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Episode 15: The Potential Effect
Potential:  that mystical and magical word that seems to hold the promise of what life can be.  It dangles in front of us, teasing and taunting us.  Unfulfilled dreams waiting to be discovered, waiting to be lived.  Potential gives us hope, gives us a future we have always wanted.  What if, however, it actually becomes a prison?  What if the very thing meant to inspire us, actually keeps us from every really living? Today, I dive into the concept of potential, and all of its implications as we navigate our lives.  We explore how it can actually work to keep you where you have been, and how it can provide a safe sanctuary from the need to grow and improve yourself.  I discuss many of the ways potential can create a false sense of security and over time, actually move us from being the "person with potential" to the "has been that never was". Together, we explore how to finally move away from potential, and move toward action.  Instead of being "a latent excellence that may or may not develop", we become the action we want to be.  We review some of the key things that keep us from achieving our potential, and as always, I offer strategies to overcome these. As always, thank you for joining me on this journey!  I sincerely thank all of you for making March the single most successful month of the podcast yet.  Had the largest number of downloads in a single month. Also, had the largest number of single downloads in a day!  Thank you for listening, for sharing and for commenting on the content!  I look forward to sharing the continuing journey with each and every one of you!  I truly appreciate being invited into your lives to share my thoughts! New Episode April 15th!  
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Episode 14: The Motivation Myth
Several weeks ago, while wasting time on Facebook, I came across a video from Mel Robbins, who boldly declared that "Motivation is Garbage".  I admit, I found this statement to be stunning.  The boldness of the statement took me by surprise.  I watched the video, while being skeptical from the beginning.    I eagerly listened to every word offered during the 5 minute clip. Slowly, as a result, I realized that my own perception of motivation was starting to change. As I absorbed the thoughts, one word caught my attention:  decisions.  Time and again, Ms. Robbins referred to the decisions that we make in life.  She spoke of the notion that our lives were a series of decisions, consequently, making us the result of the those decisions.  Upon reflecting, I began to realize that I too had fallen into this trap.  I had slowly allowed these notions to strip away my ability to make decisions in my life.  I am realizing that in the past,  motivation has replaced my self determination. Now, I share with you my reflections of this video, and my changing thoughts regarding this myth.  I explore the constraints that we create for ourselves as we buy into "The Motivation Myth".  I review the various ways we use motivation life, and, most of all, how motivation can ultimately push us to become victims of our own circumstances.  By buying into this construct, we close ourselves into a box..thus limiting our potential.  No More!  Today, I talk about grabbling the bull by the horns, and taking control of our lives.  Finally, we move closer to becoming the person we have always dreamed of. As always, thank you for joining me on this journey.  I look forward to meeting you back for the next episode, as we continue on the path to making our lives everything we want it to be! Link <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6Nw08MaQhA">Motivation Is Garbage--YouTube Link</a>
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Episode 13: Shame & Sadness & Letting Go
Shame: a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety.   A simple eleven word definition of one of the most powerful emotions out there.  We all know what shame feels like.  We all know that sinking feeling in our gut when we have fallen short of the bar we have set for ourselves.  Not a single person is immune to the feeling of shame, or the subsequent sadness and stress that accompanies it.  When you are unhappy with yourself, or with your spot in life, the shame can be overwhelming.  Shame can lead to self loathing, disgust, and anger.  It can turn you into your own worst enemy.  This feeling can overshadow every other element of life. When we recognize the need for change, the need to better ourselves, it is often born out of a sense of discomfort.  We are seeing elements in ourselves that we do not like, and are no longer happy about.  We recognize that we want a better life, and set out to make that happen.  Shame stands in the way.  We become so miserable and unhappy with our position, that we engage in unhealthy coping skills, which of course circle us back into the cycle of being miserable.  It is a brutal cycle, destined to continue without end unless we make the choice to break it. In this discussion, I explore the roots of shame and the roots of sadness.  I dive into all the different ways these feelings can affect us, especially as we aim to move forward in life.  I share my reflections of my life...and my sadness and discontent of the person I used to be.  Together, we explore how this shame became the fuel to propel myself into a new beginning.  I talk about strategies to rise above the pain and sadness, and to finally start letting it go. Finally, I encourage each and every listener to learn how to start honoring their former selves.  I share ways that I learned how to appreciate and love the person I used to be.  Letting go of the shame and learning to look at the qualities I have always had has helped me appreciate just how far I have come.  Today, I offer you my insight into this time, in the hope that you, as well, may learn to let go of your shame. As always, thanks for listening and being a part of this journey with me!
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Episode 12: Time Waits For No One
Short, sweet and to the point today!  Let's get out and live life!  As many of you know, while on a vacation in Las Vegas last month, there was an incident that occurred.  During our first night there, we came upon a lady who had become unresponsive.  Despite resuscitation attempts, it became apparent that her time on earth was over.  It was a very difficult and sad event to be a part of.  Yet, at the same time, it was also very liberating and eye opening, almost inspirational.  I was reminded of the fragility of human life, the uncertainty of tomorrow. Since returning from Vegas, I seem to be more aware of the passage of time.  I am reflecting on many different time periods in my life and realizing all of the places I have been.  Each day, I learn a little bit more about my life and the ways I have coped with adversity in the past.  I realize how I have hurt myself by these actions.  Since this incident, I have committed myself to appreciating and recognizing each and every day.  Today, I share with you my thoughts and feelings about time.  I open up about what brought me to be the person in front of you now.  I offer my thoughts to you...to help you push to achieve your dreams. Change your relationship with time!  Instead of waiting for that perfect moment, make the moment happen NOW.  Become the person you dream of being.  Stop hiding from the reflection in the mirror and learn to embrace it! Thanks as always for listening, and I will be back with a new episode on March 1st! Link <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2017/02/05/death-life-everything-in-between/"> Death, Life & Everything in Between</a>
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Episode 11: New Year's Evolution
One month ago, we closed the door on 2016 and looked forward to a new year.  We embraced a new beginning, a chance to once again start anew.   The annual tradition of New Year Resolutions strikes.   Once again, many of us promise to be different.  We promise to lose weight, hit the gym more, eat better.  Smoking, swearing, being anti-social move to a former life. New Year, New Me becomes the mantra for so many.    Promises are made for a bright and shiny future.  Then, reality circles back. Those bright and shiny resolutions start to fade.  We try to push ourselves.  We try to grow.  Yet, we fail.  Some of us may make it a month, a select few, even longer.  We want to succeed, even at times, are desperate to succeed.  Try as we might, these changes don't stick.  We fall back into old comfortable habits, limping our way until the next year.  The cycle continues on and on. Today, I present my thoughts on the topic.  I offer to you my ideas on how to finally break this cycle.  How do we change a revolution into an evolution?  How do we help ourselves to continue the changes that we start with such zeal and enthusiasm?  What is the secret to unlocking the energy within any one of us to make the year the best ever?  How do we tap into all of the strength and power inside and finally start letting the world see us as we see ourselves. To me, the answer is not found in a resolution, but rather, an EVOLUTION.  We start an unending process of growth and of change and all of these changes over time come together into a new being, finally, a new lease on life!  Thanks, as always,  for joining me on this journey! Link <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/12/31/yearthatwas/">The Year That Was-2016</a>
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Episode 10: I Will Not Breakdown (Change Pt. 5)
Our exploration of creating change in life comes to a close today in the conclusion to the 5 part series about change.  Over the last 2 months, together we have explored the early stage of change, moving all the way through to making that change into a reality.  We have learned to recognize that which we don't like and finally take control of our lives.  Together we have prepared for success. We have taken the steps to be the person we have always dreamed of.  Today,  we dive into how we maintain that change..and make our change a lifestyle. Today, we talk about maintenance, the final stage of change. Throughout the last 4 episodes, we have covered pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation and the action stages of change.  Finally, we have arrived at the maintenance and relapse prevention stage of change.  We have made the decision to change, taken action, and now, that action becomes a lifestyle.  Throughout our journey we have learned much about ourselves and the goals we have.  As we work to maintain these changes, we constantly adjust and fine tune our goals.  We learn the value of the change and the impact that the change has played in our lives.  As we navigate our post change lives, we also learn to avoid temptation.  Eventually, we learn our triggers, and more importantly, learn to avoid them. We gain strength. As we continue to maintain our change, we continue to learn to avoid relapse.  Sadly, occasionally, we "fall from grace" and old habits return. While we try our best, it is a normal part of the process.  Our series concludes with tips and suggestions to handle the occasional relapse.  We can regain our footing, dust ourselves and continue on.  Nothing will hold us back from being the best version of ourselves! Thank you so much for joining me on this journey.  Up next, Episode 11: New Year's Evolution drops on February 1st!   <h2>Past Episodes</h2> <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/11/01/episode-5-change-is-never-a-waste-of-time/">Change Is Never A Waste of Time-Part 1</a> <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/12/01/episode-7-change-never-waste-part-2/"> Change Is Never A Waste of Time-Part 2</a> <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/12/15/episode-8-coming-dark-change-pt-3/"> Coming Out Of The Dark-Part 3</a> <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2017/01/01/episode-9-lights-camera-action-change-pt-4/"> Lights, Camera, ACTION-Part 4</a> <h2>Resources for Change</h2> <a href= "http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gttc/presentations/8eStagesofChange.pdf" target="_blank">"Stages Of Change"</a> <a href= "http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0301/p1409.html" target= "_blank">American Family Physician "A Stages of Change Approach to Helping Patients Change Behavior</a> <a href= "http://www.prochange.com/transtheoretical-model-of-behavior-change" target="_blank">Pro-Change "The Transtheoretical Model"</a> <a href="http://psychcentral.com/lib/stages-of-change/" target= "_blank">Psych Central "Stages Of Change"</a>
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Episode 9: Lights, Camera, ACTION! (Change Pt. 4)
After weeks of contemplation and preparation, today we dive into the ACTION stage of change!  Over the last two months, we have discussed and learned about the Trastheoretical Model of Change, and today, we finally put our plan into action.  We move forward into being the best version of ourselves.  Finally, we see how all the preparation and planning come together and take form.  At last, we take back our lives and grab our future by the horns. Change is never easy.  From recognizing that we need a change, to actually finding out how to make that change, we struggle.  Humans are creatures of habits, we crave the familiar.  We fear the unknown, cower from anything that seems different.  However, if we ever hope to grow, we have to embrace the unknown and propel ourselves forward.  We must learn how to plan and then, actually put that plan into action.  We move from just thinking about making a change to doing it. Today, we talk about action.  Together, we dive into the 4th stage of change, headfirst.  We talk about what it means to be in the action stage of change.  Collectively, we look at strategies to keep us in action, to keep us moving forward.  One of the hardest elements of change is making that action into a lifestyle.  Consequently, if we fail to develop a lifestyle, we run the risk of relapse and falling back into our old ways.  Today, we learn how to avoid that, we learn to push and we gather the tools we need to succeed! Episode 10 is coming at you January 15th, as we wrap up the 5 episode series of change  Thanks, as always, for joining me on this journey!  I look forward to the conclusion of this journey as we embark on many others together! <h3>Links</h3> <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/11/01/episode-5-change-is-never-a-waste-of-time/">Episode 5: Change Is Never A Waste Of Time</a> <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/12/01/episode-7-change-never-waste-part-2/"> Episode 7: Change is Never A Waste of Time (Part 2)</a> <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/12/15/episode-8-coming-dark-change-pt-3/"> Episode 8: Coming Out Of the Dark (Change pt. 3)</a>
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Episode 8: Coming Out Of the Dark (Change pt.3)
We have talked about pre-contemplation (<a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/11/01/episode-5-change-is-never-a-waste-of-time/">Episode 5</a>), we have talked about contemplation (<a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/12/01/episode-7-change-never-waste-part-2/">Episode 7</a>), and now today we discuss PREPARATION, the next stage of change!  Third in a series of 5 episodes, today we continue on our path to a better version of ourselves.  Remember, your can listen to each individual episode, or you can listen to the entire series, but you will get a message regardless.  I, of course, recommend taking in the whole series! Change is never easy, and as I have been discussing over the last several episodes, is a process.  Step by step, we can slowly make decisions that will move us toward the version of ourselves we have always wanted to be.  Change takes patience. Change takes time.  Of course, it takes dedication and commitment.   By understanding the process of change, we can set ourselves up to succeed.  By learning strategies to maximize our effectiveness, we can propel ourselves forward.  The only limit to change, is us.  We can decide our success or failure.  We have the power to change our lives. Preparation is one of the most exciting and important stages of change.  At this time, people tend to be enthusiastic and energized to see where life will take them.  Finally, the moment is upon us to become the person we have always dreamed of.  By understanding and appreciating the value and importance of this stage, we can move towards our next stage ACTION, and finally putting our plan in motion. Thank you for joining this journey.   I hope you are all inspired and making changes in your life and living the life you want.  Please  join me on January 1st as Episode #9 Lights, Camera, ACTION, debuts! If you are enjoying the podcast, please consider sharing it on your social media and spread the word.  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or whatever else you may have, every little bit helps!
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Episode 7: Change Is Never A Waste of Time (Part 2)
<a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/untiltheraceisrun/PodcastEpisode7.mp3" target="_blank">Download Episode!</a> <!-- END 1053 Download Link -->In today's episode, I continue the journey into change that began in Episode 5.  Once again, we dive into the Transtheoretical Model of Change, this time talking about the second stage of change, Contemplation.  Previously, I talked about how this is a process,  often occurring over a series of stages.  Each stage brings us closer to being the change we hope to see.  In the last episode, we discussed pre-contemplation, the first stage in change.  Today, we talk about Contemplation. Through this 25 minute journey, I define what the Contemplation stage is.  Together, we look at what separates this stage from pre-contemplation.  I discuss ways to identify that one is moving from pre-contemplation into contemplation.  Finally, I look at some of the various strategies to move the journey forward from contemplation toward planning and eventual action to make that change.  Along the way, I share first hand experience and anecdotes from my journey and where I have been. Remember, change is not exclusively weight or diet related.  It can be any habit that we feel holds us from achieving our dreams and being the best version of ourselves.  I encourage all of you to join me on the journey.  I invite all of you to welcome change into your life.  Together, we can explore how we can propel ourselves into the future that we want for ourselves.   Finally, we can break down barriers that have held us in place and kept us comfortable, yet stagnant.  As a result, we can see our lives blossom in ways we never thought imaginable. Once again, I thank you all for being a part of this journey with me.  I welcome your feedback and topic suggestions.  It is my sincerest hope that you find meaning in what I share with you, and that it too helps you grow.  Thanks again for listening, Episode 8 will be coming on December 15th!! <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/11/01/episode-5-change-is-never-a-waste-of-time/"> Check Out Episode 5 Here!</a>
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Episode 6: All God's Children
<a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/untiltheraceisrun/Episode6_Until_The_Race_Is_Run.mp3" target="_blank">Download Episode!</a> <!-- END 1016 Download Link -->All God's Children is a gentle reminder that we are all one in the same.  As so many are aware, this election cycle has been nothing short of crazy.  Flaring tempers, fights among family and friends and hurt feelings have all become commonplace.  Our world around is rapidly changing.  No matter which side of the aisle you are on, we can all agree that things have changed.  During the last week, we have seen protests erupt and in some cases, violence and hate have ensued.  It is a frightening time for ALL of us.  At a time we need to come together, our differences are dividing us.  As a nation we are becoming increasingly fractured, rather than standing united. Among all of this uncertainty, we still have to live our lives and follow our dreams.  One listener suggested a discussion about hate and change and I could not have agreed more that it was a discussion that needed to happen.  Hence, the birth of this episode.  Both sides of the aisle have exploded into arguments and at times animosity.  People are fearful of change, of an uncertain future.  The question becomes, how do we protect ourselves and those we love during this time?  During these scary times, how do we stay true to ourselves?  When we are angry and hurting, how do we continue to love? So many questions remain.  Today's episode won't answer them all, as I do not have all the answers.  However, together, maybe we can start building a future together and start learning to appreciate ourselves and those around us.  Maybe we will learn to embrace and celebrate our diversity, and use it to grow.   I truly believe we can learn that our diversity does not have to divide us, but can unify and make us stronger in the end. I hope that you enjoy this episode and that it inspires you toward a brighter future! Special thanks to one of the listeners, Jen, who suggested this topic today! Please check out this blog entry, written to accompany this Podcast Episode! <a href= "http://www.untiltheraceisrun.org/2016/11/14/hope-future-prayer-everyone/"> Hope for the Future-A Prayer for Everyone</a> **please note** The 2nd part of the series about change originally scheduled to be released as Episode 6 will instead be available as Episode 7!!:-)  
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Episode 5: Change Is Never A Waste Of Time
<a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/untiltheraceisrun/PodcastEpisode5.mp3" target="_blank">Download Episode!</a> <!-- END 927 Download Link -->Change can be one of the most terrifying, and  the most rewarding experiences we will ever go through in life.  During this journey, we see things in ourselves that prevent us from being the best possible version of ourselves.  We often do whatever we can to change this. We finally blossom into the person we are born to be.  The process is never easy, and takes a lot of desire, dedication and time.  It is never a waste of time. Episode 5 marks the first in a series of 5 episodes about change.   Each episode is designed to be a stand alone episode, with a strong take home message about change.  Together, all 5 in the series can help you to change that something you have always "wanted to do" into something that you have accomplished! "Pre-Contemplation" is the first stage of change.  Our journey begins here, as we begin to recognize where we want our life to be, even if we are not yet sure how to get it there.  During this episode, I talk about what this stage means and how it is so easy to get stuck in this stage.  Together, we then dive into strategies to break through this stage and to being our journeys to a more perfect version of ourselves! I hope you enjoy this episode and I look forward to sharing the rest of the journey with you. Next, we dive into "contemplation".  Be sure to join me on November 15th!  Thanks so much for your time and for listening!
