Category Archives for Chris

Are You Getting What You REALLY Want?

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We received a great question from one of our listeners who said,

“I recently had to make a significant life decision to end a long-term relationship and while I see this as a great opportunity to start fresh and REALLY go after what I want and need, I’m at a bit of a loss as to where to start. Any tips on getting clear on my own needs would be wonderful.”

In this podcast, Chris and Paul tackle the subject and provide two simple exercises that any can apply to their own situation.

One looks at identifying what you want more of, and less of. Another gets your mind stimulated by looking at experiences, people, characteristics and relationships that either fuel your energy or drain your energy.

After listening to this podcast, let us know what you want more of or send us a topic/question for a future show.

Can Coaching Help You With Chronic Pain?

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Many thanks to Carel for this topic suggestion!

“I love your podcasts — use them sometimes to wake up by or work out by.  Plus they are PRACTICAL.
Have you done, or would you please do a program on living with chronic pain? Proper lifestyle, rest, and practitioners, massages, swimming, hypnosis, meditation, staying busy, rest, acupuncture, medical management, etc. have always been part of my life— but it would be helpful to get some of your wonderful upbeat and insightful
coaching on working with this topic.

Thanks.

Keep up the action!!!”

 

 

Is Ashton Kutcher Sexy?

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Heart throb Ashton Kutcher may not be your typical personal development guru, but he’s created quite a stir after giving a rousing speech at the MTV Teen Choice Awards.

He gave the teen audience 3 great pieces of life advice. Some of them drawn specifically from his recent role playing Steve Jobs. You can also view a video of the Steve Jobs speech, that he gave at Stanford University in 2005.

1: Opportunity looks like Hard Work

2: Be “Sexy”

3: Build your own life

Whatever you think of Ashton AKA “Chris” he seems to have hit a chord with the audience and with the main stream media.

During the podcast Chris and Paul talk through the points that Ashton raises and go into more depth.

How can you add a bit more sexiness in to your life?

We’d love to know what 3 life tips would you give to a teenager.

We hope you enjoyed this podcast and would love to know your ideas for topic suggestions just contact us via our feedback page

Perspective & Getting Back On Track

After a few months off from regular podcasting, the ActionPodcast crew are back!

In this show, Chris and Paul discuss the importance of periodically stepping back and taking stock of what is really most important. Sometimes we all need to hit the reset button, take an honest look at our priorities, and put some things on “pause”.

And doing that often requires courage to make decisions to let go of things that are holding you back. In this discussion, Chris references an article from the NY Times on “The Busy Trap” which can be found here.

We also talk about what we’ve been up to and our plans for the future.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for topics and your success stories. Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Time Is Flying By…Time to Take BOLD Steps

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Are you amazed at how quickly time seems to be passing? Worried that December will be here again and you won’t have taken action towards making those longed-for changes in your life? Perhaps it’s time to ditch the baby steps and push yourself out of your comfort zone!

Chris and Gina discuss ways you can begin to take big, bold steps – and calculated risks – towards creating the life you’d love. If you wanted to increase your happiness quotient by 10x – what could you do TODAY to get the ball rolling?

Supporting a Friend with Low Confidence

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A great topic suggestion from Anne-Marie, who’s friend is suffering from a bout of low confidence. So what can she do to help her friend through this period of low confidence?

By first focusing on the language that both of you use, you can help them find areas in which they do have confidence. This kind of support will help your friend recognise that there are good parts and not everything is doom and gloom.

Although your friend might not have confidence in a specific task, helping them recognise their own self belief can be critical to helping them through a difficult time.

Confidence is based on being certain, to a degree, of an outcome. No matter how inconsequential it might seem. Taking baby steps can really lead to big changes over time.

With your support, your friend will have the choice to make small changes everyday so that in a few weeks, months or maybe years they will be in a better place. If they start making those changes now.

Listen to the podcast to find out how to change your focus and give you the strength to move forward.

Have you helped a friend through a period of low confidence? What worked for you and more importantly your friend? Leave a comment below or use our feedback page

How To Put An End To Wasting Time

We think many of our listeners can relate to this scenario — you’ve got lots of things to do and want to get them done but after a few hours of activity, you just don’t feel any productivity. Rather than energised by a sense of achievement, you’re floundering in a swamp of frustration.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how intelligent, driven or committed to the cause you are, there are days (or weeks) where you feel like you’re getting nowhere.

In this podcast, Paul and Chris take on resolving this challenge as posed to us by one of our listeners.

Time management is an ongoing quest for many people and yet it’s always the wrong quest. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself.

And specifically, you can manage your state, your focus, your energy and your clarity.

Paul and Chris provide great tips and practical actions to break out of any frustration and turn confusion into victory.

Let us know what you will do differently after listening to this podcast. Leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

3 Ways to Identify Your Strengths

Over the last decade there have been many significant advances in our understanding of how to achieve and become our best.

The modern world has evolved beyond the over-simplified advice of positive thinking, have a goal and dream big. While those still are part of the recipe for success, they alone aren’t the missing link between what you have and what you want.

One of the fundamental shifts in performance management – especially as it relates to your career or job success – is the movement away from working hard to overcome your weaknesses and rather, put greater emphasis on amplifying your strengths.

But the challenge within that is knowing your strengths well enough, and knowing which ones to amplify the most for the greatest results.

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In this podcast, Paul and Chris provide three ways (in rising order of complexity) to breakdown what you do, identify your true strengths and decide where you put your time and effort.

One of the most powerful approaches is to use the Challenge vs Skills dimensions popularised by psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in his groundbreaking book [amazon_link id=”0061339202″ target=”_blank” ]Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience[/amazon_link]. Below is a graph that identifies the components and can be used as a practical exercise to get you clearer on when, how and why you excel where you do.

Listen to this podcast now and let us know what you’ve discovered are your strengths…and how you plan to use them to achieve even more this year. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

 

When The Going Gets Tough, How Do You Get Going?

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Are you having a tough time?

Everything seems like hard work?

Nothing going right?

What do you do to turn things around?

It’ a situation that a lot of people can relate to. External circumstances can really take their toll. It might feel like the world is against you sometimes, so how do you pull yourself out of this vicious circle?

A lot of it relates to being more conscious of what options are available to you. It’s more likely that changing your own perception will have a more dramatic impact that anything else you could do.

We aren’t suggesting that you need to be all “Happy Clappy” but going in with a more neutral or just a less emotional point of view, then you’re going to become the voice of reason. Whilst everyone else around you seems to be losing their heads!

Listen to the podcast to find out more on how to manage, when the going gets tough.

Comments, topic suggestions, ideas, hints & tips or just to share your own experiences, post a comment below or use any of options on our feedback page

Productivity and the Importance of Focus

Do you know what it takes for you to be really focused on what matters?

Do you know what makes the difference between your ‘good’ days and ‘scattered’ or ‘overwhelmed’ or ‘totally unproductive’ days?

If you don’t know this already, you are missing a massive trick to getting things done.

In this podcast, Chris and Paul discuss why focus is critical but increasingly difficult to maintain.

According to The Energy Project – an organisation that helps individuals, leaders and team to sustain high performance – the greatest drain on our energy in the modern workplace is our mental energy. This is our ability to remain focused on the task at hand while not giving in to instant gratification of switching tasks, checking emails or being drawn into an unnecessary conversation.

[Note: you can check how you do against the global average by taking The Energy Audit right now. It’s free and only takes a few minutes.]

By surrounding yourself with the right environment, tools and mindset to start the day, you can easily feel significant improvement in your focus, productivity and daily fulfillment.

Paul and Chris give practical tips and tools to help you do this more consistently.

Let us know what you do to get, and stay, focused. Leave us a comment below or post on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you.

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