90: Are you better off than you were a year ago?

January 3, 2018

Well, are you? When you think back to the start of this year, which, to me, really doesn’t feel all that long ago, can you honestly say you are better off now than you were then? If not, why do you feel you can’t say you’re better off? What did you do or didn’t you do this year to move forward? Did you make progress? Did you find that great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of your days?

I want to thank you all so much for tuning in every week and helping me affirm without a doubt that I am better off than I was a year ago. This isn’t to suggest that I have everything figured out, because I certainly don’t. Or to say I am better off because I’ve achieved every single one of my goals, because I haven’t. But, when I look back on this year, I know I have made progress. Everyday was not the best day ever, but everyday I intentionally tried to move forward. Thanks to the incredible individuals and communities, friends and my wonderful family who have invested in me and rallied around me, I can honestly say I am so much better off today than I was on January 3, 2017.

I encourage you to look back and reflect on how far you’ve come. Look at the goals you set and examine the ones you achieved and the ones you didn’t. Look to see in which areas of your life you place the most value and set goals there, because you’ve already decided what matters most to you. Set the goals you need to achieve because they will really help you progress in the life you want; don’t set the ones you think look the best to others, because you won’t succeed in a life you don’t really want.

Here’s to hoping your reflection on 2017 helps you appreciate the growth you’ve made, and helps you make intentional steps forward to make 2018 that much better.

We are in week 10 of trying to get The Rock, so if you want him to be a guest on KMF as badly as I do, then let’s get to work. Just start tagging him on social media and telling him that he has to be a guest; tell him how much you want to hear his story. We have ten weeks left. We got this.

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

If you are interested in taking a  listen, here is the interview on Business RadioX that helped set me on a path that would unknowingly help me to achieve some more of my goals in 2017.

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89: “Try everything once, you never know where it will lead you.” - My interview with former Georgia Southern basketball player, Jessica Geiger

December 27, 2017

In the 89th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former Georgia Southern basketball player, Jessica Geiger.

 

“Try everything once, you never know where it will lead you.” It’s difficult to be fearless when the anxiety of performing at the peak of your athletic ability is constantly weighing on your mind. But Jessica Geiger knows that when you get into the game and you simply execute like you’ve practiced, day in and day out, for weeks on end, you will always come out on top. I don’t mean to suggest that your team will come out victorious every single time, but that you will always win that internal struggle within yourself because your discipline has taught you to never let that negative thinking win. From starter on the Georgia Southern basketball team, to marketing student of the year, to taking the fashion merchandising world by storm, Jessica Geiger is living proof of what the athlete’s mind is capable of. Jessica utilized every bit of what she learned as an athlete and applied it to her life beyond basketball, noting that “sports shape you and teach you so much about real life.”

 

I am happy to have had the chance to share Jessica’s story, and I hope you are as entertained by and engaged in her journey as I was.

 

For more on Jessica, you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

 

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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88: “Everyone was once a rookie.” - My interview with Real Salt Lake City Women’s Professional Soccer player, Alexa Newfield

December 20, 2017
In the 88th episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview Real Salt Lake City Women’s Professional Soccer player, Alexa Newfield.
 
“Everyone was once a rookie.” Entering into every situation knowing that everyone has to start somewhere and with the perspective that hard work is the only way to truly win, Alex Newfield continually sets herself up for success. Falling in love with the sport of the soccer at 4 years old and having that passion grow within her after being immersed in the culture at such a young age, Alexa thrived as a young athlete and was catapulted into the world of NCAA DI soccer at the University of North Carolina and then into the professional realm by being drafted right out of college by FC Kansas City. Though her pro journey is far from over, Alexa knows the fragility of the career she is in, recognizing that an injury could end her time on the field at any moment. Because of this, Alexa ensures that her athletic legacy will live on long after she is gone, as she has entrepreneurial aspirations to help athletes in need.
 
It was an honor to speak with her about her journey and I hope you enjoy my interview with Alexa Newfield.
 
For more on Alexa and her upcoming inaugural season with Real Salt Lake Women, follow Alexa on Twitter and her new club on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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87: “She didn’t give up on herself and she didn’t give up on others.” - My interview with soccer coach and math teacher, and former Samford University Soccer Player, Sara Geiger Schmitt

December 13, 2017
In the 87th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview St. Pius High School Varsity soccer Coach and Math teacher, and former Samford University soccer player, Sara Geiger Schmitt.
 
“She didn’t give up on herself and she didn’t give up on others.” Though she faced obstacle after obstacle, Sara Geiger refused to accept the meaning of the phrase “give up.” Her relentless determination both on and off the soccer field developed within her a drive to pursue her goals with every ounce of energy she could muster, while also developing an innate sense to recognize how to help others and lift them up. These skill she honed as a collegiate athlete brought her to the realization that she could use her love of soccer as well as her authentic leadership skills to help young women walk through their own athletic journeys and beyond. Sara sprinted into her calling to become a soccer coach and math teacher, understanding fully that you only run into a problem when you transition if you decide to stay unhappy. Sara knew that the end of her athletic career did not signify the end of her love affair with soccer. In fact, it meant the direct opposite.
 
As a member of a co-state championship high school winning team and today as the head Varsity coach of a state championship winning team, you better believe Sara isn’t anywhere near done yet. It was a privilege to have the chance to share her story and I hope you all enjoy my interview with Sara Geiger Schmitt.
 
For more on Sara and St. Pius Catholic School in Atlanta, you can visit https://www.spx.org/default.asp and follow St. Pius on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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86: “I put my head down and got to work.” - My interview with founder of DSC Fitness and Performance and former Trinity University football player and track and field athlete, G.R. Hoff

December 6, 2017
In the 86th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview founder of DSC Fitness and Performance, and former Trinity University football player and track and field athlete, G.R. Hoff.
 
“I put my head down and got to work.” Through frustration and adversity, success and failure, G.R. Hoff lived and continues to live by these words. Learning that his passion for sports transcended the realm of simply being an athlete and took true form when he found himself as a coach, G.R. set himself on an incredible journey that lead him to find his own company in DSC Fitness and Performance and today to be a part of 567 Academy.
 
His journey is sure to inspire you and I hope you enjoy my interview with G.R. Hoff.
 
To learn more about and connect with G.R., visit https://567academy.com/, and follow 567 Academy on Facebook. Additionally, you can learn more about DSC Fitness and Performance at http://www.dungeonstrength.com/ and by following on Facebook.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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85: “What is your goal worth to you?” - My interview with comedian, podcaster, entrepreneur, and former Maryville College football player, Joel Byars

November 29, 2017
In the 85th episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview comedian, podcaster, entrepreneur, and former Maryville College football player, Joel Byars.
 
“What is your goal worth to you?” Is it worth sleepless nights grinding away, not knowing when your ultimate goal will be achieved? Is it worth missing out on the next new Netflix original series? Is it worth cancelling a night out with your friends so you can have a few extra hours to complete that critical project you’ve been working on? For former DIII football player and successful standup comedian Joel Byars, his passion to educate and entertain through comedy was worth all of this and so much more. Using the determination he developed as an athlete and the resiliency instilled within him from his mom, Joel refused to give up in his pursuit to change the world through comedy. Though he is a successful entrepreneur today, his journey here was not an overnight success. It took him years of work and patience to get him to where he is, but he will be the first to tell you “it was all worth it, because [he] knew what it was for.”
 
I am grateful for the chance to help share his story, and I hope you are both educated and entertained by my interview with athlete turned entrepreneurial comedian, Joel Byars.
 
To learn more about Joel, visit http://www.joelbyarscomedy.com/, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Also, subscribe to his Hot Breath Podcast on iTunes and follow Hot Breath on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you would like to see Joel perform live, you can do so every Wednesday at 8pm at Java Monkey in Decatur, GA.

 

Check out Max Kantor's interview with Joel on episode on episode 17 of Talking Late Night.

 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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84: Interview The Rock for Episode 100 of Keep Moving Forward

November 22, 2017

In the 84th episode of Keep Moving Forward I talk about my pursuit to interview Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for episode 100 of my podcast.

MARCH 14, 2018 could quite possibly be one of the biggest days in Keep Moving Forward history. As of today, we are 16 weeks out from THE big day. When episode 100 of this podcast will be published. 100 weeks of continuing to move forward will hit the airways, so I started thinking about how to best capture this moment in KMF history.

When episode 100 of Keep Moving Forward is released, I have a big plan in the works. My desire is that episode 100 of the Keep Moving Forward podcast will feature an interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This idea came to life when I was speaking with a mentor of mine a few weeks ago. He suggested an interesting tactic in securing guests, and namely, “big name” guests. He had me consider who the “big get” would be for my podcast. Who is someone I would love to speak to more than anyone else. My initial response was Rudy Ruettiger, a man who’s been my biggest role model since I was 10-years old, but whom I’ve already had the privilege to interview for episode 9. After thinking about it for a few days, though, I realized the perfect guest for my show is Dwayne Johnson: a former professional football player, sidelined by injury, and having to learn how to transition in so many facets of life, all the while using his athletic background as jumping off platform. Speaking to him about how he made it through each of these transitions, what his entire athletic career was and is like, how he is so driven to succeed in everything he does…I can think of no one better.

I began my pursuit of the Rock three and a half weeks ago, in the aftermath of the release of the 80th episode of KMF.I figured that 20 full weeks would give me enough time to gain some traction and to someone establish a connection with the man, the myth, and the legend who is The Rock. Like has been customary with my other guests, though, I could have kept my pursuit under wraps. Not letting anyone in on this journey with me until it became a sure thing, if it ever did. But, I did not do what I normally do. Instead, I went public with my intentional chase for three reasons:

1. Dwayne Johnson is incredibly active on social media and, to date, I have found no other way to get in contact with him. So, every single day, I write a post, comment on something he’s done, try to incite conversation with him or whomever runs his social media in some manner. I always tag either Keep Moving Forward or myself, depending upon what account seems most relevant to post from. I get an alert in my calendar when it’s time to do my Rock post for the day, and I just throw something out there. Additionally, I use his platforms to stay relevant with all the news in his world. Any movie that’s coming out, any event he’s done, any charity he’s supported. Most recently, his Under Armour line, The Rock Project, dropped. Of course, I bought a work out tank top from his line, because it’s awesome and I am so excited to work out in it, but also because I want to support his projects and, obviously, take some pictures in it help further develop my more fully my public pursuit of him (you’ll see those pop up in the next few days, for sure).

2. I need your help, my tribe dedicated to the pursuit of moving ever forward. I actually want to reach The Rock and my best bet seems to be through sharing and tagging social media. I want engagement from all sides. Another piece of advice I received was to find the first degree in the six degrees of separation between me and The Rock. There has to be someone who knows something about him, I just have to establish a connection with that first degree and press onward until I find the next one. There is probably a connection I never thought to make before, so in putting my pursuit out there, someone has to know something.

3. I want you all to hold me accountable in this daily pursuit. Making me prove that I am, in fact, doing all that I can to make this interview a reality. Accountability is the only thing that will make this work. It’s easy to tell myself I will do something, and if I get distracted and off task then I am the only one who knows. But with this, I want it to be seen and heard that this pursuit is real. I am actively doing something every day to establish a connection with The Rock...and I want you guys to keep me honest in that. So just check out my progress at the end of each week in my blog post and let me know if you think I can be doing something better.

Maybe you think this is ridiculous and that it will never happen. Or worse, that this is simply some stunt to increase web traffic and get more podcast downloads. Perhaps you think that maybe this could actually happen, but you’re thinking that goals must be tangible, measurable, and realistic. All these questions are valid. But, I know this could happen, I would never do anything as empty as a simple publicity stunt, and I can assure you my thought out plan is all parts tangible, measurable, and realistic:

Tangible: I have 20 weeks to secure an interview with The Rock. It’s within reach. I have a deadline.

Measurable: Securing an interview with The Rock will solidify one heck of a 100th episode. If my journey there is unsuccessful, then I have this 20-week period (now down to 16 weeks) to go all out and determine whether or not I did everything in my power to conduct this interview.

Realistic: I’ve interviewed people on my podcast whom I’ve looked up to my entire life. From Rudy Ruettiger to Evander Holyfield…never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be able to have conversations with these incredible human beings. But I have. So, the way I see it, I have a chance to get this interview if I work hard enough for it. Because I think we all know at this point that giving up is for rookies.

You can follow along with my pursuit of The Rock on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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83: “Never get so big that you forget what it was like to wish that phone would ring.” - My interview with founder of Reddick Baseball and former baseball player, Paul Reddick

November 15, 2017
In the 83rd episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview founder of Reddick Baseball and former player, Paul Reddick.
 
“Never get so big that you forget what it was like to wish that phone would ring.” Paul Reddick believed he blew every opportunity he ever had to make it as a baseball player, until he realized he was never meant to leave his mark on the game as a player...but as a coach. With relentless determination, Paul found himself immersed in the world of baseball, walking through every open door until he ended up exactly where he was always meant to be. As the founder of Paul Reddick Baseball and the host of the Baseball Dads podcast, Paul is helping individuals within the sport he never even knew he could reach...but that is the amazing thing about pursuing what you feel called to do above all else.
 
I was lucky enough to meet Paul at this year’s Momentum Workshop Weekend, hosted by Lou Mongello in Orlando, Florida, and I am so grateful for this experience and the chance to forge some incredible relationships in the pursuit of always moving forward. Thanks to Paul for allowing me to help share his story, and I hope you all enjoy my interview with athlete turned entrepreneur, Paul Reddick.
 
Thank you all for listening, I hope you enjoyed this episode. For more on Paul, visit http://paulreddickbaseball.com/, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the Baseball Dads Podcast.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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82: “Swallow your pride and continue to move forward.” - My interview with entrepreneur and former professional football player, Anthony Mitchell

November 8, 2017
In the 82nd episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview entrepreneur and former professional football player, Anthony Mitchell.
 
“Swallow your pride and continue to move forward.” Using football to earn a scholarship and help him achieve his goal of going to college, Anthony Mitchell attended Tuskegee University to get his degree in architecture. During his junior year, Anthony was drafted into the NFL where he played 8 illustrious seasons and even helped the Baltimore Ravens to their 2001 Super Bowl win. Today, he helps athletes achieve their own dreams of playing collegiate sports at his training center in Georgia. I hope you enjoy this week’s interview with Anthony Mitchell.
 
To learn more about Anthony visit http://mikecameronbaseballacademy.com/.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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81: “I’m an all in kind of guy”- My interview with entrepreneur and former NCAA DI and 1980 Olympic qualifying track and field athlete, Ken Eaton

November 1, 2017
In the 81st episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview entrepreneur and former NCAA DI and 1980 Olympic qualifying track and field athlete, Ken Eaton.
 
 
“Perhaps at the end of the day, it wasn’t about the Olympics...God didn’t give me what I really wanted, but He gave me what I really needed.” Ken Eaton qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics only to have his dream stripped away when the United States boycotted the Games. The idea that you could work so hard in pursuit of that one goal, nearly achieving it, and then having it taken away through circumstances so far beyond your control is unfathomable. Though he was “disgusted” that something like this could happen, Ken pushed forward through bitterness and anger and came out of his tumultuous journey on the other side as a wildly successful Masters athlete and entrepreneur. Recognizing the drive within himself that he is “an all in kind of guy”, through yet another set of circumstances beyond his control, Ken decided to push full force into his passion of photography and turn it into a lucrative business.
 
Ken’s numerous transitions and relentless determination in the face of adversity prove what the athletic mind is truly capable of...if we are only willing to let it pull us forward instead of setting us back. I am so grateful for the chance to share Ken’s story, and I hope that you enjoy my discussion with star athlete turned star entrepreneur, Ken Eaton.
 
To learn more about Ken, visit Rare Earth Creations, Eaton Home Solutions, and follow Ken on Facebook and Instagram.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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