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Apr 27, 2017

"Sometimes we hold onto the life we think we're supposed to have. But in letting go, we get new possibilities."

Janine Shepherd grew up an athlete in rural Australia. At 24, she was training for her first Olympics. On a 5-hour training ride, she was hit by a truck. 

Janine was left with a broken neck and back, massive internal bleeding and blood pressure at 40 over nothing. Janine Shepherd was not expected to survive.

Miraculously, 10 days later, the internal bleeding stopped. She was in the hospital for six months. When she came home, she was paralyzed from the waste down, wrapped in a plaster body cast and attached to a catheter. She was told she'd never be able to do any of the things she did before.

Janine decided "Maybe I can't do the things I did before, but I am going to do something extraordinary!"

You don't want to miss what Janine has done in the 20+ years since her accident. Join us on this amazing interview.

SHOW NOTES:

  • A one time Olympic-destined skier, Janine has found deeper purpose in "hills" - "The magic happens on the other side of the hill. You don't have to like hills, but you have to learn to love them; to understanding the value in challenge."
  • The gift of rock bottom is that there is no where to hide. It doesn't show you who you are; it shows you who are not.
  • I let go of all of my Olympic dreams and, in that moment, I realized the only way to heal comes not from running from an experience but living through it.
  • Sometimes we hold onto the life we think we are supposed to have. But in letting go we get new possibilities.
  • The day she decided to become a pilot, she was still covered in a body cast. It was her dream and it changed her life; it gave her a reason to get out of bed.
  • She learned to manage her chronic pain through focus and acceptance.
  • I am not my body. This was the most important thing I've learned.
  • Get her book Defiant: "Say yes to life regardless of your challenges, that's defiance."
  • Hear her TED talk here.

JANINE SHEPHERD'S INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. "We want to know that our life counts and has meaning. There's no meaning of life, there's only meaning in life and we create that meaning by how we live."

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would love to find a cure for spinal cord injury. 

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. Nothing in that house really counts. They are just things.

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 Buddha. I would ask: "How do we get people to remember that it's all about love, tolerance and acceptance?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When my daughter was learning to ride a pony, her riding instructor said to me: "Hasten slowly." What it means to me is slow down, be deliberate, savor the experience.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Hasten slowly. What you think is important now, when you get older you'll realize it wasn't.

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? Janine embraced her defiant human spirit. 

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Apr 20, 2017

"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

If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast anywhere 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 FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

 

Apr 13, 2017

Don't miss my big, time-sensitive announcement in this episode! 

"Time allows you to seek wisdom and understand what you've gone through so you can help other people with what you've learned."

From homeless to bestselling author. From small-town Alabama to on-stage in front of thousands. From hating 6th grade football to working with the last nine college football national championship teams:

My guest today has spent his lifetime gathering unbelievable observations and insights many of us would miss - and then - packaging them up to share with the world.

Andy Andrews has written 20 books with more than 3 million copies in circulation. I am one of Andy's biggest fans and he is one of the most pure-hearted people I've met. Let me introduce to you our newest Live Inspired friend, Andy Andrews.

SHOW NOTES

  • His 8th grade teacher has been one of the most influential people in his life. THANK YOU to all of our teachers in the Live Inspired community. YOU make a huge difference!
  • Andy's worked on mental toughness and strategic thinking with the the last 9 college football national championship teams.
  • "Quitting is a habit. Theres no penalty for quitting today, everyone just says 'you tried!' But when you persist without exception, there's something in you that figures out a way, something lasting." [Tweet this.]
  • "It's about what you're becoming. You're finding a way where there doesn't seem to be one."
  • Andy's first New York Times bestselling book The Travelers Gift was turned down by 50 publishers before it was picked up by one. Today, it's in 40 languages and one million copies have sold.
  • We can't fix other people, we have to fix ourselves. 

  • How did you get out of being homeless? There's the answer I'd have told you when I got out, the one I'd have told you 10 years later and the one I'd tell you now. Time allows you to seek wisdom and understand what you've gone through so you can help other people with what you've learned.
  • A guy named Jones came up to me under my pier and encouraged me to read biographies. I hated them at first, but then I started seeing a pattern emerging. After 60 books, I realized there were 7 things all the people had, but they'd only harnessed 2 or 3. I started thinking, what happens to someone who harnesses all 7? I used those principles to get myself out from under the pier.
  • One principle is "responsibility" which is typically thought of in extremes. "Until these people accept responsibility..." - or - "Its not their fault!" But, responsibility is about hope and control. Hope for a greater future that they can control. [Tweet this.]
    • If you blame your mom, economy, neighbor, spouse - there's not hope because there is no control.
    • If you own that you made choices to get yourself to a place that you DON'T like, isn't it great news that you can then make decisions to get you to a place you DO like?
  • Andy's newest book The Little Things: "No matter if you create a masterpiece or disaster it's made 1 decision, 1 tiny brush stroke at a time."
    • I was helping to double and triple my clients businesses, but I realized the little things I'd figured out that I was putting in place for them, I had never written down. Now it's all in this book.
  • If you want incredible results, understand it will not happen doing what you've been doing or what "the industry does." I help people compete at a level the competition doesn't know there is a game going on.
  • Everyone competes the same way and because they do: It's easy to find little things that make a big difference. It comes from looking in the other direction. [Tweet this.]
  • Customer satisfaction is the lowest bar you can possibly hit and stay in business. Anything less than that, you're in trouble.
  • The greatest advertisement you can have is word of month. It trumps everything.
  • Everyone competes with price and product. That doesn't work. I don’t care what industry you are in, the product is you.

