Three Keys to Peak Performance
By Neena Newberry, MBA '92
Since I just completed my new self-paced coaching program, which is all about peak performance, I can’t get the topic off my mind. As you know there are several things that come into play when you want to really step up your game and take your performance to the next level. I have chosen three to get your wheels turning.
1. Focusing on the right work.
Many of us get sidetracked by all the things we need to respond to each day—even when we know not all of it is critical or impactful. Keep in mind that 80% of your results come from 20% of your effort, so imagine what might be possible if you could consistently focus on what matters the most. I have a whole module dedicated to this topic in my self-paced coaching program and consistently spend time on this with every client, given its importance.
Take a minute right now to identify the three areas where you can have the biggest impact in your role—what I like to call the “Big 3.” Having clarity about this will help you make more deliberate choices about how you invest your time and energy.
2. Managing your mindset.
How you “show up” each day and respond to what’s happening around you can dramatically help or hinder your progress—and ultimately your results. This year, I will be collaborating with Dr. Paul Stoltz who is a global thought leader on resilience and works with leaders to respond to challenges and adversity in a way that elevates and sustains individual and team performance. His company has done over 25 years of research in this area and has documented the financial impact of implementing their tools and techniques. As you might suspect, it all begins with managing your mindset. If you haven’t seen Paul’s work, check out his latest book The Adversity Advantage.
3. Defining success
Finally, high performers are notorious for expecting a lot of themselves but not always recognizing what they’ve accomplished. Have you defined success for yourself so you’ll know when you’ve gotten “there?” Taking a few minutes to do this will help you notice your progress, more easily share it with key stakeholders and celebrate your successes.
This week, I would encourage you to take one action step in one of the three areas above—whether it’s defining your "Big 3," thinking about your mindset or defining what success looks like for you over the next six months. Just remember that half the battle is just getting started. What small step will you take?
Neena Newberry is an executive coach and consultant with operations in Dallas and Houston. She is the president of Newberry Executive Coaching and Consulting LLC and has over 17 years of experience coaching and advising clients in midsize to Fortune 500 companies. She works with high performing managers and leaders to get even better results and specializes in working with women in dual career families. Sign up for her weekly articles by visiting the top right-hand corner of her company home page.