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“When you’re getting together with family, friends, your parents, and with your siblings, don’t keep using the stories from the past as an excuse to feel what you feel today.” – Kathy Caprino

I’m excited to bring you this “Special Holiday Pick” episode, perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, and for the upcoming holiday season

You may think that pain and conflict with family and friends during the busy holiday season is unavoidable, but on today’s episode of Finding Brave I’m offering 5 practical and doable strategies that will help.

These strategies aren’t just what I’ve learned as a therapist and career coach supporting others, but what I talk about today touches on real-life challenges and struggles I’ve personally experienced throughout my life.

Using these strategies will allow you to find ways to be more loving, compassionate, joyful, and grateful all at the same time. Given all the challenges we’ve experienced these past months and years together, it’s time to dig deep in our hearts and spirits this holiday season and embrace more joy, empathy and kindness – in ourselves and others. 

Make a commitment today to see more good in others and the world and to emphasize and build on what you have in common, what you love and cherish together. This will help your holidays with family and friends go very differently, I guarantee it.

Since this episode originally aired, I’ve recorded more amazing interviews with guests that offer transformative strategies that are helpful in reducing conflict not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. Check out the show notes below to find these resources. And please let me know how these ideas and suggestions help you navigate conflict in new, more productive ways. I’d love to hear from you.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What research shows us about the stories we tell ourselves and why they may not always be accurate [7:17]

  • A personal story that I held onto for years and how I was able to finally let it go [7:57]

  • Why outside help is often needed when we’re struggling to experience love, compassion and healing, and some ways we can receive it [14:54]

  • Examples of how to assert your boundaries and why it doesn’t have to be complicated to do this [19:31] 

  • The reasons why it’s often essential to avoid certain topics with family or friends, and strategies you can use [21:51]

  • What can shape the views of others and why we should be aware of this [24:16] 

  • How to interact successfully with people who don’t share the same core beliefs and values as you do [25:57] 

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Resources Mentioned:

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I’m thrilled to share the publication of our new monthly newsletter Your Path To Career Bliss! Each month, this newsletter offers an in-depth exploration of one key career, leadership or personal growth topic that is essential to understand and master if you wish to build a happier, more successful and rewarding career or business. These are the topics that are the most sought-after by my readers, clients, course members and thousands of professionals I hear from globally each year.

Every issue offers a selection of the MOST read articles that I’ve written on the key topic of the newsletter — from my Forbes column, LinkedIn platform and personal blogs — which have garnered over 35 million views and thousands of comments and requests for follow-up, hands-on support. 

November’s issue covers Building a Powerful Network of Mentors and Sponsors to Support Your Career And Job Search. There are two affordable tiers of the program to choose from, depending on the level of hands-on help you want.

I hope you’ll join me now in this program and get Issue #2 delivered right to your inbox! The first issue of your subscription is FREE and you can cancel at any time. CLICK HERE to learn more and claim your FREE issue today.

Thank you and I can’t wait to help you on Your Path To Career Bliss.

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“I’ve learned a heck of a lot about what I need to do to make sure that the time I have with my family and friends is as loving as it can be.” [6:32]

“There are a thousand different ways you can heal when you feel you can’t let something go, and when you can’t shift your level of consciousness on your own.” [16:35]

“Some people almost wear it as a badge of honor that their therapist wasn’t helpful. If you’ve gone to four therapists and they’re not helpful, you are the problem and you don’t want to change.” [17:44]

“Don’t take the bait and talk about the thing that you know that you will never see eye-to-eye on. Why do it?” [21:56]

“You can be loving and engage with people in a loving way, even if they didn’t vote the way you voted.” [25:57]

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Coaching so many professionals and leaders as I do each year, I see that leadership and career growth training programs today are so often NOT effective because they simply don’t go deep enough to address what really holds us back from thriving, believing in ourselves, recognizing our talents and abilities, communicating effectively, asking for what we need, saying “STOP!” to mistreatment, building a great support community, and making the true impact we long to.

I’d like to make this request of you today: 

Please take a look at what I’m teaching in The Most Powerful You course, which is the digital companion course to my book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss, now translated into Chinese and Arabic and designated a top leadership book by the Leader to Leader Journal and among the TOP 5 books for productivity, confidence-building, addressing stress and burnout, helping new grads make a “dent in the Universe” and more by The Next Big Idea Club

If you feel that this content — about 7 most damaging power gaps that prevent 98% of women and 90% of men from reaching their highest potential and how to close those gaps for good — would be helpful for you and the people at your organization, I hope you’ll ask your supervisors, HR leaders, and DEI managers to sponsor memberships of this course for you and other staff, so you can all thrive at the highest level in your roles and organizations.

Thank you so much and here’s to becoming The Most Powerful You!


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