Can you remember a time when you were unstoppable?
There have been several moments in my life when I felt truly unstoppable: the day I got married, the day I was awarded my medical degree, and several memorable athletic victories where it seemed that I could do nothing wrong. I was simply unstoppable.
When I worked with Olympic athletes, I became fascinated by the subtle differences between them that made one a champion and another simply a contender.
One particular memory remains seared into my brain. That event triggered research that has fueled my career and continues to inspire my success as a performance coach.
My role as an exercise scientist and sport physician was to prepare elite athletes to win Olympic medals. I was responsible for bringing them the best science to guide their preparation and competition. We performed extensive testing on each athlete on a regular basis in our high-performance laboratory. Many of the tests were designed to take the individual to complete exhaustion as we sought to define and then shift their limits.
One afternoon, I put an elite rower through the most stringent of physiological tests. I only stopped when she was at the point of complete exhaustion. As we terminated the test, she ripped off the face mask that was measuring her oxygen consumption and let out a massive roar that shook the sides of the building before collapsing on the floor next to the ergometer.
Brigitte* was a gold medalist in three consecutive Olympic Games, and she had just demonstrated why. When she should have had no more physical reserves, she was able to muster enough mental and emotional energy to let out this triumphant roar.
She was unstoppable.
This experience started my lifelong quest to capture and share the science behind the unstoppable state.
Like me, I’m sure you feel frustrated at the number of times that you underperform. Even when we know we could do better, we somehow seem to get in our own way, limiting our own performance.
Fortunately, the science of being unstoppable is beginning to emerge.
By applying modern neuroscience and established scientific approaches for achieving mastery over our thoughts, I have devised a methodology that systematically guides my clients to achieve this elusive state.
We are designed to be successful. Mother Nature has gifted us all with the capacity to be unstoppable.
But in reality, most of us subconsciously limit our own performance using intrinsic neuro-protective mechanisms that are designed to ensure our survival.
Survival was, of course, the earliest goal. But we have evolved beyond this endpoint. Today, we strive for far more. Our definition of success is far grander.
In her wisdom, Mother Nature has hardwired us with the capacity to override these powerful but limiting protective systems. Understanding this science enables us to unlock peak performance in a systematic, reliable, and repeatable manner.
More than ever before, we are able to determine our own futures. Success is in our own hands…if we only choose to grab it.
If you are interested in finding out about this research and the coaching method, or in attending a workshop that will help you get out of your own way and become unstoppable in life, business, or sports, please reach out to me directly at www.roddycarter.com/contact/.
*Names changed to protect privacy.
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 a personal health and happiness awakening. During this profoundly transformative time, he began applying his deep knowledge of performance neuroscience to his everyday life. He discovered that, in moments of stress, the brain develops intricate psycho-protective adaptations to ensure our short-term survival; however, these adaptations often impose substantial residual limitations, create profound (and often hidden) distress, and prevent us from reaching our innate potential.
Today, Roddy is an executive coach and author dedicated to helping others unlock their full potential throughout their lives by applying compassionate neuroscience and sharing his unique approach to Personal Mastery™.