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EPISODE 415: Author, “The Floor of a Bathroom”

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Episode 415 features Celeste Kathleen (CK), Author of “The Floor of a Bathroom”, a collection of poems that paint detailed pictures of childhood trauma, mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

Find CK Online:

Website: https://ckpoet.com/

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ck.poet

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About CK:

CK is a spoken and performance poet with pieces that have reached over 2 million social media viewers collectively. Her debut book, The Floor of a Bathroom is a collection of poems that paint detailed pictures of childhood trauma, mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

The poems spend time naming the feelings and impact these subjects have while working through what it means to get to the other side of them and heal. Her poetry focuses on the idea that people, especially women are left to process some of life’s heaviest topics alone, on the floor of a bathroom, and that when we put words to those things and come together in our pain we can heal more thoroughly.


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Celeste Kathleen (CK)2024-03-03T18:17:51-04:00


There’s one thing we can guarantee with 100% certainty; we will experience bad moments in life.

→ It will suck.

We’ll experience heartbreak, job loss, and even death. It’s inevitable.

The easy choice? Curl up under the blanket, feel sorry for ourselves, and be the victim.

Continue to replay “The world is out to get me” again and again.


We can make a more difficult, long-lasting choice: We face it head-on. 

We learn from it. We dust ourselves off and we move forward.

It’s crucial to sit with our feelings and consider how we are doing in those moments.  But we can’t wallow in an endless pit of self-pity. We have to be resilient. 

We’ll have tough times. But tough times create resilient people. And resilient people can handle the tough times when they come again.

→ Because they will come again.

We can’t fathom what they will be, but we can be prepared when they happen.



Showing up sets you miles apart from the person you once were.

How you talk to yourself once you do is a leading indicator of the person you will become.

Positive self-talk is the most underrated highly effective natural “performance-enhancing” drug we have available today.

Sometimes the free things are the ones we take for granted the most.


Pain Free

We often think that a pain-free life is a fulfilling life.

It’s not.

A fulfilling life is recognizing pain is inevitable, coping with it when it arrives, and working tirelessly to become better because of it.

→ We start to look for the good in every situation.

→ We start to use gratitude as a tool.

→ We start to eliminate worry.

“The impediment to action creates action, what stands in the way becomes the way.”

Pain is unavoidable but it’s how we handle the pain when it arrives that becomes the defining moment of our lives.

Pain Free2024-02-11T14:09:03-04:00


Nobody gets overweight overnight.

Nobody fails at business overnight.

Nobody gets into debt overnight.

But yet people want to:

Get in better shape overnight

Build a business overnight

Get rich overnight

The level of thinking that got you into trouble needs to be what you use to get out of it.

One day at a time.

One decision at a time.

You don’t get out of a hole by making one large leap.

It’s by crawling your way through the sludge over a long period.

It may not be pretty but when you get to the other side you’ll be proud of yourself for seeing it through.

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EPISODE 408: Founder, Wheel With Me Foundation

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Episode 408 features Jesi Stracham (straw-ham), a wheelchair athlete on a mission to inspire the world to live life to its fullest.

Check out more information on her Wheel With Me Foundation here: https://www.wheelwithmefoundation.org/

Find Jesi Online:

Website: https://www.jesistracham.com

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/jesistracham

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesistracham

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jesistracham

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jesistracham

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/jesistracham

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jesistracham

About Jesi:

Jesi Stracham (straw-ham) is a wheelchair athlete on a mission to inspire the world to live life to its fullest.

In January 2015, Jesi was the passenger on a motorcycle when it collided with a car. She woke up a week later in an intensive care unit without the use of her legs secondary to a spinal cord injury. Instead of accepting disability as her reality, In the face of adversity, she has used her disability as a platform to reach the world. In the years since her injury, Jesi has been able to achieve more than she had previously dreamed possible. To name just a few accomplishments, she has developed the first fitness application created by wheelchair users for wheelchair users and founded a non-profit called Wheel With Me Foundation that aims to serve the independence of wheelchair users. She has been featured in Woman’s Day Magazine, the Today Show, GMA3, Shape.com, Yahoo.com, fox8, and WCNC.

Jesi believes the importance of working to achieve personal excellence is crucial to anyone’s success, happiness, and mental well-being, regardless of their ability. With the help of various influences, Jesi has developed a system that has allowed her to live a life she previously didn’t believe was possible. Jesi is a “life-support” coach who helps individuals reach their dreams and fullest potential. Her book Power In The Roll will be available later this year.


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Jesi Stracham2024-02-05T21:01:02-04:00


Last year I crested the 400-LB mark for the first time with a 405 LB Deadlift.

→ I followed that up a month later by hitting 425.

The weight isn’t as important as what led me to finally hit it.

→ Mindset.

I imagined the lift before doing it

I focused on hitting it and how it’d feel.

I did not allow negative thoughts to pour in.

I settled in, said a final word of encouragement, and hit it.

Building strength takes time and a lot of work, but even with this work, we need a positive mindset to help us achieve our maximum potential.

They work in tandem, not as lone competitors.


Seth Godin

The people you think are ungettable are far closer than you think.

All it takes is reaching outside of your “comfort zone” and asking.

Seth Godin is one of my inspirations. I had him on my “Dream List” to talk to on the Just Get Started Podcast.

In my eyes, he was untouchable. He was busy. He had a million other people to deal with besides me.

But, in June 2020, I decided to throw out the story I was telling myself and ask a new question. “What if he said Yes?”

I decided to go for it. (See email screenshot)

The next day, like a kid on Christmas morning, I was overwhelmed when he returned my email and accepted the invite.

→ Moral of the story:

We have no idea what is going to happen, who is going to say yes, or what opportunities might come from the attempt.

What I do know, as the saying goes, “We miss 100% of the shots we don’t take.”

Swing the bat. Shoot the ball. Go for broke.

What’s the worst thing that happens?

The risk of rejection pales in comparison to the monumental opportunities that could happen if they accept.

→ Who’s going to send that cold outreach they’ve been meaning to send?

→ Make that call they’ve been meaning to make?

Who’s going to do it today? 

P.S. → I’ve been fortunate that Seth has joined twice on the show. Listen to Seth’s 2nd appearance on the Just Get Started Podcast here → Listen on Spotify / Watch on Youtube)

Seth Godin2024-01-14T11:13:22-04:00


How is it already 2024?

The years are a blur.

When looking back we often forget the days ahead will go by just as quickly.

One day leads to the next. Time is an offensive juggernaut we can’t stop.

I was lying in bed thinking about when I was my son’s age, which was 30 years ago.

I thought about all of the experiences and opportunities, the big decisions and the small microscopic ones, and all of the luck that went my way.

→ And then I thought about regret. 

I’m grateful for being right here, right now but it’s hard not to think about how I let fear guide countless decisions.

→ Not trying out for the school basketball team.

→ Not asking the girl to prom I wanted to ask.

→ Not seeking better internships during college.

Fear will turn us into a shell of ourselves. It puts a restraint on how far we go. It’s the rucksack we never asked for but we carry on our back all day long.

We have to be willing to face it head-on and realize that we created this beast.  The dragon guarding the princess is of our creation.

It’s our fairy tale.

But we don’t “slay the dragon” with one glorious attempt.

→ It’s by showing up each day.

→ Being kind to it.

→ Nurturing it.

Letting it know that it doesn’t have to be afraid any longer.

Being in its presence consistently helps you realize the dragon isn’t as dangerous as you’ve imagined in your head.

This is how we learn to tame it.

This is how we can face it head-on.

→ What is one thing you fear? 

What is the smallest, simplest step you can take today to confront the fear?

Start there. 

Then show up again tomorrow.

We won’t get rid of the fear but we can loosen its grip on our reality a live regret-free for the years ahead.


Attention Graph

Here’s a test: Ready?

“Don’t think about an elephant.”

But, you did, didn’t you?

When we don’t want to think about something, inevitably our attention turns to it.

Our minds are weird in this way.

→ So, let’s use that as an advantage.

Focus the attention away from the challenge.

Repositioning our thoughts in a positive light makes the obstacle easier to navigate.

As an example, something I’ve learned from Jesse Itzler, when you start getting tired repeat to yourself “I don’t get tired.” 

It’s amazing what happens. You’ll have to try it.

You convince yourself you don’t get tired.

It turns out not to be as bad as you think.

→ It’s only bad because you are thinking it’s bad.

Our mind is an incredible deflector if we give ourselves the opportunity to focus on something else.

Attention Graph2023-11-19T10:46:27-04:00
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Kasey Jones


EPISODE 381: Growth Coach and Consultant to Entrepreneurs and Startups

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Episode 381 features Kasey Jones, a Growth Coach and consultant to 100s of Entrepreneurs and Startups.

Find Kasey Online:

Website: https://abetterjones.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abetterjones/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABetterJones

About Kasey:

Kasey Jones is a Growth Coach and consultant to 100s of Entrepreneurs and Startups.

She teaches entrepreneurs to unlock inner wisdom, build unshakeable confidence, create sustainable, scalable growth, and help turn them into profitable business leaders that dominate their industry.


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Kasey Jones2023-10-03T17:25:52-04:00

Spin Cycle

If you are stuck remember that we are merely 8 billion atoms in a body suit on a spinning rock circling a massive star.

Appreciate that you have the capacity to recognize the feelings you are feeling.

That’s a huge leap forward already.

Now, take a deep breath.

You got this.

Spin Cycle2023-08-05T20:26:21-04:00

Action Packed

The action of starting ends up being a lot easier when we’ve already started in our minds.

The action is connected to the need to change.

Despite that our confidence may be low and fear is gripping at our ankles, if we have the courage to decide to choose a better path for our life, starting becomes easier.

Simple to imagine, harder to implement.

Why? Because we spend more time thinking about the things that could go wrong instead of believing that we have the chance for it to go right.

Mindset is always the appropriate first step when we are struggling to get started.

The glimmer of hope that we are worthy enough to make the attempt is all the positivity we need to take the leap.

The rest will build from there.

Action Packed2023-08-04T14:45:19-04:00


We all have scars.

Some use them to remind themselves they are the victim.

Some use them to remind themselves they are strong and can endure anything that comes their way.

Our perspective and attitude are the compasses that’ll take us in one of two directions.

The question is, which path is going to serve us the most?


Pavlov’s Dog

We all know the Pavlov Dog experiment.

Ring the bell. A treat appears.

Ring the bell. A treat appears.

Ring the bell. A treat appears.

The dog is expecting the treat after the next bell rings.

It’s conditioned to. Just like we are.

When we are mistreated, abused, disrespected or discarded we start to form patterns in our brain that try to connect the dots with every situation we encounter.

We try to find similarities to prove it’s the same.

Our default is to think that it’s going to transpire again.

We have been conditioned for it.

This is where we have an opportunity for growth.

