Hey there, it's me, Howard.
My mind has been buzzing lately, full of input from some of the guests I've interviewed over the past few months. It's like they've been talking with each other, in my mind, and I have these momentary revelations and confusions as I go on runs, sit down to write, and lay awake at night when I'm not tired enough to sleep.
These guests include Bob Cafaro, the cellist who cured his MS; Jamie Gannon, who whipped brain cancer; Rich Roll, ultra-athlete, A-level podcaster, and author; Marc Schoen, the psychologist who wrote Your Survival Instinct is Killing You; Vlad Chituc, social science researcher and “almost-vegan” strategist; Glenn Murphy, my martial arts instructor and stress-proofing consultant; Glenn Livingston, psychologist and author of Never Binge Again; and Peter Bregman, long-time friend and advisor, and author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counterproductive Habits and Get the Results You Want.
The other voices in my head comprise two groups: my coaching clients and students who are still struggling to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and a small group of “ultras” who have gone beyond health and fitness to stretch their limits and explore the outer reachers of their potential: Josh LaJaunie, and many of the guests on Rich Roll's most excellent and inspiring podcast.
So for my own benefit, and hopefully for yours, I wanted to carve out an hour to put my thoughts together.
Specifically, I wanted to talk about our motivations to change, and which ones seem to lead to success as opposed to continual struggle and backsliding.
My wife Mia agreed to help me make it a conversation rather than a monologue. Our chat took me to unexpected places, and to insights that I think may be useful (and possibly even right).
Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.
Never Binge Again, by Glenn Livingston, PhD
The Power of Fifty Bits, by Bob Nease
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Thanks to Josh LaJaunie for his life and running coaching, to Mia Genis for agreeing to neglect the garden for an hour on a sunny Tuesday afternoon to help me record this episode, to all the guests who have challenged my thinking, and to the following Plant Yourself Podcast patrons:
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