The Impact of Fatigue on Business Professionals

The names in this case study have been changed for purposes of anonymity.

This is the story of Julie, a driven academic with entrepreneurial capacity and her story of fatigue, how it affected her in real life and what she started to do about it:

“I always really enjoyed setting challenging intellectual and professional goals. Striving to achieve them became the core of my lifestyle and I liked it that way. From time to time, my drive to perform at my best level drove me to exhaustion so my early life was characterized by cycling through long periods of deep engagement and high achievement followed by periods of disengagement and relative solitude.

My preference has always been toward meeting intellectual and organizational challenges which ultimately turned me into a talking head, meaning I could tackle almost any challenge but I was almost completely detached from the needs of my body.

When my mother became chronically ill in 1999, it fell mostly to me to come through for her, financially, emotionally, and physically.  My sister moved home from Boston to help with my mother’s care in our home. It turned out to be an eighteen month, around-the-clock, wouldn’t-have-done it-any-other-way-but-wow-it-was-awful-and-beautiful, time of our lives.  At that time, I had just begun my doctoral studies. I made a quick switch from a full-time job to a management consulting practice so that I could be more available for my mother’s home care.

Within the years of her long illness, midlife changes and challenges made it even more difficult to move forward even just one step at a time.  Even so, I felt I had to keep the three of us afloat financially and with the additional and extraordinary medical bills, I saw no other choice but to sustain a high level of consulting practice, finish my degree, and take care of my mom all on just a few fitful hours of sleep each night.  I was literally running on adrenaline all the while I was performing extremely well in my work, my degree and my family responsibilities; all done by sheer force of will.

I knew I was tired, but what I didn’t realize then was that I was a lot more than just tired; I was deep into energy debt also known as biological or sleep debt) with a body that was breaking down around it.  My thoughts were racing all the time so it took a lot of effort to focus them on doing my work.  Restorative sleep was a distant memory. Taking time away was out of the question. I began withdrawing from personal relationships; I was just too tired.  Any suggestion that I take care of myself or take the time to relax just felt like one more thing I did not have the energy to do. My focus narrowed to what I felt I had to get done. The consequences of my not getting absolutely everything done right, seemed enormous – when only one of my responsibilities (the care of my mother) carried serious consequences if I withdrew from my responsibilities.

I also didn’t realize that the grief over my mother’s approaching death and my refusal to fail in any of my self-imposed responsibilities was masking the fact that I was literally sacrificing my own vitality to sustain performance at this level.  As I look back on it now, I realize that it was my valiant efforts to avoid the reality of my own limitations that ultimately did me in – big time – and for a long time.

On one hand, I felt more alive than ever as I walked these final months with my mother and achieved the highest level of academic and professional success I had to that point of my life. On the other hand, I began to wonder more and more if I was going to survive my mother’s terminal illness.

What I now realize is that the first nail in my energy-coffin was that I did not even have the energy it took to disengage from the life-and-death drama that was unfolding right in front of me long enough for me to correct course.  I suffered panic attacks during that time. Thankfully I knew enough about panic attacks (I’m also trained as a counselor) to interpret this frightening event as a wake-up call from my neglected body. The message was loud and clear: either I make the choice to stop placing these heavy energy demands on myself and my body or my body-mind and brain would make it impossible for me to move forward in my life and work.

Just after this happened in 2002, I made the decision to start studying both eastern and western systems of energy management in earnest. I selected it as my dissertation topic which enabled me to give this study sustained attention with the writing of my Ph.D. dissertation 

In the dissertation, I dove deeply into the workings of our personal energy systems as they relate to work performance.  I made it my goal to understand exactly how we bring our energies fully present into our work and into our whole lives and to understand it from as many different perspectives as my mind could grasp. This itself took a great deal of energy.

I decided to use my own worn-down energy system to test the methods and approaches I was learning about in my research and that I was hearing about in the field of energy management.   I wanted to viscerally feel the changes and challenges of the energy management systems I was exploring. I entered five years of training in eastern energy practices.  I grew in appreciation for our western approaches to health and wellness.  I continue to practice the skills I learned from all these systems of energy management daily and often on a moment-by-moment basis using quick check-ins and small, easy adjustments throughout the day. I also continue my research in the areas of personal energy and human performance particularly in the workplace and in leadership.

There are four lessons I bring forward with me from these experiences.

  1. First, I learned to observe my energy status frequently and to notice energy-debt in myself and take quick action to restore myself back to my energy system’s natural set-point. If that means creating space in my calendar, that’s what it means. If that means just giving myself some time to restore from excess stress, that’s what it means.
  2. Second, I learned and remain committed to practicing the skill of strategic disengagement. This skill is essential to our ability to cultivate insight, creativity, and innovation in our personal, social and organizational lives, as well as to renewing the body, mind and our spirit.  Because this topic is so expansive, John Allen goes in depth into energy debt in part one of Performance Living 101.
  3. Third, the lesson that led me to see our body as an energy system is that whole-life performance and quality of life are dependent on my having accurate information about my personal energy; and knowing that I have access to an abundance of energy from which to live and work is paramount.
  4. Fourth, but not final, my research and practice have taught me that information and energy, in fact, form the central core of all that lives.  From our genes to our cells, to our organizational systems, to the universe, we find the basic structural formula of I + E = L information and energy equals Life.

It was only after I finished my Ph.D., and met John Allen Mollenhauer that the lessons I had learned from my ten-year study of personal energy management crystallized into one idea ie. Performance Lifestyle.  

In the meantime, my academic schedule as a professor has continued to elevate, and as you can imagine I’ve learned not to push it too hard. So, I share this all to let you know how important it is to know how to live a performance lifestyle because essential defines what living in balance… is all about.

Your body is a Powerhouse, even if you don’t feel like it right now. It generates and regenerates energy extremely well under the right conditions and this is the balance point you must master. You need to know about this else all other definitions of balance fail. It’s vital for you to understand how you can harness, maintain and manage your energy.

If you are interested in energy, health and performance and a driven business professional, learn from my hard-earned insights. With what you’ll learn here at Performance Lifestyle, you will soon have that roadmap to start and gauge your success.

John Allen Mollenhauer and a slew of highly credentialed Advisors I’m aware of has in fact put brought together the never-before-assembled formula for optimal energy and performance, lifestyle management. I hope you will take it to heart and put it in play. Not only will it help you avoid the premature downward spiral that starts with exhaustion and fatigue and can get much worse; it will save you decades of time and give rise to a new lifestyle so you can achieve your goals in a way that does not compromise your life, health, and wellbeing.

Good luck.




Performance Optimization. The Lifestyle Approach.

There is a new approach in town to Performance Optimization or optimal performance. It’s called Performance Lifestyle.

First, what is Performance Optimization?

Well if you were to search the term, one of the first responses you would pull up would be a document from the US department of defense that defines human performance optimization ~as the relatively precise, controlled and combined application of certain substances and devices over the short and long-term to achieve optimization in a person or unit’s performance overall.”

That definition seems fairly limited to me when you consider how much low hanging fruit there is in each of our lifestyle’s to help us perform better in life, in business, in sport or creative pursuits.

Consider how you think, eat, train, recuperate, plan, focus and more. It goes without saying that these core essentials of lifestyle alone could stand a level-up in each of our lives as persons, parents, professionals who may also be into the military, sports, creative pursuits on top of “life” itself.

Which is not say that devices and substances (hopefully we’re talking food and supplements here) don’t play a role and a significant one at that.

Matter of fact, one device we’re paying attention to is Whoop, a performance optimization system. What we like so much about this is that it addresses with a device, as we do with training and now with the addition of a device such as Whoop what really yields an increase in performance more than anything else, and that is recuperation—understanding our need for sleep, rest, recovery, relaxation and meditation, and rejuvenation.

First, there is a new term for this on the scene in the last 10 years or so, and it’s called Regeneration – its renewal through the internal processes of a body or system. Something which embodies this action can be described as regenerative.

Long before you start talking about what most people think of in terms of regeneration in humans or other animal life—the regrowth of lost tissues or organs in response to injury as we see when human’s heal a cut or a star fish regenerates a lost arm or leg or tentacle (not sure what you call them at the time of this writing) you have to have the life force energy within to be able to do that.

Life l?f/—The life force energy that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.

What is THAT energy? 

To cut to the chase, it’s the energy that devices like Whoop are now beginning to measure, by measuring strain and recovery so you can better determine your sleep requirements for the day ahead that you expect to have or want to have. Now we’re getting to the heart of performance optimization. Everything else is topical; integral, but not dealing with the source of performance that all other tactics depend on.

In life, knowing that energy is everything and everything depends on this vital energy is essential. The thing is, the energy we’re talking about most of us have taken for granted for far too long because you can’t see it or touch it. Measuring it is subjective and if you want a more objective measurement it requires specialized gear like Whoop.

Nonetheless, you experience this, your primary source of energy, every minute of every day, and while you know when it’s depleted you often won’t know how depleted until you hit the wall—an athletic term to describe depleted energy.

Why is simple, we all fall for the stimulant delusion pretty regularly and that is the rising energy from stimulants of any kind, thinking that we can sustain that output when we can’t.  It’s your battery power, your body is the battery, and it’s easy to misinterpret how much power you have unless you are informed and skilled.

Today, we are spending that battery power more than we’re recuperating it, and it’s causing too many of us to downward-spiral in a life situation that continues to get worse because we are lacking sufficient energy levels and the health and performance that’s depends on it is degenerating. It’s because we’re living with an underlying personal energy deficit or “debt” that compromises human function and therefore your lifestyle which reinforces the vicious cycle.

According to Statista, people wake up tired on average 3-4 days per week. They were measuring people who sleep a total of 6-8 hours a day.

Infographic: Americans Are Tired Most Of The Week | Statista due to a lack of performance optimization

Due to a lack of performance optimization and the performance lifestyle that results, most americans are tired almost all the time.

You will find more statistics at Statista

Now if you are on planet earth with even a modicum of motivation, generally, 6-8 hours of sleep alone (usually meaning the total time in bed) is not enough to recuperate from your energy spend especially in these superbusy post modern days of our lives where people seem divorced from an understanding of what’s driving the whole show.

If you think that energy is merely the result of what you eat and drink or how you think (psychology) and that you go to sleep merely because it’s dark, everyone else is doing it and your tired (but don’t know why), chances are you are living in a chronic state of energy debt (think drag) because you don’t value sleep enough or understand the profound impact it’s having on your life or the lack thereof.

Here at Performance Lifestyle Inc, getting you out of that debt is priority number one.

This is the core of living in balance, the key health and peace of mind and of course, performance, which never sustains unless you have balance, health and to a certain extent peace of mind (or freedom from monkey mind).

So performance optimization needs to start with optimizing energy. 

And that’s just one of the things I like about Whoop because it measures strain and helps us gauge how much recovery we need. This is something those who are not sports athletes and have no athletic experience from the past, don’t even think about on a daily basis until they hit the wall and run out of energy thinking the problem is something different.

But we need to be thinking about strain and recover. You don’t have to be a sports athlete to understand that strain and recovery, the balance between spending energy and recuperating that energy is the key to performance optimization. No intention or plan or program for performance enhancement will sustain for long if you are spending more vital energy than you are recuperating.

Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ian Jeffreys, one of the most renowned strength and conditioning coaches in the world, states it this way in his book, a Coaches Guide to Enhancing recovering in Athletes, a Multi-Dimensional Approach to Developing a Performance Lifestyle.

The Performance Lifestyle provides coaches and athletes (anyone who wants to improve their performance) with a structure around which to build individualized and multidimensional recovery strategies that both optimize energy and maximize performance levels. They will also build skills to optimize performance both within and outside the athletic arena.

The multidimensional approach will be the preferred system of recovery in the future, and the Performance Lifestyle provides coaches and their clients with the tools to initiate this in their programs starting today.

He goes on to say…

Athletes only will only achieve optimal performance if the balance exists between training and recovery regardless of how sophisticated the training system is.

Now if that’s true for athletes, can you imagine how true that is for people who may not be into sports or even fitness enthusiasts, but are working 300+ days a year, running businesses, families and with other pursuits?

Performance Optimization is for everyone with a body and a goal (a real one). 

The combination of wearable technology, lifestyle training and coaching to move the dial and improve the numbers is the new way to live for more energy, better health and the performance we all depend on. Goodbye to diets and one-fit-for-all workout programs divorced from the unresolved realities of your life that distract and hold you back.

By first understanding energy—how it is created and maintained, managed and sustained for performance— you’ll begin the rise of a new lifestyle, with all the essential skills that support you across the board, and in the achievement of your goals.

This is performance optimization.

Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ari Whitten

Performance Lifestyle Inc. would like to welcome Ari Whitten the#1 bestselling author of the cutting-edge book, Forever Fat Loss and the creator of ground-breaking Energy Blueprint system. He is a nutrition and lifestyle expert who has been running a nutrition counseling and personal training business for over a decade.

Ari has a Bachelor’s of Science from San Diego State University in Kinesiology with a specialization in fitness, nutrition, and health. He holds two advanced certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and recently completed coursework for his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, an education which rounds out all aspects–nutrition, fitness, and psychology–of his approach to optimal health.

Ari is an ardent researcher who has obsessively devoted the last two decades of his life to the pursuit of being on the cutting-edge of the science on health, fitness, and nutrition.

Ari’s work has two primary aims:

1. Maximizing overall vitality and energy levels.
2. To achieve permanent fat loss by working with your biology, rather than the painful and temporary fat loss one gets through programs that work against your biology.

We are excited to be working with Ari Whitten as his understanding of the science of human energy and living with optimal energy levels is among the best out there today, even among top scientists.

We are also happy to be promoting The Energy Blueprint that Ari Whitten spearheaded to consolidate the never-before-assembled body of science on energy, that Performance Lifestyler’s need.

This research is very consumable and supplements the Performance Living 101 work we offer our student clients here at Performance Lifestyle Inc. In our view it’s it’s mandatory learning for anyone looking to live with optimal energy levels, and or helping others in the fields of health and human performance.

Beyond Managing Your Energy. You’ve Got to Get Your ROIe

Unless you work at NASA the term escape velocity is a foreign concept but that’s about to change. Escape velocity is the speed that a rocket needs to be traveling to break free of the gravitational pull of the earth and it is based on Newton’s third law of physics.

Any spacecraft or rocket wishing to successfully leave the surface of the earth needs to be accelerating at the rate of 7 miles per second, approximately 33 times the speed of sound (Mach 33) or nearly 25,000 miles per hour. Now that’s moving.

On the surface, it might appear that escape velocity is all about speed, but that’s a bit misleading as it has more to do with… the use and expenditure of energy. Speed is the byproduct of energy and we’ll come back to that point in just a moment.

To escape from earth’s gravity, a rocket demands an enormous amount of energy; a controlled explosion that requires a herculean type effort battling against the forces of gravity is required. In this post, we draw a parallel to the energy it takes you to break inertia and sustain the action.

The energy it takes to move you is a mere fraction of what it takes to move a rocket, but this energy is not to be minimized. To get fully engaged, you need a good amount of energy and I want to impress upon you the idea that energy, not time is the fundamental currency of performance at times, high performance.

Also, we’ll talk about how you can apply the principles of escape velocity to your life and the achievement of your goals.

It’s an undeniable fact that we are all reservoirs of energy as everything that we do from interacting with colleagues and making important decisions to spending time with the family and taking the dog for a walk, all requires energy.

Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has an energy consequence for better or for worse and as obvious as it seems, we too often fail to consider the critical role of energy in our lives, largely because when don’t see it or consider it until we don’t have enough of it.

Absent of the correct quality, quantity and focus and forces of energy we all become compromised in any activity we undertake.  It’s truly disturbing to see the immense amount of personal and professional entrepreneurial and corporate potential that is being squandered due to the lack of understanding, disregard, and misuse of energy.

Everything from lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, negativity, small self-absorption (living lost in our heads with nonstop thoughts), unfocused strategies and goals and tactical things like poorly run meetings, sitting in front of the TV etc., as well as living outside the bounds of our own biology on a daily, weekly and monthly basis are all contributing factors to energy loss.

The most productive members of society have the unique ability to both engage fully and disengage periodically. The act of disengagement allows for reflection and renewal.

They understand that continuous engagement without proper renewal leads to progressively depleted energy levels and it is this understanding that allows them to perform as consistently high levels relative to those who are feeling tired all the time, fatigued and sometimes chronically, whether they admit or not.

An abundance of natural energy is available to you, to contribute to and receive from other people, circumstances, and projects. High performers understand that they are free to cut loose from things in their life; that is, relationships, situations, activities, habits, and obligations that drain their energy disproportionately to the rewards.

As these high maintenance, unwanted, stressful elements are reduced and eliminated, they free up their most valuable talents and find themselves surrounded by an environment that supports and promotes their energy. This reclaimed energy makes it possible for you to grow your business or career with consistency, to dramatically improve the quality of your life and create a lifestyle that supports personal and professional success and happiness.

Every time you increase the energy you have, to devote to more rewarding uses, you also increase the value of your life to you and to many others. Therefore, committing yourself to greater energy is a commitment to a greater life.

We all have far more control over our energy than we realize or leverage. And while the number of hours in a day is fixed, the quality and quantity of energy available to us are not. There is so much talk and focus on getting a high ROI—Return on Investment. However, the real action and competitive imbalance are found in maximizing your ROIe—your return on your investment of energy.

Our energy can be broken down into two sources of energy, summarized very basically as vital (electrical) and nutrients (food, including what we eat, sun, air, water etc.), which are used in four distinct ways as human beings with a body-mind that requires (simply put) a charge and nourishment, to move and act, generate thoughts and emotions that guide us as we accomplish and achieve our goals.

Upgrading not only how we harness, maintain and manage to the undifferentiated sources of energy in our lives and leveraging the optimization of each these human capacities with a lifestyle that is skillful provides you with an enormous opportunity to operate more at high or peak performance states and thus enjoy the power of full engagement.

Note: Contrary to recent thinking, about the power of full engagement physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy are not distinct energies. In reality, they are undifferentiated but that universal energy is stimulated and experienced physically, mentally, emotionally and ultimately spiritually. All of these experiences are human capacities that require care and development for you to both unleash and manage your natural energy and potential.

The first is your physical energy, how healthy are you? The second is your emotional energy, how happy are you? The third is your mental energy, how long can you focus and for how long? And the fourth element of energy is your spiritual energy, why are you doing what you’re doing? What is the purpose of your life?

And quite frankly what’s referred to as spiritual energy is an overlay to your primary source of energy.

We can never forget that performance, optimal health and genuine happiness are grounded in the skillful art of energy management. Peak performance is an exotic combination of energy requirements which include the greatest quantity and highest quality, the clearest focus and maximum force of energy that’s why your challenge is to self-diagnose to be very selfish in how you manage your energy.

The objective is to eliminate all distractions in your life that haphazardly consume your energy and hold you back. To say goodbye to anything that undermines your ability to be a fully engaged high-performing human being especially when it matters most and to a lesser extent on vacations ;-).

You do that by making sure you living in balance, fueling your body right and keeping your body fit and focused for success and then isolating each of the four areas of energy and asking yourself these questions:

  • What are the things that rob me of my energy, the specific things that prevent me from living at my physical best with optimal energy levels?Think, eating, drinking, sleep and exercise habits. As well as any behavior that robs you of your energy.
  • What are the things that cause me to be emotional, that further robs me of my energy? Think the specific people and places, things, and circumstances that prevent you from being calm, happy and more joyful?Focus on the people in your life and any high maintenance drama-filled relationships and stressful situations you are coping with, that need to be resolved through either change or elimination that drain your life force.
  • What are the things that rob me mentally; the specific things that rob you of your time and focus and which undermine your productivity in any area of your life?Focus on your physical environment, on the distractions inefficient systems or customs that are dysfunctional, which slow things down and which need correction or elimination.And find out, about the greatest and most important lifestyle change you’ll ever make or even can make, by finding out…
  • What steps do you need to take to get grounded in who you really are? So that you are no longer robbed of all the energy being taken up by an unresolved, cluttered mind that is driving you a little bit crazy and how you can clean that up.

This means discovering what your highest purpose is and then getting your thinking on the same team by addressing any stories you are telling about you and your life, that are affecting your physiological self-esteem and self-worth and any self-limiting beliefs that create inner duress.

Then identify any habit behaviors temptations or weakness that steal your energy. What are the specific people, places and things that prevent you from fulfilling your highest purpose?

By doing this exercise you will in effect be putting the principle of escape velocity into practice as the key objective is to escape the death grip of mediocrity and low performance—to escape the stranglehold of stress, and distractions that hold you back, to escape the seduction of the comfort zone and ultimately escape the gravitational pull of any person, place or thing that leashes your natural energy and potential from flowing in the direction you want.

The ultimate measure of our lives is not how long we live, even though we all want that to be long, but rather how well we can manage our energy in the time we are each given and that is precisely why energy management is so crucial.

In Performance Lifestyle training you will learn the principles, practices and overall defacto energy management strategy preceded by the science and essential guidelines (This is called Performance Living 101) that you need to be in tune with to harness and maintain the energy you need to then manage in your performance lifestyle.

In closing remember, in your efforts to lead a fulfilling life full of accomplishment and achievement, you must always regularly and systematically regenerate your life force. Every human capacity is powered by life force, and you are always either stimulating or recuperating your energy in any given moment. To stay strong, and live with optimal energy levels, learn the science and the principles, the practices and the overall lifestyle for performance so you can live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind.

Vintage Performance Lifestyle—Manage Your Energy Like a Pro

If you were to do a search on the Internet about energy, it’s wouldn’t be long before you ran into the near famous saying “Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time.” This is a saying from The Human Performance Institute now owned by Johnson and Johnson. It was a statement created by our predecessors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of The Power of Full Engagement.

When I, John Allen Mollenhauer, first read that book it really stepped up my whole concept of lifestyle. Though I had been on the path for some time and realized that optimizing lifestyle was the greatest source of untapped potential to change and improve, this book, was a breakthrough in terms of creating the new concepts that needed to emerge.

