Have you ever found yourself stuck in a cycle of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain? Let's be honest, we all have our vices and, in a sense, we're all addicts. This week, we sit down with Mike Diamond, an interventionist and author who shook things up by challenging us to reframe our perception of addiction. From the search for new highs to the aversion of lows, we uncovered the universal human struggle, reflecting on Buddha's principle of balance as a potential path to love and enlightenment.
Mike joins Ruben to crack open the concept of mastery, taking a hard look at how sitting in silence, acknowledging our weaknesses and committing to daily progress are key to achieving it. We challenged the notion of 'average' and explored the power of unconscious competence - the point when your skill becomes a deeply ingrained habit.
Lastly, we turned our hearts to empathy, compassion, and the art of meeting people where they are - labels, definitions and all. Drawing inspiration from Robert Downey Jr's transformative journey, we dove into the importance of reframing our past experiences to better our present relationships. We even dissected the dangers of toxic positivity, the power of micro-wins, and the impact of our past experiences on our current relationships. So, if you're ready for a conversation full of love, vulnerability, and enlightenment, tune in.
How does Mike live through love? "You can't give love if you don't love yourself. So I always work on myself first, take responsibility for how I choose to think, how I choose to feel and how I choose to act. And then I make sure I'm kind to myself. And by being kind to myself and being a good person, I can put love out into the world."
"The purpose of this experience is to find your purpose, to be of value to people that helps them reach their potential… To find peace, love and be better to people." - Mike Diamond
In this episode, you will learn…
"I believe we're all addicts because we're all searching for pleasure and avoiding pain.” - Mike Diamond
About the guest: Mike Diamond is a TV personality, director, life coach, and author of the book “A Dose of Positivity”.
Follow Mike @themike_diamond