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Understanding Self-Doubt, and How You Can Overcome It.

Self-Doubt, a lack of faith in oneself: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about one’s abilities, actions, etc.  thank you, Merriam-Webster. I would say that sums it up pretty nicely, but while the definition itself is accurate, how each one of us relates to it is a very personal and unique struggle.

The doubt you have about who you are and what you’re capable of can be a daily struggle affecting virtually any aspect of your personal, relational, or professional life. It’s something that’s on your mind from the time you wake up until hit the hay at the end of the day. It makes you doubt everything from your ability to choose a menu item at your favorite restaurant, to figuring out what car you want to buy, and of course…everything in between.

What about relationships? Am I worthy of finding a husband or wife? If I am married, am I able to give them everything they need? The kids, will I be a good parent, how do I do that, what if can’t teach them what they need to know, what if…what if…

And then there’s the whole survivor thing; how can I possibly heal? What if I can’t handle therapy, and for that matter how do I even go about finding a therapist? Do I need a coach, what if they can’t help me either? Self-Care, how in the world do I do that, what if I do it wrong?

I’m sure you get the idea; self-doubt is something that can feel very overwhelming and keep you from ever even trying something new, regardless of how healthy and positive it might be. The good news is, self-doubt is something that is a learned response (just like anxiety) so therefore it is something that can be unlearned.

Joanne and I share some thoughts on self-doubt during this episode of the podcast. Her new book, “Ditch Your Doubt” gives you practical insight into how self-doubt is manifested in your life and ways you can overcome it.

How is self-doubt presenting in your life? Are there strategies you’ve tried that just don’t work? There’s a reason for that; every event in life is a learning experience for your brain. What we teach ourselves, what we’ve been taught (consciously or otherwise), the people we interact with in daily life, it’s all connected and can all foster this mindset of perpetuating self-doubt and feeling stuck.

There is hope, there are ways to work through this and retrain your brain to default to new pathways, new mindsets, and a more positive, authentic outlook on not only who you are, but what your capable of, and the way you see others.

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Self-Worth: Finding Strength Through Vulnerability, with Brian Cardoza

June is self-worth month here on the podcast. We started off talking with the UK’s leading confidence coach and transformational mentor, Amy Rushworth, as she shared some of her story and talked about how finding your voice is in direct relation to self-confidence and developing your self-worth. After that, we shared some thoughts on how you are the one that gets to define who you are, and what you’re about; your worth is not dependent on anyone or anything. So if you haven’t checked out those two episodes you’ll want to go back after this one and give em a listen.

Self-Worth - Finding Strength Through VulnerabilityContinuing on with the self-worth theme, we’re talking with returning guest and friend, Brian Cardoza. Brian is an author, artist, and national speaker, using his platform to help share the message of his survivor story and encourage both men and women to take that first step of seeking help to work through a traumatic past.

Brian’s message of hope, presented in such an authentic, genuine, and down-to-earth way, is inspiring because he’s able to relate to the unique struggles that survivors go through, including the silence and shame that keeps them stuck and feeling unable to reach out for help.

We talk with Brian about his survivor story and get into a deep discussion about the struggles of survivors who are trying to find their voice and reach out for help. Throughout our chat, with Brian, you’ll notice how we use some well-timed, and improvisational humor to help illustrate that while this work is deep, powerful, difficult, and necessary, there is hope in healing and all of that work hard pays off.

Plus, near the end of the podcast, in true Brian Cardoza form, he drops a nugget of wisdom that will result in a future episode on the topic of bringing awareness to “coercive rape” and the pressure that both men and women feel when it comes to intimacy. Believe me, friend, this one will definitely cause you to pause and ponder his take on this delicate subject. 

It’s always a wonderful time as we chat with our friend Brian Cardoza, and be sure to find him on Facebook and check him out when he hosts an event in your area. As Brian says, “just put my name in the google machine and you’ll find me”. Oh, and don’t forget to check out his book, “The Unexpected Victim” available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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What is Your Self-Worth Based On?

In keeping with the theme of Self-Worth, that we have going right now for June 2019, I wanted to share my thoughts what exactly our self-worth is tied too. It’s an interesting question to ponder if you pause and think about it for a minute. What things in your life are you maybe tieing your worth to as a human being too?

  • Your Job or Career
  • Getting a promotion
  • Achieving a particular goal
  • Being a parent
  • A spouse
  • A hobby
  • Your house, Your Car, Your Possessions…

Insert whatever you want, but when you begin to think about it, take stock of how much you put your well being, your personality, your existence, your purpose, into those things..and how is that serving you? How does that make you feel, how does that inspire you?

How temporary, or volatile are those things…are you always striving to live up to a standard of someone else, and if so, how’s that working out for you?

I share some thoughts on the importance of tying your self-worth, your reason for being on this planet, to only you. Not allowing anyone or anything to dictate who you are, how you should act, where you focus your time, efforts, and resources. Understanding that relationships, hobbies, friendships, careers, possessions, are all well and good, there’s nothing wrong with any of those things, as long as you always know that you are amazing, worthy, capable, and importance just for being you.

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The Journey of Self-Confidence and Discovering Your Self-Worth, with Amy Rushworth

Raise your hand if you’ve heard a quote similar to this: “life is about the journey, not the destination”. I believe the first person to coin that phrase was Ralph Waldo Emerson. You’ve probably heard it referenced in books and movies, from motivational speakers, professors, and countless others…but how much do you truly embrace it in your life, particularly in the area of self-confidence and self-worth?

The Journey of Self-Confidence and Discovering Your Self-WorthDuring my chat with Amy Rushworth on this episode of the podcast, we are talking about how self-confidence is born, developed, and honed throughout your life experiences. It’s those experiences that help you find your voice, which is discovered by developing your self-confidence; and your self-confidence is born out of everything you’ve been through in your past, and continues to develop as you live your life.

Amy Rushworth is the UK’s leading Confidence Coach & Transformational Mentor. She helps her clients and those who take her programs, to ignite their confidence, fire up their self-worth, and get their sparkle back.

I’m so passionate about what I do because I have experienced my own ‘confidence crisis’ and mental health rock bottom. Back then, I realized I could no longer fake my way through life anymore. I knew I needed to radically reinvent my confidence. Over the past 5 years, I’ve been on a journey of radical healing, reinventing my life and rebuilding my confidence. My struggles became my greatest gift because they led me to my soul’s calling and helping hundreds of other women to take back control of their lives.

Confidence influences everything from the relationships we call in, the money we manifest, the freedom we experience and the well-being of our mind, body, and soul. When you feel radiantly confident on the inside, your life will change dramatically on the outside. Through my unique confidence-building methodology, many of my clients have gone on to create their dream lives, and for that, I am truly grateful.

During our chat with Amy, you’ll hear how she came to a pivotal point in her life of realizing she needed more out of her life, than what she originally thought. She was checking off the boxes; a wonderful relationship, apartment on the beach, glamorous fashion career, and so on but there was something missing, and her body was beginning to show her this in ways she never expected.

Through some difficult medical circumstances, she was left with plenty of time to reflect, and knew it was time to make a change. She sought the help of a therapist and began evaluating her life and where she was headed; including her priorities. This healing work helped her find the confidence to move to England and start her own business.

Just when things were taking off, she began having flashbacks of childhood trauma and realized there was still more work to be done. She took those experiences, learned from them, and used them as even more motivation to develop her voice and confidence both personally and professionally.

She shares how being in a place of true acceptance and self-love, helps her be in tune with what her body and mind are telling her. We discuss how gratitude opens your heart and rewires your brain, and that rewiring is essential in developing confidence and self-worth. She shares helpful strategies for starting your own gratitude journal and making it a part of your life, every day.

We talk about the importance of getting to the root of limiting beliefs to help change the maladaptive coping skills that hold you back and keep you stuck. You can truly “learn how to unlearn low-confidence and low self-worth”, as Amy shares, which will help ignite your confidence and fire up your self-worth.

There’s so much more during our chat with Amy, so be sure and check out the podcast by scrolling up and clicking that play button, or on your favorite podcast app. You can learn more about Amy’s programs at AmyRushworth.com, and follow her on Instagram, and Facebook.

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Some Things Never Change..But You Can.

