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Is there a place where you have always dreamed of moving to, just haven't made the decision to do so yet? If so, why haven’t you moved there? What is holding you back from acting on these feelings?

Recently I have been tossing around the idea of moving to a new place. I have lived in LA for a while now, and am craving something new and exciting. I would love to live in a place where the entrepreneurial scene is flourishing. A place with a strong sense of community, preferably not a huge city. I want to move to a place where I can connect to the local community, make friends with the locals, and learn about the culture.

Do you live in a place that sounds like the above? Or have you visited a place that reminds you of this?On this episode of the James Swanwick show, James details his desire to move, and asks for suggestions on where to move to.

Key Points

  • Where is the one place that you've visited that made you want to go back and live there permanently one day?
  • I am wondering where is the best place to reside? Not the best place to visit but to live in?
  • I have lived all over the world, mainly in larger cities, including:
    • Backashmarsh, Australia
    • Brisbane Australia
    • London, England
    • Los Angeles, California
    • NYC, New York
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Magangue  & Bogata Colombia
    • Austin, Texas
  • Recently I have been exploring the idea of picking up everything and moving somewhere new.
  • People have suggested Boulder, CO, Nashville, TN, or the Pacific Northwest; while my mother wants me in Australia.
  • Where do you think I should move to?
  • I have a few minor requirements. I want to be around a positive entrepreneurial lifestyle promoting types of communities.
  • An environment that wasn’t too big, but wasn’t too small. I want a strong feeling of community, something I have not really experienced before. You can lose personal connections in a huge city.
  • If I was interested in a romantic relationship, then I would be interested in someone who had an independent location business, that way if I said I wanted to leave for Australia in five minutes, then she could. I am interested in someone who is health conscious, and holds strong family values.
  • I like LA because of the ability to jump on a plane, and get almost anywhere in a relatively easy fashion. I was not a huge fan of the cold weather in NYC, so warm weather is a bit more preferable.
  • Do the things I listed out remind you where you live? Or remind you of a place you have visited? Let me know, pitch it to me!

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Do you know that you need to change your life? Do you feel like you live an average life? Do you feel capable of so much more but don’t know what to do? Everyone feels this way at some point in life.

We need to figure out the tools to fix this feeling of mediocrity, or depression. In this episode, James is joined by Luke Storey to explore these tools.

Luke Storey went from being a deadbeat musician in LA to becoming a successful entrepreneur and health and wellness expert. He currently runs the Lifestylist podcast, a podcast that deals with everything from natural health to positive lifestyles even to sex. In this episode of the James Swanwick show

Key Points

  • Everyone has baggage. Everyone feels negative emotions. It is learning how to deal with these negative emotions that is crucial to every individual's life.
  • Things from your childhood are oppressive on your current state! Learn what is holding you back, and try to fix it.
  • James was a womanizer in his twenties, finally realizing that it fed his ego because of his mother’s strong personality that pushed around his father in his childhood.
  • We all have different circumstances that have caused negative things to overtake us in our adulthood.
  • Luke Storey shares the story of his struggle in young adulthood when he constantly struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse.
  • For ten years, Storey found himself under the influence every single day.
  • He realized he could not kick the drug habit with his own willpower alone, so he finally attended rehab where he became sober.
  • Being up in your head, and living in the future will create emotions within you that will create negatives and rumination within you.
  • Principles of health and spirituality will ultimately help you build the life that you want.
  • Luke went from being destructive and negative to a person who radiates mindfulness, and positivity.
  • Tips on changing your life from Luke:
    • First tip: Physical piece. Getting the toxins out of the body. Cleansing, getting on a clean diet. Figuring out what causes your body to thrive.
    • Second tip: Emotional piece. Power of positive thinking. Resisting complaining about anything or anyone.
    • Third tip: Spiritual piece. Applying self honesty and humility in all things. Not being defensive, and being honest. Learning to see yourself for who you are.
  • Luke Storey has worked extensively to become the better version of himself, the desire to do so is innate, but something he has had to work on. He challenges us all to follow in his footsteps, and find the better us.

Life Stylist Podcast

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This past week I was at the Traffic and Conversion Conference. I spent the week catching up with friends, and meeting new ones. I was surrounded by internet marketers, entrepreneurs, and a plethora of innovators. One day, during the conference, I was talking to a few new people I had not previously met. While in conversation, I found myself starting to brag about my latest ventures with my company. Furthermore, I found myself throwing out monetary numbers in regards to the growth of my business.

I dislike it immensely when people name drop, or quote their yearly salary, yet there I was, doing the exact same thing. What I realized really quickly was that I was dropping numbers to make up for the insecurities I was feeling while at this conference. I was surrounded by people making ten times more than I was, yet I felt the need to broadcast my success.

Do you ever feel like you are trying to big-note yourself to gain the respect from others? Do you try to undermine your abilities and successes for praise? Does this stem from an insecurity? And are you aware of such insecurity? On this episode of the James Swanwick show, James explains how insecurities can cause us to exploit the things we hold the most disdain for, while instilling even more insecurities within.

Key Takeaways

  • Deliberately and strategically telling people about my new business instead of waiting for it to come up in conversation.
  • This came from insecurity in my own personality.
  • I was, and I am, insecure.
  • The Australian culture is very much against showboating, opposed to the United States
  • I have always struggled with finding a happy balance between sharing your story / success and boasting about your career.
  • If I was secure, I would have been present in the moment, and not just fixated on what these people thought of me.
  • I was so eager for respect from them, and that is a weak part of my personality.
  • Why did I not feel enough?
  • Even though this was a downside to the conference, it is a moment for growth potential.
  • Being transparent with this, forces me to grow uncomfortable. Learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable will force you to grow in your character.
  • How can I talk about the growth of my business without posting financial numbers? Easy- simply talk about the growth in units.
  • Why have you tried to impress others before with numbers? What does this mean for you? Let me know your thoughts.

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Do you find yourself often saying “no,” to invitations? When a colleague asks you to attend a seminar, do you shudder at the mention? When your spouse asks you to attend an informational seminar, do you quickly think of a reason not to attend?

Conferences are good for a plethora of reasons, especially if you are truly wanting to learn more about the topic of the conference. Often times people skip out on conferences, or seminars because they do not have the time for the event. If you skip out on these conferences you can miss out on the many ways that you can grow as a person, in turn, growing your business.

In this episode of the James Swanwick show, James details how attending a conference can change your life, and your mentality with things. Not only did this conference increase James intelligence, but it also increased his earnings within his company. Learn how much you can benefit from simply attending a conference or seminar like event, in this episode of the James Swanwick show.

Key Takeaways

  • Recently, and very last minute, I attended the Traffic and Conversion conference in San Diego.
  • I ran into fifty people I already knew, and was introduced to roughly another fifty that I did not know prior.
  • I was able to catch-up with a plethora of friends who I had not seen in a while.
  • The security was loose and did not check most badges when people walked in. It made it easy for me to sneak into three or four sessions.
  • I was able to network with a variety of people all coming from different backgrounds. I even met someone from Brisbane who had my mother as an elementary school teacher. Furthermore, he was the former CEO of my friends company. Small world!
  • I went to a conference, last minute, not knowing what to expect, but expecting the most.
  • I simply went to the conference with an attitude to learn, and I learned more than I could have ever expected.
  • I caught up with a lot of old friends, meanwhile reaching out to people I normally wouldn't, all while making a lot of new friends.
  • I was able to catch up with my friends in the mastermind group, the Brotherhood.
  • Joshua Goldberg, in conversation, helped me with a few problems I have been  experiencing with my business. From one simple piece of advice, I will potentially save thousands of dollars a month. Spending a few minutes with him, will save my business around twenty grand this month alone.
  • If I hadn't gone to the conference, I would not have been in the position to gather this information, and save my business this much money.
  • Go to conferences and seminars when there is a concentration in what you are working in, or trying to improve yourself in.
  • Anything from a health and fitness seminar, to a mindfulness seminar, to a marriage conference, to a pick-up seminar, attending a conference is powerful for you and your life.
  • Figure out what you want to learn, google that topic and the word ‘conference’, book the conference, and just go!

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Do you have past pain? Does past negative energy hold you back from feeling truly happy? Is something in your past weighing you down? Does it bring about an on-going feeling of mediocrity? We all have felt these negative emotions at one time or another.

On this show I interview Cindy Mazzaferro, a motivational speaker, and energy and vibrational healer who details different steps to resolve past pain and present energy. She teachers others how to transform their mental understanding, by taking action steps forward in the opposite direction from what is holding them back.

Do you often times find yourself falling down a negative downward spiral? Or having trouble with positive energy? Find out how you can resolve your problems with negative energy and negative emotions on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Cindy explains how past energy, and emotions, can trickle into your everyday energy, and often times can affect your mood in a negative way.
  • It is common for feelings of self-anger, resentment, and guilt to create bad vibrations internally, which create unhealthy situations in our body.
  • These unhealthy situations in our bodies can often times manifest into outside bodily issues.
  • There is nothing better, and more important than taking ownership, feeling empowered, and finding your true authentic self.
  • There are practical steps to resolve these problems of insecurity, and emotions of negativity.
  • The first, is to identify the problem that is holding you back.
  • The second, is that every time we start to feel negative, and we are stepping into a situation that brings us this negative energy, we need to be assertive with ourselves by telling ourselves we are powerful.
  • The third is, once you are working on your negative energy in a positive way, then you need to figure out a way to create this positive space in your future.
  • The more often that you focus on your positive energy, the more easy it becomes for you to send out positive energy.
  • As you nurture this, you, yourself, will become a happier person who creates innate patterns within. These patterns will create a comfortable and serene place of community for yourself.
  • Leave behind your life of feeling unhappy, under-valued, unappreciated, lonely, isolated, purposeless, passionless, judged, and unlovable, and start loving yourself fully the way you deserve.
  • YOU are powerful, you can take comfort in yourself, and believe in your own means.
  • Look for Cindy’s newest book, Powerful Beyond Measure, coming out on April 4th

