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Mindset for Life
This podcast provides life coaching with power, purpose, and practical tools for a confident, healthy, and happy life.
Jul 27, 2020
#37: How to Overcome Negativity in Life, Relationships, and Business
In today's podcast, I'm excited to discuss how to overcome negativity in life, relationships, and business. Sure, it might seem a bit unusual that I'm excited about negativity, and I agree this is a strange polarity. I'm excited because negativity is everywhere. We experience it within ourselves, with family members, with colleagues, with those we teach or manage, and with bosses. Although not everyone is negative all the time, negativity seems to creep in everywhere. Have you ever felt like you were stuck in negative thinking and didn't have a way out? Have you ever believed that someone else was being negative, shooting down all of your ideas? Today, I'll share three strategies you can use to tackle your own negative thinking. I'll also share a conversation structure idea for managing negativity with another person, from "Conscious Business," by Fred Kaufman. Both approaches are extremely helpful. If you're still wondering how to get through negativity today, this podcast will help you break free. Negativity is a problem because it stops creativity. It closes doors. It removes possibility. Negativity can become a mindset that shades everything, like wearing a pair of tinted glasses. Yet it doesn't have to be that way. Optimism and realism can exist together, and this kind of balanced perspective creates possibilities. Enjoy the podcast! For a link to the book I've mentioned in this podcast, Fred Kaufman's "Conscious Business," please click here.
Jul 20, 2020
#36: Resilience and the Majestic Elephant Within
The world we're living in begs us to have resilience. Consider the sculptor who chipped away at a rough block of stone, intentionally revealing the majestic elephant within. He claimed the elephant was there all along. And his job was just to remove anything that was not elephant. Just like a rough sculptor's stone, you have strengths within that are already part of you. Some have appeared throughout your life. The uniqueness and beauty of your strengths can emerge. Your strengths become clearer in adversity and challenging times. To make room for your strengths to shine, you might need to further develop resilience. Resilience is a skill set. Not everyone is naturally resilient. Resilience is being able to "bounce back." To recover from difficulty. There are five key areas of resilience: Locus of control. This is the belief that you can cope. That you can handle it. Connection. This is your support network and positive relationships. Self-awareness. This is what you think and feel. Your experience. Your impact. Creation. This is your intentional use of strategies, positive emotions, and purpose. Letting go. This is your choice to lose other parts of rough stone so that the beauty beneath can emerge. As you think about your strengths and resilience this week, focus on core strategies to sleep, exercise, and rejuvinate. Best wishes to you this coming week!
Jul 13, 2020
#35: What I Learned about Navigating Uncertainty from Marching Band
Let's look at what I learned about navigating uncertainty from marching band. You might not know this, but I was a music educator for 20 years, and I directed marching bands during 13 of those years. Marching band is a complex activity that serves as an excellent metaphor for navigating uncertainty. Times we're living in now are more uncertain than ever. Yet the future is always uncertain, no matter how predictable it might seem. Challenges we face can either help us grow or become our stumbling blocks. When marching bands perform, each individual must play a musical instrument. The music is memorized. It must be expressive, dynamic, and artistic. And each performer must move around while playing. While adjusting the music and physical position to everyone else. Imagine that. Then, add rain and a slippery football field as the "stage." How might you navigate this complex, uncertain circumstance? Whatever your situation, I hope you will consider these tips from this podcast episode: Focus on what you can control. Keep learning. Know & apply your strengths. While we cannot know the future, navigating uncertainty is possible when we know ourselves and focus on what is within our power to control. Whether the field is what we expect or a slick one covered with rain. Just like performing in a marching band on a wet football field during the final competition of the season, we can gain strength every step of the way during uncertain times.
Jul 6, 2020
#34: Use Your Strengths to Cope with Uncertainty
In today's podcast, we'll consider how you can use your strengths to cope with uncertainty. There are many kinds of strengths you might explore as you consider your own traits and capabilities. The VIA Character Strengths Survey is a science-backed tool. It focuses on positive psychology through character strengths and virtues. When you visit the link provided here, you gain access to this free tool. You will learn about your top 5 strengths and a list of other relative strengths you also possess. When you learn about your strengths and find ways to emphasize them in your life, you may begin to see possibilities and opportunities. Focusing on strengths can reduce your tendency to seek out what is wrong. Strengths can help you realize what you value most. Using your strengths to cope with uncertainty might reduce anxiety by emphasizing what you can control. The CliftonStrengths tool is another assessment used commonly in business and educational institutions. This tool is not free, but the results are well worth the investment. By taking this assessment, you will gain insight about your talents. You will also be able to access tips to use your strengths to the fullest. Regardless of your method, identifying your own strengths is a rewarding process. Through awareness, you can focus on what is strong and how you can help. Enjoy today's podcast, focusing on strengths.
Jun 29, 2020
#33: Being an Exceptional Manager
This week, I'll discuss being an exceptional manager. These ideas are inspired by Conscious Business and The Outward Mindset.
Jun 22, 2020
#32: Personal Growth and Development Can Take Time
Personal growth and development can take time. In many ways, it's like planting seeds and waiting for the grass to grow. Patience leads to this growth.
Jun 15, 2020
#31: Feeling Stuck but Not Sure How to Change That?
The sense of being "stuck" can be challenging and sometimes ambiguous. In today's podcast, I'll address two inventories that can open the door to stop feeling stalled.
Jun 8, 2020
#30: Saying Goodbye and Finding Possibilities
Saying goodbye, memorializing endings, and finding possibilities in unusual circumstances is challenging. It might involve grief, disappointment, and loneliness.
Jun 1, 2020
Feeling Stressed Out? Three Tips to De-stress
Feeling stressed out? You might be experiencing higher level of stress than you realize. This podcast will give you solid ideas to manage stress and relax.
May 25, 2020
How to React to a Difficult Person at Work
In today's podcast, I'll share how to stop reacting, then slow down and respond with intention to a difficult person at work.
May 18, 2020
7 Keys to Creativity and Innovation
Creativity is within us all. It can be enhanced, practiced, and developed. Creativity leads to possibilities and solutions, with 7 key concepts shared in this podcast.
May 11, 2020
How to Listen to Your Inner Voice
May 4, 2020
How to Stay Connected During a Time of Social Distancing
Why we need to work at staying connected socially, whether we are introverted or extroverted. Although we might be social distancing during COVID-19, we need each other. Here are some wonderful tips!
Apr 27, 2020
Daily Habits During COVID-19
During the uncertain times of COVID-19, daily habits can be comforting and reassuring. Habits can provide structure throughout the day and week, as we make small changes that lead to big results over time.
Apr 20, 2020
Managing Unmet Expectations
Expecting can be wonderful when we get what we want. But, what about unmet expectations when things do not go as planned?
Apr 13, 2020
Six Great Ways to Shatter Stress
Stress takes a big toll on your body and overall wellbeing. It can affect your sleep, lead to emotional eating, inhibit digestion, raise blood pressure and heart rate. Six ways to reduce stress include slow breathing, body scan, visualization, music listening, exercise, and chewing gum. The most important way to address stress in life is through mindset, to consider seeing things in new ways to find benefits over stressors.
Apr 6, 2020
The Choice in a Mindset of Lack or Abundance
In good times and in times of challenge and hardship, you have a choice. And I have a choice. Every human being has the availability of being able to choose. This choice is about how we look at things and how we look at people. So, today we are going to talk about the mindset of lack and abundance, why we should care about it, how to do it. And we’ll take it from there. This choice is about how we look at things and how we look at people. It can really be anything. Ourselves: maybe it’s our abilities, our personality, our body, our appearance. It can be the other people in our lives. Maybe it’s a brother or sister, or our husband or wife. Our child. A neighbor. Someone we work with. Someone we know about and see in the news or on the Internet that we don’t actually know. We have a choice about how we look at our circumstances. The house we live in. Our transportation or the car we drive. How much money we make or the kind of work we do every day. The choice comes down to the wa…
Mar 30, 2020
What does it mean to be the best version of yourself? And, how do I start?
Becoming the best version of yourself is improving each area of your life and operating intentionally from the higher brain; a journey of self-mastery.
Mar 23, 2020
What does it mean to be “in the box” or “out of the box”? An exploration of the outward mindset
This podcast explores the ideas of being "in the box" and "out of the box," or, inward and outward mindsets.
Mar 16, 2020
Let this “Moment” Define You
Life is full of "defining moments," and you might be in one right now. Situations come and go that can shape us and allow character to become visible. In today's podcast, I share some thoughts about defining moments and three tips to help you determine how to approach situations so they can become positive jumping off points for the future.
Mar 9, 2020
Music Coaching can Put You in Great Mood
You may have heard of Music Therapy, and it is a growing, reputable profession. But, what is Music Coaching? It's not about teaching you to play an instrument or sing. Instead, it is about intentionally choosing music to enhance your thinking or your mood. Some areas I'll introduce in this week's podcast are about tempo, lyrics, and style. Music is powerful, and it can be a tool for growth.
Mar 2, 2020
Let’s Tackle Those Limiting Beliefs… They Just Might Keep You From Succeeding
In today's podcast, we will look at limiting beliefs--those ideas we have that limit our success. We all have thoughts about our abilities, permission, and the way things are. But do we know whether these thoughts are keeping us from reaching our goals? First, we will explore typical ideas that can limit us. Then, we will consider how to question those thoughts.
Feb 24, 2020
What is Power, and How Can You Cultivate It?
In today's podcast, we'll explore power--also known as mastery--a critical part of self-growth and development. You'll learn about power and why it's a good thing, and some ways to focus on growing in this area.
Feb 17, 2020
Working with Impostor Phenomenon?
Impostor Phenomenon was identified as early as 1985 and seems to impact a majority of achieving, successful people. You're not alone if you worry or feel anxiety about your efforts. In today's podcast, I share tips to work through this and other ideas about Impostor Phenomenon.
Feb 10, 2020
How to Become Powerful in Your Own Life
In today's podcast, I'll share four tips about how to become powerful in your own life by the way you make commitments and set goals. The most important thing you'll learn today is how to identify thoughts your brain will throw at you, trying to maintain your status quo.
Feb 3, 2020
Gratitude: The One Habit You Need Everyday
Gratitude can boost health, improve sleep, and promote a happy mood. Listen for ideas about this topic and tips to make it a habit.
Jan 20, 2020
Find Clear Direction and Purpose Today with One Simple Idea
Many people think they lack direction, or wonder what their direction and purpose should be. Yet the answers are within, and readily accessible. In today's podcast, I'll share a simple idea about how to find your clear direction to this point and gain some joy in the process.
Jan 13, 2020
10 Amazing Hacks to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
Here are 10 amazing hacks to help you lose weight and keep it off-from one who has lived the journey of losing 95 lbs. and keeping it off.
Dec 31, 2019
Agility with Resilience is the New Skill for Handling Your Emotions
Resilience, Agility, and Emotional Agility Help Us “Bounce Back,” Stay Competitive, and Live Intentionally.
Dec 25, 2019
How to Weather the “Storm” in People
Have you ever felt like you were experiencing a "storm" in someone else? It's that time of year, when we tend to experience challenging people. Or.... are we the challenging one? Either way, its a great idea to think about mindset to improve our relationships and overall experience.
Dec 4, 2019
Give Others the Best Gift This Year: Be Present
Give the best gift ever: be present. See and hear others, and immediately improve all of your relationships.
Nov 27, 2019
The Challenge and Opportunities of Perfectionism
Perfectionism can stop progress and keep good people from becoming truly great. Although we might all experience it on the path to achieving a challenging goal, recognizing and defeating perfectionism the key to confidence and action.
Nov 6, 2019
Two Strategies to Calm Your Chatterbox
Today, we look at the innter voice inside our heads that is busy developing mindset. It's the "chatterbox." Your inner critic or inner voice. Sometimes it is helpful protecting, calming, and comforting you. But, sometimes it tries to keep you from moving outside your comfort zone. Join me in the Podcast for two strategies to calm your chatterbox.
Oct 30, 2019
Mindset Means Everything
Mindset is our assumed beliefs, worldview, and unconscious thinking. It frames our experiences in life. Mindset is the key factor in life satisfaction and success, and it can make all the difference in changing. If you want permanent life changes, this is a good place to start.
Oct 22, 2019
Setting Limits: Say No More Often
It seems there are times when we should say no to extra work, opportunities, or requests others have of us. Yet, it can be incredibly difficult to say no. Today's podcast offers tips about saying no when needed to regain control and choose more carefully when to help, and when to focus on our own plans.
Oct 17, 2019
Personal Leadership, We All Do It
This week on the Podcast, I share ideas about ways in which we lead others, whether we know it or not. Knowing we lead wherever we go can help us consider greater meaning in what we do.
Oct 8, 2019
Confidence and Fear
This podcast shares five truths from Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, with practical suggestions to build greater confidence.