How to Develop the Perfect Resume to Land Your Dream Role

How to Develop the Perfect Resume to Land Your Dream Role

When job seeking, your resume is the document that gets you through the door and in front of the hiring agent. But what goes into developing the perfect resume and what is it that makes you really stand out from the crowd in an oversaturated job market?

On today’s show, we are joined by Kris McGuigan, a top resume writer and careers advisor who is one of only 120 people worldwide to achieve the prestigious Academy of Certified Resume Writers Designation.

Kris’s passion is helping others to identify and unleash their potential. Figuring out the best way to market themselves and representing all of the value that individuals can bring to the marketplace.

Today she’ll be walking you through the steps of how you can ensure you have the best resume possible as you embark on your search for a new career.

On today’s podcast:

  • What needs to be on your resume?
  • Should you enlist the help of a professional resume writer?
  • How regularly should you update your resume?
  • Should you tailor your resume to specific job roles?
  • Three things the modern resume should have


Should you enlist the help of a professional resume writer?

These days our resumes are so much more than a chronological listing of the jobs we have done. The modern resume is a marketing document that needs to sell you, the job seeker and make you stand out from the crowd.

Research shows that working with a professional writer can make you 40% more likely to get noticed by either a recruiter or hiring agent. Kris believes that a professional writer can help you to ensure that you not only have the most updated and relevant information on your resume but will guarantee that it meets with modern practices.

It will ultimately give you the best opportunity of getting past the gatekeeper and in front of your prospective employer.

How regularly should you update your resume?

“Dig your well before you’re thirsty.” is the mantra Kris adopts.

You want to make sure that you have an updated personal brand and that you’re ready for any unforeseen circumstances. Whether that’s a change in the market and you find yourself out of work, or there is a promotion you’re being considered for.

You don’t want to find yourself in a time driven situation in which you need to update a document you haven’t looked at for ten years.

Kris’s belief is that it much better serves your career to have an ongoing document that you can use, can be proud of and can properly reflect your current brand at any given time.

Should you tailor your resume to specific job roles?

Individuals should have a single resume and there are very few outlying circumstances, however, your resume should use position specific language.

Having individual resumes that are specifically tailored to each job for which you are applying has the potential to create a schizophrenic job search in place of a search that is clearly focussed.

It is important to have an idea of the direction you are trying to go in and then market yourself appropriately, incorporating position-specific language, and aligning it across your resume and your LinkedIn profile.

Changing your resume for every job you apply for can quickly become disorganized, confuse recruiters and cause you to rack your brains trying to remember which version you sent across to the person on the other end of the phone.

Three things the modern resume must have

Ensure your resume meets these criteria to give yourself the best chance for success.

  1. Position specific language

Nowadays your resume will pass through a series of different automated filters (Applicant Tracking Software Systems). These filters act as the gatekeeper to the hiring agent on the other side and are specifically looking for keywords, so you need to make sure you have incorporated the correct language that is relevant to your industry and position.

  1. Results oriented detail

Be sure to outline what you have accomplished and the things you have achieved that can add to the bottom line of the organization to which you are applying.

Your resume should be a snapshot of your greatest career accomplishments, rather than a laundry list of all of your job duties. Describe these achievements in a manner that makes it easy for potential employers to understand your return on investment.

  1. Eye-catching presentation

Your resume is a marketing tool and you need to use it as such. You have less than seven seconds to capture the interest of a recruiter. Good use of white space and a modern font can greatly increase your chances.

Kris’s final tip for modernizing your resume in less than 10 seconds? Stop using Times New Roman.

Shifting Your Mindset from Lack to Abundance for a Happier Life

Shifting Your Mindset from Lack to Abundance for a Happier Life

We’re joined by Christy Whitman. A bestselling author of The Art of Having it All, and an abundance coach.

Christy says abundance means all kind of energy, including love, time, opportunities, options, freedom, and money.

As human beings, we know more lack and limitation than abundance, and when anyone is feeling bad or a low-level emotion, it’s because they are in lack.

By working with the human-ness of the person, Christy helps people energetically and mindset-wise.

She helps to put in practical terms of what to do in your daily life to shift your energy from lack to abundance. Once you make this shift, things in your life will change.

On today’s podcast:

  • The guidance to abundance
  • Supporting people in becoming more abundant
  • Challenging our own beliefs
  • Living an unlimited life
  • The Art of Having it All
  • Christy’s coaching programme


The guidance to abundance

When people look for a coach, it’s usually because something in their life isn’t working. It could be their love life or frustrations with health, which are just conditions and circumstances around what we experience.

Christy says these frustrations present as a condition, so she goes deeper to see why that person attracted and created it. They then take the lessons and are rebirthed into a new being.

Supporting people in becoming more abundant

As human beings, we are energy towers which send out signals all day every day. Our energetic connections with things determine whether we attract or repel it.

When you send out a different signal, it will be attracted to you. Look at your belief system and see if you are holding onto lack and limitation with conditioning.

Challenge where your life isn’t working and know that you don’t need to be victim to it.

Challenging our own beliefs

Any negative emotion we experience comes from lack. We don’t have to know the emotion we’re feeling, just know that lack is the root of it.

When Christy felt a negative emotion during a massage, she asked herself what the cause of it was. Part of her believed she’d used up all of her success, and she wasn’t even aware of it.

She gave that part of her reassurance and wrapped that part in abundance by thinking of something which made her feel joyful.

We deliberately choose the way we want to feel, and when we acknowledge and change that, things in our outer reality start to change.

Living an unlimited life

Finding the secret to success is inside you in the energy. It’s a continuous journey which you have to work on every day.

Christy says when she connects with the energy inside her, she brings the sense of joy into her life.

Feeling like you’re far from having it all is not knowing who you are and being attached to the physical world. These things appear real, but they’re not. They’re materialistic and can be changed by your consciousness.

The Art of Having it All

A lot of the time, we want to control everything and make things happen us. We think we’re running the universe.

People who like to have control want their world to feel safe, so want everything their way. This prevents the realm of the magical to come in and make things easier so it’s not so frightening.

Christy’s coaching programme

In 2008, Christy was a coach and was doing well. Within the space of a week, she had four different people ask her to certify them but it wasn’t something she offered.

She took it as a sign and put pen to paper on what the programme would look like. She has been certifying coaches ever since. The Quantum Success Learning Academy is a place where you get to learn about energy and the universe laws, shift and heal, and prepare to help someone else.

The Six Keys to Success with Karl Mecklenburg

The Six Keys to Success with Karl Mecklenburg

On today’s podcast, we’re joined by former professional athlete Karl Mecklenburg about the six keys to success.

When we walk about leadership, the challenges everyone faces are universal. Karl has spoken to many organizations, and he sees similar challenges in all of them.

His six keys to success are teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty and forgiveness, and goal setting. Here he breaks down each key and tells us how to apply it to the challenges you face in your life and business.

On today’s podcast:

  • Teamwork with leadership
  • Courage with decisiveness
  • Dedication with constant learning
  • Desire to keep moving towards your goal
  • Honesty and forgiveness
  • Goal setting


Teamwork with leadership

You have to understand what the team goals are, and what that overriding passion is. These goals have to be clear and consistent, and they have to be a cornerstone of the organization for everyone involved.

Those goals need to be understood by everybody and talked about by leadership constantly. Create teamwork by saying the goals are bigger than one person.

When someone doesn’t show teamwork and doesn’t buy into the team, it is the main reason for letting them go. If someone is gifted but isn’t involved, they will help in the short-term but will be damaging in the long-term. Enforce what is important.

Courage with decisiveness

Having the courage to try new things and to be decisive is key. Be prepared, always anticipate what’s coming, and take a step before anyone else does.

You have to trust yourself to be decisive and have the courage to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone as it keeps you up with change.

Things never go right at first, but you need to have the courage to keep trying. Don’t give up or quit if something is important to you. People fail, that’s what being a human being is, but you have to believe in yourself.

Dedication with constant learning

Karl says that anywhere he can find a new input to continue his learning, he tries to do it. If you can take one thing away from every piece of learning you try, it’ll make you better and this is vital for keeping up with change.

Have extravagant long-term goals for every part of your life, and think about how you can apply those to the challenges you face. Big dreams mean you will run into obstacles, but success is overcoming those.

Desire to keep moving towards your goal

If you know where your desire is, you can start working towards it. Have a boiled down message in ten words or less of where you want to be and what’s important to you.

When you have to make a decision, you can refer to your message and make the right choice. Keeping the desire burning is what will get you over the hump when you feel like quitting.

Honesty and forgiveness

As a human being, you will have the tendency to think “that’s not my fault” when something goes wrong.

Karl talks about the honesty from the NFL and how it’s missing in the business world. If you can build a culture where people are able to say they were wrong, everything will work better.

Forgiveness starts with yourself, as you need to be able to forgive yourself for mistakes before you can forgive someone else. If you’re a leader, you should know the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Don’t put someone in a situation where they’re going to fail.

