When things around you begin to fall apart, how do you react? Are you the first to blame, the first to run from? So many of us would rather turn against ourselves–our own emotions, experiences, bodily sensations–rather than really dive deep and let the hurt be what heals us. Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., a psychotherapy developer and prolific author, is on a mission to alleviate human suffering and get behind the real reasons we call ourselves the enemy.

Dr. Hayes is Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada and author of 44 books as well as over 600 scientific articles. He’s especially known for his work on acceptance and commitment therapy—also known as ACT—one of the most widely used and researched acceptance and mindfulness-based methods of psychological intervention. It’s also used in coaching to assist with organizational training, leadership, and performance. Dr. Hayes’s book, Get Out Of Your Mind And Into Your Life sold over 30,0000 copies worldwide and was a bestselling self-help book in the United States. He has received several national awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and is ranked among the most cited psychologists in the world.

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Key takeaways:

Removing the mask. Anxiety, depression, sadness—these are deep emotions that can bury or elevate you. So what’s it going to be? How do you rise when the feelings are so overpowering that you feel you’ve lost your way? By knowing this ONE motto . . . [13:56].

Taking step one. You are who you are. The good, the bad, and all the in-between—but who is this person and have you truly come to accept who you really, deeply are? If the answer is no, do you wonder what your future looks like? Take a glance HERE . . . [23:31].

Becoming more flexible. Can you imagine a world where you’re a conscious human being, open to your thoughts, feelings, memory, and bodily sensations while being able to focus on your values against the behavior linked to it? Is it even possible?! The answer is a strong YES. Get started by knowing THIS . . . [33:14].

Accepting the hurt. How often are you in an emotional situation where you’d rather avoid than accept? Isn’t it easier to pour a glass of wine, to binge-watch a show, or medicate? Of course it is. But doing so also avoids some amazing possibilities ahead. Start seeing what’s possible by taking this TEST . . . [45:30].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.

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