18. An Easy Homerun: How Anxiety Can’t Stop You From Knocking It Out Of The Park with Charlie McConnell
Release Date: 05/04/2021
Have you ever heard the phrase “you’re too much.” before? Chances are if you have, it came from a teacher, a parent, or someone you held in high regard...for those living with undiagnosed mental illness, words like this can be damaging. Even if the person who said it didn’t mean any harm or have malicious intent. Hearing these words as a youngster can make you feel like who you are is somehow flawed. Hearing these words and overcoming the limitations that come with it is how the journey of today’s guest begins. Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today’s guest has a...info_outline 47. The Gift Of Gratitude: A Conversation with Chuck and Clint
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! If you are like us, Thanksgiving and this time of year is about more than just turkey, traveling, and family traditions. It’s a time to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for in this life. This week in honor of the Holiday we decided to take a different approach to our episode. Instead of introducing you to another incredible guest, we want to invite you to grab your favorite Thanksgiving snack or drink and join us at “the table” for a conversation about gratitude and thankfulness. Looking back at our past guests there’s a recurring theme that...info_outline 46. Finding The Courage To Pick Your Own Path with Nello Ferrara
From the outside looking in, today’s guest had it all… He was the heir to a world-renowned candy company, working with his grandpa, uncle, and father, he had a future set up with everything he could want. All he had to do was follow the path laid for him. But Nello had a different dream, and nothing could keep him from achieving his goals. Can you relate? Today on Warriors Unmasked Nello Ferrara takes us on his journey of defying the odds and traveling his own path. Listen in as Nello talks about growing up as the heir to his family’s candy company and the guilt he felt as a teenager who...info_outline 45. Fighting The Stigma with Compassionate Education with Michelle E. Dickinson
If you think mental illness or disorders are just affecting a small group of people…here is a stat to put things into perspective. 42% of the global workforce has experienced a decline in their mental health since the beginning of the pandemic. 42% isn’t a number to shake a stick at… It begs the question, why is there still such a strong stigma around topics regarding mental health? With more people than ever experiencing it now, we have an amazing opportunity to enter into compassionate conversation and end the stigma once and for all. Our guest today is working towards this...info_outline 44. Cancer: Persevering Through The Physical and Emotional Rollercoaster with David Richman
All of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether you’ve been diagnosed yourself, know someone who has, or lost a loved one there is no doubt that this devastating disease sometimes leaves us with more questions than answers... There is one side of cancer that is not often talked about or thought about until you find yourself in the aftermath of a diagnosis. That side is the emotional side of the cancer journey. This part of the rollercoaster affects not just the patient but spreads into the entire family and community connected to the patient. It leaves you...info_outline 43. The Sign Of A True Warrior: Why Vulnerability Matters with Mike Cameron
It took one phone call to change Mike Cameron’s life forever. After losing his girlfriend to gender-based violence Mike went on a journey of grieving and healing. What he learned has become a crucial ability in his life, using this expertise he lends his voice to help eradicate violence against women. Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! We are blown away by Mike’s story and the amount of courage and perseverance he has shown in the face of tragedy. Mike is a leadership coach and uses his S.O.A.R framework to help leaders reconnect with their passions and purpose in life. He is the...info_outline 42. Healing Through Service: Practical Tips to Upgrade Your Mental Health with Sgt. Aaron Quinonez
What do the Bible and medical journals have in common? Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! We promise that the question above is not the opening to a bad joke. But it is something our guest today has researched extensively, and the answer? It’s more than you think. Today we sit down and talk with Sgt. Aaron Quinonez, or Sgt. Q, about his journey of heartbreak and hopelessness that by the grace of God he was able to face head-on and overcome his trauma. From growing up on a marijuana farm in northern California to enlisting in the Marines Sgt. Q has endured some unique hardships...info_outline 42. Healing Through Service: Practical Tips to Upgrade Your Mental Health with Sgt. Aaron Quinonez
What do the Bible and medical journals have in common? Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! We promise that the question above is not the opening to a bad joke. But it is something our guest today has researched extensively, and the answer? It’s more than you think. Today we sit down and talk with Sgt. Aaron Quinonez, or Sgt. Q, about his journey of heartbreak and hopelessness that by the grace of God he was able to face head-on and overcome his trauma. From growing up on a marijuana farm in northern California to enlisting in the Marines Sgt. Q has endured some unique hardships...info_outline 41. Part Two: A Fighting Spirit: How Mac Scotty McGregor Found Freedom
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! If you listened to our last episode with Mac Scotty McGregor you know he left us with a fascinating process that brought him healing and breakthrough. Today we take a dive into Mac’s letters to his younger self and how he continues to live life like a champion. If you haven’t heard our first interview with Mac, check out episode 39 before starting this one! Mac takes us on his journey of writing letters to his younger self, as well how he managed to find compassion for the people who neglected him. He talks about the importance of forgiveness not...info_outline 40. Checking In with Yourself and Others: A Conversation with Clint and Chuck
The battle with mental illness may not go away forever, but there is a confidence that comes with having the right tools to handle it. Today Clint and I sit down to talk about the things we are currently struggling with and the victories we’ve had along the way. Join us as we sit down and do a check-in with our lives and mental health journeys. We have had some amazing guests on our show, with backgrounds and stories from all over. But we want you to get to know Chuck Thuss and Clint Malarchuk a little bit better. We not only share our stories but expand on how we’re doing now and...info_outline
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked, as you know courage, perseverance, and mental health are pillars in all we talk about and are pivotal to starting your own journey to healing. But another huge thing that is needed is vulnerability, taking off the mask that everything is alright and stepping out to ask for help.
Our guest today is an amazing example of how reaching out and asking for help can not only make your mental illness more manageable but can actually give you a home run into success.
Charlie McConnell grew up with a passion for baseball and with patience, determination, and perseverance he was able to make his dream come true of getting drafted into the MLB Seattle Mariners. Listen in as Charlie talks about his journey from little league to the major League and how he handled his anxiety all throughout. You’ll hear about Charlie’s first encounter with anxiety when he was only 10 years old, how he pushed past that and was able to successfully pursue baseball until his sophomore year in college.
Mental illness can creep up at any time and it wasn’t any different for Charlie, he talks about how he dealt with crippling anxiety as a sophomore in college and how it almost ended his career. Hear how Charlie leaned on support from his family and persevered despite all his anxietys telling him he was going to fail, plus the moment he knew he needed to reach out for professional help, and how he combats his anxiety today.
You’ll learn how Charlie has transitioned from playing professional baseball to now working in an investment strategy firm and how exchanging one stress for another is manageable if you’re only willing to reach out and ask for help. Charlie’s story is full of hope and inspiration that even with mental illness you have the potential to become wildly successful.
To learn more or to connect with Charlie check out the links below!
Always in your corner,
Chuck and Clint
More of What We Talk About:
- Charlie’s first instance of anxiety
- Understanding what triggers your anxiety
- How perceptions of other people hindered Charlie from reaching out
- The biggest support in Charlie’s life
- Knowing when its time to reach out for help
- The change that is coming with mental health and sports
- Charlie’s tips on making transitions in life with anxiety
- Why turning negatives into positives can help with overthinking
- The importance of staying consistent
- The reward of opening up to someone
- And much more!
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-mcconnell-2b142713a/
- Insta: https://www.instagram.com/financewithcharlie/
- Website: http://www.beckbode.com/
- Follow us on Instagram
- Like us on Facebook
Episode Minute By Minute:
- 0:02 What to expect today
- 1:23 Episode begins
- 1:40 Welcome Charlie McConnell
- 3:25 How Charlie grew up in baseball
- 4:37 When Charlie first experienced severe anxiety
- 6:23 Starting to cope with anxiety
- 8:29 The start of Charlies professional career
- 15:23 Anxiety in the major leagues
- 18:43 Mothers know best
- 21:08 The support system that helped Charlie
- 27:01 The moment that Charlie felt comfortable reaching out
- 29:50 Hidden mental struggles in baseball
- 33:48 How reading and journaling helped Charlie through anxiety
- 38:47 Keep chasing your dreams
- 41:16 Meditation and relaxation
- 46:30 You are not alone