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Motivate Me Book Club
33 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
42 - CHALLENGE DAY - “Essentialism” w/ special guest Alina Taylor
Happy New Year! Here it is, the conclusion to season 1. Like all good things, there is a beginning and an end, with opportunity for more afterwards. Today we Challenge “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown with the help of Alina Taylor. Alina helped talk about “Grit” with us back in March and lends her insight and personal story on focusing on what’s essential to succeed. There were some pretty philosophical sections but all concepts are presented in a tangible, human way. But how did this book measure up? Find out who Alina recommends this book to and what she rates it out of 10. Send us your recommendations for Season 2 books at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be starting up the next season soon! Thank you for listening.
15 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
41 - CHALLENGE DAY “Atomic Habits”
How did “Atomic Habits” by James Clear measure up on challenge day? Really well, but we didn’t necessarily. Would you rate it the exact same though? How did this book work for you? Should you go back and review some of the exercises, too? This book has something for everyone but it especially has some solid advice and guidance for those that TRULY wish to make a change in their lives. Once you discover how you can identify with a new way of doing things, if you apply this to your life it would last forever. But this isn’t an easy feat and you might need help to do it. Find that support on this week’s episode on the #motivatemebookclub podcast. You can also refer to previous episodes for overviews of this book.
15 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
40 - Giving Thanks
Thank you. Thank you for listening, reading, being part of this. We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week in the US. It gives everyone an “excuse” to work on the habit of expressing gratitude more regularly. Why? There is scientific evidence that people who express sincere gratitude more often live better lives. Here we present 4 benefits of being thankful and 4 ways to cultivate gratitude in your life. Motivate Me Book Club is here to Motivate You. Thank you for motivating us!
23 minutes | Nov 22, 2019
39 - “Essentialism” Overview
The disciplined pursuit of less. Have you ever felt stretched thin, like you’re doing so much but feel like you don’t have the results to show for it? Are you working towards someone else’s goal? The way out may be “the way of the Essentialist” as suggested by Greg McKeown. This book provides a perspective to help you do less, but better. In this overview, you will find out what the mindset and three realities are of an Essentialist. Then, you can follow the three steps in order to become one yourself: Explore, Eliminate, and Execute. Does this sound like something you already do? Can Essentialism be an answer to our cultural affliction and glorification overworking. This is yet another proposed path to success.
20 minutes | Nov 8, 2019
38 - This is why you say “NO”
Have you ever had anyone commit to you in advance? A phone call, a meeting, an activity, a service? The obvious answer is yes, of course. After 3 months of committing to an interview for the Motivate Me Book Club, an author pushed back based on their conflicting schedule. Then, after 2.5 weeks of back and forth for rescheduling, sincerest apologies were finally communicated. Learn how this is why you say “NO”. We all make commitments in our daily lives to show up to work, to show up in our relationships, and to show up when we say we will. But what happens every time someone doesn’t follow through on an obligation? It breaks down trust. It breaks down confidence. It breaks down your future opportunities. The culture of busy, doing everything for everyone, needs to shift to a culture of finer necessity for those things that matter most. How do you do this? Listen to find out how lessons have been learned from overcommitting and underproducing.
14 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
37 - CHALLENGE DAY - The ONE Thing
How did “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan measure up on an intentionally delayed challenge day? We wanted to give this book a longer duration before we challenged it. There seemed to be very applicable takeaways but could it stand the test of time and linger with us? How did this book work for you? This book promotes something that could apply to everyone but more importantly those with a serious task at hand. Focus. Once you discover what your ONE thing is to focus on it should help you achieve the success you seek. Doesn’t that sound great! Find out how this helped your host, Pineapple Jen, on this week’s episode on the #motivatemebookclub podcast. You can also refer to previous episodes for overviews of this book.
14 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
36 - Last Book for Season 1 of the MMBC
How is it possibly the last book of this first season? All good things must come to an end , as it goes. But fret not! Although it is the last to read, we will still be reflecting and reviewing our books through Challenge Days. Through this season we have successfully read quite a few good books. They have seemed to form a theme around “Habits” and this book feels like a good fit to end on. “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown. This is the disciplined pursuit of less. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come. What do you think? Tell us! email@example.com. Grab a copy or an audio book today to join us for the last book of the season!
16 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
35 - CHALLENGE DAY “The Four Agreements”
How did “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz measure up on challenge day? I don’t think anyone would be surprised. Would you rate it the exact same though? How did this book work for you? If you said it didn’t or doesn’t apply to you, then congratulations! You are already the epitome of personal freedom without a single bad trait! However, if you are like the majority of the world, with areas for improvement, this book has something for everyone. These agreements are instructions on how to live your best life. This is how to be happier. Once you discover it within you it should linger for a while, if not forever. Doesn’t that sound great! Find out why on this week’s episode on the #motivatemebookclub podcast. You can also refer to previous episodes for overviews of this book.
46 minutes | Oct 11, 2019
34 - “Atomic Habits” overview
This is the high level overview of “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. Wow. This book speaks volumes on how small, tiny, “Atomic” changes can create remarkable change in your life. James Clear brings many concepts together, including the “Habit Loop”, in a new framework for working on creating change. He showcases how “4 Laws of Habit Change” have subtle layers to help you work on your transformation. What habits do you want to adopt and what habits would you like to change? What kind of person has or doesn’t have those habits? Your identity will sustain your habits so make them the best ones for you. If you are ready to define these areas of your life, have a listen to this overview for a new method that can effectively support you. Through diagrams, examples and research, James Clear presents an easy approach to support your goals. How can you apply concepts from this book to your own habit changes? Read, listen and let us know! www.pineapplejen.com/podcast
11 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
33 - Two Truths to Keep Habit Tracking
Keep going. You never know what success you will achieve until it happens and until then you need to keep trying. For a lot of us, it means starting with changing our habits and believing in what we are doing. Before the Golden Gate Bridge was built, the longest suspension bridge in the world was only 3,501 feet, 699 feet shorter than the proposed project. This coupled with strong winds and deep waters in the San Francisco Bay made the bridge a risky venture. Despite “expert opinion” against construction, the visionaries behind the construction forged ahead with their plans and proved successful in the end. Let’s this week’s episode’s “Two Truths” help you forge ahead with your goal and habit tracking to success.
42 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
32 - Interview with Lindsay Tobias
Keep your plants on! For good! How? Meet Lindsay Tobias, a 23 year old Holistic Health Coach who has successfully used “Atomic Habits” by James Clear to help her clients MAINTAIN their goals. Habit transformation does not happen overnight. Keeping the habits going once the “goal” has been reached is a challenge. But Lindsay has figured it out. Whats’s her secret sauce? Aside from her recipes, the key to her success was having some Atomic help. Listen to this perfect example of how books are an invaluable resource for knowledge. And who knows, you may just want to have her help you! Find her on IG @keepyourplantson and her website howtokeepyourplantson.com
20 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
31 - Habits are Hard
Habits are hard to change, adopt and get rid of. This has been no easy feat for your host, Pineapple Jen, to change her ways. Over the course of many books, ideas have been presented on how to develop successful habits. It seems that to be efficient or effective there are habits to adopt and habits to drop. It takes time and effort but which WAY of doing this works the best? It’s probably not the same for everyone. Habit tracking is what Jen has been trying to do, unsuccessfully. Why has this happened? We reflect on how tracking habits has NOT been something of a habit in the first place. Atomic Habits by James Clear offers another approach to habit change. The Melting Ice Cube analogy puts things into yet another perspective. Let’s give this book a read and find out what we can extract from it.
7 minutes | Sep 7, 2019
30 - New Book & more Podcasts!
