by Dana Cavalea March 29, 2021

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Hi Team-

Happy Monday. 

We are back!

This weekend, I have to admit, I wondered aimlessly Sunday afternoon waiting for the week to get going!

But, as we know, wandering is not a good thing.

SO, when I get into one of those modes, I do one of two things, or both.

  1. I read.
  2. I exercise.

This is a magic formula for me.

You see, for many high performers, or goal-oriented people, downtime is essential, but our mind does not enjoy remaining idle since that is the opposite state it is in most of the week.

The mind needs a target.

It needs something to achieve, do, or consume.

Now, as I shared last week, I also make time each day for silence and disconnection, but that can not be the whole day.

SO, I give myself what it needs. 

How about you?

Do you find yourself wandering sometimes when you do not have anything achieve, do, or consume?

Well, historically, I have found wandering is not a confidence or conviction building state for most achievers.

Trying to ignore that ravenous achievement beast that lives within the high performer is never good. 

In fact, in addition to a confidence killer, it can make the high performer very down and frustrated.

So, we have to give the mind a bit of what it wants to keep it centered and happy.

Another trait of a high performer can be mood changes based on achievement or lack thereof.

They can get very low, if achievement is low.

They can get very high, if achievement is high.

The middle is hard to find.

So, what do we do.

Well, I teach high achievers to always be self-investing.

What is self-investing coach?

Well, quite simply it is investing in yourself at many different levels.

Level 1: Physical

Level 2: Intellectual

Level 3: Social

Level 4: Spiritual

Level 5: Financial

If you can get a high performer to focus on achievement within the levels, you bring them to greater levels of peace.

An investment in levels 1-4 often brings about competency and success in level 5.

Investment in level 1, physical,  is always the catalyst of great things to come.

This is why when I coach people, the first thing we work to get right is their physical self.

That is why when I, or anybody else starts to wander, it is critical to engage the physical.

Have you ever had times during the day when you feel stuck, frustrated, lost, or just out of sync?

Well, the next time you feel that way, get moving.

It will change everything.

Movement will shake up your energy and your desire to take the next action will present itself.

As you all know, I am obsessed with performance and output.

And, coaching others to achieve higher levels of both performance and output.

That starts by giving an understanding of the levels- and strategically engaging in the levels, moving up the level ladder one ladder at a time.

Do too much, or climb to fast, and frustration mounts.

Do too little, or climb to slow, and frustration mounts.

Helping individuals find the right pace for them is essential- and rarely do two individuals move or desire the same speed of ladder elevation.

Sequentially climb the ladder and you will feel each part of your life getting better and better, each day you climb.

Now, as we hit the ground running today, remember, movement is the great catalyst.

Go after your day.

Attack your day.

Commit to putting points on the board this week.

You got this!


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Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion 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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