Monday, March 6, 2017
Daily Thought 2017
Consistent High Performance
Since beginning writing this blog over 10 years ago, I have read and considered many books. Dr. Stephen Covey started this journey of leadership and personal growth when I read his “First Things First” booklet. It started a hunger in me to find my best self and by doing that, succeeding professionally and personally and really making a difference for those in need. I have read about and written thousands of blog posts highlighting the work of John Maxwell, Dr. Jim Loehr, and many others. This ritual has been a grounding place in my life and I cherish this time. The next realm of exploration for me is the human mindset and the true power of our mind to impact human performance. A recent book called “The Rise of Superman” by Ken Kolter looks at the science of the hyper focused state of mind referred to as “Flow”. Some call it the “Zone”, when an athlete, by focus of mind and body, perform feats never done before. This science intrigues me as I sometimes feel my own mindset is what keeps me from achieving the things I want to accomplish. The Flow Science approach studies the Triggers that enable “Flow State”, the state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. As we review this book we will look at the 17 Triggers that empower consistent high performance.
The Concept of Flow
“You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Resting Heart Rate
Resting heart rate is one of your best indicators of how fit you are. As you become more fit, your resting heart rate will go down. The lower your resting heart rate, the more fit you are. The best time to check your resting heart rate is in the morning just before you get out of bed, when you are very relaxed. Normal resting heart rates are: 70-72 beats per minute, and below 60 is considered a conditioned athlete. Use your resting heart rate (RHR) to monitor your cardiovascular training progress.
Read more… Cardio Strategy Brief
What are the Food Rules?
Food Rules distills our current body of wisdom into sixty-four simple rules for eating healthily and happily. The rules are framed in terms of culture rather than science, though in many cases science has confirmed what culture has long known; not surprisingly, these two different vocabularies, or ways of knowing, often come to the same conclusion.
“You can measure a leader by the problems he tackles. He always looks for ones his own size.” John Maxwell