The Next Level with Jeff Agostinelli

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Jul 31, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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…