Performance has infiltrated our lives. It seems like everyone I know, work with, hang with, partner with, is performing at such a high level, and in a multitude of applications. If youâ€™re reading this, itâ€™s also probably you.
Theyâ€™re dope at their job.
Theyâ€™re incredible parents.
They also give Ted Talks.
Theyâ€™re developing an app.
They do the right thing, thanklessly, over and over.
They just ran an Ironman.
And even though deep down, we know it isnâ€™t always about being great at stuff, it turns out, a lot of people just are above average, at lotâ€™s of things. Itâ€™s not by accident. They work at it â€“ and aim for it with gusto. Just keeping up with the number of communications that come through the door every day â€“ with some thought and intelligence – could also be some level of performance. We apparently each send or receive at least 150 emails a day. What the what. All of us kind of have to perform at a higher level these days.
So if Performance (yes, capital P), has become not only our Plan A but also our Plan B â€“ meaning, if we just cantâ€™ help ourselves – how much have we scheduled in recovery? I recently spent an entire day doing restorative stuff. I just kept going deeper and deeper into a â€œrestâ€ state â€“ throughout the day â€“ and by the end was ready to climb the Empire State Building. It had the opposite affect on me â€“ rather than relaxing me into a state of subdued Zen, I was energized into a buzzing little bee. So it worked. I was no longer flattened but instead, emboldened.
Recovery takes discipline. But thereâ€™s something really amazing about people who arenâ€™t frazzled, who have command over their lives and schedules, who arenâ€™t in a total state of reaction throughout the day, who arenâ€™t panting through calls and meetings â€“ because the tail is wagging the dog.
Rest is productive. Do it like you mean it.