How to have difficult conversations at work

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You’ve got to fire someone. Your consulting project is way behind schedule. The budget has to get cut. In any job you’ll have to have tough conversations where fear can end up being the fuel for positive and effective change, or it can crumble you into wishing you had done the whole thing differently. With…

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Kids with anxiety issues have stronger fear signals

Patrick J Sweeney, courageous and confident parenting masterclass,

Stanford Study breaks new ground with brain scanning of 10-12 year olds and suggests an effective remedy to raise courageous kids In a breakthrough study recently released by the Stanford School of medicine, 10-12 year old subjects underwent functional MRI scans to see how their brains responded as they were trying to regulate negative emotions.…

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Mental & Physical Gymnastics – why you should do both

Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

“Victor seven tango three one seven…no wait…three one nine…no one seven, one seven! It’s one seven for sure.” Spurted the tired athlete to the official. “Wrong! Thirty burpees.” demanded the Spartan judge who was checking each racer’s memorized codes. In the obstacle course (OCR) world racers spend countless hours monthly training their bodies to handle…

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A 16 Second Habit That Will Change Your Life

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I first began using this technique when I was training for the Olympics.  As I’ve studied neuroscience over the past five years for my book “Fear is Fuel”, I realize how impactful this little routine is, and how it can literally change the quality of decisions you make every single day. It will make you…

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The Simplest and most effective bio hack to do today.

Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

Here’s the deal – just about everyone is afraid of taking cold showers. Bear with me because it’s a great place to practice using fear as fuel! What’s the worst that can happen; you’ll be uncomfortable for five minutes and maybe embarrassingly bit of shrivel. What’s the best that can happen – you can never…

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The Greatest Gift we can give our children

Patrick J Sweeney, Certified Virtual Speaker, Fear Guru, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur, Adventurer

In his early 20s, the special operations officer had already served two tours of duty in a bloody war. Back then, people didn’t admit or even know anything about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), so he was left to himself to deal with the emotional serpents that snaked through his consciousness. At one moment he…

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St. Patrick’s Lessons in Courage

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St Patrick was a slave around 400 AD who used fear as fuel to power a daring escape from slavery and eventually to change the world. There are some things about his courage, bravery and intelligence you might not know, and at least one thing about St Patrick’s day you can use to win a…

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Lessons from Spring training – Fear & The Closer

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There are two very intense and potential terrifying roles in baseball – the batter who can tie the game in the bottom of the 9th and the closing pitcher. David Aardsma was a 14 year MLB veteran who now leaders pitcher development for the Toronto Blue Jays. In this short video, he lets you into…

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