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A Brain-Friendly Workplace with Dr. Erika Garms, Speaker, Consultant & Author

August 29, 2016

Are you always looking for ways to better understand yourself and others? Would you like to hear what tremendous impact a few big ideas from brain science hold for you? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these, you’re going to be glad you’re here.

Dr. Erika Garms is a workplace effectiveness expert with a gift for translating powerful scientific theory to everyday workplace practice. She has been a consultant with management consulting firms — local startups to global. She has also been a teacher, professor, internal OD consultant, unit manager, and now runs her own firm.

In this interview, Erika describes a brain-friendly workplace and includes three components: calm, confidence, and doing what you are good at. She describes the outcomes of developing a brain-friendly workplace and her model that guides her work with clients.

Erika also talks about her powerful experience that lead her to study and understand the topic which included a heart attack and post-traumatic stress.

You can find more about Erika and her company, Working Smarts, at workingsmarts.com and connect with her on Twitter @Erika_Garms. Her book, The Brain-Friendly Workplace: 5 Big Ideas from Neuroscience that Address Organizational Challenge” is also available on workingsmarts.com.

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  • “Remember, everyone is doing the best they possibly can. This one shift in perspective can make a world of difference.” @Erika_Garms via @Mentally_Strong
  • “If you can change your brain, you can change you.” @Erika_Garms via @Mentally_Strong
  • “Revel in your talents. Don’t hide them. Embrace your smarty pants!” @Erika_Garms via @Mentally_Strong
  • “Develop a brain-friendly workplace. When you do, you will have more involvement, connection & higher performance.” @Erika_Garms via @Mentally_Strong



Think Like a Seal with Tom Dillard, Retired Navy Seal

August 23, 2016

In this interview, Tom Dillard, a retired Navy Seal shares with us the Seal mindset and how we can apply it to our lives. Tom spent 20 years in the Navy and the last 15 years as a Seal. He shares with us how Seals “earn their trident everyday” while maintaining a sense of brotherhood knowing it is a privilege and honor to represent the Seals. Tom describes the importance of controlling your emotions and how a Seal does that. In times of adversity, Seals find the opportunity to grow from it because “resilience gets you through.” He shares with us how goal setting, mental rehearsal, and present moment focus helped him as a Seal and how we can use them too. You can reach Tom at tdillardiv@gmail.com.


“Think like a Seal – the best thrive off adversity and challenges. They see the positive in every challenge.” Tom Dillard

“Remember you can control what you think, your actions & what you say to others.” Tom Dillard

“You can feel sorry for yourself, or you can see it as an opportunity to preserve and stay resilient.” Tom Dillard

“Say ‘no’ so you can say ‘yes’ to what is important.” Tom Dillard

“Arrogance and confidence are different. Confident is leading by example & knowing it’s not about you.” Tom Dillard

“Arrogance can turn into cancer. There is no room for arrogance in what we do.” Tom Dillard


Live and Play in the Moment

August 19, 2016


High performers know that their mind can be in three places: the past, present or future. They also know their flow zone can only happen in the present moment. They can do anything they want to in the present moment. High performers make a moment-to-moment nonjudgmental commitment to be aware of their focus and then make the choice to change their focus in the present moment. The present moment is where a focus on the process occurs and high performance happens.

Affirmation this Week: I live in the moment. I take one play at a time. I can do anything and be anything right here, right now.


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One Play at a Time with Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver, Adam Thielen

August 12, 2016

“Live in the moment. Take one day at a time. One play at a time.” That’s great advice from the Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver who went from small town Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to Special Teams Player of the Year last year for the Minnesota Vikings. In this interview, Adam talks about the keys to his success including his experience trying out with the Vikings, then making the roster, and now being a key player for the team. He talks about mindset principles he learned during mental training in college and how he applies the principles. He talks about staying in the present moment, letting go of mistakes, and not dwelling on the past. He shares what he sees separate the best in the NFL from the rest, and the role of mindset in performance. A must-listen-to interview for anyone that wants to step up their game and understand how. You can follow Adam on twitter @athielen19 or on Instagram.

“Mindset is huge! Your mind can do a lot for you, or it can really hurt your performance. At this level, you realize it more than ever.” @athielen19 via @Mentally_Strong

“I use imagery a lot. I put myself in situations that could possibly happen in the game. Many times what I imagined has happened and I am ready.” @athielen19 via @Mentally_Strong

“The guys in this league that separate themselves are extremely confident. They know they are going to make a play. They take one play at a time.” @athielen19 via @Mentally_Strong

“It’s something I remind myself of daily. To just stay in the moment and not get too far ahead.” @athielen19 via @Mentally_Strong


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The Formula for Success with Mental Game Coach, Dr. Patrick Cohn

August 5, 2016


Patrick Cohn, Mental Game Coach, tells us that focusing on the process over the outcome leads to the results we desire. He explains his formula for success which is no exceptions + high confidence + manageable objectives. He shares 4 things that separate the best from the rest: they have a strong base of physical skills, high motivation, an incredible work ethic, and confidence/trust in themselves. The 3 things that most likely get in people’s way of performing at their best is a fear of failure, perfectionism, and the fear of disappointing others. When athletes experience perfectionism, he encourages them to focus on embracing the imperfection and focusing on getting the job done instead. You can find Patrick on Twitter @ PeakSports. To get your free Ebook, visit peaksports.com, where he has a wealth of resources and products.

