The Resilience Masterclass
Turn pain into purpose and possibility.
Workshop Date: July 29 from 11 AM to 3 PM
Duration: 4 hours
In 1997, I was incarcerated in a violent California prison. My mom died, my wife left me, and I hit the absolute lowest point of my life. I knew the road ahead was going to be VERY rough.
I knew I’d have a hard time getting good jobs because of my felony drug conviction and because I only had a high school diploma. With my wife gone, I had no place to go when I was released. I’d be paroled to the same toxic environment I was in when I was arrested. I felt like I’d never achieve happiness or success. I believed life was offering me very few possibilities.
I knew that if each challenge in my life was a starting line in a race, there would be many times when I’d be a half-mile behind the line at which everyone else started the race.
My prison experience was the worst thing that happened to me. I later learned that prison and the challenges that came after it were also some of the best things that ever happened to me because these things taught me how to become more resilient.
Resilience is one of the most important life skills. It helps us successfully adapt to adversity, trauma, and tragedy. It gives us the courage, wisdom, and strength to move forward after encountering big setbacks and challenges. It helps us keep a positive attitude, appreciate life, and live a happier, more purposeful life.
Without resilience, we’ll constantly think about things we can’t control, become negative, develop unhealthy coping mechanisms, and feel overwhelmed. In the worst cases, we can develop anxiety, become depressed, obsessively worry, and suffer from physical problems.
Resilience is an odd thing. We can be resilient in some areas of life, but lack resilience in other critical areas of our lives. We can learn lessons and become more resilient in some situations, yet continue to make the same mistakes or allow our negative minds to continually spin out of control and make our lives far more difficult.
Developing resilience is like creating a building. We have to start with a strong foundation and then build floors on top of that foundation. Each floor in the “resilience building” is a different area of resilience that we need to master.
In this workshop, I’ll help you build every floor you need to develop the strength, mindsets, and wisdom to adapt to life’s biggest challenges and turn your pain into purpose and possibility.
Here’s what we’ll cover in this workshop.
Buddhism Meets Western Psychology
Buddha believed a lot of our problems in life are caused by 2 arrows. The first arrow that hits us is a challenge. The second arrow is the story we tell ourselves about that challenge. Our monkey minds oftentimes tell us false stories about our challenges. How many times have you thought something bad would happen and it didn’t? This is our negative minds spinning out of control.
In this workshop, I’ll teach you how to use some concepts from positive and cognitive-behavioral psychology to rewire your brain to see challenges in a more realistic, empowering way. We’ll look at how our brains send us down that negative spiral and how to stop it.
Tony Robbins said, “It’s never the environment. It’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.”
We’ll work on creating positive mindsets by attaching the right meaning to each challenge we encounter. You’ll do some exercises to bring awareness to how you see the world and how to create stronger mindsets.
The Power of Mindfulness
Eastern Buddhists were practicing mindfulness well over 2,000 years ago, yet psychologists, researchers, doctors, and life coaches only began integrating it into Western medicine and personal development around 30 years ago. Mindfulness is a critical part of resilience because it helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It also helps us make sense of them and regulate them so we’re making the best decisions during the most difficult times.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use mindfulness to get more in tune with your inner world so you can manage life’s biggest challenges.
When life gets really rough, many people use unhealthy coping strategies to avoid the pain. These negative coping mechanisms can be as simple as procrastinating or more drastic, such as overeating, abusing drugs, or drinking too much alcohol. Many people unconsciously use negative strategies for decades. We’ll do some exercises to help identify when we’re using dysfunctional coping mechanisms and how to replace these negative coping styles with positive ones.
Exploring the Darkness
Many times we learn the best lessons from the most painful experiences. But sometimes we go thru other painful experiences, and the pain and trauma stop us from fully extracting all the lessons from those situations. I’ll talk about how we can take a closer look at the darkest situations and make sure we’re getting the maximum benefits from these challenges.
Sometimes we get stuck in the trauma, pain, and darkness. Or we repress it, numb it, or do other things that stop us from using it as a catalyst for growth. I’ll show you how to find the silver lining in adversity. We’ll also take a look at some of the mental prisons that are incarcerating us. Many people aren’t even aware that they’re in these prisons. I’ll show you how to bring awareness to these prisons inside our heads.
Turning Pain into Purpose & Possibility
This is one of the most powerful parts of this workshop. While finding purpose in pain is one of the best ways to develop strong resilience, it goes far beyond resilience because finding our true purpose is also the path to happiness, freedom, and living your best life.
World-famous psychologist Abraham Maslow once said, “The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.” Most people sell themselves short. They don’t reach their full potential in life. They aren’t living purposeful lives or are only scratching the surface of the ideal, purposeful life they could be experiencing. Do you believe you could be doing more with your life right now?
We’ll dive deeper into the different types of purpose and help you explore your ideal purpose. I’ll teach you how me, Viktor Frankl, and many other people used our pain to find purpose. I’ll help you identify areas of pain in your life and how to turn them into possibilities.
Owning Your Story
Brene Brown said, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it….only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
When I got out of prison, it took me a long time to own my story. Not owning it and avoiding my past made me less resilient, more fearful, and kept me trapped in the mental prison of shame.
When I finally owned my story, it opened many doors. Doors of healing, redemption, happiness, success, and possibility. I’ll talk about how owning your story can open these same doors for you.
Good People Soften the Landing
All of us are ultimately responsible for changing our mindsets and learning the tools we need to become more resilient. But we do need other people to support us when we go thru adversity, trauma, and tragedy in life. It’s possible to get thru these things on our own, without the support of others, but it’s a LOT harder.
I’ll talk about how we can leverage other people to help us thru tough times and help make us more resilient. What if you don’t have family members or friends to support you? I’ll talk about what to do in those situations, too.
Getting Comfortable with Discomfort
There’s a growing number of people in this world who are unwilling to get comfortable with discomfort. There are parents who are trying to shield their children from any and all discomfort. This unwillingness to experience discomfort is destroying peoples’ resilience. It’s making people weaker, unhealthier, and less able to function in this world.
In this workshop, I’m going to talk more about this global dilemma and how you can become happier, healthier, and more resilient by getting comfortable with discomfort.
Gratitude is a very simple, but powerful part of developing resilience. I talk about it often, but we’ll revisit it and make sure everyone is using this essential tool of resilience.
How can we change our lives in a big way if we don’t set specific, measurable goals? At the end of this workshop, everyone will set their own resilience goals. This will help ensure you have a roadmap to resilience and you’re taking the action necessary to really integrate these critical resilience concepts into your life.
You’ll make a list of goals you want to accomplish so you can make big changes in your life and become happier and more resilient.
I’m offering something most life coaches and facilitators never offer: a free 3-month check-in. 3 months after this workshop, all of the participants will meet again for an hour and a half to discuss any resilience challenges they faced.
Perhaps the best part of this check-in session is that it will hold you accountable. Participants will also discuss the extent to which they accomplished their resilience goals. If you didn’t reach your goals or fell short in certain areas, we’ll find out why so you can get back on track.
Most life coaches would charge $120 to $180 just for this “check-in” session alone. It’s a bonus if you attend the workshop.
Invest in Yourself
Do you want to learn how to master resilience so you have the strength, wisdom, and mindset to deal with life’s biggest challenges? Do you want to learn how to live a happier, more purposeful life?
If you do, join this workshop!
If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to join this workshop, think about this: the BEST investment you’ll ever make is the investment in YOURSELF. The best investments aren’t cars, clothes, jewelry, electronic devices, food, massages, or even the vacations that give us great memories. Contrary to what many people believe, the best investments aren’t stocks, bonds, or real estate. These things are great for building financial security, but they aren’t nearly as valuable as investing in ourselves. There are a TON of people in the world who are extremely wealthy, but very unhappy because they didn’t invest in their own personal development.
The best investment is the money and time you spend to learn the skills, mindsets, and knowledge you need to live a better life. I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on my university education, workshops, seminars, books, and other things that helped me on my personal development and educational journey. That money was a small drop in the bucket compared to the knowledge, skills, happiness, fulfillment, resources, and other benefits I got during this journey.
$137 and 4 hours is an extremely small investment compared to the benefits you’ll get from this powerful workshop.
When I got out of prison, I had many disadvantages and few possibilities. While many others were on the starting line of the race of life, I was a half-mile behind the starting line during many of those races. But after developing resilience, I’m proud to say I’m now AHEAD of many of the people I was once behind.
I got my Master’s degree, I’m making six figures a year in the technology sector, I’m a life/business coach and speaker, I bought a house, and am living the American dream because I learned how to turn my pain into purpose by mastering resilience. My life is now full of possibilities and opportunities. I’m now winning the race of life.
But the best work I’ve ever done is much greater than money, degrees, houses, or a successful career.
The best work I’ve done is helping other people become happier, more successful, more resilient—and helping them win the race of life.
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