The host of the Always Evolving podcast opens up about his own evolution, struggle, and personal journey to authenticity. He shares when he was younger he struggled with being gay, which lead to self-destructive behaviors like drug use.
"I thought I was wrong, or bad or awful, I would just beat myself up," Mike says, revealing this led to him using many different types of drugs in order to feel comfortable in his own skin. Coach Mike decided to be his authentic self and came out at 19 and is now hoping to inspire others to be more honest with themselves, be their best self, and live more freely.
For others struggling, he says honesty and integrity are key to living an authentic life. "We're only as sick as our secrets," the life coach says. "When we keep secrets, that is when we feel shame."
Coach Mike tips to start being more honest with yourself include:
- List your fears
- Make an action plan
- Throw away things holding you back
Coach Mike also tells us rituals are an important aspect of living your best life. "Are you greet the day or is the day gonna greet you? When the day greets you it is tough." He suggests starting your day with a daily ritual that keeps grounded and helps you maintain a healthy routine. And during the day, Coach Mike tells us "having an attitude of gratitude."
"If we are not in gratitude we have the hardest time being our best self," he adds.
Get more great tips from Coach Mike in his new book, “One Decision.”
Always Evolving podcast is produced by Stage 29, which also produces The Doctors.