personal development

183: Wardrobe Stories

emotional baggage in items of clothing

WARDROBE STORIES

The clothing you wear makes a statement. But what about the clothing you don’t wear? You know, the suits, dresses, jeans, slacks, and every other item that covers the human body that you stopped wearing a long time ago.

You don’t wear them. But you won’t give them up. Those pieces of clothing have their own unique wardrobe stories. Stories about you, the people in your life, and your past. Stories that carry a lot of emotional baggage.

This episode continues our conversation about decluttering your home. This one focuses specifically on the clothes you stopped wearing but allow to live in your closets and drawers, and, more importantly, in your heart and mind.

You’ll learn an exercise in today’s podcast that can help you release buried emotions that may be weighing you down and holding you back in life. You are going to confront and explore 3 kinds of clothing:

  1. Clothing that is connected to a previous relationship in your life. Maybe, it was a gift from your ex. Or, it was something that you wore when you dated your ex. The relationship ended, you stopped wearing the item of clothing, but it still takes up space in your home.
  2. An item of clothing that you bought and no longer care about or wear.
  3. Something that you no longer wear, but you still like it.

You will pick up each item separately, hold it, and begin a dialogue with it. You will know what to say and ask when emotions come to surface triggered by the clothing.

Finally, you will summon the courage to release the item and the emotions attached to it.

You’ll also hear my challenge to do a serious purge of your wardrobe and other objects in your home. When you do it, you may discover that you feel lighter. You may experience a new sense of freedom. You will have made space for new empowering things to enter your life.

This can be a huge breakthrough for you. You will learn that your past is a made up story. You will be free to write a new story with bright and inviting future.

So, listen, change, and grow.

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

Travesties – a play by Tom Stoppard

Extremities – a play by William Mastrosimone

 

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182: Music Power

secret powers of music

MUSIC POWER

Here is one dictionary definition of music:  vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

That’s an acceptable definition, but it doesn’t capture the essence of music power. It doesn’t hint at the power of music to heal, transform, and even, to save lives. Music power embraces all of these.

The guest of today’s episode is Bill Protzmann. He’s a musician. He’s also a man who has experienced the deepest meaning of music power, and he enriches people’s lives with what he’s learned.

These are a few of the enriching gems you’ll discover as Bill Protzmann and I take a deep dive into the magic of music:

  • How music literally saved Bill’s life
  • A journey from despair to joyful song writing
  • Music’s power to heal trauma
  • Practical Heart Kills & how music enriches them
  • How to identify your power music
  • The hidden magic of gratitude and appreciation
  • The relationship between music and business growth

You will also learn the difference between musical therapy and musical care. Why is that important? Because you can master musical care on your own and use it to enrich your life.

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

More Than Human: The Value of Cultivating the Human Spirit in Your Organization by Bill Protzmann

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

In Our Eyes In Our Words: Portraits from the Edge of Society fine art book by artist, Jeff Horn

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

David Whyte’s Poetry

BILL’S FAVORITE QUOTES

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Ghandi

The above is usually misquoted as “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Voltaire & Ben Parker in Spiderman

CONTACT BILL

www.BillProtzmann.com

www.PracticalHeartSkills.com

 

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181: Hidden Stories

hidden stories

HIDDEN STORIES

There are silent hidden stories all around you. They are in your home. your office, anyplace that you repeatedly spend time in. 

Does that sound wacky? It is profoundly true. 

This short episode explores the hidden stories in familiar objects that we own. The question to ask is, “Do they own you?”

I’m not making this up. I’m sharing insights from a powerful book, Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back, by Brooks Palmer. 

Brooks’s expertise is decluttering. People hire him to help them get rid of unwanted things, usually in their homes. 

Why would anyone need help getting rid of stuff they don’t want? That’s where the stories come in.

Psychology has demonstrated that we get emotionally attached to inanimate objects. The reality TV show, Hoarders, focuses on extreme examples of Holding on tightly to clutter.

You can’t read Clutter Busting or listen to this episode and not learn something about yourself. One of the book’s fascinating stories is about a woman who could not let go of one year old notes from a class she had taken. She didn’t need the notes. In fact, the wer scattered on her floor. You’ll be amazed at what set her free.

I give you a challenge to release objects that you own and don’t use, want, or need anymore. It’s an invitation to choose a new level of freedom that will enrich and empower your life. 

Stop what you’re doing. Listen to Hidden Stories. It could be one the most transformational ten minutes of your life.

BOOK IN THIS PODCAST

Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back, by Brooks Palmer

FREE AUDIO BOOK

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150: Identity Switch

multiple personalities

SIX WOMEN IN ONE

Who are you? Do you really know? Are you the same person all the time? Or, do you do an identity switch depending on the circumstances or the people you are with?

Don’t worry. If you answered yes to the identity switch question, that’s a good thing. Unless of course, you’re not aware of it, or you do it to manipulate and fool people. That kind of identity switch is not healthy or ethical.

Meet Madelyn Wilkinson, today’s smart, funny, passionate, compassionate podcast guest. She’s a master of the identity switch. In her case, it means that she is evolving, self-aware, and not afraid of change. In other words, she is always growing and intensely alive.

Madelyn has identified and nurtured six personality traits in herself that have developed into independent characters or personas. Each one shows up when it is most appropriate for her to show up.

This episode is an excellent and unique example of “changing your story.”

You may be thinking that we all act differently in different situations. Most of us do. But Madelyn takes the identity switch a step further. Her different personas have different wardrobes, thoughts, emotions, and actions. That may sound like trickery to you. It isn’t at all. It’s about giving yourself permission to be fully present and authentic in all situations.

Listen to Madelyn’s entertaining, revealing, thought provoking story. Here are a few highlights:

  • Madelyn’s secret for creating magic in her world
  • The persona that delights children and inspires them to grow
  • Who Madelyn is as a secret agent
  • The freedom of switching from childlike innocence to bold sultry confidence
  • The friendly battle between Madelyn’s different personas

MADELYN’S SIX PERSONAS

  1. Maddie
  2. Madelyn
  3. Madelyn Sloane (secretly her favorite)
  4. Sloane
  5. Miss Maddie
  6. Ms. Wilkinson

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Red Hot and Holy by Sera Beak

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

The Magician’s Way by William Whitecloudfeminism

MADELYN’S FAVORITE QUOTES

“You are in the best position for the experiences you need, and you will not be kept there a moment longer than is your ultimate good. Live, grow, unfold, living your life the best you can, and be kind.” – Somebody

“Some days I am more wolf than woman, and I’m still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild.” – Nikita Gill

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148: Mental Strength

mental wellness

MENTAL CASE

Mike Veny has creativity, empathy, humor, and mental strength. He helps people find hope and meaning. That’s what he does and who he is today.

Mike had to fight to become who he is. He had to dramatically change the story that the world was writing for him. The world labelled him mentally ill at an early age.

Mike’s battle against and victory over a soul destroying self image have given him the power to enrich other people’s lives and help them discover their own mental strength.

This interview with Mike Veny, one of America’s leading mental health speakers, offers you a treasure chest of self empowerment and transformation.

Here are some of the gems you’ll discover as Mike’s shares moments and insights of his personal growth journey:

  • How a mental breakdown was the beginning of a major breakthrough
  • The why and what of the big stigma around mental health challenges
  • What’s behind the stigma cycle
  • How to protect yourself against the law of the tribe
  • How to become a mental wellness superhero
  • The power of intention to connect with others
  • Why mentors and personal development are vital to your wellbeing
  • Why reading should never be optional
  • How drumming can empower you
  • How to stop suffering in silence
  • And, yes, much, much more…

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero by Mike Veny

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Mike’s favorite book)

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Then and Reach Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

MIKE’S FAVORITE QUOTE

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

CONTACT MIKE

www.MIkeVeny.com

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