The area of peak performance has fascinated me ever since I attempted to cycle the long and hilly 96 km in the Sydney to Wollongong race, with disastrous results back in the 90’s. My performance on the day was spectacularly dismal due to my poor preparation on the day and complete lack of knowledge but the hard lessons I learned that day have never left me.
Prior Preparation does Prevent Poor Performance (apparently)
Performance is a funny thing though – it means different things to each of us and there is no doubt that it is one thing to perform but quite another to achieve success. It is this link between performance and success that inspired me to discover what some of the worlds top performers are doing in their lives to enable them to be at the top of their field. Innate talent and motivation are common threads but quite often they have physical or mental tactics and strategies that they have developed and honed over the years to gain an advantage, enabling them to get to and stay at the top of their field.
This path of discovery led to me penning my second book, Ready, Set…Go and I was fortunate enough to interview around 30 people from all walks of life. They are people that I admire for various reasons and I knew that they were making a difference in the world.
The people I interviewed included international artist Ken Done, award winning chef Rick Stein, Former Prime Minister John Howard, Boost Juice founder Janine Allis and award winning author Andy Griffiths amongst many other amazing people.
The thing is, you don’t need to be in the public eye to have the ability to inspire others by what you do. It is often regular folk going about their day to day life that are doing super amazing things in this world.
Over to you
I am absolutely positive that no matter who you are, you are expected to ‘perform’ from the minute your feet touch the floor each morning. Think of the myriad roles that you play each day at work, at home, as a friend and as a family member.
Each one of you taking the time to sit and read this blog on performance, have particular ways to manage your energy, time, well-being and well, performance.
And I would love to know what they are.
We can all learn so much from each other. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see the ways in which this community right here manages their own personal performance?
Your tip could be specific to a particular area of your health like Former Prime Minister John Howard who advises us to “Establish an exercise routine and stick to it.” In his 11 year tenure leading Australia, Mr Howard missed only a handful of his daily 4km brisk walks and that was due to security risk.
Your tip might be one that can be applied to any area of life just like Olympic gymnast Lauren Mitchell’s
“Success is the sum of small parts, added up every day”
or perhaps like V8 Supercar Champion Craig Lowndes, who firmly believes that
“Focus and concentration are your friends”
How Do You Manage Your Personal Performance?
Whatever or however it is, I would love to hear about it. And then, imagine if I gathered all of your tips and I collated them to share with everyone? A go to list that you can use in your own life perhaps?
All you need to do is share in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can make yourself known or go under the radar and be anonymous – it doesn’t matter. What does matter is the sharing of the wisdom that you possess because it is truly valuable to us all.