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Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani on Finding the Courage to Live Authentically

Do you want to live a life that’s true to yourself, flaws and all? Are you tired of trying to fit into society’s idea of perfection? If so, I have the solution for you. Join special guest Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani and me as we explore the concept of Becoming Flawesome – embracing imperfection as a key to living an authentic life. Together, we’ll discuss how to let go of the need to be perfect and instead focus on being true to yourself. By the end of our discussion, you’ll have the tools to start living a more authentic and fulfilling life, free from the pressure of perfectionism.

Kristina is the author of the new book Becoming Flawesome: The Key to Living an Imperfectly Authentic Life.

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Finding the Courage to Live Authentically with Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani

Does this sound familiar? You’re constantly striving for perfection, but you never seem to measure up, no matter how hard you try. You’ve been told to push harder, work longer, and never settle for less, but all that effort has left you exhausted and dissatisfied. You’re tired of feeling like you’re never good enough and ready for a new approach. It’s time to embrace your imperfections and live authentically. In this episode, we’ll show you how to break free from the cycle of perfectionism and find true happiness through personal growth and self-acceptance. Get ready to become Flawesome!

Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani, co-founder of Mindvalley and author of Becoming Flawesome, joined John R. Miles on the Passion Struck podcast to discuss her journey and key themes in her latest book. Mänd-Lakhiani emphasized the need to embrace imperfection and live authentically, encouraging listeners to reject societal expectations and focus on their own personal growth. Throughout the conversation, Mänd-Lakhiani stressed the importance of creativity as a means of self-expression and embracing vulnerability to live a fulfilling life. She also discussed her own experiences with shameflammation and imposter syndrome, highlighting the need to prioritize personal worth over external accomplishments. Listeners seeking personal growth and fulfillment will find Mänd-Lakhiani’s personal story and advice both insightful and inspiring.

By listening to Kristina and John, you will be able to:

  • Discover ways to value personal growth and happiness in your daily life.
  • Uncover the power behind embracing your imperfections and staying authentic.
  • Learn about the pivotal role of emotional literacy and self-love in overall well-being.
  • Explore the drawbacks of hustle culture and the benefits of nurturing your creativity.
  • Recognize the dangers of operating on autopilot and how to reassess your ingrained habits.
  • And much, much more!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]!
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More From My Conversation With Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani about Her Book Becoming Flawesome

Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani’s life journey has been nothing short of incredible, from growing up in the Soviet Union to co-founding the global personal growth platform Mindvalley. Her diverse experiences and challenges along the way shaped her unique perspective on embracing imperfections. Kristina’s honest revelations about her struggle to find her own path, even as she helped build a successful business, are deeply relatable. Her willingness to embrace an unconventional and authentic life led her to become a thought leader on the concept of flawesomeness. Kristina’s story is a testament to the power of living an imperfectly authentic life and inspires others to follow their own unique journey.

Embracing Imperfection

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In today’s society, we often face unrealistic expectations of perfection, whether from ourselves or others. These expectations can lead to stress, anxiety, and a constant feeling of never being good enough. Embracing imperfection becomes a critical step in the journey toward living an authentic life. Recognizing our flaws can help us focus on personal growth and self-improvement, leading to healthier, more genuine relationships with ourselves and others.

Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani’s discussion of her book, Becoming Flawesome: The Key to Living an Imperfectly Authentic Life revolves around the concept of embracing our flaws to create a more authentic life. She emphasizes the dangers of perfectionism and how letting go of these unrealistic expectations can lead to improved mental health. Kristina encourages listeners to analyze and reevaluate societal expectations, allowing for personal growth and a more genuine connection with themselves.

Overcoming Self-Criticism
Self-criticism can be debilitating and prevent us from loving and accepting ourselves as we are. Cultivating self-love and compassion can lead to a healthier mindset and foster our ability to forgive ourselves for our shortcomings. By replacing judgment with curiosity, we can learn to appreciate our imperfections and grow from our experiences.

Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani delves into the topic of self-criticism during her interview, providing powerful insights on cultivating self-love and compassion. She recommends adopting a mindset of curiosity rather than judgment and advises listeners to try this practice for a week. With this approach, we can overcome the harmful effects of self-criticism and learn to live a more authentic, loving life.

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Resources From The Show With Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani

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  • Check out Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani’s new book, Becoming Flossom: The Key to Living an Imperfectly Authentic Life
  • Listen to Emily Morse’s episode on Passion Struck
  • Explore Mind Valley for personal growth resources and programs
  • Consider journaling or expressing yourself creatively as a means of self-discovery and personal transformation
  • Embrace vulnerability and reject the notion of perfectionism
  • Practice self-love and prioritize self-care as a means of finding genuine happiness.
  • Listen to the special episode featuring Seth Godin and his new book, A Song of Significance.
  • Listen to the interview with Scott Simon about his book, Scare Your Soul.
  • Listen to Passion Struck’s interviews with New York Times bestselling authors Gretchen Rubin and Seth Godin.
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About Today’s Guest, Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani

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Introducing Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani, a passionate entrepreneur and speaker empowering others to embrace their imperfect selves. As the co-founder of Mind Valley, a leading personal growth platform, Kristina has dedicated herself to helping people worldwide break free from societal expectations and lead authentic lives. Her unconventional childhood in Soviet Estonia has highly shaped her philosophy, making her a uniquely insightful guide for those seeking true self-acceptance. Discover the power of Becoming Flawesome with Kristina and unlock the key to a life of authenticity.

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John R. Miles is globally recognized as an expert in intentional behavior change, leadership, personal mastery, and veteran advocacy. He founded and serves as CEO of PASSION STRUCK®. This media company boasts a significant social media following and tens of millions of annual views on its podcasts and YouTube channels. His podcast, Passion Struck with John R. Miles, sets records and has held the top spot among alternative health podcasts. Furthermore, John is the author of the upcoming book “Passion Struck,” which is set to be published in early 2024.

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