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A wide variety of people approach the 30 Day No Alcohol challenge for a plethora of reasons. Some people commit to it because they struggle with alcoholism, others because they want to eliminate the drink for health purposes, but a resounding amount commit to it due to the sole reason of wanting to improve their lifestyle. Are you living a healthy lifestyle, but confused as to why you are not getting more out of life?

On today’s episode of the James Swanwick show, James is joined by Vicky Sherman, a women who recently completed his 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge. Vicky lived an incredibly healthy lifestyle, except for one facet, the fact that she would overindulge in alcohol come weekends. Vicky used to love beer, and would drink it in large amounts come weekends. Vicky not only completed the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge, but she also was able to mainly eliminate the drink from her diet. Occasionally, she will indulge in a glass of wine, but because of the immense impact the 30 No Alcohol Challenge had on her life, she decided to stop drinking beer.

Key Points

  • Vicky Sherman was inspired to take up the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge after realizing how unhealthy alcohol is for your body  
  • All of her other habits are health conscious ones, yet come weekends she found herself overindulging in alcohol.
  • Fan of fun, and unique IPA beer. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Minimum 3, or a lot more if going “wild”.
  • Affected her productivity, where she would not feel great, so she would put things off.
  • After she stopped drinking, she gained 7-10 lbs, and was confused about why she was gaining weight. While researching this, she came across James’ challenge.
  • She wanted to see the positivity that would stem from completing the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge.
  • Loved receiving a video everyday. She found that they were encouraging, and challenged her.
  • The videos brought about a new interest with self-development as a whole.
  • Vicky found that during the week it was easy to stay away from alcohol, but the weekends were harder for her.
  • Was used to looking towards alcohol to relax, and not having that relaxing outlet tended to make her more irritable.
  • Now, after completing the challenge, she will treat herself to a glass of wine every once in a great while.
  • Through this process she learned where and what her triggers are, and how to curb them.
  • Vicky raves about the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge, and encourages others to try it out too.

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It is a common belief that alcohol is a must-needed substance at social events. Whether you are hanging out at home on a friday night, or going out to eat with a group of friends, you will find alcoholic beverages are a constant. There are plenty of myths that come with alcohol, like the idea that in order to have a good time, you must drink, or in order to fit in, you must drink.

On today’s episode of the James Swanwick show, James is joined by Geffrey Marr, who completed James’s 30 day no alcohol challenge. Not only did Marr complete the 30 day challenge, but he went 93 days straight without the beverage. Marr found that there were no positives that came with drinking, but that there were a handful of negatives that came with the consumption. Geffrey found that ridding his diet of alcohol, allowed for him to make progress in other areas of his life.

Your life can be so much more beneficial without alcohol, with areas of your life, you never imagined, improving! Jeffrey joins James to detail all the positives that came to his life after leaving alcohol behind.

Key Points

  • Geffrey was motivated to take up the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge after realizing alcohol was not bringing anything positive to his life.  
  • It was simply something that he did because it was normal to do.
  • Would have a few beers a couple days a week, and spend $15-60 a night.
  • Whether he had a single beer, or a handful, he did not like how he felt the morning after.
  • As someone who runs his own business, he felt he was less motivated the morning after a night out, and falling behind on necessary tasks.
  • Once he decided that I would not be drinking for 30 days, it was as if a switch went off in his head. He immediately did not want a single drink.
  • Favorite part of the alcohol challenge: the private facebook group that gives you support.
  • Hardest part of the alcohol challenge: being in a situation where you would have previously drank.
  • Most surprising part of the alcohol challenge: the clarity that comes with the sobriety.
  • Teaching moment: what situations are actually most enjoyable, and not just seemingly fun, while drunk.
  • Such a societal norm for people to drink, that it seemed odd when I wouldn't. People questioning, “Why you won’t just have one drink?”
  • At first, it was weird going out to the bar, feeling as if he could not get loose, but after committing to the idea of being sober:
    • he began to have more fun, saved money, and has not done anything crazy
  • Benefits from 93 days without drinking:
    • When you are trying to develop your skill sets
    • Sleep better
    • Communicate better
    • Manage time better
    • Increasing your progress in the gym
    • Your mind becomes more aware
  • Through the challenge he learned that alcohol can hinder brain activity, distract you from healthy relationships, and lead to weight gain.
  • The 30 Day No Alcohol challenge will create a more motivated, healthier, determined you.

