At some time in our lives, we all make mistakes. However, there is always a way to restart. We are never too late to begin again. Today, my guest is an outstanding individual who rebuilt and recreated his life following a catastrophic event in his life. After being sentenced to two years in federal prison and hitting rock bottom, he has spent the last three years rehabilitating himself via gratitude practice, journaling, and meditation. He is currently a reinvention architect and mindset coach, as well as a TEDx/Keynote speaker and the best-selling author of “Blank Canvas: How I Reinvented My Life After Prison.” This fantastic personality, Craig Stanland, joins us on today’s episode to discuss his thoughts and experiences with breaking free from the status quo and living life on autopilot. Additionally, he explores how to develop a deeper connection with ourselves to re-architect the second half of our lives with joy, meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.
Craig’s Story – Craig shares the pivotal incidents in his life that brought him to where he is today and how he felt at the time.
Underlying Reasons – Craig expresses his thoughts on the underlying motive that drove him to commit fraud.
Golden Treadmill – Craig delves into the mind-blowing concept of the golden treadmill.
Self-Worth – Craig describes how his perspective on self-worth has shifted and how he currently defines it.
Best Friend’s Visit – Craig mentions the influence of his friend’s visit to the prison on his life.
Black Canvas – Craig discusses how his desire to use his narrative to help others led to him becoming an author of Black Canvas and how his writings affected his life while incarcerated.
Acceptance and Self-Forgiveness – Craig highlights several significant issues in his book, including his perspective on the significance of acceptance and self-worth.
Connect with Craig Stanland
Craig’s book: Blank Canvas
Here are my three insights for thriving.
- The past cannot define us without our consent. I absolutely love that. Back in the day, I was a huge Criminal Minds fan huge. And and there was an episode when Rossi said, scars remind us of where we have been. They don’t have to determine where we go.
- I love when Craig was talking about owning his story instead of it owning him. We don’t have to be owned by our stories, we can write our own stories, a new chapter.
- It is never too late to hit the reset button. Never.