The Five Ps? (or how to focus on performing at your best this Friday …)


Perform at your best?  On a Friday?  Goodness!  But don’t fear (yesterday’s blog!) as Step by Step’s team member Allison shares with us her Five Ps for performing at her best! Your comments on your Five Ps (or any letter of the alphabet that help you focus, for that matter) are always welcome!

… As I build my business, one of the things I’ve learned to do better to help me perform at my best is focus. And on this ‘Focus Friday’ I thought I’d share with you my essential ‘P’s’ for maintaining focus and allowing you to perform at your best, in whatever you choose to do:-

Plan – have a plan of what you want to achieve this year, this quarter, this month, this week and today.

Prioritise – ask yourself each day, if I had only one thing I needed to achieve today, what would it be? Do that one thing, then ask yourself the question again before you move on to something else.

Pal – have a pal, a supporter, mentor, coach or family member, who will hold you accountable and check you have done what you say you are going to do.

Play – have some ‘play’ or rest time each day. Doing something different now and again will give your brain a rest from your main task and allow you to settle back down again, refreshed and raring to go again.

Picture – have a picture, or vision, of what you are trying to achieve. Creating a vision of where you want to get to in 1, 2 or 3 years time will help maintain your focus on what you need to do today. You can build this picture or vision in a number of ways:-

– a future journal entry. Write yourself a journal entry for a day when you can spend your time having the perfect day.

– a vision board – made up of photographs of your own or cut from magazines.

– a ‘vision video’, which you can create easily and free from one of the online tools. Here’s mine – I watch it every day to remind me what I am working for. http://youtu.be/ILNR1ZN0ZY4

But the best picture of all would be one you draw yourself based on a metaphor you develop for performing at your best. Ask yourself the question, when performing at my best, that’s like what………..keep asking then draw the picture that comes from those answers. Is it a rocket, about to take off, a highly efficient machine, with its burners on full blast, ready to take off in to the stratosphere? Or is it a kite, perfectly formed and beautifully coloured, soaring gracefully against a perfect blue sky? Or is it something completely different? Whatever performing at your best means to you, I can think of no better way of keeping your focus than getting those pictures of you performing at your best out of your head and on to paper, as the perfect tool to keep you focused.

A key element to performing at your best in anything you do is maintaining focus – so don’t forget the five ‘Ps’.

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About Step by Step Listening

I am the founder of Step by Step Listening and we started as a company that eradicated fear of failure and guilt for mums, we coached mums and daughters, we then worked with sole trader and small business owners and over the years we developed a unique ability to help people create the family or business they desire by being able to tap into the resource of being able to sell ideas/prodcuts/visions/services in a way that feels right and gets results. For some they are learning to sell and idea to themselves perhaps a dream or an ambition they have had for years, for others it could be selling responsibility and independence to a teenager or perhaps selling a vision or a change of structure to a team. What ever it is we use unique a unique facilitation and group process to help you discover when you are selling in a way that feels right that's like what?
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