“Claiming Your Truth” is unlike any other podcast that is on the air. While many other programs are just motivational, this podcast highlights the real struggles and stories of those who have suffered. It takes the idea of learning by example to a new level, allowing others to feel as if they are not alone in their struggles- because they really are not alone.
Created by Franny Nicole, this podcast helps lead people to become the best version of themselves. Franny is in tune with people and their energy, and her goal is to spread positivity. Throughout her struggles, she realized that she found joy in helping others, which is how the idea for her podcast came about. We spoke with Franny about “Claiming Your Truth”, her background, and her inspiration.
“Claiming Your Truth” podcast presents the breakdown, breakthrough, and redemption stories from many successful people in different fields. Do you think hearing about how others experienced and persevered through their fears and doubts will help those who are struggling to get through their own demons?
I truly believe that everyone’s story can be relatable. Sharing your story is important for others. You don’t just tell your story because of the good it does for you; you do so as a service to others who may be struggling with similar issues or who may be just starting down their own path to recovery. Our story is not intended to be a long saga of what has happened “to us” but rather a captivating view into the fuel that has driven us to be who we are today and to be able to contribute clarity to others. It is the value (meaning) we extract or create from our experiences. The focus is the lessons gained – the gifts that you now have to share a powerful story and can inspire others. Tell a story AND it delivers strategy and empowerment to your audience while you experience growth or a greater ease-of-life.
Why is it so important to push through your fears, doubts, and barricades instead of ignoring them or pushing them away?
We live in a culture that loathes fear. Fear is weakness. We get major self-help points when we fight our fear and “do it anyway.” We have made fear into an enemy. If we are afraid, counter-intuitively, we must do the thing that scares us. There is nothing worse than being someone who lets fear control them. But in truth, we are often controlled by fear even when we are fighting it.
There is a more wholesome way to look at fear. In the process, it is important to set some guidelines for when to challenge fear and when to honor it. When we should force ourselves to do the thing that makes us afraid and when we should allow fear to be our wise guide. Therefore, one of the most valuable skills for both our mental and physical health that we can teach ourselves and others is how to control and conquer your fears. When you take the time to actually define your fears, you learn to separate fact from fiction. This is an important distinction. Some things you are afraid of you will find to be valid, but many will be mental worst-case scenarios that have simply spiraled further out of control in your mind. How we make use of fear, as a means to grow and become more self-aware, this is ultimately what matters.
Franny, you are a Reiki energy practitioner, a meditation guide, and a dream analyzer. How did your journey to your spiritual lifestyle begin?
I grew up in a very spiritual household. My mother taught me from a very young age to write in a dream journal for 30 minutes every morning before starting my day, and that really was the beginning of my curiosity with exploring the subconscious and the messages dreams bring us. My true spiritual awakening was only a few years ago when I received my first Reiki treatment by a Reiki Master. It was this incredible life force that powered every inch of my body. I knew from that very moment I was meant for something greater. I immediately put myself into Reiki School so I could learn how to heal myself and to heal others. Meditating and Reiki go hand and hand, so I did countless meditation seminars in order to learn different techniques on how I wanted to perform my Reiki sessions. Finding my spiritual path completely changed my life and how I see the world.
You mention on your website that you have had your share of bullying and demons running your life. We applaud you for your bravery to stop running and face them. Can you tell us a little about your process and what it took for you to get the courage to stand strong against your struggles?
Yes! I was bullied pretty badly in high school, and I always felt like an outcast because of it. I embodied the negative or derogatory words they called me and continued to say it to myself creating a vicious cycle of moments in my life that were no longer happening to me. One of the biggest predictors of your self-confidence is how you talk to yourself. Over the course of your life, you will listen to yourself more than any other person—so what you say matters. Those words, whether truthful or not, will be retained in your psyche. What I would have to say is, stand up to your inner bully. Replace negative or derogatory thoughts about your potential and self-worth with positive and constructive thoughts about your performance. Life is composed of ups and downs. Learning to get through the downs is key. Without obstacles, difficulties, struggles, and challenges, life wouldn’t make much sense.
Is the process of facing your problems and growing as a person the same for everyone? Or is it different for each person who experiences it?
I think the process is the same, but it could take someone longer depending on the depth of the problem they are facing. Problems are not the reason why a person lives a difficult and miserable life; most of the time, it’s a matter of perspective. Because often, the majority of people let problems defeat them through feelings of anger, fear and anxiety. These negative feelings paralyze a person to move forward and take a step in resolving the problem. Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
Your goal is to spread positivity and hope. How do you go about doing this? And how can others help to spread positivity, as well?
There are so many benefits of being positive. It lowers heart rate and blood pressure, brings a level of peace, and it can actually help you create what you want in your life. What we think about we bring about, so remain positive as much as you can to bring about positive changes. Each of us has a set of messages that play over and over in our minds. This internal dialogue, or personal commentary, influences our words, actions, habits, relationships and ultimately, the destiny that will become our lives. One of the quickest ways to shift your focus away from negativity, judgment, and disappointment is to list the things in your life for which you are grateful.
What is the most encouraging story you have heard from a guest on your podcast?
Everyone’s stories have been amazing thus far, but the most powerful one was a story about being a Muslim. A woman was accused of being a terrorist because of how she was raised to be. People judge others so easily without getting to know them, and the way she handled it just shows that we should never judge a book by their cover.
If our viewers were to start listening to your podcast, what is the best episode for them to begin listening to or can they easily jump in any week?
I would say episode #1. There are only two episodes at the moment and starting from the beginning really paints a picture on life and the expectations we set for ourselves.
What is your favorite motivational quote and why?
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” -Pema Chodron
I love this quote by Pema Chodron because the people who come into our lives teach us a lesson, and they serve a purpose even if they don’t stay long. We can learn from anyone we meet.
Where can our viewers continue to follow your journey and your podcast?
“Claiming Your Truth” podcast is on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. You can also listen to the episodes directly on my website Claimingyourtruth.com.
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