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

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

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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 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
Discover 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
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