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The Next Level with Jeff Agostinelli

Each week we’ll bring you a new episode with an EXCEPTIONAL entrepreneur, author, thought leader, speaker or leader in their field. The goal of The Next Level Podcast is to inspire and educate by extracting key lessons from those who have already been there. Each week our special guest will gift you a download, secret, tip or strategy to help YOU get to The Next Level.
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Aug 21, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/089

With all the stress and distraction that comes with our modern lifestyles, it's becoming increasingly important to have a variety of tools at our disposal to reduce the feeling of stress and access more confidence on demand.

My guest today has a series of books outlining strategies to do exactly that... in one minute.

Tony Wrighton is an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Trainer and Master Practitioner. His self-development audiobooks have sold over 100,000 copies and have been Top 10 bestsellers on iTunes in many countries around the world. In addition to his work as an NLP coach, Tony has been a TV and radio presenter on Sky Sports since 2006. He is a regular on Sky Sports News HQ, and also the regular presenter of Golfing World. He hosts a roster of other sports on Sky Sports channels 1-5.

He is the host of top-rated podcast Zestology, interviewing a wide range of experts in the field of health and personal development, and having lots of fun along the way. He regularly appears as a guest on other shows talking about energy, vitality, and motivation.

Today we'll unpack some of Tony's strategies for how to Relax In A Minute and how to have Confidence In A Minute.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Skills for dictating our mood, getting more out of ourselves, and managing our lives.
  • How we can use the technique of anchoring to improve our levels of concentration.
  • Strategies for developing more confidence.
  • How to enhance our storytelling and influence by appealing to our visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses.
  • Ways to utilize past memories to improve our current mood.
  • The benefits of expressing our goals based on emotions and personal fulfillment, instead of using specific metrics.
  • How we can use negative persuasion to ignite our motivation.
  • and so much MORE…
Aug 14, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/088

There's no doubt that the mindful use of language can be soothing for our emotional state and those we speak with. My guest today began to synthesize her system of Conscious Communications with one major goal at her collection agency... to have the person on the other end of the phone happier.

Mary Shores tested this system in an environment where people naturally get defensive and emotional. This really speaks to the effectiveness of Conscious Communications in helping diffuse potentially charged conversations.

Mary Shores is the founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar business, one of the most unique collection agencies in the country. Recognized as a leader of innovative thought, Mary has spent over a decade teaching businesses and individuals how to inspire others, create new ways of thinking, identify and achieve their goals, and take action to create truly meaningful results. She is the revolutionary founder of the groundbreaking Conscious Communications system, which produces positive results through positive action.

Today we'll unpack the system and dive into Mary's new Hay House published book, Conscious Communications: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How we can experience a new reality by shifting our internal dialogue.
  • The daily habits that rewire our neural pathways for greater success.
  • How to create more alignment between our desires, thoughts, and actions.
  • Ways to invoke deeper states of relaxation, and limit our stress response.
  • How to embrace and appreciate our value and self-worth.
  • Strategies to ensure we don't talk ourselves out of the things we truly want to accomplish.
  • How we can frame our language to create more effective affirmations.
  • and so much MORE…
Aug 7, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/087

My guest today, through decades of research, her lab work, and peer reviewed publications, has presented a new theory of emotion in her most recent book How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Dr. Barrett has published over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers appearing in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and other top journals in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as six academic volumes published by Guilford Press.

Dr. Barrett received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for her revolutionary research on emotion in the brain. These highly competitive, multimillion dollar awards are given to scientists of exceptional creativity who are expected to transform biomedical and behavioral research.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Barrett has testified before Congress, presented her research to the FBI, consulted to the National Cancer Institute, appeared on Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and been a featured guest on public television and worldwide radio programs. She is also an elected fellow of Canada’s most prestigious national organization of scholars, the Royal Society of Canada (analogous to the National Academy in the United States).

Today we'll dive into her book How Emotions Are Made and what these new findings could mean in relationships, personal change, and so much more.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The new theory that our emotions are less of a hardwired response, and actually created in the moment.
  • How to break down emotions into smaller parts, and give new meaning to those sensations.
  • The ways that beliefs can impact and alter our perception.
  • How we can stop emotions from overtaking our thoughts and actions.
  • Why the brain lives in a perpetual state of guessing and predicting... and how this affects learning and processing information.
  • How we can construct our current reality by rewriting our past experiences.
  • and so much MORE…
Jul 31, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/086 

Could there be a potential down side to positive thinking? If you've tuned into the show before, you've heard me have many conversations with leaders and authors on the benefits of positive thinking, imagination, and other methods characteristic of the self-help and positive psychology movement.

On some level I think we know that pushing away or even suppressing seemingly negative emotions is counterproductive. All the while we get mixed messages, from social media etc., that always staying positive is the way to be.

In this interview, I sat down with Oliver Burkeman to chat about all things positive psychology and his book, The Antidote...

Oliver Burkeman is a columnist for the Guardian and the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.

I see this book and Oliver's work as a bit of a holistic approach to the mind and emotions. These concepts helped me see the terrain of the human experience on an all inclusive level. Where we can be positive, have a positive outlook on life, and integrate and potentially transform some of those seemingly negative feelings and thoughts.

In this episode you'll learn

  • About the negative side effects that come from too much positive thinking.
  • Why it's important to experience our negative emotions.
  • How always having to strive and push ourselves takes us away from the present moment.
  • Why we shouldn't wait until we FEEL motivated before taking action.
  • How to move past the planning stage and take action.
  • How we can use unfavorable emotions as warning signs.
  • Why always having to “get into the right mindset”, can cause us to procrastinate.
  • Learn strategies to tolerate uncertainty and anxiety.
  • And so much MORE…
Jul 24, 2017

For the full show notes visit https://jeffagostinelli.com/085 

If you have spent any time in the personal development space at all, you've heard about this place... your comfort zone and all the magical benefits of getting out of it.

Yes, as you'll hear my guest talk about today, there are the benefits of growth and learning (among others) that come with stretching beyond what we think is possible, but there's a little more to it than that.

Andy Molinsky is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology.  Andy received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Brown University.

Andy’s work helps people develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones when doing important, but challenging, tasks in work and life.

His research and writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, Psychology Today, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, NPR and Voice of America. Andy was awarded as a Top Voice for LinkedIn for his work in education.

His first book, Global Dexterity (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), received the Axiom Award (Silver Medal) for Best Business Book in International Business & Globalization and has been used widely in organizations around the world, including Boeing, AIG, the US Air Force Academy, and the Clinton Foundation, among others. His new book Reach was published with Penguin Random House in January 2017.  He teaches, consults, and lectures widely to university and corporate audiences.

Today we'll talk about his book Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence and much more...

In this episode you'll learn

  • Ways we can get prepared to take a leap outside of our comfort zone.
  • How to manage internal conflict and move forward with courage.
  • How to find the balance between over planning and rushing into action.
  • Why we shouldn’t over-glorify taking a leap, but treat it as a process of learning and self-discovery.
  • How to embrace the unknown by developing curiosity and excitement.
  • Why sometimes it's beneficial and appropriate to stay inside of our comfort zone.
  • How to make progress in spite of fear and anxiety.
  • Learn attributes we can develop to better navigate uncomfortable situations.
  • and so much MORE…
Jul 17, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/084 

Brian Piergrossi is the author of The Wow of the Now & The Big Glow, international life coach & renowned non-dual teacher. For over 10 years, through personal coaching sessions, retreats, workshops, classes, FB live videos & online courses, using direct inquiry, authentic relating & meditation exercises, Brian has inspired hundreds of thousands around the world to explore the truths within as a gateway to freedom, love, inner peace and empowerment. His latest project is The Secret Glow Online Community

At the age of 20 years old, Brian was suddenly struck by a mysterious, debilitating illness, later labeled chronic fatigue syndrome, that lasted for years, leaving him in intense, daily, physical pain and too weak to effectively function in society. When no medical or other authority figure could explain the suffering that was happening to him, Brian made it his life commitment to inquire into human suffering.

What began was over 11 years of committed, serious inquiry, study and personal application into the fields of spirituality, religion, psychology, sociology, cosmology, ecology, health, arts, science, yoga, as well as the core of the enlightenment and self-realization teachings.

After leading a quiet, simple life for over a decade, Brian felt a passionate calling to share his straight forward, timeless, insights for the 21st Century in a modern context with those who are ready and interested.

Since that time, Brian has dedicated himself full time, professionally, and privately, to supporting the path of transformation, self-realization and self-actualization in individuals, families and communities around the world.

Today we'll chat about one of Brian's books, The Wow of The Now , and more...

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to identify opportunities for evolving into higher consciousness.
  • Why detaching from an outcome can bring feelings of clarity and liberation.
  • How to increase present moment awareness to help us develop our intuition.
  • Techniques for asking ourselves questions that can reveal our true purpose.
  • The benefits of accessing the intelligence of our hearts, before delving into the mind.
  • Why curiosity will lead to greater self-awareness.
  • Tips for developing our internal sense of direction.
  • and so much MORE…
Jul 10, 2017

My guest today has a deep fascination with human behavior and why we do what we do. Over the past 20 years, through his private practice and clinical work, Dr. Kevin Gilliland has distilled some important distinctions on how to develop a quiet mind and what it means to struggle well AND live well.

Dr. Kevin Gilliland, Psy.D., is an expert in mental health, depression and addiction. After working more than two decades in healthcare as a clinical psychologist, Kevin became a pioneer of outpatient treatment as the CEO and Executive Director of Innovation 360, a treatment center for alcohol & drug addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar, family therapy and life development.

Realizing the low success rates of typical addiction programs, Kevin created Innovation360 (i360) to solve the gaps in the current system by creating a unique customized treatment for each patient. i360 specializes in finding balance of insight and change within their clients, instead of the standard “quick fix” programs, they provide one-on-one support to transition clients from the therapy office and into their homes, back into their daily life.

His debut book, Struggle Well Live Well: 60 Ways to Navigate Life’s Good, Bad, and In-Between tackles Kevin’s approach on life – which aligns with his approach and advice for friends, family and his clients! It serves as a roadmap to navigating through life’s inevitable struggles and how to over come the simplest of obstacles, such as work/life balance, to heavier issues, mental illness or addiction.

Today we are going to dive into Kevin's new book and unpack some key distinctions that make it unique.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why an active mind isn't a bad thing, if we can learn to use it effectively, and turn it off when necessary.
  • How to interrupt thought patterns that don’t serve our greater purpose.
  • The benefits of developing curiosity around our emotions.
  • How to maintain tranquility as demands and external stress increase.
  • The importance of considering our values before taking action.
  • How alternative medicine and health practices can reduce anxiety.
  • How to align our thoughts and actions with our ultimate vision.
  • The benefits of adding gratitude into your meditation practice.
  • and so much MORE…
Jul 3, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/082 

I remember when I came across Bruce Lipton's first book, The Biology of Belief. Before diving into natural foods, Macrobiotics, and all the like, I was on the path to medical school. This book was A HUGE confirmation and re-working of everything I thought to be utterly and completely true about biology and the human brain.

Dr. Bruce Lipton began his scientific career as a cell biologist. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetics.

Epigenetics is an absolutely fascinating field of science that literally means "above the gene." In a very basic sense it says that our gene's do not control expression, but the proteins, our environment, and many other factors do.

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is a bestselling author of The Biology of Belief as well as two other cutting edge books, The Honeymoon Effect and Spontaneous Evolution.

Today we talk about the changing paradigms in biology (and what that actual means on a practical level), the power of belief, and so much more.

In this episode you'll learn

  • About the old belief in biology... that our genes will have the ultimate control over our lives and what that means.
  • Why we are not victims of our DNA, and how we can have more control over our genetic expression.
  • Why changing our consciousness will have massive impact on our physical world.
  • How to uncover subconscious habits/patterns that were programmed inside us from an early age.
  • How to re-wire your subconscious, for a happier and more abundant mindset.
  • Ways to turn off incessant thought and stop perpetuating the cycles of self sabotage.
  • Newtonian and quantum physics, and how energy fields affect physical matter.
  • How to install support programs in your subconscious mind that will take you in a positive direction,
  • Discover how the unconscious realm controls our behavior.
  • and so much MORE…
Jun 26, 2017

For the full show notes for this episode visit http://jeffa.co/081 

Having the right skill set to navigate life's disappointments can be the key factor in our story hindering or helping forward progress. Being able to understand and grow from hardship is essential.

My guest today talks about these times when life doesn't meet our expectations as Expectation Hangovers. You gotta love the frame on that one!

Christine Hassler is the best-selling author of three books, most recently Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself From Your Past, Change your Present and Get What you Really Want. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent to pursue a life she could be passionate about. For over a decade, as a keynote speaker, retreat facilitator, spiritual psychologist and life coach, and host of the top-rated podcast “Over it and On With It”, she has been teaching and inspiring people around the world. Christine believes once we get out of our own way, we can show up to make the meaningful impact we are here to make.

Today we'll unpack Christine's book Expectation Hangover and so much more.

In this episode you'll learn

What an Expectation Hangover is and why they happen.

