Have you ever felt that there’s just not enough time in the day? Most often, when we run out of time for projects or pursuits, the reason is that we’ve spent a lot of time lost in ambiguity. If you had 5% more energy, how would you prefer to spend it?
Research by Human Performance Institute shows that when human beings connect with our deepest sense of purpose – or mission – we become significantly more focused, more intentional and more effective. Decisions about how time should be spent are overridden by the impact a choice will have on our ability to show up with our full and best energy when it matters most. When we are supremely clear about where we’re going and what we want to do, there’s no sense of time lost. Our actions are clear & precise, and we can make an AMAZING amount of progress in just a short period of time. In reality, extraordinary performance is less about time management, but rather about energy management. To energize your mission, follow these steps:
- Lay a Firm Foundation: Your physical well-being is the foundation for what you can deliver. When your body is tired, dehydrated, malnourished or burned out, how can you expect show up and deliver a world-class performance in a clutch situation? Continuously pushing your body beyond its capacity will force it to shut down. The good news is that capacity can be increased through alternation of strength training and recovery intervals. Meanwhile, be proactive and listen to what your physical body is telling you: Strengthen me, Feed me, Water me, Walk me, Rest me. Take care of it before it forces you into recovery by shutting down.
- Balance it out: Highly stressful work and life situations are emotionally demanding and physically exhausting. Be mindful of your emotions, as well as how they are showing up in your conversations and your relationships. Sometimes, stepping outside of the line of fire can restore a focus on that mission once again by recognizing what really matters most. The simple act of reflecting on what you are grateful for has the power to reconnect you with what energizes you, motivating and driving you forward in a way that is meaningful, satisfying and powerful.
- Change perspective: Sometimes we humans have a tendency to overthink things. By stepping away from a problem or challenge to view it from a different angle, we open ourselves to think differently about what could be possible solutions. Get outside your head a bit. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Bounce an idea off a thought partner. Visualize the outcome. Then return to the question you’re trying to solve. And be intentional. It’s amazing how a different point of view can radically improve the quality of the solution!
- Connect to your Ultimate Mission: Being clear on what matters most – that deepest sense of purpose for you – is what differentiates average from the exceptional. Seek your purpose. Find your direction. Get clear and be intentional. Unlock the extraordinary!
What keeps you from achieving your highest purpose?
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