You can find Geffrey on instagram at Gmos2014
Click here for more information on the 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge

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Have you ever found yourself feeling restricted in your occupation? Have you ever thought to yourself, that you could be so much more productive with your time if you were in charge of it? What would you do if you could design your daily, weekly, monthly schedules? Would you work early mornings? In an office? Or travel the world while working?

On this episode, James is joined by one of his podcast listeners, James Harrison, as he gives him a ride to the Melbourne airport. James, a twenty-six year old Aussie resident, currently works in a sales role with a basic 9-hour structure. Although he doesn't mind his job, he yearns for something that would give him more freedom in his work day. James feels restricted, and that he would be more productive if he was working on his own terms. James would like to explore the possibility of doing long-term travel, going to a new city for a few months, but make a living while doing so.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show, James gives James Harrison a few pointers on starting his own business, while helping him curb his thinking into a clear and concise marketing pitch.

Key Points

  • James Harrison wants to start a business in order to free up his schedule, so that he can partake in the long-term travel that he has always wanted to.
  • Went to University to get a Engineering degree, currently does not use that specific degree as he works in a sales position from 8:30am-5:30pm.
  • Wants to start his own business because he values freedom, flexibility, and being in control of his own life.
  • Feels restricted in his current job, thinks that he could be more productive if he was working on his own terms.
  • Ideally he would like to start a business on the side, while still staying in his existing job because of necessary income.
  • He likes the idea of having a physical product, creating something tangible that is his own invention.
  • Tips for starting your own business:
    • Spend five minutes each day with a blank piece of paper, thinking about simple problems you face, and then figuring out how to solve them.
    • All business is, is solving problems.
    • In marketing you want to make the message simple, in order for customers to hear the pitch quickly.
    • Try to eliminate unnecessary words, or phrases, and polish a short, and quick idea.
    • Whenever you are trying to tell someone your story, or business idea, you do not want to make people think.
    • Clear messaging is important, it should be so simple that it’ almost stupid.
  • James Swanwick’s advice for those that want to start their own businesses?
    • Determine a common problem, then find a simple solution.

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Have you had a setback recently? Has something disastrous happened in your life? Have you tried to accomplish something and you failed just a little bit short? Is there a setback that happened to you years ago that is still holding you back? Setbacks can have a debilitating effect on your life, even if they took place in the past, and not in recent times.

James Swanwick is joined by Mike Zeller, a socially minded entrepreneur that runs a variety of businesses, from a real estate firm to a menswear line. Mike joins James to discuss the importance of conquering your setbacks, and the process of transforming them into set ups. He points out the importance of setting a positive tone for your life, ridding yourself of negativity, and re-writing your story.

Mike also discusses the importance of allocating roles when a business grows. He gives pointers on the process of going from director, to coach, to supporter, until you have fully delegated certain roles to an individual. He stresses the importance of being a responsible business owner, and gives six specific tips on being a good business owner, challenging you to improve your business.

Key Points

  • How are we going to make setbacks a set up.
  • There is immense power in surrounding yourself by masterminds, whether that's a business mastermind, or a science mastermind.
  • If you are the smartest person in a room, then you are in the wrong room.
  • Mike discusses the importance of ridding yourself of setbacks, and coming to terms with the things that have taken place in your life.
  • Mike went to Buenos Aires for a time period, and realized that he needed to shift from a business operator to a business owner.
  • Tony Robbins points out that you can change your emotional state by interrupting the patterns in your mind. Helped Mike shift his focus, to a more positive, action-driven personality.
  • Let your deep pain and frustration drive you forward. Go all in
  • Surround yourself by those who influence you positively, it will help you in letting go of the negative story that could be shaping your life.
  • Life is ultimately whatever you say it is. You can choose to say that life is awesome, or you can say it is terrible. It is whatever story you make it.
  • James points out there is no good, and there is no bad, life is simply what it is.
  • The most progressive year of Mike’s life was the most painful year of his life.
  • The transformation of meaning cannot shift completely over night.
  • It takes days, weeks, months of moving in the right direction, for things will change.
  • You need space to grieve, and release negativity in order to move on.
  • You need people to keep you accountable, people whom you have healthy relationships with, to help you get through this process.
  • Constantly feed yourself with new knowledge. This includes things that increase your learning like podcasts, books, etc.
  • You get in life what you are willing to tolerate. If you want to be outstanding then step up your game, and go all in, in order to be extraordinary.
  • What truly makes you happy?  Write these things down and do not tolerate life without them.
  • Be sure to take care of your health, it will create more clarity in your life.
  • As you groom and develop employees, you are in more of a director role, then changing to that of a coach, then a supporter, and lastly, granting all delegation.
  • 6 core roles of a business owner
  1. Sets the direction.
  2. He makes key, strategic decisions.
  3. Allocating resources appropriately.
  4. Build and develop exponential relationships.
  5. Recruit and develop top notch players.
  6. Build and enhance organizational health.

To learn more about Mike or any of his plethora of businesses, click here.

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Have you ever been a bartender? Or have you ever ordered a drink from a bartender? If so, have you ever received advice from a bartender? Have you ever interacted with a bartender that you found particularly interesting. To some surprise, most bartenders have other jobs, side hustles, where they are also generating profit. They work tirelessly to live their lives according to their standards, and feelings of motivation and inspiration play a large role in this. On today’s episode of the James Swanwick Show, James talks to a bartender about the good, the bad, and the lessons learned from bartending.

Grab a stool, as the author of The Bartending Therapist, Jason Herald, talks about society from a bartender's perspective. Jason lives by the motto, “the bar is a metaphor for life, it is a place that provides good times, memories, and life lessons.” Jason realized this when he started to bartend after leaving a career in sportscasting. When Jason entered the bartending scene, he did not realize that one day he would have a book all about his adventures with bartending, and life in general. Listen to this week's episode, as Jason explains valuable life lessons he picked up while behind the bar.

Key Points

  • Jason talks about life, and the lessons he has learned throughout, while hoping others can learn from them as well.
  • People need to be motivated, but more than just motivation, they need action.
  • Motivation without action results in nothing.
  • A sense of motivation and inspiration can be seen throughout Jason’s book, which persuade the reader to jump into action.
  • Often times people will ridicule Jason for being a bartender, and claim he does not have the authority to give advice on life.
  • His advice? People will always say “you are just a...” Do not let their negativity affect you.
  • Things Jason has learned from bartending:
    • One of the highlights is the people you get to meet.
    • For the most part, at the root of humanity, people are good. Sometimes people just chose to do shitty things.
    • Learn to maximize your time. Bartending allows you to work flexible hours, so you can work multiple jobs.
    • Take advantage of the diverse crowd and take time to network.
  • Moving moments: Big family get togethers, parties
  • Negative moments: Seeing teenagers have to pick up their intoxicated parents from the bar.
  • Different types of people that come in:
    • Drunk girl: An attention seeker, who will stand up on the bar, also known as the ‘hot mess.’
    • Drunk guy: Belts a very off-key “Don’t Stop Believing,” often having an alpha personality, yet still gets all the girls.
    • The wallflower: Comes in frequently, but does not say a word to others.
    • The creeper: Enters the bar, sits somewhere quietly, gets drunk, and then proceeds to make a move on the prettiest girl at the bar.
    • The regular: Comes into the bar frequently, where the bartender knows your order. Two types follow,
      • Prophets: people that are there every night that discuss what they are going to do.
      • Warriors: people that come in, eat, grab a beer, talk a bit, but are there an hour tops.
  • For bartenders it’s easy to break a conversation because they can simply say they have things to do, like cleaning.
  • If someone is bothering girls, Jason says he often times tries to get, said creeper, distracted enough to leave others alone.
  • Interesting fact about Jason:  He does not look at tips until after the customers leave because he does not want it to effect his work ethic.
  • Overall lessons learned:
    • Don’t have a preconceived notion on a person, nix the stereotypes.
    • Constantly calculating moves, trying to do tasks to save just a few minutes.
    • Always look to optimize time.
    • People come into your life, sometimes only for a moment, and once you can recognize that, you can witness something special.

 

For Jason’s Book: The Bartending Therapist

For signed copies of the book you can contact Jason here.

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Do you spend copious amounts of time on your phone every day? Are you addicted to your cell phone? I know at times I feel like I am, finding myself on my phone for hours at a time.

There are many positives to the cell phone, as it makes things so much easier for us to complete things, as well as making things more accessible for us. There is a negative side to the ever advancing technology, though. The phone distracts you.  When you are constantly checking your phone, it lessens your focus, in turn, lessening your productivity. Not only does it lessen your productivity, but it also It lessons the substance within the relationships you have with people. If you are constantly checking your phone, instead of focusing on the person you are with, then the relationship will also be affected negatively.

