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The Relaxed Male is a podcast that helps men find their purpose and learn to breathe. We offer solutions for when life gets tough. Whether it’s divorce or just the stress of everyday life, we can help you get back on your feet and be the man you want to be.

You deserve more than what society tells us we should do as men. Be the father your children need, be the partner your spouse needs, and most importantly - be yourself! This all starts with you getting out of your own way and deciding how you are going to live life.

The Relaxed Male Bryan Goodwin

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The Relaxed Male is a podcast that helps men find their purpose and learn to breathe. We offer solutions for when life gets tough. Whether it’s divorce or just the stress of everyday life, we can help you get back on your feet and be the man you want to be.

You deserve more than what society tells us we should do as men. Be the father your children need, be the partner your spouse needs, and most importantly - be yourself! This all starts with you getting out of your own way and deciding how you are going to live life.

    The Truth On How to Avoid Becoming Overwhelmed

    The Truth On How to Avoid Becoming Overwhelmed

    In this episode of The Relaxed Male, I talk about the topic of overwhelm and how to control it. I introduce myself as a certified men's coach, grateful for the positive impact my show has had on men's lives thanks to the support of listeners.
    I explain that overwhelm occurs when we take on too much and feel uncertain about our next steps. I emphasize that overwhelm is not solely caused by external circumstances, but also by our own beliefs about needing to do more. I discuss the idea that overwhelm is not created by external circumstances such as work assignments or family pressures, but by our thoughts about these circumstances. I highlight that overwhelm is just an emotion, a vibration felt throughout our bodies. By understanding this, we can alleviate some of the pressure and not let overwhelm consume us.
    I identify specific thoughts that contribute to overwhelm, such as putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves, believing there are only extreme outcomes, and setting unrealistic expectations. By recognizing and challenging these thoughts, we can prevent overwhelm. I explain that overwhelm hinders our progress and prevents us from taking action. The belief that we must be perfect before starting something keeps us stuck. People-pleasing and the fear of disappointing others also contribute to overwhelm.
    Poor time management and an inability to say no can also lead to overwhelm and eventual burnout. To control overwhelm, we need to recognize when we're feeling it, understand that busyness doesn't solve the problem, and be intentional in our thoughts. We must question whether we've taken on too much and learn to say no.
    By changing our thoughts and beliefs, we can overcome overwhelm and regain control. I stress the importance of changing our thoughts and learning to say no when we don't have the capacity to take on more tasks. Effective time management and getting more done in less time can also help combat overwhelm. It's crucial to examine the beliefs that lead us to say yes to everything even when overwhelmed. Instead of pushing through and telling ourselves lies, it's better to be honest and communicate our limitations. By changing our thoughts and being intentional with our emotions, we can fight overwhelm.
    I offer free coaching sessions to assist those who need help in combating overwhelm.
    Listeners can reach out via email to get more information and start living a life without overwhelm. If this resonates with them, I encourage them to share the episode with others who may benefit. Thank you for listening and take care.
    00:00:00 Introduction: Exploring Overwhelm and Control
    00:06:12 Overwhelm: Understanding the Source
    00:09:02 Breaking the Pressure Valve: Overwhelm is Just an Emotion
    00:17:23 Overwhelm caused by poor time management and taking on too much
    00:19:31 Control overwhelm by being intentional with thoughts and saying no

    • 27 min
    Getting Beyond the "I Don't Want To" Barrier and Start Living

    Getting Beyond the "I Don't Want To" Barrier and Start Living

    In episode,  we delve into the common challenge of setting new year's resolutions and subsequently abandoning them shortly after. This often stems from the obstacle of not having the desire to put in the necessary effort or make the required changes. 
    I shed light on the resistance and obstacles we encounter in various aspects of our lives, ranging from mundane tasks to substantial responsibilities like paying taxes. I lay emphasis on the importance of making choices based on our genuine desires, even if it entails exerting effort and making sacrifices. Life consists of a series of choices, and conquering the "I don't want to" mentality is pivotal for personal growth and success.
    The easiness of the path we choose often stems from our unwillingness to endure the discomfort associated with doing things we don't want to do. Reflecting on a blogging prompt, I realized that I consistently try to skip certain parts of my routine. I don't want to wake up early and exercise or engage in activities that take me out of my comfort zone. However, if I truly aspire to make changes in my life, I must rise above these desires.
    One effective way to tackle this is by having a clear vision of what I want to achieve. In my case, it involves building a prosperous coaching practice and leading life-changing trips for men. However, I cannot accomplish these goals if I settle for a meager income. I highlight the irony of complaining about wealthy individuals, as they provide opportunities for others. Stepping out of my comfort zone, I outline a specific vision for my future, including the house I intend to construct and the land I aspire to possess.
    Although this vision may evolve along the way, I presently possess a plan and a willingness to embrace failure as an integral part of the process. Despite attempting different approaches such as advertising and sales, they didn't yield desired results because I didn't have the inclination to pursue them in the first place. Moving on, we delve into the significance of honing selling skills and finding effective strategies to overcome obstacles.
    One suggestion is cultivating an accountability partnership to maintain motivation and stay on track. We underline the importance of examining the resistance we experience towards certain tasks and goals and assessing whether they align with our values and personality traits. Additionally, delegating tasks that fall outside our expertise or aren't worth our time is crucial. Appreciating the value of our time aids in prioritizing tasks efficiently. Shifting focus, we discuss the concept of our different zones.
    Initially, we address the issue of spending money on tasks that we could delegate to others. Instead of investing in expensive equipment, hiring technicians proficient in efficiently handling such tasks proves to be a cost-effective option.
    We then explore the idea of different zones within our work. The first is the zone of incompetence, where we falter with tasks that we lack skills in.  The zone of competence follows, where we possess proficiency but not necessarily passion. Many find themselves operating within the zone of excellence, where they exhibit high levels of skill but still experience friction and burnout. Lastly, there is the zone of genius, where our true passion and calling reside. Identifying and delegating tasks according to our zones is paramount. Mindset plays a crucial role in overcoming obstacles and achieving success. By examining our thoughts and making subtle shifts in perspective, we can surmount challenges and unleash our full potential. Concluding the episode, I express immense gratitude for listeners and make an exciting announcement. I will be giving away five spots for a six-month coaching package completely free of charge! Yes, you heard it right, absolutely free. However, this opportunity necessitates time, effort, and a testimonial from participants at the end. This arrangement enables me to obtain testimonial

    • 27 min
    Overcome the Past by Letting Go of Regret and Embracing Redemption

    Overcome the Past by Letting Go of Regret and Embracing Redemption

    In this episode we explores the theme of redemption and the belief many men struggle with, feeling unworthy due to past mistakes. Bryan reflects on his own penchant for talking and lack of conversation opportunities while driving a truck.
    He highlights how many men limit themselves based on past actions and the false belief that they are undeserving of happiness and fulfillment. Bryan candidly discusses his personal journey of self-improvement, acknowledging his past shortcomings and struggles with a victim mindset.
    He emphasizes the importance of reflecting on how one has changed and evolved, even if they were the same person years ago. Bryan shares insights from the book "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz, which supports the belief that we shape our reality through our agreements. He discusses the power of words and the impact they can have on our self-esteem and pursuit of passions.
    Bryan introduces the four agreements: being impeccable with our words, not taking things personally, avoiding assumptions, and always doing our best. He explores the transformative power of positive thinking and the ability to let go of regrets. Bryan encourages listeners to embrace personal growth, confront their fears, and take steps towards fixing past mistakes.
    He offers a coaching program to help individuals examine their thoughts and adopt empowering beliefs. The goal of the podcast is to support men in living fearlessly and on their own terms.
    00:00:11 The Road to Redemption Begins
    00:01:38 Spike in Downloads and Gratitude to Listeners
    00:03:09 Self-Worth and Redemption: Overcoming Past Mistakes
    00:11:51 Embracing Personal Growth and Overcoming Victim Mentality
    00:13:28 The Power of Agreeing or Disagreeing with Others' Judgments
    00:22:27 Taking things personally and the realm of misery
    00:25:15 Always do your best, live life to the fullest
    00:32:42 Society's Misconception of Men

    • 33 min
    The One Thing That Will Allow You To Feel Fulfilled.

    The One Thing That Will Allow You To Feel Fulfilled.

    Accessing your why
    Your purpose
    What comes with purpose?
    Gratitude Growth mindset The desire to keep learning  
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    Summary In this episode of The Relaxed Male, I, discuss the importance of making small changes in our lives to find fulfillment and energy. I believe that understanding the root causes of our suffering and learning to relax and enjoy life is essential. I have noticed that many men start new endeavors with enthusiasm but quickly lose motivation. Today, I want to explore why this happens and highlight the importance of accessing our purpose or "why." I specifically discuss the example of losing weight and how it is crucial to shift our mindset from "I gotta" to understanding the deeper reasons behind our desire for change. Accessing our purpose and aligning our goals with self-love rather than external expectations can lead to fulfillment and energize us each day. I express gratitude for my listeners and share my excitement for future episodes and ideas.
    During the episode, I talked about the concept of a reticular activator, which is our brain's tendency to focus on the opposite of what we tell ourselves. I stress the importance of finding a personal "why" or motivation for pursuing goals. Accepting ourselves for who we are in the present moment is also crucial. For example, if we want to lose weight, we need to set achievable goals and focus on feeling better rather than solely achieving a certain weight. I also discuss the significance of self-acceptance and changing our perspective on our own body image. I emphasize that external factors and objects cannot bring lasting happiness or fulfillment, and that true motivation and energy come from within. I encourage my listeners to reframe their thoughts, find gratitude in everyday tasks, and cut out negative self-talk and self-judgment.
    I urge them to start seeing themselves in a better light and focus on feeling fulfilled rather than solely on physical appearances. Expanding our perspective and shifting our mindset is crucial. Let's stop fixating on our flaws and start accepting and loving our bodies. If that seems too difficult, we can find something we do like about ourselves, such as nice shoulders or a full head of hair. Starting with something positive, we can work on changing our self-talk and view of ourselves. It won't be easy, considering we've spent years criticizing ourselves, but we can't let old habits control us. We need to challenge negative thoughts and remind ourselves that we are not defined by our physical appearance. By changing our mindset and focusing on our purpose, we can experience more gratitude and fulfillment in life.
    It's important to embrace a growth mindset, accept that we will make mistakes, and learn from them. Failure is an opportunity for growth and improvement. With a desire to learn and grow, we can discover new strategies and techniques that work for us in our weight loss journey. Even small victories should be celebrated, as they can bring great satisfaction. To make progress, we must identify and eliminate limiting thoughts that drain our energy and replace them with empowering ones. This mental shift can make a tremendous difference. For those who need additional guidance, I offer coaching services to accelerate their transformation. I encourage listeners to consider alternative perspectives, share the podcast with others, and visit my blog, which contains a wealth of resources. Society needs stronger individuals dedicated to their beliefs, and together, we can foster personal growth. I express my gratitude to the listeners and look forward to the next episode.
    00:00:00 Finding fulfillment and energy through a small mindset change.
    00:02:23 Overcoming the cycle of motivation and failure.
    00:03:20 Accessing your purpose and finding fulfillment in life.
    00:09:50 Finding Fulfillment and Motivation from Within
    00:10:45 Questioning the Government's Entitlement to Our Funds

    • 22 min
    Are we Talking About Mental Health Too Much?

    Are we Talking About Mental Health Too Much?

