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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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Sep 25, 2019

This week's guest has one of the most eclectic resume's in business, including the following:

  • He has been a child television star
  • A Supreme Court clerk for Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsbert
  • Co-Founder of an internet startup
  • A graduate of Harvard at age 19
  • The author of a TED talk that received over 1M views in it's first 3 days

Perhaps most striking, Isaac Lidsky is only 40, and he is blind. Born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare degenerative disease of the retina, from age 12 to 25 he slowly lost his sight. 

Isaac is the author of the book "Eyes Wide Open," which chronicles his personal experience with losing his sight, but more importantly, in it, he shares with us the lessons he learned along the way that we can all use to live a better life.

In this interview, Isaac shares openly about his personal story. He tells us what it means to truly live 'eyes wide open.' He also speaks candidly about the opportunity that we all have to live the life we want to live. And, his message aligns so closely with a recent episode of the podcast centered around radical responsibility

We are so grateful to have had this chance to partner with Isaac Lidsky on this episode!

Sep 18, 2019

This week on the podcast, we’re diving into the topics of obesity and bariatric surgery. These topics are important ones to cover in their own right, but even beyond that, they’re topics that touch on many of the psychological hurdles that all of us face when we have to make a change in our life. 

This week’s guest is Kayla Landaeta. Growing up, Kayla was overweight and obese. In college, Kayla weighed 343 pounds, and eventually, she realized that she wanted to make a change in her life. She discovered bariatric surgery and navigated her way through the hoops she had to jump through, the self-limiting beliefs that arose, and the new identity she had to take on after she lost over 160 pounds.  

In this episode Kayla not only shares her own journey, but she shares so much wisdom from her work as a bariatric life coach. In this episode, we talk about the notion of radical responsibility and how you can make the decision to change your life. We talk about self-identity and how it can cause us to stay in situations that don’t really serve us. And we talk about the shift that happens when we make a big change in life. 

If you relate to Kayla’s story, I know you’re going to get a lot out of this episode. And, if you don’t, if you’ve never struggled with your weight to the degree that Kayla describes, you’re still going to get so much from this conversation. The aspects of psychological strength that we cover are foundational to an active, thriving life for absolutely everyone. 

You can learn more about Kayla by following her on Instagram or on her website: https://www.timetodeflate.com/.

Sep 13, 2019

Everyone has been given 1 life to live, but sadly, not everyone is an active participant in their own life.  

One of the key reasons for this is that they are not willing to accept responsibility for that active role. They are not willing to take radical responsibility for their life. 

This is the focus of today’s podcast episode. 

Today, we’re talking about the topic of radical responsibility, which means taking 100% responsibility for 100% of the situations you find yourself in.  

In this episode, I talk about what radical responsibility is, and what it’s not. I talk about why it’s so absolutely critical that you cultivate it. How to spot areas of your life where you aren’t taking responsibility, and then I take you through a 3-step life design process for beginning to regain control.  

Taking radical responsibility for my life was one of the most transformative and powerful things I’ve ever done. And, I want the same for you. I want YOU to be the active creator of your own life that you deserve to be. I want you to have the most aligned life experience possible, and taking radical responsibility for your life is the first step.  

Sep 11, 2019

Think back to the last time you had to have a really tough conversation. Maybe it was a difficult conversation with your spouse, a friend, or someone at work. Maybe it was a family member or an employee. No matter what, there’s no denying how terrifying these conversations can be. 

This week, we’re talking to AmyK Hutchens. She is an internationally-renowned speaker, and an expert who teaches people how to confidently & competently navigate their toughest conversations without saying something they regret, giving their power away, or damaging their relationships. 

In this interview, AmyK gives us so many actionable ways to approach our toughest conversations from the mindset that we need to cultivate before we even begin the conversation, down to specific phrases we can use to quickly build connection and empathy with the person we’re talking to. 

AmyK is truly masterful, and we’re so thrilled to have her on the podcast this week. Please visit her at www.amyk.com to take advantage of so many resources that she gives away for free, and be on the lookout for her new book coming in February, 2020. 

Sep 4, 2019

This episode will change your life.  

We all have habits that we want to change. Maybe we want to eat healthier, drink less, or exercise more. You’ve likely set a goal to change a particularly difficult habit....and then failed. Likely multiple times. 

We set New Years’ resolutions, and they fall through.  

Habit change is hard. 

Today, we’re featuring Dr. Glenn Livingston, author of the book “Never Binge Again” on the podcast. Not only is he a Ph.D. trained psychologist, but he himself lost 80 pounds by using the pillars of psychological strength to change his own behavior. 

During his interview we dive deep into the areas of your brain that control habitual behavior and how they can trick you into giving up on your goals to change your own habits. We talk about the role of intentionally cultivating self-awareness and psychological strength to begin pushing back against the urges and impulses of our “reptilian brain.”  

And at the end, Dr. Livingston gives actionable tips about how to get started in changing a difficult habit TODAY, and a heap of free resources to help support you in your journey. 

We’re thrilled to partner with Dr. Glenn Livingston on this episode of Building Psychological Strength. 

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