JP Sears is an author, a life coach, and an internet comedian. He is known for his satirical parodying video series and his satirical book entitled How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12-1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I grew up in a small town, Bowling Green, OH. My childhood was a collage of different experiences, some great and others painful. On the great side, I excelled at sports and was pretty obsessed with them when I was younger. On the painful side, family instability, my parents splitting apart and getting back together multiple times effected me more than I could comprehend at the time. I went pretty numb as a way of dealing with the pain that I didn’t know how to deal with.

A great consequence of the painful side is that making people laugh, becoming a comedian in school, is one of the ways that I dealt with pain inside.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I wish I would’ve realized that I don’t have to have it all figured out. I also wish I knew that I’ll never have it all figured out, but THAT’S OK. That would’ve saved me buckets of stress, anxiety, and insecurity and helped me find more peace riding the wave of mystery in life earlier.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

In the online world, I hear people preaching about strategies for growing an online presence all the time. I think delivering value, developing and sharing one’s gifts trumps “strategies” by a mile when it comes to growing an online presence.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it
and what you learned from it?

In my late teenage years I was very emotionally disconnected. It’s fair to say that I felt pretty lifeless a lot of the time and even depressed. Finding a mentor, a man named John McMullin, was the key for helping me come out of it. He’s a coach that helps people heal and step into their inner power. A monumental lesson from the experience is that being connected to my emotions, even if they’re uncomfortable, always strengthens me. Disconnecting from my emotions robs me of my power.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success
so far?

I take risks on a regular basis. I do things that scare me, yet I feel my fears and do them anyway. In my opinion, doing things that scare you is the biggest facilitator of growth we’ll ever find.

What is your morning routine?

I typically wake up at 6:30am. After bathroom activities, I make coffee, write my list of priorities for the day, do 10-min of yoga, 10-min of meditation, then take a 20-min walk while listening to a podcast (Tim Ferriss, Aubrey Marcus, and Joe Rogan are some of my favorites). Then I’m into an hour of creative time, which is typically the initiation into my work day.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Doing things that scare me and make me uncomfortable (yet are purposeful).

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

I write a list of my priorities each morning. That helps me understand what MY priorities are that help me fulfill my purpose. When I don’t do that, I can fall into the trap of prioritizing other people’s priorities.

Batching emails and texts is vital to me as well. Being reactive to my phone or email pulls me out of my power of focusing on my priorities.

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

I’ll do one of three things. I’ll either meditate for a quick 5-minute session, jump in a cold shower for a minute, or do a workout. I find any of these three serve as a nice pattern interrupt to break the psychological tension that’s holding me in a disempowered place.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

The book that’s slapped me across the heart in the most impactful way has been Conversations With God, Book 1, by Neale Donald Walsch. It helped empower me to start seeing things differently than they appear. It also helped me learn to trust deeper feelings and my own perspectives that I had spent most of my life treating like second class citizens.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

Nothing is as it seems. I think solutions to challenges, fulfillment, and happiness tend to be found when we look under the obvious. In other words, being open to a bigger truth and perspective than the way my own finite perspective interprets the world bears a lot of fruit.