Performance and optimal performance are two different things. While improving performance is good, pursuing optimal performance is the better and more sustainable way that allow us to become successful in out personal and professional ventures. Our guest today is an author, and a retired commander who ran training programs for the navy seals. Throughout the episode, we dive into some science-backed, real-world optimal performance indicators and how we can function at optimal performance level by developing key attributes of our personality.
Skills are an important contributing factor to our performance and success. However, there’s a part of the story that skills do not completely cover. We have to look at attributes for that part. We start today’s conversation by talking about the differences between skills and attributes. Rich also talks about what it takes to develop attributes versus skills.
Being comfortable with uncomfortable situations allows us to grow ourselves. Rich shares with us how this becomes the key to developing attributes. Another concept we touch on is the comparison between peak performance and optimal performance. We talk about the key differences between the two and why we should pursue optimal performance rather than peak performance.
In his book, Rich introduces 25 attributes that drive optimal performance. Throughout the episode, we dive deep into some of these attributes, how they contribute to driving out minds towards success and what we can do to develop these skills. Wrapping up the episode, Rich shares with us the five attributes that define leadership and some advice for becoming better leaders.
[02:10] Skills vs. Attributes – How attributes are different from skills and why that differentiation matters when it comes to growth and performance.
[07:10] Levels – How the levels of attributes we have defines how we show up in our environment what it takes to develop an attribute.
[13:40] Uncomfortable Situations – Why getting used to being uncomfortable helps us develop attributes.
[16:10] Optimal Performance – Why optimal performance is more important than peak performance.
[18:30] Grit – We start exploring the 25 key attributes with Grit.
[25:05] Perseverance – Rich dives into the 3 key components of the ability to continue on something despite the difficulties and how we can improve perseverance.
[33:30] Adaptability – We talk about the importance of adaptability and how we can develop it.
[41:48] Mental Acuity – We dive into what mental acuity is and the four key components of developing mental acuity.
[49:00] Compartmentalization – Assessment, prioritization, and focus; the three keys to develop the attribute of taking the information currently at hand and utilizing in a way that optimally performs the tasks we have.
[57:42] Changing Attributes – Rich explains why it’s impossible for someone else to change our attributes and why the change should come within ourselves.
[1:00:01] Task Switching – How our minds work when we’re trying to multitask and how the habits of multitasking effects our attention and focus.
[1:08:08] Recent Developments – We talk about some of the effects of the rise work from home routines and how it’s shaping our work-life balance.
[1:15:20] Drive – Rich dives into what defines a driven person and how we can develop the ability to think outside the box and successfully pursue our goals.
[1:22:25] Leadership – We dive into the five attribute that contribute to leadership and how we can be better leaders.
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