Balance Energy, Health and Performance

Live in Balance With Vibrant Health and Peace of Mind in these 5 Stages.

Here at Performance Lifestyle Inc, we have a progressive path for increasing your energy, improving your lifestyle and the results you both experience and achieve in your life.

What we refer to as “The PL Path” represents the five core stages a person goes through to live in balance and become that high performing or high achieving person (there is a difference) most people strive to be but so few experience, only now, in a way that works for you, not against you. It’s subtly but powerfully different than the usual person who approaches their personal and professional life unconsciously thinking they need to burnout and trade their health, for success (for at least a period of time) as if it were some kind of “badge of honor.”

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not promoting some utopian style of living. If anything it’s ultimately more the way elite athletes approach their life when you get down to the core practicalities of it all, but it goes way beyond what even they’re aware of as they focus mostly on nutrition, training, and sleep (at least the great ones do.).

To put this into terms for those of us who are not into sports or even fitness enthusiasts at present, it’s our mission to help you learn how to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals.

That mastery is what Performance Lifestyle is all about and it our primary aim to help all our fellow community members, our customers, and clients realize this ability in their lives. It may seem like a tall order now, but I assure you it’s possible even if it takes you 2-3 years or even more to establish the balance and support that’s at the heart of this outcome.

I think you would agree that it would be a noble effort have that ability; and if it’s possible, which it is, that all the learning, practice, reflection, and so on that goes into making that outcome a reality will create quite an unusual mindset and amazing skills set. That’s what we deliver in Performance Lifestyle training.

But to arrive at that level of competency, one does not go from overstressed and overwhelmed, overstimulated and under recuperated, overeating under nourishing or even nourishing food, being super busy and physically inactive, fatigued, and potentially overweight with possible health complications (all do some degree) to becoming a balanced and healthy high performing person overnight.

You must build a solid foundation first, one that’s deep, just like that of a tall building. The higher you go, the deeper foundation.

So how do you build a strong foundation that will enable you to go high and far in life without becoming distracted and held back by energy, health and performance issues?

What follows are the 5 Stages of lifestyle transformation so you can live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind. 

It starts with having a healthy, strong and resilient biology.

Stage 1: Mastering personal energy and biological aspects of stress and energy management.
This is Performance Living 101. 

It starts with learning the science of living with optimal energy levels which are essential to building a healthy, resilient biology. You learn about and how to live within the boundaries of your biology, or slightly over to grow and develop with an understanding of what that requires of you and your schedule.

The PL Path begins with learning how to restore your energy, get out of personal energy debt, and align with your lifestyle around circadian rhythms. It then gets into distressing stress itself and learning how to periodize not only for a more manageable life but for regeneration at the cellular level to make sure you’re body is primed for growth and development. You then learn about optimal lifestyle nutrition and fitness strategies that emphasize the primary aims of understanding how to fuel and activate your body in ways that work for you not against you and how to do so in service of keeping yourself focused on what’s most important in your life.

Performance Living 101” (Coming Soon), is comprised of The 6 Core Life Skills that every other aspect of your life and style for “living,” depend on. At this stage, we also recommend you also learn The Energy Blueprint, by Performance Lifestyle Advisor, Ari Whitten.

On this foundation, you can move on to the next two stages:

Stage 2: Improving your health and wellbeing

Trying to improve your health and wellbeing without having energy can be somewhat useful as improved health and wellbeing will increase your energy as you are dealing with less unnecessary stress from food to financial issues. This is where the PL Essentials kick in, but in most cases, you must first make fundamental lifestyle changes to increase your energy so that you can make the health and wellbeing improvements which take more time to manifest.

Immediate health and well-being effects occur when you first improve and eventually optimize those core performance aspects of living that increase energy and give you the power and momentum to deal with your present situation and circumstances from a position of strength.Hence the reason that health and wellbeing are stage two.

Once you’ve got the direct path to increase your energy levels, that momentum, put you on this next stage of the path where you take your first full pass at learning and The 12 Lifestyle Habits You Need To Know To Live Your Life Like A Pro. 

This is an acclimation stage where you begin greasing the groove and get grounded in experience by making macro changes in your life that you will later maintain in your performance lifestyle. The key thing to learn here is that you want a stable level of well-being at this stage of which living with optimal energy levels and health are a big component of.

This gives you the capacity to optimize your lifestyle for the performance and productivity levels you’ll need to sustgain to improve all areas of your life.

Stage 3: Optimizing your lifestyle for whole-life performance

Now the idea of living “performance lifestyle, ” begins to take its full shape. You’ve got the foundation of what maintains your energy and experience in what will sustain your health, and are not ready to take your skill levels to a whole new level.

Once you are proactive in stage one and two entirely, to the degree you can (note, you will routinely be taking these steps to strengthen and maintain your foundation, your health, and wellbeing) you are now ready to sustain any concerted efforts in your life and style for living it. It’s now when everything can come together and for the right reasons, and you now develop an approach to living, with a lifestyle you can call your own that’s on par or even better than an elite athlete, even if you’re still not into sports or a fitness enthusiast!

With competency in performance living, and knowing how to live balanced and healthy successfully, you’ll now learn how to take the right steps at the right time, at the right intensity level with the right consistency for you and build a lifestyle routine that can serve you all year round.

The above three stages can take some time, how long is unknown exactly. It all depends on your previous usual lifestyle and the consequences that are in play. But assuming you are not suffering from any major injuries or chronic disease states; you can be at this level within 24-36 months if you want to ascend through all 3 Levels of Performance Lifestyle Training and Transformation. 

Stage 4: Achieving an ambitious goal —  

This stage is most fun part of developing a performance lifestyle because now you’ll regularly see each aspect of your lifestyle in the proper context that you learned in stage three.Your why will be so strong, you won’t have to effort any aspect of your lifestyle because you’ll them all aspects of the way you live as essential to achieving your goals.

Now, you will become consciously and unconsciously competent in all aspects of lifestyle; you know what to do, why you’re doing it and how, so you do it. But now you’re doing so for the expressed purpose of achieving your goals. You’ve got the skills for extraordinary levels of performance for defined periods of time to reach these goals in your life, career, business or sport, with effectiveness. Performance becomes a way of life, not an addiction and you are therefore skilled to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals, and even better, you approach life this way so can reach your ambitious aims.

Performance becomes a way of life, not an addiction and you are therefore skilled to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals across the key domains in your life, career or business, maybe even a sport with attention to family, finances and social life too. What’s even better, you approach life this way so can reach your ambitious aims no longer distracted and held back by hidden lifestyle challenges and the weight of the past.

Stage 5. Becoming a Certified Performance Lifestyle Coach— CPLC. 

At this stage, you learn how to pay it all forward and serve others as a Performance Lifestyle® Coach. You are near expert at managing your energy, maintaining health and you understand that well-being is not wellness and includes other domains of your life, like finance, social, community, and career, which you consistently progress at for improvement. All of which are the essential foundation for personal and professional performance.

You now see performance as a lifestyle, and you aim to share your insights with others as they progress through at least 4 of these stages.

There are a few prerequisites, namely that you have a trainer and or coaching certification from a recognized and accredited organization, and that you’ve been through all four preceding stages in the process of improving your own life and style for living it. Nothing is more important to boosting your confidence and effectiveness with other than being grounded in experience.

You’ll be trained PL365 for a full year because the lifestyle is 365, not 12 weeks. It’s, therefore, relevant that you learn how to live PL, 365 days a year. By the end of your training, (which really never ends as we’re all in perpetual training) you’ll know how to help your client understand their present situation and circumstances at expert levels because you’ll know longer be a one, two or three trick pony (nutrition, fitness, and sleep).

You’ll understand lifestyle comprehensively, know what to change when to change it, why and how and this is essential to helping people change, which will always be more important than information alone.

You’ll also discover that there are two returns on the investment of time, energy and money that it takes to optimize your lifestyle and they are:

  1. The increase you experience spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and financially.
  2. The positive and lasting impact you have on others’ lives, knowing the territory with full competency in all aspects of lifestyle.

That is The PL Path. “The PL Way,” completes your pathway. It will take you through all the essential curriculum for accomplishing each, any or all of these objectives,

Human Energy, It's Time Learn how to optimize it

Human Energy and Lifestyle. It’s Time for You to Become Expert.

The next PL Podcast will be #9. In this podcast, I will be talking about Energy, “beyond the woo woo,” “beyond the motivation,” beyond simply saying “get more sleep”… It’s understanding energy as the key to the kingdom when it comes to living a performance lifestyle—the lifestyle that works for you.

Human Energy.

It’s not just food. It’s electrical. Your body runs on a cellular engine that uses both battery power (electric power) and food energy. 

In the West, we have a very mechanistic view of the world, usually for productivity purposes, with a reliance on psychology and willpower divorced from our primary source of human energy and ultimately who we really are. As a result, we suffer from at least a low-grade fatigue if not constant tiredness, fatigue, and burnout at epidemic levels.

It’s why Starbucks are on every corner and seen as staple features now for strip centers, office, and apartment buildings. For too many who are “running on Dunkin—” both stimulants and sugar to keep going this is wreaking havoc on their health and human energy, and it’s not only creating chronic biological stress, this stress is on underlying and causing us to react to external stress in ways that are creating even more pressure.

I’m not beating up the periodic cup of coffee here. I’m talking about reliance on stimulating behavior to keep going through the day, every day as you try to keep up with it all. It’s not about caffeine addiction; it’s about our individual and collective performance addiction that’s depleting our life force energy, costing many of us our health and wellbeing, and compromising our function and the very human performance we’re relying on to produce and provide and maintain our sense of aliveness.

The solution to this common scenario is not one thing, it’s multiple things (lifestyle skills and in some cases material objects you wear, consume and use) all stacked and working with each other so that you can thrive in our modern world.

It requires you to adopt some “systems” or “integral” thinking, letting go of both the past and the pervasive “shiny object syndrome—,” which is thinking that there is one answer.
Anything less than your entire lifestyle as the answer is not a complete answer.

Ingesting energy from the outside is an ultra short term solution (to say the least) to an overwhelming life situation that requires your real attention, and can only be resolved through lifestyle intervention and mastery, but we get it; it takes energy to deal with overwhelming circumstances.

That is why the emphasis in any transformation process from where you are to where you want to be, starts with understanding energy and learning how to live with optimal energy levels first and foremost. Everything else depends on it, especially in the “performance culture,” we are living in today where you need an edge; and coffee or any other excessive stimulating behavior, including exercise, won’t give you an edge for long.

To realize a performance edge in your life, where you have more power supply available to you than the demands you have acting upon you, you must learn how to increase energy genuinely, by working with your biology, not against it.

To have a supply of human energy that is actually unlimited and positively affects all of the lifestyle decisions you face every day so essential to your attitude, resilience, decision making, recovery, and more; you must know more than only eating less, better or healthier, exercise more, and get more sleep.

You must go beyond limited surface understanding and understand what’s becoming known as Performance Living 101, the science of living with optimal energy levels.

Nothing is responsible for giving rise to a new lifestyle more than learning how to live within around the boundaries of your biology, (not too far over your edge) and strengthening your biology for a noticeable edge by learning how to maximize your energy for health and performance.

We are going to help you do this in the coming weeks and months as we launch our Performance Edge program to driven, goal and success oriented people working in companies of all kinds. We will provide the opportunity, if you are not part of a group, a trainer or a coach, to take these individual courses on your own at your pace.

In the meantime. I am going to share again, The Energy Blueprint by Performance Lifestyle Advisor, Ari Whitten. This course is one of the best, if not the best compilations on the science of energy and overcoming fatigue, in existence.

I want to you sign up for the free video series right now, so you can begin your training. 

Anything you want to accomplish regarding your energy, health, and performance will be greatly enhanced by your understanding of the energy blueprint; that is to say, a better understanding of your biology, and what you need to know to live better.

Fatigue is a big issue in today’s world even if it’s not chronic for you. Learning how to live with more energy is essential learning, and is the foundation of Performance Lifestyle training.

It’s not enough to say eat healthier, exercise more and get more sleep, or rely on your trainer or coach alone for “tips and advice and motivation.” You’ve got to become an expert yourself by learning through essential courses and training, so you get grounded in experience, with the help of a trainer and or coach you rely on but don’t become dependent on in the process.

You’ve got to fully self-actualize.

Human Energy is not finite

The Body is Like a Battery but is Human Energy Finite?

Donald Trump has a number of unorthodox theories about politics, but his theory of why exercise is bad for you reveals probably the biggest myth when it comes to human energy. He believes that human energy is finite, so why waste it on exercise?

“Other than golf, Trump considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy,” writes Evan Osnos in a piece entitled “How Trump Could Get Fired” that appears in the May 8, edition of the New Yorker.

There has been considerable speculation about Trump’s physical and mental health, in part because few facts are known. During the campaign, his staff reported that he was six feet three inches tall and weighed two hundred and thirty-six pounds, which is considered overweight but not obese. His personal physician, Harold N. Bornstein, issued brief, celebratory statements—Trump’s lab-test results were “astonishingly excellent” (compared to what, would be a good debate)—mentioning little more than a daily dose of aspirin and a statin.

Trump himself says that he is “not a big sleeper” (“I like three hours, four hours”) and professes a fondness for steak and McDonald’s. Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.

In this non-political post, we’re not going to address Mr. Trump’s nutrition or fitness philosophy as it’s just too limited or ridiculous to comment on; and it is worth mentioning that a person with an otherwise optimal lifestyle could live a long and healthy life, playing golf 3 times per week if you “walk” 18 holes. You’ll see it’s pretty good exercise, but there is so much more to fitness.

What we do need to delve into is the myth this article revealed about a person, like a battery, being born with a finite amount of energy. Mr. Trump is the President, so this message is getting a lot of airplay.

His nutrition, and fitness… like everyone else’s life, depend on understanding the truth about energy.

For starters, in Performance Lifestyle Essentials training we agree with the idea that your body IS, in fact, like a battery and we can understand why many people (possibly even most) hold onto the myth that energy is finite. After all, we die, just like batteries do. But that’s where things break down.

Your body as a battery doesn’t run out of energy the way an AAA battery does.  It’s constantly recharging. Nor does it operate the way a car battery does, which gets stronger when it’s in motion, even though it may feel that way in your own body. Get in motion and you feel strong, stay in motion and your body tires out.

In a car, the battery has an alternator that recharges the battery and the alternator is only operating when the car is on. It’s purely mechanical. And if a car battery sits, it eventually does go dead. It must be used to recharge.

The body is different. Whether in action or not, it is always either generating energy or regenerating energy in perfect synchronicity, in the inverse proportion to its levels of activity; it is this balance that maintains one’s aliveness at the most fundamental level. Stay driven all the time and your body-as-a-battery battery both burns and wears out. Stay inactive for too long and the machinery dies out.

“Use it or lose it” is based on that premise.

All you need to do is push your body to the limits of exhaustion and then go to sleep to understand that stimulating behavior balanced with recuperative behavior will, in fact, supply you with more energy; and this is required for life.

Push stimulating behavior too far, via super stimulation, as those who suffer from some degree of performance addiction often do, living outside their optimal energy range for far too long, and you’ll discover that this has the ability to do as much damage as addiction to any major drug.

Performance addiction is when one’s psychological stories to excel in comparison to others, drives them to perform seemingly non-stop. It’s sort of how Mr. Trump operates so I can understand why he may think energy is finite. He tends to see things as a zero sum game. 

If you were born with a fixed supply of energy (life force or power), then you would technically never tire out until the battery ran out; just like a regular (non-car AA battery does). This is probably where Trumps thinking has stopped. Because at the pace we spend energy today, if we really operated on a fixed energy supply, we’d surely burn our bodies-as-a-battery out quickly, and some do, only to then live addicted to stimulants (most of which are non-exercise, i.e. unhealthy food, drink, drugs, extreme work ethic and the like to keep going) which wear the body out by compromising the machinery.

