Our High Performance Mindset
The potential and capacity to perform on a high level on a continuous basis, and in the long run, depends largely on good health and well-being.
This balance is at the heart of our approach to developing and sustaining high performing individuals, teams and, organisations.
“Performance” basically refers to the act of beginning and carrying through to completion. And “high peformance” is about making things better or becoming better. Other words for “performance” include achievement, fullfilment, presentation, and conduct.
Our point of departure is that everybody has unique qualities and untapped potential to unlock and contribute throughout life.
Thus, life is a work in progress, and it is never too late to change the way you think, feel, and act. And it may be necessary to do so in order to improve or change the current state of things.
The world, as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Balancing Performance and Thrive
“High performance” leadership and management is about exploiting the potential, and developing and maintaining the capacity, to perform on a high level on a contiuous basis, and for an extended period of time.
In contrast, “peak performance” is about the potential and capacity to perform on the highest level for a short period of time to meet an immediate, high intensity challenge – such as an important presentation, interview, negotiation, or sports competition.
Delivering peak performances for an extended period of time is not humanly possibly. And trying to do so will, sooner or later, have a negative impact on your mental and physical health, and social life.
In other words, doing your best on a continuous basis – and making the most of your potential and life – is not about performing to your maximum capacity all day, every day.
Rather, it is about performing at your optimum or “best possible” level, while taking care of your health and well-being, and dealing with life’s challenges.
As it is, too many people suffer from chronic stress, anxiety, depression, or burnout – not least because we work hard and long to succeed to the detriment of our health, well-being, and relationships.
The human and financial costs of doing so are high. According to the World Health Organization, unipolar depressive disorders were ranked as the third leading cause of the global burden of disease in 2004 and will move into the first place by 2030.