293 Overcome Adversity and Reach Your Goals With Justin Schenck

February 5, 2018

Justin Schenck is a speaker and coach who has established the Growth Now Movement, an initiative he created to help millions of people reach their goals, no matter how lofty they are. Justin’s specific area of expertise is overcoming adversity; something he has accomplished successfully in his own life. Justin is also creator and host of the Growth Now Movement Podcast where he interviews guests who have overcome major obstacles.

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Most Influential Person

  • My mom, because she constantly loved others more than you could ever imagine.

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness effected my emotions; they are getting better. I was always a reactor but I'm learning still, I have a relationship coach.
  • I'm learning not to do that. I'm learning that not everybody's out to get me. I do this in a number of different ways. I will just step away and take a walk to put myself in a different mindset.
  • I try to see things from their mindset instead of mine. I try not to be so selfish about it.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is the most important part of my mindfulness practice because if I'm not breathing properly or if I don't pause and take those deep breaths, I do that blackout thing and I don't even realize what's going on. Then I become a hot mess.
  • Breathing for me is the number one thing, it's been a lifesaver for me. Jarek Robbins, Tony Robbins son, taught me a really cool breathing technique. You take three quick breaths in through your nose, real aggressive, and then you breathe out your mouth, and then three quick breaths in your mouth and then slowly breathe out your nose. Then you repeat that. It almost actually gets you a little high. It helps you calm down, your brain starts to think a little bit better.
  • Whenever I get super stressed out and I don't think things are going to go my way, I just sit down, put my feet flat on the ground and I do that and it kind of calms me up.

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Bullying Story

  • I was never bullied. When I was twelve years old I broke my hip and a couple years later I broke my other hip.
  • Five surgeries within the time frame of three years made me almost not bully-able because it would be horrible if people picked on me. I actually just recently interviewed a guy named Justin Wren who is a fighter and he told a story about being bullied in school and it was just terribly sad at the end.
  • I've never personally experienced being bullied, but I can only imagine if the bullies themselves were just able to take a deep breath and not have peer pressure to do these things and if we realized we were all kind of the same, then I think that would help a whole lot.
  • If people were able to take a step back and be more mindful of what they're actually doing, I think we'd be much better off.
  • I had a guy email me about a year ago, saying that I'm a fraud and I get all my content from my guests and that none of my content actually comes from me. It was this long email and I thought, why are you taking time out of your day to do this.
  • I actually wrote an email back in defense and being angry and whatever, but I deleted it because I became mindful of what I was doing.
  • I just wrote him an email back and I said, thank you so much for your perspective; I really appreciate it. Why don't you just hang in there for a little bit longer and keep listening because you might like some of the things that are coming up?
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