TUL 023 – An Interview with Bec Heinrich: How Radical Rest Transformed Her Life

On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE my guest, Bec Heinrich learned life transforming truths through a year of radical rest.

Bec has spent the last 18 years focused on developing leaders of all ages. Bec launched her first business at age 16, and her second a social Enterprise which consulted to the education sector in Australia, to design and facilitate leadership and character development programs, at the age of 21. She spent 10 years scaling this organization which worked with more than 185,000 young people and impacted more than 500 schools nationally.

Moving to the United States in 2014, today Bec leads strategic conversations with executive leaders at Deloitte’s Washington DC Greenhouse; an innovation and collaboration space tasked with helping clients focus on their most difficult business and leadership challenges.

Bec has degrees in Politics and Law from Macquarie University in Sydney, has studied social entrepreneurship and innovation at Stanford University and has a Master’s in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.  Her thesis was on the impact of rest on the performance of leaders, inspired after she took a year-long sabbatical to learn how to slow down in order to speed up.

Her year-long sabbatical came after years of running hard.  A traumatic life shaping event served as a catalyst that ultimately broke her.  As she began to more deeply search and evaluate her heart and life, Bec found a new identity, more productivity, and a renewed outlook on life, work, herself.

Her story is an incredible one, and her insights on rest will speak volumes to your life!  Tune in, as we discuss practical steps that you can take today that will help you slow down so that you can speed up!

Below is a link to the formative book Bec recommended to us all.  Only $6.99 on Amazon!  Check it out.

TUL 022 – I’m Slowing Down to Speed Up!

I’ve always desired to be one who practices what they preach, and in my recent series on rest I’ve been forced to follow my own advice.  Recent illness has briefly bogged me down, but only for a beat!

This week’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE may very well be the shortest, but may it be a tangible example to you of doing what must be done to prioritize rest in your life!

Have a listen to this week’s show for not only a quick review of the main building blocks that will help you implement change but also a preview of what’s next!  The coming weeks on the show will include a powerful and relevant interview from a leading voice advocating true rest in our busy lives as well as a brand new series dissecting the illusive topic of happiness.  At the end, you will know what is really required to dramatically increase happiness AND how to put it into practice in your life!  I’m excited for what’s coming and I hope you are too!

TUL 021 – It’s As Easy As 1-2-3!

For the past couple of weeks on THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE we have reflected on topics surrounding the theme of REST.  This week is no different.  It you haven’t built rest into your rhythms yet – you are nowhere near as effective as you can be.  Not just sleep – but true rest!

On today’s episode we’ll pick up where we left off.  After identifying some of the red flags of failure to rest (stress, exhaustion, lack of joy), you are primed and ready to take action.

I’ve attempted to make it as easy as possible, so I have simplified action points down to three!

  1. Acknowledge and Identify: If you can’t admit and identify the problem areas regarding rest in your life, then good luck making progress.  Start by coming to grips with where you are deficient – in all dimensions of life (spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, relational).  Be brutally honest, it will pay off in the end.  Trust me!
  2. Set goals: Duh, right?  Perhaps, but sadly most people don’t have clearly identifiable goals written down.  And, yes, WRITE THEM DOWN!  By writing them down you are 42% more likely to accomplish them!  That’s significant.  Don’t believe me?  Listen to episode 003.  Start with what has worked the best for you in the past.
  3. Review: If you don’t regularly evaluate your goals and progress you will fail!  Ask yourself specifically about each one.  Are they working?  What’s working?  What’s not working?  What needs to change?  This is where so many fail.  They fail once or twice and quit.  Remember it was a starting point.  Make adjustments, tweak.  Find what works.  BONUS TIP:  When you review, tell someone!  Be accountable, verbalize it!  You’ll again, be far more likely to succeed.  

If you’re ready to be free, feel some peace in your life, decrease stress and exhaustion – what are you waiting for?!?  Put these 3 easy steps into practice and make a difference that will not only benefit you and your effectiveness in life but also the lives of those around you!

TUL 020 – A New Kind of R & R

It’s January, and the thought of a little R&R sounds oh so enticing right now!  Can you say Caribbean?  Ok, I’ll postpone the wishful thinking.

On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE we continue the discussion on the topic of REST….true rest!

If you desire to be more effective, efficient, or productive you must learn to implement rest into the rhythms of your life!

Establishing regular rhythms of rest and life giving activities will provide you with the right kind of energy and restoration that you need to excel at life.

We must learn what elite athletes have long known and regularly practice.  To run faster and further we must rest more!  So how do we do this well?

I wish there were a perfect system, one that worked universally for everyone.  Of course, there isn’t but there are common markers that serve as litmus tests for us to gauge our levels of rest.

  1. Stress
  2. Exhaustion
  3. Lack of Joy

I’ll share more extensively on each point in this week’s episode.  Once those areas are evaluated and identified you can begin to move toward a solution – creating regular rhythms.  Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear more! 

 

TUL 019 – This Performance Enhancer Will Change Your 2017!

Who among us doesn’t need a little help?  On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE I’m going to share with you a performance enhancer that will accelerate your 2017 like none other!  Here’s the best part – It’s FREE!  Now it will cost you, but I assure you it’s 100% free.

Everyone wants something from you, something for you.  Today I simply want to give you what you need.  So what’s this radical secret that will maximize all you do?

R-E-S-T!

Yep, it really is that simple.  Now, it of course, includes the oh so elusive sleep, but is also significantly more than just sleep.  It’s the filling back up of the empty parts of your life; the physical, mental, relational, spiritual, emotional.  Life is pretty good at depleting those valuable resources and if we are honest we aren’t always great at topping them back off.  Most of us function in life as I did when I used to get gas for my car as a young (and poor) 16 year old.  “I wonder what change can I find under the seats?”  “Can I coast four more miles on fumes?”  It’s no place to live friends, and it is a far cry from an UNSTOPPABLE LIFE!

I’ve learned, and honestly am still learning, that the best way to speed up in life is to slow down!  It’s paradoxical I know but it’s true.  Our American way has run far too many of us ragged and it needs to stop if we want to succeed.

If you’re serious about using this performance enhancer in your own life than here’s what I suggest you do.  It will take less than 10 minutes I promise.

  1. Stop and think:  Yep, it’s hard I know.  We don’t do it near enough.  Stop and think about the things that have brought you the most joy, peace, and energy in your life.  The kind of things that leave you feeling filled afterward, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, relationally.  The people, places, activities, experiences, etc…
  2. Write it down:  Boil them down to 3.  Write them down somewhere you can see them, paper, note app, it doesn’t matter.
  3. Do it!:  Choose one that is achievable.  Not at some point or later this year, because you and I both know life will suck that intention right on up!  Choose just one that you can put into action and/or accomplish THIS WEEK!  Yes in less than 7 days! You have to prioritize rest and be intentional about filling up the depleted accounts.

Follow those simple steps and see if you are not more successful and energized to go and live an UNSTOPPABLE LIFE!

Enjoy the show today and put some truth into action.

TUL 018 – A Year In Review

3…2…1…Happy New Year!

2016 is ready to retire to the books while 2017 eagerly waits for us!  I don’t know about you but 2016 was full and challenging.  THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE’s primary purpose is to help you make and navigate through change, and my life was no exception.  I changed careers, after 11 years serving a wonderful group of people at our church we followed God’s leading to step away.  We sold a house, bought and entirely flipped another.  We moved out and moved in twice!  Change and challenge are indeed the operative words for 2016.

Yet in spite of those changes we have seen great things.  First the challenges and trials truly show us who we are, what we are made of and how deeply our faith is rooted.  In midst of the already listed changes we saw so many wonderful things that made things easier, we were deeply loved and blessed by family and friends in many ways.  I of course launched this podcast, my wife launch into a new business enterprise.

Maybe your story is similar, maybe you are feeling ready to take some significant steps in your life.  Wether your 2016 was good, bad, average, or boring – it’s done!  And 2017 sits ready and waiting for you!  Will you act, will you take a significant steps?  Will you create habits that will make you?  Will you set yourself up for success by writing down your goals.  Will you prepare yourself for what lies ahead, the exhilarating peaks and the darkest valleys?  They are likely there waiting too, so don’t be surprised or caught of guard.  You can live an unstoppable life!  It is within you!  Take these tools and put them into practice.  Here’s to 2016!  And I cheer you on for the year ahead.  May God Bless you and ready you for this coming year.

