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The Unlikely Artist gives you permission to stop settling for a life and career you don’t love. You’re an intelligent, accomplished, soul-searching, curious, creative and passionate human being. This podcast will help you master the skills you need to create a more powerful, purposeful and personally fulfilled life. The truth is you’re not stuck, no matter what choices you’ve made or how tied down you feel. This podcast will show you how to create the freedom you need to become who you want ...
 
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In this episode, we focus on your worried brain. If you have a habit of worrying a lot, it’s because a part of you believes that worry is useful. In this episode, I show you why worry isn’t useful and how you can redirect your worried brain to more productive–and enjoyable - thinking. If you ditch the myth that worrying is productive, you will free…
 
If you think some part of you is wrong, you’ll find comfort in this episode. We all have a tendency to want to fight off our inner critic, but it doesn’t work. “Piling on” by criticizing our own inner critic only makes things worse. In this episode, I propose a different approach that involves self compassion and deep listening. When you step off t…
 
Warning: This episode contains explicit language. This is a fun and different episode that will pack a punch in your life if you follow my suggestions towards the end. It’s not a “chick episode” and it’s not for fashionistas. The way you think about the simple act of getting dressed in the morning can be a portal to a more a profound knowledge of y…
 
It's natural to want a road map before you start anything new. That’s why your first inclination when you realize you don’t love your job anymore might be to dive into the research. You gather as much information as you can about what other people like you have done. You consult with market experts and head hunters. You ask your friends for advice.…
 
This episode challenges you to bring all the pieces of you to the table in every role you play. When you edit out bits and pieces in different contexts, you show up less powerfully and creatively than you could. You don’t take advantage of the full wealth of all your experiences. The result is you don’t achieve your full potential in any of your ro…
 
Our tricky perfectionist brains like to spin the concept of feeling “good enough” into just one more thing we need to strive to achieve. When we discover just how often we don’t feel good about ourselves, we feel like we’re failing. We pile on even more self-criticism. We end up feeling badly about the fact we feel bad! In this episode, you learn t…
 
One of the biggest challenges we encounter is not knowing how to make decisions that serve us. In this episode, I teach you my concept “expansive wholeness”. It’s a framework I’ve created to help you start making decisions that are FOR you. In this episode, I cover the 5 components of expansive wholeness: 1) You at the center. Why it needs to be “a…
 
You're going to so enjoy this interview with Tom Ashbourne. Until 2013, Tom was a VP of Finance for Scotiabank, one of Canada's largest banks. After Tom’s retirement, and with some urging from his wife, Tom catapulted to international fame as a gifted sculptor who creates beautiful stone pieces. In his sculpting, he has found both his passion and h…
 
All the discussion about cancel culture got me thinking about the concept of being thrust out of the social tribe and our fears around that. In this episode, we explore the concept of being cancelled in a completely different context – a concept I call “self-cancelling”. It’s something we do to ourselves to create a sense of belonging. It’s premise…
 
This podcast isn’t a room you come to for only the best, most “positive” feelings. It’s a room where you get to be real because being real is part and parcel of the savviest way to move forward. Your ability to cope with your full range of feelings is a key contributing factor to your ability to create a life you desire. The part of you that suffer…
 
Each of us has an enormous creative spirit that lives inside us. It’s that part of us that wants us to stop confining ourselves within the rigid boundaries we’ve drawn for ourselves, and to explore a much broader vision of what’s possible. Your life is like a work of art, and you can decide what you want to add next to your canvas. There are two wa…
 
This episode deals with one of the most common patterns that hold us back from showing up powerfully in the world. We limit ourselves in important ways when we focus on what other people think and substitute their judgement for ours. In this episode, I teach you how to spot this issue and become aware of the impact it has on your choices. You’ll le…
 
It used to make sense for us to advance our careers by making decisions that would consistently move us forward in the same direction. To keep building on whatever we’ve already accomplished. But if you’re like most of my listeners, your soul is crying out for more personal fulfillment in your working day. A linear path forward won’t get you there.…
 
Learn how to start making the future you want to create happen now. In this week’s episode, I talk about one of the most powerful tools I know. This is an episode you won’t want to miss! There’s a mindset and science behind the process of thinking yourself into the person you want to become. When we imagine ourselves in a desired future, our brains…
 
Find out why it’s NOT true that you don’t have enough time to do things that you KNOW deep inside are important to you. In this episode, I prove to you that you have more time than you think, and I show you how to find it. It’s possible to create the time you need to fuel yourself even if you feel overwhelmed, constantly pressured and behind the 8 …
 
If you ever ask yourself, “Who am I to think I could do THAT?”, listen to this episode to learn why you should ask yourself instead, “Who am I NOT to do it?” In this episode, I explore how we hold ourselves back by making assumptions about what we CAN’T do and what’s NOT possible for us, instead of choosing to explore ways to make what we desire to…
 
In this delightful interview with Kristi Stangeland, we explore why she left a successful accounting career to search for something that would help her feel more whole. Kristi started her journey by asking herself the age-old question, “Is there something more?” The answer was a resounding, “Yes!”. But it didn’t happen all at once. To find her answ…
 
When we let other people’s opinions about what we SHOULD do control our decisions, they’re “driving our bus”. In this episode, I dive into why so many of us let someone less qualified than us drive our bus. When we do this, we exclude ourselves from experiencing the side journeys and fascinating explorations that would help us grow and evolve and b…
 
When we believe our identity can be described as a collection of our current roles, we blind ourselves to what’s possible. We’re like a racehorse wearing blinkers who can only see the path straight in front of us. We’re missing the rest. In this episode, I teach you how to overcome this narrow way of thinking by defining yourself in a totally diffe…
 
In this episode, I tell a story about how I overcame my fear of pubic speaking and the important lessons I learned about just being myself. We spend too much time catering to the “they” we’re so convinced are out there waiting to judge us. This keeps us from showing up as our best selves and reaching our highest potential. At the end of this episod…
 
My objective in this episode is to inspire you to “Marie Kondo” your mind. For those of you who don’t know her, Marie Kondo is a Japanese consultant who has a Netflix show about helping hoarders declutter their homes. She asks them to ask themselves if each item in their house brings a “spark of joy”. If it does, they keep it. If not, they throw it…
 
In this episode, I flip on its head the idea that paying attention to your deepest wants is selfish. Both women and men are socialized to deny themselves the things they most want. We spend our time doing all the things we believe we “should” do. We try to appease our parents, bosses, spouses, friends, mentors, teachers, priests and gurus, and we’r…
 
In this inaugural episode, I share my own unlikely journey from an international tax lawyer to artist and coach. Why unlikely? Because I’d given up on art when I was 11. Because I’d labelled myself as “uncreative” for decades. Because my tax law practice was thriving, and it seemed so odd to leave my high-profile job to do something I had no eviden…
 
Discover how rejoicing in suffering in Romans 5 doesn’t mean that we should like it, and it certainly doesn’t mean God is a big meanie. It means He is using what we don’t like in this temporal world to bring about eternal joy and peace in the here and now. Mike also discusses in Q&A why God allows sin, and if evil in the world means God is fallible…
 
Even when there seems no hope, we have hope because of Jesus, but living from that “hope against hope” is a daily miracle for most of us! How do we walk in peace with others and with our circumstances? What does it really mean that we’ve been justified in Christ and what is the faith that makes that possible? Join Mike Daniel as he unpacks Romans 5…
 
In this Tuesday Teaching, "Just Me vs. Us Me,” Mike Daniel shares an often missed reality of our Life in Christ. What is our role in living out the Christian Life? What is the difference between prescriptive & descriptive imperatives in Scripture? Discover how Jesus and the Apostle Paul direct us to live so that Christ actually lives His Life throu…
 
How do we know and live out the holiness of God even as He is holy? This 10-minute message explores Peter's quote of Leviticus commanding that we be holy even as God is holy, and how grace in Christ is the only way to experience and express His very nature through His indwelling Life. Discover the "How-To of Holiness" by God's gracious design--it w…
 
How does our culture and circumstances tempt the Body of Christ to live for and from the world, self, and others, instead of from our fullness in Jesus? Join Mike for the Tuesday Teaching as he shares from part 3 of "Good, Better, Best" how our life within our culture parallels the Israelite's captivity among the Babylonians, Egyptians, and Assyria…
 
Mike Daniel asks, “What is the better Life?” God is often not operating as we'd like or expect, but we DO have the Mind of Christ! We can see and operate increasingly according to His perspective... but what IS it? Discover more in part 2 of "Good, Better, Best.” Find more resources at MikeQDaniel.com.…
 
Mike Daniel and co-host Wynema Clark discuss how the three rooms of the temple compare with our body (the outer court), soul (the Holy Place) and spirit (the Most Holy Place) and how knowing who we are in our spirit in union with Christ can increasingly change our soulical thinking, emotions and actions. In part 2, they discuss the relationship of …
 
Bent Tree invited Mike to share on the topic of prayer and forgiveness in the New Covenant. Mike addresses how prayer is different for those in Christ, addresses the place of confession & forgiveness in the Life of those already forgiven and adopted in Christ, and gives some language and encouragement in both our perspective of sin in the life of t…
 
There is a wonderful truth embedded in John 1:3-4, that God created all things THROUGH Christ, and through that very relational process Life - the light of men - was made IN Him! Enjoy this profound look at John's perspective of our Life in Christ as the Son of our Heavenly Father by grace, and enjoy walking in His Spirit of Sonship this week!…
 
Mike Daniel and co-host Wynema Clark discuss the role of the flesh in spiritual growth in the context of Galatians 5:16-25, including the maturing process whereby Christ shows us the lies we’re believing, He gets our attention and persuades us to focus on Him increasingly, He produces fruit as we walk more deliberately in our relationship with Him …
 
Mike Daniel discusses how to live from God as your source, including the points you need to stop expecting the world to meet your needs because there is not enough to go around; entrusting yourself to God is not about your doing what you think He wants in your circumstances, but about trusting Him to do what He wants through you; and a righteous li…
 
Mike Daniel continues his discussion of God’s sovereignty over earthly authorities, including the points that His authority to bring about good in your life is greater than any earthly authority’s ability to undermine it; it’s only by subjecting yourself to circumstances that are unfair that you can show the sufficiency and grace of Christ; and you…
 
Mike Daniel discusses God’s sovereignty over all earthly authorities in your life, including the points that you can trust God enough to submit to authorities that you don’t like when you really believe that God is sovereign, that He is loving, and that He knows better than you do; for the Lord’s sake, you can afford to subject yourself to governme…
 
Mike Daniel concludes his discussion of the difference between being a Carnal Christian versus a Spiritual Carnivore, including the points that when you pursue God for Himself, your life will be radically different from what it was when you pursued Him for what you wanted from Him; God is enough and His grace is sufficient so you don’t have to live…
 
Mike Daniel continues his discussion of the difference between being a Carnal Christian versus a Spiritual Carnivore, including the points that we’re seeking the things of the world—living carnal lives—because we value more what we can get from God than we value God Himself; we seek after the gifts instead of the Giver not realizing when we have Hi…
 
Mike Daniel discusses King Jehoshaphat’s seeking God in the midst of an overwhelming crisis and how that applies to us, including the points that God uses storms in your life to draw you into deeper fellowship and dependence on Him; He wants you to know that He is the source of peace, joy and rest, not your circumstances; and like Jesus asleep in t…
 
Mike Daniel discusses Jesus’ prayer for all His children in John 17:9-26, including the points that Jesus is in heaven interceding for you; you don’t need to perform or try to persuade him to be on your side since everything He is doing is for you; your failure is just as useful as your success in the Christian life because it is through your failu…
 
Mike Daniel discusses trichotomy which means we are a 3-part person: body, soul and spirit, including that when you believe lies from your flesh, the world or the enemy, and your emotions go along with the lies, you can fall into the error of thinking you have to work harder and do more for God to get what you want from Him, and when you fail, you …
 
Mike Daniel continues his discussion of going deeper with Christ, including the points that God is trying to get you to the deeper life that you already have in Christ but aren’t experiencing because you’re pursuing other things; that you can admit to Him that your plans are just your wants and give them to Him, then choose what He wants for you, a…
 
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