The Purpose Filter

The Purpose Filter

As someone who cares for sick and dying patients, hospice and palliative care physician Dr. Kathy Zhang has learned a thing or two about living. The good news is you don’t have to wait until the end to get a second chance at living the life you truly want. With episodes covering topics like health, relationships, mindset, productivity, business, meaning and happiness, you’ll learn how to apply the lessons of the dying before it’s too late so you can create a life you genuinely love. Dr. Zhang’s expertise as a mindset and life coach also means that each episode is packed with actionable strategies to help you see results fast. Each week brings warmth, compassion, authenticity, and humor to topics like what it takes to lead a life well-lived, finding your purpose, being your authentic self, taking action despite fear and so much more.If you’re ready to make a change in your life and aren't afraid of some uncomfortable conversations along the way, then tune in to discover how to transform your life and lead from the heart with purpose, passion, perspective, and peace.


January 25, 2023 19 min

Have you ever wanted to feel happier but just didn't know how? Or when you do feel happy, it's temporary and just doesn't seem to last? 

You might feel like you're chasing little slivers of happiness and life is the daily slog that happens in between those moments. 

Well, the good news is it doesn't have to be that way

This week, you'll hear about the ONE concept I learned that fundamentally changed my perspect...

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Has anyone ever told you that you seem to have it all together and that they never would have guessed you struggle with self-doubt from the way your carry yourself? 

Well, that's exactly what my friend and former podcast guest Katrina Mcghee said to me in a recent phone call 

And my immediate thought was "actually, I struggle with CRIPPLING self-doubt!" 

Our discussion was so honest and open and raw that I knew we needed t...

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If you've ever set New Year's resolutions in the past only to break them by the third week of January, then consider this a sign to listen in so you can finally break that old habit for good! 

In this week's episode, we'll uncover FIVE wildly effective ways to make 2023 your BEST. YEAR. EVER! 

Topics discussed:

  • the #1 reason why starting the new year off with intention is so effective
  • how having a unifying theme to your...
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    As we wrap up another year, I hope you take some time for restoration and rejuvenation this holiday season

    That's why The Purpose Filter podcast is taking a much needed winter break

    New episodes return on Wednesday January 11th, 2023!

    And as a reminder for the rest of this year, there are no "should"s and there is no "supposed to".

    This holiday season, I hope that you get to surround yourself with the people who...

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    You learned last week on episode 62 about the 5 personality subtypes of impostor syndrome, so we’re taking you even deeper and discussing the 5 myths you NEED to know to finally stop feeling like the fraud that you’ve NEVER been 

    Topics discussed in this episode:

  • refresh of the 5 personality subtypes of impostor syndrome from episode 62
  • the 5 myths of impostor syndrome and why people fall into the trap of believing them 
  • The one and ON...
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    How is it that every single time you try something new,  imposter syndrome seems to rear its ugly head? 

    Well, maybe because there's actually FIVE different personality subtypes of imposter syndrome!

    That's exactly what we'll be discussing in this episode so you can determine exactly which one of these personalities you resonate with the most, what problems are often associated with it and how to shift your mindset so you...

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    What's something that has significantly makes us happier, healthier and more fulfilled, that the vast majority of people only do once a year? 

    If you guessed gratitude (judging by the title), then you're absolutely RIGHT! 

    We already know that gratitude has INCREDIBLE health benefits, like lowering the risk of major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, nicotine, alcohol, drug dependence, and abuse, not to mentio...

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    Have you ever tried to quit a bad habit yet failed to make a lasting change? 

    You were motivated, you knew what was at stake and yet you went back to your old ways faster than you could say "whiplash"

    What if I told you there something you could do that would EXPONENTIALLY increase your chances of achieving any goal you set for yourself? 

    Well, that's exactly what this week's episode is all about! Tune in this week to ...

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    How is it that two people who start out under the exact same circumstances can get to the end of their life in totally different places?

    How does one radically transform their life while the other stays exactly where they are? The answer, as with most things is MINDSET. 

