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Embracing Challenges and Finding Balance with Dena Patton

Join host Barry Shore and guest Dena Patton in a transformative episode of the Joy of Living Podcast, where they delve into the power of mindset, gratitude, and continual growth. Dena, described as fabulous and a symbol of achieving greatness, shares her insights on overcoming challenges and choosing gratitude. She discusses the shift from a victim mindset to one of growth and learning, emphasizing the role of choice in shaping our experiences. Dena reflects on her personal journey, including a stroke at a young age, and how it led her to reevaluate her approach to life and business. The conversation touches on the concept of balance, trying new perspectives, and the importance of openness to new experiences. Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion on rechoosing one’s path in life and the power of intentional choices.

Show Notes:

[9:26] Mindset and Overcoming Challenges

  • Dena is described as fabulous and a symbol of achieving greatness.
  • She runs a Bible class and a nonprofit that helps women achieve their goals.
  • Dena is characterized as an agent of goodness and true innovation.
  • The discussion shifts to the importance of mindset in facing challenges.
  • Dena emphasizes the need to see hard times as blessings, lessons, and opportunities for growth.
  • The concept of victim mindset versus gratitude and learning from hardships is explored.

[12:42] Choosing Gratitude

  • Dena shares her realization that suffering and victim mindset are choices.
  • She highlights the role of external influences, such as podcasts, friends, mentors, and teachers, in changing this mindset.
  • The host reflects on Dena’s success and attributes it to her understanding of the power of choice.
  • The discussion highlights the subtle difference between being a victim and a victor, emphasizing the importance of choice.
  • The conversation touches on the ability to shift from a victim mindset to a mindset of growth and learning.
  • Dena shares her personal experience of shifting her perspective after a stroke at a young age.
  • The importance of trying new perspectives, even if they seem unfamiliar at first, is discussed.

 [16:06] Continual Growth and Challenges

  • Dena emphasizes that challenges and hard times are ongoing parts of life.
  • She shares her journey of learning to see challenges as opportunities for growth and change.
  • Dena discusses the detrimental effects of overworking and neglecting self-care in her life and business.
  • She reflects on how these practices led to her illness and the importance of discernment in business.
  • Dena acknowledges her role in causing her illness and recognizes her ability to cause her good health.
  • The conversation highlights the shift in Dena’s perspective towards self-care and healing.
  • The host reflects on the idea of trying on new mindsets, likening it to trying on new clothes.
  • The discussion touches on gender differences in how people approach trying on new perspectives.

[23:20] The Concept of Balance and Trying New Perspectives

  • Dena discusses the concept that every male has a feminine side and every female has a male side, emphasizing balance and harmony.
  • She mentions the temporary nature of discomfort when encountering new concepts or perspectives.
  • Dena encourages trying out new ideas or perspectives without fully adopting them, suggesting that this openness can lead to growth and understanding.
  • She emphasizes the potential for positive outcomes even in the darkest and most challenging situations and the importance of being open to new experiences and perspectives.

[44:57] Reflecting on Recovery and Reevaluation.

  • Dena reflects on her stroke recovery, noting that it made her more open to reevaluating how she spent her time, energy, and money.
  • She discusses the process of rechoosing one’s path in life, emphasizing the power of making intentional choices.
  • The segment closes with a brief break announcement, teasing more from Dena after the break.
  • Discuss the desire to play the Greatness Game and the contrast between smallness and greatness in worldly measurements.
  • Mention of metrics like views, followers, appearance, and their potential to divert from one’s path and purpose.

[51:01] Importance of Play in Learning and Success

  • Play as a facilitator of learning and innovation, even in professions like surgery.
  • Faith in God and oneself as a guiding principle.
  • Using core values to make decisions and align actions.
  • Finding Answers In The Highest.
  • Courage: The foundation of all successes and the importance of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone.
  • Accountability and remaining authentic.
  • Integrity and keeping promises to oneself.
  • The mission is to empower teenage girls to become leaders and change the world.

Insider Tips:

Oday joined IBM Consulting as the Global Sustainability leader in August 2023, bringing extensive experience in scaling businesses and a background in management consulting. Before joining IBM, Oday was the Founder & CEO of Better All Round (BAR), a B-Corp certified, innovative, ESG-focused diversified fiber-based business.

Under his leadership, BAR launched Ora Household Towel, a revolutionary product developed from initial concept to market within a year. Prior to launching BAR, Oday worked for over 20 years as a management consultant, starting his career at KPMG before moving to Accenture, where he held various leadership roles. At Accenture, Oday served as Global Head of Media & Entertainment, Global Head of Business Consulting for Communications, Media & High Tech, and Global Go-to-Market Lead of Accenture’s Analytics business.

Throughout his career, Oday has built strong teams and alliances while serving clients worldwide. In addition to his professional achievements, Oday has served as an advisor to several innovative start-ups and as a founding mentor for Henkel X.

Topics Covered:

  • What is generative AI and how can it help scale sustainability?
  • What will it take to bridge the gap between sustainability aspirations and action?
  • What are three things every business leader should know about generative AI?
  • How does generative AI help organizations collaborate better?
  • Where can our listeners go for more information?

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About Dena Patton

Since 2001 Dena has been an elite business and mindset coach who has worked with thousands of purpose-driven business owners and leaders around the globe. Her 3-Pillar coaching approach helps her clients to build: the systems and procedures to be well-oiled, the sales strategy to be well-funded, and the greatness mindset to be well-led. Dena’s influence extends beyond coaching with over 60 media and podcasts that feature her work, along with her keynote speaking and her best-selling book, The Greatness Game. She navigates her clients to success guided by six core values—courage, accountability, authenticity, faith, fun, and integrity.