How is it that on some days you feel highly motivated, energized and willing to crush it, while on other days you feel sluggish, unmotivated and pulled towards procrastination?
The answer is quite straightforward: It’s determined by your state of mind.
You see, all of your short-term decisions, actions and thoughts are determined by your current state of mind.
For example, no matter how kind and generous you might be, you might suddenly snap at a colleague or loved one when you’re in an angry or stressed state of mind. In that case, a low-quality state of mind caused a low-quality action.
Learning how to take control of your state of mind is essential if you want to consistently perform at higher levels. If you don’t, you and your performance always be at the mercy of your temporary state of mind.
How Your Mental State Determines Your Performance
Your mental state of mind is influenced by many things throughout the day. Everything from the quality of your sleep to the foods you eat to the people you hang out with has an effect on what mental state you’re in.
By being engaged in certain habits or activities like hanging out with unambitious people, sleeping in, watching a lot of TV or Netflix, scrolling through social media non-stop (especially in the morning), eating bad foods and procrastinating on your work, you’ll get sucked into a lousy state of mind.
From this lousy state of mind, it’s incredibly hard to motivate and energize yourself to work hard on your tasks for the day. Instead, you feel sluggish, unmotivated and more eager to seek distractions.
From a peak state of mind, however, you actually feel energized, motivated and pulled towards taking action on your goals. From this state of mind, it’s much easier to stop procrastinating and to be productive instead.
“If you want to make it big, you’ve got to push yourself beyond your limits. You’ve got to pump yourself up and get yourself into a hyper mental state. And you have to do this yourself. Nobody can do this for you.” — Tony Robbins
Successfully changing your state at will, over and over again, is what will set you apart from the rest. It’s what will help you perform at the highest levels, stop procrastinating and do the things that are right for you and your future.
That’s why, right now, I’ll go over 5 quick ways that I personally use to instantly get into a peak state in order to consistently crush my days. These ‘hacks’ can all be done anywhere within one to five minutes. Many of them involve the use of the body because when you change the way you move, you change the way you feel.
State Change Hack #1: Wim Hof Breathing
One of the most recent findings in the bio-hacking field is that your breath has an immense influence on your health, energy and mental state of mind. It turns out that, by using only your breath, you can influence anything from your immune system to your creativity and your energy levels.
But for now, let’s just focus on how your breath can help you get into a peak state of mind where you feel energized and motivated to crush the day.
By breathing deeply through the belly, you inhale a lot more oxygen than you normally do when you breathe on autopilot (in fact, the way most people breathe on autopilot is one of the leading causes of low energy and diseases).
In a nutshell, more oxygen equals more energy. And when you have more energy, you’re less likely to fall into a lousy state of mind from which you’ll procrastinate and dabble around.
If you want to experience the energy-generating benefits of breathwork right away, you can try the following exercise (which is from the Wim Hof Method), which I do on a regular basis to instantly get into a peak state:
For 10–30 seconds, inhale and exhale strongly through your mouth, without any pauses in between the breaths. It’s important to breathe through your belly instead of through your chest.
Important: you will probably start to feel light-headed, which is completely normal. Always make sure you do this exercise in a safe environment and never do it while driving or while swimming.
Now notice how you feel. You might even feel tingling sensations in your body, and you probably feel a bit more lightheaded. But overall, you feel energized. You’ve flooded your body with oxygen, and that means that you have generated a ton of energy. If you’re like me, you feel hyped and ready to tackle whatever is in your way.
So far, I’ve never experienced that I didn’t feel motivated or energized to go out and crush it after doing this breathing exercise. Try it for yourself!
State Change Hack #2: Quick Exercise
Another instant state change hack is to go for a quick workout. You don’t even have to do a full-workout of 30+ minutes. Instead, doing a few push-ups, squats, jumping jacks, yoga or kettlebell swings (my personal favourite) can already be enough to get into a peak state.
The reason why is that exercise elevates the heart rate and increases blood circulation. This makes you feel more awake and energized — and that’s exactly what you need to get out of that sluggish lousy state of mind and into a peak state of mind.
It’s crazy to think how easy it is to change your state of mind. All you have to do is push yourself to do a few of these state change ‘hacks’ and your day will look completely different.
State Change Hack #3: Take A Cold Shower
‘Cold showers, no freaking way I’m doing that’ is what I first thought when I read that cold showers help you to feel more energized.
Fortunately, one of my closest friends went on a Wim Hof expedition where he learned about the amazing psychological & physiological benefits of cold exposure (and breathwork), so he was able to convince me to give cold showers a try.
I’m extremely grateful that he did. Because since then, taking a cold shower has become one of my go-to tools for getting out of a lousy state of mind and into a peak state of mind in an instant.
Nowadays, I end every shower with at least 30-seconds of cold water crashing onto my body. It may seem a little crazy at first, but it works wonders. In fact, it turns out that taking cold showers (and cold exposure of any type) has massive benefits, such as:
- Improved blood circulation
- Reduced stress levels
- Higher level of alertness
- Increased willpower
- Stronger immune system
- Stimulates weight loss
I have to admit, at first, taking cold showers sucks.
Your body is actually going into a stress response as the cold water hits your skin, but the key is to stay calm, control your breath, breathe deeply and silence your mind. After 10–15 seconds you’ll start to notice that you can actually handle it and that it’s not as bad as you first thought it would be.
Try to stay for at least 30 seconds under the cold water and notice how awake, energized and on fire you feel when you leave the shower. This instant boost of energy feels amazing, and it’s totally worth the initial struggle.
There hasn’t been a single time where I didn’t feel energized and motivated to go out and crush it after taking a cold shower. It immediately changes my mindset from ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ to ‘let’s gooooo!!’.
State Change Hack #4: Watch A Motivational Video
Yes, as cheesy as it may sound, watching a motivational video can be a highly effective state change hack. Personally, I always find myself on fire after watching a motivational video.
It’s not really that the video itself gets me going. Rather, it’s that I’m reminded of my own goals and ambitions, which sparks the necessary motivation to go out and create a highly productive day.
State Change Hack #5: Review Your Goals
One of the reasons why we fall back into a lousy state of mind is that we’re not visually confronted with our goals often enough during the day. We kind off forget about our goals and are pulled towards distractions as our motivation levels plummet.
One way to prevent this from happening is by reviewing your goals every single day (preferably multiple times per day). You need to make sure that your goals are at the forefront of your mind. This will help you get more motivated, focused and therefore more productive.
Furthermore, remind yourself every single day about all the reasons why you want to achieve your goals. Your ‘why’ is a much stronger motivator than the goal itself. Your ‘why’ is your reason for setting the goal in the first place.
Ask yourself, ‘how will my life look like when I achieve this goal?’ Think about what it’ll do to your finances, relationships, self-esteem, health your career. Use this ‘pleasure’ as fuel to motivate yourself.
But also think about how your life would look like when you wouldn’t achieve your goal. How will that impact your finances? Your self-esteem? Your career and your relationships? Use this ‘pain’ as fuel to get out of a lousy state of mind and into a peak state of mind within an instant.
If you still find yourself procrastinating and wasting time away after reviewing your goals and your ‘why’, I recommend you take a critical look at how much these goals actually mean to you.
Now Do It
Whenever you feel sluggish, unmotivated and are pulled towards procrastinative behavior, implement at least 2 of these state change hacks to go from a lousy state of mind to a peak state of mind in an instant.
This is incredibly important, as your state of mind determines the quality of your thoughts and actions — and that determines the quality of the results you’ll get.
Changing your mental state of mind at will is what will set you apart, as you’ll be able to perform at the highest levels with consistency instead of being at the mercy of how you feel.
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