It’s funny how things work out in life, and I don’t mean funny haha, but more like funny strange, or funny interesting. In this episode of Mobile Musings, sponsored by Beyond Your Past Radio, I look back at an episode I recorded 3 years ago, and wouldn’t you know it..it’s as relevant today as it was then. Plus, it also works out pretty well since it’s on the same wavelength as what I was going to record initially before things got away from me this week with some unexpected responsibilities. Don’t ya just love it when a plan comes together…or in this case, how the plan works itself out even when the plan wasn’t a what you thought it would be?

Anyways…

The struggles unfolding all around us in government, world violence, a divided nation and really divided world on so many fronts, can take its toll on your emotional health. These volatile times, the same as back then, can very easily steal your joy and bring down your outlook on humanity overall as well as the potential in your own life.

For that matter, not even just 3 years ago, but these struggles have been around in various forms for decades, and one can make a case for these things being around since pretty much, forever. Times change, technology changes, and we just don’t seem to learn from our past in some areas.  You know how that old saying goes, right?

So I hope you’ll enjoy this look back at my thoughts on embracing the good the people around you, sharing a smile, and finding ways to rid yourself of the negativity in your life so can embrace everything wonderful about you and those around you.

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Sleep and Your Mental Health, with Dr. Wallace Mendelson

Problems falling asleep, staying asleep, getting enough sleep, feeling sleepy during the day…any of these ring a bell as something you struggle with? If you’re one of the 50-70 million people in the U.S. alone that suffer from a sleep disorder, you can definitely relate. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with a specific sleep disorder, problems falling asleep and getting enough sleep can still be an issue.*

I know I personally go through bouts of difficulty sleeping now and then. Usually, it’s something that lasts 7-10 days, where I intermittently have problems falling asleep at night. I’ve analyzed reasons it could be happening, everything from life changes, the weather, added stressors in my life at the time, diet, and other areas. It’s not always something easily detectable, which can be the frustrating part.

Coincidentally, or perhaps not, during the time of writing this post and getting the episode with Dr. Wallace Mendelson ready to go this week, I am in thesleep disorders - the science of sleep - dr wallace mendelson - beyond your past radio middle of just such a stint of sleep struggles. Isn’t it interesting when everything falls into place like that?

Dr. Mendelson joined us back in episode 104, where we talked about Antidepressants, PTSD, and Taking an Active Role in Your Treatment. After that chat, we talked about his work in the area of sleep, and I thought it would be a great idea to bring him back again to talk about this important topic.

Dr. Wallace Mendelson is currently in the clinical practice of psychiatry. He was formerly Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Chicago. At that time, he was also Director of the Sleep Research Laboratory there. Dr. Mendelson earned an MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed a residency in psychiatry at the same institution.  He has held professorships at Ohio State University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was Chief of the Section on Sleep Studies at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland Clinic.

Among his honors is the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award from the American Sleep Disorders Association as well as the Special Award in Sleep and Psychiatry from the National Sleep Foundation, and he is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 1997, he was President of the Sleep Research Society. Dr. Mendelson has authored or co-authored three books, and co-edited another,  and published over 190 peer-reviewed papers on various aspects of sleep research. 

During our chat, Dr. Mendelson shares his insight about sleep, including some of his research and information contained in his latest books, The Science of Sleep and Understanding Sleeping Pills.

  • When you sleep, it’s a very active time both for your body and your mind, as it goes through many stages while you are asleep.
  • Processing, cataloging, and storing memories, and how emotional healing can also take place during sleep.
  • Can you actually make up for lost sleep by trying to sleep in longer or going to bed earlier?
  • Needing more sleep as you get older, and the difficulty in functioning without proper sleep each night.
  • Types of sleep disorders: including disorders that affect falling asleep, staying asleep, excessive sleep, and abnormal behaviors while sleeping.
  • Therapy modalities available to help with insomnia and other sleep disorders, including CBTI (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia).
  • How phones and tablets can have a dramatic impact on falling asleep and the quality of sleep we get.

Thank you to Dr. Wallace Mendelson for coming back as a guest on this episode of the podcast. Be sure and check out his books, all available on Amazon.

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Source: SleepAdvisor.org

Surround Yourself with the Right People

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This relates to the law of averages, which is the theory that the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes. When it comes to relationships, we are greatly influenced — whether we like it or not — by those closest to us. It affects our way of thinking, our self-esteem, and our decisions. Of course, everyone is their own person, but research has shown that we’re more affected by our environment than we think.*

Not only in relationships, but that train of thought can apply to virtually any aspect of your personal or professional life. So the challenge then becomes, not only keeping your individuality (which is a podcast for another time) but also if you are influenced by others to any degree, being selective about the people you hang out with becomes paramount.