We can have a pattern interrupt.

We can shift our thinking.

Just because the old way didn’t serve us doesn’t mean it’ll always be this way.

Let’s outthink the dog. Let’s not be ready to pounce once we hear the bell.

With a new mindset our treat can become the thing we’ve always wanted.

But only if we are open to receiving it.

Pavlov’s Dog2023-04-22T16:17:30-04:00

Turn That Frown Upside Down

Grab a pen and paper or open your Notes app on your phone and write down the 5 things that are bothering you the most right now in your life. Whatever is taking up space in your head and troubling you.

There are no wrong answers.

Give yourself a second to write these things down. Their writing of them is important as it makes them become more real.

Now that you have your five, I’d like you to rephrase all of them into a statement that resembles something more positive, “glass half full”, and optimistic.

For instance, if one of your complaints was…

My job is so stressful and I feel like I can never catch up at all. The work keeps piling up.

Maybe rewriting it to be positive looks something like this…

With the job being so stressful lately it’s helping me prioritize the things in my life that are the most important to me and I want to work toward doing those more often.

I’m making up a random example but the point is that a positive mindset always wins. I love the quote by Earl Nightingale which says,  “We become what we think about.” If we are thinking negatively, complaining often, and always upset then that’s how we will perceive the world. We’ll be frustrated, closed off from conversations, and be looking at everything from a “glass half empty” perspective.

However, if we can use what is bothering us into positive momentum forward then we can create a brand new perspective on life. One that is filled with gratitude and hope. One with a more opportunistic view of each situation we are in.

Change is a long, tedious process, and getting to the starting line to change for the better is hard enough. We must recognize that our minds control our actions and our actions determine what direction we move in.

If our mind isn’t right then our actions are going to suffer.

The first step in doing that is creating a new narrative on our life. A new storyline. One with hope and optimism instead of doom and gloom.

Find the courage to write these thoughts down and hold yourself accountable to changing the tone and attitude of the message and you’ll start to change your mindset for the better.

You’ll become what you think about.

Turn That Frown Upside Down2023-03-19T14:50:50-04:00
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Episode 330 features Jeff Wickersham a sought-after mental toughness and peak performance coach who helps guide clients to close the gap between their potential and where they’re at right now.

Check out Jeff’s 9 Wins to Achieve in the Morning to be a High Performer White Paper here: www.themorningfire.com

Find Jeff Online:

Website: www.themorningfire.com

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/your-hidden-edge/id1440206125

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-wickersham-86005a1/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeff_wickersham/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@jeff_wickersham

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.wickershm

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdSWjN4N/

About Jeff:

Jeff Wickersham is a sought-after mental toughness and peak performance coach who helps guide clients to close the gap between their potential and where they’re at right now. Jeff’s a #1 best-selling author, Tony Robbins award winner, podcast host, and creator of the 4-step Morning Fire Methodology. Jeff is a practitioner of what he teaches. He’s completed two David Goggins 4x4x48 Mile runs, has meditated for 1,836 straight days, and taken an ice bath or cold shower for 1,491 straight days. If you have that itch that you can be more, do more, or want more, Jeff can help get you there!


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Jeff Wickersham2023-02-05T12:18:50-04:00

Mental Reset

Don’t beat yourself up if you need a long break.

It’s good to take a whole mental health day to reset (maybe a few).

Stepping away provides a perspective we wouldn’t get if we were always on the go.

Those moments of stillness bring us the clarity we need.

They bring balance back to our lives.

They reenergize us and help us move forward again.

It’s a practice we should institute often.

Mental Reset2022-12-05T20:51:52-04:00

That’s So Choice

Some days I look at the blogs I’ve written and I say, “I wrote that!”

Other days I say, “I wrote that?”

We can be our biggest cheerleaders or our worst critic.

We take judgment and comments from outsiders all the time but when do we actually reflect on how we talk to ourselves?

Why do we treat ourselves like this?

It’s okay to question ourselves from time to time in order to make sure we are heading in the right direction but let’s not forget that we choose the attitude we take into each moment.

Are we exercising gratitude, humility, and optimism or are we letting a large shadow of negativity come over us?

It’s our choice how we choose to talk to ourselves.

It might serve us well to be kinder.

That’s So Choice2022-10-02T17:18:08-04:00
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Episode 272 features Vickie Leuenberger, a freelance mindset coach who works in multidisciplinary teams.

Find Vickie Online:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vickie-leuenberger-156b2b1b4/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vickie_leuenberger/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vickie.leuenberger/

Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5OpZbzbRpxFS9a4E4Fz4k4?si=f18c7d683b99402a

About Vickie:

Vickie is a freelance mindset coach who works in multidisciplinary teams.

She comes from a background of high-level sports coaching and now transfers her knowledge of teamwork, leadership and motivation into the business world.

She is also NLP trained and is constantly learning new things on the human behaviour and mind.

In 2022, she started hosting wellness retreats and team building workshops.

2022 is also the year where she reaches her biggest goal of the decade, moving on a sailboat to start a nomad lifestyle.


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Vickie Leuenberger2022-08-19T16:07:41-04:00
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Episode 233 features Andrew Feinstein who is a creator and wellness coach helping individuals grow into who they are meant to be.

Find Andrew Online:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-feinstein-650/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewfeinstein_/

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@andrewfeinstein_

About Andrew:

Andrew is a Creator and Wellness Coach helping individuals grow into who they are meant to be. By reconnecting you to yourself and helping you be your own coach, Andrew brings out the true nature within you, giving you love of your life, your job, and your relationships. He is the author of the bestselling book, Find Your Mind and an endurance athlete.


