June 8, 2023

Ep.53 The Best of Season 1 - Happy Anniversary Edition

Ep.53 The Best of Season 1 - Happy Anniversary Edition

I will share why and how the BECOME podcast was born in this episode. In addition, you will hear some of the most memorable soundbites from some of my guests. You can get a sneak peek of many different stories from Doctors to Athlet Celebrities,...

I will share why and how the BECOME podcast was born in this episode. In addition, you will hear some of the most memorable soundbites from some of my guests. You can get a sneak peek of many different stories from Doctors to Athlet Celebrities, Authors, and Tony Robbins Firewalk chief coordinator.


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Hello and welcome to my podcast become. My name is Sabine Kvenberg and I am your host, the content will inspire you to reach your aspirations and become the best version of yourself. I feature interviews with successful individuals from various industries, delving into the personal and professional journey, how they overcame adversities and the strategies they used to achieve their goals. We have to become the person we are meant to be first, so we can live the life we are destined to live. That also means we must overcome challenges and work through difficult times to learn, grow and become the next more fabulous version of ourselves. I'm so glad that you're here. Let's get on this journey together. Hello, and welcome to my special anniversary episode. Yes. A year ago I published the first episode of become and I cannot believe how fast that year went by. It was such a phenomenal experience. having this conversation with all those wonderful guests of mine who shared their struggles, their overcoming of adversity. And coming out on the other side is their next greatest self. And this is what this podcast is all about to show you that you are not alone. There are so many other people who have overcome difficult and challenging times. Even so bad that they were already dead. Some literally and some were dead inside. But no matter what, the human resilience is fantastic. And we all have that within us. And I hope that this podcast will help you explore that more and discover that so that you can thrive and you can become your next greater self. In this episode, I share the highlights of the last year's sound bites from some of the interviews that I conducted that I feel you need to hear one more time because they were just such great pieces of advice. or stories that really touched my heart. And if some of the excerpts speak to you and you want to listen to the entire interview, you can do this because I will announce before each of those little sound bites, which episode number it is. In addition, I will share with you how I came about to start the podcast BECOME. 

In September of 2021 I sold my business that I had for 27 years a performing arts school and after a few months of adjusting and just relaxing and enjoying my free time. I decided I have to do something more. I cannot just sit at home and do nothing. I have been a coach my whole life and I am also Speaker I enjoy sharing my wisdom my message with a greater audience. So in January of 2022 I was invited as a guest speaker for pod fest here in Orlando, Florida. And during that time, my idea was kindled to start my podcast. I didn't know yet what but I did know that I wanted to make an impact. And then I wanted to share the message of hope, inspiration and motivation. And on one night, I woke up and I was right awake. And this one word came into my mind over and over again. And that word was become we must become the person we are meant to be. So we can live the life we are destined to live and I already started my coaching business. And I coached individuals and helped them to get to that path of becoming their next greatest self. And one of the patterns that I saw over and over again was limiting beliefs. And sadly enough, the notion that they felt they are alone that they found. It's just them and this is far from the truth. There are so many people were struggling with the same things. So with the podcast idea, I thought I want to give people the opportunity to listen to others to know that they are not alone and also listen how others overcame adversities how others overcame challenging situations and literally went into a metamorphosis stage to just break everything down that they know to rebuild everything. To then immerse is there more fabulous self. So here you have it. This was my idea. The idea was born. And June of 2022 I launched my podcast because and I hope you have enjoyed it and if you're listening in for the first time, please continue to listen by subscribing. Every Thursday, I release a new episode and I hope that you will be part of my community. And if you like what you hear, please give us a five star review and write a little review about your experience. We truly appreciate it but without any further ado, let's get into the highlights. The very first episode I recorded was with Dr. Ron Stotts. Now, the sound quality is not the best but the information is really really good. This interview was phenomenal. And that's why I left it in and it is also a reminder you don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to become great. Is there something that someone could do right now, to overcome that?

One thing you have to appreciate that everything. All the challenges in our lives are created in relationship to other people. And that really is your indicator that to resolve those challenges. resolving those challenges needs to be done in relationship to other people also. So lots of times, if somebody liked me it was really that other person then they'd be more group work and then they expanded into their lives into their more significant relationships but the healing marriage to me is not coming together and having eternal bliss. It's finding somebody who's willing to stand in the fire and unpack the bags together and really, you know, heal all of that fast together

episode four, Laura, Mark Quist.
And so after meeting with the endocrinologist doing all the testing and stuff, he's like, Well, you definitely have Hashimotos and that with an autoimmune disease where your body attacks its own thyroid so you can't produce the hormones that you need and your thyroid needs to be imbalanced to get pregnant. And so to do that, we ended up the best program for me it was to use Synthroid to help that get back in balance. And then during that time, I just knew that that wasn't going to be my normal. So I had to start doing some more research in on that to see what other ways can I actually help myself. As a trainer, you you work with a client and they progress in different phases or different chapters and so I had to put my skills to myself, knowing that this is the chapter that I'm in right now and in what I'm training for is like it's not the Olympics. It's the baby birthday. You know, it was kind of my Olympic my own version of the Olympics coming up and so I had to do the things for that preparation.

Episode Five, Dana Agnellini
2005 was a pivotal year for me. It was it was the best that life had to offer and the worst all at the same time. And as you were speaking, I never thought of it this way before but I think of let's say, a crab or what are those horseshoe crabs? I think that they change shells. Yes. They have to let go of their old shell to either find one that fits them properly now, or to grow a new one. But the letting go process is just as important as the next step. So I was in this career that was very lucrative with a big, you know, international company and was doing very well. But at the same time I attracted to me a new boss that for some reason or another, just had a problem with me and was trying to work me out in the organization. So that was part of the shell being relieved and at the same time my marriage was disintegrating. I tried to ignore it. We tried for almost 20 years. Because I was never planning on divorcing I had three kids. It just wasn't in my plans. I made myself a promise. I made my family a promise. But the universe knew better. The Universe knew it was time to let that show go.

Episode 19 Paul Henszel.
So in the beginning of 2010, I was working as a supervisor in a sawmill. I had to unjam a giant log that got stuck against a giant steel beam. Now these logs that we were cutting are called Cats. They're extremely heavy, and each piece weighs about 1000 pounds. Now we had to manually unjam this log before we could, you know, resume production. So I had to crawl into a very tight, confined space. And when we fried this piece, the chains started while I was still in the machine, and I was being crushed alive by 12,000 pounds of wood. I could hear my body cracking, gurgling and crunching. It literally felt like my head was going to explode. There was so much pressure. And I thought to myself, if this doesn't stop, I'm going to die. I then blacked out now. I was not breathing and without oxygen for about 12 minutes. My coworkers had to perform amazing feats of strength just to rescue me and not time limit. When I was freed everyone thought I was dead. They were just about to perform CPR. And miraculously, I started breathing.

Episode 22 Jenny Townsend
At the end of my first year, I finally got everything under one roof. All my teachers were under one roof. We were rocking and rolling. I started hiring more people. And I made a couple bad hires which resulted in me having to work more, more hours more time and we weren't really making any money which was stressful. For me as I'm a goal oriented person. It was stressful for my husband because he's like you're working all these hours and you're not paying yourself. And my response to him was I don't need to be paid. I love what I'm doing. The fact that I get to work my passion every single day and change people's lives was payment enough for me. He never really connected with the mission of my company, which is one of the reasons why we ended up where we were he always supported me in my dream, but he became very resentful, the fact that I wasn't making money and the fact that I was living my dream when he was working a miserable job. So all these different variables led to a massive disaster.

Episode 27 Chris Krimitsos
so I had a story to fiction story that I wanted to write that conveyed a message of getting started because of the business group I was part of as well as podcasting and helping people with YouTube and all these different endeavors. I noticed that was a common theme a lot of people where I'll get started when everything's perfect, or I'm not ready yet. And because I've done so many meetings, you wind up seeing patterns over the years in the 1000s of meetings, one pattern you'd see as someone spending two or three years to get ready. Another pattern you see as someone that would start ugly, and then perfect it next thing you know that a hit show a year in or year and a half in. Meanwhile, the other person is still ready, not ready because it's not perfect yet.

Episode 39 Wally Green
Why are you angry? Why? You're not in America. You're not in a gang. You're not being abused by your stepfather. You you're not part of any of these things. You're in a different country where people actually like you and they don't like you because you can pick up your gun and protect them. They like you just because you're you. So what that was. I love it. Yeah. And that was that was that right? There was a turning point right there that was like about face change, mindset change. Every kind of change you could think of happened there when I actually realize that not everyone in the world is out to get you. Not everyone in the world hates you. And there are people in this world who genuinely care about you. Just because you are you and not what you can do for them. And that was to change. That was the pivoting the pivoting point the turning point.

Episode 40 Susan Gold,
I feel like we need to be brave. We need to stand that and we need to talk about our truth. And it's not so shameful. So many people have had similar experiences, but we keep it all tucked in, especially in the corporate system that's just broken. So I have to say I've been a bit of a trailblazer not knowing it.
Epic episode 41 Brendon Kumarasamy
So a few years ago, when I started guesting on podcast, I suck. I was so bad. I remember some guy asked me like, hey Brendon, where does the fear of communication come from? And I was like, what like, I don't know the fear of communication come so like London, Los Angeles, New York City. Like I don't know. So how did I fix this every single day? So I've been for five minutes answered one question that I thought the world would ask you my expertise. But if you do this every single day for a year, you'll have answer 365 questions and you'll people that
that is a great approach. I have not heard that one. And I heard a lot of answers.

Episode 42 Victoria Pelletier
and for me I can very much remember you know being two and three years old and abused by my biological mother. Whether that was got pushed up and downstairs I had teeth that had been impacted as a result of that eat my baby tea. I even to this day, one of my eye drops a little bit lower than the other because I had a cigarette in my eye and I wear a patch for months. So I remembered a lot of it. Those were, you know, ended up being quite formative, even though we would say it's a little bit later in children's lives just because of the trauma that I dealt with.

Episode 45 Julie Jones,
you don't often see and it's it's kind of a story of my resilience have to if there's something I really want in life, how I go for it. I don't take no for an answer. I was only the third female hired on by my department, which I really had no trouble with the men that I worked with, with me being female because I proved myself early on when I went out for the SWAT team, believe it or not, I'm six foot tall. At that point, I just didn't have enough upper body strength so I wasn't able to get over the six foot wall. And one of the guys in his infinite wisdom decided to give me a little boost which disqualified me and you know the sergeant that was running the the obstacle course you know, he pulled me on the side. I said, I know I'm disqualified. It's okay. I worked out even harder. I improved my upper body strength the second time because I really wanted to be on the team. The second time that I went out for it. You know, I passed everything with flying colors. I officially got onto the SWAT team on my own

Episode 47 Dai Manuel.
I mean it's a journey, right? We hear that term when we reference people in our lives and how we're living them and it is a journey and and yes, I understand it's easy to focus on a destination or have a goal set or to have some intention on where we want to get to. But if we're not really clear on where we're at and how we got there, it's hard to see potentially the connection of who we were to who we are now to who we are intentionally wanting to become. And so believe me I noticed very, very well I've been in a lot of situations where change has not necessarily come easily. In fact, it's been very, very challenging and, and I've been in a few situations in my life where you know, had I not worked through that change and work through being vulnerable enough to ask for help. I don't think we'd be having this conversation today.

Episode 49, Zach White,
After you're in that kind of trough place your face is grinding against the floor of rock bottom as it were right. Then you stand up and you start to just put one foot in front of the other. And what I tell everybody who I've coached who's gone through any form of burnout or suffering or a rock bottom experience like this, or if you're going through it right now. You had to bring the time horizon and a little bit. We're not going to solve the whole thing in one move. We're not going to go create the perfect life in one day. Let's zoom way I like to call it drawing smaller circles, rather than solving for the big equation. Let's just solve for this afternoon. What are we going to do this afternoon to make sure it's a little bit better than yesterday to make sure we're not going back to those same patterns or habits that got us stuck in the first place and put one foot in front of the other.

Episode 50 the firewall with Dave Albin,
Here's the first thing I learned about Firewalker great lesson great metaphor for life. When you take that first step onto those goals. Oh, you'll take the second, third fourth. I guarantee right. You're not going to stop in the middle of that fire lane. Well, that was it. So
you did the fire walk and what happened then what changed?
Well, what changed was, you know again that night it was spectacular. It was one of the most unbelievable experiences of my entire life. And the next day, this is where it really got interesting for me. I'm in the foyer with 3500 people getting ready to go into the venue and I'm looking around so being and I'm watching all these people and they were communicating unlike anything I'd ever been been around. I've never seen or experienced anything like this. They were laughing. They were crying. They were hugging. They were engaging. They were telling their story. It was just like it was like storytime everywhere. 3500 People just were completely transformed the night before.

Episode 51 The Holly Frances
And I remember we had to do these trials off the ventilator where I would last for like 15 seconds at a time. They would basically make me breathe on my own and it felt like I was underwater, struggling to breathe about to die. And it was so scary. And I remember crying and hyperventilating and think like, I don't think I'm ever going to be able to do this. I don't believe that I'm ever going to be able to breathe on my own. And something profound that that GBS survivor actually said to me and he actually brought me a sign and he put it above my wall, basically right in front of my bed so I could stare at it. And it was a quote that said courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it's the quiet voice at days and saying I will try again tomorrow.

And I finished the first year was an episode about writing a book can propel your success as an expert. And I talked about that becoming an author is easier than you think. So if you ever wondered what it takes to write a book, I definitely invite you to listen to Episode 52. And if there were one or two that stood out and really piqued your interest, you can go and listen to the entire episode. All right, my friend. This was it for today. And as always, I asked you to give us a good rating or a write a quick review, because that always helps with the algorithm on Apple podcast. If you have a question or if you would like to talk about a topic, just put it in the comment section. Or if you would like to see a guest to talk about one specific topic mentioned that as well. Last but not least, I want to give you a heartfelt thank you. Producing a podcast takes time and money and for those of you who are supporting this channel, by your generous donations, I truly truly appreciate it. And if you don't know and you want to contribute to that, you can find a donation button on my page, which is pod page.com forward slash become. But in any case, you can support this channel in so many different ways. Also by giving a great review by writing a review by sharing it that also goes a long way and helps the algorithm once again. Thank you and I look forward to serving you the next season until I see you again always remember we have to become the person we are meant to be first to live the life we ar