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Apr 15, 2020

This Friday April 17th I was set to do a Ted Talk that has been put on hold. I knew I needed to direct my energy to something new. I asked myself, “How can I help? How can I serve?" So I reached out to 20 top experts in mindset and mental performance and put them all in one place for you.  It’s call the High Performance Mindset Summit and it starts Friday! 

These top 20 experts include bestselling authors, top mental performance coaches for pro teams, and other influencers on the topic of mindset and how you can deal with adversity and change. When I got done interviewing these 20 experts, my mind was blown. I learned so much. And the best part – I feel more on purpose, clear on my values, and mentally stronger. The summit it designed for you to do the same.

The summit is FREE and you can access it at You will learn strategies to lead yourself and others with grit, how to reduce fear and stay in the present, and other mindset tools to be your best more often.
In these week's podcast, I summarize a few key ideas from the interviews.

This Week’s Power Phrase: I am meant to adapt and persevere. I stay mentally strong.”

Apr 10, 2020

Brad Stulberg (@Bstulberg) researches, writes, coaches, and speaks on health, human performance, and well-being. His books are Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox. They have sold more than 200,000 copies and been translated into more than 15 languages.


His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, New York Magazine, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, and other national and international outlets. He also writes the popular Do It Better column for Outside Magazine. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, physicians, and athletes. He is also co-creator of The Growth Equation, an online platform dedicated to the understanding and practice of performance and well-being.

In this podcast, Cindra and Brad talk:

  • How passion can be a gift and a curse
  • Ways to follow your passion
  • His equation “Stress + rest = growth”
  • What is a mastery mindset
  • How thinking about failure can improve performance
  • Why 60% of breakthrough ideas come not when you are working on it!
Apr 7, 2020

“Alone we are strong…together we are stronger.” Anonymous  

We are all in this together. Everyone in the world is impacted by COVID-19. The key is to remember to be compassionate with others. We are all doing the best we can. To be more patient, we can put space between the stimulus and how we respond. We can do this by using the Power Pause by taking a deep breath and then saying a Power Phrase such as “I can handle anything that comes my way” or “I stay mentally strong.”

Today’s Power Phrase:  I choose to respond with purpose and intention. I can handle anything that comes my way.”

Apr 4, 2020

Dr. Karen MacNeill has the unique experience of having both competed and consulted on the World Stage. She is a performance psychologist with over 18 years of experience, having worked with athletes competing at the last 4 Olympic Winter Games, and competed herself at the international level for over a decade. Most recently, she was the Lead Mental Performance Consultant for the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea and will perform the same role in the 2021 Olympics in Japan.

As part of the day to day routine, Karen thrives having a broad scope of practice focused on building mental health, mental fitness and resilience. She is a founding partner with headversity, a mental wellness tech company that measures, tracks and trains to help people think, feel and be better.

Karen is a sought-after presenter and speaker having delivered multiple presentations to CEO forum, leadership conferences and corporate events. She has been invited as a keynote speaker to industry leading conferences, organizational retreats and presented to aspiring leaders at the Young Women of Influence event.   She has also been selected as a TEDx speaker and was to deliver this talk later this spring.

In this podcast, Cindra and Karen talk:

  • Resilience strategies you can use right now
  • 3 phrases we may go through during this change
  • Why emotional agility is relevant right now
  • How to see our emotions as data not directors
  • Emotion driven vs. brand driven behavior
  • 2 powerful questions we can ask ourselves to connect with our purpose


For more information about Karen, visit:

Mar 31, 2020

During this time of uncertainty and change, we want to focus on the controllables and watch the words we use to explain our experiences. The words we attach to our experiences becomes our experience. Replacing one word can help us shift our thinking during COVID-19. We can use words like “opportunity,” “purpose,” “mission,” “goals,” or “grounded” to stay positive and focused on what we can control.

Today’s Power Phrase:  “I choose to level up my language. I notice the words I use to describe my experiences because those words become my experience.”

Mar 27, 2020

Dr. Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist working with some of the best in the world, training the mindset skills and practices essential to pursuing and revealing one’s potential. His clients include world record holders, Olympians, internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, MVPs from every major sport and Fortune 100 CEOs.

Dr. Gervais is also the co-founder of Compete to Create, a joint venture with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, which has built a framework to enhance high performance cultures by focusing on mindset training for individuals. More than 30,000 employees from across Microsoft and AT&T have completed the High-Performance Mindset Training Course.

A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on optimal human performance, Dr. Gervais has been featured by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, Extra, The Huffington Post, Outside Magazine and others.

