Performance and Results
When we talk about an athlete being on their game, we mean that they are at their best- present to what they’re doing, highly responsive to their environment, and somehow they just know what to do, and exactly the right time to do it. When they go off their game, they get caught up in their heads, attempting to replace the flow of instinct and intuition with an increasing amount of rules and information, and spending more time worrying about their performance than actually performing.
The same is true for every human being, and It points to an unbreakable rule in this game of life:
The more time we spend being on our game, the
More effective we are, the higher our level of performance,
And the better results we’ll produce.
Knowing when you’re off your game doesn’t mean that it will never happen. Truthfully, we all lose our bearings from time to time. We get caught in dark thoughts or a low mood, and the world seems to be a harsh and unforgiving place. We need to see these times for what they are- momentary periods of being off our game. And we can limit the damage we do to our relationships, careers, and our lives.
Instead of following through on seemingly urgent directives of our own insecure thinking, we can step back instead, allow ourselves to become reflective, and wait for our thoughts and moods to raise. Then, when we are feeling “more ourselves”, we can once again trust our thinking, take appropriate action, and move forwards with life.
Once you realize the importance of being on your game in creating better results, and have a sense of what your personal key indicators are for being off your game, the obvious question then becomes, how can we be on our game more often?
In traditional coaching, it’s often explained with this type of formula:
Performance = capacity + information
If this were true, then the only thing between you and optimal performance would be a missing piece of information. Once you knew what to do, you would get the most out of your innate capacity.
How many ‘strategies for success’ have you studied in your lifetime? How much of what you know do you actually apply? Are your results commensurate with what you know, or do they seem to have to do more with what we actually do?
The actual formula for high performance is:
Performance= Capacity – Interference
When we eliminate interference, we perform closer to our full capacity. But in order to eliminate interference, first we need to understand what it is and where it comes from.
When we’re operating in sync with our natural design, we’re tuned in and receptive to the infinite potential of the Universe (Mind). We’re able to experience the energy of the universe taking form (Thought) through an aperture that is constantly expanding and contracting (Consciousness).
In order to function at our absolute best, all we need to do is allow the system to operate as designed. Thought takes form in our personal consciousness as fresh ideas, loving thoughts, creative possibilities, and a moment-by-moment sense of direction, and we move forward in absolute harmony with the intelligence of the universe manifested through our common sense and a wisdom within.
What could interfere with this great design?
Our brains have one common flaw. Over time it starts to produce lots of repetitive “personal thinking” over and above whatever inspirational insights we need to perform at our best. Since our experience of life is really an experience of Thought, the more we have on our mind, the more complicated everything seems, and the more the aperture of our consciousness tends to contract. Before we realize it, all we can see when we look out into the world is our own thinking reflected back to us in the fun-house mirror of our own self-consciousness.
We get ourselves into real trouble when we begin analyzing and attempting to control our thinking. In the process, we completely lose sight of both the power of Thought and the innate Intelligence of the Universal Mind that can guide us through life with relative ease if we allow it to.
Simply put, the less we have on our mind, the higher our level of performance. The more we have on our mind, the more we are prone to behave like a moron.