Run Toward the Roar

Run Toward
the Roar

Episode 23


The Challenge Of Charting A Course In This World

January 18, 2024

The Challenge Of Charting A Course In This World

In this episode of Run Toward The Roar, John Robertson takes on the challenge of charting a course in this chaotic world. He stresses the importance of introspection and resetting by questioning what truly matters and whether current issues will hold significance in the long run.

Through a discussion on the importance of social support and community, he delves into a study highlighting the impact of social ties on health and longevity. John also emphasizes the need to align one’s actual values with aspirational values, shedding light on the significance of living by the values we project to others.

Drawing from personal anecdotes, John advocates for the crucial role of mentoring and coaching in providing guidance and support for maintaining personal clarity and direction. The episode also features a compelling interaction with “Craig,” emphasizing the importance of surrounding oneself with a supportive community and aligning actions with core values during challenging times.

Throughout this episode, John stresses the importance of not just surviving but thriving in the face of crises. He discusses the concept of navigating towards one’s true north, encouraging listeners to resist the sway of external pressures and opinions and instead orient their lives based on their core values. The episode delves into the fundamental nature of values as motivational preferences that guide decision-making and provide long-term benefits. John highlights the link between courageous leadership and aligning with one’s values, showcasing how values compel individuals to make non-negotiable decisions when necessary.

The episode concludes with an invitation for further conversation on applying these principles, seeking input for market research, and forming a pilot group to explore the practical applications of the discussed concepts. Overall, this thought-provoking episode provides valuable insights into self-reflection, the significance of social support, and the need to align values with actions amid life’s challenges.

What to expect in this episode:

00:00 Seeking support and connection for personal growth.
05:52 Losing oneself can occur quietly in life.
09:01 Defining north by compass, not opinions.
10:19 Life’s challenges can shift your direction.
14:15 People hiding true selves, spinners, glory seekers.
17:21 Beware of shooting stars, and fakers; seek authenticity.
22:27 Are you still taking that two-day approach?
26:38 Importance of community support and social ties.
29:17 Personal values must be consistently demonstrated.
31:26 Promoting leadership growth through inspirational speaking engagements.
34:49 Discussing importance of support network on call.
40:09 Financial crisis lead to creative accounting solution.
42:34 Family values, define them, seek help.

About John Robertson

John Robertson is one of the leading Coaches, Consultants, and Speakers that Leaders in the workplace look to “when things start to feel like they’re falling apart” due to issues with their staff, support systems, and company “ethos” (character and habit driven behaviors that either make or break an organization during times of crisis). Find out more about his THRIVE-based Books, Training, and Resources here.

Driven by a “recognition of others’ strengths” and a deep-seated faith in their ability to find their way through even the most challenging of times— John creates an intensely inspiring environment for recovery, optimization, and triumph.

With over 30 years of experience leading large groups through his involvement in the church alongside shepherding public-service organizations (such as Townships, Firefighters, Police, and First Responders) through their own points of crisis and transition, John is counted on time and time again as “the steady voice of reason during even the most challenging of storms”.

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If you would like to follow along in an easy format please go to Amazon and purchase a copy of the book Run Toward The Roar: Transforming Crisis and Change into the Opportunity to Thrive, as that is the theme that we will be building on.

If you’re willing to please send me an e-mail, I would like to send you chapter one of the discovery guide so that I can encourage you in the thinking of this journey.

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