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Latest Episode3/2/2021

Episode 270 - Fit2Fat2Forty with Drew Manning

Season 1, Ep. 270
The perception most of us have about being fit is to look in a certain way, which turns ourjourney’sstarting point intonot liking what we see in the mirror. Eating healthy food and exercising will feel like punishment, like something we must do to repair our“damaged”bodies. This reasoning's main flaw is thinking that happiness will touch us when we get the "perfect" body, and it's not true. Happiness is found in the journey to be fit; knowing that eating healthy is not a punishment but a demonstration of love, exercising is taking care of ourselves. The transformational trip into fitness must be made from loving ourselves. Joining me today is Drew Manning, a health and fitness expert, author of the NY Times Best Selling book,Fit2Fat2Fit, and the creator of the A&E Show Fit to Fat to Fit. He is also the host of The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience podcast. In 2011, Drew decided to do the risky experiment of gaining weight to experience first-hand overweight people's experience on their journey to being fit; he gained over 70 pounds. Ten years later, now in his forties, Drew is at it again; this time, he gained 62 pounds that he will try to lose in his new experience, Fit to Fat to Forty.In this episode, we talked about Drew's unique perspective on fitness and being healthy. He explained how his experiments helped him approach fitness coaching from a more empathetic viewpoint, making him more comprehensive about people's struggles. We also talked about our emotions' central role in losing weight and the difference loving ourselves can make when being fit is our goal. If you want to know more about the secrets of being happy and fit at the same time, tune in to Episode 270 of Becoming Your Best and let Drew change your approach to a healthy life. Some Questions I Ask:Can you give our listeners a little bit of background, who you are, how this journey started, and where you're at right now today? (1:42)What was the most challenging part of this journey so far, especially this time in your forties? (7:49)You've talked about empathy and other things; what are some of the lessons learned that you've got along this line? (12:27)What are two or three specific starting points? Or things that people can do that would have a significant impact on their health? (16:45)What is Keto? What are its advantages, benefits, things that people need to be thinking about if they're serious about starting Keto? (23:07)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The reasons behind the Fit2Fat2Fit experiment and its teachings (1:54)Drew's getting humbled during part II of his experiment (6:58)Where people get stuck when they are trying to lose weight (9:40)The pursue of happiness vs. the perfect body (13:02)Working on small habits to make a huge difference (17:16)Keto in a nutshell (23:18)Resources:Fit2Fat2Fit websiteThe Fit to Fat to Fit Experience PodcastBook: Drew Manning -Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons From Gaining and Losing 75lbson PurposeBook: Drew Manning -Complete Keto: A Guide To Transform Your Body and Your Mind for LifeBook: Claire Weekes - Hope and Help for Your NervesConnect with Drew:LinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitterBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
3/2/2021

