What You Can Learn From the Best Quarterback Ever.

This is an article by By Mark Van Deusen of Whoop—Enhancing your performance lifestyle. Automatically.

It’s a great article highlighting what arguably (and it’s not a tough argument) the greatest quarterback ever does to stay at the top of his game at 39 with the potential to play at that top until he’s 45!

It’s a great article highlighting what arguably (and it’s not a tough argument) the greatest quarterback ever does to stay at the top of his game at 39 with the potential to play at the level until he’s 45!
No one has ever played football better, for longer, than Tom Brady; and it should not surprise you that he’s not only a model citizen for living a performance lifestyle, it’s what he emphasizes that matters most.

You can learn from this, even if you’ve never even stepped on a football field and know nothing about the game.

What’s your game in life, business, maybe even a sport? That’s the questions. We are all athletes, and if you adopted this mindset and the lifestyle performance skills you’ll learn here, you would see yourself rise too. 

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Sixteen years ago, the New England Patriots finished in last place with a 5-11 record. The following season, a 24-year-old backup quarterback and former 6th-round draft pick helped guide the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history (pictured below). After making his NFL starting debut on September 30, 2001, Tom Brady has never looked back.

Now 39 years old, Brady has the chance to bring a fifth championship trophy home to New England. No quarterback has ever won five Super Bowls before (Brady, Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw are each tied for the most with four). Brady already owns the record for Super Bowl appearances by a quarterback, with six.

Earlier this season, Brady passed Peyton Manning (200) and Brett Favre (199) for the most all-time victories by a QB, now at 205 and counting. His 14-2 Patriots just captured the AFC East division title for a record eighth straight year, but their streak is much more impressive than that. Since Brady first took over the starting job in 2001, New England has had the best record in the division every season (tiebreakers kept the Patriots from being awarded division championships in 2002 and 2008).

Over the past 16 years, New England has averaged slightly more that 12 victories per regular season (12.25 to be exact). To put that in perspective, six NFL franchises have never had a single 12-win season in that time.

Including the playoffs, Brady has a career record of 205-61. His .771 winning percentage is easily the best for QBs who’ve played more than one full season in the league. Brady has won 144 more games than he’s lost–only four other quarterbacks have ever won 144 games, total (Manning, Favre, John Elway and Dan Marino).

Additionally, Brady has never had a year where he threw at least 15 interceptions. For comparison, Manning did it nine times, Marino 10 and Favre 14.

While fans of Manning, Favre, and Montana might argue who the best quarterback of all time is, there’s no question that Brady is better at his age than anyone has ever been before. Montana retired at age 38. Favre played till he was 41, but in his age-39 season, he led the league with 22 interceptions. Manning retired last year at 39, and while his team won the Super Bowl his injury-plagued season featured just nine touchdown passes and 17 INTs.

And 39-year-old Brady?

Physically, Brady looks fitter now than when he entered the NFL.

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What Denver Broncos Coach Kubiak’s Sudden Retirement Can Teach Us About Lifestyle

My good friend and associate Shawn Phillips, a pioneer in fields of performance lifestyle, and known as the Philosopher of FIT (focused intensity training) penned an amazing article on the implications of Coach Kubiak’s recent retirement as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

It’s revealing, to say the least, and leaves us wondering what might have been if Coach Kubiak could have expanded his awareness and development and seen another way to stay in his position of leadership that didn’t drive him into the ground.

I took the liberty to edit where a quote from me that was paraphrased.

Enjoy the read and here is the original article on My Strength For Life.

Much gratitude and respect for a job well done to coach Kubiak.

As you may have heard, Gary Kubiak (aka Kube’s), coach of the World Champion Denver Broncos, stepped down. Retired this week.

No question, by all players and everyone he’s worked with, Kube’s is a good a human as you’re gonna find anywhere. Certainly the NFL. And he’s done a hell of a job for his two years at the helm here in Denver.

By all surface accounts, Kube’s retirement looks like a typical story: An ever-mildly aging coach has a few health issues and just decides it’s time to hang up the whistle.

Makes perfect sense. Right. Well… maybe a little too much so.

Why?

Let me tell you, as a coach, a student and an advocate for men; and of course a man not much younger than Coach Kube’s, there is a vital lesson hidden in this seemingly ordinary walk-away. One that every over 40-year-old man had best understand.

It’s a pattern. A programmed way of being and justifiably achieving that we—both men and society—have so thoroughly accepted, for so long, we don’t even see it. It’s only become so ordinary, even expected, that when another 48-year-old man drops dead on his fifth sales call this week, we don’t even notice it.

We eulogize the loss. We celebrate their spirit and drive, and yet we never bat an eye at the obvious pathology playing out here. The one killing father’s, brothers, and sons all across this country—every damn day.

Think about this. By the time a man loses a battle with cancer, we’ve tried like hell to save him. We’ve invested loads of money and will raise more money to find a cure. We fight and fight and learn.

A man drops dead from his “life, ” and we mourn and shake our heads. And life moves on.

Unless you’ve read my Owners MANual to Living Your 40’s at Full Strength or listened to my podcasts, chances are you still have no idea what the elephant in the room is… Aka what it is that is taking men down.

And what is has to do with Coach Kubiak…

Most people call it “drive,” the will to win. Another name is “performance addiction.” The inability and unwillingness to put self-care before success and sacrifice. A “macho” strength and invincibility.

I know, you’re already thinking, “Wow, that sounds cool! Noble shit…”

Yep, you’re right. That’s the story. This is the stuff of myth, of books, of life that boys are raised to men on. All the best warriors die.

And as a result, for all the selfish, ignorant, stupidity that men can bring to life they are strongly inclined to take care of themselves last. You know, “women and children first.” Which equals, men die.

This drive for achievement, to be enough, to give everything you’ve got is celebrated throughout life. And it usually only causes a few relationship issues up through your 30’s. Hell, it even works to get ahead—sometimes.

Then you turn 40… the game changes and so do you.

At your best, you don’t have an extra 10,000 KW of excess energy to waste every day. Your ability to remain so focused that you forget to eat, is no longer your ally. The overall lack of self-care, your shitty diet, your desire to live like you’re 29 until you die is delivering you all too quickly. Yet, perform you do. Because it’s what you do.

A health scare or two. The annual diet attempt. A few weeks—maybe a month of consistent working out and you are feeling so much better that you go back to the old way.

Now, carrying the “midlife” scarlet letter, other factors are driving you. No longer is it just your desire to win but the fear of losing. Youth wants to take your job away. Time is causing you stress.

Rather than stepping into the middle third of life awake at the wheel and in control, most men arrive more resolute to stick their head in the sand and mash their foot to floor, than ever.

It’s like trying to get your car unstuck from a snowbank by flooring it. Makes for good sound effects but that’s about all.

I recall studying the fate of top executives and high-powered CEOs years ago. I can’t recall the exact number but it was something in the 80% range, that once retired, were divorced within a year.

Why? Because their spouse had set up a life without them. And when the “boss” retired he came home to a place he’d never been and interrupted what was otherwise a pretty good life.

This is the ultimate example of The Performance Addict. Perform, perform, perform… and then I’ll have a life one day. He is all performance, no life. He figures he’s got time to make up for it later. He’ll sacrifice for the kids now, and they’ll love him later.

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                                                                      Performance or Lifestyle = Fail | In Harmony Win!

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The Rise of a New Lifestyle Part 2

 Lifestyle Optimization

Most players in the wellness, health and performance spaces focus on just one element of lifestyle — like meditation, nutrition or fitness — but here at Performance Lifestyle Inc, we offer a “science-based, integrative view of the whole lifestyle,” with opportunities to have a deeply human connection with our team, trainers and coaches.

The 25-year process of putting together the Performance Lifestyle® approach during years of strong energy output as a fitness entrepreneur turned tech entrepreneur turned lifestyle entrepreneur has always been about the quest to move away from a fragmented, confusing and incomplete “first tier” market of weight loss programs, nutrition, and fitness plans.

That usual cast of characters all pose as lifestyle solutions, and they are, but only parts of one. To create a whole lifestyle training solution primed for the “second tier,” all essential lifestyle skills need to be included in the training.

What does second tier mean? There are several integral definitions, but basically, it’s when solutions are fluid, clear and complete (integrative) and in the case of defining lifestyle, nowhere is this more important.

Identifying “Performance Lifestyle” as the name of this approach, was a godsend.

You see, your lifestyle is the way you live. It’s your master routine. It’s not just how you eat or exercise, meditate or plan; it’s all of that and more. It’s every routine you have to help you function and perform well in the world.

All of your routines roll up into your lifestyle.

The thing is, there are many aspects of your lifestyle and most people don’t know them beyond nutrition, fitness and getting more sleep, which is less then 25% of the lifestyle equation.

If you’re trying to improve the way you look, feel and perform but are pulled in multiple directions trying to find compatible solutions, and you do not yet know the breadth, depth, and context of your lifestyle; the attempt itself can wear you down.

And that, in 2017, is what we intend to shed light on and usher into the public discourse in January. It’s the rise of a new lifestyle, a wholistic approach to living where you learn and apply all the essential skills that enable you to live with more energy, higher levels of health and performance or “like a pro” as we like to say given Performance Lifestyle was born in elite athletics.

That is our mission, and to live success in today’s world without having to trade your health and well-being for it, you need to live like a pro.

As the founder of Performance Lifestyle Inc., I had a proverbial Ph.D. in living like an amateur for an extended period in my life. At times I would go deep into aspects of my lifestyle, but never really brought it all together until I started Performance Lifestyle training.

This training will help you resolve the hidden lifestyle challenges that are holding you back from performing at a higher level, and evolve with a new lifestyle mindset and skills set so you can better achieve your goals.

The rise of the a new lifestyle is your lifestyle now optimed for energy, health and performance.

Bringing it All Together

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The Rise of a New Lifestyle Part 1

After years of working with achievers, there is one thing that holds true. With rare exception, every one of the entrepreneurs, business professionals, business owners, executives or managers that we have worked with, ALL wanted to have more personal energy, and more time to get their energy back after intense outputs of life force.

That is, a universal desire and its the reason why this year, in Performance Lifestyle training, we are including Performance Living 101 – The Secrets of Optimal Energy.

We are also recommending you learn The Energy Blueprint by Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ari Whitten.

There is also a sister truth to that finding, and it reveals the essence of a bad habit and what you’ll want to learn as early as possible in the new year.

All sub-par lifestyle habits are to a significant part “poor” because of a low grade (in some cases high grade) fatigue that creates performance anxiety. Combine that fear and the desire for pleasure to cover it up (usually based on bad habits established by the market) with the lack of a strong, knowledge-based routine that ensures you’ll maintain optimal energy levels, and you have a real challenge.

Poor energy leads to lack of a capacity to process information, to decide and act optimally. This is the etiology of a poor habit.

That making of a bad habit is not surprising, An excellent and typical example is how we see today’s driven, goal or success-oriented person carrying a cup of coffee, almost as if it was a mainstay object on their person, like a watch or an iPhone.

See how the above model holds up and plays.

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What It Means to Reboot at the End of the Year

One of the key things I do at the end of each year is taking a break or at least slowing way down. I dramatically reduce my stress levels, for like two weeks, and not at the very end of the year — meaning, not after I’m so wiped out tired after the end of the year closeout, but slightly before.

I’ve done this for years with few exceptions, and last year, I was reminded of why it’s so important.

In December of 2014, I was flying fast in November and December and just kept pushing harder and harder. I had big goals to hit in 2015, and I was not going to be denied.

Yes, I had my stories, and they were driving me harder than usual. We were launching a new product line called Superfood Infusions™(which will now be available at PerformanceLifestyle.com in 2017), and it was the first time my company had ever launched a natural product.

For years, clients had asked me to produce products that helped them eat a whole-foods, plant “based,” (not necessarily vegan) nutrient-rich diet (I know, great eating requires lots of descriptors) and this was one of my biggest challenges to date.

