Headspace, an increasingly popular meditation app, defines mindfulness as “the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment – free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them”. Though this definition is clear to understand, it’s much harder for many to put into practice. Mindfulness requires moment-to-moment awareness, which is the product of training, meditation, and consciousness. Suffice to say, mindfulness is seldom achieved without internal reflection guided by external assistance. This realization has led to an immense boom in the coaching and mentoring industry in recent years, as individuals struggle to achieve mindfulness individually, seeking the help of experts to guide them there.
In the U.S. alone, the coaching industry is estimated to be valued at $2 billion, with studies showing that executives and entrepreneurs who use a coach see their net income increase by an average of 46%. Financial gain aside, coaching and mentoring as offered by mindful thought leaders is known to increase a sense of purpose through personal and professional fulfillment. The decision to employ professional assistance in the journey to obtaining mindfulness is a no-brainer, and the benefits are seemingly endless. The challenge, however, is finding the right mindfulness leader, which is why we’ve curated this list of 20 mindful thought leaders offering a diverse array of services to help guide us into a better 2021.
Dr. Joe Dispenza Lecturer, Educator, & Author
International lecturer, researcher, and corporate consultant are just a few titles held by Dr. Joe Dispenza. The widely known educator is driven by the belief that everyone has the potential to achieve greatness. As a researcher, Dispenza utilizes his passion for exploring the science behind spontaneous remissions to help others suffering from illnesses and chronic conditions.
His knowledge has gripped the attention of a global audience, as he teaches people to rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to result in lasting positive changes leading to a fulfilled life.
Deepak Chopra Founder of The Chopra Foundation & Chopra Global
Deepak Chopra, founder of The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global, is a world-renowned advocate for alternative medicine and personal transformation. Deepak has devoted his life to creating a more joyful and healthy world by promoting peace to all human beings.
After leaving behind his career in Western medicine, Deepak’s 1993 NY Times best-selling book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, put him at the forefront of the self-help industry and he quickly became one of the most prominent gurus in the world.
Lisa Nichols CEO & Motivational Speaker
As one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, Lisa Nichols has reached a global audience of nearly 80 million people, coaching them through inspiration and motivation. The founder and CEO of Motivating the Masses, Inc., reflects on her experience as a struggling single mom on public assistance to becoming a millionaire entrepreneur.
She educates her followers on how to uncover the courage and determination necessary to overcome hardship, discovering untapped talents and infinite potential along the way.
Marisa Peer Bestselling Author & Public Speaker
There are few speakers today that have the wide experience and stellar reputation of Marisa Peer. Named ‘Britain’s Best Therapist’ by Men’s Health magazine, Marisa has spent over three decades treating a client list that includes international superstars, CEOs, Royalty, and Olympic athletes.
A bestselling author of five books, Marisa’s USP is that she teaches “simple steps that produce dramatic and life-changing results.”
Stacy Raske Bestselling Author & Public Speaker
Stacy Raske is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, Iraq War Veteran, international success coach and leadership mentor, and business consultant. Her Amazon #1 bestselling book, Be a Boss & Fire That Bitch: Quiet Your Inner Critic & Finally Believe You’re GOOD ENOUGH, chronicles her recovery journey along with the powerful lessons she learned for authentic living, leadership, and success.
Her mission is to shift the social and cultural narrative surrounding ambitious, high-performing Alpha Women by helping them shift from intimidating to influential leaders through unlocking their full authenticity and visibility, hiring their inner rebel, and balancing their power with more divine feminine energy.
Clifton Carmody, ICF-ACC, CMT-P Founder of MNDFL LDR
Clifton Carmody is a highly regarded mindfulness instructor and coach, passionate about creating Mindful Leaders that make their businesses and world a better place.
20 years ago at the beginning of his mindfulness journey, a brief intimate meeting with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, sowed the seed for Clifton to teach other executives the benefits of mindfulness and conscious leadership principles in business.
Kai Van Bodhi Founder of Pathway of Power
Kai Van Bodhi is a pioneer in Holistic Medicine, integrating both Ancient Alchemy and Modern Neuroscience into a complete and accessible pathway to unlocking human potential. With a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, Kai incorporates the use of meditation, taichi, qigong, and mind-body exercises in his coaching and teaching methods to train participants to develop optimal self-awareness to pinpoint what is depleting their energy source.
After spending 15 years studying with Masters in the Far East, learning the language, and becoming an insider in traditions often inaccessible to Western students, Kai has been transmitting ancient technologies infused with modern science to thousands of people in live events, group coaching programs, and one-to-one mentorships.
Kylie Ryan Founder of My Mind Coach
Kylie Ryan is a Master Mindset Coach and Holistic Coach Trainer who supports coaches to unleash their SuperCoach abilities by uniting their Higher Wisdom with Strategic Coaching skill mastery to get transformational results for themselves and their clients.
Kylie is passionate about uniting the divide in coaching that roughly falls into 2 camps: inner world and outer world. Inner world coaches consist of intuitive leaders and mindset coaches, whereas the outer world consists of strategic coaches in business and fitness. Through uniting these two coaching styles, Kylie trains coaches to create sustainable and holistic success, promoting integrity, impact, income, and influence.
Maria Wendt Entrepreneur & Business Coach
Maria Wendt is a highly sought-after business coach whose strengths lie in helping ambitious female entrepreneurs gain clients and make money. Maria is raising the glass ceiling known to limit female financial success, leading by example in showing women what can be available and how to achieve it.
“These days, anyone can have a successful online business and I love spending my days showing ambitious women how to start, grow and scale their online business,” said Maria in a recent Forbes article.
Danielle Gray Founder of Mindset to Manifest
Danielle Gray, founder of Mindset to Manifest, is a Mindset and Manifestation Coach, Universal Law Mentor, and Transformational Teacher.
Danielle inspires hundreds of women from all over the world by sharing her personal transformation, which saw her go from being broke, over-extended, and unhappy in general, to earning a 6-figure salary and living a fulfilling life on her terms.
Rudi Riekstins Founder of Energetic Business Consulting
Rudi Riekstins coaches his clients on how to become the most successful person they know, instructing and inspiring them to not just survive, but to thrive in any environment, situation, and relationship.
The four pillars of his coaching philosophy include Leadership, Success Coaching, Accountability, and Sales Training. Through instilling these fundamentals, Rudi believes that everyone, from the individual, to a startup venture, to a large corporation, should be thriving!
Marie Zimenoff CEO of Career Thought Leaders & Resume Writing Academy
Marie Zimenoff is an inspiring entrepreneur, speaker, and leader who is passionate about helping individuals snag the career of their dreams. As the CEO of both Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy, Marie knows career services have the power to change lives.
Through her radio show, The Career Confidante, and her live video series, Career Thought Leaders, Marie advises individuals on how to navigate career challenges and obtain purposeful employment opportunities.
Melinda Fouts Founder of Success Starts With You
Author of Cognitive Enlightenment and professional speaker, Melinda Fouts brings to the coaching world over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She leverages her strengths and insights from her psychology background to help leaders and managers in all aspects of being successful. As the owner and founder of Success Starts With You, Melinda’s coaching program is based on the premise that you are already successful.
With a Ph.D. in Jungian Psychology and a Masters in Psychology, Melinda is certified to administer the EQi – 2.0, the MBTI, and a variety of leadership assessments to help bring more awareness and identify what areas need development.
Stephanie Pierucci Founder of Manifesting Secrets
Many desire a life of deep peace, love, and purpose; but old patterns often get in the way. Thankfully, those patterns can be scientifically rewired. Stephanie Pierucci shares how to do this through her work as the founder of Manifesting Secrets and co-founder of Brain Flow Yoga.
She refers to her work with Manifesting Secrets as “demystifying” manifestation because with science comes the confidence that you aren’t “crossing your fingers”, but making real material changes on the neurological level. Manifesting Secrets and Brain Flow Yoga are exploding with support.
Ashley Good Master Coach & Mentor
Ashley Good is the go-to coach and mentor for conscious and driven business owners and senior executives who have already achieved traditional success and are ready to explore uncharted waters and activate an intelligence that takes them beyond the limitations of the mind.
Ashley is a master coach and mentor, an official member of the Forbes Coaching Council, a regular contributing writer for Forbes, and the author of KISS Your Business and the upcoming book and program Activate Superpower.
Natalia Kern Entrepreneur, CEO, & Menor
Natalia Kern is a former International cover model and writer, former Ms. Bikini Universe, and now a successful entrepreneur as well as mentor to female entrepreneurs.
Through reflecting on her own entrepreneurial experience, Natalia is helping her fellow female mentees to balance life and work via process designing their life script with intention, reverse engineering their vision of success, and releasing the uncontrollable blocking their joy today.
As the co-founder of the Project: In Charge with Sandi Glandt, Natalia has helped to create a platform for success-driven female entrepreneurs, working moms, and business owners to maximize their potential.
Georgie Hubbard Founder of mindbodytolead
Georgie Hubbard is the vivacious founder of mindbodytolead, a coaching platform that advocates for The 3 To Lead: Movement, Meals, and Mindset.
As both a personal trainer and a mindset coach, Georgie promotes the positive impacts that these three focuses have on physical and mental wellbeing, transitioning into life fulfillment and success.
Robert Tennyson Stevens CEO of Mastery Systems International Inc.
Robert Tennyson Stevens, developer and CEO of Mastery Systems International Inc., is a pioneer in the influence of verbal language, body language, emotions, and imagination on activating and enjoying our dreams—now.
In providing personal, team, and corporate facilitation and coaching for more than 45 years, Robert has developed step by step repeatable systems for attaining heartfelt outcomes with speed and accuracy.
Kelly Mendenhall Spoonie, Author, Public Speaker, & Entrepreneur
Self-titled as “Nerdzilla”, Kelly Mendenhall is an inspiring author, entrepreneur, public speaker, spoonie, and advocate for patients subjected to medical gaslighting. Having spent the early part of her adulthood chasing the American Dream, Kelly was well on the road to realizing said dream until 2017 when she was swept off course, suffering from a medical disability rendering her primarily housebound. Despite the immense pain she felt, Kelly’s condition went undiagnosed for nearly a year, which is when she coined the term “medical gaslighting” to refer to the practice of medical professionals failing to believe patients pain.
Her experience led her to author two books: the first titled Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell, and the second (set to be published early 2021) titled The Medical Gaslighting Project.
Steven Kotler Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Journalist
As a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist, Steven Kotler is globally recognized as a leading expert on high performance. He’s authored three books covering a variety of topics including transformative innovation, the science of flow, consciousness, the upper limits of societal possibility, and relationships.
To date, his work has been translated to over 40 languages, appearing in over 100 publications worldwide.