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Success 2.0

In order to achieve great things, you need absolute clarity about where you want to go and why. It’s time to determine where you are now so the path to greater productivity becomes clear - CJ will help make that happen. Succes 2.0 is for the executive, entrepreneur, and business leader to find out what uniquely drives you to be more successful. Through interviews and conversations on specific topics, you’ll unlock the ultimate source of energy and motivation to help you cut down distractions, free your time from interruptions, and finally focus on the projects and people that matter most.


The Paper Tiger with Rebecca Ward
Rebecca Ward is a licensed therapist, executive coach, speaker, and author. Today, CJ and Rebecca will unpack the connection between fear and stress, the impact our thoughts have on our physical well-being, and ways we can start to feel better today.
43:37 09/20/2022
Body Talk with Richard Newman
In the hybrid world, there are more ways to communicate than ever before, but finding true connection and engagement still eludes many of us. Without the ability to effectively engage an audience and inspire action, new ideas struggle to be implemented, adding frustration and failure to the workplace. Richard shares how to develop your skill to speak and communicate with others to get the results you’ve planned no matter what room – virtual or otherwise – you’re in.
37:06 08/26/2022
The Magic of Surrender with Kute Blackson
Kute Blackson has been called the mindfulness guru that billionaires go to for advice. He’s been featured on Larry King Now, Dr. Drew, NPR, Fox and Friends, Mind Body Green, and many more. Listen in as Kute uncovers the possibility that surrender, instead of being passive, is the most courageous act you can do to achieve more joy in your life What We Discuss in this Episode: “None of us has control in life. Our demand that life go the way we want is what causes so much suffering. Know that the degree to which you surrender determines the degree to which you are alive, the degree to which life can use you, the degree to which you can enjoy life.” -Kute Blackson’s Mother Understand that the ego is not who you are. It is a process not a thing. Ego is a construct of patterned conditioning. Once we can step back and observe that, we can understand that the ego means well and the mechanisms we’ve built based on fear start to melt away. We have to be willing to feel the feelings that we learned as children to suppress. Then, we can start to identify who we are and what we believe. Three questions to get to truth: What lies am I telling myself? What am I pretending to not know? What is that lie costing me? When we feel pain, we distract ourselves so that we don’t have to deal with it. But the pain is a signal that is showing us a part of ourselves that is out of alignment. Ask yourself, what is the message of this pain? Then, we can course correct and get back in alignment. When you let go, there will be many times that you lose things. But when you follow your soul, you will have the comfort and peace of knowing that you are in integrity of your own self. Mentioned in the Podcast: The Magic of Surrender: Finding the Courage to Let Go by Kute Blackson Boundless Bliss Bali, a 12-Day Bali Event with Kute Blackson The Surrender Summit – Virtual 5-Day Event, July 12-16, 2022 Take The Achiever’s Compass
37:43 07/13/2022
Steve White’s path from the housing projects to president of Comcast was punctuated by defining, and often heart-wrenching, moments. Moments that lead him to associating uncompromising with never giving up, always looking to learn and improve, investing in yourself, and maintaining a positive attitude through it all.
35:43 05/12/2022
Choosing Service with Peter Block
Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. Peter challenges us to get back to the basics of community that will transform how you see your life and purpose. 
47:38 04/27/2022
Chasing the Dream with Jan Broders
Jan Broders went from fast-tracked success in the hospitality industry, to extreme burnout at the age of 27, requiring months of clinical rehabilitation. He then took a journey in exploration of the central question, "How can I live a successful, ambitious and prosperous life without compromising my health and happiness?" Let’s dive in.
29:22 03/01/2022
Fear and uncertainty have been undermining performance and well-being in the workplace for as long as we have had workplaces. Gaurav Bhatnagar and Mark Minukas show you how to reframe your ― and your employees’ ― relationship with fear and anxiety to create a learning culture of engaged workers at the top of their game.
25:45 02/14/2022
Employee Motivation Made Easy with Bob Nelson
What We Discuss in this Episode: Fun in the workplace - how can it be cultivated to retain valuable employees? Fun vs Work: Why the meaning of these two terms are commonly blurred How is ‘fun’ defined from the employee perspective, how is it defined from the employer perspective, and how can workplaces achieve a harmonic balance? Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Bob Nelson Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant “Dr. Bob” Nelson is the world’s leading authority on employee recognition, motivation and engagement. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company specializing in helping organizations improve management practices, programs and systems. Dr. Bob is a much sought-after Keynote Speaker, Consultant and Executive Coach.  
44:48 11/03/2021
Do What Matters Most with Rob Shallenberger
What We Discuss in this Episode: The BIG THREE life changing habits that ensure business success. Leading a life by design vs. Living a life by default: What’s the difference and how does it affect business success? Why are personal visions crucial to entrepreneurship and how to develop a personal vision you can stick to? What does having both the right mindset and skill set have to do with achieving success and doing what matters most? When the fear of failure hinders success, how to circumvent these fears and create a bulletproof plan for steady growth. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Rob Shallenberger Bio Rob Shallenberger is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and execution. He’s trained and coached hundreds of companies around the world, to include many Fortune 500 organizations. He attended Utah State University and went on to earn an MBA from Colorado State University. He served as an F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Air Force for 11 years. He was also an Advance Agent for Air Force One and traveled the world working with foreign embassies and the Secret Service.  
33:07 10/20/2021
Building Emotional Resilience
What We Discuss in this Episode: Why is emotional intelligence important for professional development and team building? How emotions play a pivotal role in our everyday decisions, daily communications, relationship building, and the essence of basic human drive for success. Can we develop emotional intelligence or is it an intrinsic trait that only a select few understand? How can we determine if we have emotional intelligence or not? What constitutes emotional intelligence and how can we use emotional intelligence for positive outcomes in the workplace? Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Robin Hills Business Psychologist, Emotional Intelligence Trainer Robin Hills is the author of two books in The Authority Guide Series - The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business and The Authority Guide to Behaviour in Business. Ei4Change is a company specializing in training, coaching and personal development focused on emotional intelligence, positive psychology and neuroscience. His experience ranges over 35 years'​ working with small start-ups to large multinationals in commercial areas, in project management and in line management. He works practically with the business applications of emotional intelligence in leadership and management working independently and with teams of business coaches. Hills’s specialist interest lies in applying the outputs from personality and behavioral assessments to increase productivity and success at work. These assessments include Myers Briggs Type Indicator (Step I and II), DISC (to an advanced level), and Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0), which includes a 360 assessment (EQ-i 2.0 360). Robin is also a certified TetraMap facilitator. Since 2013, Robin has delivered keynotes and invited presentations at international conferences on emotional intelligence and neuroscience in the UK, the US, South Africa and India, as well as online. 
33:05 08/30/2021
Defeat Self-Defeat with Dr. Mark Goulston
What We Discuss in this Episode: One of our society’s biggest challenges is our lack of emotional intimacy. We learn to replace emotional intimacy with achievement, and we stay there until we realize it’s empty. We live with four emotions: excitement, boredom, fear, and anger. Getting yourself off the achievement treadmill can seem impossible. Try this simple exercise: Rate your calendar on a scale of “I’m really looking forward to this” and “I’m really dreading this.” Then ask yourself, what do the events I’m looking forward to have in common, and vice versa? When you focus on achievement, you’re running on adrenaline, and that is a young person’s game. When you ask someone how they’re doing and they say, “great,” they’re usually good. If they say they’re doing fine, they’re usually not. Mentioned in the Podcast: Goulston’s TEDx “What Made You Smile Today?” and #WMYST Challenge Take The Achiever’s Compass My Wakeup Call with Chip Conley Daring to Care: How to Build a Heartfelt Company Jason Reid’s TEDx, “The most important conversation you will have with your kids” Defeating Self Defeat by Dr. Goulston Dr. Mark Goulston Originally a UCLA professor of psychiatry for over 25 years, and a former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, Dr. Mark Goulston’s expertise has been forged and proven in the crucible of real-life, high stakes situations. An influencer who helps influencers become more influential, his unique background has made him an indispensable and sought-after resource and change facilitator to Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs and educators across the nation. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles, California.
