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When a Performance Expert Battles Mental Illness

I literally wrote the book on peak performance, but I had to reconsider everything after an unexpected battle with mental illness

(Illustration: Kailey Whitman)

I felt detached from my body, as if I was in a virtual-reality video game. Soon I was completely paralyzed by the sense that I was losing my mind.

My anxiety took over my life. It was the only thing I could think about. Sometimes it still is.

The same personality traits and brain chemistry that underlie our greatest gifts — for example, the ability to think obsessively and problem-solve relentlessly — can also give rise to our most awful curses.

A big part of peak performance is playing through the pain.

Think Impermanence

Let Go of Control

Lean into It

Know You’re Not Alone


Practice Self-Compassion

Be Patient

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Brad Stulberg

Bestselling author of The Practice of Groundedness ( Co-Creator of The Growth Equation. Coach to executives, entrepreneurs, and MDs.