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Surviving through life is just not enough. It's time to THRIVE! But how do you do that? This podcast explores the skills and approaches to building a thriving life, regardless of what happens to you. Explore topics such as dealing with your thoughts, how fear gets in your way (and what you can do about that), how to shift your mindset, why you get stuck and how to get unstuck, what is real success, how to you create a life of meaning and purpose, how to shift to gratitude, how to learn to forgive, and how to build an outstanding and thriving life. Live life to the fullest. . . learn to thrive!
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What a chaotic time we are in!  Even without a pandemic, it was already chaotic, what with politics and changes in society. Stir in a pandemic, and there is NO way to be calm. Right? Or maybe.... Maybe calm is not about what is happening around you, outside of you. Perhaps it comes from somewhere within you. Somewhere that knows you are separate from the external chaos. Our internal response to a chaotic world can be chaos... or we might be able to find calm. Especially if we can separate our thoughts from the events and emotions. If we can find a space between what is happening and how we respond.  A space that is rooted in peace. On this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I have a chance to speak with David Dachinger and Tamara Green.  David is a firefighter and a Grammy nominated music composer (quite the contrast there!).  And Tamara is an author and licensed therapist. When David was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (there IS no stage 5), his world shifted chaos from fighting fires to fighting cancer. He and Tamara realized that they needed to rally their resources to help in David's health and healing. That included meditation and mindfulness. The resources they developed are now helping others to find calm in the midst of chaos. Not a bad goal in today's world, is it? Listen below to hear their story and their method of bringing calm to the world through an app. RELATED RESOURCES LovingMeditations App David and Tamara's Website Calming Your Thriving Body Episode A Thriving Breath Episode Coping with COVID Series Thrive Principles Book
I was at a book signing a while back, signing a book of mine that is a few years old.  This person picked it up, looked at the publication date, put it down, and said, "I was looking for something more recent." That had me pondering... how long is information valid?  Sure, I would not likely want to read a computer book about the Windows 98 operating system, or about the coming "Y2K crisis."  But what about transformational information?  When does that lose value? Human brains have not changed in structure for millenia.  Which is why we still garner insight and understanding from books written millenia ago.  Ancient thoughts and texts still illuminate us these days. Which brings me to my guest this week on the Thriveology Podcast.  I asked Donald Robertson to talk with me about some pretty old thoughts.  No, Donald is not millenia old.  But the philosophy he espouses and teaches is.  Donald is a modern Stoic philosopher, drawing on ancient Stoicism and what it offers to us in our current world. And in our current pandemic situation, Stoic thought has LOTS to teach us.  In fact, Stoic thought is the underlying philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the cornerstone of modern mental health counseling. Donald discusses the relevance of Stoic philosophy in today's world, and how we can apply it to the pandemic in which we find ourselves.  Listen in as Donald Robertson gives some powerful help in dealing with our thoughts and our emotions in the midst of today's (and future) struggles. RELATED RESOURCES DonaldRobertson.name ModernStoicism.com What Thriving People Know About Thoughts Your Thoughts, Your Stories Live Each Day as THE Day
When I was a kid, I hit this point when I was growing fast.  So fast that my limbs hurt, I constantly tripped, and knocked everthing over as my hand got there before I expected.  Growth was a challenge. Generally, though, it works the other way.  When we are challenged (and take it on), we grow.  A child wants to crawl, then walk, then run.  But wanting to is not the same as being able to.  Crawling ends up being a bellyflop.  Walking leads to teetering bottom-bumps.  And running... well, that just leads to face-plants.  But so far, I have never seen a child give up and say, "Well, I just can't do that.  I guess I'm not meant to crawl/walk/run."  The child just tries again. Challenge is something we can rise to, expand into.  And when we do, challenge is the impetus for growth. In this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I talk with Steve Sims.  At the age of 15, Steve finished his schooling in England, and stepped right into what seemed to be his destiny:  masonry.  Just like his father, his grandfather, his uncles, and his cousins.  In an instant of inspiration, Steve looked at his family and realized this was not his destiny.  As he told me, it was not that he was better than his family, but that he thought there was something better for him. That set him on a search for his own destiny, a way to see the world and meet people with different viewpoints and lifestyles.  This twisted path has led to now.  Through taking on challenges and growing through them. Listen in as Steve and I discuss his life, his challenges, and the success of taking on those challenges. RELATED RESOURCES: Steve's Website for More Information The Power of a Challenge Learn or... Learn Act or Accept
It happens about 25,000 per day.  And for the most part, it is automatic.  But it is one of the few bodily functions that you can "take off automatic" and choose how you will do it.  And you might not be doing it optimally. What is it? Breathing.  Taking a breath.  Inhaling and exhaling. I know, it seems automatic, right?  But you can choose to take a deep breath.  Or you can hold your breath.  You may breathe out of your nose.  Or you may breathe with your mouth (you may want to change that one... listen to the podcast for why). Breathing one way can stress you out.  Breathing another way will calm you down (meaning, you can choose which way you want to breathe!). Since you are currently reading this, we can assume you are breathing.  That's a great start?  How about breathing BETTER?  That is a process that can take you down lots of paths. On this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I interview James Nestor.  A journalist and writer, James got interested in breathing from an ealier book, Deep, which focused on freediving (people going very deep for a long time, because they are excellent breathers). His upcoming (and excellent) book is Breath.  It is a super-deep (and very readable) "dive" into breathing -- why it is important, how to do it better, and what difference it makes. When I heard about the book, I knew I needed to get James on the podcast, at this moment.  His book won't be out until May (but go ahead and pre-order it!).  But with the pandemic, you need this information now.  So, I got him on!  And James offered some simple, easy ways to uber-breathe to help your health. This is super important.  Take a listen below!  (Then order his book!) RELATED RESOURCES Breath - from Amazon Breath - from Bookstore.org (they support local bookstores) James Nestor's website
It's highly contagious.  You can catch it from a single interaction with one person.  You can catch it much faster in a crowd.  You can pass it on to someone else in an instant. You can also catch it from just reading, watching, or listening to something. In 39 milliseconds, you have it... and you didn't even see it coming! Coronavirus?  Nope.  That is certainly serious, and you absolutely want to do everything you can to avoid catching or spreading it.  I do not want to minimize the risks of this pandemic. But that is not the contagion I am focusing on here. This contagion is fear and anxiety.  Yes, you can catch fear.  Yes, you can catch anxiety.  And you can also spread them. Humans have a natural wiring (we share it with the animals at the watering hole... and all the others) to pick up on fear and anxiety. Many times, people have said, "Should I panic over this?"  The "this" has been lots of different things.  And my answer is always, "Panic is never a better option.  Should you respond?  Should you choose an action? Yes.  Panic?  No." That is easier said than done. But on this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I share why fear/anxiety is contagious, along with how to limit the infection.  Listen below. RELATED RESOURCES Dealing with Fear Attacking Anxiety Self-Care Order, Disorder, Reorder Lee's Thrive Books
Let me just say, I am a bit weary.  How about you? This has been a wearying time for so many of us.  Nobody is unaffected by this pandemic.  And we can't even point to an end to the crisis.  Take a guess, and your guess is probably as good as any other. What do we do?  Everything seems to be upside-down, inside-out, and topsy-turvy.  It's hard to figure out what happens next and what to do next. Which means that some people are beginning to feel hopeless. Early in my career, as a hospital chaplain, I saw what happens when people have hope... and when they lose hope.  But I didn't really have any way to help people who were hitting hopelessness.  I just saw the damage. Thanks to other researchers, I am more clear about how we can build and hold hope, even in tough times.  If you can't hold it in tough times, it just needs some boosting, and some knowledge. Let's talk about hope, tough times, and the Hope Formula.  Listen below. RELATED RESOURCES Dealing with Stress Dealing with Loss and Grief Dealing with Depression Dealing with Fear and Anxiety Lee Baucom's Books