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Andrew Feinstein2022-05-08T20:09:56-04:00

A Chiseled Mind

Stress can eat away at us and cause pain and anger.

It can cause us to be depressed and make us believe we are spiraling downward.

But have we considered the “why” behind it all?

Are we juggling too much?
Are we prioritizing the wrong things?
Are we avoiding the obvious decision because it’s too painful?
Are we letting others’ voices tower over our own?

These questions can be important to think about when we start to feel the onset of negative emotions and feelings.

Oftentimes, we carry too much of a burden and it weighs us down.

We need to try and unload the unnecessary stuff and focus on the important.

Like an ice sculpture, it may start as a big block but the more it is whittled down it starts to form a beautiful shape.

When we become focused on what is important it can inform us on the decisions we should make.

That informs us where we should spend our energy.

Only then can we chisel away the excess to expose our masterpiece.

A Chiseled Mind2022-05-13T17:33:44-04:00

Free From Distraction

The reason why you often hear people say they come up with their best ideas in the shower is that it’s one of the only times a day when we allow ourselves space to think. 

No phone, computer, tv, kids, etc. 

Thinking finally gets a priority even if that is not the intention. 

When we are struggling to find balance and are looking at ways to discover our happiness, finding space for our minds to think and do nothing but wander and explore could be extremely beneficial.

We just need to block out time on the calendar (start with 5-10 min) and do our best to silence the noise, both around us and in our heads. 

Then, just let our minds take us wherever they want to go without any judgment.

That time will become some of the most serene and wondrous moments of our day.

Free From Distraction2021-10-11T15:24:39-04:00

Today Is Day One

Many times we struggle through life believing this is how it has to be. 

It doesn’t. 

No one says that what we are doing or how we are feeling has to stay this way. That is entirely up to us. 

It’s not an overnight change and certainly not easy but we should be happy it is that way. We should be grateful that the hard work we put in and the endurance we’ve managed to muster up to get to a new place, a better place, don’t just evaporate overnight as well. 

Those newfound habits have shaped us in a different way where we can leverage that momentum and progress on future endeavors. 

We’ve got ourselves into the position we are in today. We’re at the Basecamp site. We see the mountain in front of us. 

We have a choice. 

Are we happy with where we are at today? If not, then we have the ability to climb to new heights to discover happiness. it won’t come without some pain and difficult moments ahead but when we decide to put our hands on that rock and start climbing we’ve already made a big change. We’ve committed to the change instead of just talking about it. 

We’ve taken action.

We’ve transformed our mind, in an instant, from someone who sits and blames the world or gets up and does something about it. 

We are on our way. We are ready to tackle a new phase of our life. 

Today is day one.

Today Is Day One2021-10-11T15:15:31-04:00

Least Common Denominator

Changing the way our brain processes and learns things can be impactful on our growth and one of the best ways to get in this state is by being a beginner learner. It’s by getting well outside our comfort zone and having to rely on parts of the brain that we might not utilize as much. As we all know, most days we turn on “autopilot” and coast with our normal routines.

If we want to try and be a beginner learner again but don’t know where to start, try to do some things tomorrow with our least dominant hand. 

Brush our teeth, eat our food, tie our shoes. There is a myriad of things we do all day every day and don’t even consider the alternatives.

By trying this, we have to slow down and think about the process and steps to completion by using our opposite hand. It activates a different part of our brain and it shakes us a bit because it’s so foreign.

But, it allows us to see a different perspective and start to map out new ways to perform common tasks. 

Making what is normally easy for us hard can help trigger that part of the brain that we might have to use in situations down the road and it allows us to practice recognizing new patterns and getting more comfortable with situations that we don’t recognize.

That’s a good thing. That’s how we grow to think differently than we do today. 

That’s how we become a better version of ourselves tomorrow.

Least Common Denominator2021-09-26T09:01:14-04:00

Plan To Change

Change is inevitable and most of the time we can’t control what changes take place. But, when it comes to us personally, the way we can make sure the changes are more positive is to create repeatable processes or habits.

Habits are either going to be good or bad. It’s that simple.

We choose which ones we let into our lives and which ones we don’t. The more positively beneficial habits we can implant into our daily routines the better chance we have of succeeding toward our goals.

But, if it were easy, everyone would do it.

Choosing the “good” habits requires discipline and focus with a sprinkle of willpower mixed in. That’s why having the proper game plan is necessary.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, it starts with today.

Most people are told to write down their 1,3, and 5-year goals. I’m not a big believer in those. That’s way too far out to have much impact in my opinion.

But what about your goals for today? Do you know them? Have you written them down?

Research suggests you are 42% more likely to reach your goals if you write them down every day. They don’t have to be big and audacious to be impactful. Write down 2-4 goals you’d like to get accomplished today. I’d encourage you to write down ones that will move the needle but not overwhelm you to the point that it takes all day just to complete one of them.

Then, cross them out throughout the day as you accomplish them. You’ll feel amazing and you’ll boost your confidence because you are moving forward in the right direction.

If you can start to do this every day you’ll notice how much progress you’ve made in such a short period of time and then the momentum will build rapidly.

Habits are hard to change but if you can add new ones that will help hold you accountable you’ll have done yourself a big service and set in motion a positive wave of energy that’ll carry you to become a changed person, for the better.

