4 Life Lessons From Summiting the Tallest Mountain in Mexico (Pico De Orizaba)

To be honest, I never had a desire to climb an 18,491 ft mountain. To be frank, just the thought of it scared the shit out of me… which is exactly why I decided to do it!

I realized that over the years I’ve become a bit addicted to comfort. Maybe you are too? Hear me out. I don’t think there is anything wrong with being comfortable. However, too much comfort often leads to stagnation… in mind, body and spirit. 

True growth happens just outside our comfort zones. It’s uncomfortable…it’s painful and it’s necessary. I’ve found that when you are present, life has a way of giving you exactly what you need to expand and grow. 

In my case, life gave me an opportunity to summit Pico De Orizaba, an 18,491 foot dormant volcano a few hours outside of Mexico City.  I learned many things along the way to the top. Here are a few of my many insights.

Lesson #1: One Step at a Time… One Breath at a Time!

Summiting a mountain is no easy feat. It takes planning, preparation, determination, grit and trust. It also takes an extreme amount of focus. The higher in elevation you get, the more focus it takes. Each step becomes a victory. Each step becomes a personal record. Each step moves you closer to your goal to get to the top.

I found that when I looked ahead at how much further I had to go, I lost energy and momentum. But when I focused on just the next step and just the next breath, I gained energy and momentum. My body…my heart…my legs…my breathing…my mind… became in sync. A natural rhythm took place which allowed me to move forward past the discomfort. 

In life we often don’t celebrate the small steps toward our goals, which is a shame. We get caught up always looking ahead to the end goal and don’t integrate and celebrate all it takes to get there along the way. The mountain taught me to celebrate each step and be present to each breath.

Lesson #2: Make It Fun!

The second lesson the mountain taught me was to have fun along the way (especially when you’re uncomfortable). This lesson came in the form of sliding down the glacier face using our ice picks and crampons as breaks. Not only did this save us time and energy, it made the adventure so much more fun.

I realized that over the years building my health and performance coaching practice, I’ve become a bit too serious. Somewhere along the way, I started taking myself and what I do too seriously. Yes, there is a time and place to be serious, but if you’re not infusing fun into what you do… you’re missing out and you won’t tap into your true potential.

Lesson #3: You are stronger than you think!

The third lesson the mountain taught me was that I am much stronger than I thought and so are you!

Much of summiting a mountain is a mental game. Just like running a marathon, you can be physically exhausted and your body telling you to stop, and still finish the race… in fact, 99% of people do.

David Goggins, a Navy Seal, shares about the Navy Seals 40% rule, which means when you think your done and have reached your limit, you’re actually only 40% done. I found this to be true on the way to the top of Pico De Orizaba.

At 18,000 ft. Every part of me wanted to throw in the towel and turn around. I was cold, I was tired and I couldn’t get my footing. Every step I took I slipped and my heart rate shot up because of the altitude. But with a little help from one of my amazing teammates, I was able to refocus and keep going and I’m glad I did because the view from the top was breathtaking (literally and figuratively).

Lesson #4: Choose Your Team Wisely

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” Just like in life, you want to be really careful who you decide to summit a mountain with. Because just like in life, when you are climbing a mountain there are many ups and downs.

Things go wrong… bad weather, faulty equipment, and altitude sickness are all high possibilities. Having a team who has your back no matter what is essential. Surrounding yourself with those who are committed, decisive and resourceful greatly enhances your chances of success in life and when summiting a mountain.

Summiting a mountain and moving gracefully through life are both great challenges. On any mountain, like in life, there are many routes to take… some clear… others not so clear… some harder… others easier. In the end, what matters most is continuing to move forward while enjoying the journey.

I hope this post has inspired you to take a chance, make a change or live more passionately on purpose! Hope to see you at the top!

-Devin 🙂

What’s it REALLY costing you?

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Is this your current reality?

Are you living in-ease or on your way to dis-ease?

Do you…

Feel constantly stressed, physically drained and can’t seem to stop thinking about your work even when you’re not working?

Have trouble getting or staying asleep and it’s a battle to get up in the morning?

Often have low energy in the afternoon and rely on coffee or stimulants to get you through the day?

Have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time and get easily distracted during the day especially by email?

Yes?

I’m going to be blunt here because I care…

You are living in dis-ease and will eventually get a disease and that’s simply the truth.

