(20) Mike Robbins: Nothing Changes Until You Do

Mike Robbins PhotoMike grew up living his dream of playing professional baseball. While in his mid 20’s, the dream was killed when he sustained a career ending injury. Without knowing what to do next, Mike explored passion, purpose, and authenticity. What did it lead him to? To be a motivational speaker and author.

Hear Mike’s motivational stories for how to live with Self-Compassion.

Mike Robbins is the author of three books- his latest is titled Nothing Changes Until You Do. He’s also a sought-after keynote speaker who teaches people how to infuse their lives and businesses with authenticity and appreciation.

Mike’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • The darkness of pain (depression, fear) opens us up. It’s a teacher for being compassionate to ourselves and others who are going through difficult times.
  • Prayer, meditation, and asking for help are three things you can do when you are sitting with something heavy and you feel stuck.
  • Focus on what truly matters to you. At some point your time will come to an end. When you live life from a perception of knowing your time is limited, are you going to make different choices?

Pearls of Wisdom

  • How much of life are you living by reacting to someone else’s rules as compared to living from your own intuition?
  • Too often we hold ourselves back from doing certain things because of our internal criticisms and judgments. We get caught up with “there’s a right way” which is like an internal “stop” sign.
  • Be gentle with yourself. Only go as fast as the slowest part of you feels safe to go.
  • A mindset focused on growth is a result of having high healthy expectations and a strong sense of self nurturance.
  • Fear becomes problematic when we deny it. The next time you’re afraid, try embracing it, breathing into it, feel it, and allow ourselves to move through it.

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Posted: November 4, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(19) Lisa Hunter: Connecting With Your Spiritual Self

Lisa_Hunter_photoWhen Lisa was 19, she had a Spiritual experience at Lake Winnepesaukee, New Hampshire. She awoke to seeing, doing, and breathing something greater than herself. She felt truly alive.

Hear Lisa’s motivational stories of connecting with your Spiritual self.

Lisa is an interspiritual minister who officiates weddings. She is also the founder and director of sacred house, which is a spiritual community that has a credo of As many definitions of spirituality as there are people.

Lisa’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • In nature there is tremendous opportunity to connect with something larger. What is that something? I don’t specifically know but I do know it’s very Spiritual and makes you feel more alive.
  • Whenever you need time to replenish your soul, go be out in nature. It works.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Spend time at the places that help you feel the most alive.The more you put yourself in those environments, the more you give something beautiful to the world because you are connected to your Spiritual self.

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Posted: October 28, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(18) Jana Schuberth: The Quest for Self-Acceptance and Authenticity

Jana Shuberth PhotoWhat do you do when you are completely unhappy? Whatever your answer is, I’m willing to bet it brings up some fear when you think about actually doing it.

After years of feeling unhappy and living with dread each morning, Jana went on the pursuit of what felt most authentic.

Hear Jana’s motivational stories of doing what’s necessary to be your authentic self.

Jana Schuberth is the creator and host of Alive in Berlin, a global gathering of world changers in Europe’s most exciting city happening every May. She is also an International Results Coach who challenges you to be unreasonable and create the life and work you are truly excited about.

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Teachable Moments

  • People often think they will find passion outside themselves. They never will. Passion is found within and it’s better to do things from the source of your passion rather than going out and finding it.
  • Passion isn’t something that just shows up on your doorstep. It’s something that you cultivate and grow as you gain more experience in life.
  • When we worry, we think thoughts that are dis-empowering. Learn to have faith by appreciating the journey and appreciating yourself for being authentic.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • To be authentic, come from a place of more creation and less consumption. Also, let go of what is “old” (no longer serving you) before starting something new.
  • Too often it’s easy to be in a position of being too scared to know what you already know.
  • Building courage is like strengthening a muscle. Do things over and over again to build it.
  • “Courage is being willing to get it wrong and finding it worthy even if it fails.” –Jana Schuberth (2014)  Fauilure is just another data point.
  • Connecting with others includes keeping your heart and mind open, listening well, and remaining curious throughout communication.

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Posted: October 21, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(17) Rachel Bouknight: Beating the Odds of Infertility

RachelBouknightPhotoRachel’s journey of motherhood was filled with every obstacle imaginable: infertility issues (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), a marriage on the rocks, health complications throughout pregnancy, and relocating over 2000 miles! Hear how she got through it all.

Rachel shares motivational words to support all future mothers and fathers currently dealing with infertility issues.

Rachel is the mother of a year and a half adorable young boy. She’s a social worker for the homeless population in the Minneapolis area.  Every spare moment she gets, she’s outside.

Rachel’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • It’s alarming to learn that infertility can happen to you. It can be embarrassing and painful, and can have an impact on a relationship.
  • For a woman to learn that you may never be able to have children, it takes tremendous determination and stubborness (and sometimes craziness) to “beat the odds” and get what you want (have a child).
  • When you’re told you can’t have what you want, it makes you want it even more. You’ll do everything in your power to make it happen!

Pearls of Wisdom

  • There may be times when you lose hope. If so, that’s okay. But when you do, rely on your loved ones for support. They may be exactly what you need to get through rough times.
  • Every way a baby is brought into this world is the right way. Life is so precious. Nobody really cares how your child is brought into this world.
  • At times life is extremely challenging. In those times, it’s best to look at your options, choose something, and go forward with your decision.
  • If your heart wants something, don’t ignore it. Find a way to make it happen. You have to find the hope (and trust your gut) and the pay off will show up.

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  • “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” –Elizabeth Stone

 

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Posted: October 14, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(16) Joe Pardo: Helping Outcasts Build Fair and Inclusive Communities

JoePardoPhotoStarting work for the family business at 6 years old, Joe learned the benefits of hard work. He’s applied his skills to do many creative things- including the creation of communities built on fairness and inclusiveness.

Joe shares inspiring short stories of curiosities, passions, sports, and advocating for fairness in all aspects of life.

Joe is the host and producer of the Dreamers Podcast. He’s a great guy, a genuine and fun loving husband and stays busy by doing dozens of projects at the same time.

Joe’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • Be willing to sacrifice things that don’t matter as much. As you learn and grow, you find your strengths and interests change. In order to gain more experience in something new, you have to let go of the things that no longer have meaning to you.
  • Having curiosity helps you see multiple perspectives which helps you keep an open mind.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Society starts with you. There’s something for you to start or do and no matter what anyone says, it’s to your benefit to get out there and do it.
  • “Life is made up of people that are no smarter than you.” Steve Jobs

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Posted: October 7, 2014 By: Comment: 2

(15) Doug Barnes: Family Man Riding The Roller Coaster Of Life

DougBarnesPhotoFilled with a ton of crazy ideas but lacking clear direction for what to do in his career, Doug learned through years of experience that if you’re truly passionate about something, you’ll fall back into it- no matter what. Love works in mysterious ways and if that love is true, it never goes away. Having love for the adventure in theme parks, Doug learned how to podcast and now creates two podcasts based on the theme park industry!

Doug shares inspiring short stories of love and support from family, no matter how confused you are about which direction to turn in life.

Doug is the owner and producer of the of season pass podcast, which explores beyond scenes of the theme park industry. He’s also the producer co-host of the MiceChat podcast.

Doug’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • You always fall back to what you love most. Your distractions may temporarily steer you away from what you love but your passion will circle back.
  • Why did Doug’s passion come back to him? Because it’s what he loves and what keeps him going.
  • There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. There’s always someone else to learn from, add your own twist, and produce something great.
  • You never know when or how the fruits of your labor are affecting someone else. But when you stick with something long enough, you learn that there are many people who are inspired by what you create and share.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Criticisms can be a good thing. What you perceive as something negative is often said by someone who actually likes what you’re offering. They just have ideas for what can be done to make it better.
  • Focusing on your passion is the short road to getting to where you want to be.
  • What you create will take a life of its own. With that knowledge, putting something out there is good enough. You’ll always be striving for improvements. Put it out there and start from there.

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Posted: September 30, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(14) Wesley Chapman: Making A Deal With God To Stop Being A Victim

Wesley D Chapman PhotoAbandoned, abused, and on the verge of dying, it’s an understatement to say that Wes had a rough childhood. In fact, he hit rock bottom at the age of 16! Faced with a critical and painful moment of stopping himself from medicating and numbing the pain, he made a choice to not let the pain of his past prevent him from moving forward in the direction of what he wanted and who he wanted to be. Though it took many years to master his reactions, Wes won. He became his own hero!

This is one of the best motivational stories for personal empowerment!

Wesley Chapman is the co-founder of A Human Project. His organization is on a mission to create a community of empowered youth.

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Teachable Moments

  • There are two choices in life: we can be a hero or we can be a victim. The choice comes in a critical moment of when we react to something.
  • “The moments of life don’t define you. The moments of reaction do” Wes Chapman
  • We often judge our own personal trials and tribulations by what we’ve heard others have experienced. We then tell ourselves our story is not nearly important as the story of someone who had it harder.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Do what’s necessary to give yourself enough credit. Celebrate the small wins, communicate self praise, and set up rewards in order to feel good about what we’ve done and what you will be doing.
  • Will comes from three places: 1) your relationship with God 2) unconditional love and support from someone in your daily life 3) a source within your own self.
  • Perspective and clarity often results from forgiving ourselves.
  • A proven process to forgiving yourself is: 1) Know you are not alone 2) Understand your “why” enough to be able to let go and move on 3) Celebrate who you are.

