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Surviving through life is just not enough. It's time to THRIVE! But how do you do that? This podcast explores the skills and approaches to building a thriving life, regardless of what happens to you. Explore topics such as dealing with your thoughts, how fear gets in your way (and what you can do about that), how to shift your mindset, why you get stuck and how to get unstuck, what is real success, how to you create a life of meaning and purpose, how to shift to gratitude, how to learn to forgive, and how to build an outstanding and thriving life. Live life to the fullest. . . learn to thrive!

The Thriveology Podcast For Thrive Nation The Thriveology Podcast For Thrive Nation

    • Mental Health
    • 4.9, 69 Ratings

Surviving through life is just not enough. It's time to THRIVE! But how do you do that? This podcast explores the skills and approaches to building a thriving life, regardless of what happens to you. Explore topics such as dealing with your thoughts, how fear gets in your way (and what you can do about that), how to shift your mindset, why you get stuck and how to get unstuck, what is real success, how to you create a life of meaning and purpose, how to shift to gratitude, how to learn to forgive, and how to build an outstanding and thriving life. Live life to the fullest. . . learn to thrive!

    Finding Moments of Calm in Times of Chaos

    Finding Moments of Calm in Times of Chaos

    What a chaotic time we are in!  Even without a pandemic, it was already chaotic, what with politics and changes in society. Stir in a pandemic, and there is NO way to be calm.



    Right?



    Or maybe....



    Maybe calm is not about what is happening around you, outside of you. Perhaps it comes from somewhere within you. Somewhere that knows you are separate from the external chaos.



    Our internal response to a chaotic world can be chaos... or we might be able to find calm. Especially if we can separate our thoughts from the events and emotions. If we can find a space between what is happening and how we respond.  A space that is rooted in peace.



    On this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I have a chance to speak with David Dachinger and Tamara Green.  David is a firefighter and a Grammy nominated music composer (quite the contrast there!).  And Tamara is an author and licensed therapist.



    When David was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (there IS no stage 5), his world shifted chaos from fighting fires to fighting cancer. He and Tamara realized that they needed to rally their resources to help in David's health and healing. That included meditation and mindfulness. The resources they developed are now helping others to find calm in the midst of chaos.



    Not a bad goal in today's world, is it?



    Listen below to hear their story and their method of bringing calm to the world through an app.



    RELATED RESOURCES

    LovingMeditations App

    David and Tamara's Website

    Calming Your Thriving Body Episode

    A Thriving Breath Episode

    Coping with COVID Series

    Thrive Principles Book

    • 38 min
    Thinking Through The Pandemic

    Thinking Through The Pandemic

     



    I was at a book signing a while back, signing a book of mine that is a few years old.  This person picked it up, looked at the publication date, put it down, and said, "I was looking for something more recent."



    That had me pondering... how long is information valid?  Sure, I would not likely want to read a computer book about the Windows 98 operating system, or about the coming "Y2K crisis."  But what about transformational information?  When does that lose value?



    Human brains have not changed in structure for millenia.  Which is why we still garner insight and understanding from books written millenia ago.  Ancient thoughts and texts still illuminate us these days.



    Which brings me to my guest this week on the Thriveology Podcast.  I asked Donald Robertson to talk with me about some pretty old thoughts.  No, Donald is not millenia old.  But the philosophy he espouses and teaches is.  Donald is a modern Stoic philosopher, drawing on ancient Stoicism and what it offers to us in our current world.



    And in our current pandemic situation, Stoic thought has LOTS to teach us.  In fact, Stoic thought is the underlying philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the cornerstone of modern mental health counseling.



    Donald discusses the relevance of Stoic philosophy in today's world, and how we can apply it to the pandemic in which we find ourselves.  Listen in as Donald Robertson gives some powerful help in dealing with our thoughts and our emotions in the midst of today's (and future) struggles.



    RELATED RESOURCES

    DonaldRobertson.name

    ModernStoicism.com

    What Thriving People Know About Thoughts

    Your Thoughts, Your Stories

    Live Each Day as THE Day

    • 56 min
    Challenge Makes Us Grow

    Challenge Makes Us Grow

    When I was a kid, I hit this point when I was growing fast.  So fast that my limbs hurt, I constantly tripped, and knocked everthing over as my hand got there before I expected.  Growth was a challenge.



    Generally, though, it works the other way.  When we are challenged (and take it on), we grow.  A child wants to crawl, then walk, then run.  But wanting to is not the same as being able to.  Crawling ends up being a bellyflop.  Walking leads to teetering bottom-bumps.  And running... well, that just leads to face-plants.  But so far, I have never seen a child give up and say, "Well, I just can't do that.  I guess I'm not meant to crawl/walk/run."  The child just tries again.



    Challenge is something we can rise to, expand into.  And when we do, challenge is the impetus for growth.



