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Potential, purpose and grittiness highlight second Woman's Edge speaker series event in Detroit Lakes

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, performance psychologist and host of the High Performance Mindset podcast, delivered the keynote speech during the second event in the Woman's Edge speakers series, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at The Venue at Meadows on Lind in rural Detroit Lakes on Sept. 21. Kamphoff's remarks focused on grit, purpose and having a short-term memory for failures, but a long-term memory for successes.

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Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, host of the High Performance Mindset podcast and certified mental performance coach, delivers the keynote speech during the second event in the Women's Edge speakers series, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at The Venue at Meadows on Lind, south of Detroit Lakes, on Sept. 21, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES — As audience members paired up and began repeating the alternating count of 1, 2, 3 in a giant group activity, the laughs began to fill the event space while Dr. Cindra Kamphoff looked on with a smile from the front of the room.

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Dr. Cindra Kampoff, host of the High Performance Mindset podcast and certified mental performance coach, laughs while talking to an event attendee as part of a group activity during the second event in the Women's Edge speakers series.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Kamphoff, a certified mental performance coach and host of the High Performance Mindset podcast, was the featured presenter for the second installment of the Women's Edge speakers series, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at The Venue at Meadows on Lind, south of Detroit Lakes, on Sept. 21.

She then instructed the pairs to stomp their feet instead of saying "two" aloud and to clap their hands instead of saying "three." Many of the pairs had difficulty completing this task, but the laughs seemed to increase with the challenge and that was the point, Kamphoff explained.

"Even if you get it wrong, you can have fun with it and you can take it lighter," Kamphoff said, repeating a response from the audience so everyone in the room could hear it. "And when we take things lighter, wow, doesn't that just make a difference."

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Dr. Cindra Kampoff delivers the keynote speech during the second event in the Women's Edge speakers series.
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Kamphoff has a doctorate in performance psychology and has spent the last two decades working one-on-one with professional athletes including members of the Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Track and Field team. She also authored an Amazon Bestseller, Beyond "Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performing Edge."

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"We are always looking for speakers that we can bring to Detroit Lakes that maybe people haven't heard of," said Carrie Johnston, president of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. "Dr. Cindra Kamphoff is somebody that someone in the community had heard of and had heard her speak, and was so impressed with her message."

Kamphoff's presentation centered around three key topics from her Beyond Grit workshop.

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Carrie Johnston, president of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, delivers introductory remarks during the second event in the Women's Edge speakers series.
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The first topic was: Get gritty.

She explained that grit means having a passion for what you do and that passion helps create purpose for the future.

"(Having grit means) we're more engaged in our work, when we're grittier, we end up moving into higher levels of leadership and ... we're less likely to experience stress," she said.

Most professional athletes, she said, needed to overcome a significant adversity, according to results from her survey.

"It was the significant adversity, they said, that allowed them to stay gritty," said Kamphoff.

She also shared a story about Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, who, she said, was nearly cut from the football team at Minnesota State - Mankato in his senior season, but was kept on the team because of his leadership and his grit. Thielen, as many residents of Detroit Lakes know, has gone on to become a pro-bowl wide receiver and an integral part of the Vikings' on-field leadership.

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Event attendees await the start of the second event in the Women's Edge speakers series.
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Kamphoff's second topic focused on having a clear purpose.

She said, if a person knows "why" they are doing something, it becomes easier to stay focused and motivated. Adding, many of the best athletes use this "why" as fuel to stay gritty, especially when they experience setbacks.

The third theme of the presentation was: Learning to live and let go.

Kamphoff explained she teaches a mental recovery method called "Learn, Burn and Return." When things don't go perfectly, she said, individuals tend to replay the event over and over again in their minds.

"Whenever our mind is on replay, it tends to really decrease our confidence," she said.

We need to learn from those hardships, or mistakes, and then have a physical phrase or action, like a finger snap, or fake toilet flush, to clear the mechanism and return to the confidence level before the error.

She also shared a story about Quanesha Burks, a long jumper on the 2022 U.S. Track and Field team. Burks, she said, was lacking confidence going into the Olympic trials and Kamphoff had her tell herself every day, out loud, that she was an Olympian. Burks did this every day for months, streaming many of her affirmations on social media, until finally, she performed confidently at the U.S. trials and earned her spot on the 2022 Olympic team.

"I think about how we're not Olympians, but we need to talk to ourselves like we are," she said.

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Also speaking during the event were Detroit Lakes locals Danielle Solberg, Beth Omang and Nicole Tabbut, who each shared personal stories about overcoming mental and physical health problems, overcoming fears and how finding a true purpose you love can change a life for the better.

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Danielle Solberg, Detroit Lakes resident, talks about the importance of physical and mental fitness.
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Beth Omang, director of sales and operations planning at BTD Manufacturing, speaks during the Women's Edge speakers series.
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The last Women's Edge speakers event will be held on Nov. 9 at the Frazee Event Center and feature Dr. Kerry Petsinger, of Hawley. The event is open to the public and both men and women are encouraged to attend.

Lead Multimedia Reporter for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus.
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