44:46 07/14/2021
Happiness is Easier Than You Think, with Hale Dwoskin
What We Discuss in this Episode: The only limits we have are the limits we have set in our minds. The Sedona Method helps you unlock the unlimited nature of your life and let go of the obstacles and baggage that hold us back. Letting go and living simply is natural. Children do it all the time. Holding on is hard. Adults do it all the time. That’s why we’re so tired at the end of the day. Experiences and stuff aren’t going to complete you. You are already whole and complete as you are. We often know what the solution is, but we can’t quiet our minds enough to see it. When you let go, you let go of your beliefs of the past that are preventing you from reacting in this moment. When we’re wanting to control the outcome, we are looking to the future or the past and not dealing with what we can deal with now. Now, however, is the only time we can do anything. We either imagine a terrible future, stress about what we this is known about the future, or we’re rehashing the past. We’re not dealing with what is. Responding to uncertainty is something we do all day long. If we handled uncertainty, surprise wouldn’t exist. We need to respond appropriately in this moment. Living in the moment is the natural outcome of two things: letting go and recognizing the truth of who and what you are. The mind is all about the past and future. You can describe what just was, but not what is now. The now is faster than the mind. It’s more immediate. It’s not about getting in the now, you’re already there. It’s about noticing what is now. You don’t need to try to be what you already are. You just need to notice it. Instead of being opposed to the problem, be for the solutions. It’s possible to be ecstatically happy, even when you’re sitting doing nothing.  Mentioned in the Podcast: Happiness is free and it’s easier than you think, by Lestor Levinson and Hale Dwoskin The Sedona Method free resources Take The Achiever’s Compass
35:55 06/17/2021
Your Legacy is Now with Alan Weiss, PhD
Contrary to conventional wisdom, a legacy isn’t what’s written in your obituary. It’s what you create every day. And with a dark pandemic driving 51% of us to think more about our mortality, it’s high time we started today. Join CJ McClanahan on Success 2.0 as Alan Weiss, PhD, identifies how to create your legacy – today. What We Discuss in this Episode: Life is not about a search for meaning, it’s creating meaning. It’s not a search that has a destination, it’s happening organically every day. Creating meaning entails identifying why the world is different because you lived in it. Have you led a trusting life, have you planted a garden, have you impacted someone in your circle? The last 30 years have created enormous pressure to compare to ourselves to others. Further, instead of becoming more knowledgeable, we’ve just gotten louder. In focusing on the needs of others, you help yourself. When you teach others, you learn more than they do. The act of helping others builds you as a person. Celebrate when you identify that you’re drowning in stress and information. Isolate the sources that are the most valid to help you become the person you want to be. Whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist will determine how your life plays out that day. We must train our brains to move toward the positive end of the spectrum more frequently. Part of being alive and finding meaning is being in touch with the physical world around you. We don’t focus on the simple, because we’ve convinced ourselves that the simple can’t be true. Mentioned in the Podcast: Email CJ McClanahan for the offering mentioned in the podcast. Your Legacy is Now by Alan Weiss, Ph.D Subscribe to Alan Weiss newsletter and video resources Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment Alan Weiss, PhD Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and bestselling author. Described by the New York Post as “one of the most highly regarded independent consultants in America,” his consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, and more than 500 leading organizations. His new book is Your Legacy Is Now: Life Is Not a Search for Meaning from Others—It's the Creation of Meaning for Yourself (Routledge; March 18, 2021). Learn more at
29:46 04/01/2021
Live Your Purpose
We all struggle with the big question - are you living out your life’s purpose? Dr. Kenneth Haman is Managing Director of the Alliance Bernstein Advisor Institute and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over two decades. Join us as Dr. Haman unpacks your purpose and provide you with simple tactics to live your purpose every day. What We Discuss in this Episode: High performing professionals can get trapped into thinking that if I can achieve (insert goal), then all my problems will disappear. Only then will they consider pursuing their purpose. The problem is, they never get there. The majority of people are filled with regret at the end of their lives. They are stuck reading the narrative of their lives and they hate what they’re reading. You can trust that the universe is bumping into you all the time. Start paying attention to that, and listen to what your natural inclinations draw your toward. Learned helplessness is the thought that I need something outside of myself to make life happen. To be intentional is to stop waiting for things to happen. Navy Seals are trained that when you have hit a wall, and are completely done, you still have 80% in you. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment Alliance Bernstein Advisor Institute Simon Sinek, Find Your Why Mike Rowe, TED Talk: Learning from Dirty Jobs Ability Potentials: Aptitude Testing and Career Guidance Connect with Dr. Kenneth Haman  
43:37 02/22/2021
Understanding Anxiety with Dr. Jud Brewer
Get 20% off Dr. Jud Brewer's Unwinding Anxiety app Sign up for Unwinding Anxiety online. Fill out your Account Information (Step 1), and enter coupon code SUCCESS2021 under Step 2. Once your account is set up, download the mobile app from Google Play or the App Store. What We Discuss in this Episode: Anxiety can be perpetuated as a habit. To break this habit, we have to identify the cycle of anxiety. The “first gear” is to map out triggers, behaviors, and results. If we are not even aware of the habit, we’re actually moving in reverse. The “second gear” is identifying the reward hierarchy of the result. Once you have set the reward, you stop thinking about any of it and merely continue in the result. With bad habits, it is critical to identify what you’re gaining from this behavior. Once you do this, you can drop the bad habit’s reward value and step out of the habit. The “third gear” is the bigger, better offer. In this stage, mindfulness can take the place of the bad habit and become the reward. Curiosity feels better in our brain than worry. Mindfulness helps us switch to being curious about our feelings, instead of avoiding. Further, when we observe thoughts, we are not as attached to them. In modern society, science has become a religion. Putting scientific language behind these ancient philosophies helps people give it a chance. Whether it’s a good habit or a bad habit, mindfulness helps us see very clearly what we get out of the results we’ve hardwired. For example, does it help us feel better to be divisive or work together? We can’t logic through this to change our behavior. It must come from experience. Mindfulness unlocks that ability.  Mentioned in the Podcast: Email CJ to access the offer mentioned in the podcast: Unwinding Anxiety book, by Jud Brewer Unwinding Anxiety app Eat Right Now app Craving to Quit app Jud Brewer, MD, PhD Dr. Jud is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” having more 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. Dr. Jud is the director of research and innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as the executive medical director of behavioral health at Sharecare, and a research affiliate at MIT. Previously, he held research and teaching positions at Yale University and the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness. As an addiction psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions, Dr. Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (Eat Right Now, Unwinding Anxiety and Craving to Quit). Based on the success of these programs in the lab, he co-founded MindSciences, Inc. – acquired by Sharecare in 2020 – to create app-based digital therapeutic versions of these programs for a wider audience, working with individuals, corporations, and hospital systems to put effective, evidence-based behavior change guidance in the hands of people struggling with unwanted behaviors and “everyday addictions.” Modern Science, Ancient Wisdom Dr. Brewer has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback, adding to the understanding of the brain’s “Default Mode Network” and the role of the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) in self-referential thinking. He regularly gives talks on the intersection of modern science and ancient meditative practices, helping to expose a modern audience to specific techniques and insights first discovered 2,500 years ago. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches, foreign government ministers and corporate leaders. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016), TIME magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, CNN, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), The Washington Post, Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others. He is also the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017). Jud and his wife Mahri live in Massachusetts where they enjoy biking, hiking, and meditating with their two cats, Ananda and Julian of Norwich.
44:24 01/05/2021
Building a Life by Choice with Chris Yonker
What We Discuss in this Episode: Achieving is an elusive goal. Overachievers thrive on lists, and getting things done. The problem is, we are achieving for an external outcome to validate ourselves, not to fulfill ourselves internally. How much we love ourselves, how secure we are, and how much self-esteem we have is directly correlated to how much we have to augment externally. Most high achievers choose to pursue for one of three reasons: power/authority, desire to win, and drive to be known. The goal is not to stop making the world a better place. The goal is to subtly shift your perspective to change how you fulfill your inner desire and drive. Many of our goals come from what society says we should have or should do. Initiate an internal check, “what is this for?” “What am I trying to create for myself/my business/my family?” “Complacency is the proverbial kryptonite to high achievers.” In other words, ‘satisfaction’ means that I have nothing to do, or accomplish. If I don’t have anything to accomplish, I don’t have a purpose. We create stories of why we behave the way we do. Ask yourself the following questions: “How do I know I am happy? What do I have to observe in my reality?” “How do you want your life to look like going forward personally, with my family?” then, figure out how the business drives that. We spend so much time in our lives that we don’t work on our lives. Mentioned in the Podcast: Chris Yonker News and Events Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment Jim Loehr, The Power of Full Engagement The Greatest Years of your Life Workbook
33:12 11/19/2020
Managing Stress: Turn Work Off
What We Discuss in this Episode: We are more connected than ever. Even outside of the pandemic, this leads to more stress and anxiety than ever before. We give ourselves the worst pain because the worry and anxiety about the future is worse than the pain of the moment. It starts with acknowledging the problem. We have to admit that we are obsessed with controlling the future. The work-life balance is a myth. The minute you can take work home, you are able to work from home. Don’t respond to or check emails after a certain time. Plan your time off. Whether it’s spending time with family, or reading a book, or watching a movie, but don’t leave it unstructured because you will quickly fall back into glancing at your email or opening your laptop. Instead of using your cell phone as an alarm, spend the $10 and buy a small alarm clock. If your phone is next to your bed, you will check it. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment
12:05 10/29/2020
Managing Stress: Plan Your Week in Advance
What We Discuss in this Episode: Today’s promise: Tonight, I will get caught up. Guess what happens? You don’t. So, then, it becomes Tomorrow’s Promise: Tomorrow, I will get caught up. You can overcome this anxiety and stress. However, these tactics, while simple, take discipline. Embrace the fact that you will never be caught up. This paradigm shift is critical before moving on to the next tactic. Once you recognize that you cannot get everything done, you begin to prioritize your tasks. Identify a small number of particularly important personal and professional goals. Before the week has started, set aside 10 minutes to plan how you will spend your time. Critical questions to answer: How much of your calendar is open? How much of that open time do you control? Resist the urge to plan a 70-hour week. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment Patrick Lencioni, “If everything is important, then nothing is important.”
12:44 10/20/2020
Managing Stress: Comparing Yourself to Others
What We Discuss in this Episode: Take The Achiever’s Compass for a personalized report of how you can start finding joy in the journey. As achievers, we are wired to ‘win.’ There is an upside – more money, more vacations, more opportunities. However, if we don’t stop comparing our success to others, we will never be able to find joy. Comparison forces you to constantly raise to goal. No matter how much you have, there will always be someone else who has more. Social media has aggravated this issue, inundating us with constant reminders of other people who have outachieved you. But you don’t have to let this take control of your life. Consider redefining success this way: Your ability to utilize your unique talents, build meaningful relationships with people you care about, and live in the moment. Embrace your uniqueness. Recognize the fact that there are paths you do want to take, and do not want to take, in light of that uniqueness. Stop and recognize when you do it. Don’t try to stop doing it altogether, because it’s impossible to repress the initial thought. Live gratefully, give generously. It is difficult to compare yourself negatively to others when you are truly grateful for what you have.
