Most approaches to achieving optimal human flourishing has only half the answer, or totally wrong.
There is a perception that in order to achieve personal success and overcome obstacles in life, ALL that is required is to change the way you think. In other words, the classical way of ‘thinking’ about behavior change is to first change the way one thinks in order to then optimize the way one wants to feel and behave in the world (think positive thinking as an example). This is a very narrow understanding of our optimal self, and in most instances completely inefficient.
At Embodied Performance Coaching we take a radical counter mainstream approach to achieving optimal flourishing in life (and by default your career).
In order to behave and feel the way you most want to, we argue that you need to run behavior change backwards. In other words, rather than starting from changing how you think to achieve success in your life, you first need to learn how to change your behavior (for example: how you engage with your emotions, your feelings, how you breath and so on). Our research has show than in doing so, by learning to change your behavior first when dealing with uncomfortable, sticky experiences – your thoughts, feelings and perceptions naturally fall in line with the behavior change you have successfully made.
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While our feelings, thoughts and our memories are all very complicated, our behaviors are very concrete. For example, when faced with overwhelming stress, your heart rate increases, your breathing accelerates, and the way you would like to think can be hijacked by your emotions. All of these behaviors, the way they body primes itself to deal with problems are innate, automatic and useful. But for most people, they allow these behaviors to control all of their experiences with incessant worry, self defeating thoughts, anxiety and so on.
When it comes to wanting to shift the way you function, to get better, to perform better, to show up with clarity, or to move away from bad habits, it comes down to behavior change first, then your perceptions, feelings and thoughts will follow in the direction you most want them too.
The truth is, as much as our emotions, our thoughts and memories occupy much of the experience of our lives, it is only in things we do, the actions we take, that impact both ourselves, others and the world at large. By learning to engage with how your embodiment (all of yourself) shows up in your life, and your career, and having the necessary skills to manage your inner experience in the direction of the behaviors you most want to bring into your world, is the key to optimal flourishing.
Embodied-Performance Coaching (EPC) is a bespoke optimal human flourishing consultancy specializing in delivering training designed to help individuals, teams and organizations manage the complexity of life and work through self-management.
Our programs include a deep theoretical and applied methodology grounded in research. We draw from diverse fields, which include, but not limited to neuroscience, embodied-cognition, performance psychology and mindfulness-in-action (the topic of Dr. King’s PhD).
EPC is led by Dr. Rodney King. Rodney has spent three decades learning, practicing and coaching inner management skills, the bedrock of optimal human flourishing. He has taught special force military teams how to enhance their inner resiliency for life and death encounters and he has taught thousands of people around the world through workshops on how to achieve inner success in peak performance environments.
Rodney’s approach to inner management training is grounded in his own personal experience as a life long martial artist, and social scientist. He spent several years researching the role mindfulness can play in leadership performance.
He has taught his approach to optimal human flourishing at companies such as Google, AirBnB, Facebook, Singapore Airlines to name just a few.