Worried about your bright child’s future?

Does your bright child drive you up the wall sometimes?

Does your bright High School or College student have clear plans for the future?

What is the current level of his/her confidence?

Does he/she feel bored, withdrawn, distracted or anxious?

How would you like to answer these life challenges
without the need for therapy or medication?

 We are able to connect and build trust with bright and unique children that parents, teachers, and counselors could not reach.

Since 2002 more than 95% of Genius Coaching graduates turned their lives around: They found purpose and meaning in their lives, they drastically improved their grades, they enjoyed more close friends. Most importantly, they showed courage, confidence and passion to create their own future.

 

Until 5/31/17 we invite 20 families to benefit from a 20% discounted rate

for a Genius Evaluation Session that includes a summary report with specific recommendations.
Register today and use Coupon code GENIUS1.
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PS: The time between school years might be perfect to to build confidence and trust with fresh answers to essential questions.

 

Build Your Future Bigger Than Your Past

Does that sound like a perfect way to prevent aging at any age?

Young people might simply be afraid of the future or not feel empowered enough to actually create the future they desire. People well into the second half of their first century on this planet simply might give it less and less thought, living in past memories as a replacement strategy or coping mechanism..

However, there is strengths and fascination in a brighter future – independent of the number of years after a person’s name: A strong conviction to be a creator on a daily basis. For everything and anything that happens. It comes with freedom, responsibility, endless curiosity, a burning desire to create something that matters and to connect with like-minded passionate people around the world!

It includes a deep and solid inner knowing of your unique abilities that want to manifest in new and endless variations.

We call it ‘genius’ – the biological and innate combination of unique abilities as a foundation for a brilliant life. It is worth every effort and investment to decode and manifest it.

To do exactly that is our unique specialty at Genius Coaching – for individuals or company teams : The results serve as a realistic blueprint for your future that will inevitably be brighter and bigger than your past.

Ready for this joyful transformation?

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A Daily Habit that Stops Brilliance

A Daily Habit that Stops Brilliance
Josh* is always very polite and friendly in conversations. He enjoys his customer service role in a retail store but complained to me last week: “Nobody in my family really understands me.”

You see, is his professional environment he interacts very successfully with new and fluctuating customers on a superficial level. However, his friends and family members require more authenticity and depth of communication to feel valued and trusted. His empathy for and sensitivity to others gives him a powerful tool – to tell people what they want to hear.

Within a few years of practicing this skill his personality had changed: He became more withdrawn and isolated; for a while it looked like that he became a people pleaser.

What happened in his brain physiology? Pretending to be someone Josh* was NOT caused deep self doubts and second-guessing. Individual brilliance is always authentic: Superficial conversations seemed to be his way of social interactions; however, his body had the biological need to show and develop his unique brilliance on a deeper level.

Oscar Wilde said it well: “Just be yourself, everyone else is taken already.”

Otto Siegel

Speaker, Author, Genius Coach

*Not his/her real name

 

 

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“Being an Executive is a Thinkless Job”

Kim* serves as a VP in a large international company and coined this phrase during my presentation on “Leadership 2.0” as part of a convention in Texas last week. When I asked her “What exactly do you mean by that?” she elaborated: “So many things are thrown at me daily that it is literally impossible to think them through, analyze them in greater detail and come up with a solid opinion or decision.”

Over the past years of coaching brilliant leaders I have been observing 2 fundamentally different strategies to manage information overload on a daily basis:

  1. Working  up to 100 hours per week and burning out over the years while facing a variety of health risks.
  2. Juggling between mental scanning of information and intuitive processing that includes fast paced collaboration with peers, trusted colleagues, advisers and personal friends.
The first way requires strong focus and will power, the second modality goes beyond that and includes a strong feeling of being centered and confident in any given situation.

 

Thinking less in this context means feeling more, including heart and soul in thinking and collaborative decision making to thrive in fast paced business environments instead of barely surviving daily stress. Yes, the new business is a whole body experience; limiting mental control slows down business decisions, agility and engagement while increasing error rates.

 

Do we need to re-define intelligence as a physical reality beyond traditional mental limits?

Can a demanding business environment actually nurture and manifest individual genius?

Otto Siegel

Speaker, Author, Genius Coach

* Not her real name

 

Myth and New Scientifc Facts about Genius

I felt a deep joy and excitement when I opened the May edition of National Geographic over the weekend and read the title story “What is Genius?” Obviously this mystery of exceptional human brilliance throughout history has been fascinating more and more people.
It confirms important parts of our own research over the last 15 years:
  • Genius is much more related to creativity than intelligence.
  • Flashes of genius rise at unexpected times – during a walk, in a dream or in the shower.
  • Great ideas don’t tend to come when you narrowly focus on them.
  • The bridge between left and right brain (corpus callosum) is about twice as active during periods of creative brilliance (Andrew Newberg, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals).
  • Genius has to be cultivated and nurtured in order to manifest.
  • Social and cultural influences can create clusters of genius at moments and places in history: Baghdad during Islam’s Golden Age, Florence in Italy during the Renaissance, Silicon Valley today.
Genius jazz pianist Keith Jarret, who improvises concerts for up to 2 hours, finds it difficult – impossible actually – to describe how his music takes shape and says: “I’m bypassing the brain completely; I’m pulled by a force that I can only be thankful for.” His creative artistry, nurtured by decades of listening, learning, and practicing melodies emerges when he is least in control. “It’s a vast space in which I trust there will be music” he says.
What if Einstein’s famous quote would be biologically true that “There is a true genius in everyone.”? It is the cornerstone of my personal and professional journey.
The last sentence of Claudia Kalb’s National Geographic article opens this feeling on a deeper level: “In the end it may be that the journey is illuminating enough and that the insights it reveals along the way – about the brain, about our genes, about the say we think – will nurture glimmers of genius in not just the rare individual but in us all.”
 “Genius – The Man Behind the Mind” is the title of a 10-part TV series
Premiere: Tuesday April 25 9pm EST/
natgeotv.com/genius

Positive Psychology and Genius

Martin Seligman, PhD is famous for creating Positive Psychology and even more for his research on learned helplessness. Here is his concept:
“Learned helplessness is a term specifying an organism learning to accept and endure unpleasant stimuli, and unwilling to avoid them, even when it is avoidable.”
The idea behind the theory of learned helplessness is that animals can be conditioned to think that they have no control over the outcome of a situation that they are in, even though they actually do have the power to help themselves. This occurs when they are repeatedly presented with an aversive stimulus that they can’t escape.
The theory can also be applied to humans beings who think that they cannot change a situation and/or miss opportunities that make them feel helpless. These people may be more likely to develop a mental illness such as clinical depression. These findings lead to a lot of other related studies that have helped psychologists understand the basis of depression.
Do you see the connection to young adults who seem to have the best environment for development, but feel paralyzed or frozen on the inside?
Here is a very important distinction when it comes to brilliance and genius: Biologically – every human being is a natural genius, simply based on our 100 trillion body cells that communicate with each other in highly complex and consistently changing ways. The real task is to uncover this physical intelligence in all areas and activate it.
However, almost every young adult acquires coping mechanisms to ‘survive’ mentally or emotionally. Playing dumb to fit in is probably the most common version. Could it be that these mechanisms work against our natural biology? Up to a point where most of us simply suppress or forget who we really are and what we were born to do? Could it be that most people give up over time, go to sleep and become ‘human doings’ instead of ‘human beings’?
What questions would you like to add to this list?

Otto Siegel

Speaker, Author, Genius Coach

The True Value of Your Uniqueness

“I don’t want to grow up” stated 8 year old Alex* last week. “My mom has her own business; she works all night and most weekends. I don’t like that!” His mom confirmed these facts and added that she feels guilty for not being able to change that: “Sometimes I feel that I lead someone else’s life, not even my own – as if I would be on remote control and stuck in my repetitive routine life. I make good money, but feel empty on the inside.”

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Alex! In his deep love and caring for his mom he discovered a hidden secret for her unhappiness: The split between her routine and her real desire to live with passion and excitement. Eventually she discovered that her life should be customized to her goals, needs and desires instead of her being a victim of roles, images and common standards.

Innate uniqueness is always longing for new expression, unusual adventures, new experiences; it is a strong root for joy and happiness and frequently leads to a significant life – very much like genius.

How strong is your desire for a customized life?

Otto Siegel

Speaker, Author, Genius Coach

 

 

‘Miracle’ and ‘Genius’ Are Very Close Friends!

Cindy* was shocked when she heard the diagnosis ‘cervical cancer’ and the suggested conventional chemotherapy that came with it. She had lost her mother to cancer and had an almost immediate gut level reaction: “I will face this challenge very differently and completely free myself from cancer.”

She studied feverishly and learned everything she could about raw vegan nutrition, applied it immediately and walked completely free from cancer within 6 months. Miracle?

Yes, even in more than one way:

  • She completely trusted the self-healing powers of her own body
  • She followed and trusted her own intuition with food as her only medicine
  • She learned from her mother what not to do
  • She started teaching her experience to other cancer patients almost immediately
  • She found and accepted a completely new direction for her own life

You see, the REAL miracle was and is her body, which is YOUR body as well. It is literally mind blowing to realize that 100 trillion cells (100,000,000,000,000!) are sitting on your chair as you read this. They perform around 260 million extremely well orchestrated biochemical reactions per minute. Do you get the feeling for the magnitude of this physiological miracle called “YOU”?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without this miracle in action 24/7/365, nothing really matters; You might feel sick and/or not even fully alive. Einstein said it well: “You might see everything as a miracle or nothing – you decide.”

Otto Siegel

Speaker, Author, Genius Coach

* Not her real name

The Deeper Meaning of OCD and Related ‘Disorders’

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a debilitating urge to turn the key five times in the lock before you leave the house or wash your hands 6 times before dinner. However, this phenomenon deserves a closer look into the real roots of these symptoms.

If the diagnosis is real we always find fear as an underlying cause; addressing this deeply rooted fear with a playful and relaxed coaching approach takes care of OCD in more than 95% of the situations, especially with children and young adults.

However, there is a vast area of self-diagnosed OCD that frequently translates into perfectionism or stubbornness. What happens if we would peel of THIS kind of label?

Sarah* is a very successful investor and business woman. In the beginning of our conversations she used OCD frequently to describe her own behavior. So I challenged her to translate this term for me and find other words to describe it. “What do you mean by ‘translate’?” she commented. So I asked her for specific situations in her life and career when she felt like ‘OCD’.

I asked her to peel off the label ‘OCD’ and explore the reality behind it. Within a few minutes she discovered words that translate OCD into productive terms: Determination, laser focus, intensity, relentlessness, completion, creativity, goal-driven, decisiveness,

 

 

 

 

 

Could it be that OCD and similar ‘symptoms’ cover up hidden brilliance? Our own research over the past 15 years shows even more: If a child, young adult or adult accepts the guidance to discover and manifest their own unique brilliance to create a bigger life for themselves, all these ‘symptoms’ disappear over time.

* Not her real name

Otto Siegel

Speaker, Author, Genius Coach

The Hidden Power of a ‘Thank you’ Environment

George* is 14 and highly intelligent. However, he actively dislikes to do chores around the home and prefers endless debates with his parents and his younger sister about it. Beside this one challenge, they really and genuinely like each other. So let’s have a closer look:
This situation is a wonderful example for a wide-spread phenomenon I call “complaining on a high level”: Circumstances are in great flow and work really well, but everyone involved might be too busy to take a closer look and takes the situation for granted. Over time the focus shifts to little conflicts and blows those way out of proportion: Chores become this unsolvable problem that causes stress and guilt for everyone involved.

How would the same situation in a ‘thank you’ culture look like?

George* would feel genuinely grateful for the little things he contributes on a regular basis to make the life of his family team easier. His sister would feel the same about her area of responsibilities and both might ask their parents what else they could do to contribute. The parents would thank each one of them independently and in their own words for every step they do and make these actions stronger. Sounds fairly easy and common sense.

So why is this environment so rare? Do many parents repeat subconsciously their own upbringing with strict rules that could never be questioned without consequences?

Let’s transfer the same culture into your company team. Can you see the similarities?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here might be the BIG confusion: there is vulnerability in ‘thank you’ but not weakness. Genuine vulnerability is a powerful feeling to build trust; therefore it helps a lot to bring out the best in children as well as in adults.

Modeling gratitude as a family or team culture might be the greatest gift you can give anyone in your life!

Otto Siegel

Speaker, Author, Genius Coach

* Not his real name