182 Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life Explains SexyFit Creator Zlata Sushchik

January 16, 2017

Zlata Sushchik transforms women to become healthier and happier. She moved from Russia to the United States when she was 16 years old. Overweight and frustrated, she became a fitness competitor in order to shake off 30 pounds. Later, due to extensive dieting and overtraining, she decided to transition toward a life of using mindset to become truly fit and to help other women beat their subconscious fears and find health and peace. She has now helped thousands of women through her Sexyfit Podcast and her transformative training methods which include changing habits, meditation and applying powerful mindset concepts.

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Most Influential Person

  • Gabby Bernstein (American motivational speaker, life coach, and author)

Effect on Emotions

  • I am very aware of my emotions and I understand that I don't need to control them; all I need to do is feel them.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is huge. I suffered from anxiety and every time I get in the anxious state, I take a deep breath and hold and breathe out. This is something I do every day and it helps me, not just get through my day, it helps me really thrive in my day.

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Advice for Newbie

I would say, start with gratitude. That is a beautiful fast track to mindfulness that doesn't take a lot of conscious or subconscious effort. It will take you to a beautiful state of love, compassion and kindness faster. From there [I recommend] five minutes of meditation a day.

 

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181 Mindful Insights Into Mental Health Challenges and Suicide With AJ Nystrom

January 12, 2017

AJ Nystrom is a mental health patient. He is a former United States federal agent and worked as a correction officer. He is now a certified life coach, author, and public speaker. He was diagnosed with several mental health challenges, which went undiagnosed for eighteen and a half years. AJ was ridiculed extensively when he was young and now is determined to help others who deal with similar challenges.

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180 Education on Fire and Source Energy with Percussionist Mark Taylor

January 9, 2017

Mark Taylor is a professional percussionist and for 20 years has enjoyed a fulfilling freelance career performing Opera, Ballet, Music Theatre and Symphony Orchestras.
Mark was also co-director of a music education company called, Rhythmically Speaking for 10 years. Besides all that, Mark is creator and host of the Education On Fire Podcast. Mark is also a volunteer at a local hospice and this insight into what life really means has given him a push to live his life fully every day.

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179 Connections, Masterminds and Action-Centered Results With Alex Barker

January 5, 2017

Alex Barker is an action-centered entrepreneur who has experienced impressive results from his many initiatives. One of those projects is called The 66 Day Experiment: Lifehacks for Wealth, Fitness and Sex. During 66 Days, Alex shares with the world the progress of his particular initiative. One season was 66 days of reading a book a day; another was 66 days of rejections. Alex is also a pharmacist and with all the things he does he is truly living in the now, taking time for family and for what counts in life.  [show-notes-bio]

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  • Website: 66DayExperiment.com
  • Email: AlexMichaelBarker@gmail.com
  • Podcast: The 66 Day Experiment

Most Influential Person

  • Steven Covey (Author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)

Effect on Emotions

  • It's made me less of an emotional decision-maker. I used to let my emotions guide me when things weren't going my way, specifically in my relationship with my wife. Being able to step aside from my emotions and being able to calm down in times of turmoil; that has been so important in our marriage.

Thoughts on Breathing

Whenever I'm mindful, I'm breathing. I do meditation practice and breathing is something that I focus on. When anxiety influences me, I notice the breathing and the heart rate. Then I do some exercises to calm myself down.

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Mindfulness Meets Bullying Story

I was running a group full of start-up entrepreneurs and this is not when I perfected how to run groups. I wasn't using the format that I use today. I had one member of the group that wasn't a bully to other people but she dominated the conversation whenever she was the subject which was often. I remember having to deal with and taking a mindfulness step aside and thinking, this is ruining the group. Her behavior is not good cause it's influencing the other people. It's going to ruin this group.

What she was doing was, when she was in the hot seat, taking up the time and bringing a challenge forward, she would excuse away everyone's advice as to why it wasn't helpful or why it wasn't applicable. She would blame others within her family for her lack of success and she would have the same goals for herself every week. They wouldn't change because she never accomplished them.

I remember talking with another friend and telling him about this issue and coming down to the conclusion that I need to bring this up with her.

After talking with her, we tried it out for another week and she just wasn't changing so I had to have a difficult discussion with her. It was like firing a client; it was tough. Learning that less though was great because it made me realize, I gotta do a much better job at filtering out who I let into my business.

Mindfulness Suggestions for a Newbie

Go back to the first episode of this show (Mindfulness Mode) and start there.

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178 Be Fully Aware and Let Your Faith Be Your Compass Says Aaron Walker

January 2, 2017

Aaron Walker is a Businessman and Life Coach who has inspired many through his masterminds and inspiring, faith-based mentorship. At the age of 27, Aaron sold his business for millions and retired, only to regret this decision later. Aaron gets great pleasure out of helping others and he believes experience is one of the best teachers. Thirty-five years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron integrates mindfulness into his life every day.