Episode 270 - Fit2Fat2Forty with Drew Manning

Season 1, Ep. 270
The perception most of us have about being fit is to look in a certain way, which turns ourjourney’sstarting point intonot liking what we see in the mirror. Eating healthy food and exercising will feel like punishment, like something we must do to repair our“damaged”bodies. This reasoning's main flaw is thinking that happiness will touch us when we get the "perfect" body, and it's not true. Happiness is found in the journey to be fit; knowing that eating healthy is not a punishment but a demonstration of love, exercising is taking care of ourselves. The transformational trip into fitness must be made from loving ourselves. Joining me today is Drew Manning, a health and fitness expert, author of the NY Times Best Selling book,Fit2Fat2Fit, and the creator of the A&E Show Fit to Fat to Fit. He is also the host of The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience podcast. In 2011, Drew decided to do the risky experiment of gaining weight to experience first-hand overweight people's experience on their journey to being fit; he gained over 70 pounds. Ten years later, now in his forties, Drew is at it again; this time, he gained 62 pounds that he will try to lose in his new experience, Fit to Fat to Forty.In this episode, we talked about Drew's unique perspective on fitness and being healthy. He explained how his experiments helped him approach fitness coaching from a more empathetic viewpoint, making him more comprehensive about people's struggles. We also talked about our emotions' central role in losing weight and the difference loving ourselves can make when being fit is our goal. If you want to know more about the secrets of being happy and fit at the same time, tune in to Episode 270 of Becoming Your Best and let Drew change your approach to a healthy life. Some Questions I Ask:Can you give our listeners a little bit of background, who you are, how this journey started, and where you're at right now today? (1:42)What was the most challenging part of this journey so far, especially this time in your forties? (7:49)You've talked about empathy and other things; what are some of the lessons learned that you've got along this line? (12:27)What are two or three specific starting points? Or things that people can do that would have a significant impact on their health? (16:45)What is Keto? What are its advantages, benefits, things that people need to be thinking about if they're serious about starting Keto? (23:07)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The reasons behind the Fit2Fat2Fit experiment and its teachings (1:54)Drew's getting humbled during part II of his experiment (6:58)Where people get stuck when they are trying to lose weight (9:40)The pursue of happiness vs. the perfect body (13:02)Working on small habits to make a huge difference (17:16)Keto in a nutshell (23:18)Resources:Fit2Fat2Fit websiteThe Fit to Fat to Fit Experience PodcastBook: Drew Manning -Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons From Gaining and Losing 75lbson PurposeBook: Drew Manning -Complete Keto: A Guide To Transform Your Body and Your Mind for LifeBook: Claire Weekes - Hope and Help for Your NervesConnect with Drew:LinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitterBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
2/23/2021

Episode 269 - Lessons Learned from Mark Holland CEO and Chairman of Ascend Staffing

Season 1, Ep. 269
Being true to character is one of the most rewarding principles of highly successful leaders. While honesty and integrity might lead to sometimes recognizing a mistake and eventually losing a client, at the end of the day, the other side of the coin brings you the fulfilling feeling of having done the right thing. There’s nothing like looking your spouse in the eye and letting them know you are doing your best at being honest and ethical, regardless of the consequences.Today's guest is Mark Holland, CEOand Chairman of Ascend Staffing, one of the largest light industrial and non-clinical hospital staffing companies in the US,and among theworld'slargest. He founded Ascend HR Solutions in 1995, and five years later, the company was listed #17 in Inc. Magazine's500list,andhas been included in the Utah 100 nine out of ten years in a row. Mark served as Vice-Chair of the Utah State University Board of Trustees; he also received the highest award given from the Huntsman School of Business in 2018, the Distinguished Executive Alumnus award. He served as a Board Member for the Children'sCenter, Single Moms’Foundation, and he is an active member of his community and the church where he resides. In this episode, we talked about the power of networking and how easy it is to take a step in the wrong direction when we are not surrounded by like-minded people. He shared some of the key lessons he learned throughout his extensive career and what it means to have integrity and be true to ourselves in our professional lives. If you want to know more about taking educatedrisks and being willing to fail, tune in to Episode 269 of Becoming Your Best and listen to Mark's masterclass on leadership, honesty, and integrity. Some Questions Asked:What are the things that bring you the greatest happiness in life? (3:35)What are some of the critical lessons learned that you've had that have helped you and your business be successful? (4:26)How can you be true to your own character, and how can you stand up for what you believe? (8:55)How can our listeners create a forum of friends that are sounding boards? And what's the value of that from your point of view? (13:03)I know that your clients are really loyal to you, and you have a close relationship. What makes that work? (17:49)What are two or three of your biggest lessons learned in life? And what experiences taught you those lessons? (21:58)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The power of networking and associating with the right people (4:50)Taking educatedrisks and being willing to fail (7:14)Doing the right thing and letting the consequences follow (10:12)The value of standing up for what we believe (11:03)The perks of having a family-oriented company (16:10)The importance of ensuring everyone has a voice that it is heard (20:10)Resourcesfor Ascend StaffingWebsiteLinkedInGlassdoorFacebookTwitterIndeedConnect with Mark:LinkedInFacebookBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
2/16/2021

Episode 268 - Jody Richards 2020 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Season 1, Ep. 268
Leadership is a journey, and the obstacle we find more often in our path is no other than ourselves. As leaders, we need to be mindful of our attitude, steady in our judgment, and make tough decisions thinking of the greater good. Leadership offers many challenges that can be quickly sorted out with proper planning and choosing a culture by design over one by default. Joining us todayis Jody Richards, President at Process Technology, winner of the 2020Ernst & YoungEntrepreneurOfThe Year Award, certified Supply Chain Professional, Production and Inventory Management, and mom. We had an inspiring conversation about how it is for her to juggle parenthood and running a massive company, the importance of having a culture by design in a company, and having employees aligned with its values. We also talked about what the EntrepreneurOfThe Year award represented to her and its impact on her team.  If you want to know more about this inspiring woman and get some tips for refocusing your mind and changing your usual thinking patterns, tunein to Episode 268 of Becoming Your Best and hear what Jody has to say about leadership, decisions, and goals.Some Questions I Ask:Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? (2:28)How was the experience of winning theErnst & YoungEntrepreneurOfThe Year award? (4:25)What are some things that madeProcessTechnology successful? (8:44)If you look back at maybe one or two coolest experiences through your life, what would they be? (16:40)Howdo you juggle betweenrunning a company andhaving afamily lifewith two babies?(22:06)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The decision-making process whenpeopledon’talignwiththecompany's values (8:25)The importance of following a direction while making decisions (13:05)Jody's most remarkable experiences along the way (16:52)Some of Jody's pro tips for 2021 (24:38)Resources:Process Technology websiteConnect with Jody:LinkedInBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
2/9/2021

Episode 267 - How to Change Your Thoughts and Dream Big

Season 1, Ep. 267
Research shows that more than 90% of the 40 to 60,000thoughts a human brain produces per day are repetitive. Also, it was proved that 70 to 80% of those repetitive thoughts tend to be negative. If we add to this that the human being is a creature of habit, wecansee how easy it is for our minds to get stuck into a viciousloop ofnegativethoughts. In this episode,wewant to give you three easy tips to disrupt our thinking patterns and avoid falling into a negative thinking loop. The main objective of these three simple activities is to exercise the brain and prevent its atrophy. The brain needs to be tested and continuouslystimulatedto keep its good shape and perfect functioning, just like any other muscle. If you want to experiment the possibilities of a fertile mind capable of conceiving ideas ignoring the constraints that limit our thoughts daily, tune in to Episode 267 of Becoming Your Best and take note of these three useful tips. In This Episode, You Will Learn:What the science can teach us about our brain (4:01)The kind of thoughts we have during the day (5:20)Three ways of disrupting our thoughts (7:20)How has this thought served you? (10:59)Avoiding brain atrophy (12:40)Innovating new ways of living our life by design (17:38)Becoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceBook: Do What Matters Most: Leadwith a Vision, Manage with a Plan, and Prioritize Your Time - Pre-orderFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
2/2/2021

Episode 266 - Life Lessons with John Fitzpatrick CEO of Force Marketing

Season 1, Ep. 266
The human mind has infinite fuel to create millions of thoughts, yet it can concentrate only on one at a time. When we find a challenge in our way, we can either focus all our energy on that particular problem or step back and see the easiest way to solve it and keep thinking about our primary goal. Joining me today is John Fitzpatrick, President, and CEO of Force Marketing, a company dedicated to transforming the brand-to-consumer buying experience in the automotive business. We talked about his personal and professional life, why he gets involved in philanthropic activities, and how he handles the onboarding process to newcomers in his company. We also talked about keeping the trust meter healthy in business and how the pandemic affected the industry. If you want to know the benefits of living a grateful and intentional life and the importance of being aware of our roles and goals all the time, tune in to Episode 266 of Becoming Your Best and hear what John has to say aboutall these topics. Some Questions I Ask:What are some of the things you've seen that have helped youand otherssucceed? (03:15)What impact have you seen gratitude had in your life? (06:12)What would you give as one or two pieces of advice to a person starting out with your company? (10:19)What's one or two lessons learned through life that you would like to pass on to your kids? (13:24)What's one of the biggest challenges that you've ever experienced in your life? (17:32)In This Episode, You Will Learn:John's simple philosophy that guides his life (3:55)Stepping back and being grateful (7:03)The importance of understanding our role and how can we help others (10:30)Getting to the destination, and then going further (15:39)When obstacles block the goal (22:55)Being intentional with our gratitude (25:26)Resources:Force Marketing Book: Don Miguel Ruiz - The Four AgreementsConnect with John:LinkedInInstagramTwitterBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: support@becomingyourbest.com Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
1/26/2021

