100% Awesome Podcast

100% Awesome Podcast

You might not know it, but every result in your life is 100% because of the thoughts you think. This is very good news because it means that changing our thoughts can change everything else. This podcast provides practical ways to gain awareness of your current thoughts and then deliberately choose the ones you want in order to improve every area of your life. The way things are is not the way things have to stay. And that my friends, is 100% awesome.

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August 4, 2022 24 min

In today’s podcast episode I’m answering a few questions that I’ve received recently:

Once you become aware of what’s happening in your brain, shouldn’t it get easier to resolve the conflict between your brain and your spirit?

If life is really 50/50, why does it seem like my brain only gives me 100% negative thoughts?  

What happens if agency (either the way I use mine or the way someone else uses theirs) messes up God’s plan or g...

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When it comes to the story of your life, your brain is the most unreliable narrator there is. It wants to tell you that you did it wrong in the past, that it’s too hard in the present, and that you can’t have what you want in the future. 

But it turns out your brain is wrong about all of this. 

Your brain is programmed to find what’s wrong with you, help you avoid feeling pain and spending energy, and notify you of any and all poss...

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July 25, 2022 18 min

You make thousands of choices every day—when you get up, what you eat, how you move your body, who you love, how you treat people, how happy you are—all just optional ways to live your life. Nothing you choose makes you better or worse, but each choice takes you somewhere specific.

When you understand that your own choices (and nothing else) determine your destination, and that you have the power to go anywhere you want to go, then...

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Othering is a way of putting distance between yourself and others. It often involves seeing others as different than you in negative and insufficient ways.

But we can also “other” ourselves by telling ourselves that we aren’t like other people, that we can’t be like them, that we can’t create what they have, that we are more limited than other people, and that this means that we are lacking, inadequate, or less than other people. 

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July 14, 2022 31 min

Whether we know it or not, we are all deciding our lives. Every decision we make, one at time, moment by moment, add up to create the reality of our lives. 

This means that we are never stuck where we are. If we are always deciding our life, that means that we always also have the power to decide something else anytime we want to. When you realize that you are a creator even with your unintentional decisions, it can inspire you to ...

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July 7, 2022 26 min

You are good. 

You aren’t good because of what you do. You aren’t good because of the results you create in your life. You aren’t good because of your habits, your choices, or your behaviors.

I mean you are good. Fundamentally.

And as a human with a brain, it’s really easy to forget this. Our brains almost universally tell us that we are bad, that we are wrong, that we aren’t enough. 

And when our brain is telling us these things, ...

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Every area of our life is created by the thoughts we think—including our sexual experience. If we think thoughts that create shame or frustration or guilt or resentment, that’s going to make an impact on the kind of experience we are having. If we nurture thoughts that create hope, curiosity, compassion, fun, joy, or excitement, those thoughts are going to create something entirely different.

Most of the thoughts we have about sex ...

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One of the relationships we have the most conflict in is the one we have with our own inner critic. Sometimes it feels like no matter what we do, our brain is going to have something negative to say about it.

While having a brain (and therefore an active inner critic) is just part of being a human, we have more power than we know to quiet, diminish, and silence that critical inner voice and heal the ongoing conflict we have inside ...

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June 20, 2022 8 min

Most of us have a list of things we wanted to do this year. A lot of us were determined to finally stop making excuses, get on top of things, and create the life we really want to be living.

But somehow, just getting through the day keeps getting in the way and it feels easier to keep doing things the way we’ve always done them.

Join me for the MID-YEAR RESET! A two-day event where I will show you how to stop doing the things you w...

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I teach my clients that no matter what change they want to make in their lives, it is a simple three step process: awareness, acceptance, and adjustment. 

Of these steps, acceptance can be the hardest principle to understand and apply because usually the very fact that we want to change something means that there is a part of us that doesn’t like how things are and doesn’t want to accept it.

So how do we do this? How do we accept w...

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We live in a world where everybody has the right to choose actions that impact everyone else and we also live in a world that works according to natural law. These two realities mean that tragedy, accidents, injustice, crime, catastrophe, and disaster are an inherent part of your human experience. And sometimes this is terrifying. Sometimes it feels like there is too much pain and too much uncertainty, too much unpredictability and...

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June 2, 2022 33 min
It’s really easy for our brains to associate negative emotion with things that are bad or things that we should avoid. So what do we do when we feel bad at church?

Isn’t church the place where you are supposed to feel love, supported, included, not judged, welcome, needed, and uplifted? What do you do when you feel burdened, angry, lonely, judged, or condemned in the place that is supposed to help and heal you?

The truth is that ch...

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May 26, 2022 35 min

In the early 90’s, Gatorade ran an ad campaign called “Be Like Mike.” The idea was that if you wanted to have the skills and the experiences that Michael Jordan had, all you had to do was drink Gatorade like he did.

All of us have people in our lives that we admire and want to be more like. And if being like them was as easy as making one choice the same way they make that one choice, more of us would probably be able to do it. But...

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Most of us have a deep, biologic instinct to please other people. Not only does people pleasing feel necessary to maintain good relationships, sometimes we even think that it is altruistic and noble and good to put someone else’s opinions, needs, and preferences above our own.

But the truth is that people pleasing creates resentful, inauthentic relationships that are based on pretending and lying. This not only creates tension betw...

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Our brain’s number one job is to keep us alive. All the thoughts that it offers us day in and day out are meant to protect us in order to meet this objective. However, the very thoughts that our brain offers to keep us alive are also the very thoughts that can keep us from actually living the life we really want to live.

Over the past month, I’ve had some experiences that have reminded me again how lucky I am to have the chance to ...

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There probably isn’t a job with more responsibility or higher expectations than motherhood. However, our thoughts about our responsibilities as a mom and whether or not we are meeting the expectations of the job can make mothering even harder.

What we sometimes forget is that we are mothering other humans. And those other humans get as much agency and choice as we do. 

When we tangle our work and our results as parents with our chi...

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Every human being struggles with thoughts and feelings of doubt and fear and discouragement and if you have listened to my podcast for any length of time you have heard me explain that this is because of the way our brains are biologically programmed. Noticing what’s wrong with us is our brain’s way of ensuring our survival.

However, this is just one way of looking at our experience with negative thoughts. On today’s podcast, I int...

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April 21, 2022 28 min

God and the grace he offers us is the biggest source of strength we have in challenging times, but most of us aren’t accessing that strength and asking for his help because we think he’s mad or disappointed or frustrated with us. 

Nothing could be further from the truth and understanding God’s infinite love and constant approval of you will change your relationship with him.

In today’s podcast I’m sharing four ways to think about h...

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Your brain’s really good at seeing what’s gone wrong. But that is only ever half of the story.

There is also a whole lot of wonder happening in your life right now and in today’s podcast, I want to put all your attention on that. 

Your life is a gift, exactly as it is, and no matter what’s happening, no matter where we are or what reality we are living, there is always the wonder of growth, of choice, of creation, of starting over,...

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Your brain’s number one job is to keep you alive and, for the most part it, does this by keeping you small and safe and doing things you’ve always done in the way you’ve always done them. Your brain has very little interest in you living your fullest, biggest, bravest life and so every time you go to change and grow and create more from your life, it’s going to put up a lot of resistance.

The way we move forward anyway is by choosi...

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