How to Live With No Regrets

The 3 Reasons Keeping Your Commitments is So Dang Hard

A curious thought woke me up in the middle of the night recently. OK, it was ambulance sirens that actually woke me up, but the curious thought is what kept me up. “That could easily be me.”

How to live without regrets

Yikes! I came to grips with my own mortality at age 36 at 4:00 in the morning. That was…strange.

Not that I thought I was immortal. I figured I’d probably die someday. It just never occurred to me that it would be in my lifetime.

So, there I lie (or is it “lay?” Where is my grandmother when I need her?) in the early morning hours, pondering my own mortality. Pleasant.

Episode 097: 8 Ways to Overcome Burnout (And Enjoy Your Life Again) Part 2

Finding Balance in a High Demand Life

Odds are you have experienced burnout in your life. You know, those times when you wake up tired, you go to bed worn out and the rest of your waking hours are filled with anxiety, irritability and a feeling of hopelessness? Today we share Part 2 of our discussion on How to Overcome Burnout and start enjoying your life again…

Episode 097: 8 Ways to Overcome Burnout (And Enjoy Your Life Again) Part 2

Today’s episode is Part 2 of a 2-part series on How to Overcome Burnout and Enjoy Your Life Again. You can listen to Part 1 here. Today we are going to talk about the ways 5-8 to avoid burnout.

This topic is one that many people will relate to. It’s a strange, and somewhat terrifying experience when you realize the things that used to bring you so much joy are now literally sucking the life out of you.

This episode came out of a conversation that I had about a year ago with my co-host, Mark, when he was still working a full-time job and trying to build a business on the side. He was the definition of “burning the candle at both ends” and he was approaching burnout. The suggestions we talk about in this episode (and Part 1 last week) are the ways I gave Mark to overcome his feelings of burnout and enjoy his life again.

Today’s Topics

In today’s episode, we talk about ways 5-8 for overcoming burnout:

    • Family Date Night
    • Get out with just your spouse
    • Take an afternoon off
    • Talk about it with a friend

And here is the full list of 8 Ways to Overcome Burnout:

    1. Plan a week off
    2. Keep time off simple
    3. Eliminate something from your schedule
    4. Create a daily family ritual
    5. Family Date Night
    6. Get out with just your spouse
    7. Take an afternoon off
    8. Talk about it with a friend

Episode 096: 8 Ways to Overcome Burnout (And Enjoy Your Life Again) Part 1

Finding Balance in a High Demand Life

Have you ever felt burned out? I mean, really burned out — you wake up tired, you go to bed worn out and the rest of your waking hours are filled with anxiety, irritability and a feeling of hopelessness? In today’s episode we’ll share 4 ways to overcome burnout and start enjoying your life again.

How to Overcome Burnout and Enjoy Your Life Again, Part 1

Today’s episode is Part 1 of a 2-part series on How to Overcome Burnout and Enjoy Your Life Again. Today we are going to talk about the first 4 ways to avoid burnout, and in Part 2 we’ll talk about ways 5-8.

Episode 095: Help for the Hurting with Jamie Tworkowski

What To Do If You Feel Too Much

Do you remember where you were when you heard Robin Williams died? The whole world was in shock…this seemingly happy, joyful person we all loved had silently been hurting and was in pain. How many people do you know that might be silently struggling? In today’s episode I talk with someone who has dedicated his life to helping those who struggle.

Episode 095: Help for the Hurting with Jamie Tworkowski

Today’s Topics

In today’s episode, our guest and I talk about:

  • Writing when you aren’t a writer
  • The importance of telling a story
  • Jamie’s transition from surf company salesman to Non-Profit leader.
  • How To Write Love On Her Arms is helping those who are hurting

The Best Time to Exercise (Or to do Anything Important)

Creating Your Own Routine for Success

What is the best time to exercise? That one question has stopped more people from getting healthy than just about anything else. It’s a question that has such a simple answer, too. And it applies to so much more than exercising. What is the best time to do anything important? That’s today’s topic.

The Best Time to Exercise (Or to do Anything Important)

There is a trend that I’ve noticed lately among fellow bloggers and podcasters involving sharing their morning routine. I appreciate the intention behind this, but it leads to the inherent problem of their readers and listeners trying to copy their routine.

