What Happens When Smart People Think Stupid

"What Happens When Smart People Think Stupid"

Is it possible that you have everything it takes to achieve what you yearn for and what, I believe, is already rightfully yours? Maybe the reason why you have not achieved the level of success you want and deserve is because of the limitations you place on yourself.

I know that was the case for me up until three years ago. How could I go from having a thriving yet (very) small private practice to helping thousands? To help the masses refine their clarity and gain the mindset required to reach their potential, to arrive at their Olympics? Who would listen to me and find value in what I had to say at Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and globally? I consider myself as a relatively smart person, but that was sure stupid thinking.

Companies like Google Ventures, Autodesk, CapitalOne, Bank of America, and VMware (to name a few) have listened the last couple of years. Up next, a national podcast tour for my upcoming book, "ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU" and major speaking engagements in 2019.

It’s to share with you because, as I started believing in myself three years ago, I believe in you. I care so deeply about your success, and your joy.  Also, I will not allow stupid thinking to get in the way of your next big win.


Here are a couple possible results when smart people think stupid and how you can avoid this trap:

Example #1

Not so productive: 
I failed at ___________, so I must be bad at ______________.

Much better: 
I failed at ___________, so I must have had a poor performance that day.

Example #2

Not so productive:  
I have never achieved this _____________, so I maybe I never will.

Much better:
I have never achieved this _____________, but I believe in my ability to improve.


Let’s take a look into the science behind the consequences of stupid thinking.

Dr. Albert Ellis is considered one of the most influential characters in the history of psychology (for more information on Dr. Ellis, have a look at the Albert Ellis Institute, http://albertellis.org). His life’s work was centered around curing depressive disorders, but we can learn an important lesson about not just going from sick to well, but how to go from good to great. Ellis proved that when we stop thinking wrong (i.e.: in a highly negative and propagandistic way) and start thinking right (i.e.: in a more encouraging and optimistic way), we can be cured of many types of depression.

I am not qualified, nor do I diagnose or treat depression, but in the context of performance, imagine what we can accomplish if we started raising our ambitions ... and if we started thinking about what’s possible rather than the obstacles in our way or our past failures?

Maybe we’ll "cure" failure or quitting and discover a remedy for our biggest success yet.


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Here's to you being amazing!


List one not so productive thing you’ve been telling yourself in the last 6 months, and how it’s held you back. Now, rephrase it to be more "smart" :)


"Proceed as if success is inevitable."
- Unknown - 


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene Brown

Here’s to you being amazing! 


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