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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Mar 5, 2018

It's pretty tough to deny the fact that we are influenced by unseen forces, energies and frequencies that we can't fully explain or describe from the rational mind. Frequencies, energy, and even emotion are an experience.

Giving more attention to how we feel and tending to our personal vibration and choosing to come from what Penney calls our home frequency is what I would consider a direct translation of what it means to be your authentic self, or that eternal aspect of you.

Penney Peirce was on the show at episode 120 to talk about her book Transparency and this particular stage in the Transformation process. Today we are going to come back around to understand another one of the stages of transformation through Penney's book Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration.

Penney unpacks and builds some powerful distinctions in here to help us understand what frequency is, different ways to regulate our personal vibration (especially in social situations where we may "assume" the frequency of others), and the importance of finding our home frequency and center.

Through mindfulness practices, meditation, and directing our attention, just to name a few, we can start to bring our awareness to more subtle levels of energy and tap into things like intuition, creativity, and even more peaceful states.

The desire for people seeking more meaning in their lives, have more fulfilling careers, and searching for a deeper purpose are just a few of the ways this desire to integrate the physical and the spiritual are starting to not only emerge, but be the norm.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How energy and consciousness works and what is happening on the planet
  • The difference between your personal vibration and your home frequency
  • How we tend to frequency match other people in social situations
  • What makes our moods and energy levels swing and how to get more centered
  • Some ways we can start to familiarize ourselves with our home frequency
  • What you can do to strengthen your sense of self
  • Where Frequency and Transparency come together
  • Understanding natural joy and your conditioned feeling habits
  • and MORE…
Feb 26, 2018

I invited Sarah Sherwood back on the show today to talk about adult attachment theory and adult attachment styles. I'm relatively new to attachment theory, but the little I have dug into it helped me start understanding my own patterns of relating and why they exist.

The basic understanding of this theory is that how you regulate and experience yourself is in some ways a product of how you learned to relate with your primary care givers. We develop patterns of engaging with other people and relating based on whether or not our needs were being met and whether or not the world felt safe.

As you'll hear Sarah talk about, we develop behaviors from that experience to relate with other people to ensure we get what we need.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How each of us have these biologically wired in patterns of relating
  • Our most driving need is connection with other humans and how that helps us understand our sense of safety
  • How these styles get patterned into our nervous system
  • The 4 Attachment styles
  • How our emotional needs getting met or not greatly impacts our attachment style and patterns of relating
  • The relationship between attachment style and healthy boundries
  • How anxiety and distraction could possibly stem from these attachment styles
  • A mantra for parents is perceptive over perfect
  • Having a balance between chaos and rigidity in parenting
  • Practicing affective communication and vulnerability in safe relationships are some of the biggest places to start
Feb 19, 2018

Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy.

Karla also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that makes all of the processes in empathy easily understandable and accessible -- so that people can develop and manage their empathy intentionally.

Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (2012). She is also the coauthor (with cult expert Janja Lalich, PhD) of Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over (Routledge, 2018), which focuses on the stories of 70 people who grew up in and escaped from cults spanning a dozen countries.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Ways to slow down and examine your choices when different emotions arise.
  • Tips and practices to overcome the anxiety of our modern world.
  • The reasons you shouldn’t run from your emotions and how to work with the ones that make you uncomfortable
  • Why emotions are neither good or bad, and how you can use them to your benefit
  • How shame can be used in a healthy way to help you control your actions.
  • Learning to read other’s emotions so you increase your caring and empathy
  • How to increase your emotional vocabulary and better handle feelings when they arise.
Feb 12, 2018

Hall’s music, a blend of roots and folk music with hints of inspiration from India, has led him to a series of sold-out tours and collaborations with artists such as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the People.

Trevor Hall’s Chapter of the Forest (2014) and KALA (2015), debuted at #3 and #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart respectively. He is currently touring around the US and Australia. While on tour, Hall collects donations to support children’s education in India.

The Fruitful Darkness released in November of 2017, became the #1 Kickstarter Music campaign of 2017 (#30 of all time out of 53,000 Music projects) and is being released in three song installments on specific lunar dates, culminating in a 14-song deluxe edition release, June 1st 2018.

The Fruitful Darkness Part III just dropped this past Friday, so be sure to pick it up on Spotify or your favorite music platform.

Trevor kicks off his A Night in the Village Tour February 21st in Minneapolis, MN with events in IL, OH, MD, CT, NY and more. Tickets are selling out fast for this special event where Trevor will be sharing songs, the stories behind them, as well as rare images and footage from his journeys to India, Nepal and beyond. You’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions at the end of the evening during a Q&A. 'A Night in the Village' will give listeners a unique insight into the inspiration and stories behind the songs of Trevor Hall's life journey.

Trevor's mix of deep spiritual work and the stories behind how his songs came to be are food for any creatives soul and for me has deepened the practice of seeing a miracle in every day life.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How music can help you explore your inner being.
  • Why pushing down emotions can cause them to unconsciously affect your behaviors and relationships.
  • Ways to develop a deeper connection and love with others.
  • Learning to find mental and emotional freedom by exploring the depths of your consciousness.
  • How you can maintain positive energy while navigating a major change in identity.
  • Why separateness is actually an illusion and how you can embrace the collective oneness of the world.
Feb 8, 2018

In this week's episode I wanted to share a little story with you because I realized in the last few weeks as I've been navigating some personal challenges in my life as well as some things in business that I that I found myself over focusing on the details... let's call it the problem, the circumstances and trying to move around the known pieces in the box of my known reality trying to figure things out.

If you're in a place where maybe you feel hyper focused on the problem or you may even feel  a lot of stress or anxiety or overwhelm in your body, my hope is that sharing this perspective with you will give you some relief by taking the pressure off and being able to see things from a greater perspective.

Have The Vision, Patience, and Perspective Of An Eagle.

Full practice and show notes at

Feb 5, 2018

My guest today Jessie May Wolfe describes HeartRise as plugging into the radiant, integral, soul energy (R.I.S.E)... the electricity of the heart.

Her presence empowers those around her. Spreading light and energy, her infectious spirit connects many beautiful souls around the world.

With a strong creative & corporate background in fashion, publishing & marketing,

Jessie May's experience coaching & empowering thousands of creatives, entrepreneurs, and change-makers worldwide, along with her training in various modalities with renowned teachers, led her to develop the unique impactful HeartRise Method.

As a speaker, mentor, and inspirational guide, Jessie May brings the HeartRise Method to organizations, communities and companies across the world.

Her corporate clients include Soho House, Gen Art, Wework, Wanderlust, Amazon, GOOP, Westside Collective, Parachute Home, Nick Fouquet, Juice Served Here, Health-Ade, Sakara.

Jessie May's heart holds a torch for everyone.

Today we'll dive into HeartRise Method and Jessie May's new book High On Heart: The HeartRise Method.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How you can win the battle between your head and your heart.
  • Identifying your negative go-to thoughts that take up precious time and energy.
  • Why the modern world is in desperate need for more heart centered intelligence.
  • Strategies to calm and quiet the incessant chatter in your mind.
  • Why it's easier to relate and connect with others when you come from the intelligence of the heart.
  • How to release negative energy and tap into good vibrations.
Feb 1, 2018

If you've ever felt flooded by strong thoughts and emotions, then this one is for you.

Starting to create a healthy distance from strong thoughts and emotions is the first step to creating a more resourceful state where you can lower the stress response and work yourself into better feeling thoughts.

Today I'll distill a practice I use to loosen the hold on these strong thoughts and feelings to be able to tackle the current situation from a more grounded, less emotionally charged position.

These two phrases come from the work of Susan David and Emotional Agility and they are really quite simple. Our tendency when we feel something strongly is to over identify with the feeling. For me and those I've worked with, being able to loosen the grip and see thoughts and feelings as an experience we are having and not something we are has proved extremely useful for creating a mindset that allows for more creativity and solutions to emerge.

The typical response to strong emotions such as anger would be "I am angry."

Susan David suggests using the two phrases:

"I am having the feeling that..."

"I am having the thought that..."

Putting these two tools to use would look like this...

"I am having the feeling that I am angry."

"I am having the thought that what she did made me angry"

Everyone's experience is unique so try these out and play with the variations. You know it's working when you feel the charge start to subside and you can see it more as an experience instead of a state of being.

I get deeper into this in the podcast, so be sure to tune in and leave a comment below letting me know how you're going to put this into practice.

Jan 29, 2018

Language is a powerful shaper of our experience. The depth of training and knowledge most of us have when it comes to words stops at basic grammar.  I remember when I had my first powerful experience with language and consciousness, and how from that moment forward, my view of language was forever changed. 

Back on episode 065 I chatted with Mark England about Upgrading Your Language to Resolve Conflicts at Home, at Work, and In Your Head where we got into the nuts and bolts of Procabulary and how to use language. Today we are diving deeper to go beyond surface language.

Mark England is a TEDx speaker and 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.

Procabulary builds fun, simple and easy to use tools that help you discover direction, purpose and turbo-charge every goal – from the smallest daily task to life’s biggest dreams.

As we roll into today's show Mark and I both share our own short story of the first time we experienced the power of language and then pull back the curtain to go beyond the surface.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How phrases stated by ourselves and others can influence our choices.
  • The ways in which the questions we ask ourselves are dictating what we let ourselves see as a valid possible outcome.
  • How what we say and how we say it matters.
  • Working with your rate of speech.
  • How to use your breath to embody statements and states of being.
  • Skills for using your awareness when stress triggers or injuries arise.
Jan 25, 2018

Language was the equivalent of my gateway drug into the personal development space about 10 years ago. I was already into fitness and health, and was working as a personal live in chef for the years prior. When I got a glimpse of the "non-physical" modalities like thought, language, and consciousness, I was hooked.

In a soon to be released episode of my interview series, I sat down with Mark England who was on the show back on episode 65 talking about the core principles of Procabulary and upgrading our language. In there we dive deeper into language and go Beyond Surface Language.

This really got me thinking of what I did in the beginning to start conditioning new language patterns and modes of perception.

If you're just getting started in the language game or if you could use a little focus adjustment, then see if you can only state the affirmative for an entire day.

While it sounds quite simple, I think you might find this a little more challenging than meets the eye.

I give a few examples in today's show, so check it out and when after you put this into practice, shoot me a message over on Instagram @jeffagostinelli or on Facebook and let me know how it was.

Jan 22, 2018

Being able to bounce back from the inevitable hard times in life is an essential skill. The recovery period between something that happens and how we come through on the other side is known as resilience.

We often see resilience as a hard skill... something that we gain when we go through experience that toughens us up. I know I typically thought of it this way too, making "thick skinned" and resilient synonymous. My guest today has a different perspective on resilience.

Sarah talks about resilience as having a softer quality and the result of how we integrate the most horrific, embarrassing, shame filled, disappointing, experiences... integrating those into our story in a way that strengthens us but doesn't make us hard.

As a certified Life Coach, Spiritual Director and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, Sarah empowers people to rebound and recover from the damaging effects of stress, trauma and chronic illness/disease. Her clients stop the stress cycle, double their energy and break their limiting patterns and habits. Becoming resilient – emotionally, mentally and physically – they live free from anxiety, stop doubting themselves, and find courage to take action on their dreams, regardless the difficulty and challenge they’ve endured. Sarah believes that obstacles and failures are part of the path to reach our fullest potential. Therefore, we must master how to become resilient instead of shrinking back from pain or resistance.

Today we are going to unpack what resilience is and how it can actually have more of a soft, integrated quality to it. We also going to get into how shame and resilience are related.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Ways to reframe your thoughts so you avoid feeling unnecessary shame
  • Strategies to remove negative feelings by rewiring your patterned thoughts and beliefs
  • How to gain self control and change your outcomes by learning to tolerate uncomfortable emotions
  • Ways to find your North Star when life seems off-center
  • How to identify and stop negative emotions before they rise up and overtake you
  • Why it's important to hold emotional space for others without always trying to fix their problems
  • How to view your challenges and obstacles as forces working for your higher good
  • Strategies to develop more emotional resiliency in your children
Jan 18, 2018

If you guys are yet to gather this from the show so far, I’m completely obsessed with esoteric teachings, spiritual practices, and certain concepts like Penney Peirce and I talked about in the last episode… a holographic reality.

I also love science, research, and data driven findings that reveal the “scientific proof” of what these ancient esoteric teachings knew in a different way.

Where all this comes together, literally… is integration. Bringing together all these different aspects of utilizing the power of the mind, understanding the subconscious, spiritual practices, daily rituals, and the use of our will through direct action.

I see it as a buffet where we can look at our little bag of tricks and select the best tool for the job.

