Some of the best lives I've seen lived come from individuals who can carry steady momentum forward in both good and difficult times. Steady momentum feels like driving comfortably in the middle lane where the pace is just right. Progress is being made toward the destination, not too fast or slow, little risk of danger, good spacing between vehicles, and holding a conversation is possible.
A well-paced life is hard to keep in today’s rapidly changing world. And, sometimes it’s hardest to keep ideal momentum chugging along when life is almost too good.
When life is too good it’s common to see people back off of their ideal pace and slowdown in an attempt to hold onto their good fortune longer.
In essence, they’ve gone from playing a solid offense to an over-vigilant defense.
That, actually, puts their good fortune at risk.
When a team is ahead they try to protect their score by playing less aggressively and adopt what is commonly called a “prevent defense.” This defense is where the team backs up toward their goal line thinking that when they back up they have more protection against their opponents scoring with a long run or pass. This often backfires because the opposing team then does short passes and runs into the open field immediately in front of defenders that have backed up. The offense then marches down the field short yardage play after play then score from the steady momentum gained. The momentum shift from scoring then bolsters the team belief they can win and then they do a comeback and win.
A good defense at the expense of a solid and steady offense sounds great but seldom delivers.
Prolific people who succeed often know the secret to their success in large part results from them making their decisions out of what they stand to gain, not lose.
They keep a steady pace that allows them to carry momentum forward and adapt as needed.
At the first sign they’re speeding up they back off. And, conversely, when they start to play life too conservatively they speed up to get back in flow.
Another advantage of avoiding the too fast or slow lane is it conserves our mental and physical resources giving us more time and longevity to create more successes.
When life is too good keep playing your best offense in the middle lane as its what leads most predictably to the winners circle.
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Your own metabolism is killing you.
The incomprehensible bazillions of biochemical reactions firing off every nanosecond in every one of your cells have consequences.
Because there is no free lunch.
Not even in biology. The truth is...
There is a master anabolic switch hidden deep inside your cells. It unlocks rapid muscle growth, stimulates tissue repair, activates your immune system, and generally makes us stronger and more capable.
It’s known as “mTOR.”
You may have heard of it in the bodybuilding and biohacking worlds.
However, this master anabolic switch is not as straightforward as some might like you to believe.
The equation is more complicated than mTOR = more muscle gain.
The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.
At our clinic, the LifeWorks Wellness Center, we have many clients—male and female—who have problems with low energy, depression, and insomnia. With these patients, we’ll measure neurotransmitter levels. The results tell the same story:
Symptomatic patients have neurotransmitter levels far below the optimal standards.
Even when patients have been given prescription psych medications by their doctor, their levels remain low because the drugs do not correct the underlying cause.