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The Mind Over Finger Podcast
112 Tom Hooten: Shifting Perspectives

The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 49:41


Today, you're in for quite a treat!  I spoke with Tom Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the LA Philharmonic and one of the world's most prominent classical trumpeters. Be prepared to walk away from this conversation feeling highly motivated and inspired by the energy and wisdom he brought to this conversation! We covered many great topics, including: Tom's self-described “unconventional” journey to this point in his career as a professional musician (3:38) How important mindset is to practice and improvement (8:49) Digging into meeting yourself “where your talent ends” (13:00) Teaching as problem-solving and shifting perspectives (17:08) Tom's process in the practice room, specifically in preparation for a world-premiere piece (19:32) Asked himself: what is the end result? (21:06) Made a list of specific things that needed consistent attention (22:11) Planned out a routine, including the actual times to practice (and how, if you fail to commit to those times, you'll end up with a “frustration cocktail”) (22:45) Got honest with what he could and could not do to fill out that schedule (24:00) Used the app “Seconds Pro” to create a timed, custom “workout” practice routine (24:14) Continued to tend to his foundational base of skills, in conjunction with the specialty skills required from a specific piece (28:00) What it means to create for yourself, opposed to mimicking others' interpretations (30:33) Audition tips, including winning auditions through trust, honesty, and dedicated practice (32:35) Some rapid-fire answers, including what Tom's schedule looks like, the importance of asking good questions, and a (somewhat unexpected!) accountability tool to use during practice (37:11) LINKS: Instagram: @tomhooten Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomHootenTrumpet Website: https://www.tomhooten.com Seconds Pro Interval Timer App, for Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/seconds-pro-interval-timer/id363978811 Seconds Pro Interval Timer App, for Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.runloop.seconds&hl=en PRACTICING FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE: I'm excited to tell you that Practicing for Peak Performance is now available for download! Go to MindOverFinger.com for access to all the tools that will help you transform your practice, gain confidence in your process, and start performing at your best.  With the purchase of PPP, you gain: Access to all recorded content - over 7 hours of instruction Guidance in effective high-performance systems Detailed handouts For a limited time only, a free 30-minute consultation with me. PPP alumnus Karmen Palusoo has this to say about it: “For a long time I have had this belief that learning an instrument is difficult and hard work or that it has to be, and there is no other way. Only a few weeks after PPP, I am starting to feel that change! My everyday practice sessions are now filled with freedom and ease!” MIND OVER FINGER: As we head into this new season, I encourage you to visit MindOverFinger.com for a plethora of resources on mindful practice and information on how to work with me. Sign up for my newsletter and receive your free guide to a highly productive mindful practice using a metronome! www.mindoverfinger.com https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindoverfinger https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/ THANK YOU: A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you. Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show's musical theme.  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Re:Engage TNG
Peak Performance - s2e21

Re:Engage TNG

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 68:42


Strategema Tournament in Ten Forward! One of Trek's most annoying characters ever is on the Enterprise to run some war games between Picard and Riker. The commander assembles his team of Geordi, Worf, and Wesley on an old ship previously captained by Buckaroo Bonsai. Meanwhile, Data can't beat the gamemaster Kolrami, and Pulaski's meddling means Data isn't sure if he is fit for service. Picard and the Ferengi who show up need him in fighting shape. Jimmie hosts this episode, Kate digs Kolrami's whole schtick, and Erik enjoys making fun of Greg's terrible pronunciation of Martina Navratilova.   We'd love to receive more feedback or questions we can read aloud and answer on episodes in the future so feel free to email letsReengage@gmail.com or message us on Twitter @ReEngageTNG! Host: Jimmie G (@thejimmieg on IG & Twitter)  Panel: Erik Gratton (@erikfallsdown on Twitter & IG), Kate Jaeger (@jaegerlicious on Twitter and IG), and Greg Tito (@gregtito on Twitter, @greg_tito on IG) Audio Editor: Greg Tito (@gregtito on Twitter, @greg_tito on IG) Logo artwork: @mojojojo_97 on Twitter, mojo97.com Theme music: Ryan Marth   Next up is the Season Two Finale (of sorts) "Shades of Grey" s2e22 hosted by Greg!

Emmet Audio
Optimal performance versus peak performance

Emmet Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 11:28


You need slack in your system

UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What
Is Your Practice Taking You the Wrong Way?

UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 8:16


The difference between a good skier and a great skier is a matter of mastering the methods. One skier can move significantly faster than the other skier, thanks to a slice of improvement. Hence, if you want to be extremely good at cross country skiing, you'll need a lot of practice and skill. However, these techniques have nothing to do with walking on skis. If someone wants to go for a walk in the snow, that person should consider wearing snowshoes instead of skies. Similarly, if we desire to excel in a task, we need to put our effort in the right place in the right way. Otherwise, we can get off track of our goals if we work on the wrong thing or in the wrong way when we practice.Get Feedback - Have someone you trust to observe you in your practice and give you feedback. Learn From Others - Find someone good at what you are trying to learn, and ask them how they get there and learn from them.Be a Student of the Activity – Study the people who master the activity you want to practice and the masterpieces of the action you want to practice.  You have to notice the details of what makes them unique and learn from them. Mentioned in the Episode:The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance: goodreads.com/book/show/905.The_Inner_Game_of_Tennis?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=FqNvhBZvya&rank=1

Keep Leading!™
KL127: The Success Factor for Leaders and High Achievers

Keep Leading!™

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 35:28


KL127 Ruth Gotian Chief Learning Officer in Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine The Success Factor for Leaders and High Achievers Episode Summary Have you ever wondered why some people achieve exceptional success while others reach average levels? On Episode 127 of the Keep Leading!® podcast, I interviewed Ruth Gotian to learn the answer.  Ruth invested decades researching and studying the most successful people of our generation to understand what they do when the world isn't watching. Learn what they do that ultimately puts them in an elite class and how did they overcome failures! Bio Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentorship and leadership development. In 2021, she was selected as one of 30 people worldwide to be named to the Thinkers50 Radar List, dubbed the Oscars of management thinking, and is a semi-finalist for the Forbes 50 Over 50 list. In addition to publishing in academic journals, she contributes to Forbes and Psychology Today, where she writes about 'optimizing success.' Her research is about the mindset and skillset of peak performers, including Nobel laureates, astronauts, and Olympic champions. Her forthcoming book, The Success Factor, will be out in January. Website https://www.ruthgotian.com/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rgotian/ Twitter https://twitter.com/RuthGotian   Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RuthGotian/   Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ruthgotian/   Leadership Quote Do something important, not just interesting. Get Your Copy of Ruth's Book! https://www.amazon.com/Success-Factor-Developing-Skillset-Performance/dp/1398602299/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Success+Factor+%E2%80%93+Developing+the+Mindset+and+Skillset+for+Peak+Performance&qid=1621708330&sr=8-1 Subscribe, share and review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/keep-leading/id1461490512 Full Episode Transcripts and Detailed Guest Information www.KeepLeadingPodcast.com   Keep Leading LIVE (Live Recordings of the Keep Leading!® Podcast) www.KeepLeadingLive.com The Keep Leading!® podcast is for people passionate about leadership. It is dedicated to leadership development and insights. Join your host Eddie Turner, The Leadership Excelerator® as he speaks with accomplished leaders and people of influence across the globe as they share their journey to leadership excellence. Listen as they share leadership strategies, techniques, and insights. For more information visit https://eddieturnerllc.com or follow Eddie Turner on Twitter and Instagram at @eddieturnerjr. Like Eddie Turner LLC on Facebook. Connect with Eddie Turner on LinkedIn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Sonya Looney Show
How to Stay Grounded while Striving for More with Brad Stulberg

The Sonya Looney Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 66:38


Most of us try to balance the act of doing and the feeling of being in our lives. We ask ourselves questions like, "How can I work hard and have success without burning out? What do I need to do to feel fulfilled while striving for improvement?" Brad Stulberg, author of the bestselling author of the new book, The Practice of Groundedness, and also Peak Performance regularly researches, writes, and coaches on the many elements of health, well-being, and sustainable performance. And today, he returns to the podcast for his third conversation all about how to feel more grounded. His research suggests 6 principles of groundedness: acceptance, presence, patience, vulnerability, community, and movement. More specifically, The Practice of Groundedness focuses on: Accept where you are to get to where you want to go Be Present to Own Your Energy and Attention Be Patient to Get There Faster Embrace Vulnerability to Build Genuine Strength and Confidence Build Deep Community Move Your Body to Ground Your Mind Brad's book combines ancient wisdom with modern science to dive into how to build a strong foundation. We talk about separating your work from your sense of self, how heroic individualism can be challenging, the importance of having local community, and how to have a more deliberate relationship with striving. Heroic individualism is a never-ending game of one-upmanship against yourself and other people, so you're constantly trying to beat yourself and other people where measurable achievement is the main arbiter of success and the goal post is always 10 yards down the field, so you never actually arrive.  You think that if you just accomplish this, or just win that race, or just achieve that thing, or just fall in love with that perfect person, then you'll be content. But what you find is that there is no arriving at contentment and having that mindset will make you miserable. Whereas contentment is an ongoing practice of the principles that we talked about with groundedness. Contentment is every day, aligning your being with your doing and practicing those things.  Brad Stulberg  His work has been featured in The New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, and more. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, and physicians on their performance and well-being. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Make sure you listen to our podcast episodes on Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox! "Keeping it fun is really important for me. Particularly taking the work very seriously, but not taking myself seriously at all. What does that look like in practice? The Practice of Groundedness, this book, I care deeply about. I think it's excellent. I'm going to do everything I can for the book. But the book was such a team effort with so many people. The book is just my brain at one point of time, it's not me. But now the book is its own thing. Separating my sense of self from my work.  Really caring about the work but realizing that it's something I did, it's no longer me. That's been really helpful because I can feel like I want the book to be really relevant without feeling like I need to be really relevant." 17:28 Brad Stulberg   Listen Now   Key Takeaways the metaphor of the three-legged stool combining ancient wisdom with modern science how to practice more patience a healthy relationship with striving separating work from your identity heroic individualism excitement vs. ease the difference between being grounded vs. being balanced importance of local community why movement makes you feel more grounded ___ Links Get The Practice of Groundedness Check out The Growth Equation Check out my Substack about high-performance mindset Sign up for my weekly newsletter! 

Conscious Creators Show — Make A Life Through Your Art Without Selling Your Soul
Elliot Roe — Decoding Peak Performance: How The Realms of Greatness Come From Subtraction, Not Addition

Conscious Creators Show — Make A Life Through Your Art Without Selling Your Soul

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 70:12


”Your subconscious' job is for you to be alive tomorrow. It's not for you to be successful. So it wants you to be fed. It wants to have a roof over your head, and it wants you to have a partner, and to reproduce effectively. So long as all of those things are in place, more success could potentially bring risk because it's changed, and your subconscious doesn't particularly like change.” — Elliot Roe Our guest is Elliot Roe (@ElliotRoe1), a leading expert in Mindset Optimization for High Performers and the world's #1 Mindset Coach for poker players. In just the last 3 years his poker clients have won over $50,000,000 and nearly every major tournament title, including the World Series of Poker Main Event. His clientele also includes Olympic Medalists, UFC champions, Hollywood actors, business executives, and wall street traders. In this episode listen to hear: How self-sabotage is preventing you from unlocking your full potential Why recommendations and referrals are the best recognition for a coach Growth mindset and navigating competitive environments How to face challenges in a team of high performers Welcome to the Conscious Creators Show; where through intimate and insightful interviews with authors, actors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and other podcasters, you'll learn tools and tactics to 10x your creativity and improve your business and life. Like this show? Support us by following the show, leaving a review here and helping us spread the word by sharing the pod with one (or three) friends: https://refer.fm/creators Do you want to learn how to make a living as a creator? Check out the CreatorsMBA where we show you how to get paid to create online: http://www.creatorsmba.com Follow our host, Sachit Gupta, and get in touch if you have any questions or ideas related to the show: Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok. Please enjoy today's episode and thank you for listening! Books mentioned: “Relentless” by Tim S. Grover Show Notes 01:04 - The methods Elliot uses to unlock the full potential of top performers 04:18 - About the levels of self-sabotage and its implications on performance 06:29 - How Elliot's career path took a turn, and the lessons learned 08:41 - The importance of having recommendations, besides knowledge, for coaching 10:39 - Why rapport is the biggest factor in deciding the success of coaching business 13:53 - Different approaches and types of coaching 15:58 - On setting up the process and how to build a relationship for success 19:16 - What lies behind the mindset of becoming the best 21:52 - How not to be overwhelmed with success and competition 25:34 - Why growth mindset is the game-changer 27:47 - The challenges when building a team of high performers 31:48 - How people's mental program hold them back and Elliot's way of dealing with it 34:49 - What it really takes to become one of the best in your field 36:48 - The importance of a coach 39:06 - How he practices his own coaching methods to stay on top 41:26 - The benefits of regression hypnotherapy 45:54 - Why the subtle clues are crucial for progress both personally and professionally 49:22 - How he puts into practice deep regression vs. pressure during the hypnotherapy process 51:51 - The difference between Audio vs. Video sessions 53:17 - About the idea, criteria and requirements of setting your own coaching business 57:15 - How Elliot manages with the coaching ecosystem 59:58 - Why the prices on the coaching market should match the value offered 64:54 - The essence of building a good reputation in this industry 66:58 - Elliot's advice on mindset growth and optimization for constant progress Tweetable Quotes “If you have the knowledge of what you need to do, but you're not doing those things, that's where it's a mindset issue. And that's why you'd be working with a mindset coach.” - Elliot Roe “The idea that that failure is something to accept and it's part of the process. There are a lot of people who get stuck on this idea. If I fail, it is wrong, they create a fear of failure and then they don't put in a 100% effort.”- Elliot Roe “The high-performers have more of that growth mindset and they accept that failure is just a route to success. It's just something to learn from.” - Elliot Roe “If you have someone who is literally as driven, as motivated as you are, probably they're not going to stay working with you for that long because it's very difficult.”- Elliot Roe "The good performer can get away with blaming the staff and the high-performer will take responsibility and then try and learn the lessons from it. It's the fixed versus growth mindset.” - Elliot Roe “Doing that deep emotional work makes a significant difference in the chances of reaching that level of success."- Elliot Roe “The very simplistic program running from the seven-year-old you that was embarrassed in front of the class still thinks it's keeping you safe rather than thinking it's being a detriment to you.” - Elliot Roe “You want your issues. You've learned your issues. So if you say I'm an angry person, you've just learned to be angry. If you think you're an anxious person you've learned to be anxious. If you look at life from that framing, it gives you a lot more space to evolve than if you look at things that you're just fixed as a certain way.” - Elliot Roe About Our Guest Elliot Roe (@ElliotRoe1) is a leading expert in Mindset Optimization for High Performers and is the world's #1 Mindset Coach for poker players. In just the last 3 years his poker clients have won over $50,000,000 and nearly every major tournament title, including the World Series of Poker Main Event. His clientele also includes Olympic Medalists, UFC Champions, Hollywood Actors, Business executives, and wall street traders. From his early days, in his twenties, he realized he had a fear of flying. This prevented him to be a part of some amazing experiences, on top of feeling embarrassed and stupid from knowing that fear was holding him back. One of Elliot's friends, trying to help him, suggested hypnotherapy as a solution. Skeptical in the beginning but ready for digging the root of the problem, he opened up to the memory that was holding him back. Returning to his travel freedom, free of stress and anxiety, Elliot signed up for hypnotherapy training, since it had such a huge impact on his life, so much so, he felt compelled to pay it forward. The passion he has had to this day is seeing others achieve their maximum potential. His unique mindset coaching system leverages the power of hypnotherapy to eliminate fears and breakthrough mental roadblocks allowing you to operate in a state of peak performance every day. You can get in touch with him on his website or twitter, or on the #1 Mindset App: Primed Mind.

Communicate to Motivate
Transforming the Mind with Special Guest, Tim Kremer, of Peak Performance Mind Coaching

Communicate to Motivate

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 42:22


In today's episode, I am joined by Tim Kremer, the founder and lead coach with Peak Performance Mind Coaching. Tim has dedicated the last 20 plus years to helping athletes tap into the inner power and winning edge that lie beyond physical talent. He teaches them to access and activate new skills within themselves and to see that anything they want is possible through the power of the mind. He helps to take them from where they are now to where they want to be.  Tim is the perfect guest as we conclude our series on 'Communicating with the Self'. Find out more about Tim and how he can help you here: https://peakperformancemindcoaching.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------ Dr. Jim Van Allan is a speaker & trainer for schools and companies across the nation. He has over a decade worth of experience helping individuals and organizations with communication, leadership, and personal development skills. He is also a Professor of Communication Studies and teaches classes on communication, public speaking, and interpersonal communication. He's also a family man and lives with his wife and two boys in South Florida.  New podcast episode every Monday where we turn the personal into the powerful! www.JimVanAllan.com @JimVanAllan on all social media

Network Marketing Success Skills - Street Smart Wealth
Your Daily Routine for Social Selling Results

Network Marketing Success Skills - Street Smart Wealth

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 39:01


Creating a consistent daily routine for Social Selling Results is one of the best steps you can take to ensure your success, and yet, oddly, it's a place where huge resistance can come up. We tend to rely on "Spray and Pray" when it comes to those income producing activities that drive our business. Show Notes: https://www.streetsmartwealth.com/blog/daily-routine-social-selling-results Have a mindset routine. You either run the day or the day runs YOU. Mindset First. I do mine first thing in the morning. Then, it's GO or ACTION Time! I know my Peak Performance times and when I am in my Zone of Genius. I focus my best times on SDAs or single daily actions, or a DMO - daily method of operation; those things we need to be doing to move our business forward. Active conversations and passive marketing. Who am I speaking to and what am I putting out in content? Meet People, Share what you do, invite into the experience. My content focus is on my 4 Pillars in the Street Smart Wealth Academy. Mindset Messaging Marketing Management of Time and Productivity My aligned client has a lot of drama around this and I help them sort it out; get it done, and put it out there and have success! And, I like to be specific for relatability to my audience. Master the Practice of success. That means consistently doing it over and over and over again. Need help with any of that? If you like what you are hearing and learning on the podcast, you really should check out the Street Smart Wealth Academy. We take your mindset, your messaging and your marketing, package it into a complete business action plan and a radical shift for you, and the way you think and act in your business. And, it's guaranteed. Do the work, get the results, or get your money back. What could be better than that? Learn more at http://StreetSmartWealthAcademy.com

Re:Engage TNG
The Emissary - s2e20

Re:Engage TNG

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 61:25


The Iceman Cometh! After playing poker and some tricky tractor beaming, Worf gets to explore his relationship with K'Ehleyr. She's a fast-talking career half-Klingon girl who had a connection to Worf back in the day. K'Ehleyr tells Picard that there's a Klingon ship that's been on the same mission since the Federation was still at war with them, so the Enterprise is sent to deal with them. K'Ehleyr wants to blow 'em up, but after "working out" with Worf on some personal issues in the holodeck, they save the day with some bluster. Kate hosts this episode and has an affinity to K'Ehleyr, Erik thinks the fights in the holodeck weren't rehearsed enough, Jimmie can't pronounce the name of the Klingon ship, and Greg can't wait for the fruit of this episode re-enters the series in the person of Alexander.   We'd love to receive more feedback or questions we can read aloud and answer on episodes in the future so feel free to email letsReengage@gmail.com or message us on Twitter @ReEngageTNG! Host: Kate Jaeger (@jaegerlicious on Twitter and IG)  Panel: Erik Gratton (@erikfallsdown on Twitter & IG), Jimmie G (@thejimmieg on IG & Twitter), and Greg Tito (@gregtito on Twitter, @greg_tito on IG) Audio Editor: Greg Tito (@gregtito on Twitter, @greg_tito on IG) Logo artwork: @mojojojo_97 on Twitter, mojo97.com Theme music: Ryan Marth   Next up is "Peak Performance" s2e21 hosted by Jimmie!

#RaisingAthletes Podcast
Episode #40: Optimizing for Peak Performance During State Playoffs

#RaisingAthletes Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021


Ranked #1 in the country, Head Coach of Marymount volleyball give us a peek behind the curtain as to what they learned from last weeks four game win over Mater Dei and how they are preparing for States.

Small Consistent Actions
Alvin Brown - Founder and CEO of The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance

Small Consistent Actions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 32:28


Alvin Brown is the CEO and founder of The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance (TCHPP), multidisciplinary wellness and peak performance centre located in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He is also the founder and CEO of the sought-after Integrated Peak Performance Consulting (IPPC) certification program, a mind and body peak performance training system, getting elite performers to move from good to peak performance. Alvin is also a passionate international speaker and author of: Journey to Personal Greatness, Mind, Body & Soul: A Blueprint for Life Balance & Self-Mastery. ----------   Never miss a podcast episode: podcast.samdemma.com Connect with Sam: Instagram Youtube Email

WHOOP Podcast
The Science of Recovery: How recovery resets your body and mind for peak performance

WHOOP Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 61:22


Dr. Robin Thorpe sits down with WHOOP VP of Performance Kristen Holmes for an episode on The Science of Recovery – the second of a three-episode series which also includes The Science of Sleep with Dr. Meeta Singh and The Science of Strain (coming soon). Dr. Thorpe is one of the leading experts in the recovery space, and is perhaps best known for his work with Manchester United for nearly a decade, where he served as Senior Performance Scientist and Conditioning coach. He explains the two subcomponents of muscle fatigue (8:45), if soreness is always a good sign for muscle building (12:59), the mental side of recovery and how HRV is an indication of where you are psychologically (19:23), understanding your HRV range (25:22), cold therapy (27:55), which recovery modalities are effective in which scenarios (33:40), the placebo effect in recovery (39:16), the fundamentals of recovery (45:59), and training your autonomic nervous system (48:27). Support the show (http://whoop.com)

Magness & Marcus on Coaching
Episode 150: Peak Performance Checklist: Everything you need to be ready for the big day

Magness & Marcus on Coaching

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 58:25


What does it take to perform on race day? The physical components are the easy part. But setting someone up to have the right expectations, the correct mindset, to be able to choose to the difficult path when you’re mind is yelling at you to quit, is often the difference-maker. In this episode, we outline…

Fit to Lead by Allison Jackson Fitness
Episode #86 -- Interview with Dr. Ruth Gotian, Mentoring and Leadership Development Expert

Fit to Lead by Allison Jackson Fitness

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 18:17


Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring and leadership development and is currently a contributor to Forbes and Psychology Today where she writes about ‘optimizing success'. She also has a weekly show and podcast by the same name where she gathers high achievers to talk about their journey to success. In 2021, she was one of 30 people worldwide to be named to the Thinkers50 Radar List, dubbed the Oscars of management thinking and is a semi-finalist for the Forbes 50 Over 50 list. author of The Success Factor – Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance. Learn more about Ruth at www.ruthgotian.com or connect with her at: www.twitter.com/ruthgotian www.instagram.com/ruthgotian https://www.linkedin.com/in/rgotian/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fit-to-lead/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fit-to-lead/support

The Mind Over Finger Podcast
111 Ralph Skiano: Preparing Your Next Audition

The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 48:23


I'm really excited to bring you this conversation with Ralph Skiano, principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Though this conversation was our first time meeting, our views on practice and mindfulness couldn't be more aligned. I hope you thoroughly enjoy this episode! Before joining the Detroit symphony, Ralph served as principal clarinetist with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He's also appeared as guest principal clarinetist of the Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra and as a soloist with ensembles throughout the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In addition to his soloist and orchestral work, he is an active presenter and clinician, presenting masterclasses and workshops at universities all across the United States. Take a look at the links below to learn more about the books Ralph has written as well as other resources for musicians.  In our conversation, Ralph shares with us fantastic tips and tricks on how to practice mindfully, develop a solid process to prepare for auditions, nurturing mental strength, and so much more! He elaborates on... How his artistic path began, and how it has unfolded (3:28) The importance of music education and its availability in public schools (5:17) How to make your practice more effective by having fun and finding creative solutions to your audition problems (6:48) The game-changing effect mindful clarity and preparation has on your musicianship, and how to turn doubts into helpful stories (13:14) His summary of the most important parts of the audition process, and how your practice regimine can shift with time and experience (19:34) Thoughts on trusting in your work and overcoming self-doubt (29:06) What his career looks like now, and what he has found surprising (32:52) Habits that contributed to his success, advice for young musicians, and his latest practice-related interests (34:20) Finally, Ralph shares some of the resources he has created for musicians (see the “Links” section for more information) (40:42)   LINKS: Website: https://www.ralphskiano.com/ “Little Scores for Audition Success” by Ralph Skiano “Behind the Screen: A Winner's Guide to Preparing Your Next Audition” by Ralph Skiano Instagram: @DetroitClarinet   PRACTICING FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE: I'm excited to tell you that Practicing for Peak Performance is now available for download! Go to MindOverFinger.com for access to all the tools that will help you transform your practice, gain confidence in your process, and start performing at your best.  With the purchase of PPP, you gain: Access to all recorded content - over 7 hours of instruction Guidance in effective high-performance systems Detailed handouts For a limited time only, a free 30-minute consultation with me. PPP alumnus Karmen Palusoo has this to say about it: “For a long time I have had this belief that learning an instrument is difficult and hard work or that it has to be, and there is no other way. Only a few weeks after PPP, I am starting to feel that change! My everyday practice sessions are now filled with freedom and ease!”   THANK YOU: A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you. Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show's musical theme.  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson. Thank you to pianist-singer-song-writer Louise Kelly for the introduction!  You can find out more about Kelly and her creative work by visiting louisekelly.com.    MIND OVER FINGER: As we head into this new season, I encourage you to visit MindOverFinger.com for a plethora of resources on mindful practice and information on how to work with me. Sign up for my newsletter and receive your free guide to a highly productive mindful practice using a metronome! www.mindoverfinger.com https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindoverfinger https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

Foot Traffic Podcast
Top 10 Favorite Peak Performance List

Foot Traffic Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 26:12


Welcome back to the Foot Traffic podcast! I am a little bit (ok, a lot) obsessed with growing, learning, and being my best self. Over the years, I've found some incredible products and resources for life and business that allow me to feel I'm at peak performance level. In today's episode, we're sharing Stacy's Favorite Things! Expect to hear all about: My favorite business tools for getting all the things done. Health and wellness products that help me feel amazing. Life-changing and mindset shifting books I love. This is such a fun episode to share with you. Please let me know which of these favorite things you try! Did you love today's episode? 1. Take a screenshot and share it to your IG stories. Tag me @stacytuschl! 2. Leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! __________________ Ways to work with Stacy: *Learn 10 Free or Low-Cost Ways To Drive More Traffic - During this 5-day virtual workshop, I will teach you how to create brand awareness and maximize your visibility without a huge marketing budget. https://www.5daytrafficbootcamp.com * CONTENT MACHINE: Take one piece of content per week and turn it into daily micro-content. Get access here: https://stacytuschl.com/machine * MASTERMIND: Check out the 4 inevitable stages of what it takes to become a powerhouse and successfully have your business work for you. Watch the FREE training here: https://stacytuschl.com/insider

Daniel Alonzo's Wealth On The Beach Podcast
Live with Million Dollar Earner with Ray Higdon

Daniel Alonzo's Wealth On The Beach Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 36:59


Daniel on Ray Hidgon's podcast where he talks about growing up as a kid who would get into trouble and getting bad grades. When he was 14 years old, he stole a boombox with a friend and found a tape called “Peak Performance and Self-Esteem” inside the boombox. When he listened to the tape, he decided to turn his life around. He talks about when he joined the MLM company and how people responded.

Warrior Mind Podcast
10 Self-Mastery Principles for Success: Warrior Mind Podcast #558

Warrior Mind Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 17:18


In this episode of the Warrior Mind Podcast, I'm going to go over 10 Self-Mastery Principles for Peak Performance and personal success. The post 10 Self-Mastery Principles for Success: Warrior Mind Podcast #558 appeared first on Warrior Mind Coach.

Enlightenment Today with Jason Gregory
#55: Eastern Spirituality vs Western Psychology

Enlightenment Today with Jason Gregory

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 46:07


In this podcast, we will explain how Eastern spirituality and Western psychology understand the "I," the persona. Both have completely different perspectives of the individual based on their diametrically opposed cultural and religious worldviews. These differences are extremely important for understanding how to overcome suffering. One path provides a way of dealing with our suffering within the social and cultural boundaries we find ourselves in and the other questions these boundaries by suggesting the society and culture themselves create suffering and cannot be alleviated by conforming to the indoctrination that caused suffering in the first place. SUBSCRIBE https://www.youtube.com/OneWorldWithin for new videos every week SUPPORT MY WORK Patreon https://www.patreon.com/jasongregory Paypal https://www.paypal.me/JasonGregoryAuthor MY BOOKS Spiritual Freedom in the Digital Age https://amzn.to/3iDNaHL Emotional Intuition for Peak Performance https://amzn.to/2oZZdFm Effortless Living http://amzn.to/2z0EG3Q Fasting the Mind http://amzn.to/2zhsAY1 Enlightenment Now http://amzn.to/2B2oNuV The Science and Practice of Humility http://amzn.to/2z01WPb RECOMMENDED READING LIST https://jasongregory.org/recommended-books/ PRIVATE CONSULTATION https://jasongregory.org/contact/ MERCHANDISE https://teespring.com/stores/jason-gregory FOLLOW ME Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jasongregoryauthor/ Twitter https://twitter.com/JasonGregory33 Facebook Personal Page https://www.facebook.com/jason.gregory.oneworldwithin Facebook Like Page https://www.facebook.com/JasonGregoryAuthor/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasongregoryauthor/ Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Jason-Gregory/e/B0053O1HKK/ Goodreads Author Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3021190.Jason_Gregory WEBSITE https://jasongregory.org/ Disclaimer: Jason Gregory is an Amazon Associate member. The Amazon links in this description are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Jason will earn a very small commission on qualifying purchases you make, at no additional cost to you. This goes a tiny way towards defraying the costs of making these videos.

