All posts by Deeper Connections

Doing Productive Work in Non-Traditional Settings – Ep015

Working remotely has many benefits, but it can take some thought, adjustment, and practice to do it well.

Technology now enables us to do many different kinds of work from just about anywhere. And circumstances sometimes make it necessary for us to work from home or from somewhere other than the traditional workplace.

Although working away from the office sounds like a great idea, it can also carry its share of challenges. There are good reasons why people gather to do work, and many of those positive group dynamics are absent when you’re working remotely.

In this episode, Ralph and Kimberly discuss some of the unique challenges that arise when working away from a traditional workplace, and explore strategies for being productive wherever you are.

Preserving the Value of Trust in Your Life – Ep008

Trust requires time and effort to establish, and is well worth everything you put into building and maintaining it.

Trust contributes immeasurably to your connections and interactions. Whether in a marriage, a business, or any other kind of relationship, trust enables progress to proceed more quickly, robustly, and sustainably.

Although it can be advantageous in the short term to betray trust, once trust has been lost it is almost impossible to re-establish. Although trust has great value, we can’t simply grant our trust to just anyone.

In this episode, Ralph and Kimberly look at various ways that trust can be built, and at behaviors that could cause people to lose trust in you in ways you may not have considered.

Redirecting Energy For Positive Outcomes – Ep007

You can’t anticipate or control what kind of energy will be aimed in your direction. What you can do is redirect it toward positive purpose.

Some people you deal with are going to be negative toward you. When that happens, you might feel a strong urge to reflect that negativity back to them. But you have a much better choice. You can intentionally point that energy in whatever direction you desire.

You have the power to transform what feels like a confrontation into a positive, cooperative experience. Someone else’s negativity toward you is more about that other person than it is about you. Instead of echoing and amplifying that negativity, you can seize the opportunity to practice patience and grace, improving the quality of the interaction as well as its outcome.

In this episode, Kimberly and Ralph discuss several examples of potentially negative encounters, and look at strategies for redirecting energy to create positive outcomes.

Getting Beyond Being Offended – Ep004

Conflicting ideas & differing perspectives can lead to growth & connection rather than conflict & manufactured drama.

A lot of people put a lot of energy into taking offense at what others say and do. This can make you feel you have to walk on egg shells whenever you interact with anyone, to avoid possibly offending them.

But are all those offending words, actions and ideas really so offensive? Or is the drama of being offended really more of a way to avoid the hard work of finding common ground?

In this episode, Ralph and Kimberly reflect on how you can let go of the need to be offended, the desire to always prove you’re right, and the worry about what others think of you. 

It’s easier than you might think to rise above the feckless game of being offended. When you do, you free yourself to create robust, authentic relationships, find common ground, and get good work done. You’ll enable yourself to successfully connect with people of widely differing perspectives, and create positive outcomes for everyone involved.


Take Responsibility For Your Creativity – Ep003

Taking responsibility for your own creativity will empower you with newfound freedom.

People often feel like responsibility locks them down & prevents them from doing other things that are more desirable.

But, the truth is that when you commit to living a creative life, you accomplish the things you desire most – whether that be writing a book, learning to play guitar or having a great marriage or business.

No one else can create the life you wish to live, the dreams you wish to fulfill, or the accomplishments you wish to achieve. Only you can bring  your creative thoughts into the world as tangible pieces of art & unique ways of living.

Take responsibility for your creativity as an expression of your whole self. Listen as Ralph & Kimberly share ideas & give practical guidance on living a creative life in this episode.

How To Reconnect When You’re Not Feelin’ It – Ep002

How do you reconnect when you’ve lost your groove?

Life can be that way for all of us! And, in this episode, it’s Ralph. He’s not feeling very creative or connected. Can you relate?

Then, tune in as Ralph & Kimberly work their way back to a sense of connectedness, joy, creativity, productivity & purpose all within a very short span of time using tools that will work for you, too, when you’re feeling out of sorts.

It helps to remember that everyone, no matter how creative or successful they may be, goes through periods when they just can’t seem to get into the flow of life. One small shift can change the whole day,  so you can reclaim your energy & get you back to living on purpose.


Why You Need Deeper Connections – Ep001

Why deeper connections?

In a world of hyper connectivity, many people feel more disconnected than ever.

The Deeper Connections Podcast is our way to help people feel more connected to themselves, to one another & to the world at large.

Ralph Marston, publisher of The Daily Motivator, has spent 24 years offering daily encouragement & positive thoughts to people all over the world. The Daily Motivator hit the web in 1995, before Google, YouTube, & Facebook.

Ralph was intrigued by using technology to provide people with resources & assistance in connecting with their best possibilities. His email subscription service is proof that people want more positive, empowering resources because what started as a hobby became a full-time job within 5 yrs.

Ralph has been committed to keeping his Daily Motivator messages brief, so his subscribers can easily find motivation for living a purposeful & positive life on a daily basis. That brevity, however, has been somewhat frustrating because of his desire to go deeper into the topics of his messages.

Enter the Deeper Connections Podcast! A solution for reaching people on a deeper & more meaningful level.

Ralph recently reconnected with family friend, Kimberly Cain, & they found that they both have a passion for offering support & encouragement to people from all walks of life.

Kimberly is an artist, musician/songwriter, author, & a Certified High Performance Coach / Remo Drums HealthRhythms Facilitator. She uses music as a tool to help people connect to their joy & purpose. Speaking to diverse audiences about living fully & passionately, she regularly meets people who feel a lack of creativity & connectedness. There are so many tools at our disposal, but we need each other to reap the rewards that life has to offer. We need deeper connections.

A few notes from the first episode of the Deeper Connections Podcast:

We’ve seen a need for more meaningful relationships between people in business, education…all areas of life. Even in every day encounters, like shopping at the grocery store.

Music helps people connect because it goes to places within us that words cannot. When people have difficulty communicating, music can bridge the gap.

We’re all capable, effective & powerful on our own, but when we pair & group with others, the possibilities grow exponentially.

It can be very exciting to work synergistically with others & to experience the way the Collective Consciousness reaches all of us.

Ralph hears from a lot of readers of The Daily Motivator that they feel alone in the world & they appreciate the encouragement in his writings. There’s a lot of loneliness in the world & people feel disconnected from their own values, spirituality, desires, & from other people.

We often seek out ways to avoid connecting with others! We’ve become very efficient at conducting transactions, but often at the expense of our relationships.

We have to learn to be thankful for what we have, so we don’t lose it. What we have has been built, not just by us, but by many who have gone before us, over generations of relationships.

It pays to be thankful & grateful! Actively seeking out those within your web of connection brings a great deal of value to your life.

What do you make of Collective Consciousness & Collective Unconsciousness? Are you actively using your built-in intuition? There are things you just know. So much is coded into your DNA. We’re more deeply connected to one another than any of us realize. Conscious awareness of this can be powerful guidance for our lives.

This podcast is dedicated to helping all of us become more deeply & richly connected.

Thanks for connecting!
~ Ralph & Kim