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Double Your Happiness By Focusing On Less; David Wood

December 9, 2020

David Wood is a former Consulting Actuary to Fortune 100 companies, including Sony Music, Chanel, and Exxon. David left his cushy Park Avenue job 20 years ago to build the world’s largest coaching business. He became #1 on Google for life coaching, serving an audience of 150,000 coaches, and coaching thousands of hours in 12 countries around the globe. Alongside his clients’ successes, David is no stranger to overcoming challenges himself, having survived a full collapse of his paraglider and a fractured spine, witnessing the death of his sister at age seven, severe anxiety and depression, and a national Gong Show! He was nominated to the Transformational Leadership Council alongside such thought leaders as Don Miguel Ruiz, John Gray, and Marianne Williamson. David coaches rockstar entrepreneurs to double their revenue faster, overcome Shiny Object Syndrome, and be a more extraordinary entrepreneur and human.

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What Are You Focused On?

  • One thing I've chosen to focus on is my health. When I get into something, I get into it.
  • I'm working with an energy healer who's got me running in my underwear, in the snow, barefoot. He says, do 72 steps in the snow, barefoot and it will help your energy.
  • I'm having cold showers each day. I'm doing exercises snacks and after this interview I'll go on the chin-up bar and do some pull-ups just for a minute. That's one example of focus, and it feels good to me.

What Anger Are You Holding?

  • I don't identify it as anger, but I think almost all of us have some. For me it occurs as frustration. I've been living with anxiety and depression for twenty years. I had some trauma as a kid which apparently is still impacting me.
  • After twelve years ago I started feeling tired quite often and had some trouble sleeping. I've tried so many different things to work on my energy and it's working to the point that I can sit here with you and it feels good right now.
  • About three o'clock this afternoon I'll probably do a meditation and then hopefully I can go out and be with friends, but sometimes I can't. I would think that after fifteen years of working on this, I would have power over it.

Bullying Story

  • After high school, and when I discovered personal growth, and I discovered communication, and I discovered tough conversations, my coach kept encouraging me to clean up my past and make lists of people that I resented and that I was holding anger against.
  • So I would make the lists and then my coach said, now you have to call them. Through good coaching I managed to find my way to call a guy that I used to like and we were friends, but he would bully me. He would make fun of me in class and he would put me down and get the other kids riled up against me.
  • I didn't want to call him because I thought he would think I was an idiot. My coach said, start with that. And so I called him and said, I was afraid to call you because I was afraid you would think I was an idiot.
  • I told him, I felt pushed around and bullied and belittled by you at school and I've been holding onto that for twenty years.  I just wanted to let you know.
  • He said, what can I say or do now to help us move forward? I couldn't believe that this guy I thought was such a jerk, could say something like that.

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