In today’s world, many things are changing. We are opening ourselves up to new ways of being mindful, being present, and being engaged in our own lives. This is translating in a million different ways in how we act in life and in work. One thing is for sure, we are waking up. This is exactly what has helped our next guest Jeanette Bronee get to where she is today. We’re talking mindfulness, self-care, and how technology fits into our lives and experiences. Jeanette is a Performance & Culture Strategist, International Keynote & TEDx Speaker, Author & Founder of Path for Life Inc. She is passionate about creating a Culture of C.A.R.E. that integrates tech and humanity so that we can unlock what truly drives performance, engagement and motivation from the inside out. This episode is amazing, if we do say so ourselves. Jeanette is deeply passionate about her work, and it shines through in this episode. Take a listen below!
Running time: 44:22
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Who are you and what are you most passionate about? (2:35)
I’ll start with my passion. I am driven by the idea that we can be our best selves, we can do all of the things that we love-without losing our health. I help leaders perform at their best, sustain their success, and stay healthy while doing so.
How much is technology a part of your life? (4:35)
I am a total techno-geek. For me, technology gives me a sense of freedom, allowing me to take my work with me.
How did you get to this point in your life and career? (5:58)
I originally was a Fashion and Marketing person. After having a major wakeup-call, I began to dive deeper into myself. I began to see the opportunities that arise when we find home within ourselves, by getting to know who we are and what we truly need.
I studied Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation, and this has totally impacted the path I found myself on, as well as how I teach in my work today.
How can mindfulness help us in leadership positions and in our everyday lives? (11:34)
Instead of saying to people “you’ve gotta let it go,” why don’t we change that narrative? The truth is, we can’t let many things go.
What we can do is let them be.
We can step back from our thoughts. Rather than identify with them, we can observe them.
Humans are often driven by fear- fear of ourselves, our dreams, our perceived lack of control.
When we tap into ourselves, we can get back into the drivers seat, observing our own thoughts rather than being controlled by them.
What is your philosophy of self-care? What guides it? (13:30)
Self-care is the foundation. For everything.
In today’s world, leaders are not engaging in the self-care that they (and everyone) need. They are getting burnt out and short-tempered, finding themselves on paths they may not be passionate about, and losing their creative vision. Ultimately, their business stops doing great because they are not doing great.
Many people view self-care as a treat at the end of a long day. However, self-care needs to infiltrate through every thing we do and every day we live.
Self-care= self awareness, self connection, self responsibility, self acceptance and self expression.
This translates into the community as compassion, respect, and empathy, totally changing how we relate to the world around us.
What blind spots do many leaders have? (16:47)
A lot of people think of self-care as something you need to do in order to work your best.
This isn’t true.
As humans, we are designed to be able to run on empty, as a survival mechanism.
We do this everyday.
We think that because we are still “working” and “functioning,” we are ok. We run ourselves dry because our bodies allow us to, and because society allows us to as well.
Our bodies allow us to live. We are nothing without it. So why do we fail to treat it with respect and care?
Many individuals in leadership positions forget this.
Everything we need is within us. It’s here, in this moment.
What is one form of technology that has profoundly changed your life? (20:00)
It sounds simple, but having the ability to answer email wherever I am has totally changed my life.
It allowed me to balance exploring and living while also accomplishing what I need to do for work.
How could technology impacted how we engage in mindfulness and self-inquiry? (20:30)
I am fascinated by AI, especially in its relation to how it can assist us in self-care and diving deeper into ourselves.
Its intelligence can allow us to learn things about ourselves we may not have known otherwise.
There are many open-ended questions as to what this technology can do for us, going into the future.
Your career has had many twists and turns. It seems like there was one pivotal moment in your life that shifted the course of your journey. What is one thing you wished you learned earlier? (25:13)
I wish I learned exactly what my life’s work consists of helping others with today.
I wish I took better care of myself. I wish I didn’t let myself burn out.
After the loss of my mother, I realized my priorities were skewed. I was forced to take a step back and really think about where I was directing my energy in relation to my life and my career.
All of my experiences taught me that I will never wholeheartedly give myself away to any company for the sake of a career. My self-care is much too important to allow myself to do that again.
So many people struggle with this- they are not seen at work, they are not appreciated. Ultimately, they are seen as disposable, instead of a unique human being. My goal is to help highlight this so we can change the narrative.
One book everyone should read? (32:32)
Exactly What To Say by Phil Jones
Favorite Podcast? (32:49)
The Learning Leader with Ryan Hawk
One app everyone should use? (33:11)
Note from Jeff: Check out Drafts
Most important skill of the future? (34:11)
To know yourself.
One thing everyone should do today? (34:50)
Tell your body “I need you. I love you, and I appreciate all that you do for me.”
Show gratitude to your body.
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