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Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses is all about helping you optimise mental, emotional, physical & spiritual health in order to grow stronger from the inside-out and realise your truest potential. Host and mindset, health & wellness expert, Michael Glover, combines his relaxed chats with industry leading coaches, health gurus and spiritual thought leaders with his own uniquely expressed thoughts on optimising our mindset, personal development, brain performance, health, controlling that crazy b****rd in your head and just generally building that rock-solid badass mind-body-soul foundation that helps us win at life! Inspired by the likes of Underground Wellness by Sean Croxton, The Model Health Show by Shawn Stevenson, Elliot Hulse, Lewis Howes, James Altutcher & Rich Roll.
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Jun 29, 2016

The human brain fascinates me.

How this lump of tissue between our ears has the ability to control everything in our lives – our thoughts, our actions, our behaviours.

It’s incredible!

And it’s for this reason that I believe it is crucial we learn to understand the brain and how to look after it in the best way possible if we want to truly look, feel and perform like a badass.

Because, as we all know, you can have all the information in the world written down in front of you…

The blueprint to being a millionaire.

The recipe for getting the body you want.

The steps to optimal health.

But many of just end up… getting in our own way.

And becoming caught up in a whirlwind of procrastination, shiny object chasing, brain fog, unproductivity and self-sabotage that leaves us stuck and unable to do the things we know we ‘should’ be doing.

How to Build a Badass Brain

So I wanted to share my thoughts on how to build a badass brain and overcome all these things.

For ease of reading/listening, I’m going to approach this in two parts.

Firstly, here in this post I’ll go more into the neuro-scientific side of things to explain how to access parts of the brain that allow us to thrive and achieve greatness.

Then next week I’ll go more into the physiological side of things that will give you some epic info on how to give your brain exactly what it needs to perform optimally from that perspective.

By the end of these two parts I want you to have a greater understanding of the inner workings of your brain, how to get out of your own way to achieve what you want in life as well as how to fuel that bastard and make it physiologically immense.

I know that sounds like a tall order, but let’s give it a good fucking go anyway.

Ready? Here we go…

Triune Brain Theory

I’m going to use the neuro-scientific principle of the Triune Brain theory developed by Dr Paul Maclean to explain some of the shizzle going down in our brains.

This is the theory that we, as humans, are actually operating within a three brain system in our everyday lives.

These three brains have been given a variety of names over the years, but I know them as the reptilian brain, the mammalian brain and the human brain.

The Reptile

This is the most basic of our brains and its only requirements are survival and reproduction.

It is constantly on the lookout for immediate danger and how it can stay safe, obtain food and, once these are satisfied, continue the species going.

Think how a reptile lives. As soon as their eggs hatch, a reptile is fully able to go out into the world by itself. There is no connection, no ‘upbringing’ period and a mother will even eat its offspring if she was that desperate for food.

Your brain has this at the very basic level – a primitive need to survive, be safe, eat, excrete and reproduce.

The Mammalian

This is the ‘next brain layer’ or ‘second brain’ that we, and all other mammals, have been blessed with.

It’s the home of emotion as well as social, family and tribal connection and the reason why, in stark contrast to the reptile, a mammal would sacrifice itself in order to protect its young.

This is all down to a part of the ‘mammalian brain’ called the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC), which has more opiate receptors than any other part of the brain.

This large number of opiate receptors means we get a huge ‘buzz’ from feeling connected socially.

So our brain has been wired up for us to literally become ‘connection junkies’ in order to have this innate desire to hang around in tribes and, as a result, stay safe.

The Human

Now this is the part of the brain that makes us human.

It is what allows us to start moving away from basic ‘survival mode’ and towards self-actualisation, considering and striving for goals and generally tapping into ‘consciousness’.

It’s also the brain we access when achieving that all so elusive ‘flow state’ where we just seem to get shit done and everything aligns purposefully.

A key player in the human brain is the Pre-Frontal Cortex (PFC), which is the only part of the brain that is considered to be ‘the mind’.

Once we’re in ‘the mind’, we’re able to think clearly, behave ‘logically’ and take actions that align with some future goal or desire without having to think about basic survival.