When I, John Allen Mollenhauer, first read that book it really stepped up my whole concept of lifestyle. Though I had been on the path for some time and realized that optimizing lifestyle was the greatest source of untapped potential to change and improve, this book, was a breakthrough in terms of creating the new concepts that needed to emerge.

Up until that point, most books were out of context treatises about living one way, usually exhaustively and therefore poorly and then solving the symptoms (weight gain and low energy, by going on a diet or exercise program with maybe a little extra sleep added in. 

This book, in my opinion, changed things in a big way because first; it was talking mostly to professionals who wake up to be successful every day, not healthy, even though they value their health. It also started talking about energy, and how important it was to health and performance and starting planting ideas that would ultimately give rise to the Performance Lifestyle. 

It was a core catalyst to our development of Performance Lifestyle, which put the various aspects of living into a much broader context, including the science, the principles, and the practices so that client and coach alike could troubleshoot, resolve and evolve the way a person lives to perform well, achieve their goals and live a better quality of life—all of which would inspire, a person to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind in a much bigger and more fluid way.

Hence, The Rise of a New Lifestyle…

Of course at the time, when I shot this video, leading a transformational event at Ameriprise Financial Services; we were still years away from the full breadth and depth of the curriculum we have today to serve you and help give rise to a new lifestyle you can call your own.

We were still talking about managing your energy.

But what happens if you don’t have enough energy to manage?

Professionals wanting to perform better is not new, but professionals doing so by approaching professional life with the mindset and lifestyle of an athlete is. And in this context, learning how to harness and maintain optimal energy levels is objective numero uno.

That’s why learning how to regenerate your life force is the premier PL Essential‘s training. Learning how to proactively regenerate energy as a method was still evolving in this video with me, John Allen Mollenhauer “JAM”, one of the leading advocates for Performance Lifestyle® training, coaching, and support worldwide.

This video below was 8 years ago and today, our Essential Training’s and the Signature year-round lifestyle training PL365 is tighter than ever.

We are committed to never-ending improvement for sure, and it’s great to see how far we’ve come; nonetheless you will learn some gems from this video ~ JAM.

The Brownout Comes Before the Burnout

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There are early signs that you building up to a burnout. It’s the mini meltdown before the big breakdown.

Pettina Stanghon’s start-up was still in its honeymoon period when she noticed something happening amongst her employees. “A number of staff members started to have meltdowns,” says Pettina. “They seemed tearful and exhausted. Their relationships were suffering and they were projecting; getting angry and blaming the business for things that were happening to them.”This emotional downturn was particularly interesting given the nature of the business. Pettina is the co-founder of Noosa Confidential, a private rehab program that treats mental health issues. It also runs a corporate program for overworked, overstretched CEOs and leaders. But, ironically, her team were also struggling with their own stress levels.What’s the problem?One morning, Pettina received a letter from a key staff member who was an artist in her spare time, complaining because she no longer had time to paint. “You talk about the importance of self-care and creativity but you’re not giving your staff time to practice it,” the letter read.“As a business owner, my first reaction was frustration and criticism,” admits Pettina. “I am the daughter of two entrepreneurs and have a very strong work ethic. My staff is frequently pushed to the limits but I pay them well and always thought this was a fair exchange.”

Unlike the clients who come to the clinic suffering from burnout, her staff wasn’t at crisis point. They were just demotivated, disengaged and generally unhappy. They weren’t suffering from burnout – they were still able to come to work, to perform well and act efficiently. But, there was a general sense of unhappiness, tiredness, and lethargy.

Is it the “cold” or the “flu?”

And they’re not alone. In fact, this reaction to work is becoming so common that experts have given it a new name – brownout. The term, which is used to describe part of the life stage of a star, describes the stage before burnout. And it’s a condition many people seem to suffer from. If burnout is the flu, think of brownout as a common cold – they both have similar symptoms, but brownout is less crippling. You still go to the office, but your heart isn’t in it. You’d prefer to be hiding at home under your doona.

American coaching firm Corporate Balance Concepts recently surveyed 1000 executives and estimated that 5 per cent of them suffered from burnout, while 40 per cent suffered from ‘Executive Brownout’.

“Brownout is different from burnout because workers afflicted by it are not in obvious crisis,” says Michael E Kibler, CEO of Corporate Balance Concepts. “They seem to be performing fine: putting in massive hours in meetings and calls across time zones, grinding out work while leading or contributing to global teams, and saying all the right things in meetings (though not in side-bar conversations). However, these executives are often operating in a silent state of continual overwhelm, and the predictable consequence is disengagement.”

As an example, he cites the resignation of Mohamed El-Erian, the former CEO of PIMCO, who shocked the tech world by resigning suddenly in 2014 after his 10-year-old daughter wrote him a list of all the milestones he’d missed in her life (from Halloween parades to first soccer matches).

It’s worth noting that Mohamed hasn’t actually been diagnosed with brownout, nor has it yet been labeled an official condition – more a phrase that’s gaining momentum in the corporate and start-up world of high achievers and big goals, where high prices are often paid in return.

Michael says he is seeing the signs in every workplace – workers feeling drained from continuous obligations and physical deterioration from years of sub- optimal sleep. There’s also a diminishing ability to concentrate in non-business conversations. In business meetings, you’re still on your game, but no longer have any interest in making small talk with colleagues.

What to do when it happens to you

Australian business coach Brook McCarthy has suffered from a brownout, although she didn’t call it that at the time. “I describe it as the year I lost my business mojo,” she says. “I lost clients – and no wonder – because I had a stinking bad attitude. It felt like I fell into a funk that I could not get out of.” Her downward spiral was caused by small, everyday challenges that compounded.

“I had sleep deprivation and a few bad run-ins with people,” she recalls. “There were the endless go-nowhere coffee dates with the promise of possible work, which didn’t happen. And one memorable three- hour round trip to the outer reaches of Sydney for a meeting with a prospect who didn’t turn up, didn’t answer her phone, and didn’t bother getting in touch again.”

These setbacks weren’t enough to trigger full-blown burnout, but only because she took proactive measures. “I realised that I needed to take responsibility to woo my mojo back. The first step was valuing my time. I overhauled my quoting process and no longer had meetings without clear agendas. I also made time for joy and celebration. I adopted new practices such as taking my laptop out on excursions to cafes or art galleries. I started inviting my smartest girlfriends for spa dates to talk business.”

It might sound like clichéd advice – rest more, laugh more and say ‘no more’ – but the antidote to both burnout and brownout does appear to be making time for both work and your life outside of it. At Noosa Confidential, burnout sufferers are offered a combination of talk therapy combined with mindfulness techniques and are encouraged to ‘rediscover simple pleasures’ like walking on the beach or creating home-cooked meals.

As for the company’s internal culture, Pettina took innovative measures to boost morale. She implemented a four-day workweek (although some people choose to work five days and others work three and a half). The therapy team can also work from home whenever possible. The staff member who wrote the letter now sells her art at a local market and her paintings hang on the clinic walls. “I’m glad I had an open dialogue with my team early before it got worse,” says Pettina. “I don’t think there is a massive leap between brownout and burnout. One minute you’re fine and then you’re not. The tipping point could be something minor – having an argument with your husband or drinking too much one weekend. I didn’t want it to come to that.”

As brownout isn’t (yet) an official condition, good luck getting a sick note. But, if you diagnose yourself you can also cure yourself – with a course of self-care, an injection of self-worth and a daily dose of me-time.

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The New Goes Live!

The new Performance Lifestyle [PL] website is live!

This is our new virtual space, online training center, and the place of which we’ll be serving you. That is, when we’re not at a live event together. 🙂

For those of you who were subscribers to Nutrient-Rich Superfoods, you’ll see our natural products and education are now all built into Performance Lifestyle® and will be available very soon. We appreciate your patience.

I can’t wait to tell you all about PL.

Here at PerformanceLifestyle, we serve the achiever; primarily goal and success-oriented people (typically driven business professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and managers of growth organizations who are often women and men with families, who would be drawn to participating in endurance events as inspiration for their lives as whole and to stay in shape.

The reason this idea is so appealing to professionals is simple, because this is the group of people that fills out most of middle America. We are hard working hard charging people who have the balancing act of succeeding while taking care of ourselves, bodies and our lives, including our families. We have aspirations to rise and all of this takes an enormous amount of energy and skills to navigate for an optimal life experience.

Simply put, we need to function and perform as relatively high levels throughout the year in so many capacities that being distracted and held back by hidden lifestyle challenges such as the pandemic feeling of low energy and fatigue is not favorable. It leads to poor health and performance and this can netgatively affect a persons success results.

Of course, Performance Lifestyle’s Essential trainings can benefit anyone, as these are the fundamentals of successful living, which when applied in the macro of a persons life and the micro of day to day living, will change their life for the better forever.

We got inspiration for this idea of Performance Lifestyle Training, Coaching, and Support for people who may not be into sports or even fitness enthusiasts at present, but wants to start living with optimal energy levels, high-level health and performance (look and feel better too) ironically from the world of professional athletics, where the idea of living “performance lifestyle” was born. 

See About PL: The Origins of Performance Lifestyle. Athletes exemplify the mindset and lifestyle that supports performance, even if most have never been performance lifestyle trained. 

Their culture reinforces an approach to life that promotes balance and health to a certain and above-average extent (as a given not the goal) and yields the personal and professional performance so many people admire as we watch them achieve their goals. 

Athletes are also relatable and the most visible subset of the population that directly links their lifestyle with their success.

It does not matter if you were ever into sports or even a health or fitness enthusiast, you can benefit big by developing a performance lifestyle you can call your own. 

As a former competitive athlete turned worn-down tech entrepreneur, when I discovered the idea of living a performance lifestyle, it prompted me to begin applying my previous ways of life as an athlete to my life as a business and family man.

I knew a lot about nutrition, fitness and the need for sleep, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted to improve my energy levels more than anything else, and of course my health and performance, which were all lagging big time at the time.

It was not until I relearned how to approach life with the mindset and lifestyle of an athlete, with emphasis on harnessing, maintaining and managing my personal energy, that things began to correct course and life itself got better across the board.  
But it didn’t stop there…

With a world-class lifestyle science advisory team, we have since taken this approach in life to a whole new tier of understanding and application.

In addition to thinking and living like an athlete, Performance Lifestyle uncovers the science of evolutionary biology, bioenergetics, and seasonal variation… at the core of the lifestyle, to reveal the secrets of optimal energy; also known as Performance Living 101.

You’ll be learning a lot more about all of that and it will enhance your performance in a measurable way, as we reveal the science, the principles and best practices across every aspect of the lifestyle that enables people to live in balance, with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even their most ambitious goals.  

Get ready to discover the never-before-assembled lifestyle formula for optimal energy, health, and performance, so that you can start living with optimal energy levels. 

When you first get to the site, click on the play button at the top of the site, or go here and you’ll get a video from me.

I share some of this back story, and my personal experience, first hand, as you begin to peruse the site.  

Why be an active subscriber, student, and client of Performance Lifestyle, Inc?

 In addition to offering you great content with insights that directly link your lifestyle, not only with your energy levels and health but with your whole-life performance and success, we’ll be delivering;

Imagine what would happen in your life if you got trained on all the essential aspects of your lifestyle and optimized how you live.

  • You can, one-by-one, or all-in-one with our year-round lifestyle training called PL365® that is the most inclusive and transformative training you’ll find anywhere. 

We’ll help clarify your imagination in future messages about what’s possible with Performance Lifestyle Training.

So if you want to…

  1. Resolve the hidden lifestyle challenges, such as fatigue, get your energy back and start living with optimal energy levels.
  2. Evolve with a new mindset and skill set so you can begin living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind, 
  3. Achieve even your most ambitious goals by thinking and living like an athlete in life and at work with the potential inspiration of endurance sport. 

You are in the right place. 

Tom Brady Goes to Bed at 8:30 PM, Here’s Why.

Here at PerformanceLifestyle we often draw from the inspiration of sports, where the idea of living “performance lifestyle” was born, because athletes often exemplify lifestyle best even if they’ve never been performance lifestyle trained. Their culture reinforces an approach to life that promotes health to a certain extent and yields performance. They are also relatable and the visible subset of the population that directly links their lifestyle with their success.

As a former competitive athlete turned worn down tech entrepreneur when I discovered the idea, it prompted me to begin to apply my previous ways of life as an athlete to my life as a business and family man. I wanted to improve my energy, health, and performance, which were lagging big time at the time. I have since taken the approach to a whole new tier of understanding and application.

In addition to thinking and living like an athlete, Performance Lifestyle draws on the science of evolutionary biology, bioenergetics, biophysics and seasonal variation at the core of the lifestyle, to reveal the secrets of optimal energy. As well, the science, principles and best practices across every aspect of the lifestyle that enables people to live in balance, with vibrant health and peace of mind.

Today I share these insights with driven, goal and success-oriented people or those that want to be, around the world; those who may not be into sports or even fitness enthusiasts but no longer want to be tired all the time, and want to perform, look and feel better too.

Which brings up Tom Brady.

Needless to say, the greatest quarterback of all time, is in the news a lot lately and for good reason. He is the leading player in the greatest comeback in Superbowl history. What an amazing game!

In addition to being the first quarterback to win 5 Superbowl rings and win 4 Superbowl MVP’s, the most of any player, Tom Brady is in the news because of how he stays so strong and at his best, despite being 39. This is an age almost unheard of for an NFL player in peak form; let alone one that wants to keep his starting position for years to come.

Brady isn’t aging as much as he is evolving, and it is not by happenstance as reported by the Breacher Report

As he says it, he see’s so many players on the decline and doesn’t believe that he has to physically decline in the same way. He just doesn’t believe that’s how it needs to be. He talks about it here. Go to minute 10:15 for the start of this segment.

The insight here is that he doesn’t believe in the decline, despite the fact that it will happen. He just doesn’t have to egg it on. It’s the primary reason why he get’s to bed early.

Tom Brady himself says, “I do go to bed very early because I’m up very early. I think that the decisions that I make always center around performance enhancement.”  

The thing is, 8:30 is not early! When you think about sleep, not from the standpoint of our modern day, work-till-you-drop world, but from an evolutionary standpoint, living in alignment with your biology and respecting bioenergetics– how you restore energy, 8:30 may even be late.

So don’t drop your jaw at Tom Brady’s practice; it’s shared by the best performing people in the world both in sport and out of sport

Rest. Win. Repeat. 

He even has his own sleepwear line to enhance his recovery. We love the whole idea of rest, win, repeat. Here at PerformanceLifestyle, even though we did not coin this particular phrase, Under Armour did, it’s at the core of our philosophy no doubt.

Proactive recovery, for people who spend a lot of energy (more than you actually realize), is extremely important. It’s the name of the game if you are playing to win in everyday life, without driving yourself into the ground as so many business professionals, business owners, executives, and managers with families, in particular, do throughout all seasons of the year.

And it works if you want more energy. Matter of fact, it’s the only thing that works short and longer term.

So how much sleep are you getting and do you know why you really need to be building your whole life, around sleep, and not the other way around? 

In the coming month, we’re going to reveal these answers and teach you why Regenerating Your Life Force is the most powerful skill you can practice to enhance your own performance as a person, as a professional as a parent, as an athlete.

You are an athlete.

Optimizing Your Lifestyle For Energy

Performance Lifestyle is the lifestyle approach to maximizing personal energy and work/life performance by understanding the science of optimal energy and creating an environment that promotes health and supports success. 

First developed to support elite athletes in reaching their sporting goals by helping them get free of the distractions that were holding them back; John Allen Mollenhauer and a world class team of performance and lifestyle advisors have developed this lifestyle training system into a relevant, meaningful and actionable, simple-to-learn approach to living for those who may not be into sports or even health and fitness enthusiasts but need to hit their performance objectives day-after-day while staying out of the downward spiral that starts with low energy.


PerformanceLifestyle® is a 21st-century approach to optimizing your energy for performance and work performance with an eye on your health and well-being as essential to that performance.

Telecommunication technologies have enabled not only 24 x 7 job expectations from employers, but also created 24 x 7 demands for products and services worldwide breaking down all the natural boundaries around which we have lived by for millennia.

This situation is global, and what we have on our hands is the challenge of our generation: how to keep ourselves healthy while intelligently performing amidst relentless demand, while achieving our goals at our best level and pace.

We are now entering the Third Wave of work performance in the United States.

  • First Wave: Early 20th century: Farming and foresters and manufacturing industries were prominent. The emphasis in organizations was on designing work so that the physical body could endure and produce as much as possible.
  • Second Wave: Late 20th century: Professional, technical and service work is prominent. A shift from concern for work being designed for human physical needs shifted to the need to consider social and psychological needs around the 1950’s.
  • Third Wave: Beginning of the 21st:  The global workforce is feeling the effects of work that is designed for the mind alone, but not the body which gets depleted.


We are just now beginning to understand the importance of designing our work around lifestyle’s that enable healthy minds and bodies; the benefits of which, are sustainable energy, dramatically improved health and fitness and higher levels of professional performance!

PerformanceLifestyle® helps you meet this challenge from the day you begin and supports you in your efforts to continuously improve the quality of your life and work throughout your life.

PerformanceLifestyle fits the rhythms of 21st-century living and working perfectly; it is a lifestyle that works for driven, goal and success-oriented people. Once you learn the Lifestyle mindset and the skill set you can better meet the challenges of every aspect of the performance demands you face in your life.


Performance Lifestyle’s Year-Round PL365™ Training and Support System provides you with the structures you need to be effective, and the flexibility you need to be efficient in achieving your personal and professional goals.

The Story of Performance Lifestyle Founder John Allen

If you are new to Performance Lifestyle, let me introduce myself. I’m John Allen Mollenhauer; my friends call me “JAM,” and I hope you will too.

25 years ago, immersed in the world of athletics; I was a trainer, a gym chain owner and *an athlete*. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was living an early version of what is today called “Performance Lifestyle.”My pace of life, the way I ate, trained, slept, scheduled my week, focused; everything was oriented around my goals and making sure I was able to perform at the level I wanted and looked and felt the way I wanted too.   

I had the full support of what was a successful way of life.

Then in 1995, at the inception of the dot-com era, I became a tech entrepreneur. I was fully engaged and motivated, firing on all cylinders – or so I thought.

The world was full of new opportunity, but with the constantly changing focus of a rapidly evolving business, I began abandoning the way of life I once knew in my days in athletics. I soon began working nonstop eating whatever, whenever, exercising infrequently, and rest was an afterthought.

For ten long years, I charged hard into one of the biggest opportunities of my career; I was excited, but I had nothing left. It was like I had a fatigue syndrome with no idea of how to solve it. I thought it was me like something was wrong with me. 

And while there was definitely something wrong, there was nothing wrong with me. It was all due to how I was approaching life and my business… 

A decade of living overwhelmed, overstimulated, under recuperated, overfed and at times undernourished, super busy but almost too tired to be physically active; I was forced to pay the price, and my big opportunity collapsed under the weight of my energy-depleting lifestyle.

It was crushing in more ways than one, and in the autopsy of it all; I looked back as to why and how it all happened. I thought back to my former life in athletics, where I had the lifestyle to support my performance and wondered… what if I was to start thinking and living like an athlete again, only now in my life as an entrepreneur?   

You see, professional Athletes are pro’s at overcoming fatigue; it’s something they regularly face in their lives. As a result, they look, feel and perform in a way that people admire, and it’s the result of their energy enhancing lifestyle. So, I spent the next ten years learning the science (and continue to), developing and refining the principles, and practices that comprised a performance lifestyle strategy while working with hundreds of clients; all inspired by the following idea.

Elite athletes and other high-performers and achievers, in and out of sport, have the support they need to sustain their training and succeed—free of the hidden lifestyle challenges that distract and hold most other people back.

I took that to heart, and with the help of a world-class science advisory team, my team and I developed I wanted, driven, goal and success-oriented people, who may not be into sports or even fitness enthusiasts, to get the lifestyle-based performance training they too need. Our lives are often more intense than it is for most athletes! 

It was only a matter of time before training that would begin treating the everyday achiever like an “athlete” would become relevant, meaningful and actionable and I wanted to spearhead it. Lifestyle support is numero uno when it comes to achieving your goals; even your most ambitious targets, without burnout and with your health and wellbeing intact.

You’ll get a more detailed version of that story in The Rise of a New Lifestyle ebook coming out when we launch thew site.

If you want to get beyond feeling like you have a fatigue syndrome and get your energy back, then just like I needed to, you must learn the science and the secrets of how to maintain optimal energy levels. And to become the balanced and healthy person you’re capable of it makes sense to have a lifestyle that performs.

I am amazed at the difference this training continues to make for my team and me and how much we learn every day guided by this never-before-assembled process for developing and optimizing the “master routine” of your life— your lifestyle.

The sheer fact that I “live this stuff,” no longer caught up with so much going on I’m barely hanging on has changed my whole approach to living. After years of learning and talking about it, now I now make life decisions based on it. It will happen this way for you too.

What this training has done for us, it has done for hundreds of others who are now on the path to taking control of their life, in a relevant, meaningful and actionable way for perhaps the first time in a long time.

Things can in fact change. They do so more than ever when you don’t attempt change indiscriminately, but do so in a methodical way. It’s why I’m so passionate about sharing my experience with others. Every stage of developing Performance Lifestyle has been as transformative to me as it has been to thousands of others.

This January and February take the first transformative steps towards optimizing the way you live so you too can look, feel and perform “like a pro,” as we like to say. 

Proactive is the name of the game, so stay tuned as we roll out the new Performance Lifestyle website in about a week, which will bring everything to life for you. We’re going to start with our first Essentials Training of the year— Regenerate Your Life Force.

If you want to get a jumpstart take this Free Training from Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ari Whitten called The Energy Blueprint.

We are very excited to promote The Energy Blueprint as it has helped us and many others dive deeper into the science behind overcoming fatigue, so you can harness and maintain optimal energy levels. It will seriously help you look, feel and perform like a pro, as you get into “the know,” and no longer live at the mercy of what you don’t understand. Energy is Everything.

You can more than double your personal power with insights from the training we have coming up.