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  • 00:31:02

    7 Mindset Shifts You Need to Make Now

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    Last week, Kevin had a deep and insightful conversation with Nick Tasler about what good people do when bad things happen to them. They touched on Dr. Viktor Frankl’s view on “Tragic Optimism” - the unwavering belief that life is good despite episodes of adversity. This inspired Kevin to share 7 mindset shifts that will ground your life in gratitude and meaning.

    1. Changing your default setting to become more receptive to opportunities.

    How do you naturally respond to unbelievable opportunities that come your way? Kevin shares how the book, Immunity to Change, had helped him rewire his brain to change his immediate response, “Why me?” to “Why not me?” Why is there a need to shift your default setting? Sometimes we don’t feel qualified when we are called to do great things. We are often too critical of ourselves. This makes us blind to our own qualifications. Kevin calls on you to stop disqualifying yourself from claiming these once in a lifetime opportunities. Own your qualifications and seize your opportunities.

    2. Adopt, cultivate, and develop a growth mindset.

    When people box themselves up in limiting beliefs that describe their resources as finite, they get trapped in the Fixed Mindset. They don’t believe that they are capable of change. They are stuck thinking “this is it” when it comes to who they are and what they have. Life is unfair and there’s nothing they can do about it. Studies have shown that the human brain has the capability to constantly learn and adapt throughout our lives. Which makes sense now that we're shifting to the Growth Mindset. People who live by the Growth Mindset open themselves up to abundance and potential. They believe that life, although sometimes difficult, has limitless possibilities. How can you live by the Growth Mindset? Nourish your mind. Surround yourself with positive people. Work on intentionally transforming those limiting beliefs into liberating beliefs.

    3. Moving away from egocentrism and becoming other-centric.

    Do you think about yourself more than you think about others? In Rick Warren’s book, Purpose Driven Life, the opening statement says, “It’s not about you.” If we want to create significant change in our lives, we must go out of our way to build meaningful relationships with the people around us. Find ways to dedicate yourself and resources to support efforts that improve the lives of those around you. Do something for someone who has no way to repay you. Consciously shift away from self-service and focus on being authentic when you’re extending service.

    4. Focus on what matters most.

    Kevin shares how his routines help him focus and keep his priorities straight. We may have different priorities in life, but it acts as our anchor for when the beauty and chaos of life happens. When we learn to rank and understand what’s most important to us, we are better able to walk our journey without distractions.

    5. Live in the now in light of eternity.

    "Now" may be the only time we have, but now is not an isolated time. This very moment is a slice of eternity. Now connects with everything that came before and everything that follows. Live knowing that your life is the product of all the nows that you have lived so far. Live wisely and make those nows count. What you do now, at this moment, is both the soil and the seeds of what is to come in your life.

    6. Live a more led, less driven life.

    What is the driven life? It’s the hustle and bustle, the fast-paced and high energy demanding life. Living your life as if you were on fire and attempting to put it out yourself by flailing your hands. What is a led life? It’s living a responsive life, following the leading and rhythms of life. It’s about living a life of connectivity, creativity, and community.

    7. Live in the abundance loop.

    Ground yourself in gratefulness and seek to live in abundance. Do you know what’s holding you back from living a fruitful life? It’s called the scarcity mentality. It distracts you from enjoying the good things that are present in your life with the belief that it will come to an abrupt end. You always have something to be grateful for. Kevin encourages us to find ways throughout our day to incorporate and include gratitude so that we flourish in the abundance loop.

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    Are you at a crossroads or facing a transition and not confident about what to do now or next? Then you're invited to join Kevin Monroe for a Clarity Call. You can enter for a free call, or book right away!

    Resources:

    Man Search For Meaning

    Immunity to Change

    Mindset

    The Shallows

    Purpose Driven Life

    Leadership and Self Deception: Getting out of the box

    Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves

  • 00:42:47

    What Good People Do When Bad Things Happen with Nick Tasler

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    Life doesn’t always go the way we want, and we’re left wondering why. You might wonder why bad things happen to good people, but you should be wondering what good people do when bad things happen. Life doesn't always seem fair, but there's a way to overcome this mindset issue. Navigating North with Kevin today is Nick Tasler - an Organizational Psychologist, Speaker, the author of 4 books, and father. Together they discuss how to adapt to change, become a better decision maker, and the beauty of tragic optimism.

    A common trait most thought leaders share is their incredible sense of gratitude. Nick, for example, is especially thankful for all the gifts and blessings he has in his life - family, community, and career. Equally as important, he is thankful for all the times he had been through hardships - when life didn't go as planned. Nick shares why we should not attach our value and purpose to our life's circumstances. That being grateful for both the good and the bad should be our goal to understand the grand scheme of things. Another key both Kevin and Nick believe is vital in finding your true North is keen decision-making. But how do you make the best decision where there are multiple ways to do the right thing? This is where your moral and ethical compass come into play. Use it to find your way towards the direction that makes the most sense to you. Nick shares his insight on what separates resilient people from those who aren't. Change and adversity are inevitable. But resilience comes from shifting away from an immediate response of, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" to an actionable mindset, "What do good people do when bad things happen?" Our guest also unpacks the concept of ‘tragic optimism’ and why adversity is necessary to live a meaningful life. Following the teachings of Dr. Viktor Frankl, Nick talks about how people can be optimistic and pragmatic even in the face of adversity. Kevin and Nick talk about the importance of focusing on fixing and adapting to change rather than resist and resent it. Change is constant and we can't stop it, but we do have the freedom to decide how to respond to that change.

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    Ricochet: What to Do When Change Happens to You

    References:

    Meals on Wheels Conference

    10 Tips for Living with Higher Purpose Starting Today

    Dr. Viktor Frankl

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  • 00:30:06

    Navigating North in Business, Leadership, and Life

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    So many things seem the same from day to day, but today is uniquely different. That’s the guiding thought in today’s podcast as Kevin unpacks what that means to him. How can you take today and make it matter? We are all on a journey to somewhere we’ve never been, and it’s up to you to make every minute count.

    How often do you use GPS in your car? If you’re like Kevin, you’ve become reliant on it, so much that you don’t think about direction. But do you do that with your life as well, allowing someone else’s voice to guide you? How do you navigate when you don’t have a map? Kevin tells the story of how ancient mariners used to find their way, and there’s an important lesson there for you as you explore uncharted territory. You’ve heard the saying, ‘a ship is safest in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.’ Kevin gives his own spin on this: you can live a life without risk, but life itself is a risk. If you live without taking any risks, then you haven’t truly lived. Even if you’ve taken risks and found yourself beaten, bruised, and wondering why, you have to get up and try again. Kevin assures you: you have a unique gift to offer to this world, and it’s worth the risks. Purpose isn’t a privilege of a select few. There are some misconceptions around purpose. One of them is that purpose is the privilege of a select few. Another is that your purpose is hidden, and it’s some big mystery you have to unravel. Or that, to find your purpose, the stars had to come into alignment and everything had to be perfect. In fact, your purpose is your birthright, and it isn’t hidden, nor will your understanding of it be perfect. Have you ever arrived at a dream destination and discovered it wasn’t all you dreamed it to be? Kevin shares the story of the worst travel decisions he ever made that landed him in a motel outlined in tacky blue neon with a 24-hour package story right next to his room. Certainly not what Kevin expected, and he shares what he learned from this experience, and how those lessons apply to all areas of your life… especially your purpose. Kevin talks on how you have a desire deep inside you to ‘build a brighter world’ in a way only you can. But you might not know how to do it, what direction you need to take to get there. Kevin has three key elements to get you on that path. First, start where you are, acknowledge how you got there, and be willing to forgive yourself. Second, decide what your ‘true north’ really is. Third, chart your course and start navigating north. You don’t need to know the exact destination. As long as you know the direction you need to go, you’ll figure out the details and course-correct along the way.

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  • 00:31:51

    10 Tips for Living with Higher Purpose Starting Today

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    Life is — and will always be — full of twists and turns. It’s a pendulum swing between triumph and defeat, fulfillment and frustration, clarity and confusion. On this journey, we all walk towards finding, following, and fulfilling our higher purpose. In today’s episode, Kevin shares 10 tips that you can practice today to start living with higher purpose and why you’ll be glad you did.

    Kevin’s ability to welcome and encourage rich conversations with people has played an instrumental role in his growth as a thought leader. He has persevered through his own experiences with failure and frustration, and is driven to share 10 enlightenment tips to encourage us to relentlessly pursue and follow our path to a higher purpose.

    Action leads to clarity, and so, here are 10 tips to get you started on your higher purpose journey today:

    Make peace with your past.

    Reconcile everything from your past that seeks to hold you back from the present and your future. Make peace with your past, however painful it is. Don’t let it keep you captive. Forgiveness is your friend. If you’re disappointed in yourself, forgive yourself. If you’ve wronged someone, ask for forgiveness. If you’ve been wronged, choose to forgive your oppressors even if they don’t ask for it. Lewis B. Smedes shares: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Whatever’s hurting you or holding you back, make peace and when necessary, let go.

    Your deepest hurt can be the source of your greatest strength.

    There’s no denying that we all inevitably encounter hardships in our lives. But these awful moments are what transform us into more empathetic beings, who learn to channel their deepest hurt to bring comfort and understanding to those who are suffering the same.

    Stop comparing yourself to others.

    Don’t be tempted to drive yourself down by comparing yourself to others. No one can be you, except you, so find the courage and strength to be your genuine self.

    Cultivate your willingness to stand out.

    It’s funny how we perceive babies to be perfect the way they are, and yet we torture ourselves into believing we are completely flawed. In Psalms 139:14, it says: “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows full well.” When did you start looking in the mirror and stop seeing yourself as fearfully and wonderfully made? Whatever the reason, remember that YOU are valuable and marvelously made. Your gifts are proof of that.

    See the people others overlook.

    If you truly want to live your life with higher purpose, open your eyes and ears – be aware of those others often overlook – touch the untouchables, befriend the friendless, acknowledge their value and remind them of their value.

    Shine your light and share it with others.

    If you are given the choice of either fanning the flame of someone else’s dream or dousing that flame – FAN IT.

    Be kind every day.

    Bring kindness unto the world that has become increasingly calloused and unkind. The ripples of kindness has a catalytic effect, so there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. So please, always be kind, always be kind, always be kind – there is really no excuse not to be.

    Be an encourager.

    Offer encouragement. When you see someone’s potential, do whatever you can to affirm, encourage, and invest in them. If you see someone distressed, depressed, discouraged; stop, ask, and listen.

    Discover your dream.

    Write it down, draw it up, or map it out – make your dream vivid and visual. If you have not discovered your dream yet, invest your time and find out where you want to be in the future. Be careful with whom and how you share your dreams. Some people won’t be able to understand and appreciate your dream, so build meaningful relationships with people who are committed in living their lives with higher purpose, connect with people who will believe in you and support you in your journey.

    Abandon scarcity and embrace abundance.

    Scarcity holds you back from living your life to its full potential. Kevin recalls how every bad decision he’s ever made was born under the scarcity mindset, where as every good decision he’s ever made happened out of an abundant mindset. It’s possible to rewire your brain and adapt the abundance mindset, all it takes is a few seconds because abundance is really all about practicing gratitude. If you want to make great life decisions, cultivate abundance and let gratitude permeate your day.

    Clarity will find you when you take action, so seize this moment to start living with higher purpose today. Take the time to reflect, “What do you need to do between now and the end of 2018, so that when the new year arrives you are ready to find, follow, and fulfill your purpose with gusto?”

    An Extraordinary Experiment

    Thank you for listening to this episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast. Remember, if you ever think that your work could be less ordinary, there’s not much between you and something extraordinary. Just 13 weeks, and a bold experiment. Find out more about the Extraordinary Experiment here!

    Resources

    Oscar Trimboli

    Nick Craig

    Thomas Winninger

  • 00:48:04

    Becoming a Deep Listener with Oscar Trimboli

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    Joining Kevin on the Higher Purpose Podcast is Oscar Trimboli - a mentor, leadership coach, speaker, and the author of Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words. Oscar has an outstanding track record of helping leaders become even more impactful leaders by teaching them the complex yet fulfilling act of deep listening. Today’s focus is how to grow beyond the trenches of average listening and learn how to harness the power of pause for effective communication.

    Fun fact: Oscar was already an adult when he first learned to swim. His wife had challenged him to swim in the ocean, and although adamant, he was determined to give this challenge a shot. He had 2 coaches to help him prepare for the big swim, a swimming pool coach and a surf coach. Within weeks of training, he had learned how to swim well enough to go 2 kilometers in the pool. But when he hit the ocean, he struggled to make 40 meters, which didn't make sense to his coach at first, since he had been doing most of the techniques right. Except for one vital micro skill - proper breathing. He had been swimming 2 kilometers without following proper breathing techniques this whole time. He had been struggling in the surf because he "heard" his coach's instructions, but didn't actually "listen" to them. So, Oscar and his surf coach worked to bridge this disconnect by asking the right questions, narrowing the down the variables, and communicating how they were going to achieve the goal together. More training ensued, micro skills relearned. The result? He finally swam in the ocean. It’s amazing how aside from learning how to swim, he had also acquired valuable life lessons that would change his perception as a leader, learner, and listener. Everything you learn in life is connected with your higher purpose in some way, all you have to do to connect the dots is to listen for the instructions. In case you didn’t know, an average person listens 50% a day, and leaders listen to about 80% a day - with only 2% trained in deep listening. You may be wondering, “Why is there a huge gap in listening capabilities?” Oscar explains that hearing is our birthright, it's the first sense that gets developed while we’re in our mother’s womb, and the last sense that shuts down when we die. So, hearing in many ways is the beginning and the end, but the distinction between hearing and listening is, listening is an intention you set before you commence, whereas hearing is instinctive. Hearing is about processing sounds. Listening is an intention to make sense of what the sounds are. Think of hearing as seeing in black and white, and listening as viewing the world in full color! But whether you’re listening at 50% or 80%, you’ll find great inspiration in today’s unusual podcast flow. Especially since Oscar's book, Deep Listening, will take center stage in this conversation. The book, touches on several Deep Listener concepts such as: the power of pause, the 125:400 rule, the 5 levels of listening.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

    Thank you for listening to this episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast. Remember, if you ever

    think that your work could be less ordinary, there’s not much between you and something

    extraordinary. Just 13 weeks, and a bold experiment. Find out more about the Extraordinary

    Experiment here!

    Oscar Trimboli

    Website

    Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words

    LinkedIn

    Resources

    Arlene Dickinson

    Speaker & Listener Breathing Synchronization Study

    Speaker-listener Neural Coupling

  • 00:49:15

    How to Find Your Purpose with Nick Craig

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    Nick Craig is the Founder and President of the Core Leadership Institute, and his expertise comes from over 25 years of working with top teams, leadership programs, executive coaching, and much more, with companies like Ben and Jerry’s, Lego, Heineken, Unilever, and the US Military. What makes Nick’s approach truly unique is that he focuses on helping leaders tap into their deeper wisdom rather than giving them rote instructions on how to be a good leader. Today, Kevin and Nick talk about some key takeaways from his new book, Leading from Purpose.

    So many of us have great ideas but lack the belief in ourselves to carry them out and share them with others. Nick is no different. He briefly shares with Kevin how he went through several challenges of his own bringing his unique leadership training to the world. It began as Authentic Leadership and is known today as the Core Leadership Institute, and it all hinges on purpose, something he had reservations about from the start. Kevin notes the forward of the book, Leading from Purpose, and the “CAUTION” written there might give you second thoughts about reading the book. We can’t put the exact text here, but in short, once you live your purpose, you can’t unlive it. There’s no going back. Nick has his own purpose, naturally, but he defines it in two parts: the key to get into the room, and the room itself. Have you ever thought about your own purpose in this way? (Side note: Kevin is Gandalf.) Do you have a purpose statement, and if so, does it sound like a mission statement? Or worse, is it filled with corporate speak? According to Nick, purpose is the unique gift you bring to the world – keyword ‘unique.’ He shares some of the most delightful, meaningful statements of purpose he’s heard, including one from the president of Hershey’s, that aren’t at all what you think a purpose statement should be. Many of us have lived our lives trying to live up to the expectations other people have of who we SHOULD be, instead of living according to the purpose of who we were MEANT to be. That’s a paraphrase of a line in Nick’s book, and he and Kevin dive deeper into what it means, and more importantly, how it can keep us unhappy with what we do. Do you ever feel like a fish trying to climb a tree? Then this will resonate with you. Finding the key to get into your own purpose room can be a real challenge, and Nick has an exercise for you. Sit down and write out a story of a magical moment from your childhood, but not from your own perspective. Write it like a movie script: what happened, who was saying it, what happened next. Nick shares what to do with that story, and it’ll floor you how easy it can be to locate your purpose. Once you discover your true purpose, you may realize that you’re in for a rough time. Think about it: are you the one who tells people what they don’t want to hear but need to? It’s not always the case, but a lot of people Nick has worked with find that their purpose is edgier than they ever realized. And that’s fantastic. Out of ‘10,000 encounters,’ there are some that really stand out for Nick, and he shares some of them. They’ll touch your heart. You might be Gandalf or Buzz Lightyear in your personal statement of purpose, but that doesn’t mean you should proclaim that to everyone you meet. While you should absolutely stay true to the spirit of it, Nick also advises you to keep another version of your purpose statement to share with others, once your relationship with them deepens. Nick closes with some very poignant thoughts on choices, time, perspective, the Divine, and more, and it’ll put you in the right state of mind to dig in and find your OWN purpose.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

    Thank you for listening to this episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast. Remember, if you ever think that your work could be less ordinary, there’s not much between you and something extraordinary. Just 13 weeks, and a bold experiment. Find out more about the Extraordinary Experiment here!

    Nick Craig

    Leading from Purpose Assessment

    Core Leadership Institute Website

    LinkedIn

    Facebook

    Twitter

    YouTube

    Leading from Purpose Book

  • 00:38:43

    Change Your Brain, Change Your Life with Kevin Breeding

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    Kevin Breeding started Mindset Engine as a way to generate leads for his business. But he soon realized that it was far more than that. In fact, he realized he was rewiring his own brain in creating it. Kevin realized that when you change your brain, you change your life. Today, he shares how you can rewire your own brain to change your mindset and enjoy a far better life.

    Kevin shares the story how he created his Mindset Engine app, how he ‘rewired’ his brand, and of his personal VA who used to suffer from daily panic attacks in a corporate setting before using the app. It’s been two and a half years since her last attack. Some people don’t understand the importance of mindset – they wave it off as ‘woo.’ Kevin asks his guest how important the connection is between mindset and success in leadership, business, and life. As you might have guessed, it’s integral. He responds to the question with something he’s observed over the years. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs and influencers would change one very important thing about their trajectory: they would put the mindset stuff first. Many of them believe they would have gotten to where their business is today twice as fast for half the cost. It might seem like Kevin was throwing spaghetti at a wall and the Mindset App was what stuck, but that isn’t the case. Intuitively, Kevin knew he needed a coach for himself after a midnight panic attack. His life was ‘on fire,’ and Kevin believed he’d be dead from stress by the end of the year, both from bankruptcy and a divorce. And he knew the place to start was in the way he thought about things. Kevin shares the story of how he began journaling and eventually got to the Mindset Engine. Do you ever wonder where the best coaches get the material they use to help others? In Kevin’s case, it was the journal he kept. He explains how he captured his emotions, the progression of his own brain rewiring, and turned it into lessons he uses to this day to help others through his 5-part framework. You might cringe at yet another guru touting how, if you mimic what he did exactly, you can succeed, too. But that’s not what Mindset Engine is. Rather than focusing on a single path to success, it focuses on principles – and Kevin believes that to be successful, you have to do it in a way only YOU can, not how a guru did it. It’s a shift in mindset that results in a shift of action, of ‘milestone moments.’ Kevin shares a poignant thought: “My fear of failure is nowhere as big as my fear of mediocracy.” Think on that a moment – it takes bravery to succeed and to fail, and bravery is a mindset. Kevin reveals how this shift in his life took him from extreme fear to where he is today. Kevin has a free resource available, Mastering Mindset, and he shares some of his favorite insights. The first is about focusing on the process rather than the goal (contrary to what many people teach), and the second is that we are to be a witness of ourselves, not a judge. Powerful thoughts, and Kevin goes into more detail. He also shares some powerful actions you can take today to begin the shift in YOUR life.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

    Thank you for listening to this episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast. Remember, if you ever think that your work could be less ordinary, there’s not much between you and something extraordinary. Just 13 weeks, and a bold experiment. Find out more about the Extraordinary Experiment here!

    Kevin Breeding

    Website (Mastering Mindset Resource)

    Get Mindset Engine for Free

    Join Catalyst U

    Facebook

    Twitter

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    Rick Rigsby’s The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Speech

  • 00:21:45

    The 6 Obstacles to Success with Kevin Monroe

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    "Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won." That is the West Point Cadet Prayer, but it’s not just for cadets. It‘s for all of us, especially those of us who strive to live our purpose. Today, Kevin talks about thing things that get in his way on his path to purpose. If you’re anything like him, you have probably experienced them, too.

    If you’ve been listening, you’ve heard about the 13 weeks to purpose, and this week, it’s all about encouragement. Socrates said, to paraphrase, ‘always be kind because you don’t know about another person’s battles.’ Kevin shares how his fans did just that for him. Frustration is first on the list of things that Kevin confronts often. Has anyone ever asking you why you're SO frustrated? And do you take it as a complaint or a compliment? In fact, it’s an invitation, and Kevin talks about why he’s shifted his beliefs around frustration to become the source of something positive in his life. Specifically, you can use your frustration as fuel. Have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? It’s when you doubt your accomplishments and live in fear of being exposed as a fraud. Kevin has a wealth of experience, accomplishments, credentials, and proof that he’s everything he says he is, and even HE suffers from imposter syndrome. He shares how it’s been crippling in his life even when his friends tell him otherwise. It’s time for you to stop living in the scarcity loop and start living in the abundance loop. Have you been caught in the belief that there’s nothing ordinary about yourself? Maybe you grew up in a middle-class family, average income, average schooling, average… everything. It can be hard to see anything extraordinary in yourself, but you’re blind to the truth. Being extraordinary doesn’t have much to do with that. Kevin explains how you can be extraordinary every single day. It’s time for you to adopt the belief that getting it right is overrated. For all you perfectionists out there, Kevin understands completely, and he’s let that perfectionism stop him short many times before. He’ll be the first to tell you that there are so many things he should and could have done if not for giving up before he started because he knew it wouldn’t be perfect. Getting it right is overrated; keeping it real is where your head should be. One of the things that goes hand in hand with getting it right is overthinking it. Fortunately, Kevin has a wonderful friend he can call on when he realizes he overthinking things, because in truth, overthinking leads to underacting on something. The correction to overthinking is to take action. Do something, move forward, make progress. Imperfect action always trumps perfect inaction. Finally, do you downplay success? And worse, do you replay failure? This is yet another of the struggles Kevin faces, but how about you? Have you found yourself sapped of all motivation because of this way of thinking? Kevin’s got a challenge for you. Take time to celebrate success. Learn from your failures but don’t cling to them. In fact, you need to redefine what failure means to you because if you’ve learned something, THAT is a success.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

    Thank you for listening to this episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast. Remember, if you ever think that your work could be less ordinary, there’s not much between you and something extraordinary. Just 13 weeks, and a bold experiment. Find out more about the Extraordinary Experiment here!

  • 00:40:52

    Better Together with Rusty George

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    As we’ve often said, purpose thrives in community and dies in isolation. Today’s guest, Rusty George, agrees. In fact, he published a book entitled Better Together where he talks about the power of community. Rusty is a pastor, speaker, and leader, and in today’s episode, Rusty and Kevin talk about what community really means when you’re living a purpose-filled life.

    We are more connected than ever before, so why does it feel like we’re more alone than ever? In the UK, they’ve added an empty chair and called it the Minister of Loneliness because of the epidemic they perceive in their country. Rusty shares a story about wanting one thing but getting another, like how social media is supposed to be social – do you resonate with his message? It’s not about how many online friends you have; it’s about how many people really know YOU. Rusty was inspired to write Better Together after a very lonely period in his life where he didn’t interact outside of his family and work. He spent a lot of time doing solo activities, and it made him realize how empty it made him feel. What Rusty realized is that the only thing he hadn’t tried was community, a group of like-minded people he could talk to and relate with. He decided that the way to fix me is with How do you define your reality? Do you get frustrated and tired of all the people around you and finally retreat to the safety of the people closest to you then tell yourself the story that ‘this is enough?’ There’s a long-term problem associated with that, and it can BREAK the people closest to you. It’s a dangerous reality that doesn’t help you at all. Have you spent a lot of time in self-discovery? You’re probably putting your thumb on the scales as you weigh your strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, there are some things that you can ONLY discover by being with others. Rusty talks about some of his own issues, like considering himself a strong leader when he’s actually a control freak. As leaders, we often think that we need to be perfect and to not show our vulnerability. But the opposite is true. Rusty agrees that the incomplete leader is one we should praise and strive to be, because we’ll never truly be complete or perfect. To try to be otherwise will only isolate us more. There’s a trend online to be hyper-vulnerable, but it’s not the same. It does very little for your personal growth to be vulnerable with people who don’t know you. In fact, those who share on social media rarely share the whole story of why they feel the way they do, so they really aren’t connecting and letting other people know who they are. Rusty believes that you don’t have to be vulnerable to all, but you have to be vulnerable to some. One important thing to point out is that vulnerability doesn’t go one way. It’s just as important to find someone who you can be vulnerable with as it is to be engaged as they share themselves with you. Realize that you won’t always understand exactly what someone else is going through, but simply being there for them is enough. That’s where connection begins. One thing we’re all guilty of from time to time is going into things with certain expectations, and according to Rusty, expectations are pre-arranged resentments. You’re setting yourself up, in many cases, for disappointment, and that leads to the belief that others have somehow failed you. It’s no way to live, and you need to hear what Rusty has to say. In community, listening is essential. The best way to do that is to try to ask 3 questions. Rather than formulating your witty reply, discover more about the person you’re with. Not only will it impress the person you’re with; it will help you get to know who THEY are rather than steamrolling them with who YOU are. It’s one of the most generous things you can do. Have you noticed how the act of ‘consumerism’ has invaded our social circles? Certainly, you’ve talked with someone who was only interested in what you could do for them, but have you noticed it in yourself? Consumerism is the anathema of community; you can never connect on a deep level if you’re only in it for yourself.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

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    Looking Back With Purpose - One Year of the Higher Purpose Podcast

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    Kevin reflects on 52 weeks of the Higher Purpose Podcast, sharing some of the things he’s learned and experienced along the way. Kevin discusses five ways that purpose benefits all of us - a retrospective on the incredible guests that have been on the show and some of the big takeaways from a year of energizing and inspiring conversations.

    Kevin shares the story of how, at the outset, the Higher Purpose Podcast almost didn’t happen! How does purpose help you persevere in difficult times? This podcast itself is an example of how purpose can prop us up and help us through the challenges we face. When we’re frustrated, there is a gap between our experience of reality, and what we believe is possible. What isn’t coming together in your life as you had hoped it would? How can you tap into the power of purpose in order to regroup, and focus on the things you are here to do? Purpose attracts. It attracts great people to each other, to important causes, and to inspired projects. It helps us forge relationships and form community, so we can support each other and better achieve our purpose, together. Purpose connects. It is like the glue that holds people together. Kevin reflects on the guests who have joined him this year, and the amazing web of inspired thought formed by these conversations. Purpose inspires. Which conversations on the show inspired you? And what is a conversation you’d like to hear or have on the Higher Purpose Podcast? Purpose energizes. It has a way of energizing the most routine tasks, of enlivening and enriching conversations. The higher the purpose, the greater the energy. It inspires us to aspire to be more than we would otherwise be. If you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of higher purpose to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com!

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  • 00:55:17

    Why Hierarchy is Bad for Business with Brian Robertson

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    What would your workplace look like without any managers? Brian Robertson says that management hierarchies create a parent-child dynamic between managers and workers that actually undermines organizations. Through experimentation in his own entrepreneurial enterprises, he found a new kind of organization – one that allows us to use our collective consciousness for a purpose. He called the system Holacracy, and now it is implemented by thousands of businesses worldwide.

    Brian became an entrepreneur because, after coming up against bureaucracy in the companies he worked for, he thought: there must be a better way to do things. Individuals often are conscious – they see problems and have ideas about how to fix them. But how can we build an organization where anyone who identifies a change that would improve the organization will be able to implement that change? Many people assume that management hierarchy is the only option for organizing business. But when Brian became a CEO himself, he realized that even from the top, the structure was limiting how effective he could be in supporting the purpose of his organization. If employees need the boss to empower them, that means they are fundamentally in a disempowered position. Brian has created a system that involves everyone in defining the boundaries, rules, and responsibilities, in a non-hierarchical business environment. With Holacracy, when you fill a role and have a purpose to express, you can take any action to achieve your purpose - as long as there is not already a rule against it. This is the opposite of how things work in most workplaces – where the manager has to okay any new initiative. Brian says this kind of system creates a fundamentally empowering, and much more effectual, workplace. How is Holacracy implemented? Brian explains how eliminating managers actually works, and the benefits of increased flexibility and distributing burden and responsibility throughout an organization. ŸFor more information, check out Brian’s website, his book about Holacracy, or check out his network of licensed Holacracy trainings offered throughout the world! If you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of non-hierarchical empowerment to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

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  • 00:53:07

    Make Work More Human with Renee Smith

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    How can we make work more human? Kevin talks to Renee Smith about the high cost of fear, and the deep impact of love. Renee Smith is the Director of Organizational Development at Washington state’s Department of Enterprise Services. She’s not just bringing love into workplace, but into government – the most stereotypically bureaucratic kind of workplace! She has her work cut out for her – but her story is that much more inspirational for it.

    What is the most significant job of a leader? Renee says the answer is simple – to eliminate fear from the workplace. When you take away fear, what takes its place? The opposite of fear is love – and we can’t feel both at the same time. Renee says that when we eliminate fear, we build organizations that are based on love. Renee has done qualitative research on the long-term impacts of fear and love in the workplace. Out of the interviews she conducted came evidence for the long-term negative impacts of fear, and the benefits of love. She tells the story of this large-scale research project. Talking about love in the workplace makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable. But why? As a society, we’ve locked love away out of whole spheres of our lives. But what happens to our humanity when we divide our lives in this way? And what benefits might love bring to the quality of our work and lives? What are the different facets of love? A feeling of belonging, a feeling that you matter, and feeling cared about. Feeling respected and feeling included. Love doesn’t just mean romance – the concept of love includes aspects that can make our workplaces and whole lives more fulfilling. Renee shares the 4 themes associated with fear coming out of her research, and the 3 themes associated with the deep impact of love. Learn more about how you can make work more human, and Renee’s research, here! If you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of love to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

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  • 00:36:20

    Conscious Capitalism with Alexander McCobin

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    Alexander McCobin was on his way to a Ph.D. and a career in academia when he changed life paths and started Conscious Capitalism, an organization and global movement that blends philosophy and practicality to promote ethics in business. Alexander discusses how he helps businesses find their purpose and discover what they can contribute.

    ŸMost people are taught that the purpose of business is maximizing profit. This is what is taught in business school. Conscious Capitalism says that the purpose of business is not profit – it’s creating value in the world. ŸThe origin of capitalism in the 1700s was actually grounded in moral theory. Alexander tells the story of why he started Conscious Capitalism – to promote purpose and ethics in business, getting back to the philosophy that was historically at the heart of capitalism. ŸToo many people hear the words “conscious capitalism” and think the idea is an oxymoron. But through the dedication of individuals focused on purpose and ethics, a culture shift is changing the meaning of business in our society. ŸAlexander says free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. Sounds different from our stereotypes about capitalism, doesn’t it? ŸConscious Capitalism has 4 key pillars. Business is good because it creates value. It’s ethical because it’s based on voluntary exchange. It is noble because it can elevate our existence. And it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. ŸBusiness should be about creating value for other people and lifting people up, and helping humanity flourish. Conscious Capitalism is spreading this philosophy and creating a change in business culture worldwide. ŸAlexander discusses the importance of leaders embodying not only high IQ, but also spiritual intelligence – and explains what that could mean for your business. ŸTo find out about upcoming events, sign up for groups and mailing lists, and find learning experiences and master classes, you can visit the Conscious Capitalism website. ŸIf you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of Small Giants’ secrets to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

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  • 01:05:49

    The Secrets of Small Giants with Bo Burlingham

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    Just over 10 years ago, Bo Burlingham wrote Small Giants - a book about “companies that choose to be great, instead of big.” Now Small Giants is a movement, a community, and an annual Forbes list. Kevin talks to Bo about the rise of entrepreneurship, his personal journey, and the role of purpose in doing business differently, and succeeding.

