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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Nov 16, 2017

When I got very clear on how I wanted to feel and acting and creating from that place, things got a lot more fulfilling.

Now, please hear me on this one. I'm definitely not saying I've got this perfect, that's why it's called a practice :) BUT when I can continually nudge myself in the direction of cultivating a heightened emotional state and bringing awareness to how I actually feel, shit gets a lot easier.

If you're yet to hear episode 100 where I review some of the major lessons learned from the first 100 episodes with my buddy Ian Ryan, be sure to check that out. In addition to my major lessons learned, I also talked about what I would have done differently and how I would have started these solo rounds a lot sooner. BUT... better late than never right :)

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to take the mundane and make it feel more sacred
  • My favorite strategy for taking your to do's and making them to be's and building spiritual capital
  • Successfully mining the transition from one activity to another to create more meaning
  • A simple practice for connecting with your deeper why
  • How to weed out what's working and what's not based on your results
  • Why visiting your outcome in your imagination can spark new ideas
Nov 13, 2017

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What does it mean to seek better than the norm, to truly live an extraordinary life? Our life experiences and the meaning we attach to them create who we are and shape our reality. Bonnie opens this beautifully by saying "what you believe is what you perceive." On our journey to becoming whole, addressing our deeply held beliefs about who we are is the springboard for true healing and creating the life you envision.

Bonnie Kelly teaches people how to de-weed their minds of underlying Negative Core Beliefs and cultivate a beautiful garden of emotional health and balance. As an author, personal development and emotional intelligence expert, motivational speaker and founder of Bonnie Kelly & Associates and MindFu Academy™, Bonnie has dedicated her life to helping others stop the cycle of self-sabotage. From her experiences as an abused child to her life on the streets as a teen to being in and out of jail and rehab, she has experienced life’s lowest points firsthand. When she hit rock bottom, she became determined to change her life for the better. Now, she is supporting individuals, groups and businesses in understanding what it means to operate from a place of emotional clarity and wellness.

Corporate groups she has worked with include Genetech, Union Pacific, California Nurses Association, Solano County Probation Department, Benicia USD, Keller Williams and Brandman University. At the heart of Bonnie’s work is her year long Emotional Resilience Training program, which helps people end patterns of unconscious self-sabotage and transform their lives for the better. Her new book is entitled, “True to Your Core: Uncovering the Subconscious Beliefs Wreaking Havoc in Your Life.”

Today we dive into Bonnie's book, True to Your Core and unpack what it means to create an extraordinary life.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to let go of the old programming that leads to mental and emotional suffering
  • Ways to “win the war of your worth” by turning down the critical inner voice
  • Understanding how your emotional state impacts your decisions, actions, and the people around you
  • Ways to unpack and rewire the subconscious beliefs that make you feel unworthy
  • How to move forward and find a new path after losing your identity
  • Why the muscles of self-development need to be trained on a regular basis
  • Strategies to overcome procrastination and avoid self-sabotage
  • How to make sure you don't settle for a less than extraordinary life
  • and MORE…
Nov 6, 2017

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What a ride! After 100 episodes of the show I wanted to jump on and do something a little different. There have been a lot of lessons learned, things I would have done differently, and what the show is going to look like moving forward.

Today I'm joined by my good friend and host of The Fearless and Healthy Podcast, Ian Ryan, where he turns the tables and interviews me on my biggest lessons and insights from the first 100 episodes.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Valuable lessons from the past 100 interviews with the world’s top leaders
  • How to condition your body and mind to better handle adversities throughout the day
  • Ways you can avoid the surface-level fluff in the personal development space
  • How to develop faith, trust in the process, and act on your inspirations and ideas
  • Becoming brutally honest with yourself and doing the deeper work required for change
  • Using appreciation to pull yourself out of an emotional rut
  • Learning to embrace the “season of suck” when you decide to try something new
  • Avoiding the mental roadblocks that keep you from going to your next level
  • How to get clear on your priorities and develop a precise plan of action
  • Finding your spiritual sobriety and releasing the constant need for stimulation
  • and more...
Oct 30, 2017

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Every lineage has a different name for the part of yourself that can wreak havoc in your life. Christianity has the Devil and Demons, Vedic traditions have the concept of Maya, and my guest today believes it's time for a new definition for the reactive attached mind. In his new book, Sh#t Your Ego Says, James McCrae takes us on our journey through the pivotal times in his life where he overcame being his own worst enemy.

Dubbed by The Huffington Post as “…the Eckhart Tolle of the Internet Generation,” James McCrae is the author of Sh#t Your Ego Says and an award-winning strategist and writer at the intersection of creativity and mindfulness. He works with people and organizations around the world to unlock creative potential and turn imagination into results. An avid supporter of basketball, burritos, and yoga, James lives in New York City.

