A question I often get is: "How can I use some of the TIGNUM recovery strategies when I’m in the middle of a meeting and I feel the pressure growing?" . This is a great question because clearly you need to stay 100% present during these challenging moments. This may not seem like the appropriate time to put on your ipod, close your eyes, and break into some alternate nostril breathing.
If you really think of the essence of this very common question it is: How do I prevent feeling overwhelmed in the moment that I need to really be a Sustainable High Performer? My answer to this is: "Preparation is everything!". As Scott often says, he’s never seen a firefighter who went into a fire unhealthy and unprepared come out of the fire healthy and prepared. The fact is that the challenges we face chip away at us, unless we are prepared to handle them.
So how do you prepare yourself to be a high performer when you really need it? You practice your Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery strategies even when you don’t think you need them. Everyday you get several often unnoticed opportunities to practice your high performance strategies such as mental imagery, oscillation, eating for brain performance, or moving to increase your creativity and focus. These strategies, and the many others you learned in the TIGNUM program, are cumulative and they strengthen your resolve and resilience for when you need it. Even more important they ensure you will be a high performer even when you find yourself in that pressure cooker.
By André Hartwich
Performance Coach & Director of Crossmedia