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Dec 31, 2019

Benjamin Hardy shares why you should be planning for 2019, not 2018. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1481: [Part 2] Why You Should be Planning for 2019, Not 2018. by Benjamin Hardy on How To Create A Growth Mindset

Benjamin Hardy has been the top writer on Medium.com since late 2015. He focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by his personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. His research focuses on the psychological differences of "wantrepreneurs" and actual entrepreneurs. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina with his wife and they are the foster parents of 3 children.

The original post is located here:
https://medium.com/@benjaminhardy/why-you-should-be-planning-for-2019-not-2018-c2d856e23a01

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Dec 30, 2019

Benjamin Hardy shares why you should be planning for 2019, not 2018. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1480: [Part 1] Why You Should be Planning for 2019, Not 2018. by Benjamin Hardy on Plan for Continuous Growth

Benjamin Hardy has been the top writer on Medium.com since late 2015. He focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by his personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. His research focuses on the psychological differences of "wantrepreneurs" and actual entrepreneurs. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina with his wife and they are the foster parents of 3 children.

The original post is located here:
https://medium.com/@benjaminhardy/why-you-should-be-planning-for-2019-not-2018-c2d856e23a01

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Dec 29, 2019

T.K. Coleman on easy work is hard work smartly applied.

Episode 1479: Easy Work Is Hard Work Smartly Applied by TK Coleman on Spending Time & Energy on the Right Things in Life

T.K. Coleman is the Co-Founder & Education Director of Praxis. He is a prolific writer and speaker with a singular mission: to awaken people to their own creative power. Sounds cheesy, but TK listens to Christmas music year-round, so he's used to being called cheesy and it doesn't bother him in the least. Learn more about him at TKColeman.com.

The original post is located here: http://tkcoleman.com/2018/06/16/easy-work-hard-work-smartly-applied/

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Dec 28, 2019

Rachel Shanken of MindBodyWise shares her thoughts on healing the post-holiday blues.

Episode 1478: Healing the Post-Holiday Hangover Blues by Rachel Shanken of MindBodyWise on Finding Happiness After Christmas

Rachel Shanken is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga Instructor, and now a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner. Her philosophy is simple: what you seek is already within you. In the busy lives we lead, it's sometimes difficult to stop, listen and access the knowledge that resides deep inside of ourselves. Using a whole-body, client-centered approach, her passion is to: support you with listening to your own internal wisdom, assist you with connecting to what you really want and help to empower you in taking steps toward achieving your goals.

The original post is located here: https://mindbodywise.com/blog/healing-the-post-holiday-hangover-blues/

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Dec 27, 2019

Mia of She Dreams All Day shares mindset hacks that will change your life.

Episode 1477: Mindset Hacks That Will Change Your Life by Mia of She Dreams All Day on A Path To Personal Growth

She Dreams All Day is a personal development and productivity blog designed to help you achieve your biggest goals and your wildest dreams. Created by Mia, a constant creative dreamer, now out to help other dreamers.

The original post is located here: https://shedreamsallday.com/mindset-hacks-that-will-change-your-life/

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Dec 26, 2019

David Cain of Raptitude shares his thoughts on your life is always just beginning.

Episode 1476: Your Life is Always Just Beginning by David Cain of Raptitude on The Experience of Being Alive

David Cain is a writer and entrepreneur living in Winnipeg, Canada. On a particular boring day at his office job in 2009, he started Raptitude. His interest has always been human society and the internal human experience, and Raptitude became his megaphone for his thoughts about those things. It found an audience rather quickly and it’s been central to his life ever since. In 2013, he left his day job to write full time.

The original post is located here: https://www.raptitude.com/2015/10/your-life-is-always-just-beginning/

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Dec 25, 2019

Rachel Macy Stafford with Marc and Angel Hack Life shares one surprisingly simple choice that will change your life.

Episode 1475: One Surprisingly Simple Choice that Will Change Your Life by Rachel Macy Stafford of Marc And Angel on Love

Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having "one of the most popular personal development blogs." Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they've spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
Marc and Angel's New York Times bestselling book, Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs, is a guide to spark sustainable action - and to return to whenever needed. It's available online at http://www.marcandangel.com/book/ and on Amazon.

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/03/05/one-surprisingly-simple-choice-that-will-change-your-life/

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Dec 24, 2019

2 short posts from Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People where he shares his thoughts on the pursuit of happiness and finding your joy.

Episode 1474: The Pursuit of Happiness AND Finding Your Joy by Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People on Be Happy

Cylon George is a spiritual chaplain, musician, devoted husband, and busy dad of six. He loves listening to people’s stories and helping them gain perspective on life’s opportunities and challenges. The mission of his blog is to help busy people thrive in their spiritual lives so they can live with more joy, peace, purpose, and meaning.

The original posts are located here:
https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/the-pursuit-of-happiness & https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/finding-joy

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Dec 23, 2019

Melissa Camara Wilkins with No Sidebar shares her thoughts on how a simple holiday starts.

Episode 1473: A Simple Holiday Starts With This by Melissa Camara Wilkins with No Sidebar on Simplifying The Holidays

No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is all about designing a simpler life. He and the contributing authors want to help you figure out what's getting in your way, at home and at work. They want to help you let go of distractions, online and off--to turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and soul.

The original post is located here: https://nosidebar.com/simple-holiday/

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Dec 22, 2019

Jay and Heather Harrington of Life and Whim share their thoughts on embracing life's limitations to unlock life's promise.

Episode 1472: Embrace Life's Limitations to Unlock Life's Promise by Jay & Heather Harrington of Life And Whim on Find Purpose

Jay and Heather Harrington are the husband and wife team behind Life and Whim. They started Life and Whim after moving their family to Traverse City, a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, to break the script of their life and reimagine what's possible. They live in pursuit of a purposeful, meaningful, active, and simple life.

The original post is located here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/embrace-lifes-limitations

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Dec 21, 2019

Andrew James of Establishing The Self shares his thoughts on down time.

Episode 1471: Down Time by Andrew James of Establishing The Self on How To Overcome Laziness & Appreciate Life

Establishing the Self is a frequently updated collection of philosophically themed short essays aimed at interpreting the Human Condition as well as encouraging self-improvement, self-betterment, and self-preservation.

The original post is located here: https://www.establishingtheself.com/home/down-time

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Dec 20, 2019

Adi Redzic shares his thoughts on why you should change.

Episode 1470: Why Should You Change? by Adi Redzic on Personal Transformation & How to Accept Change in Life

Adi Redzic is an award-winning life, business, and leadership coach, entrepreneur, author of two books, and motivational speaker. From a war-torn childhood to meetings at The White House, Adi has proven the possibility of change and growth.

The original post is located here: https://www.adiredzic.com/journal/2019/3/6/why-should-you-change

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Dec 19, 2019

Katrina Norman of The Mom Chronicle shares how our minds cling to familiar narratives.

Episode 1469: Hello Anxiety, Let’s Talk: How Our Minds Cling to Familiar Narratives by Katrina Norman of The Mom Chronicle

Katrina Norman is on a journey to discover herself a little more every day. One of the tools to help her get there is how she interacts with the little people that emerged from within her. She is looking at the "me" in her relationships with the most vulnerable around her, her children. She is thinking of those moments of awareness where she is stripped bare in her role as mother and nurturer. She is using this as a mirror to focus on the raw, real, naked soul inside of her.

The original post is located here: http://themomchronicle.com/anxiety-relief/

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Dec 18, 2019

2 short posts from James Altucher on how to be rich & give and you receive.

Episode 1468: How to be Rich - THE PUSH AND Give and You Receive by James Altucher on How To Pursue Happiness

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

The original posts are located here: https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/how-to-be-rich-the-push/ & https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/give-and-you-receive/

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Dec 17, 2019

Brian Tracy shares his thoughts on living without limits.

Episode 1467: Living Without Limits by Brian Tracy on How To Achieve Your Potential & Pursue Big Dreams

Brian Tracy's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 70 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.

The original post is located here: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/living-without-limits/

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Dec 16, 2019

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares 12 simple ideas to spread holiday cheer this week.

Episode 1466: 12 Simple Ideas to Spread Holiday Cheer This Week by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on Christmas Spirit

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/spread-cheer/

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Dec 15, 2019

Nick True of Mapped Out Money shares 7 steps to help you actually reach your goals. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1465: [Part 2] 7 Steps to Help You Actually Reach Your Goals by Nick True of Mapped Out Money on Setting SMART Goals

Nick True is the founder of Mapped Out Money, where he helps you get a grip on your finances and take hold of freedom. His goal is to help you save more, live more, reduce debt, and get free. Mapped Out Money is for you if you want actionable steps to help get control of your money, you want to be free from money stress, you're ready to change your life and use money to support your dreams, and you don't want to settle for mediocrity.

The original post is located here: https://mappedoutmoney.com/7-steps-to-reach-goals/

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Dec 14, 2019

Nick True of Mapped Out Money shares 7 steps to help you actually reach your goals. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1464: [Part 1] 7 Steps to Help You Actually Reach Your Goals by Nick True of Mapped Out Money on New Year's Resolutions

Nick True is the founder of Mapped Out Money, where he helps you get a grip on your finances and take hold of freedom. His goal is to help you save more, live more, reduce debt, and get free. Mapped Out Money is for you if you want actionable steps to help get control of your money, you want to be free from money stress, you're ready to change your life and use money to support your dreams, and you don't want to settle for mediocrity.

