Get Tougher: Smart Moves for Resiliency and Performance with Daya Grant Ph.D. & Steve Magness

Original Air Date Wednesday, June 22, 2022 

Many humans are unaware of the depths of their physical and mental strength. When confronted with a task they fear, some use substances to mentally dull themselves while others say they are unable to take action. If the tools for reaching our next level of performance are all straightforward and free, why aren’t more of us shifting to become more resilient and tougher?

To reveal the secrets of high-performing individuals, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two experts in performance consulting about how we all can get tougher with a few smart moves for resiliency and performance. Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Dr. Daya Grant shares the neuroscience of yoga and why we all should be motivated to meditate. Then, Podcast Host and performance expert, Steve Magness, discusses the central tenet of resilience and key principles from his book, Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and A Surprising Science of Real Toughness.

Daya Grant Ph.D. — Smart Moves for Resiliency and Performance:

  • The neuroscience of yoga and how it affects the default mode network. [2:08]
  • The emotional and physical benefits of a meditation or breathing practice. [7:21]
  • Meditation protects the brain against the effects of stress and offers resilience. [11:40]
  • The tools Daya Grant uses when working with high-performing athletes. [19:05]
  • Integrative medicine trains the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously. [25:58]
  • The importance of body movement for long-term health. [28:31]

Daya Grant Ph.D. with blue shirt in the beach, guest of episode about smart moves, resilience and performance with Steve Magness.Dr. Daya Grant holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA. A Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Daya is also a certified yoga teacher with over 15 years of experience. In her private practice, she helps elite athletes cultivate mental strength and elevate performance while finding fulfillment in the pursuit.




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Steve Magness — Get Tougher:

  • Acceptance is a key factor in overcoming resistance. [32:15]
  • The difference between real and fake toughness. [34:29]
  • The thin line between anxiety and excitement and finding success through failure. [37:09]
  • The importance of purpose and meaning in achieving the pinnacle of performance. [40:32]
  • Steve Magness shares examples of parenting and teaching styles that increase the likelihood of good outcomes with children. [45:36]
  • Asking for help is a sign of strength. [48:39]
  • A central tenet of resiliency, Steve says, is leaning into uncomfortability when we want to run away. [53:19]

 Steve Magness with a colorful shirt, guest of episode about smart moves, resilience and performance with Daya Grant Ph.D. Steve Magness is a world-renowned performance expert. He is the co-host of two podcasts: The Growth Equation podcast, with Brad Stulberg, and On Coaching with Magness and Marcus, with Jon Marcus. Magness has served as a consultant and speaker for NASA, the Houston Rockets, Murphy Oil, the Brooklyn Nets, and more. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Book: Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and A Surprising Science of Real Toughness



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“The case for meditation is in part, a stress inoculator. Not only does it calm us down but it is preventative.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“You can't have peak performance in life or your sport without the mind, body, and spirit being aligned.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The more we move our bodies the better performing it will be as we age.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When we do hard things we will fail. The failure is part of the success of the process of doing the hard thing.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Growth never happens in the easy.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We forget that yogis of the past were the scientists of their day.” @drdayagrant on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“In five minutes of meditating, we already see changes in brain waves. We see changes in heart rate.” @drdayagrant on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If the default mode network is overactive then we get something like rumination and that can lead to anxiety and depression.” @drdayagrant on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The hippocampus that is tied directly with memory changes over time as we practice meditation.” @drdayagrant on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet”“[Practicing Click To Tweet is so we can interact in this world to serve our highest good and the highest good of everyone we interact with.” @drdayagrant on @HH_TalkRadio” username=”LisaKamen”]“When we are faced with life’s challenges, we tend to get in our own way.” @stevemagness on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Fake toughness is often associated with the appearance of being tough but not actually the underlying substance.” @stevemagness on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“A little bit of doubt can keep you sharp and focused.” @stevemagness on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “When we perform from a place of fear we don’t perform up to our capabilities.” @stevemagness on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Purpose and meaning are almost our superpowers.” @stevemagness on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If we have others, support, and outlets then we can manage, get to the other side, and flourish under challenging times.” @stevemagness on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet



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