At this time of the year many of you are trying to shut down for the holidays, trying to get some closure on this busy year, and trying to get some rest and recovery. It’s a time for celebration and yet you may feel like something is missing. You worked as hard as you could all year to hit your targets but you find it hard to enjoy your spoils because you know that in less than two weeks it will all be forgotten, it will all be a faded memory, and you will be facing a blank slate and a mountain of pressure to deliver on next year’s targets. Somehow the fear and anxiety of what’s next holds you hostage to truly celebrating what you’ve achieved this year.
In sports this same scenario literally happens every week. So how do successful and sustainable coaches and players deal with this? The key is to not tie your celebrations or sense of achievement solely to the external outcomes (the score in sports and the targets in business). This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be happy with the outcomes you’ve achieved. The problem is that whether you fell short or far exceeded your goals, neither happened solely because of you. Sometimes you did everything right and you worked as hard as you could, but the competition was too good, luck didn’t go your way, or maybe the economy was on a downswing.
The key is to focus on those things that are within your control. What did you do to bring your best self to work every day? What did you do to develop your Performance Mindset (focus, control of emotions, confidence, etc.)? What did you do to build your own energy and to give energy to others? What did you do optimize your performance every day? What did you do to bring the right effort and attitude to everything you touched? What did you learn from every experience you had? These are all within your control and these are the things you actually want to celebrate at the end of this year.
When you focus on these things, you not only feel better about what you have achieved, you feel better about what you’ve become. When you approach your past performance in this way you build your authentic belief in yourself. This helps you start the new year with confidence and excitement instead of anxiety. This approach helps you know that whatever challenge or setback appears, you will have the inner will, skill, and belief to succeed. When you do this you are not at the mercy of the external things out of your control. Instead, you become immune to the noise around you as you truly are a Sustainable High Performer.
From all of Tignum we wish you a great holiday season and we encourage you to review this past year for who you have become and celebrate. As always I would love to hear what you think.
By Scott Peltin
Founder/Chief Performance Officer