimee Stotts, writing for NoSidebar.com, illuminates the overwhelming nature of decision-making in "Simplifying the Little Areas of Life." She advocates for reducing choices in daily life, from wardrobe selection to meal planning, to alleviate decision fatigue. Embracing simplicity, as shown by leaders like Zuckerberg and Jobs, can lead to a more focused and satisfying life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/little-areas/ Quotes to ponder: "Too many choices can be detrimental." Episode references: The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz: https://www.amazon.com/Paradox-Choice-Why-More-Less/dp/0060005696 Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert: https://www.amazon.com/Stumbling-Happiness-Daniel-Gilbert/dp/1400077427 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/2410m 0s

3094: How to Find the Courage You Need by Stephen Guise of Mini Habits on Resilience, Shackleton's Endurance & Perseverance

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3094: Stephen Guise of MiniHabits.com dives into the essence of courage, distinguishing it as a choice rather than a natural disposition. Drawing inspiration from historical tales of resilience, like Shackleton's Endurance expedition, he illustrates the necessity of facing life's adversities with clarity and determination. Guise argues that courage is not about the absence of fear but about moving forward despite it, urging readers to embrace their innate toughness and resilience. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://minihabits.com/how-to-find-the-courage-you-need/ Quotes to ponder: "Humans are tough and resilient by nature. But you won’t find out just how courageous you are until you’re in a position in which you have to be." Episode references: "Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing: https://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shackletons-Incredible-Alfred-Lansing/dp/0465062881 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/02/249m 39s

3093: How to Learn From Everything and Everyone by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog on Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3093: Kalen Bruce of MoneyMiniBlog.com explores the invaluable lessons life offers through success, failure, and observing others. He emphasizes the importance of adopting a perspective that sees every outcome as an opportunity for growth. By learning to embrace both our triumphs and setbacks, Bruce guides readers on how to cultivate a mindset geared towards continuous learning and self-improvement. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/learn-from-everything-and-everyone/ Quotes to ponder: "Success is such a powerful teacher. It teaches us what we did right, and what we should replicate." Episode references: John Maxwell's mentorship explanations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcvPaCLnDNg&ab_channel=MaxwellLeadership Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/249m 20s

3092: When Life Gets Hard - 6 Things Your Soul Needs To Hear by Jennifer of Simply Fiercely on Self-Discovery, Empowerment & Introspection

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3092: Jennifer from SimplyFiercely.com shares transformative insights in "When Life Gets Hard – 6 Things Your Soul Needs to Hear," offering solace and empowerment to those feeling lost. Through personal anecdotes and heartfelt advice, Jennifer encourages embracing change, pursuing dreams, and recognizing one's intrinsic worth beyond material possessions or societal expectations. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/6-things-soul-needs-hear/ Quotes to ponder: "Dreams are whispers from your soul." "It’s OK not to want what everyone else wants." "You are important, your feelings are important, and your dreams are important." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/2411m 33s

3091: The Decision Filter: How To Reduce Daily Decision Fatigue by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3091: Anthony Ongaro's insightful article, "The Decision Filter: How To Reduce Daily Decision Fatigue," offers practical strategies for combating the overwhelming effects of decision fatigue. By adopting a minimalist approach and creating a personal decision filter, Ongaro guides readers towards making more deliberate choices that align with their long-term goals, ultimately enhancing their daily productivity and overall well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/decision-filter/ Quotes to ponder: "With each decision made, our ability to effectively make the right one decreases." "Build a mental filter for your brain to make quick decisions easier. Just like an air filter for your home prevents most of the dust particles from getting to your lungs, a decision filter helps prevent most of your decisions from engaging your discipline." Episode references: The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss: https://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Anywhere-Expanded-Updated/dp/B0031KN6T8/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/02/249m 9s

3090: Outdated Limitations by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Creativity, Innovation & Technological Constraints

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3090: Colin Wright's exploration in "Outdated Limitations" challenges the conventional norms shaped by technological constraints, from the length of CDs to the size of books. By delving into the historical influences on creative mediums, Wright invites us to reconsider our adherence to these outdated standards and encourages embracing innovation to redefine the boundaries of our creative expressions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/outdated-limitations/ Quotes to ponder: "One takeaway from this is that there are limitations put on our work that exist only because of tradition, not because they’re practical anchors on our creativity." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/02/249m 56s

3089: Want to Live a Happier Financial Life by Erik Carter of Fianacial Finesse on Freedom, Happiness & Experiences

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3089: Erik Carter of FinancialFinesse.com shares transformative advice in "Want to Live a Happier Financial Life?", emphasizing the importance of prioritizing happiness over wealth. By advocating for sensible spending on housing, investing in experiences, and valuing time over material possessions, Carter outlines practical steps towards achieving financial freedom and a more fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.financialfinesse.com/2015/02/19/want-to-live-a-happier-financial-life/ Quotes to ponder: "When it comes to finances, sometimes we get so caught up in the numbers that we forgot the whole point is about maximizing happiness not money." "Be humble by buying simple, low cost index funds and holding them for the long term. You’ll outperform the vast majority of people who think they can do better." "Spend less on housing and trying to beat the market and more on a shorter commute, experiences, and financial freedom." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/02/249m 46s

3088: How To Challenge Shame Using The Art of Mindfulness by Dr. Margaret Rutherford on Present Moment Awareness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3088: Dr. Margaret Rutherford's "How to Challenge Shame Using the Art of Mindfulness" enlightens readers on the transformative power of mindfulness in overcoming the paralyzing grip of shame. By sharing personal anecdotes and practical advice, Rutherford demystifies mindfulness, illustrating how it can disarm negative emotions and foster a more compassionate self-awareness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drmargaretrutherford.com/catching-your-perfectionism-and-shame-the-art-of-mindfulness/ Quotes to ponder: "If you simply notice a painful emotion or a thought in the present, but you don’t fuel it in any way, that very acceptance can disempower it." Episode references: The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness: https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Way-Through-Depression-Unhappiness/dp/1593851286 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/02/2410m 35s

3087: 11 Better Places to Find Pride in Life by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on Lifestyle, Simplicity & Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3087: Joshua Becker of BecomingMinimalist.com shares transformative insights in "11 Better Places to Find Pride in Life," advocating for a minimalist lifestyle as a path to true satisfaction. Becker's personal journey from a life cluttered with possessions to one of meaningful simplicity reveals the profound impact minimalism can have on redefining success and finding pride in what truly matters - from living with less to contributing more to society. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/pride/ Quotes to ponder: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." "You can always make more money, but you can never make more time." "Leave every room nicer than you found it." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/02/2410m 56s

3086: 4 Ways to LIVE Today, and Not Merely Exist by Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3086: Angel Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com offers transformative advice in "4 Ways to LIVE Today, and Not Merely Exist," urging readers to embrace the present, author their own journeys, practice their beliefs, and courageously venture into the unknown. This insightful piece encourages personal growth, action over contemplation, and the precious utilization of time to foster happiness and success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2014/02/26/4-ways-to-live-today-and-not-merely-exist/ Quotes to ponder: "Your ability to grow to your highest potential is directly related to your willingness to act in the face of imperfection." Episode references: Books by Marc & Angel: https://www.marcandangel.com/book/ Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Money-Life-Transforming-Relationship/dp/0143115766 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/2410m 46s

3085: Habit Change is Like Chess by Steve Pavlina on Self-Discipline, Preparation & Tactical Adjustments

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3085: Steve Pavlina equates habit change to a strategic game of chess, emphasizing the importance of progressing through the early, middle, and endgame stages rather than attempting immediate transformation. Pavlina's insights reveal a methodical approach to altering habits, underscoring preparation, tactical adjustments, and the role of self-discipline in ensuring success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/07/habit-change-is-like-chess/ Quotes to ponder: "Changing a habit is like playing a game of chess. In chess there’s an early game, a middle game, and an endgame. The same is true for habit change." "The early game of habit change is education and setup. In the middle game, you execute some changes to support your habit change. Only in the endgame do you go directly for the kill." Episode references: "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" by Bobby Fischer, Stuart Margulies, and Don Mosenfelder: https://www.amazon.com/Bobby-Fischer-Teaches-Chess/dp/0553263153 "How to Reassess Your Chess" by Jeremy Silman: https://www.amazon.com/How-Reassess-Your-Chess-Imbalances/dp/1890085138 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/02/2412m 3s

