017 – How Great Minds Think – Interview with Dr. Ben Belnap

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” Success is ultimately a byproduct of our ability to be more mindful and grateful in the work we do.”  -Ben Belnap TWEET THAT!

The human brain is incredible, generating an estimated 60,000 thoughts every single day. Research suggests that by the time you reach the age of 18, you will have been told no 150,000 times. Consequently, it’s not surprising that 80% of the recurring thoughts you have each day are negative. On the other side of the coin, however, your brain operating in a positive state is 31% more effective overall. Salesmen in a positive state will sell 37% more than when neutral or negative, and physicians operate 19% faster and more accurate. This is known as the “happiness advantage” and is exactly what my guest, Dr. Ben Belnap digs into in this episode of influence.

I don’t think there is an interview that we have had to date that has more potential to facilitate positive change. Everything we talk about in this episode will help you take control of your mind, amplify your confidence, and open the floodgates of opportunity.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Why we are so prone to negative thoughts and how destructive our minds can be to our success.
  • How your approach to success might actually be making you unhappy. Discovering Mindfulness.
  • Dealing with insecurity and self-handicapping.
  • The 3 levels of processing and reaching our core beliefs.
  • Core-beliefs and self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • How to find your purpose.
  • Challenging your fears and and building confidence.
  • The importance of gratitude.

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.”     ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning


BelnapDr. Ben Belnap earned his PhD in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2011. He has practiced in a variety of settings including school districts, residential treatment, and private practice. Ben is currently the clinical director at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. He has extensive experience and expertise clinically in psychological and neuropsychological assessment, behavior change interventions, and individual and group therapy. Ben’s passion lies in motivating systems change in families and organizations. He strives to help individuals and families develop passion, find happiness in each moment, and discover purpose in what they do. In addition to clinical work, he enjoys public speaking and training other professionals.


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