John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C

So many people in life are playing not to lose rather than to win. I've compiled a lot of research over the years about peak performance. One of the things I've learned is that to access flow states, or being in the zone, you have to be in what is known as a parasympathetic state. You cannot attain a flow state from a place of fear.

As human beings, one of our highest priorities is survival. Much of your brain is focused on achieving this goal. Without remaining alive, nothing else matters. However, the attainment of our higher goals, such as engaging in activities and relationships that are more meaningful and fulfilling, cannot be accomplished from a place of fear. You will never manifest all you are capable of by playing it safe.

Overcoming the fear of death can transform your life

Here is a hard reality: no matter how much you focus on survival, you are still going to die. Maybe, you think I am being negative by saying this. But if you have the courage to face this truth, it can completely transform the way you live.

Overcoming your survival instincts to pursue greatness is challenging at the least and monumental for others. Maybe, your brain is frozen in trauma time or emotional wounds from the past that keep the survival responses in your brain going in high gear twenty-four seven. If this is the case, obtain help for someone qualified to help you break free from your past.

Shifting your focus from survival to success

I encourage each of you to have the courage to face the reality of your own death. Furthermore, imagine looking back at the end of your life and seeing all of the opportunities and risks you never took just to be safe. I have set with numerous individuals at the end of their lives who are filled with regret and despair over not having lived a fulfilling life; it is very depressing. Don't let this be you.

Take the time to complete this exercise. It can be the catalyst to shift your focus from survival to success. Read as many stories as you can of individuals who have overcome their fears to achieve a life of purpose and meaning. Build relationships with those who will inspire your courage and cheer your efforts. I can say with certainty, "You were meant for more!"


John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.

John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance. 

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