    In this part of the conversation, we discuss the prevalence of discussions around mental health and the increase in depression and suicide rates. Despite the increased awareness, rates of depression and suicide have continued to rise, leading us to question why this might be the case. We speculate that the emphasis on mental health may have unintentionally contributed to the increase by bringing more attention to these issues. One possible reason for the increase in mental illness is the constant attention given to it. When mental health is openly discussed, people may start to believe that they must have a mental health problem themselves. Additionally, the differences in how men express their thoughts and emotions compared to women could be contributing to higher rates of suicide and depression among men. We also consider the impact of artificial connections through phones and social media. While these connections provide instant gratification, they lack the depth and authenticity of real connections with others. Our society's emphasis on instant gratification and the lack of appreciation for delayed gratification and deeper connections may be contributing to the problem. Moreover, an unrealistic expectation that we should be happy all the time could also be a factor. This expectation leads us to believe that any negative feelings we experience are abnormal. Ultimately, it is likely a combination of these factors that is contributing to the rise in mental illness. We emphasize that it is unrealistic to expect to be happy all the time. It is okay to feel sad or anxious, as these emotions do not ruin a person's day. We criticize doctors for prescribing SSRIs without fully understanding their impact, as blocking emotions can lead to problems like anger and numbness. We believe that face-to-face conversations and meaningful connections are vital for emotional well-being. We encourage open communication and sharing emotions with trusted friends. It's natural to feel stress as an adult, and we suggest finding healthy ways to manage it. If anyone needs help in finding coping mechanisms, we offer our assistance. In conclusion, it's crucial to be open about our emotions and recognize that it's okay to not feel happy all the time. We encourage listeners to share this message with friends, especially those who may be struggling. We must stop stressing over not feeling 100% and acknowledge that sometimes carrying a little bit of anxiety is normal. Sharing this information on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Threads can help spread the word about our men's group, the Relaxed Male, and how we're changing lives one thought at a time. If you need further assistance, visit relaxedmale.com/coaching to schedule a consultation call. Reach out to us with any questions or to connect by sending an email to brianwithay@relaxedmail.com or visiting relaxedmail.com/contact. Thank you for listening, and we look forward to the next episode. Goodbye! 00:01:07 The obsession with talking about mental health 00:02:25 The rise of anxiety and different types of mental illnesses 00:03:49 The prediction that narcissism will be the next big topic 00:10:38 Artificial Calories: The Lack of Real Connections 00:11:53 Microwave Society: The Death of Delayed Gratification 00:12:40 Unrealistic Expectations of Happiness 00:13:52 Life is 50-50: Embracing Pain and Pleasure 00:15:47 The Problem with Doctors and Medication 00:21:29 Embracing Emotions and Making Positive Changes 00:23:05 Seeking Personal Coaching and Contacting the Speaker

    • 24 min
    Finding The Right High-Valued Woman

    Finding The Right High-Valued Woman

    Why can't you find a high-valued woman? The answer is in you. Your results are from your thoughts. How much do you value yourself? Your personal values will reflect in the quality, if your view of yourself is low you are not going to have quality returns on your endeavors. No matter what they are. To receive value you have to produce value. All of life is a transition. The women will not be of the quality you desire because they are only attracted to men who are of high value.
    Ayn Rand expresses this wonderfully in her book Atlas Shrugged. Actually, there are 2 Speeched that Fransisco D'anconia gives that play off of each other and they are both when he is talking to another character in the story named Hank Reardon. The one I wanted to share the most was the sex speech.
    “Do you remember what I said about money and about the men who seek to reverse the law of cause and effect? The men who try to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind? Well, the man who despises himself tries to gain self- esteem from sexual adventures–which can’t be done, because sex is not the cause, but an effect and an expression of a man’s sense of his own value.”
    “You’d better explain that.”
    “Did it ever occur to you that it’s the same issue? The men who think that wealth comes from the material resources and has no intellectual root or meaning, are the men who think–for the same reason–that sex is a physical capacity which functions independently of ones mind, choice or code of values. They think that your body creates a desire and makes a choice for you just about in some such way as if iron ore transformed itself into railroad rails of its own volition. Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a man’s sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions. Tell me what a man finds sexually attractive and I will tell you his entire philosophy on life. Show me the woman he sleeps with and I will tell you his valuation of himself.
    No matter what corruption he’s taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which he cannot perform for any motive but his own enjoyment–just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity!–an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exaltation, only in confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces him to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and to accept his real ego as his standard of value. He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience–or to fake–a sense of self-esteem.
    The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer — because only the possession of a heroine will give him the sense of an achievement, not the possession of a brainless slut. He does not seek to . . . what’s the matter?” he asked, seeing the look on Rearden’s face, a look of intensity much beyond mere interest in an abstract discussion.
    “Go on,” said Rearden tensely.
    “He does not seek to gain his value, he seeks to express it. There is no conflict between the standards of his mind and the desires of his body. But the man who is convinced of his own worthlessness will be drawn to a woman he despises–because she will reflect his own secret self, she will release him from that objective reality in which he is a fraud, she will give him a momentary illusion of his own value and a momentary escape from the moral code that damns him. Observe the ugly mess which most men make of their sex lives–and observe the mess of contradictions which they hold as their moral philosophy. One proceeds from the other. Love is our response to our highest values–and can be nothing else.
    Let a man corru

    • 54 min

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