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MoxieCast is THE show to add more feel-good to your day. Dr. Mandy Lehto, coach, writer and speaker, brings you unique and actionable ways to get more purpose, peace and awareness of what’s possible when we disable auto-pilot and start living on purpose.
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Nov 13, 2019

Today's guest craves failure (not chocolate like the rest of us).

Most people will run a mile to avoid failing and looking bad, lest folks point and laugh.

Not Dr. Erin Baker.

She's a leadership coach with a PhD in social psychology. In her previous career, Erin held senior roles at Microsoft and Facebook (READ: lots of pressure to perform and get things right).

With a big brain and a stellar career, you might find yourself thinking, "Say what?" if I told you that Erin was terrified of failing.

Or rather, she used to be.

Instead of living in fear, Erin geeked out on it, examined it like a scientist, and came up with some fascinating conclusions that you want to know about

If you've got bullet-proof confidence and eat fear for breakfast (with a side of spiders), this episode is NOT for you. Have a lovely day. Bye now!

But if you've ever felt like a weenie, doubted yourself, or played small because you're afraid to splat, then tune in my friend. You're in for a treat.

Here's a few things we play with in this episode:

  • When you fail, do you move on, or do you chastise yourself on replay? (Remember that time you screwed up in 1977?) 
  • How getting clear on real vs. perceived risk can be a game-changer
  • Dreaming big (it starts with small steps)
  • Befriending failure? Research and data make all the difference
  • What failure actually means, depends on you (I never thought about it like that...)

Join us! There's bubbly at the end!

Links and Resources:

Dr. Erin Baker

Dr. Erin Baker on Facebook

Dr. Erin Baker on LinkedIn

The Little Engine That Could

Mandy Lehto on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

Quotes by Dr. Erin Baker:

“I am a recovering perfectionist. I spent the first 33 years of my life just absolutely terrified of what it meant if I failed.”

“These days, I actually crave failure.”

“When we fail, we’ve just done some sort of action.”

“Bubbles for everyone!” (very possibly the best quote ever)

Sep 18, 2019

I first met Harriet Minter when she was giving a talk at the Festival of Doers this summer. One of her lines stuck with me as she described her career path:

"Proceed until apprehended."

I knew straightaway that I wanted her on the podcast.

Harriet is a woman who understands that if you want something, no one is coming to present the object (person/job/opportunity) to you on a silver platter.

There's no Harry Potter wand involved, no booming Charlton Heston voice from the clouds permissioning you to go for it.

You proceed until apprehended.

Life lesson right there.

I'm excited for you to meet Harriet, who has been a journalist for nearly fifteen years (with six of those at the Guardian). As a freelance journalist she has written for The Times, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times, as well as many leading magazines.

She's the host of the award-winning Badass Women's Hour and regularly appears on the BBC and Sky News as a commentator.

Oh and she's also a qualified coach and facilitator.

In today's episode Harriet shares three key pieces of work wisdom that she's gleaned from extraordinary leaders, including Sheryl Sandberg and Arianna Huffington.

  • How Sheryl Sandberg gets so much done, and how you can try this particular tip
  • How Arianna Huffington gets people so deeply engaged, and how you can too
  • Why you should be saying YES more of the time

Grab your cuppa and join us. Your career will thank you.

 

Links and Resources

 

Harriet Minter

Harriet Minter on Twitter

Harriet Minter on Instagram

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Initiative

Mama Gena

Sean Stephenson 

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

Headspace Breathing Exercises

Mandy Lehto on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Harriet Minter:

 

“I’ll just do it. If it’s not ok, somebody will tell me.”

 

“If you don’t want to do something, don’t say ‘yes’ to it. Just say, ‘no’.”

 

“Whatever you are doing, it’s always just one moment in your life. You’ll get another one in another moment.”

 

“Time expands. The slower we take life, the more time we have.” 

Jun 1, 2019

Wolves don't go around worrying about how many wolf things they got done today.

They're into being, not doing. They're not over-identified with their output.

They also don't cling to old hurts forever. They remember, but they move on.

For these and other reasons, wolves are brilliant teachers for humankind. And if we want to continue as a sustainable civilisation, we urgently need their help, says today's guest.

Teo Alfero is an author, spiritual teacher and owner of Wolf Connection, an educational sanctuary and wilderness retreat centre in California.

His fascinating new book The Wolf Connection: What Wolves Can Teach Us About Being Human is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Teo never intended to be 'the wolf man.' The wolves, he says, chose him. 

It started with Tala, the little wolf-dog pictured below, who opened Teo’s heart. Teo went on to rescue a pack of 16 more wolf-dogs, before making the wolf-human connection his life's purpose.

Today's episode is about what we, as a civilisation, can learn from these four-legged teachers.

Some show highlights include:

  • How wolves may have helped humans to avoid extinction
  • How we can "re-wild" ourselves (and why it matters)
  • What it means to lead with the heart
  • A few of Teo's "howls to action" - ways we can learn from wolves in our day-to-day lives
  • How Beau (pictured below) let go of past trauma - and how we can too
  • What three-legged Annie (below) can teach us about resilience

Join us for this transformational, feel-good episode. I've never recorded anything like this...

Links and Resources

Wolf Connection

Wolf Connection Youth Ambassadors - Meet the Pack

Teo Alfero on Instagram

Wolf Connection on Instagram

Mandy Lehto on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

Quotes by Teo Alfero:

“Today, the wolf is a teacher of family values, altruism, integrity, and camaraderie.”

“Initially, the wolf was a teacher of survival. They taught us how to hunt...migrate...take care of our young in a more community-based environment and setting.”

“The wolves have helped us evolve and survive a few times. I believe they can help us again. Right now, humanity is at a stage of confusion.”

