Doing Productive Work in Non-Traditional Settings – Ep015

Working remotely has many benefits, but it can take some thought, adjustment, and practice to do it well.

Technology now enables us to do many different kinds of work from just about anywhere. And circumstances sometimes make it necessary for us to work from home or from somewhere other than the traditional workplace.

Although working away from the office sounds like a great idea, it can also carry its share of challenges. There are good reasons why people gather to do work, and many of those positive group dynamics are absent when you’re working remotely.

In this episode, Ralph and Kimberly discuss some of the unique challenges that arise when working away from a traditional workplace, and explore strategies for being productive wherever you are.

Living with a Spirit of Generosity – Ep014

Generosity is a powerful perspective from which to view life.

Generosity brings richness to your own life as well as the lives of those around you. When you live from a perspective of generosity, you can become a powerful positive force in your world.

So what exactly is generosity, and what do you need in order to activate generosity in your own life?

Listen as Ralph and Kimberly explore the nature of generosity. Discover some surprising insights into how you can add the benefits of generosity to every day.

Cultivate Excellence Through Active Listening – Ep013

Nurturing and exercising your skill of listening will connect you to life’s best possibilities and to the people who can support you in fulfilling those possibilities.

Communication requires connection. For effective communication to take place, someone has to listen, with skill, intention and attentiveness. Equally important as what’s being said, is what’s being heard, what’s being understood.

Although your sense of hearing requires no effort, that doesn’t mean listening is a passive activity. When you train yourself to actively listen, a whole new world of richness opens up to you.

In this episode, Ralph and Kimberly share their perspectives on the essential skill of listening. Discover some new insights and useful techniques on this crucial element of communication.

Adapting to Change – Ep012

Change is a constant part of life. With all its challenges, there are also great opportunities in change for growth, achievement, and enrichment.

It’s disruptive. It’s uncomfortable. It’s challenging, aggravating, and sometimes very frightening. Change is built into the very fabric of life, and yet as much trouble as it can be, you wouldn’t want to be without it.

You can’t stop the changes. What you can do is make the choice to successfully adapt to them. But how do you do that? What strategies can you employ to get the changes working in your favor?

Listen as Kimberly and Ralph talk about their own experiences with change, and offer useful, practical insights into dealing with all the changes that life can bring.

Energizing Life With Awe and Gratitude – Ep011

The realm of existence is filled with awe-inspiring realities and possibilities. Open yourself to all the wonders.

Life can be difficult and painful, requiring great effort, inconvenience, commitment and persistence. And yet, life is very much worth all the trouble because of the limitless possibilities for experiencing beauty, love, fulfillment, connection, wonder and awe.

When you take the time to look, you’ll see life’s awesome possibilities stretching out in every direction. Ordinary things you take for granted every day can be endless sources of wonder and delight.

Immerse yourself in a sense of wonder as Ralph and Kimberly detail some of the aspects of life that they find to be positively awe-inspiring. Gain a new appreciation for the wonders of existence.

Getting Beyond Loneliness – Ep010

We’re made to be together, and loneliness serves as a powerful signal that our need for connection is not being met.

As lonely as we can sometimes feel, we’re certainly not alone in that loneliness. Studies show that millions of people around the world say they experience loneliness often or always.

In a time when almost everyone has the technology to instantly communicate, why is loneliness such a problem? And what can each of us to do ease our own sense of loneliness and the loneliness of others?

In this episode, Ralph and Kimberly delve into some of the different levels and manifestations of loneliness, and discuss several effective strategies that enable you to let go of the root causes of your own loneliness.

Achieving the Power of Focus in Your Work – Ep009

Focus unlocks your maximum creative potential, when you carve out the time and space in your life for focused work.

In a world that’s constantly grabbing for your attention, focus is a highly prized and richly rewarded skill. Working with focus for long periods of time enables you to do valuable, original work. And focus creates a level of satisfaction that nothing can match.

But how do you stay focused for even a few minutes in the midst of the noises, distractions and constant interruptions that make up your daily life? What techniques will enable you to balance the effectiveness of focused work with the benefits of being up-to-date and connected?

Listen as Ralph and Kimberly discuss the power of focus, and explore numerous strategies you can use to maintain focus in your life and your work. You’ll gain new insight into how you can successfully stay focused on what matters, even when meaningless, superficial temptations are swirling around you.

Preserving the Value of Trust in Your Life – Ep008

Trust requires time and effort to establish, and is well worth everything you put into building and maintaining it.

Trust contributes immeasurably to your connections and interactions. Whether in a marriage, a business, or any other kind of relationship, trust enables progress to proceed more quickly, robustly, and sustainably.

Although it can be advantageous in the short term to betray trust, once trust has been lost it is almost impossible to re-establish. Although trust has great value, we can’t simply grant our trust to just anyone.

In this episode, Ralph and Kimberly look at various ways that trust can be built, and at behaviors that could cause people to lose trust in you in ways you may not have considered.

Redirecting Energy For Positive Outcomes – Ep007

You can’t anticipate or control what kind of energy will be aimed in your direction. What you can do is redirect it toward positive purpose.

Some people you deal with are going to be negative toward you. When that happens, you might feel a strong urge to reflect that negativity back to them. But you have a much better choice. You can intentionally point that energy in whatever direction you desire.

You have the power to transform what feels like a confrontation into a positive, cooperative experience. Someone else’s negativity toward you is more about that other person than it is about you. Instead of echoing and amplifying that negativity, you can seize the opportunity to practice patience and grace, improving the quality of the interaction as well as its outcome.

In this episode, Kimberly and Ralph discuss several examples of potentially negative encounters, and look at strategies for redirecting energy to create positive outcomes.

Managing Fear & Uncertainty – Pt2 – Ep006

During periods of fear and uncertainty, some of your most useful tools can be the inner values that resonate with your deepest purpose.

There come times in life when, no matter how strong, capable, and willful you are, there’s nothing you can do to make the difficulties go away. Some situations are beyond your ability to deal with on your own. Where do you turn when you’ve run out of options?

To be human is to be vulnerable, not only to your own shortcomings but also to larger factors that you can’t control. Being honest about that vulnerability, with yourself and with others, will strengthen your connections, enabling you to benefit from teamwork and cooperation. Asking for help will not only help to jumpstart your efforts, it can also enable you to recognize hidden strengths you didn’t even know you had.

In this second of two episodes on fear and uncertainty, Ralph and Kimberly discuss the nature of vulnerability, the importance of structure in life, and the power of faith in coping with life’s uncertainties.