Episode 119 | June 5, 2018

The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Life with Adam Markel

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Mission #119

On Board: Adam Markel
Mission: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Life

From the time we were very young, most of us were programmed to believe that making mistakes is bad and leads to awful consequences. The awareness of this mindset gives us an alternative: to challenge that mindset and stop playing the game of life on defense. This is one of the most powerful mental changes you can make. The fear or discomfort with change is the root cause of many of the problems we endure.

Adam Markel is a transformational teacher, success coach, motivational speaker, and author. He guides people all over the world to live authentically, purposefully, and powerfully from their hearts. Adam spent 18 years as a practicing lawyer, until he knew something had to change. Less than three years later, he has reinvented his career and his life. Now, he dedicates himself to helping others make equally profound pivots and live at their best. You’re going to love this interview!

Connect With Adam Markel:

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The Mission Log:

  • [03:17] – Adam starts off the conversation by sharing a bit about himself, and sharing the story of the day that convinced him to change his life.
  • [09:08] – We learn that Adam’s reaction to being given a reprieve was giving a name to the source of that reprieve.
  • [13:08] – Orion has pivoted many times in her life, she explains. She then shares a story that illustrates that many people are okay with living a mediocre life.
  • [15:03] – How does Adam influence people to create change in their lives?
  • [17:27] – Adam makes a powerful point that in most cases, the root cause of many challenges is a discomfort with change, or unwillingness to change.
  • [20:11] – We learn about one of the reasons that most of us don’t embrace change.
  • [22:28] – What was Adam’s process to finding his true calling? In his answer, he points out that when you know what you don’t want, you also know what you do want.
  • [26:27] – Orion brings up the work of Esther and Abraham Hicks, and their points about contrast.
  • [27:37] – Adam digs into the idea of identity, as well as pivoting into different identities.
  • [33:33] – What are some tools that Adam recommends for listeners that can create a shift in identity?
  • [36:29] – Adam talks about how important it is to be present in each moment as your authentic self.
  • [37:54] – We hear about one of the elements in Adam’s book Pivot: resilience. He talks about the three steps in the resilience process.
  • [43:58] – The third step in Adam’s resilience process takes at least 21 days to form a habit, and involves saying “I love my life” three times every day when you wake up or get up.
  • [45:15] – Adam offers Stellar Life listeners a free gift! You can get your gift by going to this link.

Links and Resources:

Your Checklist of Actions to Take

✓ Kickstart the day with gratitude. A new day brings a new chance at life so don’t waste it with negative energy.  

✓ Find what you love and keep doing it. Find a career or hobby that inspires and brings you joy.

✓ Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself and start a new life. You’re only one decision away from a different situation.

✓ Deal with change gracefully. When you hit dead ends, you can always take a detour and find another route.

✓ Be kind to yourself in times of burnout and struggle. What you say to yourself will affect you so be careful with your thoughts.

✓ Trust the Universe and that everything happens for a reason. The challenges you are going through have a purpose

✓ Be more aware of your thoughts, feelings and external environment. The more you evaluate the things within and around you, the better you can distinguish what you can and can’t tolerate.

✓ Be in the moment and accept the present as it is. Don’t stress about your past and don’t worry about the future but make sure what you’re doing today will give you a better tomorrow.

✓ Trust the process and know that resilience is key. It’s never easy when you work to get the life that you want but it will all be worth it in the end.

✓ Grab a copy of Adam Markel’s book, Pivot: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life.


O: It’s so cool to see somebody that is so successful, and so brilliant, and so down to earth, and sweet. Man, he’s got a little place in my heart now. I never met him before. We just had a conversation and I just enjoyed him so much. I enjoyed talking, I enjoyed communicating with him, and of course, I really enjoyed his teachings. He is absolutely extraordinary and you are going to love this interview. If you do, please remember to send me a note, send me an email, let me know or just give me five stars on iTunes, for god’s sake because this is a wonderful podcast. I’m sure you’ll agree—at least I think so. My mother thinks so too. My husbands think so too. A lot of people think so. If you think so, let the world know and spread the love because I’m bringing in such amazing guests. I’m super, super, super proud to introduce you to Adam Markel. He’s a transformational teacher who inspires, and empowers, and guides people to live authentically, purposely, and powerfully from the heart. He’s trained thousands of people from Singapore, Europe, Canada, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, and all across the US. Adam uniquely bridges the world of business psychology and spirituality to facilitate massive and lasting personal and professional transformation. Now, without further ado, onto the show. Hey, Adam. Welcome to Stellar Life podcast.

A: Oh, it’s so great to be here. Thank you so much for having me.

O: Yeah, thank you so much for being here. You’re kind of a big deal. I’m very excited to have you on the show.

A: Aww, now you’re going to make me blush. I’m glad this isn’t being videotaped.

O: Before we start, why don’t you just share with everybody a little bit about yourself?

A: Oh, I thought you did already. I’m kind of a big deal.

O: You are kind of a big deal but I want to know your perspective. I want to know your story.

A: If you ask me, I don’t think I’m a big deal. That’s good. Certainly my kids wouldn’t say that. A little bit about me, as you said, my name is Adam and last name is Markel. I feel really blessed in this moment especially, just to be alive and to be breathing. I have to say, honestly, this has been one of the greatest changes for me, personally, in my life over the last few years. I just feel so much gratitude more and more frequently—not all the time, I won’t say that’s the case, and I’d be lying if I did—but I really do sit in gratitude so much more now than I used to. That’s probably a good lead into where I was several years ago.

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