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Scott Peltin

Here we sit again at the beginning of a new year. New dreams, new challenges, new goals, and probably some new projects await you. You took a couple of weeks off (if you were lucky), you ate some great food, you hopefully slept in a little to catch up on your sleep, and here you sit facing a new mountain wondering, "How am I going to pull this off?" You may even be thinking, "Here we go again." It feels like deja vu all over again.

The reason you may be feeling this way is because although some things have changed, you are starting the year with the same old habits. This means it doesn't feel like a "new" year, it only feels like a "next" year. Of course you have set some new goals and promised to do some new behaviors but if you haven't fundamentally updated who you are, aligned it with what you want to achieve, and connected it to why making these changes will be beneficial, you really are not doing anything new. It's the same old way of approaching your performance and expecting to get different results.

The key to really making this a "new" year rather than making it just the "next" year after your last year is to ask yourself some different questions and rewrite who you need to be to be a Sustainable High Performer. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Visit or revisit our recently published blog about the Team Sky approach to spending energy wisely. Where is the best place to put your energy this week, this month, this quarter?

2. Who are the people you need to influence the most to maximize your impact?

3. What can you do every single morning to be sure you bring your best to the events that require your best?

4. How will you recharge your focus and energy throughout your toughest day so you can be up for the challenges you will face?

5. What do you need to do differently so you can walk in the door at home at the end of a busy day and be fully present, engaged, and happy?

If you haven't already done it, you may want to spend a little time this weekend asking yourself these questions. With the opportunity of a new year ahead, the big question is: What do I need to do to build my Sustainable High Performance so I can be ready for every challenge I face?

This year we look forward to helping you challenge your own status quo and build your Sustainable High Performance so you can bring your best to those things that matter the most to you. As always I would love to hear what you think.

By Scott Peltin

Founder/Chief Performance Officer