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G.R.I.T. - Give, Recognize, Implement, Time®

G.R.I.T. - Give, Recognize, Implement, Time®

By Steven Nathenson
Empowering individuals and helping them overcome negativity through Strive For More's signature cognitive behavioral approach of G.R.I.T. - Give, Recognize, Implement, Time®. An approach which has helped people build their confidence; overcome the challenges they face; and create clarity around what they want, the right path for them to get it, and for them to achieve it. Simply put, stay focused, overcome, and achieve!
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Episode 51 - How Do I Ensure I Am Clearly Understood?
Have you ever been misunderstood? “That’s not what I said!” “How is that what you heard?” Misunderstandings happen all the time when we communicate with others. So, how do we ensure we are clearly understood? Today, we are going to answer this question with easy tried and true techniques that will clearly convey what we want, and ensure others understand it too!
May 13, 2022
Episode 50 - How Do I Present Better?
Can I share a secret with you? We all get nervous speaking in front of a group of people. And, you know what? That’s okay! It’s part of who we are AND there are ways to present the way we want to even while being nervous. In this episode, I am going to share some tried and true tips that will help us present better by being more focused, confident, and resonant with whom we are presenting to. If you are giving a keynote, delivering a talk at work, or simply wanting to tell better stories, this episode is for you!
May 06, 2022
Episode 49 - How Do We Break Down Silos and Communicate More Effectively?
Effective communication is the lifeblood of many things in life, including our success at work; however, we often find our organization is riddled with silos and people keeping things “close to their chest.” Sound familiar? It’s an all-too-common tune... So, how do we break down these silos and create more effective communication? Great questions! And, very common ones that do have answers! Join me as I share tips and tricks for breaking down silos and creating more effective ways of communicating.
April 29, 2022
Episode 48 - How Do I Say No?
Saying “No” is one of the hardest things for us to do, particularly at work. It’s often due to the feeling that we can’t say “No;” we don’t want to come across as uncooperative, unwilling, and insubordinate. This leads to being frustrated, a lack of work-life balance, and resentment. However, there is a way out from underneath all of this and, to say “No.” A fundamental question to help us be able to say “No” is asking ourselves what is prompting the feeling that we need say “No?” Once we’ve done this, it becomes much easier to actually say “No” in a way that comes across much better then just planting our foot firmly in the ground and not budging – a way that often fuels conflict instead of alleviating it. Join me as I talk through how we can say “No” and, do it in a way that will not create bad blood between us and those we say “No” to.
April 22, 2022
Episode 47 - How Do I Manage Performance Reviews?
Do you dread delivering performance reviews to your direct reports? If you do, you’re not alone at all! This is one of the most common types of conversations that causes anxiety, especially when it’s not favorable news for our direct reports. That’s not a comfortable situation for us as leader or for us as direct reports. You know what? It’s okay that this makes us uncomfortable! There is power in embracing the discomfort that comes with conversations like this. Once we do, it makes it easier to alleviate the discomfort to the extent possible and have the conversation. Join me as I talk through how to have collaborative, engaging, and productive performance reviews, even in adversarial situations!
April 15, 2022
Episode 46 - How Do I Have Difficult Conversations?
“I really don’t want to have the same conversation over and over again.” “Giving feedback makes me uncomfortable.” “This conversation is not going to go well!” Do any of these sound familiar? A lot of “touchy” subjects can make conversations difficult and, so can our perceptions around the conversation. We can psyche ourselves out of a conversation going well before it even starts. Nonetheless, there is a way to have difficult conversations which builds stronger connection between all parties and achieve what they want. Join me as I share tried and true tricks to have more collaborative, engaging, and successful difficult conversations. Fair warning, the answers may surprise you!
April 08, 2022
Episode 45 - How Do I Make Leaders More Emotionally Intelligent?
