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

World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life.

Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.

Nov 28, 2019

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

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Nov 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 21, 2019

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

ELISE KEITH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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Nov 14, 2019

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

SUSANNAH CAHALAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 11, 2019

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

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

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

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Nov 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

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

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

JONATHAN LOPEZ'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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