Self-Improvement Podcast Episodes

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Breaking Out of Comfort Zones

Breaking Out of Comfort Zones

Staying within our comfort zones is reassuring and very tempting. However, many experts agree that our lives improves when we break out of our comfort zones. In this episode we’re sharing a humorous excerpt from the audiobook “How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use,” written by psychologist Randy Paterson. In this tongue-in-cheek audiobook, Dr. Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you might just find yourself living a happy, fulfilled life. We hope this excerpt will inspire you to try new things, take some new chances, and expand beyond your comfort zones into a world of new possibilities!
Jeff Foster: Deep Acceptance in the Face of Uncertainty

Jeff Foster: Deep Acceptance in the Face of Uncertainty

What happens when the ground beneath your feet gives way? A relationship ends unexpectedly, success turns to failure overnight, a loved one dies, or you receive a diagnosis out of the blue. In times of deep uncertainty, we often have the sense that our world is spinning out of control. Jeff Foster studied astrophysics at Cambridge University. He now holds meetings around the world, gently pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. In this episode, we’re sharing an excerpt from Jeff’s audiobook, "Falling in Love with Where You Are"—where he offers comforting and inspiring wisdom for times of deep uncertainty.
Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

How many times a day do you criticize or judge yourself? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Lynn Rossy shares a short guided meditation from her audiobook "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life." This guided mindfulness practice will help you notice thoughts without judgment or trying to change what arises. You can learn to not be affected by your thoughts and relate to them in a way that ends their control of you and your behavior.
Access Inner Wisdom in Stressful or Challenging Times

Access Inner Wisdom in Stressful or Challenging Times

We all have access to a deep well of inner wisdom—a source we can draw on for clarity when determining the best course of action in any area of life. But when we’re in the midst of stressful and challenging times, it can be difficult to access inner wisdom. In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook "The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit," written by psychologist Amy Johnson. Dr. Johnson draws on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality to illustrate a profound truth: your mental patterns are the result of simple brain wiring that can be easily changed. Today Dr. Johnson discusses the spiritual component of breaking a habit—though the advice she shares applies to any area of life where we need to access inner wisdom—the deep knowing of our true self.
Tell a New Story: Create Easy and Lasting Change

Tell a New Story: Create Easy and Lasting Change

How many times have you heard people say that change is hard, or painful? In today’s episode, Bob Litwin, a Wall Street performance coach and world champion tennis player, addresses the common misconception that change is difficult. In fact, if you tell a new story, change can be fun and surprisingly simple. Bob is author of the audiobook “Live the Best Story of Your Life: A World Champion's Guide to Lasting Change.” This audiobook offers 33 personalized coaching sessions that will help you reach new levels of success in every area of your life. His groundbreaking technique of changing your story is a fast, easy and effective way to create lasting change.
Understanding Overreactions

Understanding Overreactions

Have there been times when you found yourself so angry that you couldn’t see straight? Have reactions that seemed justified in the moment later turned out to be inappropriate and damaging, leaving you feeling regretful? If you’ve had these experiences, today’s episode can help you understand overreactions and choose healthy responses instead of flying off the handle. Today we have an excerpt from the audiobook "Stop Overreacting: Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions" written by marriage and family therapist Judith Siegel. "Stop Overreacting" helps you learn how to neutralize overwhelming emotions and choose healthy responses instead of losing control. In this episode Judith Siegel discusses the factors that can lead to overreacting. She talks about two different patterns of overreacting: exploding and imploding, as well as why we react the way we do. Understanding overreactions is a helpful step in learning to respond rationally in moments of stress and crisis.
Live Your Best Life: A Conversation with Chuck Hillig

Live Your Best Life: A Conversation with Chuck Hillig

Do you ever find yourself wishing your life were different than it is? If only we could wave a magic wand and fix the annoying job, the inconsiderate friend, or the distant partner. But we can’t. The good new is, we don’t need to. Chuck Hillig, author of the audiobook "Seeds for the Soul: Living as the Source of Who You Are" shares a profound insight: the key to how to live your best life isn’t outside you—it’s within you. Chuck speaks to those who are looking to take control of our lives and escape the feelings of helplessness that often plague periods of stress and pain. He believes that you can live your best life by beginning to look at your feelings and experiences differently. He inspires us to explore our own vast potential and start taking ownership of our lives and live as the source of who we are.
How to Have Difficult Conversations

How to Have Difficult Conversations

We all know the gnawing feeling of needing to have a difficult conversation with someone. While the conversation could improve things in the long term, in the short term our fear can win out and cause us to avoid it. The good news is that there are simple skills that can help us learn how to have difficult conversations. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “The Assertiveness Guide for Women: How to Communicate Your Needs, Set Healthy Boundaries, and Transform Your Relationships” by psychotherapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks. If you’ve ever been bothered by a friend, coworker, child or partner, but found yourself uncertain about how to have a difficult conversation with that person, you’ll appreciate these concrete steps. You'll learn how to create a situation where your message, intent, mind, and heart will be heard and respected by another person. You can feel comfortable having even the most challenging conversations!
How to Feel Happy: A Counter-Intuitive Approach

How to Feel Happy: A Counter-Intuitive Approach

What if, instead of trying to fix the problems in your life, you decided that you wanted to do something different? What if you wanted to be miserable? How would you go about it, and what would you learn about yourself? This counter-intuitive approach to how to feel happy can actually point you in the direction of a life of contentment. Today we have a conversation with psychologist Dr. Randy Paterson author of the audiobook “How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use.” Dr. Paterson talks about his new audiobook and the power of flipping the question and asking: If I wanted to, how would I make myself miserable? He shares tips and exercises to identify the ways you may already be sabotaging your well-being, as well as ways to break out of old, unhealthy patterns. Gaining insight into how to feel happy can be found in this simple and unusual technique.
Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Many of us over-think the problems in our lives. Maybe you over-think your relationships or eating habits. Perhaps you worry compulsively. You may even have started to over-think over-thinking! If you’ve ever wished you could stop over-thinking, this simple guided meditation may help. In this episode, clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Taitz discusses the pitfalls of rumination. Dr. Taitz is the author of the audiobook, “End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food.” Today she walks us through the links between over-thinking and suppression, avoidance, and distress—and offers a way to stop over-thinking with a soothing and centering guided mediation. This meditation is designed to bring you out of your thoughts and into the present moment.

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