Gez Perez is a high-performance coach, motivational speaker, and author of Motivation Without the Hype.
In this episode, listen in as Gez shares his tips on how to excel in business and thrive personally and professionally.
“When you start to have awareness and take responsibility for that awareness, we define our own life as opposed to letting other people’s opinions shape us.“
What does “motivation without the hype” mean to you?
Gez: “Motivation without the hype” really stems from a decision. A lot of people tend to think that motivation is the hype. People go to motivational seminars to feel that energy; but, that energy is only temporary. What’s most important about “motivation without the hype” is building habits—high-performing habits that bring you to the next stage.
How did you get into motivation and peak performance?
Gez: I used to be overweight, depressed, and working full-time at odd hours. I remember walking up some stairs and experiencing what almost became a heart attack. I couldn’t move for those few minutes. That was the moment I decided I was going to change my life. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew I needed to do it. I had no knowledge on personal development, so I just grabbed a Men’s Health magazine and cut out a picture of a guy with a great body, cut the head off, and placed a picture of my head on the body. I had a vision, but now I needed a coach. I was willing to spend on one because I knew that it was an investment in myself. Within 16 weeks, I lost about 30 kilos, got my six-pack abs, and even competed as a fitness model for a while. I transformed not just physically, but mentally as well. I realized that mindset plays a major part in one’s transformation. That’s what brought me down the path of motivation.
How do you help people when it comes to mindset and motivation?
Gez: I help people dig deeper and stay focused on what they want, which requires discipline. But it’s hard to stay disciplined without certain habits. So, I uncover those layers. It’s uncomfortable because people don’t like to be in that vulnerable state. I need to give them a certain amount of care because they’re entrusting their life to me. When you start to have awareness and take responsibility for that awareness, we define our own life as opposed to letting other people’s opinions shape us.
What would you have to say to someone who has a hard time forming new habits?
Gez: It is a challenge to create a habit. If you come with the intention that you will work through it, then you’re creating a high-performance habit because there is purpose and intent behind it. You need a sense of urgency to figure out what your end-goal for that habit is. At the end of the day, you need to be building a habit knowing what the outcome or result of that habit is. You have to embrace your particular personality type and style and not just copy my style because we’re all built differently. My why is completely different from yours. A 21-day challenge is great, but the follow-through is what’s really important. If you don’t follow through, you’re going to plateau. Practice doesn’t make it perfect. Practice makes it permanent.
How different is the experience of coaching someone from say, the fitness industry versus someone in the business space?
Gez: Your thoughts influence your emotions; your emotions influence your behaviors; your behaviors influence your actions. Everyone is different; but, I do what I call “clue spotting”. I often ask what a person’s professional role is, because sometimes, the level of their activities influence their behaviors. For example, are they dominant or are they compliant? Once I know their preferred style, or behaviors, I know what language to use as I coach them. With IT folks, I talk with stats and figures. With salespeople, I talk with high-energy and drive. With HR and marketing people, I talk about creativity and collaboration. With hospitality professionals, I talk relationships and caring for others. That’s the low-level. The high-level is called “thinking preferences”—HBDI or Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument. It takes into account that your left brain is logical, factual, and historical; and that the right brain is all about creativity. We all fall in certain different models. If I’m able to tap into your thinking preferences, then I’m 50% of the way toward persuasion, and now we’re building that bond of trust and can take the next level of transformation. That’s how I’m able to work with anybody regardless of how they’re wired.
What were some of your deepest limiting beliefs that stopped you from becoming the person you are today?
Gez: Money and worthiness were the two biggest factors for me. I grew up with a traditional Filipino family who migrated to Australia, and their whole culture was about work, work, working to make money for the family. It gave me that limiting belief that earning money is too hard. At the same time, going to church taught me to be content with what I had and nothing more, so I had mixed feelings about the idea of abundance. I found that, if you change the internal, it will always reflect externally. What you put in is what you’re going to get out. I listed down all my limiting beliefs and thought long and hard about how to replace them. And to do this, it was crucial for me to have a coach. You can’t skimp on mentorship because, by definition of “limiting belief”, you need someone who can see your issues from a different perspective to help you overcome them. Abundance is everywhere. I’m a firm believer that we create things. If God is the creator, we are His creation, but we are creative.
How can today’s men practice self-care while making a lot of money?
Gez: First thing’s first: See to yourself. For me, internal and external self-care is 200% needed. Well-being is really important. How can you perform at a high level if you aren’t taking care of yourself? We, as men, put our Bugatti engine into a Toyota Corolla. We’re built for greatness. So, if we’re putting ourselves into a Lamborghini, we need to put as much attention to our self-care as we would to that type of car. Write down your affirmations and repeat them to yourself. Practice gratitude. Meditate. Exercise. Get into action mode.
Learn more about Gez Perez:
His website: https://gezperez.com
Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gezperezofficial
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