Let's not beat around the bush, it's really bloody tough being a rock-solid creative leader these days – let alone a rockstar. The pressure to be brilliant is immense. The recovery periods are next to none existent. And the time to sit down and ‘get shit done’ has fallen off the face of the proverbial cliff.
In an effort to keep up, burn bright, and remain relevant, we push our brain to the limit, push our nervous system to red-alert, and run ourselves ragged – with an immune system that's battered to buggery and a mind that's soaked in fear.
And despite what the self-help brigade may tell you, and the mindfulness bores may say, following your breath, worshiping at the alter of yoga, or filling out a brightly coloured 'Wheel of Life' is NOT the way to crush it at work.
TO CRUSH IT AT WORK WITHOUT WORK CRUSHING YOU, YOUR TEAMS OR YOUR MARRIAGE, YOU NEED TO PRESSURE-PROOF YOUR BRAIN, DECLUTTER YOUR MIND, AND ELIMINATE YOUR BULL.
Rocky may have gotten away with a brain like putty. But in a high-stake business like ours, where sharpness of thinking, depth-of-thought, and Olympic Gold medal standard mental-gymnastics are critical for longterm success and professional survival, driving your number one tool-of-the-trade into the ground is not a smart idea.
But because we've not been taught how to pressure-proof our brain, declutter our mind, and turn fight-or-flight into flow-and-excel, the bulldozers in our skull continue to collide, the doubt in our gut continues to grow, and the chatter in our head continues to ask, 'Why d'you fuckin' bother?'
Over the past 24 months I’ve interviewed hundreds of creative leaders all over the world about their baseline emotional state, and their answers aren't pretty.
92% SAY THEY'RE STRESSED OUT AND ANXIOUS. 68% SAY THEY'RE ANGRY AND INSECURE. 65% FEEL UNDERVALUED AND DISENGAGED. AND 56% SAY THEY ARE, OR HAVE BEEN, BURNT OUT– WITH 21% SAYING "NOT YET!”
Those are worrying stats.
Not just because they make you feel shitty, frozen, and vulnerable as hell, but because they’re the foot-soldiers of the biggest slayer of sustainable high performance in our neurology: fear.
And fear doesn’t just hijack your happiness, castrate your creativity, and run a blade through your relationships. It obliterates your sense of perspective, robs you of your sense of self, purpose and direction, and drops a H-Bomb on your hopes, dreams and wildly-important aspirations.
But despite the sleepless nights, migraine attacks, and ever-present sense of pervading doom, we keep on telling ourselves that stress is our fuel, anxiety is our motivation, and one day all of this madness will pay off.
And both you and I know that's just the bullshit talking.
IN THE CUT-THROAT RACE FOR BIG IDEAS, BETTER THAN BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE, AND ROCK-SOLID LEADERSHIP, YOU CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO LET FEAR RUN RIOT, AND LEAVE FLOW TO CHANCE.
After years of coaching some of the smartest, sharpest, most brilliant creative brains on the planet, I can tell you one thing for sure – box-breathing and mindful-navel-gazing may chill you out a bit. Yoga and meditation may mask some of the stress you’re under. And the walking-talking-cowboys from coaching kindergarten may make you good at making pointless lists and colourful charts.
But because none of that stuff actively rewires the subconscious programming that's PREVENTING you from unleashing your full potential, reconnecting with your long-lost swagger, and hacking into your A-game while the madness goes on all around you (and it will go on all around you), they won’t make a jot of difference to your longterm pursuit for creative excellence, work/life balance, and an anti-fragile sense of CONTROl, CERTAINTY and CLARITY.
But IGNITING, AMPLIFYING and SUSTAINING professional-grade flow will.
Flow is the secret sauce to sustainable high performance. It's the optimum state of human consciousness, and the fuel your mainlining when you feel your best and perform your best.
When you're in flow the effortful becomes effortless, the time/space continuum bends to fit your purposes, and NOTHING feels out of your control, beyond your capabilities, or impossible to handle.
Stress, self-doubt, anxiety and that little bastard called Imposter Syndrome makes a run for the hills, negative head-chatter takes a sock in the mouth, and when you eliminate the subconscious bullshit that's been holding it back, you can live your entire life in flow, not just the highlights in the bath.
And that's my mission for every person I coach.
To flip their switch from fear to flow by delivering the psychological tools, techniques and step-by-step frameworks needed to make courage, confidence and ferocious curiosity the baseline state, the hardwired trait, and the default-mode under pressure. Because that's what life's about, right?
I CALL MYSELF A 'COACH' BUT I'M NOT LIKE OTHER COACHES. I DON’T TALK LIKE THEM. I DON'T THINK LIKE THEM. AND I DON'T MUCH LIKE THEM -- OR THE POP-PSYCH THEY PEDDLE.
WHICH MEANS I'M TRAINED, CERTIFIED AND INSURED TO TACKLE ANYTHING YOU BRING TO THE TABLE. NOTHING IS OFF BOUNDS. NOTHING IS TOO DEEP OR TOO DARK. AND I'LL LET NOTHING HOLD YOU BACK – ESPECIALLY THE SUBCONSCIOUS BULLSHIT YOU TELL YOURSELF.
So if you want change fast. You want change profound. And you want change that sticks like bricks when the shit gets cray, you don't need a cheese-ball to coach you on your timekeeping. You don't need a hippie to teach you how to breath. And you don't need to look any further than the contact form at the bottom of this page.