If you have a body you are an athlete, live your life like a pro

What it Means to Live Your Life Like a Pro. Like an Athlete

Live your life like a pro. 

Is that just a motivational saying? We’ve been hearing “like a pro” a lot on everything from car commercials to products of every kind to represent the idea of doing things at our best, to the highest levels as our performance culture swings into full gear.

I love the campaign from GMC around Living Like a Pro. Watch it here.

This is a term you will hear a lot about here to at Performance Lifestyle [PL] but for a deep and specific reason, not merely marketing. Its origin comes from where the whole idea of living a performance lifestyle came from, in professional athletics, which underscores a commitment to a way of life that directly links your lifestyle with your success in life, and broadly that’s what we’re all about; living your life like a pro.

But what if, in the marketing of performance lifestyle, you see images about athletes, and you’re not an athlete right now, meaning, you don’t participate in sports and aren’t even a fitness enthusiast?

Many people coming into a performance lifestyle, while they can relate to the whole idea of why athletes and other healthy, high-achieving people perform, look and feel the way they do, living their lives “like a pro,” are “driven and drained,” tired, suffering from fatigue, etc. So the whole idea of thinking and living like an athlete may at first feel a little daunting and they may walk away and say “this is not for me.”

But keep in mind that athletes are regular people too, and they too get run down. Here’s a great story I saw recently from a Tour De France Cyclist that goes into the very common experience we help parents, business professionals, and creative artists often get out of. It’s the downward spiral because we don’t pay attention to the signs and symptoms of overworking, in the same way, an athlete may be overtraining (as that is there work).

It’s a really telling article and I like the way it references the very real downward spiraling experience, not only a world-class athlete can go through, but everyday achievers often go through regularly through overwork, and over engagement.

The primary problem we are solving is fatigue, helping people recover from excess stress, and then, learn the skills, to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even their most ambitious goals.

Athletics is not just a source of inspiration from the one population that directly links their lifestyle with their, energy, health, performance and success in life; but athletic insights point to the fact that we are all athletes and can also learn from what sports athletes can teach us.

We are not trying to convert people into competitive athletes; we are in part teaching how athletes approach life. This helps people transition from going on diets and trying to stick to workout programs and wedge the latest information from all the health and fitness magazines out there to make up for what are lifestyle issues, towards installing the mindset and skill set to thrive. Ref: the Performance Lifestyle mindset and skillset.

We are using the metaphor and experience of athletics to have people start thinking and living like an athlete, or “like a pro,” for a transformation in outlook with a more natural way to live to boot. Once could say that living a “performance lifestyle” is living the natural experience of life, proactively.

Athletes are regular people too, they just have a different game than say a small business owner or executive that most of us can relate to because we “watch” them play and many of us have athletic experience from back in our school days.

If you remember, athletics is where true performance is desired and supported and is not confused with productivity (results) alone, as it is in most non-athletic environments. It’s also model to begin employing the full gamut of performance mindset and lifestyle skills for better results in our lives.

What we call Performance Lifestyle, a good percentage of athletes don’t even know, succeeding in spite of having an optimal lifestyle; which is why we are also serving people with recreational or sporting pursuits as well. Regardless of what you are up to, the lifestyle science, principles, and practices are the same, only the strategy for you will change. For example, many athletes lose their performance edge, because just like non-athletes their sleep is compromised daily.

They may be pros but they are not living like pros, out of alignment with the fundamentals of successful living.

Living your life like-a-pro simply means:

  • That for perhaps the first time in your life, you are going to set standards, boundaries, rule, goals, etc for how you live, starting with how you sleep and live with optimal energy levels. That statement is huge, with so much packed into it, as simple as it sounds. Even elite athletes need to learn more about this.
  • You will also start to learn the optimal performance state so that you get free of all the wasted time so many of us invest in thinking that leads to depression, distraction, and difficulty. Thinking that’s mired in criticism, comparison, and competitiveness (not the sporting kind or healthy levels in business and life that reward the person who is prepared) that ultimately suffocate the idea of living a lifestyle that supports you and what you’re up to in the world.
  • And ultimately, you end up living a lifestyle that supports you and what you are up to in the world. That’s a Performance Lifestyle. It’s inspired, educated and support, dynamic, and resilient. It’s knowing what to do, how to do it and why, so you do it at the level, intensity, and consistency that meets your needs and delivers your wants.

Is uniquely yours. And that’s living your life like a pro.

The Healthy High Achiever

The Healthy High Achiever and How You Can Become One

The Healthy High Achiever is a term, a profile of a person you will hear about allot about. Who is this person and what makes them so unique?

First, a story…

Sara serves as vice-president of a large medical facility, a position filled with high pressure and stress. However, Sara has just spent a year in PerformanceLifestyle® training and is working with a coach to develop her lifestyle. It took several weeks to simply slow down, assess where she was, and acknowledge that her overly driven lifestyle – as it once was – was killing her. Additionally, it was killing her dreams, killing her family relationships, and killing her very sense of wellbeing.

Learning how to rest and recuperate (and increase her energy levels naturally) was Sara’s first major change. Her next step was learning how to eat nutrient-rich foods for optimal nutrition and learning how to develop a lifestyle approach to fitness. Upon applying the skills that enabled her to maintain those changes, the rest of the lifestyle (ultimately in her words) she said she “restored her life.

No longer is Sara continually overwhelmed or exhausted. When those feelings come, she knows they are temporary, because she has learned exactly how to move forward in a position of strength

She restructured her life and added support and has worked on all aspects of her lifestyle so that she can achieve her now clearer goals in a more balanced and healthy way. She has learned how to incorporate the essence of the natural cycles mentioned earlier in the eBook, Driven and Drained. For many months now, she can honestly say that she has avoided hitting the wall. Previously it was a daily event (sometimes several times a day). Now when great amounts of energy have been expended, Sara knows exactly how to replenish that vital energy store.

No longer misinterpreting fatigue and falling for the stimulant delusion (thinking you are gaining energy when you are really just getting more exhausted, she can now focus on her goals without the worry that she will run out of energy and maintainers her lifestyle to support that process.

She finds she is more engaged when at work, and more disengaged from her workload when she’s home with family. Additionally, her sleep at night is much more deep and restful.
Sara’s goals are more achievable. She knows what a goal is and what it is not, and that’s made a huge difference. And her ever improving lifestyle has purpose.
Time with family has become more precious to her, and she would never ever give up her valuable recuperation times (which she designed for herself and is even incorporating a pastime in her regeneration strategy that she loves – oil painting –). By Sara’s own admission she feels better than she has in years. Her thinking is clearer, and she is achieving more than she ever thought possible.

One of the main things Sara is still challenged with is coming to terms with all the bad habits she has accumulated as a result of marketing, fatigue, and lack of understanding, so she has had to become more aware of her present situation and circumstances and use the symptoms and excuses that pop up as doorways into the lifestyle solutions she has learned and continues to learn. This par for the course for anyone.

She has performance lifestyle training in her life ongoing and doesn’t see it like a program she is on only to achieve a short terms objective like losing weight, or becoming more tone; she sees her lifestyle as something as a way of life she got into, to support not only those outcomes but in staying energetic, health and high performing when it matters most so she can realize her dreams.

Does she have some challenges from time to time? Yes, she’s human and human beings can get stuck… She doesn’t demonize it or say all is lost take it personally, make it permanent or pervasive in her life. What happened is what happened and she moves forward—resolving her challenges, evolving with an ever-improving mindset and lifestyle skillset for achieving her goals and other aspects of her wellbeing.

Most importantly, she’s living as who she really is, and this has reduced the obstacles in her life in a profound way. More on that later.

How did she start? 

She just got started in Performance Lifestyle’s core PL365 training for life. It’s the training that goes on month in and month out all year round here at Performance Lifestyle Inc. No one is beyond the practice of The 12 Essential Lifestyle Skills You Need to Know to Live Your Life Like a Pro. You just keep getting better and better and better.

Those days of living indiscriminately with no lifestyle strategy, sleeping whenever, eating whatever and exercising if ever, are behind her.

She is no longer to-doing herself to death as an achiever, over-committing and underperforming with too many goals, or attempting to live as a high performer all the time. She is now a healthy higher achieving person, with a performance lifestyle she can call her own.

