5th June 20
Planning for optimal performance, what does that even mean?
I am successful in my career, I time block my days, I have a great group of people and family around me. So why do I need to think about optimal performance?
The answer is simple, if our own optimal performance isn’t our first priority then how can we give our maintained energy to anything else.
We should emphasize the word maintained here. Of course you can give your energy for the short term and probably be very successful at doing so, but over time this could change.
There can be many different views on this topic so we will be talking from our perspective.
Optimal Performance refers to when you are performing (vibrating) at your highest self. This being across all areas of your life. The areas that are considered are:
- Home Environment
- Life Purpose
- Self Esteem
Each area is as important as each other and supports each other to enhance performance in all areas of your life.
What we come across very regularly is that most people have a heavy bias to at least one third of these areas and the others come as a secondary approach.
A great example of this is if you think about your career.
How often have you said I will go to the gym this morning, only for a scheduled work meeting to come in over that time, or you haven’t been able to get out of bed because you had to hit that deadline the night before?
Don’t get me wrong, this is ok to happen, and we understand that there are weeks where the commitment needs to be hit, but when it is a constant habit that it becomes the reason for you not to go for that run, or not to go to the gym is what we are referring to here.
To start you thinking about this in a proactive way we have pulled together some recommendations.
3 Recommendations in planning to support your optimal performance
1. Complete the Wheel of Life
Download the Wheel of Life here.
Take half an hour, find a space where you will have minimal interruptions. For those parents I know this is a challenge, maybe it may be before you go to bed, or first thing in the morning. Make sure the time works for you. Find a space where you are comfortable and relaxed. If you practice meditation we recommend to clear your mind and get present with a 10 minute meditation prior.
On the wheel – rate yourself from 1 to 10, how do you personally feel about that particular area of your life. Let’s take an example of play. What hobbies fire you up? What do you love doing? How often do you engage in that play and do you actively plan to do these things and commit to that plan? Rate yourself based on this.
Do this for the entire wheel in each area. Make sure that you be real and be honest to yourself.
2. Get a plan set out for your week, but allow it to be adaptable
Kind of contradicts itself right? We will talk you through it don’t worry.
Set your goals for the week, within the areas of the wheel that you feel you need to focus your attention on. Make them realistic, and maybe start with just one in each area you have chosen. You could choose that one area you have highlighted is an area that requires a huge amount of focus, so you may choose 2 goals within that.
Make a daily plan with your time, and schedule in the time for these goals. Make them a priority, the same way that you potentially have done for the other areas that are rated higher. Do this in a time that works for you, it may be the night before the following day. It may be a morning ritual, the time has to work for you.
Now here is where the adaptability comes in.
Be open and be present to what opportunities or discussions come at you in the day. If these present and align with your goals then maybe you change your mindset and shift what you were focusing on for that goal, for this day, and switch to the other opportunity.
The valuable point being is that we should aim not to be so stuck to the actions to our goals or outcome that we get fixated on it. As if we do, we may miss other life changing opportunities along the way.
3. Keep a daily gratitude practice
Often the simplest can be the hardest to do. Take 10 minutes of your day and reflect on what you are grateful for. There are some easy ways to get this going.
Add this into your morning ritual after you plan out your day. Or finish your day thinking with gratitude, reflecting on your optimal performance goals.
What wins have you had? How have you been able to give back? What are the simple things that sometimes don’t get the attention because we are so busy that you haven’t noticed them in your day? Write them down!
If you are comfortable, share them. Making this a staple in your everyday will shift your mindset and your energy vibration.
The Forbes Collection offers coaching in areas such as Holistic Wellness and Movement. Our goal is to support optimal performance by having a holistic approach to well-being, being an accountability partner and knowledge resource. For further information visit here.
Author: Kirsty Forbes – Founder, The Forbes Collection
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