The Journal Forward Audiocast: How to Manifest Your Best Life

Nathaniel A. Turner

Nate bears it all, or as he is apt to say, "Naked don't' lie; people do." In each entry, Nate bares trials and triumphs, worries and beliefs, internal impediments, and inner enhancements, which lead to realized and unrealized hopes and dreams. You get a front row seat of how Nate journeys first in his mind to move further towards living his life just as he always imagined. Everything Nate shares today he discovered and evaluated for almost thirty years, beginning with endeavoring to give an unborn child a life better than he had. Successfully designing his child's life backward, he discovered read less
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Episodes

Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - Why Using Your Divine Imagination is Non-Negotiable
27-04-2024
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - Why Using Your Divine Imagination is Non-Negotiable
Episode 52 - Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - Why Using Your Divine Imagination is Non-Negotiable The Transformative Power of Vivid ImaginationThis impassioned journal entry is a resounding affirmation of the vital importance of using one's imagination to vividly envision the life they've always dreamed of living. The author expresses bewilderment at those who squander this divine gift of free will and fail to employ their imaginative capacities to their fullest potential. In stark contrast, the author portrays imagination as the initiating alchemy that allows us to transform our realities from mundane to extraordinary. The core idea is that our ability to imagine our best selves and most audacious futures is a profound power that must be fervently embraced each day with childlike wonder. The author recalls how voices from their youth, from family to cultural icons, instilled the fundamental truth that they were "somebody" destined for greatness - a belief their imagination allowed to flourish into their current reality as a renowned author. Imagination is depicted as a liberating force, a transcendent expression of free will that lets us "run away" from life's tragedies and constraints into the boundless realm of our aspirations. It's the starting point for self-actualization, for imprinting the person we'll eventually become and the life we'll manifest. Without dynamically engaging our imaginations daily, the author argues, our existence would be as flavorless as foods lacking key ingredients. Imagination is the vital spark that allows us to vividly conceive, believe, and ultimately achieve the impossible. Takeaway action item: Set aside 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to vividly imagine and describe in writing your "dream life" and who your best self would be while living it. Then read/review this vivid depiction daily to imprint it into your consciousness. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Run Your Race For Your Best Life - The Pursuit of Personal Bests
25-04-2024
Run Your Race For Your Best Life - The Pursuit of Personal Bests
Episode 51 - Run Your Race For Your Best Life - The Pursuit of Personal Bests Running Your Race: The Pursuit of Personal BestsThis motivational journal entry uses the metaphor of running a race to underscore the importance of pacing oneself through life's journey at one's own individualized speed. The author asserts that just as elite runners cannot be preoccupied with others' paces, each person must diligently prepare and "run their own race" - striving to set personal records (PRs) rather than comparing themselves to others. The core idea is that life is a perpetual series of "races" where the primary aim is achieving your personal best that day across mind, body and soul. The author recounts their own evolution from an "amateur" writer and speaker to an acclaimed, well-compensated luminary - a transition made possible by consistently "training" through deliberate practice over thousands of hours. However, the author underscores that outward success is secondary to the internal commitment to running each day's race with maximum effort. It's a call to wake up and approach every 24-hour cycle with the same intense preparation, mental toughness and audacious goal-setting as an Olympic athlete pursuing a new PR. The question is whether you're ready to give your all to manifest your unlimited potential and live life exactly as you've envisioned, without rationalizing or letting external paces distract you from your personal journey. Takeaway action item: Identify one area of your life (e.g. health, career, relationships) where you tend to unconsciously compare your pace or progress to others' instead of pushing yourself towards a Personal Record. Set an audacious goal for a new "PR" to achieve in that area over the next 30 days.https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Alignment - Unlocking Your Potential Through Holistic Mind-Body-Soul Alignment
22-04-2024
Alignment - Unlocking Your Potential Through Holistic Mind-Body-Soul Alignment
