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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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Aug 28, 2019

So many of us operate from the perspective that life is supposed to follow a linear path. So much so that, when we find ourselves at a crossroads or we feel compelled to go in a new direction, it can be incredibly difficult for us!

This is why I am so excited for you to meet this week’s guest, Shannon Schottler. Shannon is a certified life/career transitions & leadership coach. Her mission is to empower more individuals to find, know and honor their truth personally and professionally. She believes now more than ever that our world needs more self-aware leaders who know not only how to lead a mission, a team or a business…but also lead themselves extraordinarily well. Self-aware leaders will change the world and that starts with you.

In her interview, we talked about so many actionable concepts. We talked about something she calls the “Cycle of Renewal.” During this discussion, Shannon gives labels to the stages we go through during our lives that can range from highly motivated, action-packed stages, to slower, more self-reflective stages. All of them have their role, and Shannon highlights ways to make the most out of them. She also spoke about the importance of mindfulness and self-awareness as a way to more intentionally move through each of those stages.

Last, we spoke about the interplay between our own behaviors, our feelings, the beliefs or stories we have about ourselves and the facts that might be supporting or refuting those stories. This discussion about the “Paths to Action” will give you a roadmap for moving past self-limitation into a much more intentional, empowered state.

We’re so thrilled to partner with Shannon on this episode! For more information, follow her on Instagram or visit her website: http://www.shannonschottler.com/

Aug 21, 2019

We all want the best for our kids; that goes without saying. But, sometimes, our best intentions actually get in the way of our kids making the mistakes they need to make to grow and develop into educated, high-functioning adults. 

In today’s episode, we’re talking with Teru Clavel, the author of the brand new book “World Class.” In her book, Teru compares the educational system we have in the United States with the system she encountered as her family moved from country to country in Asia.  

Most notably, she saw that the growth mindset was extremely prevalent in Asia. Effort and practice were valued above simple achievement. The concept of failure was seemingly nonexistent. Rather, the Asian approach to education focused on viewing failure as an opportunity to learn more. And the intentional role that parents, teachers, and broader society plays in children’s education is very different than what we know in the United States.  

I hope you’ll tune into this episode to gain a broader view of what education means throughout the world and how we might approach it from less of a fixed mindset and more of a mindset of continuous growth and progress. 

Aug 16, 2019

Gratitude is something we hear about a lot in the mainstream personal development literature…and it’s also a topic that gets simplified and manipulated in mainstream media. We’ve all seen the pretty social media posts that urge us to think positively, but those simplistic posts ignore the complexity and nuance that occurs within our emotional response.  

So, in this special episode of the Building Psychological Strength podcast, Ashley and I talk about the complexity surrounding gratitude and the ways that it can be misconstrued. 

In particular, we talk about the role of gratitude:

  1. In the good times 
  2. When we, ourselves, are going through something traumatic. 
  3. When others are going through something traumatic 

We hit on the importance of precisely labeling our emotions to help tease them apart and understand them. And, most importantly, we talk about ways to use gratitude and our emotional response to catalyze action in a direction that aligns to our goals.  

You won’t want to miss this episode if you’ve ever felt like the emotions you’re feeling are confusing or complex. You’re not alone. We’re here to help. Listen to the end for some practical tips for sorting through complex, competing emotions.  

Aug 14, 2019

The notion of being “fearless” is one that is so highly celebrated in our culture. 

But here’s the thing…there’s no such thing as being fearless. Fear, as a response, is primal and adaptive. It is natural and ingrained in us to fear the unknown, and there’s nothing we can do about the fact that we’ll experience fear anytime we step outside of our comfort zones.  

However, what we can do something about is how we respond to fear. 

Today, you’re going to hear from Kate Swoboda, the author of the book “The Courage Habit.” Kate has spent the last 13 years of her career as a practitioner of the field of life coaching, and it shows.  

In this interview, she shares incredibly valuable wisdom with us about the 4 responses we typically have when faced with fear, and the 4 things you can do instead to develop your own courage habit.

Aug 7, 2019

In this interview, you’ll learn how incredibly powerful your subconscious mind is. At Peak Mind, we say that your mind can be your most valuable asset or your biggest liability, and this episode illustrates that.  

This week you’ll meet Tiffany Toombs. Tiffany runs Blue Lotus Mind, and she works with her clients to help them understand how their subconscious minds are operating, where their self-limiting beliefs might have come from, and how to move forward to achieve exactly what you want to have in your life.  

Tiffany has a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from Calgary, Canada. She is a Master Practitioner and Trainer in Neurolinguistic Programming and a Master Practitioner and Trainer in Matrix Therapies. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the way the subconscious mind impacts us in our daily lives, and she shares all of that with us in this interview.  

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