Building your performance

Who do you know within your workplace who is good at staying on top of high-pressure situations without losing their cool?

There is always one person who is fantastic at this, who is capable of remaining in control of their own anxiety and can face difficult situations with seeming ease and grace.

Who do you know who can change their opinion when all the facts and evidence have been put before them, or when a full and frank discussion has been had?

What is it that makes these people resilient and adaptable?

They are most likely to have developed resilience, in particular, emotional resilience. They are likely to be able to focus on the problem in hand and adapt quickly to new environments, conditions and challenges at work and, more importantly, have learned to thrive in these situations.

Thriving means ‘to keep up vitality under pressure and to maintain high performance’. So, how can you ensure you thrive?

Our initial questions to you are:

  • What are the triggers for stress in your life?
  • How can you anticipate them earlier?
  • What is the pattern of your stress – is there a specific time of day, certain situations or people, or is it when you are tired that stress gets a grip?
  • Are there areas of your work where you know you are more flexible and adaptable?
  • When you are under stress, do you notice yourself becoming more inflexible?
  • How do you plan your day? Do you focus on the activities that give you a sense of fulfilment and meaning, or do you do things in the order they present themselves to you?

Once you have identified your answers to these questions, you are ready to take the next step and work on your reasons for doing your best work, developing your career interests and creating a living legacy plan.

My book, Emotional Intelligence, contains a chapter focusing purely on thriving and developing the criteria that will allow you to organise yourself effectively under pressure and develop your own mechanisms for helping you thrive in both your personal and work life. You can download a chapter for free, listen to an excerpt or purchase the book by going to our website store.

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