Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I am a board-certified physician, mindfulness teacher and life coach who helps high-achieving professional women go from chasing what’s next to loving what’s now. After years in medicine, I left my primary care practice because I wanted to make a bigger impact. Coaching helped me identify what was truly important to me so I could live a life that felt good to me as opposed to the life I “should” be living. My mission is to empower other women to look within and believe in themselves so they can live a meaningful life of ease and joy.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I joined Ellevate earlier this year because I was looking for a community of like-minded women. The entrepreneurial journey can be isolating sometimes especially with the pandemic and I’m so grateful to have connected with many new friends and mentors along the way. The various events have been so helpful for my own growth and learning and am excited to support and serve the community as well.
How would you define your professional mission?
My mission is to empower women to believe in themselves to reconnect with their gifts and make an impact in the world. I know we are all here for a reason and so many women have been living in the shadows not speaking up and sharing their wisdom and talents. I’m here to help women see what’s possible and gain the confidence to go for what they want unapologetically and live a meaningful life of ease and joy.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Someone who is committed to learning and growth because the entrepreneurial journey is an adventure filled with ups and downs. There will be challenges and failures and you have to be open and brave, stay committed to your why, practice self-awareness and self-compassion so that you don’t take things personally and can take decisive action to keep showing up no matter what so that you can serve as many people as possible.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I was a perfectionist and people pleaser who went through life seeking approval and accomplishments to fill a void and prove my worth. I was afraid to express who I really was and I was driven to succeed and went to top schools to become the best physician I could be. Things looked fine on the surface but I was unhappy, resentful and felt like I was just another cog in the wheel. I felt so incredibly stuck but was also afraid to leave my stable job and step outside my comfort zone. After all, I spent almost 25 years in school and training. Medicine was all I knew.
Working with a life coach helped me reconnect to my true calling to serve others in a way that felt good to me and inspired me to do the same for other women. In my own healing journey, I have explored a wide range of therapeutic modalities and developed a comprehensive skill set to care for the person as a whole. As an integrative life coach, I take a mind, body and soul approach to empower women to identify their purpose and live their dream life with ease and joy.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It’s so gratifying to help clients feel better, shine and share their best authentic selves to make the world a better place. I find that women are often incredibly hard on themselves and downplay their achievements and successes. It’s amazing to see what women are capable of when we truly believe in and take care of ourselves!
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
I want women to honor and trust themselves and believe in their own self-worth. I want women to prioritize self-care because it is not selfish, it is mandatory. You cannot give from an empty tank. When you know you have your own back no matter what, you can handle anything that comes your way and make all your dreams come true.
Who are your role models?
1) Brene Brown. Understanding the importance of vulnerability and courage in leadership has been so inspiring as I carry out my mission on this entrepreneurial journey that’s often filled with uncertainty and fear.
2) Kristin Neff. Her work surrounding the value of self-compassion has helped me immensely, especially in moments of “failure”, knowing that I have my own back and will get through everything just fine.
What is your morning ritual?
I always start my day with gratitude and a meditation practice. I find that it helps set the tone so I can stay grounded and relaxed throughout. It keeps me calm even when things get crazy and hectic in the day. Please know that I hated meditation when I first started because it felt impossible to quiet my mind. But I tried different types of practices and have found ones that resonate with me now so just know that you can always find something that works for you.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Helping people feel seen, heard and understood in a way like never before.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
You are doing everything perfectly. Take a breath and know that it is all going to be OK. I know you are trying your best and don’t feel guilty about taking care of you. Self-care is absolutely essential in order for you to show up as the best you in all areas of life.
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Physician, Mindfulness Teacher, Life Coach
Cindy Tsai, MD is a board-certified physician, mindfulness teacher and life coach who helps high-achieving professional women go from chasing what's next to loving what's now. Real validation comes from within, not when you get the promotion or make a certain amount of money. If you can't be happy right now, you will still have the same problems when you reach your goals. Cindy's mission is to empower other women to look within and believe... Continue Reading
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