Episode 50 - Alignment - Unlocking Your Potential Through Holistic Mind-Body-Soul Alignment The Power of Holistic AlignmentThis journal entry is a powerful meditation on the vital importance of achieving complete alignment across one's mind, body and soul to truly live one's best life. The author emphatically states that these three elements of the "human trinity" must operate in harmonious unity if one hopes to fulfill their unlimited, God-given potential and manifest their most audacious dreams. The core idea is that alignment is not optional - it's an absolute requirement for self-actualization and embodying one's highest self. Merely having an impressive physique or mental prowess is insufficient if other facets are misaligned. True alignment demands intentional work to bring every aspect of one's being into congruence with divine purpose and the person they've envisioned becoming. It's a continuous process requiring immense mental fortitude, spiritual courage and ruthless prioritization of only aligning with people, thoughts and pursuits that reinforce this holistic coherence. The author declares radical, unwavering commitment to this path, making potent affirmations about existing in perfect alignment - looking, thinking and feeling in accordance with their limitless abilities and the Creator's plan. Alignment is portrayed as the master key unlocking inevitability and the infinite possibilities of an extraordinary life. Takeaway action item: Perform a self-assessment across your mind, body and soul, identifying any areas that feel out of alignment or incongruent with who you're working to become. Make a plan to bring at least one misaligned aspect into greater harmony this week. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Self-Minimize, Hell to the Naw - From Shrinking to Shining A Journal of Empowering Individuals to Reach Their Full Potential
20-04-2024
Self-Minimize, Hell to the Naw - From Shrinking to Shining A Journal of Empowering Individuals to Reach Their Full Potential
Episode 49 - Self-Minimize, Hell to the Naw - From Shrinking to Shining A Journal of Empowering Individuals to Reach Their Full Potential This journal entry discusses the author's commitment to empowering and encouraging others to reach their full potential, rather than allowing them to "self-minimize" or "self-shrink." The author emphasizes the importance of recognizing the exceptional abilities and gifts that each person possesses, and refusing to let them hide or diminish themselves. The author sees it as their duty to challenge others to overcome their fears and self-doubt, and to live up to their God-given potential. The entry describes the author's role as a "Watchman" who will not tolerate self-minimization in those they encounter, and who will persistently demand that people rise to their best selves. Takeaway Action ItemThe key takeaway from this journal entry is the importance of actively challenging and encouraging others to overcome their self-limiting beliefs and behaviors. The author's message is a call to action for readers to become "Watchmen" in their own lives, refusing to allow those they love and care about to diminish themselves. The challenge is to persistently remind people of their exceptional abilities and to demand that they rise to the occasion and live up to their God-given potential. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Don’t Stop Believin’ - Embodying Your Limitless Potential Through Conviction
18-04-2024
Don’t Stop Believin’ - Embodying Your Limitless Potential Through Conviction
Episode 48 - Don’t Stop Believin’ - Embodying Your Limitless Potential Through Conviction The Power of Radical Self-ConvictionThis empowering journal entry underscores the paramount importance of convincing oneself, rather than others, of one's unlimited potential and the inevitability of manifesting one's grandest visions. The author declares that their sole priority is to reinforce their own self-belief daily through relentless action, letting their results and impact speak for themselves. The core message is that each person already possesses everything required to become who they've envisioned, as the Creator doesn't impart dreams without providing the means to achieve them. However, the key is to shift one's focus from convincing external skeptics and instead commit fully to doing the work that convinces the self. It's about priming oneself for greatness by ensuring one's words and deeds align with that self-concept, letting the world eventually catch up. The author advocates a "fry cook" mentality - showing up diligently without attachment to outcomes, knowing consistent quality efforts are what manifests desires over time. From their own journey to becoming a renowned, affluent author, the author exudes an unapologetic confidence in their inevitable impact, asking the unconvinced "Are you not entertained?" by the extraordinary results. Ultimately, it's a rallying cry to abandon the need for others' approval and to embody an unwavering self-conviction that one's loftiest dreams are inevitable realities already germinating within. Takeaway action item: Make a list of any areas where you find yourself still seeking external validation or trying to convince others of your worth/abilities. Then write out a series of empowering self-conviction statements you can recite as affirmations to reinforce believing in your inevitable success. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Credit Card Dilemna - The Divine Credit Score, Assessing Our Spiritual Fitness
13-04-2024
Credit Card Dilemna - The Divine Credit Score, Assessing Our Spiritual Fitness
Episode 46 - Credit Card Dilemna - The Divine Credit Score, Assessing Our Spiritual Fitness The Divine Credit Score: Assessing Our Spiritual FitnessThis thought-provoking journal entry uses the metaphor of credit cards and credit scores to evaluate our spiritual and physical "fitness" in the eyes of the Creator. The author poses the dichotomy of living life with either the limited means of a "Secured" credit card or the unlimited potential of a "Black" card - a choice that reflects how well we steward the talents and gifts bestowed upon us by the Divine. The core idea is that just as financial institutions assess our creditworthiness, the ultimate scoring system is how the Creator "scores" the condition of our mind, body, and soul each day. This spiritual credit score has nothing to do with earthly wealth or privilege, but instead audits our authenticity as "temples" - whether we are dilapidated, condemned houses hiding behind deception or well-maintained, many-roomed mansions. It's a call to be ruthlessly honest about the state of our "temples", from the physical fitness of our bodies to the gratitude and appreciation we outwardly express. The author acknowledges falling short on certain measures like weight but warns that just as credit can be reduced, so can the love, adoration and longevity we receive from the Creator and others if we fail to uphold our end of the unwritten spiritual contract to magnify the Divine through our beings. Takeaway action item: Perform a holistic self-assessment across your mind, body and soul - identifying both strengths and areas requiring improvement to raise your "divine credit score." Commit to one tangible step to upgrade your current "spiritual fitness" in a way that more fully honors the Divine within you. ___ https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Act Now - Seizing Your Moment, Why It's Never Too Late to Prioritize Your Life
11-04-2024
Act Now - Seizing Your Moment, Why It's Never Too Late to Prioritize Your Life
Episode 45 - Act Now - Seizing Your Moment, Why It's Never Too Late to Prioritize Your Life Seizing Your Moment: Why It's Never Too Late to Prioritize Your LifeThis candid journal entry recounts the pivotal epiphany when the author decided they were "too old for this shit" - fed up with orbiting others' lives at the expense of their own dreams and potential. Drawing from the iconic "Lethal Weapon" movie line, it was a wake-up call to the sobering truth that we're all living on borrowed time, and the present moment is truly all we're guaranteed.The core message is that it's never too late to radically prioritize your life's purpose and audacious visions for yourself, but only if you seize the moment now. The author realized the sacrificial cycle of perpetually putting others' whims and wishes first was an unsustainable prison slowly robbing them of their identity and growth. There came a definitive decision to stop orbiting in others' galaxies, to withdraw from any places, people or activities not conducive to becoming their highest self. It was an empowered vow to finally do things solely for their own fulfillment and self-actualization. By grasping the urgency of making the most of each fleeting present moment, the author broke free into living authentically - becoming the award-winning, affluent, wise luminary they'd always imagined. It was an ultimate embrace of their child's wisdom that it's "not too late" if you start now. Takeaway action item: Conduct a "life audit" examining any people, places, habits or commitments you're orbiting that may be stunting your own growth and self-actualization. Identify one concrete step you can take this week to prioritize your personal dreams over the whims of others. ___ https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Listen to the Birds - The Birds' Rallying Cry for Continuous Self-Improvement
08-04-2024
Listen to the Birds - The Birds' Rallying Cry for Continuous Self-Improvement
Episode 44 - Listen to the Birds - The Birds' Rallying Cry for Continuous Self-Improvement The Birds' Rallying Cry for Continuous Self-ImprovementThis introspective journal entry recounts a rousing wake-up call from an unlikely source - the raucous chirping of birds gathered outside the author's window. Though unable to understand their language, the author intuits that the birds are issuing an urgent message about the need for positive change and environmental stewardship. More profoundly, it's as if the birds are reminding the author of their sacred duty as a human being.While other life forms obediently fulfill their divine roles, the author laments how humankind frequently neglects its responsibility to be benevolent caretakers of the planet and each other. The birds' spirited chatter serves as a clarion call for the author to embrace their identity as a "eagle" among humans - to continuously strive for self-improvement across mind, body and soul in service of the greater good. It's a reminder that life should never be lived resting on one's laurels, but as a perpetual journey towards actualization of our unlimited, God-given potential. The birds symbolize the imperative to keep evolving, keep growing, keep striving to be better than before in how we walk, talk, laugh and love. Only through radical self-improvement and environmental stewardship can we hope to transform the "climate" of human indifference. Takeaway action item: Take inspiration from the natural world by spending time outdoors observing and listening to the creatures who model perfect fulfillment of their divine roles. Reflect on how you can apply that same wholehearted commitment to your sacred human duty of continuous self-improvement. ____ https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
It Takes Courage - The Courageous Journey to Your Best Self
06-04-2024
It Takes Courage - The Courageous Journey to Your Best Self
Episode 43 - It Takes Courage - The Courageous Journey to Your Best Self The Courageous Journey to Your Best SelfThis rousing journal entry is a powerful exhortation to embrace the courage required to become who you've always envisioned yourself to be. The author declares that living each day striving towards your unlimited, God-given potential and being the best version of yourself demands unwavering bravery. However, courage must coexist with fear - the ever-present doubts, anxieties and self-limiting beliefs that manifest as "false evidence appearing real." The core message is that one must muster the fortitude to push past those mental barriers, to disregard the doubters and pessimists, and to audaciously pursue even the most outrageous of dreams. It takes courage to be ruthlessly self-honest, focusing solely on self-improvement across your human trinity of mind, body and soul. Courage allows you to love your equal human neighbors while recognizing your phenomenal worth. Ultimately, the author's own extraordinary life as a renowned author and intellectual was built through the courage to believe in the impossible and relentlessly shed what inspired fear and self-doubt. Becoming your best self is a courageous journey of radical self-affirmation - replacing "I think I can" with the resounding mantra "I know I will, I know I am." Takeaway action item: Identify one self-limiting belief, insecurity or "false evidence appearing real" (FEAR) that has been hindering you from fully embracing your highest potential. Write out a courageous affirmation contradicting that fear and read it aloud daily. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
You're the First, the Last, My Everything - The Creator's Playlist, How Music Illuminates Your Sacred Journey
30-03-2024
You're the First, the Last, My Everything - The Creator's Playlist, How Music Illuminates Your Sacred Journey
Episode 40 - You're the First, the Last, My Everything - The Creator's Playlist, How Music Illuminates Your Sacred Journey The Divine Love Song: Finding Deeper Meaning in Life's SoundtrackThis journal entry describes a profound experience of the Creator using a familiar old love song to impart deeper spiritual wisdom. Instead of getting caught up in the song's obvious romantic connotations, the author recognizes the Divine is challenging them to find the present-day meaning and guidance encoded within those lyrics. It's an invitation to move beyond simplistic interpretations.The core message that emerges is that the Creator is the true "first, last, everything" - the sun, moon and guiding star that illuminates each new day's journey. Rather than a fleeting human love, the song represents the eternal, all-encompassing love of the Divine that the author can depend on even when dreams seem unfulfilled. It's a reminder that this great life already overflowing with blessings, achievements and opportunities to serve is still just the beginning. The lyrics reaffirm that the Creator and the author "have it together" - the author need only follow where the Divine leads, like a love song pointing the way to one's highest calling and truest self-expression. Ultimately, it's a call to find the deeper spiritual meaning pulsing through life's rich soundtrack. Takeaway action item: The next time a familiar song gets stuck in your head, pause and reflect on whether there may be a deeper spiritual message or guidance encoded within those lyrics. Approach it as a "love song" from the Divine, speaking directly to your highest aspirations. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Metamorphosis Is In You - The Infinite Potential Within, Unlocking Your Pre-Loaded Power
28-03-2024
Metamorphosis Is In You - The Infinite Potential Within, Unlocking Your Pre-Loaded Power