Goal setting

When you have goals set for your business, it will drive your desire and your honesty and forgiveness.

Karl says that one person can make a huge difference in a business if they step out of the middle group and become a leader. Give people opportunities, and connect with them to be successful.

How to Set Goals Which You Make a Reality with Paul Cummings

How to Set Goals Which You Make Reality with Paul Cummings

On today’s podcast, we are joined by Paul Cummings where we discuss his new book It All Matters: 125 Strategies to Achieve Maximum Confidence, Clarity, Certainty, and Creativity.

This book took a decade to write, and stemmed from something which his grandfather told him. “When you decide what you really want, then and only then do you know that it all matters”.

Things that are important to you are defined by what you want out of your journey to reaching your goals, and this book is all about maximising your journey to achieve what you want.

On today’s podcast:

  • The magic number – 86,400
  • Making a difference in people’s lives
  • The determination you need to make your goals a reality
  • The power of optimism
  • It All Matters: 125 Strategies to Achieve Maximum Confidence, Clarity, Certainty, and Creativity
  • Self-awareness and self-reflection


The magic number – 86,400

A friend once told Paul that 86,400 is how many seconds are in a day, and Paul says that once you manage your minutes then your life becomes magical.

If you have an idea which you’ve been thinking about, and you sat down for 15 minutes to really consider it and write things down, that could be the catalyst for a real positive change.

When you sit down and focus yourself to say “today is a new day”, it can truly give you a new beginning. It’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that 86,400 renewal every day is a very uplifting and inspiring opportunity.

Making a difference in people’s lives

Paul says that goal-directed people operate with a uniquely different perspective, and he works on getting people to understand the power of goal setting and understanding the formula.

You need to understand the premise of goal setting as a real thing, write them down with a start and end date, and it’ll get you out of the “I should” business. Having a goal defined makes you live by “I will”.

The determination you need to make your goals a reality

When goals are deeply ingrained into a person and have become real, they inform every choice which is made. They define what you say no to, which is more important than what you say yes to.

Paul says that small steps are monumental, as people often get discouraged when goals are upsized so much we can no longer see them. You have to make sure goals really mean something to you, not to someone else.

The power of optimism

Paul says there are four things which he makes everyone he works with believe: you’re remarkable, you’re extraordinary, you’re someone special, you’re one of a kind.

You need to have certainty about the ability to you have, activate your awareness, be genuine, and be authentic.

If you ask better questions, you can put your negative voice to sleep. You have the capacity to do anything, it’s a fact and is the truth.

It All Matters: 125 Strategies to Achieve Maximum Confidence, Clarity, Certainty, and Creativity

When Paul was 19, he started journalling. Every day he would write down what he learned, what he gave, and what the lesson of the day was. He has done this for 41 years, and this is where the 125 strategies in his book have come from.

He says that when you get knocked down, that’s when you learn about yourself. Life happens to all of us, and every loss is a lesson.

Self-awareness and self-reflection

When talking about self-awareness and self-reflection, Paul says he’s not sure we do enough of it. Have the courage to reflect and be candidly honest with yourself about the areas where you need to get better.

Be the president of your own fan club, but in a genuine way and not an egotistical way. Taking 15 minutes in the morning to think about what you want to do and what you’ve done is a powerful tool.

Developing Routines to Action Your Priorities and Accept Realistic Expectations with Elizabeth Saunders

Developing Routines to Action Your Priorities and Accept Realistic Expectations

On today’s podcast, we are joined again by our resident expert in time management Elizabeth Grace Saunders.

We’ve been thinking about how to invest our time, and in the third installment, we discuss how to apply our previous topics, action-based priorities and setting realistic expectations, in practical ways.

Our priorities are things which are important to us, or things we value. We can action these by putting the time in our calendar for them to create a routine. When we think about having realistic expectations, it is making sure we’re living in the limited time we have.

On today’s podcast:

  • Routines and acceptance of realistic expectations
  • Identifying when you need more routines
  • Valuable routines to help you be successful
  • How do routines help?
  • Best tips for developing a routine
  • When you can’t stick to a routine
  • Divine Time Management: The Joy of Trusting God’s Loving Plans for You


Routines and acceptance of realistic expectations

When we’re being our best self and thinking in a righteous way, we are aware of our values and priorities, and of what’s important.

If we’re honest, most of the time we’re not necessarily in the mindset of “what does my best self-want to do?” as we get bogged down with other things, so our best self isn’t actively present in our mindset.

