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John Harrison is a professional psychotherapist and coach. He brings his insight and experience from his former career as a military officer, 9-5 office worker, and his current career as a therapist and coach, in interviews with professionals, psychology experts, and those living their higher potential. Each week you’ll get discussion, stories, and insights on finding your “why”, how to optimize your life and business, and the mental and emotional challenges that can keep you stuck. He and his guests explore the practical and spiritual aspects of engaging in a satisfying career and a meaningful life.

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John Harrison is a professional psychotherapist and coach. He brings his insight and experience from his former career as a military officer, 9-5 office worker, and his current career as a therapist and coach, in interviews with professionals, psychology experts, and those living their higher potential. Each week you’ll get discussion, stories, and insights on finding your “why”, how to optimize your life and business, and the mental and emotional challenges that can keep you stuck. He and his guests explore the practical and spiritual aspects of engaging in a satisfying career and a meaningful life.

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Awesome Podcast

By Brooke Craven - Dec 20 2017
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John host of True Calling Project highlights all aspects of finding meaning in your life and career in this can’t miss podcast. The host and expert guests offer insightful advice that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Fantastic Show

By Trevor Oldham - May 29 2017
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Love the podcast. Thanks John!

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20 Ratings
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Awesome Podcast

By Brooke Craven - Dec 20 2017
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John host of True Calling Project highlights all aspects of finding meaning in your life and career in this can’t miss podcast. The host and expert guests offer insightful advice that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Fantastic Show

By Trevor Oldham - May 29 2017
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Love the podcast. Thanks John!
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True Calling Project | Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life and Career

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John Harrison is a professional psychotherapist and coach. He brings his insight and experience from his former career as a military officer, 9-5 office worker, and his current career as a therapist and coach, in interviews with professionals, psychology experts, and those living their higher potential. Each week you’ll get discussion, stories, and insights on finding your “why”, how to optimize your life and business, and the mental and emotional challenges that can keep you stuck. He and his guests explore the practical and spiritual aspects of engaging in a satisfying career and a meaningful life.

Rank #1: True Take: The Next Step is Right in Front of You

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One of our greatest habits is to look and expect to find all of the answers BEFORE we act. As if we need to have the most information in front of us, be without fear, or have ultimate certainty before we take a chance. We'll never know until we start. We can't. Maybe we're not supposed to. I'm coming close to accepting an offer for my business that 4 years ago I never would have imagined. And the thing is that without taking those first steps to get where I am, this opportunity wouldn't be there for me. Life isn't about finding certainty. It's about living life and that includes the doubts, failures, and uncertainties. And to get the things we're after, we first need to take that step that's right in front of us. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Sep 02 2017

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Rank #2: Ep. 3 - Don't Quit Your Job... Yet

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Should you quit your job? Over the past few years, I have seen a lot of discussions and advertisements online encouraging people to leave their job, take risk, step into the unknown and really go for it. I want to offer another perspective.

I did quit my job about two years ago, and it did open up new opportunities in my life that I would not have had otherwise – however, in hindsight, there are a few things I would have done differently.

Eckhart Tolle suggests that there are three ways that we can improve a situation in which we are unhappy:

  • Can you change your situation?
  • Can you accept it?
  • Should you leave it?

Before you decide to leave a job, first consider what about the job is making you unhappy. Are you doing things you don’t like, or not doing enough of the things you enjoy? Improving that situation may be as simple as sitting down to talk with a supervisor.

“Practicing acceptance within my line of work has really been focused on the fact that I need to be present with the people that I’m working with and that I’m connected with.”

When we’re talking about changing things, we’re approaching the situation from a cognitive or logical mindset. When we’re talking about accepting something, we’re coming from a place of being in the moment or noticing our resistance. Is there something we’re resisting in our work environments? Are there things that we can acknowledge as common consequences or inconveniences of any job we might have, and view them as things we have to deal with to do the things we love to do? Acceptance can lead to gratitude.

“When I adopt a mindset of gratitude in my work, it’s that I recognize the awesome potential of what it is I’m actually doing.”

The question then becomes, when can I or should I leave my current situation? No one can answer this question for you, but good planning can help you figure the answer out for yourself.

  • Take an inventory of your financial situation, and how it will be impacted if you leave your job.
    • If you’re transitioning from a job with steady income into a job without a steady income, you’ll want to save at least 6 month’s income.
    • If you’re transitioning from job with steady income into a job with less steady income, you’ll want to save at least 3 month’s income.
  • Why do you want to leave your job? What opportunities will open up that are not currently available?
  • Talk to people who have already transitioned and learn from their experiences.
  • Abundance vs Scarcity
    • The idea that things are in scarcity keeps many people stuck in their current situation.
    • When we come from a place of abundance, we realize that time isn’t necessarily finite. Just because we don’t like where things are at now doesn’t mean things won’t get better.

So, should you quit your job? Before you make the decision: slow down, consider your motivations to make the change, take a personal inventory, do careful financial planning, consider the unexpected, and identify things that you can change today to improve your situation.

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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Nov 21 2016

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Rank #3: Ep. 26 - Jo Muirhead: Helping People Reconnect to a Sense of Purpose

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Do you ever feel lost or burnt out due to the stress of running a business, or life in general?

