by Izabela Lundberg, Featured Contributor
HIGH PERFORMANCE is a big buzzword that can be used or interpreted in many different ways. In my mind, high performance is all about personal and professional development while focusing on goals and key objectives in order to achieve exceptional results.
Today, in our ever-changing environment coupled with high pressure and expectations, high or low levels of performance affect us personally and/or professionally more than we may want to admit. I was always wondering: What makes us low or high performers? Is it energy, passion, drive, motivation, focus, or desire? Or is it something else?
This topic is very close to home for me. It took me many years to understand fully that managing energy is the key to sustaining high performance!
“To be fully engaged in our lives, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest.”
~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, The Power of Full Engagement
This was a huge aha moment for me that opened many new possibilities to explore and learn. But how did I accomplish that?
As Bob Forshay shared in his endorsement on LinkedIn “Izabela is that kind of person who the Eveready battery bunny was modeled after.”I started to think about what I do on a daily basis to have this perceived “endless” energy and how this energy is helping me to live a more purposeful life.
I learned over time that firing that internal energy and charge within me should not be suppressed; instead, it needs to be properly managed. Thank you to all my wonderful mentors! By not only harnessing, but also managing my high energy and drive, I was able to utilize this internal energy source to stay focused and accomplish much quicker, more desirable results.
You must be wondering by now how to obtain this energy naturally in the first place. By feeling:
- Emotionally connected – Through passionate living and positive thinking! It takes time to build these muscles, similar to physical ones, over time and with consistent practice. By controlling and effectively managing our emotions, especially negative ones, it will help us to be more successful and achieve greater results faster.
- Mentally focused – By being present 100% in everything you do! No more multitasking, especially when you are listening or talking to people. You are doing a disservice to yourself and everyone else. Further, it is essential to allocate time to think and process information, which often happens to me while walking and breathing fresh air, on breaks between meetings, or during exercise.
- Physically energized – Naturally of course! This can’t be sustainable and attainable without proper nutrition, rest and exercise every single day. Regardless if you are a professional athlete or a business executive, it is essential to take care of your body to stay fit and healthy as long as you can. Proper nutrition and high water intake are essential to obtain and sustain an energized body.
- Spiritually aligned – With your purpose, passion and values! If we are aligned with our core values, such as integrity and respect first for ourselves and then others, it quickly reflects in everything we do. As a result, we can build exceptional connections and trust with others rather quickly while providing tremendous value and outcome.
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