Around this time last year I was in a tough spot. I was doing everything I thought people expected of me as a wife and daughter, employee, and friend. I was exhausted, and frankly a bit pissed off because even though I was trying my best, I felt like it was never good enough. I was doing my best and it was tiring keeping up with expectations and my to-do list (which was unending!). I felt like a hamster on a wheel running forward but staying in the same place. I was working hard but not having the progress that I myself expected. Burn-out was the inevitable consequence of the way I was pushing myself to be the best.
It all changed when I attended High Performance Academy. It was my third time going to this event, but since I was at a different stage in my life, it hit me differently. It hit hard and I’m so grateful for the wake-up call. I was on the 9th day of my burn-out when on the first day the event we learned about the thinking, habits, and relationship matters that trip up or stop a high performer in action. Burn-out was a habit on the list. What? Excuse me? Say again? I learned that burn-out was a consequence of poor practices that I was choosing to participate in and continue. It never occurred to me that I was the one letting myself get into and stay in burn-out. It’s so easy to point fingers, blame others, or play the victim when life sends undesirable circumstances or results.
In my case, it turns out that the burn-out was a result of mismanaging energy and commitments. Because I am a thoughtful and capable person with good intentions, I thought I could do it all.
What a scary and beautiful thing it is to claim ownership of your own actions and reactions. I’ve picked up clues about it, like
- Check if you are breathing and how you are breathing
- The mind can reach farther when the body is well maintained
- Energy flows where your attention goes
- Check perspectives
- There may be a difference between intention and impact
After I got back home from the event around this time last year, I decided to manage myself better. How convenient it was that I was a certified high performance coach and had access to the most advanced concept in the field of self growth and professional development; it’s called High Performance.
High Performance means succeeding above standard norms consistently over the long-term. High Performance Living is the ongoing feeling of full engagement, joy, and confidence from consistently living from your best self. The results are heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, necessity, productivity, courage, and influence. It’s experienced by mastering the 6 Pillars of High Performance: one’s own psychology, physiology, productivity, people skills, presence, and purpose. It’s a comprehensive structure that has been found in research to have reliable, valid, and useful results. Phew!
So, what positive and healthy things do I find myself being consistent with recently? I am always reminding myself that I am a conscientious, enthusiastic and determined person, and I am sleeping 8 hours a night.
Even though I haven’t mastered myself completely, it’s an ongoing process of which I am a student of this life. There is an overall sense of peace in my mind because I know the right areas to focus on to access my potential and the high-level, forward-moving questions to ask myself to find my own truth.
So I will ask you, dear reader, what does High Performance mean to you? and what is one healthy and positive thing that you need more of in your life that you can commit to doing on a regular basis? Comment below 🙂