5 Minute Interview: Lachlan Cotter
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Lach: I’m a spiritual badass in human form. I practice conscious self-actualisation by systematically identifying and demolishing fears. I also coach others on doing the same in their own lives. The juice of life is in riding the wave of your imagined potential. Closing the gap between reality and dreams. But that requires you to let go of the old. Let go of the patterns you used to identify with which keep those dreams out of reach. Reinvent yourself in the moment. This is what I call The Art of Audacity.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world who was the most influential to you and why?
Lach: I think I would have to say Wayne Dyer. I first discovered Wayne through an interview by Tony Robbins and became absolutely fascinated by his life story and philosophy. He was probably the first person to show me a spiritual dimension of life in a way that made sense and which I could relate to my personal experience. That was the beginning of a long period of personal exploration which I can see influenced many key decisions in my life. Wayne is also a great example of the courage to follow your calling and dance to your own beat rather than the expectations of the crowd.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Lach: The goal is always the same: freedom and happiness; though what that means changes from year to year. At the moment, I’m most focused on growing my personal coaching practice and smashing several more fears on my Awesome List. The measurable goal serves as a catalyst for growth and for focus, but what’s most important to me is the continual unfolding in the moment. It’s more about how I live and who I’m becoming rather than particular achievements and deadlines.
Alvin: In your lifetime how were you able to smash your greatest fear and live remarkably?
Lach: My greatest fears are the ones that remain. But it’s a continually rising bar. Their days are numbered. What I’ve learned thus far is this: The scariest things in life are decisions. Once you’ve actually made the commitment to change, everything becomes easier. It’s all over but the shouting. Whether it’s leaving a job, becoming a father or jumping from a plane, the leaps we take are always emotional. The most exciting, energising moments of my life are those when I’m on the brink of taking a leap like that; and letting the adrenaline of it push me over the edge of my resistance. Decisions aren’t made logically. They’re only justified that way. Decisions are made in the gut, and to do that, you have to take the intellect out of the picture for a moment. You have to find the courage to say “I don’t know what’s going to happen but I trust that the answers will be there. I trust it will be alright.” After all hasn’t it always been?
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Lach: The death of my father was a big jolt. It forced me to confront emotions that I’d never experienced before. Not only grief, but awe at the profound depth and expansiveness of the human condition. I think that changed me. I suppose what manhood means to me is responsibility, responsibility for who I am and where I’m going. Ironically, that’s not an exclusively masculine quality. So what matters is not so much becoming a man, but becoming a conscious being. Awakening to your calling in life. I like to think the biggest steps are yet to come.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Lach: Read If by Rudyard Kipling. I think that about says it all.0