Have we ever wondered what would be our best state of performance at individual’s level in every area of life ? In the current external environment where everything is so stressed and competitive, how do we create an internal state of performance which is ideal for any individual. Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz has mentioned about this in one of the article about life and performance of athletes. however lets understand what is ideal state of performance and how one can reach there. In order to get there lets dissect this terminology of “Ideal Performance State”.
Ideal : An Ideal is something aspirational. An ideal is a model of something perfect or without equal. As an adjective, ideal describes this ultimate standard for excellence. This is the level which one would like to achieve and admire to be there.
Performance : performance is like DOING something, the act of doing something, such as your job. Performing any task or duty or work which you want to be known for or even life.
State : State is like being. State is he particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time.
So in summary to being in an ultimate standard of performance in any task which one would aspire to be can be a simple understanding of IPS. Generally very few people are able to reach at IPS like athletes who break the records and won medals for nation or few CEOs or entrepreneurs etc.
In general we are surrounded by too many interference's and hardly reach to the ideal level of our performance. If it is too hard to reach ideal level of performance, how can one be in the ideals performance state for a continuous time ?
Yes, it is possible and one need to create a system to reach there. While it isn’t always in our power to change our external conditions, we can train to better manage our inner state. There is a system of life activities which need to be created consciously which can take one to its Ideal Performance state.
Obviously, executives can perform successfully even if they smoke, drink and weigh too much, or lack emotional skills or a higher purpose for working. But they cannot perform to their full potential or without a cost over time—to themselves, to their families, and to the corporations for which they work. Put simply, the best long-term performers tap into positive energy at all levels of the performance pyramid.
Extensive research in sports science has confirmed that the capacity to mobilize energy on demand is the foundation of IPS.
There are four pillars to the Ideal Performance State :
Physical Strength :
Good physical State is the foundation of ideal performance. One has to maintain healthy habits to get right energy level to perform any task at its best. Being physically fit is the starting point because a small discomfort in body can create mental and emotional disturbance. The physical capacity is get built with lot of rituals which not only includes right eating and exercising but also like sleeping and energy recovery rituals.
Healthy habits includes eating right, eating on time, balanced diet, enough water intact, physically active, going to bed to time consistently and waking up early as daily ritual, regular exercise and have a recovery rituals for every hour or two in between. This will ensure remaining physically good state.
Next important block for ideal state is keeping emotion at best. While the positive emotions ignite lot of energy, the negative emotions drains lot of energy. If someone continuously remain in emotionally toxic environment it can create permanent imbalance. One need to transform one’s inner experience to convert this threats in to challenges. Build endurance through regular exercise and become aware of signals from ones body. Music has powerful physiological and emotional effect. Music gives us relief from obsessive thinking and worrying. Close relationship is another powerful means to boots positive emotions and effective recovery of emotions. The happy family, relations and friends induces lot of positive emotions by way of profound sense of safety and security.
Mental Strength :
The third important block of ideal performance is keeping mental balance and strengths to its best level. Meditation is one of the traditional practice which can serve as most practical means of training attention and promoting recovery. Good breathing exercise help colling down mind and recharge whole body. A regular meditation, quiets the mind, the emotions, and the body and promote energy. One may need to create few meditative rituals and encourage positive thinking to increase the likelihood of accessing the ideal performance.
Spiritual Strength :
The forth important block of the ideal performance is spiritual connection which helps purity in heart and intention. By spiritual strength means the energy that is unleashed by tapping in to one’s deepest values and defining a strong sense of purpose. Rituals that give people the opportunity to pause and look inside include meditation, journal writing, prayer and serving others, connecting with some social cause and self-less acts etc.
high performance depends as much on how people renew and recover energy as on how they expend it, on how they manage their lives as much as on how they manage their work. When people feel strong and resilient–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually–they perform better, with more passion, for longer. They win, their families win, and the corporations that employ them win.