At TIGNUM we have the great opportunity of working with leaders who are at the top of their game. Some are CEOs while others are the best sales leaders, marketing leaders, and HR leaders in their company. The challenge, then, is how do you stay on top? I don't just mean on top of your organization, or on top of your team, I mean staying on top of your game. This is an interesting dilemma that many top athletes also face. Whether it's Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Tiger Woods, Warren Buffet, or even Roger Federer, the daunting task of staying on top is very challenging.
We have all experienced the drive we have when we are climbing the ladder of success. That competitive edge that fuels us, that attention to detail that focuses us, and that willingness to sacrifice that separates us from the rest of the pack. You may have also experienced that sigh of relief when you finally made it to the top. The question is always, now what? There is no place to go but down. You are now the target of all the competition. The fun of the quest is gone. This is when you actually enter into the great opportunity to create Sustainable High Performance and these are a few proven ways to get there.
Build Your Sustainable High Performance Foundation - The taller you build the building the more important the foundation becomes. Every day you need to practice the strategies and habits that continue to build your foundation of energy, resilience, brain-agility, and capacity. The simple Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery strategies you learned must be implemented passionately.
Constantly Connect with Your Why - Human beings are driven by purpose and derailed by distractions. Understanding why you get up every morning and leave your family to go to work is critical to staying energized, resilient, and passionate to be your best. As a very wise philosopher (Fire Chief Alan Brunacini) once said, "those who know how will always work for those who know why."
Stay Humble and Stay Curious - What got you to the top may not be what you need to stay on the top. This means the more you learn when you think you know it all (or a lot) is what really matters. Being humble not only makes you easier to be around and support, it actually makes you hungry to improve. As Rafael Nadal said in an interview after winning the US Open, "I just need to keep getting a little bit better every time I step on the tennis court - in practice and in my matches."
Build a Network of Winners - It's lonely at the top so unless you love loneliness it's a great idea to build a network of other Sustainable High Performers. Especially pick those who practice the first three tips I mentioned above. These people will challenge you and humbly appreciate being challenged. This group should include coaches who have helped people like you get and stay where you are.
Help Someone Else Get Where You Are - There is something magical (some would say spiritual) and motivational about helping others succeed. It not only keeps you sharp, it keeps you hungry. It's other-centered rather than self-centered and therefore it takes pressure off you and reinforces in your mind and actions the things that made you a success.
Enjoy Every Minute - When you are at the top it's so easy to allow your thoughts to go to the future and to the past. It's great to learn from both of these but you have to smile and enjoy exactly where you are right now. Plan for some fun every single day. Laugh at yourself and realize that as Shakespeare said, "This too shall pass." Of course, if you do the right things the moment will pass but the success will grow.
Being a winner requires skill and every skill requires practice to master. I realize that this list could go on forever but hopefully I've given you some place to start. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you like and what you may want to add.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer