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In this episode, I speak with author, speaker and self-described science enthusiast Idil Ahmed. You may know her from her massive social media presence (@idillionaire) on Instagram and Twitter, where she shares many inspiring and uplifting messages.
Indeed, Instagram is where Idil and I first connected a few years back and we have supported each other on our respective journeys ever since. I’m a big fan of her mission to raise global consciousness and I've shared her writings on my page many times over the years.
She's written a new and long-awaited book called Manifest Now, which is all about guiding you through the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of creating the life you want. In this conversation, I talk with her about some of the main principles and ideas in that book.
Topics covered in this episode
Some of the questions and topics we cover in this episode include:
What exactly is manifestation? (19:00)
How do we balance “trusting our vision” with taking practical steps? (21:00)
Is “manifesting” different from “achieving”? (24:30)
What are four key principles to effectively manifesting what we want? (20:00)
What role does taking action play in manifestation? (28:00)
What are affirmations and what’s the best way to use them? (30:10)
How can we use affirmations to cultivate more empowering beliefs? (32:30)
What is mindfulness and how can we practice it? (36:15)
How do you deal with information overwhelm? (44:50)
I share some important mindset shifts I’ve personally had recently (48:00)
Speaking of mindset shifts...
Registration for the next Mindset Shifts Masterclass is open from September 3rd through September 10th.
What is the Mindset Shifts Masterclass?
If you study human psychology long enough, you realize that the root cause of most of our negative emotions are certain stories, beliefs, and assumptions we've acquired throughout our lives. These thoughts cause our perceptions to become distorted and lead us to act in ways we don't like. In order to find clarity and peace in our lives, we need to identify these mental patterns and change them, reframe them, or replace them.
For years, I've been interested in the best ways to accomplish this. Turns out there are a variety of tools available, including Stoic philosophy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which are two of my favorites.
The Mindset Shifts Masterclass is a 6-week course I created that distills and simplifies many of the strategies I've learned over the years from a variety of different fields and philosophies. It's designed to help you let go of the stories that are holding you back, cultivate a mindset that helps you grow, and reprogram your mind for success. You can learn more here.
If you want a taste of what the Masterclass is all about before jumping right into it, feel free to try out my free mini-course first. You'll get seven days worth of simple strategies emailed to you over the course of a week to help you get unstuck and find more clarity and purpose in your life.
Note: The free mini-course is available year round but the Masterclass only opens a few times a year. Registration for this Masterclass closes on September 10th. If you want to be notified when the next class opens, you can sign up at the bottom of this page.
Selected links & resources from the episode
Idil’s new book, Manifest Now
Idil’s personal website
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
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Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. He has created a community of over 3 million readers across his collective platforms, including his popular Instagram page ThinkGrowProsper. Along with this blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.