My life purpose is "to embrace and explore my creativity and help others create the life God meant them to live." I'm a former pastor who was called by God into the world of entrepreneurship and personal development. In my podcast, I tell stories, deliver messages, and engage in lively conversations with my friends and heroes. Whether I'm unpacking and applying a story from the Gospels, quoting a line from an 80s romantic comedy, or discussing my love for art and literature, I always have one goal in mind: to help you pursue your God-given potential; not just for your own gain, but for the glory of God and the good of the world.
The Critical Keys To Confidence ft. Dr. Ellen Reed - VKP019
Do you know what the science and studies say is the #1 factor in achieving high levels of performance? Whether we're talking about excelling in sports, work, or even at home, the #1 factor...is confidence! When you truly believe that you are capable of achieving [fill in the blank], you are much more likely to actually achieve it! In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Ellen Reed to talk about how to develop confidence, as well as how confidence contributes to mental toughness, success, and happiness. As Ron Burgundy would say, Dr. Ellen is "kind've a big deal." A former professional dancer, Dr. Ellen is a best-selling author and performance coach. Along with Dr. Jason Selk, she co-authored the book, Relentless Solution Focus, and co-founded Level Up Game Plan, a masterclass and training app for mental toughness. Dr. Ellen is also my coach - and she has helped me immensely. Find her online at enhancedperformanceinc.com or connect with @drellenreed on Instagram.
Is It Ever Too Late To Really Live? - VKP018
No matter how old we are or where we’re at in life, we are often tempted to think it’s “too late.” “Too late” to change the direction of our lives – whether that’s personally or professionally. “Too late” to repair the damage we’ve done in a relationship. “Too late” to get right with God and end our final days well. There are a lot of biblical principles I could unpack to drive home just how irrational and patently false the “too late” mentality really is; but instead, I’d like to tell you the inspiring, hope-giving story of “Mom-Mom Em,” my maternal grandmother, Emma Lotter. She lost a daughter to suicide and a husband to Emphysema. She went into deep depression for more than a decade. When she finally came out of it, she was well into her senior years. Did she think it was “too late” for her to really start to live? Not hardly! This was a special episode for me to record and I think you’ll like it.
Loving and Leading People for Your Gain, Their Good, and The Glory of God! ft. James Meehan - VKP017
If you are going to pursue your God-given potential, you can't do it alone. You need to draw the right people to you, know how to lead and train them, and -- ultimately -- know how to love and serve them. If you do that, it's going to be a win/win/win: It will glorify God. It will be good for the people around you. And - yes - you yourself will gain something of value, whether that's more money, more influence, or just more happiness and success in life. In this episode, James Meehan, the founder and CEO of Elevated Education (a vibrant 7-figure company that is growing fast) joins Vaughn to discuss principles of leadership, team-building, and interpersonal relationships that are both biblical...and effective!
How To Let God Write Your Story ft. Erin Ahnfeldt - VKP016
You can't truly pursue your God-given potential if you believe that you exist in a universe that is governed by randomness, where everything happens by chance and there's no rhyme or reason to the things that happen to us. Christians believe that all of life is a story, that God is the Author, and that we are positioned as very significant protagonists in this great and epic story. We can either embrace our role in this story or succumb to a sense of purposeless and meaningless, never living the life God meant us to live. In this episode, Erin Ahnfeldt joins us to share stories, insights, and guidance on how to let God write your story. Erin is a veteran teacher, soon-to-be author, and (most importantly!) Vaughn's college roommate! You'll be motivated and inspired by this one, for sure. Learn more about Erin at www.erinahnfeldt.com.
What To Do When Your Life's Account Balance Is Zero - VKP015
Have you ever looked at your bank account balance and seen a big goose egg? Literally...you had ZERO money in your account? I have. In fact, I have felt at times like my account balance was ZERO in EVERY area of my life: professionally, personally, and spiritually. In this episode, I share a story that has one main purpose: to help you press on and not give up. It's the story of when, right before I turned 40, a big dream seemed dead, I literally had nothing in the bank, and I felt like a "nothing" myself. In that moment, God did something unexpected; except....when I think about it, it SHOULD have been expected...because it is something God does all the time. He does this, again and again, in my life and yours: he shows Himself to be faithful.
LET 'ER RIP: Pursue The Life God Meant You To Live ft. Jake Fuller - VKP014
Are you disinterested and disillusioned with your current situation? Deep in your heart, do you know that you want and need to make radical changes, in order to pursue the life God meant you to live? Whether you are thinking through a radical change in your career or the focus and trajectory of your whole life, this conversation between Vaughn and his coaching client Jake Fuller will encourage you and provide you some proven principles to take action. Jake had a comfortable, well-paying job and a secure, fixed path in life that promised all the benefits society says are important. He walked away from it all to farm thousands of acres in Colorado, help build a custom knife company, and experience what he says is "real happiness and freedom." Can you do the same? Jake says, "Let 'er rip!"
Speaking directly to me…
With each episode I am left feeling as if Vaughn is speaking directly to me. He has a way with his words that provide practical, real world advice and inspiration while communicating in a way that feels deeply personal. I eagerly await each new episode knowing I will gain wisdom that will help propel me forward in my business and my faith. I am so grateful for this podcast.
Great stories! Actionable ideas!
Always quality content from Mr. Kohler!!! Relatable, you will feel like Vaughn’s friend, even if you haven’t met him!-)
Keep up the good work
I’m really enjoying this show. I started following Vaughn after listening to him on the MFCEO project. This show has been useful, entertaining, and uplifting content.