This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Soma Games earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you, but all of our recommendations and opinions are our own. Welcome to the Soma SoulWorks Podcast! This podcast serves to help people, particularly those who may label themselves as "creatives," to seek wholeness and calling so they are ready to embrace the mission God has for them. Consider this podcast a rogue harmony of professional development and self-care, hosted by John Bergquist and Chris Skaggs. What’s covered in this episode: In this interview with Aaron McHugh, author of Fire Your Boss, we look into the workplace and how we can change our mindsets to help improve our role in them.The idea that every employee is an interchangeable cog is prevalent in the workplace. There is an emphasis on the service and resources an employee brings, rather than on the human being themselves; this is expected and normalized in the workplace. “We’ve outsourced our happiness and contentment to other people,” Aaron says. “It’s a fundamentally flawed system...There is a spirit of slavery over the workplace.” Aaron describes watching his grandfather work at Disneyland in its early years. Seeing the joy his grandfather had there helped him articulate something he wanted in his own work-life: Work is supposed to matter, make a difference, and be purposeful. The fundamental question Aaron asks here and in his book, Fire Your Boss, is, “What would it look like to bring all of yourself in an honoring and godly way to your work environment? How do I move from fear, being compartmentalized, and being complicit as a victim to living out freedom, wholeheartedness, and being empowered enough to hold myself responsible and accountable wherever I am?”Like in the serenity prayer, Aaron puts an emphasis that we should be seeking God’s input to understand what we can change internally and externally—that we can discern when we need to be adaptable vs. when we need to remove ourselves from a situation that’s causing us suffering. The good change comes with a shift in your mindset. Rather than waiting for an ideal opportunity to do your work well, you should be bringing patience, dignity, honor, spirituality, forgiveness, grace, and love to whatever job you’re doing. That’s the way you get promoted. “That’s the way of the kingdom.” Aaron says, “Wherever you are, you can become the kind of person who learns to thrive.”“Always believe that you are uniquely qualified to make a lasting contribution to the future of work.” - Aaron McHughResources mentioned:Fire Your Boss: A Manifesto to Rethink How You Think About Work by Aaron McHughWork, Life, Play PodcastAaron’s BlogSerenity PrayerSign up for the Tempus Divum newsletter Email us ideas, questions or suggestions at tempusdivum@somagames.com
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Soma Games earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you, but all of our recommendations and opinions are our own.Welcome to the Soma SoulWorks Podcast! This podcast serves to help people, particularly those who may label themselves as "creatives," to seek wholeness and calling so they are ready to embrace the mission God has for them. Consider this podcast a rogue harmony of professional development and self-care, hosted by John Bergquist and Chris Skaggs.What’s covered in this episode: What does the Performance Stronghold look like? Coming into something—an event, a job, etc.—and already feeling unworthy.Imposter syndrome: “I’m a fraud and I don’t deserve this.” Comparison“I’m not enough, so I have to really work at this.”The Enemy will use strongholds like these to take artists out. In any creative culture, there’s the 24/7 work-pressure that eats artists up. Mark describes it feeling like, “you’ve got a barcode on the back of your neck.” It’s this fear of being replaced that you compensate by overworking yourself.It comes back to identity. Having full awareness of who you are in Christ—that you aren’t alone, and that he co-labors with you—means you’ll be able to take pretty much anything that comes at you because your wellness is founded in The Kingdom, and not in the validation of your peers. Then, you’ll be prepared to respond out of love rather than defense.It’s not about the paychecks, comparison, or the promotion. Invite the Holy Spirit into your work, and have a dialogue with him about it. Ask him what you’re constructed to do. Mark describes a time when he began working for LucasArts as an art director for “Battlefront”. He felt the stronghold of oppression and imposter syndrome walking into his office for the first time. “I’m six feet, but I felt like I was 6 inches.” He said he asked himself, out loud, “What do I have to offer this place?” And he felt the Holy Spirit warm his heart and dispel the fear. It can be challenging not to put on a stronghold of comparison when you’re working in a building with skilled specialists, but at this point your choices are either to break down, or to break through and grow. There will be people who are horrible to you. When