Effectiveness 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!

Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

When you’re meditating, does it ever feel like you‘re struggling or working hard? Do you have a sense that you should be having a different experience? Even in times like these you can learn to rest and relax. Today we’re exploring the Buddhist meditation skill of “right effort”—being fully in the present while naturally moving toward more peace, clarity, and awareness.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight,” written by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
 
Developing the meditation skill of “right effort” will help you let go of struggle and fully open to the present moment. You’ll learn to meet yourself with kindness, compassion, and a sense of exploration and experimentation.

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.

Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Do you feel caught in a trap where life looks like a never-ending to-do list without enough time to do get everything done? Pushing yourself too hard for too long can lead to fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout. Today we’re sharing a short guided meditation you can listen to anytime you need to take a brief time out from other people and endless tasks—and restore your energy.

In this episode, we present an excerpt from the audiobook “The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths & Thrive in a Loud & Crazy World” by psychotherapist and mindfulness expert Dr. Arnie Kozak. While it is primarily for introverts, it’s a helpful resource for anyone looking to feel more calm and peaceful.


Dr. Kozak offers tips for how to protect your energy throughout the day, followed by a short guided meditation that will help you feel rested, recharged and renewed.

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!

Understanding and Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Understanding and Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of public speaking has its roots in the fear of being scrutinized by others. Sweaty palms, racing hearts and upset stomachs are the mind’s way of urging us to run and hide. We humans are deeply wired with an understanding that scrutiny might result in being ostracized by others. Social acceptance is very important to us, since we aren’t equipped to survive alone. Psychologist Shawn T. Smith shares insights into the biology behind the fear of public speaking, as well as how to challenge and disrupt irrational thought.

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