Episode 234: Your Extraordinary Starts Now – Interview Shannon Bahrke-Happe

Episode 234: Your Extraordinary Starts Now – Interview Shannon Bahrke-Happe

Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast.

Do you remember Shannon Bahrke Happe? Her 12-year career on the U.S. Ski Team, which brought her to the Olympics. Check out this list of her accomplishments:

 Member of 3 Olympic Teams (2002, 2006, 2010)

 Bronze Medal in Vancouver, CAN, 2010

 Silver Medal in Salt Lake City, UT, 2002

World Championships:

 Member of 6 World Championship Teams

World Cups:

 Member of U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for 12 years (1998-2010)

 On “A” Team (top 10 in the world or higher) all 12 years

 Over World Cup title, 2003

 7 World Cup wins

 26 World Cup podiums

U.S. National Championships:

 6 U.S. titles

Geez.. Well, today she’s here to reveal how she overcame obstacles, doubts, and fears to ultimately earn her 2 Olympic Medals. Shannon will also share how the same mindset, tools, and strategies directly correlate to how EVERYONE can execute them to achieve their maximum potential! 

Click the link to listen to our discussion and to feel her energy.

Today’s show is titled – Your Extra-Ordinary Starts Now! And Shannon Bahrke Happe is here to talk about how she did it.

Welcome Shannon!

Tune in to hear our discussion about the following:

As always I want to start with your story. I listened to your TED talk where you talked about how average you felt you were, and yet here you are with a 12-year career on the US Ski Team and 2 Olympic medals. How did you go from average person to Olympic medal winner?

As I mentioned, I’ve titled this episode: Your extraordinary starts now – because that’s what you teach. So teach us a little about how to be extraordinary. 

Great things take work. A sense of entitlement will NOT help you accomplish much. I worry about the upcoming generation who often think if something is hard that it’s not meant for them. Let’s talk about how to develop mental toughness.

You have the “Always do 1 More” adage. Can you teach us about that?

You talk about envisioning the end goal with our senses. What does that look like? How have you used that? – a little manifesting hack here.

Every day we have hundreds of choices – actions, reactions, these choices matter because they change the outcome. How do we “choose to win” in these small daily choices. 

Turn your biggest challenges and roadblocks into opportunities – what does this look like? I love putting this one out there. This is an important tool to understand when you are mired in a really tough space.

Final thoughts on living extraordinary lives on purpose?

To Contact Shannon Bahrke-Happe



(713) 670-4047


Let’s end with two quotes: 

1. ”Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” – Henry Ford 

2. Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

You only have one life to live, so why not make it something fabulous and unforgettable? As a 20-something I had a poem on my wall called If I had My Life to Live Over. The author was talking about dancing in the rain and eating chocolate cake for breakfast and worrying less and celebrating more. I think we could all stand to take a moment to stop, step out of the rat race, take a breath and decide how we want to make a difference, how we want to be grateful and powerful and what it means to us, individually to live an ordinary live or an extraordinary life. Sometime it’s just small and simple things that make a huge difference. It is a path of mindset shifts, of positive talk shifts, of a choice to do one more thing, a choice to keep at it, a choice to follow your intuition not your fear, and before you know it, life is big and bold and extraordinary.

Your challenge for this week is to take that moment. Step away for 30 minutes from the rat race and take a deep breath, maybe sit alone in a coffee shop and nurse your favorite tea or cocoa while you think; maybe walk a forest trail, or get up early and have the morning to yourself so you can take stock – but do that, decide what small and simple thing you can add on your path to creating the life you REALLY want, on purpose.

About the author, Lori

Lori is the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing candid interviews and conversations about living our best life stories on purpose. Lori pulls no punches in capturing interviews that shine a light on how we make it through the hard stuff – stress, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, rape, the death of children, abuse, divorce and the real stuff we have to deal with. But, she also shares interviews with Olympians and incredible athletes, life coaches, therapists, and people who are changing the world – most often these two categories are one and the same. She has a master’s degree in Folklore--her research focuses on the personal narrative. She is the author of six books and over 100 magazine and newspaper articles, including her latest, L.I.F.E. – Living Intentional and Fearless Every Day. She consults with individuals on a personal and business level in helping them find their stories, reframe the ones that are holding them back, and manage the stories they currently tell themselves in order to create the story they personally want to live.

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