broadCAST October 2017: Fear and LIFE
The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™. Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™ have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month. With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective bodies of work and how it might be of service to you. They each bring such great value in service to their respective work.
As we head deeper into the Fall… back at school or work… the overarching theme for The CAST™ in October is about fear, facing it and/or living our best lives. So, let’s get at it.
Engage and enjoy. 🙂
JOEL SWEENEY SAYS
Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com
LIZ BURT SAYS
I see fear as a motivator. Lululemon is famous for printing on their shopping bags, “Do one thing every day that scares you”. I think that this is a great message from this brand. Doing that which we fear can help us grow, and step outside our comfort zones to where the magic happens. Are we afraid to fail? Afraid to try? Afraid it will be too hard? Afraid of who we will become in the process?
I remember when I was challenged to sign up for the Tely Ten road race for the first time. As a very un-athletic person up until that point, you bet your ass I was afraid. But through the pain that ensued, and the following years of challenging myself through the sport of running, I can honestly say that facing that fear was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned that through grit, effort, discipline, and consistency, I could accomplish almost anything. One ten mile race lead to another, then a half marathon and then a full marathon and another, and now running is just a part of who I am, a daily practice for body and mind.
When I put my career on hold to go back to school and be a full-time student a few years ago, I was afraid. I was afraid I made the wrong decision; afraid of financial hardships; afraid I wouldn’t get the grades that I thought I deserved. But, yet again, I grew. I not only learned and soaked up knowledge like a sponge, but I grew as a person, more than I ever imagined and in ways I had no idea I needed to grow. I got the grades I needed and I decided to apply for graduate school. I remember crying when I got accepted into a communications program at one of the top universities in Canada.
My examples may have taken a really long time and a hell of a lot of tenacity to finally conquer, but you don’t have to start with the biggest craziest goal first. It may be easier to start small and let the momentum build. If you start with a small goal, the fulfillment you get from achieving that goal or challenge will propel you forward to the next slightly bigger goal. You will grow, you will gain new confidence and you may even become addicted to challenging yourself.
So, if there’s something you want in life, don’t let fear prevent you from going for it, even if it will take a long time. A wise friend once told me, “Don’t be afraid of the time it will take to get you there, the time is going to pass anyways”. So, with that in mind, what will you do with your time?
Liz Burt is about real and healthy results. She is a master motivator. She is also a marathoner and marketing specialist living in Calgary, AB. She holds a three-year diploma in Business Management and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and will begin her MA at the University of Alberta this spring. In addition to being wild about learning and running, Liz is also an avid traveller and has backpacked through twenty countries in the last few years. In her professional life she loves working with small businesses to develop simple and effective marketing and communications plans that achieve real results. She is creative, a bit of a health nut and loves to share her healthy passions in her blog. Liz is a goal setter and risk taker. She loves coffee, cooking, and great conversations. She gets huge joy in helping people and small businesses achieve their goals and are always ready to lend an ear and share advice. lizburt.wordpress.com
RAY HOLLISTER SAYS
Ray is busy assisting with relief efforts in Puerto Rico this month; a work of true and ultimate service. So, I thought to offer a contribution from last year… from Ray… on fear. Quite the read.
After a horrific auto accident, I was facing an uncertain future and total paralysis. I had a deep seeded fear that I would not only never walk again, but I also feared I would never have a normal relationship – or any relationship – for the rest of my life. At first, I faced this fear quite poorly. I sank into a world of “what if’s” that were all worst case scenarios. I imagined the horrible things that other people were thinking about me or what they might say when confronted by my situation. After two particularly powerful visits by a psychiatrist and a priest, I then changed my view and outlook with one simple twist: I changed all my “what if’s” to be about the absolute best case scenario. I changed all my guesses about what people were thinking about me to be only the most outrageously positive outlooks.
You see, the truth is that it is just as easy to fantasize about the positive outcomes of our fears as it is to imagine the worst case scenario. But that is how fear sucks you in – it allows you to believe that the worst case is more likely than the best case. This is simply not true. I offer as my proof a simple exercise. Try for one moment to face the ‘fear’ of winning a jackpot lottery of $500,000,000. Is that difficult to do? Why? Just remember that it IS just as easy (and just as ridiculous) to dwell on the most fantastic and outrageously good outcomes of the challenges you face. This one small change in how I face my fears and challenges in my daily life has been the root of my ability to consistently feel joy and happiness in even the most trying circumstances. I encourage you to join me and start ‘worrying’ about all the great things that are bound to happen to you this week, this month, and this year!
Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection with students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades. www.rayhollister.net
KRISTA WALSH SAYS
Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow. Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity. In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada. Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles. Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.” Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow. Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs. www.kccollect.vpweb.ca
MARK BLACK SAYS
Starting next month, Mark will be offering motivating thoughts in visual form… going to be cool. For now, Mark has offered…
Have you had a hard day? A tough week? Take heart. You are not experiencing anything to be concerned about. It’s normal. That may come as little consolation, but it should. Life is supposed to be hard. If your life is always smooth and easy, you are probably playing it too safe. If you can learn to accept the fact that your life is supposed to be difficult, and stop resisting adversity, your life will be much better. Ironically, by straining to make our lives easier, we make them even harder. So rather than striving for easy, learn to thrive amidst adversity.
Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience. He is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids. www.markblack.ca
JAMIE McCABE SAYS
Jamie writes on fear…
I have faced the fear of coming into my own scary world of technology. We implemented a POS and an online booking system recently for Clay Cafe. I can’t say, looking back now, what exactly I was fearful of, perhaps the unknown? How does it work and how long will it take to learn? Well, that’s always going to be scary. Maybe because the system wasn’t broke, then did we really need to fix it?
What I learned is that it didn’t have to be broken at all to make it BETTER. I let the excitement of growth, far outweigh my fear and that my friend, was worth all the reward.
TRENT LANGDON SAYS
Fear and obstacles often dominate the minds of my students. It is subsequently my role to assist them with forward movement by exploring unused opportunities and challenging current mindsets. It continues to amaze me how this journey can vary with each individual student. The most significant feature however is their willingness (with time) to tackle the challenge at hand and build an offensive strategy. My message is therefore this; utilize your connections (close friends, confidantes, a counselor, a therapist) to process your concerns, bounce ideas off of them, have them challenge your thinking, and have them call your bluff. Progress (to any degree) has a way of breeding progress and reprieve may be around the corner.
Trent Langdon is all about finding identity & building ‘life legacy’ through character education, integrity-based living, and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; he is serving as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™. Check out Trent’s blog.
SHEENA GROBB SINGS
Going forward, Sheena shares in song, and message; and I am personally thankful. This month is one of my fave songs of all time. Yes, Sheena it is. 🙂 I find such solace and strength in The Breakless Heart. What a way to face our fears. Thank you for this gift Sheena. — BLG
Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com
BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS
Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that. and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. www.epicengage.com
QUOTES of the MONTH
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. — Eleanor Roosevelt
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. — Nelson Mandela
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. — Mark Twain
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. — Plato
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. — Steve Jobs
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. — Marie Curie
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. — Dale Carnegie
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