Turn off the morning news and tune into an episode of The Morning Light Show for inspiration, insights & practices to free your spirit, open your heart and start your day off LIGHT and BRIGHT! 20-minutes-or-less monologues and dialogues focused on showing up and bringing out the best in others.
Because BUSY is a drug many of us are unconsciously addicted to, we choose to act on things that may or may not make a meaningful impact. We spend our time instead of investing it. During this season of going back to school and juggling a million and one things in the middle of a pandemic, it's too easy to get sucked into the swirl of it all and burn completely out. Today's episode invites you to pause, reflect and consider "is what I'm choosing to do right now an action or an impact?" Being deliberate with how we invest our time, energy and attention IS our competitive edge.
Last week someone gave me a beautiful compliment that brought tears to my eyes and resonated deep in my soul, all while reminding me of my Nanny and inspiring me to BE grace and grit for my daughters. Today's episode is about moving through life with grace and grit - through the joys, tears, triumphs and trials - finding our way to be both simple elegance and rugged determinism in pursuit of what our heart calls us towards. This is not an easy journey but it sure is a worthwhile one. This episode is dedicated to my grandmother Nanny who was the total embodiment of grace and grit and to my daughters Joy and Coral who I hope will choose grace and grit as they journey through life.
On today's episode, we have Dr. Benjamin Hardy who is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work and Personality Isn't Permanent.
His blogs have been read by over 100 million people and are featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. He is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today and from 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com.
He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando.
Step into your life with an EYES WIDE OPEN approach 👀. Yes, there will be things that you're not excited to see (extra rolls on your belly, too many digits on your debt, toxicity or codependence in a relationship etc). But there will be many good things to celebrate too🎉. If you remind yourself that everything in your life today is a result of your past thoughts and actions, you can move forward powerfully and CHOOSE new ways of SEEING 👓 , BELIEVING 🔮 and ACTING 👟into your desired future NOW. You are POWER-FULL. You are CREATIVE. Your future can look absolutely nothing like your present or past. Today's episode is an invitation to see your current reality with total awareness (and no judgement) and to open up to the divine wisdom and miracles that manifest when we immerse ourselves with eyes wide open in the present moment.
On the road to becoming who we choose to be, we often focus on what we have to start or do to get there, and rarely, if ever, consider what we have to give up along the way. Quitting things is absolutely part of winning at our futures. On today's episode, learn the four things to give up or change in order to create your desired future, and hear how I gave up my most treasured morning ritual to support the energy of becoming my future self.
Cold symptoms 10 days after a hospital visit with my daughter + a low grade fever had me get tested for COVID-19 early this week. The onset of the symptoms, and where my mind went after that was NOT a place I want to spend a lot of time (way worse than a dark alley in the middle of the night!). I was in and out of full-fledged fear over the course of the next 12-18 hours. BUT because I take excellent care of myself, my heart and my mind, I was able to bounce back (aka be psychologically flexible) and use my tools to be OK and find joy, laughter and peace in the now, even while being physically isolated from my daughters (& the rest of the world). On today's episode, I share ways to stay sane amidst the chaos and uncertainty (that doesn't feel like it's going away anytime soon), and make an excited announcement about the future of the podcast.
Without fail, when we stretch ourselves into new territory with a goal that's outside of our 'norm,' something will come along to try and stop you. Because we memorize ways of being and states of reality in every cell of our bodies through our actions and habits, when our chemistry gets 'off' as we push through new limits, our body says 'hold up, this ain't right.' And then as crazy as it sounds, something will happen to try and pull you back to the old, memorized way of being. This is called upper-limiting, and it's the brain's way of keeping you safe.
Last week, my daughter fell and got a concussion (which required an ER visit and overnight stay) the same week I was doing big work to promote my Freedom & FUNds group. Instead of letting it throw me completely off and going into 'damsel in distress' mode, I practiced self-care and compassion, clearing, inquiry and reflected on what I was learning from all of it. On today's episode, learn practices to keep on keeping on when it feels like you've been thrown off track.
How good are you at talking about the hard things? How comfortable are you with the discomfort of facing your pain and using it as your greatest teacher? With 12 years of expertise in psychology, Cherry Rose has guided thousands through the trenches of mental health. A fifth-generation entrepreneur, her superpower is helping leaders talk about the really hard things, so they can lead powerfully at home and at work. A mentor for the Inc. Founders Project, she coaches CEOs on emotional resilience and psychological safety.
As the CEO of #realtalk, the mental health movement for the tech industry, she is shedding a light on tech’s darkest secrets. With 70+ champions across North America, tech CEOs share their mental health stories on her Top 14 Business podcast on iTunes. A mental health authority, she has been featured in Forbes, Inc., and more. She teaches at the Schulich School of Business.
Today's guest Cherry Rose Tan is more than willing to work through pain to find the lessons that lead her to be the greatest version of herself. You will be inspired by her story, blown away by her insights and have a new relationship with your pain as your greatest source of healing after you listen to today's episode.
I've read countless books on creating wealth, attended numerous webinars, workshops and retreats, listened to podcasts etc etc etc yet I still couldn't get past my abundance blocks to generate the income and profit I choose for myself. With a new 'why' as I uncouple and build a new life to support my girls and I, I got uber-focused and deliberate in June to using new tools and manifested over $60K of unexpected income. While I've certainly not arrived, something clicked for me last month. In today's episode, I share the program and simple tools I used, teach you how to use them yourself (even without buying the program) and invite you to join my FB community for an upcoming abundance clearing LIVE and information about a 90 day wealth creation group I'm brewing up to help you change your money conversation!
Christie Marie Sheldon's Unltd Abundance Course
Have you ever taken one of those personality assessments? 📝 Perhaps the Myers-Briggs (ENFP baby!), Enneagram (I'm a 7) or Hogan (my personal go-to).
Have you heard the quote "The greatest predictor of the future is the past?"
🗣️ It doesn't have to be that way!
While they're helpful in telling us who we've been and who we are now, they're not supportive of us BECOMING who we choose to BE in the future (unless you use them as a springboard of awareness and have a willingness to CHANGE how you see yourself and get massively uncomfortable).
On today's episode, I share thoughts and insights from Benjamin Hardy's new book Personality Isn't Permanent and some tools and practices I've been using to create more from my future than the past.
If you're ready for sustained changed AND willing to get uncomfortable to create the life you desire, this episode will support your journey.
If you've been grappling with how to show up for yourself and others in recent weeks amongst the racial unrest in our country, this episode will bring you resources to lead well from within. On today's episode, Dr. Danny Friedland, a renowned doctor in the Evidence-Based Medicine movement, massive contributor to the Conscious Capitalism movement and fellow XCHANGE guide and dear friend, you'll learn how to mindfully manage the oscillations you're experiencing between reactivity and creativity, separate content and context to engage with awareness and the most profound question you can ask yourself to see if you're truly showing up to create sustained change.
You can find Dr. Danny Friedland at www.supersmarthealth.com
Now more than ever, it's critical for each of us to show up powerfully and take FULL responsibility for our energy because our frequency directly impacts how we give, love and serve in the world. On today's episode, musical sensation Jeremy Reisig (aka Brotha James) shares through our buoyant yet deep conversation and abundantly joyful music how to take charge of our energy, connect to our higher wisdom and inquire within to live in our highest vibration.
Rachel Drukenmiller was the #1 health promotion professional in the United States and a Director of Well-Being for a large consulting firm before starting her mission-driven business as a speaker and facilitator to help people get unmuted. Through her personal experience of singing in a gospel choir, studying abroad and advancing in her career so forcefully that she compromised her own well-being, she's learned the power of wellness AND using our voice to be the FULL expression of who we are in the world. On today's episode, learn why taking care of YOU and fully expressing your truth is the only way to live.
To learn more about Rachel, go to https://unmutedlife.com/.
I experienced a bug invasion in my studio that rocked my world this week. After denying it, resisting it, fighting it, getting pissed off at it, blaming my landlord about it, I came to a place of peace. Once I had let go of that lower energy to embrace a higher vibration, I found what I had been seeking - the SOURCE, the cause, the origin of the invasion - was easily found and eliminated.
On today's episode, I explore some questions: how might we fiercely find and re-connect to the SOURCE of all change to change it FOR GOOD? How might we quickly find the origin of the problem to delete it, destroy it and uncreate it so we can start fresh?
These are questions I've been asking myself on a micro and macro level to open to the infinite possibilities of healing available when we shine a light on what's not working patiently and compassionately and allow ourselves to be transformed to a more evolved self and world.
One day we will look back at this very moment in history and think to ourselves, "Wow! That was really hard." It's not easy to face the things that are not working as individuals or the collective. Over the last ten days, I've been getting very real with myself around my finances. At the same time the national racism protests flared up following the murder of George Floyd and brought to the light the truth about racism in our country - it is still alive. Oddly, I have noticed a striking similarity between these inner and outer world experiences. When I go into shame and blame around what I've done 'wrong' in my financial life, I contract and feel heavy and want to continue avoiding. The same thing happens with racism - if I choose to feel shame about my role in racism instead of shining the light to say, "yes, I see you and I'm willing to work with you" I stay in denial or guilt. If I choose to ask "What will it take to change this?" and then clear any blocks in the way (old stories, beliefs, thoughts), I have a renewed sense of energy, power and courage to face whatever is no longer working. On today's episode, learn the techniques I've been using to shine a light and release old stories that don't serve me, and perhaps find some release from the helplessness you've been feeling about the state of our country or any area of your life that's in shambles.
Before I knew the world would be put on a mandatory "time out," I chose to put myself on one to rest, heal and see what would emerge. Now I'm realizing that my inertia has gotten the best of me and it's time to record this show again, show up for people and share my own struggles and vulnerabilities as a reassurance that you're not in this alone, we all FEEL the plethora FEELS and we always have the choice to BE right here, right now, in this moment the FULLNESS that we already are. No need for outside validation. No need for compliments. No need for anything except your own beating heart and life-giving breath. On today's episode, I invite you into inquiry around your own inertia and the totality of possibility that can emerge when you get out of your own way.
Have you heard the quote, "If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten?" Yep. If I keep doing this podcast with the low level of energy I've been putting into it, nothing good will come of it. On today's episode, I'm announcing a pause of the show for my birthday month (Feb 25th if you want to send me a gift!) AND a super-fun challenge I'm leading in the FB group focused on fun, pleasure and bringing more energy to your life. Jump on over the my FB community to join and be on the lookout for the challenge to start Feb 1st.
Think of a time when you manifested something that you got really excited. Maybe it was meeting an idol, landing your dream job or encountering your soulmate. What can you notice or appreciate about how it happened? Who were you being in the process? How did you feel when it happened?
As I reflect on my own magical manifestations, I'm clearer about my own secret sauce for manifesting. On today's episodes, I share with you two successes and one failure in manifesting to teach you three future hacking practices to amp up your manifestation abilities.
If you were to give yourself a score, 1 to 5 (5 being exuberant, ecstatic joy and 1 being total doom and gloom), how would you rate your sense of inner aliveness, joy and pleasure right now? Inspired by my Mama Gena reading of late, I've shifted my life to put pleasure at the top of my to-do list, even though circumstance are not all sunshine, lollipops and roses around here, and there's still lots to do. No matter where you're starting, on today's episode, I invite you to turn up the pleasure dial in your day-to-day to not only enjoy life more, but to actually get more shit done!
Have you ever made a decision that wasn't logical but that you KNEW in your heart of hearts was right? Have you ever gotten a surprising sign from the Universe to let you know that you're on track? Have you ever overridden your heart with your head and later been disappointed? Today's episode is all about tuning into your divine wisdom. Learn how to trust your intuition, look for signs and track your decision-making abilities with one of the most tuned-in, badass goddesses I know, Julie Reisler.
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Nature is a great teacher that we're usually too busy to learn from. We've been trained to value production, getting shit checked off our list and doing things we may not love to make money, because irregardless of what's happening in nature, we're desperate to prove our worth. Today's episode is an invitation to consider three lessons we can learn from the dead of winter that will support our self-care and manifesting in 2020.
2020 Vision Tool
Video Explanation of Vision Tool
After doing a few transformational processes by my coach, Allana Pratt, I woke up over the weekend feeling a new level of embodiment of my goals. It was a strange feeling, but it felt right. I felt SURE that my goals were not only possible but DONE. It was like they moved deeper inside of me, and as I wrote about them, I felt called to pick up a book a friend recommended to me a few months ago. My first thought was, "Oh no. I'm not reading that one." But I allowed my intuition to win and I'm so glad I did. On today's episode, get the full story of how I came to realize that my pleasure IS the true source of my power and what they hell THAT has to do with achieving my goals.
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Think of a time when you felt fully alive, fully yourself and in your highest vibration. THAT is how you were born to feel more frequently than you are right now. On today's episode, learn the 5 elements of living a fully engaged life and receive an invitation to go deeper into your engagement for the month of January.
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Changing your viewpoint to see things in a more positive manner seems like such a productive, uplifting way to live. And it is in so many ways. It makes you more vibrant, pleasant to be around and resilient. But it also shortchanges your chance to just FEEL what you FEEL with no judgement, label or need to be different. As Kristin Neff says, PAIN + RESISTANCE = SUFFERING. If you take away resistance to unpleasant feelings, you drastically reduce suffering. On today's episode, learn how reframing can actually be harmful and hear how sitting in the fire of our dissatisfaction can lead to our greatest transformation.
Instead of reflecting on your year, celebrating your wins and thinking about what you need to let go of as you move into a new year, you've likely rushed into thinking about what you want to create in 2020. On today's show, I encourage you to slow down and reflect to close out your year (in 60 minutes or less) and how to speak your 2020 dreams into existence with one simple word.
"Love is a mirror, it reflects only your essence, if you have the courage to look in its face." -Rumi
This 'most wonderful time of year' is full of frenetic, consumeristic, rushing, busy energy that drains our souls and leads us to wonder why we're not feeling so wonderful. In this time of forced giving and getting, offering yourself the gift of self-love will not only help you to feel fulfilled, warm and connected inside, it will lead you to many outer gifts that were previously unavailable when you left yourself behind.
On today's episode, I invite you into the next challenge I'll be leading in my Facebook community (The Morning Light Show) and introduce to you your first self-love practice, Louise Hay's mirror work. We'll be following the book Life Loves You together here and in the community so stay tuned in and get ready for a self-love fest that will truly help you see yourself as THE greatest gift.
In Episode 249, you learned how the amygdala processes the familiar / unfamiliar, the 'why' behind the internal and external factors of creating sustained change and exactly how to drastically change your personal reality through the power of up-leveling your baseline. On today's episode, dig more into the how behind this scientific process, get clear on your Top 10 goals and be prepared for a BONUS guided meditation to put the vibrational upleveling into practice.
Do you feel like you're settling for something less than you desire or deserve in one or more areas of your life? Is there's something that you've always really, really wanted, but didn't know how to create it? On today's episode, learn how the amygdala works (it's not the fear-based, fight or flight enemy you think), the internal and external factors of creating sustained change and exactly how to drastically change your personal reality through the power of up-leveling your baseline.
To maximize the possibility of living in full alignment with our most abundance selves, it's imperative to consider both the inner and outer worlds from which we create. Our guest today, JV Crum III, is the author of the book and podcast host of the show Conscious Millionaire. His passion is helping people with 6-figure businesses to amp up their incomes and unleash their full potential by creating the perfect balance between intuitive flow and solid strategy. On today's show, he will teach us what it takes to master the millionaire inner zone and how to create synchronicity on purpose.
About JV Crum III
Are you an entrepreneur on a mission to make an impact and build a highly profitable business? Stay tuned! Named by Inc Magazine as one of the Top 13 Business Shows, JV Crum III hosts the Conscious Millionaire Podcast and Radio Network with over 12 Million Listeners and over 2,000 episodes heard in 190 countries. JV is a #1 best-selling author, speaker, mindset and strategy coach, and serial-entrepreneur who made his First Million at age 25. Help me welcome, JV Crum III…
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'Tis the season of giving, so much so that we forget there's a receiving element to the equation that's a necessary part of the flow. My kids have no problem with this. They gladly receive (barely saying thank you) and certainly don't offer any apologetic justifications for their receptivity. On today's episode, learn how to receive anything from a compliment to unexpected money more fluidly and practice the magic of being grateful AHEAD of your dreams coming true.
Clear Intentions + Elevated Energy = The Future Your Desire
Being super aware of your personal vibration as I spoke about in the last episode is the first step in creating the future you desire. You can measure your personal vibration with a HRV (heart rate variability) monitor to get a clear picture of how you're doing, but if that's not available, you can breath deeply in and out of your heart space and feel the calmness come over you as you get into coherence. Another option, is to deliberately practice gratitude because when we appreciate, we feel whole and when we feel whole we want for nothing, and as ironic as it sounds, when we want for nothing, we have everything available to us. From this elevated energy, when you send out the signal of a clear intention, the Universe can deliver is the quickest and most unexpected way possible.
You personal vibration is the combination of your thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviors that literally creates a field of energy around your body. Your current life circumstances are what they are because they align with your current vibration level. If you want to create (and sustain) a new reality for yourself, you have to uplevel your vibration, shift your baseline and align with the level of energy of whatever it is you want to create. On today's episode, learn about my biggest takeaways about personal vibration from my recent experience at the Heartmath Institute's Global Coherence Conference and a Joe Dispenza keynote.
Heartmath HRV Monitor
Today's guest, Mo McKenna, has an incredible energy, passion and desire to learn. Her journey in the corporate world and watching people be laid off in a non-caring way led her to learn about Organizational Development and the Appreciative Inquiry method over 20 years ago. Today she helps organizational climates be renewed through relationships and conversations. In other words, she helps people be more human (and productive) at work. On today's episode, learn how to get a Return on Energy v. Return on Investment, to focus on the climate of your organization so people flourish and shift from a knowing to growing culture.
HBR article on the Loneliness Epidemic by Vivek Murthy
Vivek Hallegere Murthy is an American physician and was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Murthy, who founded the nonprofit Doctors for America, succeeded Boris Lushniak, who had been Acting Surgeon General 2014 to 2017. Source: Wikipedia
Dee Hock, founder of VISA international article on The Nature and Creation of Chaordic Organizations.
The Nature and Creation of Chaordic Organizations. (2018, February 1)
The article will explore the following questions:
Poised as we are on the knife’s edge between socio-environmental disaster and a liveable future, one question cuts to the core of our future: Will the result be chaos and the even more repressive and dictatorial regimes so often arising from chaotic conditions? Or will we emerge from the eggshell of our Industrial Age institutions into a new world of profound, constructive organizational change?The answer lies in the very concept of organization and in the beliefs and values of individuals.
Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain High Quality Connections at Work
Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement.
"When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start," argues author Dov Seidman. "You start to reflect, you start to rethink your assumptions, to reimagine what is possible, and reconnect with your most deeply held beliefs.” from Thanks for Being Late: An Optimists Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman
When was the last time you followed your gut? Where did it lead you? You may understand what it means to follow your intuition, yet not know how to do that by choice and not just by chance. On today's episode, explore the four types of intuition as laid out in the book Heart Intelligence and learn how to tap into your intuitive nature intentionally.
Two Minute Quick Coherence
XChange Facilitation Method
What do you really, really want? That was a question I opened many coaching conversations with in the past, and every time I would ask it, I would notice people's eyes turning up, which means they're engaging they're pre-frontal cortex (right behind the brow) in actual thinking v. default mode auto-pilot.
It's time to get off of auto-pilot and be deliberate about what you want to create in your life. When you focus on your dreams in combination with your 30-day gratitude practice (which starts tomorrow, join the party!), you have the magic formula of creation covered - clear intentions + elevated energy = manifestation / magical co-creation with the Universe.
On today's show, learn 2 simple vision practices to engage in as we start the month of gratitude.
