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Welcome to the Small Step BIG Wins podcast where I’m dedicated to helping you take control of your life. Each week, embark on a personal journey found nowhere else and be inspired by guests that will challenge your thinking and expand your knowledge. Becoming the hero of your story takes time, commitment, and determination. Small Steps do lead to BIG Wins when you pair your desire for transformation with people who know how to get you there.

Are you ready to change your life? Let’s go do this! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/smallstepsbigwinspodcast/support

Small Steps, Big Wins with Sue Saller Sue Saller

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Welcome to the Small Step BIG Wins podcast where I’m dedicated to helping you take control of your life. Each week, embark on a personal journey found nowhere else and be inspired by guests that will challenge your thinking and expand your knowledge. Becoming the hero of your story takes time, commitment, and determination. Small Steps do lead to BIG Wins when you pair your desire for transformation with people who know how to get you there.

Are you ready to change your life? Let’s go do this! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/smallstepsbigwinspodcast/support

    Always trust your gut feeling With Marc Picard Wednesday Wisdom Ep.134

    Always trust your gut feeling With Marc Picard Wednesday Wisdom Ep.134

    Have you ever wondered why you sometimes ignore your gut feelings, even when they scream louder than logic?



    Join me, Sue Saller, and special guest, producer Marc Picard, on this captivating episode of the Small Steps, Big Wins podcast as we unravel the mysterious nature of gut feelings and their vital role in decision-making. Discover what it means to connect with your authentic self and how being present—like a musician lost in their art—can help you find balance and freedom beyond rational thought. This episode promises to enlighten you on how to listen to those inner warnings and make choices that resonate with your true self.

    Feeling overwhelmed by the constant struggle between mind and body? Marc and I offer practical advice for achieving peace and clarity in the present moment.



    Learn about a simple yet life-changing practice: dedicating two 10-minute sessions each day to sit quietly without distractions. This consistent ritual can help you manage emotions, reduce mental noise, and ultimately live a happier, more balanced life. We also emphasize the importance of giving yourself permission to embrace these moments of calm, despite societal pressures to stay perpetually busy.

    Explore the profound idea that God’s presence resides within us, offering self-awareness and reducing ego. Marc and I bring perspectives from both Christian and Islamic viewpoints, enhancing your spiritual journey. We share transformative experiences with transcendental meditation, practical tips for integrating it into your daily routine, and the value of journaling to capture insights and emotions. Ready to take actionable steps towards lasting change? Tune in and remember, life improves by choice, not chance. Visit personalcoachfinder.com for personalized guidance to start your transformative journey today.

    Chapter Summaries:

    (0:00:02) - Exploring Gut Feeling and Authentic Self (11 Minutes):
    Marc and I dive deep into the concept of gut feelings and their importance in decision-making. We explore how gut feelings often arise when we sense we shouldn't do something, yet sometimes ignore this internal warning. Through reflective exercises, we discuss the idea of connecting with our authentic selves and the power of being present. The conversation also touches on the example of playing music and becoming one with the instrument, suggesting that our natural state is found in the here and now, beyond rational thought.

    (0:11:21) - Quieting the Mind for Clarity (7 Minutes):
    This segment focuses on the futility of the mind-body struggle and offers practical advice for finding peace in the present moment. Marc and I explore the concept that our existence is fleeting and that obsessing over thoughts and achievements ultimately detracts from experiencing life fully. We suggest a simple practice: taking two 10-minute sessions each day to sit quietly, without any distractions. By doing this consistently, you train your mind to embrace calmness and neutrality, making it easier to manage emotions and reduce mental noise. The importance of giving yourself permission to take these quiet moments is emphasized.

    (0:18:15) - God's Kingdom Within and Gut Feeling (6 Minutes):
    Marc and I discuss the concept of God's presence within us from both Christian and Islamic perspectives, emphasizing that recognizing this can lead to profound self-awareness and reduced ego. We share the transformative power of transcendental meditation, including personal experiences and practical advice for integrating it into daily life. Key points include using a mantra to focus the mind, the importance of silent reflection, and practical tips such as meditating upon waking and before sleep. The value of journaling to capture insights and emotions is also highlighted.

    (0:24:19) - Taking Action for Lasting Change (1 Minute):
    I encourage you to take actionable steps towards positive change after tuning in to the podcast. Emphasizing the importance of not just listening but

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    Dave Van Der Laan: From Singer to Functional Medicine COO | Small Steps Big Wins w. Sue Saller E133

    Dave Van Der Laan: From Singer to Functional Medicine COO | Small Steps Big Wins w. Sue Saller E133

    From Wedding Singer to Functional Medicine COO: Dave Van Der Laan's Unique Journey

    In this episode, Dave Van Der Laan shares his intriguing journey from being a wedding singer to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of Nourish House Calls, a functional medicine practice run by his wife, Joya. Dave discusses his past experiences, including his education in vocal performance, his transition to law, and eventually leaving the legal profession to support his wife's functional medicine specialist career. He provides insights into the challenges they faced starting the practice, the concept and benefits of functional medicine, and the personal growth both have experienced through their work. Dave also touches on the importance of managing stress, personal development, and the impactful small steps that have led to significant wins in both his and his wife's professional and personal lives.

    00:00 Meet Dave: From Attorney to Functional Medicine COO

    00:48 A Musical Journey: From Opera to Wedding Bands

    03:52 Transitioning to Law: A New Career Path

    06:52 Mindset Shifts and Discovering Passion in Law

    09:19 Exploring Real Estate and Passive Income

    12:21 The Functional Medicine Journey with Nourish House Calls

    17:06 Expanding Practice and Embracing Challenges

    23:16 The Power of Communication in Marriage and Business

    27:24 Personal Growth and Stress Management Techniques

    28:48 Exploring Emotional Regulation and Breathing Techniques

    29:27 Life-Changing Breathing Techniques and Physical Therapy Insights

    30:43 Discovering the Wim Hof Method and Its Benefits

    31:51 The Science and Personal Experience of Cold Exposure

    34:34 Harnessing Potential and the Power of Belief

    39:55 The Journey from Law to Entrepreneurship

    49:08 The Importance of Defining Words and Creating with Them

    55:40 Final Thoughts and Advice for Personal Growth

    Dave Van Der Laan is a recovering attorney, retired public servant, and washed-up wedding singer. In early 2022, after a decade of legal practice, he left all of that excitement behind to become COO of Nourish House Calls, the functional medicine practice that his wife Joya started in 2018. Dave is the proud father of three children: Sophie, Jude, and Emily. When he's not parenting or working to grow Nourish House Calls, Dave enjoys reading, lifting weights, singing in church, and getting just a little too emotionally invested in the Chicago White Sox and Indiana Hoosiers.

    If you want to reach out to Dave:

    https://www.instagram.com/nourishhousecalls/

    https://facebook.com/NourishHouseCalls

    Spotify:  https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/smallstepsbigwinspodcast

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheSmallStepsBIGWinsPodcast

    Do you need to find a personal coach? ⁠⁠https://www.personalcoachfinder.com

    To learn more about Sue, visit  ⁠⁠https://suesaller.com

    And remember, life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by choice! 

    Have an awesome day, friends!




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    • 58 min
    The Dark Side of Life Coaching with Marc Picard | Wednesday Wisdom Ep.132

    The Dark Side of Life Coaching with Marc Picard | Wednesday Wisdom Ep.132

    In this eye-opening episode, I and Marc Picard take a deep dive into the dark side of life coaching. We discuss the empowering versus dependent dynamics in coaching relationships, challenge societal pressures around "hard work," and share tips on finding a genuine coach who fosters true personal growth.