“For me, the heart is already wild.”

 

Apr 29, 2019

Today we're talking adrenal fatigue and burnout with Susi Hately, yoga teacher, burnout expert, and registered kinesiologist.

Though she's knowledgeable and friendly, she says her burnout clients don't seek her out willingly. In fact, she's often a last resort.

Many of her clients are driven, successful people in their 40s and 50s who have hit the wall.

They've pushed through symptoms like brain fog, non-restorative sleep, digestive issues and constant exhaustion.

They've come because they've tried all the usual crutches - more caffeine, more exercise, more carbs - and nothing works.

In this conversation, Susi talks to those of us high-achievers who have a tendency to deny our symptoms, or who want to get rid of them. Instead, she encourages us to listen to those symptoms. They're messengers attempting to communicate vital information.

What I love about this conversation is that Susi helps us to start thinking about what would be possible for us if we worked WITH the body and listened to the messengers. What would be possible then?

I love, too, that she points out that falling back into old patterns of over-doing is part of the healing (whew). Ironically, me publishing this particular episode was delayed due to me having a relapse into adrenal fatigue. Healing is a long game! I'm going to re-tune into this episode too!

Some show highlights:

  • What is burnout anyway?
  • Is there a pattern to what kind of person gets burnout? 
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Listening to your body's whispers means it won't have to scream
  • Overcoming the unhelpful mentality of no pain, no gain
  • How to change a hard-core mindset to allow healing and change

Join us!

Links and Resources:

Functional Synergy

Susi Hately on Instagram

Susi Hately on Facebook

Mandy Lehto on Instagram

@moxiethoughts on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Susi Hately:

“They’re utilizing their best traits in a way that’s pushing against themselves, and in a way that’s ignoring the symptoms that are actually trying to get their attention.”

“It works, and it works, and it works, until it doesn’t work anymore. They might try and add in all these extra external, superficial stimulants.”

“We just keep adding crutches to an already depleted system.”

“When you see a glimmer, recognize that things can change.”

Feb 19, 2019

You lie to yourself.

We all do.

You do things you don't really want to do, then resent it.

Agreeing to things (especially if they're far in the future), means you don't hurt someone's feelings in the moment. You get to avoid the awkward conversation where you say 'No.' Then the occasion comes and you face palm, asking yourself, 'Why did I say yes to this?'

Because you lied to yourself!

You avoided momentary discomfort. That's one reason your diary is over-full.

But it's more than just the people pleasing.

It's the speed, the hustle, the seductive lie that the faster and harder you push, the more successful you'll be.

It's the lack of clarity, too, around what success even means.

What can shift this is having clear criteria around what is allowed to take up your time and attention.

It's striving for Effectiveness vs. Efficiency.

It's putting practices into place that help you decide if something belongs in your life. Simple, but not easy...

Today’s guest is Mark Silverman, author, master coach and speaker. Also, he’s the creator of the Mastering Midlife Podcast. 

Some show highlights include:

  • Why pausing and real contemplation are critical, especially in mid-life
  • A practical question you can use next time someone asks you to do something you don't want to do
  • Setting boundaries (and expecting consequences)
  • Spending time getting clear on what a 10/10 looks like - and using that criteria
  • Practices to get clear on what YOU want

Join us!

Links and Resources

Mark Silverman

Mastering Midlife Podcast

Mark Silverman’s Books

Gary Vaynerchuk

Grant Cardone

The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity by Franklin Covey

Julia Cameron's Morning Pages

4PC

Tim Ferriss’s Books

Mandy Lehto on Instagram

@moxiethoughts on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes:

“When I talk about midlife, it’s a time when people take stock.” Mark Silverman

“I believe you can achieve more and achieve more of the right things by slowing down.” - Mark Silverman

“Slowing down clears the clutter, and it allows you to create traction in the things that are really, really truly important to your head, heart, and gut.” - Mandy Lehto

“I’m not automatically truthful with myself. I’m a recovering people pleaser.” - Mark Silverman

Dec 21, 2018

In 2016, singer-songwriter Monique DeBose was diagnosed with a tumour.

She did something deeply creative after that.

She dialogued with it.

She asked what it wanted to teach her.

It replied, "You need to be expressing authentically in a way that really has you be fulfilled.”

So she asked herself, “What am I really not saying in the world that I need to be saying? And what am I afraid to say, but feel the need to say?”

This year, Monique released two creative projects, both edgy and highly personal.

One was an award-winning play, Mulatto Math, that sold out in New York and Los Angeles.

The other was her chart-topping album, The Sovereign One, which hit #2 on its iTunes debut.

In today's episode, Monique and I play with the tension between expressing and playing safe.

How do we allow ourselves to be visible, to be seen, when what we're saying feels vulnerable?

What if it hurts, or shocks someone?

What if people we care about don't like it? What if they think about us differently?

How do we speak up anyway, even if we're scared of how it'll be received?

Show highlights include:

  • Hearing what’s asking to be heard, even if it won’t be appreciated (or might even cause pain)
  • How reaching the "fuck-its" can open you
  • If you can quit your creative project, you should do so...
  • Practical ways to handle discomfort
  • Using the 3 Improv Rules: Be present, listen, and “yes, and…”
  • How to make space inside yourself to hear what’s going on

You don't need to be creating a project in the world to get something out of this conversation.

This is for anyone who struggles with visibility and speaking up.

Want to feel braver being seen?

Join us.

Links and Resources

Monique DeBose on Facebook

Monique DeBose

The Sovereign One

Maya Angelou

Giovanna Capozza

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

Mandy Lehto on Instagram

@moxiethoughts on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

Quotes by Monique DeBose:

“I started having conversations with the tumor, asking it what it was here to teach me. What it shared: You need to be expressing authentically in a way that really has you be fulfilled.”

“What am I really not saying in the world that I need to be saying, and what am I afraid to say, but I feel need to say?”

“We like to feel comfortable as humans. That’s just a natural thing. And to really go for it...takes a huge act of courage.”

“That energy of ‘you must speak your truth’ just haunted me.”

Nov 10, 2018

You can't achieve your way to self worth.

You can't force the squinchy part of yourself into submission - the part that feels weak and less-than and shameful.

You can't exercise it into oblivion, or smother it with success or any other form of doing.

You can't hide it behind shiny things. Not for long, anyway.

It's an inside job.

Ask Hazel Gale.

She's a former world-champion boxer and kick boxer who drove herself to breaking point, ignoring the physical signs that she was burning out. She numbed her fears of weakness and not-enoughness with punishing workouts.

Her body had other plans, but Hazel didn't want to listen. It was a fight she couldn't win.

"I had to crash," she says. "You can't wage war on yourself and emerge victorious."

Burnt-out and unrecognisable to herself, Hazel met her most formidable opponent yet, her fear of weakness.

Hazel shares how she let go of old coping mechanisms, and how she befriended her "Mind Monster," the part of herself that she'd thrashed against for decades.

Now, as an author and cognitive hypnotherapist, she's made a movement of it - the Mind Monster movement. She shares how you can leave behind your own pre-patterned behaviours that no longer serve you.

We talk about:

  • How Hazel found "a language" in fighting that perfectly told the story she wanted to express - that she was strong and worthwhile and dominant
  • How working more, harder and faster to be good enough worked against her
  • How "Monsters" show up in our lives. What story does yours tell over and over?
  • How to move from "Magical Thinking" to "Trans-Systemic Thinking"
  • The two traits of trans-systemic thinkers
  • Why your fatigue is a symptom of your dishonesty

If you're ready to relate to yourself differently, join us.

Thanks for tuning in. I'm so glad you're here.

 

Links and Resources

 

Hazel Gale’s Email

Fight Book

Meetthemindmasters on Instagram

Hazel Gale on Instagram

Fight Facebook Group

Hazel Gale’s Articles on Medium

Hazel Gale on Twitter

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Hazel Gale:

 

“I had a sense that I deserved to win the fight.”

 

“All of that self-doubt and shame that had preceded this moment had been false. From that point on, my life changed.”

 

“Our bodies can’t speak to us in any other way than to create symptoms.”

Oct 21, 2018

I'm fascinated by resilience, particularly how some people demonstrate extraordinary bounce-back-ability, and humour even, when something devastating happens. Maybe it's a redundancy or a medical diagnosis. Maybe a long-term relationship breaks up.

You know those people who thrive in spite of their challenging circumstances?

They have every reason to become jaded and cynical. Instead they're insightful. Funny. Wise like Yoda.

How do they do that?

Meet today's guest, James Shone. At 39 years old, James was at the pinnacle of his career. He'd just received a prestigious Headship at a school and was about to move his wife and four children into their new home, when disaster struck.

Two words changed his life forever: brain tumour.

James tells his story in the episode, but I wanted to pre-share this here. Most of us don't have" enough air in our balloons," he says. So when the unexpected happens we can't spring up as easily. We have a choice in adversity, he says, (quoting Winston Churchill):

Do we give up, or do we get up?

What saved him, James said, was a gratitude practice, a sense of humour, and connecting deeply to his purpose.

Some show highlights include:

  • Resilience is strength and speed of response to adversity. Build resilience BEFORE you need it
  • James's 3-Step Mantra: Look up, look forward, and look out
  • Stay flexible - We can have quite rigid ideas about what life is "supposed to" look like
  • Start focusing on your "I can" list, instead of fixating on what you can't do.
  • Gratitude, lightening up and helping others...
  • How can YOU put more air in your balloon?

Please join me for this funny and uplifting conversation with James Shone...

Links and Resources

I Can and I Am

Option B Book

The 3 min video I mention with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

Quotes by James Shone:

“It's important to that our foundations are flexible - go with the flow, or you'll be felled.”

“One of the most compelling reasons to get up is others.”

“Follow your dreams...have a vision for your life. Keep your eyes high and keep dreaming.”

Oct 5, 2018

"I'm giving up caffeine," you say, all gung-ho and fist pumps.

Then 4pm strikes and you've got an axe in your head, or so it feels.

You're standing at the coffee bar, eyes like spirographs, remembering your promise to give up your afternoon espresso with two sugars.

"Tomorrow. I promise I'll start tomorrow..."

And if it's not coffee, maybe it's starting the gym, or cutting the insidious habit of checking your phone 500 times a day.

Why is it so darn hard to change a habit, even if we feel it'll serve us?

Today’s guest is Dr. Heather McKee, behaviour change psychologist and habit coach.

Forget willpower, she says. Skill power's where it's at.

Some show highlights include:

  • Understanding the “Why” of your aspired habit (game-changer!)
  • How habits are formed - and why knowing this matters
  • Identifying the cues and rewards associated with the behaviours you're trying to change
  • Starting a "Temptation Tracker"
  • Willpower is like the battery on your mobile phone - it wears down throughout the day. Don't rely on it!
  • The importance of enjoyment in the habit-creation process

Join us!

 

Links and Resources:

Dr. Heather McKee

Dr. Heather McKee on Facebook

Dr. Heather McKee on Twitter

Bite Sized Habits Podcast

Simon Sinek

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Heather McKee:

“When you focus all of your attention on those outcome-based goals, you start to obsess over that number. When those goals become too difficult, you kind of veer off track.”

“Intrinsically motivated goals - they’re the things that matter to you most.”

“One of the things we have to think about habit change is it’s not about kind of shaming ourselves into change or using change as a punishment or trying to fix ourselves.”

Jul 14, 2018

You walk into a social event where you don't know anyone. Everyone's mingling - everyone but you.

You're at the buffet, scoffing vol-au-vents, holding your plastic glass of pee-warm chardonnay. You glance around, wiping crumbs from your lapels. Nope. Still no one you recognise. You look at your watch, wondering how long to subject yourself to this low-grade humiliation. The temptation to pull out your phone is intense. It'd make you feel like less of a plonker.

Five more minutes, you tell yourself. So you stand awkwardly next to the potted plant, reading the fire escape instructions. Dum-de-dum-de-dum. Moment by moment, you're emitting more desperate signals, and shockingly, no one swans over to engage you in conversation. You give a passer-by a watery smile, but no dice.

I'm outta here, you say to yourself. I'm just not good at this socialising thing. That was as fun as a root canal.

If any part of my intro rings true, today's conversation is going to be a game-changer.

Karen Baker is a professional people-person, rapport-building-wizard and master conversationalist. That's my description of her. She goes, more simply, by 'Coach.'

In her previous career, Karen was a successful fundraiser and a masterful connector. She was - and IS - the kind of person who strikes up conversations in supermarket queues (and at those buffets I mentioned) without coming across as cheesy, insincere or stalkerish.

That, friends, is an art.

I approached Karen with one question: How can we talk to absolutely anyone, anywhere?

Her answer is this episode.

She's going to teach us...

  • how to find an "in" when you want to connect with someone
  • how curiosity and paying attention are the only tools you need - look for the "foamy moustache" in the room
  • how power can befuddle the ways in which we connect
  • how to create a service mentality
  • how to belong in every room you're in

If you've ever wanted to feel less awkward in conversations, and be one of those smooth operators who starts conversations with ease, get your note pad and press play. We've got you covered.

Join us.

 

Links and Resources:

Karen Baker on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Karen Baker:

 

“Conversation is not about give and take. Conversation is mostly about give.”

“Your ultimate goal is to have a conversation that they will never forget.”

Jun 23, 2018

Social media is full of memes encouraging us to "be ourselves," and to "be authentic."

That could be the least helpful advice ever. How do we do that? What does it even mean?

Enter Sarah McVanel, today's guest.

Sarah had a wake-up call when her son had a mental health crisis and ended up on antidepressants. She left her job and simplified the family's affluent lifestyle to focus on her son's recovery. This challenge helped to crystallise Sarah's own greatness, and a new career was born...

Nowadays, Sarah helps others to recognise and grow their greatness by FROGGING them.

It can be hard to see our own zone of genius, or how compelling our quirks and idiosyncrasies really are (so often we try hard to hide the very things that make us groovy.)

One of Sarah's method is to "Forever Recognise  Others' Greatness." You can start using FROG too. It's surprisingly uplifting. 

Show highlights include:

  • The difference between wanting and deciding
  • How choice is an antidote to passive living
  • Afraid to fail (or succeed)? Perfect recipes for inaction...
  • Embracing your 'weirdness' and idiosyncrasies
  • How recognising the greatness in others helps you see your rad-ness

Join us. I felt so good after this conversation. I hope you will too.

 

Links and Resources

Sarah McVanel

Lucy Whittington

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Sarah McVanel:

 

“That’s part of the hero’s journey. We can be our own hero if we choose to be.”

 

“Being 'boss' is really your own version of your own greatness.”

 

“My greatness is worth it. What I have to offer, I actually am unique and special and weird and different - and that’s a good thing.”

May 23, 2018

You know that old chestnut, "Go big or go home"? There's an implication that it looks a certain way to go BIG.

It's usually shiny and far-reaching. There's loads of travel and champagne involved.

Big success is seductive. So seductive, that we often we leave parts of ourselves (the creative part, for instance, or sometimes the kind part) in order to pursue it.

Yet here's the bonkers thing: Do you even want that? Do you know what success means for YOU?

Today's episode is about how we can stop leaving ourselves.

How do we start listening to that deep inner whisper that wants to make us whole again, especially if it's whispering something that feels inconvenient? (Like 'quit your job').

Today’s guest is Kendra Cunov, founder of Fierce Grace: Practices of Embodied Wholeness for Women. Kendra studies, facilitates, and practices authentic relating, embodiment practices, and deep intimacy work.

 

Some highlights of our conversation include:

  • How to get back into integrity
  • The link between adrenal fatigue and leaving ourselves
  • Why we don't listen to our body wisdom
  • Practical tips on tuning into your inner knowing again
  • The "I want" practice - how repetition 'clears out the pipes' and allows the Truth to come out
  • A phrase that makes you available to this moment

This conversation is like a deep, soft exhale.

Join us.

 

Links and Resources

 

Kendra Cunov

Kendra Cunov’s Fierce Grace

Contact Kendra Cunov

Kendra Cunov’s Blog

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Suzy Reading

 

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Kendra Cunov:

 

“I had a really unconventional life. One of my values is in bringing the conventional and the unconventional together.”

 

“Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do...but I choose that because there’s a value that I’m honoring underneath that.”

 

“We use the word, ‘stress,’ as a catch-all for a lot of things.”

May 3, 2018

If you ever find yourself saying, "I'll be happy when...then fill in the blank," today's episode is for you.

I'm joined today by the "Happyologist," Susanna Halonen.

Have a guess at what percentage of your happiness is predicted by your circumstances.

I said 50 per cent, and Susanna set me straight (tune in to find out).

Some show highlights include:

  • Thinking of happiness as a muscle
  • How to build your resilience and intuition
  • How Susanna knew her happiness was at stake (and couldn't go through with her wedding)
  • Learn about the famous Finnish 'Sisu'
  • How to give happiness-inducing hugs (there's a science to it)

If you're in need of an inspiring and uplifting conversation today - and want to learn some practices for cultivating more happiness in your life - join us. You might just find the corners of your mouth lifting.

 

Links and Resources

Susanna Halonen’s Website

Happiness Is Here: A 30-Day Guide to Joy and Fulfilment by Susanna Halonen

Screw Finding Your Passion by Susanna Halonen

Susanna Halonen on Instagram

Susanna Halonen on Twitter

Susanna Halonen on Facebook

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Susanna Halonen:

 

“My mission in this world is to help people to live happier and more fulfilling lives.”

 

“I realized that happiness is really not a destination, it’s a daily choice.”

 

“Our mind is a very powerful thing, and that’s why we need to kind of learn to practice focusing on the good things.”

Apr 9, 2018

If you've ever grappled with the angst-producing question, "Is this all there is?", today's episode is for you.

We're connected 24-7, yet we crave intimacy and true connection in our bellies. Am I right?

We've learned to value productivity (and accessibility) over the soul-satisfaction of doing work that makes us feel alive.

If you're nodding "uh-huh," I've been there too. I feel you.

The challenge of asking 'Is this all there is?' is the icky feeling of ingratitude. We have SO much - an embarrassment of riches, really. It's almost shameful to feel empty.

So how can we bring more purpose and joy into our lives?

Many of us want more, but we can't (or don't want to) uproot our lives, grow a beard and move to the Himalayas. If that happens to be your thing, bon voyage! Send us a postcard, superstar!

If that's not your shtick, what are some other options?

Enter Jeff.

Jeff Harmon is founder and head coach at Brilliance Within Coaching and Consulting.

He shares on how to infuse your daily life with more feel-good.

We touch on:

  • How to create space when things are moving too fast
  • How to infuse joy into things you already do (it's not about doing more)
  • The 7-day "listen more" challenge
  • Using powerful questions to interrupt your patterns

I characterise this episode as quick 'n' deep. Lots to chew on. Lots to try.

Grab your cuppa and join us.

 

Links and Resources

 

Brilliance Within Coaching and Consulting

Jeff Harmon on Linkedin

How Can I Slow Down, When Things are Moving So Fast

Shawn Achor

The Joy Diet

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Questions to interrupt your patterns:

What makes me feel alive?

What's most important right now?

What life-giving habit or practice can I add to my life?

What's the tiniest step I could take?

Mar 16, 2018

Hands up if you've ever experienced a forehead-meets-keyboard moment late in the afternoon before necking back another coffee or Diet Coke?

Or maybe you haven't eaten since breakfast - unless you count the biscuits in the 2pm meeting, or the breath mint you had in the taxi heading home.

Living like this, it's easy to role play any (or all) of the seven dysfunctional dwarves: Cranky, Listless, Angry, Twitchy, Shaky, Sleepless and the long-named one: About-to-Effing-Lose-it.

In the last episode of Moxiecast, we talked food mindset with Daniel Thomas Hind.

Today we get really practical with Rhiannon Lambert, a Harley Street nutritionist specialising in weight management, eating disorders, and sport's nutrition. She's also the author of Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well

I've created a laser session (under 25 min) to help you get some tips that you can action right away.

Food affects your mood, people!

Even if your lifestyle isn't high-octane and your diet is pretty good, there's still plenty of goodies in this episode for you (like the tip about frozen raspberries - who knew?)

We explore:

  • Coffee - Is it off limits? How and when to drink it so you don't get all twitchy
  • What to stash in your bag to stave off energy crashes
  • What to stock in your cupboards at home
  • What to do if there's only chocolate and croissants available, and you're hungry...
  • Breakfasts of champions (including a surprising smoothie ingredient that's a game-changer!)
  • How to avoid those afternoon face-plants in your keyboard

You can't have life lift-off if you're not properly fuelled. Fact.

Join us!

 

Links & Resources

Rhiannon LambertInstagramTwitterEmailFacebook
Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well

 

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Rhiannon:

“You can really feel incredible once you start to master how food can help you when you are that busy.”

“If all you can get is a chocolate bar or croissant on the go...that is not the end of the world.”

“If you drink a cup of coffee on an empty stomach, you’re then inducing more stress onto your body.”

 

Rhiannon Lambert is registered with the Association for Nutrition (AFN) and has a first-class Bachelor (BSc) degree in Nutrition and Health and a Master's (MSc) degree in Obesity, Risks, and Prevention. She is a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity. Rhiannon’s qualified approach to nutrition and total dedication to her clients' needs has allowed her to work with some of the world's most influential people.

Mar 7, 2018

"I know what it’s like to stand in front of a fridge and just eat and eat and eat. It's like you have no choice, you’re almost possessed.”

Meet Daniel Thomas Hind, founder of EvolutionEat, a transformational lifestyle coaching company that helps overwhelmed people revolutionize their relationship with food.

As a formerly fat Italian kid, Daniel's got some experience here. Food was comfort growing up. Food was love. It was also an antidote to boredom, loneliness and stress.

Nowadays Daniel works with high-profile clients who have a complex relationship with food - even if they don't know it.

Many of his clients are busy, high achievers, people who used to run from meeting to meeting hopped up on coffee.

These are people who couldn't see a way of creating space to nourish themselves properly.

They used to skip meals, too busy to eat. Then they would crash because they were running on empty, on fumes of sleep and caffeine.

Where's my next espresso-hit (or family-sized chocolate bar) to get me through my next meeting?

If this sounds familiar, I've brought Daniel onto the show to help.

He shares insights on:

  • How to permanently change the way you eat by understanding that you actually have a relationship with food
  • How a growth mindset can transform how you eat
  • Why striving for "good enough" is a game-changer
  • Tips for the insanely busy
  • How a morning routine and midday anchor can set you up for success

Join us!

Your energy levels will thank you.

 

Links and Resources

EvolutionEat

Rich Litvin

 

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Quotes by Daniel:

“My clients come to me just lacking a general sense of awareness, integral to their understanding all the factors that play when it comes to their diet.”

“Most people have never even considered that they have a relationship with food.”

Feb 21, 2018

Have you ever thought about over-achieving as a form of distraction? Me either.

Enter Giovanna Capozza, today's guest.

Giovanna is a transformational coach, speaker and host of She Rises, a podcast which focuses on everything from business leadership to spirituality for high-achieving women.

She's witty, wise and has the best eyebrows on the planet, but I digress...

In today's conversation we unpack the compelling, almost impulsive need to be "nexting" - working on the next achievement, the next purchase, the next thing that will bring validation and a little hit of dopamine ("We are getting high like this," she says).

Giovanna gets us thinking about how we might be numbing our uncomfortable tasks, truths or fears with haagen-dazs, Netflix and over-working.

Some show highlights include:

  • How to get clear if your overachieving is coming from an unhealthy place (and what to do if it is)
  • Identifying your garden variety distractions. Social media? Chasing "display success"? Eating when you're not hungry?
  • How to live more consciously when it feels easier to eat a cupcake (or 5) while binge-watching a box-set and scrolling on your phone
  • A useful practice you can try right away...

Please join us!

OH! I'm trialing a new shorter show format, so episodes will run between 20-30 minutes. I'd love to hear your feedback.

Enjoy the show...

 

Links and Resources:

She Rises podcast

The Greatest Showman movie

This Is Us TV show

Email show feedback to  hello@mandylehto.com

Review MoxieCast on iTunes

 

Pearls of wisdom by Giovanna:

“This has been a lifelong thing for me. It’s been a push/pull. It’s held me back in many ways, and it’s been the thing to propel me forward in so many ways. So, it’s been a blessing and a curse.”

“I reached a point where there was nothing. There was a void. I had nothing outside of myself that I could identify with...it was so scary.”

What is it that I'm trying not to feel? We need a gap between stimulus and response to make a change.


Dec 15, 2017

Today’s guest is Monica Day, a self-described “instigator.” The topic of discussion today is how to create more intentional eroticism in your life. We all want to be swept off our feet and experience animal passion, but we also crave safety and security.

Monica is going to tell us how those two ideas aren’t at odds. We’ll also talk about how to have more and better sex as well as how to manage this if you tend to be a bit shy. You won’t want to miss today’s juicy episode!

Some of the highlights of the show include:

  • The paradox of passion: What it is and why it’s important to balance the domestic and the erotic parts of your personality.
  • How to rekindle the spark when you’re juggling work, kids, house, and all of the other obligations that accompany adulthood.
  • Why fairy-tale romance is damaging the way we as a society and as individuals approach sex.
  • The importance of playfulness, curiosity and communication when it comes to building up our sexual lives.
  • What you can do to focus more on sensuality and sensations when it comes to your sexuality and your relationship.
  • Some of the exercises that are in Monica’s book; these can help you shift the way you think about sex and sensuality.
  • Thoughts on overcoming shyness and awkwardness when discussing needs and wants with your partner.
  • The silent vow that many people take that can lead to the death of desire and even of the relationship in general.
  • Why waiting to be in the mood doesn’t work.

Links and Resources:

Monica Day

The Sensual Life

Play Wild, Stay Safe

Mating in Captivity

 

Quotes:

“Our sexual energy is dynamic; it’s not static. It’s not something that lives in the closet with your sex toys... it’s responsive to where we are in our lives.”

“The industry of romance has crippled us from being able to come to sex from a primal place.”

“You can have a paradigm shift with your mind, but it’s a very different thing to have a paradigm shift with your body.”

Nov 15, 2017

If you want to create a different outcome in your life and something is uncomfortable, how can you stay the course? It can be hard to persevere when you don’t know what will happen; it’s a disconcerting feeling and it can make you feel insecure. You can get past all of that and get past your uncertainty and discomfort!

Today’s guest is Nathan Seaward, aka Nathan the Pilot. He used to fly commercial aircraft, his boyhood dream. At some point, he decided it wasn’t for him anymore. While leaving behind the career, paycheck and identity of being a pilot is what he wants to do, it has thrown him into a state of flux and uncertainty.

We’re going to explore Nathan’s feelings and how you can apply the truths he’s learned to your own life. Some of the highlights of the show include:

  • How Nathan achieved his boyhood dream of becoming a pilot and why he realized that commercial flying wasn’t, in fact, his dream. Also, Nathan talks about what he decided to do instead.
  • How Nathan knew it was time to leave his job as a commercial pilot and what he did immediately after leaving when he went into panic mode.
  • How it feels to be firmly in the grasp of uncertainty and how Nathan handles being uncomfortable.
  • How Nathan opens himself to feeling negative feelings by using breathing exercises.
  • Nathan’s advice for someone wanting to make the leap but unsure of what to do.

Links and Resources

NathanSeaward.com

Nathan on Facecbook

Nathan’s Podcast

The Surrender Experiment

The 4-Hour Work Week

Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen

James Butler episode on MoxieCast

Quotes by Nathan:

“Flying was my boyhood passion and something that I was doing for myself... then I started to realize, this is not my dream.”

“I see so many people who are unhappy in their job but stuck in analysis paralysis. I knew I didn’t want to be there. It seemed like death to me.”

“I was all-in on not working for someone anymore. I went all-in on freedom.”

Oct 25, 2017

Have you dealt with a difficult past? Do you struggle with forgiveness? Today’s show is all about getting past these challenges.

Today’s guest is Kelly Childress. Kelly is a healthcare mediator and an ordained minister. She helps people process grief and other strong emotions as they go through challenging times. Kelly grew up with an emotionally abusive, alcoholic father and suffered the rejection of her mother when she came out as gay. The underlying theme of Kelly’s story is courage and an unwavering commitment to authenticity.

Kelly has a lot of insight to share, so settle back, relax, and enjoy. Here are some of the highlights of the show:

  • What Kelly does as a healthcare mediator and as a board-certified chaplain.
  • What Kelly has learned about what’s important in life by listening to the dying: Compassion, integrity, friends and family, and more.
  • Why difficulties are an important part of life and how you can reframe your thinking to take get through challenging times.
  • Thoughts on reducing stress by practicing self-care.
  • Some details on Kelly’s difficult past and why she feels it’s important to share her struggles with others.
  • The difficult feelings Kelly brought into adulthood due to the way she was brought up and how she got over some of those thoughts.
  • How self-forgiveness has helped Kelly move on.
  • How Kelly shows herself compassion.
  • The story of Kelly’s tattoos.
  • Kelly’s advice to people who want to live more fully with no regrets.

Links and Resources:

Kelly on Instagram

Email Kelly

Regrets of the Dying

Bloom

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote

The Immense Journey

Die Empty

Braving the Wilderness

Quotes by Kelly:

“I learn most when I go through difficult things.”

“If there’s a grudge you’re holding or something in your heart, I find self-forgiveness to be very powerful.”

“When I’m being my best self, I exercise, I eat broccoli and cauliflower, I hang out with friends, I go for walks, I listen to music that makes me happy.”

Sep 29, 2017

Today we are talking to James G. Butler, a man trained as a superhuman. The Canadian Government spent more than a million dollars on his training. He is an Afghanistan veteran and was an elite military diver. His career was cut short after a catastrophic lung collapse while on a dive. In our conversation, we talk about picking up the pieces and reinventing ourselves. There is no better guide for this topic than James.

Some of the highlights of the show include:

  • How James has exemplified bravery for Mandy as he set up his business and became who he is now. He is also an incredible coach.
  • James shares what his diving experience was like. It’s not normal for a human to be in isolation 100 feet below the surface.
  • How Afghanistan was interspersed with naps and being on edge in a reactive state. There was heat and chaos and James was tested like never before.
  • Developing the proper narrative to remind oneself of where you are going and what you are doing. The if then plan.
  • Overwhelm is a choice and a strategy that our mind uses to keep us safe. Having the luxury to be overwhelmed versus being overwhelmed.
  • James shares the story of how his lung collapsed during his elite training. He ended up in the hospital with surgeries, tubes, and blood transfusions.  
  • He was weak and frail and had a total identity crisis and wondered what he would do now.
  • He hired coaches and trainers and regained his health back, but he would never be able to be an elite diver again.
  • James discovered he had the ability to create an amazing mindset and got involved with deep mindset coaching.
  • Getting to the place where everything can be taken away, yet being empowered to recreate everything.

Links:

Reclaiming Warrior

James on Facebook

James on Twitter @James_GButler

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

James@ReclaimingWarrior.com

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Quotes by James:

“I wasn’t looking for success, I was looking for an unshakeable identity that I would create.”

“The only way you can be powerful is by being the most whole you.”

“One of the easiest ways to power up is to go backwards and clean up all of the messes from the past.”

Jul 26, 2017

Are you prone to worry? Most of us are! Do you want to stop worrying? Who doesn’t? Today we’re going to be chatting with Gabrielle Treanor. She’s going to help us learn to worry less so we can thrive more. Gabrielle, a self-professed former champion worrier,  is a blogger and she conducts classes designed to help people to be happier and more fulfilled. Today we’ll learn some tips on how to use basic routines to anchor ourselves and feel better in our own lives. You will want to take some time to glean some great tips from Gabrielle on this episode.

Some of the highlights of the show include:

  • What thriving means to Gabrielle and how she defines three different levels of worrying, from healthy worry to life-altering anxiety.
  • Gabrielle’s personal experience with going from being a person with high levels of anxiety to one who is able to handle worry in a healthy way.
  • Some practices that can help you reduce your worry-level, as well as the importance of being willing to try different things.
  • Thoughts about meditation and mindfulness: What it can be, what it is not, and how it can help you overcome worry.
  • Why being grateful can help you reduce worry, as well as how you can benefit from being thankful.
  • How gratitude can impact productivity, focus, helpfulness, and positivity.
  • Why sleep-deprivation and poor nutrition can impact your anxiety levels.
  • How getting into nature can help you manage your worry and feel better overall.
  • Tips on how to live more mindfully and happily to begin with so we start naturally moving away from worry and anxiety.
  • Gabrielle’s intentional mornings: What they can include and why the routine is important.
  • How Gabrielle uses mantras and affirmations to help her live more consciously, as well as tips on remembering to use them.

Links:

Gabrielle Treanor

Gabrielle on Instagram

Gabrielle on Facebook

Gabrielle on Twitter

Headspace

A Thankful Heart

Before Happiness


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Quotes by Gabrielle:

“To me, thriving means living your life as best as you can.”

“A lot of the things that I find really beneficial are things that take you out of your head, because worriers spend a lot of time in their heads and they don’t notice what is going on with themselves or the rest of the world.”

“Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend.”

Jun 28, 2017

Today we are talking to Heidi Taylor, a sales coach who is also an introvert and a storytelling wizard. She crafts her own stories so compellingly that her readers or viewers can really get her. As part of her business, she teaches others how to craft and tell their own stories. If you’re wondering how to tell your own story, you’ll want to settle down and enjoy our conversation. 

Some of the highlights of the show include: 

  • How Heidi’s appearance, specifically her hair, helps her gain confidence while expressing herself.
  • How Heidi came to clarity about telling her own story, beginning with the loss of her income from her business during the economic crash.
  • Heidi’s thoughts on her failures and how they have impacted not only her life, but also her storytelling.
  • How Heidi helps others tell their stories, including resources that she uses to draw out someone’s strengths and how others perceive them.
  • A question that you should ask some of your friendly acquaintances so you can see how others receive you. This will help you hone your story more fully.
  • Tips on getting to the place where your story can ultimately help you meet and relate to people.
  • Tips that are specific to entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.
  • How Heidi mines for topics and strengths for her clients to help them create their own stories.
  • Why you should not try to emulate the way that other people present themselves. 

Links: 

Heidi on Instagram

Heidi’s website

Strengths Finder Test

How to Fascinate

Spirituality for Real Life

Rich Roll Podcast

Rob Bell Podcast

 

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Quotes by Heidi:

 

“To be able to tell your story well, you need a partner. You need someone to listen for the things you think are totally normal.”

 

“When we watch movies, the most compelling stories are the underdogs and the things that happen that make us wonder how the person will climb out of the hole.”

 

“The no-no is seeing someone else in your industry who is doing social media a certain way and trying to be them.”

May 31, 2017

Porridge with berries for breakfast.

Steamed veg with brown rice for lunch.

Pint of Oreo ice cream before bed, with a bag of Doritos on the side, washed down with Prosecco.

We laugh. Knowing laugher, perhaps.

This episode is not about eating more greens, or drinking less bubbly (at least not directly).

It's about willpower and habit formation when it comes to self-care.

We know, more or less, what we need to do to feel nourished and vibrant and strong. But when we get busy - and we always get busy - all those energy and humour-sustaining practices vanish faster than a pizza in front of my teenaged son.

We crash, and then, little by little, rejuvenate ourselves with those very self-care practices that kept us going in the first place.

Sound familiar?

People who are winning at life don't roll this way. Instead, they place self-care firmly in the centre of their lives. It's non-negotiable.

They make large, regular deposits into their energy bank, and by doing this, they anticipate those stressful times that throw others off course.

Self-care (and minding our willpower) therefore, isn't a fluffy, indulgent thing, but a core tenet of thriving.

If you're nodding, Suzy Reading is here to help.

Suzy is a psychologist who specializes in well-being, stress management and self care. She’s also a writer for Psychologies magazine and the psychology expert for Neom Organics.

Some show highlights:

  • The critical difference between saying, “I can’t” and “I don’t”
  • The Willpower Gap - knowing about this is a game-changer
  • How to soothe your nervous system (including a tip from Homer Simpson)
  • Building up a tool kit, including Primer Statements (WOW, just wow!) *before* the shiitake hits the fan
  • Advice for “hard-a-holics"

Please enjoy my conversation with the sunny and relatable, Suzy Reading.

 

Links:

Suzy Reading

Suzy on Instagram

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

The Upside of Your Dark Side

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Quotes:

 

“When you say “I can’t,” it feels foisted upon you. When you say “I don’t,” it comes from a place of active choosing.”

 

“When we’re in a place of energetic abundance, we interpret life differently... stress rolls off your shoulders more effectively.”

 

“Willpower is not a muscle that gets stronger with use. It’s a finite resource. the more you drain it, the less you have over the course of a day.”

 

“It’s important to acknowledge that in different moments, we need different things.”

Apr 11, 2017

f you’ve ever hidden in a loo cubicle at work to collect your thoughts, this episode is for YOU.

Maybe you feel constantly overwhelmed and fried.

No wonder. Apparently, we switch between 37 different tasks every hour.

Maybe your mobile phone is the first thing you kiss in the morning. It's your companion at meals. It's even in bed with you.

Being constantly accessible isn't making any of us more productive, even as technology advances. In fact, productivity trailed off six years ago, in spite of all the snazzy new gizmos and applications.

If you recognise the madness of hyper-connectivity and overwhelm in your own life (but can't quit and move to a meditation retreat in Bali), don't worry, there's still hope.

My guest today is Colette Heneghan.

Colette was a successful account manager for a global telecoms company that helped to introduce the Blackberry - and the joys of being accessible 24-7 - to our lives way back when. She'd grab a sandwich on the hoof; or be glued to her desk till her legs felt cold and dead; or not see blue sky for days at a time.

Nowadays, Colette runs Optimum Living, a wellbeing consultancy that helps companies find ways to allow their employees to thrive in the workplace.

We talk about making changes that can have a real cumulative impact on your wellbeing.

We cover:

  • Some clues that you might be approaching 'the brick wall'
  • Common traits found in high-performers' working lives
  • 2 purchases to kick-start your wellness (one's very retro!)
  • What an optimised morning looks like
  • How to gain back 2 hours of your day
  • Using "Airplane" mode as a productivity tool  

Colette is a fan of micro-changes, which includes getting outside (and out of the loo cubicle) for your 5-minute breather. Sounds much better to me...

Join us!

Links:

Rewriting the rules for the digital age - Deloitte University Press

How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do - Graham Allcott

The Pomodoro Technique

Headspace App

The Art of Being Yourself - Caroline McHugh

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes - Tom Rath

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest  - Dan Buettner

Colette on Twitter

Colette on Instagram

Colette’s website Optimum Living

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Quotes from Colette:

"You get more done when you work less."

"It's not just what you eat, it's the way you eat it."

"Every good night's sleep starts the morning before."

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