Jo Muirhead has been there – and now she helps others search for awareness so that they can more easily build a life around their true calling.

Jo is an author, speaker, private practice mentor, and rehabilitation consultant. As the director and principal consultant of Purple Co, the Purpose for People Company, she helps people return to work and reconnect to a sense of purpose following injury, illness, or trauma.

Jo has a lot of success, and she’s finally built a business that doesn’t cause her to burn out… but only after years of trial and error. During that time, her business suffered as her health declined.

Eventually Jo learned that she doesn’t need to run her business based off of anyone else’s template. If we learn more about our values and how we operate, then we can build structures, systems, and schedules that contribute to our own self-care (instead of necessitating care), while still allowing us to grow successful businesses.

“You are enough. You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone or anything. You’re actually enough – and you’re more than enough – and you’re okay just the way you are. You don’t know it all, but you have the capacity to learn… so go learn.”

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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May 01 2017

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Rank #4: Ep. 21 - Kat Love: Finding Your Purpose

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Kat Love is a website designer and strategist dedicated to helping psychotherapists get more clients (she designed my beautiful website!). We discuss struggling to find your purpose, how she ultimately discovered a calling, and how empathy influences her web design.

“I was struggling to figure out what I really wanted and who I really am for a long time. Some of the figuring out of what you want to do and what you’re passionate about is only going to happen through experience.”

Kat chooses to focus on therapists and helpers because they have been an incredibly positive resource during her journey, and she’s grateful.

Her experience drove her to this calling, but empathy makes her good at it. She is able to empathize for her client’s clients because of her time as a therapy client, and this helps her design sites for people who might be in a crisis, suffering, or just stressed out.  

One of the questions she will ask therapists is “what do you want your clients to feel when they’re on your website?”

The end result is a website that helps psychotherapists connect with their ideal clients, and helps people who might be struggling find the right help. You can learn more about her services at KatLove.com.

“It’s not just a business for me – it’s also a mission. I want to help therapists connect with their ideal clients… because I think therapists are awesome and because I know that clients need the help. If I can help that happen, then that’s awesome.”

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching? Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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Mar 27 2017

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Rank #5: Ep. 23 - Beth Luwandi: Presenting a TED Talk with Confidence

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Beth Luwandi is a psychotherapist, master communicator, host of the Midlife Love Bytes! podcast, and recent TEDx speaker. We discuss the process of creating and delivering a TED Talk, and the message she wants to share with the world.

The theme of TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege was “Life On Purpose.” As a speaker, she was tasked with condensing the science and experiences of her talk into 12-15 minutes, which was later condensed further to 10 minutes, and memorizing the presentation (and, of course, overcoming her anxiety).  

  • If you ever have to give a big presentation, here’s a hot tip: practice it in front of real people! You might feel vulnerable, but the real-time feedback and experience is invaluable.

Her talk is called “Stop Talking! How Communication is Actually Ruining Your Relationships… and What To Do About It.” It’s the culmination of years working with couples on love, loss, and relationships.  You can watch it here.

You will learn why talking often makes it difficult to establish and maintain a sense of empathy and closeness, and how Beth’s four-step process – Clean, Non-Blaming Communication (CNBC) – can shift your relationship and strengthen your brain. Beth goes into detail on this topic in episode seven of her podcast, too.

You can get in touch with Beth, enjoy her work, and learn more about her practice at BethLuwandi.com.

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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Apr 10 2017

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Rank #6: Ep. 2 - Lt. Col. Phil Forbes: On Personal Growth Through Leadership

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Welcome to the True Calling Project. I’m your host John Harrison, professional psychotherapist and coach, and today I’m talking to a long-time friend, Lt. Col. Phil Forbes. Phil has been affiliated with Special Operations for the majority of his career and has supported numerous contingencies worldwide. He has commanded at the detachment, squadron, and group level in garrison and in combat and has been awarded the Bronze Star on two occasions.  He presently works in the Pentagon for a three-star General as an Executive Officer.

“On a very small scale, we can affect great change in our lives by being a little audacious.”

Phil and I met as freshman at Virginia Tech and the Corps of Cadets, and like most of us he struggled with the regiment of military life.  At one point a few weeks after we started he actually considered quitting.  He was visited by Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Wesley L. Fox, who served as an assistant commandant, and was asked the fundamental question: What is your five year plan?

“It was a very diplomatic way of saying, ‘you’re missing the big picture, Phil.’”

This heart-to-heart meeting with Col. Fox meant a lot to Phil, and he came back from Fall break mature enough to accept that step into a new existence. This was a huge turning point in Phil’s life.

“It wasn’t so much the fact that it was the military or it was the Air Force or it was my uniform or shining my shoes. It was structure, and it was allowing yourself to become part of something bigger.”

Phil considers being a commander to be one of the rewarding experiences in his life. He has been a commander three times in combat and once in garrison, or in a peacetime setting. Each time has presented its own challenges and unique demands because each command was different in the extent to his control or what was expected of him.

“The most rewarding aspect of command is not that I was in charge of people, but rather that I earned those people’s respect.”

