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Jeff Sanders - Host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast

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My content is designed with you in mind. That’s why it’s so awesome to be able to know what you want. This year I’m taking my 2015 Reader Survey to the next level and diving deep into your wants, needs, frustrations, and wild desires (No, not that wild . . ).

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If you have been listening to my podcast for the last 6 months you may have noticed a few changes. Some of them were significant (like shifting to productivity as the core topic), while others were small but just as important (like ditching the “Behind the Scenes” segment).

Those changes came about because of a survey I launched in order to find out more about you. During many episodes of the podcast I announced these changes and cited their source — that survey.

That’s right. You have the power to change what I do.

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What are your most powerful habits? In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I discuss the fascinating power of anchor habits.

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Over the last 19 months I have released 82 episodes of my podcast, The 5 AM Miracle, each on a Monday morning, never missing a single week. I have done so with the intent of helping you bounce out of bed with enthusiasm, create powerful lifelong habits, and tackle your grandest goals with extraordinary energy.

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I’m hoping that during the last year and a half you have dramatically improved your life in one way or another — the very least being that you received a little pep in your step as you headed off to work each Monday morning.

So, if you believe this podcast has helped you, I would like to ask for a favor. No, not a review in iTunes, although that would be fantastic as well (you can do so here).

What I am hoping for is that you would consider nominating The 5 AM Miracle for the 2015 Podcast Awards!

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How to Build a Better Brain

Brains were born to change, grow, and evolve. In fact, your brain can serve you in more ways than you could ever imagine if you take it to the brain gym.

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The phrase “use it or lose it” certainly applies to the world of neuroplasticity — a big word that simply means your brain can and does change. For many years brain researchers believed the brain was static, meaning that after a certain growth period the brain would simply stop developing or adapting in a significant way.

Turns out, that was far from the truth.

Your brain is constantly flexing its muscles, molding itself, and responding to new and challenging stimuli just like your biceps do during exercise.

Now, I’m not a scientist, so I’m not going to dive into too much research or the biomechanics of brain development. For now, I’ll focus on what you can do today to begin building a better brain, which can lead to dramatic improvements in your creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

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Are you doing your most extraordinary work? This week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast features an interview with Kory Kogon, a leadership and productivity expert at FranklinCovey, as well as co-author of the new book, The 5 Choices.

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Why You Need a Stalker

Being as productive as possible requires more than self-discipline, more than a great task manager, or even an amazing accountability partner. Sometimes you actually need a stalker.

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No, I’m not talking about the creepy stalkers that end up on the nightly news. I’m talking about accountabili-stalkers.

Awesome made up word, right?

Who are these accountabili-stalkers? Let’s find out.

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What’s the biggest project on your calendar this week that you haven’t started on yet? In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I share 5 strategies to conquer procrastination. You don’t do that, right? Yeah, me neither.

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Three days before the new year began, my wife, Tessa, and I cut our television cable subscription. We made the decision to not only save some money, but to also salvage a few brain cells at the same time.

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Back in episode #75 of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, I shared a rather unusual Tip of the Week. I briefly shared my perspective on television news media. More importantly, I said that news was “hell on earth.”

I also shared in this previous blog post, Never Watch the News: Here’s Why, more of my feelings around the news and its impact on your life:

Fear sells newspapers. Death, destruction, mayhem, and sensationalism are all wonderful marketing tools that glue your eyeballs to the tube, paper, and website. News media outlets are profitable because you can’t stop watching all of the horrors of the world flash before your eyes.”

Today, expand on my discussion, respond to an anonymous hater who calls himself Batman, and share how you can choose to be selectively ignorant.

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A few weeks before the new year I announced a video contest for the most audacious goal for 2015 where the winner would be mailed a copy of Darren Hardy’s new book, The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster.

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Today is the day to crown the champion. Watch the videos below and pick your favorite.

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Have you set your big goals yet for the new year? This week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast features my second interview with Nicole Antoinette. This is part 2 of our discussion on her journey to run 3,000 miles across the United States.

Listen to our first conversation in episode #55.

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Jeff Sanders - Host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast