Maybe It’s You with Lauren Handel Zander

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This week on the Happier & Healthier Podcast, I talk with life coach Lauren Zander, author of “Maybe It’s You” and whose Handel Method is taught at MIT, Stanford, and NYU, to give you the kick in the pants you need to figure out how to cut the crap, face your fears, and take action to create a life you love.

Maybe It's You Lauren Zander Interview

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Meet Lauren Handel Zander

Lauren Handel Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology is taught in over 35 universities and institutes of learning around the world, including MIT, Stanford, and NYU. Lauren is also the author of Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life, a no-nonsense, practical manual that helps readers figure out not just what they want out of life, but how to actually get there. She has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private and corporate clients, including executives at Vogue, BASF, and AOL. Lauren has been a featured expert in The New York Times, BBC, Forbes, Women’s Health, Dr. Oz, and more.

Episode Highlights

  • 2:41 | Lauren explains what her *fantastic* book Maybe It’s You is all about. (PS: I’m obsessed with it and want to give it to everyone)
  • 4:26 | How seeing other people’s BS helps us look at our own
  • 6:04 | Are excuses holding you back?
  • 7:04 | What is the difference between “I will” and “I am”?
  • 8:40 | Why you’ll eat more if you consider yourself “fat”
  • 10:50 | What aspects of your life are you ignoring or hiding from?
  • 12:16 | How to catch yourself making excuses
  • 13:12 | The 2 things you must do to eliminate all excuses
  • 16:11 | How one of Lauren’s clients made money by calling out his excuses
  • 18:00 | The 1 thing that makes or breaks the promises you keep to yourself
  • 18:43 | How your lies end up trapping you + the reason Lauren believed you should clear up every lie you’ve ever told
  • 22:47 | The fascinating field of science that suggests your parents issues, traumas, and dramas can influence your life (even if they happened way before you were born). 
  • 27:37 | What to do to accomplish your dream (instead of putting it off)
  • 31:24 | How to face (or embrace) new opportunities that challenge your goals
  • 34:41 | How much money would it take to get you out of bed?
  • 38:10 | What is InnerU?
  • 40:33 | Why you should ask your parents about their sex life


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More from Lauren Handel Zander

Follow Lauren on Instagram @laurenzander_coach

Check out Lauren’s book: Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life

More from Handel Group

Visit the HG website:

Follow Handel Group on Instagram @handelgroup

Find out which areas of life you may need to work on with the free coaching tool from Lauren Zander and Handel Group, The Current Reality Quiz

Try out the digital coaching course from Lauren Zander and Handel Group: InnerU.Coach 

Use code HAPPIERHEALTHIER75 for $75 off a subscription level at checkout!

Thank you so much for being here Lauren. If you’d like to learn more and connect with her, you can head to If you think you need a good kick in the pants to get your life together, check our her innerU group coaching program, and you can use the code HappierHealthier75 for $75 off.  


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