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Expected to die, today he’s inspiring others to truly live.World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.

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Expected to die, today he’s inspiring others to truly live.World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.

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Expected to die, today he’s inspiring others to truly live.World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.

The 5-Second Rule with Mel Robbins S8 Ep. 87

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Mel Robbins is the author of The 5 Second Rule, the #1 audio book in the world. She is also the most booked female speaker in the world and hosts the Audible Original series Kick Ass With Mel Robbins.

Today, Mel shares how she has helped millions of people transform their lives by simplifying their biggest challenges into a 5-second solution. Possibly even more impactful: She shares how her 5-second rule originated as a tool to overcome the anxiety and malaise that was crushing her life.

Today, Mel is ON FIRE for life, and is offering an amazing tool to help us all live more inspired. Don't miss this amazing episode. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Get your copy of The 5 Second Rule here.
  • "Break the patterns that you think in and your entire life will change."
  • The 5-second rule is a ritual to interrupt your bad thoughts, habits and patterns. It's a way to self coach.
  • Try the 5-second rule to see "not just how often you live in a negative mental state, but how easy it is to redirect it."
  • There is a distinct gap between your will to change your life + the excuses that stop you. That gap is about five seconds long.
  • Being nervous or afraid of something is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice. 
  • You are one decision away from a totally different life.
  • Everything is changing around us. You can't control that. You can control what you think and do. Respond instead of react.  
  • We over-complicate things by the way that we think.
  • It's undeniable; you change your life 5 seconds at a time.

MEL ROBBIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, page turners, can't-put-it-down, twist-and-turn books, but The Alchemist is the most impactful.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was a climber, a dare devil. I am not that way anymore. I'm a bit risk averse now.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Oprah Winfrey. If there was just one thing that you wanted every human being to know about life, what would it be?

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? 5 4 3 2 1. I think it was a divine moment when I was picked to be a messenger, because, let's be honest, its the dumbest idea in the world.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Girl, go get some Zoloft!

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? 5 4 3 2 1, go!

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Please subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

Jun 21 2018

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Brené Brown (Curiosity, vulnerability + other signs of great leaders ) Ep. #103

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Brené Brown, 4x New York Times bestselling author, researcher, Oprah's Super Soul Sunday favorite and top-5 TED Talk presenter of all time, joins us today! We'll talk about her new book Dare to Lead. Share tips to become better leaders. Identify what might be holding us back. And hear the vulnerability expert herself share vulnerably about her "big, rowdy Texas" family + life.

Join us to live (and lead!) inspired with one of my very favorite authors.

Show Notes:

  • Watch Brené Brown's TED talk on vulnerability here.
  • Brené studies courage, vulnerability, shame, empathy + what transformational leaders will need in the future.
  • "I was raised with a very Texas sensibility. I had to be brave and wasn't allowed to be vulnerable. Now, years and 400,000 pieces of data later, I know there is not courage without vulnerability."
  • "You can't write a new ending to a story that you have not owned."
  • You know what is harder than not fitting in at school? Not fitting in at home.
  • True belonging never requires you to change who you are. It requires you to be who you are.
  • We can never experience a sense of belonging that is greater than our sense of self-worth and courage to stand alone because sometimes we have to stand alone.
  • Even at fortune 10 companies, without exception, Brené hears that one of the hardest things about work is feeling like you don't belong. In the absence of belonging, we show up in ways that are outside of our normal values.
  • My kids don't need me to apologize for working. They need to see me be strong and contribute and do something I love and then they need me to be present when I am home.
  • 90% of "balancing it all" is having the right partner, one that shines when you shine.
  • Brené's marriage hack: Instead of thinking, "it should be 50/50" a solid partnership is one where, when you have 20%, they can cough up 80%. Share how much you have + ask how much your partner has. If you can't get to 100% together, you have to have kindness, patience, grace with each other to make it through. 
  • If I feel nauseous when I'm done, I probably did a good job.
  • Vulnerability is courage.
  • To opt out of difficult conversations around gender, race, or class, because you can't do it perfectly or be comfortable is the definition of privilege. I'd rather contribute and be criticized then play it safe. 

Show Notes on Brené Brown's new Book: Dare to Lead

  • Get a copy of Brene's new book Dare to Lead and additional resources for it here.
  • We asked all the leaders we interviewed: What is the future of leadership? What scares you the most about not being able to find new leaders? What is missing? From family-owned, to starts-ups to fortune-10 companies we heard: "We need more courage in our leaders."
  • We asked "What do you see as a barrier to courage?" In the book we share 10 barriers to leadership. Examples: (1) unwillingness or inability to have tough conversations (2) blaming instead of accountability.
  • The biggest barrier to courageous leadership is self-protection, the way we armor up. You can't lead from an armored place.
  • If you can't do hard, real and vulnerable you cannot lead in the future. What doesn't need to be vulnerable and human will be done by machines.
  • When we are unsure how we are contributing/don't see meaningfulness in our contribution, we start hustling for our work. We over emphasize our importance... and hustle to make sure people think we are worthy.
    • Tip: Make sure you have conversations and acknowledge where your employees are adding value. Ask where they see themselves adding value. There is nothing worse than the behaviors that show up when people don't know. They stop being learners + start being knowers... put more emphasis on being right than doing something right... on being important v. doing important work. If you see some of these tendencies in yourself, it's a sign you're not clear on your value.
  • The biggest sign of confidence is curiosity; when we know our value, we don't have to know everything. When we aren't confident, we: Prove, please, perfect, poll.
  • How do you pivot from negativity to hope and courage? I give myself permission to complain with perspective. Once I do this, I move into practicing gratitude, because the people who have the most capacity for joy are the most grateful. 

BRENE BROWN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Alchemist because I always go back to it. My main takeaway: when you are on the right path, the universe conspires to help you.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Carefree.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Photos and the crosses I had made out of the my kids' baby cribs.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Maya Angelou.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? When we know better we do better.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You don't have to act so tough, it's okay to be afraid.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She contributed more than she criticized. 

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Oct 11 2018

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S2 | Ep. 19: Wm. Paul Young

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"Just because you work through your stuff and you own it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears." - William Paul Young

William Paul Young's childhood broke him. As a husband and father, he hit rock bottom and began a journey to reconstruct the life he was meant to lead. Young shared this process in his book The Shack, written as a gift for his children to better understand his experience. He printed copies at his local printer to give them in 2005. To date, 22 million have sold... and The Shack Movie is premiering in theaters around the world today!

Paul shares how to move past trauma, embrace consequence and stay within the grace of one day. This is one of the most epic interviews I’ve been a part of. Don’t miss it.

Key Takeaways:

  • "Good creative works open up space for people to hear for themselves, what matters to them."
  • How could this "little book" so deeply with so many around the world? Paul attributes it to "timing - where we are in human history. The Shack has given people a language to have a conversation about God that is much more authentic."  For me, I believe this books allows people permission to cry, grieve, be angry and realize it is okay. It's a part of life and we are not alone.

  • "When you have fear you either control or you trust. Choose trust."
  • Paul feels there is one major mistake in the book. He did not include the idea that "just because you work through your stuff and you own it and deal with it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears."
  • "Guilt is 'I've done something wrong.' Shame is 'I am something wrong - something at the core of my being is wrong.' Shame can leave us feeling like we've got no where to go."
  • "Choices matter. Consequences are not punishment, but rather they exist  because learning to live with the consequences and own what we've done, that becomes the fire that burns away all the 'crap.'"
  • "Religious people believe in hell but spiritual people have been there."
  • "When you hit the bottom, you stop pointing fingers. You deal with it and own what you did."
  • "Stay living inside the grace of one day. It has the greatest place of healing for me inside the entire journey."

(WILLIAM) PAUL YOUNG'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Greek New Testament. The Little Prince. Unspoken Sermons.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would ask the Holy Spirit and stay living inside the grace of one day; it has been one of the greatest places of healing for me inside this entire journey. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? First edition George McDonnell Unspoken Sermons book.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? The Holy Spirit or Jesus. The first question I would ask, "Am I right in hoping that one day every single human being without the violation of their will be fully restored to relationship with you?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Learn to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself so seriously. Live inside the grace of the day.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Go see a therapist. You're dragging a big corpse of history, come out of the shadows. The sooner the better.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? You finally became a child.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John everyday on Facebook & Twitter and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Mar 02 2017

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S7 | Episode 73 Sue Klebold

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"This process of accepting that your loved one has hurt other people. And accepting who that is and what it means to be a mother of someone like that, it takes not only months but years."

Sue Klebold is forever tied to a tragic day marked down in American history, April 20, 1999. It was on that day two gunmen entered Columbine High School and killed 12 students, a teacher and wounded two dozen others. One of the shooters was her son, Dylan.

After an excruciating journey, Sue has come to a place of peace and is using her life to honor the lives of those who died, raise awareness for mental health issues and do what she could to prevent another tragedy like Columbine from happening again.

Sue shares her story of a mother's love, heart-wrenching tragedy, sincere appeal for forgiveness, the long process of allowing herself to grieve, and letting go of the trauma of being hated, criticized and judged in order to focus on her heart, and the little boy she lost and adored. 

Today Sue bravely, honestly and with great humility shares her 20-year journey of researching mental health, suicide, and their ramifications so that we as a community may be able to live more inspired. I think what will amaze you most is how much you can relate to Sue, her family and her story. Sue shares concrete ideas to make sure none of us have to step into her shoes. It is a podcast you won't want to miss.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Sue heard on the news that 25 had died and found herself praying that no more would die and if her son was the killer that he'd kill himself to stop the number of fatalities from growing.
  • "I didn't think of him as a vicious murderer."
  • "I went into the meeting with the sheriff thinking he'd been brainwashed or tricked. But I was shown what really happened and his level of involvement in the planning that I was in a state of shock all over again. I had to rebuild who Dylan was to me."
  • We were very isolated after the tragedy, I had a tremendous amount of humiliation to think that someone I loved and raised could do something like this. There was a lot of fear involved. 
  • "Everybody who knew Dylan was as dumbfounded as we were. All wondering what we could have said to change his involvement...trying to understand what Dylan had done, look out for each other."
  • I remember Dylan with joy. Like if he died of cancer or a car accident. 
    • I thought I'd never get to this place. I thought the way in which he died would obliterate what he had meant to me.
  • Every time I saw kids with their moms and kids with their siblings I thought Dylan took that from people. I tried to make statements, write letters to the victims..."There is nothing you can do to adequately apologize for something like that." Read paralyzed Columbine survivor, Anne Marie Hochhalter's letter of forgiveness to Sue.
  • "I had perceived myself to be a good mother." "Previously, I had been one of those mothers who when crimes were being committed, went "uh-huh, what kinda parent was that."
  • People had to think of me as a bad parent or different than them because "The thought that you could do your best and be a good parent and this could still happen is a terrifying thought."
  • "I had no idea during his lifetime that he was in danger and that's why I speak about this a lot today. Now I look back - after being educated, reading, talking with experts - I can say that was a potential sign. But I didn't have the knowledge at the time."
    • School counselors, therapist, teachers and his parents all missed potential signs. He said he'd show us that he was on the right track and he did. He worked, applied to college and did well for the next 14 months.
    • Change in behavior happened his junior year. Changes in his sleep patterns. But he presented as a normal person.  
  • "The thought that you could do your best and be a good parent and this could still happen is terrifying." 
  • "Important point to remember about mental health: What we think people should be feeling and what they are feeling can be very, very different."
  • We need to do everything we can to truly understand what our children are going through. Ask open-ended questions (even though you can't be certain they'll answer truthfully):
    • "Tell me something about yourself that no one understands, but that causes you pain?"
    • Instead of trying to fix it, making your child feel like he has to "be happy" ... no matter their answer, your response should always be, "tell me more about that."
      • Ask the hard questions: Do you have thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else? Stay calm, don't try to argue with that person.
        • I wish I'd given more of an opportunity to share more of what he was dealing with and that whatever his feelings were okay. If I could do anything over, those are the things I would make happen.
  • Sue's book is a meditation on forgiveness A Mother's Reckoning.
  • There is a physiological difference in those who commit suicide; when someone is having persistent thoughts of suicide and can't shut it off - these are symptoms of a physiological brain malfunction. [Dr. Victoria Arango, Ph.D. from Columbia University] 
  • According to the FBI, of mass shootings, 78% of them the shooter was suicidal. This is why I have become so focused on suicide prevention. If we can get someone away from a suicidal crisis, it gives us great opportunity to prevent a shooting like this from escalating.
  • "I practice gratitude a lot." I go to bed at night counting blessings to adjust my mind into a positive place.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-talk or go to their website to chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • All author proceeds from A Mother’s Reckoning are being donated to various mental health charities, including Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

