Monthly Archives: May 2011
In my experience, people usually allow themselves to get very stressed in reaction to other people.
Here’s some examples:
– My team just aren’t performing
– Why did they say that to me in that way?
– What do they want from me?
– Why did they do it that way, when I told them the opposite?
– Does anyone listen to me!!??
Did you ever consider that a large part of stress is caused by your reaction to something? It’s bad enough if something happened once, but often we can play it over and over and over in our heads. Winding ourselves up like a highly coiled spring.
Research show that there is an optimal area of stress for performance. Too little and you get bored or underperform. Too much and you get so stressed you underperform also.
From my experience, most workplaces ignore one key element that can take you into this ‘optimal’ area. When you cultivate it, you can get magical results but it’s the opposite of how most businesses operate generally.
The element is ‘Enjoyment’. Not at the expense of performance. It’s vital to have clear standards of performance for every role and to hold these.
But can you imagine if you could create an environment where people are encouraged to perform while at the same time helping each other enjoy their work?
When you consider how much time we spend in work, I think it makes sense to at least consider it.
But here’s the challenge – It’s easy to cultivate enjoyment when things are good. How easy is it to do when things are not going ‘your way’?
That I believe is the test. And I also believe it’s a mental one.
So here’s a simple exercise for this week if you’re up for it.
Regardless of what’s going on in your business or role, give yourself 2 clear goals:
1.Identify your top 5 priorities this week in writing and just go do them 100%. Stay focused and don’t allow distractions.
2.Make it your deliberate daily focus to bring more enjoyment into your work and that of others around you.
I guarantee you will be impressed by the results.
From what I see week to week, the best performers in business, sport and life have mastered the art of doing their work while playing at the same time.
Food for thought…
Have a great week,
ps – That’s not to say you won’t want to choke the odd person, but at least you’ll be less stressed doing it!
This email is going out later than normal but my instinct was to wait until Mr. Obama had concluded his visit to Ireland.
What a 6 days it has been.
First The Queen, then the amazing comeback and victory by Leinster, and then Mr. O’Bama…
“Remember that whatever hardships the winter may bring, springtime is always just around the corner. And if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed: Is féidir linn. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Is féidir linn.”
At half-time in the Heineken Cup Final the score was: Leinster 6 : Northhanpton 22
At full-time, as I’m sure you know, it was Leinster 33 : Northhampton 22
All reports coming from the dressing room indicate that it was the ‘one-directional mind’ of Jonny Sexton who inspired the team to pick up their heads and to go for the win. Certainly, you could see it in him on the pitch. There was only one result for Leinster with Sexton playing – a win. As a result, he inspired his team to lift their heads and their spirits to spur them on to a most memorable ‘mental’ victory.
Out of the last week, how could you not be inspired to really hold to your goals, no matter what’s thrown at you or where you find yourself?
Because one-directional commitment can create amazing turnarounds, no matter what the situation.
Maybe for you, or the people around you it’s time to consider how to play the second half? And to really go for that win.
Is féidir linn.
Have a great week,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.”
Whether you’re into sport or not you’re probably aware of a golfing legend named Seve Ballesteros.
Seve passed away at the weekend and the sporting world lost a great character.
Seve’s magic was that he transcended sport. He was a maverick that broke rules and challenged convention. He had magnetic charisma and make golf ‘sexy’ (some feat!)
Men wanted to be him and women just wanted him!
Thanks to my Dad, I was lucky to get close to Seve for a few hours. He played the first ever round in Mount Juliet, Kilkenny with course designer and fellow legend, Jack Nicklaus.
I will never forget the experience. Both men were amazing golfers. But Seve just had that bit extra – the ‘Va Va Voom’. He entertained, engaged the crowd continuously and had fun in every shot. He left a lasting impression.
“In general, the short game has been most effective. Besides working hard on it I always used my imagination with a touch of feel in my hands. You should hit the ball according to what your mind dictates but previously you should visualise the shot. This can be achieved with extremely high concentration. All the difficult shots are hit with the hands. I have hit shots simply by visualising the run of the ball. I had no problem in doing this because my mind clearly indicated I could not miss. I do not stand out any particular shot because it is necessary to believe in yourself to overcome any difficulties.”
Concentration, visualisation, belief.
Regardless of whether you apply these habits and improve your results, some people just have that bit extra that makes them special.
Have a great week,