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When Keith McArthur got a second chance at life, he was determined not to waste it. After his little sister gave him a life-saving kidney, Keith set out to learn how to be happier and healthier, have amazing relationships, and achieve his biggest goals and wildest dreams. Learn along with Keith as he interviews bestselling self-help authors, inspiring visionaries, and
experts in fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and much more.
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This episode is all about mindfulness and meditation. Host Keith McArthur shares an excerpt from his book 18 Steps to Own Your Life on why mindfulness is a superpower. After that, he shares a guided meditation and chats with mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson. Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Purchase 18 Steps to Own Your Life HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 79 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [2:50] Excerpt from 18 Steps to Own Your Life: "Mindfulness" [7:40] Mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson on Guided Meditation and Mindfulness Book Recos Joelle Anderson is a therapist specializing in mindfulness meditation and creator and host of the Kernel of Wisdom YouTube channel. In this conversation, Keith and Joelle discuss: Who guided meditations are good for Joelle shares a guided meditation Keith and Joelle recommend the following books: Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana 10% Happier by Dan Harris Mindfulness for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach Self Compassion by Kristin Neff Unplug by Suze Yalof-Schwartz Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn Where to find Joelle Kernelofwisdom.com YouTube.com/KernelofWisdom1
Marriage expert Larry Bilotta shares his tips on how to save a troubled marriage. Plus host Keith McArthur shares news about his upcoming new podcast. Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Purchase 18 Steps to Own Your Life HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 78 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro Keith announces his upcoming podcast with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The podcast series --- tentatively titled Unlocking Bryson's Brain -- is about Keith's son Bryson who has a rare genetic condition known as a GRIN Disorder. The podcast is scheduled to be released in March of 2020. Keith also speaks about the charitable foundation he started up with other GRIN families. You can donate or learn more at CureGRIN.com. [3:25] Featured interview with Larry Bilotta Larry Bilotta felt trapped in a loveless marriage. But he was able to turn the relationship around and now he teaches others how to do the same. In this conversation, Keith and Larry discuss: Why clashing values are the mechanics of why marriages fall apart Why you don't need to change your spouse to change your marriage Changing the "environment of your mind" The four "emotional countries" -- Fun, perfect, peace, control How to know if a marriage is worth saving [30:30] Larry's Instruction Manual 1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? Think it. Imagine it. Feel it.  2. What personal development book do you recommend? A Course in Miracles 3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote There is Always a Way 4. What's your one guilty pleasure? Larry says those terms don't go well together because pleasure is productive and guilt is destructive. 5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?  As the guy who helped people get in touch with their minds.
Peethaji is an Indian spiritual and philosophy teacher. She joins host Keith McArthur to talk about her new book The Four Sacred Secrets. Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Purchase 18 Steps to Own Your Life HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 77 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [2:15] Featured interview with Preethaji Preethaji is author of The Four Sacred Secrets and co-founder of the O&O Academy. In this conversation, Keith and Preethaji discuss: Why Preethaji grew up experiencing life differently from other kids. The two states: a suffering state or a beautiful state How a beautiful state is different from enlightenment and different from living mindfully How a boating accident led Preethaji's husband to a great discovery -- that suffering arises from people being obsessed with oneself Preethaji takes us through the four sacred secrets Soul Sync Meditation [31:55] Preethaji's Instruction Manual
Joelle Anderson joins us to talk about Mindful Listening. And host Keith McArthur speaks with Nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin about changes to Canada's Food Guide. Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Purchase 18 Steps to Own Your Life HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 76 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [1:50] Mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson on Mindful Listening Joelle Anderson is a therapist specializing in mindfulness meditation and creator and host of the Kernel of Wisdom YouTube channel. In this conversation, Keith and Joelle discuss: What it means to listen mindfully How words can replace your breath as anchors in a conversation Where to find Joelle Kernelofwisdom.com YouTube.com/KernelofWisdom1 [7:00] Nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin on Changes to Canada's Food Guide Michelle Jaelin is both a trained artist and a Registered Dietitian who is known as The NutritionArtist. She appears regularly as in newspapers, magazines and on television as an expert in healthy eating. In this conversation, Keith and Michelle discuss: Why Dairy is no longer a food group The food guide as a plate The three S-words to avoid Where to find Michelle: Twitter: @nutritionartist  Instagram: /nutritionartist Facebook: /nutritionartistRD
