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Live your values. Find sanctuary. Discover and embrace your authentic self. Embark on your path of self-discovery and purposeful living.

With thought leaders, visionaries, and everyday citizens from Chattanooga and beyond, Dr. Chad explores the question: Who are you, and what does it mean to be human now?

Join Dr. Chad Prevost on this transformative journey as he seeks radical new ways to understand and practice what is real. Whether you're seeking to reignite your passion, discover your true calling, or simply live a more authentic and fulfilling life.

Subscribe now and embark on a path of self-discovery, creativity, and purposeful living.

The Humanist Chad Prevost

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    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Live your values. Find sanctuary. Discover and embrace your authentic self. Embark on your path of self-discovery and purposeful living.

With thought leaders, visionaries, and everyday citizens from Chattanooga and beyond, Dr. Chad explores the question: Who are you, and what does it mean to be human now?

Join Dr. Chad Prevost on this transformative journey as he seeks radical new ways to understand and practice what is real. Whether you're seeking to reignite your passion, discover your true calling, or simply live a more authentic and fulfilling life.

Subscribe now and embark on a path of self-discovery, creativity, and purposeful living.

    Matt McLelland on Embracing Risk for True Innovation

    Matt McLelland on Embracing Risk for True Innovation

    Chad Prevost and friend of the show, Matt Mclleland, discuss the significance of choice in shaping our identity and life outcomes, with a focus on self-awareness, conscious decision-making, and overcoming unconscious patterns. What is the impact of social media and technology on mental health? What are the challenges of balancing innovation with risk aversion in various industries? Whatever the answer, you need courage, authenticity, and leadership in navigating complex dynamics.
    High NotesOptimism, emotions, and Adlerian psychology.Self-expression, peer pressure, and individuality.Parenting, self-awareness, and the importance of opinions.Leadership values and authenticity.The power of choice in life and personal growth.Overcoming negative thoughts and building resilience through exercise and positive thinking.Gen Z mental health, social media, and parenting.Sustainability innovation and autonomous vehicles.Innovation, fear, and leadership in various industries.Download our free book, Desire: How Do You Want to Feel? Finding your way to your desire requires a number of the principles we teach at the Big Self School. It requires a calm center, self-knowledge, and courage to put the ideas into practice. Whether you think you know your desires, but want to reconnect to them, or you simply have no idea, this book can help you realize your way to a deeper and more authentic connection with yourself. Desire is ultimately about how you want your feelings, experiences, and values to line up in your life.
    This book is only available in print in hardback, but it's yours free as our downloadable PDF.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ashley Jones' Mission to Support Grieving Families and Change Corporate Culture

    Ashley Jones' Mission to Support Grieving Families and Change Corporate Culture

    Today's conversation revolves around the importance of practicing gratitude, self-care, and radical optimism in the face of adversity. Ashley Jones shares her story of unexpectedly becoming a young parent and then navigating the diagnosis of their child, Skyler's, rare condition.
    Ashley tells us about our culture's comfort level with talking about grief. She also sees a great, big need for creating space for grief and healing through conversation, and highlights, among other things, the importance of self-awareness in healing.
    They also discuss the complexities of trauma and loss, and the need for a holistic approach to healing that addresses the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of loss. Ashley emphasizes the importance of living authentically, while still setting boundaries and embracing vulnerability.
    High NotesHealing, gratitude, and self-care in difficult circumstances.Grieving and navigating loss after the death of a child at a young age.Grief, loss, and finding meaning after a child's death.Grief support and healing with a nonprofit organization.Grief, healing, and emotional awareness.Personal and professional boundaries, authenticity, and trauma recovery.Living authentically, dealing with criticism, and writing a book on surviving loss.Regrets of the dying, including letting happiness, staying in touch with friends, expressing feelings, and living authentically.Find out more about Ashley and the Momento Organization here.
    Download our free book, Desire: How Do You Want to Feel? Finding your way to your desire requires a number of the principles we teach at the Big Self School. It requires a calm center, self-knowledge, and courage to put the ideas into practice. Whether you think you know your desires, but want to reconnect to them, or you simply have no idea, this book can help you realize your way to a deeper and more authentic connection with yourself. Desire is ultimately about how you want your feelings, experiences, and values to line up in your life.
    This book is only available in print in hardback, but it's yours free as our downloadable PDF.
    Book a discovery call for coaching or workshop trainings here.
    Want to give us some love but don't know how? Leave us a review and subscribe on Apple iTunes or Subscribe on Spotify!
    Order a copy of Chad’s book Shock Point or order an ebook here.
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    • 54 min
    From Google to the Forest: Embracing a Future of Radical Optimism

    From Google to the Forest: Embracing a Future of Radical Optimism

    Chad Prevost and Frederik Pferdt discuss the importance of developing a mindset that can navigate and shape an uncertain future. Pferdt emphasizes the need to move away from fear and uncertainty and instead focus on creating a better future through radical optimism, living in the present, and embracing the unknown.
    They also explore the power of reframing challenges as opportunities for growth, cultivating a positive mindset, and valuing authority while cultivating a beginner's mindset. Throughout the conversation, they discuss the importance of taking proactive steps towards improvement and inspiring others to do the same.
    High NotesCreating a better future through radical optimism and living in the present moment.Cultivating a "Future Ready" mindset through 5 key dimensions (radical optimism, unreserved openness, compulsiveRadical optimism and how to practice it in daily life.Mindfulness, meditation, and cold water exposure for personal growth.AI experimentation and fear vs. optimism.Embracing a beginner's mindset and personal growth.Developing a positive mindset for the future.Find out more about Frederik Pferdt and his book here.
    Download our free book, Desire: How Do You Want to Feel? Finding your way to your desire requires a number of the principles we teach at the Big Self School. It requires a calm center, self-knowledge, and courage to put the ideas into practice. Whether you think you know your desires, but want to reconnect to them, or you simply have no idea, this book can help you realize your way to a deeper and more authentic connection with yourself. Desire is ultimately about how you want your feelings, experiences, and values to line up in your life.
    This book is only available in print in hardback, but it's yours free as our downloadable PDF.
    Book a discovery call for coaching or workshop trainings here.
    Want to give us some love but don't know how? Leave us a review and subscribe on Apple iTunes or Subscribe on Spotify!
    Order a copy of Chad’s book Shock Point or order an ebook here.
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    • 49 min
    2 Quick Techniques to Slow Down Reactivity and Fight Back Against Stress

    2 Quick Techniques to Slow Down Reactivity and Fight Back Against Stress

    Chad discusses the growing pressure of stress in modern society and the need to develop mindfulness practices to manage it. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing and interrupting compulsive thinking patterns that reinforce negative emotions and emotional reactivity.
    Chad introduces the "stop one minute breathing space" technique to help you pause and take stock of your body, feelings, and associated thoughts, all through the lens of modern neuroscience in understanding this phenomenon.
    High Notes:Managing stress and emotions through mindfulness practices.How thoughts and emotions are linked, leading to patterns of emotional reactivity.The "magic quarter second" of choice before acting on impulses.
    Mindfulness and self-awareness practices to manage stress and anxiety.Pausing before reacting to thoughts and emotions to choose a wiser response.Mindfulness meditation can help empower individuals to slow down and respond from a more inner wise place.By focusing on breath, individuals can control their heart rate and access natural resilience and wisdom.One-minute breathing space for stress resilience.
    Find out more about Big Self School:Big Self School seeks to democratize wellbeing and happiness. Our methodology is rooted in science and ancient wisdom to help clients improve their outcomes and design their dream life. We are innovating the way coaching is currently practiced. We’re building a community to serve in a variety of high impact ways from coaching to in-person trainings to even using AI. Let's dream of a better future for everyone. Lead yourself first. Others will follow. bigselfschool.com
    Download our free book, What Do You Expect? Discovering Methods for Deep Calm.
    Book a discovery call for coaching or workshop trainings here.
    Leave us a review and subscribe on Apple iTunes or Subscribe on Spotify.
    Order a copy of Chad’s book Shock Point or order an ebook here.

