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Morra Aarons-Mele: Turning anxiety into your superpower

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Have you ever suffered from anxiety?

We all have anxiety. At best, it gives us energy, drive and ambition, but at its worst it can be debilitating. I haven't met or worked with a leader who isn't anxious. The problem is that not many talk about it privately or even publicly.

My guest in this episode, Morra Aarons-Mele, is raising our consciousness, understanding and practices in all things anxiety. We talk about what causes anxiety, where it shows up at work and in life, and what you can do to create a healthier relationship with it. She also covers how to listen to your inner voice, how to get in tune with your body, and how it reacts in order to understand different triggers and traps. 

I was genuinely and sincerely moved by this conversation, especially given some of my own challenges with loneliness.

“Anxiety is an ancient emotion in our toolkit of emotions for a reason” – Morra Aarons-Mele

You'll hear about:

  • Anxiety’s prevalence in the workplace
  • What to look for with anxiety
  • The biggest thought traps to look out for
  • What has helped Morra in her dark moments?
  • Working with someone struggling with mental health
  • Turning anxiety into a superpower
  • Channelling anxiety more effectively
  • Where does Morra find joy?
  • David’s experience with mental health

About Morra Aarons-Mele:

Morra Aarons-Mele is a global speaker, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. Winner of the 2023 Media Award from Mental Health America. Shortlisted for the 2023 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award for Leadership.

Morra is author of The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears Into Your Leadership Superpower, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Her resources:

•Book ‘The Anxious Achiever’:

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