That is the topic of this Mobile Musing episode, where I reflect back to our chat with Tiffany Toombs, on the power of reframing your limiting beliefs to change your life. During that chat, we talk not only about reframing, and what that is, but also about the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. We discuss the importance of enforcing healthy boundaries and being selective about those who are not only in your inner circle but also in acquaintances and other relationship levels.

You may not be able to choose your colleagues, for example, but you can choose how much you own and internalize their comments and how much you allow them to influence your mindsets. If they are a negative influence, if they don’t help you feel encouraged and empowered, then perhaps limiting exposure to them outside of the necessary meetings and such, may be something to consider.

The same goes with friends, of all levels:

  • Do the people you hang out with make you feel good about yourself?
  • Do they help encourage you in a genuine way? Are their comments uplifting?
  • Are they there to listen and validate your struggles, without having to “fix” you or always give advice?
  • Do you truly feel better about yourself when you’re in their company?

These types of questions are at the heart of ensuring that you not only feel inspired and encouraged but safe and supported. Of course, not everyone can live up those standards, and not everyone has the ability to relate to every aspect of your life, so it’s important to have a diverse group that can be there to meet specific needs at any given time. And, in turn, you can be the very best support person for those in your life.

 

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*Source: Business Insider

Reframing Your Limiting Beliefs to Change Your Life, with Tiffany Toombs

“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at, change.” – Wayne Dyer. That old saying literally popped into my head as I began to write the post and show notes for this episode of the podcast, and it applies perfectly to our chat with Tiffany Toombs and the topic of Reframing Your Limiting Beliefs.

Whether you are deeply involved in a healing journey from past trauma, struggling to find your way in your career, family life, relationships, or virtually anything else that is part of being a human being on this planet…reframing can be a powerful tool. By simply looking at how you presently view and interpret something in your life, and considering the possibility that there may be a different way of looking at it, you open up a whole new world of possibilities.

We get so stuck in the habits and mindsets we’ve built up over time, that we immediately often to go the negative rather than the positive. These negative beliefs can be the result of brainwashing from a toxic person in our past, any type of abuse, or simply by the company we keep on a daily basis. We are influenced, directly or indirectly, by not only our past but the company we keep on a daily basis, which is why it’s so important to surround ourselves with positive, encouraging, safe people.

So how exactly do we even figure out what this whole “reframing” thing is? How do you figure out who the safe people are and make changes to surround ourselves with them? How do we change all these negative core beliefs that we’ve been rooted in for so long, so we can build new pathways in our brain and develop a new outlook on who we are and what we’re capable of?

I’m glad you asked…our guest, Tiffany Toombs is here to help shed some light on this subject and address those struggles and more.

Tiffany is a Mindset Coach, and Master Practitioner of Matrix Therapies and NLP. She is the founder of blue lotus mind, a program she developed to help inspire men, women, and children to reconnect and love themselves, unconditionally, from the inside out. Her goal is to create a self-love revolution, where everyone feels empowered to redefine what happiness and love look and feel like, to them.

I have experienced first hand what it is like to feel stuck and lost in life. This experience allows me to coach from a deeply personal place, from a place of being broken wide open and diving in to sort out the pieces…and so I want to start a self-love revolution. I want everyone I come into contact with to feel empowered to re-define what happiness and love look and feel like for them. 

During our chat on the podcast we cover:

  • Self-Love; why do we resist it?
  • Why it’s so important to heal negative emotions & experiences from the past.
  • The importance of doing what’s best for us, even when others judge and call you selfish.
  • Understand that every behavior has a belief system, and focusing on the behavior alone won’t accomplish the goal of healing.
  • Learning not to settle in your career, relationships, or any aspect of life.
  • Taking time to connect with your highest intentions each day to help yourself continually grow and not regress back into old patterns you worked so hard to change.
  • Life is full of ebbs and flows, ups and downs, and not getting too attached to either.

We unpack all of this and more during our chat with Tiffany Toombs, so be sure and check out the podcast right here on the Beyond Your Past Radio, or search your favorite podcast app for “Beyond Your Past”.

Thank you to Tiffany for sharing her incredible insight and wisdom on the power of using Reframing to change your limiting beliefs.

You can learn more about Tiffany Toombs, including her coaching programs and online resources, over on BlueLotusMind.com – Be sure and follow her on social media as well:

Twitter: @TiffanyNToombs – Facebook: @BlueLotusMind – Instagram: @TiffanyToombs

 

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Interrupting Anxious Thoughts, and Reframing Emotional Reactions

Continuing on with our new Mobile Musings podcast series every Thursday here on Beyond Your Past Radio, I’m sharing some thoughts around the topic of Interrupting Anxious Thoughts.

How do we actually interrupt an anxious thought in the first place; and why is it important to develop this skill? On that note, it is indeed something that needs to be practiced and fostered over time since we are actually retraining our minds to stop using those old, negative, programmed, default responses that no longer serve us. Interrupting anxious thoughts comes in especially handy when you feel like you need to prepare for the worst case scenario all the time; trying to cover all the bases. By interrupting and reframing that thought process, you can greatly reduce anxiety.

What about reframing emotional responses? How does anxiety try and use your emotions against you? One reason is that it loves to live in an emotional mind, making it much easier to gain and keep a hold of us, which ultimately perpetuates the very actions, reactions, and mindsets we are trying to change.

I talk about a current example in my own life, and how anxiety could very easily take a medical challenge I’m facing, and turn it into a worry-fest. An opportunity for me to stay up all night, overthinking, researching, and worrying myself over things I have no control over.

There’s a lot more in store in this episode of our new Mobile Musings series, so be sure and check it out and see what you think. If you’d like to send us a message and tell us what you think, we’d love to hear from you.

 

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‘Rocking the Couch’, a Chat with Andrea Evans

andrea evans podcast interview - rocking the couch - on beyond your past radioRecently, Joanne had the opportunity to chat with Andrea Evans, about her first endeavor into the world of being an executive producer and the message she wants everyone to take away when you see her documentary, “Rocking the Couch“.

Andrea Evans has been a Hollywood icon for decades, staring in television shows including The Bold and the Beautiful, Passions, One Life to Live, The Bay, and more.  Now she’s teamed up with longtime friend and director, Minh Collins, to create a documentary in the wake of the scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and others, to help bring awareness to sexual assault victims and what can happen on the casting couch.

Andrea talks with Joanne about how the idea for, ‘Rocking the Couch’, came to be and why she, Minh, and her team decided it was so important to make this documentary. She shares some of the processes in talking to women who would be willing to speak out and share their story, and the struggle of so many who simply couldn’t share their experience due to shame, fear, their career, or family and friends who don’t know they’ve experienced this type of trauma.

Ms. Evans shares how especially vulnerable and susceptible aspiring actors are to what can happen on the casting couch. Since there is no clear cut path on how to make it in the entertainment industry, newcomers to the scene have to find their way and are often left to their own devices, which means they simply aren’t aware of what can go on during the process of trying to make it in the industry.

Andrea shares with us the message that she hopes everyone will take from this movie, that more people will be aware of what can happen in this situation and hopefully this can be a step in the direction of raising awareness and empowering survivors of sexual assault to reach out for help, share their story, and hopefully be a catalyst for helping to prevent this trauma.

Rocking the Couch is currently available on Amazon Prime, Hollywood titans, Harvey Weinstein & Bill Cosby, have been brought to their knees by the #MeToo movement. The term casting couch has existed for decades in Hollywood, but in 1992, a case against talent agent, Wallace Kaye, was brought to court by 12 unknown actresses, who braved the loss of their careers, privacy & Hollywood dreams. Against all odds, they won, and no one listened, until now. 

“Our documentary explores the case and asks, “Why didn’t we hear about this?” More importantly, why didn’t Hollywood learn from this case? For, if they had, maybe the Cosbys and the Weinsteins would have learned as well, and these sexual exploitations could have been prevented”. – Rotten Tomatoes

We appreciate Andrea Evans taking some time out of her busy schedule to talk with us on Beyond Your Past Radio. We encourage you to consider checking out her film, and get a glimpse into a world that so many of us have never experienced but is none the less as real as it gets.

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