Episode 265 - Life Lessons with Joe Ojile

Season 1, Ep. 265
Sleep is one of the most important tools for living a healthy life – and leveraging its benefits by following some simple, yet crucial, principles should be a priority for everyone.In today's episode, Joe Ojile, founder, CEO, and Medical Director of the Clayton Sleep Institute talks about the importance of a healthy relationship with our sleeping time and how it affects our daily performance. He also explains why sleep is a health promotion tool, and he gives away some easy-to-detect cues to know if we have a sleeping problem. Joe also sharesunique insights about life, forgiveness, and happiness. If you want to know how a good night’s sleepcan help you excel in your daily routine, what is social jetlag, and why Joe thinks that happiness is the most underrated daily activity, tune intoEpisode 265ofBecoming Your Bestand listen to Joe's masterclass about the health of mind and body. Some Questions I Ask:Could you tell our audience a little bit about yourself? (2:00)When it comes to sleep, what are some things that everyone should know and may not be aware of? (5:45)How do travels to othertimezonesback and forth affect our circadian rhythm? (9:30)Are you supposed to drink water or not drink water? And melatonin, is it right to take it before sleeping? (14:24)What are some cues that people should be looking for to get professional help regarding their sleep? (17:34)If you could share two or three life lessons, what would those be? (23:18)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Why we sleep, and how it helps us during the day (6:50)What is the circadian rhythm and how it works (10:38)How we create social jetlag. (13:12)How melatonin is helpful when traveling in atimezonethat’s ahead of yours. (16:28)The sky is the limit when you surround yourself with high character people. (25:06)The importance of forgiveness (26:30)Three things to do every day. (33:05)Connect with Joe:LinkedInTwitterResources:Website:Clayton Sleep InstituteLinkedIn:Clayton Sleep Institute Facebook:Clayton Sleep Institute Becoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail:support@becomingyourbest.com Book:Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook:Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
1/19/2021

Episode 264 - Life Lessons with Mike Choutka, CEO of Hensel Phelps

Season 1, Ep. 264
Leaders are responsible for dealing with difficult times, but that doesn't mean every leader will find the best answers. Last year, a hard-times making machine put every leader's abilities to deal with adversity to the test.Today's guest, Mike Choutka, President and CEO of Hensel Phelps, based his strategy to cope with tough times on momentum, the perpetual motion. He went to the fundamentals and succeeded with two simple principles. First, maintain the company's momentum. Fortify what's already working. And second, create new momentum, new ideas to trigger that impulse. He also shares his thoughts on what attributes a good leader should have and valuable advice from his more than 25 years of experience in the building industry. If you want to know what is expected from a good leader, the relevance of having a well-balanced life and being well rounded, and much more, tune intoEpisode 264ofBecoming Your Bestand listen to the story of this flawless leader. Some questions I ask:What does it take to move up in an organization like this? (5:45)What would you say to someone who's looking for something positive to take into 2021? (9:24)If you had to share some advice with our listeners, one of your biggest lessons learned through life, what would you share? (19:17)If you had your kids in a room, and you could share with them one piece of advice, what would that be for them? (23:20)In this episode, you will learn:The role of good fortune, opportunity, availability, and ability in Mike's career (6:08)Learning the lessons from hard times (11:15)Momentum will be key in 2021 (17:51)Empathetic leaders are the solution (19:17)How a balanced life affects people's productivity at work (26:00)Connect with Mike:LinkedinResources:Hensel Phelps websiteHensel Phelps FacebookHensel Phelps TwitterHensel Phelps LinkedinHensel Phelps InstagramBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail:support@becomingyourbest.com Book:Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook:Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety