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Too Busy Working On My Business

Are your business pursuits keeping you from living the healthy lifestyle you desire?
If so, you are not alone. I am a recovering workaholic. When I went into business for myself, building my business from the ground up, I worked a minimum of 14 hours per day, seven days a week, without a single day off, for the first nine months. After nine months, I took one day off per week and simply increased the number of hours I worked each of the other six days. After my first full year in business, I ended up in the hospital and almost died.

Here are a few blog posts that I wrote while I was in the hospital

In The Hospital.
Scheduled For Surgery
Now I’m just P—ed Off!
On The Road To Recovery

Once I had fully recovered from surgery, I began to take some serious steps to live a healthier lifestyle. I started working out regularly and eating healthier foods. I began to not only see serious results in myself, but also in the lives of those in my family and my online community.

The image below shows me on the left, my wife, Stephanie, on the right and one of the members of our online community, Maggie Mack, in the middle.

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Over an 18 month period of time, I had lost 60 pounds and Stephanie had lost 72 pounds. However, in the Fall/Winter of 2011, I had got pretty sick with a terrible case of bronchitis that had me out of my workout routine for several weeks. I then had several business trips. I got behind in my work and eventually I got to the place where I was so depressed about how out of control my life/schedule had become that I started to go back to my old eating habits and I avoided going back to my routine of regular workouts. Basically, what was going on in my business was more important than that healthier lifestyle once again. Eventually, I ended up gaining back all the weight that I had lost.

Three years after my first visit to the hospital, I allowed myself to get so out of shape, that I landed myself in the hospital for a second time, thinking that I was actually having a stroke.

What’s worse is that I was so focused on my business that I delayed going to the hospital to get checked out, FOR DAYS, until I could finish up some things with work. You can read my posts from that experience at http://gspn.tv/hospital2012.

Since that second trip to the hospital, I’ve been hyper focused on finding ways to build more balance and margin into life. I’ve been documenting this journey, for many years, in my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. On November 14th, 2014, I had a major breakthrough. Details of that breakthrough were shared in episode 583, and all the episodes released since.

Since November 14th, I’ve maintained my commitment to working out six days a week, every week. I’ve gone back to eating healthy foods. I’ve built in the margin needed to sustain my efforts and I’ve even been successful in maintaining this routine through a sinus infection that turned into bronchitis, an out of town business trip and also a rib injury that lasted for two weeks.

I’ve been posting selfies after each of my workouts. So many people have told me how much this consistency has inspired them. One friend had reached out to me and said they they were really wanting to get back into their health lifestyle habits. When I asked this friend what was holding them back, they responded with a lengthy email about how it was their business that is keeping them from making process in living a healthy life.

I recorded episode 390 of Podcast Answer Man as a response to that email.

I hope that what I’ve shared will inspire you to prioritize your health above your business. I know, firsthand, just how difficult this can be. However, I promise you… It can be done!

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Thoughts On When Someone Tells You That You Don’t Have Credibility
I recently had someone post a comment on episode 388 that said… “I’ve been following your Dayone Journaling. One thing is clear you’re not a health and fitness expert, not even close…” and “You’re pawning yourself off as legit in Health and Fitness when you are not.”

In this episode, I share the whole comment and my thoughts regarding what was said. It is my hope that what I shared will encourage anyone who is struggling with personal feelings of inadequacy or who has been told by someone else that they are not “legit” enough to be a leader in a particular niche.

 
 
Thoughts on Removing Comments From Your Site
Michael Hyatt recently made the decision to remove all blog comments from his website. He blogged about why he did this here. In the episode, I share what has been going through my mind since reading about this.

 
 
When Social Media Strategies Clash
In yet another comment on last week’s episode, I had another person post a different criticism. This person wrote… “Cliff, your Facebook and Twitter are typically focused on your daily activity, its self centered. Your Twitter feed pretty much exemplifies the “me, myself and I” cliche. Shades of pretentiousness. Regarding the book Essentialism. Ever since reading Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, I have been on a mission to eliminate excess noise. What benefit or value would it be for your new media followers to read about your normal daily activities? The high volume of your daily activities should NOT land on the radar of your new media followers. A sense of uniqueness that you feel about yourself?”

In the episode, I share my response to this feedback and talk about a logical option that is available to all when our social media strategies clash with others, even our friends.

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A One Month Patreon Update
In this episode, I share why I made the decision to cancel the Patreon accounts that I had set up for my Podcast Answer Man and Family From The Heart podcasts. I also share why and how I plan to continue moving forward with my Patreon account for PABL.

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The Response I Received From My New Email Approach
In last week’s episode, I talked about the lengthy email update that I sent to my mailing list. You might be surprised to hear the number of unsubscribes and email responses that I received from my community. Click the play button above to learn more.

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Saying Yes To New Things Often Means Saying No To Exisiting Things
I always get excited at the beginning of each new year.The weeks leading up to the first of the new year is a time where I reflect on what has been accomplished over the past year, a time to discern what it is that I want to continue to do, and to make decisions about what I wish to do differently.

Changes ahead

I’ve have several signficant goal that I hope to accomplish. In this first episode of 2015, I share the most important priorities that I have moving into this brand new year.

To make room in my life for these new goals/priorities, I’ve had to come to the decision to stop doing a few things. For this reason, I share my thought process behind making the decision to stop doing my weekly live broadcasts as well as publishing a video version of Podcast Answer Man to my YouTube Channel.

I know that the changes that I’m making will dissapoint a few hundred of my most loyal community members. However, it is my hope that when they hear the top three goals that I have for 2015, they will understand and support this decision.

I’m wishing you a very blessed and joy filled 2015!

Cliff

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386 My Interview With John Kramp & David Atchison from Your Leadership Story

December 25, 2014

As I mentioned in last week’s episode, I’ve decided to take the week off to celebrate the Christmas holiday with my family and friends. However, I wanted to find a way to still provide an episode of Podcast Answer Man. I’m extremely thankful to John Kramp and David Atchison for allowing me to use the […]

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385 Don’t Fall For The Latest Format Fad

December 18, 2014

What has made Serial and Startup so popular as podcasts? I’ve heard a lot of conversations surrounding the popularity of the Startup and Serial podcasts. I’ve heard more than one person suggest that the main reason that these two shows are so popular is due to the format in which they tell a narrative story […]

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384 – Celebrating Nine Years In Podcasting

December 11, 2014

This week’s episode is a bit out of the norm for Podcast Answer Man. I just retruned to the studio after being away for two weeks. I had a great Thanksgiving holiday followed by an eight day family vacation to Orlando, Florida. Unofortunately, I brought a case of bronchitus back home from my trip and […]

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383 Patreon – A Podcaster’s Perspective

December 4, 2014

What is Patreon? From their about page: “Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century.” In this episode of Podcast Answer […]

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382 Journaling For Blog Content Strategy And How To Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever – Interview with Michael Hyatt

November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving I wanted to take a moment and tell you that during this Thanksgiving holiday, I am extremely thankful for each and everyone of you who have been a part of the Podcast Answer Man community. I was originally going to take the week off this week, due to Thanksgiving, and next week due […]

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A New iTunes Description for Podcast Answer Man

November 25, 2014

Today, I spent sometime updating the iTunes description of the Podcast Answer Man podcast. The old description used to start off with “This is THE PODCAST about Podcasting! Helping you take your show to the “next level.” However, this no longer accurately describes what each podcast episode is focused on. For this reason, I’ve changed […]

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Creating The Content That You Feel Called To Create

November 24, 2014

I recently came across one of quote on the internet that says… “Some people will only love you as long as you fit into their box.  Don’t be afraid to disappoint.” As a content creator, you simply cannot expect to make everyone happy. I have come to the place where I believe it is detrimental […]

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“Quick Question” I get emails with this subject line or that have this in the first sentence of at least 30 to 40 emails per day…

November 21, 2014

It’s Friday morning and I have about three really important things that I want to accomplish today. Things that I feel are really important and that I feel “called to do.” I’m talking about the types of things that if I were to ask myself at the end of the day, “Did I do, today, […]

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381 The Serial Podcast – Stitcher Reviews – Disqus Comment System Plugin – And So Much More

November 20, 2014

Have you heard of the podcast, SERIAL? Serial (iTunes | Website) is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising […]

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380 Are Podcasters Narcissists? & New Interview Request Procedure

November 6, 2014

Are Podcasters Narcissists? From the time I started getting involved in social media, I began hearing people talk about Narcissism. Not that I was a Narcissist, but that just sharing about your life on social media seemed to be a very narcissistic thing to do. Someone had posted a comment on last week’s episode about […]

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379 What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

October 30, 2014

What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up? Earlier this week, I created a post on Facebook that said… “I’m amazed at what has occurred over the past nine years of my life. Though, at times, I feel that the past nine years are just the introduction to the amazing journey ahead. I […]

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378 – Beware of the Grow Big Quick & Get Rich Quick Podcast Messaging

October 23, 2014

BEWARE: The Grow Big & Get Rich Quick Messaging Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more messaging related to the benefits of podcasting that include the thought that folks can simply launch a podcast and quickly gain tens of thousands of listeners. Just this past week, I was invited to become an affiliate of a […]

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377 Teaching Others About Podcasts

October 9, 2014

What Is A Podcast? (00:01:34) I enjoy introducing the world of podcasts to someone who has never heard of podcasting before. Not for the purpose convincing them to start a podcast, but actually start listening to podcasts. I am a firm believer that podcasts have a power to change people’s lives for the better like […]

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376 The Popularity And Profitability of Podcasting

October 2, 2014

The Popularity of Profitable Podcasting It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is promoting how much money there is to be made from podcasting. This is not the first gold rush experience for the podcasting industry. Back in 2006/2007 there was just as much talk about how folks could start a podcast, and that if […]

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375 – Slippery Slope

September 25, 2014

My Slippery Slope Moment I did it. I think I may have stepped onto a slippery slope. At approximately 29 minutes into this episode, I used the phrase, “You can’t see it if you are listening to audio.” I was doing something, that you could see in video, that would be of great interest to […]

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374 – Charging Money To Do What You Do – Favorite iOS 8 Features – Kindle Voyager – Podcast Patent Update & More

September 18, 2014

New Video Promo & Thoughts It Evoked (00:01:36) In this week’s episode, I talk about the awesome video that Jared Elrod created for my brand. I fell in love with the amazing production value of the first 33 seconds and I really got a good chuckle at the humorous approach to the call to action […]

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373 Building Relationships With Your Audience & Getting To The Next Level Involves Surrounding Yourself With People Who Are At The Level You Want To Achieve

September 11, 2014

Click Here To Register For The Next Level One Day Workshop! Getting To The Next Level Involves Surrounding Yourself With People Who Are At The Level You Want To Achieve I am excited to share a conversation that I recently had with my great friend, mentor and business adviser, Ray Edwards. (00:20:56) As I was […]

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372 My Backup Solution And How It’s Changed with Dropbox’s Increased Storage Limit

September 4, 2014

My Backup Solution Explained (00:08:35) I have created a lot of audio, hi-res photo and HD video content over the past several years. I also run a sizable business which is 100% paperless. Having local and online backup of all my data is absolutely essential to protect my business. In this episode I go into […]

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Do You Want To Create A Top Ranked Podcast That Generates Big Cash For You? If so….

August 31, 2014

Do you want to learn how to create a podcast that will instantly rise to the top of the iTunes ranking for your category? Do you want to learn how you can generate, thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars from your podcasting efforts? If so…. Podcasting A to Z IS […]

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371 How Do I Balance My Business Life And My Faith?

August 28, 2014

How do you balance your business life and your faith? I’m often complimented on how well I consistently share my faith through the content that I create for Podcast Answer Man without ever sounding “too strong” or “preachy.” These comments tend to take me by surprise as I feel that I rarely talk openly about […]

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Live Q&A Broadcast for August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014

This week, I decided to release the audio recording of my closing keynote as my episode for Podcast Answer Man. I knew that I would still have a live audience that would come to my live show Thursday chat room. For this reason, I decided to have an impromptu Q&A show targeted specifically for the […]

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370 – Four Strategies For Changing The World With Your Podcasting Efforts – How you can make a powerful, positive, difference in the lives of those who listen to your show.

August 19, 2014

My Closing Keynote for Podcast Movement 2014 (00:06:25) In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share the audio recording of the closing keynote address that I gave to those who attended the Podcast Movement conference on Sunday, August 16th and 17th, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. In my talk, I explained that if you have […]

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369 Twitter Analytics And Many New Media News Updates

August 7, 2014

Twitter Analytics (00:25:51) It’s been several months since we’ve had a social media segment with my great friend, Erik Fisher. Today, Erik joins me to discuss Twitter Analytics. This service allows you to review how many views your tweets are getting on Twitter’s service and how much engagement each tweet is getting. We also briefly […]

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368 Six Tips For Dealing With Email Overwhelm & Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update

July 31, 2014

Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update (00:16:25) In this week’s episode, I share the story published by ArsTechnica that Personal Audio, LLC had attempted to drop the lawsuit against Adam Carolla, but Adam refused to drop his defence of the lawsuit. It seems that Personal Audio LLC, had dropped the other lawsuits that they had filed […]

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Podcasters Can Change The World!

July 29, 2014

When I left my career in insurance to pursue podcasting full-time, my decision was not fueled by how much money I could earn or how much popularity I could generate. I decided to devote my life to podcasting because I realized that this was the best opportunity for me to make a positive difference in […]

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367 What do you do when you know that what is needed to take your podcast to the next level is just outside your financial reach? And So Much More!

July 24, 2014

Next Level One Day Mastermind Event I’m very excited to announce my very first one day LIVE EVENT. I will be hosting the first Next Level One Day Mastermind event on Friday, August 15th in Dallas TX in the Galveston Room at the Westin Galleria. (pictured below) I describe this event in great detail starting […]

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366 How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor?

July 17, 2014

How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor? Some recently posted this question… “I’ve been approached by an ad agency about advertising in my podcast. They have a client that’s very targeted for my audience. So they’re asking me for rate information. I have no idea what to quote them, as I’ve yet to have a […]

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365 Growing Your Mailing List – Thoughts On Live Streaming & Video In General – And Much More!

July 10, 2014

Working Out The Kinks With My Live Stream (00:04:14) Some of you know that I have been broadcasting a live stream of the recording of my podcasts since 2006. Until recently, I never really talked about this a great deal. However, in the past few episodes, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been looking to take my […]

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363 Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast And Much More!

June 26, 2014

Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast During my current session of Podcasting A to Z, I had shared the story how I once did a complete relaunch of my Help I Got A Mac podcast by deleting the first ten episodes that I had published and restarting the show with a brand new first episode. One […]

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362 Podcasting App To Be UnRemovable in iOS 8? Three Ways To Read All Written Reviews of Your Podcast. Can You Fanscribe Your Podcast? And Much Much More!

June 19, 2014

Permanent Podcasting App in iOS 8? Special thanks to Troy Heinritz for alerting me to a Mac Rumors article noting that the Podcasts App, from Apple, is pre-installed in the new iOS8 beta 2 version of the software. If this remains in iOS8, it means that every iOS 8 user will have the podcasts app […]

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361 The Next Level Studio

June 14, 2014

I’m In My New Studio! I know that I’ve been talking about getting ready to move into my new studio for a very long time. We started the building process, of our new home, a full year ago. I’ve been dreaming of the day that I would actually have all this extra space for all […]

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