Tuesday Aug 29, 2023

Episode 16 - How to get better at anything (and help others do the same) with Karin Nordin

Do you have habits you want to change… stuff you want to get better at… self doubt you want to overcome?

In this episode, Karin Nordin shows us what’s possible. 

She provides compassionate, science-based guidance for personal and professional growth, while debunking myths about behavior change along the way.

Karin Nordin is a PhD expert in behavior change and mindset theory. 

After graduating with her doctorate, Karin had a striking realization: The typical self-help and productivity approaches of the personal development industry were shockingly inconsistent with the actual research on change. That inconsistency became the fuel for her business Body Brain Alliance, where she’s on a mission to teach compassion-first change techniques that actually work. 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Why you shouldn’t stress if you struggle with change (hint: the struggle is universal.)
  • Why a lot of common “self help” advice is misleading, inadequate, or just plain wrong.
  • The multi-step process that is essential in order to get better at just about anything
  • How to get better at something quickly using something called Deep Practice. (Note: the book Karin references here is the Talent Code by Daniel Coyle)
  • Why you should publish your work before it feels “ready”.
  • Why consistency is overrated, and what to focus on instead as you aim to build habits or behaviors
  • Why you should embrace the struggle of doing things you suck. (There’s real neuroscience behind this! Plus, what you can learn from Big Brother and Survivor.)
  • What you should know if you have ADHD – or other forms of neurodivergence – when it comes to behavior change
  • The truth about growth mindset. (Hint: It’s widely misunderstood. Karin explains what we need to know if we want to cultivate more of a growth mindset in ourselves.)
  • A secret trick to help you feel more confident as you pursue goals and challenges.
  • The #1 thing leaders and coaches should consider before trying to get someone else to change
  • What the whole “caterpillar and butterfly” metaphor gets wrong, plus a healthy reminder for anyone who is pursuing improvement ← This is my favourite part of the entire interview, don’t miss it!

This is a fantastic episode, full of both practical and compassionate advice. 

And be sure to find Karin at bodybrainalliance.com, and on Instagram: karinnordinphd and bodybrainalliance.

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