Ten years ago I took on a sprint triathlon. However, during the swim, I had a panic attack. After that, I vowed never to do another triathlon again. The idea of open water swimming terrified me. Despite this, fast forward a few years and I have just completed the Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 which comprises of a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle ending with a half marathon.
Maintaining high performance for yourself, within a team, or for a business can be difficult. Day-to-day life contains many hurdles and challenges. Whilst we often think of success as a straight line from A to B with linear progression, the reality is very different: People are subject to a cyclical process of ebb and flow, growth and decline. So what strategies can you develop to go after continuous improvement?
Very often our mind is focused on what goes wrong. We are quick to pick ourselves apart. We focus on the negatives rather than pay attention to what went right. Whilst it can be good to learn from mistakes, in general, we spend an unhelpful amount of time thinking about what is bad in life, rather than what is good. What’s more, this negativity bias has been linked with an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Read our latest blog on how to stop focusing on the negatives