The Walka Frustra Busta Video

The Frustra Busta came to me while sitting in the Himalayas 20 years ago with a group of people who were all challenged by the 10 day journey we were on. They were all struggling at different points of the cycle and it dawned on me that the steps they were going through to deal with the ups and downs of a Himalayan walk, were identical to the process we go through dealing with life frusta’s.

On that trip there were nine hills to climb, each higher and steeper than the next. On each hill we needed to acclimatise, to reach a personal peak, recognise the need to stop, recover and then get back on the trail for the next day.


It’s a rule of nature. Even growth rings of a tree demonstrate this really important understanding about life and business success. Those tree growth rings in our lives are called frustra. It’s where the word frustration came from. Frustration demonstrates that you’ve landed at your next learning curve. It’s a powerful insight because if you can determine when you are at a frustra in life, you can do something about it, rather than have it wreck your life or career.
“The Walka Frustra Busta” is a simple process. Rather than taking years, it takes hours. It bypasses techniques that “decorate the prison cell” like meditation, relaxation, time off, short working weeks, yoga classes, sabbatical leave, blame, therapy, changing jobs, bullying, self pity and instead takes you to a place where you’re empowered, inspired and in the drivers seat of your life again. No side steps.

Everyone experiences frustra. Nobody is immune. The only question is how long you’re going to take to evolve through them. My process doesn’t hurt and takes a few hours. The first time you do a Frustra Busta you might need a guide but then it’ll feel totally natural.

The process repeats itself in all walks of life, and as I mentioned earlier,  never so transparently as when we’re trekking in the Himalayas. Each day we trek a little higher, acclimatise a little more then rest, recover, recuperate and then go to the next frustra. In other words we rise to our level of frustration (can’t go any higher with the same physiology) – adapt, and then get back on track. Lets apply it to work and life.

The Walka Frustra Busta Three Step Process

1. Frustra Recuperation
When you hit a frustra in life you get frustrated, stressed, anxious, start losing sleep, drinking, eating more sugar and bread, being moody at home. You probably start begging for time off. This is a frustra. It’s frustrating because you’ve hit a wall. The key here is not to beat yourself up or start blaming your relationship, job, company or self. Simply, recuperation stay where you are and stop banging your head on the concrete. Admit to yourself “I’ve grown into a frustra.”
2. Adaptation …
Adaptation means to re-invent your way. It can mean letting go of some idea, creating a new expectation, re-perceive things, in other words evolving your ways. There is plenty of low hanging fruit here but what you really need is a genuine holistic approach. Remember those rings on the tree? Were they just growing in one area of life or in a circle? When you adapt at work, you change a sequence of things.That’s the real power of the Frustra Busta … getting that sequence right: mind, body, spirit, vision, health, family and mission.
3. Inspiration…
Inspiration is about putting the enthusiasm back into your day. Not by changing jobs or people, but by changing you. The most narcissistic thing we can do is to try to change others, the most altruistic thing we can do, is change how we see things. It’s about evolving yourself to new levels of enthusiasm. Inspiration is when the inner voice (the one that can’t be frustrated) speaks louder than the outer voices (the ones that are vacillating). It’s this inspired state of mind you will recognise as the result of The Frustra Busta – it’s really your natural state.
The outcomes of working fast and friendly through a frustra are many: you’ll turn up at work enthusiastic and have time to spare. You’ll come home from work with more energy than you left with. You’ll feel the love for life from which you live at your absolute best both at home and at work.

The Adaptation Process

  1. Discard: Memories of yesterday can cloud the possibilities of today. A person with sore legs from yesterday’s trek needs to discard that memory to avoid it wearing them down in the new day. Until we clear the past of any sense of failure, doubt, uncertainty, poverty or ingratitude the future is doomed to be much harder than it needs to be.
  2. Cellular: Memories are stored in the mind and body. Failure, pain, anger, disappointment, frustration, insecurity, fear and guilt are stored physically in your body as well as mentally. On the trek it was necessary to clear the body of its memory of the day gone by and create in its place a good feeling with a spectacular meal, meditation and a warm open fire to create a new memory and replace emotions from the day gone by.
  3. Environment: Spatial factors influence a person’s mind and body. Each day we created an awareness of new environments to lift mindsets and recognise that we were in a new day, by observing different trees, animals, skyline, mountains, altitude. Changing our environment is a key element in getting back on track when doubt overwhelms us and we lose a sense of newness.
  4. Mind: With doubt, our values become a roulette wheel and whatever gives us a sense of satisfaction becomes our highest priority. A great example of this on trek is a blister on the foot which becomes the person’s primary focus and motivation rather than their highest value of trekking to the highest trekking peak in the world. My responsibility was to intrude on their thought process until they re-consolidate their vision and eliminate doubt.
  5. Vision: The human spirit is a vision. The most impulsive level of vision is the shortest timeframe ahead. During the trek, people began to falter as they focused on the future as an escape plan for the present which was filled with physical discomfort. I encouraged people to remember that every step was getting them one step closer to the top. This is called “linking”.
  6. Self talk: Our internal chatter results in our actions and reactions to our circumstances. At the bottom of a hill everyone had a conversation with themselves about the day ahead. Some expressed this to others to validate their thoughts and I heard “I don’t think I’m going to make it” or “I’m so looking forward to today”. I encouraged a more honest dialogue internally; to speak to themselves as a friend, with encouragement, with love and most importantly, without doubt.

So you can see that it’s a continuous loop. Each day on a trek in Nepal we go up a hill and down the other side. Metaphorically each hill, whether it’s a physical, business or a relationship experience, represents an opportunity to go through the whole back on track process and refresh ourselves.