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Win Today with Christopher Cook

“Win Today” is a weekly podcast hosted by Christopher Cook, aimed at equipping modern, soulful, wellness-minded men and women to confidently show up each day, fully-alive in their true identity, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Join the conversation with world-renowned leaders, bestselling authors, and experts-in-field who will help you design your roadmap to wholeness from the inside out.
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Aug 4, 2021

For many people, stress, anxiety, and overwhelm are running full tilt right now. And as such, there's a common belief that there’s no way out. But this week, the founder of the Passion movement, Louie Giglio, joins us to talk about the root issue: the battle for your mind.

If you enjoy this episode with Louie, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

241: How to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork and the Benefits of Non-Achievement (feat. Michael Hyatt)

244: Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams on Checking In with Yourself, How to Not Live from Your Wounds, and Her Life-Threatening Battle with Depression

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Jul 28, 2021

This week, we're talking about anxiety; why we need to redefine it, and how to do exactly that. While mental health is complex, our culture has made anxiety into something it’s not. For the majority of people who face anxiety, the truth is simpler than we think: anxiety is an alarm. It’s a signal—nothing more and nothing less. Anxiety is simply our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. If we stop and listen, we can calm the alarm and move forward into healing and hope.

If you enjoyed this episode with John, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

151: Why Your Relationships Keep Failing and How to Find the Right People to Fuel Longevity in Life (feat. Dr. John Townsend)

212: How to Let Go of Guilt (feat. Valorie Burton)

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Jul 21, 2021

Somehow, the unthinkable happened in your life: job loss, infidelity in your marriage, the loss of a parent far too early in life, the betrayal of a friend.

Beyond the shock, grief and the sense of profound loss hits in an unpredictable way. And as we move through grief, not only does life change but we are changed in the process. And while a fatalistic view of life isn’t helpful or even hopeful, we cannot ignore the fact that in this life, we will experience loss and pain. And that’s what we’re going to explore with marriage and family therapist, Nicole Zasowski. Today’s focus isn’t about how to look on the bright side or how to search for the silver lining in the cloud. It’s how to leverage the unwanted pain in your life in a way that will lead you to emotional freedom and transformation.

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Jul 14, 2021

We're all infected with a spiritual disease. Its name is "shame." Whether we realize it or not, shame affects every aspect of our lives. In fact, shame causes us to hide. Yet God is not absent or separate from our hiding. He's with us in it. So why do we work so hard to believe He's not with us in our shame? Find out this week as we sit down with Dr. Curt Thompson, a renowned psychiatrist, whose insight on shame will help you identify your own pains and struggles and find freedom from the lifelong negative messages that bind you. It's time to embrace healing and wholeness as you discover and defeat shame's insidious agenda.

If you enjoyed this episode with Dr. Thompson, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

196: What You Need to Know about Trauma, and the Transformation from Trauma to Wholeness (feat. Dr. James Gordon)

201: Self-Medicating, Inner Healing, and the Abundant Life (feat. Carlos Whittaker)

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Jul 7, 2021

Living with an overshadowing feeling of guilt is exhausting. Guilt drives our decisions. Guilt is a source of distraction. And in relationships, guilt shows up as debt. How? Well, too often, we take far more responsibility than we should in a relationship. So, we may not have done something wrong, but we feel like we did, so we have to compensate. Today, we’re taking a thorough look at how to let go of guilt in your life with author, speaker, and coach, Valorie Burton, whose own relationship with guilt has given her both perspective and tools we need.

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Jun 30, 2021

This week on the podcast, Henry and Alex Seeley, pastors of "The Belonging Co." in Nashville are here to talk about the danger of deception and bitterness and core values that will shape your life. We'll also get under the hood of their personal journeys of risk and change, and what kept them anchored in truth and stability along the way.

If you enjoy this episode with Henry and Alex, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

203: Sam Collier on The Transformation of the Mind, Deciding to Not Be Defined By Your Past, and How to Realize Your Greater Story

205: What to Do When You’re Numb, Exhausted, and Doing Things that Don’t Matter (feat. Jon Tyson)

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Jun 23, 2021

There's no quicker way for you to lose focus and motivation in life than when you decide to live as a victim of your past. And the operative word here is "decide." This week, Anthony ONeal, host of "The Table," joins us to talk about dumping excuses, setting boundaries, and... how to stop living with a victim mentality.