Resources:

CynthiaMazzaferro.com

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Do you have past pain? Does past negative energy hold you back from feeling truly happy? Is something in your past weighing you down? Does it bring about an on-going feeling of mediocrity? We all have felt these negative emotions at one time or another.

On this show I interview Cindy Mazzaferro, a motivational speaker, and energy and vibrational healer who details different steps to resolve past pain and present energy. She teachers others how to transform their mental understanding, by taking action steps forward in the opposite direction from what is holding them back.

Do you often times find yourself falling down a negative downward spiral? Or having trouble with positive energy? Find out how you can resolve your problems with negative energy and negative emotions on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Cindy explains how past energy, and emotions, can trickle into your everyday energy, and often times can affect your mood in a negative way.
  • It is common for feelings of self-anger, resentment, and guilt to create bad vibrations internally, which create unhealthy situations in our body.
  • These unhealthy situations in our bodies can often times manifest into outside bodily issues.
  • There is nothing better, and more important than taking ownership, feeling empowered, and finding your true authentic self.
  • There are practical steps to resolve these problems of insecurity, and emotions of negativity.
  • The first, is to identify the problem that is holding you back.
  • The second, is that every time we start to feel negative, and we are stepping into a situation that brings us this negative energy, we need to be assertive with ourselves by telling ourselves we are powerful.
  • The third is, once you are working on your negative energy in a positive way, then you need to figure out a way to create this positive space in your future.
  • The more often that you focus on your positive energy, the more easy it becomes for you to send out positive energy.
  • As you nurture this, you, yourself, will become a happier person who creates innate patterns within. These patterns will create a comfortable and serene place of community for yourself.
  • Leave behind your life of feeling unhappy, under-valued, unappreciated, lonely, isolated, purposeless, passionless, judged, and unlovable, and start loving yourself fully the way you deserve.
  • YOU are powerful, you can take comfort in yourself, and believe in your own means.
  • Look for Cindy’s newest book, Powerful Beyond Measure, coming out on April 4th

Resources:

CynthiaMazzaferro.com

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Everyone has one thing that they love with great emotion. Something that lights up their face with a smile when mentioned in passing. Whether that is a sport, a person, an object, or an action, we all have that one thing that holds importance inside of us. For me, I find great pleasure in watching my favorite band perform.

It all began in 1987, when at the age of 12, I fell in love with Bon Jovi. I was growing up in Brisbane, Australia, when I was invited to my first concert, unaware of how hard I would fall in love with this band. The concert brought great energy and fireworks of emotion. I was hooked. By 1989, the walls of my bedroom were covered in posters, and I was frequently referred to as “James who loves Bon Jovi.” I developed a great passion for their music over the years, and still see them in concert routinely. Usually, I would spend a moderate amount to see them perform, because I never found the more expensive tickets worth it. That was until recently, when I spent $472.50 on a single ticket. It was sporadic, and last minute, but more than worth it.

So why did I spend $472.50 on a ticket, and why do I recommend this action to friends? Find out more about the great rewards in investing in what you love on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Although I am not the enthusiast that I used to be, the positive memories that carry with Bon Jovi are endless, like the t-shirt I recieved for my 18th birthday, or the Bon Jovi figurine I was gifted for a different birthday.
  • That is why one day I decided to spend $472.50 on a single Bon Jovi Concert Ticket.
  • My love for the band lead me to treating myself to the best seat that I could afford, responsibly.
  • I was seven or eight sections back, direct center, right in front of Bon Jovi. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
  • Attending this concert, and purchasing such an excellent ticket gave me immense satisfaction.
  • Purchasing this ticket made me feel wealthy, and rich, and that the whole world was at my fingertips. It opened my eyes to the freedom that comes with spending on what you love.
  • Not only did it bring me to a high of emotion, but it rewired my brain. It made me realize that doing things independently brings me lots of satisfaction.
  • Being there by myself made me feel an immense power, that I didn’t need a partner, or company to do something like this. It was liberating.
  • It felt good knowing I could invest that amount of money in the concert ticket. It was satisfactory knowing it did not hurt me to invest that much in the concert. It brought me immense happiness knowing I was at a place where I could do that and not worry about it.
  • I have identified something that brings me pleasure, now you have to identify something that does the same to you.
  • Often times we deprive ourselves of joy because of the opportunity cost that comes with it.
  • If you enjoy being with friends, spend more time with them. If you like your family, invest time with them. Invest in what YOU love.
  • First- define what you love the most, and what brings you the most joy in life.
  • Second- pursue this, and then invest in it, whether it is investing your money, or your time.
  • I have never regretted spending almost $500 on a concert ticket, and neither will you if you invest in what brings you the ultimate joy.

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People love to be thought of. Whether it’s a quick Snapchat, or a letter in the mail, the thought that others care enough to reach out has an immense impact on a person. If you can learn simple practices to stay in touch with others, then your relationships will grow, and studies show- you will be happier. On today’s episode I am going to discuss the simplicity and accessibility that technology brings to keeping up with friendships.

We are lucky. It has never been easier to stay in touch with a friend than it is now. The technology that we have allows us to communicate with people that are thousands of miles away, or just a mere block away. It can take seconds to simply send a quick text message, record a quick audio, or even send a video to remind someone that you are thinking about them.

People love to be thought of. Who, in your life, can you just pick up the phone and give a quick call to? Learn the importance of seconds of intentionality with conversation on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Studies have shown that the happiest people have a good group of friends and acquaintances. These are people that they can count on, people that they have deep relationships with, and history with; is there a point that you would let a friendship peter out?
  • DO NOT let a good friendship peter out, simply send a quick text, voice memo, or video to remind them you are thinking about them.
  • Long distance is no excuse for a poor friendship.
  • Messaging is FREE. There is absolutely no excuse not to send a quick message to a good friend.
  • That said- messaging is lame, you’re still hiding behind the electronic world with small written statements. You cannot tell a tone, expression, or intent with a text message.
  • Recording a quick voice message will allow you to be more personal with someone as they can hear your tone and expression through the message.
  • Audio is more powerful than the written word, I challenge you to leave an audio message for your friend. Next thing you know you will have an ongoing string of voice messages being sent back and forth.
  • Even more personal than audio is a video message. Who wouldn’t love getting a video message from a friend, reminding them they’re still important to them?
  • Everyone has their preference in communication, but if you start sending audio and video messages, you will watch as your long distance friendships become more and more personal with time.
  • Thanks to ever-improving technology, keeping up with friends just keeps getting easier and easier. Take advantage of this.

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Today I’m taking a walk around Hollywood and having a conversation with entrepreneur Sophia Parsa about her journey to building businesses that are successful, that do good, and create positive cashflow.

Along the way, we talk about how to start new relationships, why passion is an essential ingredient to your business idea, the importance of mentorship, and why too many people are worried about others stealing their amazing idea, when the only thing that really matter is execution!

If you’ve ever wanted to start a business, or maybe have one going already, this episode is going to bring you advice to up your entrepreneur game and see success!

Key Takeaways:

  • Start new relationships with the question: How can I help this person?
  • Strike up friendly conversations with no agenda
  • Unless you have passion and an amazing idea, it’s probably foolish to jump into starting a business
  • Instead, go find someone to learn from
  • Put emphasis on building the right team. The people you work with are one of the most important aspects of your business
  • Don’t be reluctant to share for fear that someone else will do it first. Execution is what really matters
  • The specific way that you make introductions and connections is important
  • Make SURE you’re passionate about whatever business you start
  • Be vulnerable with people

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When things go wrong, it’s extremely important to learn from whatever happened. Otherwise, a mistake is a complete waste! If you carefully learn from your (or other people’s) mistakes, they can actually be a very good thing and an opportunity to learn! On today’s episode, I am going over some of the major mistakes I made last week, so that you don’t have to make them!

When you have conflict in your life, you have two options: You can either let the conflict sit there and simmer just below the surface, or you can confront it head on. If you let it simmer, you will find that it takes up a large amount of mental energy, keeps you from focusing on what you have to focus on, and essentially eats at you as long as it’s there!

Instead, the proper response is to confront it head on! It might be painful, but ripping off the bandaid quickly is far better than trying to go slow and gentle. Don’t let conflicts take up your mental energy, confront them!

Learn from my mistakes to live your best life, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • Resolve conflicts as fast as you can. When you leave things unresolved, it leaves an open loop, and it eats at you and takes up mental energy
  • When you ignore problems and don’t confront them, they don’t just go away
  • Be prepared for things to go wrong. They always will, and if you’re unprepared you will waste a lot of time
  • When you get into an emotional state, you end up making much worse decisions than you would otherwise
  • Put things in the calendar to make sure they happen
  • Be aggressive about making SURE you do what you say you’re going to do
  • Value your time and put strict limits around it

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