Level YourSelf UP podcast
A podcast where I share my journey, I hope to encourage you to be the best version of yourself. It's not about perfection but progress.
info_outline Avoiding Scams 02/20/2023
Avoiding Scams In this episode, we will discuss how to identify spam emails or letters, the top spam tools used to trick people, and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim. Segment 1: How to Spot Spam Emails or Letters Look for generic greetings Check for spelling and grammar errors Be wary of emails or letters that ask for personal information Be suspicious of emails or letters that contain urgent language Watch out for emails or letters that come from an unfamiliar sender Be cautious of emails or letters that contain attachments or links Check for a physical address, phone number, and return email address It's important to stay vigilant and not share personal information with any suspicious emails, letters, or calls. Always verify the sender and double-check the email or letter for errors or suspicious language. Use antivirus software to scan attachments or links before opening them, and trust your instincts when something seems too good to be true. For more details check out more details here at our website
info_outline Picking a Word for the year 01/16/2023
Picking a Word for the year Steps for choosing your best word of the year: First, seek the Lord and ask him for direction List the things you want to focus on this year. Determine the common theme[s] of your list. List some words that would work. Decide which of the words on your list feels like it will be the MOST motivational. OR try What could I use more of in my life? What could I use less of in my life? What characteristics would I like to have? By the end of the day, I feel (fill in the blank). How do I want to feel? Let God bring it to the surface. Bible Verse - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6
info_outline Relaunch - Fighting Through Struggles 01/03/2023
Relaunch - Fighting Through Struggles This podcast is all about what has gone on since the last podcast was released on June 1 of 2022. I discuss format changes it’s going to happen on this podcast along with the new schedule being released every two weeks instead of every week. I would like you to think about a few things before the next podcast what brings you the most joy in your life? What’s one or two things that you can do that would bring you the most happiness question And also what are one or two things you would like to change for the year? I also discussed coming up with one word that would describe the year. I’ve kind of landed on the word, it is transition for me. Now, you don’t have to do this for the whole year matter of fact just do it for 3 months at a time. And I guess my overall message for this podcast is that we all struggle and have things that we have to fight through let’s not focus on the pain or frustration but focus on what we can do to get through the struggle to get through the pain. What is God trying to teach us through this? Always look at each situation as a way to grow and improve as a person Psalm 37:23-24 “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand
info_outline What Season Are You In ? 04/10/2022
What Season Are You In ? Which spiritual or emotional season are you experiencing right now? Just as we experience the changing natural seasons, we are also subject to changing experiential seasons in our life. We can find great encouragement in identifying which season we are currently experiencing. There is just something about knowing that we are not the only ones who are going (or have gone) through especially difficult times. We also experience seasons of great joy and celebration. One thing we can know for sure—no matter which season we are experiencing, it will change. Life is not static. The changing seasons of our lives are not haphazard but ordained to accomplish His purposes in our lives: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:10 NKJV). Although we generally prefer one season to another, there are pros and cons within each that bring a nice overall balance to our lives. https://www.levelyourselfup.com/
info_outline Decision Making LYSU 94 04/02/2022
Decision Making LYSU 94 All important decision must be made on paper - stop looping thinking through what ifs and so forth 1. State the problem On paper Write the Problem But be clear What do you want and WHY and How will you know when you get it. 2. Get the advice and opinions of others Seek information from online, read up on the topic Ask family, friends based on the question as Coach, Doctor, Therapist, 3. List the alternatives List Pro and Cons Why you like each choice What does your heart say ? 4. Choose the best alternative - with your beliefs and life what is the best choice Remember decision are based on probability you cant wait for 100% - if it don't work then learn from it and change! 5. ACT Put the plan in place as you work the plan you can improve.
info_outline LYSU 93 Belief System How To Retrain Our thinking- 1 of the Top 5 ways to Improve in 2022 03/27/2022
LYSU 93 Belief System How To Retrain Our thinking- 1 of the Top 5 ways to Improve in 2022 What are our beliefs? A belief system is an ideology or set of principles that helps us to interpret our everyday life. These beliefs are shaped and influenced your life. Stop Stinking thinking Positive mindset- it’s not just about being positive its finding the good in the bad How is life happening for you – Life is happening for you not to you. Mindset and our internal self-talk You have to want to change, you have to want to see the good Where to they come from? Environment Events - The birth of your child, promotion, a death of a loved one. Knowledge Past Results Future Vision How to Replace Limiting Beliefs with Empowering Ones 1. Pick a limiting belief and think about how that belief has held you back and worked against you. Write it down! 2. How has this limiting belief hurt you? Think of some evidence that proves that the belief is false. Spend some time thinking about this until you know that your limiting belief was not based on reality or FACTS. 3. Replace your limiting or negative belief with an empowering and positive one. You let go of your old limiting belief, admit that it was false and limiting you, and you start believing in your heart and in your mind that people are generally honest by nature. 4. Remind yourself of your new beliefs every day Several times a day. The more you consciously remind yourself of your new beliefs, think and feel them in your core, the faster you will be able to replace the old ones. The more you practice this, the sooner your subconscious mind will start inducing corresponding empowering thoughts, feelings and actions. Our belief systems are powerful and affect almost everything we think, feel and do. When we make the time and effort to closely examine them, we are able to single out the ones that prevent us from living the life we deserve to live.
info_outline LYSU 92 Spirituality- 1 of the Top 5 ways to Improve in 2022 03/12/2022
LYSU 92 Spirituality- 1 of the Top 5 ways to Improve in 2022 Ways to know and learn about God/Jesus Serving Ministries Community Your career Learning Bible study Learning how you think vs what the bible says Reflection Read the Word Being Meditation Prayer Seeing how God moving in everything Gathering Praising and worshiping Meeting with friends Social Connections Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 2:17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Timothy 1:9 Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Ecclesiastes 12:13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ephesians 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will. post THE BIBLE IS TRUE AND ACCURATE Part 1 of 2 Chuck Missler THE BIBLE IS TRUE AND ACCURATE Part 2 of 2 Chuck Missler Inerrancy of the Bible and the Inspiration of Scripture - Michael Heiser
info_outline LYSU 091 Relationships- 1 of the Top 5 ways to improve in 2022 03/06/2022
LYSU 091 Relationships- 1 of the Top 5 ways to improve in 2022 All relationships are important God Spouse Children Parents Friends Order of our Relationships Handling relationships when they done wanting to have relationships with us Good vs Bad BAD What are toxic relationships? Controlling Behaviors One who manipulates Constant putting you down or likes to correct you Tells you that not what you mean - we all see different sides and have difference opinions 10 Tips for healthy relationships Healthy relationships have been shown to increase our happiness, improve health and reduce stress. 1. Keep expectations realistic. Accepting people as they are and not trying to change them. 2. Talk with each other. 3. Be flexible. 4. Take care of yourself 5. Be dependable. 6. Fight fair. Most relationships have some conflict. It only means you disagree about something; it does not have to mean you don't like each other. 7. Be affirming 8. Keep your life balanced. Healthy relationships have room for outside activities. 9. It’s a process. 10. Be yourself!
info_outline Time - 1 of top 5 ways to improve in 2022 02/25/2022
Time - 1 of top 5 ways to improve in 2022 Time How do we waste time ? How to improve our use of time? Can you get time back ? How we spend time? I talk a little about Muda which means futility; uselessness; wastefulness and is a key concept in lean process thinking. Tool of Lean 8 Types of Wastes: 1) Unused human talent 2) Waiting 3) Inventory 4) Transportation 5) Defects 6) Motion 7) Over Production 8) Processing of non-value added activities How to Start Getting Organized 1) Sort 2) Set in order 3) Scrub 4) Safety 5) Standardize 6) Sustain Create a process to maintain order or Chaos will creep in Chaos to Order takes energy Create a time audit. Set a time limit to each task. Use a to-do-list, but don’t abandon tasks. Plan ahead. Spend your mornings on MITs.(Most Important Tasks) Learn to delegate/outsource. Rest is not a Waste see Ep 088 Leave a buffer-time between tasks and meetings. Get organized and single-task. Follow the 80-20 rule. Stop being perfect.
