Zero To Dangerous – Steven Kotler
Zero-to-Dangerous helps you accomplish your wildest professional goals while reclaiming time, space and freedom in your personal life.
How Does Zero to Dangerous Work? Zero to Dangerous has three main elements that help you achieve your goals.
Daily Content & Exercises
Over eight weeks, you’ll master the world’s most cutting edge, science based strategies for achieving peak performance in business and life. Our framework will help you produce real results fast—freeing up time, reducing overwhelm and spending your entire workday in flow!
Intimate Neuroscience Based Coaching
Over eight weeks, you’ll work one-on-one with one of our highly trained peak performance coaches, backed by our research team of expert-level psychologists and neuroscientists. All of our coaches are world leading experts and will push you to where you want to go—and far beyond.
Lifetime Group Coaching & Community
Every week, our performance coaches facilitate live group coaching sessions. Imagine being plugged into a community of peak performing business leaders who provide you with accountability, support and feedback. You’ll have lifetime access and all time zones are accommodated.
More about the Zero to Dangerous curriculum: Zero to Dangerous has three engines that drive you towards your goal
Week 1 — Cultivating Your Dangerous Mindset & Flow 101
In this week you’ll learn how the world’s most successful people think and see reality. You’ll also learn the neuroscience behind flow states so you can begin recreating them in your own life.
1. Welcome To Zero to Dangerous
The download on how the entire training works in one simple hit. The simplicity of Zero to Dangerous contributes to our near perfect completion rates.
2. The Difference Between Zero & Dangerous
A statistical breakdown based on cutting-edge research of what “average” performance looks like versus “elite performance”. This will allow you to self-identify on the spectrum and see how far you have to go.
3. The Four Fundamental Elements
You’ll learn the four fundamental elements that underscore the mindset of the world’s most successful people. You’ll also learn how to adopt them into your own.
4. Truth Filters, Discernment & First Principles
Zero to Dangerous does not train opinion. It’s science backed. Here you’ll learn about how to differentiate fact from fiction to enhance your decision making and critical thinking.
5. The History Of Peak-Performance
A comprehensive breakdown of the lineage of research Zero to Dangerous has emerged from. This will improve your retention as you’ll have the background for all of the ideas we’ll cover.
6. Flow & It’s Triggers
Here you’ll learn about what flow states actually are, along with how to trigger one.
Here you’ll learn about the four stage flow cycle and how to build it into your own life so you can rapidly shift from flow to recovery and back.
Week 2 — Becoming A Time Jedi & Battling Cognitive Load
In this week we’ll shatter any preexisting notions you have around the concept of time. Then we’ll rebuild your perception of time from the bottom up so that you can unlock time abundance once and for all.
1. Redefining Productivity Through Leverage
The mainstream definition of productivity is shockingly flawed. Here we’ll redefine the term so you clarify your thinking an action and unlock true productivity.
2. Shattering The Myth Of Time
Time is a beast that is forever difficult to tame. Here we’ll re-install a whole new belief system about time so you can achieve permanent time mastery.
3. Liberation Through Elimination
If you follow the steps in this video, and take action, you will reduce time spent doing things you don’t want to do by at least 25%. Bold claim, but we stand behind it.
4. Liberation Through Simplification
Here you’ll learn why simplification is a ferocious competitive advantage untapped by the masses. You’ll also takes steps to simplify every element of your existence so you can harness the power of simplicity.
5. Liberation Through Automation
Henry Ford once said
“Man minus machine is a slave. Man plus machine is a free man”. Here you’ll learn how to unlock time, energy and attention by doubling down on those things you’re humanity makes you uniquely good at—while outsourcing everything else to technology.
6. Liberation Through Lubrication
Most of us underestimate the power of “friction”. Here you’ll learn how to use friction to unlock a state we call “superfluidity”—where the entirety of life takes on an effortless nature.
7. Assembling Your Flow Container
We’ll go deep into the power of Parkinson’s law and have you cut your workweek down to 50% of the hours you currently work. All the while boosting your output.
Week 3 — Reclaiming Sanity With Burnout Proofing, Recovery & Sleep
This week you’ll evolve into an executive athlete. That means learning how to sleep better than you ever have, dialling in your recovery practices and making yourself immune to burnout.
1. Cycling Flow To Become An Executive Athlete
The ultimate blueprint to leave the ranks of the average knowledge worker so you can join the “executive athletes” and enjoy the benefits that this style of work brings.
2. The Little Known Art of Burnout Proofing
Turn’s out burnout is a well researched topic. Here you’ll learn the six triggers for burnout, and how to reduce your susceptibility to each of them. The end result? Making yourself permanently immune to burnout.
3. Sleeping Your Way To Self Actualization
The way you’re sleeping is blocking you from unlocking your potential. Likely in a way that’s much more severe than you think. Let us help.
4. Becoming A Disciple Of Sleep
Here you’ll learn the 16 science backed action steps to sleep better than you ever have before.
5. Hacking Struggle & Regulating Stress
Some stress is a good thing. Chronic stress is poison. We’ll teach you how to achieve the perfect level of stress for elite performance and flow.
6. Saying No For Flow
Peak performers know how to set boundaries to protect their time, energy and attention. Doing so requires some serious skill in the art of saying no. We’ll show you exactly how to say no.
7. The Myth Of Rushing
Do you like being in a rush? If so, skip this module. If not, then we’ll show you how rushing is a cognitive fallacy and how to stop if forever.
Week 4 — Optimizing Your Physiology With Positive Psychology
In this week we’ll teach you how to get your biology to work for you, not against you. You’ll master the non-negotiable habits that science says every human being needs to be performing to max out performance.
1. Surrendering To Your Biology
As a human being there are certain non negotiable things you have to do to perform at your best. Here you’ll learn what they are.
2. Fueling Your System
Here we’ll teach you the three fundamentals of health to cut through the noise. We’ll also give you a ruthlessly efficient way of discerning what supplements are worthwhile. Oh—you’ll also learn how to achieve permanent hydration.
3. Mastering Your Meat Suit
Most people believe they think with their brains. That’s false. Our entire bodies contribute to the nature of our thinking. We’ll show you how to improve your performance by tapping into “embodied cognition”.
4. Gratitude To Win
Gratitude makes your brain work better. You’ll learn the most effective gratitude practices along with a big, uncomfortable gratitude challenge.
5. High Performance Mindfulness
We’ll define mindfulness with a level of simplicity you’ve likely never encountered before. Then we’ll teach you a multitude of approaches to improving mindfulness. Meditation is only one option.
6. Relationships As Oxygen & Attitudinal Contagion
Turns out the classic self-help saying that
“you’re the average of the five people you spent the most time around” has a neuroscientific basis. We’ll teach you the exact steps needed upgrade your peer group (joining Zero to Dangerous will help you do this anyway). This intervention is shockingly potent.
7. The When Of Peak-Performance
To join the ranks of the elite performers, you’ve got to understand one critical thing: when you work, it is more important than how much you work. You’ll learn your unique biorhythms so you can surf the waves of your energy day to day.
Week 5 — Waging War On Distraction & Overwhelm
This week is where you steal your sanity back from the technological overlords. We’ll be helping you undo the brain melt and stimulation dependency. All so you can unlock a laser like focus so powerful you’ll have to be careful where you look.
1. Fighting 21st Century Brain Melt
Modern day life is breaking most people’s brains. We’ll show you what this looks like neurophysiologically—along with how to protect yourself.
2. Overwhelm Assasination
The outcome here is simple: a step by step system to avoid overwhelm. Right now and forever.
3. Battling Distraction & Defending Attention
You’ll learn how to barricade yourself from the litany of distractions coming your way. Why? So you can experience a lazer like focus you never knew was possible.
4. Severing Technologies Attention Tentacles
The exact settings to put your smartphone and laptop on to optimize yourself for flow states. Along with the best tech tools peak performers use to squeeze more out of their time.
5. Escaping Technological Slavery
This module will provide a detailed roadmap for exactly how to interact with your technology. The goal being to teach you how to drop off your tech, without becoming cut off.
6. Assembling Your Temple of Flow
A satisfyingly straightforward module: every ingredient you need to build a working environment that’s optimal for flow. From the lighting to the desk setup.
7. Taking Stock On Your Danger
As you can see, you’re going to cover a TON. Heren we’ll take stock and make sure you’ve fully on track and seeing stellar results.
Week 6 — Limitless Motivation, Pristine Clarity & Flowy Execution
This week will involve you finding that
electricity running through your veins level motivation that fuels the world’s top performers. You’ll also learn the keys to 10xing what you currently get out of a workday.