3084: An Excerpt from the book Supercommunicators by Charles Duhigg on How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3084: Charles Duhigg's "Supercommunicators" explores the art of mastering meaningful conversations by unveiling the three types of discussions we engage in: practical, emotional, and social. Duhigg identifies four crucial rules for meaningful communication, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the type of conversation occurring, sharing and inquiring about goals and feelings, and understanding the role of personal identities. This insightful excerpt offers practical strategies for enhancing our ability to connect, listen, and express ourselves effectively, promising improved relationships and deeper connections. Get the book : https://charlesduhigg.com/books/supercommunicators/ Quotes to ponder: "When we have a discussion, we often think we’re having one kind of conversation. But what research over the last decade has shown is that, when we open our mouths, we’re often engaging in three different kinds of conversations, sometimes with all three showing up during just one discussion." Episode references: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/02/2412m 52s

3083: Digital Minimalism - 3 Questions for Long Term Success and Happiness by Emma McLaren of Get Myrth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3083: Emma McLaren's article on GetMyrth.com delves into the concept of digital minimalism, emphasizing the importance of a technology diet for long-term success and happiness. Inspired by Cal Newport's insights, McLaren outlines a practical approach for reassessing our digital habits through a 30-day digital declutter. This method not only aims to eliminate digital clutter but also encourages mindful engagement with technology, ensuring it serves our goals without overwhelming our lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.getmyrth.com/myrthblog/digital-minimalism-3-questions-for-long-term-success-and-happiness Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life's excess in favor of focusing on what's important - so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom." Episode references: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Minimalism-Choosing-Focused-Noisy/dp/0525536515 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/02/2410m 2s

3082: Remember to Slam the Door Behind You by Isaac Morehouse on Happiness, Life Choices & Decision Making

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3082: Isaac Morehouse urges a bold approach to personal development in "Remember to Slam the Door Behind You," emphasizing the power of decisively closing doors on options that lead to unhappiness. Morehouse's argument revolves around the liberating act of eliminating paths that drain joy and energy, advocating for a process of elimination in finding one's true passion and purpose. By encouraging listeners to embrace the courage to say no to what makes them "dead inside," Morehouse offers a compelling strategy for navigating towards a fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://isaacmorehouse.com/2016/02/25/remember-to-slam-the-door-behind-you/ Quotes to ponder: "Stop leaving doors open. Start burning bridges." "If you know a door leads you to a life that would make you unhappy, shut it." Episode references: Praxis website: https://discoverpraxis.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/02/248m 35s

3081: How Humans Experience the World by Alexis Chapman of Smart Tribes Institute on Neuroscience & Behavior Modification

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3081: Alexis Chapman from Smart Tribes Institute delves into the fascinating world of how we, as humans, interpret and react to our surroundings, shaping our behavior and identity. Through a blend of neuroscience and practical insights, Chapman offers valuable strategies for altering our behavior patterns to foster growth, productivity, and personal fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://smarttribesinstitute.com/how-humans-experience-the-world/ Quotes to ponder: "We see the world around us as we experience it and then we internally store these pictures, or images, to craft our experience." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/02/2410m 45s

3080: How to Get Back on Track with Motivation & Habits by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Resilience & Overcoming Setbacks

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3080: Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net shares a straightforward method to overcome the inevitable derailments in motivation and habits. He emphasizes that mood plays a crucial role in getting back on track and offers a simple, actionable strategy focused on small victories and incremental progress. This approach aims to rebuild our motivation and habits, making us more resilient to future setbacks. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/back/ Quotes to ponder: "All it takes is a small admission of struggle, a willingness to ask whether you want to get back on track, and a focus on small steps and victories." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/02/2410m 29s

3079: [Part 2] 4 Fascinating Psychological Theories That Explain Your Whole Life by Mark Manson

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3079: In the continuation of Mark Manson's exploration of psychological theories, Life History Theory and Attachment Theory are presented as frameworks to understand human behaviors and relationships. Life History Theory explains how humans allocate resources for reproductive success, influencing behaviors and traits, while Attachment Theory delves into the crucial role of early emotional bonds in shaping relationship dynamics throughout life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/4-psychological-theories Quotes to ponder: "Attachment theory is all about one of the most fundamental human experiences out there: our need for emotional connection." "Adults who have a secure attachment style are comfortable with intimacy and are able to form strong emotional bonds with others." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/02/2410m 10s

3078: [Part 1] 4 Fascinating Psychological Theories That Explain Your Whole Life by Mark Manson

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3078: Mark Manson introduces us to the intriguing world of psychological theories that provide insights into human behavior, with a focus on Terror Management Theory and Post-Traumatic Growth Theory. These concepts explore how our awareness of mortality influences our actions and how traumatic experiences can lead to unexpected personal growth, offering a deeper understanding of our motivations and resilience. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/4-psychological-theories Quotes to ponder: "Terror Management Theory, in a nutshell, is a psychological theory stating that awareness of our own mortality is one of the fundamental drivers of human behavior." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/02/2411m 41s

3077: Cutting to Your Own Core by Greg Audino on Self-Understanding & Self-Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3077: Greg Audino delves into the importance of understanding the motives behind our actions, especially those that seem to sabotage our happiness or well-being. By examining the reasons behind habits such as self-judgment or nail-biting, Audino illustrates how recognizing our underlying motivations can be a powerful step towards self-improvement and finding healthier ways to achieve our desires. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://medium.com/invisible-illness/cutting-to-your-own-core-720151bfd927 Quotes to ponder: "Never forget that everything we do is being done in search of a positive effect. Everything we do is our best guess at how to attain happiness." "In order to cut to your core and gain a better understanding of yourself, simply ask what the motivation is, because you’re not going to act on anything without some sort of incentive." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/249m 17s

3076: Micro-Bursts of Self-Care by Julie Morgenstern on Well-Being & Emotional Health

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3076: Julie Morgenstern's enlightening article on JulieMorgenstern.com introduces the concept of "Micro-Bursts of Self-Care," offering a practical solution to incorporating self-care into our busy lives. By drawing parallels between nurturing children and self-care, Morgenstern suggests that short, consistent bursts of attention to our own needs can be as beneficial as longer, less frequent sessions. This approach not only makes self-care more attainable but also significantly impacts our well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.juliemorgenstern.com/tips-tools-blog/2020/1/21/micro-bursts-of-self-care Quotes to ponder: "Just as we can nurture children in short bursts of undivided attention, so too can we nurture ourselves in these short, micro-bursts of attention to ourselves and our own needs." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/2410m 7s

3075: 7 Ways To Slow Down In a Fast Paced World by Emma Scheib of Simple Slow Lovely on Stepping Back & Self Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3075: Emma Scheib at SimpleSlowLovely.com shares transformative strategies for embracing a slower lifestyle in our fast-paced world. Through seven actionable tips, she guides readers on how to reclaim their time, reduce stress, and find fulfillment by making intentional choices that align with a more mindful and simplified life. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://simpleslowlovely.com/7-ways-to-slow-down-in-a-fast-paced-world/ Quotes to ponder: "Creating anything can be an amazing mindfulness technique that can slow your heart rate and decrease stress and anxiety." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/247m 47s

3074: Why It’s So Hard To Settle Debts Of Gratitude by Helene Massicotte of Free to Pursue

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3074: Helene Massicotte's touching article on Free to Pursue.com delves into the profound challenge and emotional weight of expressing gratitude to those who've had a significant impact on our lives. Massicotte shares her personal journey of thanking two influential individuals, highlighting the deep emotional responses such an act can evoke and the importance of overcoming our vulnerabilities to acknowledge the positive changes others have brought into our lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2016/2/22/why-its-so-hard-to-settle-debts-of-gratitude Quotes to ponder: "Gratitude is more powerful than we allow ourselves to believe. Hearing how we impact the lives of others fuels us to do more of the good we do." Episode references: CANADALAND podcast and news site: https://www.canadaland.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/02/248m 47s

3073: Regenerative Healthcare: Could This Simple Concept Heal The World by Emma Hogan with Les Mills

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3073: Emma Hogan's insightful piece, in collaboration with LesMills.com, explores the transformative potential of Regenerative Healthcare, a revolutionary concept merging farming and healthcare to combat lifestyle-related diseases. By advocating for a shift towards regenerative organic farming and integrative medical systems, Hogan illuminates a path towards a healthier future through prevention-based approaches to human and environmental well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/health/regenerative-health/ Quotes to ponder: "Regenerative Healthcare involves increasing the availability of nutrient-dense foods by shifting to a regenerative organic farming system that eliminates toxic inputs and focuses on foods optimal for our health." Episode references: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan: https://michaelpollan.com/books/the-omnivores-dilemma/ Food, Inc. (film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/02/2410m 25s

3072: The 3 Reasons We Bury Our Dreams by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Overcoming Rear, Resistance & Passion

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3072: Dr. Kelly Flanagan of DrKellyFlanagan.com shares his personal journey of rediscovering and pursuing his long-buried dream of writing a novel. He explores the reasons why we often bury our dreams, such as practicality, fear of failure, and resistance, and emphasizes the transformative power of embracing and actualizing our passions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/the-3-reasons-we-bury-our-dreams/ Quotes to ponder: "Our dreams are relatively safe experiments in being human, until we drag them out into the light for everybody to see. Then, they have to dance with our fears." "The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight. At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it. It hits the panic button. It marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it’s got." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/02/2410m 54s

3071: What a Life Lived Has Taught Me About the Life I’m Living by Gregory Engel with No Sidebar

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3071: Gregory Engel of NoSidebar.com reflects on the lessons learned from a neighbor's passing, particularly regarding the transient nature of material possessions. He distinguishes between items that hold personal value and those that possess enduring value to others, advocating for mindful acquisition and stewardship of possessions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/a-life-lived/ Quotes to ponder: "Will this end up being tossed into a dumpster after I have passed?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/2410m 6s

3070: 4 Ways to Beat Stress For a More Fulfilled Year by Carl Pullein on Planning Ahead

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3070: Carl Pullein of CarlPullein.com shares four strategies for reducing stress and enhancing life fulfillment: planning ahead, ensuring adequate sleep, setting clear yearly goals, and maintaining good health. He emphasizes the importance of organization, rest, focused ambition, and physical well-being in creating a stress-free and productive life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.carlpullein.com/blog/v4c7r3w9vhgoah0yc2jg29vtu9c4y5/5/7/2016 Quotes to ponder: "Planning ahead, it probably the most powerful weapon you have against stress." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/2411m 9s

3069: 11 Habits That Will Give You A Complete and Successful Life by Pete Zafra with Money Mini Blog

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3069: Pete Zafra of MoneyMiniBlog.com shares 11 habits for a complete and successful life, emphasizing the importance of mindset, gratitude, physical health, respect, avoiding gossip, goal setting, continuous learning, humility, generosity, handling rejection, and learning from those who are successful. These habits, drawn from observing people who excel in both their internal and external worlds, are designed to foster inner peace, joy, and fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://moneyminiblog.com/creating-habits/habits-complete-successful-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Thoughts become things. The quality of our life is determined by the quality of our thoughts." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/02/2414m 5s

3068: The Unsexy Way to Make Massive Progress Toward Your Goals by Michael Mehlberg on Incremental Achievement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3068: Michael Mehlberg of MichaelMehlberg.com draws parallels between a kids' baseball game and achieving life goals, emphasizing the power of small, incremental achievements. He advocates focusing on small, consistent steps, explaining that while they may not be glamorous, they are essential for making significant progress towards larger ambitions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://michaelmehlberg.com/blog/2019/9/23/the-unsexy-way-to-make-massive-progress-toward-your-goals Quotes to ponder: "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable." Episode references: Michael Mehlberg book: https://michaelmehlberg.com/homeearly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/2413m 23s

3067: Why You Should Give Away 50% of Your Stuff by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Decluttering

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3067: Courtney Carver of Be More With Less.com shares her transformative journey of decluttering, advocating for giving away 50% of one's possessions. She addresses common fears associated with decluttering and highlights the mental clarity, space optimization, and emotional freedom gained from living with less. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://bemorewithless.com/50/ Quotes to ponder: "Give away 50% of your stuff because it will never love you back." "I’ve learned that living with less is a blessing and not a sacrifice." Episode references: Courtney Carver books: https://bemorewithless.com/books/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/249m 30s

3066: The Healing Power of Loving Kindness by Melani Schweder of A Brighter Wild on Metta & Emotional Healing

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3066: Melani Schweder of ABrighterWild.com explores the profound effects of loving-kindness meditation, offering a practical guide to integrating this powerful practice into daily life. She highlights its transformative impact on personal wellbeing, social interactions, and even brain structure, inviting readers to experience the enriching benefits of this mindfulness technique. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.abrighterwild.com/blog/the-healing-power-of-loving-kindness Quotes to ponder: "The lifeblood of this practice is the glorious, tender, non-judging, interconnected equanimity that comes from an open heart." "Metta is structured around four wishes: to be happy, to be well, to be safe and protected, and to be free from suffering." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/02/2411m 4s

3065: 10 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster by Alexa Mason with The College Investor

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3065: Alexa Mason from TheCollegeInvestor.com delves into the nuanced debate of paying off your mortgage early versus investing your funds. With insightful strategies and personal anecdotes, she provides a comprehensive guide for both prospective homeowners and current mortgage holders, offering tailored advice to optimize their financial decisions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/17068/10-ways-to-pay-off-your-mortgage-faster/ Quotes to ponder: "Before you buy a home, work on your credit score, have at least a 20% down payment, shop around, and have an emergency fund." Episode references: Risk Parity Radio: https://www.riskparityradio.com Mortgage Pay Off Calculator: https://www.bankrate.com/calculators/mortgages/mortgage-calculator.aspx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/02/2411m 27s

3064: If You’ve Got a Cherished Dream Shoved in a Drawer, Please Give it Fresh Air by Rachel Macy Stafford of Hands Free Mama

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3064: Rachel Macy Stafford, writing for HandsFreeMama.com, shares an inspiring message about the power of revisiting and nurturing long-forgotten dreams. At her Soul Shift retreat, a simple yet profound question about life without financial constraints sparked attendees to share their deeply held dreams. This led to an epiphany for Rachel about her own aspirations, particularly around hosting retreats in beautiful locations. Drawing on the insights from her book "Live Love Now," she underscores the transformative power of experiences that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rachel's story is a testament to the idea that it's never too late to pursue our dreams, and that sometimes, all it takes is a little fresh air to revive them. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.handsfreemama.com/2023/11/16/if-youve-got-a-cherished-dream-shoved-in-a-drawer-please-give-it-fresh-air/ Quotes to ponder: "Dreams don't have timelines, deadlines, and aren't always in straight lines." "Young people don't usually develop a specific purpose and then go become an expert in that thing. Rather, they are exposed to something new that helps them develop their own sense of purpose." Episode references: "Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with Our Kids" by Rachel Macy Stafford: https://www.amazon.com/Live-Love-Now-Pressure-Connection/dp/0310358647 Patrick Cook-Deegan is indeed the founder of Project Wayfinder: https://www.withwayfinder.com/team/patrick-cook-deegan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/02/2412m 41s

3063: Five Better Ways to Measure Your Life by Lisa Avellan with Becoming Minimalist on Minimalism & Gratitude

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3063: Lisa Avellan, contributing to BecomingMinimalist.com, challenges the conventional ways of measuring life's success, often influenced by relentless advertising. She suggests five alternative metrics: gratitude, generosity, contentment, availability, and purpose. These measures encourage a simpler, more intentional life, free from the influence of consumer culture. Embracing these values leads to a life defined by personal satisfaction and meaningful contributions, rather than material possessions and societal expectations. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/better-ways-to-measure-your-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Contentment is not the satisfaction of want; it’s the pursuit of having enough." "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/2410m 6s

3062: 9 Mindful Reminders that Will Put Your Soul at Ease by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3062: Marc Chernoff offers nine powerful reminders to foster mindfulness and inner peace in his post on MarcAndAngel.com. He begins with a quote from Eckhart Tolle, emphasizing that our thoughts, not situations, are the primary cause of unhappiness. Chernoff advocates for witnessing our thoughts without judgment, creating a mental gap that allows us to rise above chaos. The nine reminders range from accepting ourselves as works in progress to the importance of forgiveness and the value of relationships. Each point encourages embracing the present, letting go, and finding peace within, even amidst external turmoil. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2015/07/16/9-mindful-reminders-that-will-put-your-soul-at-ease/ Quotes to ponder: "It’s about sitting silently, and witnessing the thoughts passing through you. Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging." "Forgiveness isn’t holding on to someone who hurt you; it’s coming to peace with what happened and moving forward with your life." Episode references: "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle: https://www.amazon.com/New-Earth-Awakening-Purpose-Selection/dp/0452289963 "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown: https://www.amazon.com/Daring-Greatly-Courage-Vulnerable-Transforms/dp/1592408419 Books by Marc & Angel: https://www.marcandangel.com/book/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/2411m 47s

3061: What If We Only Bought the Stuff We Loved from Budgets Are Sexy on Intentional Purchasing & Financial Mindfulness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3061: J Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com explores the transformative idea of only purchasing items we truly love. Inspired by Kathleen from Frugal Portland, he discusses the impact of this mindset on reducing clutter and enhancing life satisfaction. J Money shares his personal experiences with minimalism, such as donating clothes he doesn't use, investing in companies he believes in, focusing on passion projects, and adopting a discerning approach to thrift shopping. He highlights the benefits of this philosophy in fostering a simpler, more intentional lifestyle. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://budgetsaresexy.com/stuff-you-love-mentality/ Quotes to ponder: "What if, instead, we only bought things that we loved? What if when we looked through our homes and saw only the things we absolutely adored on the wall/bookshelf/cabinets/closets?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/2410m 13s

3060: The Primary Barrier Stopping You From Everything You Want In Life by Benjamin Hardy

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3060: In "The Primary Barrier Stopping You from Everything You Want in Life" by Benjamin Hardy, the central theme revolves around overcoming emotional resistance to achieve success. Hardy emphasizes that fear, discomfort, and other challenging emotions are often the obstacles that prevent us from reaching our full potential. He argues that embracing these feelings and moving beyond them can open up a world of opportunities. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://medium.com/thrive-global/the-primary-barrier-stopping-you-from-everything-you-want-in-life-d96b369a18a8 Quotes to ponder: "Pain, discomfort, shock, boredom, impostor syndrome, awkwardness, fear, being wrong, failing, ignorance, looking stupid: your avoidance of these feelings is stopping you from a life beyond your wildest imagination." "Make the decision and act. When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve." "Trust Yourself. Your most honest work will always be your best work. More than likely, it will also be your most successful work." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/249m 44s

3059: Am I A Minimalist Yet by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Minimalism & Intentional Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3059: "Am I a Minimalist Yet?" by Anthony Ongaro of BreakTheTwitch.com offers a refreshing perspective on minimalism. Ongaro explores the idea that minimalism isn't a static goal but an ongoing practice of removing life's distractions. This insightful piece encourages readers to redefine minimalism as a daily habit rather than a final destination, providing practical tips for integrating this philosophy into everyday life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/minimalist/ Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism is perhaps not something to be, but a practice of removing distractions in your life." "Creating intentional friction in your environment is how you can change your habits and live more intentionally." "Being a minimalist is the active practice of removing distractions and requires consistent daily effort." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/249m 42s

3058: Progressive Extremism - How To Be A Better You by Nir Eyal on Habit Formation & Breaking Bad Habits

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3058: The article "Progressive Extremism – How to be a Better You" by Nir Eyal offers a compelling exploration of overcoming bad habits through the technique of progressive extremism. Eyal shares his personal journey and provides actionable insights for those seeking meaningful change in their habits, emphasizing patience and small, sustainable steps for long-lasting transformation. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.nirandfar.com/be-a-better-you/ Quotes to ponder: "Whether it’s changing our penchant for eating unhealthy food or reining in our predilection for distraction, starting a new routine is very different from breaking an existing habit." "By slowly ratcheting up what you don’t do, you invest in a new identity through your record of successfully dropping bad habits from your life." Episode references: "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg: ​https://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/081298160X "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life" by Nir Eyal: https://www.amazon.com/Indistractable-Control-Your-Attention-Choose/dp/194883653X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/01/2410m 21s

3057: Dreaming With Community by Danae Smith of This Wondrous Life on Vision Sharing & Community Involvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3057: Danae Smith of This Wondrous Life.com explores the benefits of sharing dreams with a trusted community. She highlights how community involvement can champion our aspirations, provide different perspectives, and reinforce the belief in the possibility of our dreams. Emphasizing vulnerability and openness, Smith encourages embracing the support and insights that come from sharing one's dreams with others, challenging the notion of solitary pursuit in achieving our goals. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://thiswondrouslife.com/twl/dreaming-with-community Quotes to ponder: "When you let your heart people into your dream journey, you find just how supported and believed in you are." "It is possible to dream the wildest dream and see it happen." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/01/2410m 33s

3056: [Part 2] Finding the Feeling of Contentment with a Simple Life by Jessalynn Jones with HelloBrownlow

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3056: In Part 2 of her article on HelloBrownlow.com, Jessalynn Jones shares practical strategies for fostering contentment in a simple life. She advises seeking meaningful experiences over material possessions, resisting consumer culture, embracing creativity and self-care, practicing gratitude, and learning to recognize and appreciate contentment. These insights encourage a shift from a focus on acquiring things to enjoying life's simple pleasures and relationships. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://hellobrownlow.com/2022/01/26/contentment-simple-living/ Quotes to ponder: "No amount of stuff is going to change your level of happiness." "Contentment is that safe, satisfied, and comforted feeling you have when you know that you are where you want to be." Episode references: DoableSimplicity.com: https://doablesimplicity.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/01/2410m 0s

3055: [Part 1] Finding the Feeling of Contentment with a Simple Life by Jessalynn Jones with HelloBrownlow

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3055: Jessalynn Jones of HelloBrownlow.com shares her journey towards finding contentment in a simple life, emphasizing the importance of not comparing oneself to others, disconnecting self-worth from material possessions, and focusing on loving people over things. Her perspective challenges the consumerist culture and highlights the joy and satisfaction that come from living in alignment with personal values and integrity. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://hellobrownlow.com/2022/01/26/contentment-simple-living/ Quotes to ponder: "Contentment is a permanent mindset. It is a feeling of deeper satisfaction and gratitude." Episode references: DoableSimplicity.com: https://doablesimplicity.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/2410m 33s

3054: How to Give Yourself to Whatever the Moment Brings, and Forget Stress by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3054: Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net challenges the conventional approach to life planning, advocating for a more flexible and present-focused mindset. He suggests abandoning rigid plans and expectations, embracing the unpredictable nature of life, and responding to each moment with openness, passion, and calm acceptance. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/how-to-give-yourself-to-whatever-the-moment-brings-and-forget-stress/ Quotes to ponder: "Do what you’re passionate about, do what excites you right now." "Accept what happens, it’s what life has given you, what has resulted from your actions in an unpredictable world." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/2411m 6s

3053: Make People Feel Good by Steve Pavlina on Social Connections & Emotional intelligence

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3053: Steve Pavlina of StevePavlina.com offers a straightforward approach to enriching social connections: focus on making others feel good. He argues that self-improvement efforts, while valuable, are not prerequisites for meaningful interaction. True connection comes from understanding and acting upon what makes others, and ourselves, feel valued and happy. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2015/03/make-people-feel-good/ Quotes to ponder: "Make each other feel good. Do those simple actions every day, multiple times per day." Episode references: How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie: https://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Friends-Influence-People/dp/0671027034/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/249m 35s

3052: Success Requires Failure So Just Start by Jay Harrington of Life and Whim on Resilience & Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3052: Jay Harrington of Life and Whim.com illuminates the essential role of failure in achieving success. Drawing parallels between the unattainable horizon and our evolving goals, he shares personal anecdotes of failure leading to unexpected success, emphasizing the importance of resilience and the continuous pursuit of a singular goal. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/success-requires-failure-just-start Quotes to ponder: "The good things didn’t happen despite the bad ones - they happened because of them." "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." "Success is a byproduct of failure." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/2410m 1s

3051: A Minimalist, a Japanese Cowboy, and an Arrogant American Walk into a Museum AND Is This What You’ve Been Waiting for Your Entire Life? by Joshua Fields Millburn

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3051: Discover the profound insights on confidence versus arrogance as we explore an encounter at the Getty Museum. The story contrasts a self-assured Japanese cowboy, embodying genuine confidence, with an arrogant American tourist, revealing how true confidence shines through in demeanor and humility, while arrogance crumbles under scrutiny. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.theminimalists.com/confidence/ & http://www.theminimalists.com/question/ Quotes to ponder: "Confidence holds up under scrutiny, whereas arrogance fractures with the slightest crack." "I knew that my younger self - although proud of the money and ostensible success of the corporate world—wouldn’t approve of what I’d become." Episode references: The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich: https://www.amazon.com/Solace-Open-Spaces-Gretel-Ehrlich/dp/0140081135 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/2410m 30s

3050: My Experience with Mental Health - Anxiety by Kylee Lessard of A Blue Sky Mind on Buddhist Advice

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3050: Kylee Lessard's candid exploration of anxiety sheds light on its prevalence and personal impact, offering practical strategies for managing it. Her insights, bolstered by lessons from a Buddhist nun and personal coping mechanisms, provide valuable guidance for navigating life's anxious moments. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.ablueskymind.com/blog/mental-health-anxiety Quotes to ponder: "Accept non-permanence and change. Security is an illusion." Episode references: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Hard Times by Pema Chodron: https://www.amazon.com/When-Things-Fall-Apart-Difficult/dp/1611803438 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/01/249m 8s

3049: Getting Back On the Fitness Wagon by Mark Fisher on Muscle Memory and Health Goals

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3049: Explore the common challenges of maintaining a fitness routine with Mark Fisher's insightful article. Fisher delves into the realities of fitness journeys, debunking the myth of a linear path and addressing the unnecessary shame associated with fitness breaks. His experiences and advice offer encouragement and strategies to get back on track, emphasizing that setbacks are normal and manageable. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markfisherfitness.com/getting-back-on-the-fitness-wagon/ Quotes to ponder: "The journey to optimal health and hotness isn’t linear. The universe moves in spirals. Two steps forward are generally followed by one step back." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/01/2410m 29s

3048: You Don’t Find Your Passion in Reflection, It Finds You in Action by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Doing What You Love

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3048: Dr. Kelly Flanagan of DrKellyFlanagan.com shares a powerful message about discovering passion through action, not reflection. Highlighting his son Aidan's experiences and his own journey, Flanagan emphasizes that engaging in life's activities, rather than waiting to find one's passion, is the key to a meaningful existence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/you-dont-find-your-passion-in-reflection-it-finds-you-in-action/ Quotes to ponder: "You don’t find your passion and then start living; you start living and then, eventually, you get a glimpse of your passion in the rearview mirror." "A passion isn’t bliss; it’s something you’re so extravagantly fond of doing you’d be willing to suffer for it if necessary." "We don’t find our passions in reflection; they find us in action." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/01/2411m 15s

3047: Five Things I Need to Heal From Trauma and Anxiety by Emma Scheib of Simple Slow Lovely on Self-Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3047: Emma Scheib of SimpleSlowLovely.com shares her personal journey of healing from trauma and anxiety. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging her struggles and outlines methods like medication, talk therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, and embracing a slower pace of life as key elements in her path to recovery. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://simpleslowlovely.com/five-things-i-need-to-heal-from-trauma-and-anxiety/ Quotes to ponder: "Anxiety is just a symptom of something else, something deeper." "I believe that eventually, being more mindful of each movement, activity, and word, could become the default I operate from." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/2411m 20s

3046: 10 Helpful Ways to Overcome Adversity in Life by Rebecca Crespo of Minimalism Made Simple on Getting Through Dark Times

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3046: Rebecca Crespo of MinimalismMadeSimple.com explores effective strategies for overcoming adversity, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging difficulties, seeking support, and developing resilience. Her insights provide practical steps to navigate life's challenges and emerge stronger. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.minimalismmadesimple.com/home/overcome-adversity/ Quotes to ponder: "Believe in yourself. Remember that you're capable of handling whatever comes your way." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/01/2412m 45s

3045: How to Combat Your Morning Self (And My Morning Ritual) by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog on the Power of Routines

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3045: Kalen Bruce of MoneyMiniBlog.com shares valuable insights on transforming into a morning person. His article details a practical morning ritual and effective strategies like committing to one simple task upon waking, which can dramatically improve morning productivity and overall daily energy. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/combat-your-morning-self-and-my-morning-ritual/ Quotes to ponder: "My night self goes to sleep thinking about all of the great and productive things I’m going to do in the morning." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/01/249m 37s

3044: How You See Changes Everything - Mindset Really Matters by Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui of A Life In Progress

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3044: Krista O’Reilly Davi-Dagui of a LifeInProgress.ca highlights the profound impact of mindset on one's life. She explains that mindset, shaped by core beliefs, influences thoughts, behaviors, and experiences. Krista emphasizes that adopting a positive mindset can lead to longer life, increased resilience, better stress management, more joy in activities, and a reduction in fear and competition. She advocates for a perspective that embraces learning from every experience, understanding the worth of oneself and others, and recognizing the control one has over personal happiness. The post underscores the idea that a shift in mindset can transform one's approach to life, fostering a more fulfilled and content existence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.alifeinprogress.ca/mindset-matters/ Quotes to ponder: "Mindset is the window through which you view the world, yourself, and your experiences." "A positive view of ageing will add an average 8 years to your life." "How you see changes everything. Mindset really matters." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/01/249m 2s

3043: Simplifying Your New Year by Robin Shliakhau with No Sidebar on How to Declutter in 2024

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3043: Robin Shliakhau, guest writing for NoSidebar.com, shares ten practical tips for simplifying life in the New Year. She emphasizes the importance of diving into decluttering, choosing a pace that suits your personality, understanding potential benefits and obstacles, staying motivated through reading, involving friends, journaling progress, setting reminders, focusing on internal growth, joining communities, and following standard resolution tips. These steps are designed to help maintain motivation and progress in a journey towards a minimalist, more intentional lifestyle. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/simplifying-new-year/ Quotes to ponder: “'A goal without a plan is just a wish.' — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/01/249m 47s

3042: Don't Let Your Life Go to the Dogs by Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue on Motivation & A Simple Life

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3042: Helene Massicotte of FreeToPursue.com shares her experience with fostering a troubled puppy named Charlie and draws parallels between his behavior and human reactions to fear and anxiety. She observes that, like Charlie, people often act out of fear, leading to erratic and emotional behavior. By creating a safe and ordered environment for Charlie, his behavior improved remarkably, suggesting that approaching situations with curiosity and confidence rather than fear can lead to better outcomes. The article encourages adopting a positive mindset and seeking support to navigate new or challenging situations effectively. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2016/8/16/dont-let-your-life-go-to-the-dogs Quotes to ponder: "We only behave in erratic ways when we’re trying to protect ourselves from unknown outside forces." "Before Charlie could learn to be the happy puppy he’s turning out to be, he needed to believe that he was safe." "Our potential for success or failure is virtually predetermined…by us!" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/01/248m 16s

3041: You Are Your Own Worst Enemy by JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly on Financial Advice & Spending Habits

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3041: JD Roth of GetRichSlowly.org recounts a conversation with his friend Gillian, who sought financial advice. Despite a comfortable lifestyle, Gillian and her husband face continuous financial strain due to their spending habits. Roth suggests practical ways to cut expenses, like eliminating non-essential services and downgrading luxuries, but Gillian resists any lifestyle changes. The article highlights a common resistance to behavioral changes necessary for financial improvement, demonstrating that often the biggest obstacle to financial health is one's unwillingness to adapt and sacrifice. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.getrichslowly.org/you-are-your-own-worst-enemy/ Quotes to ponder: "You need to decide what's important." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/01/2411m 11s

3040: Is Flexible Thinking the Key to a Happy Life? by Stephen Guise of Mini Habits on Overcoming Mental Blocks

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3040: Stephen Guise of MiniHabits.com discusses the importance of flexible thinking in his book "Elastic Habits," highlighting its role as a key driver of behavior change and happiness. He contrasts rigid thinking, which leads to negative thought patterns and emotional traps, with flexible thinking, which allows for adaptability and positive behavioral shifts. Guise emphasizes that mental flexibility is essential for emotional health, enabling individuals to break free from harmful cycles and pivot towards more productive and beneficial thoughts and actions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://minihabits.com/is-flexible-thinking-the-key-to-a-happy-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Flexibility activates power." "Mental flexibility, or flexibility of thought is the ability to think laterally." "Mental flexibility allows us to escape these harmful thought patterns." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/01/2410m 46s

3039: Living in the Land of Enough by Courtney Carver with Be More With Less on Minimalism & Gratitude

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3039: Courtney Carver with BecomingMinimalist.com explores the concept of "Living in the Land of Enough," contrasting it with the excessive consumer culture of modern society. She provides seven actionable steps to embrace a simpler, more contented life, including saving money, taking time for oneself, disconnecting from digital devices, eating real food, decluttering, finding inexpensive entertainment, and practicing gratitude. This minimalist approach is aimed at finding fulfillment and happiness in what one already has, rather than in constant acquisition and comparison. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/living-in-the-land-of-enough/ Quotes to ponder: "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed." – Mahatma Gandhi "There is no risk involved by visiting the land of enough." "Enough, really is enough." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/01/249m 51s

3038: 4 Steps to Loving Your Ordinary Life by Marc Chernoff on Personal Acceptance & Life Appreciation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3038: Marc Chernoff of MarcandAngel.com illuminates the path to embracing and loving an ordinary life, detailing four practical steps for acceptance and appreciation. The article emphasizes the importance of abandoning the pursuit of a "perfect life," acknowledging the naturalness of disappointment, and focusing on making the best of the present moment. It also highlights the preciousness of each day, urging readers to appreciate their current circumstances, recognize their personal growth, and find gratitude in the lessons life offers. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2019/10/21/4-steps-to-loving-your-ordinary-life/ Quotes to ponder: "You will never be as good as you think you should be." Episode references: Books by Marc and Angel Chernoff on Amazon: "1000+ Little Habits of Happy, Successful Relationships": Amazon Link​​. "Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs": Amazon Link​​. "The Good Morning Journal: Powerful Prompts and Reflections to Start Every Day": Amazon Link​​. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/01/2411m 7s

3037: The Decision to Be Remarkable by Chris Guillebeau on Pursuing Greatness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3037: "The Decision to Be Remarkable" advocates for a proactive approach to life, emphasizing the need to break free from mediocrity by choosing to be extraordinary. It suggests actionable steps like ceasing excuses, taking responsibility, questioning norms, pursuing passionate work, living one's own life, striving for higher goals, and embracing the journey despite challenges. The article underscores the addictive nature of excellence, the support from like-minded communities and unexpected sources, and the expanding vision that comes with pursuing remarkable goals. The key is to commit to being remarkable and not to expect universal understanding or acceptance of this path. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://chrisguillebeau.com/the-decision-to-be-remarkable/ Quotes to ponder: "If you want to break out of the mold of average, the first thing you need to do is to make a decision to be radically different." "Stop making excuses. Just stop." "Remarkable people are all minorities in a world of average living." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/249m 30s

3036: 9 Helpful Hints For Making Good Decisions by Rachel Shanken of MindBodyWise on How to Be More Decisive

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3036:  The article offers nine insightful tips for effective decision-making, emphasizing the importance of recognizing life lessons, gathering complete information, appreciating the privilege of choice, expressing gratitude, understanding the value of saying "no," the power of pausing, reducing self-induced pressure, relying on internal judgment, and accepting that good decisions might not always feel comfortable. These principles aid in navigating the complexities of choices, whether big or small, by fostering a balanced and thoughtful approach. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://mindbodywise.com/blog/9-helpful-hints-about-making-good-decisions/ Quotes to ponder: "No 'wrong decisions'. What if there were no 'wrong decisions' and only life lessons?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/01/249m 56s

3035: On Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport of the Study Hacks Blog on Intentional Technology Use

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3035:  Cal Newport of CalNewport.com delves into the concept of digital minimalism, advocating a thoughtful approach to technology use. He draws parallels with the minimalism movement, emphasizing intentional use of digital tools to enhance life's value. Newport challenges the default embrace of new technologies, urging a focus on activities that truly matter, while cautioning against digital clutter and the passive consumption of online content. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://calnewport.com/on-digital-minimalism/ Quotes to ponder: "Digital minimalism is a philosophy that helps you question what digital communication tools add the most value to your life." "There’s an infinite selection of activities in the world that might bring some value." "Be wary of tools that solve a problem that didn’t exist before the tool." Episode references: The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn, T.K. Coleman, and Ryan Nicodemus: https://theminimalists.com​​. Zen Habits by Leo Babauta: https://zenhabits.net​​. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/2416m 16s

3034: How to Find Your Happiness by Dr. Lisa Firestone of PsychAlive on Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3034: Dr. Lisa Firestone of PsychAlive.org explores the nuanced pursuit of happiness, emphasizing the importance of differentiating from societal and familial influences to discover authentic joy. Her insights delve into breaking free from past patterns and developing a personal value system, guiding listeners towards a deeper understanding of true happiness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.psychalive.org/how-to-find-your-happiness/ Quotes to ponder: "Happiness doesn’t come from filling our days with fun things. Studies show that the happiest people are those who seek meaning as opposed to just pleasure." "Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/01/2412m 50s

3033: Inequality Vs. Favoritism by Isaac Morehouse on Subjective Perception

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3033:  Isaac Morehouse's insightful article challenges the pursuit of equality, emphasizing the natural and morally neutral state of inequality. Morehouse argues that striving for equality, especially in the context of family and societal norms, is not only futile but harmful. He distinguishes between destructive favoritism and the essential, fair application of rules, advocating for the latter as a healthier approach to acknowledging and engaging with innate disparities. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://isaacmorehouse.com/2013/03/20/inequality-vs-favoritism/ Quotes to ponder: "Inequality is inescapable and morally neutral. There is no virtue in trying to eradicate it, and it makes no sense to talk of reducing it." "Equality between individuals is as impossible as equality between 2 and 3, and degrees of inequality are entirely subjective; a matter of perception, different for all observers and participants." "Favoritism is when the spoken or unspoken rules of the house are not consistently applied." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/01/249m 48s

3032: Why Growth Requires Struggle by Mark Manson on Psychological Resilience

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3032:  Mark Manson delves into the psychological aspects of pain, trauma, and resilience in his article. He explores the 'Goldilocks Zone of Pain,' arguing that the right amount of struggle is essential for growth and emotional strength, while too much can lead to trauma and too little to entitlement. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/why-growth-requires-struggle Quotes to ponder: "Similarly, the way to grow psychologically stronger is to progressively challenge yourself to confront experiences that are both challenging but also within your perceived ability to manage." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/01/2413m 6s

3031: Build Confidence with a Self Gratitude Journal by Karl Staib of Dig to Fly on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3031:  Karl Staib of DigtoFly.com shares his journey of overcoming self-doubt and building confidence through a self-gratitude journal. He delves into his personal experiences, including coping with his father's illness, and how gratitude practice helped him recognize his strengths and grow a positive, resilient mindset. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://digtofly.com/build-confidence-with-a-self-gratitude-journal/ Quotes to ponder: "Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by 56%. This comes from their ability to bounce back." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/01/249m 47s

3030: When You Have a Voice Telling You You’re Inadequate by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Self-Compassion

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3030:  Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net delves into the challenging issue of feeling inadequate, an inner voice that can negatively impact all aspects of our lives. He offers practical strategies such as self-compassion meditation, cultivating gratitude, adopting positive mantras, and setting self-care challenges. These methods aim to transform our relationship with ourselves, fostering kindness and understanding towards our own perceived flaws. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/goodness/  Quotes to ponder: "Taking care of yourself is a loving act, and loving yourself in as many ways as you can is a good tonic for the self-harshness you’ve practiced over the years." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/01/2410m 52s

