Perform Your Best: Happy, Healthy, Hungry


Imagine you’re a professional athlete, do you feel you’d perform your best if you were not happy? Would your motivation, confidence and mindset be focused on winning? The quote below by Dina Asher Smith says it all. 

Nobody is happy every single day, all the time, but a happy Dina is a fast Dina – I learned that very early on. You can be in the best shape in the world, but if you’re not chilled and you’re not happy, if you’re not confident within yourself, you’re not going to run well. Sport is holistic and it’s an expression of your whole self. If your whole self isn’t ready or happy, you’re not going to do as well as you’re hoping.

Dina Asher Smith - Fastest Woman in British History


Can you perform your best (sport, business & life) if you are not healthy? 

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organisation

A few things for you to think about:

  • Do you do the minimum recommended amount of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week? (NHS)
  • Do you do the minimum recommended amount of twice weekly strengthening exercises? (NHS)
  • Do you eat a balanced diet within the number of calories recommended for your body each week? (calorie calculator)
  • Do you sleep for the minimum recommended number of 7 hours a night? (Sleep Foundation)
  • Are you kind to yourself? Do you look to build your confidence, mindset and motivation?
  • Do you build healthy relationships? Do you have supportive people around you? Do you look to talk to others and make new connections?


How hungry are you to win and succeed at whatever it is you are working towards? If you’re not hungry and motivated you cannot perform your best. 


1) World Health Organisation (2023) Available: HERE

2) NHS (2023) Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults Aged 19 to 64. Available: HERE

3) Sleep Foundation (2023) How Much Sleep Do You Need? Available: HERE

I hope this post was of value to you. I’d love to hear your thoughts, please do send me a message on Instagram (simonjamescoaching). 

Thank you for reading.

Simon James

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