Phil shared a few lessons that he learned from 18 plus years in the military. He emphasizes that leadership is about being seen, not necessarily being heard or getting your fingers in everybody's’ pie. Good leadership is characterized by:

  • Being available for people
  • Having the appearance of ubiquity
  • Admitting when you don’t know everything
  • Knowing when to show gratitude
  • Realizing that the people you are in charge of weren’t drafted – they’re volunteers
It’s great to see Phil doing such amazing things, and taking such a high leadership position gives me a sense of comfort and assurance that things are evolving and changing. I thank him for his service, and I appreciate him coming on the show to share. If Phil left any stones unturned and you’d like to get in touch with him, you can email him.  

Phil lives with his awesome wife and children in Northern Virginia and is an avid cyclist in his first season of racing cyclocross.  When he's not raging on his bike, doing something outdoors, or writing, he's probably listening to Best Coast while home brewing.

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

Nov 14 2016

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Rank #7: Ep. 15 - How to De-polarize Your Thinking and Act

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Let your mind work for you – have it be your ally and don’t let it keep you small.

Our thoughts affect how we navigate everything in lives: our jobs, our relationships, our mood, and how we see the world.

When we think in black and white terms, or our thinking is polarized, we limit ourselves.

  • When we prejudge things, we can lie to ourselves. When we think we know something, we feel safe, important and informed.
  • We’re naturally afraid of change so our mind draws on past experiences to give us an idea of what to expect… but using past experiences to predict outcomes will dictate your actions and close you off to anything new.
  • We tend to look at everything in a right or wrong frame of reference… so we can always find excuses why we can’t. If we broaden our lens, then we can also find excuses why we can.
  • We can end up tying our sense of success to results, but success is subjective. We don’t want to attach our decision making to the immediate results. When we try something new, we won’t always get the results we expect right away.
  • We spend a tremendous amount of energy comparing ourselves to our outside environment, especially other people. When we focus on comparing ourselves to other people or other circumstances, it makes us small. We’re not giving ourselves a chance to look at our true potential.
  • We think we know what other people are thinking about us, and we spend time dwelling on it… but our job is not to judge. Our job is to do.

We need to stop judging ourselves through a black and white lens – we need to start taking control of our lives through action.

It’s going to be hard to get out of a black and white mindset because our brains naturally want to think linearly… but we need to give ourselves a chance to practice. Here are a few small and manageable ways to practice expanding your mindset:

  • Find a person or group who will offer support, give subjective feedback, and provide constructive criticism.
  • Be curious about other people and their experiences. Seek connection with new and different people. You can empower yourself by talking to people who aren’t like you.
  • Take a chance! Don’t try to conquer the world right away. Start taking small steps to exercise your risk muscle.

When you are able to let go of your attachment to the past, trust in your own capabilities, and stop judging the perceived result of your actions then you will see serious results and changes in your life.

Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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Feb 13 2017

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Rank #8: Ep 32 - Kosta Stoyanoff: Taking Ownership of Who You Are

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Today’s guest, Kosta Stoyanoff, isn’t your typical positive speaker. He is the Founder of Uplifted Life, where he tries to remind people that there is more to life than what they have been conditioned to experience, and more to them than they could have ever imagined.

We discuss how we can find the part of ourselves that will be essential if we want the world to change, and why we need to look internally – not externally – if we want to create that change.

I was first introduced to Kosta through his video, “A Reminder To All Activists.” He discusses why activists need to come from a space of love, compassion, gentleness, and kindness. Who you are is more important than the fists in the air, the rallies, or the posters.

If you are angry, resentful, and full of toxicity and you are trying to change the world, you’re not part of the solution – you’re part of the problem.

Some will argue that we have to resist loudly and aggressively if we want change, and his own ideas about activism have received some resistance.

However, if we look at the negative things happening in the world, they are happening because of fear, exclusivity, and insecurity. It’s a symptom of me against you; competition.

We are always looking externally to solve the problems in the world, but we rarely consider that we might be part of the problem. It’s feels a lot easier to point a finger and blame something else than it is to look inside, take some ownership, and begin addressing your own level of consciousness and awareness.

The funny thing is… you can’t actually change anything externally. The solution to any problem comes from within. You have the most influence over your own personal state of being, which will then ripple out and affect the people and things in your life.

You may not be able to change the world by yourself, but you can still become the highest version of you; the most loving version of you. Then you can lift up the people around you. If we can understand that, then we might be able to create lasting positive change.  

“Take ownership of who you are. You will receive and you will experience the way you choose to look at life – and the way you choose to look at life is either from a perspective of fear, insecurity, and separation or from a space of love, compassion, caring, connection, and courage.”

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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Jun 12 2017

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Rank #9: Ep. 25 - Tiffany McLain: Finding Your Healthy Money Mindset

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Tiffany McLain is a licensed therapist and the mind behind Hey Tiffany. It’s a site that helps therapists launch their private practices, with a focus on first-time entrepreneurs and first-generation college graduates.

Tiffany wants to help people who are trying to do something that their families have not done before; people who want their own income stream, a flexible job, a good lifestyle, and to give back.

A lot of people struggle with money, and not just acquiring it. Many people, particular those of us who are called to help others, have a fear around money… and that’s not a healthy relationship. You can’t start any venture, or help people, if you don’t have the right resources.

“Fear is the number one obstacle that comes up around money.”

Therapists shouldn’t feel guilty about, or afraid of, charging fees. It’s not a zero-sum game where you do better and, as a result, everyone else does worse.

In fact, making more money means that you can reach more people, do more good, and have a greater impact.

The other part of developing a healthy money mindset is understanding that it’s okay to spend money. You have to invest in yourself and your practice if you want to grow and reach more people.

“It’s okay to be afraid. Most of us are afraid! If you can find someone who is doing the thing you want to do and invest in them, you’re going to be just fine.”

Tiffany was kind enough to create a special resource just for you in the True Calling Project audience. You can find this free resource at www.heytiffany.com/truecalling.

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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Apr 24 2017

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Rank #10: True Take 026: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

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Talking with a friend recently about the nature of low mood and low energy, or depression, and how it can help us bring clarity to our current situation. But only if we suspend judgement of what we are experiencing. I really think the Buddhists had something when they taught about releasing judgement. Notice how much easier life is when you are not judging your current situation, your relationships, your mood, your surroundings (gasp...politics). If we value ourselves and what we can bring to others and the world, we first have to get out of our own way. And to do that, we have to leave the judgement behind. Let others be the judge, we just need to focus on allowing ourselves to put out there what we need to. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes. And find it here:www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/category/truecallingproject/

Jun 15 2017

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Rank #11: Ep. 28 - Frances Harvey: Letting Go and Allowing Others to Help You Expand

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Frances Harvey is a Professional Certified Coach targeted directly towards therapists and mental health clinicians, providing support, advice and all manner of help so they can reach their goal of running a successful practice and business.

In this episode, we talk a lot about the idea of letting go. We all know that trust is important in so many aspects of our everyday lives, so how do we put this to use in our businesses? And what are the benefits?

It may be a daunting task to ‘let go’ and open yourself up to trust, being vulnerable, but many times, that’s when we are fully able to allow the new to come into our lives and businesses.

“Make a list of everything on your plate. When you go to do that task, ask yourself “Should I be doing this? I know it needs to be done, but should ‘I’ be the one doing it?””

Frances believes that therapists are simply called to do what they do, and that being able to successfully run a business around that calling is essential. In spite of this, many therapists lack the knowledge, skill or time to maximize their success. This is where Frances comes in, offering solutions to these blind spots.

France’s first questions when starting a consultation are:

  • Who is the therapist as a person. Not as an entrepreneur or a therapist- who are they personally?
  • What the therapist feels their greatest asset to the business is and how they are taking care of themselves.
  • What steps can we take to maximize that care and get back to the original ‘calling’ that Frances feels all therapists have.

It is because of this style of interaction that Frances can dive deep into not just the processes, but the mind of the therapist, and whilst she does utilize practical techniques, such as delegation of tasks, returning the therapist to their True Calling is of paramount importance.

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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May 15 2017

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Rank #12: True Take 017: The Introvert Excuse

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As a introvert myself, I'm going to call out all the other introverts that use introversion as an excuse to hide. While there is nothing wrong with being an introvert, it can provide a slippery excuse to maintain a quiet voice, a muted personality, or even a depressed and miserable state of being. Introverts gather their energies from being reflective and having times of solitude or being around similar people. Here are some reasons that introverts use the "introvert excuse" when minimizing their message or presence. 1. Being afraid of being seen as cocky or arrogant. 2. Feeling as though they don't have "sufficient knowledge" about what they wish to express. 3. Introverts tend to be analytical in nature and therefore can be acutely critical of themselves and their beliefs. However, many introverts are not actually introverted in nature when talking about, expressing, or creating the things they most believe in and affiliate with. It's ok to be an introvert but don't let the excuse of being an introvert allow you to continue to suppress your message, gift, or creative nature. The world needs it. And honestly, that's bigger than your fear. Someone needs to hear what you have to say. Even if you don't believe it.

Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

May 05 2017

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Rank #13: True Take 006: Am I Too Old to Start Something New?

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Is it too late to start a new venture or career at this stage of my life?  When is a good time?  Is there a perfect time?  When allowing ourselves to imagine something new, our minds tend to tell us the reasons we can't.  One of the most common blocks we can run into is age and perceived timing.  However, there really is no perfect time to do anything.  There is just time.

Apr 12 2017

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Rank #14: True Take 025 - Relax. You're Going to Piss Some People Off.

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Being afraid of pissing people off might be the #1 dream killer of all time. I was reflecting this week on how overly cautious we can tend to be (me included) when it comes to not wanting to possibly offending someone else. As if going through life solely to be polite can get us what we need...or be able to become what we were meant to become. Conflict is a part of life and relationships. We can't run from that or simply appease. When we are going after what we want our actions might hurt other people. But that doesn't mean it's always our problem, or our fault...or a bad thing. When we all show up as ourselves, we might piss each other off. But is that always a bad thing? Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes or find it here: www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/category/truecallingproject/

Jun 09 2017

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Rank #15: True Take: Motivation is Fleeting

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Motivation is a great tool for getting us started on a desired change. It can come in the form of the excitement of seeking a goal, fear of a negative consequence, or even anger and frustration due to our current situation.  But what happens when motivation dies off like is always does?  What keeps us focused for the long haul?  Prepare for the inevitable loss of motivation and seek a deeper meaning in why you are doing what you're doing and why you are seeking the change you want.  Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find the episodes here:  www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Aug 17 2017

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Rank #16: Ep. 10 - 7 Positive Mindset Shifts for a New Year

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Either we’re asleep or we’re awake. Either we’re consciously aware of something or we’re not.