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Most Influential Person

  • Bob Warren (He had a training called Basic Training)
  • Dan Miller (Author of 48 Days To The Work You Love)

Effect on Emotions

  • Sometimes we get in trouble dealing with our emotions. We make decisions based on our emotions 95% of the time rather than intellectually. That's backwards. We need to make decisions intellectually bearing in mind our emotions but when we're fully aware that we're doing that, we can make conscious choices. My choice is to make most of my decisions intellectually, not emotionally.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I've heard a lot of coaches talk about breathing and the value that it adds. I've listened to a number of podcasts. Quite honestly I've never practiced that, except when listening to the podcasts. I'm totally confident that it works. I know that breathing really relaxes you and it calms you. I don't practice that, I'm not good at it. I could be good at it, but I've never really implemented that strategy.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
  • App: None

Mindfulness Meets Bullying Story

When I was in the fourth grade, I was walking home from school and there was this guy named Benny Creek. He was two grades ahead of me. He'd catch me at the same spot. You'd think I'd be smart enough to change my routes home, but he'd catch me at the same spot. He'd say, you'd better give me whatever money you've got left over or I'm gonna take it from you. I was scared of him so I'd give him my money and I'd do this week after week and one day I went home and told my dad. I said there's this guy bullying me every day when I come home. I told him who it was. My dad knew who he was and my dad said, let me tell you something, tomorrow if you walk down through there and Benny Creek comes up to you and he asks you for that money and you give it to him, I'm gonna whip you when you get home. And I said, 'what?'. He

My dad knew who he was and my dad said, let me tell you something, tomorrow if you walk down through there and Benny Creek comes up to you and he asks you for that money and you give it to him, I'm gonna whip you when you get home. And I said, 'what?'. He said, I want you to hit him right in the mouth. I hit him square between the eyes and he took off running. The guy never bothered me again. But I was scared to death, I took off running like a scalded dog.

And that was NOT the right way to handle it. You do not want to do that, so you people who are trying to be more mindful with bullying, don't take my dad's advice.

Advice For A Mindfulness Newbie

I can even help you with that. There's a personal assessment that I wrote several years ago and it really talks about your identity, your ideals, your relationships, your career, your faith, your family, things that are important to you. The big priorities of life. I've already mentioned the 'what do I want document'. There's about thirty questions on it that really dive deep into the things that maybe you should consider for your own personal life.

Earlier I mentioned steps to a productive day. That's a document that walks you through from waking up to going to bed and things that will help you be more productive. I've taken the price of those, I'm not going to sell your audience anything. Go to www.viewfromthetop.com/mindfulness I've made those documents available there. If you go there it will really start you out on your journey to being more fully aware.

More Mindfulness Nuggets

It's not about you, it's about other people. Once you pour into other people, you'll get all you want. That's the reason there's a void. That's the reason that people don't know what they want. They're getting the wrong stuff.

We get bullied every day in business and we're not even conscious of it, we don't know how to handle it. Often times we go against our values, our integrity, our character. We cave in. I coach people all the time about having strong character and taking a stand. Even when you're alone and that's often times difficult. Many times the things that you want to do are not popular.

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177 The Mindset of Organization With Lisa Woodruff

December 29, 2016

Lisa Woodruff is a professional organizer & productivity specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Lisa has helped thousands of women reclaim their homes and finally get organized with her practical tips, encouragement, and humor through her blog and podcast at Organize365.com and is the best-selling author of The Mindset of Organization - Take Back Your Home One Phase at a Time.

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Most Influential Person

  • Jesus

Effect on Emotions

  • I'm much calmer now. I have a much longer view of things and I don't get so caught up in the moment.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • My cousin-in-law taught me how to breathe because he's doing a lot of mindfulness and so I find myself, I get a lot of migraines and I find myself lately saying, okay, drink some water and just breathe and it's been able to eliminate about half of my migraines

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Mindfulness Meets Bullying Story

I am such a positive person; like I really have a positive mindset and I was made fun of and things like that but I never really felt bullied except for this one time.

I had switched from a public school to a private catholic school in fourth grade. It was because my sister was starting kindergarten I believe and my mom was tired of driving us to those cd classes on Monday nights so she put us in the Catholic school. I’m sure there was more to it than that, but that’s what I knew.

So I went there and Catholic school are very small and the kids start in Kindergarten and they go all the way through. You don’t transfer in very often. I found that some girls had made a club against me. I remember coming home and my mom had this black rocking chair she’d gotten from my grandmother and she rocked me. I was a fourth grader and I just cried like a baby for what seemed like forever and she just sat there and rocked me. That’s all I remember about that story.

