I remember when I was in Junior High School and our teachers were talking about the future of technology and how we will live. All of our lives would become easier and there would be more leisure time. The opposite has occurred. The demands on our lives are greater than ever. What is the best way to manage it? How can I be my best? To achieve peak performance we must manage our energy with as much care and attention as we manage our time. Living a mindful life requires balance. You need a Ying for your Yang. Here is a synopsis of a book I highly recommend. “The Power of Full Engagement,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. This book was written after they spent years working with and training top athletes and performers. These principles can be applied in your life if you are looking to reach your full potential.
The Laws of Peak Performance
∞ Energy management makes peak performance a possibility.
∞ Human energy is a collection of four elements: Body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Each one is necessary, but no single one is sufficient.
∞ The mental training (learning) requires exercise (practice) and then rest just as you do when you are training your body.
∞ The most efficient way to regain physical and mental energy is to create recovery rituals into your daily routines. Positive rituals create energy; negative rituals waste energy.
∞ Emotional energy can be acquired through self-confidence, self-discipline, sociability, and cultivating empathy.
∞ Pleasure helps job performance whereas negative emotions undermine performance.
∞ Resistance and rest are both necessary. It is a rhythmic cyclical relationship.
∞ Achieving peak performance and becoming fully engaged requires that you set goals and measure and adapt as you proceed on the journey.
This sounds great, so now what?
The first step is to be able to make a full commitment to this. As with many things in our world of distraction we get sidetracked often. I am sidetracked so often that I have to revisit this book on a regular basis. Choose a goal or aspiration that is beyond you. A higher power if you will. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something religious but why do you want to be at this level? What is your purpose? By being your best what do you want your life to say? I would recommend it be more than just making money. There is nothing wrong with making a lot of money but your goal should be more than that. Make a statement with how you live. Let your actions speak for itself. To quote Marcus Aurelius “One builds their whole life by piecing together action after action, part by part.”
I need a break
I am going to follow the advice in this book and go on a much needed and long overdue vacation. I will resume this blog in two weeks. I am going to go two weeks without any “work” related activities. Wish me luck. I will be having withdrawals.
Until next time,
Rich Decker – Mindful Accord