YOU are solely responsible for the future you create.

SONAL BHASKARAN

I'm a mental performance coach and productivity consultant for high-achieving men who want to supercharge and sustain their success, without burnout or guilt.

I'm also a High Magick practitioner, a deeper form of energy healing that traces its roots way back to the Ancient Mystery School lineages, of which I'm an initiate.

In parallel, I run 5S Projects, a business process consultancy, helping management consultancies, digital agencies, and their clients, to scale effectively, by streamlining their project management and operations. Something I've been doing since I was 19.

I'm a travel fiend and a geek at heart. I've always been fascinated by the human brain, and how much of it we can use to unlock our potential. I never went to university, so in 2022, I thought I'd try my luck and apply for a masters. I'm now studying towards my MSc Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London. I'm also a sucker for simplicity, logic and flow (and a showstopping process map!)

My journey to here has been anything but simple.  Here's a bit more about me, and why I do what I do now.

 

My story

The Buzz

Since the age of 19, I've worked in high pressured change roles in predominantly male environments with companies such as Goldman Sachs, Coutts, HSBC, UBS, PWC, IBM to name a few. And I ran two other businesses in parallel.

Uni wasn't for me. 3 months in I walked out from boredom of listening to theory every day. I decided to apply for jobs in the City, and received two offers at leading investment banks, one of which led me all the way to today.

I loved working in the city. I loved the buzz, the adrenaline rush, the urgency, being with people who just wanted to get things done - and done well. I loved the impact I made, being recognised for it and seeing the big bonuses hit my bank account.

I was known for making things happen...and for being busy. All the time. If I wasn't working on change projects, I'd be working on the other businesses. If I wasn't doing that, I'd be working on a diploma or course I signed up to and helping others with whatever they needed me to do.

My first business was as a jewellery designer. I learned everything I knew from Google - from jewellery making to setting up a business, as I had no business owners in my circle. From all the costly mistakes and the steep learning curve, my jewellery was getting featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Grazia and finally making money from my passion.

I was prepping and attending trade shows during the weekends, and making orders at night before grabbing a couple of hours sleep before working in my other businesses.

I was the go-to person at work, at home, with friends. And with whatever I did.

The Burnouts & Breakdown

 I was so busy crushing it, that I didn't see my health slowly spiral out of control.

Acknowledging it would mean I'd have failed.

When I first burnt out, I ignored it. I lacked sleep, I was irritable and pushed through the mental and physical exhaustion. What took me minutes, now took hours. I didn't tell my boss at the time that I'd been signed off, until I couldn't hide the physical signs anymore. 

A few years later, I burnt out again. And did exactly the same thing. I survived it once, so I'll survive it again.

But a breakdown that almost took my life at 36, was a warning that I nearly didn't.

I finally got the help I was ashamed to ask for, and was also diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I'd worked so hard for my future, to mask a violent past and the challenges of being a carer from aged 8 to 23 in an emotionally charged home, that I didn't even notice how bad things were.

The Meaningful Success

Coaching, trauma therapy and energy healing gave me the clarity I needed to still achieve everything I wanted to. But this time, with the right purpose behind it and by putting myself first.

Instead of relying on others to feed my self-worth and sense of accomplishment, I learned to feed it myself.

I've been able to achieve so much, more effectively and with much better outcomes.

I'm now a certified Life & Success Coach, Positive Psychology Coach and currently working towards my MSc Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health at King's College London plus a Certified BrainFirst Master Practitioner

I have a coaching & High Magick healing practice and a successful business process consultancy, working with high profile consultancies and digital agencies.

And I do all of these things successfully BECAUSE it's gives me more time for me and my family, not in spite of it.

I now help other high-achievers to do the same...without the overwork, burnout or overwhelm

Why high-achievers & why men?

Most of my clients are men, but I also have incredible female clients that I work with who resonate with my content, approach or story.

The enormous pressures my Dad put himself under and the things he felt responsible for hugely impacted both mine and my mums life. The hardest thing to face was that it was those pressures that took him away from us too soon. 

His story isn't the only one. Over the years I've seen so many men - friends, colleagues and relatives - push themselves to achieve more and more without a tangible, meaningful purpose. To the point that for some, their bodies caved under the pressure, leaving children much younger than I was, without a Dad.