Emotional intelligence isn’t just a buzz word or highly sought-after skill. It’s a necessary part of mastering ourselves and our relationships, especially for those of us who are leaders or are inspiring to be leaders. So, the question is how, do we become more intelligently and, how do I help others do the same? At the heart of this is us; ourselves. The theory of emotional intelligence starts with a focus on our own internal emotional awareness and regulation for a reason. It’s through this mastery within ourselves that we can then extend it to others. There’s a saying: “We can only take our clients as far as we’ve taken ourselves.” Helping others become emotionally intelligent is no different. Mastering ourselves first makes it easier to help others do the same. So, in relation to the question of helping organizational leaders become more emotionally intelligent, it starts with us. There are, of course, other considerations that come into play when extending this to others. Join me as I rundown the above and additional considerations which will lead to more emotionally intelligent leaders in your organization.
April 01, 2022
Episode 44 - How Do We Deal With Poor Managers?
People quit people! Sound familiar? Poor management is one of the number one reasons employees leave their jobs, and has been for years. So, why does this issue still persist? Simply put, it’s because we, as organizations, put more stock into managers than we do employees and have a hard time taking a good hard look at our managers. Being able to objectively understand where the problem lies – employee or manager – is a critical necessity for today, especially amidst the great resignation. Join me as I take a look at the keys to dealing with poor managers that will greatly and positively impact your organization’s culture.
March 25, 2022
Episode 43 - What Do I Need to Develop My Leaders?
Last episode we talked about what leadership development should like, focusing on key areas to include in a leadership development program. With that, however, still leaves the question of how do we actually deploy a successful leadership development program. Whether we are tasked with combatting the great resignation, creating one culture from many due to mergers and acquisitions, or continuing to evolve our pre-existing leadership development program, understanding what we need to develop our leaders lies at the heart of our success. In this episode, we will explore these 3 keys to successfully developing leaders: 1. Clearly understanding where to target our leadership development efforts; 2. Implementing true solutions versus “band-aids;” and 3. Deploying a blended approach of education and coaching. Join me as dive into these keys for success and unlock the true path to ensure your leaders have what they need to grow and develop.
March 18, 2022
Episode 42 - What Should Leadership Development Look Like?
Leadership development. What does that truly mean? How do we do it? What should it look like? When charged by our organization to focus on developing our leaders, we are often left hanging, asking the questions above. It can be overwhelming and leave us frustrated as we don’t even know where to start. Don’t worry! I have you covered! Based upon my experiences as a Former FBI Special Agent, Leadership Development Coach, and working with leaders in 107+ organizations across 10 different countries, there are several clear keys to successful leadership development any organization can deploy. The first of which is knowing the key areas to focus on when an organization says “leadership development,” and the second is understanding how to actually conduct the development in these areas. Join me as I lift the veil and reveal where to focus leadership development efforts and how to do it. P.S. Want a quick easy tool to pinpoint your organization’s leadership development needs and know how it’s costing you money? Click the link below.
March 11, 2022
Episode 41 - How Do I Ensure My Leadership Style Resonates with My Organization to Take it Into the Future?
We, as leaders, are not immune to wanting to grow and advance our careers. We want to succeed, positively impact our organization, and reach the next level in our careers. Leading in accordance with what our organization expects plays a crucial role in doing so. To understand this more, we must first understand our organization’s culture. Is it familial, is it dictatorial, or is it cut-throat? Whichever way it leans, it plays a role in the way we lead as it can dictate how we interact with our leaders, our peers, and our direct reports through inherent cultural “norms.” Just as important as the above is who we naturally are! If our organization’s culture aligns with who we are, it makes it much easier to take our organization into the future as we’ll do it authentically. On the other hand, if our organization’s culture does not align with who we are, it can cause an uphill bad as what is expected of us grates against who we are. In addition to the above, there are other crucial factors in ensuring we are leading in way that will take our organizations into the future! Join me as I walk through them, creating a roadmap to the future.
March 04, 2022
Episode 40 - How Do We Deal With Poor Performers?
Dealing with poor performers is one of the most uncomfortable things leaders have to do. From having performance conversations, putting in place and following performance improvement plans, to firings, dealing with poor performers is not a great experience, nor one we tend to look forward to. We may never be comfortable dealing with poor performers, and that’s OKAY! The trick is to become as comfortable as we can be and embrace that we may never be 100% comfortable with this. Moreover, there are things we can easily do to increase our comfortability but, the answer may surprise you. Hint: there isn’t just one person who creates poor performance… Join me as I unlock the keys to becoming as comfortable as we can be in dealing with poor performers and overcoming the issues which tend to create poor performance in the first place.