I was preparing for a big talk to a national organization, and my adrenaline was running high. Well, I think it clouded my judgment because by-the-time the clock struck 12:00 on January 1, I was so wiped out tired, I couldn’t even think straight.

I was not the best way to start a New Year, because in January when you want to ramp up, you have slow down to recuperate.

You know what happens next. Tired, I was not present, I was preoccupied, moody and the like; and the sheer thought of ramping up to speed in a New Year felt daunting.

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Work-Life Balance

We’ve all heard about work-life balance—prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation)— but while a useful concept, this lifestyle choice also sets up an impractical duality.

Today, with access to more information and opportunity than at any other time in history, and the loss of traditional boundaries, we are mostly “working” all the time.

So we need to take time out to take care of our “Self,” our body and life, which needs to happen in the way athletes do it—all the time, just in time, for the right amount of time, in the ways we need, at the level we need as best as possible.

Knowing how to get all your needs met in the process of performing and serving in the world, not in retreat from it, becomes the new definition of “balance.”

And that art starts with being grounded in the unshakable absolute; the big Self, not our busy little energy-draining brains that can lead us to live caught up with so much going on we’re barely hanging in.

Live in that spiraling mind, and the experienced of “balance” is fleeting at best.

Meditation along with a lifestyle strategy that has all the essential skills to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind, while achieving our goals, is vital.

So, how do we create a lifestyle that balances worldly achievement with the inner fortitude we all want to maintain? I think you’ll agree, a life that’s richly lived includes both.

To answer that question, it helps to embrace the new idea of whole life performance; where you’ve got the balanced integration of meditation and spiritual (not religious), or simply Self development with the lifestyle skills to navigate the world and from that authentic posture. This ultimate foundation makes resilient living possible as you gain the right relationship with your mind and the brain that directs it. Also, direct access to the unlimited source of renewable energy we depend on to stay both healthy and productive.

Meditation is not just one of those lifestyle skills; it’s the universal life practice that enables you to practice all others from the very best part of yourself.

Meditation clears your mind, sources the vital energy you need to function and perform well, even in the middle of a busy day, simply by being still, relaxing, paying attention and having no relationship to the content of consciousness—the stream of thoughts of any kind we can simply let go.

From this grounded place, we can also contemplate—and mindfully, with presence, choose to engage with thoughts and actions that make sense.

Meditation is the practice that immediately awakens you to the primary source of wellbeing and confidence we long for yet we’ve always had. We were never divorced from it, but for many of us, we’ve gotten separated.

Meditation may start for us as a spiritual or stress management practice; but if you give yourself enough time to awaken, it becomes your natural posture to life itself and the secret sauce maintaining a foundation for balance in your life.

The rest is both science and an art and it’s the result of not just one, but the array of lifestyle skills you’ll learn and connect the dots around in Performance Lifestyle training.

The Myth of Motivation Part Two

What’s can seem like a cruel joke at times, is the epic irony of energy.

It’s the perplexing reality that we feel good when we’re spending energy, not so good when we’re recuperating it.

That irony is a dilemma my friends; as it can sell most of us short in life if we are not aware. It may be why we spend so much time trying to motivate ourselves in every way short of what will truly motivate us with relative consistently. That is, learning how to harness and proactively maintain optimal energy levels.

Today, we’re living under the grand delusion that we can keep going each day, and take on more and more of what the market throws at us. On top of life and career, we now have Facebook, which deserves it’s own mention, iPhones and Androids, which give us unprecedented access to information and opportunity to stimulate ourselves and keep going in the face of our tiredness.
The result is we get more and more fatigued.

Besides the obvious coffee and energy drink markets, “motivation or psychology” itself, in the way the market sells it, is to a stimulant today. We listen to people to pump us up through all variety of useful and insightful ideas that will keep us going. Through our toughest periods, we seek stories highlighting heroics that inspire us to keep going; some of which are downright inspiring indeed, and potentially necessary in a cloudy situation.

Inspired thinking is essential to motivation but is only part of the equation.

When it comes down to it, if you’re tired, meaning running low on vital energy; unless you’re faced with an emergency and or a motive that is so compelling, chances are even with all the inspiring stories and insights in mind, you’ll likely to procrastinate until you feel more “up” to it; when you have a surge of energy to drive you through.

The exceptions to that natural pattern that may drive you forward, even in a state of exhaustion or fatigue, are…

  1. To avoid a negative consequence, you can’t live with, or
  2. Being faced with a rare opportunity in plain sight, to achieve a positive outcome that you just can’t resist or avoid taking.

I’m not criticizing motivational speakers as this is a useful service. I do my share of it and enjoy it. It’s also why I tend to talk about motivational ideas in the context of lifestyle. It’s for the very reasons I am talking about in this post series; divorced from the energy to act, motivational thinking only goes so far.

I actually refer to motivational talks more as inspiration, because only a person can zero in on the real motives that are driving them dynamically; and more importantly, only the individual can take the steps to reenergize their body/mind to act on such motives, which is real-world motivation.

Taking the steps to re-energize one’s body-mind is the vital but often missing piece in the realm of motivation and it’s why this post calls attention to The Myth of Motivation—Psychology can’t cover up fatigue. If thought is not attached to proactively renewing your personal energy and power, it’s hard to stay motivated.

It’s why the core messages in a Performance Lifestyle are about…
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You Are an Athlete Part 4

INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE LIFESTYLE®[PL] ESSENTIALS AND HOW IT WORKS

Performance Lifestyle [PL] Essentials is a direct path, a plan and a system providing all the key insights you need to be proficient at living an energy-rich, fully engaged yet balanced lifestyle that supports what you’re up to in your life and career. It’s essentially what a professional “elite” athlete has working-for-them in their lives that give them the energy, high-level health, and performance that can outpace and out succeed almost any other population on the planet.

It starts with learning the secret science of optimal energy or what we refer to as Performance Living 101 and then mastering the 12 lifestyle skills you need to know to perform, look and feel like a pro in what we call PL365.

The combination of this essential “hub and spoke” approach to living a performance lifestyle you can call your own will enable you to transform your lifestyle and change your life for the better forever.

Unlike other emerging training on this all-encompassing topic of Performance Living, in which most are just beginning to explore and connect the untapped areas of the lifestyle equation; Performance Living 101 digs deep into the subject so many people are talking about, but so few know how to “talk” about first before the lifestyle equation even comes into play. That is the science of optimal energy.

That is the science of optimal energy. 

It’s secret, literally, because most professionals don’t even know it let alone the people they serve. They are so hell bent on addressing your symptoms with pseudo-science, you never actually learn how to solve the top of mind problem of tiredness and fatigue that more than 50% of the population suffers. It’s the #1 reason why people visit the doctor.

If that’s true, then you know it’s affecting their wellbeing, health, and performance.

So you need to learn Performance Living 101, first. It’s how to harness optimal energy in your life at a quantum and cellular level first. When you do, you’ll then find out how to maintain it at the lifestyle level. The fact that most people do not know the science is why they’re all over the map when it comes to their lifestyle and relying on sustainability and longevity-killing tactics to keep going.

This science is the key to optimizing the way you live for more personal energy and the power to create the desired results you want in your life.

Simply put, it’s like getting into business; but before you get into the “business,” getting to know what business you’re in. And optimizing the way you live for high-level health and performance starts with knowing how to harness optimal energy levels. And you won’t ket alone “can’t (one of the few times where that word makes sense) do that effectively until you understand the science simplified.

Once you know this, that’s when performance lifestyle management, comes in. Once you know what energy is, where it comes from and how to harness it, now you’re ready to maintain your energy; and you need the lifestyle skills that will help you manage stress through your life, successfully.

In PL365 you’ll unearth the exciting and opportune insights across the broad yet still the essential range of subjects that form a “balanced” lifestyle approach. The experience of “balance” is the result of your breadth and depth of lifestyle skills, not anything else.

Energized by Performance Living 101 and now empowered with a diverse-yet-synergistic approach to whole, human performance, you will soon have the never-before-assembled lifestyle formula to resolve the hidden lifestyle challenges that distract and hold you back. You’ll know how to move forward and evolve from a position of strength in your life and career and achieve even your most ambitious goals while living in balance, with vibrant health and peace of mind.

You’ll know how to move forward and evolve from a position of strength in your life and career and achieve even your most ambitious goals while living in balance, with vibrant health and peace of mind.
The net effect of which will leave you with the most innovative strategy for uplevel your personal and professional path of success.

Performance Living [PL] 101

You will:

  • Get out of energy Debt–the hidden variable that undermines all health and success initiatives.
  • Tap into the unlimited supply of energy and learn how to embody as much of it as possible.
  • Sync up with the natural cycles that are affecting your energy levels whether you know it or not.
  • Learn how to turn overwhelm and fatigue into renewable personal power, the way athletes have learned to do it—even if you’re not a sports or fitness buff.
  • Gain mastery, not weight, of the key methods for getting your energy back so you’re ready to fully engage with life.
  • Start fueling your body in such a way as to experience your peak energy at it’s best.
  • Train your body so you are fit, for the personal power, you’ll soon have access to.
  • Direct your energy, in ways the underly the best success strategies.

Performance Lifestyle [PL} 365

  • Immerse yourself in coherent principles and practices that optimize all the basic fundamentals of successful living.
  • Deeply integrate the 12 essential keys to a high-performance life that’s fully-engaged, whole, and balanced.
  • Turn trouble spots into areas of ease and vitality.
  • Streamline, simplify, and structure.
  • Get every aspect of lifestyle working for you—innately, as second nature as breathing.
  • Gain a mindset and a skillset that enables you to be fully engaged in the world, truly focused, and at the top of your game.
  • Achieve even your most ambitious goals in life, business with your health and well-being intact.

The best thing about a Performance Lifestyle is that in a very short time, it brings together an entire integrated suite of attributes, best practices, learnings, applications and lifestyle changes that could otherwise take a very long time to master.

Many people spend 10, 20, 30 years learning how to eat, or meditate, or figure out their life purpose—the core, burning ambition that drives them to do everything else.

But if you spent decades years on each of those things—and all the other life areas you need to handle in order to optimize yourself for full-capacity living—it would take well over 100 years!

What’s more, it would cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in education and training—and the lost time in trial-and-error detours.

A Performance Lifestyle is robust and comprehensive—but it doesn’t make more out of things than they need to be.

Instead, it streamlines and simplifies the process of living a radiantly healthy, enviably successful life.

It boils down the essentials and delivers them in a context that is whole, makes sense, and powerfully inspires you to engage them.

This entire wholistic set of essentials can be something takes years or even decades to learn and truly embody. It took lifestyle and fitness expert and Coach John Allen Mollenhauer at least 25 years—through study, teaching, experimentation, and his own experience as an athlete and business owner.

John Allen Mollenhauer is a lifestyle entrepreneur, certified trainer, certified nutritionist, former bodybuilder, and author/co-author of several books including The Curse of the Capable (with Harvard psychology instructor Arthur P. Ciaramicoli PhD and foreword by Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms). He passionately promotes a vital, unique path to achieving your highest goals in life, business or sport—with superior health and well-being intact.

For more than two decades, through his own practice, research and inquiry and teaching/coaching hundreds of others, John has been identifying and refining the 12 essential fundamentals of a lifestyle that delivers high performance with balance, vibrant health and peace of mind.

Today, he and his team support, inspire, train, and educate achievers to unleash the full potential of their lifestyles—the way professional athletes do—to look, feel and perform brilliantly.

You can integrate these fundamentals in under a year.

But you’ll feel the difference immediately.

We’re so confident of that, we offer a guarantee.  If in 30 days of Performance Lifestyle training you don’t feel you’re already on track to living a radically upleveled life in which your vibrant health and well-being are serving your deepest purpose, we’ll offer you a full money back guarantee. We simply ask that you prove it doesn’t work and you’ll find this is part of your training.

This is the life you’ve known deep down is possible—but that has eluded you until now.

You’ll no longer be held back from your goals, your dreams or life itself back by stress, lack of endurance or stamina, energy deficits, sleep issues, negative psychology, insufficient support, lack of balance, or unclear expectations or purpose.

You’ll be charging on every cylinder, with every part of life and your health working in seamless and harmonious concert.

You’ll know your goals and your game with crystal clarity. And you’ll know how to plan, perform, and achieve—with ease and full confidence, health, and peace of mind.

 

A Personal Story About Fatigue Part I

In the late 80’s and 90’s; I went from being a gym owner, trainer, and health seminar speaker, to becoming an Internet entrepreneur. For ten long and relentless years, my lifestyle underwent a radical transformation in the wrong direction and unfortunately so did my body.

I started the decade fit, vital, and strong; I ended overwhelmed, exhausted, and overweight even though I knew volumes about nutrition and fitness. The pace of my work life far outpaced my ability to take care of myself. Living with a chronic energy deficit led to overeating and inactivity, an inability to perform well, and health complications.

Despite eating relatively “healthy” and exercising fairly regularly I remained on a “downward trend,” fatigued, and progressively more overweight. Week after week, I contemplated how I would change my life – but I kept moving forward tirelessly – over-engaging and taking on more and more to overcome what I thought were “motivational,” or “psychological” issues, (well maybe there was some of that) but wasn’t.

I had everything going on but was barely hanging on, either far too busy or just too worn out to make the changes I knew needed to be made but couldn’t quite put my finger on. I was keeping commitments to everyone, but myself. I felt stuck. I spiraled down and eventually couldn’t take it anymore.

At 30 years old, I was fat, fatigued, and burnt-out and given my prior career experience that was hard to accept. It wasn’t until the dot-com crash of 2000 eventually lead to my personal crash late that same year, when I finally said enough; “it’s time for a better way.” I needed to set up a lifestyle that was balanced and healthy, amidst the high-achieving life I tended to live.

That was my first real bout with burnout, and it’s consequences, and it would not be my last.

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Why You Experience Constant Fatigue

Have you ever wondered WHY, even though you’re currently on a fitness program and currently eating “healthy” foods for your well-being, maybe even getting that “extra hour” of sleep here and there, you’re still run downtiredfrustrated, and all-out exhausted beyond belief at the end of the day?

Ever sat down and really thought about all the things you’re doing for your health, that are supposed to make you more productive, have more energy, and enjoy every second life has to offer? Then end up asking yourself, “If I’m doing all of this, then why in the hell am I so overwhelmed and tired all the time?”

Do you sometimes feel like you’re doing everything in your power to stay in motion, to stay healthy, to be successful in your professional and your personal life, and to ultimately be ecstatically happy… But for some reason, a reason you can’t quite put your finger on, you sometimes feel like you’re barely hanging on, with a small sampling of the personal energy you once had?

Do you sometimes dread waking up the next day to have to do it all over again, even if you like what you’re doing?

Ever feel like you don’t know what to do next to change course?

If you answered Yes to any of the above, then, I’ve got some bad news for you…

You’re likely steeped in personal energy debt.

Chances are you’ve worked hard to be as successful as you are today. Maybe you’ve achieved more than you thought you ever would, in both your business life AND in your personal life – maybe many times over.

And, chances are, you’ve been worn down, even during some of your strongest hours… only to have to pick yourself up over, and over again to keep going.

You’ve always made a strong comeback, every single time because you’re a winner… even if you haven’t achieved some of the goals you think about…

“Blood, Sweat, and Tears” is your silent but driving mantra…

You live and die by this very phrase. And you’re proud of it, as you should be…

But here’s the bad news…

Even though you make a strong comeback, each time you’re worn down, you become increasingly tired with each successive round. Tiredness becomes ‘distress,’ and this low grade ‘distress’ transforms into what most people think of as “burnout,” because they’ve been overspending your personal energy for far too long, and they’re now in what’s called “personal energy debt.”

In debt, you fall into the never ending cycle of picking yourself up to give it another go – time after time again, but you never solve the real problem.

…and “most people” descend into this downward trend or spiral because of one or more of the following reasons:

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