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Wellness Force Radio | Discovering Physical & Emotional Intelligence To Help Men & Women Live Life Well. Your host, Josh Trent, spotlights ​world class experts in the fields of physical and emotional intelligence, mindset, behavior change, supplementation, nutrition, health, wellness, fitness, and technology that empower you with actionable steps for your wellness journey. After struggling with anxiety, depression, and weight gain in adolescence, in 2004 Josh let go of over 75 pounds and transformed his life by becoming a health and fitness professional that would coach over 12,000 sessions and evolve into one of the top wellness influencers on iTunes. In this podcast together, we discover the connections between our emotions and healthy habits to live our best life and enjoy the process. Every week, you'll learn from exceptional people who have dedicated their lives to being a positive force for our global collective. Deeper topics include: Physical intelligence, emotional intelligence, behavior change, wellness, behavioral psychology, habits, mindset, fitness, health, strength training, organic supplementation, bio-hacking, body transformation, psychedelics, digital health, quantified self, mHealth, wearable technology and more.
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Dec 27, 2016

Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles are both internationally recognized next-generation thought leaders who are redefining what’s possible in relationships, career, and life.

This duo has been recognized as "Personal Development’s Power Couple," and as world renowned innovators and pioneers in the “Emergent Wisdom Movement.” They are the founders of the groundbreaking Bridge Method, and have created a movement of transformation that has taken humanity by storm through their unique and passion-filled approach to sharing age old wisdom.

With social media as a main source of connection and distribution for their inspiring video series, they’ve built an incredible tribe of loyal fans around the world who aren’t just inspired by their work, but are empowered by it.

Today on the podcast you’ll discover with host Josh Trent how Alexi and Preston both went through periods in their lives where they felt like they were doing all the right things, but never got the desired results.

When Positive Thinking Doesn't Work

They'd read all the best books in self empowerment and positive thinking, took classes, and sought advice, but there was always something missing. After decades of their soul-searching and personal development, they realized that they were missing the most powerful connection - between mind, body, and soul.

Discover more on the episode about how they both distilled decades of inner work, a full 12 week online program, and the bridge method into the pages of "Now Or Never" by combining years of training into five principles that can help you navigate the real world, learn how to overcome your inner obstacles, and become your best self.

Fill with narratives and stories from the duos own lives as well as those from they have helped along the way, no one ever shares exercises insights and challenges to help you attain the personal freedom you’ve always been seeking.  As we move into 2017 and beyond, this uplifting and inspired conversation with Alexi and Preston is one you can keep on repeat.

"Vulnerability is relatable. Perfection is not." Alexi Panos

The 5 Principles to Living Your Greatness

This LIVE training course with Alexi + Preston is valued at $1297 but it’s FREE when you pre order their new book, NOW OR NEVER.

ELEVATE YOUR LIFE by elevating your mindset, confidence and ability to tackle problems and take life on with undeniable certainty and authentic power.

You’ll learn the principles to tap into your gifts and unlimited power source so that you can live a life of fullness and abundance— no matter what’s going on. Instead of feeling anxious, stressed out, and overwhelmed, you will feel empowered, grateful and full of joy. By working these principles you’ll transform your life from the inside out, manifest what you truly desire and see the world through new eyes.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In her response lies our growth and freedom." Victor E Frankel, from his book, "Man’s Search For Meaning"

Listen As Preston & Alexi Uncover

  • The power of choice in relationships
  • Obliterating your comfort zone by proving the testing ground and scaling the castle of possibility
  • How to use "Catalyst Moments" to shape your mindset for a powerful way of being
  • How to cultivate wellness in relationships and single lives
  • How to make personal transformation FUN
  • How to change your mental, emotional, and physical state to move forward in your day
  • How to recognize, fortify and empower your conscious and unconscious agreements
  • Changing the story in relationships - yourself and your partner
  • Understanding the 5 Principles
    • You Always Have A Choice
    • Be Radically Responsible
    • Act Now
    • Own Who You Are
    • Have A Blast
  • How Alexi grew stronger from sexual assault
  • How Preston reframed his upbringing in challenged schooling as a youth and gangs to rise above
  • How you can join the free masterclass with Preston & Alexi when you order their new book

 

