Being called a comforting “stuffed bear” to the world on 12-minute Convos was a first for me. I loved it!
I was thrilled to be part of an amazing project, the 12 minute conversation with Engel Jones. If you have not heard about the project, please read more about it below under “About Engel Jones and 12-minute Convos”. I was honored to be conversation 456 of 1509. 🙂
What can you cover in 12-minutes? A LOT. Here are a few of the highlights, along with nuggets of insight for getting your year off to an amazing start. Because I am known as the “mountain mantra mama”, I will organize the points into mantras for action (there are four). Here they are:
Mantra #1: Be an agent of Change. I described my background as a management consultant and how I loved solving puzzles. I now use these “puzzle or problem solving skills” to help business groups and individuals be healthier and happier (and therefore more productive and successful). I suggest to others to please use positive psychology (or heart opening yoga poses) to not feel overwhelmed and lost. Practice gratitude. Spread positivity.
Mantra #2: Pivot your direction in life based on messages from your heart. I talked about how I started a nonprofit organization in 2008 when I heard that the statistic ONE out of three kids born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes if they follow the Standard American Diet. This pivot away from management consulting and into the world of wellness has positioned me in a way where I can be of even more service to my clients. When Engel asked me about my earliest childhood memory, I told the story of looking for my lost bear and finding it later on a dining room chair. My emotions when finding the bear transformed from fear to relief, comfort, security and safety. I think that story is a metaphor for life: we are all on a quest to find purpose and love (the symbol of the bear). We must transform our fear into love, something I talk a lot about in my first book (Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes)
Mantra #3: Find your purpose on this planet earth. How was I to know that management consulting and nonprofit management would combine to put me in a position where I could offer amazing coaching and consulting to my clients? We don’t always know how to connect the dots in the moment/looking forward, but looking back we can use what Steve Jobs called “associative fluency” to put together an incredible foundation for serving and helping the world.
Mantra #4: Know what makes you unique– and embrace those idiosyncrasies! Wanting to help others: what gets me out of bed in the morning. What makes my messaging different? Being positive! Over 1/2 of the world’s population deals with a chronic disease. These people need encouragement and positivity if we are going to make this planet a healthier and happier place. I participate in what Engel calls “consistent activity” to serve my audience through speaking, events, books (Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes and Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow), and now, my new podcast Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons.
And speaking of unique, one of the unique things that I loved about the Star Wars movies (which I talked about with Engel) was the Main Theme. How could they have ommitted it in the recent movie!?
About Engel Jones and 12-minute Convos
Engel believes that this world is make better by high quality conversations. So he set out to break the world’s record for the number of podcast interviews done– 1509 conversations in 3 months. I was honored to be conversation 456.
And don’t forget to check out Engel’s wife’s work! (She has embraced being an agent of change, just like her husband). Kudos!