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027: Looking Back on Days Done with Bryan Falchuk

By on October 15, 2018


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As I come up to my 40th birthday, I thought it would be good to look back on the 26 episodes of the Do a Day Podcast and hit on the amazing guests I’ve had, some of the key messages they’ve shared, and talk about one Vegan day, my effort to use my 40th to help people try being Vegan for one day. It’s a way to use my milestone as a catalyst for others to have a milestone in their lives for their health and the health of the planet. Or just a way for everyone to prove to themselves that they can do anything for a day (obviously, that’s a key part of the Do a Day message)!

And it’s a great chance to give another special shout out to Wes Yee for the great music he created just for this show. Wes does amazing work, if you’re ever looking for a producer. Plus he’s a cool guy.

Key Ideas in the Episode with Bryan Falchuk

  • I kicked the show off sharing the story of Do a Day.
  • Charlie Gilkey shares about how being smart makes you strong.
  • Evan Ruggiero reminds us through his cancer batter that rising up even when half of your world vanishes is possible.
  • Amy Schuber taught us that you are the inspiration you seek.
  • Ryan Caligiuri shared his mantra that there are no set backs, only set ups for what’s next.
  • One of my favorite artists, MC YOGI, talked about how all things grow in darkness
  • Anne Sugar shared her battle with cancer as a way to see how you can trust your body even when it betrays you.
  • Chris Wirth hit on his message of never quitting on living the life you deserve.
  • David Ralph reminded us about the power in our lives if we connect the dots.
  • Claude Silver shared her story (for the first time) of why she is who she is today and how that’s showed her the importance of Heart in leadership.
  • Elizabeth McCourt talked about the empowerment we can take from building our own resilience.
  • Josh LaJaunie shared his story of overcoming extreme obesity–not just for himself, but for the world around him.
  • Michael Nulty talked about his multiple suicide attempts and how he found rebirth out of depression.
  • Mark Metry shared the importance of taking responsibility for your life and what you can achieve as a new person.
  • My good friend, Aaron Keith Hawkins, talked about how we need to have influence over ourselves if we want to influence anyone else.
  • Kelsey Abbott helped us Find Our Awesome through self-confidence and curiosity. She also gave me a quote I’ve used almost daily, “What you I say is about me. What you hear is about you.”
  • Dorie Clark reminds us of the important of perseverance and consistency if we want to achieve our greatest goals.
  • Sonya Looney, world female mountain bike endurance champion, was just awesome, but had a key message around vulnerability and honesty with ourselves. She also gave me another gem of an idea around being stuck. Rather than being negative about the feeling, she recognizes it’s a sign of something big being about to happen.
  • Tim Fargo talked about the humility and balance we can find in unexpected places like failure.
  • The amazing Dr. Jason Brooks shared the importance of being dedicated to finding your purpose and its transformative power on our lives.
  • Jen Arnold shared her story around food and her weight and how that inspired her to change how we look at wellness and knowing ourselves.
  • Lee Havern shared how he overcome depression and recognized the interconnectedness between mental and physical wellness.
  • Emmitt Muckles left us charged up and recognizing that prosperity has nothing to do with money.
  • Terri Levine, who lives in extreme, debilitating pain, showed how you can still find power and heart and use that to create something.
  • Leigh Martinuzzi talked about finding his hidden Why and what that can unlock.
  • The great Dick Vitale shared a power packed message of inspiration and making the choice to get up and move forward no matter what hits you, as he’s done throughout his life.

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026: Have a Goal Every Day & a Plan to Do It with Dick Vitale

By on October 9, 2018


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DICK VITALE ESPN COLLEGE BASKETBALL ANALYSTI had the pleasure to get to hear Dick Vitale give a motivational talk at a work event. I was blown away. And it wasn’t just the celebrity awe we were all in, but his message, his passion and the genuineness of his investment in being with all of us. You can see he just wanted to be there and have an impact. I knew as I listened that I had to have him on the show, and I’m so honored to bring this episode to you.
Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season — just after the network’s September 1979 launch — following a successful college and pro coaching career.  In 2008, Vitale received the sport’s ultimate honor when he was selected as an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (after being named a finalist in 2004, 2006 and 2007) as a contributor.Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever NCAA basketball game – Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979 (a 90-77 DePaul win).  Since then, he’s called close to a thousand games, including NBA contests for ESPN during the 1983 and ’84 seasons.Dick Vitale & Bryan FalchukBut Vitale’s talents and influence extend way, way beyond just game analyst.  He provides commentary on a variety of topics in his “Dick Vitale’s Fast Break” segment which airs Wednesday evenings during the college basketball season on SportsCenter, and serves as a college basketball analyst for ESPN Radio, including appearing each Monday on the “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show.  He has been a college basketball analyst for ABC Sports since 1988, and has also covered the NBA Finals and the 1992 Summer Olympics for ABC Radio.  His weekly ESPN.com column is one of the web site’s most popular features.“I’m living the American dream,” Vitale once said. “I learned from my mom and dad, who didn’t have a formal education, but had doctorates of love. They told me that if you gave 110 percent all the time, a lot of beautiful things will happen. I may not always be right, but no one can ever accuse me of not having a genuine love and passion for whatever I do. And ESPN has been grateful enough to recognize this.”And while his knowledge, preparation and enthusiasm are unparalleled, his “Vitale-isms” have unwittingly taken on a life of their own. Just a few of his many household phrases: “Awesome, Baby!,” “Get a TO, Baby!” (call a timeout), “PTP’er” (prime-time player), “M & M’er” (a mismatch), “Rolls Roycer” (a flat out superstar), “diaper dandy” (freshman star), “All-Windex Performer” (ferocious rebounder) and “Maalox time” (the final minutes of a close game). Vitale credits Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Simpson, who he teamed with in the early 80’s, in helping him develop his broadcast style.Vitale’s roots are in teaching the game he’s loved since a child. Vitale is also quite the philanthropist. He’s on the Board of Directors of The V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. For many years he’s awarded five scholarships annually to the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota (Fla.). Vitale’s also authored nine books, including one children’s title.

Key Points from the Interview with Dick Vitale

  • Wake up every day, have a plan and a goal. Know what you want to achieve that day and have a plan for how to achieve it.
  • Dick lost sight in one of his eyes as a kid. As a result, he got picked on a lot because his eye would wander. He realized at an early age a lesson that’s served him across the years. You have two choices. You can roll over and do nothing, or you can pick yourself up and move forward.
  • You can make excuses for the failure and let it grow, or you can say, “You know, I’m pretty good at what I do, and I can survive.”
  • That attitude is what let him recover from the greatest failure of his career, when he was fired as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, a dream job for him.
  • He has welcomed the attention and energy around him. When others question if it’s been tiring, he says he’s loved every moment of it. The people around him are who make him who he is.
  • Have pride and passion in pursuit of your goals and dreams, a lot of positive things will happen.
  • Be good to people and people will be good to you.

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025: Finding Your Hidden Why with Leigh Martinuzzi

By on October 2, 2018


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Leigh Martinuzzi is The Hidden Why Guy. He is an expert in lifestyle design although he would say that he’s just another guy trying to figure out life.

He is passionate about creating and living a meaningful life – a life that dissolves suffering and regret. As a compassionate guy Leigh wishes to inspire, educate and help others do the same.

He assists people via speaking, mentoring, writing, and podcasting.

Having a corporate background in senior executive positions for various multi-national companies, Leigh made the realisation that his life didn’t make a great deal of sense and decided to redesign his life to give him more freedom, fulfilment, and happiness.

He has successfully transitioned from a dissatisfying existence to living with higher purpose. Now he pays forward what he has learned to help other people do the same.

Leigh is an author of two books Four Pillars of Success, Delegate to Freedom and soon to be published – The Ultimate Life Map. He has a top rated podcast – The Hidden Why that is listened to by thousands of people around the world each week.

Leigh creates tools, resources and inspirational material including The Life Compass, The Ultimate Life Map and Fast Track to Effectiveness to assist others in creating a lifestyle they love.

People describe Leigh as sincere, spiritual, compassionate, driven, curious and highly motivated. He is integral to his values and the autonomous leader of his life. He’s a family man with two beautiful young girls and a supportive and loving wife.

Leigh believes perfection isn’t the goal nor does such a state exist – progress is key. It requires the ability to tap into our inner motivation, follow our passions, and to proceed with integral and undeniable purpose.

Evolution is progress, natural selection ensures survival, a life with meaning results in happiness.

Leigh believes that to break free from conformity and the stagnation of life we first make wake up. In doing so we will genuinely unleash our best potential and realise the absolute beauty that life offers.

Key Points from the Episode with Leigh Martinuzzi

  • Freedom has always been a very powerful draw in his life. That feeling always spoke to him, and he found himself drawn to things that gave him more freedom throughout his life.
  • The flipside of freedom is uncertainty, which he started to realize as he had more freedom as an adult, only coupled with responsibilities that also come with adulthood.
  • The search for what you love and who you are is actually incredibly fun, and is something Leigh has always resonated with.
  • Leigh always sought financial freedom, but more the freedom to do what he wanted to do when he wanted to do it. He always seemed able to make a dollar, so he was less money-focused than purpose-focused with the idea that the money would follow.
  • He spent much of his 20s and 30s searching for what he could do that would give him freedom of time while still supporting him.
  • He landed on a successful career in real estate, but he realized there was a lack of purpose in it. So he stopped. He didn’t just stop doing it, but he and his wife picked everything up, including their two young kids, and set out to explore the world, ending up in Japan for two years.
  • He was after a level of joy – happiness and fulfillment at a deeper level.
  • While in Japan, he worked very heavily and deeply on The Hidden Why and his books.
  • Being in touch with a life that connects with his joy means Leigh wakes up early every morning and goes after his day with energy and focus in a way he wouldn’t do if he wasn’t living in such connection with what matters to him.
  • Leigh is a great example of the ability to wake up to a better life without having to have a single, stark moment or tragedy. What he gives credit for having the wake up and making the shift is a life-long interest in why, what matters, and take in the thoughts of others without judgment and only reflection.
  • As he looked at every source of unease or dissatisfaction in his life, he has found that they are usually the result of self-incurred immaturity. We haven’t yet become our greatest leader or guide in our life and we rely on our external reality more than what’s within, and we suffer for that. This is based on the ideas of Immanuel Kant, the 18th century German philosopher.
  • He likes to think about things in terms of Be, Do and Have. Most of us go with Do, Have and Be. As in, work, get stuff, and then you can be who you are. Actually, we should focus on who we want to be, which then dictates what we do, and what we have is an outcome of that. It’s about values first.

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024: Coming Through Great Pain to Find Heart in Life with Terri Levine

By on September 25, 2018


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Terri Levine is known as the business-mentoring expert with heart and is a top business and marketing strategist.  She is changing the way business owners around the world connect with their target audiences, then sell and serve their customers and their employees. Terri is known for consulting with business owners to stop selling, marketing and operating businesses using traditional methods and moves them into true, authentic, heart-to-heart people-centered communication models where sales and marketing are done with authentic and transparency.

Dr. Levine has more than 30 years of business, sales, and marketing experience, encompassing work with over 5,000 business owners. She is also a best-selling author of over 30 titles and very popular keynote speaker.

Terri’s latest book, Turbocharge: How To Transform Your Business As A Heartrepreneur, hit the Amazon bestseller list 24 hours after release. Terri has a mission of changing the way business is done in the 21st century and creating a movement of hundreds of thousands of Heartrepreneurs doing business heart-to-heart.

Key Points from the Episode with Dr. Terri Levine:

  • Terri Levin had a picture perfect life. Then one day, she got injured which triggered a condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD. It is known as the most painful disease on the planet.
  • The pain wasn’t responding to the various and increasingly-powerful medications Terri tried, and ultimately she made a decision to end her life.
  • While sitting in her bed, writing a goodbye note to her husband, she found that she just kept writing, and had in fact written a book filled with a sense of purpose, thankfulness and direction that helped her realize what she had to do, which included not only living, but dedicating herself to helping others with RSD.
  • Terri found the value of heart in all you do, which became the basis for her work with her coaching, her subsequent books (she had already written several) and her popular podcast, Heartrepreneur Radio.
  • Interestingly, Terri’s journey is the reverse of what many of us have. She was living a life aligned with purpose and passion, and when the RSD hit, she had flipped into a life of obligation and disconnection with what she wanted. In that moment when she started writing a farewell note to her husband that became a book, the idea that really came out in the book is one of abundance. Valuing all that you have.
  • We are all just living our own experience, and need to respect that in each other. Ultimately, our actions only have to do with us, and the actions of others only have to do with them.

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023: The Path of Prosperity Has Nothing to Do with Money with Emmitt Muckles

By on September 18, 2018


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Emmitt Muckles is an Author, Podcaster and speaker/ corporate trainer. Emmitt’s mission is to share the knowledge of conscious unlimited living. His current project is the Billionaire Lifestyle Podcast interviewing conscious creators helping audiences self mind coach and feel connected.

Even though Emmitt was successful vocationally, with the creation of The Billionaire Lifestyle LLC, and The Billionaire Lifestyle Podcast/blog Emmitt was seeking what he calls an intended purposeful life, as part of the pact derived from his departed mother Juanita Terry-Muckles teachings and guidance. It was this driving endeavor that fueled the creative process that led to  “The Journey of One”.” To Emmitt it is all about servitude, giving what I was given.”

Emmitt has been writing privately for the last 20 years and has decided to begin sharing his talents with the world through speaking, podcasting and writing to inspire and motivate the potential in every living person.

Key Points from the Interview with Emmitt Muckles

  • We are all literally connected, not only through DNA, but trough air – we are all on the same planet, doing similar things and all that we do impacts everyone else. We have more in common than we think, even if we have different lives.
  • It’s up to me to do something. I can’t wait for someone else to do what I want done.
  • The Billionaire Lifestyle, Emmitt’s show and company, has nothing to do with money. Rather than being a financial billionaire, it’s about having that level of life wealth, if you will. It’s about richness in terms of experiences, values and a sense of yourself. He shared how, between your elbow and the tip of your finger, there are over a billion cells, so you are made up of billions – billions of lives (since each cell is alive).
  • Emmitt’s goal is to free 100 million people from this path of pursuing what they don’t really care about in a mindless way.
  • When you have an epiphany in your life and you’re in a relationship with someone who hasn’t had a similar shift, that can create a rift as it can lead two people who were on a similar path to be on divergent paths.
  • When you focus on what you really want in your life, it may not as you imagine it or how you want it, but it comes, and you need to be ready for and open to it.
  • Are you living a life on purpose or on accident. Are you living a life around accomplishing what you care about? Are you accumulating experiences in your life.
  • When Emmitt removed the things he didn’t care about in his life, he realized he was still paying for them (literally), which was even more of a sign that having them in his life was holding him back.
  • Every night before he falls asleep, Emmitt gives thanks for what he has in life. He pauses to appreciate what he has instead of focusing on what he doesn’t have. It’s about giving gratitude.
  • We talked about whether you need to go through the tough stuff to be able to learn how to avoid them and values what you should have, or can you just appreciate the good stuff without experiencing the bad stuff. Emmitt pointed out how many of us are already living with the things we don’t want or need, so the question may be irrelevant.
  • Are you carrying bonus baggage unnecessarily? Are you carrying things that aren’t yours? Do you have things weighing you down that are keeping you from living a free, abundant life?
  • Emmitt talked about a friend who came from a very strong community of family – something we have gotten away from. It’s about giving up self in support of the community, which many of us don’t naturally do.
  • Our spiritual and emotional progress does not equal or has not advanced as fast as our technological progress.
  • We cut ourselves off from all that the human dynamic has when we separate ourselves from each other.
  • The mind, the body and the spirit are all needed to achieve the billionaire lifestyle Emmitt talks about.
  • Emmitt reminds us not to worry about the path because it will be revealed to you as long as you continue in the direction of what you want.
  • When you plant a seed for something, don’t expect to get the fruit where you plant the seed. When you plant an apple seed in the ground, don’t look at the ground for the fruit because it will come from above you. So when you put work into something, the payback for that effort may come from a totally unexpected place.
  • There’s nothing new under the sun. Whatever you are looking for, someone has found it before, so look around, read, and you can find the path.
  • When we pray, that’s us talking our god. When we meditate, that’s our god’s chance to talk to us.
  • Have things that have value that you have given it rather than value that the world gives it. So many times, we are told to value things, but that doesn’t mean they have real value to us. We should question what value this inanimate thing gives to us.
  • Everything has its art. When you see someone who does something really well, they’re in their flow because they’re in the art of it. Other people see it as an action, and think they can do that thing, but they don’t necessarily come to understand the art.
  • Everything has a moment of action and a moment of rest. You’re never in one state perpetually.

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022: Why Having a Fit Mind Matters for Your Wellbeing with Lee Havern

By on September 10, 2018


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Lee HavernLee Havern had many years of mentoring clients successfully in the Health and Fitness Industry. Then the sudden loss of his father sparked a downward spiral into a depression that lasted over four years. One night, a scare behind the wheel when his car lost control snapped him out of the spiral just as he had hit rock bottom. That was the push he needed to see a better way to live.

He Co-Founded Platinum Training Institute, A Health and Fitness Education Provider in Queen’s University Belfast focused on helping those with real health battles like Cancer, cardiac problems and mental illness, find empowerment and support through their own fitness. He then decided to follow his passion helping others to discover Happiness through Mental Health and Well Being. This is where Fit Mind Matters was born.

Lee Havern shares his journey and his message, along with how he personally lives his life with balance and presence to stay out of the spiral and live the fullest, most satisfying life possible.

Key Points from the Episode with Lee Havern

  • Lee Havern is focused on helping people with health issues that are often overlooked by the fitness community with their physical conditioning as part of their journeys
  • This comes from Lee’s first hand experience struggling with depression and thoughts of ending it all in the wake of losing his father to Cancer
  • Decluttering and removing distractions from our lives is one of the main things Lee has personally focused on for himself to help free him to work on what actually matters to him
  • Through the process after his losing his father, Lee grew in many ways, some some specific changes
  • While he used to be a pleaser and a yes man, he learned that saying yes to everybody is actually saying yes to nobody
  • He became a father and got divorced.
  • He learned a lot about taking responsibility and apologizing to piece his life, his family and his friendships back together
  • Loss can force the forgiveness and healing we need.
  • Sometimes, it takes hitting rock bottom to realize you can’t go any lower. We may need to see the bad to appreciate the good.
  • Having a group that supports you while you go through that rebuilding journey can be crucial.
  • The focus on aesthetics wasn’t resonating with him in his work as a personal trainer and coach, which is what lead him to focusing on people with serious health (mental and physical) issues, which is why he founded Platinum Training Institute as a way to train others on how to train those most in need of physical fitness for the tough journeys they’re on.
  • Lee Havern shut off all of his social media to get even further away from the aesthetic focus on these platforms, and because of how they can pull your attention from what’s right in front of you, so of course he had to close all of his accounts given what he feels is most important in life.
  • Slow it down a bit. Switch everything off, take a deep breath, and close your eyes. That’s meditation at its essence, so allow yourself to do it by turning off the distractions.
  • Lee doesn’t even see a need for the health and fitness industry. If we all prioritized getting out and being in the world, there wouldn’t be a need for it.
  • The major issues people are dealing with that Platinum Training focuses on are all related to mental health. If someone has Cancer, cardiac issues, etc, of course they have mental health issues as a result. It all relates back to helping people with their mind and how they feel about themselves. So that’s what he focuses on in his practice.
  • When we go into a job to make money, that’s the wrong job.
  • Don’t let some outside statement define you or what you do. Learn yourself, do the testing on yourself and see what works for you.
  • Lee and I discussed weighing yourself, and the pros and cons of it. What he has learned is that if he feels overweight, there’s something going on mentally that the weight (or the feeling of being overweight) is a signal of. It’s a signal that, in some way, he’s not looking after himself the way he should.
  • Lee leaves us with three central things to focus on: health, happiness and simplicity.

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021: Redesigning Wellness by Knowing Yourself with Jen Arnold

By on September 4, 2018


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Jen ArnoldJen Arnold is host of the Redesigning Wellness podcast where she interviews experts on the topic of organizational health. Jen’s on a mission to change the common approach to employee health and wellness. To support this mission, she facilitates employee training that addresses leadership, resilience and mindfulness.

For the 16 years prior to starting her own business, Jen led organizational health and wellness efforts and advised employers how to start them. Most recently, she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC for over 8 years leading a team of health promotion professionals.

Jen Arnold is a TEDx speaker who uses stories, activities and humor to not only make a point but to keep audiences engaged and listening. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, two children and dog.

Key Points from the Episode with Jen Arnold

  • Jen Arnold’s story in childhood following her parents’ divorce when she was six, and she grew up with a mother who battled binge eating habits. Sometimes that meant eating a lot of healthy things, having a lot of unhealthy things around, or sometimes having no food around because it was all eaten or because the means weren’t there for there to be enough food. This has lead to a sense of food scarcity, so even today she looks to savor and save her food because of the wiring that tells her that it could all be gone in the next moment.
  • She described her mother’s situation as “eating her pain,” which is a phrase that really struck home for me as someone who has battled with emotional eating in my past.
  • Jen grew up extremely aware of her body and what she ate, and found herself embarrassed by her weight and body composition since she had a more muscular build than other girls, so she naturally weighed more and was bigger, even though she wasn’t overweight for her structure. She shared a particular story from her childhood, growing up own the deep, hot South where she would wear jeans every day to hide her calves, which were bigger and more muscular than other girls’ because she didn’t want people to notice them.
  • Sometimes, we are the meanest to the people we are closest to, and we may not put the work and introspection in to have empathy and compassion for those closest to us. That includes not just our immediate family, but even ourselves. Instead of judging the person, recognize the ‘stuff’ behind the actions or behavior. That helps you realize that there is a reason for the behavior, it’s not often in the person’s conscious control or awareness, and it comes from hurt rather than intentional dysfunction.
  • Jen went through high school as a the achiever, good student, type A. And at 18, she was very directed, but under that outside facade, she didn’t really know what she really wanted in her life.
  • After a car accident at 19, Jen Arnold decided she needed a shift, so she changed colleges and her educational focus to nutrition and took a lot of psychology courses to add the understanding of people’s mindset. That’s how she started down the wellness path, landing a role in a corporate wellness position at a hospital to help employees deal with their weight.
  • While she tried to help as much as she could in her early roles, she found herself with ineffective tools from the standard toolkit around calorie restriction, increased movement and short-term goals around things like corporate weight loss challenges.
  • She started her show, Redesigning Wellness, and started to find out more about mindfulness and its connection to effectively eating better through a guest she interviewed. While that was empowering to discover, it also showed her plainly that she was doing it wrong so far, which was a hard thing to deal with, bringing guilt and a sense of perhaps failing people.
  • She dove further into mindful eating education herself, and started to use that theme in her discussions with corporate clients and individuals she was trying to help.
  • The focus needs to shift from being about the weight and being about the person. It’s less about the surface level things, and more about the underlying reasons and values.
  • We focus on weight so often, and weight isn’t the question. We judge people who lost weight as doing something positive and looking good, but miss why they lost weight and whether they should. Jen shared the story from when she was in a pattern of getting sick over and over and a nurse at the doctor’s office was all excited and celebrating that she had lost weight without realizing it was because she was unwell.
  • We talked about exercise as a penance for what you eat. It’s a punishment, or a must-do. It’s to undo the choices you made around what you ate or will eat. That just reinforces the emotional connection to food, and strengthens the wrong kinds of thoughts around food. Jen talked about joyful movement instead. Let it feel good to move your body in and of itself, without connecting it to undoing some other ‘bad’ in your life.
  • Mindfulness, in essence, is the power of the pause. Stopping and checking in with yourself to break the cycle of mindless actions.

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020: Dedication to Finding Purpose Transforms Lives with Dr. Jason Brooks

By on August 28, 2018


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Recognized as one of the most prominent emerging voices in personal and organizational transformation, Dr. Jason is also likely to be one of the most authentic, transparent and “real”. His life mission of changing lives and growing leaders provides the foundation and focus where his purpose and passion are fully unleashed.

Dr. Jason has almost 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in multi-million and multi-billion dollar Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 organizations in multiple industries (including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Accenture, Gap, Inc., Hunt Brothers Pizza, Addiction Campuses, SmithKlein Beecham, Gaylord Entertainment Company, Emerson Electric Company, and American Addiction Centers). He is an expert in leading personal and organizational transformation of all kinds. He is founder and CEO of The Catalyst Leadership Group, a leadership solutions firm focused on growing leaders from the “inside-out” and helping them to unleash their full potential to deliver high-impact results through their work and leave a legacy of success and significance in life.

As a bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur and executive, leadership consultant, executive coach and co-host of the Step into Leadership Podcast, he brings a heart for helping leaders of all kinds achieve their greatest potential, one step at a time.

Dr. Jason has earned the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy in psychology, Master of Business Administration, MS in mental health counseling, and BS in management. He is a Certified Executive Coach, Board Certified Coach with specialty designations as Executive/Leadership/Corporate/Business/Career Coach, Senior Professional in Human Resources and National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Jason lives just north of Nashville, Tennessee with his bride, Darla and three wonderful children, two sons and a daughter.

