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Practical and powerful advice from leading experts to help you live fearlessly in the 8 areas of life.


Learn The Habit That Stops Negative Self-Talk

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In today’s PODCAST episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4-5-6 System for behavioural change made up of four daily rituals, five habits and six life hacks. Sam shares the fifth of his daily habits that stops negative self-talk.

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4:22 – What is the habit of Review and Reflection and why is it important?

4:50 – Toxic thinking negative self-talk and beliefs about yourself

6:18 – Why do we indulge in negative self-talk?

6:50 – Dr Guy Winch, Author of ‘Emotional First Aid’; why we dump on ourselves when something bad happens

9:33 – Cultivating the habit of Review and Reflection

10:17 – How to protect your emotional wellbeing

10:48 – The two-step process to stop negative self-talk

11:12 – 3 typical examples of negative self-talk

11:33 – The Tree of Health

13:20 – The Tree of Relationships

15:08 – The Tree of Work

18:02 – Why we need to feel to heal

20:55 – More on why do we indulge in negative self-talk?

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The Power Of Positive Posture

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In today’s PODCAST episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4-5-6 System for behavioural change made up of four daily rituals, five habits and six life hacks. Sam shares the fourth of his daily habit, HOW TO CHANGE YOUR POSTURE.

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2:47 – The power of posture

3:39 – We are judged by our posture

3:44 – How your children mimic your posture

3:56 – What the science says about posture

6:01 – How to reverse the habit of poor posture

7:24 – Change your posture permanently in a two-step process

7:57 – Step 1: Self-awareness

10:42 – Step 2: Muscle Memory

17:02 – The three common positions that impact your posture

18:12 – What you should do for your sleep to improve your posture when you wake

22:26 – How to retrain your muscle memory

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How To Master The Art Of Greetings And Goodbyes

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In today’s PODCAST episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4-5-6 System for behavioural change made up of four daily rituals, five habits and six life hacks. Sam shares the third of his daily habit, the habit of greetings and goodbyes.

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1:07 – Why you should rely on systems rather than motivation

3:02 – Daily Conscious Living framework

4:24 – Why greetings and goodbye are such an important habit to cultivate

7:32 – What’s the science says about the segues of greetings and goodbyes

7:57 – How you can cultivate the habit of greetings and goodbye for each of the people that you come across

8:05 – Greetings and Goodbyes: Tree of Love

9:44 – Greetings and Goodbyes: Tree of Family

12:08 – Greetings and Goodbyes: Tree of Friendship

12:54 – Should you kiss, touch or hug on greetings and goodbyes?

13:56 – Greetings and Goodbyes: Tree of Work

15:12 – Greetings and goodbyes for clients or customer relationships

16:20 – General rules in relationships for greetings and goodbyes

20:27 – How to leave a positive impression with your last interaction

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How To Develop The State Of Innate Gratitude

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In today’s PODCAST episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4-5-6 System for behavioural change made up of four daily rituals, five habits and six life hacks. Sam shares the second of his daily habit, the habit of situational gratitude.

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3:12 – What is the difference between rituals and habits

4:15 – The battle between the 1% and 99% of your day

4:37 – The power of journaling gratitude daily

7: 19 – Discontentment for life

7:56 – The two imposters

10:17 – Where Sam learnt gratitude

11:10 – Some of Sam’s grandmothers situational declarations

12:27 – How to practice situational gratitude with your 5 senses

16:59 – How do you know when you have sowed a habit

18:32 – Gratitude when you are having an irritating moment

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How This Essential Daily Habit #1 Boosts Your Immunity And Your Success

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In today’s PODCAST episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4-5-6 System for daily living, with the first of his 5 Daily Habits; the habit of smiling.

During this episode, Sam shares:

  • Why the daily habit of smiling is in the top 5 essential habits for life
  • Why smiling on waking is so important
  • 11 benefits of smiling
  • Why having fun is important for the habit of smiling
  • Why some people have lost the ability to have fun
  • What fun is NOT
  • Why you should NOT wait to be happy to have fun
  • 5 tips to give you that fun mindset
  • 18 ways I have fun

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3:31 – A recap of Sam’s 4 Essential Daily Rituals

4:40 – Why are habits so powerful

6:14 – Why is it important to know the difference between goals and dreams

6:33 – What are habits

6:55 – Why do we have habits

8:14 – How do you cultivate a new habit

8:16 – Repetition and Reward

8:21 – Why this daily habit is so important

9:47 – 11 benefits of smiling

11:22 – Why is smiling on waking important

12:42 – Powerful tips on how to smile

13:24 – Why it’s so important to have fun in your life

14:12 – Does having fun make you successful

16:03 – Why have people lost the ability to have fun

16:11 – What fun is not

18: 24 – Do you need to be happy to have fun

19:37 – 5 tips to give you that fun mindset

23:36 – 18 ideas for having fun

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How To Make Your Life Soar Using My 4th Essential Daily Ritual

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In today’s PODCAST episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4-5-6 System for daily living, with his fourth and final Essential Daily Ritual.

During the episode, Sam shares:

  • The ritual of learning
  • Why continuous learning is important to your success
  • How and when to infuse learning into your day
  • What books and podcasts should you learn from
  • Who or what are the best teachers on earth

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2:59 – Why learning is important

5:00 – 3 mistakes that most people make when it comes to learning

6:41 – When should you learn daily

8:00 – Commute College

15:30 – Applying curiosity to information

17:11 – Applying curiosity to people

18:22 – The skill of listening

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The Number One Reason For My Success In Life

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In today’s PODCAST episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4-5-6 System for daily living.

During the episode, Sam shares:

  • 7 reasons why journaling is important
  • How to journal using the A Higher Branch method
  • How journaling holds you accountable
  • How to use journaling to drive your goals
  • How to use journaling to manage your emotional wellbeing

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5:14 – A Higher Branch two exclusive frameworks

5:25 – The 8 Areas of Life: The WHAT: Holistic Living

6:32 – The Circle Of Conscious Living: The HOW: Conscious Living

7:31 – How A Higher Branch came about

10:31 – The 4 5 6 System for Living Consciously

13:46 – David Goggins Podcast with Sam: How To Find Fearlessness

15:42 – 7 reasons why journaling is important

16:37 – How do you journal properly

19:21 – The story of Sam’s first journal

20:35 – Why journaling holds you accountable

21:11 – A Higher Branch leather journals

22: 00 – How to use the A Higher Branch journal

23:00 – Morning journaling

24:31 – Your big picture goals

24:39 – Your day-to-day goals

26:36 – Your to do list

27:21 – Daily action items for the 8 Areas Of Life

31:37 – Taking stock

32:15 – Accountability

33:04 – Evening journaling: Reflection Page

34:31 – Processing Feelings

36:10 – Gratitude

36:59 – Achievements

40:06 – Acknowledge your learnings

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The Second Essential Ritual You Need To Do Every Day

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Meditation is about putting yourself in a state where you can access your creative visualisation to help you materialise the life of your dreams. It is also your path to help you notice every single decision you will make in the day.

In today’s podcast episode, Sam Makhoul continues his podcast series on his 4 5 6 System for daily living.

During the episode, Sam shares:

  • Why you should meditate
  • The two types of meditation; and
  • Why these two types should be performed differently, based on the time of the day

Sam will also take you through a guided meditation that he does every morning.

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5:07 – Why you should meditate

9:50 –Two type of meditation

13:09 – The Importance Of Living A Holistic Life

16: 38 – Sam’s morning Visualisation Meditation

39:09 – Evening Review and Reflection Meditation

41: 23 – Sam reveals a life changing habit

43:19 – How evening meditation should be performed

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How To Master The First Most Important Ritual Of The Day

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In today’s PODCAST episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul reveals the first most important ritual of the day, the ritual of movement from his exclusive 4 5 6 System.

During the episode, Sam shares what the optimal time is for movement, why it really does matter what type of exercise you do in the morning versus the evening and is exercise in fact good for your body shape?

He also unpacks:

  • The 4 5 6 System
  • Why sleep is an ultimate superpower for health
  • What foods should we be eating
  • 7 reasons shaped by science why exercise can be harmful
  • 11 tips that are a gateway to an awesome life; and more…

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2:54 – A System For Living

4:30 – 3 of the 4 Essential Daily Rituals

6:11 – #1 Ritual: Movement

8:00 – Sam’s morning routine for movement

10:22 – The optimal time for movement

11:37 – What is the best form of exercise?

12:44 – Why is exercise an important morning ritual?

14:22 – Exercise and sleep

15:23 – Why is exercise the first essential daily ritual before the other two

16:02 – What foods should we be eating

17:24 – Can exercise be bad for you?

18:10 – 7 reasons shaped by science why exercise can be harmful

20:17 – Is exercise good for your body shape?

24:48 – Blue Zones

26:28 – Movement that should occur in the evening

27:25 – 11 tips that are a gateway to an awesome life

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Is Reliance On Motivation Ruining Your Life

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In Today’s PODCAST episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul reveals his exclusive 4 5 6 System for living, which has proven to work whether you are motivated or not.

During the episode, Sam unpacks his tips to help you build a strong identity with 4 essential daily rituals, 5 habits and 6 life hacks.

He also unpacks:

  • Why relying on motivation will destroy your happiness
  • The biggest con, and myth about success and motivation
  • The important life lessons that they didn’t teach you at school
  • How to build a strong identity and the important questions we all need to ask ourselves daily
  • The four, five, six system for identity change that Sam teaches in his one-on-one coaching; and more…

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1:33 – Three things wrong with motivation

7:14 – The System For Living

9:09 – The Motivation Trap

11:07 – David Goggins: The Difference Between Motivation and Doing

24:51 – Don’t let motivation destroy your identity

34:29 – Questions to ask yourself to help your identity change

39:47 – The 4 5 6 System

42:23 – The 4 Rituals, 5 Habits & 6 Life Hacks

44:06 – The Method of Repetition

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How to Stop Perfectionism And Start Enjoying Food

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Today we are joined once again with Lyndi Cohen; best-selling author of ”The Nude Nutritionist” and media Nutritionist and Dietitian.

In this episode, Sam Makhoul and Lyndi Cohen shares with us how food rules are making us sick and how to stop perfectionism and start enjoying food.

The pair also discuss:

  • Sleep and its relationship with food
  • How to make healthy food enjoyable
  • A 3-step process to creating healthy habits that you can stick to
  • How to recalibrate your brain so you have a healthy relationship with foods; and more…

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3:06 – Is perfectionism the leading cause of an unhealthy relationship with food?

6: 51 – Gut health

7:58 – The perfect diet

9:27 – Blue Zones

13:46 – The key basics when it comes to food

15:55 – How to make healthy food enjoyable

18:18 – Micro decisions

24:53 – 3-step process to creating healthy habits that you can stick to

28:16 – How to recalibrate your brain so you have a healthy relationship with foods

29:03 – The Nude Nutritionist

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How to Identify If You Have An Unhealthy Relationship With Food

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Today we are joined with Lyndi Cohen; best selling author of ”The Nude Nutritionist” and media Nutritionist and Dietitian.

In this episode, Sam Makhoul and Lyndi Cohen shares insights that will revolutionise your relationship with food.

The pair discuss:

  • Why food rules are bad
  • Why you binge eat
  • How sleep impacts hunger
  • How to eat intuitively
  • How we can make sure that eating isn’t a source of stress, guilt or shame
  • What, how, when to eat or whether those things are in important; and more…

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3:46 – How do we know that we have an unhealthy relationship with food

10:22 – How do we undo all the involuntary programming that we have

11:08 – Intuitive eating

12:19 – What does hunger really feel like for any of us

12:50 – The hunger scale

16:28 – Lyndi’s personal story with food

24:11 – At what point does food start controlling you

38:53 – The importance of sleep when it comes to food

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How to Manifest The Future You Desire And Deserve

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Today we are joined once again with Barry Nicolaou; a wellbeing and resilience, corporate partner, a mindset coach, and a creative visualisation specialist.

In this episode, Sam Makhoul and Barry Nicolaou share how to embrace your new reality by turning your values upside down. Barry unpacks the anxieties of Covid, what is a Quantum Shift and Possibility and his 5 steps to having a Quantum Shift.

The pair discuss:

  • How to deconstruct the untapped power of the subconscious
  • How to dissipate negative self-talk
  • How to connect to a desirable outcome; and
  • How to embrace your new reality

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00:52 – What it means to have a Quantum Shift

03:19 – 5 steps to having a Quantum Shift

04:53 – What is Creative visualisation?

04:56 – What are deconstructive mindset blocks?

05:44 – The main reason why anxiety is happening

09:30 – What is Quantum Shift?

19:34 – 5 steps to connect to a desirable outcome

19:48 – Attracting Quantum Possibilities: Find step-by-step guide HERE

19:54 – Step 1: Define Your Desire

25:31 – Step 2: Feel The Possibility

27:38 – Step 3: Catching The Feeling

31:34 – Step 4: Release Doubt & Toxicity

33:22 – Examples of negative self-talk

33:45 – How do you disintegrate negative self-talk?

37:43 – What is QP?

41:16 – Step 5: Release The Timing

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How To Bulletproof Your Mind, Body & Finances: Part 2

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In tough times, it can be easy to let the darkness weigh us down…

but with the right tools and techniques, we can begin to alleviate the negative thoughts and shortcircuit our anxiety.

In today’s episode of A Higher Branch, I am joined by Auctioneer, Author, Public Speaker and the Founder of Real Estate Gym, Tom Panos. During this episode, Tom shares insight into areas of wealth and health as well as and his broad enate wisdom about how to view life.

We also discuss:

  • How to develop a resilient mindset
  • How to eliminate catastrophic thinking
  • How Tom managed his mindset through adversity
  • Bringing the future forward through manifestation; and
  • The moment Tom Panos left the crowd speechless at Upgrade Your Life 2020

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04:09 –Tom’s resilient mindset

07:21 – Covid Clarity

07:55 –Tom’s journey with adversity

09:32 – The Upgrade Your Life interview that wowed the crowd

16:40 – Adversity and emotion evidence-based techniques

18:41 – 3 mental techniques for resilience

22:39 – How to eliminate catastrophic thinking

26:18 – What Tom did in his darkest days

27:10 – Bringing the future forward through manifestation

27:30 – The placebo effect

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How To Bulletproof Your Mind, Body & Finances: Part 1

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In tough times, it can be easy to let the darkness weigh us down…

but with the right tools and techniques, we can begin to alleviate the negative thoughts and shortcircuit our anxiety.

In today’s episode of A Higher Branch, I am joined by Auctioneer, Author, Public Speaker and the Founder of Real Estate Gym, Tom Panos. During this episode, Tom shares insight into areas of wealth and health as well as and his broad enate wisdom about how to view life.

We also discuss:

  • How to develop a resilient mindset
  • How to eliminate catastrophic thinking
  • How Tom managed his mindset through adversity
  • Bringing the future forward through manifestation; and
  • The moment Tom Panos left the crowd speechless at Upgrade Your Life 2020

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04:09 –Tom’s resilient mindset

07:21 – Covid Clarity

07:55 –Tom’s journey with adversity

09:32 – The Upgrade Your Life interview that wowed the crowd

16:40 – Adversity and emotion evidence-based techniques

18:41 – 3 mental techniques for resilience

22:39 – How to eliminate catastrophic thinking

26:18 – What Tom in his darkest days

27:10 – Bringing the future forward through manifestation

27:30 – The placebo effect

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The Power of Meditation in Conquering Your Limiting Beliefs

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Limiting beliefs can cause roadblocks in our jobs, relationships, and health goals. But how do we begin to overcome them?

On this week’s episode of A Higher Branch, host Sam Makhoul is joined once again with our faculty meditation and mindfulness coach Tom Sullivan. Tom shares with us how to reprogram our subconscious through Meditation to reframe our relationship with negative thoughts.

This discussion gives us a front-row seat into Tom’s craft and shares with us a guided meditation that you can do anywhere, anytime.

During this episode, Tom and Sam discuss:

•The desire for Meditation

•The physical benefits of Meditation

•Why Meditation is fitness for the mind & soul

•Sam’s unmissable 3 Daily Rituals & 4 energies; and

•The Circle of Conscious Living

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3:34 – What are negative beliefs

7:14 – How to reprogram our subconscious through Meditation

9:28 – How to reframe your relationship with your thoughts

15:00 – What does it mean to live your best life

20:00 – The strategy for a successful practice

23:17 -What is a Gratitude Practice

23:44 – How to find your why to practice Meditation

25:21 – Why form is important in Meditation

26:50 – Why we should surrender to Meditation

27:30 – The physical benefits of Meditation

36:30 – Why Meditation is fitness for the mind and soul

38:03 – 3 Daily Rituals; Movement, Meditation & Journaling

39:59 – 4 Energies; Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual

45:16 – The Circle of Conscious Living

48:03 – A short guided Meditation

55:58 – Upgrade Your Life 2022

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Why You Need To Slow Down, Reset & Recharge

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Are you addicted to fast-paced living?

Usually, when we get stuck in roadrunner mode, we ultimately pay the price mentally and physically: We usually don’t stop until we drop!

On Today’s episode of A Higher Branch, I am joined by Best Selling Author, Broadcaster, TED Speaker and the godfather of slow, Mr Carl Honoré.

Carl shares with us the importance of taking the time to smell the roses and slowing down in a world that is obsessed with living life at high speed!

The pair also discuss:

  • The importance of human connection
  • How to eliminate stress
  • The benefits of saying ‘No’; and
  • Carls top techniques to slowing down!

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04:10 –The importance of Social Connections

07:55 – How Covid-19 impacted the slow movement

09:35 –The pandemic was an opportunity to hit the reset button

12:30 – Speed = Stress = Phycological problems

15:55 – Sometimes, it is as simple as slowing down

19:30 – Carl’s “30 days to slow” workbook HERE

20:40 – The ‘Not-To-Do list.’

27:00 – Energy is our #1 currency

29:10 – When to say ‘No.’

34:20 – A bit more about Carl!

36:15 – Ways we can slow down

40:00 –Join Carls Facebook group HERE

41:55 – Engaging in slow activities

42:55 – Upgrade Your Life 2022!

43:20 – Anxiety is in the air!

45:55 – Carl shares a story!

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How To Handle Criticism

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If you want to live a big, bold life, where you show up and live the way you want, then the truth is that someone along the way will criticize you!

In today’s episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul is joined by Kasey Edwards, best-selling author of “Raising Girls who Like Themselves”.

Kasey shares her strategies for accepting criticism across all forms of relationships; From your workplace, family members and significant others.

We also discuss:

  • Some feedback from their last episode
  • How not all criticism is bad
  • The fear of criticism
  • The ‘friendship fire’; and
  • The top tips for giving constructive feedback

Tune in to hear Kasey’s three strategies for accepting criticism!

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00:50 – Addressing on controversial feedback from our last episode

02:05 – Parents need to be brave

04:57 – Why teenage girls feel like they cannot say “No.”

07:55 – Criticism is inevitable

11:30 – 3 strategies for accepting criticism

13:30 – Making choices based on the criticism criteria

20:55 – Think like a billionaire mindset

21:21 – The fear of criticism

22:50 – Handling criticism from family members

24:55 – Criticism in the workplace

27:25 – Criticism in relationships/couples

30:05 – 3 tips for giving constructive feedback

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Why We Get Distracted: With Jim Kwik Part 2

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On this week’s episode of A Higher Branch, we have dropped part 2 of our exclusive interview with Best-Selling Author, Brain Coach and International Speaker Jim Kwik!

During this episode, you will experience:

  • A Q&A session with Jim Kwik
  • The truth behind WHY we get distracted
  • How kids think when it comes to learning; and
  • The ultimate hack to reading!

Tune in to hear the ONE piece of advice Jim Kwik would give himself if he could go back in time…

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00:25 – Find our Instagram HERE

00:30 – Watch the full interview HERE

01:35 – Q&A: An insight into how kids brains work

04:30 – Reframing a negative mindset

06:00 – Q&A: Creating purpose and motivation in learning

09:40 – An experience Jim had in Silicon Valley

11:00 – Teaching kids to embrace challenges in learning

12:55 – If Jim Kwik could go back and give himself ONE piece of advice…

15:00 – Are you burnt out or not doing enough that lights you up?

15:40 – The biggest regret Jim hears from seniors

16:20 – Jim Kwik’s 2 tips effective reading

17:25 – Where does distraction come from?

19:00 – Always staying curious

20:30 – Find Jim Kwiks book HERE

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The 7 Lies To Learning With Jim Kwik: Part 1

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In an ever-growing world where information is flowing faster than the speed of thought, our ability to expand the capacity of our mind is now essential!

On Today’s episode of A Higher Branch, we share with you part 1 of a two-part series with bestselling author, brain coach and international speaker Jim Kwik, who shares with us how to tap into that limitless potential of our mind.

Jim tells us that being limitless is not about being perfect but is the essence of advancing and progressing beyond what we believe is possible.

In this episode, Jim teaches us:

  • The 4 super villains that limit our brains
  • The 3 M’s model
  • The 7 lies to learning
  • The formula for sustaining motivation; &

So Much More…

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02:10 – The survival of the smartest

03:00 – Jim Kwiks book can be found HERE

04:40 – The 4 super villains that limit our brains

09:40 – Jim’s courses can be found HERE

11:20 – Jim’s model of the three M’s

15:00 – The 7 lies to learning

17:15 – Jim’s formula for sustaining motivation

26:45 – We learn our limits; we are not born with them

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How To Get The Best Sleep: Essential Tips From All Our Experts

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How is your sleep? Really. Do you know?

Today, we take a journey back through some past episodes and share with you all the best bits when it comes to sleep!

We provide you with tips, tricks and vital information from many thought leaders on improving your sleep hygiene.

We also dive into:

  • The genetics behind sleep
  • How sleep impacts face aging!
  • Sleeps role in decimating anxiety; &
  • How poor sleep hygiene impacts your memory.

Tune in today & find out exactly WHY our sleep should be a non-negotiable…

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00:20 – Sleeps impact on all areas of life

04:45 – How to get a good nights sleep: E45 Luke Khoury

09:45 – The Ayurvedic take on sleep: E1 Mark Bunn

22:05 – The genetics behind sleep: E6 Alessandra Edwards

35:10 – The role sleep plays in face aging: E49 Dr Joseph Hkeik

37:00 – How 2020 helped us slow down: E68 Sam Makhoul

41:40 – The 5:00 AM club is NOT for everyone!: E70 Sam Makhoul

44:05 – Sleeps impact on the brain: E80 Dr Mark Williams

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Raising Girls Who Like Themselves

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As parents, we have the power to lay a foundation of confidence, strength and perspective for our children- But where do we start?

On Today’s episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul is joined by a passionate champion for girls and women and best-selling author Kasey Edwards.

Kasey educates us on raising girls who are confident in a world that tells them they are flawed and explains how generations of parenting methods have impacted girls’ self-esteem today.

The pair also discuss:
  • The cycle of self-doubt in girls
  • Educating girls on body autonomy
  • The power play affecting young girls today
  • Why we need to cut back on the ‘Beauty’ comments; and
  • Creating a good relationship between food, exercise and girls!

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01:12 – About Kasey Edwards

03:25 – The Tree of Family

05:30 – The motivation behind Kasey’s recent book

07:24 – The cycle of self-doubt among girls

10:50 – Monitoring bad behaviour without creating social pressures

12:25 – Raising girls that know they own their bod

13:18 – When to step in on your child’s decision

14:30 – The power play affecting young girls today

18:10 – Practices parents can implement right now

21:10 – Creating safe boundaries

23:48 – Buy Kasey’s book HERE

24:35 – Why we need to cut back on the ‘beauty’ comments

27:55 – Creating a healthy relationship between food and girls

31:05 – Keeping exercise focused on fun, not weight management

32:35 – Introducing sleep as a non-negotiable

36:04 – Let’s be realistic about screen time!

40:45 – The impact of all-round media on kids

46:00 – The difference between stone and seed parenting

48:20 – Navigating the world of homework with kids!

49:40 – Where do kids obtain work ethic?

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How To Become More Likeable?

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On Today’s episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul reveals the second question preoccupying everyone’s mind, and that is: How Do I Become More Likeable?

During the episode, Sam shares his top tips for becoming more likeable and creating a stronger connection within our relationships and initial interactions.

He also unpacks:

  • How likeability is not entirely up to you
  • Who are the people that matter most in your life?
  • The power of a smile; and
  • The George Costanza rule (Yes, George from Seinfeld!)

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02:35 – A Higher Branch Framework

04:54 – The George Costanza rule

07:02 – Your likability is not entirely up to you

08:32 – The 2 things Sam Makhoul wants you to remember

10:32 – Who are the people that matter most in your life?

12:42 – Learn how to become more likable

18:42 – The rule to being liked that people DON’T want to talk about…

21:15 – Why energetic people are more attractive

23:32 – Find Dr Guy Winch’s article HERE

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How To Make More Money?

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The research has been done, and the results are in!

We now hold the four questions preoccupying most people’s minds…

Today, on A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul reveals the answer to the FIRST question: How Do I Make More Money?

Wealth unlocks a fundamental need for freedom, and in this episode, Sam unpacks two key rules and four investment vehicles that allow you to step closer to this financial freedom.

Sam also discusses:

  • What does wealth really mean?
  • The biggest mistake people make when acquiring wealth
  • The ratio of money and time; and
  • The human desire for money and material wealth

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00.50 – The fundamental need for Freedom

01:55 – What does wealth really mean?

03:20 – The human desire for money and material wealth

05:35 – The principles to defining your wealth

07:40 – Sam Makhoul’s #1 rule to making more money

13:30 – The role of money

17:06 – The biggest mistake people make when it comes to wealth

18:55 – The more you spend, the more you need to make

20:45 – Have a think about these scenarios

24:15 – Sam Makhoul’s #2 rule to making more money

24:55 – The importance of investing in yourself

26:35 – Investing in your business

28:00 – Investing in other people’s businesses

28:50 – How Sam Makhoul Invests on the stock market

31:50 – Investing in real estate

34:25 – Find out next week’s episode

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What Is Your Body Language Saying About You?

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Our body language is the window into what’s going on mentally and emotionally within.

In today’s episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul is joined by leading body language and speech expert Michael Kelly to shine some light on the art of successful and engaging interactions.

Michael holds a Master of Science degree in speech pathology and has worked in this domain for over 20 years as a leadership communication trainer and media commentator.

During this episode, we discuss:

  • The do’s and don’ts to body language
  • How to stay fully present in a face to face conversation
  • How to interpret others body language
  • The impressions your professional appearance may be having; and
  • Should you hug a client?

Tune in today to find out what Michael says is the best way to make a great first impression!

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00:20 – A bit about Michael Kelly

02:43 – The biggest mistake people make in their body language

03:54 – How to make a good first impression

05:03 – How to stay present

06:15 – Communicating with your team vs a client

07:20 – How we can practice staying present

08:40 – How important is body language in business?

09:37 – How to interpret others body language

12:33 – Is communicating a natural talent?

16:05 – The importance of facial expressions in body language

17:04 – How impressions are formed based on your outfit

22:24 – Body language signals of someone interested in you

23:40 – Post-Covid, will the handshake survive?

25:40 – Should you hug a client?

26:46 – The effects masks are having on our interactions

27:44 – A diffuser in managing conflict

30:20 – Find Michaels website HERE

30:40 – Michaels measuring cup technique

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How Lucy Jones Transformed Tragedy Into Purpose

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Today, our host Sam Makhoul is joined by inspirational guest Lucy Jones, the President of Neuroblastoma Australia.

Throughout this episode, we are given an insight into Lucy’s journey and how she has used her personal experience to create a better world for our future generations.

What is Neuroblastoma?

It is a complex solid tumour cancer that claims more lives of children under the age of 5 than any other cancer. The average age of diagnosis is just two years old, and there are no known reasons why this cancer occurs.

During this episode, we discuss:

  • How Neuroblastoma Australia came to be
  • How tragedy can impact all eight areas of life
  • Techniques for mental and emotional strength; and
  • How we can do our part in this community.

The donations received by Neuroblastoma Australia supports world-class Australian research into developing better, safer treatments to help fight against this number one toddler cancer.

We understand every individual’s financial situation is different; if you are in a position to contribute to Neuroblastoma, please find the donation link HERE.

Thank you for your compassion and support.

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00.19 – The tree of Charity

02:45 – What is Neuroblastoma?

04:35 – Sienna’s battle with Neuroblastoma

08:25 – The start of Neuroblastoma Australia

13:30 – What can we learn from the purity of young people

16:50 – Why we need to go looking for adventure; A lesson from Sienna

20:05 – How to create meaning from an adversity

27:30 – Learn more about Neuroblastoma Australia HERE

28:20 – Tragedy’s impact in the tree of health

35:20 – Tragedy’s impact in the tree of love

39:15 – Tragedy’s impact in the tree of friendship

42:38 – Lucy’s biggest takeaway

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How To Reconnect With Your Youth, Sense Of Wonder & Excitement For Life

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As we grow out of our youth, we tend to fall out of love with the magic around us.

We stop admiring our surroundings, wondering about them, and being mystified by them.

On the podcast today, Sam Makhoul is joined by writer, speaker, ritual maker and teacher Fabiana Fondevila. During this episode, we transcend into a different state of mind as we question our default state of happiness and natural curiosity for the world.

Fabiana shares her roadmap to reconnecting with the essence of wonder and shares with us some daily practices for cultivating nature.

The pair also dive into:

  • Fabiana’s journey to wonder
  • How wonder and awe affect us
  • The role of rituals in our lives
  • What human rewilding looks like at it’s best; and
  • A sneak peek into Fabiana’s workshops

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02:15 – Learn more about Fabiana HERE

03:50 – The doorway into Fabiana’s wonder journey

07:55 – The effects of wonder

10:50 – The effects of awe

11:55 – How to reconnect to wonder

18:20 – How do you cultivate nature?

25:30 – The role of rituals

28:40 – Find Fabiana’s book HERE

30:15 – Fabiana’s invitation to speak at upgrade your life 2022

32:10 – How we can cultivate wonder daily?

35:40 – Rewilding at its best

37:40 – Find out more about Fabiana’s workshops HERE

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How To Put Yourself First

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Are you on the merry-go-round, stuck doing what you don’t love, over and over again?

Today, we are sharing with you an episode from Ageing Fearlessly hosted by the talented Karen Sander. A podcast that aims to educate, motivate, and inspire you to live a vitally active life full of joy.

In this episode, Sam Makhoul and Barry Nicolaou share how to start putting yourself first in life.

Throughout the interview, the pair are posed with questions that unpack how to raise your vibration to ultimately tap into your higher self. The pair provide tips and techniques when it comes too:

  • Prioritising your time and energy
  • Living life to your full potential
  • Practising gratitude; and
  • Living life on your own terms.

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04:10 – An introduction to Barry Nicolaou

07:20 – An introduction to Sam Makhoul

12:00 – Prioritising your time and energy

16:00 – Ask yourself WHY

18:15 – How to be conscious of your energy

21:00 – How to be grateful

23:50 – The 5 S’s to living life to its potential

32:10 – How to live life on your own terms

39:25 – The best advice Sam Makhoul has ever received

44:30 – The best advice Barry Nicolaou has ever received

45:48 – A message from Pope Francais

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How To Be Smarter Than Artificial Intelligence

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Technology gives us so many new things that make life easier, but the confronting truth is that as our devices get smarter, they are actually making us dumber.

It’s man vs machine, and our ability to stay relevant is needed now more than ever before.

On the podcast today, Sam Makhoul is joined by Professor Mark Williams to uncover the importance underlying cognitive performance as we advance into an age where artificial intelligence is converging on human intelligence. The pair also unpack:

  • How to keep our minds and memories sharp
  • Tips for eliminating distractions
  • How memories are formed
  • Could socialising be the best brain exercise?; and
  • Managing that technology overload.

So the question is, will you stay ahead or be left behind?

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00.22 – The takeover of Artificial intelligence

01:45 – Learn more about Professor Mark Williams Here

04:45 – How are memories formed?

10:00 – The importance of exercising the brain

12:50 – How technology has taken our attention captive

18:05 – The artificial intelligence crossroad

23:35 – Technology is making us dumb

29:30 – How to keep our memories sharp

31:15 – Eliminating distractions

33:45 – The best way to be productive

35:30 – Some of the learnings in Professor Mark Williams course

37:40 – The importance of sleep

42:20 – Could socialising be the best brain exercise?

45:50 – How we interact, and it’s impacts

50:50 – How to manage a tech overload

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How To Conquer Your Limiting Beliefs

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Beliefs are the operating system for our thoughts and feelings.

This is why it is no surprise that limiting our beliefs can cause roadblocks in our jobs, relationships and health goals.

In today’s episode, Sam Makhoul is once again joined by the fierce advocate of well-being, Barry Nicolaou. The pair educate and inspire us as they uncover the steps involved in breaking down our limiting beliefs and suspending our fear.

Throughout the discussion, Barry opens our eyes as he introduces the idea of creating a new reality when we enter a realm of possibility. The dynamic duo also taps into:

  • The two areas that kill beliefs
  • Learning from our fears and failures
  • How to reprogram the subconscious
  • The cognitive bias; and
  • How to live fearlessly

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2:00 – What is a belief?

6:50 – The beliefs that are holding you back

9:35 – How to overcome limiting beliefs

16:35 – The two areas that kill beliefs

18:00 – Suspending your fear

22:13 – Visualising fear as a downhill road

25:20 – Using your courage to move forward

26:24 – Learning from our fears and failures

30:20 – How to reprogram the subconscious

33:00 – The cognitive bias

35:15 – How fear has impacted millennials

37:05 – How to live fearlessly

41:00 – Is it wrong for a Buddhist to drive a Mercedes Benz?

43:05 – Learn more about Barry Nicolaou HERE

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The True Meaning Of Your Inner Voice

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One of the things we all have in common is that we have all experienced pain, whether it is physical or mental. So today on our podcast, we tap into the spiritual practice of Shamanism to discover the power of energy, communication and our inner voice when it comes to healing.

To help us navigate the Shamanic practice, Sam Makhoul is joined by Shamanic Wisdom expert, published writer and visionary, Heather Price. During this interview, Sam and Heather discuss:

  • The practice of Shamanism
  • Tips on how to create deeper connections with yourself
  • The true meaning of our inner voice (and the true power it has); and
  • How the power of shamanic practices can assist your healing process

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4:40 – Find out more about Heather Price here

4:50 – What is Shamanic?

6:20 – The role religion plays in Shamanism

7:55 – Acknowledging the influence of your genetics

9:35 – Heather Price’s terminology for the spirit

11:10 – The true meaning of your inner voice

13:35 – How to get in touch with your inner essence

19:30 – Implementing charity into your life

22:00 – How to create deeper connections with yourself

28:20 – How colours carry vibrations

32:00 – How your pain is there to expand your consciousness

35:40 – The power of shamanic practices in healing

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The Secret Ingredient To Building A Successful Business

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Fulfilment and belonging are two powerful elements of our fundamental needs, and ones we encounter every day, whether we are at home or work. And research has shown that when a workplace puts their employee’s happiness into primary focus, an individual becomes motivated loyalty and more productive than ever before.

So, this week Sam Makhoul is joined by psychologist, organisational consultant, and TED speaker Gil Winch, who shares the key ingredients to employee motivation and productivity. During this interview, Gil also provides insight into:

  • The factors that motivate employees
  • Tips on acing your recruitment process
  • The importance of business values
  • How hiring the underdog can benefit your business; and
  • Ways to gauge happiness within the workplace

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4:20 – Gil’s TED talkHow To Find Potential

5:00 – The motivation behind Gil’s business

18:25 – Why everyone experiences work-related emotional problems

22:10 – Why the world isn’t changing

24:10 – Check out Gil’s employer academy courses here

30:40 – What motivates employees?

35:05 – How to rethink your recruitment process

39:45 – How to get the best out of your screening process

49:40 – The importance of business values

54:20 – How to gauge happiness in the workplace

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How To Tap Into Your Psychic Abilities

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Spirituality is a sense of connection to something bigger than us and it opens up the idea for a whole new way of communication. And let’s be honest, we can all relate to having a gut feeling or a sense of knowing, but what if this feeling is actually us tuning in to our psychic abilities?
 
To help us navigate the topic of spirituality, Sam Makhoul sits down with internationally renowned psychic, medium and psychometry expert, Debbie Malone. During this episode, Debbie shines light on the connection between our inner spirit and our wellbeing.
 
She also dives deep into:
 
  • The different types of psychic gifts we all have within ourselves
  • How we can get in touch with our psychic abilities; and
  • How stress, anxiety and trauma can trigger our psychic feelings
Want to learn more about Debbie? Visit her website here.
 

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7:15 – Purchase Debbie Malone’s books here
 
7:35 – The connection between psychic readings and your wellbeing
 
13:10 – How spirits can pass on positive and negative energy through physical items
 
14:50 – The psychic abilities children can access
 
19:10 – The importance of creating memories and good energy
 
23:10 – Is technology making us less spiritual?
 
26:30 – How to get in touch with your spirituality
 
32:00 – The different types of psychic gifts
 
38:40 – Reconciling the grey area between psychic and religious spirituality
 
42:45 – The best way you can repel negative energy
 
46:00 – The third eye – what is it and what does it mean?
 

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How To Be A Great Leader

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Over time, organisations have become so competitive that they’ve forgotten how to be collaborative and a workforce staff are proud to be part of. And due to the pressure, workplace stress and anxiety have created complicated dynamics, especially surrounding leadership.

That’s why this week, A Higher Branch founder and podcast host, Sam Makhoul is joined by accredited facilitator and leadership expert Dr Tina Lambert to discuss the importance of effective leadership. During this episode, Dr Lambert and Sam also dive deep into:

  • The essential qualities of a strong leader
  • The mistakes we all make when it comes to leadership
  • How to create wellness programs in a workplace that make a difference; and
  • The importance of identifying values in the workplace

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4:20 – Why Leadership is important

5:40 – The biggest mistakes we make when it comes to leadership

10:30 – The most common leadership issues in the workplace

12:00 – Why you need to build a foundation of trust with colleagues

19:45 – How effective leadership can boost productivity

21:00 – The importance of identifying the values of your business

24:00 – How to create wellness in the workplace

28:10 – How humility and empathy can build a business’ success

34:00 – Tips on how to identify the type of leader you are

36:45 – Tips on building strong leadership skills

38:55 – Visit Dr Tina Lambert’s website here

46:45 – The essential qualities of great leaders

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The 7 Emotions Holding You Hostage Right Now

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On today’s episode, A Higher Branch founder and podcast host Sam Makhoul is joined by world-renowned human behaviour expert, Patrick Wanis to discuss the importance of our individual identity and how it affects our potential to achieve higher. During this interview, the pair also unravel:

  • The 7 emotions that hold us back from succeeding in all areas of life
  • The importance of being your authentic self
  • The difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion; and
  • The signs that you’re being controlled (and how to stop it)

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5:15 – How to uncover your unconscious identity

9:20 – The link between your identity and the eight areas of life

12:00 – Listen to our podcast with Dr Guy Winch: How To Fix A Broken Heart

13:30 – Visit Patrick Wanis’ website here

13:55 – The seven emotions that are holding you hostage

21:20 – The signs that you’re being controlled and how to stop it

28:40 – The importance of being your authentic self

32:25 – The difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion

34:35 – How to teach empathy and compassion

37:05 – How to help people be themselves around you?

46:50 – The Pygmalion effect

48:10 – A fixed mindset vs a growth mindset: what’s the difference

54:02 – The seven umbrellas of emotion stopping you from growing

59:20 – Listen to Patrick’s audiobook here

1:00:10 – Two techniques to neutralising your emotions

1:05:29 – How to become aware of peoples potential

 

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How To Turn Your Anxiety Into Strength

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Anxiety is becoming increasingly common among households in Australia. In fact, one in three women and one in five men will experience an anxiety challenge in their lifetime – with these figures increasing annually.

In today’s episode of A Higher Branch, founder Sam Makhoul is joined by wellbeing expert, educator and author Dr Jodi Richardson to discuss what is anxiety, how anxiety affects us differently and how we can turn anxiety into strength and resilience. During this interview, the pair also cover the important topics of:

  • How to recognising your anxiety
  • The different types of anxiety
  • The difference between stress, fear and anxiety
  • How anxiety stops you from living your best life
  • Self-help practices that help you feel at ease; and
  • How you can start the conversation about anxiety with family and friends

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2:30 – The difference between stress and anxiety

8:30 – The difference between fear and anxiety

9:30 – How to recognise your anxiety

13:49 – Is practising acceptance the antidote to anxiety?

17:57 – How to move forward when you feel anxious

22:05 – The different types of anxiety

29:15 – How the ‘I want it now’ mentality is affecting us

36:00 – Self-help practices that can aid your anxiety

38:05 – The power exercise has on your anxiety

48:35 – Visit Dr Jodi Richardson’s website here

55:00 – How to start the conversation surrounding anxiety

 

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How To Fix A Broken Heart

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We have all experienced heartache in our lives, but how it feels and how we react to it is different for each of us. But one thing that is common, is that the loss of love can devour us, and the heartbreak can be all-consuming.
 
On today’s episode of A Higher Branch, founder and host Sam Makhoul is joined yet again by world-renowned psychologist, author and TED speaker Dr Guy Winch to unpack the truths surrounding heartbreak. Dr Guy Winch has two published books surrounding the topics of practising emotional first aid and today tackles Sam’s questions about the impact heartbreak has on us as individuals.
 
During this interview, Dr Guy Winch provides you with the tools and techniques on how to begin the healing process, while also sharing his insight into:
 
  • Why we act out when going through a breakup
  • The difference between loving someone and being IN LOVE with someone
  • Why reinvesting in yourself is important; and
  • The signs of a toxic relationship

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4:25 – Listen to Dr Guy Winch’s podcast Dear Therapist
 
10:40 – The affects heartbreak has on your brain
 
16:15 – Why you should never solely focus on the tree of love
 
20:45 – How to heal from a broken heart
 
23:10 – What not to do following a breakup
 
26:10 – The difference between LOVING someone and being IN LOVE with someone
 
29:15 – The steps to self-healing after a breakup
 
31:30 – Why you are attached to positive memories
 
33:35 – How to reclaim your identity following a breakup
 
39:35 – The best way to love yourself
 
41:40 – How to know when your relationship is coming to an end
 
42:40 – Signs you’re in a toxic relationship
 

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The #1 New Year’s Resolution You Need To Make

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Journalling is the therapy you do not have to pay for. It is a powerful practice that allows you to become the true writer, director, and executive producer of your own life while providing you with clarity and control.

Following A Higher Branch’s fundamental pillars, Sam Makhoul shares how he uses journalling to climb higher in all eight areas of life while practising acceptance and gratitude; and how you can do it too. During this episode, Sam is reunited with health and wellness speaker, author and A Higher Branch faculty member, Mark Bunn to discuss:

  • The importance of journalling
  • The powerful (and most effective) journalling technique
  • The difference between goals and dreams; and
  • The value journalling can do for people doing it tough

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3:45 – The benefits of journalling

10:40 – Sam Makhoul’s journalling technique

17:50 – The five-step journalling pattern for success

20:35 – The difference between goals and dreams

26:55 – Life blending technique

30.00 – How to bookend your day with journalling

35:35 – How journalling can help people who are doing it tough

Listen to Sam and Mark’s previous podcast here

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8 New Rules To Help You Succeed in 2021

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Here at A Higher Branch, our framework teaches us that learning empowers us to try new things and reach for new goals because when we learn, we grow. And today, our founder Sam Makhoul brings in the new year with eight crucial rules each of us needs to live by in 2021 to reach new heights in all areas of our lives.

Get comfortable and tune in to the very first episode of A Higher Branch for 2021.

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1:30 – The difference between what to become vs what to achieve

2:45 – Rule 1: why you shouldn’t dump your past

3:35 – Rule 2: becoming your own hero

4:50 – Rule 3: learning the 40% rule

13:10 – Rule 4: eliminating diet and exercise fads

14:35 – Rule 5: why sleeping is more important than ever before

16:45 – Rule 6: removing toxic people from your life

17:20 – Rule 7: why being generous, polite, punctual and impeccable is important

18:05 – Rule 8: how to dedicate your life to learning and growth

20:35 – Why our brains slow down

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How To Build A Strong Family Bond

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It’s the time of year where families come together to share food, laughs and ultimately build memories. In this episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul shares practical tips on how you can build a strong family bond over the festive season.

During this episode, he also touches on:

  • The importance of family
  • Why greetings are crucial to building relationships
  • Why having fun is important
  • Quick (and cost-saving) ways to have fun with your family

When we come together as a family, especially at Christmas, it is an opportunity to exercise our deepest connection with the people using the art of conversation and activities. So, give this episode a listen today because it will certainly place the importance of family into perspective and position you perfectly for a big week ahead.

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1:30 – The importance of family

3:35 – Why greetings and goodbyes are crucial to building relationships

6:30 – The rules behind greetings and goodbyes

8:20 – Why family rituals are import

11:55 – 17 practical tips on how to bond with your children

15:05 – The importance of having fun

17:00 – What kills fun?

20:00 – Quick and easy ways to have fun

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Top Learnings From 2020

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2020 taught us lessons that will shape the way we grow and excel in the year to come. It taught us resilience, the power of saying “no” and how to reconnect with our loved ones.

So in today’s episode, Sam Makhoul flies’ solo to discuss with you the biggest lessons learnt this year, as well as two crucial topics to ensure you are well equipped for 2021. He also explains why we are all obsessed with focusing on things we cannot control and the importance of practising acceptance in our everyday life.

2020 has been a big year for all of us, but there are certainly some great learning we can all take from it. So, give this week’s podcast a listen today.

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1:20 – How our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health is impacted by the moments we control

5:35 – The most important learnings of 2020

5:50 – First learning of 2020 – Mental and emotional well being

Listen to Dr Guy Winch’s episode on How To Be Emotionally Stronger During This Pandemic.