When we set routines in our best self-state which supports what we want to do, we can make progress to act in accordance with our best self at all times. By setting a routine and adding it to our calendar, that priority becomes a recurring event in our calendar which puts accountability in place.

Elizabeth says that routine comes naturally for some people, but building routines are something everyone can improve on. We can all improve our ability to create a routine with consistent and persistent practice.

Identifying when you need more routines

If you’re living your dream life and everything you want to get done is happening, you probably don’t need routines.

But, if you think there’s more you want to get done or you find things stressful as you’re missing things out or completing things at the last minute, you probably need routines to make things a lot easier.

Valuable routines to help you be successful

Elizabeth says that self-care is essential, and everyone should have a bedtime routine and set times when they’re going to eat and exercise.

She has also found that everyone can benefit from planning a weekly or daily routine to think ahead about what you’re focusing on for the day or the week. This is essential if you have something in your life which you believe to be a priority but you’re not moving ahead with it.

Set time aside for your priorities, find a consistent way to put it into your calendar to move it forward, and commit to it.

How do routines help?

Routines help because they reduce the decision-making process. If you have an action for a priority in the calendar, you don’t need to think about how or when you’re going to do it.

You can also reduce resistance to spending time on your priorities if it’s scheduled, as it’s already clear what’s happening. When you follow a routine, time will naturally be aligned with your priorities.

Best tips for developing a routine

When developing a routine, start small. Only begin with one or two new routines you want in your life and put it in your calendar. Practice it for two or three weeks, and observe what does and doesn’t work.

After you have assessed what works, you can keep adapting and adjusting until you get something which sticks.

Elizabeth says people often try to create ten routines at once or try to train for a marathon before they’ve started exercising, which leads to frustration and quitting. Consistent practice is essential, get a coach in the form of a friend or coworker, and track your progress.

When you can’t stick to a routine

The minimum length of Elizabeth’s time management programme is three months because it’s natural for things to happen and for your routine to start slipping.

When you do go off-track, accept what’s happened, realize that you couldn’t control the situation, ask what you can learn, and think about how you can get back on track as quickly as possible.

If you go off-track for a day or a week, reflect on what happened and start again. Life is going to happen, so understand it, get over it, and get back to the routine.

Divine Time Management: The Joy of Trusting God’s Loving Plans for You

Elizabeth’s new book is about the journey to recognizing that there are things we can do to improve our lives to help us be successful.

She wrote it because she felt like she wasn’t telling the whole truth, as there were times in her own life where her time management skills weren’t enough. Elizabeth admits to misestimating or feeling overwhelmed, and shares that it is prayer which carries her through.

This book is to help people realize they don’t have to be on 24/7. Be at peace with what’s happening in your life, and accept and embrace who you really are.

Breakdown or Breakthrough? Jen Welter on the Pressure of Being the First Female NFL Coach

Breakdown or Breakthrough? Jen Welter on the Pressure of Being the First Female NFL Coach

On today’s podcast, we are joined by Jen Welter the first woman to coach in the NFL. She set the example for others to follow, as being the first meant she had no one to aspire to.

Jen tells us about women playing football, and how they do it for the love of the game. The first cheque she ever got for being a professional football player was when they won the Superbowl, and that cheque was for $12.

Her experiences translate into the game of life. If you have a passion, you shouldn’t see any door as being closed because of a perceived difference such as gender. Every opportunity she’s had to step up has been driven by those women in her team who inspire her and give fuel for her fire every day.

On today’s podcast:

  • Making the transition from playing football to working for the NFL
  • Setting the standards for others to follow
  • Lessons in Being Limitless
  • Could you walk a mile in these shoes?


Making the transition from playing football to working for the NFL

Jen wanted to take her practical experience of playing football and use her psychology background to provide a unique perspective to help athletes on their journey to greatness.

She says the NFL was larger than life and she never imagined she would coach, as she had no women to look up to so didn’t see it as a possibility.

She ended up coaching after playing men’s football for a season, which taught her to be a great teammate when she wasn’t a star as she was on the practice squad. Jen caught the attention of a coach when he was impressed by the dynamic of how close she and her team were, and he offered her a position as a coach.

Initially, Jen said no. She wasn’t prepared. But, he wouldn’t let her not do it so he took the job on her behalf and told her she couldn’t quit.

Setting the standards for others to follow

Jen had no one to aspire to, as she was the first female coach in the NFL, and she thought it was important to show that it could work for any other women who wanted to step into that role.

Brian Arians talked to players about bringing her in, and when they agreed he worked up to the top to tell them everyone was on board with having a female coach. By doing this, he put his reputation as a leader on the line, and the way he did it set the tone of it being a good thing and not a publicity stunt.

When Jen joined, she didn’t force the players to listen to her as they had chosen to. They knew she had something to add, and she was brought in because everyone believed it would work.

Lessons in Being Limitless

Jen has documented her journey to being the first female coach in her book Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL. Women playing football had been described as the “best-kept secret in sports”, but she didn’t want them to be a secret anymore.

She saw the book as a great opportunity to tell a story, and not a football story but a life story. There are many parts in the book which could be for anybody working hard for a dream.

Jen promised to stand up to any challenge presented to her throughout her career, which made her willing to make small steps forward towards bigger accomplishments.

Could you walk a mile in these shoes?

In her book, Jen wants people to find things which can be translated into their own lives. Can you have a great impact and be a good teammate, even when you’re the underdog?

She hopes for people to realize there’s a point in everyone’s lives where it’s either breakdown or breakthrough. Breakthrough comes when 99.9% of people would break down, and all you need is one more ounce of faith that will pull you through to find success.

How to Connect With Your Authentic Self, Personally and Professionally with Jenn Lederer

How to Connect With Your Authentic Self, Personally and Professionally

On today’s podcast, we are joined by motivational speaker and leadership coach Jenn Lederer about how to be your authentic self in your personal and professional life. She runs the Weekly Alignment podcast, which is described as ‘your source of accidental inspiration’.

Jenn says that people often only live from their neck up and don’t connect with anything below that. They become obsessed with how people observe them but don’t observe themselves. If you learn to connect with yourself, you are able to run a business which doesn’t overwhelm you.

When you are your authentic self, you no longer have to struggle. Jenn shares her top five tips for connecting with your authentic self, with actionable steps you can take in your life right now.

On today’s podcast:

  • Don’t apologize for existing
  • Professional leadership and gender bias
  • ‘But’ vs. ‘and’
  • Stop deferring your pleasure
  • How does it get better than this?
  • Communicate your boundaries



Don’t apologize for existing

When you bump into someone, do you say ‘sorry’ or ‘excuse me’? By saying sorry, you are subconsciously apologizing for being in that space to another person.

Allowing yourself to take up space in your personal life is key if you want to go into the world and make a difference. If you don’t believe you’re worthy, you won’t go out into the world and take up more space. There is a ripple effect on how you lead yourself and others in your personal life by using ‘excuse me’ rather than ‘sorry’.

Teams do best when everyone feels like they’re allowed and have permission to be seen and heard. If you start by saying ‘excuse me’ rather than ‘sorry’ in your professional life, it stops other people from being expected to apologize, even if an idea isn’t a great one.

Professional leadership and gender bias

If you think about male and female professionals in the workforce, it seems like there may not be an equality there for women to be able to say ‘my opinion matters’, and this is something which Jenn is very passionate about.

To overcome the gender bias in professional leadership, women need to not agree with any preconceived notion that they are less than or not worthy. If you don’t agree with it, you won’t act like it.

People around you can have as many beliefs as they want, but if you’re in a room and you know you’re worthy and add value, you will speak that way. You can’t control preconceived notions, but you can control how you react to it.

‘But’ vs. ‘and’

By using ‘but’ rather than ‘and’ when sharing an idea, you cut yourself off at the starting line and are met with ideas of why it can’t or won’t happen.

This tip is based on the improvisation rule of ‘yes and’, where if someone gives you a reality you have to build on it with ‘and’ rather than ‘but’. Using ‘but’ makes the energy and possibilities of an idea drop, so if you get into a habit of saying ‘and’ you can discern what is workable from this idea and how you build on it, rather than shutting yourself down.

By using this tip in your personal life, you will begin to notice how often your critical voice takes the lead. The path to an authentic self-begins with permission. Give yourself permission to take some space to explore who you are and how you want to show up in the world by using ‘and’.

‘And’ has a benefit in your professional life as teams work better when there’s a sense of freedom to explore. By using ‘and’, there is no right or wrong answer and all ideas are built upon. This creates a mindset of everyone working together, rather than being placed against each other in competition.

Stop deferring your pleasure

If you are a type A person, you reside in the all or nothing zone of life. If you’re on, you’re all the way on, and if you’re off the world won’t hear from you. If you get into the habit of checking in and asking what you want and desire in this moment, you can look for how you can create it in your life.

Pleasure is a birthright, yet society teaches us it’s no pain no gain, and that you have to spend 40-50 years proving yourself in order to enjoy the last part of your life. This mindset isn’t productive. Tap into what you want and be willing to go after it unapologetically.

In your personal life, shutting down desires subconsciously tells your body what you want doesn’t matter and that they aren’t as valid as your to-do list or money. This makes you diminish your own value. You need to be seen for who you are, and if you see yourself as not valued you won’t be able to put yourself out there.

Cultivating a professional environment of self-care is crucial for growth, so have conversations with your team on how they are taking care of themselves and working towards their goals outside of work. Not prioritizing self-care will generate resentment towards the rest of your team, yet it is your job to do this for yourself. Asking yourself what you want helps to deliver better results and prevents burnout.

How does it get better than this?

Throughout your day and in all situations, ask yourself “how does it get better than this?”. If things are challenging, this question strengthens the muscles to start looking for something more. The universe hears the message and answers the question by sending ideas, inspiration, thoughts, people, and opportunities.

If you’re having a good day, you can still ask the question. We are infinite beings who can’t reach full maxed out pleasure.

Asking this question in your personal life creates the practice of remembering you’re always supported. If you’re scared of something, ask the question as there is always a source behind you ready to answer. When you feel supported, it leads to you being able to take bigger risks, and getting used to asking is when we give ourselves permission to do so.

When a professional team is stuck and think they have uncovered everything they can, asking the question makes creative problem-solving. It will get your team used to look where you think you don’t need to look.

Communicate your boundaries

Our favorite excuse for not taking care of ourselves is that we are needed by other people. We think we have to spread ourselves thin because we’re needed, and if we set boundaries the world will collapse.

People aren’t counting on you to save them, but to remind them to save themselves. When you set a boundary, you’re not there all the time as no person can be, and it gives someone else the opportunity to step up.

A type A person finds value in being needed, and it’s how they convince themselves they are worthy. This practice in your personal life reminds you that with or without being needed, you are always valued. If you engage in self-care, you are refueled so that you can fully show up when you step back into your job. Setting boundaries shows other people around you that they can do it too.

If you have clear boundaries with your team, you create a sense of safety and understanding. When everyone has set their boundaries within a working environment, it encourages respect and the ability to find a middle ground to focus on a productive space and what is important.

Identifying Mindset Blocks and Preventing Burnout

Identifying Mindset Blocks and Preventing Burnout with Christine Springer

On today’s show, we talk to Christine Springer about burnout and mindset blocks. Burnout happens in every occupation as we are increasingly more busy, stressed and disconnected, so how do we keep ourselves from burnout and stay productive?

Christine has a medical background, which gives her the foundation of how she sees stress. Coaching others to avoid burnout started with a personal experience, as she thought her problem was due to needing a new productivity tool or to reassess her time management skills.

Instead, she realized that she had to change her expectations of herself and how she was engaging with her team in order to be more productive, present and happier at her job.

She now helps other people to change their mindset on how they relate to themselves and the people around them, to help them to keep doing the things they love. Burnout robs you of the desire and ability to do your job well, and Christine says she is “giving people their passion back”.

On today’s podcast:

  • What is a mindset block?
  • The most common mindset blocks which lead to burnout
  • Do personality traits make a person more susceptible to burnout?
  • How to identify a mindset block
  • Strategies to let go of mindset blocks and reduce burnout


What is a mindset block?

Your mindset is your thoughts and beliefs on rules of how the world works and how you operate, and a block is any thought you have which limits what you think is possible for yourself. Thoughts influence actions and lead to the results you get in life.

The biggest problem with a mindset block is that you don’t know you have one, as it typically hides as something you just think is the way it is.

Christine says the benefit of having a coach is that it’s hard to read your own label, and an outside perspective is needed to challenge the beliefs that are limiting you, to help you develop your leadership ability, and to avoid the spiral down to burnout.

The most common mindset blocks which lead to burnout

Christine says she sees regular mindset blocks which lead to burnout. The first is the belief of “if I can’t handle my workload, it means I’m weak or I suck at my job”, which is common amongst high achievers who are comfortable with working hard. They often feel guilty about resting or judge themselves for needing a break.

Needing a break is nothing to be ashamed of, and if you deny burnout is happening it will negatively impact your creativity. If you acknowledge it, it will improve your productivity and leadership.

The second mindset block which is seen often is the idea of “if I don’t do it myself, it won’t be done right”. This shows a person has fear of giving up control and can’t trust others, and also that they feel like they don’t have enough time to train anyone to do it as well as they can which leads to being worn out and overwhelmed.

Do personality traits make a person more susceptible to burnout?

There are three personality traits which increase the likelihood of someone experiencing a burnout:

Being a hyper-achiever: Self-worth is tied to the things you do and you feel lazy and worthless if you’re not doing anything, even if you recognize you’re tired and need a break.

  • Being a people pleaser: You have a fear of being viewed as lazy or not a team player if you say no and have trouble setting boundaries of what’s expected of you.
  • The imposter syndrome: Feeling like you don’t deserve the position you have, so you work harder to prove yourself.

How to identify a mindset block

The first way to identify a mindset block is by the language you use. If you use disempowered phrases like ‘I should’ or ‘I have to’ when you’re at work, it is a sign that you feel like you have to do something you don’t want to do.

If there is a persistent gap between what you say you want to do, such as taking a break, and what actually happens, as you end up working still, this is the second signal of a potential mindset block. We do the things we think are important, so if you don’t believe you’re worthy of a break, you won’t do it.

The third way to spot a mindset block is if you make excuses for why you have to be the person who is always taking on another task, even when you’re already overloaded.

Strategies to get go of mindset blocks and reduce burnout

You have to be responsible for your own energy, as when it drops so does your leadership ability, creativity, and decision-making. Christine recommends developing a mindfulness practice and mentions a PDF of mindfulness strategies at work which you can sign up for through her website.

Look at rest as a tool for performance and productivity rather than as a barrier, and get accountability through a coach, leadership team, or buddy. No one is ever objective about themselves, so accountability is good for connectivity and perspective.

How to Have Realistic Expectations for Your Time

How to Have Realistic Expectations for Your Time with Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Our resident expert on time management, Elizabeth Grace Saunders, joins us again on The Ultimate Leadership Podcast to talk about time investment and having realistic expectations with your time.

Last time we spoke to Elizabeth, she gave us some practical tips and tools we could use to effectively manage our time better. This time, we discuss how to approach organizing your time and how to stop feeling so overwhelmed and overloaded, to leave behind the guilt and to make you able to relax.

Elizabeth had her own struggles with time investment, as she didn’t have realistic expectations on how much she could fit into a day or a week, or on how to balance work with the company she was running with life. She overcame her time investment problems and has been helping other people overcome theirs for eight and a half years.

On today’s podcast:

  • The importance of have realistic expectations for your time
  • How to recognize whether or not you have realistic expectations
  • Tips on how to stop feeling overwhelmed and overloaded.
  • Be more organized with your time
  • Why do some people not want a sense of realistic time expectations?
  • Managing unrealistic expectations of others


The importance of having realistic expectations for your time

If you don’t have realistic expectations for your time, you will set yourself up for constantly feeling like a failure.

Elizabeth uses the example of how you feel when working on a project which you believe will take eight hours. If it ends up taking ten hours, you are left feeling frustrated. If the project takes the eight hours you expected, you feel good. But if it takes fewer hours, you end the project feeling amazing. These feelings aren’t associated with how long the project took, but with your expectation of how long it would take.

When you expect something to take a short amount of time and it takes longer, you beat yourself up unnecessarily, but if you are realistic with how long something will take you set yourself up for being and feeling like a success.

How to recognize whether or not you have realistic expectations

It’s likely that you have realistic expectations for your time if you are consistently able to meet the deadlines you set for yourself and if you are always feeling good about what you are achieving.

If you always feel like you’re behind, you’re not translating your work into your calendar to see if it fits, and you’re always saying yes to everything, Elizabeth says that you probably don’t have realistic expectations about how much you can fit into a day or a week.

Tips on how to stop feeling overwhelmed and overloaded

When you feel overwhelmed and overloaded by how much you’ve got going on, start out by identifying your time debt. If you are always running your schedule in time debt and committing to things which you don’t have time for, it will lead to stress.

In Elizabeth’s book How to Invest Your Time Like Money, she explains that you must list out all different parts of your life and put down how much time is invested in each thing. Once you have listed and tallied up every part of your life, you can compare it to the time budget available to you in the day or week.

Once you have figured out that some things don’t fit and have recognized you’re in time debt, you can start to take action from a place of empowerment rather than guilt. Make cuts from areas you consider to be lower priority, get to a balanced time budget and start to feel good about what you are doing.

Elizabeth recommends starting to say no at least once a week, either to others or to yourself, to begin to get towards a more realistic place with your time.

Be more organized with your time

One of the things which is essential for people who are typically late or disorganized with their time is to come to terms with the fact that organization takes time to learn.

It is important to remember that getting from one place to another takes time, as some people don’t think about the journey and how long it takes. Figure out what your step point is. If you’re often ten minutes late, tell yourself to be ten minutes early and aim for that. That way, you’re likely to be on time.

Get into the habit of setting aside time for rituals, like cleaning the house or taking time in your schedule to file some paper. Once you recognize that being organized takes time, you’re able to put yourself in a place of feeling on top of things.

Why do some people not want a sense of realistic time expectations?

A lot of people who are disorganized with their time think time has no limit, and so they get confused when reality wins and they end up being disappointed and overwhelmed.

People who don’t want a sense of realistic time expectations are often angry and can’t understand why they aren’t able to do the 500 things in their head. Once the feelings of anger have been acknowledged, then they can be worked on to reach a place of acceptance.

Managing unrealistic expectations of others

If you don’t tell someone they’re overloading you, they won’t know about it, so communication is essential. Take ownership of your time rather than putting yourself in a victim stance when you have too much on.

You need to say no nicely, as it’s part of setting expectations of what is and isn’t reasonable. Saying no doesn’t have to be abrasive or offensive, it’s about being clear and knowing your schedule. Elizabeth has tips on how to say no and how to let people know what is realistic with her ‘Learn How to Say No’ resource.

How to overcome fear to achieve your professional goals with Tricia Brouk

How to overcome fear of public speaking to achieve your professional goals with Tricia Brouk

How do you overcome a fear of the unknown in order to reach your goals?

After moving to New York city at the age of 20 to pursue a dance career, Tricia Brouk was faced with many obstacles while she was following her dream. She talks to us about embracing fear, rather than dwelling on it, and how using this technique has helped her success.

Tricia tells us about starting her second company, The Big Talk, and shares tips with us on how to put a plan together to reach your goals and how to manage fear within your career growth.

On today’s podcast:

  • Overcoming fear and achieving success
  • How to put a plan together to reach your goals
  • Discovering the power of social media
  • Tricia’s company – The Big Talk
  • Tips for embracing the fear of public speaking
  • How to manage fear and grow your success


Overcoming fear and achieving success

Tricia has rephrased ‘overcoming fear’ to ‘embracing fear’. She tells us that if you embrace the fear you feel about achieving your goals, it will make your ability to believe you can do it stronger.

When Tricia started her first company, her trick to succeeding was by not having fear of failing. She didn’t feel fear and dwell on it, she just did it. Tricia had the mindset of “If I failed, I would try again”.

How to put a plan together to reach your goals

When you have a goal that you want to reach, the first thing to consider is whether or not you are prepared for it. Have you done your homework? Have you researched? Are you really ready to take it to the next level?

Tricia says that once you have considered this, and if you feel that you are ready, then you need to just do it.

If you make a mistake along the way, ask for help. If you don’t know how to do something, ask someone who does. There are things within Tricia’s business which she doesn’t know how to do, such as embedding code, so has made sure she’s hired the right people to help her reach her business goals.

Discovering the power of social media

In the last year, Tricia has discovered the power of social media in promoting her business The Big Talk. Tricia only uses social media for business but was shocked at how people many people are driven to these platforms to promote and to connect.

If you’re scared of using social media for your business, let go of the fear. The power of social media exists, and you need to take advantage of it to market your business.

On social media, you won’t please everyone all of the time. But if your message is consistent and you use it in a positive way for your business, it will serve you well. You don’t have to use all of the social media platforms for success. Use a few which you love, and use them well to see amazing results.

Tricia’s company – The Big Talk

Tricia started directing Tedx talks and realised there was a need to help public speakers to identify their craft and deliver signature talks.

From this, she created The Big Talk to help clients to become more comfortable with writing and speaking. She then applied for her own TEDx licence, and TedxLincolnSquare was born.

When asked about leadership, Tricia tells us that she always felt like she wanted to help people, and believes she can lead people to see the best of who they can be as she is a natural leader herself.

Tips for embracing the fear of public speaking

The first step to overcoming the fear of public speaking is to acknowledge that you have fear. Know that it’s there and allow it to be there, but try not to get attached to it.

Tricia says that you have to rehearse your speech so that when the fear comes you don’t fall apart. Knowing that it’s there, and recognising it when it comes means that you can let it go.

If you make it about you and you make fear control you, your message won’t be heard by the audience. Your message is a gift to the audience, so it’s important to be well-rehearsed and ready to recognise and let go of the fear when it comes.

How to manage fear and grow your success

Tricia’s big tip for managing fear and continuing your success is to show up every day. Connecting to everyone you’re working with will help you to maintain and manage success.

You don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so put yourself out there and pick yourself back up if you do fail. Every day has to be about being truthful, authentic, making a difference, and being who you are, not who other people want you to be.