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Overcomers Overcoming

Ron and Marty Cooper: Human Behavior and Leadership Trainers

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Learn how others are overcoming or have overcome a variety of life happenings. Everyone has a story that someone needs to hear. Let those stories inspire you to, 1) know you are not alone in whatever life topic you are experiencing, 2) know there are multiple solutions all of life dilemmas, and, 3) learn about critical thinking skills to make informed life decisions.
 
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Tricia Roos chronicles her journey of overcoming Annabelle’s death (their daughter) from Trisomy 18 after six days of life. She also chronicles her journey in her book, “When Wishes Change: What If the Thing You Feared Most Brings More Than You Dreamed?” which is available through Amazon. Some life events seem to bring life to a halt. However, thro…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware continue the series on Overwhelm. Today: Control will not save us. What does fear of losing control encourage us to do? What institutions and practices lure us with false promises of control? What if we imagine God's power as presence instead of control? How does an orientation of control encourage us t…
 
Jerry Fu chronicles his life and leadership experiences of working with people to up-level their behavior. Some people are low performers because of habits that keep them from performing at their potential. But, how do we correct poor performance or bad habits of those within our circle of influence without alienating them? This podcast offers sugg…
 
Eric Coon, Financial Planner, helps others overcome the mindset of being financially undisciplined to develop new habits and disciplines to have a life of choices. It would be best to transition from thinking near-time (i.e., now) to long-term (i.e., then). Too many of us need instant gratification that is possibly driven, at least in part, through…
 
Kimberly Bell chronicles her early life of having her biological parents reject her from birth. She always wanted to be accepted and loved. That never happened with her biological parents. The acceptance she longed for did happen through her adopted parents and her relationship with Jesus Christ. Through self-awareness and being mentored, she is ov…
 
Kareemah Emordi joins us for a third episode to address faith in action to achieve the seemingly impossible. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1) God frequently works growth in us that we sometimes do not see. Some “God-sized” projects involve other people through whom God is work…
 
Jerry Fu has accepted overcoming life's encounters as a lifelong journey. He has learned never to accept criticism from a person from whom he would not seek advice. That isn't easy to do when you are building self-confidence. Jerry increases his self-confidence through life experiences by associating with those who are where he wants to be in life.…
 
Lois Wagner was subjected to rape while losing her interest in a business in quick succession. Together, these two events caused her to harbor profound anger for 14 years. Her life was largely unsettled until she became resolved that she needed relief from the stress and tension from those years of harboring anger. She got her life back when she so…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware tackle a series on Overwhelm. How do we anchor ourselves while caring for trauma in the midst of trauma? What strategies do we turn to? And what joys do we turn to in order to nurture ourselves? Whether it's travel, baking and making croutons with the mistakes, or reading Star Wars books and playing vid…
 
Kareemah Emordi addresses connected relationships from a biblical perspective using the example of the relationship lessons of Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi. God’s account of their relationship can serve as a model for connected relationships. Finding the right life partner can seemingly be an arduous process. However, as we know what to look for from God’…
 
Casper Awad was born into this world as an albino. He had to learn to deal with life’s adversities with that characteristic while acknowledging he is unique but different from some others. Through Napoleon Hill’s book, “Think and Grow Rich,” he began to build self-confidence that helped him overcome several of life’s failings. He has learned throug…
 
Kareemah Emordi was raised in the nation of Islam, being surrounded by those of the Muslim faith. For much of her life, she knew only the Muslim faith while not having any need for “your Jesus.” It was through Rose’s life and Lee Strobel’s book, “The Case for Christ” that she questioned the Muslim religion. God spoke to her definitively to assure h…
 
Ron and Marty Cooper talk about mental health in the context of wellness and their life experience. Ron and Marty each were candidates for getting help with mental health issues. However, they didn’t know what the term was, nor did they know how to ask for help. Asking for help would have affirmed their thought of having a mental disability. Howeve…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware are back for another season of an Incomplete Field Guide to Ministry, covering lessons from our summer about rest, holding joy and sorrow, and facing exhaustion. "You can only do as much work as you can do. You're not created to run yourself into the ground for the sake of whatever your work is," Marvin…
 
Donna Tashjian joins us to discuss her Life by Design – Not by Default course. This 12-month course helps you know your spiritual intelligence. This course can help those who need to determine and focus on achieving their life purpose by employing their spiritual gift(s) and concentrating on their passion and purpose. This course will be taught wee…
 
Ben Baker is a skilled communicator who emphasizes several aspects of effective communication. Eye contact, body language, being in the moment, engaging with and similar terms are all part of effective communication. Do you possibly feel you are not communicating unless you interject your point in the conversation? Listen to this very conversationa…
 