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Life is messy and imperfect, and on top of that, you're too busy to take time for yourself to participate in something that may actually heal your life.
What if I offered you a practice that will take you less than 20 minutes a day (15 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes right before bed) and will completely transform your life? Would you be IN?
On today's episode, I introduce 3 steps to focus your energy and attention on gratitude for the month of November. It's Thanksgiving month and time to truly GIVE thanks so that we can RECEIVE the fully abundant life we deserve.
Past Episodes on Gratitude:
Episode 3 - Gratitude: A Simple Practice to Shift Negativity
Episode 22 - Gratitude 3.0 - From Thank You to Being Blessed
Episode 71 - The One Thing to Be Really Grateful For
Episode 72 - Are You Grateful for Abundance
Episode 73 - Being Grateful for Your Job (Even if You Hate It)
Episode 74 - Being Grateful for Your Family
Episode 75 - Can You Be Grateful for the Bad Stuff?
Episode 137 - How Gratitude Inspires Others (And An Embarrassing Fact About My Practice)
Today's episode is an opportunity to check in on your physical well-being. Here are some questions for you:
How at home are you feeling in your body?
How well are you nourishing yourself with life-giving foods?
How are you doing with movement and exercise?
Sherry is passionate about helping women put themselves FIRST, making their health a non-negotiable, so that they can be the best versions of themselves for the people they love.
Your Health is A Non-Negotiable Book
Most people think that trainings and conferences have to be serious, jam-packed and buttoned up for there to be learning; however, the XChange training I attended last week and the facilitation methodology I use totally debunk that myth. On today's episode, learn how to incorporate play into your work and life to feel more fully alive and to learn in the most engaging and impactful way.
This week, I'm attending another round of XChange training in Cleveland learning, teaching and enjoying my high vibe tribe. On today's episode, learn the last 2 steps of the XChange cycle that I use to facilitate retreats, masterminds and large corporate summits that can be applied to you as an individual or with your team to create sustained change.
This week, I'm attending another round of XChange training in Cleveland learning, teaching and enjoying my high vibe tribe. On today's episode, learn the first 3 steps of the XChange cycle that I use to facilitate retreats, masterminds and large corporate summits that can be applied to you as an individual or with your team to create sustained change.
Video of the 5 I Cycle
How good are you at listening to your empowering inner voice and taking action on the guidance you receive WITHOUT letting your inner critic get in the way? If you still haven't mastered that (I'm certainly still a work in progress), you'll love today's episode with Loud Blonde Kelly Cochran. We talk about getting out of the land of should, listening to your inner guidance and taking ACTION towards your big dreams on today's episode. Get ready for a double dose of loud mouth high energy that was so contagious it got me right into action after we recorded it!
If you're feeling a sense of uneasiness, uncertainty or downright despair in one ore more areas of your life, it's time to go within to ask yourself some questions about what's really going on inside of you. While you learn a lot from life experience, you learn even more by reflecting on those life experiences. On today's episode, hear twelve essential questions to ask yourself to propel you forward and align you more with your highest future.
Article About Otto Scharmer's Book Theory U
Twelve Reflection Questions
Have you ever wanted to make a change, but had no idea where to start? Cheri Honeycutt of Life by Design, is a life designer who invites you to shift your environment when you don't know where else to start. As a student of feng shui and Enneagram, and a master coach, Cheri encourages constant listening and tuning in to what you desire and how our space reflects that (or not). Plus, she's incredibly funny and has a good metaphor for almost every life dilemma that will help you see the overly complicated through simple stories and visuals. Tune in today for a fun conversation that invites you to make subtle shifts to see big results in your life.
Link to all of my podcasts: https://www.cherihoneycutt.com/podcast
Podcast about shifting one area of your life!: https://www.cherihoneycutt.com/post/want-to-change-your-life-overnight
Podcast about living on default: https://www.cherihoneycutt.com/post/stop-living-by-default
My friend Barbara Leahy introduced me to a new word that she knew would spark this episode! Are you ready for it?
LIMINALITY - the in between moments, the space between the inciting incident and the protagonist's resolution. It is often a period of discomfort, of waiting, and of transformation. A place where your old habits, beliefs and even personal identity disintegrates.
This space is a metamorphosis; a moment in time when you know the person you were before and after would be completely different, much in the same way that a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Perhaps this has happened when you were between jobs, on a weight loss journey, struggling in a relationship, or after losing a loved one.
On today's show, hear my two cents on how to move through these times of uneasiness and discomfort to become the YOU you're meant to be.
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorry; it empties today of its strength." -Corrie Ten Boom
After receiving guidance from my angel card deck that 'there's nothing to worry about' on today's episode, I to share with you the same message AND tell you about how my grandfathers have been guiding me of late.
Angel Card Deck
As humans, we all have an ego. Wayne Dyer said the E.G.O. stood for Edging God Out. Matt Kahn says the ego is the result of an overstimulated nervous system. Whatever you believe it to be, it is not who you are at your core. It shows up fiercely to falsely inflate your sense of worth, and just as quickly to squash you into a small victim mindset. How confusing is that? On today's episode, we unpack the ego and talk about how to soothe it when it gets the best of you.
We're taught from early on that the most valuable wisdom we can seek comes from outside of us. We listen to our school teachers, parents and other 'experts' who know better than we do because they're older or more educated. Even when we awaken to our own consciousness and learn about our innate power to create a life in alignment with our truest nature, we often times get overly-outward focused. On today' episode, learn how to hear your own internal wisdom and get tips on how to tune back in to the truth of your soul.
The Millionaire Mindcast - Plant Medicine, Wealth Building and Unlocking Your True Hueman Potential | Rhonda Smith
Mary Oliver - Moments poem
It's easy to stand back, observe someone else's life and say, "Ah, easy. They should do this or that." When we think that way, or even worse, when we give people advice based on this thinking, we shortchange the opportunity to truly hold space and connect with one another. On today's episode, learn how to solve (or simply hold space for) your own problems (not others) through a new lens and to re-prioritize what's important to you.
Wheel of Life
As humans, we want to know that we can be fully ourselves and be fully loved and accepted. It seems so simple, yet is rarely experienced. Fully ourselves means flawed, fucked up, happy, sad, fun, boring, naughty, nice, loud, quiet - all of the above. Fully loved means, "I love you because and in spite of it ALL." On today's episode, learn how to re-love yourself and let go of the good opinions / lack of love from other people so you can heal and be whole again.
You are meant to feel alive, fulfilled and joyful, yet those sensations tend to be the exception and not the rule when it comes to living. Being a victim is so engrained in us that when we feel good we actually think that something must be wrong. On today's episode, hear the difference between being a victim and creator of your life and learn practices to shift into fully living and creating the life you're meant to live.
You spend most of your life on autopilot, living out the routines and thought patterns of yesterday and keeping your brain happy living in the past. While that keeps you comfortable, it won't lead you to the extraordinary aliveness that you crave. On today's show, learn how you can shift your memorized states of being to call your energy back and expand what's possible in your life.
This week I was with teams within in organization leading them in a mastermind format to create shared purpose, share stories of team members LIVING the company values, write gratitude notes to colleagues who inspire them, check in on the goals they set last time we were together (May) and celebrate wins and set new goals.
BUT FIRST, to ensure we were at our best, I led them through a heart meditation that ended up being their favorite part of our time together. This practice is equally as beneficial for you as an individual as it is for a group of people coming together, and can take as little as 2 minutes. On today's show, I share why having out heart and brain in coherence is our ideal state and lead you through a meditation you can use for yourself of with groups.
Appreciation / Frustration and Heart Coherence
2 Minute Quick Coherence Technique
I love my Starbuck's iced coconut milk lattes and yesterday's treat delivered a bonus lesson about PAYING ATTENTION in the present moment and ASKING for what you want. On today's show, wisdom from a Starbuck's lid, and an invitation to tune into the life lessons that surround you.
On today's episode with badass intimacy expert Allana Pratt, learn how to stop looking for the ONE and BECOME the ONE in your own life. Take yourself by the hand, embody truth and be courageous and bold to live the life that's aligned with your highest purpose.
Intimacy Expert, Allana Pratt is a global media personality who awakens open-hearted, unapologetic living after heartbreak. Her vulnerability and courage landed her a featured weekly column on the GoodMenProject, featured as an Icon of Influence, and as Guest Expert on Huffington Post, People Magazine, Forbes, The Jenny McCarthy Show among other national media. This Ivy League grad is the Author of 4 top selling books, has interviewed Whoopi Goldberg, Alanis Morissette and Dr. Bernie Seigel and Hosts the edgy Podcast “Intimate Conversations” where listeners learn how to find the relationship they deserve. A certified coach, Allana was asked by Leeza Gibbons to coach her during Dancing with the Stars. With over 4.5 million viewers on YouTube, Allana is the go-to authority when struggling to trust again after heartbreak. She offers private coaching and retreats to support her clients have thriving intimate relationships with themselves first, which naturally attracts their ideal partnership
Even when you're at your lowest low, you can manifest something incredibly beautiful and life-changing. This is a benevolent Universe and today's story of surrender about my client Sarah meeting a special soul when she was in a slump will forever change the way you think about how much you're loved!
What if you so deeply trusted that the Universe has your back and is orchestrating the perfect series of events for your life to unfold exactly as it should? Well, that's exactly what's happening, yet we mostly don't trust that. Instead, we judge what's showing up and condemn ourselves for fucking it all up. On today's episode, I share lessons learned from Michael Singer's book The Surrender Experiment and invite you to shift your perspective to see that everything is happening FOR you and your most benevolent unfolding.
The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer
I recently listened to Neale Donald Walsh's book Conversations with God Book 4: Awaken the Species and gained insight and wisdom into how to live more in alignment with our souls. When you can tune into a deeper truth that's seeking to emerge in your life, and align with your highest calling, your soul feels fulfilled on its journey of awakening. On today's show, I share the 5 practices and ways of being that assist the awakening process and a handful of questions the author recommends to ask yourself when you're feeling incongruent.
