Why Smart People Make Dumb Decisions

Decision-making is a vital, inescapable part of our lives. We make hundreds of personal and professional decisions on any given day, but how do some people make better choices than others?

Why do some leaders just seem to have it all together, while others make one bad decision after another?

Right decisions breed success, energize staff, and build leading companies. Bad decisions promote mistakes and failure. The worse you make them, the less likely that you will build a great organization.

Many factors play into individuals’ decisions, such as:

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5 of the Biggest Insights I’ve learned in My Work as a Performance Lifestyle Advisor

In 15 years as a lifestyle-based, performance coach, what are some of the biggest insights I’ve learned?

Here they are…

  1. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, as long as you don’t have enough time and space to renew your personal energy, you will struggle with constant fatigue that undermines everything.
  2. It’s essential to understand energy better, learn how to and maintain a bigger balance of energy than you’re spending.
  3. Once you have a balance of energy to work with, you can now manage your personal energy in a skilled way, only now, proactively, instead of reactively, so that you have the energy you need when you need it.
  4. This “position of strength” enables you to periodize your energy use in a productive way that is structured flexible, and sustainable.
  5. To sustain energy you must come to terms with your present situation, what it really means to focus and have enough support.

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Meditation and Stress

Do you meditate?

If you want to thrive and live with a high level of success and happiness, but you’re not meditating, I’ve got some news for you. You’re missing one big key to the kingdom.

If you’re reading this article, here in Health Science, you’ve probably had some powerful experiences of inner peace already. Moments when your mind went quiet, your soul settled down, and you lived life from a deeper center.

But let’s be honest. For someone who may be striving for a higher level of achievement and fulfillment in their life, flashes of peace aren’t enough for you to live into your full potential. Stress tends to have its way with us, distract and hold us back, especially when we get tired and our thinking goes awry.

You might have influence and authority, you may even be rich, but without the ability to center your mind, focus your being, and sink into stillness, you’re missing the secret sauce that at once relieves stress, while enabling you to live from a position of strength no matter what’s going on in your life.


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A Personal Story About Fatigue Part II – The Rise of PERC

I often ask…

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

I did. Matter of fact, I was well into the development of Performance Lifestyle, training and coaching clients all over the world, and I was still asking that question. It left me mind boggled as to why I was doing so much to optimize my lifestyle, yet I was still seemingly tired all the time.

First I thought, it was just the state of modern day affairs. With technology and all, maybe it was just the new status quo and there was no completely successful solution to this epidemic of low-grade fatigue and tiredness so many people are experiencing today.

Don’t get me wrong, with performance lifestyle training, my life and the lives of thousands of people have improved for the better in dramatic ways for all kinds of reasons. It’s just the top-of-mind problem people experience that we wanted to solve when developing this idea, was to help people increase their naturally occurring energy and overcome fatigue.

Well, the big wake up call was when I realized, it doesn’t matter what I/you do to make a living.

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A Personal Story About Fatigue Part I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What to Do About Nighttime Eating and Insomnia

One of the biggest challenges facing today’s driven business professionals—entrepreneurs, executives, and managers, let alone people in general, is the demand to be “on” all the time. Nighttime eating and insomnia, a seemingly innocuous binge on food and technology to cope with the effects of this daily overexertion at the end of the day is a result, and it’s taking its toll.

Unexpected deadlines pop up, from the CEO to the Soccer Mom (and sometimes these are the same people). Our interconnected world means working with people all over the world and international client calls have to happen. Presentations have to get finished so the next day’s sales can be made and the only way you can get it all done is to work later into the evening.

Then, just as you wrap up at maybe 10:00 or 11:00, maybe even the stroke of midnight (or later), you finally get a chance to eat and eat you do; making up for all the food you didn’t eat during the day.

You then, collapse into bed with a full stomach, only to lie there wide awake, your body digesting, your mind racing, and unable to fall asleep as you steadily face what feels like an increasing tsunami of fatigue that can make you yawn so intensely, if you didn’t know better, you would think an alien was going to come out of your chest. Or, perhaps you fall right to sleep only to wake up in 2 hours in the same situation.

Stress can be a great performance enhancer. But the stress of working so intensely and too late into the evening to boot comes at a cost and that cost is coping with food, wine, and TV to buffer your oncoming fatigue, which is really intense energy recovery… resulting in insomnia at the end of the day.

Stress now turns into distress.

You would think that because you have tired yourself out and built up a high level of fatigue, you would fall right asleep, but it just doesn’t happen.

Frankly you’re too tired to fall asleep. It happens, and it’s because extreme fatigue (energy recovery) is uncomfortable.

You’re left proverbially counting sheep as you stare at the ceiling, and ironically, feel the urge to turn on Netflix, YouTube or other, maybe resolve even more tasks for tomorrow and it could mean hours of continued insomnia when you really want to be asleep.

All of this is caused by a combination of several factors including the high levels of stress hormones still in your system, the exposure to the blue light emitted from your laptop and the house lights, and your active problem-solving mind being stuck in overdrive.

Trumping all of the above is simply the fact that you have over-exerted during the day and for too long, you need time to buffer and it just doesn’t jive with your schedule. You need to be asleep at this time to wake up at least remotely refreshed and you just can’t.
But it’s just a little nighttime eating and insomnia right?

Well, this seemingly innocuous problem is not as harmless as you think.

Truthfully, it could be one of the biggest performance and productivity killing, health destroying, quality of life annihilating patterns in your life that causes low energy, weight gain and poor health, and gives rise to poor decision making… that can compromise your career, your business etc and debit your longevity

So what do you do about end of day eating and insomnia?

Here are some go-to strategies for when you absolutely need to work late into the evening is critical for optimizing your performance and getting the performance-enhancing sleep you need.

So what do you do about end of day eating and insomnia?

Here are some go-to strategies for when you absolutely need to work late into the evening is critical for optimizing your performance and getting the performance-enhancing sleep you need. Here are a few to try:

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The Biggest Secret to Motivation Is Hidden in Plain Experience

It’s been said, “the way we’re living and working isn’t working.” 

We know this as a result of understanding human motivation better; presenteeism is taking over absenteeism as the greatest bane on human performance and productivity. What this means is than we show up, but don’t or can’t really “show up.”

Translation: We’re simply spending too much energy each day, not recuperating enough and this directly affects our ability to function and perform sustainably “well” as moms and dads, career professionals, partners, business owners, amateur athletes, students etc. And if we do show up in a tired state based on sheer will and coffee, we end up debiting our longevity due to overexertion, lack of recovery and healing and the toll it takes on wearing out the body.

When you have a sense of feeling tired all the time or not being the personally powerful person you remember yourself to be, it’s not because you’re not motivated; it’s because you’re only partially motivated.

You’re body is missing the vital energy that gives it its strength.

Most people don’t realize that our recuperative needs are even greater and more immediate than our food and fitness needs.

That’s why personal energy renewal, including but not limited to sleep, rest and recovery… represents the core of a Performance Lifestyle management approach to achieving success, sustainably and quality of life.

When you learn personal energy renewal, as core to a lifestyle that supports you and what you’re up to in your life, you’ll get the psychic permission you need to care for your recuperative needs in ways you never have before — and you’ll begin learning how to do it strategically, systematically, and efficiently.

One of the KEY ways athletes optimize their lives to meet their goals is by effectively balancing their energy expenditures with recuperation and trust me, that’s just the the beginning; the most basic understanding of personal energy you’ll need to manage your energy, like a pro.

And considering just that one idea alone, there are nuances about it, which if you don’t understand, will leave you living still, the status quo. 

But most of us don’t live everyday with even that advantage. We live at a significant disadvantage — paying heavy interest on a growing energy debt as we overspend our energy each day. 

As a result, we lose health, productivity, quality of life, and personal performance. We lose brainpower and resilience despite all the motivational programs you’ve signed up for that are supposed to leave you successful and ecstatically happy. 

Without enough personal energy, your motivation will wane and this is the biggest secrets to sustained motivation and it’s hidden in plain site.

But, just as athletes do, you CAN learn to apply thought, planning, and skill to the process of balancing the amount of energy you generate with the amount of energy you re-generate and go way beyond that to boot. 

We’ll start you on this path in our our upcoming webinar. “How To Actually Stop Feeling Fatigued All The Time And Really Get Your Energy Back In 60 days.”

For starters…

  • How to avoid the three biggest mistakes most people make, that keeps them tired all the time
  • How nutrition and fitness alone will not help you to overcome exhaustion and fatigue
  • How to identify the key areas in your life that are causing energy drain
  • The two key principles you need to know that will change how you manage your energy forever
  • Access to a simple, yet powerful strategy to go from fatigued today to healthier, happier and more productive in as little as 60 days

 These are all the questions I’ll be answering on our upcoming webinar “How To Actually Stop Feeling Fatigued All The Time And Really Get Your Energy Back In 60 days.” 

We’ll keep you posted in the coming days.

If you want to learn more about PERC ahead the webinar, you can click on the link below. Seating and access to the course will be limited in the fall, so if this is important to you, stay tuned and or get signed up sooner than later.

I have an audio interview on the page that explains it pretty well.

Live Like a Pro,

John Allen Mollenhauer 

PS: That’s more than just a sound-good salutation. It actually means something in a Performance Lifestyle. 😉 Keep it in mind.

Adrenal fatigue is not the cause of low energy

I wish I could take a nap every afternoon. I can’t seem to get my day started because I just don’t have the energy to do it. I’m not sleeping well. Getting out of bed can feel impossible on some days. I need something to pump me up or make me feel energized to get through my day.

Does this sound all to familiar to you?

Many of us want and need more energy, but we rely on the biological systems that affect our use and experience of vitality way more than we should. To boot, we don’t understand what vitality is, where it comes from or how to proactively increase it in our lives. We may think we do because we go to sleep every day or periodically take a nap, but most of us in our busy lives resort to external stimulants of various kinds and scapegoats like adrenal fatigue to explain away our living, out of balance, and the wide array of consequences that follow.

In this blog, I’ll help you get smarter about personal energy and explore if adrenal fatigue is really the cause of low energy and fatigue.


As a Performance Lifestyle Advisor, someone who helps generally driven-people to develop the necessary lifestyle skills needed to cope with the unique demands of being a high performer or high achiever; low energy or constant fatigue is the number one (#1) issue people bring up, even if they’re world class fitness professionals, and athletes. We hear it from clients, friends, and the general public at large.

We’re having an energy crisis in this country, and it’s not just about fossil fuels. Our frenetic modern lifestyles require seemingly constant momentum in the face of relentless demand on our personal energy. We simply don’t have the time—or desire—to be still, regardless of how fatigued we feel. Perhaps it’s because facing our fatigue just feels too uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we live in an environment where we push our bodies to the maximum then proclaim our fatigue as a badge of honor or pride.

Millions of women and men around the world grapple with weight gain, chronic stress, poor sleep, forgetfulness, low sex drive, mood swings, hormone imbalances, and constant fatigue. More often than not, they’re told that it’s normal, the price for success, that it’s either all in their head or it’s because they’re having kids, raising kids, managing the household, working too hard, or getting older.

More than likely they’ll also be told they’re simply suffering from adrenal fatigue. None of the above reasons are the true causes of fatigue; they are occasions that exacerbate fatigue and adrenal fatigue is often the scapegoat.

According to The Hormone Health Network, the nation’s endocrine patient education resource committed to helping patients have more informed discussions with their healthcare providers about hormone health, disease, and treatment; whose educational resources are based on the clinical and scientific expertise of The Endocrine Society, the world’s largest organization of endocrinologists, representing more than 18,000 physicians and scientists…

  • “Adrenal fatigue” is not a real medical condition. There are no scientific facts to support the theory that long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress drains the adrenal glands and causes many common symptoms.
  • Adrenal insufficiency is a real disease diagnosed through blood tests.
  • There is no test that can detect adrenal fatigue.

So adrenal fatigue is not the cause of fatigue. And, it’s quite likely that fatigue (chronic or not) is not even a disease, although it can sure feel like one.

It’s a state or condition that is multi-causal and there is no way to even diagnose it despite many well-known doctors still reducing this condition down to the “seemingly tangible” problem of adrenal fatigue. And while it may be influenced by viral infections, immune system problems and hormonal imbalances; according to the Mayo Clinic, “no conclusive link has yet been found,” “it’s unclear if this impairment is enough to actually cause the disorder,” and “the significance of these abnormalities is still unknown.”

Fatigue may be affected by adrenal insufficiency, and be further affected by depression, obstructive sleep apnea, or other sleep disorder or health problems, but it’s the position of this post from a performance lifestyle advisor (coach, trainer) that it’s more than likely, and originally, the result of the systemic depletion of personal energy.

The likelihood that your fatigue is due to a common reason like overexertion of your life force is much, much higher than the chances that your fatigue is due to the potentially true presence of a virus, or a worn out organ (adrenals). Just look into the lifestyle of a person who is suffering from constant fatigue and feeling tired all the time, as I do and have experienced personally; even if you observe a relatively “healthy” lifestyle, it won’t be hard to also see a person living chronically out of balance, spending significantly more personal energy than they are recuperating.