you feel those strongholds, turn to prayer. “Hey, you knitted this person together. You know their heart, I don’t. What would you like me as a vessel to speak into this person?” Submit back to The Father. Adapt to the situation, and bless the people you interact with. There were times when Jesus had to go into the wilderness and seek His Father’s voice. We need that rest, and the patience to wait for God’s voice. Many times there isn’t an answer right away. It’s about a posture of submission to him. Take off the pressure that we have to be the best to have influence. Instead, you just need to show up, show love, and share your story.Resources mentioned:The Power of Vulnerability TED Talk by Brené BrownStart With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon SinekWar of Art by Steven PressfieldSeth GodinOn Moral Fiction by John GardnerOn Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen KingSign up for the Tempus Divum newsletter Email us ideas, questions or suggestions at tempusdivum@somagames.com
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Soma Games earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you, but all of our recommendations and opinions are our own. Welcome to the Soma SoulWorks Podcast! This podcast serves to help people, particularly those who may label themselves as "creatives," to seek wholeness and calling so they are ready to embrace the mission God has for them. Consider this podcast a rogue harmony of professional development and self-care, hosted by John Bergquist and Chris Skaggs. What’s covered in this episode: The Stronghold of Warfare doesn’t have a margin for how spiritual warfare affects your daily life. The lies behind it sound like some variation of, "Everything that happens is a result either of yourself or the people around you. The spiritual stuff isn’t real."There is no gauge for the spiritual war or even the existence of an enemy.“You may not know why you were created, but God does, and so does the enemy," says GavinThis all begins with an inciting event: You’re wounded, emotionally or spiritually, but you may not be aware there’s another voice in the conversation—a voice that isn’t God’s or yours. The enemy’s entire goal is to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants to rob us of our passions and joy, and this eventually kills our hearts, Chris says. How does this manifest in an artist’s life? As John “JB” shares, every kid starts out as an artist. They only stop when someone tells them they can’t draw. Perfectionism—or paralysis by analysis—has stopped many artists from becoming artists. Jason says, “Actually going and doing art is warfare.” Awareness of this attack on our art is vital to the process, otherwise we’re vulnerable to the paralyzation that follows. Art is a form of worship, and when we worship, the enemy has to shut up and listen. How to combat it:Identify the area of warfare. “I want to know what the enemy was going after. I want to know why he thinks it’s dangerous, because I want to make it more dangerous.” GavinThink about what triggers you, look into the root cause. Undo the stronghold, and replace the lie with the scriptural truth. Resources mentioned:The MatrixBootcamp NorthwestThe Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas WillardThe War of Art by Steven PressfieldSign up for the Tempus Divum newsletter Email us ideas, questions or suggestions at tempusdivum@somagames.com
Dear Soma SoulWorks Followers,I am deeply saddened to share that John "JB" Bergquist, the dreamer and co-creator of this podcast, passed away on Sunday. On Sunday, July 26th, JB and his wife and daughter were traveling home from camping and were hit by another driver in the wrong lane. JB was killed nearly instantly. His wife, Kristine, and daughter, Natalie, were taken to the hospital with injuries. Both will be physically okay. Kristine is recovering from broken ribs and Natalie from a broken femur. August, JB's son, was at work and not in the accident. As you might imagine, this is a really, really hard time for his family, his coworkers, and the hundreds of friends that JB had. JB was one of those guys who had 500+ social media connections and actually knew each person.For our Soma team, JB was more than a Marketing Director and more than a manager. He was a friend and mentor to most of our team and played a pastoral role in many of our lives. His passing leaves a sizable gap in our daily rhythms. Understandably, our team is grieving. This week, we are re-sharing the episode on Holy Grieving because that's what's real and authentic for us right now. Soma SoulWorks & Soma SoulWorks Podcast will continue -- it's what JB would want. However, we may need a couple weeks of bereavement. If you have any questions or comments, please email tempusdivum@somagames.com and we'll direct your email to the appropriate person.To help the family, please check out the Go Fund Me or Meal Train links below:Bergquist Family Go Fund Me Bergquist Family Meal Train (includes option for takeout gift cards)
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