Neale Donald Walsh's "Magic Inquiry:"
And what does this have to do with the agenda of my soul?
4 Fundamental Questions of Life
Who am I?
Where am I?
Why am I where I am?
What do I intend to do with that?
Kelly's mission is to positively impact the lives of women by providing the tools and knowledge to think and respond differently, reduce suffering and increase joy, and become their true authentic self. On today's episode, we talk about shifting your mindset and energy and making time for YOU to become the YOU you're meant to be in this life.
Learn more about Kelly Resendez @ bigvoicesrise.com
I know you! I feel you!
You FEEL your own and other's emotions deeply. While it is the superpower of all superpowers to have this level of psychic intuitiveness, it can also take you to places of great discomfort all because you choose to sometimes take responsibility for emotions and thoughts that have nothing to do with you. On today's episode, I offer insights and practices to help you manage the ups and downs taking on other people's shit.
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman
On today's episode, explore how you can feel more alive in your own life and spread the good energy of that to others!
What makes you happy? This was the question my client was recently asked that she felt like she couldn't answer. How about you? Can you answer that question? And take it a step further, are you truly happy in your life right now? On today's episode, learn how to attract more magic and prime your brain with joyful anticipation without getting caught up in expectations and disappointment.
Now more than ever in this noisy, confused world, people want to feel seen, heard and validated. If you're interested in creating deep, meaningful connections with others, there are a few practices you can use to master holding space for others. On today's episode, learn how you can make people feel fully loved and accepted in your presence.
Have you ever heard the quote, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans?" Sometimes unexpected things happen on our path - we have a eureka moment, a loved one dies, we get a scary diagnosis, we definitively realize we're in the wrong job - and we have a choice as to how we respond. On today's episode, learn how to move through difficult times and lessons in the most awake, aware, conscious way possible.
On today's episode, guest Jesse Harless shares his passion to disrupt the addiction and recovery space, discusses how we're all addicted to something (and what we can do about it) and gives us ideas for new healthy 'addictions' we can use to replace our bad ones.
Because we're human, we're emotional creatures, and sometimes those emotions get the best of us. On today's episode, learn 3 simple practices to diffuse difficult emotions as they arise so you don't go down a rabbit hole of negativity.
Letting Go by David Hawkins
When's the last time you or someone you know complained about "corporate America?" It's as if there's a corporate identity that we're all sick and tired of, yet we're mired in the problem, and waiting on the business owners and leaders to come up with the solution. As a result, organizations define their values, determine their why and spend billions on leadership development, combatting the problem with the same thinking that led us here. There is a better way based on Quantum Mechanics, and on today's show, I (attempt to) go Quantum again to talk about how each of us can contribute to re-shaping the corporate America we've love to hate.
"Confusion is our salvation. For the confused, there is still hope. Hang on to your confusion. In the end it is your best friend, your best defense against the dealthliness of others' answers, against being raped by their ideas. If you are confused, you are still free." Dr. David R Hawkins, Letting Go
You long for clarity, certainty, a path forward that gives you relief from your confusion. Yet as soon as you get there, there's something else to confuse you, propel your growth, open you to new possibilities. Instead of resisting confusion and demanding clarity, what if your best path forward is to practice acceptance of whatever is right now? On today's episode, we explore some of those practices and help you find peace on your journey to clarity.
What do you want to break free from? What thought, story, situation, relationship is holding you back? I know that you can feel it, yet the fear of loss is greater than the potential gain on the other side. On today's episode, I invite you to reflect on the gift of freedom and how freeing yourself from your past story will propel you into the bright future that you're seeking and that's seeking you.
Are you trying to do everything in your business (and life) to the point where you have no energy to do what you love and what you're best at? On today's show, learn how to harness the power of 'who not how' to build a business and life around what you do best.
Do you remember the old model of the atom that showed a nucleus surrounded by concentric rings with dots representing the protons, neutrons and electrons? It was so precise and suited our need for absolute certainty in how this physical world is constructed. The problem is, that's not actually what's happening inside an atom. Instead, an atom is a cloud of energy, vibration and uncertainty. Electrons disappear when no one is observing them, and there are vast spaces of potentiality in terms of where the wave can collapse into a particle. On today's episode, learn how these factors play a huge role in creating a life that we love and how you can focus more on the unified field where everything is connected to accelerate your progress towards the life you love.
Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza
In my morning quiet time, I was drawn to read from one of my favorite books, Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza, and was reminded of how we can create more of what we desire. There's a physical element to creating what we want but there's also a quantum elements that's way more powerful. On today's episode, I dive into a light, easy-to-understand description of how to move from creating from the five sensory world to creating from the 5th dimension of no time and space. And this is only the beginning of my attempt to get all quantum up in here on The Morning Light Show.
When there's chaos, confusion, discontent and uncertainty in your outer world, when you tune into your inner conversation it's often filled with fear, judgement, anxiety and angst. In the simplest of terms, you separate from yourself, and your inner critic takes over letting your true self have it. Instead of choosing this path, what if you decided to be your biggest ally, your best friend and work through whatever 'it' is that's causing so much grief? On today's episode, hear how loving your own heart is the most healing thing you can do for yourself to calm the outer chaos.
Matt Kahn Quotes
Do you ever feel like you're too much for people or that people might now understand your level of energy and zest for life? If so, today's episode is for YOU!
When you're at your best, you're unconsciously giving others (even the ones who think you're too much!) permission to step into their best. On today's episode, we talk about the Marianne Williamson quote "Our deepest fear..." and mirror neurons to explain why your flourishing is a selfless act of service.
Mirror Flourishing in Organizations article
Marianne Williamson quote
Are you the type of person who believes that there are no accidents and that everything affects everything else? Or are you the type of person who thinks that things are random and unrelated, no matter how 'coincidental' they are? After today's show about what's poppin' in my fish tank, you may no longer look at the seeming coincidences in your life as unrelated.
Cathy Christen is a spirited boss babe, serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, life + business strategist, and best-selling author dedicated to helping others live a life they love. She brings profound awareness to the extraordinary possibilities within everyone she meets, and provides business and personal coaching tools to help individuals and organizations elevate to their highest potential. She's a dear friend of mine and someone who always inspires and energizes me. On today's episode, hear more about her seven steps to live a life you love and get some practice steps to take to get clear about your why and get moving on your goals.
Book - Life As A Masterpiece
You're asked to set goals at work and perhaps even set goals for your life too. You use the SMART format, fill out the forms, yet why don't you achieve what you want to? It has to do with the state you're in when you set the goals. On today's episode, learn how I teach effective goal setting inside of organizations that gets people excited and makes their goals feel more possible than they ever have before.
Questions to Explore:
PURPOSE: What is it about being your best self at work and in life that gives you a deep sense of purpose, meaning or fulfillment?
STRENGTHS: Reflect on 2-3 moments of excellence from the last 12 months (or as far back as you want to go), times when you were at your very best and fully alive.
What happened? Share a story of two with me…
What did you bring to these moments?
What qualities have you seen show up, when you were at your best?
Are there any strengths that maybe you’ve never fully appreciated or are under-ultilized?
What strengths might you be able to better leverage moving forward
GRATITUDE: Reflect on the people, the opportunities, the gifts that are all around you…
What do you value and appreciate most about your life right now? Share as many things as you’d like….
What do you appreciate and value about yourself, your family, your community, your work?
FUTURE: Imagine...a year from now, you’ve not only lived your best life but you’ve done it in a way that gives you a sense of pride, meaning, fulfillment…
If you could wave a magic wand, and make 3 wishes come true in the next 12 months, what would happen?
As you reflect on your wishes, hopes and aspirations for the next year, which one matters most and why?
Imagine every single wish came true...describe how that feels?
FUTURE SELF: Imagine...you’ve not only surpassed your highest hopes for the next year, but you’ve evolved into the person you’ve always known you could be, your true self…
How would you like to see yourself evolving as a person in the next 12 months?
What are the qualities, values, ways of being...that your highest future is calling you to embody, to become, to fully live out?
In order to create the bright and beautiful future that you desire, you must practice the art of living it now. Last week when I facilitated the mastermind in Orlando, the pervasive theme with the group was the power of living into our future narrative. On today's episode, I recall a couple of powerful past visualizations that came true for me, and offer you ways to embody your future self to bring your future into your current reality.
Are you tired of hearing the same old 'rules and regulations' about writing your personal purpose statement and setting SMART goals? Have tried some of these methodologies, yet feel like you're still not where you want to be in your life? On today's episode with my coach, mentor and friend Jon Bergoff, you'll not only gain a new perspective on your why and your goals, you'll get practical ways to shift your thinking and re-define them in a way that facilitates your growth and creates more fulfillment in your day-to-day life.
Under Jon's leadership, the Flourishing Leadership Institute team has designed and facilitated whole-system change efforts through large group collaborative summits for organizations that include BMW, Fathom, Boeing Corporation, Vitamix Corporation, Fortec Medical, and Fairmount Santrol. Jon previously served as the head of sales for the direct sales team at Vitamix Corporation, where revenue grew by 400% in less than 4 years, as their team grew from 175 to over 600 members. His work in Appreciative Leadership, Emotionally Intelligent Negotiations, and Influence has brought him to Australia, Japan, the UK, and South America. Jon is in high demand, known for his authenticity and highly engaging style of creating powerful learning experiences for participants.
How often do you immediately assume that something or someone just "is what it is?" Our brains love to predict outcomes, and therefore naturally go to the certainty of coming to a conclusion v. staying open to the infinite possibilities that are available to us. On today's episode, hear a few fun stories of my own experience of jumping to conclusions and learn how to spend more time in awareness to create more of what you want in your life.
You're having conversations all day - both inside and outside your head. Are you making them worth having? Are they giving you and others life or sucking the life out of you? On today's episode, we continue the conversation about conversations and learn how to flip a problem to have a meaningful dialogue and what ratio of positive to negative interactions lead to toxic relationships at work and even divorce.
