“Change Your State, Change Your Destiny”


fish_bowls1At last week’s meeting, Jesse Stein delivered an uplifting speech in which he shared tips on how we can crush limiting beliefs and be unstoppable by simply shifting into an elevated state.

Below are excerpts from his empowering talk:

As great as your life might be right now, there’s always another level beyond.

You can achieve, connect, give, share, and love even more than you do today.

The thing I do to crush my limiting beliefs and live life more fully is I get myself into a great state from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep.

Madame Toastmasters, Fellow Toastmasters, Honored Guests, I’m going to tell you how to get yourself into a great state, instantly.

In that state, you’re unstoppable.

You can vanquish your limiting beliefs, and replace them with empowering ones allowing you to go farther, faster – and have more fun than you’ve ever had.

Does this sound like something you’d like in your life?

There are three elements of state:

  1. Focus – Do you focus on what’s right about life? Or do you find yourself focusing on what’s wrong or lacking? There’s no excuse not to feel good.
  2. Language – Tell better stories, use empowering language – in your external and internal worlds. Become a witness to the thoughts that used to control you.
  3. Physiology – Use good posture, take deeper breaths, adopt a powerful stance & walk with purpose.

When you’re in state, you create the certainty, vision, and clarity needed to reach your potential. You push yourself. You burn the ships.

When you’re in state, you appreciate what’s around you. You think clearly. You attract positive people.

One way to stay in a beautiful state is to tolerate suffering, frustration, anger, and fear no longer than 60 seconds. Make a decision to live in a beautiful state every moment of the day.

A great way to achieve and maintain peak state is to be acutely aware of your focus, physiology, and language as often as possible during the day.

To get in state at beginning of the day, try this priming exercise. The entire process only takes about 10 minutes:

  1. Start your day by getting your heart rate elevated for at least 3 minutes
  2. Think of three things you’re grateful for
  3. Jot down or mentally take note of three things you want to achieve

When you’re in a peak state, you change your destination. When you change your destination, you change your destiny.

About the Author

Jesse Stein is Founder & CEO of Miami-based DietSpotlight. The site provides insights and tools to help you in your pursuit of health, wellness, and sustainable weight loss through an extensive library of engaging and informative articles across a range of topics related to weight loss and nutrition. DietSpotlight also offers an optional membership program, Burn HD, as well as sell nutritional and weight loss supplements.









Congrats to our International Speech & Table Topics Contest Winners

Miracle Mile Toastmasters held its International Speech and Table Topics Contests on Thursday, March 22. Thank you to all members who participated and congratulations to our winners!
International Speech Contest
1st place: Jim Hartnett
Table topics:
1st place: Jim Hartnett
2nd place: Jess Stein
3rd place: Sharon Patish
1st place winners will represent the club in the Area Contest on April 7th, 2018 at Carnival Cruise Lines.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend and show your support!
Date:        April 7th, 2018
Time:       8 am – 12 pm
Place:       Carnival Cruise Lines
Address:  3655 NW 87th Ave

Tips for Telling an Effective Story

Kindra Hall

Award-winning columnist, author and national champion speaker Kindra Hall presented at the 2017 Toastmasters International Convention, where she outlined strategies for telling an effective story. Here are four storytelling tips from her presentation entitled “The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling”:

1. Understand why storytelling works

It’s no secret that humans are attracted to stories—but why? “The storytelling process is co-creative,” Hall explained during her presentation, referring to how people subconsciously insert their own experiences and memories into stories they hear to fill in the details in their mind. There is also a measurable effect storytelling has on our bodies. When we experience a story, our brains release cortisol (which increases our ability to pay attention) and oxytocin (which boosts our ability to feel emotion and empathy). It’s as though our ability to engage with stories is programmed into us.

2. Defining a story

But what exactly is a story? It’s important to know what a story is and what a story is not. A story is not simply well-organized information. “How many of you have ever felt the oxytocin flowing after looking at a presentation slide?” Hall quipped before going on to say that a story should be about a specific moment, where something meaningful happens. Stories should contain an emotional component along with information, and a story must always feature characters to care about, and something should be at stake for those characters.

3. Apply information to real-life situations

Strategic storytelling exists so we can communicate a message more effectively than simply relaying information. By wrapping your message inside a story with real-life scenarios your audience can relate to, it not only makes your story more memorable, but it also allows the audience to connect with you and the information you’re trying to communicate in a more meaningful way.

4. Don’t forget to tell your story

It might sound hard to believe, but one of the biggest storytelling mistakes people make is not telling their story at all. “We allude to the story,” Hall warned, “but we don’t actually tell it.” Don’t let this happen to you! Once you’ve figured out the story you want to tell, use the above tips and then share it with your audience. As Hall said, “it is not the magnitude of the stories you tell,” but rather “the decision to tell them, and to tell them well,” that matters.

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Leading with the Brain in Mind

Five unexpected lessons about leadership and the brain

Top 5 Toastmasters Club Myths

Leadership expert Sandra McDowell, speaker at the 2017 Toastmasters International Convention and author of Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain, shows how neuroscience provides new insights into human nature and behavior. Neuroleadership, a new and developing discipline, helps explain why leadership efforts and organizational change initiatives are unsuccessful. Here are five insights from her book (all based on motherly advice) that can help you support effective leadership and sustainable change:

1. Go To Bed

According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, more than 30% of the population is sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation impacts mood and can create health problems such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Getting a good night’s sleep makes a big difference in your personal well-being and your cognitive performance.

2. You Are What You Eat

Does your diet impact your mood and the way you act personally and professionally? For most of us, when we’re hungry, we get grumpy or angry. Although it’s common sense to eat when we’re hungry, it is easy to fall victim to that “one-more-thing-to-do” before we eat trap. This doesn’t bode well for those we lead.

3. Count To 10

Overreacting in the workplace (often due to sleep deprivation and a poor diet) is hard on the reputation and can be tough to overcome — especially if you’re a leader. Maintaining an environment free from perceived threats will improve the performance of those you lead. When you count to 10 before reacting to a stimulus that is about to set you off, it allows your thinking brain to process so that you can respond rationally rather than emotionally.

4. Pay Attention

Mindfulness, also known as meditation, is good for your health. Research has shown that mindfulness training reduces stress hormones in the body, boosts immunity and increases focus. Research has also shown that a distracted state of mind is often more anxious, stressed and depressed — which can lead to decreased engagement and performance.

5. You Can’t Do Two Things At Once

Frequent multitasking has been linked with memory impairment, increased stress levels and inability to focus on important or complicated tasks. Just as you need to be conscious of your own attempts of multitasking, as a leader you need to be conscious of the environment in which you and your team members work. It’s your responsibility as a leader to create a culture that fosters and supports focus.

Excerpted fromYour Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain, by Sandra McDowell.