The Adrenaline Lifestyle

Adrenaline is cheap to trigger but the lifestyle is mighty expensive; it can cost you meaningful relationships and even your life.

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Adrenaline is a lifestyle for most people.  It’s an acceptable—often expected—addiction we call being driven, overscheduled, intense, or Type “A.”  While adrenaline is cheap to trigger, about $1.38 for a cup of coffee, the lifestyle is mighty expensive; it can cost you meaningful relationships and even your life.

5 Signs of an adrenaline lifestyle

  1. You feel pressure to perform all the time.
  2. You’re usually late.
  3. You procrastinate and then rush to deliver.
  4. You have many projects underway and none are finished.
  5. You expect immediate results and delays upset you greatly.

Sacrifices

Our bodies haven’t changed since the time of our great-great grandparents yet the demands on them sure have.  Technology creates a feeling of endless possibility but carries with it a paradox.  In pursuit of the right choice, are you making any choice?  Trying to keep up, we’ll reach for the quickest source of energy, adrenaline. The rush is effective and seductive for good reasons, mainly because it works.  Adrenaline is great for plowing through difficulties or avoiding the realities of an unsatisfying life.

Numbing

We desensitize ourselves to avoid feeling overwhelmed. The louder your world becomes the less you notice what’s actually going on.  Ironic isn’t it?  It boils down to a lifestyle created by overwhelm that turns into a lifestyle that supports overwhelm and adrenaline addiction.

Detox

Offered in the spirit of awareness, not psychological treatment.

Step 1:  Identify current sources

Energy is everywhere:  food, exercise, conflict, nature, drama, giving, accomplishment, and love are just a few. Identify your most common sources and then figure out how expensive they might be.  Conflict generates energy but often requires a long recovery while creativity usually gives you a big return on your investment.

Step 2:  Reduce consumption

Unmet needs are expensive.  If you aren’t appreciated, you’ll divert energy doing things for which you’ll be appreciated.  Upgrade your environments and get your needs met once and for all.  Simplify life and reduce the noise around you by dropping most of your unfinished projects and replacing your To-Do list with an Ignore list; a list of things that you’ll no longer allow to distract and drain your energy.

Step 3:  Upgrade your supply

Being needed is good but needy people have little to give back.  Replace motivation with inspiration.  Conflict requires energy to fuel.  While caffeine might take you 2,000 feet, it won’t get you to 50,000 feet. Without something powerful to call you up, the push from below can only take you so far.

Lifestyle vs. Life

Create space for a fulfilling life by reducing the numbing noise and cleaning up your energy sources.   With the confidence of a clear mind, the right choices become obvious and easier to make and you’ll find yourself naturally positioned for greater happiness with much less effort.

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Author: Lorraine Esposito

Lorraine Esposito Lorraine@Peacemaker-Coach.com 914-410-7502 Lorraine Esposito is a certified professional life coach, mentor coach, owner of The Center for Coaching Mastery at Westchester Community College in New York, and nationally recognized author of The Peacemaker Parent, Solving Problems for Today, Teaching Independence for a Lifetime, Lorraine is the featured life coach for a popular New York radio station, WFAS 103.9 FM and is in collaboration with and featured blogger for the National Football League and USA Football adding a ‘coach approach’ to coaching youth sports. Lorraine’s client base includes CEO’s in the entertainment industry, White House and Capitol Hill public affairs staff, entrepreneurs, global TED speakers, award winning writers, new coaches just starting out, successful business women between 40 and 55 looking for more out of life, and parents needing a little help making good on their parenting promises. Lorraine’s career matches the diversity in her coaching practices. Starting out in the rural mid-west, Lorraine has owned four small businesses; the first, an automobile repair center, started at age 16. Her corporate experience is mainly in negotiating multimillion dollar contracts as the buyer of domestic in-flight food and beverages for Trans World Airlines and then as a procurement manager for the New York City Transit Authority. Lorraine’s strength has always been creatively finding solutions to even the most complicated goal. In addition, Lorraine’s 30 years as a professional fitness coach continues to add depth to all her endeavors. She has been featured in various print, broadcast, and on-line media and is a public speaker regarding personal leadership to community and school-based audiences. Lorraine lives in New York with her husband and two teenage sons.

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