Did you hear about the guy who had been on a meditation retreat for a couple of weeks?  He went in with "life as usual."  And he emerged into a whole new world.  One where people are practicing social distance, sheltering at home, and scared.  One where restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are closed or limited.  One where every cough is scary. And one where we are trying to figure out the "new normal." How are you doing with it?  Feeling the stress or finding your calm?  Struggling with your day, or finding a new routine for your day? One issue with this crisis is we don't have an end date.  Nor do we know how bad (or not so bad) things might be -- which is influenced by what we do as citizens and fellow humans! How do we stay sane while we are trying to stay safe?  That is my subject for this episode of the Thriveology Podcast. Let's talk about some strategies for doing your best to live your best in the midst of this crisis.  Basically, how to stay sane while being safe. Listen below. RELATED RESOURCES: Need some reading?  Check out my books. CDC Info Page on the Coronavirus Crisis WHO Info Page on the Coronavirus Crisis Thriving In An Age of Panic Episode
When I recorded this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, it was almost another world.  Many people were still minimizing the novel coronavirus.  Even politicians were downplaying the severity and impact. So much has changed.  Many, if not most, schools are closed to face-to-face instruction.  Many workers are working from home, where possible.  Lots of restaurants are only serving by delivery or take-out.  New guidelines suggest not being around more than 10 people... and that number may go down. The world has changed, almost overnight. It affects us all... making this episode just as important, if not more so. We are going to have to define what it means to thrive.  That is what happens when it feels like every day is an attempt to survive. Here is the good news:  humanity will prevail. We can thrive. Life WILL go on.  But it will never be the same.  Things will change.  How we used to do things will disappear, but new ways will appear. I know these are scary times.  But we will get through this.  Together. That's what we do. Lisen to the episode below. RELATED RESOURCES: CDC Information WHO Information Johns Hopkins Guide to Coronavirus Check Out My Books to Help Thrive
Happiness is a funny thing, isn't it?  One day, it's right there... right in front of you.  Then, just as quickly... it's gone.  Why is it so hard to hold onto happiness? Maybe more importantly, is there a way to shift into happiness, nearly at will? I am always concerned about how lightly we take happiness.  Our culture makes it THE goal, and not a part of your goal.  But worse, happiness often ends up being about waiting for something to happen.  Notice:  HAPPy and HAPPen.  Same root.  It is about something out there happening to make you happy. My guest this week, Michaela Renee Johnson, believes that happiness is really about making constant resets.  It is about looking for and finding the points of happiness... not waiting for them to just happen. After an unorthodox childhood (based on family necessity), Michaela became something of a free-spirit wanderer.  She finally found her way to her calling as a psychotherapist... and spends her time helping others "speak their truth with grace and live a courageous life of authenticity."  Something she did, herself. Listen below on how to find happiness through constant reset. RELATED RESOURCES Michaela's Website The Happiness Trap It's Not (Entirely) About Happiness Chasing Mis-Wants Thrive Principles Book
What happens when you feel hollow and lost in life, even when you are surrounded by people? What happens when you find success... only to discover it wasn't really the success you wanted? What happens when you realize that you've been hiding and pretending... not being yourself... even when you are with friends and loved ones? You may just keep on pushing forward. Or you might get real.  My guest on this episode pushes the Get Real part, adding that you need to "get f***ing real."  (Don't worry.  We never actually say it on the episode... it isn't really a part of my vocabulary.  But Lisa does make the point that this is REALLY important, getting real. Lisa Cherney built a successful business helping others build their successful mission-focused businesses.  And even with a 7-figure business... it was not the success she wanted.  She was helping others follow their passion... and was losing her own. One day, while traveling, she started jotting down some statements... some commandments... that she believed she needed to follow.  About getting real.  Being clear.  Of being aligned. Those statements became her "12 Commandments of Getting F***ing Real."  And with that, she closed down her 7-figure business and followed her own mission.  To be clear, to be real... and to help others do the same. Listen in as Lisa and I discuss what it means to Get Real.  Why it matters.  And why the world needs Real people now, more than ever. RELATED RESOURCES Lise Cherney's Website w/ 12 Commandments of Getting... Real How to Guarantee You DON'T Thrive, Part 1 How to Guarantee You DON'T Thrive, Part 2 Learn or... Learn Course Corrections and Course Changes
The Synergy of Success