Dauntless
The Importance of Learning Agility with Human Development Expert Joy Joseph

Dauntless

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 45:22


Here on the dauntless podcast, we are committed to learning, growing and developing in our professional lives as well as our personal lives. So who better to help shed some light on more effective ways to do so than Joy Jospeh- the  head of the Learning Institute at Liberty Mutual Investments. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and has deep expertise on learning and development for both young and seasoned professionals.  Join me, Dr Kate Hixson on this episode of the dauntless podcast, as I pick Joy's brain on learning agility, learning adaptability, and the criticality of a good attitude.  Learn more at www.dauntlesspodcast.com

Battle Ready with Erwin & Aaron McManus
THE AGE OF PEAK PERFORMANCE - S04E50

Battle Ready with Erwin & Aaron McManus

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 47:54


In this episode of Battle Ready, Erwin and Aaron tackle this question: in which decade of your life are you the most productive? In 2018, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study answering that exact question - and the answer may surprise you! Don't miss this episode full of insight and practical advice on how to get the most out of each decade of your life! — LINKS: The Genius of Jesus Merch: https://shop.erwinmcmanus.com The Genius of Jesus: https://www.amazon.com/Genius-Jesus-Erwin-Raphael-McManus/dp/0593137388 Battle Ready Book Club: battlereadypodcast.com/bookclub "The Genius Of" Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-genius-of-with-erwin-raphael-mcmanus/id1572332623 Subscribe to the new Battle Ready YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/battlereadypodcast Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/battle-ready-with-erwin-aaron-mcmanus/id1300400330 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6L6MJBPCyKSbT4KlN8NDoz Check out Battle Ready merch: https://shop.erwinmcmanus.com/collections/battle-ready — Support the podcast: anchor.fm/battlereadypodcast Follow us on Instagram @battlereadypodcast Email us: aaron@battlereadypodcast.com www.battlereadypodcast.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/battlereadypodcast/support

START with Kristy Dickerson
EP073 | Your Peak Performance with Julia Arndt

START with Kristy Dickerson

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 34:48


Julia Ardnt is a peak performance coach helping others to operate at their highest potential. Finding herself experiencing burnout, Julia left her job with Google which then led her to her calling. Kristy and Julia openly talk about stress, mental health, and the impact of expectation. They both share a passion for helping others to create boundaries and routines that work for their life. This is a conversation that everyone needs to hear! You can find Julia at www.peakperformancemethod.com and more START with Kristy here startplanner.com/pages/podcast.

Peak Performance Selling
Sustained Peak Performance In Sales Leadership with Scott Leese

Peak Performance Selling

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 44:28


HIGHLIGHTS05:05 Embracing being solopreneur and learning as you go07:50 An athlete's mindset brings gems of wisdom in sales13:27 Surf and Sales: Combining passion and career with experiential learning17:14 Common startup mistakes: Hiring wrong leaders and lack of processes25:11 Going to graduate school, getting sick, and entering sales as a career30:11 Different learning styles and near-death as the baseline for obstacles 35:47 Scott's success is not based on routine37:53 Hiring question: What's the hardest thing you've ever been through?39:42 Winning qualities and philosophies: Transparency and over-communication43:10 Connect with ScottQUOTES07:52 "Learning to deal with failure, number one. When you talk about playing tennis, like every mistake you make is on display for everybody watching to see, every single time. And they're also watching your attitude after you make all those mistakes."15:35 "We'll go surf in the morning, eat some breakfast, we'll talk about different things around business and sales and leadership, and then break for lunch. And do the same thing in the afternoon and then go surf in the afternoon and then hang out."19:29 "A lot of early stage companies get enamored with some big fancy title and company name... and they don't realize that they just hired a VP of spreadsheets who just wants to fuss around in Excel... when you really need to be hiring like a VP of sales who's willing to get in the ditch."22:24 "When you go from rep to manager, you have... to have a process and you have to get good at coaching people to that process and things that have come naturally or feel easy to you are not necessarily that way with everybody you're working with."41:19 "I'm not the type of sales person or sales leader that's just ripping through business books and industry jargon. That's not my thing. So I would read these things in the periphery that were more interesting to me and then think, how can I apply this to what I'm doing?"You can learn more about Scott and follow him in the links below.LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottleese/Website (Surf and Sales) - https://www.surfandsales.com/Website (Thursday Night Sales) - https://thursdaynightsales.com/Website (Scott Leese Consulting) - https://scottleeseconsulting.com/If you're listening to the Peak Performance Selling Podcast, please subscribe, share, and send us your feedback.LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanbenjamin/Website - http://mycoreos.com/Podcast - https://www.mycoreos.com/podcastEmail - Jordan@MyCoreOS.comTwitter - https://twitter.com/jbenj09

Tarp Time
Level Up #19 | Patty Luu with Driven To Peak Performance

Tarp Time

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 47:09


This episode is with my friend patty Luu with driven To Peak Performance below are her links https://www.driventopeakconsulting.com PattyLuu@driventopeakconsulting.com https://linktr.ee/driventopeakconsulting https://instagram.com/driventopeakconsulting https://Facebook.com/driventopeakconsulting Welcome, I am Tim Tarpley. I have been in the personal training business for over 20 years. I have trained elite athletes and average joes in many endurance distance races. Over the years I have developed methods and systems to help you get the most out of you. Now over the last several years I have really focused on the mindset side of things using a holistic approach. I will discuss in depth how I got to these methods on this podcast For questions reach out to me here tim@timtarpley.com For community join me here www.facebook.com/groups/provenstrategies

Flow Research Collective Radio
The Practical Application of Peak Performance - Todd Herman | Flow Research Collective Radio

Flow Research Collective Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 52:58


Steven Kotler's new book, The Art of Impossible, is out. It's $27.99 everywhere books are sold BUT you can only get the book and a battle-tested set of Free Peak Performance Tools and Trainings at

Let's Do Influencing
Interview with Wylie McGraw around Peak Performance

Let's Do Influencing

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 34:28


Interview with Wylie McGraw around Peak Performance  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Millionaire Mindcast
The 3 Pillars Of Unlocking Your Ultimate Peak Performance | Eric Partaker | Replay

Millionaire Mindcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 32:04


In this episode of the Millionaire Mindcast, we have a world-class guest, Eric Partaker who shares insights on holding accountability, how to reach the full potential in health, wealth, and relationship, and how to have constant success without sacrificing your health and your family! Eric is a certified high-performance coach, award-winning entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author of the book The 3 Alarms, peak performer CEO, and co-founder of Chilango. He has been working with high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners from all around the world to perform at their best and reach the top of their game in both their businesses and lives. He has been named "CEO of the Year" at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards, one of the "Top 30 Entrepreneurs in the UK" by Startups Magazine, and among "Britain's 27 Most Disruptive Entrepreneurs" by The Telegraph. Eric has worked with and led high-performing teams at McKinsey & Company, Skype, and Chilango. He is one of 300 people worldwide certified as a “High-Performance Coach”, by the High Performance Institute. This man was spending all his time at work and compromising his health. Then, something came up that made him realize the importance of being physically fit and healthy to reach his full potential and ultimate goals. Now, Eric has been obsessed with peak performance for 20 years. Eric wanted to perform at a peak level without sacrificing his health, and relationships with his family. He has proven that anybody can reach their full potential in health, wealth, and relationships and have it at the same time without breaking down. Some Questions I Ask: How did you fall into this space of working with high net worth individuals from all around the world? (00:52) What did your business, your routine, & what was your line of thinking at that time? (03:00) What are some of the things that you've seen that most everyone struggled with and how they might be able to deal with it?  (07:01) What are some of the things that you've seen have worked well for those who need to have some pivots and some small changes in how they're approaching what they wanted a life to look like? (10:40) How intentional should somebody have accountability and be looking at their environment and who they're spending their time with? (22:28)  In This Episode, You Will Learn: 3 things in life that need to be constantly in balance (04:57) Glimpse on The 3 Alarms book (11:18) The framework to reach your full potential (12:08) Why you need to change your identity piece to create a better future (12:22) Why you need to focus on productivity piece (14:20) Anti-fragility: Turning chaos into strength (14:46) Understanding the Pro VS. Amateur Mindset & how to turn pro in life (17:44)  Quotes                                                            “Everyone is typically quite successful but it just comes with a lot of pain.”  “Performing at a peak level not perfectly but at our best is a path to get in there.” “Behavior follows identity.” “Knowledge is no longer power, it's action.” “The more shock that I take, the stronger I become.” “Your potential becomes literally limitless.” “What gets measured gets done.”    Connect with Eric Partaker on: The 3 Alarms book by Eric Partaker Website Peak Performance Insights Email: @ericpartaker.com Facebook Instagram YouTube 

Running Through Walls
Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Success

Running Through Walls

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 26:48


Brad Stulberg, bestselling author of the books ‘The Passion Paradox' and ‘Peak Performance,' joins Venrock partner Bob Kocher to discuss his newest book, ‘The Practice of Groundedness.' Stulberg offers a healthier, more sustainable model for success and dives into what groundedness means to him – a sense of feeling solid, stable, and whole; in a way that doesn't eliminate ambition. Stulberg highlights the value of being present and how his views on well-being and performance have evolved. Kocher and Stulberg also discuss the importance of active reading, how grit only works if you have the right fit, and how wisdom impacts peak performance in different disciplines. 

SuperPower Up! | Super Power Kids | Sex, Love and SuperPowers | SuperPowers of the Soul
YSPM – Stop Wasting Emotional Energy to Create Peak Performance

SuperPower Up! | Super Power Kids | Sex, Love and SuperPowers | SuperPowers of the Soul

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 34:09


Why should you stop wasting emotional energy to create peak performance? How can you increase your available power and effectiveness? In this episode of Your Superpowered Mind, host Kirstin Maxwell and guest Natan Verkhovsky talk about the importance of identifying your inner truth. Kirstin and Natan also add the essence of using the mind and body together to show up at your best. Tune in and know the elements of successful mantras to create new supportive beliefs, flourish in love, and shun fear.

Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast
All-inclusive nutrition for peak performance

Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 28:38


Briana Butler Pro Athlete Dietitian Co-Owner of @power_portions  Former WNBA player Briana Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist and former professional athlete serving the Houston area. Upon retirement from the WNBA and overseas basketball, Briana followed her passion for health and sports by pursuing a career in performance dietetics, believing from experience that nutrition efforts and performance are congruous.    Since switching careers, Briana has worked with collegiate, professional, and health and wellness clients in private practice and under world-renowned brands, empowering them to reach their goals while including foods they love. Above all, Briana finds purpose in being a wife to her husband Brice and full-time mom to her children Braiden and Liana.
   Follow Briana on Instagram at @theathletitian   So you know she's legit: Co-Owner Power Portions Meal Preparation, LLC Nov 2015 - Present Houston, Texas Area Gatorade Sports Science Institute - Consultant Dietitian NBA G League Sep 2018 - Mar 2020 Culinary Sports Performance Intern Dallas Cowboys Dec 2017 - Dec 2017 Performance Nutrition Intern EXOS Jan 2016 - Aug 2016 Sports Nutritionist Southern Methodist University Mar 2016 - Apr 2016 Player WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) May 2012 - Jul 2015 • WNBA 35th Draft Pick by Washington Mystics.  

Muscle Intelligence
The Pursuit of Personal Excellence with Alvin Brown

Muscle Intelligence

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 79:40


At age 26, my first-ever mentor and role model, Alvin Brown, was the ultimate representation of a man who had achieved true greatness in all areas of his life: family, business, health and fitness.  This live studio-recorded conversation with Alvin continues our Muscle Intelligence Podcast focus on the highest levels of human potential! Over a decade after I met him, Alvin remains an exemplar of character, integrity, and wisdom.  Alvin had a huge positive influence on me at a time in my life where I felt lost, and was unsure of even the first steps to take toward change. Alvin and I cover a lot of ground in this episode on what excellence and happiness truly mean, as well the pillars of mind-body-soul health!  If you're striving for greatness in your own life, listen to gain wisdom about: The difference between perception and reality. How to create space between stimulus and response. Vulnerability, surrender, and letting go of control. Intentionally surrounding yourself with great people. What it takes to change your perception. Alvin is the CEO and founder of The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance in Ontario, Canada.  Alvin is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and holds a Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice.  Alvin and The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance emphasize health and excellence for the whole person — mind, body, and soul. Learn more about Alvin Brown: The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance Journey to Personal Greatness: Mind, Body, & Soul: A Blueprint by Alvin Brown ====== Sponsor: BUBS Naturals You know I love their products just as much as I enjoy working with them - an amazing company that always gives 10% of their proceeds to charity. Check out their Collagen and MCT powder, which goes in my morning coffee every day without fail. Collagen is an unbeatable post-workout supplement that is amazing for joint health and skin support.  Powdered MCT oil offers fast-acting, clean, ketogenic energy; heals gut inflammation, and supports immunity. Use code MUSCLE at checkout to get 20% off sitewide at https://www.bubsnaturals.com ====== If you're a man over 40 looking to add 10 lbs of muscle, lose fat and increase your testosterone, we have 2 open spots left in our Muscle Intelligence Men Over 40 Coaching Program. This program is designed for men over 40 who are looking for a completely tailored optimization system based around the top pillars of an exceptional life; a community of like-minded leaders who are committed to excellence, integrity and growth in everything they do; the best, cutting-edge information, backed by a combination of research, experience and deep contemplation; and a coaching team who is uniquely trained and qualified to predict success, prevent simple mistakes and develop the exact formula for YOU... you might just be our next Muscle Intelligent Man. CLICK TO APPLY NOW   ====== www.muscleintelligence.com  - The world's leading resource on intelligent muscle building. We have taught and certified hundreds of coaches all over the world in our methods that emphasize a holistic approach to physical and mental optimization through a harmonious blend of modern science and ancient wisdom...check out www.muscleintelligence.com JOIN THE FREE COMMUNITY and become part of the Muscle Intelligence Movement as we support a shift in the HEALTH & CONSCIOUSNESS of humanity. The Muscle Intelligence Community empowers men and women with the knowledge, skillset and inspiration to thrive by applying the 6 Pillars of a Lean, Healthy and Muscular Body. Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/muscleintelligence If you are looking for bodybuilding guidance, videos, workouts, the proper training split to build muscle, see how IFBB PRO Ben Pakulski builds big muscle through the best online program here https://www.muscleintelligence.com - For Students Of IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski. Where the Smartest People Come To Build Muscle FAST - www.muscleintelligence.com/bodypart Don't miss any of Ben Pakulski's workout or training tips by subscribing to the channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BenPakIFBB And "LIKING" the fan-page here: https://www.facebook.com/BenPakulskiMuscleIntelligence Make sure to HIT SUBSCRIBE before you go, and leave Ben a comment or question for a future episode.

The Mind Over Finger Podcast
110 Kim Kashkashian: Expressive Artistry

The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 44:58


I have admired today's guest for a very long time! Kim Kashkashian is an internationally recognized and decorated violist who has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of technique, advocacy, and repertoire for the viola. Our conversation is absolutely filled with information and inspiration, including: Her musical journey and how her artistic path has unfolded, focusing heavily on conquering her fears and belief in chance (3:24) Why pursuing an objective view is essential to your growth (9:48) How Kim defines mindful practice... (11:26)  ...and how focusing on the entire production of your sound (including resonance, energy, and what you send out) maximizes your practice (12:51) Kim's suggestions to exercise expressive playing, including knowing exactly what a piece means to you by personifying the music (and letting how you transmit that message to an audience come second) (15:36) How the difference between intention and desire relates to the tension in performance (22:56) The distinction between being judgmental and making good differentiation, and the impact of each (29:55) Kim's advice to current music students on broadening your perspective, learning the language of music (separate from the craft of playing your instrument), and knowing the historical context of pieces (33:36) The doubt and resistance Kim has faced on her own journey (36:38) The importance of listening to yourself with love, knowing yourself and what you want to say, and knowing how to say it (37:50)   MORE ON KIM KASHKASHIAN: YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kim+kashkashian+viola Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063660876526   Kim Kashkashian, internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, was born of Armenian parents in Michigan. She studied the viola with Karen Tuttle and legendary violist Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Since fall 2000 she has taught viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory. Following Grammy Award nominations for several previous recordings, Kashkashian received a 2012 Grammy Award in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category for Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola, on the ECM Records label. Kashkashian's recording, with Robert Levin, of the Brahms Sonatas won the Edison Prize in 1999. Her June 2000 recording of concertos by Bartók, Eötvös and Kurtág won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by soloist with orchestra. In 2016, Kashkashian was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Kashkashian has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of technique, advocacy, and repertoire for the viola. A staunch proponent of contemporary music, she has developed creative relationships with György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli, and Arvo Pärt, and commissioned works from Peter Eötvös, Ken Ueno, Thomas Larcher, Lera Auerbach, and Tigran Mansurian. Marlboro and the Viennese school represented by her mentor, Felix Galimir, were major influences in developing her love of chamber music. Kim Kashkashian is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro, and Ravinia festivals. She has long-standing duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and played in a unique string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips, and Yo-Yo Ma. As a soloist, she has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Cleveland, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Kaufmann Hall, New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens, and Tokyo. Kashkashian's musicianship has been well represented on recordings through her association with the prestigious ECM label in a fruitful collaboration that has been continuous since 1985. Kim Kashkashian has taught in Bloomington, Indiana, and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany, and now resides with her daughter in Boston. Kim is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities. B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.M., New School of Music Philadelphia. Viola with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle. Former faculty of University of Indiana and conservatories in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany.   LINKS: "Performing and Music Communication" Barbara Hannigan live in Berlin on Sarah´s Horn Hangouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lFs1C_ewiE     PRACTICING FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE: I'm excited to tell you that Practicing for Peak Performance is now available for download! Go to MindOverFinger.com for access to all the tools that will help you transform your practice, gain confidence in your process, and start performing at your best.    With the purchase of PPP, you gain: Access to all recorded content - over 7 hours of instruction Guidance in effective high-performance systems Detailed handouts For a limited time only, a free 30-minute consultation with me. PPP alumnus Karmen Palusoo has this to say about it: “For a long time I have had this belief that learning an instrument is difficult and hard work or that it has to be, and there is no other way. Only a few weeks after PPP, I am starting to feel that change! My everyday practice sessions are now filled with freedom and ease!”   THANK YOU: A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you. Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show's musical theme.  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson. Thank you to pianist-singer-song-writer Louise Kelly for the introduction!  You can find out more about Kelly and her creative work by visiting louisekelly.com.    MIND OVER FINGER: As we head into this new season, I encourage you to visit MindOverFinger.com for a plethora of resources on mindful practice and information on how to work with me. Sign up for my newsletter and receive your free guide to a highly productive mindful practice using a metronome! mindoverfinger.com https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindoverfinger https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

BlackBeltBeauty Radio
151. STEVEN KOTLER: Getting more peak states into your performance + living the Art Of Impossible.

BlackBeltBeauty Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 82:06


This week's guest is 9x best-selling author, 3 of which are of the New York Times, he is an award-winning journalist, and founder of the Flow Research Collective, Steven Kotler.  Steven is the most respected voice on the subject of Flow + one of the greatest voices in Peak Performance, for excellent reasons.  Obviously, as someone who loves neuroscience and the optimization of human potential, having Steven on the show to share his genius was an absolute honor.  I loved taking in his incredible insights on the ins and outs of what a “flow state” is and how to achieve it to reach ultimate fulfillment and am so excited to share them in this episode with you. His latest book “The Art of Impossible” is legitimately one of my favorite books EVER- it is a playbook on the “WHAT, THE WHY + THE HOW” to get into Flow States. It now lives in my HALL-O-FAMER library + I find myself constantly opening it to take in bits of it on the regular.  So in this EPIC conversation, Steven + I discuss: The definition of a flow state and peak performance  Who benefits from being in FLOW STATES Using challenges to spark motivation and optimal performance The 10 triggers of “flow” Emotional set points of flow How you can use flow state to amplify your results The Art of Impossible, his latest book it's VALUABLE premise.  The 5 main intrinsic motivators  And so much more. This conversation is epic and filled with in-depth insight that I cannot put enough emphasis on its importance for ALL who want to reach peak performance states in their lives- and in my community- that means YOU.   Be sure to follow Steven's Instagram @stevenkotler for more high-quality content and sign up to receive his incredibly valuable emails- they are truly some of my absolute favorites to read to inspire my mind before I dive into my work for the day. You can sign up via his site https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/ as well as discover more of his work. Links are in the show notes.  If you love this episode, please share your valued feedback! Let us know how this episode impacted you via IG in the comments, DMs + story shares-- I love continuing the conversation with you all so don't be shy, CONNECT. @roxylook @blackbeltbeauty Enjoy! xRx STAY CONNECTED: INSTAGRAM: @stevenkotler TWITTER: @steven_kotler WEBSITE: www.flowresearchcollective.com

The Strength Running Podcast
218. Well-Being Expert Brad Stulberg on Sustainable, High Performance Running

The Strength Running Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 57:19


Brad Stulberg is a well-being expert, author, and a contributing editor to Outside Magazine. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Wired, and many others. Brad also coaches entrepreneurs, executives, pro athletes, and physicians on how to be a top performer, sustainably. He has written 3 powerful books on performance: Peak Performance, The Passion Paradox, and The Practice of Groundedness. Brad's focus on sustainability informs how we as runners can go after our big goals in a way that doesn't burn us out. We all want to train harder, achieve our lofty aspirations, and do so for years to come. In this conversation we're highlighting several of the principles from Brad's new book, including: Accept Where You Are to Get You Where You Want to Go Be Present so You Can Own Your Attention and Energy Embrace Vulnerability to Develop Genuine Strength and Confidence Build Deep Community In this conversation, we also talk about the 4 levels of competence, the importance of your training environment, if and when you should skip the gadgets, as well as many other fascinating topics. Links & Resources from the Show: Follow Brad on Twitter Learn more on Brad's website Join SR Team for an online community See more resources for mindset mastery Thank You InsideTracker! Our show is supported by our longtime sponsor InsideTracker. Today, more than ever, it's essential that we're making the right decisions to keep our bodies healthy. To help us be resilient, prevent over-training, and optimize our running to get the most from it. InsideTracker is the ultra-personalized nutrition platform that analyzes your blood and DNA biomarkers along with your lifestyle habits to help you optimize your body and reach your goals. InsideTracker's patented system will transform your body's data into knowledge, insights, and a customized action plan of science-backed recommendations. The data can help you determine whether you're running too much, not enough, or have some other issues that could be affecting your recovery or performance. I've had my own blood drawn with InsideTracker several times and have been amazed at the valuable information that they provide. Not only are the results very detailed, but they also share guidance for how to improve any markers that are out of range. If you're ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, InsideTracker offers a selection of plans that best suit your needs with a limited time 25% discount. Thank You Athletic Greens! Thank you to our newest sponsor, Athletic Greens! They are a health and wellness company that makes AG1,. This is a category-leading greens mix that has 75 vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and adaptogens. One scoop per day is what I've been doing to help me fill in any nutrition gaps in my diet. It also provide a nice boost of energy and focus throughout the day. With all 3 of my kids in school, I know I need to support my immune system or else I'm getting sick and can't train. I also love that AG1 has changed over the last decade. Athletic Greens has made 53 improvements to the formula based on the latest research to make these nutrients more absorbable. For our listeners, they are offering a year's worth of free Vitamin D and 5 free travel packs of AG1 with your first purchase. You can sign up for single shipment or for a monthly drop - the choice is yours. Check out Athletic Greens to redeem your offer today.

Nights with Steve Price: Highlights
John Novak: Helping athlete's to peak performance

Nights with Steve Price: Highlights

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 16:28


With a resilient mind, anything is possible. This is what John Novak the Mindset Coach teaches his hundreds of clients.  From Olympians, national sides, and the Sea Eagles in the NRL, John has helped athletes break mental barriers to get the most out of their potential. John joins John Stanley to share the methods behind his success and how you can take his advice and apply it to your everyday life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Future of Marketing In Esports
Helping Esports Athletes Reach Peak Performance

Future of Marketing In Esports

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 35:48


A growing concern for the world of esports and gaming is the health of the players, not just physical but also mental.  FitGMR has been a pioneer in the space of esports performance and they continue to make an impact in the world of gaming and esports. Today on The Future of Marketing in Esports, Rebecca talks to Landon Gorbenko to discuss his journey in the esports world and why helping athletes reach their peak performance is so important to him. He also talks more about FitGMER, and what they're doing to not just help clients individually, but how they're working to help gamers at a global scale. To learn more about FitGMR, visit https://fitgmr.gg/ For the app look up ‘FitGMR' in the Apple and Google store. You can also find them on Twitter at:   https://twitter.com/fitgmr

Pushing Limits Podcast
Damian Browne - Combining Peak Performance With Adventure, Everest, The Atlantic Ocean & More

Pushing Limits Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 82:38


In this episode of the show I chat to Galway man Damian Browne! This is a conversation I was eagerly looking forward to! We speak about Damian's long list of accolades, mindset, self-belief & so much more!  Damian shares stories from his recent trip to Mt Everest too!  You can follow Damian on Instagram @auld_stock Check out Damian's new business https://www.instagram.com/thedamianbrownemethod/ Use code "PUSHINGLIMITS" for 15% off at https://www.eatallreal.com/

Iron Culture
Ep. 141 - Peak Performance (When & How Long Will You Be At Your Strongest?)

Iron Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 88:54


In this episode of Iron Culture, we address the questions “How long can I keep progressing or maintain my peak as I get older? and "What can I do to stay at my best for as long as possible?” After our previous metabolism myths episode, where we discussed how many age related effects come much later than most think, we wanted to do a follow up to focus specifically on performance, recovery, and how long strength and physique athletes should expect to still be at their best. Tune in, as you might be surprised just how long an athlete can be at their peak.

All the Hats We Wear
Ep 89 - Peak Performance: How to Knock it Out of the Park!

All the Hats We Wear

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 16:25


Do you want to be a peak performer at work and in all the roles you play? Let's start with the fascinating quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen. He focuses on extremely detailed issues of the mechanics of his movements with his coach. He excels at distilling large amounts of information into essential shards. Josh says there are two types of players in the NFL: those who figure it out and those who get figured out. Visit www.thinklikeamusician.org

Intentional Performers with Brian Levenson
Brad Stulberg on Groundedness

Intentional Performers with Brian Levenson

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 66:45


Brad Stulberg is the bestselling author of The Practice of Groundedness and Peak Performance. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, TIME Magazine, and many other outlets. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, and physicians on their mental skills and well-being. In this episode, we discuss handling cancellations (5:31), when Brad first became interested in coaching (6:50), the distinction between consulting and coaching (8:47), the mistakes he made when he first started coaching (9:44), how he thinks about age for himself (11:06), what makes him feel alive (13:29), scheduling (17:17), priorities (20:54), how he thinks about speaking (22:22), when he realized how much he valued autonomy (24:31), more on speaking gigs (27:37), what he's learned going through mental health challenges (29:22), his wife's reaction when he said he wanted to seek the help of a mental health professional (36:08), the line between healthy and harmful (39:10), cultivating tools (44:21), groundedness, religion, and spirituality (46:30), the most helpful thing he discovered when working on his book (49:50), how he would describe and define his own roots (51:46), life and love (53:23), wisdom and maximizing (54:34), how he helps to make sure the people he coaches are grounded (56:27), what his clients' rationale is for working with him (1:00:01), stress + rest = growth and its connection to groundedness (1:01:52), and why he decided to write this book on his own and not with Steve (1:03:50). I encourage you to check out Brad on Twitter, as well as purchase his book The Practice of Groundedness and Peak Performance here! Thank you so much to Brad for coming on the podcast! I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that was released in October of 2020, and you can order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers. Thanks for listening. -Brian

Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running
6 Principles to Build Mental Toughness: Brad Stulberg on the Practice of Groundedness

Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 59:30


Running faster is about physical training, sure, but there's a mental component that can be just as difficult to overcome. In this interview with best-selling author Brad Stulberg, we'll teach you the 6 principles to building mental toughness. You'll love the lessons Brad shares and how it will immediately help you develop an internal strength and self-confidence that sustains you through ups and downs. Brad Stulberg researches, writes, and coaches on health, well-being, and sustainable performance.  He is bestselling author of the new book, The Practice of Groundedness, and also Peak Performance.  His work has been featured in The New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, and more. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, and physicians on their performance and well-being. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina. CONNECT, COMMENT, & COMMUNITY: Special Offer His new book, The Practice of Groundedness, has been marked down on Amazon by over 40 percent for a limited time!  If you are thinking about getting a copy, take advantage of this great deal!  For listeners of the Run To The Top Podcast, Brad is also offering special bonuses, including training plans and guides to resilience and sustainable performance.  Just fill out this form with your order number to get the bonuses. Follow RunnersConnect on Instagram Runners Connect Winner's Circle Facebook Community  RunnersConnect Facebook page GET EXPERT COACHING AT RUNNERSCONNECT! This week's show brought to you by: Heal from the Amino Company Heal is an amino acid, whey and creatine based formulation designed to reduce recovery times and improve physical function after injuries by accelerating muscle repair while helping maintain a healthy inflammatory response. Check out the research here: https://aminoco.com/rttt If you're looking for a nutritional advantage when it comes to recovering from your running injury or your daily training I recommend you give Heal a try. If you're interested in learning  more and giving Heal a try, we've got a special offer for you where you can save 30% by using the code RC30. Just head to: https://aminoco.com/rttt and use the code RC30 at checkout to save 30%

Let's THINK about it
Self-Optimization Lure (part 1)

Let's THINK about it

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 20:29


Series overviewThere is a mystical power to self optimization, to becoming better. With all the Behavioral Science, behavioral economics, psychology, neurological studies, and FMRI tech we have figured out how to make you “better.” Yet, according to movies and myth, attempts at control or better living through science cascade into tragedy.From the 80's man now considered toxic, to the perfect housewife now considered repressive, the timing of the societal idea of “better” shifts. And let's not even get into the tragedy of eugenics and that deadly trap of “progress.”Optimization (for this series of podcasts) is along the lines of “better habits to make a better man or woman.” Woven into our bootstrapping cultural ethos and perpetuated in early sci-fi and dangerous stereotypes, the notion has a desperate appeal, especially in a society that creates insecurity. There is a dream of morphing into the Übermensch, of overcoming and maximizing potential.Optimization offers a formula of productive competence, and along with that comes achievement and self-confidence. For some this turns to the cockiness of being a bro, or bro-ette, yet equally that is something else cultural as well. But with this quasi-scientific-self-help-behavior-hack culture on the rise, we should look at not only why it is rising, but also look at the hidden downside: As Zander Nethercutt saysWe are optimizing ourselves to death… In a hyper-productive, work-obsessed world, we've become acutely aware of any opportunity for optimization.”Yes, we are obsessed due to our cultural precarity, due to the systemic fear-inducing threat of being left behind.Yet, there actually are some real benefits to having knowledge of how knowledge gets formed. Being able to retain information just a little bit better, or being able to sleep just a little bit better, or (most beneficial for me) working on a regular basis to prevent depression, rumination, and ennui are all goals worth pursuing… in moderation.The Lure of Self OptimizationWe all dream of the magic elixir of being “awesome-sauce amazing.” It is a mythological archetype to imbibe and thrive. It is a hope preyed on by snake-oil salesmen and sold to Kings as the Fountain of Youth. With modern science we have reduced the myth to pill form and invented conspiracy theories.However, there really is a modern science of chemicals that increase brain function: neurotropic drugs. The most popular example is Bradley Cooper in the movie Limitless, where are a neurotropic drug allows for increased focus, cognition, and neuroplasticity, which is of course like a superpower in a society the champions intelligence over anything else. Well, maybe we champion money more… or no, maybe it is beauty, or maybe power… anyway… I digress.One popular drug for focus and attention is Ritalin. or speed. Amphetamines are heavily abused today by students freaking out about taking exams. But most neurotropics are not speed or a silver-bullet: they offer you marginal gains at best, and often involve taking several pills several times a day to keep a lot of chemical levels at optimal Peaks.But, for such marginal gains, perhaps you could just as easily set up something more tangible and more measurable: adjust your workflow for Peak Performance to hit Flow State.JUST THE TIPSTIP 1: KanBanOne tip to help you achieve flow state is to set yourself up for success. By using multiple interlocking strategies that reduce stress and increase focus, it is easier to slip into flow state. One of the setups recommended is Kanban. The Kanban technique is really a productivity system: a list making technique that is the inspiration for the software Trello.One problem we suffer from is our brain is constantly remembering small nagging things we have to do, which keeps distracting us from complete focus.First, you write down everything you need to get done, all the goals, all the steps onto “cards”. Second, you organize them into #todo #active #paused and #compelte categories. Finally, with everything in easy to see visual system, you keep pull up one “card” from the active category and focus on that.This reduces the cognitive drag of your brain trying to multitask and worry, increasing productivity.Tip 2: FLOW STATENow that your workflow is more efficient through Kanban, you need the right frame of mind to hit flow state. This is different for everyone, but the right music helps and you can look up a list of “flow triggers” here to see what else might help youNote: the task must be sufficiently difficult but not too hard, hitting your ‘zone of competence'. Easy enough for you to see results and feel in control, but difficult enough to keep you fully absorbed and engaged.At this point, you lose identification with “self” or the ability to “self-monitor.” That's right: you are your most productive self when you stop thinking about yourself.moths to the flameWhy would you want to be 5x more productive?I would hazard to say the lure of efficiency, habits, and productivity feed into a notion that you can take control of your life, find more agency and autonomy, and feel more secure in a precarious world.However, Schopenhauer may be right:A man can do as he wills, but not will as he wills.This begets the paradox of rational instrumentality, where we can rationally make a plan and we can follow that plan, but without asking if the our underlying desire (the thing we will) is in itself rational. Have we been considering greater productivity beneficial without considering why?Productivity is a tool. A very seductive tool, just like rationality, but productivity at its worst cases can lead to OCD and can become a supplemental crutch to actual living. You can be so busy being productive you forget to live. You are, at that point, an automaton protecting yourself from the ambiguity of living. Jurgen Habermas (whom we discussed previously on episode 12) says our rationality should be “communicative rationality” which would come out of successful communication… not our own demented echo chambers.In a healthy society you could choose to be hyper-productive just because, to test yourself, but it would not necessarily make you more secure or more valuable: your validation of yourself would be internal and through your connection to others, not as part of a competitive survival strategy.However, we live in a capitalist world leaning into oligopoly while consumerist extremism shapes our psychology into pathology. Due to the system we are in, and maybe our evolutionary nature, we desire external validation and wish to climb the social ladder. The lure of optimization is to provide rungs for our climb. The science of optimization allows self-bootstrapping through measurable efficiencies, thus offering a semblance of control and forward momentum or positive, constructive change.This is not bad, in fact, it is great. Perhaps it is even a vital survival strategy today. Given that our society preys on precarity, turning those that fall behind into serfs and wage slaves, maybe reshaping ourselves is the only option until our society ascends into a healthy utopia.My cautioning consideration is in terms of moderation: We must keep our priorities in sight, and hopefully they are beyond materialist consumerism. If we become hyper-productive what if we spent our remaining hours resting, relaxing, and bonding with friends and family?

The Innovative Mindset
How Bob Lesser‘s Peak Performance Formula Can Turn You Into a Peak Performer

The Innovative Mindset

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 56:24


Bob Lesser, Author, Coach, Psychotherapist on His Peak Performance Formula and How it Can Help You Become a Peak Performer This episode is brought to you by Brain.fm. I love and use brain.fm every day! It combines music and neuroscience to help me focus, meditate, and even sleep! Because you listen to this show, you can get a free trial.* URL: https://brain.fm/innovativemindset If you love it as much as I do, you can get 20% off with this exclusive coupon code: innovativemindset It's also brought to you by Gloria Chou's PR Starter Pack. If you want to get featured in the media, this is your best first step. https://izoldat.krtra.com/t/so6Aw0yCuva4 Bob Lesser is a founder, psychotherapist, and executive coach. From 2010-2017 Bob founded and led Mott Hall Charter School, an innovative public school serving low-income students in the South Bronx section of New York City. The school combined rigorous academics with cutting-edge social and emotional health supports enabling its students to defy the odds and attend top, college-bound high schools in New York and beyond. During that time Bob managed a rapidly growing organization that tripled in size over three years. Bob is also a trained psychotherapist and executive coach working primarily with start-up founders in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Boston, Canada, and elsewhere. He studied management, negotiation, and leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where he holds a Master's Degree and obtained his BA in sociology from Vassar College. Bob lived in Vietnam where he studied meditation and Buddhism. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and three children. Connect with Bob to Learn More About Peak Performance Twitter - @lesser_bob Instagram - @bob_lesser www.boblesser.com https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-951412-20-3   Episode Transcript [00:00:00] Bob Lesser: The purpose helps us clarify what really matters. And it points us to what we should be using our skills and talents for. It gives us courage to act in conditions of uncertainty and difficulty, and it functions as both. This kind of it's sort of a grounding for us, but it also helps us move forward. So it's kind of like our north star. [00:00:25] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Hello, and welcome to the innovative mindset podcast. I'm your host Izolda Trakhtenberg. On the show, I interview peak performing innovators in the creative social impact and earth conservation spaces or working to change the world. This episode is brought to you by brain FM brain FM combines the best of music and neuroscience to help you. [00:00:43] Focus meditate and even sleep. I love it and have been using it to write, create and do some of my deepest work because you're a listener of the show. You can get a free trial head over to brain.fm/innovative mindset. To check it out. If you decide to subscribe, you can get 20% [00:01:00] off with the coupon code, innovative mindset. [00:01:03] And now let's get to the show. [00:01:09] Hey there. And welcome to the innovative mindset podcast. My name is Izolda Trakhtenberg. I'm your host. I'm super happy that you're here and I'm really excited to speak to this week's guest. You have got to hear this. This is so cool. Bob lesser is a founder psychotherapist and executive coach. From 2010 to 2017, [00:01:28] bob founded and led. Mott hall, charter school an innovative public school, serving low income students in the south Bronx section of New York city. And you know how much that is close to my heart since I'm a new Yorker. Now the school combined rigorous academics with cutting edge, social and emotional health supports, enabling its students to defy the odds and attend top college bound high schools in New York and beyond. [00:01:50] Yes, I'm all about education. So this is thrilling for me. During that time, Bob managed a rapidly growing organization that tripled in size over three years. [00:02:00] He's also a trained psychotherapist and executive coach working primarily with startup founders in the San Francisco bay area, New York city, Boston, Canada, and all sorts of other places. [00:02:10] He said he management negotiation and leadership at Harvard's Kennedy school of government, where he holds a master's degree and obtained his BA in sociology. From foster college, Bob lived in Vietnam. Wow. Where he studied meditation and Buddhism also. Wow. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and three children. [00:02:27] Bob, thank you so much for being on the show. Welcome [00:02:29] Bob Lesser: pleasure. Or that, that guy that you just introduced. Sounds really interesting. I'd love to hang out, hang out with them. [00:02:35] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Let's go have a cup of coffee, [00:02:36] Bob Lesser: hard to, hard, to hard to believe, but that's me. My hair at all. [00:02:41] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Yeah. I, you know, all at once it can sometimes be a little like really. [00:02:45] Okay. I guess that yes, I did that step into that power. Right. So I I'm, I am excited beyond. Imagining talking to you about everything that you've done. I'm a huge proponent of education. I was a NASA master [00:03:00] trainer working in schools all over the world for many years. And I, I want, I'm dying to find out from you how you combined. [00:03:09] The flow of I'm going to start an innovative public school working with low-income students to being an executive coach for fortune 500 companies. Where, how did that start and what led you down that path? [00:03:24] Bob Lesser: Yeah, it's a, it's a great question. And I think it's, it's kind of the crux of it is, has to do with purpose and has to do with. [00:03:33] Identifying sort of the essence of who I am and the impact that I want to have. And so, you know, like most of us, you know, young getting out of college, you know, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, or at least, you know, the next few years of my life. Following following my passions, I'm a native new Yorker. [00:03:52] I came back to New York city and, and participated in a very cool fellowship in New York city government called the New York city urban fellows [00:04:00] program and worked in city government for the first, the first part of my career first at the New York city correction department. And then for the New York city police department and ultimately from the New York city department of education. [00:04:12] Where I worked with aspiring school leaders who were founding schools, founding new schools, founding charter schools. And we're creating these innovative new school models. And I got into my, into my head that I could do it just as well or better than the folks that I was I was working with and supporting. [00:04:31] And so I pulled together a team and we wrote up a charter application and. We got approved and we opened a school and that school was my hall charter school, which, which coincidentally is, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. And yeah, and so so I did that and I did it and it was really hard. [00:04:51] It was, it was, it was harder than I ever thought it would be. And it really kicked me out. And while I think I did a great job, I also know that [00:05:00] I was quite exhausted by, you know, the, the fourth year, the fifth year. And I was kind of running out of gas and I knew I needed to hand it over to somebody who had, you know, sort of like hand the Baton to somebody who had more energy and, and, and, and, and, and, and endurance and more passionate about. [00:05:17] Than I had. And, you know, I found a great successor and transferred, you know, transition the leadership of the school over to her, and she's still there and doing an amazing job. And when I was really soul searching about, well, what, what, you know, what's next for me? And what about this experience is you know, was essential. [00:05:36] What I determined was that it was, it was that process of start. Creating something from nothing. That was what my passion was and, and what kind of, what my sort of deeper purpose was, was that sort of create that, that, that component of creativity, you know, taking an idea and making the reality and doing the heavy lifting of getting it up and running. [00:05:57] And so that's how I transitioned over then to working [00:06:00] with with founders as an executive coach. And working primarily now with founders of startups mostly in the, in the tech startup space, because that's, you know, that's obviously, that's sort of where the, the sort of the, the, the startup ecosystem is still working with some education leaders and organizations. [00:06:17] But primarily we're working with some of the kind of best and brightest minds in Silicon valley helping to, you know, get these amazing ideas that they have for changing the world off the ground. [00:06:30] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Yea, all of that. I I'm going gonna, I want to take a second and, and sort of so-called have that in because every word that you just said was music to my ears. [00:06:40] And first of all, kudos to you for realizing when your work with the school was done and passing the Baton. I think that's, that's very self-aware and, and I'm grateful that you. That you did that because it allowed you to go to this next place. And you said, you're going to, you're you're moving into, or you've moved [00:07:00] into working with tech startups who want to change the world, which again, music to my ears. [00:07:04] And yet I can't help thinking that there, that that word that you used early on purpose is really a part of. The sort of the foundation of what you do. And it seems like it was that way with students and it seems like it could be. And is that way with the founders that you're working with in Silicon valley? [00:07:24] Can you talk a little bit more about what you mean by purpose? Is that an internal purpose or is it the purpose of the startup or what you want for other people to experience? How does all of that flow and what do you bring to it? And. [00:07:40] Bob Lesser: Yeah. Yeah, yeah. It start, it starts off as a very individual thing is, is what is my purpose? [00:07:45] What's my why. And the way I, I define it is it's really the expression of what's most deeply meaningful. You can know who you are at your essence. We've we all have this sort of deeper level of purpose of, of kind of [00:08:00] who we are at our essence. What's most deeply meaningful to us. And you know, it, it purpose helps us clarify what really matters and it points us to what we, what we should be using our skills and talents for. [00:08:14] Right. It gives us, it gives us courage to act in conditions of uncertainty and difficulty, and it functions as both this kind of it's sort of a grounding for us, but it also helps us move forward. So it's kind of like our north star. And so knowing, knowing our essence, knowing who we are at our essence and how we want to express that in the world is in my mind, that's required for anyone that wants to do anything. [00:08:41] And, you know, starting, starting a company, you know, that it has never been started before in you know building and creating a product that's never been created before creating anything that's never been, been done before, or, or even that you've never done before is going to be hard. And so having this strong sense of grounded. [00:08:59] [00:09:00] Of this is part of this is deeply personal and meaningful to me and, and it's, it's on purpose for me. So it starts with that and it starts, and that's often where I start with the founders that I work with is helping them to clarify their purpose and articulate their purpose. Purpose also extends to organizations, organizations need to know why they exist. [00:09:22] They need to know, you know, kind of who they are at essence and so far. So great organizations have well articulated purpose statements and, and purpose has kind of for many organizations supplanted, the old mission statement, you know, the sort of, you know, we exist to blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. [00:09:41] Versus. Our purpose is, this is, this is why we exist. This is our why, this is why we do this work. As one request an organization, this is the impact that we seek to have. And so it's, it's very powerful for organizations as well, to know who know who they are, know what impact they're trying to have [00:10:00] and be able to clearly articulate that for both their employees and their clients or customers or people they serve. [00:10:07] Izolda Trakhtenberg: And I would imagine. Extending that to the community, the organization is in that, that, that, that knowledge of purpose serves a bigger ecosystem than just the organization or the company. Can you talk a little bit about. If, if there is, because one of the things that I do when I work with people and companies and organizations, we talk a lot about compassion. [00:10:32] That's that's in intwined with purpose and compassion to me means that you're not just thinking about yourself or your organization. You're thinking about how you. Everyone in that ecosystem for you, when you work with a founder who has this vision to make these changes, how much of the extended family, if you will, are you focusing on or is it first an internal process and then maybe someday they'll get to that other place.[00:11:00] [00:11:00] Bob Lesser: Yeah, that's a great question. I, I, I would say that. The vast majority of ones, you know, sort of, if you take sort of everyone, who's sort of thought about their purpose and has a kind of well articulated sense of, or even a, you know, half halfway, half baked, you know, articulated sense of that purpose. [00:11:20] It, their purpose has to do with with the community with others. Very rarely is one's purpose solely focused on. Themselves. Okay. And you know, you'll see this, you know, sometimes you'll see this with elite athletes who are sort of, you know, training for themselves training training for, for their own sort of to achieve their own highest potential. [00:11:39] But very often you'll hear them talk about how they want to be an inspiration or a role model for others. They want to show they want to show that, you know, someone from this city or this town or, or, or this, you know, th this background. Can make it and so, so very, very often I'd say more often than not, there is a component that [00:12:00] involves being of service to inspiring helping others in, in one's purpose. [00:12:07] Izolda Trakhtenberg: I'm taking all of that in for a second because I, it, the Olympics just happened and we just had all of these people when all of these metals and so many of them. When they were talking about having one we're talking about, you know, winning it for the team or for their country, it's always something that is, that is greater than themselves. [00:12:29] And when you do the work you do and. Everything I've read about you. Doesn't say that you were specifically with athletes, you're working with founders, but it's still, they're still trying to be the very best. And so I know we're going to talk a little bit about the book that you've written, which I'm excited to delve into, but the big thing, I there's something about the words. [00:12:51] Cause I talk about this also peak. That just inspires me. It's also, like you said, it's [00:13:00] grounding, but also it lets you fly a little bit because it means that you've, that you've got this vision that you want to achieve someday. Can you talk a little bit about what it means to be a peak performer, physically, mentally, professionally? [00:13:12] What does peak performer mean to you? That you are spending so much of your life and your work studying it and working. [00:13:20] Bob Lesser: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. My definition of peak performer is, is maybe a little different than, you know, some of the others are some, some, you know, what, what sort of, how it's talked about in the field. [00:13:30] I defined peak performer as, as being your best, not being the best necessarily, but being your best, really living up to your potential. And it's, and it sort of has two parts to it. One is it is about achieving results or, or, you know, sort of meeting your goals, but it's also about 50. And being, being, and feeling fulfilled. [00:13:54] And I, I, you know, I kind of believe that one without the other ultimately is kind of [00:14:00] flimsy and on some level is empty. So just achieving you know, without a sense of fulfillment, still feeling like you're not enough or still feeling like you haven't really done what you've been put on earth to do is, is not going to be that satisfying being just fulfilled and sort of feeling great and, you know, You know, feel happy and I'm hanging out on the beach here and, you know without achieving your goals, the things that, you know, you know, you are capable of or you believe you're capable of, or you're, you wonder if you're capable of is also going to ultimately feel this, you know, maybe hedonistic and, you know, at the end of the day, Kind of get boring. [00:14:35] So it's, it's both of those things. It's achieving your goals that you set for yourself feeling feeling you know, kind of optimal fulfillment and being, being the best that you can be being your best. And that's how I think about peak performance. And I think most, if not everyone wants that. [00:14:56] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Sorry, I'm taking all that in that last sentence made me go. Hmm. [00:15:00] I wonder if they do I do, because, because there are lots of people, you know, I've heard, I've heard therapists say this before that in any moment whoever's doing the, they might be doing the most awful thing, but they are doing the very best they can in that moment. [00:15:14] And so, so that, so that I get, but at the same time, I wonder sometimes. How, how do you know if you're being a peak performer is somebody who's spending their life on the couch, watching jeopardy and eating Cheetos. Being a peak performer, if that's what they want to do, like if their goal is I'm just going to chill through my life all as well. [00:15:39] Is that them being a, be a peak performer or is that them being a little lackadaisical about the goals they might have? [00:15:47] Bob Lesser: Yeah, it's a, it's a kind of a slippery question because if it is truly that person's goal. And if, if I sort of, before I get into [00:16:00] goals, I talk about vision and vision for me is one of the, is one of the peak performance pillars. [00:16:06] There are three peak performance pillars. There's purpose, there's values, and there's vision. Vision is about where we want to. And in our life, it's, it's the, it's the destination. And the more clear we can be about that, the more, more able we are to design our lives and our actions and behaviors to get there. [00:16:28] So if that is really, truly Aligned with an in support of one's vision, if, you know, hanging out, you know, sort of on a couch and, you know, eating, what are they eating? Doritos [00:16:40] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Cheetos. [00:16:43] Bob Lesser: Yeah. Well, if you know, if they're snacking and that, and they're doing that, you know, you know, for, you know, large parts of the day, and that is, is somehow aligned with their ultimate vision, then yes, I would say, and they're feeling fulfilled and they're achieving then. [00:16:56] Yes, I would say they are, they are being a peak performer under [00:17:00] my definition. However I would say we, there, there, and this, this is, this is what I, I, I termed the performance paradox. There are a number of ways in which we work against ourselves from really getting what we want, achieving what we want and feeling fulfilled. [00:17:20] And we can, in some ways, fool ourselves or talk ourselves out. Doing the things that will actually get us what we want or even, or even really being honest about what we want. And so there, there are ways that we're, it's, it's, it's, we're, we're kind of built in and I have sort of five major ways that I think about this. [00:17:43] We're kind of built to kind of work against ourselves and work against our achievement of what it is we really want. [00:17:51] Izolda Trakhtenberg: I that's there. Believe it or not. This reminds me of a Terminator movie. I am a huge that my, a friend of mine coined the [00:18:00] term cinephile nose tele parable. That's what it is. I am a cinephile, but he quoted, he, he coined the term tele parable because I use movie quotes. [00:18:08] To give lessons a lot. And there's a moment in which Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator says, you know, you humans, it is in your nature to destroy yourselves. And what you said kind of sparked that for me, because I I'm sitting here and I'm going, is that part of it? Is it, is, is it that, or is it fear? [00:18:27] Like what keeps us from acting in our own best interests in, in that. [00:18:34] Bob Lesser: Yeah. Yeah, I love it. I don't think it's, it's this sort of death wish that, you know, sort of Suman Freud talked about early on in his, in his, in his theory. I think it's actually more maladaptive mal adaptive survival mechanisms that have not evolved with us in our, in our modern world and our sort of vestiges of, you know, sort of the old. [00:18:58] When we were, you know, [00:19:00] evading the, the saber tooth tiger. And when we had predators and when we were, when we were really you know, it was all about survival and, and, and our lives were literally in danger. You know and, you know, for most of us, that's not the case anymore, but our minds and our nervous systems have really not evolved to kind of to meet, meet the demands of the modern world. [00:19:22] And I think, I think it's mostly, I think it's, it's more of that. And if, if you want, I can, I can also, you know, kind of quickly go over these sort of five things that I think sort of stand in our way of really really, you know, sort of being a peak performer, achieving what. The stage [00:19:38] Izolda Trakhtenberg: is yours. [00:19:38] Absolutely. I'd love to hear them. Are you [00:19:40] Bob Lesser: kidding? All right. Wonderful. So the first, the first one is the unconscious mind. This is our unconscious mind. This is where, you know, 95% of the action is happening in our mind is unconsciously out of, out of conscious awareness. We, we don't know it at times. It, it sort of peaks up and become semi-conscious and we have [00:20:00] some, some idea of it, but mostly it's happening out of our conscious awareness. [00:20:03] These are our organizing patterns. This is where our, our self-limiting beliefs live. You know, it's, it's, I'm not good enough. You know, I'm unworthy, I'm unlovable. You know, the world is unfair. That's where all that stuff lives. It's where our internal saboteurs live. You know, and this sort of, you know, sneaky, you know, and insidious thing called imposter syndrome that many of us face. [00:20:25] So that's where all of that stuff kind of lurks and it lurks again without our awareness and without our consent and, and it's, but it's there and it's sort of running us you know, personality experts believe that our, our personalities are mostly. Defined by the time we're about five years old in terms of our sort of basic organizing patterns and beliefs about the world. [00:20:46] So essentially, you know, that means we have a, five-year-old running the show and that's kind of scary to think about, you know, I know at five, at five years old, I was, you know, I was eating dirt. So, you know, So that's the first one, [00:21:00] our unconscious mind. The second one is our self-conscious mind. This is to the X, the extent to which we value and probably overvalue other people's opinions. [00:21:10] And we are so concerned and worried about what other people will think. How we will look about belonging to the in-group that we it, it, it keeps us from doing things that we want, that we think where we may look dumb, or we may look, you know, we may be rejected. And it also, when we become overly, so self-conscious when we are trying to do, to do, to do something, to perform it impedes performance. [00:21:35] We we've all been there where, you know, once you start sort of, you know, wondering what other people are thinking about, you, you know, you start, you know, it really messes up. Right. So that's the second one. Self-conscious mind. The third one is, is squarely the sort of biology physiology that I was talking about. [00:21:50] You know, we're designed to conserve energy as, as animals, as, you know, as a, as a species like other animals are, we want to conserve energy. [00:22:00] We don't want to expend energy when we don't have to. So that is, that is. We may want to sit on the couch and eat Doritos instead of, you know, go out for that run or, you know, do the thing we know that's going to be really hard. [00:22:10] And so we need to be able to push through that that energy con conservation, because most things that we want to do in life that are going to be really fulfilling and rewarding are also going to be demanding and challenging, and we're going to require us to expend some energy. The other part of that is, you know, this is sort of the. [00:22:30] No human capacity to worry. Have anxiety stress out that animals, you know, don't have other animals don't have that we have. And it really makes, keeps our nervous systems kind of on high alert. You know? So there's this, this, you know, the stress response system is, is sort of is, is, is, is primed to activate you know, when we get cut off in traffic it's as if the saber tooth tiger is like, is coming to. [00:22:57] And, and when, you know, when, in fact it's not. [00:23:00] And so so the, the way that our stress response system is sort of is, is, is, is overactive for, for many people, unless somebody, unless you've really trained yourself through meditation and yoga and breathing and, and practices of that, of that nature you are often getting hijacked by your by your amygdala and the stress response. [00:23:21] System is again, running, running your responses rather than your rational mind. So that's the third one. The F the fourth one is I call the hedonic treadmill. And this is a psychologist Barry Schwartz talks about, about this in his book that the paradox of choice and this to me, the, so the hedonic treadmill is this notion of how we, our brains are wired to be attracted, to shiny the shiny new object, right? [00:23:47] Novelty novelty is one of the. That our motivation system works. It's how we become excited about things is when they're new and novel. That's great for getting out in the world and sort of finding food and, you know, you [00:24:00] know, you know, kind of inventing tools that are help us survive. But we also quickly get disinterested in things. [00:24:07] And we get excited about the next. And we get disinterested in that and we get excited about the next thing, and we get disinterested in that. And that's this treadmill, hedonic, treadmill metaphor. And what that does is it makes it hard for us to sustain our focus on things that matter. When things start getting feeling a little mundane or boring, we've got to put in repetition to do things and to become really good at, we got to, we know we have to put in, you know, we've got the 10,000 hour rule. [00:24:35] It's it's, it becomes hard to stay focused and interested in things. Are meaningful to us, but because of the way our brains work become boring. And our minds you know, men in Buddhism, there's this notion of the monkey mind, the way our minds work, our distracted mind. It's very hard to focus very hard to kind of keep our minds on one thing. [00:24:58] And [00:25:00] and to not give into this, this hedonic treadmill of, you know, the next shiny new object that we're ultimately gonna get. The last one is this the way our minds are wired for negativity. This is something that, you know, neuroscientists have dubbed the negativity bias. We are much more attuned to and amplify negative things. [00:25:21] Things that are pretend may be