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Mind Over Matter

Posted by Courtney Cyron on Oct 31, 2022 2:59:12 PM

There’s a stigma associated with being an introvert. People say introverts are more often shy,mental-health-g00a99b993_1920 soft-spoken, and stay to themselves; “they” say introverts are not good public speakers, team leaders, or marketers. Sure, people say these things, but how true are they really? If the true definition of an introvert is simply that they are re-energized by spending quiet time with themselves, then what do any of those characteristics or skills have to do with being introverted?

Teresia Garad will tell you the fact of the matter is that those skills and characteristics have absolutely nothing to do with being an introvert. Introverts can be just as good as extroverts at anything, if they choose. An introvert may be drained by being a public speaker or spending their day marketing a new product or idea that they’re working on, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be truly excellent and enjoy doing those things. The idea that being an introvert means there are certain things that you can’t do, or won’t be any good at, is a negative narrative that has, unfortunately, just sort of been socially accepted. This has led to a huge value being placed on extroversion. The reality is the idea that being an extrovert makes you more valuable is a farce. 

The issue that Teresia really boils it all down to is that accepting these external beliefs as our own can cause us to opt-out of certain dreams and goals and limit what we are even capable of having, much less achieving. If the job we have, or the life we’re living feels uncomfortable to us, we have an obligation to make a change and design the life that we enjoy and are passionate about. 

This is the mindset that Teresia has for herself, that has come from experience. She found herself pursuing an education in chemical engineering that, while she was good at, she didn’t truly enjoy. She then pursued higher education in the healthcare industry, and while this may have fit a little better, for a time, she has realized that healthcare was not the complete story either.  Each step of her journey to becoming a Certified Life and Mindset Coach was about having the courage to grow and change in order to create a life that she was truly passionate about. 

From her background in healthcare she has found several themes to be true, the biggest being that “life becomes more complicated the older you get, and the more complicated life gets the more critical the need for a well-managed mind becomes.” She says that she sees several stress-related health conditions that show up as our lives get more and more complicated and fail to adapt our mindset management skills accordingly. 

This is where her coaching in mindset management can pay dividends for both introverts and extroverts. “Everybody has mindset drama,” Teresia says, “it’s a matter of the way you take control of how you think and see the world around you.” With Teresia’s two pronged approach in this session, you’ll learn how to take control of your thoughts and question them as the day goes on. We have around 30,000 thoughts a day that go largely unsupervised!  To live a productive and fulfilled life it is imperative that we are conscious of our thinking and intentionally create thoughts that are aligned with our goals. This is where the critical skills of mindset work come into play. The mind is like a muscle and having the skills to train your mind to focus on thoughts that lead to living a life you’re passionate about is the key to true success. 

While the session title may say that the main focus is on introverts, there will be skills that both introverts and extroverts can benefit from. Every person can benefit from the skills to build a mindset that feeds the life they want to live. Teresia’s session on cultivating a winning mindset will be on November 3rd, 2022 from 6:00-7:00 PM ET, and you won’t want to miss it. The foundational skills you will gain from this session will give you the opportunity to start working your mind as a muscle and work toward a life you’re truly passionate about.

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Topics: Career, Interview, Life, You, Mindfulness, Leading Ourselves, Self-Awareness, Career Development, Career Possibilities, Empowerment, Self-Reflection, #WESTevent, STEM Women, STEM Leadership, Strong Women, Strong World, Introvert

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