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Published on August 1st, 2014 | by Healthy Gay Lifestyles

10 Habits of High Performers

by Terry Shanahan

Do you ever wonder why some people can look, feel, and perform better than another? This list of 10 HABITS OF HIGH PERFORMERS will explain exactly why!

A couple of months ago, I watched a few events from the CrossFit Regional competitions. Did any of you watch? I am in awe of these athletes. They all seem like naturally gifted athletes to the naked eye, even superhuman at times, but I know from experience that they have had to work extremely hard to get to where they are!

I have been obsessed with the study of nutrition, supplementation, and wellness since 2001. I have been working with professional athlete clients since 2009. During this time I have also had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life, which inspired the creation of The Paleo Transition Course. Whether they are beginning the transition toward better health, looking to advance their athletic performance, or simply trying to improve their quality of living, they all have certain habits and attributes associated with their success. There are certain habits that all healthy people share, not just elite athletes. These specific habits help them achieve their goals and see the long-term benefits they seek. Based on my observations, these are the top ten things high performers do.


1. Meal Prep– One of the most effective ways to get the results you want is to think ahead. A great way to do this is by having healthy meals ready and on hand. Many nutritionists believe the food we eat is responsible for 60-80% of our body composition, wellness, and energy levels. The food we eat is such an important building block to our overall health and poor food choices are a big obstacle standing in the way of many peoples’ health, keeping them from the results they deserve! Need help with food prep? Click HERE!

2. Dedication- While they might not always feel like it, high performers will work out no matter what. It doesn’t mean they’re in the gym for two hours every day, it just means they stick to doing something four to five times a week. Sometimes it’s thirty or forty-five minutes of high-intensity and calling it a day. Bottom line, the high performers are consistent and dedicated because working out has been made a priority in their daily routine.

3. Small Victories- High performers understand that life isn’t always about all or nothing. I’ve seen people who think missing a workout means they should throw in the towel and head to the nearest fast food drive thru. Just because you miss one day in the gym doesn’t mean you are off track. To be a high performer, it means you realize the little decisions made on a daily basis are what add up to huge success over the months and years ahead.

4. Catching Zzz- One important, but often overlooked aspect to health is the quantity and quality of sleep you get at night. In fact, many experts now believe that sleep might even be more important than diet. High performers sleep on average eight hours a night and they wake up feeling energized and ready to face the day. Give yourself the gift of good sleep and just see how much you can accomplish!

5. Systematic Approach- Would you ever think that since you brushed your teeth yesterday, you don’t need to brush them today? Of course not. There are certain aspects of caring for our health that must be repeated over and over again. Being healthy requires the same systematic approach and high performance individuals get this phenomenon. Healthy people understand that having the right systems in place will help them reach their goals over time.

6. Moderation- High performers don’t indulge in alcohol regularly. There are many benefits from being social, including spending time with friends and family, and enjoying life! But drinking too much alcohol will sabotage your progress and this is something high performers understand. It’s not just about calories and sugar, either. Your liver plays a key role in many of your body’s processes. Heavy toxicity can cause weight gain, stress for other systems of the body, and a cascade of other unwanted symptoms. I talk about many of these “blocking factors” in my latest webinar. Check it out HERE.

7. Big Picture- High performers understand the pursuit of health is about more than simply looking good. Wanting to enhance your physical appearance is a tremendous motivator for many people, but it usually isn’t enough to bring about long-term success and commitment. There needs to be a greater reason for you to succeed and high performance individuals have mastered this. They see the bigger picture. It could be anything from a past health scare to a life-changing event, or even discovering a passion for a new sport or hobby requiring you to be fit.

8. Peer Pressure- It’s important to surround yourself with like-minded individuals while trying to improve your health. High performers don’t give into peer pressure to abandon their goals. They do not fall into the trap of being brought down by other people’s opinions of their health efforts. If your friends have a problem with your lifestyle changes or can’t be supportive of your goals, you might want to consider seeking new friends.

9. Unleashed Potential- High performers don’t see their healthy lifestyles as restrictive or boring. They see their lifestyles as a way to feel amazing, achieve maximum productivity, optimal performance, and look their best! Their values place a much higher emphasis on these feelings instead of focusing on perceived limitations or restrictions.

10. Stress- Finally, high performers manage their stress. Stress kills. There is probably no greater way to destroy our health than our stress level. Stress can release hormones leading to weight gain and a myriad of other health problems. High performers find an outlet for their stress and reach balance. High performers know how to manage their stress and the result is good health. For more on how to manage your stress better, click HERE.

Now that you’ve read my ten habits of high performers, do you feel like you fall within this category? Are there things on this list that you need to work on? Take stock of your health habits and let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to help you begin your journey and transition to a healthier, happier life.

You can always start by trying my downloading my FREE 3-Day Paleo Plan. Simply go to: and register with your email address.


Terry Shanahan is a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist student, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor, Certified CrossFit Coach, Entrepreneur, Paleo Nutrition advocate & coach. He has a passion for wellness, performance, & personal development. Follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, & YouTube. Check out his website at



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