“To optimize your mental wellness disconnect from the ‘shoulds’”, with Lee Chaix McDonough and Beau Henderson

Beau Henderson
Nov 3, 2019 · 14 min read

Disconnect from the “shoulds.” Many of us go through life with a non-stop recording of what we “should” be doing, and all of those shoulds can kill our confidence and our motivation. It’s time to stop “shoulding” on yourself! The next time your inner critic pipes up with you what you’re doing wrong or should be doing instead, create some emotional distance between yourself and the thought. So if your critic says, “You’ll never land that client,” simply say, “I’m having the thought that I’ll never land that client.” You can even take it a step further and say, “I’m noticing that I’m having the thought that I’ll never land that client.” This simple language trick allows you to separate yourself and your identity from your thoughts, and in that separation, you create space for choice. You get to decide whether the thought is helpful or not, and whether you want to buy into it. Most importantly, you remind yourself that you are not your thoughts, and just because your mind says something doesn’t make it true.

As a part of my series about the “5 Things Anyone Can Do To Optimize Their Mental Wellness” I had the pleasure of interviewing Lee Chaix McDonough, Founder and CEO of Coach with Clarity®. Lee is a business coach who serves coaches and entrepreneurs seeking to leverage their intuition as they grow profitable businesses and fulfilling lives. She is the force behind Coach with Clarity, a membership site for intuitive, heart-centered coaches, and the host of the Coach with Clarity podcast. She is also the author of the #1 Amazon book, ACT On Your Business: Braving the storms of entrepreneurship and creating success through meaning, mindset, and mindfulness. After over a decade as a clinical social worker and public health professional, Lee entered the coaching field to serve spiritually minded entrepreneurs. Her coaching philosophy fuses the principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Energy Leadership, and mindfulness in order to help her clients excel at entrepreneurship and transform their lives.

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