For others, it caused relationships between them, their partners and children to be irreversibly broken.  

The path to burnout might seem appealing, but it hooks you in like an addict and leaves you powerless in where you end up.

Ironically, I became the mirror image of my Dad, and a text-book high-achiever. The actions and approaches that helped me achieve so much were the same actions that nearly ended my life too soon too.

We get consumed by bad habits because we think that ANY activity is productivity. And that we're here to solve EVERY problem or EVERY person's problem. But because we're caught in the trap of wanting to achieve ANY kind of success to feel validated and to LOOK successful, we actually fail to BE and FEEL successful each time...so we continue in the cycle of those bad habits.

Bridging the gap between high-achieving and high performing, not just workwise but in all aspects of life, is what got me to where I am today. In a place of sustainable success. Without burnout, without lost relationships and with more time for me.

I do what I do to stop more men suffer or die from burnout, and the pressures they put on themselves. The way my dad, and others we knew, did.

I want them to unapologetically create the life they deserve, embrace healthy masculinity,  supercharge their success AND sustain it, without burnout or guilt. Because doing so, you better the lives of the ones you love too.

There is always a better way to be and feel successful. To feel fulfilled and significant. I'm here to partner with you to help you find yours.

If you're curious to find out more, you can find out more about how to work with me here

Or drop me an email here and we'll find time for a 15 minute call

Credentials

Still sceptical about coaching or consulting?

You 100% should be. The coaching and consulting industry is immense. Full of people with different experiences, expertise and credentials. And the term "anyone can be a coach" well, it's true. They can. 

And because of that, the question I'm often asked is if I'm a certified coach. 

Which I am, but here's the thing. A certification doesn't turn a bad coach into a better one. Not having one doesn't make a great coach a crap one. Something to take note of if you look at certification as a seal of trust or proof that you'll get the results you want. Nothing, not even a certified or accredited coach can do the work for you.

It's a big commitment and not something you should take lightly. I definitely don't. it might take a few weeks or even a few months before I commit to a coaching program myself. Because it's a big investment of your time, money and energy. 

That "know, like and trust" factor is key. That comes with social proof, connection, relatability and likeability amongst many other things. So do your research beforehand.

I love learning. I've been on a lot of programs and have the certifications that come with it. This allows me to select the right combination of methods and tools that are right for YOU within the structure of my 5 Peaks Method, instead of a one size fits all approach.

Here's a list of my coaching certifications and the companies I've worked with

 

Neuroscience, Psychology & Coaching:

  • MSc Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health | King's College London (2022-2024)
  • Neuroscience Backed Peak Performance Coach | Flow Research Collective (due May 2023)
  • BrainFirst Master Practitioner | BrainFirst Institute (due Dec 2023)
  • Certification in Applied Neuroscience | BrainFirst Institute (Nov 2022)
  • Certified Positive Psychology Coach | Unstoppable Success (2022)
  • PG Diploma Education Management & Leadership | OTHM (2022)
  • Certified Life & Success Coach | Jay Shetty Certification School (2022)
  • Certified Business Growth Specialist | ActionCoach (2021) 

Energy Healing & High Magick (Esoteric & Metaphysical healing)

  • Heremetic Qabalah | Ostara Academy (2023)
  • Ceremonial Magick Ritual Master| Ostara Academy (2022)
  • Usui Reiki Master Level (Shinpiden) | Lisa Powers (2022)
  • Elemental Reiki Practitioner | Ostara Academy (2021)
  • Adept Initiate | Ostara Academy (2021)
  • Advanced Usui Reiki Level 2 (Okuden) | Feelgood Treatments (2020)
  • Usui Reiki Level 1 (Shoden) | Feelgood Treatments (2020)

Some of the companies I've worked with:

  • Consultancies: PWC, IBM, KPMG, BCS Consulting, Heresy Consulting, Technicus, ActionCoach, Eleos Partnership
  • Banking: Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank, Coutts, NatWest, UBS, 
  • Digital Marketing & Brand Agencies: TPX Impact, Kurve, Tepfu, Visualise, Epic Activation, SUPBoarder

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