February 25, 2022
Episode 39 - Can We Be Friends With Those We Lead?
When it comes to being friends with those we lead, there is little room between: 1) a hard “No! I can’t be friends with them.” and 2) the tricky “I’m too friendly with them and it makes giving them feedback too hard.” The latter of the two options above tends to cause leaders to believe that it’s best not to be friends with those we lead, propagating the belief that we can’t be friends with those we lead anyways. However, it is possible to be friends with those we lead! Join me as I break down this common misperception and lay out the framework we all can follow to be friends with those we lead AND successfully lead them!
February 18, 2022
Episode 38 - What Am I Missing Leadership-Wise to Get to the Next Level of My Career?
Growth and advancement are two of the most common desires for us regarding our careers. It’s important for us to know we CAN continue to grow and develop, as well as, reach new heights in our careers. As leaders, this often comes down to the question of: “What am I missing leadership-wise to advance my career?” This episode answers this question for you! Each and every one of us is unique. For example, how we lead, the strengths we have, and what we enjoy doing are based upon who we are. The answer to the question of “What am I missing?” is no different. It’s also based upon who we uniquely are, and that’s okay! There is a framework that accounts for our uniqueness and does answer this question for us. Within this framework are the considerations of what is expected of us (e.g., the competencies we are beholden to within our organization), are we receiving the kind of feedback we need from others, understanding the strategic and developmental shifts that happen as we continue to climb upwards, and common areas of leadership development. Join me as I dive into each of these for you, outlining how to develop and grow as a leader to advance your career.
February 11, 2022
Episode 37 - How Do I Influence My Leadership?
Influencing leadership, also known as, managing upwards, is a big buzz phrase amongst organizations today that often comes with a veil of mystery behind it. “How do I manage upwards and influence my leadership?” “My leadership won’t listen to me!” “I don’t have the authority to dictate what my boss does.” Any of these ring a bell? If so, rest assured that you are NOT alone at all! The question of how do I manage upwards is quite common amongst leaders today, however, there is a way forward and it starts with the simple question of “What’s in it for them?” When we know who our leaders are, what’s important to them, and what is within our control, we can more easily present business cases to our leaders that do influence them. Join me as I help remove the mysterious veil around influencing our leadership by diving into these questions and get to the heart of what does influence our leadership.
February 04, 2022
Episode 36 - What Kind of Leader Do I Want to Be?
“What kind of leader do I want to be?” Do you know the answer to this question…really know the answer to this question? This simple question has a complex answer that lies below the surface rather than upon it. Meaning, we may think we know who we are as a leader, however, when we are asked to describe it, it can often be a challenge to find the right words to do so. In this episode, we’ll help you break down the answer to this question and get far below the surface to the true heart of who you want to be as a leader and, we’ll even help you clearly define it! If you’re new to leadership and looking for your identity as a leader or even a seasoned leader who hasn’t visited this question in a while, this episode is for you! We will not only create a clear definition of leadership for you, we’ll also break it down into clear tangible elements that you can act upon to be the leader you want to be.
January 28, 2022
Episode 35 - What Leadership Style is Right for Me?
There are a lot of different styles of leadership floating around out there.  How do we decide which one(s) are right for us?  This is a daunting question to tackle; however, there is a way to answer it!  Today, we are going to do just that. This episode is a practical exercise that will help you understand which leadership style(s) is right for you based upon what you already inherently know.  We're simply helping to bring it to the surface.  Grab a pen and paper and getting ready to gain the clarity you're looking for as we ask you a handful of simple, yet revealing, questions that WILL let you know which leadership style(s) is right for you!
January 21, 2022
Episode 34 - What Leadership Style is the Best?
What leadership is the best?  If you've ever asked this question, you're not alone, at all! Leadership has been studied extensively, ripped apart and put back together again over and over, and still causes confusion.  The reason is, it's a concept.  Just like love, leadership is something we all inherently know but find hard to put into words. To truly understand which leadership style is the best (if there is one that's the best above all else), we must first understand what leadership is at its core.  This episode peels back the veil and dives into a number of different leadership theories to help understand what leadership truly is and which style(s) are the best for the here and now. Explore leadership at a deep level with me and put the concept into words that convey its true meaning.
