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How Trauma Affects Your Level of Success with Dr. Don Wood


June 10, 2021

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Do you ever find yourself getting in your own way as you work toward your dreams? Maybe you’re stuck in a cycle of Imposter Syndrome or negative self-talk. Maybe you notice fear and anxiety are keeping you from achieving your goals. Or maybe you can’t quite put your finger on the
what, but you know that something is holding you back. If any of that resonates with you, this episode is a must-listen. 

“The reason you’re experiencing either anxiety or panic attacks or depression is your mind has a reason for it. There’s nothing wrong with you. It’s just how our brains work. It’s survival-based. So, all we have to do is get to the root of what created that behavior or created that response and then basically pull it out by the root.”-Dr. Don Wood

Follow along as I talk with Dr. Don Wood, the founder of the Inspired Performance Institute. Don has spent years researching and learning about how trauma impacts the human mind and body. He has since dedicated his time to sharing this information and helping others overcome traumas, both big and small, that prevent them from living life to the fullest. He’s helped people overcome everything from post-traumatic stress and sexual abuse to health complications and limiting fears. I hope this episode can be a step in helping you move past any fears and traumas that are impacting your capacity for success. 

The truth is, this trauma is anything that elicits an emotional response when thinking about it. Sometimes it’s a little experience from our childhood that stuck with us over the years. Maybe it’s an emotional experience from adulthood. Whatever the root is, this episode is an important reminder that your brain can be rewired and reset. There are steps you can take so your traumas don’t determine your future. 

It’s about how your memories are stored. That’s why it’s important to understand how to interrupt traumatic loops that initiate the fight or flight response. I agree with Don in that minds and bodies are capable of healing. You can fully step into the life you want to live and achieve all the goals you have. It’s about taking back control and writing the narrative you want to live. 

Just as our brain is a powerful protector, it’s a powerful healer as well. Follow along as Don reveals how to focus on healing and positive energy, leaving the fear behind. Listen as we discuss how trauma impacts your capacity for success and what you can do to move through trauma and into high performance. Don shares many incredible examples of how his work has changed the lives of his clients, proving just how vital this type of mindset work is— especially for entrepreneurs. We talk about the correlation between trauma and fear. We also take a look at how trauma can drain your energy, taking away from your ability to achieve all you want to do. I’m telling you, this is some of the most important mindset work you can do. 

So, I invite you to listen to this episode and consider the next steps you can take in moving past your fears and traumas. Maybe it’s joining Don’s life-changing 4-hour program (he even has a special offer for IHML listeners). Perhaps it’s getting support from a business coach. Maybe it’s therapy. Whatever it is, remember that the key is in taking action

So, after listening to this episode, what will your next step be? 

In this episode… 

[04:40] Welcome to the show, Don. 

[05:21] Don shares the realization that led to the work he does today. 

[09:10] The definition of trauma and how it can impact your health. 

[14:02] The mind and body are designed to heal. (How trauma interferes.) 

[18:11] How trauma impacts your capacity for success. 

[19:45] The correlation between trauma and fear. 

[25:45] Learn how trauma drains your energy. 

[29:55] Don reviews the 4-hour process for healing trauma. 

[36:04] Learn more about how Don plans to move forward with this work. 

[40:47] Don’s advice for living a life better than your dreams.

[42:42] Why trauma work is imperative for entrepreneurs.  


“The reason you’re experiencing either anxiety or panic attacks or depression is your mind has a reason for it. There’s nothing wrong with you. It’s just how our brains work. It’s survival-based. So, all we have to do is get to the root of what created that behavior or created that response and then basically pull it out by the root.”-Dr. Don Wood

“The brain is the computer. The body’s the printer. If the computer is not sending the right signals to the body, you’re going to get sick. You can have all the ink and toner, and the printer can’t print on its own without the brain sending it the correct information. So, what we have to do is update that computer. Once we get it updated, we close out all these looping programs that have been draining energy and focus. Then everything goes back into homeostasis.” -Dr. Don Wood

“[This is] probably the most valuable tool you can use to get your life to where you want it to be because we all have those aspirations and goals of what we would like to see. And the reason sometimes people can’t reach that is not because they’re not capable, but because their mind is experiencing some pain that is then distracting and draining them from their ability to stay focused on target. Or their mind sees pain ahead and will divert them from reaching that goal or target.”-Dr. Don Wood

“So much about successes is having that awareness and then being willing to get the support that we need from people to actually move through all of that and figure out what is actually going on here, because [you] know there’s something more for [yourself].” -Emily Williams  

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