So. anyone who is aware and awake can see that being born with a fixed amount of energy is not the case. People tire out after short bursts of energy output; how short depends on the intensity and the type of activity and myriad factors leading up to the activity itself.

And certainly, even the President can’t make it even 24 hours without running out of energy requiring at least 3-4 hours of sleep to keep going, which invalidates his hypothesis.

The question is, why?

Before we answer that questions, let’s give the “physiologist in-chief,” who probably knows more about physiology than most physiologists and scientists do about human energy, 😉 the benefit of the doubt.

If we’re born with a finite amount of human energy that means sleep would simply be time for the body to download more energy from the already-stored reserves you were born with that are only accessible in your daily allotment; almost as if you were wearing a companion battery pack. But if that were true, when your energy gets low, why wouldn’t the body just make more stored “battery power” available?

In other words, if you are born with a finite amount of energy, with your body-as-a-battery in the traditional sense (think AA or AAA battery) you are then born with a reserve of energy that you can periodically dip into (in Trump’s case only 3-4 hours per night) to download more energy for use during the day.

Does that sound right to you?

Why would a body with a fixed energy potential even run out of energy in the first place, when it has so much stored up and available? Do AA batteries take the time to rest? No. They just function until they die out.

Well, first, no one has ever located a stored (potentially 100-year reserve of energy) but if you did have that as a fixed amount of energy to start, and you spent it wildly fast, which most of us do, you would be at peak energy while you were alive and then tire fast and die out at some future point when the energy ran out just like an AAA battery. But that’s hardly the case.

Why then would people get so tired and fatigued in predictable cycles each day?

No doubt your body is a powerhouse (generating and regenerating energy constantly); but according to the “born with a finite amount of human energy” philosophy, which implies a pre-charged system is born that can go until it dies, why again would there even be a need for sleep? Why does Trump (or anyone else for that matter) sleep?

While sleep and human energy scientists like to state that we don’t really know the reason why we sleep despite myriad known and good reasons; according to an old text on this subject, “Regeneration Applied” by Keith Guthrie, sleep is somewhat of a recent development in the context of evolution and largely based on the way our culture operates with long periods of energy output requiring a significant period of recuperation and repair as at least one ultra-basic and plausible reason for why we sleep.

I have tested this theory during a few 24-hour medication marathons I did during a major period of awakening in my life. There was less need for sleep as the body was active but at such a low level over that period we didn’t need to sleep much in the traditional sense. Our body was regenerating and not spending much, so we didn’t need to sleep much at all.

In Trump’s view, sleep is positioned as a serious flaw in god’s or nature’s evolutionary human design if this breathing walking bundle of amazingness had a fixed amount of energy and then dies. But that’s exactly, though likely unknowingly, how Donald Trump views energy and why he doesn’t exercise beyond golf.

The probable reality is, he doesn’t have the stamina or endurance (performance) capacity for the bursts of energy required for focused exercise given all the other demands on his energy, especially in this 3QTR of his life.

He is a performance addict.

In other words, his view is flawed, because, the body sleeps (recuperates or regenerates) to avoid or recover from exhaustion, fatigue and the worst case scenario, burnout.

The point here is this:

The body is not pulling from a stored reserve, though there is a scientific understanding of adaptation to stress that refers to deeper reserves of energy (ref: Hanse Selye, “The Father of stress”). The body is constantly regenerating its life force all the time throughout life, and human function is proportional to how well you regenerate, recharge and restore.

The reason Trump and many others (of all political persuasions, as again this is not a political post), think that energy is finite, is because they don’t understand the power of regeneration and its impact on performance; what energy is, how energy is produced and can be increased, proactively, for sustained high-level health (mental health as well) and performance.

They may think they have a limited “stored” supply, but they don’t and fortunately so, as they would all be dead by now if that were true.

That so many people think sleep is optional and brag about it, intellectually divorced from the source, is not based on a conscious understanding of a limited or unlimited supply of energy for that matter, but rather the simple unknown fact that the body is constant recharging. Therefore, they and most people push it. It’s because energy is constantly regenerating and for a good portion of your life, it feels like you can cheat sleep to some degree, though not entirely.

Then you wake up to reality. The human energy system can’t recharge on the fly like the car. It must stop.

That’s why people who don’t understand human energy don’t live very healthy lives or have exceptional longevity, even if their doctor says they are “exceptionally healthy.” Donald Trump will not be the poster child for exceptional health (mental or physical) anytime soon and likely not longevity either.

And as far as energy is concerned, if we really lift the lid, I don’t think Trump is an example of exceptional energy either. One can appear to be doing a lot when they have the level of support he does and there is debate about his level of function and performance particularly now in this period of his life.

The simple observation is that human beings are not born with a fixed amount of energy as human beings tire out and then replenish and then tired out and replenish, tens of thousands of times throughout their lifetimes.

Life Force Energy, which is tied to ion exchange, ATP production and more, is always being restored via countless primary and backup energy pathways in the human body (which is an energy system) at the quantum and physical level and experienced and optimized in human ways as spirit, also via thoughts, language and emotions and of course, physical activity.

