Episode from the podcastSpartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!

Does Quitting make you More Likely to Quit? Joe De Sena asks neurosurgeon Dr. Mark McLaughlin

Released Tuesday, 1st September 2020
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A brain surgeon, author, and wrestling coach Dr. McLaughlin knows how obstacles affect your body & mind. He explains the science behind quitting and its effects on the brain, and why it’s critical to overcome obstacles. We get good at what we do, which includes quitting. Through his life experiences, he’s learned to metabolize fear using what he calls “Cognitive Dominance.” It allows you to make quick decisions in stressful situations, something we all need! Don’t be limited by fear and always keep challenging your brain! 

  1. You are what you repeatedly do 
  2. Challenge your brain 
  3. Follow your circadian rhythms 
  4. Don’t let fear limit you 
  5. You can metabolize fear in a healthy way 

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0:25 Joe intros this episode 
1:50 Interview begins with wrestling 
3:00 His family's history & beginnings of weightlifting 
7:15 The psychology of quitting 
9:00 Challenging your brain 
12:00 Parenting strategies 
14:00 Training good habits 
15:30 Earn your breakfast 
17:10 Camp Spartan on Youtube 
19:45 Rites of passage 
22:45 Limitations of fear 
25:30 Overcoming anxiety of perceived failures 
27:00 Cognitive dominance and advanced situational awareness 
28:00 A map to metabolize fear 
29:00 Alchemy in transformation 
30:00 Quadrants of the subjective and objective 
32:00 Go towards your fear 
33:00 Joe debriefs what he learned 

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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena 
Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye send their regards :)  

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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