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THE GURU With Howard Falco

What are the secrets and the truly effective wisdom that leads to happiness, success, and breakthrough personal results? So many are looking for these powerful answers. Author and mental strength expert Howard Falco has found that those fascinating answers and the empowerment they bring are always closer than you think! Join him as he offers valuable and life-changing insights from his years of work with top athletes, business people, and individuals who have overcome life's biggest challenges. Learn how you can strengthen your awareness and your mind in a way that positively impacts your results in business, relationships, sports performance or life in general. Learn to master your reality and become the Guru over your own life and what you create for yourself each day!

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Positive Energy and Overcoming Fear with Scott Coyle
Howard Falco is joined by one of his former business partners, Scott Coyle. Scott is the CEO of ClickIPO, a platform that supports the small investor. Investors can now participate in initial public offerings and have access to stock that was traditionally only available to bigger investors.  Scott wanted to come on to the show to interview and ask Howard some questions around mindset. In this conversation, Howard has the opportunity to expand on some of his thoughts around regret, fear of the unknown, and subtle ways you can cultivate openness as we get older.  The interview centers around the idea that there are no boundaries. There is only expansion, but how you tap into that expansion is ever-growing and evolving.   Key Takeaways [1:00] About today’s guest, Scott Coyle. [2:40] Scott has some questions for Howard. Why did he move to Arizona? [5:25] Scott shares how he and Howard first became business partners. [6:20] When it comes to trading financial markets, it’s much less about charts and graphs and much more about your mindset and belief around trading. [8:50] Howard shares how he was able to let go of regret. [15:35] How do you stay open to receiving new information? [18:45] How do you overcome fear? [21:10] Life has no boundaries. Life is about expansion. [23:40] Why are younger people more open to ideas than older people are? [28:35] Why are we more polarized than ever? Is it because of social media? [31:45] How do you attract more positive energy into your life? [37:00] This podcast is sponsored by the 8 Wisdom Foundation! [38:05] How do you flow with life? [41:45] Scott asks Howard what his vision is for the 8 Wisdom Foundation.   Mentioned in this Episode Web.clickipo.com Scott on LinkedIn Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here — 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
46:07 03/08/2022
Keys to Unlocking and Living Your Best Life with Tommy Baker
This week on THE GURU, Howard Falco is joined by a good friend of his, Tommy Baker. Tommy is what one would call a ‘Super Coach;’ he helps visionaries, entrepreneurs, and leaders turn their dreams into reality. His no-nonsense style of coaching cuts to the truth of what it takes to truly get to the next level. He has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Influencer Magazine.   In addition to working with his clients, Tommy also hosts his own podcast, Resist Average, where he has deep and transformational conversations with the world’s leaders, CEOs, visionaries, and spiritual teachers. With millions of downloads and over 100+ episodes and counting, Resist Average is helping thousands of people live their best lives. He’s also the author of the successful book, The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams. His newest book, Hustlers & Seekers: How To Crush It And Find Fulfillment Without Losing Your Mind, is due to come out in December 2021.   In this conversation, Tommy shares key insights on how to live your best life, shifts that you can make today to be able to perform at your very best, mistakes to avoid that often stop people from achieving what they want in this world, and strategies from top-performing entrepreneurs that he has personally coached.   It is no exaggeration to say that Tommy lives his life every day with the same passion and energy that he imbues in his clients. Stay tuned for today’s episode and don’t miss out on any of Tommy’s invaluable insight and key strategies.   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s guest, Tommy Baker. [2:17] Howard welcomes Tommy Baker to the podcast! [3:35] The magic in repetition when it comes to truth, inspiration, and wisdom. [5:54] The importance of integrity and intention. [7:36] In all the coaching that Tommy has done over the years, what does he think is the #1 key for living one’s best life? [12:36] Tommy shares what drives him every single day to get up and do the work that he does. [19:29] Why you don’t always have to be “doing” to keep up and why letting go is the key to getting ahead. [23:05] Where to find Howard Falco’s books online. [24:00] What drove Tommy to want to coach people to be their best selves. [28:22] Tommy share’s his thoughts on the “hack culture” of today’s world. [35:54] The biggest shift that Tommy made in his thinking that changed his life. [38:21] Tommy’s insights on what often stops people from achieving what they want, and what you can do as a coach to help people overcome these obstacles. [43:34] This podcast is sponsored by the 8Wisdom Foundation. [44:14] Tommy’s insights and key takeaways from the best performers that he has personally coached. [49:00] Fear is always a part of taking action. [50:29] About Tommy’s newest book, Hustlers & Seekers. [59:59] Where to get Tommy’s new book and find him online! [1:00:51] Howard thanks Tommy for joining the podcast.   Mentioned in this Episode Resist Average Academy Tommy’s Instagram: @Tommy_ResistAverage Resist Average Podcast Hustlers & Seekers: How To Crush It And Find Fulfillment Without Losing Your Mind, by Tommy Baker The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams, by Tommy Baker Resist Average Podcast Ep. 145: “Your Dreams Will Require Relentless Faith with Howard Falco” Resist Average Podcast Ep. 54: “Discovering the Power of Who You Really Are with Howard Falco”   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here — 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
62:11 10/26/2021
LPGA Winner Mel Reid Reveals Her Road to Becoming a Champion!
Melissa “Mel” Reid is an English professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. Mel played on the Ladies European Tour from 2007 to 2017, where she won six times. Now a full member of the LPGA Tour, she had a breakout year in 2020 when she won her first LPGA Tour event, the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Her journey was not linear, after losing her mother in a tragic car accident, Mel struggled with the grief, guilt, and mental blocks that kept her from playing to her fullest potential. In this episode, Howard and Mel sit down to talk about Mel’s extensive journey that led to her first breakthrough LPGA victory. Mel paints a vivid picture of the events that she was growing through after each critical moment of her life and shares insights into what you can do to succeed as an athlete or in life in general. Through all the extensive mental work she’s done, Mel feels like all the years of blood, sweat, and tears are finally beginning to pay off. Key Takeaways [:50] About today’s episode! [2:55] Howard welcomes and introduces Mel to the podcast. [3:25] What has Mel learned about being an athlete at the highest level? [5:00] Mel talks about how not all days are good days. [6:30] Mel walked around with a lot of guilt. She was very hard on herself, and it made her feel she was not good enough. [7:15] Mel talks about the courage she summoned to make a big change in her life by moving to the U.S. in order to move forward in her career. [9:30] When did Mel get started in golf? Did she always want to be a professional golfer? She discusses how she got the bug as a young kid. [11:05] When did Mel realize she wanted to play golf full-time? She discusses the importance of learning to win at every level. [16:20] Mel shares what it was like to play in her first professional event. [24:00] Mel offers insight into why she loves playing on the LPGA Tour so much and why she knew she had to move to the US if she wanted to be a better player. [30:00] Howard asks Mel if she ever had doubt about her ability? [32:35] Mel talks about the good mental space right now and how grateful she is for the team she has built, but it was a journey to really get to this place. [33:00] Howard talks about how timing works in life. [34:40] Howard talks about the importance of an athlete developing their intuition! [36:00] Was Mel ever worried about ‘time’ or getting older in her career? [39:25] Mel shares what was going through her mind when she went on a career break to clear her mind. [45:00] Howard talks about the balance of mind that makes a true champion. [46:30] What was Mel’s experience with the mental side of the game before she met Howard? [47:40] Howard talks about the mental key to leveling UP. [49:40] Mel talks about the incredible power of WILL in executing putts and shots. [52:50] Mel talks about her experience leading an LPGA event and not closing in 2020 and what she learned from that experience. [55:00] Mel talks about her determination and INTENTION to win the next week at the ShopRite Classic. [57:00} Mel discusses some key mental moments in her final round to victory! [1:01:25] After winning her first LPGA Tour event in 2020, what has Mel learned about herself? [103:00] Mel discusses how she’s looking to make a difference in the world. [1:06:10] Mel offers her best advice for anyone looking to go to the next level.   Mentioned in this Episode Mel Reid Mel on Instagram   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here — 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
69:53 08/24/2021
Relentless Faith: Green Bay Packers Star Receiver Allen Lazard on the Keys to His Success
Allen Lazard of the Green Bay Packers is one of the top emerging receivers in the NFL. In this episode, Howard interviews Allen about his powerful optimistic mindset and how at each step and challenge along the way, from high school to college to the pros, Allen used a strong belief and faith to propel him to further heights. They also dive into and uncover what the key differences are in an athlete that performs and breaks through at the professional level.  Allen also discusses the importance of keeping the faith in who you know you are and how to block out negative thoughts. They also discuss insights on legendary Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and what makes him great! In high school and in college at Iowa State he was a team star who broke 6 of the Iowa State all-time football receiving records. Shockingly, Allen went undrafted in the 2018 NFL draft. This was the first of many challenges he would face. He joined the Green Bay Packers 2018 and was promoted to the active roster in September of 2019. It is then that Allen took full advantage of his opportunity in the NFL and began to let he is true talent shine. He has since become one of Aaron Rodgers favorite “go to” guys during games.   Key Takeaways [:50] About today’s episode! [2:55] Howard welcomes Allen to the podcast. [4:00] Allen shares the biggest challenge he has faced on the road to becoming a professional athlete. [6:00] Allen recognizes that he’s not as quick as some of the smaller and more agile guys out there on the field, but he still trained like one and that has been a huge benefit in his NFL career. He did not limit himself because of his size. [8:00] Allen talks about having no regrets and the incredible way he deals with growth and Fear [9:35] Allen talks about his mindset regarding doing new things, saying, “You can’t do this.” Who says so? Why not?  [11:35] Did Allen always have dreams of playing in the NFL? [14:55] Allen thanks his parents for instilling a core value in him, which is to treat everyone with respect. No matter what. Allen also credits his grandfather in being a huge inspiration to him as he was the definition of what a true hard-working person acted. [16:05] Did Allen ever doubt himself and his abilities? Although confident in his abilities, there were times the extra accountability pushed himself to achieve more. [19:20] Allen walks Howard through the NFL Draft day and how he dealt with the unimaginable not getting drafted. [22:10] Allen talks about being signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the beginning and how it was important that they saw him for what he was; a wide receiver. [24:30] Allen talks about the belief he held on to regarding just getting a shot to play.  [25:30] When Allen got signed by the Jaguars, he had a mindset shift. He had to look at himself in the mirror and realize that he was not who he thought he was. He needed to work harder. [26:00] Allen talks about the importance of awareness and watching what the greats do. [29:40] Howard asks Allen what mental and mindset work he has been doing to get to where he is today? [30:00] Howard asks Allen what the key has been to him manifesting what he wanted to achieve. [31:40] Allen says he new by practice on Wednesday of each week he was going to die.  [32:15] Allen knew he had to get serious about his diet when he was training in Jacksonville.  [37:35] Green Bay calls Allen, what happens next? [38:20] Allen talks about the importance of showing people respect and good energy. [40:00] Howard shares why intention is so powerful and why Allen was so powerful using it. [43:30] Allen talks about his first catch in the NFL and how much it meant to him. [46:40] What’s the biggest difference between college level and the NFL? Allen talks about the mental game. [51:00] Allen talks about how he mimicked the habits of the best on the team. [53:00] Allen shares what he did when after a great showing in summer camp he found out he was getting cut to the practice squad again. [57:00] Allen talks about "knowing" he would get his chance to play. [59:45] Howard asks Allen to repeat a statement about putting the team first before personal stats or playing time. [1:02:00] Allen talks about the moment Aaron Rogers told his coaches, "Hey, put #13 in the game so we can WIN!" [1:03:30] The moment he thought he blew it all... [1:06:40] What does Allen think makes Aaron Rogers great? [1:08:45] Does Allen have any pre-game rituals? [1:13:10] What advice does Allen have for young athletes out there? [1:15:15] What has Allen learned about mindset since being in the NFL? [1:17:05] What is Allen currently up to? Allen talks about his brand AT THE TOP.   Mentioned in this Episode Allen Lazard Allen’s Podcast, At The Top   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here — 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
80:28 06/08/2021
How to Master Your Power of Perception — I AM Book Talk Part 2
In this episode, Howard and his co-host, Tierney Rae, are taking another deep dive into Howard’s book, I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are. In part 1 of the series, they spoke about the introduction and the first section of the book; sharing many key insights around self-awareness, self-perception, and self-empowerment. In this second part of the series, Howard and Tierney are taking a look at chapters 1 and 2 of I AM. They explore why self-awareness is so critical to self-empowerment, the basis of I AM in discovering the power of who you are, how our beliefs determine our state of mind, how to begin to overcome our fear of death (and instead live a powerful life of creating what we want for ourselves), and why it is so crucial acknowledge the full truth when you’re trying to create something for yourself. Howard and Tierney also take an in-depth look at some of the key quotes from I AM, such as: “Without relativity there is no reality,” “Evolution is creation expressed,” and “As a creative human being, your journey here is not to decide if you are going to matter but rather how you will matter at each step along the way.” This episode is jam-packed with key takeaways from I AM, practical advice, and golden nuggets of wisdom that you may have missed in your first read-through of I AM! Join Howard and Tierney’s conversation to discover the true power you have within you. “Just by taking this journey of self-awareness, you’re doing exactly what you can do to help the world in the way that you want. But, you have to be courageous on the journey — because you’re going to be confronted by a lot of truth.” — Howard Falco   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s episode! [1:03] Howard welcomes Tierney Rae on to the podcast as his co-host. [1:51] Key insights from Part One of I AM; why self-awareness is so critical to self-empowerment. [4:25] Howard provides a few examples of how our beliefs determine our state of mind and shape our reality. [6:12] Why your response is a huge part of what you’re creating for yourself in the next moment and validating your belief in something. [8:37] Tierney shares her thoughts on the importance of claiming our power around how we want to view everything in our lives. [9:18] Why the fear of death is one of the biggest reasons for someone having a negative or fear-based mindset that causes someone to be very “I” dominated vs. “we” dominated — and what we can do to overcome this fear and instead live a powerful life of creating what we want for ourselves. [11:34] The importance of empathizing with others’ fears rather than judging. [13:40] Why compassion creates connection, safety, and healing. [15:40] About Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [16:26] Tierney and Howard discuss key insights from chapter 2: “Without relativity there is no reality,” and, “We live in a world of relativity, meaning that we experience ourselves by distinguishing who we are in relation to every other piece of matter in existence.” [18:52] Why is it easier to avoid the negative or uncomfortable aspects in our life and communicate certain things that are hard? [19:46] Why you have to acknowledge the full truth when you’re trying to create something for yourself. [20:57] Why outward blame can give us a temporary sense of power but is ultimately fleeting and leaves us feeling powerless. [21:58] How to unlock true empowerment (and why doing so is the ultimate key to happiness). [24:54] Howard elaborates on a key insight on page 31 that marks a big turning point on the journey of life: “As a creative human being, your journey here is not to decide if you are going to matter but rather how you will matter at each step along the way. This ‘how’ is the essence of the free will that resides in you and every other person.” [26:00] Once you are at peace with the idea that you matter, you need less from your world, and you're able to help others on their journeys to seeing the same thing about themselves. [28:07] The differences between having wants and being needful, and why being needful prevents your full potential of giving love free as well as your talent from coming out. [30:37] Howard dives into another fantastic quote from I AM: “Evolution is creation expressed.” [35:03] What life is: an exact process of the expression of infinity. [36:08] Howard and Tierney discuss how all of the major problems of the world can be traced back to fear and negativity from mankind’s consciousness, and why liberating ourselves from our own fear has a massive impact on the collective. [39:08] Howard reads the ending excerpt of chapter 2: “All creation is designed to give you the awareness of more of the infinite possibilities that exist for you in each moment. You have complete control of how you experience reality and based on your choices and decisions about what matters to you in life. These choices and decisions originate in your beliefs about yourself. Who you believe you are gives meaning in life to the matter around you.” [39:50] Howard begins to wrap up the podcast and shares what chapter 3 is about. [40:11] Howard highlights some of the key takeaways from chapters 1 and 2 of I AM. [41:00] Howard thanks Tierney for joining the podcast and thanks you as the listener for tuning in as always!   Mentioned in this Episode I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco THE GURU with Howard Falco Podcast Ep. 12: “Ways to Empower Yourself for 2021 at the Deepest Level” (Previous Episode in the I AM Series) Transcend Book Club on Facebook Transcend Book Club on Instagram Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
42:08 04/27/2021
Overcoming Tragedy: How Michael Fine used the Power of Mindfulness to Find A New Level Acceptance, Peace and Purpose in Life!
This week, Howard is joined by his co-host, Tierney Rae, to welcome on a special guest, Michael Fine — one of Howard’s oldest and dearest friends. In this episode, Michael is sharing his personal and inspiring story of overcoming tragedy in his life. In 2010, while driving down a two-lane highway on the way to work, a flatbed construction truck crossed the middle line and hit Michael head-on, crushing the whole left side of his car. Michael had no time to react. From the impact, he lost his entire left arm from the shoulder down — but miraculously, he survived. Today, Michael shares about his life up to that moment, how he survived that tragic incident, and how it has changed his life since then in ways he could never have imagined. This episode is powerful, enlightening, inspiring, and so much more. Michael shares the profound lessons he has learned, and how yoga and the techniques and tools he utilizes to this day keep him on a continuous path forward. He also explains the life-empowering information he holds on how to live the most fulfilling life that you possibly can. “Everybody has [a] choice and you can’t make it for anybody else. It ultimately has to be you.” — Michael Fine   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s episode with Howard’s close friend, Michael Fine. [3:08] Howard welcomes Michael to the podcast. [3:15] Michael shares the role that Howard has played in his own life. [3:36] Michael shares about the heroics of one individual who helped save his life during this tragic incident and how they have continued to have a relationship to this day. [6:58] What was Michael’s first thought when he woke up in the hospital? [8:45] About Howard’s visit to Michael in the hospital and the beginning of Michael’s road to acceptance. [10:26] The challenges Michael was going through at the time of his incident and how it spiraled into a deep, dark depression. [15:49] How Michael began to look for a new way forward after leaving the hospital from his depression spiral. [19:31] About Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [20:17] When and how did Michael begin to really embrace this new sense of normalcy? [23:25] Michael describes what it is like to live with phantom pain and what he has tried to address it. [26:05] Michael’s journey with yoga and how it has helped him both mentally and physically. [36:31] How your inner world impacts your outer world. [37:31] What one of Michael’s most influential teachers has taught him about awareness. [38:07] What was Michael’s happiness and satisfaction level when he practiced law and when he owned a mortgage company? [39:37] Tierney shares how yoga has helped her both physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in her own journey as well. [41:02] The magic of impacting others in the journey that you yourself are going through. [42:09] Why everybody’s pain is everybody’s pain. It’s not a comparison game. [43:34] The power of letting go of regrets and becoming more present. [44:52] Tierney shares a powerful lesson she learned from the experience she went through that she would like to impart to others. [46:25] Michael’s path to becoming a Yoga Instructor. [46:48] Has Tierney noticed how life is actually working with you through the experiences of what she has been through? [47:47] Where to find both of Howard’s book, I AM and Time in a Bottle. [48:44] Michael shares the revelations he learned in his experience that he would like to impart on others (without having to go through a tragedy themselves). [58:10] Howard shares some of what he loves about Michael. [58:52] Michael shares how Howard has helped and inspired him. [1:00:19] Tierney shares some of her key takeaways from Michael’s story. [1:01:30] Why your emotions are the treasure that leads to everlasting peace. [1:04:49] Howard and Tierney thank Michael for joining the podcast, and Michael shares where to find him online!   Mentioned in this Episode Michael Fine’s Instagram @OneArmedYogi Michael Fine’s Facebook Michael Fine’s Email: MFine1029@gmail.com Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
66:58 03/09/2021
Ways to Empower Yourself for 2021 at the Deepest Level
In this episode, Howard is sharing about the ways that you can empower yourself in 2021 at the deepest level. To help facilitate this conversation, he is bringing on a new co-host — Tierney Rae! Tierney is a friend of Howard’s who was previously on episode 5 of the podcast, “A Young Spiritual Seeker’s Journey of Healing, Overcoming Self-Doubt, and Living Mindfully.” She is a yoga instructor; spiritual seeker; and runs a book club with a focus on studying self-awareness, spirituality, and consciousness. Tierney will also continue to join Howard as a co-host in future episodes to come! In Tierney and Howard’s discussion, they use his book, I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, to guide them through the key lessons in achieving self-awareness. They take a deep-dive into the first part of the book and unpack concepts around who we are in life, how we can gain a greater understanding of ourselves, how we can move past regret and shame, and how to become more present in everything that we do. The purpose of this episode is to help empower you to a greater sense of peace of mind and the eternal creative power of creation. You have so much influence over the way that your life unfolds from this moment forward. “Answers are not found, they are allowed. The journey of self-awareness and self-creation is the very intent of life. The capability to understand your true nature, expand your consciousness, and “know thyself” is a birthright.” — Howard Falco (excerpt from I AM)   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s episode! [1:18] Howard welcomes Tierney Rae on to the podcast as his co-host. [2:33] More about today’s conversation. [3:29] Howard reads the beginning excerpt of I AM. [4:30] The purpose of this podcast today. [5:39] Howard elaborates on the concept of: “It’s not something you seek, but something you allow,” when it comes to gaining self-awareness around your own life. [8:05] Important steps to take in order to be able to allow answers into your life that you are ready for. [9:57] Is regret inherently negative? Is there any way in which it is beneficial? [10:57] How to forgive yourself by letting go of regret, and how you can use regret as a tool to identify how you need to move forward. [13:39] Why limitations show up in our lives and block us from becoming aware. [16:07] Tierney shares about the re-readability of Howard’s book, I AM, and how it has aided her in her own journey of self-discovery. [16:52] Howard shares about the purpose of his book and how it can help you find fulfillment and happiness in every area of your life. [18:12] The power of meditation, why it’s important, how it works, and why it works. [26:02] What the year 2021 is for Tierney: slowing down and being fully present in everything. [26:49] Once you clear your mind and are present in everything that you do, you’ll look forward to even the simplest of tasks. [28:25] Howard’s advice for those who are struggling with the stillness in their lives in the midst of the pandemic. [30:49] Howard reads a quote from Chapter 1, titled, “You Are Energy and Matter,” and why it is an important invitation in understanding that you matter. [34:26] Understanding ‘karmic identity’ and becoming the ‘new you.’ [37:08] Why self-awareness is the doorway to everything you’re trying to create for yourself in your life. [39:18] Mind has to become matter: what this means and how to do it. [40:40] Why we resist change so much and the best way to overcome it. [46:30] Reflecting on the pendulum swing of change and the reason for movement. [48:48] It’s about who you are; not what you are, when it comes to leading by example for your children. [53:29] The importance of not always protecting your children from pain, and the powerful messages that Howard shares with his own children. [54:24] Discussing the concept of differences in our genetic traits vs. how we are brought up. [58:59] How we define ourselves and what that means for our psyche. [1:00:25] Howard’s advice around how to navigate our need for social acceptance. [1:06:11] Does Howard now feel he is able to participate in previous religious roots without feeling confined by them? [1:08:24] Why you may need to challenge the “group think” in order to expand your awareness. [1:10:24] Howard and Tierney wrap up this week’s episode and share what’s to come in future conversations!   Mentioned in this Episode Tierney Rae THE GURU Ep. 5: “A Young Spiritual Seeker’s Journey of Healing, Overcoming Self-Doubt, and Living Mindfully” I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Peaceful Warrior (Film, 2006)   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
72:21 01/26/2021
The Mental Side of Golf: Boyd Summerhays on What it Takes to be a Top Level Player
Howard is honored today to have the opportunity to sit down and speak with a former PGA Tour player and one of the best golf instructors in the country, Boyd Summerhays! As soon as Boyd could walk, he had a golf club in his hands. However, that’s no surprise considering the strong golfing lineage in his family! His grandfather, Pres Summerhays, was the head golf coach at the University of Utah. His father, Lynn, played collegiate golf and served as President of the Utah Junior Golf Association and the USGA Committee for several years. On top of this, his uncle, son, daughter, and younger brother all have their own accolades in golf as well. As a junior golfer, Boyd won over 75 junior and high school tournaments, numerous national junior events, and three Junior World Championships. He was also a four-time American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) High School All-American, and, at age 16, was ranked No. 1 in the country, earning the title of Golfweek/Titleist Junior National Player of the Year. In his 11-year professional career, he has won over 20 events. He earned his PGA Tour card in 2003, and from ‘04-06, competed in 29 PGA Tour events. He has played on the Korn Ferry Tour, PGA Tour Canada, and several other professional tours. At age 32, he took the lessons he learned and the knowledge he gained from his 25 years of experience in competitive golf and began teaching the game to others. Seeing the progress and success of his students soon became his new passion, and now, for the last 6 years, he has spent his time coaching his two top-ranked children and professionals on the PGA Tour including star student Tony Finau. In this episode, Howard interviews Boyd about the wisdom he has learned on and off the golf course. From what he believes to be the strongest mental attribute of a top performer or champion at any level, to how he has dealt with struggles and setbacks in his career, what his own children have taught him about success and the game, and beyond. Howard also picks Boyd’s brain on the key characteristics that he’s witnessed both in himself as a great young player and in those that he’s worked with.   Key Takeaways [:48] About today’s episode! [3:05] Howard welcomes Boyd to the podcast. [3:22] Boyd shares what he believes to be the strongest mental attribute of a top performer or champion at any level. [5:50] How Boyd first got started in golf, his family’s lineage in golf, and how it was nurtured into him when he was younger. [7:28] When Boyd was younger, did he ever feel any obligation to play golf or did it always come naturally to him? [10:36] Why you need the work ethic, passion, and natural love for the sport to survive the inevitable downs in your career. [13:54] Why challenging yourself (while maintaining your passion) is critical to your success. [14:55] The power of positive feedback and motivation should not be underestimated! Here’s how Boyd coaches his own children in improving their game while maintaining their motivation. [18:25] How Boyd has dealt with struggles and setbacks in his career, and his advice on how you can let the challenges in your career fuel you rather than tear you down. [24:56] Boyd shares his experience coaching top player, Tony Finau, and what he has learned in coaching him and watching him in his success. [28:53] About Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle. [29:49] Boyd shares what Tony Finau learned from playing with Tiger Woods at The Masters. [36:29] What Boyd’s own children have taught him about success and the game. [46:22] Profound messages and lessons from golf about life. [47:44] About Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [48:30] Boyd’s top 10 list of what every young player, who wants to be successful at golf at a high level, should be keeping top of mind. [56:57] Howard congratulates Boyd on all of his success thus far. [1:00:25] Boyd summarizes his philosophy and approach to life (and golf). [1:01:35] Boyd thanks Howard for his work with top players.   Mentioned in this Episode SummerhaysGolf.com (Boyd Summerhays Website) How I Play Golf, by Tiger Woods Tony Finau I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
63:14 11/24/2020
From Vision To Reality: The Relentless Mindset of Business Success with Pam Sowder
This week, Howard is honored to be joined by a very successful and energetic guest! She is one of those people in life who walks her talk and has truly made it in this world with the work that she feels called to do. And perhaps what is most inspiring about this leader is that she has over two decades of experience motivating others with absolutely no intention of slowing down — if anything, she’s speeding up! Pam Sowder is the co-founder of It Works!, a multi-million dollar network marketing company that has been changing lives since 2001. She has been voted one of the most influential women in direct selling and has even earned the nickname ‘the Queen’! Pam has empowered tens of thousands of people to turn their dreams into reality at trainings and conferences around the world. Many consider her the original brand ambassador and influencer before influencers were even a thing! In their conversation together today, Howard and Pam take a deep dive into how Pam has built an incredibly successful and lucrative business from the ground-up. She takes listeners into her mind and shares the key insights that got her to where she is today, the challenges she has faced along her journey and how she has used mindset to overcome them and get to the next level.   Key Takeaways [:50] About today’s episode. [1:55] Howard welcomes Pam to the podcast. [2:35] When did Pam realize how important mindset was to success? [5:05] Does Pam believe that people can be coached into pushing the limits for themselves (even if they do not inherently have this trait)? [6:53] Did Pam always have these lofty dreams or did they become bigger over time? And what was Pam doing prior to building her multi-million dollar business and what started her on her path toward that? [10:32] How Pam’s intuition played a major role in getting her started on her path. [15:48] Up to this point in Pam’s journey, was she doing any work with regards to expanding her consciousness or up-leveling her mindset? [18:25] How expanding her mindset during the early days got Pam to where she is today. [19:48] Info about Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [20:34] Pam debunks money myths and shares key insights around building a strong, healthy money mindset. [28:32] How accepting people where they were at and putting in the work to improve herself changed everything for Pam. [32:25] What ‘growing pains’ truly indicate when it comes to personal and professional growth. [34:24] Pam shares what she had heard when she was younger that would’ve accelerated her journey. [35:21] A key lesson from Pam: “How you react to life is everything.” [39:24] Understanding when to take criticism. [42:58] How you cultivate negative or positive energy through your own actions, thoughts, and behaviors. [43:46] Where to find Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle. [44:40] The power of having a positive and worthy mindset. [47:21] The main difference between someone who is successful in Pam’s business vs. someone who is not. [48:52] The importance of focusing on self-development and work ethic every single day to continue to expand, grow, and ultimately find success. [52:20] Why humility (and simply just asking the question) is so powerful. [54:09] The essence of mindfulness at its core. [55:19] What’s next for Pam Sowder?   Mentioned in this Episode Pam Sowder Pam Sowder Podcast Ep. 25: “How to Harness Your Creative Energy and Break Out of Your Comfort Zone, with Howard Falco” Pam Sowder Podcast Ep. 109: “Harness the Creative Energy You Have Within, with Howard Falco” I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco Rich Girl Poor Girl: How to Become the Rich Girl You Were Always Meant to Be, by Pam Sowder — Pre-Order Today!   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
61:35 10/06/2020
Unveiling The Mystery of Enlightenment
In this episode, Howard is talking about the sacred experience of enlightenment. The true path to enlightenment or an expanded awareness may not be an easy one. But, to say it is invaluable to your life is an understatement. In this show, Howard explains what enlightenment is; the myths surrounding enlightenment (i.e. what it is not); his own personal journey and experience with enlightenment; as well as some advice on how you can put yourself in a position to experience more of the wisdom that the universe offers every single day. “The search for greater wisdom… is not for the faint of heart. But, it is for anyone who wants it; anyone who’s willing to go through the process of opening themselves up to experiencing more of the wisdom and understanding that life has to offer.” — Howard Falco   Key Takeaways [:50] About today’s episode. [1:38] What enlightenment is and who it is available for. [4:00] What enlightenment is not. [4:45] What you will learn in today's episode. [5:34] What Howard has learned over the years with regards to enlightenment. [6:58] What higher wisdom can do for you and why it is so critical. [7:25] How do you eliminate ignorance and allow yourself to become empowered through a greater sense of awareness? [7:41] Howard outlines what will be discussed in this episode. [8:22] Howard’s definition of enlightenment. [11:37] Where to find Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle. [12:30] Howard continues his definition of what enlightenment is and why it is so important. [13:25] How to truly access wisdom and why the journey to find enlightenment can oftentimes be difficult for those who chase it. [14:47] Myths about enlightenment: what it is not, and why anyone can experience it. [18:20] Howard shares his thoughts on drug use for accessing higher states of consciousness. [21:08] Thoughts on the path of building a solid understanding in your logical, rational mind along with opening the right side of your brain to this wisdom. [21:33] The trap of escapism on the search for peace: the movement of transcendental meditation. [24:05] What the word ‘guru’ really means. [24:45] The myth of shortcuts on the way to Enlightenment. [25:25] The best way to start your journey. [26:09] Why opening yourself up to being humble is key in experiencing true wisdom. [27:56] Why the evolution and expansion of consciousness is important for humanity overall. [30:08] Why you must be willing to step into the unknown. [31:09] Info about Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [31:55] Howard’s personal story about his path (and experience) to a greater awareness of life. [53:09] The important thing to remember about universal wisdom. [53:41] How you can put together the conditions yourself to experience more of this wisdom on a daily basis. [57:22] How this moment is being created. [58:05] Howard leaves listeners with a quote from Einstein about wisdom.   Mentioned in this Episode I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco Ram Dass Transcendental Meditation   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
59:37 09/22/2020
Insights on Mental Strength and Next-Level Performance with Former MLB All-Star Rich Aurilia
Today on the podcast, Howard is honored to be joined by friend and former MLB All-Star Rich Aurilia. Rich was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1992 MLB draft as a shortstop. He played his first Major League game in 1995 for the San Francisco Giants and ended up playing for them for 9 years. 2001 was a career year for Rich; he collected a National League best 206 hits and a career high 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. He batted .324 that year, collected a Silver Slugger Award, and made the All-Star game. In 2002, he was nominated for the classy Roberto Clemente Award. After 9 years with the Giants, Rich played with the Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres, the Cincinnati Reds, and finally, landed back with the Giants to close out his career from 2007-2009. In 2010 Rich was Inducted on the coveted Giants wall of fame. In this episode, Howard and Rich dig deep into what has given Rich an edge in his career both physically and — more importantly — mentally. Rich shares what enabled him to get to the major league level as well as what motivated him to sustain top level performance. He also shares why he had the best year in his career and why athletes need to know how to relax to perform at their best.   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s podcast with Rich Aurilia. [2:22] Howard welcomes Rich Aurilia to the podcast! [3:03] Rich shares what drove him to be the best that he could be when he was younger. [5:45] When Rich was young, did he always dream of playing Major League Baseball? [6:49] Rich speaks about the important role your mentality plays in achieving next level performance and shares an important lesson he learned in high school. [12:12] The double-edged sword of being hard on yourself. [16:05] Thoughts on baseball being a team sport vs. an individual action. [21:00] A baseball scout’s negative comments and how they motivated Rich. [23:20] A key piece of advice a veteran gave Rich on what was working against him and how Rich responded. [30:25] Rich shares the difference in mental game prep between the rookies vs. the veteran players. [37:35] One of the most challenging moments in Rich’s career. [46:40] Rich offers a key idea of how to mentally handle times when performace is off. [49:05] About Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [49:45] Howard asks what mental lessons did Rich pick up throughout his career from other great players? [54:50] Rich shares his thoughts and the insight he picked up from playing with mega-star Barry Bonds. [1:02:35] What have been some of the major differences and changes in MLB now vs. when Rich played? [1:08:00] Rich remembers the last game he played and what it’s all been about for him. [1:09:35] What advice does Rich have for younger baseball players? [1:10:25] What does life look like for Rich right now?   Mentioned in this Episode Rich Aurilia Red Stitch Wine — Rich Aurilia’s Business   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
74:25 09/08/2020
Answering YOUR Questions on Life, Mindset, Creation, Performance, and Results with Kaye Dixon
In today’s episode of THE GURU, Howard is answering YOUR biggest questions about life, mindset, creation, performance, and results. A few weeks ago, Howard asked listeners to present the biggest questions they have about the universe that they would like some insight on or answers to — and in this episode, he is delivering. And joining him to help unpack these insightful questions is one of his good friends, Kaye Dixon! Kaye has an incredibly inquisitive mind, is deeply ambitious, and is a very successful online entrepreneur, she coaches women on leveling up their lifestyle and making money through social media. In this episode, Howard answers some of the most powerful questions he has to-date on the show; Deep questions about life, our purpose in this world, following our hearts, expanding our consciousness, leveling up, overcoming all that is holding us back, and how to begin changing our lives for the better. Tune in with a curious and open mind and be ready to reflect and contemplate.   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s podcast. [1:42] Howard welcomes Kaye Dixon to the podcast. [3:04] Howard and Kaye start with their first big question: “Why was creation created?” [8:19] Howard further elaborates on what he sees as the sole purpose of every human being. [12:24] On a daily basis, what is a spiritual program, practice, or outline that we can all be practicing daily to help uncover our purpose and become our truest self? [15:13] The importance of asking bigger questions to unlock the next level of your life. [17:35] Howard answers: “How do you do what the heart wants but what the mind and body fight?” [21:23] Where truth truly lies. [22:37] Where to find Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle, online. [23:32] Howard shares a powerful way to overcome our negative upbringing and past, as well as our DNA/genetics. [27:40] How do you help others see how worthy they are and help them love themselves more? [29:20] How can you break bad habits? [32:07] Howard expands on how to reach a higher level of consciousness and shares how unity thinking plays a role. [39:37] Why gratitude is so important and how we can engage in it every day. [42:35] Info about Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [43:23] Howard offers his advice on developing patience and virtues. [48:44] How do we have more faith in ourselves? [50:21] What is the key to changing our life for the better when we really desire a higher quality of life? And why do we get stuck in negative patterns that prevent us from achieving this? [51:39] Howard answers his final question of the podcast: “What’s the deal with the world today?” [53:49] Howard thanks Kaye for joining the podcast and the listeners for sending in their questions!   Mentioned in this Episode Kaye Dixon I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram 
55:17 08/25/2020
A Glimpse of Life After Death: What Wisdom We Can Learn From Near-Death Experiences with Nancy Rynes and Jeff Janssen
Today’s discussion on THE GURU is all about near-death experiences — otherwise known as NDEs. People who have had NDEs often gain a profound insight and an incredible understanding of life. For Howard, his own transformational experience provided him with the liberating knowing that life does not end with ‘death’. This realization positively impacted his sense of awareness, his everyday mindfulness , and the way in which he views the world. Joining Howard today to take a deep-dive into the fascinating topic of near-death experiences are two experts in the field, Nancy Rynes and Jeff Janssen. Nancy is a leader in teaching the wisdom of NDE’s. Through her book, “Awakenings From The Light: 12 Life Lessons From A Near Death Experience“ she teaches others about her experience and how to live a more conscious, joyful, and spiritually-inspired life. Jeff Janssen, Howard’s second guest is also an expert in the field. After almost suffering from what is known as the ‘widowmaker heart attack’ at 42 years old, Jeff sought answers to life's biggest questions. On this quest he went on to research over 2500 people around the world who all had an NDE, eventually leading him to write his book, 10 Life-Changing Lessons from Heaven. Nancy and Jeff share their Knowledge in detail; their profound realizations, lessons, and insights; as well as the not-so-scary truth of coming face-to-face with what lies beyond. “The main [realization] that hit me right away [after my near-death experience] was just [this] sense of connection and oneness to all beings — not just my family, not just my friends, and not just a material connection — but ... a deep-seated, energetic, spiritual connection to everybody.” — Nancy Rynes Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s podcast. [1:15] Howard shares what he learned from his own transformational experience. [2:53] About today’s first guest, Nancy Rynes, and her near-death experience. [4:27] Howard welcomes Nancy to the show. [4:34] About Howard’s second guest, Jeff Janssen, and his research on the topic of NDE’s. [6:25] Howard welcomes Jeff to the show. [6:59] The most profound realization Nancy had from her NDE. [8:59] Nancy shares her personal story from before and after her NDE. [12:04] Nancy details the specific moment in which she experienced an out-of-body experience during her accident. [13:54] About the surgery that followed Nancy’s accident and her profound ND experience. [21:12] Jeff shares the most profound realization he had from his research. [23:43] Howard reflects on his own transformational experience.  [24:21] How Jeff’s near heart attack caused him to be a voracious seeker of what lies beyond, interviewing others with NDEs around the world. He also highlights some of the common threads amongst those that have ND experiences. [26:53] General NDE characteristics and how they transcend culture. [28:28] Nancy shares which of these NDE characteristics she has experienced. [30:26] Where to get a hold of Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle. [31:21] Why it is important to learn about the wisdom from NDEs even if you haven’t experienced one yourself. [32:21] What was Nancy's experience like after waking up from her surgery, having experienced an NDE? [36:10] Jeff speaks about the importance of being exposed to NDE stories and what you can gain from them. [38:13] How researching NDEs has made Jeff a ‘better person’ and changed his life. [40:07] What should be the genesis of change. [41:08] Nancy speaks about her ‘life review’ experience within her NDE. [44:25] How does studying NDEs impact what Jeff does as a culture and championship coach? And what was his upbringing and outlook on the world prior to diving into the world of NDEs? [49:27] Howard speaks about the direct connection between anything you’re trying to create in the world and an expanded awareness. [49:43] Would Nancy agree with that sentiment that the more you can understand yourself, the more you can understand the world? [52:30] As a scientist, was Nancy curious about these questions before going through an NDE? [54:01] Nancy shares the final profound lessons she learned during her NDE. [55:29] What perfection truly is. [56:06] About Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [56:54] Howard highlights a few different philosophies on life and death in different cultures and religions. [59:04] Do Nancy and Jeff align with any particular culture, religion, or philosophy when it comes to life and death? If so, which? And why? [1:03:03] Jeff speaks about his book, 10 Life-Changing Lessons from Heaven, and what he offers through it. [1:06:16] Nancy shares some insight from her NDE that could provide comfort to those who have had a loved one pass. [1:13:35] Howard shares a personal story about a powerful medium experience after his awakening. [1:19:47] Jeff highlights an important lesson learned from NDErs: trust completely. [1:21:21] Nancy speaks about the contents of her book, Awakenings from the Light: 12 Life Lessons from a Near Death Experience. [1:23:22] Jeff shares what he loves about Nancy’s book. [1:24:13] Where to find Jeff online and where to find his book. [1:24:30] Where to reach Nancy online and where to read her book. [1:24:50] Howard thanks Nancy and Jeff for joining the podcast and sharing the insights and wisdom around NDEs.   Mentioned in this Episode Nancy Rynes Awakenings from the Light: 12 Life Lessons from a Near Death Experience, by Nancy Rynes 10 Life-Changing Lessons from Heaven, by Jeff Janssen Life Lessons from Heaven (Jeff Janssen’s Website) International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS) Soul Peeps Discussion Groups (Life Lessons from Heaven) Life After Life: The Bestselling Original Investigation That Revealed "Near-Death Experiences,” by Raymond Moody I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco Dr. Kenneth Ring’s Near-Death Experience Research The Official Website of Dr. Ken Ring “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” — Billie Jean King   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
86:27 08/11/2020
A Young Spiritual Seeker’s Journey of Healing, Overcoming Self-Doubt, and Living Mindfully