Plan To Change2022-04-11T19:07:16-04:00
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EPISODE 169: Co-Founder & Mind Coach at The Freedom Project

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Episode 169 features Scott Sunderland, Co-Founder and Mind Coach at The Freedom Project.

Link to the inspiring video of Scott’s time in the hospital in 2001 – https://youtu.be/9DaHg-AUY2o

Find Scott Online:

Website: https://thefreedomproject222.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freedomproject222/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXBh02HQI-zOakpDLUhkDmg

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About Scott:

In 2001, Scott Sunderland found himself going from a 35-year-old athletic father, husband, and business owner to lying in a hospital bed unable to move. Using visualization techniques over the course of a year, Scott was able to heal himself. However, old limiting beliefs, past traumas, and disempowering mental habits came back to haunt him when, in 2012, he watched his best friend drown in front of his eyes. Blaming himself, he was broken once again. Standing in a room on fire, Scott was faced with running through those flames to end up at the empowered life that he lives now. Today, he shows others how to run through their own flames to find freedom from their own minds and limitations in order to live a life of passion and purpose.


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Scott Sunderland2021-07-13T19:50:42-04:00
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Jake Kelfer


EPISODE 131: Author | Speaker | Coach | Lifestyle Entrepreneur

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Episode 131 features Jake Kelfer, a lifestyle entrepreneur, life elevator, and coach to ambitious entrepreneurs and freedom seekers helping people create incredibly impactful and profitable businesses

Find Jake Online:

Website: www.jakekelfer.com

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jakekelfer

Twitter: twitter.com/jakekelfer

Instagram: instagram.com/jakekelfer

Facebook: facebook.com/jakekelferjourney

About Jake:

Jake Kelfer is a lifestyle entrepreneur, life elevator, and coach to ambitious entrepreneurs and freedom seekers helping people create incredibly impactful and profitable businesses. He is the bestselling author of Elevate Beyond and Elevate Your Network, a high-energy motivational speaker, and the founder of the Professional Basketball Combine which helps NBA draft prospects turn their dreams of playing pro basketball into their reality. He and his work have been featured on Forbes, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and many other major media outlets. Connect with Jake on social @jakekelfer!


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Jake Kelfer2020-11-08T20:43:17-04:00

Blogging Every Day In May

Month 5 of my Dozen Months of Discovery is finishing up today and my challenge for this month was to write one blog article a day for the entire month of May, 31 days to be exact. As I write this post, this will be my final one of the month and I thought to share a few things I’ve learned throughout the month.

There are many people who write blog posts daily and have for years, for them this achievement is fairly pedestrian. I was originally going to learn the keyboard for this month but after a conversation in April with a friend and talking about sharing more of my message online, it became clear that a challenge like this would be good for me. I haven’t been consistent sharing my voice online besides my Podcast, which is mostly geared toward guest interviews. The written word is still very important on the internet and since I hadn’t blogged consistently in the past couple of years (5-10 posts a year), I wanted to challenge myself to get into a headspace where I can articulate my ideas into text and have to think through things more slowly versus just spitting off thoughts in my head while recording an audio Podcast.

With that, here are a few things I took away from the month:

Consistency is still the most important

This word has continued to pop up every month of the Dozen Months of Discovery and is a constant message shared with guests on the Just Get Started Podcast. Doing something once or twice is nice but putting the time and energy in to continually accomplish something takes more than just momentum; it takes discipline, prioritization, and grit. Whether it is a week, month, or longer or a different interval of time (launching a Podcast episode weekly), being focused on never missing this helps build the foundation to future success. One of the most glaring differences between anyone who achieved anything is putting in the work over an extended period of time. That has to be part of the equation.

You get better by practicing

Different than consistency, simply putting time into practicing something you are not great at improves that overall skill but it might help build others as well. For instance, I am not a great writer by any stretch but making a point to write every day helped improve my sentence structure, grammar, messaging, and most importantly my creativity. My writing has improved, even if just incrementally, but my creativity and observations flying around in my head were able to be articulated in a different way by making myself have to go through this daily practice. So keep practicing areas you are weak at. You don’t need to practice all of your weaknesses but weaknesses that might be essential to your overall growth, like writing, was something important for me to focus on.

Prioritize & Strategize

I’ve discussed the importance of prioritization before and when you have a challenge like this or anything that is important at the given time you have to make sure you understand where it falls on the priority list. It doesn’t have to be #1 but if this goal, however long, is important then you need to make sure it’s a priority or it’ll fall off early on when other “cool” things pop up and you’ll lose steam. Secondly, once you’ve recognized your priorities and have them listed, you need to strategize how you are going to fit them in during the day. Some days, I wrote my blog articles first thing in the morning while others I wrote right before bed at night. There are always a lot of balls to juggle each day and if you can think through what you’d like to get accomplished and the time it might take then you can make a simple to-do list to get these things done and block out the right time to do them.

Just Finish It

Everything prior is all leading up to the big takeaway, sometimes you just have to muster up the intestinal fortitude to get through “it” and finish. Some days get away from you and you might be tired but keeping your mind focused that you must keep the streak going can be enough to push you to the finish line. Remember, we all have bad days and we all have days that feel subpar but one of the most rewarding things you can do is finish whatever you had planned even when your tank is on “E”. That energy can propel you for multiple days going forward and be just the thing to pull out of your memory bank the next time you come across a tough timeline or situation and remind yourself that you’ve been here before and you’ve finished the race.

