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The Mindset for Life Podcast
This podcast provides life coaching with power, purpose, and practical tools for a confident, healthy, and happy life.
Jun 8, 2021
#73: A Mindset to Lead with Influence
May 31, 2021
#72: 5 Tips for How to Be Happy in Life, Again
#72: A Mindset to Be Happy With Yourself Sometimes, we wish there were a "user's guide" to being happy with ourselves. It seems elusive. What makes us happy? And how can we be happier? You've been thinking about how to be happy. Or more specifically, how to be happy in life. Or maybe even how to be happy again. You may have felt it some time in the past, but where is it now? First, let's get more concrete with this idea. What is happiness? Happiness is a warm puppy. As younger people, we might have said that happiness is what we experience when we get something or have an experience. For example, when we are with a warm puppy, this might prompt us to feel happier. The puppy is youthful. It brings promise of growth and a future. It is still a small creature, waiting to grow. Or maybe we felt a rush of joy when a friend wanted to be with us. In both situations, we have something or someone outside of ourselves associated with this feeling of happiness. Yet when we are older, we might feel this same happiness sitting alone in nature. Or, we may feel it when looking over photographs and thinking about memories of the past. While happiness has been studied and found to be interdependent on other people in our lives, the general feeling is within us. And this means that we have something to do with it. In fact, there are some people who do not feel happiness around warm puppies. And while we might feel good sitting in a serene, natural place, someone else might feel afraid in that same setting. It isn't the external situation that determines our happiness. If happiness does not come from things or experiences alone, we might be able to instead describe it as a way of being. Happiness is the way to live, not the destination. Do you know anyone who seems to perpetually experience a joy and zest in life? Its as if that person lives every moment perpetually happy. If happiness is a way of being, what does it take to live this way? You already know how to be happy. Intuitively, we each have some kind of inner compass. You might call this a conscience. Or, maybe you would call it your "inner wisdom." And many of us call it the Spirit. Regardless, there is some part of us that has a sense of what will bring an overall sense of well-being and satisfaction in life. Researchers have taken happiness and redefined it as overall well-being or life satisfaction. And from the field of positive psychology, we can break it down into five parts summarized with the acronym "PERMA." Perma stands for positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishments or achievements. And when we describe it in these ways, happiness is not so elusive or vague at all. In fact, it is a way of living we can create. There is no secret about how to be happy in life. If you've been thinking that someone out there has all of the answers about your happiness, you're looking in the wrong places. The idea that someone else knows the one big secret that will bring you personal happiness puts the control and responsibility for life in someone else's hands. Instead, you have within you the ability to identify what matters most to you, what strengthens you, and what enhances your positive well-being. Because happiness is a way of being, rather than a goal to be achieved, you are capable of living in a manner of happiness. And most likely, this involves other people in your life. This might mean connecting with other people, or giving them service. Or allowing others to serve us. Whatever our method of connecting with others, being together with people we love can generate positive feelings and a wonderful sense of happiness when we are together. No one can tell you how to be happy with yourself except you. Even though connections with other people may lead to feelings we call "happiness," no one can tell you how to be happy with yourself except you. This depends on what you value most, and whether you are living those values. And,
May 24, 2021
#71: A Mindset to Make New Habits Stick
A Mindset to Make New Habits Stick Welcome to the Mindset for LIfe Podcast. I'm happy to share with you that there is a strategy to make new habits stick. Why is it that we start these habits, and they never last very long? Today, we talk about what it takes to make new habits stick. And it's all about this: the idea of a fresh start. We have rituals and routines that center around new beginnings and the possibilities that come with them. It’s as if life moves in cycles, each one bringing the idea of a fresh start. We think that we have a clean slate. The chance to try again. And we are born again, with opportunities. We can renew, improve, and redefine ourselves. Do any of these seem like new beginnings you might have have experienced? New Year: People celebrate the old, ring in the new with parties, resolutions, goals. Beginning of the school year or academic semester. New clothes, a new pair of shoes. New haircut. Pictures of children ready to go to the first day of school. Secular and religious holidays. Monday Morning. And in a research study, new beginnings also come from personal life events. They might be developmental milestones, life transitions, first experiences, or repeated significant things like anniversaries and birthdays. Moving to a new town. Living somewhere new, making new friends, going to a new school, job, church congregation, grocery store, etc. Getting Married. Graduating from high school. Graduating from college. Getting that first real job. Getting a new career position or advancement in a job. A new title. New opportunities, responsibilities. New ways to stretch and grow. New baby. Full of promise and potential. There is the first time this baby looks at you. The first time this baby giggles. Or says a word. Or moves around, or even walks. We feel so much joy at the smallest achievements, smiling and laughing. We call our family and friends. We take pictures and video. Or… children are older, and they move out of the house, and we’re what we call “empty-nesters.” We have a new start and more space, and time to think of taking up a new hobby or adventure. Or could it be… Retirement? Retirement faces some people with hope and anticipation of what could be, and of new freedom, and it hits others like a sudden loss. Maybe it’s taking away the familiar and well-loved career and all of the people who go with it and bringing a new unanticipated season. Like it or not, it’s time to develop something new. Or move in a new direction for service and contribution. Or hobbies and a part time job. Or even relocating to live closer to the grown-up children. So many opportunities, big and small, bring the idea of a fresh start. Why do we crave new beginnings so much? And why do they hold so much promise and hope for us? The "Fresh Start" Effect Prompts Aspirational Behavior FIRST—New beginnings bring with them something special also known as the “fresh start effect.” Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania at the Wharton School studied this phenomenon and noticed that new beginnings naturally increase what we call “aspirational behavior.” And that means the motivation and drive to change ourselves, to become better versions of who we are. To let go of old habits, old and outdated assumptions about ourselves, and again, try to become better versions of ourselves. This fresh start effect happens because we are interrupted. We’re able to stop thinking about the day-to-day smaller tasks to check off our lists, and things to be done, and we can step back and see the big picture. For example, with a new promotion or position at work, or even changing jobs completely, we can separate our past performance from the new opportunity. We have the opportunity to adopt new habits and somehow feel free of whatever old habits we used to practice before, and we might even feel like we are liberated of some of the expectations and demands we had placed on ou...
May 13, 2021
#70: Your Dark Side
If you prefer to focus on your strengths and growth, and try to avoid looking at your dark side, now is the time. There are many benefits to looking at mistakes, challenges, weaknesses, and failures of the past. Today, we will look at three powerful take-aways from looking back, and how to become more confident as a result. Join me for today's podcast, as we examine your dark side.
May 5, 2021
This is episode number sixty nine: Loneliness and belonging. Welcomed the Mindset for Life Podcast. This is Bethanie, your Coach, from DrBCoach.Com, coaching with power, purpose, and practical tools to help you show up with confidence. Have you ever been lonely? I mean really alone. I have. I moved to a new town when I was a young adult for my first job out of college. I didn't know anyone. I was from a different state. I didn't have any neighbors I had met. I literally was completely alone, except for the telephone. I could pick up the phone and call my family two states away. It was incredibly lonely those first few weeks, until I started my new job and made some friends in the workplace. Many people only know people at work. They don't go to a church group. They don't have neighborhood acquaintances. There are a lot of people in our world today who only know people at work. And in a period of pandemic times, with social isolation and people working from home, that can be incredibly lonely. But what about in non-pandemic times? We can still be lonely in a crowd of people. Loneliness is Common and Has an Impact on Us Loneliness is a real problem in our world, and it can have devastating health consequences. First of all, there are some statistics about loneliness. I'm always interested in those. So, I want to share those with you. In a current survey posted on NPR in the beginning of 2020, the survey noted that three out of five Americans are lonely. Apparently 61% of all Americans are lonely. Of course, that was taken from a sample of ten thousand people and generalized to the entire population. The pandemic came along, and loneliness really picked up. So if you're not feeling the effects of loneliness, chances are that you have done things to overcome this and create connection. If you are feeling lonely, you're not alone. Many of us are lonely. There's a lot that happens when we are lonely, because belonging is a basic human need. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of this, but there is a hierarchy of human needs, and belonging is one of the main needs that humans have. If you are alone, it can cause mental health problems like anxiety, emotional distress, addictions, depression. It can increase all sorts of health risks and decrease your quality of sleep. It can make it very difficult to stay asleep, if you are able to fall asleep. Social isolation and loneliness in older adults are also serious public health risks, and this does affect people all over the world. Belonging is the antidote to loneliness. When it's missing, it hurts our participation in all sorts of things. So even if we go to work and there are people there, we may suffer from loneliness. It's difficult to show up at work and be our best selves. It compromises our participation at work. It also makes it hard to be a good spouse, a good parent, or to achieve at anything. When we're lonely we feel like discouraged and despairing. And if it happens for a long time, it can even generate attitudes of pessimism, cynicism, emotional isolation, and challenges to your faith. It can also take away your zip and yours zest for life, when it is there. Belonging Strengthens Us and Begins Within When we do feel a sense of belonging, it can bring pride in our family, in our neighborhood, and our friendships with peers we have at work or other places, pride in our community. Belonging can also give us emotional strength, self-assurance. It can help us handle all sorts of challenges and difficulties. Belonging increases warmth and motivation. I've been in situations where a person was lonely and many people around them reached out and tried to connect, tried to build community. And that person did not respond. They were not lifted up by these other people, even though their efforts were sincere and genuine. Why is that? Where does the real belonging come from? It's interesting to think about creating belonging yourself.
