The philosophy by which I live my life and approach my work comes down to truth and understanding. I believe it is these elements that create Real Power in our lives. After almost a decade working as a professional coach combined with a life dedicated to personal growth it has become glaringly obvious that we are much more powerful than we think. And this is true regardless of our past and current circumstances and conditions.
The search for truth often looks like the harder way to travel, but nothing could be further from the truth (go figure!). Self-deception, delusion, limiting beliefs, and poor habits are the hardest way. Coping mechanisms and defenses may be comfortable and work for a while, but eventually, act as a trap.
In my work I primarily draw from Western psychology and philosophy, Zen/mindfulness, and the science of life and business coaching. The art of coaching is to meet each individual with sensitivity and understanding. There are no silver bullets or perfect systems, different people need different approaches. Creativity, intuition and spontaneity are my core guiding principles.
It seems clear to me that there exists common functional principles underlying all realms of nature. From quantum physics to chemistry to biology and psychology. Natural laws are unbreakable laws and when we fight against them, we inevitably end up breaking ourselves. On the other hand, a correct understanding of and an ability to work in harmony with these principles creates a good life, rich in every way.
Human beings are mostly made up of untapped potential. The task at hand is to realize as much of the potential seeded within as we possibly can. To aid us, we have been bestowed with the remarkable power to consciously choose. Only the human organism is able to wake up in the morning and say, “Today I’m going to become a better man,” and actually become it.
Pain such as sickness, injury and loss is an inherent part of life, but that doesn’t have to create unhappiness. Suffering, or psychological pain, is ultimately self-generated. This means that you, and only you, are holding all the cards.
Why do suffering even exist? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn answered this question by saying, “The lotus grows out of the mud.” In other words “problems” can be seen as fuel for change and transformation— growth opportunities in disguise.