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Dave Cottrell – How to Supercharge your Strengths by Harnessing the Power of Mindset

Apr 20, 2020 | Mental Health, Visionary Men

Dave Cottrell is a leading mental health advocate, mindset coach, speaker and podcaster.

Having experienced mental health issues (including type 2 bipolar and non-purge bulimia) himself as a young man, and the effect it had on his own life, relationships and physical health, Dave began to turn his life around in 2007.

Carrying extra weight Dave dropped 126 lbs, retrained as a personal trainer and started to help others.  He added nutrition and mindset qualifications to his repertoire of skills and started to make a massive impact on those around him coaching, mentoring becoming a role model to others.

Dave is married and proud father with two children of his own

In 2018 Dave launched ‘A Life A Day’ with a simple goal, to positively impact the lives of 365 people over the course of the year via 365 hours of free coaching, which has been such a success that in 2019 he extended it for recipients to ‘pay it forward’ to someone else.

You can find out more on his website www.mindsetbydave.com

“when we talk to ourselves we literally list everything bad about ourselves, everything bad everyone has ever said to us about ourselves  or  (the craziest one) everything bad that no one has ever said to us but we know they are thinking it –

 

how could I do this?

what can i do right now to move forward?”

– DAVE COTTRELL

dAVE and I discussed the following in this episode

  • The difference between a fixed mindset and growth mindset

  • How certain aspects of your life can be fixed and others less so

  • Why there is a nurture and nature role to mindset (Dave refers to his kids being very different to one another).

  • How you can start to change your mindset by looking at it as a skill acquisition

  • Using the question – what can I do to move forward right now?

  • Why the way you talk to yourself can make a big difference.

  • The opposing forces of ‘man up’ and ‘it’s okay not to be okay’ within mental health

  • The issue of ownership (and scale of ownership), and why it is such a challenge to address everyone as the same.

  • How the media presents a slanted view of mental health and the worse cases of human behaviour in order to sell papers or viewing figures.

  • Black and white thinking around mental health.

  • The Becks Triad – 3 things your brain will convince you are true

  • How to challenge your own thoughts.

  • The baby steps approach to achieving things rather than beating ourselves up

  • The ‘what can I do’ approach to making small steps towards a bigger goal in setting aside an all or nothing mindset.

  • Using gamification to achieve your goals and make the process of self-development fun and accountable like accountability, trello, beads/marbles.

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