If you doubt this, a full 20% or more of underlying sleep disorders have to do with circadian rhythm sleep wake disorders which are directly attributable to how you well you own your schedule.

Sure, there are many common “complications” of low energy, but the reality is that these are occasions that complicate the experience of fatigue, but are not the primary cause.

In the rest of this article series, we’ll take a look at the common causes of fatigue, but all these “causes” of low energy are secondary considerations if you are overspending your personal energy. For more detailed information, on learning how to deal with the primary cause of fatigue, I suggest you consider learning more about personal energy renewal

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The One Thing That Will Increase Your Energy Level.

What’s the one thing that will increase your vital energy levels so essential to success and sustainability of any kind; in the practice of any aspect of your lifestyle and in any area of your life?

The subject of increasing your vital energy is a subject that a lot of people are talking about but very few people know how to talk about and the secret to knowing how is understanding the one thing.

So here’s the one thing. It’s not one thing.

What do I mean by it’s not one thing?

  • It’s not simply intermittent fasting, or doing detox cleanses, although having a clean cellular environment will go a long way.
  • It’s not simply a function of having more mitochondria, the cellular energy generators in your cells or finding ways that will increase the number of mitochondria in each of your cells so you can generate even more energy. Yet, this helps and there is great science to support this.
  • It’s not simply to get more sleep. This will also help a great deal, and it is the bedrock of having more vital energy, but chances are you might not always have the opportunity to get as much sleep as you need. Dependent on sleep alone, if you’re still spending more vital energy than sleep is enabling you to recuperate you’ll still be tired all the time.
  • It’s not simply about reducing stress either. This may be an essential step you need to take; not only reducing the amount of stress but your response to it. The thing is, most people are so over loaded, even when they think they’ve simplified their lives, it’s just not enough.
  • It’s also not as simple as thinking positive either, although this will change the expression of energy you have in a big way.

The truth is all of these tactics and more play a role, some a very big role, but none of them as an answer is the answer as a whole.

So what is the one thing that will increase your energy levels? 

Well the best way to sum the answer is to first understanding energy and then having a whole lifestyle strategy that optimizes your energy levels through the strategy itself, which will include several tactics, but not be defined by any one of them.

A strategy to optimize your energy levels has to include not only the strategic inputs of energy like sleep, rest… water, food, exercise, and sunshine… but also the throughputs of energy in terms of how you manage your energy. In addition, the outputs of energy in terms of how you focus and spend your vital energy, and then once again, regenerate energy. 

That’s the key word: Regenerate. A process of most of us have no handle on.  

There is an answer to how you increase your energy levels; you just have to learn the depth and breadth of the answer and come to terms with the realities. Quick frankly, everything affects our energy levels, and once we get this, we can begin the optimization process while never really depending on just one thing.

Learn more about PERC. The Personal Energy Renewal Course. Coming soon!


Life Equals Energy Management

We all instinctively know that it’s important to manage our energy, yet few of us have learned how to do so proactively for better wellbeing, health and performance. Also, the best result of all, higher achievement.

Managing your energy enables you to optimize the quality of your life by purposely recuperating, utilizing and investing your energies in ways that are efficient, and bring about better health, new levels of success and well-being for you and others.  By taking responsibility for your energy levels and deliberately directing it into your activities and work, accordingly you can make steady progress toward looking, feeling and performing better and achieving your goals.

It takes vitality for success. 

Your ability to manage your energy so that you can perform at your best or so that you can persevere in the face of obstacles or adversity serves as an inspiration and an example to those around you. The real question is how do you manage your energy so that you can feel, function and perform well, reach levels of achievement that are realistically within your capacity and potential – and be balanced and healthy at the same time?

The honest answer is, it depends on what your goals are for any particular period of time, and your current energy levels. It also depends on a number of other factors including: your ability  to restore and invest your energy successfully, your mental awareness,  the emotional feedback you receive, your physical capacities, your relationships, available support systems and your ability to leverage specific circumstances your life provides.

When you see life from the standpoint of managing your energy for performance rather than simply recuperating the energy you use each day, via sleep, which is great in and of itself; you will greatly enhance your performance capabilities.

There is a whole new context for energy management awaiting you.