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What you can’t see, you can’t be. That’s why we all need a clear vision of who we are and what we can become. On Open Your Eyes join author and business leader McKay Christensen to discover the steps to lasting change on your path to personal and business growth. From personal improvement to team leadership, get the insights and tools you need to open your eyes to a happier life.

Open Your Eyes with McKay Christensen McKay Christensen

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What you can’t see, you can’t be. That’s why we all need a clear vision of who we are and what we can become. On Open Your Eyes join author and business leader McKay Christensen to discover the steps to lasting change on your path to personal and business growth. From personal improvement to team leadership, get the insights and tools you need to open your eyes to a happier life.

    S3E52 - Your Soul Purpose

    S3E52 - Your Soul Purpose

    The very essence of the human soul and its quest for purpose comes under McKay’s learned scrutiny this week as he weaves a tapestry of his own experiences with those of others to illustrate this journey towards self-discovery and profound personal growth. Through captivating narratives, he sheds light on how deeply connecting with one's passions can transform mere existence into a life imbued with soulful intentionality and fulfillment.
    Beginning with his own adventures in skiing, McKay sets the stage for a deeper exploration of living with this soulful intention. He recounts the exhilarating yet tragic story of Craig Kelly, whose life and death underscore the profound connection between risk, passion, and soul purpose. The episode also features the inspiring journey of Anthony, an individual who transcended the challenges of autism to touch the lives of others, highlighting the power of empathy and understanding. McKay's encouragement to listen to our soul's whispers for guidance towards small but significant life changes resonates as a call to action for listeners. He concludes this fascinating episode with a powerful message: by nurturing our souls with patience and care, akin to tending a garden, we can discover and fulfill our true destiny, ensuring our lives are not just lived, but richly experienced.
    Episode Highlights:
    How Warren Miller's ski movies inspired McKay and his friends to find a soulful connection with skiingThe life and tragic avalanche death of snowboarding legend Craig KellyThe soul's essence, its transcendental journey, and how they shape our identities and destiniesAnthony's story of overcoming the challenges of autism and bullyingListening to "soul whispers," the inner guidance that directs us towards fulfilling our soul's purpose and making meaningful life changesLessons from Ecclesiastes about life's seasonsThe necessity of patience, care, and attention in cultivating our soul, akin to tending a gardenSoulful intentionality, empathy, and the pursuit of one's true calling

    Quotes:
    "Each day we live, we have a series of choices of where we spend our time, what to think, and how to go about our day."
    "Some people attach snowboards to their feet. Very few attach them to their soul."
    "We talk of beautiful souls, lost souls, soul food, soul mates. And yet the more we talk, the more we risk falling into cliché."
    "Your perceptions of what is around you consider your soul as a receptacle, and over the course of your lifetime, you are feeding it a certain diet so it grows in the direction of the nutrition that you give it."
    "Listening is about learning to discern the quiet voice of the soul amidst the noise of everyday life and trying to follow its guidance."
    "True life is lived when tiny changes occur."
    "Your soul needs to dance from time to time. Feeding your soul is like tending to a garden."

    Links:
    https://www.mckaychristensen.org/

    • 28 min
    S3E51 - Words Create Worlds

    S3E51 - Words Create Worlds

    McKay examines the transformative power of words and how they forge our identities and destinies in today’s episode. Exploring the significance of the labels we adopt and the profound effect words have on our perception and actions, our host invites listeners to reconsider their self-perceptions and strive for excellence.
    Expanding on this theme, McKay shares captivating stories, such as a rancher's encounter with a federal agent, an MIT classroom experiment, and Harper Lee's inspiring journey, each underscoring the influence of language on our lives. These anecdotes, coupled with scientific research, illustrate the dramatic shifts that positive affirmations and constructive self-talk can initiate, propelling us beyond mediocrity to embrace our exceptional selves. McKay's narrative here today is a compelling reminder that the words we choose to internalize and the labels we accept can either constrain us or catalyze our growth, highlighting the essential role of humility and faith throughout.
    Episode Highlights:
    The deep impact of labels and perceived authority on our sense of self and our actionsHow the labels we adopt can shape our identity and influence our life's trajectoryThe significant role a single word plays in altering our perceptions of others and ourselvesCelebrating the power of belief and encouragement in overcoming obstacles and achieving greatnessThe transformative effect of positive affirmations and self-talk on personal developmentHow words scientifically influence our mental and physical well-beingHow humility and faith in the words we internalize can lead to meaningful changes in our livesEncouraging a reevaluation of the words we hold onto as a path toward growth and escaping mediocrity

    Quotes:
    "Words do create worlds."
    "Sometimes labels are nothing more than a meaningless badge in the arena of life."
    "One word, one label can change our perception of ourselves."
    "Every day and in every walk of life, ordinary people do extraordinary things."
    "Words are a big deal. They can bring joy, answer prayers, give belief, and change perspectives."
    "What you believe, the words you lay hold on, matter."
    "Remember the power of words to change your life, to change your mind, to give you gifts meant for you."
    "Mediocrity is pretty darn comfortable."
    "The truth is we often place labels on ourselves, such as talented or unable, unworthy, fake, selfish, ugly."
    "You are extraordinary. Sometimes we and you need a reminder of just how precious you are in the eyes of your Maker."

    Links:
    https://www.mckaychristensen.org/

    • 29 min
    S3E50 - Out of the Shallows

    S3E50 - Out of the Shallows

    In this latest episode of Open Your Eyes, McKay explores the theme of transcending superficial living to embrace a life of depth and purpose. Through captivating stories of individuals who ventured beyond their comfort zones, he illuminates the transformative power of living in the moment and the significant impact it can have on one's life journey.
    McKay recounts the compelling life of Christopher Reeve, who navigated from his aspirations in the theater to an iconic role as Superman, and later, a challenging journey following a severe accident, highlighting resilience and the essence of seizing every moment. The narrative also delves into Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes, Christopher Columbus's daring exploration, and Louis Zamperini's survival tale during World War II. Through these stories, McKay encourages listeners to pursue a deeper, more engaged existence, emphasizing the importance of meaningful connections and the beauty of fully experiencing the present. The episode concludes with a powerful call to action for listeners to move beyond the shallows into the enriching depths of life, where true fulfillment and happiness reside.
    Episode Highlights:
    Christopher Reeve's journey from theater to Hollywood stardom, and his resilience in facing life after a paralyzing accidentShonda Rhimes' Year of Yes journey, showcasing how embracing fear can lead to unexpected growth and fulfillmentChristopher Columbus's exploration as a symbol of the courage required to explore the uncharted territories of our livesThe story of Louis Zamparini, illustrating the strength of the human spirit in the face of extreme adversity during World War IICultivating deep, meaningful relationships and being truly present in our interactionsThe transformative effect of living in the momentBreaking free from the superficiality of daily life to discover the richness of deeper, more meaningful experiencesEmbracing life's challenges with courage, thereby enriching their journey with purpose and connection

    Quotes:
    "Either you choose to stay in the shallow end of the pool, or you go out into the ocean."
    "The very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear. It made it not scary."
    "A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory."
    "Most of us have two lives, the lives we live and the lives we're capable of living."
    "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I'm possible.’"
    "In the shallows is not where the real you is found."
    "The deep ocean can be a lonely place, but remember, you can thrive in deep waters because you are extraordinary."
    "Every day, ordinary people do extraordinary things."
    "God has given you the choices before you, because if you choose well, you can make something extraordinary of your life and the lives of those around you."
    "We're just halfway towards who we're meant to become."

    Links:
    https://www.mckaychristensen.org/

    • 30 min
    S3E49 - You Have a Choice

    S3E49 - You Have a Choice

    Propelled by the truly remarkable story of Eddie Jaku - born Abraham Jakubowicz - a Holocaust survivor and self proclaimed “happiest man on Earth”, McKay provides a powerful reminder here today that we all have a valuable choice available to us in our lives. Expanding upon the invaluable lessons about resilience and the pursuit of happiness embedded in Jaku’s tale, our host urges us all to choose happiness, kindness, and gratitude to inspire positive change in both ourselves and others.
    Along the way, McKay delves into the complex emotions of comparison and envy, exploring how they impact our happiness and well-being. Through insightful studies and personal anecdotes, he uncovers the detrimental effects of constantly worrying about others' opinions and comparing ourselves to them. McKay also discusses the importance of giving grace and offering encouragement, highlighting how these simple acts can significantly enhance our own happiness and that of others. Make the right choice here today by tuning into this inspiring episode and discovering the significant impact that consistently choosing happiness can have upon your life and the lives of those around you.

    Episode Highlights:
    Jaku's life and the lessons it offersThe enduring power of choice and resilienceInsights on cultivating happiness and fulfillmentExploring the impact of comparison and envy on happiness and well-beingUnderstanding the power of giving grace and kindness to othersOvercoming resentment and finding contentment through gratitudeEmbracing adventure and risk for true happiness beyond routineThe significance of encouragement in fostering happiness and fulfillmentHappiness as a conscious choice, achievable through acts of kindness and gratitude.

    Quotes:
    "Happiness does not fall from the sky. It's in your hands."
    "The answer is not what can be done to you to make you happy, it's what can be done inside you to help you choose to be happy."
    "It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather."
    "Most people are worried about themselves and their own issues, not whether your nails are done or if you've gained weight or aren't working."
    "When you take envy out of your heart. It needs to be replaced with something. Otherwise the void will be filled with envy again."
    "It is an amazing power. It is happiness that comes into your life when you extend kindness to another person."
    "Happiness is a choice to do a few simple and good things. Choose happiness and watch, you'll live a different life, walk a different path."
    "Focus on yourself and stop worrying about others, because unless you're privy to every single part of their life, you won't know what's going on."
    "Resentment is a real happiness robbing feeling. And it can be crippling."
    "When you apologize and you choose to be kind and see things from another's view, all things become happier."

    Links:
    https://www.mckaychristensen.org/

    • 29 min
    S3E48 - There's a Lot Right With You

    S3E48 - There's a Lot Right With You

    In today’s episode of the Open Your Eyes podcast, McKay offers a number of suggestions, gleaned from both his own and others’ experiences over the years, that can help us all seize the moment and live our best life. Noting that transformative lessons can be learned from unexpected sources, our host explores how simple yet profound wisdom can guide listeners towards personal growth and fulfillment.
    Throughout the episode, McKay draws inspiration from the remarkable journey of Joel Osteen, highlighting the importance of authenticity and resilience in pursuing aspirations. Through Osteen's experiences, McKay underscores the significance of immediate action in seizing opportunities and fostering meaningful connections. He also reflects upon the power of responsiveness, agility, humility, and generosity in shaping both personal and professional success. Sharing real-world examples and insightful commentary, our host demonstrates how these traits can transform interactions, decisions, and overall outlook on life. As we all embark on this enlightening journey together, McKay encourages us to open our eyes to new possibilities and embrace humility and generosity along the path toward becoming that person whose character may very well end up influencing others.
    Episode Highlights:
    Joel Osteen's journey and how it underscores the significance of authenticity in leadership and self-developmentImmediate action as a catalyst for productivity and effective decision-makingPrioritizing meaningful connections to foster stronger relationships and collaborative opportunitiesThe resilience and belief in oneself required to overcoming self-doubt, as exemplified in Osteen's journeyHow adversity offers opportunities for growth and discovering one's purpose in lifeHow transformative wisdom shapes perspectives and guides personal growth and developmentEmbracing change and learning from experiences as proactive steps towards growth How embracing responsiveness and humility foster agility, empathy, and collective success
    Quotes:
    "Don't use your energy to worry. Use your energy to believe."
    "You need to associate with people who inspire you, people that challenge you to rise higher, people that make you better."
    "You will never change what you tolerate."
    "Words do create worlds."
    "Just because we're in a stressful situation doesn't mean that we have to get stressed out."
    "The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you."
    "When you're dealing with people, this habit of acting immediately says that you're important to me."
    "You know, being responsive is a powerful thing in person and in this digital age in which we live."
    "Change freezes their action and they spend more mental energy talking about and worrying about the change than moving forward."
    "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."
    "The law of prosperity is generosity. If you want more, give more."

    Links:
    https://www.mckaychristensen.org/

    • 30 min
    S3E47 - Your Belief Window

    S3E47 - Your Belief Window

    Highlighting the fact that our reality is a reflection of our strongest beliefs, Mckay explores the concept of our "belief window" and its profound influence on our lives here today. Throughout the episode, our host demonstrates that we all have such a belief window through which we shape, color, and filter what we experience each day, and prompts us all to consider how our beliefs can mold our actions and decisions.
    McKay begins by illustrating the limitations of narrow perspectives with the Japanese proverb, "a frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean," and shares a lesson from Dr. Stephen Covey on the power of imagination to effect change. He then delves into the inspiring story of Coach Dabo Swinney, highlighting how belief in oneself can overcome adversity and lead to remarkable success. McKay also goes on to emphasize the importance of questioning and challenging our beliefs, offering practical strategies to replace limiting beliefs with empowering ones. As you will hear today, through cultivating a positive self-talk mindset and embracing the journey of transformation, we can all harness the power of our beliefs to shape a more fulfilling and successful life.
    Episode Highlights:
    How imagination can reshape our reality and drive meaningful change in our livesInspiring stories of resilience and determination, illustrating how belief in oneself can overcome even the greatest challengesThe importance of questioning our beliefs and challenging the narratives that hold us backThe profound influence of self-talk on our beliefs and behaviorsThe science behind habit formation and how to leverage the power of repetition to instill new beliefs and behaviorsThe importance of self-compassion in challenging our beliefs and fostering personal growthEmbarking on a journey of self-discovery and transformation as we navigate the complexities of our belief window

    Quotes:
    "You have a gift, a God-given gift, that no other living thing has: the ability to imagine, to see yourself in a situation other than the one that you're in."
    "Your reality is a reflection of your strongest belief. Belief is a powerful tool, and it drives our life more than we realize."
    "You are not defined by where you've been, only by where you're going."
    "Focus on what you love about the other person... Be a light and not a judge."
    "There's a space between the trigger and response in which I can choose to act differently."
    "Your beliefs can change, and that will enable you to change. It's time to replace your beliefs on your belief window and begin to live the life that you can live."
    "As we challenge our beliefs, we begin to see how we can change, how to be proactive rather than passively following whatever wrongs life has placed on our belief window."

    Links:
    https://www.mckaychristensen.org/

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

Smyo5 ,

Easy to listen

I’ve known McKay for about seven years w have been following him. He is a great storyteller and he’s easy to listen to easy to follow and it’s so inspiring. If you need to be challenged if you want to learn how miracles can happen in your life you’ve got to listen to this podcast. AMAZING ❣️❣️❣️❣️

Walkerboy7 ,

Life Changing

If you want fluff, move along to another podcast. If you want real life, challenging, life-changing content (potentially - cuz that’s up to you) … don’t hesitate to dive in immediately. I’ve listened to McKay live, I’ve seen him lead people by example, I’ve witnessed his humility and wisdom and genuine care (sometimes through tears) for people like you and me. Legit. Honest. Powerful. Listen carefully … and enjoy! 😊

D. Abrams ,

Inspires and encourages!

Tonight I have an activity with women where we are supposed to bring some of our favorite things in a brown paper bag and it cannot cost more than $10. I am taking a picture of this podcast, along with a chocolate candy bar. Every time I listen I feel inspired and encouraged. It is exactly what I need in the world we live in. Thank you so much!!

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