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The Carrot or The Stick

How important is education to overall success? Very. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should all get PHDs. In episode 135 of The Sweet Spot, Michael and Diane Clemons talk about the different types of education, the benefits of praise, and the importance of real...

Will You Choose Discipline or Regret?

The internet can be a tool for self-discovery and improvement or a never-ending feedback loop of distraction and anxiety. In this episode of The Sweet Spot, Diane and Micheal Clemons explain how you can be the gatekeeper of your life, opening up to helpful information while also shutting...

Know Your Role Model

Is having a role model critical to personal success? In this episode of The Sweet Spot, Michael and Diane Clemons discuss role models! Who do they look up to? What does it take to be a role model? What would Pinball say to a room full of people that look up to him? The answers to those...

Repay Evil with Good

Don’t just endure a negative environment, transform it! In this episode of The Sweet Spot, Michael and Diane talk about the ways in which you can transform a negative workplace environment into one that’s positive, nurturing, and good. They also talk about standing up for...

How to Get Out of a Rut

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut? This week on the podcast, Mike and Diane discuss a number of simple strategies to help get you off of the couch and into your passion. And, if you don’t have a passion, they also chat about things that you can do to find it. Learn to take...

Fake it Till You Make It

Is there any truth to the “fake it ’till you make it” strategy? This week on the podcast, Mike and Diane explore the topic and discuss how important it is to dress for success. They also talk about how to say no to people that ask too much of you. Learn how to stay true...

Make Life Better For Someone Else

This week, Mike and Diane talk about the recent controversy surrounding hockey coaches Mike Babcock and Bill Peters and explore the role of good leadership. They also discuss coaching styles, the idea of position, pass or platform, and whether or not race is creeping back into sports...

A Conversation with Pastor Rob Meikle

Mike and Diane welcome their friend, mentor and pastor Rob Meikle of Kingdom House Christian Centre for a sit-down conversation. They discuss his life, athletic background, and what inspired him to the church. Plus, they use the opportunity to ask some deep questions about being a...

Do You Know These Interesting Bible Facts?

Ranging from copies sold and stolen to specific chapters and how women are represented, Mike and Diane discuss interesting facts about the Bible in this episode of the podcast. They also talk about some of their upcoming events at the Etobicoke Jazz Festival and, of course, Christmas with...

Busy Isn’t Bad If It’s the Right Busy

This episode of the podcast is all about understanding where you are with your routine. Mike and Diane discuss their recent Rally for Kids scavenger hunt with the Pinball Clemons Foundation and what the quick pace taught them about slowing down. They also talk about running late, being...

How to Handle Life’s Interruptions

How do you feel about interruptions in life? Well, Mike and Diane are navigating their own in this episode of the podcast. They discuss Pinball’s new role as general manager of the Toronto Argonauts, what he hopes to accomplish, how it is impacting their family and foundation, and...

King Here with Trish Porter Topmiller

U.S. Olympian and author Trish Porter Topmiller shares her journey with Mike and Diane. They discuss her athletic career in high jump and the personal trials that became the basis for King Here, a book that opens up about her father and offers hope that no matter how old, how rich or how...

Turn Those Negatives Into Positives

Having an optimistic outlook can fundamentally change your life, but turning negatives into positives is often easier said than done. This week, Mike and Diane discuss positivity and how changing the way you think can help you find The Sweet Spot. They talk about Will Bowen ‘s book...

Meet Them Where They Are

This week’s episode is all about movement as Mike and Diane discuss their recent vacation, moving forward in some new ventures, and what has been happening at the Pinball Foundation. They also talk about some inspiring people who are moving others, including Canadian tennis...

Being There for People

Learning to support a friend or family member through a tough time can be a sensitive thing to navigate. On this podcast, Mike and Diane discuss the value of being there for others, taking time to listen, and having patience when helping. They also talk about the difference between...

What Makes Us Happy?

Mike and Diane chat about their recent weekend at the Rogers Cup and visit with their friends before reconnecting with The Sweet Spot. They discuss the things that make us happy and how we respond when things happen that take us out of that happiness. Learn why we should respond...

I Need to Start Working Out

Summer is here and with it comes the desire to get into shape. Mike and Diane chat about working on that fitness in this episode of the podcast. They talk about cutting back sugar and drinking more water, struggling to get to the gym, and why we need to be active mentally and spiritually...

We Don’t Always Find That Sweet Spot

This week, Mike and Diane chat about missing the mark as Christians and why that often leads to criticism and judgement from others about faith and religion. They discuss why acceptance is so important and how we should always lead with love to truly find The Sweet Spot. Plus...

Big Ups For Dads

After a nice Father’s Day, Mike and Diane reflect on their own Dads and share what they meant to their own lives today. They also talk about the role of fatherhood, single parenting, and how we should continue to build bridges not fences when it comes to our parenting community.

Let’s Hug Life

Communication is key to finding The Sweet Spot and this week Mike has some questions for Diane about passions and goals. Diane has a few of her own about feeling unqualified in your interests and calling. It’s a podcast all about using your time wisely and embracing life like a warm...

Anniversary Report Card

Mike and Diane celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary by laying it all out on the line in this podcast. Every year, they give themselves an “anniversary report card” by rating different areas of their marriage, looking at the things they’ve got right, and discussing...

Give More Than You Take

The Clemons chat about personal routines and goals, prepping for the Victory Charity Ball fundraiser, and philanthropist Robert Smith’s recent inspiring charitable donation. They also talk about how one goes about finding a charity or cause to give to because, as Winston Churchill...

Be Happy ‘Cause Words Matter

Can we increase our happiness? After experiencing a truly joyful moment, Mike and Diane chat about the “happiness baseline” and things we can do to help increase it. They also talk about how words matter and why we should be intentional with how we use them.

Always Learning, Always Growing

Mike and Diane talk about something their daughter said and how it changed their perspective. They also discuss the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey and how each of those habits can help us learn and grow towards The Sweet Spot.

Game 7s of Your Life

With all the recent playoff excitement, Mike and Diane ask the question: “what are the Game 7’s of your life?” They share some of their own experiences and how those victories and defeats help define who they are. You’ll also hear some of their reflections on...

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