Searching for Meaning – Are You Aiming High Enough?

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Nov 7, 2014 - 12:55am

One of my favorite books is Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning.”

It’s a powerful book, divided into two parts.

Part One is an account of Frankl’s experiences as a prisoner in several concentration camps during the Second Word War. His recollections are sad, moving, and inspiring.

One of my favorite passages:


Blind Spots – We All Have Them

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 9:45am

I received touching comments from Episode 4 where I focused on Carol Dweck's book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.”

Here are a few:

“If you ever wanted to make a difference in the world, you certainly did change my world with this podcast.”

“What a great topic, Ana. I've read Dr. Dweck's book and it really had a positive impact in my life.”

“I started believing something very different, that this is a skill set that I can build with practice and intention.”

Learning about Growth and Fixed Mindset makes a difference, mainly when we realize that we have a growth mindset overall, yet a fixed mindset in certain critical areas. These fixed mindsets, of which we are usually unaware, stop us from being “So Good They Can't Ignore You” (could not resist the plug to Episode 5 about this other wonderful book ;).

All of us have these blind spots. That’s normal.

We are not aware of them until someone, or something forces us to see what we don’t see them.

Did you know that you have a visual blind spot in your eye?


Follow Your Passion – Worst Advice Ever?

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 - 10:03pm

Not long ago, I read a book entitled:

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

The author, Cal Newport, argues that “follow your passion” is bad advice.

So often, we hear this advice “follow your passion”, that we don't question its validity.

What I love about Cal Newport’s book is that it’s truly thought provoking, and questions that assumption that so many people have that “follow your passion” is the most effective way to find the work we love.


Growth Mindset – Yes, We Can Learn It

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 - 11:56pm

The secret of success for self-employed professionals is developing a growth mindset.

What does that mean?

Let me define the opposite – fixed mindset.


001: MINDSET ZONE intro

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Sep 26, 2014 - 1:32pm

I decided to record Episode 1 again, to give you a feeling of what  MINDSET ZONE is all about.

This way, you can choose to subscribe and follow the MINDSET ZONE podcast.

How Do Successful Salespeople Handle Rejection?

By: | Posted in: Get More Clients, Success Mindset, zviral | Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 - 11:10pm

dreamstime_xs_18686744smallerWe are social animals, and this means that we seek social acceptance and try to avoid being rejected.

Rejection hurts – it's a very negative feeling and for that reason many of us take great efforts to avoid that feeling.

What can we do about this?

How can we avoid the trap of procrastination to avoid rejection?


Creators of Our Lives

By: | Posted in: Inspirational, Success Mindset | Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 - 9:33pm

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
– Viktor E. Frankl

This is one of my favorite quotes.
Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who survived 3 years in Nazi concentration camps. There he lost his wife, his unborn child, his parents, and most of his friends, and in spite of all these terrible life circumstances, he rebuilt his life, remarried, had a child, developed a great psychotherapy model and wrote many books including the famous “Man's Search for Meaning.”

He must have had a great genetic set point for positivity and happiness, but he also worked a great deal on his mindset.

I love this quote because, we usually see a stimulus as something that activates a response almost automatically.

There Frankl sees a space.

A brief space where we have the power to choose our response.

A brief space where we can learn to be creators of our lives and not just be reactors.

Ready for a practical exercise?


Positivity and Boiling Water

By: | Posted in: Success Mindset | Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 - 10:11pm

You probably know how important it is to keep a positive mindset, yet sometimes it’s really hard to keep your optimism up.

When things are going bad in your life or business and you really try hard to focus on the positive, it doesn’t really seem to make a big difference in the overall picture.

If you find yourself in this situation, the tendency is to throw in the towel and give up.

But this would be like waiting for a pot of water to boil and, just because it takes time, you give up and turn off the heat.


How to Increase Your Positivity

By: | Posted in: Success Mindset | Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 - 8:17am

smileTake a minute to do this exercise:

  • Look around the room and count how many red objects you see.
  • Do it now before reading further. (more…)

Changing Is Two Steps Forward and One Backwards

By: | Posted in: Success Mindset | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 1:51pm

spiralOften when people think about changing something in their lives, they get paralyzed by the thought of change itself.

‘Typically they say to themselves:

  • I don't have enough will power to change.
  • I'm never going to be able to do it.
  • I tried it before and it didn't work

And any other excuses that their internal saboteur can think of (yes, you are not alone, everybody has a personal internal critical voice that tries to undermine their self-esteem, but that is a theme for another blog). (more…)