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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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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

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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
On this episode of the My Instruction Manual podcast, I speak with Lara Casanova about grieving. Lara lost her own father in 2016, and she's the author of Grief, Grace and Gratitude. I also speak with personal trainer Kathleen Trotter about why measuring, monitoring and tracking are critical to fitness success. 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 69 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [1:03] Featured interview with Lara Casanova Lara Casanova is author of Grief, Grace and Gratitude. She lost her father in 2016. Lara is the author of several books including 2018's Grief, Grace and Gratitude: Transforming Through Your Grief Journey. She lives in Australia. In this conversation, Keith and Lara discuss: What Lara learned from the death of her father Lara's five stages of the grief Becoming aware Taking responsibility Feeling the feelings & being present with them Forgiving ourselves and any others Accepting where our life is at Being "pink" as meaning being healthy The importance of being grateful for what our loved ones leave behind when they die How death can be a catalyst for us to live our own life better [13:25] Lara's Instruction Manual 1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? Mindful Eating Practicing yoga Spending time in nature Drinking lots of water Getting lots of sleep Doing something every day that connects with heart  2. What personal development book do you recommend? In the Meantime. Finding Yourself in the Love You Want by Iyanla Vanzant 3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote Love, truth and purpose 4. What's your one guilty pleasure? Chips and chocolate 5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? To have had a big heart and have been a role model and inspiration for others Where to find Lara Website: lifeinthepink.com.au Facebook: inthepink [20:14] Fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter on Fitness Journals Kathleen Trotter is author of Your Fittest Future Self: Making Choices Today for a Happier, Healthier, Fitter Future You. In this conversation, Keith and Kathleen discuss: Food journaling is proven to lead to weight loss The importance of journaling about feelings for fitness success  Electronic vs. paper journals Where to find Kathleen KatheenTrotter.com Instagram: KathleenTrotterFitness Twitter: KTrotterFitness Facebook: KathleenTrotter [34:11] Closing words
How do we stop kids from losing their innate ability to be mindful? Why do scientists keep changing their minds about whether or not eggs are good for us? And why is this podcast becoming bigger than Game of Thrones? All that and more in this episode. 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 68 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro Click here to get a free copy of 18 Steps to Own Your Life on audiobook through a free trial of Audible. [3:18] Mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson on meditation and meditation for kids 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: Teaching kids about mindfulness as soon as they're old enough to start recognizing their emotions The four-seven-eight relaxation breath Why little kids are more naturally mindful Joelle mentions resources available at MindUp.org Where to find Joelle Kernelofwisdom.com YouTube.com/KernelofWisdom1 [10:30] Nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin on whether eggs are good for us or bad for us 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: The latest study on eggs and health Why we shouldn't overreact to a single study Where to find Michelle: Twitter: @nutritionartist  Instagram: /nutritionartist Facebook: /nutritionartistRD
Over the course of a year, Michael Levitt lost his health, his job, his house and his car. Along the way, he found answers about how to live his life better. He joins us this week to talk about his book 369 Days: How to Survive a Year of Worst Case Scenarios. 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 67 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [2:20] Featured interview with Michael Levitt Michael is author of 369 Days: How to Survive a Year of Worst Case Scenarios and he hosts the Breakfast Leadership podcast. In this conversation, Keith and Michael discuss: How Michael got everything he wanted by age 40 --- and it was slowly killing him Michael's heart attack Michael loses his job and car Why losing his house made Michael feel fully at peace Why Michael feels like he need to lose everything in order to win How the right morning routine sets up your day for success [33:00] Michael's Instruction Manual 1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? Get a good night of restful sleep, exercise frequently, eat foods rich in nutrients + triage his calendar  2. What personal development book do you recommend? Sometimes You Win. Sometimes You Learn by John C. Maxwell 3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote "A pessimist is an optimist with experience." --- Chuck Daily 4. What's your one guilty pleasure? The Monte Cristo sandwich from Branigan's Irish Pub 5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?  As somebody that survived a lot of lousy situations and came out of it better and made the world better by sharing those experiences. Where to find Michael Website: BreakfastLeadership.com Podcast: Breakfast Leadership
Melissa Monte entered her own personal prison when she was sexually assaulted at a party at 15 years of age. She masked the pain with drinking, drugs, bad relationships, and an eating disorder. She didn’t know how to break free. But incredibly, the path for Melissa to escape her demons came when was stuck for a week in a physical jail. Melissa is the creator and host of the excellent Mind Love podcast. She joins us in this episode of the My Instruction Manual podcast to outline the steps she took to escape from the prisons of her life. This episode also features our nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin who takes us through her own personal instruction manual for life. 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 66 Show Notes [00:00] Welcome and Intro [2:37] Featured interview with Melissa Monte Melissa Monte is creator and host of the Mind Love podcast. In this conversation, Keith and Melissa discuss: How Melissa's life went from sunshine to darkness at 15 years What Melissa learned about herself during the eight days she spent in jail How asking herself questions helped Melissa to turn her life around The importance of feeling our feelings Becoming a more positive person by surrounding yourself with positive people [24:40] Melissa's Instruction Manual 1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy?  Her morning routine, which includes meditation, movement, singing and writing in her gratitude journal  2. What personal development book do you recommend? I Am The Wordby Paul Selig 3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote  "If you're not consciously creating, you are consciously deteriorating." - Melissa Monte 4. What's your one guilty pleasure? The Bachelor 5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?  As someone who helps people realize their power Where to find Melissa Website + Podcast: Mindlove.com [32:25] Nutrition contributor Michelle Jaelin shares her instruction manual for life 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. 1. If you had to pick one music album as the soundtrack to your life, what would it be? An eclectic mixtape with songs in multiple languages, because of her interest in different cultures. 2. What's one personal development myth you want to dispel? That you can make everything better with positive thinking alone 3. Name one unusual or surprising gadget you couldn't live without. Her alarm clock, which slowly lights up and slowly gets louder 4. What does a "bad day" look like to you and what are the steps you take to turn it around?   A day where nothing goes right. She turns her day around by making her goals as small as possible. 5. What is your biggest goal or wildest dream? Grow her business to the point where she can hire someone to work for her full time. Where to find Michelle: Twitter: @nutritionartist  Instagram: /nutritionartist Facebook: /nutritionartistRD
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