The holy grail of positivity-bias

The holy grail of positivity-bias

I decided to make the text for this episode an outline vs. a long form article to match the podcast. Did you like this better? I. Introduction: A. Overview of the topic: the mind’s ability to recall negative experiences with ease (Negativity-Bias)B. Purpose of...
I saw two voices talking!

I saw two voices talking!

Three Voices If you’ve read Three Voices then you know we all have three voices that we all use to communicate with ourselves and others. As a refresher and for those who have not read the book, our first voice is our speaking voice, our second is also regarded...
Do you struggle too?

Do you struggle too?

What’s wrong with me? / Intro to this thing My unspoken perception (my first voice*) is as follows.  I am not saying this is correct, and in most of this it certainly is not, but here it is.   There’s this thing.  People who have overcome this have...
2022: Most Helpful Episodes!

2022: Most Helpful Episodes!

Review of our most helpful episodes. From Interviews to a unique take on word meanings, to turning negatives to positives (and maybe vice versa) you don’t want to miss this. The Complete AFL Episode Guide: A Catalog of All Our Episodes Welcome to The Complete...
Did you stop measuring?

Did you stop measuring?

Measuring We recently talked about measuring, and now we’re talking about NOT doing it. Programs running We have many programs running. We are always tasting, listening, looking, sampling… and measuring. Did you stop measuring? “Hi, I’m Mr....
The tension of disagreement

The tension of disagreement

Tension We’ve talked about tension before. We’ve talked about tension vs. something being at rest and what that means for us. But now I want to talk about the tension of disagreement. Everything’s going to be OK Everything is going to be OK. Does...
Taking a step back

Taking a step back

A simple answer for a complex issue… doesn’t work Did you ever have an issue with someone and tell a friend about it? They usually say “Oh well I would just say this.” You roll your eyes , take a deep breath, and attempt to explain that this is...
Zooming Out – but what does that mean?

Zooming Out – but what does that mean?

The 30,000 foot view You’ve heard of that phrase—taking the 30,000 foot view, right? But what exactly does that mean? Does it mean to take a step back? Does it mean 30,000 steps back? Considering the big picture? How long do you do this? Do you then zoom back in...
What are you measuring?

What are you measuring?

Progress If you’re not measuring progress, how do you know how well you are doing in the pursuit of a goal? Don’t you have milestones and stuff like that? The Alchemy for Life system has a huge amount of tracking, and milestones, and even an icon for...
Thoughts vs. Reality – not what you think

Thoughts vs. Reality – not what you think

Here’s something you don’t hear – thoughts do not equal reality. In an odd way this is a discussion (of the reverse kind) of mindfulness. Fight of flight Our fight or flight mechanism was designed and evolved to deal with something happening right...
New book: Three Voices

New book: Three Voices

Three Voices Did you know you have three voices? Do you know that one can always be used to override another? Do you know that one of the voices is also a sounding board that can not only help you (preparing for a speech, reviewing a discussion), but also can torment...
Hijacked by Ambition

Hijacked by Ambition

Ambition It’s a good thing, right? Have you ever done something, shown something or demonstrated something and had someone say “Well, that’s ambitions?” Has a tiny bit of something negative behind that, doesn’t it? Have you ever started a...
The 4 Hour Day

The 4 Hour Day

How long is your day? Ingrained in the society I live in is the eight hour work day. However, to get ahead, to be salaried, to be a manager, a mover and shaker or someone who is launching businesses or being an entrepreneur it’s expected that you work 10, 12, 16...
Think outside the…group

Think outside the…group

Think outside the box (group) We all know that thinking outside of the box has its benefits. Usually this thinking happens with someone who has a different perspective than others. And that, ironically, is what this podcast is about. Groups are great, until...
Liminal Spaces

Liminal Spaces

Liminal spaces A liminal space is the between space (usually in the physical world). It doesn’t ‘feel right.’ It’s a threshold between two states. The transitory nature usually causes you to feel a little creeped out. Ever done a house tour in...
Shelf Life

Shelf Life

What are your offers? Let’s talk about your offers. By offers I don’t just mean your business offerings, I literally mean things you have offered to others—whether it’s helping someone to move if they need it in the future, lending your truck,...
Speed of Your Reality

Speed of Your Reality

What’s the speed of your reality? That’s a trick question, and it sounds a little ooga-booga doesn’t it. It is, and it’s not. A watched pot never boils You’ve heard both a watched “pot never boils” and “time flies when...
Free group coaching opportunity

Free group coaching opportunity

Special Announcement This is a special announcement about free coaching that is being offered to two groups. The Alchemy for Life™ podcast subscribers group is one of the groups, which is why you’re seeing this. Congrats. Here is the scoop You’re probably...
Real Life Motivation

Real Life Motivation

Motivation. People talk about motivation so much it’s annoying. Coaches and speakers talk about it all. the. time. You don’t need another source do you? But here’s a different take… Two parts to motivation The actual hype that gives you energy....
How do you have time for this…?

How do you have time for this…?

How do you have time for this? Have you heard this phrase? You typically hear this about a large project or something that is apparently time consuming. But that’s misleading. They are using the wrong word Life is made of three things™ – Time, Energy and...
Holistic creativity is a given, but…

Holistic creativity is a given, but…

Holistic To have a holistic approach is to consider all aspects of the whole. There’s nothing ooga booga or froo froo about that, and if you know me and this podcast you know we don’t talk about things that aren’t tangible. Being holistic is...
Fate or Destiny?

Fate or Destiny?

Fate & Destiny Fate and Destiny mostly mean the same, don’t they? They’re sort of interchangeable—except for one thing: one makes you feel bad and the other makes you feel good. Free will It’ an age-old discussion, this talk of whether we have...
The King of Birds

The King of Birds

Hakan Berg is known as The King of Birds. He was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, and fooled half of Penn and Teller on Fool us. Hakan and I had a surprisingly philosophical discussion about laughter, trust, vulnerability, magic and being in the present. We...
Seek First to Understand

Seek First to Understand

Mantras We all know what a mantra is—it’s that thing you repeat over and over again; it’s that guiding principle you have; it is those words you live by. Well I have one of those too. For me it’s “Seek First to Understand” and I...
I assume

I assume

Assume Assume: To suppose without information. Is this what you’re doing? is this what you have done every time you suppose without information? Or is this one of those words of power that we take for granted (no pun intended there). Label The word assume can be...
Potential

Potential

It’s such an innocuous word, isn’t it? Potential. It doesn’t sound like much when I say it by itself like that. But it’s the doorway to good and bad; to epic success or catastrophic failure. Let’s talk about what it means, what it does,...
Stop Demonizing Comfort Zones

Stop Demonizing Comfort Zones

The comfort zone If you hire a coach, have a review or consider accomplishing a new goal invariably the comfort zone is going to come up. And the first thing that will be discussed is you leaving the comfort zone. It will be discussed as if it is a bad thing, even...
Oh just be your Best Self™

Oh just be your Best Self™

The solution to all of your problems, past, present and future is to simply be Your Best Self. There. Done. There’s no podcast. It’s that easy. Reality and the thing you have to do first Oh, you’re still here? What’s that in your hands...
Castillo Movement

Castillo Movement

Robbin Castillo Robbin is a personal trainer, teacher and coach. He provides Ascension coaching, Holistic personal training and masterclasses. I normally do not feature coaches on my interviews (I tend to get a lot of requests for appearances on my podcast by coaches)...
2022 – you’re not alone

2022 – you’re not alone

You’re not alone. Here are do’s and don’ts for success in 2022. This bullet list and these resources will help you. 2022 and success – do’s and don’ts Don’t make resolutions. Make a goal with a system behind it. Become aware,...

Alchemy for ME

We have two subjects this Sunday – old news and new news. Old (but extremely important) News Around this time you are feeling an additional pull at your time, energy and resources. It’s the holiday season. Each year I give you a heads up and a warning...
nanowrimo – May I be of service?

nanowrimo – May I be of service?

It’s #nanowrimo – 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡. Years back this month came to my attention as a number of people I knew “on the internet” were participating and writing 50,000 words in one month! WOW! I tried my hand at it and unlike a normal...
Everything is Fantasy Until it Becomes Reality

Everything is Fantasy Until it Becomes Reality

Everything is fantasy It is. Think about it. Everything. This doesn’t just apply to people who create something from nothing. This applies to everyone. That includes you. All people do this There’s no job that you can mention that doesn’t do this...
You can ask a question…

You can ask a question…

Hindsight is 20/20 We say that hindsight is 20/20 in that looking back on an experience already lived you can make some pretty intelligent, informed decisions, right? You can say what you would have done because you’ve already seen what you did do. But this...
Do you have an audience?

Do you have an audience?

Do you have an audience? Some people are saying yes; some people are saying no. But you might be surprised. So people who create content—podcasts, music, painting, books—and people who gather people like musicians and speakers all have audiences, right? Well, they...
What color is this?

What color is this?

So what color do you see in the main graphic for this podcast today? If you lived a very long time ago, you probably didn’t say “blue.” Why? Because blue is not mentioned in ancient texts. Does that mean their eyes couldn’t see it? Well, that...
The Power of But.

The Power of But.

(Pause for eye rolls) This title makes even me roll my eyes but it is accurate. Whoa, I already demonstrated it. There are so many books and talks and podcasts about the power of this or that, and we begrudgingly trudge through it and see if there are any takeaways....