    Key Topics Discussed:

    - The distorted cultural perceptions of "easy" vs. "hard" tasks
    - The potential toxicity in coaching dynamics
    - The significance of authenticity and living in alignment with one's true self
    - Strategies for finding the right life coach through podcast interviews
    - How to tune into your inner voice for guidance in selecting a coach

    Chapter Summaries:

    Navigating the Dark Side of Coaching (0:00:02 - 0:14:51)
    Delve into the intricacies of language, cultural emphasis on hard work, and the importance of authentic living with me and Marc. Discover the dark side of the coaching industry, where coaches may foster dependence rather than empowerment, and learn how to recognize truly effective coaching.

    Finding the Right Coach Through Podcasting (0:14:51 - 0:22:36)
    Explore the unfiltered world of podcasts as a means to gauge a coach's sincerity and consistency. Hear practical advice and a personal anecdote from me about serendipitously finding the right coach and the value of being open to life's opportunities.

    Navigating the World of Life Coaching (0:22:36 - 0:24:36)
    Gain insights into the charisma and marketing tactics of some life coaches and how to remain discerning in your search for guidance. Emphasize the need to be specific about your coaching goals while remaining receptive to the possibilities life offers.

    Transcript Highlights:

    Discover thought-provoking excerpts from key chapters where I and Marc dissect the language that shapes our perceptions, critique the glamorization of grind culture, and emphasize the goal of coaching: to become self-sufficient.

    What You'll Learn:

    - How to critically evaluate coaching trends and their alignment with your values
    - The benefits of using podcasts to find a coach that resonates with you
    - The importance of establishing a healthy coaching duration and avoiding long-term dependencies
    - The role of gut feeling in selecting a coach and the power of manifestation

    Resources Mentioned:

    - PersonalCoachFinder.com – A platform connecting clients with qualified coaches
    - Austin Linney's – www.austinlinney.com Insights from a coach who has overcome addiction

    Final Thoughts:

    This episode is a must-listen for anyone considering life coaching or seeking a deeper understanding of the industry. Learn to discern the empowering from the exploitative and embrace a path of authentic self-discovery with the right guidance.

    I remind you to trust your intuition, write down your ideal coach attributes, and let the universe bring the right coach into your life. And remember, the best coaches aim to make themselves obsolete by equipping you with the tools to thrive independently.

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    Be sure to visit PersonalCoachFinder.com to explore potential coaching options and listen to my podcast for more enriching discussions.

    Subscribe to my podcast for episodes that inspire and empower you to live your best life.


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    • 24 min
    Ryan Sprague: Breaking the Stigma - Navigating Conscious Cannabis Use | Small Steps Big Wins E131

    Ryan Sprague: Breaking the Stigma - Navigating Conscious Cannabis Use | Small Steps Big Wins E131

    Unlocking the Potential of Conscious Cannabis with Ryan Sprague - The Conscious Cannabis Coach!



    In this episode, Ryan shares his journey with cannabis, discussing the therapeutic benefits and historical context of the plant. He emphasizes the importance of conscious and responsible use, detailing a four-step process for incorporating cannabis into a holistic health regimen. Ryan also offers insights into the biochemical aspects of cannabis, its legal and cultural history, and practical advice for both new and experienced users. This episode provides a comprehensive guide to understanding and integrating cannabis mindfully, aiming to dispel myths and promote informed usage.



    00:00 Introduction to the Podcast and Guest's Passion for Conscious Cannabis

    00:55 The Personal Journey: Discovering Cannabis Amidst Anxiety

    01:56 Challenging the Stigma: A Shift in Perspective on Cannabis

    03:50 A Father's Acceptance and the Healing Journey

    05:20 From Personal Use to Professional Passion: Entering the Cannabis Industry

    10:05 The Science Behind Cannabis: Understanding Cannabinoids

    13:04 Unveiling the History: The Political and Social Journey of Cannabis

    17:31 Conscious Use of Cannabis: A Path to Holistic Health

    30:30 The Highly Optimized Way: A Four-Step Process to Conscious Cannabis Use

    31:27 Preparing for a Cannabis Ceremony: The Importance of Taking a Break

    31:37 Understanding Daily Cannabis Use and Its Effects

    32:05 The Psychedelic Powers of Cannabis and Occasional Use

    33:59 Setting Intentions for Your Cannabis Ceremony

    37:55 Creating a Ceremonial Container: Setting and Mindset

    42:35 Integration: The Key to a Transformative Experience

    46:31 Cannabis Ceremony Duration and Practical Integration Tips

    46:39 Choosing the Right Cannabis Method: Inhalation vs. Edibles

    49:02 Personalizing Your Cannabis Experience: Dosage and Metabolization

    54:40 Exploring Cannabis Responsibly and Consciously

    58:15 Awareness Check-ins: A Simple Step for Personal Growth

    Ryan is the founder & co owner of Highly Optimized. Highly Optimized is a company dedicated to helping its clients transform & become the conscious leaders the world is patiently awaiting. He is also the host of the “Highly Optimized” Podcast, the “This One Time On Psychedelics” podcast & is the creator of the “Connect With Cannabis” program & the “Grow With Cannabis” course.

    Ryan’s mission in life is helping his fellow brothers & sisters become empowered in their experience of being alive through 1 on 1 men’s coaching, plant medicine integration coaching & retreat experiences. 

    Get in touch with Ryan:

    IG @therealryansprague @highly.optimized

    visit his website at: www.highlyoptimized.me for all the ways he can guide you in becoming the most empowered version of yourself, starting today. 

    Download the free “Conscious Cannabis Guide” here: https://www.highlyoptimized.me/CCGuide

    Spotify:  https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/smallstepsbigwinspodcast

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheSmallStepsBIGWinsPodcast

    Do you need to find a personal coach? ⁠⁠https://www.personalcoachfinder.com

    To learn more about Sue, visit  ⁠⁠https://suesaller.com

    And remember, life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by choice! 

    Have an awesome day, friends!






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    Jim Cathcart: The Power of Purpose in Personal Development | Small Steps Big Wins | Sue Saller E.130

    Jim Cathcart: The Power of Purpose in Personal Development | Small Steps Big Wins | Sue Saller E.130

    Unveiling the Power of Purpose and Vision in Personal Development

    In this lighthearted episode of the Small Steps Big Wins podcast, Jim, a seasoned professional speaker and author, shares his profound journey in personal development, highlighting the pivotal moments and decisions that shaped his career and life philosophy. Starting from his early days of seeking purpose and growth, to becoming a celebrated figure in the speaking world, Jim's story is a testament to the power of clear vision, relentless pursuit of passion, and the impact of kindness and authenticity. He offers insightful advice on finding one's purpose, tailoring life to fit one's true self, and the significance of small actions in making substantial changes. Through his experiences, interactions, and mentoring, Jim emphasizes the essence of becoming a great person, not just a great speaker, and how fulfillment and success flow from living a life aligned with one's core values and desires.

    00:00 Unlocking Your Desires: The Power of Knowing What You Want

    00:31 Introducing the Small Steps Big Wins Podcast

    00:41 Meet Jim: A Journey from Speaker to Author

    02:07 Exploring the World: Jim's Global Speaking Adventures

    04:23 The Turning Point: Jim's Path to Personal Development

    18:35 The Cathcart Method: Mastering the Art of Speaking

    23:13 Becoming a Great Person: The Foundation of Success

    34:45 The Power of Personal Development and Networking

    35:26 A Journey Through Personal Development History

    38:45 Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Embracing Success

    40:34 Defining Wealth and Success: A Deep Dive

    42:08 The Impact of Small Acts of Kindness

    43:50 Exploring the Essence of Wealth, Success, and Personal Growth

    44:47 The Importance of Continuous Learning and Evolution

    46:42 Sharing Life Lessons and Inspiring Stories

    01:03:01 Finding Your Purpose and Making a Difference

    If you want to reach out to Jim:

    https://www.jimcathcart.com/home

    Spotify:  https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/smallstepsbigwinspodcast

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheSmallStepsBIGWinsPodcast

    Do you need to find a personal coach? ⁠⁠https://www.personalcoachfinder.com

    To learn more about Sue, visit  ⁠⁠https://suesaller.com

    And remember, life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by choice! 

    Have an awesome day, friends!




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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Stephen Sokolow: Cultivating Servant Leadership through Empathy | Small Steps Big Wins E129

    Stephen Sokolow: Cultivating Servant Leadership through Empathy | Small Steps Big Wins E129

    Cultivating Servant Leadership through Empathy with Stephen Sokolow



    In this insightful podcast episode, the host converses with guest Stephen Sokolow, a servant leader deeply rooted in healthcare administration and senior care. Born and raised in South Florida and currently living in Southern Indiana with his family, Stephen discusses his unconventional career path, which led him from assisting his grandmother after a stroke, to obtaining a healthcare administration degree, to managing assisted living facilities, and eventually founding his own company, Azamra Healthcare. Throughout the episode, Stephen shares profound experiences and lessons on leadership, the importance of personal growth, and the significance of adopting a servant leader mindset in the healthcare industry. Highlighting key moments of facing and overcoming challenges, Stephen illustrates the power of positive thinking, strategic action, and meticulous planning in achieving personal and professional success. The conversation also delves into Stephen's personal development journey, including his spiritual practices, gratitude, and the impact of coaching on his mindset. This episode offers listeners an inspiring look at how embracing uncertainties and leveraging opportunities can lead to impactful change and growth.



    00:00 The Journey Begins: Unplugging to Write

    00:55 Introducing Steven Sokolow: A Servant Leader's Story

    01:48 From Personal Challenges to a Career in Healthcare

    05:46 A Life-Changing Decision: Moving to Israel and Back

    13:05 Leadership Philosophy: Empowering and Caring for Others

    19:36 The Power of Mindset and Coaching in Overcoming Challenges

    28:00 The Power of Partnership in Personal and Professional Life

    28:19 Navigating Complex Decisions with a Partner's Insight

    29:24 The Importance of Personal Ownership in Professional Success

    30:10 Building Loyalty and Care in the Workplace

    31:56 Reflecting on Personal Growth and the Value of Relaxation

    33:21 Embracing the Present and the Power of Breath Work

    34:57 The Impact of Gratitude and Personal Development

    38:00 Manifestation, Visualization, and the Role of Faith

    40:05 The Benefits of Cold Showers and Mind Hacks

    44:37 Exploring Books on Mindset and Leadership

    You can reach out to Stephen on LinkedIn:

    http://xhus1.mjt.lu/lnk/AWEAADuNYlIAAAAAAAAAAEgBdtMAAAABHyUAAAAAABReCgBmCwbwQE307aCAReeCl8RkVmep0wAUOjQ/1/G8fmrAzb-fUGS7WM0uagDA/aHR0cDovL2xpbmtlZGluLmNvbS9pbi9zdGVwaGVuYnNva29sb3c



    potify:  https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/smallstepsbigwinspodcast

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheSmallStepsBIGWinsPodcast

    Do you need to find a personal coach? ⁠⁠https://www.personalcoachfinder.com

    To learn more about Sue, visit  ⁠⁠https://suesaller.com

    And remember, life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by choice! 

    Have an awesome day, friends!






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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Quest For Adventure 365 ,

Be Prepared To Be Engaged

Sue is great. The preparation that she puts into the guests that she chooses and understanding their stories makes all the difference.

djjdjejd ,

Great interviews and exceptionally pragmatic

This podcasts is a must-listen for anyone looking for specific tangible strategies that they can implement TODAY to start following their dreams instead of waiting for someone to do it for them. I highly recommend and am excited about continued to listen more!

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High Impact, Meaningful thought out Show

This podcast is one of my favorite. Sue takes the time to research her guests before hand and presents a well formatted interview that always provides value to me and I’m sure others.

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