Karen Mangia, author of Success With Less, shares how she learned she could achieve more by taking things off her plate. And host Keith McArthur speaks with fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter about building your own health entourage. Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Purchase 18 Steps to Own Your Life HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 75 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [XX] Featured interview with Karen Mangia Karen Mangia is author of Success With Less: Releasing Obligations and Discovering Joy. She calls herself a recovering overachiever. In this conversation, Keith and Karen discuss: Karen's search for a diagnosis for her mystery illness How a relentless doctor finally diagnosed the root cause How Karen's will to get better helped her learn to prioritize Karen's three-step program: Pause, Ponder and Prioritize Why Karen calls herself a "recovering overachiever" [24:05] Karen's Instruction Manual 1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? Start each day with pressed green juice Connect at least each day with one of the people in her life that matters most  2. What personal development book do you recommend? Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses and Relationships that All of us Have to Give up To Move Forward by Dr. Henry Cloud 3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote "To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson 4. What's your one guilty pleasure? Salty, crunchy snacks 5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?  Having been a great friend, a great ally and a great advocate Where to find Karen Website: SuccessWithLess.net Twitter: @successwithless and @KarenMangia [29:20] Fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter on Building  a Fitness Entourage Kathleen Trotter is author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer's Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit In this conversation, Keith and Kathleen discuss: The importance of building a team of people who have your back The three members of a health entourage Fitness Buddy Accountability Nutrition Buddy Where to find Kathleen: KatheenTrotter.com Instagram: KathleenTrotterFitness Twitter: KTrotterFitness Facebook: KathleenTrotter
In this episode, Greg Wells, author of The Focus Effect shares how we can find focus in a distracted world. Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Purchase 18 Steps to Own Your Life HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 74 Show Notes Welcome and Intro Featured interview with Greg Wells Greg Wells is author of The Focus Effect and The Ripple Effect. Greg is a physiologist who does research at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children. He is also the host of The Be Better Podcast. In this conversation, Keith and Greg discuss: Why we're all becoming so distracted How an athlete's approach to social media is a good predictor of success Work-life balance The importance of morning routines What businesses can do to help employees improve focus The importance of giving the mind time to move from Beta waves into Alpha and Theta waves Greg's Instruction Manual, Part II
This week I’m sharing two chapters from my book 18 Steps to Own Your Life. These steps are all about planning. I’m going to tell you about what I call the three Ps of planning: Prioritizing, Programming and Pivoting. This is the formula that helps me to plan my days for success. My hope is that they can help you too. Feedback / Connect: Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Purchase 18 Steps to Own Your Life HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 73 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [1:15] Step 17: Take Time To Plan [8:10] Step 18: Permit the Pivot
Jeff Grace, host of the self-obsessed podcast, talks about how self-help organizations become cults.  Feedback / Connect: Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Download a free copy of 18 Steps to Own Your Life by clicking HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 72 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [2:05] Featured interview with Jeff Grace Jeff Grace is a Hollywood actor, director, and writer. He's also the creator and host of the self-obsessed podcast. In this conversation, Keith and Jeff discuss: Great self help books with terrible titles Jeff's experience with Landmark What makes self-help movements like cults? Jeff shares some practical email tips  Jeff mentions Mailstrom / Chuck and Sane Inbox [32:09] Jeff's Instruction Manual 1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? Makes bed every morning Daily task last with gratitude, goals Exercise every day Writes for first 2-3 hours / day  2. What personal development book do you recommend? The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg 3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote  You can fail at what you don't want to do, so you might as well take a chance on what you love 4. What's your one guilty pleasure? Watching Apple Computer YouTube Video  5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?  As a kind and caring person Where to find Jeff Website: JeffGrace.com Instagram: @JeffGrace Twitter: @JeffGrace Podcast: Self-Obsessed
