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Steven Kotler on Embracing the Art of Impossible

Wholly Human with LeAnn Rimes

Can you train your brain to help you accomplish more, in less time with less stress? Best selling author Steven Kotler joins LeAnn for a fascinating look into the neuroscience of attaining your personal ‘flow’ state.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 18mins

30 Aug 2021

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The Neuroscience of Peak Performance with guest Steven Kotler #MakingBank S6E9

Making Bank

Boost your brain instead of burning it out.  On this episode of the Making Bank Podcast, Steven Kotler chats about his research and latest book, The Art of Impossible. As a best-selling author, Steven has researched into the neuroscience of peak performance, particularly flow state. He discusses the behavioral and cognitive steps to avoid burn out and anxiety. His advice on motivating yourself, reaching flow state and building grit are needed now more than ever.   Listen to Josh and Steven discuss the biology of burn out.  The Art of Impossible (3:07) Steven describes his new book, The Art of Impossible. Unlike other books on peak performance, The Art of Impossible tackles the subject using neuroscience. Compared to psychology, neurobiology is concrete, reliable and repeatable. The book combines years of research and is divided into four sections. The Science of Motivation (6:45) Steven breaks down the science of motivation, explaining the difference between extrinsic, intrinsic, grit and more. He covers the five intrinsic motivators, such as curiosity, and what chemicals your brain releases in certain states.   Getting into the flow (10:45) Steven explains how motivation and the flow state are closely linked. He emphasizes the importance of flow, as a state that can allow you to be 500% more productive than when in a regular or unmotivated state of mind.  Everyone is a Peak Performer (14:02) Some days, you feel like you’ve done nothing. However, Steven argues that everyone’s brain is wired for peak performance. The trick is knowing how to unlock that.   Burn out (15:02) Burn out is real—and avoidable. Steven covers the physical and cognitive actions you must do in order to not burn out. Sleep, nutrition, and hydration are imperative to your brain, as well as socialization, and decompressing. He touches on how these help you perform and what fear does to the brain.  Lowering Anxiety (22:24) It seems like everyone is talking about anxiety and for good reason. Steven relays how modern society fuels our anxiety, and the three exercises you can do to reduce it. A daily gratitude practice, mindfulness practice, and regular exercise are all ways to help you and your brain decompress.  Goals and Recovering (24:19) Two more extremely important things to avoiding burn out, anxiety and even depression are good goal-setting and healthy paths to recovery. Clear goals help your brain organize itself, whereas recreation time allows you to recover from stress. Watching TV and drinking may feel good, but they aren’t good recovery activities for you. Listen to the episode to hear what to do instead.  Flowing Frequently (25:05) While getting into flow state is the main goal, so is finding a way to do so frequently. Steven encourages listeners to reincorporate those activities that would make time fly when they were kids—either sports, gardening, reading, knitting etc. Finding things that get your brain going and bring you joy can translate to work.  The Mental Health Crisis (30:21) The pandemic has caused another epidemic of mental health problems. Steven breaks down misconceptions about anxiety and depression, and connects anxiety to intrinsic motivators or lack thereof.  Building Your Grit or a Prison? (33:03) Steven distinguishes a special kind of burn out that entrepreneurs and creatives experience if they get into too much flow. He clarifies that while flow is ultimately what you want, it can sometimes imprison you, or get you stuck. That’s when grit takes over to get yourself out of that situation. However, if you don’t build your grit, you’re building your own creative prison. What Happens in Flow? (38:20) Steven discusses how your creativity, motivation and concentration spike in flow. Not only does it provide those valuable production tools, but your nervous system will also calm down. The best part? Your creativity can last for days after a certain flow state. He stresses the benefits of breath work, reading, and sauna time.  Links mentioned: Making Bank - Website Steven Kotler - Website

47mins

29 Aug 2021

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The Neuroscience of Peak Performance with guest Steven Kotler #MakingBank S6E9

Making Bank

Boost your brain instead of burning it out.  On this episode of the Making Bank Podcast, Steven Kotler chats about his research and latest book, The Art of Impossible. As a best-selling author, Steven has researched into the neuroscience of peak performance, particularly flow state. He discusses the behavioral and cognitive steps to avoid burn out and anxiety. His advice on motivating yourself, reaching flow state and building grit are needed now more than ever.   Listen to Josh and Steven discuss the biology of burn out.  The Art of Impossible (3:07) Steven describes his new book, The Art of Impossible. Unlike other books on peak performance, The Art of Impossible tackles the subject using neuroscience. Compared to psychology, neurobiology is concrete, reliable and repeatable. The book combines years of research and is divided into four sections. The Science of Motivation (6:45) Steven breaks down the science of motivation, explaining the difference between extrinsic, intrinsic, grit and more. He covers the five intrinsic motivators, such as curiosity, and what chemicals your brain releases in certain states.   Getting into the flow (10:45) Steven explains how motivation and the flow state are closely linked. He emphasizes the importance of flow, as a state that can allow you to be 500% more productive than when in a regular or unmotivated state of mind.  Everyone is a Peak Performer (14:02) Some days, you feel like you’ve done nothing. However, Steven argues that everyone’s brain is wired for peak performance. The trick is knowing how to unlock that.   Burn out (15:02) Burn out is real—and avoidable. Steven covers the physical and cognitive actions you must do in order to not burn out. Sleep, nutrition, and hydration are imperative to your brain, as well as socialization, and decompressing. He touches on how these help you perform and what fear does to the brain.  Lowering Anxiety (22:24) It seems like everyone is talking about anxiety and for good reason. Steven relays how modern society fuels our anxiety, and the three exercises you can do to reduce it. A daily gratitude practice, mindfulness practice, and regular exercise are all ways to help you and your brain decompress.  Goals and Recovering (24:19) Two more extremely important things to avoiding burn out, anxiety and even depression are good goal-setting and healthy paths to recovery. Clear goals help your brain organize itself, whereas recreation time allows you to recover from stress. Watching TV and drinking may feel good, but they aren’t good recovery activities for you. Listen to the episode to hear what to do instead.  Flowing Frequently (25:05) While getting into flow state is the main goal, so is finding a way to do so frequently. Steven encourages listeners to reincorporate those activities that would make time fly when they were kids—either sports, gardening, reading, knitting etc. Finding things that get your brain going and bring you joy can translate to work.  The Mental Health Crisis (30:21) The pandemic has caused another epidemic of mental health problems. Steven breaks down misconceptions about anxiety and depression, and connects anxiety to intrinsic motivators or lack thereof.  Building Your Grit or a Prison? (33:03) Steven distinguishes a special kind of burn out that entrepreneurs and creatives experience if they get into too much flow. He clarifies that while flow is ultimately what you want, it can sometimes imprison you, or get you stuck. That’s when grit takes over to get yourself out of that situation. However, if you don’t build your grit, you’re building your own creative prison. What Happens in Flow? (38:20) Steven discusses how your creativity, motivation and concentration spike in flow. Not only does it provide those valuable production tools, but your nervous system will also calm down. The best part? Your creativity can last for days after a certain flow state. He stresses the benefits of breath work, reading, and sauna time.  Links mentioned: Making Bank - Website Steven Kotler - Website

48mins

29 Aug 2021

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#189 How To Achieve The Impossible with Steven Kotler

Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

CAUTION: This episode contains swearing and themes of an adult nature.Today’s conversation is about unlocking your full potential, striving for peak performance and ‘going big’. My guest, Steven Kotler, lives and breathes ‘flow’. He’s an expert in this optimal state of consciousness, where we feel and perform at our best. And you don’t have to be part of the business or sporting elite to benefit from his research. Steven believes we can all attain flow, because as humans we’re hard-wired to achieve. Whether you’re taking a walk, writing an email or cooking a meal, you could find yourself in flow.  Steven is a prolific author, journalist and entrepreneur. He founded the Flow Research Collective, which uses neurobiological findings to train people to achieve peak performance in all walks of life. By understanding what’s going on in the brain and body when humans are performing at their best, his goal is to help us access the flow state more often and realise our full potential.  Flow is something I’ve written about in my own books and I describe it as being so absorbed in a pleasurable activity that time seems to disappear. Steven and I talk about how psychologists and neurobiologists identify and measure flow. He provides insights on the brain chemicals involved and we discuss the links between flow and happiness. We also uncover tools you can use to access this creative state; why initial struggles are part of the process, and why active recovery is vital if you want to avoid burnout.  This is a super-charged episode, packed with insights, information and enthusiasm. Steven is certainly an advert for the energy and productivity that results from seeking out a flow state. I hope this conversation sets you on a path to finding yours. Thanks to our sponsors:http://blublox.com/livemorehttp://www.vivobarefoot.com/uk/livemorehttp://www.athleticgreens.com/livemore Show notes available at https://drchatterjee.com/189 Follow me on instagram.com/drchatterjee/ Follow me on facebook.com/DrChatterjee/ Follow me on twitter.com/drchatterjeeuk DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 42mins

8 Jun 2021

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The Art of Impossible – an Interview with Steven Kotler #276

The Brian Buffini Show

“Peak performance is nothing more or less than getting our biology to work for us rather than against us.” – Steven Kotler A state of flow is an optimal state of consciousness when we both feel our best and perform our best. In this episode, Brian interviews Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. Steven shares how to achieve flow and unlock peak performance – those moments in time when the impossible becomes possible. Topics discussed include: why our biology is hardwired for three levels of goals, why practicing distraction management is key and why there is power in invisible skills. YOU WILL LEARN: Why everyone can access flow. How to trigger flow. How to focus and achieve complete concentration. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: https://www.stevenkotler.com/ Flow Research Collective https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/radio “The Art of Impossible,” by Steven Kotler “The Rise of Superman,” by Steven Kotler “Flow,” by  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE: “Whenever you see people accomplishing the impossible, you tend to see people in a state of flow.” – Steven Kotler “Flow is a massive amplification of skills.” – Steven Kotler “I work for the boss. The boss is who I am yesterday that made my to-do list.” – Steven Kotler “In peak performance, motivation gets us into the game. Learning allows us to continue to play. Creativity - creative problem solving - it's how we steer. And flow, which is a state of optimal performance, is how we turbo-boost the results beyond all reasonable expectation.” – Steven Kotler “If you use the system the way it's designed to be used, you just get farther faster with a lot less fuss.” – Steven Kotler “You can never have too many arrows in your quiver.” – John Barth https://www.TheBrianBuffiniShow.com http://www.brianbuffini.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brian_buffini Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brianbuffini Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianbuffini Theme Music:  “The Cliffs of Moher” by Brogue Wave

40mins

4 May 2021

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How to Shatter Limitations + Achieve Your Dreams with Steven Kotler

The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show

What if you could remove the limitations on what is possible for your one precious life? It turns out when you look into what is actually ‘impossible’ and tap into peak human performance, you're capable of much more than you know. Steven Kotler is one of the world's leading experts on peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and author of 9 national bestselling books. A two-time Pulitzer nominee, Steven's work has been translated into more than 40 languages and has appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and the Harvard Business Review. Steven pulls from decades of research and in his new book, The Art of Impossible. Not only do we dig into the meat of the book, we also learn how to optimize performance levels, starting from step 1. We dive into: Turning the impossible into possible Tools for peak performance. While extrinsic and intrinsic motivations are what get you in the game, the formal learning and skills keep you there, creativity steers you, and flow pushes you beyond all reasonable expectations. Why you must be in a position to meet your basic needs before setting off for something new. Curiosity, passion, purpose, autonomy, and mastery as intrinsic motivators, and how to follow them in the right order for the best results. Neurobiological ways of understanding the various motivators. How to sustain creativity over a lifetime. Enjoy! Have a question? Text me 1-206-309-5177
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1hr 10mins

28 Apr 2021

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#305 - Steven Kotler - A Complete Recipe For Peak Performance

Modern Wisdom

Steven Kotler is a peak performance expert, entrepreneur and an author. The mystery of achieving peak performance is what many people are striving toward in life. Steven is a world expert in Flow and through years of cutting edge research, has finally created the recipe. Expect to learn how to break & build your motivation, the best way to hack your creativity, why Salvador Dali literally WAS drugs, the universal triggers you can use to drop yourself into flow, how to integrate peak performance protocols into your routine and much more...  Sponsors: Book a Free Consultation Call with ActiveLifeRX at https://www.activelifeprofessional.com/modernwisdom Get 20% discount & free shipping on your Lawnmower 3.0 at https://www.manscaped.com/  (use code MODERNWISDOM) Extra Stuff: Check out the Flow Research Collective - https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/ Check out Steven's website - https://www.stevenkotler.com/ Get my free Ultimate Life Hacks List to 10x your daily productivity → https://chriswillx.com/lifehacks/ To support me on Patreon (thank you): https://www.patreon.com/modernwisdom - Get in touch. Join the discussion with me and other like minded listeners in the episode comments on the MW YouTube Channel or message me... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chriswillx Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/chriswillx YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ModernWisdomPodcast Email: https://www.chriswillx.com/contact

1hr 28mins

8 Apr 2021

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Using adversity to our advantage | Steven Kotler | S2E2

UNSTOPPABLE with Kerwin Rae

In this episode of Unstoppable, I had the opportunity to speak with Steven Kotler, the Executive Director of Flow Research Creative, a business that looks to help individuals accomplish their most ambitious professional goals by unlocking their peak possible human performance.  Steven has been labeled as one of the world’s leading experts on human performance, having written numerous books which are New York Times best-selling. Alongside his incredible knowledge, Steven has been honoured as an award-winning journalist, further adding to his incredible understanding of psychology and human behaviour, which makes him an incredible guest to learn from. In this podcast, Steven and I share ideas surrounding the importance of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and how adversity can contribute to a greater consciousness… and how adversity can be used to your advantage.  In this podcast you will learn: 02:00 How Steven got into the area of peak performance 06:00 Connection between tough upbringings and peak performance 09:00 Relationship between self-preservation and peak performance 19:00 Steven’s new book: The Art of Impossible 22:00 Where does motivation start? 28:00 Steven’s opinion on the author of DRIVE 31:00 The six levels of grit 38:00 The six things key performance comes to 43:00 Entrepreneurial recovery

51mins

30 Mar 2021

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378: Steven Kotler on The Art of Impossible

The One You Feed

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. The author of 13 books, 9 of which best sellers, Steven is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into 40 languages, and has appeared in over 100 publications.In this episode, Eric and Steven discuss his book, The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer. They break down the idea of “impossible” into its component parts that, when cultivated, come together to propel us towards states of flow and otherwise unattainable performance in any area of life. But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!In This Interview, Steven Kotler and I discuss The Art of Impossible and…His book, The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance PrimerThe fact that you “go where you look”, i.e. where you put your attention is where you end upHis experience having Lymes Disease and his mystical experience when surfing one dayThe two types of impossibleThe neurobiology involved in the state of peak performance called “flow”How we can increase our motivation, learning, and creativityThe fact that more “meaningful” does not always mean more “pleasant”The importance of getting very good at being uncomfortable when working towards our “impossible” goalsExercises people can do to find their curiosityThat passion lies at the intersection of multiple curiositiesAn unexpected way to cultivate gritThe five steps to learn anythingLearning means being uncertainThe process of “crawl, walk, run”Steven Kotler Links:Steven’s WebsitePassion Recipe MasterclassInstagramTwitterFacebookGreen Chef: The first USDA Certified Organic Meal Kit Company that makes eating well easy and affordable. Go to www.greenchef.com/90wolf and use code 90WOLF to get $90 off including free shippingTalkspace is an online therapy company that lets you connect with a licensed therapist from anywhere at any time at a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy. It’s therapy on demand. Visit www.talkspace.com or download the app and enter Promo Code: WOLF to get $100 off your first month.Literati Kids is a try-before-you-buy subscription club. Each month they deliver 5 vibrantly illustrated children’s books bringing the immersive magic of reading right to your home. You choose which ones you want to buy and then send the rest back for free. Head to www.literati.com/wolf for 25% off your first two orders.If you enjoyed this conversation with Steven Kotler on The Art of Impossible, you might also enjoy these other episodes:Transformative Mindfulness with Shauna ShapiroGreg KrechJeffrey RubinSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

58mins

9 Mar 2021

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Steven Kotler - Flow, Human Potential, and Maximizing tim‪e‬

The Gabby Reece Show

Today's guest is NY Times best selling author Steven Kotler. We just jumped into this podcast so please just ride along with us. Most of us know Steven's work on flow, and how to get more of it in our lives. He has a great new book out The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer. Steven is a reminder that there is NO SUCH THING AS IMPOSSIBLE. I have known SK for 25 years and this is the first time I have seen him talk more personally about his experience and not just about the science. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 40mins

8 Mar 2021

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