#71 Transforming Pain into Power With Brian Pennie

The 360 Leadhership Podcast, Episode 71, 03 May 2023 by Lucy Gernon

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In this mind-blowing episode of The Powerhouse Revolution Podcast, I am joined by Brian Pennie, former heroin addict turned author, speaker, PhD candidate, university lecturer, and life-change strategist.

Brian is a former heroin addict turned doctor who’s on a mission to show people that change is possible. Since embracing his second chance at life in 2013, he has become a doctor of neuroscience and psychology, a lecturer at the top two universities in Ireland, an executive coach to some of Ireland’s most influential leaders, and a consultant to some of the world’s largest organisations. He is also a keynote speaker, best-selling author and founder and CEO of Change is Possible.

Brian and I chat about the power of reframing the narrative, the importance of taking things day by day, and how to overcome the fear of rejection.

Brian also shares his expertise on the concept of manifestation and sheds light on the idea that we are the ancestors of the anxious, fearful monkey, and how this plays a role in our lives today (yes, really!).

Below is just one of the comprehensive subjects that Brian covers to show you that you can overcome ANYTHING and become the best version of yourself

Negativity Bias: 5 Tips to Overcome and Build Self-Belief

Negativity bias is a natural human tendency to focus more on negative events or experiences than positive ones. While this helped our ancestors survive in a dangerous world, it can make it difficult to maintain a positive mindset and build self-belief.

The good news is that with conscious effort, you can train your brain to overcome negativity bias and develop a more optimistic outlook. Here are five tips to help you do just that:

Practice gratitude and mindfulness

A gratitude practice can help shift your focus from negative to positive experiences. Start each day by listing three things you are grateful for and try to be present in the moment as you do so. Mindfulness meditation can also be helpful in building awareness of your thoughts and feelings and developing a more positive outlook.

Build a wall of evidence for self-belief

If you want to build self-belief in a particular area, break it down into small steps and focus on building evidence of your successes along the way. For example, if you want to become a better public speaker, start by watching TED Talks and practicing at home, and gradually build up your confidence.

Challenge negative thoughts

When you notice a negative thought, challenge it. Ask yourself if it’s really true, and look for evidence to the contrary. You may find that many of your negative thoughts are not based in reality.

Surround yourself with positive influences

Spending time with positive people and consuming positive content can help shift your mindset toward the positive. Seek out uplifting books, podcasts, and social media accounts, and spend time with people who inspire and support you.

Take action despite fear

Finally, remember that fear and discomfort are normal when you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Don’t wait for the fear to go away before taking action; instead, take small steps despite the fear. Over time, you’ll build confidence and self-belief.

It may take some effort to overcome negativity bias and build self-belief, but these tips can help you shift your mindset and develop a more positive outlook. With practice, you can train your mind to see the world in a more optimistic light and achieve your goals with confidence.

Here’s this week’s episode at a glance:

[16:32] The surprising strategies you NEED to reframe your mindset and change the narrative

[21:19] The ULTIMATE guide to challenging your thinking and unlocking your personal growth

[29:32] Brian’s secret to overcoming your fear of rejection and achieving your goals

[34:15] The life-changing power of manifestation: Here’s how to do it right!

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