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Do you find your body feeling weaker as you get older? Are sports harder to play than they used to be? The truth is, it’s not your age. The more you do something, the better you should get. You’re losing your balance skills, and it’s affecting your everyday life.

In our modern society, we have taken out the natural world’s daily balancing act. We use concrete to flatten surfaces, we turn up toes in shoes, and we’re losing our peripheral vision to screens. As a result your daily activities are suffering, and even the most fine tuned athletes are losing this important skill.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show James interviews Jim Klopman, author of the book Balance is Power. He gives incredible tips to help improve their health and life through simple tips and techniques you can use every day.

Key Points

  • Humans are the only true biped in this world.
  • Society builds a flat world, which works against your balance.
  • People are losing peripheral vision, which affects your balance.
  • Half of all people over 45 that visit the emergency room is due to a fall.
  • Athletes can have a come back at an older age if they work on their balance.
  • Walking in nature instead of walking in the city will be much more helpful physically and mentally.
  • People need to work stabilizing muscles, not just big muscles.
  • When exercising, one is better than two.
    • Avoid machines.
    • Use crossing motions, not parallel exercises.
  • In sports you never stand on both feet.
  • Balance doesn’t occur on your heels, stay on your toes.
  • Having a plant on your desk improves productivity by 15%.
  • Stand on one foot when you can, not two.
  • Use kettle weights when exercising.
  • Shoes inhibit our balance.
    • Workout barefoot.
    • Jim suggests wearing Tom’s or Xero shoes.
    • Find the lowest heels you can.
    • No turned up toes.

Links:

Slackbow.com

Book: Balance is power by Jim Klopman

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Today’s episode is a conversation between myself, Mark Dhamma, and my brother Tristan. We cover a wide range of things, from the importance of relaxing and taking time off, especially for entrepreneurs to whom it does not usually come naturally, the value of changing your environment and habits to change your thought pattern, and why you need to experiment in everything you do to understand what works for you, and double down on that.

We also get into personality tests, and why it’s important to learn about your strengths and weaknesses, and then focus on your strengths. Too many people don’t know, or they focus on their weaknesses, and this will not get you ahead, or give you the opportunity to be successful. Instead, focus on becoming the best at your strengths, and then surround yourself with people who will fill in the gaps left by your weaknesses.

Key Points

  • A lot of entrepreneurs are not good at relaxing, and taking time off
  • You need to push yourself, and you need to recover. Both are important
  • There’s value in changing your thought patterns, by changing your activities and locations
  • Experiment with what you do, your habits, your routines, and keep track of what works
  • Even with success, the human tendency is to focus on negativity
  • The ability to feel deeply and care for things can actually make it difficult to fit in
  • Learn your strengths and weaknesses, then focus on using your strengths

The 5-Things that Make People Happy

  1. Positive emotions
  2. Engagement. Being present in the moment
  3. Relationships
  4. Meaning
  5. Achievement and accomplishment

Resources:

Kava Root Powder

30DayNoAlcoholChallenge.com

16Personalities.com

Mark Dhamma on Youtube

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Writing a book is a long-term goal for many people around the world. But it could be a lot closer to reality than you think! Today, I’m speaking with Casey Cease, founder of Lucid Publishing, about the process of outlining, drafting, writing, publishing, and promoting your book, so you can finally cross that off your bucket list!

But, like almost everything in life, just getting started is the most difficult part. Humans have innate friction to getting started, and probably a lot of that comes from the realization that when you actually get started, you will realize where you really stand. Before you start, you can fool yourself into thinking about your unlimited potential. But when you start actually working on something, it all the sudden becomes so much more real.

But this friction can be overcome, and as you start to work, the project will start to take shape, and that is one of the most incredible things to see happen! But then, you have to finish, publish (whether self-publish or with a publisher), and market! Today, we’re talking about every step of this journey, so that you can finally write the book that you know has been inside you for so long!

Key Points

  • Publishing a book could come much sooner than you think
  • Everyone works differently, what is important is that you understand and use the processes that you know will help you get it done
  • Test content online to see what connects with other people
  • Do work ahead of time, establish the roadmap for what you want to do, instead of figuring it out as you go
  • Think about who you’re writing for, and then write specifically to that audience
  • The number one challenge in writing a book is simply starting it
  • The best time to start anything is right now, and this goes for writing books too
  • Consider recording yourself speaking, if that’s how you work best, and record it, to start to get a really good idea of what you should be writing about
  • Traditional publishing is a very long process, so it is not for everyone
  • Books can also be a powerful lead magnet, if you want to use it for that
  • A book will validate you as an expert in your field
  • Being too concerned about ROI in the short-term of writing a book is usually a short-sighted concern
  • Know what you’re hoping to accomplish with a book before writing it
  • Consider using kickstarter for your book
  • Strategically ask other people for help
  • Consider giving away the first few chapters for free in exchange for an email, as an opt-in, on your website
  • Think about where your target audience spends its time, and go there to promote your book

The Step by Step Formula to Write a Book

  1. Start blogging yesterday (or today if that’s not possible)
  2. Get an outline of the content. Treat it like buckets of content
  3. Use the Free 25-Step Write Checklist available on: LucidBooks.net
  4. Once manuscript is done, work on editing
  5. Title, cover, refine, refine, refine!

 

Resources:

LucidBooks.net

Book: “From Tragedy to Truth” by Casey Cease

Grammarly.com

BlankPage.io

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The best gift that we can give ourselves is a better understanding of ourselves, and Lou Redmond is on today’s episode to speak about that process of finding ourselves, why it is so important, and what the benefits in life are.

If you find yourself struggling in your “outer world,” in your outer success, relationships, and happiness, it’s time to take a deep look at your “inner world.” Because your inner world is what sets you up for either success or failure in life. Peace inside will lead you to the ability to focus on what you want to improve, and to see the kind of success that you are looking for.

In addition, we’re digging into why your environment and the friends you surround yourself with will determine in a large part your success in what you are trying to do in life. If you feel like you keep self-sabotaging your efforts, and you need to optimize your inner-self, this episode is for you!

Key Points

  • Many people try to live a life of epic partying, instead of trying to live an epic life overall
  • The best gift that we can give ourselves is a better understanding of ourselves
  • A lot of people work a job so that they can “enjoy life” on the weekend, rather than looking at their life as a whole, and trying to make the entirety better
  • A lot of us sabotage ourselves by the social circle we choose to be in
  • If you want to make a change in your life, get around other people who have done the things you want to do
  • When you’re trying to make a change, there will always be discomfort and nervousness. But push through, you’ll be glad you did on the other side
  • When you start making changes and seeing the difference, you can almost become addicted to the success, in a good way!
  • Meditation is not about zoning out, but about connecting to yourself
  • Your inner world will immediately affect your outerworld
  • That is why you must do the inner work of self-development
  • Pay careful attention to “who” your environment is, the friends you are surrounding yourself with

Resources:

LouRedmond.com

Book: “Finding Your Truth” by Lou Redmond

Book: “I Hope I Screw This Up” by Kyle Cease

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Do you find yourself doing things you hate? Does it end up ruining the rest of your day? STOP! You’re only making your life harder, and negatively impacting the things you really enjoy.

On this episode of the James Swanwick Show, James dives into ways you can shift your time and focus on the things you love to do. Making this shift will result in being much more productive and successful at what you want to do in life. He gives you real life examples that he went through, and offers in depth suggestions to get you on the right path.

Key Points

  • Text James1 to 44222 or go to JamesSwanwick.com/freestuff to get free stuff!
  • Eliminate all the things in your life you hate or that you are weak at.
  • Doing what you or aren’t good at can cost you time and money.
    • Make your time only go to things you love and that you are good at.
    • Find someone else to do the things you don’t want to do or they will slow you down.
  • James realized one day that doing one load of laundry cost him $600.
    • Hiring a maid saved him time, money, and frustration.
  • James realized shifting through e-mails was a waste of time.
    • Hiring a virtual assistant saved him a lot of time.
  • James stressed himself out doing taxes.
    • Hiring an accountant not only freed him of frustration but having an expert do his taxes meant finding more ways to get money back.
  • Social media brings you down and takes away your time.
    • People post their celebrations, and ends up making you jealous.
    • Limit what news feed you see to keep you positive.
  • Be a minimalist.
    • For a week try to eliminate 12 things a day.
  • Studies show traveling more than 15 minutes will raise your Cortisol, AKA Stress, levels.
    • Try to live within one mile of most things you spend your time doing.
  • You can find ways to make your life simpler without spending more money.
    • Exchange services.
    • Pull resources with others.

What have you eliminated or what things do you plan to eliminate? Tell James in a review on iTunes!

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Do you have chronic fatigue? Always feeling sick? Chances are you are doing it to yourself. If you’re just working, and not looking into your health, wealth and love, you’re only going to cause more and more problems. Not just mental, but also physical.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show, James interviews fellow Aussie Melissa Ambrosini. She discusses her downfall and how not taking care of herself and only thinking about her career in entertainment caused her to wind up in the hospital. She shares inside tips about how you can find your place in the world, what really makes you happy, and how to find what you are really looking for - not just what you think you’re looking for.

Key Points

  • Not balancing these life elements can cause both physical and mental problems.
  • You have to take ownership for your own life.
  • You shouldn’t have to hit rock bottom to realize what’s important and that you need to make a change in your life.
    • What will it take for you to make that change?
    • Are you making choices from your heart or from your worries?
  • Without health, you can’t be who you want to be.
    • Eating well is simple, yet we make it hard on ourselves.
    • Quality food can quickly improve your quality of life.
  • Finding your love will make you successful.
    • Hard work won’t seem so hard when it’s something  you love.
    • You’ll feel you have to accomplish something.
  • Be open and curious about the world, and things that interest you.
  • Don’t think about your goals in a selfish manner, do what you do for others.
  • Find what you want to do by looking at what you don’t want to do.
  • Love yourself.
    • If you treat yourself like crap, others will too.
    • If you want more love in your life, give love throughout the day.
  • Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.
  • Master your inner critic.
    • Everyone has negative thoughts and makes mistakes.
  • Be mindful of where your desire for wanting a partner is coming from.

Resources: www.melissaambrosini.com

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Are you trapped in a community bubble? Do you shun people for their political belief? You might be surprised to find just how different the world can be, even in the same country.

On this episode, James continues his journey through Tennessee. His adventures lead him to discover just how divided people are in America, through feedback he received from his social media while visiting a shooting range.

While visiting his friends, James also spoke with two girls in their early twenties that were amazed someone like him was unmarried in their forties. On the other hand, James was shocked that it was uncommon for a woman here to not have a husband and children by the age of 22. His eyes were opened to the idea of communities putting family values ahead of  career goals and fascinated at just how many ways there really are to live your life.

Key Points

  • James shares his experience in Tennessee with Trump Supporters versus his liberal friends back in Los Angeles, and explores the many ways to live your life.
  • James talks about how Americans wear their political views on their sleeves, and how divided communities can be.
  • The influence of community values: Career goals vs. Family goals.
    • Can you be content without a romantic relationship?
    • Can career success be fulfilling enough?
  • All the constant fighting in the world over personal perceptions.
  • The history of Tennessee's Centennial Park, and its creation to celebrate the 19th amendment.
  • Everyone has a right to an opinion and it seems harsh to push someone away just because they have conflicting views.

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Do you know how to effectively sell? The ability to sell is one of the most useful skills to have in this world. While it is essential to business, it also plays a large role in other aspects of your life. Your ability to persuade others will determine to a large extent the amount of success that you are able to have in life.

So today I am going through the details of how to improve your sales pitch and close more leads. When it comes to selling, a lot of it is an inner game with yourself to create the right mindset to be able to effectively help your lead take the action that will change their life!

Listen to this episode to find out how I was able to sell millions of dollars of product over the phone, and find out how to improve your pitch and become more persuasive!

Key Points

  • Consider your sales activity as helping people to take action that will be good for them. You’re helping them, not the other way around
  • No matter what you’re selling, it’s all about creating and showing value
  • Sales is all about identifying the pain point of your prospect
  • After you understand the pain, speak in that language, and focus on that
  • Get your prospect to identify their past, the pain, and then see your product as the solution to that pain
  • Understanding the pain, and having had it yourself, helps you so much
  • Ask your prospect how making the change they want to make, solving the pain, would change their life
  • Sales is all about comparing your past pain with the potential future of solving the pain
  • Authenticity is essential to sales
  • Your ability to open up and being genuine is going to separate yourself from other people who are trying to sell them
  • Review your sales pitch, and try to identify where you lost the sale

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Are there things that you have always wanted to do, but just haven’t found the courage to do so? Is there a place you have always wanted to visit, but haven’t made your way there yet? Is there a job you’ve always wanted, but have never applied for? Why have you not done these things? Realize if you never try, they will absolutely never happen.

Completing these things, is simply as just showing up. You will miss out on these things if you never attempt them. You will regret it, for who knows as long, as well as missing out on great experiences, or even something that could change your life.

On this episode of the James Swanwick show, James broadcasts from the Jake Owen concert in Nashville, Tennessee. He discusses the importance of chasing after your dreams, and just showing up.

Key Points

  • While performing, Jake Owen shares his story of his life, which inspires James to share parts of it.
  • Jake Owen called his parents and instead of pursuing his career, he went to Nashville, and thirteen years later is playing in concerts around the world.
  • What’s the lesson? If your heart is telling you to do it, give it a shot!
  • Sometimes you just have to say “F it,” and make your move.
  • Woody Allen said, “80% of successes is simply showing up” - Just show up!
  • James auditioned for a job with ESPN as a sports anchor and got the job. He simply showed up and the results were positive.
  • Just show up!
    • What is a thing that you know you want to do, but you just haven't done yet?
    • Where is a place you have always wanted to go to, but haven't visited yet?
  • Proximity is power, put yourself in a place where you are surrounded by people that you want to be like.
  • Challenge yourself, and do something that you have been wanting to do for a while.

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Have you ever thought about the impact your friends have made on your life? Think about your closest friends, have they impacted you positively or negatively? Can you think of specific times that they have inspired you to make positive changes in your life? If not, you may be allocating too much time to the wrong people.

Time is one of the greatest things you can give a person. It is something that is limited, and can become scarce after you take out the amount of time you sleep, eat, and work. When you have free time, are you spending it with people that teach you new things? Or challenge you to be a better individual?

On this episode of the James Swanwick show, James details the importance in picking your friends, and even moreso with your close friends. It is said that you are known for those you hang around with. Those that are close to you are the ones that will influence you largely. Pick your friends wisely, because they will determine the quality of your life.

Key Points

  • It is the quality of your friends, relationships, and acquaintances, that determine the quality of your life.
  • Who you hang around with effects the conversations that constantly surround you.
    • If you spend time with people who are business savvy, then your conversations will revolve around business.
    • If you are hanging out with healthy people, then you are going to have healthy conversations.
  • Be choosey with whom you spend you time with.
  • The top 5 people you dedicate your time to will influence your character the most.
    • Who do you spend time with?
    • Are you learning from them?
    • Do you feel good after hanging out with them?
  • Proximity is power. Whoever you are close to will influence you.
  • Hang out with people you want to become like.
  • Hang out with people who are smarter than you, who inspire you, who challenge you.
  • Put yourself in situations that make you feel uncomfortable because the people you are with are smarter than you.
  • Your standard of living will change depending on who you are with.

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