Why would you retain Marc Sluszny as your mental coach or life coach?
Mental coach Marc Sluszny takes you on a journey in search of personal growth, achievement and excellence.
"Once we start working together, you'll soon be amazed at how much more of your potential you can access."
How good do you want to be?
Mental coach and life coach Marc Sluszny will successfully bring about change and help you in reaching your goals and dreams.
Read on and discover how Marc will make a difference in your life.
Marc has achieved extraordinary results through courage, focus and perseverance.
- 1982 - 1983. Tennis Ranked no. 5 in Belgium.
National Davis Cup Team. Finalist Belgium Nationals doubles.
- 1988. Swimming. Swam across the English Channel solo from Dover to Cap Blanc Nez. 36km in 10h30min in a water temperature of 17 degrees.
- 2006 - 2007. Gliding. Marc broke an altitude record (11300m) above the Andes.
He was the first ever to cross the Strait of Magellan in a glider.
- Check out the rest of his impressive curriculum vitae here.
With the 'right' knowledge and knowhow, you will accomplish great things and attain your unfulfilled potential.
100% tailor made for you and your organization
As a mental coach and life coach Marc Sluszny earns the trust and respect of the people he works with because 'he walks the talk', he translates words into action. Furthermore he listens to your needs and assists in developing a personalized road-map that will help you attain the upper limits of your abilities. There is no limitation to what individuals are capable of doing with their minds.
"As a mental coach and life coach Marc Sluszny leads people to the top of their game"
Any type of challenge
Marc Sluszny is an extraordinary mental coach and life coach who has gained worldwide recognition thanks to his exceptional sports achievements in multiple disciplines.
On account of his courage, determination and focus Marc has been 'Pushing The Limits' of his physical, emotional and mental mindset, enabling him to perform at the very highest levels. He has earned several National team selections in different disciplines and broke multiple world records.
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.
How to live your dreams and achieve your goals
"All my life I have been leading expeditions and practicing extreme sports, but for the last several years I have focused on coaching both athletes and executive teams. My search has been to reach-out and pass on what I like to call 'the right stuff', the right mental attitude. I believe that everyone possesses an inner energy that will enable them to overcome their fears, live their dreams and achieve their goals.
Due to my unique background and experience, I have developed particular skills and have committed myself to teach, motivate and inspire others. Everything I've done in my career has sprung from my desire to empower people and make a difference. Today I am coaching individuals with varied talents and abilities to reach their highest potential and so to gain understanding about themselves as well as others."
A good mental coach or life coach inspires one, to be the best one can be.
Read the authentic reviews and comments. These are just a few examples of the many organizations Marc has helped reach new levels of performance.
Purpose: Mental Coach
Marc's purpose is to inspire and motivate people to overcome their fears, push their boundaries and realize their dreams, in daily life as well as in business.
Something for you?
Marc guides and motivates young and old, business leaders, entrepreneurs and athletes.
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A few of the many testimonials on Marc Sluszny as a mental coach & keynote speaker.
"Thank you for showing us the way. You have inspired us to reach higher highs."
BASF - Ludwigshafen
"Huge, positive changes to my life. Very happy about our work together."
"Learn more and grow more. Thank you, Marc."
"Classy and convincing! As always!"
"We have achieved our goals."
"You are excellent."
"We have personally experienced major breakthroughs."
"You are the one who makes the impossible possible."
Ask yourself "How good do I really want to be?"
Don't hesitate, dreams are just ideas until you take the first step to make them happen.
Mission Statement: Fear Less
- To achieve your goals, you must overcome your fears.
- To conquer your fears, you must be willing to push your limits.
- If you exceed your limits, you will get to live your dreams.
- Do the right thing, at the right time,in the right way.
- And be satisfied with nothing short of Excellence.
We all have fears. We all have that one small idea or object 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 pretend that it’s not there, truthfully, it consumes us. This fear is what makes us switch on the light before we dare to enter a room, to search every nook and cranny of the bedroom for the lingering spider, or causes the massive lump in our throat that leaves us grasping for air before we open our mouths to speak in front of a crowd.