If you enjoy this episode with Anthony, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

241: How to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork and the Benefits of Non-Achievement (feat. Michael Hyatt)

246: Christine Caine on Drifting in Your Purpose, Deconstruction, Irrational Fear, and Why She Almost Quit

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Jun 16, 2021

Three things that lead people to get married are often romantic attraction, sexual chemistry, and relational compatibility. Yet research shows that they do not predict future marital happiness and fulfillment. And in 1967, a study of college-age women found at 76% of women said they would marry someone if the man had every trait they were looking for, even if they didn’t feel “romantic love” toward him. In more recent research, 91% of women said, “absolutely not.” So, what’s the cultural shift? Well, this week, we're talking all things dating, marriage, compatibility, and conflict with Gary Thomas.

If you enjoy this episode with Gary, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

238: The Top Relationship Mistakes We Make that We Don’t Know We’re Making (feat. Dave and Ann Wilson)

230: Rejection in Relationships, Sexual Shame, and Why You Shouldn’t Kiss Dating Goodbye (feat. Kait Warman)

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Jun 9, 2021

Throughout life, most of us ask, "How did I get here?" And loaded in the question is often disillusionment and disappointment about the subtle drift we had no idea was taking place. This week, Christine Caine teaches that the only way you can have a wider reach of effectiveness in life is contingent upon the degree to which we are prepared to go deeper in our walk with God. Christine shares candidly about the process of breaking, crushing, and healing in her own life that is so necessary for anointing to flow through our lives as well.

If you enjoy this episode with Christine, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

239: Why Freedom Complicates Life, Avoiding Pain, and The Trap of Compartmentalizing Life (feat. Mark Clark)

231: Finding Happiness, Grief & Loss, and Why Your Scars Tell a Story (feat. Daniel Fusco)

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Jun 2, 2021

This week, one of my personal heroes is back on the show to talk all about healing the masculine soul. And that's John Eldredge. About today's conversation, he said, "I am here to tell you that you can get your heart back. But I need to warn you—if you want your heart back if you want the wound healed and your strength restored and to find your true name, you’re going to have to fight for it." This week, you're going to learn how to recover your true masculine heart, how to heal the wounds and trauma in your story, and how to delight in the strength you were created to offer the world.

If you enjoy this episode with John, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

202: Masculinity on Fire and How to Predict a Moral Failure Before It Happens (feat. Stephen Mansfield)

209: When You Feel Behind in Life and Need Transformation (feat. Morgan Snyder)

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May 26, 2021

This week, Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child is here, and we're talking about her never-before-told story of how, even amid enormous fame and success, she battled depression...and won. Michelle also shares powerful practices of checking in with yourself and how to not live from wounds of your past.

If you enjoy this episode with Michelle, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

221: The Soul of Shame and What Shame Does to You (feat. Curt Thompson, M.D.)

229: Anxiety: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How to Get Your Life Back (feat. Dr. John Delony)

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May 19, 2021

Learning how to discern God's voice is critical for life. But many people ask questions like, "How do I know it's God's voice" and "How do I know the difference between my intuition and the voice of the Lord? Will they be at odds with one another?" This week, Shawn Bolz, a respected voice around the world joins us to tackle this exact subject. If you've ever wondered how to hear God's voice for your life and for your purpose, today's conversation will help answer that question.

If you enjoy this episode with Shawn, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

218: Kris Vallotton on Unlocking Spiritual Intelligence that Will Transform Your Life

228: Gary Thomas on The One Habit that Will Change Every Area of Your Life (and Nine Ways to Get There)

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May 12, 2021

It's pretty obvious that words can cut and destroy. Words can heal. And words have the ability to establish a precedent for the affection and focus of your life. Most certainly, however, words spoken contain the power of life and death. This week, Caitlin Crosby, founder of "The Giving Keys," joins us to talk about the inherent power of words and the words that are presently forming her world. But then, in a raw and candid fashion, Caitlin pivots from this theme to talk about her journey through a new life of single parenting and what happens when shame knocks on the door of her heart.

If you enjoy this episode with Caitlin, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

214: Stop Hiding. Stop Playing Small. (feat. Sam Acho)

231: Finding Happiness, Grief & Loss, and Why Your Scars Tell a Story (feat. Daniel Fusco)

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May 5, 2021

In a recent survey of workers, 82% of the respondents said they are overworked. And this has resulted in high burnout rates. And in the United States alone, 43% of the respondents indicated that staff morale was low because they are overworked. To make matters more complicated, almost half or 49% have left their company because they felt overwhelmed by the amount of work. Not only is overworking detrimental to long-term wellness, it is addictive. Too many people wrap their overall self-worth and identity in their performance. But what if there was another way? What if you could learn to win at work and succeed in life? That's the conversation we're having with New York Times bestselling author and leadership development expert, Michael Hyatt.

If you enjoy this episode with Michael, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

190: Michael Hyatt on How to Live Your Life Driven by Vision

227: Flipping the Script of Your Life, Healing Burnout, and How to Win the Day (feat. Mark Batterson)

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Apr 28, 2021

Today’s conversation goes the distance on a necessary subject: pornography. Porn stimulates the brain like other addictive drugs and is hooking a generation. In fact, no one is immune to the destructive power of porn. It's waging war against personal purpose, health, and is destroying relationships. Joining us for this deep dive is Ted Shimer.

If you enjoy this episode with Ted, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

221: The Soul of Shame and What Shame Does to You (feat. Curt Thompson, M.D.)

192: Beat Sexual Addiction, Live Porn-Free, and Have Great Sex in Your Marriage (feat. Steve Arterburn)

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Apr 21, 2021

Some people don't want to be free because real, lasting freedom complicates life as we know it. And because Jesus brings with Him solutions to problems and empowerment to take responsibility for our own lives, that will introduce complications to the comfort of seeing life only through our limited paradigm. Freedom has a cost, but the payout will change your life and the lives of others. The question is whether or not you want to live in that freedom or stay trapped in ignorance of what is available to you. Mark Clark joins the conversation this week.

If you enjoyed this episode with Mark, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

226: Jamie Winship on Turning Chaos into Opportunity in Every Area of Your Life

233: The Cost of Holding Back in Life, Faking Positivity, and The Hidden Power of Writing Things Down (feat. Ally Fallon)

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Apr 14, 2021

One of the best pieces of advice I've ever been given, that I want to give to you, is to ask people for feedback about y our own blind spots. And this plays into every domain of life, from finances to personal growth, and especially to relationships. And that's exactly the target we're going to hit today: the top relationship mistakes we make that we don't know we're making. Dave and Ann Wilson join us today. In addition to being my pastors and leaders, they're the bestselling authors of Vertical Marriage and the hosts of the nationally syndicated radio program, Family Life Today. This is their space, and to be honest, I don't think anyone talks about it like they do.

If you enjoyed this episode with Dave and Ann, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

222: Lysa TerKeurst on Forgiving What You Can’t Forget

230: Rejection in Relationships, Sexual Shame, and Why You Shouldn’t Kiss Dating Goodbye (feat. Kait Warman)

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Apr 7, 2021

According to today's guest, New York Times Bestselling Author, Jon Acuff, overthinking isn't a personality trait. It's the sneakiest form of fear. It steals your time, your creativity, and your ability to achieve your goals. And when we don't control our thoughts, our thoughts control us. But the solution to overthinking isn't to stop thinking. This week, Jon Acuff is here to walk us through revolutionary and scientific principles to pump the brakes on overthinking and re-focus your energy in a healthier, more productive manner.

If you enjoyed this episode with Jon, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

232: Dr. Caroline Leaf on Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

227: Flipping the Script of Your Life, Healing Burnout, and How to Win the Day (feat. Mark Batterson)

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Mar 31, 2021

Surveying culture today, it's pretty obvious that we're an incredibly divided, isolated society. And one of the resounding themes in this postmodern era has been around the search for truth. Why does this matter? What's at stake? Freedom, actually. Jesus said, "And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free." Joining us today for this pivotal conversation is lead singer and founder of the 12-time platinum-selling band, Skillet, John Cooper.

