After working with over 4000 executives all over the world if there is one thing I have discovered it’s that Sustainable High Performance is a puzzle. You get great sleep but you still wake up tired. You get your movement in but you still tweak your back carrying your suitcase. You eat well but then your cholesterol is still high. You try all your travel strategies but still one night you find yourself staring at the ceiling at 03:00 in the hotel. The fact that these things happen, keeps us (Tignum) awake at night trying to discover all the pieces of this complex performance puzzle. The human body and the human brain are amazing. But one thing is apparent, we were never designed for the amount of chaos, toxicity, and stimulation that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis.
Researchers simply don’t know the long term impact of cell phones, wireless frequencies, off gases from synthetic fabrics (carpets, plastics on planes, furniture, etc.), processed foods, genetically modified foods, and the plethora of other things we are exposed to on a daily basis. They also don’t know the full impact of the interaction of our thoughts and our amazing biodiversity (genetic differences) on how we feel, how we perform, and how we respond to different things such as foods, drugs, toxins, nature, or even exercise. As I read study after study, trying to remain on the cutting edge of sustainable high performance, I am often overwhelmed by the complexity of the reality of the simple thing we are trying to do at Tignum: Improve performance by building high energy, effectiveness, and brain agility; and Improve sustainability by building resilience to workload, setbacks, and illness.
The irony though is that the solution to complex problems is often quite simple. A complex puzzle is put together one piece at a time. Then as the picture develops, each piece becomes easier to place and the masterpiece is completed. This is why I feel so fortunate to be living in a time, and involved with such a great team, that allows me to learn so much about human performance. This is also why I am so sure that simple things done everyday in Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery can make a huge impact. I know this because I hear from our clients as they begin to figure their own puzzle out.
Please share your thoughts on this topic. We always love to hear about your performance puzzles.
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder