Thriving Through Uncertainty with Alisa Jones

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NOTE: This is a legacy episode from the Women Inspired podcast, before it transitioned to be the Building Psychological Strength podcast. While you will hear some mention of the Women Inspired brand during this episode, the content is highly relevant to the goals of Peak Mind, which is why we have included it here. Enjoy!

All of us are going to experience adversity in our lives, and undoubtedly, it will cause some despair and grief when it happens. Thriving through adversity requires healthy habits and purposeful living in daily life. In other words, if you want to improve your life, you need to work on intentional living.

Most of the time, we don’t get to choose whether we’re going to experience something difficult. Things simply happen.

However, what we do get to choose is whether we stay in that place of despair…..or whether we thrive through it.

This week, you’re going to meet Alisa Jones.

Alisa had her first seizure and was diagnosed with ecstatic epilepsy when she was 40-years old. Suddenly being a person who has seizures created an interesting set of obstacles and rules, but also an interesting set of possibilities. In the new book, Gotham Girl Interrupted, she shares a collection of comedic essays about life with epilepsy as a single mother in Manhattan.

This episode will give you the inspiration you need to THRIVE through uncertainty and adversity.

In this episode we cover:

  • The importance of not giving in to despair – When Alisa was diagnosed with epilepsy, she had a choice to make. She had to decide whether she was going to give in to the despair that she initially experienced or whether she was going to lean into the opportunity that was in front of her to help educate others on a condition that is very misunderstood.
  • Channeling your beginner’s mind – So many times, we rush through life to the point that we miss the moments in our lives that deserve to be savored. Being mindful of small details around you can help you calm you mind, it can snap you out of the passive mindset we typically operate in, and put you into a more active state of mind to live in the NOW.

5 Principles of Life Design

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Life design gives you the power to determine your future leading to greater fulfillment, success, and happiness; this episode covers five principles of life design.

This episode will change your life…if you let it. 

Life design, stemming from Stanford University professors Dave Evans and Bill Burnett and their seminal book on the topic, Designing Your Life, is about adjusting your approach to daily living. It goes beyond personal responsibility but rather about taking radical responsibility to create a life for yourself that achieves your personal goals. Using emotional intelligence allows life designers to live life without making fear based decisions and overcoming their greatest obstacles.

This week, we’re digging deep into the concept of Life Design. Specifically, we’re going over the 5 principles that you have to work within in order to experience the shift that Life Design has to offer. 

In this episode, you’ll hear first-hand why I am so passionate about Life Design. You’ll hear about my own confrontation with mortality and the license, permission, and motivation it gave me. I want that same thing for you. 

We’ll go over the 5 principles and what they mean at their core.  

I’ll challenge you to look for them in your own life.  

My biggest goal for you is that you live like your life depends on it…because it does. Tune in to this episode and allow it to change your life for the better!