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Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development | Productivity | Minimalism | Growth

Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development | Productivity | Minimalism | Growth

Author: Justin Malik

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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. 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.


Listen now, and become an OLD friend--your optimal life awaits...

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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 3003: Vic Magary's transformational journey from a burglary victim to a minimalist in Austin, Texas, is a powerful tale of personal growth. Following the loss of his possessions and business, Magary embraced minimalism, discovering peace and clarity by shedding unnecessary items and habits, ultimately finding a new sense of freedom and purpose Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.theminimalists.com/vic/ Quotes to ponder: "I made a decision to get rid of ten items per day for thirty days." "Memories are within us, not within our things." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 3002: Shawn Achor, a Harvard University alumnus and author of "The Happiness Advantage," sheds light on the power of positive psychology in managing chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis. He emphasizes how small, daily practices like sending appreciative emails, smiling, expressing gratitude, focusing on positive experiences, engaging in fun activities, and meditating can significantly boost well-being, optimism, and life satisfaction, even in challenging circumstances. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.livehappy.com//blogs/happiness-advantage/achieving-happiness-despite-everyday-challenges Quotes to ponder: "Social connection can be as predictive of your longevity as high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking." "Our brains can't tell much difference between visualization and actual experience, by rehashing a high point in the day you double the effect of that positive experience." "Happiness is a choice, even in the midst of a chronic illness." Episode references: Shawn Achor's TED Talk: Link to TED Talk The Happiness Advantage: Link to Book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 3001: Ingrid's insightful take on sleepless nights reveals how worry can be channeled into creativity. She offers practical self-guided meditations to transform anxious thoughts into restful opportunities, emphasizing that rest is achievable even without sleep. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com/cant-sleep-create-your-own-guided-meditation-for-peace-and-rest/ Quotes to ponder: "Sleepless worry is creativity all dressed up with nowhere to go." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 3000: In this special episode 3000 flashback: discover the story of a successful corporate executive who bravely left his high-powered job and material wealth to pursue a more meaningful life. His journey from feeling overwhelmed and unhappy in the corporate world to embracing minimalism, focusing on personal growth, and finding passion in writing reveals a transformative path towards genuine fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.theminimalists.com/quit/ Quotes to ponder: "It feels great to write those four words, but it is also terrifying and exhilarating and scary and exciting and surreal and unbelievable and, in many ways, indescribable." "I wasn’t living the Dream; I was living a lie." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2999: Kathy Robinson explores the transformative power of facing wellness challenges. By sharing personal experiences and practical strategies, she illustrates how overcoming obstacles in health and wellness can lead to profound personal growth and meaningful life changes. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://athenawellness.com/blog/2021/5/1/turning-wellness-challenges-into-wins Quotes to ponder: "Challenges are not immovable objects. Everything shifts and changes over time – people, places, experiences, personal and professional situations." "It’s healthy to use fresh perspectives and new solutions to old problems." "Incremental improvements add up, create momentum, and unearth new possibilities." Episode references: "The Athena Principles. Simple Wellness Practices for Overworked Professionals" by Kathy Robinson - Amazon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2998: Sarah Von Bargen shares nine practical morning habits that can significantly improve your day. From setting realistic goals to establishing a ritual signaling the start of serious work, these habits are designed to enhance productivity, mindfulness, and overall well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.yesandyes.org/2017/01/morning-habits-for-business.html Quotes to ponder: "When you start the day right, the rest of it is more likely to fall into place." "Our inboxes are filled with other people’s agendas [...] as soon as we check email, we’re in reactive mode." "Quieting our minds is good for our health, our creativity, our productivity, and our relationships." Episode references: "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... and Maybe the World" by Admiral William McRaven: Amazon Link. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2997: Tynan from reveals how triggers can be harnessed to create positive habits, transforming routine actions into catalysts for beneficial behaviors. By linking daily activities like waking up or feeling tired to specific actions, such as meditating or hydrating, Tynan demonstrates how to construct productive habit chains, making it easier to maintain good habits over time. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://tynan.com/trigger/ Quotes to ponder: "The reason that bad habits are so hard to quit is that we have these many triggers that start us down that path almost automatically." "Just as bad habits are built slowly and incrementally, so are good habits." "By chaining these habits together, I’m able to have a very productive morning almost on autopilot." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2996: Tonya Lester explores how creating a sense of possibility isn't confined to vibrant cities like NYC; it's about fostering growth, adventure, and awe in any setting. She emphasizes that nurturing curiosity, wonder, and engagement with life's surprises enriches our existence at any age or location. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.tonyalester.com/blog/creating-a-sense-of-possibility Quotes to ponder: "Find a happy person, and you will find a project." "Novelty-seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters personality growth as you age." "Listen - are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?" Episode references: The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want: Link to the book The Overstory: Link to the book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2995: Joshua Becker unveils the destructive nature of comparison, urging listeners to embrace their uniqueness and focus on personal growth. He highlights the negative impacts of comparing oneself to others and offers practical steps to foster self-appreciation, inner development, and intentional living, thereby cultivating a more fulfilling and authentic life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/stop-comparing-your-life-start-living-it/ Quotes to ponder: "Comparison robs you of joy. Comparing yourself to others will always cause you to regret what you aren't, rather than allow you to enjoy life as who you are." "The goal of life is not to be better than 50% of the other people on the planet. The goal of life is to be the best you that you can possibly be." "We were not born to live their life. There is no sense wasting our life (or energy) being jealous of theirs." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2994: Charlie Brown delves into the pitfalls of complacency, illustrating how being "fine" can hinder the pursuit of a simpler, more fulfilling life. It challenges listeners to embrace change, face the unknown, and actively seek personal growth, stepping beyond the comfort of just being "fine" to achieve true satisfaction and control over their lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://medium.com/mind-cafe/being-fine-is-kryptonite-to-living-a-simple-life-d76c81ba41ee Quotes to ponder: "Being fine is kryptonite to living a simple life because living simply is an extremely active lifestyle." "Living simply means being in a constant state of re-evaluation... Of living intentionally and with an enormous dollop of self-awareness." "Eventually, being fine can turn into not being fine, as my friend is discovering." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2993: Exploring financial discipline, this episode shares personal insights and practical tips on managing money effectively. It emphasizes the importance of budgeting, reducing expenses, making lifestyle changes, working harder, and building savings, all essential for overcoming financial struggles and achieving financial freedom. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://savingjoyfully.com/5-important-things-about-getting-out-of-debt/ Quotes to ponder: "You need to account for every dollar coming in and every dollar going out and make your money work for you." "Begin to build your savings account and emergency fund. [...] The challenge I started with was the 52 week money challenge but you could do any money challenge just to jump start your savings." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2992: Karl Staib discusses overcoming public speaking anxiety by harnessing 'waypower', a concept contrasting with willpower. Waypower, driven by gratitude and understanding one's 'why', is a motivational force that energizes rather than depletes. Karl shares his journey of addressing his fears through gratitude, leading to greater confidence and calmness in public speaking. He advises focusing on the reasons behind wanting to build a new habit and what enjoyment it brings, thereby creating momentum for positive change. Starting small and gradually increasing effort can effectively establish new habits and improve overall well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://digtofly.com/tap-into-the-potential-of-waypower/ Quotes to ponder: "Waypower pulls you forward and willpower is an internal push. Waypower is your connection to your why." "When you understand your 'why' then you are one step closer to being grateful for what the opportunity has to offer." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2991: Colin Wright encourages asking "Why?" to understand life choices and paths. He emphasizes considering how we achieve our goals, sustaining ourselves physically, financially, and psychologically, and regularly reassessing our life direction. Colin practices daily reflection to maintain this perspective. His advice is to expand upon the question "Why?" and integrate it into our lives for a deeper understanding of ourselves and our goals. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/why-this-way/ Quotes to ponder: "One of the most important questions you can ask yourself, at any point in your life, is 'Why?'" "For a lifestyle to be sustainable, it needs to be doable over the long-haul." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2990: This is Part 2 of 2. Julianna Poplin continues her guide on combating negativity, focusing on logical thinking, seeking professional support, reducing stress, being mindful of influences, and finding an accountability partner. These strategies encourage realistic perspectives, mental health care, simplifying life, conscious media consumption, and supportive relationships. These tips are practical steps towards fostering a more positive mindset, recognizing that while life has challenges, we have the power to choose our responses and habits. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thesimplicityhabit.com/stop-being-negative/ Quotes to ponder: "Our social support is something that can’t be emphasized enough." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2989: This is Part 1 of 2. Julianna Poplin offers practical tips to combat negativity. Key strategies include practicing mindfulness to stay present, journaling to process thoughts and emotions, and focusing on gratitude to retrain the brain towards positivity. These methods help understand the root of negative thoughts, whether due to internal factors or external circumstances, and promote a shift towards a more positive outlook, benefiting both mental and physical health. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thesimplicityhabit.com/stop-being-negative/ Quotes to ponder: "Not everything can be sunshine and rainbows all the time." "Mindfulness is like a muscle – it’s something you really have to work at." "A little gratitude goes a long way." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2988: Leo Babauta explains that the main challenge in changing our lives is our own thinking. We often get in our own way by being harsh on ourselves, procrastinating, and stressing about uncertainties. These habits stem from coping mechanisms developed over time. Leo suggests mindfulness as a solution: recognizing these patterns, accepting the feeling of uncertainty, and then gently redirecting ourselves back to the task at hand without overreacting or self-criticism. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/main/ Quotes to ponder: "The main reason changing our lives is hard: we get in our own way." "By practicing the mindfulness of staying with discomfort and uncertainty, we can learn to be comfortable with uncertainty." "Notice the uncertainty and our desire to run. Stay with it and don’t run. Then act, with gratitude and a smile." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2987: Kyle Kowalski shares insights from a year of not purchasing clothing, emphasizing the importance of distinguishing needs from wants. This "buy nothing year" led to significant savings in both money and time, fostering a deeper understanding of personal needs and the concept of 'enough.' The experience highlights how reducing consumption can contribute to a more mindful, fulfilling lifestyle. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.sloww.co/buy-nothing-year/ Quotes to ponder: "Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have." - Doris Mortman "The only way to truly commit to a year of no spending is to need something even more than you want some things." "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." - Vernon Howard Episode references: Your Money or Your Life: Link to Book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2986: Ali Cornish reflects on the shift from childhood creativity to adult consumption, emphasizing the importance of creating over consuming. She reminisces about imaginative play in her youth, contrasting it with the passive consumption that often characterizes adulthood. Ali advocates for reconnecting with our creative selves to add value to our lives and the world, rather than succumbing to the fleeting satisfaction of material possessions and digital distractions. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://everthrive.org/blog/2016/4/20/creation-over-consumption Quotes to ponder: "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw "Instant gratification is just that: instant, ephemeral, fleeting." "When we create or cultivate meaningfully, we thrive." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2985: Emma Scheib, a self-described introvert, explores the importance of connection in simplifying life. She identifies four key areas: connecting with others, the environment, oneself, and a higher power. By understanding her own needs and prioritizing these connections, Emma finds clarity and simplicity in life, demonstrating that meaningful connections can enhance one's sense of peace and purpose. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://simpleslowlovely.com/how-connection-helps-simplify-my-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Knowing who I am and how I am wired makes it much easier to let go of any extraneous fluff that I might have previously used to bolster myself." "I find an incredible sense of calm and joy when I’m immersed in the natural world. To me, it feels like a homecoming." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 2984: David Cain's insightful piece on mindfulness reveals how it transforms our daily experiences, reducing impulsiveness and the need for external stimuli. He connects mindful living with decreased reliance on smartphones and a greater appreciation of life's ordinary moments, offering a profound perspective on how mindfulness fosters contentment and inner confidence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.raptitude.com/2015/11/mindfulness-is-the-opposite-of-neediness/ Quotes to ponder: "Whenever you're being mindful, the present moment doesn't seem to need improvement." "Mindfulness is the opposite of neediness." "This fearing and hoping we attach to many experiences is a kind of visceral neediness—a demand for the present moment to be easier, safer, or more comforting than it actually is." Episode references: Spurious Correlations by Tyler Vegan: Link to Book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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