Quotes to Post or Tweet: “Focusing on the process leads to the desired results.” @PeakSports via @Mentally_Strong “Instead of being perfect, work to get the job done. Focus on winning ugly.” @PeakSports via @Mentally_Strong

“When you are worried about disappointing others, ask yourself, “What assumptions am I making?” @ PeakSports via @Mentally_Strong

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Attack the Process with Daily Discipline with Performance Coach, Ben Newman

July 29, 2016

Ben Newman, Performance Coach, has shared the stage with Ray Lewis, Jerry Rice, and assisted the record setting 5-straight Division I National Football Champion North Dakota State Bison. In this inspiring and energetic interview, he talks about what separates the best from the rest. He says the best do two things: 1) they have a deep connection to their purpose, and 2) they have the daily discipline to reach high performance. Ben explains that the best have the Power of the Reframe and are always focused on solutions not problems. They attack the process, even though we naturally focus on results, and take adversity in real-time. They stay humble and hungry always focused on what they can control – their attitude, effort, and belief. You can find Ben on Twitter @ContinuedFight. To get your free Mental Toughness Playbook, visit freeplaybook.net and learn more about Ben Newman at bennewman.net. You can also find information about his group coaching at iwantgroupcoaching.com.

Quotes to Post or Tweet:

“The best use the Power of the Reframe. They focus on solutions not problems.” @ContinuedFight via @Mentally_Strong

“Two things separate the best from the rest: 1) a deep connection to purpose and 2) daily discipline to drive results.” @ContinuedFight  via @Mentally_Strong

“Stare adversity in the face & take it in real-time like the best.”  @ContinuedFight via @Mentally_Strong


Take What the Defense Gives You with Cancer Survivor Jonathan Zierdt

July 21, 2016

Jonathan Zierdt, President and CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, talks about his journey battling kidney and prostate cancer. At first he tried to “tame” cancer, but has realized to embrace cancer he must “take what the defense gives him.” In this inspiring interview, Jonathan talks about how he stays positive and how he sees cancer as a “tremendous blessing.” His mission is to change the way we see cancer and be open to the blessings that come from cancer. To stay positive, he encourages people to: 1) find what inspires you and grab ahold of it, and 2) remember that life is not a spectator sport – we must get in the game! To connect with Jonathan, you find him on twitter  @JonathanZierdt  or email him at jzierdt@greatermankato.com.

Quotes to Post or Tweet:


“Don’t focus on the difficulty. Focus on what can come from the difficulty.” @JonathanZierdt via @Mentally_Strong

“Life is not a spectator sport. Life is begging you to get engaged!” @JonathanZierdt via @Mentally_Strong

“It is not what you are that matters, but who you are.”  @JonathanZierdt via @Mentally_Strong





Developing the Trust Edge with Speaker, Trainer and Best-Selling Author, David Horsager

July 7, 2016


In this interview, David Horsager, the world-leading expert on trust, talks about how a lack of trust is your biggest expense. He describes his 8-pillar framework (clarity, compassion, character, competency, commitment, connection, contribution and consistency). Developing trust takes time – there is no quick fix. The best think about trust bigger and take responsibility for developing trust. He describes his “90 day quick plan” and the importance of asking “How?” “How?” “How?” when thinking about trust. Towards the end of the interview, he describes that we cannot provide anything of long-term value without sources of strength and provide several examples in his own personal life.


You can find more about David’s work including his certifications atwww.trustedge.com or learn more about his speaking athttp://www.davidhorsager.com/.  Buy his products including his best-selling books The Daily Edge and The Trust Edge here: http://www.davidhorsager.com/store/



“You cannot provide anything of long-term value without sources of strength.” @DavidHorsager via @Mentally_Strong


“There is no hope without the how. To be trusted, ask yourself, “How?” “How?” “How?” @DavidHorsager via @Mentally_Strong


“The little things done consistently make the big difference.”@DavidHorsager via @Mentally_Strong


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Don’t Take Things personally

July 6, 2016

In his book The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz said, “Nothing people do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dreams.” When we take things personally, we let criticism and negativity eat at us. We can overreact, get offended, and hold grudges. We create conflicts that can impact relationships long-term.

When you take things personally, you allow the words of others to poison you. You get further away from your goals and dreams. You cannot be a high performer – or reach your full potential – when you take things personally.

In this episode, Dr. Kamphoff provides several strategies you can do instead of taking what others do or say personally. You can reach Cindra at cindra@cindrakamphoff.com or on Twitter @Mentally_Strong.

This week’s affirmation: I focus on what I want to happen. I CREATE IT IN MY MIND FIRST, AND THEN I MAKE IT HAPPEN. I think like a high performer and believe the sky is the limit for me.


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Find What You Love to Do and Other Wisdom from Dr. Michael Sachs, Temple University

June 28, 2016

In this interview, Dr. Michael Sachs starts by talking about the importance of countering excuses and his passion to help people become more active. He talks about the importance of making exercise a lifetime endeavor and finding an activity that you love to do. The keys to the #1 excuse people give to not exercising (which is time) is to: 1) prioritize exercise, and 2) multitask if needed. He also provides us with the 2% solution and question us: “Is your health worth the 2% needed each day for physical and mental health benefits?” Towards the middle of the interview, he shares other wisdom such as a story about Dr. Seuss failing, how success is a journey not a destination, and how high performers “Carpe diem or Seize the Day.” To connect with Michael, you can email him at msachs@temple.edu

Tweet this:

Find something you love to do. Then keep doing it. Dr. Sachs via @Mentally_Strong

Give yourself the 2% solution – gift yourself with 2% of your day with exercise and be more productive and happier. Dr. Sachs via @Mentally_Strong

Who Theodor Geisel? That’s Dr. Seuss who was rejected by 27 publishers before selling 600 million copies. #persistence Dr. Sachs via @Mentally_Strong

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. Take a chance on yourself! Dr. Sachs via @Mentally_Strog



Believe in the Best-Case Scenario

June 23, 2016

“Don’t spend a lot of time imaging the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice.” Michael J. Fox

Neurologists have found that when your brain expects something to happen, it works to achieve it at a subconscious level. Your expectation creates it. Your brain takes over the job of accomplishing what you see – what you expect. If you expect the worst, you will get the worst. If you expect the best, you are more likely to get the best. In this podcast, we talk about what to do instead when you think about the worst-case scenario and how to turn your attention to the best-case scenario or what Cindra calls the my-case scenario.

This week’s affirmation: I focus on what I want to happen. I CREATE IT IN MY MIND FIRST, AND THEN I MAKE IT HAPPEN. I think like a high performer and believe the sky is the limit for me.



Design Your Mindset with Andy Murphy

June 16, 2016

Andy Murphy, the host of the popular podcast Mindset by Design, shares that the best of the best are great problem solvers and make decisions fast. They are searching for flow, happiness, trust and calmness. He talks about his training in NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and the importance of how our conscious and unconscious mind impacts us every day. Andy talks about how we don’t have to believe everything we think, and when we fail, we should use it as feedback. Towards the end of the interview, he discusses how we should build the behaviors that we want to become already. He quotes Bruce Lee at the end of the interview: “I don’t fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” emphasizing that the consistency and the basics work every time. To contact Andy and to learn about his work, visit: www.mindsetbydesign.co or send him a tweet at @AndyMurphyTV.

Tweet this:

  • The best of the best are searching for flow, happiness, trust and calmness.@AndyMurphyTV via @Mentally_Strong
  • The bestmake decisions fast, take actions rapidly, & constantly look to solve the problem. @AndyMurphyTV via @Mentally_Strong
  • The belief that you can achieve it is the difference that makes the difference. @AndyMurphyTV via @Mentally_Strong
  • Build the behaviors of the person you want to become.@AndyMurphyTV via @Mentally_Strong
  • Success is all about consistency and sticking with the basics. Be the man that has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times.@AndyMurphyTV via @Mentally_Strong
  • It’s all perfect. Everything has lead you to where you are right now. @AndyMurphyTV via @Mentally_Strong


Turn Impossible to I’m Possible

June 13, 2016

“Nothing is impossible…the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’” Audrey Hepburn

Nothing legendary has ever happened without someone believing it was impossible at one time.  In this podcast, Cindra provides examples that impossible is temporary. Impossible is brief. Impossible is short-lived. Impossible is not permanent. As Muhammad Ali said, “Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. It is not a declaration. It is a dare!” She describes how high performers – or those to work to reach their greater potential – view the impossible. She shares a strategy for you to consider what you think is impossible for you to change the impossible to I’m possible. To reach Cindra, send her a tweet @Mentally_Strong or an email at cindra@cindrakamphoff.com

Affirmation this Week: I defy limitations. I move boundaries. I do the impossible because I’m possible!

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“Close Your Eyes, Scan Your Body & Make Positive Self-talk A Practice” with Dr. Jack Lesyk, Ohio Center for Sport Psych & Cleveland Cavaliers

June 9, 2016

Dr. Jack Lesyk, Director of the Ohio Center for Sport Psychology and Sport Psychologist with the Cleveland Cavaliers, sees that the best are gritty – they have passion and perseverance for their long-term goals. They are resilient and don’t let poor performance linger. They have a short-term memory. Jack describes there are two different types of perfectionists: dysfunctional and functional. Functional perfectionists strive for excellence and are always looking for what went great. Dysfunctional perfectionists overreact emotionally and focus on what went wrong. Jack describes a mindfulness practice he does with his clients to help them change how they feel with their words and images. His final advice for high performers – or those who work to reach their greater potential – is to enjoy the moment. Close your eyes, scan your body and make positive self-talk a practice. To contact Jack, visit sportpsych.org or send him a tweet at @sportpsychOH.


Think Like a Creator with Responsibility 101

June 7, 2016

John Maxwell said: “Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.” Most of us are conditioned to blame someone else for our suffering. We blame our parents. We blame the weather. We blame our spouse. We blame our boss. We blame our teammates. We blame our genetics. We blame our education. We blame ownership. We blame our kids. Every time we blame someone or something, we dwindle our chance of success. In this interview with TJ and Lisa, Cindra talks about how high performers create the life and performance they desire. They think and act like a creator.

To connect with Cindra, you can email her at cindra@cindrakamphoff.com or send her a tweet @Mentally_Strong.

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“Get Your Rookie On” with Nicole Detling, Ph.D., HeadStrong Consulting & U.S. Olympic Teams

June 1, 2016

Dr. Nicole Detling, Professor in Kinesiology with the University of Utah and Mental Skills Coach with multiple Olympic Teams (US Speed Skating, US Snowboarding Team, US Freestyle Aerials Ski Team), sees that the best are resilient and deal effectively with adversity. 1) They “get their rookie on” and are always growing and learning. In the podcast, she describes one of the phrases she uses frequently: 2) “Embrace the suck, but don’t get stuck in the suck.” She provides 3 of the 10 protective factors of resilient leaders which are optimism, social support, and failure is feedback. Nicole outlines a popular equation, E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome). Her point is that you have no control over the events in your life or sport but have full control over your response. She believes it helps to plan to fail at something every day because 3) “failure is a possibility and a probability.” Her final advice for high performers – or those who work to reach their greater potential – is to be with who you are with right now – to be fully present with the person right in front of you. To contact Nicole, visit: www.headstrongconsulting.com or send her a tweet at @HeadStrongDoc.

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Finding Your OWN MVP Level

May 24, 2016

High performers, those who work to reach their greater potential, understand what leads them to high performance. They recognize and find their MVP level to perform at their best more often. They put strategies and tools into place to keep their mind working for them not against them. In this episode, we talk about how to find your personal best, or your OWN MVP Level, and how to get there consistently.

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Every Moment is a Choice with Sport Psychologist, Dr. Stephen Walker

May 18, 2016

Dr. Stephen Walker is a sport psychologist and consultant in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado area. For the last 34 years, he has been helping Olympians, professional athletes and peak performers compete at the highest level. He is the editor of Podium Sports Journal, a mental training journal that has been recognized as one of the Top Sport Psychology Websites.

In this interview, Steve talks about how the best adopt a growth mindset – they understand the only way to grow is to make mistakes. He shares a technique called the Confidence Journal which he uses with his Olympic athletes. Steve shares strategies to stay in the now to increase performance in any field including sports, business, customer service, and public speaking. Towards the end of the interview, Steve talks about his own journey battling cancer. He shares his model for overcoming the odds and how this helped him maintain a positive mindset during chemotherapy and a 12-hour surgery. Every moment is a choice, Steve tells us. It is our choice what we do with that moment!

Connect with Steve at drstephenwalker.com or on Twitter @sportpsychcoach.

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Respond Not React

May 15, 2016

In this bestselling book, A Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl wrote: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” In this episode, Cindra talks about how to respond not react and shares a strategy called the Power Response Strategy. She talks about how responding not reacting applies to sport, business and life and allows us to be at our best more often.

We’d love for you to share the podcast with your friends and connect with Cindra at cindra@cindrakamphoff.com or on Twitter @Mentally_Strong.

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Learning to Love Mistakes and Adversity with Public Speaker & Clinical Sport Psychologist, Dr. Eddie O’Connor

May 10, 2016

Dr. Eddie O’Connor is a public speaker and clinical sport psychologist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this interview, Eddie talks about how the best have a total acceptance of the barriers in front of them. He describes how perfectionists can become “Perfect Perfectionists” and how to embrace mistakes. He suggests that when we receive a compliment to “marinate” on it – take it in, feel it in your heart, and appreciate it. Lastly, Eddie discusses the importance of mindfulness and how to pay attention on purpose without judgment.

To connect with Eddie, find in on Twitter @SportsDrEddie or at www.dreddieoconnor.com

Own Your WHY

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May 6, 2016

Your why is your purpose, a cause, or a belief you are fighting for. It is why you do what you do. When you know your why, it gives YOU the push to keep going. But OWNING your why is a little different. It is a daily practice you can use to stay fueled about your life, work and sport. Dr. Kamphoff talks about how to find and own your why in this episode.

Connect with Cindra @Mentally_Strong on Twitter or at cindra@cindrakamphoff.com.


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Love, Resilience and Thriving in Difficulties with WYSIWYG Juice Founder, Kristi Schuck

May 4, 2016

Kristi Schuck, founder and co-owner of WYSIWYG Juice Company, shares her story of resilience and how to see the opportunity in every difficulty. It was through her husband’s diagnosis with Stage 4 Colon Cancer that they both discovered the power of juicing. Wes was given only 4 short months to live, but thrived in this life for over 3 years because of juicing and a caring and loving environment. In this powerful interview on the one-year anniversary of Wes’ passing, Kristi talks about how to thrive in difficult situations, choose love over fear, and develop a practice to maintain an optimistic and resilient mindset.

 For more information about WYSIWYG Juice Company, visit: www.wysiwygjuice.com, connect on Facebook at: facebook.com/wysiwygjuice or on Twitter @WysiwygMkto.

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Grit Over Gift

April 25, 2016

There is ample amount of research and evidence that it is not someone’s talent that leads to success, it their grit. It is their persistence and passion that drives them to commit to the hours and hours needed to experience success. It is a person’s grit that leads to success, not the talent or gift they were born with. Grit over gift.

In this episode, Dr. Kamphoff provides two strategies you can use to improve your grit. As always, you can email her at cindra@cindrakamphoff.com or find her on Twitter @Mentally_Strong.

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An Optimist Sees the Opportunity in Every Difficulty

April 11, 2016

High Performers are optimistic. They see obstacles and difficulties as happening for them not too them. They find the opportunity in every difficulty. They stay the course committed to their goals and dreams. They are gritty! In this episode, Cindra describes why we should expect the journey to reach our goals and dreams to be difficulty, but see the opportunities in every difficulty. She shares a strategy she calls “3 OPP” to help us do that.

Confidence is a Decision & Other Wisdom with West Point’s, Angie Fifer

April 8, 2016

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Angie Fifer, Performance Excellence Trainer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, talks about all things performance. In this interview, she describes how confidence is a decision we make every moment and she shares ways to be more confident. Angie shares how athletes should have a mechanism to “let their mistakes go” which provides “unbelievable power.” Angie describes about how and when to change your attention from the outcome to the process, and how to do that. Finally, she talks about her journey to be “100% comfortable with who she is and what she brings to the table” as she crosses gender boundaries working with Army West Point Men’s Basketball, Men’s Gymnastics, and the Men’s Boxing teams. Angie also practices performance excellence herself as a marathoner, ultra marathoner, and Ironman triathlete. You can reach out to Angie on Twitter @afifer1 or email her at afifer1@gmail.com.

Overcoming Your Limiting Beliefs

April 5, 2016


Limiting beliefs are beliefs that constrain us in some way. Limiting beliefs are often about ourselves, others, and the world. They are typically broad statements that exist only in our head. Unfortunately, many of our limiting beliefs feel so normal that we don’t even notice them. These limiting beliefs feel like facts, but they are not. Moving beyond your limiting beliefs is a critical first step in your success. In this episode, Dr. Kamphoff talks about how to address your limiting beliefs that are holding your back from reaching your greater potential.

Chasing a Dream Regardless of Age With Pro Triathlete, Ruth Brennan Morrey

March 30, 2016

Ruth Brennan MorreyRuth Brennan Morrey’s triathlon sporting history is certainly a nontraditional one! As a former Division I soccer player, Ruth “accidently” qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials where she finished 34th out of 210 qualifiers. She took 10 years off from racing and competing due to burnout. In 2011, she took a dare to compete in her first Half-Ironman and a few years later at age 37, she turned pro. She has been unstoppable ever since!

In this inspiring interview, Ruth talks life balance (oh, she also has three kiddos – ages 11, 8 and 6), competitive drive, and staying fueled with purpose and passion. She described her worst race as also her best race where she learned a new level of suffering and how “difficulties and roadblocks are part of our plan.” She talks about how she uses mindfulness to control her mind which she learned as part of her PhD in Counseling Psychology. Prepared to be inspired to go after any goal or dream you have after listening to this interview!

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us what stood out to you about this interview, by sending a Tweet to Ruth at @RBrennanMorrey and Cindra at @Mentally_Strong. For more information about Ruth, visit her website.

How to Dream for a Living

March 23, 2016

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Stephen Spielberg once said, “I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I dream forliving.” Most of us are not movie directors like Spielberg, but we can follow his lead and dream about our future for a living. To become a high performer or champion at sport, business and life, we need to dream every day.

How to See Your Problems as Puzzles

March 18, 2016

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In this episode, Cindra talks about how high performers and the most successful people see obstacles, difficulties, and problems. They see them as “happening for them, not too them” and see them as puzzles they can solve. High Performers are persistent and gritty. They are persistent. They stay the course committed to their goals and dreams. You are a high performer!

Life as Sport with Dr. Jonathan Fader – Sport Psychologist to the NY Mets

March 14, 2016


In this interview, Jonathan discusses several factors that separate successful pro athletes, leaders, and high achievers. He believes the practice of enjoyment is at the center of high performance. One suggestion he provides the pro athletes he works with is to ask: “What did I enjoyable the best about today?” within 60 seconds of finishing the game. He describes how the best have an optimal “mental climate” and how they keep their “fish tank clean.” The best of the best are also hungry for success, adopt a growth mindset, and remain process focused. You can preorder his new book, Life as Sport, on Amazon, and find more information about Dr. Fader on his website.

How to Find Your Desire or Hunger for Your Goals

March 8, 2016

In this interview with radio hosts, TJ and Lisa, Dr. Kamphoff talks about how to have desire, passion and hunger for your goals and dreams. She talks about how if you don’t have desire, you won’t work towards your goals and dreams. Getting clear on our desire is the one of the factors that leads us to success and reaching our potential. She provides 3 strategies for us to use to connect with our desire. You can connect with Cindra at cindra@cindrakamphoff.com or at Mentally_Strong.

Attitude is Everything with College Football Coach, Aaron Keen

March 2, 2016


In this interview, college football coach Aaron Keen talks about implementing mental training into the game of football. Coach Keen talks about the importance of going 1-0 each week which helps his team stay in the present moment and take one game at a time. He describes how to develop a ‘family atmosphere’ as a college coach and the importance of keeping relationships front and center. Towards the end of the interview, he provides his classicFind the Pony story and describes that a positive mental attitude is ‘everything’ in football. You can reach Coach Keen on Twitter @CoachAaronKeen.

How to Reduce Self-Criticism

February 29, 2016

Being self-critical means that you are critical of yourself for your failures and weaknesses. We become our own judge and jury when we self-criticize. Some typical expressions of self-criticism include: “I don’t have enough talent.” “I’m just too old, slow, short, heavy…” “I guess I am just not meant to be a runner, athlete, author, vice president, manager…. (you fill in the blank).” Your self-criticism is important to examine because your mind determines your identity, your belief about yourself, and your self-image. In this live episode from 93.1 with TJ and Lisa, Dr. Kamphoff teaches us 3 ways to reduce our self-criticism.

Failing Forward with Mental Skills Coach Carrie Cheadle

February 22, 2016


In this interview with Mental Skills Coach, Carrie Cheadle, she talks about the need of failure in our lives and our athletic careers. We should learn how to embrace failure and seek it out. In her words, “You have to risk failure in order to risk success.” She describes how showing up as yourself and bringing 100% of yourself to your workleads to success, happiness, and reaching your best. To learn more about Carrie’s work, you can visit her website atwww.carriecheadle.com or on Twitter @FeedtheAthlete.

Pressure is a Privilege

February 9, 2016

Payton Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback said, “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing.” In this episode, we explore Payton Manning’s quote and discuss the 3 specific ways to deal with pressure the next time you experience it.

Embracing the Suck & Thriving Through Adversity: A Conversation with Bernie Holliday, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Director of Mental Conditioning

January 27, 2016


Bernie Holliday is a master of the mental game. At the heart of his interview, is a phrase he has adopted from this work with West Point Cadets: “embracing the suck.” Bernie described how professional baseball players must embrace the suck, but also describes how he has used the phrase in his life and career. He believes there are 3 ways people approach times that are difficult: 1) by evading, 2) by enduring, or 3) by embracing. The best of the best approach times that are difficult in the 3rd way: embracing the difficulty. His mantra “BE BOLD” will inspire you to get out there with your work and take risks. He believes that a growth mindset and love is what separates good performers from great performers. Bernie also provides several other strategies you can use in your work, play and life including: 1) his 3 ups, 2 downs, and 1 takeaway strategy, 2) how he helps others “focus on the process,” and 3) the importance of redefining success and failure.

Developing Your Persistence: A Trait Essential for Your Success

January 18, 2016

I am persistent

Success takes something more than talent and skills. Success takes the willingness to keep going even when the odds are against you or your enthusiasm has waned. Success takes persistence! Success takes continuing your course of action despite difficulties, adversity or opposition. The great thing is that persistence is learnable. In this episode, Cindra provides several examples of successful people that have persisted, as well as 3 strategies to develop your persistence.

 How to Reach Your Next Summit & Get Out of Your Comfort Zone w/ Award-Winning Speaker, Manley Feinberg

January 5, 2016

In this episode, award-winning international speaker, business leader, best selling author and professional musician, Manley Feinberg talks about how to reach your next summit. Using a mountain climbing analogy, he discusses how we must expect to fall, how to refocus after the fall and how to get out of your comfort zone in the process. Points to listen for include tips he provides to consciously practice authenticity and how to make space between “the stimulus and response.” You can find Manley at @manleyf or http://verticallessons.com.

