Episode 58: Formulating An Action Plan For Success With Jeremy McDonald

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Thinking positively is not enough. You might tell yourself that nothing is happening. It’s because you need to take action. Join Michael Silvers and Donna Campbell as they talk with Jeremy McDonald about the importance of setting a vision and then doing something about it to achieve goals in life. Jeremy has been a quantum healer, a mindset master coach, and a teacher for many years. He’s also the creator and Founder of Spirit Heart Cruises, putting programs on the different cruises for speakers to enjoy. In this episode, Jeremy dives deep into breaking through the barrier, moving your spirit, and moving things forward. He explains why you need an action plan to grow and succeed.

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Formulating An Action Plan For Success With Jeremy McDonald

We are excited, and she’s going to do the introduction because there’s a known relationship, which is important when somebody knows somebody first. There’s a certain report that’s built up. Everybody knows when you are doing an introduction, get five strong bullet points to let somebody know to introduce them who knows them. We do that onstage too. Sometimes, we’ll even switch up the MC because there’s an MC that fits better for that introduction because of the known relationship, but it is a great MC, and we are always looking for more.

You want to make sure that you can introduce anybody like they are your long-lost best friend. You cannot believe the information they have got apart, but always be honest from the heart. At least watch something, know them, or have a conversation with them because a lot of times you won’t. Have that visual of where they are going, and even maybe ask them, “Just tell me in a sentence. What’s your vision?” Without any further ado, I’m going to turn this over to Dawna Campbell for the most amazing introduction you’ve ever heard.

Thank you there, Michael. Jeremy, you are my long-lost friend. Who knew? I had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy several years ago on Spirit Heart Cruise. It was one of my first speaking events ever, and I was sharing a lot of what I did in the healing world. Jeremy and I connected, we hit it off, and we have known each other now for years.

It’s been a distinct pleasure knowing him and staying connected. Jeremy is a bestselling author of Peace Be Still is the title of his book. He is also a quantum healer, a mindset master coach, and a teacher for many years. He is a seminar and retreat leader. He’s also the creator and Founder of Spirit Heart Cruise, putting programs on the different cruises for speakers to come enjoy. He helps his clients through coaching, healing, and changing that inner story they are playing in their heads to find peace, achieve their goals and live an abundant life.

Welcome, Jeremy, to the show.

Thank you so much, Dawna and Michael. I appreciate it. Dawna, I did not know that was one of your first speaking gigs.

I know, and now I’m addicted. You’re responsible.

We call that the speaker’s bug.

Now they are like best friends. It’s about the relationships that we build. We do introductions because that’s part of how we get to know you too, and of course, we know you, Jeremy. We know a lot about you. Can you let us know something about yourself? There are so many ways to start the show. If you are out there doing a show. We do a lot of the training. You know that’s how we do that. It’s always good to find out something about somebody, but this is called a loaded question that nobody else knows, but be ready for whatever comes at you. Jeremy, go ahead. Tell us something about yourself that nobody else knows.

That is a loaded question. Thank you, Michael. Nobody’s ever stumped me before. Most people don’t know that I was a musician. I went on two tours of the United States in drum and bugle corps in 1992 in 1994 when I was 18 to 20 years old. That was probably one of the best experiences and brought me out of my shell from being a shy person. That’s something that a lot of people don’t know about me.

I have to ask which drum and bugle corps were you a part of?

I was part of the Magic of Orlando and the Suncoast Sound.

I’m familiar with Suncoast Sound, so how’s that?

Very cool. That’s awesome. That’s what drew me into it because of their music and what they do.

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Did you get to play in Disneyland? Not that we are plugging. Not that they are a sponsor.

Yes, I did. I did play at Disneyland.

How do I know this? I was part of The Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band. It was a professional band for the city and we did tours and marching, so I was in Hollywood. Christmas parade, we opened for Disneyland a couple of times, but we have performed exhibition style with drum corps, and we would travel the whole Rocky Mountain West and into Canada. The names are all interconnected in that world. Who knew?

What else do you need to know? They are playing music and lightening up people’s lives. That’s what it’s about. Jeremy, how did you get into the business you do?

It’s funny, I was a very shy teenager in my early twenties. Until my boss came up to me and said, “Do you want to go into training?” I was like, “Of course.” What’s one of the biggest fears in the world? Public speaking, right? He didn’t tell me that they were going to film me, VHS-style, speak so I’m shaking, but I got what it’s called The Trainer’s Bug.

Later on, I started doing leadership and sales development training. I loved inspiring people. About 2006, I had a huge awakening. I took a step out and said, “I’m going to do something I love,” and that’s motivational speaking. I’d already been doing corporate coaching and corporate speaking. I started doing the little spiritualist churches around the area. There’d be twenty people showing up and then grew from there. It is. As Dawna said, it’s a speaker’s bug. You love getting up there and inspiring people and serving people. Now, it’s been going on for years now.

What do you think is the most important thing that you teach your communities?

The most important thing to teach people is that there are more than they think they are. They have more potential than they think they have. They do that through a lot of things, like serving their community, because there’s a lot of joy that comes from serving your community. They get that from learning about themselves and shedding back the layers of self-doubt.

When you start doing that, things start changing in your life and you accomplish things that you never thought you could ever accomplish. Looking back at your life, you are like, “I did that.” When you think about it, 25 years for me, I looked back, and I’m like, “I was 23 years old 25 years ago.” When the corporate gig started, I was like, “I never thought of it coming this far.” I’d love to instill and share that with other people.

There were a lot of talks because we did a lot of the around the secret. There was the mindset, where we are moving, and how you get your mindset. How do you also create action within that? Once you break through the barrier, you move the spirit and get things moving forward. How do you create the action plans around it to make sure there is movement?

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Peace Be Still – A path to self-awareness, love, abundance, and harmony

One of the biggest thing is you have to start doing something. You, I, and Dawna practiced with this for years, and I called wishful thinking where you have the mindset up there, and you are like, “I’m thinking positive, but nothing is happening.” “It’s because you haven’t done anything.” The second stage of doing an action is starting to form a plan.

Some people will say, “Don’t form a plan because it’s going to change.” I’m like, “The future is dynamic and things do change.” At the same time, that’s what vision boards do. They start formulating what it looks like because we do a lot of cross purposing, or we are like, “I want to do this, but this. What about this? I want to do this, but I want to do this.”

I’m very fortunate for me. I was a time power trainer under Stephen Covey’s principles and stuff like that. I started out writing out my weekly, monthly, and yearly plan, and it’s not as hard as you think it is. It’s the formula for, “What do I want to accomplish over this next 2 or 5 years?” What you do is you break that down into smaller components, and then you start acting on them.

The cruise didn’t just start. We found Dawna Campbell because we were looking for people and we set a goal to start looking for speakers because we didn’t want to have Florida and Ohio. My partner emailed Dawna and reached out to her. That’s how she came into my life. If we hadn’t set a goal to get speakers, we wouldn’t have a cruise, and then it wouldn’t have manifested into what it was. We eventually had 126 people on a cruise ship in a conference room and it was a great experience.

When you are writing a book, some people say, “I’m going to write it.” That’s great, but you still at least write some bullet points of the path you would like it to be on. That’s the plan, and then you start acting on it. The channeling then can come through if you are one of those. You like to be inspired. When you are mixed with a bunch of chaos and not sure where to start, I can guarantee you the creativity is going to be limited and blocked, so you have to do something at least.

I saw something where somebody wrote the plan on a napkin. This lady is an author coach named Copy Kid. I watched her write it on a napkin. She goes, “It could be just that easy, but if you don’t have some actionable plan that you act on, then the energy of that movement is not going to move it like you want it to.”

The other side is we get so locked into our plans. We get so locked into, “I’m doing this.” The critical piece that sometimes we find being in this business for a year or two is, are they clear also on their vision? Do they even know where they are going? Sometimes you have that piece that you say, “I get your actions and what you are creating. You’ve got the block-out, but what’s the vision? What’s going to keep you moving forward no matter what?” Can you talk a little bit about that?

One thing is most people don’t even have a vision statement or anything. This statement is just one sentence. What is your overarching goal here? Mine is always about helping people overcome the stories that are blocking them towards their goals or dreams. Can I work on that vision? Of course, but at least it gives me something that I have an understanding of what I do.

When somebody asks me what I do, I work towards that and know how to sell it. You don’t even know how to pitch it to somebody or talk about it if you have no idea of what you are doing or have some type of goal. When we talk about the secret and the other way, the universe doesn’t know how to work for you if you don’t have a vision.

It’s like, “They were doing this, but now they are doing this. I’m confused, but we’ll figure it out eventually.” That’s what coaching is. They call it Cross-Purposing. If you are cross-purposing, you are going to have a lot of trouble with a quantum state of bringing things in. On a physical level, your mind doesn’t even know, and it’s not clear what it’s supposed to be doing.

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They know it’s doing a lot of work. I’m working 8 to 10 hours a day, but what am I accomplishing? The mind also has to feel like it’s accomplishing something every day, so it feels satisfied. You are right. Sometimes, the goals change, but if everything you are working towards the goal or the actual vision, you are going to have to start seeing some bigger results.

I love connecting with people, and that’s part of the reason why I do what I do and meet new people. Michael, you and I had a great conversation. It was only 15 to 20 minutes, but it was perfect, just having that connection with people. That’s part of my overall vision. Helping people with their story, but also part of that is to connect with people, so you have to be able to have that connection or be able to serve them.

Your vision is so incredibly important. As you said, it gives you the pathway, so you know the direction that you are going, share with us what the direction is. What is the future that you are going and moving towards?

I had to ask myself this a few years ago because I didn’t necessarily have a direction. I had all these things going on and I had to ask myself, “What is it that gets Jeremy up out of bed and makes him super excited?” It’s like a kid at Christmas walking around, looking at that Christmas tree, and seeing all those presents. It’s two things. 1) I love inspiring people, and 2) I love to travel and share. Those are the two things with as many people as possible.

Dawna, you and I had a conversation about those things the way you see yourself in five years. That doesn’t mean you don’t get in these moods or modes where you are like, “Is this workout?” Since it is COVID, I build conferences on cruise ships. COVID doesn’t exactly make me excited as far as my conferences on cruise ships. I had to cancel two of them.

There was a part of me where I was like, “Is this going to work?” I then went on a cruise and it was renewed because I was showing two of my best friends Chichén Itzá and the pyramids there, and I thought, “We have to renew our ideas.” Those two things are the major things in life that get me up out of bed and get me excited. I get super pumped about it. Why are your goals not moving towards that? If you were to ask me a question, “What do you see in a year?” I see myself sharing my love of travel and inspiring people to reach their goals to their fullest potential.

A quick story. I got asked by the Los Angeles Tribune to do a travel show. I’m going to be meeting with Natalie Forest about doing a travel show. I’m excited that her and Moe Rock were like, “Let’s do it.” That fulfills my need to travel and share that with people. The things then start lining up, and you start to see it. It’s not necessarily magical. Everything in secret is magical, and it has a lot of work that goes with it.

You have to work in the direction or whatever you are creating. Our audience, one thing they always ask, and there’s something that’s critical, is if this is the only show I ever read. This is the only show I have decided to ever read because I’m not just into sitting still. I want to listen to rock and roll. If I listened to Jeremy, what are three things that Jeremy could give me that I could put into action that would help propel my life, set my goals, my vision, or whatever it is? What are three things that I could take away from this show that I can use immediately?

What are the things that get you out of bed in the morning to get you super pumped? That’s one. The second, what’s blocking you from getting those, working towards this, and achieving that? Like what Dawna said, “Where do you see yourself in a few years?” Three, what are the actions you needed to take in order to do that? It doesn’t have to be overly complicated. It’s like, “What inspires you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What’s blocking you? What do I need to do in order to do it?”

You can then start creating the plan and vision and doing all those details around. If you don’t have those three things aligned or clear in your mind, then you are going to be where I was in 2006, looking at a mirror and saying, “I hate myself and my life.” I had to ask myself a question, “Why did I hate myself,” because I was living something that wasn’t true of myself or my authentic self. Those three very simple things will start driving you in the right direction and are actionable.

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Action Plan: One of the biggest positives of the cruise is you are building that community where people can enjoy themselves and have lifelong friends.


You use that word actionable. Sometimes, that fear means, “I got to do something.” Sometimes, “I have worked through my stuff.” That’s great, but I love that you were able to give them something so simple. We always say clear and concise. Make it clear and stop confounding everything. I’m reading this, I have got my three actionable things, I like you, you’ve played music, and this is awesome.

I have some rapport and connection. You are a mentor with the Mentor Studio. I’m getting on board with this whole mission. I have never gone on a cruise and a cruise just sounds like being stuck on a ship. Tell them why they should go on a cruise. Tell them why being on a cruise, especially with like-minded individuals, is so impactful.

Let me start out there, and I will do cruises. Dawna and Eric are going to Belize in October 2022, so that’s going to be fun. The other thing is that the cruise that I do are basically floating cities on the sea. They have a central park with trees, cafes, and coffee shops, and it’s not just the conference. They have tons of things. Trust me. You will not be bored. You don’t even feel like there are many people on the ship with you because it fits 6,000 people, but like I said, it’s a floating city on a ship. They are the largest cruise ships in the world.

We then take you on excursions at each port where we do things like the Mayan ruins and all that stuff. I usually have 14 to 15. With Dawna, I have nineteen speakers over those seven days. You’ll build community, which is the biggest thing. Dawna and I have made lifelong friends. Jason Kadlec is one of our closest friends that we met on the cruise. Lauren is another one that we met on the cruise. I met Lauren because of Dawna.

We all need community and people to think like-minded like us. One of the biggest positives of the cruise as you are building that community, and the same thing’s going to happen in Belize. We are going to build a community where people can enjoy themselves and have lifelong friends. That’s one of the most important things.

It is. They are looking for a community and like-minded people and also, people who would challenge and move them to the next level. I wanted to thank you for being on the show because it’s the information that I don’t know. It also gives people something to do when they drive. It gives them that ability to listen and be inspired, but you gave them three distinct things to do. Can you repeat those again in a nutshell? Also, what’s an easy way to connect with you?

The things that get you out of bed in the morning get you excited and pumped. You could talk about it all day long. One of the things that’s blocking you from those things and what are the actions you are going to take in order to do that or overcome those blocks and achieve those goals. Those are the very three simple things. Michael probably gave me my next book by asking you that question. You can get ahold of me on my website, StorytellingAlchemist.com, or you can find me on social media, Jeremy McDonald or Jeremy E. McDonald.

Everybody for the show, Jeremy is one of our mentors in the show, so you can easily find him there. He’s on the phone calls with us. He’s on the Monday calls. He participates, he helps, and he’s always being a service to everybody on that call. Jeremy, thank you again for being on.

Thank you so much.

It’s been awesome. Thank you for myself. Dawna, thank you again for hosting as usual. Great introduction and MC. For those of you, it’s about information, knowledge, moving forward, and being of service every day to those around you. Myself and Mary Glorfield want to thank everybody so much for reading. The next show will be coming up. It’s every week, so make sure that you check out the downloads of the show. Everybody, have a great day to everyone. Jeremy, thank you again, and we’ll see everybody on the highway and talk to everybody soon. Bye, everyone.


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About Jeremy McDonald

TMS 58 Jeremy | Action PlanAccomplished Spiritual Healer and teacher, Jeremy E. McDonald is a Reiki Master, EFT Practitioner, Theta Healing Practitioner, and Life Coach.

Jeremy has designed and delivered many workshops to assist individuals helping them find peace and joy in their lives. Looking from an inside soul perspective, they are able to overcome fears, alchemizing them into love.

With Jeremy’s Extensive experience spanning over 24 years, his clients find balance, peace, joy and true sublime self love .

Jeremy has a real affinity for the “Living Room Workshop.” But he is equally comfortable serving as Key Note Speaker for Expos, Colleges, Professional Conferences.


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