Elite Performance For the Short and Long Term
To win in today’s increasingly challenging and competitive environment you need to be able to bring your ‘A’ game for the immediate high intensity challenges e.g. presentation, negotiation or interview but develop the capacity to perform at a high level for the distance.
Elite performance coaching addresses both needs and enables clients to repeatedly achieve ‘Peak Performance’ for the high intensity challenges while developing the capacity for ‘High Performance’ for the long term.
Achieve A State of Flow
There are times when it is necessary to perform at your absolute best for a specific task or event. This might be delivering a presentation that could result in a multi million-dollar contract, leading a difficult meeting or negotiation when you have had next to little or no sleep or creating an important piece of work.
The ability to summon up your resources and ‘bring your A game’ will often be the difference between success or failure. Athletes describe the experience as being in ‘the Zone’ or the ‘sweet spot’; psychologists call it “flow” or a peak state. Being in state of “flow” is when we produce our best work and perform way above and beyond and normal levels of productivity and effectiveness.
Being in ‘flow’ facilitates greater job satisfaction and job performance. Business leaders and companies are increasingly exploring the uses of “flow” states in the work place. A McKinsey study found that top executives in a state of ‘flow’ are five times more productive then when not.
Most people have had the experience of this ululate state of peak performance, but few understand how to create the internal and external conditions and triggers that enable them to access their most valuable cognitive resources on demand.The ability to get in to a state of “flow” makes the difference between an average day and a great one. We work with clients to create the optimum conditions for flow in their working environment and identify ‘Flow Triggers’.
Performance for the Distance
In today’s world, success often depends on being able to excel at both the sprints and the marathons. Those working in high performance environments must sustain a high level of performance for the long haul. High performance can be divided into
- How you work
- How you recover
We help our clients by providing strategies and techniques for performing effectively throughout your day and by creating personalized routines that match energy and natural rhythms with work life requirements and provide with advice on how to maintain and recover for sustainable performance.
“My work dictates that I travel across the States and to Europe on a frequent basis to meet with clients and colleagues. Martin showed me how to ensure I show up at the top of my game every time when the pressure is on.”
Dee Allen, Executive Producer, The Mill, NYCMindset – More Important than Talent and Skill
Develop A Performance Mindset
As any world class athlete or special forces operator will tell you – mindset is the most important factor in the battle for success. According to some experts, your psychology accounts for as much as 80% in your quest to achieve. It is for this reason, that athletes and military personnel spend vast amounts of time, using multiple techniques and strategies, making sure they approach their mission with the right frame of mind.
Awareness of the importance of mindset has been heightened by Stanford Professor of Psychology, Carol Dweck. The problem is that although most people know they need to upgrade their mindset, they don’t know how. Maintaining a ‘winning’ or ‘leadership mindset’ for the distance, through challenges and crisis is where things break down. Willpower is not enough
After a string of loses my belief that I would ever get back on form was shattered. I had begun to feel and think like a loser. With his direct but effective style, Martin knocked me into ‘psychological’ shape and now I feel like a winner again even in these very tough markets.
Tom, Equity Trader at a leading Investment Bank
Whether you hold a leadership role or not – if you want to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive and challenging environment, then you must possess a performance mindset. Researchers, the military and world class athletes agree that the right mindset is the most important factor in whether an individual achieves their desired outcome. A performance mindset
- Remains target focused
- Ensures a steady hand under pressure
- Can embrace and use failure and setbacks to gain advantage
- Ensures drive and motivation are maintained for the distance
There are a number of factors that shape a person’s mindset. These include identity, beliefs, whether the person has a ‘fixed’ or ‘growth’ mindset, associations, self talk, internal representations and focus. As a result of developments in Neuroscience and the experiences and lessons from athletes and the military we now know that a person’s mindset can be rapidly and permanently upgraded.
Techniques Used by Military and Elite Performers
Athletes and special forces personnel know more than anyone how to achieve a peak state and perform at their absolute best under pressure. Our clients benefit from many of the same proven strategies and techniques used by both world class athletes and special forces.
Supported by the latest research from the fields of Neuroscience and Performance Psychology our performance coaching will enable you to perform at your absolute best when you need it most.
Contact Jenny today to discuss how we can help you.