“The mindset is what distinguishes the people who are successful from the not successful.” – Dr. Chris Friesen

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In today’s impressive episode we welcome a very special guest, Dr. Chris Friesen.

Dr. Friesen is a psychologist who has always been fascinated by what makes people successful. He is a licensed clinical, forensic, and neuro-psychologist whose clients span a TON of different backgrounds including:

  • Professional, national, Olympic, and up-and-coming elite athletes
  • High-achieving professionals
  • entrepreneurs
  • executives
  • academics
  • and writers

His work dives in at the deep neuroscience level to enable these individuals to achieve their personal and professional potential.
He is currently director of Friesen Sport & Performance Psychology and a contributor to Success.com.
He is also the author of his own book: Achieve: Find Out Who You Are, What You Really Want, and How To Make It Happen.

I mean, wow! Our conversation today dives into Chris’ wealth of knowledge, and is one that you won’t want to miss!

Key insights from our conversation:

  • “The mindset is what distinguishes the people who are successful from the not successful.” – Chris
  • “Anxiety is normal. It just means you care.” – Chris
  • “Motivation, self-confidence, and lack of anxiety; those all come after you take action!” – Chris

Topics we Discussed:

  • Training and achieving peak performance is much more a result of a mindset than talent
  • How to combat fear – Chris' 5-minute rule
    • Do an activity that you know you need to do (but don't want to do) for 5 minutes. After that either ride the momentum and keep at it, or stop if it's truly as unbearable as you thought it would be
  • How to combat a world full of digital distractions
  • balancing important but not urgent items with those that are not important but seemingly urgent
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • Why social media is addicting
  • The science behind why failure teaches better lessons than success
  • Why our brains try to convince you not to take professional risks, even if they'll lead to continual growth and improvement

Bits of knowledge borrowed from others:

  • “If I had four hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first two hours sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “I didn’t like any of my early morning runs but I liked the idea of being a world champion.” -Muhammad Ali
  • “Without change, your last 6 months will closely represent your next 6 months.” – Peter Voogd

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