Peak Performance & Productivity

6 Formidable Obstacles to Personal Mastery and How to Transcend Them

by Scott Jeffrey

In Awakening the Mind, author Anna Wise defines “mastery” as:

“Being in the state you want to be in, when you want to be there, knowing what to do with that state, and being able to accomplish it.”

In a state of personal mastery, your mind is calm, quiet, and alert.

You are free of distraction, rumination, or any other disempowering tendencies of the mind.

In this state, the inner critic doesn’t attack your ideas before they’re formed or judge you or your performance.

You access your higher potential naturally—without conscious effort.

Imagine what you can do in that state. That’s the power of personal mastery.

You have experienced this state before. But how often?

For most of us, this state of personal mastery is rare. However, I see mastery as our natural state.

If that’s true, why does it often seem so challenging to access?

There are six primary culprits …

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5 Transformative Methods to ACTIVATE Your Pineal Gland and Tap Into Your Superhuman Potential

by Scott Jeffrey

Most people sense that they aren’t living from their highest potential.

For most, this “knowing” is subconscious. That is, a part of us knows, but consciously, we don’t connect with this reality.

For some of us, however, as we get older, this realization becomes more conscious. (If you’re reading this, that likely includes you.)

We know the difference between when we’re operating from our higher potential and when we’re not.

But why do we often fail to operate from our innate power in the first place?

One reason is that our brains rarely function the way they’re designed to run.

The pineal gland—and many other vital glands and organs—aren’t functioning within their intended design.

Thankfully, we have the power to change that.

Today’s guide is the final segment in a 4-part series on the pineal gland.

Part 1: Decalcify Your Pineal Gland 
Part 2: Pineal Gland Detox   
Part 3: Restore Your Circadian Rhythms

If you haven’t read these guides yet, I recommend you do so as each guide builds on the next.

Now, we’ll examine how ancient traditions viewed the pineal gland. Then, we’ll explore traditional methods for pineal gland activation, or what’s often called “opening your third eye.”

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Powerful Secrets to Transform Your Sleep So You Can Actualize Your Potential

by Scott Jeffrey

Do you take an energy jolt of caffeine in the morning or a sugary drink midday?

Do you often sedate yourself with food, alcohol, Internet, TV, or “recreational” drugs in the evening?

Do you frequently feel wired when you go to sleep?

Most high achievers I’ve surveyed say “Yes” to at least two if not all three of the above questions.

All of these habits relate to our quality of sleep.

More specifically, the issue has to do, once again, with our pineal gland and how it regulates our internal clock.

Welcome to Part 3 of this in-depth series on the pineal.

In Part 1, we covered what the pineal gland does and how to decalcify it.

In Part 2, we explored specific foods, minerals, and supplements for doing a pineal gland detox to support the decalcification process.

Now, in Part 3, we’re going to explore:

  • The important role light plays for the pineal gland,
  • How our modern lives are hijacking this gland, and
  • What we can do about it starting right now.

Let’s jump in.

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11 Powerful Supplements to Detoxify Your Pineal Gland, Boost Brain Power and Increase Vitality

by Scott Jeffrey

In the last guide, we explored what the pineal gland does and how it tends to get calcified through various chemicals in our modern environment.

Due to these synthetic substances, the pineal gland tends to function improperly.

A calcified pineal gland impairs our sleep, cognitive abilities, reaction time, judgment, perception, and performance.

If you’re interested in psychological development and actualizing more of your potential, the pineal gland is important.

Why? Because when the pineal isn’t functioning properly, our perception is limited.

With limited perception, our minds are closed, reducing opportunities for internal growth.

Part 1 of this series reviewed a lot of research on the causes of a calcified pineal gland, offering numerous steps to avoid further calcification.

Now, in part 2 of this 4-part series, we’re going to explore ways you can begin cracking open and dissolving the existing calcification surrounding this vital gland.

Part 1: Decalcify Your Pineal Gland
Part 2: Pineal Gland Detox  (You Are Here)
Part 3: Restore Your Circadian Rhythm  
Part 4: Activate Your Pineal Gland

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How to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland (And Why It’s Really Important for Higher Mental Performance)

by Scott Jeffrey

Travel deep into the center of your brain, and you’ll find a pinecone-shaped gland.

The size of only a grain of rice, this tiny gland plays an essential role in how we sleep, perform, make decisions, and perceive reality.

A healthy-functioning pineal is essential for psychological development, peak performance, and spiritual awakening.

In this guide—part one of an epic 4-part series—we’ll explore what this gland does, why it generally doesn’t work properly, and how to restore it.

Part 1: Decalcify Your Pineal Gland (You Are Here)
Part 2: Pineal Gland Detox  
Part 3: Restore Your Circadian Rhythm  
Part 4: Activate Your Pineal Gland

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10 Best Personal Development Books for High Achievers Who Want to Realize Meaningful Growth

by Scott Jeffrey

I hated reading in high school. I did everything I could to avoid it.

In truth, the only book I recall reading in its entirety was The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Something about that book captivated me. It didn’t have many pages. That was certainly a major factor in my completion of it.

But something in me shifted during college when I studied abroad in London.

I still remember roaming aimlessly through Charing Cross Road near the Leicester Square metro station. It was 1995, and bookstores, used and new, were still popular.

I can recall where I was when I read Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

I’m certain I can’t fully appreciate how these books shaped my mind, but I do know that upon returning from Europe I was a different person.

Before, I loathed reading. Now, I spent most of my available time in the University of Michigan libraries and local Borders bookstore (their flagship headquarters).

Each book turned new lights on in my now inquisitive mind. Each new section of the bookstore I explored opened up a new dimension to reality for me.

I couldn’t get enough books. Self-help, fiction, Eastern thought, psychology, philosophy, popular science, mysticism … it was all thrilling.

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How to Use Earthing Shoes to Increase Energy and Mental Clarity

by Scott Jeffrey

The first shoes were sandals. Some clever person invented them around 10,000 years ago.

But people in ancient times weren’t impressed by the shoe. Egyptians, Hindus, and Greeks all preferred walking barefoot.

Shoes were self-indulgence; they were unaesthetic and unnecessary.

Even Athen’s athletes competed in the Olympic Games barefoot. And Alexander the Great conquered Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Mesopotamia with a barefoot army.

Things changed with the rise of Rome. To the Romans, clothing was a sign of power. Slaves and beggars might be barefoot, but a civilized person wore shoes.

While some early versions of the shoe were made of papyrus, most shoes were crafted from cowhide, bearskin, deerskin, and wood.

The first rubber-soled shoes date back to 1876 in England. By World War II, synthetic-soled shoes were commonplace.

And we, as a people, haven’t recovered since.

What is Earthing?

Every household outlet has a ground wire. (It’s the third prong; that semi-circular hole beneath the other two prongs).

In case there’s a short circuit, the ground wire provides a path for an electrical current to be absorbed into the ground.

Without a ground wire, your body touching the device (an electrical box, appliance, power tool, etc.) may complete the ground path. This causes a shock, if not an electrocution.

Earthing means connecting your physical body (skin layer) to the Earth.

The theory is that earthing allows a transfer of negatively charged electrons from the Earth’s surface into the body.

Earthing creates a grounding connection between your body and the Earth.

So What’s the Problem With Shoes?

If you recall from high school physics, substances called conductors allow electricity to travel through material easily.

Others substances called insulators inhibit the flow of electricity.

If you’re outside during a lightning storm, it’s best to get into your car because the tires are rubber.

Rubber is an insulator; it protects you from lightning that strikes the ground.

The rubber-soled shoes insulate us from the electromagnetic field of the Earth. Why does that matter?

The Benefits of Earthing

These electrons from the Earth neutralize positively charged free radicals that cause chronic inflammation. (In this context, positive is harmful and negative is supportive.)

An excess of free radicals damages our cell membranes and DNA, leading to cancer and other diseases.

Earthing has shown to reduce blood viscosity (thickness) and inflammation, suggesting that it supports cardiovascular health.

Most of us have an overactive sympathetic nervous system (excessive emotional stress).

Preliminary studies show that earthing has a calming and balancing effect on the nervous system.

In Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, biophysicist James Oschman explains:

The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on.

People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make.

A growing body of research suggests that earthing helps heal humans from a wide variety of ailments.

Earthing will also greatly improve your sleep.

From my experience, the benefits of earthing go far beyond healing disease.

I believe earthing has unspoken mental and emotional benefits essential for psychological development and peak performance.

Earthing helps quiet the mind and bring you back to your center. It brings about a state of inner calm, providing greater mental clarity and alertness.

How to Ground Yourself

The easiest way to ground yourself is to stand or walk barefoot for a minimum of 20 minutes each day.

But we can’t always walk barefoot.

To turn regular shoes into earthing shoes, you need to introduce a conductive material like copper or carbon into the footbed.

I was skeptical when I first heard about earthing shoes. I had experienced the positive effects of walking barefoot. Ten minutes of walking on my gravel driveway and I feel more calm, alert, and present.

But could you get similar benefits from earthing shoes?

EMF specialist Lloyd Burrell and others have tested various grounding shoes with voltage meters, and yes, they work!

Where to Get Earthing Shoes?

Several companies offer earthing shoes and grounding sandals designed specifically to ground your body to the earth. However, only one of these companies do I feel comfortable supporting:

Earth Runners

My top recommendation for earthing shoes is Earth Runners. (affiliate link disclaimer)

This California-based company makes an innovative line of minimalist sandals using a super-thin Vibram sole, a hemp or leather insole, and a copper plug (below the big toe) with a conductive strap that connects your feet to the Earth.

Adjusting the sandal can be a little tricky, but once you do, they’re easy to take on and off.

I appreciate that they offer a hemp footbed so your feet aren’t making contact with rubber or some other synthetic material.

Check out Earth Runners.

This video shows this earthing shoe’s grounding effects using a voltmeter.

Increase the Benefits of Earthing Shoes

Keeping your feet connect to the earth or using conductive footwear (earthing shoes) has tremendous benefits for our health and personal performance.

But there are even more benefits available to us. You can assist the grounding process by aligning your posture and sinking your energy down into your feet.

I provide detailed instructions on how to do this using a Chinese method called Zhan Zhuang.

Ground yourself as often as you can. You’ll feel the difference: a more relaxed body and a calmer mind.

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The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Epic Peak Performance in Business and Anything Else

by Scott Jeffrey

Overview: This in-depth guide to peak performance explains the science of performance and provides proven methods for accessing your higher potential in business and any other activity.


There’s an indescribable joy in optimal performance, at performing at one’s best.

The ultimate rewards of peak performance are found in breaking through to a higher level of development in oneself.

These breakthroughs bring a sense of freedom. Internal resistance falls away, and often, our sense of self with it. Absorbed in the task at hand, we access more of our innate potential.

We can pursue peak performance in whatever field interests us: sports, business, music, arts, negotiation, selling, mathematics, philosophy, writing, just to name a few.

But consistent peak performance eludes most of us. Peaking is the exception, not the rule.

In this guide, we will explore the science of peak performance to discover ways to access this state with greater consistency.

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