Episode 033 - How To Be 33% More Productive
“People who leave their phone off for the first hour of the day are 33% more productive”
I just recently heard this idea. I won’t lie, my first thought was ‘BS.’ I’m a typical Croat in the sense that I’m cynical about almost everything the first time I hear it.
Thankfully I’ve learned that about myself and I’ve trained myself to try something new things even though I don’t initially believe them.
After 2 weeks of doing, all I’m going to tell you is that I think 33% is a bit of an under estimate. Let me explain what I mean.
Episode 032 - Leveraging The Power Of Your Focus
Where your focus goes, energy flows - Tony Robbins
I've never really understood that quote until this past weekend. Rachelle and I went to the Archangel Summit in Toronto and it took a Hindu priest to frame this seemingly simple concept correctly in my mind for the first time.
Let me explain what I mean.
Episode 031 - One Unattractive, But Vital, Secret To Success
I've always loved September and back to school.
It's almost like a mini 'new-year.' You're back on track, there is a new schedule, a new, consistent rhythm, and you're back on track with so many things.
This week I wanted to send you a simple reminder to take some of the energy you have on meeting your goals and use that to create a strategy for staying on track, when the next stressor crashes into your life.
Starting and stopping is a goal killer, and no, I'm not talking about taking time off, we all need that. I'm talking about taking extended periods of time off, starting again, then taking more time off.
Figure out a way to make it as consistent as possible, I know it's hard, but it's your best chance.
Episode 030 - Stop Doing The Things You Suck At
There is nothing easy about achieving your goals in life, the potential for success and failure is always there.
On today's podcast I want to bring up an idea that has been very helpful for me, stop doing the things that I suck at.
Growing up I always believed that if you weren't good at something (had weaknesses) you have to try to strengthen those short comings and get better. This could be true, but it might not be depending on what you want to do.
In this episode I explain more
Episode 029 - Overcoming Your Fears In A Practical Way
I used to suppress and repress my fear because it was too painful to look at and because I thought that was the best way to overcome it.
I'm slowing learning that 'pushing' negative emotions down deeper inside or away is a sure way to ensure that the negative emotions come back and haunt me in the future.
In this episode I talk about how reviewing my snatch with Coach Lacey resulted in an exercise for developing a strategy to help me overcome my fears.
I'm hoping this podcast can do the same for you.
Episode 028 - Just A Theory, But Gratitude Makes You Physically Stronger
Going to the gym used to be something that I tolerated. I knew it was good for me, I knew (and felt) the benefits, and because I wanted to be in integrity with every patient I told to train, I did it.
I wasn't overly consistent and spend most of the time unmotivated.
Over the past 2 years, things have changed.
I've been witness to people I care about and people I take care of losing their physical ability. For some, bending over and even getting out of bed became a huge physical challenge.
I started feeling grateful that I had a body that worked, and I started viewing training, not as chore that needed to be accomplished, but as a celebration to being able to move.
It's made all the difference.
Episode 027 - Let Go To Get What You Want
It might sound really weird but I'm starting to think that part of getting what you want, is to let go all the negative emotions surrounding what you want and just focus on the hard work and take joy in it.
I don't believe there is anything amazing about being obsessed or lustful about your goals.
But there is a lot of happiness to be had by working hard and enjoying that process along the way.
Episode 026 - Are You Spending Alone Time With Yourself
I can only speak for myself, I'm an expert at distracting myself.
I'm always on my phone, listening to music, working on the next project, eating, etc.
This week I had the opportunity to spend some time by myself since Rachelle and the kids went to visit Glamma.
I've found that alone time and spending some time thinking about my thinking has made an amazing effect on me in a positive way.
Since you get to choose how you respond to a situation, it's worthwhile, at least in my opinion, that you spend some time doing just that.
Episode 025 - Improving Self-Esteem In Your Kids
The health and happiness of my kids is very important to me. When they are sick or not feeling well it negatively impacts my week.
That's why making your Monday's awesome involves making sure the kids are doing well.
On this episode I discuss the foundations for proper self-esteem development in our kids.
I believe we have it very backward in society and I don't believe that faking reality is ever a good idea especially to a kid that knows better.
This could be considered a controversial episode, so I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Episode 024 - Improve Your Brain Function With This Activity
Your brain and your body are inseparable.
You can't effect one without affecting the other, treat your body poorly and your brain will suffer, treat your body well and your brain has a better chance of being at it's best.
The activity I'm talking about in today's episode is strength training.
It's a myth that strength is only about muscle size; it's more about the number of muscles your body can use. And in order to use more muscles, you need your brain to be talking to those muscles. I believe this is were the link between the brain and nerve system come from.
I handle more of the specifics in the actually show. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Episode 023 - Be Ok With Your Emotions
We ALL experience negative or bad emotions and have negative or bad thoughts.
The difference, I believe, between the successful and the unsuccessful is that the successful spend far less time there.
Today's podcast is a simple reminder to accept your emotions for what they are... your emotions.
There is a big difference between accepting them and approving. Just because you admit that something is, doesn't mean you approve that it's good or desirable.
That's a very important distinction.
But, none-the-less allow yourself to experience your emotions and then work on creating the ones you want.
Episode 022 - Is Your Family Doing This?
I believe you should run your family, and your life, like it’s a business.
I know that might sound strange so let me explain…
Businesses are obsessed with one thing - growth. They understand that if next year rolls around, and they are not changing and growing, they might as well be dying.
Are you obsessed with growth? Is your family?
