Mastin Kipp is a number one best-selling author, speaker and creator of Functional Life Coaching for people who are seeking rapid transformation in their life. He's featured on the Emmy award-winning show Super Soul Sunday and recognized as a thought leader for the next generation by Oprah Winfrey. Mastin has built a highly successful international personal development company that has helped people create rapid change, connect to who they really are and how to live their lives with passion and purpose. Through his writing, online courses, in-person seminars and international retreats, Mastin has worked with over 2,000,000 people in over 100 countries around the world. Oprah recently also named Mastin one of 100 awaken leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity. In this episode, Mastin talks about some of the mindset tools and techniques that he's been applying in his life.
A moonshot is an idea that is so big it seems audaciously impossible. It’s when you think as big as you can then 10x that and then 10x that. After a lot of research and differentiation processes, Mastin found out what he's really good at and he's passionate about emotional trauma work. It seems like this is the problem we're having in the world today. Mastin believes that if we end this problem then pretty much all the other problems will get solved. And so Mastin's moonshot idea is to end emotional trauma in his lifetime. Even if he does not achieve this goal, Mastin hopes to get far enough along so that whoever comes after him can finish the job.
2. Functional Life Coaching (TM)
This model builds on the human potential movement of Tony Robbins’ tradition, but the trauma piece is added in. This is important because you can't reframe a limiting belief and it goes away. Movement and changing your state is the name of the game, however, if you only focus on state change without understanding the core trauma that essentially makes it impossible to maintain that state long-term. This is due to the body perceiving any state change as a threat. All of a sudden it's just like you're pumping something up or you're just having a short-term thing.
What's interesting is when people revisit an issue and understand what their core issue is and they realize the way they responded to it wasn’t bad. It was adaptive and defensive and they see how that played out as a good thing, then when it happens again, you can work with it instead of negating it or just thinking that changing your state will be enough. This is contrary to a lot of personal development thinking because a lot of personal development people will say, well, you don’t need to revisit that stuff, you just got to move forward. Mastin has therefore focused on how to regress someone very quickly and then change the neuro expectancies so that they can pop out of it faster, go back there, pop out of it faster again and then use that data and information as a way to build on something moving forward.
3. Thinking His Own Thoughts
There was a very marked difference in Mastin's life before and after his first Date with Destiny. He has tried to attend a couple of them in the past few years. Mastin has not attended one in a while because he has been very intentional about thinking his own thoughts. When he gets into other teachers' environments it kind of gets absorbed in there.
4. Polyvagal Theory
Dr. Stephen Porges first proposed the Polyvagal Theory in 1994. In this theory, the human nervous system has three states. There's green, yellow and red. Green is social engagement. It's safety, it's feeling good. It's the beautiful state. Yellow is the anxiety and hyper-vigilance where you're always on the defense. Red is immobilization. What's interesting is as mammals, we have an automatic immobilization response. So what happens is that the vegas nerve regulates shutting down the body. So when we're in the presence of something that our body perceives as life endangering threat, we don’t go to fight or flight, we go straight to shut down. What's so ironic is that mammals have a morbid fear of being immobilized because if you think about it, if we're not moving we're dead.
So the goal from a polyvagal perspective is to experience immobilization with safety and mobilization with safety. So anything that you want, for the most part, in your life, requires you to have immobilization with safety. You know, an intimate moment with your partner, sitting down and writing something, meditation and even being on a treadmill where you're moving but you're not moving. Mastin has realized through his work that he can be immobile and safe.
5. Daily Routines
Every day after waking up, Mastin recites an incantation to himself. He just says, "You can be right here, you can be still and safe. You're still and safe. You're still and safe. You're still and safe." He knows that in the past it was scary for him to slow down. Mastin admits that his fear of slowing down was because it would mean that he would go back to being immobile forever. All the stuff that was unresolved in his life all of a sudden became no problem because he was present.
After his incantation, Mastin will start his day either with Bulletproof coffee and some essential amino acids. He sometimes also does a celery juice with arugula and some avocado. He always takes something that's has a little fat and protein. He'll do steady state cardio for about an hour and then some chatting and meditation. Afterwards, he heads to his home gym where he he trains.
6. Vagal Breathing
Mastin's steady state cardio in the morning is not high intensity stuff. It's just steady state for an hour. At this same time, he's also doing a vagal breath. A vagal breath is where at least 80% of your breath is an exhale. So if you have a 15 second breath, you're spending 80% of the time exhaling. What happens is when you exhale, the vagal nerve activates what's called the vagal break and it starts to regulate heart rate variability and other things. Mastin spends an hour exhaling 80% of the time and he has found this to better than a whole bottle of wine for relaxation. All he does is exhale.
Fulfillment for Mastin is figuring out what your unique thing is, what you love to do, and then how to line that up with serving other people and creating abundance as a by-product of service. Mastin feels that his fulfillment is in ending emotional trauma. He has realized that he can't end trauma from a depressive or anxious state. So for Mastin, it's about cultivating fulfillment and maintaining that regularly and not just because he wants to feel good all the time, but also because it's an emotional state required to get the job done.
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