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11 minutes | Jan 30, 2015
TLS 015 : The Last Conversation – Sort Of
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/download.jpeg)This is the last conversation for The Life Shoppe Podcast ... sort of. After much prayer and thinking, I've decided to close down this site and the podcast and enfold them into my main site, www.ToddStocker.com. (http://www.toddstocker.com)I'd love to have you help with this transition by clicking here (https://toddstocker.wufoo.com/forms/qp94fra161wmkv/) to answer a few questions.I can't say enough how I've enjoyed our times together and how you've helped me in the process of learning how to podcast and communicate through this venue.Thanks again and I'll see you at ToddStocker.com (http://www.toddstocker.com)!Peace!(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/first-name-signature-e1412864457298.jpg)
16 minutes | Jan 9, 2015
TLS 014 : 2015 Goal Setting
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/goal_setting.001.jpg) The beginning of the year is a great time for goal setting. Some of us are detailed, others are less so. In this episode, I share some of what I want to do and be by the end of 2015. QUOTE OF THE DAY: The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. - Melody BeattieGoal setting can be super rigorous and detailed or they can be casual.i.e. Tony Robbins - keys to massive action.For me, I’m not that detailed. My process is simply this:After evaluating last year,* Brainstorm things I want to do, who I want to be, attitudes I want to change or adopt. * I prioritize them by importance. * I put a time frame around them. someone said a goal with a timeframe is a wish.A few of my 2015 thoughts personally:These aren’t in order or timed out.Things to Accomplish:* Skimmer basket invention * Secure a writing agent. * Write my 7th book. * Do a full paid version of the LoseTheWeight101.com.To Be:* Be a stronger man - Micah 6:8. He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly [use my wisdom etc to make decisions] and to love mercy [fall on the side of compassion and mercy, recognizing that sometimes it may mean tough choices] and to walk humbly with your God.To Do:* Stop being passive. * Slow my pace. Don’t hurry. * Focus.Resource for Goal Setting:* Michael Hyatt (http://michaelhyatt.com/) * Dan Miller (http://www.48days.com/store/?ap_id=thelifeshoppe)“See you next time on The Life Shoppe Podcast” Peace!(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/signature-with-click.001-300x227.jpg)
14 minutes | Jan 2, 2015
TLS 013 : Lose The Weight 101 Part 2
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/thelifeshoppe-podcast-post-logo.001.jpg)This week continues our conversation on losing weight. Losing weight seems to be a top resolution for many people at the beginning of the year. Many start on a new program only to drop it a few weeks in. What if healthy weight management were possible without the weighing, calorie counting or gulping down hundreds of pills? In this episode -- lose the weight part 2 of 2 -- I talk about how I lost 45 pounds.Today we’re continuing from our last episode on losing weight.If you didn’t hear last episode, go back and listen because I talked about the importance of mindset and getting enough water.Today we’re going to be talking about what to eat and what to avoid.What kinds of foods to avoid. • fake food - 30% or more processed• fried, heavy grease• sugar - the white, processed kind.• carbohydrates - white breads specifically. How much should I eat?Eat 3 meals, 2 snacksmeal size: “fist size is the right size." Your stomach is roughly the size of your fist. For each meal, you can eat 1 1/2 to 2 fist sizes of the right foods. • protein - Chicken, Turkey, Beef. Always eat a tomato-based product with your beef to help break down the fibers. • fruit - be cautious with fruit. They are filled with good, natural sugars but the sugars can easily be converted into fat. • vegetable - Anything from the ground! I call these "open fisted" foods because you can eat as much as you like whenever you'd like. Go easy on carrots, however. • starch - These are similar to Carbs but are more fiber based. An example is a flour tortilla is a carb but a corn tortilla is a starch. • water - 10 drinks (80oz) total per day. What about Snacks?snacks - healthy snacks. For me, I eat a handful of almonds, apple, 100 calorie, or a home-made protein bar.How do I keep the weight off?Make sure you chose to keep the weight off everyday. This goes back to mindset. Here's the #1 thing that will keep your weight off...Weigh Everyday and evaluate the results - Everyday!I try to stick to a 5pound buffer zone. That is a range between your goal weight and a higher, comfort weight. If I can keep my weight in between those two numbers, I feel pretty good.For more important details, make sure you get the FREE COURSE at...www.LoseTheWeight101.com. (http://www.losetheweight101.com)“See you next time on The Life Shoppe Podcast”Peace!(http
18 minutes | Dec 21, 2014
TLS 012 : Lose The Weight 101 Part 1
