Is there a difference between Health, Vitality, and Performance? At Tignum, we definitely think so. We see health as the absence of disease. Vitality is the state of being strong, energized, and active. Performance, on the other hand, entails being present, prepared, focused, creative, energized, engaged, strategic, reflective, action oriented, efficient, and successful.
I have seen many energized, strong, and active executives show up at a presentation or meeting completely personally unprepared. They didn’t have clear intentions, they didn’t purposefully create the proper mental state, they didn’t manage their emotions effectively, and they didn’t perform at their full potential. I have seen very successful marathon runners fall asleep in a meeting because they were sleep deprived and exhausted. Were they extremely physically fit? Absolutely. Were they high performers at work? Not necessarily. The point is that being a Sustainable High Performer requires specific Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery strategies. It requires making a conscious choice to be better and to purposefully design your habits to win (both at work and away from work). In our experience, when high performance is approached this way, leaders do become more healthy and more vital, and they also gain a competitive edge.
If your goal is to save some money on health care claims, and to show your employees that you care about them, then health and vitality programs may be enough. But if you want to increase the value proposition and improve productivity, retain your top talent, build better morale, get your team ready for the next big push, and beat the competition, then you need to invest in Sustainable High Performance.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on which one you want?
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer