Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist who has spent more than 30 years studying the brain. Her research has found that changing the way you think and changing the way you approach problems can physically alter your brain.

She’s the host of the popular podcast called Cleaning Up the Mental Mess. And she’s written several books on stress, happiness, and mind management.

Fear can be healthy. After all, if you didn’t fear getting hit by a car, you wouldn’t look both ways before you crossed the road.

You don’t want to conquer a healthy fear like that. But, you do want to conquer the irrational fears or the fears that get in the way of living your best life.

Houston Kraft is a kindness advocate. Through his trainings, workshops, and events, he’s reached over a half million people. 

He’s the co-founder of Character Strong, a company that makes it their mission to encourage more compassion in schools and communities. They’ve worked with over 2,500 schools on changing the way they think about kindness.

When you’re feeling depressed, your brain will lie to you. It will work hard to convince you to do the things that keep you stuck in a depressed state.

If you’ve battled depression, you are likely aware of the struggles that come with it. Your thoughts will be negative. You’ll feel bad–both emotionally and physically. 

Steve Francis is a three-time NBA All-Star. During his career, he played for the Houston Rockets, the Orlando Magic, and the New York Knicks. He was so dominant on the court that he earned the nickname “Franchise.” He’s known for his speed, fancy ball-handling skills, and extreme dunks.  

Steve’s rise to NBA stardom wasn’t an easy one, however. He overcame much adversity in his childhood.

The way you talk to yourself matters. Your inner dialogue can either inspire and motivate you to do your best or it can be the one thing that stands between you and living your best life.

He’s a musician, radio host, TV show host, and author. His impressive resume includes job titles like news anchor and host for the Olympics as well as host of Entertainment Tonight and creator of the NBA theme song. He’s won six Emmys, been nominated for two GRAMMYs, and has four Gold albums. He has also been awarded an Associated Press award for his investigative journalism. 

We spend so much of our lives learning how to solve complex algebra problems and calculating geometric angles, yet we aren’t taught how to set a goal in a way that it will increase the statistical probability of success.

Sometimes, a slight shift in the way you establish a goal makes all the difference in the world.

Felicia “The Feenom” Spencer is a math teacher turned UFC fighter. After winning the Invicta Featherweight Championship, she went on to continued success in the UFC, taking on some of the elite fighters of all time (including Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg).

Felicia doesn’t really look or sound like what you imagine a UFC fighter would. She has a very kind personality and soft-spoken demeanor.

Last year at this time, we had no idea that we were about to be launched into a global pandemic that would rage on month after month.

Imagine if someone would have warned us that we’d live in a world where restaurants would be forced to close, we’d be discouraged from seeing our families on holidays, and travel would essentially come to a screeching halt? We wouldn’t have believed it.

Stacey is a professional gymnast and a former WWE star turned fitness influencer. His motivational messages and desire to teach others about fitness helped him attract a massive social media following.

He recently created a fitness app to inspire others to get healthy. 

  • Are you struggling to raise mentally strong kids right now? 
  • Do you worry that your kids won’t have the emotional skills they need to succeed in life? 
  • Are you concerned that some of your parenting habits might be setting a bad example for your kids?


If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re going to want to tune in to this episode.

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the author of the NY Times Bestselling book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. She also writes a regular column for The Atlantic called “Dear Therapist.”

She recently launched a podcast with co-host Guy Winch. It’s called “Dear Therapists” and in each episode, she and Guy address a listener’s problem. Then, they follow up with the listener to learn what happened when they followed the advice. 

It’s normal to feel anxious, sad, nervous, scared, disappointed—along with many other uncomfortable emotions. Sometimes, it’s healthy to embrace those emotions. Experiencing them may help you heal.

Tony Succar is a recording artist, songwriter, and producer. In 2019, he won two Latin Grammys—one for “Best Salsa Album” and one for being “Producer of the Year.”

Tony is well-known for a project he did called Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson. But he’s gone on to create lots of great music since then.

The conversations you have with yourself matter. Your inner dialogue affects how you feel and how you behave.

The things you say to yourself impact you over the long-term. If you call yourself names and put yourself down, your self-worth will be affected. And you might not try hard things because you’ll assume you can’t succeed.

Darryl Strawberry spent 17 years playing major league baseball. He played for both the Mets and the Yankees. He was an 8-time all star and 4-time world series champion. 

I collected baseball cards as a kid and I was a big fan of Darryl’s signature bat twirls and home run hits. 

But I knew he’d gotten in some trouble over the years with drugs and alcohol and I’d heard he’d served time in prison.

