173 Dr. Amy Johnson - Why Does Your Brain Keep Getting in the Way of Your Performance?


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The Purple Patch Podcast is all about performance in sport, but also in broader life. We work with people who are seeking to improve and evolve their relationships or behavior patterns, ideally for the better. Our guest today is Social Psychologist and Coach, Dr. Amy Johnson. She, too, helps people who are seeking to improve their lives, mostly around freedom from and anxiety and unwanted habits. She also hosts a podcast called, “Changeable.”

Today, Matt and Amy discuss the parallels and similarities of their work and clients.

  • The Ways We View Change and How to Navigate Change and Adversity

  • Why We View Certain Actions in our Life as Pass/Fail and How to Release that Tension

  • How to Build a Healthy Relationship with Failure

  • Why our Brains Seemingly Keep Getting in the Way of Performance

The goal? Both Matt and Dr. Johnson assist their clients in developing a mindset to not take the thoughts that fill our brains quite so personally. As Dr. Johnson says, “Your brain gets in the way because it loves you. It’s trying to protect you, but you don’t have to worry about every thought that passes your way. The less we do, the more we bounce back to find everything you’re looking for.”

About Dr. Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson, PhD is a psychologist, coach, author, and speaker who shares a groundbreaking new approach that helps people find true, lasting freedom from unwanted habits via insight rather than willpower. She is author of Being Human (2013), and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit (2016). In 2017 she opened The Little School of Big Change, an online school that has helped hundreds of people find freedom from anxiety and habits and live a more peaceful life.

Johnson has been a regularly featured expert on The Steve Harvey Show and Oprah.com, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and Self magazine. Learn more at www.DrAmyJohnson.com.

Episode Timestamps

00:00-02:25 - Welcome and Introduction to the Episode

02:25-07:25 Squaddie Update - Join our Global Squad Community

07:25-12:00 Word of the Week - Santa Barbara Triathlon

12:05 - The Meat and Potatoes - Dr. Amy Johnson - Your Brain is Always Trying to Protect You

Episode Resources

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Dr. Amy Johnson- Website and Information - https://dramyjohnson.com/

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