232. Grounded to Soar Into 2022 with Brad Stulberg

As we venture into the New Year, many of us are striving to reach new goals and maintain resolutions. It’s easy to default to focusing solely on succeeding or attaining those goals, striving to feel the “high” that accompanies that success. But this kind of approach can unwittingly interfere with healthy and sustainable success.

Brad Stulberg, author of The Practice of Groundedness, has dedicated his career to understanding and fostering a healthier, more sustainable model of success. An expert in organizational behavior and public health, Brad suggests that constantly striving for and focusing on reaching the peak is neither a healthy nor sustainable way to actually reach it. In this episode of POTC, Brad and Yael discuss healthier methods of feeling the “highs” that accompany success. Listen in to this episode where we redefine “peak performance”, get in touch with your “lows”, and discover tip that work to remain grounded as you journey towards success in 2022 and beyond!

Listen and Learn:

  • Yael and Diana discuss groundedness and striving
  • The mental health journey Brad endured while writing his books
  • Brad’s expert definitions of groundedness and success
  • The core values guiding Brad’s work
  • How principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help you engage in more grounded behavior
  • Practical advice for developing a healthy association with your ego (even in harsh or toxic environments)
  • The relationships between non-duality and groundedness
  • Important differences between vulnerability and performative vulnerability in social media and digital spaces
  • Expert-approved tips for building nurturing communities that foster ongoing health and sustainability, accessing alone time, and balancing the two
  • Brad’s personal experience with groundedness and fatherhood


About Brad Stulberg:

Brad Stulberg received his undergraduate (organizational behavior) and graduate (public health) degrees from the University of Michigan. He is an avid strength trainer, reader, and outdoor enthusiast and does almost all of his best thinking in the gym, while reading, or on the trail. Brad’s books are The Practice of Groundedness and Peak Performance. They have sold more than 250,000 copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wired, New Yorker, Forbes, GQ, Time, and more. He is also a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, where he writes a regular column on the science and art of sustainable success. In his coaching practice he works with executives, entrepreneurs, physicians, and athletes on their performance and overall well-being. He is also co-creator of The Growth Equation, an online platform dedicated to defining and attaining a more fulfilling and sustainable kind of success.

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