The Problem?

The problem (or potential problem, at least) is that this is a hierarchical system!

We all want to be in that human brain where we can make awesome, logical decisions, be ‘in flow’ and consistently grow and develop the Self.

But we need to satisfy the more basic brain before you’re able to ‘access’ the higher ones.

And many of us are attempting to achieve goals in life while constantly being pulled back into the more primitive brains by perceived ‘threats’ making an appearance in our lives and the environment around us.

There’s A Gunman in The Room!

Think about it…

You’re in line at the bank and all of a sudden a dude breaks in with a gun and holds it up to your head.

In that moment, it’s going to be pretty difficult to do anything other than think about the bullet that could be making its way towards your brain at any moment.

Forget creating and growing an awesome business.

Forget spending time on nurturing healthy relationships.

Forget preparing your healthy smoothie.

Your focus is on dealing with that threat of this douchebag with a gun to your head.

But we are, unknowingly for most, going around trying to do things in our lives with perceived threats going on that constantly pull us back into our more primitive brains and keeps us more concerned with ‘survival’ as opposed to growth.

That bill you keep ignoring and aren’t sure how you’re going to pay.

Seeing the ‘state of the economy’ on the news and worrying you’ll lose your secure job.

The judgment you’ll receive from others if you do anything that will distance you from your current circle of people.

These are all threats that pull us back into reptilian or mammalian brain and prevent us from accessing the ‘logical’ human brain.

So these ‘threats’ – these little aspects of our lives that seem so menial – create just as much havoc in our brains as having a genuine, real-life dude pointing a gun at our head everywhere we go.

Why Does ‘Threat’ Occur?

In simplistic terms, the brain is wired up to asses our environment, identify patterns within that environment, create predictions based off those patterns, come up with a response for the prediction and then create movement to carry out the response.

Assess – identify – predict – respond – act.

If any part of this chain is hindered or unable to be carried out, we see it as threat.

A reduced ability to predict what will happen in the future means we move into threat.

An inability to create an appropriate response to the environment, again, means we move into threat.

The reduced ability to predict whether the gunman is actually going to pull the trigger leaves us in threat.

The inability to create an appropriate response to a prediction of losing a job in the ‘bad economy’ leaves us in threat.

The inability to create a response to being cast out of our social group or ‘tribe’ leaves us in threat.

Perception is the Key

It’s key to point out at this point that I have used the term perceived threat at several points.

It’s very rare that we are actually under threat in the present moment. That we actually have a tiger chasing us or a person pointing a gun at us.

Yet we still create these predictions of potential threat and react as if we are experiencing the actual threat throughout most of the day.

So it’s our failure to satisfy this prediction and response mechanism of what might happen in the future that keeps us being pulled out of our human brains.

The Pre-Defined Reaction to Threat

Once our brain recognises a threat, we cannot help but react in one of three ways:

  • Fight
  • Flight
  • Freeze

Whether it be the bill we can’t pay, the fear of social exclusion or a genuine gun to our head, we always will react to threat in one of these ways.

We will fight it, run away from it or freeze and hope it goes away.

Either way, it stops us from acting ‘logically’ and accessing the part of the brain that considers long term goals and puts us in a happy, stress-free flow state.

The New ‘Meta Goal’

This then leaves us in a position of needing to eliminate threat before being able to access the human brain and really being able to grow, achieve and self-actualise.

It doesn’t matter how many goals you set, how hard you meditate, how many vision boards you do, how many books you read, how many ‘productivity systems’ you put in place…

Because if you continue to ignore these ‘threats’ manifesting in your life then you will continually ‘self-sabotage’ and choose safety over growth.

I’m not saying we consciously choose to self-sabotage. It’s just simply how your brain is wired up!

So the new ‘meta goal’, if you will, that enables us to access the human brain and begin striving and achieving all our other goals, is to identify, understand, minimise or completely eliminate the threats in our lives.

How to Control ‘Threats’

The first step to controlling all these threats in our lives is to understand and be aware of them.

Simply reading this blog or listening to the podcast episode is (hopefully) enough to start your understanding of what’s going on in your brain.

After reading or listening to this you now know that threats are there, what they are, how they work and what it is that you’re looking out for.

So what in your life is acting as the ‘gunman in the room’? The thing that keeps pulling your focus and energy and is stopping you from consistently doing what you know you ‘should’ be doing to achieve what you want to achieve?

Is it a prediction that you’ll blow all your money if you leave your job to start the dream business?

Is it a prediction that you will become isolated from your social circle if you’re required to stop drinking and eating bad food with them in order to take control of your health?

Is it an actual dude with a gun to your head!? (In which case, I give you permission to stop reading and go deal with that J )

Now Respond to Your Predictions!

Whether our threats are real or perceived, we still need an appropriate response in place in order to eliminate the shit storm that comes with them.

So once you’ve explored what’s going on in your own head and what’s pulling you back into your more primitive brains, it’s time to start thinking of some logical responses to your predictions.

This means we can satisfy your reptilian and mammalian brains.

And convince them that what we’re doing (the bigger goal we want to reach) is cool and we won’t be endangering our survival or connection to a tribe if we carry on.

The thought of losing your job or a client, regardless of the state of the economy, is much less daunting and debilitating if you knew for certain you were guaranteed to get a new one.

How else could you cover your bills and prevent losing your house, etc. while still giving you time to work towards your dream?

Can you communicate what you’re trying to do with your ‘tribe’ so they understand and get on board? Or where else can you go to engage with a new tribe?

How can you kick the shit out of that dude with a gun to your head?

And Create AIR with Your Goals

Once you are in the human brain, achieving goals in all areas of our lives becomes so much easier.

Remember that Pre-Frontal Cortex from earlier?

We use our right PFC (commonly referred to as ‘the right brain’) for more creative tasks and dreaming up goals and visions.

While the left PFC then comes along and looks at more logical steps to actually move forward to achieve the goal or vision.

You come up with the goal, work out the steps necessary to achieve it, and, because you’re no longer in threat, you find it easier to actually go and do the shit that you need to do.

Personally, I like to use AIR with goal setting. Or more specifically…

Attention – Intention – Repetition.

Where are you applying your attention? What is the specific goal or task to focus on?

Why are you doing it? What is the reason behind achieving this goal? How will it serve you?

And how can you create repetition of what needs to be done to create habit?

Repetition Stems From Enjoyment

Now I know that repetition and habit building is easier said than done.

So many of us commit to various things that require habit, yet end up falling off the wagon at some point along the way.

Habit creation is done via a part of the brain called the Basal Ganglia (BG).

Once we’ve repeated something enough times it begins getting ingrained into the BG, which means it becomes almost automatic and an automatic response.

This can take a long while.

But there is a way to ‘hack’ (sorry, I hate that word) our ability to store new habits in the BG.

And that’s through enjoyment.

When we actually enjoy a new habit… it sticks.

So rather than trying to use willpower and force yourself to do shit you don’t really want to do because someone told you it’s the ‘best’ way to do it, ask yourself:

How can I make this enjoyable for myself?

Maybe you’ve been told the ‘best’ way to build your business is by using Facebook ads. But if you absolutely hate the thought of messing around with those things and would find more joy doing it a different way, then that is your ‘best’ way.

It works in any area of life – health, nutrition, business, spirituality, relationships, anything!

Because you will never build a life you love by forcing yourself to do things you loathe.

The Take Away

I know this has been a long post.

But I really wanted to get across to you just how powerful this stuff can be for helping you get out of your own way and be successful and happy in your life.

And to be fully honest, it’s very difficult to do this work of threat identification and understanding on yourself.

Because it’s hard to see a threat for what it really is, think logically and truly understand it when our brain is in that fight/flight/freeze mentality.

(By the way, approaching life from a position of threat elimination is an underlying factor throughout my coaching process. It’s always easier to see and think logically about other people’s threats than our own!)

Regardless of all this, the key things I want you to take away from this is that it is extremely difficult (and nigh on impossible) to achieve a long-term goal with our truly desired result while in threat.

So the way to truly living a life on your terms is to understand and process the threats or perceived threats showing up in your life.

And to focus on enjoyment when it comes to building happiness bringing habits in our life.

Take a listen to the podcast episode for this blog post via the player at the top.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, click here to join my Facebook group and engage with all the other dudes and dudettes in the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses tribe!

Jun 27, 2016

I love what Yogi Aaron is doing in this world.

He owns a yoga retreat business down in Costa Rica called Blue Osa.

But it's no ordinary 'yoga retreat'.

Because Aaron has combined the ideas and principles of yoga with his experience and knowledge in personal transformation in order to create something very special.

And I absolutely love it!

Plus, he is so inspirational and interesting to talk to.

From being a pioneer of 'naked yoga', to having a near death experience in the Himalayas, to battling through self-doubt and launch his various business ventures...

Aaron's story is truly worth a listen.

So I highly recommend you hit the play button!

In The Episode, We Talk About…

  • Aaron's story from finding yoga to creating his dream business in stunning Costa Rica.
  • The incredible story of how Aaron almost died mountain climbing in the Himalayas.
  • How yoga helped Aaron to get through tremendous physical and emotional pain (and how you can use these principles too).
  • A 3 step system to overcoming pain.
  • How to find your source of joy.
  • How your reaction to 'bad things' is more significant than the 'bad thing' itself.
  • Getting over your self-doubts to create something amazing.
  • What it feels like to find your purpose.
  • And much more...

Links

It was an honour to talk with Aaron and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

You can do that via the player at the top of the page.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, click here to join my Facebook group and engage with all the other dudes and dudettes in the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses tribe!

Jun 24, 2016

Something I always see myself and others struggling with is punishing themselves.

We tell ourselves stories and create negative self-talk.

But then punish ourselves for doing this, create a belief that we're a loser and just keep going further down that rabbit hole.

Before long, we've just built up a self-fulfilling identity (click here to check out my episode on identity shifting).

Yes, we need to be aware of the self-talk going on in our heads.

But it's also important not to punish ourselves if any of that self-talk be negative!

So I made this short podcast episode to help around this subject.

I talk about...

  • The importance of becoming aware of the stories going on in our heads.
  • But also not punishing yourself for any 'negativity'.
  • How this carries over into negative actions and behaviours too.
  • Why it's ok to think negatively.
  • How to bring yourself into the present and make good choices.
  • EEBs episode #005

You can listen via the player at the top of the page.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, click here to join my Facebook group and engage with all the other dudes and dudettes in the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses tribe!

Jun 22, 2016

I know! That’s a big ol’ claim in the title of this blog post.

Can sleep really have that much of an impact on your body and mind?

In a nutshell… yes!

And that’s exactly what I’m going to explore in this post.

It’s a long one. But by the end of consuming this, I really want to have gotten across to you…

  • Just how vital sleep is to your health and performance;
  • what optimal sleep looks like;
  • what happens when we’re sleep deprived;
  • and also how you can fix any sleep issues you may be experiencing and get the best night’s sleep of your life!

Don’t Buy The Badge!                            

It seems there is a weird ‘badge of honour’ that exists when it comes to sleep.

As if sacrificing your sleep makes you a harder worker, more driven and more deserving of success.

Bollocks!

A meta-analysis by the Dept. of Psychology at Bradley University suggests that sleep deprivation “strongly impairs human functioning”.

And study after study that has been done supports this too.

Even though you may not necessarily “feel” the effects now, I promise you that a lack of sleep is going to make you sick, tired, moody, unproductive and struggling to burn fat.

Why Is Sleep Important?

Your body comes under a lot of stress during the day.

Even if you aren’t what most would call ‘stressed’, you are still ‘switched on’ and dealing with a whole manner of things in your day-to-day life.

Now, stress is good. We need to stress the body or we simply wither away into nothingness.

But we also need to balance this out by allowing our body to repair itself, regenerate cells, digest, detoxify and generally build back up from the breaking down we did through the day.

If we’re not allowing the body to do this, then we are on a downward spiral of continuously breaking the body down. And this is not good.

What Does Optimal Sleep Look Like?

We have hormones that tell us to ‘be awake’ and hormones that tell us to ‘wind down’ and get ready to sleep.

