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Connecting Your Biology To The Chemicals Of Success

I wanted to talk about something that I don’t believe is understood, or discussed enough in the Home Business industry, or in training courses in general, and that’s the real link between your mind and your body that you need to maintain the success you have in your life.

I personally don’t think that you have to be healthy at all to become financially successful. I’ve met lots of tired, old looking worn out people with lots of money. That’s not what this article is going to be about. This article is really about presenting you with a choice on how you want to live your life, and to talk about some ‘deep, dark secrets’ of some top producers, behind the scenes in their lives.

(not mentioning any names, of course)

One of the things that you realize when you’re in the foundational process of building your business, is that it takes a lot of mental and physical energy to accomplish great things, especially if you’re starting out in a way that a ‘budget’ is needed to build your organization – or if you’re burning the candle on both ends and working all night and day between a job and your business.

Usually what happens, is that in order to sustain the energy to continue to accomplish goals and tasks late into the evening, you start to become a bit of a caffeine fiend, upping the regular one coffee a day to five or ten – and fundamentally, there’s nothing wrong with doing that for a short bout – this isn’t a philosophical discussion of right and wrong, it’s just pointing out some observations I’ve noticed in A LOT of people on their journey to success.

What happens is, the caffeine (as an example) lowers the absorbtion of a chemical called ‘adenosine’, which is a feel good relaxation neurotransmitter produced by the brain, and the more of it you block from being used by your nervous system to keep you ‘awake’ late into the night, and the more often you do that, the more adenosine your body begins to produce, and the more stimulation you need to keep yourself going.

I don’t think this happens as much if someone is just kind of – being lazy with their lives, but I’ve noticed a lot of people who are entrepreneurs end up progressing down a path where they need greater and greater stimulation to keep themselves going, and end up developing drug dependency’s on really, really nasty stuff.

One story I will tell, only because the person is quite public about it in an attempt to keep his addictions at bay, is that when I was in Agel, Randy Schroeder had to go to drug therapy multiple times to get over a cocaine addiction that has plagued him for nearly a decade.  If you looked at Randy (at least when I saw him at events), he was always jittery, huge dark circles under his eyes, smoking at every meeting break, and otherwise looked like his life was REALLY out of whack.

As a testament to the power of change and therapy, Randy has now been drug free for more than 3 years, and as of writing this article is no longer bound by his crippling addiction – bravo :)

But this is worth exploring for a variety of reasons – like I said earlier, without mentioning names, this is a very common phenomenon, (more than you would think), and the question to ask is – why does it seem to happen A LOT to successful people?

I believe that your ability to reason, think quickly, and make executive decisions is foundational to your ability to sell, recruit, and produce in the Network Marketing industry (depending, of course on the quality and efficiency of your marketing system).  Sometimes, in order to compensate for poor diet, lack of physical movement, lack of balance, and emotional problems – in order to reach that sustained clarity, people have to over compensate by using excessive stimulants and other drugs.

A better solution (at least for happiness and balance) is to live in such a way that allows your body to produce that energy and well being as naturally as possible, and realize that certain lines have to be drawn and you might have to get educated a bit on nutrition and exercise if you want sustained joy and prosperity in your life.

A few examples:

1.  I’ve learned that nearly all people who don’t have massive addictive problems while maintaining their success over a long period of time have a clear cut, structured routine to start their day.  A great example of this is one of my good friends Ray Higdon.  Ray wakes up at the butt-crack of dawn (4am – not kidding) and works out like a horse for the first 30-60 minutes of the day, followed by about an hour of reading and meditation.  Most people would blow this off as a little obsessive, but if you look at Ray, his health is excellent and he stays so consistent building his business that he has been able to create a tremendous amount of success in his life.

2.  With myself, every day I start the day with about an hour of exercise, followed by at least an hour or two of intense mental concentration (meditation, reading, visualization, etc – more on this later in future posts).  I always do this, every day, and when I do my mental abilities are so enhanced throughout the day that it completely changes my ability to produce.  Most people wouldn’t tie mental exertion early in the day with the ability to recruit, as an example – but if you think more clearly, visualize better, and focus more intently you just happen to choose the right words at the right time with statistically increased efficiency.

Also, before I go to bed I spend another 30 minutes or so in intense mental exertion.

3.  Jonathan Budd (just learned this from this sweet video series he put out about a week ago) starts the day and ends it with meditation and Yoga.  Obviously it enhances his ability to succeed – he’s done $10 million in sales his first five years online.  I think that a majority of his abilities to create prosperity literally COME from the enhanced mental abilities that accompany daily disciplined activity, nutrition, and visualization.

Let’s look at a couple of scientific perspectives on the connection between exercise, drugs, and sustained mental concentration on your ability to succeed.  (keep in mind I’m not a scientist, lol)

If you look at Cocaine – essentially what it does is block the re-uptake of a neurotransmitter called ‘Dopamine’, which is primarily responsible for enhanced mental concentration, focus, and increased physical abilities. When Dopamine re-uptake is ‘blocked’, it makes more dopamine circulate in your blood, brain, and body – and your concentration, mental quickness, strength, and endurance is all temporarily enhanced.  Of course, the problem with that, is anything involving dopamine is EXTREMELY dependence forming, and causes a rampage of physical problems with sustained use.  This is the same primary action that Ritaline (Methylphenidate – your child’s ADHD drugs) and Adderall (Dexamphetamine, very similar to Crystal Meth) have on the brain and body – although they are much safer if taken under extreme medical supervision.

Fascinating enough, when you engage in moderate to intense exercise, a similar effect on brain neurotransmitters (although definitely not as pronounced as cocaine) is produced in the mind and body.  Exercise has been proven to increase dopamine, improve serotonin levels (the same thing that prozac does), and also release a massive amount of feel good endorphins into your nervous system.  The benefit to daily exercise is, of course, that it keeps working.  One of the things I learned recently, is that if you start the day by eating a bit of protein (within about 30 minutes of waking), followed immediately by exercise, the effect on neurotransmitter release is even more pronounced – it literally changes your whole day.

Aside from exercise, let’s look at the value of some kind of intense mental workout – whether it’s meditation, reading, memorizing something, or doing some kind of visualization.  There is anecdotal evidence that has suggested that your actual intelligence level can be dramatically enhanced over time with daily visualization, meditation, and memorization.  Although I don’t believe that you need a high IQ to create a dramatic level of success, I do think that you need to have an ability to maintain sustained focus on a goal for a long period of time – which can be enhanced by a daily routine of visualization.

I first noticed the relationship between visualization ability and success a few years back when I was working in a job for Discover Card that I absolutely despised.  I kind of sucked at the job (because I hated it) and I had just enrolled in an intense memory training program that involved the craziest spacial visualization I had ever done in my life (it felt like an hour of doing this was more work than I did with my brain in a week).  After about 3 weeks, my ability to see images in my mind enhanced so dramatically that my internal representations had almost as much clarity as things I actually saw (not joking).  As a side effect, however, I started having the highest conversion rates from phone calls to sales in an office with over 2,000 people – the visualization, even un-related to my job DRAMATICALLY enhanced my ability to sell, and a host of other aspects of my life simultaneously improved.

One of the neatest things about exercise as it relates to business, is that for some reason stuff doesn’t bother you as much when you work out.  I don’t know if it’s the endorphins or what – but it’s a bit easier to take it when people tell you stupid bull crap – you just kind of stay ‘even’ throughout the day.

One of the things I read a while back is that Einstein visualized himself in a light beam for more than 10 years (obviously when he wasn’t doing something else) before he came up with the special theory of relativity.  I’ve always wondered how much doing that enhanced his intellectual ability by the very act of the visualization, based on my own experience.

Aside from just raw intelligence, clarity of mind, robust health, and an animalistic focus on your goals – living a mentally and physically disciplined life will make you happier, have a better social life, you’ll have more success in your business, and you’ll be able to manage your resources better.

The way I see it – you essentially have a choice when creating the success you want in your life – do it in a way that is natural and sustained, or throw your body out of whack and suffer the consequences later.  This article might not make so much sense to some of you, but if you’ve ever been around success circles, you know what I’m talking about – we’re an extreme group of people, and along with the happiness and prosperity experienced by a lot of us, there is a ‘dark side’ of addictions, abuse, and health problems.

A couple of suggestions I have is – eat better, exercise more, breathe deeper, visualize – and your whole life will improve dramatically.

How do you want to live?

To the TOP,
David Wood

P.S. Because I mention ‘caffeine’ doesn’t mean that I think moderate caffeine is bad for you, it’s just an example of a pattern that I’ve seen happen in A LOT of ultra successful people, who’s finances are in order and personal lives are TOTALLY screwed up.  There’s actually evidence that moderate caffeine intake has a positive long term impact on your brain (Google it), as long as it isn’t abusive.  Also, I don’t necessarily think stimulants or other drugs are ‘wrong’ if used under proper medical supervision and used wisely.  The problem comes from a cycle of addiction similar to alcoholism that is present in a lot of people, like you and I – who constantly strive to live a superior life.  We’re an odd bunch with our own rules, and one of the things that we need to do is manage our energy and lives with wisdom – just my two cents.

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35 comments
Doe Winfrey
Doe Winfrey

Dave I want to commend you and thank you for sharing these nuggets of success. I am a new networker and I am trying to learn how to do it right! This wisdom will take me so far. I started some affirmations and a mini workout-but now that I read your insightful post, I am going to take a more serious and intentional approach to these foundational truths! I am considering adding an am workout as part of my routine. This is the freshest post I have seen so far. Thanks a million (litterally!)

Chuck Bartok
Chuck Bartok

Always a pleasure to find a Blog with top flight content. This may sound a bit sophomoric, but when we realize the Power form Within it is very easy to enjoy a life of wellness and moderation..... And that lifestyle just seems to generate success in any venture. For some reason over the past few decades there has been too much focus on excess, including the ridiculous drive for Large Income. Wealth building is easier when you are Well.....

Gregory Elfrink
Gregory Elfrink

This is a pretty awesome post David, as always. I see what you're saying, probably the most dramatic example of this is mega success in the arts such as music. (Living like a rockstar ain't so fun...) I am hugely addicted to soda, and am in the process of quitting that/getting healthier myself to lose the 30 lbs I gained from my heart problem last year. (That wasn't cause by bad health, but a really random extremely deadly flu virus, I'm so lucky to finally be a one in a million.. haha) How do you visualize? I would like to hear more on your own personal mental exertions and what you do, that course you took on it sounds really fascinating. Skype me to the info if you ever get the time my old friend =)

JoKarol Dean
JoKarol Dean

Great post Dave and thanks for making us stop and think! And could you give me a recommendation on the intense memory training you talked about in your post? I know that was a few years back for you... but I would love to be able to visualize with that kind of clarity and have that kind of mental focus.

Hans Schoff
Hans Schoff

You know Dave, I used to think sleep wasn't important, that I was young enough and could just fit it in when I could which of course led to me sleeping crazy times and hours (since I set my own hours). Then when I couldn't function properly and was always tired, or groggy, or unable to think did I realize how important a regular schedule and healthy routine is to success. If nothing else, it just makes life and success easier! So why fight it? Sometimes you have to learn through making your own mistakes...

Saqib Khan
Saqib Khan

Hi David, how are you dude? :-) Now I do not really drink coffee or anything to keep me awake so to speak heck I just do it lol but this was an eye-opening post displaying the importance of both physical and mental well being. I stopped exercising for a while as I got lazy (nobody is perfect huh :P) but I have got back into it now and boy am I loving it! Maintaining a good balance between the mental and physical is crucial because it does play a role in ones success! Thanks for the post Mr Wood much appreciated! *2 Thumbs up* Kind regards Saqib Khan

Stephanie Deneke
Stephanie Deneke

Dave, this really hit me personally. Overcoming a hard chemical addiction is one of the toughest things I went through. During the process of getting it out of my life there was this weird open space of time that had to be filled. All the happy rah-rah of therapy crap didn't cut it for me. I had to get deep into personal development, meditation and physical exercise. Not only to fill in all the free time I had open,,, but to keep me from going back. This post was awesome and got into more specifics than any substance abuse meeting I ever went to LOL

Conrad Deas
Conrad Deas

Dave this seriously one of the best posts I've seen in a very long time. Information with some substance to it, but simple enough that people can understand. What is the program you took when you had that transformation while working for Discover?

