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Episode 405 - Rebecca Rusch. Rusch to Glory Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled
There are two ways of looking at the pain of doing something hard; you either see it as a cave that you get into and laid down in a fetal position in the darkness, coming out the same entrance you got in, or as a tunnel, a transformative journey that sees your evolution as you get out of it on the other end a changed person, a victor.
In this episode, you'll get inspired by the extraordinary Rebecca Rusch, Adventure Athlete, World Champion, two-time Hall of Fame Inductee, Speaker, Best-selling Author, and Emmy Award Winner. Among the many accolades of "The Queen of Pain," Rebecca is a 7x world champion in the ultra-adventure/endurance MTB (Mountain Bike), was recognized by Outside Magazine among the Top 40 Women Who've Made the Biggest Impact, set the FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the Arkansas High Country Route, clocking 1,041 miles in 8 straight days of pedaling 12-15 hours per day, wrote "Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled," and got an Emmy Award for her film Blood Road, which documents her pedaling of the 1,200-mile Ho Chi Minh trail in search of the crash site that claimed my father's life in the Vietnam War.
Throughout our conversation, you'll hear Rebecca's thoughts on how aiming for peak performance in physical activities motivates us to find our best version in other areas of our lives and how being a high-performance athlete impacted her leadership abilities. We also talk about her nickname, "The Queen of Pain," her unique view of pain's transformational power, her funniest experiences on the bike, the Be Good Foundation, and much more.
Tune in to Episode 405 and get the inspiration you need to, regardless of the mountain you're about to climb, just take the first step.
Some Questions I Ask:
As a world-class, ultra-endurance athlete, what have you learned in all your outdoor endeavors around the world? (7:30)
How have you navigated your career in sports and leadership? How do you combine those all to balance essential areas in your life? (16:00)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
A bit about Rebecca's background and accolades (3:00)
Rebecca's realization she was training for life, not only the competitions (8:20)
Rebecca explains her nickname's meaning (11:00)
4 simple steps to live like a high-performing athlete (19:20)
Rebecca talks about the funniest experiences she had as an ultra-endurance athlete (21:10)
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419. Episode 419 - Lessons Learned on How to Unleash Your BEST with Cayla Craft31:01To succeed at running a company and caring for its culture, managing and leading teams, and multiplying to show up where our people most need us, we must take care of our most important asset: ourselves.In today's episode, the amazing Cayla Craft joins us to change the paradigm of being a high-performance entrepreneur. Cayla is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Real Estate Investor, Host of the CRAFTed Entrepreneur Podcast, and best-selling Author of "What Do You Really Want?" with over a decade of experience helping online entrepreneurs become investors.Throughout our conversation, you'll hear Cayla's inspiring story of turning a significant setback into a sharpened tool to succeed in the entrepreneurial world, her past as an ER nurse, and the moment she decided to believe and bet on herself. Cayla also shares her thoughts and advice on unlocking our best version, switching from victim mode to a champion's mindset, and more.Tune in to Episode 419 and discover how to transform setbacks into superpowers and unleash your BEST.Some Questions I Ask:I understand your father wasn't in the picture when you were growing up; how did that shape your pathway forward in life? (4:30)Cayla, you made quite a shift from being an ER nurse to building your own network marketing business and company. What had to shift for you to have thatkind of success? (10:30)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How to build trust in ourselves and in others (6:40)Cayla talks about the main reason why people fail at achieving the success they want (13:00)How to treat ourselves as our most important asset (19:10)Life doesn't become easier once you reach success (23:20)Cayla's top tips to unleash your best (27:00)Connect with Cayla:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookTwitterResources Mentioned:Book: Cayla Craft - What Do You Really Want?: 7 Questions That Can Unlock the Answers to a Life Full of Abundance, Meaning, and ConnectionCRAFTed Entrepreneur, The PodcastBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
418. Episode 418 - What is Qi Gong and How Can it Transform Your Life?" with Lee Holden32:51Around 5000 years ago, in China, people conceived medicine and health care entirely differently from how we see them today. People paid doctors to keep them healthy, not to treat their illnesses. So, whenever someone got sick, doctors stopped receiving their payments. That is the philosophy under which Qi Gong was created, practical self-care for the body, the mind, and the spirit.In this episode, Lee Holden joins us to enlighten us about this beautiful millenary practice, Qi Gong. Lee is a Qi Gong Master with over 27 years of experience teaching the powerful principles of Qi Gong through public broadcasting television specials, DVDs, and in-person workshops. Lee learned about Qi Gong when he was 19 after trying some pills to deal with a back injury, which not only didn't solve his back pain but also left him with stomach aches. He was so impressed by the immediate improvement Qi Gong produced in his health that he felt compelled to learn everything about it and dedicate himself to spreading the practice of Qi Gong and achieving health, happiness, and peace of mind.Throughout this episode, Lee shares the principles of Qi Gong, what it is, how and why it works, and why he got so passionate about it. You'll learn how to activate your healing power using Qi Gong, the importance of incorporating movement into your daily routine, how much you should practice this millenary technique before getting results, and much more.Tune in to Episode 418 and learn more about how you can use this millenary practice to change your life.Some Questions I Ask:What is Qi Gong? How did you get into it, and how did you become a master of it? (2:20)What's the difference between Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong? (12:00)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Lee talks about what attracted him so strongly to Qi Gong (4:30)Life is ruled by invisible forces (9:20)How long does it take for Qi Gong to start producing health improvements (17:20)Lee talks about his experiences in Thailand with different Qi Gong masters (21:50)About the multiple benefits of practicing Qi Gong consistently (27:00)Connect with Lee:WebsiteInstagramYouTubeTwitterFacebookBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: email@example.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
417. Episode 417 - Confidence in Conflict: Turning Breakdowns into Breakthroughs with Emil Harker32:04We all make mistakes; some are ready to take responsibility for them, and just a handful are mentally and emotionally prepared to take criticism without hurting their ego and turning what could have been a tiny conflict into an uproar.In today's episode, the extraordinary Emil Harker gives us a true masterclass on defusing conflict, improving communication skills, and transforming breakdowns into breakthroughs. Emil is a Speaker, Trainer, Conflict Consultant, and Author of two books on conflict resolution, "You Can Turn Conflict into Closeness: 7 Communication Skills of Successful Marriages" and "Confidence in Conflict: Helping Businesses Turn Breakdowns into Breakthroughs."Throughout our conversation, Emil talks about his background as an addiction therapist and how working in that field influenced his approach to conflict resolution as a marriage therapist. He also shares his thoughts on the importance of clear communication in conflict resolution, practical tools to deal with criticism in the workplace, improving our communication skills, and much more.Tune in to Episode 417 and learn why developing confidence in conflict can be the difference between a thriving and a conflictive organization.Some Questions I Ask: Please tell us about your background, including any turning points in your life that have significantly impacted you (5:10)Are you saying that if people learn to be confident in conflict, they can change the outcome and help things get to a better place? (22:50)In This Episode, You Will Learn: What made Emil decide to create practical tools for conflict resolution (6:40)Why becoming a good person is not enough (12:10)Information does not motivate people to change; emotions do (14:50)Emil shares practical tools for defusing conflict in the workplace (16:30)The difference staying composed can make in conflict resolution (24:20)Connect with Emil:WebsiteLinkedInBook: Emil Harker - Confidence in Conflict: Helping Businesses Turn Breakdowns into BreakthroughsBook: Emil Harker - You Can Turn Conflict Into Closeness: - 7 Communication Skills of Successful MarriagesBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
416. Episode 416 - Bob Gardner. Built for Freedom: A Golden Pathway to Happiness, Health, and Well-being30:20Identifying the traumatic event that originated an addiction, depression, or pain is a massive first step into one's recovery. Yet, to truly heal, we must understand what happens in our bodies when the emotions produced by those traumatic events show up.In this episode, the inspiring Bob Gardner joins us to share his unique and fascinating approach to true freedom, happiness, health, and well-being. Bob is a Transformational Specialist, Author of "Built for Freedom," and the Host of the "Free and Alive" podcast. After almost two decades of dealing with addictive patterns that led him to depression and even entertaining the idea of committing suicide, Bob decided to stop living the life he was living yet remain alive. He founded The Freedom Specialist, a body-based approach to happiness, health, and well-being, which has already helped thousands of people leave their struggles behind and find absolute freedom and joy.Throughout our conversation, you'll hear Bob's journey of self-healing and personal growth and his passion for helping others understand that "freedom is a skill, not a pill." Bob shared his thoughts on healing through body awareness, practical tools to dissolve trauma and achieve lasting freedom, how to build a desire to change, and why it is so hard "to let" others make their own choices.Tune in to Episode 416 and discover how to turn your thoughts into the golden pathway to happiness, health, and well-being. Some Questions I Ask:What are the root causes of trauma? Is it helpful to understand that? (8:40)What things could people do to dissolve trauma and achieve lasting freedom? (14:00)In This Episode, You Will Learn:A bit about Bob's background and upbringing (3:10)What led Bob to make helping people overcome their addictions his passion (6:50)You can read the label form inside the jar (10:20)How does someone build the desire to change (18:10)Everything is related to our breath (24:00) Connect with Bob:WebsiteAlive and Free podcast with Bob GardnerGet Bob Gardner's book, "Built for Freedom: Adventures Through Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Trauma, Pain, and Our Body's Innate Ability to Leave Them All Behind" Becoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: email@example.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