It’s no secret that most resolutions don’t work. In fact, most are abandoned by mid-January. 

Yet, most people continue to establish resolutions year after year hoping that somehow, this will be the year that they actually create change.

Andrea Bonior is a clinical psychologist, college professor and bestselling author. She also writes a weekly column for the Washington post called “Baggage Check” where she offers her readers great advice.

She’s the author of an amazing book called Detox Your Thoughts. It’s filled with helpful, actionable tips for dealing with unhelpful ways of thinking. 

Tim is a former NFL running back who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2008. Before retiring, he also played for Washington and New Orleans.

I met Tim a few years ago and every time I talk to him he’s working on an interesting project. Lately, he spends a lot of time working with young people and encouraging people to create their purpose in life.

While this time of year can be filled with happiness and love for some people, it can also be the loneliest, saddest time for others.

When you don’t have family to spend the holidays with–and a lot of people are finding themselves in that situation this year because of the pandemic–it can be tough.

There’s a reason Marie Claire calls Amy Chan “A relationship expert whose work is like that of a scientific Carrie Bradshaw.” 

She went through an extremely tough breakup a few years back. She experienced anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide. The experience showed her that there aren’t many resources available for people who are struggling to heal a broken heart.

Do you ever get something stuck in your head and you can’t stop thinking about it? When it’s something like a song it might just feel a little annoying.

But when it’s an unpleasant event that you keep rehashing or a catastrophic outcome that you keep imagining, overthinking will take a toll on your mental health.

Ty Tashiro has a PHD in psychology. He gave a really popular TED talk and he’s the author of a great book called Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome

He isn’t shy about the fact that he grew up an awkward kid. He shares some embarrassing blunders and talks about how he’s worked to learn new social skills. 

Negative thoughts aren’t always a bad thing. Recognizing that something may not turn out well or acknowledging that you made a mistake is healthy.

But some negative thoughts are irrational and unrealistic. And they can cause us to feel bad and discourage us from taking any positive action.

You probably know Erin Brockovich’s name from the movie where Julie Roberts played Erin. Despite not having a law degree, Brockovich was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a giant corporation who was polluting the groundwater in California in 1993.

It’s been 20 years since the movie came out and Erin Brockovich hasn’t stopped her environmental activism.

Have you ever thought about the kind of person you’d like to be? Maybe you want to be a nicer person, mentally stronger person, a healthier person, or a happier person.

But how do you get over that gap that stands between who you are now and the person you’d like to become?

Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, the company that is best known for making unsweetened flavor water.

But her path to creating a successful product wasn’t an easy one. She was turned down, discouraged, and outright rejected along the way. But, she persisted in creating a successful company.

When you’re anxious, angry, or stressed out, your brain and body responds accordingly.

Your brain will automatically look for the negative. It’s your brain’s way of helping you detect more danger so it can keep you safe. But the more you dwell on the negative and overlook the positive, the more your feelings will intensify.

Lisa Sharkey is a senior vice president and director of creative development for HarperCollins Publishers, one of the biggest publishing houses in the world.

She formerly worked as the president of Al Roker Entertainment and she has served as senior producer for Good Morning America and Inside Edition. She has a lengthy list of accolades including two Emmys, 10 Emmy nominations, and a Peabody Award and a DuPont Award for her work at ABC covering the September 11th terror attacks.

People often ask me, “Why did you pick 13 things?” They think I picked the number 13 because of its association with being unlucky.

But that’s not the case. When I wrote the list, it was a letter to myself during one of the darkest periods of my life. I had no intention of ever making it public.

I’m glad I decided to share it. And I’m honored it resonated with so many people (the original article was read more than 50 million times). 

I’ve never called anyone a “living legend” before. And I’m glad because that phrase should be reserved for someone like Dan Gable. He’s even been inducted into the United World Wrestling’s Hall of Fame in the Legend category (only the third person to have that honor).

Dan is a world famous wrestler with a champion’s mindset. When he attended Iowa State University, his record was 117-1. His only loss was in his final match to Larry Owings.

No matter what you’re working on, it’s hard to stay the course when you don’t see any results. This can be especially true when you’re trying to build mental strength. 

Building mental strength can be a slow process. You won’t train your brain to think differently overnight.

But there are some exercises that can help you start feeling better right away. And experiencing a little progress like that can help you stay motivated to keep going.

Ally Brooke is multi-platinum singer songwriter who was a member of the group 5th Harmony. She was chosen to be part of the group when she auditioned for the TV show The X Factor.

Her personal and professional life has been filled with ups and downs, however. From her mother’s chronic pain to being body-shamed, Ally has experienced a variety of struggles.

No one wants to experience uncomfortable feelings like anxiety, sadness, loneliness, fear, or embarrassment. Those feelings feel downright awful.

So sometimes we work really hard to escape those uncomfortable feelings. We numb them, we suppress them, or we avoid them at all costs.

When bank robbers, kidnappers, and terrorists held someone hostage, the FBI called Chris Voss to negotiate their release.

He worked in the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit for 24 years and served as the FBI’s chief international hostage and kidnapping negotiator from 2003 to 2007.

Have you ever questioned whether you should see a therapist? And after questioning it, have you talked yourself out of it?

Maybe it seemed too uncomfortable. Or maybe you convinced yourself you aren’t really feeling all that bad.

Welcome to The Friday Fix! Every Friday I share a quick mental strength exercise that will help you fix the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that drain you of the mental strength you need to be your best.

If you’ve ever been told you worry too much or that you’re a bit of an “overthinker,” tune in to today’s show.

Brad Stulberg is an expert in peak performance. 

He’s the bestselling author of both Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox. In his performance coaching practice, he works with physicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, executives, and other professionals on their well-being and their mental skills. 

If you’ve watched the movie Miracle, you know who Mike Eruzione is. He was the captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, and he scored the winning goal against the Soviets.

It’s been 40 years, and we’re still talking about it. When you hear Mike talk about his experience, you’ll understand why. He’s an authentic, strong person who finds genuine joy in life’s simplest pleasures.

Welcome to The Friday Fix! Every Friday I share a quick mental strength exercise that will help you fix the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that drain you of the mental strength you need to be your best.

In today’s episode, I share one of my favorite strategies for changing a habit. 

When it comes to music, Motiff can do just about anything. He’s an artist, producer, DJ, and songwriter. He frequently works alongside musicians like Pit Bull, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, and Jennifer Lopez.

But his rise to success wasn’t an easy one. He moved to America from Venezuela as a child. He didn’t speak any English. And he had to help care for his father who was sick.

Fifty million people read my article.

At first, I tried to go about my normal daily life. I went to work at my job as a therapist and acted like everything was the same. But in between patients, I checked my email and scrolled through social media.

Actress Juliette Lewis was talking about my article on Facebook. The Prime Minister of…

Every Friday, I share a quick 10-minute mental strength secret that will help fix thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that keep you from being the strongest and best version of yourself.

Today, I’m sharing an exercise that takes less than one minute to help you manage uncomfortable feelings in a healthy way.

Danica McKellar is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years. But she’s gone on to accomplish much more since her days as a child actress, including becoming a New York Times bestselling author. 

She writes books that teach kids how to handle math more easily. And she explains “new math” to parents.

A lot of people are skeptical of meditation. It sounds a little “new-agey.” And there might be many reasons you are hesitant about trying it.

Dan Harris used to feel the same way. Then, he had a panic attack while reading the news on Good Morning America. And that changed everything.

Everyone struggles with confidence sometimes – at least in some areas of our lives. And if you’re not careful, your insecurities and self-doubts can hold you back.

Heather Monahan is the author of Confidence Creator and the host of a great podcast called Creating Confidence. She’s also a speaker who loves to share her wisdom about confidence to audiences around the globe. 

A lot of readers have asked me to talk about mental strength and relationships. It’s a subject I haven’t covered much. So I decided to bring Tony Gaskins on the show to share some of his relationship advice. 

Tony Gaskins is a husband and a father. He’s also a speaker, author, and life coach. 

Thomas Brag is one of the founders of Yes Theory, a group of guys who make famous YouTube videos. But Thomas and the other two hosts of Yes Theory aren’t interested in performing dangerous stunts or hazardous pranks to attract views. Instead, they are into creating challenges for themselves that have purpose.

Their motto is “Seek Discomfort.”

I’ve followed Nora McInerny on social media for quite a while. I found her books helpful when I went through losses in my own life. So I was thrilled to be able to interview her for my show.

Nora got engaged to her first husband, Aaron, the same night he was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

James Altucher is an investor, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. He’s also the host of a podcast called The James Altucher Show.

You may have heard about him recently as his article about New York City being dead attracted a lot of attention. It even led to a rebuttal from Jerry Seinfield who insists New York isn’t dead.

Maffio is a Latin GRAMMY Award winning music producer, composer, and artist. He works with musicians like Akon and Nicky Jam. But his path to success wasn’t easy. 

He came from extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic. He lost several family members, including his sister, when he was a teenager.

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