Christian Healthy Lifestyle 

Age gracefully | Live abundantly | Thoroughly equipped for every good work

by David Sandstrom 

June 5, 2024

Imagine conquering your inner critic and feeling unstoppable no matter what obstacles life throws your way. The greatest battles are won by mastering the mental X-factor elite performers use. Prepare to be blown away as you discover strategies to silence self-doubt and unlock unshakable focus when it matters most. This is your blueprint - can you follow it?

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Show Notes


Today's Guests...

  • Licensed Sports Psychologist Dr. Eddie O'Connor

Topics Discussed...w / Time Stamps

  • 7:49 Positive thinking and its limitations in achieving excellence.
  • 12:05 Identifying values and motivation for success in various areas of life.
  • 15:39 Maintaining motivation in long-term committed relationships.
  • 20:14 Mental toughness and obedience to God's Word in the face of adversity.
  • 24:17 Mental toughness coaching for athletes and applying it to other areas of life.
  • 31:33 Embracing failure as a learning opportunity and finding identity beyond athletic achievements.
  • 40:02 Managing anxiety and peak performance through biblical principles and sports psychology.
  • 54:01 Managing anxiety and embracing suffering with a spiritual perspective.

Short on time? Read a 2-minute summary this episode below.


  • Conventional wisdom says positive thinking is the key to overcoming anxiety and achieving peak performance, but this episode shatters that myth
  • Dr. Eddie O'Connor, a licensed sports psychologist, argues that forcing positive thoughts often backfires and can sabotage your goals
  • He explains that anxiety stems from caring deeply about something important - it's your mind's way of signaling that you have something at stake
  • Instead of fighting anxiety with affirmations, he teaches a counterintuitive approach of allowing and even embracing the discomfort
  • Using examples from his work with elite athletes, he demonstrates how leaning into anxiety, rather than resist it, takes away its power
  • He shares how to identify whether your self-talk is helping or hurting your performance, and practices for "unhooking" from unhelpful thoughts
  • At the core is developing "mental toughness" by viewing adversity not as a roadblock, but an opportunity to grow and improve
  • His mindset mastery techniques decouple your self-worth from outcomes, allowing you to stay focused on the process and what's within your control
  • Whether struggling with anxiety in sports, business, relationships or other pursuits, this fresh perspective will reshape how you approach challenges

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About the author 

David Sandstrom

I want to help you maximize your health potential so you can look and feel your best at any age. We do this by aligning our lives more fully with God's natural design for our spirit, mind, and body. I've been helping people maximize their health potential since 2005.

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