I look back at the past 31 days and it’s cool to see the great content I’ve put together, especially an 8-part series on a sales topic I had thought about writing for a year. Using this month as a motivator, I was able to complete those articles and will now be putting those together along with other content for a new Sales eBook in the coming months.  These 31 blog posts may do nothing besides additional content sitting on my website but I take away the fact that I completed another challenge (5 out of 5!) in my Dozen Months of Discovery and can use those experiences for future personal and professional goals I have going forward. Sometimes putting a timeline and line in the sand can be helpful and if you struggle to achieve certain goals you’ve had in the past then maybe this is the time to put that time constraint around it.

Every opportunity is a chance to learn and grow and I hope you’ve continued to do that for yourself this year and will set a new bar for yourself next time with the aspirations of exceeding your expectations once again.

Thanks for reading!

Carpe Diem,



If you’d like to listen to the One Mic Session on this topic check out the Podcast link here -> Apple Podcasts Audio Link

Blogging Every Day In May2021-03-19T10:42:23-04:00

Consistency: Part 8 of 8 – The Evolution of the Modern Day Sales Professional


Consistencyconformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.

I’ve put consistency as the last ingredient on the list because it tends to be the final piece that makes all of the rest work together very well. Nobody, and I mean nobody, has had sustained success in anything they do including sales without being consistent in their approach and work ethic.

There are tens of thousands of examples of short term wins by sales reps or maybe even hitting or exceeding their quota in a given year but it is the consistent professional who time after time continues to chop away and stay in the ring long enough to get to the next round. A Rocky metaphor is apropos here. There are always going to be bad months or quarters but when you continue to hone your skills, build up your book of business, and bring the right attitude to your work then you will only continue to succeed.

It is the sales professional who thinks they have figured it out, has a few big whales padding their pipeline, or is arrogant about their current place on the team that ends up getting complacent and ultimately frustrated when others pass them. These are the folks that tend to churn out of organizations at around the 9-15 month mark when their “ramp” is over and they’ve been found out by the rest of the team.

Consistency allows you to do a few things:

Build Repeatable Systems

Having systems that you can go back to over and over again can only be useful when you are consistent in the way you work both internally and with potential clients. If you continually do a lot of the same things and build repeatable processes behind those then that can ultimately help you carve out some of that wasted time mentioned above. Repeatable systems might be crafting similar email templates that you can customize on the fly, document client information the exact same way (I used OneNote and the Description section in my specific Opportunity), or can ask similar/specific questions in client interactions. This helps make sure you are working toward the partnership in the right way versus missing key information from one call to the next. Building these types of consistent systems in place can do wonders for your productivity and partnership discussions

Create Sound Habits

When you are organized in your efforts and understand how your week generally flows it helps you put up barriers to corner your time and not let the “time robbers” get in the way of it. When you focus like this great habits start to take form like proper time for “pipeline hygiene”, prospecting time, administrative work, and ultimately more time to spend in front of potential clients working through great partnerships. Habits take time to build but if you put the right systems in place and then focus on how to tackle those and what new habits can help achieve better results like task lists, blocking time, batching emails, etc it all starts to come together nicely.

Keep Ahead of the Game

As I said earlier, you are going to have bad months and quarters (sometimes just bad weeks if you are lucky) but they are inevitable. If you don’t get complacent in your efforts and strive to out-pace projections then this can help set you up for success down the road and not get behind. If you have a few good months and try to coast through the rest of the year you are hurting yourself because since nobody can see the future you can’t predict if some of the partnerships you thought were coming in will actually come to fruition.  Get ahead and stay ahead and this can be beneficial in more ways than one.

Consistency tends to get thrown around a lot like a thing that everyone wants to get better at. I believe that building systems to narrow your focus on all the different things you come across in a given week needs to be prioritized in order to be consistent. When this takes form, you begin to week out a lot of the wasted time and can spend it on the right things.

Then it’s rinse and repeat. It’s not sexy but it’s effective. It generally is the people that are the least flashy and stay head down on their goal that tend to win in the long run. They know that staying consistent will generally beat out almost every other person in the long run when others get tired, complacent, unmotivated, or in a rut.

Consistency is a skill that can be learned and it just means to suck it up sometimes despite many barriers. Ultimately, once those minor barriers get worked out you have achieved a lot more than you thought you could and are that farther ahead.

Keep your head down and keep moving forward!

Thanks for reading!

Carpe Diem,


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Consistency: Part 8 of 8 – The Evolution of the Modern Day Sales Professional2021-03-19T10:43:04-04:00

Overcome Your Pain Wall


Has anyone else ever had a needle stuck in their eye?

Weird question, I know. But there’s a point, I promise.

I had a corneal transplant when I was 21 years old that went very well and I was healing fine until one morning 6-weeks later I woke up and had a hard time seeing out of that eye. I went to class and still had trouble. I immediately called my surgeon and went into his office. Apparently, I rubbed my eye too hard during the night and 30% of the stitches in the healing cornea came out. I needed surgery again.

Being a bit stubborn, I didn’t want to wait for a day or two to get into surgery and asked if it was possible to get it done now, in his office. I wish I hadn’t asked.

It turns out it was possible. I was given a couple of Advil and told to lie down on a table in one of his office rooms. What ensued turned out to be the most pain I’ve ever felt in my life. 

I was awake, barely, if at all, sedated from the Advil, and watching my surgeon stitch my cornea back to my eye. Yes, you read that right. I literally could feel the sharp pain of needles in my eye and realizing I cannot move an inch or something really bad could happen.

As an aside, I give tremendous credit to the surgeon. How someone could have that steady of hands I’ll never understand. But I digress…

I reminded myself of this today on a run where I set a goal of 4-miles while wearing my 20-LB Weighted Vest.  First, I hate running. Second, I never have run more than 2 consecutive miles wearing the vest.  

So why does this all matter?

It matters because as I was hitting the 2-mile mark I could feel the fatigue in my legs set in (I had just done 200 Air Squats with the vest the prior day) so that was starting to take a toll on me and my feet were starting to cramp a bit.  I had every right to stop and pat myself on the back and feel good that I accomplished a PR by surpassing the 2-miles.

But then I remembered the eye surgery and I remembered the pain tolerance I had built up through that whole event. Oh, I forgot to finish the story. After he completed it and it went well, I had to go back 5 hours later at midnight to his office because my eye pressure had risen to a level I can’t explain. I couldn’t even think straight and was puking, that’s how bad it got. If anyone has ever dealt with immense eye pressure you know what I am talking about. 

I remembered I had relished taking pain and not having it bother me and using that as a badge of honor to push me through things.

This run was no different. I had to go deep down to help get me over that “pain wall” that I had put up in my head. The one that says it’s too painful, too rough, too hard to keep going. I had to find a way to overcome it and fight it.

My solution is creating a distraction. I distract my mind and divert the attention away from the pain to something else for just a minute until it passes. And then I thought about writing this article and how much the story would suck if I didn’t finish the 4-miles. See, I think the internal motivators are needed as well and I used them strategically when I need that kick of energy.

We all have a “pain wall”. Everyone is different and nobody can compare theirs to someone elses.

Do you break down that wall or stop at it every time you approach it?

Nobody can answer that but you and the only encouragement I can give is that deep down there is so much more pain tolerance we all have and just need to give ourselves that excuse or permission to pull it out. Use whatever method you like or try mine from above but I hope next time you encounter your wall you’ll be able to break right through it and form a new vision in your mind of what pain you can manage and overcome.

Overcome Your Pain Wall2021-03-19T10:42:27-04:00

Lessons From A Legend


I’ve had a ton of interesting experiences in my life, and some, where I made wrong choices and had to do things over or I made them harder than they probably needed to be. I hardly looked at the choices I was making, how I was reacting to them, and where I could improve. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, I wish I had laid the pieces out and tried to fit them together to unlock the mystery.

Then I hit what I have affectionately called my “Renaissance Period” in my early 30s. 

It has been a journey of deep learning and discovery filled with eye-opening lessons and revelations that have helped alter my path and set me on a more meaningful course for my life.

As I reflected and thought of the impression I wanted to make on the world, I was reminded of my grandmother, Nana Ro, as I called her. She was my everything and she taught me so many very subtle lessons that I didn’t realize until much later.  She had been through a lot. She had witnessed pain. When she was in her mid-20’s and with two toddlers at home, the love of her life and father to her boys got killed in a car accident. She didn’t find out until a day later.

She had several miscarriages later in life, worked 3rd shift to make ends meet, and raised five children along the way. She deserved to take a break every once in a while. She deserved to get waited on like a Queen. But she never once complained about it. She was the epitome of servant-leadership.

For the years I knew her it was extremely rare for her to do anything first or for herself, especially when her grandkids were around.

She cooked dinner, we ate first.

We wanted to watch a TV show, she turned the channel.

She cooked Christmas cookies, we always ate them first (and found her hidden spot in the downstairs freezer and raided that as well)

I wish I realized this all in my younger years. It wasn’t until this Renaissance Period and deep reflection that I realized (very luckily) that some of this rubbed off on me and a whole bunch more of it needed to be refined. It took some work to iron out the learnings and apply them to my life.  But here’s what I came up with. Simply put like Nana Ro would have done.

Feed others first that otherwise can’t feed themselves.

Translation – Many people, to no fault of their own, have a narrow view of the world, business, new technology, etc. and you have the opportunity to be the guide of information for them to open up a new way of thinking. You can help people help themselves by feeding their minds with creative ways of solving a problem or simply suggesting to them to ask the correct question to themselves to gain a new lens on the same situation. You need to do it with honesty and humility, however, as this is the way for people to start buying into those ideas but you have to let people be the hero of their own story and you are just the guide to get them to their destination.

Don’t be so polished and lighten the room up

Let the ego go! Nobody wants or needs the hard-ass and it doesn’t go over well anymore. I’m not saying to not be professional especially in business environments but try to be “business casual” in your encounters with most people. They’re human just like you and do you think they are as happy as they seem or don’t have 15 other things on their mind or even want to be at this particular job? So lighten up the room, have fun, be personable. It not only differentiates you from almost everyone else but you get more out of people that way. Being yourself builds trust and respect much quicker than putting on “a show”. Trust me, people can see right through the charade. Just stop it!

Bring a smile to everyone you encounter

Smile more often. Take the glass-half-full approach to life. There are a lot of bad times and challenging situations but you have a choice to make each and every day. You decide on the attitude you’re taking into your family life, your business, your workouts, and everything else that matters to you. Even though things may not be perfect, be the strong one that others can use for inspiration. I know it can be hard but looking at life through the positive lens ends up making it much easier and manageable. You somehow can breathe a bit more freely. The storm clouds seem to pass and the days just appear brighter. Trust me, it works, because I’ve tried it both ways.

Although I narrowed down to three bite-sized chunks, I learned so much from Nana Ro that I can’t put in one article. Some stuff I am still uncovering periodically as I reminisce about my childhood and the time I was lucky to spend with her. 

