Over the weekend I was re-reading an article published in the prestigious Harvard Business Review magazine long ago, in 2001, which talked about the ‘corporate athlete’ and how to improve performance.
Every day I listen to many clients, friends, family, etc. That they are too busy, running around, with no time for anything and little energy, that they would need some advice to render more and better in what they do without ending up so stressed or in a bad mood.
Well, in the article that commented at the beginning of the post can offer interesting lessons. A prestigious sports and executive coach, Jim Loehr, conducted a study to increase performance and effectiveness of people at work, achieving better results with energy and health.
This study investigated the techniques used by different professional tennis players with the idea of being able to transfer them to people who wish to improve their performance or their lifestyle.
The result revealed that the best tennis players used very precise rituals to recover between point and point, almost unconsciously.
And what did they do for it? Follow specific routines that included:
- concentrate on the ropes of your rackets to avoid distractions
- visualize the way in which they wanted to mark the next point
- avoid negative feelings
- focus their minds and recover through their breathing
In contrast, players who did not have rituals between points or whose game was more inconsistent played more linearly and spent too much energy on it, having worse results in their game. It happened that these players were the ones who showed off with more bad temper more often lost concentration and decreased their physical strength as the game progressed.
The lesson of the study invites to make a “best effort” and above all learn to recover between objectives because that is precisely what leads the athlete to perform better.
Usually at work you usually invest a lot of mental and emotional energy for long periods of time without any rest. Higher throughput is usually associated with increased brain or intellectual capacity. This study shows how the effort is like a pyramid in which the rituals that facilitate the rhythm of energy expenditure and recovery, link the different strata.
How can this study help us to increase the performance of the executive at work, the university student in his studies, or the housewife in her tasks?
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Returning to the pyramid of Loehr and Schwartz one must become aware of the preparation starting at different levels:
- The basis is “physical ability” that increases resistance and promotes mental and emotional recovery
- The next level is the “emotional capacity “generated by the internal climate that drives ideal performance states
- The next level is “mental ability,” which focuses physical and emotional energy on the task at hand
- The higher level is the “spiritual capacity “that provides a powerful source of motivation, determination and endurance
The “ideal performance” – or maximum performance under pressure – is achieved when all levels are working together and when we generate an effective recovery routine to prepare the next round.
Review how you apply the pyramid in your life:
- Do you work your physical strength, you do sport or sedentary you?
- Do you know your emotional states; do you know how to regulate them?
- Do you know how to plan, decide, prioritize, focus, and have confidence in yourself?
- Do you invest time in nature, connected with others, see transcendence in your work, a for what?
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