Who Is Alan Stein Jr?
Alan Stein, Jr. is an experienced keynote speaker, author, and former performance coach with a passion for helping others change behaviors, how to manage stress, and raise their game. He utilizes his 15+ years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Kobe Bryant) to teach proven strategies that improve performance for individuals, leaders, and entire organizations. He offers practical, actionable approaches to develop a winning mindset, championship habits, and unparalleled focus. The strategies from his book, Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best, are implemented by both corporate and sports teams worldwide.
How to Raise and Sustain Your Game
Alan’s first book, Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best, was designed to help people reach the proverbial mountain top. And for the most part, the people who implemented the strategies in the book always got to the summit. However, reaching the top is only part of the challenge. The real challenge is getting to the top and staying there. Unfortunately, when it comes to sustaining success, most people assume that once they’ve achieved success, they will continue to be successful. That’s usually not the case because getting what you want is difficult. Sustaining what you’ve got is even harder.
Long-term success in all aspects of life is about two things: getting it and keeping it. For example, the goal is not getting rich; the goal is to get rich and stay rich. Fitness is about getting fit and staying fit.
That’s why Alan decided to write his second book, Sustain Your Game: High Performance Keys to Manage Stress, Avoid Stagnation, and Beat Burnout. The book is designed to help people sustain and maintain success once they’ve achieved it.
High-Performance Keys In How To Manage Stress, Avoid Stagnation, and Beat Burnout
After interviewing over a hundred experts and top performers who’ve achieved and maintained success for at least a decade, Alan noticed an interesting pattern. The people that sustained long-term success had strategies for how to manage stress, avoiding stagnation, and beating burnout. In contrast, the people that lost success lost it because of either burnout, stress, or stagnation.
Regrettably, most people rarely notice when these three things show up in their life. And the ones that do often do nothing to salvage the situation. Alan explains that if you want to sustain high performance, you need to become a little more self-aware than you currently are. Not only that, you need to surround yourself with people that genuinely care about you to help you notice when you fall into a slump.
Help Your Team Overcome Stress, Stagnation, and Burnout
As a leader, you have a role to play in helping your team handle their feelings of stress, burnout, or stagnation. Regrettably, work environments are getting more demanding and complex, so keeping your team productive and engaged can be challenging. According to Alan, the first step to overcoming stress and burnout is letting your team know that it’s okay to not be okay. Let them know that it’s normal for people to feel stressed or burnt out. Get off your leadership chair and show them your vulnerable side. If your people can see your human side, they’ll be much more willing to open up and seek solutions to their problems.
Showing that you care is only the first step. You need to implement strategies and programs that help your people escape the rut and return to top performance.
Why You Need to Get Clear on Your Core Values
Your core values are the things that define who you are and what you stand for as a person. As a performance coach, Alan appreciates the power of clear values. He highlights that individuals experience greater success and fulfillment when they live by their values. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the people that don’t honor their values expose their mental, emotional, and physical states to unnecessary turmoil.
To experience and sustain success, you must be clear about your core values. Write them down if you have to, and be very strict when enforcing them. Narrow them down to five or ten, and don’t leave any room for compromise. This will help you make better decisions in life, build stronger relationships, and improve your problem-solving abilities. Remember, when we are incongruent with our core values, we are more likely to be dragged into bad habits and regress into unacceptable behavior.
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