The Three Pillars of Performance Mastery?

[And how to start mastering them yourself]

In several of our blogs thus far, we have discussed the skills that you need to have in order to be considered a Performance Master or High Achiever. We discussed such skills as focusing on the process rather than the outcome, having understanding of your values and what you stand for, and having a clear vision of HOW you are going to achieve your goals – all things that are key to maximizing your potential.

However, all of these skills are centered around Three Pillars, or Principals that are at the core of Mastering Performance. Whether you are looking to be an elite athlete, become a corporate champion, or ready to live the life you have always dreamed of – these Three Pillars, when followed and applied to your life correctly, will start playing a major role in your life.

 Pillar #1 – Awareness

How aware are you of not just your thoughts, your emotions, your body, and the environment around you when you are in a key moment? More times than not, most people would say ‘not that much.’ But what makes awareness so important, and what makes it a Pillar of Mastering Performance is because without an understanding of how you are responding [both physically & mentally] in a particular environment to a stimulus, you are never going to be able to make the adjustments needed in order to be successful. 

Pillar #2 – Know Who You Are

Having an understanding of who you are and what you stand for is something that we talked about in last week’s Monday Motivation, and [because of its importance] will be touched upon time and time again. Performance Masters understand what their values are, have a personal philosophy that drives their life, and know when they are not being the person that they truly are.

Pillar #3 – Communication

Communication is not just how we talk to others around us – it is what are body language ‘speaks’ to those around us, and how we communicate with ourselves [this is knows as self-talk]. If having positive self-talk and good body language is the first step in building confidence in yourself and others, then wouldn’t doing the opposite hinder performance?

So, to put it simply, how can you start living the Three Pillars and start Mastering Performance?

Step 1: Determine what your values are. Come up with a list of values that define who you are [you can find a list and article about how to do just that here:] And ask yourself, “when I there comes a point in competition or life when I am challenged, is this still who I am?

Step 2: Create a personal philosophy. This can be a challenging thing to do and may take time – but the investment of your time could not be more valuable. Having a statement that you personally created that talks about who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go in your life, always gives you a point of personal reference when you need to center yourself.

Step 3: Begin to be Aware. Again, this is not just an awareness of how you physically feel, but an awareness of your surroundings, and your emotions. Remember that confidence comes from two places: how we present and communicate with ourselves. Positive self-talk and standing tall with good posture, both simple but invaluable skills, can turn a good performer into a great performer under nearly any circumstances.

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