Conversations Worth Having
Today's guest, Gina Brelesky, is a fellow leadership expert and coach who is not only knowledgeable, but very passionate about resilience because of her own personal childhood story. Today we talk brain-based leadership and the courage to bounce back.
Rodney Makes a Friend Book
Have you ever had a conversation with someone that ruined your day? Have you ever had a conversation with someone that made your day brighter? On today's episode, learn about the four types of conversations from the book Conversations Worth Having by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres and see where you spend most of your time.
I interview Michael about his new book Changes: The Busy Professionals Guide to Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals and Mastering Adaptability, and he turns the tables and interviews me with his cool card deck.
When you look at your life and what you want to create, are you spending too much time looking at what's in the way? When your energy is focused on the boulder on your path between here and there, you will continually stop yourself from being the greatness of you and going for it; however, when you focus more energy and attention on what you want and act boldly, sometimes that boulder just blows up. On today's episode, learn how to make bolder decisions and leapfrog towards a life that you truly desire.
What would your life look like if you were wildly centered in enthusiasm and fully committed to being, do and having the life YOU choose for you? On today's episode, learn to embrace your full energy and zest, and create a new reality from the totality of possibility.
Is being a problem solver is a badge of honor you wear? Perhaps you tout it as a skill on your resume, and maybe you even love the idea of fixing broken people, places and things. What if there were an infinitely more expansive way to live your life, where you didn't feel so bogged down by problems and the past, and instead felt uplifted and empowered to create from the possibility of your brightest future? On today's show, compare notes on problem v. possibility thinking, see where you spend most of your time and learn to shift into creating from a much more expansive place.
What are you waiting to use or holding onto for dear life because you don't want to mess it up? After buying myself some new clothes last week, I realized I didn't want to wear them because I didn't want to 'mess them up.' How silly is that? This feels like the equivalent putting plastic on your sofa and having it stick annoyingly and uncomfortably to your legs every time you use it for the sake of preserving it. What are you trying to preserve that you should just use NOW? In today's episode, contemplate what you're putting off for future use and consider the implications of continuing to do that.
After facilitating my first official Appreciative Inquiry experience post-training, it's clearer than ever that we are officially in the Connection Economy. I first read about this concept in Seth Godin's book The Icarus Deception, which I highly recommend. We're tired of standard, conformity and same-old, same-old. We long for different, meaningful and engaging. On today's episode, learn how to bring more of the Connection Economy into your day-to-day interactions to BE your best and bring out the best in others.
Einstein said the most important question you can ask yourself is if this is a friendly or unfriendly universe. On today's episode, explore why loving yourself as a soul and being your own BFF is the beginning befriending the universe, engaging in meaningful, vibrant relationships and leading the life you love.
You were born believing in yourself and trusting that YOU know the way to BE you like nobody else. Over years of listening to all the trusted adults in your life, you likely got sideways on this, and may not even know what to believe or who you really are. On today's episode, get clear on why believing in yourself is the most important part of stepping into the fullness of who you are, and hear practices and tips for shifting your internal dialogue and amplifying self-belief.
The Summer School of You
When is the last time you felt like you could be FULLY you AND FULLY accepted? The journey of self-mastery can feel lonely at times, yet since you're wired for connection it's important to find and be with 'your people.' On today's episode, learn how to create space for belonging, find your tribe and open yourself to receive so you can feel nurtured and loved.
When you're interested in constant growth and evolution, life is a magical (and sometimes confusing) dance between BEING and BECOMING. On today's episode, learn how to be more like the Velveteen Rabbit and embrace being 'the weird one' to BECOME the greatest version of YOU.
You have a picture of who you are in your mind's eye and everything in your world aligns with whatever that picture is. If you want your world to be different, YOU have to be different. In today's episode, learn how to shift your inner dialogue, cultivate self-love and see yourself in new light as a way to create and lead the life you love.
It truly scares the shit out of me to share this episode. I'm more vulnerable than I ever have been before, totally cracked open as I share why now is the time for YOU (and I) to come out of hiding. On this journey of becoming, as Anais Nin says, the day comes when the risk to remain tight in a bud is more painful than the risk it takes to blossom. The world needs what you have to offer and this episode is your permission slip to come out from hiding.
Are you the type of person who lights up a room when you walk in or when you walk out? Just like flowers following the sun, we grow towards that which gives us life. On today's episode, learn about the Heliotropic Effect and how to be and receive the light to be more like the sun.
Jon Bergoff on JP Sear's Podcast
Have you ever had an experience, day, event, vacation, moment in time that moved you and resonated so deeply, that you were changed by it forever? This was my experience last week after being in a room of high-vibe people who are changing the world one conversation at a time. When you experience this, it can feel disappointing to go back to the 'real world' and re-integrate into your family and routine. On today's episode, learn how to reintegrate more smoothly and reinvigorate the good energy of what was into your day-to-day life to continue the good vibes of the experience.
Have you ever felt like a complete fraud, like someone is about to shine a big, bright light on your incompetence? If so, you've experienced imposter syndrome. On today's episode, I talk about my recent experience with imposter syndrome, share the 5 types of imposter syndrome and give you tips, tools and an empowering questions to ponder to get out of your own way and step into the greatness that you are.
Amy Cuddy's TED talk
Dr. Valerie Young Article
After spending a week with some of the most conscious, high-minded, wholehearted people I've ever met, I was reminded of the importance of who we surround ourselves with. You've probably heard you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with, but have you checked in with that lately to see if the people you're around are inspiring you or sucking the life out of you? If you're feeling less than good about the energy you're absorbing from your comrades, don't worry. On today's episode, you'll learn how you can choose your energy to align with who you want to be and attract the people who will lift you up and inspire you.
What if you spent 80% of your energy focusing on your strengths, what's working and what inspires you and only 20% on your weaknesses? What would you life look like if you committed to be, do and have what comes most naturally to you? On today's episode, explore more principles of appreciative inquiry and learn to apply them to your life to be the best you can be and to bring out the best in others.
When you're disengaged from work, you're disengaged from life. You spend the majority of your waking hours at work so when you're not doing work that's aligned with the call of your soul, you'll feel empty and 'flat' and long for something more. On today's episode, learn the 3 reasons why people start a business or take a role and tune into your inner wisdom to see if you're living your calling.
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In today's second conversation with leadership and employee experience expert Kevin Monroe, learn what to do if you don't like your job and hear about what he does for his morning routine that might surprise you.
Kevin Monroe is gifted as a compassionate connector, communicator, facilitator, growth guide, and trusted advisor. He operates at the intersection of faith, business, and purpose, and serves his clients by:
Working with leaders and CEOs (both one-on-one and in small group cohorts)
Developing teams as leaders and cultures
Helping companies embrace and express purpose
He's the host of the Higher Purpose podcast and is committed to helping organizations THRIVE by bringing out the best in people.
Get ready for a lively, meaningful conversation that was so fun I had to split it into 2 parts.
I am off to Cleveland next week to become a LEAF certified facilitator. As I was reading my prep articles, I got teary-eyed because the words resonated so much with me. On today's episode, I give you a brief overview of appreciative inquiry and offer a new perspective to 'solving problems' that's way more effective than our typical deficit-based thinking.
It's been one of those weeks around here - lots going on, feeling scattered and fully noticing the effects of pushing myself out of my comfort zone. On today's episode, learn some tips, tricks and practices that have helped me find clarity in the chaos.
Designing Your Life
This is my second ever interview with a dear friend and leadership expert Michael Detrich-Chastain. We're talking about his upcoming book Changes and giving you some tips, ideas and practices you can implement to reduce stress, accomplish goals and master adaptability.
Are you familiar with Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey?
You're likely familiar with the pattern of the Hero's Journey, even if you don't know you are, as it's the plot line of many beloved films: Star Wars, Tron, The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, to name a few. If you're curious, read more here.
Did you know that there's also a Heroine's Journey that's quite different from the male character's journey? The movie that best portrays this is The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy experiences a call to adventure that leads her back to the magic within her own heart.
While there are many differences between the Hero's and Heroine's journey, the key difference is that as women we mistakenly dis-identify with our feminine power and attempt to 'take on the world' and 'get shit done' with a more masculine way of being. (For more about balancing your masculine and feminine sides listen to podcast episodes 144-147). Though women may find outer success doing this, we won't feel complete or fulfilled until we fully embrace the power of our feminine nature.
Joseph Campbell said, "Women don’t need to make the journey. In the whole mythological journey, the woman is there. All she has to do is realize that she’s the place that people are trying to get to.”
Embracing your feminine magic, will lead you to create from a space of the totality of possibility, the place people are 'trying' so hard to get to. How does it get any better than that? What if you could use the principles of releasing and receiving to be, do and have everything you've ever wanted? What if you could use your intuition and fully know the energy of what you want to create and solely focus your energy there?
Welcoming my first ever guest to the show, Karen Briscoe! She is the creator of the 5 Minute Success concept. She regularly speaks on a national and local level on the best of 5 Minute Success. Further she is the host of the weekly 5 Minute Success podcast which has an amazing array of guests who achieve success at a high level in business and life. She has completed the John Maxwell Team Certification Program for Coaching, Speaking and Training. Karen is a frequent guest on other podcasts that focus on entrepreneurial, success and motivation, as well as real estate related topics. Further, she is a contributing author to real estate media outlets INMAN and Real Trends.
If there were no limitations, what would you like your life to look like? When you think about the 'goals' you want to achieve, what FEELING are you looking for as you strive for that? When you want your like to look different than it does now, you must get into the energy and frequency of what that FEELS like in order to bring like energy into your life, and get the results you're looking to achieve. On today's show, learn an activity to use to get clearer about the feeling behind your goals and bring more of it into your reality.
What would your like look like if you abolished all limited thinking? How would you feel if you busted through your limits or need to control everything into the expansive person that you are? When you limit yourself with a thought, story or belief that keeps you small, you miss out on the expansive opportunity that your life can be. On today's episode, learn how to tell if you're living in a limitation or in possibility and get some questions you can ask yourself to generate a new way of being in the world.