I’m still Facebook friends with these people; we have a great relationship now.

 

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176 Gratitude; First Step To Happy Even If You’re Paralyzed Says Meg Johnson

December 25, 2016

Meg Johnson is a wife, mother, motivational speaker, author, teacher, artist and SO much more. She was paralyzed in 2004 as the result of jumping off a cliff - an accidental decision which turned out to completely change her life in every way.  Meg now inspires others across the world with her videos, appearances, and written word. She has incredible energy and knows her purpose.

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Most Influential Person

  • Jesus Christ

Effect on Emotions

  • It helps me to keep them reigned in [my emotions] because sometimes I like to be a little hot tempered. I just have to take a step back and understand that people just don't understand sometimes and that I really do have limits and I really do have strengths and so when I focus on my strengths and really focus on my limits to, like okay this is as far as I can go then I don't get upset when I don't have more to offer because I already know that I have given all I can and I can be satisfied with that.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • When I do get upset I like to go outside and take deep breaths because the fresh air seems a little bit easier to slow down my breathing so that I can gulp some more air and calm down. So that does help me.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in The Bible
  • App: None

Mindfulness Meets Bullying Story

Something that we don't really think about as often is adult bullying that happens. This is just one experience but I have many. It just comes with the wheels.

I went to a big church function. It was a really big Christian church function and it was at a big event center where they have basketball games. It was really big. So I went there and I was trying to find a seat but all of the wheelchair sections were taken with people in wheelchairs and their companions. I couldn't find a place to sit, which is unusual.

My husband asked if he could carry me to a seat that was a little bit higher and they told him 'no'. Then we went outside to a place we knew just went to the ground level and it was more for the elite people. We were taking a chance because we really wanted to be at this giant Christian event. We went around and the lady who was guarding the door just said 'no, we're not going to let you in'.

We tried to explain to her that they wouldn't let us be carried to another seat and that I couldn't find a seat up there and we'd already been. She just said 'no'. She blamed it on us being too late and all the dignitaries were already in there. So they had to close it off so that no one else could go in and that it was a safety issue.

We said we understood that and we were leaving and as we were leaving we watched her let someone else in who of course had arrived late also. So we were just not able to go. That just happens every once in a while.

More Mindfulness Nuggets

I walked for twenty-two years so I made it a little bit into adulthood, walking and I know what it feels like for people to get the door for you because you're pretty and that's just how it is. After I was paralyzed, people got the door for me for an entirely different reason. People don't see me as pretty initially. They see the wheelchair and I understand that and that's okay.

I do recognize that I'm treated differently by adults. Children are pretty much interested in everybody, so that's not too much of a hardship at all. Adults are a little bit hard on people in wheelchairs; not all of them. Please know that I'm not talking about everybody.

 

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175 Quantum Healing and NLP For Body and Mind Transformation; Beth Sutherland

December 22, 2016

Beth Sutherland is a coach with extensive abilities including Neuro Linguistic Programing, better known as NLP, Quantum Healing, Healing Touch as well as incredible intuitive gifts. She helps her clients undergo major transformational changes through unique coaching experiences as well as healing sessions, workshops, and programs for the physical body. Some of her influencers include Bob Proctor, Louise Hay, Tony Robbins, Zig Zigler and Dr.Wayne Dyer

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  • Website: bethsutherland.com

Most Influential Person

  • Wayne Dyer and Adam McLeod

Effect on Emotions

  • I used to say my shoulders were my earmuffs because they were up so high, and my fingernails used to be dug inside my hands, and my legs were so locked that I had bowed legs that went backwards. The emotion I had inside my body most of the times was fear. Fear of somebody catching me doing something wrong, or just being me, which I thought was wrong. Mindfulness was allowing. Allowing me to be me, allowing that my body and brain profile was just the way I wanted it to be. I was hardwired and nobody else knew how to deal with it, so I was lucky that I unlocked it. And so I go back to that and say, turn the thoughts around and they will turn to nothing eventually.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • That's one of the things that I learned that I didn't do properly. I breathed opposite the way I should. Most people when you breathe in, you gasp for air as if you're taking air and it ends up in your throat. You're actually supposed to breath in through your nose and fill up your diaphragm, fill up your belly. And so, I was totally backwards breathing, and that causes an awful lot of strain on the body, not getting enough oxygen during the day and that kind of stuff.
  • I have this 1,2,3 process where I use total body modification. it's one of the courses that I took. You actually put your fingers together and it triggers the top part of your lungs to open, then the bottom part, and then the diaphragm and so, within 3 seconds, you're breathing in and you're filling up all of those areas. You're nurturing yourself when you're breathing in and you're allowing the toxins to come out when you're blowing everything out at the end. So, just by touching your pointer fingers, then your pointer finger and your middle finger, and then pointer, middle and ring fingers together it will allow you to breathe.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: Surrender by Dr. David R Hawkins
  • App: None

Advice for Newbie

Give yourself permission to start doing it and say, 'I'm not wasting time by taking half an hour in my day to do this. I am actually gaining time.' People need to shift to get there, to realize they can't say, 'I don't want to waste half an hour doing that'. It goes by very, very quickly and it absolutely adds tenfold to your life.

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174 Happiness, Joy and Peace Discovered After A 10 Year Search By Scott Wilhite

December 19, 2016

Scott Wilhite is an award-winning commercial filmmaker turned social entrepreneur. As a writer, producer, and director, he was enjoying a promising creative career without actually enjoying it. During ten of his most productive years, he found them to also be ten of his darkest, most unsatisfying years. He felt directionless and that his life was missing purpose and meaning. This all changed when a friend introduced him to the world of positive psychology and showed him the difference that comes from deliberately, consciously choosing what he mentally focuses on. With his personal transformation, he wanted to make the education easily accessible to others.

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Most Influential Person

  • Shawn Achor (TedX Speaker)

Effect on Emotions

  • I had all this terrible stuff going on in my life which was so bizarre because so much of life was good for me but I didn't realize it so having those emotions now to where I'm more in control rather than being tossed around by something that seems to go bad in my day, you know now I have more control. I'm not just going with the flow. I'm charting my course.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I do some of that breathing in the mornings when I meditate and I spend a few minutes focusing on my breath and really getting centered there.

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173 Get Wired For Joy and Broadcast Your Happiness Explains Michelle Gielan

December 16, 2016

Michelle Gielan is a researcher and bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. With experience as a TV national news anchor at CBS, Michelle believes that by helping to make others happier and more successful, we feel happier too. She says, we’ve all been told countless times "You can't change other people." But this societal belief is not only dis-empowering, it is, perhaps surprisingly, scientifically false. Michelle and her husband Shawn Achor are partnering with PBS for an 'Inspire Happiness' television special to be aired this December and continuing in 2017.

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Most Influential Person

  • My husband, Shawn Achor

Effect on Emotions

  • The biggest thing I've learned over the last decade is how to be mindful about an emotion I'm experiencing, not judge it and just let it pass through me, especially if it's negative, as opposed to fighting it or fleeing it in the moment and exacerbating the response to it.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • When it comes to meditating, that is my mindfulness meditation practice. I've tried to develop an awareness when I am holding my breath in tighter and my body is responding that way. Sometimes all it takes to relax is two breaths and everything changes.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan
  • Book: Ripples Effect by Shawn Achor & Amy Blankson (A Children's Book about bullying and how to overcome it with a positive mindset and a smile.
  • App: Muse (Goes along with Headband)
  • TV Special: Inspire Happiness (currently airing on PBS

Mindfulness Meets Bullying Story

For a long time I was working with an organization called 'Living Values' and what they try to do is bring into a school community, the values the students and teachers have identified are important to them and bring it into the curriculum in many different ways so that it is top of mind.

Values like passion, kindness and open expressivity. Values that, when they're fully expressed and the community is fully living them, it decreases the incidence of bullying. The story from my time doing this work was originally there was this one school and the kids were getting in fights on the playground and it was a little bit rough and tumble and there was definitely bullying going on there.

They decided to empower some of the older children with armbands and the ability to get kids of all ages to sit down and talk through the challenges. They gave them the communication tools and the power to do that. It was remarkable. If two third graders were fighter over a ball and being mean about it, they could go and sit with the older student and they could talk it through.

Not only did incidents of bullying significantly decrease, but also the kids got along so much better outside of the playground, in the other moments, in the classroom that social coercion went up. We sometimes find that it's the small changes that have the biggest effect.

More Mindfulness Nuggets

The 'Inspire Happiness' TV Special Includes:

Three Ways We Can Positively Influence Others:

1/ Broadcast an optimist mindset! In the face of challenges, do you expect good things to happen & do you believe that your behaviour matters?

2/ How do you view a stressful event? Is it stress, where your brain goes into fight or flight or is it a challenge where you think, we can overcome this challenge?

3/ How much value do we put on supporting the people around us? Are we there to be linked up with them and to support them through challenges?

We find that when managers start to follow the above three guidelines, they are able to increase productive energy of their entire team by 31% in just three weeks.

It’s amazing to see that these small changes can have significant impacts.

Three minutes of negative news in the morning can lead to a 27% higher likelihood of reporting your day as unhappy, as reported six to eight hours later. (Study done with Ariana Huffington and Shawn Achor)

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