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Episode 94: On Rejection (with Stephen David Leonard)

12:56 | Apr 22nd

Stephen David Leonard gets vulnerable and lets us in on something he is grieving and working through. He shows us how to benefit from Rejection! #YMH5
Episode 93: On Disagreements

08:27 | Mar 19th

Disagreements are to be expected. As long as we circle back around to them with the goal of listen to another perspective, we can grow in empathy and learn something new. #YMH5
Episode 92: On Prayer

09:57 | Feb 25th

Prayer should be seen less as religiously oriented and more seen as spiritual rejuvenation or a meditative practice. The purpose is to change you. #YMH5
Episode 91: On Instincts

12:49 | Jan 24th

Our instincts need to be taken seriously as indicators that something more is going on. We can trust them to tell us that more questions need to be asked. #YMH5
Episode 90: On Transitions (2)

11:17 | Dec 20th, 2018

In this second episode on Transitions, we look how they are important to help us mourn the old thing and welcome the new thing. Being mindful in the transition helps us apply the lessons learned from the old thing to the new. #YMH5 Patreon.com/YMH...Show More
Episode 89: On Passion (with Garrain Jones)

14:02 | Nov 26th, 2018

Garrain Jones helps us tap back into our inner child, find our passions again, and get inspired to focus your life onto what brings you joy. #YMH5
Replay Episode 32: On Grace (originally released 06/29/16)

09:52 | Nov 5th, 2018

Sometimes the hardest person to extend grace to is ourselves. We need to allow ourselves to take care of ourselves. The poem read is "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver. #YMH5
Episode 88: On Amends

09:53 | Oct 19th, 2018

Amends is an action to rectify our past actions and is best approached while conscious to our pain. #YMH5
Episode 87: On Pain (2)

08:25 | Oct 1st, 2018

We aren't in a good place if we are making judgements about someone else's deep pain while not in-tune to our own deep pain. #YMH5
Episode 86: On Beginnings (with Dana Bowman)

09:49 | Sep 7th, 2018

Author Dana Bowman takes us through how to welcome and embrace new beginnings by sharing with us her vulnerable story. #YMH5 Patreon.com/ymh5
Episode 85: On Progress

07:13 | Aug 20th, 2018

Progress should not be confused with perfection. We can only truly progress if we are willing to fail and try again. #YMH5 Patreon.com/YMH5
Episode 84: On Boundaries

11:47 | Aug 1st, 2018

Healthy boundaries are how we love ourselves and others better. We protect ourselves and don't enable unhealthy behavior. #YMH5 Patreon.com/YMH5
 
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Episode 83: On Priorities (with Dr. Jaime Kulaga)

11:18 | Jul 16th, 2018

Dr. Jaime Kulaga takes us through her "Revamped Bucket List" to help us prioritize the most important things and help us tune into the present moment. #YMH5
Episode 82: On Blame

07:41 | Jun 25th, 2018

Blame is easy and lazy. It keeps us off the hook. Finding creative solutions is the mark of a true leader. #YMH5
Replay Episode 31: On Self-Belief (originally released 06/22/2016)

07:41 | Jun 11th, 2018

Self-Belief is hard because, before anyone else will have a reason to believe in us, we have to believe in ourselves. You have more authority over your own life than anyone else and are capable of great things! #YMH5
Episode 81: On Gratitude

08:29 | May 15th, 2018

We enter into gratitude when we look back on our pain and see how we've come through it and how life has changed. #YMH5
Episode 80: On Renewals (with Clarissa Castillo-Ramsey)

09:24 | Apr 17th, 2018

Renewals allow us to gain perspective and refresh paradigms. They may feel like a step back but they often steady our footing for a stronger step forward. #YMH5
Episode 79: On Balance

07:31 | Mar 27th, 2018

Balance requires recognizing both the good and the bad. They are both required to get the healthy picture of where your life is at. #YMH5
Microsode 78.5: Introducing my pop project Phuturekind with the song "Hope Is in the Falling Down"

