Here are the five things I do each morning, and the neuroscience behind why I do them. Start your morning off right, don't be addicted to the dopamine fix of getting right to your phone. You have a small window each morning when your brain and body are completely clean slates - a proper morning routine will set you up for success, curiosity, happiness, courageousness and great leadership throughout your day.
There are many levels of anxiety, fear and terror - learning the science behind what is happening physiologically is critical to making the most of the incredible energy fear can generate. The first step is to adopt the B.A.S.E. method when you feel your body or mind getting scared - increased heart rate, faster breathing, sweaty palms, dry mouth - all are signs your body is changing for a fight, flight or to freeze. Having a reliable tool to channel that force is the key to greatness and heroism.
My face hurt and I was speechless. I looked up; sweat dripping off the end of my nose, and felt my breaths rasping in with short pulls. The granite pillars that materialized in front of me as I crested the hill had a dusting of pink tinted snow from the autumn sunset. I stopped pedaling and let my toes grind into the muddy trail. I dove into the moment, floating in the beauty of everything around me, this was a familiar mountain biker's high. After a couple of minutes, I realized my cheeks were sore from smiling.
I had two thoughts: “I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I wish everyone could feel like this.”
I could feel the hand reach inside my stomach and start fingering a piano concerto, digits going up and down a mile a minute. I sat at the starting line of the US Olympic trials in the single scull (one man rowing) and recognized that familiar feeling. I had long ago learned to turn the butterflies in my stomach into a fuel more potent than an entire case of Red Bull. I closed my eyes to channel adrenaline, excitement and fear response onto the handles of my oars.
I'm deep in the Mount Blanc massif - dozens of deaths a year tragically occur here and it reminds me of a great lesson that can change your life. You need to learn it without nearly dying so take three minutes and find out this secret to being happier than you ever have been.
From the middle of the Italy Divide 500 mile self-supported bike race between Rome and the Swiss-Italian border I get a deep thought. Sleep deprivation forces me to take a few minutes to get it out, but it's a good one especially in times like that!
Show my wife a picture of a clown and she’s running for the hills. Fear of failure, fear of spiders, fear of public speaking, fear of flying – you name it - there are thousands of known fears and everyone is susceptible to some of them. Fear keeps most of us from living an amazing life. I know, I was the biggest sissy in the world until I almost died, then everything changed.
The lesson I learned is that the way we deal with fear is what shapes our lives, our happiness and our success. I want to hep you create a new relationship with fear.
This year’s Olympic Games might be over, but we’re far from done reliving our favorite moments. Records were set, tribulations were overcome, and history was made. And while most of us will never grace an Olympic podium, there are plenty of ways we can strive to emulate these incredible athletes. Make like an Olympian by following these seven life lessons learned from Rio.
I never let my kids download games on my phone but even I have caught the Pokémon GO bug. Is this revolutionary mobile app inspiring people to exercise more? Could it save a couch potatoes life? It’s without a doubt the most innovative game I have seen in my lifetime.
You don’t have to be a full time adventurer to live an adventurous lifestyle, but you do have to search for your adventurer within. Learn to develop healthy habits on a day-to-day basis, and you’ll find yourself in the right physical state and mind-frame to reach your fullest potential. That balance of passion for adventure and healthy mind and body will make you the best partner, parent and professional you can be.
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