potentially harmful to us. Maybe threatening to us than we are to, you know, the good things. So this is, you know, we're walking through the forest and we're much more attuned to, you know, that twig that looks like a snake, you know and stepping out of the way of that and looking for, you know, looking for anything that might be dangerous than we are noticing the beautiful flowers that you know, can sort of leave us in. [00:25:48] And so this, this negativity bias really over it has this, over-index some things that may be dangerous or harmful. It leads to anxiety, risk, aversion and pessimism that [00:26:00] you know, is not so helpful to us in our pursuits. When what we really need is optimism, especially when things are getting checked. [00:26:08] So those are, those are the five, you know, performance paradoxes that I kind of outlined the ways in which, you know, we are in many ways designed to work against ourselves and what it is we really want. [00:26:23] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Wow. Wow. Okay. So much, so much. I, I, I appreciate you outlining them and I, a lot of this. First of all, it's so succinct and I'm really grateful that you have it so well down. I'm excited to talk about the book and and see more about how you detail these things. I have a couple of questions though, about, about these five and about something that you said. [00:26:52] About the five-year-old the, the, the emperor, the five-year-old emperor of your, of your brain. [00:27:00] When you talk about that. Cause I do want to talk about these five pillars, but there's this is, this is something that I wonder about children who go through. For example, if, if we're in that space of child abuse or some other kind of, of trauma of children in war zones, what kind of challenges, extra challenges do those children then have to get past? [00:27:24] Not just the inner five-year-old, but the trauma that they survived in order to become peak. [00:27:31] Bob Lesser: Yeah, it's a great question. I mean, they, they, they certainly are going to have organizing patterns, limiting beliefs about themselves in the world that are going to impact how they behave. The actions they take, the actions, they don't take the, the, the relationships with others. [00:27:51] And You know, not to say that it's going to be, you know, impossible for them. Cause you know, certainly people who have suffered trauma have gone on to [00:28:00] be, you know, perform at the highest selfless to become, you know, to be elite performers. But it's, it's, you know, they're gonna, they're gonna struggle. [00:28:08] They're gonna suffer in the ways that we all do, but maybe more. And you know, so it does, it does go back to this sort of ultimately the question becomes what are their core beliefs about themselves and what are their core beliefs about the world? And You know, how will that enable them or get in the way of their doing the work to get what it is they want in life and to feel fulfilled doing it. [00:28:34] So that would be the, sort of the big question that I would have, or I would look at with anyone who has suffered a trauma early. Early in life is, you know, are they are they able to do still do the things that are necessary to achieve their goals and, and feel fulfillment? And a lot of that does come down to, you know, their, their perceptions in themselves or perceptions of others, or ability to have re have healthy relationships[00:29:00] their ability to stay the course when things get difficult and be consistent, you know, the consistency required. [00:29:06] To do anything worthwhile and challenging. So, you know, certainly not not impossible, but you know, it's, it's it's, it's hard, you know, it's hard anyway. And especially if you've had trauma, hopefully they've been able to get support and get help and, you know, be able to, to, to come to terms, you know, with with what happened and maybe use it as. [00:29:26] You know, I think, I think you see that in a lot of elite performers who have had early hardship is they've been able to use it as fuel to help motivate them and to keep them going and to sort of, you know you know, and it's, it's, in some ways, you know, built their resilience and their, and their, and their they're on their toes. [00:29:43] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Yeah, it's so interesting that you, that you said that, that, that that's this notion of using it as fuel because these pillars that you're talking about, I can see the self-conscious part of that and the sort of the expectation of being cared for as a baby, all of a sudden that's [00:30:00] not there. Right? So how people think of you and how you think they think of you is, is an unstable foundation. [00:30:07] So that's why I was wondering about how someone who has survived trauma. Deal with these five pillars and, and still perform at a peak level. I wonder the other one that I, that sort of was like, Hmm. What about people who have attention deficit issues? How do they deal with those issues to then sort of climb up and become peak performers? [00:30:34] Bob Lesser: Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I mean, hopefully, you know, they have been able to find ways to manage their ADHD. They've maybe they've found, you know, a meditation practice. Maybe they found medication that has worked for them. Hopefully they've chosen endeavors that are well sort of, well-suited to you know, to sort of you know, maybe more distractable. [00:30:57] And, you know, have maybe gravitate it to something that, you know, [00:31:00] maybe, you know, that's like sort of like startup entrepreneurs tend to be people who are like interested in a lot of things and you have to be focused on a lot of different things when you're starting and leading a company. And, and so, you know, hopefully they found pursuits that are. [00:31:14] You know, sort of you know, not impeded, not overly impeded by, you know, their, their challenges in focusing. And you know, and yeah, it's, you know, you know, again, you know, I think. These, these couple of questions that you have you know, we're all, we are all flawed. We are all, you know, challenged, we all suffer. [00:31:37] So, so it is, it is the human condition and it is about figuring out. How to work within the constraints that we have to meet our highest potential. And we all have constraints, you know, I am never going to be an NBA basketball player because I'm five, seven. Right. So, you know, and I'm never going to be an astronaut because I'm too old [00:32:00] right now. [00:32:00] So these are real constraints. So when we talk about one's potential, we're not talking about, you know The sort of, you know sort of potential without constraints. And I think that's important is for us all to understand who we are, what the constraints are that are, are kind of, you know, sort of you know, that we're, we're working with. [00:32:19] And so the question becomes, how do we maximize ourselves, given the constraints that we face, given who we are. And, and, and not, you know, deny those things or not be ashamed of those things, but to really know, like, this is a constraint I have, so I got, I have to work with, you know, I have to work with it. [00:32:37] Izolda Trakhtenberg: And that goes back right to the very first thing you said, which was, it's not about being the best, it's about being your best. Right. And, and I, I love that. And it ties beautifully into this idea of, of what you said about vision values and purpose that having that amalgam and then being able to work through. [00:32:58] And with it allows you to get to [00:33:00] that place, which dovetails beautifully into talking about the peak performance formula, your book. I would love it. If you would talk a little bit about, let me, let me just give the whole title because I love it. I think it's so wonderful. The peak performance formula, achieving breakthrough results in life and work. [00:33:17] Yes. You're again, you're singing my song, Bob. So I would love to hear from you a little bit about. First of all, what prompted you to write it? And second of all, what is it that you want the book to do for the people who read it? [00:33:34] Bob Lesser: Yes. Well, what prompted me to write it was really, you know, I, you know, work with my clients is an executive coach. [00:33:42] And prior to that, as a psychotherapist and, you know, do this really. Intentional work that you know, yields great results helps people to be their best and developing tools and techniques throughout the years that have been really effective in helping people deal [00:34:00] with the. Unique, but not but unique, but also somewhat universal challenges that that, you know, these, these founders and executives and leaders you know, we're facing and. [00:34:13] I wrote the book because I wanted to make it accessible to a larger audience, not just, you know you know, the, the, the you know, the, the tech, startup CEO, or though, you know, leader of the big organization you know, that I'm working with to my executive coaching practice, but I want to make it accessible to really anyone, anyone who's trying to get better at anything, whether that's, you know, a student who's trying to get their grades up in school, you know, The new college grad, that's trying to figure out how to, you know, kind of, you know what to do with, with, you know, the sort of next phase of their lives. [00:34:43] A manager in a company who is trying to move up somebody who's thinking about starting their own company you know, really anyone who's like, you know, I need some tools and tactics to to, to. Achieve the things that I, that I want to achieve. And I, and I want to do it in a way that [00:35:00] is about me, what matters to me and will bring me fulfillment, not what society says or thinks I should do. [00:35:06] So, so that that's, that's why. To sort of make it, make it try and make that more accessible. And the set was the second part of the [00:35:15] Izolda Trakhtenberg: question. What is it that you want readers of the book to get out of it? Like what, what is, what is your desire for someone picks up the book reads it? What do you want them to have that they didn't have before they picked up the book? [00:35:31] Bob Lesser: Yeah, I, I think it's, it's a sort of tools and tactics to, to allow each individual reader to become a peak performer in their, in their own lives. And, and, and, you know, make the kind of you know, breakthrough achievements that maybe have. Holding the things that have been holding them back or or things that they've been, you know, really wanting to do, but just, you know, you haven't had the tools to do that to really provide those, [00:36:00] those sort of tangible tools and tactics to allow people give people some tools to really know themselves, better understand themselves better. [00:36:07] There's a lot of that in the book of, you know, helping them, giving them guided exercises to. Define what their purpose is to articulate their core guiding values, to to articulate their vision from, for themselves and where they want to go in their lives. So, so, so that sort of self knowledge, then those tools and tactics to, you know, to be one's best to, you know, transform, you know, the imposter syndrome, if that's something that they face to. [00:36:39] Con be able to come to see failure as, you know, not somebody to be scared of, but actually something to embrace to, you know, really make sure that they are doing the sort of baseline things that we know will help anyone trying to do to do anything important in their lives around physical health and energy [00:37:00] management training one's mind. [00:37:02] To again, overcome some of these performance paradoxes that we talked about in the beginning and to sort of master the techniques that they need to master in whatever endeavor it is that they're that they're pursuing and to, to, to, you know, use tried and true tools and tactics to do that. [00:37:20] Izolda Trakhtenberg: You keep stopping me. I kind of go, ah, I need to take all this in because there's so much there's so, so much rich stuff in, in, in what you're saying, something that I'm really curious about with, within that. I love that it's tactical. I love books that, that don't just go, let me just strategize for you. [00:37:39] And then you go and try and do it all by yourself. So I'm so glad that that's, that that's in the book. Something that I. That I'm wondering about is when, like you've said this a couple of times already, not in these words, but that we have a tendency toward entropy that we kind of don't [00:38:00] work at our best within the book. [00:38:04] What are the steps? Someone who has that tendency to sit on the couch and eat Cheetos and then dream about doing more. What's the first step? What do they do for. [00:38:16] Bob Lesser: That's a good question. I mean, I, I start, the book starts with. Because I think, I think purpose is this really, this sort of motivator, the purpose gives us motivation, the stronger our purposes. [00:38:28] The more motivated we will be, the more motivated we are, the more energy we will direct to do something. It'll get us off the couch, the stronger our purposes. And, you know, you hear these stories about, you know, parents were able to lift heavy cars up, you know, you know, to save their children, you know, this sort of the strength. [00:38:46] It, that comes from purpose, the motivation, the energy that comes from purpose. So I like to start there because that is a sort of an Energizer. And then, you know, I, I do think [00:39:00] You know, vision coming, you know, really helping people sort of co if they, if they don't have that strong vision from themselves. [00:39:06] Cause that's that you know, Lewis, Carroll, the author said, you know, if you don't know where you're going, any road, any road will do. And, and so, you know, we need to know where we're going, where we want to go. And once we know that once we have a, a as clear a picture of where we want to go, what we want in life as we can, then we can start to set some goals around it that are based on you know, this, this, this real, you know sit this real sense of like, wow, if I could, you know, if I could just make it. [00:39:37] You know, how great would that be? And so, so then, you know, so you've got the, you've got purpose, you've got vision and then values are the beliefs that drive our behaviors. And so once we begin to, you know, we, we know who we are, what's deeply meaningful to us or energized around that. Our purpose, we have our vision, which is telling us, you know, Hey, this is kind of, this is where I want to [00:40:00] go. [00:40:00] I've got some now some concrete goals that are gonna are gonna make sure that. I'm getting there, then our values become about what are the behaviors that are going to, if I do those things day in, day out, I practice those behaviors day in, day out. They're gonna, they are gonna you know, kind of like the oars of you know, of a, of a canoe. [00:40:20] They're going to row me in that, in that right direction. They're going to be the thing, that sort of guy that keeps me moving in that right direction through these, through. Practice of these core values. So that's how the kind of the peak performance formula works in practice. So purpose, vision values. [00:40:39] Come together to give us this really strong foundation. And then, and that's the first part of the book. And then the second part of the book is about these sort of tools and tactics. And these are these things, you know, you know, I break down into sort of three categories, you know, physical, the physical. [00:40:54] The second is that is, is, is the ticket. And the third is, is, is the mind [00:41:00] training the mind? So the physical is, is stuff that we, most of us know about. But we need to be reminded about, about the optimal amount of sleep to get that kind of diets. We should be eating the ways we should be moving our body and the amount of exercise we should be getting the ways we should really be managing our energy to optimize that energy for the things that are important. [00:41:20] That the technique piece is giving people some, some tools through a method called deliberate practice. Your PR you probably need to get better at you're at some technique. So if you know, part of my goal or vision is maybe to, you know, play competitive tennis I'm going to need to work on aspects of my game. [00:41:38] I'm going to need to, you know, practice my, you know, my serve or my overhead, or, you know, whatever shot needs improving or shots need improving. So I, I need to I need to design some deliberate practice in order to actually get better. At the, at my craft. And so, so that section of the book really addresses some best [00:42:00] practices and how to improve your technique and whatever it is you're trying to improve. [00:42:04] The third, third piece of this is, is training the mind. And this, this, again goes back to a lot of the performance products stuff that gets in our way. And this is through, you know, through things like meditation. Practice, you know, I'm a big proponent of, of meditation because of the, you know, the, the incredible benefits that it has and the scientific data that is now available, that backs up the benefits of meditation in terms of, of, you know, what it can do for our nervous system, our immune system how it can help us focus and constant. [00:42:35] Better. And so it's really this mental training. That's important in order to kind of, and, you know, and, and to overcome the negativity bias, to be able to practice optimism and learn to I learned optimism. So things of that nature tools of that nature that are gonna help us to have some control over our minds to, you know, kind of make sure that we're able to stay on the [00:43:00] path of, of, of our, of our vision. [00:43:06] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Again, I'm thinking I want to take all of that in. Ah, wow. So it's, I mean, yay. This is so exciting and it's, it takes me back to something. That I'm that a lot of times when I work with my own clients, we talk about the, the foundation, which is you have to remind yourself that you deserve to be here. You know, that, that that's so much of it. [00:43:32] And as a meditator, I that's, that's part of my daily meditation. Right. So when I'm, and I'm gonna use myself as, as the The research tool, I guess when I'm meditating, when I'm in that space. And if I'm trying to do my vision and purpose and values, and I'm trying to get to a place where I feel like I can act on the things that you're talking about, the tactics, the actual step-by-step stuff [00:44:00] that you detail in the book, how do I remain consistent? [00:44:06] What does someone need to do? If, if for example, they're not having results yet, or, or it's taking a long time or things are moving slower than they might want or need. How do you maintain a consistent level of the practices that, that you outline in the book? If you are someone who's, who doesn't have Bob lesser as a coach to sort of talk through it. [00:44:30] So you're the you're, you know, Jane Schmoe and you are. Trying to work through and develop these, this, the values, the vision and the purpose. [00:44:41] Bob Lesser: Yeah. Yeah, yeah. That's it. It's a good question. There's a couple things. So one of the things I talk about in the book is an as again of practice practices of high-performers one of them is to build. [00:44:52] Around you that will support you. And, you know, the team is going to look a little different depending on, you know, what it is you are trying to achieve and get [00:45:00] better at and and, and optimize. So, but we all need, we all need a team. We all need a support. We all need support. Nobody does it alone. That team part of that, part of what that team does is hold you account. [00:45:10] As well as support you. And, and so having a team in place that will help you to stay on track, stay on the path that when things aren't working, we'll brainstorm with you, what's not working, what do we need to do differently? And and, and so, so thinking about yourself, just like athletes, do athletes have their, you know, tennis players have their teams of, you know, Their coach, their physiotherapists, their acupuncturist, their dietician they're right there. [00:45:36] You know, their fitness coach. They've got all these people that are specialized to help them be the best tennis players they can be. Right. What I'm suggesting is that we all need that in our lives. We need our own sort of personal teams that will help us be. You know, w person that we can be the best, you know, whatever it is, you know, fill in the blank that we want to be. [00:45:58] So part of it is, is, is [00:46:00] really formulating that team and, and, and using that team. And then the other piece is at the very end of the book, I include a 30 day peak performance challenge which walks the reader through how to implement the concepts in the book over a 30 day period on anything that they want. [00:46:17] They want to get better at anything they want to make sort of breakthrough performance in and what that does. And the reason I included that is because it's both showing people how tangibly and practically to implement these concepts and day-to-day life. And it also helps to make it. Doing this over 30 days is gonna, is gonna start to build these practices as habits. [00:46:42] And, you know, it is checking in on purpose, going back to purpose. It is checking in on your values and make sure you're doing those behaviors. It is checking in with your vision. And, and it is also making sure. The goals that you have said are are the right goals and that you are monitoring and measuring them. [00:46:59] And so I [00:47:00] include a process that's taken, actually taken from Google and w what Google uses to manage its its own performance. Called objectives and key results. And I've adapted that to personal use so that you are basically setting goals for yourself. And then you're breaking those goals down into, into monthly objectives and key and key results that are kind of the measurable indicators that tell you the, what progress you're making towards achieving those objectives. [00:47:32] And you score yourself. On them and, and it's as great tool for staying. Seeing where you're where you're not on track, where you're maybe behind and where you need to pick up the pace on things. So that's a, that's a very concrete tool that I offer and I use myself that I've been doing for years that really has helped me stay consistent. [00:47:53] Because every week I'm looking at my goals, my objectives for the month that are based on my goals for the year that are based on. [00:48:00] Long-term vision for myself. And I score them and I say, yeah, you're doing, you know, you're on track this week or, Hey, you're, you're behind schedule and you have to pick up the pace. [00:48:09] And I used that process to, you know, to kind of, you know, stay, stay on, you know, on track, you know, month by month till I hit six months. And I revisit my annual. To make sure that it's still relevant and see if anything has changed or if I want to make any modifications. And then I keep going and hopefully by the end of the year, I'm a step closer to achieving my vision. [00:48:33] Izolda Trakhtenberg: I love that. I love that. That's again, to me, consistency is so important because you can have the absolute best intentions, but, but if you're not consistent with it, then. Then you're going to have a lot of extra challenges, I think. Yeah. [00:48:49] Bob Lesser: I, and I, and I actually just won one saying that I really love is that elite performers are not consistently great. [00:48:57] They're great at being consistent. And [00:49:00] so. Consistency showing up day in, day out is, is the name of the game. And so I'm glad you brought that up because that, that is, you know, it's not about these heroic performances or, you know you know, going, you know, all 110% all the time. It's about showing. You know, doing our best day in day out and being consistent and by being consistent is going to be how we become better and ultimately great at something [00:49:31] Izolda Trakhtenberg: 10,000 hours. [00:49:32] Yes, absolutely. And that's, that's the epitome of consistency. You have to do it for 10,000 hours on Malcolm Gladwell. We love him and we hate him at the same time. Bob, I'm so grateful that you. Took the time to chat with me about your work and the book. I'm super, super excited about it. I would love it if you wouldn't mind. [00:49:53] Cause I'm sure, you know, someone's listening to this going, I need this book. I need to know more about [00:50:00] Bob Lester and the work he's doing. How does someone connect with you? What, where are the places that someone could find you and also where can the book be found? [00:50:09] Bob Lesser: Yeah. Awesome. Yeah. I mean, you know, I'm on social media. [00:50:12] You can find me on Instagram at, at Bob underscore lesser. I'm also on Twitter at lesser underscore bomb. So you can find me both of those places. And you can also go to my website to learn a little bit more about me and my work and. Read some, some articles that I, you know, kinda my new, my new stuff. [00:50:31] And that's www.boblesser.com. The book can be ordered it's out and can be ordered on Amazon Barnes and noble bookshop and indie bound. So, you know, any anywhere, you know, where you prefer to, to, to buy books, those are all the online sources. And the name of the book is the peak performance formula achieving breakthrough results in life. [00:50:53] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Fabulous. And I'll put the links to everything in the show notes so that we don't have to be typing furiously down [00:51:00] everything. So writing it all, noting it all down. Whenever somebody says to me, you know, oh, can you spell that for my name? For example, I'm always like, oh, you don't want to do that. Let me just send it to you either that, or I say write small because my name is very long. [00:51:14] Once again, Bob, I'm so grateful that you took the time to be here. I have just one last question that I. Everybody who comes on the show. And it's a silly question, but I find that it yields some profound results. And the question is this. If you had an airplane that could sky write anything for the whole world to see, what would you say? [00:51:41] NEF said. All right. Well, that's, that's about the most succinct I've had there. That's yeah. Three, three words. That's good. Cause you can't, you can't. Too many words. So there you go, Bob. Thank you once again for being here. I really appreciate it. [00:51:59] Bob Lesser: Although my pleasure. [00:52:00] Thanks for having me. [00:52:01] Izolda Trakhtenberg: Wow. So you have gotten it from Bob lesser. [00:52:04] You're going to need to go out and get the peak performance formula. Be consistent in your practices. Figure out your vision, your purpose, your values, and live your best life and do your best work. It's really the way it's all about. I am. Izolda Trakhtenberg for the innovative mindset podcast. And I'm hoping that you enjoyed the show. [00:52:24] I'm hoping that you are enjoying your day, and I'm hoping that if you do like what you're hearing. Drop a review, tell a friend about this episode so that more people can learn about Bob and the incredible work he's doing to help people be peak performers until next time, remember to listen, learn, laugh, and love a whole lot. [00:52:49] thanks so much for joining me today. I really appreciate you being here. Please subscribe to the podcast if you're new and if you like what you're hearing, please review it and rate it and let other people. [00:53:00] And if you'd like to be a sponsor of the show, I'd love to meet you on patrion.com/innovative mindset. [00:53:06] I also have lots of exclusive goodies to share just with the show supporters there today's episode was produced by Izolda Trakhtenberg and his copyright 2020. As always, please remember, this is for educational and entertainment purposes. Only past performance does not guarantee future results, although we can always hope until next time, keep living in your innovative mindset.  

25th Hour Ideas
Talking Peak Performance with David Karasek (#016)

25th Hour Ideas

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 54:39


David Karasek is a coach, founder and CEO, who also happens to be a former Olympic swimmer, multiple record holder, and graduate of the University of Virginia. This is a wide ranging conversation about when spirituality meets peak performance, the power of the subconscious mind, the pros and cons of motivation, and how often we should think about what we want in life. Timestamps:(1:00) The creative orientation(11:30) Escaping competition through authenticity(15:40) Differences between the conscious and subconscious mind(28:30) Knowing what you want (31:10) Flywheels (37:30) Motivation(44:30) The value of group work(47:50) 25th HourIf you enjoy the podcast, writing a short review on Apple podcasts would go a long way in attracting a larger audience and more fantastic guests. 

The Mind Over Finger Podcast
109 Brian Lewis: Empowering Pedagogy

The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 54:01


I recently had the true pleasure of chatting with my former teacher: violinist and pedagogue extraordinaire Brian Lewis!  He is an exceptionally dedicated and passionate performer who is committed to growing the legacies of his own two incredible teachers, the great Dorothy DeLay and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. In our conversation we touched on... How Brian's artistic path has unfolded, from his own childhood studies to today's pedagogical pursuits (3:13) Teaching the language of music (11:50) Practicing concentration, and the importance of shifting your focus to refocusing for optimizing your practice (13:00) The legacy of Dorothy DeLay: how she empowered her students (including Brian) through positivity, removing judgement from her instruction, encouraging questions, and presenting the possibilities of playing to help young musicians sort out their own paths (15:01) Leading teaching with love, and the lasting, negative impacts of “abusive teaching” (25:13) Practicing habits (formed by DeLay and Suzuki) that helped set his playing apart, focusing on simplicity, the importance of listening, and repeating your own study of a score (30:01) Brian's advice for collegiate musicians to use your time in conservatory to prepare for a life as a professional musician (35:09) The lineage of musicianship and importance of flexibility (42:15) Brian's answers to a series of rapid-fire questions, including consistent practicing, his most memorable performances, favorite practice room tools, and book recommendation! (44:10)   MORE ON BRIAN LEWIS: One of the most versatile violinists on the current scene, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally gifted and charismatic artist. "There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stage today, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Much sought after as a performer and teacher, Mr. Lewis concertizes and teaches around the globe, and is dedicated to growing the legacy of Shin'ichi Suzuki and Dorothy DeLay. Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Berlin (Germany), Louisiana, Kansas City, Hartford, Syracuse, Odense (Denmark), Lima (Peru), Boulder, Guadalajara (Mexico), Sinfonia Toronto (Canada), ROCO and American Symphony orchestras, among many others.   He has released six CDs, including as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra of music by Leonard Bernstein and Hollywood composer Michael McLean for the Delos Label. Mr. Lewis began his violin studies at the age of four, participating in the Ottawa Suzuki Strings program, and traveling to Japan twice to study with Dr. Suzuki. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with the renowned pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay. Mr. Lewis holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he is Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, Artistic Director and Faculty and the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program held most recently in Fairbanks, AK. He has also recently held positions as the Class of '57 Visiting Professor of Music at Yale University and Visiting Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. More information about Mr. Lewis can be found at www.brianlewisviolin.com.   PRACTICING FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE: I'm excited to tell you that Practicing for Peak Performance is now available for download! Go to MindOverFinger.com for access to all the tools that will help you transform your practice, gain confidence in your process, and start performing at your best.  With the purchase of PPP, you gain: Access to all recorded content - over 7 hours of instruction Guidance in effective high-performance systems Detailed handouts For a limited time only, a free 30-minute consultation with me. PPP alumnus Karmen Palusoo has this to say about PPP: “For a long time I have had this belief that learning an instrument is difficult and hard work or that it has to be, and there is no other way. Only a few weeks after PPP, I am starting to feel that change! My everyday practice sessions are now filled with freedom and ease!”   THANK YOU: A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you. Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show's musical theme.  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson. Thank you to pianist-singer-song-writer Louise Kelly for the introduction!  You can find out more about Kelly and her creative work by visiting louisekelly.com.    MIND OVER FINGER: I encourage you to visit MindOverFinger.com for a plethora of resources on mindful practice and information on how to work with me. Sign up for my newsletter and receive your free guide to a highly productive mindful practice using a metronome! mindoverfinger.com https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/ https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

The Sonya Looney Show
The Key to Peak Performance

The Sonya Looney Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 23:59


I've spent well over a decade focusing on peak performance- both athletically in my quest to become one of the world's best endurance mountain bikers, but also in business and brainpower.  I used to think the key to peak performance was the focus on mastery: putting in the work to acquire the skills and wisdom to be a top performer in a given area.  While mastery and work ethic are certainly key components to peak performance, I have learned that there are multiple foundations upon which peak performance stands.  So what is the foundation to mastery, work ethic, and ultimately peak performance? The answer is not as simple as one thing, but it is as broad as one category: health.  Oftentimes, we think health is as simple as sick or healthy, but the category of health goes deep and wide.  Health encompasses emotional and mental health, physical health, environmental health, spiritual health, and relational health.  In my training as a health coaching through Vanderbilt's Integrative Medicine Program and work towards becoming a NBC-HWC, we look at health in our coaching sessions broken down into these specific categories. What does it mean to be healthy? Health is multi-dimensional including emotional, mental, physical, environmental, spiritual, financial health and more.  Specifically, we consider these health categories to paint in broad strokes what it means to be healthy Sleep and Rest Mind-Body Connection Compassionate Self-Awareness Daily Rhythm and Balance Food and Nourishment Environment Spirit and Soul Relationships and Community Movement, Exercise, and Play At the center of health is mindful awareness of your actions, your attitude, your habits, and your thoughts. What do these categories have to do with peak performance? Think of yourself as a beautiful tree with a large trunk and expansive branches with and vibrant leaves.    Or if you prefer, a skyscraper with a really cool architectural design.  If your tree has roots that are not nourished properly, or if there are cracks in your building's foundation, that tree is going to eventually fall over and that building will come crashing down.  The tree can only grow big and healthy if its roots and nourishment are healthy.  A building can only be built tall and sturdily with a well-planned foundation. That brings me to today's topic which is taking care of your foundation.  It was the subject of a keynote I did last week to an executive team interested in performance, but also highlighting that peak performance starts with taking care of the person. The HARDEST thing to do when we get busy, stressed, or super-focused is to take care of our key needs as humans, but they pay the largest amount of gains.  We all want happiness, general well-being, and satisfaction in life, but you have to take care of your foundation before you feel fulfilled and good most or at least some of the time.   Things like achievement, comparison, stress, and overwhelm can crowd out feelings of ease, happiness, and having energy.  Burnout affects over 62% of the workforce. How do you know if you are getting burnt out? Symptoms of burnout include apathy for something you generally enjoy, frequent sickness, having trouble sleeping, feeling short-tempered, everything feeler harder than usual, and loss of motivation for everything.   In 2019, the World Health Organization classified burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis. Listen Now about Peak performance! How do you take care of your foundation for peak performance? There are so many categories when it comes to health. It's why I went into health coaching.  It starts with assessing your current state with each area of your health and then choosing what you want to focus on.  Personally, I think the most important place to start is with sleep and rest.  Most people do not get enough sleep and we certainly do not get enough rest with the fast-paced hustle culture and constant stimulation from our digital devices.  When you can start looking at your life and your goals from a more rested state, it becomes easier to make better decisions about food, your self-talk, exercising, and other areas of your life that fill your cup. How Much Rest Do I Need for Peak Performance? Rest isn't just about getting enough sleep at night.  And most people do not get nearly enough sleep. Personally, sleep has always been my #1 health priority. Yes, sleep has been a priority over healthy eating (would I rather go to bed early or lose an hour of sleep doing meal prep? I always choose sleep although it shouldn't be either/or). I generally choose sleep over an extra thirty minutes of training.  Check out Dr. Matther Walker's book, Why We Sleep for a deep dive into the science of sleep and how to sleep better and more efficiently.  Rest also extends past sleep. You might be sleeping 8 hours a night, the other 16 hours of your life are stressful and hectic. Sleep helps, but taking needed mental and physical rest throughout the day is imperative for performing and avoiding burnout. Do I Need to Take Rest Days or Periods of Rest? The easiest way to look at rest cycles is in athletic performance. Most of us know you should take one rest day away from exercise during the week. The rest is part of the work and is how you get stronger. Training breaks your muscles down and the rest is how they rebuild so you can be faster or stronger the next time. Recovery and rest also extends to your brain. Check out this podcast I recorded with PhD Walter Staiano on how mental fatigue affects physical performance.   The Principle of Progression shows that we need to have cycles of build and rest to perform. A lot of us feel guilty or anxious when we take down-time.  That is partly due to our culture, but also partly due to our own issues of enoughness or self-worth.  It has taken me a lot of personal inside work to finally recognize that resting isn't lazy and that I shouldn't be pushing every single second of every single day. I've tried that multiple times, and it has always ended badly for me. You may have heard of Mihalyi Csikzentmihalyi in regards to his groundbreaking work with flow and performance.  He also has done work with studying creativity.  One thing that Pulitzer Prize Winners, Nobel Prize Winners and the brightest minds had in common: they practiced the Principle of Progression.  They had periods of focus and intensity followed by periods of restoration and recovery. An addition- it's normal to feel stress, but too much stress can lead to feeling fatigued all the time. Here's a podcast (and article) I wrote on how to rethink stress and make it work for you. What Are Some Examples of Rest? Mindfulness and meditation practices Things that don't require striving or added stress: walking, playing with your dog or kid, listening to music, or even task-oriented or creative pursuits like cooking, cleaning, or playing music. The idea is that you aren't trying to attain something by doing it. You do it because you like it, pure and simple. Exercise can count as rest if you aren't taking on a lot of physical inputs- exercise counts as mental rest and a way to destress.  Too much exercise and having exercise as the only coping mechanism for stress needs to be monitored so you don't overtrain Sleep or even just closing your eyes for 10 minutes Social time with friends.  Research out of Harvard showed better exam performances among students who spent time with friends instead of every second preparing for an exam Taking one day a week totally off. No checking email, no working at all Taking several extended vacations because sometimes it takes a couple days to get into the swing of rest or vacation mode. Consider taking a break every 90 minutes (the ultradian performance rhythm is 90 minutes on, 20 minutes of down-time). Even taking a 5-minute break every hour makes a difference. Key Takeaways on Finding Peak Performance Your work and your craft sit on top of a foundation of self-care, much like a sturdy tree trunk that grows from healthy roots The first thing to get neglected when life gets busy is taking care of our foundation. Or we prioritize our work or craft over basic self-care To perform at the highest level, whether it be physical or intellectual, a strong foundation will lead to peak performance.  It includes focusing sleep/rest, nutrition, movement, social connection, mindful self-awareness and self-compassion. This article and podcast focused on sleep and rest is a great place to start. From a rested state, you can make better decisions and have more energy and motivation for the rest of your self-care practices I listed some great ways to rest if you don't know how to rest.

None Of Your Business Podcast
How A Learning Disability Can Teach One To Succeed With Christopher Dedeyan

None Of Your Business Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 34:38


How A Learning Disability Can Teach One To Succeed With Christopher Dedeyan | None Of Your Business PodcastIn this episode Shawn and Lacey share an amazing chat with Peak Performance Expert & Coach, Christopher Dedeyan who shares his story of being diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of eight. Since that time he has always been along the entrepreneurial path and now coaches high level executives to operate at their peak level of success in business and life!Key Takeaways:7:15 - The entrepreneurial traits Christopher had when he was a kid.10:15 - The divine moment on stage that changed Chris' life forever12:00 - The 4 Pillars that Chris teaches his high level clients to overcome limiting beliefs14:30 - The most detailed morning routine you've ever heard19:30 - Chris' 2 Day rule to maintain good habits and avoid bad ones22:30 - The subconscious mind is ignorant24:30 - The types of brain waves and the optimal time to "feed" it27:30 - Why Thomas Edison slept with a metal ballChristopher Dedeyan is a professional speaker and peak performance expert who helps entrepreneurs, leaders and employees alike manage stress, increase productivity and have more energy. He always gets his message across in a humoristic, charming, energetic and passionate way.He developed his entrepreneurial skills and communication skills during the five years he built and ran his real estate brokerage company. During that time, Christopher noticed that he could help his colleagues with self-development by incorporating new rituals and habits in their lives that help them not only in their business but in their personal lives as well.Connect With Christopher:https://www.christopherdedeyan.com/https://www.instagram.com/christopherdedeyan/https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherDedeyan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherdedeyan/https://twitter.com/chrisdedeyan?lang=enhttps://www.youtube.com/c/ChristopherDedeyan/featuredIf you enjoyed this episode, make sure you connect with Christoper and give this episode a 5-star review!

The Mindvalley Podcast with Vishen Lakhiani
3 Simple Strategies To Ditch The Imposter Syndrome - Shadé Zahrai

The Mindvalley Podcast with Vishen Lakhiani

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 53:04


Feeling like you're a fraud who doesn't belong? According to a new article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, seven in every ten people have or will experience impostor syndrome at some point in their lives. In this episode, peak performance expert Shadé Zahrai tells us how to ditch it for good. Join Vishen and Shadé in this fascinating conversation to learn how to construct your own reality, leverage your self-awareness and regain control over your inner critic.       Listen out for: - 4 traits that contribute to core self-evaluation. - The difference between self-love and self-esteem. - The true definition of imposter syndrome. - The key to boosting your confidence at work.  - The secret to supercharging your life.    ABOUT SHADÉ ZAHRAI Shadé Zahrai is a leadership ‘alchemist' known for her ability to translate the latest in neuroscience and psychology research into practical and actionable strategies that drive mindset shifts and behavioral change in a systematic way. She is a bestselling author, Harvard-trained leadership coach, TEDx speaker, and was recently recognized as Adweek's Careers Creator of the Year. Along with her Ph.D. research in leadership and career performance, Shadé has spent hours with hundreds of teams from startups to Fortune 500s, observing clear behavioral trends behind the happiest and most successful people.      Bonus:                                                                          - Find Vishen's notes on this episode here

The Art Of Coaching
E189 | Brad Stulberg: The Practice of Groundedness

The Art Of Coaching

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 60:32


Whether we like it or not, we're living in a culture of “heroic individualism” in which numbers and results dictate our success and drive our sense of fulfillment.    And while many current mindfulness techniques (& other “anecdotes”) teach us to move away from this lifestyle, not all of these practices are applicable for those of us who need to provide for our families and/or aspire to more.    But “groundedness” belongs in a category of its own. Defined as “the internal strength and true self confidence that comes from learning how to practice the timeless skills of acceptance, patience, presence, vulnerability and community”- today's guest Brad Stulberg is on a mission to dispel myths around this ancient practice while making it more practical for the everyday person and leader.    Brad researches, writes, and coaches on health, well-being, and sustainable performance. He is bestselling author of the new book, The Practice of Groundedness, and also Peak Performance. His work has been featured in The New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, and more. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, and physicians on their performance and well-being. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His new book, The Practice of Groundedness, has been marked down by over 40 percent for a limited time! If you are thinking about getting a copy, take advantage of this great deal! We discuss:  Ways groundedness differs from typical mindfulness/gratitude practices Strategies for combating heroic individualism and how get off the “Hedonic Treadmill” Building strong community and the need for local as well as distant ties “Performative” versus true vulnerability - how to achieve the later  Connect with Brad:  Via Twitter: @BStulberg  Via his website: https://www.bradstulberg.com/ Speaking of achieving performance, recovery and health at the highest level, we'd be remiss not to mention our greatest partner in the space- Momentous. Check out their entire line of protein and supplements at livemomentous.com and use code BRETT25 at checkout for 25% off your first order and 15% off any subsequent orders!