Listen As Josh Asks Preston & Alexi Powerful Questions 

  1. Alexi, what is your biggest growth edge as you know it right now? In other words, what is the deepest lesson you are in the process of learning currently?
  2. Preston, what would you say to Donald Trump if you had two minutes with him in an elevator, and he would listen?
  3. Alexi, who is your greatest mentor from the past or present that inspires you?
  4. Preston, what can you tell someone who is doing workshops, reading books, going to seminars about being their best and living their vision but it has been years and they’re close to giving up? How do they take a breath and re-commit?
  5. Alexi, how do you manage a healthy emotional state as the media attention and energy towards you increases?
  6. Preston, When you’re working on your dream and your vision, how do you remain mindful of where and to whom you give your energy to?
  7. Alexi, what is wellness to you? What is your definition of wellness?

 

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Dec 27, 2016

When working on our wellness goals, it's easy to forget we all have both an inner coach and an critic inside our mind. The inner coach encourages us to do our best, while the critic can shut us down- dissolving our state of flow.

 

"There's a voice inside of all of us that tells us to accomplish what we desire and never quit. This is our inner coach. This is a voice that tells us to believe in ourselves." - Jeff Grant

 

Fortunately, we have the power to bring out the best inner coaches within us and soften our harshest inner critics.

On this episode of Wellness Force Radio, coach, mentor, writer, and ultra-endurance athlete, Jeff Grant of Hillseeker,  shares several hacks on how we can tap into our mind and emotions to become better athletes and more productive.

Our emotions can easily distract us, but with the right mind tools, we can learn to use those emotions to our advantage.

 

Owning Your State of Flow

 

"In positive psychology, flow is the mental state of operation in which a person who is performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment during the process of the activity.” - Jeff Grant

 

Being in the mental state of flow means that we are both amazed and inspired to be our your best. It's the natural high we feel when we're on a mission or have completed a goal such as completing a great work out, finishing a race, or finalizing a project at work.

Experiencing a state of flow means that we are present in the moment.

It can be difficult to get into a state of flow, but there are several tools that we can use to help cultivate more flow into our lives. Once we understand what helps us get into the state of flow, we can jump right into it when we want or need it in our lives.

When Jeff finds flow during a run or through music, he tries to transfer it to another part of his life or within his work as a coach and author.

 

The Four Stages of Flow

 

To find flow and stay within it, there are four steps: Struggle, Release, Flow, Recover.

1) Struggle

To begin our state of flow, we need to struggle on purpose. We can do this by taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and placing ourselves in an unfamiliar place, situation, or thought.

Once we have struggled, we can release.

2) Release

We can release ourselves from our struggle by finding something to laugh at or something that distracts us from it.

3) Flow

This state of release places us in a state of natural flow and euphoria. When we're in the state of flow, we can find immense happiness and feel like anything is possible to achieve.

4) Recovery

Once we're in the state of flow, we never want to let go of it again. We think that we always need to have this euphoric sensation 24/7, but recovery is part of the process as well. Recovery is important because it allows us to connect each cycle of flow.

A lot of us are looking for our next great achievement: a place on the podium, a best time, or a new goal accomplished. But if we're just focusing on pushing ourselves to our limits with new goals, we might push ourselves too far, too fast.

By focusing on recovering, we're give ourselves permission to take time off and not push ourselves to do more than we can handle.

With goals and technology, we focus so much on the quantitative numbers that we forget that qualitative facts are just as important to our health and wellness. 

Flow isn't just applied to athletic performance, but to life performance and job performance as well. The 4 Stages of Flow can truly be applied to anything that we want.

 

Discover Your Best Inner Coach

 

To start discovering and using your inner coach to your advantage, think of the coaches or teachers that were or are still part of your life today. They most likely all have different voices and different teaching methods from giving cues and instructions to building confidence or being aggressive with a military manner.

What did coaches or teachers do in the past do to help you? What were their voices like in different scenarios?

If you can identify the inner coach voices in your mind, then you can learn how to build the best inner coach to help you stay focused and accomplish your goals.

So, how do we begin to tap into that inner coach voice? Think again about different coaches and their styles of coaching. On this episode, Jeff shares 5 different coaching styles:

  1. Bouncer
  2. Teacher
  3. Guide
  4. Muse
  5. Motivator

What's the Purpose of the Bouncer and Muse Coaches?

 

"The inner critic loves it when we worry about what other people think. It loves it when we highlight our fears. It has a strong dislike of the flow state." -Jeff Grant

 

The inner bouncer coach tells our inner critic to be quiet. Visualize a bouncer at a club who doesn't let others inside and acts as a bodyguard.

Disarm your inner critic by giving your inner bouncer coach one new thought to help redirect your thinking.

Our inner muse coach is the voice that reminds us to play and be creative. Jeff likes to tap into his inner muse by leaving the running trail and taking a different path. When he's listening to his muse coach, he may skip and jump around or go down on a slide at a playground.

When we're so focused on quantitative results, sometimes we need to take a break and just play during our workouts to get into our state of flow.

Playing can help snap us out of our stressful thoughts and help us experience a new state of flow. 

 

Put Your Inner Coach to Use

 

You can practice listening to your inner coach by practicing meditation. Focus on what the voices sound like and pay attention to how they motivate you.

As you meditate, concentrate on what your inner coach is telling you to do. Be sure to take your time and listen to each of the 5 inner coaches to create the perfect one. You may need a different inner coach for different moments and situations.

 

Tap Into Your Performance With Emotions

 

What emotions do you experience during a race or workout? Do you ever feel anger, joy, love, jealousy?

We can face many emotions while we're exercising, but we don't tend to intentionally put ourselves into a state of emotion to see what positive and negative results may happen.

Jeff likes to put emotions to the test by having his students focus on different emotions during a workout to discover what impact they have on them. With amazing results, Jeff discovered that different emotions can either improve or hinder our performance.

By purposely tapping into emotions during a run, we can become aware of which ones serve us better.

 

What Else You'll Discover on the Show:

 

  • What inspired Jeff to write Flow State Runner
  • Jeff's transition from a corporate career to running coach and author
  • Jeff's experience as an Ultra Runner and Marathoner
  • How to become the best coach for different students
  • Jeff's personal meditation and visualization tips
  • Jeff's favorite basic wellness technology

 

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About Jeff Grant

Jeff has a 20-year background in endurance and adventure sports. He has finished some of the toughest events on the planet, including the Marathon des Sables (a weeklong stage race through the Moroccan Sahara), the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (a 166KM extremely mountainous run in the Alps), numerous ultra marathons, Ironman Hawaii and other long distance triathlons, mountaineering expeditions, and even some shark diving.

In 2010, Jeff branched out from traditional endurance sports to complete the grueling SEALFIT Kokoro Camp, a 50-hour non-stop, no-sleep crucible modeled after the US Navy SEAL’s Hell Week and designed to teach mental toughness and test participant’s limits across many spectrums.

After several years of hard work, Jeff earned a unique civilian instructor position in the cadre for this grueling and transformational mental and physical challenge. Jeff has coached countless runners in workshops in Switzerland and the US, runs the Hillseeker® online coaching business, and enjoys tapping into his corporate experience as a motivational speaker for businesses and teams. He also enjoys playing jazz trombone, blues harmonica, and African drums, as well as dancing Lindy Hopp.

Jeff is a qualified yoga teacher, with over 600 hours of teacher education and 20+ years of practice, He fully embraced a philosophy of “Do what you love” in 2010 by leaving a successful 18-year corporate career to focus full time on coaching, motivational speaking, and writing.

Jeff is a coach & mentor, writer, ultra-endurance athlete and a hillseeker in all walks of life. He also an active supporter of charity work in Malawi and Cambodia as a Board of Directors member at the nonprofit Face-to-Face Project.

 

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Dec 20, 2016

"All you have is what's going on in front of you right now. Worrying about the future is only going to cause anxiety and bring up fears. It's only going to cause you to live in a time that's not present." - Justin Stenstrom

 

Our past may haunt us and our future may scare us, but we must remember that what we have today is the present. When we focus on being in the present and what is happening now, we can move beyond our anxiety.

Having once spent years fight depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, Justin Stenstrom is now a nationally acclaimed life coach, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. On this week's episode, Justin opens up and shares his experience about how he ended his panic attacks in order to grow to the person that he is today.

Give yourself the self-care and love that you deserve by learning about how you can beat your own anxiety, build confidence, and harness the power of small wins.

 

Beat Your Own Anxiety in 3 Steps

 

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” -  Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Even though Justin suffered panic attacks for years, he realized that they were truly a gift to help motivate himself to grow and become the person that he is today.

Determined to find a solution to end his panic attacks and irrational thinking, Justin was able to beat his own anxiety in 3 simple steps by completely shifting his mindset and the way he viewed his panic attacks.

1) Observe your thoughts and emotions

When you first feel a panic attack coming on, it's natural to want to run away from it. However, struggling with your anxiety will just make it worse for you. Rather than fighting back, simply do nothing and just observe what is happening in your mind and with your emotions.

2) Welcome the panic attack

The next step is to let the panic in and have a dialogue with it in your head. Freely welcome these thoughts of anxiety and any other thoughts and emotions.

3) Call out your anxiety and fears

Call them out and ask for more. Expose all your fears, anxiety, and concerns to come out into the open. This empowering, counter-intuitive step will help your negative thoughts, feelings, and sensations go away.

 

The Right Nutrition to Calm Your Mind

Calming our minds can begin my focusing on our own nutrition. Justin recommends following a healthy diet and taking supplements as needed. For example, his daily food intake often includes:

  • Fish
  • Fish oil
  • Fruit
    • Apples, Bananas
  • Complex carbs
    • Broccoli, Kale
  • Protein
    • Chicken, lean steak
  • Suggested supplements
    • Magnesium, Niacin, Niacinamide, B complex, ashwagandha, valieran root

 

Build Confidence & Challenge Yourself

 

"Do one thing each day that scares you." - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

We are all born with confidence, we might just not realize it depending on the environment that we are in situated in.

When we're in a comfortable environment, it's easy to be ourselves. When we're in an unfamiliar territory, it can be terrify and we feel closed to those that are around us.

You don't have to gain confidence overnight. Build yourself up overtime with little winds. In a social situation, you can start small by saying "hi" to people that you see during a walk or start up small conversations with others-your mailman, cashier, etc.

Keep track of your progress and create new challenges for yourself each week. Before you know it, all of these little winds will build up into one big wind and you will feel confident to talk to anyone.

 

Embrace New Situations

To help Justin get over his social fears and anxiety, he built up his self-esteem by attending a dance class with all females. It was terrify and he was always anxious before the class.

However, by the end of the class, he felt more empowered than ever before. Why? Because by getting out of his comfort zone, he was able to experience a scary situation and realize that it actually was not as bad as he thought it was.

Putting yourself in different situations can help you realize that anything is possible and there's really nothing to fear. 

 

Tap Into Your Subconsciousness with Self Hypnosis

One way to get over fears and phobias is to use self-hypnosis and tap into the subconscious mind. This technique helps to train your mind to replace negative thoughts and emotions with positive emotions.

Some Hypnotherapists that Justin knows and recommends include:

 

About Justin Stenstrom

Giving Shy Guys Game Justin Stenstrom Wellness Force RadioJustin Stenstrom is the founder of the Elite Man Magazine and Elite Man Podcast, author of Giving Shy Guys Game, and contributing writer to many other publications.

Justin used to deal with depression, anxiety, and debilitating panic attacks until he finally taught himself how to deal with the problem through self development.

He went on step out of his comfort zone through challenges that were for him previously unthinkable, such as dancing and acting, and become a nationally recognized dating coach

 

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Dec 13, 2016

"Faith is like a muscle. It's similar to going out for a run- if you don't do it normally run, you're going to sweat and it's not going to be comfortable. If you step into having faith when you don't know what the end is going to be, then that's something you can build every single day and you can rely on it." - Bridgette Mayer

 

This show is for everyone who believes that their past determines their future.

How did a young girl who came through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DYFS) system and foster care end up in the art world with a multi-million dollar gallery and consulting business? Through the kindness of strangers, fierce determination, and a survivor’s sheer will, Bridgette Mayer’s is a success story for the ages. In her inspirational memoir of gross neglect, violent abuse, and ultimately redemption, she shares her journey from the projects of Jersey City to eventually becoming one of Philadelphia’s most celebrated gallery owners.

By following her heart and passion for art, Mayer’s interests evolved from a means of escape into her salvation and her security. She used her inherent self-assurance, natural curiosity, and scrapper work ethic to overcome the damage inflicted on her as a child and create a harmonious, rewarding, and charitable life — for herself and the artists she represents.

