Neuropeak Pro Client Journey
“I realized I needed to figure out what was actually happening to my body”
Neuropeak Pro sat down with a Adam, a Real Estate Broker, to talk about his training experience
Tim: Just to get us started, could you tell us a little bit about yourself, what do you do, and what got you to the point that you’re at now?
Adam: Yeah. I am a 38-year-old commercial real estate broker. I focus mainly in the acquisition and disposition of office assets, or the buying and selling of office buildings. I've been in this field for eight years now. I graduated from college in 2004, and I started my career in the marketing world, with a primary focus in sports. I had always wanted to work in the sports realm, but I got burnt out quick from the constant demand of energy, endless attendance at events, and whole days of work. I wanted to do something where I was able to be more flexible and independent. Currently, I work for a firm and I have a business partner, but if I want to come into the office at 9 o'clock, I'll come into the office at 9 o'clock. I don’t really have a boss, which creates the flexibility and independence I was looking for, but also comes with high pressure and high stress. There are millions of dollars on the line for everybody, including me and my partner. It entails a lot of client meetings, face to face interactions, phone calls, and follow ups. I'm on my phone probably half of my day, whether that is working through a transaction or talking to potential clients, trying to win their business to list their property for sale.
Tim: Could you explain the key characteristics that make you successful in that field? Is it your ability to adapt? Is it your creativity? What are the traits that are needed for success in that industry, particularly for you?
Adam: It’s a super competitive industry, but it is also highly relational. People do business with who they feel comfortable with, not necessarily with the best person to do the job. One of my personal traits that has made me successful is that I hate to lose, even more than I like to win. I despise losing deals to other people. Also, the industry is extremely stressful because there are a lot of different moving parts at a lot of different times. It requires teamwork. I rely on my team and my team relies on me. I have a full time assistant, full time researcher, full time financial analyst, and, obviously, I have a business partner as well.
Tim: Absolutely. You’re in a highly competitive field, you have a whole staff that is relying on you. You mentioned that the stress of this started to wear on you. Can you describe your experiences that made you want to engage with Neuropeak Pro and pushed you to begin training with us?
Adam: I had some health issues that I was unaware of. I had a couple of panic attacks that landed me in the hospital with extremely high blood pressure, but the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with either my heart or my brain. All the tests came back normal, almost perfect even. The doctors didn’t know what was going on with me. I would feel these weird sensations when I got uncomfortable, or anxious. Personally, I don’t like to use the word anxiety because I don’t know what anxiety is. It is not a tangible thing, and it is difficult to understand what anxiety is and what anxiety isn't. Anyways, I was having some health issues. I have a close relationship with one of your employees. He’s been one of my best friends since I was 12 years old, and he suggested I try this breathing techniques that you guys do. I was at a loss for what was going on with me health wise. I was feeling like crap, but all the tests were coming back normal. I couldn’t put my finger on the issues, so I decided I had nothing to lose and I tried it. I did your assessment and a lot of stuff came back out of whack. My sleep was crazy, my testosterone was extremely low, and my cortisol was extremely high. A lot of my life was out of balance. I decided I needed to do something about this, so I signed up to start training with Neuropeak. I began by getting the breathing, sleep, testosterone and nutrition all in alignment, and then from there I began to work on the brain.
Tim: Absolutely. If I could dial it back a little bit, you mentioned all of this stress and anxiousness you were experiencing. We would associate those symptoms with an overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system. How was that impacting your ability to perform in the workplace?
Adam: I didn’t really notice anything before I had my first panic attack. And, like I said, that day landed me in the hospital via ambulance. Before my panic attack, I had been going through life without paying attention to any those things related to my system’s balance. Obviously, it hit me like a ton of bricks once I had that first attack, and I realized I needed to figure out what was actually happening to my body.
Tim: Tell us about your training experience. You said you started with breathing and then progressed into brain training. Did you find it difficult to train? Where did you find success? Was it at home? At the office? Walk us through that process.
Adam: I do all of my training at home. I don’t do any of it at the office. For me, the biggest game changer has been the breathing. Being able to breathe correctly has helped me immensely, especially during stressful days, meetings, difficult conversations with clients or business partners, and other things along those lines. It has changed my life because previously, I was breathing incorrectly by almost hyperventilating constantly, having anywhere from 12-16 breaths a minute. Now, when I do my training, I get dialed in on the HRV, and I can get all of the way up to 90 in coherence. All around, I feel so much better after doing that. Improving is more or less just about putting in the work. Nobody's going to do it for you, you have to do the work.
Tim: Did you have a moment where you reflected on it and thought, “Wow. This is different. This is changing.” When did it click, and you realized your training was making a difference?
Adam: It’s really just overall. I don’t think I ever had a ‘lightbulb’ moment. For me, it was just a progression of continually doing the work every single day, and gradually feeling better. I gradually began seeing results not only with the breathing, but in my sleep cycles, testosterone levels, and the brain stuff as well. Getting those results back gave me the reassurance that the work I had put into training was paying off and really making a difference.
Tim: Have any of your coworkers or family members mentioned that they see a difference in you?
Adam: I don’t think I've had any coworkers say anything because my coworkers don’t know I’m doing it. I'm a pretty private person so I keep my training private. I would say other people have noticed. I think that people close to me know I am doing the work and they can see that I am feeling better because I am going out and being social again. I am getting back to being myself.
Tim: That’s amazing. Now that you feel like the anxious past is under control, what are some other aspects that you have seen improve? What are some things you can now do better or differently?
Adam: The biggest improvements have come in my ability to recognize when I am getting into an elevated or stressed state and being able to control my response to it with my breathing. It doesn't work all the time, but for the most part I can keep myself in a state that is calm. Instead of going from a two to a ten, I can keep myself at a five or a six.
Tim: Is there anything you would like to say about your experience, or maybe a word for other people who are thinking about getting an assessment done or beginning training?
Adam: One of the questions people ask is, “Was the problem solved?” I don’t think the problem is ever solved. There is no magic pill for me. It is a continual process that is probably going to last the rest of my life, but Neuropeak has helped. It is a tool to get me through the challenging and stressful times when they arise. These times will never go away and it’s going to be a continual journey, but now I feel equipped to deal with them.
Tim: That’s a great point.
Adam: I think for other people it's important to know that the product works, but you have to do the work. It's up to you. There's no magic pill. This isn't Xanax. You're not going to take this and be calm. You're going to practice these techniques and use them as a tool to help you.
Tim: We say that a lot. It's not a silver bullet. It's not steroids. This is the workout. Thank you so much for speaking with us, Adam.
Adam: No problem, thanks for having me.