UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What – Blog

The UnYielded Blog is dedicated to bringing hope, knowledge and assurance that people can be more successful and more fulfilled if they choose. It’s what I’ve done for the past 20+ years in my career, it’s who I strive to be in my personal life and it’s what I believe I was called to do.

Posts fall into these major themes:

Awareness – own accurate awareness of who we are and who we want to become

Habits and Practices – how we put our values into action

Just Start – finding the courage to risk failure, make a mistake, or push a comfort zone

Mindsets – what we believe to be true and to be possible about ourselves and others

New Paths – seeking new paths; responding at a crossroads; resilience when a challenge forces us off our current path

Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges – often great teachers, they also reveal a better version of ourselves.

You at Your Core – Knowing who we are, absent the shoulds that creep up on us and limit our potential. Coaching – Learning how to learn and how to help others learn

Are You Fighting What Is?
If you have ever had an employer who did not seem to listen to you or who seemed to be self-centered and self-serving, you know how poisonous and annoying it can be. You may first feel irritated in such a situation and think that it should not be this way. You may believe that the boss should be a more effective leader; they should show concern, listen, and refrain from self-serving. However, our reasoning does not alter reality. So, never fight what is.
How to Avoid Solving Problems That Don’t Matter
Every day, we make thousands of decisions. However, when we make the majority of those decisions, we do not think at all. Although this automatic thinking process is not necessary every single time, there are occasions where we must make decisions manually rather than automatically. My guest today is someone who gets people to think. He teaches critical thinking to enable people to evaluate issues and problems differently. He is the CEO of Headscratchers, which trains professionals the critical thinking skills for problem-solving, decision making, leadership, and creativity. Before forming HeadScratchers, he spent 25 years leading teams that built award-winning products and services across computer and communications technologies and markets. Also, he is the author of the book, Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills. Michael Kallet, an expert in the critical thinking field, joins us today to share his wisdom on critical thinking and guide us to think smarter.
Rise & Thrive – How to Spot Hidden Self Sabotage
The most beautiful thing about our lives is that we are never too late to reach our goals or become the person we want to be. If we want something new or different in our future, we can make it happen. All of it begins with the belief that it is possible. Anything is achievable if we believe in it and if we are determined and courageous enough. So muster up some bravery, and take the necessary steps to alter the present. Then, without any doubt, you can create the best version of yourself.
Feeling Imposter-ish? Own Your Value
In our lives, we all experience plenty of unexpected twists and turns. But, when all is said and done, only a few of us return to the life we wish. Instead, most of us live with the consequences of our actions. My guest today is someone who has bounced back after a series of dramatic twists and turns in her life and yet, managed to build the business and the life that she loves. Throughout her life, she has experienced everything from starting multiple businesses to abandoning everything to backpack around the world, becoming a yoga instructor and living in the jungles of Costa Rica, starting over as an expecting single mother, and eventually establishing a successful international consulting firm she currently runs. She has earned a reputation as one of the most influential business strategists for entrepreneurs who want to offer high-value products and services to a targeted audience. Jessica Yarbrough, a business strategist, growth expert, marketing coach, and business mentor, joins us today to share her incredible insights on having all you wish while building systems that allow you to enjoy your success.
Rise & Thrive – Power of Action to Break Through
Who are you? Who would hire you? What if you fail? What will others say? Without knowing everything, how can you get started? Have you ever heard a sneaky little voice tells us things like these when you are thinking of doing something new or different? Luckily, It is not only you who suffers from it. All of them are examples of limiting beliefs in various forms. That voice resides within each of us. No one is not affected by that voice. How we handle it and the emphasis we assign to it make all the difference.
Want Change? Expand Your Awareness
Whether it is in your personal or professional life, no one can overstate the importance of emotional intelligence. However, emotional intelligence is a practice. My guest today helps shape and guide the future of individuals, leaders, teams, and organizations who desire to use emotional intelligence to its fullest extent. He has been a successful business owner as well as a spiritual director for over 30 years. Currently, he is trained as an emotional and spiritual intelligence coach and is a PCC Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation). Jim Vaive, a wonderful multifaceted personality, joins us today to share his incredible experience and knowledge about emotional intelligence.
Rise & Thrive – Is Your Practice Taking You the Wrong Way?
skier is a matter of mastering the methods. One skier can move significantly faster than the other skier, thanks to a slice of improvement. Hence, if you want to be extremely good at cross country skiing, you’ll need a lot of practice and skill. However, these techniques have nothing to do with walking on skis. If someone wants to go for a walk in the snow, that person should consider wearing snowshoes instead of skies. Similarly, if we desire to excel in a task, we need to put our effort in the right place in the right way. Otherwise, we can get off track of our goals if we work on the wrong thing or in the wrong way when we practice.
Don’t Wait to Enjoy Your Life
Humans are born to be playful. It is embedded in our soul by nature. However, when we grow old, it is easy to get lost in the weeds and forget our senses of playfulness. Although at that point, our spirit of playfulness and inventiveness are not visible enough, they have not faded away. All we need to do is find them and wake them up. My guest today strives to help others discover new horizons that they did not know they had. By having his dream job at a radio station at the age of 26, today, he is an educator, keynote speaker, sales trainer, web designer, radio on-air personality, karaoke host, game show host, and DJ. He is an award-winning speaker, entertaining over 2,000 audiences. Also, he is the Global Head of Content at Sandler Training. Not only that, he hosts two podcasts: How to Succeed & Playful Humans and is the co-author of LinkedIn The Sandler Way. Mike Montague, an extraordinary character, joins with today’s episode to remind us of the necessity of diving into the playfulness hidden inside our soul.
Rise & Thrive – Inspire the Universe to Help You
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your opinion differs from others? What have you felt at that point? Then, regardless of the conditions, have you wanted your idea to execute? It is a scenario where attachment comes to play. Neither attachment nor commitment always gives us bitter experiences. We need to know where to attach and commit. We tend to believe that things should go according to our plans at times. However, there can be better ways that you have never considered. Our desire should be to achieve the expected outcome. Hence it is best to focus on the result rather than the process. In other words, we should not attach to the process but commit to the final results. That is how we can rise and thrive, whatever happens.
Resistance Doesn’t Mean Stop
We all are born with greatness and creativity within ourselves. Although we might believe that it fades away with time, that does not mean we have to give up. Today, my guest is someone who challenges himself to get out there and serve the world in the best way he thinks he can. He started his first business at the age of 10 by selling used golf balls in his neighborhood. He is the creator of PodMatch, a website that helps podcasters and guests to find each other, which he started when COVID hit in March 2020. Alex Sanfilippo, a writer, speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur, joins us for today’s episode to share his wisdom on how he explores growing a business through brand and community.
Rise & Thrive – Inspire the Universe to Help You
None of us have become who we are today on our own. So many people out there have supported and guided us throughout the journey we have had so far. Hence with no doubt, we all have to be grateful for those people.  However, is there any action you have wanted to take but have not done yet, just because you are unclear about the way forward? If then, let me add some fuel to master your life.
Your Authentic Action Gives You The Right Result
Completely transforming your life and turning it around in a good way may sometimes seem impossible, but it’s not. My guest today is an excellent example to that. He spent 33 months in federal prison and once he was released, he changed his life around and became an inspiring person who made it his mission to help people change the way they view the emotions they have about themselves. Mark Moskowitz, speaker, coach, and author of the upcoming book, “Within: How I Found My Happy and Authentic Self in Federal Prison,” joins us today to dive into the learnings from his journey of transformation.

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