The Power of the Mind, Overcoming Obstacles, & Achieving Success With Kim Izaguirre-Merlos

Ep: 18

“The turning point comes from the pain. Our biggest moments of adversity teach us the most and mold us into better people.” –Blake Schofield (22:53-23:01)

Every working woman faces obstacles that seem impossible to overcome. We often struggle to define what success means and balance the things we want with the people we want to take care of.

But it’s the adversity that inspires resilience in every single one of us. Kim Izaguirre-Merlos has gained plenty of insight into overcoming physical, mental, and emotional pain. Her journey has taken her from her life as a journalist to working with and coaching high-level performers in Major League Baseball. She’s a gifted expert who helps others get more success out of their own lives. The work she does teaches them to consistently create success using the power of the mind.

“We get so much strength when we work and appreciate each one of our unique gifts and talents.” – Blake Schofield (59:41-59:47)

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stress. Sometimes it feels like we’re trying to just hang on and survive. But when you apply your passions with persistence and the right mindset, you can accomplish anything. Many of us aren’t able to see ourselves as inspirational. We overlook our unique and special gifts.

The adversity we face helps us develop the grit we need to face life while considering what’s possible. You can choose to receive the tough things in life as a negative or as something that is helping you become a better person. The pain we experience leads us to a turning point where we learn the most about ourselves and have the opportunity to become better through it.

Coaching Unlocks New Ways of Thinking and Being

Coaching can be the key to overcoming obstacles and achieving success. It’s the process of asking questions to unlock new ways of thinking and being. You open yourself to seeing what’s in front of you rather than focusing on having all the answers. Every professional lacks the tools or skills they need at some point along their journey. But when you put yourself in a high-performing space and ask the right questions, you get clear on the direction you want while still allowing the organic things to occur each day.

It’s possible that you already have a successful career in place, but want something more. If what you’re doing is leaving you unfulfilled, it’s probably time to redefine and discover yourself. And that is what coaching all about.

“Coaching is asking questions to help you unlock something new in your thinking. And from that thinking comes the action or behavior you want.” – Kim Izaguirre-Merlos (31:59-32:11)

If you want to regain your confidence and the clarity you need, start focusing on your strengths. Identify the positive wins you have each day. Where do you do your best work? By paying attention to the present moment, you live each day with a more mindful and intentional attitude. You become a more heart-centered achiever who gets joy out of making a difference in other people’s lives.  But in order to take care of others, we have to take care of ourselves first. If we don’t, we can be left without anything to give.

Coaching, mindfulness, and other success strategies aren’t about changing yourself. They’re about setting yourself up for success so you can take care of others the way you want to while achieving your goals now and in the future.


How to Get Involved

You can connect with Kim by visiting her website at or by connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also access the article Kim referenced in the article titled From Gloom To Gratitude: 8 Skills To Cultivate Joy


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