(10) Colby Jubenville: How to Bring Immediate Value to Someone or Something

ColbyJubenvilleBorn with a unique eye defect, Colby Jubenville grew up disadvantaged and struggled to get through life. During his college years playing football, he learned how to transform struggle into moments of personal success. Listen to Colby’s journey and his wisdom for gaining confidence and bringing personal value to others.

We all need to hear motivational stories of transforming struggle into moments of personal success. Listen to Colby’s story below.

Colby is a co-author of the book, Zebras and Cheetahs, a book that provides new perspective about how people should be leading and performing within twenty‐first century organizations. He’s also a successful entrepreneur and a great story teller.

Colby’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • Great teaching is about instilling confidence in others. When confidence isn’t there to begin with, it needs to be borrowed. Great teachers ‘lend’ confidence to their students to inspire them to be greater than what they ever thought they could become.
  • Struggle can often define us in who we are and/or what we do. Moments of struggle are the defining moments of either quitting or persevering and succeeding.
  • Success is always success. Even if you achieve just a little bit of success, well, guess what? It’s still success!
  • Problems and solutions are often found in the process and not in the output.
  • Experiencing struggle has the potential to make you to think better, communicate better, and helps you make better decisions.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • For people that are struggling with confidence, first start with self-talk to give yourself a confidence boost. You can talk yourself into doing something great just as easily as you can talk yourself out of doing something great. Keep telling yourself positive things and the outcome will be fantastic.
  • Find and spend time with people that possess and exude the qualities that you wish to have more of. For example, if you are wanting more self-awareness, spend time with people who have a lot of self-awareness.
  • “You can choose to live fine or super fine” Jim Rowan
  • “The only way you can articulate your true value to someone else is face to face” Colby Jubenville

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Posted: August 26, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(9) Hal Elrod: Once Declared Dead- Now Creating Mornings Filled With Miracles

Photo of Hal ElrodEarly in Hal’s life, he was hit head on by a drunk driver, and declared dead. Once resuscitated, his doctors told him he would never walk again. Hal overcame adversity and then some! Hear his inspirational short stories and messages about personal responsibility and principles for creating success.

Hal is the author of the #1 best selling book, The Miracle Morning. He is also an Internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and triumphant success coach.

Hal’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • There will be times in life that feel like rock bottom. They’re scary situations, with very little opportunities for predictability. In these moments, taking responsibility to choose a reason for what happened will best serve us. Every experience, good or bad, is an asset to us.
  • There is opportunity for growth in every moment of adversity we face.
  • We can’t change the things that have happened to us. Being negative about difficult things for longer than what’s necessary isn’t worth our time. Hal learned to accept things he could not change. A mantra of “can’t change it” can be applied to everything. It helps us let go of frustrations, stresses, and anxieties that just aren’t worth our time.
  • Learning to live in a state of unconditional acceptance for the past, the present, and the future, is a recipe for happiness and doing things that we want to do.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • “The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you gain the power to change anything in your life.”  Hal Elrod
  • Taking responsibility is a way of showing yourself that you are committed to changing things.
  • To make a significant change in your life, first start by putting something in writing. Thoughts alone don’t really change things. Start writing statements like “I am responsible for _____, and therefore creating change in _____.
  • Implement the ‘Can’t change it’ rule into your life. Instead of spending too much time on negative energy, allow yourself to get upset for a set amount of time (to release that negative energy), and then accept that you can’t change it and move on.
  • “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”  Jim Rowan
  • Your morning is a gift for doing personal development things to become a better person.
  • “Every failure is an asset to learn from and to become better than you were before you failed.”  Hal Elrod

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Posted: August 19, 2014 By: Comment: 2

(8) Gary Loper: A Selfish Act That Positively Impacted Thousands of Lives

GaryLoperHeadshotGary’s perspective and dedication to personal transformation has opened many doors for opportunities. During a difficult time, he used Twitter to connect and help make a difference in the lives of others. He’s now Master of the Twitterverse- inspiring hundreds of thousands of people with motivational stories, quotes and affirmations.

Gary Loper’s lifelong enthusiasm and passion is to assist individuals in becoming their best. He’s dedicated every day of the past 25 years to personal development. He’s well rounded in his skills and is often sought out to teach others how to leverage Twitter.