  • The new skill-sets needed in our modern world, to create healthy and meaningful relationships.
  • How to deal with our feelings, when life doesn't meet our expectations.
  • The importance of giving ourselves space to feel, and the reasons why we resist.
  • How to bridge the gap between spirituality and personal development.
  • The benefits of taking the time to examine and understand our emotional triggers.
  • and so much MORE
Jun 19, 2017

For the full show notes for this episode visit http://jeffa.co/080 

I sat down with Josh to talk about how Failure Breeds Success and Scaling Yourself with Your Company back on episode 10 and he's back to dive into his new book, Balance is BULLSH*T: How to Successfully Integrate Work & Life.

Joshua B. Lee is a strategic growth coach helping individuals to scale themselves with their company so they do not scale themselves out of their company. He's the Founder and President of the multi-media agency LF Media, inc. which over the last decade has launched many brands.

To connect with like minded entrepreneurs, Josh founded aa high level networking group for entrepreneurs, Monstapreneur where they connect monthly to help “Relax, Reset, and Refocus” through epic adventures and experiences.

Josh has been featured in some of the biggest media outlets like Fox Business, CNN, Inc. Magazine, USA Today, The Verge, ABC, CNN, NBC and many more.

Today we'll unpack Josh's new book and so much more.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why Joshua gave away almost everything he owned and closed down 12 companies so he could get in touch with his vision and find his happiness.
  • Why work/life balance is a myth, and how we can move from balance to integration, and be our true selves 100% of the time.
  • Learn the biggest pitfalls that stop people from developing their vision.
  • Why tactics and strategies lose their power when you don't first develop the mindset for implementation.
  • How meditation can provide the groundwork to understand who we really are, and what we really need.
  • The benefits of journaling right after you meditate, and the interesting impact of writing with your non-dominant hand.
  • Learn methods of visualization that will engage more of your senses, and evoke stronger emotions.
  • and so much MORE…
Jun 12, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/079

In an ever changing professional landscape, understanding how to leverage your unique skills and values can be a huge advantage for planning your next move.

Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. She is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, which recently won an award for Axiom Best Business Book in the careers category, and Life After College.

After two years at a technology start-up followed by five years at Google in Training and Career Development, Jenny moved to New York City in 2011 where she has been running her own consulting business in the years since. Jenny combines her love of technology with her superpower of simplifying complexity to help clients pivot their career or business. Her motto: if change is the only constant, let's get better at it.

In her book PIVOT, Jenny details her process called The Pivot Method which is a practical approach to understanding your values, strengths, clarifying your vision, what skills to cultivate, testing your ideas, and so much more. I found this approach really useful for looking at my own strenghts and gaining clarity around my vision, and I hope you do to.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to find the intrinsic motivation to successfully navigate a pivot or major change in your life or career.
  • Why performing an assessment of your values, can help ensure that you pivot in the right direction.
  • How to decipher if you should make an internal pivot within your current job, or if it’s time to move on completely.
  • The importance of building on what is already working, in order to get to what is next.
  • The ways that you can optimize your business projects, for “revenue AND joy”
  • The reasons to build a portfolio of your skillsets, and not let one job or company be the sole provider for your identity.
  • and so much MORE…
Jun 5, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/078

In life and in our attempts to be more spiritual we tend to fall into the trap of being too serious. Being more light-hearted and having fun with our pursuit to better oursleves is an essential shift to reducing friction and creating true understanding.

Sure, there are many ways under the sun to overcome life's challenges, and my guest today has created a sensational brand and video series that brings his uniques sense of humor to a broad scope of paradigms in the personal development space.

His videos and book are just straight up hilarious, and will make you think about your "stuff" in a brand new way... and have a good laugh in the process.

JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, YouTuber, author, international teacher, speaker at events, world traveler, and curious student of life. His work empowers people to live more meaningful lives. JP is the author of “How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Step to Spiritual Superiority,” (Sounds True Publishing, release date of March 7th, 2017). He is very active with his online videos where he encourages healing and growth through his humorous and entertainingly informative videos, including his hit Ultra Spiritual comedy series, which has accumulated over 100 million views.

