High Performance Hacks | Exercise
In this series of High Performance Hacks, I’ll be delivering the practical actions, tactics and strategies used by the world’s best high performers across all fields to help them out-perform, out-work and out-shine their peers.
In this article we’ll explore why regular exercise is not just essential for staying healthy, but why it plays a critical part in achieving high performance and why without it, you’ll never reach your full potential…
When you start to see yourself transforming into a high performance person, it’s hard not to become excited in your renewed, genuine belief that pretty much anything IS possible.
You’ll be attacking life head-on, in the right way, and you’ll feel a level of energy, enthusiasm and positivity that you’ve not felt for a long time – maybe ever.
This is what people describe as being in your “flow state”.
I can tell you first hand that really feeling yourself powering forward towards your life’s ambitions and witnessing your affirmations becoming reality is an incredible feeling.
You’ve finally taken your destiny into your own hands and it’s all on you.
Problems and obstacles that once held you back now become exciting challenges that propel you forward to the next level.
Every morning you wake up with clarity and a clearly defined purpose, knowing that today you’ll be moving one step closer towards your abundant future!
You feel like you can work 24/7.
On the surface, it sounds like a great mindset to have, but it can actually turn out to be a very dangerous one that becomes entirely counter-productive.
And this is where some of us might trip up if we’re not careful.
When you have that level of energy, it’s all too easy to see everything that’s not directly linked towards your progress as unnecessary noise and then cut it out.
This usually includes exercise.
I’ve been all too guilty of this myself.
If you have a spare hour to get down to the gym, why not spend that hour working on your goals instead….right?
The problem with this way of thinking is that whilst you might feel energised to an almost supernatural level right now – if you don’t take good care of your body and mind it will quickly deplete and can actually lead to serious health problems.
You’re of no use to anyone and you’re certainly not going to be achieving any goals when you’re hooked up to an IV laying up in a hospital bed.
It sounds ridiculous, I know – I felt the same way.
I’d heard many a time of “burnout”.
But how can working hard actually effect my health in such a negative way?
Well, I can tell you for sure that several of the extremely successful business owners, entrepreneurs and CEOs that I’ve had the fortune of speaking to at length about their own journeys have found themselves lying in hospital because of working too much and not taking care of themselves.
And for some, the results of this will affect them for the rest of their lives.
One example was an entrepreneur who had to have glands in his thighs surgically removed due to not being able to produce adrenaline to the right levels after working himself to the bone for years.
Without your mind and body, what else do you have?
You cannot be a high performer and sustain outstanding results if you’re body and mind are not in equally as good condition.
If you don’t take good care of both, there is only so far you will get.
The key to solving this is that you have to start realising that exercise IS a massive contributing factor to your success.
It IS directly linked to achieving your goals.
Because the better shape your body is in, the better you’ll feel within yourself, the more confident you’ll feel, the better decisions you’ll make, the more self-esteem you’ll have, the better results you’ll produce, the more energy you’ll have.
You have to look after the vessel with which you’ll be using to achieve your goals.
Let’s say that you purchase a brand new, top of the range Ferrari.
It’s been beautifully crafted, fitted with the latest technology and costs 15 times more than 90% of cars that are available.
Despite all of that, how long do you think your £250,000 Ferrari would last if you drove it at top speed everywhere you went, every day – never getting it serviced, never cleaning it – basically paying no attention to the maintenance of this awesome supercar (your body) and the top of the line engine that powers it (your mind).
It won’t be long before you don’t feel the same immediate response when you smash that pedal to the metal.
The breaks will gradually start to get less and less effective as they fade bit by bit.
The interior will start to get grubby and every day dust and dirt will start to attack the bodywork.
And before you know it, the once gleaming, jaw-dropping driving machine is a shell of its former self and performs nowhere near its full capability.
It sounds counter-intuitive but the more expensive a car is and better it performs, the more maintenance and care it requires.
That’s no different for you.
Make exercise a part of your daily routine.
Even if it’s just half an hour a day.
If you get it done in the morning before you start work, not only will it boost your morale knowing that you’ve already got it out of the way, you’ll have a huge increase in energy and output.
I can feel a HUGE difference in my performance and energy levels when I make the time to exercise in the morning.
And that mid-afternoon slump that I’m sure you’re equally as familiar with becomes totally non-existent.
Get your heartbeat up, break a sweat and your body and future self will thank you for it.
Now don’t get me wrong – there are days when you’re not going to be able to get it done.
Maybe even a few days in a row when you have a project to complete and a deadline to meet.
But if that’s the case, make sure it doesn’t become the new norm – because it’s all to easy to keep putting it off once you’ve opted out for a few days.
Vow to yourself that as soon as it’s humanly possible, you’ll get straight back into regular exercise and make it happen at least 3-5 times a week.
All in all, I’m sure that it comes as no surprise that regular exercise is good for your body and mind.
But where this high-performance hack really comes into its own is when you realise the massive correlation with becoming a high-performance person.
I’m yet to meet one yet that doesn’t treat it with the utmost of importance.
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