253: How to identify your pain points in life – with Eleanor Beaton (PART TWO)

By August 26, 2022The Simplifiers Podcast

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Earlier this week, we shared part one of this conversation, all about how to identify your pain points in life. This conversation has really stuck with me this entire week through, because let’s face it… we as humans are conditioned to avoid pain at whatever cost, right? But then, ironically, we sometimes stay in situations that cause a lot of pain and strife for fear of the unknown on the other side once we take the leap. (That doesn’t make any sense at all!)

I know, for me, when I make a Bold Ask out into the world, I’m always fully supported. I may not always get what I want, when I want it, but I do know that I’m making forward progress and building incrementally on my confidence and courage. And maybe that’s the secret to what Eleanor is talking about here?

Now, if you haven’t heard part one, go back and listen to that one first. But if you’re ready to continue on, let’s pick back up here with my conversation with leadership expert Eleanor Beaton as she simplifies how to identify your pain points in life.

It’s time to simplify… Here’s how.


My special guest today is Eleanor Beaton and she’s simplifying how to identify your pain points in life.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • Why we (as humans) tend to avoid acknowledging our pain points in our career and in our non-work lives
  • How to identify the pain points (and roadblocks) in our life that are holding us back from reaching our full potential by doing a Pain Audit
  • What she means by the phrase “using pain to prune your life” – and how to begin to do it
  • Learn to release these pain points with intentionality in a practical way
  • …and ultimately, she talks about the 3 P’s (Power, Presence, and Position) – a simple and profound framework that helps her prune the pain points in her work and in life… and find real freedom.

All this month, we’re focused on the theme of “Discernment” –  learning how to make wise decisions to change the course of your work and life in a positive way. And I feel like my chat with Eleanor today builds on that… when we take an audit of the pain points and understand what parts are less than ideal, we can begin to make better choices. Every day is a fresh start and a new beginning.

1000 daily choices is how you begin a brand new life. 

We will explore what that means on every level this month, both personally and professionally. 

As always, ping me over on Instagram @thesimplifiers – and tell me your thoughts:

  • What new ideas did this conversation spark for you? 
  • What’s one thing that is causing you pain right now in your life?

Share this episode with a loved one and discuss it together.  The accountability found in just one trusted friend or colleague is immeasurable in helping you make forward progress.

You can do it, I believe in you… it’s time to simplify!

Q: Are you ready to identify your pain points in life? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and identify your pain points in life this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

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About Eleanor Beaton

Eleanor Beaton – She is the founder of SafiMedia, an education & coaching company for women entrepreneurs. Through SafiMedia and the podcast, Power + Presence + Position, Eleanor and her team are committed to advancing global gender equity through women’s entrepreneurship. 

They’re on a mission to double the number of women entrepreneurs who scale past $1M in revenue by 2030. Eleanor is the former chair of the Visitin Women’s Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management, and she has advised Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister on Women’s Entrepreneurship.  She has been featured in Forbes, The Globe & Mail, The Atlantic, and the CBC.

Where Eleanor hangs out online:

Website: eleanorbeaton.com

Website: safi-media.com 

Instagram: @eleanorbeaton

Eleanor’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Tanja Hester – She is the author of Work Optional and Wallet Activism, who retired at the age 38 and is blogging to teach others how to do the same. She teaches people the financial side of early retirement and has been dubbed the “matriarch of the women’s FIRE movement” by the New York Times. She’s a longtime political communications strategist (before retiring), a community and environmental activist.

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