Do you consider yourself a high performer in life? I believe that each of has the desire to become the best version of our selves and continuously improve our performance in life and business. In this episode, Alan Stein Jr. shares with us 3 keys to high performance that will greatly serve you on your personal improvement journey.
3 Keys to High-Performance with Alan Stein Jr.:
Alan Stein Jr. started out on the 🏀 basketball court but fell in love with the training aspect and became a performance coach for basketball players, he got to see the before and after picture of what it takes to be an elite-level basketball player. He then pivoted to a corporate space where he has used all the lessons that he learned from elite level athletes to help executives and entrepreneurs.
“Success is a result of what you do all the time” – Alan Stein Jr.
What does this mean?
Whatever you are trying to achieve will be a direct result of your habits, which are what you do unconsciously and consistently. We get to choose our habits and our habits dictate the finish line, the success, the happiness, the fulfillment. The best way to cross that finish line is to focus on our habits. 🏁
“Are the habits you have today on par with the dreams you have for tomorrow?”
Your dreams have to be aligned with your habits, if your habits don’t match your dreams you need to either change your dreams or improve your habits!
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Alan let’s talk about burnout for entrepreneurs and executives.
Have you dealt with burnout from work? 😖
Based on my interest and vocation, self-care has not been an issue for me. I’ve always been focused on discipline and taking care of myself. But when I transitioned into corporate work I realized that many people are dealing with burnout.
Self-care needs to become a priority and a focal point, it needs to become as habitual as possible.
Action Step: 📑
Do a self-care audit: jot down on paper 4-5 activities that fill your bucket and re-charge your spirit. On another piece of paper write down your morning and evening routine. How do you spend the first and last hour of your day?
Compare these 2 sets of notes. You may find a gap between what you are supposed/need to do and what you actually do. This will help you work from a place of strength instead of a place of fatigue.
Why is it important to live in the present?
Alan is a 44 yr. old amicably divorced father of 3, a keynote speaker, author, and entrepreneur by trade, living in the moment is the most difficult challenge he faces every day. It is so challenging to not think about the past or worry about the future whether it is a few weeks/months ago or just a few minutes away. 📅
“Be where your feet are” – Alan Stein Jr.
If you are going to be with someone then be there mind body and soul.
It is not easy because we are bombarded with distractions, but we have to learn how to block out all of the distractions and stay in the present moment. Ultimately this is the definition of being mentally tough. There is an acronym that I use called WIN.
You have to learn how to give your full attention and focus on what’s important now.
If you go to lunch with someone then you need to show them that they have your full undivided attention.
How do you keep yourself in the present? ☑
First and foremost, you must set up a physical environment that is conducive to being present. You have to be self-aware; I know that if I have my phone on me I WILL check it. So, if I go to lunch with you I will leave it in the car or set it face down on silent so I won’t know if it goes off.
Say you are an entrepreneur and one of your team members walk into your office, you can either say hold on a minute I’m in the middle of something but I’m almost done or you can close your laptop and say hey how can I help you. If you are looking at your phone or computer while talking to someone you are not serving either, you are distracted.
Alan Stein Jr.’s final thought: 🗯
Action thought that Alan uses himself: (embrace simplicity) I have a loose vision of who I want to be in 20 years. I want the 64-year-old Alan to be physically mentally and emotionally fit, to have a very deep and fulfilling relationship with his children, family, friends, and closest clients and colleges, doing what he considers to be very meaningful work in service of others.
Every day and every decision I make I run through the binary filter of “will this take me closer to becoming that guy or further away” From what I eat for lunch and who I follow on Instagram, I run through this filter. The goal is to make as many decisions as possible that are in alignment with who I want to be.
When I run everything through this filter it becomes really simple. You can use this kind of binary filter in any space of your life.
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Which of Alan’s 3 keys to high performance stood out to you the most?