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The Well

The Well

By Shawn Ward
Going deep into what we can learn about ourselves each day as we struggle working through challenges. Shared experiences that can make us better and more likely to succeed as we figure out our drive. Finding our optimal selves through intentional pauses.
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The Well

The Interview Part 1
I get interviewed. This is a re-recording of an event that didn’t go so well The first time. You get to learn about some of my passions, why I do what I do here and on IBtP, and what interests I have in Part 1 of an interview my wife did with me.
April 29, 2021
Step Outside, Take a Hike
Today I take the podcast on a hike to Catawba Falls in Pisgah National Forest, NC We discuss finding time to do something out of your routine, being outside, and reliving some of our fondest childhood memories.
April 9, 2021
Rest and Reflect Day 10: Honoring Your Mentors
You ever have someone you truly admired in your life currently living or have passed on? Today’s episode we talk about how we can honor our past and present mentors. How we can honor their teachings with our own reflection and actions.
March 24, 2021
Rest and Reflect Day 9: Your Most Authentic Self
When you are the best version of yourself, your most authentic self, what’s that like? Today’s episode we explore what it is like for me and why this is such an important exercise to do.
March 21, 2021
Rest and Reflect Day 8: Letting Go of One Thing
Before letting go, there is always a appreciation we should find in that one thing, before releasing it.
February 23, 2021
Reflect and Reset Day 7: Our Scars Tell Tales
Ever get a physical scar, then look at it several years later, able to recall everything you learned from that event? Today we talk about mental and physical scars, what we can learn from them, and why they are great resources to pull from when you need to remember what’s possible.
February 12, 2021
Reflect and Reset Day 6: A Story of Sorts
What is something in your life you really want deliver on? Once you have it, if you could make choices today that help you achieve the ideal state, how would you go about starting out trying to figure the next steps out? We think beyond the moment, jump in the time machine, and land in the future self with this reflection.
January 27, 2021
Reflect and Reset: Day 5 Youthful Lessons
Think back to a challenging time in your youth where you courage was tested. What happened from that moment? Did what you learned about courage stick with you, shape you, or change future self? Today we take a tour into my youth and how a courageous challenge I faced for two years shaped me forever.
January 19, 2021
Reflect and Reset Day 4: Childhood
Why can’t we bring our best activities as a child into adulthood? Who says we can’t relive some of our best childhood memories today? We explore how to give honor to those best memories, in today, in the present.
January 17, 2021
Reflect and Reset Day 3: The Last Week
Looking back at last week as a system before the start of the new week has some surprising value. In this episode we explore this through my share about last week, how I see value in it, then how I will do it differently for the coming week.
January 15, 2021
Reflect and Reset: Day 2 Attitude of Gratitude
You’ve probably at one time been grateful for something in your life. What about taking Day 1 R&R and doing the same thing, but reflecting for 15 minutes on ALL you can think of to be grateful for?
January 5, 2021
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
Reflect and Reset Day 1: Stream of Consciousness
Today’s R&R explores a 15 minute exercise that explores what is in your head. 15 minutes of just writing whatever comes into focus down either in analog mediums or digital.
January 3, 2021
Reflect and Reset: Day 0
I will be taking you on my journey of reflection. A 14 day reset as we move together into 2021. Exploring internal reflections, as we examine a different question with each day. Today is why a 14 day reflection and reset journey needs to happen.
January 2, 2021
Modern Meditation Types As I See Them
You ever been curious about meditation and mindfulness practices? What are they? What are the most common ones? What makes them different? I spend some time today sharing my experience with the different types as well as some tools to try if you want to start the practice yourself.
July 15, 2020
Trying to Understand
An update for you all. It has been a good long month and a half since I’ve posted. I’m trying to figure things out. Just want you to understand where my heads is at right now creatively. Where I hope to go and where I need to go. Thanks for listening!
June 15, 2020
What Has COVID-19 Done to Creativity?
Super excited to have a guest back again. Booker is back after my first 1-2-20 4 months ago with a lot of new advice and learns about creativity to share. We talk a lot about his experiences with innovation with local eateries and craft breweries. But, mostly this is about how creativity and innovation thanks to COVID-19 is something altogether different. It’s made us more creative then ever, because we have to be. Very inspirational and I hope you enjoy this episode. Some links to check out after the show: on his work with local craft breweries and for DIY ideas the porch rebuild is here If you’d like to keep some tabs, and I suggest you do, with Booker here’s his channel link
April 19, 2020
The Thread Connected to the Sweater: Finding Shared Identity
We’re learning in our current climate of forced isolation with ourselves or with others how much we actually have in common. Being open and listening to learn versus respond we can build something new. There won’t be a normal to go back to when this climate changes back, because we’ll be groups of people that have learned through a struggle. This is how I’ve learned to make the best of it!
April 10, 2020
Focus On Building Resilience
With each setback, reflect on what you have learned and simply begin again. We need to find a balance between our negative and positive thoughts. Resilience is the ability to adapt. It has never been more important than now.
March 23, 2020
1-2-20 Ep For Geeks By Geeks
Super excited about our guests of the month. Super awesome team with a really great bunch of learns to share about their craft and getting started at sharing their passions. Here’s their IG: Here’s their YouTube Channel:
