Nina Cooke is a performance coach who specializes in helping people find success, balance, and happiness in their lives by questioning their most subterranean beliefs and thought patterns. I met her through a mutual friend who shared with me how helpful Nina had been in showing him how to unlock his own potential.
I spoke with Nina (actually, experienced a 2-hour session with her!) and was impressed by what I saw as her Buddhist philosophy applied to real human problems. In my case, we looked at some ways my faulty thinking has been holding me back in both my career and my wider mission on this planet.
After the session, it occurred to me that the same concepts and exercises Nina uses for performance coaching with entrepreneurs is highly relevant – and perfectly adaptable – to many of the diet and lifestyle habits that trip us up.
So I got her on the Skype to talk about changing health behaviors through deep dives into our programmed thoughts. We covered:
- how almost all of life's challenges occur “between the ears”
- how thoughts drive behaviors and subsequent results
- Nina's childhood of separation from her family, and what that “taught” her about herself
- the psychic cost of fitting in and winning others' approval
- (almost) everyone's big sad question: “Am I stuck this way forever?”
- two self-help books that triggered Nina's journey of healing
- discovering the work of Morty Lefko
- weight loss and the fear of becoming someone else
- recasting failure as learning
- why we're scared to give up our attachment to our interpretation of reality (me and the recent North Carolina anti-transgender bill, for example)
- overeating as an optional stepping stone between discomfort and comfort
- replacing biscuits with naps
- the myth of “not enough”
- how we get programmed during the first six years of our lives, and can continue fulfilling that programming for the rest – unless we get wise to it
- the challenge question: “Is this always true?”
- letting go of interpretations and letting go of imaginary supports on a ropes course
- bad habits as gateways to peace and happiness
- the reality question: “Am I OK right now?”
- being one thought away from happiness
- and much more…
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You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay
Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers
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