Typically in business, and indeed in life, we believe that if we want to enhance our performance in something then we must upskill ourselves and expand our capabilities in that particular field or activity – whether that’s through knowledge or physical abilities – and we relate our success to how well we “perform” those skills.
While this does of course help you to advance in your field, focusing solely on the physical skills often only allows you to reach a certain point on the scale of success. Sooner or later you hit a plateau, you start to feel stuck, or you realise that in your bid to be the best “performer” you forgot about the other aspects of success – your personal wellbeing, relationships and overall happiness.
I see this all the time, not only with my clients but sadly in a large proportion of the people I meet too. They’re highly qualified, intelligent and extremely competent, with many achievements under their belt, but behind the scenes they’re knackered, stressed and fundamentally unfulfilled.
This is typically the result of not giving enough attention to personal performance, which is the driving force behind everything you do and experience. When I say personal performance, I’m talking about three key aspects:
- Knowing and serving what’s really important to you and what you really want
- Understanding and respecting the mind body connection
- Mastering the way you communicate with yourself
When you continually address these three elements, it allows you to take total control of the way you think, feel and behave, meaning you have the freedom to do and be what you really want and achieve success in all areas of your life.
More specifically, typical results of my clients include:
– Enhanced quality of life & health
– More energy & drive
– Greater clarity & focus
– Boosted confidence & motivation
– Improved time efficiency
– Increased professional & financial potential
– Better relationships
Can you see how much easier and more enjoyable business and life would be if you had even some of those things?
Imagine your personal performance is like the engine of a car. If you don’t continually ensure that it functions effectively, the car will gradually become inefficient and eventually break down. Sure you can probably keep it going by adding and upgrading different parts along the way, but essentially unless the engine is performing at its peak you will not get peak performance out of the car as a whole.
You are the same. Your brain is your engine – it controls everything that happens in and to you, from the thoughts you think to every single physical process that goes on inside your body. So sure, you can keep yourself going by adding different forms of energy and upgrading your skillset, but ultimately real peak performance is only possible when you learn how to use your engine effectively.
I know this better than anyone, because I ignored my engine for most of my life. I was so focused on being the best and reaching the top of my career, that eventually I did indeed break down. Not only was my physical health in a serious state with adrenal fatigue, digestive issues and unexplained weight gain – my business was failing, I was unbelievably lonely and incredibly unhappy. Ironically, in my determination to get to the top, I hit rock bottom.
It wasn’t until I mastered my mindset, by addressing the 3 key aspects mentioned above, that I finally understood what real performance is, and finally started to achieve real success.
And again, this is the same for the people I work with. Most of them have invested a great deal of time and money into professional development by attaining more qualifications and additional skillsets, but they only achieve what they really want, both personally and professionally, when they unlock their real personal performance.
So the point of me writing this article, is really just to get you thinking. If you’ve reached a point where you’re constantly feeling frustrated because you’re not getting the results you think you deserve (despite putting in more hours), you feel like you’re not being as effective as you can or used to be, or you’re wondering, “Why the hell am I doing this and is it all worth it?” – maybe it’s time to start focusing more on your personal performance…it’s easier than you might think.
I will of course be sharing many more insights and tips into how you can do this, but if you want to get there quicker, click here to shoot me a message and we can have a chat about the best way for you to do that.
And in the meantime, please share this with anyone else you know who could also benefit from thinking more about their personal performance. Please help me on my mission to make a massive dent in the increasing statistics of lifestyle related disease, stress and mental health issues, we’re facing as a result of the unnecessary busy and pressured lifestyles we live today.