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Soul Alignment is this week’s topic of conversation with Robyn Harris. It is a story of how following a passion can sometimes take us to a place of hopelessness. However, there is a happy outcome, it just requires going a little further along the road to discover it.

When I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Robyn’s considered reply was Doctor Doolittle. It is hardly surprising then, that the future held a place for animals and for language interpretation. Albeit a very different type of interpretation than that of the children’s story book character.

Today Robyn is the founder of EQUENERGY: Wellbeing Naturally. She describes herself as a Soul Alignment Mentor and works with people at the end of their rope, needing support.

 

 

Robyn is currently offering her ‘Feel Your Way from Stress into Flow’ workshops on Zoom and is planning to run them in person again when lockdown restrictions lift. Tickets and further information are available along with all her other website and social links at:

www.lifepassionandbusiness.com/robyn-harris-soul-alignment

 

 

Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of Events, Resources and Services visit:
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This weeks thoughts are prompted by a podcast interview with one of my guests who has strong Christian beliefs and is in regular communication with (what for her is) God. She runs her entire life based on the guidance she receives and it clearly works.

Some might say this is just coincidence. I personally believe it is something more. In fact ‘coincidence’ is such a regular part of my life that I am rarely fazed by it and have almost come to expect it. I don’t call this God, but for me it is still feels like the guiding hand of unseen help.

I know many people who connect with an unseen force and have different ways of explaining it. Our Spirit-duality event significantly highlighted this for me and more recently I am reading Perry Marshall’s latest book and discovering a lot of people are working directly with what they call ‘Memos From Head Office. It’s a fascinating subject, and yet it is still rarely openly talked about.

How does coincidence figure in your life? Do you call it God, or something else?

 

 

Links referred to in this conversation are available at:

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Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer.

 

 

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John’s story begins at his birth just 2 weeks after his parents and 3 older siblings had arrived in Toronto, Canada. Having liquidated all of their life in war-torn Vietnam, John’s parents had moved the family across the world to start a new life “for the betterment of the next generation”.

When he turned 40 last year, John expected to celebrate by inviting family and friends to take a big holiday with him but thanks to COVID this didn’t happen. Nonetheless turning 40 is a landmark for John and, as you will discover, the party idea holds more significance than it would for most

 

 

 

Full Text for this post along with my Guest’s website and social links are all available at:

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Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of Events, Resources and Services visit:

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How would you like to be in an elite group?
Have you considered that you already are?

This is one of the considerations in today’s shortcast about Bad Days. Those days when nothing seems to go well, are all a matter of perspective. What is your viewpoint on this? What makes a day good or bad for you?

 

 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer.

 

 

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The one thing that stood out above everything with Axel Meierhoefer is his dedication to Precision and Excellence. Our conversation is the journey from his early passion for aviation and how that led him to understanding that success is when…

“People really gel into a coherent team that enjoys collaborating with each other.”

He says it’s about anticipating what the next person needs, when it is needed and what you need to do, not because somebody told you, but because you’re doing it in support of the overall objective.

“That form of success has a lot to do with trust…
It’s a very special chemistry.”

It’s a level of trust that’s not easy to establish, especially because people mostly have different personalities, goals and perspectives on how things should be.

 

 

Full Text for this post along with Axel’s website and social links are all available at:

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Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of Events, Resources and Services visit:
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Support For Podcasters:

Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. Whenever you enjoy a podcast please share your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. It helps other listeners find good content and supports the content creators and their guests.

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May 30, 2021

No Limits

 

If you follow the podcast, you may be aware of my return to exercise in my 50’s and how I use it as a measure of moving beyond personal limits. This week is a celebration of my most recent running achievement and a reflection on how a lot of the limits we impose are self created, and therefore unreal.

 

 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer.

 

 

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Today’s guest, Jason Barnard brings an eclectic mix of blue dogs, punk and SEO with this wildly varied and interesting conversation. 

Jason is a man who has chased life experiences and is full of amazing stories including many interesting connections with UK 1980’s pop heroes. We also discuss mental health issues and losing the rights to his beloved identity as a blue dog.

