Are You Standing in Your Own Way?
Our human brain is the pinnacle of evolution. It is our greatest gift. Yet, today it exerts dramatic control of our individual and collective destinies.
I have started to write my second professional book.
Several years ago, I published BodyWHealth, Journey to Abundance. This first major work is a simple guide, based on cutting-edge science, to “unlocking the best possible you”.
As the name suggests, the book starts with 3 foundational keys for unlocking physical WHealth (beyond simple health) … the body should be the starting point for every journey of self-discovery and self-actualization. The book concludes with 2 keys that unlock emotional WHealth (or happiness) … the ultimate prize we all desire and deserve. In the middle of the book are two powerful chapters that guide you towards mindsets that guarantee success.
The book was inspired by my own personal transformation.
Despite achieving substantial professional success, I was headed for personal catastrophe. I was working hard, with my eyes focused on what I thought were important goals—like promotion and financial success—before I abruptly realized that I had put my most cherished assets—my health and happiness—at grave risk.
Over the period of a year, I drew on my deep scientific insight into the human condition to reboot my own life. As I tasted success, I realized for the first time that Abundance is not only an attainable state, but it’s a condition for which Mother Nature has designed us … perfectly.
This phenomenon was too good to keep to myself, and so I wrote the book to share the insight I had accrued on this spectacular leg of my journey.
Since then, my journey has continued.
I have advanced my knowledge of the science of peak performance. In particular, I have deepened my insight into our brain—the mastermind behind our individual performance, or underperformance.
Thanks to ongoing (and courageous) self-exploration, highly impactful work with my clients, and expanded knowledge of the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience, I now have a more profound perspective on Abundance, and the pathway to get there.
This will be the subject of the new book.
One alarming irony about our relationship with our brains fuels my passion for this book.
All our other organs dutifully serve our interests. When we want to go to work, we command our muscles to get us there. Because we want life-giving oxygen to reach our tissues, our lungs dutifully breathe in and out 12 times in every minute.
But, if you’re brutally honest with yourself, you will acknowledge that you wake each morning to serve your brain.
If your brain says you’re hungry, you head for the kitchen.
If your brain says you’re sad, the day becomes gloomy.
If your brain says somebody else is trying to undermine you, you retreat in painful paranoia.
But who is this brain? And what authorizes it to exert so much control over your life?
You do! Yes, each and every one of us have fallen into the trap of surrendering authority to our brain.
Have you heard the expression “you’re standing in your own way”?
I’m sure that it feels painfully familiar. More often than not, when we empower our brain as the supreme leader, our thoughts and emotions end up being a barrier to our own success.
The new book will help guide you to GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY by understanding the construct of your mind, and the complex cognitive, emotional and spiritual forces that impact your happiness on your journey.
In order to make the book highly relevant to readers, I would like to collect a broad range of examples of how we “stand in our own way”. Some of these will come quickly to mind … social anxiety that prevents community engagement, self-doubt that undermines the ambitious entrepreneur, and the impatience or quick temper that hampers the best efforts of a committed husband.
Please send me examples of ways that you, your friends, family, and coworkers stand in your own ways. Please click on this link to send them directly to me … I’m not interested in the names of the “innocent victims” 🙂 … just the obstacle they have created for themselves.
Each of us delivers less than our best on most days of every week. This is a source of immense stress and stands firmly between us and Abundance.
Please help me to address this deep-rooted self-sabotage, and let’s strive for Abundance together?
Dr. Roddy Carter, MD, has over 30 years of experience working across a range of medical disciplines and corporate settings.
At the height of his successful career, Roddy experienced his own health and happiness crisis. During this profoundly transformative time, he began applying his deep knowledge of performance neuroscience to his everyday life. He discovered that, in moments of trauma, the brain develops intricate psycho-protective adaptations to ensure our short-term survival; however, these adaptations often impose substantial residual limitations, create distress, and prevent us from reaching our full innate potential.