The entire health and fitness industry is based on a silver bullet mentality. The belief that a new diet or a cutting-edge exercise program is going to make you happy. That once you just lose the weight or gain muscle or start drinking bone broth, you’ll finally make the time to find some joy.
The silver bullet mentality also happens to be why so many people are miserable.
The difficult truth is that you’ll never achieve big long-term goals with this kind of destination mindset. All of the world’s highest performers – from high-powered CEOs to top-paid athletes – understand that it’s never about the destination; it’s about the journey.
High performers realize that there is no destination, just new and better goals to make. And that dead ends and failures aren’t the end either – they’re just new beginnings.
At Upgrade Labs, there is no single destination. Just an ongoing wheel in constant pursuit of your potential.
Here are just a few ways to ditch the silver bullet mentality and embrace your journey to unlock your untold potential.
1. Change Your Body, Change Your Mind
The great news is, if you’re working out, you’re already moving in the right direction. But there’s more to your journey than getting ripped or losing fat. You need to get your brain on board as well.
Physical exercise literally changes the shape and function of your brain. When you increase your heart rate, more oxygen gets to your brain, which boosts neurotransmitter production.
Even 20 minutes of exercise can stimulate the growth of new neurons and neuronal connections, which means an increase in learning and memory.
Bottom line: As you improve your health on a physical level, you’re also increasing brain function. This isn’t just a happy side effect, it’s something we can measure. Other side effects may include confidence, better problem-solving skills, and even expanding your perception of what you’re capable of.
2. Rewire Your Brain for a Better Life
It turns out that the best anti-aging combo available is a combination of physical training and brain training.
One controlled study in aging adults looked at the effects of ballroom dancing on brain health versus more mundane exercises. Ballroom dance, which incorporates physical activity with mental stimulation and social interaction, had a measurable impact on the part of the brain associated with memory.
The control group – the ones performing more mundane exercises like walking and biking – didn’t see the same positive effects.
Another controlled study out of Japan tested two populations of adults with mild cognitive impairment. One group performed physical exercises and another performed combined physical and mental tasks.
Combined physical and mental activity significantly improved cognitive performance over the exercise-only group.
Bottom line: If you want to improve your memory, thought-processes, reaction time and overall brain function, it’s best to incorporate physical and cognitive training.
3. Flex Your Willpower Muscle
Willpower isn’t a moral issue. It’s a muscle.
When it comes to your goals, it’s not a matter of whether you can or can’t achieve them. It’s about setting yourself up for success.
Influencers and biohackers like Dave Asprey and Tony Robbins are masters of willpower.
At some point in their self-experimentation and self mastery journeys, both of these guys realized that you can control bad decision making by changing your environment. You can do this biologically with what you eat and how you treat your body and by crafting a physical environment that makes “good” decisions easier to make than “bad” ones.
1. Avoid sugar and processed crap. Balance your blood sugar and take care of your body whether you feel like it or not.
2. Train your brain with technology like the Virtual Float Tank, EEG Brain Training, and meditation to make you more focused and less reactive, which leads to better decision making.
3. Avoid decision fatigue by making mundane decisions ahead of time – like what you’re wearing and what’s for lunch. This will free your brain to think about more important things.
Bottom line: You aren’t a slave to dwindling willpower. You can take charge of your body and your environment.
4. Use Technology Instead of Fearing It
Albert Einstein said, “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”
This quote always comes to mind when people ask me what we do at Upgrade Labs.
Modern problems like chronic stress, rampant inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases, and even social issues like homelessness and pollution beg for new, creative solutions.
I wish that all we needed to battle the laundry list of modern ailments and stress was some meditation and vegetables. But it’s too late for that.
New problems deserve an entirely new approach to healing. And I’m not talking about band aids. I’m talking about deep, root-cause healing from the inside-out.
The modern health journey takes a deep dive into your biological data. This journey uses machines that reverse inflammation in a matter of a few sessions, like cryotherapy. Also, lymphatic drainage for better cell health and weight loss, like our “Big Squeeze” compression pants.
Bottom line: It’s time to hop off the treadmill and employ hard-hitting technologies that offer measurable results quickly.
5. Question everything
Last, but not least: question everything. Even me. Even the experts. Even Upgrade Labs. You know your body and your life better than anyone.
Biohacking was born from a small number of people who refused to accept the current Western belief that your body and brain have to degrade with age. Or that the only options for healing are surgeries and pharmaceuticals.
As biohackers, we don’t just buck trends and create new ones, we’re constantly questioning and upgrading – even if it goes against a prior belief. Even if it costs more.
Bottom line: Do your own research. Test and retest. And get ready to pivot when the data suggests it’s time.
You’re going to die
When a fan asked entrepreneur millionaire Gary Vee for three words of inspiration, he quickly responded, “You’re gonna die.”
Sounds harsh, but what’s more motivating than keeping in mind that you only have a short amount of time on this beautiful earth?
But remember – you’re not dead yet. You haven’t reached the destination and hopefully, you won’t for a while! Because your journey is just that – an ongoing voyage with twists and turns, failures and huge wins.
But it’s still a journey. Your journey.