Let me begin by distinguishing what I mean by CIO.  

The CIO is the Chief Information Officer, and in the world of business technology, this is the individual who is responsible for the management, implementation and usability of information through computer technology.

However, I am referring to CIO as a position I give myself for my life. I AM the Chief Information Officer of my mind, body, soul and spirit. I am committed to my personal growth & development, and taking the actions necessary to have love and  happiness be at the source of my self-expression.

Now, how does someone just wake up one morning and say “I AM the Chief Information Officer of my MIND, BODY,  SOUL and SPIRIT?”

It begins with a question. Questions, allow us to be inside a conversation with ourselves, an inquiry into why, how, who, when and where we want to be in our life. For me, I knew I did not want the next 10 years of my life to be like the last 10 years. I was going to a job I did not like and was not satisfying a hunger to do good for humanity.  I was just making big corporations more money.  It would take me an hour and twenty minutes to get to work and some days 3 hours to get home.  The stress of the job and the commute was starting to take a toll on my body.  I was not allowed to express my ideas freely and it was stifling my creativity, and there was no room to grow in the company.  As a result, I began the journey of discovering the truth of who I am. This allowed me to see what was missing, so that I could be at the source of my own power, freedom and self-expression.

You often hear others say “I need to find myself.” I want you to consider that there is nothing to find and everything to discover.  As the ancient philosopher Aristotle said: “Knowing yourself, is the beginning of all wisdom.” Knowing yourself is the access to a life you love and it begins with what I call the self-interview.

Inside this self-interview you get present to what it is you are feeding your mind. Knowing the power of our thoughts and that thoughts become things, what we tell ourselves, how we think, the actions we take or don’t take all add up to what your life looks like at any given moment in time.

Asking yourself the following  questions and answering from a place of honesty and calling one out on yourself, eliminates the blame game and has you see that you are 100% responsible for the outcome of your life.  Once you accept the responsibility, you begin to see why being the Chief Information Officer of your life is your birthright.

These are some of the questions that I ask myself when I want to cause a shift in my life:

  1. What AM I Feeding My Mind?
  • What I am watching on TV
  • What books I am reading
  • What thoughts that are going on inside my head because I am the only one listening
  • What words am I saying?
  • Is my communication adding value, leaving me touched, moved and inspired to take a new action or forwarding my goals this year?

      2. What Are My Power Words?

            I believe the power of life and death is in the tongue.  Being responsible for what you say about yourself and more                              importantly what you believe can make or break your circumstances.  

            I live inside these power words:

  • I am bold
  • I am beautiful
  • I am desirable
  • I am loved
  • I am wanted


  1. What Am I Declaring For My Day?

           I begin my day with declarations that inspire me and empower the people in my life.

          Today I choose:

  • I am a fireball of energy that is fueling me and those around me.
  • I also speak words of gratitude.
  • I am grateful for a healthy body
  1. What Is My Body Saying To Me?

           To be in the inquiry of my body means listening to what it needs:

  • Am I scheduling all the regular check-ups that my body needs, such as physicals, eye exams, dental appointments, chiropractor, massage therapy?
  • Am I scheduling the time in my week to exercise regularly.
  • Am I managing my stress productively? Such as doing a regular yoga class.
  • Am I fueling my body with the nutrients it needs to be the most fuel-efficient and powerful it can be?
  • Is there any other condition that may affect my state of mind, such as hormone fluctuations?
  • Am I getting the optimal amount of sleep my body needs to be revitalized and energetic?
  1. What Am I Feeding My Soul?

Feeding my soul is very important to me because it increases my faith and gets me connected to my life’s purpose.  I am a change agent, bestselling author, speaker and coach committed to spreading the message of hope around the world. All of this was created because my faith feeds my spirit, keeps me thriving and always at peace in knowing it will all work out. My life is a walking, talking testimony of my faith and it continues to give me access to have the courage to discover untapped areas of growth and expansion which allows me to continue to send out love and positive vibrations to people around me.

The next time you feel like a shift is needed in your life, ask yourself: “What would your life look like if you were the Chief Information Officer of your mind, body and Soul?”  


Written By: Fatima Gould