Navigating Change with Psychological Strength

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Because of the way our minds operate, human beings struggle with change. No matter whether the change is a net positive or net negative change, whether it’s big or small. All change causes some degree of friction and difficulty. And we’ve all weathered a LOT of it in the past few years.

On today’s episode, we’re diving into the topic of change. First and foremost, we’ll talk about why change is difficult for us. Turns out, you’re not weak! You don’t lack resilience! You’re simply a human being with a mind, and our human minds HATE change. Tune in, and you’ll learn why.

Overcoming negative thoughts is key to developing mental strength. However, spending time with uncomfortable emotions to feel mentally strong may be good for your mental health but challenging to achieve.

Then we’ll dive into one of the models of change that I really like as a way of understanding how we as human beings move through change. We’ll talk about the difference between a “change” and a “transition.” We’ll talk about the fundamental principles of the mind that are impacted when we experience a change and how we ultimately move on to get to the other side of a change.

Finally, I’ll offer a handful of resources to help you navigate your own change or to help others navigate theirs. These are proven, valuable techniques for supporting yourself and others during some of the most volatile times.

We’ve all been through a lot, and there’s likely more change to come. But, it IS POSSIBLE to thrive through change with the right tools.

Additional Resources:

  1. Try out Emotion Sifting by visiting this blog post:
  2. Learn more about the science of self-compassion with this episode from the podcast vault:
  3. Ready to design your work life? Check out this blog post for some tips:
  4. Be one of the first 5 people to review this episode of the podcast and email a screenshot of your review to and get a free copy of my Life Design Transformation Blueprint! Submit your review here:

Five Life-Changing Practices

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I say it all the time – I actually practice the things I preach on this podcast. In fact, the improvement in my life experience that I’ve seen since beginning this podcast is one of the best, most unexpected side effects of the podcast!

The last 2 years have been exceptionally challenging for all of us, but I truly believe that it has been a handful of life-changing practices that have sustained me and helped me thrive through it. These practices have transformed the way I experience my own life, and in this episode, I want to share them with you.

Today’s episode is the very first episode in season 6 of the podcast. It’s also coming out a mere 2 days before my 42nd birthday! So, as a gift to you, we’re diving into 5 life-changing psych strength practices and 5 different ways to implement each practice. That’s TWENTY-FIVE different actions you can take to build psych strength.

And, because this episode is so dense with information, I’ve created a free guide to accompany the episode. You can get a copy of it here. In this guide, you’ll find all of the actions I cover underneath each of the 5 life-changing practices. I also included a bunch of supplemental content: extra hands-on exercises, templates, and resources to help you jump-start your practice. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to grab this guide.

It’s so important to me, Ashley, and our families that a total life change is not only possible but within your grasp. These are the tools that may be the difference in a happier, healthier you.

As you begin your new year, I truly hope you put yourself first. I hope you adopt some practices that help you build psychological strength, and I hope you experience the life-changing transformation that I’ve been experiencing.

Cheers to 2022!


Designing Your Life for Happiness

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One of the really cool things that Psychology has to offer is its ability to help us understand our own behavior.  

I mean, why is it that some behaviors or habits are relatively easy for us to adopt, while we struggle with others? Why do some behaviors feel more “authentic” to us, while others feel more fake?  

What underlies all of that? And, more importantly, how can we use it to our advantage? 

That is exactly what we’re talking about this week, life design, as we chat with Amy Bucher. Amy holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Harvard. She’s the author of the book “Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change,” and she is the go-to expert for how to use psychology in the design process. She uses her expertise in her role at the design firm Mad*Pow

I stumbled upon Amy and her work in a weekly behavioral design email I’m subscribed to, and I instantly knew I had to get her on the podcast. I knew she’d make a great guest, and wow did she deliver! 

In her episode we covered some amazing topics: 

  • How psychology informs the design process and how something called the self-determination theory helps explain our own behavior 
  • The myth between having “high or low” motivation, and what science tells us instead 
  • The role of authenticity in happiness  
  • How we can craft our life in alignment with who we really are in order to thrive through life’s ups and downs. 
  • How making life design part of your life and eliciting a positive benefit to your career path.

I’m sure you can see why I’m so excited about this interview. I can’t wait for you to meet Amy Bucher! 

If you’re interested in Amy’s book, visit and enter the code PeakMind0720 to get 20% off! (Code expires 8/31/20, so hurry!)