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Posted: September 23, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(13) Lisa Bell: Manifesting the Universe’s Greater Vision

Photo of Lisa BellFully committed to her dream of winning Good Morning America’s “Dog vs Dog” Contest, Lisa took action to manifest her vision. Lisa “came from the dream”. But when it didn’t end the way she envisioned, she paid attention to the greater purpose of her efforts. She realized that the gift and blessing was in the journey itself- to be with family that lives nearly 1000 miles away!

This is one of those motivational stories that reminds you to trust your intuition!

Lisa is a singer, songwriter, speaker and intuitive coach.Her music and messages inspire people to take heart and take action.  Her music is fun, fresh, upbeat and thought provoking.

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Teachable Moments

  • “This or something better”. Sometimes the Universe has a greater purpose for us. Your ego may tell you that you want this and you want it now. However, your life spans many years. The Universe is working to bring you a greater purpose than what your ego is.
  • Be an observer of your self. When you’re focused on one thing and contradictory feelings continue to arise, your intuition is speaking loud and clear. Listen to that part of yourself.
  • Sometimes we have to let go of things. They become beyond our control. That’s when trusting our intuition and the laws of the Universe helps us stay happy and healthy.
  • Correcting negative and/or ego driven thoughts is always a work in progress.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Once course of action always leads to another. Sometimes we think we’re supposed to do one thing but we often come to learn we were meant to do something else.
  • Manifestations don’t always happen the way we envision them.
  • Use vision boards to help manifest your dreams.
  • Try your best to be very concise with what you would like to accomplish. Write it down and/or share it with everyone you know. This technique will help you manifest what you want.

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Posted: September 16, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(12) MJ Shaar: You Had Me On The Third Goodbye (A Love Story)

MJ Shaar PhotoWhat happens to you when you expect something to not work out, long before it happens?  MJ Shaar had resisted what was insisted upon her for four years. After she agreed to go through with a blind date, she set herself up for failure by not being open to the possibility of the relationship working. However, love works in mysterious ways. MJ heard the angels sing and the rest is history! The history of love!

Hear MJ’s motivational words about love and how to recognize when our resistance isn’t really helping!

Marie-Josée (MJ) holds a Masters in Positive Psychology and is certified as a Wellness Culture Coach, Personal Trainer, and a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. She has spent the last 14 years studying, testing, coaching and teaching smart health habits, both nationally and internationally.

MJ’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • So much effort to put up a resistance to something is often a sign that we are trying too hard. Being open to possibilities often allows amazing things to happen in life.
  • Everything works out when you let love guide you.
  • Being patient is a healthy way to plan for your future.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • To improve your planning in life, start by taking small steps toward what you want. When your small step is selected, check in with whether the step is creating pain or pleasure. Then, adjust accordingly to what would make life more enjoyable.
  • Make sure your curiosity is bigger (or stronger) than your desire to be right.
  • There are certain things in our lives, of which, we can’t control. We can plan for any and everything, however, life will happen.
  • Rather than trying to fix what’s wrong, adjust your focus to acknowledge what is going well and building from there to create a more fulfilling and interesting life.

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Posted: September 9, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(11) Christi Corradi: My Flying Leap

Christi CorradiIt’s not easy when you go flying down a set of stairs! In most cases, it’s likely you will break something and/or harm yourself physically. Fortunately for Christi Corradi, she was able to use the power of her conscious mind to affirm great health, after tripping over a step to launch herself onto a hard floor. Hear Christi’s story and how it helped her realize her conscious thoughts could create her experience, despite current circumstances.

Christi’s motivational stories of the power of intention and controlling your thoughts is a must hear!

Christi is a Registered Art Therapist and certified life mastery consultant. She helps teach people creative thinking tools and has developed a process of creative practice called “The Creative Way” program, which helps people find creative solutions to live the life they love.

Christi’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • With a continued practice of noticing what you’re noticing and choosing thoughts that you actually want to think, you’re ultimately creating the outcome for what you desire.
  • What is your imagination used for? It is available to be used for creating your experiences.
  • Without a coach or a teacher or a mentor, I fall flat on my face.
  • We want to think all of our thoughts as being generative and creating the image we want.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • “What do you get when you squeeze an orange? You get orange juice.” Wayne Dyer (meaning: whatever you want to be in life, be that. Practice by paying attention to your thinking and directing your thoughts towards that which you want to be.)

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Posted: September 2, 2014 By: Comment: 0