WHAT IS ADDICTION?
Is it a profound weakness that some people have? Are those people fundamentally weak or bad?
It’s comforting to answer yes to those questions. When you answer yes, you create a safe divide between normal and abnormal behavior. And it’s easy to see yourself as normal. Especially if you work hard, earn good or great money, have a loving family, and are a respected member of your community.
But here’s the thing. You can be all of those wonderful things and still be an addict. You may not abuse alcohol or drugs; you may not binge eat and purge by vomiting; you may not throw money away at the track.
But you may be a “respectable” addict. A workaholic, an attention getting junkie, or an insatiable perfectionist.
To really understand addiction, we must look beneath the behavior to uncover its root cause. Almost always, we will find a damaged self-esteem craving connection, validation, and love.
We may discover what today’s guest, Lori Losch, discovered: “…that addicts are not bad people. We are not people with no resolve, no will-power, and no character. We are simply highly sensitive people trying to survive. And our addictions helped us … until they didn’t. Then we sought a better way. “
Lori’s discovery led her beyond her own addiction to the awareness that your “biggest MESS can become your biggest MESSAGE.”
Today, Lori is a happy highly successful woman. Her coaching program, Rather than Rehab Addiction Recovery, helps people discover their worth and their power that are hiding behind the mask of addiction.
This podcast episode opens the door to a world of self-empowerment. Here are just a few of the gems it offers you:
You will learn about:
- A clearer understanding of the inner demons we all fight
- How to feel safe in an unsafe world
- Why all addictions are survival tools
- How to move from isolation to connection
- Why you should embrace your demons and make them allies
- How having a recovery coach can change a life positively
- 3 empowering tips for people who are struggling addiction
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
Bumbles: … Finds Her Way Home! by Lori Losch
Bumbles: … Saves Naipoki! by Lori Losch
Safe Souls by Lori Losch
Rather Than Rehab by Lori Losch
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Loving What Is by Byron Kati
The Soul of Success by Jack Canfield
The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
The Monster Within by Cynthia McClure
The Great Pain Deception by Stephen Ray Ozanich
“Treat others how you want to be treated.” – The Golden Rule
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
Black & White – A Film by James Toback
Brain Octane Oil
The Genius Network Annual Event
Genius Network – The World’s Best Wisdom – Presented By Joe Polish
Dr. Gabor Maté
Being True to You
A Dangerous Story
ARE YOU FAKING IT?
It’s called Imposter Syndrome. More people than you can imagine experience it. I do, and I’ll bet, you do too.
It’s that nagging feeling that people are going to “find you out.” They will recognize that you are not as good as you claim to be, and they will expose you as an imposter.
Imposter syndrome is one of the most destructive narratives that we create in our minds. It keeps us from trying new things. It stifles our creativity. It denies us our innate greatness. It steals our lives.
Today’s podcast guest, Michelle Gomez is an expert on imposter syndrome. I’ll call her the Imposter Syndrome Buster. She did battle with her own imposter narrative and won. Now, she helps others conquer this dream stealing monster and gain the confidence and self-esteem we all deserve.
This podcast interview is truly a game changer. Listen to Michelle, and you will discover:
- The root causes of imposter syndrome (deserve issues)
- How to switch from external validation to self-validation
- Your brilliance has a purpose
- How imposter syndrome will burn you out
- Secrets of self-sabotage
- How books can liberate you
- The importance of emotional intelligence
- Why you must stop trying to fix other people
- The powerful benefits of storytelling to empower your life
These are just a few of the gems that Michelle Gomez offers you in this podcast. One of the most valuable is the understanding you will gain about your U C O N – your Unique Cocktail of Needs.
Sit back, relax, and listen to this podcast with a beginner’s mind; that means without judgement. Allow Michelle’s clarity to help you become more clear. Allow here hard won knowledge to shift your thinking about yourself.
Listen to this with the right intention, and you will be able to change your story, and change your life.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
Own Your Brilliance by Michelle M. Gomez
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
MICHELLE’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of the deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
MICHELLE’S FREE GIFTS FOR YOU
- FREE copy of Michelle’s book – Own Your Brilliance
- FREE Imposter Syndrome Assessment
- FREE strategy call with Michelle
FREEDOM! We all want it. People fight for it. They live and die for it. So, we must all know what it is.
The truth is that if you ask one hundred people to define freedom, you will get one hundred different answers. All of them are valid. All of them are right.
The guest on today’s podcast is John Krotec, a man who is passionate about freedom. He’s an entrepreneur, writer, and army veteran.
He gained his understanding of freedom by fighting tough battles in his own life and winning. His journey highlights the theme of this show, Change Your Story, Change Your Life.
When John abused alcohol, he had to change his story. When he suffered a brain injury in a car crash, he had to change his story. When his marriage was on the rocks, he had to change his story. He did it every time and grew into the inspiring person he is today.
You’ll gain a lot by listening to John’s story. You’ll learn what it really mens to be bigger than your circumstances. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation for a business model that marries contribution and profit.
John created a company based on that model called Greenzone Hero. It honors and supports veterans who fought for our freedom. Greenzone Hero also gives veterans a platform to share their stories.
You’ll tap into your innate sense of compassion for war veterans who have sacrificed their well being and their lives to create more freedom and abundance for all of us.
John may even ignite a new entrepreneurial flame in you that can enrich your business, your life, and the lives of others.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams by Chris Fussell and C. W. Goodyear
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal and Tantum Collins
Code of Trust: An American Counterintelligence Expert’s Five Rules to Lead and Succeed by Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection by Joshua Mantz
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Arthur Wesley Wheen
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
“Polarization only works in sunglasses, not in sustainable communities.” – John Krotec
Straight Outta Combat – Podcast
How to tell your life story. Huh? “I don’t have a life story,” or, “My life story isn’t interesting,” or, “Only famous or remarkable people have a life story worth telling.”
Did you just think one of those thoughts or some other variation? You’re perfectly normal if you did. And guess what? Those normal thoughts are stories. Stories that limit your personal power.
Don’t think so. Listen to this podcast with an open mind, and you may just have a huge aha moment that liberate you and breaks the bond of slavery to the stories you create all the time.
“I’m not a slave to any story,” you say? Yes, you are, and your “I am not” statement is another story.
The truth is that we, all of us, are brilliant storytelling machines. We create identity stories (often negative), religious stories, political stories, and stories about absolutely anyone or anything that is part of our human experience.
This is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. It just is.
HOW YOUR MIND CREATES STORIES
Actually, it can be bad for us if we are not aware of how this process works in our lives. The moment you become aware, you have the power to create and live into stories that make you happy, stories that enrich and empower you.
This short podcast cuts to the chase about how your mind works. It reveals your mind as a trickster who attaches to every thought and creates a story out of it – if you let it.
That’s what worry is all about. Your mind begins with a thought; it usually expands that thought with the question,”what if?” What if this happens? What if that happens? What if-what if-what if?
When you are a slave to “what if,” you allow yourself to feel a wide range of unpleasant emotions. Guilt, anger, fear, the list goes on. Then, you are a slave to your story and your feelings. No fun?
One way to snap the chains that keep you enslaved is to practice meditation. You will learn a simple powerful technique in this podcast called the blue sky technique. You’ll definitely want to learn it because it may very well be your liberator.
Once you get a taste of mental freedom, you will love it, and you won’t want to slip back into being a story slave. You’ll realize that you know how to tell your life story in a way that gives you fulfillment and power.
Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall
Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins