The first thing you need to realize is that ALL high performers look after their bodies. That’s why they are high performers. They understand that unless they look after themselves, they can’t perform to the best of their ability, whether it be in their career or their personal life.
1. Get active (exercise)
There’s no denying the direct correlation between fitness and high performance in the workplace. If you examine the world’s leaders in business, politics, entertainment, and so on, you will find that each of them carries out some form of daily exercise lasting between 45 minutes to over an hour.
2. Embrace the calm (meditation)
It’s no surprise to learn that some of the world’s top companies have begun offering meditation classes for their employees. After all, stress and anxiety impact significantly on performance, but they can also affect a person’s perspective, thus resulting in them mishandling a problematic situation. Meditation, however, helps you adopt a calmer approach when the stress hits.
3. Show gratitude
By concentrating on the things you should be grateful for, you are rewiring your brain to pay attention to the positive more than the negative. Practising this over time means you will find yourself less fazed by bad days.
Leading CEOs and business figures have all witnessed the benefits of practising daily gratitude—so much so that many have introduced the ritual into the workplace.
So if it works this well for people in seriously high-pressured environments, then why wouldn’t it work wonders for you too?
4. Acknowledge and compliment others
Do you remember the last time someone said something genuinely kind to you or encouraged you in a positive way? Even something as a simple as a daily compliment or an acknowledgement of someone’s efforts would have an amazing impact on your life.
The idea behind this is reciprocity – what you put out there will come back. An acknowledgement can be a text to a loved one, a smile to a stranger, buying a coffee for a stranger, just one small thing every day that will make a positive difference to someone’s life.
5. Educate yourself
Entrepreneur Steve Siebold authored the book How Rich People Think after studying more than 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people over the course of three decades. He found that they placed more emphasis on lifelong learning and acquisition of knowledge, as opposed to formal education.
The wealthiest, most successful people never stop learning. It may be a book on self-improvement or a podcast relating to the industry they operate in – either way, they soak up all the knowledge they can.
It’s no coincidence that some of the world’s most successful business figures happen to have a crazy appetite for reading.
If you study all the great success stories in business and life, you will find that they all look after their bodies. That’s why they are high performers.
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