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A Higher Branch

Sam Makhoul

56 episodes

Jul 28, 2021

How To Master The First Most Important Ritual Of The Day 

In today's PODCAST episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul reveals the first most important ritual of the day, the ritual of movement from his exclusive 4 5 6 System.

During the episode, Sam shares what the optimal time is for movement, why it really does matter what type of exercise you do in the morning versus the evening and is exercise in fact good for your body shape?

He also unpacks:
  • The 4 5 6 System
  • Why sleep is an ultimate superpower for health
  • What foods should we be eating
  • 7 reasons shaped by science why exercise can be harmful
  • 11 tips that are a gateway to an awesome life; and more...


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

2:54 – A System For Living

4:30 – 3 of the 4 Essential Daily Rituals

6:11 – #1 Ritual: Movement

8:00 – Sam’s morning routine for movement

10:22 – The optimal time for movement

11:37 – What is the best form of exercise?

12:44 – Why is exercise an important morning ritual?

14:22 – Exercise and sleep

15:23 – Why is exercise the first essential daily ritual before the other two

16:02 – What foods should we be eating

17:24 – Can exercise be bad for you?

18:10 – 7 reasons shaped by science why exercise can be harmful

20:17 – Is exercise good for your body shape?

24:48 – Blue Zones

26:28 – Movement that should occur in the evening

27:25 – 11 tips that are a gateway to an awesome life

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Jul 21, 2021

Is Reliance On Motivation Ruining Your Life 

In Today's PODCAST episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul reveals his exclusive 4 5 6 System for living, which has proven to work whether you are motivated or not.

During the episode, Sam unpacks his tips to help you build a strong identity with 4 essential daily rituals, 5 habits and 6 life hacks.

He also unpacks:
  • Why relying on motivation will destroy your happiness
  • The biggest con, and myth about success and motivation
  • The important life lessons that they didn't teach you at school
  • How to build a strong identity and the important questions we all need to ask ourselves daily
  • The four, five, six system for identity change that Sam teaches in his one-on-one coaching; and more...


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

1:33 - Three things wrong with motivation

7:14 – The System for Living

9:09 – The Motivation Trap

11:07 – David Goggins: The Difference Between Motivation and Doing

24:51 – Don’t let motivation destroy your identity

34:29 – Questions to ask yourself to help your identity change

39:47 – The 4 5 6 System

42:23 - The 4 Rituals, 5 Habits & 6 Life Hacks

44:06 – The Method of Repetition

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Jul 14, 2021

How to Stop Perfectionism And Start Enjoying Food 

Today we are joined once again with Lyndi Cohen; best-selling author of ''The Nude Nutritionist" and media Nutritionist and Dietitian.

In this episode, Sam Makhoul and Lyndi Cohen shares with us how food rules are making us sick and how to stop perfectionism and start enjoying food.

The pair also discuss:
  • Sleep and its relationship with food
  • How to make healthy food enjoyable
  • A 3-step process to creating healthy habits that you can stick to
  • How to recalibrate your brain so you have a healthy relationship with foods; and more...


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

3:06 – Is perfectionism the leading cause of an unhealthy relationship with food?

6: 51 – Gut health

7:58 – The perfect diet

9:27 – Blue Zones

13:46 – The key basics when it comes to food

15:55 – How to make healthy food enjoyable

18:18 – Micro decisions

24:53 – 3-step process to creating healthy habits that you can stick to

28:16 – How to recalibrate your brain so you have a healthy relationship with foods

29:03 – The Nude Nutritionist

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Jul 7, 2021

How to Identify If You Have An Unhealthy Relationship With Food 

Today we are joined with Lyndi Cohen; best selling author of ''The Nude Nutritionist" and media Nutritionist and Dietitian.

In this episode, Sam Makhoul and Lyndi Cohen shares insights that will revolutionise your relationship with food.

The pair discuss:
  • Why food rules are bad
  • Why you binge eat
  • How sleep impacts hunger
  • How to eat intuitively
  • How we can make sure that eating isn’t a source of stress, guilt or shame
  • What, how, when to eat or whether those things are in important; and more...