Gary’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • Building better relationships always starts with yourself.
  • With more awareness, nearly every situation in life is a moment of transformation.
  • Motivational messages and being around people who inspire you and lift you up are great ways to get you out of a funk.
  • The power of a tweet: Twitter is a tool that can enhance people’s lives. (Gary has 3 email messages of which people thanked him for saving their life!)
  • Be a little selfish at times. “Fill your bucket” by taking care of yourself, doing the things that recharge your battery, so that you can be available to give to others.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Taking responsibility and ownership for our past experiences is where we will encounter the most growth.
  • Use past experiences as fertilizer for knowing what you don’t want and refocusing on what you do want.
  • Spend time with people who have the qualities that you would like to have more for yourself.
  • Keep reaching for better feeling thoughts. Gradually expand where you are and be able to grow into what you desire.
  • Stretch your comfort zones with awareness. It will expand rather than retract.

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Posted: August 12, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(7) Aunia Kahn: The Inspiration and Dedication to Overcome 10 Years of Health Issues

Aunia Kahn's ArtworkAunia Kahn has many inspirational short stories to share. Today she share the story of suffering for 10 years from various health issues and yet her Doctors constantly telling her there was nothing wrong with her. When her then boyfriend and now husband took her in and said “we’ll figure this out” she found hope and inspiration. Hear Aunia’s story and how it can help you tap into the hope that resides inside of you.

Aunia Kahn is the host of Create and Inspire Podcast which shares tips, tricks and advice to help you MANIFEST your DREAMS. She is also a self-taught figurative artist, published author, creative entrepreneur and inspirational speaker.

Aunia’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • Making things is a way of survival. Creating and keeping your brain busy is a healthy form of survival in difficult times.
  • Mental illness is a part of life: there’s no stigma, no blame, shame, or anything “wrong” with having a mental illness. Life goes on and there are creative ways to manage mental illness, just like there are creative ways to manage other challenges in life.
  • Being creative helps you get through nearly anything in life. Starting anything new in life is a creative process. There’s no judgment in being creative. Just do something you enjoy.
  • Stress reduction is a very important focus in life. To reduce stress, take moments to just breathe, get exercise, and be of service.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Fall down 7 times, get up 8. Chinese proverb
  • Don’t give up. It always will get better. The ebb and flow of dark and light is constant. The light will present itself.
  • Ask for help. It makes you stronger because it helps you understand your level of self awareness.
  • Don’t let fear cripple/control you. Affirmation you can do anything that you want to.

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Posted: August 5, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(6) AG Johnson: Living With an Asthmatic Ghost Causes a Paradigm Reset

AG Johnson at the Golden Gate bridgeAre you a pragmatic realist? Is life ONLY about what you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell?  AG Johnson used to think so until his unseen friend “Fred” proved to him that “The frame from which you determine what is real is a very powerful aspect for how you interact with all the events outside yourself. It needs to be chosen carefully and questioned often.”

AG’s tale is one of those motivational stories that really makes you think about what paradigms are holding you back.

Dr. Johnson currently works as an administrator and instructor at Stanford University. Besides his experience in the Navy, he has worked and learned at a wide variety of jobs including construction, conference coordinator, and in education. Each has provided different views of the world and ways of interpreting the behavior of self and others, which he finds fascinating.

