Hey, I'm Cody! So this is the part where I tell you about.... me. 

Growing up, I always knew there was a call on my life. Growing up in the Church, I can remember my grandparents friends telling me,

"Young man, when you grow up... you're going to change the world!"

Funny thing is, I believed them.

Now don't get me wrong, it's not been a road without potholes. From a pretty dark early childhood that led to a frustrating and misguided season of being a teenager, it wasn't until after high school that I was able to really step into finding myself and my confidence. You get it.

At 19, I stepped back into the Church after a 6 year absence. From there, it was on. I committed everything to my career. I traveled the country: speaking, influencing, leading, singing...  From 40 people to 40,000, I found a home on the stage and in leading others into their own victory. I was surrounded by the most influential names and artists in the evangelical church, a part of the conversation in how the Church moves forward into a new generation, but it didn't come without a price.....

I was lying: lost, frustrated and without hope. I was pushing myself through classes and courses to prove that I had the credentials and paper to "belong" in a community as a leader. It didn't matter that I was good at anything and everything. It didn't matter that I was charismatic and captivating. It didn't matter that I was successful. It didn't solve the problem that every morning I woke up feeling unworthy of anything I'd earned or been given.

I was lost. I was a victim. I blamed. I was depressed, anxious and drinking. A week after this photo was taken, an ambulance would be called to my home because I was convulsing on a bathroom floor after drinking a bottle of rum, just to numb the self-induced stress of trying to be all things to all people and feel useful.... my ex-wife was 39 weeks pregnant at the time... 

I wasn't TRYING to be this way. The pressure I put on myself to perform and nurture and "show up" for everyone, 24/7, left me anxious at night and needing something to put my mind at ease. The stress of being good at things left me overwhelmed with too many ideas and no clear direction. So, numb it.

The problem? Just like with anything... It's easier to get a bit out of control than to stay in control. 

I was lying. 
I was lying to you. 
I was lying to myself.

I was successful on the outside. I had it all. But it was masking the things inside of me that I thought the accolades and accomplishments would solve. 

That version of me died just over 3 years ago, and over those 3 years, I pushed through my own personal hell to come out the other side: stronger, focused, and successful. So, what happened to cause the change? Where did the pain convert to power?

Over the course of the first year:

I walked through a very public divorce.

I became a single parent. 

My younger brother went to prison. 

I buried 9 family members and friends in unrelated tragedies; including an 18-month old niece, my mentor and hero, my best friend of 17 years, and my little sister. 

I found myself dying in a hospital bed, septic and in complete adrenal/hormonal shutdown due to stress and anxiety of the above, all while trying to show up and play the pastor role. They called my family in because i wasn't supposed to make it.

I walked away from a 12 year career in the Church that no longer served the purpose and mission of my life. 

I started over.... 

And over the last two and a half years:
I redefined who I am, what I stand for, and the man I will become.
I honed my skillsets, leveled up with the right people, and now have 3 successful businesses. 

I confronted every demon and limiting belief in my life and cut them out at the root, cultivating an indestructible mindset.

I fought back, stacked on 30lbs of muscle, and became a warrior.

I found love and married my soul mate, Kala. 

I became the dad and bonus dad to two amazing little girls, Emie and Aubrey.

I live out the life that I'm proud to model for my son, Stetson.

I've become one of the most sought-after speakers in the country on how to turn your pain to power.

I've become one of the leading voices and coaches in helping success-minded visionaries find the purpose in their profits.

I've built a community of over 15,000 AMAZING men and women committed to their greatness through founding Embrace The Lion.

And yes, way more tattoos.
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