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

3:46 – How do we know that we have an unhealthy relationship with food

10:22 – How do we undo all the involuntary programming that we have

11:08 – Intuitive eating

12:19 – What does hunger really feel like

12:50 – The hunger scale

16:28 – Lyndi’s personal story with food

24:11 – At what point does food start controlling you

38:53 – The importance of sleep when it comes to food

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Jun 30, 2021

How to Manifest The Future You Desire And Deserve 

Today we are joined once again with Barry Nicolaou; a wellbeing and resilience, corporate partner, a mindset coach, and a creative visualisation specialist.

In this episode, Sam Makhoul and Barry Nicolaou share how to embrace your new reality by turning your values upside down. Barry unpacks the anxieties of Covid, what is a Quantum Shift and Possibility and his 5 steps to having a Quantum Shift.

The pair discuss:
  • How to deconstruct the untapped power of the subconscious
  • How to dissipate negative self-talk
  • How to connect to a desirable outcome; and
  • How to embrace your new reality


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

00:52 – What it means to have a Quantum Shift

03:19 – 5 steps to having a Quantum Shift

04:53 – What is Creative visualisation?

04:56 – What are deconstructive mindset blocks?

05:44 – The main reason why anxiety is happening

09:30 – What is Quantum Shift?

19:34 – 5 steps to connect to a desirable outcome

19:48 – Attracting Quantum Possibilities: Find step-by-step guide HERE

19:54 – Step 1: Define Your Desire

25:31 – Step 2: Feel The Possibility

27:38 – Step 3: Catching The Feeling

31:34 – Step 4: Release Doubt & Toxicity

33:22 – Examples of negative self-talk

33:45 – How do you disintegrate negative self-talk?

37:43 – What is QP?

41:16 – Step 5: Release The Timing

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Jun 23, 2021

How To Bulletproof Your Mind, Body & Finances: Part 2 

In today’s episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul is joined once again by Tom Panos, an auctioneer, an author, a public speaker, the founder of real estate gym and the producer of the million dollar agent podcast.
Tom shares his insight on the real estate mindset to have in 2021, what’s fueling the post-covid boom, the qualities of the top agents, how he judges close friends and what he looks for in a friendship, the people that Tom admires the most and he’s sliding door moment.

We also discuss:
  • Covid clarity
  • What is the Real Estate Gym?
  • Tom’s thoughts on Crypto Currency
  • Toms advice for people getting into Real Estate now. Investment properties v’s principal place of residence
  • Tom’s advice on the reform on Stampduty and land tax
  • The difference between homes and units
  • Covid vaccination- Yes or No?


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

4:09- Tom’s resilient mindset

7:21 – Covid Clarity

7:55- Tom’s cancer journey with chemotherapy, radiation, antibody therapy, STEM cell, maintenance therapy and immunotherapy

9:32 – David Goggins and Tom’s interview at Upgrade Your Life 2020 where Tom shares with David his adversity

16:40 – Adversity and emotion evidence-based techniques

18:41 - 3 mental techniques how to turn that negative situation around in that moment where you were feeling like you were overwhelmed?

22:39 – The catastrophic of fighting

26:18 – What Tom did to help during his chemotherapy treatment when he was at his worst

27:10 – Bringing the future forward through manifestation

27:30 - The placebo effect

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Jun 16, 2021

How To Bulletproof Your Mind, Body & Finances: Part 1 

In tough times, it can be easy to let the darkness weigh us down...
but with the right tools and techniques, we can begin to alleviate the negative thoughts and shortcircuit our anxiety.

In today’s episode of A Higher Branch, I am joined by Auctioneer, Author, Public Speaker and the Founder of Real Estate Gym, Tom Panos. During this episode, Tom shares insight into areas of wealth and health as well as and his broad enate wisdom about how to view life.

We also discuss:
  • How to develop a resilient mindset
  • How to eliminate catastrophic thinking
  • How Tom managed his mindset through adversity
  • Bringing the future forward through manifestation; and
  • The moment Tom Panos left the crowd speechless at Upgrade Your Life 2020


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

04:09 –Tom’s resilient mindset

07:21 – Covid Clarity

07:55 –Tom’s journey with adversity

09:32 – The Upgrade Your Life interview that wowed the crowd

16:40 – Adversity and emotion evidence-based techniques

18:41 – 3 mental techniques for resilience

22:39 – How to eliminate catastrophic thinking

26:18 – What Tom in his darkest days

27:10 – Bringing the future forward through manifestation

27:30 – The placebo effect

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Jun 8, 2021

The Power of Meditation in Conquering Your Limiting Beliefs 

Limiting beliefs can cause roadblocks in our jobs, relationships and health goals. But how do we begin to overcome them?

On this weeks episode of A Higher Branch, host Sam Makhoul is joined once again with our faculty meditation and mindfulness coach Tom Sullivan. Tom shares with us how to reprogram our subconscious through Meditation to reframe our relationship with negative thoughts.

This discussion gives us a front-row seat into Tom's craft and shares with us a guided meditation that you can do anywhere, anytime.

During this episode, Tom and Sam discuss:
  • The desire for mediation
  • The physical benefits of Meditation
  • Why Meditation is fitness for the mind & soul
  • Sam's unmissable 3 Daily Rituals & 4 energies; and
  • The Circle of Conscious Living


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

3:34 – Examples of Limiting beliefs

7:14 – Reprogram our subconscious through meditation

8:11 – Reframing your relationship with your thoughts

15:00 - What does it mean to live your best life

16:46 – Samskaras; Your life colouring

19:32 - Isha Kriya; mindfulness meditation practice

20:00 – The strategy for a successful practice

23:17 –What is a Gratitude practice

23:44 – The ‘desire’ / ‘why’ to practice mediation

25:21 – Form is important in meditation

26:50 – Why we should surrender to meditation

27:30 – The physical benefits of meditation

28:41 – Why meditation and yoga go hand-in-hand

36:30 – Why meditation is fitness for the mind and soul

38:03 – 3 daily rituals; Movement, Meditation and Journaling

39:59 – 4 energies; Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual

45:16 – The Circle of Conscious Living

48:03 – A short guided meditation

55:58 – Upgrade Your Life 2022

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Jun 3, 2021

Why You Need To Slow Down, Reset & Recharge 

Are you addicted to fast-paced living?

Usually, when we get stuck in roadrunner mode, we ultimately pay the price mentally and physically: We usually don't stop until we drop!

On Today's episode of A Higher Branch, I am joined by Best Selling Author, Broadcaster, TED Speaker and the godfather of slow, Mr Carl Honoré.
Carl shares with us the importance of taking the time to smell the roses and slowing down in a world that is obsessed with living life at high speed!

The pair also discuss:
  • The importance of human connection
  • How to eliminate stress
  • The benefits of saying 'No'; and
  • Carls top techniques to slowing down!


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

04:10 –The importance of Social Connections

07:55 – How Covid-19 impacted the slow movement

09:35 –The pandemic was an opportunity to hit the reset button

12:30 – Speed = Stress = Phycological problems

15:55 – Sometimes, it is as simple as slowing down

19:30 – Carl's "30 days to slow" workbook HERE

20:40 – The 'Not-To-Do list.'

27:00 – Energy is our #1 currency

29:10 – When to say 'No.'

34:20 – A bit more about Carl!

36:15 – Ways we can slow down

40:00 –Join Carls Facebook group HERE

41:55 – Engaging in slow activities

42:55 – Upgrade Your Life 2022!

43:20 – Anxiety is in the air!

45:55 – Carl shares a story!

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May 27, 2021

Kasey Edwards: How To Handle Criticism 

If you want to live a big, bold life, where you show up and live the way you want, then the truth is that someone along the way will criticize you!

In today's episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul is joined by Kasey Edwards, best-selling author of "Raising Girls who Like Themselves".
Kasey shares her strategies for accepting criticism across all forms of relationships; From your workplace, family members and significant others.

We also discuss;
  • Some feedback from their last episode
  • How not all criticism is bad
  • The fear of criticism
  • The 'friendship fire'; and
  • The top tips for giving constructive feedback

Tune in to hear Kasey's three strategies for accepting criticism!


Short for time? Skip ahead using the below timestamps:

00:50 – Addressing on controversial feedback from our last episode

02:05 – Parents need to be brave

04:57 – Why teenage girls feel like they cannot say "No."

07:55 – Criticism is inevitable

11:30 – 3 strategies for accepting criticism

13:30 – Making choices based on the criticism criteria

20:55 – Think like a billionaire mindset

21:21 – The fear of criticism

22:50 – Handling criticism from family members

24:55 – Criticism in the workplace

27:25 – Criticism in relationships/couples

30:05 – 3 tips for giving constructive feedback

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