Today we'll unpack JP's new book and also dive into some key elements to heal emotionally.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Where JP found his inspiration for becoming an emotional healing coach.
  • His views on the darker side of self-improvement, and how it can ultimately lead to self-rejection.
  • Why getting overly serious and self-identified, is usually based on fear, and what that can cost us in our own self-discovery.
  • How projection can distract us from getting in touch with our true selves.
  • The benefit of asking yourself the question….. “what does this say about me”....?
  • The importance of being playful, and not getting overly-offended.
  • The important phases we go through as we walk our path of self-discovery.
  • Why embracing discomfort will lead to more growth, meaning, and inner fulfillment.
  • The beauty of being inspired to discover who you really are.
  • and so much MORE...
May 29, 2017

For the full show notes visit http://jeffa.co/077

My guest today has compiled a body of work in his book, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, that maps out how to master the art of asking questions. If you are a coach, a leader, parent, or part of a team, The Coaching Habit is full of actionable tools to master the art of asking questions and help you become a cooperative leader and teammate.

This book is sure to become a manual for a new style of leadership and go down in history as a coaching classic.

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner at Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. He’s the author of several books, including The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. Michael has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, The Globe & Mail and The Huffington Post.

Today we'll unpack The Coaching Habit and many more of Michael's findings in the areas of coaching, leadership, communication, and work.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The importance of moving from insight to action.
  • Moving away from always wanting to give advice, to wanting to ask more questions, and how this can revolutionize your impact as a coach.
  • The Magic of undivided attention, how to not be caught up in your own head while coaching, and the impact of having a genuine curiosity to really understand where someone is at.
  • The difference between bad, good, and great work. And how to evaluate your life and make sure you are engaging in more great works.
  • How to identify, test, and know when you are ready to go all in or move to the next step.
  • How to dial in your focus, say no more clearly, and quickly find the people and projects that you should really be working with.
  • The difference between the 2 types of coaching, And how to utilize both to have the most impact… Coaching for performance and coaching for development
  • The power of beginning a question with the word “WHAT” and how it can open the door for more exploration.
  • How adding the words “FOR YOU” at the end of a sentence, can make a question more personal instead of theoretical/abstract… This will tighten the focus, and help embed insight and learning into that person.
  • How to use accountability when coaching, so you are not working as hard but having more impact in the process.
  • The 3 P’s - Projects, People, and Patterns… How to use these 3 different lenses to explore, and get real about the challenges of your life.
  • and so much MORE…
May 22, 2017

For the full show notes from today's episode head over to http://jeffa.co/076

My guest today is at the forefront of leadership, helping leaders understand what it takes to create a company culture that fosters the talents and skills of the entire team.

Dov Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire, Dov Baron is a master storyteller! Considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with multi-disciplinary leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.

Dov is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more.

In this episode you'll learn

  • What the new face of leadership looks likeWhy you can't lead based on the old model of command and control
  • Why you can't lead based on the old model of command and controlWhat it means to be a purpose driven individual and have a purpose driven company
  • What it means to be a purpose driven individual and have a purpose driven company
  • What makes leaders come up short in creating loyalty in their companiesDov's unlikely story that got him into the leadership space
  • Dov's unlikely story that got him into the leadership spaceHow to show up as an authentic leader
  • How to show up as an authentic leaderDov's big mistake and lesson learned about becoming and staying true to your own style of authentic leadership
  • Dov's big mistake and lesson learned about becoming and staying true to your own style of authentic leadershipWhy the younger generations are demanding higher levels of authenticity and accountability
  • Why the younger generations are demanding higher levels of authenticity and accountabilityHow leadership is more about the legacy you leave than the way you lead
  • How leadership is more about the legacy you leave than the way you leadThe top characteristics that make up great leaders
  • The top characteristics that make up great leadersThe surprising truth about what actually drives our default leadership style
  • The surprising truth about what actually drives our default leadership styleand so much MORE…
  • and so much MORE…
May 15, 2017

For the full show notes from today’s episode, head over to http://jeffa.co/075.

The journey of self-discovery can often seem very focused on a single point, just us an individual. But, without looking at the bigger picture of where we got most of our beliefs and values from misses the picture. My guest today has a very intriguing and unique perspective on how longevity is culturally learned.

Dr. Martinez is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in how cultural beliefs affect health and longevity. He proposes, based on credible research evidence, that longevity is learned and the causes of health are inherited. He has studied healthy centenarians (100 years or older) worldwide and found that only 20 to 25% can be attributed to genetics - the rest is related to how they live and the cultural beliefs they share. In addition to longevity, he also explains why our immune system is not just a protector. Instead, it responds to the cultural premises we learn to perceive the world.

Today we'll unpack what biocognitive science is and do a deep dive into his most recent book, The MindBody Self: How Longevity is Culturally Learned and the Causes of Health are Inherited.

