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May 14, 2019

Finding Your Motivation from Within

“The biggest source of motivation are your own thoughts, so think big and motivate yourself from within.” Anonymous

High performers staying intrinsically motivated. They focus on the progress they make. They consider how they are part of something bigger and how they touch others. They consider what they do and how it is connected to others.

Power Phrase this Week: “I stay motivated from within. Each day I focus what fuels me and why my work matters.”

May 7, 2019
May 6, 2019

Mark J Lindquist has been on the hottest shows on television (LOST, Hawaii Five-O), he performs for the largest crowds in America (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA) and he speaks for the largest crowds in America (Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Microsoft, IBM, Starbucks).

Mark is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, highly sought-after success coach, world-touring entertainer, US Air Force and Afghanistan war veteran, and author of the books, "Passion! 8 Steps to Reignite Yours,” “Passion! 8 Steps to Find Yours” and "Service! My Way of Life."  

Mark has performed live for over 3.5 million people in 22 countries and 46 states throughout his career.  He has performed for Grammy winning artists, Academy Award nominated actors, foreign dignitaries around the world as well as staffers at the White House. 

In this podcast, Mark and Cindra talk about:

  • Performance techniques to crush it in front of millions of people
  • Why people forget to make their passion a priority
  • The rocking chair principle
  • How to keep believing in your Superbowl
  • And 8 steps to reignite your passion

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

You can find Mark Linquist @MarkJLinquist on Twitter and

May 2, 2019

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates


High performers embrace change. They thrive off it. They realize they can choose how to think and feel. And the first step to do that is remember what you focus on determines how you feel about change. Anything can be viewed as a gift.


Power Phrase this Week: “I embrace change. I see change as a gift.”

Apr 25, 2019

“Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is to keep going  when you really feel like giving up.” 


High performers keep going. They stay the course and stay gritty and resilient. While doing so, they also remain humble knowing the can keep learning and growing.


 Phrase this Week: “I stay gritty and resilient. I stay the course.”

Apr 17, 2019

“Don’t focus on the difficulty. Focus on what can come from the difficulty.” Jonathan Zierdt


High performers focus on what can come from the difficulty. The look for what inspired them and let that move them. The live with urgency knowing and focusing on how they can make a difference today.


Power Phrase this Week: “I don’t focus on the difficulty. I focus on what can come from the difficulty.”

Apr 14, 2019

Joining the Auburn family in October 2018, Dr. Adrian Ferrera provides individual mental health and performance counseling, crisis intervention, consultation and outreach on clinical issues important to student-athletes. He also develops performance enhancement workshops for small groups, coaches and teams. 

Dr. Ferrera came to Auburn from the University of Washington, where he served as associate director of counseling and sport psychology. From 2014-17, he was a cognitive performance coach for U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

After earning his master's in counseling with an emphasis in sport psychology from Boston University, Ferrera earned his doctorate in sport and exercise psychology, and an additional master's in counseling, from West Virginia University.

In this podcast, Adrian and Cindra talk about:

  • His journey to Auburn
  1. How he has approached “failure” in his own life as an opportunity
  2. Why you should protect your pin number to your confidence bank
  3. How to have difficult conversations
  4. Process focused - Key messages that lead to Auburn men’s basketball run to the Final Four

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

You can find Dr. Ferrera at

Apr 10, 2019

“When fear dies, you begin to live.” Stan Beecham


High performers play to win. They realize that fear of failure doesn’t help them in the long run. Instead, they listen to what they are fearing. Stay calm, present and go after what they want.


Power Phrase this Week: “I play to win. I stay calm, present, and go for it!”

Apr 5, 2019

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela


High performers cultivate their passion. They work to get and keep the good kind of passion – harmonious passion.  They work to keep their results separate from their identity and stay focused on improving their craft.


Power Phrase this Week: “I stay passionate about my craft. I stay focused on the process and being the best I can be.”

Mar 27, 2019

Dr. Rick McGuire is the Director of the Missouri Institute of Positive Coaching. He recently retired as the Director of Sport Psychology for the Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Missouri, and Graduate Professor of Sport Psychology. For 27 years (from 1983-2010) he was Missouri’s Head Track and Field Coach. Under Coach McGuire’s tutelage, Missouri athletes earned 143 All-American recognitions, 110 Conference champions, 29 USA National Members, 3 collegiate records, and 5 Olympians. He is the founder and chairman for 27 years of the USA Track and Field Sport Psychology program, and served as a staff for 11 USATF National Teams, including the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games in Barcelona and Atlanta.