I want you to think for a moment what’s it REALLY costing you right now to NOT start taking better care of yourself?

In your level of productivity…

In your relationships with your husband/wife…kids…are you a proud example of how you want them to show up?

In your level of confidence and joy?

You don’t have to sacrifice your health in order to make money. Then sacrifice money to recuperate your health. That’s a BS (belief system) myth.

You don’t have to wait until it’s so painful that you can’t take it anymore or you get sick…

Is the life you’re leading worth the price you’re paying to live it?

There is a better way. I can show you.

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Health & Mindset Mastery

Health & Mindset Mastery is a ultra-premium world-class health, lifestyle and high performance training program for entrepreneurs, business owners, self-employed professionals, and high-performing individuals.

Before you apply to be a part of Health & Mindset Mastery, I’ll answer some basic questions for you:

What is Health & Mindset Mastery?

It’s a 3 month (12 week) TOTAL TRANSFORMATION step-by-step group coaching program. Through the cutting edge training you follow weekly, you’ll discover and experience a breakthrough in your energy, confidence, productivity, weight, mental clarity, stress, sleep, and emotional health…

AND you’ll learn a completely new mental framework for how you tackle and deal with life biggest challenges.

Hint: The biggest roadblock is NOT the physical, it’s your internal belief system or what I call “mindset.” 

In addition, we have weekly live coaching sessions where we cover the following topics:

Mindset Mastery – Finally breakthrough what has been holding you back from reaching your next level of health and performance. You’ll discover how to condition your mindset for success. Without the proper mindset for you just fail. Period. (This piece alone is worth the investment in the program)

Stress Mastery – We go WAY beyond just “managing stress” in this program. Making sure you’re identifying the root cause of your stress is the KEY to success. And we don’t just manage stress for the sake of a “stress relief”. You’ll know exactly WHY you’re doing what you’re doing and HOW it connects to the bigger picture of what you’re trying to accomplish.

Nutrition Mastery – Eating the “right” foods at the “right times” can be a REAL challenge if you don’t know…. the what, the why and how of 21st-century nutrition. During the program, you’ll uncover what foods to eat specifically to maximize your energy and health through advanced microbiome genetic testing.

Movement Mastery – We take learning your body to whole another level. We go far beyond just the what. We all know we need to move more. In the program, we focus on the how and you’ll create what I call a personal movement plan (PMP) tailored to your unique lifestyle, goals, and preferences… they don’t teach this stuff in a classroom, a textbook or (even medical school.)

Advanced Training – Because many of the participants in the program achieve their goals within the first month and a half (this obviously varies depending on your current situation), we coach past the surface level strategies, tactics, routines, and rituals and we discuss in detail how to go WAY beyond what you believe is possible in your physical, mental, and emotional energy.

When you know the “why” and the “how” and get the support and accountability you need…you get results. 

What is the investment in this program?

There’s a couple of things you need to know about “price”. I DO NOT give it out ahead of time. Before we even talk investment, I determine if you’re actually a great fit for the program AND the community. 

If we’re still good, I’ll tell you all the details of the program (the above is just the surface) and then we’ll talk investment (And yes, we can be pretty flexible with payment plans for those who are a fit for the program).

And no, do not email me asking for the price. That’s not the way I do it. If that doesn’t work for you, you’re not a good fit and shouldn’t apply.

But here’s what you need to know for now:

The investment into the program is going up every other month since its inception. The longer you wait the larger the investment will be. And the next price increase is happening VERY SOON.

Transformation isn’t cheap. If you’re thinking this program is in the hundreds, think about this… hiring a qualified personal trainer just for a couple months (I know I used to be one) will cost you $3000-4000 easy. This program is on an entirely new level, not just on the training itself or the structure of it, but on the content, support, and most of all the coaching.

It’s world-class. And I’m not saying that from a place of ego, I’m saying it from a place of truth and results (see the video testimonial from a recent past client here)

You don’t show up to the Bentley dealership expecting to get a new Bentley for $20,000. It’s just not happening.

If you want to know what I could charge for this program, go find the very top trainer, nutritionist, psychologist and performance coach in your area and find out what it would cost you to work with them all several times a week for 3 months (In South Florida, where I live, that’s easy $15,000 – $30,000+) 

What kind of results can I expect to get from this program?

Over the phone, I’ll tell you exactly how high this program will take you. 

But typically it’s this:

  • Driving your business/career forward while enjoying the process feeling fully present in the moment…
  • Feeling charged, confident and on the top of your game, accessing the best part of who you are… organized, mentally clear, centered, grounded and focused…
  • You’ll know how to set clear boundaries between your life and business and have a clear vision for not only your business success but for your life fulfillment.
  • You’ll more control over your schedule to spend more time with the people you love… doing the things you love…AND greatly improved your relationships.
  • You’ll wake up feeling energized, refreshed, excited and READY to take on the day after a deep restful nights sleep even if sleep has been a struggle for years.
  • You’ll feel more physically strong, mentally focused and emotionally connected than you ever have and be able to handle your businesses and life’s biggest challenges with greater ease… within the first few weeks.

This is just some of the results and feedback I’ve gotten from current and past clients…


I’ll be able to tell you exactly where you’ll go over the phone after I know with 100% certainty what you are dealing with.

Sound good?

So, If you think you’re a fit, you’re an extraordinary person and you want to be part of an extraordinary group of high performers experience how good their bodies and minds are designed to feel, schedule a call to speak with me AND fill out the application and we’ll get started:

Click to Apply for a Breakthrough Call 


Ps. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. And unfortunately, I don’t accept about 30% of people who apply for this program. As I said, you need to be a FIT not just for the training itself, but for the community. If I sense you’re not a good fit, I won’t even offer you the opportunity to enroll. No hard feelings.

PPs. I offer a one-time-only fast action discount over the phone for participants who are committed and ready to rock NOW. I make it easy for people who are willing to be decisive. Do your thinking, do your talking with your spouse or partner, do your finances ahead of time.

One other very important thing: If you schedule a phone call with me and decide you no longer want to do it, please take the time to cancel it. You’re not only taking up my time but you’re taking the time slot from someone else who could really use it. If you don’t cancel your scheduled call and don’t show up for whatever reason, you lose one-time fast action discount, sorry.

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The #1 Drain to Energy & How to Reverse it

stress is the #1 drain to our life energy and actually the #1 root of all disease.

The “stress response” gland is your adrenal gland. This gland relies on micronutrients to produce stress hormones.

Stress depletes the following micronutrients, which are related to specific symptoms:

1. Stress depletes Vitamin C, which is linked to fatigue, joint pain, muscle fatigue and low immunity.

2. Stress depletes Vitamin E, which is linked to hormone imbalances, mood swings, low immunity and eye-sight degradation.

3. Stress depletes Calcium, which is linked to nervous irritability (anxiety), muscle spasms and twitching, bone loss issues (osteoporosis and osteopenia), cavities, depression and hypertension.

4. Stress depletes Magnesium, which is linked to arrhythmias, dizziness, muscle twitching, hyperirritability, tiredness, depression and hypertension.

5. Stress depletes Chromium, which is linked to blood sugar issues, metabolic syndrome, fatigue and brain fog.

6. Stress depletes Zinc, which is linked to low energy, dermatitis, ance, decreased immunity, alopecia, digestive issues, white spots on fingernails, infertility.

7. Stress depletes Glutathione, which is linked to high cholesterol, plaque formation, high blood pressure, rapid aging, immunosuppression, increased inflammation and pain.

The deficiencies of these micronutrients put you at greater risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and neurodegenerative disease (such as Alzheimer’s).

When you’re ready here are 3 ways I can help you reclaim your health, energy and performance:

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are unlocking high performance.

It’s my new Facebook community where smart entrepreneurs and leaders learn to get more energy, freedom, influence and impact — Click Here

2. Join the NEW Ascend Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new high performance coaching case study group this month.  If you’d like to work with me to reverse burnout, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… book a breakthrough call here

3. Work with me privately

If you’d like to work directly with me to access the best of who you are… Click here and tell me a little about your health, business and life and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details!

How to Stop Being TIRED All the Time

How to Stop Being TIRED All the Time

Three of the most powerful energy increasing principles to skyrocket your energy:

1) Optimize your nutrition. We literally are what we eat, and are able to digest. It’s so important that you’re eating a plant-based, whole foods diet and avoiding the four foods that rob your energy. What are the four foods? Gluten, dairy, sugar, and caffeine. You could be eating all the healthiest foods, but if you’re still including a lot of those foods in your diet, your energy is gonna suffer.

First, cut back or cut out the four energy draining foods and instead start including more plant-based, alkaline foods. What does that mean? Well, it means fruits and vegetables, it means whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans. It means food that was once alive.

The number one energy food, which also happens to be the number food that’s missing from most people’s diets, is greens. Green food is loaded with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is kinda like the blood of a plant and it’s amazing for our blood, it helps support our red blood cells which carry oxygen, which give us energy.

You want to start incorporating more greens into your diet. How you do that? Eat a salad, eat a massive salad every day, either for lunch or for dinner. This is a super simple strategy and there are a million different ways that you can jazz it up and make it fun…from salad dressings to toppings but the key is to keep it simple. Also, commit to incorporating a green smoothie or a green juice in your diet.

Smoothies are a lot easier to kinda put together. All you need is a blender, some fresh fruits and vegetables, throw all that in there, super simple, super easy. Now, juicing does take a little bit of time, but now, most stores carry fresh cold-pressed juice, green juice. You want to go for the green juice because the fruit juice is loaded with sugar which can harm our energy.

2) Optimize your digestion. Yes, you can be eating all the most amazing, alkaline, plant-based, healthy organic food, but if your body’s not able to absorb and assimilate the nutrients, you’re not gonna be getting optimal energy. So pretty much, you’re eating all this good stuff, but if your digestion is compromised, your body’s not gonna know what to do with all that nutrition. To optimize your digestion start by eating mindfully. Mindful eating is such a powerful practice and it’s so simple. Mindful eating is slowing down and really being present with your food, taking one bite at a time and really chewing your food, instead of inhaling it.

Also, consider supplementing with digestive enzymes. Enzymes are just catalysts that help break down our food. Supplementing with a high-quality enzyme formula supplement can do wonders for digestion. Also, supplementing with a high-quality probiotic can also help with digestion.

3) Master your stress. Stress is the number one drain to our energy and it’s pretty much impossible to avoid. So, you have to learn, not just to manage your stress, but to master your stress. There’s a lot of amazing tools in order to do that. Most of the stress that we experience today is, chronic, unmanaged, mental emotional stress.

We’re not getting chased by tigers, our life generally isn’t being threatened. So, it’s this chronic mental stress that we need to learn to deal with. Have to get a handle on stress by implementing some simple practices and in many of my other videos I talk about this, but meditation.

Meditation can be as simple as just taking five deep breaths just to relax yourself and reset yourself, it’s so powerful. Transition meditations in between activities are also a great practice. Let’s say you’re picking the kids up from school and then you’re coming home and you have to get to work in between that, that’s a little bit of a transition. High performance studies show that a lot of energy is lost in that transition, so taking a moment to reset yourself by simply taking five deep breaths to center yourself. This will really have a massive impact on the level of energy you have…try it.

The number one reason that people have trouble sleeping, which massively impacts our energy and our recovery, is stress. So there are some simple practices and simple things that you could implement into your bedtime routine that would really help you get to sleep a lot quicker and help you stay asleep. Click here for those strategies.

To your health and performance,

Devin

What is High Performance Health?

First let me start by saying high performance health isn’t just for elite athletes or top performing entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives and business leaders.  It’s really for anyone who seeks to experience more energy, focus, and vibrancy! 

High performance health is experiencing how good your body and mind are designed to feel consistently over the course of your life. It’s an ongoing feeling of physical, mental and emotional energy, vibrancy, passion, purpose and personal power. It’s the state of a calm, focused, mind and strong, vibrant, balanced body.

It’s intentionally choosing to elevate your energy and health to increase your performance.

Living and leading a high performance health lifestyle allows you to maximize your physical, mental and emotional energy to make the greatest impact on your family,  business, community and world. It’s using the tools and technology available to revitalize, optimize and transform your level of physical health and energy.

When you look and feel vibrant and energized you’ll begin to optimize the other important areas of your life…relationships, finances, career…everything gets better.

Health and high performance are directly related. Think of your body as the hardware and your mind the software. If your body and mind are in poor shape your performance greatly suffers as does your ability to contribute your highest and best to your family, career, community and the world.

Developing high performance health habits will allow you to experience how good your body and mind are designed to feel on a consistent basis, helping you to perform at your full potential, contribute your best and leave a lasting legacy.

You can’t have an extraordinary quality of life without the vessel that’s going to get you there.

To operate at our full potential, it’s essential to develop new ways of thinking and being. We must be more conscious about what we choose to believe, think, and do regarding our health because if we are not we’ll be conditioned by our environmental norms which foster low energy, poor performance, sickness and disease.

The 3 Pillars of high performance Health

1. Psychology (mind)
2. Physiology (body)
3. Purpose & Meaning (spirit)

Each of these pillars effects the other. For example, a busy, stressed-out mind creates tension and tightness in the body. A physically tense and tight body leads to poor decisions. Consistent poor decision lead to a lack of purpose and connection to something greater.

4 Elements of High Performance Health

1. Mindset: (Habits, routines, practices)
2. Nutrition: (Habits, routines, bio-individuality)
3. Movement: (Habits, routines, methods)
4. Rest & Recovery: (Habits, routines, practices)

Each of these elements must be optimized to experience high performance health. It’s through creating structured balance in how you think, move, eat and relate to others that high performance health is experienced.

The best news is I’ve found it’s often the simple choices and changes done with consistency and intention that make the biggest impact leading to the experience of high performance health.

You can take your health and performance to the next level by using the simple tools, technology and strategies now available…

Join my community of those seeking high performance health for exclusive content on how to start experiencing high performance health.

 

 

 

Secrets To Fall In Love With Working Out (Even If You’re Currently Afraid To Step Foot In The Gym)

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Secrets To Fall In Love With Working Out

I believe in keeping it simple! By following these 6 simple tips, you will be well on your way to a physically balanced body and a healthier, happier you!

1. Plan it!
Not having a plan is like rowing to the middle of a lake and then dropping your oars. You must create a personal plan of action in order for your exercise strategy to be successful. First, know what you want to achieve, then map out a specific plan to get there. Keep your plan simple. One big reason many people fail when starting an exercise program is they make it too complex and get overwhelmed. By following the tips in this video you will be off to a great start.

2. Make time!
You’ve decided to start, now MAKE the time to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. There are 24 hours in a day, every day we get them and every day we use them. It’s not about more use of your time, it’s all about better use. Think about how much time you are willing to devote to improving your physical body per week. Then ask yourself, “What time of day works best for me?” If you’re a morning person, set aside some extra time each morning to exercise. Make a schedule of when you will exercise and stick to it!

3. Make it fun!
If you don’t like jogging, then don’t jog. This should be common sense, right? Wrong. So many people stop exercising because they start their program with activities that they don’t really enjoy …let’s save those activities for the company holiday party. Instead, let’s make exercise fun!
There are so many ways to get fit. A few of my personal favorites are: weightlifting, yoga, pilates, walking, jogging, swimming, playing sports and bike riding. Think about what you like to do and go from there. Still lost? Check out classes at your local gym for ideas or better yet, try some of my favorite ways and see what works for you.

4. Mix it up!
Adding variety is essential to a successful exercise program. Think outside of the box… Include different types of activities in your exercise routine and think about different places you can do those exercises. One of my favorites is jogging along the beach. Adding variety to your routine is essential to achieve a physically balanced body.

5. Outcomes – Set & Track them!
Notice how I didn’t say goals. Goals are either achieved or not achieved. Outcomes, on the other hand, are measureable. By setting outcomes and tracking them, you will be able to see your progress overtime and stay motivated you to keep it up.
Set some realistic outcomes for what you want to achieve. It could be that you want to drop 10 pounds for summer to fit into that new bikini, or maybe you want to complete a 5K that has been on your bucket list. Once you have your outcomes set, track your progress. Not only will this ensure you are achieving your outcomes, it also drives you to stay on track!

6. Ask for help!
Don’t be afraid to seek out a qualified exercise professional for assistance. They will help you create a safe, effective exercise program. By hiring a pro, you can be assured that you are doing the exercise with proper form and maximizing your efforts in a safe and effective way. Additionally, you will have someone to hold you accountable, help you stick to your action plan and push yourself past mental barriers. Which usually is the only thing standing in your way to success?

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Thanks for your support and sharing the gift of health 🙂

-Devin