Rich Mallinson
Rich Mallinson

Top class article Dave, must be a real challenge to keep your own focus and drive with Ashley away. Business is business, but our loved ones are the support base we all work off of. I was apart from my wife for a few months years ago and it was a pretty humbling but also growing experience. Thanks for the wisdom in this article. I must raise my hand and confess I was getting a little off track until just recently - this article may just save a few people from getting out of whack and even sabotaging their own journey and is probably one of the most valuable articles on this priceless blog. Re. physical activity, you're right, it's so key! I've now started doing just 10 press-ups almost every hour and now feel high on endorphins most of the day lol. Thanks again!

Dale Horton
Dale Horton

Dave, Thank you for such an interesting article. Balance - mentally, physically, & spiritually - is absolutely essential for long-term success. This is one of those natural laws that simply can't be violated without suffering detrimental consequences. Certainly, intense focus on one aspect of our lives for a short period of time is okay, sometimes even essential, but we always need to bring it back into balance. That's a real challenge for me, personally. It's my nature to set aggressive goals and drive myself hard. But I agree with the importance of being mindful of that balance we need and maintaining a structured daily routine is a great strategy for addressing that.

Tanya Links
Tanya Links

Great read...thanks for the insight on balance. We totally need this eye-opener. Wanna catch a coffee and surf Estrillos tomorrow? LOL. I still hear that you need to learn to surf. We live in a surf Meca....it's great exercise! Pura Vida Dave~

Douglas Paul Alp
Douglas Paul Alp

Much agreed with you Dave. Actually I was much better at being disciplined about exercising and meditation months ago. But since dealing with some health issues I have had a time getting back on it. I guess this article is the universe telling me to do the things that work. Much appreciated Dave. BTW what is the name of that memory/brain exercise course you spoke about.

Riccardo Ferrari
Riccardo Ferrari

I agree, success is the Olympics of your life and should be treated as such. If you don't eat right, excercise and take products to help you, you are firing on 3 cylinders and have all kinks of clogs that slow you down mentally and pysically. Hormones are everything, especially adreanaline and acetylcholine. They affect depression and pysical performance. I know how you feel about your wife (it's wonderful you say that) I can't even go to the grocery store without missing Jacqueline...and if you think I'm exagerating, I'm not!

Rhandell Mitchell
Rhandell Mitchell

Dude... For someone who's dad asked him if he was dumb because his grades were so shitty you sure do have an extremely articulate writing style. I guess English was the only class you must've paid attention in...LOL - Very insightful post and informative too.

Peter Day
Peter Day

Wow, Dave, Thanks so much for this great post. You put an incredible amount of thought and time into these post each day and I really appreciate the training!

Kimberly Flores
Kimberly Flores

Alrighty then, we know what we must do to allow the "success ions" to align. This just cemented in my mind what I had been feeling for a while now. Thanks a bunch brother!

John Henry
John Henry

Dave, i think you just gave away your biggest secrete. I have seen many of your videos, and i wondered where you get the stuff from. You dont seem to be using a script, you just start and go from one point to another. I personally thought you were smoking a medicinal joint before each video. LOL Sorry :-( But now i see your trick is that you are just focused enough to continue through a video, touching on many points. I am inspired by this article and i will be implementing exercise and some mental stimulation in my daily regime.

Steven Schmeltzle
Steven Schmeltzle

Wow, good stuff David! Thanks for sharing Connecting Your Biology To The Chemicals Of Success!

Suhaimi
Suhaimi

nice post and sharing.....thanks....

