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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 10, 2021

Nearly everyone has an inner critic to some degree. It's that voice that tells us we're not enough. It points out all of our flaws and reminds us of our inadequacies. It's common to want to get rid of your inner critic or silence it, but some of the most cutting-edge psychological research shows us that this is impossible. That simply trying to do that actually strengthens our critic's voice. So what do we do? Find out in this episode!

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May 7, 2021

I love this quote - You are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago. You have the right to grow and change. 

Well, that’s great and all, but what happens when that growth and that change leads to near crippling uncertainty, self-doubt, and fear? On today’s professional edition of the podcast, we’ll talk about why this happens, and more importantly, what you can do about it.  

Catch this Wednesday episode of the podcast to learn about The Committee in Your Mind: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/0187   

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May 5, 2021

One of the most common requests we get is to help get rid of negative thoughts, so we’re tackling it on today’s episode. Whether it’s an inner critic, catastrophic thoughts, or unhelpful judgements, we’re taking them all on in today’s episode. We’ll talk about where they come from, why they’re such powerful influences on our behavior, and we’ll dive into evidence-based strategies for dealing with them. My hope is that you’ll walk away with a handful of strategies you can do TODAY to start managing these negative thoughts. 

Learn more about the Ascend program at: www.peakmindpsychology.com/ascend  

May 3, 2021

I'm going to share something personal. Today is a difficult day for my family. My dad passed away from colon cancer 30 years ago, this very day. His passing impacted me and my family in all of the ways you would guess. But, it wasn't until over a decade later that I experienced the most unexpected, and potentially most profound, impact. I was in grad school, thinking about all of the things I wasn't doing because I was afraid of judgment, imperfection, and failure. And a question popped into my mind that truly changed the trajectory of my life forever. "What would my dad give to have the opportunities that I'm wasting right now?"

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Apr 30, 2021

Noelle Hancock said "Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it." Today’s episode is a hands-on episode tackling a very common issue: procrastination. Many of us find ourselves procrastinating even important tasks. Why is that? And more importantly, what can we do about it? Grab your pen and paper because today’s episode is hands-on. Get ready to do some work! 

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Apr 28, 2021

If there is one topic that is getting more attention in the field of Psychology than anything else right now it is self-compassion. Self-compassion is our ability to relate to ourselves with kindness and without judgement, even when things have gone wrong. 

This week, we’re speaking with an expert in the realm of self-compassion. Dr. Jane Tornatore is a licensed therapist and the author of the book “Everything is Perfect, Just Not Me.” During our conversation we talk about the critical importance of developing self-compassion, the brain science behind its power, and practical ways to get started.  

Catch this episode, and share it with someone else who needs this powerful message. 

Learn more about Dr. Jane at Everydaylove.me 

Learn more about the Self-Care [by design] program at www.peakmindpsychology.com/selfcare  

Apr 26, 2021

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You get to the end of the day, and you immediately think to yourself, "Did I do enough?" or "Ugh, I didn't get as much done as I wanted to get done." We do that so easily. But, what we don't do often enough is think through everything we DID accomplish.

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Apr 23, 2021

Everyone says that growth and success happen outside of your comfort zone, but scientifically speaking, what exactly is your ‘comfort zone?’ Turns out, the better of an understanding you have of how your comfort zone cognitively forms and how it influences your day-to-day decisions and behavior, the better able you will be to step outside of it when the situation calls. As is frequently the case in business. 

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Apr 21, 2021

As more and more of the global population receives vaccines to protect against COVID, we slowly begin to think about life opening up again. Seeing people. Leaving our homes. Traveling. Returning to some of the elements of life that we all miss. But, as we navigate this transition, it’s important to remember one thing: ALL change, positive or negative, is stressful.  

Our minds are quietest when things are predictable and stable, so when things change, we naturally experience a bit of psychological upheaval. In this episode, we’ll call out some of the changes you might experience, and we’ll talk about 4 ways to help yourself and others navigate through it.  

At the end of this episode, we mentioned our program Self Care [by design]: learn more at https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/selfcare 

Also, Ashley mentioned our blog post about dealing with mixed or “unclean” emotions. Read it here: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/Emotional-Intelligence-Sifting-Through-Grey-Emotional-Sludge  

Apr 19, 2021

Imagine your'e a firefighter, and you get a call about a fire. You drive into the neighborhood, and you see one home engulfed in flames. You instantly know what your priority is and begin working to put out the fire. Now what if you drove into the neighborhood, and EVERY house was on fire. Where would you start? Would you decide? It's much less clear. This is what it's like to have too many "priorities" at the same time.

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Apr 16, 2021

Everyone says that growth and success happen outside of your comfort zone, but scientifically speaking, what exactly is your ‘comfort zone?’ Turns out, the better of an understanding you have of how your comfort zone cognitively forms and how it influences your day-to-day decisions and behavior, the better able you will be to step outside of it when the situation calls. As is frequently the case in business. 

Get a free, 7-day trial of the Blinkist app and 20% off your first entire year by visiting this link: https://blinkist.o6eiov.net/c/2730445/802063/10732  

Apr 14, 2021

The notion of “Good Vibes Only” or what has come to be called “toxic positivity” has become so pervasive in our society. This idea that if we just think positively, everything will be ok. Not only is that dismissive of the real experience that a person might be having, but it’s not helpful in building a strong mindset. In contrast, a true gratitude practice has been shown to promote mental wellbeing. 

Today on this episode, we’ll talk about the distinction between toxic positivity and a true gratitude practice and how you can implement a practice that will actually help you balance your thinking and create a better life experience. 

Apr 12, 2021

Let me ask you this, what is possible today that once wasn't possible for you? These are what I like to call 'daily miracles,' and they're worth celebrating.

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Apr 9, 2021

When you experience challenge, adversity, or a setback, how do you respond? In this 3-part series, we’re diving into something called The Drama Triangle to explore ways to take a more active, helpful, effective stance in our businesses and in our lives when things get tough.  

This week is Part 3 where we’re diving into what it means to take on the role of The Rescuer, and what you can do instead. 

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Apr 7, 2021

Parenting is hard. It’s a fact. But, the field of Psychology has so many tools and tips to help us be more confident effective parents. Selfishly, as a mom of 2 young children, I am absolutely thrilled to dive into this week’s topic! 

This week, we’re speaking with Matis Miller, founder, director, and supervisor of The Center for Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy of New Jersey and author of the brand new book ‘The Uncontrollable Child.’ Matis joins me on the podcast today to talk about ways we can build a new set of skills to help us be more effective, mindful parents. I’m so grateful to have had this conversation, and I know you’ll get so much out of it. 

Learn more about Matis’ book at https://theuncontrollablechild.com/  

Learn about Matis’ private practice at http://cbtofnj.com/  

Apr 5, 2021

Our minds have evolved to seek out negativity and threat as a pretty effective defense mechanism to keep us safe and propagating as a species. But, what that also means is that we're walking around with a naturally biased, unbalanced mindset. Because our minds are naturally poised to look for AND FIND negativity and threat, we see reality as more negative than it actually is. The antidote for this is to intentionally look for the positive. Not with the goal of distorting reality, but with the goal of SEEING reality.

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Apr 2, 2021

When you experience challenge, adversity, or a setback, how do you respond? In this 3-part series, we’re diving into something called The Drama Triangle to explore ways to take a more active, helpful, effective stance in our businesses and in our lives when things get tough. 

This week is Part 2 where we’re diving into what it means to take on the role of The Persecutor, and what you can do instead.

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Mar 31, 2021

As someone who is passionate about the field of Life Design, I am over the moon about this week’s episode. This week, we’re speaking with Dr. Gail Golden, author of the book “Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle for Work-Life Balance.”  

This book is all about carefully selecting the activities, responsibilities, and commitments we say ‘yes’ to in our lives, based on what is meaningful to us. Gail goes deep into topics like finding out what’s important to you. Saying ‘no’ to the things that aren’t...even when it’s hard. Embracing mediocrity in some things so that you can live your greatness in others.  

In short, this episode is a masterclass in Life Design, and you won’t want to miss it. 

Learn more about Dr. Gail Golden and her work at: https://www.gailgoldenconsulting.com/ 

Get your copy of Gail’s book here: https://amzn.to/3cnSmuz 

Mar 29, 2021

Sometimes we can get very stuck in a rut when we've been doing something for a while. Maybe it's a job you've had for a long time, or it's parenting, or your romantic relationship. We can develop habits and routines in the way we approach these activities...and it can begin to feel stagnant.

Mar 26, 2021

When you experience challenge, adversity, or a setback, how do you respond? In this 3-part series, we’re diving into something called The Drama Triangle to explore ways to take a more active, helpful, effective stance in our businesses and in our lives when things get tough.  

This week is Part 1 where we’re diving into what it means to take on the role of The Victim, and what you can do instead. 

Apply for business success coaching at www.aprilseifert.com  

Mar 24, 2021

Raise your hand if you HATE meditation. All of the idle sitting. The constant intrusive thoughts. The wonder whether what you’re doing is ACTUALLY making a difference. Not everyone loves it at first...but the data show how impactful it can be. 

If you’ve ever tried to meditate and given up because you just HATE it, this is the episode for you. This week, we’re diving into meditation to talk about this powerful practice and how you can get started and maybe not hate it so much this time. 

Mar 22, 2021

Last week, on Mindset Minute Monday, I talked about approaching your life like a museum curator and intentionally deciding what belongs in your life and what doesn't. This week, I'm giving you permission to cancel something. To quit. You are not required to continue doing things that don't fit into your curation of your life.

Mar 19, 2021

Sales can get a bad reputation. Tricking, pressuring, or convincing someone to do something they don’t want to do gets conflated with the true, authentic desire to help solve someone else’s problems.  

Today, we’re diving into Part 2 of 2 focused on the psychology of selling. We’ll dig into 2 big misunderstandings that lead to discomfort around sales and the 1 big psychological driver of both of them. Finally, we’ll talk about how to fix all of that.  

Apply for business success coaching at www.aprilseifert.com 

Mar 17, 2021

When I had my first baby, I experienced post-partum anxiety. It was, without a doubt, the darkest time of my life. It is now 5 years later, and when I think back to that version of me in that dark place, I am increasingly afraid for her. 

Post-partum depression, anxiety, and related issues are so much more common than we realize, and on today’s episode, I’m speaking with Lauren Robbins. She is a therapist and Executive Director of Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN.  

In this episode, we’re talking about the sensitive and important topic of supporting parents through their pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting years. If you are a parent, or if you know and love someone who is, you won’t want to miss this episode. 

Learn more about PPSI-MN at https://ppsupportmn.org 

If you need help, you can call or text PPSI-MN at 612.787.7776 

Learn more about the Self-Care [by design] program at https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/selfcare  

Mar 15, 2021

How often do you hear this exchange? "How are you?" "Oh, I'm so BUSY." It seems like we're so busy that we don't have time to do the things that are truly meaningful to us.

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