Resources & Questions:
Right Riches for You
-If there were no limitations, and you could do what you truly love to do, what would you choose?
-What kind of impact would you like to have in the world?
-What starting income would you like to have?
-What emotion or energetic feeling would you like your life to have?
-What else is possible here?
-What must you be, do, have, generate, or create that will allow you to show up as the greatest version of you?
What would be different in your life if you received everything with ease, joy and glory? Compliments, help, money, joy, love, growth etc etc etc. Imagine what that would look and feel like. We're immersed in a world of total and complete abundance, yet unwilling to receive the fullness of that and of who we are. Are you a willing receiver? Are you willing to receive more of whatever it takes for you to be the greatness of YOU? On today's episode, immerse yourself in the mindset of receiving and get clear about what else is possible for you.
Money Isn't the Problem, You Are
Busy is a drug that many people are addicted to. Are you? I've recently realized that with the newfound time in my schedule I'm suffering from withdrawals from the busy drug. Busy is a cheap drug and makes us feel valued, valuable and validated; however, when you look to your schedule and others needing you as a sign that you're worthy, what are you when you're not busy? On today's episode, hear more about my struggle and learn the insights I've gained from being in this space.
It sucks to be in the midst of a shame spiral, to be grappling with worthiness and self-doubt. We all go through it, but when we're in it, we feel so isolated and alone. In today's episode, I "tell all" about my recent shame spiral and grappling with self-doubt and offer you some strategies to move through them with more ease.
What do you feel when you're feeling stuck? How tolerant are you of the discomfort of not knowing what to do next or not knowing if what you're doing is 'the right thing.?' On today's episode, learn two simple practices to get you unstuck and feeling like the fullness of YOU again.
Book - Money Isn't the Problem, You Are
In an article about marketing, I recently read to BE AUTHENTIC & CONSISTENT. It seems so simple, yet in a world of comparing ourselves to others, seeing what everyone else is doing on social media and feeling the pressure to find our niche market, it can be THE most difficult thing. You're told to think about your brand and your story, but in the end you feel like a robotic, carbon-copied version of yourself or your business. On today's episode, hear about some of my favorite people who are authentic and consistent and be inspired to find your way to be more authentic and consistent.
How good are you at showing up for yourself?
How about for others?
You're likely better at one than the other, and on today's episode, you'll learn why both are important and how to be more mindful of showing up and being present during ordinary, tough and joyful moments.
Are you the kind of person who easily takes others' advice or do you do the opposite of whatever someone tells you to do (especially your parents : ) )? There is actually a scientific reason why other peoples advice feels so bad. On today's show, you'll learn why the brain hates advice, how you can avoid the temptation to give other people advice and what to do instead.
Do you look around to see what everyone else is doing on social media and feel 'green with envy?' Comparing yourself to others is one of the most harmful ways to sabotage your journey to self-mastery. In order to be your best self and inspire and empower others to be their best self, you must stop the comparison game. On today's episode, learn how to compare less and be yourself more, and get some simple tips and tricks for how to turn jealousy into fuel for your fire instead of accelerator for your shame.
Jay Shetty You Tube
On this journey to grow and be the best version of you, you're going to have to do things you don't feel like doing; however, sometimes you push yourself to doing things that are misaligned because you see someone else doing them and think that you should too. How do you know when something uncomfortable is truly worth enduring and will lead you to be who you want to be OR if you're just following someone else's path too closely? The answer to that question on today's show!
What are you willing to bust through any obstacle for? When you're committed and passionate about something, you're willing to do what it takes to create it. As Marcus Aurelius said, "Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." In today's episode, hear about some of the obstacles in my life, contemplate what's in your way that you're willing to push through and better understand why the obstacle IS the way.
Bob Goff Love Does
What distractions are getting in the way of you living your dreams? After reading a post on Facebook (one of my distractions, BTW) about dieting being a distraction for many women, I started thinking of all the things, both obvious and not, that were designed to keep us from achieving our dreams. In today's episode, identify your distractions and learn how to distinguish between something that's fun and something that's keeping you from being all you're meant to be.
Susan Hyatt's New Book Bare
After yesterday's episode, I realized there was so much more I could say about LUCK, so here you have it - Luck 2.0. In today's episode, learn the 3 simple practices you can implement today to become luckier.
Luck is In Your Control Article
The Science of Luck Article
Do you consider yourself a lucky person? Who is the luckiest person that you know? What makes them different from others? According to research by Richard Wiseman, luck is not something that you either have or don't have, it's something that you practice. On today's show, learn the four practices of lucky people and be inspired to change your fortune.
Richard Wiseman Research
If you don't know what you want, how can you create it? Often times, the first step in living intentionally is defining what we want for ourselves. This is not always an easy step considering you've likely been listening to others and comparing your journey way too much (blame social media); however, even more challenging than knowing what you want is being OK with the uncertainty that you have to be comfortable with in order to create a new future. You see, it's impossible to know how your desired future will manifest because you've never done it before, so whether you like it or not, uncertainty is part of this journey of conscious creation. On today's episode, get comfortable with the discomfort of going for what you want and doing things out of your comfort zone to create and lead the life you love.
Do you spend more of your time thinking about the past, living in the present or planning for the future? Chances are you're spending more time out of the present moment than in it; however, on the journey to be your best self, you also know that in order to create the future you desire, you absolutely must spend time intentionally visualizing and setting goals for it. In today's episode, learn how our brain interprets future events, why visualizing is important and why you also much be mindful and in the now if you want to harness your full manifestation powers.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein
Past and future are in the mind only - I am now. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I don't know about you, but I grew up believing that I could think (or learn) my way out of any situation. During that time, it was thought that IQ was THE most important factor in success, and while EQ research was emerging, it hadn't permeated the education system enough to impact my belief that the brain was the superior organ. This was not all bad because it led me to learn, stay curious and get a college degree (and then 2 Masters); however, as soon I couldn't actually think my way out of situations, I felt anxious and stuck. Then I learned about the role of EQ in our lives and about the connection between the brain and the heart. Now I know that there's no either/or when it comes to the head and the heart. When we leverage both, we harness the best we have to offer and can give that to others. In today's episode, explore the heart-brain connection and learn an easy way to be at your very best energy.
Quick Coherence Technique
Article: Accessing the Wisdom of the Heart
Have you ever heard the quote "If you're not growing, you're dying?" Well, truth is, we have phases of growth and death in our lives whether we like it or not, and chances are, you like one of those phases better than the other. For those of you who are achievers and hedonists, you love the excitement and energy of newness and expansion. For those of you who prefer to stay comfortable and are reluctant to change, you may be OK with the passivity of letting things go and deteriorate. Either way, in the self-help world, we get mixed messages about what's good and not good about both. After today's episode, you'll understand why you need expansion and contraction and hear how to best manage whichever phase you find yourself in.
Chris Cates album Passion & Purpose
On this journey of awakening and self-mastery, it can be confusing as to which 'truths' are actually true. In fact, many times, the teachings can directly conflict with each other. On today's episode, learn the difference between healthy striving v. perfectionism AND moving forward v. appreciating what is.
Healthy Striving v. Perfectionism Article
Matt Kahn video
Have you ever been a part of a team where you felt like you couldn't fully be yourself AND be accepted? If so, it's highly likely that you didn't have psychological safety, an environment where you feel safe to ask questions, express ideas, acknowledge mistakes, honor shortcomings and raise concerns. Because it requires vulnerability and flexibility, it is a more feminine than masculine dynamic. As a leader and a team member, it's your responsibility to foster an environment where people can thrive, and psychological safety is the foundation for that thriving. On today's episode, learn what it is, why it matters and how you can foster more of it on your teams.
Article: Create Your Own Psychological Safety at Work
Article: The Five Keys to a Successful Google Team
As an American woman, chances are you're some degree of a self-sufficient, independent, no-nonsense alpha female. There are exceptions to this, but they're just that, exceptions. With the overplay of masculine energy put into your work, sometimes that same energy follows you home and leads to a striving, stressful and unfavorable environment with your partner and kids. On today's episode, determine for yourself if you're bringing too much masculine energy to your home and learn four strategies to bring out more feminine energy to find peace, joy and harmony in your home life.
Do you feel emotions (both yours and others') deeply?
Do you find yourself taking on other peoples' feelings way to easily?
Do you need a lot of alone time to re-charge your batteries?
If so, you may be a sensitive soul. If you have feminine energy as your leading energy, you may be extra sensitive and intuitive. On today's episode, learn how to know if you're a sensitive soul, how to embrace it and how to protect yourself from energy vampires.
Dr. Judith Orloff
Are you feeling cranky, rigid, stuck in a rut or victimized by life? If so, you may need more PLAY in your life. As a child, PLAY was your natural state of being, growing and learning; however, as an over-scheduled, working, stressed-out adult, you may have forgotten to prioritize play in your life. When you make crafts, work a puzzle, read a book, paint a canvas, play a round of golf or take a swim in the lake you lose track of time, feel fully present and engage in carefree timelessness, which benefits your well-being WAY more than we give it credit for. After today's episode, you'll understand the importance of prioritizing play and doing things for the sake of enjoyment.
Kelly Clements website
Why Goofing Off Is Important
Regardless of your gender, you have both masculine and feminine energies inside of you. While one is likely your leading energy (very few people have an exact balance of both), finding harmony between the two creates well-being and wholeness. In today's episodes, decide what your leading energy is and get tips for how you can bring out the dormant masculine or feminine energy that longs to reveal itself.
How to Balance Masculine & Feminine Energies
Masculine & Feminine Energy Quiz
Ever since you were a kid you had a vision for who you aspired to be, not just in a sense of your occupation, but also related to the characteristics you wanted to exude. Are you being that person today? What aspirations do you have for your future? Often times, what inspires us can lead us to what we aspire to achieve and who we aspire to be. On today's episode, heard how inspiration fuels aspiration and gain clarity on who you want to be.
You've heard things like "The truth will set you free" and "Truth is beauty" all your life, but are you willing to take a U-turn if you know that the road you're currently on is not taking you to your place of TRUTH? In other words, how uncomfortable are you willing to get to stay aligned with your values? In today's episode, learn how the body knows if you've living truth or not, and hear about a recent painful experience I had with being duped.
Muscle Testing Article/Video
"The years wrinkle our skin, but the lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul." -Socrates
Are you inspiring others with your passion for life? Do you share infectious energy with others about the things you love? In today's episode, learn how to positively impact others with your energy and enthusiasm for life.
Who is someone when you're with them you literally feel your blood pressure drop? Where is a place where you find great peace effortlessly? Living peacefully gives others a giant dose of inspiration, and reminds us of who we truly are. Energy is contagious and the energy of peace makes us feel in touch with our true self and our Creator; it inspires us to be present and fully aligned with the here and now. On today's show, explore PEACE as a way of being, and get some ideas on how to practice more peace in your life so you can inspire others more.
Heart Coherence Meditation
When you hold the space presently and silently as someone speaks, they feel honored, cared for and heard. In this world full of loudness and distractions, there's nothing that fuels human connection more than the empathy of deep listening. In fact, when you make someone feel heard, they feel connected to the Source of all because deep listening emulates prayer. In today's episode, reflect on the good listeners in your life, be inspired to be a better listener and hear about the spiritual side of deep listening.
Empathy Video - Brene Brown
"Even after all this time, the Sun never looks at the Earth and says 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky." -Hafiz
God, Krishna, Atman, Allah, Universal Mind - whatever you want to call the Source of All That Is, supplies abundantly, and depending on your own level of generosity, you will either live abundantly or not. If you want to LIVE BIG, you have to GIVE BIG. In today's episode, learn how your generosity inspires others, and hear about a practice I've been engaged in for the last 5 months (that I'm really uncomfortable talking about!) that's helped me truly KNOW that generosity increases all good in life.
Are you actively practicing gratitude and sharing it with others? What you appreciate appreciates, and when you radiate the energy of gratitude, not only will others notice your 'radical humility,' they will feel good in your presence. On today's episode, go deeper with gratitude, learn how it inspires others and hear an embarrassing fact about my gratitude practice.
We can all agree that doing something kind for someone spreads positive energy and creates a ripple effect of kindness; however, there is one situation where it's actually harmful to 'be kind' and that is in conversations where we're avoiding the TRUTH because it's so uncomfortable. In today's episode, you're challenged with spreading kindness as much as possible by not only doing acts of service, but also by having tough conversations.
Clear is Kind by Brene Brown
29 Gifts by Cami Walker
"Leadership is communicating others' worth and potential so clearly that they're inspired to see it in themselves." -Steven Covey
That's one of the most inspiring quotes I've heard in awhile : ) What are you doing to communicate others' worth and potential to INSPIRE them to be at their best? We often think of inspiration coming from a thoughtful quote, a beautiful work of art or a jaw-dropping sunset, but have you thought about how YOU can be a well of inspiration for others? In today's episode, gain clarity on how you can be an inspiring leader and get introduced to the six ways to inspire others that we'll be talking about over the next 6 episodes.
When we're inspired we're living 'in-Spirit,' connected with the all-knowing, all-present Source that connects everything and everyone. From that inspired place, we create with effortless ease, notice uncanny synchronicities and feel the magic of being alive. In today's episode, learn a simple way to know if you're living an inspired life or not, and hear the six principles that are at the foundation of inspired living.
Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff
Inspiration by Wayne Dyer
Affirmation (from Wayne Dyer's inspiration):
"What I desire is on its way. It will arrive precisely on God's timetable, not on mine. Everything that I'm experiencing now is disguised as a problem, but I know that it's a blessing. What I desire is on its way, and it's coming to me in amounts even greater than I can imagine. This is my vision, and I'll hold on to it in a state of gratitude, no matter what."
Radical acceptance is the ultimate form of non-resistance. When we resist our circumstances and suffer because we long for things or people to be other than they are, we are miserable. Radical acceptance means loving whatever you're experiencing whether you like it out not. It also means accepting and forgiving other people and yourself when a mistake is made or a personality flaw gets in the way. In our final episode on Abundance Mindset, explore how to be more OK with the moment and suffer less from other people's and your own shortcomings.
Article on Radical Acceptance
The Work by Byron Katie
What does abundant love for yourself feel like? How about abundant love for others? You may find it easier to love others first, but if you don't start within, you're not only shortchanging yourself, you're shortchanging others because you can only give love to others to the extent you give it to yourself. Maybe you're willing to give love to others only if they give it to you. This tit-for-tat mentality will keep you from feeling and sharing the abundant flow of love that's always present. In today's episode, explore how to be more abundantly loving intrapersonally and interpersonally.
Quote from the Beginning of the Show:
“Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out”– Alan Cohen
How you come across to others aligns with either abundance or scarcity. If you're fully in the here & now, inspiring confidence in others and standing tall, you're aligned with abundance and thus inspiring abundance mindset in others. If you're giving your divided attention to people and tasks, creating doubt and slouching, you're not only not being your best self, but you also not bringing out the best in others. In today's episode, hear how you can communicate clear confidence and be an inspiring presence by giving your full attention to this moment, tuning into your highest frequency and having your best possible posture.
Amy Cuddy TED Talk
Presence by Amy Cuddy
What do you think of when you hear the term radical inclusivity? For me, it's opposite is the visual of the outsider kid sitting alone in the cafeteria while the other kids laugh and make fun of him. We are wired for survival, tribalism and separation, but we know in our heart of hearts that is NOT how we were intended to live. We are meant to be inclusive, abundant and connected, so when we are, we feel whole. In today's episode we explore the Burning Man principle of Radical Inclusivity, and talk about different ways we can be more radically inclusive in our lives.
Article: What I Learned From Being Radically Inclusive for 30 Days
The term 'abundance mindset' came from the Steven Covey book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, where Habit #4 is Create a Win-Win. Though this book has been widely read, and the concept of abundance mindset stands the test of time, scarcity mindset is still pervasive in our culture. Our advertising is based on scarcity. Sports competitions are based on scarcity. Our minds likely go first to scarcity even if we have a mostly abundant mindset. In today's episode, explore the definition of abundance mindset and learn some new strategies to cultivate it.
10 Steps to Develop And Abundance Mindset
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Habit 4 Explained
This 20 minute self-hypnosis/meditation will help you relax deeply and let go of stress, worry and anxiety. Listen to it in the morning when you first awaken and at night right before bed, every day for at least 30 days and see how it helps.
How do you start your day?
Do you immediately wake up and give your energy away to someone or something else (perhaps by diving straight into mommy duty or checking your email)?
Or do you take some time to connect with yourself and the Divine to more deliberately mold the clay?
For me, being an early riser and morning routine devotee helps me be my best and most productive self at work. In today's episode, I'll discuss how and why I started my morning ritual, explain the pieces and parts I incorporate and do best to convert you to a morning lover too.
After a recent bout of anxiety and some helpful therapy and practices to relieve and release it, I've realized that there is no limit to how much we can practice mindfulness and presence. Yet, no matter how much you practice, there will always be opportunities to bring your mind back into this moment. In today's episode, through my recent experience learn the essence of presence and how to practice it more naturally and easily.
Dr. Jim Colton
Dr. David Yeager
Being mindful of all the noise that comes your way at work, managing your schedule to work when you're at your best, choosing when and what to speak and learning to pause at the peak of overwhelment ARE your competitive advantages in the noise and busy-ness of work. Whether you're a quiet introvert or an out-loud extravert, in today's episode you'll learn how to use the power of silence to be at your best at work.
Every word you think and speak has power. Being mindful about what you say at the workplace, both silently and out loud, is more important now than ever. In today's episode, learn about the power words to praise and recognize others, how many words are enough and whether or not cursing is a good idea at the office.
There's someone you work with that you simply don't like. Just the thought of them irritates you and you could make quite the list of reasons why you just can't get along.
Most likely you are that person for someone else you work with, and you might not even know it. It's easy to complain about someone you don't like, but it's tough to be on the receiving end of that dislike.
On today's episode, learn four ways to improve your relationship with someone who doesn't like you at work, three of which require no interaction with the other person.
You are an emotional being somewhere on the scale between uber-sensitive and highly emotional (10) to insensitive and stoic (0), depending on your personality and your upbringing. What number are you on that scale? Guarding your emotions at work makes you seem robotic and demonstrates a lack of empathy; however, crying crocodile tears so much that you can't get your work done is equally as paralyzing. On today's episode, learn how much emotion is enough at work, and how to manage yourself (or help a fellow sensitive teammate) when you feel the emotions coming on stong.
You're likely working with or have worked with a slacker who doesn't pull their weight at work. This can be a painful and draining dilemma, and since fixing it likely requires a tough conversation, it may be something you or your boss don't want to confront. If pulling this person's weight is no longer an option and you see your boss isn't hep on fixing it either, today's episode will teach you what you need to stop and start doing to re-energize and engage a slacker on your team.
Are you the type of person who is PASSIONATE about your job or are you simply collecting a paycheck? Because everyone is different, you may be OK with not being happy at the place where you spend at least one third of your life, but for me, that's just not an option. Because of this, I am personally invested in the work I do, the clients I serve and the value I add to others' lives. While being personally invested means you get to do what you love and love what you do, it can lead you to put too much energy into this one area of your life and miss out on others. In today's episode, learn how to care deeply about your work without becoming a burnt-out workaholic.
As I transition from working part-time to full-time in my home office, I've been doing a lot of decluttering and tidying up. Marie Kondo and her Netflix show are partly to blame for this transition, which I am very grateful to have made. How does your office make you feel? How does your home make you feel? As Marie says, if it doesn't 'spark joy' you shouldn't keep it. I had a lot of items in my office that didn't spark joy, in fact, they sparked pure irritation. How about you? On today's episode, we talk about cleaning up, decluttering and picking the right items to add energy to your workspace and home.
