Game Changers with Molly Fletcher is our podcast designed to help you maximize your influence and unleash your potential. Each episode, we take you behind the scenes with peak performers to learn what makes them tick and discover how you can apply their lessons to your life. Join Molly each week to hear from her special guests— top athletes and coaches, transformative CEOs, brilliant thought leaders, and entrepreneurs and trailblazers from around the world. Subscribe now on iTunes or Google Play.

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Renee Montgomery

When the WNBA tips off this weekend, Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery won’t be there. Renee is sitting out the 2020 WNBA season to focus on the fight for social justice reform. A two-time WNBA champion and former standout at the University of Connecticut, Renee has carved out an 11-year career in the pros. Now, she’s focused her attention on another mission. On this episode, Renee shares why she’s trading basketball for a greater purpose and what it means to use your platform for change.

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  • Renee’s decision to sit out the 2020 WNBA season to fight for social justice reform (2:55)
  • WNBA star Maya Moore’s fight for criminal justice reform (5:39)
  • Using her platform to create change (6:43)
  • How she gained clarity and made the decision to leave her comfort zone (7:34)
  • Renee’s thoughts on Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler’s criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement (8:18)
  • Renee’s response to people who say “keep politics out of sports” (9:31)
  • Find your tribe (10:22)
  • How growing up in West Virginia shaped Renee’s perspective (12:17)
  • Shifting to curiosity inside of difficult conversations (14:49)
  • The sacrifices WNBA players make and Renee’s experiences playing overseas (16:33)
  • How being part of a diverse locker room taught Renee to communicate (18:38)
  • The issues- voting rights and education- that Renee is most passionate about (20:17)
  • Her favorite advice from Geno Auriemma: “Don’t do it until you get it right. Do it until you can’t get it wrong.” (22:36)
  • The difference between a good team and a championship team (24:10)
  • Support The Renee Montgomery Foundation (25:55)

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Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective and one of the world’s leading experts on high performance. The New York Times bestselling author of Stealing Fire and The Rise of Superman, Kotler shows companies how to unlock their potential and level up their game like never before. On this episode, Steven decodes the science of flow—an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. We dig into the science of human performance, how to achieve flow, and what it all means for your own life.

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  • How much of peak performance is mental? (1:48)
  • Biology scales. Peak performance is getting your biology to work for you. (2:35)
  • What does it take to do the impossible? Why Steven started studying human performance (3:44)
  • How surfing helped Steven overcome Lyme disease (5:40)
  • Studying flow through the lens of action sport athletes (8:04)
  • The neuroscience of peak performance (12:35)
  • The benefits of flow (14:55)
  • The definition of flow and the 4 stages of the flow experience (17:45)
  • What triggers flow (24:15)
  • The basics of positive psychology for leaders (25:30)
  • The one thing you should do to amplify the amount of flow in your life (28:31)
  • The importance of doing the things that trigger flow (34:14)
  • The future is faster than you think (39:07)

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Nir Eyal

Know the feeling of getting bombarded with too many pings, dings and rings? You’re not alone. Nir Eyal writes and consults about the intersection of psychology, technology and business. His latest book, Indistractable, reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. On this episode, Nir shares the practical techniques to control your time and attention—helping you live the life you really want. His four-step, research-backed model will help you manage distractions and finally do what you say you will do.

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  • How Nir’s background in Silicon Valley led to his research on the psychology of habit-forming products (1:55)
  • Distraction is not a new phenomenon (4:53)
  • The number one source of distraction is other people (5:33)
  • The opposite of distraction is traction – any action that pulls you towards what you want to do (6:39)
  • Most distraction begins from within us (8:19)
  • Time management is pain management (9:26)
  • Three ways to master the internal triggers: reimagine the trigger, reimagine the task, reimagine your temperament (11:20)
  • Do you show up as a Blamer, Shamer or Claimer? (12:57)
  • The ten-minute rule to minimizing distractions (14:04)
  • Long-term behavior change is identity change (15:57)
  • How to reimagine your “to do” list (17:31)
  • The power of schedule syncing (20:38)
  • How to hack back your email (25:24)
  • Create pacts to prevent distractions: effort pacts, price pacts, and identity pacts (32:17)
  • Why he wrote Indistractable for himself (36:00)

 

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Reshma Saujani

Where along the way did we trade in our confidence and courage for approval and acceptance? And why? That’s the question Reshma Saujani challenges us with in her book Brave, Not Perfect. Reshma is the founder & CEO of Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Her TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has been viewed more than 4 million times and sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. On this episode, we talk about how to fear less, fail more and live boldly.

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  • What inspired Reshma to start Girls Who Code (2:44)
  • Measuring the impact of Girls Who Code’s work (4:16)
  • A failed congressional run becomes a catalyst (5:52)
  • The mentorship she’s received from Hillary Clinton (7:53)
  • Be brave, not perfect (10:00)
  • How we socialize our girls differently than boys (10:30)
  • Prepare yourself to be brave in the small moments (14:30)
  • The learned need for approval and being liked (16:01)
  • How to build your bravery muscle (18:13)
  • Just start: the lesson she learned starting Girls Who Code (21:25)
  • Show the mess behind the scenes (22:48)
  • Bravery builds your confidence (24:18)
  • Don’t stay stuck in things that you are good at, that you don’t like (25:24)
  • Does failure motivate you more than success? (27:11)
  • Anxiety as a superpower and overcoming the imposter syndrome (28:04)
  • Three failure hacks to help you recover from setbacks faster (30:54)
  • Take an athlete’s approach to soliciting feedback (33:00)
  • Bravery is at the core of relationship transformation (34:27)
  • How to get involved with Girls Who Code (35:56)

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James Franklin, Penn State

James Franklin is one of the top college football coaches in the country. Since arriving at Penn State University in 2014, Franklin has led the Nittany Lions to three top-10 finishes and a Big Ten championship. His journey took him from Division II quarterback to college coach, where he found unlikely success at Vanderbilt before taking on the challenge of rebuilding the storied Penn State program. On this episode, we dig into how he built trust in a tough environment when he arrived at Penn State and the ways his leadership approach has evolved over the years.

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  • How his upbringing shaped the person he is today (2:21)
  • Why he got into coaching football while pursuing his master’s degree (4:32)
  • What fuels him more- the desire to win or the fear of failure? (7:28)
  • His approach to building community support and alignment when he took the Penn State job (9:00)
  • How he built trust and relationship in a tough environment (13:05)
  • Team building tips to enhance team chemistry (16:14)
  • The unique locker room setup designed to build connection (17:54)
  • The importance of consistency in rebuilding a program (19:00)
  • How to balance the need for structure with embracing change and flexibility (21:54)
  • Learning how to handle losses better (24:32)
  • The greatest leadership lesson he’s learned (27:22)

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Tony Gonzalez is an analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast WIDE OPEN with Tony Gonzalez. In 17 seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons, Tony was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns and yards by a tight end and is third-all time in receptions. Tony tackles all aspects of his life with the same drive and curiosity that helped him excel on the field. In this conversation, Tony shares what fuels him, the defining moments that shaped his life, and his powerful habits for success.

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Show Notes

  • What is the biggest misconception people have about you? (2:06)
  • How struggling in his second season in the NFL changed Tony’s approach (3:27)
  • Pushing through fear to find growth (5:45)
  • “There’s always a sense of urgency.” (8:46)
  • Greatness requires obsession and sacrifice (10:30)
  • Surround yourself with people who tell you the truth (14:27)
  • The power of visualization (20:11)
  • The keys to Tony’s consistency and durability (27:07)
  • Loving the process (30:13)
  • Did you think about your legacy? (32:20)
  • Tony’s approach to goal setting (33:38)
  • Transitioning to TV and the decision to leave CBS (36:46)
  • How to cultivate curiosity (43:26)
  • Why he started journaling and writing letters to himself during his NFL career (47:35)
  • A powerful habit Tony does when reading a book (48:28)
  • His tips for daily meditation (52:17)

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We all have stories we tell ourselves that define the way we live our lives. Stories help you make sense of your life, but they can also keep you stuck. How can you become the editor of your life? Therapist Lori Gottlieb is the author of the New York Timesbestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and writes the Dear Therapistadvice column for The Atlantic. In this conversation, we talk about how to defeat toxic thinking, change our self-limiting narratives, and get unstuck. It’s about changing your narrative to change your life.

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Show Notes

  • Why therapy isn’t just self-work (1:51)
  • The biggest misconceptions about therapy (3:17)
  • Part of therapy is getting to “unknow” yourself (4:47)
  • Lori’s experience as a therapist going to therapy (5:43)
  • The root of why people go to therapy (8:35)
  • What happens when we avoid feeling (11:07)
  • “We are all unreliable narrators of our own lives.” (13:47)
  • The difference between “idiot compassion” vs. “wise compassion” (14:51)
  • The power of self-compassion + accountability (16:59)
  • Lori’s unique background (TV, medical school, journalism, therapy) and how it all centers around stories and the human condition (19:40)
  • Why people don’t change when they know they need to change (24:16)
  • The five stages of change (26:12)
  • Facing your own mortality (28:18)
  • What she’s learned about forgiveness from her years as a therapist (32:18)
  • The misconception that therapy is focused on the past when it’s really focused on the present (33:53)
  • How to deliver “loving truth bombs” (35:13)
  • Having the vulnerability to put herself out there (37:57)
  • Lori’s upcoming projects including a TV series and podcast (41:57)

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Dan Quinn

How do elite performers mentally train for success? Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and Vision Pursue founder Russ Rausch discuss the relationship between mindset and performance. As an NFL coach, Dan uses Vision Pursue’s performance mindset training with his team to strengthen their mental game. In this episode, we talk about how to develop mental toughness, focus through distractions and perform under pressure.

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  • The partnership between Dan Quinn and Vision Pursue (2:37)
  • Developing his leadership philosophy in Atlanta (4:31)
  • Default mindset vs. performance mindset (5:48)
  • How he gets his players to embrace mindfulness training (7:17)
  • SEE- separate, embrace, evaluate (8:11)
  • The lessons he learned personally from a tough season (10:40)
  • How the team rallied around Coach Quinn (13:07)
  • A three-step framework to processing emotions (14:00)
  • A tip for high performance under pressure (16:15)
  • The leadership lessons Dan Quinn has learned from Arthur Blank (17:41)
  • “Tell The Truth Mondays” (19:39)
  • Dan Quinn’s leadership style (24:59)
  • What he has learned from coaches in other sports (26:23)
  • Training your brain to make thoughts and emotions more in sync (32:28)
  • How to change your thought patterns (36:43)
  • Visualizing yourself recovering from adversity (43:13)
  • How to change a team culture (44:16)

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Who were you before the world told you who to be? That’s the question Glennon Doyle asks in her new memoir Untamed. Glennon is a speaker, activist and New York Times bestselling author. Her two previous books- Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and Love Warrior was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Glennon writes about addiction, recovery, marriage and faith with no holds barred. In today’s conversation, we dig into becoming attune to our discontent, abandoning expectations, and learning to trust yourself. It’s about how sometimes we forget who we are… and how we find ourselves again.

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  • The story of how she met her now-wife Abby Wambach while on book tour to promote Love Warrior (1:55)
  • Why she stayed in her marriage and what changed her mind (5:05)
  • The hardest thing she’s written about (8:08)
  • What her recovery from addiction taught her about honesty (11:35)
  • Glennon’s definition of brave: Brave is listening to the Knowing on the inside and speaking that Knowing and acting that Knowing on the outside. (14:47)
  • What is confidence? (20:58)
  • Becoming attune to your discontent (21:31)
  • The fear of being too much (26:23)
  • Not defining your identity by the roles you play (30:40)
  • Learning to trust yourself (35:05)
  • Forgiveness is circular not linear (39:52)
  • How to face the fear of disappointing the people you love most (43:26)
  • The vision behind Glennon’s nonprofit Together Rising (45:37)
  • Glennon’s mantra: “We can do hard things.” (47:55)
  • Pain as a teacher (50:38) 

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Leonard Hamilton

Leonard Hamilton is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball and a trailblazer in the sport. The head coach at Florida State University, Hamilton is the Seminoles’ all-time winningest coach and the 5th winningest coach in ACC history. This season he won ACC Coach of the Year honors and led Florida State to the #4 ranking in the country and the ACC regular season championship. On this episode, Hamilton shares the moment where he thought he gave up coaching for good, the hurdles he had to overcome, and how he built a reputation as a program rebuilder.

Note: this conversation is updated with Coach Hamilton’s thoughts after the cancelation of the NCAA tournament, where Florida State was expected to be a top seed.

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Show Notes

  • The message he shared with his team after the cancelation of the ACC Tournament moments before tipoff (2:16)
  • Not having the opportunity to compete for a NCAA championship (6:21)
  • Finding his purpose in coaching (9:07)
  • Growing up in the era of segregation in the south (15:07)
  • The work ethic his father instilled in him at an early age (19:02)
  • Getting his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay (23:10)
  • The moment Leonard Hamilton walked away from coaching and took a job in sales (28:23)
  • How his persistence landed a job as assistant coach at University of Kentucky (31:13)
  • How he built a reputation as coach who could rebuild a program (38:03)
  • His approach to recruiting (43:01)
  • Creating a culture of accountability (47:59)
  • Developing selflessness inside of the team culture (49:12)
  • The importance of self-evaluation as a leader (52:38)
  • Give people the opportunity to learn and grow (53:15)

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