Mike McKeown is a licensed professional counselor who has been encouraging, supporting, and helping people on their journeys for over ten years. Specializing in anxiety and depression, Mike has learned a great deal about the things that can hold people back. One of his greatest pleasures has been helping people leave those problems behind and step into the destiny that is meant solely for them.
Mike’s philosophy is that each person has a set of skills and talents that leads him or her to a specific plan for life. No one else can step into that plan. In other words, you have a destiny and a purpose that only you can achieve. Others can try to walk your path, but you are the only one who can succeed and make it work. And once you are walking that path, powerful things can take place. There’s less stress, more focus, and you can begin to see the changes occurring in your life. Mike loves helping people to find their purpose, take that path, and then step into the divine plan that has been created solely for them.
With encouragement, support, and guidance that people can apply in their everyday circumstances, Mike helps audiences stop ‘just living’ or ‘barely holding on.’ Instead, with his help, they can move into that dynamic area of life that is filled with satisfaction, productivity and best of all, results!
Mike's upcoming book Finding Your Why will help you find your purpose in life. Once you discover your "why" you can more easily create achievable goals, make steps toward those goals, and get more personal and professional satisfaction from life.
Finding Your Why's release date is TBA.
Message Topics and Descriptions . . .
- Can Anxiety Be Good For You? Did you know that certain levels of anxiety can actually be beneficial? It’s true. Some anxiety can be good, helpful, and even push you to be better. During this session, Mike helps the audience discover the difference between good and bad anxiety. Once that is established, he then presents steps to relieve unhealthy anxiety levels through easy, simple, techniques. It’s time to take control of your thoughts so they don’t control you.
- How Bad Can It Be? Everyone gets stressed at work, don’t they? But vocational stress happens when we are met with unexpected responsibilities and pressures that don’t line up with our skill set, knowledge, or even our expectations. Even though stress is a part of our daily vernacular, it’s not something to be taken lightly. When it builds, stress can affect you in far more than just the physical. It can have long term psychological, emotional, and mental ramifications. Mike helps you separate the unhealthy anxiety and get it out of the way so you can succeed.
- How to Handle Daily Stressors: In today’s world, we’re pulled in many directions at once. We have responsibilities at home and at work, and sometimes it’s all too much. The first step in managing stress is recognizing it in your life. You may get angry or irritable, lose sleep, or have headaches or stomach upset. What are your signs of stress? Once you know what signals to look for, that’s when you can start to manage it.
- Depression: When you’re depressed, the tendency is to withdraw and isolate. Even reaching out to close family members and friends can be difficult. Mike helps the audience learn how to step out of the dark pit of depression and begin to see the light.
- Finding purpose: The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born and the day you discover your purpose. So many of us walk through life longing to find what we were created for, but we just aren’t sure how to get there. If you want to wake up in the morning and jump out of bed excited about life, finding your purpose may just be the driving force you need.
- Living with disability: Adjusting to life with a disability or debilitating illness can be a difficult transition. Health is one thing that people usually tend to take for granted – until the moment it’s gone. At that point, it’s all too easy to sit and obsess over what we’ve lost. Though you can’t go back in time to change your health or wish away your limitations, you can change your view and this can change your future.
- Forgiveness: When you’ve been hurt or betrayed, do you find it difficult to forgive? Forgiveness is an issue that both Christians and non-Christians struggle with often because it is misunderstood. Mike helps you work through the hurt and then the healing that comes once you are able to forgive.
- Conflict resolution: Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship. No matter how well you get along with someone, no one agrees on everything, all the time. The key here is not to avoid conflict but to learn how to resolve it in a healthy way. Whatever the cause of disagreements or disputes, learning these skills for conflict resolution can help your relationships actually get stronger through the conflict.
"The Lost Art of Manliness"
A Blog Posted on Aug 7, 2017 by Mike McKeown
Recently, Mattel released a new version of the Ken doll. In this update, Mattel went to great lengths to be more inclusive and in doing so, they incorporated several different races, skin tones, and hair color. That is definitely long overdue. But somewhere along the way, one vital element was overlooked. What struck me immediately about Barbie’s long-time companion was how un-masculine each of the models looked. Each meticulously detailed and painted face, designed by incredibly talented artists, seemed to lack the characteristics that made them look…well…like men.
So what do Ken dolls show us about the overall picture of men in society? Well, what began as an effort to achieve equality for women appears to have deteriorated into an all-out war on men. Collateral damage in this cultural showdown seems to be almost everything pertaining to the classic ideal of what it means to be male. The lines separating men and women seem to be blurring more every day. With manliness taking a beating, the idea of the “real” man is, for future generations, almost unrecognizable.
Though many are only just recognizing the impact of this paradigm shift, it might surprise you to realize that this turn actually began a lot earlier than you might think. Looking at history, you can see three phases leading to the current cultural status.
First, the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries took men away from the home. This economic and societal explosion, though great for our country, removed fathers from the home. This created a void for an entire generation of young sons left at home. It ended up distancing these future men from their paternal role model during the vital formative years. According to the Art of Manliness, “The number of books mentioning manhood begins to precipitously rise during the 1820s, and then begins to tumble around the turn of the 20th century. These dates also roughly parallel the timeline of the Industrial Revolution.” *
The second phase was the feminist revolution which took root in the 1950s and 60s. This movement pushed back against authority of every kind. Business, government, and schools all became the enemy and as such, were labeled The Man. So at this point, it became the ‘cool’ thing to battle The Man. In doing this, we found society slowly chipping away and degrading manliness as a whole. With this message sweeping the country, there also grew an insistence on androgyny, or sameness, between men and women.
The third, most easily recognizable phase, was the sexual revolution. This began in the late 60’s, bloomed in the 70’s, and exploded in the 80’s. Part of this is due to the invention of the birth control pill, which gave women far more freedom over their own lives and sexual choices. It also removed the moral boundaries in sex and with this, we began to see a greater society of promiscuity and subsequent divorce.
For myself, I began to notice the decline while watching the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. In the show, the main character, Ray Romano, is portrayed as a loveable idiot. Throughout the course of every episode, Ray really has no real idea of what’s going on around him. This means he frequently screws something up and of course, he tries to hide it from his wife. An overarching theme of the show is that his wife is the ‘real’ parent and Ray is simply another kid in the family. This is only one example. If you look across television and film in recent years, there are very few fathers that are represented on television as masculine, let alone capable.
In the past few decades, we seem to have stopped being concerned with the entire concept of what it means to be a man. There are no more rites of passage into manhood, few books on the topic exist, and mentors appear to have vanished. Society offers no concrete ideals anymore as to what it is to be a man. We might offend people or make some segment of the population feel left out and we most certainly cannot do that! So young boys are left to their own devices when it comes to determining what it is to be a man. Without the guidance of previous generations, along with the concept of manliness being changed by society, it should come as no surprise that the new Ken dolls have begun to look so……unmanly.
*Borrowed from the Art of Manliness website.