In the second half of 2017 I had a strong sense to move into story and to hit the pause button on the left brain linear data driven side of things and dive deeper into spirituality, story, and creativity.

In 2016 I decided to dive into A Course In Miracles and apply the teachings daily for the whole year. Contemplating, focusing on and acting from some of the concepts in there produced some amazing shift and what I can obviously refer to here as miracles.

Late last year (2017) I was in a similar place emotionally, mentally, and spiritually where I was yearning for answers… but not in the usual research and record way that I have became accustomed to. 

I ended up stumbling upon The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo and decided that this year I would go through the book each day and do the practice. 

Today I want to share with you a passage from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. In here he talks about an aging Hindu master who grew tired of his apprentice complaining.

Jan 15, 2018

Penney Peirce is a respected clairvoyant empath, visionary, author, and popular lecturer and trainer. She is one of the early pioneers in the intuition development movement, specializing in intuition development, inner energy dynamics, expanded perception, transformation, and dream work. She has worked throughout the US, Europe, Japan, South America, and South Africa since 1977, coaching business and government leaders, psychologists, scientists, celebrities, and those on a spiritual path about the hidden dynamics of what makes for true success.

She is the author of ten books, including Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity, Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention, Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration, and The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness.

There are these stages of understanding what transformation is doing and how our consciousness is changing and how its affecting the way our life works… and this process of transformation is what fascinates Penney and what she unpacks in the 4 books previously mentioned.

Transparency is what she describes as the last phase that she has noticed so far.

While this is a word you may relate to information, in her book, Penney outlines different levels or types of transparency, specifically horizontal and vertical transparency. She also speaks to the larger shift from the information age to the intuition age.

There is so much in this book and it’s definetley worth a read. For me Transparency was a great bridge between those hard to grasp “spiritual” concepts and reality. It has also exercises in each section to put the concepts and ideas to work right away.

Today we are going to unpack Transparency and dive into what transformation is.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How you can infuse the physical world with the light of your soul
  • Why time and space are malleable and don’t actually operate on a linear plane
  • Learning how to slow down, find stillness, and drop into a deeper state of conscious awareness
  • How to raise your vibrational frequency to avoid the negative emotions of others
  • Why the past and future are just an illusion and everything exists in the present moment
  • How a mindfulness practice can help to expand your sphere of consciousness
  • Why fear begins to subside when you learn to identify with the soul
  • How you can release internal pressure and tap into the ebb and flow of life
  • Strategies to remove the clutter from your subconscious mind
Jan 11, 2018

Something that has been making it's way into my awareness A LOT lately is the difference between familiarity and comfort.

The language we use to describe thoughts and emotions is massively powerful and can create a mental and emotional state of stop or go.

In the personal development space there is a lot of talk about the comfort zone and how we need to step out of our comfort zone where all the magic happen. I had Andy Molinsky on the show back at episode 85 to talk about his book Reach, which is a very well written book on how to strategically step outside your comfort zone. The strategies he outlines are fantastic and very useful, and what I dive into today is how our comfort zone is anything but comfortable. Let's call it a bit of a meta concept if you will.

The objective of getting out of your comfort zone is to achieve your goals, create change, and experience results that you want.

Clearly we have to take new actions to experience a different result, but the analogy of the comfort zone didn't do it for me. It was almost as if I was just trading one frazzled state for another. When I thought about this deeper, it made more sense... it doesn't seem like a worth while trade.

After being with it for a little while I started to see the distinction more clearly. What I was calling my comfort zone wasn't comfortable at all. It was actually creating a lot of collateral damage and unnecessary pain. It wasn't that it was comfortable, it was just familiar.

One of the biggest distinctions that helped me "get out of my comfort zone" was beginning to approach it with curiosity and through the lens of exploring the unfamiliar.

After you tune in to today's show, come over to the show notes and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Jan 8, 2018

The things that we've ashamed of or have strong feelings about, whether it's addiction or something that may have happened to us, aren't dark in and of themselves. As Shakespeare once said... "Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so."

Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of two novels and four non-fiction books about addiction, recovery and relationships. She’s been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice and Women’s Health, among many others, written about in numerous publications including Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure and Women’s Health and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E.

