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Jan 26, 2017

“Parents are so much more worried today then they were 35 years ago. They so desperately want to be ‘good parents’ that they’re exhausting important energy on stuff that doesn’t matter.”

This is a quote from today’s guest, Meg Meeker, MD. Meg is a pediatrician, author, parent, wife, grandmother and business owner. Her goal is to diffuse fear-based parenting. 

I shared the stage with Meg at the Dave Ramsey SMART Conference and fell in love with her message around her book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I selfishly invited her on the show to grow as a father myself and help you in your journey as a parent, too. Meg’s insights are great for parents, but relate to all of us as aunts, uncles, sons and daughters, too.

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MY MAIN TAKEAWAYS:

  • 3 Ways to Shift from Fear-Based Parenting

    1. Shift your perspective of yourself in your kids eyes. If a child is with you, he doesn’t want anything other than knowing that you like being with him. Stop worrying about what he’s eating for dinner and just focus on him.
    2. Make an exhaustive list of ALL the things you worry about with your kids. Then tell yourself “Let go of all of it! Today I’m just going to communicate that I like being with him.” Then do it again the next day. Watch, your whole relationship will change.
    3. Schedule your child less. Everyone says their life is too busy, but who makes it so? Are you willing to surrender time with your child for them to be in an activity that they’ll only be involved in for a few years? A child’s character is developed when he’s face to face with mom and dad. That time is important. Also, the remedy for your child acting out is MORE time with you. It all goes back to: Don’t schedule them so much.
  • A tip about getting to 35 years of marriage? We refused to quit. Once we determined that we were that committed, then you could just wait “it” out.
  • No matter our age, we all struggle with self-esteem. Hearing positive feedback from our parents as adults is still comforting.
  • Make parenting simpler: Love your kids and do the best you can. Letting your young kids know you want their company is important. We think kids need other kids and peers. They don’t. They need you.
  • Real joy comes from time spent at home working through life with your family. Life in a family unit is messy, working through the messiness together is how the joy comes.
  • Don’t assume that just because your peers are doing something, that it has to be so. Set the bar higher for your child. They can have a better life than they currently do (in regards to technology, etc.). Two ways to do this:
  • Find two times a month to schedule yourself to stay home and spend time as a family. The first week might be terrible, but by the fourth one, it will be great.
  • Declare one hour in the evening as electronic free. Kids are feeling ignored because parents are on cell phones. Parents are having a hard time because kids aren’t paying attention due to their relationship with technology. Pick one hour each evening (or 3 nights wkly to start) with no tech. For this to work, everyone in your house must follow the rule. 
  • One piece of advice for fathers to “be heroes”? Recognize you already have the cape (because your kid has put it on you!). You don’t need to get a bigger house or get a pool in the backyard. You just need to maintain. Shift your perspective, you are already a hero in your kids life. (Note: this is what your kid is looking for in a hero, and it’s well within your grasp, be: available, engaged, have his back, and protect him.)

MEG MEEKER, MD’S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Celebration of the Disciplines by Richard Foster. My main takeaway was to simplify and focus on the important stuff.

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

I would give 99% of it away to World Vision and The Medical Institute for Sexual Health. My needs are met, I don’t need more. Having too much would just complicate my life.

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 would grab a photo of my parents; they are no longer alive and I don’t trust my memory to keep a clear picture.

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. I would love to talk to Jesus, have him clear up some unanswered questions I have about pain in the world. I would also want to tell him thank you.

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

Reduce your expectations. They are what cause us misery. the more we can accept what is and who people are and love people for who people are today, the freer we really are to to live and to love.

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

Keep focused on God’s plan for your life, not YOUR plan for you life because you are self-centered.

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 loved him well. First God. Second, my husband. If after I die this can be said, then my life has been good.

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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

Jan 19, 2017

Stay positive. Feed yourself so you can feed others. These are the key messages of Jon Gordon, author of bestselling book The Energy Bus and today's guest. 

Jon and I met a few months back when we shared a stage at a client event. I've always loved the transformative fable he shares in The Energy Bus (about what happens when you change your mindset when entering "the bus of life" each day) and was excited to hear more about the man behind the story. Today, you're invited to hear this discussion! 

Jon shares "stories even his closest friends haven't heard!" Many about the little known challenges leading up to his best-selling book career (the book was rejected 30 times before it was published; it had little reception for the first 5 years).

Jon's story is about being positive and feeding yourself so you can feed others. Here are a few of my favorite takeaways: 

  • "Sometimes you have to lose a goal to find your destiny." - Gordon
  • "There is one song and we are part of the symphony." - Gordon
  • "We are positive not because life is easy. We must be positive because life is hard." - Gordon
    • Negative thoughts will always come in; you don’t have to believe them. Your faith must be greater than you fear.
  • You must overcome negativity to become a successful leader.
  • The "bus" story came to me during a walk of prayer and gratitude.
  • People CAN become more positive! No one wants to be negative, we blame circumstances and that breeds more negativity. Realizing this gave me the concept for the Energy Bus and the idea that you have to be the driver of your own bus. You have to empower yourself.
  • "Don’t allow life to define you. Define your life." - Gordon [Tweet this.]
  • Why did Jon succeed? Faith and grit.
  • A few ideas from Jon to become more positive:
    • Feed the positive, not the negative.
    • Learn to talk to yourself; not to listen to yourself.
    • Research shows you can’t be grateful and stressed at the same time. Spend timing each day being grateful: Gratitude journaling, take a gratitude walk, etc.
  • "The media is the bible for the fearful." - Gordon
  • "We create our world not from the outside in but from the inside out." - Gordon
  • Enroll in Jon Gordon’s Positive University for free in January 2017. 

Jon Gordon's Live Inspired 7 

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

All the Places to Go. My main takeaway is that life is an open door; God puts doors in front of you.

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

Invest in others continue to pour into Positive University and more for nonprofits I love: Homes for Hope in Mexico and FCA, the Dream Center in LA.

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?

Pictures of my family and my grandparents’ pictures that sit on my desk. Pictures of my parents who both passed away.

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?

Abraham Lincoln.

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

Dr. James Guild's advice, talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself.

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

Don’t stress so much. Enjoy the ride. The message in my books Training Camp and The Energy Bus.

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?

Positive.

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If you enjoyed today's episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate and review (grow the Live Inspired. movement) 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 everyday on Facebook & Twitter and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Jan 12, 2017

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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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: 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 

Jan 5, 2017

Let's move our focus from the cold winter to where the sun is shining: Spring!

One of my favorite parts of spring is March Madness. I love sports, I love baseball and I love the race to the final game (especially when the underdog wins). 

Most importantly, after the final game, I love when they play the Luther Vandross song, One Shining Moment, while showing the highlights of the best plays from the entire tournament. They tie it all together and today, I am going to do something similar for you. 

On today's episode, I'll recap each of my guests from Season 1 and my main takeaway from each. So many great tips on living inspired. Here we go!

  • Susan O'Leary [my mom, author, speaker, mother, Christian leader] Mom  helped me kick off the season talking about life, the fire that change everything and her insights on resilience, faith, family and redemption.
     
  • Brian Buffini [business owner, speaker & author] He shared the question his grandfather asked when reviewing work for the family painting business: "Can you put your name on it?" If the answer wasn't yes it had to be fixed. That tangible work ethic is the foundation of Brian's success today.
  • Teri Griege [author, ironman athlete, cancer survivor] Addiction and cancer threatened her life; grace, endurance and hope gave it back. Teri will remind you what is TRULY possible when you stop making excuses.
  • Joe Buck [World Series sports announcer, son of my hero Jack, author] Had his his first interview about his new book Lucky Bastard with us! He shared about being the son of my hero, the greatest gift he received from his daughter which offered us all a reminder that: Perspective truly matters.
  • Michaela Haas [author, journalist, fellow sojourner] Her book Bouncing Forward was my favorite this year covering a life-changing topic: "Post traumatic growth."
  • Rory Vaden [bestselling author and self-discipline expert] "Discipline becomes dormant in the absence of a dream; so DREAM BIG." And SO MANY amazing nuggets like this one.
  • Dave Ramsey [bestselling author, nationally syndicated radio host] You do not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dave on the other side of the microphone! He shares amazing humility, humor and financial tips.
  • Kathy Buckley [author, speaker, comedian, overcomer] She is a model for keeping joy, humor, determination and passion for people through life's tribulations. As a deaf comedian, she has garnered special tools she shares with us to improve our own relationships and lives.
  • Don Yaeger [9 time bestselling author; journalist] Wrote 25 books, many nonfiction about some of the biggest names in sports history. Don shares the biggest lessons he learned from these legendary people. 

  • Rachel Macy Stafford [NYT Bestselling author and founder of Hands Free Mama] Shares beautiful lessons about setting aside daily distractions so that you can have your best life today. She asks us a poignant question: How will you redefine your success for yourself this year?
  • Tom Ziglar [Son of Zig, bestselling author, podcaster, CEO of Ziglar Inc.] Tom will walk you through the "zombie cure" or sleep walking through life.

Today's guest is former St. Louis Blues Hockey hero, Gino Cavallini. You'll love hearing the live reunion from my ON FIRE book launch party. [Watch the video.]

I am so honored to have had the opportunity to introduce you to these amazing people; true examples of living inspired. Season 2 starts next Thursday and you are going to love the guests we have lined up! Make sure to subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for being part of the Live Inspired community and please keep inviting your friends to join us - we continue to climb the charts (top 20 on iTunes Business!) and touching lives.

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