Which bring up the final point. Does exercise increase your energy?

Yes, in the sense that it’s the best-known stimulant, with the best ROIe (return on the investment of energy) we can think of. It also makes your body more efficient and with the power of energy, you get stronger as the body adapts.

But make no mistake: It takes energy to get stronger, so if you don’t understand human energy, and have enlightened and practical strategies for managing your energy, over exercising like overworking and over anything can, in fact, burn you out and wear you out. So, in this sense, exercise also depletes energy.

Does that mean don’t exercise? 

Not at all, all human activity depletes energy, and therefore we sleep, rest, recover, meditate, relax and rejuvenate; to recuperate the energy we just spent and ideally more. This is where the true definition of balance comes into play and if you want exceptional energy, then you need to restore more than you spend.

Energy expenditure, such as through exercise, must be balanced with recuperation at the very minimum, else you will downward spiral, tire out, and eventually, burnout, wear out and die out prematurely.

The impact of whether you believe energy if infinite or finite.  

Ironically, and one of the reasons I am authoring this response is that I used to hold onto the same perspective that energy was finite. It used to give me anxiety thinking that I only had a certain amount of energy to work with, especially when I was overspent.

I was amazed and it changed my life for the better forever when I lifted the lid on this question and got the reality. Its impact on my life was huge and it surely gave rise to a new lifestyle for me. It was also one of the key reasons I became a Performance Lifestyle Coach and Entrepreneur.

Just imagine knowing that you have “access to” an unlimited amount of energy. 

It will change your thought process, how you live, work and exercise (potentially IF you exercise) because it opens you up to understand that energy is the foundation of all human function, health, and performance and more so than anything else.

It will also change how you value sleep… because energy needs to be regenerated, regularly and systematically in healthy ways to function; and if you learn to do so proactively, you will experience that healthy, high performance we hear so much about but for many is elusive.

Daily Strain. Fatigue and Recovery

Wearable Recovery Devices with Performance Lifestyle Training

One thing that’s always been true here at Performance Lifestyle is that we are always our first clients, starting with me, John Allen Mollenhauer, who founded Performance Lifestyle.

As a driven business professional for many years, fatigue has always been close by, often times too close for comfort. As a lifestyle-based performance training company that helps driven goal and success-oriented people develop performance lifestyle’s that enable them to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind so they can beat fatigue (for at least 30-50% of one’s life) and better achieve even their most ambitious goals, you can be for darn sure we’re practicing what we preach.

For example:
We actually test the results of different habitual lifestyle routines and see what results we’re getting, in addition to those of our clients. In particular, we do this with respect to the need to maintain an optimal daily strain and recovery so we can maximize our energy for performance.

Using a wearable recovery device we’ve been experimenting with for some time called the Whoop strap, and others like Fatigue Science,’s Readiband, which is central to our corporate training; we’ve been measuring the impact of our Performance Edge™ Workshop and Experience, and Essentials Training Regenerate Your Life Force Energy, on people’s ability to fully recover for the next day, weak ahead etc.

Here are some of my results in a two-day span; the second of which had a huge objective impact (most people’s experience of energy is perceived and subjective) on my next day’s performance capacity, both in terms of productivity, but in how well I took care of myself and my body in the process. I was operating at a semi capacity in day one and closer to full capacity on day two.

I am using slightly vague language like “semi capacity” and “closer to full capacity” because I know one great night of sleep does not restore someone to full capacity and I have a serious trailing energy / sleep debt at the moment, following a weekend leading my son’s Cubscout Pack at the Weboree!

See this two night sleeps comparison side by side.

Day 1:                                                    Day 2: 

Measuring Daily Fatigue. measuring daily fatigue

The amount of time a person will spend in each sleep stage varies night by night. In general, a healthy break down to aim for is the following:

The difference in next day performance was profound due to the extra time in bed, increase REM and SWS Deep sleep. I could feel it, I was experiencing it and now I can quantify it.

In particular, my REM Sleep improved by almost 2% and my SWS Deep sleep improved 5.2 % in one night based on a longer night sleep, and total by time in bed. So, while it’s not a fixed change, as few lifestyle changes are (meaning, they need to be maintained); don’t discount those small % increases, as they can have a profound and noticeable impact on your day as they did for me.

Wearable recovery devices may be wearable fitness devices, where they track more than one stat like the daily strain or cognitive fatigue, and calorie burn and get into all types of other stats that are available. Some are super deep in terms of features, but here’s the reality; what does it matter if you’re taking 8745 steps, but burning out?

The “motherload metric” is understanding fatigue and recovery, and when you have a wearable recovery or fitness device combined with Performance Lifestyle training, watch out! You’ll soon be in serious danger of becoming the most energetic, healthiest best-performing version you have known in a while.

You can save $50.00 off the Whoop Strap here. 

Tuckman's Four Stages of Team Development

How Tuckman’s Four Stages of Team Development Apply to YOU

This past week, I was listening to our Pastor share a sequence of insights about Tuckman’s 4 Stages of Team Development that were downright revealing. In the context of taking “extreme ownership” of our lives, which is a concept I am quite familiar with; he was talking about commitment in our relationships.

It didn’t matter what kind of relationship— to your body, your life, your lifestyle, your spouse, your work…

Now, as the founder of a lifestyle company that is helping people bridge the wide gap that exists between living healthy and being successful with Performance Lifestyle training, I am always on the lookout for complementary ideas that are process oriented.

By that, I mean ideas that explain natural processes the can help people gauge the phase of development they are in.

Well, in making his point about commitment and why a commitment to anything can be challenging, our pastor again, introduced us to Tuckman’s 4 stages of team development model. Originally created for team development, I noticed how these stages are experienced personally in just about everything we do.

For example, we’re going through these stages right now with the development of Performance Lifestyle Inc, internally in terms of the development, management, and operations of a new type of company that is conveying a whole lifestyle model for human performance, and not simply focused on just nutrition, or fitness, or sleep, which are very common in the market.

We are also working with customers and clients who are taking our new training, utilizing our coaching and consumables to optimize the way they live.

Needless to say, that’s a pretty tall order, but we feel a necessary one which is why I started the project, to begin with for personal and professional reasons. The forming of it has taken a great deal of energy, time and money to say the least and I can tell you there has been a lot of storming. 😉

It’s our primary aim to help our customers and clients learn how to live with optimal energy levels, healthy and capable of performance at higher levels—finally free of the hidden lifestyle challenges. And doing so with the PL approach I’ve been developing with a lot of help from some very smart people for more than 20 years as an in-the-game entrepreneur suffering but wanting to overcome the same lifestyle challenges.

When I heard the stages I thought how complimentary they were for people going through The 3 Levels of Lifestyle Transformation that all everyone goes through as we go to the “next level.” 

The 3 Stages of Lifestyle Transformation

Here are Tuckman’s 4 stages. How might these apply to your life? 

  1. Forming High dependence on leader for guidance and direction.Think about how challenging it can be just to learn a new way of eating, let alone developing a whole new lifestyle. 
  2. Storming— Decisions don’t come easily within the group.  Your don’t yet have your head wrapped around all the facts, or methods essential to your success, so this creates fear, doubt, indecision, and conflict as you’re just getting things working. 
  3. Norming— Agreement, and consensus largely forms among the team,As you start “firing on all cylinders,” with a degree of proficiency, you start getting more functional and things smooth out.  
  4. Performing— The team is more strategically aware; the team knows clearly why it is doing what it is doing.You now know what to do, why you’re doing and how to do it, so you do it, at the right level and intensity, consistently. 

These stages apply to top business professionals, athletes, anyone, in any profession, male, female, at every age…

Now think about how Tuckman’s four stages apply to you personally and professionally in your living proficiency (lifestyle) including how you work? Do you know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how, so you do it?

That would be the performing stage.  Are you there?

Or, are you in a forming stage where you are understandably following someone else; storming where you are struggling with something new like making a lifestyle change (up-leveling some aspect of how you live) or in the norming phase where you are not quite as quick on the uptake as you know you care capable of, but you understand your present situation, and the stage you’re in, well enough, to arrive at a good decision. 

Don’t worry about being in the Performing stage if you’re not. What you want to worry about is thinking you’re in the performing stage, when you’re really in the forming or storming stage. This is a treacherous place to be because you’re expectations are higher than your energy, ability, and capacity can achieve.

Performance addicts can find themselves living in that place, for at least a period of time. I know this first hand.

The key here is understanding your present situation to know what “level” or phase you’re at so that you can honor the stage you’re in, and be ok with that, with the struggle because the struggle is one thing, being at odds with struggle, thinking you shouldn’t be, is another.

Why is that so important? It’s simple. You don’t want to enter Tuchman’s fifth stage when it comes to your commitment unless it’s a short-term project that would naturally adjourn.

    5. Adjourning is when things end. We see this all the time in lifestyle fields, for example, increasing energy (overcoming fatigue), eating healthier (losing weight, reversing disease, improving health) and exercise (getting in better physical condition). People give up all the time (adjourn) prematurely, thinking they should be experiencing desired results overnight or faster than is normal or natural.

In reality, they are just in an early stage of transformation and they would get the result if they just allowed them to go through the stages will inevitably take them to the level of results they want.

 

It’s a beautiful thing when you’re performing!

The Impact of Fatigue on Business Professionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck.

 

 

 

The Stress of Hidden Lifestyle Challlenges

3 Hidden Challenges That Stress, Distract and Hold You Back

In Performance Lifestyle® Training, we talk about the stress of hidden lifestyle challenges frequently. They are the shadow side of the fundamentals of successful living: essentials skills (or habits) we all need to know if we’re going perform, look, and feel like a pro. That is someone who is proficient and skillful at navigating life so they can achieve even their most ambitious goals while living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind.

A hidden lifestyle challenge is an underlying dynamic or stress in your life that causes compounding distress and distraction and takes your attention away from what is most important.

You know something is wrong, but you can’t quite put your finger on the cause or solve the problem, even though you are doing what all the popular books and usual authorities tell you to do, like eat less, exercise regularly, and get more sleep. You are suffering from a hidden lifestyle challenge.

Most of the challenges people suffer from are hidden, particularly for those of us who have a lot of responsibility and put out a great deal of personal energy. It is common for driven people to cope with stress in ways that create more stress, cover up the original causes of the stress, and struggle with performance addiction.

These challenges aren’t usually solved with popular tactics that focus on the symptoms. For example, the symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, and atrophy (deconditioning) are not solved by simply getting you to boost energy, lose weight, and build muscle. There are several lifestyle factors at play in each of these conditions, and it takes a lifestyle change to sustain improvements.

It’s no surprise that the health and fitness fields typically focus on specific issues; in particular, low energy, increased weight, and lack of muscle tone. These are easy to target symptoms of a lifestyle gone awry because you can see that there’s a problem when there are too little energy and muscle and too much weight. Yet, the root cause of the problem is hidden and almost always the result of a series of unresolved lifestyle challenges that conspire to produce undesired consequences.

Despite how much discussion surrounds eating, exercising, and sleeping, the source of such challenges is typically well hidden and confusing to untangle, especially if you or the person you are taking advice from is only competent in one or more of these common aspects of lifestyle.

We’ll focus on these three popular aspects of lifestyle for the purposes of helping you understand what it takes to resolve a hidden lifestyle challenge.

Hidden Lifestyle Challenge #1: The Stress of Fatigue

In our modern, fast-paced world, fatigue is a persistent challenge. You have so many demands on your time and energy that the busier you get, the less space you have, to take care of yourself, your body, and your life. This will no doubt result in fatigue.

Fatigue is caused by living over your edge. For starters, it’s spending more energy than your body is recuperating.

You work hard to squeeze in the latest health tips, you nap or meditate occasionally, and you strive to get to bed earlier. But you still aren’t waking up fresh each day and you are constantly tired.

This is no small matter. In fact, this is probably the biggest challenge you’ll face because everything else you do in life depends on having enough energy to do it well and sustain it. This includes living healthfully.

There are 3 types of stress.

  1. The biology of stress—think circadian rhythms, light, hormones, stress…
  2. The stress created by reacting to stressors in ways that create more stress—think lifestyle.
  3. The stressors we experience in our external world that we don’t control and or don’t know how to handle—think family, professional, social life etc.

The hidden lifestyle challenge resulting in increased stress is fatigue. In Performance Lifestyle training, it’s essential that you learn how to overcome fatigue and it’s misinterpretation by learning the biology of energy, how to stop coping with stress in ways that create more stress for sure, and optimize your lifestyle skills so that you can better handle stressors.

The primary solution for overcoming this hidden lifestyle challenge is learning how to regenerate your life force energy as an essential lifestyle skill.

Hidden Lifestyle Challenge #2: The Stress of Eating Nutrient-Poor Food

With the way food is marketed today, even a product that is rich in just one nutrient will often be branded as a healthy food. Many of us are eating up to 50% of foodstuffs that are man-made, with ingredients that are considered healthy or acceptable in food (culturally or economically). But they aren’t healthy.

On top of that, almost 40% of the “natural” foods we eat, we consume at levels that are too high (think animal products). These are natural foods that are rich in some nutrients but still nutrient poor.

If you have spent much of your life thinking you are eating healthy when you aren’t, the substandard nutrition in your diet could be causing issues with cravings, addictions, and overeating.

The hidden lifestyle challenge causing stress is eating a nutrient-poor diet. In Performance Lifestyle training, it is critical that you learn how to nourish your body so it can provide you with the energy you need to move through the day.

The primary solution for overcoming this hidden lifestyle challenge is learning how to eat nutrient-rich whole foods.

Hidden Lifestyle Challenge #3: The Stress of Being Busy but Physically Inactive

Your body manifests the stress you are enduring in your life in either a constructive way or a destructive way. This depends on the kind of stress you experience and how ready your body/brain is to adapt to the stress. But you can’t know your true condition until you apply stress to your physical body in a conditioning capacity.

In a performance lifestyle, there are few activities more important than being physically active. It is only when you are in a physical performance situation that you can understand your true condition and get accurate feedback.

If you are living a physically inactive life, you are not alone. Many people struggle to get enough exercise or overestimate how active they are. When you start conditioning your body, you’ll really begin up leveling your lifestyle.

The hidden lifestyle challenge causing stress is a lack of physical conditioning. In Performance Lifestyle training, it is important that you learn how to give your body the strength and power it needs to perform.

The primary solution for overcoming this hidden lifestyle challenge is learning how to activate and strengthen your body.

Keep in mind that physical activity is not solely responsible for strengthening your body. Without resolving Hidden Lifestyle Challenges #1 and #2, you’ll be exercising a fatigued body that isn’t fueled properly, and you won’t see the results you want. So this is why we’re giving rise to a whole new lifestyle, corner stoned by the understanding that regeneration and fueling an activated and strengthened body are fundamental skills for living in today’s performance culture.

Getting Started

There are twelve hidden lifestyle challenges that compound stress in our lives and prevent us from handling difficulties in an authentic, resilient, and renewable way. We offer corresponding lifestyle solutions to each challenge.

In Performance Lifestyle training, we address each essential solution in a lifestyle context and in a way that’s relevant, meaningful, and actionable. We also use the inspiration of athletics so you can relate to a segment of the population where lifestyle is directly linked to performance and success.

Start developing your performance lifestyle today by signing up for Module #1: Regenerate Your Life Force Energy

Fitness Tracker

The One Way to Get Better Results with Your Fitness Tracker

In 2016, 61 million wearable fitness devices—fitness trackers, activity, and sports trackers—were sold. Wearable tech is making its mark, especially when it comes to human performance. And it will continue to play a bigger role in our lives in the years to come.

