Queen of Bliss, Joeann Fossland


Peak Performance and Relaxation!

PEAK PERFORMANCE:  The story of Lance Armstrong  has been an amazing one. How can you not be impressed with the challenges he's overcome? His mental attitude and innate competitiveness present an inspiring example.

There is documentation of how his body is somewhat of an anomaly: being able to efficiently process fuel, in the muscles, 3-5% more efficiently than the pro riding next to him and 8% better than the average fit man allows him to perform better on the same amount of carbs.  It makes me wonder about the chicken and the egg dilemma: which came first? Everything I have read has suggested, he was born with these advantages, but I wonder if someone so good at the mental intention side couldn't have kept visualizing until his body mirrored his picture of perfect fitness.

Either way, it's something to think about:

If it is inherent strengths that he was born with, it certainly shows the power of knowing what strengths you have and leveraging them (something I've been advocating with my clients for years!). Those who acknowledge and use the core values and natural gifts that are unique to them seem to just attract success.

If his clear vision, intentions and work created the changes his body need to excel at his chosen sport, it is a powerful reminder that we have more power over what happens within our bodies than we think.

RELAXATION: To be in top form, full of energy and focus, athletes take days off from training because their muscles can not be most effective without the recovery time. Unfortunately, many agents I meet are trying so hard to excel, they do not plan for recovery time. 

Studies have found that when you work in excess of 40 hours a week, your effectiveness begins to wane. Overworking can knock your ability to focus and make good decisions down to 50%-60% of your potential.


  • What  natural strengths do you have? Make a list of them and then think about how you can leverage them more fully.
  • Create a mental picture of what it is you really want. See it happening. Create an affirmation that you will use for the next 30 days to support your dream and intention. Write it on 4-5 stickies and post by your computer, on your bathroom mirror, car visor, etc. Read it out loud 3 times in the morning and 3 times before you go to bed.
  • Watch for synchronicities.
  • Do you have at least one 24 hour period of relaxation/play time on next week's calendar? If not, make it a habit to block and schedule it every week.


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Comment balloon 15 commentsJoeann Fossland • March 02 2009 08:49AM


Relaxation, the very reason I'm going backpacking for 3 days next weekend.

Nothing like lying in a hammock out in the woods watching the clouds drift by overhead.

Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) almost 11 years ago

You are a very smart man...but then I KNEW that!!!!

Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) almost 11 years ago


I was thrilled to hear that Lance Armstrong will be riding again competitively again in the Tour.  Thanks for blogging.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

I'm guilty !

I need to take more breaks, thansk for the reminder

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 11 years ago


Thanks for coming by!
Don't you LOVE our 80 degree weather???



Then I hope you put it on the calendar!!!!

Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) almost 11 years ago

Now I can truly justify my "brain breaks". Thanks for the great advice.

Posted by Cathey East (Jonovich & Associates Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Cathey! Absolutely!

Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) over 10 years ago

Stephen Covey, in his 7 Habits, speaks wisely of sharpening the saw. Our minds and bodies are our saw and an occasional and full rest is the sharpening process. Absolutely criticalshadblow

Posted by Ron Tiller (Star Referral - Grand rapids MI) over 10 years ago

Good advice, need more 'off' time to recover and regenerate.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 10 years ago

that is very good to remember.  I have a very difficult time not working...thanks.

Posted by Stuart Dobson (eLoanRates.org) over 10 years ago

It is so hard to take the time off. Even if I schedule the time, something seems to come up that has to be handled, and then there went the relaxation.  You offer good advice and something to ponder related to inherent strengths.

Posted by Dana Wilkinson, Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conr (Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX) over 10 years ago

Mental balance is the key to this whole process.  You need to do this.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) over 10 years ago

Mike, Dana, Stuart, Lyn & Ron,

It IS hard to put yourself first, sometimes, but it is EXACTLY how you can be the best that you can be. Thanks for coming by and commenting. That tells me you are one of the special people who is actively working on upgrading yourself!!! That's very Cool.

Hugs, Love & Smiles,

Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) over 10 years ago

Joeann. Great advice. We abuse our bodies and we also neglect our strengths. I will take a day off on Memorial day. This Blog convinced me. Then I will work on my focusing on my strengths. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

Gfreat advice -- especially about visuializing and writing the affirmations!  And I'm gettingbetter about taking a block of time rather than bunches of little breakd.  nice post - thanks.

Posted by Alexsandra Stewart, Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate (Remax equity group) over 10 years ago