We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Garrett Goggans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Garrett, how do you think about risk?
Everything I am today has everything to do with risk. To obtain anything of worth out of life you must take a certain amount of risk. Unfortunately, most will never get there. We are too fearful of loss, rejection, or just failure in general. It has always been curious to me why failure is the first thought that we turn to when presented with an opportunity. Having the understanding of the mind that I do now, I believe this largely stems back to when we were children hearing cautionary statements that told us if we did this, or that, a negative result would soon follow. Now, of course, this was meant to protect us, but it created this idea that harm could come whenever we try something new.
The reverse to this way of thinking is developing an understanding that we are going to fall, we are going to fail. This is a necessary part of learning, of growth, of success. When I transitioned into facing those fears head-on, something beautiful happened. I began to truly experience life. Shifting our thoughts from “What if I fail?” to “What if I succeed?” causes us to move forward rather than staying stagnant. I have heard it said that reaching the goal does not equal success, moving toward it does. If every day we can entertain the idea that we can accomplish our most worthy goal, to take on that risk, then each and every day we can be successful.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As everyone has, I went through some ups and downs in life, and, like most, those ups and downs seemed to be extreme. I remember going to a training event where the speaker said something that stuck with me. She said that any success you find, and any success that you do not find, has nothing to do with external circumstances or another individual, but everything to do with you. At first, I found that statement to be a little harsh, but the last time I hit rock bottom I thought if that is true then what about me needs to change. This was the launch of my personal development marathon.
Personal development, for me, took on a completely different meaning which is why I usually refer to it as personal discovery. This journey, if done correctly, will open your eyes to the person you are meant to be and how parts of the current you are aligning with that. Once this awareness is achieved, you can begin to replace the pieces that are not in alignment with ones that are. This is how we can literally build the life we want. What I discovered, though, is that this process is primarily done through developing a mindset for success. I became fixated on the mind and how to make it work in my favor. Through doing certain things in a certain way, and through constant spaced repetition, I was able to achieve things that I never thought were possible. I knew from that point on that I needed to share this with the world.
Sharing these principles with the world initially started with my book “Moving Life Upstream Without a Paddle – A Brief Guide for a Successful Mindset” where I covered what I believe to be some foundational aspects to a success mindset. From there I launched the podcast of the same name to really start to bring in other people’s stories to prove that this process works. The logical next step was life coaching, with a primary focus on mindset. I was talking with a close friend about my desire to start a mindset coaching practice and her response was the spark that led me to where I am today.
What I do is not life coaching as much as it is life engineering. I literally start from the desired result, reverse engineer that to determine what is necessary to achieve it, then re-engineer the person to be in line with that overarching goal. Again, we can design whatever life we want we just have to understand that it is 95% mindset and 5% strategy that makes it happen. This, in a nutshell, is how Dr. G. Mindset Engineer came into existence.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here is the thing about Colorado, we have picturesque spots of nature that only take a few hours to get to from just about anywhere along the front range. You can go to Estes Park, travel through Rocky Mountain National Park, and be back in a day. You can drive to The Great Sand Dunes spend a few hours and home before for dinner, Catch a concert at Red Rocks, go ski town hopping, or maybe travel to the top of Pikes Peak. Go camping at 11 Mile, Phantom Canyon, or somewhere along the Platte. We have over 50 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet that are waiting to be hiked. In short, the possibilities are pretty much endless and I can’t say that anyone is my favorite because they are all awe-inspiring in their own right.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many who were involved in getting me to where I am. I could write an entire book on the topic, but when I started this journey of personal development, or what I like to call personal discovery, I’d have to give special recognition to a few people in particular. Dolly Cina, who has always had this unwavering belief in me. Saying this is a good thing is an understatement because I had to borrow that belief on a regular basis. It takes a special individual to see you as your higher self when you are at your lowest. Scott Brandt is another who had a unique way of getting me to consistently put one foot in front of the other. I wouldn’t call this gentle persuasion as much as it was calling me out on the stories I was telling myself. When you begin to listen to how you talk to yourself you will recognize how you are the only one standing in your way. Lastly, and most importantly, are my family. My sister Tara, my mother, Jan, stepmother Carol, my children Corah, Braeden, and Parker, and grandson Jesse. I may not always recognize the role they play every day in my life, but I am grateful to have such unconditional support.
Other: Moving Upstream Without a Paddle Podcast: https://anchor.fm/w-garrett-goggans