Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kent and Heather McKean, Founders of Mind Change, located in Austin, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Mind Change® is a healing system utilizing the power of the mind/body connection. It is a method designed to allow emotional and psychological stability by reprogramming the brain’s mental (subconscious) patterns that then positively impact our responses and behavior toward life. Mind Change® operates with tangible physical mechanics backed by science. Since nothing happens in the body without the “permission” of the brain, we can harness all the power of the mind/body/spirit connection. Having studied countless healing modalities, therapies, counseling and coaching tactics, and spiritual healing, along with new cutting-edge neuroscience, we have learned to integrate the most effective elements of many modalities.
In conjunction with all this learning, Mind Change® has its own unique process to get into the subconscious for deep and permanent healing. After deconstructing the negative neuropathways and healing the root system, we can then construct new neuropathways that will create the trajectory for your new life journey of growth and victory.
Since our mind is what creates our reality, Mind Change® can be utilized for anything: Emotional, Physical, and Psychological Health. It also can address any relational, mental, or spiritual stuck-ness that continues to arise. Ailments such as stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pains, fears, phobias, weight-loss and self-esteem issues, grief and loss, as well as addictions and chronic illness, are just some of the many issues that clients leave behind in their personal transformations with Mind Change®.
And yet one of the best aspects of Mind Change® is that it’s all about continual leveling-up. It’s about letting go of anything that’s holding you back so that you can step into your absolute best and empowered self, living life to the full. One of the most appreciated aspects is that it is fast, direct, and to the point.
At its core, Mind Change® is a personal development and wellness tool that allows positive changes in problematic thought processes that reside within a deeper consciousness. The memories supporting the structure of the problem are aimed to be weakened and collapsed by releasing negative emotions, traumas, or memories surrounding the issue. The process and techniques allow for immediate positive changes in the person’s mental state, thus producing healthy responses and habits in the future.
Understanding how the brain works is a key component of Mind Change®. Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity and neural plasticity, is the ability of the brain to change throughout an individual's life. Our brain activity associated with a given function can be transferred to a different location, the proportion of grey matter can change, and synapses may strengthen or weaken over time. Research in the latter half of the 20th century showed that many aspects of the brain could be altered (or are "plastic") even through adulthood. Neuroplasticity can be observed at multiple scales, from microscopic changes in individual neurons to larger-scale changes such as cortical remapping in response to injury. Behavior, environmental stimuli, thoughts, and emotions may also cause neuroplastic change through activity-dependent plasticity, which has significant implications for healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage.
Thankfully, you don’t need to know how your brain works in order for Mind Change® to work! All you need to know is that your neuro net highway changes every moment. And if we let it, our brain can collapse all the negative neuropathways and instead create new positive neuronal synapses and links to our past in order to change our future in incredible ways. Mind Change® understands how the brain works in order to help you live the life you've always wanted.
Our clients are from a wide range of backgrounds. If you are looking to find massive growth and take life to the next level, this is for you. If you have a small problem with someone that needs full repair, this is for you. If there is a fear that you cannot seem to overcome, this is for you. Or maybe there are some devastating traumas that plague your life — THIS IS FOR YOU!
We help anyone who suffers from: Anxiety • Low Self-esteem • Fears • Phobias • Creative Blocks • Weight Problems • Depression • Grief & Loss • Cravings • Headaches • Relationship Problems • Insomnia • Bad Habits • Disease • Allergies • Pain • Fatigue • Trauma • Addictions • Sleep Issues • Health Issues/Concerns • And so much more!
In addition to letting go of the issues at hand, here are just some of the areas that our clients see guaranteed measurable change in: Happiness • Relationships • Personal & Professional Development • Stress Management • Energy • Finances • Intimacy • Sleep & Relaxation • Sports Performance • Peace • Health.
Our services include private one-to-one clients, private retreats, group retreats, online courses, books, weekend workshops, and more!
Tell us about yourself
My wife and I come from extremely different backgrounds. I grew up very sheltered and more restrictive. We moved around a lot, and I learned to be what I thought people wanted. Heather grew up with addiction/abuse and relatively loose family life. She moved around a lot to escape reality, trying to be different. But we both had our own set of dysfunctional coping skills and stuckness. Heather’s manifested in physical ailments and chronic health issues, while my coping skills created a stuck mentality, relational problems, and never feeling big emotions.
As my wife’s health deteriorated to liver and kidney failure on top of a myriad of other “unhealable” diseases and after trying every western and eastern medicine and the regime we could get our hands on, we started to dive deep into the mind/body connection which is where the healing began. Within months, my wife went from an on-her-death-bed IV drip at home to fully healed and in better shape than when I had met her ten years prior. Then I was faced with a whole new role in my relationship with her and my kids, and I started spiraling… until I, too, started dealing with the rewiring of my neuro-net highway.
Once she healed physically and I healed emotionally, our journey into the mind continued to evolve into what we do now in life and in business. So how did our background impact who we are today? Legacies were given, and we are thankful. Legacies were accepted, and we are thankful. Legacies were changed, and we are thankful. And we continue to evolve as we raise our children and bring restorative emotional health to the world at large through Mind Change… and we are thankful!
Was it easy to get here? Not really. It took years of illness for my wife and years of dysfunction within myself to get to a place where we were able to see the deeper issues and also understand how we could change them! Lessons we learned? Always keep growing. Always give yourself grace. Always remember how far we’ve come. Keep moving forward.
One of our core motivations for this work is that we want the world to know that everyone ALREADY has the power within to heal, change, and overcome. Heather and I aren’t some magic wizards who heal the broken. We come from the belief that no one is broken. In fact, everyone is working exactly the way they are wired! Don’t like the outcome? Change the wiring. And as each person changes individually, we actually change the world cumulatively because our change stretches beyond the here and now into the quantum mechanics of an understanding we do not fully comprehend, and our brains are the most powerful tool on this planet. We just have to learn to harness the brain’s amazing ability.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
That's a great question. There are many things I am proud of, but I think the one that keeps coming to the surface as I think about life and business is putting my family first. One of the reasons I have chosen the random jobs that I have (elementary school teacher, horses-shoer, ministry consultant, and now Mind Change) is that I have always wanted the flexibility to put my family first while also showing my kids that helping others is our way of life. And with Mind Change, we have.
We work remotely and have been able to RV across the United States as a family. We have been able to move to communities where our children would thrive. We have been able to spend time with friends and family according to our own calendar. And the fact that my wife and I built this from scratch, learning as we have gone, and continuing to grow... that aligns with our life mantra: Keep moving forward and always continue to grow.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Building everything from the ground up. Being the CEO, COO, CFO, business secretary, personal assistant, video editor, website designer, social media content producer, sales rep, and everything else — just the 2 of us!
And making sure that we have time for each other and our family. It wasn't always easy to have work available to do 24/7. But when we learned boundaries and that it was ok to say 'no' — so much shifted, and the business actually grew even more! And that's when we learned to build a team of connected and passionate people who all use their strengths together to create the whole.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
The top 3 pieces of advice, guidance, and wisdom I would convey to any new business owner:
- Whatever you do, make certain you are passionate about it.
- Build a team early on. Find loyal experts and be willing to spend the big bucks on this first.
- Learn when to shut everything off and take breaks. You'll need healthy boundaries to last.
And a final bonus tip: MAKE YOUR BUSINESS FUN AND ENJOYABLE.
Where can people find you and your business?
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