Welcome to Episode 68 of Building My Legacy.

In this podcast, we talk with life coach Jacqueline Smith who has worked extensively with women who are high achievers. With a background in psychology and behavioral science, Jacqueline has always been fascinated with why people behave in ways that aren’t consistent with their goals … and why achieving a goal doesn’t always provide satisfaction or fulfillment. “As we move closer to what we say we want, we just set bigger and bigger goals for ourselves,” Jacqueline explains. “It’s like we moved the goalposts.”

Our discussion is very timely in today’s environment with COVID-19 forcing more people to work virtually from home. As workers – especially women – have become more connected with their families, they’re beginning to rethink their work/life balance and how it’s okay if everything isn’t perfect. That’s an important part of building your legacy, too. You want to look back and enjoy what you’ve accomplished, but, equally important, make sure you took time to celebrate your work along the way.

So if you want to know:

  • Why you need to love what you’re doing – not just what it will help you achieve
  • The important role enthusiasm and curiosity play in productivity
  • Why self-criticism isn’t a driver of success
  • How the stories you tell yourself shape your reality
  • Why leaders need to provide physical and psychological safety to employees returning to the office


About Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith, a certified life coach, is working on her doctorate in clinical psychology at Rutgers University. Her coaching specialty is working with high-achievers – particularly women – who need help when it comes to slowing down, taking time for themselves, and learning to see their minds more clearly. Jacqueline uses a cognitive behavioral approach to mindset management and aligned action and is especially interested in emotion regulation and emotional intelligence. Her most recent research involves emotion regulation in the context of health and health behaviors. She has a master’s degree in behavioral science from Brown University and a psychology degree from Boston College.

About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching:

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.