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As someone who cares for sick and dying patients, hospice and palliative care physician Dr. Kathy Zhang has learned a thing or two about living. The good news is you don’t have to wait until the end to get a second chance at living the life you truly want. With episodes covering topics like health, relationships, mindset, productivity, business, meaning and happiness, you’ll learn how to apply the lessons of the dying before it’s too late so you can create a life you genuinely love. Dr. Zhang’s expertise as a mindset and life coach also means that each episode is packed with actionable strategies to help you see results fast. Each week brings warmth, compassion, authenticity, and humor to topics like what it takes to lead a life well-lived, finding your purpose, being your authentic self, taking action despite fear and so much more.If you’re ready to make a change in your life and aren't afraid of some uncomfortable conversations along the way, then tune in to discover how to transform your life and lead from the heart with purpose, passion, perspective, and peace.
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Have you ever wanted to feel happier but just didn't know how? Or when you do feel happy, it's temporary and just doesn't seem to last? You might feel like you're chasing little slivers of happiness and life is the daily slog that happens in between those moments. Well, the good news is it doesn't have to be that wayThis week, you'll hear about the ONE concept I learned that fundamentally changed my perspective on what it means to live and to be happy. At the end of this episode, you'll learn what we've been getting wrong about happiness, how we're secretly sabotaging ourselves, and what to do about it Topics discussed:can happiness be a choice? the two most common pitfalls related to happiness the fundamental concept that is at the root of all happiness or unhappinessfinding more points of control in our lives so we don't feel as helpless re-examining the conscious and unconscious expectations we have for our lives why humans are so uncomfortable with feeling helpless zooming out and using the 35,000 foot perspective to evaluate your life stressorswhat dying patients want you to know about happiness Want to feel happier in just 60 minutes? Book a free goal setting strategy session with me HERE. You'll leave the call with an empowered mindset and a straightforward plan of action so you can move forward with confidence  Website: luyikathyzhang.comInstagram: @purposefilter
Has anyone ever told you that you seem to have it all together and that they never would have guessed you struggle with self-doubt from the way your carry yourself? Well, that's exactly what my friend and former podcast guest Katrina Mcghee said to me in a recent phone call And my immediate thought was "actually, I struggle with CRIPPLING self-doubt!" Our discussion was so honest and open and raw that I knew we needed to share it so that you know you're not alone That self-doubt comes for all of us, even if the version of ourselves we present to the external world seems supremely confident at all timesThis podcast episode was excerpted from a recent Instagram Live between Katrina and IIn this episode we discuss:how self-doubt affects our energy and puts us in a hole we need to climb out ofthe interplay between not feeling like you belonged as a child and how self-doubt manifests in our adult lives how we manage self-doubt now when it ariseswho we would be if we totally trusted ourselves the possibility of what life would be like if we believed we were good enoughbringing more fun, curiosity, play and intention to every aspect of our lives If this podcast has helped you in any way, please leave us a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts and share your favorite episodes with friends!  Follow @purposefilter on Instagram for more inspirational content to help you overcome what stands between you and a life on your terms 
If you've ever set New Year's resolutions in the past only to break them by the third week of January, then consider this a sign to listen in so you can finally break that old habit for good! In this week's episode, we'll uncover FIVE wildly effective ways to make 2023 your BEST. YEAR. EVER! Topics discussed:the #1 reason why starting the new year off with intention is so effectivehow having a unifying theme to your year will harness your unconscious mind to help you achieve your goals the incredible power of visualization and how to leverage it in any aspect of your life what it means to be in "alignment"how taking action alone without guidance can actually hurt your chances of successwhy mastering one task causes a massive ripple effect for everything else in your life the power of asking yourself  "what would I do differently?"the uncomfortable imaginary scenario that could fundamentally change the way you live out the next 365 days of your life And as mentioned in the episode, I'm giving away 8 FREE (!) personalized mindset and strategy sessions to help you accomplish a specific goal you're working on in 2023.This is an incredible opportunity to start the year off on the right foot! You'll walk away without those pesky limiting beliefs that were holding you back and step forward with a clear, step-by-step action plan to turn your desires into reality. It's a limited time offer so click HERE to claim your spot! 
As we wrap up another year, I hope you take some time for restoration and rejuvenation this holiday season That's why The Purpose Filter podcast is taking a much needed winter break New episodes return on Wednesday January 11th, 2023! And as a reminder for the rest of this year, there are no "should"s and there is no "supposed to". This holiday season, I hope that you get to surround yourself with the people who bring you joy, and I hope that you get some much needed rest.I hope that you're able to look back at the past 365 days with some clarity and perhaps some gratitude for how far you have come this past year. You've done a lot and there's no pressure to catch up on all your favorite podcasts this holiday season or to not eat what you really want to eat because you're afraid of gaining weight.Forget about all of that and just live. If you're looking for some audio content, take a listen to episode 15 titled, Do This One Exercise to End Your Year on a High Note. My husband and I do this every year, and I guarantee you will love completing this exercise with your family as well. There's also episodes 16 through 18, the "New Year Purposeful You" series that I did earlier this year to make sure you start off 2023 with intention and purpose.Finally,  it has been SUCH an honor to be in your ears this year. I hope that you have had as much evolution and growth in your life as I've had in mind creating these episodes for you.Thank you for trusting me with the precious and valuable resource of your time.  I cannot wait to see what 2023 brings for all of us—more passion, more joy, more meaning, more fun, more contribution, more interviews, and just more LIFE. And until then, take care of yourselves and take care of each other. Happy holidays, have a wonderful new year, and I will see you on January 11th, 2023!!
You learned last week on episode 62 about the 5 personality subtypes of impostor syndrome, so we’re taking you even deeper and discussing the 5 myths you NEED to know to finally stop feeling like the fraud that you’ve NEVER been Topics discussed in this episode:refresh of the 5 personality subtypes of impostor syndrome from episode 62the 5 myths of impostor syndrome and why people fall into the trap of believing them The one and ONLY difference between people who feel like impostors and people who don’t mastering the ability to tolerate temporary discomfort for long term growththe relationship between psychological threats, stereotypes of belonging to any minority group and how it manifests as impostor syndrome real life stories from some of the best and brightest people who also felt like frauds despite their massive successchanging the narrative and associations of impostor syndrome FOLLOW and SUBSCRIBE to the show so you're the first to know when the next episode drops!If you have a goal you’ve set for 2023, then you’re in luck because I’m opening my calendar up to a few lucky people who are committed to taking ACTION to CREATE the life they truly want. So follow me on Instagram @purposefilter and keep an eye out to sign up to receive a comprehensive goal setting strategy session that’s valued at $300… for FREE! Website:  luyikathyzhang.com  
How is it that every single time you try something new,  imposter syndrome seems to rear its ugly head? Well, maybe because there's actually FIVE different personality subtypes of imposter syndrome!That's exactly what we'll be discussing in this episode so you can determine exactly which one of these personalities you resonate with the most, what problems are often associated with it and how to shift your mindset so you can stop feeling like a fraud NOWTopics discussed during this episode:brief origin of the term 'imposter syndrome'the harmful subconscious effects of calling it a "syndrome" the 5 subtypes of impostor syndrome as popularized by Dr. Valerie Youngwhy we relate to imperfect characters in stories or movies reframing mistakes as an integral part of growth rather than a sign that something has gone wrongdebunking the myth of the "lone wolf" success story Colin Powell's 40/70 rule for decision-making and how to apply it to your lifeuntangling your identity and self-worth from external measures of success On an upcoming episode, we'll dive deeper into imposter syndrome, the myths behind it, and how to dispel those myths so you feel more confident and empowered in the futureSo be sure to FOLLOW and SUBSCRIBE to the show so you're the first to know when the next episode drops!Follow me on Instagram @purposefilter for more powerful ways to master your mindset and life your best life with the time you have left  Have something you're struggling with and want a FREE 1:1 mindset coaching session? Head to luyikathyzhang.com and book a call! I'll help you break through a limiting belief that's holding you back and if you're interested, you can learn more about my coaching services at the end 
What's something that has significantly makes us happier, healthier and more fulfilled, that the vast majority of people only do once a year? If you guessed gratitude (judging by the title), then you're absolutely RIGHT! We already know that gratitude has INCREDIBLE health benefits, like lowering the risk of major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, nicotine, alcohol, drug dependence, and abuse, not to mention all of the emotional benefits on our mental health as well. AND it turns out that what we've been told about how to practice gratitude is actually NOT the best way to get the most out of it So if you've always wanted to create a more consistent gratitude practice and you just haven't been able to do it, then this week's episode is a must listen Topics discussed in this episode:why gratitude matterswhy conventional wisdom about gratitude practices may not be the most effectivehow to create a gratitude practice to maximize the health benefits in the least amount of time the neural circuitry involved in gratitude how our primitive brains are wired to feel negative emotionsthe importance of intention behind our actionswhat it means to "invest" in gratituderesearch studies and evidence supporting gratitude as a fundamental practice in our everyday life how dying patients find ways to be grateful even in the face of unimaginable circumstances As always, thank you for supporting this podcast and we'd love to hear from you! Leave us a rating and review on Apple podcasts, and share this episode with a friend  If you’re a professional woman of color who wants to break old limiting patterns, feel empowered and discover your true potential, then click here to book a free coaching consultation!  Follow me on Instagram 
Have you ever tried to quit a bad habit yet failed to make a lasting change? You were motivated, you knew what was at stake and yet you went back to your old ways faster than you could say "whiplash"What if I told you there something you could do that would EXPONENTIALLY increase your chances of achieving any goal you set for yourself? Well, that's exactly what this week's episode is all about! Tune in this week to learn how to leverage the power of this lesson and use it in your own life. Because while achieving goals are great, it's about SO much more than that. It's about creating an incredible life that you're proud of and seeing what you as a human being are capable of. Because, look, we're only here for a short amount of time, so we might as well make the most of it, right?Topics discussed in this episode:an emotional story about a young man and a mother's duty to her child how to use the human need for connection and community to help you crush your goalswhy feats of "hysterical strength" like lifting a car off a person can occur how to rid yourself of limiting beliefs and bad habits by using the pain-pleasure continuum of creating lasting change a powerful exercise to help you visualize your future and the consequences of maintaining the status quo versus making a necessary change If you’re a professional woman of color who wants to break old limiting patterns, feel empowered and go from where you are to where you want to be, then click on my website luyikathyzhang.com to book a free coaching consultation! I'll be your guide every step of the way on the journey to from "stuck" to your most empowered, authentic self."The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."  - Chinese proverbConnect with me on Facebook and Instagram
