We’ve Found the Secret to Optimal Performance


Find out how to reach optimal performance and excel in business and in life

Achieving optimal performance at work and in life involves taking your mental and physical abilities to their highest levels so that you can realize – and reach – your greatest potential.

A unique discipline called the DeRose Method is catching the attention of entrepreneurs and ambitious business people across the world by promoting a quality lifestyle that’s strengthened through well-being, culture, mindfulness, self awareness and kindness.

Originating from Brazil and this method involves physical and mental exercises and techniques. To date the lifestyles of many have been transformed through taking their lives to the next level and bringing optimal performance within their grasp.

By regularly attending classes at either of the two DeRose Method schools in Manhattan, New Yorkers can also now achieve excellence in fitness, health and business.

Already, entrepreneurs in New York’s thriving startup community are reaping its benefits and sensing perfection in their professional and personal lives to last a lifetime.

As DeRose Method practitioners they’re also striving to make the world a better place to exist in.


4 Exercises to Better Handle Anxiety, Fear, and Anger



How a person deals with other human beings is a big factor in whether or not he or she succeeds in business and life. It involves emotional intelligence (EI), or the ability to recognize and appropriately react to feelings in yourself and the people around you, particularly when it comes to handling stress and frustration. According to Gustavo Oliveira - a consultant who has helped about 2,000 people worldwide improve their EI using something called The DeRose Method - it's a skill everyone can sharpen. Here are his words on four ways to build your emotional intelligence.

1. Study yourself.

To get a better understanding of your emotional responses, behaviors, and where your weaknesses may lie, learn to pay attention to your reactions and behaviors. And ask people close to you--only if they'll be honest--to tell you what areas of your personality need work.

2. Manage emotions during stressful situations by breathing correctly.

Deep and steady breathing through the nose with a relaxed ribcage is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body, and strong medicine for anxiety, fear and anger. Deep breathing sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body, resulting in a lower heart rate and blood pressure. And when you are relaxed and calm you can better manage your immediate emotions.

3. Channel your emotions.

One powerful method of handling negative emotions is to transform negative energies into positive ones by redirecting them to fuel new opportunities. For example, in 2009 I was expanding two successful businesses. Two years later, both had failed and my money was gone. I was crushed, frustrated and disappointed, but instead of letting my emotions reinforce an unproductive mindset and behaviors, I took a five-hour drive and started thinking about ways I could channel the power of frustration into something positive. During this time, I realized that my failures actually taught me many valuable lessons on how to run a business and the things that must be avoided. I decided to teach these lessons to others and created a course which was a huge success and became an amazing new asset.

4. Transmute your emotions.

Try to transform negative feelings such as anger, hatred, pain, and jealousy into positive ones such as, love, admiration, compassion and kindness. For example, I had a student who was a professional stand-up paddle (SUP) athlete and would become emotionally unstable every time a competitor provoked him during competitions, which would negatively impact his performance. So, I created a behavioral training response for him: I asked him to smile at the competitor, row harder and intensify his focus. With time and training his response improved drastically and his new and unexpected behavior destabilized the competitors who provoked him.

Envy is another common negative emotion. Some of my students have admitted that the achievements of others make them feel as though if they are not good enough. I train them to transform the feeling and substitute it with admiration for the person's success. They come to see it as an opportunity to learn from the person's strengths, which is a more useful and productive response.

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Almost immediately after I started to train, I felt like I had nerves of steel...

"Almost immediately after I started to train, I felt like I had nerves of steel, perfect concentration, and I was in great physical shape. I am convinced that this method is the best for reaching my maximum performance."

A wonderful testimonial from Edoardo Liberati, Lamborghini driver and student of Carlo Mea at DeRose Method Rome.

What is concentration?

According to the dictionary, concentration is to give full attention and energy to something.

Everyday I hear people say that if only they were interrupted less during their daily activities, their productivity and focus would greatly increase.

But what do I gain from increasing my concentration?

You gain increased productivity and more energy to get things done. This is because a well-trained mind makes everything easier and more efficient. You will not have to do the same things over again because you had not noticed small mistakes in the first place. Increased productivity often means more free time for you, for your children, family, sports etc ...

When was the last time you trained your concentration?

Most people do not train their concentration. This is because it is still an unknown discipline and perhaps somewhat obscure to us.

But I assure you, a little dedication in your routine and you will feel your productivity soar.

There is nothing more powerful than a well-trained mind.

When you combine concentration + discipline + focus, you are unstoppable. This clearly defines those that succeed in life and those who do not. Those who haven’t this powerful tool in their hands invariably share the same self talk: “it’s because he is lucky”, “God is with him”, “it looks like he was made or it”, “the stars help” and a bunch of further excuses.

A well-trained mind produces wealth and harmony around you, driving emotional stability and happiness.

Do I need to spend 6 months in Tibet or India dressed in strange clothes?

These things described above have a name: prejudice, fantasy, myth. Increasing your ability to concentrate depends uniquely and exclusively on whether you train, engage and direct your attention to such a thing. Nothing else makes excellent exercise of concentration, as it does to keep working where you work, live where you live and with whom you live.

What does what I eat, drink and smoke have to do with my concentration?

With much experience working in this area, we can guarantee that these are things known to really "drain" your attention and your body. This happens when the body is not well maintained, with excellent maintenance, when you keep ignoring it and do not exercise it, when you keep eating poorly, drinking, and pretending that back pain has gone after all). However disciplined you are, you will not have the same productivity, as it the body hasn’t got any outlet.

A McLaren running with diesel?

Ever imagined a Formula 1 car, racing with a flat tyre, or working with diesel instead of petrol?

Yeah, your body is not much different. And, quite simply, if badly maintained, the most developed machine in this universe will yield 30, 40 and even 70% less than it should. You know what I'm talking about, when you have those days when you simply cannot concentrate. When the work does not get done. When it seems that everything is out of order for no apparent reason.

And why are you not looking at what you did during the day or days earlier – such as sleep less, eat more at dinner, inject caffeine into the body and allow stress to dominate your day.

Alcohol, the silent villain

This is a taboo subject in our society, wherever you go in the world the human being makes use of narcotics (from ancient Greek ναρκῶ Närko, ‘Ι benumb’), yet the body always pays a price. The seat of consciousness exists in our brain, and to receive any amount of alcohol, however small, will create alterations, causing decreased concentration and small lapses of consciousness, imperceptible to the individual, but increasing the reduction of concentration.

Very far from your reality?

That lapse of a few minutes lost when you had to remember those passwords or keys or mobile phone that you lost during the day, all these minutes add up to a few days of work in one year’s time. Time that you could have spent with family, friends, doing sports etc ...

I do not want to become a ninja or a Karate Kid

Again, these myths created by Hollywood films deter people with excellent development potential, to whom it would be natural to increase concentration, gain memory and clarity of thought. And with nothing more than closing the eyes and train a simple technique of concentration for a few minutes.

I do not believe any of these things

Provided you are executing them well, the wonder of these techniques is that you do not need to believe in them. You can tell a massage therapist you do not believe in his or her techniques, but if he or she is good, the techniques will surely produce the effects. You could also say that you do not believe in anesthesia from a dentist, but I do not believe that you would undergo a dental filling without such an injection, even if you do not believe in it.

Attention is the cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. Attention has also been referred to the allocation of the processing of resources. Alcohol That is the principle given to ardent spirit and wine. Their intoxicating power, while the narcotic principle to opium and tobacco imparts similar properties. In popular language, alcohol is classed among the stimulants, and opium and tobacco among the narcotics; which substances are whose ultimate effect upon the beast system is to produce torpor and insensibility, but taken in small quantities they exhilarate at first. And since alcohol does the same, most medical writers, at the present day, class it among the narcotics.

- Edward Hitchcock, American Temperance Society (1830)

The day does not need more time: you need more focus!

Article by Edgardo Caramella

It's natural that, as a good becomes scarce, its value increases in proportion to its demand. This law of supply and demand can be applied not only to goods and services, but also to more subtle elements. Observe what occurs with time, which is less tangible compared to objects or elements of the physical dimension, there is no doubt that time is a factor which affects our lives substantially.

In the words of Jorge Luis Borges: "time is the susbtance of which I was made." And the brilliant writer was not mistaken in this observation, because we are that: time. In this passage of time is our work, our contribution, our existence and also our legacy when our time runs out. It is extremely valuable to know how to manage it, to spend it in a constructive way, to know that it is a very very precious, fleeting and the basis on which our lives are built.

It's evident that time adjusts to the different perceptions each person has of it. This diversity of interpretations is a human construct that influences the individual and collective aspects of life in a very important way. Each person has their time, their pauses, their rhythms, and we should know how to relate to others within this range of varying perceptions.

When the clock predominates, time is a very valuable commodity. The phrase time is money, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, establishes this clearly. In contrast, within cultures where the events set the time and its value, the general behavior is more flexible and human relations occupy a place of utmost importance.

Time and money are measured in different ways. I consider the appropriate management of time important, to not lose it as a result of a lack of concentration or in activities that do not generate results. We can incorporate a productive pace, with effective results, and without excessive stress if we learn to do that.

In the workplace, for example, you can avoid the word "URGENT" - which in itself predisposes the excessive production of adrenaline - if everyone establishes a more conscious, logical and constructive relationship with time. The DeRose Method offers an effective tool for training time management, based on a clear understanding that we should incorporate, work on what we are to do what we do better.

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

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

Where is my mind?



There are times like New Year or the return of holidays that people often stop and think about what activities they want to make in the coming months and how to organize them. Some go deeper and evaluate their goals are and how the previous year went. By making this observation sometimes they find their life is not what they want the most, and that in the rush of everyday life, dreams and projects were shelved. What they do not realize is that their thoughts, whether conscious or not, are those who build these realities and daily a lot of mental energy that could focus on your goals, it is often overlooked.

Is it possible to reverse this? Yes, of course. Through regular practice of mentalization techniques this may change. According to the Royal Spanish Academy mentalization is to prepare or predispose someone's mind in a certain way. But when we talk about visualizations techniques we refer to those who develop mental potential and teach us to lead the thoughts at will to create an image, a mental mold or archetype of something you want to happen.

The mentalization can be applied on oneself, on others or living things and used for a very specific purpose such as travel, professional achievement, a stable loving relationship, etc.

Every time we set our minds we are focusing our energies on what we want to conquer and further increase the strength to perform the actions that will lead us to achieve our goal.

Now, let's practise: Choose a goal. It can be professional, athletic or affective. It is important that you focus only in one thing. Choose what you want the most to achieve. Visualize yourself like you're watching a movie. Mentalize you're reaching that goal.

Visualise all the details, do not put limits. Always Mentalize positively what you want to conquer.

Repeated this visualization every day.

When you start to concentrate better, look for a place where you can't be interrupt, sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Then with a little training, you will notice that this is no longer needed and you can mentalize anytime anywhere.

Text adapted by Silvina Tenembaum