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EXAMINER: Peterborough Petes Mental Performance Coach has New Book on Conquering Fear

Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner

Mike Davies/Peterborough Examiner

The greatest obstacle to success on the field or off it is often fear, says the Peterborough Petes’ mental performance coach.

Fear of failure, fear of what others will think, fear of the unknown are challenges faced not just by elite athletes but by everyone, says Brenley Shapiro.

While some of her new book relates to athletic performance there are strategies for everyone in Fearless: Inspiring Greatness From Within. Shapiro launched the book, with help from Petes staff and players, at Chapters on Saturday afternoon.

“Working with high-level athletes and high-level performers in general, I always feel fear is one of the biggest barriers for success and productivity,” said Shapiro. “The motive for the book was to help people break through fear. It’s a natural human emotion. You’re going to have fears and insecurities whether it’s on the ice or just life in general.

“I wanted to take the work I do to help athletes and high-level performers and apply those strategies to your own personal or professional life. It’s also for parents to be able to help kids who are going through the wonderful world of competitive sport to help make the journey a lot more enjoyable along the way. How do you live your best life and how do you be the best you that you can be?”

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