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119: Rachel Cruze on Breaking Bad Money Mindsets, What Dave Ramsey Taught Her, and Why Financial Action Beats Intention

This week on the show, Dave Ramsey’s daughter, New York Times bestselling author, Rachel Cruze, joins us to talk breaking bad money mindsets, what her dad taught her about financial wins, how to get out of debt, the b-word (“budget”), and why you actually need to have some money to spend on…whatever you’d like. About Rachel Cruze As a seasoned communicator and Ramsey Personality, Rachel Cruze has been speaking to groups as large as 10,000 for more than a decade. The daughter of Dave Ramsey,...


118: Money and Sex in Your Marriage (feat. Brian and Cherie Lowe)

This week on the show is all about money and sex in your marriage. Brian and Cherie Lowe offer straight talk and power principles for getting your finances back on track so you can get back to your romance. Take it from them—the Lowes worked off $127,000 in debt in just four years, and emerged not only financially free but better together. Join Cherie, personal finance blogger at Queen of Free, and Brian, family law attorney who’s seen it all when it comes to marital money struggles, in this...


117: Sleeping at Last, the Enneagram, and How to Show-Up in Life as Your True Self (feat. Ryan O’Neal)

What does it mean to have the courage to show-up fully present as our true selves in a culture that celebrates the airbrushed, cookie-cutter digital life and creates silos of self-protection and self-promotion against those we don’t know, like, or understand? Find-out today by joining my conversation with Ryan O’Neal, otherwise known as “Sleeping at Last." Connect with Sleeping at Last Website Instagram Twitter Spotify YouTube The Sleeping at Last Podcast Enneagram Resources Chris Heuertz’...


116: Christy Wright on How to Stop Being Crippled by Comfort

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever need to make is the decision to step outside your comfort zone. Why? Because just beyond it lies your purpose. But for a lot of people, the thought of stepping into the unknown is paralyzing because of past disappointment and an underlying motivation of fear. Today, we’re placing the bullseye on that target and pulling the trigger with Christy Wright, host of Business Boutique, and key personality with Dave Ramsey’s team. Christy is going to...


115: John Eldredge on the Root Cause of Regret, Cynicism, and Defeat

John Eldredge said, “I’ll guarantee you something. When you are in the midst of serious heartache, trauma, and disappointment, you can have God or you can have understanding.” Today, we’re talking all about the root causes of regret, cynicism, and defeat through the lens of unresolved disappointment, with John. But we’re not stopping there. We’re diving in to the antidote, real hope. We’ll also explore how men and women process these situations differently and why putting on the...


114: Medical Answers to Anxiety and Depression (feat. Julie Winter, NP-BC)

Anxiety and depression affect millions of people each day in America. In this episode, Nurse Practitioner, Julie Winter, joins us to discuss anxiety, depression, and wholeness from a practical medical perspective. You'll learn strategies to understand how your feelings affect your thinking (and vice versa), when to call upon medical help, and how to pursue a lifestyle of wholeness, body, soul, and spirit. Buy the Book Is your life defined by joy? So many people miss out on experiencing...


113: Jordan Rubin on Real Food, Fad Diets, and the Health Secret You Need Today

Emotional health is important. And even more importantly is our spiritual health. But even if we’re taking care of both of those areas of life, we cannot ignore our physical health. And too many Americans, maybe you, feel sick, tired, worn-out, and even depressed. We’ve talked about this before, but my own life is proof that diet and lifestyle changes, amidst emotional and spiritual healing have accelerated my own journey to wholeness. Here’s truth: what we eat is important. Period. In an...


112: Dr. Caroline Leaf on “Christianese” and How People Think Themselves Into Failure

Our thought lives have incredible power over our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. In fact, our thoughts can either limit us to what we believe we can do or release us to experience abilities well beyond our expectations. When we choose a mindset that extends our abilities rather than placing limits on ourselves, we will experience greater intellectual satisfaction, emotional control, and physical health. The only question is . . . how? Backed by up-to-date scientific research...


111: Switch Careers, Land Your Dream Job, and Seize Success (feat. Dr. Dawn Graham)

At some point in time, many, if not all, of us will change careers. But the question isn’t if we’re changing careers, but how we’re changing careers. Life is too short to get stuck in the wrong profession. But switching careers can be difficult. Are you positioning yourself to stand-out in interviews? Do you know how to interview well? Wouldn’t you love to be able to get inside the mind of most hiring managers before your interview? Joining us today is psychologist, former recruiter, and...


110: Tyler Reagin on Becoming a Life-Giving, Life-Changing Leader

Here’s a fact: recent statistics indicate that more than 65% of working adults would choose a new boss over a pay increase. And that’s not totally surprising. In my estimation, what’s behind that statistic is a societal cry for better leadership—true leaders—to rise-up in society. But what we need is for leaders today to stop making the mistake of trying to be someone else and instead, step into the uniqueness of their identity. Here’s the point: all too often, leaders—maybe even you—set out...


109: Carey Nieuwhof on 7 Things Everyone Experiences and No One Expects

No one sets out in life to end-up feeling depressed and disappointed; empty because of broken dreams. No one wants to find themselves in a place of regret and irrelevance. But it happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? It’s rarely issues of talent or ability that take down people like you and me. Often, it's the issues far beneath the surface. Just look at the news. They’re full of stories of smart, skillful people who were forced out or had to quit. Why? There are seven key challenges that...


108: Living with Trauma, PTSD, and Mental Illness (feat. Ericka Andersen)

Abandoned by his father at age two, Rick Sylvester lived with an abusive mother whose struggles as a member of the working poor led her to drugs, alcohol, theft, and prostitution - and eventually attempted suicide. Rick battled depression, anxiety, and PTSD as the chaos, neglect, and unpredictability of his childhood seemed to doom him to follow in his mother's footsteps. Well into adulthood, Rick stumbled through unemployment and divorce, using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain until he...


107: Craig Groeschel on How to Hope in the Dark

Crisis, loss, and disappointment are all things most of us will experience in life. And in the midst of personal hell, I know it’s true—because I’ve lived it—that we can barely take the next step in front of us—like paying bills on time, having normal conversations, or even remembering to eat regular meals. Beyond hopelessness is despair, and that’s an even scarier place to live. I’ve been there too. So how in the world are we even supposed to say the word “hope,” let alone cultivate it in...


106: Toxic Emotions & How to Set Boundaries for Your Soul

Fear, guilt, shame, bitterness, and regret. Five deadly emotions that will lie to you about your identity, sink daggers of despair into your heart, and sabotage your relationships and your potential in life. What do most people do about the lingering effects of those five emotions in their lives? At least on my end, I surpassed them until it was too painful to do so any longer. And that wasn’t a good choice. Men and women all over the country unknowingly make decisions from a false identity...


105: Ken Shigematsu on the Survival Guide for the Soul

What keeps us from flourishing in life is a neglect of the inner life of the soul. It’s the engine where everything starts…and stops. And more and more today, this neglect is driven by our ambition to accomplish something big outside ourselves. We live in a society that pressures us to achieve professionally, socially, and through the constant acquisition of things, status, and titles. The trouble is that this rat-race to achieve is a never-ending ride. You can’t get off this train without a...


BONUS: Breaking the Cycle of Shame in Your Life

You and I have one life to live. But few of us step into manifesting the full expression of who we were designed to be. Why? Because of the fear that being seen and heard for who we really are will result in rejection; rejection not because of what we have or haven't done, but rejection of our very personhood. You see, it's one thing to feel as though you've not done enough. But it's a greater tragedy to feel as though you aren’t enough. Allow me to paint a picture in this week's bonus...


104: Samuel Rodriguez on Shaking Free from Storms

Level-up with me. How many of you feel as if you take one step forward in life only to fall back two—or ten—steps? You struggle and push through one obstacle and then discover an even larger one looming right ahead of you. It’s intimidating, isn’t it? I’ve been there. We’ve talked about my journey a lot here on the show. But what if our strategy to deal with the storms of life was off, not because we’re doing anything wrong tactically, but because we’re looking in the wrong direction. I know...


103: Chad Norris on The Biggest Misconception We Don’t Know We Have

What if today, you realized that a misconception about yourself has been driving your day-to-day existence? And as a result, you’ve not been seeing yourself and the world around you as it really is. Would you be frustrated? Quickly motivated to discover the issue and re-direct the course of your life? I really believe a misconception is one of the most dangerous threats in life. And the biggest misconception a lot of people live with is about who they really are, their identity outside of...


102: Danny Silk & Bob Hasson on Leadership, Honor, Bad Bosses, and Relationships

Honor is the art of stewarding relationships well. Business is all about relationships, and every day at work presents us with a choice: Will we fight for fear-free connections with our team members, employees, vendors, and customers for the sake of our mutual success? Or will we default into self-protection and self-serving and participate in a relational culture of disconnection? This is the choice between honor and dishonor, and it flows from our hearts and our core beliefs about people....


BONUS 004: Are You an Orphan in Life?

It is not uncommon that painful past experiences in life cause us to wear tattered clothing of shame, perfectionism, self-protection, and self-promotion. I know this too well because I did it all too often. We "orphan" ourselves when we have an unwillingness to live inside our story (even the most painful parts). We then abandon who we were/who we are (and what happened) in favor of who we're supposed to be. We live inside windowless shacks built upon the phrase, "I will not be ___________...