From time to time, as I listen to various books on Audible, I will run out of book ideas to listen to. Great part is that Audible will suggest for me a list of books based on my previous listening preferences. This was the case for Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness.
I was browsing my suggested list of books by Audible, contemplating what my next listening pleasure would be, when I found this book.
What intrigued me the most was the subtitle, “Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success“.
The New Science of Success
The new science? I wasn’t aware of the old science! I thought to myself, I must already be behind, so I had better catch up quickly. I want to be successful. I especially want to make sure that I elevate by game as it pertains to my Diabetes, I don’t want to get burned out and revert to my old ways of eating, thinking and acting, but more that both of those…
I WANT TO THRIVE!
Have you ever looked up the work Thrive? Quick dictionary lesson, the word Thrive means to grow or develop well or vigorously, to prosper or flourish.
Thriving is not your ordinary, average progression through life.
Thrive is well (above average) or vigorously (not calmly, like everyone else) developed. That is how I always want to attack (not life with) my Diabetes, to be above average to beat the odds.
Although I have already reversed my Diabetes, I am now on my way to being in the best shape of my entire life. As a matter of fact, I am actively and vigorously working to get back to my marriage weight, after 25 years of marriage.
Stress and Recovery
To accomplish this goal, I must keep my mental development progressing as I continue to develop my physical. Peak Performance help me to realize that if I push, and push, and push (stress) myself to achieve this goal without some sort of recovery, I was on a path to burnout and failure. I love the way that Brad and Steve correlate their experiences in physical training to a more corporate or mental training. I have found that the suggestions and exercises from the book have great merit and warrant some experimentation in your own life.
As an example, Brad and Steve discuss a practice developed at Google in the early days of Google’s growth. The employees at Google were die hard works excited about what they were doing and would put in long hours. To aid mental focus and avoid burnout, Google implemented a practice called Mindfulness.
At the root, it’s actually quite simple. Stress for a time, then recover for a time by doing simple meditation, taking walks, Brad and Steve discuss many other methods for recovery in the book and if you want to know more about Mindfulness you should check out the book.
Best Mental Focus of my Life
Applying Mindfulness in my life, has brought about a huge difference in my focus and productivity.
For me, I have found that when I break my day into 60-90 minute intervals of stress (work) with 5-10 minute recovery sessions in between, I ROCK!
It is amazing how much clarity can be achieved in 5-10 minutes of just closing your eyes, taking deep breaths and focusing on the breaths. Your mind achieves the rest that it needs to switch back on when you are ready to stress again.
I have found mindfulness to be a great stress and recovery technique, what do you do to recover when you have been working hard at something?