Sean Brawley has dedicated the past 25 years to helping people from all walks of life elevate their performance and unlock their potential.  As a facilitator and coach, he has custom designed highly unique, experiential programs for many well-known organizations such as GE, ITT, the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and the U.S. Tennis Association.  Sean was also the primary mental coach for the USC football team for 9 years and helped Pete Carroll and the Trojans win 2 national championships.

In episode 10, Sean starts by explaining the power of our attention.  It’s critically important to pay attention to how we pay attention.  He says: “how you pay attention and where you pay attention is determining everything that’s happening in your life.”

Although the mind is easily distracted, the art of paying attention is a skill that can be improved through practice.  For Sean, meditation is a powerful tool he uses every day to help control the mind.

Many people struggle with getting in their own way, even self-sabotage.  Sean explains that often times, this is rooted in early developmental trauma.  He tells us to be gentle with ourselves: “when you get to that place where you can bring loving presence to some of the most difficult feelings and emotions we have like shame and guilt, the whole inner world changes completely.”

Sean believes that much of this inner work requires a support system.  He says he couldn’t have done it on his own: “there’s hope in reaching out.”

At the end of our conversation, Sean shares some beautiful honesty about his own journey: “Life is not easy, it’s filled with suffering, it’s filled with problems.   The key is developing the capacity to not get knocked off balance in the first place.  You can learn it.  I’m living proof.”

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