Choosing emotions

Choosing emotions

It’s completely normal to prefer one emotion to another. I’d rather feel happy than sad. Joyful rather than frustrated. Satisfied over anxious. However, the problem arises when we teach ourselves that there’s something wrong with us if every step of the path isn’t...
Defeat Self-Defeat with Dr. Mark Goulston

Defeat Self-Defeat with Dr. Mark Goulston

(Download Episode Here) (Subscribe to the Podcast Here) (Connect with CJ) Why isn’t achievement ever enough? Join CJ McClanahan as Dr. Mark Goulston, former FBI hostage negotiator and UCLA professor, discusses how a simple change in perspective will alter how you see...
Certainty is unattainable

Certainty is unattainable

I used to believe that the more information you accumulate (via getting old), the greater the level of certainty you’d feel about everything in your life. Turns out, that’s not always the case. In fact, I’m continually surprised by the number of times I respond with,...
Direction is more important than speed

Direction is more important than speed

“Direction is more important than speed. Many people are going nowhere fast.” – Richard Evans Like most overachievers, I’m wired to feel better about myself if I’m rushing through the day crossing off tasks on my endless to-do list. My brain craves the sense of...
Video Series: Take back your time

Video Series: Take back your time

I feel anxious if I can’t check my phone. Take back your time and increase your quality of life with these 3 simple and proven tactics. Watch the video for CJ’s top 3 tips to feel more energy by the end of the week. Take The Achiever’s Compass,...
Happiness is Free and Easier Than You Think

Happiness is Free and Easier Than You Think

(Download Episode Here) (Subscribe to the Podcast Here) (Connect with CJ) We know we should live in the moment, but how do you maximize life while doing that? Hale Dwoskin joins CJ McClanahan to share powerful tactics on how to recognize the now and let go of the...
Interest vs. Commitment

Interest vs. Commitment

There is a big difference between an interest and a commitment. Tweeting that you’re outraged by an injustice is an example of supporting an interest. Donating a meaningful portion of your time or income to a local non-profit addressing this cause is a commitment. The...
The future is an interesting place

The future is an interesting place

The future is filled with endless opportunities: vacations, weddings, new cars, etc. Unfortunately, it also has its share of crap: long work meetings, pain, anxiety, etc. We aim to fill the future with more good than bad to have something to look forward to. The...
Video Series: Take back your time

Video Series: Get Energy from Work

I feel exhausted at the end of each week. No one wants to feel like their workload is unmanageable all the time. Watch the video for CJ’s top 3 tips to feel more energy by the end of the week. Take The Achiever’s Compass, or send this video to someone who...
Change Your Mind

Change Your Mind

When was the last time you changed your mind on an important issue? (Deciding that mayonnaise is OK on your sandwich doesn’t qualify as “important”.) If you can’t remember, you might be spending too much of your reading/viewing time in an echo chamber hoping to...
Perfection is the Enemy

Perfection is the Enemy

I remind myself of this truth every day. Having the answer to virtually every question at our fingertips tricks us into believing we should be good at everything. This is a lie. We are all flawed and probably really bad at certain things. Acknowledge and embrace...
When is my effort enough?

When is my effort enough?

No matter how many hours I work, I will never be caught up. There will always be another email to send, content to create, speech to improve, etc.Which makes me wonder, when is my effort enough?It’s an interesting question that you have undoubtedly asked...
Video Series: Take back your time

Video Series: Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing your achievements to those of your peers is something we’ve all done. Here are three proven tactics to stop the habit and help you enjoy the journey. Take The Achiever’s Compass, or send this video to someone who could use some...
Judgmental is my default

Judgmental is my default

Kind and compassionate are not my default settings. I tend to be a little judgmental and often consider how a situation affects my personal interests. I’ve noticed that my selfishness also increases my daily stress and worry. I’m not the only one. There’s a growing...
My spring break takeaway

My spring break takeaway

I had the pleasure enjoying of sunny spring break recently in Florida (along with the rest of the Midwest and Northeast US). One thing stood out… no one looked relaxed. If people weren’t chasing kids, taking perfectly posed pictures or standing in line at the bar,...
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