But we don’t become awake from reading books or having conversations. We wake up when we experience things, and we experience things differently based on our mindset.

Mindset Shift #1 – Don’t Get Wrapped Up in the Things You Can’t Control.

  • I don’t necessarily think politics is the problem, I just don’t think it’s the solution.
  • Other individuals will not solve your problems or improve your life.

Mindset Shift #2 – Loving & Accepting Every Experience

  • Accepting the fullness of an experience will allow you to see the good in the bad, and it will help you learn to love every present moment.
  • When you’re doing things you don’t particularly like, you can learn to love them because you know those things serve your greater purpose.
  • When we experience hard times, we tend to quickly judge those as bad experiences. When we make that snap judgement, we miss the bigger picture of what we’re experiencing.

Mindset Shift #3 – Being a Victim Vs. Being Victimized

  • We’ve all been victimized. We’ll be victimized intermittently throughout the rest of our lives.
  • The difference between being victimized and being a victim is that being a victim is a role we assume, and it is a role that sheds responsibility for the circumstances we have been given that have been out of our control.
  • What is in our control is our ability to react and be proactive

Mindset Shift #4 – Don’t Waste Energy on Can’t

  • If you want to find an excuse to not do something, you will always find an excuse.
  • Excuses can be real – that doesn’t mean you have to focus your energy and attention on them.
  • It’s a choice to find reasons why you can’t or reasons why you can. In almost every situation, there are reasons for both.

Mindset Shift #5 – You Don’t Have to Have All the Answers to Start

  • As a therapist, we often feel that we need to have all of the answers before we can help solve someone’s problems. But the reality is we can’t. We’re never going to have all the answers.
  • You don’t need to be the ultimate subject expert to start anything, because that’s all subjective.
  • The answers that you need to apply aren’t necessarily coming from other people’s information. Your answers come from your experiences.

Mindset Shift #6 – Don’t Be Afraid to Show Up

  • When you try to meet other people’s expectations, you can’t fully show up.
  • You can’t be the thing you think other people want. Not everyone will like what you do, but there’s plenty of people who will embrace who and what you are.
  • You have to understand and recognize what you show up as. If you show up, you have to understand that there’s value in that.
  • We want to see people and things that are true and aren’t hidden by an agenda. People love authenticity, whether we realize it consciously or not.

Mindset Shift #7 – Embrace Stoic Philosophy

  • “The single most important practice in stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t.” –The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
  • Stoicism helps you look at the neutral nature of the universe. It responds to what you put out there.

I truly believe the world will start to change when we all start recognizing what we have internally as valuable, and when we recognize that the things we put out into the world are valuable.

Act. Do. Try. Don’t be afraid of failing.

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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Jan 09 2017

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Rank #17: Ep. 27 - Sharon Martin: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

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Sharon Martin, LCSW, is dedicated to helping busy adults and teens in Silicon Valley manage stress in order to promote peace, balance, and happiness in their lives.

In today’s episode, we discuss how self-esteem and negative self-talk affect this balance and happiness, and how people who work with children can foster a positive sense of self-worth in the next generation.

We all tell ourselves a story about ourselves, which is impacted by the messages we hear every day, and this self-talk influences our sense of self.  

Because the messages other people tell us influence our story, we often end up defining ourselves based on other people and a sense of relative achievement… but that is a quick path to negativity.

Our sense of self has to be driven by what feels right, not what the outside world says is the right thing.

Of course, this isn’t always easy – life is distracting, and the people in your life might contribute to this negative self-talk. On top of that, negative self-talk often tells us that we’re alone and isolated, so help seems that much farther away.

There are some small mindset and lifestyle shifts that can help you build a positive belief system that makes life work for you.

  • Recognize that everything you believe isn’t true… and some of your beliefs, messages, and values originally came from other people.
  • Explore who you are, outside of what other people say.
  • You don’t have to do specific things to prove your worth, and you shouldn’t have to prove your worth to receive love.
  • Understand that failure isn’t the opposite of success – it’s part of the learning process. Don’t be afraid to take a risk in the future because of what happened in the past.
  • If your environment has a negative effect, surround yourself with different people.
  • Practice self-compassion in the face of negativity. There’s nothing inherently wrong with you because someone doesn’t like you or disapproves (and there’s nothing inherently wrong with them, either).
  • Accept that you can’t control everything and, therefore, can’t be the cause of every problem.

“There’s something very human about wanting to fit in, wanting to connect, and wanting approval from certain people… but that can’t be the driving force. There has to be something internal that feels right.”

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

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May 08 2017

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Rank #18: True Take: Is Patience Really a Virtue?

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We've all heard about the importance of patience.  But how easy is it really?  And why do we struggle with it?  Can we make patience a valuable resource in and of itself? Getting out the cycle of addictive thinking and overdoing.  Much of time in the case of our lives and present circumstances, less is more.  Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:  www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Aug 01 2017

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Rank #19: Ep. 29 - Trevor Oldham: Become the Lion & Make an Impact

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Today’s guest, Trevor Oldham, is a 20-year-old college student and co-founder of Become The Lion, one of the top ranked motivational blogs. Trevor has entrepreneurship in his blood, and he’s been running businesses since he was a kid.

When Trevor was 17, he had success importing phone cases from China and selling them. It was a profitable business, but he decided that he needed to do something with more purpose and impact.

At the age of 18, Trevor co-founded Become the Lion so that he could inspire millennials to become the best versions of themselves.

One thing that Trevor learned early on is that, in order to become your best self, you have to ask for help – on top of that, he learned that many people are actually happy to offer help. He reached out to other entrepreneurs already running successful businesses, and he was able to learn a lot from them.

Taking a chance and reaching out to Jon Gordon, author of The Seed, gave Trevor a helpful nudge towards finding his purpose.

No matter where you are in your journey, and no matter what you are on a journey towards, there will always be someone one step ahead in the path who has something to teach you. Sending an email, or even just reading a book, can help you find success faster.

“It’s nice having a revenue stream coming in, but it’s also nice being able to make an impact on people.”

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Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

Production & Development for True Calling Project by Podcast Masters

May 22 2017

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Rank #20: True Take 010: Share What You've Got

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Someone asked me recently what I expected to come out of the podcast and videos I am doing.  I thought I had explored my "why" but I hadn't really thought about what exactly I expected from the production of the podcast and video themselves.  Strangely, or maybe it isn't, I actually just like making the podcast episodes.  I really have no expectations at all.  What if we did more of that?  Acting and creating without analyzing and worrying?  What if I did it more?  What if you did it more?  What if we all have something of value to share no matter what medium we use to express it?  What if by sharing our unique gifts and words we could actually change the world?  What if?

Interested in learning more about how I can help you through coaching?  Find out more at www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/individual-coaching/

Apr 19 2017

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Ep. 38 - Nicole Christina: Making Gratitude Practical

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​Nicole Christina is a psychotherapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She specializes in Positive Aging, eating and food related issues, burnout, and stress reduction.    In this episode John and Nicole discuss how feeling grateful can lead to peace and happiness in daily life.   Nicole explains how simple, grounded techniques can help you relax so that you are able to see the bigger picture and feel more grateful. From breathing exercises and leaving quirky notes to yourself, to finding a community of people where you belong, Nicole has some smart and simple tips you can work on to reduce anxiety and see the world through a different lens.   You can find out more about Nicole's web courses on mindful eating and being grateful at www.nicolechristina.com"It's an attitude, not a practise. We have more control over our happiness than sometimes we think we do. It's not about what happens to you. It's about how you deal with it."

Oct 09 2017

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Ep.37 - Mia Quaglia: Divorce and Thrive

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Mia Quaglia is a therapist who runs Divorce and Thrive, a coaching academy that heals and empowers women to discover life after divorce.   She helps her clients move through the thoughts and feelings of divorce and discusses how you can grow, take responsibility and find new life in such a major event.   Mia also shares how she found herself and the ability to help others after ending a 25-year marriage.    She and John talk about perceptions of divorce: Mia thinks men and women experience this differently, and her work helps women discover the affirmation of shared experience. They discuss how you know when to make a decision, how to leave behind blame and regret, and how to make this change a positive experience and stepping stone to the future.     "we can embrace divorce and you can come out of it being a better person; being able to experience life, breathe differently and have a different quality of life”   online:divorceandthrive.com email: mia@divorceandthrive.com tel: 2798199939

Sep 26 2017

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True Take: Inevitable Disappointment

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Shit happens.  Sometimes it's a little harder to take than others.  I had what I thought was a sure thing and a great opportunity for my career.  It didn't work out.  But it was a reminder of a very important lesson.  Sometimes the thing that doesn't work out, the problem you are resenting, is the very thing you need.  If you listen to what you are experiencing.  Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:  www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject 

Sep 25 2017

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True Take: Putting Yourself Out There

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It's not easy to put ourselves out there for others. Even for people that "seem" to have it all together. Most people can be decent at self confidence, but struggle with self esteem. Because when we take away all of the success measures and accolades, what do we have left? Our innate self. And that can be scary to show others. But we're all attracted to honesty. We love to see other people's truth. Not only is it good for the people seeing it, but it's great for the person sharing it. And when we show up fully, we can cut the bullshit and the middle man out. We are going to get more aligned with the right people and those people who don't resonate with your truth will fall by the wayside. Win-win. Be true, be honest. Cut the fat and we'll serve us and others. It makes too much sense not to. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes or find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Sep 12 2017

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Ep. 36 - Justin Spicer: How to Market Your Authentic Self

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Justin Spicer is a video producer at globevillestudios.com. He has a unique take on 'marketing' for counsellors and therapists. 

Justin makes YouTube videos for private practises, and uses SEO to help more people hear these authentic testimonials.

He takes time to have a conversation with people about what they love and lets their passion do the talking. It's not about creating a polished presentation - instead he helps people connect with others through sharing a snapshot of who they really are.

He's helping clients be their most authentic and comfortable selves in front of the camera and is challenging the old ad tradition of marketing to fear and 'lack'.

"We can promote what we love by just doing what we love"

Sep 12 2017

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True Take: The Next Step is Right in Front of You

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One of our greatest habits is to look and expect to find all of the answers BEFORE we act. As if we need to have the most information in front of us, be without fear, or have ultimate certainty before we take a chance. We'll never know until we start. We can't. Maybe we're not supposed to. I'm coming close to accepting an offer for my business that 4 years ago I never would have imagined. And the thing is that without taking those first steps to get where I am, this opportunity wouldn't be there for me. Life isn't about finding certainty. It's about living life and that includes the doubts, failures, and uncertainties. And to get the things we're after, we first need to take that step that's right in front of us. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Sep 02 2017

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Ep. 35 - Michelle Meiche: Accessing Our Intuition

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Michelle Meiche is a coach and psychic intuitive. She hosts the weekly Awakenings podcast and runs the website SoulPlayground.life where she shares support tools and insights.

Today she talks to John about her perspective on intuition at a time where people are collectively shifting to a new paradigm of thought.

As analysis and logic leave us struggling to make sense of or control current events, Michelle shares her advice on how you can begin to listen to your intuition through behaviours and 'gut' feelings.

She also discusses how this intuition will inform the psyche to make life-enhancing decisions from your soul.

"We're all gonna make mistakes, that's part of the way we learn. But if you have that ill at ease feeling, wait: you'll see your intuition will be backed by reality in the real world if you give yourself the time to let it play out."

Interested in learning more about the True Calling Project and what I do?  Find out more at www.lifemadeconscious.com Read more at http://truecallingproject.libsyn.com/podcast#GpOmb3Id6FMx80zs.99

Aug 28 2017

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True Take: What We Resist Persists

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Is it true that what we resist persists? What would happen if we moved our energy and focus from what we're resisting, or fearing, to a place of creativity? So many times we aren't able to see our own potential, or potential alternatives to our problems, because we are in a place of fear and resistance. And before we can move into a place of creativity, we need to accept what is happening and what is going on. Not excuse it. Not give in to it. Accept it for what it is. Whether it's a career situation, a relationship, social issues, or a literal creative stagnation. Stop resisting and focus on creation. Chances are we'll find out that we'll get what we're ultimately seeking. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes or find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Aug 25 2017

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True Take: Motivation is Fleeting

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Motivation is a great tool for getting us started on a desired change. It can come in the form of the excitement of seeking a goal, fear of a negative consequence, or even anger and frustration due to our current situation.  But what happens when motivation dies off like is always does?  What keeps us focused for the long haul?  Prepare for the inevitable loss of motivation and seek a deeper meaning in why you are doing what you're doing and why you are seeking the change you want.  Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find the episodes here:  www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Aug 17 2017

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Ep. 34 - Keri Nola: Are We Going Through A Global and Societal Shift?

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Keri Nola is an Awakening Healer, Energetic Visionary and Founder of the Sacred Soul Circle. She's also the co-founder of the Galactic Vibrations podcast and an author.   Today, Keri returns to the show to chat with John about the 'shift', a global awakening that's causing us to reassess our place in the world and how we identify ourselves within it.   From the anxieties and fears springing from recent political events, to the social questions we face on daily basis, this in-depth conversation explores why so many people are feeling collectively 'off' right now.   John and Keri discuss self-identification in a gendered society, our attitudes to blame, fear, doubt, relationships and love and how a different viewpoint can overcome some of the problems associated with a rigid self-perception.   Keri also opens up about the car crash that changed her life and helped her make the decision to leave behind her career in clinical psychotherapy and pursue her true calling.   "There is a massive awakening. We really have to see how far from ourselves and each other we've really been. That's the pain we're experiencing and that's the upheaval that's necessary in order for us to really come back home to our truest essence"   Interested in learning more about the True Calling Project and what I do?  Find out more at www.lifemadeconscious.com Read more at http://truecallingproject.libsyn.com/podcast#GpOmb3Id6FMx80zs.99

Aug 14 2017

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True Take: Being Everything for Everyone

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True Take: Being Everything for Everyone. When you're feeling drained or burned out have you noticed that it's times when you feel over obligated or over committed? Often we try and wear too many "hats" and be too much for others. And often it's without being asked to be those things. What would happen if we didn't always try and have to come through for everyone or please everybody or even be perfect. We might actually have more energy to be the best version of ourselves. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here: www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Aug 11 2017

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True Take: Who is Responsible?

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We've seen an emergence of speakers and authors talk about the shedding of blame and shame from self. While this is healthy, many times we don't actually shed that blame or shame. We just redirect it towards others or other circumstances. Ultimately, one bag we can never shed is the bag of responsibility. When we understand that responsibility and blame are not the same things we are able to focus on what we can control and what serves us. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Aug 06 2017

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True Take: Is Patience Really a Virtue?