    In this week's episode I share with you the 4 words that could be the difference between being chained to your past or breaking free and creating your own destin...

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    November 2, 2022 20 min

    Picture this: you spot an attractive person across the room and you start walking over to introduce yourself but they panic sets in and you awkwardly run away to hide 

    Or you finally muster up the courage to ask your boss for a promotion, only to talk yourself out of it because "what's the point in even asking?"

    Sound familiar? 

    If you've ever been on the brink of putting yourself out there, whether in pursuit of a rom...

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    October 26, 2022 27 min

    Please note that this episode carries a trigger warning, as it covers topics related to death and suicide. Please listen with care.

    Whether or not we are aware of them, mental health issues exist within our families, workplaces, and communities and have a profound impact on nearly everyone we know.

    Today, I'm opening up and being completely vulnerable as I share my own mental health story in the hopes that it will shed some light...

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    How would you like to be remembered? What are the stories that you want people to tell about you once you’re gone?

    Answering these questions has everything to do with the legacy you’d like to leave behind. By knowing and understanding this, you can reverse engineer your life so that you are living with purpose and passion today.

    We can all name someone who has left a profound and lasting impression on us, even long after they are gon...

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    Imagine what life would be like if you didn’t care about the opinions of others. If the thought of being judged by family, friends or colleagues didn’t make you pause and factor into your decision-making. Picture yourself wearing the clothes you feel comfortable in, and going after the job you are passionate about. If this sounds like a dream, then you’re in the right place.

    People pleasing is the topic of today’s episode, and Dr. K...

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    There are so many aspects to living a life of fulfillment, but what if there was one area of your life you could improve that would spill over into all others? 

    Sounds like a bit of a life hack. Well, it is, and we want to share it with you on today’s episode.

    Is your sex life fulfilling, or are you just going through the motions?

    The empowerment you get from knowing what you want in the bedroom and being able to speak up and ask for ...

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    When someone compliments you, do you receive it with a thank you, or do you go on to diminish the compliment to make everyone feel more comfortable? Do you apologize for things that aren’t your responsibility?

    This is a common societal issue, especially for women. We’ve been taught that it is a bad thing to take up space in the world, and putting yourself last is praised. This whole structure is upside down and needs to be corrected...

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    September 21, 2022 20 min

    Two things can be true at the same time, like a half full or half empty water glass.

    I've seen my fair share of duality play out in palliative care where immense suffering can exist side by side with infinite love. And you can nurture this exact duality in your own life can help nurture more inner peace and comfort.

    This is the paradox that, if mastered, could totally change the your experience of life.  

    It's a muscle that ca...

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    "He did the crossword puzzle in INK." 

    The sentence above doesn't make sense now, but once you listen to the episode, you'll understand why it's such a profound sentence and the inspiration for this week's message 

    Most of us spend our days hiding our true nature because we're afraid of judgment or shame. We believe we won't fit in or be accepted by our peers. 

    It seems easy, but we make it tough on our...

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    We all have scars. 

    Sometimes there’s an exciting story, or perhaps they’re from something a little less ‘cool’ and light-hearted. 

    But what about the scars that aren’t visible? 

    The ones that serve as a constant reminder of a past trauma, or something you’re ashamed to talk about. 

    No matter how obvious your scars are to the outside world, each and every one of them has a story to tell. 

    In the final throwback episode of this little br...

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    Most of us don't feel as though we're good enough. Sound familiar?

    Confidence is a fickle figure and is closely related to feelings of self-worth. So many of us don’t feel confident in every, or even any aspect of our lives. But what if you understood that identity actually plays a significant role in how you perceive yourself?

    It can determine how you think, feel and plan for your future self, and can creep into all the dif...

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    In a society built on instant gratification, from texts to same day shipping, when was the last time you gave yourself some peace and quiet? 

    We have become so accustomed to daily distractions and chatter that even the thought of sitting in silence or there being a silent moment in a conversation creates a ton of anxiety. 

    Join Dr. Zhang in this enlightening episode as she discusses how to she uses silence in her conversations with e...

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