Kristy Arnett and WTF Am I Doing With My Life

Kristy Arnett

Kristy Arnett: professional poker player and risk/relationship coach

So, I met a professional poker player at Podcast Movement.

Who could possibly be more mindful than a professional poker player?

Kristy Arnett has spent the last decade as a reporter in the poker industry (yes, it’s an industry) and as a professional player.

Sounds really exciting, doesn’t it? How would you like to live in Las Vegas and fly all over the world playing in poker tournaments and being on television?

The reality for Kristy is quite a bit different.

On her blog and podcast, she speaks openly about her struggles with anxiety and the toll it has taken on her relationships and her marriage.

On her podcast, WTF Am I Doing With My Life, Kristy mixes interviews with personal growth experts and some pretty raw and unfiltered stories. Her goal is to inspire people to take risks and improve their relationships.

I really like her show. I think Kristy has a winning personality that just leaps out of my headphones. The podcast is well-produced – it’s obviously not just thrown together.

Looking for a risk and relationship expert? Maybe you didn’t think you were looking for one.

In either event, do yourself a favor and check out the WTF Am I Doing With My Life podcast at KristyArnett.com.

P.S. I’m not kidding about being mindful. When you talk to Kristy, she is totally in the moment and focused on what you’re saying. It’s a pretty cool thing to watch.

And yes, she meditates, too!

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Are you taking risks to stretch and make your life and relationships better?

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Wellthy Boss Podcast – for entrepreneurs

Wellthy Boss

Why you should be a healthy entrepreneur

One of the amazing people I met at Podcast Movement this year is Mariah Secrest-Comer.

Mariah hosts a podcast called Wellthy Boss – you can find out more at wellthyboss.com.

The podcast and website (and Facebook group) are all about self-care and wellness for entrepreneurs.

So, why should you take care of yourself as an entrepreneur?

Mariah points out that better health leads to improved productivity, focus, and decision-making skills; higher earnings, improved leadership measures; and better sex.

She talks about the research behind self-care practices –  like exercise, nutrition, sleep, and meditation – and their corresponding productivity impact on your work.

I’ve included a video in the show notes where Mariah talks about her morning routine. You should check it out. Lots of good stuff in this video, such as:

  • Why you should get up early
  • Making time to savor coffee
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Excercise
  • Intermittent fasting

If you’ve discovered that meditation and mindfulness help you be more productive, Mariah’s podcast is definitely for you – The Wellthy Boss Podcast.

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Tell me about your morning routine.

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The distracted lifestyle is catching on

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Distracted living for better denial

Are you distracted?

Yesterday, I talked about your most precious resource: your time.

You’ve been given a certain amount of time on this planet. How are you spending that time?

If you’re constantly distracted – jumping around from one thing to the next – stop!

Ask yourself if you’re going anywhere. Are you getting any closer to realizing your dream?

Do you even remember your dream?

Maybe you’re distracting yourself so much so you can avoid thinking about it. Because it hurts to realize you aren’t going to achieve your dream.

How is distracting yourself by wasting time on social media or playing video games any different than drinking or taking drugs?

Successful people, people who go after and achieve their goals and dreams, don’t do this.

Instead, they reflect.

You should ask yourself: what am I doing today that’s going to get me where I want to go?

And you should ask yourself this question every single day for the rest of your life.

It’s a simple question and I’ll bet you already know the answer.

So, what are you going to do today?

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How are you spending your time?

Time - picture of a clock

Is time on your side?

Have you thought real hard about how you’re going to spend the time you have left?

Even if you’re young, the amount of time you have left is finite. And it’s going to go by quickly no matter what you do.

Are you spending your time pursuing your dreams? Or are you giving your time over to helping someone else achieve their dreams?

Are you spending long hours doing something you hate working for someone else? If so, you’re giving away your most precious resource, your time, to enrich someone else.

Who are you really working for?

Think about it.

Who are you really working for?

The clock’s ticking.

Maybe it’s time for a change

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How are you spending your time? Send me an email –  [email protected]

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My mindfulness entrepreneur status report

Mindfulness

It’s my 90th show!

This is episode 90 of the Meditate with Mitch show, so I thought it was time for my “Entrepreneur Status Report”.

Mindfulness practices give me more focus. As a result, I’m a lot more productive. I have to be because I’m doing a LOT.

My job

I’m a technical writer for a software company. We’ve got a new release coming out soon, so we’re very busy. And it can be intense. Meditation is a life-saver.

I’m up early and out of the house by 5:30. I get home around 6:30, so I don’t have a lot of time to work on my projects.

My podcast

My podcast is a daily show and each show takes about an hour to create and upload.

That leaves me about 2 hours or so each evening to work on money-making tasks. Not a lot, so I have to stay motivated, organized, and focused.

Print on demand

I’m finishing up some Photoshop training so I can produce some decent designs to put on shirts and other merchandise. I finished a few designs and hope to start uploading them this weekend.

I’ll be selling shirts on Amazon and several other print on demand websites. I can’t wait to see how this goes.

This is something I did a few years ago. I made some decent money on Zazzle one Christmas season.

Affiliate marketing

I’m making a little money (very little) putting an occasional Amazon affiliate link in my show notes. If you buy something using one of those links, it doesn’t cost you extra and I get a small commission.

To all of you who click and buy – thank you!

My physical products

I’m really excited about developing, manufacturing, and selling physical products that I design. However, I recently learned the product I really want to sell may require a two-year manufacturing lead time.

At first, I was pretty discouraged. Two years? That’s a long time to wait before I can sell my first product.

So, plan B is to develop related products I can sell in the meantime. And I’ve come up with some interesting ideas. And, I’m going to a trade show related to my product. I’m hoping to get other product ideas and make some good connections at the event.

When I’ve got some products to sell, I’ll let you know.

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So, what are you working on? Send me an email –  [email protected]

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Entrepreneurs – have you gotten stuck?

Stuck cat in tree

You can get unstuck

Have you gotten stuck chasing your dream?

I suspect most businesses never get past the idea phase because most people never take any action toward their goals.

After the initial excitement about the business idea dies down, reality strikes!

There’s a lot of work between getting the idea and launching the business. In addition to the fear of failure and the unknown, most people just get overwhelmed.

I get it. I’ve been there.

I’ve probably dreamed up dozens, maybe hundreds of “can’t fail” business ideas. Other than writing down the ideas in a notebook, I didn’t take any action.

So, I distracted myself with hobbies, such as photography.

Also, taking action toward your goals is scary.

But it isn’t that hard. And I’ve said it before, but just take one step at a time. One step toward your goal every day.

I decided to do this show because I know so many people who get stuck trying to start a business.

And I know from personal experience that practicing mindfulness and meditation can really help you get unstuck.

I have so much more focus now than even a few months ago.

For the next several shows, I’m going to give examples of people who have gotten stuck. I’ll talk about how they can start taking action and make their businesses happen.

Maybe this will help you realize YOUR dream.

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If you’ve gotten stuck, tell me about it. Send me an email at [email protected]

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Reading: You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling

Laurel and Hardy reading

Reading is supposed to be fun

Last year, about 1 in 4 Americans did not read a single book. Or even listen to an audiobook.

When was the last time you read a book?

I’ve been trying to figure out why fewer people read these days.

I think most people agree there are more distractions – video games, cable channels, Facebook, and smartphones.

Another reason I think people might read less is that we are always multitasking. We’re distracting ourselves.

For example, I used to be guilty of sitting on the couch, turning on the TV, and trying to read a book. Over time, I was reading fewer books and enjoying it less. I didn’t notice what I was doing.

And then I discovered mindfulness – of simply focusing my awareness in the present moment.

So, I made a simple change. When I wanted to read, I sat in a comfortable chair under a good light. No television or music allowed. Just the reading.

I learned to slow down (deliberate and slow breathing helps) and give myself a few minutes to leave my current reality and enter the world of the book.

The theater curtains open and the story begins.

I learned to enjoy the experience of reading again.

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How to get your focus back

Focus

Chase the distractions away

Are you finding it difficult to focus on your goals? Maybe there’s a business or project you’d like to start, but you just can’t seem to get going.

Or maybe you’ve started, but you aren’t making any real progress toward your goal.

It happens to most of us.

We’ve got so much going on in our lives that our dreams take a back seat.

I’m busy, too. I get up at 5, head to work, and often don’t get home until 6:30 or so. And I have a daily podcast to write, record, edit, upload, and promote.

So, yeah, I understand being busy.

It might be 8:00  or later before I can start working on my new business and product. Staying focused and making progress toward your goals is tough.

Try this: turn the TV off and sit down in a comfortable chair or on the floor. Close your eyes or focus on an object in the room. Take slow, deep breaths.

Now, visualize achieving your goal. How will you feel when that happens?

Keep taking slow, deep breaths.

What will your day be like when you reach that goal? Are you going to go out and celebrate with friends and loved ones?

Then think about one simple thing you can do right now that moves you closer to that goal. Just one simple thing.

Give yourself a few minutes with this simple exercise.

Now, open your eyes (if they were closed), stand up and stretch, and do that one simple thing.

Tomorrow, you’ll do one more.

And, so the journey begins.

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Gary Leland is crushing it with content marketing

Gary and Kathy Leland with the stars of HGTV hit show Home Town, Ben and Erin Napier

Content marketing can help your business thrive

Gary Leland is a content marketing machine!

Gary uses content marketing to dominate his niche: girl’s fastpitch softball. His Fastpitch.tv videos have helped him grow his online store, SoftballJunk.com, into a wildly successful business. It has even grown to include a brick-and-mortar store.

He also uses content marketing to help promote his business in the home improvement space. Gary and his wife, Kathy, produce and host audio podcasts about two popular shows on HGTV: Fixer Upper and Home Town.

These two podcasts have done a lot to help promote Gary’s home decorating business – Leland’s Wallpaper.

Gary is constantly producing content. He produces so much content that it’s unlikely anyone is going to catch up with him in his niches.

Until recently, Gary relied on content marketing almost exclusively to promote his businesses. He recently started adding Facebook ads to his marketing mix.

My belief is that Gary’s intense focus on producing content, and learning new marketing techniques such as Facebook ads, has been the key to his success.

If you want to get a look at the content Gary is producing for all his business, check out his website at GaryLeland.com.

I should point out that Gary doesn’t meditate or consciously practice mindfulness, but I’ve never known anyone with his drive, focus, and work ethic.

You may not be able to match Gary’s prolific content output, but you can still improve your focus and productivity with meditation and mindfulness practice.

I hope Gary’s story will inspire you to go out there and create your own business empire.

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Are you getting anything done?

productive

Are you a productive worker?

I’m sure we’re all aware that we shouldn’t drink and drive and why that’s a terrible idea.

Well, working while you’re distracted isn’t such a great idea either.

If you want to be productive and you really want to get things done and you want to accomplish extraordinary things, you have to focus on your work – and you can’t do that if you’re distracted.

Here’s a radical idea: don’t check your phone messages, texts, or emails until after lunch.

If you start your day by checking your phone to see what you’ve missed, you’re off to a poor and distracted start.

You might think you need to purchase a time management program or fancy scheduling app to get more done.

That might help.

But, for most of us, the reason we aren’t getting things done is that we’re never focused on our work.

If you practice mindfulness and you meditate, you’re on your way to developing superior focusing powers. Don’t let your phone take away that superpower.

Turn it off and put it away.

It can wait until after lunch.

After you’ve had a super productive morning.

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