7:20 – Second learning – Dangers of digital and social media

9:20 – Third learning – Resilience is an important quality

Listen to Stacey Copas’ episode How To Build Resilience And Overcome Adversity.

10:33 – Fourth learning – The importance of sleep / How fixing sleep can help your anxiety

Listen to Alessandra Edwards’ episode on How To Reset Your Body Clock For Rejuvenating Sleep.

15:10 – Fifth learning – How more time at home leads to better relationships

22:00 – Sixth learning – Connection and communication is critical

Listen to Melissa Ferrari’s episode on How To Reconnect With Your Partner.

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Is Your Grocery Shop Damaging Your Health?

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Despite having access to more information than we have ever had before, many of us are still not taking the extra steps to really find out what we are consuming and its impact it has on our bodies and our planet.

So today, Sam Makhoul is joined by educator, change activist, columnist, speaker and founder of Low Tox Life, Alexx Stuart to educate and inspire each of us on how we can live a Low Tox Life.

With the passion to help people make better choices for their health and our planet, Alexx joins Sam to discuss:

  • The everyday products that contain high toxicity level
  • How healthy food can in fact be unhealthy
  • The foods that act as the best natural medicine option
  • Tips on how you can become aware of the toxins you are exposing yourself to

Want to learn more about Alexx Stuart? You can visit her website here.

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10:45 – How to make a change to your lifestyle

14:50 – The toxins you need to look out for

24:20 – The hidden toxins found in your food

33:50 – How toxins affect children’s development

40:20 – Why eating healthy doesn’t need to be expensive

43:15 – When healthy foods aren’t really healthy

54:40 – The most powerful foods that work as medicine

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How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

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When you woke up this morning, did you reach for your partner or your phone? Research has found that a confronting 90% of adults chose to reach for their devices – scary right?

In today’s episode, Sam Makhoul sits down with Dr Kristy Goodwin to gain insight and speak transparently on the relationship between digital consumption and our wellbeing. Dr Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital parenting educators, researcher and author of Raising your Child in a Digital World.

During this interview, the pair discuss the problematic dynamics of raising children in a digitally consumed world and share tools and techniques on how to conquer our media monsters and slaves to the screens. Dr Goodwin also gives us insight into:

  • Her powerful four pillars for digital wellbeing
  • How digital has changed how we parent
  • How much screen time is too much
  • The importance of creating digital boundaries
  • The three Bs to follow when it comes to digital

Want to learn more about Dr Kristy Goodwin? You can visit her website here.

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3:15 – Why digital technology is not all negative

12:22 – The addictive nature of digital and social media

16:10 – Four pillars for digital wellbeing and techniques to resist phone temptation

24:05 – Digi dementia – what is it and do you have it?

28:05 – How to raise children in a digitally focused world

37:10 – How parenting changed in the last 10 years

38:58 – How we can regain control and become the pilot of our digital plane

41:42 – How to delay your child from entering the digital stream

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28 Tips To Achieving Greatness

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We live in a world where the pressure to be the best can sometimes overshadow our true thoughts and feelings. And in some cases, we find ourselves moulding into someone we fail to recognise.

So, to help you become the best version of yourself, Sam Makhoul reveals his 28 fast tips on how you can achieve greatness and success in all eight areas of life in this week’s podcast. This quick, snappy episode is one that shouldn’t be missed!

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How To Interpret Your Dreams

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We all dream; in fact, the average person has five dreams per night. But did you know that each dream consists of hidden messages developed by our thoughts and feelings?

In today’s episode, Sam Makhoul is joined by dream analyst and dream therapist Jane Teresa Anderson. With an Honours degree in Zoology specialising in neurophysiology, Jane has been researching dreams for nearly 30 years and is an author of seven books focused on all things dreaming.

During this episode, Jane discusses ways we can better understand our dreams to uncover their true meaning, as well as how our fears navigate the nightmares we experience and tips on how you can overcome them.

Want to learn more about Jane? Visit her website here. Do you wish to purchase Jane’s new book? Simply click this link.

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5:20 – The reason we dream

7:40 – The meaning about death or loss dreams

13.10 – Why we dream about cheating

15:30 – What are nightmares and how to stop them

21:05 – The cause of sleep paralysis

27:40 – How the fast pace world is affecting our dreams

28:22 – Learn how to understand your dreams

37:15 – Why individuals have sexual dreams

39:05 – Do babies dream?

40:10 – Why its important to understand our dreams

Want to learn more about Jane? Visit her website .

How To Slow Down In All Areas Of Life

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Do you ever feel like you just run around in circles, trying to tick items off your to-do list and never have a moment to yourself? Many of us try and achieve as much as possible in our days; leaving us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

This week, Sam Makhoul is joined by A Higher Branch faculty member and the voice of the slow movement, Carl Honoré who shares his top tips on slowing down in all areas of our lives. During this episode the pair also deep dive into:

  • The true benefits of slowing down
  • The power of moments of silence
  • The impact a fast world has on our children’s development
  • How COVID-19 has been the life reset we all needed

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2:33 – What living in the fast lane does to our health

7:50 – How our relationship with time changed since covid

14:41 – The impact digital media has had on our outlook on life

20:00 – How to find the right balance of social media and offline time

23:54 – The impact technology is having on children

31:56 – How to control technology use in your home

40:28 – How slowly down allows you to be present

42:30 – Watch Carl at Upgrade Your Life 2020 here

47:27 – The signs that tell you to slow down

49:32 – Practical tips on how to slow down

Visit Carl’s website here.

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Pandemic To Purpose – Life Post COVID-19

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Over the years, Barry Nicolaou has taught thousands of individuals how to best utilise the immense power of their subconscious and how to succeed not only in the workplace but in their personal lives as well. This week, the wellbeing growth strategist, corporate coach and bestselling author joins Sam Makhoul to discuss how COVID-19 has changed our working lives for the better and how we can navigate life following the pandemic.

During this recording, Barry explains the importance of adapting to change and shares tips on how to look after your mind during uncertain times. The pair also dive deep into:

  • The impact COVID-19 has had on our mental health, family and working lives
  • How to remove yourself from matters you cannot control
  • The impact worry has on your success; and
  • Why searching for acceptance is limiting your ability to grow

You can visit Barry’s website here.

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5:48 – Learn about what you can and can’t control

7:35 – Is mainstream media robbing us of our purpose?

9:08 – The science behind creative visualisation

13:28 – How looking for the challenges allows you to succeed

17:33 – Five key takeaways for the science behind creative visualisation

17:51 – How seeking approval is limiting us

25:00 – Why worrying is worthless

30:41 – How to stop demanding life to be fair

38:32 – The illusion of security

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How Two Minutes Of Meditating Can Change Your Life

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Understanding yourself on a deep level provides you with the clarity you need to take on challenges, make decisions and work towards a brighter future. So this week, Sam Makhoul is joined by meditation and mindfulness coach Tom Sullivan, who shares his steps on how to reach the back of our minds.

During this episode, Tom and Sam discuss:

  • Tips on how to be present and live in the moment
  • How meditation allows you to take control over your mind
  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation
  • How to form successful habits with wellness
  • Tips to combat your ego to become still

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5:52 – The difference between mindfulness and meditation

10:18 – Why meditation is hard to stick to

15:02 – The one, two breathing cycle to help you remain calm

19:42 – The best place to meditate

23:53 – Guided or not guided meditation – what is best?

30:00 – What happens to our minds when we listen to sleeping apps

34:23 – The benefits of meditation

37:39 – Tips on how to remove negative thoughts

45:54 – Why our minds are so busy being consumed

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The Truth About Sex Droughts (And How To Overcome Them)

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When it comes to talking about sex, many people beat around the bush. But that isn’t the case for our faculty member and America’s most recognised female psychologist Dr Jenn Mann.

This week, Dr Mann joins Sam Makhoul on our podcast series to discuss sex droughts and how you can overcome them with your partner. During this episode, the pair also deep dive into:

  • The causes of cheating
  • The triggers towards a separation
  • How open relationships have become a trend amongst couples
  • The steps to building a great foundation for a relationship
  • The difference between making love, sex and f**king

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4:38 – The real reason people cheat

7:31 – The biggest challenge couples are facing at the moment

9:24 – The pressure release mechanisms for couples

10:54 – The rise of digital relationships

18:15 – How pornography can impact a couple’s intimacy levels

21:11 – The effects alcohol can have on a relationship

25:03 – How our obsession on the way we look affects our relationships

32:11 – The best sexual position for couples to connect emotionally

42:48 – The truth about sex droughts and how to overcome them

46:45 – Tips on navigating a separation

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How To Overcome Feeling Lost

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This week, Sam Makhoul hands the hosting microphone over to motivational speaker, fitness coach and successful business owner, Helen Uskovic. In this episode, Helen interviews Sam on what it takes to live consciously, how to feel empowered every day and most importantly, how to overcome failures and avoid feeling lost.

Sam also bares all and takes our listeners on his journey to self-acceptance and gratitude. During this recording, the pair discuss:

  • How Sam learnt how to overcome failures and rejection; and how you can too
  • How to feel empowered
  • How to tap into your feelings and allow yourself to grow
  • How to regain control of your life after feeling lost

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5:29 – The four, five, six system – and why you need to follow it

7:30 – How to develop a life strategy – the operating system

14:05 – Tips on how to work on yourself

20:05 – How to define your wealth

24:10 – Steps on how to prioritise each tree of life

37:24 – How to get the best sleep

39:50 – How to reach out for help when you need it

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How To Support Someone With Their Mental Health

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45% of Australians experience a mental illness in their lifetime and each day eight Australians take their own life after suffering from a mental health condition. With these alarming statistics continuing to rise; the need to reach out to those around us has never been more important.

But when it comes to offering support to someone, it can become a daunting experience. That’s why this week, mental health advocate, author and researcher Mark Bunn joins Sam Makhoul to share his easy to follow steps on how you can support someone suffering from mental illness.

From how to start the ‘are you okay’ conversation to tips on listening and providing advice; he covers it all.

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5:59 – How the pandemic has impacted our consciousness

13:06 – How COVID-19 has affected our mental health

17:07 – Is mental health awareness causing more damage?

20:54 – How to part the dark clouds on a daily basis

26:20 – Understanding the mental health spectrum

28:25 – How to ask someone if they’re okay (and feel comfortable about it)

34:17 – Listen to Mark’s podcast Ancient Wisdom For Modern Health

34:27 – The rise in conscious living

41:30 – How to accelerate your path to consciousness and happiness

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How To Protect Your Skin This Summer

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Did you know that more than 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer every year? And that one in three Australian’s are diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70?

In this episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul is joined by skin therapist, nutritional medicine practitioner and educator, Chiza Westcarr to talk all things skin health and skin care.

During this interview, Chiza shares the alarming reasoning why skin cancer diagnoses are prominent in Australia and the best ways to protect yourself and your family from the sun this summer.

She also deep dives into:

  • How the sun impacts the different layers of our skin
  • The sunscreen to use and the ones to avoid
  • How your diet helps produce energy for you to function

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1:46 – The importance of wearing sunscreen in Australia

4:24 – What sun exposure does to your skin and how it affects your ageing

5:27 – The difference between chemical and physical sunscreen

8:23 – What your skin regime should look like

13:42 – The layers of your skin and how the sun impacts it

16:03 – How to protect your skin during the day

17:12 – Why vitamin D is important for your skin health

21:32 – How your diet can produce energy

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The Correlation Between Gut And Skin Health

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This week, Sam Makhoul is joined again by skin therapist, nutritional medicine practitioner and educator, Chiza Westcarr to provide you with the latest research when it comes to gut health and how it is linked to our skin health and digestive system.

In this episode, the pair unravel the truth about the correlation between gut and skin health, and share tips on how you can improve the glow of your appearance by making changes to your diet and improving the bacteria in your gut.

During this episode, Sam and Chiza also discuss:

  • How alcohol affects your guts bacteria
  • The foods to avoid and the ones to eat to improve your gut and skin health
  • The true impact the vegan diet has on your overall health
  • How dairy is a major contributor to poor gut and skin health

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2:55 – The revolution of gut health

8:54 – The importance of skin health

11:27 – The correlation between diet, gut health and skin health

18:18 – Visit Chiza’s Glow Skin And Nutrition website

19:24 – How alcohol affects our gut bacteria

24:16 – How gut bacteria influences our sleep

33:07 – How your feelings drive your thoughts

34:42 – Foods that are good for gut bacteria

50:51 – Vegetables to avoid for gut health

1:04:16 – How the vegan diets impacts your overall health

1:06:16 – Tips to stopping bloating

1:10:15 – How dairy impacts our skin health and inflammation

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How To Say ‘NO’ Without Feeling Guilty

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Have you ever wanted to say no to plans but you were worried about what other people would think or say? What if we told you, you can now say no without having the guilt attached?

This week on our podcast, we teach you exactly that. In this episode, Sam Makhoul is joined by peak performance expert and DNA-enthusiast Alessandra Edwards, who teaches us how to say the magic word, ‘no’, minus the guilt.

She also deep dives into how saying no positively impacts our mental health, sleeping patterns and stress levels. This episode is not only powerful, but also insightful.

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9:24 – How we adapt to routine disruptions

13:22 – Lonely mouth syndrome – what is it?

23:20 – Tips on how to overcome lonely mouth syndrome (stress eating)

31:00 – How our brains change our memories and the meaning of memories

33:50 – Assessing our stress threshold

34:33 – How to increase our stress thresholds

40:36 – Learn how to say no without feeling guilty

47:47 – How saying no affects our health

50:29 – Tips on how to say no

54:28 – The importance of looking after your foundations

55:27 – The three herbs that will helps manage stress and anxiety

1:05:09 – The signs of RPB (Revenge Bedtime Procrastination)

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How To Use COVID-19 As An Opportunity To Grow

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For many of us, COVID-19 has put our lives on hold – whether it is at work, in our love lives, with our family or even with our education. But what if we looked at this global pandemic differently?

What if we used this time as an opportunity to grow – grow as individuals, grow in our careers, even grow in our relationships? This week, Sam Makhoul sits down with health and fitness expert, Rob Lyon to discuss how each of us can better utilise this period from a mental and physical health point of view.

From building on our current skillsets to investing in new ones, to taking the time to focus on our relationships with loved ones; he covers it all. Rob and Sam also deep dive into:

  • How our working lives have changed forever
  • How COVID-19 has made us fearful and anxious
  • The importance of creating a routine at home
  • How mental and physical health trumps intelligence (and why)

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6:33 – The challenges of working from home

7:18 – The four important areas of focus (health, skills, financial, community culture)

12:40 – Three morning rituals that set you up for success

14:25 – The best breakfast foods to eat for optimal energy

15:42 – How to resist your snacking temptations

18:12 – Busting the myth of effective task switching

21:18 – How to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to grow

26:26 – Tips on how to control work culture when working from home

29:57 – List of culture building exercises

32:18 – Why culture is important to productivity

37:19 – The blurred line between working from home and home life

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How To Reconnect With Your Partner

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Relationships fulfil one very important tree of our lives. But they also involve hard work to ensure it thrives and flourishes as time passes. So on the podcast this week, Sam Makhoul is joined by one of Australia’s most sought-after couple’s therapists, Melissa Ferrari.

With over 20 years’ experience in couples counselling and individual psychotherapy, Melissa has helped thousands of individuals and couples gain insight into their relationship problems and work towards maintaining and developing a loving relationship.

During this podcast, Sam and Melissa deep dive into how to reconnect with your partner and discuss:

  • How COVID-19 has affected relationships
  • Tips on reconnecting with your loved one
  • Why conflict can help your relationship grow
  • How to stop family members from meddling in your relationship
  • Why people cheat and the different formats of cheating

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5:20 – How COVID-19 has affected our relationships

12:25 – The biggest cause to conflict in a relationship

15:13 – How to reconnect with your partner

18:21 – How conflict avoidance affects relationships

21:35 – The tools you need to resolve conflict

26:36 – How to make good memories

29:22 – Why couples divorce

35:26 – How adult relationships mould our children’s future relationships

43:02 – The impact of family pressures

48:21 – Why people cheat in a relationship

54:18 – The signs for when couples should consider seeing a therapist

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How To Manage Your Fears

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The past six months has been a roller-coaster of a ride for many of us. Our emotions have been at an all-time high and fear has been injected into our everyday lives.

That’s why this week, I have invited Dr Amy Silver back onto the show to share her tips on how to manage our emotions and most importantly, fear. She is a psychologist, speaker, facilitator and a leading expert in safety mindsets and how we create them for our own wellbeing.

During this podcast, Amy and I discuss:

  • Emotions from the pandemic
  • Fear as an emotion
  • How fear is different for everyone
  • The relationship between fear and courage
  • How avoidance has become a numbing agent
  • The importance about emotional and wellbeing education
  • Why showing children our range of emotions is important
  • Why we can’t compare fears

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5:03 – The current environment in Melbourne

9:14 – How fear stops us achieving our goals

11:21 – How to reserve fear in six steps

18:00 – The difference between fear and courage

19:15 – How to separate fear from your decision making

23:58 – Micro examples of fear

27:54 – Evaluating your fears

33:00 – Different types of fears

42:10 – The numbing agent

50:40 – Is there a difference of fear between males and females

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Beauty & Ageing Series With Alex Pike: The True Power Of Self Love

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To wrap up our three-part Beauty & Ageing Series, we sit down with popular cosmetic injector Alex Pike who opens up about her time in the beauty and modelling industry.

During our interview, Alex reveals the the importance of self-love and self-acceptance, the impact social media has our mental health and advice for parents with teenagers struggling with self-acceptance.

We also discuss:

  • How beauty can help you feel empowered
  • Why it is okay to want to look good
  • How hydration, sleep, and a fresh food diet can brighten your appearance
  • Why Botox isn’t just a cover up but also a preventative
  • The emotional aspects of beauty

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8:40 – The influence social media has on our mental health

13:08 – The psychology behind cosmetic injections

15:02 – The ageing process

19:31 – Why we are afraid of ageing

24:04 – Advice to young teens battling self-esteem issues

24:25 – How to love yourself

29:30 – How skin becomes reliant on products

34:31 – The difference between dynamic and static wrinkles

41:52 – How to accept the ageing process

43:52 – How grief can speed up ageing

47:33 – The stereotypes between men and women ageing

49:02 – How to start loving yourself

54:24 – Advice to parents with young teenage daughters

1:04:40 – The power of meditation

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Beauty & Ageing Series With Maria Cocciolone: The Secrets To Perfect Skin

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There are hundreds of skincare products on the market. From moisturisers and toners, to cleansers and exfoliates, the list just goes on.

So, to help you choose the right products and regime for your skin, we sat down with O Cosmedics founder, Maria Cocciolone. With years of experience under her belt, Maria shares her recommended daily routine to ensure you preserve your skins youthfulness and natural beauty.

She also discusses:

  • The five major contributors to face ageing
  • How to slow down the face ageing process
  • Why your face sets your mood and success each
  • The products to use (and avoid) on the market

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6:29 – The true causes of face ageing

12:49 – The many facets to healthy skin

18:38 – Why understanding products on the market is important

21:46– The morning ritual you need to be doing

24:08 – The steps to acing your daily cleansing routine

25:15 – The importance of a good cleanser

26:01 – Why exfoliation is a must

28:09 – How to use correctors properly to secure skin health

31:04 – Finding the right hydrator

32:38 – The difference between men and women skin

37:04 – When you should start your daily skin care ritual

43:35 – How to kick start your beauty regime

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Beauty & Ageing Series With Dr Joseph Hkeik: How To Slow Down Face Ageing

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From Australian supermodel, Elle Macpherson to international model and actress, Emily Ratajkowski, Joseph Hkeik is truly the Aesthetic Skin Doctor to the stars. And this week, the renowned aesthetic physician sits down with Sam Makhoul to officially launch our three-week Beauty & Ageing Series.

In this week’s episode Dr Joseph addresses the stigma towards cosmetic surgery and discusses the emotional aspect of transformations. He also goes into detail about:

  • The true causes of face ageing
  • How you can slow down face ageing
  • The impact your face has on your emotions and mental state
  • Tips on taking care of your face
  • And how the face is a work of art

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3:39 – What is beauty?

5:43 – How our face and appearance affects our emotions and feelings

8:30 – The emotional aspect of a beauty transformation

9:26 – Dr Joseph’s biggest transformation experience

13:59 – The causes of face ageing

15:11 – Uncovering the layers of ageing

15:50 – How the Australian sun is affecting our ageing process

19:22 – The real reason we lose more fat from our face rather than the body

22:54 – The role stress plays on ageing

23:40 – How sleep impacts the appearance of our face

24:45 – The lifestyle factors to ageing and beauty

25:39 – The three pillars of skin health (skincare, nutrition and relaxation)

31:00 – Why maintenance of the skin is important

31:28 – How the face is the most important feature when it comes to attraction

37:45 – The extravagant looks – who’s to blame?

44:00 – Visit the All Saints Skin Clinic website here; you can also head to their Instagram page here.

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The Best Of The Best Podcasts (Anniversary Edition)

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This week is our podcast’s first-year anniversary and to celebrate we have decided to go back and revisit the best episodes, as voted by you, our listeners.

In this very special episode, Sam Makhoul discusses what he has learned from each podcast and reflects on how it has impacted his life.

And to add some extra sparkle to the celebrations, we make a very exciting announcement about what’s installed for A Higher Branch.

So, plug in, sit back and come on this exciting journey with us.

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1:14 – Our big announcement

8:54 – The next podcast series you cannot miss

13:18 – Lyn Megan Macpherson: How To Be In Control When You’re Out Of Control

Listen to Lyn’s episode here: https://bit.ly/30aT89b

15:39 – Rusty Moran: How To Accept The Fears That Hold You Back

Listen to Rusty’s episode here: https://bit.ly/2CT8YNf

19:29 – David Goggins: How To Find Fearlessness

Listen to David’s episode here: https://bit.ly/30dRMea

29:50 – Mark Bunn: The 5 Health Pillars Of Ayurvedic Medicine

Listen to David’s episode here: https://bit.ly/3fdKds6

32:24 – Mark Bunn: Is A Better LOVE-LIFE The Secret To Improving Men’s Health?

Listen to Mark’s episode here: https://bit.ly/39BZnpS

35:18 – Alessandra Edwards: How To Discover Your Genetic Type To Eat, Sleep, Move, And Think Better

Listen to Alessandra’s episode here: https://bit.ly/3jN8YyR

37:33 – Guy Winch: The Importance Of Emotional Healing

Listen to Guy’s episode here: https://bit.ly/3hK3e6U

41:01 – Dr Jenn Mann: Why Do People Cheat In A Relationship? Learn The Importance Of Making Love And Building A Connection

Listen to Jenn’s episode here: https://bit.ly/2P4qQHc 

44:15 – Joachim Herrmann: Is 5G Really That Harmful?

Listen to Joachim’s episode here: https://bit.ly/335R9Fe

47:57 – Tom Panos: How To Outperform Your Competitors

Listen to Tom’s episode here: https://bit.ly/2Pbs2bG

How To Regain Control Of Your Life During Uncertain Times

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The world we are currently living in is unpredictable. We don’t know what tomorrow, next week or next year will bring – making us feel like we’ve lost control of our everyday lives.
 On this week’s podcast, Sam Makhoul discusses how you can regain control of your life and shares tips on how to shift your focus towards the eight areas of life to ensure you get the best out of every day.
 During his interview with Logan Thorpe, Sam also discusses:
 

  • Why humans have the fundamental need to belong 
  • Tips on life blending 
  • The importance of developing a daily ritual 
  • Tips on journaling your way to success 
  • How to shift your mindset towards gratitude 

This interview was recorded and released by fitness expert, Logan Thorpe, who invited Sam onto his podcast as a special guest. Check out Logan’s Facebook page here -> https://bit.ly/2ZITEuX 

  TIMESTAMPS: 

 5:38 – The importance of fulfilling all eight areas of life 

 6:45 – Where humans get their life force from 

 12:30 – How to reach peak performance 

 16:20 –  The fundamental human need of belonging 

 20:36 – The importance of defining your wealth  

 23:22 – Why charity isn’t all about money 

 26:22 – Learn how to life blend 

 28:46 – The importance of enjoying work 

 35:21– The three steps to loving what you do 

 40:55 – The true meaning of charity 

 44:51 – How to start journaling  

 45:08 – Learn how to journal here -> https://bit.ly/2ZGLUK4  

53:18 –Two most important questions to ask yourself daily 

56:18 – The two imposters of life 

 57:00 – Listen to Luke Khoury’s podcast series here -> https://bit.ly/3eDxYVq  

 57:40 –  Shifting your mindset towards gratitude 

 01:00:00 – The story behind Upgrade Your Life

The Body Movement Series Episode 3 – How To Beat A Negative Mindset

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This week, we bring you our third and final episode from the Body Movement Series with sports chiropractor and exercise physiologist, Luke Khoury.
 
In our latest episode, Luke shares his tips on how to remove yourself from a negative state-of-mind, discusses the difference between emotions and feelings and how they can impact your overall mental and physical well-being.
 
Luke and Sam also deep dive into:
 
  • The importance of taking a holistic view towards injuries and pain
  • How to let go of pain
  • Tips on removing yourself from a negative mindset
  • Why working with people you trust is important to your recovery
  • And why stress is an important part of your life
 
Want to listen to episode one or two from our Body Movement Series? Listen here.
 
Want to learn more about Luke, visit his website.
 
TIMESTAMPS:
 
Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:
 
1:56 – How to take a holistic view towards pain
 
2:57 – Why you should never use the word fix
 
6:46 – How people become so connected to their pain
 
8:00 – The first step of letting go of pain
 
9:32 – Tips to build up a resilience towards chronic pain
 
Click here to read more information surrounding Cognitive Functional Therapy.
 
10:43 – How emotional health and muscular pain are interlinked
 
15:37 – Overview of the current health care system
 
16:53 – The difference between emotions and feelings
 
17:23 – How feelings and emotion affect your poster
 
19:10 – Tips on removing yourself from a negative headspace
 
22:04 – Why you need to bring consciousness into learning a new skill
 
27:58 – How to redefine yourself
 
29:09 – The importance of surrounding yourself with people you trust
 
29:58 – The stages of grief
 
31:42 – Why stress adaption is good for us
 
32:53 – The best moves that have been designed for the human body
 
40:21 – The difference between the perfect movement and the efficient movement
 
42:54 – Why you need to take micro breaks
 
45:26 – Luke shares his personal story
 
Visit Luke’s clinic here.
 

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The Body Movement Series Episode 2 – How To Get A Good Night Sleep

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Many of us experience interrupted sleep. We spend hours tossing and turning, waiting for our minds to shut off for the night.

That’s why in this week’s episode of our Body Movement Series, sports chiropractor, Luke Khoury shares the best sleep hygiene practices to help us relax and move into a deep sleep every night.

Sam and Luke also discuss:

  • Why sleep is important
  • How to regulate your Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
  • Why knee injuries are so prominent
  • How your emotions are affecting your posture
  • And the importance of understanding your body

Stay tuned for episode three next Friday. Subscribe to our mailing list on AHB website to receive the podcast straight to your inbox

Want to listen to episode one of our Body Movement Series? Listen here -> https://www.ahigherbranch.com/podcasts/

TIMESTAMPS:

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

1:13 – Tips to regulating your Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

2:42 – Why sleep is important

4:44 – Sleep hygiene: how to get the most out of your sleep

12:13 – What happens to your body when you don’t allow it to recover

17:00 – Listen to Alessandra’s podcast here: https://www.ahigherbranch.com/podcasts/

18:25 – The joints most common to injuries

24:15 – How emotions can stiffen your body

26:35 – Two contributors to retaining your shock absorption

31:38 – How emotions affect your posture

37:57 – Where to go for a physiological and biomechanical check

39:43 – Why the one-size fits all model doesn’t work

46:39 – The importance of knowing your body

The Body Movement Series Episode 1 – How You Can Prevent Body Pain

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The health and fitness industry is continuing to grow, as gyms and lifestyle education becomes more accessible.

So, we thought it was time to put the experts in the podcast hot seat and create a Body Movement Series to help you navigate through the noise surrounding exercise.

Over the next three weeks, sports chiropractor and accredited exercises physiologist Luke Khoury will sit down with Sam Makhoul to provide education on the dos and don’ts of exercise and what our body really needs and wants.

In the first episode of our three-part series, Luke discusses:

  • The true impact of high intensity exercise
  • Why walking is good for us
  • The reason we lose our balance once we turn 50
  • The true meaning of pain
  • How chronic pain is all in our heads
  • And the different types of breathing to help our heart rate

Stay tuned for episode two next Friday. Subscribe to our mailing list on AHB website to receive the podcast straight to your inbox

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

2:52 – Who is Luke Khoury

6:18 – Are the gyms doing more harm than good?

10:38 – Is high intensity exercise really worth it?

13:43 – Why walking is a great form of exercise

23:39 – Why balance programs are important for over 50-year-olds

24:08 – The two major reasons why people fall over

24:49 – Exercises to try at home to strengthen your feet

30:27 – What happens when we don’t train our feet correctly

36:52 – Exercises to do to strengthen your feet

38:31 – Learn how to open and close your toes

40:06 – The negative theory being flat footed

45:44 – Why the fitness industry needs to be regulated

47:14 – The definition of pain

49:08 – Is chronic pain all in your head?

51:03 – How to handle chronic pain

59:04 – Heart Rate Variability (HRV) – what is it and why is it a focus area?

1:00:44 – The different types of breathing

How To Accept The Fears That Hold You Back

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In this week’s podcast, I sit down with professional surfer Rusty Moran to discuss how he accepted his fears, overcame his childhood traumas and grew into a successful businessman after losing everything.

During our raw, insightful chat, Rusty discusses:

  • The meaning of the red, blue and grey mindset;
  • How his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder overshadowed his thoughts;
  • The daily rituals he performs to remain a high achiever;
  • Discovery of his strengths and weaknesses through genetic testing;
  • Shutting down the unnecessary noise of social media;
  • How tapping therapy allowed his to overcome a childhood trauma.

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

06.40 – How Rusty’s love for surfing began

08.24 – Identifying your red, glue and grey mindset

17.30 – The moment Rusty knew things had to change

20.50 – How Rusty identified his strengths and weaknesses through genetic testing

26.07 – The shift from property developer to surf school owner

33.30 – Rusty’s daily rituals

41.49 – How Rusty uses data to improve his personal life

51.30 – How to block out the unnecessary noise on social media

59.53 – What is tapping therapy and how it revealed Rusty’s childhood trauma

01.17.51 – How surfing can help veterans with PTSD and depression

Following our podcast recording, Rusty received some exciting news that his grant application for DVA funding has been approved. This will enable 70 veterans to begin an eight-week surf therapy program with a University study into the therapeutic benefits for those suffering PTSD and depression.If you are a veteran, researcher, PhD candidate, mental health worker or documentary film maker, Rusty would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with him on 0414 245 216 or on Facebook or Instagram at Gerringong Surf School.

Why Business Should Be Personal

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In this week’s episode, Sam sits down with Sam White, Executive Chairman of Loan Market, one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing retail mortgage brokerages. But this episode isn’t all about business; it’s personal.

The pair discuss the areas of life and in particular, work, learning and wealth. Sam White opens up about his family’s successful business – The Ray White Group – and how they have evolved and grown for over 100 years.

Sam unlocks his learnings on how you too can grow your business and much more;

  • How to blend life across the eight areas of life
  • How to cohesively work within a family owned business
  • Why reputation is more important than financials and capital value
  • Why business is personal
  • The key to being conscious and present
  • The number one tip on how to grow your business
  • The importance of life education
  • And how wealth is defined differently to everyone

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

02.08 – Who is Loan Market and The Ray White Group

05.26 – How to blend life across the eight tress of life

05.38 – How the White family have managed to cohesively work as a family unit over a 120 years

06.34 – The Loan Market values

07.38 – Why reputation is important

09.05 – His positioning on the Royal Commission

11.20 – Why business is personal

17.58 – How to balance life while living consciously

18.21 – The importance of technology for businesses

22.05 – When should brokers consider growing their business

28.53 – The number one tip to grow your business

32.50 – Self regulation in business

36.51 – His views towards #learning

41.16 – Definition of #wealth

44.34 – The life lessons he’s learnt

How To Stop Your Mind From Turning Against You

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Barry Nicolaou, who is a best-selling author of The 11 Master Secrets to Business Success and Personal Fulfilment, joins us again to talk about the placebo effect and the connection between the mind, body and spirit.

This week, he discusses what is going on in the world at the moment with the overwhelming amount of information about COVID-19 and how our mind is beginning to turn against us.

And while the mind can work against us, it can also work for us, using the intelligence within us to create the life of our dreams in all eight areas, rather than causing destruction to our mental and physical health.

In this weeks’ podcast, Barry and Sam discuss:

  • How the Placebo and Nocebo effect works
  • How we attract our beliefs
  • How to materialise what you visualise
  • Tips on turning negative thinking into positive thinking
  • How to teach children to use their creative imagination to believe

To listen to Barry’s previous podcast which was one of our top podcast for 2019; How to Stop Self-Sabotage and Achieve Personal Fulfilment, visit https://www.ahigherbranch.com/podcasts/

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

3.41 – The placebo affect

4.41 – The mind working against us

5.21 – The mind body connection

6.20 – The power of the subconscious thought

7.10 – What is the placebo affect?

9.48 – The power of the mind to heal

12.12 – The power of belief

14.40 – The power of meditation and visualisation to improve our health

19.15 – The subconscious mind

23.18 – How we attract our beliefs

25.00 – The COMT gene

27.00 – Spiritual effect and well-being

32.23 – How can we use the placebo effect in all 8 Areas of Life

33.19 – The tree of #Love & #Relationships and the placebo affect

41.07- How you can materialise what you visualise with the power of the mind

47.29 – Celebrating differences in relationships

53.10 – Turning negative thinking into positivity

55.00 ­- Wanting what you want to have happen for it to actually happen / The Desire

58.50 – Energy to believe that things are possible

1.04.00 – #Family and #Parenting and teaching children to use their creative imagination to believe

1.07.07 – Creative visualisation imagination and desire

1.18.00 – The silver-lining to COVID-19

How Coronavirus Can Positively Impact Your Life

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Remember what life was like before coronavirus? It was busy; we were always in a rush and felt exhausted as we tried to achieve everything and anything while neglecting those closest to us.

But since COVID-19 took the world hostage (as some may say), we’ve been forced to reassess our lives – in a positive way. Whether it is our family life, love life or work life, our lives have slowed down and our priorities have shifted.

We are spending more time with our family and loved ones; we are working more effectively and spending time learning new skills. But most importantly, we are sleeping more, eating better and looking after our health after months, even years of neglect.

So, can coronavirus positively help our well-being?

In this weeks’ podcast, Sam discusses:

  • Our idea of a “normal” life before and after coronavirus
  • How the virus can positively impact our trees of life – health, love, family, work, learning, wealth
  • Tips on rebuilding your business following the pandemic

For more information on Sam and A Higher Branch, visit our website.

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

0.36 – What is normal?

3.34 – The three pillars of health during coronavirus (exercise, nutrition, sleep)

5.58 – How coronavirus can positively impact your life

6.53 – The tree of love during coronavirus

9.30 – The strengthening of your family unit during lockdown

12.15 – How your tree of work has changed forever

16.08 – How to rebuild your business after coronavirus

22.23 – Where your wealth comes from

23.46 – The tree of friendship during COVID-19

28.08 – The evolution of the tree of learning during the health crisis

33.35 – Why coronavirus has been a gift for our well-being

The Secrets To Being Successful

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In this week’s podcast, we’ve decided to do things a little different.

This week, speaker and author Mark Bunn interviews our founder, Sam Makhoul for his renowned podcast, Ancient Wisdom And Modern Health to discuss our mission and beliefs at A Higher Branch.

During their chat, Sam shares his tips on how you can get the most out of yourself to become healthy and successful, both personally and professionally.

Sam shares with Mark his comments surrounding:

  • The types of energy and how it’s produced
  • The eight trees of life
  • The secrets to building a successful business and career
  • How journaling can improve your mental state
  • Why you should live a conscious life
  • Why sleep is important
  • The four s’ that help you thrive at home and work

For more information on Mark, his podcast and opportunities, check out his website.

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

4.02 – How do you get energy and the time to do all the amazing things you do in life?

4.10 – Why energy is the number one currency

4.47 – How to boost your energy levels

7.17 – An introduction into the eight trees of life (health, love, family, work, friendship, learning, wealth and charity)

7.55 – Click here to watch David Goggins react to Sam’s life defining moments -> https://bit.ly/2XAGD4e

9.29 – How the tree of Health comes to life

10.14 – The tree of love

10.27 – The tree of family

11.17 – The tree of work

12.08 – The tree of friendship

14.37 – The tree of learning

15.31 – The tree of wealth

15.59 – How do define your wealth

22.07 – Why making business personal helps build success

23.42 – The false economy we’re living

29.56 – How to journal

33.23 – The circle of conscious living

36.48 – The meaning of situational gratitude

41.43 – What your staff actually want and what can your company should give them

44.47 – The importance of responsible service of workload (RSW)

48.09 – Why sleep is important

49.03 – The four s’s (sunshine, socialising, sleep and sex)

54.57 – How you can bring to your eight trees of life together

Want to catch up on Mark’s talk from our 2020 Upgrade Your Life event? Watch it here -> https://youtu.be/e1r6KF5uvLo

Learn The 4 Digital Villains Damaging Your Intelligence

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Digital consumption takes up a large portion of our lives.

And with many of us staying home and isolating due to COVID-19, we are finding ourselves locked to screens for hours at a time.

While we believe social media and internet browsing is keeping us entertained, now is the time to start thinking about the damage are we actually inflicting on ourselves, and most importantly, our brains?

In conjunction with his latest book release, Limitless, brain coach, Jim Kwik joins Sam in a webinar to talk about the digital villains that are affecting our brains and how they’re impacting our ability to learn and grow.

In this podcast, Jim talks about:

  • The four digital super villains
  • The meaning of limitless and how to bring the method to life
  • How to uncover your S3s (small simple steps) to get the most out of your learning
  • Identifying the four ‘Is’
  • How to help children learn during these unusual times by using the limitless method

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

4.20 – Identifying the four digital super villains (digital deluge, digital distraction, digital dementia, digital deduction)

5.08 – Digital deluge

6.09 – Digital distraction

6.28 – Digital dementia

8.13 – Digital deduction

9.54 – Training tools to help build the learning skills of teenagers

12.20 – How to bring the model to life and overcome your weakness

12.47 – Introduction the three Ms (mindset, method, motivation)

14.09 – Mindset

14.53 – Method

15.38 – Motivation

15.55 – The learning of LIES (limited ideas entertained)

18.29 – How to uncover your S3s to improve your learning

26.35 – The three Is (inspiration, ideation, implementation)

33.44 – How parents can best interact with their children

40.51 – How to guide children to finding their purpose and motivation at school

Is 5G Really That Harmful?

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Sam meets again with building biologist and author, Joachim Herrmann. Joachim is a faculty member of a Higher Branch and an expert thought leader who spoke at our annual event, Upgrade Your Life 2019.

In our previous two podcasts with Joachim, he teaches us how to eliminate all the invisible stressors on the body so your natural state can shine through and what the impacts of exposure to mouldy environments have on your health.

In this episode, Joachim and Sam talk about the science behind 5G, what you can do to protect yourself and the conspiracy theories.

Joachim will also take you through:

  • Science behind 5G
  • What are the benefits
  • The conspiracy theories
  • When is Bluetooth at its strongest
  • How people can disconnect and protect
  • How you can minimise your exposure and protect yourself

Short for time? See below timestamps on key talking points:

19.15 – How we can minimise our exposure?

28.24 – When is Bluetooth at its strongest?

49.40 – How people can disconnect and protect

How to Pandemic-Proof your Body & Mind

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In this jam-packed episode you will learn the mind and body health secrets usually shared in one-on-one sessions; from two leading Australian experts, who are at the forefront of human potential and performance.

It is time for you to rise above the anxiety and take control of your body and mind. You will learn everything from small tips like the immunity benefits of gargling with green tea to the big topics shaping your emotional safety behaviours for coping.

With decades of knowledge-gathering and experience in physical, genetic, behavioural, and psychological strength, Performance expert Alessandra Edwards and clinical psychologist Dr. Amy Silver want YOU to be strong facing into this pandemic and even stronger coming out.

In this episode you will learn:

• Why you should not wait for a pandemic to build up emotional resilience

• What is going on for people emotionally and

• mentally with this pandemic

• What is the adaptation phase

• What is the physical safety for immunity

• The role of supplements

• How lower levels of vitamin D are linked to depression and immune deficiency

• How do we deal with the mood of helplessness during this pandemic

• Recommendations from an emotional perspective how to go back to work

• Should WFH be offered from an emotional wellbeing

• A good healthy routine to get into after this pandemic

• Benefits of gargling Green Tea

• What it means when people stop caring about the way that they present to other people

• Why people should allow space to write down their thoughts and feelings

• The ‘trick’ emotional safety behaviours of coping

• The importance of showing compassion for others rather than distancing ourselves, emotionally and physically

• What compassion and love do for us during this time in terms of heart rate variability

• What should our daily schedule look like and what we should do

• and much, much more.

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

12.38 – Why you should not wait for a pandemic to build up emotional resilience

13.52 – What is going on for people emotionally and mentally with this pandemic

21.10 – What is the adaptation phase

23.17 – What is the physical safety for immunity

25.10 – The role of supplements

26.16 – How lower levels of vitamin D are linked to depression and immune deficiency

30.35 – How do we deal with the mood of helplessness during this pandemic

33.00 – Recommendations from an emotional perspective, how to go back to work

36.52 – Should WFH be offered from an emotional wellbeing

42.06 – A good healthy routine to get into after this pandemic

42.28 – Benefits of gargling Green Tea

45.50 – What it means when people stop caring about the way that they present to other people

49.59 – Why people should allow space to write down your thoughts and feelings

01.00.37 – The ‘trick’ emotional safety behaviours of coping

01:10:25 – Weekly Webinar

01:11:43 – The importance of showing compassion for others rather than distancing ourselves, emotionally and physically

01:16:29 – What compassion and love do for us during this time, in terms of heart rate variability

01:17:38 – What should our daily schedule look like and what should we do

01:30:07 – Complimentary guidebook

01:31:34 – Webinar – Brace for the week

How to Build Resilience and Overcome Adversity

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Today we meet with a Higher Branch community member, Stacey Copas who attended our annual event Upgrade Your Life 2020 in January.

Stacey Copas, is the Author of “How To Be Resilient”, a Coach, International Keynote Speaker and Facilitator on finding the opportunity in change and adversity.

She has worked with large organisations such as Telstra, CSIRO and Holden and has been featured in national media including ABC, Financial Review and The Australian for her insights on resilience in the workplace.

What makes Stacey’s approach different is she isn’t an academic or psychologist. She has created a framework of resilience based on the life experience of overcoming the adversity of becoming quadriplegic at 12 years old.

In this episode, Stacey will share with us her focus on gratitude and journaling, her knowledge and wisdom on how to be resilient in business and life and how to deal with adversity especially during these times where adversity is now rampant.

We will cover:

  • How to be resilient
  • Identity
  • Ruminating
  • Positive self-talk to ‘reframe’ negativity
  • How to practice gratitude
  • Why and how to journal
  • The best way to have difficult conversations
  • and much more.

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking pnts:

3.37 – The pivotal point in Stacey’s life

7.54 – How Stacey dealt with adversity in that pivotal point of her life

8.58 – Identity

10.03 – Ruminating

15.52 – How to practice gratitude

16.18 – Self-talk to ‘reframe’ negativity

24.47 – Why and how to journal

34.32 – The best way to have difficult conversations

39.20 – What brought Stacey to Upgrade Your Life 2020

Dr Jason Kaplan: The Role and Importance of the Right Amount of Exercise on Heart Health

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Sam meets again with Dr Jason Kaplan, a specialist cardiologist and visiting Medical Officer at the Macquarie University Teaching Hospital and St Vincent Private Clinic.
In our first episode with Dr Kaplan, we shared the importance of diet on heart health. The latest research shows that people are dying from coronavirus not from respiratory problems but from heart health.
In this episode, Dr Kaplan will talk you through the role and importance of exercise on heart health.
You will learn:
  • Why there has been a 50% reduction in heart attacks during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Why it is beneficial to have a mix of exercise types
  • Is there a correlation between too much exercise and poor heart health
  • How aerobic exercise and intense interval training leads to living longer
  • The dose and types of exercise we should be aiming for
  • The role meditation plays when it comes to heart health
  • and much, much more.
Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:
3.20 – The benefits of exercise and physical activity
6.36 – Why there has been a 50% reduction in heart attacks during COVID-19 restrictions
10.13 – Why it is beneficial to have a mix of exercise types
11.45 – Is there a correlation between too much exercise and poor heart health as you get older?
14.27 – What causes people exercise intolerance
15.46 – The 3 different heart conditions and disease that we can get
22.46 – What does a test with a cardiologist look like to check for possible causes of heart disease?
28.48 – How aerobic exercise and intense interval training leads to cellular longevity and live long
31.12- Cardiovascular benefits of more of the less vigorous exercise
33.00 – Is movement throughout the day better than one hour of exercise at the end of the day?
41.41 – The dose and types of exercise we should be aiming for
46.00 – Does your heart rate need to get to a particular level when exercising?
57.00 – The role meditation plays when it comes to heart health
1.01.24 – How soon can people start to see results and benefits of exercise

How To Be Emotionally Stronger During This Pandemic

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In this weeks podcast, we interview Dr Guy Winch, Psychologist, Best-Selling Author, TED Speaker and key note speaker at Upgrade Your Life both in 2019 and 2020.
Dr Guy shares ways to maintain emotional health during a pandemic. He provides us tips for managing household relationships and working from home, and practicing self-care during these challenging times.
In this episode you will learn:
  • Ways to monitor your emotional health
  • How do we practise gratitude during this pandemic
  • What are the challenges that couples are facing during social isolation
  • Why couples need to have regular ‘meetings’
  • Tips for people working from home and how to switch off
  • How can we be a good friend during these times
  • Why we should not assume that people need support in the same way
  • and much, much more.
Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:
13.50 – Ways to monitor your emotional health
17.43 – How do we practice gratitude during this pandemic
24.41 – What are the challenges that couples are facing during social isolation
28.58 – Why couples need to have regular ‘meetings’
38.51 – Tips for people working from home and how to switch off
49.09 – How can we be a good friend during these times
53.38 – Why we should not assume that people need support in the same way

Why It’s So Important to Protect Your Heart During COVID-19

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Dr Jason Kaplan is a specialist cardiologist, who is a member of the Royal Australasian Collage of Physicians, The Cardiac Society Australia and New Zealand. He studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999 then completed his Internal Medicine Training at St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and Adult Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Macquarie University Teaching Hospital and St Vincent Private Clinic.

Prior to his training in cardiology, he completed additional advanced training in medical oncology and pharmacology and the training in these areas allowed him to adopt a more holistic approach. He also completed additional training in cardiac imaging in Australia. Dr Kaplan is focused on prevention, nutritional, functional and the role of the mind body.

In this podcast you will learn:

• What the world’s longest living people tell us about heart disease. One particular tribe will surprise you

• What one simple blood test on a bio marker called lipoprotein-a tells us about your heart

• Find out how choline from some food sources such as red meat damages the heart in some people

• Is a plant based diet the best for your heart health? Yes, find out why. You cannot ignore the research

• The surprising truth about keto diets

• New research on blood pressure that will surprise you

• Is dairy bad for the heart?

• What about oils, including olive oil?

• Is protein really that important?

• The truth about fish oils – latest research

• Is coffee and tea good for heart health?

• Why almost all supplements don’t help and the small few that do

• How having a sense of purpose is good for you heart

• The 5 lifestyle changes you should be making

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

6.23 – How diet affects health and disease in human populations

8.54 – What areas have the longest living people?

9.33 – Common diet threats and principles of the longest living people

14.27 – Lifestyle factors to a longer life

16.00 – Mental and emotional wellbeing on inflammatory markers

17.48 – How having a sense of purpose is good for your heart

20.27- What foods cause inflammation?

28.49 – What are the signals that certain foods aren’t good for you

34.19 – How lifestyle impacts your genetic risk?

35.50 – Oil in your diet

45.30 – Is dairy bad for the heart?

48.41 – Sources of plant based protein and their significants

58.00 – How does someone know that they have heart disease?

01.03.00 – How a Ketogenic diet can help with heart disease

01.12.00 – Supplements that help with heart disease

Learn The Parenting Skills Needed to Raise Happy & Confident Kids

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Recorded live at our Upgrade Your Life event 2020 with America’s Top Parenting Therapist, best-selling author and host of hit TV show “Family Therapy”, Dr Jenn Mann.

In this podcast, Dr Jenn Mann will explain the parenting skills needed to raise happy and confident kids.

Dr Jenn will share:

• How to get your children to make the right decisions

• How you respond to your own failure is the biggest gift you can give your child

• 10 tips to help your child’s self-esteem;

• and much, much more.

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

9:45 – Giving teenagers the opportunity to make good decisions for themselves

11:30 – What message are we sending our kids if we aren’t consistent

17:20 – Why kids have to learn the consequences of their actions

25:25 – How you respond to your own failure is one of the biggest gifts you can give your child

27:50 – 7 Step System to build self-esteem in teenagers

41:55 – 10 tips to help your child’s self-esteem

51:22 – Three steps to praise your child

52.00- The most important things for a good relationship with your child

How To Be In Control When You’re Out Of Control

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Sam meets again with Lyn Megan Macpherson, one of the top three hypnotherapists in Australia.

In our first episode with Lyn, she explains how Hypnotherapy shuts off our conscious mind, allowing us to speak with the subconscious and help us find the root causes for our anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, stuterring, phobias and even chronic pain.

In this episode, Lyn will talk you through some of her specific case studies, the importance of living in the moment, couples therapy and why it’s not always the best answer, overcoming phobias like spiders and social situations.

Lyn will take us through:

· Case studies of stuttering, trauma, stress and anxiety healed by Hypnotherapy

· Why couples therapy doesn’t always work

· Subconscious blocks that impact a great relationship

· How to overcome negative self-talk and the voice of self-doubt

· Why we should look at rejection as redirection

· How trauma is created

· How the need to control comes from a fear of not being in control

· The things that you can do to live in the moment and avoid distraction

· How to learn from the past and plan for the future

For Lyn’s books and CD about intuition and interconnectedness, go to www.harmonyhypnotherapy.com.au

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

3:55 – The subconscious blocks that are impacting a relationship

7:25 – Clear it, Resolve it and Dissolve it and replacing the void

8:20 – Case studies of Hypnotherapy

10:24 – What is negative self-talk

19:30 – Fear of not being in control

20:00 – How we can live in the moment

22:42 – Examples of living in the moment

24:38 – What we need to do to feel happy and fulfilled

25:10 – How to learn from the past and plan for the future

29:24 – What is the negative thinking, sinking, sand

31:19 – Phobia and spiders

43:00 – How to keep your mind clear

44:55 – The levels of Trance

Can The Fear of Coronavirus Be Damaging Our Brain?

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Dr Stan Rodski has worked as a neuroscientist for over 30 years particularly in the area of peak performance and brain science research. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in science.

His research has included stress evaluation and improvement programs in the corporate sector and elite level high pressure performance with sports people and teams.

His neurological research has been famously embraced by Oprah Winfrey and his latest book is titled, “The Neuroscience of Mindfulness”

In this episode, Dr Rodski will take us through:

How does neuroscience help with our busy lives and technology distractions

How does neuroscience help with our busy lives and technology distractions

How the brain is an energy system

The conscious vs subconscious

What damage are we doing by looking at our phones as soon as we wake up

How the thought of danger or fear, such as the Coronavirus, is damaging our brains

Why we’re living longer but our brains are dying faster

How important is it to train the brain

How micro-breaks work

How do adult colouring books help the brain

How artificial intelligence can save humanity

Defeating Anxiety Using Subconscious Power

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Lyn McPherson has a Double Masters in Psychology, a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and is one of the top three hypnotherapist in Australia.

 Our mind is always cluttered with thoughts, even when we ‘switch-off’ we still find ourself worrying about unpaid bills, work, and trivial things like what to wear next weekend. Hypnotherapy shuts off our conscious mind, allowing us to speak with the subconscious and help us find the root causes for our anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, Stuterring, phobias and even chronic pain.

 Lyn will take us through:

 • The effect of social media on self-esteem

• Overcoming the feeling of being inadequate

• Following your intuition

• How your subconscious wants to heal you emotionally

• Finding your happiness/drive

• Tools to stay happy

• Overcoming generations of dysfunction

 Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

 3:14 – Why are we seeing a spike in anxiety, depression, phobias?

5:04 – Is there an increased pressure on the younger generation to ‘make it’?

7:37 – How do you recognise if you are in a state of unease?

10:30 – What is hypnotherapist? Why is the success rate so high?

15:50 – What is our subconscious telling us when we are feeling anxious?

23:20 – Understanding your body and mind and applying conscious living

31:26 – Learning the language of your subconscious

37:30 – The two key elements of ‘babble’

41:30 – How prescription medication is a band-aid, not a cure

45:30 – Are there traumas which are harder to overcome?

51:45 – Fable philosophy

How to Grow (B)older and Rock Every Decade

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Modern science and bio-hacking are now helping us live longer than ever before. Ageing is not what it used to be! BUT our mindset to ageing is just as critical as the food we eat and the exercise programs we sign up for.

Recorded live on the main stage at Upgrade Your Life 2020, Carl Honore takes a deep dive into how we make the most of our longer lives and keep reinventing ourselves. It shatters the myths about ageing, in an era where the threat of becoming irrelevant is greater than ever…. at ANY age!

How to Use The Wim Hof Method to Boost your Immune System

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Today we are joined by certified Wim Hof Instructor, Johannes Egberts.who will share with us the Wim Hof method, how it reconnects our bodies with its natural ability to resist disease and improve longevity; all backed by science.

You will learn:

• How to use the breath to step into your para-sympathetic nervous system

• How to use cold exposure to become invincible to pathogens

• How to manage your stress and become more resilient

• The importance of starting your day the ‘right’ way

• The importance of the vagus nerve

• How isolation causes inflammation

Short for time? See below time stamps for key talking points:

02:55 – What is the biggest impact on our healthy?

04:19 – Why is the Wim Hof method so effective boosting our immune system?

10:52 – Who is Wim Hof and why did he create this method?

15:00 – How Wim Hof learned to boost his immune system at will

21:28 – How ice baths helps manage your stress

24:38 – The links between the Wim Hof method and longevity

28:24 – The importance of starting your day the ‘right’ way

33:03 – What is your vagus nerve and why is it important?

35:37 – How chronic cortisol effects your whole body

38:35 – How can you incorporate these techniques into your daily life

43:55 – Accessing a para-sympathetic state of the nervous system using Wim Hof method

47:30 – How isolation causes inflammation

How To Find Fearlessness

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This week we chat with the world-renowned endurance athlete, best-selling author and retired navy SEAL, David Goggins, backstage at our Upgrade Your Life event 2020.

You do not want to miss this episode! We discuss a defining moment from David’s childhood, the recent bushfire tragedy which took place in Australia and how you can help. You will learn how David found his true identity and stopped living to please others. David provides insight on how to strengthen your mind and how to overcome adversity, using past a failure or hurt to build a stronger mind.

Short for time? See below timestamps for key talking points:

00:18 – Who is David Goggins?

09:50 – David shares a defining moment of his childhood

12:52 – What David has to say to those who have been impacted by the recent bushfires

17:45 – If you met your creator, would your creator be proud of who you’ve become?

22:20 – How David re-created himself to become the person envisioned himself to be

25:22 – Using your suffering to find your success

27:12 – Why do people find so much strength through David’s story?

29:15 – “Does it get easier?”

31:43 – Never forget where you came from

34:09 – Finding your inner strength; How David conquered the hardest of obstacles

36:45 – How to find the ultimate state of fearlessness

Why Do People Cheat In a Relationship? Learn the Importance of Making Love and Building a Connection

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Authenticity is what draws us to people. It is one of the most underrated, yet vital traits an individual can hold. The foundation of authenticity is connection. As a professional, a partner, a friend, you cannot build a relationship without a connection, without trust.

This week podcast was recorded live from Upgrade your Life 2020 with Best Selling Author and Psychotherapist Dr Jenn Mann. Dr Jenn Mann will take us through the importance of connection, how a lack of connection could be the reason your relationship is falling apart.

A study has found that 97% of men and 94% of women who cheat, cheat because of a lack of connection. Find out how to rekindle that connection, the importance of making love in a relationship, ‘investing’ in your relationships and much more.

Short for time? See below timestamps for key talking points:

01:20 – What makes us connect with people and how do we build that connection?

03:19 – Sam shares a funny story from Update Grade Your Life about cursing

04:46 – What is the one or two main things that lead couples to a break-up

08:27 – How important is making love in a relationship?

10:40 – Take the awkwardness out of making love

13:10 – How to deal with rejection from your partner when it comes to intimacy

The science behind identity change and the secrets to maintaining a healthy relationship @Upgrade Your Life 2020

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We are back and we kick off 2020 on a high! Recording live at our Upgrade Your Life event 2020 with one of our favourite guest speakers, Dr Guy Winch.

In this podcast, Dr Guy Winch will explain the science behind behavioural changes: how changing our sense of identity could lead us to smashing our goals.

Dr Guy Winch will unlock more secrets on maintaining a healthy relationship and answer the hard question “at what point do you give up on a relationship?”. We will talk about the importance of identifying the type of partner you want to be in a relationship, why we need to stop looking at our needs and start looking at the needs of our relationship, and much, much more.

Upgrade Your life 2020 was a must attend event! Two weeks later and our attendees are still feeling the buzz. To find out what you missed and information about Upgrade Your Life 2021 “Forever Young” visit our Instagram page @a_higher_branch

Short for time? see below time stamps for key talking points:

03:27 – Dr Guy Winch shares a self-defining moment which a member of the crowd at UYL shared

07:35 – Once you find the information on health and fitness, how do you implement this?

08:10 – Dr Guy Winch shares with us the science of identity change

11:55 – Avoiding process-based goals and making goals that will last long-term

14:00 – Dr Guy Winch discusses the importance of identifying what type of partner we want to be in a relationship

16:20 – Finding what your relationship needs, not what you need

23:00 – At what point do you give up on a relationship?

28:00 – What are the top complaints we make about our partners

30:10 – Why does the small percentage of bad in our relationships drown out the good?

33:15 – Dr Guy Winch shares some exciting news for 2020

How the “Complaint Sandwich” Can Save Your Relationship

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The power of love is extraordinary, however, often overlooked. Having a strong relationship with your loved ones is so important for your well-being, it will promote a happier and healthier lifestyle – both mentally and physically.

For our final episode of the year and in the spirit of Christmas, we wanted to share this powerful conversation we had with Psychologist, Dr Guy Winch. Guy will show us small changes we can make within our relationships to mould them, make them last, be happy and stay happy. These changes aren’t large changes, they are small changes which we can make in our relationship which yields incredible outcomes.

He will also discuss:

• What couples fight about most

• The effects our mobile phone has on our relationships

• How couples should deal with conflict

• The power of healthy communication

• Why arguments go south with your significant other

Short for time? See below timestamps for key talking points:

03:10 – Sam talks about the power of love and intimate relationships

07:00 – How psychologists can predict with over 90% accuracy when a relationship will fail

11:25 – The effect our mobile phones have on our relationships

14:10 – How couples argue and the implications it has on relationships

17:05 – What to do when you feel you aren’t being heard in an argument

22:15 – How to complain ‘effectively’

25:40 – Putting an end to repetitive arguments

27:40 – What is the ‘complaint sandwich’ and how will it save relationships

40:00 – An exercise you can do NOW, which will help your relationship

41:20 – What makes couples happy

44:20 – Changing perspective and considering the needs of our relationships

The Importance of Emotional Healing

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Our mind is the most powerful tool in our body so why are we constantly neglecting to look after it?

From a young age, we are taught the importance of looking after our body. It is embedded in us that we must brush our teeth twice a day, if we break a bone; we go to the hospital, if we are sick; we stay in bed. But what happens if our mind is suffering from an “emotional wound”? We have we been taught so little when it comes to emotional healing that many of us would not even consider that our mind requires healing, yet expect our mind to perform at 100% at all times.

Today we are joined with a special guest, Best-Selling Author and Psychologist, Dr Guy Winch. Dr Winch will take us through how to overcome the emotional difficulties many of us struggle with regularly, these include:

> The effects of ruminating

> How to overcome failure

> Dealing with rejection

> Avoiding negative self-talk

> Loneliness

> And much more.

Short for time? See below timestamps of key talking points:

04:00 – Dr Guy Winch discusses closing the ‘gaps’ between our physical and emotional health

09:15 – Dealing with emotional distress

12:20 – The effects of ruminating

18:05 – Building a clear guard rail in life to battle rumination

20:20 – Turning negative self-reflection into problem solving

22:35 – Overcoming failure

29:00 – Identifying the same mistakes we continuously make in life

30:26 – Dealing with rejection

34:10 – The better alternative to positive affirmations

36:35 – How to stop feeling lonely

41:41 – Stress in the workplace

The 5 Bad Habits You Need To Break

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We all have dreams, whether our dream is to be a millionaire or travel around the world, or falling in love with the right partner. Yet we cannot attain these dreams without taking steps in the right direction to achieve them. Forming daily rituals and habits will not only be a step in the right direction for our health and wellbeing but also placing us on the right path to achieve our dreams.

In this two-part series, Sam talks us through the five bad habits that many of us are guilty of which we need to break NOW and how these bad habits are affecting our health and wellbeing day-to-day. Sam will discuss the importance of daily rituals and forming good habits. You will also learn:

– Willpower

– How to turn goals into habits

– The importance of facing the tough stuff in life

– The use of habits to create actions which are better for us

01:30 – Sam shares a personal success due to the use of systems

03:00 – The steps to achieving our dreams

06:05 – Facing the ‘tough stuff’ in life

07:30 – Using habits to automate actions which are good for us

11:37 – Separating ourselves from bad habits

13:38 – Stop making excuses and start now

16:55 – 5 Bad habits which we need to break now

20:10 – Stop ‘snacking’ on technology and social media

25:20 – The issues of shallow breathing

29:40 – Stress caused on your body from ‘doing things with haste’

32: 45 – Are you addicted to speed?

37:40- The issue of staying up late and watching tv for no reason

Is a better LOVE-LIFE the secret to improving men’s health?

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In this weeks podcast we are joined again with Mark Bunn – a leading health researcher of Ayurvedic Medicine. In light of ‘Movember’, now commonly referred to as ‘Brovember’, Mark will be sharing his expertise on a topic that is not discussed enough: Men’s health. Men are often reluctant to vocalise health issues they may be facing due to outdated social constructs, resulting in the fear of appearing ‘weak’ and often using the justification that “it’s probably nothing”. To address and dispel these common yet damaging beliefs, in this episode we will cover:

• How to re-centre and return to a state of self love

• Prostate health

• Importance of intimacy and affection

• The Ayurvedic view on self-gratification

• How sleep affect men’s virility

• The importance of testosterone

Short for time? See below timestamps for key talking points

0:2:40 – Why our energy dips

05:30 – The importance of testosterone

10:52 – How do we keep our estrogen levels down

12:10 – Does sleep affect our ability to get in the ‘mood’

18:00 – Is self-gratification natural and should men watch pornography?

25:20 – How men should ‘transmute’ their virility to build wealth

28:50 – How sunbathing men’s private parts increases testosterone

31:40 – What does the hot/cold do for our testosterone

32:20 – The importance of testosterone – especially for men who workout

38:50 – Can you supplement testosterone

41:25 – Is monogamy natural

How to Stop Self-Sabotage and Achieve Personal Fulfilment

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Are you self-sabotaging both your home and business life and don’t even know it?

As humans, we are often ignoring our natural instincts, dismissing the signs and opportunities which are right in front of us that are pushing us to grow and achieve fulfilment. We are the only species on the planet to have a creative imagination. Yet instead of harnessing this imagination, we opt to stay within our comfort zone and make excuses for ourselves, often unknowingly using negative self-talk as justification for not taking that extra step.

Today we meet with a new friend, Barry Nicolaou. Barry is an international best seller author for his book ‘The 11 Maser Secrets, to Business Success & Personal Fulfillment’.

In this episode, Barry will talk us through 5 of his 11 Master secrets discussed in his book. We are going to share with you some powerful tools which will teach you to stop the negative self-talk, how to grow from negative experiences and ultimately achieve optimal personal fulfilment. We will cover:

* Murphy’s law

* The adverse effects of inherited thinking, and how to free yourself from generations old thinking which has been passed down to you

* Are you truly living your life?

* How to stop self sabotage

* Optimising your imagination

* The way to stop questioning the “how”

* How to overcome failure

* To find what fuels your body

00:30 – Sam gives a short preface about what will be discussed in todays podcast

3:49 – Who is Barry Nicolaou?

04:31 -Sam discusses the first of the Master secrets covered in Barry’s book

5:45 – Barry introduces us to inherited thinking – using our creative imagination

08:08 – How to reach a higher consciousness of awareness and avoid self-sabtoge

12:30 – What is our missing link ?

14:00 – How ignoring our subconscious leads to self-sabotage

18:22 – Sam and Barry discuss in depth Barry’s first secret, Murphy’s law

22:15 – Taking your failures and using them too growth

24:00 – Stop ignoring the metaphorical tap on your shoulder

30:50 – The way to stop questioning the “how”

34:40 – Why do adults lose their creative imagination and how do we get it back?

39:00 – Finding your next right move

45:00 – Gravitating to people who give you energy and how to deal with people who don’t lift your energy

55:30 – Finding your source energy

01:01:55 – You must break the rules to get noticed

Are invisible moulds and poor Feng Shui in your home compromising your health and your wealth?

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Are there toxins living in your house that are making you sick? Learn how you can protect yourself.

Sam meets again with Joachim Herrmann who is a Building Biology specialist. In Part 1, Joachim discussed the impacts of invisible energies such as EMF, Bluestone, 4G and WIFI has on our health, namely on our sleeping quarters.

In this episode, Joachim will talk you through what the impacts of exposure to mouldy environments will have on your health. He will tell you how to identify mould around your living environments and give you some quick and easy tips on how to remove mould around your home without the hefty labour fee.

Find out about the hidden toxins inside your favourite candles, incense and air fresheners which may be affecting your health. Joachim will take you through:

* What volatile organic compounds are and their effect on our bodies.

* The Hartmann grid and the earths lines; how this may be affecting your sleep.

* Household toxin links to cancer.

* The principles of Fung Shui and how you can apply it in your home and work environments

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Short for time? See below timestamps on key talking points:

02:10 – Joachim talks about a personal story, when performing a building biology inspection on a Higher Branch listeners home

05:02 – The impact on health of living in a house full of invisible toxins

06:16 – The effects of having mould around your household

10:28 – How to remove mould from your home?

13:30 – Joachim shares a story on his turning point when it came to mould

16:10 – How do you know if you have mould in your home?

19:55 – What are volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)?

24:00 – Find out what almost every household has, which may be affecting your air quality.

25:13 – What impact does VOC’s have on our body?

27:15 – How are you affecting your sleep quality?

30:15 – Sam and Joachim discuss earth lines and the Hartmann grid

33:00 – Sam explains how the Hartmann grid works and where inside the grid you should ideally be sleeping

36:54 – Sam shares a personal experience where the Hartmann grid helped his family

39:29 – What can you do if you have a suspicion you are being effect by these the earth’s magnetic energies?

44:14- How can you contact Joachim?

46:57 – What is Fung Shui? What are the “rules” of Fung Shui?

54:55 – What are things you could be doing in your home, which can disrupt Fung Shui?

How Proper Breathing & Forest Bathing Reverses Stress

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Ayurvedic Researcher and all-round Aussie good guy, Mark Bunn returns to share more simple principles that can literally transform your life. Simple, free wisdom that delivers quick results. You will learn:

• Why gradual healthy changes are better than many

• How mouth breathing leads to stress

• How to return to a natural state of ‘baby’ breathing

• Forest Bathing and why everyone who works in an office should do it

• How forest bathing reduces inflammation in the body

• How a forest bathing company in Australia is helping corporate types from all over the world

• How one meditation technique transformed a Hollywood directors life

• How to live every day as the birth of a new possibility

How to Upgrade Your Energy with Identity Change and the Power of Daily Habits

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Most of us follow systems at work but do we ever stop to think of implementing a system for living that conserves our energy? In the two previous podcasts I covered:

PART 1: Six lifestyle changes that will boost your physical energy.

PART 2: Four Toxic things that drain your mental & emotional energy.

In this PART 3, I talk about:

• How to change behaviours that do not serve you.

• Why changing habits is tough and how to make it easier.

• How to figure out who you want to become – Identity change!

• Why automation is more powerful than motivation.

• How to use the power of the subconscious.

• Why you need willpower for only a short time.

• The relationship between your energy and willpower.

• Why good habits should become boring.

• An introduction to my 4-5-6 System for daily living.

• The difference between rituals vs habits.

• The powerful journaling technique that everyone forgets.

• The 4 rituals you MUST to do every AM and PM.and

• The miracle of the bamboo tree.

How toxic people, toxic haste, toxic thinking and toxic feelings wreck your energy levels

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In this part 2 of the series on the topic: ENEREGY IS THE NEW CURRENCY IN THE 21ST CENTURY sam discusses amongst many things:

• What Usain Bolt ate 3 hours before he broke the world record

• Why doing things with haste decimates your energy levels

• The 8 tell-tale signs of toxic people

• What is toxic thinking

• Identifying negative self-talk

• The antidote to toxic thinking

• The toxic feelings that wreck your energy levels

• How resistance and blame causes anxiety

• The antidote to resistance and blame

• The two imposters that lead to unhappiness and depression

• How to neutralise the two imposters with one powerful antidote

How to become invincible with 6 ‘physical’ lifestyle changes that work for EVERYONE

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In this podcast, host Sam Makhoul explains why ENERGY IS THE NEW CURRENCY FOR THE 21st CENTURY. He delivers rapid-fire tips on how to operate at peak performance using protocols he has personally lived by from over 27 years of research and coaching. INCLUDING:

• The relationship between SLEEP, SUNSHINE, SOCIALISING AND SEX

• Why diet and exercise are LESS important than we are led to believe.

• Foods that make you angry

• Why you need to get HANGRY more often

• Minimum effective dose exercise

• And much more

This is part 1 of a 3-part series. Next part is on becoming mentally and emotionally INVINCIBLE with 4 unique techniques that completely neutralise anxiety and unhappiness.

How to reset your body clock for rejuvenating sleep

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In this episode, genetics-based high-performance coach, Alessandra Edwards explains:

• Her unique ‘book-ending’ technique used by many Top 500 CEOs to decimate insomnia forever.

• Why many sleep tips don’t work and why resetting your body clock is the only permanent solution.

• Her five steps to resetting your body clock quickly and easily.

We also talk about:

A. Why you should not wear sunglasses in the morning

B. Why you should eat protein for breakfast and lunch but not for dinner.

C. The 2 essential supplements everyone should take. And A little known third supplement, essential for some.

D. And MUCH MORE….

From arguably one of Australia’s best and most effective high-performance coaches.

Why Meditation is Your No.1 Bio-Hack

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Meditation has been hailed as the most potent superpower humans possess. But why do so few of us spend time on this ancient ritual that has been the same for thousands of years? In this podcast we take a shallow dive into the world of meditation, it’s benefits, why it’s so hard and how you can start slowly; by my favourite meditation coaches, Tom Sullivan – the new author of, A STILL MIND – to be released in January at Upgrade Your Life 2020. We discuss such things as:

• How two years of meditation practice helps you look 7-15 years younger.

• How meditation takes you out of your head and into your body to stimulate creativity and sensuality.

• Includes a guided meditation by Tom, who has one of the most soothing voices on the planet.

Why 95% of people lose money on investments

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Paul Siderovski may be the best business advisor you may not know but he has shared the stage with and is in partnership with none other than Tony Robbins.

In this podcast, he downloaded so much information and inside-tips on wealth creation and management including:

• The big mistake most people make when it comes to investing

• Why your business should be your primary asset

• The critical difference between a scarcity mindset and an abundance mindset

• Why good people with good money do the right thing at the wrong time

• Why you need to get into the game of investing

• Where you should spend your profits

• The rules for asset allocation

• The biggest mistake you can make with money and in life

• The Greek wealth principal known as Metreon

• Why you should never retire

• And so much more!

Part 2 – 10 Brain Hacks for Better Work Performance

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Jim Kwik is a world expert in brain performance and accelerated learning. In this Part 2 of the podcast he shares:

• The superpower Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are learning

• How chronic stress shrinks the brain

• How to discover your purpose

• How to use daily micro-habits to change your life

• The Zeigarnik effect, AND

• The 2500 year old “memory palace” technique used by the Ancient Greeks

Part 1 – How to Upgrade Your Brain, Learn faster and Improve Memory.

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Jim Kwik is a world expert in brain performance and accelerated learning. For more than two decades he has served as a mind coach to leaders in education, entertainment, technology and business, and currently serves top achievers in over 85 countries.

In this Part 1 of the podcast he not only shares strategies for brain optimisation he ALSO shares his wisdom on living a life of greater power, productivity and purpose.

• How Jim went from “the boy with the broken brain” to becoming the world’s leading brain coach to billionaires and celebrities

• How to survive in the new era of artificial intelligence.

• One game-changing strategy for built-in gratitude.

• What he loves about David Goggins

• And so much more…

How to discover your genetic type to eat, sleep, move, and think better.

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Alessandra Edwards is a professional health and performance expert who sees things through the lens of genetics. In this podcast she talks:

• The 2 big mistakes made by most execs

• The 6 different genetic types and how to identify which one you are

• Why keto can be harmful

• Why some supplements can be dangerous

• The lifestyle changes that will upgrade your energy quickly

• The 3 supplements you need to take if you have trouble sleeping.

• And so much more.

How to Age Boldly

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Hot off the main stage at TED in Edinburgh, Carl discusses why your mindset about ageing is just as important as diet and exercise. He shares 4 critical protocols for how to age boldly and he describes a vision so compelling that it gave me goosebumps! We also discuss the U curve of happiness; changing the language you use and let others use; why living outside your comfort zone and seeking novelty is critical; why social media is a great powerful tool and so much more from one of my favourite people on the planet.

How to Outperform Your Competitors

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Tom Panos is Australia’s leading personal development coach and one of the most unique individuals you will ever meet.

In this podcast you will learn,

How he conquered cancer 3 times

How to identify and avoid ‘dickheads’

How to handle rejection and failure in business

The 3 types of phone calls you need to make every morning

What he has learned as a husband and father

The morning ritual he does in the first 15 minutes

His view on faith and spirituality

The dangers of hidden hearing loss and how you can prevent it.

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Sam chats with Dr Kirupa Suthakar on the oft-forgotten topic of human hearing, and how damage of this precious sense can lead to social isolation, depression and even early onset Alzheimer’s.

Dr Suthakar holds a PhD in neuroscience, and works as a researcher at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School, with a focus on physiological changes underlying hidden hearing loss

Join Sam and Kirupa as they discuss the wonders and mechanisms of hearing, the ways in which hearing loss can impact our quality of life, and what steps can be taken to preserve our most vulnerable sense.

Kirupa offers an expert perspective on the function of hearing in daily life, the social and cognitive impacts of hearing loss, and some everyday tips for safeguarding this sense, which will ring true for all of us.

Is Your Home Making you Sick? Discover how to protect your family from the silent, dangerous effects of EMFs.

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When we suffer health issues, or energy dips or consistently wake up feeling groggy and foggy, we tend to blame it on poor diet, lack of exercise and even our mental health. But what if it isn’t any of these things? What if it is toxins that you cannot even see, like moulds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EMF’s, 4G and poor Feng Shui in your home.

In the last podcast, Mark Bunn, made the point that our natural expression as humans is that of high energy, vitality and happiness. In this episode, Joachim Herrmann, one of the world’s leading building biologists, teaches us HOW to eliminate all the invisible stressors on the body so your natural state can shine through.

The 5 Health Pillars of Ayurvedic medicine.

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In this episode, Sam discusses a unique approach to health with Mark Bunn. Mark is a leading health researcher, Ayurvedic Medicine and best-selling author of Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health.

Together they explore topics such as fasting, sleep, the circadian rhythm, body type, sunlight, diet, and more, through the unique lens of Ayurvedic Medicine and philosophy.

Mark offers a refreshingly human perspective on our physical, and mental requirements in a world which fills our lives with the slowest killer: stress.