Square Peg Round Hole

Square Peg Round Hole

Ever feel like you don't fit? Like you can't be real? In other words, you have to fake it because you're not accepted as your true self. Yeah, that seems about right. And ridiculous. Every day people from every background—not just you—put on masks to make it through life. Talk about exhausting. But we keep doing it because no one wants to talk about the insanity of it even though it keeps us from being our best. Well, that's about to change. Welcome to Square Peg Round Hole with Timothy Eldred, writer, speaker, and friendly disrupter of the status quo on a mission to end aloneness and help people live and lead with authenticity in an artificial world.

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August 3, 2022 25 min

Have you heard the phrase (or used the phrase) I need to put on my face? It’s an idiom about putting on makeup; however, the concept can be applied in much broader terms. Because we all put on a “face” of sorts. Our face (or public persona) is the outward identity we reveal to others which may or may not portray the true, authentic you. 

In this episode, I talk about the idea of not only taking off your mask but actually choosing to...

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Have you noticed that it's nobody's fault anymore? No one is responsible. For anything. Personal responsibility is becoming ancient history. It's no longer a virtue we value.

Everyone wants to fight for their rights. But few want to be held accountable for their behavior. For their personal choices. Does life actually work that way? Has it ever? 

I'm wading into that idea today with a point of view that the lack of ...

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What is love anyway? Has it been so exploited or so poorly explained that we really have no idea anymore? Maybe our ideas about love are the very reason we don't understand it in a healthy way. Or perhaps it's only my perspective on the whole subject that is wrong. Who knows? But either way, that's my focus on this episode for your consideration. My goal is to be encouraging, but I'm fine with challenging our thinki...

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June 9, 2022 21 min

The ‘middle ground’ of compromise is becoming scarcer and scarcer. Tolerance—once a cherished concept in our world—has disappeared from our human vernacular. 

We are a harshly divided world. Is that the way it has always been? Or is it getting increasingly worse? Are we broken beyond repair? Is there a bridge from the chasm of conflict to one of decency and dignity? We’d better start answering these questions.

In this episode, I will...

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May 18, 2022 25 min

Life is change. And change is hard. That about sums it up, right. Every time we turn around we have to adjust to some occurrence in the world—or in our personal world at least. Obviously, that's not a newsflash. But how do you make good decisions when it comes to inevitable change? How do you discern where to invest your time, energy, and emotions and pivot to experience the greatest benefit? That's the heart of the questio...

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Here are two truths: 1) Everyone has a story. 2) Change is hard. On this episode, my guest, Dai Manuel, discusses both of these realities from his life.  Our conversation is honest and practical for anyone seeking any kind of holistic transformation: body, mind, and spirit. If you’re looking to make changes to your life, please listen and also check out his simple but effective programs and training. I am on day 10 of his 28-day ch...

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April 17, 2022 18 min

There's no one alive who doesn't carry baggage. Yes, even you. It might be the pain of the past that has followed you around for years—even decades. It could be current problems looming over you that seem impossible to shake. Baggage comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Baggage has different names and labels. Regardless, it's heavy. And it's a drag to drag around. The question we all have to answer is how long un...

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Conversations don’t have to be confrontations. They can simply be honest, transparent, and vulnerable dialogue. But how do you create conditions for productive discussions? Simple. You come to the table ready to listen and learn something new about the other person. And you come without the need to prove a point.

This week on Episode 10 of Square Peg Round Hole, I invite you into an authentic conversation I had recently with my frie...

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March 10, 2022 25 min

There are only two areas of life—two—what you can control and what you can’t. You know the saying: 10% of life is what happens to you and 90% is how you respond to it.

When you focus on what you can control, you become strong. When you ignore what you can’t control, you become free. So that means you must give 100% to the 10%. 

And while all of that sounds cliché and trite, it’s remains absolutely true; nonetheless, we seldom adjust ...

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February 24, 2022 24 min

You know that story you keep telling yourself? Yeah, the one you keeping playing over and over again on a constant loop. The one that keeps you stuck in the status quo of life. Isn't it time to knock that off? Of course, the answer is yes. But how exactly? How do you stop self-sabotaging? Well, it's not terribly difficult. But that doesn't make it easy either. So here's the big idea: You start by telling yourself a ...

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February 17, 2022 74 min

Is there a relevant connection between the life of an NFL player and the average person? It might not seem like it at first glance because of the glitz and glamour that comes from being a professional athlete, but you'd be wrong to make that assumption. Real people have real pain and real problems. Regardless of our role, position, or profession, life has challenges. On today's episode, I have a conversation with my friend,...

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February 10, 2022 74 min

I love conversations that challenge my thinking because that's the beginning of learning. Well, on today's episode, my guest, Jeff Goins, didn't disappoint. I never even got to the questions I wanted to ask because Jeff just jumped to warp speed and took me on a journey I'm still processing. What made this conversation so powerful was the authenticity (even though it wasn't about authenticity). This discussion w...

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Today,  I continue my conversation with Monty Hipp about trust as we discuss 10 contributions to building trustworthiness in your life. These nuggets of truth are valuable whether you've broken trust like we talked about in part one of our conversation or not. Before we dive into the issue of trust, we lay some essential groundwork of what it means to not only have a mission but to live in mission in life. Regardless of your ro...

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January 27, 2022 37 min

Today, I’m joined by my friend and CompleMentor, Monty Hipp. Join us for part one of our conversation as we discuss how fear and trust are closely related. In some ways, they're almost twins. One uniquely resembles the other. But which is born first? And why is trust so critical? In this episode, Tim and Monty unpack how trust is broken and how we lose trust in others. It’s a powerful discussion that can improve your life.

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January 20, 2022 17 min

We all have fears. But most of the fears we carry around have been fabricated. In reality, they're only a figment of our imagination. And when we recognize that reality, we're one step closer to letting them go. That's a huge step to becoming free to be your true self.

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January 13, 2022 18 min

Words. We throw them around without pondering their real power.  But it begins before they even come out of our mouths. Words begin in the mind. And thoughts become things. So how we use both words and thoughts against ourselves requires some real consideration.

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December 23, 2021 15 min

Much of our lives are determined by the opinions and points of view of dumbass people. We let their words wound us because we take them personally. As a result, we adjust our beliefs and behaviors to accommodate others and lose ourselves in the meantime. No wonder why artificial has overshadowed authenticity. Listen and learn how to stop letting others control your life and start living as your true self.

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December 22, 2021 2 min

Living a life of authenticity isn’t a strategy. It’s a state of being. Being a person who doesn’t give in to the whims of others or even the ways of the world to impress or get ahead. Because when our motivation is to please people, we pretend. We put on masks which is a miserable way to live. But that’s how life works, right? That’s what many people think and how most survive. And that’s why our lives feel so shallow. So artificia...

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