Welcome back to the Love Your Story interview land. A couple quick announcements before we get started – I wanted to let you know that there is a new free mini-e-book available on the Love Your Story podcast website. It’s called The 5 Steps to Reframing the parts of your story that Feel Broken. Just give us your email and we’ll send it to your inbox.
Now, let me tell you who we’re talking with today. This man is something else.
From Arizona, Rick Lewis is a speaker, author, entertainer, professional misbehaver – yes, misbehaver, and confidence coach. He started as a child actor, and street performer, using humor, comedy, and theater to overcome his fears. From this, he has become a sought-after speaker, author, and trainer who has appeared before more than 400 organizations in the last 20 years. Rick’s book, 7 Rules You Were Born to Break, is a celebrated business book that uses stories to inspire growth and his coming book, Confident Under Stress, is again a collection of stories from Rick’s own professional journey about responding to life’s opportunities and challenges with confidence and courage. Stay with us and hear some of his stories and his thoughts on how our reactions to current situations are our old stories pasted on the present.
Stories are our lives in language. Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. I’m Lori Lee, and I’m excited for our future together of telling stories, evaluating our own stories, and lifting ourselves and others to greater places because of our control over our stories. This podcast is about empowerment and giving you, the listener, ideas to work with in making your stories work for you. Power serves you best when you know how to use it.
Interview with Rick Lewis
There are two primary reasons I think this idea of reaction and action are so powerful. The first is that when we act we are in charge. When we react, our past is in charge. Usually, reactions are unfair and cause things in the present to go badly. This makes it a very important thing to understand so we can act as we choose in the current situation, creating love instead of more of whatever we are dragging behind us. You know, those things we call “hot buttons.” The second reason is that in order to reframe our stories we have to learn how to step away from the stories of the past as something set in stone.
Wayne Dyer, a man revered for his spiritual and mindfulness work, said “One of the greatest lessons of my own life was learning to turn the inner rampage of hatred and anger toward my own father for his reprehensible behavior and abandonment of his family into an inner reaction more closely aligned with God and God-realized love.”
Wayne is specifically talking about taking one of his life stories and learning to reframe his reaction from hatred to love. This is an important key to many of our most difficult stories.
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Rick’s books include: 7 Rules You Were Born to Break