I know you have dreams and aspirations. I know you want to do certain things with your kids, I know you have vacations you want to take. But if you’re not planning the time to make these things happen, they never will.
Businesses have quarterly meetings, quarterly goals, deadlines, accountability, expense reports, projections, structure. Those are all necessary if you want to live your best life.
Just a thought. Would love to know what you think?
Episode 21 - The One Thing You Can Control
Your mindset is not fixed, it can change.
Yes, that is a belief. You can, of course, believe the exact opposite - that you're fixed and unchangeable, that you have a destiny, that you are the way you are.
If you're not happy with things, they can change.
Believe it or not this all starts with concentrating on the one thing you can control - how you respond to what's happening or happened.
It sounds almost trivial but if you can get that part right, you are on your way with everything else.
On this episode I talk about that one small idea and how to leverage it into much bigger and better things.
Episode 20 - How I Got Out Of It, And How You Can Too
Last week was not an awesome week. I was stressed out and felt super uncomfortable.
This week is much better. It's not better because my problems have vanished, if anything, those problems are worse.
What's changed is me (my mind) and how I'm processing the information. My mind is back to normal and I'm happy to say that I'm spending less and less time worried and stressed.
On this episode is what I did to flip my mind and something simple you can do to change yours as well.
Episode 19 - My Confession
Have you ever had to deal with your biggest fear coming true? How did you handle it?
The past two weeks have been super interesting. The things that I have feared are starting to come true, and obviously, I'm scared, but part of me is grateful that I have to prove to myself, yet again. I get to show myself that I'm strong and can manage no matter what it is that comes my way.
I would love to hear your thoughts, more important your story, in relation to this topic. Has this happened to you and how have you handled it?
Episode 018 - How To Stop Caring What Others Think
Wouldn't it be nice to just stop worrying about the opinions of others?
I know you've heard others tell you to just stop caring, but that's not good advice or realistic to do.
Much more realistic is to try to understand where the person who disagrees with you is coming from?
Why do they have that position and is there any truth to it?
That's what I talk about on this episode.
What are the best ways to really stop caring what others think?
Episode 017 - Habits Are Not As Powerful As You Think
We've always been taught that habits are the gateway to your success and that if you don't have great and purposeful habits then you'll never have any kind of success.
I don't think that's true.
You're a human being, which means that your emotions, thoughts, motivations, and current environment all make impacts on your decisions.
You are also conscious and not a robot that automatically runs programs with no question. In fact, you need to have ALL the most important questions answered before you do anything.
You need to know your vision, your purpose and your belief system before you change any behaviour.
Today's episode is all about how to do that.
Episode 016 - Why A Vacation Will Help You Meet Your Goals Faster
Completely switching your mind away from what you are always thinking about is one of the fastest ways you can develop new ideas and help you meet and hit your goals even faster.
It seems counterproductive, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The term vacation usually means that you go you somewhere and do nothing specific.
Trying to switch your mind completely off is not a great idea, much better is becoming engrossed one of your other passions or hobbies.
You don't necessarily need to travel to do that, although it would be a good idea, you can do that from the comforts of your own home. Just find a hobby and dive deep.
The fun part is, focusing on something else for a period, will help you strengthen your focus on your goals and desires.
Episode 015 - When You Don’t Feel Like It
I don't think it's possible to wake up every day and be motivated and ready to attack the world.
I think even the best of us have days where we are tried, worried, stressed, anxious, etc.
So, how do you keep moving on those days?
Just like I know that since we're all human we all experience the same emotions, I know that successful people don't let those days stop them from pursuing their dreams and winning.
On today's episode, I give you, what for me were the most important ideas of staying the course no matter how I felt.
I know you know, I know too, so why do we stop?
Hopefully, this can serve as a reminder
Episode 014 - We all need to hear this all the time
There is nothing sexy about success.
We all say we want it, yet many of us are not backing up that claim with the work necessary to get what we say that we want.
This week's podcast is a simple reminder - I always need to remind myself, or have my wife do it - that there is nothing magical about success. You need to do the same 3/5 things over and over again until you master them.
The end, period, end of story.
I know you know, I know too, so why do we stop?
Hopefully, this can serve as a reminder
Episode 013 - Why Rest Is Important To Being Your Most Successful Self
I've never liked the saying 'no pain, no gain' because it's not true.
Yes, sometimes things will be painful in order for you to get better, but not always.
The other reason I dislike this saying is it implies that the actual work is how you improve, this is only half the truth.
In order for you to get better at anything, yes you need to work hard, but you also have to make sure that your rest is on point. If you're not resting well, you're not reaching your goals to the best of your ability.
Please ensure you're taking 'you' time, or everything and everyone in your life will suffer - I promise.
Episode 012 - An Attitude I Dropped That’s Made All The Difference
I call the attitude the "I'm fancier than thou attitude."
I'm sure it has other names, but I can't think of it right now.
Thinking that you're better than someone else is a destructive way to be. Not for others but for you.
I grew up in a fixed mindset which means I believed that talent, ability, intelligence, all positive human traits were in limited supply.
This allowed me to develop the "fancier than thou attitude." It sucked and it made me suck. I closed off my mind to so many learning opportunities that it's painful to think about.
I've gotten better, and I hope this conversation will bring you some value.
About The Podcast
It's important to make your Monday awesome as the momentum generated on that day translates directly to the rest of your life. If you're looking to be successful, happy, productive, wealthy, etc., you have to get Monday right. I believe you're designed to be extraordinary and learning to enjoy your Monday is a vital part of expressing that extraordinary ability!
- Dr. Kresimir