What is the key to sustained high performance?
In actuality, there’s many keys but one that I see most often in my coaching clients and experience in my own life: having an outlet from the daily rigors of high-level performance.
This is why two weeks ago I did the Mt. Evans Ascent, which I’ve been told is the “highest paved road race in North America.” You start at 10,500 feet and run 14.5 miles to 14,000+ feet.
It’s a looong slog up the mountain and by the end, it’s mostly a fast-paced walk.
My appreciation for being able to do things like this transcends the physical. It provides a mental outlet that makes me better in my personal and professional life.
When I'm doing it, I'm not thinking about a speech I have to prepare, a proposal I have to complete, household projects that aren't done, family & friend obligations, etc.
I'm literally only thinking about ONE thing: get up the mountain.
Lots of people are taking time off this summer. Anytime I send an email to my Outperform community, I probably get 100+ out-of-office messages.
That's GOOD! And if the purpose of that time is to recharge your batteries, I hope you're filling it with a mental outlet.
This outlet can be hunting, fishing, boating, biking, camping, gardening, building, cleaning, cooking, drinking (in moderation!), swimming or soaking up time with family.
(it could also be running up a mountain, if that's your thing)
It doesn't need to be days; it may just be hours. But whatever it is, it needs to give you an outlet. A full outlet.
"Yeah, I did that but I was still kinda thinking about work," isn't good enough.
Disengage, re-engage. Rinse and repeat.
That's how we best manage our physical, mental and emotional energy, and consistently Outperform in the game of life.
If you're taking time off, enjoy it! And keep Outperforming!
P.S. Thanks for all the positive feedback on the Outperform Movie Trailer! I heard back from so many of you and it's nice to know you enjoyed it as much I did 😊
P.P.S. This guy may own the mountain, but I beat him to the finish line!