Never give up on that in whatever it is, always have hope.
Know your priorities
We want to be the best in the world but then we spend a lot of our time playing other sports or doing other activities. And then we get upset that we didn’t achieve gold in that sport. We can’t run five races at the same time, we can only run one. Learning that giving myself the time, not only for the task or the action, but the afterthought to truly feel the impact of what you’re working on and working through is incredibly important. Knowing your priorities. But not only knowing your priorities, but understanding the time commitment that each of those priorities require.
To-do list will never end. And the truth is even if we complete it, we go find more of it. We go look for problems to solve challenges, to solve things, to tweak how to be more efficient. Another thing too is like also having awareness of when we have that time in that space to look at what’s on our plate and what’s in front of us prioritization. Isn’t always a matter of like, How important is this in the business, you can also look at how much energy is required and then where that energy would get to an output or a desirable result or momentum in either your happiness in the bottom line or in the business. Really important to understand about prioritization is you have to fill your own tank. You have to make sure that you’re happy and you’re aligned to what you want to do. And then that it’s aligned to the business, your goals and where you want to spend your time.
I think one of the mistakes I made for a long time before I got to here was thinking that team was only people that I paid for to be in my business, not the people that allowed me to go into my business. My fitness coach, my nutritionist, like some of my friends that texted me throughout the day that still have no idea. What I do are still my teammates, because anybody who interfaces with me. Every single day at some level has an input support or ability to help shift me or move me. And one of the mistakes I made for years was not looking at them as teammates. We’re trying to get perspective of this giant world where we’re limit ourselves into this one foot container. We all have to pull our rip cord and eventually what ends up happening is. If you isolate and you do this alone, you’ll never pull your own rip cord until it’s too late. If you have a good team around you, they’ll tell you when to pull your rip cord. Because the inverse of it is that it gets yanked for you and everything loses. You have to enjoy and reflect on the result. You have to taste it. You have to pause and you have to do it.
So I decided I was going to start symphony, but I didn’t really know what the heck I was doing. So I don’t have business training. I needed to start up lumps. I needed some equipment. My plan was mobile. So I was literally just going to drive to people’s houses and do their therapy in their house to start to suss out the need of this community that I had just moved into. Hudson was a stubborn baby who wouldn’t take a bottle. So I refuse to let my feeding agent dictate my schedule. So my son was on scheduled feedings. I said to my husband, I need you to take a block off work. I need eight days to write this business plan. And so literally what we did is I would wake up in the morning, breastfeed my son. I would go to the library, write my business plan for three hours, two hours, come home, feed my son, and go back to the library. And I did that for eight days straight and we got the business plan written and I got the funding and then I launched my business. And so then basically I had this like timeline that I expected to happen.
It was much more accelerated than I anticipated. my predominant focus now is that concussion focus, but also just understanding how the brain works to be able to help people in terms of just overall brain health and performance and fueling you and optimizing your brain, because you can do things today that are going to potentially prevent you from memory issues or challenges down the road. And so trying to be, and help inspire people to be more proactive in their brain health and less reactive as well. Because a lot of what people run out of the I’d run out of the knowledge of what to do. And so they give medications to help the symptom or they give something to help the symptom and that doesn’t treat the issue. I get random people that reach out to me that are just like you have given me hope for the first time in years that this isn’t the way I have to live my life. And then to be able to connect with that person. And to be able to give them a path to say, this is not how you have to live neuroplasticity, our brains ability to learn and change exists as a gift to us for our entire freaking lives, which means you never have to be satisfied with where you are at this moment. If you want to do the work and you want to change and you just, you can. But you have to find the people who believe that with you and who have that skill to help you understand what the frigate is. And so getting to connect to people and hearing people like you’ve given me hope or I can do this again or they that seeing people get their lives back is what keeps me going.
How to Nourish and make your Brain Healthy
The fundamentals to me of having sustainable brain health is nutrition. And particularly nutrition, not and I don’t want to go into not like you don’t have to be keto. You don’t have to be paleo. You don’t have to worry about any of these like specific diets. But it’s making smart nutrition choices. anti-inflammatory smart nutrition choices is number one, especially if headaches and things are a part of it to have your most inflammatory food groups out there are dairy and gluten. So as much as you can, as a human, just making healthier food choices is going to be one step in the right direction. Hydration, good, old water, super important. I find so many people are looking for that magic bullet, that one pill that can do something or anything. Your magic bullet is exercise and activity. You look at the research that surrounds improvements in cognitive activity improvements in attention, helping people with dementia and ADHD. There’s all these studies that support exercise as being that thing. So exercise is key sleep. If you were someone who struggles with sleep, make that a priority to figure out in our different stages of sleep. We have different things of healing happening. At different that’s when consolidation of learning happens, that’s when memories are formed, that’s when our neuro-transmitters.
So the way our nerves communicate with each other, neurotransmitters are replenished in your sleep. That’s when tissue regeneration happens. So if you’re not getting sleep, that’s a huge piece of health that you’re missing. So nutrition, water, exercise, sleep. And then a huge thing too are mindfulness or mindset and truly having that stillness and that moment of calm. And if you’re constantly dealing with stress and run to things, you’re going to be living more in this fight or flight, the power of breath. And mindfulness is your direct switch to being able to switch this nervous system. If you live in a constant state Of sympathetic drive or fight or flight you are asking for health issues later in your life, you’re opening the invitation for that to happen. So having a mindful or breath practice, which is your direct switch to that parasympathetic system should also be a daily party