Should You Indoctrinate Your Children?

Defining a Parent's Role in Instilling Values

Someone recently asked me an interesting question. “Aren’t you afraid that you’re indoctrinating your daughter?” I answered the question with a question of my own: If you don’t indoctrinate your children, who will?

Should You Indoctrinate Your Children?

NOTE: By the time you read this, my wife and I will most likely have welcomed our second child into the world, so naturally the topic of parenting is forefront on my heart and mind right now. That said, much of this post applies to anyone that you may lead.

Why I am Not Afraid of Indoctrinating Children (The Right Way)

I am not afraid at all of indoctrinating our daughter (or our future children).

The reality of the world is that someone is going to do it. Whether it’s the media, the latest pop artist, advertisers, or their friends at school, everyone else is attempting to influence her, so it’s my job to do it the right way.

Episode 083: The ADHD Advantage with Dr. Dale Archer

Turning Disadvantage into Advantage

What do David Neelman, founder of Jet Blue, John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, and business mogul Sir Richard Branson have in common? They along with Pink, Ty Pennington, Adam Levine and countless other high profile achievers have publicly embraced their diagnosis of ADHD, and for good reason. In today’s episode, my guest and I discuss how this trait is a blessing, not a curse.

The ADHD Advantage with Dr. Dale Archer

About Today’s Guest

Today’s guest is a Medical Doctor, board certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the founder of The Institute for Neuropsychiatry in Lake Charles, LA, a radio and television show host, author of the NY Times Bestseller Better Than Normal and the brand new book that is available today, The ADHD Advantage.

In Today’s Episode

Our guest and I talk about:

  • What is ADHD?
  • What are the symptoms of ADHD?
  • 11% of children ages 4-17 are diagnosed with ADHD
  • ADHD and Multi-tasking
  • What is the “Explorer Gene”?
  • How to embrace an ADHD diagnosis

This interview is a great interview for everyone, not just those with ADHD.  Dr. Archer talks about how we all process information in different ways. The key is understanding how you process information and then learning to use it to your advantage.

You Are What You Hear

How to Overcome Negative Relationships and Stay Positive

The one thing I see repeatedly with ultra-successful people in any profession is that they are intentional about who they surround themselves with. Are you?

You are what you hear

“Why don’t you get a real job?”

“You’re wasting your time on that.”

“You’ll never make any money doing that.”

Why Stress Can Actually Be Good for You

Almost a decade ago, my boss at the time said something about me that changed my life. “Matt thrives in chaos,” he said. “When others are paralyzed by the stress to the point of inaction, Matt is focused and gets results.” That one statement forever altered the way I look at stressful events.

Why Stress Can Actually Be Good for You

His words came shortly after a particularly stressful 48 hours in our company. Our only server had crashed and for the next two days, our developers, my boss and I survived on virtually no sleep. There was no guarantee that we’d recover the data from that server. Second guessing and finger pointing were in abundance.

It didn’t feel like it at the time, but I was in my comfort zone. I was standing out as a leader.

The Gift You Give Yourself This Christmas

If you’re like most people, your Christmas gift list does not include yourself. But, I’d like to suggest that you add your own name to it and consider giving yourself one of the most amazing gifts of all: the gift of forgiving someone who has hurt you.

Gift of Forgiveness

The natural response to being hurt is a desire for justice. Or more accurately, vengeance. We hold grudges that last for years and years and ultimately…they kill us. Literally.

Researchers Philip Sinato and Stephen Welch report that those people who say they tend to hold grudges have higher rates of heart disease and cardiac arrest. They have longer bouts with elevated blood pressure and higher rates of stomach ulcers. They are even more likely to have arthritis, back pain, chronic headaches, and chronic pain than those who don’t hold grudges.

In short, the refusal to forgive will cost you your life.

And the cost isn’t just physical. It’s mental.

When you hold a grudge, you are constantly reminded of the offense. You are chained to the offender, bound and shackled to the offense. Among those who hold grudges are higher rates of ADD, inability to focus, and higher rates of depression and suicide.