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Can You Make It Safe To Struggle? Podcast with Dr. Adam Fraser

Dr. Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organizations adopt a high-performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. Adam has worked with elite athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last eight years, he has delivered more than 1200 presentations to over 300,000 people in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Adam is also the author of four best-selling books, including his latest one, Strive, which I’m looking forward to delving into today.

In this episode, we explore the benefits of struggle when it comes to our learning and growth and the four practical steps we can take to get more comfortable with struggle.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:35] – Adam shares what enables us to strive
  • [06:46] – Adam talks about why we need to make struggle our friend
  • [07:55] – Adam explains about the value of negative emotions
  • [12:26] – Adam introduces foreground and background behaviors that support striving.
  • [13:24] – Adam outlines the SAFE foreground behaviors and how we can learn to sit with discomfort.
  • [18:13] – Adam offers tips for accepting our struggle without judgment.
  • [23:29] – Adam shares how the focus of our struggle can be development, learning, and growth.
  • [26:53] – Adam explains how we can engage in the most constructive behaviors even in the midst of struggle.
  • [34:11] – Adam enters the lightning round

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