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Dec 13, 2019

2 posts from Leon Logothetis where he shares his thoughts on using both your heart and mind for success AND gift giving in the modern world.

Episode 1463: Using Both your Heart and your Mind for Success AND Gift Giving in the Modern World by Leon Logothetis

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries. His journey is chronicled in the Netflix documentary series The Kindness Diaries. In December 2016, he released his book: Live, Love, Explore.

The original posts are located here:
http://www.leonlogothetis.com/using-heart-mind-success/ & http://www.leonlogothetis.com/gift-giving-modern-world/

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Dec 12, 2019

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on high-temperature searches.

Episode 1462: High-Temperature Searches by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Problem Solving & Creative Thinking

Colin Wright is a professional author and international speaker who co-founded a publishing company and travels full-time, moving to a new country every four months or so--that country determined by the votes of his readers! He also blogs.
Colin's a minimalist in that he owns very few things and is careful in how he consumes. He tends to buy less, but invest in quality when he does, and trends toward the same in relationships, business endeavors, and just about everything else.
He's left-handed, blue-eyed, scary good at Tetris, and can’t cook.

The original post is located here: https://exilelifestyle.com/hightemperature-searches/

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Dec 11, 2019

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares the four habits that form habits.

Episode 1461: The Four Habits that Form Habits by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Simple Steps to Better Routines

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/habitses

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Dec 10, 2019

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares how an early failure jumpstarted his intentional living journey.

Episode 1460: How An Early Failure Jumpstarted My Intentional Living Journey by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Simplicity

After years of impulse spending on Amazon and elsewhere, Anthony Ongaro realized that his one-click purchase habits were more of a physical Twitch than an intentional action. It turned out, this Twitch wasn’t just limited to online spending. It applied to social media, impulsive smartphone usage, and more.
Break the Twitch is all about minimizing distractions and doing more of what matters.
Check out Anthony's new book, Break the Twitch: http://breakthetwitch.com/book

The original post is located here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/sixth-grade/

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Dec 9, 2019

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares how to let go of the guilt of letting go.

Episode 1459: How to Let Go of the Guilt of Letting Go by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Minimalism & Freedom

Courtney Carver was stopped in her tracks with a scary MS diagnosis after decades of debt, discontent, and trying to do it all. She had to slow down, prioritize her health, and figure out what was really important in her life. She discovered what mattered most by getting rid of everything that didn’t matter at all. In the end it all came down to love and health.
She went from a busy, overwhelmed advertising director to spending 2-3 hours every morning taking care of herself, loving her work, and being present and engaged with the people she loves. Her family changed, too. They moved from wanting bigger closets, nicer furniture, and more stuff to downsizing into a 750 sq. ft apartment with no storage.
Courtney has written books, courses, and hundreds of articles to help you simplify your life and work so you can focus on what really matters.

The original post is located here: https://bemorewithless.com/go-guilt/

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Dec 8, 2019

2 short posts from Kacie Main where she shares her thoughts on finding a positive perspective in life.

Episode 1458: The Moment AND The Gift by Kacie Main on Finding A Positive Perspective In Life & How to find Gratitude

Kacie Main's affinity for writing started as a child, writing arguably overly emotional letters to family, friends, and boyfriends, and even an anonymous poem to a widowed neighbor. The first paper she wrote in college was nominated for a first-year writing award yet she still didn't think to pursue writing as a career. She spent years successfully wandering through jobs but always trying to figure out "what I want to be when I grow up." As her career path zigged and zagged, writing was always there, lurking in the background patiently waiting it's turn. Then at 32 years old, the patience ran out. She didn't sit down to write her book, it jumped out of her at perhaps the worst, best, most confusing, and most liberating time of her life.

The original posts are located here: https://www.kaciemain.com/realtalk/themoment & https://www.kaciemain.com/realtalk/thegift

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Dec 7, 2019

Tynan shares his thoughts on being not that kind of person.

Episode 1457: Not That Kind of Person by Tynan on Setting Realistic Goals & Forming New Habits for Success

Tynan was named as one of the top 25 best bloggers in 2013 by Time Magazine. He believes in making deliberate decisions and breaking away from the herd mentality. He likes learning new things, building habits, exposing the world, connecting with awesome people, and creating good work. The New York Times Bestseller “The Game” featured him as one of the main characters, as he was one of the most famous pickup artists in the world. In 2008, he sold everything he owned and went on an extended world trip, becoming a fervent minimalist.
Fun facts: he’s a college dropout, was a professional poker player, Courtney Love was his roommate for 9 months, and he once built a swimming pool in his living room.

The original post is located here: http://tynan.com/notme

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