Finish with a BANG

December 31, ‎2015

To finish 2015 with a BANG, Cindra provides 5 questions for us to consider as we reflect on the past year. She recommends we answer these questions before setting goals for 2016 to ensure our 2016 goals align with our priorities and values. The 5 questions include:

1. If you had to describe 2015 in 5 words, what would they be?

2. What one event, big or small, made the biggest impact?

3. What new things did you discover about yourself?

4. What was your biggest ha-ha moment this year?

5. What one thing would you do differently and why?

How to Adopt a Challenge Mindset w/ Dr. Ian Connole, Director of Sport Psych @ Kansas State

December 16, ‎2015


Dr. Ian Connole, Director of Sport Psychology for Kansas State Athletics, teaches us how to keep our focus and the importance of engaging in the now. He motivates us to be authentic and when we do so, this allows our success to come much easier and more likely. He says that a life worth living is being in the present moment, and a life worth sharing is about being authentic and showing up as yourself. So good!

How Parents Can Positively Support Their Child’s Athletic Development

December 16, ‎2015

In sports, parents impact their children in at least three ways. First, they influence the type of sports they play by creating opportunities to try different sports. Second, they provide financial support by purchasing equipment and driving them to and from practice and games. But probably the least recognized way that parents influence their children is how they “interpret” the event. What parents do or say — and what they don’t do or say — impacts how invested and involved their children will be in sport. In this episode, we talk about 6 tips related to how we can best support our children as parents.

Strengthening Your Relationship with Failure with Mental Performance & Leadership Coach, Justin Su’a

Justin Sua

December 11, ‎2015

Justin Su’a is a Mental Performance and Leadership Coach who is currently a Mental Skills Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox. In this interview, Justin talks about how elite athletes and high performers have a unique relationship with failure. He talks extensively about that in this interview as well as other insights he has had working as the Former Head of Mental Conditioning at the IMG Academy and with the US Army. Justin is the author of two books: Parent Pep Talks and Mentally Tough Teens. He has his own daily podcast called “Increase Your Impact Podcast” which is also available on Itunes.

How to Create a Compelling Vision

December 8, ‎2015

High achievers and successful people have big visions. They know what they want and every day they work towards that vision. If you don’t have a clear vision, you will most likely feel trapped by your own limitations. But a clear vision can unlock your power. You become what you envision yourself becoming! In this episode, Cindra explores what a compelling vision includes and how to write one for your future.

Play Big with Coach, Trainer & Motivational Speaker Elani Kelakos

December 4, ‎2015


In this episode, Elani Kelakos discusses what it means to stop playing small. Instead, we must play big and she describes exactly what that means to play big. She shares tips you can apply the next time you speak in front of an audience as well as her 5 principles of high performance that you don’t want to miss. Throughout the interview, Elani provides strategies and tips to embrace your authenticity and be more confident in who you are.

The Gratitude Effect

November 30, ‎2015

Gratitude is like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger that muscle gets. In this episode, we talk about the power of saying thank you and being gratitude. We discuss the “gratitude effect” and 4 gratitude practices you can do regularly. When you express your gratitude, you are in one of the best possible emotional states possible. Be grateful for everything you have today – even the difficulties.

“I will…” “I can…” “I am…”

November 19, ‎2015

I will speaking

Our thoughts direct everything we do. They are the most important factor in our success and in our failure. I can make this bold statement because everything starts with a thought. EVERYTHING! Successful people talk to themselves in a powerful and productive way to keep them on task and believing in their future. They use statements such as “I will…” “I can…” and “I am…”.

Cleveland Indians Performance Coach Talks Beating the Odds with Ceci Clark

November 9, ‎2015


Ceci Clark, the first woman to be hired full-time in Major League Baseball working in mental training, talks about beating the odds in this inspiring interview. That is exactly what high performers do, she says. They are among the 1-3% that beat the odds and dream big! Ceci discusses how life begins at the end of your comfort zone and how “fear keeps your sharp.” Ceci also talks about her experiences as a female working in predominantly male populations including in Major League Baseball and in her previous role with Special Forces.

Focus on Your Successes

November 4, ‎2015

To create more success, you need to acknowledge your successes. You brain does not naturally do this, so you MUST program it to remember your successes. When you do this, you are programming your subconscious to remember your desire to be successful and it will be more likely to happen!

2-Time Cancer Survivor & Olympic Hopeful Talks Resilience, Gabe Grunewald

October ‎20, ‎2015


Gabriele Grunewald is an Olympic hopeful who competes for the USA in the 1500, 3000 and 5000 meters. Gabe is current ranked 19th in the world in the 1500 and is the 3rd American on that list. She is an US Indoor Champion in the 3000 meters. Gabe is a 2-time cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with cancer twice while competing at the University of Minnesota. During this interview, is she talks about how cancer made her stronger mentally. She has learned to be resilient – bouncing back from races that don’t go like she expected and working to not sweat the small stuff. She provides incredible high performance mindset nuggets today including finding your best runner self, reframing pressure as important for performance, and faking it until you make it.

