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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

Dec 30, 2018

Dr. Peter Haberl is a senior sport psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee. Through the USOC, he provides individual and team consultations and counseling sessions to various resident and national teams and athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Before joining the USOC in 1998, Peter served as the sport psychology consultant for the 1998 U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Olympic Team.  He also served as the sports psychology consultant for USA Triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. During the 2000 to 2004 Olympic summer quad leading up to the Athens Olympic Games, Peter worked mainly with US Diving, US Synchronized Swimming, USA Triathlon and the US Women's Volleyball team.

With the restructuring of the Performance Services Division of the USOC in 2006, Peter moved into the Team and Technical Sportfolio with a focus of providing services to team (USA Men's & Women's Water Polo, USA Women's Indoor Volleyball) and technical (USA Shooting, USA Archery) sports in their preparation for the Games.

Born in Austria, he received his undergraduate degree in sports science from the University of Vienna, Austria, and earned a master's degree in counseling and his Ed. D. in counseling psychology at Boston University. He is a licensed psychologist in Colorado.

 In his applied work, Peter has a specific focus on mindfulness based interventions. Peter played professional hockey in Europe for 10 years, also representing Austria at two World Championships.

In this interview, Peter and Cindra talk about:

  • Why attention is the currency of performance
  • How to deal with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings
  • What it looks like to have a flexible mind
  • Why it’s important to ask yourself, “What do I do with my attention?”
  • The difference between informal and formal mindfulness practices
  • His unique opinion on the topic of confidence
  • Why we need to decouple performance from our sense of self

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Dec 21, 2018

Dr. Doug Chadwick serves as the mental skills coordinator for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.  He designs the curriculum, facilitates the mental skills education, and teaches the Rockies major league and minor league players and staff about the mental skills necessary for optimal performance under pressure.  Chadwick’s responsibilities cover hundreds of professional athletes and include seven professional teams in the United States and two in Latin America. 

Chadwick earned his BS in management and systems engineering from the United States Military Academy (West Point) where he was also a multi-year letterman and starter on a nationally ranked Army football team.  He was commissioned as a field artillery officer and served in the Army for over 20 years before retiring as a faculty member at West Point.  While serving in the Army, Chadwick earned his MA in applied economics from the University of Oklahoma as well as an MSc degree in kinesiology and sport psychology from Cal State Fullerton.

After completing his PhD, Doug returned to West Point as the director of the Center for Enhanced Performance, a comprehensive student services center.

In this interview, Doug and Cindra talk about:

  • His unique journey to the field of sport psychology
  • What the best do differently
  • How various “Army slogans” are incorporated into this work in the MLB
  • Ways to get back in the moment and why that’s important
  • The importance of recovery in high performance
  • How the best learn from failure

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

Dec 18, 2018

 “When you don’t feel like you’re competing with others, you compete only with yourself. You do it for you. And you do more, go further, and perform better.” Neil Pasricha – The Happiness Advantage


High Performers do it for themselves. They choose goals for intrinsic reason, not extrinsic like money, fame, or promotion. When you do it for you, you go further, and perform better.


Power Phrase:  “I do it for me. I go after my goals for my reasons.”

Dec 14, 2018

Dr. Katy Tran Turner currently serves as the Mental Performance Coach for the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills. Her primary role in this position is helping players and coaches optimize their performance by applying psychological skills and she supports the organization's efforts to optimize the performance environment.

Katy also worked with Soldiers and their families at Fort Bragg, NC as part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. Katy earned her doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Florida State University, her master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University, and her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Exercise & Sport Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she played goalie for the varsity field hockey team.

Her areas of research interest are in performance enhancement techniques, team coordination, and leadership development.

In this interview, Katy and Cindra talk about:

* The differences she sees in the mindset between NFL and NHL athletes

* The importance of a pre-performance routine

* How the best implement the mental game

* What the best do different related to the mental game

* How to “park it”

* How her dissertation research informs her practice


"One of the things that I've learned really from the guys that I work with is, it doesn't matter if you just made the best play ever, you can't dwell on that either. It doesn't matter if you just made the worst play ever, you can't dwell on that either. it's all about learning and moving forward and then preparing for the next play that's coming at you." - Dr. Katy Tran Turner 

"I'm just going to parking lot it and come back to it later, I'm just going to park it for now and revisit it later. And then the next important step is refocusing on something that is task relevant coming up in the next play." - Dr. Katy Tran Turner

"The social nature of sport changes the way that we think, it changes the way we make decisions, it changes the way we process information." - Dr. Katy Tran Turner

"The way an individual makes a decision or processes information is different when they are surrounded by their teammates." - Dr. Katy Tran Turner 

"What do you know about your teammates' preferences and tendencies? Because if you now those preferences and tendencies then you can help them process information and make decisions faster because you know what they are going to do. And likewise they know what you're going to do if you share that information really INTENTIONALLY." - Dr. Katy Tran Turner 

"If you're building something knew [culture] it has to be delivered from every angle...I have found that it is really helpful when it comes from everyone. Not just the head coach, not just form the leadership group, but also the support staff." - Dr. Katy Tran Turner 

You can find a full description of the Podcast at

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