The Synergy of Success

2020-02-2443:53

Most people tell me that they want something more out of life.  Sometimes, they want LOTS more out of life.  Usually, though, there is something else... some new point of success. Yet, many people find themselves stuck in a cycle of "inaction" or "any action."  They are taking no action toward a change.  Or they randomly take action after action, with little to show for it. Others seem to find a direct path straight to their goal.  They seem to pluck success from everything they do. What is the difference?  Why do some struggle to find success, and others seem to step into success in every step? Let's for a moment, set aside why some just seem to struggle from success to success.  Let's focus, instead, on how to make a shift toward your own success.  Toward finding more success and more fulfillment. In this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I interview Dr. Morgan Oaks.  Morgan is a chiropractor, coach, and speaker.  Morgan's TEDx Talk is all about listening to that deeper voice to take you to a higher place. In our discussion, Morgan describes the 3 stages to synchronizing success, which builds on itself in a figure-8 pattern, repeating to more and more success. Listen below for the 3 steps to success with Dr. Morgan Oaks. RELATED RESOURCE Dr. Morgan Oaks' Website Surviving to Thriving How to Build Your Self-Esteem How to Build Your Self-Confidence How to Show Up Book:  Thrive Principles
Have you ever noticed what happens when it is just a few days before you head out for vacation?  If you are like most people, you go into "clear the desk" mode.  Things get done.  You become hyper-efficient. Why does that happen right before a vacation?  Because it HAS to get done.  You want to leave with nothing hanging.  So, nothing gets in your way. What if there was a "hack" that could get you that effect the rest of the time?  Would that let you work less... and still get the same amount done? Denise Gosnell is a 3x successful entrepreneur.  As a successful attorney and entrepreneur, Denise had met all of her (financial) goals.  But when her house went up in flames... she realized that her (life) goals were not where she wanted them.  Sure, she had stuff... she had resources.  But she didn't have the life she wanted.  In fact, she didn't have time for it. Until she made a shift.  Using business strategy and planning, productivity hacking, and prioritizing, Denise found she could be MORE successful with LESS time taken up by work. And now, Denise shares that with others... whether you want more time from work or from home, you can find it, along with more life satisfaction, by tapping into the Vacation Effect. RELATED RESOURCES Vacation Effect Website Why We Stress Shift From Stressful to Restful The Importance Matrix Your Center Point You're Gonna Die
Just a little over 2 years ago (exactly 2 years ago, as I recorded this episode of my Thriveology Podcast), I started studying jiu jitsu.  At that point, I had no idea where it would go.  I have a life-long interest in martial arts, but had not practiced since being a teenager (tae kwon do at that time). I knew I wanted to try something out, to take on a challenge.  And it was winter... so maybe a way to get some exercise inside would make sense.  As soon as my kids (both adults) left after Christmas... and when I knew the new insurance policy was in place... I started. It has been quite a journey!  I am just a few classes away from getting the first stripe on my blue belt.  My blue belt is now several months old... making me an advanced white belt!  Still, I am far from where I was when I started. At several prior junctures, I have reflected on my learning process in jiu jitsu -- and how it applies to life -- so I thought it was time for another. And if you missed the earlier episodes, they are linked in the Related Resources below. RELATED RESOURCES Lessons Learned From Jiu Jitsu More Lessons Learned from Jiu Jitsu Even More Lessons Learned from Jiu Jitsu Growth Mindset Gracie University Gracie Jiu Jitsu Louisville (come join us!)
Are you in alignment? I had a friend whose hips were out of alignment.  It was no big deal for a long time.  Just simply a matter of one leg being a bit longer than the other.  But every day, she just kept on going.  She walked and ran... and just lived life.  Then... her back started hurting... her hips started hurting... her knees started hurting... even her ankles started hurting!  The doctor was concerned that she was facing disability and lifetime pain. The doctors worked to get her hips and legs into alignment.  It was pretty simple.  Just a lift in her shoes.  But that little shift put her back into alignment.  And suddenly, everything was working the way it should.  It took awhile.  But slowly, the pain disappeared. That is a very practical way to think about alignment.  But life alignment is broader than that.  Are you surrounded with people who are in alignment with your goals and values?  Is your work aligned with your values and purpose?  Do you live in alignment and balance in life and in your body? In this week's episode of the Thriveology Podcast, we explore life alignment with Jani Roberts and Bri Ursaner... alignment experts and pretty tough individuals.  Listen in as we discuss what alignment is... and how to get there. RELATED RESOURCES Jani and Sabrina's website MPI Triad MidLife Transition Bending Your Map
Paths to Mindfulness

Paths to Mindfulness

2020-01-2742:10

Mindfulness is such a buzzword these days that you may find yourself "tuning out" when you hear the term.  Ironic, since that is quite the opposite of being mindful! Simply put, mindfulness is the state of being present with your body in the present moment.  In other words, you are aware of your bodily experience of this immediate moment. The nice thing about mindfulness is that it is easy to practice, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.  It is simply a matter of calling yourself back to this moment, in your own body. And then... it slips away again, through distractions and thoughts.  Thoughts about the past and future pull us from the present.  We distract ourselves right out of the experience of living in this moment. My guest on this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, Joanne King, offers a number of pathways to mindfulness. Of particular interest is Joanne's approach to mindful eating.  How often do you find yourself scarfing down a meal, not even noticing the taste, texture, spices, smells, and ingredients... the experience of eating?  I have. According to Joanne, this means that we often eat beyond what we need... and not necessarily even what we need to eat.  When people shift to mindful eating, Joanne reports, they eat better and naturally lose weight. And... it is an opportunity to enter into mindfulness. Join me as I discuss pathways to mindfulness with Joanne King. RELATED RESOURCES Joanne's website Using Mindfulness to Thrive The Importance of Being Present Confidence... in the Moment
Antidote To Stress

