Erik Giasson, the Yogi of Wall Street: His Coaching Philosophies

When I learned 9 months ahead that my job was going to disappear on December 31, 2018, I chose Erik Giasson as a life and career coach, because I could relate to and was impressed by his life story. Like me, he had been an investment banker, but then turned towards “softer” endeavors by becoming a yoga teacher. Also, his website looked great, propped up by his good picture with Tony Robbins.

Whilst Erik Giasson studied with Tony Robbins, his coaching philosophies borrow from a variety of sources, making his contribution quite unique and valuable. I hired him under his 6-months package, which included each month one 90 minute in-person meeting at one of his yoga studios, one 30 minutes phone call, with each event followed by a summary email with homeworks.

I’m extracting here what are for me the essential elements of his teachings.

Focus on Love

For Erik Giasson, love is the starting point of everything. Begin everything you do from a place of love.

Homework #1:

Think about the love you received from: your mother, your father, your siblings, your significant other, your friends, etc.

Ask yourself if you allow them to love you.

Also note all your negative phrases that come back often.

Focus on Giving

With love, the other key teaching of Erik Giasson is the focus on giving to others.

Principles:

1. To feel and be nourished in your professional, family and love life, you need to keep your focus on what you give, rather than on what you receive.

2. We give from a place of abundance, like the sun providing warmth and light in nearly unbounded supply.

3. To give from abundance, one needs to love and to feel loved.

Homework #2:

For each of the important people in your life, e.g. mother, father, significant other, children, friends, etc., ask yourself:

a. Can you truly love them, without conditions?

b. Can you see that all they did for you came from love?

c. Can you give them love in abundance?

Further questions:

d. What do you want from life?

e. Why haven’t you done it before?

Daily Ritual

You need a daily ritual, of the following sort:

1. Take care of your body.

  • Physical exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Great sleep

2. Take care of your heart

  • Standing up with your hands on your heart and eyes closed, take 5 minutes to really feel, live and recall how the significant people in your life love you, how you love them.
  • Have heart emotions: gratitude and compassion, towards specific people or whole groups of people and life in general.
  • Recall that you are lucky to be who you are, with your unique talents, your passions, and the people in your life. That you are lucky in life, lucky to be alive.

3. Take care of your mind

  • Do a formal meditation, 5 to 30 minutes. Start from deep breathing. Eventually add positive thoughts and beliefs about yourself.
  • Reframe what you perceive as your reality: choose to see that what happens to you as an incredible opportunity to be living fully, and choose to use the rest of your live to give yourself to others from a place of abundance
  • Be clear about what you want, and every day make a move that brings you closer
  • Put together your daily ritual, with the above elements curtailed to your specific situation. Get started with using and following it!

The Courage to Succeed

Erik Giasson’s first book was a short mostly autobiographical book with the title “The Courage to Succeed” (only available in French for now) in which he explains 5 principles for success that were handed down to him by a former boss.

We read his remarkable life story, as a dedicated father of 6 children, inheriting his physician father’s sunny disposition to life and generosity towards others, we read about his high-flying career and wealth as a financial trader, his surviving cancer, and his new ventures as a yoga teacher, yoga studio business owner, and branching into life coaching, author, and sought-after motivational speaker. It shows an amazing resilience and strength of character, that are very inspirational.

The 5 principles form the 5 chapters of the book: Accept, Liberation/Freedom, Truth, Act and Trust. In this framework, one applies the principles in this chronological order.

First we accept the reality, we accept life as it is.

Next, we free ourselves from our prisons, our limitations, our assigned roles, etc.

Next, we tell ourselves the truth, about what we want.

Then we act, we take the courage to move towards what we want.

And finally, we need trust, that it will all work out.

How This Worked Out For Me

With 10 years of experience in my new biomedical engineering research career, the sensible advice I received from colleagues and career counselors was to simply get some similar job to the one that got abolished, especially a full professorship that wouldn’t suffer the same problems. While I considered it, I really didn’t feel like it, I was fed up with too many things with the academic system. I was also curious about joining the Artificial Intelligence wave of activity, perhaps in finance or high-tech, but there was much I didn’t like about it also.

With Erik, I got much clearer about needing to try my luck again at being an online entrepreneur, and at helping others through it. That’s how I discovered Wealthy Affiliate, which I highly recommend and with which you can sign up for free initially and at no risk. It has helped me tremendously with developing several websites. In particular, I’ve been focusing with my girlfriend Lynn on growing our website for helping people develop mindful skills.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market of looking for a coach, I highly recommend Erik. As an alternative to hiring him directly, I encourage you to follow the advice and exercises as I reported them in this article.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments and answering your questions below.

As a guide to continue reading on our website, please let me recommend the following:

For self-coaching resources, start with the Path of Least Resistance of Robert Fritz, the Natural Brilliance Model of Paul Scheele and The Portable Coach of Thomas Leonard.

For well-being resources, go to Lynn’s breathing exercises and gratefulness exercises, or about stress symptom signs or transforming negative moods.

For creativity, begin with Image Streaming and the overview of creativity techniques.

For a ritual, give strong consideration to doing the 5 Tibetan morning routine.

For physical exercise, see if the awesome sports of figure skating or acroyoga could be for you.

Finally, for healthy eating, here is an article about convenient healthy lunches.

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6 Responses to Erik Giasson, the Yogi of Wall Street: His Coaching Philosophies

  1. coralie says:

    What a fabulous inspiring post.  Having a career and life coach sure sounds like a real positive thing to be able to have.  Erik sure sounds like he has provided you with some great things to implement in your life to create more of a balanced life.  The daily routines you shared are things that would be great for anyone to do.

    Keeping positives thinking and focusing on providing a healthy lifestyle are things that we can all do to ensure we have a better life.  Great job and I really enjoyed your post.

    • Phil says:

      Thanks very much, Coralie! Indeed, the guidance offered by an excellent life coach is a wonderful tool of empowerment. Of course, it is costly, but for me it was always worth it. Self-coaching, by following some plan, like the daily ritual, is a valid alternative. 

  2. Anthony Hu says:

    Thank you for your post and your introducing Erik Giassoon and his coach program.

    I particularly like his daily ritual. I lack this right now. I think it is important to have a daily ritual and to take care of my body, the first thing of the day. I just practiced “Take care of your heart”. I stand up with my hands on my heart and with eyes closed, recalling my mother and father, their loves on me, and I love them. I am so luck to have such wonderful parents.

    I am going to write the daily ritual down and place it in a place where I can easily see, so that I remember to practice the daily ritual. It is such a nice idea to empower myself.

    It is kind of you sharing the helpful information with us.

    • Phil says:

      Hello Anthony, it is great to hear that you found the post useful, and that you recognize the importance of a daily ritual. Going from no ritual at all to maintaining a ritual every day is a huge step, that is best tackled with smaller steps. You could first start by telling yourself that you commit to having a daily ritual at some point. Then you could design it. Next, you implement it, keeping in mind that it’s OK if it does not work as expected the first times. It will improve with time. This was definitely my experience with this ritual and with the 5 Tibetans.

  3. Suave Solutions says:

    Wow. First off, I want to say thanks for taking the time to compile this article. I really like how Mr.Giasson has set himself on this mission to really help people find their purpose. I know for me I had to find out how to love the hard way. Life is tricky, and before we can reach our full potential we have to affirm who we are. Also, thanks for leaving these links at the bottom of the article. I will definitely check them out when I have the time. I will be returning!

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