    • 16 min
    Stress Doesn't Have to be the Enemy: Transforming Your Relationship with Pressure

    Stress Doesn't Have to be the Enemy: Transforming Your Relationship with Pressure

    Chad discusses the concept of stress in today's fast-paced world, exploring its impact on the human body and mind. He highlights the importance of understanding and managing stress to improve overall well-being. He presents a counterintuitive perspective that stress can be beneficial when viewed as a positive force.
    Later, he explores the interplay between stress and social isolation, emphasizing the importance of social support in managing stress. Embrace stress as an opportunity for connection and resilience, and develop courage in handling life's challenges with the support of others.
    High Notes:Stress and its impact on the body, with a focus on understanding and managing stress.
    Brain's stress response system and its impact on body.
    Relaxation techniques, physical activity, and social support for managing stress.
    Cortisol's effects on brain and body due to chronic stress.
    Stress, its effects on health, and the importance of community.
    Oxytocin's role in stress response and its physical benefits.
    Stress, resilience, and the importance of caring for others.
    Find out more about Big Self School:Big Self School seeks to democratize wellbeing and happiness. Our methodology is rooted in science and ancient wisdom to help clients improve their outcomes and design their dream life. We are innovating the way coaching is currently practiced. We’re building a community to serve in a variety of high impact ways from coaching to in-person trainings to even using AI. Let's dream of a better future for everyone. Lead yourself first. Others will follow. bigselfschool.com
    Download our free book, What Do You Expect? Discovering Methods for Deep Calm.
    Book a discovery call for coaching or workshop trainings here.
    Leave us a review and subscribe on Apple iTunes or Subscribe on Spotify.
    Order a copy of Chad’s book Shock Point or order an ebook here.

    • 44 min
    Alignment in Mind and Body with Dr. Chris Collins

    Alignment in Mind and Body with Dr. Chris Collins

    Chad Prevost and Chris Collins discuss the importance of building strong communities through authenticity and inclusivity. They emphasize the role of small businesses in fostering a sense of community and the need for people to feel welcomed and included.
    They also share personal experiences and insights on balancing parental responsibilities and personal aspirations, maintaining focus and setting structure to achieve productivity goals, and the significance of chiropractic care in identifying and resolving underlying health problems.
    We highlight the interconnectedness of the mind and body and the importance of prioritizing self-awareness, accountability, and community in personal growth and development.
    High NotesTrends in humanities and arts, with a focus on personal expression and creativity.Parenting, communication, and prioritization.Managing distractions and demands on the brain for productivity and well-being.Chiropractic care and its relationship with the nervous system and spine.Chiropractic care and its impact on nervous system function.Health coaching, stress management, and personality types.Mind-body connection, community building, and entrepreneurship.Social health, saying yes to experiences, and the benefits of ice plunges.Top 5 current fatherhood books with insights from authors.Download our free book, Desire: How Do You Want to Feel? Finding your way to your desire requires a number of the principles we teach at the Big Self School. It requires a calm center, self-knowledge, and courage to put the ideas into practice. Whether you think you know your desires, but want to reconnect to them, or you simply have no idea, this book can help you realize your way to a deeper and more authentic connection with yourself. Desire is ultimately about how you want your feelings, experiences, and values to line up in your life.
    This book is only available in print in hardback, but it's yours free as our downloadable PDF.
    Book a discovery call for coaching or workshop trainings here.
    Want to give us some love but don't know how? Leave us a review and subscribe on Apple iTunes or Subscribe on Spotify!
    Order a copy of Chad’s book Shock Point or order an ebook here.
    Just plain ol' sign up for a weekly roundup of all things happening at Big Self School.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

37 Ratings

John M. DeMarco, PCC ,

Kindred Spirits

I’ve always been so grateful when I’ve come across a person such as Chad, who thinks deeply, grapples with things that matter the most, and has such a gentle and curious manner. Being interviewed by him felt like sharing a cup of coffee with a close friend whom I’ve known for a long, long time.

It’s a real honor to be invited as a guest on a podcast, with the opportunity to articulate some of your deepest observations and hopes and action steps. When the host is someone like Chad, it’s not just an honor but a powerful life moment that sticks with you, that is not forgotten despite the passage and ravages of time, that rests in your subconscious and almost defies your latent and inevitable impermanence.

judycounselor ,

Driving passion through dialogue

Dialogue with Chad made it easy for me to share my story that drives my passion for relationships with purpose. This conversation made me ponder my definition of the Big Self. The journey requires increased awareness of how our relationships are mirrors to our souls. Overall, it was a timely episode today because both Chad and Dr. Shelley Prevost contributed a chapter to my new book from my interview with them on my podcast, Better Relationships, Better Life. "Relationships with Purpose" which will be released soon!

Julie Cook Davis ,

Great place to start!

I am just beginning to learn about the Enneagram and how much it affects our lives and relationships. I have listened to several of Shelly and Chad’s podcasts and know already they will be a great resource as I start this journey. I look forward to growing and learning more about myself and others in my life.

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