Because last week’s live episode was so fun, we’re doing it all again! This time with my friend, colleague, and return guest, Dr. Shyamala Kiru. 

Dr. Shyamala is a family and couple’s therapist who has been in practice for over a decade. The focus of her work is on how to develop lasting, high-performance relationships — whether it’s with your boss, your friends, your children, or your partner. 

Right now we’re all facing something totally unprecedented: an unlimited amount of quality time to spend with the people we love. With the advent of COVID-19 and the escalating efforts to contain it, we are all being asked to stay home. And what that is doing is putting a different kind of pressure on our close relationships. And, especially as entrepreneurs, there are so many pieces that we need to balance. In this episode, Dr. Shyamala Kiru is sharing with us how we can not only navigate these important relationships in our lives but how we can actually invest in them — turning them into high-performing relationships. If you’re finding this time especially difficult, you’re not going to want to miss today’s episode! 

Key Takeaways: 

[:50] About today’s show with Dr. Shyamala Kiru. 

[2:29] Welcoming Dr. Shyamala Kiru on to the podcast! 

[3:36] Shyamala tells us about her background and how she gained her expertise around high-performance relationships. 

[6:34] Shyamala shares the advice she’s currently giving couples in the midst of COVID-19. 

[11:06] Shyamala highlights the importance of taking radical responsibility for your own happiness. 

[14:11] Shyamala shares an incredible strategy for managing anxiety and understanding what you can and cannot control. 

[19:30] The two camps of people right now during this pandemic. 

[20:40] Shyamala talks about some of the common factors of stress right now during this time and highlights the importance of communication between partners. 

[22:22] What happens if we communicate with our partner and we don’t hear what we want to hear? 

[26:43] Some of the ways this opportunity is challenging and teaching us about relationships. 

[28:43] Ways to shift your physiological state and set yourself up for psychological success. 

[30:57] Shyamala gives some suggestions on how to connect in new and fresh ways in your relationships and find positivity! 

[35:37] Shyamala gives her perspective on balancing work and family during these times. 

[40:57] Shyamala shares how we should all shift our perspective right now. 

[42:05] Shyamala’s key-performance indicators! 

[45:39] Where to hang out with Shyamala online! 

[46:16] What’s to come on The Entrepology Collective Facebook community! 

[47:13] Thanking Dr. Shyamala Kiru for joining the live podcast today. 

Mentioned in This Episode: 

The Entrepology Podcast Ep. 132: “Badass: How to Have a High-Performance Relationship! with Dr. Shyamala Kiru” 

Awaken with JP Sears 

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown 

Dr. Shyamala Kiru’s Instagram 

The Entrepology Collective 

More About Dr. Shyamala Kiru 

Dr. Shyamala Kiru is a Mindset & Relationship Expert, trained as a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Couple & Family Therapist, focused on the emotional and relational optimization of women and their families. Shyamala is the founder and director of the Kiru Wellness Clinic, a mental health practice dedicated to the treatment of the entire family system. 

Shyamala is a media expert, having appeared on a national television show for nearly a decade and consults for publications such as Chatelaine, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. She spent several years serving on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Most importantly, she is the Chief Inspiring Officer to her incredible daughter. 

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Shyamala shared an incredible strategy for managing anxiety and understanding what you can and cannot control! We would love to hear back from you on what YOUR list looked like and what you learned from it! Follow up with us on The Entrepology Collective — because when you’re accountable, you’re helpable! 


“When each individual takes the time and does the work to really strengthen their own mindset, that’s when we have these ‘power couples’; these couples that are able to show up for one another and show up for their mission.” — Dr. Shyamala Kiru 

“When we look at the couple’s system it is actually the strongest when each individual is executing at their fullest potential.” — Dr. Shyamala Kiru 

“We can’t talk about relationship strategies because they’ll all fall flat — whether it’s parenting or whether it’s around intimacy — unless we talk about the mindset piece.”  

— Dr. Shyamala Kiru 

“I’ve always believed that we need to take radical responsibility for our own happiness.” — Dr. Shyamala Kiru 

“We have no choice right now but to take radical responsibility for our mindset — each and every one of us.” — Dr. Shyamala Kiru 

“We absolutely have to be accessing every tool in our self-care, mindset toolbox right now.” — Dr. Shyamala Kiru 

“The only two things we can control are … what we think and what we do.”  

— Dr. Shyamala Kiru