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044: What I Learned From My Injury

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Getting knocked out from what you love to do is a terrible feeling.

Recently, I injured myself working out and could barely move for a couple of days. It was terrible. At the time, I thought it was going to keep me from doing what I love for weeks or even months.

Fortunately, I am on the mend but I learned a very valuable lesson from the experience.

The lessons I am going to share with you will certainly help you bounce back from challenges faster and stronger than ever before.

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040: What Does Flipping Tires Have To Do With Success?

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Physical challenges are a great metaphor for life. Physical struggle always has a mental component that can permeate to every single thing in our lives.

Flipping monster tires is hard work. It requires an intense focus and the ability to push through pain.

There are many lessons we can learn from that and I am excited to share them with you.

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031: Why does success feel like failure?

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What do you do when you are stuck in a situation that scares the “you know what” out of you? How do you know whether it is a success or a giant failure?

A friend of mine is stuck in one of these situations where she bought an investment property and feels like she is in way over her head. She is questioning whether or not she made the right decision and worries that it may all come crashing down.

During this podcast, I discuss some questions you can ask yourself to help create more clarity over what to do in your life. I also share what you can do if you feel like you are in the wrong boat heading in the wrong direction.

Enjoy the show!

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Communication: Do you have what it takes?

There is no greater way to influence people than through communication.

Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated communication mastery with his “I Have A Dream Speech.” He mobilised millions of people to fight for equality. John F. Kennedy did the same thing with his “Man on the Moon” speech and in doing so did what was thought to be impossible at the time which was putting a man on the moon. Steve Job’s did so with his iconic new product launch presentations building one of the wealthiest and most influential companies in the world.

Communication is not only oratory in nature. It can also be accomplished through the written word. You have spiritual texts like the Bible, Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, Koran, and Old Testament whose written word has inspired billions of people around the world. You have literary works like Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” that led to the decimation of millions of innocent people. And you have positive pieces like those of Dr. Wayne Dyer, Eckert Tolle, and Viktor Frankl whose literary masterpieces have led to millions of people transforming their lives in a positive way.

At a Tony Robbins seminar... Looking forward to joining him up there someday :)

At a Tony Robbins seminar… Looking forward to joining him up there someday!

Words are powerful. The ability to formulate and articulately present those words is priceless. When we can craft our communication, similarly to the manner in which Michelangelo and Van Gogh paint, we can literally change the world around us.

I just delivered a talk today for a great group of people on the topic of health. Before every talk, I have a routine where I remind myself, “With this opportunity, I have the potential to transform these people’s lives. Make it powerful.” I then follow that up with one of Tony Robbins incantations that he uses every time before he goes on stage which is “I now command my subconscious mind to direct me in helping as many people as possible today; by giving me the strength, the emotion, the humor, the brevity, whatever it takes to get these people to change their lives now.” I repeat that over and over again to influence my physiology and get myself in the maximum state to be present and be influential.

I make it a goal to be able to go to sleep each and every night knowing I gave every conversation, every interaction, and every presentation everything I have because the people I have the opportunity to serve deserve it.

I am certainly not perfect and fall short of my goal many times, but the journey never changes; the process never changes. It was always the goal in the past, is the goal currently, and will always be the goal into the future.

Are you working on YOUR communication?

All the best,

Dr. Matt Westheimer

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Finding Calm in the Chaos…

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 I used to think that finding calmness in the chaos was impossible. I used to think there was a correlation between our physiology and our circumstances. I used to think a peaceful mind was the result of an easy life.

I find more and more that paradoxically the opposite to be true. I find that the people that have the most peace and calmness in their lives are the ones that have had to overcome the most adversity. I find that finding calm in the chaos is the path to resilience, and resilience is like a suit of armor against suffering.

As the ancient Buddhist proverb says, “Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.”

I find the greatest gift we can give ourselves when we are going through a challenge, stressful event, or personal chaos is to get back to the breath. Our breath directly effects our physiology. Typical breathing we do when we are under stress is short and shallow breathing. This breathing activates our sympathetic nervous system and drives us deeper into a state of stress. This detrimental feedback loop continues until we break it. A simple way to break it is to come back to our breath. Take deep and intentional belly breaths. This takes us out of sympathetic dominance and into the parasympathetic zone.

When we get back to our breath, it accomplishes 2 things:

Number one is it takes us out of sympathetic dominance and relaxes our physiology.

Number two is it breaks our focus on the challenge and centers us in a present state. It is impossible to focus on two things at once. When we think we are focusing on two things at once, what we are really doing is bouncing back and forth between the two so quickly it only seems like we are focusing on both at the same time.

For example, right now in your mind, I want you to describe the room you are located in vivid detail. At the same time, I want you to think of your “to do” list for the day.

Got it?

Next time you’re going through a challenge and think there is no way out, get back to the breath.

As Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking used when we created them.”

You still have to do the work, but this is a great start.

Keep mindful,

Dr. Matt Westheimer