I am so excited to introduce my guest. I got introduced to him only a few months ago and it feels like I have known him for a long time. I instantly could feel his light just radiating. I could feel how much he was willing to give and share and contribute to others. I was so attracted to his being. I am so excited that he has agreed to be my guest today.
Jason Freeman equips people to do their imperfect best. I love those words. In their professional and personal lives. He is a bravery coach and inspirational speaker. He inspires people to get off of the sidelines of their lives and do their imperfect best. One of the expressions I say all of the time is that we are all perfect with our imperfections. So it’s so beautiful to have a guest who gets my philosophy. Welcome Jason.
Jason: Thanks for having me today.
Terri: I thought we could begin with your story and then your why as to what you are doing.
Jason: When I was born, I lost a little oxygen when I was little and developed a speech impediment also some coordination. For years, I was down about them. I then realized that all I had to do was my imperfect best to move forward and my outlook on life has transformed and so I want to share that with other people that whatever their problem is, that change can happen.
Terri: I love this because as you shifted and accepted imperfection is perfect, you were able to not only amp up your life and the quality of your life, but now you can make an impact on others, yes?
Terri: When you speak and when you are out there as a bravery coach, who do you like to speak to and what is the big message.
Jason: I love to speak to people who are willing to make a change in their lives. The big message is not to sit on the sidelines and keep planning to add one day and take small imperfect steps to gain momentum in the direction in the way you want to do.
Terri: Beautiful. I was thinking about this when I was introducing you. You are a bravery coach. I have trained over 5000 coaches in my training school. I have an email of 25,000 coaches, I have never in all of my experience meet anyone who has come across my path and said they were a bravery coach. How did you come up with that?
Jason: I came up with it because I realized that bravery is where people most need to listen to themselves. There are no excuses. Why things are possible and it takes true bravery to cut through the excuses day after day and take the smallest steps forward.
Terri: Beautiful. I heard somebody say something and I thought about you. They said, I always say yes, even if I am scared. Even if I don’t know how or think I am going to fumble or mess it up. I always go ahead and say yes. It made me think of you. Can you relate?
Jason: I think it’s important to say yes to the things we really want to do in life. But by the same token, I firmly believe we need to be clear on what we don’t want to do in life and say no to going down those paths.
Terri: Thank you for that. Say yes to the stuff that is juicy and exciting and challenges us, and then also have your clear boundaries on what doesn’t feel good or right. Perfect. If someone is tuning in and they are not so happy with their business or their life. What is the best piece of advice you can give them in this moment.
Jason: Life is about change. That change is possible. Their unhappiness isn’t permanent. They have frustrating circumstances and they are not permanent. They just need to the very next right thing. I think so often we look at the five year picture of whatever, and we get really overwhelmed.
Terri: What great advice. It has been my experience too. Something could seem like its going wrong or its overwhelming, and just that shift in my mindset, sometimes it’s just forcing a smile on my face and all of the sudden it changes. Did you ever notice that with just smiling or changing your physical state?
Jason: oh, yes, for sure. Sometimes just taking a deep breath can be so powerful for changing. Yeah, smiling.
Terri: One of the things I will say about you is I can tell when I first met you, you had a sparkle in your eyes and a huge smile on your face. It was so inviting and welcoming. Do you intentionally say you are going to smile and welcome people? How does that come to be?
Jason: I realize increasingly I am interested in people and all the variations. My human story is I just want to meet people and be with them and absorb their ideas. I guess that makes me naturally welcoming.
Terri: I believe that is key. We can teach people a lot of skills and tell them what to say, I think the ability to be naturally welcoming. I love those words, really brings people into our life and experience. I am grateful you came into my life and my experience. I know listeners are going to want to connect with you. My only bravery coach I have ever met. You are an inspiration and you really understand that imperfection is absolutely perfect. How can people connect with you?
Jason: JasonWFreeman.com is my website.
Terri: Freeman, isn’t that interesting. Jason thank you so much for being my guest. I hope you feel a giant hug from me. I encourage my listeners to reach out to Jason. He is truly one of the most extraordinary human beings that I have had the honor of meeting.
Jason: It was a pleasure, Terry thank you so much.