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Author: Ana Melikian, PhD – AMAZE Coaching LLC

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Our mindsets determine the way we see the world, as well as, the way we behave and who we are as people.
It’s very easy and normal to stay stuck in fixed mindsets - limiting beliefs about our abilities and skills that prevents us to learn new things.
We can intentionally cultivate a growth mindset that allows to stretch our mind and amplify the realm of possibilities of what we do, and who we are.
Amplifying our mindsets is one of the secrets of success, from most entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed professionals and professionals out there.
42 Episodes
When I was preparing to interview Jordan Harbinger, host of The Art of Charm podcast, I planned to focus this episode on overcoming blindspots. In fact, I begin by telling the story about my big blindspot in relation to the Top 50 iTunes podcast The Art of Charm that has more than 1.5 million downloads […] The post 042: Blindspots, First Impressions & People Skills (with Jordan Harbinger) appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
I recorded this MINDSET ZONE episode, on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, in the US. We commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This was when the American colonies declared themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, no longer part of the British Empire. Independence can […] The post 041: The Independence Continuum appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
In this episode, I had the pleasure to interview Monique Y. Wells. Monique is a productivity expert, and loves to coach women entrepreneurs who want their businesses to support their ideal lifestyles. Monique writes regularly for the Huffington Post. There she published recently a three-article series where she interviewed several entrepreneurs in the “expert arena” – coaches, consultants, authors, speakers, online marketers – about their experiences of six or seven figure business growth. This interview focused on mindset shifts around productivity, balance and entrepreneurship (namely what usually happen for the solo-preneurs to be able to survive the start-up phase, and grow their business to the six or seven figure mark.) In our conversation we spoke about: What Is Productivity? Productivity Is More Than Getting Things Done New Definition of Balance Productivity Mindset Shifts in Entrepreneurship: From Start-Up to High 5 Figures […] The post 040:  Mindset Shifts in Productivity, Balance and Entrepreneurship (with Monique Y. Wells) appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
In episode 26 of the MINDSET ZONE podcast where the topic was “Do People Really Change?”, I spoke about a Greek philosopher called Heraclitus who said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus believed everything is in constant flow, everything always changes. I thought about this when I watched a short video from Martha Beck, a popular life coach and author. She shared her strategy to deal with major life transitions. Martha begins with […] The post 039: Transitions–The Eagle and The Mouse appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
To conclude my series of podcast episodes about the importance of “Focusing”, I was honored to interview Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times Best Seller Book – Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Greg has taught at companies that include Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Salesforce, and Pixar. He is also an amazing keynote speaker that I had the opportunity to meet at the ICON15– The InfusionSoft Annual Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are some of the topics we spoke about: What is “Essentialism”? Information and opinion overload Emails in mobile devices as a distraction Discern between the vital few and the trivial many Becoming an essentialist is not an event, it’s a process […] The post 038: Essentialism by Greg McKeown appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
037: Unfocus To Focus

037: Unfocus To Focus


I can’t stop focusing on focus 🙂 First it was the interview with Omar Zenhom – episode 35 of this podcast titled “Focus To Succeed” Then, it was last show – episode 36 – about “Focus Without Focus.” Today, I decided to speak about “Unfocus to Focus.” During my conversation with Omar, he spoke about an interesting phenomenon that […] The post 037: Unfocus To Focus appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
036: Focus Without Focus

036: Focus Without Focus


Last episode I interviewed Omar Zenhom about how to “Focus To Succeed.”  Afterwards, several ideas emerged for me that led to the topic “Focus Without Focus.” “Focus to Succeed” only works when we are focused on the essential projects that help us move forward. Our focus has to be on target. Moreover, if we take focus as the […] The post 036: Focus Without Focus appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
In this episode, I interviewed a fellow podcaster – Omar Zenhom. Omar is the Co-Founder of Business Republic, where he, and his partner Nicole Baldinu, started an alternative business education program called The $100 MBA – a culmination  of his years in business and education. They also offer daily, free 10-minute business lessons with their podcast The $100 MBA Show, that I highly recommend you subscribe to. In our conversation we spoke about: Mindset shifts […] The post 035: Focus To Succeed (with Omar Zenhom) appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
– Listen to this interview to find out how to win a copy of the documentary “Viktor & I”– Movie Trailer: Viktor & I, An Alexander Vesely In this episode, I spoke with Alexander Vesely about his grandfather, Viktor Frankl. Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. (1905-1997) is considered by many as one of the greatest […] The post 034: A Conversation with Viktor Frankl’s Grandson – Alexander Vesely appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
In this episode, you will listen to an interview with Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation and the Body of Work. Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and business consultant who has been an entrepreneur for eighteen years. Pam is a passionate, engaging speaker with proven advice for building careers in the […] The post 033: Your Body of Work (with Pam Slim) appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
Today's episode goal is to invite you to go and listen to a different podcast – really 🙂 This is one of the things I love about the podcasting world. Like authors and professionals speakers, we know that people who read a book, listen to a speaker, or a podcast, will enjoy reading others books, […] The post 032: Invisibilia – The Blind Can See appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
In this episode, I have the pleasure to interview Rohit Bhargava, author of five best selling business books including Likeonomics and his most recent one called Non-Obvious: How to think Different, Curate Ideas and Predict the Future. He had me at “how to think different”, because to have this skill is a wonderful way to give […] The post 031: Non-Obvious: How to Think Different with Rohit Bhargava appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
Today, I want to focus on misattributions, that is, situations where we attribute an idea to the wrong source. I was listening to news recently and they were speaking about the beautiful new US stamp, produced as an homage to the life and work of Maya Angelou. It's wonderful and meaningful to see a poet […] The post 030: Misattributions – Good Or Bad? appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
In this Episode, I interviewed Eric Zimmer the host of the podcast “The One You Feed.” “The One You Feed” podcast was named Best of 2014 by iTunes, and it's an amazing collection of open minded discussions of habits, wisdom, psychology, philosophy, and motivation. Eric starts his episodes with a short story that explains the title of […] The post 029: The Second Arrow – Stories We Tell Ourselves (with Eric Zimmer) appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
For many of you, last week's episode was very conceptual with no practical application. I want to celebrate that 🙂 It’s essential to have activities that don't seem to have practical applications, or use business language, with no tangible Return Of Investment – ROI. We know that children need to play to learn new skills […] The post 028: Do You Have A Sandbox? appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
To provide a mindset workout is my goal for every episode of my podcast. I want to create a space where you come to exercise your mind, such as when you go to the health club to keep yourself healthy and in shape. In the last episode – 26: Do People Really Change? – I […] The post 027: Paradoxes – Give Your Mindsets a Workout appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
I’m fascinated by change – if you listen regularly to this podcast you may have noticed that. Change has been the focus of my professional life. When I started as a psychotherapist, I helped people overcome problems in ways that changed how they lived their lives. Afterwards, as a life coach, I focused on supporting people to reach […] The post 026: Do People Really Change? appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
The topic of this episode is Learning and Change  – and how can we learn from our relapses, and missteps. First of all, I want to correct a mistake I did in Episode 23: Understanding Change – and Why Is So Difficult to Change, where I spoke about a specific model to explain change that was developed by a team […] The post 025: Learning and Change appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
Last episode I spoke about why it’s so difficult to change, and I knew then that I had to bring Whitney Hutten to this podcast. Whitney believes that to stop changing and start shifting, is the best strategy to make what you want happen. Her mission is to help professionals to get 10 to 15 […] The post 024: Stop Changing – Start Shifting (with Whitney Hutten) appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
A quarter of 2015 has already past. I’m wondering if this year you did any New Year's Resolutions that implied a big change in your life. The reality is that for most people, even if they honestly intended to change some important aspect of their lives – from exercising more, losing weight, and so forth […] The post 023: Understanding Change – and Why Is It So Difficult to Change appeared first on Ana Melikian, PhD.
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