Key Points from the Episode with Dr. Jason Brooks

  • Dr. Jason Brooks is focused on two major themes in his life – he changes lives and grows leaders. He sees that as his calling, and how he’s placed every day is how he delivers on that.
  • He is the Chief People Officer for Addiction Campuses, which has facilities across the country to help people overcome addictions, and he’s charged with developing leadership of the organization so they can be a crucial part of transforming the lives of those seeking help.
  • He also has several consulting practices focusing on leadership development for people across all different kinds of backgrounds, which is where he and I met through the podcast he does within that work.
  • When you are operating at the center of your passion and really making a difference in the world in alignment with your values and the center of your passion, it doesn’t feel like work no matter how hard you are working.
  • So many people go into their day with a sense of drudgery on their faces. That what he tries to help people break through and ignite opportunity and find their passion. That’s how we maximize potential in ourselves.
  • When we’ve been in a rut for a long time, we get to a place where we often feel comfortable where we are and don’t spend the energy on breaking out. We are resigned to continue on. He shared a quote he once heard about ruts, “A rut is nothing more than a grave with no end.”
  • He was the first born in his family, and that set the stage for a responsibility and burden as the first born to achieving and the pressure of taking care of the family and living up to parental standards. As he achieved, the judgment always came that he was expected to achieve, so rather than celebrating what he reached, it was almost not valued. When he shared his interests (namely, in music), he was dissuaded from pursuing it because it wasn’t good enough, and needed to go back to something more grounded economically (e.g. accounting).
  • Through pursuing the path he was “supposed to” he kept feeling an emptiness and boredom. He would get into a new job, do well and improve things, and then get bored and leave for the next job.
  • The question was whether he was never satisfied (and couldn’t be), or whether he wasn’t able to use the creativity he was so longing to use. It turned out to be the latter, and that’s the path he pursued as his career progressed by taking the initiative to go on the journey and face the challenges to grow.
  • He realized he wanted to more than just “the right thing” and do something that would impact people’s lives, and went on to get a masters, an MBA and a doctorate over the course of seven years while also working full time.
  • Through a very intense process in which he pushed himself so hard, he finally found the value in himself and not simply because of the sense of obligation to someone else (such as his father). So now, he performs not because of obligation to the outside world, but because of a sense of his own capability and self-worth.
  • When you position yourself to let that inner part of who you are come out, that’s where the fullness of who you are and the impact you can make really gets to shine.
  • He shares the five values of a high impact leader: 1. Character, 2. Growth, 3. Relationships, 4. Results and 5. Vision.
  • Leadership is not just organizational leadership, it’s about leading your life. It’s about influence for yourself and for those around you. This mirrors the discussion Aaron Keith Hawkins and I had in episode 15 of the show.
  • Through our struggles, we learn and grow, and become better able to help others. Dr. Brooks shared some of his struggles, such as having to borrow money from his parents as a 40-something adjust to pay his mortgage and save his home, which taught him a lot about humility and stability, which he brings to his work today. It was also a break in the standard he’s had to live up to as the first born who never fails.
  • We can fall into the trap of comparison, which is the first step toward jealousy, then pride and then arrogance, which can all unravel us and be anchors in our lives that can hold us back from living a life as we truly can every day.
  • In looking back at some of his biggest professional struggles or failures, he realizes it wasn’t about what he was going to do, but rather points to focus on who you are going to be. It’s not in the ‘what’, it’s in the ‘who’.
  • You never learn as much as when you teach. When you find the growth in yourself, help other people on their path, and you will find yourself growing and learning in ways you wouldn’t have before, and often may find yourself growing more through teaching than when learning and perhaps more than the person you’re helping may get.
  • When you stretch yourself and stumble and fall, you have two choices. It can either be a prison or it can be a school. You can feel trapped and can’t break through, or you can learn from it, grow and move ahead. Seeing it as a school and not a prison is your choice, so don’t choose to make failure final.

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019: Finding Humility & Balance in the Unexpected with Tim Fargo

By on August 21, 2018


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Tim Fargo is a two-time Inc. 500 winner. After declaring bankruptcy in 1991, he took that moment of struggle and decided it wasn’t how he would be defined. He pushed himself forward, launched a new company, and sold it seven years later for $20m. He then wrote his book, Alphabet Success, and built the basis for his current company while promoting his book.

Today that company, Social Jukebox has thousands of customers around the world using it to post to their social media accounts.

There’s nothing quite like going from thinking you’re hot stuff to donating blood for cash to wake up your humility.

