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Peace of Mind, No Matter What’s Happening – TPS449

During these uncertain times, it’s difficult for people to experience a sense of equanimity – where you can maintain calm no matter what’s going on. Our brains are wired to warn us of danger when things are uncertain. In this episode, I talk about how you can develop some calm in the midst of the chaos.


It’s possible to train yourself to maintain calm during times of chaos if you’re willing to listen to your inner voice and follow its instructions.
We can do better in our business and financially if we let go of our attachment to the outcomes.
If I’m setting goals based on what I know from the past, I’m not leaving room for new information and opportunities to come to me.
If you are skeptical and don’t trust others or yourself, it’s going to be hard for you to be able to draw in what you want and need.
Letting go and trusting is important if you want to find your true pathway.
If you’re trying to get back to what we had before Covid, it’s not going to happen. So much in our lives is changing – and will continue to change as the story evolves.
It’s important to develop ways of centering yourself and bringing yourself back to the current moment.
The idea is to minimize your fear and wait to see what shows up – and there will be some scary moments as we move towards the new reality.
How willing are you to believe that what’s happening now is to your advantage?
Are you prepared to die? If you take care of all the details, then you can let go of some of your fear of death.
If you are afraid of getting Covid or afraid of dying, then you need to do something about it so the fear doesn’t take up a whole lot of your thinking time.
Fear of not having enough money is actually the fear of dying.
I talk about how to deal with the fear of running out of money.

To be peaceful all the time, there are certain skills you have to develop.
If you would like some guidance about how you can reach a point of inner peace, set up an appointment to talk to me by clicking here.

Lisa Levy: Helping Small Businesses Grow and Thrive – TPS448

Lisa L. Levy is the bestselling author of Future Proofing Cubed and Founder and CEO of Lcubed Consulting, a business that helps organizations elevate through strategic goal achievement. She and her team teach the practice of rapid adaptive transformation to notable global, multi-billion-dollar clients.

Lisa is a frequent guest expert on multiple media outlets and speaker at business executive conferences. On her rare days off, she enjoys spending time at her home in Arizona with her family and hound dogs.

Lisa talks about how her company switched from working with very large companies to smaller companies.
The Adaptive Transformation Framework helps smaller businesses grow.
Lisa started working in corporate but realized she needed to be more creative and moved towards entrepreneurship.
Her experience in corporate helped create the system she uses.
Large corporations are only 10% of the businesses in the US.
The system that Lisa uses engages everyone within the organization and helps them adapt to change.
Lisa explains how the system she uses works with her mostly left-brain clients, but she is aware of the necessity of developing right-brain skills that lead to creativity and innovation.
Future Proofing Cubed – Lisa’s book – came to be during the pandemic when businesses had to adapt to new ways of doing things. By using the Adaptive Transformation Framework, business leaders can better adapt to change and thrive during difficult times.
Lisa is developing her ability to use emotions as part of business building.
You can teach people business skills, but their attitude and how they show up is also important.
Lisa has a core group of partners she works with so that she can bring in expertise from all fields to her clients.
We talk about the importance of collaboration.
When you open to other people, you expand yourself and become stronger.

Lisa’s site

Future Proofing Cubed: The Definitive Guide to Improving Productivity, Refining Processes, and Bolstering Profitability

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Aprille Janes: Take a Chance and Let Life Unfold – TPS447

After a successful career as an I.T. consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Aprille Janes removed her “corporate suit” to follow a more creative path. Today she lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, painting and teaching in her studio overlooking the Bay of Fundy.


Aprille shares the Canadian view of what’s happening now in the United States.
When Aprille left corporate, she and her husband were willing to take a chance and let their future unfold. She shares how they dealt with the uncertainty and talks about the synchronistic things that happened.
The process Aprille went through learning to trust her inner direction.
Skill and intuition have to be combined to develop inspired creation.
Aprille’s path has been one of exploration without having a definite end in mind.
We all have pain, we just choose whether we suffer.
Living a quiet, peaceful life, couldn’t have happened for Aprille when she was younger.
We need the contrast between light and dark.
Does it take time – and years of experience – to reach a point of acceptance?
The Covid pause is allowing us to reevaluate what’s important to us.
This is a time of choice – which side do you want to be on?
The chaos of the “insurrection” was a definite wake-up call for a lot of people.
Most of the people outside of the United States who are watching what’s going on are praying that democracy stands.
People are ready to be heard.
Fear of the unknown will paralyze us; trust lets us keep going.
We talk about the value of gratitude. What can you be thankful for today?
A lot of the conflict we’re seeing now is caused, in part, by feelings of powerlessness. Seeing that we have choices as to how we respond gives us back our power.

Aprille’s site

An interview with Aprille after she moved to Nova Scotia

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David Howitt: Combining Spirituality with Business – TPS446

David M. Howitt is the founder & CEO of Meriwether Group and author of Heed Your Call is an inspiring thought leader and accomplished entrepreneur. David has over twenty years of experience providing financial, strategic, and brand counseling to early stage, and Fortune 100 companies. He has the unique ability to integrate vision and growth strategies with mission and purpose.


David is a big fan of Joseph Campbell and The Hero’s Journey.
As a young boy, David had the urge to explore beyond the limited world he knew but avoided following that urge to explore. After getting married, having children, and working for years as an attorney, he knew he had to move in a new direction.
The business owners that David works with are able to integrate their spiritual lives with their business. He talks about the power of and rather than the power of or.
We talk about what it is that allows one person to move out of the “abyss” and move forward rather than staying stuck where they have been.
When you let go of what you think you should be and discover who must be that’s when synchronicity can happen and unexpected doors will open for you.
When he interviewed hospice workers, the number one regret that they heard from people on their deathbed was that they lived the life that other people wanted them to live.
There is a paradigm shift happening where younger people are beginning to understand that they don’t have to suffer to be considered a productive member of society. They are more interested in experiences than acquiring more things.
Sometimes we have to follow the wrong path to discern what the right path for us is.
We repair the world by following the “breath of God” that resides within us.
The question is, “How do we create the world that we really want?”
David talks about how the Meriwether Group helps people discover how they can become co-creators of their perfect life and lead from a place of intentionality.
We are now seeing the integration of Eastern and Western philosophy, of left brain and right brain, of artistry and analytics and that the magic happens with the integration of the ashram and the boardroom.
The beauty is in letting go.


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Conscious Synchronicity – TPS445

This past Sunday, I gave a talk at The Celebration, the spiritual group I belong to and thought you might like to hear it. I’ve been interested in the idea of synchronicity for a long time and I shared some of my thoughts about it in this episode.

If you have stories about your experience with synchronicity, I’d love to hear about them. You can email them to Joan at

The Truth of You Shall Set You Free – TPS444

I recently woke up with the word “truth” sounding loudly in my mind which led me to think about truth – a lot – and how I might talk about it on a podcast episode. Because we have been going through a period of a lot of not truth I’ve been pondering what we miss when we don’t tell the truth. I discuss it in this episode.


I ask, “Why the advantage of telling the truth or the truth of you?”
Years ago, I committed to tell the truth all the time. It is really difficult.
People often exaggerate in order to make a better impression, which makes it difficult to tell if they’re telling the truth or not.
I talk about all the claims made in commercials that I perceive is not being true.
We’re becoming adapted to alternative realities and “alternative truth”.
In order to connect to your truth, you have to develop a certain amount of intuition.
To develop self-awareness, you need to be able to learn to travel into the depths of yourself.
We sometimes think that people who display a lot of self-confidence no more than we do.
As children, we often suppressed ourselves because it appeared to be safer.
Every time you adjust your truth, you’re slowing down the process of finding out who you are becoming.
Humans are complicated, and finding our own path is complicated because we have to overcome a lot of the messages we got as children.
We tend to not honestly express our emotions.
I talk about the nuances that are sometimes necessary when telling the truth.
What are the things that you think about but never talk to other people about?
What is it that separates you from other people that you never talk about?
I talk about my invisible disability and how I have kept it hidden. But I now see that I’m actually holding myself back by doing this.
Whatever you are thinking is limiting you may be what you’re identifying as a disability.
If you have a physical disability, that’s not something that’s wrong with you, it’s just something you have to deal with.
Each of us is separate, unique, and valuable. You can’t understand your value to the greater society, if you’re thinking that you’re less-than.
What is it about you that you consider something that holds you back? That would be what you perceive to be your disability. That is the truth of you and your life doesn’t have to be diminished because of it.
The truth of you shall set you free.
There’s nothing wrong with you that needs fixing. You just have habitual thoughts beliefs and emotions that may need to change. And you can do that.

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

My course, Rewire Your Brain for Prosperity & Financial Freedom, will show you how to create new habits.

Dr. Gary McGrath: Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – TPS443

Dr. Gary McGrath’s mission is to make Good Bosses into Great Leaders with Compassionate Accountability. His company is STATARIUS which is Latin for ‘to stand firm’ where he and his team of Statarians DEVELOP Leadership – they don’t just train leaders.

He served our country as an officer in the United States Army where he commanded 102 soldiers at the age of 25. He is the author of two books, a Certified Speaking Professional with the National Speakers Association, and a meditation instructor. After living in nine states and two foreign countries, Dr. Gary has settled in Raleigh, NC.

