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How do you deal with expectations? Did you fail meeting an expectation you had set for yourself a few years ago, last week, or even earlier today? Perhaps not. Maybe you simply failed to set an intention or expectation to a worthwhile goal you were pursuing. If you find that you’re guarded against your vulnerabilities, it’s time to embrace them.

We are continuing our Season 2 of the Balance Boldly Podcast how to stop falling into the trap of Desperate Acts! On this episode, our featured guest expert, Carol Vallone Mitchell, Ph.D and I discuss our power and vulnerability and how we can actually find strength by allowing ourselves to become more exposed and embrace those vulnerabilities.  Carol leans in and shares how she sometimes need to be reminded of past achievements. Something we can all relate too, if we dare to be honest. Tune in now and learn to transform your vulnerabilities into strength.


Guest Expert Today:  

Carol is the author of Breaking Through “Bitch”: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly about how women lead and succeed. She co-founded Talent Strategy Partners, working with numerous companies to identify and develop leaders to build the right workplace culture.  Carol helps organizations advance women using her proprietary assessment and development programs.  She is a frequent speaker and writer on women’s leadership, and a contributing editor for the Huffington Post.

Key Points Mentioned 

  • Allow yourself to be vulnerable so you can get healed.
  • It’s important to be vulnerable, not shameful.
  • Our vulnerabilities give us a sneak peek into those dark places that we have hid from for so long.


The moment Carol had to break expectations was when she realized that she was setting unrealistic expectations for herself such as expecting to become a national bestseller.

Carol’s Unapologetic Pause includes cooking, reading, and swimming in her beautiful pool in her backyard or going to the ocean to be near the water and listen to the waves. This makes her feel positive and content.

A little Gentle Honesty….

Always include the opportunity to be vulnerable. It gives us a sneak peek into those dark places that we have hid from for so long and doesn’t allow us the opportunity to fix or fold any of our flaws if we choose to keep our eyes closed to it. Get vulnerable and get exposed in the right environment with the right people that you can trust to come and shepherd you from attackers who might come along and try to attack you in your weak moment. Allow yourself to be vulnerable so you can get healed, be stronger, and more powerful than you could have imagined yourself being.


Thank you to our guest expert, Carol Vallone Mitchell, Ph.D.

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Balance Boldly is a weekly podcast hosted by International Balance & Relationship Advisor, Naketa Thigpen with pop ups from her Creative Writing, direct to the point husband Dean.  Naketa provides a time, space and opportunity for Bold Women and a few Brave men to receive the decoded truth through raw, unfiltered stories of how guilt, lack of vulnerability and shame  can stunt every aspect of your personal and business growth.

This podcast is filled with direct narratives and unscripted conversations with global industry experts who candidly share their business experience and tools for success through a personalized peak into their lives with stories you won’t find on Google.

First, give yourself Permission to Pause, unapologetically.

Then come and learn how to maximize your potential and your profits over at the Dreamers Blueprint, a community designed for bold women and brave me who are ready to balance all that matters, boldly or Follow Naketa on Twitter, @BalanceBoldly

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