PTP.038: How to Leave a Legacy of Purpose with Bill McConnell

The to Pathway Promise Podcast Episode 38 features an in-depth conversation with Bill McConnell on leaving a legacy of purpose.  He is the author “Conquer What’s Next: Scheme Your Dream, Get Your Rear in Gear and Gain the Grit to Go There” and the creator of The Legacy of Purpose Virtual Summit.

Bill tells Brad the story of working as a youth pastor for 23 years and then losing two jobs through no fault of his own.   He fell into depression, his marriage was in peril and he even contemplated taking his own life.  In desperation, he turned to prayer and God and asked to get through “one more day” this turned into “one more week” “one more year” and was able to turn his attention from his own troubles to helping and serving others.   This lead to his writing, blogging, coaching career where he helps people discover their purpose in life.

He took massive action in his life and now teaches folk to:

  • Create and pursue goals and motives.
  • How do I make routines in life?
  • How do I account for adjustment to disrupted routines?
  • How to leverage desperation to succeed.

To further serve his audience Bill has created a LIVE virtual summit during the week of March 18-22, 2019,

The Legacy of Purpose Virtual Summer features. 12 people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives joined together to present insight and challenge around the idea of living a life a true purpose. 

This is a faith-based series that brings into focus specific areas and unique viewpoints of pursuing life purpose that everyone works to discover and live

Specific areas discussed involve marriage, busyness, the workplace, restoration, value, 

You can get the details on the Legacy of Purpose Summit here.

Enjoy Episode 038 of The Pathway to Promise Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller

Dr. Brad Miller

March 11, 2019

The legacy of Purpose Virtual Summit

BillMcConnell.me

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pathway to promise podcast episode number 38 leaving a legacy of purpose with Bill McConnell author of conquer what's next

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once you can't hear yourself everything else becomes possible your biggest enemies you

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Hi I'm Patty raucous artist and author from rocks tell stories calm and author of He is risen rocks tell the story of Easter I help empower and transform people by playing with rocks. Dr. Brad Miller helps to empower and transform through the power of stories told right here on the pathway to promise podcast helping you uncover your promise like a peace, prosperity and purpose.

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You're on the pathway to promise with Dr. Brad Miller. Brad believes every person has a god given promised life of peace, prosperity and purpose and that you must have a plan and a guide.

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To get there the pathway to promise podcast Not only is your guide through the wilderness of depression and disappointment that stand between you and your promise life but also brings you insights and direction from inspiring successful thought leaders who have transformed their lives. Welcome to the pathway to promise now here's Brad

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the pathway to promise podcast is brought to you did today by the legacy of purpose virtual summit led by Bill McConnell from Bill McConnell dot m e during the week of March 18 to 20 seconds. This is a live virtual summit where 12 people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives will present insight and challenge along the idea of living your life of true purpose This is a faith based series that brings into focus specific areas and unique viewpoints pursue in life purpose that everyone wants to discover and live by you could just some this specific areas covered will be

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Marriage and business workplace personal restaurants restoration and having true personal value to connect up with the virtual the legacy of purpose virtual summit you can head over to our our website pathway promise.com slash 038 for more information about the legacy of purpose virtual summit our focus here on this day

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in our process our 40 day way process of improving your life is to have a life of purpose, a life where you thought things out and will you have a life where you are making your life happen intentionally having a plan, having a specific plan, then working that plan in order to make your life better, a whole part of the 40 day way of building your life.

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peace, prosperity and purpose is how we can use it plan to in a relatively short amount of time to move through adversity to achieve our promise, life of peace, prosperity, and purpose. That's what we're all about here at the pathway to promise podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is helping you move through this process. That's my mission. My focus in life is to teach the teacher, the coach you and to be helpful to you in your life to move through adversity, marital problems, financial reversals, health related things,

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relationship issues, to achieve your life, a peace, prosperity and purpose. I do that through the teaching that I doing here on a regular basis during the month of March and April of 2019, where every day we're having something to come out to be helpful to you. And one of the great things we can do to be helpful to us also bringing great guests and authors who could help you to find things in your life as well. Bill McConnell is one of those guys

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Bill McDonald him he is his website and he is an author and a leader and a teacher and a blogger and podcaster and he is processed a lot of things in his life and but it boils down to this about living a life of purpose. And he's put together a legacy of purpose virtual summit that you're going to want to check out. And I hope that you will. But right now friends, let's learn a lot more about Bill McConnell and how to live a life of purpose as we get into our interview with Bill because right now

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the McConnell is an incredible author and leader and teacher and a person who has also owns a Jeep Wrangler and loves to do that type of goes back roading with his with his jeep outdoors guy lives in Colorado and he has a goal of helping you to move from wishing to winning and the most important areas of your life. And in that process, he

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As a blogger and a podcaster, and a speaker and author, and he's written a couple books together surprisingly simple secrets for loving your wife forever and more recent title, conquer what's next to scheme your dream and get your rear end gear and gain the grit to go there. And he also is having is also has the upcoming legacy of purpose virtual summit lots of things going on your life bill McConnell Welcome to pathway to promise. Thank you Brad. It's my pleasure to be with you today man. Awesome. I am so glad you're here today. And we can chat a little bit about what you're up to and and what sort of things you're working on, but also what you have to offer to some folks here some great things here. But to me a little bit of background about you, Bill, how did you end up where you're at right now, what's a little bit of your history? How did you end up doing all this writing and teaching in podcasting and, and all this other stuff that you're working on here? Well, after spending a little bit of time in school at a very, very small Bible College in New Brunswick, Canada. I was a youth pastor for 23

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years right which and youth pastor terms is a really long time

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during that entire time I never want to learn how to play the guitar

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you're using it before where youth pastor myself and usually that goes, you know, useful to have one was attached to your hip because I never had a guitar playing either but I was a disc jockey, that was my thing. So, okay. Okay. So 23 years as a youth pastor, and what happened? Well, I stepped away from ministry. I got into a situation where myself and the pastor where we're more at odds

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that then actually working together and I felt it was just time to do something else. I just I was really getting on the edge of being burned out. Okay, so I stepped out of ministry took a job at at the hospital as a program coordinator. I was there for three and a half years and then they cut 60% of our department.

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I was part of that

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60% that as we're all of a sudden your life changed when your whole situation when upside down did it pretty much did

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I was unemployed for a little bit of time and then I took a job at a at a State Children's Home for children that were too

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too hard for the for the foster care system really rough kid we're talking kids from five years to 14 years of age and I was there for a period of time and then the state close the entire facility down there you went one good time to another didn't you? My goodness I've not been fired I've just been

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cut back

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into one into unemployment as it were still does not feel good at all. Yeah, I went through a period of time where I really struggled with finding a new groove like youth ministry was was my my passion, my love I was successful in it.

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Loved hanging with the kids I love being with the kids and putting my life and the life of Christ into these kids and and when I stepped out of that I felt a little bit lost and then after one cut back after another cut back I find myself just sitting at home doing nothing and had no clue what to do.

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I was

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I was a day away from suicide okay I found myself one morning I was I couldn't wait for my wife to leave to go to work my daughter was was off at university and so I was all alone and I curled up in the corner of the living room name I cried for about two hours uncontrollably, just completely lost and and finally just kind of sat up and said,

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I don't know maybe one more day

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and that was that was kind of it maybe, maybe, and then I figured let will let I let me do something. So So let me just be clear for a second.

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You were really at a point where you were actually not only having some passing thoughts, you were kind of making some plans are really getting kind of serious about it here. It was at the point where if there was a firearm in the house, it would have been maybe a different story. Okay. Well, but but where I was at the time,

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okay, this is what I this is what I feel like doing them. But I had no great way to do it. Yeah. Which is which was very providential looking back and I just decided, I said, I just got to figure out do something and I thought, well, if I can't find a job and if I if I can't step back into ministry and be effective in a full time church ministry position then I'm I just got to figure out something to do. So I poured myself into being a host husband okay, but doesn't sound very very exciting but with my wife making the money at that point in time I gotta make her life easier. Yeah.

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So So I started doing things around the house just to make her life easier. When she came home, it was easier for her. I can go into all kinds of detail, but you can. It came to a point where I where I wrote a book about it. My first book called together

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actually started that actually started when in year seven where I was pouring so much of my life and youth ministry I almost lost my wife. Okay, which is really scary. And I talked to coming back your job kind of overcomes your your family. I've understand that been there myself. But yeah, right. So with that, I basically just said one more day. Let me see what I can do today. One more day, one more day became one more week and I slowly built back into my life as a sense of purpose. And it started with my wife. It started with my family and then it started to spread to how can I help others? How can I help others? That may be a bit

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In the same situation me How can I help husbands that are may be missing the point with their wife they think everything's fine because I thought everything was fine and in my marriage it right up until the point where my wife said she wanted a divorce.

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It got your attention apparently yes it did. Yes it did. Wow. And we didn't we didn't have children at that time, it would have been very easy for him to walk away you know, we wouldn't even have thought over the dog I would have had the dog

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but we we've been married for 38 plus years now. That's awesome. Everything is going great. Well that's great. So in part of the process here we want to talk about is

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you know, we all of us have these really powerful obstacles and challenges that we've that we face and and if you're at a point of you know, even considering suicide and a female and considering divorce and all the other things that you've described there you're at a different place now apparently I'm in a much much different place. Yeah, thank

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We want to talk a little bit about how you got from where you were to where you are.

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It sounds like so what would you say? You said you, you know, had to take one day at a time, one day became a week and so on. And you did some specific things regarding caring for your wife. What bill would you say were a couple of maybe the bold actions the things you took that really broke the pattern for you that helped you to move out a word that stuck place that place of that Malaysia or attitude someplace different just to get you started in the process of pathway or some of the things that you did, I started thinking

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real specifically, I'm here I am here for purpose and the purpose isn't a job and the purpose isn't a position and the purpose isn't a ministry. There's a purpose within me. There's a reason why I'm here. It's not that I've lost it. I just had my eyes blinded to it.

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And I started to do some just some basic things I just started to pursue the concept of the idea and what what is my contribution for the rest of my life? What am I going to do and one thing I love to do, I'm a planner I love to plan it's crazy I struggle sometimes in execution but I am a master planner I'm a master planner to the point where I said I'm going to become a certified project manager okay which I am I love to plan things and so I just started planning my life a whole lot better one of the things that is really kept me solid and kept me going and moving is a morning routine okay good what morning Tell me about it a little bit even go deeper on that you I'm after bold actions that we take. And this sounds like one of these things you did in good a little more discipline in your life. Tell us a little bit about how you actually do your morning routine. I woke up in the middle of the night and decided to stay up It seems a little bit random.

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But it gets very specific. I went downstairs and I sat on the sofa and watch TV at four in the morning the dumbest thing in the world. I just started waking up early in the morning and I said well, there's a reason for me to wake up I'm going to start making it purposeful. So I created for myself a morning routine, my routine that started then and has

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and goes even even today, even this morning I get up I take a journal and I write I've got two pages two sides of a journalist for things that go on it on the one side, I write down a portion of Scripture and I just kind of right and go a little deep into that portion of Scripture whether it's three verses five verses or just one verse. Sometimes I stick on one verse for four or five days because I'm just stuck there and I want to get everything out of it. Under that I write down my prayers pressure my wife pressure my daughter, prayers for projects, prayers for myself, prayers for others on the other side of the page.

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I'm very specific. I write down the same thing. Every morning, I write down a statement that it evolves. But right now, it's pretty solid as to how I feel. And to have my purpose is, and I say that to myself every morning, I write it down every morning for very specific purpose. I want it to be the primary thing that drives the rest of my day. Under that I read just a little bit about what happened that hang on a second there. Bill, you said you had this very specific state of that you write every day? Is this a continuous statement or just like one for each phase of your life? Or that has that specific statement? Has it changed over time was just like a mission statement type of thing or affirmation. You could say you could say it's a mission today, but you could say it's affirmation. And I've got it right here. And I can read it. If you don't mind. I would love to hear it. Okay, this is what I write this down every day. Don't just say it but I read it them because writing is it is a very powerful thing. I don't type it out. I write it out and I'm kind of stuck on that I'm going to stick with it.

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This is this is what I do. Every day. I write this down and say I am a speaker, author and life coach who serves growth minded people aspiring to become their best selves. I help them discover their personal life map and embrace the journey ahead. By becoming a conquering spirit over self and circumstances. My passion is to empower a movement of strong fearless conquerors of action, and like the result of which the world cannot ignore. That's awesome. And I noticed that you turn this your statement of motivation, you know, some people call something like a like a mission statement or a credo or something like that, but you call it your statement of motivation is tell me a little bit about that. Is that to motivate yourself or to motivate your people that you serve, or How's that?

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Well, one thing I love to do is when I was talking about planning right me it has to do with helping other people.

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The very fruit Ironically, the very first weekend I was ever a youth pastor in a church fresh out of college, I had all these ideas and all these thoughts and minds. And there was a special speaker the church. I don't remember her name. I remember she's a female. No clue. She was she said one thing to me. She said, find a need and meet it.

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And I thought that was the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Because I was just at a school and thought I knew it all. Of course and later in life. The more you think about it, that's the best thing you can do in ministry, find a need and meet it. And I love I live to serve and help other people.

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I don't have to be the guy up front or anything I live to serve and help others starting with my wife and her job starting with my daughter and moving up to everything else that I do. I want to help other people and that's become one of the primary driving purposes of my life. Currently. I want to I want to be remembered.

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As someone who helps people and made them feel better and made the connected if you have a legacy of helping others that's pretty awesome thing and you started by being very intentional each day and you sell it either you write out this statement a motivation right that long and did you journals it right every day that's awesome that's awesome How do you rely just as you talk about writing a bit of Scripture and studying scripture and using a long form journal or a journal written journal with these four quadrants

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part of that

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so that's some taking some some great you know action that is very

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oriented towards you know actual physical activities right and trying to get at you getting up early and you know, physically take them in the extra friday so, one let's talk about your inner life for just a second about what spiritual forces or where do you draw your power from in order to motivate you to

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do these changes and

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Your life and able to help others what your source of power. My primary source of power is my relationship with Christ

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as a believer. I don't just believe I believe in intentionally unintentionally. I'm committed to to expanding and sharing the love of Christ with everyone in anyone I mean, which kind of comes down to the well serving,

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I can get up and I can preach all day long. But I really love I think this is a,

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a modified quote. And Francis of Assisi who said in everything everywhere, preach the gospel and if absolutely necessary use words. Yeah, absolutely. That's awesome. That is awesome. So that that's great. So

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and how do you you find strengthen that that when the when challenging times comes because, you know, you mentioned about how, you know, you had some really bad days and you were considering, you know, suicide and some divorces from

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Really bad stuff.

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But things don't just when we have transformation our lives, it's not just a one time thing. It's an ongoing process. So how do you utilize these disciplines and these powers are this drawing on a higher power to help you face obstacles or anything that you face. You know, every day in life, the when you have to go, you know, I just me and my wife just did our taxes the other day and we had to deal with all that hassle and and, you know, we have to deal with it, whatever it is, taxes or whatever it is, how do you use these powers? Have you deal with the everyday mundane challenges of life?

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I continually remind myself that there's,

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there's more of a singular purpose to life

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then then a lot of people realize a lot of people think, well, I've got my job, I've got this I've got that I get so many different things. And then they pile the worries on top. I worry about the taxes, I worry about the mortgage. I worry about all these different things. And if you take a look at a larger picture

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Most of these things I know we got to do them. But are they important?

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Not really. I don't see them as Empire. I see them as necessary, but I don't see them as important. important for me is maintaining my focus on helping and serving other people and serving Christ. And so drawing drawing on the higher power for me, it's it's an exercise in focus. And I mean, an exercise and focus because sometimes it's just just hard. Yeah, like tired. Nope. Nobody made like, easy.

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You know, there's no Bluebird of happiness that really lights on us all the time. And I don't know why I'm saying I'm just literally look out my window. My office here, Bill, I've seen a blue bird flew right by my window instead, if it's keeping the markets I'm talking to you about it because stuff. Oh, crazy, crazy stuff. I'm sorry. buffing a tangent here. Hey, let's talk about people and relationships. Now we talk a little bit about higher power. We've talked a little bit about some of the bold action that you've taken. You may

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Your wife, how she challenged you a little bit. But tell me about

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the power or the fuel, if you will, of loving relationships in your life, about how that

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comes into play in your transformation or the work you do with other others. Tell me about the role of important relationships.

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Well,

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I'm an introvert, I'm almost off the scale. I fight every day to overcome that concept in that idea. It's almost like a challenge. I know I know what I am as far as the test and everything that happens. But I'm at a point in my life where if I start to feel fearful of specific things, I don't run from them. I just face them head on and

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I sometimes end up acting like an idiot. Sometimes I come out on top because it really doesn't matter but I just face them head on. We have as a family we have some friends that we will we will die for that we've been with them through the day.

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of their death of their young, their son, a very,

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very tragic and sudden thing. He was 25, we miss him to this day we were, we were there from square one with them and, and we will, you know

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there's some people you will lay down your life for and I understand we would probably lay down their life for a stranger in certain circumstances as well. But we had a few very close friends and because I've forced myself out of my label of introversion, let's call it that.

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I went to a conference about five months ago, four or five months ago, and I went alone. My wife was, wasn't able to come with me. She was in Guatemala at the time. So she went to Guatemala went to Ohio

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and what to do, what a trade off Yeah, Ohio is a great place. Yeah, I went to this conference and I forced myself to connect with people.

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And the more I tried, the better I got at it, I think, but I made some very good connections.

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connections from people with people in in rural Alberta, Canada, to Florida to Texas to to Cleveland.

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It just didn't just everywhere. And I've made some connections that I've and I've pushed myself to keep those connections and find out a way to serve them. Okay. And, you know, even across you know, the internet's an amazing it can be an amazing thing. It can be a dangerous place, but it can be a very amazing when you learn to use it properly like this. Absolutely. So I've I've just expanding my reach and expanding my opportunity to help individuals

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and I found a way to actually do that with with people across, you know, across

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a large span of land, I guess. Sure, sure. And you find that

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fulfilling for you, or do you find that draining for you when you're you said, you're an introvert, that's one reason I asked that question. Some introverts, fine. dealing with people draining I find helping people fuels me okay.

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Gets me, it gets me going to me whether I'm an introvert or not, I, I'm going to, you know, if I get to help somebody that just turns my crank, okay, if I get help, help help expand somebody, they're reaching their own influence in their own impact. You know,

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I'm excited about that. And I'm able to do it because, you know, one of those things that's in me is I love to plan stuff.

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Absolutely. Well, you mentioned couple times about being a planner and how that is a gift that you're giving to people and part of resources that you're giving to people and when things aren't related is the disciplines that people have to help them make their life work and how they can share that with other people and and you've read the book among other things could conquer what's next scheme, your dream, get your rear gear, gain the grip to go there. And so to me, I know that seems like as a part of that process of that book and what you offer to people is some practicalities and how you can get your get your life in gear. So what are some of the things that you might offer to people bill that helps people to

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Move on, you know, so people are stuck. Would you agree bill kind of stuck and wherever they're at might be on their marriage might be in their career might be with their parents or with their finances, whatever. They're kind of stuck and they don't think there's any way out. How are you offering some things that can help people to move from being that stuck stage to whatever's next

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couple of things. One is in the book you just mentioned conquer. What's next? There's nine questions.

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The book started with question for in my in my mind, I wanted to write a book about keeping good habits. And that's the fourth of nine questions. The more I went into it, the more I studied it, the more I realized I was missing some things on both sides of that. So

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in the book, the first three questions are Why am I here? What do I want,

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or with me see, Oh, here we go. Here's where editing comes in.

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Okay,

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why am I here?

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Here, what do I want? Why do I want it? So you've got purpose, goals and motive.

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And I love that section. Because it's planning. Yeah, you don't have to do a thing. You can sit around all day and talk about those three things and not do a thing. But the next three questions have to do with stepping into daily habits. What am I willing to do daily

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to get there? What am I willing to do daily to reach that goal, and not just every week or every in every little bit of time, going after goal is a daily process daily going after something. So what am I willing to do daily to get there?

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How am I going to take those, take those habits and put them into routines? And then how do I account for adjustment

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because a lot of people get themselves going on a great habit or great routine and then something happens and how you going to adjust and they stopped there and they're done. And the last is just having the grit to go there. how desperate are you to succeed? No, I wasn't.

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desperate enough to kill myself. But I was close. And I turned it around and said, how desperate Am I succeed? Because the last thing I wanted to do one of the things that kept me from from following through on that thought was, what am I doing to my wife? Hmm. Okay. Yeah. What, what am I doing to my daughter. And that is not the legacy that I want to leave.

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It's not the legacy I want to leave leave on my family and my friends and anybody that I've known in a very real a real way it's choosing to feel the pain over trying to numb it or just ignore it is choosing to feel the pain or the motivation to make those

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make those changes. That's awesome. That's awesome. And it's very practical. I think for people they give them advice and and I know that your book is going to be helpful to that as a tool for people to have another tool for people that you've got. You're working on bill it's a it's a summit. It's a summit which is where you get together with other like minded folks.

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Have some things to offer. It's called the legacy of purpose summit. Tell me a little bit. What's going on with that? What do you what do you hope to accomplish with this summit? And how does it work for people? If people want to avail themselves of that resource? how's this going to work? Well, how it works is you just

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go to a landing page on my website, read about what's going to happen and save your seat. It means it really is that simple. But what you get, we're going to have, there's 11 people and myself, so a group of 12 and it's over five days, and you can tune in live and watch the live interviews. And these are people from all walks of life. these are these are professionals. These are I have one person who used to live in Montana spent the last nine years in central Mexico.

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We have a person in rural Alberta so far as the it's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.

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Like I said, People all over and all of these people are

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I'm not even that most of these people I've met in purpose it on met in person but not all of them and this legacy of purpose I'm it came out of how can I serve these people and together how can we serve the people that listen to us

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and so these people have been compiled from from from me praying and asking the Lord to see what type of people would be want to be involved in talking about the purpose of their life and talking about how what drives them forward in their own lives It's not just me talking about my purpose with them we're going to hear different stories from vastly different people about their purpose and and it's going to be exciting and it's going to be all live we do three interviews on Monday and then to for Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday awesome awesome and then that

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will put the in our show notes the connection there but basically once you get

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given to us for Bill McDonald, me legacy of purpose is that we're going to find that they'll mcconnell.me slash legacy of purpose no spaces or anything in there awesome we will put in our show notes as well bill but it sounds great sounds like you got some some good people some solid people to offer their insights on helping people find their purpose as well now i'm i'm excited about this to the point where I know it's going to be good but the behind the scenes activity that I've been able to create and and connect with this group of other 11 people. That's the thing that's just

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for like, I guess turning my crank. I just love it

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because I see in what I'm doing. I see them getting excited. And I see them wanting to contribute more and more not to the success of the summit. I mean, it's going to be it's going to be successful in and of itself. I believe that

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very firmly. But I feel fulfillment because I'm helping them. Sure. Absolutely. And and I and I can't wait to see how as a collective we help those that listen

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what sounds like you guys have this passion for helping people and that's what you say, you know turns your crank but let's go back for just one second and let's kind of try to apply your life to the life of someone who may be listening to pathway to promise today who's having some adversity in their life to handle maybe it is a marriage maybe it is financial problem or a spiritual dry spot or maybe even something as serious as suicide kind of put yourself back in those positions that you may have you been what's your word of encouragement to somebody today who may be listening today just needs to thank

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you know, here's something I need to do practically in order to move to my purpose. What's your word to that person today?

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Well, for every person,

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I've got this

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One one statement to help a person through things and it's it's just something that is that I hold on to. And I repeat this I write this down every day as well. Once you conquer yourself,

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everything else becomes possible.

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Your big your biggest enemies you

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your biggest enemy is in your head and it's in it's in your heart. I grew up being taught to be negative about everything.

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My father I'm convinced of this my father invented sarcasm and if he didn't invent it, actually perfected it.

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And so I grew up with the concept of negativity and doubt and sarcasm as the foundation for my life and until and until I realized that I couldn't move forward so no matter where you are in life conquer yourself first look inward yourself first and and find a way to move forward I had to I was a daily

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I had to find a way to move forward and they did. When you start to look you'll find a way forward I believe you'll find it in Christ.

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If not initially you'll find it in Christ eventually because he's going to be in there he is the source of life but once you conquer yourself, everything else becomes possible. Once I came to grips with that,

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then I started to see everything else it's possible it's great that really makes me excited because now I have the opportunity to influence other people and impact other people with the message of God awesome. conquer yourself first and then you'll find a way in order to have success otherwise great message to leave this on here today. Bill thank you for being our guest today on the pathway to promise podcast with Dr. Brad Miller and we thank you We look forward to hearing more from you the author of conquer what's next and the upcoming legacy of purpose summit for

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summit bill McConnell for Bill mcconnell.me

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so that was Bill McConnell for Bill McConnell dot m e he's all about helping you to move from wishing to winning in your life and that means having a life on purpose his legacy of purpose virtual summit is coming up soon you're going to want to check that out by going to pathway promise.com slash 038 we can get all the details there and you may want to check out his books for instance conquer what's next how to scheme your dream and live a life of live your life of a life of purpose why what's the matter with you though let's unpack a little bit of what some of the key takeaway points what Bill shared with us today and I think you're going to be important to you you saw where he was a involved with his career for quite a few years as a youth pastor and then it thanks

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With south for him

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and they went south and a couple areas in life he lost a couple of jobs through no fault of his own. And he found himself struggling to find his groove. I've been there in my life. I bet you have to where you've been struggling to find your groove, but his pathway took him down to a dark place where he even committed considered committing suicide. And he had a dark place where his marriage was in parallel. His wife asked for divorce. And he said that he took an extended amount of time and he cried, and he prayed. He thought about it. He just thought something like I gotta find something to do. And he just said maybe one more day give me through one more day and he had a spiritual experience with God and His whole idea was going to be through one more day one more day became a week and week became a year and so on, so forth. And he began to pour himself into how to have his life of purpose and how then he's now taking his life of

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purpose for us and taught it to you it's so what did he do? What are some of the things that he did? He began to pursue a life of what could he contribute to others instead of kind of walk around in his own misery, Misery, and that meant making a plan a specific plan, including having a daily morning

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routine that he had journaling and things he would write down about scripture and prayers and a purpose statement and his statement of motivation that he calls it writing things down into a journal an important thing and I believe that it begins to seek out people who could find that who had needs and seek out ways to meet those needs in various ways. He served others through his writing and through his books and now through his virtual summit and he wants to be remembered his legacy he wants to be remembered as someone who helped other people that's important thing. What do you want your legacy to be? So how did he do this? So the things he did was drawing a

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spiritual power through his servant hood. And he quoted every made the phrase, you know, to preach the gospel and necessary use words. So he's the man of action do what's necessary to be helpful to people drawing on a higher power from God is important in his life. And he has to be in terms of people in his life.

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He really served his wife very intentionally in the early days of his turning his life around by being a house husband, and by really poured himself into his marriage. And he found some ways to serve her now he finds ways to serve other people through his writing and through his speaking and teach you, but he's an introvert by nature and has had to find ways to connect with people to get over being stuck. And so he has to find his own ways to do that. And so he's based a lot of his life and questions he's asked himself he's putting some as writing and so on what I want to do.

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Why do I want to do it? What is my motivation for doing them? And how do I make a routine then to do this in my life? And how I count for adjustment? And how can one thing is called departure from our success? How do we adjust so that is what he's about here. These are some takeaway points that I think are going to be important to you as you move forward to achieve your life purpose. So I committed to you his virtual his virtual summit leaving a legacy of purpose it's happening in March of 2019 and then you'll be available to you as well beyond that you can go to my path my site

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pathway, promise comm

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slash 0338 that's pathway promise comm slash 038 and find all the details there or you can go directly to Bill's website Bill mcconnell.me get detailed as well. They'll be 12 presenters there at this virtual summit.

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Lots of things happening. It'll be some great content for you to help you discover and create your own legacy of purpose. We're here to be helpful to you as well here at the pathway to promise podcast my made my name is Dr. Brad Miller. And I'm all about being helpful to you and your life to help you overcome adversity to achieve your promise life peace, prosperity and purpose. You can head over to pathway promise calm and you can find out more about the upcoming book the promise given life, your 40 day way to live in your life of peace, prosperity, and purpose, which is coming up later on this year. And you can get on our launch team and help being part of the creative process of creating this book. And we hope that you will we're all about being helpful to you and your feedback is important to us here at pathway promise calm so we've done the website and give us a give us a reaction to what we're doing. Maybe let's see how we can be helpful to one another. It's going to be with you through this whole days of March.

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In April 2019, everyday we're putting out some content to be helpful to your life to present some aspect of life to help you move forward a little bit every day and get better every day to come out to a place where you can indeed achieve your life of peace, prosperity and promise. But nothing happens unless you take action. And part of taking action is make a promise to yourself to get better. So my encouragement to you to today friends is simply this to keep your promises because there's power you know, promise kept.

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Thanks so much for taking the pathway to promise with Dr. Brad Miller as a subscriber, you'll be a vital part of the pathway to promise community visit us on the web at pathway promise.com. Until next time, remember to stay on your pathway to promise

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