Fireside Chat with Beth Perry – Why It’s Important to Continuously Evolve

Back in August and September, Beth Perry and I sat down to talk about the importance of continuously evolving. In the middle of our conversation in August, a storm took out power and hit our area so badly that litigation arose between the state and the power companies! We didn’t let that deter us, thought. We scheduled a follow up, sat down and jumped right back in. After months struggling to figure out to get the pieces together for you, I’m now the proud owner of some iMovie skills and a lot of information about programs that don’t work to splice two movie files together! At long last, I share with you one of my favorite fireside chats to date. Enjoy!

Why it's important to continuously evolve

I sat down with Beth Perry, a Human Potential Expert and Business Strategist, to talk about the importance of continuously evolving. We had quite the discussion – so good that a storm interrupted it right as the golden nuggets were starting to drop. If you’ve ever had a conversation with one of us, you will LOVE this chat where we lay it all out on the table and cover questions and discussion points it’s possible many of you have been struggling with during 2020.

Beth’s passion is people and places; happier lives is her mission. She lives to empower others and herself to live happier lives. She helps others understand themselves in a unique way so they can appreciate their differences and nuances. Hear a bit about her journey starting at 2:22. This part of the conversation will bring much freedom to individuals who haven’t lived a linear path or the standard American path of graduating, getting a job, staying in that job until retirement or at least for 10-20 years.

Starting at 6:30, we discuss giving yourself permission to change. You DO NOT have to remain stuck when you are ready to evolve. You don’t have to believe the lies that you’ve been told that your journey must progress like others. You are allowed to start, stop, pause, restart, progress, begin all over, etc. Allow yourself to redefine what things mean. At The Essential Creative, we often hear people say they aren’t creative but the truth is we all create in some way.

At 8:36 Beth explains how working in your zone of genius (where you are strongest in creating) can look to others. She shares some tips about overcoming fear and taking baby steps to make small shifts that will help you progress toward your goals. Give yourself permission to be a little more proud of yourself, a little more open to thinking about what you could do, a little more courageous.

At 17:43 we discuss the idea of “both…and”. This important concept changed my life when Beth taught me this idea nearly a decade ago. This idea encompasses being able to be two things that don’t seem to go together, or two actions that don’t see to line up. It’s absolutely okay to be a great mother AND a great businesswoman. You can enjoy your alone time AND have friends. You can have money AND love. It changes your thoughts and the way you show up when you realize you don’t have to choose between things you want. You’ve heard me talk about this before and now you’ll hear it from the powerful lady who told me about this freedom.

Around the 24:30 point, the video makes a transition a few weeks ahead due to the storm I mentioned earlier. We don’t miss a beat as we jump into a discussion around the statistics of how many times we hear “No” in our lifetime and a personal choice Beth has made with parenting that will empower all of us to retrain the way we speak to ourselves (and our children if we choose). Does everything have to be a yes or no, or are we holding ourselves back due to limiting-beliefs? Listen in to hear more.

Around 35:00 Beth shares with us how important it is to ask ourselves important questions about how we talk to ourselves and the energy from which it comes. She encourages us to think about the conditions we put upon ourselves and whether they are always necessary. Being a better parent begins with challenging ourselves to evolve.

From here we move into a discussion around impact on the world and how our impact isn’t always about being this grand personality in the world or having a highly visible. You may only interact with one or two people and will still have an impact on millions of people due to the impact they will have on others. We all make a difference in the world and on others in some capacity. Allow yourself to expand your thinking and let your light shine by showing up as your best self in each situation, whatever that looks like for this moment. People who loves numbers will enjoy this segment as we dive into numbers and show some of our inner data geek tendencies. (As a former analyst who still pays attention to trends and numbers for clients, I got a little too excited as the chance to run some numbers here.)

This discussion travels a path into possibilities, thinking of how we address our fears, and how to talk with people tuned into WII.FM. Around 47:00 minutes you will understand what that means! As we discuss replacing “can’t” with “won’t” and understanding how this small change has such a HUGE impact on how you proceed. There is so much gold in this section you may want to have your pen and paper ready.

We hope you will enjoy this conversation and listen all the way through. There is sooooo much in the whole conversation AND especially in the end.

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  1. Wonderful chat! I enjoyed it greatly, and thank you for sharing it. I do believe I have evolved, and I do believe I am still evolving. As for impacting the world, I am fine with simply impacting those around me in a positive manner.

    Again, thank you, and blessings to you both!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope our point on the impact came through Bill. That even with just impacting those around you, you make a difference. Who knows who they are impacting. I think of what I’ve learned from you with writing and sharing thoughts that can turn into beautiful prose, and how that has helped the teens I work with and even some clients. So in impacting me, you impact those I impact. Whew! I love that we don’t have to touch a million people but truly just focus on those we know we are here for! I do hope that was clear in the discussion.

      I am trying to figure out a service that will transcibe the conversations to date for those who like to read more and for those who are hearing impaired, as I have gone back and realize how many gems there are in all these chats! I learned so much about you and writing in my one with you. Stay tuned because I think that will be helpful for many. I myself like reading more than listening to videos but haven’t figured out a way other than audio, which I can’t share on here yet. Not that technically advanced. (But am totally rambling today!)

      Have a great day!


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