TMHS 234: Increase Your Sense Of Value And Stop Postponing Happiness – With Guest Lisa Nichols

Scientist believe that approximately 50 percent of our happiness is genetically predetermined, while 10 percent is due to life circumstances, and 40 percent is the result of our own personal outlook. Whether or not you believe in genetic determinism, none of us can argue that our personal outlook (and in many ways our life circumstances) are within the power of our own hands to change.

Why, then, is happiness at a deficit today? With so much connection and so much opportunity, why has happiness become the exception and not the rule? There’s a relatively new field of science focusing on positive psychology and the underpinnings of what creates happiness from us. But nothing compares to the education that we get from someone who’s cracked the code on happiness personally. It’s the stories of success that really speak to hearts, and it’s the real world tools that help us to put what we learn into action.

Today you’re going to hear one of the most outstanding stories of how we can achieve happiness and success no matter what our circumstances have looked like. This person is an absolute superstar in so many different domains of personal development. She’s so good at it because she has been through it. I mean, really through it. And by braving her path, she’s figured out a thing or 20 that’s going to make an impact on your life for many years to come. Grateful, honored, and excited to share with you the incredible Lisa Nichols. Enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why being broke is easier than being broken.
  • Why we need to welcome the things that makes us decide.
  • What it means to have “gifts wrapped in sandpaper.”
  • How to stop postponing your happiness.
  • Three “buckets” we can put our experiences in to bring us more fulfillment and success.
  • How having nothing to hide can free you from a lot of stress (and why the truth is sexy!).
  • How to increase our sense of value within ourselves (this is important!).
  • The life-threatening challenges that led Lisa to make one of the toughest decisions of her life.
  • Why shame can be one of the toughest burdens to carry.
  • How Lisa brings her healthy lifestyle with her (and how she changed the culture for the people around her).
  • Why it’s important to serve from your or overflow.
  • How good health spills over into other areas of your life in a positive way.
  • Why it’s a MUST to “live like you know it“.
  • What simple exercise we can do to help flush out the false things we believe about ourselves.

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  • Kimberly G.
    8 Aug 2017, 8:22 am

    I have only been listening to your podcasts for the past few weeks and want you to know all of them have been inspirational and motivational and I have learned from every one. I have your Sleep Smarter book and it has been a big help. However, your episode with Lisa Nichols brought me to tears several times. She is truly inspirational and gives hope which so many folks need now, especially with the climate of fear and distrust being perpetuated by some folks. I am going to try the exercise she suggested. Thanks so much for your show. It is full of hope and humor and is all about being proactive and helping yourself which Lisa so ably demonstrated. Thank you, Lisa ,for your honesty about your health issues. I am so glad you are with us. Blessings to both of you and your families.

  • Tonya Carter
    8 Aug 2017, 2:28 pm

    Great Episode! This will be on replay for a while for me!

    • Yvonne Castillo
      10 Aug 2017, 10:56 am

      Best Episode!!! I have listened to all your episodes and this one had me in tears!!! Lisa has inspired me to start living my truth!

  • 9 Aug 2017, 4:57 pm

    Wow! Shawn, this one was amazing. I’ve been listening to your podcast since 2014 and it is by far the best podcast I have come across – I learn so much and enjoy every minute of it. But I have to tell you, this one was over the top amazing. I actually listen to podcasts while I get ready in the morning…you know, while putting on the makeup and doing my hair…well, today I had to redo my eyeliner a few times because the story was so beautiful, so powerful, so moving, that it brought tears to my eyes several times. That’s a first when listening to your show. 🙂 Thank you so much Shawn for always bringing such great content and such fantastic guests on your show. And a huge thanks to Lisa Nichols for sharing so incredible story with us! You are both living out your purpose and we are all blessed as a result – many thanks!

  • Leandra
    23 Oct 2017, 6:13 am

    Wow, wow, wow. This is my first introduction to this podcast, and am blown away! This interview is amazing. The questions that were asked, the topics that were unearthed…thank you! I will be listening more. And I especially appreciate the variety of formats available. 🙌🏾

    • Shawn
      10 Nov 2017, 3:24 pm

      Leandra, what a wonderful message, thank you!