She created and hosts the Recover Girl podcast and the recovery storytelling show Hammer(ed) Time and speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery. Through her company, Light Hustler, she helps creatives share their dark to find their light—through coaching, writing, workshops and more.

Today we're going to dive into what Light Hustler is all about and find out if you are ready to share your story.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How you can begin to find your light by sharing more of the darkness
  • Learning to get comfortable with your emotions and stop running from feelings
  • How modern society is removing the stigma and shame around addiction
  • Why sharing the darkest parts of your journey can help liberate yourself and others
  • The different ways that sub-conscious fears can play out in your life
  • How to know if you may be ready to share your story of hardship
  • Learning to appreciate how your mindset impacts your physical health
Jan 4, 2018

In this episode, I share some of these insights, lessons learned and guiding principles with you in hope that it will give you context and meaning in the situations or challenges you find yourself in and how to look at 2018 through a new lens.

Here’s a summary, and you can see the full outline at

These two overarching principles served as an anchor that locked the lessons in place.

#1 - Learn your lesson quickly and move on
#2 - Finding your center - your home frequency

Here are my top 5 Lessons from 2017

#1 - The most powerful thing you can do is put yourself around people who are committed to change, knowing themselves more, and creating deeper meaning in their life..
#2 - If you don’t focus on it, it ain’t gonna change.
#3 - Find out what works for you and honor YOUR process.
#4 - Getting it out there is more important than getting it perfect.
#5 - The light casts a shadow, don’t be afraid of it.

Jan 1, 2018

Gay Hendricks has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind transformation for more than 45 years. After earning his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1974, Gay served as Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado for 21 years. He has written more than 40 books, including bestsellers such as Five Wishes, The Big Leap, Conscious Loving and the new Conscious Loving Ever After, the last two co-authored with his co-author and mate for more than 35 years, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks.

He is also a mystery novelist, with a series of five books featuring the Tibetan-Buddhist private detective, Tenzing Norbu. Most recently, he has launched a new mystery series featuring a Victorian-era London detective, Sir Errol Hyde. Gay has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, 48 HOURS and others.

As we speak, Gay is actually working on the sequel for The Big Leap which will be out toward the end of 2018.

Today we are going to unpack the key aspects of The Big Leap and how we can create a better awareness for those times where we are upper limiting ourselves.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why fear can cause you to self-sabotage when you begin to feel too much happiness
  • How you can start to develop more connection and intimacy in your relationships
  • Strategies to increase your awareness and identify destructive thoughts and behaviors
  • How to reinvent yourself for a future filled with abundance, joy, and love
  • Why you should avoid things in your zone of incompetence and spend more time in your zone of genius
  • How the body is keenly wired to let you know when you’re out of harmony
Dec 28, 2017

A few episodes back I went into 3 Simple Things to Manage Overwhelm where I talked about some strategies I use to get past overwhelm by creating the space to get things done personally and professionally. In there I went into blocking time, eliminating distractions by putting your phone on airplane, and letting others know in your immediate environment what you need to have the type of environment you need for the task at hand.

At the root this is cultivating undivided attention and funneling your focus and pretty much everything you've got into what requires it in the moment

The amount of attention you can commit and hold by your mental and emotional focus can make all the difference in creating something with meaning and making memories with the people you love.

As you're heading into the new year, you can use this practice to really dive into the things at the top of your list and start the year strong.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Some simple ways to communicate with your family what your need are
  • How to hit the pause button and change gears
  • Creating the space mentally and emotionally to give your full undivided attention to the task at hand
  • Why being completely present is a gift to yourself and others
  • A simple practice to begin giving your undivided attention on one thing today
Dec 25, 2017

The beauty industry, for men and women, has had a strong focus on the veneer. It's largely about acquiring and applying beauty as apposed to radiating beauty from the inside out.

There's no better example that I know of personally who radiates health and well-being as much as Nadine Artemis and when it comes to cream of the crop pure products Nadine has curated and formulate just that.

Nadine Artemis is the creator of Living Libations, an exquisite line of serums, elixirs, and essentials oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical health and beauty products on the planet. Living Libations natural beauty line that’s won over devoted fans such as singer Alanis Morissette and actresses Carrie-Anne Moss, Shailene Woodley and Mandy Moore.

She is the author of Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance and Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums, a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets, and her products have received rave reviews in the New York Times, the National Post, and the Hollywood Reporter.

