Michael Anthony (@michaelunbroken) is the author of the best-selling book Think Unbroken and is a coach, mentor, and educator for adult survivors of child abuse. Michaels spends his time helping other survivors get out of “The Vortex” to become the hero of their own story and take their life back. Michael hosts the Think Unbroken podcast, teaches at Think Unbroken Academy, and is on a mission to create change in the world.
Michael talks to me about the importance of taking daily action and how you will have to recognize something fundamental about the truth of everything that comes next in your life. He says it’s a simple question, but it’s difficult to answer. Are you taking care of yourself? Or are you taking it easy on yourself? Because those are two vastly different things.
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What I Discuss With Michael Anthony On Taking Daily Action to Improve Your Life
- How he was born to a hyper-abusive drug addict mother who cut his finger off at four years old.
- Living with a stepfather you pray you never have.
- A racist grandmother that pushed him into an identity crisis.
- How by the time he was 9, his family was in poverty and often homeless, while being a Mormon Church member.
- At twelve, he was adopted by his grandmother and quickly turned to drugs and alcohol to survive the continuing abuse.
- Michael discusses how he found success in Corporate America in his early twenties. However, success only made things worse.
- Michael was morbidly obese, high and drunk daily, and ultimately self-sabotaging everything around him.
- We discover how he found self-love, and he altered the course of his life.
- Michael provides advice on how you too can take daily action to improve your life.
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More About This Show On Improving Your Live by Taking Daily Action With Michael Anthony
Sometimes people have negative emotions when they hear words like broken, battered, beaten board, hopeless, whatever it may be. But I think there are so many people who are feeling that way. They’re disengaged from their own life. Oftentimes I call them the underdogs of their own life. A lot of people have gone through trauma, adversity, setbacks, and encountered obstacles. And it’s hard to learn to be resilient to those things. On the backside of those ordeals, I ask Michael how someone can achieve post-traumatic growth to improve their life?
Michael Anthony explains, What Does better mean? What is the measurement? How do you quantify better? I don’t know how to do that. But I do know different. And if I can do one thing every day to make my life different from what it is today (that is an alignment with my mission, vision, values, and goals), then on a long enough timeline, I can do anything.
So one daily action in a different direction, just one degree from where you are right now. Every single day, that’s 365 decisions that you have made. I’m going to tell you right now. You make 365 different choices; then you will have growth. I am not saying it’s going to be easy because it’s not. It’s going to be uncomfortable and difficult and painful. But on the backside, it will be different.”
I then ask Michael Anthony about his advice on how you start taking daily action according to your values?
He responds, “Ask yourself, am I living within my values today? Most people in general in the world don’t have values. And that old adage goes, if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.
You have to have values in your life because if you don’t have values, you’re not going to accomplish anything. And so ask yourself this question, am I living in my values? If the answer is yes, great. If the answer is no because you don’t have values start thinking about that.
My values are straightforward: honesty, kindness, leadership, self-actualization, and no excuses. My values act as a system in which I operate that I filter all the choices and decisions that I make in my life.
So my advice would be: Ask yourself, Who do I want to be? Ask yourself, who can I serve today? Ask yourself, Am I living in my values?”
Thanks, Michael Anthony!
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- 0:00 Introducing Michael Anthony and New Programs
- 3:42 Surfshark, Coda, Podbean
- 7:05 The origin story of Think Unbroken
- 9:54 How to achieve Post Traumatic Growth
- 15:15 Recovering from rock bottom
- 20:46 How he learned to be honest with himself
- 25:51 Magic Mind and Coinbase
- 28:01 Importance of an accountability partner
- 33:52 Who Do I want to be today?
- 39:31 Importance of mission objectives
- 45:24 How to get into the “flow” zone or optimal anxiety
- 50:03 The importance of taking daily action
- 52:43 We consume information, but we don’t apply it
- 56:43 Rapid round of questions
- 1:00:02 Conclusion and Synthesis
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About This Episode’s Guest Michael Anthony
Michael’s mission is to utilize the tool of Think Unbroken to guide Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in Getting Out of The Vortex and to reclaiming their power. I believe that there is inherent strength in overcoming trauma. With the right guidance, anyone can heal from trauma, take their life back, and become the person they know they are.
His mission is to guide individuals who have suffered trauma in our mentorship programs and workshops. I believe that by creating palatable and practical tools that Trauma Warriors around the world can overcome. Our principles will allow survivors of child abuse to develop healthy habits, understanding of themselves, and how to be present in the world that will ultimately change their current lifestyle.
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