SUE KLEBOLD'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Oh, that's a great question, I wish I had a long time to think about that. Gone with the Wind, Amy Tann, one of the best books on suicide: No Time to Say Goodbye.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Well, I think I'd sit on it for a while. I don't think there is anything different that I would do from what I am doing. I try to live a life where I have donated what I can donate from my book. I would want to make sure that money was used well. I am so happy with how my life is. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? I think I would grab pictures of my children.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Dylan. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It was in the process of my therapy, where I was allowed to grieve. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? You are in for a wild ride. Nothing you can do is going to prepare yourself. You are more courageous and strong than you have any idea.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She did the best she could. 

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts.

I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Mar 15 2018

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Proven Techniques for Productive Meetings with Elise Keith (ep. 204)

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Did you know that almost three-quarters of us find meetings ineffective or unproductive, and they waste more than $37 billion dollars every year?

Elise Keith, CEO and co-founder of Lucid Meetings, joins us to share about her expertise and her mission to make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day, in the business world + in life outside of work.

Whether you’re leading a meeting at your child's school or an executive at a Fortune 500 boardroom, Elise is here to share real-life examples + practical methods that will lead to more productive + effective meetings and happier participants.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "Every meeting is walking into another room with another group of individuals that aren't the same as you, and hopefully having a moment to connect and create something great."
  • Get curious: Productive meetings happen when individuals can treat each other with respect, let their voices be heard and their opinions valued without judgment.
  • Meetings aren't just transactional. It's about being successful with people.
  • "Bad" meetings are always a reflection of something deeper going on in the culture. 
  • Many leaders are leading bad meetings because that's what's always been done.
  • Doing a job their not trained to do: Leaders are spending 70-80% of their workweek in meetings, and fewer than 25% of them have any training on how to lead effective meetings.
  • Look at how high-performing organizations meet successfully to drive performance. In an effort to improve employee engagement at the technology company Cisco, teams regularly touch-base in a positive way.
  • Frequency of care: How often do you show interest in what your team members are working on, say thank you, recognize others for bringing meaning + value to our work?
  • Breaking the doom loop: You can't get a positive result when you start with a negative belief.
  • "Every meeting is an opportunity to bring people together and achieve something that you can't achieve on your own."
  • Get clear on your "why": Use this Lucid Meeting resource to define which of the 16 types your meeting is, and design it to be most productive.
  • Elise shares a strategic technique on how to use silence to increase critical feedback to be shared + heard by all members of the meeting.
  • Organizations that design meetings with a clear end goal in mind meet far less and waste fewer resources.
  • Start meetings with icebreaker techniques to create bonds between team members and combat loneliness.
    • Live Inspired office: Share an experience from the past week on how our individual work ties to the overall mission.
    • Starbucks: Share a coffee tasting together.
    • Lululemon: Clearing to be present before a Vibes Watcher.
  • Elise shares 4 practical tips to have better meetings starting today:
    1. Take a moment before every meeting to create a clear vision of the purpose + desired outcomes of the meeting.
    2. Connect with each other as people first.
    3. Close the meeting by getting clear on your promises.
    4. Say "thank you."
  • Get a copy of Elise Keith's book Where the Action Is.

Elise Keith shared that she practices Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning principals every morning. On Live Inspired Podcast ep. 77 my dear friend Hal Elrod shares the techniques of his international bestselling book The Miracle Morning and how those practices helped him overcome two near-death experiences + build a highly successful business. Listen to Hal's Live Inspired Podcast episode today.

ELISE KEITH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Don Miguel's Four Agreements.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Sit still and not be fretting about everything I need to do.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My laptop + a box of my kids' precious school pictures.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My great, great grandfather Jake Patrick Aldridge. There are all types of family legends about him and I'd love to hear them come straight from the source.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Eat all the chocolate while you can.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Just do the work.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Well, that was fun!

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Nov 21 2019

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S7 | #77 - Hal Elrod: International Bestselling Author of "The Miracle Morning"

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"When you accept the worst case scenario, it has no power over you."

Hal Elrod, international bestselling author of The Miracle Morning, established a miracle equation that helped him overcome two near-death experiences + build a highly successful business.  

Hear Hal's amazing story and how to apply his equation so you can "divide odds and create miracles in your marriage, business and life." Now THAT sounds like living inspired! Join us.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Hal's book The Miracle Morning has sold 600,000+ copies
  • The Miracle Morning documentary is coming soon!
  • "Take an adversity + turn it into an advantage by helping other people with it."
  • At 20, he was hit by a drunk driver and not expected to walk. "When you accept the worst case scenario, it has no power over you. I thought, I'll be the most grateful human you've ever met in a wheel chair, because I'm in one either way. Putting energy into wishing it wasn't so would be futile."
  • Hal's Miracle Equation [to divide odds + create miracles in marriage, business, life] = maintain unwavering faith + extraordinary effort in every moment, of everyday
  • Often when we have obstacles, the first thing we lose is faith that it's possible.
  • When you lose faith, effort + drive go out the window.
  • The ABCs of Taking Life Head On: 
    • Accept things you can't change. Set a timer for 5 mins. to feel the emotions. When it goes off, say "I can't change it." Any negative emotion after is self created. 
    • Be grateful for everything. Why wait for the future to realize that every adversity can serve us if we learn from it? 
    • Create progress daily towards the life of your dreams.
  • The question Hal asked himself while battling cancer. What matters most: In my healing journey? In being the best husband? The best father? Overall in life?
  • Value health over productivity. What do you value more, your health or your productivity? Does your schedule reflect this?
  • Hear John on Hal's Achieve Your Goals Podcast here.

HAL ELROD'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsch. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would donate a minimum of 50% to charity. I just started a non-profit called support the unsupported and I would put some percentage to that also. I would take a percentage for retirement and fun. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My computer without hesitation. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My wife, Ursula.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Do the right thing, not the easy thing.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Everything is going to work out for the best.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He elevated the consciousness of humanity. 

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Apr 12 2018

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S4 | Ep. 44: Season 4 Highlights

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"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost   I love this quote from Robert Frost. Each of our guests from Season 4, though very different from each other (from co-founder of eHarmony to a super model and ESPN host to my personal business coach), chose the path less travelled... and it "truly made all the difference."   On episode 44, I'm sharing with you my favorite take aways from each Season 4 guest. You'll not only get a rapid-fire inspirational download, but also see which episodes speak to you most so you can revisit them.   Here we go! 10 amazing guests and my favorite takeaway from each:   SHOW NOTES:
  • Les Parrott, co-creator of eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband and father: "The most important thing you can do for your relationship is what you do for yourself."
    • This episode is for you if: You're ready to improve your relationships or long for a stronger relationship at home or in the mirror. 
  • Edie Varley, the business coach who I began working with 10 years ago when I transitioned from real estate + construction into speaking + writing:"Busy is not productive. Your to-do list is not the most important thing. The list that you actually honor is."
    • This episode is for you if: You need to recalibrate what is truly important in life, relationships and business.
  • Koran Bolden, speaker, author + voice in urban education and arts: "If you are patient you'll move past most obstacles. If you are simply patient..."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use an example of how to pivot from extreme challenge, grief or trauma into your most inspired life. 
  • Amy Brown, co-host of the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show and host of Love What Matters Podcast: "There's always good that can come from bad."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use a shining example of finding blessings in all of life's experiences.
  • Nurse Roy, the man who taught me how to walk again after my childhood fire (a story I used to share from the stage but don't often get the chance to today. "Today we're going to talk about the power of one. One individual. One action. One impact."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to see clearly the impact you are having in the lives of others every day.
  • Ben Newman, performance coach, speaker and author:"How you respond to adversity determines the story you write."
    • This episode is for you if: You want concrete tools to build the business and life you want.
  • Mark Sharenbroich, bestselling author of Nice Bike, leadership guru and longtime speaker: "The right moment to tell someone they've had an impact on your life is right now."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use a reminder on how to connect effectively with people AND the importance of doing it.
  • Leah Darrow, from America's Next Top Model to Role Model: "Life is so much more about contribution than competition."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to see what it looks like to break free from the status quo and into the life you're meant to lead. 
  • John Brenkus, host of ESPN's Sports Science show, 6-time Emmy winner, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfection Point: "I had to have persistence, stubbornness + belief to stick around when I was scraping by... I was scraping by for a long time."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to hear what it takes to make your professional + personal dreams come true.
  • Chris Norton, after being paralyzed while playing NCAA football, the video of his graduation walk went viral: "As life changes you change. Sometimes it's best to accept something different... different doesn't make it worse."
    • This story is for you if: You need an example of what committing to a goal can do for your life.

Ten months ago I invited my mom to talk with me in a radio studio about how she lived inspired through our fire and beyond... that's how this podcast began. There wasn't a grandiose plan, but there was a clear vision: To connect as a community and live a bit more inspired each week.

500,000 + downloads later, top 20 business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine... and the rest is history. Thanks for being part of it.

Instead of following the predictable, well-traveled path of the majority: Let's commit to traveling the road less traveled. One of faithfulness, courage, resilience, hope, possibility, and lit by the truth that the best is yet to come.

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Aug 24 2017

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S3 : Ep. 26 Expectation Hangover

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"Enough was never enough."

Christine Hassler was an over achiever. Each time she'd reach a milestone - she'd hurry off to the next big goal... never taking time to pause, recoup or celebrate. Early in her career, she was a high level producer in Hollywood... and completely unhappy.

Today, she realizes that she was keeping busy and "achieving" in order to not have to truly feel her feelings. To get this sense of clarity, Christine had to have a mighty fall... Embrace the lessons from that fall and then build her new, fulfilling life.

You are going to love the concrete insights and how-to's from Christine Hassler, bestselling author, podcaster, life coach and counselor.

SHOW NOTES

  • Choose new thoughts and habits. Use discipline to transform education and awareness into integration in your life. Just having the information is psychological entertainment.
  • Numbing out is easier. When you gossip and watch reality TV you can just be entertained. If you listen, engage with content that makes you feel: You have to process your feelings.
  • We either control and resist life or we move with it. [Tweet this.]
  • 20 something / 20 everything her book for 20-something women thinking: Who am I? What do I want & how do I get it?
  • It's important for us to own and have compassion for our journeys.
  • Don't chase a feeling, chase a result.
  • Without being inspired, enough is never enough.
  • Control, achievement, plan. That's what I did; because I thought it would keep me safe. As long as I was doing I didn't have to feel or process what was really driving me.
  • I got so much validation for all of my hard. That was my identity. But the problem was enough was never enough.
  • A lot of us get stuck in the why: Why did this happen to me? Don't get stuck in the analysis. A better question is: What am I learning?
  • "Humans learn through contact. When we go through hard times, it gives us more compassion for others."
  • What ultimately led her over-achieving nature and suicidal moment at age 26 was the limiting beliefs she'd bought into as little girl.
  • How do you stay in "flow"?
    • Breath of fire for 3 minutes when I wake up. Short fast breath through my nose and into my lower body. This calms my very active mind.
    • Mediate for 10 minutes and journaling, clearing out thoughts and anxiety.
    • Make a to-do list for me and one for what I'd like God to help with. 
    • Exercise every day. Yoga or the gym.
    • Turn off devices at least one hour before bed. Write things that happened that day I'm grateful for. 
    • Increase your awareness. You have choice. You are not a victim of your life.
  • Inspiration pulls us forward.
  • When you are going through a hard time, remember: It's not going to last forever. It's happening for you not to you. This could be the biggest catalyst in your life. 
  • When you have a big disappointment: Leverage the amazing lessons and healing opportunities that come forward in major transitions in you life.
  • John joined Christine on her podcast: Over it & On with it on. Listen here.

CHRISTINE HASSLER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: "Between stimulus and response is our choice & that choice is our freedom."

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Create a think tank to innovate through some of our major issues - education, poverty, etc.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The panda bear my Dad gave me the day I was born. It so reminds me of him, unconditional love and that innocence. it's still part of me, part of all of us.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus. And the first question I'd ask: "What's the truth?" 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? After my divorce a friend told me: "Don't be a victim or just rush through it. Be in the mess and explore.Dig deep."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Don't be so hard on yourself, we think we need to be hard on ourselves to get what we want and keep up with the Jones's. We think if we beat ourselves up first, it won't hurt as bad when someone else tries to.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I am so grateful.

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Live Inspired – IN STUDIO: For the first time ever, John is launching IN STUDIO – a LIVE, virtual monthly experience. Registration opens in April for a limited time. Learn more: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/In-Studio

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Apr 20 2017

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What Drives Happiness? (How to 'Hygge' ep. 148)

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What drives happiness? Actually, what is happiness?

It sounds so vague, like “puppy dogs and rainbows,” doesn’t it? Well, today, we're going to define it, get our hands wrapped around how you measure it + see what the key drivers for happiness really are.

Our guest Meik Wiking is the founder + CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, is improving the quality of life across the globe and has consulted with the Danish government and the city of Goyang in South Korea among others to increase key drivers of happiness in their countries. 

When Meik realized his native Denmark is routinely ranked the highest in the United Nations Happiness Report, it sent him on a mission to unlock what drives (and what prohibits) human happiness.

Meik’s insights are fascinating and will give you practical steps to live a happier, more inspired life today.

SHOW NOTES

  • The Happiness Research Institute is taking a scientific approach to answer these questions:
    1. How do you measure happiness?
    2. Why are some people happier than others?
    3. How can we improve the quality of life?
  • Happiness often feels vague and soft. The institute breaks happiness down into two components: Overall life satisfaction + immediate satisfaction.
  • Capture happiness: By following large groups of people over time, they see how life events impact emotions and happiness.
  • The Happiness Research Institute has served cities, governments + organizations globally, impacting their policies + infrastructures, allowing their citizens to flourish. 
  •  Meik refers to Denmark as the "least unhappy country": 
    • Since "genetics" plays a small role in someone's level of happiness,  the main explanation is the Nordic way of life.
    • Policies + infrastructure are in place in Scandinavian countries to reduce causes of unhappiness: unemployment, lack of access to healthcare, paid university-level education.
  • Meik's book The Little Book Hygge details the Danish national culture of art of creating a nice atmosphere: 
  • Hygge is the idea of feeling relaxed, at peace, a sense of togetherness and enjoying simple pleasures. It's a key success parameter when socializing in Denmark.
    • Light a candle: Meik shares a fascinating story of a Canadian family making the simple environmental change of eating dinner in candlelight that led to a longer, more enjoyable experience for the entire family. 
  • Happiness-suicide paradox: It's more difficult to be unhappy in happy country.
    • Why? Our satisfaction is impacted by how we see others (and social comparison).
    • Increasing wealth does not correlate with increased happiness because we increase our expectations, creating a new benchmark for happiness.
  • The Little Book of Lykke is Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness, covering 6 topics: togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness. Hear more about each of these in our Live Inspired IN STUDIO membership community*.

If you enjoyed hearing practical tips to be happier in your work + life, listen to Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project & The Four Tendencies on ep. 64 and Liz Fosslien, co-author + illustrator of the just-released book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work on ep. 122 of the Live Inspired Podcast.

* Hear more on Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness by joining IN STUDIO, my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. I'll share his practical tips + proven real-life examples from The Little Book of Lykke. Registration is open now for less than 48 hours. Register today!

MEIK WIKING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Factualness by Hans Rosling.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Optimism.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My photo albums.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My mom. died at 49 nice things to say to her.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? John Helliwell,  Editor of World Happiness Report in reference to the work we do: Let the data shape the signs but let the story spread the signs.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It's all going to be fine.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Just happy. 

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May 09 2019

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S5 | Ep. 48: Mark Sanborn's The Fred Factor

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"It was out of abject failure that I learned to speak."

My friends, today we get to hang out with a legendary speaker. Mark Sanborn has spoken around the world 2,500+ times, authored the wildly popular Fred Factor and just released The Potential Principle

Mark will share his story about being a boy in 4H Club who failed at presenting a 5-minute speech... and how he transformed that failure into a successful speaking career.

As Mark says: "We enjoy our successes but learn more from our setbacks." Join us and get read to transform challenges into an inspired life.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be extraordinary.
  • It was out of abject failure that I learned to speak. I bombed so badly giving a 5-minute speech in grade school it made me want to learn to write and deliver a winning speech. 
  • When someone says it doesn't matter, usually they're just minimizing disappointment. 
  • We enjoy our successes but learn a lot more from our setbacks.
  • Look for the pain in your life; often there's an opportunity there. 
  • Lock in greatness, fame is fickle. Greatness is about contribution and that is where you have control.
  • If you blame your failures on others, you can't own your successes. Leaders take responsibility but give credit.
  • Managers try to be heroes. Leaders try to make heroes.
  • Often you become extraordinary inspite of not because of. In the face of a challenge, that's when people become great.
  • We are responsible for living in a way that shows others what we we truly believe.
  • Integrity is the distance between what you think and do.
  • Your beliefs, values and purpose manifest in your work.
  • Couple your actions with intentions; too often we say something but don't do anything about it.
  • Narrow the gap between what you know you should do and what you actually do.
  • Leadership test: Is anything/one better because of you?
  • We all know how good we've become. None of us know how good we can be. Try to achieve a little more of your potential so you don't miss the great opportunity of life.
  • The Potential Principle, Mark's new book, share a process to help you go from where you are to where you want to be

MARK SANBORN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible is the underpinning of my worldview. The River Why, is one of the greatest works of fiction. It really impacted me.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Meet with my financial planner and make sure my family's needs are met so they can get by, but not so much they don't have to do anything. Invest the rest in institutions that will outlive me.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A handful of books and our computer with photos.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? The Apostle Paul who called himself the chief of the sinners, but was also one of the greatest influencers of the Christian faith. I can relate to a really flawed guy who is doing his best.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A congressman told me at a young age that anytime you give a speech, people always want to be entertained. I've replaced "entertain" with engage.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Lighten up. I can be a pretty intense dude. Be serious about what you do, but don't take yourself to serious.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? If you want to be successful do whatever you do a little better than anyone else who did it by working a little bit harder than any one else did. 

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Sep 21 2017

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Country Music Star Walker Hayes on Being a "Craig" (ep. 146)

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Singer-songwriter Walker Hayes shares his unlikely path to the top of the Country Music Billboard Charts. You’ll hear the stories behind the songs on his latest album, boom., like platinum-hit You Broke Up with Me about losing a record deal and Craig, which is a tribute to a life-changing friendship.

More exceptional than hearing “behind the scenes” stories of big Nashville country music are the raw conversations Walker and I have in between – about life, loss, love, sobriety, failing and trying again.

Many say Walker broke into the mainstream by sounding different than anyone else; our conversation is a reminder that to live inspired, we must be ourselves. If you could use a reminder that the path to "success" isn’t always easy, but is always worth it – this episode is for you.

SHOW NOTES

  • "It hasn't always made sense. I've had a lot of arguments with my dreams."
  • The song Craig was Walker's personal "thank you" note to a dear friend who selflessly gave and inspired him to do things like that for others.
    • While attending church, Walker met Craig and immediately felt accepted.
    • After losing a record deal, Craig lent Walker their minivan to safely transport his six children, teaching Walker the important lesson of accepting help.
  • Walker wrote platinum hit You Broke Up With Me, which can be interpreted many ways, about losing a record deal.
  • One of Walker's big breaks was when Bobby Bones Show, a nationally syndicated radio show, played his song Beer in the Fridge, a song Walker wrote as a pep talk to himself sober.
  • On his wife Laney, Walker says her steady is as rock solid as his whimsical. How she loved him through his alcoholism helped him address his fear of facing his struggles sober.
  • The morning of the CMT Awards, his first performance on an award show on public television, Laney went into labor with their seventh child. Oakleigh Klover Hayes died after Laney's uterus ruptured, resulting in internal hemorrhaging
  • Finding beauty in the pain: Tragedy strengthened Walker and Laney's relationship as they learned to communicate how they grieve differently.
  • Oakleigh inspires Walker's purpose of making a difference for others.
  • Get Walker Hayes' latest album boom. here.
  • Walker Hayes wrote Joy Like Judy for the mother of past Live Inspired Podcast guest Amy Brown from ep. 37. Amy is the co-host of The Bobby Bones Show and a shining example of finding blessings in all of life’s experiences. Listen to ep. 37 here.
  • During the Live Inspired 7, Walker shares he'd love to sit on a bench, overlooking the ocean with his dad. On Live Inspired Podcast's Monday Moments ep. 129 a listener shared how applied the Live Inspired 7 to his own life.

