057 – Q&A: How to get out of the victim mindset

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Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast. This is another Q&A session with the wonderful Ashleigh VanHouten from Paleo Magazine. Today on this #MondayMindset episode, we discuss the benefits of habit stacking: introducing a small weekly or daily habit, that will slowly and incrementally stack on your previous self and keep making you better and better. Many people today are overwhelmed and burdened by what success means, and a victim mindset is one that can hold you back from living your best life. In this episode, we encourage you to pay attention to the words we all use by exploring the effects a victim mindset can have on your daily life. This week, we challenge you to remove five victim words and phrases from your vocabulary and begin to stack this habit incrementally. In addition, we also cover topics such as: building a water-drinking habit that sticks, the effects of coffee on your gut health, the components in intelligence coffee, and how to stop the negative people in your life from holding you back from becoming the best version of you.


  • Habit stacking: the importance of building a regular habit to build on your previous self. [1:20]
  • The power of removing five victim words/phrases from your internal dialogue. [5:22]
  • Are you drinking enough water? How to build a water-drinking habit that sticks. [11:20]
  • The effects of coffee on your gut health, stress, and the sympathetic nervous system. [14:23]
  • Intelligence coffee and how the MCT you use can change your entire experience. [19:45]
  • Protecting yourself from negativity and toxic thinking from the people around you. [25:27]
  • How to help the people you love to improve themselves when they’re resistant to help. [26:34]
  • The importance of becoming comfortable with living in your values and beliefs. [30:11]
  • The value of learning to understand your essence through stillness and silence. [32:07]
  • Why your mindset, stress and, sleep is just as important as training and nutrition. [38:22]

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Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski

Since first lifting weights as a teenager, Ben has been on a mission to do whatever it takes… …to become the most muscular man on the planet! On the eve of The Arnold Classic, he confronts the dark realities of bodybuilding… And his own future! Follow him on his journey…

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