Episode 39 - Metamorphosis Is In You - The Infinite Potential Within, Unlocking Your Pre-Loaded Power The Infinite Potential Within: Unlocking Your Pre-Loaded PowerThis uplifting journal entry is a powerful reminder that we already possess everything required to succeed and become our best selves. The author declares that since the moment of conception, the seeds of our highest aspirations and fullest potential have resided within us, encoded into our very being by the Creator. The core message is that we need look no further than the mirror to find all we need.The author laments how so many of us spend lifetimes searching externally for validation, approval and the keys to unlocking our greatness when the truth is, we were born complete and pre-loaded with the ability to metamorphose into our most transcendent selves. Just as the butterfly is always present within the caterpillar, merely awaiting the right conditions to emerge, so too is our highest self lying dormant, ready to take majestic flight if only we trust in the inner resources we've been blessed with from birth. It's a call to shed the self-limiting cocoons of self-doubt, to stop inching forward on our bellies, and boldly choose to activate the infinite, divine potential that has been inside us all along. Takeaway action item: Spend time in silent self-reflection, meditating on or writing about the innate gifts, talents and strengths you were blessed with from birth that you may be underutilizing or overlooking. Reaffirm that you already have everything you need to succeed residing within you. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
Oh, Slow Down, Baby - The Paradox of Pace, Why Even Driven Achievers Must Slow Down
23-03-2024
Oh, Slow Down, Baby - The Paradox of Pace, Why Even Driven Achievers Must Slow Down
Episode 37 - Oh, Slow Down, Baby - The Paradox of Pace, Why Even Driven Achievers Must Slow Down The Necessity of Slowing DownThis journal entry acknowledges the relentless pace and sense of urgency that often drives the author's life. With a never-ending to-do list and the desire to maximize every moment, the author confesses to moving swiftly, almost recklessly at times, in pursuit of an audacious dream life. However, it also issues a poignant reminder that periodically slowing down is not just permissible, but necessary. The core message is that while unceasing hustle and forward momentum are crucial, there are times when that intense speed becomes unsustainable and even detrimental. The author recognizes that moving too fast can cause one to miss steps, make missteps, and eventually burn out from sheer exhaustion. As such, there is wisdom in occasionally slowing down - to catch one's breath, appreciate how far you've come, and re-center before continuing the climb. Slowing down provides a recalibration, allowing you to be re-energized rather than having your heart repeatedly "wiped on" by life's tragedies and heartbreaks. It's a call to find the balance between frenetic striving and mindful presence, between unrelenting speed and nourishing moments of pause and reflection. Takeaway action item: Identify one recurring instance in your weekly routine where you tend to move too quickly or with unsustainable intensity. Schedule a defined "slowing down" period immediately after, where you can pause, reflect, and re-center before proceeding. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message
You Will Make It - The Liberating Power of Radical Self-Reflection
18-03-2024
You Will Make It - The Liberating Power of Radical Self-Reflection
Episode 35 - You Will Make It - The Liberating Power of Radical Self-Reflection The Liberating Power of Radical Self-ReflectionThis journal entry is a powerful exhortation to engage in radical, honest self-reflection as the foundational step to personal growth and self-actualization. The author declares that obsessing over what others think or say is an exercise in futility and a trap that must be avoided. Instead, the focus should be solely on looking inward to understand one's current state of being without judgment or delusion. The core message is that you cannot become who you want to be or manifest your dreams without first admitting where you currently are in life's journey. Just as those in recovery must admit their addiction, the author advocates starting each day by unflinchingly assessing oneself - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. This brutal self-inventory is portrayed as the crucial first step that prevents missteps and wasted efforts. Only by knowing your authentic starting point can you properly chart a course towards your aspirations. The aim is to fixate not on external opinions, but on constantly understanding and improving your true self through rigorous self-study and reflection. It's a call to liberate yourself from the shackles of others' perceptions and to be accountable only to your own potential. Takeaway action item: Set aside dedicated time each day to engage in brutally honest self-reflection without judgment or delusion. Make a comprehensive assessment of your current state physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Identify both strengths and areas requiring improvement to chart an authentic path forward. https://www.nathanielaturner.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nathaniel-a-turner/message