What is your crucible? The definition of a crucible is this – “a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.” But think of it as…the things that have happened in your life that have shaped you…for better and worse. Wouldn’t you like to take all the things in your life and have them support and propel you instead of handicap and weight you down? Dr. James Kelley is my guest, he’s the author of “The Crucible’s Gift” and host of the podcast, “Executives After Hours”. It’s ultimately talking about many, many people who rose from adversity…in spite of or maybe because of, the crucibles in their lives. It’s a life altering topic folks. So many of the big movies today focus on people with superpowers. Regular people who had a mishap that gave them a superpower. They were bitten by a spider or electrocuted or fell in a vat of chemicals. In the movies, they get some cool superpower. In real life when bad things happen to us like that, we just expect we’ll just…die. Or be critically handicapped. But this concept is so, very real. Tragedy or at least hardship and disappointment is going to happen to everyone! From childhood on. How you deal with it is…everything. So will the crucible in your life make or break you? Help or handicap you? Overcome you or will you overcome it? And you may need to look into your past and consider what crucibles in your past have done to you. How do you perceive them? What is the story you tell about them? Were you equipped and empowered, or just…hurt? We also get into the crippling effect of blame.  It gets to the root of our very real…handicaps or strengths. And it may not be black and white for you. Maybe things happened that gave you some strengths, AND weaknesses. We’ll flesh it out with Dr Kelley. Hey, Dr Kelley agreed to give Ziglar listeners the first chapter in his book for free. Get it and connect with him at https://www.drjameskelley.com/ziglarshow

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