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There's a new wave of leaders on the horizon! Everyday, amazing women, who know there's something more - and who go after it. Women who are ready to contribute in new and different ways, making a difference right where they are. Welcome to Intentional Optimists Podcast - the podcast for Unconventional Leaders. Join host, Andrea Johnson - Certified Life Coach and DISC Consultant - each week for actionable tips and advice on how to grow, step up, make a difference and yes - LEAD! You’ll meet inspiring women who are making a difference in their local community, each leading in unconventional and creative ways. Discover how to use your unique interests and skills in your community - to help you become a role model, encouraging, empowering and mentoring other women to do the same. Because here’s the thing - YOU are the answer. YOU are the future of leadership, and the role models for future generations. To learn more about Andrea Johnson and Intentional Optimism, visit www.theintentionaloptimist.com, or join the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group, a global community of women helping women.
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Today we’re talking about how the words we use matter, and make up ⅓ of the Intentional Optimism Tenet of Wisdom.  Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: WisdomUnderstandingWordsRespectWordsCarefulWorth Listening ToEncouraging Now what?   Gather your tools:Free Resource: "The Model" WorksheetGet involved!Newsletter:  Optimistic LivingMini Course: “Uncovering Your Core Values” NEW Membership Community: Launch From The Beach - Membership CommunityEmail me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.comJoin me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ●   Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●   Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Michelle has had 4 diverse careers, global and local lawyer-corporate peacemaker, founder of a social enterprise law firm, thought leadership practice, and currently Podcast host of Life & Leadership: A Conscious Journey. A unique destination for learning about Leadership + Conscious Stewardship + Legacy. A place for dialogues that create community/tribe, a circle of influence, transcendency of compassionate leadership in the world and wider universe. Topics discussed in this episode: Social EnterpriseIntergenerational CollaborationLeadership PrincipleFostering intergenerational Collaboration - gifting knowledgeChanging your mindsetLean into sharing your storiesKey HabitMeditation, Prayer & Contemplation Daily stepping backGratitude Now what? Intergenerational collaboration something you’re interested in?Pray and meditate - be willing to invest in the spiritual side. Be open to new paths.Listening to the quietest voice:  your intuition, your soul.Find people who can help you develop, and listen more than you speak..Where to find Michelle:Website https://www.podpage.com/life-leadership-a-conscious-journey/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelle.stjane/Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/michellestjanementor/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellestjane/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelleStJaneDigital speakers card  https://app.elify.com/vbc/n05y76w822?t=8nx9hdDigital business card for my podcast  https://app.elify.com/vbc/e38bva0byy?t=rfb51hGet involved! - Where to find Andrea:  Newsletter:  Optimistic LivingMini Course: “Uncovering Your Core Values” NEW Membership Community: Launch From The Beach - Membership CommunityEmail me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.comJoin me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ●  Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Today we’re talking about your thoughts. How they influence, and even control, your emotions, actions and results - and how to use them to your advantage.  Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: The nature of your mind.What your thoughts are and are not.How to make them your best friend.Identify themDecide what to do with themGather your toolsMake a plan Now what? Gather your tools:Free Resource: "The Model" WorksheetNoom: A Mindful Way To EatGet involved!Newsletter:  Optimistic LivingMini Course: “Uncovering Your Core Values” NEW Membership Community: Launch From The Beach - Membership CommunityEmail me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.comJoin me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Heather helps entrepreneurs structure their ideas, clarify their message and hone their speaking skills so they can deliver magnetic live presentations, videos and workshops that grow their authority.  Before starting her company, she was an executive at a top management firm in healthcare. Heather lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two young sons (who definitely test her communication chops daily).Topics discussed in this episode: Trust your own internal compass - know how to trust yourselfStand up for what is in alignment with the goals of the organization - you or your companyLeadership Principle - Intentionality - with your feelings, your energy, your relationships and your attitude.Key Habit - Take the time to SET your intentions before your interactions. To become a better leader:Be willing to tell your story. Telling our stories makes us better leaders. Find clarity - around your vision, values and intentions.Enlist others to help create it.  