Key Points from the Interview with Tim Fargo

  • Tim currently runs Social Jukebox, a business that came to be by accident when he was trying to achieve something else. While the “something else” wasn’t developing the way he had hoped, Social Jukebox became its own thing, and he recognized the need to shift his focus from what he had intended to what he was having success with.
  • Success wasn’t always part of Tim’s equation. Years before, he lost everything personally and professionally when his event marketing company went bankrupt along with him personally. This stemmed from Tim getting caught up in his own success, amassing debt that ultimately brought him down. And taught him a huge lesson about not believing your own hype and knowing what signs to look for that can help you check yourself.
  • When we fail, the worst thing you can do is let that failure have a lasting meaning in your life. While you can and should learn from it, you don’t have to let failure be your story or definition from yourself. Tim proved this first hand as he went on to start another company (after a journey and process of growth) that he eventually sold for millions of dollars.
  • We talked about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s obviously been wildly successful as an actor, but that was not his path. He was on a trajectory to be an NFL star until an injury took him out of football in college. If he had taken that ending of his goal as a defining failure, he would never have pushed himself so hard down the path that he’s been on now. He realized his tenacity, dedication and drive were his skills, not just the physical capabilities needed in professional football, and he used those values to propel him down a different path.
  • Every time Tim has let his mind get “infected” with the idea that he’s somehow special or better-than such that his way (and only his way) will prevail, it’s been fraught with disaster. That is the essence of what lead to his bankruptcy. Instead, it’s about having the humility to recognize that you were wrong, but then find the lesson you can take forward.
  • Tim leaves us with some advice about balance when it comes to ourselves – we’re never quite a dumb as we think we are, nor are we quite as smart as we think we are. We’re somewhere in between.

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018: Why Vulnerability & Honesty are Key to Having Power with Sonya Looney

By on August 14, 2018


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It’s perseverance and attitude that propelled Sonya Looney to 25+ mountain bike endurance wins across the world including stage races in more than 20 countries. As a veteran stage racer and former 24-Hour World Champion, Sonya continues to endure all flavors of adventure and challenge in places like the Sahara Desert, Himalayas, jungles of Sri Lanka, South American Andes, and rural mountains of Haiti.  Her mantra “Be Brave. Do Epic Sh!t” prevails across all of her endeavors from motivational speaking, writing for multiple publications, to designing fun lifestyle products for her company, Moxy & Grit.

Sonya is the host of the popular podcast, The Sonya Looney Show where she speaks with experts across the categories of mindset, inspiring stories, and plant-based nutrition to give listeners the tools to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.

Key Ideas in the Interview with Sonya Looney

  • As an engineer at a solar energy company, Sonya Looney was pursuing a very different path from the one she ended up on, until trying mountain biking and getting totally hooked. While she had always been athletic, and had pushed herself in many areas of her life, mountain biking spoke to her in a way nothing had before, and has opened up the door to some amazing experiences taking in the world, its people and all the beauty it all has to offer.
  • During her time as an engineer, she had this desire to travel the world and ride her bike, but didn’t see how that could ever happen. Her journey is how it happened as that is exactly what she does in her life today as a professional mountain biker who has raced in over 25 countries around the world including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Morocco, Haiti and many others.
  • What started as a very physical relationship with her competitive sport evolved into a more entrepreneurial lifestyle focused on how she can tell stories to people about how to live a better life that was inspired by her experiences all over the world.
  • How do we set expectations that push us ahead and yet don’t set us up for disappointment. There’s a line between being too easy to meet, being apathetic and being totally unrealistic. Ultimately, it’s really about what we do when we do or don’t meet those expectations and how we treat ourselves or others as a result (depending who did or didn’t meet those expectations).
  • When things go wrong, we have a choice of what we look at and conclude. If we focus on all the things that go wrong, we lose out on seeing any of what went right, and can end up defining ourselves through that failure.
  • Resilience is a muscle, and the only way to grow a muscle is to test and strain it through exercising it. Don’t shy away from the risk of failure, and don’t quit if you fail. Learn and grow from it to move forward.
  • When someone else is going through this, be mindful of what their needs are to get through it. Often people need validation of what they’re feeling, and that is ok. You don’t have to argue against or dismiss what they’re feeling. The same is true for you. The feelings around failure are valid. And you can move through them after processing them.

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