In this episode you'll learn…

  • What biocognitive science is
  • How our culture influences our health and longevity
  • How our identity as described in our cultural context gets woven into our mindbody and how to understand it and create change
  • The role we play as co-author in every relationship
  • How illness and wellness are culturally defined
  • Adopting a middle-way consciousness with the definition of illness and wellness
  • How the immune system has morals and an ethical system that it assimilates from your culture
  • How thoughts and emotions affect the nervous, immune, and endocrine system
  • Finding enjoyment in all conditions between adversity and good fortune
  • The difference between need and love
  • and so much MORE...
May 8, 2017

For the full show notes, visit https://jeffagostinelli.com/074

My guest today was tested in the way no parent every wants to be or thinks they will.

Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X]. At Google, his team is responsible for exploring “moonshot” dreams like the much-lauded self-driving car and providing global internet access by using sub-orbital balloons. For being at the top of a "dream team" though, Mo realized in 2001 that he was miserably unhappy and spirits were far from sailing above the clouds. So he did the one thing he knew how to do better than anything: he put his engineering experience to work and, by using data and research, he created an algorithm and “solved” happiness.

Thirteen years later, Mo’s algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden, senseless death of his son Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation which saved them from depths of despair. With a new sense of purpose and a drive to honor his son's memory, he began the #10MillionHappy Mission designed to make at least that many people realize that happiness is within their control.

Today we'll dive into the framework behind Solve for Happy and so much more.
We dive into topics like

  • Mo's "modern day warrior" journey that led him to Solve for Happy
  • The 6 Grand Illusions, the 7 Blind Spots, and the 5 Ultimate Truths
  • Understanding the true meaning of happiness in the modern world
  • Happiness as your default setting
  • How happiness is truly the absence of unhappiness
  • The passing of Mo's son and how Mo dealt with the loss
  • Reframing happiness as a state of peace
  • How the modern world has confused happiness with what Mo calls "weapons of mass distraction"
  • How to identify when you are engaging in distraction instead of true happiness
  • It's not the events of life that make you unhappy, it's the way you think about the events of life that make you unhappy
  • and so much MORE...
May 1, 2017

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I’m constantly on the lookout for new and interesting approaches to health and healing. This medicine is much more traditional, and is starting to make it's way into the western world. I'm yet to personally experiment with Kambo medicine, and I invited Simon Scott on the show today to chat about this peculiar frog venom.

Simon Scott grew up in England and studied Computer Science to Masters level. He moved to Asia in his mid-twenties to work in Post Production and was there for 5 years, Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. After being headhunted to the States to work in a Hollywood design company he won an Emmy for his work and used that as a catalyst to become an American citizen. After a decade of working for leading Hollywood film post-production companies Simon started Mac Guff, and boutique post-production company in Santa Monica CA. For five years Simon and his team produced many award winning TV Commercials for leading brands such as Hummer, Acura, DeBeers and Panasonic. It was during this time that Simon became stressed, overworked and had a hard time dealing with the riggers of running his company.

After much soul-seeking, he decided to leave his career to find something more personally rewarding, something closer to his heart. Simon sought out answers in South America, in Colombia where he worked with Kambo Medicine and also drank the medicinal brew Ayahuasca over 50 times. It was during this period that he realized his deep desires to facilitate healing for others. As this desire grew stronger, people showed up for healing and Simon steadily grew a solid reputation as a practitioner of Kambo. Simon has worked with Kambo now for 7 years and has been proving the Kambo medicine to others for over 5 years.

He has worked with 1000’s of people from all over the world and has a perfect safety record with the Kambo medicine. Simon is the creator of the website KamboCleanse.com, which is an authority on the Kambo medicine and which helps people to research Kambo before deciding to work with it. Simon currently lives in Sedona Arizona where he facilitates Kambo ceremonies.

We dive into topics like

    ⁃    Simon's journey to discover
    ⁃    Kambo medicineistening to your soul's calling
    ⁃    The power of more traditional plant medicines to open the heart
    ⁃    Ayahuasca and DMT
    ⁃    The difference between Ayahuasca and Kambo
    ⁃    The power of Kambo to eliminate emotional toxins from the body
    ⁃    The traditional uses of plant medicine and Kambo
    ⁃    Simon's first experience with Kambo
    ⁃    Why some of the plant medicines and Kambo are not so readily available here in the West
    ⁃    Using discernment when it comes to natural medicines
    ⁃    and so much more…

