Stress is a good thing?

Recently I’ve been reading a book called “Lifespan – Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To.”🤓

The book is written by David Sinclair, PhD, a Harvard Geneticist who is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on aging…📖

And while the book is fascinating for a lot of reasons…

One of the most notable parts (to me) is how so much of David’s advice for longevity is stuff that most of my entrepreneur friends already do lol.

Stuff like:​​👇

1. Intermittent Fasting
2. Exposure to Cold Temperatures and also regular sessions in the Sauna
3. High-Intensity Interval Training workouts

He also recommends less meat and more vegetables, and as a carnivore, that one’s not so exciting haha…🌱

But as far as the first three go…

The science behind why they seem so beneficial to the human body is actually pretty simple:

All three ​of those things are biological STRESSORS…

And there is a plethora of research showing that stressors will actually make our bodies more resilient…

They'll trigger ​cellular maintenance, where our weak or damaged cells are purged…

And ultimately, these stressors often lead to us living longer, healthier lives.

Now, this isn’t exactly breaking news for people who are super into health…

But what IS interesting…

Is how there’s a direct analogy here when it comes to business and personal development.

We’ve all familiar with the idea of “getting out of our comfort zone” and how beneficial this can be…

And the reason why is because while stressful at the time…

​​Putting yourself out there, or taking risks, tends to lead to tremendous growth. ​

It’s almost as if a universal prerequisite for growth or improvement is stress.

And I find that fascinating…

Because it reframes how we view stress in general.

Certainly, not all types of stress are equal…

There are healthy stressors and unhealthy stressors…

But still, it’s comforting to know that when you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you’re way out on a limb…

It could often mean that tremendous growth or development is just around the corner.

And for one quick “real world” application of this principle…

​​Think about the rise of a new competitor in your business.

Some people may view that as stressful…

But I think having strong competitors is how you grow and get better.

A good competitor forces you to step up your game tremendously…

And that's where transcendence occurs.

The same is true in athletics as well btw..​.

You rarely see an athlete set a world record during practice.

It happens in competition – when the athlete is being pushed to his or her limit.

Competitors are a good thing…

So you might as well learn to LOVE them 🙂

 

– SPG

 

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