The Founders of MINDSHIFT NINJA: Part One
Spotlight: Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi, ND, ACC
Ten questions, in ten minutes, with a MINDSHIFT NINJA:
What is your driving force – what pushes you to do what you do?
I can boil it down to two factors. One, I am a very curious person, always looking to learn more. And two, I genuinely like helping people live a better and more connected life. Witnessing individuals or a team succeed (whatever their personal definition of success may be), and playing a role in that process is very uplifting and motivating for me. It truly is the reason why I get out of bed in the morning.
How does your background, education or experience empower you as a MINDSHIFT NINJA?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in learning more about how we can train the mind and body to live a fully empowered life. My studies have always focused on learning the science of the human body, mind, and performance.
“The quest for this knowledge is what drives my passion for living my life as a MINDSHIFT NINJA and teaching others how to do the same.”
What is your super MINDSHIFT NINJA power?
My ability to connect with people. My clients joke that I have a tattoo on my forehead that reads, “Tell me all your problems.” They say that they feel a sense of comfort, support, and connection. I try to be present, listen carefully, and connect the dots. It’s a privilege and an honour.
What makes you a successful brain-based coach? What’s your “secret sauce”?
Understanding and applying the science of how the brain processes information; how emotional changes occur; and how challenges are met. While also trusting that the person or team I am working with has the intelligence, creativity, and inner wisdom to come up with their own answers when properly facilitated.
What’s an underestimated, yet powerful tool you use?
Asking the right question, and then remaining silent. It is remarkable how much growth and insight can be generated when you allow silence to fill the space after a carefully crafted and meaningful – MINDSHIFTing – question.
Do you have a favourite type of client?
If you are ready to make yourself better, I am ready to work with you. If you have an attitude that growth, prosperity, and purpose in life is possible, then I am ready to work with you. If you are stuck in business, sport, or a personal relationship, but are ready to tackle the challenge, then I am ready to work with you. If you are willing to work hard because you want to improve yourself – and are not looking for the “magic pill” – then I am ready to work with you.
What makes for a successful MINDSHIFT NINJA?
Honouring self, others, science, and spirit. A warrior of passion, and a leader of thought. Mindfully moving towards a more purposeful and authentic way of living and working.
What do you do beyond MINDSHIFT NINJA?
I connect through music – playing drums in a rock band and listening to a wide array of musical genres. I also love being physically active – playing sports, working out, and going on walks with my family. What keeps me most grounded is having meaningful conversations, while sharing a pot of tea, with my inspiring wife, Megan. My other work responsibilities include, maintaining my private practice and teaching.
What do you do when you need to MINDSHIFT?
I take multiple deep breaths while placing my body in a relaxed, yet confident pose. I repeat a vision, thought, or a favorite quote in my mind until I feel my energy, attitude, and outlook shift. Then I go forward and apply the best of me to the challenge ahead.
What is your biggest MINDSHIFT lesson so far?
Moving steadily, even swiftly at times, while remaining patient. I am used to moving in a “Speedy Gonzales” fashion. However, with the addition of my son (who is one month old today!) and all my other endeavours, I have learned that patience and deliberate actions are essential.
Bonus question: What is it like working with your sister?
In any business you hope to work with people you trust and respect. For 30+ years I have looked up to Ayla, and she has supported and challenged me. I have also witnessed her own growth – personally and professionally – over the years. The feeling is less, “I work with my sister,” and more I am grateful to work with someone who I respect, trust, and who empowers me to be my best self – and who also happens to be my best friend and family. I’m very lucky!