I was lucky enough to be asked by my CEO to spend two minutes talking about peak performance.
Here is what I said.
I am here to talk about why it’s important to tune-in to your talents. There have been enough studies done in the field of psychology to show that performance is strongly correlated to the state you’re in. Typically the focus has been on negative performance and it’s correlation to negative states such as depression and anxiety. Then sports psychology started looking at peak performance and it has been shown that peak performance can be anywhere from 2 times to 5 times your baseline performance.
Peak performance is strongly correlated to a state called Flow. Flow is that state you’re in when time flies and you’re completely absorbed in the use of your talents. We’ve all experienced it. The state of Flow has 7 characteristics to it. The goal is clear, the challenge is stretch, feedback is inherent in the task, you have no fear or distraction, you are absorbed in your talents, time flies and you love what you do.
When you tune in to your talents, you have strong moments, which are mini moments of Flow. Over time you can create a cascade of strong moments which then triggers Flow. And when you trigger Flow, you boost your performance exponentially.
This is good not only for you but also for the people you work with. Because, when it comes down to culture, it’s about creating a platform that brings out the best in all of us.