The Next Level with Jeff Agostinelli

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May 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

In this episode you'll learn

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

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

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

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

In this episode you'll learn

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

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

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

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

In this episode you'll learn…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We dive into topics like

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

Apr 24, 2017

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

Apr 17, 2017

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

Apr 10, 2017

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

Apr 3, 2017

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

Mar 27, 2017

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

Mar 20, 2017

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

Mar 13, 2017

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

Mar 6, 2017

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

Feb 27, 2017

Ian Ryan is the founder of and the host of The Fearless and Healthy Podcast, a top ranked iTunes podcast in health, self-help, and education. With over 9 years experience as a highly sought after health coach, Ian believes in a holistic approach to wellness and putting a large emphasis on mastering mindset. His vision is to help one million people step into their true calling and live a healthy, confident and fearless life. Ian’s motivation to create was in large part influenced by his 25-year-old brother's death in January 2015. This tragedy was the catalyst behind his podcast, cross country move and desire to inspire people on a bigger scale. Ian believes that wellness can spark the change necessary to change lives both inside and out. We dive into topics like, understanding the seasons of life, Ian's big realizations after his brother died of a heroin overdose, how to make that initial realization last and create lasting personal change as a result, crafting daily rituals, Creating a Positive State and How to Win the Day, practicing gratitude and focusing on the little things, why focusing on your mindset and emotions is just as important as your physical fitness, how a recap of your daily wins can significantly amplify your results, sticking with your personal practice long enough to see results, how to simplify new habits for long term success, the power of staying consistent, a morning routine to set you up for success, how tracking your progress can enhance your results, making your lifestyle congruent with your goals, and so much more.

Feb 20, 2017

One of the major themes we end up digging into on the show is the fine balance between mindset work and taking action. There is a tendency for us to be pulled to one side of that spectrum... either doing a lot of "inner work" and taking little action, or taking a ton of action and "hustling" till we're red in the face, but never really looking at our frame of mind, or what ripple effect is being caused by our action. My guest today helps entrepreneurs find that delicate balance AND create massive results in their business. Olivia Charlet grew up around the world and lived in Tokyo, Dusseldorf, Joburg, Vienna, Hamburg, Boston, Auckland, and London. With a Bachelors in Business, a Master's in Organizational Psychology and a Coaching qualification in London, Olivia decided to launch Olivia Charlet International in 2014 to help entrepreneurs around the world make their own impact and build their wealth through powerful mindset work. Olivia is a speaker, coach, and published author and has a massive mission to catapult as many people to success as possible. We dive into topics like, doing the work, uncovering hidden beliefs and making new rules for yourself, understanding the unconscious rules that could be limiting your success, finding the sweet spot between mindset work and taking action to see results in your business, creating the expectation to have fun and feel good in your business, understanding where and what to focus on in your business, designing your ideal day, staying in your zone of genius, taking action in alignment with what it is you actually want, defining who you want to work with by their values, deciding what platforms you are going to consistently show up on for the people you choose to serve, how to pick the right clients for you who are already hungry, and so much more.

Feb 13, 2017

Sticking to a super rigid diet isn't for everyone. My guest today discovered that for her to live a truly Pure Joy Life, she had to incorporate more flexibility with all the ways she fed herself. Elaina Love is the founder and director of Pure Joy Culinary Academy, a cutting-edge culinary arts and nutrition school. Her Academy is designed to teach students how to prepare delicious foods while healing and nourishing their body. Over the last 20 years, Elaina’s low glycemic, grain-free, holistic, gourmet recipes have shaped the raw food industry. She has a unique ability to teach, coach and inspire aspiring chefs and individuals who want to change their life. Through raw foods, cleansing and fasting, Elaina healed herself from systemic candida, chronic fatigue, and severe skin problems. She is public speaker, author of 3 raw vegan recipe books and created the first nut milk bag ever. We dive into topics like, Elaina's healing journey and what brought her into the health and wellness industry, Elaina's first experience with the Arise and Shine Cleanse, why detoxification is more important than nutrition, starting with a liver flush to begin your cleansing journey, she simple way to start cleaning up your diet, how cleaning up your diet can help you build confidence and intuition, weaving together food, nutrition, and spirituality through Pure Joy Academy, the key to upgrading all areas of your life, Elaina's favorite meditation app, what happens when you get too obsessed with diet and health and what to do about it, why it's more important now than ever to eat a plant based diet, why an alkaline diet is key for optimal health, and so much more.

