Mental Shifts That Highly Successful People Make (Tips From Gustavo Oliveira)

First, what does it means to be successful? Second, what tips are there on how to be successful? Well, it can mean several different things for each individual. For this topic, let's assume that a highly successful person is someone who has gained financial prosperity and/or has made their dreams come true.

I have been coaching people worldwide, including leaders, entrepreneurs and athletes using the DeRose Method. Throughout my years, I have realized that most people fail not because they lack hard skills — such as, technical skills — but because many do not have the Soft Skills needed to succeed. Some of the more critical skills (Soft Skills) and principles that are necessary to succeed, are not taught in many traditional institutions.

8 Things A Man Should Always Have With HimI was lucky enough to encounter the DeRose Method 14 years ago. Since then, the method has allowed me to train and learn how to develop the following mental shifts that highly successful people make.

They Transform A Negative Into A Positive And Turn Failures Into Opportunities

Let's be honest, nobody likes to face difficult situations. We tend to run away from pain and chase pleasures, but what if we could shift our mind's perspective to look at problems and bad situations as opportunities? Successful people know how to make better decisions by leveraging failures and turning them into new opportunities. Instead of letting failures get the best of you, start learning from them so that you do not repeat them.

They Collaborate With Peers And Teams Instead Of Seeing Them As Competition

When we believe in scarcity, we tend to compete against everyone as if there is not enough success to go around. Most highly successful people tend to create an ecosystem of prosperity around them. They believe that, when the tide goes up, all the boats go up, too. The ecosystem built helps one another; it's a win-win situation. Successful people sum strengths and abilities instead of competing with each other. If you are a leader, you can create this atmosphere of cooperation, and, if you are a team member, you can naturally apply such ability to unify people for higher achievement.

The individual will always be weaker than the power of a group. So, start leveraging this power, not just in your favor, but in everybody's favor.

They Have Discipline And Consistency

Achieving success often takes a lot of years. Therefore, discipline and consistency are key. Steve Jobs once said that he was convinced that 50 percent of what separates successful people from those that aren't is pure perseverance. Although this concept may seem obvious, many people do not know how to develop discipline.

Our brain works through conditioning. Conditioning is a biological function that allows us to automatize tasks and behaviors. We learn how to drive a car through repetition until, one day, we automatize most of what is needed to drive properly; which then allows us to listen to music and talk to somebody while doing so. But, remember how difficult it was in the beginning when you hadn't yet internalized it?

On the other hand, as we have good conditioning, we also have the bad ones. Ones that we learned unconsciously throughout our lives. So, if you want to have discipline, you need to first change such conditioned behavior, step-by-step. Once you acquire the new behavior, you need to maintain it consistently through practice and repetition.

They Never Fear Failure

Many leaders of the most innovative companies in the world claim that one must fail, fast and often, to rapidly learn the dos and don'ts faster. But, this mindset is not typical, since most people fear failure. I have been coaching entrepreneurs for many years, and many of them fail because they are so afraid of failure that they do not even try. It seems absurd, but it is more common than you think. So, right now, start failing as fast as you can — of course, not with the intention of failing, but with the purpose of testing (in safe and controlled environments), all of the variables that impact your business. Risk what you can afford to lose.

They Take Care Of Their Body And Mind

Have you ever experienced a hard day of work after sleeping poorly the night before? You feel exhausted, low energy, low enthusiasm and are mentally tired. Not cultivating good physical health and a clear mind is something that will hold you back. Many people say they don't have time for this. But, this mental shift is a must, and a fundamental part of being successful. So, not prioritizing it means that your actions counter what you really want. It is crucial to set time aside to get your body and mind fit through physical activity (for the body) and meditation (for your mind).

Many people ask me how to start or when to start working on these mental shifts. My answer is this: The most important action is the first step, so take it, start from any of these points, but start now.


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In each class physical positions are executed in a choreographic format, with distinct passages between techniques. This concept was restored from the vestiges of Ancient Yôga during the codification of the DeRose Method. It not only adds a beauty and grace to every class but deepens your strength, flexibility, balance, agility and coordination.

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Coping with stress (Part 2)

In this article we are going to continue the tips to manage stress and to experience the techniques of the DeROSE Method. These tips require around 5 min each, a total of 10 minutes
out of your day which could really change your response to stress.

Everyday, every time, take care of your body! The time in the same position plus the stress will tighten up your muscles. So practical tip: stretch your body. All you need is 5 minutes. Pay close attention to your spine and use its full range of movements.

:: 1st minute
Take a moment and straighten your spine. Spend 30 seconds balancing
yourself in one foot and then the other. If you can do it with your
eyes closed.

:: 2nd minute
Lean your body to your left. Be careful not to twist your hips. All
you need is 30 seconds to each side.

:: 3rd minute
Sitting down with your legs crossed, bring your left hand behind your
back supporting your back and being your right hand to your left knee,
twisting your spine. Stay in a comfortable position for the fist few
moments and then exhale to give your maximum. Once again. 30 seconds
is all you need for each side.

:: 4th minute
Stretch your legs in front of you and rest your body forward. Try to
touch your forehead on your knees whilst keeping them straight and
locked in. Aim for comfort. After 30 seconds return and lie down
facing the ground. Bend your knees and hold onto your ankles. Then
give your best effort to push with your thighs raising your knees and
torso off the ground. If you are able, try to look at the ceiling of
the room. All you need is 15 seconds.

:: 5th and final minute.
If you are able to execute an inverted position do so now if not,
just lie with your back on the floor and raise your feet above your
head. If you are able stay the minute in this position.

If you do this short routine you will notice that your body will perform much better for
the rest of the day.

All it takes is 5 minutes. After this time, observe yourself and try to notice your state of mind, your state of being.

Text adapted by Fabs,DeRose Method Tribeca article

Manage your stress using breathing techniques

The objective of this short technique is to bring more awareness and consciousness to the way you breathe and through this process take a few steps towards improved self esteem and confidence.

Note this is not a therapy, if you suffer from any condition seek professional medical help. This tip, much like the DeRose Method, is not a form of therapy — we would not be qualified for that!it is indeed a way to boost your performance.

So before you start check a couple of things:

1) blow your nostrils and make sure they are not obstructed. For the entirety of this technique we will ask you to breathe exclusively through your nostrils.

2) you body’s position does matter. Try to find a place where you will not be interrupted, where you can sit down and where you can keep your back straight — don’t lean back on the seat. Also pay attention to the position of your neck and keep it along the same line as your
spine, in other words, it is as if you want to be looking slightly up.

Now that you are setup spend the first few moments at simply noticing how you breathe. Try to inhale and exhale slower, using a greater capacity of your lungs. The next time you breathe try to pay attention to each stage in your breathing: inhalation, retention of the air whilst your
lungs are full, exhalation and retention of your lungs empty.

Maintain this breathing and when you next inhale project your abdomen outwards, giving you more room to expand your lungs. When you exhale contract your abdominal muscles to compress your lungs. Your next breathe will have even more air than before. Continue to breathe exclusively through your nostrils. Deeply and slowly.

If you are ready, increase the difficulty. If you so not feel comfortable continue executing this variation until the end of the time. To increase the difficulty add a rhythm. For example, use a
measure of 4 seconds for each stage of your breathing:

* 4 seconds to inhale;
* 4 seconds to keep your lungs full;
* 4 seconds to exhale;
* 4 seconds to keep your lungs empty.

All it takes is 5 minutes. After this time, observe yourself and try to notice your state of mind, your state of being.

Text adapted by Fabs, DeRose Method Tribeca article

Coping with Stress (Part 1)

We can feel that life in London is once again getting to that point where this becomes an issue.

We want to share with you a few tips and a few practical things you can do if you want to manage your stress. Before we get into the practical part, we would like to share with you the relationships that take place as a result of stress.


The most interesting relationship is that of emotional stress and your breathing. An increase in stress levels causes a physiological impact on your breathing. Try to recall a situation where you were stressed and try to remember your breathing.

The relationship of stress and breathing is clear: “Stress is the psycho-organic state produced by the gap between your potential and the challenges that you need to be face to achieve this.”

But is the opposite true? If your stress can change the way you breathe, can the way you breath change your level of stress?

Well, let us run a little experiment. You are going pay some attention to the way you are breathing and try to observe if that has any effect on you. The exercise will take around 3 minutes and if you would like you can do it for longer.

First a few ground rules: try to breathe exclusively through your nostrils in this exercise. We are going to aim to capture as much air as possible with every breath, therefore, breathe as deeply as you can. In order to enhance your experience we recommend that you sit down in a comfortable position, or that you try this exercise laying down with your back on the floor, your feet on the ground and your knees touching each other.

The abdomen is one of the first parts of the body to tense under stress. Therefore, in our exercise the first step is to expand your abdomen every time you inhale, and contract it when you exhale. The second step is to become conscious of each of the four stages in your breathing process: inhalation, maintaining the lungs full, exhalation and maintaining the lungs empty. The third step is to try to add a rhythm to this breathing, use the measure of 4 seconds and apply it to each of the four stages: inhale in 4 seconds, retain air in your lungs for 4 seconds, exhale in 4 seconds and stay with your lungs empty for 4 seconds. Remember to breathe exclusively with your nostrils and continue this technique for a couple of minutes.

When you finish try to observe your state of mind. The next time you feel you may be starting to feel stressed try this experiment. in simple bullet points:

  • Find a comfortable position;
  • Breathe exclusively through your nostrils;
  • Concentrate on experiencing each of the four stages in your breathing cycle:  inhalation, maintaining the lung full, exhalation and maintaining the lungs empty;
  • Try to execute each of these stages for 4 seconds;
  • Maintain this technique for a couple of minutes, or longer if you feel comfortable.
  • If you feel dizzy, stop.

At the end of this technique you should observe yourself, observe your state of mind if there was any change in the level of stress you feel. These steps are a great start at your process of managing stress.

If you find that you do not have a couple of minutes or that maintaining this technique for a couple of minutes is difficult remember one important tip: your most valuable asset is the machinery which carries your brain and allows you to execute all of your dreams and desires — take your time to maintain and care for your body. This simple exercise is a great way of giving yourself a little attention and care.

In the next article we will be sharing some other tips through other habits in your life.

Text adapted by Fabs,DeRose Method Tribeca article

The importance of breathing in everything we do


Our breathing is greatly interference of emotional states. Anxiety for example, produces a shorter, accelerated breathing, as a state of serenity produces a deep, slow breath. There is no denying the relationship between breathing patterns and emotional states or consciousness. The ancient Dravidians people who created the techniques used in the method, realized that dominate the breath be able to interfere with states of consciousness and better control your emotions. Leaving the more practical things, for example when you exhale slower you recover faster, do a physical fatigue or emotional stress. Not that you will no longer feel tired or even have that emotional feeling, but the fact is that there is a tear to both physical and emotional exhaustion. When we feel heavy emotions such as hate, fear, stress etc internally released a lot of toxins that are released in excess become detrimental to our health. Also, physically, the quicker we recover from a fatigue better. So the simple fact that we can better control the output of the air, becoming aware of muscle movement involved in breathing and causing the air to exit more slowly, we can reduce the wear on both physical and emotional context.

Rhythms and evolution in practice

The Dravidian cataloged different proportions of respiratory rhythms to generate different states of consciousness. The pace is always described as a ratio to the order and always Inspiration - Latching Air - Expiration - Hold breath. When you type the number you can put any value as long as the proportion is respected. Example, 1-1-1-0 rhythm. You must inspire, retain the breath and exhale at the same time and will not hold breath. So be inspired in 4 seconds will maintain the same proportion also in the other phases that have the number 1. The main rhythms are:

1-1-1-1 - Our breath is arrhythmic in nature and it also interferes with the fickle flow of our thoughts. Disciplinary breathing to maintain a cadence is disciplining the mind to keep focus. The pace is something that our mind does not like. She prefers the distraction. See for example, when you start drumming a song. In his introduction is easier to keep the pace. When the voice intoning the melody goes, if you're not too focused on what will fumble and lose the cadence. In conclusion, while maintaining the same for all phases contributes to mental focus and a state of stability.

1-2-1-2 - This rhythm is important to give the body more time to assimilate oxygen and energy being captured in breathing. Doubling time of retentions produces, in air retention this assimilation and retention without air, a time for greater insight, because that is what the parade without air in the lungs produces.

1-2-3-0 - This ratio increases the output of air from the lungs and this has been explained as aiding recovery from wear. Be it physical or emotional.

1-4-2-0 - This is the most advanced pace that there were those who cataloged and tested for thousands of years. According to the scriptures that describe such techniques, this proportion is associated with meditative states and the expansion of consciousness.

To breathe is to live, who breathes better lives better. Breathing with more awareness will not only be increasing your body awareness, but also emotional and flow of your thoughts. Respiratory rhythms fully meets this purpose, because the mind likes diversify and maintain a respiratory rate is subject to more focus and productivity.

Article by Daniel DeNardi

No more stress, please!


Stress in itself is not a bad thing. Without it, human beings would be vulnerable and would not be able to fight, work, or survive. However, the bad about this , is when stress levels become excessive and we lose control over it. The DeRose Method teaches various techniques to help maintain and control healthy stress levels without making severe changes to your everyday lifestyle.


Stress is the psycho-organic state produced by the gap between your potential and the challenges that you need to be face to achieve this. To manage it, you do not have to limit yourself to relaxation. Rather you need to increase your energy to empower your potential, and face the daily challenges. Without this stimulus, the human being would be vulnerable and could not fight, work or create with the necessary aggressiveness. Bad is the excess stress or lack of control over it. Between a psychophysical alert or another, the person would be able to redo this state of extreme organic and mental tension. Therefore, it would be necessary that there was less stress state or else specific techniques to minimize the generalized fatigue resulting therefrom.


Our techniques are really powerful to reduce stress to healthy levels, to minimize general fatigue, and to eliminate the chain reaction of secondary effects such as: heart attacks, high blood pressure, migraines, insomnia and depression.

Article based on an original text by Prof DeRose

One of these techniques is Breathing Re-education

With this simple technique you can learn to effectively regulate your breathing patterns. The abdomen is the first part of the body that we tense when we are stressed.

  • Take deep breaths expanding your abdomen each time you inhale and retracting when you exhale (make sure you are moving your abdomen).

  • Breath in for 4 seconds, holding your breath with your lungs full for 4 seconds, exhaling in 4 seconds and holding without breath for 4 seconds.

In one year's time you will wish you had have started today!

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How to manage stress


Stress in itself is not a bad thing.

Stress is the psycho-organic state produced by the gap between your potential and the challenges that you need to face to achieve this.



To manage stress, you do not have to limit yourself to relaxation; rather you need to learn to effectively regulate your breathing patterns. Without it, human beings would be vulnerable and would not be able to fight, work, or survive.

Stress keeps you up above the line, coping with daily life and makes you reach your most outrageous dreams. What is bad however, is when stress levels become excessive and we lose control over it.

The DeRose Method teaches various techniques to help maintain and control healthy stress levels without making severe changes to your everyday lifestyle.

One of these techniques is Breathing Re-education: 

The abdomen is the first part of the body that we tense when we are stressed. In order to manage and reduce stress take deep breaths expanding your abdomen each time you inhale and retracting when you exhale.

Try breathing in in 4 seconds, holding your breath with your lungs full for 4 seconds, exhaling in 4 seconds and holding without breath for 4 seconds.

Avoid inhaling or exhaling through the mouth at all costs and make sure you are moving your abdomen.

The DeRose Method is an efficient resource for reducing stress to a healthy level – 90% of those who practise it feel the effect of stress reduction from their very first session. This is because DeRose Method incorporates specific techniques that not only minimize general fatigue but also eliminate the chain reaction of secondary effects such as: heart attacks, high blood pressure, migraines, insomnia and depression. Book here your trial lesson!

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