Have you struggled with things like perfectionism in your life before? Is there a way to flip difficult qualities from flaws to strengths? How can you lead a meaningful life and be present even in times of discomfort?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about Becoming Flawesome and the key to living an imperfectly authentic life with Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani.
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Meet Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani
Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani is the co-founder of Mindvalley, the world’s most powerful life transformation platform with an ever-growing 20 million-strong following. She is an entrepreneur, writer, international speaker, artist, and philanthropist based in Estonia and the author of the Live by Your Own Rules and 7 Days to Happiness online programs as well as the forthcoming book Becoming Flawesome: The Key to Living An Imperfectly Authentic Life (June 13; Hay House). Kristina’s content has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students by providing wisdom, life hacks, and healthy habit-building formulas curated and inspired by her 20 years in the personal growth industry. She has created life-changing courses with the field’s leading experts, such as Lisa Nichols, Michael B. Beckwith, Neale Donald Walsch, and many more. Kristina hosts her own podcast, Honest Conversations, and has interviewed over 200 specialists in the field of psychology and self-development.
In This Podcast
- What is “Flawsome”?
- Flip the script on your perfectionism
- Be careful with the obsession with “becoming better”
- Kristina’s advice to private practitioners
What is “Flawsome?”
Flawsome is recognizing your imperfections and finding your strength in that recognition, or in those imperfections. I think that every person has their own version of flawsome … every person is unique in their own way.Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani
The main idea behind Kristina’s “flawsome” is about coming to peace with yourself where you are in life, rather than fighting your current place in life and wishing that you were somewhere else.
There are some intrinsic qualities about each person that they can either choose to embrace and make the most out of, or they may decide to constantly push against them.
Being flawsome is about knowing your qualities, and how to make the most of them, and use them wisely, passionately, and in ways that serve you and your greater community.
So I think the main idea [behind] flawsome is having the courage to look those dragons [those qualities] in the eye and asking yourself, “What am I going to do with you guys?”Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani
Flip the script on your perfectionism
Would you call yourself a perfectionist? Has it always been something that you have struggled with?
Is there perhaps a way that you can use this trait differently, so that you and it work together, instead of fighting one another?
You do not have to cut your perfectionist trait out if it is an integral part of you; however, you can change the way that you work with it.
A better question [to ask yourself] is, “How can I turn this into my advantage rather than my disadvantage? How can I turn my flaw into my strength? … [Make] it into my blessing rather than my curse?” And that’s really the journey.Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani
Maybe you don’t like them, but they are there.
Can you be brave to identify the things that you struggle with, and brainstorm how you could flip it around to be something that actually helps you?
Be careful with the obsession with “becoming better”
It can be easy to attach another identity to yourself, especially one of constant “self-improvement”, and it becomes another thing that you check off of the to-do list instead of being intentional with it.
Don’t fall into the forever self-improvement trap because that is where many companies, service providers, and industries want you to be to purchase their products. As Kristina explains; develop your toolkit but don’t get stuck in it.
Learn the toolkit but [don’t] get stuck in it, and still remember that life is to be lived in this very moment and our human experience is about just being present with life and taking it as it is.Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani
You can be at peace with the past while also being aware of the present so that you can be intentional with the future that you want to help to create.
Kristina’s advice to private practitioners
Share your knowledge with the world. The information that you have can change and save lives, so make sure to share it with your clients, your community, and the world wherever you can reach it.
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Meet Joe Sanok
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