008: Balancing Routine with Shaking Things Up: Shirley Vazquez

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Shirley Vazquez, an ordained minister, hails from two hours due west of Chicago.

She’s had a teacher’s spirit for as much of her life as she can remember. In this conversation, she entertainingly relays the fact that, even when she was a child, she told adults how to do things better -- which, not surprisingly, wasn’t always appreciated!

She has two master’s degrees: one in psychology and one in theology. She combines these two areas of expertise to teach people how to live their best lives. Her teachings use the Bible as the foundation while applying psychological principles to help her clients figure out better ways to do things.

One of the most compelling points that Shirley makes during this conversation is the importance of balancing healthy routines with shaking things up. For example, she points out that it’s great to have a regular routine for when you’ll exercise -- but that doesn’t mean you should do the same exercises every time, because shaking things up will have better results. Applying this combination of certainty and variety to your whole life is a great way to find lasting fulfillment.

This ties into stepping outside of your comfort zone. After all, as you’ll hear in the interview, “if you never allow yourself to get into deep water, you will never know how tall you actually are.” Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations helps to create brain plasticity and create new neural pathways.

Shirley also shares her mantra: “I’m not going down like that.” Once you’ve heard her explain how she has applied this concept to a couple of health issues she’s had, I hope you’ll be similarly inspired to take charge of your life and health.

So shake things up, don’t let yourself fall into routines, and listen to the full episode to learn how you can achieve ageless energy!

You can find Dr. Chandler George here:

catchfirecoaching.com

@AskDrGeorge on Twitter

Dr. Chandler George on Facebook

@catchfirecoaching on Instagram

chandlergeorge.com/ageless-energy-podcast

You can find Shirley here:

godsfavoredministries@gmail.com

God’s Favored Ministries on Facebook

Show Notes

[02:03] - Shirley starts things off by telling us a bit about herself and her life path. She also shares what her current mission is and mentions her project, the Brick House.

[03:57] - Is there a way to get in touch with the Brick House? Yes, by email (godsfavoredministries@gmail.com) or Facebook. The website is still a work in progress.

[04:12] - Dr. George and Shirley discuss the similarities in their paths, with Shirley emphasizing the fact that they’re both inherently teachers.

[06:09] - What are some of the things Shirley does to help people think differently, and some of the best tips she’s seen to help people overcome self-worth challenges?

[07:26] - Dr. George asks for an example of ways to peel things back and gently show people the habitual cycles they’re in. In response, Shirley brings up the example of comfort eating.

[09:04] - Dr. George has always heard that humans have six core needs, and we all need to have at least two fulfilled to feel satisfied.

[10:21] - Of the four core needs that Dr. George has listed (certainty, variety, significance, and connection/love), Shirley discusses the two that she thinks are the most common.

[11:53] - Shirley shares her mantra, and explains what it means to her, specifically in relation to health problems she has experienced.

[14:38] - “Little hinges swing big doors,” Dr. George points out. Shirley then talks about using food and drink as a medicine.

[16:19] - Shirley discusses helping people find the bigger “why” in their lives, which she often does by asking them how they saw themselves and imagined the future as a young child. Her own bigger “why” is to teach people, she reveals.

[18:35] - Shirley points out that “leaders are readers,” which she attributes to Zig Zigler. She then discusses the relation between science and religion, which she doesn’t see as being at odds; the more she learns about science, the more she realizes that God has to exist.

[20:16] - Dr. George discusses God’s time as opposed to our time. He then mentions an Ageless Energy event coming up on October 21st. To get in for free, subscribe to the podcast and leave an honest review. Dr. George provides the details here.

[21:51] - Shirley offers some parting words “routine is a killer.” She suggests that you challenge yourself to something new every day and figure out what you’re made of. Dr. George then ties this back into the concept of Ageless Energy.

Links and Resources:

catchfirecoaching.com

@AskDrGeorge on Twitter

Dr. Chandler George on Facebook

@catchfirecoaching on Instagram

chandlergeorge.com/ageless-energy-podcast

godsfavoredministries@gmail.com

God’s Favored Ministries on Facebook

Zig Zigler

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