27 episodes

Sharpen Your Sword is a metaphor for the ongoing process of our personal development. Sword is meant to be interchangeable with whatever you want, whether it be your leadership skills, communication skills, mindset or any area of your life that you’re looking to improve and refine. Guests include entrepreneurs, athletes, authors, experts in the fields of fitness, health and wellness, science, psychology, spirituality and many more. I’ll dive into their life experiences, mindsets and the wisdom they have cultivated along their journey thus far. My mission is for you to be able to immediately apply the insights you gain from this show in order to enhance your experience of life.

Sharpen Your Sword Brock Richard

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Sharpen Your Sword is a metaphor for the ongoing process of our personal development. Sword is meant to be interchangeable with whatever you want, whether it be your leadership skills, communication skills, mindset or any area of your life that you’re looking to improve and refine. Guests include entrepreneurs, athletes, authors, experts in the fields of fitness, health and wellness, science, psychology, spirituality and many more. I’ll dive into their life experiences, mindsets and the wisdom they have cultivated along their journey thus far. My mission is for you to be able to immediately apply the insights you gain from this show in order to enhance your experience of life.

    27. Liberate Your Mind with Dr. Steven C. Hayes

    27. Liberate Your Mind with Dr. Steven C. Hayes

    Dr. Steven Hayes is a Professor of Psychology in the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada and the author of 46 books and nearly 650 scientific articles. 
    He is especially known for his work on "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" or “ACT” which is one of the most widely used and researched new methods of psychological intervention over the last 20 years. 
    Dr. Hayes has received several national awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. 
    His popular book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for a time was the best-selling self-help book in the United States, and his new book A Liberated Mind has been recently released to wide acclaim. His TEDx talks have been viewed by over 600,000 people, and he is ranked among the most cited psychologists in the world.
     
    Some things we talk about ––
    The ACT method (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) How to stop identifying with negative thoughts and emotions The “Defusion” technique for taking power away from those negative thoughts Perfectionism, people pleasing and my unlearning process with those traits Ways to address fear and anxiety and if we can really reframe anxiety as excitement when it comes to speaking or performing.  
    Connect with Dr. Steven Hayes:
    Website: https://stevenchayes.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevenchayesphd/
    TEDx Talks: Psychological Flexibility // Mental Brakes to Avoid Mental Breaks
    The ACT Tool Kit: https://stevenchayes.com/my-act-toolkit/
    Books: https://stevenchayes.com/books/
     
     
    Connect with Brock:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockevanrichard
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brockrichard_
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    26. Mindfulness & Calm During Chaos with Katarina Gleisberg

    26. Mindfulness & Calm During Chaos with Katarina Gleisberg

    Katarina Gleisberg is a mindfulness educator, coach, and co-creator of the “Calm During Chaos” Mindfulness course alongside Nathan Todd who was on the podcast a few episodes ago.
    After teaching students of various ages in three countries, she was struck by the commonality that students of all backgrounds showed greater attention, calm, productivity, and collaboration after a short mindfulness practice. 
    She then evolved her teaching focus to spread mindfulness and its holistic health benefits including greater attention, compassion, stress-relief, life satisfaction, empowerment, and even strengthened immunity.
    She wants us all to know that mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, any time, free of charge by anyone.
     
    In this episode we talk about ––
     
    –– How she discovered mindfulness in her professional life
     
    –– The TAPS (Total and perfect silence) technique and the impact of mindfulness in kids with different personality types
     
    –– What mindfulness is NOT
     
    –– The two wings of mindfulness
      
    –– How she inadvertently wound up in the local newspaper   
     
    –– The R.A.I.N. technique for starting to process emotions
     
    Connect with Katarina:
    "Calm During Chaos" Mindfulness eCourse: https://bit.ly/2ygmGqP
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katarinagleisberg/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2b2F6lyEUK9P0U_BIIAXOA
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/katarinagleisberg/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Katarina-Gleisberg-Mindful-Teaching-207630459925723/?modal=admin_todo_tour
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katarina-gleisberg-19b466a8/
    Website: ellteachershare.com
     
    Connect with Brock:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockevanrichard
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brockrichard_

    • 1 hr 4 min
    25. Bridging the Gap Between Spirituality, Psychology and Science with Zack Alexander

    25. Bridging the Gap Between Spirituality, Psychology and Science with Zack Alexander

    Zack Alexander has been on quite the healing journey as you’ll hear in this episode. We actually went to the same high school but never really had a conversation until our paths crossed on Instagram a couple weeks ago so we decided to sit down and record a podcast. 
    Zack is a Holistic Life Coach who incorporates a Trauma-Informed approach to his practices.
    He uses a number of alternative therapies including spiritual awakening counseling, mindfulness/meditative techniques, somatic healing and reiki/energy healing.
     
    Some things we talk about ––
     
    His 4 Year battle with a mystery illness which was eventually diagnosed as schistosomiasis  
    The realization he had that allowed him to be resilient through that process  
    How he was opened up alternative healing modalities  
    His message to those who are skeptics about chakras, meridians and energy healing  
    How to reconcile generational conditioning, programming and trauma  
    Why the collective nervous system has gone haywire and what to do about it    
    Masculine vs. Feminine Energy   
    What is spiritual bypassing?   
    Connect with Zack: 
     
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/zaenergetics
    YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCws8TrW-KsBCM8vB552MZpw
    Website | https://www.zaenergetics.com
     
    Connect with Brock:  
     
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/brockevanrichard
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/brockrichard_
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/brockrich
     
     

    • 47 min
    24. Paradigm Shifting, Shadow Work & Spiritual Awakening with Chris Delaney

    24. Paradigm Shifting, Shadow Work & Spiritual Awakening with Chris Delaney

    Chris Delaney is someone I’ve only known for a few months, but have already learned so much from. He’s one of the most intentional people I’ve ever met when it comes to his work. His mission is to consciously change the way humanity learns and connects globally through the platform, Life Unchained, cofounded by him and his partner Danielle. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    Chris is a also speaker, mentor, business advisor, and outspoken advocate for men’s mental health.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    Prior to this, Chris was an award winning sales and leadership trainer for small businesses and in the Fortune 500 spaces.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    We discuss a lot of topics in this episode which could all be an episode of their own, so I guarantee I’ll be having him back on in the future.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
     
    Some things we talked about ––
     
    His advice on dealing with fear  
    What the spiritual journey really is and what “awakening” can look like  
    The most important questions we should be asking ourselves…  
    What our shadow is and where do we start with understanding it and incorporating it?  
    Why “ego death” is not the proper terminology to use   
    His experience of being dead for a few minutes  
    This is officially my longest podcast to date, so I hope you guys are enjoying the long form style of these episodes because that’s how I feel that we can learn the most from those I get to connect with.
     
    Connect with Chris:
     
    Facebook ––
    https://www.facebook.com/chris.delaney.370515
    https://www.facebook.com/trivibecollective/
     
    Instagram ––
    https://www.instagram.com/trivibecollective/
    https://www.instagram.com/yourlifeunchained/
     
    YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/yourlifeunchained
     
    Website ––
    https://yourlifeunchained.com
    https://www.intentionalconnector.com
     
     
    Connect with Brock:  
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/brockevanrichard
     

    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/brockrichard_
     

    Twitter | https://twitter.com/brockrich
     
    Resources Mentioned:
     
    Conscious Competence Learning Model
    Wim Hof Method
    75 Hard
    Principles by Ray Dalio
     

    • 1 hr 21 min
    23. The Antidote to Fear

    23. The Antidote to Fear

    What is the antidote to fear? I don't mean to break your heart, but I don't have the answer. I do share some thoughts though around what I believe can help us dispel the virus called fear.
    There are ways in which fear serves us and absolutely has a purpose, but more often than not, it lives in the future and around a narrative that we're not going to be okay.
    That perceived future looks different for everyone, but as I see so many affected by this, myself included, I weigh in on a few things that might serve us when we're experiencing this low vibration energy.
     
    Connect with Brock:  

    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/brockevanrichard

    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/brockrichard_

    Twitter | https://twitter.com/brockrich
     

    • 11 min
    22. Becoming a Brain Warrior with Neal Phalora

    22. Becoming a Brain Warrior with Neal Phalora

    Neal Phalora has built quite a resumé for himself.
    He is a serial entrepreneur, published speaker, and relationship coach. 
    Neal became interested in human behavior and the mind at a very young age which is what really informed his path today.
    He takes his 10 year background in life coaching and brain science to help his clients with what he calls TheBrainWarrior Method, and he helps visionaries and leaders have better relationships with themselves and the people they serve.
     
    Some things we talk about ––
     
    –– What he’s been able to lean on during this period of uncertainty
     
    –– Why positive thinking isn’t enough by itself
     
    –– Why we as humans have such a hard time receiving
     
    –– What it means to be “Compassionately Curious”
     
    –– Networking and relationship building advice
     
    Neal is a salt of the earth guy all around and it really comes through in this interview, so I really hope you enjoy.
     
    Connect with Neal:
     
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/phalora
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/thebrainwarrior/
    Website | https://www.thebrainwarrior.com/
     
     
    Connect with Brock:
     
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/brockevanrichard
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/brockrichard_
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/brockrich

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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56 Ratings

Lovemyrun! ,

I appreciate Brock’s genuine soul.

You’re a leader that brings calm, balance and wisdom along with the challenge to stop, breathe and think. Grateful!!

Travis_K444 ,

Inightful and Informative

I’m very grateful to have been recommended this podcast by a friend! I really appreciate the flow of the conversations and I’ve enjoyed listening to the experiences and insights from the guests that have been on. Looking forward to any and all future episodes to support my personal growth

jricarves ,

Truly sharpens ones sword!

Brock has conversations with very interesting and thought provoking people. Brock has a unique means to interacting with his guests that makes each episode most interesting and stimulating with some fresh approaches to a variety of topics. The variety of guests make for exciting mindful experiences on many topics of interest to anyone seeking relaxation, mindfulness means and peaceful means to living and handling everyday events. Well worth the time spent listening to each episode. Your mental abilities will definitely be sharpened.

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