Stand Tall & Own It

Stand Tall & Own It

“Just be you!” That’s what they all say. But it hasn’t always been safe or smart for high performing women - at school, at work, at church, at the PTA or even that exclusive networking event. Holding back kills your authenticity, and limits your impact. Just because we live in a world that is more friendly to strong, female leaders, that doesn't mean you feel "safe" being you. That's why it's imperative to know you, how you fit (or don’t) into the greater expectations of society, and understand that cookie-cutter leadership solutions will never be the answer. Each solution is as unique as the leader it is for. This podcast was created for high performing female leaders who are ready to make an impact by discovering the safety that comes from understanding their own value and exercising their authority. It’s time to truly “be you,” to Stand Tall & Own It. To learn more about Andrea Johnson and Intentional Optimism, visit


May 20, 2024 20 mins

Have you ever wondered how to differentiate the guiding convictions that define who you are from the fundamental truths that steer your behavior? This episode is for you!

In this episode, you’ll learn the difference between Core Values and Life Principles.

There are three quick steps to see if your Core Values are actually your Life Principles:

  1. Inside vs. Outside: It's essential to move from imitating oth...
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Discover the power of embracing change and navigating through the inevitable stages of grief in this empowering episode. Join Andrea Johnson as she shares her personal journey of transformation over the past 7 years, shedding light on the loss of beliefs, identities, and the security of knowing the answers.

Tune in to learn how acknowledging and grieving what you lose or give up, is essential for embracing who you are and ...

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After exploring 5 powerful tools in previous episodes, I've noticed some common questions and concerns among our listeners. While many are eager to dive in, I've also heard about the challenges faced by friends and clients. Here's the reality: none of these tools is a one-size-fits-all solution. They offer insights, yes, but the real answers lie within you.

It’s much simpler than you think. Before you buy or...

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In my last episode, a brilliant conversation with Taylor V, we looked at how understanding the language of Human Design can provide a framework for understanding what makes you fundamentally different… from everyone else. Today, I share my takeaways from that conversation, and how the language of Human Design fills in so many of the gaps in my own self-understanding. 

This final installment in our series on the personal g...

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Join me and my coach Taylor V for an insightful conversation delving into the tools that have shaped my personal growth journey. In this final installment, we explore the captivating realm of Human Design, unraveling its intricate language that holds the key to deeper self-understanding.

Human Design, often referred to as the science of human nature, reveals the blueprint of our being and sheds light on how we interact wit...

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In our last episode, I was joined by certified Enneagram coach and experiential specialist, Jackie Brewster, we dove into the transformative power of the Enneagram in both personal and professional spheres.

In this installment, I'll be opening up about how the interpersonal dynamics of the Enneagram have played a pivotal role in my journey of healing within personal relationships, marriage, and family dynamics. I&apos...

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In this episode, we dig into the transformative world of the Enneagram with certified coach and experiential specialist, Jackie Brewster. Join us as Jackie shares her expertise in helping individuals, teams, and organizations navigate the complexities of life and work through the lens of the Enneagram.

Discover how understanding and utilizing Enneagram insights can empower you to overcome feelings of being overwhelmed and ...

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In our last episode, we looked at the transformative power of understanding your strengths and talents in yet another tool I love, CliftonStrengths. My former coach, Allegra Stein walked us through how it can easily be integrated into your own leadership and personal development.

In this episode, I’m reflecting and sharing how CliftonStrengths paved the way for my own entrepreneurial endeavors. Embracing my top five streng...

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In this episode, we delve into the transformative power of CliftonStrengths, an assessment designed by Don Clifton to reveal your unique strengths DNA. Join us as we uncover how understanding and leveraging your CliftonStrengths can lead to greater engagement, productivity, and overall well-being.

Our special guest, Allegra Stein, brings a wealth of experience and insight to the conversation. With a career spanning the Pea...

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In our last episode, we delved into the transformative power of the Working Genius tool with Charity Medina, a seasoned Organizational Health Consultant and Certified Working Genius Facilitator. Now, join us as we journey deeper into the realms of personal and professional growth.

In this episode, I’m sharing how I use “Working Genius” in my life and business. Spoiler alert - one of my BIGGEST takeaways is the reminder tha...

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In this episode, we're diving deep into the fascinating world of Working Genius with none other than Charity Medina. As an accomplished Operations and HR leader, Charity brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

Join us as we explore Patrick Lencioni's transformative framework, uncovering the six different types of talents that are essential for success in any endeavor. From identifying our areas ...

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Join me in this episode as we explore the transformative power of the DISC assessment tool in leadership coaching. DISC is the tool I use most often with my clients, and I'm using powerful examples from my own DISC profile to illustrate its impact.

We'll delve into understanding the dynamics of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance (DISC) and how it can unlock your leadership potential. From uncoverin...

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In this enlightening episode, we delve into the fascinating world of DISC profiles with none other than Deb Ingino, a trailblazer within the world renowned Maxwell Leadership Team. Deb, instrumental in bringing DISC methodology to the forefront of leadership development, shares invaluable insights gleaned from her extensive experience.

Discover how understanding your DISC profile can unlock profound self-awareness and empo...

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February 19, 2024 19 mins

If there was one thing I would tell my 25 year old self, it would be “Andrea, you have permission to make your own choices and decisions… Basically, to think for yourself.”

In this week’s episode, we walk through the deceptively simple concept of how to give yourself permission - in any area. How many times have you said (this week) “I can’t?” Well, what if you actually could?

Permission granted.
Now what?<...

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Deconstruction is a HOT topic right now - especially for the faith community. But here’s the thing… it’s not as big of a deal as people are making it out to be.

In this episode, I give you a simple definition, share ways in which you are probably already DOING deconstruction, a few (of the many) clear benefits of it, and then some “bottom line” truths and expectations you can walk away and apply - today.

Time to ...

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Are you dissatisfied, unfulfilled or disempowered in your work? Have you tried “all the things,” followed all the rules, and still aren’t where you want to be? Are you frustrated with constantly defending your personal boundaries, or struggling to make important decisions?

In this episode, I (finally!) share the magic of understanding your Core Values!

No more guessing - with a clear definition, simple explanatio...

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Do you set resolutions? Do you keep them? What about goals? What if all you needed in order to achieve your goals for 2024 was to understand your values and set some intentions?

In this episode you’ll learn the importance of knowing you and how you function, then tailoring your “goals” to help you thrive.

For a deeper discussion, DM me @theintentionaloptimist (IG or LI) or email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimi...

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January 1, 2024 42 mins

2024 is here!

Have you taken time to set intentions, make resolutions or set goals?

There’s one goal every leader needs in 2024: to become curious about their own perspectives.

Where do they come from?
What forms them?
What are they concealing?
What do they say about us?

If you, as a leader, cannot change your perspective, you will have a hard time growing.
If you aren’t growi...

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December 25, 2023 17 mins

Merry Christmas, my friend! In this is the last episode of 2023, I want to leave you with a little encouragement, and a vision for 2024.

“Stand Tall and Own It” means we don’t hide who we are - from ourselves or others. We share our wisdom, our opinions and our boundaries - all with grace and kindness. In this episode, I share some topics we’ll tackle in 2024. The goal is to equip you with the tools you need to embrace yo...

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How do you slow down long enough to catch your breath and still have time to enjoy the holidays?

In this fifth, and final, installment of the “how to deal with holiday stress” mini series, I share my personal thoughts on how it is important to take your foot off the gas pedal, come to a full stop, and take a look in the rearview mirror to see what the road behind you looks like, in order to determine your course moving for...

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