The #1 skill that will allow you to grow and succeed is the ability to communicate.Resources mentioned in this episode:  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) THSS Podcast Ep #58 - How To Come Up With A Bank Of Story Ideas For Your Content - https://www.heathersager.com/blog/58 FREE TRAINING FOR ONLINE ENTREPRENEURS: How to Confidently Nail Your Message on Podcasts, Live Streams & Other Virtual Stages so you can focus more on making an impact and building your authority and LESS on obsessive planning or second guessing what you say - www.heathersager.com/speak Where to find Heather:Website:Heather SagerInstagram:@theheathersagerLinkedIn:heathermsagerFacebook Page:theheathersagerFacebook Community: Influential Speaking for Online Entrepreneurs, Podcast page: https://heathersager.com/podcastDive in deeper with this totally free masterclass for entrepreneurs who want to speak on live & virtual stages.  How to Build Authority as a Speaker WITHOUT Second Guessing What You Say.  Get Instant Access here.Get involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ●  Follow on InstagramSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Today we’re talking about cultivating generosity, adopting an abundance mindset in every area of life. Sometimes it’s hard. It can feel contradictory. But this is how we are meant to live - and how I WANT to live.  How about you? Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: Hold Resources LooselyDeepen Your RelationshipsGive Away Your ExpertiseNow what? Take Stock and see what you have to shareDecide to make a difference Get involved!Interested in a small group coaching opportunity? Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.comDo want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupLooking for your own point on the horizon? Check out “Uncovering Your Core Values” Mini CourseGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Lindsey Hardegree is the Executive Director of the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia.  She is responsible for leadership and management of the organization, including annual and planned giving campaigns, board and volunteer management, grant administration,  communications, and operations. Lindsey served as the first Development Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and as Special Events & Board Manager for the Alliance Theatre.  Lindsey is also a professional organizer and productivity specialist certified by Marie Kondo as Georgia’s first Certified KonMari Consultant.  Lindsey works with individuals, families, and companies to create their ideal life by organizing their homes and businesses.  Topics discussed in this episode: Recognizing how your experience is your teacher.Holding people accountable for their visionLeadership PrincipleRule of lifeKey Habit - Good To Do ListFind a journal and planner that work for youNow what?Be willing to step back and reflect: Find those quiet moments.Take time to create your visionAsk yourself?What do I really want?Get out of the wrong space and into the right spaceResources:  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way,  Stephen A. Macchia  Books by Marie Kondo:The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Spark Joy Where to find Lindsey:Website:  Get Organized Y'allFacebook: http://facebook.com/getorganizedyallTwitter: http://twitter.com/organizedyallInstagram: http://instagram.com/getorganizedyallLinkedin: http://linkedin.com/company/getorganizedyallGet involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group“Uncovering Your Core Values” CourseGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Today we’re talking about how to embrace the positivity of confidence, which is the second piece of the tenet Optimistic.Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: See the glass as half fullCertaintyYou know how Now what?   Start small. DREAM! If you need some inspiration - Confidence In Me - Julie Andrews Choose to see the glass Half Full. Here is Allison Ledgerwood’s TEDx UC Davis talk - Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and how to get unstuck)  Pursue Certainty. Every step you take will give you the feedback  you need to stay the course or change direction.Believe you know how! Enlist others to help you see your strengths & skills.Get involved!Interested in a small group coaching opportunity? Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.comDo want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group“Uncovering Your Core Values” - 30 Day CourseGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ●   Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●   Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Iggy has spent a lot of time outside entreating fifth graders to jump out of trees while hooked to ropes or scaring the crap out of them by hiking in woods at night under the guise of environmental education.  After ratcheting up the intensity she progressed to instructing personal growth oriented canoe/backpacking and dogsled/ski expeditions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Doing this work with teens and adults made her realize that as the age of the participants increased it was her job to make sure the sophistication and impact of conversation topics kept pace.  Along the way she earned a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education and a teaching license in English Language Arts while completing training on topics like: conflict resolution, restorative justice and mental health first aid mixed with technical wilderness travel and safety skills.  Iggy cultivates masterminds and brings together leaders so they can be more awesome in their work, sport or life. Topics discussed in this episode: Leadership PrincipleTake an active role, make change happenMake your voice matter in your own lifeDon’t Practice CrapConstantly learnKey HabitKeep things that matter in the forefront of your mindPut it on your calendar - schedule itNow what?Try new thingsIntentional introspection - be clear with yourself of what you want, where you want to goCapture it in whatever way matters to youAsk yourself:If you can’t find a role model - you’re on your own pathWhat skills do I needIf it’s scary - it’s probably rightResources mentioned in this episode:  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary ResultsAtomic HabitsQuestions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in LifeThe Big Stretch: 90 Days to Expand Your Dreams, Crush Your Goals, and Create Your Own SuccessWhere to find Iggy:Website:  WSL Leadership | AboutInstagram: @wslleadershipLinkedIn:  Iggy Perillo - LinkedInPodcast: https://www.wslleadership.com/podcast Mastermind info:  WSL Leadership | MastermindsGet involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST"Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Today we’re talking about how to live with Purpose. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Purpose is the first piece of the tenet of Intentional.Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: Know your “Why”Put caring for others, first.Pick a direction, and GO! Now what?  Start small.  Discover your own WHY.  Simon Sinek’s “Why” TED talk, or better yet, read Start with Why. Or, try my one page Discovering Your Core Values Exercise. Find somewhere to volunteer. This will build community, connection and your own well-being.  Pick a direction. It’s always easier to change direction than start, so get MOVING!  Get involved!Interested in a small group coaching opportunity? Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Valerie Zaric is a futuristic career strategist who helps her listeners and clients handle career uncertainty. She has over a decade of experience in corporate operations specializing in leadership, data analysis, relationship building, and the customer experience. With an undergraduate degree in Art and master’s degree in Library and Information Science, she was inspired to combine her corporate experience with her creative background to start a career-themed podcast and radio show to help reduce the career anxiety she was witnessing all around her. Topics discussed in this episode: Leadership PrincipleGetting the team you need to achieve the common goalFollow your curiosityDeveloping soft skillsUnderstanding where they are and what they haveKey HabitPlot out time 7 day look aheadTop 3 Most Important Task list (MIT) - help me reach my goals for the weekUse a Planner (she uses Day Designer) Now what?Believe in yourself - be fearless and have confidenceBe passionate about what you doBe consistent - show up when you say you willSummarize your findings first with dataAsk yourself?Are you learning - are you growing - if not, give yourself permission to move on to a new opportunityUnderstand what your experience and strengths are Resources mentioned in this episode:  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't , by Jim Collins (#commissions earned) Day Designer Planners by Blue Sky (2021) (#commissions earned) Podcast: Visualize You with Beth HewittWhere to find Valerie:Website: Valerie ZaricPodcast: Future Proof Career PodcastGet involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Today we’re talking about how seeking and cultivating understanding builds unity and fosters community.  Understanding is the first part of the tenet of Wisdom.   Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: Look for the Spiritual in the ordinaryGet real - be willing to see the good and the badPursue a 360° view of lifeNow what? Start small. Start asking yourself some honest questions: Do I seek to understand? Or do I only want to be understood?Is it my goal to understand the perspectives of those outside my “group?”Where do I go for information, when I want to understand a particular topic?What do I hope to gain from any new knowledge I discover in my search?Where is my north star? Is my boat headed in a direction that aligns with my values and beliefs? Do I need to adjust that by pursuing more understanding in certain areas?Next, if you’re ready to work on it, here are the ways I pursue understanding… Look for the Spiritual in the Ordinary. Acknowledging we are human helps keep us humble.Get real - be willing to see the good AND the bad. Without that understanding, the true beauty and depth of our own existence never gets a chance to shine through.  Pursue a 360° view of life. Don’t limit your view.  Get involved!Interested in a small group coaching opportunity? Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.comDo want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Morgan Emo is a stay-at-home mom and small business owner of Child Life Coffee. The first year of her son’s life was full of tremendous emotional and spiritual tribulation, yet amazing spiritual and emotional growth. She and her husband started Child Life Coffee, realizing a dream to provide support to child life programs through the sale of fresh roasted coffee. Their mission and goal is to ensure that other hospitalized families receive the same care and support they did. It has taken immense courage and energy to start a small business, but provided her with a newfound sense of purpose and pride. She’s driven by a desire to give back while remaining present in the life of her family.Topics discussed in this episode: Leadership Principle Step up even when you’re uncomfortableFinding unexpected courageUnderstanding compassionKey Habits Take a breatherFind moments to be creativeFocus on the businessMoving forwardDon’t let anything hold you backFoster the motivation to helpSet realistic goalsNow What?Be an advocateBe open to giving back to othersNurture your creativitySPECIAL GIFT:   Discount code Childlife10 for 10% off coffee orderWhere to find Morgan:Website:Child Life Coffee | Delivering Fresh Roasted Coffee to Your DoorstepFacebook: (3) Child Life Coffee | FacebookInstagram Business:: Child Life Coffee (@childlifecoffee) • Instagram photos and videosInstagram Personal:  Morgan Emo (@morgan_emo) • Instagram photos and videosGet involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
Today we’re talking about what it means to be an Industrious, the first part of the Tenet of Energetic. Hard-working, diligent, conscientious, persevering through new experiences and ideas… applies to us as leaders in our families and our communities.  Having an industrious bent allows us to provide for ourselves, our families and others, in ways that empower.   Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension , resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: Create! [3:44]Develop Financial Savvy [6:25]Grow Your Skills [8:33]Now what?Decide to DO Something [10:21]Create! Are you thinking outside the box for creative solutions to your challenges? Celebrate that, and lean in. But don’t stop there. Look for new ways to create.Get your financial chops in order! You know more than you think, and you CAN learn the basics. There are so many resources out there. Grow your SKILLS. What skill set do you need, that will catapult you into the next level of growth, productivity, or leadership.  Where are you frustrated?  That’s the perfect place to start.Choose [11:25]  To “put your boat in the water.” Knowing personal growth principles is only valuable when you put them into action.   Resources mentioned in this episode: (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) * Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life - Chase Jarvis (#CommissionsEarned) [4:48]* The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness - Dave Ramsey (#CommissionsEarned) [8:01]* Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine - Mike Michalowicz (#CommissionsEarned) [8:07]* The Money Map Mini Course - Megan Hale [8:12]* The 100 Day Project [5:04]Get involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked InSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
After 25 years in a male dominated service component in the Air Force, Kamille Thomas wanted to pick a new career that would fulfill her desire to mentor and teach. She had been teaching in Air Force Leadership schools, annual training, and in individual organizations and senior leaders summits.  She is a Certified Master Resilience Trainer, and a certified John Maxwell Team Speaker, Trainer and Coach.  She now shares her wisdom and experience on all the platforms God provides.Topics discussed in this episode: Getting still - reflecting - “hear an outside inner voice” Why not me?Learning from and making the most of your circumstances.Master Resilience TrainingSpeaker, Trainer and Coach  the John Maxwell TeamLeadership Principle Lead from your strengthsHabit Prayer - being stillReadNow what?Discover your strengths. Be willing to ask “Why NOT me?” Find your own mentor. Be the role model you need.Resources mentioned in this episode: Empowering Girls Anthology Resilience Training: The Resilience ToolkitWhere to find Kamille:Facebook: Kamille Stephanson Thomas | FacebookInstagram: @KamilleYvonneFacebook Live Recorded Podcasts:   *Sanity Check | Facebook  *Lioness Lair | FacebookJohn Maxwell:Kamille Thomas - John Maxwell TeamGet involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
Today we’re talking about what it means to be an Unconventional Leader.  Built loosely around Prov. 31 Woman - a strong woman who just so happens to be a great Leader.  Unconventional Leaders LEAD At EVERY level, in ANY area, using their UNIQUE gifts but there are certain characteristics that highlight an Intentionally Optimistic and Unconventional Leader. The Sailboat of Intentional Optimism:Optimistic = The boat - the hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, “centered,” if you will.Courageous = The rigging - this holds everything together and makes it work - your resilience. Energetic = The sail - without this, your boat can’t go anywhere, but when the sail fills - wow!Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right directionIntentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the windTopics discussed in this episode: Charisma / Being Charismatic - valuing others in tangible ways [4:00]Serving others [7:57]Sharing your vision [11:05]Now what?Cultivate your Leadership. Decide [15:05]To Value others -  be Humble & Curious!Serve others -  Time, Money, Ideas, PowerShare your vision - for NOW or tomorrow.Choose  to do it with grace, composure, confidence, kindness and patience.  Link arms and walk courageously into the new opportunities that we help create - together.Resources mentioned in this episode: "Intentional Leadership" Blog Post, The Intentional Optimist, Nov. 2019Get involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
International best-selling author and Soul Nutrition ROKU TV & Amazon FireStick show host, The Soul Nutritionist Reina Rose shares her unique experience and expertise on the importance of nourishing the soul. Digging deep into the question of what truly satisfies our inner life, Reina distills ancient wisdom into practical tools useful for today's modern audiences. As a former fitness professional and lifelong student of human behavior, in her latest book “Sin Tastes Good” Reina draws a powerful parallel between harmful food cravings and the common mindsets and behaviors that harm our souls. As an expert in lifestyle design, Reina directs people on a journey toward personal and spiritual fulfillment. Topics discussed in this episode: Global mindset - Third Culture Perspective [5:20]Mental, Physical and Spiritual Development [10:10]Look for ways to serve [16:00]Playing Small then seeing the opportunity to change through God’s direction [31:05]Reina’s Leadership Principle  - The closer we get to the mark of what we are intended to do, the closer we get to “Heaven on Earth.” [45:37]Key Habit [50:30]Keeping positive to find the balance and joyFeeling all the FeelsMoving forward [53:05]Getting Help and how to find itDon’t try to feel it all aloneNow what?Everything starts with a vision (of some kind) & you need to be willing to believe it in order to take action.Be willing to celebrate all the positive, yet feel the negative. Ask good questions.  Her book, Sin Tastes Good, is a great place to start.Go out there and START doing what you love… Enjoy LIFE! Resources mentioned in this episode:  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) Sin Tastes Good: Nourishing Your Soul in an Empty Calorie World, Reina Rose  (#commissions earned) Where to find Reina:Website:  Soul Nutrition - Christian Author, Christian ROKU TV Show Host | Reina Rose TV (reina-rose.com)Instagram:: Reina Rose @iamreinaroseLinkedIn:  Reina Rose Soul NutritionYouTube:  Reina Rose TVGet involved!Do want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGrab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools“Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimis  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
21. Grown Up Wonder

21. Grown Up Wonder

2021-01-1816:39

Today we’re talking about Grown Up Wonder.  Wonder is one of the three aspects of Tenet #2 of Intentional Optimism, being Present.Intentional Optimism using The Sailboat Analogy:Optimistic = The boat - the hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, “centered,” if you will.Courageous = The rigging - this holds everything together and makes it work - your resilience. Energetic = The sail - without this, your boat can’t go anywhere, but when the sail fills - wow!Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right directionIntentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the windTopics discussed in this episode: Celebrate Beauty. [6:02]]Childlike Perspective. [7:36]Cultivate Curiosity [10:20]Now what?  Cultivate CURIOSITY. Decide [11:33]To pursue Curiosity!To be astounded by your own knowledge and experienceChoose [13:30]  Take a deep breath, and choose to be amazed - life is full of wonder, and the older we get, the more wonderful it becomes.Resources mentioned in this episode: (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) Franklin Planner [6:05] (#CommissionsEarned)Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (pbs.org) [12:10]Get involved!Do YOU want to be part of a community that practices, encourages and supports being Intentionally Optimistic? Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook GroupGab your FREE:Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
Kathe Morrison leads a group of women working the Cinderella Project of the Shenandoah Valley.  This project was founded in 2003 as a Christian mission project dedicated to helping young men and women with financial need for semi-formal and formal attire for their school events at no cost.  This promotes self-esteem and the encouragement of all to believe and achieve their dreams.  Kathe volunteers her time, effort and money while still working her full time job and is constantly coming up with that next big thing.Topics discussed in this episode: The Cinderella Project:* How to be a catalyst for putting the non profit  status in place* Serves 32 high schools in Shenandoah Valley* Creativity on thinking outside of the box* Funding initiatives* How to connect through generations* Meeting the community needs - sizes, stylesKathe's WHY:  Her Cinderella Moment - helping people be who they want to beNow what?Kathe's Leadership Principle Being a advocate for the project and people it servesKathe's Key HabitsHas to do something for othersComing up with the “next thing’Fostering connectionsMoving forwardHelping other groupsNew company with shared space for nonprofitsMentoringWanting to help people see their own potentialHow To Get Involved:Know your WHYMake sure it feeds your heartKnow your own strengths and skills and be willing to use them TRY - Just start somewhereResources mentioned in this episode:  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) Night To Shine - Tim Tebow - prom for people with disabilitiesGreen Hanger Project - clothes for kids in needWhere to find Kathe:Facebook:  Cinderella Project of the Shenandoah ValleyInstagram::  @cinderellapromprojectGet involved!Ready to make 2021 your year? Here’s a great resource to get you started: Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity toolsGab your FREE “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Join the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
Are you ready to live with Intention in 2021? Today’s episode examines the sixth Tenet of Intentional Optimism: Intentional.Topics discussed in this episode: Living with Intention includes three key steps:1. Know your Purpose. [4:12]2. Make a Plan. [7:10]3. You need to Grow [12:09]Intentional Optimism using The Sailboat Analogy:Optimistic = The boat - the hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, “centered,” if you will.Courageous = The rigging - this holds everything together and makes it work - your resilience. Energetic = The sail - without this, your boat can’t go anywhere, but when the sail fills - wow!Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Now what?How can you tighten up the riggings, and become Intentional for 2021?Decide on or figure out, your PURPOSE.  That includes why you do what you do, how you interact with others, and where you’re headed.  You aren’t here by accident, neither is anyone else.  As you go along your path, always moving forward, care for others along the way. Make a PLAN.  This could be as loose as some governing life principles and values, or as structured as a multi-year plan consisting of long term, intermediate and short term goals. I just created a great little “favorite things” document that includes the books, planners, journals and pens I’ve used in the past and am using this year, and we’ll share a link to it in the show notes. Remember, just having a plan can increase your ability to bounce back from a setback.Commit to GROW.  If there ever was a year to commit, it’s 2021.  Use the change momentum (because we’re already on a change curve) from 2020 to launch you into some really amazing growth for 2021.  You can cultivate a growth mindset through reading, listening, and participating in dialogs and experiences that will help you nurture change - in you, and in others.  Resources mentioned in this episode: (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller and Ray Papasan [11:45] (#CommissionsEarned)Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity toolsGet involved!Gab your FREE “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Join the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
18. The Lens of Hope

18. The Lens of Hope

2020-12-1414:19

In today’s episode we look at what it is to “see through the lens of HOPE”.  This is one of the three aspects of Intentional Optimism Tenet 1: Being Optimistic.Intentional Optimism - a refresher [.57]Optimistic - hopeful, positive, proactivePresent - having a sense of wonder, generous, kind/openCourageous - lead, adventure, resilientEnergetic - industrious, energetic and life-focusedWise - understanding, words, respectIntentional - sense of purpose, plan, growTopics discussed in this episode: Hope is a filter through which we view the future. [2:01]The Lens of Hope shows me possibilities. [3:42]Hope allows me to truly change my perspective [6:00]Now what?Recap of the process: [9:53]Hope is a filter through which we view the future.  Do you believe tomorrow will be good? If so, do you doubt it? Why? Take a deeper, more meaningful look at our thoughts and beliefs in order to determine what is holding us back from believing this foundational concept.The Lens of  Hope shows me possibilities. Can you see possibilities? Do you doubt you have options?  Maybe you fear the options. Get curious and start asking who, what, when, where, why and how - let the answers surprise and encourage you.Hope allows me to truly change my perspective.  How narrow is your perspective? Do you doubt your perspective can change? Are you afraid of other people’s perspectives? SEEING other perspectives doesn’t require you to change your beliefs.  It opens up more possibilities for connection and understanding that are just not present when you don’t actually SEE.Resources mentioned in this episode: "Facing Future" by Israel (IZ) Kamakawiwo‘ole  [2:30]Episode 3. Lee McCraw-LeavittGet involved!Grab your FREE “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com  so I can be your professional encourager!  ● Join the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group  ● Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist  ●  Linked In Andrea JohnsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)
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