Welcome back to the “Time-To-Think” series of articles! Thank you for taking some time away from the hamster-wheel of the modern business world to learn. In JFK’s words “Leadership and learning are indispensible to each other.”

The most recent article was called “Business is like Underwear. Change is Good!” You can read that article here if you missed it:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-like-underwear-change-good-jay-chopra/

Today’s article is called:

Shift Performance – Work, Rest and Play! 

Work

“Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who come alive.” Howard Thurman

We all deserve to engage in work that gives us a sense of enjoyment, meaning and satisfaction. Work is not just about making a living. Making a living is important. However, work is also a mechanism to grow, learn, contribute, build positive relationships, accomplish, and to become our best selves. If you don’t like your work, you owe it to yourself to assess your short-, medium- and long-term career options. I would encourage you to work at something that you are passionate about. Working in a job you do not like, drains your energy. Working in a job you enjoy, gives you energy. Quite simply put – passion fuels peak performance. What are you passionate about? What is your next career move?

Rest

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” Alan Cohen

After periods of meaningful action, be sure to refuel. Wellbeing is the energy of peak performance. We cannot perform at our best if we are tired. The temptation is to keep working hard when we are tired. However, the science tells us that working harder is not the answer. In addition, research shows that sustained activity without periods of re-fueling can lead to burnout.  Burnout is not an easy place to come back from. I would encourage you not to go there in the first place! In order to maintain your best self, flourish and perform at your best, you need a wellbeing strategy. A wellbeing strategy involves engaging in activities that give you energy. Things that you get joy from. Your wellbeing strategy should include work activities and non-work activities e.g. hobbies. Quite simply put – wellbeing fuels peak performance. What does your wellbeing strategy look like?

Play

“Our ability to play throughout life is the single most important factor in determining our success and happiness.” Dr. Stuart Brown, National Institute of Play

The science of play illustrates that playfulness helps put us in the alpha brain -state. When we are in this brain-state, we are “in-the-zone” of peak performance, enhanced creativity, increased collaboration, and super-learning. We are more engaged and more open. The more evolved companies use Play as a business strategy. For example Google uses play to inspire peak performance. That’s why they have pool tables, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, etc. Quite simply put – play fuels peak performance. How will you use play to inspire peak performance in yourself and others?

Coach’s Corner

What key points have you taken away from this article? What did you learn? What will you change as a result? How will you train your mind for peak performance? Who will hold you accountable on your action plan?

Taking Time-To-Think helps move us from victims of busyness to leaders of change. Please tune in next time for more Time-To-Think discussions! Thank you.

 

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