PEP 19: Master Your Mindset w/ UFC Fighter Charlie Brenneman
When it comes to health & wellness, mental health is often overlooked. The truth is no matter how healthy you are physically, you are truly only as healthy as your mindset. In this episode, we dig deep into the mind of UFC fighter turned speaker Charlie Brenneman and learn how to overcome self-doubt, accomplish seemingly unattainable goals and talk about why you need to surround yourself with successful people if you want to achieve personal success.
A little bit about Charlie
Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, speaker, mentor and author. Following a successful high school wrestling career, Charlie took his talents to Lock Haven University where he achieved a top 12 finish at Division I Nationals and 1st Team All-Academic. After teaching Spanish for three years and winning Spike TV’s Pros vs. Joes, Charlie decided to leave his job to pursue a master’s degree and begin his professional fighting career—“The Spaniard" was born. In 2011, he was ranked as high as #7 in the world, and in 2015, he published his autobiography, Driven: My Unlikely Journey from Classroom to Cage.
Topics Discussed Include:
4:00 Charlie's Book "Driven: My Unlikely Journey from Classroom to Cage"
5:00 Charlie quitting his comfortable job as a Spanish teacher to pursue a career in professional fighting
8:30 Charlie's AMX (A.M Excellence) videos, which are Facebook live videos Charlie does each morning to motivate others to achieve greatness
10:00 Transitioning from being a UFC fighter to an author & speaker
12:00 How to overcome your darkest moments and failures
13:00 Charlie explains his "elements of excellence", which are 5 steps to accomplishing your greatest goals (Learn about the elements of excellence (HERE)
15:00 How we are influenced by the people we surround ourselves with
16:00 Morning rituals and why you need to take care of yourself before you take care of others
18:20 Steps for leaving a job you hate to pursue a "job" you love
20:45 The pursuit of freedom
23:00 We talk about "The Rock" and "Snookie"
25:45 Balancing professionalism with authenticity
28:00 Will Charlie make a comeback to MMA?
Links to topics discussed:
"Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" book by Simon Sinek
Charlie's "Elements of Excellence"
A Fighter's Mindset - Charlie's podcast
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