Apr 24, 2017

Lori Harder is a leading expert in the field of fitness, transformational work, mindfulness, and self-love. As a self-made millionaire, successful entrepreneur, network marketing professional, author, cover model, and three-time fitness world champion, she offers a carefully curated set of practical tools to promote sustainable health, spiritual well-being, and financial freedom. Through her books, unique coaching methods, and programs, she has helped countless people connect with their soul, transform their bodies, empower their minds, gain financial independence, and fall in love with themselves and their lives. Throughout her career, Lori has regularly appeared on the covers of and published articles for Oxygen Magazine, STRONG Fitness Magazine, Health & Fitness Magazine and Prosper Magazine. She has also been featured on NBC, Fox, and TLC networks. We dive into topics like, setting goals to overcome your fears, how to enjoy the journey on your way to your goals, how we form our identity by what we do, finding who you are outside of what you do, looking at the things that truly make you happy, what is self-love, how to find self-love and happiness, tapping into gratitude and self-love, taking 100% responsibility, how to think about life circumstances differently, exercising your own power of choice, understanding how the questions we ask ourself affect our results, cultivating your relationship with spirituality, having a beginners mind, the Bliss Habit, developing a gratitude practice, and so much more.

Apr 17, 2017

Joel Einhorn is the founder and CEO of HANAH, a lifestyle and wellness company that preserves and adapts ancient healing practices for the modern world. An avid entrepreneur and athlete, Joel started his first company at the age of 12 re-gripping golf clubs where he grew up in the South Side of Chicago. He studied finance at the University in Vienna and moved to the Czech Republic in 1997 to work on the first private placement in the newly formed country for the now Czech mega corporation AVG Technologies. While training for his second Ironman in Prague, he was in a serious bike accident, which led him to discover the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. After recovering in record time, he went to Kerala, India, and worked alongside Dr. V.A. Venugopal to adapt a wellness recipe for modern Westerners. Thus HANAH was born. Joel is an active sportsman, snowboarding and competing in triathlon and mountain bike races around the world. Today we unpack Joe's journey and ultimately what led him to developing HANAH ONE. If you are into trying out unique products sourced with impeccability and backed with purpose and mission, you have got to pick up some HANAH ONE. We dive into topics like, Joel's accident which led him to eventually discover the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda, Joel's quick path of recovery, how Joel moved from a job as a means to an end into HANAH, the theory and recipe behind the HANAH formula, how the ingredients work synergistically, what makes HANAH unique, how not all herbs and superfoods are created equally, the difference between wildcrafted herbs via the ancient methods and organic, and so much more.

Apr 10, 2017

A generation ago, John Gray’s Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus helped couples communicate and deepen their intimacy and rejuvenate their love lives. Men and women, it revealed, communicate so differently we might as well be from different planets. In teaching couples to communicate, even speak each other’s language, John Gray became the best-known relationship expert in the world. A generation and several best sellers later, John has provided a 21st century update on the change in gender roles with his latest book, Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World. This book is so well researched and full of practical insight from John's 45 years working in the field of relationships. Like anything worth having, relationships can feel like work sometimes. But with the right tools, they can also be the most rewarding. This one is a must read AND practice if you want to have the supportive, fulfilling, evolving, loving... relationship you've always dreamed about. Today, we do a deep dive into Beyond Mars and Venus and John gives us practical tools, for both men and women, to start improving our relationships right away. We dive into topics like, how men and women tend to misinterpret each other, how to support our partners in coming back into balance, the goal of complaint-free relationships, shifting relationship roles in the modern world, some key phrases for men to say when they feel triggered by their partner, how men can create safety for women to feel what they feel, questions men can ask their woman to help lower their stress, what not to do if you want your man to feel less stressed and more masculine, the benefit of men having cave time, how men can be more in their peaceful, centered, calm place, and so much more.

Apr 3, 2017

Lauren Handel Zander is a life coach, university lecturer, and public speaker. As Co-Founder and Chairman of Handel Group, an international corporate consulting and private coaching company, she has coached countless private clients: professors, politicians, award-winning artists, and Fortune 500 CEOs. The Handel Method has been taught at MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU, and in the New York City Public School System. Lauren has also led seminars and conferences all over the world and has contributed to The New York Times, Forbes, Self, Women's Health, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, and The Huffington Post. Lauren is the author of the new book, MAYBE IT’S YOU: Cut the Crap. Face Your Fears. Love Your Life, which has revolutionized the concept of traditional “self-help” through the idea of radical personal accountability, taking a deep-dive look at the patterns and history that are really holding you back. Whether readers want to find love, succeed at work, fix a fractured relationship, or get healthy, MAYBE IT’S YOU will offer a road map to finally get them there. Today we unpack her new book, MAYBE IT'S YOU and so much more. We dive into topics like how Lauren translated her one on one coaching format into her new book Maybe it's You, why most of us are hesitant to get real and do the work, the potential down side to positive psychology, how to address everything you don't want to face and how to do it with a sense of humor, the nature to overcompensate in one area of life to make up lacking in another, the danger of creating a vision for your life without addressing the pain, how to take all areas of your life into consideration, identifying your dream and vision for your life, what we pick up from our parents and how we model that in our relationships, how to dial out traits with honor instead of disgust, and so much more.