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We've all heard about the importance of patience.  But how easy is it really?  And why do we struggle with it?  Can we make patience a valuable resource in and of itself? Getting out the cycle of addictive thinking and overdoing.  Much of time in the case of our lives and present circumstances, less is more.  Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:  www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Aug 01 2017

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True Take: The Next "Big Thing"

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It's easy to get sucked into the newest idea, theory, or practice. What happens when we don't get what we expected? This summer has taught me a good lesson on expectations and why we should be wary of "turning points" and the revelations outside of ourselves. Everything is an internal process whether we like it or not. And many times those needed lessons are not fun, exciting, or comfortable. Subscribe to the True Calling Project on iTunes and find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject

Jul 28 2017

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True Take: The Myth of "I Don't Know How"

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Technology is ruining our excuse that we use that says "I don't know how to do it" or "I don't know where to start". Knowledge is not something that is separate to be kept from us and guarded by the select few. No, you are just scared or insecure or not ready. And there is nothing wrong with that. Better to face fear and learn from it than hide behind the false notion that there is some source of knowledge out there that you're not privy to that is keeping you stuck. It's not that "we don't know how", we just may not know "yet". Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes or find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Jul 22 2017

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True Take: The Lie of Money and Motivation

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We've been taught that material wealth and gain is the best way to measure our success.  But why are so many people who "have it all" miserable with their work and occupations?  I talk about reading Daniel Pink's book "Drive" and why if we don't have 3 factors in our work to express ourselves in, we are not going to be as satisfied with our work.  The science has spoken.  Money doesn't create job satisfaction. Catch the True Calling Project live on Facebook at 1pm EST every Thursday. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or find it here:www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject

Jul 15 2017

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True Take: Do We Need Experts?

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We look to people with special knowledge to help us solve problems, or give us insight, that we can't necessarily do on our own.  But how often do we overlook our own abilities in comparison to these experts?  When others have a credible skill set, it doesn't mean that what we have to offer is somehow "less".  There is a tendency to shrink from putting ourselves out there in fear that we won't be as credible as others we see as subject matter experts.  However, expertise, in many cases is subjective. And we have to be the judge as to take in from others what is right for us.  The best experts still have to know how to communicate and connect with others to help them with their knowledge.  Otherwise, it's only knowledge and nothing more.  Even a small child can give us the bit of awareness that can help us learn something valuable.  When we recognize that true "expertise", in this weird experience we call life, is very much an illusion it allows us to give what we have.  We don't know who we can help and how we can help them if we don't express what we have.  Don't let others supposed superior knowledge keep you from putting yourself out there.  Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:  www.lifemadeconscious.com/category/truecallingproject/

Jul 08 2017

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True Take: The Illusion of Professionalism and the Imposter Syndrome

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What is professionalism?  Is it the words we use?  How we say them?  Etiquette? Expected behaviors in professional environments?  Is it what we wear?  Many of us are forcing ourselves into a box and parameter that we "think" is the way we should behave and speak.  When we are constantly trying to be something we're not, the imposter syndrome comes up in us.  Are we doing the right thing?  Are people going to accept and appreciate us?  What if we identified our own sense of what being professional means?  Respect for self and others.  Compassion.  Honesty.  Being real.  Because we know we value those things.  Authenticity is professional.  Respect and being true to ourselves and our values is being professional.  Not meeting some societal standard and "playing the game" so we "fit in".  Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:  www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/category/truecallingproject/

Jun 29 2017

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True Take: Making Our Values Our Responsiblity

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Was talking with a good friend of mine last night about the state of the world, government, business, economy. It's not our boss, the government, the corporations, our neighbors, our lack of money, or anyone else's responsibility to live through our values and take action...except for us. We have this addiction of blaming our circumstances for our inability to create what we want and not being able to live through what's important to us. The blame game keeps us stuck and in resistance. And in resistance there is no creation of new. Just playing the same broken game. We're better than that and more than capable. Anything that says otherwise just keeps us stuck, subservient, and playing small. Be the change. No, literally. Be the change. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here: www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/category/truecallingproject/

Jun 28 2017

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True Take: Gratitude Isn't About Ignoring Problems

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When we focus on gratitude in our lives it's NOT about ignoring problems or only seeing rainbows and gumdrop smiles. It's about seeing the WHOLE picture. Our brains are predisposed to be vigilant to identify what we can lose, or what we have lost. It's normal and natural to think negatively in many circumstances. BUT, since the mind is trying to keep us safe, it has a hard time being appreciative. So we have to be smarter than our monkey minds. GRATITUDE is about accepting the whole reality of life. It's healthy, balanced, and NOT bullshit. That's reserved for the part of our mind that only wants to see loss and catastrophe. Gratitude can make space for recognizing all the good stuff while also seeing that without some of the crap, we can't appreciate the good in life. Subscribe to the True Calling Project podcast on iTunes and find it here:www.johnharrisoncounseling.com/category/truecallingproject/

Jun 24 2017

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Awesome Podcast

By Brooke Craven - Dec 20 2017
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John host of True Calling Project highlights all aspects of finding meaning in your life and career in this can’t miss podcast. The host and expert guests offer insightful advice that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Fantastic Show

By Trevor Oldham - May 29 2017
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Love the podcast. Thanks John!