You can follow Gabrielle in her quest to become an Olympian at @gg_runs and http://www.gabrielegrunewald.com/.

Overthinking is NOT Your Friend

October ‎9, ‎2015

We can overthink anything – our athletic performance, our success, our failure, our family, our appearance, our career, our health…Thank goodness for family, friends and teammates who help us out of this rut. But, we need to catch ourselves when we get in this terrible mindset. Why? Because overthinking is NOT our friend. In this episode, Cindra share’s a personal story when she got stuck in the overthinking rut and why overthinking is so dangerous for you. Then,  she share 3 ways YOU can use to snap out of the overthinking rut.

To find out more information about our Master Your Mindset for Athletes online course and community mentioned in this podcast, visit cindrakamphoff.com or visit HERE.

Chicago Cubs Director of Mental Training Talks Winning Mindset & Big Dreams, Josh Lifrak

‎October ‎5, ‎2015


In this interview, the Director of Mental Training for the Chicago Cubs, Josh Lifrak, discusses the winning mindset and his CUB acronym which guides his work with the organization. His interview is full of passion and energy as he discusses the importance of choosing every day to be the human being that YOU want to be and how to stay awake and aware to be your best. If you are anything like me, you will be cheering the Cubs Organization on in their quest to the World Series after this interview!

To follow Josh, check out his active twitter page at @lifrakattack.

3 Proven Ways to Increase Your Gratitude

‎Oct 2, 2015

In this episode, Cindra discusses 3 proven ways supported by research to increase your happiness through gratitude. She starts the episode describing her experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon and why she is grateful for that experience even though it was difficult.

The DNA of Championship Teams with Motivational Speaker & Author, Ross Bernstein

Ross Bernstein

Sep 27, 2015

Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on four continents and the author of nearly 50 sports books. He’s spent the better part of the past 20 years studying the DNA of championship teams. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the years including CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. In this interview, Ross provides numerous golden nuggets of wisdom to help you step up your game in sports and business. For more information on Ross, visit www.rossbernstein.com.

How Successful People Think

Sep 25, 2015

Do you ever wonder how to deal with that voice inside your head? Do you ever doubt yourself for what seems like no reason at all? Do you have big dreams that seem scary so you don’t go after them?? Dr. Kamphoff discusses how the most successful people are a master of their thoughts. This is a daily process that can make all the difference in your career success, athletic success, happiness and satisfaction with your life. You can find this list of the top 10 traits of high performers at www.cindrakamphoff.com.

Turning a Single Kernel into an International Success with Angie’s BoomChickaPop

Sep 18, 2015

Dan Bastian, Martha Stewart and Angie Bastian are seen in this photo from the production of "The Martha Stewart Show" in New York on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Dan Bastian, Martha Stewart and Angie Bastian are seen in this photo from the production of “The Martha Stewart Show” in New York on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

It all started back in 2001 when Angie and her husband, Dan, bought a kettle online and began popping corn at local events to teach their kids the importance of hard work and to earn extra income for their college funds. Now, Angie’s BoomChickaPop is one of the fastest growing popcorn brands in the world. In this interview, Angie discusses the growth of her business, the importance of getting comfortable being uncomfortable, and how everything you have done creates what you need in the moment. Plan to be inspired!

The Comparison Trap

Sep 16, 2015

As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Research suggests that comparison breeds feelings of depression, low self-confidence, anxiety, separation and loneliness. We are less likely to reach our goals because comparison zaps our motivation and energy. In this podcast, Cindra talks about why we compare ourselves to others, and what to do instead. Plan to be inspired!

Professional Baseball Pitcher Talks Focusing on the Process & Routine with Jason Hoppe

Sep 12, 2015

Focusing on the process, not the outcome is the key to success, says professional baseball pitcher, Jason Hoppe. Jason holds the collegiate record of pitching the most consecutive scoreless innings, 55 1/3 innings, which takes mental strength, consistency, and staying in control of your mind and body. This All-American pitcher knows the mental side of sport and performance and discusses the importance of not getting too high or too low, knowing your why and who you are, and working hard every day to follow your big dreams. Follow Jason on twitter @becuz_im_hoppe (or happy – you will know what we mean after listening to the interview!).

What is Your Why?

Sep 10, 2015


Focusing on the process, not the outcome is the key to success, says professional baseball pitcher, Jason Hoppe. Jason holds the collegiate record of pitching the most consecutive scoreless innings, 55 1/3 innings, which takes mental strength, consistency, and staying in control of your mind and body. This All-American pitcher knows the mental side of sport and performance and discusses the importance of not getting too high or too low, knowing your why and who you are, and working hard every day to follow your big dreams. Follow Jason on twitter @becuz_im_hoppe (or happy – you will know what we mean after listening to the interview!).