Gary shares his journey to learning about emotional intelligence.
The only two characteristics of leadership effectiveness are emotional intelligence and cognitive judgment.
In business, we often don’t understand the importance of emotions and leadership.
Four parts of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
Emotional intelligence means being able to tell – in the moment – how you are feeling and how someone you’re talking to is feeling.
Without emotional intelligence, you are trying to build your business as a manager, not a leader.
Gary defines leadership.
Typically, men have low self-awareness and high self-management. Women tend to have high self-awareness. Gary explains the brain science behind this phenomenon.
If a man tells a woman, “you’re being too emotional”, he is actually insulting her biology.
Men basically have two emotions – happy and pissed.
85% of performance problems at work are about problems outside of work. Our emotional state at work is impacted by everything in our life.
The only way we can truly show someone we care is by understanding their emotions.
Emotional intelligence is often thought of as a soft skill, but it is not. It’s hard.

Every decision that you make is an emotional one.
Dr. Gary on LinkedIn
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Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – by Travis Bradberry and Jean Graves

Money & Emotions – A Novel Approach – TPS442

When most podcasters talk about money and emotions, they talk about how people feel about their money. My approach is quite different in that I look at the emotions you are acting out through your money. In this episode, I talk about how what you feel when dealing with money is never about money – and what it is about.


You can use your money feelings to understand your emotional makeup.
If you are afraid of running out of money, that indicates that you are feeling alone.
If you think you need more money, you are saying that you need more people because money is always attached to people.
Feeling like there’s never enough means that you feel like not enough.
Fear of losing what you have is often the result of abandonment stories.
The idea is to recognize the feeling and express it.
When you hear yourself thinking that you need more money, ask yourself, “What am I feeling?”
How you were brought up – either in poverty or wealth – will affect your money emotions.
If you let yourself deal with the feelings, you aren’t going to have to repeat the dramas.
Learning how to manage cash flow can mollify financial fears.
When you learn how to put off purchases, you can manage your money better.
I talk about learning how to delay gratification.
If you learn how to manage your need for gratification and your dopamine signals that you need more, you can feel better about yourself and your money.
You can use the Covid pause to retrain your emotional responses.
Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.
This is a good time to learn to recognize and deal with your emotions.

Check out my course Rewire Your Brain for Prosperity & Financial Freedom

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Make New Choices in the New Year – TPS441

The new year is soon to be upon us. In this episode, I ask you to decide what choices you want to make in the new year as to who you want to be and what you want to be doing. What changes do you want to make?


We have no idea what our lives or our world are going to look like in the coming year.
There’s going to be a new normal, but we have no idea what normal is going to look like.
Covid has given us the opportunity of reevaluating everything in our life. Do we really want to go back to what was, or do we want to create something new that is more satisfying?
It’s hard to set goals when you have no idea what the future is going to look like. I suggest that instead of setting doing goals that you set feeling goals.
The one thing that you have control over and the power to change is your internal environment.
What we are all going through, provides us with the opportunity to ask who we want to be and what we want to change. Change is happening whether you wanted to or not.
What is it that you can do to create some certainty for yourself?
It is impossible to create specific goals when you have no idea what the external environment is going to be.
I’m going to ask you – if you’re willing – to examine your internal environment and decide what choices for change you want to make in the new year.
This is the time for choice. You are where you are because of the choices you have made and now you can make different choices that will allow you to move in a different direction.
Every choice that you make has an emotional component.
We have been given the opportunity, at this juncture in time, to examine our lives and make new choices.
What will it take for you to be the best version of yourself today?
If we all make changes together, it will affect the entire world.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Jan Janzen: The Inner Approach to Selling – TPS440

Jan Janzen has been a serial entrepreneur for 40 years. She bought a franchise at just 19 years of age and since then has worked in a wide variety of industries from being president of a network marketing company to having three businesses

in the automotive field to having a 6-figures healing practice. Jan’s focus is helping women entrepreneurs fall in love with the sales process so they can earn the money they need in their businesses so they can take care of themselves and make the difference they are here to make in the world.

Jan shares her unusual background in sales as a Jehovah’s Witness where she learned how to accept rejection.
Leaders often feel l like outsiders, which can be an asset. They also have to be their own person.
We talk about how Jan presents the idea of sales to people who might be repulsed by the idea of selling.
Jan explains why she doesn’t use high-testosterone words like prospect, close, or filling the pipeline.
Women are usually really good at sales and outsell men by 11%, even though they break many of the rules.
Women entrepreneurs outsell men, but they earn less because they often under-price their services.
Jan talks about money mindset and the assessment she uses to measure where a person is vis-à-vis money. She explains the idea of money archetypes.
A person’s genetic coding can also affect financial behaviors.
Changing your money mindset requires more than learning financial skills. The inner work has to be done.
I asked Jan how she helps people overcome their money mindset blocks.
Women often don’t see the value that they bring. Jan explains how she teaches women to overcome this.
Jan talks about dealing with the objection, “I can’t afford it” and how to discover if a potential client is a good fit for you.
People often rush through a sales conversation because they don’t like doing it.
There are various techniques that Jan uses to help people gain the confidence needed in order to sell.
Your internal habits and self-concept can affect your ability to sell. We talk about the elements that can come into play.
Our tribal programming can keep us from reaching our next income level.

Take Jan’s free assessment to discover your money archetype

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