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Are you at a place in your life where you think you should have it all figured out by now? Heidi Gustafson is a Board-Certified Hypnotist and Mindset Coach who has taken all her life challenges and turned them into her superpower of creating a life that she loves… and she coaches midlife women to do the same! If you feel like you've tried everything and still don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. From painful divorce to retirement, chronic people pleasing to crushing self dou ...
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5 Marriages, 4 Children, 3 Divorces, 2 Dogs, 1 Joint Effort at Mastering Midlife. No one gets it right all the time. Especially when it comes to relationships, parenting, step-parenting and general ‘adulting’... Join Andrea McLean and Nick Feeney as they share their highs, lows and everything in between as they attempt to Master Midlife. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/masteringmidlifepodcast/ Andrea Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andreamclean1/ Nick Instagram: https://www.instagr ...
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Mastering Midlife podcast is for you if you’re in your 40s and 50s and asking yourself "what happened?" For those of us driven to succeed, but concerned about burnout in your work, career, and relationships. It’s the show that teaches you how to thrive when the world asks the most of you. This podcast will give you tried and tested better alternatives. Top-selling author and executive coach Mark J. Silverman shares his direct and meaningful conversations with world-leading experts in busines ...
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Do you struggle with saying no, justifying negative behavior, changing yourself to fit others' expectations, or feeling resentful when your kindness isn't reciprocated? Setting and upholding healthy boundaries is a common struggle for many women I talk to. In this episode you’ll learn: The aha moment that made me realize that my unhealthy or nonexi…
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I’m doing something a little different this week and answering a powerful question from a listener about learning how to trust our own decision-making. In this episode, you’ll learn: How we become trained to doubt ourselves from a young age What it really means to be selfish and how it affects our people-pleasing behaviors A powerful exercise you c…
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Does your people pleasing behavior have you feeling like you don’t even know who you are anymore? In this episode, you’ll learn: Why you can’t depend on others for your happiness and what problems arise when you do Three steps you can take to break free from the trap of people-pleasing and start listening to your own voice A powerful exercise you c…
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Perfectionism is a thief of happiness, joy, feeling successful, calm, content, fulfilled, or any feeling we'd like to have. It's an exhausting behavior that often causes chronic stress and burnout. But, you don't have to stay stuck in the cycle! In this episode, you’ll learn: What causes us to get into perfectionism and how it manifests in our live…
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Do you find it easier to keep the promises you make to others but struggle with the ones you make to yourself? In this episode, you’ll learn: How breaking promises to ourselves can affect our mental health The subconscious habits and beliefs that lead us to prioritize others over ourselves Practical strategies and exercises to help you uncover deep…
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Welcome to part two of our series diving into the harmful myths that keep us trapped in the cycle of people pleasing and self-sacrifice. Tune in as we continue debunking these myths and learning how to break free from their grip. In this episode, you’ll learn: 4 more myths that perpetuate people pleasing behaviors The importance of recognizing and …
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The pervasive nature of people pleasing can leave us feeling stuck in roles of perfectionism and guilt, suppressing our true selves and hindering authentic connections. Let's break free from this debilitating pattern so you can live the rest of your life in the freedom of interdependent relationships instead of the constricting codependent relation…
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Is procrastination holding you back from living the life you want? Tune in for a fresh perspective on this sometimes debilitating behavior and what you can do to address it. In this episode, you’ll learn: Common misconceptions about procrastination and what it really is The role emotions and feelings play in procrastination How you can address the …
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Do you find yourself trapped in a cycle of worrying about what others think? It's a common struggle that affects our confidence, self-worth, and ultimately, our decisions. But why do we care so much, and more importantly, how can we break free from this cycle? In this episode, you'll learn: The biological roots of our concern for others' opinions P…
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Does the fear of judgment or rejection have you hesitating to speak your mind? Speaking our truths can be challenging, but withholding our authentic selves can lead to frustration, resentment, and hinder our personal growth. In this episode, I’ll share with you why many of us find it so difficult to speak our truths, the repercussions of staying si…
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Is there such a thing a living a life that is perfectly balanced? Hollywood actor Idris Elba has said that he has had therapy to shift his attitude to work, because he finds it more enjoyable to work than to spend time with his family. Can we relate? Hell yes! We discuss why work is more fun than parenting and partnering, but no one wants to admit …
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Realizing that I was in a toxic relationship with a man I had married just months before opened my eyes to the devastating effects that people pleasing tendencies can have. In this episode, I’m opening up about what I discovered I was doing to attract toxic relationships in my life, the 5 steps I took to heal, and what changes I made to actually be…
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In this show we talk about our Four Things – the list that we compile every week of four things that we have done to fill our cup that have nothing to do with work. They don’t have to be impressive; they can be small things – like the joy of selling something you don’t want any more, or binge-watching a great TV show. Or it can mean literally filli…
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5 Marriages, 4 Children, 3 Divorces, 2 Dogs, 1 Joint Effort at Mastering Midlife. No one gets it right all the time. Especially when it comes to relationships, parenting, step-parenting and general ‘adulting’... Join Andrea McLean and Nick Feeney as they share their highs, lows and everything in between as they attempt to Master Midlife. Our theme …
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Do you find yourself constantly asking "why" questions? Why did I do that? Why can't I get control of my eating? Why am I so disorganized? Then you’re definitely going to want to hear the four reasons why the “why” questions can be detrimental to your personal growth, especially for people pleasers. I’ll also share with you what you can do to shift…
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In today’s show we look at the issues surrounding the Holy Grail of midlife – getting a good night’s sleep. We discuss the pros and cons of going to bed on an argument; is it always a bad idea, or is getting some shut-eye so you can think straight actually a sensible thing to do? We also talk about the big issues surrounding sleeping together; duve…
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In this special anniversary episode, I'm celebrating the one-year milestone of this podcast, my 61st birthday, and the podcast's top 10% global ranking. Join the festivities as I share with you the life-changing lessons I’ve learned on my journey to becoming a recovered people-pleasing procrastinating perfectionist. Plus, don’t miss your chance to …
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Our guests today are David and Carrie Grant, who have so much to share on today’s theme of communication. It’s one of the first things to break down when relationships are challenged, and as a couple who have lived, loved, parented and worked together for more than two decades, they have a lot of wisdom to share about how have they coped during the…
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Today’s episode is a juicy one! We uncover the truth behind those little white lies we all tell. Do they actually help a relationship stay on track, or are they building a web of deceit and mistrust? And during our chat about friends who don’t play fair when it comes to splitting the bill, Nick spills the beans on a deeply unattractive trait that a…
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People pleasers do what they can to keep others happy, but many times we don't realize that this is a way we maintain control. In today's episode, I'll be sharing what compels us to want to control so much in our lives, and how a single question helped me let go of my 17-year marriage. Stay tuned to the very end because I'm also going to give you 5…
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Sometimes in midlife we have change thrust upon us, as was the case for our guest, comedian Helen Thorn, who found herself unexpectedly and heartbreakingly single just as the world went into lockdown in 2020. Helen is one half of the award-winning comedy duo Scummy Mummies. She is also a Sunday Times Best Selling author with her book ‘Get Divorced,…
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The first Monday in January is the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers, which is why our guest today is the world’s leading Divorce Coach Sara Davison, who specialises in supporting people through this really challenging time. We discuss how it works, what the most common reasons are for calling it quits, and how both the people who help yo…
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A shocking 92% of New Year's resolutions fail every year. But, you can avoid falling into this statistic! In this episode, I’m giving you the 3 science-based reasons why it’s so difficult to make lasting changes with resolutions, and sharing the ultimate secret to create change that lasts. Tune in if you want to keep your resolutions! Join the Me F…
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Three years ago I went through a devastating moment that turned out to be one of the greatest gifts I could ever receive. In this episode, I’ll share how this pivotal chapter of my life led me to question my deep-seated need for external validation and reassess my self worth. I'll also share three practical steps you can use to break free from the …
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Our first episode is all about Surviving Christmas, which can be really difficult as a blended family, (which we are) so we are joined by the amazing family coach Jane Dockerill to talk us through solutions to sticking points, and how to navigate the challenges surrounding the first ever Christmas as a newly single parent. We also cover the importa…
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Do you spend so much energy keeping the peace between others and then find yourself longing for some peace of your own? Peacekeeping is an exhausting pattern that can lead to putting yourself last. In this episode, I'll share two key reasons why you're stuck in this pattern, plus a powerful strategy to break free so that you can finally have some p…
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The holiday season brings hustle & bustle, additional spending, and additional pressure for things to be perfect and for everyone to be happy. In this episode, I'll be sharing why this can cause increased stress for those who are people pleasers and often playing the role of peacekeeper. Plus, I'll give you a 4-part method that you can use to break…
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Codependency has had such a deep impact on my life and I’m ready to explore it more deeply with you. In this episode, we’ll discuss the origins of codependent behaviors, the distinctions between codependency and people-pleasing, and the 10 questions you can ask yourself to assess if codependency might be playing a role in your life. Tune in to lear…
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There are two words that I’ve been mixing up my whole life and you might be too. In this episode, I’ll share with you the profound differences between being nice and being kind, why only one of them helps you to actually be your authentic self, and the 3 questions you can ask yourself to determine which one is directing the choices you make. Join t…
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Ever feel like you're stuck in a cycle of people-pleasing and self-doubt? In this episode, I’ll reveal three common lies that people pleasers tell themselves, and how these beliefs can keep us trapped in frustration and resentment. Join me as I share my personal experiences and valuable insights on breaking free from these limiting beliefs, so you …
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My 92 year old mom is as sharp as a tack and as healthy as a horse. In today's episode, I'm sharing her 4 secrets to living a long and fulfilling life. The best news? They're all really simple things that you can implement in your own life! In this episode, I'm also celebrating 1000 podcast downloads - something that was just a dream only 9 months …
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In this episode, I share a deeply personal and unexpected experience from my Labor Day weekend that forced me to reexamine how I react to life's curveballs. I discuss the importance of responding rather than reacting, being your own advocate, and adopting the mindset of "I'm willing to see this differently." Join me in exploring these valuable less…
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What's the best way to give yourself freedom and feel amazing about your life without relying on what others think? If you experience the need for approval from external sources, you don't want to miss the answer in today's episode. I'm sharing the experience I had on my first SCUBA dive in the Caribbean and the surprising connection to external va…
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Are you afraid of disappointing others or of being judged? Do you often do things out of a sense of loyalty or duty to avoid being seen as bad or unforgiving? Do you feel selfish for putting yourself first or for saying no? If you said yes to any of these, tune in because being in this people pleasing FOG is what we're talking about in today's epis…
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Many people view people-pleasing as a good thing, a positive trait. It can be, when driven by genuine love and generosity. But if your people-pleasing is coming from a fear of not being liked, conflict, being rejected, etc., there's a catch. Tune in to hear about 7 signs that might show you that you're being nice for the wrong reasons, and how to s…
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Stress is no fun and has many negative side effects. Yet, many of us spend a lot of time in this state and some almost wear it as a badge of honor. Do you want to stop living in survival mode? In this episode, I'm breaking down how and why our bodies and brains get addicted to stress, and what you can do to kick stress to the curb. Are you ready to…
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Do you look in the mirror and see someone that you deeply love as much as a dear friend? I've despised the person looking back at me, for reasons deeper than physical appearance. In today's episode, I'm sharing how negative perceptions develop and why we end up holding onto them, even when we know they're not benefiting us. Tune in to look at your …
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What is happiness and why does it feel so elusive at times? In this episode, I'm shining a light on the connection between happiness and inner peace, and 3 things to look at so that you can live a peaceful, happy life on a daily basis. Ready to break free from defeating patterns and toxic self-doubt to master your success and happiness? Join our li…
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Are you feeling perpetually overwhelmed, drained, and teetering on the edge? Could these feelings be more closely tied to your personal boundaries than you realize? Through exploring my own experiences with burnout and boundary-setting, I'll uncover five key signs that these two might be interconnected. Ready to break free from defeating patterns a…
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Do you say 'sorry' a lot? Most often, the situation doesn't actually warrant an apology. Over apologizing sends the message that you've done something wrong or didn't try hard enough. Tune in for ways to reframe 'sorry' so that you can improve your confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills. Ready to break free from defeating patterns and to…
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Have you ever thought "when X happens, then I'll do Y"? If so, this thinking could be stealing your happiness from the present moment. Tune in to find out the circumstances in which "when-then" thinking is helpful, and those in which it is not. Plus, discover why this is a common thinking pattern and what you can do to stop it. Ready to break free …
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Are you a people-pleasing, procrastinating perfectionist? If so, you're not alone! Tune in to learn about the "trifecta of Ps," how these behaviors feed off each other, and what you can do to break the patterns to live a more fulfilling life. Ready to break free from defeating patterns and toxic self-doubt to master your success and happiness? Join…
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Does your stress seem kind of like an appendage? It may feel like it's a part of you, something you can't put down. If so, you're not alone...I've been there! In the second half of this two-part series, I'll uncover even more things you're probably doing and how they unknowingly contribute to the stress that feels attached to you. Stop letting stre…
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Do you frequently feel like you're living in survival mode just getting through the day In the first episode of this two-part series, I'll uncover some things you're probably doing and how they may unknowingly contribute to the stress you experience in your life. These are the exact reasons why you are not getting what you want, whether in your rel…
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Do you crave inner peace but find yourself struggling to attain it? In this episode, I'll explore the elusive concept of inner peace, uncover the reasons why we often fail to achieve it, and present a radical challenge that will help you finally discover what's holding you back. Do you want 1 on 1 support to define your goals, face your barriers, a…
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For many of us, putting others first is as automatic as putting on a seatbelt. This leads to abandoning our own needs and can prevent us from developing an essential, positive, relationship with ourselves. Today, I’m discussing why this happens, the associated costs, and some ways that you can create a relationship with yourself, no matter how old …
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We're talking about self care today, but not just any self care! I call it “radical self care,” and it's vitally important to your inner peace and living your very best life. Tune in to hear about four key areas to focus on and four questions to ask yourself to evaluate how you are doing in the area of self care. Learn about the THRIVERS 10 week gr…
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I spent 50 years addicted to people pleasing and self-sabotage. I finally overcame it, but not by changing my behaviors (surprise!). Tune in to hear the story of my “aha” moment and what finally worked to break this pattern. For more information about coaching options, please email me at Heidi@masteringmidlifewithheidi.com. Learn about the THRIVERS…
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What is the difference between simply being nice and actually being a people pleaser? I dive into this question in today’s episode, including 5 questions that you can ask yourself to determine if you are people pleasing. Plus, learn about the costs and benefits of people-pleasing. Learn about the THRIVERS 10 week group program. Enrollment for the s…
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