Inner Work with Steli Efti

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January 28, 2021 00:16:17
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042: McGregor vs. Poirier 2 - Looking foolish in the name of progress

I was surprised to see McGregor get knocked out by Poirier this fast. But one thing that’s been bothering me about McGregor is that I don’t think he’s been picking the right sparring partners to prepare for this fight. None of his sparring partners really had the chops to seriously challenge him as much as he needed to be challenged. And it reminded me of a principle I’ve been trying to put into practice myself for many years: the willingness to look foolish in the name of progress. It prompted me to ask myself again: Are you putting yourself out there enough? Are you humble enough to seek advice in areas where you need it? Are you willing to expose yourself and risk getting your ego bruised? Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/mcgregor-vs-poirier-2-looking-foolish-in-the-name-of-progress/ Connect with me:https://twitter.com/stelihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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January 21, 2021 00:26:10
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041: LSD & Martial arts: Finding my flow in fighting

In this episode, I talk about a breakthrough I've had in my martial arts after a training session on LSD. In my training of martial arts, there are periods where I'm on a very intense schedule, practicing five, six, or even seven days a week. And then there are periods where I train only once or twice a week. And then there are weeks where I don't train at all. And I noticed that oftentimes, when I pick up training again after a couple of weeks of not training at all, I've always leapfrogged to the next level of skill in some area. I discuss this in the first part of the episode, and then later share a major breakthrough I've had in my practice after a shadowboxing session on LSD. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/lsd-martial-arts-finding-my-flow-in-fighting Connect with me:https://twitter.com/stelihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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January 18, 2021 00:20:50
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040: Pacing myself: Full speed until the fuel runs out isn't a good strategy

Here's a conversation where I talk about the importance of pacing myself and managing my energy throughout the course of a day.  I have a tendency to go full speed whenever I feel energized—until my tank runs out of fuel and I crash hard.  Today, I practiced breaking that pattern. When I felt excited or inspired by an idea, I didn't immediately rush into action. I stayed with that feeling first, and acted more deliberately. Or at least, I tried. Turns out breaking deeply ingrained patterns isn't that easy, but like so many things in Inner Work—it starts with awareness. You do the best you can right now, and if it matters enough, you keep practicing until you get better at it. Shownotes:  https://steliefti.com/pacing-myself-full-speed-until-the-fuel-runs-out-isnt-a-good-strategy/ Connect with me:https://twitter.com/stelihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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January 15, 2021 00:41:09
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039: Intimate art, loving playfulness, and my secret guitar

A few weeks ago, I ordered a guitar. I spent most of my teenage years chasing the dream of becoming the world's best guitarist, practicing all day, every day... until one day when I realized I'd never become the greatest. And from that day on, I've—with a few rare exceptions—never touched a guitar again. Until THIS day. When I held this guitar, it felt magical: the beginning of an intimate, private love affair, a holy communion, a secret bond between me and my guitar. In the first part of the episode, I talk about another nascent love of mine: sailing. I've been wanting to learn sailing for a long time, and my first actual sailing lesson was quite sobering. The first 20 minutes of this episode is dedicated to this, but the tldr is: it wasn't much fun. Be free to skip to minute 20 where I talk about the guitar. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/intimate-art-loving-playfulness-and-my-secret-guitar/ Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/   ...

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December 30, 2020 00:56:47
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038: I visited an alternative healer

Here's another very personal episode. If you're looking for sales, startup, and business advice, skip this episode, it's not going to be a good use of your time. If you want to get to know me better as a human being, particularly some of my private struggles and the inner work I do, then maybe this is for you. However, be aware that it's another raw recording: an unstructured, meandering conversation without a clear ending or an actionable takeaway. I talk about my challenges with happines, visiting an alternative healer, never feeling at home anywhere, and many other things I'd usually not share publicly. So why am I sharing it now? For one, look at the name of the podcast. What you hear in this recording is inner work in progress—and that's not always pretty. And secondly, it's easier to share this now with you because this was recorded in the last week of July—and a lot has happened since. I do feel happy. I have a vision for a place that I'll make my home where I truly feel at home. I'm much more in touch with my own feelings. And finally, after I published Episode 31: Listening to myself: A bad day many of you told me that sharing my inner struggles helped you.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/i-visited-an-alternative-healer/ Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/    ...

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December 27, 2020 00:34:25
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037: Feeling my tiredness fully

Here's a personal conversation I've had with a friend back in September. I've been feeling tense and tired for a very long time, and I wanted to allow myself to just feel this feeling of tiredness more, rather than do what I usually do: trying to overcome my tiredness, and just push it away. And when I did this, I realized that I've never really paid attention to my tiredness. I was never that aware of what tiredness actually feels like in my body. On this day, I got to know my own tiredness better, because I just stayed with it and experienced it fully. There's no major breakthrough or magic revelation in this. I'm just sharing how I experienced my own tiredness in a new way for the first time.  Looking back at it today, I can say that getting more in touch with myself, my feelings, my body has drastically improved the quality of my everyday life. I'll share much more of this in future episodes. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/feeling-my-tiredness-fully  Connect with me: https://twitter.com/steli https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/    ...

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