One of the questions I’ve been thinking about lately is where God fits in self help. Do those who believe in God find the self-improvement journey easier? In this episode, I’m excited to welcome back Jenny Blake. She recently enrolled in Divinity School.  My own undergraduate degree was in world religions, so I'm excited to have this conversation with Jenny about God, spirituality, and self help. Feedback / Connect: Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Download a free copy of 18 Steps to Own Your Life by clicking HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 71 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [2:44] Featured interview with Jenny Blake Jenny Blake is author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One. In this conversation, Keith and Jenny discuss: Jenny's pivot into Union Theological Seminary How Jenny made the decision to step away from school How Jenny realized atheism wasn't for her Keith shares his experience growing up in Catholicism What does it mean to be agnostic? The dogmatism of atheist The golden rule Do we need religion or spirituality of faith to grow? Books mentioned in this episode: Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto by Lesley Hazleton Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives by Brian L. Weiss How to Be, Do, or Have Anything: A Practical Guide to Creative Empowerment by Lawurence G Boldt Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian by Paul F. Knitter Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Mirabai Starr Byron Katie [42:00] Jenny's Instruction Manual, Part II
70: Anxious Leadership

70: Anxious Leadership

2019-06-0300:44:04

Morra Aarons-Mele, author of Hiding in the Bathroom, explains why people suffering from anxiety might make better leaders. And host Keith McArthur speaks with nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin about gut health. Feedback / Connect: Subscribe to My Instruction Manual on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere else great podcast are found Visit MyInstructionManual.com for shownotes, more great content and to sign up the email newsletter Email: keith@myinstructionmanual.com Keith on Twitter: @KeithMcArthur Join our Facebook page and our Self-Help Book Club on Facebook Find us on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube Download a free copy of 18 Steps to Own Your Life by clicking HERE Purchase Winning Resolutions HERE Episode 70 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [2:40] Featured interview with Morra Aarons-Mele Morra is author of Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home). She lives in Boston and runs Women Online, a social media communications firm. In this conversation, Keith and Morra discuss: Why this decade may be remembered as the anxious teens How the 2016 election, scarcity, and technology are leading to increased anxiety How anxiety can make you a better leader Are introverts more likely to be anxious? Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos as poster woman of entrepreneurship porn. Morra references The Dropout podcast. (Since I interviewed Morra I've listened to the podcast and I highly recommend it, but I couldn't get through the HBO documentary about Elizabeth Holmes) [21:10] Morra's Instruction Manual, Part II 1. If you had to pick one music album as the soundtrack to your life, what would it be? Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band 2. What's one personal development myth you want to dispel? That you'll ever get to a point where you're not working through some major stuff 3. Name one unusual or surprising gadget you couldn't live without. Immersion blender 4. What does a "bad day" look like to you and what are the steps you take to turn it around?   When she wakes up and feels like there's concrete in her body. Feels sad and low and like she can't move her body. Exercise helps her to make it through the day. 5. What is your biggest goal or wildest dream? To triple revenues of her company over the next few years, and to do a podcast with real leaders who will talk about mental health and anxiety. Where to find Morra Hidinginthebathroom.com Twitter:  @morraam [32:10] Nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin on Gut Health Michelle Jaelin is both a trained artist and a Registered Dietitian who is known as The NutritionArtist. She appears regularly as in newspapers, magazines and on television as an expert in healthy eating. In this conversation, Keith and Michelle discuss: How gut health impacts emotional and physical health What to eat to promote gut health Where to find Michelle: Twitter: @nutritionartist  Instagram: /nutritionartist Facebook: /nutritionartistRD
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