AG’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  •  It seems to me that I am more able to watch dispassionately how someone behaves and accept it with both the flaws and beautiful aspects, and then not expect them to change. What that does is allow me to not hope that someone will do what I want, but understand that they will do what they want and I shouldn’t put much effort into getting them to act otherwise. At the same time allow room for change.
  • I can’t help hoping things will turn out great and basically expecting that they will  –whatever they are, but I’m not devastated if they don’t. I’m not as attached to things being the way I think they “Should Be,”  as when I was younger. In fact, I am pleased many times when things don’t turn out as I expect, but some different way that is better, or more interesting.
  • There are many things that can’t be measured by conventional means, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • I have been a Buddhist for the last 25+ years. I asked to join a sangha, an organized community of Buddhist practitioners, and my teacher told me from the beginning to try the different forms of practice and if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. The idea was that I might grow into it later, or I might go in a different direction with my forms of meditation practice. The idea was for me to deepen the connection to my core-self using the tools Buddhism made available and seemed right to me.  For me, switching to a new paradigm that said all things are possible unless proven otherwise was like that. It was like removing an uncomfortable shoe and slipping into a warm comfy slipper. It has mostly been comfortable. But it is uncomfortable when scary edges of that paradigm are pushed on, like malevolent uses of psychic energy. But it is OK for me to not be brave enough to explore everything. Because I am naturally curious I keep exploring the possibilities of the paradigm, but don’t feel obligated or able to explore it all. I also respect that some aspects could lead to trouble. But I feel my paradigm is open enough to be very embracing of the experiences of life –good and bad.
  • The frame that is used to determine what is important enough to pay attention to, also excludes everything that doesn’t rise to that level of importance in my mind. In fact, I am aware that there are so many things I don’t get because I didn’t pay attention at another time. I have this tendency when trying to get a task done to not give much weight to irrelevant ideas or suggestions, as I see them within my framework. When I move into implementation mode, the only things I want to hear/see are ways to move forward toward the goal, whatever it may be. But having grown into this frame of reference more and more over the years has helped me stop and listen when other ideas are presented. This is particularly true when not only concrete objectives are articulated but also the emotional. The human connections, helping my own spirit thrive as well as that of others, and minimizing harm to self and others, has been steadily rising to the top of the “What is important list.” That broadens the frame from encompassing only accomplishments to including accomplishments and supporting a healthy emotional life. Additional aspects working their way into the frame include a greater appreciation of art, music, expressions of the strength and beauty of the human spirit, and recognition of our inner connectedness. Things being pushed out include needing to be competitive and win, having more cool toys, keeping up with pop culture, staying awake for the dropping of the ball in Time Square.
  • If questioning your own reality, go for it. I think if we quit questioning we start deteriorating. The plasticity of the brain is amazing and it can keep changing throughout our life. It truly allows us to keep changing. If we quit exploring new ways of being in the world, we are cheating ourselves out of a full and dynamic life. You don’t have to climb mountains, or learn a new language, but continually questioning which of your answers to life are accurate and which are based upon weak ground is very important. Then we don’t become rigid and we are open to new possibilities. We can stay in the life flow. I know that sometimes it is exhausting, but I would rather be exhausted than asleep to the amazing world around me. Smart well balanced people can do this without as much exhaustion, but I’m not there yet.

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Posted: July 29, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(5) Johanna Walker: I Have Nothing To Say

Johanna Walker PhotographThe fear of public speaking is a tricky one. We often think our ideas are dumb, nobody cares, or we have nothing to say. On this episode of Life Changing Stories, Johanna Walker shares stories that led her to finding her own voice and further helping others to speak with power and presence.

Johanna has hundreds of motivational stories about getting over the fear of public speaking.

Johanna is a storyteller, a deep listener, and a champion for your true voice. She helps people break through their fear of public speaking and performing, so they can share their ideas with the world.

Johanna’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • Even the small stories matter. (Sort of like “it’s the little things in life that make a big difference.”)
  • Once spoken and then heard, there is a feeling of liberation and expansion.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • “When you speak, you might feel like the only one who feels this way, but there are 450 million people standing behind you!”
  • Don’t ask for advice. Trust your own stories and wisdom.
  • Take risks to grow your comfort zones, yet honor your way (path) and take your time.
  • Ask for help. Avoid doing anything alone.

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Posted: July 24, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(4) Reid Peterson: Friending Fear

Reid with the most amazing woman 2014Fear is arguably the thing that holds us back from living life in the way that we want to live. What do you do when fear consumes you?  Reid Peterson shares motivational words via his story of the time he was fired from his job, how it was the trigger for him to go into a downward spiral, and what he did (and is still doing) to transform his fear and get out.

Reid is the host of the Life Changing Stories podcast, an excellent husband, and the future Assistant Director of Public Programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Committed to personal development and the deeper meanings in life, Reid created the Life Changing Stories podcast to support others in taking steps necessary to create a better life.

