Here’s how to find your Ideal Performance State.
As Loehr and Schwartz outline in their research, achieving the Ideal Performance State (IPS) requires a holistic approach to all aspects of the body, both concrete and abstract. Employees can perform successfully even if they don’t care for their wellbeing and health. However, as Loehr and Schwartz articulate, they will be unable to perform at their full potential unless they’re actively practicing and developing at all levels of the performance pyramid.
For many employees who lack a work-life balance or find themselves utterly exhausted by the day to day pressure of work, reevaluating their work performance may be a good option. By tapping into the continuous and positive flow of energy in the performance pyramid, employees can perform consistently and actively—without detriment to their own mental health and wellbeing or their social and family life.
Identify your physical capacity.
When taking the Loehr and Schwartz approach, training starts at the physical level. This is due to the nature of the body as being a fundamental—and necessary—source of energy. The body serves as a foundation and achieving physical health is often the first step. Although this often includes physical fitness, it also takes into account a person’s sleep schedule and dietary habits.
Build your emotional capacity.
Next in the performance pyramid comes emotional capacity, defined as an employee’s internal climate. During the research of the study, athletes often remarked that they felt calm, engaged, and confident. In an Ideal Performance State, many individuals—ranging from professional athletes to military personnel to corporate executives—used similar words to describe how they felt during their peak performance.
When it comes to emotions, it’s essential to be mindful of the particular effects that emotions have on the body and on the mind. Negative emotions, such as frustration, fear, resentment, drain a person’s energy, can cause mental health issues, and can result in physical manifestations.
Building emotional capacity can be a challenge for some individuals, especially those who function daily with high amounts of anxiety, anger, or fear about their tasks or about their future. One simple way to counteract certain negative emotions and increase emotional calmness is to listen to music. It can result in mental shifts that can alter the body’s ingrained response.