One of the components of a high performance Mindset is self-awareness. As our clients work on developing their sustainable high performance I am always amazed at the growing list of things they begin to become aware of. One of the most powerful things they often become keenly aware of is their reactions they have to those around them. What do they feel when someone questions them? What do they think when someone disagrees with them? What is their first reaction when they see a news story? What situations really irritate them and what situations really impact their energy? The reason these things are so important is because often our reaction to a situation, person, comment, word, story, etc. tells us more about ourselves then the situation itself. If we reflexively over react it may mean that our resilience is overwhelmed, or we have an inner issue that is still raw.
The ability to detach yourself from a situation, a comment, or an experience so you can look at it, and your reaction to it, from all angles is very powerful. Suddenly, you not only find your performance improving, but also your feeling of being in control. When you realize that others can’t cause a reaction in you, only you can do that, you improve your hardiness, your energy level, and your impact.
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By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer