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A personal story to share…

Life is exhausting at times.

Especially when we’re dealing with a real global health threat.

Especially when we’re dealing with other new things, like… social distancing, “safer at home” orders, homeschooling kids, working virtually, etc.

It’s all hard.

Knowing how to run our mind is important all the time, but it’s even more important when we’re facing difficult times.

This is when the skill of managing your attention becomes even more helpful.

For those trying to work with your thinking, my quick advice to you is to be much MUCH gentler with yourself.

Please give up on being “perfectly present.”

You don’t need to stay in the present all the time.

Consistently staying present hasn’t been done by anyone. Not the Buddha, not the Dalai Lama, not anyone. It’s not how we’re built.

Once we see that moving our attention works to feel differently, our mind seems to go: “Great! Now all I need to do is do this all the time! Then it’ll be perfect. Then I’ll be fine…”

But this creates another “there” we need to get to. The expectation, or hope for permanent presence becomes another attachment.

It’s another way to take the “not enough” of this moment, and somehow get “there” where it’s all better.

But we know that formula… it’s the formula for suffering.

That’s the important thing to see here.

The consistent way our mind critiques this moment and decides “it’s not enough” is another form of suffering, it’s a resistance to “what is.”

We need to choose this moment over and over again as a PRACTICE.

Please don’t let that imply that you’ll stay in the moment all the time, or that it will all be easy, or that you’ll ever do it perfectly.

You won’t. Not all the time, not even a lot of the time.

It’s ok to relax. It’s ok to think. You don’t need to be present constantly.

You can let your mind go… but as you notice your thinking coming to the moments that are hard, THEN wake up. In that moment, see the thought, and move your attention.

Will you need to do it again? Yep! So do it again.

Move your attention to your breath, your body, your sensations.

Not all the time, but definitely when you see that you’re caught by a thought.

With self love, and gentle work, you’ll start doing it more and more naturally. The neurons in your brain will start strengthening around new ways of making meaning.

It WILL get easier.

This is why it’s helpful to keep a practice, so your mind continues to learn about moving your attention around. Then when you need it, the skill is there, ready for use.

But, let’s be honest…

This becomes much more difficult when life is legitimately “bad.”

When tragedy strikes…

When we wake up to an addiction that has been wired into our system and we now have chosen to resist it…

When someone breaks our heart…

When we’re lonely…

When work is scary, or tough, or doesn’t seem to pay enough…

When we lose our job…

It’s really hard!

Those are not all the moments, even though it can feel like that when we’re experiencing them.

Life will be “bad” sometimes, for sure… but the key is learning how to be resilient.

It’s important to know that we’re not trying to be perfect and we’re not trying for easy either. We’re trying to do what works in the moment and long term.

The move that works all the time, every time, is moving your attention in the moment.

The skill to have in everyday life is the skill of consciously moving your attention.

I remember “waking up” to the fact that I wasn’t in control of my thoughts.

Before having any kind of mindfulness training, I tried to focus on my breath for ten breaths, and I was horrible at it. This was a huge epiphany for me, and it also freaked me out.

This was a wake up for me for sure. I learned: “Wow! I am not actually thinking these thoughts.”

The next thing that happened was a mistake…

I thought that once I could have a little more mastery over my thoughts that I could achieve perfection, or something like it… that I could “master” thought.

I should be able to move my attention and leave it somewhere (like on my breath). So I worked really hard at it, and I got better and better at it.

But my mistake was this…

I started feeling bad every time a thought would pop up. Like I was failing at the “waking up” I was doing.

Thoughts became “bad” and presence became “good.”

But thoughts aren’t bad, thoughts are thoughts. They arise all on their own.

The big epiphany, the second level awakening, came when I realized how that impulse to be thoughtless was just another desire… another attachment.

What happened next was funny.

I started to see that it was all perfectly imperfect.

When a thought would come up, and I would have that impulse to be mad about it, I would “wake up” to that and LAUGH.

Saying to myself, “There I am doing it again, expecting perfection. Hahaha…” and that was a much more useful “wake up.”

While your thinking can get much “better,” you are still not thinking your thoughts.

All you can do in the moment is deal with them when they come up. As you do, it will work in that moment. It does every time, and you’ll get better at it over time.

You don’t have to be perfect.

In fact the desire for that is just another thought, another attachment.

The act of loving yourself is the act of loving your imperfections. You exactly as you are.

The act of loving life is loving the imperfections of life. Life exactly as it is.

I know it is hard when it’s hard. I also know it’s beautiful when it’s beautiful. And it’s fun when it’s fun.

I hope that helps all of us.

Life is exhausting at times. I’m sorry if this is one of those times.

If you’re working on waking up, that effort alone lets me say to you: “Good job. You’re doing great!”

Be gentle with yourself and keep showing up.

It’s not about perfect, just do your best.

If you’re not sure how to manage your attention, here are a couple things that might help:

You can check out this episode of our podcast, or sign up for our free meditation training here.

Be kind to yourself, and everyone else.

Rob :)

Episode 33 – The Shortcut to Mastering Emotions

A new episode of The Rob Scott Show just went live.

Sarah and I recorded this before COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, but we feel it couldn’t be better timed…

We focus on how to deal with difficult and overwhelming emotions.

Obviously we all need to do certain things right now to stay healthy. Not just for ourselves, but for others, especially those at risk.

However, another risk for many of us right now is our own emotional state. Many clients are telling me that they are feeling more fear and panic than ever before.

We’re all dealing with managing stress, anxiety, and fear about the state of the world.

So I’m happy to share a few simple ways to understand emotions, and then healthily change them.

Learn these simple moves and change how you’re experiencing your life for good, especially during times like this.

I hope you enjoy this and find it useful.

Be well and stay safe,

Rob :)

Other Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • Dissecting emotions
  • Understanding the motivation behind emotions
  • The thought-feeling-behavior model
  • What emotions are made up of
  • The relationship between thinking and feeling
  • A shortcut to end anxiety
  • Examining the stories that create emotions
  • Why thinking is addictive to us
  • How to drop thinking and move to sensation
  • Ways to change the experience of your emotions
  • Why emotions cannot exist on their own
  • How to not be victims of our emotions
  • The difference between thinking and sensation
  • Removing judgement from feeling
  • A shortcut to enlightenment
  • How to express emotions with maturity
  • Eliminate shame from having emotions
  • Why it’s important to fully feel feelings
  • How to manage your own consciousness
  • Emotions can be aspects of our identity
  • A shortcut to changing yourself

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Vroom Vroom Veer with Jeff Smith

Hey, I recently got to be a guest on Vroom Vroom Veer Podcast with Jeff Smith and I wanted to share it with you.

The episode just went live. If you want to listen to it, head here.

We had a lot of fun talking about evolving consciousness, shifting identities, and how we got to where we are today.

I loved explaining how my mission in life is to evolve human consciousness and why it’s not as complex as we think it is. It all begins with having a fundamental shift in your thinking.

If you want to know more head here to check it out.

Jeff created Vroom Vroom Veer to highlight “the road less traveled,” and to help show others that there’s more than one path to success. I love the idea of looking for the silver lining in whatever happens.

Please support Jeff and this podcast if his show and mission resonates with you.

Also, if you want to learn about how you can work with me, click here.

Episode 31 – The Most Useful Skill in Personal Development

The latest episode of the Rob Scott Show shares why reality isn’t always what it seems to be.

We discuss why we often have misconceptions around what’s “real,” and why so many of us are lost in our own delusions and fantasies.

Then I share the #1 skill you can master in personal development. (#truthbomb)

It’s the MOST powerful shift you can make in your life. If you get this, you’ve changed the game forever.

Break free from attachment to thoughts, and being moving your attention to experience. This is the path to freedom.

Become aware of when your thoughts are causing stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. Then detach from the “reality” of them. This is managing your mind in the most powerful way.

Please enjoy this episode.

Other Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • The biggest misconception about reality
  • Understanding what’s real
  • Why we get lost in fantasy
  • Differentiating between thought and experience
  • A useful model for managing your mind
  • How to become self aware
  • Understanding delusional thinking
  • The manual to be self aware
  • Why most humans are lost in thought
  • The foundational difference between thoughts and experience
  • Benefits to being able to find presence
  • The path to fearlessness
  • Examining attachment of thought
  • Why joy lives in the moment
  • How to distinguish between thought and experience
  • The power of mindfulness
  • How to stop suffering for good

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Episode 30 – The Art and Science of Goal Setting

This is an important episode to check out if you’re looking to get things done. We explore the art and science of powerful goal setting. We also debunk some common goal setting mistakes.

The first crucial thing to understand is how goals and intentions are different. They are both important, but they are different in one distinct way.

Next you need the power of decision. If you can find decisiveness around what matters most to you, then you can envision your big intention.

Next you break that vision down into clear, realistic goals. Ones that are supporting your values and totally within your control to achieve.

I hope this episode helps you gain clarity around how to set big goals, and the courage to take action.

Other Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • The difference between intentions and goals
  • Secrets of successful goal setting
  • How to create actionable goals
  • Why stating your intentions is important
  • What success looks like
  • The clarity of visible goal setting
  • Debunking common goal setting mistakes
  • Why intentions should be big and goals should be realistic
  • The power of deciding on what matters most
  • Three steps to achieving your goals
  • How intention leads to creation
  • Why values are related to self-love
  • Intentions carve a path to clear goals
  • Use motivation to take action
  • Dissecting internal value conflicts
  • Why we want to preserve our options
  • Redefining what “values” mean
  • The importance of prioritizing what you want

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Episode 29 – *Special Episode* Beyond the Podcast

This episode of The Rob Scott Show is a love letter to our group coaching programs. This is your opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of The Identity Shifting Mastermind. You’ll learn about the creation of it, and the unique strategy that drives it.

We explore in detail exactly what an “identity shift” is. Explain why it’s the only way to have permanent and profound breakthroughs in your life. Also, why having breakthroughs in front of others is more powerful than alone.

Finally, we talk about our latest offering, The Fundamental Shift Coaching Group. This new program is affordable and effective. You get monthly coaching calls, and access to a vibrant community of conscious humans. You also get an “all-access pass” to every personal development course Rob ever created.

Please enjoy this episode as we go “beyond the podcast,” and share with you some of the work we do. I hope you find this valuable and consider joining either or both of the programs. If you’re looking for profound personal development, these are great options.

Other Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • Exploring Rob’s coaching style and background
  • Explaining our two coaching opportunities and how they are different
  • Why group programs can create bigger breakthroughs
  • Dissecting what’s included in The Identity Shifting Mastermind
  • Revealing the coaching strategies behind building our group coaching program
  • What impact does a “breakthrough” have and when will it happen
  • Hearing from past ISM alumni about their experiences in the program
  • Understanding what an “identity shift” is, and how we change
  • Exploring The Fundamental Shift Community
  • Looking at the model of thoughts, feelings, & behaviors
  • Why accountability and social pressure matter for success
  • How to join FSC and how to apply for ISM

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Episode 28 – The Skill of “Being”

High achievers listen up! Episode 28 of The Rob Scott Show is going to help you understand that achievement isn’t actually the key to being fulfilled.

During this episode, Rob and Sarah talk about the difference between skill and strategy. Strategizing and problem solving isn’t necessarily bad, and can lead to effectiveness and productivity.

However, if you let your mind be continually focused on what’s next, strategizing how to get to “there,” you’re going to miss out on the joy that’s available to you. You’ll never feel satisfied and fulfilled, no matter what you achieve.

There’s actually no “path to presence.” We’re always arrived and it’s up to us to exercise the “skill of being.” Learning to embody the present moment will let you feel more happiness and fulfillment in your being and doing.

I hope this episode gives you a breakthrough and helps you feel more joy in your life.

Other Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • The time based mind
  • How to wrangle your attention
  • Strategy vs skill and what is valuable
  • One mind with many capabilities
  • Looking at delayed gratification
  • Understanding how identities are created
  • The importance of being
  • Dissecting the planning mind
  • The spectrum of suffering
  • How to be more aware of your thinking
  • Why there’s no “there” to get to
  • The struggle of high achievement without “being”
  • There’s no path to presence, you have already arrived
  • Enjoying the poetry of life
  • You’re always present in the moment
  • How to get in touch with what your attention is doing
  • You’re consciousness itself
  • Understanding the different levels of suffering
  • Learning how to embody gratitude
  • How to be productive in your doing and joyful in your being
  • Why achievement isn’t what gives you fulfillment

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Captivate the Room Podcast with Tracy Goodwin

I recently did an interview on Captivate the Room with my friend Tracy, a renowned voice coach. This is the third time I got to be a guest on her podcast and it’s an honor to be back again.

It just went live. If you want to listen to it, head here.

There’s a simple skill we can all exercise to find more beauty and enjoyment in life. It’s the ability to manage our own attention.

Learning to place attention outside of ruminating thoughts and directly in the present moment lets us experience the present moment instead of thinking, “I’m not there yet.”

The better we get at becoming aware of what our thinking is doing, the easier we can flip the switch of being present in the experience of RIGHT NOW.

You can eliminate a massive amount of suffering in your life by learning to embrace “what is,” instead of resisting it.

Joy lives in the present moment, and we have the capability to find it at any time.

This is the true, direct path to happiness.

Thinking, “I’m not there yet,” keeps us from being as happy as we want, because our attention is placed in all that we haven’t done and don’t have.

I hope you can walk away from this interview with tangible tools to help you avoid self sabotage, work addiction, and the myth that you’re “not there yet.”

Tracy and I also discuss the idea that what we think we need vs what we actually need, aren’t the same thing at all.

We can drop the story of “I’m busy” and embrace that idea that we’re here, we’re arrived, and we’re capable of receiving goodness all the time.

Tracy has been coaching the voices of celebrities, entrepreneurs and business leaders around the globe for over 28 years. Her podcast is helping to give others a voice and gain self worth.

It’s an amazing mission.

Listen, like, and subscribe to her podcast if it resonates with you

Also, if you want to learn how you can join the community I talked about at the end of the episode, head here to get the information.

The Eating Coach Podcast Interview with Harriet Morris

I was so honored that I was asked to be a guest on The Eating Coach Podcast.

Check out the episode I recorded with my friend and coach, Harriet Morris. It just went live.

Harriet is an eating psychology specialist and a body confidence coach. She works to support and empower her clients and help them to become happier and healthier.

In this episode of her podcast, we talked about the power of meditation and mindfulness and how to distinguish between pain and suffering.

We also discussed complacency and acceptance, and the important differences between those two ideas.

She let me share exactly how to stop your suffering in any moment. And I explained why we don’t have to BE present, because we are actually already present in every moment.

In fact, the crucial skill is mastering how to be with “what is.”

Harriet also shared her own experiences with meditation, how it’s helped her and past clients, get through some stuff stuff. We dived into how it can be used as an important tool to get big breakthroughs in your life.

Make sure to check out this episode when you can.

Also, like and subscribe to her podcast if our conversation resonates with you. Harriet’s doing awesome transformational work and I’m super happy to support her in her mission and business.

I’ll leave you with this quote from the episode…

“There’s another level where you just decide to accept how you feel in the moment, and you can do it more easily then you believe.”

I hope that you feel inspired by this interview!

Also, if you want to learn how you can join the community I talked about at the end of the episode, head here to get the information.

Episode 27 – How to Evolve Into a Hero

Episode 27 of The Rob Scott Show covers a lot of ground. We explore exactly what it means to be a conscious human in the world today. We talk about the nuances of our culture and how we want to be heroes but celebrate victimhood. Then go over ways we can notice when we’re stuck in a victim mindset.

Sarah and I also discuss the most important personal development survival skill… metacognition. It’s an awareness of thinking about your thinking. Learning to do that well gives you the ability to manage your attention. This move is the superpower. It will allow you to be happy and fulfilled in your being, and powerful and effecting in your doing.

Finally, discover why there is no such thing as a permanent hero. Instead, it’s crucial to learn how to be heroic for yourself. What’s the hero in YOU that can focus on what’s important and how you’re showing up? Learn how to win at the internal game and that will help you make the world a better place.

I hope you enjoy this episode, we had a ton of fun recording it for you.

Other Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • The paradox of hero and villain
  • Societies views on the Hero’s Journey
  • Understanding a victim mindset
  • Why society rewards victimhood
  • Managing the complexity of life
  • What it means to be a conscious human
  • The evolution of survival skills
  • How to grow your awareness of when you’re being a victim
  • Learning to deal with problems without playing victim
  • The power of facing your fears
  • Mastering Metacognition – Useful thoughts about your thoughts
  • How moving attention impacts your emotions
  • The Most Important Personal Development Survival Skills
  • How to be happier and more productive
  • Surrounding yourself with conscious humans

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