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/lose-the-weight-101-part-1.001.jpg)Losing weight seems to be a top resolution for many people at the beginning of the year. Many start on a new program only to drop it a few weeks in. What if healthy weight management were possible without the weighing, calorie counting or gulping down hundreds of pills? In this episode -- lose the weight part 1 of 2 -- I talk about how I lost 45 pounds.[scroll to the bottom to listen to the podcast]Show Notes:“Hi everybody, welcome to the life shoppe podcast, where it’s all about helping you live at your full potential!Today, we’re going into the question box and answering questions specifically about getting healthy, losing weight and… the key… keeping it off!I’m going to do 2 episodes on this because i want to be true to our time and yet get you the information for you to start seeing real change in your health. QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas JeffersonI love this quote because it gets at the very first question that people ask me: “Where do I start?" and it gets at the most important part of losing the weight. Mindset. Mindset is defined as “the established thoughts and attitudes of someone.” Basically it’s getting your mind right about health.Remember the Thomas Jefferson quote: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal” I truly believe that. In whatever you do! In fact, when people ask me, “How did you lose the weight?” my common response is, “I chose to.” Most people don’t realize the power that God’s given us called choice. If you’re unhealthy right now - maybe not even physically. Maybe you’re tired of your job - chose to change it. In weight loss, especially at the beginning, you have to make that choice not just every morning, be many times a day. It becomes easier. The other thing that’s important about losing the weight is to delete the phrase, “I’m going to try this” from your vocabulary. Either do it or don’t. It’s the Yoda principle. So here’s a little exercise that I did several times a day that might help you. * Write down a weight that you’d like to hit. In everything, check with a physician about what would be a good weight. But don’t get overwhelmed a
9 minutes | Dec 5, 2014
TLS 011 : Retire Now!
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/retire-now.001.jpg)Many of us look at retirement as sitting on a beach, drinking fruity drinks with umbrellas in them. With the new year coming up, what if you could make a resolution enjoy retirement now and not have to wait? In this conversation, I talk about ways you can identify what makes you come alive and how you can incorporate those retirement activities into your life today.(Scroll to the bottom to listen)Show Notes:So, a new year is fast approaching. Only a few short months until we turn the calendar and start again. Are you ready for the new year? Do you make resolutions to get out of debt or get into health? The issue we’re going to be talking about today deals with retirement and it ties in with the new year in a very significant way. I’ll talk about that connection in just a bit.But first, I know many of you have asked about my new book, “Becoming the Fulfilled Leader - 10 personal leadership principles learned through an unlikely friendship.” (http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-The-Fulfilled-Leader-Leadership/dp/1502979829/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1417803869&sr=8-2) Yes, it’s out and available on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-The-Fulfilled-Leader-Leadership/dp/1502979829/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1417803869&sr=8-2). I know several of you have taken advantage of the special deal I’m running just for podcast listeners. That when you buy the book, you get the kindle version and a PDF version as bonuses, but if you rate this podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/life-shoppe-success-strategies/id913169892?mt=2), I’ll also send you the audio version when that’s finished the first of the year. Again, “Becoming the fulfilled leader” is out on Amazon.comQUOTE OF THE DAY: "The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off." Abe LemonsI picked this quote because I’ve talked with people at all stages of their life that have different views of what it means to retire. Folks in their 20’s say, “When I retire, I’m heading to the beach to sit in the sun and drink fruity drinks with umbrellas in them. folks that are heading closer to retirement say, “I’m going to do the things I’ve always wanted to do."So how is that connected to the new year? When I’m doing career coaching, I often do this exercise that helps people discover retirement now. I ran this with my staff the other day. O
10 minutes | Nov 29, 2014
TLS 010 : Achieving A Thankful Heart
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/thankfulheart.001.jpg)Being Thankful is one of the most powerful emotions - even over Love or Fear. Even though the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude are overwhelming, many of us struggle with being thankful. Today, I talk about one thing to do that helps deepen that sense of thankfulness.[scroll to the bottom to listen to the podcast]Show Notes:NOW AVAILABLE:(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/becomingthefulfilledleader-243x300.png)[click here for more] (http://wwwthelifeshoppe.com/fulfilled)We’re into the holiday season, thanksgiving just being celebrated, black Friday, small business Saturday, cyber Monday, and heading into christmas celebrations. As I sat around our thanksgiving table, I was overwhelmed with the sense of thanks. That’s what we’re talking about today -- Achieving A Thankful HeartQUOTE OF THE DAY: “The perceived value of a gift correlates with the gratitude depth of the receiver.”In other words, when you are given a gift that you perceive is of high value, you’ll be more grateful for it. Really it comes down to the the value you place on it as well. For example, when my kids were little, they’d make me Christmas presents. In fact, I still have a few of them. The monetary value wasn’t high, but because it came from them and I value them, my thankful level was off the charts!Tracey Steivang, Winn Coaching (http://winncoaching.wordpress.com/), says that gratitude is the most powerful emotion, even over love and fear. Why? Because it puts you in a mindset of wanting to give back, wanting to change the world, and wanting to be a grateful person in return.The problem that most Americans have is that we have so much already (compared to the rest of history and the world). As a result, we tend to cultivate hearts of ungratefulness and lean more toward attitudes of entitlement. In other words, we feel that we are entitled to (or deserve) a certain level of living. But who says? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are granted to us by our Creator and everything we have is a gift.I meet so many people that think they deserve this and they deserve that. There may be some truth to that because we work hard and we don't want to be treated in an unfair manner. But really, everything we have is given to us. We don't deserve anythingHow do you get to a true, deep and grateful attitude? Here’s one w
15 minutes | Nov 14, 2014
TLS 009 : Procrastination Stopper – Crack The Egg
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/cracktheegg.001.jpg)Most of us procrastinate, especially when we are faced with a task that is unpleasant or demands a lot of work. There is one trick that I learned to help me move past procrastination. I call it “Crack the Egg.” Also, I give a special offer for my new book, “Becoming The Fulfilled Leader.” (Scroll to the bottom to listen to the podcast or go to iTunes)Show Notes:*coming soon*(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Screen-Shot-2014-11-06-at-2.11.05-PM-180x300.png)Purchase "Becoming The Fulfilled Leader" Here.I wanted to do a podcast today on procrastination, but I just kept putting it off and didn't get it done. Just kidding, but today we’re talking about procrastination. If you're like me, there are times when you find yourself procrastinating and not wanted to get things done. I learned one trick - one key to moving past procrastination… I’ll share that with you later on.ANNOUNCEMENTS: Book is now available! amazon - special promo… Buy the book, get the kindle version for free. BUT for the podcast listeners, at the end of this episode, I’ll tell you how to also get a PDF version and an Audio Version, read by me. It's still in production but when it comes out, I'll forward you the mp3 file.QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.” Christopher ParkerWhy do we procrastinate? These are from an article at Psychology Today. (http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200507/why-we-procrastinate)* Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. * Procrastinators are made not born. Science suggests that the more creative a personality, the more likely you are to procrastinate. But they are also finding much of it has to do your family upbringing. a hard disciplinarian is more likely to produce procrastination. * Procrastinators tell lies to themselves. Such as, "I'll feel more like doing this tomorrow." Or "I work best under pressure.” * Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don't take a lot of commitment on their part. Checking email or Facebook are the mail culprits. * Procrastinators can change their behavior. We can learn tricks and tips to help us past our procrastination.How? One trick is what I call, "Crack the egg." One morning, I was struggling with getting motivated. I had a lot to
15 minutes | Oct 18, 2014
TLS 007 : part 2 – 8 Leadership Lessons From Chef Gordan Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/leadership_Kitchen_Nightmares.001.jpg)Leadership takes practice, observation and assessment. In this episode, I share the second 4 lessons I learned while watching Chef Gordan Ramsey’s “Kitchen Nightmares” plus a BONUS insight.(scroll down to listen to the podcast)Show Notes:Today is part 2 of leadership lessons from Gordan Ramsey's show "Kitchen Nightmares."QUOTE OF THE DAY: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." John C. MaxwellOne of the Netflix TV shows I enjoy watching is Chef Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. (http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/) In it, Gordan is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business. While I was watching the series I realized that there are many Leadership Lessons contained within each episode.I'm not going to give you specific episodes because the following principles you can find in all of the episodes. In last week's podcast I reviewed the first four principles of Leadership from the show: (Click here for that episode) (http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/tls-006-8-leadership-lessons-from-chef-gordan-ramseys-kitchen-nightmares-part-1/)* Taste your product. Don’t forget the customer experience. What you’re offering might be outdated and you don’t even know it! * Simplify, simplify, simplify! We have a tendency to add more and more and more. Make sure at least yearly to ask, “how can we simplify what we offer - or what we do" * Update all the time but keep the core. similar to number 2 - use who you are as the core to simplify but also, make sure you’re keeping relevant - keeping fresh - keeping new. * Often, someone working behind the scenes is the one who is the savior. If you need leaders, look to your second tier because often, the person to take you to the next level is the person who is just right beside you.So here are the final 4 plus a bonus:5. Atmosphere isn’t the business, but it sure helps! Many of the episodes start with Gordan outside the restaurant. He looks at the “street impression”and usually says something like “Oh my, it looks like something from the 1970’s.” As part of many of the restaurants, Ramsey brings in his team to do an overnight makeover. Most of them are so dramatic and I love seeing the employees walk in. Usually the owner is in tears. I'm a visual guy so right now my tastes are sim
21 minutes | Oct 10, 2014
TLS 006 : part 1 – 8 Leadership Lessons From Chef Gordan Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, Part 1
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/thelifeshoppe-podcast-post-logo.001.jpg)Leadership is a skill that is learned through many venues. In this episode, I share the first 4 lessons I learned while watching Chef Gordan Ramsey’s “K...
17 minutes | Sep 27, 2014
TLS 005 : 3 Tips To Putting Balance Back Into Your Life
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/balance-in-life.001.jpg)Most of us are so busy, we feel like we have no time to recharge. In this episode, I talk about 3 tips to balancing your life. I also give a sneak peek at next times conversation. You don't want to miss it! (scroll to the bottom to listen to the podcast)Show Notes:QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Beware the barrenness of a busy life." - SocratesI received a question via email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) that said, “Todd, I am so busy all the time and am struggling to keep up. My work load has increased and I am heavily involved in my church and community. Along with my family responsibilities there just doesn’t seem to be enough time for me to recharge. How can I balance my life?"This is so common for so many people, including me! I am constantly having to ask, "Do I have balance in my life between work and family and for my own recharging?" I haven't always been that great at it. In my book, Leading From The Gut, I talk about a time when I gave and gave and gave to building a startup and as a result, imploded in a dramatic way. I called it my 'burning day.'It's true that we give and give and give to a cause or to people especially when we are passionate. But eventually, there’s nothing more to give and you end up being no good for anybody.Here are 3 tips that you can do to help address the issue:Ask yourself why do you have to do everything? When was the last time you said no to something? One reason we say yes to everything is that we feel that people will look down on us if we decline. You do need to fulfill our responsibilities, but you can also say no to more than you think. Figure out what you want. What is the outcome you want for your life. Who do you want to be and what are the tasks, events and relationships that will get you there. Exercise your power of choice. You have more power of choice than you think. Again, figure out what you absolutely have to do, what you can delegate and what you shouldn't be doing in the first place. Choose to make a change, even if that means striking a plan to transition out of a job or position.Peace!(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/first-name-signature-50x46.jpg)
18 minutes | Sep 11, 2014
TLS 004 : How To Push Yourself To Grow
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/how-to-push-yourself-to-grow.001.jpg)Comfort zones are great to work in. But what happens when your comfort zone becomes a prison of boredom? In this episode, I unpack a few strategies to help push you out of boredom and on the path to passion.