The severity of the fear can vary from person to person. Some fears are more benign, like when some of us quickly run up the stairs of our basement to the safety of the first floor, fearing the unknown creature lurking in our basement that will surely reach out and capture us one day. Others are more severe, and therefore create a much larger barrier in our life. For some, the fear of ridicule, or not being accepted can be so inhibiting, that life will pass us by as we sit and wait for the courage to branch out. Imagine how much more rewarding life would be if we were more outgoing, if we didn’t sit alone weighing the pros and cons of introducing ourselves to the group, if we could just swallow our fears and put ourselves out there, without the fear of being judged. Gone would be the days of hesitation, of missed opportunities, and of regret.
But we do our best to avoid our fears. We stick to what we know, and rarely venture outside of our comfort zone. We go to the same restaurants over and over again, not because the food is fantastic, but because it’s familiar. We know where it is, we know what to order, we know the shortcut to the bathroom, and we know what the bill will cost. There are no surprises, no disappointments.
But as many already know, life always has an element of surprise.
Just when you think you are prepared for the day, life throws you for a loop and suddenly anxiety floods your senses and you are paralyzed with fear.
My moment of great fear crept up on 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 Britannic, and cheated death 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; I could get a bad reputation! This growing fear was almost too much to bear.
I knew I had to approach this situation just as I approach all of my stunts: to be consciously aware of my fear, analyze the situation, and question the source of my fear. Everything that inhibits us to achieve our goals or our objectives is based on fear, and so if we take the time to pinpoint our fears and try to understand the psychology behind the fear, these little annoyances can become a manageable obstacle. I have always pushed myself to a certain goal and I have learned to push my fears aside, to rid my mind of my insecurities, to flush my conscious 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 my surroundings and myself. 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.
A critical step in reaching this level of zen is that you must be able to consciously make decisions. By this, I mean not making a decision out of fear. Anyone can physically jump out of a plane and scream their head off the entire descent until they land on the ground. This is not conquering your fear. You cannot just mindlessly go through the motions and claim to be fearless. You must take an objective point of view, and take that leap from the airplane because it is something that you really want to do, not just because of peer pressure, but because you have made the conscious decision to do so.
Once you have achieved a clear objective, ie. I want to go skydiving, people tend to go through a self-doubt process in which the mind seems to split and the hemispheres work against one another. On one side, your mind has consciously decided to go skydiving, you make the arrangements, you meet with an instructor, and as you gear up in the plane, your mind does a 180, and suddenly you don’t know why you are even on the plane; and ask yourself, what the hell am I doing here? Your mind is at war with itself, trying to talk itself out of skydiving. This is the next vital step in overcoming your fears: to acknowledge. It might seem like a no-brainer, but one of the most difficult barriers to cross is admitting that you have a fear.
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.
After admitting a fear, approach the fear from a brand new perspective and question where this fear came from. Why am I afraid of skydiving? Although it might seem like an arbitrary question, many will find that by taking a moment to reflect and really think about the source of your fears, it will give you a deeper insight. Most of the time you can look into your background 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? At a young age, my kids climb onto the table and then leap off into my arms with their eyes closed. But my kid’s friends are told not to pull that stunt. They would not even climb onto the table for the fear of falling. I have taught my kids to overcome their fears and to not be afraid of such things. I want them to learn to fear less.
The same lessons can be applied to anyone. 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 to be willing to overcome our fears.
You do not have to be a crazy daredevil to achieve the proper mindset to overcome your fears. The process is much like riding a bike, as you develop the desire to ride a bike without training wheels, but you have your parents hold on to the bike for as long as possible because you’re afraid of falling, but with time and patience you learn to take control of your fear and ride on your own.
This is a process that I have learned through years of experience, and every time I come across another frightening situation, I tell myself, “If anyone can do this, it’s me.” I just keep telling myself that until I really do believe it.
A positive mental state is crucial for overcoming your fears. Going through the motions kicking and screaming will get you nowhere. But if you take life as it comes and have the ability to let your mind free itself of all fears and anxieties, you can achieve a level of Zen in which your mind can be one with your body– no longer enemies, but working together harmoniously to achieve a goal.
Once you are able to free your body and mind from these inhibiting fears, no goal will seem so lofty. You can accomplish anything. By overcoming your deepest fears, you will achieve a freedom to live to the fullest!
That is what I focus on when I work with you as a mental coach or as a life coach.
Rite of passage
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.
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 (racecar 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 realised 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.
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.
Is there anything better than being able to get away from the triviality, mundaneness
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 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!