05:07 | Mar 27th, 2018

Phuturekind is a dance pop project from Phil Larson. You can find this song on all online stores and streaming services: Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2GzHrx0 Apple – https://apple.co/2nIrUDh Amazon – http://amzn.to/2FEqLTR
Episode 78: On Waiting

09:48 | Mar 9th, 2018

Waiting is transformation when we decide to sit in the tension of desiring immediacy while waiting for reality. #YMH5 More at PhilLarson.net
Episode 77: On Acknowledgment

09:54 | Feb 16th, 2018

Acknowledgment keeps us grounded in reality. It is the first step towards action and confronting fear with curiosity. #YMH5
Episode 76: On Advocacy (with Jean Bernard Faton)

13:11 | Jan 29th, 2018

Jean Bernard Faton shares how advocacy is recognizing your story is someone else's story, expressing empathy, and offer yourself as an answer. #YMH5
Replay Episode 26: On Positivity (originally released 05/09/16)

08:50 | Jan 19th, 2018

Healthy positivity balances with healthy perspective of the negative. It is being optimistic while acknowledging the reality of the negative. #YMH5
Episode 75: On Impact

07:59 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Falling in love with our dream of big impact often distracts us from any real impact. Focus in on the micro-results of relationship building with people you love. Was this not the most effective way for your own life to be impacted after all? #YMH5
Episode 74: On Transitions (with Erin Hoerchler)

09:06 | Dec 11th, 2017

Composer Erin Hoerchler talks about her recent unexpected transitions and how remaining tuned in to the present helps in going through them. #YMH5
Episode 73: On Self-Care

05:56 | Nov 30th, 2017

Taking seriously our self-care is also taking seriously how we approach others and the world. Sometimes putting others in front of our selves is actually a selfish way of living. Your well-being deserves your care for it. #YMH5
Episode 72: On Judgmentalism

09:57 | Nov 10th, 2017

In Episode 72, we take note of our judgments falling away and, in doing so, become aware of all that makes us similar to others. We find common ground and make more room for others in our lives. #YMH5
Episode 71: On Breath (with Dr. Kaiya Ansorge)

09:08 | Oct 24th, 2017

Dr. Kaiya Ansorge gives her perspective of how to engage our breath and better interact in the now. Tuning into our breath is often the easiest and most effective way to take back some control in our lives. #YMH5
Episode 70: On Failure

07:11 | Oct 10th, 2017

Failure is not bad as long as we learn from our mistakes and make appropriate course-correction. Be careful not to become addicted to your failure and let it define your worth. #YMH5
Episode 69: On Habits

07:17 | Sep 29th, 2017

Habits send us in a direction. Are they taking you to where you want to be? Are they encouraging healthy relationship or isolation? #YMH5
Replay Episode 17: On Success (originally released 03/14/2016)

06:55 | Sep 15th, 2017

Success is something that you get to define for yourself. There is no concrete definition. What we need to be careful of, however, is the cost of that success. Does achieving your definition of success come at the cost of other important goals? #YMH5
Episode 68: On Stories (with Chet Bowen)

08:42 | Aug 29th, 2017

Chet shares how we are the products of the stories we tell ourselves, even if they are false. And how we have the power to change the narrative. #YMH5
Episode 67: On Curiosity

08:08 | Aug 18th, 2017

Curiosity breaks us out of our norms and judgements. It gets us to think creatively and allows for new discoveries. #YMH5
Episode 66: On Anxiety

08:09 | Jul 28th, 2017

Anxiety is an appropriate response. We approach it healthily by embracing it and seeing it through. Only then will we find the growth and life waiting for us on the other side. #YMH5
Episode 65: On Feelings (feat. "Science Mike" McHargue of The Liturgists Podcast)

10:59 | Jul 17th, 2017

Feelings need to be tuned-in to. It is our body telling us something. We need to embrace all of our feelings to better understand what our body is teaching us about ourselves. #YMH5   Support my music: http://bit.ly/itw_itunes   Reach out to Phil Lar...Show More
Episode 64: On Grief

11:25 | Jun 30th, 2017

The only way to go through grief is through grieving. This simple realization helps us to see the health in confronting our negative feelings. Luckily, if we go through grief, we get see what's on the other side. #YMH5   Support my music: http://bit....Show More
Episode 63: On Commitment (2)

11:30 | Jun 12th, 2017

True commitments involve clearly communicated intent. Don't vaguely commit. You'll rarely follow through. You follow through on your commitments only when you believe you can. #YMH5   Support me: http://bit.ly/itw_itunes http://teamworldvision.org/pa...Show More
Replay Episode 16: On Self-Examination (originally released 03/11/2016)

07:17 | Jun 2nd, 2017

To self-examine, we must question ourselves, which is an art. This is modeled to us by the most important and wise philosophers, counselors, therapists, and leaders. When we better know ourselves, we can better love others. #YMH5   Support my music: ...Show More
Episode 62: On Loving-Kindness (a guided meditation with Molly Schlangen)

13:43 | May 19th, 2017

Yoga instructor Molly Schlangen takes us on a guided meditation. We learn about what Loving-Kindness is and the ability we have to wish that ourselves and others are happy and free. #YMH5   Molly Schlangen's Studio: AwakeningGraceYoga.com   Reach ou...Show More
Microsode 61.5: The 31-Day Rewire Challenge 2

03:57 | May 19th, 2017

Take the 31-Day Rewire Challenge by listening to episodes 32-62 every day for 31 days in a row! Then email me to tell me about it: phil@thestoryshop.tv #YMH5   Buy my music: http://bit.ly/itw_itunes   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv @P...Show More
Episode 61: On Support

11:25 | May 5th, 2017

Support is necessary in living a healthy life, but it's up to us: We need to ask for it and we need to receive it. #YMH5   Show Your Support: Music: http://bit.ly/itw_itunes   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv @Phil_Larson thestoryshop.t...Show More
Episode 60: On Bravery

05:56 | Apr 26th, 2017

We can be both brave and fearful at the same time. Bravery is walking into what scares you. When we do, we come alive. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv @Phil_Larson thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 YMH5 on Facebook Art by: http://bit.ly/ymh...Show More
Episode 59: On Acceptance (2) (with Tim Pangburn)

10:21 | Apr 17th, 2017

Tim Pangburn shares about how he has learned to accept things the way they are. He warns not to push away feelings and attempt to control things he can't control. #YMH5   Connect with Tim Pangburn: TimPangburn.com Facebook.com/TimPangburnArt Instagra...Show More
Episode 58: On Goals

08:13 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Don't just announce your goals to the room! That's the quickest way to kill your goal. They need to have a plan of action first. If you get off, don't give up. Perfectionism is also a killer of goals. Just readjust your plan of action. #YMH5   Reach ...Show More
Episode 57: On Motivation

07:29 | Mar 20th, 2017

A concept when trying to derive motivations is to make your reason bigger than your excuses. It's even better when your reasons aren't based on anything external. We speak more about internal motivation and how to find it. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil L...Show More
Microsode 56.5: What is Internal Motivation and InternalMotivators.com

03:41 | Mar 14th, 2017

What is Internal Motivation? Find out more in this microsode. And find other likeminded, internally motivated people at InternalMotivators.com #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv @Phil_Larson thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 YMH5 on Facebook A...Show More
Episode 56: On Character

08:16 | Mar 6th, 2017

While "reputation" is a matter of outward appearances, "character" is a matter of the heart. "Character" is what we can control. "Reputation" is a distraction from focusing on your character development. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestor...Show More
Replay Episode 28: On Mindfulness (originally released 5/27/2016)

07:52 | Feb 28th, 2017

When we are mindful, we are capable of living more fulfilling lives by living in the present. When we mess up, we can remind ourselves and do better next time. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv @Phil_Larson thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 Y...Show More
Episode 55: On Self-Improvement (with Ren Lenhof of Studio 29 Photography)

06:40 | Feb 20th, 2017

Ren Lenhof shares how she improves herself through continual effort of reminding herself of positive affirmations while remaining rooted in the reality that no outside success can fix her. #YMH5   Studio 29 Photography: Website: foto-29.com Instagram...Show More
Episode 54: On Loneliness

09:22 | Feb 10th, 2017

Loneliness is easy to run from or find ourselves stuck in. It becomes helpful when we accept its inevitability and learn what it is teaching us about ourselves. #YMH5 Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv @Phil_Larson thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 YM...Show More
Episode 53: On Acceptance

07:56 | Jan 30th, 2017

Acceptance is my theme for 2017. It is a state of mind that requires us to be open in the present; not closed off due to the past or expecting a particular future. #YMH5 Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv @Phil_Larson thestoryshop.tv/ymh5...Show More
Episode 52: On Purpose

05:52 | Jan 20th, 2017

Frederick Buechner says your calling "is the place where your deep gladness and world's deep hunger meet." Our healthy purpose answers 2 questions: What do we want? What does the world need? #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv Phil...Show More
Microsode 51.5: One Year Old and Thank You for Your Support!

02:50 | Jan 20th, 2017

Support this podcast by buying my album: "Inspire the World" by Phil Larson iTunes - http://bit.ly/itw_itunes
Episode 51: On Triggers

08:48 | Jan 9th, 2017

Triggers happen whether we like it or not. The goal is to recognize that we are triggered in the present moment. We can learn from our poor reactions of the past to better be aware and in control of our actions in the present. #YMH5   Reach out to Ph...Show More
Episode 50: On Joy (feat. Matt Bays)

08:00 | Dec 21st, 2016

Author Matt Bays gives us insight into where real joy is found, especially around Christmas. Not in the gifts or the parties or the busyness, but in the meaning and relationships behind those things. #YMH5   Matt Bays’ Site: MattBaysWriter.com Matt’s...Show More
Episode 49: On Contemplation (feat. Rob Bell of The Robcast and Fr. Richard Rohr)

08:13 | Dec 16th, 2016

Negative thoughts stick to the brain instantly. Positive thoughts require at least 15 seconds to imprint. Contemplation of the good is required for a positive rewiring of our brains. Featuring a conversation between Rob Bell of The Robcast and Father...Show More
Replay Episode 25: On Change (originally released 05/03/16)

07:51 | Dec 9th, 2016

Embracing change invites new perspectives that wake us up to the possibility of a better life. We gain wisdom from a wonderful poem by Portia Nelson called, "Autobiography in Five Short Chapters." #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.t...Show More
Episode 48: On Listening (with Molly Schlangen)

08:45 | Nov 29th, 2016

Molly Schlangen shares with us how listening is an act of placing the needs of others before your own, and how to do this practically. When we listen well, we love well. #YMH5   Molly Schlangen's Studio: AwakeningGraceYoga.com   Reach out to Phil Lar...Show More
Microsode 47.5: Choosing Thankfulness

04:05 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Thankfulness is a choice that leads to happiness. When we are thankful, we become present to the now. This podcast has a lot to be thankful for! Thank YOU! #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net @Phil_Larson | thestor...Show More
Episode 47: On Self-Growth

05:29 | Nov 21st, 2016

Self-Growth is easier when we project ourselves into our future and connect our present self with that version. What we are doing now determines what that future self will look like. Are you becoming who you want to be? #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Lars...Show More
Episode 46: On Self-Control

08:19 | Nov 11th, 2016

We gain self-control through practicing moderation. Just try something different and see how you feel about it afterwards. Ask, "Who am I becoming." You can only control yourself. That is the biggest gift you can give others and your country. #YMH5  ...Show More
Episode 45: On Relationships (with Kylee Larson)

09:02 | Oct 27th, 2016

Kylee Larson shares her understanding that healthy relationships involve a give and take of challenge and growth. I'm greatful to be married to this amazing woman! #YMH5   Connect with Kylee Larson: BoomerangGrace.blogspot.com @Kylee_Larson   Reach o...Show More
Episode 44: On Comparison

06:26 | Oct 20th, 2016

"Never compare your beginning with someone else's middle." When we compare, we get stuck on someone else's success and lose focus on our own personal self-growth, which is the antidote to comparison. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestorysho...Show More
Episode 43: On Control

08:41 | Oct 11th, 2016

When we try to over-control, we often lose a healthy balance of control. Sometimes giving up control is the thing we need to do to regain it. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net @Phil_Larson | thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 ...Show More
Episode 42: On Openness (with Dr. Paul Maxfield of Children of Promise)

07:21 | Sep 28th, 2016

Dr. Paul Maxfield of Children of Promise talks about his journey to approaching life with more openness. He has realized the walls he has relied on for years are unsafe as they prevent growth. #YMH5   Children of Promise: Website: echildrenofpromise....Show More
Episode 41: On Resentment

08:29 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Resentment becomes unhealthy when not addressed. We carry around this weight that begins to cause damage on our mental health. Riding unaddressed resentment takes grieving the loss of this thing that served us. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@...Show More
Replay Episode 13: On Trust (originally released 02/26/16)

07:51 | Sep 16th, 2016

Trust is slowly built on over time and deserves the weight it has gained through its history of being built, so it does not topple like a Jenga tower. In a sense, trust the trust. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.ne...Show More
Microsode 40.5: Episode Replays and Upcoming Guests

03:03 | Sep 16th, 2016

A note about episode replays and why I'm doing them (very rarely). Also, exciting episodes with guests Dr. Paul Maxfield and my wife, Kylee Larson, are on the horizon! Stay tuned! #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.ne...Show More
Episode 40: On Perspectives

08:10 | Sep 7th, 2016

Sometimes we assume we have the whole story. All we really can have is our own perspective, which often is not the whole story. Allowing for more perspectives enables us to get to the truth. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | Ph...Show More
Episode 39: On Limits (with Cory J. Nichols)

07:27 | Aug 25th, 2016

Cory J. Nichols tells us we are capable of more than we realize. Sometimes what we believe is our limit is the very thing that keeps us from reaching what we are truly capable of. #YMH5   Check out: CoryJNichols.com   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@t...Show More
Episode 38: On Spirituality

06:51 | Aug 19th, 2016

Are Spirituality and Religion separate things? Whether and whatever we believe in God or not, can we lean into and have spiritual experiences. I don't know, but here are my thoughts so far. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | Phi...Show More
Microsode 37.5: YMH5 featured on Focus On The Good podcast

04:28 | Aug 15th, 2016

In this Microsode, I talk about my interview that was just released on the Focus On The Good podcast. Check out FocusOnTheGood.com #YMH5   Direct links to the episode: iTunes/iPhone - bit.ly/ymh5interview Web/Android - bit.ly/YMH5interview   Reach ou...Show More
Episode 37: On Pain

07:53 | Aug 8th, 2016

Pain is a teacher. The lessons we learn through our pain can offer healing to others. "Suffering ceases to be suffering the moment it finds some meaning." -Viktor Frankl #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net @Phil_La...Show More
Episode 36: On Success (2) (with Emily Khoo of EmooSays.com)

09:25 | Jul 28th, 2016

Emily Khoo takes us through her definition of success. Success can be defined best when we answer the question: "Who do I want to become?" Find fulfillment not in resume virtues but in eulogy virtues. #YMH5   Connect with Emily Khoo: http://EmooSays...Show More
Microsode 35.5: Another Story of Empathy Amidst Racial Unrest

01:09 | Jul 15th, 2016

A white cop found shared empathy in a black lady and her two kids amidst racial unrest in this beautiful story that was shared on Facebook. "You simply cannot judge an entire group of people based on the actions of some. Don't hate evil more than you...Show More
Episode 35: On Racism (2)

05:08 | Jul 14th, 2016

The sins of our past begs us to answer the question why? Sometimes current events bring that question back up. There is wisdom in sitting in the "Why?" and not answering it. Let's be quick to listen to the perspectives of all races. #YMH5   Reach out...Show More
Microsode 34.5: A Story of Empathy Amidst Racial Unrest

02:13 | Jul 13th, 2016

Natasha Howell, a black lady, found shared empathy with a white cop amidst racial unrest in this beautiful story she posted on Facebook. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net @Phil_Larson | thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 thest...Show More
Episode 34: On Empathy

05:28 | Jul 12th, 2016

In this special edition week of YMH5, we look in this episode 2 of 3 at empathy as both action and emotion that allows us to align our pain with the pain of others. Though the pain may be different, we choose to do the hard work of finding similariti...Show More
Episode 33: On Racism

06:53 | Jul 11th, 2016

We do better when we choose to see the big picture rather than over-generalizing. Westboro Baptist Church doesn't have a say on my beliefs. Neither do the few misrepresenting your race, cause, or job. See the good in people rather than differences! #...Show More
Episode 32: On Grace

07:48 | Jun 29th, 2016

Sometimes the hardest person to extend grace to is ourselves. We need to allow ourselves to take care of ourselves. The poem read is "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver. #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net @Phil_Larson | t...Show More
Episode 31: On Self-Belief

08:49 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Self-Belief is hard because before anyone else will have a reason to believe in us, we have to believe in ourselves. You have more authority over your own life than anyone else and are capable of great things! #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@t...Show More
Microsode 30.5: The 31-Day Rewire Challenge

01:55 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Take the 31-Day Rewire Challenge! Speak health into your brain by going through the first 31 episodes of YMH5 over the course of 31 consecutive days (or close to it)! You got this! #YMH5 Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net...Show More
Episode 30: On Dreams (with Tim McMorris)

10:21 | Jun 9th, 2016

Tim McMorris takes us through wisdom around dreams. Yes, dreams are good. However, they can distract us from living in the present. Seek balance and appreciate the journey between dreams! #YMH5   Connect with Tim McMorris: TimMcMorris.com   Reach out...Show More
Episode 29: On Vulnerability

06:23 | Jun 1st, 2016

"There is no great agony than bearing an untold story inside you." -Maya Angelou We experience healing when we vulnerably share our story around safe people who respond with, "Me too." #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLars...Show More
Episode 28: On Mindfulness

07:00 | May 27th, 2016

When we are mindful, we are capable of living more fulfilling lives. We may have to retrain ourselves how to do it. But we can do it! #YMH5   Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net @Phil_Larson | thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 thestory...Show More
Episode 27: On Self-Identity (with Giovanna Silvestre of Confused Girl in the City)

08:22 | May 23rd, 2016

Giovanna Silvestre shares her journey to a more clear self-identity by embracing the confusion along the way. She had to let go of how others saw her and embracing the things that made her uniquely her. #YMH5   Blog, Leggings, FB, YT & more: Confused...Show More
Episode 26: On Positivity

06:20 | May 9th, 2016

Healthy positivity involves balance between the positive and negative. It is being optimistic while acknowledging that negative as room for growth. #YMH5 Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net @Phil_Larson | thestoryshop.tv/y...Show More
Episode 25: On Change

06:59 | May 3rd, 2016

Embracing change invites new perspectives that wake us up to the possibility of a better life. We gain wisdom from a wonderful poem by Portia Nelson called, "Autobiography in Five Short Chapters." #YMH5 Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv ...Show More
Episode 24: On Procrastination (2) (with Paul Miller, aka justplainpaul)

07:29 | Apr 26th, 2016

Paul Miller, aka justplainpaul, joins us to talk about what fighting procrastination has meant to him. Invest in your future by being proactive and fighting procrastination now! Do something: make a small change to benefit your future today. #YMH5 Co...Show More
Microsode 23.5: A Note About Guests and Free Music

03:59 | Apr 25th, 2016

Female guests are important and they are on their way! Are you a female and want to share your voice? Email me! Also: anyone can get my song, Beauty Rising, for free. Details (deets!) in the episode. #YMH5 Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@thestorysho...Show More
Episode 23: On Surrender

06:30 | Apr 19th, 2016

Surrendering control often allows use to gain control. When we look at our situations through a realistic lens, we can let go of what we can't control. In doing so, we gain the help we need. #YMH5 Connect with Phil Larson: phil@thestoryshop.tv | @P...Show More
Episode 22: On Fear

06:05 | Apr 11th, 2016

When we fear, we live in the future: we want to know it; we want to control it. We can't. Face your fears by asking yourself, "Where do I want my future self to be?" When we face our fears, we face our future. #YMH5 Reach out to Phil Larson: phil@t...Show More
Episode 21: On Apologies

05:25 | Apr 6th, 2016

"Sometime the readiness to be sorry can appear in a flash of insight; other times it may cost a sleepless night or a long sulk. Either way, you've got to go through the process." -Laurence Shames | Hurdles to apologizing include shame, guilt, and pri...Show More
Microsode 20.5: Shout-Outs and a Guest Bonus: Jason Wrobel on the release of his book, Eaternity

04:54 | Apr 5th, 2016

Shout-Outs to Morgan Stever, Matt and Leah Zielich, Brian Gordon of http://TwoLumpsOfTech.com. Jason Wrobel shares about lessons learned while writing his book, Eaternity. #YMH5   http://JasonWrobel.comhttp://bit.ly/eaternitybook   @Phil_Larso...Show More
Episode 20: On Longevity (with Jason Wrobel)

06:57 | Mar 30th, 2016

How do you life a long life? Never stop doing what you enjoy. Simple but powerful words Jason Wrobel heard from his neighbor. Are you enjoying your life? What changes can you make to live a long, more fulfilling life? #YMH5 Connect with Jason Wrobel...Show More
Episode 19: On Sacrifice (a Good Friday and Easter meditation)

06:57 | Mar 25th, 2016

In this special episode of YMH5, we meditate on those who have sacrificed for us. We recognize that willful sacrifices were rooted in love and that we need to humble ourselves and receive those gifts. #YMH5   Your Motivational High 5 by Phil Larson...Show More
Episode 18: On Perfectionism

06:41 | Mar 21st, 2016

Getting caught up in our perfectionism can cause us to not act. Since it can't be perfect, why even try? If we take that route, we miss out on the lessons we could learn along the way. Besides, being perfect is overrated! #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil...Show More
Episode 17: On Success

06:00 | Mar 14th, 2016

Success is something that you get to define for yourself. There is no concrete definition. What we need to be careful of, however, is the cost of that success. Does achieving your definition of success come at the cost of other important goals? Appro...Show More
Microsode 16.5: YMH5 Update and Shout-outs

04:48 | Mar 14th, 2016

A 7-week Update and Shout-out. Keep reaching out to me at phil@thestoryshop.tv or visit thestoryshop.tv/podcast. #YMH5   @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestoryshop.tv/podcast | thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 Art by William Johnson:...Show More
Episode 16: On Self-Examination

06:21 | Mar 11th, 2016

Self-Examination is the art of questioning ourselves. This is modeled to us by the most important and wise philosophers, counselors, therapists, and leaders. When we better know ourselves, we can better love others. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thest...Show More
Episode 15, Part 2: On Rewiring Your Brain: Creating Connections (with Dr. William Ranahan)

06:30 | Mar 7th, 2016

Part 2 of 2! Dr. William Ranahan is our guest for both parts of Episode 15. Step 2 to rewire your brain is creating new connections. Inviting vulnerability spikes the brain with enough energy to create new neural connections and pathways. #YMH5 @Phi...Show More
Episode 15, Part 1: On Rewiring Your Brain: Breaking Habits (with Dr. William Ranahan)

06:41 | Mar 4th, 2016

Part 1 of 2! Dr. William Ranahan is our guest for both parts of Episode 15. Step 1 to rewire your brain is identifying the bad habits. Studies of Neuroplasticity have discovered gaps between neurons that remain our entire life. Electrical circuits in...Show More
Episode 14: On Commitment

05:45 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Commitment is scary because it involves giving up control and fear of failure. No matter the outcome, we will experience self-growth by making brave commitments. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestoryshop.tv/podcast | t...Show More
Episode 13: On Trust

06:59 | Feb 26th, 2016

Trust that is healthily-built is slowly built on over time and deserves the weight it has gained through its history of being built, so it does not topple like a Jenga tower. In a sense, trust the trust. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | P...Show More
Episode 12: On Perseverance