In this podcast, Rick and Cindra talk about:

  • His principles of positive coaching
  • Why demeaning never helps athletes
  • Ways to increase athletes’ self-worth and self-esteem
  • The most impactful way to motivate athletes
  • The importance of communication with your athletes and teams

You can find a full description of the Podcast at


Mar 19, 2019

“Every minute you spend wishing you had someone else’s life is a minute spent wasting yours.” Anonymous

 High performers reduce their FOMO. They change their focus because happiness is about attention. They focus on gratitude - what they have not what they lack.

Power Phrase this Week: “I change my focus. I focus on what I have not what I lack.”

Mar 15, 2019

Orlando Bowen is a former professional football player whose mission is to inspire people to be GameChangers in the lives of others. GameChangers influence the path, perspective or possibilities for others and inspire people to see beyond their circumstances as they pursue excellence.

Orlando has been motivating corporate audiences for years through keynotes and through his role of founder and Executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization. He equips people to get off the sidelines and become GameChangers in business and life.

Orlando has been recognized for his work by: Being awarded a Queen Diamond Jubille Medal, a national Harry Jerome Award, a national Canadian Youth Leadership Award, and is the feature of a nationally televised W-5 documentary entitled Personal Foul.

In this podcast, Orlando and Cindra talk about:

  • The night that ended his football career
  • His motivation for starting his non-profit
  • How pain is invitable but misery is optional
  • What you say to yourself matters especially when things don’t go your way

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Mar 12, 2019

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

High performers know they can develop their grit. They pursue what interests them, and focus on their purpose. They remain hopeful and optimistic that they can make it better.

Power Phrase this Week: “I am gritty. I cultivate my passion, perseverance and purpose.”

Mar 8, 2019

Marilyn Sherman, who just recently was inducted to the National Speaker Association’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is one of 182 members in the world who hold this designation. After starting her career in corporate America, she is now seen as the go-to motivational keynote speaker for corporate and association markets that want their people to improve their morale, teamwork, and communication skills and ultimately achieve more results. In the 25 years she has served her clients in the speaking industry, she has motivated audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life.

Marilyn is the author of four motivational books including “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List? “, “Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?”, “Why Settle for the Balcony, how to get a Front-Row Seat in Life” and “Front-Row Service”. Marilyn is a graduate of Washington State University and after working for Chrysler First Financial Services, she was a contract speaker for one of the top seminar companies in the United States and Canada.

She has earned her Certified Speaking Professional designation, the highest earned designation in the speaking profession, held by less than 12% of professional speakers worldwide. Clients that have been inspired by her keynotes include Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, the F.D.I.C., and the US Post Office.

In this podcast, Marilyn and Cindra talk about:

  • What does it mean to be a front-row leader
  • The power of “acting as if…”
  • A powerful question to transform your self-image
  • The #1 roadblock to living and leading from the front-row

You can find a full description of the Podcast at


Mar 5, 2019

Fear is your brains way of saying that there is something important for you to overcome.” Anonymous

Power Phrase this Week: “I clear my fear and be here. I stay focused on the process and work to be my best one step at a time.”

Mar 1, 2019

Brock Thompson was named head coach of the South Dakota State women's soccer program on Jan. 31, 2017 after a nine-year stint as an assistant with the Jackrabbits. He just completed his second season at the helm. Under his leadership, the Jackrabbits have claimed back-to-back Summit League regular season championships in 2017 and 2018.

The 2017 Summit League Coach of the Year, Thompson has a 23-11-4 overall mark on the sidelines at South Dakota State with a 14-1 record in league games. Originally from Blair, Nebraska, he has coached 15 All-Summit League selections, including the 2017 and 2018 Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Year award winners.

He has been on board for all of SDSU’s Summit League titles, claiming four tournament titles (2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and six regular season crowns (2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018). He is active in the local soccer community serving in various roles and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board of Directors for the Northeast South Dakota chapter.

In this interview, Brock and Cindra talk about:

  • His journey from a results-driven coach to a relationship-driven coach
  • How to create a relationship-driven culture
  • How love is a big motivator
  • His perspective on how outcome goals hinder performance
  • How he used mental training with his team

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Feb 24, 2019

Beware of BCD behavior: Blame, Complain, Defend. These attitudes have never solved a problem, achieved a goal, or improved a relationship.” Urban Meyer


High performers don’t BCD. They decide and commit to eliminate it from their lives. They take 100% responsibility for everything in their life. They focus on solutions, and if it can’t be solved, they choose resilience. 


Power Phrase this Week: I choose to not BCD. Instead, I focus on the solution or choose resilience.

