If you want to succeed and enjoy peak performance, there are three pillars you need to develop. Let’s discover what they are so that you can assess how solid those pillars are in your life.

But first, let me tell you about a conversation I had a couple of days with one of the highest ranking executive coaches in the world, John Mattone; an incredible human being and a visionary thought leader.

John has been coaching CEO and top executives around the world; Steve Jobs was one of his clients. John’s business took off within a few years, and thus I asked him the reasons for his success.

He told me about the serious commitment and the deep passion that drives his work. “I’m always hungry,” he told me.

There are no short cuts in building your success. There is lots of work, passion, determination, and persistence that underpin a success. In fact, it’s very rare that it happens overnight. Success is the outcome of a great performance.

That’s why the three pillars of peak performance are key.

Because, you don’t only have to work hard, and hustle a lot, and commit yourself; you have also to be smart about it. And being aware of the three pillars of peak performance is just a smart way to build your success.

What are then the three pillars of peak performance?

  1. Know your goal
  2. Awareness
  3. Flexibility

Let’s look at each of the pillars more in detail. goal setting1. Know Your Goal

You will never get to a destination unless you know where you want to end up. And yet, many times, when I work with my clients, most of the time they have a vague idea of what they really want.

Rather, they have an idea of what they want to avoid and move away from. But that is not enough!

In fact, knowing what you don’t want is like that guy who enters into a travel agency and gives to the agent a list of places he doesn’t want to visit. “I don’t want to get to Alaska, I don’t want to go to Island, I don’t want to go to North Korea….”

But with that information, the travel agent can’t do anything to help his client to get to a destination; the client needs to know and communicate where he wants to go. “I want to go to London…”  Plus, that client will also have to give a date and the preferred itinerary.

If you want to upgrade your performance and get better results, you need to have a specific outcome you aim for. You need to know your goal.Click To Tweet

And there is another important element you should focus on besides determining your goal: you also need to know why that goal is important for you. What’s your purpose in pursuing it? Who will you become when you achieve the goal? What’s your deepest motivation in pursuing it?

Understanding the “why” of your goal is like putting fuel into your engine. Without fuel, you go nowhere.

Thus, having a destination and fuel in the engine is absolutely key to your success and peak performance.

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2. Awareness

When I work with my clients, I don’t help them only to get clear about what they want. I also help them to get the necessary acuity to constantly monitor their performance. [You can read also this]

In fact, it is the habit of many (a bad one, I should add) to activate the automatic pilot and not paying attention to the navigation.

To have a goal is an important step, but it is not enough. You need also to be aware of what is happening while you are implementing your strategy and the steps you are taking to get the result you want.

Therefore, you need to be aware of the feedback you are constantly getting as you are working on your goals. Are your actions getting you closer to the desired goal? Do you need to do something differently? What tweaks are necessary? What should you do more of? Who else needs to be involved? And so on…

Moreover, an important part of awareness is self-awareness. [Read more here about self-awareness].

You also need to understand yourself more and work on your self-growth. In fact, our mind is more often than none what stays in the way of achieving great results.

In other words, to get your desired results you need also to understand what are the beliefs, criteria, standards, and values that you have adopted to move through life. Which of your beliefs and criteria are empowering you, and which one instead are limiting you? Is there any believe you need to change? Are there new values you need to adopt?

In short, become more self-aware and understand yourself, is key to your success and peak performance. That’s why it’s important for you to work with a coach if you don’t already.

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3. Flexibility

Here is one mistake we often do: we make a plan and we stick to it no matter what. We become stubborn.

Maybe it’s because the idea of change gives us anxiety and instills fear. Maybe we stick to our plan because it’s development required so much work that the idea of any modification is too tiring of a thought. Yes, change can be uncomfortable.

But the absence of flexibility, can drive a project to the ground and make it impossible to achieve a goal.

If you want to achieve peak performance, then acquiring flexibility is a must.

In fact, flexibility is the capacity to constantly incorporate the feedback you are getting, and making the necessary adjustments to your strategies and actions.

Moreover, flexibility is creativity. It is the capacity to find alternative ways in reaching the desired destination. It is like adding new tools to your toolbox.

Once, a friend of mine, who is a psychoanalyst, told me, “Those who are flexible, are the ones that  dominate the world.” I made a mental note of that observation.

In fact, to be flexible is the ability to be adaptable. When you are flexible, you become a better problem solver and a great innovator. This tool is an essential one if you want to be successful in your career and enjoy the rewards of peak performance.

What’s Your Next Step?

Now that you know the three pillars of success and peak performance, what are you going to do? Here are some suggestions.

First, ask how solid and developed these 3 pillars are in your life.

Are they present in your work and life? Have you developed them at a sufficient level? Are they equally develop, or is one pillar shorter than the others? Imagine a house where the pillars don’t have all the same sufficient height. What would happen to that construction?

Second, take some serious assessment to have an objective evaluation of your strength, and areas of development.

There are several tools out there. For my clients, I always use a combination of assessments, including the DISC personality and behavior assessment, as well as John Mattone’s assessment of a leader’s inner core (a must assessment if you want to strengthen your leadership maturity). If you are interested, contact me to explore the possibility to do an assessment with them.

Third, work with a coach that can help you identify the gap between where you are today and where you want to be.

Get the expert help of a well-trained coach, to help you discover your limiting beliefs, to get rid of your negative thoughts, and help you develop a state of mind that supports and encourages your success and peak performance. If you want to understand how a coach can help you and make a difference in your life and career, you can always reach out to me at any time.

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