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How To Recover From A Drop In Performance

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We all go through drops in performance. It happens


Whether it comes from taking too much time away—vacation, illness, injury or lack of interest—or NOT taking time away, we can experience a drop in our mental and physical performance which can lead to a frustrating drop in results


Sustained intense effort causes fatigue and lack of focus. The desire to “suck it up” and stay in the fight leads to mistakes, injuries…or worse. And there can be cultural pressure to perform, which in turn leads to deeper issues that impact confidence, desire and overall execution.

On flip side, a drop in performance after a layoff can be equally frustrating and just as debilitating. It can be hard to find the drive and motivation, especially after losing the “edge” high-performers crave.

So what can we do to combat this? 
How do we recover from a drop in performance? 
And how can we prevent it from happening agin?

Join me on this episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ podcast for a discussion on how to recover from a drop in performance in business, sports, and life.

In this episode, we explore:

– Why feelings are false and how to ignore the ones that inhibit performance

– How to recover from a stall and get back on altitude

- A 5-step execution plan for breaking inertia and getting into to big action

– The unorthodox approach a college football team takes to keep their athletes sharp

– Why worry and anxiety diminish results, and how to deal with both

– and more…

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.


The Power of Patience

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What can you learn from the career of a bamboo farmer? Why must leaders in any field—from sports to business to public office and even growing a family—develop the power of patience?

Anyone can lose their temper.
Anyone can throw their weight around.
And anyone can allow their ego, anger and lack of self-control to go unchecked and be used as a way to illicit a response from others.

And unfortunately, that response can be mistaken for leadership…which it is not. Far from it.

But it takes a strong and disciplined person to remain in their power; to feel the frustration and let it pass. And just like a muscle, patience takes time and practice to develop.

Join me for an in-depth discussion on how to develop (and grow) your patience as a leader.

In this episode, we explore:
– Why it is imperative to stop comparing your results to others (and obsessing over where you “should be by now”) 
– Two questions you must ask in order to get past momentary frustration
– How practicing patience daily can bring huge benefits (and affect your results)
– What happens when you feel frustration…and let it flow through you like a river
– How to channel your frustrations into jet fuel for progress
– Why you should note improvement…and even regression..of your patience practice
– and more…

And be sure to get complimentary access my 52-week strategy course, The Weekly Momentum Shift™ at www.FlyWithJT.com today

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

Deliberate Practice and The Science of High Achievement

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What does it take to be great at what you do? How many hours of work does it really take to become an ‘expert’? What if you could shorten that time, and get even better results in the process?

Believe it or not, expertise and high achievement isn’t just about putting in the time; it’s about putting in the right kind of effort with an emphasis on high-value execution, a discipline called Deliberate Practice.

With a profound hat tip to Dr. Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, listen in as we peel back the curtain on the science of high achievement and what it takes to develop greatness through deliberate practice.

In this episode, we discuss:
– How honing in on one small aspect of your mission could exponentially increase performance
– Why focusing on “doing it better” is more effective than “being prefect”
– What happens when we apply full concentration and 100% attention on a single action
– Why focusing on what you didn’t do as well as you’d like can lead to improvement
– How to use feedback to calibrate and refine your execution
– and more

Plus, we examine Duckworth’s “cycle of skill development” and how to apply it to your business, career and life.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

The Process: How High-Performers Rise To Any Challenge

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As a high-achiever and leader, you likely wrestle with tackling the big tasks, making the tough decision and moving the mission forward. It can be daunting at times.

But just look to top-performing teams and individuals and you will notice a methodology to the way they approach their missions.

Regardless of how big the mission or competitive the arena, high-performers know they must trust a process to keep them on point and performing at their best.

With a hat tip to acclaimed author, Ryan Holiday, and his masterpiece tome The Obstacle Is The Way, we dissect that process and explore how to implement it in business and life in this week’s episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™podcast.

Join us for this week’s episode we discuss:

  • Why preparation and hard work trump obsessing and stressing over outcomes
  • How smashing big things in small pieces leads to better results
  • 2 things you must clarify before beginning any big project or mission
  • Why focusing on this “one” thing is a key shift you must make
  • The power of presence and why being “right here, right now” can save the mission
  • The importance of focusing on “the finish”
  • and more…

And remember, it’s not about doing “more” or being a superhero; it’s about doing what must be done right now, and doing it well.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

Breaking Dread: How To Take On A Daunting Task

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Let’s face it: we all have things in life we’d rather avoid. Call it putting off the pain, delaying the dread or just flat-out procrastination, there comes a time in everyone’s life when we have to saddle up and get the job done.

And it’s especially true for High-Performers.

Whether it’s that tough workout at the crack of dawn, the big proposal to the ideal client or filing taxes, we can either choose to stagnate and stall out or face the music and dance.

But how do we attack those things we dread?
And how can we mange the daunting tasks better, get them done more efficiently and with better results?

Join me for a deep dive on how to attack your most dreaded missions with confidence and intensity in a way that leaves you with more time (and energy) to enjoy the best parts of your day.

In this episode, we deep dive into:

  • The power of the “big picture” and how stepping back to see it might just save your bacon
  • Why snap judgements and preconceived notions can sabotage your progress
  • How smashing things to pieces might just accelerate your results
  • What happens when you try to focus on too much at once (and ONE thing you should obsess over instead)
  • and more…

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

The 4-Steps To Striking Down Fear

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Like it or not, fear is a part of life. Regardless of whether you’re running a business, training for an athletic competition, putting your art out into the world for all to see or raising a family, fear is an ever-preset part of the human experience.

But fear is one of the most misunderstood factors in success.

Fear is important.

It can be a healthy part of the equation, and when utilized properly, can boost performance.

But no matter how you slice it, fear can make or break any achiever, regardless of talent or experience.

So how do high-performers leverage fear to elevate their game? And how do the best of the best use it to gain a competitive edge and win consistently?

Listen to insights I share on how Naval Aviators function with fear and how you can implement a simple 4-step process to strike fear down.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How preparation trumps fear, and how you can efficiently plan your missions for success
  • Why it’s crucial to talk through your fear with trusted advisors and team members
  • What imperfect execution does to fear (and why perfection makes it worse)
  • The power of “debriefing” your mission, and how it accelerates improvement in performance
  • and more…

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.


What 30 Days With No Alcohol Taught Me About Success

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I haven’t had a drop of alcohol in 30 days. No liquor, no wine, no mixed drinks, no beer (my preferred poison)…not even a blast of mouthwash.

I gave myself the challenge of abstaining for 30 days from something I love in order to learn a thing or two about someone I love: ME.

What can 30 days without alcohol teach about high performance strategy and success? Turns out it can teach plenty.

And in this episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ podcast, I break down what the last 30 days have been like, what I actually learned from it, and why I did it.

Listen in and learn:

  • How taking the difficult path is key and essential for pushing through to new levels of performance
  • Why saying no to a simple joy can lead to newfound strength in all areas of your life
  • The myths of denying yourself comfort you may take for granted (and why you should)
  • How keeping a journal is a tool to virtually guarantee your success during any challenge
  • What you can learn about your own psychology from doing a challenge like this in private
  • and more

Total confession: this has been one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Seriously. And as happy as I am to go back to enjoying frosty microbrewed IPAs, I have a newfound appreciation for myself and the discipline it takes to see something like this through to the end.

I highly encourage you to find your own challenge and undertake it.

It just might change your life.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

Developing Unshakeable Self Discipline

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Let’s face it: those goals you’ve set for yourself are a lot easier to dream about than they are to execute…especially if they are the big and challenging kind that push you to be your best.

Fact is, anything worth pursuing is a challenge, and it’s easy to be seduced into slacking off from time to time.

Whether it’s a fitness or nutrition goal, a business or financial target or a major career aspiration, if you want to achieve your best and BE your best, it requires developing strong self discipline.

In this episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ I guide you through a process of what it takes to build and maintain discipline every day.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How visualizing long-range outcomes reinforces discipline and quells temptation
  • What the “Roger That” mentality is and why it strengthens self discipline
  • Why the daily practice of intentional discomfort keeps you on track with your commitments
  • Why doing “the hard stuff” early sets you up for success all day
  • The role of focus and priorities in your DMO (and how they bolster discipline)

Plus, I share why you need “ABC” goals, what they are, and and how to set them.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

The Importance of Pain, Discomfort And Doing What You Dread

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What a world we live in…
Easy convenience at the push of a button.
Limitless options, customizable comfort, on-demand luxury.
Almost instant fulfillment of our every desire (it even includes free shipping).

And it is slowly killing us.

We live in a world of convenience and ease; a world that is making us miserable and soft. As humans we need adventure, we crave a little danger, and we hunger for a challenge to push ourselves in order to actualize our greatness.

And that all sounds great until the rubber meets the road, and we are stripped of our comfort and forced to confront our pain, our fear and our inner doubts.

But what if instead of numbing our pain, we embraced it?
What if instead of running from discomfort, we hunted it down?
And what if instead of avoiding the things we dread, we boldly stepped to them, going face-to-face with them…unflinching and ready to execute?

Join me for a no-holds-barred discussion on the importance of pain and discomfort and how seeking it out can make us stronger, wiser and better-equipped for the challenges that bring out the best in us.

In this episode we explore:

  • The role of pain in creating extraordinary results
  • How enduring challenging times can spark creativity and innovation
  • Why pain provides clarity and focus and shows our blind spots and areas that need improvement
  • What we can learn from extreme discomfort that is otherwise masked by ease and contentment
  • and more…

Plus, we discuss 6 ways to use pain to elevate your performance and improve your results.

Listen here.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

Does Negative Visualization Lead To Better Results?

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This may come as a surprise to some, but life isn’t always sunshine and lollipops. And when you are going after big goals and missions, it can even be downright challenging.

High-Performers know this, and the best-of-the-best make a point to expect it. They practically inoculate themselves to setbacks and disappointment by thinking through their mission and planning for the inevitable bumps in the road.

And it is giving them a massive advantage that leads to better results.

Join JT for an examination into the practice of “negative visualization”: planning for the worst-case scenario.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How considering less-than-desirable outcomes is different than pessimism and cynicism
  • Why negative visualization DOES NOT lead to negative outcomes (and may avert them)
  • What a “premortem” is and how to use it to avoid future catastrophes
  • Who you should turn to BEFORE the wings fall off the project or mission
  • Why thinking through everything that could go wrong could serve as a massive advantage to you
  • and more…

And be sure to download your complimentary copy of JT’s award-winning book, Flight Plan To Success™ at http://www.FlyWithJT.com

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.