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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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Oct 30, 2019

It is a fact of life that we are all going to experience adversity at times. Life hands us circumstances in the form of hardship, trauma, or other difficulty, and we’re left to try to figure out how to move through it and pick up the pieces.

This week on the podcast, we’re focusing in on how to create a life of meaning after adversity through the story of one woman’s journey to turn her own adversity into an organization to help others.

Becca Erickson is the Founder of Emerge Mother’s Academy. The mission of Emerge Mother’s Academy is to equip single moms to emerge as confident women and caring moms. They do this through a holistic approach that helps women thrive in their lives.

The incredible thing about this week’s episode is that, although Becca’s work focuses on single moms, the value and expertise she shares is so applicable to everyone. You don’t have to be a mom or even a parent to get so much value out of this episode.

In particular, Becca and I have an in-depth conversation about the passive versus active thoughts that our mind conjures up. We debunk the myth that somehow our passive, automatic thoughts are more valuable or authentic than the thoughts we intentionally cultivate. And, Becca provides the most simple, yet elegant and effective exercise for recognizing and changing your own thought pattern. It’s powerful.

Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Regardless of whether you are a parent or not, you’ll get so much out of this episode to help you build psychological strength and thrive in your own life.

Oct 23, 2019

This is a really neat week on the podcast. We're essentially clearing up some misconceptions this week.

As yoga and meditation have become more mainstream, we've lost a bit of the impact that these practices can have. We all know that yoga can make you more flexible, but what about the impact it can have as a mind-clearing tool to set you up for a more successful meditation practice? 

We're diving deep into these topics today, as well as the topics of visioning and life design. I couldn't be more excited!

Today you'll meet Megan Betterman. Megan is a digital marketing leader within the Web & Mobile team at a large healthcare company. She is also a wellness consultant, yoga instructor and certified Gyrotonic trainer.

She combines movement, meditation and visioning into impactful programs and experiences to encourage deep reflection and self-discovery.

Megan earned a Master of Business Administration from St. Catherine University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas. She spends her free time on her own health and wellness adventure, traveling the world and playing in nature.

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Oct 16, 2019

This week on the podcast we’re speaking with Dr. Kevin Payne. He is a scientist, entrepreneur and author. 
 
His upcoming book, "Your Life, Well Lived" presents a new understanding of what it’s like to live with a chronic health condition and shows both diagnosed and caregivers how to improve quality of life. Beyond that, it’s an actionable, understandable text on how everyone, chronic condition or not, can live better lives. 

We talk about so many impactful concepts in this episode, but most notably, we talk about something Kevin calls “the edge.” This is the edge of our comfort zone.  

He does a beautiful job of highlighting how personal and individualized the definition of the edge is. It’s different for each of us. He describes that a set of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical, and social gates help determine whether something is approaching our “edge,” and he gives us a clear way to identify when we’re approaching our own edge. 

Most importantly, he talks about the importance of constantly bumping into that edge. It’s where true joy, happiness, and excitement live. It’s also where growth lives.   

Kevin shares with us the 6 things his extensive research has shown contributes to quality of life, and we talk about it all in the context of how we each can individually figure out what will improve our own life experience. 

We’re so thrilled to partner with Dr. Kevin Payne on this episode! 

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Oct 9, 2019

So many of us have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and other painful feelings and events. But answer this:

When you have those experiences, do you tend to try to get rid of or avoid those painful feelings, or do you lean into them?

On this episode of the podcast, we have the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Steven Hayes, founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and author of the book "A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters."

Dr. Hayes has been deemed the 30th most influential psychologist in the world and one of the most cited scientists in the world. His therapeutic technique (ACT) is more effective than any other approach the field of Clinical Psychology has ever adopted, and now Dr. Hayes is expanding the reach of the practices of that approach to help people live better lives.

During this interview, Dr. Hayes gives us an overview of ACT and how it applies to our lives. In particular, he delves into pain and trauma and how we have better psychological outcomes if we lean into them, rather than trying to avoid them. 

Toward the end of this interview. Dr. Hayes leads us through one of the most profound exercises I have ever been a part of. This exercise was so impactful that it lead me to create this week's bonus episode. The accompanying bonus episode cuts to the chase and features only this exercise. If you don't have time to catch the entire episode this week, you owe it to yourself to catch the bonus episode so that you can experience this incredible exercise first-hand.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to speak with Dr. Hayes and present his powerful work to you in this episode.

Oct 9, 2019

This episode is a bonus episode to accompany Episode #143. Dr. Steven Hayes was generous enough to include a hands-on exercise in his interview, and I found it so profoundly valuable, that I clipped it out into its own episode. 

Please sit down, get quiet, and use this exercise to help you in areas where you might need it.

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So many of us have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and other painful feelings and events. But answer this:

When you have those experiences, do you tend to try to get rid of or avoid those painful feelings, or do you lean into them?

On this episode of the podcast, we have the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Steven Hayes, founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and author of the book "A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters."

Dr. Hayes has been deemed the 30th most influential psychologist in the world and one of the most cited scientists in the world. His therapeutic technique (ACT) is more effective than any other approach the field of Clinical Psychology has ever adopted, and now Dr. Hayes is expanding the reach of the practices of that approach to help people live better lives.

During this interview, Dr. Hayes gives us an overview of ACT and how it applies to our lives. In particular, he delves into pain and trauma and how we have better psychological outcomes if we lean into them, rather than trying to avoid them. 

Toward the end of this interview. Dr. Hayes leads us through one of the most profound exercises I have ever been a part of. This exercise was so impactful that it lead me to create this week's bonus episode. The accompanying bonus episode cuts to the chase and features only this exercise. If you don't have time to catch the entire episode this week, you owe it to yourself to catch the bonus episode so that you can experience this incredible exercise first-hand.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to speak with Dr. Hayes and present his powerful work to you in this episode.

Oct 2, 2019

Did you know that upwards of 80% of the thoughts you have on a given day are subconscious thoughts? These are thoughts that happen outside of our awareness. They're mental habits and heuristics that our mind has learned, and they influence our conscious thoughts, our emotions, and our actions. 

On today's episode, we're talking with Michele Molitor about this very topic!

We talk about what the subconscious is...and what it isn't. Michele shares with us her unique approach to replacing limiting beliefs in our subconscious with more empowering ones. And, we talk about the interconnectedness of our physical and mental health.

Michele shares so much wisdom with us, and she also shares some resources:

We also discussed a recent podcast episode I did with Isaac Lidsky. If you like the information in this episode, you'll want to check out Isaac's episode as well. 

It was such a pleasure to partner with Michele Molitor on this valuable episode!

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