Winning the Now: Being Present Amidst Life's False Sense of Urgency with Dr. Eric Recker - Cari Kenzie

Episode #7Winning the Now: Being Present Amidst Life’s False Sense of Urgency with Dr. Eric Recker

Cari Kenzie 21 September 2023

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Podcast Description:

Hey there, you beautiful souls!

Have you ever felt that constant nagging in the back of your mind, urging you to do more, be more, achieve more? That’s what we’re diving into today on the Curiosity. Clarity. Empowerment. podcast.

I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Eric Kroeker, a man of many talents – from dentistry to mountain climbing, and now, a published author. His book, “The False Sense of Urgency and How to Win the Now,” touches on a topic that many of us can relate to. That constant push and pull between wanting to achieve and the need to find presence in our lives.

During our chat, Eric shared his personal journey from being bullied as a child to becoming a high achiever, and how that drive led him to moments of burnout. But it was during the pandemic, in the quiet moments of reflection, that he found his true calling. He speaks about the importance of being present, not just for ourselves but for those around us, and how to find those “aha” moments in the stillness.

One of my favorite parts of our conversation was when Eric delved into the concept of his book. What is this “false sense of urgency” he talks about? And how does it tie into “winning the now”? Trust me; you’ll want to hear his insights on this! If you’ve ever felt like you’re constantly racing against the clock, or if you’ve struggled with finding contentment amidst the chaos, this episode is for you. Eric’s wisdom and experiences serve as a beautiful reminder that sometimes, the most profound moments come when we pause, reflect, and truly live in the present.

Ready to dive in?

Hit play and join us on this enlightening journey. And remember, life’s short, and every moment is precious. Let’s learn how to #WinTheNow, together!



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Episode Minute By Minute Breakdown:

  • 0:15 Get to know Dr. Eric! A look inside today‚Äôs episode
  • 03:53 – Pandemic and Burnout: Eric discusses how the pandemic hit him hard, leading to a period of burnout. He talks about how he had never had discretionary time before and how he committed to spending 30 minutes a day in quiet.
  • 7:15 – 4:38 – The Power of Journaling: Eric shares that during the eight weeks his dental practice was closed due to COVID, he spent time in quiet and began journaling. This led him to discover a message he felt the world needed to hear.
  • 9:01 – The Birth of ‘Win the Now’: Eric talks about how the concept of “Win the Now” came to him during his quiet time. He explains that he always took on big projects and that “Win the Now” became a new metric for him to measure his day.
  • 17:45 – False Sense of Urgency: Eric and Cari discuss the false sense of urgency that plagues high achievers. Eric describes it as a background angst that keeps the mind continuously running.
  • 27:33 – Being Present: Cari and Eric talk about the importance of being present, not just for oneself but also for those around them. Eric emphasizes the need to take care of oneself to be fully present for others.
  • 30:49 – Small but Significant Changes: Eric talks about making small but significant changes in life. He believes these are not earth-shattering but are crucial for personal growth.
  • 31:45 – The Power of Presence: Cari discusses how being present allows for moments of inspiration and “ahas.” She emphasizes the importance of giving your brain the space to breathe.

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