If you enjoyed this episode with John, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

208: Lisa Bevere on The Cure for Systemic Fear and How to Experience Longevity in Life

213: Lecrae on Discovering Your True Self After Trauma, Plastic Platitudes, and His Untold Story of Restoration

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Mar 24, 2021

A lot of times in life, we miss what's right in front of our eyes, not because we don't see it, but because we don't slow down to notice and invest. Renowned comedian Michael Jr. joins the podcast to teach us, through comedy, how he has learned to get out his own way, ask better questions, and flip the focus of his own life in such a way that his talents, abilities, and influence with others has experienced a remarkable uptick. And he'll teach you how to do the same.

If you enjoyed this episode with Michael, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

216: It’s Time to Beat Cynicism, How to Wake-Up, and What Cancel Culture is Really Destroying (feat. Harris III)

219: John Bevere on Why People Don’t Fully Develop Their God-Given Potential (And How to Multiply Yours)

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Mar 23, 2021

Join host Christopher Cook for a conversation about your emotional, spiritual, and physical health, your relationships, and essentially how to live a life of wholeness in your true identity. That kind of life is courageous, focused, overcoming, authentic, and vulnerable. And each week, we'll be joined by world-renowned leaders, bestselling authors, experts-in-field, and even friends, who will share their stories, their struggles, and their strategies for life, as if we were sitting down for coffee or dinner with them. You'll walk away from each conversation with takeaways and lessons for your everyday life.

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Mar 17, 2021

Words are powerful. Even when they aren't true, they can begin to shape our perceptions of ourselves and the decisions we make. Yet the only labels that really matter to this generation are the ones with which God originally designated us. Today, we're talking about breaking negative labels and redefining your life with our guest, Arden Bevere.

If you enjoyed this episode with Arden, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

214: Stop Hiding. Stop Playing Small. (feat. Sam Acho)

217: Living-Out Your True Identity in a World of Flimsy Secular Humanism (feat. Chip Ingram)

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Mar 10, 2021

You'll only make progress in life to the extent you have discipline in a specific area of life. What that means for all of us is that there are potentially undisciplined areas of our lives that are holding us back. And the scary part is that we might not be aware that we are holding ourselves back from making progress in life. Well, today, author Ally Fallon joins the conversation with you and me, and together, we're going to learn how the simple, yet layered practice of writing things down will produce huge gains for us in the short-term and in the long-term.

If you enjoyed this episode with Ally, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

227: Flipping the Script of Your Life, Healing Burnout, and How to Win the Day (feat. Mark Batterson)

232: Dr. Caroline Leaf on Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

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Mar 3, 2021

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a swamp of destructive, negative thoughts that eventually make you physically sick? Toxic thoughts, depression, anxiety–the things that create a “mental mess” are frequently aggravated by a chaotic world and sustained by an inability to manage our runaway thoughts. But we shouldn't settle into this mental mess as if it's just our new normal. There's hope and help available to us–and the road to healthier thoughts and peak happiness may actually be shorter than you think. That’s the conversation we’re having this week with a friend and personal hero, Dr. Caroline Leaf.

If you enjoyed this episode with Dr. Leaf, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

211: Healing Old Wounds, Generational Trauma, and the Roots of Depression (feat. Dr. Christopher Motley)

218: Kris Vallotton on Unlocking Spiritual Intelligence that Will Transform Your Life

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Feb 24, 2021

This week, we're talking about how to find true happiness, even amidst grief and loss, and why your scars tell a story for others to hear. What does it mean for scars to tell a story? Quite obviously, they are evidence that a collision with difficulty led to their appearance. And while we aren’t usually excited about what led to the scars, we can look back and see the Lord’s faithfulness.

And there is the story; it’s the testimony of His promise to never leave. And that leads us to a shared desire: a desire to live happy lives. But after trying to make things happen by our own efforts, we often have a nagging feeling that our lives just aren’t what they should be. So, we try to live better. We try to make adjustments to avoid future pain and loss. But with every attempt, we continually find ourselves not quite there, right? So, what are we to do? Find out this week in our conversation with Daniel Fusco.

If you enjoyed this episode with Daniel, I'm sure you'll also enjoy:

222: Lysa TerKeurst on Forgiving What You Can’t Forget

224: How to Stay in the Fight, Choose Hope, and Reject the Lies (feat. Hannah Brencher)

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