LYL PODCAST EPISODE 159: Is Motivation a Myth? Answers From an Expert

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I hadn’t run since I was 18 until I hired a cycling coach who happened to be a triathlon coach.

When I first started running, I did it for one minute at a time and my heart rate would go up to 180 so I had to walk for three minutes and then run and walk.

Eventually I came in second in my age group in 5Ks.

Then I did a seven mile run in 11 minutes per mile, which I thought was really good for me at 55.

And then I did a 5k in under 30 minutes.

Every single limit is in our mind, but the reality is, we can do anything.

Remember, anything we’re doing is worth sucking at it first. We’re not born excellent at anything.

And so it’s so important to just practice and give ourselves some grace.

It’s never too late and you can do anything when you put your mind to it.

In today’s episode of The Launch Your Life Podcast, I’m with J.M. Phillips who is an author and retired Occupational Therapist.

When she became motivated by the retelling of family stories, she wrote Lamlash Street which is a book about navigating family life in London.

During the podcast, we talk about the mindset shifts J.M. had to make in order to overcome her personal obstacles, to writing a book and how you can start to take action toward your passion right now.


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Books mentioned in this episode:

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shlain
Lamlash Street by J.M. Phillips
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

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What’s Discussed in This Episode:

00:00 Intro
04:57 The mindset shifts Jill took to take action towards her dream
09:10 The importance of accountability for behavior change
12:11 Making friends with the negative voice in our head
12:35 The first book that Jill wrote
16:11 Jill’s favorite Science Fiction books
20:44 Why misogyny exists
25:58 What are jellied eels
28:17 Going back to Science Fiction authors and books
30:32 Negotiating roadblocks
37:16 Reading memoirs
39:26 How to get started on big life goals

About the Guest:

J.M. Phillips is an author and retired Occupational Therapist. Motivated by the retelling of family stories, she wrote Lamlash Street, which is about navigating family life in London after World War II. She is a storyteller with a passion to inspire families to connect through the telling of their past.

Growing up in the UK, J.M. emigrated to Canada after working in a London solicitor’s office for a few years. She spent 30 years working as an Occupational Therapist and Hospital manager before retiring. Rather than slowing down the pace of life as she neared retirement, J.M. refocused her efforts enjoying each day with a zest for life.

Dr. Michelle Gordon

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