Antidote To Stress

2020-01-2044:44

Feeling stressed out?  Wondering what your doctor would say? Surprisingly, doctors get very little training on stress, both in how it affects the body and how to deal with it.  Got an injury?  Great.  The doctor has you covered.  Got an infection?  The doctor has you covered. But stressed out?  Not so much. That was the experience of my guest, Elizabeth Hughes, MD.  A practicing physician, Elizabeth was reading in the back of a medical journal about adrenal fatigue.  She noticed that most of her patients suffered from the same symptoms. And she realized that the culprit was stress.  Or more accurately, the inability for her patients to successfully deal with stress.  No surpise, Elizabeth realized, given how even her medical school training had failed to offer solutions. That led Elizabeth to seek ways to help.  She picked up a number of certifications in the process.  But more importantly, she discovered an important antidote to stress that is simple and powerful.  Since stress is implicated in many chronic illnesses and adversely affects life satisfaction, it is important for each of us to find that antidote to stress. Listen in to this episode to learn how. RELATED RESOURCES Elizabeth's Website Why We Stress 6 Other Ways To Deal With Stress Shifting from Stressful to Restful
Do you journal?  It is a great tool for reflecting on life, processing events and emotions, and finding new perspectives. Some people think journaling is just "adult diary-ing."  And for some, a journal really is just a place to put down the events of the day (really, that is your perceptions of the events of the day).  It is just a way to record what happened and move forward. Then, others use their journal to look for themes and insights.  Deeper than just a running commentary of life, journaling becomes an activity of insight and perspective. But what happens when you want to journal, but find yourself facing an empty page... not even sure what to write?  What if you actually do write something?  How do you shift to a point of reflection and perspective? Those two questions stop lots of people who want to journal from ever committing to the process.  Or from actually learning from the process. What if there was a tool that solved both of those dilemmas? Enter my colleague, Kim Ades.  Her coaching services use a journaling process to connect coach and client.  But Kim knew the tool she built for that journaling had the potential to help others in their journaling... without the coaching component. In this episode of Thriveology Podcast, Kim and I discuss the power of journaling, along with how you can try her journaling tool for free... to see the transformational power of journaling. Listen below to learn more. RELATED RESOURCES Kim's Journaling Tool Interview About Kim's Coaching Process Stuck in Your Story
We all face obstacles in our lives.  No matter how successful, no matter how determined we are, we will have tough moments.  Soul moments.  Times when we have to stop, collect ourselves, let go of who we have been, and step into a new space. Sometimes, those moments are full of tragedy. That was the case for my guest on this episode of Thriveology Podcast.  Aaron Walker, author of View From The Top, was successful... multiple times.  After growing up poor, Aaron decided to make himself successful. He started working young, finished high school early, and launched his first business.  He sold that and started another.  Followed by another. And then, one day... tragedy.  Big enough that Aaron tried to hide from life.  (Aaron tells the story, himself, during our talk.) But life wasn't quite done yet.  Aaron made a shift from success to significance. In our discussion, Aaron reveals the cornerstones of building a life of integrity and significance.  Listen in to learn more. RELATED RESOURCES Aaron's Website Fears We All Have MPI Triad Making an Impact
January 1.  Just another day. And yet... there is something else about that day.  Sure, it starts a new month.  Yes, it starts a new year. Psychologically, that new start... it matters. We all need new starts.  That is what I loved about being in school.  When the semester ended, no matter how well (or poorly) I had done, it was over.  The grade was locked in.  Sure, I could consider what I could have done differently, but I couldn't undo anything. I moved on to the next class.  A fresh start.  New assignments, new opportunities, new possibilities. Many of us get caught in the past, trying to figure out how to undo or redo what has already happened. For this moment, though, as the new year starts, let's look forward.  Let's look to the new year and decide how we want to move forward.  How we want the next year to be MORE of what we want... new opportunities and possibilities. In this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I discuss some ways to start the new year strong.  Listen in to find out. RELATED RESOURCES Resolution in a Word Fresh Starts Letting Go Book:  Thrive Principles
In the hustle and bustle, people lose sight of the Holidays.  Sure, we go through the motions, show up to the events, and try to put on our holiday joy.  But many times, internally, its a flat-line.  Nothing.  Nada. Or worse... stressful. Over the years, I have given a number of presentations about this, with title, "Merry Stress-ness and Happy Blue Year."  Stressed out and depressed. That's not a great way to spend the Holidays! It misses something... deeper.  More significant.  Something that nurtures the soul and feeds the heart. How do you deepen the Holidays for yourself (and for those close to you)?  We discuss it in this episode of the Thriveology Podcast. RELATED RESOURCES Holiday Stress Finding Calm Give yourself the present of thriving - Book:  Thrive Principles
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