How is it that two people who start out under the exact same circumstances can get to the end of their life in totally different places?How does one radically transform their life while the other stays exactly where they are? The answer, as with most things is MINDSET. In this week's episode I share with you the 4 words that could be the difference between being chained to your past or breaking free and creating your own destiny.  Topics discussed in this episode:Profound insights and lessons learned from personal development seminarsThe 4 word phrase that will shift the way you see your past, present and futureThe relationship between thoughts, limiting beliefs, feelings and your true inner selfHow to unlearn destructive thought patterns Harnessing human potential to walk on 2000 degree hot coals The innate strength and power every human being possesses withinThe easiest and fastest way to close the gap between your present self and your future goals If you’re a professional woman of color who wants to break old limiting patterns, feel empowered and go from where you are to where you want to be, then click on my website luyikathyzhang.com to book a free coaching consultation! I'll be your guide every step of the way on the journey to your most authentic self. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."  - Chinese proverbConnect with me on Facebook and Instagram
Picture this: you spot an attractive person across the room and you start walking over to introduce yourself but they panic sets in and you awkwardly run away to hide Or you finally muster up the courage to ask your boss for a promotion, only to talk yourself out of it because "what's the point in even asking?"Sound familiar? If you've ever been on the brink of putting yourself out there, whether in pursuit of a romantic partner, a job opportunity or even a discount on your next purchase, this episode is for you!You'll hear several examples from life, business and healthcare to hammer home the life-changing magic of asking a single question.  Because it only takes ONE question, ONE extra ounce of courage and effort to push past discomfort and RADICALLY change your life. Take it from me: my dying patients wish they had the opportunity that you and I still have—one that is too often taken for granted. It's time to be bold and ask for what you want and need—tune in this week to hear how! Topics discussed in this episode:the simple magic of the phrase "If you dont ask, the answer is NO"real world examples of how asking for what you want can get you a life saving organ or help start a billion dollar businesses how asking the right question can actually save you moneyhow one bold act of courage can change your entire lifethe 3-2-1 rule to help you take action when you're scaredthe power of word choice and phrasing when asking questionshow to ask questions that maximize your probability for a favorable response regrets of the dying If you've been positively impacted by this podcast and want to take your growth to the next level by working 1 on 1 with me as your coach, book a free call here! Together we'll help you break through the obstacles holding you back, change those deeply ingrained behaviors and thought patterns, and help you unlock your innate potential and achieve your goals as the best version of youEnjoying the show? Leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram.
Please note that this episode carries a trigger warning, as it covers topics related to death and suicide. Please listen with care.Whether or not we are aware of them, mental health issues exist within our families, workplaces, and communities and have a profound impact on nearly everyone we know.Today, I'm opening up and being completely vulnerable as I share my own mental health story in the hopes that it will shed some light on these issues, normalize the experiences that so many of us are having, and perhaps most importantly, help someone who is struggling to feel a little less alone.There were some hard-earned lessons I learned during the early days of navigating the trauma and loss of COVID. And I want to share those life-saving lessons with you in this episode, so you too can feel comfortable asking for help when you need it.Just remember, it’s OKAY not to be okay! In fact, it's possible for you to turn your worst pain into your greatest source of power. Tuning in today could be the first step.Topics discussed in this episode:The soul-sucking demands of being an early career physicianWhy it’s okay to not be okayTragic stories from the early days of COVID in New YorkThe importance of seeking professional mental health supportWhy your emotional well-being should be a top priorityAllowing yourself to feel your feelingsA reminder that you are not aloneHow to turn your deepest pain into a source of powerThe immense value of therapy and coachingWant to invest in your future? Head to luyikathyzhang.com to book a free consultation call to help you live on YOUR terms, not anyone else's. Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram.Head to Apple Podcasts to hear more episodes!
How would you like to be remembered? What are the stories that you want people to tell about you once you’re gone?Answering these questions has everything to do with the legacy you’d like to leave behind. By knowing and understanding this, you can reverse engineer your life so that you are living with purpose and passion today.We can all name someone who has left a profound and lasting impression on us, even long after they are gone. Whether it’s someone you knew personally or a famous figure in history, what influential people have in common the most isn’t their achievements, wealth, or physical characteristics, it’s the impact they have on the lives of others.It might sound cliché, but today could be the first day of the rest of your life! Only YOU can write the stories that people will tell about you for years to come.To ensure that who you are now more closely aligns with the person that you aspire to be, tune in for some guidance and actionable strategies from Dr. Kathy Zhang!Topics discussed in this episode:Knowing where we come from to visualize where we're goingWhy money isn’t everythingWays to gain perspective on what truly mattersHow death forces us to reflect on lifeWhy storytelling is the essence of human communication and connection Why looking backward is essential to moving forwardThe stories people will tell about you when you’re goneWhat would you say about yourself if the “past you” died today?How to change the trajectory of your life right now!If you want to invest in your future and rewrite the story of the rest of your life, head to luyikathyzhang.com to book a free consultation call!Connect with Dr. Kathy Zhang on Facebook and Instagram
Imagine what life would be like if you didn’t care about the opinions of others. If the thought of being judged by family, friends or colleagues didn’t make you pause and factor into your decision-making. Picture yourself wearing the clothes you feel comfortable in, and going after the job you are passionate about. If this sounds like a dream, then you’re in the right place.People pleasing is the topic of today’s episode, and Dr. Kathy Zhang opens the conversation with a thought-provoking prompt from Oprah: “As we move into fall… Can you leave behind anything that's no longer beneficial to you and the life that you want to live? What would moving on from this one thing free me to do?”The episode discusses the negative consequences of losing yourself in the perceptions of others and on the reasons we fall into the trap of people pleasing, including how to stop it.It’s time to reclaim your power and start living YOUR life with a “I don’t give a fuck energy.” Tune in to hear how you can get started!Topics discussed in this episode:A prompt for fall from OprahThe viral TikTok trend that helped inspire this episodeDownfalls of caring about what others think and the desire for approvalLetting the fear of others’ judgment amplify your own anxietiesTaking the easy route and avoiding judgmentKathy gives examples of letting others’ opinions change herDefending yourself and your desiresQuestions to ask yourself if you feel the urge to people pleaseWhat could you do if you didn't care what other people thought about you?Dr.  Zhang is opening up a few 1 on 1 coaching spots for anyone feeling stuck and who wants to rediscover their purpose and passion. If you’re wanting to invest in yourself and your future, head to luyikathyzhang.com to book a free consultation!Connect with Dr. Kathy on Facebook and Instagram.
There are so many aspects to living a life of fulfillment, but what if there was one area of your life you could improve that would spill over into all others? Sounds like a bit of a life hack. Well, it is, and we want to share it with you on today’s episode.Is your sex life fulfilling, or are you just going through the motions?The empowerment you get from knowing what you want in the bedroom and being able to speak up and ask for it, or the ability to say no, when no means no, is a crucial element to all aspects of your life. If you can stand up for yourself in these very vulnerable and intimate situations, the empowerment that happens outside of the bedroom will come naturally.This all starts with you and your willingness to make a decision to uplevel your life and stop living on autopilot.Joining us on this episode is Dr. Kelly Casperson. She is a urologist, author, and host of the incredibly successful and popular podcast, You Are Not Broken. Dr. Casperson’s mission is to empower women to live their best love lives, combining the power of mind, body, and relationships to joyously break down the societal barriers that are keeping women from awakening into their best intimate experience. Tune in to hear how you can create more joy and abundance in your life!Topics discussed in this episode:Dr. Casperson’s experience in a largely male dominated fieldWhat is it like becoming the first doctor in the familyBad advice Dr. Casperson received when she was becoming a doctorGiving yourself permission to step into your powerWhy your voice is important and uniqueWhat was Dr. Casperson’s turning point to change the way she lived her lifeApplying dying lessons now while we are livingWhy women feel their pleasure and themselves are not a priorityHow to move past shame and guilt surrounding sex and beyond Going from being pulled along for the ride to getting into the driver seatHow young people should re-frame purposeSharing the gift of awareness and presence Check out Dr. Kelly Casperson’s podcast, You Are Not Broken, on Apple Podcasts!Dr. Kathy Zhang is opening up a few 1 on 1 coaching spots for anyone feeling stuck and who wants to rediscover their purpose and passion. If you’re wanting to invest in yourself and your future, head to luyikathyzhang.com to book a free consultation!Connect with Dr. Kathy Zhang on Facebook and Instagram.
When someone compliments you, do you receive it with a thank you, or do you go on to diminish the compliment to make everyone feel more comfortable? Do you apologize for things that aren’t your responsibility?This is a common societal issue, especially for women. We’ve been taught that it is a bad thing to take up space in the world, and putting yourself last is praised. This whole structure is upside down and needs to be corrected, because every single person deserves to have space and to be heard, and we here at The Purpose Filter want to make that happen!In today’s episode, Dr. Kathy Zhang shares her experience growing up and being taught that being a quiet, subservient, good girl, is the way to gain people’s affections. This carried on into her adult life where she constantly put herself second thinking it was the right thing to do. Not only did it harm her, but it harmed her ability to give proper care to her patients.After realizing this, Dr. Kathy Zhang underwent extensive therapy and self work to correct years of conditioning telling her she doesn’t deserve to come first. Now, she has created healthy boundaries for herself where she has created a life where she comes first, within reason, and she wants to share how you can do this for yourself too.Tune in to hear 7 actionable strategies you can start using today that will help you overcome your fear of taking up space and stand in your power. You deserve it, so join us and learn how you can claim it!Topics discussed in this episode:Kathy’s history of not advocating for herselfHow we’ve been socialized to not take up space – especially womenThe downside of not taking up spaceWhen to yield your timeKathy’s graphic account of a time she didn’t advocate for herself and her health7 actionable strategies you can use to take up space today!Dr. Kathy Zhang is opening up a few 1 on 1 coaching spots for anyone feeling stuck and who wants to rediscover their purpose and passion. If you’re wanting to invest in yourself and your future, head to luyikathyzhang.com to book a free consultation!Connect with Dr. Kathy Zhang on Facebook and Instagram.
The Duality of Life

The Duality of Life

2022-09-2120:03

Two things can be true at the same time, like a half full or half empty water glass.I've seen my fair share of duality play out in palliative care where immense suffering can exist side by side with infinite love. And you can nurture this exact duality in your own life can help nurture more inner peace and comfort.This is the paradox that, if mastered, could totally change the your experience of life.  It's a muscle that can be strengthened just by practicing changing your perspective about your situation and recognizing where there are opposing forces in different aspects of your life, so you can hold space for all of it.Tune in to hear how you can strengthen your ability to hold two opposing ideas to create more fulfillment in your life. Topics discussed in this episode:The concept of being able to hold two opposite ideas at the same timeWhat is dualityHuman nature’s need to compartmentalize thingsDuality of emotions in major eventsThe importance of perspective when dealing with dualityCan you hold space for two opposing forces?Action item for the week!I'm opening up a few 1 on 1 coaching spots for anyone feeling stuck and who wants to rediscover their purpose and passion. If you’re wanting to invest in yourself and your future, head to luyikathyzhang.com to book a free consultation!Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram.
"He did the crossword puzzle in INK." The sentence above doesn't make sense now, but once you listen to the episode, you'll understand why it's such a profound sentence and the inspiration for this week's message Most of us spend our days hiding our true nature because we're afraid of judgment or shame. We believe we won't fit in or be accepted by our peers. It seems easy, but we make it tough on ourselves because we are scared to uncover our truths, but the rewards are so worth it.What if I told you that being your most authentic self is actually the biggest gift you can give others? You'll hear how one dying patient's preferred writing utensil to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle was the best gift he could have given his family—the gift of knowing oneself.Tune in today to learn how you can start to live in alignment and what your life could look like when you do. Connect with Dr. Kathy Zhang on InstagramJoin The Purpose Filter podcast Listener Facebook group to connect with other growth-minded individuals who intend on soaking up everything life has to offer, and who wish to live an extraordinary life of purpose and impact as the person they most want to be 
We all have scars. Sometimes there’s an exciting story, or perhaps they’re from something a little less ‘cool’ and light-hearted. But what about the scars that aren’t visible? The ones that serve as a constant reminder of a past trauma, or something you’re ashamed to talk about. No matter how obvious your scars are to the outside world, each and every one of them has a story to tell. In the final throwback episode of this little break, we explore how to start healing from old wounds, and what we can do to turn our pain into our power. Learn how to turn the experiences that make your skin crawl and bring all of that discomfort bubbling to the surface, into your greatest weapon yet. It’s time to face your fears and see your scars for what they really are: beautiful, difficult challenges that make you who you are.  Tune in to hear how letting go of the weight of those scars can be the key to the inner peace you’ve been searching for all along.****This episode originally aired November 8, 2021 Topics discussed in this episode:Nothing good ever happens after 2AMWe all have scarsAddressing the things that make us uncomfortableLearn how to talk to your traumaJust because it happened to you doesn't mean it is youLetting go of the weight of your woundsBe proud and celebrate!Connect with Dr. Kathy Zhang on InstagramJoin The Purpose Filter podcast Listener Facebook group to connect with other growth-minded individuals who intend on soaking up everything life has to offer, and who wish to live an extraordinary life of purpose and impact as the person they most want to be 
Most of us don't feel as though we're good enough. Sound familiar? Confidence is a fickle figure and is closely related to feelings of self-worth. So many of us don’t feel confident in every, or even any aspect of our lives. But what if you understood that identity actually plays a significant role in how you perceive yourself?It can determine how you think, feel and plan for your future self, and can creep into all the different parts of your life. For some people, when your identity as one thing is so deeply wrapped up in who you are, any little cracks can throw you into a whirlwind of despair. It can lead to unhealthy romantic relationships and having unfair demands placed on you in the workplace. The first step to shifting the "not good enough" internal narrative is recognizing that what you’re up against is years and years of conditioning. The good news is it's possible to retrain your brain!In today’s episode, we want to reinforce the idea that you exist, therefore you are worthy. Your self-esteem and self-confidence is inherent, you just need to nurture it a little bit more. At the end of the episode, you will be left with an action item for the week, and that is to embrace the challenge of investing in and advocating for your future self. Tune in to hear about how to be more confident for your future self and make the most of your time on earth. ***This episode originally aired October 6, 2021***Topic discussed in this episode:Dr. Zhang’s journey from a shy child to a much more confident adultDetaching the end result from your self-worthIdentity plays a huge role in how you perceive yourselfYou exist, therefore you are worthyAdvocating for your future selfRecognizing your own role in your discomfortOur invitation to make the most of your time here on earthConnect with Dr. Kathy Zhang on Facebook and Instagram.Join the Purpose Filter Listener Facebook group to connect with like-minded growth-oriented people who are also in search of what it takes to lead a life well-lived! 
In a society built on instant gratification, from texts to same day shipping, when was the last time you gave yourself some peace and quiet? We have become so accustomed to daily distractions and chatter that even the thought of sitting in silence or there being a silent moment in a conversation creates a ton of anxiety. Join Dr. Zhang in this enlightening episode as she discusses how to she uses silence in her conversations with end of life patients to elicit profound and powerful responses to challenging situations and how you can apply these same principles to your life as well. At the end of the episode, you will be left with an action item for the week, and that is to ask yourself if you are able to allow empty space to just be empty rather than trying to fill it up. Give it a try and see if you can, and let us know about it!Tune in to hear how you can start using silence as a powerful tool to help propel your life forward and connect deeper with the world.Topic discussed in this episode:How uncomfortable we are with silenceHow we fill the silence with soundsHow we can use silence to our advantageSilence as an act of compassionThe profound information that comes out of silenceCan you sit in silence with yourself?The experience of connecting with your environmentWhy some people can't be alone with their thoughtsMy invitation to you to cultivate silenceNB: This episode originally aired October 20, 2021 and has been edited for content and length Connect with Dr. Kathy Zhang on Facebook and Instagram.
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