Kim SuttonKim Sutton, host of the Positive Productivity podcast and author of Chronic Idea Disorder, joins Tonya Dawn Recla on the SuperPower Up! Podcast to share her in-depth experience and tricks for managing stress through self development. In addition to sharing her message of how to stay positive and productive, Kim owns and operates a digital marketing agency where she assists clients in organizing their marketing efforts. Listen in as she and Tonya discuss the importance of ongoing self development and the value in yields in managing stress.

Hello everyone. This is Tonya Dawn Recla. Your Super Power Expert. I am so excited to have with us today Kim Sutton. We met her at New Media Summit. We were all featured as Icons of Influence over there. Big shout out to Steve Olsher for creating a really fun event. She’s the host of the Positive Productivity podcast. I’m especially excited to have her on the show today ’cause we are talking today about managing stress through self development.

The reason why that is such a pertinent topic is I think especially for entrepreneurs, change agents, healers, practitioners, all of you folks out there, this is where a lot of that anxiety that … Kim and I were talking a little bit before the show, this comparison thing, the imposter syndrome. We’ve got all kinds of fancy names for what happens in the entrepreneur space. I’m really excited to have her on board. She talks about she has the Entrepreneur’s Guide to Overcoming Idea Overwhelm. I know some of you can relate to that. She calls it chronic idea disorder.

Anyways, she’s such a blast. She has such a huge heart and is really there to assist folks in that entrepreneur space who as with all of us have perhaps walked in some of the same paths as she has. She’s come out and emerged on the other side of that to reach back and assist others. This will be an exciting conversation. Thank you so much for joining us today. Please join me in welcoming Kim to the show. Welcome Kim.

Thank you so much. I am so thrilled to be here.

Very cool. We are excited to have you. Let’s jump in and ask what are your super powers?

My superpower is empowering entrepreneurs to manage stress

My superpower is empowering entrepreneurs to manage stress.

My super power is empowering entrepreneurs to relieve themselves of stress through personal development and professional development as well.

I love that. I love it. I don’t know that we would always see that connection. We think of stress and anxiety and depression and everything else as these emotional things. I think a lot of us see self development, personal development in a different vein. In my experience they are intricately connected. Do you see that as well?

Oh, absolutely. It’s like going to the doctor. A lot of doctors look at the symptoms, but not at the cause. We really have to dig in to find out what’s going on.

I think that’s a great point. Let’s say that somebody comes to you are they are like, “I’ve got this big vision. I know what I’m here to do” and all this other stuff, but that anxiety is kicking in. What are some of the key components do you think that lead to, I know we touched on a few of ’em, but what are some of the, maybe top three issues that you see entrepreneurs going through that lead to that kind of state of existence?

Number one, is lack of sleep. I know this from personal experience. So many entrepreneurs will push, push, push, push, push and they will get to the point where they are consistently only sleeping two to three hours a night. That’s not good. Sleep deprivation leads to so much anxiety and so many other health problems. Number two is saying yes to everybody else except for yourself. You are telling yourself “No” as far as self care and everything that your body needs to better cope with stress. Number three is multitasking and distractions. I’m going to put it all together.

Our phones and I thought I had my phone on silent just now, but it started ringing. We have our phones constantly beside us with all the social media messaging. We are getting notifications all the time. Then we are constantly looking at what other people are doing. It’s constantly distracting us from what we need to be focusing on. The comparison syndrome just gets really overwhelming.

I see that with social media. I have this love hate relationship with social media. I can usually tell where I’m sitting in my own development or my own frequency shifts by how I am relating to social media in that moment. Every time I shift into a new space and I’m a little unsure and it’s this expansiveness, I notice that my desire to engage on social media decreases. Then when I feel more confident in that new frequency that I’m sitting in then I want to be out there and talking to everybody and I feel more confident and I portray that in social media.

What I find is that especially as entrepreneurs the challenge is trying to make sure that we are constantly engaging, constantly engaging. That’s extremely stressful. That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself as you are growing through your own self development.

It absolutely is.

How do you manage that?

Well, it got a lot easier for me when I became real and authentic on social media. A lot of the pressure came from trying to be somebody that I was not. When I started admitting and being fully transparent about everything that goes on in my business and in my life, ’cause I’m also a mom of five. The two are very much related, especially on days like today. I have a sick kid at home and another kid, I shouldn’t be admitting this, but another kid watching the sick kid. I probably shouldn’t have said that, but I’m being transparent.

That’s right. You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. I could hide that and just pretend that everything is perfect around here, but everything is not perfect. By being more transparent and more authentic I’m able to build my community and people chime in and they are like, “Yeah. I’ve dealt with that too.” Although I’m not sure how many people would admit that they kept another kid home just to keep one.