Staying positive and motivated can be difficult even during the best of times, and these last two years have been particularly challenging. Enter Jess Johnson (jessjohnsoncoaching.com), a certified life coach and therapist whose powerful mindset coaching can help stop patterns of self-doubt and self-sabotage, Imposter Syndrome and people-pleasing that prevent you from being your best self. Originally from Maryland, Kailua-based Johnson specializes in helping women manage emotions using a variety of mindset coaching techniques and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, or tapping), which helps to calm the nervous system and alleviate anxiety. Here, she shares with us her tips for reaching your personal potential.
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Slow down. Give yourself the space and grace to ask yourself, ‘Do I want to do this? Why is it important to me?’ instead of caving to the pressure to say yes to everyone.
Give your brain something to think about. Learn to identify the ways your thoughts impact your feelings and thus cause you to take action toward (or against) the results you want. When we take control of our thoughts and learn to think on purpose, we break unwanted patterns that aren’t getting us the results we want in life.
Normalize emotion. Learn to tell the difference between anxiety, fear and shame and what your emotions might be trying to tell you. Our brains are wired to keep us safe, which means they want us to stay in our comfort zones. If you don’t learn how to interpret your emotions and then create emotional safety for yourself, you never take new chances.
Hire a life coach. Oftentimes we can’t see what’s in front of us because our minds are too busy and our bodies are exhausted. Coaches help people back up from their lives in order to see the big picture and to see life from a new and fresh perspective. Just like a personal trainer helps you get better at fitness, a life coach helps you get better at life.