Steven Schmeltzle
Steven Schmeltzle

Hi Dave, I agree, this is an area that really never gets talked about. Well, not to the point you just did, anyway... I also agree that the more good stuff we put into our bodies (physically and mentally) the better off we are and only good stuff will ever come out. I'm not talking about the toilet either... :) If someone starts going to the gym and does this for about 6 months, they will always be drawn to it. I know, because I have been at the point where I had stopped my workouts and I missed it really bad. Thanks for sharing!

Cedrick Harris
Cedrick Harris

Dave, this is one hell of a post. The points you hit are so, so, true. The simple meditation alone could transform the average person that read this post. Thanx for the insight brother, I learned alot from this post.

Mike ARCADI
Mike ARCADI

Dave - what a great article! How right you are too. I can personally attest to what you are saying. (No drugs or anything like that...) but it's been almost two years of intense stress! Things, for the most part, out of my control and I allowed it to consume me and get me off of something as simple as daily exercise! Well, it took it's tole - I was tired ALL THE TIME! Even after 8 hours of sleep I would wake up, start my reading time and I couldn't keep my eyes open! It was driving me crazy! I had to evaluate what I was doing (or better said, what I stopped doing) and realized I had allowed simple disciplines to go by the way-side. I rededicated myself to never allow "life" to get me off balance again. I think so often in this great industry we are guilty of the stage-talk with people... "dream bigger...", "work harder..." or "just don't stop!" - there is a proper application of these laws however, sometimes you have to stop your world to recognize you're out of balance and working harder, or dreaming bigger will while out of balance can, more likely, serve to frustrate and discourage you - especially when those increased efforts don't work and now your not just burnt out but down and out. Your content is ALWAYS superior brother - didn't see this one coming but, keep it up! Mike

David Wood
David Wood

Most entrepreneurs are like that, Dale - unfortunately, most of the time it makes us forget WHY we're doing this in the first place :) Just something to keep in mind. -dave

David Wood
David Wood

How long have you guys lived down here?

David Wood
David Wood

:) There you go my friend - it's no good to throw yourself out of balance but for short bouts, time to get back on it my friend. -dave

David Wood
David Wood

Lol. I know, you have a cool wife and are always talking about here - that's how I knew how good at selling you are :) -dave

David Wood
David Wood

Actually, I failed English, too - mostly because I was reading Comic Books when the teacher was talking :) And my Dad never actually thought I was 'dumb' (just to clarify), he just likes to kind of poke at you to get you moving in life - my Dad is a really great guy. -dave

David Wood
David Wood

Thanks Peter. My wife is out of town, stuck in America for about a week, so I have a lot of time to think about weird stuff! -dave

David Wood
David Wood

Thanks man, by the way, somehow you commented on my blog without a name, so I called you 'John Henry'. Lmao.

David Wood
David Wood

Not a problem Steve :) Thanks for the comments!

David Wood
David Wood

The big Mr. Harris commenting, now I know it was good :) Thanks for stopping by my friend. -dave

David Wood
David Wood

Hey thanks man. This is a big one, as a lot of people frazzle out their nerves, and then their success takes a dive (I've done it in the past, too) - it's a kind of pre-planned self sabotage, if you think about it :) -dave

Tanya Links
Tanya Links

Since Dec. 2010. Completely love it as you probably know. So lately we love your posts on how you are committed to showing people how to live the dream. The world is shifting right now and people are making huge positive changes. We just have to kick our owns butts and get out of the ice ages (lol...we still have ice in Canada). Thanks for the inspiration Dave, you deserve all that has come. Pura Vida~

Mike ARCADI
Mike ARCADI

Ray turned me on to Noah St. John's book, The Secrete Code of Success (if you've not read it - you have to get it) but, it does a GREAT job of uncovering why some people succeed while others who are going to the same seminars, doing everything they're told (to the"T") totally capable, yet never get there. I know you would love this book because we've read them all but, Noah does an amazing job breaking down exactly why the 3 percenters can't even tell you what to do because they're doing it unconsciously... You covered the physiological side great in this entry and the book does the best job I've ever seen with the psychological side. Let me know what you think.

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