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Humans are not meant to run at high speeds continuously for long periods of time, instead we are performing at our best when we move between expending energy and intermittently renewing energy.
To do this, we need to live a rhythmic life with periods of intense activity followed by periods of rest.
You are much better off oscillating between activity and recovery than when you are living in a linear fashion with your brakes on all the time.
Most of us are in a state of constant energy preservation. We’re never fully engaged or fully off, we just keep going until the clock hits 5pm.
The top players optimize the rest between each point.
Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr have found that the top players are able to lower their heart rates between points by up to twenty beats per minute while the average player’s heart rate stays the same.
Rituals are powerful because they insure that we use as little conscious energy as possible where it is not absolutely necessary, leaving us free to strategically focus the energy available to us in creative ways
If you want to perform at your highest level, you have to optimize each of these four sources of energy:
Physical: How’s your body doing? How’s your muscle to fat ratio? How does your nutrition look like?
Emotional: How’s your emotional life doing? Do you feel positive emotions on a regular basis? Are you emotionally resilient?
Mental: How’s your brain doing? Are you able to focus and concentrate for sustained periods of times?
Spiritual: How’s your motivation doing? Do you have a purpose in life? And a clear set of values that drive your actions?
The better your nutrition, sleep, and exercise are, the more physical energy you'll have.
Potential energy rituals to replenish your physical energy:
Concentration is mainly your attention.
To perform at your best, you must be able to sustain concentration, and move flexibly between broad and narrow focus.
Potential energy rituals to replenish your mental energy:
Set an exact time and exact place for when you'll do something dramatically increases your chances of actually doing it.
To manage your energy as skillfully as possible, you must rely on positive energy rituals that happen automatically without the use of any willpower on your part.
The beauty of rituals:
Harness and optimize your energy, as it is even more important that time.
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