    In this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I talk with Steve Sims.  At the age of 15, Steve finished his schooling in England, and stepped right into what seemed to be his destiny:  masonry.  Just like his father, his grandfather, his uncles, and his cousins.  In an instant of inspiration, Steve looked at his family and realized this was not his destiny.  As he told me, it was not that he was better than his family, but that he thought there was something better for him.



    That set him on a search for his own destiny, a way to see the world and meet people with different viewpoints and lifestyles.  This twisted path has led to now.  Through taking on challenges and growing through them.



    Listen in as Steve and I discuss his life, his challenges, and the success of taking on those challenges.



    RELATED RESOURCES:

    Steve's Website for More Information

    The Power of a Challenge

    Learn or... Learn

    Act or Accept

    • 45 min
    Breathe for Your Health and Calm

    Breathe for Your Health and Calm

    It happens about 25,000 per day.  And for the most part, it is automatic.  But it is one of the few bodily functions that you can "take off automatic" and choose how you will do it.  And you might not be doing it optimally.



    What is it?



    Breathing.  Taking a breath.  Inhaling and exhaling.



    I know, it seems automatic, right?  But you can choose to take a deep breath.  Or you can hold your breath.  You may breathe out of your nose.  Or you may breathe with your mouth (you may want to change that one... listen to the podcast for why).



    Breathing one way can stress you out.  Breathing another way will calm you down (meaning, you can choose which way you want to breathe!).



    Since you are currently reading this, we can assume you are breathing.  That's a great start?  How about breathing BETTER?  That is a process that can take you down lots of paths.



    On this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I interview James Nestor.  A journalist and writer, James got interested in breathing from an ealier book, Deep, which focused on freediving (people going very deep for a long time, because they are excellent breathers).



    His upcoming (and excellent) book is Breath.  It is a super-deep (and very readable) "dive" into breathing -- why it is important, how to do it better, and what difference it makes.



    When I heard about the book, I knew I needed to get James on the podcast, at this moment.  His book won't be out until May (but go ahead and pre-order it!).  But with the pandemic, you need this information now.  So, I got him on!  And James offered some simple, easy ways to uber-breathe to help your health.



    This is super important.  Take a listen below!  (Then order his book!)



    RELATED RESOURCES

    Breath - from Amazon

    Breath - from Bookstore.org (they support local bookstores)

    James Nestor's website

    • 51 min
    The Fear/Anxiety Contagion

    The Fear/Anxiety Contagion

    It's highly contagious.  You can catch it from a single interaction with one person.  You can catch it much faster in a crowd.  You can pass it on to someone else in an instant.



    You can also catch it from just reading, watching, or listening to something.



    In 39 milliseconds, you have it... and you didn't even see it coming!



    Coronavirus?  Nope.  That is certainly serious, and you absolutely want to do everything you can to avoid catching or spreading it.  I do not want to minimize the risks of this pandemic.



    But that is not the contagion I am focusing on here.



    This contagion is fear and anxiety.  Yes, you can catch fear.  Yes, you can catch anxiety.  And you can also spread them.



    Humans have a natural wiring (we share it with the animals at the watering hole... and all the others) to pick up on fear and anxiety.



    Many times, people have said, "Should I panic over this?"  The "this" has been lots of different things.  And my answer is always, "Panic is never a better option.  Should you respond?  Should you choose an action? Yes.  Panic?  No."



    That is easier said than done. But on this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, I share why fear/anxiety is contagious, along with how to limit the infection.  Listen below.



    RELATED RESOURCES

    Dealing with Fear

    Attacking Anxiety

    Self-Care

    Order, Disorder, Reorder

    Lee's Thrive Books

    • 24 min
    How to Hope in Tough Times

    How to Hope in Tough Times

    Let me just say, I am a bit weary.  How about you?



    This has been a wearying time for so many of us.  Nobody is unaffected by this pandemic.  And we can't even point to an end to the crisis.  Take a guess, and your guess is probably as good as any other.



    What do we do?  Everything seems to be upside-down, inside-out, and topsy-turvy.  It's hard to figure out what happens next and what to do next.



    Which means that some people are beginning to feel hopeless.



    Early in my career, as a hospital chaplain, I saw what happens when people have hope... and when they lose hope.  But I didn't really have any way to help people who were hitting hopelessness.  I just saw the damage.



    Thanks to other researchers, I am more clear about how we can build and hold hope, even in tough times.  If you can't hold it in tough times, it just needs some boosting, and some knowledge.



    Let's talk about hope, tough times, and the Hope Formula.  Listen below.



    RELATED RESOURCES

    Dealing with Stress

    Dealing with Loss and Grief

    Dealing with Depression

    Dealing with Fear and Anxiety

    Lee Baucom's Books



     

    • 24 min

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