I read yesterday an article reminding me about the importance of using principles for guidance. For example, money principles help you with realizing your money goals and getting out of vicious cycles. Similarly, an effective principle for bloggers is to write regularly, some even say daily. And for a website about creativity like this one, what could be better than using creativity techniques to get oneself unstuck?
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.
I have a PhD. As a first rule, you need a PhD to become a scientist.
What is a PhD? It is a Doctorate in Philosophy. A doctorate is an advanced degree. In the French language, the word “doctorate” sounds the same as “wise rat”. This is an apt description of what getting a PhD would do to you. Would you like to be known by all in heaven as a wise rat? Great, then keep reading.
Why a doctorate in philosophy, of all topics? Why not a doctorate in video gaming, or simply in the science of computers, or whatever else you really want to know about? Aside from historical reasons, my main explanation for why it is in “philosophy” is because the holders of PhDs tend to flock together in that they have an interest at some level for deep questions regarding life, and a patience with looking for the answers. Does this sound like you?
A Clear Path in the Forest As a Metaphor for Achieving Your Goals
Yesterday, I wrote about Robert Fritz’s Path of Least Resistance, the technique that was the most efficient at making big changes in my life and resulting in achieving big goals. Today, I continue with another general model which is excellent at achieving medium-to-large goals, and which is more intuitive and straightforward to learn and to use.
This model is the Natural Brilliance model, and it was developed and marketed by Paul Scheele and his company, Learning Strategies Corporation. This company has many excellent self-development products, which I will do a review on soon.
Many of these products including the Natural Brilliance model itself have strong roots into the Neuro-Linguistic Programming movement, and also use the paraliminal technology, which is related to self-hypnosis and which consists of pleasant recordings where the left and right ears hear different sounds and messages.
My goal here is to explain the Natural Brilliance model in a few words, so you can immediately apply it to your life. Read More
A Waterfall in Iceland as a Metaphor for The Path of Least Resistance
Is there one thing that you really want in your life, that just keeps seeming out of reach? Or are you already pretty good as a creator, but would like to understand better how that happened and how to keep being good at it?
Here I want to tell you about an amazing method for getting what you want, explained in the works of Robert Fritz, especially in his first book, The Path of Least Resistance.
The “Path of least resistance” is a familiar metaphor for how the world works, following the easiest path: whether it’s us lazy humans that just keep doing what we’ve always done, or inanimate things that fall along a straight line under the pull of gravity.
Robert Fritz’s “discovery” consisted in an especially clear understanding and aptitude to explain it to others, of how to harness this natural physical force.
Here’s how this simple idea of the path of least resistance can really transform your life into one that is single-guided towards achieving what you really want: it’s by building structures in your life that are such that by being your lazy self, you can do no other than create the results that you want. Read More
Many want to have a balanced life, but have no idea what that would look like, let alone reaching it.
I have made a good deal of progress towards having a balanced life myself, starting from just the opposite: in my previous careers, I was a workaholic. You could call this post the “Epilogue to the Story of a Recovering Workaholic.”
I didn’t get to have a balanced life in a day: it took years to build it from the workaholic starting point of my old past. It was very much worth the effort, and I want to encourage you to find inspiration to make changes in your own life from taking a look at my example. Read More