On this episode, James is joined by Dr. Josh Davis, who is the director of research and lead professor at the NeuroLeadership Institute. Davis explains the importance of limiting the amount of time spent on your phone, and the increase in productivity that will follow this practice. He also talks about his book, Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done, which explains strategies to get the most out of your day.

Key Points

  • Dr. Josh Davis joins James to discuss how to break your cell phone addiction and, in turn, create 2 extra hours of productivity to your day
  • Going to help us today to curb our cellphone addiction, and strategies that can help us do so.
  • If something is getting in the way of life, we need to pause and realize what we are doing is not healthy for us.
  • The average person checks their phone 100 times a day. Imagine what you could do with your time if you lessened that.
  • Number of hours range, but if you spend more than 2 hours a day on your cellphone then chances on there are things you are missing out on.
  • Your cell phone brings about a loss for productivity.
  • Phones allow space for flexibility with scheduling, but create less productive days, as people can constantly change things.
  • It makes it harder to make decisions and can derail our entire days due to a loss of productive time.

Steps to be less addictive:

  1. Do not use your cell phone as an alarm clock. Starting the day off with a real alarm clock, not your phone. Leads you to look at your notifications, and then you begin your morning on your phone.
  2. Do not allow notifications to pop up.
  3. Do have some spaces in your house for no phone zones
  • It’s not enough to just stop these habits, you must attack them, and replace them with something.
  • Due to the dopamine system in your brain, you need to learn to retrain your system.
  • The dopamine neurons become active when we are expecting a reward. Can be a vicious cycle when you are trying to find this with notifications on your phone. Retrain this system so, instead, you get excited for something else.
  • No phone zones in the house is a great way to train yourself, as it changes mindset through behavior.
  • Examples include full rooms, or even just spots in a room.
  • As a result of being in a no phone zone room, then you are forced to discover what you are going to do in that moment. After doing this for a period of time, you will start finding other things to do in general, creating new habits.
  • It is incredibly hard for people to use their phone for the sole purpose of completing one task.

5 steps to maximize productivity

  1. Recognize your decision points
  2. Learn to manage your mental energy
  3. Stop fighting distractions
  4. Leveraging your mind and body
  5. Learn to manage the workspace you are in

Check out Josh’s book, Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done

Also check out James’s 47 Day Hacker Habits to learn how to make your days more productive.

Show notes: JamesSwanwick.com/277

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Do you spend copious amounts of time on your phone every day? Are you addicted to your cell phone? I know at times I feel like I am, finding myself on my phone for hours at a time.

There are many positives to the cell phone, as it makes things so much easier for us to complete things, as well as making things more accessible for us. There is a negative side to the ever advancing technology, though. The phone distracts you.  When you are constantly checking your phone, it lessens your focus, in turn, lessening your productivity. Not only does it lessen your productivity, but it also It lessons the substance within the relationships you have with people. If you are constantly checking your phone, instead of focusing on the person you are with, then the relationship will also be affected negatively.

On this episode, James is joined by Dr. Josh Davis, who is the director of research and lead professor at the NeuroLeadership Institute. Davis explains the importance of limiting the amount of time spent on your phone, and the increase in productivity that will follow this practice. He also talks about his book, Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done, which explains strategies to get the most out of your day.

Key Points

  • Dr. Josh Davis joins James to discuss how to break your cell phone addiction and, in turn, create 2 extra hours of productivity to your day
  • Going to help us today to curb our cellphone addiction, and strategies that can help us do so.
  • If something is getting in the way of life, we need to pause and realize what we are doing is not healthy for us.
  • The average person checks their phone 100 times a day. Imagine what you could do with your time if you lessened that.
  • Number of hours range, but if you spend more than 2 hours a day on your cellphone then chances on there are things you are missing out on.
  • Your cell phone brings about a loss for productivity.
  • Phones allow space for flexibility with scheduling, but create less productive days, as people can constantly change things.
  • It makes it harder to make decisions and can derail our entire days due to a loss of productive time.

Steps to be less addictive:

  1. Do not use your cell phone as an alarm clock. Starting the day off with a real alarm clock, not your phone. Leads you to look at your notifications, and then you begin your morning on your phone.
  2. Do not allow notifications to pop up.
  3. Do have some spaces in your house for no phone zones
  • It’s not enough to just stop these habits, you must attack them, and replace them with something.
  • Due to the dopamine system in your brain, you need to learn to retrain your system.
  • The dopamine neurons become active when we are expecting a reward. Can be a vicious cycle when you are trying to find this with notifications on your phone. Retrain this system so, instead, you get excited for something else.
  • No phone zones in the house is a great way to train yourself, as it changes mindset through behavior.
  • Examples include full rooms, or even just spots in a room.
  • As a result of being in a no phone zone room, then you are forced to discover what you are going to do in that moment. After doing this for a period of time, you will start finding other things to do in general, creating new habits.
  • It is incredibly hard for people to use their phone for the sole purpose of completing one task.

5 steps to maximize productivity

  1. Recognize your decision points
  2. Learn to manage your mental energy
  3. Stop fighting distractions
  4. Leveraging your mind and body
  5. Learn to manage the workspace you are in

Check out Josh’s book, Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done

Also check out James’s 47 Day Hacker Habits to learn how to make your days more productive.

Show notes: JamesSwanwick.com/277

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In May 2013, James attended a conference put on by the Guerrilla Business School in Los Angeles. In this podcast, James discusses part of the information he learned at this conference. From the onset he details business as a two part entity. Buying and creating something and then selling it for a profit. James points out that business are not easy, but they are simple. James delves into the basics of starting a business and how you can turn an idea into a million dollar idea.

James points out the importance of a good habit to get into is taking notes at a seminar, typing them up, and then keeping them for review. He discusses the art of negotiation, and the tactics of persuasion, and how these things can lead to million dollar ideas. He also discusses advice from Keith Cunningham, Bill Wallace, and Bo Eason in regards to customer relations, and leadership in business.

Key Points

  • Attended the Guerrilla Business School Conference in Los Angeles in May 2013
  • Business surrounds the process of buying and selling, but often times people put most of their efforts into administration.
  • How to come up with ideas in 60 seconds
    • Solve pain for others
    • Solve problems for people for profit
    • Look for problems, solve problem.
    • Don’t look for opportunities, look for problems.
    • After problem, comes no problem.
  • If you want to start a business, then you need to solve a problem.
  • How to increase your profits:
    • Make a wealth plan instead of an income plan
    • Create context with blog editors who can promote your business and blog posts
    • Be a good people person, be a good networker with successful people, be better at understanding online marketing.
    • Offer higher ticket products, because you will have a higher profit margin.
  • Negotiating + Marketing
    • You have to be an excellent marketer in order to sell your product
    • The objective of negotiating is always a win-win outcome
      • Ask for what you want, ask & you shall receive. Ask for a better deal, it's okay to want for a better deal.
      • Create infinity and commonality.
      • State a win-win intention at the outset of any negotiation.
      • Create a semi-reason why you are entitled to more favorable terms
      • Asks these questions to drive the price down: What’s the price if I pick it up? When is the sale? What is the sale price? When is the sale? Why are you penalizing me for paying now?
    • Negotiate with an objective in mind, you should never go first in negotiating.
    • Seven magic words to say in negotiating: what’s the least you can live with?
    • Business is about building long-term relationships. Negotiating is all about both parties getting what they want.
    • Discusses advice on customer service from Keith Cunningham, and Bill Wallace.
    • Bo Eason speaks of leadership, and the importance of storytelling.
    • Keep an ear out for Part Two, coming out next week!

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Have you ever wanted to become your own health coach? Wondered how you can possibly hack your health by yourself? Do you constantly find yourself wanting to lose some weight, gain energy, and gain self-confidence? Did you know you can possibly reduce your chance of diabetes and cancer by integrating this? On this episode of the James Swanwick show, retired Miami model turned clinical health coach, TJ Anderson, talks about how he changed his life when he started focusing on his personal health more.

TJ Anderson joins James Swanwick to discuss his new book, “The Art of Health Hacking,” a self help book that teaches you how to both understand your health and become the healthiest version of yourself. TJ details his own personal health experience, and how he had to eliminate things like alcohol in order to become the best version of himself that he could be. During this episode he discusses a few small tips that will bring about giant changes in your life if implemented properly.

Key Takeaways:

  • James is joined by TJ Anderson, a retired Miami model turned clinical health coach turned healthcare entrepreneur. He is a self proclaimed self health hacker and author of the book “The Art of Health Hacking.”
  • Lowering your stress by maintaining routines, will allow you to start to understand your health at its core.
  • You need to get real with how you feel. Your emotions are real, and if you are not truly happy, there are steps you can take to change this.
  • As a young model in Miami, TJ had a strong relationship with alcohol, being surrounded by it constantly in the model scene.
  • When TJ returned back to Iowa after leaving Miami, he decided it was time to work on himself in a few different ways, including both physical health as well as mental health.
  • He learned that healing through biohacking and health optimization is so important for each person.
  • If you want to act like a high performer, then health hacking is for you. It is all about small things with giant benefits.
  • People need to learn to define health and what it means to them. Furthermore, how does their stress relate to this?
  • Once someone realizes that they need a new health regime in order to accomplish who they want to be, then it allows them to decide how to manage their stress.
  • One of the easiest health hacks is learning different breathing techniques. This is a good practice to use throughout the day.
  • Your whole physiology changes when you learn how to breathe properly, as well as your mindset transferring into your energy.
  • Learning how to manage our energy, and transfer it is crucial on a day-to-day basis.
  • Learning habits that will allow you to over power the reptilian part of your brain with the logical piece. Simples exercises like snapping your fingers, drinking a tall glass of water, walking around the block, will help overcome your desires.
  • Just changing your baseline state to feel a little more positive and compassionate towards yourself is important.
  • Do not be afraid to operate the way you want to, simply because other people do things differently.
  • How do we get out of negative self talk? Learning to have self compassion can lead to a healthier self esteem and more positivity in your life.  

Check out TJ’s book: The Art of Health Hacking

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When you heard the phrase, “Neuro-linguistic Programing,” what first comes to mind? Do you picture mind control tactics? Does a scene from your favorite sci-fi movie come to mind? Often times there is a negative connotation surrounding NLP, and the terminology. In reality, it simply is a form of communication, invented in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, that focuses on personal development and psychotherapy. NLP is a practice that is used to increase motivation, increase energy vitality, and optimize communication.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show, the topic of Neuro-linguistic Programing is explored, as Tony Wrighton, a British Sky Sports presenter, joins James. Tony is also an author and the host of the “Zestology,” podcast. Zestology is all about health, motivation, and biohacking. Today, he will tell us about how he rewired his brain to create a more improved self awareness. He will also discuss the tropical virus he picked up while exploring the jungle a few years ago and how it changed his life.  

Key Points

  • Neuro-linguistic Programing, a practice that everyone can learn.
  • NLP focuses on increasing energy vitality and motivation in a person.
  • NLP holds a poorly worded name for a great group of skills to optimize mind and body communication.
  • Although NLP is a positive practice, often times you will stumble upon someone using it improperly, or just poorly.
  • There is nothing worse than a bad NLPer. This is usually someone who learns the skills and uses them to get their way on everything, in a more manipulative manner.
  • Tony details his three months in bed because of picking up a tropical virus, when he was barely able to walk down the street.
  • When you are forced to lay low by something so physical like a virus, iy disables you from using NLP.
  • It was a dark time in Tony’s life, and what helped him recuperate as not traditional medication, but functional medicine. This inspired him to always look to functional treatments.
  • Originally, Tony got into NLP by practicing the skills on his radio show, by trying to get people to listen longer, and to gather more listeners. Over a period of four years, he gathered more listeners than the DJ held at the breakfast time slot.
  • NLP is all about tonality and persuasive language. You can harness the power of NLP with more descriptive language, as well as richer language. Bring in sensory
  • Part of NLP is about asking more open ended questions, instead of asking yes or no one’s.
  • An example of this is not asking a child when they want to tidy their room but asking whether they want to do it before or after dinner.
  • A yes set: Three statements that sound like questions, that will be answered with yes, that set a precursor to the actual question you have for them.
  • NLP is a positive practice for yourself as it allows you to reframe negative things in a more positive light. You can reframe, or retell the story that surrounds whatever is happening, simply changing the narrative.
  • We mainly experience the world in terms of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic but, if you have something from the past that is holding you back, simply reframe it.
  • NLP is supposed to be used to inspire someone, to motivate them to get what they want done, but you can also use it to persuade someone.
  • An example of this is by asking a person a question about something that brings an intense emotion of positivity from them. When they reach the climax of description, touch them lightly on the shoulder. Later if you want to persuade them to do something, lightly touch them on the shoulder again.

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