M.M. | The Truth About Facing Life’s Perfect Storms

May 7, 2017

“Nothing will happen today that you can’t handle.”

Depending on what you’ve been through or what you’re going through, this quote might inspire you and solidify the fact, or it might even piss you off, because how in the hell could you ever be ok with what you’re going through? The thing is, you don’t have to be. Sometimes the only thing we can do is keep breathing. Let this saying sink in, that nothing will face you today that you cannot overcome. Perhaps it’s not even overcoming what needs to be done, it’s simply being ok with what is.

No matter what difficulty you might face today, whether it’s physical or mental, you have the capacity to be at peace with it. Because the reality is, we have to be at peace with what we have in our lives, to be able to live and pursue any kind of life at all. How incredible of a thing is it that we can work towards and realize this idea that nothing can touch us, that nothing can phase us? We might have bad days, rough roads, and perfect storms throughout our lives, but we’ll always have the ability to choose to be at peace. It’s cliche and even annoying sometimes these ideas that we have the ability to choose how we want to feel, as opposed to thinking life is simply happening to us and that is the only way we can feel.

The physical, the mental, it’s all a decision. Decide to handle something today, to overcome it, to be at peace with it. Decide that you will, that you can, that nothing can stand in your way from becoming or accomplishing anything you have your sights set on.

Today is the day.

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#142: Belgium, Hangout, and Faith in Humanity

May 5, 2017

In this wildly entertaining episode, we all hangout from across the globe again. As many of you already know, Steven is currently visiting Belgium. As many of you also know, that doesn't stop us from producing the podcast! Nothing can! Nothing will! So sit back, relax, and enjoy our lighthearted and fun conversation. 

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M.M. | Dreams You Never Knew Were Possible

April 30, 2017

“Sometimes all it takes is a little push from someone or something to reveal to us our true potentials.”

It’s so easy for us to fall into our set ways. As adults, we hardly ever stop and question the way we think, act, and react to things in our lives. We see things for how they are (how we think or want them to be), and that’s the end of it. We fall into patterns of comfort, suddenly finding ourselves years later in the very same place we were years ago. It’s not comfortable to think differently, to actually consider what we never thought possible. If we stay within the walls of comfort, the true possibilities for our lives will never be revealed. That’s where life comes in.

Throughout life, we meet people and situations that will change our lives for ever. Life forces us to grow. However, it’s not always a conscious decision, but you’ll notice the changes within yourself in time. Say you meet the person of your dreams, then come to find out, your dreams didn’t even compare and you’ve literally found your heaven on earth. The moments you spend together feel like dreams, afraid that you’re both going to wake up at some point. The way they completely and totally captivate you without doing a thing. You suddenly find yourself giving this person your all, and much much more. You find yourself giving to this person pieces of your soul you never thought even existed. You start to see things differently. Red is no longer a color, it is her favorite color. Hearing the laughter of a child is no longer just someone’s kid you happen to be around, you hear and see the laughter of your own child as it reminds you of them. All this beautiful journey took was taking a chance to fall in love, to let go and trust the other to catch you. All it took was someone coming into your life to show you just what kind of love existed and what kind of love you were capable of. The same can happen in situations we’re faced with in life. We never know what we’re capable of until we have no choice. Whether that’s making ends meet for the family, or overcoming an addiction, or riding ourselves from toxic relationships. Sometimes all it takes is a little push and suddenly we’re awake, seeing what we’ve never seen before. And what a beautiful thought that is.

Let this remind us that there is beauty and possibility out there, some we didn’t even know existed. Let us take chances today, hold on for a moment longer today, and to recognize that sometimes, it is the people in our lives and the situations that we’re faced with, that will be the greatest gifts we’ve ever had. Your dreams could be just the beginning of something much more incredible.

Today is the day.

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#141: Hangout Sesh From Afar

April 28, 2017

What's up Forge Your Potential Legion! This episode is just a good ol' HANGOUT SESH. It isn't just any hangout sesh though. Steven is hanging out with us from Brussels, Belgium; where he'll be frequenting for the next couple of weeks. 

It was a fun time, so sit back guys, and enjoy the hangout sesh from afar!

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M.M. | The Equation to Accomplish Anything

April 26, 2017

“Knowledge, plus understanding, plus implementation, is the equation to accomplish anything.”

