by Dana Cavalea October 12, 2017

 

I have to be honest with you.. 

I am embarrassed to admit this....

But.... I have an addiction to social media! 

Scrolling, looking, evaluating.. and most importantly.. GETTING DISTRACTED.

Even Coaches can get distracted as well.. so it is critical to build in levels of checks and balances for yourself so you can stay on top.

As you know.. I am somebody that is always trying to get to the "roots" of things.. and when I feel a slight decrease in focus and performance.. my antennas go up.

So what did I find out about myself?

1. I tend to scroll to "fill" my empty time. 

2. I tend to scroll when I am feeling mental fatigue.

3.I tend to scroll when I am needing a "pick me up" (even though scrolling often leads me to a "let me down").

What started years ago as just being attached to the ping of my email going off.. more of a defensive action has now become more of "preventative" action or "offensive" action of staying on the up and up...

I now know what everybody has going on... but in the process.. lose my focus and track of what I have going on!

It is no wonder why prescription drug Xanax is flying off the shelf faster than any other drug.. this is real.. this is reality.. (talk about a performance inhibitor!)

I wanted to share this with you because now that I have created "identification", I am now able to self-correct.

Scary stuff. This summer I even watched a special on 60 minutes that discussed the addiction and the casino consultants that were hired by these Companies to keep the addiction alive and well. Scary!

The lesson here is not just about addiction and self-realization.. but sometimes we are not aware of why we feel a certain way (tired, fatigued, irritable, un-focused).. but the reason could be something as simple as too many "screen" hours per day.

When we are working with athletes and high performers, all of these variables must be analyzed since we are always looking for limiting factors that may be taking away from their "EDGE"...

That "empty space" is critical to creativity, rest, recovery, and a feeling of mental freshness..

Take time to "disconnect" and enjoy the quiet time.. No TV, No laptop, No phone.. 

The peace on the other side of connection will create "freshness" mentally and physically when you do this day after day... the power of compounding disconnection! #likeapro

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

 

Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!


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