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WALKER HAYES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was a little more carefree growing up. Age + responsibilities have tapered that. I need to remind myself that you live on this earth once, leave it different + better. We can do that by taking ourselves less seriously.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? I picked up a piece of scrap metal from my first date with Laney, bending it into a ring. She still has that ring. She wore it all through college. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? There is still time but my dad. I'd put aside all the fear, pride and messing around to just talk to him for a little while.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My father told me, "the way the actually judge a man is how he helps someone that cannot help him in return." That's who Craig and Laney have been for me. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? One, don't drink. Two, I would tell my 20-year-old self the same thing I'd tell my 38-year-old self... It's going to be okay. I'd hug him and tell him you're going to be alright. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He loved her. He loved. I have the desire to leave every person I talk to feeling better, better than I found them. 

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May 02 2019

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Making Peace with the Unexpected (Michele Cushatt #132)

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Michele Cushatt is a self-proclaimed expert of trauma, pain and the deep need for human connection. As a three-time cancer survivor, mother of six, author and speaker, Michele's warmth, strength and transparency will remind you that you're not alone.

Michele shares her story, how hope got her through her struggles and how it will help you through yours. Today, you'll be reminded that your best days remain in front of you to live a more inspired life. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fear + worry give a false sense of control. Acknowledge the reality but don't ruminate.
  • Learn to laugh + gravitate towards other who do, too.
  • How do we show up for loved ones with cancer (or other big things)
    1. Show support + be willing to do it wrong.
    2. Be willing to carry a measure of pain yourself.
  • Hope gives meaning to life: We need to know there is meaning on the other side of pain and these challenges are not going to be wasted.
  • The worst thing that can happen doesn't need to be the end of your life.
  • If we are victims to our circumstances, we don't have a hand free to lend to anyone else. We're too busy trying to save ourselves.
  • How to heal after trauma:
    1. Make a list and grieve.
    2. Acknowledge what you lost + what opportunities you have as a direct result of your loss.
    3. Healing is not done in isolation. Get emotional health and wholeness with help from a counselor, pastor or someone in that space. Find people who would want you to step in and do live with them.
    4. Hope is critical. Michele reminds herself daily that no matter what happens today, it can only get better from here.
  • Live with compassion rather than constant disappointment.
  • To overcome trauma, Michele suggested the book Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk and Dr.  Daniel J. Siegel work.
  • Get Michele Cushatt's book Undone here.
  • Get Michele Cushatt's book I Am here.

Thank you Live Inspired Podcast listener + community member Jennifer K. for recommending Michele Cushatt! Have someone you want to hear on the show? Email me at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

We've welcome other guests onto the Live Inspired Podcast that have overcome cancer diagnoses and are living inspired. Listen to author Christine Cain on ep. 82, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton on ep. 68 and author Edie Little Sundby on ep. 51.

MICHELE CUSHATT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller and  The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was very playful and full of imagination. I've lost some innocence and natural playfulness and I miss that. I'm trying to rediscover play, joy and laughter.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My Bible. I used my Bible through the darkest days of my life. I wrote all the ugly, hard questions in there and have become part of my journey. It's evidence of the grace that got me through.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I would love to pick the  brain of Henri Nouwen and all he experienced. The other would be my dad. He died of terminal pancreatic cancer eight weeks before my third diagnosis. I would love to hear him share how all the different pieces of his hard life came together.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You're not failing, you're learning. I was frustrated that I allowed my emotional triggers to get the best of me. It's changed how I talk to myself and how I approach all my children and to teach them that they're going to make mistakes.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Sister, you're in for a long road. It's going to be harder than you can possibly imagine. It's going to take you to a point where you're not sure you're going to want to live. But I promise you, if you hang in there and keep making the choice to wake up and live you're going to be so glad that you did.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She never stopped believing that love would win.

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Mar 14 2019

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S3 | Ep 32 Jack Buck

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"What more can I do?"

This epic question is the one I learned from the example of Hall of Fame Announcer Jack Buck. When our paths crossed, we were strangers. I had just been burned on 100% of my body and the doctors had given me less than 1% chance to survive. 

On today's episode, I  share what has become my most requested story to share when I'm speaking at events. It's the story of an unlikely friendship. Hall of Fame Announcer and The "Voice of the Cardinals" Jack Buck absolutely changed my life and hearing it just might change yours.

Can't wait to share the story with you again, or for some of you: For the very first time. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Think back to a time when you were experiencing a hardship: What might have changed if your hero walked in to help you? Is there someone you know going through a hardship you could step in and be a hero for today?
  • Crying is a sign of great strength. 
  • When someone is truly smiling, you can see it in their eyes.
  • Leadership is about meeting people where they are; meeting them in their "why." 
  • Motivation is an inside job.
  • Jack believed in me first; I followed. Who do you believe in today? How are you letting him/her know?
  • Love changes us. When we show up as love for others, we change them.
  • Ask yourself: "What more can I do?" And then pause to actually answer it.
  • What is one thing you can do today to change the world from negativity, exclusion, fear and anxiety to one of inclusivity, hope, faithfulness and love?

JOHN O'LEARY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

Since we didn't have a guest to answer the "live inspired 7" this episode, I thought I'd share my answers to this set of questions! You can read my answers on my Parade Magazine article here.

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Jun 01 2017

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S3 | Ep 29 Laila Ali

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"We need to stop judging each other and thinking we know, because you would never know my story unless I told you."

Laila Ali is a fitness & wellness guru, podcaster, author, undefeated 4-time boxing champion, has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Chopped and is the daughter of Muhammad Ali.

Today she shares vulnerably the path to all that she has accomplished in her 39 years - and WOW is it a lot! Laila is one of the most focused, driven and loyal people I've met and you are going to love her story.

SHOW NOTES  

  • What was it like to grow up the daughter of Muhammad Ali? "That's all I knew! My Dad loved a crowd. There was always a lot of excitement and people. My home was like a public place growing up."
  • My mom taught me how to be consistent through her example. Everyday I saw her working out and eating a plant-based diet.
  • My dad taught me through his 'champion within.' When he got Parkinson's, he was an example of how to live your life with a positive mind and do things you want to do despite illness. It's all about what you have in your mind. He didn't let it stop him mentally.
  • When Muhammad Ali saw his daughter fight, it made him realize it is a women's sport too.
  • "My confidence was off the charts for boxing. It came from my preparation. I got into the ring with every cell in my body knowing 'I am going to win.'"
  • Get her book Reach "I wrote it for girls... to tell them you were put on earth to do a special thing. Be a power house. Don't be embarrassed or hide."
  • Learn how to be you and do not let others define you. I don't care what level you're at economically or in education, people are always concerned about what others think. We sometimes make decisions based on that. Stop doing that and do what's in your heart. You only have one life to live.
  • "We need to stop judging each other and stop thinking we know, because you would never know my story unless I told it to you."
  • You have to make a decision right now to go forward or backward. 
  • Things happen in our lives to teach us lessons and get bigger and stronger. Accept it and move on.
  • The more you separate yourself from the people in your life causing you trouble, the better you are going to do.
  • Being a powerhouse doesn't mean you don't make mistakes or have moments when you feel weak. We are all going to face those things, but it's about having the courage to keep going. Everyone has it within them, that's the only difference between myself and others. It's a matter of tapping into your self confidence. You just have to believe for yourself.

LAILA ALI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Five Love Languages was so helpful in my marriage and relationships in general to realize people share love differently.

 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Invest into public school systems. I don't like how kids in certain areas don't get a good education.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My hard drive because it has all of my photos and important documents.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My father. By the time I had things to talk with him about, he had Parkinson's and couldn't really talk. I'd want to talk with him about parenting and what things in life he would have changed and done differently. I would want to hear from his mouth, was he proud of me? My dad always told people he was proud / liked to make people feel good. I would ask him if he was really proud of me.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. If you have good discernment and intuition and someone shows you something in a relationship, friendship, business relationship - and you see something is off... They are showing their character. Those little red flags are there. You gotta listen. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Take the time when you're traveling and fighting, take time to enjoy it and take it all in. Don't be so focused and uptight. I missed out on being young and enjoying life. I went to do my business and left. Now I have kids and can't travel as much.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Takes great pride in being loyal, authentic, hardworking and caring about others. Those are the things that are really important to me and it's important that others see these qualities too. 

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May 11 2017

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Bethany Hamilton: Living Unstoppable (ep. 178)

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Bethany Hamilton was just 13 years old when she became a household name after being attacked by a shark while surfing. She lost her arm and nearly her life, but just one month after the attack, returned to surfing.

Today, 15 years later, Bethany is a professional surfer, contestant on Amazing Race, wife, mother and role model. Her amazing story has been shared in the award-winning biopic Soul Surfer and her new documentary Unstoppable. Today, Bethany shares her inspiring story with us firsthand.

If you ever face a challenge (and we all do, right?) this episode is for you – Bethany will show you how to overcome with faith and gratitude.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The up-close and personal documentary Unstoppable was released in July 2019 and covers Bethany’s incredible journey from a girl through becoming a woman, a resilient athlete and mom. Watch the trailer here.
  • Bethany and her husband Adam finished third in season 25 of CBS's reality television show Amazing Race and enjoyed tackling challenges together. 
  • Bethany's mom led her to explore her spirituality + faith. She attributes her positivity and resiliency after her attack to her faith in God.
  • "I know I'm going to surf again." Shortly after attack, a reporter asked Bethany if she'd ever surf again and her confidence + boldness inspired others.
  • As she matures, Bethany is learning to embrace her story and use it to inspire others.
  • Four weeks after the attack, Bethany rode a wave to shore, giving her hope + realization that she'd return to surfing. 
  • Friend of Bethany is a foundation produces events that inspires, shares stories hope, and responds with encouragement to traumatic amputees to give hope in a difficult time. Learn more here.
  • World Vision invited Bethany to Thailand a year and a half after the tsunami to inspire fisherman to return to the ocean, despite their fear.
  • Faith in God, spending time in the ocean, and being a mom + wife keep Bethany grounded and tethered to what matters. 
  • In Unstoppable, Bethany shares her journey and daunting accomplishment of surfing an infamous 65 foot, 30 mph+ wave nicknamed Jaws.
  • John 16:33: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
    • Bethany refers to this verse to provide hope + peace to herself + others when going through a difficult time.
  • Bethany found the emotional aspect of her recovery more difficult than the physical and is thankful for her support system.
  • Bethany's book Body and Soul shares tips for young women to become the best versions of themselves. Get a copy here.

If hearing Bethany's story inspired you to live an unstoppable life, you'll love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Amberley Snyder. Amberley shares her struggles during recovering from an accident, her strong family bond, and turning tragedy into triumph. Listen to Amberley ep. 63. You'll also love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Chris Norton. Chris' story of sustaining an spinal cord injury and determination throughout his recovery will give you amazing insight to live more inspired today. Listen to Chris on ep. 43.