Today we are going to dive into James book Sh#t Your Ego Says: Strategies to Overthrow Your Ego and Become the Hero of Your Story.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How a mindfulness practice can help recenter and refocus your life
  • When you should view fear as an indication of your deeper calling
  • How to start living your purpose now instead of waiting for conditions to be perfect
  • Releasing the need for outside approval and becoming more comfortable in your own skin
  • How to separate yourself from incessant thoughts and become the observer of your own mind
  • The power and strength you can find when working towards your higher purpose
  • Developing the courage to trust and act on your intuition
  • and MORE…
Oct 23, 2017

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After failing public school and being expelled from several continuation schools, MC YOGI has a life changing experience when he was introduced to yoga, which he describes as “a coming home experience.” His story is filled with so many instances of grace, hope, and inspiration. It shows that no matter what your life is like right now, you always have the power to find your true path AND experience grace along the way.

MC YOGI is a world-renowned yoga teacher and musician. He has performed and taught yoga everywhere, from head-lining festivals and nightclubs to performing in the Forbidden City in China and even at the White House. When not on the road, MC YOGI and his wife Amanda teach at their home studio, Point Reyes Yoga, in Northern California.

Today, we dive into his first book SPIRITUAL GRAFFITI: Finding My True Path, a memoir that recounts his journey from gangs to grace.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The physical and emotional benefits we receive from connecting with our breath
  • Transcending the thinking mind to let our art and creativity flow through us
  • How we can develop clarity around the guiding principles of our life
  • The inner peace and balance we receive from a yoga practice
  • Finding the courage to share our art and creativity with the world
  • How we can begin to walk the path towards our destiny
  • Why doors begin to open when you truly commit to something
  • The transformative power of books and the written word
  • How to get out of our heads and reconnect with the body
  • and MORE…
Oct 16, 2017

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I absolutely love and find it very refreshing when I come across a body of work that has a healthy dose of self inquiry, utility, AND edge.

In his new book Unfu*k Yourself: Get out of your head and into your life, Gary John Bishop dives into 7 assertions to help you shift the narrative you tell yourself.

Gary began his life journey in Glasgow, Scotland. The grit and wit of his early life have contributed to his tough-love, in-your-face approach to personal development. Coupled with world-class training, Gary has created a potent brew of effectiveness and the ability to reach through the crust of people's lives and root out the deeper issues that consume them and tie them to their challenges. His ability to elevate and expand people's greatness makes the kind of life-altering impact that is rare in the industry. Gary's hyper-awareness and years of elite training allow him to assess each client and guide them to the path that best expresses their lives; with micro precision, he cuts straight to the heart of what is going to make a difference.

This book was a great read for so many reasons. Right at the top of the list is how raw and real it is... no fluff. In a sea of quick hits and short quotes that lack depth, these assertions and the questions they lead to will give you a very useful set of tools to begin unpacking why you do what you do and what to do from here.

Today we are going to unpack Unfu*k Yourself and get deeper into how Gary used some of these in his own life to overcome obstacles.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to step up in life and begin to take action
  • Why we should challenge our self imposed limitations
  • Learning to thrive during times of uncertainty
  • How we can stop undermining our own greatness
  • The need to face reality and take a stand for who we want to become
  • Why future expectations get in the way of our current happiness
  • Using assertive language to redirect our inner dialogue
  • and MORE…
Oct 9, 2017

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When it comes to seeing life as an interconnected network governed by our ability to allow abundance to flow into our experience, my guest today has his story to tell.

Growing up having very little, wearing out of date clothes that were often too small, and even being the one with the tape between his eyeglasses that you only thought happened in movies were just a few things Christian Mickelsen overcame on his journey to a life of plenty... abundance.

Christian Mickelsen is one of the most influential coaches, healers, and business leaders in the world. His company has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America 3 years in row. As a leading authority in personal development and personal coaching, he's written the #1 bestselling book Get Clients Today along with several others, including his newest personal growth book published by Hay House Abundance Unleashed: Open Yourself to More Money, Love, Health and Happiness Now. He's been featured in Forbes, Yahoo Finance and MSN. He lives in San Diego, California with his amazing wife and three super fun daughters.

Christian dives into a lot in his new book and one thing I've personally experienced and have seen in friends and clients is the energy of being needy. This is just one of the ways we fail to recognize the abundance in our lives, and after hearing Christian dive into this more in today's show, you'll have some insight on how to see if this is present in your life and what you can do to shift it.

Today we are going to unpack Christian's new book Abundance Unleashed: Open Yourself to More Money, Love, Health, and Happiness Now.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to stop pushing away the things we desire
  • The Reasons we fail to recognize the abundance in our lives
  • How we can manifest and create more happiness and success
  • Ways to overcome fears, doubts, and limiting beliefs
  • How we can transform our pain into peace
  • Strategies for moving past mental blocks around wealth
  • How to better manage our thoughts and emotions
  • and MORE…
Oct 2, 2017

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My guest today helps men to overcome something he calls the "nice guy syndrome." I was pretty shocked after digging into this work how many characteristics I've seen in my own relationships.

Now you may be thinking what I was when I first heard the title... Does that mean I just have to be an asshole? You'll hear (just like I found out) this isn't the case. Dr. Glover suggest that a recovering nice guy (you know, on the other side) turns into an integrated male.

Dr. Robert Glover is the author of the bestselling book, No More Mr. Nice Guy: A Proven Plan for Getting What You Want In Love, Sex and Life. His website features numerous online self-help courses, workshops, groups, and trained coaches and therapists. Dr. Glover lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

We dive into No More Mr. Nice Guy and unpack some of the tendencies of a nice guy and what it means to become an Integrated Male.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Tendencies that often come with the “nice guy syndrome”
  • The importance of learning how to set boundaries
  • Why we have to make our own needs more of a priority
  • How to show up powerfully, and be clear and direct with our plan
  • The problem with always trying to please others
  • How emotional tension can actually generate more connection
  • Why the “nice guy syndrome” often stems from anxiety
  • How the disempowered male can reclaim his masculine energy
  • Ways to move past our feelings of resistance
  • The importance of having support systems in our life
  • and MORE…
Sep 25, 2017

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Kute Blackson is a next generation world leader out to awaken millions to Love and to Live their inspired destiny.

Kute quickly learned that the “outside-in” approach favored by so many in the personal development space had to become an inside-out approach. So he decided to create his own method—a process that liberates the individual and the true self at the core and then pushes those gifts outward into the universe. This helps the individual get in touch with who they really are. It is a process of breaking free—so that the individual can live, give, and share the truest expression of their self. This is what Kute calls “Liberated Living.”

Kute is back on the show to celebrate the release of the paperback copy of You Are The One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You which shows readers how to unlock their true potential and live a life they love, through love.

Today we'll dive deeper into Kute's journey in writing the book, what's transpired over the year it's been out through getting the message out and what he's had to face along the way. We'll also dive deeper into some of the key concepts of his book You Are The One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The lessons we receive from challenging times in our life
  • How we can bring more love into our thoughts, actions, and intentions
  • The importance of getting in touch with our deeper emotions
  • How to get out of our own way and allow life to unfold through us
  • The ways we can tap into the authentic voice of our soul
  • How to develop more dedication, commitment, and focus
  • Why seeking the truth will move us closer towards our authentic vision
  • The benefits of a deep reflection practice
  • and MORE…
Sep 18, 2017

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With the many advances in science over the last 10 plus years, especially in the field of genetics, we've seen a good bit of the books rewritten from the old model that our genes are our destiny. We've had a number of guests on the show talking about this from a mind over matter perspective, and today we'll hear from Dr. Sharad Paul about the genetics side of the equation.

Dr. Paul is an award-winning author (fiction, nonfiction, poetry and medical textbooks), a prolific contributor to major national and international magazines and journals including MindBodyGreen, and a frequent radio and television guest.

Dr. Sharad P. Paul, MD is a skin cancer surgeon, family physician, academic, skincare expert, evolutionary biologist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur, as well as an adjunct professor at Aukland University of Technology. Born in England, with a childhood in India, he is a global citizen who lives Down Under. In 2008, was featured in international editions of Time and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Ko Awatea International Excellence Award for Leading (Health) Improvement on a Global Scale.

Today we'll unpack Dr. Sharad Paul's book, The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why genetics may be our blueprint… but they are not our destiny.
  • How we can express different genes by controlling diet, exercise, and lifestyle.
  • Why procrastination may stem from an evolutionary adaptation.
  • How our faith and beliefs can determine our genetic expression.
  • Some mindfulness techniques for reducing anxiety.
  • Ways we can optimize our energy and vitality.
  • How stress plays into our health and genetics.
  • Why movement and exercise can reduce the risk of cognitive disease.
  • The importance of avoiding stress causing foods.
  • and MORE...
Sep 11, 2017

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We all have a particular journey in life, lessons to learn, and a path that leads us to those lessons. Before I came across personal development, and the art and science of maintaining your mindset, food was my medicine. It still is the foundation of my lifestyle, and being nimble in thought, feeling, and action is the #1 skill I continue to zero in on and develop in my every day life, and especially when life presents it's unique challenges.

My guest today has a long track record of success in the fitness and nutrition space. Her most recent book, Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, and Life's Hardest Lessons tells the story of her son's near fatal accident that called upon all her mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual resources to continue moving forward and keeping faith through a very challenging time.

Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin teaches clients how to eliminate food and carb intolerances so they can transform their health and their lives. As co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and health expert on Dr. Phil, JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, including appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. JJ is the author of four NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook.

Her latest book, Miracle Mindset, shows warrior moms how to be strong, positive leaders for their families, while exploring the inspirational lessons JJ learned as she fought for her own son’s life. JJ hosts the popular JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show podcast and regularly writes for Huffington Post, Rodale Wellness, Mind Body Green and other major blogs and magazines. In addition to her work with nutrition and fitness, JJ is also a business coach and founded the premier health entrepreneur event and community, The Mindshare Summit.

Today we dive into JJ's story of what she did to navigate this challenging time and how she maintained focus on her son being able to live a thriving life again, even after what seemed like many end of the road situations along the way.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How we can find the courage to overcome challenging moments in life.
  • Why forgiveness is a necessary part of the healing process.
  • How to reduce our patterns of negative thinking.
  • Daily rituals and lifestyle habits to help us mentally detox.
  • Ways to avoid getting trapped in the victim mentality.
  • Why developing curiosity will lead to more growth.
  • How we can maintain hope during troubling times.
  • The importance of the way we frame our questions.
  • Strategies for building a more resilient mindset.
  • and MORE…
Sep 4, 2017

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It's one thing to perform optimally for the task at hand, but what does it actually mean to consistently perform your best?

Working with top level athletes and understanding how their belief, thoughts and behaviors affect their performance is what Dr. Stan Beecham is all about.

Dr. Stan Beecham is a sport psychologist and director and founding member of the Leadership Resource Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Since 1998, Beecham has been helping organizations maximize performance and realize the full potential of their human resources. Senior executives utilize Dr. Beecham’s expertise to guide them through the process of selecting and developing high performance teams. In addition to his coaching and consulting engagements at the Leadership Resource Center, he is a professional speaker and writer committed to advancing the science of leadership development.

Today his work with collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes from many sports has afforded him an insight into the minds of great competitors that only few have had the good fortune to gain.

In his book, ELITE MINDS: How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and Maximize Success, Dr. Stan Beecham dives into a a number of concepts that are typical of what he calls Elite Minds. We get into some of these in today's show, and the mental processes and tactics behind them.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The mindset needed to create a competitive edge.
  • How we can conquer fears and reach our higher calling.
  • The difference between doing better and doing our best.
  • How we can build persistence, embrace the journey, and move forward.
  • The psychology that will move us closer to our full potential.
  • How to set physical boundaries so we maintain a better work-life balance.
  • The ways meditation will alter the activity and chemicals in our brain.
  • How the expectation of success can help us get into the flow state.
  • Ways we can frame our language to produce better outcomes.
  • How to take action on things that we don't necessarily want to do.
  • and MORE…
Aug 28, 2017

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I've noticed something and I'm curious if you have too... Is it just me or is everyone wearing a tracking device these days? Yes, wearables have a definite upside. They can help you stay accountable, increase gains, and record way more data than we can manually. BUT have we switched out the reward of happy hormones and flow for better metrics?

Today I sat down with Phil White, to talk about his new book Unplugged: Evolve From Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance & Consciousness and how we can come back to training our instincts instead of solely relying on our devices.

Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer and the co-author of Unplugged with Brian Mackenzie and Dr. Andy Galpin, Game Changer with Dr. Fergus Connolly and Jim Harbaugh and Flight Plan with Dr. Kelly Starrett. He's also a frequenter contributor to The Inertia and SUP Magazine.

There is a lot in here. Before I made the connection between feeling overwhelmed and an excess in obsession over metrics, I didn't really know consciously that I had traded out some of the natural benefits of fitness and progress for better looking stats. At the very least, I hope this show inspires you to view your fitness tracking and health stats as more of a tool instead of a metric of success.

In this episode you'll learn

  • If all the tracking and quantifying we do is truly increasing our insight and outcomes.
  • The importance of unplugging and being fully present in an outdoor environment.
  • How to develop more intrinsic motivation, instead of relying on cue’s from our devices.
  • Ways to decide if technology is going to add to, or take away from an experience.
  • How we can better get in touch with our own internal feedback.
  • The unethical marketing that may arise from large companies tracking our data.
  • How spending more time in nature can help us get into a state of flow.
  • and so much MORE…
Aug 21, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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…
Jun 26, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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...
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