Welcome back to THE GURU! Today’s podcast is about discovery and insights on the spiritual path. In today’s episode, Howard Falco is joined by yoga teacher Tierney Rae. She is also a meditation teacher and a spiritual seeker. Tierney runs a book club called the Transcend Book Club where she provides a space for spiritual seekers who are dedicated to expanding consciously and transcending their limiting beliefs. At only 24 years old, Tierney already has great insight, mindfulness, and a clarity about how she presents and offers questions and answers. Her journey of healing and spirituality is one anyone can learn from no matter their age or where they are in their own journey. She discusses her insights and thoughts around many topics in this episode from meditation and yoga to God and religion to understanding the ripple effect you create through the way you live your life. Together they touch on overcoming self-doubt, becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable, the importance of living with mindfulness and intent, the value in living through love and vulnerability, and much, much more.   Key Takeaways [:50] About today’s episode with Tierney Rae. [1:11] How Howard and Tierney Rae first met. [1:37] Howard welcomes Tierney to the podcast. [2:13] Tierney shares what got her started on her spiritual path and what led her to teaching yoga. [7:12] Tierney shares what her spiritual journey has looked like thus far. [9:40] What her spiritual work looks like and how she applies it out in the real world. [10:07] Next level spirituality: taking it into your world rather than using it as escapism. [12:10] Walking meditation: how you can begin to live in the state of meditation outside of meditation and integrate your practices consistently. [16:25] Tierney shares her upbringing and how her path began. [18:30] Discussing the topic of religion and God. [20:57] Howard shares where he started on his spiritual path and where religion played a role. [24:06] Tierney’s thoughts on the ripple effect you create as an individual making an impact. [25:00] Where to get a hold of Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle. [25:55] Howard explains the ‘lighthouse theory’ and what we should focus on as we go through our own spiritual journey. [27:27] Tierney reflects on the choice (and consequential ripple effect) that brought her to today’s conversation. [27:57] Overcoming self-doubt, breaking free from the confines of the negativity of our mind, and becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. [29:15] Tierney asks Howard: Did he experience any self-doubt when putting out his first book? [31:18] The importance of vulnerability and sharing your art or work no matter the size of the audience. [35:00] What Tierney’s book club offers others. [53:30] What it means to be a part of the collective consciousness. [36:42] Tierney and Howard discuss creating and understanding your intent. [38:00] The role the ego plays in your journey of creation and understanding your truth. [40:58] Understanding our infinite potential and how we want to define/express who we are. [42:32] Tierney and Howard share some advice on where we should place our focus during this difficult time in the world. [44:32] The power of living with mindfulness and intent, and the ripple effect that follows. [46:39] The importance of taking the time to sit with and understand our emotions. [48:59] About Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [49:46] Tierney shares what she would tell her younger self. [51:00] Howard shares wisdom with his younger self. [53:00] Tierney shares more advice to her younger self. [53:22] Advice to parents: your approval is everything to your children. [53:53] Tierney speaks about her personal experience interacting with those in her generation and the genesis of her creating the Transcend Book Club. [56:18] An important lesson: never judge anyone as it relates to the depth of their spirituality. [58:17] Tierney’s message of letting in love. [59:24] How music has been a huge part of Tierney’s life and journey. [1:01:53] Tierney plays a few bars of a song she loves the message in. [1:04:10] Where to join Tierney’s book club. [1:05:11] Howard thanks Tierney for joining the podcast.   Mentioned in this Episode Transcend Book Club on Instagram I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco Marianne Williamson   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
66:46 07/28/2020
How to Conquer a Negative Mindset and Achieve a Fulfilling and Powerfully Creative Life
Welcome back to THE GURU! Today’s podcast is all about conquering a negative mindset. Many of us operate from a predominately negative mindset and we may not even know it! This negative energy is extremely destructive and corrosive to the mind, body, and soul. And more often than not, it will creep into what we’re trying to create before we even can notice it and will beat us down to the point where we give up or lose hope. Turning your negative mindset into a positive one is one of the best things you can do for yourself in order to access your creative power to its greatest capacity. Having a negative mindset is preventing you from living a fulfilling and powerfully creative life. In this episode, Howard talks about how negative energy comes into your life; how it gets generated in your mind; tips on how to shift this mindset; and how to start welcoming positive energy into your mind and attitude to form what will ultimately become your actions, your thinking, your responses, and your results! By the end of this podcast, you will know — without a shadow of a doubt — that your mindset, and the quality of the energy with which you look at yourself and the world, is going to be a huge part of your creative power and how you pace time. You will learn how to conquer a negative mindset, recode negative self-limiting beliefs, and understand the key to adopting a positive, healthy mindset.   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s episode! [2:11] The extremely detrimental effects of a negative mindset on our mind, body, and soul. [4:33] How to begin shifting to a positive mindset (even when you are bombarded with negative energy). [6:08] The first step to changing a negative mindset: understanding how it came into your life. [10:57] Where to access Howard’s books on self-empowerment and mindfulness. [11:51] Regardless of how your negative mindset came to be, you have the power to decide, declare, and demonstrate who you choose to be. [13:17] Your negative mindset is not true — and here’s why. [14:11] What positive mindset is and is not. [15:32] The key to begin shifting away from a negative mindset. [17:27] The first step to a positive mindset and a fulfilling life: vigilance. [18:50] The world is going to assault you with a lot of negative energy. Take the time to ask yourself: “Is the input I’m receiving positive or negative?”, “Do I want to be around this input?”, “Is this helpful to me?”, “Do I even want to get bothered by it or affected by it?” [20:25] The importance of recognizing bad days and taking a moment to let emotions flow and allow for some R&R time. [22:15] Life is going to test you. Here’s how to not let it beat you down. [24:43] About Howard’s private coaching sessions for those serious about positively changing their life. [25:31] The importance of operating from a positive outlook that says, ‘I can and I will get there.’ [26:45] Challenges you will face as you become a more positive person (and how to overcome them). [32:52] Remember: the closer you get to the goal, the harder life will test you. [34:00] Reset and recharge: it’s part of the process and it’s okay. [34:18] Additional pieces you can bring into your life to hold on to positive energy. [35:54] The best way to change your world: change yourself. [36:40] Key pieces to being in the same state as peak performers. [38:04] Howard’s final piece of advice for whenever you’re feeling challenged in life.   Mentioned in this Episode I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco The Last Dance (TV Mini-Series, 2020)   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
39:37 07/14/2020
Top Level Performance Takeaways from MLB All-Star Pitcher, Russ Ortiz
This week on THE GURU you are in for a real treat! Howard Falco is welcoming on his first guest of the show, former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher, Russ Ortiz! In 1998, Russ Ortiz made his debut for the Giants as a reliever and became one of the National League’s premier starting pitchers just a year later. In 2010, 12 years later, Russ retired at the highest level in the game. Some of the key highlights from his career include being the starting pitcher for a total of 241 games, achieving 108 career wins, and striking out over 1000 batters. And perhaps one of the most impressive statistics in his career was that in over 1480 innings of work on the mound, he only committed 4 fielding errors! Any aspiring pitcher would be thrilled if you told them this would be their career. Nowadays, Russ is focusing his attention on his other passions; family, his golfing apparel company (2GG Apparel), and giving back to charities. In this episode, Howard and Russ take a deep dive into Russ’ career and explore the specifics of what made him so successful in what he did. Russ shares the key mindset pieces he learned from a young age that propelled his career forward, the key tipping factors that got him to a place where he could compete professionally (beyond raw talent), and the key lessons he learned in regards to taking your game to the next level. Russ also explains the mental edge that separated him from his opponents, top-level performance strategies, and some of the most important lessons he learned late in his career that had the biggest impact on his game. Don’t miss this week’s conversation to get a peek inside the mind of a former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher!   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s episode with Russ Ortiz! [3:35] Howard welcomes Russ to the podcast. [3:59] What drove Russ’ competitive spirit? Did he always have this same dream, even from a young age? [7:51] Russ shares a key realization in his baseball journey early on: a calm, clear mindset leads to fewer mistakes and that you should work from an offensive, strategic place; not a reactionary, emotional place. [10:50] Russ speaks about his journey from playing in high school to being picked up by Oklahoma as well as some of the key lessons he learned. [12:50] Russ reflects on his college team where they won a college world series in his junior year. [13:54] Key players in Russ’ journey and success. [14:20] Russ shares when he made the switch between throwing and pitching and how he came to understand the ‘next level’ of the game. [16:16] The importance of mindset and mental strength. [16:49] Important lessons Russ learned in crafting a successful career and becoming a star pitcher. [23:22] Why you need more than talent on the field to be successful; you need that mental edge. [27:37] The fine line of the ego in sports and doing what is best for the team rather than what’s best for you. [31:58] Key mindset pieces in playing a team sport at a high level. [33:04] Where to find Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle, online. [33:59] After Russ got drafted out of Oklahoma, what did that first game feel like? And how did he prepare mentally to take his game to the next level? [40:18] Did Russ ever have any doubts about facing anybody or find himself intimidated by a particular hitter? [43:24] The importance of respecting your opponent. [45:04] Did Russ feel any extra pressure after becoming the ace for the Giants? What did he learn in that first year? [49:19] The needed work, love, respect, and passion that is crucial to maintaining your success as an athlete. [54:19] Key takeaways for top-level performance: having a macro view, being continually curious, and embracing vulnerability. [55:45] Did Russ always believe in himself? How did he get to this place? [1:01:48] About Howard’s online private coaching sessions. [1:02:35] Russ shares what it was like to pitch in the world series. [1:06:05] Russ elaborates on a belief of his about how your faith in succeeding has to be greater than your fear of not executing. [1:12:15] Russ shares an important lesson he learned late into his career: whoever adjusts fastest wins. [1:15:55] Key aspects of competing at the highest level. [1:16:13] Key highlights from Russ’ career [1:17:37] Russ’ shares his best pieces of advice for young athletes. [1:23:05] What life looks like for Russ, now 10-years retired! [1:25:26] Does Russ still watch the game? [1:26:03] Howard thanks Russ for sharing his incredible insight on today’s podcast!   Mentioned in this Episode Russ Ortiz’s Twitter: @OURuss Russ Ortiz’s LinkedIn 2GG Apparel I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
87:17 07/07/2020
The Key Steps to Ego Mastery
Welcome back to THE GURU; the podcast offering you the deepest and most powerful wisdom on life — as well as the actionable strategies you need in order to apply this wisdom from the inside-out. Your host is Howard Falco, an author, and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. In this second episode, Howard is exploring the topic of the ego. A lot of us know what the ego is, but very few of us know how to control it — let alone master it. Many of us have been taught that the ego is something to resist or fight — but in today’s conversation, Howard is offering a completely different insight around how the ego operates and why it is not something we have to resist or pretend we don’t have, but instead, something to understand.   Howard highlights the ways in which the ego can intercept us achieving greatness, the keys to consciously controlling your ego, what the ego is really about, and the first steps we can begin to take in order to understand it (and, in turn, achieve mastery over it). He also shares why the ego can often be destructive and the important pieces to keep in mind when you are going through this process of change.   “You are your ego’s master; it is not the master over you.” — Howard Falco   Key Takeaways [:49] About today’s episode. [2:04] What is the ego? [3:40] What is the purpose of the ego? [4:55] My definition of the ego; the role it plays and how it works for us. [7:15] A passage from I AM that further clarifies the role the ego plays. [8:43] How our ego drives our actions. [10:14] Why those with big egos can be exhausting to be around. [11:15] What your ego is really operating out of (and responding to) and how to get to the core of it to truly be a master of it. [13:50] Why can the ego be so destructive sometimes? [15:19] How and why your ego keeps you in your comfort zone — and how we can push past that. [18:58] What happens when you become comfortable with the uncomfortable and step into this version of yourself that [19:16] Where to get a hold of Howard’s books, I AM and Time in a Bottle. [20:10] The first step to ego mastery. [22:24] How to weather the storm of the ego when you’re working to change yourself. [24:49] The subtle trickery of the ego and how it weaponizes itself. [26:40] The second step to ego mastery: developing a strong intuition to bypass the thinking mind. [28:50] The third step to ego mastery: patience and the ability to slow down at times. [31:19] Remember: these actions will feel uncomfortable but that’s part of the process. [34:35] Howard highlights some movies that are allegories for the ego. [36:00] The idea behind gaining self-mastery over your ego. [36:56] Remember: you are the master over your ego.   Mentioned in this Episode I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here - 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram  
38:15 06/30/2020
Waking Up to Your True Power — and How to Get There
Welcome to THE GURU; the podcast offering you the deepest and most powerful wisdom on life — as well as the actionable strategies you need in order to apply this wisdom from the inside-out.   Your host is Howard Falco, an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level performance and results. He has worked with thousands of people over the years and has learned the keys to unlocking a person’s true potential.   The mission of THE GURU is to offer you the insight, understanding, and awareness to empower yourself to get through any situation you encounter, overcome any obstacle, and to create and achieve what your goals, dreams, and desires are.   In this first episode, Howard is exploring the theme of ‘waking up to your true power.’ How can you use every day as an opportunity to become more mindful? What do you need to put into place in order to start this journey? What does this process of waking up to your true power look like? How do I open myself up to this change?   Howard answers all of these questions and more in the first episode of THE GURU.   “If you knew how powerful you really are you would never stop smiling.” — Howard Falco   Key Takeaways [:01] About THE GURU podcast. [:50] Howard welcomes listeners to the first episode of THE GURU, introduces himself, and shares the true mission of the podcast. [6:12] The topic of today’s first episode: waking up to your true power and how to get there. [8:04] Howard provides some background on himself and shares why he is so passionate about sharing his insights. [10:28] Why knowing yourself gives you a window into every person’s soul. [10:58] What the process of waking up to your true power looks like. [11:26] Important attributes of those who live fulfilled lives. [11:56] What understanding your power entails. [12:55] A message from life to you on how much you truly matter and the power of choice. [15:26] The pieces you need to begin to put into place in order to get started on your journey of achieving greatness. [20:41] How to set clear intentions and shed the self-limiting beliefs holding you back. [22:18] What to expect after waking up to your true power. [24:07] What this journey will look like and ask from you. [26:42] Howard highlights one last important piece of the puzzle: be willing to see more of the beauty and the perfection of who you are. [28:35] Howard closes out the podcast with a powerful quote.   Mentioned in this Episode I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, by Howard Falco Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life, by Howard Falco   About Your Host | Howard Falco Howard Falco is an author and expert on self-empowerment and mindfulness. He is a mental strength coach to college and professional athletes and those looking for next-level results. His books are: I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are and Time in a Bottle: Mastering The Experience of Life. His work offers the deepest and most powerful awareness available on self-creation and the mindset for optimal success.   Stay Connected! To find more episodes or learn more, visit: HowardFalco.com, TotalMindSports.com, and Howard's Foundation for the work can be found here- 8Wisdom.org Connect with Howard on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
29:50 06/16/2020