 

 

The Full Text for this post along with Guest’s Website and Social Links are all available at:
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Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of our Events and Resources visit: www.lifepassionandbusiness.com

 

 

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May 23, 2021

Contribution

This week’s topic is Contribution. It is one of the 5 questions I ask my podcast guests, and has historically been about what we contribute to the world, which I believe is a very valuable thing to explore. But more recently (particularly since Covid) the question has expanded to also consider how we contribute to ourselves.

Anyone who travels will be familiar with the airlines safety precaution about putting your own oxygen mask on first, well the same applies in all areas of life: physical, emotional and spiritual. If we don’t take care of ourselves we cannot give our best to others.

In this conversation I share the values of ‘self’ contribution and how I have incorporated it into my daily routine. One of the valuable things I do daily is called ‘Renaissance Time’ and comes from some work I recently did with Perry Marshall. Another comes out of the work my wife and I have been doing to develop The Five Questions. It is an exercise we include in the eBook which I am discovering to be a very powerful in my own life.

How are you taking care of yourself? How are you contributing to yourself on a daily basis? I hope this shortcast gives you some food for thought and supports you in making time for THE one thing that is your most valuable contribution to the world. And that is YOU.

 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is available from Life Passion & Business.


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When Gloria Rand received a message to write a book about Love during her meditation, it was a complete surprise to her. It was so Not her topic, and yet writing this book turned out to be the healing journey that was exactly right for her.

This conversation covers Gloria's journey from working as a writer and producer for The Nightly Report in the 1980's, through the transformative years nursing her sister, writing her book 'Live. Love. Engage and her subsequent alignment with love that has led to her to being known as 'The Insightful Copywriter'.

 

 

Full Text, Guest’s Website, Book and Social Links are all available at:
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Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary, to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring, and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

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Today’s topic stems from my meditation practice on Monday where my Monkey Mind was exploring every possibility to break the meditation process and draw me away from my focus. But why is this relevant?

Because it got me thinking about what it means to be Conscious and Present with who we are, where we are and why that is so important. To me it is all about the wider exploration of what it means to be living this life and about who is Paul Harvey?

Is Paul Harvey the body or is Paul Harvey something else?

In this episode I am exploring the concept of mindfulness and the values that can be found when we stay present and in relationship with who we are.

 

 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer.

 


 
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Geraldine Schmidt is the founder of The Story Weavers. An online service that connects children from around the world through monthly collaborative writing projects. It's all about nurturing kids' active communication skills. Geraldine says that…

 

"Everything previous to this was preparation for what I am doing now."

 

In this conversation we discover how an early passion for communicating with horses and building a successful career wasn’t enough to alleviate her debilitating self doubt.

The turning point came when she discovered a book that showed her the way to inner peace and the discovery that success is not a measure of how well you are doing in the world. It is a feeling that comes from within.

Since then her mission has been to support children to face life's challenges with confidence and handle conflict in a way that builds relationships rather than breaks them.

 

 

Full Show Details, Guest’s Website and Social Links are all available at:
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Life Passion & Business is dedicated to exploring what it takes to be Extraordinary; to face challenges and rejoice in the opportunities they bring; and expand our vision into new ways of thinking and living.

There is a lot to gain from listening to other people’s stories, however the real work begins by taking action in your own life.

For full details of our Events and Resources visit: www.lifepassionandbusiness.com

 

 

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Running a podcast is fun, but it takes time and dedication. Whenever you enjoy a podcast please share your appreciation with comments, likes, shares and reviews. Not only does it support the Content Creators and their Guests, it also helps other Listeners find good content.

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Prompted by an interesting comment on LinkedIn, this week’s conversation is about the gap between learning and doing.

The comment, posted with a tongue in cheek smile is by Susan Payton asking: “Are there any courses out there on how to stop buying courses?” There are naturally some fun flippant answers including my own. But it did get me thinking, because this is a common problem a lot of us come upon.

Chasing the Shiny Object

The reason many of us jump from one course to another is about chasing the elusive shiny object. This is a trap entrepreneurs often fall into.

It regularly occurs when we are following a course with a strategy and hit against something that stops us moving forward. Then along comes another course that catches our attention and promises a better solution. It may offer a simple shortcut that enables us to bypass the thing we are avoiding. So we follow that direction for a while until we hit against something else we’d rather avoid.

Another aspect of chasing courses is due to ‘imposter syndrome’. This is that niggling feeling that we are not good enough or we are missing a vital piece of information that will give us the confidence to believe what others see in us. In other words, by doing this ‘new course’ we will have all the answers and will be able to own our authority on the subject.

Chasing courses in this way is just the busyness of feeling we are making progress. When what is actually happening is we are standing still.

The chances are, that if we are willing to be really honest with ourselves we know what needs doing to move forward, we just don’t want to face it. What is often lacking is the support and motivation to get us passed the blocks and into new territory. Sometimes all we need is the right incentive, like the one I had to get my tax done. Or the one my mentor came up with that involved burning money to get his book written on time.

Solutions For Success

The LinkedIn post started the conversation with my wife about resistance and what gets in the way. It got us thinking about the coaching solutions that support people to move forward. From there the conversation transitioned into the value of rewards and celebrating successes, and resulted in the creation of four new Life Passion & Business Focus Coaching packages.

Focus Coaching bridges the gap between learning and doing by driving you through the challenges. We have added an incentive to celebrate the successes that take you closer to your goal, and rewards for meeting targets on time.

You can discover more about this on the Focus Coaching page. It’s under the Resources tab on the Life Passion & Business website: https://lifepassionandbusiness.com/focus-coaching/

 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer.


 

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My guest this week is Terry Tucker, an extraordinary man and cancer warrior who has chosen to live a healthy and fulfilling life even in the face of imminent death.

 

A Passion for Law Enforcement

After graduating from college with a Business Administration degree, Terry began work in the corporate headquarters of Wendy’s, the International Hamburger Chain. From there he progressed into Hospital Administration, but none of that was his passion. He really longed to work in law enforcement.

Terry’s grandfather had been a Chicago Cop in the 1920’s to 1950’s, so Terry’s dad had first hand experience of the dangers that life choice involved. He did not want that for his son and diametrically opposed Terry’s decision. Instead he guided Terry towards the safer route of college and a business career. At the time, Terry’s dad had cancer, so out of respect and a desire not to cause him more pain, Terry acquiesced.

After his father’s death, Terry had a second chance at his dream career when he came across an advert to train as a reserve police officer. After discussing it with his wife, he enrolled and followed through with joining the reserve force. From there he progressed into working full time as a police officer and shares some of his stories as a rookie cop facing gun fire and as an undercover narcotics investigator.

But the life threatening experiences Terry faced in the police force, are insignificant compared to the daily battle he now endures.

 

What It Takes To Be Cancer Warrior

Terry’s greatest life challenge first came to light in 2012. What initially appeared as an insignificant looking callous on the base of his foot, turned out to be something far more sinister. The diagnosis was as a rare form of cancer called Acral Lentiginous Melanoma.

After undergoing surgery for the tumour, Terry spent the next 5 years on weekly injections of Interferon which gave him severe flu-like symptoms for two to three days every week. He lost fifty pounds and lived with constant fatigue, nausea and body aches. It got to the point where the medicine became so toxic to his body that he ended up in an intensive care unit with a fever of 108° (usually considered incompatible with being alive).

The Interferon was stopped and the cancer immediately came back which led to having his left foot amputated in 2018. In April 2020 (as the world was dealing with the initial outbreak of the Covid pandemic) Terry was back in hospital alone and afraid, facing an operation to have his leg amputated above the knee.

In his written biography Terry says the one thing he has learned through all his pain and suffering is that:

You have two choices in life. You can succumb to the debilitating discomfort and misery, or you can learn to embrace it and use it to make you a stronger and better human being.

Terry has chosen the latter. But this heroic choice and his battle with cancer is not over.

 

Facing A Life Sentence

Listening to him talk so calmly about his challenges, you could be forgiven for not realizing that Terry is currently dealing with tumours in both lungs. The treatments are no longer about curing him; the best they can do is buy him a bit more time. Terry says his passion was to work in law enforcement and because he was able to embrace and live that passion, facing the end is not so scary. In fact he is excited to see what’s on the other side of death. He tells people…

“Wherever you are in life, look at the end game.
What are people going to say about you at your funeral?
What is your legacy going to be?“

This is an extraordinary story and undoubtedly Terry is one of the greatest cancer warrior I have met. His courage is an inspiration and I hope it brings insight and hope to others facing similar challenges.

