An origin story tells where you’re from and how you got to the place you are now. It often shows your journey of learning and thus helps others know you better, trust you more, and comprehend how they want to interact with you. Spiderman’s origin story is based in receiving his powers from a scientific accident. Batman’s origin story is based in the death of his parents and how this shapes his choices and the trajectory of his life. Wonder Woman’s origin story is one of being raised by all-female Amazonian warriors with a sense of responsibility to the world. Superhero origin stories are fun to look at and they ALWAYS play the major role in the character and their superhero path. As do the stories of our pasts, create for us the forward projection of our lives In today’s episode we talk about how your origin story can help you, and I throw in an interview with Will Schaub, a Vietnamese immigrant and how his origin story of coming to a country as a small child, losing his father, watching his mother struggle to learn a new landscape gave him the roots to overcome his own obstacles in life. Tune in.
Random Acts of Kindness are a thing. There are groups, websites, and people who rally others to get out and focus on acts of kindness and the creation of goodness and service on purpose. It’s a life story tool for creating good things in your story. I am one of those who has served as a herald to help rally others into the RAK movement. I created groups and get-togethers for people who want to use this life story tool for bringing some good into the world. During two of these meet-ups, I interviewed the people involved so we could get a real BOOTS ON THE GROUND retelling of what it was like. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration from their stories. The cover photo is a group in Ohio that I was a part of. We made a sign saying we were giving away free hugs and we stood in a shopping center for an hour. The guy in the middle is one of the people we hugged, a man who wanted a picture with us to remember others reaching out to him. Tune in to today’s podcast for interviews with those who were in the RAK groups. It may be a little surprising because it turns out that doing Random Acts of Kindness is an inside job. See first hand the resistance we encountered.
When a business defines its values it determines what it wants its governing value system to be with customers and employees. When we set our own personal value system it’s very similar. Actively choosing the values you wish to create your life around can give you direction, definition, and clarity as you make your day-to-day choices it also creates stories you can use to teach your children with. Stay with me today for some thoughts on the process of setting your own personal values that will guide your life story creation and why you want to do it. What are your values? Do you have stories of you living your values? If you don’t, maybe those aren’t really your values. Let’s talk about it.
What does a successful life look and feel like to you? For everyone, it’s going to be a little different. For Dr. Jen Faber, my guest today, she had built a six-figure wellness practice and was a thought leader in her industry, but despite all she had created in her professional life she felt like a version of herself was trapped inside and was screaming to break free. Jen had to redefine what a successful life meant to her. She took a hard look at the fact that a good life for her was about doing what made her happy, living in a thrive mode and feeling alive every day. So, she made changes…she sold everything she owned and became a digital nomad. Stay tuned as we get a peek into someone who has taken the refrain we so often talk about – of creating your life on purpose – and let’s watch how she did it so we can learn how to do it also. Jen is the author of The 90 Day Life.
Have you ever woken up at approximately 3:00 a.m. in the morning? It’s weird. For years I would wake up between 3:00- 4:00 a.m. and often at exactly the same minute regardless of when I went to bed. This went on for so long that I started to think it was some sort of weird sign, but then I was listening to Wayne Dyer who talked about waking up at 3:00 a.m. and how he felt great inspiration at that time – how he would write so much of his acclaimed work during those early morning hours. Then one day, Jennifer Anderson stood up and announced that she had created a journal called 3:00 a.m. with God, specifically for recording the thoughts and inspirations that she feels so distinctly during this all too common phenomenon of waking up at 3:00 a.m. Tune in for our discussion and her story on how and why she created the journal, as well as a few ideas on how to recognize inspiration.