10 episodes

Discover a more Potent life.

Welcome to Potent, the podcast where we explore transformative ideas and practices to help you live into your unique potential and build a more potent life. By exploring ideas and practices from expert thinkers and practitioners in psychology, business, personal development, and spirituality we provide you with new and old ideas + tools for building a full(er) life.

Sponsored by monkmanual.com

Potent with Steven Lawson Steven Lawson

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Discover a more Potent life.

Welcome to Potent, the podcast where we explore transformative ideas and practices to help you live into your unique potential and build a more potent life. By exploring ideas and practices from expert thinkers and practitioners in psychology, business, personal development, and spirituality we provide you with new and old ideas + tools for building a full(er) life.

Sponsored by monkmanual.com

    Understanding Yourself: MBTI, Enneagram, and Core Gift | Leslie McDaniel

    Understanding Yourself: MBTI, Enneagram, and Core Gift | Leslie McDaniel

    Are you holding yourself back from knowing the real you?
    On today’s episode of Potent, Steven is joined by Leslie McDaniel to discuss her lifelong journey of self-awareness through personality typology and core gifts, as well as how her curiosity has shaped her life. Through emphasizing body awareness and presence, the two highlight some of the most common pitfalls in self-awareness pursuits and offer practical advice for living a more potent life. 
    About Today's Guest
    Leslie is a self-discovery coach, podcast host, and curious human whose quest for self-understanding leads her to see the positive ripple effects of self-love. With her open heart, intuitive questions, and deep wisdom, she guides clients to have insight into all that is transpiring in their lives. Leslie's clients gain clarity on their life's path with tools such as personality typology and the Core Gift Discovery Process so that they can have an authentic impact on the things that matter most.
    https://hellopersonality.com/
    Show Notes
    02:24 The Role of Self-Awareness in Personal Growth
    09:32 Overview of Personality Models: MBTI, Enneagram, and Core Gifting
    14:14 The Scientific Debate: Validity of Personality Models
    28:46 Personal Growth and the Pitfalls of Personality Typing
    37:35 The Role of Myers-Briggs in Self-Awareness
    40:34 The Journey of Personal Growth and Self-Discovery
    44:56 The Core Gift Discovery Process
    50:32 The Impact of Core Gifts on Personal Development
    01:01:31 Expanding Self-Awareness Through New Experiences
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    The Potent Podcast is produced and edited by Justin Sinclair, who also composed the theme music. Additional editing support and mixing by Aaron Feeney.
    This podcast is brought to you by the Monk Manual. The Monk Manual is dedicated to providing best-in-class tools for helping you build a more potent life, and experience peaceful being and purposeful doing on a daily basis. If you’d like to be more intentional with your time and energy - please visit monkmanual.com.

    • 58 min
    5 Lessons on Transforming Unrest | Steven Lawson

    5 Lessons on Transforming Unrest | Steven Lawson

    Where is the unrest in your life truly coming from and what can be done about it?
    On today’s solo episode of Potent, Steven describes his personal journey with the Monk Manual and shares lessons he’s learned about honesty, dealing with unrest, embracing change, and focusing on serving others to achieve personal growth and reach one's full potential. 
    About Today's Guest
    Steven Lawson is the founder and creator of the Monk Manual, a productivity company on a mission to fix productivity by serving the whole person, mind + body + spirit. After searching high and low for a more holistic and fulfilling approach to work and human flourishing, he found it amongst the ancient path of the monks. Featured in Inc, Forbes, and Fortune magazine, this new (old) model for work and personal growth has already helped over 100,000 people cultivate peaceful being and purposeful doing in their everyday lives.  Steven lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife and three children.  
    Show Notes
    00:00 Intro
    01:46 Steven’s Journey with Monk Manual
    03:46 Lesson 1: By Definition, Visionaries Will Be or Feel Misunderstood
    05:27 Lesson 2: Success Doesn't Look The Same For Everyone
    10:12 Lesson 3: Unrest is a Messenger
    14:22 Lesson 4: Internal change is the important, neglected work
    20:02 Lesson 5: Shifting Focus from Self to Service
    26:18 Ending Questions for Reflection Toward Personal Growth
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    The Potent Podcast is produced and edited by Justin Sinclair, who also composed the theme music. Additional editing support and mixing by Aaron Feeney.
    This podcast is brought to you by the Monk Manual. The monk manual is dedicated to providing best-in-class tools for helping you build a more potent life, and experience peaceful being and purposeful doing on a daily basis. If you’d like to be more intentional with your time and energy - please visit monkmanual.com.

    • 30 min
    Returning back to your most authentic self | Kelly Wendorf

    Returning back to your most authentic self | Kelly Wendorf

    What’s stopping you from returning to the truest version of yourself?
    On today’s episode of Potent, Steven is joined by Kelly Wendorf, founder and CEO of EQUUS, as they talk about rewilding, authenticity, and integrating nature-based experiences for personal and professional development, along with the challenges of finding belonging beyond societal labels, specifically presence, and self-awareness. Throughout the episode, the two also discuss embracing wisdom traditions, opening up to new perspectives, and optimizing personal growth through connection with oneself and nature.
    About Today's Guest
    Kelly Wendorf, Founding CEO of EQUUS, a leadership development firm, is an author, a socially responsible entrepreneur, disruptor, and expert in the art form of taking people through transformative change and onto meaningful levels of success, purpose, and profound fulfillment. She has been assisting her clients to navigate transformation for over 30 years, and in so doing has extensively researched this question: what conditions need to be created to allow people to live a life of deep authenticity, freedom, and joy? Having also experienced numerous tectonic shifts in her own life, she intimately knows the landscape of metamorphosis and transformative change. She has been called a corporate shaman and a CEO whisperer. Her work has been featured in Forbes, VOGUE, Huffington Post, and The New York Times. Her latest book Flying Lead Change – 56 Million Years of Wisdom for Leading and Living published by Sounds True, invites us to look to the evolutionary intelligence of nature, and nature-based wisdom to meet the challenges we face today. She works inside a spectrum of clientele – from Amazon to Microsoft to some of the most underserved communities. She serves her clients from all over the world remotely and also in person, alongside her talented co-facilitators––a herd of eight equines––on her small ranch just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
    ***Save 50% off Kelly's book "Flying Lead Change" by entering MONKMANUAL50 at checkout.
    https://kellywendorf.com/
    https://www.equusinspired.com/
    Instagram: @EQUUSinspired
    LinkedIn @ Kelly Wendorf or @EQUUS
    Facebook: @EQUUSinspired
    Show Notes
    00:00 Intro
    02:52 What is Rewilding?
    11:28 From Corporate to Coaching with Horses
    27:28 Navigating Spirituality and Business
    38:12 The Essence of Presence and Overcoming Categorization
    44:00 The Power of Presence
    54:43 The Essence of Presence in Equine Principles
    01:06:21 Practical Tips for Cultivating Presence
    01:09:22 Rapid Fire Questions: Insights and Advice
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    The Potent Podcast is produced and edited by Justin Sinclair, who also composed the theme music. Additional editing support and mixing by Aaron Feeney.
    This podcast is brought to you by the Monk Manual. The monk manual is dedicated to providing best-in-class tools for helping you build a more potent life, and experience peaceful being and purposeful doing on a daily basis. If you’d like to be more intentional with your time and energy - please visit monkmanual.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    How to get over overwhelm, and start making sense | Andy Hickman

