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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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Jul 29, 2016

How I approach my life and business shifted massively with what I'm about to share with you today.

And it may piss some people off.

But approaching things this way has left me with so much more LOVE for what I do.

Essentially, it's the concept of not being so obsessed with pleasing others, such as avatars, target markets, partners, family, etc.

Instead of trying to 'mould' ourselves to fit into what others want us to be like, we should start with us and ourselves.

And this is what I am doing with the podcast, this blog and everything I do.

I explain a bit more in the episode.

I talk about...

  • Why I started treating my business as more of an 'art form' than a strict 'business'.
  • A ramble about Vincent van Gogh.
  • The starting point for bringing more joy and passion into our professional and personal lives.
  • Why discovering who you are is so key to living an enjoyable life.
  • Discovering your message to the world.
  • Attracting people who resonate with the real, authentic, genuine YOU.
  • EEBs Episode #019: What's Your 200 Year Goal?

Take a 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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Jul 27, 2016

Many people may see the title of this post and roll their eyes.

The idea of dealing with mental health, thoughts, feelings and ‘getting all emotional’ is just not some people’s cup of tea and they try to avoid it.

And that’s cool.

But, to me, this is just as important, and probably more important, than any other part of our health.

Because we can have all the success, money, six-pack abs and everything else we desire, but if we don’t have good thoughts and feelings then it’s all pointless.

Our minds are so powerful that we can create the feeling of us being a worthless, broke, 500lb couch potato, even if the outside and ‘real world’ evidence points towards completely the opposite.

Plus, if you feel like shit all the time then it becomes extremely difficult to take positive actions.

In my view, aiming for total balance and ‘well roundedness’ in all areas of our lives is the key to happiness. And if you’re lacking in one area, then you’re lacking in all areas.

So being mentally and emotionally healthy is just massive.

What Exactly is Mental or Emotional Health?

Various blogs, podcasts and whatever else refer to mental and/or emotional health.

But before we go on, I think it’s important to look at what it actually is.

I suppose you could get a whole host of ‘definitions’ here depending on someone’s personal opinions or academic background.

But, to me, mental or emotional health refers to our overall psychological wellbeing in terms of how we feel about ourselves, our relationships, our lives in general and our ability to deal with the thoughts and emotions that come with the ups and downs of everyday life.

Just as with physical health, I don’t believe simply the absence of disease or problems, such as depression, is a marker for ‘being mentally healthy’. But rather that being in the best mental and emotional health sees us experiencing positive characteristics, such as strong relationships, joy and able to deal with stress.

In other words, I don’t believe you are necessarily ‘healthy’ just because you happen to not have been diagnosed with something.

So maybe this post can benefit you and help you improve your mental and emotional health, even if you maybe don’t feel like you have too much of a problem in this area.

A Full Disclosure

Now I’ve been wanting to do a longer post specifically on mental and emotional health for a while.

But I’ve shied away from this subject because I haven’t felt worthy or ‘qualified’ to talk about it.

Because, if I’m honest, this is an area I struggle in myself. And in a pretty big way at times.

There are times over the past few years where I’ve suffered with anxiety, depression, apathy and generally allowing my own thoughts and feelings to fuck me over and take control.

Some days I find it extremely difficult to peel myself out of bed in the morning, face up to the day and get even the smallest amount of work done, and I have to work FUCKING HARD to get myself back to ‘normality’ (whatever that is ;) ).

And so I didn’t feel like I was in a position to start offering advice about mental and emotional health.

But then I thought that maybe I’m actually in a pretty good position to offer this advice.

Rather than being someone with all these idealistic answers talking down to anyone struggling with their mental and emotional health, I can help from a real life, been in the trenches point of view.

The original title of this post, for example, was ‘How to Master Your Mental & Emotional Health’, which is cool and would have given some great info.

But I changed it to be about what I’m doing (or am trying to do) because I wanted it to have some real life points of view around it.

Basics First

Okay, okay. I know I bang on about these foundations so often that I may as well get it tattooed on my forehead.

But this is only because they are so vital.

There’s no point trying to do fancy things with supplements, ‘life hacks’ and all sorts if you aren’t doing the basics right. It’s like building your house on sand.

This is why I aim to eat in a way that makes me feel good and energised, sleep right, move my body every day and take time out to de-stress, whether this be through meditation, a walk in the park or simply ‘pushing the pause button’ for a few minutes every so often.

I’ve talked in previous podcasts about these, but specifically in “Episode #31: Using Sleep To Optimise Your Brain, Energy, Productivity, Performance & Health” and “Episode #39: Building A Badass Brain Pt. 2”.

In a nutshell, in much the same way as overlooking these basics can affect your physical health, it can also affect your brain, hormone secretion and neurotransmitter balancing and, therefore, your mental and emotional health.

So there’s my little spiel about the basics once again. Learn them. Apply them. And don’t underestimate them, whether it be for your mental health or anything else.

Now onto some less repetitive stuff!

#1 I Start the Day by Looking After Me

It’s so easy to simply go through the motions each morning.

You get up, fuck around for a bit and, before you know it, it’s mid-morning and you’ve got nothing done and feel like shit.

Or you rush around getting yourself and kids ready to get out the house and as soon as you get time to breathe you start hearing that negative little voice in your head again.

Rather than trying to deal with it all as and when it comes, I like to nip this in the bud.

Morning time when I first get up is for me. Not for clients or family or Facebook friends or anything like that.

So, my little routine looks like this:

  • Get up, pee, rinse mouth, wash face with cold water.
  • Some relaxed mobilisation and stretching to get me loose.
  • Exercise, ranging from anything from a fast walk to a full gym session.
  • While exercising I will listen to something positive, such as a podcast, audiobook or music that I neuro-associate with positivity.
  • Shower, utilising a hot/cold technique of going from cold to hot in several 10 second bursts and then finishing on 30 seconds of cold.
  • Breakfast while reading or watching something positive.
  • Meditation.

I know that may sound like a lot.

And if you have kids, I appreciate that it can be a totally different ball game.

But I invite you to try some kind of routine like this that would fit in and work for you. Just some way of looking after you in the mornings, as opposed to just allowing the day to take control of you.

#2 I Utilise Awareness

This may sound very weird, but I’ve grown accustomed to ‘watching’ myself and my thoughts.

By that I mean I’ve practiced being aware and paying attention to what I’m thinking and how I’m feeling.

Now you may wonder what good this does.

But what I used to do was just allow myself to get bogged down, suppress the thoughts, distract myself and feel like it was never going to go away.

Shining a light on what you are thinking, acknowledging that it exists and being present with it can be very powerful though.

In an awesome conversation I had with Bob Buckley in Episode #15 of the podcast, he talks about a thought being just a thought. It’s not part of you and doesn’t belong to you and so you can simply watch it float by.

In other words, the simple act of being aware of what’s going on inside your head and not pushing it deep down and ignoring thoughts and feelings can be extremely powerful.

You can even go as far as writing down your thoughts. This often has the effect of us being able to take an objective look at them and to see them for what they really are.

To further this even more, it’s important to note the importance and power of your “I am” statement.

A great shift came in me when I started to ‘disown’ the label of ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’.

Saying “I have depression” or “I am depressed” creates a story in your head that this is part of you and that it is never going to leave.

If we say “I am experiencing depressive thoughts or feelings right now” then this isn’t such a deeply ingrained, continual thing as saying “I am depressed”.

#3 Using ‘Expressive Meditation’

I’ll be honest and say expressing myself and my emotions is something I have always struggled with and have only very recently embraced as part of mastering my mental and emotional health.

But it is proving to be really, really effective.

Elliot Hulse talks about depression stemming from suppression and a lack of self-expression.

So this stems on nicely from the previous point about awareness.

And to remember that being aware of your feelings, but still continuing to bottle everything up inside of you is a recipe for disaster.

Now I’m not saying to go off and start flying off the handle with people expressing everything at any given moment.

But rather to practice a regular expression of the feelings inside of you and releasing of tension, particularly when we are going through moments of depression.

In fact, Elliot shares an immense ‘dynamic meditation’ to help with this in one of his many epic videos. Click here to check out his video (after you finish reading this post, of course ;) )

#4 I Give Myself Permission to Forgive Myself

It is so easy to start thinking about the past and judging yourself for the mistakes you may have made.

We create this feeling of self-loathing and self-judgement as we look back at decisions we ‘should’ have made, things we wish we did or didn’t say or directions we could have moved in.

It’s as if we punish ourselves for things we’ve done in the past. And we go back there, relive it in our minds and just keep punishing ourselves over and over again.

But something I’ve been practicing is the art of simply forgiving myself for mistakes or how I may have behaved in the past.

Because I know that my past does not have to dictate my future, but it will if I choose it to.

So I have officially given myself permission to forgive myself of shitty decisions, dick head behaviour and anything in my past that I previously created a feeling of repeated self-punishment over.

Release that feeling.

We are allowed to make mistakes.

We can learn from them.

But we do not need to carry them around with us like some shitty suitcase full of self-punishment.

Learn. Let it go. And FORGIVE yourself.

#5 I Prioritised Connection

I’m naturally very introverted.

And I mean properly introverted. As in, left to my own natural devices, I would probably be classed as some kind of recluse.

I’m pretty happy to, most of the time, be by myself or with people I’m very close with.

The only problem is that I sometimes allow this to go too far.

There have been times in my past where I’ve gone completely within myself, focused solely on my work and completely disregarded any kind of social life or connection with other people.

I’m sure there must have been times where I could have died and people wouldn’t have found out for days or weeks!

And, in my experience, even as a deeply introverted person, this leaves a gaping hole inside you that is forever expanding.

The only way to fill that hole is by connecting with others.

I’m talking about genuinely connecting with people. Not simply showing up to a party and talking about the weather or what’s on TV.

And this all starts from knowing and connecting with ourselves, discovering our own core values and figuring out who we are and what we believe about life.

There was a point in my life where I just recognised that I was completely shutting the real me off from the world.

So I simply made a sort of ‘pledge’ to myself to actually get over the fear of judgement and start trying to connect with people on a level I hadn’t done before.

#6 I Monitor What Goes In & Out

What I mean by this is that I don’t just passively sit by and allow any old garbage to go in to my head and also have become very aware of things I say and language that I use.

I’m not going to completely rag on the news and all that stuff.

If I’m honest, I do like to know what’s going on in the world and believe there’s a time and a place to expose yourself to it.

But what I categorically will not do, or have stopped myself from doing, is constantly reading newspapers, listening to radio bulletins and watching the news at night.

Yes, it’s very, very sad some of the stuff happening in the world and political things can affect us. I’m not attempting to ‘devalue’ it in any way.

But being almost obsessed with getting more and more news, reading various opinion pieces and finding out more about what’s going on in the middle east or wherever and even allowing this stuff to be what enters your head at the start of every day is, to me, unnecessary.

I don’t know about you, but it has a severe ‘bringing down’ effect on me and I don’t want to expose myself to at every possible opportunity.

But I’m also starting to become more aware of what is actually coming out of my head as well as what’s going into it.

What kind of language am I using? What am I saying in conversations?

For example, “everything is fucked” or “this country is turning to shit” or “the economy is screwing me over” or “I feel like crap” or whatever.

These are throw away comments that a lot of people use in conversation several times a day.

And all it’s doing is reaffirming to yourself that there is something shitty going on.

So I like to try and be as aware as possible of the kind of language I’m using and not use throw away comments like this when I don’t need to.

#7 I Actually Practice Gratitude

I wrote about this in the Facebook group last week.

For some reason, I’ve always struggled to stay consistent when it comes to the ‘gratitude journals’ we’re all ‘told’ to do.

Maybe I’m just a complete weirdo, but I always seem to write down what I’m grateful for and then subconsciously look away and say "look at all this shitty stuff going on over here though!"

I feel like I’ve ‘ticked it off’ for the day and forget about it until the next day.

What I’m trying to say is that I do the gratitude journal, but don’t really ‘feel’ the gratitude at the time and during the rest of the day.

Now I know how important it is to show gratefulness and appreciation in our lives if we want to be happy and at peace.

So rather than just say ‘this isn’t for me’ and ignore this whole gratitude thing, I’ve started doing something a little different.

I’ve started actually trying to practice gratitude every day.

What I mean by this is that I use each new environment I find myself in as a 'trigger' to remind myself of something I'm grateful for.

This starts to 'train' my brain to be on the lookout for positivity and staying in that mentality of gratitude and appreciation.

Because, after all, there's no point doing a 'gratitude journal' for five minutes every morning if you spend the other 23 hours and 55 mins of the day feeling like complete shit.

So when I exit the bedroom in the morning, I am mentally ‘cued’ to show gratitude for something.

The same when I enter the kitchen or go outside or go through the doors at the gym or go to the beach.

Before you know it, you’ve built up a regular mental practice of showing gratitude in your life throughout your day.

I’m not going to lie and say this instantly works.

It takes practice and dedication to set up these ‘gratitude cues’ and you need to be prepared for the fact that you will forget them, miss some and sometimes just plain resist doing it.

#8 I Remind Myself of the ‘Now’

I find it very, very easy to drift back in time (mentally, not literally) and start living in the past.

I also find it just as easy to start thinking about the future and getting all anxious about things that could or might happen.

Obviously, this is not a cool place to be in.

It creates depressive feelings when looking backwards and anxious feelings when looking forwards.

In order to pull myself out of this, I will literally stand up and start clicking my fingers and reminding myself to be in the present moment.

Right now, everything can be okay if I choose it to be.

It may sound completely mental, but it works.

To Wrap Up

This may be a lot to take in and feel overwhelming, particularly if you are struggling at the moment.

But this is a simple invitation to you to begin finding what works for you and taking little steps forward towards improvement.

If you feel like all of this is too much, then what can you implement?

I certainly didn’t start out anywhere near perfect, and still am not perfect to this day!

But this stuff really helps me.

And hopefully it can help you too.

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!

Jul 25, 2016

I loved having this conversation with Sarah Cordial.

As a documentary filmmaker, she's worked at the likes of ESPN and Fox News and has created some awesomely inspirational pieces.

Her back catalogue includes a wide range of topics, such as Syrian refugees and NBA superstars, and she's even been Emmy nominated on two occasions.

As you can imagine, she's pretty damn good at storytelling and bringing out the authnticity in the people and situations she films about.

But she's also a deeply spiritual person and has been heavily into self-growth for a long time.

In fact, she's even now a podcast host herself with her show, The Daily Cordial, where she explores life's big questions with thought leaders from around the world.

So I thought this was a great opportunity to discuss with her about self-growth and connecting with our authentic selves.

In The Episode, We Talk About...

  • Sarah's story of how she used her inquisitive nature to get into filmmaking.
  • The importance of setting our intention in every situation.
  • What Sarah learned from visiting a Syrian refugee camp.
  • Why being vulnerable is vital to self-growth.
  • Why our relationships can be the place we learn the most about ourselves.
  • The keys to authenticity and connecting to our authentic selves.

Links

You can give the episode a listen via the player above.

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!

Jul 22, 2016

We've all heard of the idea of forgiveness.

And most of us will have heard the term 'forgive and forget'.

But I'm willing to bet that many of us have never really thought too much about forgiveness, what it means and how we can use it.

I know I certainly haven't until recently.

But it turns out that we can utilise the idea of real forgiveness to dramatically improve our emotional health and deal with some of the twisted emotional feelings that get tied up inside of us.

So that's what I want to talk about in this episode of the podcast.

I talk about...

  • How we usually use forgiveness to our own and others' detriment.
  • Why it's important to forget as well as forgive.
  • Why it's also important to go as far as forgetting our forgiveness as well.
  • How to stop 'owning' your grudges.
  • Stopping our condemnation of people to nip the need for forgiveness in the bud.
  • Why it's important to also forgive ourselves.
  • How to stop having emotional reactions to our mistakes of the past.

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!

Jul 20, 2016

Note: Click here for the 'Energising Exercises' PDF I mention on the episode.

Ever feel drained and like you’re getting things 10x slower than you should be?

Yeah, we’ve all been there.

That afternoon crash, bit of brain fog or sudden crashing in our mood that slows us down.

Not good for anyone.

But there are much better ways of dealing with all this than the usual reaching for a Red Bull, brewing up the extra strength coffee or smashing through the sugary snacks.

While all these may give a short term ‘buzz’, they’re rarely the best option.

Aside from tasting like cat piss (my opinion), they’re also full of all sorts of garbage that belong more on the bottle of some kind of industrial kitchen cleaning product than something you’re going to ingest.

So I wanted to share here my top 10 simple, yet very effective, natural strategies for boosting your energy levels (and therefore your productivity and performance).

I’ve started with a few simple, more proactive strategies that you may be aware of already, yet still need to be said. Before going into some more advanced shizzle.

Let’s start with #1 because, you know, that’s where these things normally start.

#1 Start the Day Right!

I used to say ‘have a good breakfast’ in this section.

But I feel that’s a bit misleading.

Because, truth be told, many people do well fasting in the mornings and not having their first real meal until 10am and beyond.

So my main point I want to put across here is to not have a shit breakfast!

If you’re going to fast, then fast. If you’re not, then eat properly.

Toast, croissants, cereals, breakfast bars and all that processed carby stuff is not what the vast majority of people’s bodies are craving for the first meal of the day.

Whether you choose to ‘break your fast’ from the night before as soon as you wake up or a few hours later, make sure you give your body a meal containing a healthy dose of protein, healthy fats and a variety of nutrients.

My go to is a good quality eggs cooked in whichever way you like and partnered with some coconut oil in there with plenty of low sugar veggies.

#2 Stay Hydrated

In over four years of working in this industry, I’ve only ever had one client where we haven’t had to increase their water intake.

In other words, dehydration is a very common problem. And most people don’t even realise it!

There are billions of water-dependent biochemical reactions taking place in your body every single second. So a water is a huge player in maintaining a ‘healthy metabolism’ and, therefore, awesome energy levels.

But I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again… the standard, generalised advice of two litres or eight glasses a day is not good enough.

The amount of water your body needs is directly correlated to its size. The bigger it is, the more water is required to hydrate it.

So we need to take out the guess work and be able to work out how much water your body actually needs.

I do this via the simple formula of taking your weight in lbs, halving it and then using that as your daily minimum water requirement in fl oz. If you’re a metric bunny like me then take your weight in kg and multiply by 0.033 to give daily minimum requirement in litres.

I start every day off with a big glass of water, at least 500ml and usually up to a litre before doing anything else.

This sets you off right for the day and helps to stop you ‘falling behind’ your daily minimum target that could result in diminished energy levels.

#3 Invest in Doing Nothing

At first, this may seem counter-productive.

If you want more energy and to get more done and be more productive, then going the other way and doing nothing for a period of time is surely going to hinder this, right?

But the key word here is invest in doing nothing.

This is a time investment that can be just 10 minutes at a time and can result in overwhelming improvements in cognitive function, energy levels and productivity.

In fact, as I discussed in episode #39 of the podcast last week, meditation has been proven to have all sorts of brain and performance related benefits (1, 2).

So I suggest starting off your day by getting up a little earlier and before you do anything, do nothing for 10 minutes. Literally just sit in a chair and focus on your breathing before breakfast, exercise, getting kids up or anything!

You can even have these little 10 minute ‘breathing breaks’ sporadically included throughout your day to help give you a jolt of energy where you maybe would have reached for the Red Bull.

#4 Sleep Better

It seems like every week I mention sleeping better.

I guess that’s just a testament to how important sleep is to your health and performance.

But it’s about as obvious as the sky is blue that sleep (or a lack of sleep) has a profound impact on your energy levels.

Again, I’m not going to go through the ins and outs of sleep her in this podcast.

Check out episode #31 of the podcast for my masterclass on sleep and to take a deep dive into the subject.

#5 ‘Ground’ Yourself in Nature

For me, simply getting out in nature and being around plants, wildlife, the ocean or whatever else considered to be ‘natural environments’ can be hugely beneficial for my mood, productivity and feelings of being ‘energised’.

So getting away from the concrete jungle we sometimes find ourselves trapped in and heading for the garden, the park or the beach can be hugely beneficial.

I challenge you to go take a walk in the park and not to feel more positive and ready to ‘go’.

But we can actually take this further by bringing in the concept of ‘grounding’.

This is where you connect your body in some way with the earth without the interference of socks, shoes or clothing.

Science is starting to back up this idea that connecting to the earth directly can help us ‘absorb’ free electrons and experience health benefits (3) and improvements in sleep and ability to deal with stress (4) as well as simply creating a more positive mood (5).

I know it sounds weird, but try it. It really does feel awesome if you don’t go in with the attitude that this is all hippy BS.

#6 Move!

So many of us get caught up so much in work that we can go for days, weeks or months where the only movement we do is walking from the house to the car and the car to the office.

But what this helps to promote is a metabolism that makes the average sloth look like Speedy Gonzalez.

Your body and mind will start to get sluggish, slower and feel ‘off the pace’.

A morning workout of some sort is great.

Now, I don’t mean you have to do a full gym workout (although that could be great).

But just getting yourself moving with a fast-paced walk or a little bodyweight routine in the garden can do wonders for your energy through the day.

#7 Use Caffeine Sparingly

There’s no getting away from the fact that a big ass coffee can give you an energy kick.

But there are two things to remember here.

First of all, your body can very easily get used to dealing with caffeine and so cause you to not feel the effects as much.

This is how we create the need to have more and more and at greater strengths each time until we’ve suddenly found ourselves needing to have a quadruple espresso every hour in order to feel the ‘buzz’ of a few years ago.

Obviously, this isn’t the best and most long-term of options for how to get enough energy to get through the day.

So I would invite anyone in this boat to try a ‘coffee cleanse’ for a week before adding it back in at a lower amount.

Secondly, coffee can be a very beneficial and enjoyable beverage. But you have to be careful as to what else you’re putting in your body along with it.

That instant stuff is full of all sorts of shite.

So I advise getting an espresso machine or a good drip filter (or at least a French Press) and get yourself some good quality, organic, ground coffee.

When you’re not dependent on it and it’s good quality, coffee can be, in my opinion, a great, healthy option.

#8 Energising Exercises

Something I’ve found very powerful in helping to feel more energised is looking into more ‘eastern’ philosophies and ideas.

This stems from the idea that you must cultivate energy (known as Prana for Yogis or Chi in oriental martial arts) before expending it.

The power of this principle stems from the breath.

The oxygen we breathe in carries a very strong positive charge, acting like the positive pole of a magnet. And the tissues and water in your body act as the negative pole.

Now wherever you find a positive and negative pole, there is energy and work potential. So breathing energy into the body can create this work potential in us.

We can manipulate this through specific breathing exercises that effectively help to ‘charge’ the body up and cultivate energy for us to then utilise throughout the day.

It’s even possible to target specific ‘zones’ in the body to rebalance the chakra system and therefore reclaim a healthy ‘flow’ of this energy through the body.

As you can imagine, this is a more advanced subject than this little piece here in this blog post.

But I’ve put together a PDF all about energising exercises, how they work and with specific examples of how you can use them to increase your energy and vitality.

Click here and I’ll email the PDF to you straightaway.

Checking out some Tai Chi or Qi-Gong classes in your local area or heading to good old grand master YouTube can also be very beneficial.

#9 Take Control of Your Environment

The environment you’re in can be a powerful player in how energetic, happy and positive you’re feeling.

Your brain is constantly scanning your environments and can create incredible neuro-associations with the seemingly minute things around you, causing you to feel a certain way that could be positive or negative. Checkout podcast episode #40 for more on utilising neuro-association.

As you can imagine, if you’re trying to work in an office that’s boxed in, congested, messy and generally not very nice to be in, then it can cause you to feel low on energy and drive.

So our environments are very powerful tools.

Something as simple as having access to natural light as often as possible can improve your workplace performance and mood, according to a study published in the journal SLEEP by Northwestern University.

Getting that regular dose of vitamin D from natural light is a game changer when it comes to our mood, so if you don’t have windows then taking regular trips outside or investing in a lightbox would be a good idea.

But also getting some greenery around our homes and offices can also be very beneficial for our energy, mood and performance.

Plants help purify the air and therefore help to improve the quality and toxicity levels of everything we’re breathing in, which means you get a better air quality and create a much more energetic ‘feel’ about a particular space.

So, you can start mastering your environment via the following:

  • Learning about neuro-associations (podcast episode #40) and building more positivity into our environments.
  • Work on strategies for letting more natural light in.
  • Adding greenery and plants into our environments.

#10 Get More Magnesium

As always, supplementation when it comes to these things comes after all other interventions have been considered.

But magnesium can be a key player here.

It plays a role in over 300 different biochemical processes in our bodies, ranging from muscle and nerve cell function, to brain health, to our immune system function and much, much more.

So if our bodies are under a lot of stress and being worn down, then magnesium can easily become depleted.

In short, the result is that our physiology doesn’t operate effectively and we become to feel worn down.

And because of how much stress most of us tend to put ourselves under, magnesium gets burned through very easily and deficiency becomes very common.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is obviously a way to get more magnesium.

But a good quality supplement can be very beneficial, especially when applied transdermally (via the skin).

I suggest using a magnesium spray daily and combining this with a regular bath using magnesium or Epsom salts.

There You Have It!

So you definitely don’t need to rely on the Red Bull and coffee to get you through each day.

A few preventative actions and daily practices can really get you feeling energised, positive and performing like a badass.

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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Jul 18, 2016

George Wohar is an inspirational dude.

He struggled for years trying to 'get it right' when it came to success and wasted a lot of time and money chasing the answers.

Until, one day, it finally hit him that getting his mind right was a must before anything else!

Since then, George has been dedicated to mastering his own mind and sharing what he learns with others to become known as the 'Millennial Mindset Mentor'.

He's gone from dropping out of college and struggling with life, to speaking on stage with the likes of Tai Lopez and Nick Unsworth. With his dedication to his own mindset allowing him to do this all by the age of 21.

So I thought it would be pretty damn cool to get George on the podcast.

And we had an awesome conversation about all things 'mindset'.

In The Episode, We Talk About…

  • George's story of going from struggling college drop out to 'Millennial Mindset Mentor' and being invited to speak at Tai Lopez's house.
  • The ins and outs of mastering  'money mindset'.
  • How to breakthrough your limiting beliefs around money.
  • How the result in your life is a result of your beliefs.
  • How to move into an 'abundance mindset'.
  • Manifesting through taking action.
  • Some kickass routines for living in gratitude.
  • And much more!

Links

You can give the episode a listen via the player above.

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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Jul 15, 2016

Understanding the concept of 'neuro-association' can be so powerful.

In a nutshell, it's the 'subconscious' association our brains form with the environment around us.

This can be an association that causes us to feel and react in a certain way.

For example, when the boxer hears the bell, they're ready to fight in every sense of the word. The bell can cause changes in his/her physiology that prepares them for the fight.

And it works in every other situation and environment too, whether you're aware of it or not.

So it can be how we react or feel in certain rooms, locations, settings or anything!

The good news is that we can become aware of and utilise this to our advantage.

And that's what I talk about in this episode.

I talk about...

  • The power of understanding neuro-associations.
  • How our environments can directly affect our productivity, performance and happiness.
  • Why creating separate areas for separate tasks or activities in our day can be a game changer.
  • How to create positive neuro-associations in our lives.
  • The key to getting rid of negative neuro-associations.
  • How to set up your environment so that it breeds productivity and happiness.
  • And much more!

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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Jul 13, 2016

In the first part of this ‘Building A Badass Brain’ series, I shared how to begin mastering your brain from a more psychological perspective.

If you missed that, I highly recommend you check that out here as it’s been one of the most popular podcast episodes so far.

But today, I want to look at the other side of the coin and consider the more physiological side of brain performance.

So rather than simply looking at our thoughts and why we tend to ‘self-sabotage’ in some areas of our lives, I want to look at how we can rev up our brain and get it functioning and performing at the very highest level.

This means better focus, higher productivity, clearer and quicker thoughts and better decision making as well as the longer term benefit of reducing the risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

It’s obviously a pretty big subject.

So to make it easier to consume, I’ve put this article into 10 simple action points you can start doing right now to start improving your brain function.

#1 Improve Your Gut Health

Believe it or not, your brain is intimately connected to your gut.

In fact, the gut has its very own nervous system, known as the enteric nervous system, that has a direct connection to the brain via the vagus nerve.

Now you would be forgiven for thinking that the brain is always the guy in charge and the gut is mostly receiving directions and signals from the brain.

But the opposite is actually true, with the gut more commonly relaying and sending information to the brain up the vagus nerve.

What Does This Mean?

Well, essentially, the gut and gut flora are responsible for synthesising various vital neurotransmitters and sending signals to the brain.

One of these vital neurotransmitters is serotonin, which is a main player in helping us stay in a positive mood and fighting depressive disorders.

Studies suggest that the vast majority of our body’s serotonin is actually produced in the gut and passed up to the brain via the vagus nerve.

So your gut health (or potential lack of gut health) has a monumental role on your serotonin levels, and, therefore, your propensity to feel low, apathetic and depressed. Not good for brain health and performance!

Simply improving your gut health has been shown by several studies to improve brain health, emotional processing and all-round wellbeing. (1, 2, 3)

Action Steps

So a healthy gut, means a healthier balance of good bacteria in there, means a greater ability to synthesise the required neurotransmitters (including serotonin) and the brain is better equipped to do its job and function optimally.

In short, better gut, better brain.

I know this is easier said than done (and is something I will cover in much more depth in a future blog post/podcast), but some strategies you could start implementing right now are:

  • Cutting out ‘usual suspects’ to gut problems, i.e. gluten, dairy, soy and processed foods, for at least a week and judge how you feel. Add them back in one-by-one and see if any give you particular jip.
  • Consuming fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kefir (if dairy is cool with you), pickled vegetables or kimchi.
  • Consider a good quality probiotic supplement that ideally has a pre-biotic built in there too.

#2 Optimise Your ‘Neuroplasticity’

Your brain has an unbelievable ability to rewire, reorganise and heal itself by building new and different neuro-connections throughout our entire life.

This ability is known as ‘neuroplasticity’.

It’s how we learn new skills, take on new knowledge and entrain new behaviours as well as heal and build new neuro-connections around blockages that occur as a result of trauma and damage.

In this sense, your brain is a bit like a muscle.

If you train it, then you will have a greater ability to utilise ‘neuro-plasticity’.

Improved learning ability, sharper reactions and, should it come to it, an optimised ability to repair and regenerate itself.

Action Steps

This ‘training’ of the brain comes as a direct result of placing it in new situations and environments.

If you spend all day looking at the same scenery, staring into the same computer screen and doing pretty much the same things over and over, then your brain will become ‘weak’.

Just as a muscle would fail to get stronger if you lifted the same weight every day, your brain fails to get stronger if you don’t ‘test’ it with new situations and environments.

You can quite simply train your bran with puzzles and ‘brain games’.

But a greater way to do it is by making a commitment to regularly do something you’ve never done before.

Whether it’s rock climbing, jet-skiing, playing tennis or whatever!

If you consistently seek out the learning of new skills, your brain will reward you!

#3 Fuel Your Brain Right

Your brain is mostly made up of fat and water.

This means providing it with a healthy array of dietary fats as well as staying well hydrated are key components in fuelling it properly.

But let’s go a little deeper than simply saying ‘drink more water, eat more fat’ (because, you know, I like to do that ;) ).

Hydration For Brain Health

First off, it’s imperative that you get enough water for your body size on a daily basis.

It’s not secret that staying hydrated is key for general health as well as cognitive performance (4, 5).

But It’s no good going off the standard, generalised advice of ‘two litres a day’ or ‘eight glasses a day’ if your body requires more or less than that.

So basing your daily water intake off the current size of your body is the most logical way forward.

I like to use the simplicity of drinking half your body weight (lbs) in fl oz every day, which is an equation suggested in Dr Feyredoon Batmanghelidj’s amazing book, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water.

Many of my clients have found this one step to be extremely powerful in making them feel and perform better in as little as 24 hours!

Fats For Brain Health

The brain likes to run on glucose as its primary fuel source.

However, our ‘standard’ high carbohydrate diets have seen occurrences of there being so much glucose available that the brain begins to fail to metabolize glucose effectively, as suggested by a University of Coimbra Centre for Neuroscience and Biology study.

In fact, the evidence linking cognitive impairment to poor glucose regulation is so strong that some researchers have taken to calling Alzheimer’s disease “type 3 diabetes”.

Moving into a state of ‘ketosis’ (where you either fast or go so low on your carbohydrate intake that you start running on ketones as an alternative to glucose) has been shown by Sherbrooke University in Quebec to improve brain and cognitive function.

Now most people aren’t prepared to eat the restrictive diet required to live in a state of ketosis.

But you can elevate your blood ketone levels even in the absence of severe carbohydrate restriction with regular consumption of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

Several studies have shown that MCTs do elevate blood ketone levels, resulting in improved cognitive performance (6, 7).

MCTs are readily available in coconut oil, but you can also get isolated MCT oils too.

Another Fat to Mention

Omega-3 fats also deserve their own special mention as well as they are integral in supporting brain health.

They play a vital role in building brain cell membranes, reducing brain inflammation and promoting new brain cell formation.

If you’re struggling to do this optimally, then it can play a vital role in diminished cognitive function and performance as well as incidences of depression, anxiety, dementia and other brain disorders.

So ensuring you’re consuming Omega-3 fats regularly is another way of fuelling your brain in the best way possible.

Action Steps

  • Use the equation to work out your daily amount of water required to keep you hydrated.
  • See how you feel with a lower (but not crazy low) carbohydrate diet, and consider a daily dose of coconut oil or MCT oil to encourage ketone body build up in the blood.
  • Get your daily dose of Omega-3 fats via things like walnuts, fatty fish and even a fish/krill oil supplement.

#4 Sleep Your Way to A Better Brain

Of course sleep is important!

As with every other cell in your body, it’s where your brain repairs, regenerates and replenishes itself to come back stronger the next day.

It’s where you ‘connect the dots’ and turn short term memories into long term memories so you can put into long term storage the knowledge you acquire each day.

And it’s also the time when your brain’s own detoxification system, the glymphatic system, has been shown to be 10x more active.

In short, this means if you’re not sleeping right then you are leaving waste products and toxins in and around your brain that it would prefer to not be there, leaving you open to reduced performance and long term damage.

All in all, better sleep means better cognitive performance, energy, learning ability and decision making as well as reducing the risk of mental and brain disorders in the longer term.

I did an entire ‘Sleep Masterclass’ as episode #31 of the podcast with attached blog. Rather than go into all that again here, check that out by clicking here.

#5 Use Brain Healthy Herbs & Spices

Believe it or not, herbs and spices can have amazing benefits for the body.

Now I want to be real about this… a sprinkle of something here and there in between meals of hot dogs and mac and cheese is going to do nothing.

But there are a few things that can have real benefits for the brain as added extras to the foundational principles of healthy eating, hydration, brain training and sleep.

So here are the main ones I want to mention:

  • Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is a fantastic benefit to the brain with awesome antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (8, 9). Other compounds in turmeric have been shown to help the brain repair its own cells. Easily found in curry, you can also add turmeric to a salad or your morning eggs.
  • Although not technically a herb or spice, garlic is very powerful condiment or flavouring (or whatever you want to call it) that thins the blood to help prevent blood clots. It contains compounds thought to protect neurons from injury and disease by stimulating the production of chemicals that help cells withstand stress.
  • Several studies have shown the positive effects of sage extract when it comes to brain function and memory, both in health people of all ages and in those who already show symptoms of Alzheimer’s (10, 11, 12, 13).

#6 Exercise For A Healthier Brain

Turns out exercise make you feel and perform better.

Yup, who knew?

Neurogenesis (the growth and development of nervous tissue) has been shown to be induced by exercise, particularly in the hippocampus (14).

This means exercise has a direct positive effect on not just our heart, lungs, muscles, etc., but also our brain health too.

So regular exercise can help maintain and improve cognitive function, memory, productivity, neurological repair and positively affect emotions and conditions like depression and anxiety.

Action Steps

Move in some way on a daily basis!

#7 Meditation For A Better Brain

I’m not going to go on about this too long because, like exercise, the benefits of meditation are now pretty well known.

That’s not to discredit it at all – it is still vitally important.

But I don’t want to go over information that you’ve already heard over and over again.

Studies have now shown that regular meditation actually positively changes the brain in a physical way (15), meaning meditation actually ‘does stuff’ and isn’t all about just being part of the ‘meditation clique’.

However, it other studies have also revealed that meditation directly benefits cognitive function, learning ability, memory processing and emotion regulation (16).

In short, meditation is real and has real benefits for your brain health in the long run as well as your performance and happiness in the shorter term.

Action Step

It can be hard to start meditating if you’ve never done it before.

And once you start it can be hard to keep it up because you may not ‘notice’ the benefits straightaway.

So I recommend just taking 10 minutes each morning before you do anything else to simply sit in silence.

If you’re still struggling, try using Brain.fm (which is what I use) or the Headspace iPhone app.

The Take Away

There are a lot of things we can do to control and master this thing between our ears, whether it be from a more 'mindset' place that I lay out in part one of this blog or the more physiological side here.

In all honesty, however, your brain will respond positively by simply looking after it as you would everything else.

So building a foundation of health from the inside out will truly allow you to set your brain on fire and be the focussed, productive and happy person you want to be.

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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Jul 11, 2016

Stephen Doran has a pretty cool story to tell.

He's a peak performance coach who's worked with many high flyers, including going on tour with Akon as his personal performance coach!

But things haven't always been like this for Stephen.

 

He went from college dropout, to successful fireman, to a self-made millionaire with very little passion for what he was doing.

So we talk about this in detail, and how Stephen assessed his life to discover what it is that makes him feel more purposeful.

Now, he's a successful coach who puts out awesome stuff into this world and has even written a book, 'Burn the Bullshit', about overcoming limiting beliefs.

In The Episode, We Talk About...

  • Stephen's amazing story of going from college dropout to high level performance coach.
  • Overcoming fears to get to where you want in life.
  • An exercise for finding your 'passion income streams'.
  • How 'thinking about your thinking' can help you master your mindset.
  • What Stephen learned from being pushed to the physical brink on the BB2 series, Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week.
  • How you can breakthrough any limiting beliefs that are holding you back from living a happier, more 'success filled' life.
  • And much more!

Links

You can give the episode a listen via the player above.

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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Jul 8, 2016

When most people think of an 'athlete', it brings up images of Olympians, training and elite sports people.

But I want to challenge that loose definition.

Because I think the concept of 'being an athlete' is very powerful for everyone, particularly entrepreneurs.

To me, an athlete is someone who works to cope with (or even exceed) the demands of the environment that confronts them in their daily life.

An Olympic sprinter has the demands of needing to run 100-400m as quickly as possible.

A stay-at-home parent has the demands of needing to do everything around the house without the kids driving them crazy!

An entrepreneur has the demands of needing to be as sharp as possible in their business, relationships and home life.

We all have demands. We are all athletes.

Successful athletes put the work in on themselves. Unsuccessful athletes... don't!

So treating yourself as one helps you to take on the actions, thoughts and behaviours that enable you to perform like a badass in your life!

And this is what I talk about in today's podcast episode.

I talk about...

  • EEBs Episode #005: Your 'I Am' Statement For A Powerful Mindshift
  • Why the concept of 'entrepreneurial athleticism' is so powerful.
  • How to start treating yourself like an athlete.
  • Exceeding your performing requirements in your life.
  • Coping with the demands of your environment.
  • The mindshift towards becoming an entrepreneurial athlete.

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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Jul 4, 2016

James Farrelly and I have a lot in common.

We both built up personal training businesses that ended up making us miserable.

And we’ve both fallen in love with the concept of genuine ‘coaching’, as opposed to simply training or mentoring someone.

But it’s James’ story of struggle while in his PT business, how he overcame this and what he has now grown into that really attracted me to the idea of having him on the podcast.

He joined the Facebook group a while back and his story instantly hit a chord with me.

Then after seeing his posts, videos and what he was just generally all about I knew I had to ask him to come on as a guest to share his story and wisdom.

So this is an awesome interview that I genuinely enjoyed and I hope you get some real benefit from listening.

In The Episode, We Talk About…

  • James’ story of going from financially successful (yet miserable) personal trainer to a happy, fulfilled coach.
  • Dealing with debt and money issues as an entrepreneur.
  • How to become a successful AND happy entrepreneur.
  • Why it’s important to listen to that ‘little voice’ inside you, and how to embrace it.
  • Learning to live (and be happy) when money is tight.
  • Why it’s important to focus on YOU before marketing, sales or any of that BS.
  • James’ path to a ’Six Figure Coach’ (who is also frigin loving what they do!).
  • And much more!

Links

You can give the episode a listen via the player above.

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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Jul 1, 2016

As you may expect, my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with Brexit stuff.

Some people moaning, some rejoicing and some saying they're not bothered.

Now I'm not one of these people who simply comes out and says it has no effect whatsoever and the power is all in you and all that motivational bullshit.

I believe it has less effect than what many people (and news agencies) are actually making out..

But it could still make a difference.

So I voted. And I voted to remain.

Yet I wanted to use this podcast episode to talk about some random Brexit bollocks, how I used my core values to vote and also how I'm reacting now that it's over.

I talk about...

  • A real life example of using core values to make a decision.
  • Why your reactions to things are so important.
  • One question to ask yourself whenever 'bad things' happen.
  • Why it's ok to get frustrated with stuff.
  • EEBs episode #032

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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