Self-Improvement How to Make Your Decisions Easier With Life Coach Mike Bayer By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on March 22, 2021 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life. Subscribe Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Meet Mike Bayer Mike Bayer is a professional personal development coach and interventionist. He’s the CEO and founder of CAST Centers, a treatment center that addresses mental health issues and substance abuse problems. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author. His books include Best Self and One Decision. Mike makes frequent appearances on The Dr. Phil Show as an expert contributor. Why Mike Bayer Is Mentally Strong Mike shares about the struggles he faced in the past—including addiction. When he got sober, he decided to take what he learned and help other people get sober, too. He became a counselor and opened a treatment center. Mike talks about other strategies that work for him—like how he challenges his negative thinking—and his coaching clients. What You’ll Hear on the Show How Mike overcame addiction How Mike gained a regular opportunity to appear on Dr. Phil The one decision everyone should make Strategies for becoming more authentic How to create an avatar the represents the best version of yourself How to keep things real on social media How authenticity makes your decisions easier What happens when you choose to believe the universe wants you to win How to be selective about who you surround yourself with What You’ll Learn About Authenticity and Mental Strength It’s easy to lose sight of values in life. Perhaps you’ve had times when your priorities have gotten out of line. Maybe you worked so much you neglected to spend time with your loved ones. Or maybe you spent so much time focused on a hobby that your health declined. It’s hard to keep your priorities in line with your values sometimes. Sometimes, it’s tough to even know what you value. But understanding who you are and living according to your values is key to living an authentic life. When you’re authentic, you can put your energy into being the best version of yourself, rather than wasting energy trying to portray someone you’re not. Mental strength and authenticity are a two-way street. It takes mental strength to be authentic and it takes authenticy to be mentally strong. But you can work on both at the same time. Quotes From Mike Mike Bayer There's this thing about being authentic and if you just be yourself, everything will align. — Mike Bayer “So much of life is about how we take things that we're struggling with that feel like they're just not working for us and how do we create the opportunity?” “Social media gives a perception that somebody somehow is more important based upon how many followers they have.” “Everyone has their own version of their best self.” “I'm all about goals and dreams, but I just want someone to freaking dig themselves and enjoy their life.” More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Visit Mike’s website Buy Mike’s books Follow Mike on Instagram The Psychology of Decision-Making Strategies Problems in Decision-Making 10 Ways to Have Fewer Regrets by the End of the Week By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.