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Building Psychological Strength

More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.
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May 30, 2018

Many of us are familiar with the powerful work of Brene Brown. She truly pioneered the notion that our vulnerability is not a weakness to be hidden, but rather, a powerful way for humans to authentically live their lives and connect with one another.

What does that look like for you?

Are there times when you find yourself feeling consistently vulnerable? How do you respond in those situations? Do you allow yourself to feel the authentic feelings that are coming up, or do you feel compelled to hide your vulnerability. Have you ever even stopped to take note of those times to understand them at a deeper level? 

This week, I am speaking with Silvia Turonova, an inspirational life coach who used her own difficult life circumstances as motivation and fuel to create the fulfilling life she lives today. 

Silvia immigrated to the U.S. 6 years ago from Slovakia with $500 in her pocket. Her desire to create more opportunities for herself and for her mother is what drove her to take such a big leap to start her life over. At the time, she only knew 2 sentences in English, and she had no idea what she was going to do for her career. 

Today, she is a motivational speaker, writer and an author of the book "Courage Within You." She is a founder of the Courage Within You platform blog which she launched almost 3 years ago to support and inspire people in living courageously and without limits.

Silvia has written well over 200 articles on success and personal development and was featured on some successful websites as Addicted2Success, MotivationGrid, Wealthy Gorilla and many more. Her drive to help people in changing their perspective on pain and using their courage to live more authentic lives is mainly based on her own experience and challenges.

She primarily focuses on teaching people how to find benefits in their hardships and how to love themselves through imperfections. Silvia believes that one of the best ways to experience fulfillment in life comes from being our most authentic self.

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May 23, 2018

Unfortunately, it's a near certainty that every single one of us will face some serious adversity in our lives. That might come in the form of a medical diagnosis, an accident, the loss of a job or a loved one, or something else.

The fact that the adverse situation happens to us is one thing, what we choose to do afterward, is another thing entirely.

What if you could THRIVE after adversity? What if an adverse event could be the very thing that reignites the passion in your soul and realigns you to what is really important?

I certainly experienced that on two separate occasions in my life, and this week's guest had the very same experience after she received a serious health diagnosis. 

This week, you will meet Karen Magill. She woke up one morning to near crippling levels of paralysis, with no idea what was happening to her. 

Eventually, she got her diagnosis: Multiple Sclerosis. Because of the effects of MS, she was forced to leave the work force in the year 2000 and had go on private disability....and take a 30% cut in income. In 2002, Karen filed for bankruptcy.

Karen knew the that dealing with the struggle and anxiety of her financial situation was not the way to live, so she took charge of her situation. She got herself out of debt and is now helping other people do the same. 

In her words, "You can't go after your goals if you're disabled by debt." That is so true.

I'm thrilled for you to meet Karen Magill!

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May 16, 2018

Isn't it funny how we don't think twice about helping someone else, but we so frequently put our needs on the back-burner? Whenever you fly to go somewhere, they always tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others, yet so few of us actually put that idea into practice in our lives.

This week, you're going to meet a woman who learned to heal herself while she was trying to help heal her sister. 

Alyssa Labrecque is a Nutritionist and owner of Soul Food Nutritionista. With a strong family history of irritable bowel disease and years of thinking her constipation, fatigue and extra weight were "normal", Alyssa went on a mission to stop dragging herself through the day and to transform her body by learning how to love and trust her guts!

After healing herself from an abusive relationship, she intimately experienced the close link between our emotions and our physiological symptoms. This link is an important part of the work she does today. 

Today, she is helping people to banish the gas, and ending the diarrhea and constipation so they can fit in their clothes, feel normal and start living their life again.

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May 9, 2018

We have all experienced adversity and struggle in our lives. It's unavoidable. However, what we do when we move past that adversity in our own lives can vary.

Do you simply move on?

Or, do you try to pave the way for others who might come after you?

In this episode, you're going to meet Shala Nicely, a woman who turned an incredibly adverse, difficult struggle into passion that fuels her purposeful work. 

From the age of 5, Shala struggled with the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Because of these symptoms, her day-to-day life was incredibly scary and difficult, and because of the hold that OCD had over her, she felt like she had to keep it all a secret. That's a big job for a 5-year-old.

After suffering for decades, Shala sought out treatment to get her OCD under control. And she didn't stop there.

Shala is now an OCD survivor, author, advocate and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders in Atlanta. She is author of "Is Fred in the Refrigerator? Taming OCD and Reclaiming My Life." 

She is co-founder with Jeff Bell of BeyondtheDoubt.com, an initiative dedicated to helping people learn to thrive through uncertainty. Shala is an advocate for The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance and blogs for Psychology Today, offering an inside perspective on life with OCD.

Episode Take-Aways:

  1. Pave the way for others. One of the most fundamental ways we can help other people is to help smooth out the path for them when we have gone before them. Some of my most difficult journeys have been made a bit easier because a generous person took me by the hand and helped me move down a path they went down in the past. 
  2. Building your uncertainty muscle. We all have a comfort zone....but we all know that real growth and advancement happens outside of it. One way to help you move outside of your comfort zone is to do it gradually. Build that uncertainty muscle, one "exercise" at a time. Over time, you'll make more progress than you can imagine. 
  3. Assume positive intent. We've all been hurt by the words of others. People can be insensitive and uninformed, and they can say things that truly hurt our feelings, without even realizing it. One way to help yourself minimize the hurt that you might feel, and as an added bonus, preserve or even strengthen the relationship you have with that person, is to assume positive intent. Assume they didn't intentionally try to hurt you. That 1 small assumption can help open your mind to understanding their perspective and having a better conversation about whatever the topic may be.
  4. Get help. If you even suspect that you might be in a situation that could benefit from therapy, please go. Call today. It might seem like an indulgence, but it really isn't. It might seem like something to be ashamed of, but it really isn't. Taking care of your mind is arguably more important than taking care of your physical body. Your clarity, focus, emotional regulation, motivation, drive, calmness, and so much more come from your mind. Be good to it. Get help if you even suspect you might need it.

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May 4, 2018

Your mind can be your best, most powerful asset, or if left unchecked, it can be your worst enemy. 

In this mini-episode of the Women Inspired podcast, I'm diving into something I'm calling the Negativity Addiction. Our tendency to to automatically and more easily perceive negative events and details in the world around us. 

We fall prey to the negativity addiction in our own lives when we focus on the small negative events that happen to us on a daily basis. And, by doing that, we train our brain to form a habit to seek out more negativity in our everyday lives.

We also fall prey to the negativity addiction when we bring negativity into other people's lives through our interactions with them. 

In this episode, I challenge you to take on a new mindset practice. I challenge you to focus on the positive. Carve a new habit in your brain, and tell your mind that you have a new goal for it to seek out. The more you intentionally focus on the positive, the more it will become habitual and automatic. And that, my friends, is when your life changes. 

This mini-episode has the power to alter and improve the way you experience your day to day life. I hope you'll dive in with me!

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May 2, 2018

What are your personal values? What are your non-negotiables? Said another way, what are the things you absolutely need or absolutely refuse to put up with in your job / relationships / life?

Have you thought about it? I mean, have you really thought about it?

In this episode of the Women Inspired podcast, you're going to meet Kristi Piehl, former investigative journalist and founder and CEO of the company Media Minefield. Kristi's personal values and non-negotiables were so strong and clear that they helped her make the transition from her life-long dream job to launching and growing her own company into a massive success. All without compromising her #1 priority: being there for her family. 

In this episode, we hit on 3 powerful points:

  1. Your job is not your identity. You are so much more than the job you go to each day. You are a living, breathing person with passions, strengths, skills, and value to bring to the world. It's critical that you get to know that person on a deeper level.
  2. What are your non-negotiables? What are the personal policies or values that you are not willing to compromise on? Getting clear on these items will become your compass when you find yourself in times of turmoil and ambiguity in your life.
  3. Just start. Time and time again, I hear from incredibly successful guests who began massive projects, simply by taking one step at a time. Small movement. Small progress. Small steps taken day by day lead to incredible progress. You can do it!

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