Unlocking ‘It’: The Twin Pillars of Sustained Peak Performance

How to Transform Your Environment for Innovative Thinking

“The best education I have ever received was through travel.”

– Lisa Ling

Our environment dictates so much, but we dictate our environment.

So much of travel is about changing your environment so that you can get creative and open up your mind to new ways of thinking.

Routine is a Double-Edged Sword

I am a massive proponent of routine and have spent years working to design my day exactly how I want. At the same time, I recognize that having so much structure can sometimes limit creative thinking; we can get stuck on auto-pilot.

We take the same route to the gym. We eat the same meals at the same time, from the same restaurants. Every day we talk to the same people and friends. Sometimes our routines can hinder our ability to develop new skills and think creatively.

Some structure is critical, but mixing up your work environment and daily movement–going for a mountain bike ride in a new trail system, for example– can increase your brain’s effectiveness, which will aid you in increasing information retention and becoming more successful.

Here are 3 actionable tips to help you mix up your routine and increase your ability to think creatively:

Take your work on the road: I love to travel. I love to experience new foods. I love to explore new places. I love to meet new people. Life is short; it’s meant to be lived. For me, travel is a critical component of living my life on my terms. I find travel to be like active recovery. Most times it is more exhausting than being at home in my controlled environment. But I will also come home refreshed and reenergized; I am excited to get back into the swing of things and full of new ideas. 

Pro-Tip: *If you are setting your out of office, give yourself an extra day after you return home to catch up on your inbox. People always appreciate when you get back to them sooner than they think. 

Move Your Desk. I used to meet someone every morning at 7 a.m. for a cup of coffee. This forced me to explore the cities where I lived and got me to constantly vary my office. Next time you’re stuck, take your work to a local coffee shop, or move around your office–from your desk to the kitchen, break room, etc. The change in venue could be the spark your brain needs to retrieve new information or process existing information in a new manner. 

Give Yourself a Break: My best ideas never come to me when I am actively working; it is the reason I incorporate so much training, conversation, and movement into my work days. The active “distractions” allow my subconscious to create new solutions. A lot of times, the reason we are unable to solve a problem is because we make assumptions that prevent us from seeing the full picture. In order to find a solution, we need to distract ourselves because it loosens up our brains and allows us to let go of the original assumptions that steered us in the wrong direction. The next time you are stuck, go for a run, take a sauna, or go share your problem with someone in a totally different industry. 

Chances are you are not going to find the solution to your problem sitting at your desk.

Today's Article

I used to joke that I was retired at thirty-four and exploring the world with my shirt off. 

Really, it was exploring the world and my passions that led me to what I do now. 

In my first career, I sold property/casualty insurance for campgrounds in upstate New York. Now, I prioritize building brands in the health/wellness space with friends. I have had two careers and I am not even 45. 

In this piece, Kabir Sehgal explains why having multiple careers is better than one.

He shares why you should prioritize not only building transferable skill sets but also finding ways to subsidize the learning of these skills. 

I found this discussion fascinating and it made me pause to reflect on how many careers I’ll have in my entire lifetime.

Today's Optimization

I am a creature of habit– I spent a considerable amount of time, effort, and money designing my dream life. I like to control the controllable, which is one of the reasons I hate the stress of traveling. But travel is critical for being able to think creatively. Every time I go on the road, I pack Kreatures of Habit because it allows me to regain control of my nutrition. I know that I will have (at least) one meal covered every day where I will be able to hit my 30g protein goal.

Quality nutrition while traveling is possible, but it requires effort and planning. One new habit that I am currently implementing is packing for my next trip as soon as I get home. This way, I never have to think when it’s time to leave the house; I know that I have all my supplements packed and ready to go. Today Kreatures of Habit is offering Movement Memo subscribers a deal: 15% off your purchase of Kreatures of Habit using code “Hinman15” 

Today's Movement

Complete for time:

  • 15 Power Snatch (115/65lbs)
  • 400 Meter Run
  • 30 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
  • 400 Meter Run
  • 150 Double-Unders

About Eric Hinman

Based in Denver, Eric is an Endurance Athlete (5x Ironman), content creator and social media influencer, sponsored by dozens of consumer brands. Some of Eric’s partners include Vital Proteins, GNC, Ten Thousand, Beam, Lane Eight, Chipotle, and Whole Foods.

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