 

Rising Above Your Circumstances

 

"Anger is a much more proactive emotion than despair. I've used anger and fear to propel me forward. I've learned how to use both pretty well at this point. I've used such experiences to make me a better." - Bridgette Mayer

 

Bridgette's memoir, The Art Cure : A Memoir of Abuse & Fortune (published by Little Lion press in September 2016), is for anyone who aspires to a career in the arts and who has been told it’s too difficult or impractical to pursue. With bravery and tenacity, anyone can achieve the life of their dreams, no matter how out of reach it may seem. Mayer offers readers a bridge to color and a lifeline of hope for the future.

After suffering an abusive childhood that landed her in foster care homes and on the streets, starving and beat up, Bridgette was adopted by a wonderful family at the age of nine and began her life transformation.

Her early and challenging experiences gave her a tenacity of spirit, unbreakable creativity and a desire to make her mark in the art world. Now a successful art dealer, curator, art adviser, author and entrepreneur, Bridgette Mayer has spent decades cultivating her passion for art, artists, the clients she advises and finding her way to the top of the art world.

 

Creating The New Story

 

"I had a moment of frustration and I said to myself, 'The next 10 things that I'm asked to do, I'm just going to say 'yes' to them and figure it out.' The next day, I got a call from CNN to be on Anderson Cooper's show, 'On the Rise.' " - Bridgette Mayer

 

Bridgette's background of struggle and overcoming obstacles lead to her current success and spurred her to write, “The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse & Fortune.”

Her passion for artists and managing them to the highest level as well as working with top collectors from around the world has guided her business the past seventeen years. Bridgette's expertise encompasses a whole approach to art collecting, creating authentic environments both public and private with art.

Her mission is to continue to inspire those around her and especially artists, women and entrepreneurs to live the life they dream even in the face of insurmountable obstacles.

 

Bridgette Mayer Gallery

 

The Bridgette Mayer Gallery has been featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 as a small business “On The Rise” and was recognized as a recommended Philadelphia arts destination in The New York Times Magazine. In 2013, Mayer was named one of the top 500 Galleries in the world by Boulin ArtInfo, and was also featured in the Tory Burch Foundation’s “Women To Watch” series.

Mayer has been a featured speaker on many panels in the Philadelphia area and has guest lectured at a number of Universities, where her talks focus on how emerging artists can promote their work and sustain a career in the arts.  A graduate of Bucknell University, Mayer was an active member of the University’s Arts Board for several years.  She is currently a board member of the Arts & Business Council, Philadelphia, PA & Vox Vopuli, Philadelphia, PA.

 

About Bridgette Mayer

 

For the past sixteen years Bridgette Mayer has been running a top contemporary art gallery in Philadelphia and helping her clients and the artists she serves improve the quality of their life through art. Growing up in an abusive home in the projects of Jersey City and filtered through the foster care system until she was nine years old, Bridgette was finally adopted by a wonderful family. If you had seen the conditions she grew up in, you would not even believe it that someone could come from there and get to where she is now.

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She had to learn how to read and get started living a life that was no longer centered around the drugs, alcohol and physical abuse. Over the years she has come through many challenges and worked for her dream of being a top arts professional in the gallery industry. For her entire life, Bridgette had big dreams, and has dreamed the dreams that others said would not be possible.

Bridgette is living proof and this is not a Hollywood movie. She literally came from the other side of the tracks and built a life of abundance for herself.

From Bridgette:

"That is why I wanted to write a book to share my story with you. Part memoir and part how I got my start in the art world, this book is for anybody who might need inspiration or might want to know how somebody like myself who came from nothing, was able to build a multi-million dollar business in the art world. You see, It is possible. I hope you will share my journey and see what is possible for you!"

 

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What You'll Hear On The Show

  • 1:50  Josh discusses today's show topics
  • 4:30  Josh introduces Bridgette
  • 5:45  Bridgette shares her childhood history
  • 7:00  What was your birth mom's struggle?
  • 8:30  Bridgette's transitional experience into foster care
  • 13:30  How Bridgette discovered her artistic gift
  • 15:30  Bridgette talks about how her emotional wellness grew because of art
  • 18:00  How did you decide to become a gallery owner?
  • 25:15  What was your mindset like during this transition period?
  • 27:00  What did you write to your mother in your 10 page letter to her?
  • 33:00  What's your connection with your clients?
  • 34:00 What do you do now to cultivate emotional wellness?
  • 36:00  A lot of us deal with fear. What 10 things did you say 'yes' to with an incredible result in the end?
  • 39:10  What can people do to fight their fears from an action perspective?
  • 42:40  How Bridgette uses feelings of anger to push her goals into motion.
  • 44:20  How do people know when to quit or keep going?
  • 46:00  How do you know when to make changes?
  • 48:40  How was your mindset different than your siblings that help to transcend you to the next level?
  • 51:00  7 for 7: Josh asks Bridgette 7 fast questions
  • 53:20  Bridgette's mantra for when she's feeling stressed or having a bad day
  • 54:40  Bridgette's definition of wellness
  • 56:30 Takeaways from today's show

 

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Dec 6, 2016

"Knowing without doing is the same thing as not knowing. What matters is if the knowledge that you have will give you an effective health practice for the long term." - Dan Pardi 

 

There is power in knowledge and with the right health and wellness information, we can make the right decisions in accordance with our own needs.

This week, entrepreneur, researcher, and developer of Loop Model to Sustain Health Behaviors, Dan Pardi, explains Self Determination Theory and motivation, the human connection, and his latest project, humanOS to help us find the best health information.

 

Find The Health You're Looking For

"You have more control over your health than anyone else." -  Dan Pardi

 

There are many sources out there that claim that they have the answer to all of your health problems, but they truly don't. These novelty, quick fix methods, products, and services may look appealing, but they aren't sustainable for long-term health results.

To find the best help for your health needs, you first have to clarify your own health problems. Rather than trend hopping by focusing on what you just read in the latest health magazine about a new diet, research and find out for yourself what your body needs. 

It can be so confusing with so much information out there in books, magazines, and the internet. However, sources like humansOS, that Dan and his team are putting together, help us find the best, most credible sources of information. 

 

Truth vs. Fiction For Health Research

 
In a recent interview on humanOS radio with Dr. David Katz of Yale, Dan mentioned:
 
“As well-intentioned as someone might be, I frequently find myself getting  frustrated, not when somebody’s passionate and wrong about an issue,  but when people can be overly confident and dismissive of  mainstream medicine’s consensus in favor of their own opinion which can often associate with their own financial reward.”

 

Once you have a proper perspective and mindset, you make good decisions for yourself. It's better late than never to embrace your responsibility to find the best method and motivation for you stay true to yourself and progress your health journey. 

One challenge we all face today is the fight against the modern lifestyle. We used to be hunters and gathers, but today we're consuming high processed foods and sitting around too much at home.

An unhealthy lifestyle doesn't only lead to chronic disease, but can impair our daily performance and relationships as well.

All the technology in the world won't help you, but you can use the power of technology to fight back against misinformed studies to do your own research. 

 

Begin Your Own Research

 

To ensure that you are finding the best information out there, look closely at who this researcher is and what their study is all about. 

  • Who are they associated with?
  • Do they declare their method?
  • Do they offer a too good to be true solution?

If this source appears to provide a quick fix, be careful. 

OR

  • Do they have a realistic perspective?
  • Does their method clearly explain how it will help?
  • Is their research comprehensive?
  • Does their campaign have an overall, large framework. 

Once you've found a legitimate piece of information on health, how can you incorporate it into your daily life?

  1. Try to clarify the problem that you're trying to solve.
  2. Find the right ideas that can help you. 
  3. Understand those ideas deeply.
  4. Turn those into health and wellness skills.
  5. Maintain those health skills for life with good information. 

Human Motivation

 
"Our job isn’t to motivate other people, it’s about creating the condition in which people can motivate themselves.” - Dan Pardi
 
Self Determination Theory - (SDT) is a theory of motivation. It is concerned with supporting our natural or intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways. SDT has been researched and practiced by a network of researchers around the world. The theory aims to understand motivation by looking at the core categories of human needs:
  1. Physical, which is things like thirst, and hunger, and sex.
  2. Psychological, which is the desire to be competent in anything but particularly things that are important.
  3. Autonomy, which speaks to the notion that we like to have freedom to determine our own path.
  4. Social needs, which is the sense of belonging to a group, recognition from others, and even the sense of power in your own life.

 

 

Controlled vs Autonomous Motivation

SDT is a behavior model that tries to understand what human motivation is. Motivation has many different categories that can be placed into two different groups: Controlled Motivation and Autonomous Motivation.

Controlled Motivation

Controlled motivation is caused by external rewards such as a prize for accomplishing a goal. But you can also be punished by having something taken away from you if you don't complete the goal or feel guilty for not accomplishing it.

Autonomous Motivation

Autonomous motivation is when a person is compelled to do something because the activity takes on some personal importance or it becomes a part of the person's belief system and it even becomes part of the person's identity.

Your not motivated by external rewards, but you do something because it's a part of your identity and who you are as a person.

Dan gave a great example that someone who has controlled motivation runs for the physical reward. However, a person who has autonomous motivation will run in the rain despite all rational thinking because exercise no matter what is part of who they are.

 

Using humanOS to Your Advantage

 
As a mission, humanOS helps people master their health. 
Understanding that this is necessary is actually critical to one's success of long-term help.
 
Why?
 
Because all the technology in the world won't be healthy for you. The technology can't just be available, you have to pick it up and use it and you have to use it the right way. HumanOS helps you benefit from the worlds best health technology and health information.

How did you make humanOS so clear and easy to use?

  • Explain why something is really worth your attention compared to something you shouldn't really pay attention to.
  • Some untested therapies claim to have the ultimate answer for everything, but they're not validated.
  • Having mindfulness or awareness about health can put you in a better position.
  • If more people are aware of their own health and what works and what doesn't, we'll become a healthier community overall.

 

Listen As Dan Uncovers

  • Why clarifying the exact health problem is missed by more than half of people seeking change
  • Novelty seeking vs. taking a deeper dive into what you know to be helpful
  • How do we get to the deeper understanding to creating skills for sustainable change
  • How to not get lost in the research and data for your health
  • Why Dan became frustrated by the ocean of misleading health information online and decided to do the academic work to create a trusted source based on science: humanOS.
  • Understanding the human behavior model
  • Why Dan was inspired from his father's early death from lifestyle
  • Dan's Ancestral Health Symposium Talk
  • Self Determination Theory
  • Internal motivation, autonomy, vs. external motivation, reward, punishment, validation
  • How to leverage different types of motivations for sustainable health change
  • Learning for efficacy vs learning for recognition
  • How does something go from interesting idea that you recognize to something that has a direct impact on your blood work?

 

About Dan Pardi

Dan Pardi is an entrepreneur and researcher whose life’s work is centered on how to facilitate health behaviors in others. He is the developer of Loop Model to Sustain Health Behaviors to help people live a healthy lifestyle in a modern world.

He does research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Dan specializes in building systems for health, behavior optimization and habit building, energy homeostasis, cognition, decision making, and physiology (sleep, exercise, and inactivity).

Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain vigilant performance in both combat and non-combat conditions. Formerly, Dan served as Board Chairman of the Investigator Initiated Sponsored Research Association, a global non-profit aimed to promote best practices in the arena of academic research grants.

 

Resources Mentioned On the Show

 

What You'll Hear On The Show

  • 1:50  Josh discusses today's show topics
  • 3:50  Introduction to Dan
  • 4:45  Clarifying the health problem first
  • 8:00  How can we transition from novelty information to applying what's best for us?
  • 13:40  How can technology and resources like humanOS build a bridge for a healthier lifestyle?
  • 18:00 What is self determination theory? How does it connect with humanOS?
  • 19:00  Two different types of motivation: controlled and autonomous
  • 25:00  Connecting research with motivation
  • 26:50  Why do we need rewards to motivate us?
  • 28:40  How does human connection motivate us?
  • 32:00  Using studies for further learning of human behavior
  • 33:30  Why some forms of exercise like Cross Fit are scaring people away
  • 36:00  How do you cut through dogmatic sources of information and beliefs about health?
  • 40:00  How did you make humanOS so clear and easy to use?
  • 46:30  Who do we trust in the ocean of misinformation? How to take action
  • 50:20  When can people start to utilize humanOS? What's next for it?
  • 54:00 Takeaways from today's show

 

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