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My top 5 podcasts

I have a podcasting habit. As an enneagram 1, I’m all about effective use of time and podcasts are one of my favorite ways to learn, recharge and get inspiration while running, walking, driving or cleaning. I like to bring up the podcasts I listen to on the regular which leads to the frequent question, “hey Lindsey, what are you listening to lately?” from friends, family and my team at work.

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Whether you’re a podcast lover like me or curious where I get many of my ideas and motivation from, here’s a list of my top 5 favorite podcasts.

Building a StoryBrand with Don Miller

This one is my favorite for marketing and a bit of business sense. I’ve been following Don Miller and the StoryBrand formula for a couple years and it’s transformed how I approach copywriting and putting together a clear marketing message. The podcast is easy to digest, light and entertaining while providing a ton of great ideas and inspiration. If you’re looking for great general marketing advice that isn’t too technical, you really need to check this one out.

The Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast

Been a long time listener of this one and it’s absolute GOLD for anyone in a leadership position or working with a team. The episodes are usually about 20-30 minutes long and the content is well developed - if you use the website, there are leader notes for discussion. I often use his podcasts as conversation for my team at work.

Lore

A guilty pleasure. Normally, I’m hitting play on something a little more serious but when I need a mental escape from the daily grind, I choose Lore. It’s a storytelling podcast that digs into historical myths, legends, odd occurrences, mysteries and anything creepily fascinating. It’s extremely well done and offers a completely different type of entertainment than binging Netflix. I get so hooked on some of the episodes I can actually listen to them while I run. Yeah, they’re that good.

Rachel Hollis’ Rise Podcast

I’ve listened to quite a few girlboss podcasts in the last year or two but Rachel’s is the one most consistently offering the kind of content I can appreciate and apply. She lands incredible womaneur interviews and offers a ton of vulnerability in sharing her own story. It always feels like I’m in the same room, completely welcomed into the conversation she’s having with special guests. This is one to listen to whether you’ve got goals to reach or need a consistent voice of wisdom in your life.

EntreLeadership

Fascinating interviews with successful business owners and high achievers, EntreLeadership offers exceptional coaching for business owners and leaders. The focus is that combination, but the stories exposed offer vastly more insight and inspiration applicable to every area of life. The episodes are normally around an hour and sometimes combine interviews with TED talk style clips from Dave Ramsey & Co (EntreLeadership is under the Ramsey umbrella) speaking engagements.

The most important goal to set for 2019

I can set New Year’s resolutions all.day.long. I love goal-setting, planning, prioritizing, checklists, checking goals off when I’ve reached them. Have I mentioned I’m a 1?

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This year, I have bigger goals than ever. And I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THEM. Physical goals, financial goals, investment goals, relationship goals… Give me all the goals. I’m a goal digger, surrounded by a community of achievers both on and offline.

But if goals are what gets you through a week, a month, a year, it’s time to take a hard look at what you are actually achieving.

I believe we were made with an ultimate goal already built into our DNA. The goal to know God. To live beyond life on earth and for the far bigger end of eternity with Him.

Sadly, our goal-getting can cause us to lose sight of this. To lessen the priority of what’s most important. And even to forget who we are and what we were made for.

If goals - however noble they may be - become our main motivation from one day to the next; becoming more fit, increasing our financial standing, gaining influence and building a bigger kingdom - whatever that looks like - we will gradually lose the true purpose of our life in numbed forward motion.

I’m loving my goal-setting this year, and this is not to knock the act of it. But I have to regularly stop and remind myself that one day, I will leave earth and all these achievements behind. One day, I will talk face-to-face with my maker and share with him what and who I lived for.

I will start this next year already losing if I neglect the ultimate goal of each and every breath I’m given: To live in-step with God and fulfill the purposes He’s given me.

Especially this purpose.

Beyond the smaller, less important goals I’m looking forward to achieving in 2019, I have a bigger, much more meaningful goal to know God more deeply this year. To be more intentional in my time with him. To align everything else with his whispers and Word. To be bolder about my faith in Jesus Christ. To live in a way that inspires and challenges other believers. These are the goals I will be proud to invest in - the eternal goals that don’t pass when I take my last breath.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for letting me preach a bit. And let me encourage you to add faith goals to your list. In fact, put a big one at the top of your 2019 resolutions. Don’t go soft when it comes to living out your beliefs.

