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Lead Stories Podcast is the flagship podcast of Lead Stories Media. Co hosts and executive producers Jo Saxton and Stephanie Williams O'Brien tell tales of leadership and life with the aim to encourage, equip and empower. 

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Dec 11, 2017

Steph and Michelle Steffenhagen are talking about becoming more aware of where our thoughts automatically go when we are anxious or stressed and how to take greater control over our reactions.


In this episode they discuss 5 types of self-defeating thoughts and how we can identify them and stop them in their tracks:

1) All or nothing thinking

2) Catastrophizing

3) Unrealistic thinking - oughts and shoulds. 

4) Fortune telling

5) Mind reading


Listen in to also hear why scheduling your worry and mind dumping can be helpful tools for anxiety as well as meditation and breath prayers.


Guide to the ‘be still’ breath prayer:


Check out Michelle’s website: or find her on Facebook: Michelle Steffenhagen.


Discussion questions:

1) Do you let other people help you put your oxygen mask on? Who do you expect to help you when they themselves may be struggling? Who else could you ask for help?

2) What do you think about scheduling your worry? How can you be intentional about taking time this week to examine and sort through some of your worries and to action plan what you are going to do?

3) The next time you identify the physical effects of stress or anxiety in your body stop and identify the thoughts you are thinking.  Are any of the 5 self-defeating thoughts listed above present? What is the truth you need to embrace?


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