Too often we take ideas offered at face value, especially when it comes from influencers sharing their version of wisdom and success, but it’s important for you to question if these common approaches are truly helpful or actually harmful. This week, episode 114 of the Positively Living Podcast is about harmful mindset approaches!

In this episode of the Positively Living Podcast, my guest Valerie Friedlander shares the importance of taking a pause so that you can increase awareness, set conscious habits and start to identify and avoid harmful mindfulness trends. 

Valerie and I cover the following topics:

  • What mindset is and what it is not. 
  • When your mindset practice doesn’t apply to the obstacles and struggles in someone’s life.
  • The 3 well-intentioned but decidedly harmful mindset approaches people often use and how to spot, avoid, and do something different instead. 
  • The ONE thing you need to handle all three (the best first step for you to take).

Mindset work is a powerful and necessary approach to change, but like every tool we use in our life and business, we need to be sure we’re using the right one the right way. 

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