415. Episode 415 - Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There with Tali Sharot32:17Have you noticed we overcome trauma at the same pace we get used to waking up to a breathtaking view? Our brain is an adaptation machine working tirelessly to keep us alive, yet that tendency to habituate to everything might also diminish our happiness. In this episode, Professor Tali Sharot joins us to reflect on habituation and its impact on daily happiness. Tali Sharot is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Experimental Psychology and The Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry at University College London and on the faculty of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Her research integrates neuroscience, behavioral economics, and psychology to study how emotion and motivation influence people's beliefs and decisions. She is also the director of the Affective Brain Lab, a sought-after speaker and the author of two award-winning books, "The Optimism Bias" and "The Influential Mind," and her latest, "Look Again." Throughout our conversation, Tali shares bits of her research on habituation and adaptation, how they affect our happiness, and what we can do to "make what's thrilling on Monday, also thrilling on Friday." We also discuss her first book, "The Optimism Bias," the impact optimism has on our motivation, and why an optimistic attitude is crucial. Additionally, we talk about the link between habituation and dishonesty, habituation and creativity, the transformational power of trying new things, and more. Tune in to Episode 415 and learn how to turn every day into your best day so far. Some Questions I Ask:Please share a one or two-minute overview of The Optimism Bias, your first book (4:20)Do you think habituation is cousins with complacency? (8:30)Is there a link between habituation and dishonesty? (22:30) In This Episode, You Will Learn:A bit about Professor Tali Sharot's background (1:30)What moved Tali Sharot to write "Look Again" (6:20)How can we turn what's thrilling on Monday into thrilling on Friday, too (10:10)Why change translates into happiness (14:00)The importance of trying new things (26:10) Resources Mentioned:Book: Tali Sharot - The Optimism Bias: Why we're wired to look on the bright sideBook: Tali Sharot - Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always ThereTED Talk: Tali Sharot - The optimism bias Connect with Professor Tali Sharot:Website Becoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders
414. Episode 414 - Three Assessments to Assess Yourself20:45How often do you check with yourself, your progress, strengths, and weaknesses? Self-assessment is crucial for creating ambitious goals and also for tracking progress. It's also essential for evaluating our strengths and spotting where we should improve to make informed decisions about what needs to be done to achieve desired outcomes. In this episode, you'll learn three simple yet powerful tools to assess yourself, clearly know how close you are to your goals, and what changes must be made to achieve them. You'll hear about the DISC Personality Test, a free online tool to help you identify your personality type, your strong and weak points, and the parts of yourself you should focus on to keep evolving. Additionally, you'll learn to assess your values and relationships, and you'll also learn to assess your emotional, physical, and mental health. Tune in to Episode 414 of Becoming Your Best, take ownership of your flaws, identify areas of your life that can be improved, and draw a clearer line to your goals. In This Episode, You Will Learn: Why is it essential to discover your personality traits, strengths, and weaknesses (2:10) What every personality type should be aware of (6:40) How to improve your relationships by assessing your values (10:00) Why it is crucial to evaluate your physical, mental, and emotional health (13:50) Resources Mentioned: DISC Personality Test Brain HQ Becoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
413. Episode 413. Understanding Your Brain. How To Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia with Dr. Thomas Bird43:52Although science couldn't (yet) establish a reason for it, Alzheimer's and dementia rates have massively increased over the last 50 years. Regardless of the reason behind that increase, reality tells us these conditions will touch our lives eventually, and today's guest, Dr. Thomas Bird, joins us to teach us the best way to prevent, deal with, and protect ourselves from them. Dr. Thomas Bird, MD, is a neurologist, medical geneticist, and Professor Emeritus from the University of Washington who belonged to the UW Medicine, the UW Division of Neurogenetics, and was the UW Department of Neurology Chief. Part of his over 40 years of work in the field includes identifying new and unusual genetic diseases of the brain and neuromuscular system. He also collaborated with molecular biologists to identify the underlying genes of diseases including Familial Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Huntington's Disease, Hereditary Ataxias, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Neuropathies, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, and Muscular Dystrophies. Throughout this episode, Dr. Bird talks about the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, what changes we can make to prevent them, and recommends healthy habits for people in their 20s to 40s. We also talk about genetic testing, who and when they should get one, causes, red flags, treatments, and more. Tune in to Episode 413 of Becoming Your Best and learn more about these tools that will help you enjoy an active, healthier, and happier second half of your life. Some Questions I Ask: Heart disease and other things have skyrocketed since the '70s. What do you think is the reason behind that increase (11:50) Someone in their 20s, 30s, and 40s? What are things that they ought to be thinking about, brain-health related? (17:50) In This Episode, You Will Learn: Dr. Bird explains the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia (4:20) What are the causes of Alzheimer's and dementia (9:00) Alzheimer's doesn't stand alone (15:40) What should someone interested in taking a genetic test do to get one (22:10) Dr. Bird shares his thoughts on how the fight against these diseases will evolve (32:00) Is there any link between COVID-19 and degenerative diseases? (34:30) Becoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best University WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryEmail: email@example.comBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
412. Episode 412 - Life is a Glorious Journey!25:09Nothing better than the beginning of a new cycle to renew our hope of achieving great things and gather resources to feed our desire to grow and evolve. But as we all know, goals without a plan are just dreams. In this episode, Rob Shallenberger joins us to talk about how to find happiness and joy, good health, and be professionally successful in 2024. Rob is an F16 Fighter Pilot, a family man and scholar, but also one of the world's top thought leaders in productivity and time management and how to prioritize your time. Throughout our conversation, Rob shares three simple yet powerful tips that propose a whole new way of looking at what we want to achieve in 2024 and how to do it. You'll learn to improve your time-management skills, be more specific and intentional with your roles and goals and be less reactive toward unexpected events and setbacks. Tune in to Episode 412 of Becoming Your Best and learn how to set up for happiness, good health, joy, and professional success in 2024. In This Episode, You Will Learn: How do we make 2024 great? (3:00) How to create time for self-improvement (5:10) What is the most important thing to you? (7:30) Life happens; have faith in the process (10:20) Why having your goals on sight will make the difference (16:30) How to make our cup larger (20:40) Becoming Your Best Resources: Becoming Your Best Website Becoming Your Best University Website Becoming Your Best Library Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Book: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders Book: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your Performance Facebook Group – Conquer Anxiety
411. Episode 411 - Mastering the Art of Success with Steven L. Blue27:44"They say blood pressure is a silent killer because it has no symptoms, right? But it does; they're subtle, and you don't necessarily see or think about them. The same thing is true in a business." - Steven L. Blue.In today's episode, the internationally recognized business transformation expert Steven L. Blue joins us to talk about leadership, growth, and innovation for CEOs, Executives, and team leaders. Steven is the President, CEO, and Director at Miller Ingenuity, a global supplier of high-technology systems that protect assets, preserve the environment, and save lives. Steven also authored five books, including "Mastering the Art of Success," a book he co-authored with Jack Canfield, and became a best-seller on its second day of publication.Throughout our conversation, Steven shares his thoughts on (not-so) silent business killers, the importance of embracing conflict instead of running from them or pretending they don't exist, and the only way of dealing with toxic employees. Steven also talks about his challenging upbringing and how that molded his spirit, how to create healthy environments for innovation, how to develop a Cirque du Solei culture in your company, and much more.Tune in to Episode 411 and learn how to double and even quadruple your company's growth by applying Steven's principles.Some Questions I Ask:You are a troubleshooter. In other words, people can turn to you to get things done. How do you do that? (5:40)What are the silent business killers? And how can they be avoided? (12:20)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Steven's background and upbringing (3:00)Conflict should be embraced, not avoided (13:40)It is not possible to fix toxic employees (17:30)Steven's advice to be successful (23:00)Resources:Book: Jack Canfield, Steven L. Blue, et al. - Mastering The Art of SuccessConnect with Steven:WebsiteYouTubeLinkedInTwitterFacebookGet Steven's booksBecoming Your Best Resources:Becoming Your Best WebsiteBecoming Your Best LibraryBook: Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful LeadersBook: Conquer Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety and Optimize Your PerformanceFacebook Group – Conquer Anxiety