IT’S YOUR LAST line of defense against being called a quitter. It can help you compensate for a lack of strength, skill, or natural ability. Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about it in Pumping Iron (“You just go on and go on… and say, ‘I don’t care what happens.’”), and a flu-stricken Michael Jordan exemplified it in the ’97 NBA finals by hitting the Game 5 winning shot after nearly collapsing with exhaustion. It’s what a triathlete needs to survive the last mile of an Ironman contest, and it often means the ultimate difference between success and failure.
We all know what it is—whether you call it guts, will, or balls. It’s mental endurance.
We all face various challenges each day, at home, at work, at the store and on the street. Many of them are just minor challenges, with which we deal automatically and easily, but some of them require strategy, thinking and mental endurance. If there is one thing that Neuro Athletics can teach you it’s that those who are about to mentally endure any situation are the ones who come out alive and thriving with success. Have you ever wondered how your endurance is mentally? Probably not,becaose the majority of society buys into the notion that endurance related to the heart and lungs and your capacity to run, swim and bike for a long period of time.
What would life be like if your brain’s endurance far outweighed your counter parts? How would this effect your productivity levels? Imagine how much more money you would be earning. Let me show you how we begin our beginner Neuro Athletes on a program to becoming mentally fit.
1. HYDRATION: You might be sick of seeing this word fishing at your face each health and fitness article you read but here’s the low down. Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. Brain cells require a delicate balance between water and various elements to operate, and when you lose too much water, that balance is disrupted. Your brain cells lose efficiency. Years of research have found that when we’re parched, we have more difficulty keeping our attention focused. Dehydration can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory. The ability to perform mental arithmetic, like calculating whether or not you’ll be late for work if you hit snooze for another 15 minutes, is compromised when your fluids are low.
2. MANAGE SET-BACKS: When you have a set-back the immediate response is to shut yourself off to the world and cry inside. Your brain adapts to whatever thought you have and whatever action you do. Manage your set-backs so when you come into play with a challenge your mentally fit enough to break away from it and move on fast.
3. SLEEP: In his most recent study Kripke found that “people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, live the longest, are happier and most productive”. The brain of the sleep-deprived individual is working normally sometimes, but intermittently suffers from something akin to power failure. Sleeping consecutively for 7 hours a night is sufficient enough to increase the endurance of your brain!
4. KEEP CLEAR OF NEGATIVE PEOPLE: Negative thoughts and negative people have a way of sucking your energy and infiltrating your mind with fear, doubt and insecurity. This is something someone who wants to win at the game of life stays away from. Scan around and look at who you spend most of your time with and start to move away those who are negative.
If you want to know more about how to become mentally fit, check out www.neuroathletics.com.au and www.thediamondboss.com for more info!