I was delivering a workshop recently focusing on energy and how to structure your days, weeks, months etc. for performance. We were discussing the physical attributes of what makes up our energy and one of the attendees asked if it was all just a little too much to try and focus on everything – nutrition, movement, environment, the people around us etc. His point was, wouldn’t it just make more sense to enjoy ourselves and live life to the fullest?
My response – absolutely! Performance, and most especially high performance, should be all about loving what you do, when you do it, how you do it, and what you’re trying to achieve. And that, in my opinion, is the most important part – what you’re trying to achieve.
If your goal is to have a great social life, enjoy your food and leisure time, exploring the local cafes, clubs, restaurants, night life etc., sampling as many different types of beverages as you possibly can; absolutely – let’s look at how we can do that so its sustainable and you’re getting enjoyment out of every day. However, if your goal is to run a marathon, focus on your health and fitness, and reduce risks of illness from stress, burnout etc., this is a totally different conversation with different goals and outcomes.
Getting clarity on what you really want
Don’t get me wrong, high performance does not mean you can’t have fun. Quite the opposite really. When you’re doing what you enjoy and achieving your goals, it can be the most enjoyable part of your life. But that’s just it, what are your goals? Like with anything, a thought without a plan is just a dream. To make it a reality, we need to consider all the options and requirements of making it so.
To help get some clarity around this, ask yourself:
- What are some of the things you would like to achieve in the next 6 months, 12 months, 3 years, 5 years?
- What does it look and feel like when achieving these things over that time period?
- To achieve these, what are the things you need to do today to kick start the process?
- Who do you need to help/support you through the process?
Once you have some clearer vision of the direction you’re looking to take, you can start putting in place a structure to help move you closer to making it a reality. I find reviewing my progress each month helps to not only keep me focused but gives me the opportunity to review my progress. At the end of each month, I take 30 minutes to review and ask myself three questions:
- What went well?
- What could I improve (didn’t go so well)?
- What did I learn?
This gives me a one page view of the month and provides a starting point for where I want to focus my energy for the coming month. Am I still on track? Have my needs changed? Where is my energy going and is it actually serving my purpose? All great questions we don’t often give ourselves the space to ask in the “busy-ness” of everyday life.
Work backwards from the life you want
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