6 Steps to Handling Your Most Adverse Situations

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I want you to think about the last time you experienced adversity. Big, small, it doesn’t matter.  

Most of us have a pretty easy time coming up with adversity because we face it ALL THE TIME. In EVERY facet of our lives.  

Our relationships, our careers, and our day-to-day life. We experience adversity all the time. 

Unfortunately, our mind’s natural tendency when things get difficult is to try to avoid them. To chatter at us, to try to influence us to have a drink, distract ourselves, or procrastinate until the problem goes away. We attempt to avoid, and we miss out on the opportunity to thrive through adversity and grow stronger as a result of it. 

Today, in this episode, I want to dive deep into the topic of psychological flexibility. This is a skill that has been shown to help people, not only move through adversity but THRIVE through it and grow as a result of it. 

Specifically, I want to dive deep into the 6 facets of psychological flexibility and give you some tips and tricks for applying them when you’re in a challenging situation in the future. 

This skill is something you learn, not something you check the box on. This means you’re likely to be pretty bad at it at first. That’s ok! It’s going to feel awkward. But, as you keep practicing, you’ll get better, smoother, and more natural. And, the power of this skill will go to work for you. 

Stick around to the end of this episode. I open up and talk about my personal experience giving my TEDx talk last year. I don’t remember very many other times in my life when I was that anxious and afraid. It was the 6 steps that I share in this episode that got me through it. You can watch my TEDx talk here:  

I want the same for you. I want you to be able to confront your toughest situations head-on, and thrive through them. 

I know you can. It just takes a little practice. We’re here to support you. Good luck! 


What is Psychological Strength?

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CUE THE CONFETTI! Friends, this is episode 200 of the podcast, and in honor of that huge milestone, we’re diving DEEP into the different facets of psychological strength. 

You see, when we talk about ‘building psychological strength,’ we’re really talking about developing yourself in 5 core areas so that you’re better skilled and equipped to handle anything life throws at you. 

2020 has shown us just how V.U.C.A. life can be (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous). We all need to work on the skills and abilities that set us up to be able to thrive, no matter what life throws our way. 

How would that feel? 

Imagine it! How would it feel to have the confidence that, no matter what, you have the skills to move through any challenge and thrive?  

That is what psychological strength is, and today, to celebrate this exciting milestone, we’re diving deep. 

We are talking about the tools to improve your mental toughness and face challenging times or crucial life events by developing mental strength. But much like improving your physical health, mentally strong people have to leave their comfort zone, and work on building mental strength just like they would with physical exercise. Good mental health will help you overcome challenges and improve problem-solving if you spend time and effort working on it.

Thank you to each and every one of you who has downloaded an episode of this podcast. If you haven’t subscribed, please hit that button in celebration of this exciting day. Thank you for being on this journey with us and for recognizing your own worth.  

During this episode, we mentioned our flagship program Ascend. If you would like to learn more information on that program and get in before we raise the price, visit . 


How to Negotiate for Yourself…Even If You’re Afraid

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Pop quiz! On a scale from 1-10, how uncomfortable does it make you feel to think about negotiating on your own behalf? 

Now, on a scale from 1-10, how uncomfortable does it make you feel to think about negotiating on someone else’s behalf?  

For a lot of us, the thought of asking for something for ourselves is TERRIFYING. The self-doubt kicks in so fast. “Am I being fair?” “Is my performance really worth that much?” “What if they think I’m difficult to work with?” 

So many of us have that experience, and that’s why we’re diving into the topic this week.  

This week we’re speaking with Ruzana Glaeser. co-founder of, a website aimed to empower women to ask on their own behalf.  

Ruzana has experience negotiating for manufacturing and retail companies, in the US and abroad, for large corporations as well as small privately held firms. She has a direct yet collaborative approach to negotiations, enjoys working with women and speaking about how women can find confidence to negotiate on their own behalf and succeed! 

During this interview, we talk about: 

  • What gender roles and stereotypes actually are and the role they play in negotiations 
  • Our fear of backlash and what to do about it
  • How to cultivate a sense of self-worth to help you be more confident in the size of your ask 
  • The amazing role men can play in your negotiation 
  • Actionable tips for prep, execution, follow-up 

I encourage you to take a broad view of how negotiation plays into your life. The tips and information in this episode can help you in your job, in your relationships, and in so many other facets of life. 

Most encounter their first real experience trying out their negotiating skills as a job candidate. Most also realize they aren’t exhibiting good negotiating skills when they find the same job offered more to another applicant. But applying some of the work in this podcast will help you reach an agreement or in some cases an alternative to a negotiated agreement that is fair to you, fair to them, and guilt-free. People don’t get what they don’t ask for, hopefully, these skills give you the confidence to get what you’re due.