35 episodes

Let's Chat with Will & Tony

Let's Chat with Will & Tony Let's Chat with Will & Tony

    • Health & Fitness
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Let's Chat with Will & Tony

    "Grit", the Key to Success!: SEG 1 of 2: The Role of Faith in Fortifying Grit Against Life’s Challenges

    "Grit", the Key to Success!: SEG 1 of 2: The Role of Faith in Fortifying Grit Against Life’s Challenges

    As I, Tony Peck, joined forces with Will Kesley to share heartfelt insights, we found ourselves delving into the transformative power of grit and faith. We navigate through the intricacies of a listener's poignant struggle with her son's premature return from his mission and the crossroads they face. Is he ready to re-enter the fray? Our conversation becomes a treasure trove of strategies for anyone bracing to recommit to arduous life journeys, emphasizing the indispensable role of tough love and the wisdom of stepping away from our screens to assess our preparedness for the challenges ahead.

    Through the lens of personal conviction, this episode illuminates the intersection between faith and fortitude, especially within the LDS community. I share from my own reservoir of experiences, revealing the profound influence that personal sacrifice and true ownership of one's path can have in bolstering perseverance. We discuss the crucial act of aligning religious practice with one's own beliefs, an endeavor that not only strengthens spiritual foundations but also girds us against life's inevitable storms.

    We wrap up with a frank discussion about the principles of brain functioning and the role of spirituality in managing life's adversities. Touching on the delicate balance between the physiological aspects of the brain and the essence of self, we explore how the understanding of our brain can reshape our approach to challenges. The episode journeys into the transformative potential of grit—be it on a personal mission, professional endeavor, or any undertaking demanding resilience—and how the embrace of tough love can catalyze growth and the capacity to endure. Join us as we share these narratives, packed with guidance and personal anecdotes, encouraging you to muster the courage needed to face life's trials with determination and grace.
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    • 27 min
    "Grit", the Key to Success: SEG 2 of 2: Cultivating Resilience and Tough Love for Life's Toughest Lessons

    "Grit", the Key to Success: SEG 2 of 2: Cultivating Resilience and Tough Love for Life's Toughest Lessons

    Failure hit me hard during my early days in nuclear engineering, particularly at my oral board exam. The sting of defeat was a critical juncture, forcing me to choose between giving in to dejection or harnessing it as fuel for persistence. Together with my co-host Tony, we unravel the fabric of grit and resilience, the twin forces essential for triumphing over life's relentless hurdles. Our discourse takes you through the trenches of the military's most elite units, where mental toughness is forged in the crucible of the most grueling training imaginable, proving that resilience is not exclusive to physical capabilities but extends deep into the psychological realm.

    When the conversation turns to the art of parenting, it's a delicate balance between nurturing and tough love that we dissect. Reliving a watershed moment with my daughter, I reveal how shielding our nearest and dearest from adversity can inadvertently deprive them of crucial growth experiences. As we navigate these intricate dynamics, we clarify the distinction between firm guidance and outright cruelty, always advocating for struggle as a natural part of developing resilience. By the end of our talk, you'll understand why letting go is sometimes the most supportive act of love and how it can empower those we care for to build their own character, much like a fledgling bird learning to fly.
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    • 16 min
    The Lie of New Social Norms: SEG 1 of 2 - The Pursuit of Happiness Through Selflessness and Valued Relationships

    The Lie of New Social Norms: SEG 1 of 2 - The Pursuit of Happiness Through Selflessness and Valued Relationships

    During a recent scroll through my social media feed, I was struck by the stark contrast between the glossy images and the unspoken realities of life—prompting a deep dive into the facade of perfection we often present to the world. Alongside Tony and the provocative European author Corinne Maier, we confront the complexities of modern life, peeling back the layers on societal expectations and feminist myths. We ponder the pitfalls of a digitally-dominant existence and celebrate the true contentment found in the fabric of our real-world connections, from the bonds of family to the simple acts of kindness that define our humanity.

    Experiencing a close friend's sudden passing and supporting my wife through her cancer journey has profoundly shifted my perspective on what truly matters. We delve into the essence of personal relationships and how they shape our legacies, challenging Corinne Maier's controversial advice which seems to tilt the scales towards self-interest. It's a candid conversation on the happiness we derive from our roles in our family's lives, with stories of love, loss, and the unwavering human spirit that seeks joy in the welfare of others, rather than in isolation.

    The feeling of slipping on those tiny pink Crocs for my granddaughter brought an unexpected surge of joy, a moment of clarity in the chaos of our fast-paced lives. We riff on this emotion, discussing the profound impact of selflessness on our happiness and the fulfillment that comes with lifting others. As we share the joys of grandparenthood and successful partnerships, we underscore the invaluable role of women and the secret sauce to a harmonious marriage. Our listeners chime in, echoing sentiments that at life's twilight, it's not our self-centered achievements we hold dear, but the love and memories we've created for and with others.
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    • 25 min
    The Lie of New Social Norms: SEG 2 of 2 - The Pursuit of Happiness Through Selflessness and Valued Relationships

    The Lie of New Social Norms: SEG 2 of 2 - The Pursuit of Happiness Through Selflessness and Valued Relationships

    Can happiness truly be found at the heart of self-centeredness? This episode takes a critical look at a best-selling author's claim that putting oneself first is the key to a joyful life. We counter this perspective with a deep dive into the richness of emotional connections and the often underappreciated beauty of selflessness. As we unravel this debate, we also reflect on the poignant storytelling of Disney movies, where parental loss is a common thread - could these narratives be shaping our views on family and the handling of trauma in ways we haven't fully acknowledged? Moreover, we step into the intersection of culture and personal journeys as we dissect the growing trend of divorce jewelry. What does this say about the value we place on marriage, and could it be that society is flirting with the notion of commitment as an outdated concept?

    With a landscape of relationships that is ever-evolving, our conversation pivots to the complexities surrounding divorce - is the burgeoning practice of commemorating one's split with jewelry a cause for celebration or a moment for somber contemplation? We probe the symbolism behind the transformation of wedding rings from symbols of unity to emblems of individuality. Recognizing that, for some, divorce might be a liberating decision, particularly from toxic partnerships, we nonetheless question if the casualness with which the institution of marriage is increasingly treated could be undermining its sanctity. We champion the idea of using personal growth as the compass to navigate post-divorce life, preparing for future relationships that are not just more profound but also anchored in commitment rather than convenience. Join us in this exploration of life's intricate tapestry, where endings and beginnings intertwine in the continuous pursuit of authentic happiness.
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    • 16 min
    Embracing Life's Challenges: SEG 1 of 2: Resilience, Risk-Taking, and Finding Joy Through Adversity

    Embracing Life's Challenges: SEG 1 of 2: Resilience, Risk-Taking, and Finding Joy Through Adversity

    When a brush with cancer redefined my perspective on life, I realized that our days are too precious to waste on the inconsequential. This episode is my heartfelt invitation for you to join me in a journey of discovery—where we unlock the secrets of thriving through challenges and transforming adversity into joy and resilience. In a series of personal narratives, including my own, we pull back the curtain on the often untapped potential of emotional and mental resilience. You'll learn practical strategies to navigate life's hurdles, all while fostering personal growth and finding fulfillment in what truly counts. It's about casting aside our innate fear of hardship and instead, welcoming it as the architect of our most rewarding experiences.

    Venture further with me as I recount the lessons learned on the lacrosse field, translating the art of coaching into life's playbook for adaptability and resilience. You'll hear how practice and patience play critical roles in overcoming obstacles, not just in sports but in the intricate dance of relationships as well. We'll also discuss the exhilarating power of risk-taking and the liberation that comes with stepping out of your comfort zone, preparing you to craft a life brimming with satisfaction. Whether it's through creating a bucket list or embracing the nervousness that precedes success, this episode is an ode to the undaunted spirit within each of us, ready to soar to new heights.
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    • 24 min
    Embracing Life's Challenges: SEG 2 of 2: Cultivating Resilience, Personal Responsibility, and Joy in Relationships

    Embracing Life's Challenges: SEG 2 of 2: Cultivating Resilience, Personal Responsibility, and Joy in Relationships

    When life throws a curveball, are we equipped with the emotional armor to hit it out of the park? Tony and I recently sat down to tackle the hefty subjects of resiliency and mental toughness, crucial tools for navigating the bumpy road to happiness. We dove into heartwarming tales of early pioneers whose steadfast vision and faith were their compass through the unknown, drawing a powerful parallel for today's vision-seekers. Our discussion ventured into how embracing a higher power can catalyze monumental change, a theme commonly witnessed in recovery programs, and we championed the radical notion of taking absolute ownership of our happiness.

    Have you ever considered that the true key to a lasting relationship might be focusing more on our contributions than our partner's flaws? That's precisely the vein we tapped into, highlighting the indispensable role of personal responsibility in cementing the foundation of our life and love stories. We shared anecdotes about maintaining joy in the midst of trials and tribulations, and dissected the destructive nature of blame, justification, and making excuses. Honesty, we agreed, is the bedrock of personal growth and joy - and we left no stone unturned in exploring its value.

    This week's heart-to-heart was a rallying cry for bolstering resilience, not just in ourselves but within the fabric of our relationships. We compared the no-excuses mindset of pilots to the trust cultivated or crushed in the cockpit of marriage, illustrating how avoidance of responsibility can lead to an erosion of trust. We didn't shy away from the tough talk necessary to fortify those bonds, and we stressed the importance of teaching resilience to our children, preparing them for a fulfilling life, rich with happiness. Remember to catch us again next week as we continue to chart the course toward finding joy in every facet of our lives.
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    • 20 min

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linguist35 ,

Uplifting and encouraging

I feel better after listening to each episode, and have hope to continue working through my trials. The struggle to overcome challenges is very real, but appreciate the practical advice, including to just go another step with the hiking analogy in one of the episodes.

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