Thank you for joining me with Terry Tucker. You can learn more about Terry through his website ‘Motivational Check’ and his book Sustainable Excellence (links below).

 

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May 2, 2021

De-commit to Commit

De-commit to Commit is a conversation about goal setting, the tools for goal setting and some important considerations about de-commitment that came out of a conversation with my accountability partner.

I have a weekly commitment partnership that has been going for over 18 months. We help keep each other on track with our short term goals whilst holding the bigger perspective for our long term goal. I highly recommend it as an effective way of staying focused.

Our conversation came around to Goal Mapping, a technique created and developed my Brian Mayne (see below). My accountability partner found the map they had created 18 months ago and discovered that many of the things on it had come to pass. This prompted me to reflect on the achievements with my own Goal Map.

When I created my map in 2019, I said that by August 2020 I would be Podcasting full time. I also included an income figure and various other actions I said I would achieve. The interesting thing is the way it all came to pass, something I could not have predicted back then. The other interesting fact is what has been holding me back.

Letting Go To Move Forward

This is something that has taken me a long time to release. But it is only in doing so that I can truly commit to the new direction I want to take. In this conversation I share my experience and explore what we hold on to and why. I invite you to look what you may need to de-commit from to move forward in your own life.

 

Life Passion & Business Podcast is about finding answers to life’s big questions through weekly interview with guest speakers. The Shortcast is my ongoing commitment to staying inquisitive and passionate about life with whatever is alive for me each week. Follow the links below to discover what else is on offer.


 
Brian Mayne – Goal-Mapping

Brian Mayne was one of the inspiring speakers in our 2020 Spirit-duality event. He is a truly amazing man with a fascinating life journey that started in the travelling fairground business. It includes bankruptcy, working for Tony Robbins and moving on to create his own powerful transformation tool called Goal Mapping. Brian’s book is included in my Recommended Books list and you can discover more about Brian through our Spirit-duality event.


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Today’s guest ‘Paul Glover calls himself the No B S ‘Work Performance’ Coach. This podcast is about how he earned that reputation.

Paul’s childhood was strongly influenced by his father, a union man at GM who hated his job but strongly stood up for the rights of the workforce. This is what inspired Paul to become a Labour Lawyer. So, after military service he dedicated his attention to building his career, eventually rising to become Vice President and Labour Lawyer for the organization he worked for.

 

“As With Every Good Story, There’s An Up and a Down”

Paul’s down was his inability to resist opportunities to receive kickbacks and bribes and he had a business partner who was prone to drug and cocaine abuse. This was a lethal combination that led to some pretty dubious activities. Being found out, and having his partner testify against him, culminated in a 5½ year prison sentence.

 

“If I had not gone to prison I would have died”

Being incarcerated gave Paul plenty of time for resentment and reflection on the direction his life was heading. Boredom eventually led to studying religion and philosophy. But, coming out of prison was a rude awakening to the realities of finding a job and being snubbed by people he used to know.

 

“They tell you, you’ve done your time and everything will be okay.
It’s not going to be okay!”

However, Paul did manage to turn things around and has put his life experiences to good use. Being a labour lawyer gave him definitive insights and opportunities to understand people objectively. Being a union negotiator taught him how to deal with and stand up to conflict. In prison Paul also learnt how to avoid conflict, engage people who are emotionally distraught and support people through difficult situations.

 

“Everybody earns their scars, and you should be able to learn from them.
After all, you’ve paid the pain price to get them.”

These life experiences have enabled Paul to become the no b.s. coach he is today. He believes there is a lot of untapped potential in people, and his driving passion is to draw that out. Paul is not afraid to address the blind spots people don’t want to talk about. So his contribution is to help his clients see the cause of a problem and support them through the process of overcoming it.

Paul says success is being relevant, interesting and memorable as someone who cares. And, the meaning of life is to fulfill your potential and be the best person you can be. For Paul, that means having a positive impact on the people he meets every day.

 

 

Thank you for joining me with Paul Glover the No B.S. Coach. His links are below along with opportunities to enjoy more podcasts and other resources on the Life Passion & Business website.

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Paul’s book WorkQuake: Making the Seismic Shift to a “Knowledge Economy” is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/WorkQuake-Making-Seismic-Knowledge-Economy-ebook/dp/B006894EPE

 


 

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