So often I talk with clients who have tons of goals. They want to get this done, get that done, do this, do that. Their list is long, but their excitement to accomplish it all is short. They describe their life as a virtual treadmill, where they run and run but find themselves in the same place (at least in their own perception).
Occasionally I have a client who is going through a real challenge, or even a true crisis. Perhaps they have an impossible job, maybe they have to live away from their family, maybe they are going through a divorce, a serious illness or even a death in their family. These types of things can really exhaust you, throw you off your course, or take away your passion for work or life. They can be real performance busters.
During these times I always remind my clients that these situations are temporary, but the opportunity they offer for true transformation could last you forever. Discomfort, and even pain, is a great teacher if you take the time to reflect on the lessons it can teach you. The key though is to have a “To Be” goal.
Who do you want to be when this crisis is over? Can you see yourself being that person? Can you see yourself being a Sustainable High Performer? What would be the benefits of you becoming that person? If you focus on these things, you will suddenly find the discomfort and pain bearable – because the new you is worth the journey.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer