President Donald J. Trump Is Tired

After a full life to date (and no one can say Donald J Trump has been sitting around), more than a year of virtually non-stop campaigning, and now the transition to the US Presidency and, a tendency to sleep no more than 4-6 hours a night (and that be liberal by most accounts); our President is tired. This should not be a question. How could he not be?

This should not be a question. How could he not be?

This is not just true of just Trump. It would be true of any President coming off of 1-2 years of campaigning, making a transition to power and then governing. More on this below.

“But he’s indefatigable, and works tirelessly,” you think; just look at how much energy he has! A drug-addicted burnout stimulated on cocaine has lots of so-called “energy” as well. Stimulants have a way of doing that but at great cost to the body and one’s brain function in the process.

To quote an associate who will go nameless, who is a Ph.D. and very skilled, at one time in her life she said…

“I knew I was tired, but what I didn’t realize then was that I was a lot more than just tired; my body was exhausted and breaking down around me.  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 carried serious consequences if I withdrew from my responsibilities.”

The fact is, there is no one who is indefatigable, or who works tirelessly, even those like Donald Trump who boast about sleeping for only 4 + hours a day. Foor even for those hours, he is forced to sleep. Sleep is a not only a necessity, it will be forced upon you if you don’t respect it, and in extreme cases, if you push it too far, you won’t be waking up.

Just think for yourself for a moment when you have your worse impulse control around what you say, how you eat, over all your behaviors.

Is it ever after a good night sleep, a 3-day weekend or a vacation? Rarely. It’s when you’re tired.

Talk to enlightened masters and they will tell you when their tired is the toughest time period for holding the position of no mind, or direct awakening because the organism’s brain will force sleep and a protective position.

“Trump’s worst impulse control is when he’s tired or overstretched,” tweeted New York Times political correspondent Maggie Haberman, who has been covering the newly inaugurated President for over a year.

Haberman’s observations about a sleep-deprived Trump are backed up by science, as well: a person who spends 17–19 hours awake performs tasks as if they’re tipsy, with the equivalent of a blood alcohol level of 0.05, according to an article by the McKinsey group in 2016 outlining the link between effective leadership and sleep.

A person who wakes up at 6 a.m. and goes to sleep at 2 a.m. has the performance equivalent of someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.1%, which, as the piece notes, is over the threshold for being legally drunk in the U.S.

Bill Clinton’s who fumbled the last two years of his Presidency, came right out and said… “I thought most of the major errors I made in my life, both political and personal, were made when I was too tired. “ I’m sure there are many other President’s with this underlying narrative and this is no different for Donald J. Trump.

There is a reason why Obama could not maintain the level of communications he maintained with the public during his first campaign, into his first years in the White House. It’s because he was tired and he needed to govern.

Not a post on the science, this is a post on common sense and some thought leadership. So, we would like you to consider this common human experience.

You are feeling good. Well, rested and you are on a role. You’re in the zone, flowing beautifully. Accomplishing tasks like they were dominoes. You’re feeling great about yourself, powerful and more confident than ever. You even brag a bit to friends or colleagues who are intrigued about your poise and productivity, about how well you’re taking care of yourself.

Then, after not too much time has gone by, you feel it. The fatigue starts building. Not to be outdone by a mere feeling affecting your stream of ease, you push it. You don’t slow down for that yellow light or the many yellow lights that follow. In just-in-time fashion, you put the pedal to the metal and keep going.

Why? Because you think you must, especially now that you’ve just established some fresh reputation with those around you.

When it starts getting hard to deal with, stopping is not an option, because you’d have to face your true condition which is bat-shit crazy tired. It doesn’t look like on the outside, but you feel it on the inside. The only remedy is to push with extreme work ethic.

That is the drug, that is the stimulant that keeps you feeling ok, never really allowing your body catch up with your ambition. It burns our bodies out and breaks them down. You know that, but you attempt to cover it up. How long? Who knows.

This is what Donald Trump is doing and he’s in the throes of it while running the United States and influencing the free world. What the consequences of this will be we don’t know, but a lot of very smart people have it on their mind as we witness a man with seemingly thin-skinned impulses, and erratic emotions occupy our nation’s top executive office.

This is troublesome, and it would be regardless of political biases or stance. It also models the addiction to performance that is so prevalent in our society.

As the founder of Performance Lifestyle, Inc., as an entrepreneur for more than 30 years, I know a thing or two about burnout and what this experience is like spiritually, mentally and emotionally and physically. It’s in part due to the relentless demand for our time and energy, with the breakdown of natural boundaries, access to so much information and opportunity, technology, and the dramatic increase in complexity and response-ability that is now required from us on just so many fronts.

Now if you’re the President of the United States and you don’t have a handle on your lifestyle, that stress can multiply; even if you have 400,000 working for you in your administration, have billions in the bank and cabinet.

Suffering the consequences of that ever-potential situation in our present-day lives, was the primary reason why Performance Lifestyle was created. It’s why we borrowed a page from the world of elite athletics, arguably the best-performing people in the world and we’ve built this integral approach to living on the best lifestyle practices, including the best science you must know if you’re going to avoid living tired all the time and exhausted.

The conclusion was and still is, the cost of exhaustion is simply too high; on you, the people around you, your family, your business and the highest office in the land. We hope that Trump finds his stride and does not intend to attempt four, let alone the potential of eight years at this pace, especially at his age. The costs to him and the US could be big.

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.

Relevant

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.

Meaningful

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.

Actionable

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 PerformanceLifestyle.com. 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.

Energy is EVERYTHING!

Energy is EVERYTHING, and you have access to an abundance of energy if you know the science and the secrets to maintaining optimal energy levels for performance. It’s the currency of life. You can learn more here.

Want to know the difference between something that’s alive and something that isn’t? It’s that the thing that’s ALIVE has cells that are creating ENERGY and energy that’s also driving your cells. And yet, even though energy is the central key to having a good life filled with vitality, happiness, and passion, most of us feel like we DON’T HAVE IT!

People are tired. They’re sick. They’re stressed. They’re exhausted. They’re anxious and depressed. They’re emotionally flat. They’re bored and lacking passion. There’s no sex drive. They come home, and you don’t feel like being with their family, and they don’t have the drive to spend quality time with them. And they’re usually just trying to drag themselves through another day with caffeine.

Have you ever been to that place and are you there right now?

That is why so many people are hooked on caffeine—because they just don’t FEEL that energy. They’re always BORROWING energy from TOMORROW to pay for today, with caffeine and stimulants. And because of all this, people are becoming bankrupt in something that’s incredibly important to having a good life—energy and passion for life, even when there’s good reason to feel passionate.

Here are some scary stats to consider:

  • In WebMD’s annual Year in Health survey, women across the U.S. named fatigue among their top five health concerns.
  • In the American Psychological Association’s 2012 Stress in America survey, 45 PERCENT of women reported feeling chronically fatigued due to stress.
  • A survey commissioned by Legal & General found that 34 percent of the 5,000-people asked said that chronic low-level, general fatigue was their BIGGEST health concern.
  • The Chartered Management Institute recently conducted a ‘Quality of Working Life’ report which showed that insomnia is widespread and more than HALF of us experience feelings of constant tiredness at work. Simply put, chronic fatigue, daytime sleepiness, stress, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and chronic lack of energy have become EPIDEMICS in our society!

That’s a BIG PROBLEM because high energy levels are the crux of having a good life! Your happiness, your career, your health, and your relationships depend on it!

So, that’s the bad news…

Here’s the GOOD NEWS…

You have massively abundant energy AVAILABLE to you. A level of vitality and energy not just 10% or 20% higher than what you have now, but MASSIVELY higher. You can access a level of energy that will fill you with drive, motivation, vitality, and passion every single day. And once you access that, you can transform the way you move through life.

In this free training, Performance Lifestyle Advisor and Metabolic Specialist Ari Whitten will teach you…

  • The 2 Keys to High Energy Levels
  • How to Increase Cell Regeneration
  • How build your cellular engine
  • About The Energy Blueprint System How to Overcome Fatigue, Transform Your Health, and Double Your Energy Levels in the Next 60 Days

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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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Are You Living in Energy Debt Here at the Start of 2017

Things are going great; it’s the New Year or any given week for that matter. You’re feeling awesome, productive, rolling. You feel like you’re the epitome of fluid, forward movement. Then, things start to slow down. The workout consistency starts experiencing longer than usual intervals, decision-making slows, anxiety increases, your out-of-the- gate productivity of the year, the week, the day starts slowing, and your routine is starting to feel out of whack.

Then, things start to slow down. The workout consistency starts to fade; you’re experiencing longer than usual intervals, decision-making slows, anxiety increases, your out-of-the-gate productivity of the year, the week, the day starts slowing, and your routine is starting to feel out of whack.

And then, the dreaded routine begins. You start eating to feel better and more for that matter; no-thought social media distractions are at least keeping you feeling busy, the harder work items are now starting to get put off, and you’re opting for easier tasks. It’s just too much for you at the moment, and now your stories about how stressed you are, start their rise.

Here we go again, same ole’ same ole’ pattern. “It’s what usually happens to me,” you think. 

Already? What’s going on? What’s going wrong, is it, me? 

Nothing is wrong with you, but going wrong it is. Not in the sense that what you’re doing is wrong, but how you’re going about it. 

You are building energy debt because you’re driving yourself too hard, blowing not just through your energy, but morese your bodies capacity to regenerate it fast enough. No, not the energy you’ve eaten, it would take some time before that happens, rather, the electrical energy you’ve previously charged and need to charge to “function.” 

This is really beginning to affect you as your energy levels are sinking low, and so’s your spirit. The feeling is fatigue, like you’re tired all the time, even if you slept 7-9 hours last night. It’s making you feel like something is wrong with you, which begins it’s own cascade of symptoms. 

The downward spiral begins.

If you don’t catch it here and now, and you make this personal, it can decimate your week or longer, or more than just your productivity. It can seriously affect your wellbeing and that of others. So you must always deal with energy debt. 

You can’t see this problem, or readily measure it; you can only experience it. It’s subjective, and it feels horrible, particularly because you don’t know what it is. You don’t feel good, and the medical world, the nutrition world, and the supplement world amongst likely others are ready to pounce.

You are in energy debt, more commonly known as sleep debt and it can’t be, never has been and will never be solved by medicine, nutrition and supplements in whole, and only potentially in part. A small part. It’s caused by a variety of in-parallel factors that are have inadvertently conspired to create your current state, like a tornado or a presidential election. The perfect conditions.

What makes this potentially worse, is that the people around you won’t know what’s going on, and will only say you’re not motivated enough; even though down deep they too have experienced this, and may even be in the throws of it as they critique you. If they have a vested interested in keeping you going, that review may be particularly harsh.

You need to know what’s going on so that you can effectively handle this insidious position you’re in that underpins all your health and performance initiatives.

So what’s the solution?

For starters, understanding the problem is first. Becuase this will happen over and over again if you don’t understand the problem you are trying to solve.

Is it just a matter of getting more sleep?

No. It helps for sure, but there are several other factors.

What makes the difference between just sleeping more and renewing your energy so that you’ve got enough juice (it’s pretty likely you’ve got plenty of fuel), to have an amazing first 100 days of the year?

For athletes and other balanced and healthy, high performers or achievers, sleep is only one aspect of their means to regenerate their energy. They have a full strategy to deal with the exceptional levels of life force they’re generating each and every day.

Simply put, harnessing and maintaining their energy is priority numero uno, because everything else in their life depends on it.

Peak performers and the wellness elite have more sophisticated methods for maintaining energy their energy levels than most people realize, and they reap the benefits in their lives every day.

Matter of fact, if there is one thing they all do, they master their energy–they power their lives and their success with an optimal energy strategy, enjoying the intellectual edge, well-being, confidence, and emotional resilience that only a person living with optimal energy levels can experience.

Now, if it seems I’m giving many high performers too much credit you may be right; just understand that I’m talking about healthy, high-achieving people. These people have performance lifestyle’s and these people I am not giving too much credit. They take this stuff seriously.

First, they understand the science of overcoming fatigue and building real energy. We are committed to respecting science here at Perforamance Lifestyle Inc as are our Advisors such as Ari Whitten who spearheaded the science of superhuman energy in a great way. We recommend you take this course asap.

You see most people are living at a significant disadvantage — they are paying a substantial interest on their growing energy debt in lost health, productivity, quality of life, and personal (yes it’s business) performance!

This living over your bodies capacity to regenerate is coming at a cost not only regarding the time that it will take for you get back into balance, but it’s negatively affecting the biological machinery that embodies that process.

What is energy debt? 

Commonly referred to as sleep debt or a sleep deficit, which is the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep, energy debt is a bigger idea. A large sleep debt may lead to mental or physical fatigue. There are two kinds of sleep debt, the results of partial sleep deprivation and total sleep deprivation.

Here at Performance Lifestyle, we recognize the idea of sleep debt, but speak more to energy debt, which is that far broader term, and it’s a condition that is only partially influenced by a lack of sleep.

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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 3

One of the biggest challenges in the fields of wellness and health, even the emerging performance field, all of which are highly fragmented, is the focus on making goals out of improving various aspects of your lifestyle. Such as, but not limited to, eating better and getting fit (fitness challenges not included) and even getting more sleep!

The intentions are good, but this approach falls so far short of helping a person realize their potential and unleash their inherent greatness, it’s hard to state it without sounding critical.

Why? Because no aspect of living is a goal, we live to achieve our goals, and if you’re making goals out of eating healthy, getting fit and sleep, for example, you must NOT be eating healthy, fit or rested right now. So, what does that tell you?

It means you don’t yet have a balanced and healthy, performance lifestyle that’s what. You may have competency in some aspects of living but not enough across the board skill to avoid falling into the gaps where you don’t yet have the skills to make smart lifestyle significant decisions and act accordingly. And that is what usually what throws people out of whack; their lifestyle goes awry.

This is literally, not your fault. Most of us have never been trained in human performance let alone the essential lifestyle skills to sustain healthy, human performance.

Sounds so basic, doesn’t it? But the way most of us live is “caught up” trying to make a living, become or stay successful, but not living successfully; and that impacts our energy and health, which undermine our ability to function and perform, achieve and sustain the very success we’re seeking.

Each one of us wakes up to be successful. You can take that idea to the bank. No one wakes up to be balanced and healthy, we need to proactively take actions that maintain our health SO we can perform at the levels we need to succeed; and look that way too.

Which is why this is called a Performance Lifestyle, and not a “healthy lifestyle.” That your lifestyle is healthy is the given here; we’re focused on the goals—performance and success and to do that your lifestyle must be balanced, which means you know what to do, how to do and why you’re doinging at the right time, at the right level, with consistency, and getting your needs met. This result is “balance.”

When you’re living success, it’s a whole lot easier to live balanced and healthy. In a Performance Lifestyle transformation happens.

Who Lives Performance Lifestyle?

Learning the essentials of lifestyle, one by one can help anyone, but when you learn them all together, the full picture of human performance comes clear and the person who get’s the biggest benefit is the person who’s driven, goal and success-oriented. These people, like myself, have a tendency to overspend their energy and live outside their performance zone for far too long.

Feeling tired all the time and fatigued gives rise to a slew of hidden lifestyle challenges that people end up coping with for years, which distract and hold them back. And most people don’t realize this because they are not familiar with the level of performance they could be experiencing if they were living a Performance Lifestyle.

Performance Lifestyle serves achievers best because they are often super motivated to resolve the hidden lifestyle challenges, evolve with a new lifestyle mindset and skill set to achieve their ambitious goals inspired by living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind for probably the first time in a long time.

In a nutshell, Performance Lifestyle is for people who want to get free of hidden lifestyle challenges, in particular

  1. Living on a perceived downward spiral for some time, over spending their energy resulting from poor lifestyle habits.
  2. Needing to cut through the clutter in the market that is confusing, to learn how to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle successfully.
  3. Wanting to achieve an ambitious goal in their life or their business with the added inspiration of an endurance activity or sport that promotes high performance.  Read more

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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