As a coach I’m all about improving performance of others. Hm. . . . seems reasonable, right? That’s what the job is all about.
And yet — if my own performance is below par then so would be that of those I coach. So this season I’m going to place a special on my own Optimal Performance.
What is Optimal Performance?
I’m not quite sure. It seems though, that optimal performance describes an effort at a steady state effort level — meaning, I guess, an effort level that you can hold for a long time. Kinda like driving at 55 mph.
There are times you’ll need to go faster, and slower, but a lot of driving happens at 55.
Here’s a chart that I know will get updated and changed.
For this year, here are several of the things I’ll be focusing on:
The Power Of Three
I love to read books, in fact, I try to read a book every week or two.
Not bragging, instead, it is just how my mind works — flipping around from one thing to another pretty quickly.
This season I’m going to focus only on three books. And really invest myself into those three books — resisting the temptation to open another book until the season’s over.
The three books that I’m going to focus on are Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Impact Equation by Brogan and Smith, and the Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg.
My instinct tells me that each of those books will bring something powerful not only to me personally but also things I can relate to the team. Be interesting to see how this goes
An acquaintance, Derek Halpren, over and SocialTriggers.com recently podcasted an insightful interview. The fellow he interviewed focused on how to listen and he noted that people react in one of three ways to a new idea: they will say, they won’t say, or they can’t say.
What he meant was that the person on the receiving end of an idea will have something that they can tell you, or something they would prefer not tell you, or something that they can’t tell you (for some reason).
(I really recommend listening to this podcast, if you are into such things.)
As a coach, in the past, I’ve tend not to have noticed these three types of responses from my athletes. But I am going to try to do that this season. Again, I think it will be interesting.
In 2012 I did a lot of sharing between writing, talking, presenting, and I noticed something. Seems that people on the receiving end of my stuff have been giving more back to me than I give to them.
In other words, I think I’m learning more than they are. I don’t know if that’s a reflection on the job I’m doing or the quality of the conversations were having.
This is evidenced by what goes on a RollingTalks. I learn a lot from the great speakers that we have but I also learn a lot from the audience – from their comments their questions, and their knowledge.
I plan to do more sharing this year than ever before. And I guess that means more learning. Once again, what will that bring?
The average recommended hours of sleep for my age range is 8 to 9.5 hours. In the past I’ve averaged about 6, and I defended that deficit in so many ways. I actually started to use it as a badge of courage . . . “Oh, I only had 5 hours of sleep last night, I must be really important blah, blah, blah.”
Enough of that. My goal it to get a minimum of 8 hours PER NIGHT as a minimum. Looking forward to it and dreading it both at the same time.
Those are a few of the things I plan on doing to optimize my coaching performance in 2013. I’ll keep you updated.
How about you, got a plan in the brewing? Let us know.
– Mike Davenport