BETHANY HAMILTON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I've become more of a realist and would love to have even more positivity.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The surfboards.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My husband or Jesus.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be willing to try because you never know what you're able to accomplish.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Keep doing what you’re doing.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Always willing to try, put herself in uncomfortable situations to achieve her accomplishments and received the grace of God to keep going in a direction that she may have never planned herself. We can all live an unstoppable life.

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Aug 22 2019

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Have You Ever Felt Stuck? (Get Unstuck ep. 152)

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Have you ever felt stuck? That you’re “just” a teacher, dad, stay-at-home mom, accountant… That there’s more for you to achieve? Or are you achieving what you set out for, but still don’t feel fulfilled? My guest today reminds us that your definition of success needs to change with you and with time… + will give you tips on how to get “unstuck” today.

Laura Gassner Otting is the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path and Live Your Best Life. Our conversation will free you to see the endless possibilities within your life + give you tips to uncover them. Entrepreneur, executive headhunter, nonprofit developer + past White House appointee, Laura shares energetic insights from her experience that will help you redefine success + live inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • What does success mean for you
    • We feel the need to justify our decisions because we are limited by other's definition of success.
    • Figure out what success means for you + lean into that with everything you have.
  • We judge our life bloopers by looking at everyone's highlight reels on social media.
  • Limitless: when you're at your very best; when everything that you've been called upon is solving the problem at hand; when you're in alignment.
  • Confidence is harmony: what you do matches who you are.
  • Work/Life Alignment: you can be the person that you are in all parts of your life.
  • Your definition of success must change along with you + with time.
  • Learn your definition of success with Laura's Limitless Life Assessment.
  • Four areas of confidence make you feel limitless:
    1. Calling
    2. Connection
    3. Contribution
    4. Control
  • Connection: is your daily work leading you to your calling? Do you have sightlines as to why the work you're doing matters? 
  • If your work is not matching your calling, ask yourself, "what needs to happen?"
  • If you don't have sightlines to your calling, find ways to gain a deeper connection.
  • Lean in:  Do everything you possibly can to be successful. More importantly, realize you can redefine success.
  • Create space to define what success means for you by prioritizing your need for calling, connection, contribution, and control at every stage of life.
  • Embrace "sidequests". 
    • Small things that are not on the route to your main quest prepare you for your main quest.
    • Builds confidence through competence.
  • Laura shares how Joshua Mantz, Iraqi military serviceman, achieved limitlessness because he let go of other's expectations for him to become the person he was born to be. Listen to his TEDx here.
  • Failure is not the finale. Failure is the fulcrum.
  • Get Laura Gassner Otting's book Limitless here.

If you enjoyed this episode, check out my conversation with Rory Vaden from Live Inspired Podcast ep. 5 where he shares that success "is something you figure out along the way" and reminds us to focus on progress instead of perfection. Listen to ep. 5 here.

You'll also like Amy Jo Martin from Live Inspired Podcast ep. 97 where she shares on what can happen when we stop asking for permission and choose significance over "success". Listen to ep. 97 here.

LAURA GASSNER OTTING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I talked to strangers more often. I was more extroverted.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My husband writes me a letter every year on our anniversary. They are a chronical of our 23 years together.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My children's future selves, the people that they've become after I'm long dead. I want to know how the story turns out.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? "You're just not that important." I was working hard to be all things to all people and not actually being present for anybody. You're not that important to everything. Figure out where you are that important and double down there instead.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Write your plans in pencil, because even if you think you know yourself (and you don't!), the world around you is going to change, be flexible. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? My life was better because she was part of it. 

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May 23 2019

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S2 | Ep. 015: Mike Matheny

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Discipline, toughness, enthusiasm and selflessness. If you combine these things, you have maximized what you can control in becoming a pro baseball player.

Mike Matheny, manager and head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, husband and father, observed this truth after playing for 17 years and coaching for five.

On today's show, he shares what it's like to win a World Series, fall in love and how having a "consistent and God-honoring" father shaped him into the man he is today. 

The highlight of his career? "Making it there. That first day...and just thinking about the millions of kids playing youth sports and hoping to one day defy the odds. I was told as a teen to change my dream because making the big leagues was less likely than winning the lottery. But that encouraged me. I figured, somebody had to make it, why not me?"

Injuries resulting from concussions throughout his career as a catcher abruptly ended his career, but Mike saw it as an opportunity to spend more time with his kids and make real estate investments. When the market crashed, he nearly lost everything. His family moved in with his in laws and at that time, he observed his kids enjoying the time there as much as they had when they lived in their "palace of a place." He realized: There is more to life than stuff. 

Mike shares what it takes to make it into "the bigs" and make it as a leader, father, dad, son and husband. The takeaways from this episode are epic; don't miss them!  

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • God continues to work on the hearts of people.
  • Leadership is caught better than it's taught. If people see selflessness, they will be selfless.
  • If you want a winning culture at home or on the field, try to make people around you better.
  • Mike wasted part of his time in the big leagues fearing it would end. Now, he tells players "be grateful for those who got you here, but don't deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying being here because it is special."
  • You don't know how you will handle losing everything until you do. To have peace with that is one of the greatest gifts you can have.
  • As a new coach, he realized he was in a more volatile position then ever, but he had peace. "I was able to hold the position with a loose hand, if I'm meant to be here I'm not going to waste my time with the worry."
  • How much does the negativity people throw at you bother you? It stings but I get back to these questions: What's my job? Am I doing it the right way? Doing what I said I'd do? Treating people right?
  • What advice would you offer to better manage business / life? Faith is the foundation for everything I do. It comes down to leaving a legacy. You want to be able to look back and see you made an impact on peoples' lives and took advantage of opportunities you were given.

MIKE MATHENY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?

Good to Great by Jim collins. Main takeaway: Anytime you settle for good you cut your potential short.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

Take care of some family and I'd love to think I could give almost all of it away.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

A stack of 5 bibles for my kids. Over the course of 18 months, I'd read the Bible and journal -- to share what I was going through at that point in my life. When I finished one bible, I'd start the next for my next kid.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

Coach John Wooden; he has served as a mentor to me and we never had the pleasure of meeting.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

I'm stealing it from Wooden: How you define success, take a good honest look at yourself, the talent that you have, effort the you put in and the pursuit of perfection while realizing perfection is not attainable. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Stay away from real estate! To thine own self be true. Find out who you are and what you believe and don't let anybody talk you out of it.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

Ferocious gentleman.

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Feb 02 2017

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Episode 003: Joe Buck

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January 18th, 2017 will be the 30th anniversary of a very important day for me.

I'd been laying in a hospital bed for a full day after being burned on 100% of my body. I couldn't move. My eyes were swollen shut. Into that darkness came my very special hero, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals, Jack Buck.

He was told I'd die. But yet he came back day after day to encourage me to live. Then, he held "John O'Leary Day" at the Ballpark at Busch stadium to help me celebrate life. Next, he taught me to write again by giving me 60 very special gifts. And the story keeps going...

To do justice to Jack's story and legacy I have a very special guest joining me on our show. Today, we're joined by Emmy-award-winning announcer, father, husband, leader, author and Jack Buck's son: Joe Buck.

Joe will share about his life, his dad and things he can't share on air. From being bullied as a kid to dreaming about how to improve dialogue between inner cities and police enforcement, Joe doesn't hold anything back. 

I'm honored to be the first to interview Joe about his new book Lucky Bastard. Join me on Facebook to see how you can win a copy - I bought 60 to share with you!

Do not miss this episode! Here are a few of my key takeaways:

  • We all have a past. We all have insecurities. We can all learn from each other's experiences. We have much more in common than we think.
  • When life hands us lemonade, it is important to stay grateful.
  • Sometimes it's best not to fill the silence with words, but to listen and absorb the energy in the room.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Joe Buck's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I only allowed myself to read one page a day because I didn't want it to end. That's how beautiful the writing was.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

Come up with a way to open the dialogue between law enforcement and inner cities. Without law enforcement we're lost... I don't know what it is like to live in the inner city or mistrust law force. It must be an awful feeling. So educating... talking... that is where I'd put my money.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

Nothing. There is not one thing. I learned that the hard way with my Mom's house fire. Is there a picture or letter that I have to have? If it's that important to me, I have it in my mind. I would be upset if we lost the painting of my two daughters. But I can picture it in my mind, I don't have to hold it. As long as everyone can get out, let it burn.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

I'd love go back and know my Dad as a contemporary. I'd love to see him in his 40's. I didn't really know him in his 40's. I'd like to see him in his 30's; what he was like in WW2 if you were on an airplane coming back from war before he was "Jack Buck." I have a feeling we'd be best friends... I'd also like to tell him "thank you."

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

From my Dad. He taught me that there's nothing you can say that is more impactful than a loud crowd. So if the Cubs win the world series, shut up and let the stadium shake and let people hear that. Also the golden rule, when no one is watching: treat people the way you want to be treated.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

It's going to be a hell of a ride. Keep doing what you are doing. Be confident in who you are. When you grow up a fat kid, getting made fun of - that stuff never really goes away. I'm not the most confident person in the world -- but you are going to have a great life. Enjoy it while you're going through it.

7. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

He was a great father, a good family person, cared more about others than himself and didn't take himself to seriously.

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 10 2016

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3 Ways to Improve Adult Sibling Relationships S8 Ep. 88

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Today, I share a story I don't often get to tell.

The story of my siblings and their heroic acts that saved my life 30 years ago. Even more relevant: the 3 things we do that allow us to remain close as we get older. My friend, in honor of my parents 50th wedding anniversary, I'm sharing an intimate look at my family, what we've been through, what we've learned + what it might mean for you.

SHOW NOTES:

  • As promised during this episode, here are a few past episodes on which we discussed depression and mental health:
    • Episode #46 with Dennis Gillan: Break down the stigma around mental health to better care for yourself, those you love + those in the wake of suicide. Dennis shares how mental health claimed the life of his brothers + what he's doing about it today.
    • Episode #73 with Sue Klebold: Sue is the mother of Dylan Klebold, a shooter at Columbine High School in 1999. You'll be amazed by how much you can relate to Sue, her family + her story. Sue shares ideas to better manage mental health so we don't have to step into her shoes. 
    • Episode #65 Mike Robbins: Mike was a pro athlete before an injury ended his career. Now, he's an author + speaker on emotional intelligence, teamwork + leadership for clients like Google, NBA + Harvard. Mike shares about his depression + the questions he asked to discover that healing is multi-layered: body, mind + heart.
  • 3 Things the O'Leary siblings do to stay close:
    1. Communicate frequently. 
    2. Forgive promptly. 
    3. Their success is not your failure. 
  • Live Inspired IN STUDIO is my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

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Jun 28 2018

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S2 | Ep. 012: Jinny Ditzler

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Almost a decade ago my life changed when I read Jinny Ditzler's book Your Best Year Yet.

At the time I was struggling in my real estate development business and had not yet cracked into my speaking business. I read this book on the front side of a new year on the recommendation of a dear friend.

Rather than quickly flip through, I read it like it was a workbook. Pen in hand, I took notes, answered her 10-Questions and in doing so created a one-page plan to attack that year. 

I had great success and this year, I decided to walk through the same process with my team. We did so back in December and it was fantastic! So much so that we asked: How do we share this amazing, simple 10-Step process with the Live Inspired community?

Friends, today, I am thrilled to have Jinny on the show, literally walking each of us through this life-changing plan step by step. Can you believe that? We are lucky!

I am so touched that I get to share the gift of Jinny coaching us through how to make 2017 our best year yet.

Jinny will remind us of the "indestructible goodness and immense possibility" within each of us. This podcast will set you up with a one-page plan to make 2017 your best year yet. Here we go!

"This will give you a clear way to "cut your way out of the fog" through concrete commitments."

Here are my key takeaways:

  • The premise of Jinny's book Best Year Yet: You have the answers to achieve your success and well being.
  • Through the book, you'll answer 10 questions that will result in you outlining how you'll achieve your success this year. 
    • Questions:
      1. What did I accomplish last year?
      2. What were my biggest disappointments last year?
      3. What did I learn? (Uncover a motto for the new year, turning negatives to positives: Be grateful. Not 'Don't be ungrateful.')
      4. How did I limit myself? How can I stop? What's getting in the way? What are your limiting beliefs?
      5. What are your values?
      6. What roles do I play (no more than 8)?
      7. What role is my major focus in the new year?
      8. What are my (specific, measurable) goals for each of my roles?
      9. What are my top 10 goals?
      10. How can I achieve my plan (my top 10 goals)?
  • This will not be HARD. You just need to have discipline. 
  • Set monthly goals. Keep score to make sure you are moving the needle.
  • Get a life coach or an accountability partner to hold you accountable and talk about the progress you are making on your plan. 
  • Prefer to take the 'Best Year Yet' Course? Sign up here.
  • Order Jinny's Best Year Yet book here

Jinny Ditzler's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you've ever read?

 The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I'd take care of myself and my family where we don't feel fully cared for. Then I'd find people up to good and invest in them.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

My laptop.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

Mom. She's not with us anymore, but she was an angel. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Where there is a will there is a way.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Relax. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

She cared deeply about others and committed her life to showing them how to use the best that's in them.

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Jan 12 2017

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The Epic 60-Year Survival Story of One Couple (Smitty + Louise Harris ep. 210)

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Colonel Carlyle Smith “Smitty” Harris spent 2,871 days (that’s nearly 8 years!) as Vietnam POW. At the same time, his beautiful bride Louise was courageously raising three young children while becoming an advocate and role model.

Today, Smitty + Louise take us on a 60-year journey that’s packed with love, but also the horrors of a North Vietnam prison and how a forgotten military code changed everything.

If you’re looking for a story of forgiveness from a decorated war hero or a romantic love story filled with drive, sacrifice and compassion, you’re going to love today’s episode.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Smitty + Louise have been married for over 60 years.
  • On April 4, 1965, Smitty became the sixth POW captured in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
  • For nearly 8 years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs, including John McCain and George “Bud” Day, suffered torture, solitary confinement and abuse at the infamous Hoa Lo prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton.”
  • Louise returned to America to raise her three young children and went on to become an advocate + role model for the other wives of the POWs.
  • Smitty lost about 20% of his body weight, bringing him to about 90 pounds.
  • Miracles presented themselves: Smitty and his fellow POWs learned that their faith was stronger, their resistance to the enemy would continue and strength to continue.
  • Tap code is a way to communicate letter-by-letter using taps or knocks using this chart below, and gave them strength and unity, even allowing them to have weekly church service.
  • Smitty's tin drinking cup is in the Smithsonian Institute.
  • "Hi Jane, it's Tarzan." The first words that Smitty spoke to Louise after his time as a POW, proving their love hadn't missed a beat.
  • "You will never be tested beyond your power to endure."
  • Get a copy of Smitty Harris' Tap Code here.

If today's story inspired you, you'll love our Military + First Responders Playlist. This specially curated list includes Capitan Charlie Plumb. Listen to the Military + First Responders Playlist here.

SMITTY + LOUISE HARRIS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Louise: The Bible, and  Losing Cooper by J.J. Jasper.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Smitty: I've always been inquisitive, optimistic and a risk-taker, but I also had a deep abiding love of God and I still have that today.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Louise: Letter from Smitty and the three pastel portraits of our children.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Smitty: Louise, and I talk with her every day and enjoy doing so.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Louise: "You will never be tested beyond your power to endure."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Smitty: Make the same decisions you made because you'll have a blessed and wonderful life.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Louise: I am profoundly grateful for every single day. I have been truly blessed. Smitty: I am the most fortunate man I know. My health is good, my attitude towards life and God is good.

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Dec 12 2019

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Repair Relationships with Family (Monday Moments ep. 209)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segments.

Today's question was submitted by Live Inspired community member CB. 

CB asked: My brother and I were best friends growing up. Now it’s been years since we’ve even spoken. Any suggestions on reconnecting when it’s been so long?

Tune in to hear my answer. Then, listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 88 where I share the heroic acts of my siblings did that saved my life.

Have you successfully reconnected with a family member or friend after months or years of not talking?

If you have questions or want to share how the Live Inspired Podcast has impacted your life, send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com. Can't wait to hear from you!

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Dec 09 2019

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Mean People Suck: How Empathy Leads to a Better Life with Michael Brenner (ep. 208)

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What is the hard-to-define, touchy-feely idea of empathy and why is it so important?   Business expert Michael Brenner joins us to share how empathy, kindness + self-reflection can save us both professionally and personally.   You will leave today’s conversation understanding how being kind, cool + being yourself is the best path to happiness + success.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Is society meaner? A recent University of Michigan study shows a 40 point drop in empathy in the last 20 years.
  • Michael's parents were ultimate examples of empathy and it teaches him to be the same way with his kids.
  • Of his 53 jobs, Michael shares about being let go from one, only to be hired back weeks later. 
  • Bullseye: What's in it for the customer or person we are serving?
  • "Bureaucracy kills good ideas."
  • Break down the walls that divide us by using Michael's Pushback method: Who is this for? What is the impact it's going to create for them? How do we measure it?
  • "Behind every bad idea is an executive that asked for it."
  • "The customer is not always right, but they should always be heard."
  • "Be kind. Be cool. Be you."
  • Microsoft is focusing on a cultural shift to demonstrate more empathy, and it's leading to more innovation.
  • Jørgen Vig Knudstorp turned the fate of Lego around by focusing on the mission rather than profits.
  • "Do you champion your employee's ideas?"
  • Pivot from being the victim: Develop a personal mission statement by asking who are you serving, where is your passion, and how can you measure that result?
  • "We have a choice."
  • Check out the Mean People Suck Companion Guide here, which includes my favorite: the Bullseye organizational chart.
  • Get a copy of Michael Brenner's Mean People Suck here.

Did today's episode inspire you? 

  • Listen to Liz Fosslien shares the importance of embracing our emotions, and simple tips to be the best versions of ourselves at work and in life. Listen to ep. 122 here.
  • Hear Andre Norman share his journey from juvie to jail to Harvard and how choosing empathy led him to find forgiveness. Listen to ep. 95 here.

MICHAEL BRENNER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Fear. There is a lot to learn from the things we're afraid of.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A picture of my wife and I walking down the aisle on our wedding day.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Martin Luther King, Jr. I'm completely inspired by the environment he grew up in, the person he became and the fight that he led with such compassion and empathy. What allowed him to turn what must have been rage into such an effective form of change?

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A piece of paper from my dad's workbench that said, "quityerbellyachin'"

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It's going to be okay.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Focusing on others is the counterintuitive secret to success.

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Dec 05 2019

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Special Announcement: My New Book is Available for Pre-Order! (Monday Moments ep. 207)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moments” segments.

Today, I share some very exciting news around my new book In Awe, the inspiration behind its mission and even an exclusive excerpt. In Awe hits bookshelves in May 2020, but I want to give Live Inspired Podcast listeners the first opportunity to pre-order a copy.

Visit ReadInAwe.com to order a copy of In Awe and gain access to bonus features like the In Awe Playbook. This 20-page, full-color Playbookwill introduce you to the basic concepts of the book, show you how you can begin to apply them in your life and give you something tangible to enjoy (or gift!) in time for the holidays.

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Dec 02 2019

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Do You Need a New, Meaningful Thanksgiving Tradition? (ep. 206)

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I consider Thanksgiving one of my favorite family holidays. It's certainly a wonderful time away from work, enjoying good food, viewing football, and taking inventory of the many blessings in life.

Join me as I share the original reason for this holiday + a new tradition I'll be implementing at my family feast. Today's episode will ignite an abundance of gratitude and help you celebrate Thanksgiving on fire.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation here.
  • I share a longstanding tradition Live Inspired community member Rona's family does before their Thanksgiving meal.
  • Download + print the Meal Tickets I'm using with my family here.

Five-time New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown shares how practicing gratitude enables you to pivot away from negativity and towards hope + courage. Listen to our conversation on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 103.

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Nov 28 2019

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5 Questions to Reconnect at Work and at Home (Monday Moments ep. 205)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moments” segments.

“Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.” – Derek Landy

Being a good friend, courteous neighbor, helpful coworker, visionary leader or humble servant are all challenging roles, and every worthy relationship is certain to endure periods of tension.

Whatever challenge you're facing, I’m convinced that these questions and the honest answers to them can ignite reconciliation and rebirth. 

  1. If this meeting was extremely successful, what would I want to achieve?
  2. When things were better, what were we doing and how did we interact and feel?
  3. What changed that lead us to where we are today?
  4. What could a super healthy, engaged relationship achieve? What am I willing to do to bring about the desired change?
  5. In order to bring about the desired change so we can move forward, together, I am asking that you…

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Nov 25 2019

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Proven Techniques for Productive Meetings with Elise Keith (ep. 204)

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Did you know that almost three-quarters of us find meetings ineffective or unproductive, and they waste more than $37 billion dollars every year?

Elise Keith, CEO and co-founder of Lucid Meetings, joins us to share about her expertise and her mission to make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day, in the business world + in life outside of work.