February 20, 2020
Creating Your Best Possible Self
You’ve made it to the 32 day of 2020 for better or worse with your resolutions. Whether you’ve been consistent or not, we’ll talk about how to focus on optimism and a growth mindset to continue to to achieve your goals for 2020
February 2, 2020
1-2-20 is here! Welcome to the new monthly addition to The Well
1 guest, 2 questions, 20 minutes. I get to interview one of my favorite creators Booker on how he broke into vlogging, overcomes creative paralysis, and what his favorite YouTube posting to date is. You can sub-up with Booker here: or follow him on Twitter here: @Booker_Rezo! It was amazing to have him guest on the show! I learned some great incite creatively as I’m sure you will too. Enjoy!
January 17, 2020
Digging Deep to Plan Your 2020 Resolution
In this episode I share systems, tools, best practices, and my learns from researching the best of what was out there last year. To many times we take the last 30 seconds before midnight, pick a random resolution we thought up, and then expect it to just work. Truth is, it takes planning. It’s not to late to still set a great path to winning your resolutions this year!
January 5, 2020
Allow, Observe, and Release
Building a discipline in how we deal with interruptions in our day, be that they are good or bad, can make a huge difference. Create the breakthrough you want. It’s all a choice. We just need practice to remind us why.
November 18, 2019
In this world of distraction our bodies and minds are getting beat on from every direction. How can recuperation even get a chance? We’er so tired. I explore the challenge one of our listeners gave me on this very subject. Enjoy!
October 25, 2019
The Dip, The Wolf, and What’s Next
October’s podcast is a getting you up to speed of sorts. The main topics of the Dip and the Wolf we feed are great learns from this past week that I wanted to share. How to achieve and be more resilience in our journey to be our best selves.
October 15, 2019
Feedback Is Self-Development
We’re not always ready to embrace feedback proactively because of the emotions it can evoke. But, we need it to develop. In this cast I explore some techniques I’ve learned and had shared with me.
September 13, 2019
Creating Space
A little bit catching up, highlights of IBtP for August, a card from Holstee, and the main topic. We are at war with things that want our most valuable resource, our mind. This is about the art of creating space.
August 10, 2019
Attention Management Over Time Management
It is about the art of focus in getting the right things, at the right times, for the right reasons. Our minds are constantly battling to stay focused. Attention management is the new productivity tool to find mastery in. Just practicing time management isn’t enough.
July 21, 2019
Building Resiliency to Feedback
It’s hard to receive feedback. Especially when that feedback feels personal and very hard to hear. Having some simple strategies at ready can make a big difference in how you receive it and learn from it to grow.
July 7, 2019
Learned a couple Sanskrit words that made me really think differently when I use them as lenses for reflection. How do we sit better with who we are? We can start, by admitting who we are.
June 5, 2019
I explore some questions that struck me as profound during last week’s research for the cast and IBtP. Helps to take a moment to capture something that knocks you off center, write it down before you forget how it made you feel, and then come back to explore it later. I take you through my filters and my perspective on 4 questions I wrote down last week.
June 2, 2019
Bring Equilibrium to Passion
Today’s episode brings a audio compliment to “You All In Yet”. I unpack a little bit more behind some ways to find your passion, feed it, balance it, and how to keep it healthy.
May 26, 2019
What is Actually Important?
I explore trying to be aware of the pitfalls we face in giving urgent matters more attention than what’s really important through a couple Reflection questions.
May 5, 2019
What Character Are You?
What Character Are You? Another Holstee draw. This time I picked a question to explore that aligns with creativity as the theme. Ended up being a perfect card to talk through with Avengers: Endgame out this past weekend.
April 28, 2019
The Perfect Day
A dip into Holstee Reflection Cards, reflecting habits, and intention. Holstee Reflection Cards link: IBtP Post - Your Imperfections Are Your Best Skills link:
April 22, 2019
Two Questions
There is some perspective and a certain amount of intentional curiosity you need before striking off into the unknown on something new you want to master. These questions and some self reflection time can make sure the start is right.
March 15, 2019
Ep 6: Finding and Honoring Your Truth
We can go our entire lives with out ever finding it. Some have it and don't even realize it. When you do find your truth and honor it, it can be applied to anything you do creating an incredibly empowering energy.
February 28, 2019
Kondo-ing Your Mind
I spent all last week learning for you about some of the best techniques around that can help us declutter what's in our heads. Like our physical spaces we can apply Marie Konodo's theory to our mental spaces too.
February 21, 2019
GTTW Ep 4: First Peace, Then Space
We need to first find a way to be present and turn ourselves off from all the noise that surrounds us. Once we do that, we can figure out how to use our spaces with more intentionality.
February 14, 2019
Beyond When and Having a Coach
We need someone that can help us see the bigger picture and bring diversity of thought to our work/goals. Coaches do more than push us, give us device, and cheer us on. They can connect us to others that can be just what we need to go further.
February 10, 2019
Leveraging Motivators
Identifying a healthy balance and use of intrinsic/extrinsic motivators to overcome approach avoidance in your work.
January 16, 2019
Going To The Well: Episode 1 - Vision, Purpose, and My Main Thing
First episode I wanted to share the vision overall for this next platform for me. How this meets a very specific purpose as a podcast being my choice to reach a broader audience. Lastly, share how this is aligned to the main goal I've always had with a little share from a resent blog I wrote. Hope you like it!
January 9, 2019