Episode 9 – Michelle Greenman – The Power of Deciding and Doing Every Day

Michelle Greenman interview on Simple Daily Practice Podcast

It all started with one decision – “I don’t want this anymore.   I won’t let this happen anymore.”  Michelle was a freshman at university.  She kept all sorts of odd hours, hardly ever went out in the sunlight and didn’t eat well.  She had a hard time even getting out of bed every day.  She was seriously depressed.

But once she made that decision, things started to change.  She decided to create a list every day of the things she was going to get done, no matter what.  Her first list – “wake up and brush my teeth.”  That’s it.  But after the haphazard way she had been living, that felt challenging and important – challenging to make even that small of a commitment to her own well-being, and important to following through on her decision to change.

A few days later, after brushing her teeth became easy, she dropped that from the list and added taking a shower.  And once that became easy, she added eating breakfast within two hours of waking up.  Slowly and steadily, Michelle came out of her depression.  She found more and more healthy habits and successfully integrated them into her daily routine.  She eventually studied to become a Certified Natural Health and Wellness Coach and now supports women in using this approach to find and follow through on the changes they need to live their best, most healthy lives.

Michelle shares her whole story of going from a depressed university student to a successful business owner and coach who is continually growing and expanding and following her dreams.  She also shares her system to find your highest priority right now and how to develop your own “get it done” list so you can build the life of your dreams, one day at a time.

In this interview, Michelle shares:

  • her low point and the shift that she made to bring herself out of depression
  • the small changes she started making consistently every day
  • the unexpected challenges of drinking enough water every day and why it’s a good place to start
  • the Bible verse that inspires and informs her approach
  • the value of using her Life Inventory to help you find the one goal for you to focus on right now
  • how setting a bigger goal (like running a race) can support you in changing multiple habits at one time
  • how she uses this practice daily to support of her business and her life
  • how her life has changed since she’s started making her “get it done” list every day
  • her struggles to create a prayer practice and how she was able to stay with it until it became a regular part of her day

The Interview

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The Practice – Life Inventory

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Handout for the Life Inventory

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Are you clear on your #1 priority right now?  Are you spending time and energy every day on it?  Did Michelle inspire you to look at your situation in a new way?   I’d love to hear from you.  Please share in the comments below. 

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  • Peggy,
    Even though I have a daily practice that is the foundation for my life, I love receiving your emails! I am continually inspired by the stories of your guests–they always help me remember that this is an ongoing, dynamic process, AND I love and appreciate how well you weave the essential themes and challenges that we all face no matter where we find ourselves in the journey. Thank you!

    • Hi Deenie! I’m so glad you are enjoying everyone’s stories. I’m fascinated by all the different people I have been talking with, the commonalities and the differences. I’m so glad it’s been inspiring to you.


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