If you haven’t 1) read Driven and Drained, become a Performance Lifestyle subscriber to receive your free ebook. In that book, you’ll learn about making a regeneration transformation that will put your life on a whole new trajectory. Too often we say knew to a new path in life simply because we’re too overwhelmed and tired at the time it presents itself. And then, 2) you’ll receive the 5-video introductory training series introducing you to living a performance lifestyle you can call your own.

Watch that series (a total of 16 minutes) before you start Performance Lifestyle training, which by the way starts the minute you subscribe. Then you can 3) join us in PL365.

That 3 step process will change your life for the better, forever.

 

 

2018 Winter Olympics

Performance Lifestyle, the Past Olympics and YOU

Recently, the 2018 Winter Olympics came to an end after two weeks of witnessing the worlds best amatuer athletes display their hard earned skill, grace and determination.

Do you want to know why we admire the Olympics and the athletes so much?

Is it because we see the athletes’ talent and grace on the grand, world stage performing like the pros they are in all kinds of events? Surely that’s true, but it’s also the fact, at a deeper level that they have the capacity to perform the way they do, look and feel the way they do too and consciously or subconsciously, we’re like “wow!.”

What are they doing in their life that most of us are not doing?

The answers are not as surprising as one might think and are not out of reach for us all to apply in our own lives for the kinds of life achievements we all imagine at one time or another. nts you imagine.

Of course, we don’t see their struggle, the commitment, the failure and defeat, the dedication, exhaustion, and perseverance amidst all the practice that it takes to get there and “peak” during the time we are watching them. And of course, the Olympics is only one event (or events) that they compete in each year. There are events throughout the year they compete in as well on top of the daily grind of practice that it all takes.

So what do Olympians do that makes it all possible? Surely, any synopsis in an article would be only a snippet, a mere take on the bigger picture; but some of what they do will point to all of what they do that enables them to show up so ready to dazzle us with all the possibilities of the human force that they are.

First, let’s cut to the chase. These healthy high achieving people live performance lifestyles. As the homepage of PerformanceLifestyle.com says, all healthy, high-achieving have performance lifestyles. Olympic athlete or not, it does not matter if they are into sports or even fitness enthusiasts; healthy, high achieving people, have some version of a performance lifestyle.

No, not the same one that you will live, but the one that supports them and what they are up to in the world.

As we always say, a performance lifestyle is a lifestyle that fully supports you, and what you’re up to in the world, or “your game.” It connects all the dots, a lifestyle mindset, and skills; every aspect of your lifestyle is fine-tuned and directly linked to your goals and success. ???????The “healthy” is build in, a given, and the “balanced” is a byproduct of knowing what to do, how to do it, and why you’re doing it so you do it at the right time, at the right level, intensity and consistency; else one could not perform well, free of the distractions that would hold them back otherwise.  And all of that comes with experience, with training.

That’s what makes the difference between the lifestyle of a world-class Olympic athlete or any other healthy high achieving person and those who are not; it’s both the game they’re playing and the fact that they optimize their lifestyle for energy, health, and performance.

Now, of course, I’m sure if you were going to be watched by a stand full of people every time you competed, you would probably practice more, prepare better and ready yourself at a whole new level so that you would shine. But the reality is, as everyday people who are not on the world’s stage, competing in front of stands of people or maybe in front of anyone for that matter, we don’t see ourselves as worthy of that kind of lifestyle.

But we are!

You see, your life as a parent, a business professional, maybe a creative artist or amateur athlete is just as worthy of the best lifestyle possible as that of an Olympic athlete and just imagine what your life would be like if your life management, were just like theirs, or closer to it? You would be getting much better results indeed.

Imagine if you see your life from the perspective of being on the court, and not in the stands, and all that you applied in your life was directly tied to your success in life, your business or career, your performance or sport. How much better would you live?

Would you know what, or how to optimize your lifestyle to perform, look and feel better?
No one group of people epitomizes this mindset better than athletes.

You see, We are all athletes. The same fundamentals that an Olympic athlete needs to apply in their life to manage their energy, stay healthy, function and perform at higher levels are the same for you. It’s only the game specific training and strategy that may be different.

The principles and practices of a performance lifestyle that support you and your game, are the same whether you are a world class athlete, world-class executive or manager or a world class parent. But what makes you “world class” is your lifestyle strategy.

A strategy is always unique to you, your desired outcomes and what you want to achieve.

For a simple example, if you are simply want to be the great parent, you probably won’t be eating the way would if you were training for Olympic gold in skating, but eating up to 90% or more nutrient-rich food, is the same for both outcomes. There was once a time when maybe that top athlete was eating poorly in their own life, relying on youthful vigor and skill to win, and they may still be eating poorly and compensating with other aspects of their lifestyle but eventually they change once they realize the benefits, And that’s also no different than you.

Everyone does better when they have the optimal nutrition that’s great tasting, great for you, and convenient.

And that’s just one example. Eating is less than 10% of a performance lifestyle. The point is, They aren’t just practicing the halfpipe or figure skating on a regular basis, they have a whole lifestyle that enables them to sustain their training, get the most out of it and win in their sport. They may not have medalled in the Olympics, but just think of what it took to get there!

What’s it going to take to get you closer to being on top of your game? You don’t need to be the best, nor are we preparing you for the olympics, but just consider for a moment, how much better you could be doing if you upleveled your lifestyle starting today.

So while one person may want to win gold in the halfpipe freestyle at the Olympics, you may want to become a higher-tier marketer, or business owner, manager, salesperson, parent or creative artist or amateur athlete. It doesn’t matter, the fundamentals of successful living are the same. The tactics may change, the level at which you practice may change, how you practice may be unique, but the fundamentals are the same.

Lastly, living a performance lifestyle is foremost a mindset; it’s how you approach your life, and this is an of itself makes the difference. Yes, I could riddle off a litany of being proactive vs reactive, on purpose vs. not, keeping your eyes on the prize or just settling to get by… and keep going with that; but these valuable quotes would be just quotes, mere tweaks of your approach to life.

What we are saying here is that if you link how you live (your lifestyle) with your success in life, your career etc, while you will still be challenged from time to time, you will not be distracted or held back by the challenges most people struggle with. Your “performance lifestyle” mindset and the skills set you will learn will simply overcome them.

Are you in a performance lifestyle practice you can call your own?

As the 2018 Winter Olympics came to a close and PerformanceLifestyle.com is now going to a whole new level, we thought it was fitting for you to reflect on the inspiration of what we’ve just witnessed a few weeks back, and consider: how you can improve your performance in life, in your business a creative pursuit or sport by developing a performance lifestyle of your own; one that supports you and what you are up to in the world.

That’s what we’re going to help you do in the weeks and months that come.

So thanks for all the inspiration, “fellow athletes” in all the Olympic games you played. On behalf of all the aspiring performance lifestylers out there, those people who want to be both healthy and high achieving, we salute you.

Back Pain requires a Lifestyle solution

Back Pain Requires a Lifestyle Solution

Chances are if your 35-65 and in the throes of raising children, growing your business or in your career, exercising, let alone having a creative or sporting pursuit, you have experience back pain.

Recently, my back went into spasm. It’s something that usually happens when I get worn down, there’s an emotional trigger and I’ve been sitting for a bit too long, which happens when I get tired. 

Now I have a history of back issues, due to athletics, adhesion buildup (that’s scar tissue) and I had an injury due to falling on black ice a few years back that left me in the hospital for a few months and drugs, inactivity, a less than optimal diet and a whole lot of other consequential and disruptive stresses.  

But in the past, when I was much younger (and dumber) I would let that pain run its course and just carry on with my life. I was busy. Today, things are very different. I’m still busy, more so in fact, but knowing what I know about a cause, and resolving issues rather than letting them build into vicious cycles and downward spirals, I deal with it. 

But like any human being, sometimes I/we gain expertise in a certain context, and then shift into a different context and forget to apply what I know. 

This is what was happening with me and back pain. You see, I never really looked at it as a result of lifestyle factors. I saw it as just, well… back pain. And I had a story about it, that really did nothing about it. 

Well, that changed this past August.  

Back in August when my back pain was high and in spasm, not only did I need to go to multiple back pain specialists, each specializing in one modality, until I finally found a physical therapist that offered a multimodality approach– such as dry needling, traction, rolfing, electric stimulation, adhesion breakup techniques, stretching. I also used some chiropractic. I also tuned into all the lifestyle factors that had to change so that I didn’t give rise to this back problem and it was nothing less than a series of both tactical and strategic lifestyle changes that were required.

