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July 2019

This is from my July Newsletters.

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At the end of April, I finished up another Mindvalley online quest called Lifebook. It was a very fun and productive process I went through to bring consciousness to 12 categories of my life. In the course, I chose my beliefs, visions, purposes, and strategies for each of the 12 categories. This short blog I wrote is a review of my ongoing progress with the course.

Podcasts Recorded

Dr. Charles has worked for NASA for over 33 years and on this episode you'll hear all about his childhood drive to search for more information with a passion in spaceflight that led him to a gratifying career at NASA. He brings us through his background and how he earned the positions to be in the behind the scenes work in order to show us not only how logical progression is vital for spaceflight, but also how it can be helpful with asking ourselves important questions to discover what truly resonates with us as individuals.

Best selling author and well-known psychologist, Dr. Gay Hendricks and I talk about his incredible book, "The Big Leap." The book is about 2 main things: How to overcome the Upper Limit problem - our tendency to sabotage ourselves when we get to a certain point and How to discover your own personal genius. On this episode, we discuss about his book, his own journey, and so much more.

My guest today is a fellow recent college graduate Ash Porto. She is currently an online fitness trainer with a popular IG page and soon to be personal trainer who over the past year went quit her job to follow what she really is passionate about. On this episode, we talk about Ash's background and how she got started with fitness and her popular IG page, the pros and cons of social media, the importance of questions, and some more quick tips like her simple and healthy mug cake recipe. 

Book I finished Listening to

I recently finished listening to the audio version of "Game Changers" by Dave Asprey and loved it. The book is a culmination of his top interviews from his popular podcast Bulletproof radio. The book is broken down into 3 sections - Smarter, Faster, and Happier - and in each section he talks about cutting edge information to "win" in that area . One of my favorite things about this book is that at the end of each section or chapter there are action items for the reader to implement. Since I was listening to the book - primarily in the car - it saved me time from pausing the audio to write down notes. Additionally, He really provides an effective framework for the importance of gratitude on our nervous system and our life. 

Lessons I Learned

The Problem is never the Problem

This past month I learned a very valuable lesson (mentioned above). It builds on the knowledge that whatever you focus on expands. If you pay attention to whatever you think is a problem, your focus has to expand, therefore making more problems. This does not mean there's anything wrong with being astute, but that problem-solving mode holds the attention on the problem. I thought a certain coffee was giving me migraines, but when I really felt what I was feeling, I realized it had nothing to do with the coffee. 

The coffee mentioned above was lion's mane mushroom coffee. What I learned is that Lion's mane is an immune enhancer, which makes the immune system robust. When this happens we don't feel too good (hence migraines I felt), but we're more protected. The mushroom also has immunomodulators. These modulate or enhance the Immune system function similar to the good pain after a workout.

Critical Thinking

As a Mindvalley Ambassador, I get access to the Mindvalley Mentoring program and I listened to a talk on Critical Thinking with Jay Abraham. One of my favorite concepts from the talk was about relevancy. Relevancy explains how we are closely connected to every person and thing in not only the way we think, but our world as a whole. With this mindset, we can shift to a more curious approach and ask more questions, thus discovering many more ways to think critically. 

Here are 3 key steps to see the relevancy of every human being: 

 1. Examine, evaluate, and understand how everyone else sees life because that is their reality. 

2. Be curious about their hopes, dreams, and values

3. Acknowledge and recognize that and respect that, whether you agree or not. 

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