Every day you read about new ideas to help you optimise your performance. But rather than focus on new-age methods, below are four timeless strategies to boost your high performance.
1. Build in a daily de-stress habit
Stress is the number one silent killer worldwide. Everyone is exposed to stress, no matter how many green drinks full of vibrant dark leafy greens you consume or the countless hours of coaching you receive. Every day, you have to de-stress. One of the most powerful ways to de-stress is using a proven method called deep diaphragmatic breathing.
This is as simple as laying down on the floor. Make sure your phone is off. Close your eyes, and just intentionally breathe deeply for five minutes. Just be present with your thoughts, and let each thought and idea flow without trying to control them. You may want to set an alarm with a soothing alert notification when the time is up.
This is powerful because as a top performer, you are constantly on “go” mode and cross off the next task, often neglecting your own thoughts and needs. Surprisingly as you go through this you forget to breathe too. This allows you to be selfish and focus on yourself for a change of pace.
2. Spend time with top performers
The simple and fastest way to boost your top performance is to connect with other high performers. Just by being around them, you will start to see their choices. As a result, being associated with them will force you to adapt and grow so you can fit into your new reality. As you notice their choices, you will also see the choices they do not make, which will influence you to create new unique and better habits daily.
3. Prioritise your action list down to only 3 items
The more successful you are, the greater your to-do list. And with all those items to be completed, it seems like it may never get done. However, being a top performer doesn’t mean you have to do it all. Instead, pick the top three items that require your attention immediately and must be done to move your business or life forward.
The rest of the list look for ways to delegate or outsource that task, so you save yourself much-needed space to focus back on other vital areas. Top high performers are not doing everything alone. They understand the importance of having a team and delegating tasks.
4. Sleep: quality over quantity
We used to ‘admire’ the workaholic who drank endless cups of coffee and completed mountains of work while functioning on three hours of sleep. Yet, not sleeping enough is the fastest way to burn out and rapidly decrease your immune system, making you vulnerable to illness.
Sleep is a basic yet highly essential human need and one of the fastest ways to boost your performance in all areas of life and business. Sleep helps your body recharge after long days. In addition, many key hormones are released while you are sleeping.
Do nothing but sleep in your bed. Keep the room as dark as possible and even lower the temperature as well. Try to sleep and wake up at the same time consistently, and do not use your phone/computer within one hour of bedtime.