#002 | May 29, 2017 – What do you want?

Hello, everyone. Today is May 29, 2017. My name is Sam Song and Welcome to the Beautiful Future Podcast.

On the last episode, which in fact was the first episode, I shared how my overthink kept me stuck from actually recording that episode. I mean it took me about two weeks? Maybe a little more to get the first episode out.

You know I shared a little about how I got caught up and distracted by all the wrong metrics and even the best practices I learned online really slowed me down. And now that’s behind us, let’s move on. Let’s keep exploring.

We closed out the last episode with a simple contemplative exercise where I guided you through a visualization of what your beautiful future could be. I know for some of you, it may have been to meditative or too contemplative, but actually, it’s pretty good exercise to do regularly.

If you haven’t done so already, stop this episode right now, go back to episode #001 and run through the exercise yourself. Don’t worry, I’ll wait right here.

Hey welcome back to those who went back to episode #001 to do the exercise and here you are back again. And for those that feel like, eh, I don’t need it, that’s fine as well, because we can just continue along.

So that visualization exercise of what the beautiful future could be, I do that pretty regularly. Probably about once a month. I try not to linger there too long.

I have this thing I do, where I spend 10% of my energy thinking about the future, 10% of my energy remembering my past, but 80% of my energy usually just focused on the here and now.

But this exercise is really helpful because it gives me just enough hope to keep motivated, to keep pursuing that beautiful future.

And my hope is that as you continue to visualize and think about what the future could be, it too will keep you going.

For the next series of episodes, I felt like I needed to share with you a tool I created called “The Four Seasons”. It was inspired by Joseph’s Campbell Hero’s Journey. Back in the days when I was in film school at San Diego State University, I took a whole semester studying this Hero’s journey.

And as I reflected back on my life, and in the last seven years, there has been ups and downs. I have transformed over and over and over again. I mean the man I was in high school. The man I was in college. The man I was as a young adult. The man I was as a filmmaker. The man I became as a Pastor. The man I became as a husband and a father. The man I became as an entrepreneur. And now the man who is here making this podcast, the thing that I noticed was that I kept leveling up. I kept becoming a better version of myself.

And this cycle always begins with the sense of discontent. Some would call it the small whisper or the calling or this thing in the world that you really desire. Whether it’s a desire for yourself, a desire for others, or a desire you want to see for the world, it always starts with this kind of itch. This dream that continues to slowly percolate in your soul.

And that is what I call Winter.

So if you want to imagine with me, imagine a clock. There is 12 o’clock up top and 6 o’clock at the bottom. And so from 12-3, that quadrant is called Winter. From 3-6, that quadrant will be called Spring. From 6-9, that quadrant is called Summer, and from 9-12, would be the quadrant I call Fall.

And so right now, I am in the middle of Winter. Where I feel like there is this thing that needs to be brought forth into the world. And usually, when I do this, in the Cohorts and Coaching that I do, the simple question is

“What is it that you want?”.

For some, this may really feel like, you just want to be inspired, you want to, you feel like there is definitely something more, and you just wonder what that thing is.

But it always begins with this simple question.

“What is it that you want? What are you looking for?”

And so, spend the next few days thinking about that. And I would love to hear, “what it is that you want?”.

I would love to be apart of your journey. Maybe I might be one step ahead or I maybe one step behind, but I believe that we can journey together as we really begin to explore what the beautiful future could be.

And so thanks for listening. Subscribe if you haven’t done so already. Or you can visit, thebeautifulfuture.com to find out more about our journey together.

#001 | May 24, 2017 – Let’s Go!

Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath.
Remove the noise in your mind.
Clear the clutter in your soul.
Take another breath.

Now imagine with me… the future.
What is it that you see?
Is it beautiful?

Open your eyes.

Are you ready?

Let’s Go!

Hello Everyone. Today is May 24, 2017. My name is Sam Song and Welcome to The Beautiful Future Podcast.

The past couple of weeks has been rough for me. It’s been hard trying to produce this first episode.

You see I got lost in the clutter of all the advice, all the best practices, and the blog post, and other podcasts telling me what not to do, what to do, what mic to buy, how often to post, “you need to find your voice”. There are just so much stuff out there telling you how to create a podcast.

And I was overwhelmed.

So last night I decided to take a long slow walk to clear my head. And I must’ve walked for about an hour. And at the end of it all, I came to this realization.

I was overthinking it.

You see, I created this podcast because I wanted others to join me on this personal, this intimate, this contemplative journey as I explored what the future could be because I really felt compelled to create it today.

And yet, I kept getting lost and distracted by the idea of how do you create a “successful” podcast. I started thinking about the wrong metrics. I started thinking about “how many downloads can I get?”, “how do I scale this?”, “how do I build a platform and an audience?”. I started focus on the destination rather than the journey.

So I decided to just pull the trigger and record this first episode of The Beautiful Future Podcast because I just needed to get started.

And my hope is that I will be able to share on a regular basis, the stories and conversations I have through out the week, and even the questions that rise out of my curiosity, and the insights I glean from wisdom of the people I encounter.

The framework and length of these episodes will not be determined by some best practice, but it will be determined by what the story requires.

And my goal with these podcasts, is not only to document, but to inspire you to move. To travel with me on this journey, to move from the status into a world where we will be transformed.

So it you are ready, Let’s begin.


#000 | May 6, 2017 – “The Beautiful Future” Coming Soon

A couple of years ago, I had a moment. And this moment was simply a question that arose from my curiosity. The question was,

“What would the future look like if I choose to see it as beautiful?”.

And since then, I have been on this journey of exploring what the beautiful future could be. And two years later, I am at this threshold with an answer.

“I don’t know.”

And so my name is Sam Song, and welcome to The Beautiful Future Podcast. This podcast was created to so I can invite others on this journey with me, to explore what The Beautiful Future could be, in order to create it today.

So I invite you to follow along, subscribe to this podcast, and listen in to the stories and conversations with others who are exploring this beautiful future with me.

And the end goal is, for us to create it together.

Thanks for listening. Stay tuned. We will see you soon. Bye.