59 episodes

Our mindsets determine the way we see the world, as well as, the way we behave and who we are as people.
It’s very easy and normal to stay stuck in fixed mindsets - limiting beliefs about our abilities and skills that prevents us to learn new things.
We can intentionally cultivate a growth mindset that allows to stretch our mind and amplify the realm of possibilities of what we do, and who we are.
Amplifying our mindsets is one of the secrets of success, from most entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals and professionals out there.

MINDSET ZONE Ana Melikian

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 218 Ratings

Our mindsets determine the way we see the world, as well as, the way we behave and who we are as people.
It’s very easy and normal to stay stuck in fixed mindsets - limiting beliefs about our abilities and skills that prevents us to learn new things.
We can intentionally cultivate a growth mindset that allows to stretch our mind and amplify the realm of possibilities of what we do, and who we are.
Amplifying our mindsets is one of the secrets of success, from most entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals and professionals out there.

    From Resistance to Embracing Mel Robbins #5SecondRule

    From Resistance to Embracing Mel Robbins #5SecondRule

    Sometimes we humor our knee-jerk reactions of resistance too much. In this episode, I talk about Mel Robbins’ The 5 Second Rule, explaining why and how to listen more to our good impulses before doubts have a chance to creep in. 
    I summarize Mel’s thesis: that, if you don’t physically act on an impulse within five seconds, you kill it. I explain why my knee-jerk reaction was to resist her message and why I’ve been converted. I note the power of counting backward, explaining why it’s effective, and I explore the different ways to use the #5SecondRule.
    “Any time there is something you know you should do, but you feel uncertain, afraid, or overwhelmed, just take control by counting backwards. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. That will quiet your mind. Then, move when you get to 1.”
    - Mel Robbins
    This Week on The Mindset Zone:
    Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule Why your problem isn’t that you don’t have enough ideas Why counting down to the moment of action is effective The different ways to use the 5 Second Rule How a triangle can help us change Resources Mentioned:
    The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over Expand what's possible!
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    • 13 min
    Success is Easy with Debbie Allen

    Success is Easy with Debbie Allen

    Debbie Allen was an entrepreneur at 19, and over the course of her career, she has built and sold several billion-dollar businesses. She is an accomplished speaker and the author of nine books, her latest being Success Is Easy: Shameless, No-nonsense Strategies to Win in Business.
    Today, Debbie joins me to share her story. She talks about the importance of the learning journey, shares why she moved from entrepreneurship to coaching and mentoring, and notes the importance of putting one foot in front of the other. She discusses why she decided to write her most recent book, explaining why success is easy and noting that all you need to do to succeed is be willing to learn. She emphasizes the power of coaches and mentors, and we discuss growth mindset. She notes the importance of having a backup plan, explains why failure is a lesson, defines success, and shares how to know if you’re on the wrong path.
    “Every business I’ve ever started, I knew nothing about…it just shows, if you’re passionate about wanting to learn something, you can learn it.”
    - Debbie Allen
    This Week on The Mindset Zone:
    The need for a sharp mindset The importance of putting one foot in front of the other The power of coaches and mentors Growth mindset The importance of backup plans Failing forward Why it shouldn’t be hard to be successful How to know when it’s time to switch gears  Resources Mentioned:
    debbieallen.com/ Success Is Easy: Shameless, No-nonsense Strategies to Win in Business by Debbie Allen Expand what's possible
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    • 26 min
    Life is Two Days - Tommy Acierno interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

    Life is Two Days - Tommy Acierno interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

    After 12 years working and leading teams at companies like Google and Trimble, Tommy Acierno created a unique private coaching practice focused on helping successful professionals experience deep fulfillment in their careers, relationships, and spirituality. He is also a Lead Trainer for the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).
    In this rebroadcasted episode, Tommy and I have a conversation about how our mindsets influence our relationships, career, and success. We note that to create real, sustainable, and lasting change, it’s up to us to align our mindsets with a sound strategy and take actions to implement it. We note a line from a Portuguese song, discussing what it means to wake up, why we have multiple “wake-ups” in our life, and what to do about it.
    “Life is two days, and the first we spend waking up.”
    - Ana Melikian, Ph.D.
    This Week on The Mindset Zone:
    The influence of mindsets on relationships, careers, and successes Aligning mindsets with sound strategy What it means to wake up in life Resources Mentioned:
    Tommy’s website Connect with Tommy on LinkedIn Expand what's possible
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    • 34 min
    Networking Fixed and Growth Mindsets with Joe Apfelbaum

    Networking Fixed and Growth Mindsets with Joe Apfelbaum

    Joe Apfelbaum is the author of five books and CEO of Ajax Union, a B2B digital marketing agency based in New York. He is a business strategist, a marketing expert, and a certified Google trainer. He is a divorced dad of five, a rollerblader, a runner, a stand-up comedian, and an amateur rapper. His most recent book is High Energy Networking: Get Anything You Want in Life While Building Meaningful Relationships That Last a Lifetime.
    Today, Joe joins me to talk about his book and how to overcome your fear of networking. He tells the story of his first failed experience with networking and shares what it taught him about the real meaning of networking. He explains why networking doesn’t have anything to do with being introverted or extroverted, and he notes that there are many shades of mindset between fixed and growth. He issues a call to stop making excuses, and he shares the three facets that make up a mindset. He notes the power of consistency, explains why being in business for the money doesn’t work, and notes the importance of self-knowledge and doing what brings you joy. He also gives an overview of what you’ll find in his book.
    “The process of networking means doing the work of connecting with people. Whether you’re introverted or extroverted, you like connecting with people.”
    - Joe Apfelbaum
    “If you believe that networking is a waste of time because you’ve wasted time networking the wrong way--that’s why I created the book.”
    - Joe Apfelbaum
    This Week on The Mindset Zone:
    Fixed and growth mindsets and everything in between Why networking doesn’t have anything to do with being introverted or extroverted, and what these terms really mean Why it’s time to stop making excuses How our mindset differs in different areas Networking as a way of looking to add value to others’ lives  Resources Mentioned:
    High Energy Networking: Get Anything You Want in Life While Building Meaningful Relationships That Last a Lifetime by Joe Apfelbaum - buy the hardcover version for extra resources! Linkedin profile Expand what's possible
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    • 33 min
    How to Change Our Mindset - Don Hutcheson interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

    How to Change Our Mindset - Don Hutcheson interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

    Don Hutcheson is an entrepreneur for the last 45 years and has created six innovative companies in the fields of career planning, publishing, and advertising. Except for the three years he served in the U.S. Army as a Russian Linguist, he has never had a “boss.” He is also a coach, author, and host of the Discover Your Talent–Do What You Love podcast, on which this episode was originally aired.
    Today, we talk about how to change your mindset. We talk about what mindset is, discussing Carol Dweck’s input and the glasses metaphor. We note that the capacity to change is especially important when circumstances demand more flexibility, resilience, and innovative solutions. I also share advice on what to do when you’re finding it hard to change your mindset, emphasizing that, though it is difficult, it’s worth it.
    “We have to learn to be forgiving [towards ourselves]--that is part of the process. And by persisting, mainly in the beginning...that is what allows us to transform and then create a new habit.”
    - Ana Melikian
    This Week on The Mindset Zone:
    What is mindset? The glasses metaphor of mindset The work of Carol Dweck on growth and fixed mindsets. Learning to identify our fixed mindset and how to talk back to our fixed mindset voice with a growth mindset voice. Going beyond awareness The blind spot analogy  Resources Mentioned:
    The Discover Your Talent--Do What You Love Podcast  Expand what's possible
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    • 25 min
    How to Be Flexible & Resilient - Vered Kogan interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

    How to Be Flexible & Resilient - Vered Kogan interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

    Vered Kogan is an extraordinary coach and speaker who focuses on helping entrepreneurs, organizations, and individuals tap into the power of human performance and potential. Today’s conversation originally aired on her podcast, The Mindset Game.
    In this interview, we talk about what mindset means and why it varies according to person and situation. We talk about the power of picking work that you love and the things necessary for a positive mindset. We discuss the importance of mindset in crises and times of change, and I note that it doesn’t have to replace natural emotions--it just has to be available to curb them. We talk about the link between parenting and mindset, and I offer tips for unfocusing from work. We talk about training your mindset muscles and the importance of gratitude, and Vered notes that there’s a coach inside all of us.
    “We can be a little bit mad, a little sad. It’s normal and it’s part of our emotions, and I think we have to recognize that and allow them to express somehow. But after, if we stay just there, I think it’s limiting.”
    - Ana Melikian
    This Week on The Mindset Zone:
    Picking work that you love What is mindset? The importance of mindset in crisis and change Tips for unfocusing after work, and why it’s different for everybody The importance of gratitude Resources Mentioned:
    The Mindset Game Podcast  Expand what's possible
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
218 Ratings

218 Ratings

@MichaelUnbroken ,

Must listen!

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken

Hanneke Antonelli ,

Particularly enjoyed the episode on mindset shifts in productivity!

Episode 40 had so many important take-aways. If you’re an overworked business owner - this episode is a must.

Pumpupthejames ,

I found this podcast during a painful time...

Ana,

Thank you for creating this podcast! I have been struggling with so many areas of my mindset lately it has been hard to feel that I’m worthy of the blessings in my life. Professionally, I have never had a more difficult experience than I have lately. As I listen to each episode I feel equipped with new tools to combat the dark, desperate, lonely feelings of failure and defeat and the “now.” And start embracing the power of “yet.” Your words and lessons from episodes 2 onward have been a reminder that the hopes and dreams I hold dear really can become reality. My best possible self does not have to be a dream of some distant time. I have the ability to overcome the challenges and failures I’ve experienced and learn how to be bigger, stronger, and faster than all of them!

If someone reading this is debating whether or not to dive into this podcast, my advice is to do it and listen carefully for the moments of wisdom. When you find them, do not fear applying them to your life! When you apply the principles of a growth mindset it’s like being reborn. Healing is what it has been for me so far, healing for wounds that I caused myself like self-doubt, self-deprecation, very low self-worth and depression. For those of you who have dealt with those kinds of troubles in your lives, LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST. I also recommend the uplifter ap, which has been life-changing for me.

Ana- thank you again for doing this. Please continue!!

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