It's tough letting go of past mistakes. We pour over them again and again, beating ourselves up, trying to figure out how to let them go. We say to ourselves, "I've been forgiven," but before we know it, we're feeling all the emotions all over again. In today's show, my guest is pulling back the covers on our emotions to teach us how to break the cycle of guilt and shame.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a terrible memory. I struggle to remember just about everything in my life. But ask me about the mistakes I’ve made, and I can recite every detail to you.
The guilt and shame can be suffocating at times, making us feel as if we’ll never be able to break the stronghold they have over us.
And that’s why I’m excited to share that my guest for today’s show is Mandy Miles from Mandy Miles Coaching; a Christian Life Coach specializing in empowering women to choose their own story and step into the life God has for them.
Mandy will help us explore the challenges of guilt and shame and what we can do to break the cycle and start healing.
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BREAKING THE CYCLE OF GUILT AND SHAME
In today’s show, Mandy breaks down…
- the difference between guilt and shame
- steps you can take to break the stronghold they have over you
- what to do when you’re in a “shame spiral”
- what you can expect as you move through healing
And don’t worry, my friend.
I’m helping you walk this out with a FREE Guilt and Shame PDF.
Understanding Guilt vs. Shame
The first step in learning how to break the cycle of guilt and shame is to understand the difference between the two, and in today’s show, Mandy is uncovering it for us.
And as we’ll learn, this distinction is crucial in breaking the stronghold they have over us.
She teaches us how understanding the differences between the two can bring incredible growth.
Guilt can be a catalyst for positive change, but shame can paralyze us. (And I have no doubt you’ve already experienced this.)
Recognizing which one is at play in our lives is the first step in the journey to breaking its stronghold.
Steps ON HOW TO Break the CYcle of GUILT AND Shame
In today’s show, Mandy will help us…
- Identify whether it’s guilt or shame.
- Understand the power behind brain dumping all of our feelings (And what to do if journaling isn’t your thing.)
- Learn how to reflect on what we wrote, so we can change the narrative using the questions from Mandy’s previous episode.
What to Expect on Your Journey
We all have those unrealistic expectations surrounding our faith walk, and when it comes to putting our past behind us, it’s not different.
It’s important to understand what we can expect as we learn how to break the cycle of guilt and shame.
So Mandy will also dive into this crucial aspect of healing, as she encourages us to offer ourselves some grace, and emphasizes the importance of self-compassion in our journey.
Coping with Guilt and Shame
In addition to understanding the difference between guilt and shame, it’s essential to have practical tools to cope with these emotions.
And I’ve got you, my friend.
I put together these free guilt and shame worksheets to guide you through the process Mandy takes us through.
Simply sign-up below and I’ll send them right over to you.
Guilt vs. Shame: Breaking Strongholds
The battle with guilt and shame often feels impossible on our own, but recognizing the distinction between them is the key to dismantling their hold over us.
Mandy’s insights shed light on how to break the cycle of guilt and shame and walk it out in a practical way.
COPING WITH GUILT AND SHAME
I probably don’t have to tell you these feelings and emotions can keep us from experiencing the life God has for us.
So understanding the differences, coupled with practical steps, and realistic expectations of how to walk this out, paves the way to healing and restoration.
If you’re struggling to break the cycle of guilt and shame, then you don’t want to miss today’s show.
So grab your earbuds and your favorite beverage and join us for How to Break the Cycle of Guilt and Shame.
HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF GUILT AND SHAME
- 00:00 Welcome
- 05:50 Meet Mandy
- 11:30 Difference between guilt and shame
- 19:07 Physiological responses to guilt and shame
- 23:20 How to break the stronghold of shame
- 30:50 What to do when your thoughts and feelings begin to spiral
- 36:04 What can we expect through the healing
- 48:30 Wrapping Up the steps of breaking strongholds of shame
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