(scroll to the bottom to listen)SHOW NOTES:QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ― Henry Ward BeecherIsn’t that true. I see these celebrities and what the media dubs as overnight sensations. What most of us don’t realize is that normally, to quote “make it” it takes thousands of hours to develop from beginning to where they are now.So it’s important to always be growing in what you do and more importantly who you are.If you’ve walked on this earth for any number of years, you come to find out that you’re good at somethings and not others. You may find they have a compassionate heart and love serving the poor. Or you may discover you can compose sentences with eloquence and clarity. Or you may realize that you like leading others toward success. Whatever the fit, there is an inherent danger in knowing what you can do and it’s called...THE COMFORT ZONE.The Comfort Zone is the place where we feel the most comfortable operating, working and living. That sounds good, doesn't it? All of us want to be comfortable. When we discover that we have a small amount of expertise in one area and it’s combined with passion for what we do, it becomes easy to sit back and coast because life is good. But remember that the only time you coast is when you’re going downhill. (Think of riding a bike). Eventually, the comfort zone in which you spend most of your time becomes stale and doesn’t provide the fulfillment of stretching yourself and your abilities.Tony Robbins says that there are two things you need to make you feel alive: The sense of control and the sense of progress - of moving forward.What you need to do is always try to work within your gifts and outside your comfort to achieve a fresh and exciting growth path. Let me give you a personal example. I know that my personal mission is to add value and leadership to people around me. I know that I do that by communicating in creative ways and providing resources that help others succeed – my gifted zone. (Click Here to read my personal mission
18 minutes | Aug 30, 2014
TLS 003 : 4 Ways To Focus
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/focus.001.jpg)Today we’re talking about Focus. It seems like life is getting busier and busier with each passing day. While Technology was supposed to increase our productivity and reduce our...
15 minutes | Aug 29, 2014
TLS 002 : Don’t Be A Success
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TLS002.001.jpg)We hear the word "Success" thrown around as a goal for life. But what happens when someone is successful in their career but their family life is a wreck? Are they considered a success?Today, Ill talk about a better way to describe your life.Show Notes:RESOURCES Mentioned In This Conversation:* "Leading From The Gut" (http://thelifeshoppe.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=29e83b4152a86d0fbbf1d407c&id=b086a44a0e) - Todd Stocker * " (http://www.amazon.com/Margin-Restoring-Emotional-Financial-Overloaded/dp/1576836827/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409324432&sr=8-1&keywords=margin+book)Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives" (http://www.amazon.com/Margin-Restoring-Emotional-Financial-Overloaded/dp/1576836827/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409324432&sr=8-1&keywords=margin+book) - Richard SwensonWELCOME: “Hi everybody, welcome to the life shoppe podcast, I’m your host Todd Stocker Today, talking about the a word that is tossed around in the business world, entrepreneurial circles … The word SUCCESS “What is success?” “should i strive for it” “how do i achieve it in my business, and personal life?” we’ll talk about that.ANNOUNCEMENTS: This podcast has just launched and make sure you check out conversations 1 + 1.5 If you haven’tyet - sign up in iTunes or tune in radio - we’ve applied to stitcher as well.QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." Winston ChurchillSEGMENT 1 Success is a horrible adjective for your life. We read about and I know about many people who are accomplished in their careers, but have gone through 3 marriages. successful in sports or music. Netflix show… Statistically, 70% of lottery winners go broke within 10 years and 8 out of 10 say that their lives are more complicated. Many say, “I wish I’d never bought the ticket.” Why? Because family members come out of the wood work. One guy's dog was stolen for ransom.So what should we strive for?* Seek a fulfilled life that contains successes along the way. What is a fulfilled life? Its that sense that even with the ups and downs, you feel that you’re contributing value to others, that there is a sense of balance in your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional heath - generally. Key life phrase: Learn Grow Give is the formula to a healthy life. * Build Margin into yo
5 minutes | Aug 27, 2014
TLS 001.5 : Thanks to Dan Miller of 48days.com
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/tls001.5.001.jpg)48days.com (http://www.48days.com/store/?ap_id=thelifeshoppe) creator, Dan Miller, read an email I sent on his podcast. The email was describing the difference between my personal website (ToddStocker.com (http://www.toddstocker.com)) and the new one, TheLifeShoppe.com (http://www.thelifeshoppe.com).
14 minutes | Aug 27, 2014
TLS 001 : And We’re Off!
(http://www.thelifeshoppe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/tls001.001.jpg)Welcome! This is the very first, out of the gate podcast for The Life Shoppe! I’m pretty excited about starting conversations with you about life, work and everything in between! In this episode, I give you a basic overview of what the podcast will be about. Make sure you rate the show in iTunes. Peace!
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