Nowadays drugs seem to be everywhere in sports. There are steroids to help players get stronger quicker, There is EPO to enhance endurance. There are stimulants to help players get up for their games and then of course there are barbiturates to help players come down. We have seen gold medal sprinters lose their gold medals, Tour de France teams lose their sponsorships and even a race winner lose his first place finish. This year we saw Olympians and professional cyclists fail drug tests because they weren’t aware that the inventor of CERA, the next generation EPO, also supplied the World Anti-Doping Agency with a test to catch dopers.
With so many examples of athletes getting caught, with such strong repercussions being doled out for getting caught, and with possible life threatening risks of using these drugs – why do so many athletes still do it? The answer is simple – they feel they need to do anything possible to try to win. Even though there are great examples of drug free, highly ethical, scientifically and statistically proven methods of training (such as those used by our partner Athlete’s Performance), athletes continue to be taunted by the quick fix to improve their performance.
The crazy thing is that the same thing occurs in the business world. With the crazy demands and growing need to perform, many business executives turn to short cuts to improve their performance and help them make it through the day. Although many of these drugs aren’t illegal (Fortune reports that executive drug addiction is increasing rapidly), they are still unhealthy and unsustainable short cuts with often dangerous side effects. Whether it’s caffeine every time you need to be alert, alcohol every time you need to relax, sleeping pills every time you need to sleep, anti-depressants to fight mood swings, or pain pills every time you have aches and pain – the truth is that there is a better way.
The Tignum strategies are designed to create habits that help you develop yourself into a Sustainable High Performer – drug free. Daily Prep movements and proper hydration help energize you, mobilize you and eliminate musculoskeletal pain. Our Movement, Nutrition, and Recovery strategies are designed to help you get quality sleep, get rid of depression and maximize your creativity and focus whenever you need it. Our Mindset strategies are designed to develop your confidence, clarity and sustainable high performance.
The best part is, the Tignum Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery strategies have no negative side-effects. But I will warn you, they can be addictive.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer