As I was walking in the Atlanta airport today, I tripped and almost fell. As I looked around to find out what I tripped on, I started to laugh at myself. There was nothing on the ground, there was no one around me to blame for tripping me. No, I simply failed to lift my right foot enough to clear the ground and I stumbled. Of course this happens all the time, we get embarrassed as we look around to see who witnessed our uncoordinated flop, and then we laugh at ourselves and we get walking again. But this time, as I started walking, I was struck by the thought that this is exactly what happens all the time in our careers and in our lives.
Too often we forget that life is a process that requires moving forward. We don’t get very much time (if any) to rest on our laurels. There is no such thing as actually “making it.” We are in a perpetual process of moving forward and this means that we have to lift one foot after the other and propel ourselves forward. We have to regather ourselves when we stumble. We have to laugh at ourselves for our clumsiness. Even more important, we have to always remember that even when we fall flat on our face, we are only one step away from moving forward again.
This is what the total integration of Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery is all about. It’s about creating the energy to move forward, It’s about having the resilience to get up when we stumble. It’s about having the brain agility to reflect, find meaning, re-focus, and use our experience to improve our performance. Remember, its all about habits and you are only one action away from building a new high performance habit. Let me know what you think.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer