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The Purpose Filter

What does it mean to lead a life well-lived? As a palliative care physician, I’m fortunate to witness some of life’s most intimate moments at the bedside of seriously ill—often terminal—patients. There’s an incredible clarity, purpose and meaning that comes with confronting one’s mortality and my mission is to share that with the world so everyone can live their best, most meaningful and fulfilling life. Join me for the stories, insights and inspiring interviews that will transform our lives, ourselves and the world. We’ll tackle topics like health, relationships, productivity, mindset, business, and uncover what it takes to lead the full-spectrum life of our dreams. Experience life with gratitude and wonder as we explore the universal truths of what makes us human: connection, meaning, acceptance and love. You have a purpose. Let’s discover it together.

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How To Overcome Negative Self Talk and Love Yourself Unconditionally

If your daily internal monologue were to be blasted on a boombox for everyone to hear, how would it sound?If you're like most people, your inner voice can be mean or even downright nasty. In this jam-packed episode, you'll learn proven strategies to help you overcome that negative self talk and to nurture the self-compassion needed to love yourself unconditionally. You'll learn:the tools you can immediately apply to self soothe, comfort and support ourselves when we start to feel the negativity creep inthe simple yet highly effective analogy to consider when you want to dismantle a long-standing disempowering beliefthe "pattern break" method I now personally use to stop myself from spiraling into negative thoughts  how to create an opportunity for new possibilities as a bridge from negative self-talk to empowering belief  why shared and common humanity is one of the core principles of self-compassion Resources mentioned:Self-compassion exercises Byron Katie - The Work Like what you hear? Leave a review and tell a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you live intentionally and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: Purposefilter.com

32mins

13 Jul 2022

Rank #1

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The Key to Creating Meaningful, Lasting Connection and Why It's Essential To Our Life's Purpose

You've been here before:You meet someone new and the conversation is so awful you'll make up ANY excuse just to run away. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if you were able to form deep, fulfilling and meaningful connections with complete strangers with ease?How would that enhance your life? How would that change how you relate to others? How would that change how you relate to yourself? What aspects of your own life would you rediscover by being able to have amazing, soulful conversations with anyone you meet? This episode explores one of the fundamental parts of being human: CONNECTION At the end of this episode, you'll discover:the exact questions to ask someone to create meaningful and impactful bonds, in a very short amount of time why connecting on a deeper level is essential to our existence the techniques we use on a daily basis in hospice and palliative care to quickly establish rapport with people, and how you can use the same methods in your everyday life as well how we are a reflection of the intimacy and vulnerability we wish to see in others how small changes in behavior and intention can create massive differences Like what you hear? Leave a review and tell a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you live intentionally and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: Purposefilter.com

20mins

6 Jul 2022

Rank #2

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Lessons From Costa Rica Part 2: Embracing the Pura Vida Lifestyle at Home

Have you ever returned from a trip and thought, "WOW, what a spectacular experience we just had!" Well, this week the podcast is back with part 2 of the lessons learned from traveling through Costa Rica and how we can immediately apply those lessons to radically improve our quality of life NOW This episode discusses:what is pura vida and why is everyone so obsessed with it? how to incorporate more of the pura vida mindset and lifestyle into our daily lives 1 simple and surefire way of bringing more peace and calm into your life how the physical act of washing one's hands can become a symbolic practice of cleansing the mind the "mindful hand on doorknob" exercise that can help bring your attention back to the present when you feel overwhelmedthe distinction between primary and secondary forest and how it's possible not only to rebuild but to come back even better than before the powerful realizations that occur when you step away from the noise of your mental chatter and become more in tune with nature and eventually, yourself Like what you hear? Leave a review and tell a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you live intentionally and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: Purposefilter.com

28mins

29 Jun 2022

Rank #3

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Mindset Shift: How is Life Happening FOR You Rather Than TO You? Lessons From Costa Rica

A few years ago, this concept mentioned in the title would have driven me up a wall and totally turned me off. “What do you mean life is happening FOR me?! Clearly things are not going my way, how is this beneficial for me in any way, shape or form?” Ever since leaving that mentality behind, life just feels SO MUCH more fun, free, exhilarating and peaceful. Trust me when I say life is WAY better when you embrace this idea rather than the other way around.This episode teaches you:How situations that don’t go according to plan can turn out to be even better than you originally had expectedThe mindset shift and perspective necessary to view any perceived obstacle as a path towards something even betterThe universe will create circumstances in your life to teach you the lessons you need to know at that moment in time How to surrender and trust the process instead of focusing purely on the outcome The flexibility to navigate everything that life will throw at you How your current life is a direct consequence of all the situations that DIDN’T work out in your past, and how that can actually be a GOOD thing How to create and channel the mental toughness needed to go from being the victim of your own life to the victorLike what you hear? Leave a review and share this episode with a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you find your purpose and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: purposefilter.com

28mins

22 Jun 2022

Rank #4

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Protect Your Peace: How to Create and Maintain Healthy Boundaries

You've heard of that cute little phrase: "You Have the Power to Protect Your Peace" If you've ever read that quote and thought "ok, that's nice and all, but HOW do I actually do that??" Then this week's episode is a MUST listen, as it's all about how to CREATE and more importantly, MAINTAIN healthy boundariesAfter listening to this week's episode, you'll learn:how boundaries can help foster healthier interpersonal relationshipswhy maintaining boundaries is so much harder than creating them how to use the power of self-care to replenish our energy stores so we can be abundantly generous with others why self-care IS NOT selfish The right questions to ask yourself to determine which aspects of your life you can start setting healthier boundaries with What we’re REALLY saying about ourselves when we drop everything for others Like what you hear? Leave a review and share this episode with a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you find your purpose and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: purposefilter.com

25mins

15 Jun 2022

Rank #5

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Palliative Care Pearl: Ask This Simple Question to Instantly Uplevel Your Communication Skills

Here's a simple communication tip that will immediately uplevel your conversation with ANYONE, and it's only 6 words long: "What does that mean to you?""What does ______ mean to you?" In this episode, I bring back another palliative care pearl and discuss: the importance of clarifying and diving deeper into why people say the things they sayhow our own internal implicit and explicit biases play a role in communicationwhy intentional connection through better discussions can help clarify your purposehow to ask better questions to truly get to the heart of a problem "assume" = "ass" + "u" + "me" the power of leaning into curiosity to find common ground with others  Like what you hear? Leave a review and share this episode with a friend!  Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally! For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you find your purpose and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: purposefilter.com

12mins

8 Jun 2022

Rank #6

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From Humble Beginnings to a $200M Real Estate Portfolio: Rewriting Your Life Story with Dr. Elaine Stageberg

Our guest today grew up in a family that encountered substance abuse, incarceration, unstable housing, food insecurity and more before she was emancipated at the young age of 15. Nowadays, Elaine Stageberg, MD, MHA is a psychiatrist, mother of 4, & Owner of Black Swan Real Estate. She owns & manages a portfolio of >$200 million in assets under management. It took her 10 years before she realized that she is precisely the person she is today because of her prior challenges, rather than in spite of them. In this powerful episode, we discuss mindset, purpose, guidance from the universe, and SO much more. Time stamps:06:30 harnessing the power of outsourcing while balancing different roles09:00 “Don’t optimize a process that doesn’t need to exist”11:00 how a challenging childhood shaped Dr. Stageberg into the person she is today14:37 healing intergenerational trauma and rewriting the narrative of a family 17:40 envisioning a different life as a young child24:00 the single instant that changed the course of her life forever 35:00 how silence provides clarity and a deeper connection to the self 38:20 the importance of mindset and how to use it effectively  44:00 how to create a strong sense of purpose/why 47:00 recognizing and reminding others of their innate power 52:00 finding her purpose at the intersection of providing quality housing for 55:00 the “purposeful 3” questions Dr. Stageberg reached financial freedom in her 30s through real estate investing and now helps others to do the same. Black Swan has delivered exceptional returns to hundreds of passive investors through their unique investor-focused private equity funds which enjoy no sponsor fees whatsoever, 100% return of capital to investors before any splits, and long-term tax advantages, all coupled with socially conscious investing and at least 5% of profits donated to charity. Connect with her at meetblackswan.com.Like what you hear? Leave a review and share this episode with a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you find your purpose and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: purposefilter.com

1hr 4mins

1 Jun 2022

Rank #7

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How a Mindful Dance & Movement Practice Creates Confidence and a Strong Sense of Self with Wendy Ng

You know the feeling when I ask you to picture yourself lounging on the couch and bingeing on your favorite Netflix show. And I bet you also know the feeling when the music is blasting and you should be so exhausted but you're dancing the night away as if you're 19 years old again. What's the difference between those 2 versions of you? Wendy Ng, a dance and movement coach, mom of 3 and occupational therapist, has an answer to that question that might surprise you. We chat about dance, movement, cultural upbringing, the overwhelm of adulting, flying trapeze...we got it all in this episode, so shake what ya mama gave ya and take a listen!In this episode, Wendy & I discuss: how movement strengthens the mind-body connection and reinforces confidence and self-agency why dance is an amazing tool not only for physical fitness but mental health as well how to reconnect to our inner playful and creative side to steer our lives in the direction we want to gothe incredible benefits of having an intentional daily movement practicethe relationship between searching versus creating energy in our daily lives societal and cultural upbringing and how it relates to how we show up for ourselves (or not) Website: https://www.thewendyng.com/Instagram: @simplynaturallywendyBio: Wendy Ng is a Dance and Movement Coach who guides women to live consciously and confidently using mindful movement and dance through her signature program, Moving into Joy. Passionate about movement, Wendy holds a BSc in Kinesiology and has trained in various forms of dance, Muay Thai kickboxing, and yoga. Wendy uses her experience in movement and a combination of mental and physical strategies to help her clients shift their thinking, reconnect with their intuition, and build their confidence. Like what you hear? Leave a review and share this episode with a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you find your purpose and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: purposefilter.com

36mins

25 May 2022

Rank #8

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How Finding Clarity, Purpose and Fulfillment Helped a Burned Out Physician Become a Thriving Entrepreneur with Dr. Sharon McLaughlin

Can women be great entrepreneurs? Can they build and manage a thriving business while  juggling families and significant others, oh, and burnout too? Dr. Sharon McLaughlin certainly thinks so, and we discuss those topics along with focus, fulfillment and much more in this week's episode!Dr. McLaughlin is board certified plastic surgeon and the founder of Mind Lull, which helps small business owners slow down by providing tools and journals to improve focus and generate more fulfillment. She is also the founder of the Female Physician Entrepreneurs Facebook Group, which is a supportive group that brings women physicians together to network and grow. Topics we discuss on this episode include:wellness and the importance of basic self-care when struggling with burnout why women are uniquely qualified to become entrepreneurs the importance of rest in a high-performance environment how an intentional “mind lull” can actually lead to more creativitystrategically using planning tools to help increase productivity and purpose the best advice she has for entrepreneurs who feel stuck in their businessthe opportunity cost of fear and how it holds us back how to set boundaries and say "no' so you can say "YES" to better opportunitiesYou can find Dr Mclaughlin’s planners here: https://amzn.to/3MnMhPKHer website: https://mindlull.comYou can reach her at smclaughlinmdfacs@yahoo.comFor women physicians https://fpestrong.comInstagram https://www.instagram.com/mind.lull/Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@mindlullLinkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmclaughlinmd/Facebook: Female Physician Entrepreneurs Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/FemalePhysicianEntrepreneursLike what you hear? Leave a review and share this episode with a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you find your purpose and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: purposefilter.com

32mins

18 May 2022

Rank #9

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F*ck Your Comfort Zone

Are you sick of playing safe?Do you ever feel like there’s an invisible force field holding you back from the life you dream about? From the person you truly want to be? News flash: that’s called your comfort zone. And on this week, we’re saying “F*CK THAT!” I won’t lie, this episode is a little spicier than usual, as my alter ego, “Brooklyn KZ”, makes an appearance to help keep it real about how to get out of our own way so we can start living in alignment with who we truly are. How can we live with purpose NOW and push past the discomfort so we create the future we desire? Take a listen to this week’s episode and you’ll find out! Stay tuned for more information on 1 on 1 coaching with me!Like what you hear? Leave a review and share this episode with a friend! Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag us so we can thank you personally!For more life-changing, mindset-shifting content to help you find your purpose and transform your life from the inside out, follow us on Instagram @purposefilter and on the website: purposefilter.com

18mins

11 May 2022

Rank #10