05:52 | Feb 23rd, 2016

The perseverant person is focused on the long-term goal, suspending short-term pleasures. To remain motivated to persevere, continually ask yourself, "Who do I want to be?" Long-term goals are often worthy of the work and leaves a legacy to be rememb...Show More
Microsode 11.5: Coming Up

04:19 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Coming up on YMH5, we have a scientist weighing in on what we are doing! Also in this Microsode, I give some first month statistics. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestoryshop.tv/podcast | thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 Art by W...Show More
Episode 11: On Excellence

05:49 | Feb 19th, 2016

We sell ourselves short with excellence and settle for average. Truth is, with a little hard work over a long period of time, we can achieve excellence. It starts with you choosing to believe in yourself. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | ...Show More
Episode 10: On Marriage (with Brandon and Stephanie Matias of Modern Marriage Moments)

07:13 | Feb 15th, 2016

Brandon and Stephanie Matias add their voice to YMH5 about marriage. Healthy marriage involves open communication, where we choose to invite vulnerability by saying the hard thing. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestory...Show More
Episode 9: On Self-Doubt

06:27 | Feb 11th, 2016

Self-doubt should be embraced as an indicator of aspiration. "The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death." -Steven Pressfield. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestoryshop.tv/podca...Show More
Episode 8: On Intimacy

06:37 | Feb 8th, 2016

Intimacy is not affection. Intimacy is more than knowing; it's understanding. Ultimately, we want to understand those who are the most important relationships in our lives. Intimate relationships require an investment of time. And it's worth it. #YMH...Show More
Episode 7: On Community

05:57 | Feb 5th, 2016

There are healthy and unhealthy forms of community. Ultimately, we choose which voices to let in our lives. Healthy voices tell us hard truths we need to hear. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestoryshop.tv/podcast | the...Show More
Microsode 6.5: A Teacher's Email

02:06 | Feb 3rd, 2016

A teacher from Watford City High School in North Dakota shares how she is using YMH5 to inspire her students! Also, we are moving up in the rankings! Help me out with a 5-star rating! #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thest...Show More
Episode 6: On Conflict

05:25 | Feb 1st, 2016

Conflict is not bad. We can embrace conflict as an act of trust and achieve deeper relationships. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestoryshop.tv/podcast | thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 Custom line art: http://bit.ly/ymh5art Fac...Show More
Episode 5: On Procrastination

06:17 | Jan 29th, 2016

Sometimes it only takes one step forward to beat procrastination. We deserve a productive life. #YMH5 @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestoryshop.tv/podcast | thestoryshop.tv/ymh5 Show artist: http://bit.ly/ymh5art Facebook....Show More
Episode 4: On Enemies

05:59 | Jan 27th, 2016

We're powerful. When we give power to our enemies, it hardens our heart and affects our mental health. When we use that power to forgive without expectation of reciprocation, we move on. @Phil_Larson | phil@thestoryshop.tv | PhilLarson.net thestory...Show More
Episode 3: On Potential

05:59 | Jan 25th, 2016

About this episode of #YMH5: This episode invites us to recall our dreams: these things that live dormant inside of us; these things that contain great potential. We choose to allow ourselves to feel those again. Links: @Phil_Larson | phil@thestor...Show More
Episode 2: On Risk

06:18 | Jan 22nd, 2016

About this episode: Failure sucks. Risk is scary. Here are some ways to redeem risk after failure to make risk worth it. We need to trust that sometimes the greatest failure is not risking at all. Be willing to risk because you are worth success!  ...Show More
Episode 1: On Hope

05:59 | Jan 20th, 2016

About this episode: I discuss the motivation behind the show, introduce who I am, and some thoughts on hope and how hope can help motivate us to engage in healthy choices. We have the power to rewire our brain by telling ourselves positive narrative...Show More
Episode 0 (An Intro): On Uncertainty

06:00 | Jan 19th, 2016

About this episode: An introduction to what "Your Motivational High 5" is all about and how you can help give life to this podcast by interacting with it. I introduce myself, share how to get in contact with me, and explain how embracing uncertainty...Show More