In this final episode on building spiritual capital, learn how you as an individual team member or leader can practice and encourage compassion, diversity, field independence, asking why, reframing, spontaneity, a sense of vocation and humility to create deeper meaning, purpose and shared values in your work.
It's time to move from a corporate culture of fear to a culture of love; a culture of die-hard focus on profit to a heart-centered focus on people; a culture of competition to a culture of connection. This is the only way businesses will sustain and continue to thrive for years to come. No matter if you're an employee of a company or a leader, a solopreneur or a leader of your own enterprise, if you're not building Spiritual Intelligence and Capital as a foundation to your culture, you can shift your culture with the way you show up. In today's episode, learn the specific behaviors that people and organizations with a high spiritual intelligence practice.
People with a high spiritual intelligence have a sense that they are here to fulfill a greater purpose, to do something that makes the world a better place. How about you? Do you feel like you want to make a difference? Do you feel called upon to bless others in the same ways you've been blessed? In today's episode, we wrap up our series on building Spiritual Intelligence by talking about having a deep sense of vocation. Whether you get paid for your purpose or not doesn't matter; it's the tenacity and dedication to what you believe you're called to do at all costs that matters.
Are you happy to recognize that you are but one player in a larger drama?
If you make a mistake, can you admit it gracefully?
Do you think that your importance comes from something larger than yourself? That you owe your gifts to a deeper or higher source? (From Spiritual Capital)
If you answered 'yes' to any or all of those, you likely have a healthy sense of humility; however, don't take that too far because if you do, you'll forget your own worth and hide your innate and unique gifts and talents. In today's episode, learn how to balance humility and self-promotion and hear the story of the least humble boss I've worked for.
Harvard Review Story Level 5 Leadership
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream." -Paulo Coelho
The ability to take something 'bad' and turn it into your greatest blessing is the hallmark of a mature, spiritually awake, self-aware individual. What difficult things have you faced and overcome that built a fortitude of character that would have otherwise never happened? I'm sure you have more than one example. Today on the show, I share a couple of my most difficult moments and how they've shaped me and offer you tips on how to dig deep spiritually when things aren't going your way.
When 'bad' things happen to us in past, one of the most mature and healthy things we can do is reframe the situation. Ask yourself what you learned, how you grew and who you became as a result, and chances are, you'll see that the 'bad' thing that happened wasn't so bad at all. It's also a good idea to reframe how you're seeing the future because if you're like most people, you're likely carrying your past forward or playing out a worst case scenario. In today's episode, hear how to reframe your past, present and future in a way that uplifts and inspires you to feel hopeful and positive and to create a new perspective on your life.
As a child, you were naturally curious and didn't stop asking questions until you got the answer you were looking for. As you grew, you likely stopped asking so many questions because you learned that the adults in your life didn't like you as much when you did that. In today's episode, I encourage you to dig in and rediscover your natural curiosity and get to the bottom of why things are the way they are.
Last year I gave one of my coaching clients a magnet that says "Stand Your Ground. It's Sacred" to hang in her office as a reminder that it's OK to believe in and defend your own convictions. According to the book Spiritual Capital, standing our ground, also known as 'field independence' is having your own firm convictions that you live by, even if they isolate you or make you unpopular. In today's episode we'll explore how to stand your sacred ground without being left out on an island of isolation.
If you listen to this show, you're someone who appreciates different viewpoints, opinions and backgrounds; however, are you truly accepting of people who are different from you or are you simply tolerating them? And can you accept the people who are not accepting of diversity because that in and of itself is exclusive? In today's episode, learn what it truly means to celebrate and honor diversity and question your own ability to fully accept ALL.
Do you feel the feelings of others? Their pain? Their joy?
Can you empathize with the pain, suffering or anger of people who radically disagree with you, or who may even be a threat to you?
Compassion means 'feeling with' and we tend to be OK with that if it's someone we love or who is in an equal or lesser than life-circumstance than us. In today's episode, I challenge you to take your compassion to new depths by being radically tender and inclusive of even your most despised people.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
A rising tide lifts all ships.
Everything and everyone is connected.
We hear the term holistic in terms of our health, but have you thought about it in your own life or in your workplace?
In today's episode, learn how the interconnectedness of all things requires us to be more systems focused and become aware of the #1 quality of a person who is truly holistic in nature.
Knowing what matters most to you and inspiring the world with whatever that is is your highest form of being true to your purpose and calling. What gets you out of bed? What are you willing to fight to the end for? Freedom, justice, equality? Goodness, truth, beauty?
Knowing what your 3-5 values are helps you create a vision that not only inspires you, but inspires others as well. In today's episode, learn more about this 3rd characteristic of spiritually intelligence, start the process of identifying your values and creating your vision.
Spiritual Capital Book
Brene Brown Values
Dare to Lead Book
Article and Resources - Operationalize Your Values by Brene Brown
What do you think of when you think of being spontaneous? Are you comfortable with going with the flow or do you prefer to be planful? Being spontaneous means fully trusting yourself in the moment to know how to respond to whatever life gives you even if it doesn't go as expected. In today's episode, we talk about the 2nd principle of building spiritual capital and give you practices to build your 'on the fly' muscle.
Questions for Reflection from Spiritual Capital pg. 87
Do you follow your gut instinct, even if it means taking risks?
Do you allow yourself to be open and vulnerable with others?
Do you enjoy talking to and playing with young children?
Do you ever feel an ecstatic sense that the whole of reality or existence is present for you now, "in this moment?"
Do you feel that an underlying sense of direction or inner compass guides you?
As you embark on this journey to build your spiritual intelligence, you start where everyone else does - with self-awareness. Self-awareness is very different from being self-obsessed, egotistical or narcissistic. Instead, knowing yourself on a deeper level and constantly checking in to see how you're showing up is the most loving, service-oriented practice of all. In today's episode, learn the #1 practice of self-aware people and start building yours right in the episode.
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 book
Questions for Reflection (from Spiritual Capital, pg. 85)
Do you have much sense of an inner life?
At the end of the day, do you reflect on the day's events and experiences?
Do you have any sense of a deeper presence within you?
Are you comfortable with silence?
Can you confront uncomfortable truths about yourself?
If you listen to this show, there's a longing in you to see positive change in the world. In order to see that change, as Gandhi said, you have to BE that change. This requires you to spend time in quiet reflection, meditation, and prayer to contemplate who you are, how you show up in the world and the contribution you want to make. In today's episode, learn about the scale of motivations and consider what motivates you on a day-to-day basis and learn about the characteristics of people with high spiritual intelligence.
Article that includes Ian Marshall's Scale of Motivations
Much of your value and worth as a human was consciously and subconsciously attached to your IQ as a child. Because of that, as an adult, you continue with a limited belief about your inherent value based on how much material wealth you have and what degrees you've obtained.
These false idols have led you to live a shallow existence based on how much money you have in the bank and what kind of car you drive. Innately, however, we KNOW that we are SO much more than the material and intellectual aspects of ourselves.
There's a deeper way to measure our experience and spiritual intelligence and capital are attempts at helping us better understand how deeper meaning and values and higher motivations (like servant leadership and selfless service) are more aligned with the TRUTH of who we are as HUMAN BEINGS.
In today's episode, we will explore the concept of spiritual capital and discuss how shifting our focus here can improve and expand out life experience.
As I was reviewing 2018 this week by looking through my photos, I found a picture of a poem from the Dominique Wilkins statue that sits outside of State Farm Arena here in Atlanta called "Don't Quit" by Edgar Guest. It encourages you to stick with it even when times get tough because often we get our biggest trials right before our biggest successes. In today's episode, we talk about what's worth sticking with and what we should quit on the path to self-mastery.
Don't Quit by Edgar Guest
If you're a Type A personality, you may love the concept of self-control and feel completely comfortable with today's episode; however, if you're free-spirited and not a big fan of monotony, this episode may get under your skin. Either way, on the path of self-mastery, you must exhibit self-control and do things that you don't 'feel' like doing. In today's episode, learn spiritual and practical ways do what needs to be done even when you don't feel like it.
The 5 Second Rule
As you raise your glass, eat your New Year's greens and black-eyed peas and say 'Happy New Year' to friends, family and strangers alike, see that as an invitation to be happier than you've ever been in 2019. As cliche as it sounds, happiness IS a choice; an inside job, yet we rarely allow ourselves to choose to be authentically happy. As Mary Ann Williamson says in A Return to Love, "We need support and permission to feel our love, to feel our satisfaction and to feel our happiness." This is your permission slip. Feel it, radiate it and BE it as often as you can this year.
Does your family have quirky habits? You've probably got a love-hate relationship with them, but I'm certain there are one or two that may inspire others in some way. In today's episode, I share four quirky habits from my family that may just inspire you on this last day of 2018.
Once you have clarity on what your vision is for 2019, it's time to think of the habits, goals and rituals that support that vision. This ensures that you create goals that are meaningful and easier to achieve versus new year's resolutions that you give up on by January 30. In today's episode, learn how to write goals that mean something to you AND hear about the foundational element that all goals must rest on for them to come to pass.
Resources: FREE Vision Tool - https://www.firstleadyou.com/2019-vision-tool.html
The holidays are (mostly) behind us, and it's time to think about what you want to create in 2019. Before you blindly write your new year's resolutions, there's a great question to reflect on (that I've used recently with my coaching clients) to create a vision for your year ahead. In today's episode, hear the question to ask yourself before you start 2019 and learn a different way to approach resolutions and new habits in the new year.
It's a year from now and we're popping the cork to celebrate your year. What are we celebrating?
As you're wrapping up your year, have you reflected on what this year has been for you? For me, it's been a rollercoaster of high-highs and low-lows, and interestingly enough, the lowest points catapulted me into the highest ones. In today's episode, learn a quick & easy method to reflect on the year and hear the skinny on my lowest and highest moments of 2018.
What were your highest points in 2018 - the moments you felt most alive, connected and inspired?
What were your lowest points in 2018 - the moments you felt lost, afraid and alone?
What did you feel when you were at your best?
What did you learn from when you were not at your best?
Of all the lessons learned, what do you want to carry forward into 2019?