Happy National Read a Book Day! We introduce our next book for the Motivate Me Book Club. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. Have you heard of it? What are your thoughts? Working on our Habits is no easy feat but if we keep investigating how to manage them maybe we will discover a way that works for us. We won’t know until we try and this next book offers another approach. Check out some of these other cool podcasts while you are getting yourself a copy. We recommended Girl Boss Radio, The Bid, and Stuff You Should Know. What do you think of these shows? Let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
19 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
29 - The Four Agreements
This is an overview of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. Stemming from ancient Toltec wisdom, Ruiz suggests these four agreements are what can guide one to a place of personal freedom. As we grow from childhood, we develop an unconscious set of instructions for living life. According to Ruiz, many of these unconscious beliefs are arbitrary or false. The key to freedom is to become aware of these limiting thought patterns and to replace them with these agreements. You can almost use this book as a guide for self prescribed cognitive-behavioral therapy. What do you think about that? How could you apply these principles to your own dream of life?
24 minutes | Aug 22, 2019
28 - Who is Pineapple Jen?
Who is your host, Pineapple Jen, for the Motivate Me Book Club? She gets a bit exposed and personal on this week’s episode. Maybe a little TMI occurs but that’s her. Life is what you make of it. You are who you are and Pineapple Jen is who she is supposed to be. Find out more as she answers some of the FAQs she receives.
8 minutes | Aug 15, 2019
27 - Environment of Productivity
Think back to when you were most productive in your life. Where was that? Maybe that’s a new concept and one you’ve not really considered before. But in your life, where and how are you the most energized? Around others or by yourself? In peace and quiet or with an energetic ambiance? Can you guess where Pineapple Jen has found her Environment of Productivity? Have a listen and consider how you owe it to yourself to search for this space in your life and to actually utilize it.
11 minutes | Aug 8, 2019
26 - Four great reasons to read this next book!
We introduce the next book for the Motivate Me Book Club. It’s “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. We leave the inspirational and motivational for a little self-help reading. Sometimes we need to take an introspective look. How are we truly living our lives? Ruiz suggests that everything we do is based on the agreements we make in life. Let’s see about that! And why not physically grab a copy this time? Our host, Pineapple Jen, shares her insight into 4 great reasons why reading is good for you! They’re scientifically supported reasons to make you happier and less stressed. Sound good? See if you agree. Listen to this latest episode and you’ll be motivated to grab a copy of “The Four Agreements”.
18 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
25 - CHALLENGE DAY - “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
How did “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ” by Stephen Covey measure up on challenge day? The perfect score of 10/10 is well deserved for this book. We go over how our host applied it and what she learned over the past few weeks since reading. What are 3 big takeaways from these suggested habits for success? Find out on this week’s episode on the #motivatemebookclub podcast. You can also refer to previous episodes for overviews of this book. We will be announcing the next book on next week’s episode. In the meantime check out these other motivational shows: The Mindset & Motivation podcast, The Motivated Mind, and Mama Motivation podcast.
24 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
24 - The Key to Clarity
How are you doing? What are you up to? Why do we always answer “Great, I’m so busy!” And then it seems hard to even say what it is that makes it all so busy...there’s no denying we are in a culture of grinders. People who day in day out feel the need to constantly be doing something. It’s kind of crazy. We are guilty of it here at the Motivate Me Book Club, too. But what we should be able to do is speak to the things that matter most. How can we better articulate what we are up to? Same as we prepare for a podcast recording, we can prepare our answers with some guided questions. And through these guided questions, we’ll find that universal concepts are the key to clarity. Listen to this week’s episode and try this approach for your own busy life. Now let us ask you, what are you up to?
35 minutes | Jul 20, 2019
23 - The ONE Thing
A high level overview of “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. The first two parts were introduced in previous episodes and here we elaborate on Part 3, which we like to call the “secret sauce”. This is where you’ll really understand HOW to succeed by following the ONE Thing concept. We open up the book for you so that if you’re thinking about reading it, this may be all you need to do so. Or it may be all you need! Feel free to provide feedback to email@example.com
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