January 14, 2022
Episode 33 - How is Leadership Different Than Management?
Today, we hear the words leadership and management all the time. We also hear how important they are but, how often do we hear a clear definition of each of them and how they are different? Unfortunately, not often. We are going to fix that right now by clearly defining both terms and sharing how they are distinctly different! To start, let’s journey back int time to an “old school” fill in the blanks with the right words question. If you had two choices: 1) people and 2) task, where would each word go in the two blanks below? Leadership is ____ oriented. Management is____ oriented. Did you fill in the blanks? Did you get them right and are you curious to dig into this further? Join me as I expand upon the above and help overcome the common misunderstandings these two terms often bring with them.
January 07, 2022
Episode 32 - Alleviating the Pressure of Needing it Now
Are you under a tremendous amount of pressure? Is there no end in sight to what you have to do? Is the stress of it all getting to you? If you answered "yes" to any of these question, you are not alone!  These are all common sentiments shared by many working adults today.  But, that doesn't mean they have to be true! We are all capable of alleviating the pressure we feel from everything we are responsible for.  The trick to it is, exploring and unlocking the pressure we create and put upon ourselves. Today, we live in a society of instant gratification - on demand, smart phones, two-day delivery - our world grooms us for wanting everything now which leads to us feeling an immense amount of pressure to achieve everything right NOW. Join me as I unlock the secrets to alleviating the pressure we put on ourselves and lessen the stress in our lives.
October 22, 2021
Episode 31 - We Have the Time We Need
Have you ever felt like you had exactly the time you needed? Or, do you typically feel like you have too much or too little time? If the latter sounds more like you, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Time is constant. It steadily flows forward second by second, never skipping a beat. However, how we perceive time is a different matter. We can be in-tune with time, "slow down" time, or seemingly not notice time as it flies by us without a thought. This is where it gets interesting. Not only can our perception of time change, how we feel about time can change too. When we “slow down” time, we can see things more clearly, predict what’s going to happen next, and easily achieve what we want. Or, we can feel like the day is dragging on and it will never end! As our perception of time changes, so does how we feel about it. On the other hand, when time passes us by, we can be lost in a good book, engaged in a good conversation, or simply caught up in the utter joy we’re getting from what we are doing. Or, we can feel like there’s not enough time, things are happening way too fast, and we’re never going to get what we need to get done on time. We can feel anxious, nervous, and frantic! Again, out perception of time dictates how we feel. Even when we don’t feel like we have a choice in this matter, we do! We CAN choose to embrace we have the time we need and take back control of our perception of time, as well as how it makes us feel! Join me as I dive into how to embrace we do in fact have just the time we need, and alleviate that hectic negative energy we get when we feel like there is too little time in the day.
October 18, 2021
Episode 30 - Accepting Change Takes Time
Are we capable of change? Our answer to this fundamental question greatly influences our mindset and lives. If we don’t believe we are capable of change, we box ourselves into a fixed mindset that can be difficult to break out of. However, if we do believe we are capable of change, we open up a world of possibilities. Yet, we are still faced with another question that can greatly impact actually making change in our lives. That question is: "How long do you think it takes for us to change?" The answer…it takes time! We don’t change overnight but, we DO change. Want to unlock the secret to successfully changing time and time again? Join me as dive deeply into one of the most critical components of how we change, accepting the time it takes to bring about the change we seek.
October 08, 2021
Episode 29 - Overcoming the Sensation of Being Overwhelmed
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel buried under the amount of work on your plate?  Everything you have to do for life in addition to work?  That there isn't enough time in the day??? If you do, you're not alone!  Feeling overwhelmed is quite common but, do not fear!  There is a way to overcome this feeling, and each and every one of us is capable of doing so! A small shift in perspective can help reduce the sense of being overwhelmed and lead to less stress, greater efficiency, and being happier.  Join me as I break down a few keys that WILL help you overcome the sensation of being overwhelmed.
October 01, 2021
Episode 28 - Truly Knowing Our Goals and What We Desire
How do you define your goals? Are they typically: “I want to lose weight,” “I want to advance my career,” or perhaps “I want to be in a meaningful relationship?” Or, do you define your goals like this: “I want to lose 10 lbs in 3 months to look good in my tux at my brother’s wedding,” “I want to become a Vice President within my company in the next 5 years by growing my current business unit from $50 million of revenue a year to $150 million of revenue a year,” or “I want to find someone who shares my values, sees the world as I do, and is in the same stage of life as I am to date.” How we define our goals is a critical part of us actually achieving our goals. The more distinct and specific our goals are, the easier they are to achieve through key definable actions. When our goals are left broad, they are more characteristic of what we desire – another critical component of our success. When we truly know what we desire in life, we can more easily craft specific goals around them that lead to tangible actions for us to take. Do you know what you want in life? Join me and start uncovering the answer.
September 24, 2021
Episode 27 - Purpose Power: Our Calling
“What’s my purpose?” “What was I put on this earth to do?” “Why am I here?” These are all incredibly powerful questions, and common questions! If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! It is basic human nature to seeking meaning in our lives, to try and determine what we are meant to do, and to struggle with finding these answers. Our purpose, or as we at Strive For More like to call it “Our Calling,” is an incredibly powerful driving force that guides everything we do – what decisions we make, what jobs we take, how we interact with others, etc. When we know our purpose, we can align our entire life around it, leaving us feeling fulfilled and at peace. If you’re struggling to find your purpose right now, this episode is for you!
September 17, 2021
Episode 26 - What Inspires Us
Are you inspired in your life right now? Our answer to this question can be quite revealing. If we are not inspired today, we may feel off or down, causing us to put less effort into work or into a relationship than we normally would. However, when we are inspired, we feel like the world is at our finger tips and anything is possible! Inspiration is a force that not only drives us, it lifts us up! It takes us to new heights and beyond where we are today. It is a critical component of not only our personal success, but also our professional success. Join me as I dive deeply into what inspiration is and where we find our inspiration.
September 10, 2021
Episode 25 - What Motivates Us
“What motivates me?” A seemingly simple question to answer; however, when we really think about it, it is a very difficult question to answer. Do you know what motivates you and can you list them right now? This question is even harder to answer when we ask it about others – “What motivates him/her/them?” But, do not fear! There are clear ways of defining what motivation is, what motivates us, and how we can understand the motivation of others. Moreover, we CAN lay the ground work for motivating ourselves and others! It is possible! Join me as I dive deeply into what motivation is, as well as how we can truly understand what motivates us and others. Strive For More’s presentation of motivation is a unique one-size fits all framework of motivation (synthesized from leading motivation theories) which can be uniquely applied to any individual. This is a must listen episode for anyone who is seeking to understand their own motivation or seeking to understand how to motivate others!
September 03, 2021
Episode 24 - Truly Being Ready to Get What We Want
Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life but found that month after month it didn’t happen? If you have, you are NOT alone! We often feel like we are ready to make changes in our lives before we are TRULY ready to make those changes. Feeling we want to make a change in our lives is by no means a bad thing! It is a necessary first step to making that change – it creates the desire for change. However, if we only feel we want to make a change but do not take any actions towards that change, we are simply wishing for it to happen. The key difference between the changes we DO make and the changes we DON’T make in our lives is action. When we are truly ready to make a change, we take purposeful actions towards creating it. Join me as I dive deeply into how to truly be ready to make the changes in life you desire.
August 27, 2021
Episode 23 - Committing to What We Do
The fear of commitment is often expressed as the inability to be fully dedicated to a relationship; however, commitment applies to everything we do in life. Do you often start things that you don't finish? Or, perhaps you have a lot of great ideas that never seem to get started? If you do, that's commitment coming into play. When we are truly committed to what we do in life, we see things to completion. In other words, we make it happen. Our commitment dictates our success by driving us to see things through and overcome any obstacles that come up along the way. Commitment is a critical factor in bringing about the goals and success we seek. Are you committed to bringing about what you want in life?