See you next year!

TUL 017 – Why Christmas Matters

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Why Christmas matters.

Its the most wonderful time of the year, full of cheer, gifts, gatherings, familiar tunes, greed and charity alike.  Bottom lines in the black and checkbooks in the red.  Santa and elves, Jesus and angels.  For many of us, it’s within the sphere of Christmas that we find many of our most wonderful and fondest memories and for others it is the most difficult time of the year.  In a modern world some now wonder, “Does Christmas still matter?”

On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE I’ll show you precisely why it does!

I’m not about to go on a rant about saying happy holidays or Merry Christmas. We won’t debate the ongoing war on Christmas as it is called.  I won’t being explaining again how X-mas is not taking Christ out of Christmas but in fact quite the opposite.   Those topics are not the point.  If you want to look for or subscribe to an alternative go ahead, but i’ll save my thoughts on Festivus for another episode.

There are now, and long have been, two variations of Christmas in our culture. There is the version in which Christmas is a largely a commercial enterprise. At its best, this version of Christmas is an exercise in generosity, and an opportunity to turn away from our professional pursuits and remember the fundamental importance of family.  At its worst, it is multi week long binge of expenditure, excess, fulfilling desires for accumulation.  It feeds the beast that is known as consumeristic materialism, where we do not celebrate the power of God so much as we observe and demonstrate our faith in the power of advertising, credit cards, and owning more stuff to fulfill us. (I’ve been black Friday shopping and I can attest to this behavior first hand!)

The other version of Christmas commemorates the entrance of the eternal God into a finite span of human time and history.  A God who became incarnate (embody flesh / take on human form) in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who came to provide the Way and the Truth and the Life for all humankind. 

Theologian and author C.S. Lewis once said

“Christianity if false is of no importance, if true is of utmost importance, the only thing it can not be is moderately important.”

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TUL 016 – Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

tul-016-jpgWe are all guilty!  It’s part of our human nature to analyze and access situations and people.  Our minds are always looking to make sense of the world and unfortunately the downside of that necessary skill is that we also cast judgement on things and people that might not be entirely accurate and at times they are dead wrong!

On this weeks episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE I get to share with you one of my more obvious examples of this human shortcoming.  While we have been told not to judge a book by its cover, we often apply that to others, but what about ourselves?  Do we do the same thing to us?

The short answer is ABSOLUTELY!   We are so often our own biggest road block and critic.  Tune on in to the episode this week and be encouraged to see yourself in a better (more accurate) light!

If you’re going to live unstoppably your view of you will make all the difference!  Hey, and giving the benefit of the doubt to others isn’t all that bad either!

 

TUL 015 – When NO is better than YES

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It sounds counter intuitive, but it just may be the truth you most need this season.  The holiday’s are FULL – full of busyness, parties, gatherings, shopping, end of year deadlines.

We only have so much capacity and so many of us are far too familiar with overextending ourselves.  I want you to understand the power in saying “NO” not in the way your three year old child used to say it, but in a way that is consistent with living into your priorities.

“In order for us to answer ‘YES’ to what matters most in our lives we will be required to say ‘NO’ to good things.”

On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE I’ll share with you an exercise to help you think through what really matters most to you and help you take a hard look to see if you are truly living into them.

Step into this full and meaningful season by answering these three questions and you’ll be on your way toward saying “NO” much more, while also saying a emphatic “YES” to that which truly matters!

Take the time, to set yourself up to succeed in life, not only will you benefit but so will those closest to you.

TUL 014 – Boy Genius Shares Secrets to Success in Life!

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“From the mouths of babes…”

This week’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE features an interview with 10 year old Bryce Shaw.  Bryce breaks down for us success and overcoming obstacles to change from the perspective of a child…and his insights are pretty darn good (although I may be slightly bias)!

Tune in to hear him share about some of his favorite things, what he would do if were elected president and even some lessons from his own young experience.

Wherever you are at in life and work, you truly can make significant change!  Put into practice the tools and daily rhythms that will help you make the kind of change you can be proud of!  Whatever your step needs to be, there’s no better day than today to get started!  If you really want to live an UNSTOPPABLE LIFE we are here to help!