Most individuals and teams want to improve. They have areas where, if things were different, they’d achieve more in life and work. We’re all told breaking ingrained, ineffective habits is a slow, hard-won process, but it doesn’t have to be.

The Mindset Playbook” podcast provides science-based, actionable guidance on how to think, engage, and achieve more effectively. Join the conversation with guests who have proven plays for moving beyond the often fleeting feelings of motivation and inspiration to instead leverage strategies and tools that sustain meaningful progress and growth.

About The Host

Larry Olsen has worked with top Fortune 50 companies and professional athletes to establish their vision and sense of purpose. He is the founder and CEO of Aperneo, an achievement acceleration company providing individuals and teams quick, actionable guidance on how to break ingrained, ineffective habits.

The Aperneo approach to professional development balances common sense, practical neuroscience, and personal accountability, enabling clients to gain insights and perspectives to live, work, and engage with more success. Learn more from HERE.

EMAIL US for questions, topic suggestions or to request being on Mindset Playbook as a featured guest.

Welcome to the Mindset Playbook Podcast with your host, Larry Olsen

larry olsenEPISODE 24 Larry Olsen

In this recap episode, we dive into the importance of what our perceived value is, the essence of integrity in designing our lives, and defending democracy while listening and respecting the opinions of others.

Title: Defending What’s Right

Jeff EllingtonEPISODE 23 with Jeff Ellington

President and COO of Runbeck Election Services, Jeff has grown the company to reach over 70 Million voters and gives the credit to his associates and something greater than self . . . Defending Democracy!

Title: It’s Not Rocket Science

Janis Van WyckEPISODE 22 with Janis Van Wyck

In this episode, Janis shares about being respected in a male dominated field by standing strong for her beliefs. Her humility, sense of humor and ability to create what you love, is the foundation of her business and life.

Title: Connecting Souls by Design

Richard BrockEPISODE 21 with Richard Brock

He is an award-winning C.E.O., and named one of the ’10 Most Influential People in CRM’. He has taken the art of listening and brought it to artificial intelligence (A.I.) where it’s impact has been profound.

Title: The Path to Prosperity

larry olsenEPISODE 20 Larry Olsen

In this recap episode, we discuss building something your children want to stay and grow in, sustaining a body that is ready for anything and looking back on amazing adventures that got you where you are today.

Title: The Winds of Life

Ted SimmonsEPISODE 19 with Ted Simmons

As an accomplished business professional, Ted has tremendous insight about the power of commitment and what it means to look back on your life and acknowledge those who were instrumental in your success.

Title: Are You Committed, or Just Trying It Out?

Theresa RamseyEPISODE 18 with Dr. Theresa Ramsey

Dr. Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert and best-selling author. There are many tips and insights from this episode that will change – forever – the way you think about your health.

Title: Keys to a Younger, Healthier You

Tim SpragueEPISODE 17 with Tim Sprague

As a developer, Tim’s passion is to make his city a place where people can grow and develop, within a fostering environment. Join us to learn more about his entrepreneurial spirit and his ‘Let’s get it done’ attitude.

Title: Follow Your Heart

larry olsenEPISODE 16 Larry Olsen

Larry dives into our last 3 episodes exploring that self-confidence is about keeping promises we make to self, the main ingredient in success is accountability and the power of believing in something greater than self.

Title: The Power of Focus

Mark BivensEPISODE 15 with Mark Bivens

Listen in as Mark discusses his insight and perspective on getting to the next level, while consistently developing new and innovative strategies for growth, production, and success, regardless of the market.

Title: Just a Little Bit Different

Diane MonzelowskyEPISODE 14 with Diane Monzelowsky

Diane shares her insight on how life can run so smoothly and predictably until something happens, then you’re either looking for reasons to blame, or you’re looking for reasons to move forward with joy and excitement.

Title: The Joy of Accountability

Connor OlsenEPISODE 13 with Connor Olsen

Connor learned early that he needed to be proactive if he was to achieve his dreams, and shares how the power his ‘North Star’ has over adversity, keeping him positive even in the toughest of times.

Title: What’s Your North Star?

larry olsenEPISODE 12 Larry Olsen

Larry discusses Steve Gardner’s epic climb while overcoming adversity, Courtney’s quest for high performance with work-life balance and Gene’s ability to assist others in taking strokes off of their game in golf and life.

Title: From Adversity to Prosperity

Gene GrabiecEPISODE 11 with Gene Grabiec

He’s coached the likes of Bob Hope and started the largest indoor golf school in the country with over 3,500 students. Gene’s been featured several times on ESPN and shares life skills important for everyone.

Title: Taking Strokes Off Your Game

Courtney OlsenEPISODE 10 with Courtney Olsen

As a leader of many, she invests in individuals, professional as well as personal growth and prioritizing work-life balance. Her herculean work ethic taught her the importance of why it’s important we all be heard.

Title: Staying Close with Distance

Steve GardnerEPISODE 9 with Steve Gardner

Steve has a Master’s Degree, co-founder of the International Society for Christian Apologetics, built 2 businesses generating $500 million+, author of 2 books and began a course, Manifestation Plus: The Path to Greatness.

Title: The Rise of the Phoenix

larry olsenEPISODE 8 Larry Olsen

Larry examines the plays and mindset that get you what you want in life. Summarizing the last 3 episodes, he will explain in detail what it means to have such confidence in self that fear can’t exist. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT

Title: Getting What You Want

David NewcombeEPISODE 7 with David Newcombe

We look into David's illustrious life and career spanning the globe as an executive producer of award-winning shows to discuss his life's work founded on a no-fear attitude, grounded by openness to life’s offerings.

Title: Looking at Life Differently

Dr Ginger PriceEPISODE 6 with Ginger Price

Join us as Dr. Ginger moves from a profession of a lifetime into a global company manifested from a single idea. She is a lifelong learner, risk taker and a poster child of someone who owns positive attitude.

Title: Making Life Interesting

Jim JacksonEPISODE 5 with Jim Jackson

As an author and highly sought after public speaker, his stories and insights show us how he was able to overcome and learn from obstacles in his life, and the importance that vision plays in achieving success.

Title: Confidence

larry olsenEPISODE 4 Larry Olsen

Join us and learn how failure is just a word, not the end, that your greatest doubt is your greatest learning, and that changing your life should be an exciting and prosperous adventure. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT

Title: It Takes Courage

Dave AycockEPISODE 3 with Dave Aycock

A Real Estate Broker, Executive General Manager and Marine veteran shares his powerful life lessons as he discusses with Larry why he left an extremely successful career to pursue his dream.

Title: Life Transitions

Tori CawleyEPISODE 2 with Tori Cawley

Join us where you will discover how to take a stressful situation and turn it into a joyous accomplishment. Tori discovers that the answers we are seeking already lie within, we just need to take a peek.

Title: Turning Fear into Courage

Walker Ramsey podcastEPISODE 1 with Walker Ramsey

Larry talks with former Division 1 baseball player, Walker Ramsey for a conversation on what it means to deal with adversity and the mindset necessary to deal with confusing times in life.

Title: Failure is Not an Option


  1. Madison Klinger on July 29, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    On the podcast with Tori Cawley, I thought the message was very clear and well said. I play golf for a university and it is a very a mental sport. For someone who has anxiety it makes it very easy to doubt myself and worry too much about things that will hurt my golf game instead of helping it. After listening to this podcast, it helped me realize that I should focus on giving myself the confidence saying “I can do this” and “You will do great today”, and also prepare for the steps ahead of me on and off the golf course. With this confidence, I just know that these positive words will help my golf game and help me be a better person.

  2. Larry Olsen on July 31, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Thank you Madison for the encouragement you’ve sent to others with your words. It seems so simple to believe in yourself first but so many allow doubt to enter their amazing minds. All the best in all you do and listen to your coach, because he is all about bringing out the best in you.
    Yours in growth,

  3. Mody on July 31, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    It is refreshing to hear from Gene Grabiec. A great teacher and a wonderful man. The last part of the interview is key to everything Gene teaches and preaches. Overall, I loved the interview.

    • Diane Olsen on August 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you Mody. I very much appreciate what you’ve shared . . . Gene is a great coach.
      All the best with your game and life,

  4. Toby on August 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Gene Grabiec is a legend. He helps you not worry about how you are holding the club in your hand and instead he helps you understand that the game is more about how you are holding on to life. He makes the game crystal clear. Don’t just hit the yardage marker – hit the nail holding it up. Work like crazy, believe in yourself, the scores will come! I lost my ability to play at a level that I was accustom; he helped me find the joy of just playing. Gene makes winners!

    • Diane Olsen on August 2, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you Toby for your comment and great metaphor between holding the club and living your life.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the game again and all the best to you,

  5. Ginny on August 13, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I am one of Gene’s former students who was fortunate to hit a hole-in-one. It wasn’t mentioned in the podcast, but one of the things I liked about Gene’s lessons also applies to life in general. He didn’t try to change my golf swing in a day. He laid a foundation and slowly built on it to create a strong structure. I likened it to stacking blocks. You wouldn’t put a third block up unless the first two were squared away and steady. You certainly would be careful adding a sixth or seventh block or everything might come tumbling down. This is also true in life. You can’t solve all of your problems in a day or a week, but you can do the next right thing. Sometimes it takes a while to get back on course, but you have to continue to do the next right thing to make that happen.
    I wish Gene and his students the best. They are in good hands.

    • Diane Olsen on August 13, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Ginny. You are so right about change and thank you for listening to the podcast. Thanks for sharing what a wonderful coach Gene has been for you and the power in having a solid foundation in anything we do.
      All the best,

  6. Carla M on August 13, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I enjoyed the episode with Gene Grabiec. The episode was an easy listen, and I found Gene’s insight to be powerful. He relates his extensive golf experience to life in an accessible, touching way.

    • Diane Olsen on August 25, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      I want you to know that your review is appreciated and are grateful that you’re a listener. It’s nice to hear what a positive influence Gene has had on your life.
      Yours in growth,

  7. Henry Lee on August 14, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Gene is quite an extraordinary gentleman and friend. I don’t even play golf, but I’ve learned so many lessons from Gene. He is a careful and deliberate person who is ever prepared to express his love and enhance the lives of those with whom he engages. I’ve always sensed the joy that Gene possesses for golf as well as life. Again, I don’t play golf, but Gene helped me to understand the life lessons of golf. Sometimes, you get lucky, and sometimes unlucky. Remarkably, I’ve learned to appreciate golf through Gene, since the greatness of that game is until you hole the last ball on 18, you just hit the next shot. The position of your next shot is completely dependent upon how you performed on the last shot. Such is life. Where you are now, the shot you have to hit, and the score you currently have are all dependent upon what you did prior. Extraordinary game and Gene is an extraordinary ambassador.

    • Diane Olsen on August 14, 2020 at 10:30 am

      Thank you Henry for your review of a most incredible man as well as golf instructor and coach. It was a pleasure doing a podcast with Gene and the feeling is mutual. Giving of your time in writing this review is very much appreciated and I know Gene will enjoy reading this as well.

      Yours in growth,

  8. Ed Burnham on August 18, 2020 at 10:56 am

    The interview with Gene Grabiec is terrific!
    As a sales rep for a major newspaper in Ohio, I found great material that is both inspirational snd practical. Gene is sn amazing example of focusing and moving forward to success. I’ll make sure everyone I know in sales is familiar with this outstanding message!

  9. Dr. Keith Ungar on August 19, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you so much for getting this information out there. Thinking of the positives and not the negatives is a must. These thoughts will affect the way the brain processes things. Emotions and negative thoughts will make that pathway stronger if you keep processing these negative thoughts. On the other hand, if you reinforce your brain with positive thoughts that pathway in the brain will become stronger. It is kinda like a muscle if you only worked out your right arm with bicep curls that muscle will become stronger. SOo what pathway do you as a golfer want to strengthen? Your thought will decide that for you! Change Your Thoughts Change Your Game.

    • Diane Olsen on August 25, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      Dr. Ungar, we appreciate your insightful words as well as valued education. I’m glad you enjoyed listening to the podcast and that it resonate with your own thinking.
      Yours in growth,

  10. Rodney Bush on August 23, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    About the Gene Grabiec Podcast

    It took me back to islands of thoughts about my life. I was standing on one island while In the trees, looking for my ball wondering where do I send it now.
    Zip Zeigler came to mind reminding me that. If I think I can or or can’t, I am right! I was reminded of times past spent at listening to Earl Nightingales, “Lead The Field”
    Both of you caused my ears to bend giving me anticipation of what would be said next.
    I really enjoyed it and would enjoy listing to both of you together or separate again in fact, I plan to!
    Best inspirational talk I have heard in years!

    Rodney Bush
    Motivational Speaker
    RB Marketing

    • Diane Olsen on August 25, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you Rodney for your inspirational words. Gene and I very much enjoyed your review and just wanted you to know how much we appreciate what you’ve shared.
      Yours in growth,

  11. Steve Riley on August 26, 2020 at 5:58 am

    The Podcast with Gene was awesome! Gene is not only a great golf instructor but a dear friend. The way he teaches golf makes the game easier and the way he parallels it to life lessons is amazing. I would not be the golfer I am today without his teaching nor would I be playing competitive golf. With Gene’s help I have won six local amateur tournaments this year already! I had the pleasure of getting my first hole in one as he was playing along side me last fall. One of the best things about his teaching is that Gene did not dramatically change my swing but it is the mental side of the game that he has helped me with the most. The things he talks about in the Podcast is exactly the way he teaches. Picking exact targets, having more than one option and then committing to the shot. Life is very similar. If we don’t have a plan and work that plan you will most likely never be very successful.
    Gene is one of the most genuine and caring people I know and I am very grateful for our friendship.

    Look forward to hearing more Podcast with Larry and Gene. Well done guys.

    • Diane Olsen on August 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you Steve and I couldn’t agree more. We need more Gene Grabiecs’ in our lives.
      Yours in growth,

  12. Tori on August 27, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Wow Larry! I absolutely love this podcast. The power of the mind is something everyone needs to learn, and honestly should be part of mandatory education. The episode with Diane really inspired me! What an intelligent, hard working woman! A friend of mine has been struggling with her career and seems quite paralyzed with all the choices and Diane’s quote “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me” has become her new motto! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

    • Diane Olsen on August 27, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Tori and you’re right . . . accountability is a wonderful thing. It was so kind of you to share your encouraging words.
      Yours in growth,

  13. Keith Brown on September 29, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Steve Gardner’s session was remarkable. His life experiences should be a part of every student’s learning in school. Though that won’t happen, Steve’s life teaches the essentials of integrity and the power of the mind’s perspective. A true inspiration— “good to great.”

    • Diane Olsen on September 30, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Thank you for sending a message regarding Steve Gardner. You’re eloquent words speak to the heart of Steve’s message and everyone should download his podcast interview to also be inspired. Great to hear from you Keith and all the best to you and your family.

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