UNLEASHED (at work & home) with Colleen Pelar
Validation - Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Validation - Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

June 24, 2021

What you think about you matters most.

External validation means you are measuring your self-worth based on what other people think of your behavior.

Internal validation means you are clear about who you are and what you value, so you always have an easy way to measure your success.

Listen in on this great conversation with Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB. She  shared her thoughts about the power of internal validation as well as her own simple metric for evaluating each day.

Give it a try and let me know what you think! 

Imposter Syndrome - 7 Perfectly Good Reasons for Imposter Feelings

Imposter Syndrome - 7 Perfectly Good Reasons for Imposter Feelings

June 10, 2021

Imposter syndrome is extraordinarily common and incredibly debilitating.

All around, you see capable, competent pet pros who are doing a terrific job.

And I'm here to tell you that most of them can't see how amazing they are.

Can you? Do you know how amazing you are? 

If you struggle with imposter feelings, it's likely that at least one of the seven reasons in this episode has gotten in your way. 

How to Notice and Shift Limiting Beliefs

How to Notice and Shift Limiting Beliefs

May 20, 2021

A limiting belief is something you believe to be true that constrains your choices in some way. It's a belief that "that's just the way things are, and there's nothing I can do about it."

Often you won't even recognize your limiting beliefs and so you'll never test them to see if they help or hinder you.

Learning to recognize your limiting beliefs and make more active choices allows you to show up in support of yourself in more empowering ways. https://colleenpelar.com/95


Abundance - Meredith Jones, DVM

Abundance - Meredith Jones, DVM

May 6, 2021

How much is "enough" and how much is an "abundance?" This varies by category and circumstance.

We often think of money when we talk about abundance. How much money would you need to have to feel abundant?

What about other categories? How many supportive relationships would feel like an abundance? How much time to dedicate to your own interests and needs? What amount of sleep would be abundant for you?

Meredith Jones, DVM, joined me to talk about abundance in its many forms.

Tell me, what's something that is either free or very inexpensive that makes you feel abundant?

Nerds - Hannah Branigan

Nerds - Hannah Branigan

April 8, 2021

There's magic in diving deep into a subject and learning as much as you possibly can about it. There's something so exciting and energizing about it.

Hannah Branigan, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, is a self-described nerd. Her passion subjects include dog training, Applied Behavior Analysis, and neuroscience. That's quite a mix!

She joined me for a fun conversation about the power of owning your interests and pursuing them with passion.


Focus - Veronica Boutelle, CTC, MAEd

Focus - Veronica Boutelle, CTC, MAEd

March 11, 2021


Far too often, your attention is focused more on other people's priorities than your own. Focus gives you purpose to pursue work that's meaningful to you *and* the freedom to do what you choose, feeling present, calm, and content.

Pet professionals often find their work isolating and draining. Maintaining a focus on what matters most to you re-energizes you and helps you build the habits, practices, and connections that fuel you.

You deserve to enjoy your day-to-day life.

There's no one better than Dog*Biz's president, Veronica Boutelle, to talk about focus with. For nearly two decades, Dog*Biz has been helping dog pros build their businesses with careful deliberation so they can do good work and also earn a good living.


Comparison - Avoiding the Compare-and-Despair Trap

Comparison - Avoiding the Compare-and-Despair Trap

February 25, 2021

Judgment requires comparison, but comparison does not require judgment.

Learn to harness your brain's natural gift of comparison without letting it harm your self-image, productivity, or motivation.


Discovery - Sue Sternberg

Discovery - Sue Sternberg

February 11, 2021

This conversation about dogs, dinosaurs, and discovery is just what the doctor ordered.

The inner demons of perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and overthinking tell you that you have to do everything “the right way.”

But that’s not true.

There’s tremendous value in doing something just for the sheer joy of the experience, without any attachment to whether you do it well.

Laugh and learn with Sue Sternberg in this wide-ranging conversation. 

The most powerful discoveries are the ones you make about yourself. https://colleenpelar.com/90

Joy - Energizing surges of emotion

Joy - Energizing surges of emotion

January 14, 2021

Joy seems like a simple, uncomplicated emotion, but it often sits side by side with more difficult emotions.

Joy’s power comes from the yin and yang of life, the ups and downs. Joy gives us moments of elation, connection, and awe that are only powerful because we are also familiar with darkness. Joy points out what is good right now.

Acknowledgement: Noticing & Claiming Your Accomplishments

Acknowledgement: Noticing & Claiming Your Accomplishments

December 17, 2020

Here we are at the end of a long, hard year. It's been a year filled with change and uncertainty.

You’ve probably been so busy this year with a variety of concerns that you haven’t taken time to acknowledge all the ways, big and small, that you’ve shown up for yourself.

Get ready to feel more empowered, more confident, and more aware of your own impact. https://colleenpelar.com/88

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