So I  was committed to not having this pain again and to the time it might take to get out in front of this debilitating experience.

So here’s what I concluded…

 1) I acknowledged that I needed to drop some of the weight of the past that had built up following my long hospital stay and never left. I had a new set point at a higher weight and that needed to change. It was the weight that was putting pressure on my lumbar joints. In process.

2)I had a good deal of excessive stress at the time that my back went into spasm. That had to change, so I changed several approaches to things that were going on at the time. One was an intensive leadership course I was involved in, where the instructor required everyone is sitting. I had to push back and stand a good portion of the time.

3) I needed to focus more on my core and keep it strengthened indeed; using both abdominal and back extension techniques

4) I needed some whole body light therapy (PBMT) to help accelerate recovery and help regenerate the tissue at a cellular level. This was invaluable and has now become a regular function in my lifestyle.

5) I realized I was not stretching regularly at the time and needed to build this back into my routine. Yeah, I got lax, really lax. 

6) I had/have to pay special attention to responding calmly to what would for most people, or anybody, be an emotional experience. This past year saw our new baby girl being born, a major new release of our website and huge changes that were very challenging at times to deal with. With the excess demands on me, I just could not and can not afford the energy spend of emotional outbursts; it was putting me over my edge.

Even in my work with clients, I am taking a much more “unfolding” style of information delivery, less the cerebral, willful and dynamic push of information that I am used to because it’s very taxing on my energy levels. This new style enables me to regenerate more fluidly. 

7) I needed to be drinking more water and electrolytes. I eat such a high-water content diet, but sometimes I forget to hydrate alongside.

8) Back exercises that catered to my condition needed to continue on a regular basis.

9) I would have to engage more regularly in traction, like with an inversion bed to take the pressure off my spine and elongate it. My back pain was not just caused by the buildup of scar tissue, there was a degenerated disk, (common among 50-year-olds), which under the right circumstances, it was pinching down on a nerve. So I needed to build this in more regularly not just when the pain emerged.

10) And probably the most important I needed to maintain my regeneration practice at the highest levels. In our busy, world, it’s easy to deprioritize regeneration in the spirit of working harder and longer (even for worthy reasons) and wear yourself down. We call this burning out and trading your health for success. From time to time, usually, when back issues spring up, I don’t need to look hard to discover that I’ve worn my body down due to getting lax on recovery and recuperation and it’s negatively affected my lifestyle.  

It’s that pattern that we largely help people stay out of here at PerformanceLifestyle.com.

There are reasons why #10 is the crux of living a performance lifestyle. You simply can’t mess with waring yourself down. You must keep yourself as highly regenerated as you can, starting with sleep.

It’s why on our new site, making a “regeneration transformation” is the key to correcting course when you start feeling worn down, and vital to living a performance lifestyle. 
So you can see, even with specific symptoms like back pain, it is almost never less than a whole lifestyle approach that succeeds in resolving the issue and an issue like back bain requires nothing less. It’s no surprise so many people experience back pain because most of us are worn down (tired, fatigued) and coping with stress in ways that create more stress and symptoms.  Back pain is one of the biggest. 
These ten points are just part and parcel of a whole lifestyle, but it illustrates the point that it’s never just one thing that solves a stress problem. It’s the lifestyle you are presently engaged in that’s determining your performance and performance is a lifestyle; it requires a whole new normal.
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Why You Want to Beat Fatigue and Increase Your Action Potential.

February is in full form, and this is a big month. It’s when your momentum for the year will likely make the biggest spike following the end of the year past and the start of the new now taking shape.  

For us, after years of bringing this whole idea of what it means to live a “performance lifestyle” together, the new website PerformanceLifestyle.com IS going to go live. We thought it would be this week, but it’s going to be next. People plan and God often times has other plans. 😉

I’m particularly excited about it because we’re providing the needed insight, for starters, into a big problem that is affecting millions of people whether they know it (and most do) or not (and there are a lot of these people too).

It’s the problem of fatigue or feeling tired all the time that I’m talking about; including, but not limited to the kind of fatigue you experience after a hard day’s work.

While that’s expected, and to some degree, normal and natural, it’s accentuated today due to technology, the access to information and the type of work most of us are doing these days processing that information.  It’s more draining than you realize.

The thing is, many or even most of us do not know how to deal with even that fatigue let alone when that fatigue develops into a chronic energy debt that you can’t see and often aren’t even aware of, yet it has far-reaching influences.

And it’s because so many people suffer from fatigue that they suffer from weight and health/mental health issues, and performance and quality-of-life issues; and there are a series of underlying lifestyle issues that give rise to it.

Hence, if you are reading this, why you are learning about all the underlying and hidden lifestyle challenges that give rise to fatigue and poor lifestyle habits, so you can begin living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals.
It’s called a “performance lifestyle,” the curriculum for living where you learn how to:

  • Get the performance edge via optimal sleep—the morning, daytime and nighttime routines that support it,
  • Master the secrets of living with optimal energy levels
  • Function in the optimal performance state (most of the time 😉
  • Align with essential lifestyle habits you need to know to live your life, like a pro.
  • Influence others in a way that helps them, you the planet we live on.

Whether fatigue is pronounced in your life and chronic, or simply a low-level fatigue, or vital exhaustion that’s just always there clouding your attitude and life now devoid of the surges of energy you use to have; its accumulation leads to burning out and wearing out the human brain and body and that doesn’t end well.

This is a big issue, one of the biggest facing humankind, and particularly since technology-driven information age has kicked into high gear, effectively creating a performance culture with widespread effects on the mode, pace, intensity, and consistency of how we live and the consequences we experience.

So while you’ll often hear us talking about “living your life like a pro,” referring to where the inspiration for living a Performance Lifestyle came from (professional and elite athletes) and that you don’t need to be into sports or even a fitness enthusiast to benefit from the mindset and skills set that performance lifestyle training reveals, and, the training curriculum was designed for everyday achievers who want to perform, look and feel better; it effectively solves the far deeper and far-reaching problem of fatigue.

For you to rise stronger than ever before in your life, regardless of age; you need to make sure that you’ve got the energy to do it. Not much transformation happens, personally (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) professionally, creatively or recreatively, unless it’s powered by higher levels of the life force that drives and animates your every minute of every day.

And therein lies the problem.

Most of us are so driven today “generating” that energy at exceptional levels that we’re not regenerating it regularly and systematically at the level we need and at the core of our lifestyle so that we experience that “peak performance” you hear so much about but so few experience without trading their health for it. Too many of us are on our edge and just getting through.

And in the name of maintaining an exceptional level of human performance, we’re effectively trading our health for success, because as we deplete our body/brain of this life force due to a lack of recuperating at least the amount of energy we’re spending, and our entire lifestyle is affected, and negatively.
And that gives rise to all kinds of diseases.

Everything from vital exhaustion, chronic fatigue, burnout, to you wearing out and dying out, every disease is influenced by the not so natural, and expedited decline so many of us are experiencing these days. Across the board, from mental health issues like depression to cancer (all of which are lifestyle-induced), there is a fatigue-related origin.

So imagine from our standpoint, knowing what’s at the root of all that suffering, how compelled we are to help people learn how to regenerate effectively and successfully and live their lives like the pro’s do; the way healthy high achieving people do.

Imagine how excited we are to help you beat fatigue, increase your action potential and make what we’re calling a “Regeneration Transformation.” 

  • Reduce your stress,
  • Restore your energy (get out of energy debt) and
  • Elevate your performance.

If that is going on, on a regular basis you will make a transformation; you’ll perform, look and feel better and be driven to improve not only every other aspect of your lifestyle but each area of your life because you’ll have the energy to do it.

Our lives are complex today, and it takes both a certain mindset and skillset, at a whole new level of awareness and development, to achieve our goals without wearing our body/brain out and paying for that success with our health and wellbeing. That’s what most people do.

Faced with the same challenges that’s why we’ve developed the Performance Lifestyle® Curriculum for Living.  But before we can get into all of that, we are looking forward to helping you make the kind of transformation that will dramatically change how you improve anything else in your life.

So, when the new website goes live, I will resend this page complete with links. I want you to download the Beat Fatigue Now, Ebook Free and read it!

Everything else you do this year, the level at which you do it, how intensively and consistently you do it will depend on it.