The Value of Measuring Advanced Data

Fitness trackers measure a variety of standard data points, including calories burned, pulse, heart rate variability, body temperature, and steps taken. They can also measure advanced data like strain and recovery needs so you can “unlock human performance,” as Will Ahmed, CEO of Whoop states. I like that last feature as a central premise of a fitness tracker because learning how to live with optimal energy levels is the primary objective of Performance Lifestyle. To maintain optimal energy levels, you must understand how to manage stress and recovery.

In the athletic world, recovery means a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.

Recuperation or regeneration are broader terms that include recovery, but also encompass the energy you need to restore or replenish to function and perform at capacity. Restoring human energy must take place systematically and regularly, in healthy ways, so you don’t get caught up in addictive and unhealthy lifestyle habits to try and keep pace with a busy life. And that is only possible when performance is a way of life.

The Impact of Fatigue

Athletes are more in tune with a performance lifestyle approach because they regularly prepare for events where officials, the media, and the public judge the results of their preparation. They can’t cover up their fatigue the way many non-athletes attempt to do because it will show in their performance in an accentuated way.

But you don’t need to be a sports or fitness enthusiast to recognize how fatigue impacts performance. It’s true for all of us. You can’t cover up fatigue for long.

Restoring Your Energy

Even in athletics, there is still a bias toward focusing more on sophisticated training systems than on the one thing that powers the results they are training to achieve—replenishing energy. Energy restoration guides the regeneration of all human capacities, from memory to muscle repair and more.

To get better results with your fitness tracker or sports tracker, you must sufficiently recuperate. Even the most sophisticated fitness tracker won’t do squat for you unless you have enough energy. Without adequate energy, you’ll just be the smartest person still suffering from the hidden lifestyle challenge of fatigue

This is why it’s of the utmost importance to track daily strain and recovery needs over all other metrics.

The New Big Thing

Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ian Jennings, renowned strength and conditioning coach and author of Coaches’ Guide to Enhancing Recovery in Athletes: A Multidimensional Approach to Developing a “Performance Lifestyle”  states that “fitness-fatigue theory is the basis of performance lifestyle training.”

He goes on to say, “Under-recovery will always compromise performance, and to be effective, any performance-enhancement program must ensure that recovery is as well-planned and programmed as the athletes training.”

This statement is true whether you’re into sports or not. You are always spending your life force energy and recuperating; it’s a never-ending process. And this is why I think measuring daily strain and recovery is the new big thing.

Getting Results with a Fitness Tracker

So what’s the one way to get better results with your fitness tracker? Optimize your lifestyle to make the behavioral changes you need to perform better. If you want the numbers to improve on your fitness tracker, this is the way to do it. You won’t see the progress you want unless you have enough energy to support your goals.

Fitness, sports, and activity trackers require changes in lifestyle and training to be effective. You need to leverage the data to make lifestyle changes that result in increased energy, health, and performance. Just knowing that you are taking 10,000 steps is probably the most common way to use a fitness tracker. But walking in and of itself is not a hard practice to master.

It’s the pulse rate, strain, recovery, and training metrics that require the biggest changes. Resolving the factors that result in excess strain and lack of recovery can be challenging because so many of us are performance addicted. The simple act of getting more sleep and managing recovery requires training so you know how to create boundaries and change your priorities to avoid incessant activity and make more time for recuperation.

With 123 million fitness trackers, activity trackers, and sports trackers expected to be sold by/in 2020, the march is on to do something with all this self-quantified data and knowledge about our behavior patterns. That something is performance lifestyle training and coaching.

Do you know what needs to change to alter the numbers and results in your life?

Combining Your Fitness Tracker with a Performance Lifestyle 

A performance lifestyle is all about optimizing your lifestyle to look, feel, and perform better. The emphasis is on the regular, systematic recuperation required in today’s performance culture so you can live with the optimal energy levels that make all three of those outcomes possible.

Every principle, practice, and strategy in a performance lifestyle is health-promoting as a given, not the end goal. This creates the framework you need to focus on your life goals without being distracted or held back by hidden lifestyle challenges.

One practical application for the data from your fitness tracker is to use it to guide the lifestyle optimizations you learn about in Performance Lifestyle training. Once you measure your performance using the credible and useful stats provided by wearable fitness trackers like Whoop or Fitbit; Performance Lifestyle training can help you move the needle and improve your numbers.

Human performance is not just a function of willpower and the psychological strength to get things done. It’s about knowing what powers the body and brain and employing the essential lifestyle skills to perform and succeed in a way that’s balanced and healthy.

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To do that, you must master the primary requirement of human health and performance—regenerating your life force energy. Learn how to harness, maintain, manage, and sustain the vital performance energy that is consumed by stress throughout the day.

Fitness trackers typically give you a better understanding of what you’re doing with all your energy. But what are you doing to make sure you have enough energy? This is the reason we love Whoop as much as we do.

If you have a fitness tracker, get the most out of your wearable fitness device by signing up for Performance Lifestyle training. If you don’t have an activity tracker yet, you can get the tracker and the training together. With this combination, you have a powerful solution for successfully making changes in your lifestyle and “unlocking human performance.”

Performance Optimization. The Lifestyle Approach.

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

First, what is Performance Optimization?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is THAT energy? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You will find more statistics at Statista

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

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

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

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

So performance optimization needs to start with optimizing energy. 

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

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

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

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

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

He goes on to say…

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

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

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

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

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

This is performance optimization.