“Do the hardest things first.” – Dr. Chris Friesen


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Today’s episode is part 2 of our conversation with Dr. Chris Friesen. If you haven't already, please take a listen first to part one of this interview here.

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 today's conversation:

Topics we Discussed:

  • Leverage slow-wave (theta and alpha) brain states in the evenings for improved creativity and access to memory
  • Be sure to take time each day to let your brain rest and recover. This practice can also be used as a personal reward for a full day of deliberate work and focus
  • Improve your sleep by blocking blue light to promote melatonin production before bed
  • How to promote brain health and fitness level
    • eat healthy and “clean” foods
      • anti-inflammatory foods (ginger, turmeric, etc.)
    • exercise
    • reduce stressors on your brain
      • lifestyle changes
      • meditation
      • heart rate variability training
  • Boost productivity by constantly evaluating priorities (what's most important). Chris re-evaluates his to-do items with his long-term needs and goals. This also helps to keep you from derailing from what's most important
  • Boost motivation with visualization. Visualize the future that you're working toward and achieving the outcomes you will achieve.
  • Protect yourself from temptations that aren't bringing you closer to your goals using the “WOOP” (Wish, Outcome, Obstacles, Plan) concept
  • Chris' book: ACHIEVE: Find Out Who You Are, What You Really Want, And How To Make It Happen by Chris Friesen
    • Know yourself and your values → What are your interests and passions
    • THEN start setting goals & taking action
  • How Chris is making himself better in 2018 – putting a priority on his health
    • Intermittent fasting
    • Yoga
    • High-intensity interval training

Bits of knowledge borrowed from others:

  • “Everyone has a plan until they're punched in the mouth”

How to contact Chris:


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