On this neuroscience, psychology and spirituality now agree: Stress is fear. It represents a decline in personal power. Peace is power. A dynamic attitude of peace represents an increase in personal power that literally rewires the brain to enable us to reach a higher potential.
Byline: Don Joseph Goewey has worked in some of the most stressful places on Earth – from cancer wards to prisons to refugee camps to corporate offices – helping people transcend stress and fear to reach a higher potential.
In 2006, he co-founded a human performance firm, ProAttitude, to end stress in the workplace. His clients have included Cisco, Stanford, Alibris, Kaiser, Sutter Health VNA, San Francisco Public Health, among others. In 2009, Simon & Schuster published his book, Mystic Cool: A proven approach to transcend stress, achieve optimal brain function, and maximize your creative intelligence.
On Don’s book Mystic Cool: Mystic Cool was ranked #2 at Amazon for books on stress. The book is about living our best day, every day. It’s about our capacity to end stress and anxiety and - in the process – to rewire our brain for more joy in our work, more peace in our life, more love in our relationships, and more spring in our step. All these outcomes arise from healthy brain networks. When these networks wire together, as biology intended, they produce an exponential gain in brain power to propel you in the direction of sustaining a successful and intrinsically rewarding life. It’s well within our reach.
Unfortunately, this wonderful quality of life does not represent the everyday experience of most people. Why is that? The reason is there’s too much stress in our lives. Stress hormones kill brain cells and eventually can kill you. While we all understand that stress is unhealthy, surveys show that eighty percent of us are doing nothing about it.
Mystic Cool helps us get clear on how serious stress is. Stress is life-threatening serious. It’s not something that someday you should do something about. You need to deal with stress beginning today. Mystic Cool points you in the direction of becoming stress free to sustain more joy, peace, and success at every level of life that matters to you.
Media Coverage So Far: Don’s work and book have been featured on the Today Show, CNN, NPR, and in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Parent and Child, the San Francisco Chronicle, Monster.com, Disney’s family.com, and Outside Magazine.
Contact: To contact Don, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For his blog with practical applications of the new brain research visit http://donjosephgoewey.com. For corporate training, visit http://proattitude.com
- Don Joseph Goewey (say Go-eee) wants to kick stress out of your life and light up your brain with the genius. Don has worked in the field of human potential for nearly 30 years and he has written a new book called Mystic Cool.
- Mystic Cool is based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology. It defines a proven approach that literally rewires your brain to extinguish stress and amplify the higher brain function that enables you to live a happier, healthier, more creative and productive life.
- Welcome, Don. How is it possible for people to rid their lives of stress?
- Closing: You can find out more about his work by visiting his website and blog at http://donjosephgoewey.com.
Extended BIO: Don Joseph Goewey wrote Mystic Cool: A proven approach to transcend stress, achieve optimal brain function, and maximize your creative intelligence. His book is the basis for training and coaching programs his firm, ProAttitude, offers.
Don has had a long career in human potential. He’s been an executive at Stanford University Medical School and worked closely with two of the pioneers in human potential – Carl Rogers, father of humanistic psychology and Gerald Jampolsky, founder a school of psychology based on attitude.
Don also directed one of the leading agencies in the world focused on helping people transcend catastrophic life events. The agency worked with people facing some of the most stressful situations any of us will ever face, from people diagnosed with terminal illness, to parents who’ve lost children, to lifers at San Quentin, to refugees of the Bosnian war, to people dealing with the stress and strain of everyday life.
Through this work Don learned much about the nature of stress and fear and the way both block us from realizing our full potential. More profoundly, he learned about our capacity to sustain a fearless attitude that transcends stress and moves us from becoming overwhelmed by circumstances to a way of being that makes us larger than circumstances. That is the power of peace, which is the opposite of stress. His book Mystic Cool is about making the shift from stress to peace to reach our full potential, neurologically, psychologically and spiritually.
Addendum: Don’s Perfect Storm of Stress: The Personal Crisis That Changed His Life: Twenty-five years ago my life was engulfed by a perfect storm of stress. I was fired from my high level executive position at Stanford University Medical School. Nine days later I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I was the father of four and struggling financially because of a variable mortgage rate that had gone through the roof. To make matters worse, my marriage was on the rocks, in part because for years I’d been wedded to my career more than to my wife. Instead of pulling us closer together, the stress of this situation only widened the cracks in our marriage. During the first few weeks of this storm I was beyond stressed. I was terrified.
Then, in the midst of this calamity I reached a point where I questioned which was worse: the enormous set of problems happening out there or the one enormous problem of fear happening in me.
Somehow I managed to raise my mind above the fear and stress to a place of peace and quiet. In the stress-free atmosphere that ensued I began to see things very differently. I could actually recognize steps I could take that could open to possibilities and opportunities, all of which fear and stress obscured. I realized that when I was frightened and stressed-out all I was able see were problems cast in gloom and doom.
I made a decision to work at letting go of fear whenever it raised its ugly head and to strengthen my willingness to be at peace as I faced whatever I had to face that day. I discovered that choosing to be at peace wasn’t as hard as I thought. Actually, it made everything easier. I was having my best day every day.
Eventually, my change in attitude changed the outcome. The surgery was a complete success, sparing me a life of disability. Medical science would now describe the positive outcome as the result of my new attitude achieving the mind-body connection that promotes healing. I actually was un-fired, Stanford gave me a better job. They said they didn’t want to lose someone with my positive attitude. Eventually, my career took a whole new direction, one more aligned with my heart. None of this would have happened had I remained stressed and frightened.
To read the full storu about Goewey’s breakthrough, click this link and download the Prologue to Mystic Cool.