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Ever since you were a kid, you’ve been lied to.
By your parents.
The TV programs you watched.
Like a series of “bad lines of code” inputted into your brain, these subtle, destructive lies now shape your reality.
And they make you suffer.
They make you feel immense pressure to perform (at work, at home, etc).
They make it very difficult to open your heart fully and be vulnerable with others.
They make you feel stressed out, anxious and constantly on edge.
Thankfully, that can be changed.
Over the past 2 years, I’ve gone on a powerful journey around the world to study with the best spiritual teachers I could find (shamans in Peru, healers in California, tantra masters in Bali, etc), and I’ve been able to rewrite these lines of code in my own consciousness.
In this article, I’m going to share with you what those 3 big lies are, and how you can free yourself from their shackles and start experiencing deeper confidence, easier success and greater happiness. It’s time to unlock some zen peak performance.
#1 The Lie: “Showing Weakness is Bad”
From an early age, most boys’ biggest fear is being perceived as weak.
Who wants to be made fun of for crying at recess?
Who wants to be called a sissy (or something worse)?
No one, of course. That would be social suicide.
So we learned to be overly stoic.
Never show weakness.
Don’t cry. Don’t complain.
Be tough. Man up.
As we get older, this attitude stifles our true potential and makes it much harder to handle life’s difficulties.
Because while developing grit is essential, not expressing vulnerability/asking for help is devastating.
It makes us feel alone.
It prevents us from connecting deeply with others, and stops us from asking for support when we need it most.
To overcome this, you need to delete the old line of code that says “Don’t show weakness, just be tough“…
…and replace it by a new one:
“Showing weakness is a sign of strength.”
Now, let’s make something clear: I’m not suggesting you go around whining and bitching about everything. No way.
I grew up in Canada as a high-level swimmer (and I’ve braved many early mornings, excruciating workouts and freezing winters). I take pride in being gritty and having uncommon toughness when I need it.
But I’ve also learned that this doesn’t mean I need to keep a “brave face” all the time. That’s insane.
Here’s the deal: when you are faced with an obstacle, give it your best shot… and if it’s not working, or you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to ask for support from someone you trust.
It will make your life a heck of a lot simpler, and it will show the world that you’re comfortable enough with who you are to ask for help (instead of pretending you’ve got it all figured out when you really don’t…).
Here’s something to remember: no one has it all figured out.
I recently connected with Tim Ferriss, and he mentioned that learning to ask for help was the most life-changing upgrade he’d made this year.
Are you ready to do the same?
#2 The Lie: “You Need to Perform to Be Loved”
This lie is huge, and overcoming it has been major part of my own journey. And as of this writing, it continues to be.
Early on, we’re taught that our value as a man is based on 3 things:
Because we’ve been taught this is so important, we feel enormous pressure to succeed, whether it’s through training obsessively (been there), taking a soul-sucking job because it pays well (been there) or sleeping with a random girl to feel validated and to have an epic story for our buddies (been there too).
Society’s game is set up in such a way that it’s very easy to sacrifice our integrity and wellbeing in the name of achievement and approval.
How could we not? We’ve been conditioned from the start to believe that who we are isn’t enough unless we perform spectacularly.
That’s a big burden to carry every day, isn’t?
The solution is simple but challenging: we need to fall in love with who we are.
Our flaws, our brilliance, our quirkiness, our insecurities, our psychotic thoughts. The whole spectrum.
We need not only to be OK with them, but actually appreciate them.
We need to replace the line of code that says: “I won’t be loved unless I’m constantly performing at a high-level“…
… by this one:
“I’m amazing just as I am. I don’t need to prove my worth. I am loved just for being myself.”
This is mission-critical. The moment you change this line of code, everything will get better in your life.
Interestingly enough, several men are afraid that by taking on this new line of code, they’ll get lazy, stop working hard and their life will crumble.
I can see the reasoning but that’s not how it works in practice.
In my personal experience (and from guiding several high-level clients through this process), I’ve found that it’s actually the opposite: you’ll feel more relaxed and have deeper confidence in yourself, which will allow you to achieve at an even higher level…with only a fraction of the effort.
#3 The Lie: “Feminine Qualities are Bad”
As boys, we all wanted to avoid being called “a girl” by our friends.
While this might seem like an innocent schoolyard phenomenon, it created a BIG PROBLEM in our psyche (and society):
Most men now stay away from anything resembling feminine behavior: expressing their feelings, crying, letting go of control, etc.
I remember vividly wanting to cry when I was upset as boy… but feeling like it was wrong. Like it would get me in trouble. Like people would laugh at me.
I still feel this way sometimes…
The issue is, developing feminine qualities such as compassion, kindness, tenderness and patience is necessary to being a Great Man.
Even crying is important. It’s a natural response to strong emotions and without it, our feelings get bottled up inside and we end up feeling tremendous (and highly uncomfortable) internal tension.
In the Taoist tradition, the core teaching is that the key to our full potential is to balance our Yin (Feminine) and Yang (Masculine) energies.
When we’re out of balance, for example by focusing too much on masculine qualities (ie, focus, determination, achievement) we get stressed out and exhausted.
Why? Because masculine qualities are generally connected with the mind while feminine qualities are connected with the heart.
We become robotic, we lose perspective, and deluded in our thinking.
We overthink things. We stress the small stuff. We focus on the wrong things.
We forget the Universe has our back.
We forget to be kind to others.
We forget that life’s a big game.
For the last 2 years of my life, I’ve been actively developing my Yin side (growing up as an elite athlete, I’ve always had plenty of Yang)… and it has not only made my life a lot more enjoyable, it has also made me a much better entrepreneur, athlete and boyfriend.
Here’s what I learned:
Remember that you’re a part of something much bigger than yourself.
You’re on a earth with 7 billions of your brothers and sisters.
We’re all on the same team.
You’re a part of a gigantic, magnificent Universe.
You’re connected with all of it.
You need to remove the line of code that says:
“If it’s up to be, it’s up to me. I need to make it happen” by this one:
“In every moment, I’m co-creating with the Universe and I’m always supported.”
Take a moment to feel it.
You’re not just a little human floating on a rock in space.
You’re a divine bad-ass incarnated in physical form to play the game of life at the highest level.
You’re here to enjoy and spread joy.
You’re here to realize your biggest visions, contribute to world-class projects and live your biggest dreams… while staying connected with Universe, being kind and compassionate with others, and having a blast every day.
This is what this website is all about. Welcome to NewKings. Welcome to Zen Peak Performance.
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