Epic Performance from EPIQ Knowledge
Great performance depends on many factors including: everything you put in your mouth (nutrition); the physical and mental activities you choose to do or not to do (preparation); the amount of rest and reflection you allow yourself (recovery); and all the stuff you tell yourself in your own head (self-talk).
Many people think of intelligence as your IQ or ‘book smarts’. However, this is only one kind of intelligence. Other major intelligences are your emotional intelligence (EQ) and your physical intelligence (PQ). The great thing is that you can improve all of your intelligences with effort. EQ, PQ and IQ – you can remember them as EPIQ (pronounced ‘EPIC’). The goal is to increase your EPIQ performance in all aspects of your life as much as possible.
Your EQ, popularized by Dr. Daniel Goleman in his book The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights, is your ability to control your own emotions and read the emotions of others. It is a major contributor in your social skills – how well you interact with other people. Are you responsive or reactive? If you are in tune with Einstein’s theory of relativity but have no idea how to hold a conversation with another human being, you would have a high IQ but a low EQ.
Your PQ is your ability to control your own body. This breaks down into conscious control – coordination, strength, flexibility and balance, and unconscious control – how well your internal systems respond when called upon. How good of a job does your brain do at controlling your heart rate, disease-fighting immune system, and appropriate hormone responses to eating, stress, excitement, challenges, etc. Your physical intelligence is how well tuned your body machine is.
These are all important factors in leading a successful life and experiencing peak performance in competition or academic endeavors. Your IQ will help you solve life’s challenges, your EQ will help your daily interactions with others and your PQ will help you stay strong & healthy and fight disease of all sorts.
Your brain is the master coordinator of everything you do, feel, think and experience and the fitness of your brain determines your IQ, EQ and PQ. The more you work on the different aspects of brain fitness the better it all comes together. Each of these intelligences helps the others as well. For example, the better your PQ, the better your hormone stress response system works, the easier it is to stay composed under pressure, and the better your EQ gets. Staying composed in challenging situations also gives you a better chance at clear thinking and problem solving and increases your IQ.
This is only one example of the many ways that your intelligences work together. The more you work on your brain fitness the better they all get. It all comes back to variety. Using nutrition, physical and mental activities, appropriate rest and positive thinking to improve your brain fitness and improve all of your intelligences.
A focus on brain fitness will allow greater success at school, in sports, work or business, improved relationships and improved brain and body health. Improving your brain fitness will help you move from where you are today to where you want to be.
In the next post I will highlight some of the activities and classes at Peak One Performance that guide our young athletes to healthy choices for brain fitness. These activities encompass the ingredients needed to experience peak performance; nutrition, preparation, recovery, and self-talk.