August 20, 2021
Episode 22 - Challenges Are Opportunities
Do you run away from adversity or do you run towards it?  Do you shy away from challenge or do you welcome it with open arms? These questions can help us understand how we view the challenges in our lives.  In other words, do we view them as hurdles and obstacles that stress us out or, do we view them as opportunities to grow? When we let challenges stress us out, they drain us.  Focusing on negativity (the non-serving) wears on us and brings us down, leaving us feeling tapped out at the end of the day.  However, when we view challenges as opportunities, we are actually lifted up - we have a new target to hit, a goal to achieve, an opportunity to get better, and a chance to learn something new.  This naturally lifts us up and leaves us feeling excited, engaged, and accomplished.  It's a complete 180 from how we feel when we let challenges bring us down. How do you feel about the challenges in your life?
August 13, 2021
Episode 21 - What IS In Our Control
Have you ever felt like you're spiraling out of control and there is nothing you can do about it? If you have, you're definitively not alone! It's common for us to feel like everything is happening to us rather than feeling like we ARE in control of what happens.  However, there ARE things we can control!  We ARE capable of flipping the script and embracing what IS in our control to achieve what we want. Making this switch to focusing on what IS in our control is magical!  It allows us to truly see what is possible AND how WE can make it happen!  Plus, there's a bonus!  Focusing on what we want, what we desire, and what we are capable of controlling naturally harnesses our parasympathetic nervous system which uplifts us. Even when things feel like they are happening to you and there is nothing you can do about it, there is something you can do!  You can control you - who you are, how you let others affect you, and what you do!  This power is and always will be within you!  Leverage what IS in your control today to achieve the success you seek right now!
August 06, 2021
Episode 20 - Building Our Confidence
Confidence is tricky!  We may have it in one area of our lives but not another.  Or, we may feel like everyone has it and we don't.  If you do, you're definitively not alone! Building confidence is the number one area we address through our coaching at Strive For More. In this episode, we dive deeply into what confidence truly is and what the best way to build it is - that ACTUALLY WORKS! This is a must listen episode for anyone who has ever questioned themselves or has that sneaky little voice that says "I hope they don't find out I have no idea what I am doing!" We are all capable of being confident and harnessing that confidence to achieve our goals and what we want in life!
July 30, 2021
Episode 19 - Focusing on Solutions Instead of Problems
Do you find yourself focused more on what's wrong then what's right?  If you do, you're NOT alone!  It is very natural for us to focus on what we don't want, what we don't like, and what doesn't make us happy. We are raised in a world that teaches us to focus on problems rather than solutions and speak a language that has approximately 3 times as many negative words than positive words; however, there is a way to overcome our problem focus and create a true path to success for us.  It's... Focusing on solutions - what we want, what we desire. When we do, we naturally uplift ourselves and carve out a path that is much more powerful and leads to our success. Join me as dive into how to make this switch and give away keys tricks of the trade that DO work and lead to achieving what you want!
July 23, 2021
Episode 18 - Harnessing a Growth Mindset
Recognizing we always have a choice starts with understanding our innate outlook on life.  Do we believe we are who we are and what we are capable of is finite and not changeable?  Or, do we believe that we are very capable and can continue to break through barriers to grow and change who we are? The answer illuminates what kind of fundamental mindset we have when it comes to achieving what we want and the challenges we face. HINT: one mindset serves us while the other doesn't.  Do you know which one serves us? In "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," Carol S. Dweck describes what it means to have a fixed mindset (the first question above) and a growth mindset (the second question above). Join me as I share what Dweck discovered and how it applies to us to carve our path forward to truly achieve what we want.
July 16, 2021
Episode 17 - It's Possible to Overcome Our Struggles
As human beings, we naturally have things that come easy to us AND things that are difficult for us.  That's okay!  It's part of who we are and we ARE capable of overcoming the struggles we face in life. Similarly to having hope, believing we are capable of overcoming our struggles is a foundational belief that truly leads us to the success we seek.  It opens the door and allows us to more easily address the hurdles and challenges that come up because we're already setup for success by believing it is possible to do so! Our self-talk dictates our beliefs which dictates our power and success.  Are you talking yourself into your power or out of it?
July 09, 2021
Episode 16 - The Power of Hope
What is hope? We often talk about it but, we often confuse it and group it in with things like optimism and wishing.  Hope, is actually different than these concepts and incredibly powerful when we truly have it. Are you hopeful or just wishful? Join me as I easily breakdown the components of hope, the power of it, and an easy way to recognize if we truly have it.
July 02, 2021
Episode 15 - The Detriment of Social Comparison
Have you ever looked at someone and thought: "They've got it all together, why can't I be like that?" Or,  "Why can't I be as confident as them?" Or,  "They don't have a care in the world, I wish I was like that!" If you have, you're NOT alone!  It is a natural thing for us to compare ourselves to others, and that's okay!  However, comparing ourselves to others can create a downward spiral of non-serving thoughts that become beliefs deeply seated within us, preventing us from achieving what we want - this is the detriment of social comparison.  Nonetheless, there is a way to overcome this detriment, flip the script, and give ourselves permission to be human in way that allows for our social comparison to inspire and drive us.
June 25, 2021
Episode 14 - The Benefit of Self-Forgiveness
Have you ever said to yourself: "I can't believe I did that!" "Why can't I change?" Or "You're so stupid!  Get it right!" If you have, you are NOT alone!  This self-defeating critical self-talk is what happens when we are hard on ourselves and don't forgive ourselves.  We're all human and we all make mistakes.  It's okay!  Missing the mark, saying the wrong thing, falling short are necessary experiences in life to help us learn, grow, and ultimately achieve the success we seek. When we forgive ourselves, we lessen the stress, tension, and pressure that comes with being hard on ourselves and increase the peace, acceptance, and openness necessary for our success.  It's okay to forgive ourselves! The path to self-forgiveness starts with the awareness around what we're hard on ourselves about so we may know what to forgive ourselves for.
June 18, 2021
Episode 13 - We're Not Alone
Have you ever felt that other people just can't understand what you're going through and you are utterly alone? If you have, you are NOT alone! This is actually very common for us as human beings!  We tend to feel and think that there is no one who can understand or help us with our struggles but, there ARE!  We all share in the human condition and have faced struggles in our lives that CAN truly help and guide others that are facing their own struggles right now! It is OKAY! to think and feel that we are alone because it is a natural part of us; however, we truly are NOT alone!  When we embrace this fact, it opens up a world of possibility that illuminates the path in front of us to overcome the challenges we are facing.  There are those who can understand and help us overcome!  It all starts with embracing we are NOT alone!
June 11, 2021
Episode 12 - Accepting All Parts of Us
As human beings, we naturally have a dual nature, and that's okay!  It's okay to be human and have both serving and non-serving parts of us!  It is who we are! When we accept ALL parts of us, not just the serving, we overcome the downward spiral that comes with "shutting off" or denying parts of who we are that ultimately don't disappear, rather, they fester inside of us until they blow up (and often at others causing more issues in our lives that we have to deal with).  When we accept ALL parts of us, we enlighten ourselves by alleviating the stress, tension, and pressure that comes with thinking we shouldn't be a certain way and uplifts us to more easily embrace what serves us (and what we want) in the moments when our non-serving side arises. It's okay to be you, ALL of you!  Accept who you are and let it take you to where you want to go!
June 04, 2021
Episode 11 - Getting Unstuck With Kieran Diorio
If you're feeling stuck or consumed by your circumstances, this episode is for you!  Join fellow coach Kieran Diorio and I as we explore the common trends we are seeing right now with clients who are feeling stuck and what DOES help them overcome it!  We really go deep in this one and giveaway key tools of the trade!  You don't want to miss this!
May 07, 2021
Episode 10 - Recharging & Maximizing Our Energy as Introverts with Sara Lewis
For the introvert who has been tapped out, feeling de-energized, and overwhelmed during our current times, this episode is just for you! Join Sara Lewis and I as we talk through tips and tricks to recharge, set boundaries, and take control to maximize your energy right now!  We're also going to bust a few myths about introverts along the way too!  We are capable as introverts of breaking through stereotypical misconceptions about us to achieve what we want!  It all starts in our minds and with small manageable consistent steps, that you CAN take.
April 30, 2021
Episode 9 - Choosing the Light to Master our Mind-Body Connection with Kelli Watson
Light begets light and dark begets dark. Which side do you choose? Spoiler alert, the choice is yours and will always be yours! This episode is truly chock full of easily actionable tidbits for taking control of your mind and body to embrace the light! You are in control and what you want IS within your reach! Let the light illuminate your path forward and know you ARE capable of walking it! Join Kelli Watson, best-selling author, coach, and presenter as she helps you unveil and master your path to success! This is a must-listen episode for those seeking sage wisdom that actually works to bring about what they want in life!
April 23, 2021
Episode 8 - Optimizing Performance by Optimizing Our Body and Mind With Jody Kennett
For leaders who are overwhelmed, overworked, and out of balance, this episode is for you! Join Leadership and Health Coach Jody Kennett and I as we explore the deepest depths of our minds and bodies to overcome challenges, like lack of sleep, to harness our peak performance.  If you're days look like: Wake up feeling overwhelmed Get to work Work some more Work until you feel exhausted Sleep poorly Repeat Then this is a must listen!  Join us as we CAN help you right NOW to overcome this vicious cycle!
April 16, 2021
Episode 7 - Embracing Who We Are to Walk the Path We Want With Jenn Waller
Join Jenn Waller, Founder of the Me Project, and I as we dive deeply into overcoming our expectations, lack of clarity, and perceptions that hold us back, as well as finding what motivates us, embracing where we are now, and cultivating our self-worth.  Come away with real actionable steps you can take right now to help harness your G.R.I.T. and empower yourself to achieve your goals.  This episode truly holds several keys to embracing who we are and what serves us the best to walk the path WE ARE CAPABLE of walking to our success.
April 09, 2021
Episode 6 - Cultivating an Elite Athlete Mindset with Coach McCoy
Join me as I talk with Carrie McCoy, an incredible woman who runs 3 companies, is a former (and soon to be again) pro triathlete, and an inspiration to us all!  In this episode, we dive deeply into the mentalities that empower us and harness our fearless belief to achieve the goals we have.  If you want to be inspired, walk away with easy tangible steps you can implement in your life right now, and have a few laughs along the way, this episode is for you!
April 02, 2021
Episode 5 - Time
Time, especially when we feel we don't have enough of it, can have a huge impact on us!  It can increase our stress, tension, and anxiety, or bury us under immense pressure.  However, it doesn't have to be that way!  Our perception of time greatly influences how time affects us, and, it influences the way we change as human beings.  Dive into the science behind how we change as human beings, how time plays into that change, and how to create an awareness around our perception of time.
October 19, 2020
Episode 4 - Implementing Small Steps
Often, we want everything to happen right now; we want to skip ahead to the end result.  However, it is very hard to eat an elephant in one bite.  It is much easier to take small bites to create the end result that we want.  Dive into what keys help us take small manageable steps that ultimately lead to the success we seek because we give ourselves what we need to create true change and habits.
October 12, 2020
Episode 3 - Recognizing We Always Have a Choice
We always have a choice! Whether we see it or not, there is always a choice for us to make!  A choice which is up to us!  In moments when we don't see another option or feel like everything is happening to us, there is a lightness to the darkness.  There is a way forward!  We CAN choose to embrace what will help us!  No one can take that away from us.  This episode dives into what recognizing we always have a choice truly looks like and provides an easy step we can do right now to see the choices in front of us.
October 05, 2020
Episode 2 - Giving Ourselves Permission to be Human
It's OKAY to be who you are - all of who you are!  We all share in the human experience and are not alone!  Each and every one of us experiences ups and downs in life, and that's OKAY!  There is hope, there is a way forward!  We can overcome the challenges we face and achieve the success we seek.  This episode dives into what giving ourselves permission to be human truly looks like and provides an easy step we can do right now to do just that - give ourselves permission to be human.
October 05, 2020
Episode 1 - What is G.R.I.T. - Give, Recognize, Implement, Time?
Welcome to Strive For More's G.R.I.T. - Give, Recognize, Implement, Time podcast!  Let's talk G.R.I.T. - Give, Recognize, Implement, Time!  What is it?  How does it help us?  What can it do?  Simply put, it empowers us and helps overcome negativity!  Take a listen to learn more about it and what's in store in the episodes to come.
October 05, 2020