3029: Survival or Thrival? It’s a Conscious Choice by Dr. Jenny Brockis on Critical Thinking

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3029:  Dr. Jenny Brockis' article emphasizes the power of conscious choice in shifting from mere survival to thriving. She delves into the significance of critical thinking, self-awareness, and cultivating healthy habits, alongside nurturing relationships and aligning with personal values. Brockis highlights the profound impact of our thoughts and choices on our overall wellbeing and success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drjennybrockis.com/2018/3/26/survival-or-thrival-its-a-conscious-choice/  Quotes to ponder: "Every challenge is an opportunity for conscious choice. Staying curious to what really matters can provide you with the solution to what you need to stay motivated and moving forward." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/01/2410m 20s

3028: The 5-Minute New Year's Resolution That Will Make All Things New by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Life Perspective

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3028:  Dr. Kelly Flanagan's insightful article, "The 5-Minute New Year's Resolution That Will Make All Things New," challenges the conventional view of life as a linear progression, emphasizing instead its circular nature. Flanagan invites readers to embrace life's rhythms through a simple yet profound five-minute daily breathing exercise, illuminating how this practice can transform our perception of progress and fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/the-5-minute-new-years-resolution-that-will-make-all-things-new/  Quotes to ponder: "Life isn’t a straight line. It’s a circle. If you can’t accept that, it can be pretty depressing." "For five minutes a day, just breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out. [...] Each breath—while seemingly the same as the one before it—is different, unique, new." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/01/2410m 49s

3027: Minimalist - The Beginning by Chris Lovett of Less is Progress on Life Change and Simpler Lifestyle

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3027: Chris Lovett's transformative journey into minimalism began unexpectedly, leading to a profound life change. Selling possessions and embracing a simpler lifestyle, he discovered the liberating power of living with less, ultimately finding greater freedom and fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lessisprogress.com/post/minimalist-the-beginning Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism was the tool that helped remove the excess stuff (physical and mental) from our environment that allowed us complete freedom to enjoy what was really important to us." "Minimalism is not just about consumerism or having less stuff, it can impact many areas of your life." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/01/248m 52s

3026: Another Reason Experiences are Better Than Things: The Joy of Anticipation by Jay & Heather Harrington on Positive Psychology

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3026: Jay and Heather Harrington from LifeAndWhim.com explore the profound joy and heightened happiness derived from anticipating experiences rather than acquiring material things. They delve into the psychological benefits and lasting impact of planning and looking forward to activities, especially when compared to the fleeting satisfaction of purchasing new items. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/another-reason-experiences-better-things-joy-anticipation Quotes to ponder: "The field of positive psychology has been studying this issue for years, and the conclusion is unanimous, which is that experiences matter more than material things when it comes to happiness." "We’ve come to realize through this planning process that the anticipation of events and activities brings nearly as much joy as engaging in the events and activities themselves." "Planning for new experiences brings pleasure; far more than planning to buy new things." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/12/238m 20s

3025: Which Food Labels Should I Really Read by Rachel Trotta on Serving Sizes

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3025: Rachel Trotta explains the importance of understanding food labels for better health and weight loss. She emphasizes focusing on the number of servings per package and the ratio of grams of sugar to grams of protein, while advising caution against being misled by marketing-driven labels like "organic" or "gluten-free." Read along with the original article(s) here: https://racheltrotta.com/fitness/food-labels/ Quotes to ponder: "The benefits of something being organic or gluten-free are often outweighed by the amount of sugar, fat, and refined carbohydrates in the product." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/12/2311m 22s

3024: How Does Consciousness Relate to Personal Growth by Steve Pavlina on Intuition and Life Decisions

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3024: Steve Pavlina challenges the conventional approach to life's big decisions, emphasizing the pivotal role of consciousness in personal growth. He argues that logic and reason are insufficient for the profound choices we face, advocating instead for intuition guided by elevated consciousness. Pavlina's insights invite us to reconsider our understanding of effectiveness, productivity, and happiness, urging us to transcend fear and attachment for true personal transformation. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/04/how-does-consciousness-relate-to-personal-growth/ Quotes to ponder: "Your intellect exists only to serve your intuition, no matter how practical you think you are." "What if your whole life has been a mistake? How would you know?" "Living consciously means learning to feel comfortable moving from treadmill to treadmill without becoming overly attached to any of them. That is the essence of personal growth." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/12/239m 32s

3023: What I Learned from a 3 Month Social Media Detox by Shirley of Daring Living on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3023: Shirley of DaringLiving.com shares her enlightening experience from a three-month social media detox, revealing how it led to significant personal growth. She discusses overcoming addiction, distraction, the fear of missing out, and the traps of comparison and validation, ultimately finding peace and clarity in her life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://daringliving.com/social-media-detox/ Quotes to ponder: "Our journey is like going down a highway. Stay in your own lane." "The social numbers do not define you." "Just because you take a break for a while, it doesn’t pause everything else from happening in the world." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/238m 58s

3022: Write A List Of All Your Desired Future Experiences by Benjamin Hardy on Personality Plasticity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3022: Benjamin Hardy's insightful article encourages readers to envision and list their desired future experiences, emphasizing how this practice shapes our identity and enhances decision-making. He argues that anticipating future experiences, embracing new challenges, and reflecting on past experiences can lead to a more fulfilling and dynamic life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://medium.com/mind-cafe/write-a-list-of-all-your-desired-future-experiences-c285f42e9b5a Quotes to ponder: "The most successful lives are those that have the most worthwhile experiences." "The best way to predict your future is to create it." "It’s incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to make high-quality decisions in the present without having a clear sense of future. All actions lead to outcomes." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/12/2313m 31s

3021: Five Ways to Transform your Stress into Something Better by Heather Aardema with No Sidebar on Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3021: Heather Aardema's article, "Five Ways to Transform Your Stress Into Something Better," offers insightful strategies to reframe stress as an opportunity for growth and personal development. Through personal anecdotes and practical tips, Aardema guides readers on how to use stress to enhance self-awareness, embrace change, and foster positive transformations in their lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/stress-into-something-better/ Quotes to ponder: "When you change your mind about stress (from something negative to positive), you can change your body’s response to stress…Stress makes your body energized, preparing you to meet the upcoming challenge…" Episode references: The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good... by McGonigal, Kelly: Amazon​​. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/12/2311m 9s

3020: [Part 2] Does Anyone Actually Want This In Their Daily Routine? by Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch on Intentional Living and Productivity

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3020: Anthony Ongaro's insightful analysis reveals the startling reality of social media's impact on our daily lives. He questions the necessity of spending years engaged in social media, contrasting this habit with activities people truly value in their ideal day. His personal journey, including detoxes and a redefined work philosophy, underscores the importance of focusing on meaningful tasks over social media distractions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/daily-routine-disconnect/ Quotes to ponder: "I simply cannot do my best work when I myself am distracted—spending fractured time throughout the day trying to keep up with social media." Episode references: Deep Work: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted/dp/1455586692 Hoffman Institute: https://www.hoffmaninstitute.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/12/2310m 25s

3019: [Part 1] Does Anyone Actually Want This In Their Daily Routine? by Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch on Digital Detox

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3019: Anthony Ongaro of BreakTheTwitch.com delves into the impact of social media on our daily routines, questioning its true value in our lives. Reflecting on his own journey since the early days of Facebook, he explores how social media morphs from a novel tool to a potential distraction, advocating for digital detoxes and a more intentional approach to technology use. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/daily-routine-disconnect/ Quotes to ponder: "Thinking about the role social media plays in my life and where in the framework it fits, I had difficulty not putting it in the 'minimize distractions' category—as in, a distraction to be minimized." "Every time I would complete one of these social media detoxes, my life would get objectively better." Episode references: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - https://www.amazon.com/Hooked-How-Build-Habit-Forming-Products/dp/1591847788 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/12/239m 55s

3018: 5 Mindset Hacks That Make Dwayne The Rock Johnson So Massively Successful by Michael Mehlberg on Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3018: Discover how Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's unique mindset and approach, from overcoming hardships to becoming a massive success, can inspire your personal growth. Learn from his lessons on staying grounded, relentlessly pushing forward, and building character through preparation, as he shares his journey in a motivational speech. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://michaelmehlberg.com/blog/2019/8/27/5-mindset-hacks-that-make-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-so-massively-successful Quotes to ponder: "The tools you need to get to where you are going are NOT the tools you used to get to where you are." "He keeps the bad times in front of him, face to face where he can always see them." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/12/2312m 0s

3017: Dealing With Money Envy: Keeping the Joneses At Bay by Sam of FinancialSamurai on Financial Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3017: Sam from FinancialSamurai.com delves into the complex feelings of envy and financial comparison, using his neighbor's new Toyota 4Runner as a catalyst for reflection. He explores the pitfalls of "keeping up with the Joneses" and emphasizes the importance of focusing on personal financial growth, rather than being distracted by the apparent wealth of others. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.financialsamurai.com/dealing-with-money-env/ Quotes to ponder: "Focus on what you can control. There will always be somebody with a lot more wealth than you." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/12/239m 56s

3016: Living Without Limits by Brian Tracy on Dreaming Big

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3016: Harness the power of big dreams to transform your life, as highlighted in the insights of Brian Tracy and the practical application of the 80/20 Rule. Discover how clarity, competence, and concentration are pivotal in breaking free from limits, boosting self-esteem, and realizing your full potential. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/living-without-limits/ Quotes to ponder: "Whatever you have learned, you can unlearn. Whatever situation you have gotten yourself into, you can probably get yourself out of." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/2310m 1s

3015: The Art of Looking Like a Fool by David Cain of Raptitude on Procrastination

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3015: David Cain's "The Art of Looking Like a Fool" delves into the all-too-familiar territory of procrastination, highlighting the absurd lengths we go to avoid seemingly small tasks. He shares a personal anecdote to illustrate how embracing one's imperfections can lead to unexpected liberation and ease in dealing with overdue responsibilities. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.raptitude.com/2016/06/the-art-of-looking-like-a-fool/ Quotes to ponder: "Admitting and embracing personal incompetence is a lot easier when you first recognize and embrace the incompetence of our species in general." "Nobody's a grownup at everything." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/2311m 2s

3014: The Key to Happiness: Accept Yourself & Stop Seeking Approval by Steph Dittrich with Tiny Buddha on Self-Acceptance

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3014: Discover how Steph Dittrich's journey towards self-acceptance and independence from external validation transformed her life. Her personal story of overcoming health challenges and societal pressures illustrates the profound impact of self-love and self-acceptance on happiness and fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/key-to-happiness-accept-yourself-stop-seeking-approval/ Quotes to ponder: “Accepting your situation does not have to mean you become complacent. In fact, for me, it was quite the opposite.” “When you focus on the internal, rather than trying to directly influence the external aspects of your life, inevitably the external aspects of your life also change for the better.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/2310m 9s

3013: The Power of No by Chikodi Chima with NirAndFar on Assertiveness and Decision Making

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3013: Chikodi Chima delves into the significance of saying 'no,' illustrating how this assertiveness is key to personal and professional success. Drawing on examples like Marc Suster and Steve Jobs, the article emphasizes the value of selective commitment and the strength found in prioritizing one's own goals over external demands. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2013/09/the-power-of-no.html Quotes to ponder: "I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things." "No is about you and no one else. The more clear our goals become, the easier and more powerful each no becomes." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/237m 46s

3012: What Can We Do When Our Plans Don't Work Out? AND How Can You Stop Worrying? by Allison Carmen on Gratitude and Acceptance

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3012: Allison Carmen shares a personal story about reframing mindset during challenging situations. She illustrates how accepting circumstances and choosing gratitude can transform disappointment into joy, even when things don't go as planned. Her experience at Disneyworld, balancing unexpected illness with finding peace and enjoyment, offers valuable insights into the power of perspective in life's unpredictable moments. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.allisoncarmen.com/what-can-we-do-when-our-plans-dont-work-out/ & https://www.allisoncarmen.com/how-can-you-stop-worrying/ Quotes to ponder: "Gratitude is the process of appreciating what is and letting go of what is not." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/2311m 47s

3011: Holiday Roadmap: Find Your Way to More Comfort and Joy (And Way Less Stress) by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3011: Courtney Carver's article offers a refreshing approach to navigating the holiday season with a simplicity-inspired roadmap. Emphasizing love, peace, comfort, and joy, it invites readers to create personal holiday experiences that resonate deeply, encouraging the letting go of overwhelming traditions and focusing on what truly fills the heart. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://bemorewithless.com/holiday-roadmap/ Quotes to ponder: "Creating a simplicity-inspired holiday roadmap will give you the freedom and resilience to trade holiday stress and anxiety for more love, peace, comfort and joy." "Ask yourself, 'Does this fill my heart or empty it?' Give yourself permission to engage in the holidays in ways that fill your heart and soul." "We find meaning in the holidays and all of our days when we create space to listen to our hearts, time to believe in magic, and the love, health and presence to show all the way up for our lives." Episode references: The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living - https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Hygge-Danish-Secrets/dp/0062658808 Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith - https://www.amazon.com/Cozy-Minimalist-Home-Style-Stuff/dp/0310350913 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/2310m 52s

3010: The Happiness Formula: Do More of What You Like by Jay Harrington with A Life in Progress on Self-Awareness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3010: Jay Harrington emphasizes the importance of aligning actions with personal desires, rather than societal expectations, to achieve true happiness. He advocates for self-awareness and courageously living a life that reflects one's true self, challenging the idea of happiness derived from external validation. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.alifeinprogress.ca/the-happiness-formula/ Quotes to ponder: "Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance." Episode references: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: Link to book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/2311m 54s

3009: 10 Questions to Ask if You're in a Codependent Relationship by Dr. Margaret Rutherford on Enmeshed Relationships

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3009: Dr. Margaret Rutherford's article delves into the complexities of codependent relationships, guiding readers to discern their own relationship dynamics. She explores the transformation of codependency from its initial association with substance abuse enabling to a broader understanding of enmeshed partnerships. Through relatable examples and probing questions, Rutherford encourages self-reflection on personal roles within relationships, urging a shift towards healthy interdependence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drmargaretrutherford.com/10-questions-to-ask-if-youre-in-a-codependent-relationship/ Quotes to ponder: "When you say, 'I’m codependent,' or, 'We’re codependent,' you’re often describing a loss of feeling responsible as individuals and/or that your lives are too tightly interwoven." Episode references: Codependent No More by Melody Beattie: Codependent No More Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/2310m 15s

3008: How to Feel Better When You Have No Control Over the Situation by Erica Layne on Emotional Management

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3008: Erica Layne's article delves into managing emotions when facing situations beyond our control. She shares a personal story about dealing with her son's challenges and emphasizes the importance of shifting our thoughts to regain power and feel better. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ericalayne.co/feel-better-when-you-have-no-control/ Quotes to ponder: "When something happens that’s out of our control, it’s so easy to feel like the victim of it. Powerless, because there’s nothing we can do to change it." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/2310m 36s

3007: Everything in Life Is Temporary, Except for One Thing by Stephen Guise of Mini Habits on Power of Choice

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3007: Stephen Guise's thought-provoking piece explores the transient nature of life and its experiences, emphasizing the consistent power of choice. Highlighting Bruce Lee's remarkable, yet ephemeral, life and his own personal trials, Guise illuminates how, despite life’s temporary aspects, our ability to choose remains a steadfast force in navigating life's unpredictability. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://minihabits.com/everything-in-life-is-temporary-except-for-one-thing/ Quotes to ponder: "If everything is temporary, everything is reversible, for worse and for better." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/2312m 5s

3006: How to Release Negative Energy Before It Overwhelms You by Cylon George of Spiritual Living For Busy People on Emotional Management

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3006: Cylon George's insightful approach in "How to Release Negative Energy Before It Overwhelms You" illuminates the transformative power of self-awareness and emotional management. His five-step 'care cycle' method offers practical strategies for intercepting and redirecting negative emotions, empowering readers to foster positivity and resilience in their daily lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/how-to-release-negative-energy-before-it-overwhelms-you Quotes to ponder: "What you tell yourself every day will lift you up or tear you down. Choose wisely." "Understand no one can 'make you angry.'" "The more options you give yourself, the more easily you release negativity and embrace positivity." Episode references: The P