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  • Mental coaching by Marc Sluszny
  • Mental coaching for top executives
  • First Rate Mental coaching
  • Mental coaching by Marc Sluszny
  • Mental coaching for top executives
  • First Rate Mental coaching
  • Mental coaching by Marc Sluszny
  • Mental coaching for top executives

Biography

Marc Sluszny is an extreme athlete, adventurer, coach, author and keynote speaker. An extraordinary man who has gained worldwide recognition thanks to his exceptional sports achievements in multiple disciplines. With courage, determination and focus he has pushed his physical and emotional strengths to the limit, enabling him to break several world records.


"It's not how good you are, only how good you want to be."


With more than 30 years of experience, Marc is determined to share his know-how with individuals and teams, to achieve, operate and redefine their goals. As a mental/motivational coach, he will teach you to apply the right mindset. This knowledge is not just a theory or a science, it's a way of life.


A masterful coach is a vision builder and a value shaper, who enters into the learning system of a person, business or social institution with the intent of improving and effectively implementing a development program and thus impacting people's ability to perform.


"What makes me different, is that I have lived it."


WHO:  I am a mental and motivational coach/ sports consultant and keynote speaker.

WHAT: I enable individuals and teams to achieve, operate and redefine their goals.
            ["The worlds best are trained."]

HOW: Focus / Engagement / Attitude / Resilience

My Experience

  • Sharkwise-the-movie.com
  • Davis Cup, 1982
  • World Championship Skysurfing, 1994
  • World Championship Powerboat Racing, 2009
  • BASE jumping
  • 24 hour endurance racing
  • World Championship 4-man Bobsleigh, 2010
  • Climbing the Annapurna, Nepal (8091 metres)
  • English Channel crossing (solo), 1988
  • Dive expedition to the HMHS Britannic (120 metres)
  • European Record Gliding: 40.000 ft above the Andes
  • Belgium Olympic Fencing Team, 2002

MENTAL COACHING FOR EXECUTIVE PROFILES

WHAT IS HIGH LEVEL MENTAL COACHING / SPORTS CONSULTANCY

It's a training and development procedure via which individuals or teams are supported while achieving a specific personal or professional competence, result or goal.

Opportunities that will challenge and lift each individual to find answers from within him/herself based on their values, preferences and unique perspective.

It is a customized process that provides insights intended to accelerate results and effectiveness as a leader and so achieve a mutually identified set of goals to improve performance.

This method will help raise standards of achievement and stimulates self-awareness, that results in the motivation to change.

All courses can be conducted in English, Dutch and French.

"In order to grow you must first have the courage to introspect and understand who you are"

"This will be your Search for Excellence!"

Contact me to understand how a personalized coaching program will enable you to reach your goals.

MISSION STATEMENT

Fear Less

To achieve your goals, you must overcome your fears.
To conquer your angst, you must be willing to push your boundaries.
If you surpass your limits, you will get to reach your dreams.
Do the right thing, at the right time,in the right way.
And be content with nothing short of Excellence.
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FEAR

We all have anxieties. We all have that one 'thing' that frightens us most; a fear that has defined who we are, where we go, and what we do. And as much as we try to behave and do as if 'it' is not there, truthfully, it preoccupies us. Fear is felt in many forms. We may have a fear of flying, a fear of commitment, a fear of the unknown, or at times, all of the above. By definition, “fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined... “
Fear is such a powerful emotion that it can simply override all other feelings, logic or priorities. And no matter how strong or courageous or defiant we are, inevitable circumstances can entangle us in a web of our own fears. This angst is what makes us put on the light before we find the courage to enter a room, to search every corner of the bedroom for the gnawing spider, or causes the huge lump in our throat that leaves us grasping for air before we dare to speak in front of an audience.

AN ILLUSION

The intensity of fear can vary from person to person. Some fears are mild, others are more extreme, and therefore create a much larger hurdle to overcome. For some, the fear of ridicule, or not being accepted can be so hindering, that life will glide by as we wait for heroism to appear.
In essence, fear is an illusion in existent in the physical world — it is neither tangible nor visible. But it exists in our minds and manifests through our actions. We therefore bring fear to life, many times without need. Getting through fear is a skill that anyone can learn.The problem is that most people cling to their fears, because it’s part of who they are.If you aren’t ready to face your fears, you probably won’t transcend them. So find the courage to reflect on your fears and notice how much they affect your life.
Conquering our fears begins with the acknowledgment that oftentimes fear is a decision, not an inherent trait or needed component of life.

My moment of great fear caught up with me when I had to speak in front of 2500 people. This should come as no surprise, since the fear of public speaking plagues more people in the world than the fear of death! I swam with Great White sharks, dived 125 meters to the sunken wreck of the Britannic, and overcome my fear of dying while Base-jumping, but the task of speaking in front of a crowd shook me to my core. What if I lose my thoughts? What if I say something wrong? I could make a fool of myself up there! This growing fear was almost too much to bear.