The main two involved here are cortisol (awake) and melatonin (down).

These hormones should work on a 24-hour rhythm that pumps out cortisol as the sun rises in the morning and melatonin as we start to wind down in the evenings.

So optimal sleep isn’t about simply ‘getting your eight hours’ at any time.

Our hormones are set to ‘do their thing’ and for us to get the optimal benefit from our sleep when it gets dark.

In fact, it’s been shown that we do most of our physical repair when asleep between the hours of 10pm and 2am, while doing most of our psychological repair between 2am and 6am.

This means we have a sort of ‘optimal sleep window’ that leaves us able to get the best sleep between the hours of 10pm and 6am without waking up to pee or anything else.

You should wake up feeling rested and not like you need to stay in bed for another hour – even at 6am!

What Happens When We’re Sleep Deprived?

I’m not saying that if you don’t sleep exactly between the hours of 10pm and 6am then your brain will explode and you may as well jump off a bridge.

But if the constant breaking down I referred to before takes place without allowing for recovery and replenishment, then this results in a fair few negative things going on in your body:

  • Imbalanced hormones. This is probably a blog/podcast topic all by itself, but sleep deprivation has a direct impact on healthy hormone secretion. This means all kinds of weird and wonderful negative things can happen to how you look, feel and perform!   
  • Toxicity (including your brain!). Detoxification is a huge part of what happens during sleep. If you’re not sleeping right, you’re not detoxifying right. If you’re not detoxifying right, then you are leaving shit in your body that it would ideally like to get rid of. Plus, your brain has its own detoxification system (called the glymphatic waste system) that has been shown by the University of Rochester Medical School to be up to 10x more active during sleep.
  • Decreased cognitive function. When you don’t sleep well, your concentration, focus and short term memory take a deep downward spiral. Essentially, you become less efficient at completing tasks and your ability to learn and store new information dissipates. Not good if you want to perform like a badass!
  • Poor decision making. As a follow on, it’s been proven time and time again that you just do not make as good decisions when sleep deprived. Again, not good if you want that competitive advantage.
  • Propensity for weight gain. Combine that crazy mix up of hormones with the poor decision making and you’re making it very easy to store fat. Plus, sleep and Human Growth Hormone (HGH) go hand in hand, with HGH being a muscle building, fat burning hormone.
  • Depression. Studies have shown that even slight sleep deprivation can result in low mood and depression. Poor sleep is a huge disruptor of serotonin production, which results in us not getting that happy juice the brain needs!

There are a lot more things that poor sleep results in.

But, in a nutshell, it’s important to remember that sleep screws up your hormones and therefore moves you in a direction of over-toxicity, depression, disease, storing fat and performing poorly in all aspects of life.

How Do We Sleep Better Then?

It’s all well and good telling you how important sleep is.

But many of us would struggle to actually go ahead and get good quality sleep, even if we wanted to.

So here are my best strategies for getting the best night’s sleep of your life:

