Ep. #39 The Power of The Mind and Body w/ Stuart Wade

Stuart Wade is a clinical hypnotherapist, personal trainer, and sports performance mind coach. I am a 4x world champion in taekwondo and kickboxing and was inducted into the UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2014. Stuart helps high level amateur and professional athletes to perform better in their sport, win more medals, and progress their careers. He also helps them overcome any issues with anxiety and lose weight if they need to, using hypnosis (and related methodologies) and fitness training.

In this episode, Stuart and I discuss the science behind hypnotherapy, how to overcome stress, mental strength, and the power of visualization and affirmations. We go into how Stuart came to use, understand, and utilize hypnotherapy, visualization, and psychology to support his clients on their personal and professional journeys. 

The mind is a tremendously powerful tool that needs to be incorporated into any training program in order to get optimal results. Stuart has learned to engage with his clients on both a physical (body) and mental (mind) level in order to maximize their results. 

Stuart Wade

My name is Stuart Wade and I am a qualified Personal Trainer, Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Coach, Licensed NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist.

I have a Degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science and have been practicing martial arts for over 26 years and have won 20 British/British Open/UK titles, three European Championships and four World Championships in Taekwondo and Kickboxing. I am currently 5th Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo, 2nd Dan Blackbelt in Kickboxing and in 2014 I was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

My passion for martial arts and the discipline that comes with training for high level competition has led me into the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Clinical Hypnotherapist. I combine the two disciplines with many of my personal training clients to help them achieve their goals. I firmly believe fitness is as much about your state of mind as it is about the body and now is the time to achieve the body and health you’ve always imagined.

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Ep. #38 Navigating Our Expectations w/ Ben Winter

Ben Winter is an actor, improv master, coach, and a best-selling author of several non-fiction books on living a better life. His latest book, “What to Expect When Having Expectations”, is about understanding where your expectations come from, what drives them, why you aren’t always aware of them, how to come to peace after being upset by an expectation going unmet, and increasing communication with yourself and others. Ben and I discuss several of these topics in this episode as we explore the world of expectations and why they can make us so unhappy. Ben shares with us how we can use the anger and upset of having unmet expectations to find peace and live a happier life. 

Ben Winter

Ben certainly hasn’t been idle in life. A couple of years out of college and he started doing things and going places he never would have expected. From traveling to personal growth to marriage and child to divorce and parenthood to entrepreneurialism and inspiring others. Ben has flown an airplane on his own and has been scuba diving in the Galapagos. He has seen the animals of Tanzania and has traveled all over Europe with a 6-month-old child in tow. He has performed improv for over a decade, acted in several plays, and even a movie.  He has owned several businesses.

His biggest passion is exploring the mind. In all of his personal growth work, the one constant was that it all stems from the mind. Between personal growth and improv, he found this weird realm called expectations. And while most people would shy away from such a thing, he decided to tackle it head-on.  Along his journey, he decided that “the only reason anyone gets upset is because an expectation hasn’t been met.” And begin teaching that in his Success Improv business.

From there, he noticed that there has to be a way to use that upset feeling to fix the situation. And he created the amazing “How to stop being upset” flow chart.

From there it was a simple step of taking everything that he has explored on the subject and put it in a book called, “What to Expect when Having Expectations.”

Ep. #37 Living Well With Neurodiversity w/ Marina Livis

Marina and I discuss her journey of recently being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD) and how it has manifested in her life. We discuss how she has spent much of her career trying to help other people who have similar diagnoses understand and treat their conditions using holistic healing approaches – including hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, play therapy, nutrition, exercise, yoga, and energy work. Unlike traditional treatment approaches, Marina advocates for a more individualized, holistic approach that incorporates understanding and working with the person as a whole rather than only focusing on treating symptoms. We also address some of the issues concerning the stigma and challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals. 

Marina Livis

Marina Livis (LCSW, Cht, INHC) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Instructor and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a specialty in facilitating empowerment and personal transformation for children, adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD/ADHD, anxiety & depression.


Ep. #34 The Power to Speak Naked w/ Tyler Foley

In this episode, Tyler and I discuss how people approach public speaking, the difficulties we contend with, and how to become confident in yourself and your speaking. We talk about how Tyler coaches people into learning to speak with confidence, communicate effectively with other people, and how to win over an audience. We also discuss how our perceptions and expectations of ourselves and others contribute to how we feel about ourselves. Whether it’s going in expecting the worst or going in and expecting the best, your perception can begin to shape your reality.  Being present and working in the moment also has a huge role to play in connecting with an audience – being able to take in and work with your audience’s energy is also a hugely important process. Finally, we get into how stories are made and told in different ways for different purposes – and how one should go about learning to tell their stories for maximum effect.

Sean “Tyler” Foley

Sean Tyler Foley is an accomplished film and stage performer and has been acting in film and television since he was 6 years old after his father passed away suddenly in a motor vehicle accident. With his distinct and direct style, Tyler is emerging as one of North America’s sought-after leaders in the field of public speaking for personal and professional development. 

Tyler has appeared in productions including Freddy Vs Jason, Door to Door, Carrie, and the musical Ragtime. Tyler is passionate about helping others confidently take the stage and impact an audience with their stories. He is currently the Managing Director of Total Buy In and author of the #1 best-selling book The Power to Speak Naked.

Tyler is a father, husband, son, and performer, in that order. Some days he feels like he has dabbled in every industry on the planet, from oil and gas, to aviation, to film and television, but that diverse experience is what has made him so versatile!

Regardless of the industry or the titles he has held, what they all had in common was promoting and encouraging people to be heard and understood. The skills and resources he has garnered along the way have enabled him to become an entertaining professional speaker and a knowledgeable trainer, who inspires others to reach for their dreams.

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The Method contains 5 insider secrets  every speaker needs to know including:

  • How New Speakers Can Quickly Inspire Their Audience
  • How to Fill All Your Seats Every Time You Speak
  • Why Visualizing Your Audience Naked Never Helps to Let Go of Stage Fright
  • How to Speak With Confidence, Communicate Effectively & Win Your Audience

Ep. #19 Holistic Health and Dealing with Chronic Pain w/ Dr. Tracy Debi

Dr. Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer. In this episode, Dr. Tracy and I discuss what it means to treat patients holistically – as a whole human being. The current model for patient treatment tends to primarily focus on treating conditions, diseases, or symptoms as isolated issues rather than treating the whole person. Through her own experience of dealing with, and overcoming, chronic back pain and in her work treating patients, Tracy has discovered that ‘physical’ pain is often connected to a person’s psychological and emotional state. This is to say that as human beings, we exist as biopsychosocial creatures and we ought to receive treatment that incorporates all the facets of a person’s life. Our minds and bodies are intimately connected and so challenges in one area of life usually also affect all other areas. Moreover, psychological difficulties relating to trauma, identity, and subconscious belief systems often manifest as physical pain in recognizable and definitive patterns. By exploring and integrating a variety of treatment modalities, Tracy has helped countless patients find relief from their pain, gain new insights into themselves, and ultimately find greater peace and success in life. 

Dr Tracy Debi

Dr Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer.

Tracy’s company, Atelier I’X ,is on the cutting edge of modern spiritual alignment housed in a global advisory firm for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to get reacquainted with their whole body and purpose that lies within their heart in order to live a life of alignment with clarity and confidence. 

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74: Reflecting Self Expression, The Place of No Effort & Everything Being a Choice Spirit of Success

It’s that time of the month again for a reflection episode! These reflections are inspired by my teaching Thursday episodes, as well as my interviews from this season. In taking the time to reflect on my own movement from knowledge to wisdom, I’m able to explore how to best share my experiences so that you can also benefit in your own movement forward. Here are the three themes that this episode explores (and listen out for how the themes explore each other – these ones especially are very interconnected!) as well as some questions around them that you can ask yourself: AUTHENTICITY & SELF EXPRESSION – Do you understand the uniqueness of your own soul print? Who are you, really, at your core? How can you honor the inner seed of who you are? Doing the work means understanding who you are, and being your most authentic self in any situation or moment. Being vulnerable allows you to unlock the next layer of yourself, and allows you to simply be, in the place of no effort (see, I told you they’re all connected!) As a society we need to get back to our authentic selves – as people, as businesses, as social media users…as the seeds that we are at our very cores. If you don’t know who you are, how can you help yourself make the best decisions? Or even, any decisions at all. Authenticity is a need that must be met – it’s a seed that requires nurturing, but that requires time, guidance, and care. It’s a lot of hard work, but thankfully that’s what coaches are for! THE PLACE OF NO EFFORT – Are you comfortable with yourself? Have you ever been powerfully and instantly drawn to someone without knowing why? Do you wake up telling yourself a story about how life is supposed to be hard? There are some people who, when you meet them, they are just easy – they are easy to communicate with, to know, and to openly share energy with. But you need to know who you are and stand in your truth, in order to be able to meet someone in that place of no effort. The reason those amazing, lightning-bolt-of-knowing meetings feel strange is because we spend so much time not occupying the present moment that when you manage to break back through to the place of no effort, it feels really amazing. One of the best learning tools is contrast – the place of no effort exists, and you’ve experienced it, but it doesn’t need to be a one-off. That place can be all the time, and your life can exist in the place of no effort. I am an example of a transformation from life being hard, to being effortless – but you need to be your authentic self, and stand in the truth that everything is a choice (ah ha, there’s that connection again!)  EVERYTHING IS A CHOICE – Do you live in the wisdom that everything is a choice? Are you open to the idea that you could be choosing better for yourself? Whether it be conscious, or unconscious – everything is a choice. Putting things off because they feel uncomfortable are just subconscious habits that we’ve formed; after all, not making a choice is still a choice. You need to be personally responsible for your own choices, because they are what make us who we are. Reversing the choices that don’t serve you and stepping into new choices that do can feel really uncomfortable – I know, because I did that back-and-forth myself for a long time. But eventually, it changes. Once you’re able to take personal responsibility and embrace the wobbliness of that discomfort, you’re able to move through it and make different choices that are aligned with what you actually want. Wisdom means doing, too – not just knowing. If you know someone that could benefit from hearing this episode, please share it with them. And if you are seeking guidance or help, please reach out to me. You change the world by changing yourself first – I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned so that you can help yourself, too. You can also give us a 5-star rating on iTunes, and we love and appreciate all of your support. Tune in next week for a new solo episode!  Connect with Tracy Instagram/Facebook: @dr.tracydebi http://www.atelierix.co To work with Tracy, you can book a call here: https://calendly.com/drtracydebi/fit-ability-call Spirit of Success is a podcast creating a platform for honest conversations sharing the real life stories behind personal transformations. If you’re a fan of the podcast, don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review Spirit of Success! If you resonated with something you heard, don’t forget to share with a friend! Edited by: Jess Schmidt Logo: The Cultivated Group Music: ‘Breathe out, Breathe in’ (Instrumental) by Roof
  1. 74: Reflecting Self Expression, The Place of No Effort & Everything Being a Choice
  2. 73: Spirituality through Body Science and Self Trust with Brittany Tibbitts
  3. 72: Activating the Gift that You Are with Kendra Thorpe
  4. 71: Surrendering to Your Heart with Jennifer Hudye
  5. 70: Reflecting on Connection, Fear & Vulnerability

Ep. #14: The Creativity Process and the Opportunity for Freedom w/ Dave Stevens

Dave Stevens is a husband, father, son, novelist, songwriter-for-hire, and corporate storyteller. He has a background in journalism, project management and psychology, and is passionate about creativity as a human lifeforce. Dave is curious about most things and is currently learning the piano. He dreams that one day creativity becomes an important world currency.  In this episode, Dave and I discuss a variety of topics relating to creativity and the creative process. Creativity is traditionally thought of a characteristic trait that one either has or does not have. However, ultimately everyone has the capacity to bring creativity into their lives and to harness its power of creation. While technical skills are often correlated with creative design and artistic expression, these skills are not a necessary requirement of creativity. Moreover, to be creative does not require one to also meet a list of success criteria. To embrace creativity is to embrace life – in its multitude of manifestations. Whether in art, business, gardening, writing, or any other endeavour, it is possible to find the space and opportunity to be creative. Our creativity is only limited by our minds – by our judgements of ourselves and of others. In the end, being creative means going beyond the limits of the mind and allowing life to flow through us. We needn’t concern ourselves with what others think of our endeavours, nor with how we may judge ourselves; we need only allow ourselves the opportunity to embrace life, to feel joy, and, ultimately, to the freedom to create. 

Dave Stevens

Dave Stevens is a husband, father, son, novelist, songwriter-for-hire, and corporate storyteller. He has a background in journalism, project management and psychology, and is passionate about creativity as a human lifeforce. Dave is curious about most things and is currently learning the piano. He dreams that one day creativity becomes an important world currency.   

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Ep. #11: A Modern Renaissance of Culture w/ Dr. Vidoll Regisford

Dr. Vidoll Regisford is a competent psychotherapy and counselling practitioner, who has worked in a variety of clinical settings, senior management and executive roles. In this episode, Vidoll and I discuss the current challenges and transformations in culture around the world. Through compassion, empathy, and the divinity of the human spirit, we strive to change the world for the better. In reviewing various historical movements and political changes, we discuss what it would mean for us as a society to move towards positive change in the world. A changing world needs leaders who move and act with wisdom and compassion. All too often, radical shifts in power end up recreating and repeating the same problems – albeit packaged in a different ideology. However, there is a way forward; a way to transcend the difficulties – and this way is through an increase in the consciousness of humanity. Every human being has a divine essence, and although this essence can be obscured and hidden away, ultimately there is hope for humanity. Good will always prevail. 

Dr Vidoll Regisford (Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., SSW., CC)

Registered Psychotherapist & Corporate Consultant specializing in Diversity & Inclusion/Human Resources Practices 

Dr. Regisford is a competent psychotherapy and counselling practitioner, who has worked in a variety of clinical settings, senior management and executive roles. He began his career working in the high-priority neighbourhoods of Toronto’s Jane-Finch and Regent Park neighbourhoods, delivering crisis and trauma counselling to a diversity of marginalized, racialized and immigrant youth, and their families, who were victims of gun-violence.

With a high orientation to working with complex cases, he has been contracted by ethno-specific and mainstream organizations to intervene in clinical matters, achieving successful solution-focused outcomes. He developed his cultural-competence in counselling, employing unique approaches to serving the mentally ill from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, relying on a collective approach to therapy, employing cultural interpreters, translators, and where necessary, developing corporate policies on diversity and inclusion in clinical care for organizations.

Dr. Regisford took his knowledge of people and went on to lead organizations in the healthcare, social housing and the education sector, training and developing teams of social workers, nurses, consultants and community development practitioners in building and strengthening communities within a social determinants of health framework. His clinical aptitude and innovation in community health-education, and those of his colleagues, teams, partners and collaborators, have been recognized by the Ontario Hospital Association as well as international bodies focused on innovation in preventative health, such as the International Society of Blacks in Health Sciences. His efforts to eradicate the barriers and stigma associated with mental health continue in the form of presentations, lectures, magazines and his radio program, Life Matters, to a variety of audiences.

Formerly the Vice-President of Human Resources & Missions Services for Goodwill Industries, Dr. Regisford worked with public, private and non-profit organizations to employ individuals desperately in need of work. He took these skills and networks to George Brown College as Director of its Partnership office to city-build alongside multiple organizations focused on the social and economic development of the city of Toronto.

Dr. Regisford began his studies in Social Service Work and Community Development followed by a Degree in Sociology at York University in Toronto. He then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Community development at the University of Toronto. He achieved his first doctorate in Counselling, and a post-doctorate Ph.D in Counselling-Psychology, focused on Emotional Intimacy Therapy at California State Christian University.

He is principal for Knowledge Solutions and Associates, a general psychotherapy and counselling practice serving trauma victims, as well as youth, couples and families in crises. His clients are school boards, insurance companies, child protection services and faith- communities to name a few.

He brings to his work both cultural and emotional intelligence. He is also a critical stress and crisis debriefer, often called in to serve Police Services across the province, along with other first-responders, regionally and nationally. Formerly he served on the Dellcrest Children’s Service Advisory Committee, and now serves as a volunteer for the Salvation Army, a board member for Habitat for Humanity and We Will Now International Youth Development Project. Dr. Regisford possesses memberships to various accredited and governing bodies as a certified and registered psychotherapist.

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Ep. #10: Authenticity in Grey w/ Ross MacPhail

Ross often wonders how he found his life’s passion and work when he was 73. At a time when most people have been retired for years, he was immersing himself in helping others find meaning in their changing and evolving lives.

The journey to this stage of his life is far from traditional. However, his success in life and work has a common theme. Always be authentic and care about the people you work with and the people you serve.

After decades of helping people find meaning in their jobs and life, Ross realized that people were not controlling their own destinies. This is especially true for seniors. Retirement becomes a journey of existence, not meaning.

With over 15 years of interviewing C-level executives for research firms, he knows how to uncover and compile all the data and key findings in the world of retirement and aging. More importantly, he learned how to take the data and turn it into intelligence that everyone can understand and use.

The 10 plus years Ross spent in the mental trauma field has helped him develop a deeper understanding of how to get people talking about their struggles, fears, and goals.  When people struggle with the impact of trauma, it is easier to be honest and open with a peer. Someone understands their world. Someone who gets them.

When we leave our careers, life should be filled with passion, learning and most importantly being Authentic. To quote Dylan Thomas “Keep the light burning as bright and as long as you can through the passion of being you”.

Ross MacPhail

President – Authentic in Grey & Creating Mental Wealth | VP Bill Tibbo & Associates

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Ep. #9: Finding the silver lining in a time of crisis w/ Bill Tibbo

Bill Tibbo is the president & CEO of Bill Tibbo & Associates. he is a clinical social worker, Corporate Clinical Consultant and Disaster Management Specialist. In this episode, Bill Tibbo and I discuss how people navigate change in their lives – both small and big. Major crises happen to everyone and dealing with the aftermath can be daunting. Everyone deals with crisis differently; however, through crisis comes transformation. Our true strength as human beings (both personally and communally) emerges during a time of crisis. Through empathy and love it is possible to find a silver lining. In this episode we discuss some of Bill’s work with individuals and organizations during the 9/11 attacks in NYC, the SARS epidemic, and the 1999 earthquake in Istanbul. Finally, we go into the current COVID crises and how people can come together, despite differences in belief and opinion, to do what is necessary to prevail together in the face of adversity. 

Bill Tibbo

Bill Tibbo is the President & CEO of Bill Tibbo & Associates

➤ Throughout the past 30 years Bill, President and CEO of Bill Tibbo & Associates, has provided consulting services to hundreds of business leaders in many of North America’s Fortune 500 corporations, as well as a complete spectrum of public sector organizations.

➤ As a Corporate Clinical Consultant and Disaster Management Specialist, Bill has had the honour of leading Post Disaster Debriefing teams after the following events:

  ➾1999; earthquake in Istanbul, Turkey

  ➾September 11, 2001; World Trade Centre attack in New York City,

  ➾2003; SARS Epidemic…serviced epicenter at North York General Hospital

  ➾2004; Hurricane Ivan in the Cayman Islands

  ➾2005; Air France Crash, Pearson International Airport, Toronto

  ➾2014: RCMP Shootings In Moncton New Brunswick

  ➾2016: Fort McMurray Alberta Forest Fires

➤ Best Selling Author of Leadership in the Eye of the Storm Released November 2016.

➤ Today Bill continues to consult regularly with international business leaders, insurance companies, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and government groups, including the United Nations, as they endeavor to stabilize their organizations both before and after crisis situations.

➤ He and his team serve as the Primary Clinical Consultants to the OPP, Hamilton Police Service, Halton Police Service and Peel Police Service as well as all of the Air Traffic Team for NAV CANADA. 

➤ Bill is a cofounder of Camp FACES, a summer camp for Family and Children of Emergency Service Workers. 

➤ Finally, Bill Tibbo & Associates work closely with Canada’s Aboriginal communities as it pertains to the Indian Residential Schools and designed and led the Health Team for the First National Truth and Reconciliation Event in Winnipeg.

More of Bill: www.billtibbo.com 

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Ep. #7: Meaning and Purpose w/ Debbie Homewood

Debbie Homewood is a Registered Psychotherapist and counsellor with 30 years experience in private practice and has three years experience as a full-time Pastoral Advisor. In this episode, Debbie and I discuss how people need, find, and create meaning in their lives using Viktor Frankl’s logotherapeutic techniques. Through awareness/mindfulness, we can use our innate freedom to will – our ability to find meaning in any situation in life – to create a meaningful and purposeful existence for ourselves. We do not have to remain at the mercy of our surroundings, other people, or our own pain – we can transcend all blockages and limitations to find meaning and, as a consequence, find happiness and fulfillment.

Debbie Homewood, RP

Debbie Homewood is a Registered Psychotherapist and counsellor with 30 years experience in private practice and has three years experience as a full-time Pastoral Advisor. Debbie has helped many people deal with life’s many painful, confusing and stressful situations such as illness, loss, grief, low self-esteem, conflict, difficulty in making decisions and loneliness.

Debbie is a certified biofeedback practitioner with a background in psychology, philosophy, yoga, meditation and metaphysics. She has studied biofeedback, consciousness and the mind-body connection in Canada, the USA and England. Her many years of research at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education influence her to base her current work, as much as possible, on research.

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