12:45 10/13/2020
Managing Stress: Live in the Moment
What We Discuss in this Mini Episode: In 1992, CJ discovered that he had chronic anxiety after he couldn’t bring himself to get out of bed, or leave his house. That started a lifetime of helping professionals manage stress and anxiety. During this pandemic, stress and anxiety is on the rise. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In Buddhism, stressed and anxious minds are referred to as a “monkey mind.” The thoughts just swing from tree to tree, back and forth, and sometimes it can be absolutely overwhelming. No goal is more important than enjoying the present moment (unless you’re in a survival situation). Fighting anxiety makes it worse. When you are mindful, you are an observer of your thoughts. This practice lessens the pain that your thoughts cause create. It reduces stress, increases happiness and self-esteem, and improves your relationships and immune system. Here’s the secret – stop trying to be mindful. It’s not an award you can win or an item you can check off your list. It’s simply a state of being. Start small. Try driving in silence the next time you go somewhere. Roll down the window and listen to the wind. Count your breathe for 30 seconds. Resist the need to interact with anything while standing in line at the coffee shop. When you struggle to be mindful, forgive yourself. You cannot keep thoughts from coming into your mind. Tell yourself that you are doing your very best, then try to make small improvements every day. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment “Ordinary thoughts course through our mind like a deafening waterfall.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn Lake Odessa, Colorado – totally worth the hike Headspace meditation app
16:34 10/06/2020
Burnout to Breakthrough
Since founding her consulting firm in 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She believes that resiliency is a critical life skill and one that requires the energy of connections.  What We Discuss in this Episode: Burnout is “to exhaust one’s resources by attempting to live up to some unrealistic expectation imposed upon you by yourself or society.” – Herbert Freudenberger There are several causes of burnout. One is our own inner voice demanding that we do more, be more, accomplish more. Another is loss of focus we have through constant interruption and distraction with digital devices. Further, the sense of disconnection and loneliness only exacerbates burnout. Amidst the global pandemic, people are working longer and harder at home. We no longer have the space to detox (commute to and from work, for example), and we are worried about proving how hard we are working based on our results. To deal with burnout, you must first recognize it in your life. Expand your understanding of your options by changing your inner voice from, “I have to do this,” to “I choose to do this.” There are some people who are more instantly resilient than others. However, we can be taught to be resilient. Eileen’s definition of resiliency is, “to grow through challenge or opportunity so that you end up wiser, smarter, on the other side.” To build resiliency, start small. Identify small things that are within your control and let go of the things that are not. Understand where your time goes. Doing something kind for someone else expands our resiliency. What are the small ways you can make small improvements to slowly and steadily move yourself in the right direction. “An inch is a cinch. A mile takes a while.” – Eileen McDargh “The only place I have any power, is this moment right now.” – Eileen McDargh Mentioned in the Podcast: Burnout to Breakthrough, by Eileen McDargh Herbert Freudenberger Otter Products Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment   You can reach Eileen at:   Twitter: @macdarling LinkedIn: Facebook:   Website: Email: Telephone:  949-496-8640
42:45 10/01/2020
Reimagine Success: The Achiever's Compass, Part 2
What We Discuss in this Episode: In 1970, the person who works the hardest wins. But it’s 2020. Effort and “being busy” no longer equals achievement. Production toward what matters most equals achievement. You must prioritize and plan your week in advance. Can you put your phone away, or does it control your life? Addiction to anything negatively impacts your quality of life. Take your social media apps off your home screen. Don’t take your phone with you everywhere – or, take a small step by turning on airplane mode every once and a while. Get intentional about practicing gratitude. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn “Life is only about relationships.” – Dr. Greg Sipes However, not every relationship in your life is equally important. Who are the top ten most important people in your life? Seriously. Write down their names. Having hobbies allows you to spend time doing things that are not related to work. Further, it opens you up to sharing time with other people, who might have different backgrounds and perspectives from yours. When you feel connected to others and to a higher purpose, you experience more peace and contentment. Give a community of faithful people a chance. Build some quiet and meditation into your life. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment Melody Beattie Jim Rohn Dr. Greg Sipes When Good Things Happen to Good People, by Dr. Stephen Post
32:22 09/23/2020
Reimagine Success: The Achiever's Compass, Part 1
What We Discuss in this Episode: Resist the urge to judge yourself – no one is perfect. Perfection is your enemy. Make it your goal to make small improvements every day. Money is the easiest way to measure success. Because of that, watch your environment – if you’re with people who live lavishly to ‘keep score,’ you will be guilted into spending lavishly. “Comparison is the thief of all joy.” President Theodore Roosevelt Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, we are asking if what we are doing matters. Ask yourself, “Where do I want my career to go?” and “If everything in my life is going perfectly three years from now, what are you making, what are you doing?” The food you put into your body fuels the energy you have in the day. Eat small meals throughout the day of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Exercise reduces your stress, increases your endorphins, and changes how you feel. Block one hour in your day for exercise. Keep yourself accountable by signing up for a race, or working out with a friend. Living in the moment is the single greatest factor that impacts our happiness. It is also the most difficult tactic to practice. The less you multi-task, the easier it is to be in the moment. Block time in your day for silence, perhaps meditation. Using silence trains your brain to be in the moment, to still the outside noise. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment
29:49 09/16/2020
Innovating in an Unpredictable Economy
What We Discuss in this Episode: We want to go back to the 2019 economy and keep our business exactly what it was. We crave consistency. But the world has changed. How do we approach the future and capitalize on the upside of updating your business model? Your clients and customers want you to bring the most uncertainty as possible. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Becoming an expert in your client’s industry will take some time, research, and getting out in front. It will take energy and intentionality on your part - but, be sure - your competition is already doing it. Pivoting is not easy. You will not be able to do it immediately after reading a 250-word article, or, dare I say it, listening to this podcast. But CJ will give you the two critical questions that you need to start playing with to change your anxiety to excitement. Embrace the realization that you are better at change than you think you are. Focus on what you can control in the next 8 hours. That’s all you have to do. Mentioned in the Podcast: Take The Achiever’s Compass Assessment A Beautiful Constraint by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck
30:22 08/25/2020
Discovering Your Life's Purpose
What We Discuss in this Episode: In any crisis, we ask, “What am I doing with my life?” and start the process to find meaning and purpose in our lives. The fear that if we stop achieving – for even a moment – that it will hinder our growth. Decreasing stress and anxiety is tied to the chase for perfection. If you don’t stop chasing perfection, you will not discover your true purpose. Why relationships are critical for your success – and happiness. As Dr. Greg Sipes says, "Life is only about relationships."  Unfortunately, we don’t live forever. Mental health and physical health are cornerstones to your sense of well-being. The one tactic that will help you increase your awareness of others and increase your sense of purpose. Mentioned in this Episode: The Second Mountain, by David Brooks Why Good Things Happen to Good People, by Dr. Stephen Post Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
35:15 07/01/2020
Moving from Defense to Offense
What We Discuss in this Episode: Who were we before we experienced COVID-19 We want our society and our businesses to get back to winning. How do you win in the second half of COVID-19? How to shift your professional mindset from offense to defense, safely Tactics for shifting your mindset to grow your business and your career The power of your words and how that impacts your professional trajectory Clarifying your value, product, service, so that you can answer questions from customers Shifting your paradigm from big goals to smaller, daily goals
35:06 06/01/2020
The End of Certainty
Get real and get vulnerable with CJ McClanahan as we talk about living in the post-COVID-19 era.
34:16 05/19/2020
Pandemic: Thriving During Uncertainty
In this episode of Success 2.0, CJ McClanahan (@cjmccoach) explores the simple tactics you can practice to thrive and decrease stress, even during times of uncertainty.  Mentioned in this episode:  In a time of stress, the brain screams to ‘go faster.’ Most of us are working from home right now and are pressed to move faster and do more. That constant activity and stress leads to bad decisions which actually increases our stress level. Keeping your routine does not mean keeping it perfectly. Keeping your routine means keeping it as closely as you can. We can behave irrationally and in a reactive fashion during a crisis like COVID-19. Instead, we need to act in a rational and intentional fashion. However, in a crisis it’s hard to be completely rational. Everything seems to be changing right now. Our responsibility is to lay out as many predictable events as possible. In a time of crisis, you might wonder ‘what if my clients don’t value my service anymore and they think they’re going to get value somewhere else?’ or, ‘what if my clients don’t need my service anymore?’ At some level, we are always wondering if I am adding enough value. You can handle uncomfortable situations for one day. If I asked you what is worrying you today, you would probably give me a scenario that is two week, two months, down the road. What can you do about this today? What is the best effort I can do today, based on all the information I have right now?    
31:59 04/01/2020
Mastering 'No'
In this episode of Success 2.0, CJ (@cjmccoach) explores the concept of “saying no” and how embracing it is a must if you want to grow your business, transform your career, or get greater satisfaction out of life.   Mentioned in this episode: How Apple struggled to find its footing after letting go of Steve Jobs, and how bringing him back on as CEO set the stage for Apple to become one of the most valuable companies of all time. Why having too many options has had a negative impact on how we spend our time and the joy we get from our decisions. What a social media detox can do for your mental health and how to do it effectively. How to shift your paradigm so that your default answer is no, rather than yes, and why people will be grateful for it. How to understand what is most important in your life (a.k.a. “show me your calendar, and I’ll show you what’s most important to you.”) What it means to “create a trap” for yourself that will ensure you succeed.   CJ’s tactics for mastering the art of no Make a paradigm shift  Get clear on what’s most important to you Take back control of your calendar Quit something immediately Forgive yourself when you fall short of your goal   Recommended resources The Overachiever’s Toolkit exercises The Courage to Quit blog A New Definition of Success blog What is the Low Information Diet? blog Tips for Managing Information Overload blog Never Get it All Done podcast podcast
28:28 01/21/2020
David Wood | Authentic Leadership in Life and Work
​A former consulting actuary to Fortune 100 companies – such as Sony Music, Proctor & Gamble, and Exxon – David Wood (​@SolutionBox) left his cushy Park Avenue job 20+ years ago to explore both the outer world, and his own inner world. What We Discuss with David Wood: How childhood trauma impacts individuals differently. Why David left the actuarial arts to become a lounge entertainer, then life coach. What he did to become the top-ranked coach on Google (back in the day). Where you can learn to become a coach. And so much more.... Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider leaving your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally! (Download Episode Here) ​(Subscribe to the Podcast Here) (Connect with CJ) (Are you secretly coaching, but not getting paid fo​​r it? from David Wood via YouTube) Please Scroll Down for Full Show Notes and Featured Resources! The Two Rule Foundation helps inspire professionals to live gratefully and commit more of their resources to help those in need. The foundation can help you determine who you should give your money to and how. More About the Show Unhappy in his marriage, David and his now ex-wife turned to a personal development program with the hope of learning more about themselves, what they wanted out of life and their marriage. They freaked me out initially. They’re all smiling way too much… I’m going to just get in and out, and I’m not drinking the Kool-aid.” David says. “But what happened is that they cracked my cynicism. I thought they were just out for my money, but I realized they actually cared about people.”  From that point on, David was hooked. Vowing to never another course, David found himself in the second level of the program, where he naturally started to coach people.  If they were stuck, he’d ask ‘what’s it gonna take for you to get unstuck?’ “I think I changed a woman’s life overnight in that course. It was such an amazing feeling to watch her walking on air after 10 years in an unhappy marriage, have her and her husband to have a massive breakthrough, I’m ‘I want more of that!’” Woods says. So he took the third program because it was promised he’d be trained to become a coach. He knew he wanted to move back to Australia (from New York), so he quit his job, giving himself six months to discover if there was anything else he’d like to do. If he didn’t find anything he’d look for a position with a familiar role. During his self-funded sabbatical, he wanted to work as an entertainer, frequenting local restaurants, bars and resorts, while beginning a coaching practice. After six months, he decided to spend all his energy on coaching, and soon realized an opportunity to use his technical capabilities to gain clients through search engine optimization. “I was ranked number 1 4, 7 & 9 on the search engine [for life coaching].” Wood says.  From there, he started creating products to help clients, then moved into helping other coaches build their business and recently has pivoted back to coaching individuals at a high-level. Thanks, David Wood! If you enjoyed this show with Life Coach David Wood, let him know by clicking on the links below and sending him a quick shout out on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram. Click here to connect with David on LinkedIn Like Play For Real on Facebook Visit David's Website Follow David on Instagram Click here to let CJ know about your number one takeaway from this episode! Mentioned in This Episode: ​​​​Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin) Landmark Forum Coach MBA Solution Box Brené Brown Play For Real Conscious City Guide Authentic Relating Games Night
41:34 07/31/2019