I think it’s so dope that we live in a time where people are becoming consciously aware of the importance of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We see these sentiments expressed all the time:
“Good Vibes Only”
“Living My Best Life”
In my personal experience I’ve found that working on our mindset, moving every day, managing stress, and eating high quality foods all have a synergistic effect on us. While working on any of these individually can give us positive results, intentionally focusing on all four simultaneously can have a profound impact on our lives.
Taking this “the sum is greater than its individual parts” approach, many of my clients and I have had a huge shift in the type of people we are. We are more at peace, less reactive, more resilient, more confident, believe in our ability to achieve, and more focused on leading the types of lives we want to live.
I call this Synergistic Performance: Performing optimally on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level simultaneously .
When we eat well and move consistently, it improves our mood.
When we’re in a better mood, we believe in our ability to accomplish goals.
When we believe in our ability to accomplish goals, we act with confidence and get things done.
Being productive, feeling/looking good, having confidence, and being in a positive mental state allows us to improve our spiritual wellness. It increases our capacity for love, forgiveness, joy, altruism, fulfillment, and makes us more compassionate towards ourselves and others.
The spiritual aspect is so important because it is what gives us permission to not be so hard on ourselves when we’re not perfect (which we never are). It allows us to take our shortcomings and reframe them in a way that allows us to take action and grow as opposed to beating ourselves up and wallowing in self-pity (guilty, I’ve been there plenty of times).
Fortunately, since I’ve grown into a Synergistic Performer, I rarely succumb to negative self-talk. Because I’m more self-aware, I’m much more mindful when those types of thoughts come up. When they do pop up I do one of two things
- I realize that the negative thoughts that I have are not true. They’re a narrative.
- If a problem does exist, I create a plan of action to take care of it.
This shift would not have been possible if I had not started eating better, worked on my mental fitness, or learned how to better manage stress.
How To Become A Synergistic Performer
As the old adage goes, “practice makes perfect.” By consistently working on our mental, physical, and emotional health on a daily basis, we can get better at this game called life. Here are some simple strategies you can try to include in your daily life to become a Synergistic Performer.
- Walk in nature
- Resistance training
- Eliminate as much processed foods and refined sugars as possible
- Eat as many whole foods as possible
- Drink plenty of water (at least half of your bodyweight in ounces)
- Breath work
- Gratitude Journaling
- Reflecting in a quiet environment
- Sitting out in nature
- Express your need/desires with loved ones
- Focus on what you can control
- Let go of attachments
- Practice forgiveness
- Stop comparing your life to others
- Get clear on your “Why”
- Be authentic
By incorporating some of these practices from each category on a daily basis, you will put yourself in a position to live your best life and be a synergistic performer. Take your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health to a higher level by allowing one aspect to positively impact the other. No matter how difficult life can get, you have the power to put it in the proper perspective and create change. Take it one day at a time my friends. All we have is this moment.