The elements that accelerate our performance lead to success faster than any technical skill. In this Expert Insight Interview, Nathan Farrugia discusses how to raise your game in business and life. Nathan Farrugia is an entrepreneur, CEO, owner of Vistage, business coach, TEDx speaker, and a record-breaking athlete.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- Our perception
- How to gain self-awareness
- How to shift the mindset to performance-based
- Level of uncertainty we live in
In challenging times, it is essential to focus on elements that can increase our performance, such as having a clear purpose in life. People tend to blame the external factors for the circumstance they are currently in, but they do not do anything to take control of their lives and influence better outcomes. How much control of our life we have dictates our stress levels. More power over our lives comes with more responsibility, but it also produces less stress. The key is in the perception. We see things one way, but do we have enough self-awareness to see our strengths and weakness without being biased?
Lack of self-awareness is why some people struggle to reach their full potential. The journey to self-awareness starts with having the growth mindset as its foundation. Having a growth mindset means being open to understanding yourself, accepting the feedback and criticism, and doing something about it. There are different tools to be used, like individual assessments, coaches, or online subscriptions. The point is to get yourself in a mental place from which you will be able to take further challenges in life. Raising your game does not have to be in your work. It can be in a family or love relationship, hobby, anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone.
Shift the Mindset
Running a marathon is a psychological game in which you run kilometer by kilometer. That same principle works for shifting the mindset. It starts with baby steps. People think that a four percent change is nothing, but the research shows that any change that is greater than four percent is too overwhelming for our brain. Thus, a four percent change builds up our mental resilience.
The level of uncertainty we feel falls back on our perception and self-awareness. At the end of the day, if we have the education, the skills, the people that love us, and the warm bed to go to sleep at night, we have more things to hold on to than we thought. Those are the fundamental things that we need for success, while the opportunities depend solely on us and whether we will look enough to find them. We need way less than we think for happiness, but unfortunately, it takes some significant episodes in our lives to happen to realize that.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.