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Mar 7, 2020

BJ Hellyer has over 22 years of experience in the financial industry. He started as an intern, spent 10 years as Chief Development Officer, and is now Managing Partner. He received his degree from Drake University in Bank Management and Investments. He is an experienced leader in business planning, developing talent and entrepreneurship. BJ believes that “leaders are readers” and that “we become the average of what the most influential people expect of us.”

In this podcast, BJ and Cindra talk about:

  • Similarities between the mindset of financial advising and sports
  • Ways to become a master of your morning
  • What he means by Return on Energy and Return on Relationships
  • Strategies to master your calendar and focus on high value activities
  • Ways to lead yourself
  • What culture is to him and how he works to build his culture

You can find more about BJ here.

Mar 5, 2020

“Fear and self-doubt have always been the greatest enemies of human potential.” Brian Tracy

High performers train their minds each day. They intentionally condition their mind to believe what they want to believe about themselves. The “I am…” phrase is the best way to condition your mind. The morning is the best time to condition your mind– you will feel more confident, motivated and on task.

Power Phrase: “I choose to see the possibilities for myself and my future. I condition my mind each day remembering I am……”.

Feb 29, 2020

Growing up in a single-parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marques learned how to define his values and set goals. Marques attended Howard University from 1998-2002 where he played football and then followed his dream and his brother Jonathan’s footsteps, getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. He played five years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens and Jaguars.

At the peak of his post-NFL career, Marques Ogden was worth $4 million. Following his NFL career, Marques started Kayden Premier Enterprises, a constructions company in 2007 which quickly escalated to being a multi-million dollar construction firm. In 2013, it all crashed around him. Marques got involved in a bad business deal and he ended up losing everything.

Now Marques is a keynote speaker, executive coach, and corporate trainer. His passion is to create value for each client and help others succeed where he failed. This clients include Home Depot and JP Morgan and Chase.

In this podcast, Marques and Cindra talk about:


  • How mindset is key to longevity in the NFL
  • How the best in the NFL train their mind
  • His definition of resilience and 3 things you must possess to persevere
  • What he learned from Bill Belichick, the current New England Patriots Coach, Ray Lewis, Hall of Fame player with the Ravens, and Mel Robbins, the bestselling author
  • His lessons learned when his construction company failed
  • 4 things you need to do to have a dream big mindset

You can find more about Marques at

Feb 26, 2020

“You give life to what you give energy to.” Unknown

High performers pay attention to their energy. They watch their thoughts because they are loaded with energy. And when you experience a problem this week – I challenge you to see the opportunity even if it is difficult to do.

This week’s Power Phrase:  “I generate energy and positive momentum. I bring energy in each situation. I am full of enthusiasm, energy, purpose, and happiness.”

Feb 19, 2020

“Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.” Robin Sharma

High performers watch their words. They know that what they think about themselves, they become. They condition themselves to choose empowering words in their own mind and the words they say to others to help them reach their potential.

This week’s Power Phrase: “I choose empowering words in my mind and out loud. What I think about myself, I become!”

Feb 13, 2020

In this episode, we provide you with a chapter from Cindra’s Bestselling book, Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performance Edge. You will learn how to identify your why and how to own your way each day.


The limited time special offer she provides is a FREE copy of her book: (just pay shipping and handling).

Feb 11, 2020

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.” Oprah Winfrey

High performers know that confidence takes nurturing every day. They remind themselves of the past achievements to build their confidence, and they put their confidence armor on and protect their confidence.

Power Phrase This Week: “I choose confidence. I nurture my confidence to be at my best for myself and my team.”

Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Poczwardowski is an associate professor at University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and a Consultant with Sport and Performance Excellence Consultants (SPEX). He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is listed in United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry.

Since 1991, Dr. Poczwardowski has consulted with athletes and teams from numerous sports such as tennis, golf, hockey, judo, squash, baseball, team handball, soccer, track and field, diving, rowing, air pistol shooting, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, and speed skating. At the elite level, he worked with the Polish national men’s and women’s judo teams (1991 & 1992 European Championships, 1992 World Championships, and 1992 Olympic Games), St. Lawrence University Division I women’s hockey team (2001 and 2004 Frozen Four), and tennis players from Academia Sanchez-Casal (Naples, Florida).

He has 38 publications and has delivered over 60 professional presentations at the national and international level and over 30 invited lectures and workshops in the United States, Canada, Greece, Denmark, and Poland. His publications and professional presentations focus on sport psychology practice for performance enhancement and psychological well-being, coach-athlete relationships, and coping strategies in elite performers. In 2006 he was nominated for the President of Association of Applied Sport Psychology, which has membership from about 30 countries.

Artur received his Ph.D. in exercise and sport science with specialization in psychosocial aspects of sport from University of Utah, Salt Lake City.


In this podcast, Artur and Cindra talk about:

  • His work with the US Paralympic Team and how he has looked into his own biases
  • Differences in the world’s best athletes
  • His theory of performance excellence
  • How to deal with expectations
  • How he defines failure and success
  • What do to with the “uncontrollables” in performance

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Feb 4, 2020

High performers in sport, business and life use pressure to be at their best. They use natural tools inside of them to see pressure as a privilege. They POP the Pressure: (P = Power Breath, O = Opportunity, P = Process).

This week’s power phrase: “ I see pressure as a privilege. Pressure leads me to greatness.”

Jan 31, 2020

Carrie Cheadle lives just north of San Francisco, California and has been working on the performance of teams, organizations, and individual athletes and exercisers since 2002. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and author of the book On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance and co-author of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries as well as the co-host of the podcast The Injured Athletes Club.

She has been interviewed as an expert resource for articles that have appeared in publications such as Outside Magazine, Shape Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Women’s Running Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, New York Times, and HuffingtonPost. She is a sought-after speaker and has spoken and consulted with many collegiate teams, cycling teams, and triathlon teams, as well as corporate organizations including CamelBak. She’s also been featured in the TrainingPeaks blog and webinar series as an expert in Mental Skills Training.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Sonoma State University and her Master of Arts degree in sport psychology at John F. Kennedy University.

Carrie is engaging, energetic, and fun. She has a great sense of humor and employs a real-life approach to working on the mental aspects of sport and performance with her clients. Carrie has her own personal commitment to lifelong fitness and when she isn’t working you might find her hiking a trail, playing guitar, or hitting the slopes on her snowboard.

In this podcast, Carrie and Cindra talk about:

  • Her new book Rebound and the contents that can help you
  • 4 types of coping
  • Her “Go Far” exercise
  • Her “Feel Focus” exercise
  • Why you need to understand your operating manual

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Jan 29, 2020

“Don’t tell me how rough the water is, just bring the boat in.” Kobe Bryant

High performers in sport, business and life stay focused on their standard of excellence. They work the process by breaking down their goal and considering what they need to do each day to get extraordinary results. They own the process just like Kobe Bryant.

This Week’s Power Phrase:  I attack the process it takes for me to reach my highest potential. I keep my focus on the process daily.

Jan 23, 2020

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it. Go through it. Or work around it.” Michael Jordan

High performers in sport, business and life keep doing. They don’t let adversity stop them. They work around the adversity. They embrace adversity because it helps them grow into the person they are supposed to become to reach their destiny.

This Week’s Power Phrase: “I embrace adversity. I keep going. I see difficulties as happening for me, not to me.”

Jan 20, 2020

The Colombia native is a Mental Performance Coach at the Cleveland Indians where he assists players, coaches and other staff members. His focus is on the development and integration of programs and services that enhance performance and mental and emotional growth. Additionally, Oscar’s responsibilities include the design and implementation of systems that facilitate the acculturation process of Spanish speaking players.

Gutierrez’s practice in sport and performance psychology has included athletes and teams in soccer, tennis, swimming, diving, basketball, bowling, slalom, bowling, baseball, and other sports. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Oscar is a 2008 graduate of Florida Atlantic University, received a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Florida State University in 2012, and completed his doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Florida State University.


In this podcast, Oscar and Cindra talk about:

  • His experience coming to the US
  • What athletes needs as they transition from another country
  • What he does when someone doesn’t buy in to mindset training
  • 3 questions he uses to guide his work
  • The lesson he learned the hard way

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Jan 15, 2020

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Henry Ford

High performers let go of mistakes. Mistakes and disappointments can teach us a lot about ourselves and lead to success. It’s important when we do experience failure that we see it as learning tool – perhaps motivating us to improve and get better. The best, learn, burn and return.

This Week’s Power Phrase:  I see failure and mistakes as opportunity to learn and grow. I flush it!

Jan 13, 2020

Since December 2017, Dr. Stephany C. Coakley has served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Mental Health at Temple University. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that student-athletes, from 19 teams, have access to mental wellness services that they need.


An experienced and certified mental performance consultant (CMPC), she is also the founder/director of Maximum Mental Training Associates (MMTA) LLC, a performance psychology consulting business. She is dedicated to helping athletes, youth to professional, master the fundamentals of mental preparation for training and competition.


Dr. Coakley has worked with the Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles (2015 – 2017) as the clinician and Rookie Success Program facilitator; as Group Doctor, for the NBA Pre-Draft Combine. For 10 years, she worked as a Master Resilience Trainer – Performance Expert with the United States Army.


Dr. Coakley earned both her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina.


In this podcast, Stephany and Cindra talk about:

  • The power of our thoughts
  • What to do when you have a disempowering thought
  • What NFL rookies most struggle with
  • How to help NFL rookies overcome pressure
  • Her work with mental training in the Army
  • Her Manifesto of Greatness activity

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

You can reach Dr. Coakley at

Jan 7, 2020

“Words matter, and the right words matter most of all. In the end, they’re all that remain of us.” John Birmingham


High performers live intentionally. They consider the ways they can be their best. The one word allows them to live on purpose throughout their day. They keep their word front and center.


Power Phrase this Week: I am intentional with my words. I show up as my best, on purpose with purpose.”

Jan 3, 2020

Liz Uram is a nationally-recognized speaker and corporate trainer who works with leaders who want to make a bigger impact, get better results, and motivate others to do their best.

Whether she’s training onsite at a client location or speaking at a leadership conference, audiences get practical solutions to everyday leadership challenges they can apply in the real-world.

After 20 years of experience practicing, studying, and teaching leadership skills, she developed systems that work. In fact, she created the Leadership SkillKit® and packed it full of tools to help leaders get real results, real fast.

In this podcast, Liz and Cindra talk about:

  • The 6 Most Basic Tools You Should Have in Your SkillKit
  • Why Clear Expectations is at the Heart of Giving Feedback
  • Her QQT Strategy for Giving Feedback
  • Her Nickle and Dime Strategy
  • Why Praising in Public is Important

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

You can reach Liz at

Dec 30, 2019

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” Bill Copeland


High performers set goals not resolutions. They get clear on what they want and spend time reflecting on their wishes and dreams. They write their goals down. They follow through with their goals and keep them in mind during the year.


Phrase this Week: I am gritty. I stay focused on where I am going after in 2020. I put in the hours necessary for success.”

Dec 24, 2019

Wes Simmons is the CEP of 3Dimensional Coaching and a national presenter who has delivered workshops to thousands of coaches at every level of sport. From youth sports clubs to college athletic departments, from local school districts to National conventions, from Florida to California, Wes has captured audiences with the 3Dimensional Coaching content while sharing his personal experience of both playing for, and coaching with, a 3D coach.

Wes played college football at Northwest Missouri State University where he started on back-to-back NCAA DII National Championship teams. Upon graduation, he began his coaching career at Northwest while completing his Master’s degree in Athletic Administration. Since that time, his career has shifted from on-field coaching to coaching both athletes and coaches in all areas of life. Along with presenting 3Dimensional Coaching workshops/clinics, Wes serves as an adjunct lecturer at NWMSU where he teaches the 3D Coaching course to graduate students. resides in St. Joseph, MO, where he lives with his wife Amy and their 4 children.


In this podcast, Wes and Cindra talk about:

  • The 3 Dimensions of Coaching
  • Why Love is Important in Coaching and Leadership
  • His Definition of Love
  • Ways to Coach Love and the Heart
  • Why Sharing Your purpose and Story is at the Heart of Relationship Building

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Dec 23, 2019

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excited you.” Oprah Winfrey

High performers choose positive energy because it makes them & others around them better. They do this by focusing on what they HAVE, not what is missing. They focus on what they can control, not what they cannot control. And the majority of their thoughts/focus is on the present.


Power Phrase this Week: “I generate energy and positive momentum. I bring energy in each situation. I am full of enthusiasm, energy, purpose, and happiness.”

Dec 17, 2019

“ Forgiveness is not a one-time thing. Forgiveness is a life-style.” Dr. Martin Luther King

High performers live and let go. They use a practice like Ho’oponopono to judge themselves less and show others compassionate and grace. Ho’oponopono includes 4 phrases: “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.” Listen to learn more.


Power Phrase this Week: I let go of resentment and judgement. I free myself of beating myself up and instead, replace it with compassion and grace.”

Dec 14, 2019

Lindsey Hamilton is the Assistant Head of Mental Conditioning of the IMG Institute at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL where she helps lead, develop, and facilitate several areas in the Mental Conditioning Department. The Mental Conditioning Department oversees the mental skills development of over 1,200 middle school and high school aged student-athletes in 8 sports. She also works with external groups such as professional athletes, military experts, business leaders, and year-round campers. She leads the IMG Institute through developing and delivering High Performance Mindset training to corporate clients, such as VISA, Marriott, and Gatorade.

Growing up, Lindsey was a competitive soccer player in California, where she and her team won 5 State Championship and went on to win 2 National Championships. Following her youth career, Lindsey played collegiate soccer at Chapman University, while also receiving two bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology.

After graduating, she pursued her love of psychology at Stanford University, where she worked in the social psychology research lab. Years later, she combined her passion for psychology with her appreciation for sport when she pursued her master's degree in Sport and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from the University of Utah. Lindsey is now pursuing her doctorate in kinesiology from UNC Greensboro. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and serves as the Chair of the Student Development Committee. Lindsey currently lives in Florida with her husband, Paul, and her three kids, Benjamin (6), Mark (4), and Nora (2).

In this podcast, Lindsey and Cindra talk about:

  • How the mind and body are not separate
  • 3 Ways to improve confidence along with a specific exercise
  • Her story of failure and what she learned from it
  • Powerful tips for parenting

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Dec 7, 2019

Grant Parr, M.A. is a Mental Sport Performance Consultant focusing on high impact and combat sports. His consulting practice uses mental performance techniques and strategies to help athletes and coaches gain a competitive edge in their sport performance. He consults with a wide variety of athletes and sports disciplines including fencing, football, wrestling, martial arts and many others.

Grant’s career in sports began at the age of 7. His fascination with full contact and combat sports led him down an exciting and inspiring career in various sports, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and football. His football career as quarterback spanned 13 years in both high school and college, earning him various awards and accolades. After graduating from California High School, Grant excelled at the collegiate level playing for Chabot Junior College and Sonoma State University. He has a Bachelors degree in Communications – Media Arts and a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from JFK University. After graduation, Grant spent 17 years in sales in the technology space in the Bay Area before pursuing a career in Sport Psychology.


Grant’s enthusiasm for mental performance in sports is not only fueled by his passion as an athlete, coach, and sport performance consultant, but how mental performance translates into life skills.

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

You can find Grant at

Dec 3, 2019

Adversity causes some men and women to break; others to break records.”  William Arthur Ward

High performers play to win. They take risks, have courage and put themselves out there. They talk to themselves powerfully and embrace the 3 C: challenge, chances, and confidence.


Power Phrase this Week: I play to win in my life and sport. I go for it – challenging myself and believing in my ability to be successful.”

Nov 28, 2019

Josh Lifrak served as the Director of the Mental Skills Program for the Chicago Cubs from 2014 to 2019. His greatest passion is to help people discover their full potential. He has been a part of six national championship with the most recent being the 2016 World Series with the Chicago Cubs.

Josh holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Sports Psychology from Ithaca College. He has been a leader in the mental training and mindfulness industry for the past fifteen years, and has helped many teams, individuals, and businesses reach peak performance. On his off-time Josh enjoys extreme sports, Yoga and meditation, and spending time with his family.

In this podcast, Josh and Cindra talk about:

  • How mindset played a key factor in the Chicago Clubs winning the World Series in 2015
  • Why all 3 types of thoughts have value – even the negative thoughts
  • How to address thinking that doesn’t serve you
  • Why reaching your goals is all about the process
  • His recommendation related to how often we should meditate
  • Why journaling is key to your success

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

You can find Lynn at

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