Reid’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • Relationships have a big impact on the work you do.  Often, it’s less about what you do and more about who you do it with.
  • Getting too comfortable sometimes comes back to haunt you.  Being stretched (metaphorically) is healthy for it supports your growing and becoming something greater.
  • Too often, thoughts are limiting and the opposite of self-serving.  Working to be in better control of you own thoughts puts you in a position to make your life more enjoyable.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • It’s okay to feel down sometimes. There is good that comes as a result of that sadness, darkness, or even depression.
  • Exercise. Move your body. It changes your feeling state and helps you feel good about yourself.
  • Find the right fit. Keep learning more about who you are and the type of people who will support you as you grow.
  • Don’t do it alone. Find others who truly support you. There’s always someone who will show up in supporting you.

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Posted: July 16, 2014 By: Comment: 9

(3) Judy Matejczyk: Sticking with Your Vision

Photo of Judy MatecjczykWhat do you do when someone close to you dies? You stick with your vision (Judy’s story will explain). Judy Matejczyk shares motivational stories of a former student who lost someone close to them, but went to school the next day and chose to stay focused on what she really wanted in life!

Judy is a recent retired special education teacher. She is also a certified Life Mastery Consultant, a business partner of Mary Morrissey of Life Soulutions, and the recipient of the Dream Builder achievement award 2014.

Judy’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • When you teach, you never know what to expect. Stay open and present.
  • It’s not your job to go in and fix a situation. Nothing is ever broken. It’s your job to listen, relax, and support others in trusting the Universe will provide.
  • Focusing on your vision, despite life circumstances, will get you back on your feet after being knocked down, and help you move forward in life.
  • Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your vision. Support means so much!

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Working together in groups (families) is safe and filled with unconditional love.
  • Your life is your curriculum; you get to design it however you want.
  • Create a vision for your life. Start by asking yourself to the question “What would I love?”

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Posted: July 11, 2014 By: Comment: 0

(2) Sarina Stone: The Waterfall

Sarina Stone PhotoYour Health is the most important thing you can control. Why not treat yourself in ways that feel good and do good things for your body, mind, and Spirit.  Sarina Stone shares motivational stories of when she took initiative to create better health in her life.

Sarina Stone is an internationally renown Medical Chi Kung (Qigong) instructor, abdominal massage expert, natural health advocate and author of seven books.

After two decades of study in northern Thailand with Tao Master, Mantak Chia, Ms. Stone has developed multiple self-help tools for stress relief, financial manifestation, physical health and longevity, muscle/tendon release, and digestive detoxification and support.

Known for her light hearted approach to health and wellness, Sarina Stone is a colorful and beloved speaker and educator across the globe.

Sarina’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • We can take our thoughts, transform them, and use them to facilitate change on a molecular level (inside the body). The inspiration for this practice was Mantak Chia’s book The Inner Smile.
  • Self Awareness:  Pain isn’t just a part of life. Pain is a signal that mental or emotional negativity isn’t serving you and that it’s time to do something about it.
  • To make change, choose something that feels joyful and natural (pursue something you know you want to do).
  • When you get out of your own way and let the Divine to channel through you, you create a positive potential for what to do next.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Smile! To yourself and to others. The power of a smile is so transformative for situations we are uncomfortable with (for ourselves and/or with others).
  • We become what we eat. Eat healthy and you will be/feel healthy. Eat crappy and you will be/feel crappy.
  • Ho’oponopono:  “I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.”

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Posted: July 6, 2014 By: Comment: 3

(1) Robert Brzezinski: Authentically Expressing Yourself

Robert Brzezinski PhotoHave you ever expected a certain result but then received news of the opposite? Rev. Robert Brzezinski did and his motivational words are shared in a story here.  Listen to Robert’s story of what happened while in Ministry school.

Robert is a licensed Religious Science Minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living. His passion is to facilitate the re-discovery and manifestation of a Spiritual Life for those that are still seeking a deeper meaning, and a greater expression of their lives.

Robert’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • “To desert the truth in the hour of need is to prove that we do not know the truth.”  Ernest Holmes
  • Humility: Failure and accomplishments don’t define me. Everything is a stepping stone to our greater good.
  • Let go of the sense of expectation.  Listen with your heart and things will stick around. Listen with your head and things will come and go.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • No matter what, don’t ever, Ever, EVER give up on your dreams!
  • “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”  Eckhart Tolle
  • The Divine provides everything that is necessary for the complete fulfillment of your mission, on this planet, at this time, as it is necessary!

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Posted: June 16, 2014 By: Comment: 0