ANDY ANDREWS'S INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Greatest Salesman, Og Mandino

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would buy timber land. I would be very quiet about it because I know right now I might be mentally and emotionally able to handle that, but most people are not. I'd use the timber land to be self sustaining and help people; be valuable to charitable organizations.

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 mamma's bible. Her notes are in there and her underlines. Since my mom died so long ago, there are so many things I'd ask today if I could. Today I can go through her bible and get a good idea of her thinking.

One note she wrote, "God does not have to heal me to prove to me who He is. I am fine."

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? Winston Churchill. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I continue to unpack this one, from 35 years ago. The Noticer, that book tells the story of old man Jones, the man who befriended Andy when he was homeless under the pier. "Most people live their entire lives and never understand: You can't believe everything you think."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be patient. God is under no obligation to tell you what he is doing in your life. Though you may be angry and not understand, or wish He did things differently or think He's left you, if you just remember what has happened, if you look behind you, you will see His hand on your shoulder every step of the way. Calm down.

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, husband and friend, he followed his heart and provided value for his fellow man.

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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

If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast anywhere 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 FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

 

Apr 6, 2017

"I don't want you to be a been brother: a would-a-been, could-a-been or should-a-been. Focus, be well-rounded and give your effort at all times."

Chris Hogan received this advice from his Mom. He was bless to grow up with seven or eight parental figures - from uncles and grandparents to teachers and coaches - in a small town in Kentucky.

These role models helped him to dream big and never rest on his laurels. Today, Chris is a husband, father, bestselling author, radio and podcast host, expert on retirement and personal finance and part of the Dave Ramsey speaker team.

Today, Chris shares simple, life-changing financial tips and nuggets of wisdom gleaned from mentors throughout his life.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Information that gets applied in your life time and again becomes wisdom.
  • Above all else I realize my time spent with my boys is to help them become productive young men in society. Time spent talking about what and how they are thinking so I can share my experiences and they can see that Dad is not perfect, but perfectly capable of improving.
  • Dreaming big is necessary but the work you have to put in if you're serious will lead you closer (or on the doorstep) of that opportunity.
  • Be open to opportunities. What seems like a detour is actually the new bigger journey connecting you to the end goal.
  • Grab the opportunity and avoid the chances. Chances are 50/50. When pursued, an opportunity will lead you somewhere better. - Chris's Grandma
  • Failure is when you don't accomplish a goal and you stop. Not succeeding is when you gave 100% but didn't reach the goal. With maturity and wisdom you realize in pursuit of it, you improved, moved down the path.
  • Understanding my example speaks louder than my words makes me stay very aware.
  • Chris moved from banking to consumer finance when he realized: "Those account numbers had names; those names had faces; the faces had families."
  • It's hard to tell how people are doing with money. They can be dressed head to toe in Prada but not have two nickels to rub together.
  • If you are 17 or 77: We all need money to provide for our family.
  • If you don't have a plan for your money, someone else will. It's 80% effort and 20% knowledge. It's a matter of learning these 3 basic skills:

    1. Understand and tap into what it is you would ultimately like to accomplish. What are your high definition dreams: Write a check to your college? Build a park? Support your grandparents.
    2. Triple A: Assess. Acknowledge. Activate. Assess current financial situation. What's working? What isn't? Acknowledge that it can be better! Activate. How can we do this? Do it.
    3. Get out of debt and you give yourself a raise. Debt is a thief. When you get a credit card, interest is a penalty. When you save or invest - the interest you earn is a reward or bonus. You don't have to ask for a raise or work harder, just focus on getting out of debt.
  • Budgeting is crucial. Tell your money where to go, don't wonder where its been spent.
  • Don't make excuses, make progress. Regardless of where you are, one step forward is called progress.
  • Learn more at ChrisHogan360.com

CHRIS HOGAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peel. I got this from my coach sophomore year of college. He said read it and apply it.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I'd find a way to give a large majority away to create and pass on his legacy. It doesn't change what I do day to day. I'd understand it was a blessing and I'd never want to waste it.

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 quilt my grandma made me and my grandpa's cane. They are reminders to me that where I come from is not an accident and where I am going is not an accident either.

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? Dr. Martin Luther King. I'd want to find out what in this man caused him to go against the norm and stay so focused despite such persecution and learn about his heart and mission.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My defensive coordinating coach Ernie horning - "Don't make excuses make plays."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Slow down! I was in such a rush to arrive that I may have overlooked the process and relationships. Slow down, there is wisdom in waiting. Because if you 're not prepared to get to the next step, you won't maximize the opportunity you'll squander it.

Practical way to catch our breath and slow down: Kids and friends ultimately will remember how you made them feel. Even in the midst of being busy, be intentional. Carve out the time to sit down and carve out your sons and daughters. So often we think people want something from us. Let's be the people that give something. Let's give. 

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? Grab opportunity. Maximize opportunities and share opportunities. 

***

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

If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast anywhere 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 FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

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