Apr 28, 2021
#68: Brain-Based Ideas to Increase Your Wellbeing
If you have never before searched the Internet for brain-based ideas to increase your wellbeing, this is the perfect time to look. All around, people are investing time and effort into fortifying wellbeing. And implementing strategies that work with your brain and guard against faulty thinking will work for you, not against you. In today's podcast, you'll learn four brain-based ideas to fortify your wellbeing.
Apr 22, 2021
Apr 12, 2021
#66: A Mindset to Prioritize What is Important
If you struggle to have a mindset to prioritize what is important, today's podcast is for you. Where in your life are YOU uniquely needed? And where could anyone else do the job? Listen for ideas about how to prioritize what is important for you to accomplish in your life and work. And consider what you can delegate, teach someone else to do, or delay and return to later. When you can see what is more important for you, it will rise to the top of your list. Spend a little time on it every day, and you will invest in what really matters for you. Unsure of your strengths? If you would like to explore your important attributes, take the VIA Character Strengths inventory. If you know your strengths and are not really sure how to focus on what is most important to you more regularly, consider working with a coach. There has never been a better time to become the best version of you.
Apr 7, 2021
#65: A Mindset for Self-Compassion
In today's podcast, join me for a dive into a mindset for self-compassion. For the reference article I mention during this podcast, visit https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_five_myths_of_self_compassion.
Mar 25, 2021
#64: Hidden Saboteurs
Have you ever set a well-intentioned goal, and felt like you had hidden saboteurs in your way? Your amazing traits, your values, and your character strengths can sometimes sneak up and stop your progress. In today's podcast, you will learn about ways in which your special traits can stand in your way. And, you will find encouragement to keep moving forward through these hidden challenges. Some external resources that support today's topic you might enjoy.... The Real Reason People Won't Change... (Harvard Business Review) Can we really change? In other words, can coaching really work? Kegan, on Immunity to Change (YouTube) How to Get Clarity
Mar 16, 2021
#63: A Mindset for Reframing the Future
In today's episode, we'll discuss reframing. It's a method for looking at something in a new perspective.
Mar 1, 2021
#62: A Mindset for Working from Home
Are you working from home? A mindset for working from home means that you can experience confidence, fulfillment, and joy while working from home. And you can experience life balance and quality relationships while working from home. Does this sound like a dream? It's not. It is entirely possible. Join me for today's podcast, to get encouragement and tips to develop a mindset for working from home. What is challenging when you're working from home? When working from home, it is easy to allow the work to spread out throughout the day. This means there are poor boundaries around time spent and tasks to be done. It might also mean that we put ourselves last. When doing this, we lose confidence. We become stressed and overwhelmed. And pretty soon, things seem uncontrollable. Beyond the stress and overwhelm, working from home can seem less fulfilling, in many ways. For example, we are not down at the office (or at the school, for you educators), seeing the physical reminder that we are pr…
Feb 15, 2021
#61: A Mindset for Moving Up
Feb 8, 2021
#60: Mindset for Handling Periods of Overwhelm
Jan 25, 2021
#59: Real Obstacles
There are real obstacles that hold us back from making changes and getting what we want in life. It's easy to identify an obstacle that is external. Perhaps it's your situation. Another person being difficult. Money. Time. And one area that presents obstacles to our progress is our inner thinking. We are surrounded by our thoughts, and they seem like reality to us. We believe what we think. Yet sometimes, in an effort to help us, our brains return to thoughts that are less than helpful. In fact, they can become real obstacles. Worse, because they are within, and we may not realize these thoughts hinder us. In today's podcast, we'll take a look at thoughts that block us from the very things we are trying to achieve. And I'll give you two tips to help you out. Have you ever wanted to achieve something in your life, but you couldn't make it happen? I'm talking about something really serious. Perhaps you wanted to be more confident.
Jan 18, 2021
#58: How to Make Better Decisions
Today on the podcast, learn how to make better decisions through two strategies. Although decisions can be as unique as you are, you can make them with confidence when using your sensory modalities (the VAK), and a conscious reflection process.
Jan 6, 2021
#57: Control, Influence, and Everything Else
Have you thought about your control, influence, and everything else outside of those two zones? It might surprise you, but we spend a lot of time, energy, and effort on things we cannot control. Getting clear on these areas can help you restore energy for things you can control and have a better impact.
Dec 27, 2020
#56: How to Use Your Emotions and Make Decisions
In today's podcast, gain insight about the complexity of emotions, how to identify and feel your emotions, and how to use emotions in decision-making. Many of us believe that emotions make things less clear. It’s this idea that facts speak for themselves, but emotions are much more subjective. In fact, when we feel difficult emotions about a relationship, a situation, or a decision to be made, it’s those feelings that keep us from knowing what we should do. It might surprise you to learn that we can actually use our emotions to get clear and make decisions, instead of being stuck in them or feeling as if we’re surrounded by fog. Today, I’m going to share some ideas that will help you out. You’re going to get some insight about how to use your emotions to work for you, instead of against you. And, you’re going to get a great tip for bringing out your best emotions in situations when you want to feel your best. As an educator over the past 25 years and certified profess…
Dec 14, 2020
#55: Stop Looking For Happiness in Doing More and Focus on These 5 Things Instead
It's time to stop looking for happiness in doing more, and focus on these 5 things instead. Yep, that's right. Today I'm going to share with you five tips and a little-known secret. Stay tuned to this podcast, because I'm going to give it to you at the end of our time together. In the next ten minutes, I'm going to help you figure out what might be missing in your life. I'll share what I learned from Martin Seligman in the field of positive psychology about happiness to help you understand how to experience more of it in your life. And, I'm going to share that little-known secret I mentioned a moment ago. It might surprise you, but it's going to help you in your life, your relationships, and your work. Where Do We Seek Happiness? People spend so much time looking for happiness. We think that it's going to come to us from a career. Maybe if we have the kind of job we want, we'll be happy. Sure, career success and growth can inspire us. The work we do everyday brings meaning to…
Nov 30, 2020
#54, Reach Your Goals: Break Through Three Things That Keep You From Goal Success
This week, on the Mindset for Life Podcast, we look at how you can reach your goals by confronting three things that keep you from goal success. Have you ever considered making New Year’s resolutions? Have you set goals at the beginning of each year? If you want to make a change in your life, big or small, the new year seems a clean way to do it. The calendar changes, and it seems that we have a fresh start. But is it really true? We bring our same assumptions, ideas, and inner thoughts with us into the new year. We approach this opportunity to change with the same set of tools we had the previous year. And we often fail to reach new goals. This time can be different. In this week’s podcast, you’ll learn about: Negotiating the inner and outer experience to respond to expectations or criticism Noticing a focus on the past or future, vs. the present moment to manage worry and anxiety Working with the inner voice to think in new, helpful ways When you tackle these…
Nov 16, 2020
#53: A Mindset to Create
If you've ever felt that you're defending yourself, pushing, and resisting things that come your way, it's time to think about a mindset to create. In today's podcast, you'll learn about how we actually create much or our experience.
