How to have more energy and focus on command

I'll be honest, if you're not interested in your health, energy levels and focus as an entrepreneur, I'm not sure you're cut out for this.

Health is the key to focus and energy, which is how you will both create and execute the vision that you have for your company, your customers, and your own life.

Without it, you will surely fail.

But sometimes we do things for so long that we forget why they matter.

Take this true story from my vacation, for example:

We were out in the middle of nowhere western South Carolina, soaking up the rays and lounging by the lake. The sun was out and there was nothing on the agenda.

We'd have a few drinks over dinner with many laughs and good times. Then we'd play some games or sit on the deck and watch the sunset.

But after a week of doing this, I stared to get tired in the mornings. I took longer to get up, moved slower, had headaches, and was a little crankier than usual. Kristen noticed the same thing for herself.

Here's what happened:

We stayed up later, ate lower quality food, had a drink here or there, didn't work out as much, and we started to lose our edge.

For the first time in 2 years I felt lethargic and tired at 2 PM in the afternoon. For the first time in 2 years I had constant headaches.  And for the first time in 2 years, I hated the way I was treating myself.

And that's when I realized how much I value peak performance.

The combination of the right diet, the right routines, and the right exercise to keep me focused and energized throughout the day.

I've had my routine dialed in for a couple of years now and I would often complain to Kristen about it, saying "I wish we were more flexible," or "I want to go have fun."

I thought that's what I wanted.

But when I got them, I realized that I value my energy and focus more than a momentary feeling of stuffing my face with a donut.

People say your body is a temple, but I disagree. It's a machine.

A machine that can operate consistently at a high level, providing you with energy, focus, clarity, and all of the things you need to make leaps and bounds in your business every day.

Or it can hold you back. You can be tired, sleepy eyed, taking naps, and moving slow.

When it comes to producing your best content, delivering your best presentation, closing a sale, or helping a client, you have to be on top of your game on all levels. And health is one of them.

People often ask me how I can write for 5 hours straight. Part of the answer is contained within my Content Machine and how I create ideas and topics. But a significant part is how I show up for the day. The food I eat, the sleep I get.

You can't be the best at what you do if you don't take care of your body.

Here are the 5 things I do to stay on top of my game:

  1. Sleep - Super under rated with people like Mike Stud and 50 Cent making it cool to not sleep. I sleep 8-9 hours every night. And not only does sleep allow me to create new connections and actually learn things, but it cleans out my head and prepares me for the next day.
  2. Diet - Whole foods. Anybody who subscribes to Keto, Paleo, Vegan, pegan, Carnivore, or anything with a fancy name is wrong! Just like in business, your diet should follow a set of fundamental principles, instead of a collection of hot tactics. The fundamentals with food are: whole foods that are minimally processed and of the highest possible quality. This includes meats, eggs, fruits, and vegetables (both fibrous and starchy).
  3. Hydration - I drink around 160 ounces of water per day. A lot of people will say this is too much, but it works for me. I also use a celtic salt and a sea salt in my water so that I don't deplete my electrolytes. Along these lines is Rule 3.5: Alcohol - nada
  4. Exercise - I train 5 times per week and use red light therapy and vibration plate after each session. Exercise can be as simple as walking or as intense as you want it to be.
  5. Mental Health - Stress management and happiness are important factors in your physical health and energy levels, so I definitely wouldn't leave them off this list. The first way to improve your mental health is to do the top 4 things on this list. Beyond that, meditation or prayer and slow consistent breathing. Most people never notice that they spend 90% of their time with panicked, short breaths. Control your body and mind, don't let it control you.

I can (and will) go much deeper into each of these in their own posts. But for now, this is a good primer.

And yeah, sometimes it feels like it would be nice to go let loose and break all the rules. It can be. But I never want to feel slow again. I want to feel my best every single day.

And as it turns out, creating content, working on my dreams, and helping my customers is more fun than any late night, meaningless cheat meal, or lapse in judgement will ever be.

I've got my priorities straight again. I'm motivated and excited to press forward down the long and narrow road towards success. Are you?

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