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Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. Part of being human is having negative thoughts creep in and cloud your mind – these are the “dragons” that hinder people from reaching their goals. But, should these thoughts have all the power? How do we counteract the negativity? Listen as Kayvon and Dai takes us into a deeper discussion of The Imposter Syndrome and provide you with tips on how you can control your dragons.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast 01:27 – Dai and Kayvon met at Crossfit 02:09 – Today’s episode is about the Imposter Syndrome 02:30 – Imposter Syndrome is the situation people get into when they set out to pursue a goal or dream 03:00 – Steven Pressfield’s books,
Do the Work and The War of Art explain the Imposter Syndrome 03:25 – As human beings, the next thing that comes to our minds after positive thoughts is negative thoughts 04:15 – You can’t get away from negative thoughts, but you can learn to control them 04:30 – “Defeat the resistance” 05:11 – The Imposter Syndrome causes entrepreneurs to think they are not able enough to achieve their goals 06:03 – Kayvon shares about his experience with the Imposter Syndrome 07:14 – The Imposter Syndrome is just an illusion 07:47 – Dai alludes to the book, The Secret 08:48 – The first step in dealing with Imposter Syndrome is knowing that it isn’t the only voice you hear or have 09:39 – Acknowledge the voice, first, before dealing with it 10:09 – Kayvon explains that people get inspired from biographies because people see the “human” inside those success stories 10:32 – The Domino Effect is like a vortex 11:07 – Life is like a spiral that goes either up or down 11:49 – All you have to do is to change the first direction of your path 12:39 – “Remember, it’s not as big and scary as it feels” 13:14 – “Remember your previous successes in life” 14:04 – Dai wrote an article about his experience running his first half-marathon, this year 14:40 – How you deal with the Imposter Syndrome is totally up to you 15:46 – Dai shares about Kayvon’s mental fortitude 17:39 – Kayvon heard about his mental fortitude from a lot of different people over the past year 18:02 – What Kayvon thinks of himself is the exact opposite of what people think about him 19:36 – Kayvon shares a conversation he had with his daughter, in 2013 21:30 – Catch that positive thought in yourself BEFORE the negative thoughts creep in 22:53 – Turn your dream to a vision, and then, a plan 23:28 – Kayvon sets a criteria that defines success in order to bring clarity to his mind 25:27 – It’s just one day at a time 26:12 – If what you are doing is public, backing out is so much harder to do 28:59 – There are real moments of self-doubt, but that’s when you have to remind yourself that you CAN do it 29:30 – Dai believes it comes down to self-introspection 31:45 – Reach out to people when you need help 32:49 – Reach out and leave us a comment on iTunes!

3 Key Points:

  1. We’re only human—it’s normal to have negative thoughts and experience the Imposter Syndrome at different times in your life. You cannot eliminate the possibility of having negative thoughts, BUT you can learn to control them. Know yourself and believe that you CAN do whatever you set out to do.

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