As we move into 2021, I’m really excited about the potential, and the possibility, of taking the learnings we had from 2020 and applying them towards our future. And I can’t think of a better guest than Dr. Joan Rosenberg to help us do that! 

Dr. Joan Rosenberg is a best-selling author, consultant, media expert, and master clinician. She is also a cutting-edge psychologist who is known globally as an innovative thinker, acclaimed speaker, and trainer. On top of this, Dr. Rosenberg is a two-time TEDx speaker, a member of the Association of Transformational Leaders, and the author of the incredible book, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity. 

In this episode, I was really excited to have the opportunity to pick Dr. Rosenberg’s brain about how we can sit in uncomfortable feelings so that we can build a more resilient state of psychology and self as we enter into this new year. We talk confidence, true emotional strength, and how to leverage Dr. Rosenberg’s formula for handling difficult feelings. You won’t want to miss out on this topical, enlightening conversation as we move into 2021! 

Key Takeaways: 

[1:27] About today’s guest and episode! 

[3:00] Welcoming Dr. Joan Rosenberg to the podcast! 

[3:43] Dr. Joan Rosenberg shares some background about her career and journey. 

[5:50] The relationship between uncomfortable feelings and confidence. 

[7:23] Dr. Joan Rosenberg speaks about the two categories of people in 2020 and what separates them. 

[9:32] Is the mindset of not taking responsibility learned or genetic? 

[10:12] Handling difficult feelings is the foundation of feeling confident. Dr. Joan shares her formula to help achieve this for yourself! 

[15:51] How to begin to demonstrate this formula and concept to your children and help them sit in these uncomfortable emotions. 

[18:52] People often fear that letting their emotions out will make them last longer. Dr. Joan Rosenberg shares her insights on this. 

[21:48] Why harsh self-criticism is the worst thing you can do to yourself. 

[24:03] The difference between happiness and inner peace. 

[28:06] What true emotional strength looks like (not the fake-it-till-you-make-it kind.) 

[31:36] How we can pursue 2021 from a different angle even while experiencing fear and anxiety about what the future might hold. 

[36:12] What Joan learned about herself in 2020. 

[37:52] As a psychologist and a clinician, what does Joan predict that 2020 will leave us with, as a society? 

[40:17] The opportunity and message that we need to focus on as a collective, moving into 2021. 

[41:30] What I’ve learned in 2020. 

[42:57] Dr. Joan Rosenberg’s KPIs! 

[47:07] Where to find out more about Dr.Joan Rosenberg’s work! 

[47:54] Thanking Dr. Joan Rosenberg for joining the podcast. 


Mentioned in This Episode: 

Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity, Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

Second Firsts: A Step-by-Step Guide to Life after Loss, by Christina Rasmussen 

More About Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

Best-selling author, consultant, media expert, and master clinician, Dr. Joan Rosenberg, is a cutting-edge psychologist who is known globally as an innovative thinker, acclaimed speaker, and trainer. 

As a two-time TEDx speaker and member of the Association of Transformational Leaders, she has been recognized for her thought leadership and global influence in personal development. Along with serving as a blogger for Psychology Today, Dr. Rosenberg has been a featured expert in multiple documentaries, and on TV, radio, digital, and print media. She speaks on how to build confidence, emotional strength, and resilience; how to achieve emotional, conversational, and relationship mastery; how to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy; and suicide prevention. 

Her latest book, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity, was released in February 2019. 

Connect with my Guest: 


Social Media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter 

TEDx Talks: TEDxSantaBarbara: “Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings” and TEDxRoseburg: “Grief: The Pathway to Forgiveness” 

LinkedIn Learning Course: “Dealing with Grief, Loss, and Change as an Employee” 

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Let’s move into 2021 with a greater understanding of our feelings and a greater sense of confidence! 

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“How do I get people to understand that asking for help is actually strength? [Because] it is.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“Confidence is the deep sense that you can handle the emotional outcome of whatever you face or whatever you pursue.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“Something is not bad until we call it bad.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“The moment you realize that life doesn’t do something to [you], your life can change. We’re co-creators with life and a good many of us don’t realize that.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“The use of harsh self-criticism is a distraction from unpleasant feelings.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“Harsh self-criticism and unpleasant feelings are not equal. The harsh self-criticism will sink you.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“The only way we experience that kind of confidence … or that kind of happiness … [is] from the inside. Confidence is an inside job … not an outside job.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“People don’t want to ask for help. We’ve been socialized to think that that’s a reflection of weakness — and it’s not. I think of it as … a sign of our humanity.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg 

“The more you welcome the whole range of what you experience, the easier it becomes.” — Dr. Joan Rosenberg