Mar 27, 2017

Scott is a researcher, author, and speaker who is deeply interested in using psychological science to help everyone– all kinds of minds— live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. A main takeaway from his work is that everyone is capable of creativity, the key is finding the thing that will let them shine the most. Scott is the scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and conducts research in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also teach the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review. He also writes a regular column at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds, and is the host of The Psychology Podcast, which was recently named by Business Insider as a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior”. We'll dive into all things creativity and unpack some surprising findings on how you can start engineering creativity even if you don't consider yourself a creative person. We dive into topics like, how to define creativity, why Scott got into studying creativity, how psychology started off as a study of what’s wrong, the emerging field of positive psychology, a new way of thinking about personality disorders, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, what it takes to really achieve high levels of creativity developing a creative mindset, the right brain left brain myth, how flow state and creativity are related, creative minds are messy minds, and so much more.

Mar 20, 2017

Elizabeth Lane is the founder of Quarterlane, a luxury box filled with select literary gems and art delivered to book lovers on a quarterly basis. Combining two of her life passions – curation and books – Elizabeth joins readers with stories she thinks they will love. An avid runner, Elizabeth is also a running ambassador for Every Mother Counts, an initiative based in New York City which supports global maternal health initiatives. On behalf of EMC, Elizabeth has run 3 marathons and numerous half-marathons, raising both funds and awareness for Every Mother Counts and spotlighting their significant work to bring mothers and their babies safely through pregnancy, labor and delivery. Today, Elizabeth will unpack her journey so far and give you some tips on getting started with your creative project. We dive into topics like, the monthly subscription model of Quarterlane books, how Elizabeth elevated books to luxury status, how Elizabeth went from concept to implementation with the brand, Elizabeth's advice for getting started on your creative project, being willing to get started and iterate along the way, creative marketing ideas Elizabeth has used to get the message out about Quarterlane, some of the stumbling blocks Elizabeth has encountered in the first part of the business, what Elizabeth would have done differently if she were to do it all over again, and so much more.

Mar 13, 2017

At the young age of 19, my guest today started sharing his message of inspiration and how to create a life on your own terms. At only 25 years old Jake Ducey is a two-time published author with Penguin/Random-House (The Purpose Principles and Profit From Happiness), a leading speaker for his generation having been featured in TEDx Youth, hired by mega organizations such as Nielsen and Accenture, and a leader who has already inspired countless thousands of young people to seek meaningful career success and to make a difference in the world. I love Jake's message for so many reasons, and most of all, he is living proof that no matter how young (or old) you are, you can always find a way to add value to the world with what you know and believe. We dive into topics like, why you are never too young to get started, what motivated Jake to start, how to create and not judge yourself in the process, recognizing the difference between fear and intuition, balancing the creative side of your business with the "business" side, staying focused and committing for the long term, why you don't need a mentor to get started, how do develop resourcefulness by setting up systems, learning from other people's journey, the evolution of Jake's career from writer to speaker to coach and beyond, what Jake thinks is the number one thing holding us back, how to navigate through stress and fear, and so much more.

Mar 6, 2017

Mark England is the co-founder and lead presenter of Procabulary. He loves to travel, exchange empowering ideas and strategies and practice martial arts. Mark holds a Masters Degree in International Education and was an elementary sports teacher before developing Procabulary. Today we'll do a deep dive and unpack the Procabulary framework and show you how to make powerful language shifts. We dive into topics like, Mark's story that got him into language and consciousness, the power of rewriting your story, how your language and thought processes directly affect your breathing and body tension, breaking down the Procabulary system, conflict language and the antidote, Architect language, the language of negations and how they force you to look at the worst case scenario, the language of projections and victim mentality, the core elements of soft talk, the hidden stress of indecision, balancing negations with affirmations, removing soft talk and adding in more solid talk, and so much more.

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