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We explore the science, the stories, and the strategies of navigating challenge and discomfort.

This is a mental wellbeing and performance podcast aimed at improving our ability to step outside our comfort zones and take on challenges, whether they be in pursuit of our goals, or the ones life hands to us from time to time.

Join Chris Desmond and guests for some fascinating discussions.

Uncomfortable is OK Podcast Chris Desmond

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 6 Ratings

We explore the science, the stories, and the strategies of navigating challenge and discomfort.

This is a mental wellbeing and performance podcast aimed at improving our ability to step outside our comfort zones and take on challenges, whether they be in pursuit of our goals, or the ones life hands to us from time to time.

Join Chris Desmond and guests for some fascinating discussions.

    UIOK 304: Portia Bing, you're never too cool to try

    UIOK 304: Portia Bing, you're never too cool to try

    Portia Bing, counter fraud advisor and international track and field athlete joins the podcast.
     
    Our conversation explores the complexities of life, of performance, leadership, identity and personal growth with the lens of sportplaced over the top.
     
    We chat through
    - Experimentation and refining processes
    - Watching for gaps that you can leverage or develop your skillset
    - The power of eliminating options
    - The joy of improving when you're a beginner
    - The value of having multiple areas of focus
    - The challenges of missing Olympic selection
    - Creating an internal pivot
    - Reciprocally providing value in relationships
    - The value of diverse backgrounds and experience in creating innovative solutions
    - Understanding when to let go
    - Creating a ripple effect of impact 
    - and of course getting UNCOMFORTABLE
     
    This episode is brought to you by www.healthmentors.nz
    Improving performance through health and wellbeing
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    UIOK 303: MY Health Plan

    UIOK 303: MY Health Plan

    Recently I put together a short e-book helping people to craft an individualised health plan.
     
    This episode is the audio version of the book plus occasional off script commentary around part of the topic
     
    This episode is proudly brought to you be www.healthmentors.nz

    • 34 min
    UIOK 302: Belinda Morgan, solving the part time puzzle

    UIOK 302: Belinda Morgan, solving the part time puzzle

    What does the future of work look like? How does it look for organisations? How does it look for you and me?
    They way we work is evolving and at times it's butting up against a lot of the social constructs we've previously held tight about what work is.
    Belinda Morgan, flexible work expert and author of "Solving the part time puzzle" joins the podcast to help us make sense of this change and how it benefits us as individuals, as well as organisations.
    Bel brings her expertise to the conversation and I bring some of my experiences working part time, and spending time as full time Dad for 11 months, plus the unconscious biases I had to face in that journey.

    • 40 min
    UIOK 301: Callum McKirdy, thinking different about thinking different

    UIOK 301: Callum McKirdy, thinking different about thinking different

    Callum McKirdy joins us un the podcast. Callum is all about amplifying the power of ADHD+ minds. He is a speaker, author, facilitator host of the "You, Me and ADHD podcast" and author of the the upcoming book "Tilt: thinking differently about thinking differently"
    This is a conversation about understanding ourselves, and our superpowers and wading through the internal messiness as we do it.
    We chat through
    - Watching and understanding people
    - Watching and understanding ourselves
    - The power of people who think differently
    - Embracing your quirks and differences
    - Questioning "best practice"
    - Callum's experience with his ADHD
    - Working super hard to be "average" at certain tasks
    - Dealing with our internal chaos
    - Putting on a face to the rest of the world
    - Including diversity in the workplace
    - Starting with stupid so we can get to better
    - Getting comfortable with looking like a Dick

    • 42 min
    UIOK 300: James Brummer-Taylor, the business of high performance

    UIOK 300: James Brummer-Taylor, the business of high performance

    Wahoo 300 episode's not out
     
    In this special episode I'm joined by James Brummer-Taylor. International business consultant, Venture Capitalist, entreprenuer, and best man at my wedding.
     
    James has spent over a decade inside a multitude of companies helping them to perform better across all aspects of their business. He has seen the themes that drive high performance, and also the things that don't work so well.
     
    More recently James has left his decade long comfort zone in operational and strategic consulting to take on the new challenges of being a venture capitalist and entrepreneur
    Today we talk through

    What makes a high performer
    Helpful mindset shifts
    Becoming a business athlete
    The power of practice and repetition
    James' 5 tips for improving your personal performance
    How James looks after his health to support his performance
    And how we can build our capacity to take on challenges

     
    This episode is proudly brought to you by https://www.healthmentors.nz/ 
    Reach out to Chris with questions or topics chris@healthmentors.nz 

    • 58 min
    UIOK 299: Luke McFarlane Kiwi Dude's talking mental health

    UIOK 299: Luke McFarlane Kiwi Dude's talking mental health

    This week on the podcast I'm joined by an old High School mate, Luke McFarlane.
    Luke and a couple of his mates have set up The Lighthouse Project Charitable Trust which aims to raise money for local legends doing their bit to improve men's mental health here in New Zealand.
    Earlier this year, Luke and his mates road tripped 6000km around New Zealand in 12 days stopping at 24 prominent Kiwi lighthouses along the way, and catching up with local legends striving to improve wellbeing in their communities.
    In this episode we talk through

    Luke's journey with his mental health
    The ins and outs of 4 dudes in a campervan for 12 days on a tight schedule
    Some of the awesome people working to improve the health of Kiwis
    Opening up the conversation around mental health with your mates
    Role modelling honesty in how we are actually doing
    What the Lighthouse Project is striving for
    Challenges of fatherhood
    Some ways that we like to look after ourselves

    Connect with the Lightlhouse Project https://www.facebook.com/The-Lighthouse-Project-104248205242011
     
    This episode is proudly brought to you by https://www.healthmentors.nz/ 
    Reach out to Chris with questions or topics chris@healthmentors.nz 

    • 56 min

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