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Jan 31, 2019

The book Proof of Heaven ignited a conversation around the globe about how heaven can be scientifically proven by examining near-death-experiences (NDE). It shared the NDE of the author, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD, and it soared to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.

Today we are joined by Dr. Alexander to discuss his NDE, how it changed his understanding of science, the world we live in today, the life beyond it and what it means in your inspired life.

 SHOW NOTES

  • Dr. Alexander was agnostic + studied neuroscience until falling into coma from meningitis, leading to a NDE, which he should not have survived. This incident completely changed his world view. 
  • Today, he shares what NDE can teach us about consciousness and researches how elements of science and spirituality intersect.
  • Learn more about 2 NED cases Dr. Alexander mentioned:
    • Anita Moorjani wrote Dying to Be Me after being treated for advanced lymphoma in February 2006. 
    • Dr. Mary C. Neal, orthopedic surgeon, wrote To Heaven and Back after her lengthy time submerged underwater.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s #1 New York Times Bestseller Proof of Heaven.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s most recent book Living in a Mindful Universe.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s book The Map of Heaven.  
  • Dr. Alexander shares his story of being adopted as being "chosen" by his parents. Figure skating champion + Live Inspired Podcast guest Scott Hamilton, shared the same perspective. Listen to the discussion on episode 68

DR. EBEN ALEXANDER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality by Edward F. Kelly.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Curiosity. Through much of my academic career, curiosity was drilled out of me and the last 10 years have been a strong reawakening of an extraordinary, unbridled sense of curiosity. 

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 dad's pocket Bible that was with him during World War Two because it got him through so much and is a rich source of connection to me.

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? Albert Einstein. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? My son, Eben Alexander IV, encouraged me to write down everything I remember about my near-death experience before reading anyone else's experience. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  Love yourself. The best way to manifest that is to show love for other beings. Love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance and mercy are the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and others. 

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 made progress. I awakened. 

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

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Jan 24, 2019

Embracing your emotions at work is the key to being more fulfilled, genuine + professional.

Liz Fosslien, co-author + illustrator of the just-released book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work,  joins us to share how to recognize, understand + channel emotions to be the best versions of ourselves.

This light-hearted conversation will help you value and feel your emotions so you can live + work more inspired.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Suppressing emotions is not sustainable. Processing your emotions will allow you to feel better.
  • Currently we (1) seek jobs we're passionate about + (2) our work is literally in our hands (via phone) 24/7. Therefore, our self worth is tied more closely to the work we do. Combat the stress + burnout that come from caring about work "too much" by intentionally striking a balance between work and home + feeling your feelings.

Tips to Embrace Your Emotions:

  • Engage in what's happening in the moment to ignite happiness. A wandering mind leads to obsessively thinking (read: stress, anxiety). Check out the research on this that Liz mentioned here + here
  • How to interact with 3 difficult types of people at work:
    1. Jerks (mean, uses vulnerability against you): Have empathy / a conversation with them.
    2. Dissenters (always points out problem, never has solution)Ask, "What could you have done differently?" or "What can you do to improve the situation?"
    3. Slackers (not doing the job their supposed to do): You can not offer a criticism without offering a solution.
  • Receive feedback better. Specifically:
    1. Create an emotion flak-jacket. Remind yourself: "I need this to improve. He/she shared this because they value me and my success."
    2. Create a Smile File: Receive a note that makes you feel good? Save it to this file. The next time you receive critic, this file will remind you of your strengths, too.
    3. Resist "us v. them" + embrace "we." People are different. Explore those differences with curiosity.
  • Stimulate belonging: Create a space where people feel  welcomed + wanted.
  • Counter sadness by expressing gratitude. We often paint a more depressing picture of the world than what is true. 
  • Get Liz's new book No Hard Feelinghere.
  • Learn more about Liz + her work on her website.
  • Liz mentioned the video the MLB Network created about my unlikely friendship with Jack Buck. Check it out here.

LIZ FOSSLIEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Staying a little weird. We morph into professionals or parents (+ feel like we have to set examples). It's important to love the life you're living.

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 book my partner made featuring photographs of our lives.

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? Haruki Murakami who wrote What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? When I left the traditional corporate world, "One of the worst things we do is have the courage to step out and go on our own path but still judge ourselves on someone else's rubric. It's a beautiful thing to want something that originates from yourself."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Just chill out! It's okay. You can be weird the right people will love you for it. Be smart. Be curious. Be kind.

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 helped me feel better.

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

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Jan 17, 2019

True or false: The world is worse than ever before.

FALSE.

My friends, today’s guest shares hard facts as to why this is the best time in human history. He’ll expose which elements of your life are making you feel otherwise. Most importantly, he'll share the value of recapturing a true, positive perspective + what it could mean for your relationships, business, life + world.

Gregg Easterbrook is the New York Times Bestselling author of the book It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear.  Today, he reminds us that it’s great day and the best is truly yet to come.

SHOW NOTES

  • The United States is in its best condition it’s ever been: Pollution, discrimination, rate of heart disease + cancer are trending down. Life expectancy, education, living standards, middle class income, human freedom are trending up.
  • Globally, we are better off: Global malnutrition and extreme poverty are at the lowest levels in history. Twenty five years ago, 40% of the global population was malnourished. Twenty five years ago, global extreme poverty was 40% v. 10% today.
  • So why do we feel like things are worse today?
    1. Social media exaggerates the negative and buries the positive.
    2. The physical proximity (and frequency) of social media to our faces enhances its psychological impact.
    3. Negative news sells, distorting its pervasiveness and our reality.
    4. We allow personal anecdotes to sway our overall outlook.
  • Optimists think problems can be fixed. Pessimists thinks we are doomed. Being optimistic is a choice that we make. Our country was built on optimists.
  • It’s easy to feel bitter—it’s the path of least resistance. Being an optimist is hard but rewarding.
  • The trend of civilization is forever upward, we should be hopeful because the best is yet to come.
  • Get Gregg Easterbrook's book It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear.
  • Get Gregg Easterbrook's book Beside Still Water: Searching for Meaning in an Age of Doubt.
  • Check out Gregg’s weekly “Tuesday Morning Quarter Back” column that he’s written for 17 years, here.

GREGG EASTERBROOK LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Willa Cather’s My Antonia 
  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Besides being slender? More outgoing.
  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 flash drive with my next book which grows out of Beside Still Water.
  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, the greatest moral philosopher of the sapiens and the first question would be, “is there hope?”.
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I view myself as an artist, not a journalist. “Listen to your muse.” A muse often tells you things you wish you didn’t hear. Follow your muse wherever she leads you.
  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? If you want to make a lot of money as a writer, chose one genre and stick to it.
  7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was debonair.

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

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Jan 10, 2019

Today we discuss a topic that many families are dealing with quietly, quietly...

72,000 Americans died from drug overdose last year. That’s a two-fold increase in a decade.

I’m sure you’ve heard similar stats like this in the news, along with headlines including words such as “opioid crisis” + “heroine epidemic.”

Today, my friend Steve Grant joins us to share his story, how this epidemic has deeply touched his life + what it means for you on your journey to live inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Learn more about Chris + Kelly's Hope here.
  • Read the original essay I wrote when I first met Steve here.
  • The original essay was part of our Monday Motivation. Sign up to receive Monday Motivation each week in your inbox here.
  • "An issues so many families are dealing with quietly, quietly..."
  • "I have grief, but I don't have guilt. I did everything I could. If I could re-do something, I'd send him to a 12 - 16 month rehab program. He needed to be rewired."
  • What tips would Steve give to parents?
    • When friends come: No back packs upstairs + doors open
    • It's important for kids to have some after-school activities
    • Always call if they are staying somewhere
    • Take the liquor out of your house
    • "Most important, keep open lines of communication, you have to be willing to talk about sensitive issues. Always have an interest in where your kids are, what they are doing and who they are doing it with."

Enjoy thinking about a current topic through an inspired lens?Check out episode 73 with Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold + mental health advocate. Listen to Sue's inspired take on what we can do in the wake of growing gun violence here.

 STEVE GRANT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? John Grisham's book, A Time to Kill.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was a risk taker.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A photo with my sons that is very important to him.

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? Mickey Mantle. I'd ask about how he was so talented + ended up being an alcoholic / abusing his body so much. I think his answer would be about a lot of things we talked about today. Something controlled him that he couldn't gain control over.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? It's not always as it seems.

6. What would you tell your 20-year-old self? Try harder in everything that you do. 

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 did everything he could to help young adults and adolescents who struggle with addiction, substance abuse and mental illness.

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

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Jan 3, 2019

Today's episode is about you. Specifically, how to make sure 2019 is absolutely your best year yet.

I'll give you a peek at the exercise (created by Jinny Ditzler) I complete every year to ensure I have my best possible year. Since starting this process 10+ years ago, I've:

  • Become more inspired + stayed focused on living inspired
  • Improved my spiritual health + focused on my marriage
  • Built a speaking business
  • Written ON FIRE, which became a #1 national bestseller + has been translated into 12 languages
  • Launched the Live Inspired Podcast, of which you are a part!
  • Grown top line revenue + bottom line profitability for my organization

My friends, these are just a few of the goals I set and then achieved thanks to this process.

Join me to get clear on what you want to achieve personally and professionally in 2019 + set yourself up to make this your best year yet.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Goals must not just be set, but lived into every day.
  • Have you identified what worked (and did NOT work) last year? 
  • Your best is within reach!
  • Join me IN STUDIO* to create a blueprint for your best 2019 here.

*Live Inspired IN STUDIO with John O'Leary is a membership community where like-minded friends 'come together' online monthly + leave feeling better, encouraged, energized, calm, focused, capable + supported.

Next week IN STUDIO, we're creating blueprints to make 2019 our Best Year Yet. Registration is open for a very limited time. Register today so you can join us and make 2019 Your Best Year yet here.

Questions about IN STUDIO? Email shannon@johnolearyinspires.com

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Next week on the Podcast, my guest will be my old friend Steve Grant. Check out his amazing story here.

Get Jinny Ditzler's book Your Best Year Yet here.

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