    How to get over overwhelm, and start making sense | Andy Hickman

    Why isn't your life making sense, and how do you fix it?
    On today’s episode of Potent, Steven is joined by Andy Hickman, founder of hēl, as they discuss the coaching practice’s core principles for achieving wholeness and alignment by reconnecting with physical senses and innate sensibilities. The two emphasize the importance of moving beyond abstract thought to nurture mental, emotional, and action-oriented aspects collectively, along with highlighting the significance of reflection, writing, and surrounding oneself with an inspiring community for personal growth and creativity.
    About Today's Guest
    Andy is the head coach and founder of hēl, a high-touch coaching practice that helps creators cultivate their spirituality through the reorganization of their physical senses. Interviewed by the David Allen Company® for his groundbreaking research on the connections between medieval philosophy and modern project management, he's been invited to speak for members of the U.S. Congress, Business leaders at organizations like FOCUS and Ernst & Young, and numerous popular podcasts.
    https://hel.co/
    Show Notes
    01:55 Intro
    02:22 What is hēl?
    05:23 Experience of mental breakdown that led to hēl?
    08:11 What's the way out of stress?
    12:35 Productivity- not an isolated problem
    15:53 We think of thinking as abstract
    20:57 Ruminating takes energy
    25:22 Practical advice to get moving?
    33:53 The problem you think, probably isn't
    38:32 Importance of pausing
    44:59 "Rhythm" instead of schedule
    53:05 1-year program
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    The Potent Podcast is produced and edited by Justin Sinclair, who also composed the theme music. Additional editing support and mixing by Aaron Feeney.
    This podcast is brought to you by the Monk Manual. The monk manual is dedicated to providing best-in-class tools for helping you build a more potent life, and experience peaceful being and purposeful doing on a daily basis. If you’d like to be more intentional with your time and energy - please visit monkmanual.com.

    • 57 min
    The Power and Necessity of Personal Grit | Shannon Huffman Polson

    The Power and Necessity of Personal Grit | Shannon Huffman Polson

    How can you make discomfort work for, rather than against you?
    On today's episode of Potent, Steven Lawson and Shannon Huffman Polson, founder of The Grit Institute, explore the transformational power of grit, and how you can build grit in your own life to live into a deeper potential through moving towards rather than away from discomfort, change, and difficulty.  Uncover how discomfort, service, and challenging experiences pave the way for transformation and a more purposeful existence.
    About Today's Guest
    Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of The Grit Factor: Courage,Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Organization in the World, as well as the memoir North of Hope. She is the founder of The Grit Institute, a leadership institute committed to whole leader development, and host of The Grit Factor podcast. Polson also teaches on the faculty of the Tuck School's Leadership and Strategic Initiative Executive Education Program.
    As one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, leading line units on three continents, Polson combines her passion and firsthand experience in and study of leadership, grit, purpose and story to address the needs of her clients in the face of challenge and change with world-class keynotes and executive education.
    After serving for a decade in the armed services, Polson earned her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, and later her MFA. She went on to lead outstanding teams in the corporate world in the medical device industry and at
    Microsoft. As a community leader, Polson successfully envisioned, founded and led the completion of a $6.5M new library and civic center.
    Polson has a decade of experience speaking to companies and organizations around the world, and is consistently the highest rated speaker at her events. Polson lives with her husband and two children in Washington State.
    https://shannonpolson.com/
    https://www.thegritinstitute.com/podcasts/

    Show Notes
    02:00 The Grit Factor
    03:20 Why grit?
    04:16 The double crucible
    05:50 What to do when the cards are against you?
    10:19 Encounters with death
    13:23 Courageously engaging death/life
    16:52 Danger to be consumed with purpose
    18:32 Trusting oneself
    19:42 Connect with inner compass
    22:36 A holistic approach
    24:29 Raising kids with grit 
    27:55 Belonging and significance
    29:55 Doomsday news
    32:32 Can't make friends?
    33:54 Comfortable with uncomfortable
    38:13 Outgrowing the box analogy
    39:13 how you navigate growing
    42:24 What does great look like
    46:14 Trust the process/love the work
    47:50 Mary Poppins
    50:27 Gratitude changes you
    52:36 Look for ways to serve

    This podcast is brought to you by the Monk Manual. The monk manual is dedicated to providing best-in-class tools for helping you build a more potent life, and experience peaceful being and purposeful doing on a daily basis. If you’d like to be more intentional with your time and energy - please visit monkmanual.com. 
    The Potent Podcast is produced and edited by Justin Sinclair, who also composed the the theme music. Additional editing support and mixing by Aaron Feeney. Design by Kristin Bural of Soulbeam Studios.

    • 59 min
    How to Redesign Your Internal Programming | Chris Yonker

    How to Redesign Your Internal Programming | Chris Yonker

    How Can You Redesign Your Internal Programming a Live a Full(er) Life?
    On today's episode of Potent, Steven Lawson and master coach and podcast host Chris Yonker dive into overcoming trauma, the power of spirituality and self-awareness, the impact of mentorship, and the journey toward self-acceptance and deeper connections.
    About Today's Guest
    Chris is a Certified Family Business Advisor accredited through The Family Firm Institute. Chris helps to consciously navigate the challenges of succession, leadership transitions and family conflict, while creating long-term strategies for business continuity. Dubbed a “Life Journey Sherpa,” Chris’ holistic approach allows each individual in the family to be seen as an integral piece to the work. He uses his experience as a Neuro- Linguistic practitioner, a student of Philosophy and Psychology, and a thought leader on Personal Performance and Transformation to create a one-of-a-kind methodology that fuses heart and soul — helping families achieve extraordinary results that become permanent ways of being. Drawing upon more than 25 years of driving change and leading sales with 3M, and over a decade in Family Business and Executive consulting, Chris has built a process that has become his special sort of alchemy. His strategy helps clients move beyond the obstacles family organizations face that often prevent them from leading deeply fulfilling lives, both individually as well as collectively. Many of Chris’s clients say the process of working with him leads to profound healing within their families, bringing a sense of deep peace, better relationships and higher levels of happiness alongside a thriving organization. As a sought-after speaker, Chris has been a special guest of Camden Family Wealth, The Institute for Family-Owned Business, and The Center for Family Enterprise, and has been a featured contributor to Forbes. Education Chris is a Certified Family Business Advisor accredited through The Family Firm Institute. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business and a Minor in Communication from Western Michigan University. He was personally mentored by Tony Robbins’ original trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Personal Chris is a seventh-degree black belt in an Okinawan style of karate and a student of yoga and meditation. He enjoys fishing, travel, cooking and spending time with his wife of 28 years and their daughter
    www.chrisyonker.com
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-secret-thoughts-of-ceos-podcast/id1543246164
    Show Notes
    01:02 Chris early life
    02:03 Connecting with God
    03:24 Martial arts, validation
    04:37 Mentorship
    06:00 What is God teaching me?
    08:04 Developing a practice of connection
    09:04 Coaching thru end of life
    13:56 Immersion
    18:43 Developing personal presence
    22:28 Fear of loneliness
    26:43 Emotions, awareness, and karate
    28:53 The elevator from heart to head
    31:20 Potent presence; it's a soul massage
    33:04 Healing our bodies
    35:49 Parenting, upbringing, self-parenting
    36:54 Being/doing, Values alignment
    39:29 Community affiliation, fear of lone wolf, searching out your people
    41:26 Trusting the process
    This podcast is brought to you by the Monk Manual. The monk manual is dedicated to providing best-in-class tools for helping you build a more potent life, and experience peaceful being and purposeful doing on a daily basis. If you’d like to be more intentional with your time and energy - please visit monkmanual.com. 
    The Potent Podcast is...

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Happycissy ,

Depth Oriented Productivity with Soulful Humans

Over the years I’ve read many productivity books and tried numerous planning systems. My discovery of Steven’s Monk Manual a few years ago was the first model and set of tools that matched my instinctual need for my “doing to grow out of my being.” The guests he engages in these episodes aren’t just explaining things about how to be more productive or successful. I hear the depth of their souls, human beings whose own awakening inspiring them to share their gifts with the rest of us. I come away from each episode inspired and with something actionable I can do to do that myself.

wildwhale-NA ,

Awesome and unique conversations!

There are some super unique ideas shared here that I’ve never heard anywhere else! These authentic and insightful conversations have certainly broadened my horizons in the best possible way!

Emmettsonofscott ,

Amazing tools for personal growth!

Steven is one of the most compelling leaders I’ve learned from and I’m loving his new podcast!

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