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May 5, 2023

How can we develop the grit to break through barriers and unstick our minds? Today's guest, Mimika Cooney, shares tools based on faith and neuroscience to help you move forward to fulfill your purpose and live your best.

Mimika is the creator of the “Unstick Your Mind“ a mindset mastery method, a transformative program that equips Christians with the tools to achieve their breakthroughs. 

Mimika is a Certified John Maxwell DISC Behavioral Analysis Coach and Consultant and is equipped with advanced training in behavioral analysis. She has studied the Neuroscience of Change with Coaches Rising, with the Positive Psychology Institute and NICABM. She is working on her certification as a Brain Health Coach with Amen Clinics University.

Mimika is an empowering motivational Speaker, Author of 10 published books, 25-year entrepreneur, 10 years experience as a marketing consultant, international award-winning photographer, and 10 year veteran podcast host of the “Mimika TV” show. 

Huffington Post nominated her as one of "50 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow in 2017". Podcasting Magazine nominated Mimika among the “Top 50 Moms in Podcasting” in 2020, and nominated #9 amongst FeedSpot’s Best 40 Christian Women Podcasts of 2021.

Described as visionary, forward-thinking, influential, inspiring, innovative, dynamic, dashing, unconventional, ambitious, respected, results-oriented, motivating, competitive, entertaining, and striving for excellence. Mimika’s vivacious energy will bring dynamic differences and enlighten an audience so that they feel inspired and motivated to take on any challenge!

When she is not dreaming up creative concepts, coaching, training, speaking, writing books, or hosting her podcast; she will be found perfecting her spins on the ice as a competitive adult figure skater. 

As a personal challenge, Mimika took up skating as an adult at age 31. She has made it her mission to retrain her brain and muscle memory to learn this new skill. She has gone on to win several skating medals, which goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Cooney shares her personal experiences which led her to become passionate about mindset transformation. God took her through an inner healing process that revealed her mental programming.

Mimika explains that mental programming might not be true, but we're not taught to challenge it. She advises aligning with purpose to reset yourself to who God created you to be. Cooney states we must retrain ourselves by renewing our minds daily. She highlights the power that is unlocked by living in our full potential. 

Mimika defines the term "grit" as the combination of resilience and perseverance. She says we give up too easily. Our society promotes avoidance.

Cooney advises we must embrace the season we're in and recognize the possibility of change. You're not stuck with the brain you have.

She emphasizes persistence when we cannot see immediate results. God rewards our faith and rewards the faithful. 

We discuss the worship of comfort. Cooney states that we need long-lasting solutions instead of quick fixes. She describes the discipleship process as a journey.

Signs of a stuck mindset include:

  • unwillingness to change
  • defensiveness
  • denial
  • pride
  • frustration

Mimika notes awareness is key. She says we need to be willing to be challenged and open to criticism.

The starting point to breaking barriers and unsticking your mind is the awareness you're stuck. Be open to seeing the signs and remain objective.

Mimika encourages us to have the objective vision of an eagle instead of the limited viewpoint of a chicken. We must remove ourselves from emotion and become teachable.

Cooney encourages the following tips to unstick your mind:

  • document where you are
  • journal with pen and paper
  • review your journal later to see problems objectively
  • start slowly
  • remain consistent
  • celebrate small steps
  • count your blessings
  • take time to rest
  • let go of perfectionism

Cooney declares grit as a product of experience, not something born into a select few. 

When facing discouragement, Cooney says we must choose to believe where you want to go is possible. Hold onto a vision. Reread where God has been faithful in the past. Believe you can change. 

Mimika notes that where faith and grit meet, we find persistence.

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