Monday, January 29, 2018
Daily Thought 2018
Consistent High Performance
Since the beginning of writing this blog over 12 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 each day. 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 Kotler 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.
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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: Better Together
After almost 25 years as a trainer and coach one thing that has been and enduring attraction to those who want to improve their health and fitness is group activities. Whether you are walking around the block with friends or getting ready for your next big race, training and sharing your journey with others adds huge value to your ability to succeed. Here are my four tips for getting going on your next big thing!
- Join a group: Group fitness is one of the best ways to create friendships and accountability to stay motivated. The synergy of the pack will help you get your game back on track and keep you going.
- Use technology: Every workout should start with a goal. Wearable technology and tracking software will help you achieve it and keep you honest.
- Give yourself a break: Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you miss a workout or blow your nutrition for the day, all is not lost. You can start fresh in the morning.
- Read an inspirational book: Required reading for Jim’s clients include: Younger Next Year (Chris Crowley, Henry Lodge), a guide to living fit into your 80s; and The Rise of Superman (Steven Kotler), which explores the concept of “flow” for feeling and performing at your best.
Beachbody Nutrition Tip: Recover
While carbs can play an important role in exercise recovery, the current thinking pinpoints protein — about 20 grams of high-quality protein — should really be the focus. Right after you work out, your muscles go into serious rebuilding mode. By consuming protein within 30 minutes of working out, you give your body the building blocks it needs to do this effectively.
Recover is chocolaty post-workout drink does this with a propriety blend of fast-absorbing whey protein, medium-absorbing pea protein, and slow-absorbing casein protein to assure you have protein on hand for the entire process. Within the blend you’ll also find an optimal combination of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), amino acids that are especially useful for building muscle. It also contains pomegranate extract, which contains ellagitannins, powerful anti-inflammatory polyphenols shown to be highly effective for recovery from exercise.
“Independent will gives you the power to do something even when you do not want to, because you know you are being a function of your values and not of impulse or whim.” Stephen R. Covey