This week I want to talk to you about the five minutes that lead to accelerated performance.
Five minutes can lead to accelerated performance? Yes! Let me tell you why. The five minutes that leads to accelerated performance is the five minutes you spend every day identifying where fear and anxiety resides in your professional life and in your employees professional life.
Ladies and gentlemen, when you are fearful or anxious you tense up. When you tense up you start using your rational mind to find solutions to making greater progress. That slows you down. It does so for athletes, for artists and for people in the world of work.
The five most important minutes you can spend is finding where people in your organization feel anxious and fearful-and address it. I’m suggesting that “addressing it” may be as simple as asking one question; are there any fears in your work life that I need to know about? Is there anxiety I need to know about? If there is, I want to let you know that wherever there is fear or anxiety my job is to help reduce it or eliminate it. I’ve had experiences that allow me to do so, and if I don’t know how to address your issue, I’ll find the person that can solve it.
As leaders, co-workers or colleagues, fear and anxiety is the death knell to accelerated performance. It slows us down and inhibits us. So, we have to find out where it resides and bring solutions that allow people to take a deep breath and say, “oh, you mean that this is not about perfection I can focus on making progress?” Yes, absolutely! “You mean to tell me if I just take a deep breath that it’s going to help me reduce my anxiety?” Yes, it will. That kind of conversation leads people to say, “okay, I can do this,” and when they say this you have cultivated hope and optimism as opposed to fear and anxiety.
I will promise you this, hope and optimism will always trump fear and anxiety when it comes to accelerated performance. This week if you want to have a more beneficial and productive work week, cultivate hope and optimism by eradicating and eliminating fear and anxiety. If you do that, you’re going to have a fabulous week.