Bio-mastery is the process of individuals achieving mastery over their biology, specifically the nervous and endocrine systems, to manage stress and build resilience. It is the ability to consciously regulate their thoughts and emotions and achieve professional clarity and calm that not only allows them to survive stress, but to thrive in the turbulence of the 21st century workplace.

As companies move further into an increasingly competitive and uncertain economic environment, reliance on high performing individuals and teams has become critical to success. Building resilient professionals and removing stressors that impact on high performance has become key in ensuring the profitability of companies.

Today, neuroscience has exposed the capacity of humans to gain bio-mastery over the intelligence and fear centres of their brains. Mastery over these two key centres forms the basis of resilience building and the ability to not only withstand, but to thrive under long term stress.

Bio-mastery was born out of the practice of meditation, but evolved its techniques to cater specifically to the needs of business and the working professional. As a secular practice, Bio-mastery is a comprehensive stress-management and resilience-building programme that gives practitioners both foundational and advanced knowledge and skills to apply practically in their professional and personal lives.

The bio-mastery trains practitioners to not be susceptible to emotional triggers. To be calm and rational, as opposed to impulsive, anxious, or prone to anger. To inspire trust and high levels of comradery and fellowship. To have the capacity to regulate their thoughts and emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships thoughtfully and empathetically.

Bio-mastery allows a person to adjust to their thinking, behaviours and expectations. To have a high tolerance of uncertainty and to not be threatened by the unknown. To constantly monitor and regulate their stress response and to consciously access positive neurochemicals, such as dopamine, oxytocin, endorphin, serotonin and GABA.

In bio-mastery, the two key leadership assets of gratitude and compassion are developed, which allows practitioners to authentically appreciate themselves and others. Bio-mastery practitioners learn to view and accept others without judgement or jealousy.

Bio-mastery practitioners are trained to develop a positive self-esteem. To have an overall sense of their personal value or worth and to accept themselves with appreciation. To objectively assess the consequences of their actions and alter their course of actions where and how necessary. To not be caught up in unnecessary self-doubt.

In the bio-mastery process, professionals build awareness in their ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task. They learn not to be threatened by what they don’t know and can’t do. Bio-mastery enables practitioners to develop confidence in their ability to regulate their own motivation, behaviour and social environment.

Practitioners are trained to judiciously release hormones that increase their sense of optimism and control. Practitioners learn to use hormones to motivate and inspire themselves to action, irrespective of the reason for the action – good or bad.

They evolve the mental and emotional ability to rise to any situation unreservedly and enthusiastically and embrace it as a challenge. Because they are trained to draw their motivation from an internal source, they are able to sustain the motivation and inspiration for long, sometimes indefinite, periods of time.

Bio-mastery brings a sense of coherence to the world. Practitioners learn to shape the world into a positive personal psychological space. To develop a pervasive and enduring feeling of confidence that their environment is predictable and that things will work out as well as can reasonably be expected. Bio-mastery teaches self-reliance and control. Practitioners learn not to blame outside sources for failures and problems.

While accepting that some factors, such as natural disasters, are simply outside of their personal control, practitioners learn to feel in control of their response to events around them. They learn to see themselves as having the power to make choices that will affect their situation, their ability to cope and their future.

Practitioners begin to develop an achieved identity, in which they have analysed their beliefs and values to establish the set of internal principles or values to which they adhere. Bio-mastery draws on internally-based values as opposed to externally-based values. As such, practitioners evolve strong personal identities based on chosen values rather than values that are imposed on them.

Bio-mastery brings about a high tolerance of change and practitioners learn not to be threatened by the frequency and intensity of change. Practitioners develop the skill of accepting change as a way of life and set about managing the change in the best possible way they can. They accept that things will-be-what-they-will-be and the outcomes will be dealt with, as and when they unfold. They learn not to have expectations of certainties.

Bio-mastery develops the skill of accepting uncertainty and risk of failure as a normal part of the process of action. Practitioners learn to not take failure personally and to fail fast as a means to accelerate the passage to success. Practitioners are trained to see failure as a process of mapping the landscape of opportunity.

Bio-mastery teaches perseverance. Practitioners are trained to work diligently towards completing tasks and achieving goals and to not change their commitment based on temporary successes or failures. Bio-mastery enables practitioners to calmly and rationally look at a problem and gauge solutions.

Bio-mastery develops the ability for practitioners to not be unduly affected by what others might regard as negative feedback and instead see all feedback as constructive. Practitioners don’t take feedback personally, even if it is intended as such.

Practitioners with high levels of bio-mastery become a positive force in the fluctuating markets of the 21st century. Not only does bio-mastery enable practitioners to function optimally but, through their example, they have a positive and enabling influence on those around them.