I knew I had to approach this situation just as I approach all of my objectives: to be consciously aware of my fear, analyze the situation, and question the source of my angst. Everything that inhibits us to achieve our goals are based on fear, and so if we take the time to understand the origins and try to grasp the psychology behind the fear, we will be able to overcome and control our emotions, hence our fears.

COURAGE

I have always pushed myself to reach my goals and I have learned to control my emotions and put my fears aside, to rid my mind of my insecurities, to consciously separate myself of everything going on around me and focus on the task at hand.
Just before I jump out of an airplane, I am not thinking about if my parachute will open, will I find the ripcord or will the landing be safe? I have taught myself to erase those anxieties from my mind and to escape into a “zen mode”. If I achieve this, I can be one with myself and my surroundings. Suddenly my thoughts and my fears melt away; now I can do everything at the right moment, without fear and without hesitation- even in life threatening situations.
I once asked a friend to come skydiving with me. He immediately said no, and when I asked him why not, he said that it does not interest him. I was not going to believe that one; I saw right through him. The reason was that he was afraid. Of course, he was not willing to admit it. He made up an excuse and was content with living in blissful denial. You cannot get over your fears by pretending that they do not exist. To pretend is to find a temporary solution, but it is not an answer to your problems. Once you have acknowledged your fears, you can truly start on the right path to overcome them.
A critical step in reaching this level is that you must be able to consciously make decisions.
By this, I mean not making a decision out of fear.
Step out of your comfort zone and work on becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. Mastering fear is to develop a sense of confidence in your abilities. You can train yourself for this mindset by setting challenging and reachable goals that become progressively more difficult.
When you form the habit of doing something daily that scares you, your courage grows little by little. Soon enough, the barriers that once were holding you back vanish and your potential maximizes tremendously. The goal is to train the emotional centers of your brain to anticipate a positive outcome when pushing boundaries.
Some call this courage.

INSIGHT

Courage is an indispensable commodity. Courage is a kind of strength, power or resolve to meet a scary circumstance head on. Courage is called upon whenever we confront a difficult, frightening, painful or disturbing situation. When our resources are challenged or pushed to the absolute limit. When we feel threatened, weak, vulnerable, intimidated or terrified. Courage, is of course, synonymous with bravery and fortitude. But today, we have lost the true essence of courage. The word courage comes from the French root coeur, which means heart.
Courage is required in almost every basic human activity or endeavor and comes into play when morality and spirituality are at stake. Moral or spiritual courage is what motivates us to do the right thing, to right a wrong, to take a stand for some dearly held moral principle or spiritual value despite the personal price or public opinion. Courage is not the absence of fear, but moving ahead despite fear. For if there is no fear, who needs courage?

It might seem like an arbitrary thought, but by taking a moment to reflect and really thinking about the source of ones fears, it will give a deeper insight. Most of the time you can look into your background and upbringing for the answer. A child is not born with fear; fears are acquired while growing up! But what if we teach our children to not have fears?
Once we understand our fears, and we dig down into the root of the fear, it is much easier to understand that these fears are purely psychological. It is us against ourselves. And by taking these steps to identify, acknowledge, and question our fears, we can develop the right psychological attitude. You do not have to be a crazy daredevil to achieve the proper mindset. If you take life as it comes and have the ability to let your mind free itself of all anxieties, you can achieve a level of Zen. Your mind and body working together harmoniously to achieve a goal. You can accomplish anything and will achieve a freedom to live to the fullest!
The goal is not to be fearless but to learn to fear less.

RITE OF PASSAGE

TENNIS

My father has always been a passionate sports-lover. During the ‘50s, he was the Belgian Champion at the 110-metres hurdles athletic event. His mantra was “mens sana in corpore sano”, a healthy mind in a healthy body. This ‘state of mind’ soon became my quest.
When I turned 12, my father became chairman of a tennis club, and so he encouraged me to play tennis. He noticed that I had a certain talent for the game and pushed me to become better. Naturally, being young and eager to please my dad, his motivation gradually became my ambition. I saw myself at Wimbledon, following in the footsteps of Bjorn Borg, who was my tennis hero at the time. Slowly, I improved and climbed up the ranking, becoming Junior-Champion and was chosen by the Belgian Tennis Federation to represent my country. Everything was fantastic, especially when I was given lessons by one of the best tennis coaches at the time, the Englishman Marc Neighbour, who was able to keep my attention focused while hitting the ball back and forth for hours on end. He was the first to initiate me to the ‘inner thinking and searching for a deeper meaning. The goal was not only to win but also about the path to winning. This helped me to develop as a human being and free myself of boundaries (at least in my mind). At the age of 21, I became one of the five best-players in the country, reaching the finals at the Belgian doubles championship. The coach of an American University (SIU) recruited me and I received a full athletic scholarship. After University, I played professionally for two years and was selected for the Belgian Davis Cup Team.

ENGLISH CHANNEL

At the age of 23, I decided to stop. I felt that I had reached my peak, and that my natural talent (as a tennis player) was coming to an end. I had achieved my initial goal and needed a new challenge: one that would provide me with more satisfaction and understanding.
This was the start of a new period in my life. I soon realized that by exploring my deepest feelings, I was following a pre-ordained path. The road to my final destination was more important than the actual goal itself.
In 1986, I had heard about a man that swam across the English Channel (36 km from Dover to Calais). At the time, it seemed larger than life but I decided I wanted to try. I found a swimming coach who was willing to train me, and for three-and-a-half years I swam and practiced every day for many hours.
The coach was a tough man and warned me that if I decided to go for it, I had better make it across, because he would not save me if I decided to quit halfway. At the time, I did not know if I should actually believe him, but I accepted his conditions and began my Channel crossing. The water temperature was 17 degrees Celsius, and I was permitted to wear only swimming trunks! My ordeal took me ten-and-a-half hours before I successfully set foot on the other side. This was probably the toughest physical achievement in a single given day of my career. I was exhausted and drained of both physical and mental strength, but I felt a tremendous sense of achievement. If I (as a non-competitive swimmer) was able to achieve this, then every other dream or goal I set my mind to was possible!
And so it began. I would pick out a sport I always wanted to do (race-car driving, flying, diving), gather as much information as possible and find a teacher or school to help me with any of these ambitious plans while keeping focus on the target. I realized that it was not easy but with enough perseverance, courage and motivation, you can make any dream come true!
The first step was to learn how to control my emotions. This was easier said than done. I began with meditation and exercises in patience and taming the rage and fear that formed a stumbling block and prevented me from performing the task. The next was overcoming primal fears (being trapped in total darkness, being unable to breathe or fear of the unknown). Once I was able to control these phobias, I was filled with a sense of satisfaction and self confidence. A feeling of mental liberation followed this. I don’t claim that these anxieties have completely disappeared but I have learned how to deal with them. In other words, I’m always alert and aware. I try to stay focused and concentrate, leaving all emotions aside.

ADVENTURES

I’m often asked what drives me to take on so many ‘extreme’ challenges. All I can say is that after playing tennis, I simply followed my gut instinct in looking for new adventures. Whenever I had achieved a goal, I soon came across someone or something that inspired me to reach another. I didn’t always achieve everything I’d hoped for, but I gave it all I had. If I felt I’d done my best, I knew the time had come to look for a new ‘test of strength’, but not before I’d stored the experiences of my previous achievement in my memory.
When I was young, most people thought I was crazy. They have gradually changed their minds and are now my most fervent supporters and, of course they are genuinely concerned when it comes to my well being. Sometimes they try to dissuade me from taking on a new, often dangerous task, like those who heard that I would soon be going to South Africa to swim with the great white shark, without a cage! They were convinced I wouldn’t survive and asked me if I had already drawn up my last will and testament. My parents for example, do not know ahead of time what I’m about to embark on. They usually read or hear about their son’s latest ‘achievement’ upon his return – otherwise they would just find it all too stressful.

DREAMS

Is there anything better than being able to get away from the triviality and monotony of life? Everyone has a dream. And making it come true is an incredible gift. Continuing to do your utmost is the best way of not becoming stale. Taking things further not only engenders more inspiration in various parts of your life, but it also strengthens the will to go even further. The search for further challenges has also given me the opportunity to meet many people from different cultures and backgrounds. I would like to discover the five continents in my own way. Every nation and every culture has customs that are both useful and valuable, and you can use them all to your own advantage. I want to share my knowledge and experience with others. Through the books I have written and movies I have made, I wish to inspire others in the way that I have been inspired. I want people to know that if they can overcome their most extreme fears, then their other anxieties will be much easier to deal with. I wish to grow old and be able to look back at my life with satisfaction, knowing that I am proud of what I’ve achieved and that my life was worthy of the gifts I’ve been given. Everyone needs to realize that they have certain opportunities, and by accepting life’s challenges (and stepping outside of their comfort zones) they can be surprised by what they are able to achieve.
I can’t say what the future holds, but I hope that fate will continue to protect me in my pursuit of all new challenges I may seek to undertake. The blood in my veins flows as powerfully as ever before. I still have a variety of plans and dreams to accomplish – flying from North to South Pole, swimming with crocodiles, and I dream of playing the saxophone at a rock concert. I don’t seek danger as such; I simply want to experience the blissful happiness the legends have felt. To achieve this, I must not hesitate or constrain myself but grasp whatever the day holds with an open mind.
Controlling the ‘how, where and why’ which plays a major role in extreme conditions has made me more philosophical about life. I believe that we all follow a fixed path although we just don’t know what the next step will be. My instinct tells me I’m on the right track. My aim is not simply to brave danger. After all, my life is my most valuable possession. But today it is these extreme sports that come my way and dominate my thoughts. Tomorrow it may involve some other, less physical commitment, but the challenge will be just as great.

Every time you move on in life, you take the knowledge with you and whatever you achieve as a person you pass on to your children. Your highest point in life is the starting point for them and the more you grow personally, the better base you are able to give them. If there is anything I wish for my children, it is that they have courage, resolution, and respect for their fellow man, mental strength and most of all a healthy attitude to life.

Rudyard Kipling put it like this in a poem to his son:
If
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And - which is more - you’ll be a Man, my son!

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All speeches can be conducted in English, Dutch and French.

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