Tyler Foley, a 17-year old aspiring stage and screen actor at the time of this reminiscent podcast, experienced a major medical anomaly on New Year’s day 1997 when he awakened. Even after several diagnoses, medical technicians could not identify the cause of what he was experiencing. Symptomatically, he was experiencing something similar to palsy. …
 
Sharon Hughes briefly describes a portion of her previous life where a “date” treated her as a valueless commodity. Seven hours after being drugged, a friend discovered her in a garage. Hoping for compassion, she did find what she needed in others. Through a committed relationship with the God of the Bible with whom she confirmed her value, she beg…
 
Anita Santoyo describes a part of her past life where she felt she could not express her true inner feelings candidly. Through a combination of life factors, she did not have the confidence to respond candidly to questions involving her inner feelings. Through a self-affirmation process and support from friends, she defined a life purpose through w…
 
Kawan Glover joins us for episode #4 and shares his life experience of finding and affirming life passion and purpose. This is a process that could require several years to affirm while enlisting a group of accountability partners who believe you in and want to help advance you and others. Your life goals and pursuits might, and likely will, change…
 
Anita Santoyo and Antoine White are at the inception of building an organization of those with shared values to provide a listening forum. This group is an adjunct to Evoke Purpose, Inc. This listening forum can help others overcome any life challenges. The primary (but not exclusive) focus on this group is teenagers. This group is apolitical and m…
 
Emiley Bargo is a relational person who had an emptiness that only Jesus could completely and permanently fill. We encourage everyone to listen to Episode 76 in conjunction with this episode to get a complete understanding of a father-daughter relationship and to know how Jesus fills our ultimate need for a covenant relationship. Emiley was six yea…
 
After spending several years blaming “god” for many things that were not right in his life, Steve Lane found a new life in Christ. Steve learned that the “god” he blamed in early life was not the God of the Bible. After spending many years incarcerated for his alcohol addiction, he found a friend who invited him to church. Through his friend’s pers…
 
Anita Santoyo is a successful person who overcame several life challenges. One of her greatest challenges was overcoming the thought of not having value because she did not fit a “stereotypical” life of college degrees, marriage, number of children, and several other images some people have of success. Anita has an entrepreneurial spirit in that sh…
 
Kawan Glover is an African-American who has experienced various forms of discrimination. He is confident enough to know who he is while striving to help others achieve their greatest potential. Kawan’s remedy to most relational problems is to try to establish a meaningful dialogue. If possible, have that dialogue in-person to know and experience ea…
 
Kawan Glover joins us for a second episode during his recovery from a third surgery to remove a cavernous malformation. He developed resiliency after a seven-year period that he describes as being latent in his youth. How can we be resilient to 1) Negative statements made to or about us, 2) Recovering from failures, 3) A dysfunctional upbringing, o…
 
Coach James Johnson is the defensive line coach for the Calvert High School football team. He came from a broken family in which his parents divorced when he was 12 years old. Raised in the “hood,” he could have followed others to a life of drugs and other illicit activity on his street. However, his mother’s values prevailed along with a teacher a…
 
Donna Tashjian joins us for the sixth episode, where she explains the impact the Apostle Paul made on her with his message to the Church of Corinth in his second letter to the Corinthians. In this verse, he encourages his readers to focus on positive matters. The unseen influences on people’s lives are frequently negative. Those negative influences…
 
Kawan Glover describes the inception of and his current progress of overcoming the effects of three surgeries to correct and recover from a cavernous malformation of the brain. At the time of this recording, the left side of his mouth is numb while having about 40% mobility with his right side. Some people might declare themselves a victim of this …
 
Rick Bradley had an early life of feeling inadequate in many areas of his life. He turned to substance abuse to overcome these inadequate feelings. He learned that drinking was merely temporary relief. His mother had the temerity to ask for professional help because of her father’s alcoholism. Through her efforts and perseverance, Rick is now free …
 
Donna Tashjian describes her life journey of forgiveness. As she details in Episode #1, she had a traumatic childhood that robbed her of what would consider a normal childhood. She describes her feelings of and journey to achieve a life of freedom. She describes forgiveness as freeing yourself of the past without feeling the person who wronged you …
 
Donna Tashjian experienced a major trust betrayal early in her life. For a period of her life, she could not trust males or females. Through this very difficult part of her life, she has learned the journey to re-establish trust. She is helping others establish and re-establish trust through her life experience. Trust is established through a life …
 
Donna Tashjian discusses in this episode emotions that become feelings. Do those feelings accurately define who we are? Not necessarily. Those feelings may not accurately represent our values. Listen closely to the four aspects of gratitude, self-talk affirmations, self-care such as talk with God, and inspiration as it relates to our feelings. We m…
 
Donna Tashjian, ordained Pastor and certified coach, has taken the best of her storied past and is applying life lessons to her and other’s future. Awareness is an important aspect of our lives, as Donna explains. Being aware of who we are and what inspires us to action are very important aspects of determining if we are performing at our full pote…
 
Donna Tashjian became pregnant when she was 14 years old through an unfortunate circumstance. Because of this, she was socially shunned and left partially to defend herself. Rather than choose to be a victim of her circumstance or rely on others to support her, she became determined to become self-sufficient while overcoming many of her self-assess…
 
Matt Koroncai was in third grade when he started a drug habit. He thought drugs would help him overcome the empty feeling of no relationships or connectedness. He longed for acceptance. For a time, drugs helped him overcome those feelings of deep inadequacies. That, combined with a strong will of defiance, led to a life of addiction. Through a frie…
 
Dan Bartol felt disconnected as a teenager. To gain acceptance, he turned to alcohol and drugs that led to a life of dependency. He endured this dependency for nearly 16 years. As of this recording, he is celebrating nine years of freedom from chemical dependency. He is now serving at one of the Recovery Centers of America, dedicating his life to s…
 
Chris and Jessica met each other through the Friend of Sinners Ministry. They met there because of their respective chemical dependency addictions. As with everyone, each of us has a unique background and upbringing. However, each of us needs acceptance and genuine relationships. Chris and Jessica describe their respective childhoods and what broug…
 
Kathy Green is Seth Barnhart’s mother who had persevered nearly 30 years of her son’s substance abuse. Seth’s podcast is available to download in a previous episode. Kathy exercised tough love by knowing what would enable her son to continue substance abuse. She agonized with sleepless nights while relying on God to assure her that God is always wi…
 
Seth Barnhart is living a life helping others overcome addictions. He describes his former life of addiction and how he overcame his past of not feeling friendly even while having a good home life. He speaks with a confident resolve that through a relationship with Christ our Lord and Savior, anyone can overcome a life of addiction. It is a matter …
 
Raj Kapur immigrated to the United States from India with $20 and the hope to take advantage of opportunities. Through a multi-year discipline, he developed the mindset to overcome bankruptcy, distrust, and similar obstacles to get a Masters's Degree and become a very successful and well-known Chief Financial Officer. He is now coaching others to p…
 
Pastor Bryan Lloyd is the Live Venue & Recovery Pastor, Oak Ridge Baptist Church. He shares his life experience of drug-disease with the hope of helping those who are engaged in active addiction. His message also applies to those who have the propensity to engage in this life-altering activity. Addictions come in many forms. They are frequently sym…
 
Dan Hall has a very inspiring life story of overcoming a very dark time in his life. Through his focus, resolve, dedication, structure, mental toughness, and life discipline, he overcame his past to be an inspiration for his future. He is passing on to others what he has learned from his life experiences. Intentionality and consistency are required…
 
Jordan Wilson overcame an early life of substance abuse. He needed recognition that manifested itself in substance abuse. That became an overpowering influence in his life for a period of time. His Mom and Dad cared enough about him to take him to the church where he committed his life to Christ. While Christ transformed his life away from substanc…
 
Jack Beavers speaks with a resolve about being focused, having a life purpose, knowing your passion, and thinking positive thoughts to lead a positive life. These life qualities are the attributes that will help us process thoughts that could lead us to distraction. This is a faith-based perspective of how we are continuously encountering spiritual…
 
David Norris is Senior Pastor of Free at Last Ministries. Episode 1 describes his past life as profiled in his book Free At Last. His ministry helps others through what he has encountered and overcame in a past life. He describes some in his circle of influence who are without life purpose and while being pampered through at least part of their lif…
 
Patrick Clark speaks resolutely about a before and after “picture” of his life characterized by past distractions. He now has a life focus that brings him total fulfillment. Through a dedicated process focused on a positive life change, he developed his self-esteem of who he is while developing a spiritual awareness that helped positively define hi…
 
Ron and Marty Cooper discuss a part of their life story and how they overcame “mountains,” “troubled seas,” and “spiritual deserts.” Are you a victim or a victor? Are you an opportunity optimizer? Do you believe there are multiple solutions to any life dilemma? Religion sometimes manifests itself as a plastic, artificial façade that, for some peopl…
 
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