Feb 14, 2019

“Positivity is like a boomerang. The more we put it out there, the more it comes back to us.”  Jon Gordon 


High performers choose positive. They ask themselves, how is this happening FOR ME, remembering that when you are negativity, to change your focus, and then make a deliberate intention each day to be positive through your morning routine.


Power Phrase this Week: I choose positivity. I choose to bring positive energy each day and in each situation.

Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Karen MacNeill has the unique experience of having both competed and consulted on the World Stage.  She is a registered psychologist and performance consultant with over 18 years of experience helping Olympians, organizations and business leaders consistently bring their best in high pressure situations.

She has worked with athletes competing at the last 4 Olympic Winter Games, and competed herself at the international level for over a decade.

 Karen applied her knowledge and expertise in her capacity as Manager of Sport Psychology Services for Vancouver Olympic Committee’s medical team at the 2010 Olympic Games.  Most recently, she was the Lead Mental Health Counsellor for the Canadian Olympic Committee at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.  At the 2018 Games, she was also the Mental Performance Consultant for Ski Cross Canada who had their best Olympic result to date capturing the Gold medal in the men’s event and Gold and Silver medals in the women’s event.

Karen has become a partner and Chief Product Officer with a digital health media company, Headversity, which offers innovative education through on-site and on-line programs to help people to build mental resilience and thrive.

In this episode, Karen and Cindra discuss:

  • Why you need a “mental fitness golf bag”
  • The rationale for giving 80-90% not 100%
  • The importance of considering your personal brand
  • Why we each need to “do the work” on ourselves
  • How resilience is proactive not reactive
Feb 6, 2019

“It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the greatest power.” Marc and Angel

High performers dominate their APE. They focus on what they can control – their attitude, preparation, passion, purpose and effort and dominate their reaction to what they cannot control. They prepare full out use the 86,400 seconds in each day to their fullest capacity. They give their best day in and day out.


My High Performance Power Phrase: I dominate my APE. I am all in and focus on what I can control.

Jan 22, 2019

“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.” Zig Ziglar


High performers realize that they can make or break a habit. They realize that small changes is the way to make a change – get 1% better each day. And when making a habit, they make it obvious, attractive, easy and satisfying.


High Performance Power Phrase: I am in the driver’s seat of my life. I can make any change I put my mind to.

Jan 15, 2019

“The triumph can't be had without the struggle.” Wilma Rudolph

High performers realize that a triumph can’t happen without the struggle. They make sure they aren’t listening to powerful voice inside their head telling them they can. They know their ability to overcome obstacles will lead to their best experiences. They do this by realizing mental toughness is a trait we can develop by living and letting go, training ourselves to be psychologically flexible, and staying in the present moment.

High Performance Power Phrase: I embrace the obstacles that come in my way. I adjust and adapt.

Jan 12, 2019

Bob Tewksbury is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher and current Mental Skills Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.

Bob has a unique professional resume which combines an eighteen-year professional baseball career with a master’s degree in sport psychology and counseling from Boston University. Bob won 110 major league games pitching for six teams; the NY Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins and was a member of the 1992 National League All-Star team.

Bob is also a member of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. He is the author of the book “Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball.”

In this interview, Bob and Cindra talk about:

  • The struggles he experienced getting to the majors
  • Why it’s important to consider what your ultimate fear is
  • Why adding “so” can help to reduce future-based thinking
  • How positive anchoring statements can be helpful
  • What he means by 90% mental
  • The 3 domains of performance

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Jan 9, 2019

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis

High performers spend time thinking about what they want at the beginning of the year. They reflect back on the year consider their wins and challenges. Then, they write their goals down (3-4 goals), consider their why behind that goal, and then set a plan out. They consider who will be on their team because we all need a team for support and accountability.

High Performance Power Phrase: I go after my goals with passion and excitement. I know what I want, and every day I work toward my goals. I stay focused and gritty.

Jan 6, 2019

Judy L. Van Raalte, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at Springfield College, Certified Mental Performance Consultant, and listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Van Raalte has presented at conferences in 18 countries, published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as self-talk, transitions, and professional issues in sport and exercise psychology, and produced more than 20 sport psychology videos.

Her research has been funded by The National Institutes of Mental and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Dr. Van Raalte served as President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology (Division 47) and as the Vice President of the International Society of Sport Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the International Society of Sport Psychology. 

In this interview, Judy and Cindra talk about:

  • The latest research on self-talk
  • The connection between self-talk and self-esteem
  • The impact of too much thinking
  • Why we should consider what the negative self-talk is telling us
  • How to find the right self-talk for you and others you work with

To learn more about Judy’s work, you can visit for free evidence-based sport psychology materials) and for sport psychology videos.

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

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