I miss my Nana Ro very much. She passed away in the Spring of 2019 and I think about her often. I think about her kindness and the love she projected out into the world and hope she’d be proud of my mission and the impact I am trying to make on the world.

I’d like to think it’d make her smile.

Lessons From A Legend2021-03-19T10:41:53-04:00

The Writing On The Wall


We all need an “Accountability Mirror” to look ourselves straight in the face and force us to deal with our shit, whatever that happens to be at the time.

That mirror for me happens to be my bathroom mirror. I get to glance in it many times a day and it offers up a lot of brutal honesty especially when I’m down on myself. 

But I’ve added a layer to it that has helped me get through the troubled times when my confidence is starting to lack and the “Imposter Syndrome” rears its ugly head.  I’ve added words in the form of questions.

I’ve written these two questions in dry erase marker that I have no choice but to look at every time I’m in there.

Question #1: Why can’t it be you?

I get down on myself a lot. Most of it stems from my childhood, but that story is for another day, and some of it is that I’m just a “late bloomer” and although I’ve had a ton of experiences and learning lessons along the way, I have to continue to kick myself to believe that I alone can make an impact in the world. Even though my mission is clear I still tend to question myself every once in a while.  

This question kicks me in the pants and “gets in my face” about why anyone else would be better suited to tackle the mission and change the world than I would. It pushes me away from the comfort zone and reassures me that although there are a lot of unknowns, on the other side of fear is the fulfillment I’ve been looking for. Keep moving forward

Question #2: Why am I here?

This question came from reading (listening to the audiobook) of “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins. He was on the beach at the Naval Base in Coronado where they ran through the infamous “Hell Week” of Navy Seal Training. Goggins went through three of them.  As he faced physical exhaustion and his mental fatigue was on the edge as well he muttered this question to himself, “Why I am here?”. He recounts many times throughout his journey after that where he uses this question to check himself and remind himself how far he has come and why he made all the sacrifices to get to this point. He certainly puts in more eloquently.

I use this question to pull me back into reality when I start reverting back to old habits or old ways of old thinking. Just because you’ve accomplished certain things, physically or mentally, doesn’t mean the demons can’t come back. They will and you never know when they will show up. This question is a constant reminder of what I am trying to accomplish and all of the struggles I’ve gone through to get to this point.  There is a reason I am here and it’s because I’ve put in the time and effort and I can’t let a few moments of regression get me down.

These two questions have been a staple in my mirror for almost 12 months. I have no reason to take them down and I don’t want to. I want a reminder. I want the reflection looking back at me constantly. If motivation is on one level then regret is on a whole other tier above it. I certainly don’t want that so these questions check me at the door and help me stay focused on where I am going.

What do you use at motivation or the driving force to keep moving forward?

Please send me a note or message me on social and I’d love to hear!

Carpe Diem,


The Writing On The Wall2021-03-19T10:41:53-04:00
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Christina Lecuyer


EPISODE 24: Mindset Coach | Motivational Speaker | Golf Hosting Specialist

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I met Christina through a recommendation of a prior guest, Tisha Abrea (Ep. 16), and was so fortunate to get a chance to hear her story and learn through some of the lessons she had to go through in her career.  I love that she refers to periods of her life as “seasons” and although she is in a busy season I was appreciative she was able to take time out of her day and share her story.

We get into some of her struggles on the golf course during LPGA Tour Qualifying School and how she broke out of the mold that everyone else thought she she be in and ultimately flourished by following a different path with her golf hosting, mindset coaching, and motivational speaking.

About Christina:

Unlike most professional golfers, Christina was a late-comer to the sport. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Christina did not play any golf before the age of 18. However, this wasn’t due to a lack of exposure to the game. Christina’s father, Tony Lecuyer, has long been one of Alberta’s biggest names in golf. Her two younger brothers, Ryan and Steven, were also two of Canada’s best amateurs winning the 2003 Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship and 2010 Alberta Amateur Championship, respectively. Christina certainly picked up the game quickly. Christina won the first golf tournament she ever entered, the 2002 Edmonton Ladies Amateur Championship, and attracted the attention of numerous college recruiters finally landing on the University of Central Arkansas in 2003. Christina had an outstanding collegiate career, both on the golf course and in the classroom. She won five collegiate tournaments, had 24 Top Ten finishes, and was a 2-time All-American honorable mention. Christina was an even better performer in the classroom, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2007 in Business Administration. After wrapping up her collegiate career in 2007, Christina focused her attention on the professional circuit. She played various mini-tours from 2007-2010 qualifying for LPGA final stage three consecutive years. She was featured on the Golf Channel’s Big Break Series twice, coming out on the winning end on Big Break Reunion: Dominican Republic. She has also been sought after for many on-camera opportunities and most recently co-hosted Swing Clinic on Fox Sports Regional Networks. Now Christina’s focus is her love of entertaining clients at corporate and charity golf events, mentoring others, and publicly speaking. She’s sought out by world-renowned corporations and has raised millions of dollars for charity. Christina’s expertise, generosity, personality, and knowledge have put her on the map as one of the only female golfers in the world working in this capacity full-time.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bechristina/



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Books and Podcast Recommendations:

Chris Harder – For the Love of Money Podcast 

Jen Sincero –You are a badass at making money

Mark Groves @CreatetheLove

Joshua Medcalf – Chop Wood, Carry Water


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Christina Lecuyer2020-02-01T19:56:06-04:00
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