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Ever Forward Radio with Chase Chewning

Welcome to EVER FORWARD RADIO! The podcast that brings you empowering messages and interviews from industry leaders of fitness, nutrition, mindset, entrepreneurship and personal development to help you life a life ever forward.

Sep 13, 2023

This episode is brought to you by ELVT Breath Control, Legion Athletics, and Strong Coffee Company.

Ever wondered how addiction can paradoxically coexist with high performance? Enter Mike Diamond, an inspiring recovering addict, is here to unearth the realities of addiction and the illusion of control it creates, even amidst an extraordinary performance. Mike's story is a true testament to the deceptive nature of addiction and the power of choice to take control of your life.

Mike dives into themes of personal growth, self-discovery, and the significance of embracing the present. Even touching upon spiritual and philosophical tools like Buddhism and stoicism to find balance, and the impact of physical activities like deep stretching and yoga to channel the energy of trauma into healthier outlets. We also explore the transformative power of empowering others, releasing expectations, and the profound influence of small, meaningful conversations.

This episode is not merely about the dark side of life - it's more about the redemption, the reclamation, and the transformation. With the insights from this episode, you will be better equipped to understand, empathize, and perhaps help someone who's battling their demons, or perhaps, fight your own.

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In this episode, you will learn...

  • Addiction can often be disguised behind high performance, leading to a dangerous illusion of control. Individuals struggling with addiction can often still perform at high levels, making it difficult to recognize.
  • The importance of self-discovery and healing in overcoming addiction cannot be overstated. This process often involves facing uncomfortable past experiences and finding healthier ways to channel energy and cope with trauma.
  • The power of small, meaningful interactions and acts of kindness can have a profound impact on your life and the lives of others.
  • Creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs can be particularly prone to addiction. Understanding this can help in identifying potential issues and finding balance in life.
  • Confronting addiction and changing behaviors requires an understanding of your own habits and the ability to distinguish between needs and wants.


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