    There was a time not that long ago when “entrepreneur” was an insult. Bruce tells his story, from becoming a magazine writer, to being one of the first journalists to focus on entrepreneurship before it was a respected business path. Small Giants was inspired by Zingerman’s, a company you may recognize from a previous episode. When Zingerman’s was a young up-and-comer, they had the opportunity to franchise, but found a new and different way to grow – by launching a series of totally unique and high-quality businesses. Bo began wondering if there were other companies that had made similar choices – to focus, not on becoming as big as possible as fast as possible, but on something more important. This was the question behind Small Giants, and Bo’s decades of research in small business journalism helped him discover some shining examples of just this kind of business. The first key feature of successful, purposeful business is creating a deep link to the community you’re in. Bo shares the other 5 qualities that he identified in entrepreneurial leaders who achieved real success while also pursuing goals beyond the profit margin. Catch up with Bo through his website, or check out another movement inspired by a different book he wrote, The Great Game of Business. If you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of Small Giants’ secrets to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

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  • 00:57:02

    An Experiment in Developing Human Capability with Bruce Ballengee

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    Kevin sits down with Bruce Ballengee, founder and CEO of Pariveda Solutions. Pariveda is a tech consulting company doing things differently. The mission of Pariveda is helping people achieve their highest potential – including both their clients and their employees. Bruce discusses how focusing on purpose has translated into success for his business.

    ŸWhat happens when a new business claims, as its purpose, lifting up lower- and middle-class people? Bruce shares his journey in selling his previous company and conceiving of a new business to serve a new purpose. ŸCan a technology consulting firm become successful by focusing, first and foremost, on growing the individual to their greatest potential? Bruce says that Pariveda is not the exception, but the rule. Changes in industry standards towards purpose-driven business have a reason behind them – evidence says they work. ŸBruce treats business as an experiment – he started out in business with a hypothesis. This is how people become pioneers in their field – by trying something new. ŸBruce “evaluates” employees using something called the expectations framework. The goal? Developing employees to the level of an effective executive – people capable of generating business. ŸWhat is the relationship between empathy, self-actualization, belonging, and success in business? Bruce explains how these elements all come together in servant leadership. ŸIf you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of positive social impact to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

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  • 00:50:56

    Business as Poverty Reduction with Brandale Randolph

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    Brandale Randolph is a social activist and entrepreneur who is working to alleviate the cycle of poverty through business. He runs the 1854 Cycling Company, a company that employs those who are most at risk of living in poverty – specifically, mothers with criminal records. He also runs Project Poverty, a non-profit aimed at reducing poverty. Brandale discusses the power of business to give back to society and break the cycle of poverty.

    ŸBrandale tells the story of his trajectory from hedge fund broker to social activist, and how he found purpose through social organizing against poverty. The 1854 Cycling Company is named after the first meeting of the Anti-Slavery Society on July 4th, 1854. Brandale locates the inspiration for his business in this history of social activism, and the purpose of supporting women leaving prison. For women leaving prison, the re-offending rate is lower than men, but their poverty rate is much higher. Brandale asks: are they really free if they are living in such poverty? Who is going to stand up for these women in the way people stood up for enslaved African Americans? The 1854 Cycling Company is a small piece of that puzzle. ŸKevin and Brandale discuss the challenges that The 1854 Cycling Company has faced due to stigma against formerly incarcerated people, and the importance of preserving the humanity and futures of these women and their children. ŸCan a for-profit business operate in a way that makes even more impact than a non-profit? Brandale says yes – businesses actually have more ability to create meaningful impact. ŸWhat does effective leadership look like? Brandale says that effective leadership allows people to do what they do best, and supports them through this process. ŸYou can support The 1854 Cycling Company by visiting their website, Facebook, or Instagram!

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    ŸIf you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of positive social impact to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

    An Extraordinary Experiment

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  • 00:21:25

    Upleveling Your Business, Your Leadership, and Your Life

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    Kevin is currently in the first phases of the Extraordinary Experiment. What is the Extraordinary Experiment? It’s a program open to anyone who wants to join - anyone who believes that living an extraordinary life is within your reach. Each week incorporates a simple challenge that is tailored specifically to you. Kevin gives us a rundown of what being extraordinary means, and how to move beyond the ordinary.

    What comes to mind when you think of the word extraordinary, and what does it mean to you? Can you think of an experience you’ve had that you would call extraordinary? Kevin invites you to examine and dissect your remarkable experience, and apply those lessons to your life and business. ŸKevin proposes an interesting theory – that an extraordinary message or experience is actually very simple, and very ordinary! Learn what takes it to the next level. ŸWhat is it that takes certain experiences to the next level and makes them stand out in our memories? How can we apply those lessons to our own lives? Kevin shares the story of an extraordinary experience he had with the health care system during his time caring for his mom. ŸAs you develop your skills, talents, and abilities, what’s a stretch for you today becomes more comfortable in the future. Kevin talks about the importance of reevaluating and redefining the extraordinary for yourself. ŸThe path to extraordinary achievement is easier to find than you might think. It’s not about what you do, but how you’re going about doing it. Kevin explains the key difference between ordinary and extraordinary performance. ŸIf you or someone you know is interested in upleveling your business, leadership, or life, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

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  • 00:54:24

    The Changing Face of Investing with Lisa Cooper

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    Kevin talks with Lisa Cooper of Figure 8 Investment Strategies, a group that brings a multicultural perspective to financial advice and investment management. Lisa describes her purpose as creating positive social change through business. Business is potentially a really powerful tool – it’s all about learning how to use it to create positive change. Figure 8 helps people meet their financial goals while using their investments to positively impact others.

    Lisa tells the story of how a group of nuns helped her start her career, and what it was like getting into investing with purpose at a time when socially conscious business wasn’t a very common idea. ŸLisa describes her purpose as creating positive social change through business. Business is potentially a really powerful tool – it’s all about learning how to use it to create positive change. Figure 8 helps people meet their financial goals, while using their investments to positively impact others. ŸWhat does it mean for a workplace to be intentionally diverse? And what are the benefits of that for a business or investing group? Lisa shares how diversity has helped Figure 8 refine and achieve their impact. ŸSome firms use an “asset test” – a minimum asset level for clients of the firm. Figure 8 strives to help everyone with their investments – not just the 1%. ŸHow could a refugee support organization turn into a financial investment group? Lisa tells the story of her past working with refugees, and how bringing those voices onto her team has improved Figure 8’s global perspective. ŸThe risk of not doing something is often not weighed in our decision-making process. We think, “what if I do this and I fail?” without considering the negative impact of not trying at all. Lisa shares some words of inspiration for people starting out on a new business, project or enterprise. ŸTo learn more about Figure 8, go to https://figure8investing.com. ŸIf you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of impact investing to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

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  • 00:51:37

    Shaping Your Legacy with Tom Ziglar

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    Kevin sits down for an inspiring conversation with Tom Ziglar, of Ziglar, Inc. Tom was the President and CEO of Ziglar until eight years ago, when he began speaking and motivating others to change their lives. Tom and Kevin discuss how to live life on purpose, without regret.

    ŸTom Ziglar sets the bar high. Whenever he interacts with someone, he says, his aim is to help them become the person that God created them to be – the ideal version of themselves. Tom shares his personal journey to find his purpose. ŸWhat is the key to not regretting the decisions you’ve made and the things you’ve done in life? Tom says the secret is giving it everything you’ve got, and being aware of the open doors as they come along. ŸWe all experience anxieties and challenges we need to overcome in living our purpose. Zig Ziglar, Tom’s dad, always told his kids: do whatever you want in life, but whatever you do, do it it with 100% integrity and 100% effort. Tom discusses how to take this message and live its truth, and what that meant for him in overcoming his doubts and anxieties around speaking. ŸWe’re all leaving a legacy. The question is, is it by design, or by chance? It’s ordinary to make a choice. It’s a bit extraordinary to make an intentional choice. And it’s extremely extraordinary to make a series of right choices, on a regular basis. Tom discusses your legacy, and how you can make the right choices. ŸWhat’s worse than not setting a goal? The answer is a bit surprising – it’s actually worse to set the wrong goal, and achieve it. Tom discusses the importance of defining success for yourself, not according to social expectations or the definitions of others. ŸYou are what you are and where you are because of what’s gone into your mind. What’s your input, and how do you control it? You can change what you are and where you are by changing your input. ŸFind out more about Tom and Ziglar Inc. at www.ziglar.com, and you can reach Tom at tom@ziglar.com. ŸIf you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of designing your legacy to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com. Find out more about Kevin's Extraordinary Challenge at www.kevindmonroe/extraordinary.

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  • 00:51:17

    Writing Your Own Story with Cyndee Lake

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    Cyndee Lake says her purpose is helping other people become their best selves. Cyndee is the Chief Purpose Officer of Blank Page, a company that helps people connect to their purpose through designing meaningful experiences and creating the space to have big conversations. Your purpose defines your priorities, and your priorities determine what actions you actually take. Cyndee and Kevin unpack the philosophy behind Blank Page.

    How do we give the very substantial amount of time we spend at work meaning? Cyndee shares her story of changing paths, from climbing the corporate ladder and seeking success through traditional routes, to realizing that a purposeful life means helping others. Blank page helps people write their own stories, their own ways. We all have the permission to turn the page and craft a story that has meaning, that we’re excited about – Cyndee talks about how empowering it can be for people to reclaim authorship of their own story. Do you think just six words could change your approach to your work? Cyndee shares the six words that she sees as guiding her in helping people become their best selves and be more purpose-centered in their work and lives. Your purpose, whether you like it or not, drives the decisions and choices that you make every day. Whether you’re owning that and making it a public, visible statement, it’s there somewhere. It’s reflected in how you choose to show up and how you choose to lead your organization. It may even show up in the work you choose to prioritize. By allowing yourself to own that, it will give you and your team more choice in how you choose to do great work. The extraordinary is within the reach of all of us, and it’s often by doing something ordinary with just a slightly different focus that we achieve that. Cyndee offers advice to business leaders and owners who are pondering how to better integrate their personal and professional purpose. Cyndee discusses the links between leadership, listening, compassion, and care. How can leaders harness the power of listening to help the people we serve become more inspired and engaged? If you or someone you know is interested in bringing the benefits of writing your own story to your enterprise, let us know! Email Kevin at kevin@higherpurposepodcast.com.

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