W. Lee Warren, MD

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When You Want to Quit: How to Persevere

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It happens to all of us sometimes: That moment when you want to quit.

By ‘us,’ I mean every aspiring writer, artist, entrepreneur and anyone else who feels compelled to start doing something new. The creators, the innovators, the new Wright Brothers.

Raise your hand if you have a perfectly good job, but you find yourself up at insane hours working on that novel, crafting your perfect blog post, or sketching that widget for your patent application.

That’s right: I’m talking to you.

I received an email the other day from a friend who has one of the most awesome jobs in the world. It’s really cool, trust me.

But my friend isn’t satisfied. It’s not the money; he makes plenty. It’s that he’s got a nagging sense that he’s supposed to publish books.

He started a publishing company. He’s blogging, writing. And he’s terrific.

He writes really moving stuff. It’s helped me a lot. He’s inspiring to me, not just because his day job is so interesting, but also as an entrepreneur, businessman, and artist.

But in his email, my friend said: “I’m just not seeing any success as an entrepreneur. Maybe I should hang it up.”

Can you relate to my friend’s frustration?

Emotional Ambulance Chasers [YST Podcast Episode 032]

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This episode is all about managing our minds.

We’ll learn the art and science of self-brain surgery, and how to respond to our emotions in a healthy way.

If you want to be happy, you have to be a responder, not a reactor to your feelings, and that comes from becoming a great manager of your thought life.

Some people naturally seem to be able to handle the events of their lives without freaking out, giving in to fear, or being overwhelmed. Other people seem completely controlled by their emotional state and circumstances.

The difference in these people is not accidental. It’s purposeful.

If we want to become healthier, feel better, and be happier, it’s crucial that we learn how to be in that first group.

Today, I’m going to teach you how.

The Book-a-Week Challenge 2015: Week Three

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We want to get smarter, grow our brains, and expand our minds this year.

That’s why Lisa and I are issuing the Book-a-Week 2015 Challenge.

(Note: Some weeks, we might read two books. No rules! Just read!)

Keep checking the blog for our weekly reads and short takeaways!

I Hate That Guy (Love Conquers All) [YST Podcast Episode 031]

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If you want to be happy, you can’t hate That Guy! Love changes everything.

What if you could guarantee that, with a solid purpose, careful planning, and a little help, there was no chance that you could fail to make major life change happen in your mind, body, spirit, work and relationships?

I’m here to tell you that it’s possible.

But how can I be happy, you might ask, when THAT GUY keeps doing things to irritate, hurt, anger, offend, and cause me trouble?

You know THAT GUY- no matter how hard you try, there’s that one person in your life who’s always out there, saying the wrong thing, not doing the right thing, holding you back, putting you down, being mean or neglectful or unfair or abusive to you.

But trust me, if you hate THAT GUY, you’re the one who’s going to suffer.

If we want to break free in 2015, learning to have a heart full of love no matter what other people do is critical.

That might sound impossible, but I’m going to teach you how, today.

The Book-a-Week Challenge 2015: Week 2

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We want to get smarter, grow our brains, and expand our minds this year. That’s why Lisa and I are issuing the Book-a-Week 2015 Challenge. (Note: Some weeks, we might read two books. No rules! Just read!) Keep checking the blog for our weekly reads and short takeaways! Week Two: Lisa is reading Jesus, Continued by J.D. Greear and The Trump Card by Ivanka Trump   Lee is reading Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey Click here to read more about the challenge. Every week, I’ll update this list to let you know what we’re reading. Week One: Lisa read The Collector by Nora Roberts and Fasting by Jentezen Franklin Lisa’s takeaway: This felt like a retelling of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, but was twice as long as it could have been. I’m glad I got it for free from the Kindle Library. It was almost worth the $0.00 it cost me. Lisa’s takeaway: I […]

Anchors Aweigh! Cast Off Into Your New Life [YST Podcast Episode 030]

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Hey friend! It’s a new year, and I’m so excited about everything that 2015 holds in store.

I’m praying that God will bless you and make this the best year of your life so far. As for me, in 2015, success is the only option. I have committed to making real life change happen in several areas of my mental, physical, spiritual, professional, and relational life, and failure in any is unacceptable.

I’ve decided that 2015 is the year to cast off into the life God desires for me, and I want you to make the same decision.

In this episode, we’re going to go through a fool-proof plan for getting rid of everything that’s been holding us back so we can finally weigh anchor and get moving.

There’s no better time than the start of a new year to make this decision. Are you with me?

If you want to become healthier, feel better and be happier in all areas of your life in 2015, You Start Today.

Do You Want to Get Smarter This Year?

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If you want to get smarter, you need to read more.

One of the best ways to grow your brain, increase your intelligence, ward off senility and get smarter is to read.

It’s amazing to me, but studies have shown that over forty percent of U.S. college graduates have never read an entire book again since the left school.

If you quit reading, you basically quit learning. Reading increases mental activity, and recent research shows that it even helps to promote the development of new connections in your brain!

Even listening to audiobooks has powerful effects on your brain, so if your excuse is, “I’m too busy to read,” then you need to find a new one!

The Top Ten Things I Learned in 2014 [YST Podcast Episode 029]

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Hey there, it’s almost a new year! I can’t believe that 2014 is over, and I can’t remember a year I’ve looked more forward to than 2015. I’m so glad you’re here with me, because for the next few minutes I’m going to give you the top ten things I learned in 2014, and how you can use them to make 2015 your best year ever.

A new year is the perfect time to commit to becoming healthier, feeling better, and being happier. But don’t wait- just start today!

A Time Management Killer- The Tomorrow Tax [YST Podcast 028]

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If You Want to be More Successful, You Have to Learn Time Management. And Paying the Tomorrow Tax is a Killer.

So I had breakfast the other day with my accountant. One of the things we talked about the most: taxes.

Man, I’m tired of paying taxes.

Seriously, we’re paying way too much in taxes these days. Everything you buy is taxed. Every penny you make is taxed. If you’re self-employed like me, every dollar you make is taxed two or three times. If you’re not careful with your estate planning, they’ll even tax you for dying and take more of your money away from your kids (seriously, you should talk to someone who knows about estate planning, like my dad if you didn’t already know this).

This whole tax thing, it’s ridiculous.

But what if I told you that one of the biggest taxes we pay is one we impose on ourselves?

In this episode, we’re going to talk about something I call The Tomorrow Tax. We’ll also have a listener question and answer session at the end, so stick around!

Thanksgiving is Good for Your Brain [YST Podcast 027]

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Hey there, it’s Thanksgiving, and that’s my favorite holiday. I’m so glad you’re here with me, because for the next few minutes I’m going to give you a framework of thankfulness that will literally change your mind, increase your happiness, and make your whole life better.