How To Take Action To Change Your Life Today
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Hello Peaceful Friends,
I’m excited to share with you an interview with Gregg Clunis who is behind one of my favorite podcasts, Tiny Leaps Big Changes.
In this interview, we cover everything from following your dreams to his favorite self-help book!
Interview with Gregg Clunis:
Hi Gregg, thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my questions. For the readers that don’t know you yet, can you tell me more about yourself?
Absolutely! Thank’s so much for having me.
My name is Gregg Clunis. I’m the founder of Tiny Ventures, LLC where we create resources to help people on the journey of personal change.
I’m also the creator and host of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes, a top-ranked podcast in the self-help and health field.
Right now my biggest passion in life is to help people realize that they can improve the quality of their life and get more of what they want if they focus on taking small steps each day.
You are the person behind the podcast Tiny Leaps Big Changes. Could you tell us why you started this podcast?
I started the podcast because I felt that the personal development and self-help industries were failing us.
Over the last few years, the conversation around personal growth has become about saying things that sound nice rather than saying things that can be acted upon.
For example, we all hear that we should follow our passions but no one is talking about the 5 years required to be in a position to actually do it.
I wanted to create a podcast that focused exclusively on the day-to-day of personal development from the point of view of a regular person who is trying to navigate through life in the best way possible.
Since you started your podcast, what is your favorite episode and why?
My favorite episode has to be episode 179 titled “This is not self-help…” that episode was really raw and it came from the frustration I’ve been feeling with the industry.
In the episode, I talk about the fact that “personal development” and “self-help” are just labels.
The thing we are all aiming for is to wake up every day and make progress in our lives. It doesn’t have to be a special thing we “do” that only a certain kind of person can get into.
How did you feel before starting Tiny Leaps Big Changes? How long did it take you from the time you got the idea to the time you published your first episode?
Right before I started the show I had just quit my job and went full-time as a freelancer so I was feeling pretty excited and full of energy.
I had the idea and got it published in just about a month.
What made you take the leap? Do you have any tips for people who are scared to follow their dreams?
Honestly, I couldn’t have not taken the leap. I was frustrated but I also felt that the advice I was seeing out there was dangerous. If people talk about the value of following your passion without also talking about the work required to get there, it causes people to think that there should be some amazing thing they are passionate about and will never hate.
That’s just not true.
My advice is to take one tiny leap at a time.
- Identify what it is you want to do
- Break it down into the smallest step you could take today
- Do that small step
Momentum is your best friend when trying to build something from scratch, get the momentum started by taking a small step forward and eventually you’ll get things rolling fast.
With almost 200 episodes, you must have learned so many things. What are your favorite takeaways to live a happier life?
The biggest thing I’ve realized since publishing this show is that the meaning of life is simply to pursue deliberate progress.
You could wake up every single day and do absolutely nothing, no one would care and it won’t matter. But eventually, you’d get bored and start itching to do something.
Humans are wired to pursue progress and you’ll always be happier when you are working towards something.
A lot of the readers of Hello Peaceful Mind are dealing with depression or anxiety, do you have any tips for them?
If you are dealing with a clinical issue then my “tips” won’t be very helpful. With that said, something we can all do to improve the quality of our life is simply to not beat ourselves up.
I find that when I’m feeling depressed or anxious I tend to make it worse by getting upset at myself for feeling that way.
Instead, if I let it be okay I can usually work through it faster because I’m not dwelling on it.
One last question, what is your favorite self-help book?
5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins was pretty huge for me.
Her ideas around the 5 second rule answers a lot of the questions I’ve had around “how” you get someone to do something important
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to these questions. Where can the readers of Hello Peaceful Mind follow your work?
Thank you for having me! You can listen to the podcast by going to http://greggclunis.com or by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform.
A recent episode I recommend starting with is an interview series I did about emotional health with Laura Coe. You can find those at here and here.
Takeaways from the interview:
- Make sure you trust the source when you read pieces of advice to improve your wellness. For example, on Hello Peaceful Mind I only share tips based on my personal experience or from legitimate scientific studies.
- What works for others might not work for you, you need to find your own way to improve your life. And you will do this by trying new techniques and failing until you find the one that works for you!
- You need to work hard to make your dreams a reality.
- Break up your dream in smaller step and start taking action today!
- We are wired to always learn something new and make progress in our life.
- When you are feeling down, don’t beat yourself up about it.
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- Gregg Clunis’s website and Instagram
Over to you
What is one of your big dreams and what is a small step you can take today to start to make it happen?