Whether you’re leading a meeting at your child's school or an executive at a Fortune 500 boardroom, Elise is here to share real-life examples + practical methods that will lead to more productive + effective meetings and happier participants.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "Every meeting is walking into another room with another group of individuals that aren't the same as you, and hopefully having a moment to connect and create something great."
  • Get curious: Productive meetings happen when individuals can treat each other with respect, let their voices be heard and their opinions valued without judgment.
  • Meetings aren't just transactional. It's about being successful with people.
  • "Bad" meetings are always a reflection of something deeper going on in the culture. 
  • Many leaders are leading bad meetings because that's what's always been done.
  • Doing a job their not trained to do: Leaders are spending 70-80% of their workweek in meetings, and fewer than 25% of them have any training on how to lead effective meetings.
  • Look at how high-performing organizations meet successfully to drive performance. In an effort to improve employee engagement at the technology company Cisco, teams regularly touch-base in a positive way.
  • Frequency of care: How often do you show interest in what your team members are working on, say thank you, recognize others for bringing meaning + value to our work?
  • Breaking the doom loop: You can't get a positive result when you start with a negative belief.
  • "Every meeting is an opportunity to bring people together and achieve something that you can't achieve on your own."
  • Get clear on your "why": Use this Lucid Meeting resource to define which of the 16 types your meeting is, and design it to be most productive.
  • Elise shares a strategic technique on how to use silence to increase critical feedback to be shared + heard by all members of the meeting.
  • Organizations that design meetings with a clear end goal in mind meet far less and waste fewer resources.
  • Start meetings with icebreaker techniques to create bonds between team members and combat loneliness.
    • Live Inspired office: Share an experience from the past week on how our individual work ties to the overall mission.
    • Starbucks: Share a coffee tasting together.
    • Lululemon: Clearing to be present before a Vibes Watcher.
  • Elise shares 4 practical tips to have better meetings starting today:
    1. Take a moment before every meeting to create a clear vision of the purpose + desired outcomes of the meeting.
    2. Connect with each other as people first.
    3. Close the meeting by getting clear on your promises.
    4. Say "thank you."
  • Get a copy of Elise Keith's book Where the Action Is.

Elise Keith shared that she practices Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning principals every morning. On Live Inspired Podcast ep. 77 my dear friend Hal Elrod shares the techniques of his international bestselling book The Miracle Morning and how those practices helped him overcome two near-death experiences + build a highly successful business. Listen to Hal's Live Inspired Podcast episode today.

ELISE KEITH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Don Miguel's Four Agreements.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Sit still and not be fretting about everything I need to do.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My laptop + a box of my kids' precious school pictures.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My great, great grandfather Jake Patrick Aldridge. There are all types of family legends about him and I'd love to hear them come straight from the source.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Eat all the chocolate while you can.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Just do the work.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Well, that was fun!

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Nov 21 2019

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Be Relentless with Michele Cushatt (Monday Moments ep. 203)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

Today I welcome back three-time cancer survivor, author, speaker, and self-proclaimed expert in trauma Michele Cushatt. Michele shares her latest book Relentless and simple tips to respond to our circumstances in a more positive manner.  This inspiring conversation will help start your week on fire!

  • Are we going to let our lives be bigger than our diagnosis, divorce, grief, or are we going to let it define us?
  • Choose how you respond to your circumstances: You can let your circumstances: Define you, derail you, or develop you.
  • Often we feel being “relentless” is something done to us; but what if we choose to be relentless in overcoming + moving forward?
  • “When I decide to reach out of my own pain and connect with somebody else’s, then we both experience redemption. We both experience healing. That’s beauty.”
  • "Healing happens in relationships. Healing doesn’t happen in isolation."
  • "Pain and suffering is a great leveler. There is no one immune from losses and grief."
  • Get Michele's new book Relentless here.

Michele joined me for a full interview on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 132. She shared her story, how hope got her through struggles and how it will help you through yours, too. Listen here.

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Nov 18 2019

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Medical Marvel Susannah Cahalan: How to Thrive After Life’s Challenges (ep. 202)

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Ten years ago, Susannah Cahalan's life pivoted rapidly in a radically different direction. Recounted in her New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire, Susannah bravely shares her harrowing story of being diagnosed with a rare + newly discovered neurological disease.

Fully recovered + thriving, Susannah calls in from the tour of her newest book, The Great Pretender. It dives deep into an investigation of Stanford psychologist David Rosenhan + his landmark 1970s study which led many to question the validity of psychiatric diagnoses.

If you’re seeking a miraculous story of triumph, this episode is for you. Susannah will articulately show you how to overcome with gratitude, grace + tenacity.

SHOW NOTES:

  • In 2009, 24-year-old Susannah was working as a tabloid reporter for the New York Post when what seemed like depression rapidly morphed into psychosis, paranoia + hallucinations.
  • Various diagnoses were presented during her month-long hospitalization including alcohol withdrawal, bipolar, schizoaffective disorder before a creative thinking Dr. Souhel Najjar was able to properly diagnose Susannah with anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis
  • Road to Recovery: It took a year and a half of treatment for Susannah to fully recover. Looking back, she is able to pinpoint a belief of a bedbug infestation as the beginning of her tailspin.
  • Before being diagnosed, Susannah vividly remembers “high emotional content” like the belief that Abraham Lincoln was following her around her father’s house.
  • She credits her family taking her to a hospital versus a psychiatric hospital as the reason she was able to get the proper care + be alive today.
  • Mirror Images: Susannah has met others who have diagnosed with her same illness, but were given different + unsuccessful treatments at their psychiatric hospitals. 
  • The Half Clock: Clinician + researcher Dr. Najjar asked Susannah to draw a clock, which was the piece of evidence to the puzzle that didn’t make sense in diagnosing schizoaffective disorder. It led to a brain biopsy + spinal tap which confirmed the suspicion of anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis.
  • Medical Marvel: Writing The Great Pretender helped Susannah recognize the full extent of her journey + how lucky she was to be the 217th patient properly diagnosed with her illness.
  • In her latest book The Great Pretender, Susannah examines a 1970s experiment created by Dr. David Rosenhan, where eight volunteers posed with classic mental illness symptoms to challenge the validity of psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Watch Susannah Cahalan's TEDx Talk here.
  • Get a copy of Susannah Cahalan's New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire here.
  • Get Susannah Cahalan's latest book The Great Pretender here.

If you enjoyed hearing from a New York Times bestselling author, listen to our Bestselling Authors playlist, featuring my conversations with bestselling authors like Mitch Albom, Judith Viorst + Gary Sinise.

SUSANNAH CAHALAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I had a strong sense of tenacity.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The journal I kept when I was sick. It has mine + my father’s recollections of that time.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? William Shakespeare and I'd ask, “Did you really write all of your masterpieces?”

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Dr. Najjar: You have to look backwards to see the future.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Stop obsessing about how you look, how much you weigh, the unimportant things.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She was curious, she was fair, and she was compassionate.

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Nov 14 2019

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Honoring Those Who Serve (Monday Moments ep. 201)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moments” segments.

Recently I had the honor of speaking at a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) event. Afterward, I had the opportunity to speak with incredible leaders and surprisingly, the most emotional conversations were not with the soldiers but with the spouses of those soldiers.

As we celebrate Veteran's Day today, let's be mindful of the sacrifices being made for our freedom by the soldiers + their spouses courageously serve their households.

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Nov 11 2019

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Operation Enduring Warrior: A Veteran's Story of Redemption (ep. 200)

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There are many adversities we face in life. Some of outward-facing while many are scars we carry on the insides of our hearts. Today's guest can speak to both.

Jonathan Lopez is an Army Infantry veteran + member of Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW). OEW is a veteran-founded non‐profit whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded military and law enforcement veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation.

Jonathan joins us for a raw, emotional and honest conversation about serving our country, learning how to accept unexpected circumstances + challenges in life and inspiring others to do the same.

(Thank you to Live Inspired community member Martina for sharing her special relationship Jonathan, his connection her late son Thomas + the work OEW is doing in our communities. Share your guest recommendations with us at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com)

SHOW NOTES:

  • According to the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, more than 16 United States veterans die by suicide every day.
  • At 17 years old, Jonathan joined the Army seeking brotherhood + community, something that was lacking in his life.
  • During Special Forces Training, Jonathan realized the community he always sought was already in the barracks + quit.
  • Days later, Jonathan was involved with a head-on motorcycle accident that resulted in 17 fractures in his left leg, broke every rib on his left side + the amputation of his left arm.
  • Finding peace: "Not too long ago, I let go. It was one of the most liberating things." 
  • Jonathan's focus + determination on rehabilitating his leg helped him cope with the loss of his arm.
  • Unleashing a monster: While rehabilitating his leg, Jonathan became addicted to opioids, which eventually led to a suicide attempt.
  • "Figuring out how to do things with one hand is not that complicated. Mental rehabilitation is hard."
  • Redemption: During induction to Operation Enduring Warrior's Masked Athlete Team, Jonathan's mentor Jeff Farmer presented an opportunity for redemption.  
  • "Face your obstacles, smile + get it over with."
  • Jonathan attempted suicide not wanting his children to grow up with a "deadbeat father". Today, he's choosing to live because of his kids.
  • Learn more about Operation Enduring Warrior here.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Other Live Inspired Podcast guests have shared about suicide prevention + awareness.

  • Kevin Hines speaks of overcoming his "brain pain" + thriving in spite of mental illness on ep. 164
  • Dese'Rae Stage speaks about sharing stories of other suicide attempt survivors on ep. 156
  • Dennis Gillan discusses the loss of two brothers to suicide on ep. 46

JONATHAN LOPEZ'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons by Dina Santorelli and Eric Davis.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was never afraid of the unknown.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Nothing. Part of my evolution in life has to become a minimalist, be purer and not be attached to anything.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandmother.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My grandmother taught me to plant a tree, write a book and have children. My friend Scott encourages me to leave my footprints to guide others.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Nothing. It would change where I am today.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Die first, then quit.

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Nov 07 2019

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Finding Chika: Mitch Albom Discovers the True Meaning of Family (Monday Moments ep. 199)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

Today I am honored to welcome back international bestselling author Mitch Albom. Mitch shares the heartwarming + emotional story about a young girl who taught him the true meaning of family. This conversation will remind you the importance of family, regardless of how they're made.

  • Chika was born into extreme poverty three days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
  • After being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Mitch and his wife Janine brought 5-year-old Chika to America in search of quality medical care.
  • Finding Chika: Chika enjoyed playing hide-and-seek but it was an eloquent question that inspired the name of the book.
  • "We didn't lose a child. We were given one."
  • Proceeds from Finding Chika go to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage. Learn more here.
  • Get Mitch's new book Finding Chika here.

Mitch joined me for a full interview on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 81. He shared about his relationship with his beloved professor Morrie Schwartz and how that inspired him to write the bestselling memoir Tuesdays with Morrie. Listen here.

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Nov 04 2019

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One Mother's Uplifting Journey to Defeating Childhood Cancer (ep. 198)

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How do we react when an unwanted diagnosis appears? Or when adversity arises with a child, a loved one or for ourselves? How do we move forward with compassion, courage, love, respect, possibility, and certainty that the best remains in front of us?

Dr. April Jones holds many professional credentials. Yet it’s her personal journey that makes her an authority on transforming pain into purpose. Before her son's 2nd birthday, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer... and April + her husband were faced with an agonizing, life-changing decision. April's heartfelt journey + uplifting story is sure to help those seeking to turn struggle into strength!

SHOW NOTES

  • At 16 years old, April met future husband Billy. He offered encouragement when she wasn’t sure if she believed in herself + they had similar goals and sense of adventure to grow as a person outside of their small town
  • Embracing change: Billy and her married at 19 + unexpectedly became pregnant 3 months later.
  • “We can always learn from our feelings, even if we don’t like them. We control how we react to situations.”
  • Tyler’s cancer: Her oldest son was almost 2 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer.
  • February 2, 2004: April makes the life-changing decision to amputate Tyler’s leg, and cancer, to achieve full remission.
  • “Sometimes it takes losing everything we thought was important to us to find that we have everything we actually need. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we will force ourselves to finally look up.”
  • Some of their greatest supporters were a couple named Todd + Dawn. After losing their son to cancer, they supported other families dealing with life-threatening childhood illnesses and became an inspiration to many families.
  • Little reminders were helpful + impactful:
    • Support through First Baptist Church in South Haven was a reminder that they weren’t alone in Tyler’s fight.
    • The support from the community celebrating Tyler’s life during his Make-a-Wish grant was life-changing.
  • Advice for others in a similar situation: Have hope. Allow yourself the freedom to feel what you feel + know that’s okay.
  • “Life is fleeting. Just like the good moments are fleeting, so are the bad.”
  • “At some point, what your current situation is, is going to be the story that inspires someone else or helps you relate to someone else so that they can listen to what you have to say.”
  • Tyler was 2018 Paralympic High School All American for Track and Field.
  • “How someone treats you says nothing at all about you and everything about them.”
  • “Whether you are proud of where you came from, ashamed of it or pretend it does not matter, you either let where you came from propel you forward or hold you back. But the good thing is this: you get to choose.”
  • Get a copy of Dr. April Jone's book No Mess, No Message here.

Are you or someone you know dealing expected diagnosis or illness? We’ve compiled to Live Inspired Podcast guests that are living inspired after cancer or other illness has affected their lives. Listen to the Cancer + Illness playlist here.

APRIL JONES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Shack by William Paul Young.

[William Paul Young was a guest on the Live Inspired Podcast! Listen to my conversation with him on ep. 19.]

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Imagine without analyzing.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My first little diamond necklace on this delicate chain with a handwritten note from my grandmother that says “a little something special for someone special.”

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? If Jesus is not an option, Oprah.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My friend Julia said, “what’s the worse that could happen? What are you worried that could be the worst outcome of this decision on each side? How would you deal with that situation if it happened?”

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Regardless of what happens, you’re going to be okay.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She sparkled.

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Oct 31 2019

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Embrace your Responsibilities (Monday Moments ep. 197)

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Today I share the story of someone choosing to be happy and striving to make every experience a gift for his clients. As you head into this week, I encourage you to embrace your responsibilities + to make the best of your day, your work and your life.

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Oct 28 2019

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American Idol's William Hung: Champion by Choice (ep. 196)

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How do you handle situations that feel like massive setbacks? How do you react when you’re told, “it can’t be done,” "you’re not good enough," or "you’re destined to be a failure?"

William Hung has received that harsh feedback many times. The most memorable was when he was laughed off the stage by American Idol judges for his rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs”.

Those that  laughed, judged + critiqued missed what was actually happening: the power of an individual believing in his dreams. 

Today's conversation is truly heart-warming. William shares about taking chances, the courage to fail forward, and rising above cynics to become a champion by choice and smiling every step of the way.

SHOW NOTES:

  • William’s mother was very supportive + encouraged him to do his best in a school. 
  • During high school, William excelled in math and science but struggled academically while studying civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • William won a talent show at UC Berkeley singing Ricky Martin’s "She Bangs", giving him the confidence to audition for American Idol days later.
  • Recalling the 2004 American Idol audition, William knew he wouldn’t advance to the next round because of Randy Jackson’s immediate reaction.
  • “I already gave my best. I have no regrets at all.”: William’s response after Simon Cowell’s comment, “You can’t sing. You can’t dance. What do you want me to say?”
  • The primary motivations for continuing with his singing career was not money but defending who he is and counteract others making things up about him.
  • William remembers watching other auditions from his season and seeing contestants getting so angry they’d throw water bottles. He understood that the judges were just playing their roles + doing their job and it was no reason to get upset.
  • During a UC Berkeley volleyball game, a record company presented William a $25,000 check to record a record album. It went on to hit #1 on the independent charts.
  • “It doesn’t matter if you have the most talent. It matters if you can bring happiness with your entertainment.”
  • “You are already unique. You are already special. Keep believing in that truth. Do not give up and you will succeed.”
  • “I’m infamous, and some people think, a joke. That doesn’t make me feel good because I am a genuine person. I don’t let it get to me because I am who I am.”
  • “It’s not what they say. It’s what you choose to hear.”
  • “Looking back on my American Idol experience, I realize Randy was smiling. Paula was smiling. Even Simon was smiling. I realize when people saw me, I freed them to smile.”
  • Today, William is a professional motivational speaker + hopes his audiences choose to be happy in their lives
  • “I don’t feel the need to justify my value.”
  • Watch William Hung’s American Idol audition here.
  • Listen to William Hung’s TEDx Talk here.
  • William Hung’s latest book Champion by Choice inspires others to choose to be happy by rising above the haters. Get a copy here.

If you enjoyed hearing William Hung's story, you'll love my conversation with Lizzie Velasquez. Lizzie shares her positivity, her life's work at spreading kindness, and how she's standing up to bullies. Listen on ep. 71.

WILLIAM HUNG'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Tapping into Wealth by Margaret Lynch.
  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I still have that kid in me.
  3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My wallet. I’m very practical!
  4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Ricky Martin. My first question would be, “What kind of impact do you want your music to make on others?”
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The only way you can fail is if you give up.
  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Find a true talent instead of randomly putting yourself out there on American Idol.
  7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Live your best life and have no regrets. 

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Oct 24 2019

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4 Steps to Fail Forward (Monday Moments ep. 195)

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“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews

Life innately involves failures and missteps along the way. Today, I want to share 4 steps to help you successfully fail forward.

  1. Know what you want.
  2. Risk becoming more.
  3. Embrace the gifts of failure.
  4. Resiliently bounce back and step forward.

This week, enjoy the bumps, lessons, + clarity knowing along the way that the best is yet to come.

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Oct 21 2019

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Heal with Kelly Noonan Gores (ep. 194)

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Have you ever thought about how much your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions influence your days, health and ability to heal?

From years spent studying cutting edge science, ancient medicine, and spiritual practices, Kelly Noonan Gores has discovered that we have far more control over our well-being, health + life than we tend to believe. Her documentary Heal, streaming on Netflix, was so popular, it was recently turned into a book.

Today, Kelly joins us to share how to choose love over fear + gives concrete tips on how to make strides in your personal wellness journey.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The teachings of Bruce Lipton, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, among others inspired Kelly to create the documentary and book Heal.
  • While dealing with depression in college, Kelly was given Marianne Willamson's book A Return to Love which guided her in finding a grounding force. 
  • Fear + love: Kelly sees fear every day but has spiritual practices to avoid being taken over by fear.
  • "You do not have to be a victim to your genes."
  • Epigenetics: Our DNA is a blueprint and our lifestyle choices are the triggers that turn on or off our genes. 
  • Chemical, emotional + physical stress has an incredible impact on our health.
  • Kelly reduces stress in her life by practicing meditation, earthing/grounding, and gratitude. 
  • Placebo Effect: when we have a belief or expectation that something is going to help us 50-75% is has a positive effect.
  • Grammy-winning singer John Legend performed All of Me at her wedding. 
  • Watch Kelly Noonan Gores' documentary Heal on Netflix.
  • Get Kelly Noonan Gores' book Heal: Discover Your Unlimited Potential and Awaken the Powerful Healer Within here.

If you enjoyed hearing about how your environment can have an effect on your health, you'll love my conversation with Dr. Kelli Harding. Kelli shares her groundbreaking research + the importance of treating others with kindness on ep. 180.

KELLY NOONAN GORES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was sassy + witty. I still have a quick wit but I've toned down the sass.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Old photo albums from the 1970s + 1980s.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus and I'd ask him, "please tell me everything. Can you tell me everything?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Remembering that the universe, or God, has your back.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Anything is possible and follow your heart. In every oak tree, there is an acorn.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She took the leap, she was terrified on the way down, but she had a lot of fun along the way.

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Oct 17 2019

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Dealing with Negativity at Work (Monday Moments ep. 193)

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Today's question was submitted by Live Inspired community member Christine. 

Christine asked: How should I deal with negativity at work?

Tune in to hear my answer.

If you have questions or want to share how the Live Inspired Podcast has impacted your life, send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com. Can't wait to hear from you!

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Oct 14 2019

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Napalm Girl: Finding Hope After Tragedy (Kim Phuc ep. 192)

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phuc running away from her village, naked and severely burned is one of the most iconic images of all time. 

Today, we are joined by Kim to hear the story behind the photo. Taken just months before the US pulled out of the Vietnam War, the image captures the catastrophic effect the war was having on civilians.

Kim, also known as “Napalm girl,” shares what she has learned on her journey from tragedy to triumph and what it means for us.

SHOW NOTES

  • Growing up, the Vietnam War seemed far away from Kim’s carefree + joyful life in the village of Trảng Bàng.
  • June 8, 1972: Kim watched as the planes flew overhead, dropping napalm bombs. Instantly, her clothes burned off + her left arm caught fire. She knew she’d no longer be “normal” and be viewed differently.
  • As they were running from their burning village, a solider gave Kim water to drink + poured water over her skin.
  • Three days after the bombing, her parents found her in the morgue of the hospital.
  • Uncle Ut: Nick Ut is the photographer that captured the iconic photo + took Kim her to a nearby hospital.
  • Kim spent 14 months in the hospital receiving 17 surgical procedures.
  • The compassion and readiness of the doctors and nurses that treated Kim inspired her.
  • While in medical school, the Vietnamese government arranged for journalists around the world to interview her which interrupted her studies leading her to have to drop out.
  • The Girl in the Picture: While in the hospital, Kim was unaware the photograph existed. When she finally saw it, she was embarrassed that someone took her photo, naked and in agony.
    • Later in life, the picture evoked emotion, motivating Kim to help children that are suffering.
    • Finding peace: Kim has now learned to accept the picture + use it to promote peace.
  • At 19 years old, Kim dealt with hatred, bitterness, pain, loss, negativity + hopelessness which was harder than dealing with the physical pain caused by napalm.
  • Seeking purpose: Kim's physical suffering motivated her to find a purpose in religion.
  • "Forgiveness made me free from hatred. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed."
  • "Naplam is very powerful but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn to live with true love, hope + forgiveness."
  • "And if that little girl in the picture can find love, hope, and forgiveness. Then ask yourself, can you?"

If you enjoyed hearing about Kim Phuc's story, you'll love my conversation with Carlotta Walls LaNier. As the youngest member of the "Little Rock Nine", Carlotta shares about her historic role in school integration + how she's been an inspirational leader for so many. Listen to Carlotta on ep. 56.

Thank you to our Live Inspired community member + friend Marianne K. for recommending Kim Phuc as a guest for the Live Inspired Podcast. Share your guest recommendations with us at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

KIM PHUC'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A princess!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My Bible.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My Lord.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Love His love.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You love everything, but when you have God’s love you will have everything.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? We cannot change history, but with love, we can heal the future. 

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Oct 10 2019

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Finding Joy Each Day (Monday Moments ep. 191)

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"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music" - Angela Monet

The more we experience events, the easier it is to take them for granted. Today, I invite you to look more closely at the joy + beauty in each day.

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Oct 07 2019

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