Life Coaching for Transformation with Paula Jenkins on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 4

In this episode we chat with Paula Jenkins, a transformational life coach with a background in project management who decided to apply her practical experience to the universal quest for joy. She’s also the host of a podcast called Jumpstart Your Joy, where she talks with people about the ways they make joy part of their lives. We’ll find out who her top fantasy podcast guests are, how she reconciles her work and her family life, and she’ll teach us the most joyful technique ever for responding to failure.

You can find out more about Paula here:


Jumpstart Your Joy Podcast:





Here are some of the resources Paula mentioned:

Courageous Coaching:

Kate Swoboda:

Michelle Ward:

Jessica Swift:

Pat Flynn:

Lewis Howes:




Terry Gross on Fresh Air:

WebinarJam (warning: audio autoplay):

It’s A Show!

It’s been an amazing week. After more than a year of idle dreaming, several months of planning and preparation, and a few weeks of hardcore recording and editing, this week I launched my new podcast, Hack the Process.

A Little Background

I’ve known that I wanted to launch a podcast for more than a year now. I’ve been chatting with friends about it, and trying to refine the idea in my head–where it always had a lot of competition for my attention. It’s been a struggle justifying the investment against the possible rewards. A podcast is a huge commitment of time and energy, and not something that has any immediate return. But when I ask my heart, it feels like the right thing to do.

Some of the benefits that I hope for include reconnecting with friends who are doing wonderful things with their time and energy, and making new friends with interesting backgrounds and stories to tell. A podcast gives you an excuse to spend an hour with somebody you haven’t spoken to for a while, or even somebody you haven’t ever met before, and ask them all sorts of personal questions about their lives, what they’re working on, and what they’re passionate about.

Procrastination and Fear

I spent a little bit too much time worrying about what the subject of my podcast was going to be. (You should see the list of domains I registered while considering options!) Choosing just one focus out of all my interests sometimes felt as if I was going to have to deny everything else important to me. At other times, I couldn’t think of a single interest in my life that seemed large enough to justify even an hour of conversation, let alone a whole show.

The advice you come across when you’re considering starting something like this is also very broad. Some people tell you to jump right in and let the audience tell you what they’re looking for after you launch. Other people tell you to focus on the tiniest most specific niche you can possibly define. Some folks say you should copy the people who are successful, by whatever definition of success you have. Others tell you that if you don’t have something original to say, you shouldn’t be saying anything at all.

In the end, I had to choose my own path. We all do. I decided that the focus I would use as my guiding force was my own tendency to procrastinate by working on details in isolation, sometimes incubating ideas in the dark hidden recesses of my mind until they suffocated. This has allowed me to fail silently many times, without facing the universal fear of public humiliation, and pretend to myself that it wasn’t a failure because I never really tried. I know I’m not alone. And I believe I can help myself and others become aware of this behavior.

So I decided to make a show about hacking the process of moving past procrastination and into action. I would interview people who’ve shown an ability to take the next step, to find out how they did it, what tips and tools they found useful, and what they learned along the way. If nothing else, it would definitely be a show I would want to listen to and learn from. And I don’t think I’m alone.

Support Structure

The strongest support came from getting outside my own head and teaming up with a tiny mastermind group of friends who already have podcasts, or who are starting podcasts themselves. I was fortunate to meet these people at a podcasting class we took together at CreativeLive. Out of the students there, we all gravitated toward each other almost instinctively, and stayed connected through social media. I have gotten inspiration, information, and motivation from these folks, and I’m so grateful to them for helping.

When I was ready to get started, I chose to interview members of my mastermind group as some of my first podcast guests. And it was a very good decision. Not only did they have the equipment and the skill to speak comfortably as I practiced my interview techniques, but the content of the interviews themselves provided me with encouragement and support for exactly what I wanted to do.

Also, once I had recorded interviews and made a commitment to these people that I was going to publish, there was no turning back!

One of the benefits of procrastinating the way I tend to, by studying and doing research, is that you learn a lot. Once I dove in, I had a pretty good idea what tools and techniques I would need to master in order to make a podcast happen. I had even invested in some toys and tools to make it easier. Even so, I wasted weeks dithering over unimportant details as my target launch date grew closer. But a few check-ins from members of my mastermind group helped light a fire under me, and I published on schedule.

Getting the Ball Rolling

It’s only been a few days since I launched with my first three episodes, and already I’m hearing from people who are enjoying the shows and getting something useful out of them. Even listening to them myself, I discover things I didn’t hear the first fifteen times I went over them while I was editing. (And it’s amazing what a few positive reviews from unknown people on iTunes will do for your ego.)

In the coming weeks I’ll be publishing more of my interviews, and maybe a few special episodes that focus on particular subjects near and dear to my heart. I’m going to continue letting my fears guide me, and not edit myself as much as I might be inclined to, so I can learn from the response I receive.

I hope you stick with me through the experiments, and give me feedback. When I ask myself what motivates me to do this, it comes down to the hope that somebody out there might benefit from the information I’m gathering and presenting. So if anything in my podcast helps you in any way, please let me know. You’ll be doing me a big favor.

On with the show!

Peaceful Productivity for Sensitive Spiritual Nonconformists with Pace Smith on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 3

This episode we talk with Pace Smith, a pathfinding coach who helps sensitive spiritual nonconformists live wild crazy meaningful lives. We’ll find out more about how she bridges the profound with the practical. Pace will tell us what pathfinding means, and how the motivation to seek and reconnect regularly with your own path relates to balancing both material and spiritual life practices. She’ll also explain how the fun she has writing limericks fits into her routine.

You can find Pace online at:

Pace’s Pathfinding Website:

Pace & Kyeli’s Books:

Wild Crazy Meaningful Life Podcast:

Wild Crazy Meaningful Enneagram Podcast:

Some of the resources Pace mentioned in this episode include:

Mark Silver’s Heart of Business:

Pam Slim:

Sufi Remembrance Prayer:

Martha Beck’s Body Compass:






The Levelator:

Instant Teleseminar:


Listening to the Source of Your Motivation With Adam Siddiq on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 2

In this episode, we hear from Adam Siddiq, a performance coach for millennials, and a podcaster who hosts the show The Soulfully Optimized Life. Adam discusses overcoming anxiety in his own life, and learning to listen to the source of his motivation to help others. And if you listen carefully, you may find out why he believes “our soul is what’s connected to the umbilical cord to the mothership of life.”

You can find Adam Siddiq online here:






The Soulfully Optimized Life Podcast:

Some of the resources Adam recommended include:

“Education of Millionaires” by Michael Ellsberg

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho:

“Seven Habit of Highly Effective People”:

Tony Robbins:

Donny Epstein:

Applying Design Thinking to Your Life with Tracy DeLuca on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 1

Tracy DeLuca her partner Chris have worked in the field of design thinking and innovation for over 17 years between them. They’ve helped sustain a Food Revolution and redesigned the way L.A. County votes. They’ve even engaged the world’s most creative minds in science by turning their genes into music at TED.

Throughout their careers, they always wondered what would happen if they took the same creative problem-solving process they used to help well-known organizations solve their toughest challenges and applied it to people’s lives.

For more information you can find Tracy online here: