The Power of Subtraction

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When we are facing a challenge, so often our first reaction is to think about what we can ADD to solve the problem. It’s our brain’s impulse to avoid scarcity that compels us to add. We think we need to hire more people, get a new strategy, or buy more things to overcome the problem…when in reality, we need to do the complete opposite. 

Here’s a secret:  the best way to expand — whether it’s your work, career, success, happiness, or growth —  is to eliminate. So, rather than rushing to think about what you can add to improve your current circumstances, pause and think about what you need to first let go of. This may be a self-imposed rule, a thought, a feeling, a habit, or a characteristic of your identity. Whether you are the CEO of a business or the CEO of your household, this episode will show you three specific ways to use the power of subtraction today to get more of what you want. You’ll learn why when in doubt…you should always subtract.

In this episode, I share:

  • 3 key areas to consider subtracting from your life and how to do it
  • How to evaluate the rules you’re making up that are holding you back from making the changes you desire
  • The cost of adding rather than eliminating


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About Rita Hyland

With over 20 years of experience as an executive and leadership coach, Rita helps leaders — emerging and established — excel in corporate and entrepreneurial environments.

Rita believes if leaders were more clear about how transformation really works and more intentional about creating what they want, their impact, success, and influence in the world would be unstoppable.

Through her coaching programs, private coaching, and masterminds, Rita shows leaders how to win consistently and create the impact and legacy they desire.

Central to Rita’s work is the understanding that you will never outperform your current programming, no matter how strong your willpower.

When you learn to use Rita’s proprietary Neuroleadership Growth Code, a technology which uses the best of neuroscience and transformational psychology to hit the brain’s buttons for change, YOU become both the solution and the strategy.

Her mission is to end talented, hard-working, and self-aware leaders spending another day stuck in self-doubt or confusion and not contributing their brilliant work and talent the world so desperately needs.

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