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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 29, 2019

This week, I’m covering a topic that I’ve never talked about on the podcast before: divorce.

Specifically, I’m chatting with Anna Shpilsher, a woman who focuses on helping people rebuild their lives after divorce.

Anna says that her life began after her divorce. Before then, life was pretty awful. She suddenly found herself 30, divorced, and a single mom to 2 small children.

She hated her new identity.

And, to make matters worse, she was stuck… stuck thinking about what once was and not being able to move past it.  All things were becoming a burden, including parenting, and she was longing for normalcy and adult connection like never before.

Anna found her way out of those feelings and has gone on to live an incredibly aligned, happy life, and she’s passionate about helping other people do the same.

This is why she does the work she does today.

We had such an intimate conversation, and we hit on some important topics:

  • Radical responsibility - Anna took responsibility for the situation she found herself in, even though it was her ex-husband’s fault for putting her there! This is the purest example of radical responsibility that I’ve ever seen. My question to you is this: if you aren’t willing to do what Anna did and take responsibility for your own happiness, who are you giving that power to?

  • Negativity habit - Our minds naturally move toward the negative, if we don’t intentionally work to balance our thinking. Anna and I talk about how pervasive this habit is, the impact it has on us, and what we can do about it. (Psst, check out episode 59 for an entire episode on this topic). Head over to Peak Mind to learn how you can break the negativity habit by building psychological strength.

  • Your value as a person - You are valuable as a person, simply because you are here. That’s it. Your value as a person is not dictated by your successes, failures, other people’s praise, or criticism. Anna and I have a powerful discussion about the intrinsic value of every single person and how we can embrace that value, even in the face of hardship.

Thank you, Anna, for your openness and for sharing your wisdom with us!

May 22, 2019

Imagine this: you make a contribution at work, or you score a big win. What do you do next?

Do you tell people about what you achieved?

Or, do you wait for other people to recognize you and leave your fate in their hands?

This week, we’re chatting with Carla Howard. Carla helps women become more Influential and promotable so they can rise with confidence and grace!

Carla was catalyzed to do this work after she asked her daughter and granddaughter to draw a picture of a leader. She was shocked to see that both of them drew pictures of men.

She knew she had to do something to help women rise to their own potential, and we’re so fortunate to have her here on the podcast this week!

Here’s what you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Personal brand - Knowing your personal brand means knowing who YOU ARE AT YOUR CORE. Knowing your values, strengths, weaknesses, and what you look like when you’re at your best will set you up to create a strong, meaningful personal brand that serves to shout to the world who you are and what you stand for. Self-awareness is a powerful thing!

  • Self-promotion - Shudder. I know. This one is TOUGH! Self promotion can just be difficult for us, yet it’s so incredibly important. One of Carla’s genius abilities is to make processes like self-promotion feel systematic and easy. In fact, Carla is offering a free PDF to help you figure out how to self=promote in a way that doesn’t feel so heavy.

  • The spotlight effect - We tend to believe that other people are paying more attention to us (our wins AND our losses) than they actually are. This has a huge impact on our behavior! In some cases, we avoid taking a risk because we think other people will watch us fail. Or, we don’t feel the need to self-promote because we think other people see our accomplishments. This is called the spotlight effect. However, when it comes down to it, people aren’t paying attention to us, they’re paying attention to themselves.

Thank you, Carla, for such a powerful conversation!

May 15, 2019

What is your biggest goal?

Nope, I mean your BIGGEST GOAL?

The one that is so big that it scares you?

That’s the one I want you to have in mind as you listen to this week’s episode.

This week, I have the incredible honor of chatting with a powerhouse friend of mine, Bri Seeley.

Like many of us, Bri once lived in the land of 'should.' After completing two degree’s in fashion design, she built her own fashion label from the ground up and was convinced fashion was her path. Except, it didn't feel right.

Bri took the leap to close her fashion brand and follow her soul’s calling: to become a business and transformational coach.

Since then, she has coached thousands of people around the world, has been featured on the Today Show, in Forbes, and in so many other media outlets.

Bri is the author of the book “Permission to Leap,” and her passion is helping people reach their goals and live their truth, unapologetically.

You’re going to love this one!

We hit so many powerful topics:

  • How identity can hold us back. I’m going to have to do a whole episode on this soon. Bottom line, if you believe you can do something or you believe you can’t do something, you’re right. Your concept of your identity and what “people like you” are capable of will dictate how high you can fly.

  • Give yourself permission to want what you want. Sometimes we feel ashamed at the size of our goals or at the outcome we truly want to shoot for. STOP! Give yourself permission to want that huge salary, to want that perfect job, to want that expensive bag, etc.

  • Your brain can be your biggest asset - USE IT. Your brain has an incredible ability to goal-seek, but it needs a crystal clear target to go after. If you can give your mind a clear target of what you want it to get for you, it’ll do its job and find opportunities, people, circumstances, and events that align with the thing you want. Let your brain goal-seek for you.

Recently, I announced my partnership with Ashley Smith to form Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength. Think of it as a gym membership for your mind! We’re so excited about this new venture that we’re offering a FREE 4-part Achieve Your Peak video series. Sign up now - the doors won’t be open for long!

May 8, 2019

Every once in a while, we get to meet someone so multifaceted and interesting that they shift the way we think about the number of paths we can take during our lifetime.

This week’s interview was one of those conversations for me.

This week, you’re going to meet Sheira Brayer. Sheira is an empowerment speaker, an award-winning songwriter, the author of the book “Motiv8: 8 Ways to Rock Your Own World,” and a mom.

Sheira is on a mission to educate, guide, and inspire mothers and their young daughters with the tools and skills they need to feel better in their own skin!

Imagine that! Focusing on one of the most important relationships we’ll ever have - the one we have with ourselves!

Imagine if every single person in the world made it their mission to understand, support, and love themselves as fully as they possibly could. Imagine how different our world would be?!

I absolutely adored this conversation! Not only is Sheira so entertaining to chat with, but she takes such a creative approach toward the empowerment work she does. Yes, her curriculum is incredible, but the way she infuses her musical ability into it to generate even bigger results is just remarkable.

I know you’re going to love this conversation! In particular, we touch on:

  • Self Awareness - I am willing to bet that I could pick almost anyone at random off of the street and they could benefit from increasing their level of self-awareness. This is one of the areas where we “don’t know what we don’t know,” and the more time and effort you put toward getting to know yourself at a deep and intimate level, the better chance you have of living in alignment with that authentic person inside of you.

  • Self Beliefs - The views you have about yourself will impact the way you interact with others. Isn’t that profound?! Not only do we project our own beliefs onto other people, but once we understand where our motivations and habits come from, we can start to understand why other people might act and react the way that they do. Talk about a way to foster compassion and empathy!

  • Personal Development - Friends, I got on a soapbox with this one. So many times, people down-play the impact of working on yourself. Of becoming a better person. Of showing up in the best way you possibly can. I’ll circle back to something I said before - IMAGINE IF EVERYONE DID! We’d live in such a more vibrant, incredible world. So, from that perspective, self-improvement is not selfish, it’s a good deed we’re all doing for society.

Recently, I announced my partnership with Ashley Smith to form Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength. Think of it as a gym membership for your mind! We’re so excited about this new venture that we’re offering a FREE 4-part Achieve Your Peak video series. Sign up now - the doors won’t be open for long!

May 1, 2019

Today’s episode could very likely change your financial life.

I’m serious.

Today, you’re going to hear from Tess Wicks, a financial expert, and the founder of Wander Wealthy.

Periodically in past episodes of the podcast, I’ve focused on the important topic of focusing on building wealth to create financial stability, opportunity, flexibility, and options.

But, here’s the thing. Many times, talking about, wanting, and trying to create wealth can feel GROSS. It can just feel uncomfortable.

Why is that?!

So many of us have beliefs around money that, quite frankly, hold us back from earning at the level that we can and should be earning at, and today’s episode is meant to squash all of those.

Today, my interview with Tess is your permission slip to unapologetically build wealth in your own life, and she even gives some practical tips about how to do it.

I can’t wait for you to hear these incredible topics:

  • Why one of the riskiest things you can do is stay out of the wealth-building game.

  • Contrary to some beliefs, money is NOT evil.

  • Aligning your spending with your values can make each dollar go so much further

  • Our identities around money and wealth create the ceiling of what we will ever go after for ourselves.

Check out this episode and put these tips to work in your own life. Let’s go build some wealth!

Recently, I announced my partnership with Ashley Smith to form Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength. Think of it as a gym membership for your mind! We’re so excited about this new venture that we’re offering a FREE 4-part Achieve Your Peak video series. Sign up now - the doors won’t be open for long!

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