Today’s episode is an interview with Cody Byrns, a man with a jaw dropping inspiring story about overcoming horrific obstacles and achieving success and happiness.
Cody’s story is a journey from hope, through darkness and pain, to growth and enrichment.
Today, he is an internationally recognized speaker and #1 best selling author of the book, Scar Release: Breaking Free of yesterday’s Troubles.
As you listen, these are some fascinating discoveries you’ll make along the way:
- The influence of the circus and juggling on Cody’s life
- The sense of purpose Cody found in ministry school
- The day Cody’s life went up in flames at age 23 – (the true meaning of fired up)
- Waking up in a living nightmare three weeks after Cody’s horrific event
- The powerful test of Cody’s faith
- The two kinds of scars people must learn to heal
- How and why Codu learned to own his scars
- How clown school helped Cody heal
- The 4 step formula for overcoming any obstacle
- The somewhat hidden power of forgiveness
- The important distinction between going through life and growing through life
- The power and enormous value of creating a life vision
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
Scar Release: Breaking Free of Yesterday’s Troubles by Cody Byrns
Get Off Your But by Sean Stephenson (Cody’s favorite)
Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping
CODY’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“The key to success is playing the hand you were dealt like it’s the hand you wanted.” – Kaitlyn Walsh
DISCOVER MORE ABOUT CODY
You’re probably familiar with the idea of self talk. Maybe, you’re too familiar with it. You just assume you know what it is, so you take it for granted.
You understand self talk in your head. But, you don’t pay close attention to it in your daily life. Don’t worry. You are not alone.
This episode looks closely at the real power of self talk to enrich your life, or to destroy it. When self talk happens automatically and is not monitored it can create crazy stories.
Crazy stories are vivid narratives that sometimes lead to horrible actions. In this episode, we explore the self talk that triggers the violent actions of young school shooters.
When a human being loses it, goes ballistic, and explodes into a murderous rampage that ends the lives of many people, we are usually at a loss to explain the killer’s motives and actions.
We distance ourselves from the horror by labelling the person crazy. It makes us feel safe. We are sane, and the killer is crazy. It seems to put us in different worlds that are far apart. That’s just a coping mechanism. A story we create to protect our world and our identity.
Crazy stories in the minds of young school shooters are usually about deep unresolved feelings of insignificance. When people feel insignificant, they view the world as a very lonely, dark, and hostile place. Their self talk creates vivid painful stories that make their distorted view of life seem very real and unchangeable.
When the pain becomes too intense, people sometimes explode into violence to feel powerful, to be seen, heard, talked about, and remembered.
You and I all have some negative self talk that portrays us as smaller and less significant than we really are. It’s important to acknowledge that self talk and transform it.
You will find a powerful resource in this episode for developing a healthy empowering self image. That resource is called, The Ways of the Wizard, twenty life affirming and life transforming declarations that you can use daily to attract more of what you want into your life.
BOOK IN THIS PODCAST
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
WHO WRITES YOUR STORY?
Is your life based on lies, made-up stories, or noble beliefs? What if they are all the same thing? Then, the important question becomes, “Who writes your story?”
This episode explore the idea that we all need stories to motivate and inspire our lives, and that all our beliefs serve to keep us in the game of living. But, make no mistake about it; all beliefs are constructs. They are made up.
Most of us grew up with strong beliefs about the importance of formal education. The story goes that education defines intelligence, it bestows respect, and it opens the doors to success and happiness.
That education story is coming apart quickly in our world. Look around you, and you will find many happy highly successful people who do not have much, if any, formal education.
My perception is that the education story is designed to do three things:
- prepare you to think and live as an employee
- conditions you to seek external approval for your life choices
- define who is intelligent and who is not
More and more people are discovering that letters after a person’s name and certificates from institutions of higher learning do not determine intelligence.
I encourage you in this episode to summon the courage to write your own story, the one that beats in your heart, the one that makes you feel alive. That is the only story worth living.
You’ll learn about a fascinating contemporary success story that flies in the face of all the things you’ve been taught about how to achieve great success.
The name of the game for growth, happiness, independence, and true success today is value creation for the marketplace. You don’t need formal education for that.
This episode takes a deeper dive into the premise of my podcast; it explores the idea that every thought you have, every word you speak, is a story or part of a story.
That means that you are making up reality; you are making up and creating your life. You have the potential to create a life with zero limits. Will you do it?
I found the inspiration for today’s show in the work of Joe Vitale, one of the teachers in the famous movie, “The Secret.” Vitale co-authored, with Dr. Hew Len, a powerful book called, Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Health, Wealth, Peace, and More.
The insights from the book support the idea that we are all storytellers, and that the lives we live, and the world we perceive, are creations of our minds.
You will discover the power behind Joe Vitale’s six zero limit insights:
Your mind chatter may strongly resist what you hear in this episode. That’s understandable because the ideas cannot be grasped by your logical mind. You literally must take a leap of faith and go to a place inside yourself beyond thought to experience the power of the six insights.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Health, Wealth, Peace, and More by Joe Vitale and Dr. Hew Len
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
QUOTE IN THIS PODCAST
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Einstein
We all get caught in story loops, but often we don’t know it. In fact, we may not even know what a story loop is.
A story loop is a recurring thought or series of thoughts that play in our heads over and over. It’s like listening to a broken record that’s stuck in one spot.
We experience three different kinds of story loops:
- Obsession – We are preoccupied with something or someone that we have made very important in our minds.
- Resistance – We have recurring unpleasant thoughts that make us feel anxious and upset. We try to make the thoughts go away by fighting them. This makes them even stronger and more dominant.
- Identification – We identify with a a label about us or a belief relating to our self image. Usually, these thoughts are not empowering.
There is a way to free ourselves from the incessant repetition of these loops. It requires us to become observers of the mental stream that constantly flows through our minds.
When you are the observer, you remain detached. Detachment will allow the thoughts to move on and not develop into narratives that control us.
You can become the observer by practicing meditation. It will help you grow into a person who is the storyteller creating an empowering script for your own life.
Whether you choose to meditate or not, make it imperative to master your inner narrative. It is the only way to keep growing and experience deeper levels of life’s richness.