info_outline Handling Setbacks LYSU 89 02/21/2022
Handling Setbacks LYSU 89 Set-backs and failures are part of life, and if you are an leader, how you handle set-backs and failures will determine your long-term success, How we handle them can setup for success or failure. Do we let them ruin the rest of the day or our plan I say NO we adjust and adapt. https://www.levelyourselfup.com/
info_outline Health 2022 02/11/2022
Health 2022 Health Its not just about diets but about Sleep, Breathing, Resting, Quality of Food, Drinking Water Rest Rest is one of the greatest gifts God gave to mankind. Rest is synonymous to peace. Naturally, we link rest with sleep. But I think we should look at rest more like we of stop doing what we are doing AND start placing our trust in peace and love. to start BEING the person we are called to be to reset our being. Like resting in God. It is placing trust and faith in him. In the work that’s He has already been done. I think daily we should rest in our God to spend with him that can take forms in many ways. Reading, Gardening, Walking, Sitting or however you find peace and tranquility. What about thinking how we can stop stressing and worrying ? To learn to work each problem the best we can then once we have done that we stand trusting life will all work its self out or as we rest more will be revealed for us to do. But not worried or stressing Breathing To keep it short We often don’t breath like we should during covid I was taught we don't breath correctly and they have me doing breathe exercises. With a deep breaths in through your nose and blowing out slowly threw your mouth like blowing threw a straw do that 10 times. The Wim Hof technique One round of the Wim Hof Method breathing technique includes these steps: Take in a strong inhalation through the nose. Let out a relaxed exhalation through the mouth. Repeat for 30 breaths. On the 30th breath, exhale to 90 percent and hold for as long as you can. When you feel your body really needs to take a breath, inhale fully and hold for 15 seconds before releasing. The basic technique involves three consecutive rounds of the above. Eventually, the breathing may feel like a wave flowing through your lungs, but this will take practice. Proponents say the technique can lead to: increased immunity better sleep reduced stress heightened focus or Water Most of us don't drink enough water and we are in a state dehydration we should drink around 1 gallon of water every day. Signs of mild or moderate dehydration include: Thirst Dry or sticky mouth Not peeing very much Dark yellow pee Dry, cool skin Headache Muscle cramps Signs of severe dehydration include: Not peeing or having very dark yellow pee Very dry skin Feeling dizzy Rapid heartbeat Rapid breathing Sunken eyes Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion or irritability Fainting We tend to think that dehydration looks like fainting, severe headaches, and being hooked up to an IV. But the truth is that the majority of us (more than 75% of adults!) are living with chronic mild dehydration, which means our bodies are being forced to operate with less fluid than they require. A decrease in your hydration as little as 1-3% can result in a measurable cognitive loss and not only can it lead to the ailments listed above, it can also lead to more serious health concerns and disease. Quality of Food It is high in sugar and calories and low in nutrients and fibre. It can, over time, lead to insulin resistance, triglycerides, harmful cholesterol and other health issues. Processed foods are very addictive because companies do research to see what tickles our taste buds the most. They incorporate it into their foods to encourage us to eat it more. It contains artificial ingredients like preservatives and additives that are not nutritious and are harmful to health. Sleep 6-8 hours of sleep is important we need all the sleeping cycles not just partial night sleep, while we sleep we heal, we lose weight, our body rebuilds it self. Matthew Walker offers five key tips to help your future be filled with an easier sleeping process: Try to maintain regularity. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. We need darkness in the evening to allow the release of a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin helps us maintain a healthy sleep time. Therefore, try to dim down half the lights in your home in the hour before bed. Keep your sleeping environment as cool as possible. An optimal temperature is about 68 degrees Fahrenheit Your brain and body need to drop their core temperature by about two or three degrees Fahrenheit to initiate good sleep. Hence, you’ll always find it easier to fall asleep in a room that’s too cold than too hot. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol is perhaps the most misunderstood drug when it comes to sleep. People believe it helps them fall asleep. That’s not true. Alcohol is a type of sedative, which means alcohol is basically just knocking your brain out. You’re not putting it into natural sleep. Research suggests that alcohol will fragment your sleep. So, you’ll wake up many more times throughout the night. Finally, alcohol also blocks dream sleep. Caffeine is also a problem. Many of us know that caffeine can keep us awake as it is a stimulant. However, few people know that even if you fall asleep fine and maybe you stay asleep after a coffee, the depth of your deep sleep will be lessened. Do not stay in bed, awake. If you haven’t fallen asleep within 20 or so minutes, or you’ve woken up and you’re finding it difficult to fall back asleep, don’t stay in bed awake. Your brain quickly learns an association between your bed and being awake. Therefore, get up and go to another room. “The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. The leading causes of disease and death in developed nations—diseases that are crippling health-care systems, like heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and cancer—all have recognized causal links to a lack of sleep.” – Matthew Walker or check out
info_outline 5 things can improve 2022 LYSU 087 02/03/2022
5 things can improve 2022 LYSU 087 5 Things you can do to improve 2022 Think about what is going good in your life we tend to focus on the bad. IT is small consistent choices that add up the compounding effect. Retrain your thinking Positive mind set- its not just about being positive its finding the good in the bad how is life happening for you - Life is happening for you not to you. Mindset and our internal thinking You have to want to change, you have to want to see the good Health Its not just about diets- diets don't work Sleep is important Breathing Resting Quality of Food Drinking Water Relationships God - how do you relate to God, is he personal to you? Spouse - Kids Friends Everyone else Time You can never get time back How do we waste time ? How to improve our use of time? Is time a dimension we live in? Spirituality No matter your belief system you have a religion you live by Our Spirituality is personal and part of our belief system Our Spirituality effects all parts of our life. Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
info_outline The Return and Future 086 01/25/2022
The Return and Future 086 This podacast is all about my journy from covid and the future of th epodcast. So this week I talk about where I have been since the last episode, and the future of the podcast. A lot has happened and I feel time to get back in the saddle again. I want to share the videos that I used as therapy while I was in the hospital. I created this list while I laid in bed in ICU with Covid, If you have a topics you would like to about please email me. Psalms 27:1"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
info_outline Covid Kicked me but Jesus won 10/04/2021
Covid Kicked me but Jesus won This whole show is about my time in the hospital and my recovery so far. Being grateful for the Nurses, Doctors, Friends and family that surrounded us. most of all to my 2 daughters for their stepping taking care of things. but mostly to Jesus the Author and finisher of my faith.
info_outline LYSU 84 Reset and Rest 08/23/2021
LYSU 84 Reset and Rest Podcast So this week I talk about resting and reset. I want to encourage you to find a way to rest and reset. That may mean that we need to look at our goals reevaluate them or even re-defined them. Rest and reset can provide a course correction and this is what shipping and airliners do to make sure they are on the correct course and based on the correct data and observation they adjust to course to their destination. Because life tends to get us a bit off course once in a while. I think Rest can look different depending on the person, what you’re going through, so let’s not look at the normal idea of resting as not doing nothing BUT could include that. Thank about what are some ways you can destress or reevaluate where you’re at? and I also think we need to work this in our daily lives, either weekly or daily spend time in "REST" Below are some ideas that might help you rest and reset Suggestions to resting Take a break from Social media Getting away alone Do something fun Get enough sleep Spend time with Family & Friends Read a book Find a way to de-stress
info_outline LYSU 83 Getting Organized 08/17/2021
LYSU 83 Getting Organized Advantages of Personal Organization What are the advantages of organization? Reduces anxiety and stress caused by not having control of things Increases your efficiency, enabling you to do more things in less time Frees up time to accomplish more things Creates healthy organization and filing habits that allow you to search for and find things much faster Generates responsibility Induces self-control and discipline So what stops of from getting organized ? Procrastination, the act of leaving something to be done later when there is no consequence for not performing a task Mental tiredness Physical tiredness Lack of prioritization Lack of definition in tasks Problems with self-discipline Check out more at
info_outline The Compounding Effect 08/09/2021
The Compounding Effect This week I talk about the compounding effect of making the right decision and how we make our life better not by big leaps but by daily choices John 16:33 NIV “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” “A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. A routine is exceptionally powerful.” ― Darren Hardy
info_outline Last week 08/02/2021
Last week This week I explain what was going on and what I learned. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)
info_outline How to Overcome Anything 07/19/2021
How to Overcome Anything 1 Start your day right That means spending time with God Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." 2 When a problem arises and they will ask what does this makes possible? 3 Be in a state of growing and learning 4 Be determined to overcome to get the victory 5 Be in gratitude find something to be thankful for every day. When you start feeling bad or get the upset think of something to be grateful for. 6 Focus on what is going right or where you are going not on your past and not on your mistakes. Remember your thoughts are important but it is also the actions that we take that are important.
info_outline How To Learn A New Skill FAST 07/11/2021
How To Learn A New Skill FAST This week I talk about how to learn fast, did you ever want to learn something or need to learn something this week here a 5 tips to speed up the process. Have a good reason have a purpose for learning. Participate in the learning don’t just be passive. Don’t just read a book involved with your fingers your ears your eyes build or create something as you learn. You learn more from doing than any other method Teach someone what you’re learning no the material well enough to teach it to others Also learn from the point of you you’re going to have to explain it that you have to teach it will force you to know the material better Learn with a deadline set a deadline three months a month two months a year whatever is practical set a deadline has specific goals a goal without a plan is a wish Believe in yourself ignore the haters the doubters you must believe in yourself ignore what others have said even the teachers of peoples put you down watch your own self talk remember everyone started at the beginning everyone was a beginner and you can do it
info_outline 4 Battlefields 07/05/2021
4 Battlefields This week I talk about the 4 battlefields we all struggle with Some days it is totally obvious but other days it is subtle or not even noticeable. We are in a battle. It may not be one that we can see, but none-the-less, it is real. Emotional battles- dealing with love, pain, disappointment, and hurt feeling. Intellectual battles of the mind - our self talk, feeling loved, fears and most of all over thinking. Physical battles of what to eat, how to eat , pain in our body's, cancer, other healthy issues. Spiritual battlefield. Ultimately this is an eternal life or death battle. Christians find their security in Christ; however, there is a real, day-to-day battle of flesh versus spirit which affects our peace of mind. Half the battle is the awareness OF THE battle. This is not a “one and done” fight. It is an ongoing daily fight. We don’t get to “get it and set it”. Become aware of the impact of the daily voices and the daily choices! You are in a battle but you are not alone– "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."-Philippians 4:6-7 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.I do not give you as the world gives.Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
info_outline 77 Time Managment 06/29/2021
77 Time Managment This week I talk about time management, I have a special Guest My friend Winston Faircloth who drops in to respond a question on how he manages his time. Check out is Podcast and website here Who controls your time? First question is in control? Who is responsible? YOU ARE First realize you have the most control over your life. People will try to persuade us or just to do things but you have a choice. Well we have a choice on what we’re going to do so my tips are to compartmentalize and create a list of things that you need to do so But you can do them as early as possible and check them off the list So remember action creates results
info_outline Tips to improve your outlook 06/14/2021
Tips to improve your outlook I give you tips to improve you outlook. Hey this week I just give you some tips to improve your outlook in your attitude if you’re angry or upset or depressed there’s some tips to help us to see things correctly. Start with what we’re grateful for Our physical posture And the things that we think about. Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. -Philippians 4:8
info_outline Things you can do to improve 2021 12/22/2020
Things you can do to improve 2021 In this week I share some things you can do you improve your life in 2021. Philippians 4:8 New International Version Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Sleep Invest in yourself Take responsibility for what you can control Read a book Balanced Life- time to rest,time to sleep, time to play Re-frame your problems Value your health -eat better, exercise You get what you tolerate Setting boundaries
info_outline Vulnerability with Mark Delaney 12/14/2020
Vulnerability with Mark Delaney This week is about becoming Vulnerable and finding healing and life Check out Mark's website and his podcast link are below My Life Platform Podcast with Mark Delaney The My Life Platform Podcast is all about winning at life and leaving a legacy. Hear from purpose and family expert, Mark Delaney, as well as experienced guests as we discuss developing a proper perspective on life, marriage, parenting, and more. This isn’t a podcast about unfounded theories or empty, shallow “make you feel good” talk. It’s about real purpose for your real life. You will leave encouraged and empowered to win at life and leave a legacy. https://mylifeplatform.buzzsprout.com/