The first Life on Purpose Roundtable, which will be a monthly feature of the show, was a great conversation with Kristoffer Carter, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, and Eric Zimmer on how they define living a “life on purpose” and what that means to them, as well as various ways that we can EACH do that in our daily lives.
About LoP Round-Table #1 Guests:
Kristoffer Carter (KC) is an outspoken advocate of mindfulness in business, a Kriyaban Yogi (from the Self Realization Fellowship), a husband and father of three, a marathoner, and multi-instrumentalist since childhood. He designed and released a multimedia manifesto called The Framework, which outlines his approach to what he calls Full Life Integration. He launched a mindfulness & meditation program called THE PAUSE for his company Centro, and he’s faculty for Jonathan Fields’ Good Life Project.
Emiliya Zhivotovskaya is a leading voice in the world of positive psychology & the science of flourishing. She’s a widely sought-after speaker, educator, facilitator & coach. Jonathan Fields says, “she offers that astonishingly rare blend of deep insight, wisdom beyond her years, a fierce grounding in science and the heart of a teacher.”
Eric Zimmer has been helping to build companies for the past 15 years and has been involved in technology for longer than that. He’s led a major software program for a Fortune 20 company, he started a solar energy company called Tipping Point, and he’s the host of a podcast called The One You Feed that’s currently the #1 philosophy podcast on iTunes! He’s also a musician, a passionate leaner, and loves to meet new people.
For more information on Kristoffer Carter, visit http://www.thisepiclife.com. For more info on Eric Zimmer, visit http://www.oneyoufeed.net. For more info on Emiliya, visit http://www.emiliya.com. To hear several conversations with KC on my previous show Radio Enso, visit the archives page here.
During this in-depth round-table conversation, we discussed:
- How each of them defines a life lived on purpose?
- What are the habits that allow each of them to do that? “How do I want to show up in the world?”
- The importance of ruthless self-knowledge and “tearing up the scripts that we were handed as kids.”
- The value of meditation for all four of us and importance of living moment to moment.
- Our shared experience at Camp Good Life Project — four days spent with “Hearts Open, Antennae Up.”
- The benefits of community and their recommendations for finding others who share the same ethos.
- Brene Brown, vulnerability, and authenticity. “Social media makes it look like we’re so perfect.”
- Emiliya’s Science of Flourishing workshop and changing your happiness “set point” through habit change.
- Neuro-plasticity, the brain, and “your duty to cut out bad habits and replace with ones that serve us.”
- Depression, the Set Point theory, and Eric’s The One You Feed podcast.
- The importance of not beating yourself up when habits go awry or you’re having a bad day. How?
- Misperceptions about Positive Psychology: “It’s not about being happy, but the permission to be human and being able to be resilient and work with what life brings you.”
- Learning to recognize the difference between “the emotion I’m feeling vs. a story I’m telling myself that feeds emotions.”
- The value of gratitude and strategies for bringing more of it into your life.
- Emiliya’s model (which we discuss in our length chat on Life on Purpose here): “Self-Awareness enables self-compassion, which enables self-care.”
- WHY live a life on purpose? Why seek a purpose-filled life?