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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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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.

Mar 12, 2021

Confession time. I absolutely love selling. I'm actually serious. I LOVE IT! The thing is, April from 5-10 years ago would also be staring at this version of April in utter disbelief. Who in the heck actually LIKES SALES? I do. 

The cold hard fact is that selling is a critical function in your business. And, psychology plays a significant role in our comfort level and ultimate success in sales, which is why I'm tackling it here on the podcast. 

Today’s episode is Part 1 of 2. 

Apply for business success coaching at www.aprilseifert.com  

Mar 10, 2021

We’ve probably all had the experience of wanting to make a change, try something new, do something bold, or attempt something uncertain...only to have our mind kick in and talk us out of it. 

Self-doubt, the inner critic, anxiety, and judgement are killers of progress because they influence us so heavily. They keep us stuck. 

Today, we’re digging into one of the most fundamental principles of the way our mind works. We’re going back to the basics to tease apart the role our mind plays in keeping us stuck, and what to do about it. 

If you’re even thinking about making a change or taking on something new, this is the episode for you! 

For more information on the Ascend program, visit www.peakmindpsychology.com/ascend 

We want to hear your questions and feedback! Email us at info@peakmindpsychology.com  

Mar 8, 2021

Have you ever been in a situation where you've been frustrated with someone else because they didn't meet your needs? Maybe they didn't support you in a way that was helpful or chip in in the way you needed. Either way, you felt like your needs weren't met by the other person. Question: how clear were you in communicating exactly what you needed from the other person?

Mar 5, 2021

I’m willing to bet that at some point in your career, you’ve googled the term “work life balance.” The elusive perfect balance between the time and energy we spend on our work and the time and energy we put into our personal lives feels like that rare unicorn that we all chase, yet no one seems to catch. 

For good reason, this balance is even more difficult to achieve for entrepreneurs and business owners. This is why we’re diving into the topic of values-driven work-life integration in this episode.  

My dad died of cancer when I was 11. Years later, I asked myself, “What would my dad give for the opportunities I’m wasting right now?” My life changed that day. I became more intentional. I want the same for you.  

Apply for business success coaching at www.aprilseifert.com  

Mar 3, 2021

Have you ever wanted to change your behavior or go after a goal, yet you found it so difficult to do it? So many times, we get down on ourselves when this happens, yet brain science shows us that habits or patterns our mind formed over time are at the core of the difficulty we have in changing our own behavior. 

This week on the podcast, we’re speaking with Adele Spraggon, international speaker, behavior change expert, and author of the book “Shift: 4 Steps to Personal Empowerment.” In our conversation, we talk about what brain patterns are and the powerful role they play in our behavior. Adele gives us a step-by-step process for beginning to make changes in our own brain patterns in order to move in the direction we want to go in life. 

We end with a deep discussion on the importance of distancing ourselves from our own automatic thoughts and learning to bore into our emotions for the sake of gaining personal insight. You won’t want to miss it. 

Get a free copy of Adele’s book at www.shift4steps.com  

Learn more about Adele at www.adelespraggon.com  

Mar 1, 2021

Few things generate more anxiety than the unknown. Think about it! How much time do we spend trying to think through what could happen in the future? We think and think and think and generate more and more anxiety. Today, I want to offer 3 simple questions to ask yourself next time you're facing the unknown.

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