26: Why Entrepreneurs and Leaders Struggle With Health and Performance Optimization

Welcome to episode 26 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

I’m excited about today’s episode because we’re discussing why entrepreneurs and leaders struggle health and performance optimization.

In particular, we’re going to highlight three areas that are beneficial in business, but, can serve as a detriment with optimizing your health.

These are counterintuitive truths that ultimately decide whether you’ll reach your desired destination or continually end up flustered.

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why success in business doesn’t equal success in health
  • The critical mistakes successful entrepreneurs and leaders make with health optimization
  • Why the success paradox is so tricky
  • The 3 big reasons why entrepreneurs and leaders struggle with health and performance optimization
  • How to counter each of those potential 3 roadblocks to health optimization
  • And much more

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Welcome to another episode of optimal health for busy entrepreneurs. I’m your host, Julian Hayes II The second and today I’m going to discuss what high performing entrepreneurs and leaders don’t get when it comes to health and performance optimization. Now, coaching and advising high performers, and even merely just hanging around them, has bought some interesting insights into my life. You know, confidence is a necessity to succeed in business at the highest levels. You know, if you think about it, I’ve never seen someone with low confidence and low self esteem and low self worth. build something of abundance. You need at least a little touch of narcissism, delusions of grandeur, and pride. And one of my earliest episodes, in fact, was all about the Seven Deadly Sins of health and performance.

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That episode was deep

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and littered with jewels and practical takeaways. It’s one of my favorite episodes to date still, so definitely go check that out.

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But anyway,

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getting back on to today’s topic. I’ve encountered some of the most successful individuals who are crushing it in business. They have average health, their biomarkers are exceptionally average. And so you would think that this ability to be a success in business could directly translate to thriving with their health,

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but not so much.

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While health and business are intimately connected, there are some notable differences

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that are often overlooked.

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You would think that this ability to be a success in business could directly translate to thriving with your health, but not so much. While health and business are intimately connected in the necessary traits that are required for success. There are some notable differences that are often overlooked. At the beginning of building a business, you can adhere to the 8020 philosophy 8020 in your first product launch at 20, and sheer hustle, in fact, can get you to six figures. You can hack your way to a large email list. You can hack your way to building market visibility, you can hack your way to building up twitter followers, Facebook followers, LinkedIn followers, and the list goes on. But unfortunately, there is no hacking of the body. There is no hacking when it comes to optimal health and performance. The traits that made you successful in business, they won’t necessarily make you successful. When it comes to your health. The more action and things that you do in business,

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most likely, the more you’ll grow.

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But with your body and your overall system of health, the more you do, the less you likely grow and positively benefit from it. High performing functions and leaders also struggle with optimizing their health. Due to encountering the success paradox. And I speak on this often. You’ve unknowingly entered into a success paradox where there’s more responsibilities, more expectations, and less time available for yourself. And thus leading to your health not being as prioritize, nor given the precise nurturing that it deserves. And other examples of entrepreneurs struggling with their health for various reasons include being exhausted from handling so many different things in your life, emotions not being managed properly. Your overall stress bucket, it’s running over. You’re avoiding and procrastinating in one area, while overcompensating in another area to mask it. And simply, you’re crazy busy and you’re you aren’t effectively recharging. Having structure to your life. So with that said, let’s get into the three top points when it comes to sabotaging entrepreneurs efforts toward health optimization, and also with each of these, I will share a counter to each point. So number one is the all or none mentality.

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I’m willing to bet

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that being the top performer that you are, you have a strong and steadily growing appetite of ambition. You want to do big things, to make an impact, to forge a meaningful legacy. You’re relentless, and you come off as intense to a lot of people, you make bold choices. You have bold thoughts, sometimes people call them crazy, and you take bold action. You’re on a never ending quest of growth. You move at a very fast pace. And you’re simply either all in or you’re all out. And this type of mentality has made you very successful in business and throughout your career.

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However though,

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when you’re attempting to bring your body back into homeostasis, or even take it to levels of optimization and enhancement, you can’t flip the switch and go into hyperdrive.

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Productivity in business and health

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aren’t the same. You push too hard,

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and you get too aggressive with your health interventions. And you’ll end up pushed back twice as hard. And this can appear in the form of injuries, lab biomarkers that appear good in the short term, that appear to improve in the short term, only to worsen much later down the line. Because when you’re an overachiever,

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and you have this addiction to achievement,

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the hardest thing to do, but most often, the necessary thing to do is to slow down so you can build yourself up stronger in the long run. The all in mentality person. They’re quite competitive, not only with themselves, but with others. And this is good. But if you deviate too far from this, this is when it becomes problematic. And so I’ll give you an example. Let’s say someone that’s on a very strict and controlled diet. And you’ll avoid anything that deviates from the plan by even a fraction. And while this seems great on the surface, if you peel back a few layers, there’s a lot of potential downfalls to this type of persona. Because when you’re overly restrictive with yourself, this leads to a higher probability that you’re going to go overboard the moment that you give yourself some leniency. And the biggest problem here, with this type of persona is the tendency to be a perfectionist.

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And this pattern leads you to feel like

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you blew the entire thing. Should you make one poor choice for that day, or one poor choice that is during that day.

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And this is what we call catastrophizing.

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So with this type of all or none mentality, there’s a counter to this, and it’s simply to

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strive for perfection,

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but be okay, with inperfection.

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I like to think of this as being a college team during March Madness. And the goal during March Madness

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is to simply survive and advance.

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To live to fight another day.

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And you’ll tweak the imperfections as you go along. You’ll tweak the mistakes that you made in the previous game before you go play the next game. And I think about business and writing with myself. If I tried to be perfect to begin with, I wouldn’t be recording this podcast episode right now nor would I have had anything published out in the world, nor would I’ve probably made an impact on anyone. And so when you claim to these things, these ideas, these results that you want,

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but you can’t simply have right now,

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all that does

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is you’re accumulating this tension, and this tension is going to build up and it’s causing unnecessary stress and emotional wear and tear on you that’s affecting your human system.

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So what can we do with this?

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You can simply develop flexibility within your process and your strategy. Be rigid and adamant about where you want to go. This is simply your desired outcome. So be rigid about wanting to lose 20 pounds. Be adamant about wanting to have optimized levels in all your health biomarkers. But be flexible and open minded with the details of how you get to those desired destinations. There are multiple avenues that can all lead you to your desired results. But one path will be more ideal for your specific lifestyle and your unique biology. And this is where testing and leveraging data for precision performance comes into play.

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So step number two.

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The second counterintuitive truth is rigidness and stubbornness. So I’m a creature of habit. And I’m sure you are as well. But at some point in time, we all will hit a plateau with our goals. How you lose your first 15 pounds and get under 20% body fat won’t be the same principles that will help you lose the next 15 and get under 12%. And with health optimization, there are rules and levels to this game here. Someone that’s unbalanced, will have different strategies

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compared to someone that’s balanced.

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And that person will have different strategies compared to the person who is in the enhanced stage of their health optimization journey. The fundamentals can take you far. But for optimization and enhancement, this requires much more than just the basics, so you can’t cling to what got you here. And speaking of that point, a counter to rigidness and stubbornness is to learn how to pivot and to be open to new ideas. So what got you here won’t get you there? That’s a great book, by the way. It’s a must read. As I’m learning right now through life, and it seems like I’m reminded of this every week, it’s essential that you get comfortable with being uncomfortable. And don’t get me wrong with that with that statement there.

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This is harder than it sounds.

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Our brains by default, they will steer us toward our perceived comfort and everyday familiar habits and routines. And at this stage, it’s important to let go of any attachments when it comes to solving your health optimization goals. Commit to being the eternal student. When you pivot or seek help, it’s nothing against your capabilities, nor a slight on you as a person. In fact, pivoting and seeking help is the smartest thing you can do, because you are going to get to the same desired destination much faster, and without the unnecessary frustration and friction that will come along with it.

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And you don’t have to reinvent the wheel,

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just get off your current one and try something different.

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And our third point here is to never let off the gas pedal. Being a successful entrepreneur and leader. One thing that won’t be a question I’m willing to bet

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is your work ethic. Working harder,

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has most likely never failed you in business.

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improving our cognition, optimizing our brain, building muscle, losing body fat, and improving your various blood biomarkers. It’s not as simple as flicking an on and off switch. It’s not as simple as just throwing more darts at the board and hoping that takes care of it. Precision is necessary. But in business, though, more capital, more resources, more people, the business will exponentially grow. But that’s not how health optimization goes. You know, you see our human system. It craves balance, it needs just the right amount for each input of that system. It’s a delicate pendulum. So a counter to never letting off the gas pedal is, of course, to strategically hit the brakes. So if you try to do just more, and just keep doing more, and pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing, you’re going to be disappointed, you’re most likely going to burn out as well. And so in this instance here, your best bet is to slow down, observe, and listen. And it’s not the most sexiest advice. I understand that and that’s what I had to learn too, when I was trying to go from optimize to enhanced. Slowing down, it’s probably not even in your everyday vocabulary, but through experience, most high performers

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who I’ve come into contact with,

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they were teetering on the brink of burnout and were heavily sympathetically driven.

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In other words,

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their body’s needed a lot of regen work before anything else. So before getting to that goal, before taking them to that, to that vision of them being optimized and enhance and healthy body fat levels and optimal biomarkers, we actually had to take some steps back, we actually had to tear the car down

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and build it from scratch.

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And so when it comes to top performance and health optimization, the majority of your work revolves around inquiry, not decision making. Doing the preliminary work at this stage is non negotiable.

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And practical examples of hitting the brakes

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is holding off from taking just massive action and going balls to the walls toward a goal. It’s instead, when you decide to hit the brakes. Initially, you stop and you collect some initial data, you collect some initial numbers, as a baseline, to see where you stand right now. So let’s use an example here. You want to improve your cognition, and your brain health, your memory, your focus, and all the various dimensions that comes with cognition. But do you even know how it’s initially performing right this very moment. And so getting an initial picture for the state of your brain and your cellular health leads to you having much more clarity about what needs to be done. And this is saving you work over the long term, because you’re getting more precise with the action steps that you’re going to implement. Because when you have more clarity, you are able to craft such a much much more precise plan that is strictly tailored to to your unique biology. This is living an N of 1 lifestyle. And so with our example here, of someone who’s looking to improve their cognition and their brain health.

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A simple tool

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that I’ve recommended is to get yourself a BrainSpan assessment. And this is going to measure your cell and your cognitive health.

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And a big portion

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of our brain health revolves around your omega six to omega three ratio, and I’m sure you’ve heard of those by now. And so by taking action, such as this assessment here, initially, you’re arming yourself with a report that is detailing your baseline for your brain health and your functioning right now. So this is going to provide you with essential information to make informed and more decisive decisions right now. So you can improve your brain and cellular health overall through simple nutritional and lifestyle interventions.

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And so with that said,

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thanks for tuning in to another episode. And so to quickly hit those points again, three of the biggest mistakes, and that entrepreneurs get mixed up when it comes to optimizing their health and their performance is operating with all or none mentality. Number two is to be they’re rigid, they’re stubborn. And number three is never letting off the gas pedal. These things that I just named, these three things are valuable. When it comes to business, especially at certain stages. You need to have that stubbornness. You need to have that rigidness and that belief in your vision. You need to be relentless, when you’re trying to create something from nothing. And you need to be all in when you’re pursuing a dream. But when it comes to health optimization and precision performance.

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Those things can be the very things

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that cause frustration and prevent you from getting what you ultimately want. So what got you here won’t get you there. So I hope this episode has been of benefit. And until next time, stay awesome and be limitless…peace

25: Sleep is a Skill with Mollie McGlocklin

Welcome to episode 25 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

I often mention that sleep has its strings on every single facet of life. When it comes to optimal health, sleep is the foundational pillar.

And my guest this week, Mollie McGlocklin is here to deliver a masterclass on sleep optimization.

Mollie wasn’t someone who is a naturally great sleeper, it’s something she developed. What initially sparked me to reach out to Mollie was her optimistic outlook along with being a treasure-trove of information when it comes to sleep. I’ve never come across anyone who loves the subject of sleep as much as she does.

I enjoyed this conversation and I think you will as well due to her easy-going spirit along with her impactful advice around sleep. Here’s more information about her:

Mollie is the creator of Sleep Is A Skill, a company that optimizes how people sleep through a unique blend of technology, accountability, and behavioral change. The company was born from “scratching her own itch” after a lifetime of poor sleep habits culminated into a mega-challenging bout of insomnia for months without end. With a background in psychology & human behavior, she went down the rabbit hole to solve her own sleep disturbances without sleeping aids. She became fascinated with chronobiology, and by extension, its practical applications to restore a state of homeostasis not only to her sleep but also to her life as a whole. Knowing the difference between a life with sleep and without, she’s now dedicated her life to sharing the forgotten skill set of sleep.

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How she’s handling life during the quarantine and lockdowns
  • What’s glymphatic drainage, how can sleep support it, and why do we care?
  • Her nutrition strategy and overall approach to optimal health
  • Her origin story
  • Why sleep is a skill
  • The connection between sleep, HRV Metrics, and dating (seriously!)
  • Top habits to becoming a great sleeper
  • Beneficial sleep technology
  • The importance of our circadian rhythm
  • And much more

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