Many people come to high-performance coaching thinking that they will be taught certain tricks that will make them more productive and effective. In a way, that’s exactly what happens, but not in the way that you might think.
Coaching accepts that each person is different and that the only way to progress is to learn more about yourself. So, to create high-performance rituals you first have to create a high-performance way of thinking.
In this article I want to briefly elaborate on five areas of focus that I often discuss with clients:
There are two ways for a hot-air balloon to float higher. The first is to pump more hot air into the balloon and the second is to get rid of some of the weight.
When we think of high-performance we default to “creation mode”, we want to pour fuel on the fire. This often means asking the question “What else should I be doing?”
Instead, I spend time with my clients discussing what they need to let go of. Certain beliefs? Tasks? Relationships?
You’d be surprised how this changes the game. I believe that true high-performers only hold on to the things that they really need. The rest is simply dead weight.
Morning and Night Time Routines
How you start and end anything is important. The same holds true for the way you structure your day.
A well grooved morning and night time routine contributes to better focus and productivity. If you want to add anything to your day then this would be the place to start.
You have to decide the purpose of the routines and then from there go about constructing it. Personally, I use my morning routine to create focus and my night time routine to unwind and clear my head.
What goes into these routines?
Well that very much depends on the purpose you give them. You might want to create a combination of writing, visualisation, meditation, reading, listening to music, reviewing goals, planning the day or week, or exercising.
This might be one of my favourite things to do. To frame something is to provide it with a certain context. In the case of high-performance we want to frame the approach we adopt to the work we are doing. (Of course, you can frame other aspects of your life and work too, but this is generally a powerful place to start.)
When we frame the way in which we approach our work then it automatically affects our effort going in to the work, and the result we obtain from it. The frame is typically a word such as productive or intentional or precise.
I challenge you to adopt the “precise frame” to the work that you do and then deliver sloppy work; it just doesn’t happen. If you truly embrace the framework then there is just no way that you can fail.
In the same vain, but different. Here I am specifically referring to re-framing a situation or a feeling.
Hate the drag of work? Well, perhaps there is something about it that you should be grateful for. Find that and keep it in mind as you go through your day.
Frustrated by a slow process? Well, perhaps you can use it to your advantage in a way. Does it provide you with more time to work on yourself? Or maybe even just to develop patience.
Re-framing means looking for the good in the bad and ultimately changing your attitude towards a situation. Especially, if you cannot do something to remedy the situation.
A Line In The Sand
Do you know what all high-performers really need?
The oscillation between activity and recovery is vital to peak performance. Everyone understands this but it is hard to follow through on.
There are a couple of things we need to consider when talking about recovery. I am going to touch on only one. The need to have firm boundaries in place.
Boundaries are crucial. They protect your time, energy, and well-being. Here are my 3 C’s of Boundary construction and enforcement:
- Create the boundaries. This might be as “brazen” as stopping work at a set time each day or as small as deciding which times of the day you will respond to emails.
- Communicate. It’s great having boundaries in place however you need to tell the people around you about them. They cannot respect a boundary that they are unaware of.
- Consistently enforce your new boundaries. It really means nothing if you are not able to respect your own boundaries. People treat you the way that you allow them to treat you. Same goes for the boundaries you created.
High-performance starts in the mind. Repeat that over and over again.
These activities that I have outlined could on their own provide incremental improvement if applied consistently and deliberately. But really they should only be an extension of the thinking that you are doing, and the person you are becoming.
Acta non verba,