He is also the host of Finding Mastery, a podcast that takes you inside the rugged and high-stakes environments of those on the path of mastery to explore how they train minds to be at their very best. Gervais unpacks and decodes each guest’s journey, psychological framework and mindset skills and practices. 

Dr. Gervais received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He completed his Ph.D. while studying under Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, at San Diego University, Integrative Studies.

In this podcast, Cindra and Mike talk:

  • The journey Cindra went on after hearing Mike keynote in September
  • Strategies to deal with changes and adversity
  • What to do with the excessive anxiety we may feel right now
  • How to care less about what other people think
  • What mastery is to him
  • Why we need to live on the edge between vulnerability and courage each day
  • Lessons he has learned from some of the best athletes and coaches in the world

To view the full show notes, visit here.

To join Cindra’s webinar mentioned in the podcast, visit here

Mar 24, 2020

“The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.” Anonymous


During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, to reduce your anxiety and fear, choose practicing gratitude each day. It is impossible to feel fear at the same time you feel gratitude. Use one of the 5 gratitude-focusing questions to help you shift your focus because your focus determines your feelings:

  1. What can I be thankful for?    
  2. What’s the opportunity here?                                          
  3. What am I happy about right now?   
  4. What is going right in my life?
  5. What is awesome about my family?

It is more important than ever to train your mind each day.

My Power Phrase This Week: “I choose to intentionally practice gratitude today. I focus on what I am grateful for to reduce my fear and anxiety.”

Mar 20, 2020

Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professionals and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits.

He is the author of 20 books includes 8 best-sellers, The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership, The Power of Positive Team, The Coffee Bean, and his latest Stay Positive.

Jon and his tips have been features on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, Campbell’s Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Miami Heat and The Los Angeles Rams. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

We talk:

  • How to stay positive through adversity and change
  • Strategies he is using to stay positive through this time
  • What makes the best teams and leaders
  • As a leader, what your team wants from you right now
  • His writing and social media process to stay relevant
Mar 19, 2020

Jacob Green, who has been tasked with his company's response plan during COVID-19, joins me today on the podcast.


Jacob is a nationally recognized leadership and emergency management expert. As the #2 executive in a large city overseeing 1200 employees and a $500 million budget, Jacob was responsible for emergency management, risk management, and a variety of public safety functions. Jacob now provides leadership development, training, and coaching services through his roles as Managing Director at Interwest Consulting Group and CEO of 

Clients such as FedEx, Mattel, Hyundai Capital, Scripps, the US Air Force, and many other private and public organizations have hired Jacob to help their teams navigate change, leverage adversity and build organizational resilience.

His new book “See Change Clearly” is an Amazon New Release Best Seller and hit #1 in five new release business categories.

We talk:

  • How to lead through adversity and change in this time
  • How he is supporting 1200 employees across many companies through this change
  • Why overcommunicate is key to leader during this time
  • Do’s and Don’t related to the language you use to lead and keep service front and center.
  • Individual tools and strategies YOU can use to cope
  • And, why we all need “do-over-days” right now
Mar 17, 2020

We are living in unprecedented times and given all the uncertainty in our world, it is essential we manage our fear. The best don’t let fear get the best of them. They train their mind in times of stress. They notice the fear, getting their mind back into the present. This is a great time to use a GRIT Priming Exercise in the morning, take several deep breathes, engage in meditation, spend time with family, or focus on a new project.

To download the Grit Priming Exercise go to:

Today’s Power Phrase:  “I calm my anxiety and fear. I get my mind back to the present, choosing faith over fear.”

Mar 12, 2020

As the former Chief Information Officer at Facebook, Tim Campos doubled overall productivity to $1.8 million per employee - making it the most productive company in the world. Now, as CEO of Woven, he is taking those lessons to reimagine how people use their calendar, so they can spend time on what matters most to them.

In this podcast, Tim and Cindra talk about:

  • Why we don’t value our time like our money
  • An exercise his life coach taught him to see the value of his time
  • How they use the motto “Fortune Favors the Bull” at Facebook + what it means for you
  • Why the best companies keep asking why
  • How to impact culture within your organization
  • How Facebook is flawed

You can find more about Tim’s company, Woven here where you can set up a free account.

Mar 11, 2020

When helping our kids thrive in sports and activities, we want to help them stay focused on the process. It’s important to teach them to let go of mistakes quickly reminding them that they want to develop a long term memory of their successes and a short term memory of their failures.

This week’s Power Phrase: “I have the inner strength and motivation to keep going.”

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

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