Dave Briggs: On the subject of your new book, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a bit of a sneak preview at your latest release, ‘Small Wars’. Ccan you give us a bit more information on that?
Geoff Thompson: Small Wars is about stress, but not in the usual sense of ‘oh I feel stressed’. Its about what stress is, why we get stress, and how the feeling of stress, which is a physiological fight or flight, how it stops us achieving our goals in life. When we feel fear our inclination is to run away because we feel we’re faced by a sabre toothed tiger. This is teaching you how to understand stress, and how to use stress – transmit your stress energy into something more positive. I transmit my stress into my writing or my training.
Some of the top CEO’s in the top companies in the world are people that are highly stressed, but they channel their stress into prolific workloads and they achieve huge amounts. People like the originators of Sony, created something like a quarter of a trillion dollars in their own life time, and its because they channelled their stress energy into prolific work loads. Someone like Bill Gates – he’s the same. These are people who have an unusual amount of fight or flight, they get an unusual amount of stress so they just drive it into their work. Richard Branson is the same, he can never get enough so he channels that stress into his work load, so for the people out there who feel they are unusually scared, and they feel more fear than most, and you get feelings of fear with just about anything, I’d say you are the people that are most likely to achieve, if you can learn to channel that. The greatest, the most wealthiest people in history were people who feel like you feel. I’m like that you know, the phone can ring and I’ll get adrenalin, but what I’ve learnt is this process of trans-mutation, I’ve learnt to catch that energy and just shoot it off in another direction.
So the process is called trans-mutation, its picking up the energy from one stress, and driving into something more productive. Fraud felt that we couldn’t change the source of our stress, but we could change where that stress energy is directed. The guy next door might make you feel stressed, but you don’t necessarily have to re-release that stress on him, you can take that stress as a gift, its just energy, take away the emotion and you’re just left with a big bundle of energy. Drive it into your work, drive it into your writing, drive it into your acting. You can displace it wherever you want, but displace it positively. Its also about negative displacement, why we have road rage, why we have marriage break downs, why we hurt the people we love and its all to do with this stress response. Internally the book talks about the negative effects of stress, how if you don’t find a behavioural release for them, if you don’t find a physical way to get them out, how in the long term, how they kill you, how they kill neuro-transmitters in the brain, how they can create depression, how they can create nervous brain break downs, why people kill themselves because of stress.
Even kids waiting for exams can get so much stress that they want to commit suicide. That’s why the book suggests that putting kids through exams at that age is child abuse, because when you give kids that kind of stress at such an early age you are actually killing cells in the body, you’re killing the organism so its an abuse. Its something I believe that later on will be abolished, exams will be abolished, we’ll have some kind of system that will allow learning that doesn’t involve pushing kids into a hall and saying do this, otherwise you’re not going to be socially acceptable. It’s a tremendous abuse, and the only reason I know this is because I understand about the physiological response. I’m hoping that this book will trigger this with people and they’ll say lets not put the kids through exams, lets find another way of helping them to grow. We’ve got to lose this unnaturally competitive thing. Stress, to a degree, can help you to channel your dreams, it gives you energy, but if we allow stress to come in too much, because of over perception, then stress can kill us. Its finding a happy medium, that’s really what the book is about. For the people who read it and need it, it will transform their lives and their lives will be better for it.
Dave Briggs: You mentioned that you’ve got a few books that you’ve been working on, is there anything else, book or video wise that you are going to be releasing in the not to distant future?
Geoff Thompson: I’m not doing any more martial arts books or videos, for definite. I’ve got four more that are coming out that I wrote two years ago, one on Sombo, one on Greco, one on Judo and one on Freestyle Wrestling. These are books that I wrote two years ago that I will be releasing when the time is right, the videos are already out now but the books aren’t out yet, I’ll probably release them at some stage, but I won’t be writing any more. I’m currently writing a book called ‘The Elephant and the Twig’ which is about motivation and how we can achieve. I’m also writing some treatments for films. I’m thinking of doing an omnibus of my ‘Bouncer’ books, with a new prologue and an extended epilogue so it’ll be like four books in one and releasing that in the shops. I’m just working more on mainstream stuff, trying to move into a bigger circus if you like.