Feb 6, 2017

Mastin Kipp is a number one best-selling author, speaker and life interventionist for people who are seeking rapid transformation in their lives. Mastin has built a highly successful international personal development company that helps people create rapid change, connect to who they really are and how to live their lives with passion and purpose. Through his writing, online courses, in-person seminars and international retreats, Mastin has worked with over two million people in over 100 countries around the world. Oprah recently also named Mastin “one of 100 awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity,” alongside other teachers such as Tony Robbins, Caroline Myss, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Brené Brown, Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle to name just a few. We dive into topics like, Mastin's originally motivation for starting The Daily Love, his decision to shift gears to, what separates simply information from information that produces change, extracting the lesson and doing the work, the 2 biggest misconceptions about what purpose really is, how do define purpose for yourself, how what you are doing right now is a vehicle to get you to the next place, what envy and jealousy is trying to tell you, having faith in your abilities, how to get into action, iterative learning, Mastin's recent weight loss and how he did it, the root cause of what was holding Mastin back, having the courage to let your gifts be seen, and so much more.

Jan 30, 2017

Writer, speaker, and life coach Martha Beck is the author of ten books, some of which, to her continued astonishment, are bestsellers. Readers can get a monthly hit of her unique blend of humor, science and spirituality in O, The Oprah Magazine. Martha recently published her first novel, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening, which Elizabeth Gilbert has called “a perfect book.” Today we dive into one of her books, Finding Your Way In A Wild New World and so much more. We dive into topics like how Martha originally got on the path, what motivated Martha to originally change the way she lived, nature can heal and healing your true nature, how suffering is a strong motivator and how to pay attention to it before it gets too bad, developing stillness of the mind by asking a few key questions, when the student is ready, the teacher appears, the technologies of magic, how everything has a consciousness, bending spoons, Martha's top 3 daily practices for seeing in a brand new way, how to be present with intense emotions, navigating the storm before the calm, and so much more.

Jan 23, 2017

My guest today wrote two of my favorite books on applying the principles of brain science, and the best part is... he makes it super simple to understand AND practice. Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free. We dive into topics like what is neuroplasticity, what creates fundamental change in the nervous system, how to cultivate inner resources, about 1/3 of what shapes us is hard wired into our brain while about 2/3 is learned behavior, nerves that fire together wire together, how do we start to interrupt the path of doing life on automatic, how to manage and learn from your own thoughts and feelings, how the brain evolved to be "velcro for the bad and teflon for the good”, what is negativity bias, the practice of Taking in the good... turning good moments into a great brain, becoming competent at your own interior, what Rick's practice looks like for taking in the good, and so much more…

Jan 16, 2017

While seeking alternative educational models for my own children and learning some key insights from my wife, I came across the work or Pat Farenga and Growing Without Schooling. Patrick Farenga brings more than 34 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience (he and his wife unschooled their three daughters) to help parents and children learn in their own ways. Pat is a writer and education activist who addresses academic and general audiences about working with children, not on children, to help them learn. Farenga worked closely with one of the founders of the modern homeschooling movement, the late author and teacher John Holt, and published Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped in 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about learning without going to school, started by Holt in 1977. In today's episode we are going into the educational system, and then unpack what the unschooling revolution is all about. We dive into topics like, how the educational system is long overdue for an upgrade, what is unschooling, the origins of unschooling and deschooling, growing Without Schooling, the conditions we have set up around how to learn and why it's not the most optimal, the true statistics of how many Americans actually have college degrees and what that really means, how education is actually part of the problem of our social structure, the truth about college debt, and so much more…

Jan 9, 2017

Fully Raw Kristina (Kristina Carillo Bucaram) is a pioneer in the local, organic food co-operative movement. The founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S., she has been 100% raw for over 11 years. An exemplification of all that she wishes to create, she is a leading visionary in the raw movement, especially in Houston, TX. Kristina’s inspiration for being FullyRaw came after she was able to rid herself of Hyperglycemia at the age of 18 eating nothing but a low fat raw vegan diet consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables with few nuts and seeds. At the age of 20 before she graduated college, she started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to thousands of families in the greater Houston city limits. Besides being the chief goddess co-operator of Rawfully Organic, Kristina has made a living coaching and inspiring thousands of others to be FullyRaw for the past few years. She is the author of The Fully Raw Diet and also the creator of her latest company called FullyRaw Juice, LLC. We dive into topics like, Kristina's story of transformation, being Fully Raw for almost 12 years, going from being in and out of the hospital at 87 lbs to turning everything around with raw food, understanding the difference between refined sugar and fruit sugar, the problem and challenge with self-diagnosing, the birth of the Rawfully Organic Co-Op, a 52,000 member co-op, the largest in the country, the natural evolution of each of Kristina's 4 businesses, moving forward even when things are scary or uncertain, and so much more…

Jan 2, 2017

Sometimes, relationship can be tough no navigate. When you put two people in the same house, add kids, work, and the inherent challenges that come along with modern schedules, friction is bound to come up. I find myself often joking about how we aren't ever taught in school how to successfully navigate our own emotions and how to be successful in relationship. That leaves it up to us to learn by example from role models who have relationships we admire, or find that information through books, classes, blogs, and other media. My guest today has really helped me understand how relationship can take on many forms through her book Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Wholehearted Love. Linda Carroll—MS, is a writer, psychotherapist and a love/life coach specializing in relationship issues of all kinds for both singles and couples, assisting people in their life transitions. If you are in relationship or have tried to navigate relationship and still find yourself scratching your head wondering how it all works, then you will love today's episode. Linda unpacks the 4 Love Cycles and we also talk about some of the most common marriage and relationship misconceptions and what to do instead. We dive into topics like how love is not merely an emotion but a daily action we practice, who to listen to and who not to listen to when it comes to love, understanding how love happens and how to make it sustainable, how love can come and go in a relationship and what to do about it, the 5 Essential Stages, the bio-chemistry of love and what actually happens to your brain when you fall in love, how falling in love can actually impair our good judgement, the number one fear for men and for women in relationship, how to find common ground in a any argument by understanding each others values, doing the regular actions of love even when you don't feel like doing it, the new standards of relationship, and so much more…

Dec 26, 2016

Personal Development's power couple, Preston Smiles and Alexi Panos, are world renowned innovators and pioneers in the Emergent Wisdom Movement. As founders of the groundbreaking Bridge Method (which includes their live workshops, and various online training programs), they have created a movement of transformation that has taken humanity by storm through their unique and passion-filled approach to sharing age-old wisdom. Using social media as a main source of connection and distribution of their lively educational videos, they've built an incredible tribe of loyal fans around the globe who aren't just inspired by their work, but are empowered by it. Preston came on the show back at episode 25 to talk about his first book Love Louder and if you are yet to check that one out, head over there after tuning into this one. It's packed full of wisdom as well. Today we dive into their new book NOW OR NEVER Your Epic Life in 5 Steps, which available for pre-order today and debuts on December 27, 2016. We dive into topics like, whatever you put into the universe, you will be tested on, what it means to really have a choice, how every day is a choice, how to make personal transformation FUN, how to change your mental, emotional, and physical state quickly, recognizing and working with conscious and unconscious agreements, some strategies for re-writing your stories in partnership, making conscious agreement for how you and your partner act around the opposite sex, where jealousy, mistrust, envy and other triggers actually come from, what to do when you take things personally, radical responsibility is the glue that holds relationships together, accepting what is, deciphering between action for the sake of action and inspired action, and so much more...

Dec 19, 2016

Christian Howes grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he studied violin through the Suzuki method from the age of five, performed as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16, and later earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Ohio State University. Since 2011, performer, educator and composer, Christian Howes was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. Besides being a world class jazz violinist, Christian has a lot of insight into the creative process and has built a business around being a performer AND helping other artists create structure and develop the business side of their creative pursuits. If you are a creative and have had a challenge looking at what you do from the business side, you will get a lot from this episode! We dive into topics like, Christian's initial journey from being a classical violinist to training creativity, how we are born creative and conditioned otherwise at an early age, how to practice and develop creativity, giving yourself parameters to guide the creative framework, the importance of treating your creative business pursuit AS A business, how getting better at your craft doesn't always put you in line with success, falling into the trap of having to look a certain way as a professional, knowing when to say YES and when to say NO, how to set the right priorities, the power of accountability, being backed by a strong why, the 4 steps for creative business success, the importance of keeping things simple, how to examine your creative business logically, if you want the business, you have to ask for it, and more...

Dec 12, 2016

I met today's guest at The Summit of Greatness in Columbus Ohio just a few months ago. Chris Hawker is the Founder of Trident Design, LLC. He’s spent the last 20 years thinking up, designing, developing and selling iconic consumer products in a variety of industries. From one-of-a-kind cooking utensils to high tech innovations, Chris and his team have brought dozens of products to market. Gadget fans probably know Chris best by way of the massively popular PowerSquid and Onion Goggles. More recently, crowdfunding fans may recognize Chris from Trident Design’s record-setting fundraising campaigns. Chris is also a life coach, and the co-founder of Next Level Columbus, a leadership training center which runs intensive experiential emotional intelligence leadership workshops. Chris is a really interesting guy and has a rich history of being an entrepreneur and inventor. After I heard about his work with Next Level Trainings and the transformational work he does, I wanted to ask him how he brings together the inventors mind and personal change. AND... With a name like Next Level Trainings, we instantly had something in common. We dive into topics like, the beginnings of Chris's journey as an inventor and entrepreneur, being all in on whatever you are doing and how that leads to amazing places, learning from other people and being willing to ask questions, following your passion and sifting through the creative landscape, having a never quit mindset and when to admit defeat, how commitment crates far more rewards than it costs, the transformation Chris experienced through MITT and what eventually became Next Level Trainings, the difference between information and transformation, how we are shaped by emotional experiences early on in life, how repressed emotions find a way out, positive or negative, having the right environment to let go of old emotions, the key attributes common between being an entrepreneur and a life coach, what it takes to stick with your commitment to a goal or project, and so much more...

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