We as human beings seem to like to complicate things more than they should be. No matter how straightforward something is, we make excuses, we overthink, and we overanalyze. Not only that, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in all the little details. There may be a day when you overthink, overanalyze, and make excuses… but it tis’ not this day! Ok we’re done playing off quotes from the Lord of the Rings… But let today be a reminder for simplicity. So let’s take a step back for a minute.

What is it that you want to do or accomplish with your life? Now the big question, how are you going to do it? Seriously, what are the steps you’re taking today, tomorrow, and so on to get you there? This is where so many of us shut down. It’s overwhelming to look up at the peak of a mountain when you’re down at the base. We look at our goal, all the steps we know it’s going to take, and all of the time we know it will take. Ultimately driving ourselves to a place where we’re asking ourselves, “how in the hell am ever going to do this”. Feeling anxious yet? That’s ok, because feeling anxious isn’t the end of all things, and we have a remedy for that angst.

First, we get anxious about what we don’t know. So let’s educate ourselves. Again, how are we going to climb that mountain? What supplies do we need? What plants are edible? Are there clean sources of drinking water on our route? Once we know what it will take, it removes that aspect of mystery and the unknown. We can then move on to truly understanding what it will take. Knowing and understanding are two different concepts. Understanding is being able to, without question, put into action what we know. Which takes us to our last and final step. We have Knowledge, we have Understanding, the only thing left to do in order for us to accomplish our goals, is to implement. Action is just about the most important aspect of the entire equation. How many of you know someone who knows much, but has done very little? Action is what will separate you from accomplishing your goals, or living a life full of what if’s. Separate yourself from the chaos and anxiety of looking at the entire mountain, and focus on the few simple steps you need to take to make it to the top.

Today is the day.

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M.M. | Freedom Through Challenge

April 23, 2017

“All I am doing is making the conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial.”
- Jim Carrey

This incredibly insightful quote from Jim Carrey, highlights for us all that yet again, it’s all about perspective.

How many of us get caught up in our day to day lives, seeing life as it happens to us, never questioning how it is we’re actually looking at those things that are happening? How many of us just see life as happening to us!? Tony Robbins has brought up a great point about this concept: what if we stopped looking at life as something that is happening to us, and instead looking at life as something that is happening FOR us? What if you looked at challenges as something that was happening for you, instead of something that was holding you back? Something truly incredible happens in this shift of our perspective.

That something is freedom. Once we begin seeing opportunity in and being grateful for what most would call challenges and obstacles, we’re free. A huge weight is lifted from our shoulders as challenges are now simply stepping stones, instead of hindrances. No longer do we worry about adversity and challenge, instead we greet them with a firm handshake and a smile that says, “good to see you again”.

There’s something else too that’s incredibly freeing about this concept as well, and that’s the simple fact that we have made the choice to change the way we view something. It was our CHOICE. Again, most times we think things in life are absolute, we wouldn’t even begin to assume that we have a choice when it comes to our feelings, our situations, and how we react to them. What an amazing thing it is to have the ability to grow and to decide to make a conscious choice about how we feel, or how we see someone, or how we see a situation.

What choice will you make next time you’re confronted with what seems like a challenge? Smile and shake hands? Or retreat, and let fear win the war? The choice is yours, but if we find out that you’ve treated our friend Challenge wrong… we’ll hack your instagram and post those photos from that little Vegas trip you took with the crew… Yeah, those photos… lol!

Until next time gang!

Today is the day.

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#140: 8 Steps To Quitting Your 9-5

April 21, 2017

Let us start by saying, that there is nothing wrong with rocking a 9-5, there a ton of benefits in fact. If you enjoy your 9-5 and you’re loving life, skip this episode entirely and pass it on to someone who isn’t digging the 9-5 lifestyle. There are those of us who know deep down, that there is no job to which we can be employed, that we’ll feel truly fulfilled. We’ve been there, going job to job, seeking advancement, higher pay, better opportunities, and the like, only to find out that none of those aspects actually satisfy us. We need and desire something different, not something more really, but something more to us.

If you’re still reading this, there’s a huge possibility that you woke up today unexcited. If that is you, we know, and we know that you know, that something has to change. Life is a beautiful, incredible, amazing opportunity, and it’s damn short to not love every second of it. You deserve to wake up excited for your day. Let’s be honest, if we’re living life absent of fulfillment, a lot of us aren’t even excited for the weekend. Because all the weekend is, is another week gone that you weren’t doing what you want to do, and there’s another week heading your way of the exact same thing. Now imagine that every week for rest of your career and working life. It’s fucking terrifying isn’t it? This scares you because you know you were meant for more, and again, you deserve that something. You deserve to wake up every day like a kid on Christmas morning. Excited, full of life, bursting with happiness, excited for the unknown and the infinite positive possibilities for the day. We’re here today to help stoke that fire.

Today we cover 8 steps that you can take to saying goodbye to your 9-5. We talk getting started, the journey, and what success really means. The mental aspects, the physical, we cover it all to help you uncover your true potential, so that you can answer that higher calling. Let this week be the beginning of your journey, or a shot in the arm for those of you in the middle of it. Let this day be a reminder to you that anything is possible, that nothing is out of reach, and that you deserve your dreams.

We’ll be in touch!

Today is the day.

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M.M. | Willing vs. Wishing & The Fault In The Law Of Attraction

April 19, 2017

“Willing is greater than wishing.”

In recent years there’s been a lot buzz surrounding what everyone calls the “Law of Attraction”. The Law of Attraction is the belief that you attract what you envision and focus your conscious mind on. There are countless stories of people who claim that their success is due to this concept. While this idea and thought process can be extremely beneficial, and seemingly effective, there’s a flaw in it that some of us will overlook.

The fact is, we focus on a goal with our minds, we can follow Napoleon Hill’s advice and Think and do our damndest to Grow Rich, but at the end of the day. Thinking, focusing, and wishing for or on an outcome on its own is not enough. There must be, has to be, and it is absolutely essential that there is action behind those thoughts. We can wish and dream all day, but until we stand up and take the reins, none of it will come to fruition.

But how? We all know what we want, but so many of us have no idea how to get there.

One word: education. An Ivy League college, thousands of Google searches, what ever “education” is to you, and what ever it takes to get you where you want to be. Learn about all that which interests you. There’s something more to this too, and that is, learn about yourself. Get out and take jobs, quit jobs, get new ones, get mentors, Travel, start a business, take a chance on that relationship, eat some bomb ass food. Just get out and experience. Promise us this though, promise you won’t let a day go by that you don’t remind yourself to have fun with it all.

Today is the day, today is your day.

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M.M. | We’re So Guilty…

April 16, 2017

“Pick up the phone and call someone you love today.”

When was the last time anyone used their phone… as an actual phone and called someone? Then, when was the last time that that phone call was simply to tell someone you loved them? Yeah don’t worry, we’re guilty too…

So how about this, instead of reading this, exit out right now and call someone you love. Do it for no reason! See how they are, catch up, make some plans to finally get together, and make an effort to keep those amazing people you call friends and family in your lives.

Today is the day.

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Jefferson Goldie | Just Having Fun

April 14, 2017

Chicago listeners! Where you at!? We’ve got one of your very own in the house today. It’s our pleasure to welcome the one and only, Jefferson Goldie.

No matter what he’s doing, Jefferson’s straight tearing it up. First and foremost, he’s always had a knack for entertaining. At an early age he dreamed of becoming a MLB player. After qualifying for a scholarship to Memphis, he found out he’d be red-shirted and passed on the opportunity. In the time following, music became a passion of Jefferson’s, which ultimately lead him to create and form his very own band called Trainwreck Symphony. However, his ambitions didn’t stop there.

After years of running the band, through a series of events, Jefferson was offered a spot on TV, on Chicago’s WCIU The U. Though, even after this huge opportunity came into his life, music still continues to be a passion. He plays in three different cover bands, has played in some of the most recognized venues in Chicago, and continues to do so today. On top of that, he manages life at home and creates hilarious videos on social media, one of which has gone viral and was shared by Amiri King, now boasting over 300k views.

You’ll notice that Jefferson has had a number of passions and directions throughout life. We go in depth on this topic and talk about what’s it’s like to go through the process of changing one’s dreams and aspirations. We talk about the moments we realize what we’ve been chasing isn’t in the cards, and how to recognize those moments. We jump into the idea of simply doing and becoming what you want, and not what others expect you to do or become.

We cover it all in depth and more in this kick ass episode of Forge Your Potential.

Today is the day.

WCIU the U: http://www.wciu.com/tonightontheu

Jefferson’s Social Media:

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffersongoldie

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffersongoldie/

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