Are you living up to your full potential? If not, why aren’t you? Odds are, you have unknowingly developed habits that are actually holding you back. In today’s interview I talk with someone who has learned how to recognize, confront and overcome these damaging habits.
In today’s episode, our guest and I talk about:
- Getting past our distractions
- What is the “joy route”
- The effect of limiting beliefs
- Learning to love and accept yourself
- The importance of self care
About Today’s Guest
Today’s guest is named one of the Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by Mind Body Green, and labeled a modern thought leader on the rise by Café Truth. She is an inspirational author, speaker, travel writer, and life coach who left her successful career in advertising to follow her heart and be a writer and the best selling author of Find Your Happy, Find Your Happy Daily Mantras, and the new book, Adventures For Your Soul: 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential.
The world just lost a great person. Not really. This person was only a fictional character on the series Parks and Recreation, but the character Leslie Knope embodied what it meant to live with passion, lead with purpose, and leaving a legacy.
One of the few shows my wife and I watch is Parks and Recreation. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s based on a motley crew of small-town government workers in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana (which might just be the second best known town in the state).
One character stands out above them all: Leslie Knope. Not because of her words or any particular character trait, but because of her actions. Below are five reasons the world needs more Leslie Knopes.
Could it be that a 2000-year old Bible verse actually contains the secret to happiness?
What about a longer, more fulfilling life? Or even influence and purpose?
“The only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.” – George Vaillant (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
Nearly 2000 years ago, the apostle Paul wrote about the secret.
The one thing we need to live the kind of life that others admire. The one key to happiness, health, and living a life that has meaning and influences and impacts others.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
That, if you didn’t already know, is from the 4th verse of the 13th Chapter of First Corinthians, better known around the world as the Love Chapter.
All of those traits make for good spouses, good parents, and good leaders. But there is more to love, more to life, and more to leading others than those things.
Sometimes, you have to fake it.
True leadership, like true love, often means doing things you don’t want to do. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
Sometimes, you have to fake patience.
With some people, you have to fake kindness.
Some days, when envy is coursing through your veins, you have to pretend that you are happy for someone.
This community here.
Expandable waist pants (just sayin’ they’re handy this time of year)
I’m thankful for all of these.
As is often the case this time of year, we reflect on the things for which we are grateful.
Somberly, I look back on the year and realize how often I let moments that should have brought so much joy just slip by. I think of all the times I failed to recall, relive, and express my gratitude.
But this time is different. This time I vow to allow the simple moments to take me away. I will allow them to become vivid memories. I will relive them over and over, share them with others, and become a more grateful person.
Our greatest lessons come from studying our own history.
One year ago today, I launched this blog for exactly that reason. My life, my failures, my successes, my heartaches and my triumphs are all a part of my learning. And I get to share them all with you.
I’ve since learned that my declaration that “I am a failure,” made in that maiden post was wrong. I am not, nor will I ever be a failure. But my life is full of failings. And the great thing about present failure is that it leads to future success.
Life is painful sometimes.
My aunt Mary recently passed away from a two-year battle with cancer. Her last days were unimaginably painful. While we miss her tremendously, we all breathed a sigh of relief for her sake when she was taken home.
I’ve never experienced the kind of physical, emotional, or spiritual pain she went through. But I have been through pain. Because of the things I have done, risks I have taken, and people I have trusted. For the longest time, I had no clue what to do with it, but over time, I learned how to use pain.
Who needs your love?
Like many people, my wedding included a reading from Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians (AKA, the “Love Chapter”).
I’m pretty sure that every Christian wedding since approximately 125 A.D. has required at least portions of this chapter to be read. If it were not read, I am pretty sure the part of the wedding in which the pastor asks, “does anyone have any objections,” would have been followed by someone interjecting that the obligatory reading of 1 Corinthians 13 was missing.
I always took that chapter as “the marriage chapter.” It was great advice for husbands and wives, but it stopped there. I never applied these principles to other forms of leadership or relationships.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.