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Life Habits

The Life Habits mentoring podcast series helps you learn new habits in order to stay sane in this crazy world. We all have good and bad habits in all aspect of our lives, at work, at home, with friends and associates, in relationships and in our approach to health, spirituality, and our overall outlook on life. We often don’t know that we have certain bad habits and when we do, they’re often difficult to break. Similarly, we often aren’t aware of new habits that would be really good for us and often need to learn ways of forming these good habits and making them stick. Join Karel Vredenburg for this podcast series and optimize your life!

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LH94 - Fixing Unhelpful Thinking Habits

Karel is again joined by UK Psychologist Mandy Kloppers to discuss recognizing and fixing common errors in thinking.

30mins

24 Jan 2016

Rank #1

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LH49 - Assertiveness

Do you tend to be too passive or too aggressive? Do you want to optimize the effectiveness of your communication? Karel devotes this episode to providing advice on becoming appropriately assertive.

24mins

15 Aug 2010

Rank #2

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LH42 - Sleep, Food, Mood, & Exercise

Joining Karel for this episode is Marie-Josee Salvas Shaar. While most other episodes deal with a single topic, this one is different in that it deals with four topics and, importantly, the integration of them together - sleep, food, mood, and exercise. Refer to the top 10 list on this site and visit Marie-Josee's website for more information.

57mins

20 Mar 2010

Rank #3

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LH32 - Self-Confidence

Karel is joined on this episode by special guest UK Psychologist Mandy Kloppers who discusses the important topic of self-confidence. Mandy shares her favorite quotes on the topic and outlines her top 10 ideas for increasing self-confidence. Mandy also recommends the book Mind over Mood as a particularly good source of information on this topic. If you live in the UK, you can also checkout the innovative service she founded called text-tonic. If you live outside the UK, you can still visit the website but for now can't make use of the mobile/cell phone service itself.

47mins

20 Jul 2009

Rank #4

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LH52 - Taking Things Personally

Do you tend to take things personally more than you should? Karel devotes this episode to a listener request to address the topic of taking things personally. After discussing some developmental and individual difference dimensions related to the topic and some relevant quotes, he provides advice for improving in this important area via a top 10 list.

31mins

7 Dec 2010

Rank #5

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LH38 - Designing Your Life

In this episode, Karel takes the approaches, methods, and techniques used in product design and applies them to designing the product, you. The quotes and top 10 list provide you a way to think about and approach self-improvement by designing your life.

23mins

25 Jan 2010

Rank #6

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LH74 - Covey's 7 Habits

This episode is a tribute to the late Stephen Covey, the author of the seminal book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Karel discusses the influence Covey has had on listeners, himself, and the world. He then provides a few quotes and briefly summarizes Covey's seven habits.

32mins

5 Aug 2012

Rank #7

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LH48 - Difficult People

Are you dealing with a difficult person in your life? In response to a listener request, Karel provides 10 suggestions for dealing with difficult people.

26mins

12 Jul 2010

Rank #8

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LH43 - Getting Unstuck

Are you stuck or in a rut? Are you finding that you're not able to get going effectively on the improvements you'd like to make to your life? This episode is devoted to getting you unstuck so that you can make effective progress on whatever improvements you'd like to make in your life with a practical set of top 10 items.

27mins

29 Mar 2010

Rank #9

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LH22 - Stop Procrastinating

Haven't been getting certain things done? Many people procrastinate and don't know how to stop. In this episode, Karel reads some insightful quotes on the topic of procrastination and then takes listeners through 10 ideas for dealing with it and developing life-long habits to prevent getting into cycles of procrastination. He also summarizes the feedback received regarding the format of the podcast which strongly favored sticking with the current 30-40 minute length and content. Thanks so those of you who provided feedback.

27mins

29 Sep 2008

Rank #10

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LH81 - Becoming More Productive

Karel devotes this episode to a listener suggestion to address becoming more productive using technology. Karel discusses four major themes 1) doing things more efficiently, doing more things at once sensibly, doing fewer things at once sensibly, and doing nothing.

23mins

3 Jul 2013

Rank #11

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LH93 - Social Intelligence for Success

In response to listener suggestions, Karel devotes this episode to three themes for developing and applying social intelligence to entrepreneurial, intrepreneurial, and self-improvement initiatives.

27mins

31 Dec 2015

Rank #12

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LH21 - Simplifying Life

Is your life getting too complicated? Most people experience this and don't know how to go about dealing with it. In this episode, Karel reads the usual famous quotes to get started and then summarizes 10 ideas for taking stock of your life and systematically simplifying it. In response to a listener request, the famous quotes are now going to be made available starting with this episode right in the mp3 file along with the top 10 list.

33mins

15 Sep 2008

Rank #13

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LH69 - Stop Worrying

In response to a listener question, Karel provides advice on the process to use to stop worrying, including the identification of your degree of control and taking action on the basis of this.

18mins

13 Feb 2012

Rank #14

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LH51 - Sleep

Do you have difficulty with sleep? Karel has guest Marie-Josee Shaar back again to do a follow-up drill-down episode on the topic of sleep. Check out Marie-Josee's website at SmartsandStamina.com.

29mins

19 Oct 2010

Rank #15

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LH95 - Escaping Average

Karel is joined by Cynthia Tripathi, the author of Escaping Average. Karel and Cynthia discuss ways of upping your game in the areas of mental state, health, career, finance, and social life.

36mins

5 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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LH84 - Being Happier

Karel devotes this episode to the topic of being happier and summarizes a list of ten items from Positive Psychology that you can start to do right away to be happier. He also recommends a new social network focused on increasing happiness in the world, called Happier.com.

23mins

23 Oct 2013

Rank #17

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LH30 - Staying Focussed

Having trouble staying focussed with everything going on in your life? Karel devotes this episode to the topic of getting and staying focussed and shares his thoughts and ideas so that you can improve your approach to this important aspect of your life.

29mins

8 Feb 2009

Rank #18

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LH18 - Self-Actualization

After the basic needs in life are met, many people still look for something else that will make their life everything that it can be. Maslow's hierarchy of needs provides a context for this and his work on self-actualization outlines the attributes people have who have achieved the highest levels of personal fulfillment. Karel summarizes Maslow's hierarchy approach and then uses it as the basis for a proposed set of 10 ideas for you to develop into self-actualization skills and, in time, habits.

37mins

7 Aug 2008

Rank #19

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LH16 - Positive Psychology

A new area in the field of psychology is Applied Positive Psychology. Karel interviews Kathryn Britton a professional coach who specializes in this area. Kathryn describes the major career changes she made to become become an expert in Applied Positive Psychology. She outlines its history and the major themes it addresses given practical examples of each. Discussion in the episode mentions Kathryn's website, blog, and the newsletter to which she is a regular contributor.

42mins

21 Jul 2008

Rank #20