Why the low carb approach toward optimizing performance?
“Your health is your real wealth.” Ghandhi
Throughout my life, I have taken many approaches. Some were not so healthy and some, most recently in my life, have been extremely healthy. I have come to the realization that without a foundation of health, it is very difficult or impossible to create optimal performance. We must provide ourselves, through a mind, body, spirit approach, what we need to live our lives to the fullest. I know from experience that without this focus on health, it is very difficult to perform at an optimal level.
I have spent the last five years experimenting with different approaches toward nutrition and fitness. From the standard American diet most of my life (highly not recommended), transitioning to a Paleo approach, then to a low carb diet plan, high protein weight lifter approach, to most recently, a very low carb and ketogenic approach. Although fine tuning my nutritional approach over the years, I have pretty much been following low carb diet tips the entire time.
I have also experimented with numerous different approaches toward fitness with high volume weightlifting, heavy power-lifting, cardio, high intensity training, body weight exercises and many others. I have completed two physique shows so that I could develop self-discipline around calorie restriction over a longer period of time. I also employ intermittent fasting on a regular basis for weight loss. At this stage of my life, I am focused on maintaining my health and preventing diseases such as cancer and dementia, which are common on both sides of my family. For me this is important. But I do believe, you must find an approach that works for you in your stage of life. You will learn from the research, that employing the right nutritional approach, many diseases can be prevented or even cured. Experts will share this fascinating information.
I do not pretend to be a nutritional and fitness expert in any way but I do have the passion for the topics. I enjoy learning and interviewing the experts for the podcast and writing blog posts that share the fundamentals with you, providing education and development in several different ways. I do offer a somewhat unique perspective. I have experienced a very successful corporate career in hospital administration, I have a passion for sharing the health – performance connection, I have demonstrated this commitment through two physique shows (missed a pro card by one place) and I have invested substantial into a podcast and social media presence.
In addition to optimizing health, it is also important to understand what leadership means, both in your career and in life.
What is a leader?
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” Vince Lombardi
From John F. Kennedy to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Jimmy Carter, history has shown us time and time again what a true leader looks like. We can learn from these leaders and strive to incorporate similar traits into our everyday lives. What are these traits that great leaders exhibit? A true leader has the ability to communicate effectively teaching people when they make mistakes in a supportive not critical way. A true leader has the patience to accept mistakes and setbacks taking everything in stride. A true leader doesn’t follow the crowd but instead has the courage to take the road less traveled.
Most importantly, a truly great leader will have people following without ever speaking a word. How does someone do this? The one characteristic of all the great leaders of the past are their ability to lead by example. To do this, you really have to know who you are and remain comfortable with yourself. You have to have conviction that what you are doing is right. If not, you will not be perceived as authentic to those that you are seeking to lead and you will not gain the confidence of others.
How does one get there?
“The Journey is the Reward!” Steve Jobs
For me, it is only through my experiences and through my self-reflection that I have become confident and comfortable enough with myself to lead others. After letting go of fear and insecurity, I started to listen to my dreams and set goals in life without fear of failure. Because let’s face it, we all fail in life at some point. It is an inevitable part of life so we can either choose to live in fear of or we can face it head on ready to take the bad with the good. I, for one, choose to take it all in stride making any failure a learning experience.
Another common mistake I often see is people not taking ownership of their ability to control their path and future. Many think that the people and situations around them control their thoughts, behaviors and ultimately their life’s work. This is far from the truth. We are in control of our self and, in fact, this is all that we ever really have control over.
The point is that in order to become an effective leader you must know yourself completely, truly embracing any strengths and weaknesses never letting fear stop you from trying anything. You must also take control of your life making the decision that you will live according to what you want blocking out any negative outside influences.
What I can do for you!
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
I want to help by inspiring you to listen and follow your intuition and dreams! Letting go of fear and taking back control of your life is what I can guide you through! At times in my life, I was not living up to my potential never achieving the maximum amount of satisfaction and fulfillment in life that I could possibly obtain. It is through my journey of self-growth and self-discovery that I have been able to gain true control over my life and be the leader that I always knew I could be. Through my experiences, I have become always mindful of what my shortcoming are and am constantly setting life goals to overcome these. I want to help you by showing you how to tap into your inner leader and develop the leadership qualities that you know are within.
Through my leadership podcasts, leadership blog posts and my social media I will give practical, usable advice and tips about how you too can be a leader. Whether you are an entrepreneur or a corporate leader, I want to share the executive experiences I have gained to help cultivate the future generations of leaders.
Challenge yourself daily, allowing yourself the opportunity to rise to the challenge and do your best. All you simply have to do is allow yourself to change your way of thinking. With open-mindedness, dedication and determination you will see drastic changes within before you know it allowing you to truly transform into the effective, prolific leader that you always knew you were!