Will You Dare to Fly Too High?
This episode explores the powerful social story that controls many of our lives today.
It is a story that demands our obedience, our conformity, our silence, and our willingness to destroy our dreams that challenge the status quo.
It is a story that made the industrial age and corporate culture dominant for many decades. It is a story that is disintegrating. But, it still hold son to us and stops us from creating, growing, and standing out.
In 2020, we are living in the Connection Age , the Connection Economy. To be fully alive in this new and exciting time, we must not conform. We must, instead, find the courage to create art. I’m not talking about paintings, or sculptures, or music.
You may create those. But, art, in the Connection Age, means your unique authentic voice, your STORY.
These liberating ideas are from a wonderful book, The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin.
You deserve to listen to this episode. It will help you unleash your pure, strong, authentic voice. It will help you give yourself full permission to create, stop worrying about others’ approval, and, ultimately, feel fully alive.
Humans are hardwired to feel that their beliefs are real. We filter all that we see and hear through our beliefs and think that the world we perceive is objective reality.
There is so much evidence to prove that all beliefs are just made up stories. Why do we make them up? In order to feel that our lives are on solid ground. There is an upside to that. There is also a major downside.
Our beliefs often clash with the beliefs of others. If we hold on to our narratives tightly we will experience discord, even violence and unhappiness.
Also, if we insist that our beliefs are object reality, it becomes hard for us to empathize with and understand people with very different beliefs than others. And, our blindness makes us vulnerable to unconsciously adopting beliefs that can harm us and others.
A great example of a belief that was passionately held as true was the idea that the German people were the master race,and that Jews were subhumans who should be exterminated. We must not forget that a large segment of German society embraced that belief without question. More importantly, the people who embraced Naziism were, for the most part, ordinary human beings like you and me.
The moment we get beyond our fear of letting beliefs go and accepting that they are stories, we step into the power to create any narrative we want to enrich and empower our lives.
This is the first episode of 2020.
I’m introducing a new lean format that will feature many solo episodes.
Each new episode will explore another way that stories create our reality.
A sweet spot in golf is the perfect place to hit the ball. You know you’ve hit the sweet spot when you hear that addictive “crack” sound the driver makes as it connects and sends the ball on a victorious flight toward the green.
That kind of golf shot is addictive because you, your club, and your ball become one, and you feel the thrill of excellence in your body.
Today’s podcast guest is a golf pro, Cindy Miller. She understands how golf is a perfect metaphor for life. She not only teaches golf; she also teaches people how to master their inner game, become more confident, and step into their leadership.
You don’t have to play golf or even like it to enjoy today’s show. You will be entertained, challenged, and inspired by Cindy’s story. It will make you want to reach for your personal best in life and business.
Here are a few of the valuable things you’ll learn from Cindy Miller:
- How the only thing between you and success is the voice in your head
- How being the fat kid that school kids laughed at led to Cindy’s great success
- How Cindy buried her dream to be a professional golfer and then revived it
- How you can change your life by asking the question, “Why not me?”
- How golf can teach you how to forgive and know yourself
You’ll also gain some game changing insights into the relationship between golf and your life. Here’s a glimpse at some:
- Golf teaches you how to overcome any obstacle
- Golf trains you to appreciate solitude
- Golf leads you to consistent self reliance
- The power of accountability in golf and life
Cindy offers a powerful resource to everyone in this episode. She calls it the It Box. The 3 things in the It Box will help you discover and choose you are great at. The 3 things are:
- The pain (Cindy calls it a nail) that can make you find your WHY
- The mirror that shows you who you are
- seed that makes you take action toward meaningful change
CINDY’S FAVORITE BOOK
The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
CINDY’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
What is the Friday story? It’s the universal freedom cry of people who trade their time for money each week from Monday to Friday.
The expression TGIF makes people smile and celebrate time away from responsibility and, often, boredom.
But, is the Friday story something to smile about? It can be. And, it can also be a trap that keeps people stuck in unfulfilling work and mediocrity.
This episode explores the TGIF mindset. It aims to raise your awareness about the story you tell yourself that defines your work, your goals, and your dreams.
The TGIF story has three components:
- The Friday feeling
- The Friday habit
- The Friday story
This brief podcast challenges you to be brutally honest when you answer the question, “Do I love the work I do?