If God is asking for more from you, let this be the year you fully commit to what that is. More focused attention during devotionals. More prayer. More openness in worship. More effort in being involved with a church community. More exploring what you believe and why. More serving, sharing or giving. More accountability with someone you know will speak godly truth to you. More being the example in your family. More scripture memorization. Less distraction (even by what’s good or innocent) and more deliberate decision-making.

Make 2019 the year you deepen your faith. I will be setting the same goals with you, you won’t be alone!

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13

If you feel like you’ve coasted for too long and need a push, this is a good place to start.

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How I (am continuously) beating social anxiety

Admittedly, sometimes it feels like social anxiety is beating me (at least beating me up on the inside, even if I manage to put on a good face). But my battle with this particular type of fear and anxiety is one I win far more frequently than lose. And that’s what I want to focus on.

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For those of you who read this post, follow me on Insta where I occasionally mention this struggle, or who happened by this blog post randomly and are drawn in by the subject matter, I am not going to elaborate on the episodes of panic. I’m going to tell you what I do when I am most prone to them - in those moments, days, weeks, months where I feel (here are my triggers, friend) stressed, under pressure, abnormally tired or in upheaval or transition.

Whenever I post something or share about the war in my mind, I have at least one or more people ask how I deal with it. Here are the weapons that work for me.

A specific prayer

It’s not fancy or elaborate. It’s simply exactly what I need from God: “Lord, please make this a confidence-building day.” It’s what I pray daily, or throughout the day if I’ve got a particularly nerve-wracking presentation or interaction on the calendar. With these words, I’m praying not just for that day, but for the continual building of confidence that only consecutive days of wins can bring. Use it! It works!

A commitment to yes, I will

I have a personal commitment to myself to rarely say no to opportunities that will stretch me, even if it means I’ll be fearful, anxious or down right panicky. I say yes a lot even when I know it will make me nervous. If I didn’t, I honestly think I would be light years behind where I am at now in my confidence, self-respect, self-awareness and ability to handle the tough moments. There have been a few rare occasions where I just know I’m completely worn to the bone and saying yes would truly be detrimental, but about 95% of the time, I need to accept the stretch. Quick soapbox: Too many times, we use our fear as an excuse to decline an opportunity that is God’s exact answer to the fear. If you feel stuck, it may be because you keep giving in to the fear and living the same victim cycle. Start saying yes more often. Do it for you, even if you don’t get the best outcomes at first. *stepping off soapbox.

I went to counseling and did a workbook

It’s been quite a few years ago, but I had a cray-zay job in social work right around the time my nerves were first fraying. It was the catalyst for my first panic attacks and bizarre, fear-based thoughts clouding my thinking. My company offered a few counseling sessions (they needed to, it was SUCH an emotionally brutal line of work) and I took them up on it. The lady I met with walked me through some helpful calming exercises, but the best thing she did was encourage me to get a workbook. I did not expect it to be so beneficial. I can’t remember the exact one but it was something like this.

I use humor and interactivity

For my birthday, I was gifted three gratitude journals. My new favorite thing! Pictured is one from  May Designs .

For my birthday, I was gifted three gratitude journals. My new favorite thing! Pictured is one from May Designs.

Two things that happen to help me and inadvertently make me more likable. I’ve become adept at thinking of funny things to say right about the moment everybody puts their attention on me. Starting the conversation or presentation with laughter gives me a moment to collect myself when I feel the fear rising. I also love to teach and educate. I do NOT love to have lots of eyeballs on me. But the silver lining is that I’ve become very good at creating interactive presentations to point eyes away from me to a screen, a paper, anything else, which usually goes over better than if I was standing there rambling on anyway.

I’m proactive with positive thinking

This is the one I’m currently working on. I realized not too long ago that I need to be much better about intentional positivity. We can be so hard on ourselves - not realizing how often we belittle ourselves, put pressure on ourselves, compare, downplay, criticize and beat ourselves up. All in our minds. I replay my failures and bad moments way more often then I do the good ones. I’ve realized I have to be very intentional about bringing positive, encouraging thinking into my day. Two ways I’m doing this is through gratitude practice and meditating on Philippians 4:8. Not as weapons for weak, anxious fears but as constant nurturing of a stronger, grateful, truth-filled mind.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Philippians 4:8

Those are a few of the main ways I combat social anxiety. If you can relate, have questions for me, or have your own proven coping tactic, I would love to hear about it! Comment below :)