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Time to rip the cover off what really works to ditch addiction, depression, anger, anxiety, and all other kinds of human suffering. No, not sobriety. We're talking the "F" word here – Freedom. We'll share straight from the trenches what we've learned from leaving our own addictions behind and coaching hundreds of others to do the same. And since it's such a heavy topic, we might as well have a good time while we're at it.

Alive and Free Bob Gardner

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Time to rip the cover off what really works to ditch addiction, depression, anger, anxiety, and all other kinds of human suffering. No, not sobriety. We're talking the "F" word here – Freedom. We'll share straight from the trenches what we've learned from leaving our own addictions behind and coaching hundreds of others to do the same. And since it's such a heavy topic, we might as well have a good time while we're at it.

    Where is God in this?

    Where is God in this?

    Religion is supposed to lift you up. But too often, we fall into the trap of letting authority figures indoctrinate us — whether it comes from religion, a 12-step program, or something else. 
    Falling into this trap makes finding true happiness impossible. 
    Why?
    Because every person on the planet is unique and needs unique solutions to fix their problems. If you find something that works for you, use it. If it doesn’t, move on to another solution. 
    In this episode I’m revealing why so many people fall into this indoctrination trap, how to free yourself from it, and how to add God into your life regardless of what you’re doing. 
    Here Are The Show Highlights:
    Why thinking that true happiness can only come from religion is a recipe for misery (4:59)  The insidious way worrying that something won’t work actually causes it to not work (7:40)  How authority figures indoctrinate you and make true happiness impossible (9:32)  Why you don’t necessarily need God to improve your mental health (10:19)  If you want to radically change how much control you have over your emotions in as little as 20 days, you can go to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow and sign up for the Choose Your Own Emotion course. 
    If you or somebody you know is looking to drop the ‘F’ Bomb of freedom in your life and break free from addiction, depression, anxiety or anything that’s making you feel flat-out stuck, head over to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/ and book a call where we can look at your unique situation and give you the roadmap you’ve been missing.

    • 22 min
    Skip the Psycho-drama, Find the Joy

    Skip the Psycho-drama, Find the Joy

    Humans think about life like it’s a war. So we try to conquer all our problems by going to war with them. 
    But there’s a glaring problem with this: 
    War is a miserable way to live a life. It deprives you of the boundless joy life was meant to be experienced with. 
    In this episode, I’m sharing how we create these war-like scenarios in our minds and how to stop seeing life as a war so you can experience pure joy again. 
    Here Are The Show Highlights:
    The rarely talked about (and super easy) way to conquer your toughest mental hangups (6:58)  Why living a healthy and happy life is much easier than you’ve been making it (10:07)  How to instantly and effortlessly replace every problem in your life with throbbing joy (16:10)  Why “digging deep” to solve your problems creates more problems instead of solving them (17:58)  The “Obstacle Course Secret” for triumphing over your troubles with ease (18:56)  If you want to radically change how much control you have over your emotions in as little as 20 days, you can go to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow and sign up for the Choose Your Own Emotion course. 
    If you or somebody you know is looking to drop the ‘F’ Bomb of freedom in your life and break free from addiction, depression, anxiety or anything that’s making you feel flat-out stuck, head over to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/ and book a call where we can look at your unique situation and give you the roadmap you’ve been missing.

    • 22 min
    Removing History's Shine

    Removing History's Shine

    It’s in our human nature to glamorize the past — both in our own lives and in the stories we learned growing up. For example, the Bible is full of mysticism that we think we’ve lost today.  
    But the past is no different than right now. It’s simply the stories we tell ourselves that make us romanticize the past and ruin our opportunity to recreate it in the present. 
    Our beliefs are stronger than we give them credit for. For example, if you believe you’re depressed, finding happiness will be impossible. On the flip side, if you believe you’re happy, happiness will naturally come to you. 
    In this episode, I’m revealing how to remove history’s shine so that you can harness the same magic from the past to enhance your life today. 
    Here Are The Show Highlights:
    How people unknowingly “milk” a few bad seconds into feeling miserable all day (7:37)  The “Hotel Habit Method” that helps you effortlessly discover happiness (7:43) How your beliefs are powerful enough to banish dangerous diseases from your body (19:03)  Why Biblical-level miracles seem impossible (and why they aren’t) (20:12)  How ancient magic helps you conquer your toughest modern challenges (even “permanent” challenges like addiction and depression) (21:12)  If you want to radically change how much control you have over your emotions in as little as 20 days, you can go to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow and sign up for the Choose Your Own Emotion course. 
    If you or somebody you know is looking to drop the ‘F’ Bomb of freedom in your life and break free from addiction, depression, anxiety or anything that’s making you feel flat-out stuck, head over to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/ and book a call where we can look at your unique situation and give you the roadmap you’ve been missing.

    • 26 min
    Empty Your Cup to Grow Up

    Empty Your Cup to Grow Up

    Too many of us carry around a bitter cup of pain, suffering, and misery. When these negative feelings flavor our “tea bags” it’s no surprise that finding peace and joy is so hard. Your cup doesn’t have any room for feeling better. 
    Before you can find happiness and freedom, you have to empty your cup. Only then will there be room for more positive feelings. It’s not easy, but it works like nothing you’ve ever seen. 
    In this episode, I reveal how to empty your cup so you can fill it up with the sweet nectar of happiness and freedom. 
    Here Are The Show Highlights:
    The case for being grateful for all of your struggles (7:58)  The subtle shift that helps you enjoy life (even if you’ve struggled with happiness your whole life) (9:36)  The “Tea Bag Method” for changing anything in your life that you’re not satisfied with (11:13)  How compulsiveness stunts your confidence to make good decisions (17:11)  Why fear hogties you in a prison cell and slowly sabotages every aspect of your life (17:36) If you want to radically change how much control you have over your emotions in as little as 20 days, you can go to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow and sign up for the Choose Your Own Emotion course. 
    If you or somebody you know is looking to drop the ‘F’ Bomb of freedom in your life and break free from addiction, depression, anxiety or anything that’s making you feel flat-out stuck, head over to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/ and book a call where we can look at your unique situation and give you the roadmap you’ve been missing.

    • 22 min
    Scapegoat Society

    Scapegoat Society

    We live in a “scapegoat society.” From an early age, you’ve been subconsciously trained to blame others for your problems instead of yourself— whether your brainwashing comes from religion, school, your parents, or therapy. 
    There’s a huge problem with this. When you blame someone else, you rob yourself of the ability to change your situation. 
    But you can escape the scapegoat society by taking responsibility.
    It’s not easy to accept responsibility for everything in your life. But nothing is more powerful at helping you achieve happiness, freedom, ease, and joy. 
    In this episode, you’ll learn how to tap into the power of accepting responsibility so you can regain control of your life and happiness. 
    Here Are The Show Highlights:
    How religion gets distorted and can cause unnecessary suffering (7:43)  The insidious way 12-step programs poison your soul and chain you to your bad habits (8:37)  How accessing your “inner Jesus” unlocks a world of opportunity in your life (14:34)  How you unintentionally rob yourself of power to improve your life (16:23) Why blaming Satan for your shortcomings is exactly what he wants (18:46)  How to use your body and mind to banish Satan from your life (19:57)  Why your thoughts are more responsible for addiction than chemical dependency (20:34)  How the “Scapegoat Society” hijacks your ability to be happy, free, and hopeful (22:47)  If you want to radically change how much control you have over your emotions in as little as 20 days, you can go to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow and sign up for the Choose Your Own Emotion course. 
    If you or somebody you know is looking to drop the ‘F’ Bomb of freedom in your life and break free from addiction, depression, anxiety or anything that’s making you feel flat-out stuck, head over to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/ and book a call where we can look at your unique situation and give you the roadmap you’ve been missing.

    • 24 min
    Everyday Lies

    Everyday Lies

    Humans tell lies almost every day. And while they seem harmless on the surface, they’re far more deadly than we realize. Everytime you exaggerate or lie, it robs you of energy and happiness.
    Exaggeration isn’t always bad. It sends you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that can be fun — if you’re in control of it. But exaggeration causes chaos and havoc in your life and relationships when you’re not aware you’re doing it.
    In this episode, I reveal why we exaggerate and why it’s so harmful to our relationships. Then, I share practical tips for controlling your “exaggeration gene” so you can enjoy it without any of the negative hangups. 
    Here Are The Show Highlights:
    Why kids are happier than adults (4:09)  Why learning from your children is more important than teaching them (4:42)  How speaking in absolutes forces you to strap into an emotional rollercoaster ride (8:30)  How seemingly harmless lies cause more destruction than you realize (13:48)  Why exaggeration usually leads to unnecessary pain and suffering (14:45)  How deleting words like “always” and “never” from your vocabulary unlocks power, comfort, and happiness in your life (17:42)  The “Chuckle Secret” for getting through stressful situations without embarrassing yourself (19:03)  If you want to radically change how much control you have over your emotions in as little as 20 days, you can go to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow and sign up for the Choose Your Own Emotion course. 
    If you or somebody you know is looking to drop the ‘F’ Bomb of freedom in your life and break free from addiction, depression, anxiety or anything that’s making you feel flat-out stuck, head over to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/ and book a call where we can look at your unique situation and give you the roadmap you’ve been missing.

    • 22 min

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60 Ratings

60 Ratings

BBB Bryce B ,

The best!

Super good information and very helpful. Thanks so much! God bless you and your families!

Shalmeneser ,

An absolute game changer

Bob’s view of addiction and self development is revolutionary. Listen to this podcast is you want to understand how to actually make permanent change in your life.

Dm_christensen ,

Pulling Back the Layers

I’ve felt the sting of addiction, and listening to Bob, I know he has too - as well as the feelings and pitfalls associated with it. He has a unique perspective, one that has helped me see myself and the world differently.

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