Nov 9, 2020
#52: Active Listening
Nov 2, 2020
#51: A Mindset to Rekindle Your Purpose and Meaning
Oct 26, 2020
#50: Managing Difficult Relationships
In today's podcast, we'll look at a fun fall activity: the Linder Farms Corn Maze., a great metaphor for navigating life and managing difficult relationships.
Oct 19, 2020
#49: We Are All Excellent Storytellers
We are all excellent storytellers. We have the power within us to interpret, explain, analyze, and clarify things that happen in our lives. This power can be used to strengthen us and open possibilities. Our storytelling can connect us to other people. Or, we can use storytelling to justify, excuse, diminish, and victimize. It's amazing to consider our own storytelling abilities and what they bring us in life. In today's podcast, I'll share a few perspectives and examples of storytelling. You will see how storytelling can become a beneficial part of your own journey when used consciously.
Oct 12, 2020
#48: How to Wake Up Happy
In today's Mindset for Life Podcast, we'll explore how to wake up happy. You can wake up happier and motivated, wake up energized, and wake up and feel positive about the day. Do you ever wake up feeling bad? Perhaps you have inflammation in your face or body? Or you feel disgruntled, and it stays with you throughout the day? If you have these experiences, chances are that you would like to feel better in the morning. After all, waking up happier, motivated, and energized can start your day well. Happiness is partially about our thinking and partly about our physiology. If you want to become an even better version of yourself, the way you start the day can help move you in that direction mentally. And your quality of sleep can help you physiologically. Here are three areas this podcast will cover: What you focus on before you fall asleep at night. Three things to focus on (and to forget) during the day. Things to complete during the day, and the 80/20 rule. For a link to Th…
Oct 5, 2020
#47: A Self-Coaching Mindset
#47: A Self-Coaching MindsetWelcome to the Mind Set For Life podcast. This is Bethanie your coach from DrBCoach.com. Coaching with power, purpose, and practical tools to help you show up with confidence. Welcome to the podcast. Thank you for joining me today. I'm very excited to talk to you about a self coaching mindset. Last week, we talked about a coaching mindset. Some of the key points I brought up centered around this whole idea of curiosity—genuinely being curious about other people. In order to coach anyone we must actually care about what they think, how they filter things, what their experience is like. It’s so critical that we have an openness and curiosity. Ultimately, that is going to serve those people that we’re coaching the best. It could be that we're coaching formally. Maybe we're professional coaches. It might be that we're coaching as managers and supervisors and leaders. Or, it could be that we are coaching children or our family members. Whatever the sourc…
Sep 28, 2020
#46: A Coaching Mindset
Sep 21, 2020
#45: A Mindset to Overcome Discouragement
Sep 14, 2020
#44: How to Get Clarity
If you have ever faced a big challenge, you're already aware; it is critical to know how to get clarity. How It Feels to Have a Big Challenge It hurts to face a big challenge and have no idea how to resolve it. It's painful, frustrating, and raw. If you're facing a big challenge you have never faced before, there's this conversation that might go on in your mind. On the one hand, you might think that this is a common problem. Maybe everyone else has experienced what you're facing. Somehow, perhaps everyone else knew how to get clarity as well. On the other hand, everyone else seems to know how to solve it. But you don't. And you aren't confident their answers will work for your situation. It could be embarrassing to ask for help. Or it might push away your friends and family, who have thought you were amazing up to this point. The big challenge is making you feel weak and completely lost. How to Find Clarity.... or Not So you Google it.... And you find advice that covers the entir…
Sep 7, 2020
#43: Storytelling About the Past
This is episode 43, Storytelling About the Past. Have you ever told a story about the past? Or, maybe someone in your family told it about you? And in that story, you did something silly, or odd, or embarrassing? When that story is told, it's just another reminder of our weakness or frailty. Or, maybe about our mistakes. And the brain, which likes to draw conclusions quickly to save its energy, the brain screams out, “Yes! We really were silly, or embarrassing, or made a major mistake, and we always will.” This idea that our brain likes to add to the story, that it will always be this way, it's something called an “automatic thought.” Stories About the Past Create “Automatic Thoughts.” The brain loves to feed us automatic thoughts. The interesting thing is that mistakes are just things that happen on the timeline of life. But they aren't the definition of who we are. In fact, we can look over the past, the stories we have told about them and stories that others h…
Aug 30, 2020
#42: Simplify Your Life
Today’s podcast is about simplifying. Have you heard of “minimalism?” It’s the idea that we don’t really need everything we have in our lives. It could be material possessions. Or activities. Events we plan to attend.
Aug 24, 2020
#41: Mindset for Advocacy, or, to “Toot Your Own Horn”
Have a Mindset to Advocate for yourself, or in other Words, “Toot Your Own Horn” Have you ever wondered how to advocate for your best traits, or "toot your own horn?" Sharing what you're good at takes a courageous, confident mindset. I’ve coached a lot of individuals from all walks of life and career areas who wanted more confidence. That isn’t what they said when they asked to be coached. But it was what they were seeking. What Do People Want? At first, we want to figure out how to be happier at work. Or, we want to know what to do to grow a coaching business the "right way." Or we are senior directors in the corporate world and in other leadership roles/ And, we want to learn how to navigate challenging managers, co-workers, or situations. In several cases, we gain confidence pretty quickly. But, as we begin taking actions consistent with our decisions, we second-guess things ant stop again. And we are back at the place of feeling stuck. We wait for someone outside ours…
Aug 17, 2020
#40: Take Time to Reflect
When we take time to reflect, we create innovative solutions. We attack urgent tasks more aligned to our values and purpose. And, we balance fast, spontaneous thinking with slow, deliberate thoughts. In today's podcast, you'll learn why reflection is a good thing. What Happens When We Don't Take Time to Reflect? And, when we don't take time to reflect, it has a big impact. We slow down. We're less efficient. And, we're more likely to make mistakes. Why Reflection is Good for You Reflection brings many benefits, including an increased sense of control. When you write things down and think about your day, this strengthens your memory. Furthermore, this habit can help you track personal growth over time. As a journal-keeper myself, I attest to the fact that journaling gives structure to my own life. And, it helps me make sense of much of what I have done or experienced. How to Do It: Through today's podcast, you'll gain new strategies to approach written reflections. Journaling is…
Aug 10, 2020
#39 Self-Awareness is a Mindset
Did you know that self-awareness is a mindset? Seeing ourselves, including our strengths, traits, weaknesses, and other attributes, can be a lens through which we see ourselves more clearly. Clarity comes from increased self-awareness. Self-awareness can save us both time and energy when we use it to determine our direction, next steps, and understand our daily work. In today's podcast, I share five ways to become more self aware, inspired by an article from Harvard Business review called "5 Ways to Be More Self-Aware," by Anthony K. Tjan. Here are additional resources for greater self-awareness, mentioned in today's podcasst: 16 Personalities Truity MyersBriggs.Org
Aug 3, 2020
#38 Mindset to Forgive
Forgiveness is an elusive topic, and yet possible with a "mindset to forgive." Mindset is one's mental disposition. Our automatic thoughts. Forgiveness is a character strength. If you take a moment to visit the VIA Character Strengths Survey, you will learn how strong of a trait this is in your life. If it’s not a strength for you or for me, it can be developed. In his book “Forgiving What you’ll never Forget,” David Stoop wrote the following: “To forgive is, in the English language, an extended, expanded, strengthened form of the verb to give. By intensifying the verb we speak of giving at its deepest level, of self-giving, or giving forth and giving up deeply held parts of the self. We give up the right to revenge, to perfection, to justice, and instead we give forth to ourselves—or to the other person—freedom from the past and an openness toward the future. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves and others.” (p. 21) In order to need forgiveness, we must first h…
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…
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…
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 episo…
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,…
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
#29: 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
#28: 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
#27: 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
#26: How to Listen to Your Inner Voice
May 4, 2020
#25: 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
#24: 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
#23: 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
#22: 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
#21: 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
#20: 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
#19: 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
#18: 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
#17: 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
#16: 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
#15: 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
#14: 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
#13: 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
#12: 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
#11: 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: 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
#9: 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
#8: 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
#7: 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
#6: 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
#5: 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
#4: 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
#3: 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
#2: 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
#1: Confidence and Fear
This podcast shares five truths from Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, with practical suggestions to build greater confidence.