Episode #156:

How to Stop Being Hard on Yourself AND still be productive

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Episode #156: How to Stop Being Hard on Yourself AND still be productive


About the Episode:

In today's episode, we tackle the pervasive myth that being hard on oneself is necessary for success. We explore the origins and impacts of this belief, discussing how it is shaped by social conditioning, evolutionary biology, and generational trauma.

What You'll Learn:

  • Understanding the Negative Impact: Learn how the ingrained habit of self-criticism can adversely affect both mental and physical health, and why it's crucial to shift towards self-compassion.
  • Identifying Subtle Signs: Discover the less obvious ways self-criticism manifests, such as perfectionism, hyper-vigilance, and an inability to rest, and how to address them
  • Implementing Self-Compassion: Gain insights into practical exercises and mindset shifts that can help you cultivate a more compassionate approach to personal challenges and goals.
  • The Science of Self-Compassion: Explore compelling data that supports the benefits of self-compassion over self-criticism in achieving success and maintaining well-being.
  • Practical Strategies: The episode concludes with actionable advice on developing a growth mindset and recognizing triggers for self-criticism to foster lasting personal growth and fulfillment.

Tune in to understand why breaking free from the cycle of being hard on yourself to get more done is not just possible, but essential for true success and inner peace.


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The Empowered Brain: About the Podcast

This podcast is for all women, those that identify as leaders and those that don't, yet. You'll learn how to let go of guilt and self-doubt so you can show up with confidence everywhere you go. No more questioning if your idea is good enough to share, if it's worth it to speak up, or if you're a good enough leader. All that self-critical B.S. stops now. Listen in as masterful educator and Harvard grad physician, Dr. Vanessa Calderón, teaches you how to let go of the things standing in the way of your success as a leader. Get ready, this podcast will accelerate your personal and professional growth.


Dr. Vanessa Calderón, MD, MPP has over 20 years of leadership experience. She is a Harvard grad, ER physician, Life and Leadership coach, and a mother of 2. She's a first generation Latina and is dedicated to uplifting her community. She's the founder of the Latina Leadership Accelerator, where she uses education and coaching to support the personal and professional development of women at all stages of their lives and careers.


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