  1. Set yourself a sleep and wake up time.
    Getting as close to the ‘optimal sleep window’ as possible means setting a ‘rule’ in your life around valuing sleep. Aiming to get to bed between 10-11pm and waking up between 6-7am most of the time allows you to train an optimal sleep pattern.
  2. Have a caffeine cut off time.
    If you’re a caffeine consumer, then be aware that it stays in your blood for longer than you think. So don’t be doing Starbucks at 9pm! For me, I rarely have anything heavily caffeinated after 3pm.
  3. Get more sunlight in the daytime.
    Melatonin (that wind down hormone I mentioned earlier) is regulated by light exposure. So getting your dose of sunlight during the day can really help to promote melatonin production after sunset.
  4. But minimise that light at night!
    Once the sun does set, it’s common to then simply wack on a giant 100 watt bulb for the rest of the night. But the body still thinks the sun is up and doesn’t secrete that lovely melatonin. Dimming the lights, or going by candlelight is a great idea.
  5. Minimise screen time at night.
    Again, your body can’t tell the difference between sunlight and the light on your computer. So TVs, laptops and anything pumping out that blue light can hugely disrupt sleep. Try switching it off at least an hour before sleepy time.
  6. lux it up, if you have to.
    I know it’s not always realistic to expect a complete screen ban. So the next best thing is minimising that blue light, which has been shown to be the light colour that disrupts sleep monumentally more than any other. A great app for your computer is f.lux, which dims your screen of blue light according to when the sun sets in your location.
  7. Get rid of the electrics!
    You know those electronic devices we tend to keep and charge in the bedroom each night? They transmit mass amounts of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) that create havoc with our ability to sleep optimally. Seriously, get rid of the electronics from the room and unplug everything you possibly can.
  8. Have a bed time routine.
    Creating a little ‘wind down’ routine can do wonders for your sleep. Rather than smashing through 10 episodes of Family Guy, try an hour of things like yoga, stretching, meditations, journaling and even a warm bath with magnesium flakes or Epsom salts.
  9. If you’re going to eat, eat protein and fat.
    Some people need a little snack before bed. But going for the carb-dense foods like fruit or desserts can create a blood sugar crash that wakes you up and disrupts your sleep. Stick to protein and healthy fats for balanced blood sugar and good sleep.
  10. Beast out the magnesium.
    Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical processes and helps us, among many other things, deal with stress. But it gets depleted pretty quickly, so a good quality supplement can do wonders for sleep. It’s best using a transdermal (via the skin) spray supplement though as it’s the easiest way for the body to take it in.
  11. Black out your room.
    Get rid of any and all light. Any light that even touches your skin will raise a question mark in your body as to whether it’s morning and, therefore, time to wake up. Black out the room and allow the sunrise to dictate when it’s time to wake!
  12. Meditate.
    If I ever don’t sleep, it’s because my mind is going a mile a minute worrying or thinking things through. Since I started regularly mediating a couple years ago, I am rarely sat staring at the ceiling worrying that I’m wasting my life. Numerous studies have shown that just 10 minutes of meditation per day can help calm that inner douchebag talking shit to you.

And that be by sleep masterclass for thee.

Now, I imagine over the coming weeks, months and (hopefully) years, I’ll be going into more depth in various different areas here.

But this is a pretty beastly overview to the whole sleep world that I hope helps you to appreciate the value of sleep in being an Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badass.

And also to help you in your quest to fix sleeping issues and optimise this area of your life so you can look, feel and perform at your very best in all areas of your life.

Take a listen to the podcast episode for this blog post via the player at the top.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, click here to join my Facebook group and engage with all the other dudes and dudettes in the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses tribe!

Jun 20, 2016

It was fantastically interesting talking to Simon Biltcliffe.

He's the CEO of Webmart, a super successful UK-based printing company.

Now you may wonder why I'm talking to the CEO of a printing company on this podcast.

But it's because Simon runs his business using a pretty unique philosophy he calls Marxist Capitalism.

This is such an interesting concept.

And I found it fascinating to hear how Simon seems to have a business that pulls all the best parts from both capitalism and Marxism, while leaving out the not so good parts.

Plus, how Simon fought through the 'nay-sayers' to implement this and maintain a super successful business.

In The Episode, We Talk About...

  • Simon's story of how he first got into the printing business.
  • What 'Marxist Capitalism' actually is and how it works.
  • The '2 enoughs' that lay the foundation for building a successful, yet 'rewarding for all' business.
  • How Simon ensures that his staff and everyone in his company receive intellectual, emotional AND financial returns beyond their standard salary.
  • How YOU can use this concept in your own business, regardless of whether you're a solopreneur or a public company.
  • How Simon as a successful CEO dealt with (and continues to deal with) criticism on his Marxist Capitalism concept.

Links

This was a fascinating interview and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

You can do that via the player at the top of the page.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, click here to join my Facebook group and engage with all the other dudes and dudettes in the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses tribe!

Jun 17, 2016

Down the road from my parents' house there are some neighbours who have noisy dogs.

These two dogs are (most of the time) kept in a large pen/cage and yelp to high hell some of the time.

As you might expect, it pisses my dad off. Monumentally.

Especially when he's sat out in the garden during the three days of summer we get in the UK.

But something that I'm learning is that WE get to decide what pisses us off.

It's not the dogs that piss my dad off.

It's him who allows himself to get pissed off when the dogs trigger him.

That may be a statement that pisses you off!

But this is what I based today's podcast on.

I talk about...

  • How the book Psycho-Cybernetics helped me realise this.
  • What you may REALLY be getting pissed off at.
  • Why we have the power to control our feelings and reactions.
  • Why it's still ok to get pissed off at stuff if you want to!
  • The power of taking a step back and not allowing shit to piss you off or control how you feel.

You can listen via the player at the top of the page.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, click here to join my Facebook group and engage with all the other dudes and dudettes in the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses tribe!

 

Jun 15, 2016

I had a moment of realisation while recording last Friday’s episode of the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses podcast.

I slightly touched upon the concept of what an ‘Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badass’ actually is.

Or at least, what I believe it to be.

And then it suddenly dawned upon me…

Despite running this podcast and associated Facebook group for a few months now, I haven’t defined with complete clarity what I believe an ‘enlightened entrepreneurial badass’ to actually be.

So that’s exactly what I want to do in this post.

What Does An EEB Look Like?

First off, I want to mention that I do not give two shits how much money said EEB is making.

Obviously, money is a part of life.

And having money goals, desiring more of it and wanting a more luxurious life for yourself and your family is perfectly normal and ok.

But, to me, a true EEB is someone who is running a business or working a job that allows them the finances and freedom to live how they want while still feeling purposeful and making their desired impact in the world.

It’s about creating a foundation in ourselves of all-over mind, body and soul health so that we have the energy and vitality to continue impacting the world in the way we want while also experiencing happiness and joy in our lives and relationships with the people we love.

The Four Pillars of Badassery

The key here is that it all starts with a foundation of all-over optimal health of the mind, body and soul.

So this is why when I talk about the following ‘Four Pillars of Badassery’ that I don’t include anything to do with money, work or business, per se.

Mastering the four pillars will allow you to make more money and become more professionally ‘successful’ as an off shoot of becoming the happiest, healthiest, most energetic, productive, purpose-driven badass version of yourself possible.

Anyway, I hope that makes sense. Now let’s get into what these ‘Four Pillars of Badassery’ actually are:

#1 Mind & Happiness

This is where everything starts.

Before thinking about any of the more ‘practical things’ for optimal health, performance and entrepreneurial badassery, we need to set a mindset for success.

Getting clear on your values, your purpose and your dream is essential.

That may sound corny, but it’s true.

We all have a dream. It doesn’t need to be to live a billionaire lifestyle, but we all desire to grow and achieve more, regardless of how much we’ve achieved so far.

This is what powers you and what drives you.

It is the reason you may make certain sacrifices in trying to be your very best self.

Otherwise, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of living like you don’t give a shit!

Getting clear on what you want, who you are and how you want to make an impact in this world is a huge part of performing at your optimal best and being happy.

And then doing regular self-development work and taking daily actions to reaffirm and look after this is essential too!

#2 Sleep & Recovery

The next pillar of EEB-ness is something I believe many entrepreneurs and professionals skimp out on.

Work, work, work at any time of the day or night seems to be common.

Many of us even see long work days and getting by on little sleep as some sort of badge of honour.

Trust me, I’ve been there and it’s a recipe for burnout.

Plus, who wants to spend their life working 18 hours a day?

But from a physiological point-of-view, getting good quality sleep and balancing out the daily stresses you go through by activating the parasympathetic nervous system is a game changer when it comes to healing and achieving optimal health, energy, body composition and productivity.

So valuing your sleep and down-time just as much as your ‘up-time’ is what, in my opinion, a true EEB does.

#3 Food & Nutrition

Again, it’s easy for us as busy business owners and professionals to fall into the trap of grabbing processed garbage that’s quick to prepare.

But, as may not be a surprise, if you want to feel and perform like a badass then it’s key that you fuel yourself like a badass too.

The true EEB is someone who understands the power of investing a little time and energy in regularly flooding their body with nutritious foods, quality water and giving their bodily systems everything they need to perform at their best.

Now everyone is different in this area.

There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ formula for everyone to adhere to, so it’s about working out what works for you and what makes you feel good.

To go vegan or Paleo.

To fast or not to fast.

To supplement or not to supplement.

All this stuff may or may not work for you.

But I aim to explore them all (among all the other pillars of Badassery) within this website and podcast.

#4 Activity & Movement

Regularly moving the body is essential if you want to look, feel and perform at your best.

Now a key thing to note here is that I say ‘activity’ and ‘movement’.

It’s not absolutely necessary for us all to ‘activate beast mode’ in the gym and start smashing ourselves to bits with crazy workouts.

Of course, if you genuinely WANT to do that, you’ve mastered the other pillars of Badassery and your body is ready for it, then go ahead.

Otherwise, you could be adding a butt load of further stress to an already stressed body, which creates metabolic chaos.

A true EEB is someone who appreciates that movement is essential for optimal health and performance, but that a light workout or long walk can sometimes be more effective than a 90 minute smashing at the local boot camp.

Going Forward

So these are the four pillars that I believe make up an EEB.

Once again, you can call complete bullshit on this if you wish.

But I genuinely believe that by working towards mastering these four pillars we put can give ourselves a distinct advantage when it comes to experiencing a successful business and happy, joyful life.

We gain the rock solid mindset, clarity and self-belief.

We don’t have any niggling health issues holding us back.

We regain optimal energy and productivity.

And we just generally look better, feel better and perform better in our businesses, lives and relationships.

So investigating these four pillars and achieving all-over, Real Health from the inside-out is what I’m dedicating myself to on this podcast.

Take a listen to the podcast episode for this blog post via the player at the top.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

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Jun 13, 2016

Philip Randazzo has an awesomely interesting and inspirational story.

He's the co-founder of Yield Mastermind, the host of the Yield Mastermind Talks podcast and author of the book Rocket Fuel 101.

When you consider the fact that Philip grew up with a very successful entrepreneur as a father and in an environment of abundance, you may expect that he simply fell into success for himself without struggle.

But that is by no means the case.

In fact, as a teenager, Philip got mixed up with drug and alcohol addiction.

Now you may think that drug and alcohol experimenting is somewhat 'normal' for a teenager.

But Philip took it to the point where he dropped out of college, got kicked out and made technically homeless by his parents and ended up in rehab.

So it's massively impressive that Philip went from this, to playing college basketball and then achieving all the things he has done in recent years.

In the Episode, We Talk About...

  • Philip's story of homeless alcoholic to college basketball player and successful entrepreneur.
  • How he got mixed up in the things he did.
  • The self-development work he did to get out of his rock bottom situation.
  • Where he gets his inspiration from to not go back to how he was in his past.
  • What he learned from his past about how to be successful and live a kickass life now.
  • The strategies he used (and you can too!) for overcoming inner anguish and living a happy life.

Links

You can listen via the player at the top of the page.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

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Jun 10, 2016

Okay, so I've slacked off with the podcast over the past week or so.

But there's been a good reason.

Essentially, I've felt like something was missing.

After sitting down and having some deep thinking time, I realised that my passion is not JUST this self-development and mindset stuff.

But also the health, wellness and nutrition stuff I almost fell out of love with last year.

The Bigger Vision!

So the past few weeks I've been trying to spin both plates of setting up a health coaching business and doing this podcast.

Then I realised I was screwing it all up because these two things actually fit together perfectly.

So in this episode I tell you about how I'm building on this podcast to give you even MORE amazing info and inspiration.

I want to inspire you to be the very BEST version of yourself, so you can take on the world with all the clarity, happiness and energy possible.

And become a TRUE 'Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badass' in every sense of the word and in all facets.

That means not JUST self-development 'mindset' stuff.

But creating a foundation of optimal mind, brain, body and soul function.

So you can live a kickass life.

I explain further in the episode.

Enjoy!

You can listen via the player at the top of the page.

Or head over to iTunes and subscribe there for Apple lovers, and over on Stitcher for non-Apple peeps.

Love, Laughter & Light,
Mike

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, click here to join my Facebook group and engage with all the other dudes and dudettes in the Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses tribe!

 

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