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Episode 4: I Just Wanna Be Happy
<a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/untiltheraceisrun/UntiTheRaceIsRunEpisode4.mp3" target="_blank">Download Episode!</a> <!-- END 903 Download Link --> <a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/untiltheraceisrun/UntiTheRaceIsRunEpisode4.mp3" target="_blank">Download Episode!</a> Today, in what is perhaps my favorite session so far, we dive into the negativity that surrounds us and prevents us from being the best version of ourselves possible.  We strive in our daily lives to be "happy" and yet somehow, we hit barrier after barrier in finding that happiness.  Sadly, the world around us can be negative, and the people we encounter in our day to day life, can be similarly negative.  It can really begin to weigh down the soul and make it difficult to keep growing and achieving.   In today's podcast, I dive into negative relationships.  I talk about some of the various relationships we can have with negativity.  Then, we push to understand why it affects us the way it does.  Finally, we look at ways to stamp negativity out of our lives.  We will move beyond barriers and push ourselves forward. Please join me on this journey as we continue to explore ourselves and push beyond the limits we set!  I hope you enjoy this chapter as much as I enjoyed producing it!  Please help spread the word of the podcast if you are enjoying it!  As always, please feel free to check out the website and the blog to learn more about being your best self!
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Episode 3: I Am Better Than I Was Yesterday
<p>The journey through life is often difficult and full of unknowns.  As a result, we hit many bumps along the road, and sometimes, against our best attempts, we hurt those around us.  We want to grow, we want to be better, yet sometimes we stumble.  Sometimes we cause pain to those we love the most. Inherently, we are all good people.  We love and care for those around us, yet our actions sometimes cause the opposite reaction.  Today, we talk about some of the reasons that we cause hurt to the people.  Sometimes, we make discoveries about ourselves that cause pain, no matter how hard we try to avoid it.  Occasionally, if we truly are to grow, we have to hurt those we care about. As a result, this hurt leaves us feeling like bad people. In this episode, we talk about ways to begin the process of forgiveness  Almost all of us can forgive others, yet somehow, we never can forgive ourselves.  Consequently, we end up beating ourselves up and feeling worse about ourselves.  As a result, we spiral into the same downward habits that have affected us our entire life.  Before we know it, we are circling this same vicious cycle over and over.</p>
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Episode 2: Always Find The Time
<p>Time management is an ever elusive, every difficult concept to manage.  For many of us, we simply have no idea how to fit all the things we want to do into a single day.  Over the course of today's discussion, I talk about strategies to manage your time.  Today, we look at various ways to balance out the demands of our job, our family and ourselves.  Together, we look at the ways that our time management can impact our daily life.  How many of us really prioritize the things that are important in our lives?  How man of us never save time for ourselves?   Often, we neglect our physical and mental health, all in the the hopes of caring for others.  As a result, we forget to take care of ourselves.  Consequently, so much else in our life suffers because of this neglect. Our discussion today continues on the path to being ones best self.  We explore many ways we can maybe improve our time management.  Consequently, as we improve our time management, we can improve the care we give to those around us.  The journey is never easy, and at times seems like it impossible.  Day by day we can push forward, moving toward the person we want to be. I thank you all for joining me along this journey.  I look forward to moving forward with you as well all grow to be the best versions of ourselves and make life all that we have dreamed of.  Please feel free to like & share this podcast with anybody who will enjoy it.  Have a look around the website and take in all of the blogs.   If you are looking to change your life, I promise at least one of the topics will pull you in!    </p>
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Episode 1: Introduction
<p>Welcome to the 1st episode of the podcast Until The Race Is Run.  This episode will introduce listeners to the beginnings of my journey toward a healthier, happier person and some of the places I have been along the way.  You will learn about the start of my blog, and where this journey has taken me over the last year.  Together, we look toward the future and I will share with you some of the topics coming up in the next few months as this podcast kicks into full production!  I look forward to sharing this journey with you!</p>
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