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#27 - AUTOMYTHIC: Head Out The Window @ 70 MPH

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In this episode of Ryan Watt's Life Coaching Podcast, Ryan is joined by Life Coach Scott Concinnity of Automythic Coaching to discuss the profound impact of personal myths and the narratives we craft about our lives. They explore how these stories function not as truths but as tools that shape our reality, offering practical advice on how to consciously reshape these narratives to better align with our aspirations. Through engaging stories and expert analysis, this episode delves into techniques for managing overwhelming thoughts and emotions, making it essential listening for anyone interested in personal growth and self-awareness.

 

- **00:00-05:00** - Introduction to the podcast's theme about the utility of stories in shaping our understanding, not as true or false but as tools. Discussion on personal growth and the show’s goals to elevate consciousness. Introduction of guest Scott Considini and initial discussion about life's dynamic nature, likened to having one's head out of a car window at 70 mph.

- **05:01-10:00** - Scott shares a story from his band days, illustrating the thrill and pointlessness of certain experiences. The conversation transitions into how personal myths shape our perception of reality, emphasizing that what we believe isn't always aligned with truth. A detailed account of an experiment about perception, illustrating how different people can have entirely different interpretations of the same event.

- **10:01-15:00** - Further analysis of how stories and beliefs filter our experiences of the world, making our subjective reality quite different from objective truth. Discussion on the concept of auto-mythic coaching, where individuals learn to use their personal stories more consciously to shape their lives according to their values and aspirations.

- **15:01-20:00** - Examples of how stories change over time, particularly with changing roles such as becoming a parent. Insights into how stories can become outdated and the necessity of revising them to reflect new roles and understanding. Discussion on the challenges of changing deeply ingrained narratives, especially those formed during childhood.

- **20:01-25:00** - Exploration of cultural archetypes and their influence from a young age, shaping behaviors and expectations unconsciously. Strategies for recognizing and altering these ingrained narratives through conscious effort and coaching. Reflections on personal growth through intentional change in one’s narrative.

- **25:01-30:00** - Discussion on the practical steps of transforming personal mythology from an unconscious script to a consciously directed narrative. Insights into the four steps of learning in relation to personal growth: from unconscious and unintentional to unconscious and intentional behaviors.

- **30:01-35:00** - Anecdotes illustrating how coaching and personal reflection can facilitate significant changes in how one relates to their stories and ultimately their life. The importance of being present and intentional, and how overwhelming life can prevent effective personal growth.

- **35:01-40:00** - Techniques for dealing with overwhelming feelings and thoughts, including the practice of "serotonin bathing" or "presencing," which involves focusing deeply on immediate, tangible elements of the environment to anchor oneself in the present.

- **40:01-45:00** - Continuation of techniques for managing overwhelming thoughts, focusing on simple, mindful engagements like observing the sky or handling an object. Discussion on how shifting focus away from overwhelming narratives can help manage stress and reframe one’s perspective.

- **45:01-50:00** - Concluding thoughts on the power and utility of revising our personal stories to better align with our desired life paths. Discussion on the importance of mindfulness and presence in overcoming the automated reactions dictated by our nervous systems.

- **50:01-End** - Final reflections on the transformative power of coaching and mindful practices in changing one’s life narrative. Closing remarks encourage listeners to engage with the materials and concepts discussed, with a reminder of the ongoing nature of personal growth and self-awareness.