“4 Simple Brain Hacks to Overcome Performance Anxiety”
by Dr John Kenworthy

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This week I’m sharing four simple brain hacks, and I really do mean simple, to overcome performance anxiety.

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Visit my Your Brain on Stress and Anxiety video on YouTube

I’ve been prompted in part, because of the responses I have been receiving about a little video I made just over a year ago now. It’s entitled Your Brain on Stress and Anxiety, and it’s garnered just shy of a hundred thousand views on YouTube alone now. Which is incredibly humbling, but also a little concerning. Humbling because it makes me somewhat proud that a little whiteboard video I drew and produced has been watched quite so many times just on YouTube. But it has also been a little disturbing.

If you read some of the publically visible comments, you’ll get an idea of the types of questions I’ve been getting over the past year from those who are suffering from stress and anxiety. Some very serious stress and anxiety as well.

So, a quick caveat if I may. I am not a medical doctor and, if you are suffering from long-term stress or anxiety, please do seek professional help.

The four simple ways I am sharing today will help anyone with any degree of stress and anxiety, but I am focused more on people in business or work who suffer stress and anxiety because they are about to perform in front of others.

That does not mean that these simple ways won’t help whenever you feel anxious, they will. So use them.

And if you have yet to watch my little video, you should do so now or later, and whilst you’re over at YouTube, subscribe to my channel as well and do please share with at least 3 people you know will benefit from learning there. (more…)

“Unfailure! How to be sure of your future success.”
by Dr John Kenworthy

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Our real problem isn’t the failure, it’s in assigning blame.

We’re all aware that there are no shortcuts to success. But, have you noticed that success seems to come more easily to some people and not so easily to you?

It’s OK, you’re not alone. In fact, everyone sees it this way. Even that eejit in your class at school. You know, the one in the big house, with the wealthy parents. They got given a swanky BMW for their 18th birthday. Yes, even they look at others and believe that success came more easily to them. And you know what. They probably even look at you and say how ‘lucky’ you are to have so easily been successful.

“Me?” you say.

Yes, you. Because you are successful in so many ways. Perhaps not yet in the specific way you think you would like, but you have a remarkable number of successes under your belt already.

And you know how you achieved those successes?

You failed. Yeap. You heard me right. You failed. Sometimes, you failed miserably, other times you just failed. But you failed nonetheless. And from that failure, you learned to succeed.

This week I’m going to share with you some insights on failure and why it carries such a stigma. Then we’ll look at the positive role of failure and lastly, learn how to embrace failure… or something I’m going to call: Unfailure.”

“How to Learn Faster and Better”
by Dr John Kenworthy

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AdvantEdge Podcast
09-03-2015
All will be well in the morning

All will be well in the morning

My mum would often tell me “all will be well in the morning.” For her, it was just experience and age-old wisdom.

All will be well in the morning

And things always were better in the morning.

Somehow, all the clutter and stress and worry, while, not gone altogether, was, at least more manageable.

As I slept, my brain was free to sort through the problem, process it entirely and put it in a suitable place close to a similar experience in memory. I had learned how to resolve whatever the issue was.

More often than not, it didn’t even need addressing anyway.

How taking a break improves future learning

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How to learn faster and better

My mum would often tell me “all will be well in the morning.” For her, it was just experience and age-old wisdom. And things always were better in the morning.  Somehow, all the clutter and stress and worry, while, not gone altogether, was, at least more manageable. As I slept, my brain was free to […]

Most individuals, who seek coaching for themselves, are going through (or about to embark on) a transition in his or her life:

  1. Taking on a new role or responsibility, or starting in a new industry where you have little experience, but need to gain the skills and experience quickly when you are expected to hit the ground running.
  2. When needing a personal assessment to determine your strengths and weaknesses, and consider what you should be doing in order to maximise your potential.
  3. When striving for promotion or a new position.
  4. When needing to talk through your thought processes, strategies, and plans in order to move forward.
  5. When struggling with certain skills and performance areas, and you wish to improve.
  6. When feeling you have reached a plateau in your career and wanted to explore options.

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