EP 241: Mindset for Success with Andy Simon, Principal Clarinet of Hong Kong Philharmonic

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Regardless of where we are on the globe, humans come across the same type of challenges that can affect our mindset if we let it.

The key is to take a difficult moment or experience and see the gift in it, pull out the good from it, and create something magical with it.

This is what our special guest, Andrew Michael Simon did with his infamous Andy’s Licorice Talks— a bizarre and wonderful way he created a movement of clarinet players from all over the globe.

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EP 240: How to Exist Around Other Humans, Part 3

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I always love it when Kisma goes Cosmic.

Today was one of those days.

And you might be wondering how this is going to help you exist around other humans (part 3 of our latest series).

But being about to see others from the Cosmic level changes everything. It puts everything in its right place and takes off a huge amount of pressure to be anything other than exactly who you are.

Existing with other humans is part of the human experience. If you follow the simple instructions at the end of this ep…

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EP 239: How to Exist Around Other Humans, Part 2

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Being around other people isn't always easy.

We might be feeling insecure, or comparing ourselves to others. Or maybe feeling misunderstood, like no one will "get" you.

Some of us are just very uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations.

We feel you. And I know that the episode we have to share today will hit home. 

You'll learn three simple words that will give you everything you need to step in as your Authentic Self with more confidence and make wonderful connections.

P.S. Thanks to Brené Brown for pu…

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EP 238: How to Exist Around Other Humans, Part 1

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People are weird.

Sometimes I just look a them and think, “Wow. I just…Wow…”

And I’ll bet they think the same thing about me. And you for that matter, dear listener.

Because we all live in our own little world, but we also have to deal with all the people we encounter- who are living in their own little worlds too.

And sure, you can judge and criticize and ridicule all you want, but what if there were a better way?

In this episode of Illumination Podcast, Kisma and I want to share how you can ma…

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EP 237: Inspired by The Four Agreements, Part 5

Honestly, we could talk about The Four Agreements all day. If you've never read the book, we highly recommend bumping it to the top of your list. And after that, make sure you check out the follow-up...The FIFTH agreement.

Who knew there was a fifth one? Who knew we even needed one?!

Spoiler alert: It's brilliant. And we definitely did need this one.

In fact, it's especially relevant in the information age because it will help you separate truth from lies.

It will also help you connect with other…

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EP 236: Inspired by The Four Agreements, Part 4

It seems simple enough. You probably learned it in kindergarten. But somewhere along the way, things started to slip..

Just a little at first. Maybe to save some time, or just because you got distracted.

And every time you slip, it erodes a little more of your self-confidence.

The self-judgmental chatter starts to ratchet up.

The power of this one simple agreement is truly profound. And while it is simple to say, "Always do your best," actually doing it is another story.

To stick to it, you'll need t…

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EP 235: Inspired by The Four Agreements, Part 3

My dad had this very "Dad" saying I grew up hearing. He'd say, "Never assume. It makes and ass out of u and me."

Us kids always giggled at that one, but turns out, Dad was spot on.

When you take a deeper look at the assumptions we make and why we make them, it's staggering.

Especially when you consider that those assumptions are one of the primary causes of "ALL the sadness and drama you've experienced in your life."

I mean...just...wow.

Fortunately, for us, Don Miguel Ruiz takes a deep look at assum…

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EP 234: Inspired by The Four Agreements, Part 2

When was the last time your life turned upside down because someone said something bad to you?

We've all been there.

But with this one simple agreement, you never need to experience that again.

Ok, it might take a little practice, but it really is as simple as this lesson from The Four Agreements.

In part 2 of our series covering this self help masterpiece, we talk in depth about the 2nd agreement, Don't Take Things Personally.


Nick & Kisma

P.S. If you don't have a copy (I've gone through probab…

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EP 233: Inspired by The Four Agreements, Part 1

The Four Agreements is on the short list of our favorite personal development books.

Every time we revisit this gem, we find new insight and clarity.

And the best part?

It’s so incredibly simple.

If you’ve read this book before, join us for a fresh conversation.

If you’ve never read this book before, considering this an invitation to dive in a real treasure trove of wisdom.


Nick & Kisma

P.S. If you don't have a copy (I've gone through probably a dozen over the years) here's a link. The Four Agree…

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EP 232: The Key to Happy & Healthy Relationships

Love songs are beautiful. And terribly dysfunctional…

Look, we love a great love song (or RomCom for that matter) as much as anyone. But the truth is that the beliefs and ideas deeply embedded in our culture around love and relationships create massive stress in relationships.

When it comes to having happy and healthy relationships, it’s not always so simple…

One person goes through a tough time, and pulls the other into it.

(We’re in this together, right?)
Toxicity creeps in.
Slowly our energy is dra…

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