1. The Formula For Limitless Motivation & Momentum
Ever wondered how so people have that neverending “electricity running through their veins” level motivation? Here’s the playbook to achieve that for yourself. This will be ultra helpful if you’ve got a transition coming up in life.
2. Trigger Neuroscience & Autonomy
The deep science of what triggers a flow state. Along with a roadmap to deploy these triggers. Oh, and a roadmap for impenetrable freedom in life (turns out this is called autonomy and also triggers flow).
3. Clear Goals & The Challenge Skills Balance
Two of flow’s most powerful triggers. You’ll learn how to harness these everyday to drive yourself into wildly deep, long flow states. Consistently.
4. Unlocking Pristine Clarity
Not 100% sure where you want to go in life? Or what your next steps are? That’s a shame because it’s likely blocking you from flow. We’ve got a pretty damn effective solution for you.
5. Asymmetric Warfare, Power Moves & Extreme Intentionality
We’ll bet you’ve encountered some blisteringly effective people in life. This video will show you exactly how they set up their workday to achieve intimidating effectiveness.
6. Calendar Worship & Time Tracking
You’ll learn how to set up your calendar optimally. Why? So you can sit back, relax and know that if you knock out what’s on your calendar, day after day, you’ll end up where you want to be.
7. Bedtime Flow & Wake Up Flow
The step by step morning and evening routine, backed by science, and optimal for flow. Along with action steps so you can implement it immediately.
Week 7 — Building A High Flow Lifestyle
By now, you’ll have a lot of the peak performance tools under wraps. Here we integrate it all so you can start to live at the upper edge of your potential. All the time. We’ll make this a new normal for you.
1. The What The Hell of Flow
After all the learning you’ll have done by now, we’re going to revisit the basics with another deep dive into flow science. This time in a little more detail.
2. Flow Cycle 1: Struggle & Release
Mastering the flow cycle is a crucial component of Zero to Dangerous. This module will show you exactly how to master the first half so you can plunge yourself deep into flow on demand.
3. Cycle 2: Flow & Recovery
The second half of the flow cycle. Here you’ll learn how to elongate your flow states and recover rapidly on the backend. All so you can get back in again.
4. Leaning Into Your Strengths & Invisible Skills
We advocate a strengths first approach to performance. You’ll discover what you’re most lethal, hidden strengths are so you can begin to build your work and life around them. The result will be more fun, more flow and a hell of a lot more success.
5. Becoming A Feedback Fiend
Without feedback you can’t access flow and you certainly can’t improve. Every system needs feedback to become better. We’ll show you why resistance to feedback is self sabotage. Then you’ll learn the four steps to gather feedback constantly.
6. The External Triggers & VUCA For Flow
Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are a struggle for most people. For people who understand neuroscience, they’re a potent way of accessing powerful flow states.
7. Group Flow & The 80/20 of Emotional Intelligence
You’ll learn how to access flow states with others. You’ll also learn about the fundamentals of EQ and why you should listen to understand, not to respond.
Week 8 — Sustaining Peak-Performance Forever
Most performance programs result in a short spike in performance for two to three months. Then behavior returns to baseline. Zero to Dangerous strives for the opposite. Your results should compound aggressively over the long term. This week shows you how.
1. The Dark Side of Flow & Self Sabotage
A journey into the most common forms of self sabotage engaged by peak performers. This module will likely be confronting. It should be equally liberating.
2. The Art of The One Day Month
Does what it says on the tin. Here you’ll learn how to get done in one day, what currently takes you a month.
3. Forging Unstoppable Grit
The science of grit, along with a playbook to help you become ferociously gritty.
4. The High Flow Blockers
The most common blockers of peak performance, simplified and turned into an actionable checklist. No more getting stuck with dips in your performance.
5. The High Flow Checklist
The whole of Zero to Dangerous reduced down into one simple checklist you can monitor every week and day to ensure you’re on track.
6. Gamifying Elite Performance
Gamification is a powerful tool to drive behavioural change. You’ll learn why and be given a “gamification map” to deploy immediately in your own life.
7. The Art of Impossible
A reminder of what’s possible for you. Along with a detailed, one on one breakdown of all of your results through Zero to Dangerous (and how to ensure you keep rising up from here on out).
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