Described by Alanis Morissette as “a true-sense visionary,” Nadine has formulated a stunning collection of rare and special botanical compounds. Her healing creations, along with her concept of Renegade Beauty, encourages effortlessness and inspires people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness.

Today we'll dive into some common beauty and self-care practices you can upgrade right away and dig into Nadine's new book, Renegade Beauty.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The real damage people are doing to their bodies in the name of external beauty.
  • What toxic chemicals may be hiding in the self-care products you use on a daily basis
  • How lotions and potions are mutating and eliminating microbes that are essential for your skin health and immune system
  • The importance of giving your home a makeover to clear out toxic products
  • How to improve your health and boost your mood with the natural healing powers of essential oils
  • The health benefits of spending time in nature and interacting with the elements
  • Why certain products listed as natural may actually be misleading and unsafe
Dec 21, 2017

Around the holidays, we typically spend time with our friends and families.

Something that started to happen for me when I was upgrading my nutrition and digging into personal development was that going back home felt awkward. Not only that, but I would get judgemental and try to impose my newly found discoveries on my family and friends.

It can even feel like there is a mismatch going on. These people may remember you as a different person with different views and beliefs. This is super common in the personal development and transformational space.

Today I'm gonna unpack what this looks like and how to navigate these situations. It's been a solid 10+ years since I've started down the path of lifestyle and consciousness shifts, so I feel fairly competent in these situations and confidently expressing myself without getting pulled into anyone's B.S.

So naturally, I thought this would be useful for you to navigate the holiday festivities.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How the right and wrong of things can lead to harboring feelings and resentment
  • The magic of allowing someone the freedom of their own experience
  • The art of honoring each others differences
  • How a personal transformation or any big shift can naturally make you want to share it with others, but being able to discern the best timing
  • Why it's important for people to be ask for help and be in a place of receiving
  • How to navigated what might turn out as a heated debate around the holidays
  • Gauging when you are being sucked into other people stuff
Dec 18, 2017

Today I invited Dorie Clark to come back on the show to talk about her new book, Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive. Dorie was on the show back at episode 037 (The Art of Reinvention and Standing Out in A Crowded Marketplace) where we dug into her book Stand Out and really got deep into how to coach your inner critic.

Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”

A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank. She is also a producer of a multiple Grammy-award-winning jazz album.

In Entrepreneurial You, Dorie outlines a blueprint for professional independence and creating what she calls a portfolio career.

There are countless people who are really good, heck... even GREAT at what they do, but are yet to actually turn that into a lucrative income. Something I've had to grow up and realize and what Dorie so perfectly states is how:

"Learning to make money from your expertise is a different skill set from what’s needed to become excellent at your work or well known in your field."

We are going to unpack Dorie's book Entrepreneurial You and start to chip away at what the income path for independent professionals actually looks like.

In the year Dorie spent writing Entrepreneurial You her income grew by more than $200,000 as a direct result of using the techniques in this book.

Everyone is at a different place in their professional journey. So this isn't to say you'll see those EXACT results, and there's power in seeing what's possible.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Key strategies for building a sustainable business in today’s digital world
  • The proven lead magnets and opt-ins Dorie uses when launching her books and courses
  • How to develop a clear content strategy to share your idea, passion, or business online
  • The critical pieces needed to grow a highly engaged online community
  • How to leverage your content to create multiple streams of income
  • The power of guest blogging and sharing your content through established publications
  • How to develop a trusting relationship with your audience
Dec 14, 2017

In a society where we place a high value on the intellect, it can be a tough to drop into how we really feel about making choices in our life.

I've personally found it extremely valuable to be able to tap into a deeper intelligence to navigate life's choices and be able to draw upon the feeling of a decision.

In a recent coaching session with a client we came up with a great analogy that helped her clear the mental clutter and drop into a deeper more resourceful place to make the choice she was up against.

In today's episode I'll unpack what that looks like and how to move from a more frenetic whack-a-mole state to a place of yummy tummy. I know that sounds a little strange, but you'll hear all about it in today's show.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to move from mental noise to a place of deeper knowing
  • A strategy for cultivating child like curiosity
  • Another way to make choices based on feeling
  • How to start passing options through each state... whack-a-mole and yummy tummy
Dec 11, 2017

Tim Larkin is a former military intelligence officer with a 25 year career where he has trained people in 52 countries in how to deal with imminent violence. Over 10,000 clients are trained in his Target Focus Training (TFT) from Military Special Operations Units, Special Law Enforcement Teams, Celebrities and high profile business leaders on how to use physics and physiology to injure any human(s) trying to attack them. TFT is the original Reality Based Fighting System.

His numerous magazine covers and articles in the Martial Arts and self-defense industry are as controversial as his “pro-victim advocate” position on self-protection. He is a highly sought after speaker as well as the media’s “go to guy” on Self Defense and Victim’s rights.

Today we'll unpack Tim's new book, When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake, and get to know the ins and outs of this topic that most people don't want to think about.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why it doesn’t make you a bad person to learn the tools of violence for self-protection
  • How to pick up on social cues to know when you may be in real danger
  • The key differences between fighting, martial arts, and self-protection protocols
  • How to know when it’s an appropriate time to use violence
  • Learning to identify and exploit the weakness of an attacker
  • Strategies to maintain emotional composure under fear
  • How to make better decisions to minimize the chance of encountering violence
  • Why the brain should always be used as your primary weapon
Dec 7, 2017

Something that a lot of us men are missing out on is real authentic connection with other men. Like a lot of things that somehow find their way into my life, I didn't know it was something I needed until it found me.

My friend Billy introduced me to the work of Dr. Robert Glover and his book, No More Mr. Nice Guy. After diving into his work and having him on the show, I started attending a men's group with my friend Billy and about 8-10 other guys every other week.

One of the exercises we've done in the group is sharing a story, something we did, or something that happened to us that we haven't shared, or that we are ashamed of. I really underestimated the power of such a simple exercise.

In today's episode, I'll unpack what I'm starting to understand about shame and some things that are unfolding as a result of entering the darkness to find the light.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Some ways that shame potentially gets passed on and creates a false identity
  • How shame can only live in hiding
  • Leaning into being uncomfortable
  • Putting yourself into situations where you may have felt embarrassed in the past
  • The surprising result of having a support system
Dec 4, 2017

Growing up an Irish boy in East London, Steve Sims was the son of a brick mason. This laid the foundation, yes... pun intended..., for his insane work ethic. Steve paints this amazingly vivid picture in his new book Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen, where he saw his dad, uncles, and cousins. His entire family tree down the line of ladders. In that moment he realized that he would eventually be that next one on the ladder for the rest of his life. That night, he quit.

The second he was clear there was a different way to think, he took action.

Ever since Steve has been pulling off the unimaginable. He's been able to make his clients' wildest dreams come true, from a wedding at the Vatican, to being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, to powerful business introductions to moguls like Elon Musk.

Steve Sims is is the visionary founder of Bluefish: the world’s first luxury concierge company that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest. He has been invited to speak to MBA students at Harvard (twice), has spoken at the Pentagon, and has been featured in major media all around the world: From The Sunday Times and China Post, to The Wall Street Journal.

Today we'll dive into how Steve pulls the strings and the art of Bluefishing.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How Steve built his luxury concierge service that delivers extravagant adventures to rich and famous clientele
  • Why most people are scared to acknowledge or go after their deepest passions
  • Strategies to develop and nurture your personal relationships
  • How raw transparency will help others connect with your vision
  • The power of using video messaging to spark excitement and connection
  • How many of today’s entrepreneurs are misallocating their time
  • Why genuine engagement is more important than the size of your following
Nov 30, 2017

Any time we try to change something in our life, we find out how we REALLY handle change. We all have a very predictable way that we respond emotionally to the uncertainty that inevitably arises when we go about creating change. This emotional response is woven into the fabric of our current circumstance and when we can understand what that response looks like and make peace with the present, we can start to cultivate the emotions of our end goal and maintain the emotional terrain necessary for change.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to cultivate the set of emotions that you want to experience
  • Why getting clear on what you want to experience instead will help you create peace with the present
  • How to stay centered even when you feel triggered
  • Tips for fueling your future and not the frustration of the present moment
  • A set of questions to ask yourself about how you really want to feel
  • How you always have a choice to choose something different
  • Playing the game of to do's and to be's to get to where you want in life
  • How to extract the lessons from life's situations
  • A nightly practice to cultivate new actions and emotional states
  • How you respond to change
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