What does true fulfillment in business and in life look like to you? What are the different layers of success? How do you bypass your personal saboteur?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about how to feel like a success with Michael Bauman.
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Meet Michael Bauman
Michael Bauman is the CEO of Success Engineering, a Tony Robbins certified coach, and an Executive Contributor to Brainz Magazine. He helps entrepreneurs avoid burnout, feel that they are enough and not alone, and optimize every other area of their lives, including their habits, productivity, health, and relationships, through one-on-one coaching and masterminds.
He is also the host of the podcast, Success Engineering, where he interviews experts and industry leaders, from Broadway Directors and actors to multi-millionaire CEOs to neuroscientists and more, to uncover how they define success, how they create it daily, and how they have overcome their limitations.
In This Podcast
- Do you equate happiness with money?
- Layers of success
- Bypass your saboteurs
- Michael’s advice to private practitioners
Do you equate happiness with money?
Many people fall into the trap of thinking that happiness comes with lots of money. Having money will make it easier for you to do the things that you enjoy, but it won’t bring you happiness alone.
In our mind we equate money with success … you’re making six [or] seven figures, whatever it is, [and think], “I should be happy”. A lot of us know that that’s not actually the case. (Michael Bauman)
Think about it. Perhaps what brings you happiness is the time to do the things that you enjoy, and to see the people that you care about, more than it is just having a lot of money.
With all the money in the world but no time to enjoy it doing the things that you love with the people that you love; you wouldn’t be half as happy as you may imagine. Instead of looking at the money you have, look at the time you have. Even with all the money in the world, you can experience time poverty.
You might be financially wealthy but time poor and that actually contributes to unhappiness. (Michael Bauman)
Layers of success
1 – The appearance: on the surface level, these are the actors, multimillionaires, and CEOs.
2 – The feeling: despite how you look on the outside to others, do you feel like a success?
Start classifying the different areas of your life; physical, mental, emotional, relational, financial, and spiritual, and you can ask that question in each of those areas. (Michael Bauman)
Asking whether you feel fulfilled and successful in these different areas of your life can help you to clarify what genuine success looks like to you.
Use values like freedom, joy, and contentment in each of these aspects to clarify what success looks and feels like to you.
3 – The narratives: which narratives and identities in your mind create the story behind what it “means” to be successful and fulfilled? By whose scale are you defining your life?
That gets into the more inner child work and things like that. How can you unpack where this stuff [came] from, where did this “not enough” feeling come from? (Michael Bauman)
4 – This moment: is this moment, right now, enough? Often success is feeling contentedly enough with the present. You do not have to walk on water, you just have to walk on the earth and feel fully alive.
[Dwell] deeply in the present moment and [feel] fully alive … how can I bring my presence … to every person that I meet? I feel like that’s the best gift I can give to my family and all the people that I meet. (Michael Bauman)
Bypass your saboteurs
How does one bypass their personal saboteur? Think back to who you were as a child and the natural gifts and talents that you had before life tried to convince you otherwise.
Learn how to recognize when you are sabotaging yourself by discerning whether there is a positive or negative emotion around you when you are deciding or doing something.
Essentially, looking at how we interact with the world that lights up the different parts of the brain that are more associated with happiness. Things like empathy with yourself and others … the ability to innovate through a situation rather than your ability to white-knuckle through it. (Michael Bauman)
Develop your ability to take inspiration and to choose a positive response or behavior from a difficult stimulus to bypass your saboteur, and not give into self-sabotaging your life and momentum.
1 – Notice the negative emotion
2 – Come back into your body and out of the mind through conscious breathing
3 – Ask yourself: “Who do I want to be in this moment?”
4 – Choose the best response instead of reacting
Michael’s advice to private practitioners
You are enough. No matter what you do, you are enough. Separate your core with the logistical problems that you are solving in your life, and know that even if there are problems, you – at a foundational level – are enough.
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Meet Joe Sanok
Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.
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