In an ideal world, we would bring our A-Game to work 100% of the time. We would be motivated, efficient, energised and engaged all the time. However, although we can aim for that every day and work extremely hard to perform at our best most of the time, there are days and times where we feel it just is not possible. And that, of course, is OK, we’re humans, not machines.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a bit of a slump, feeling restless and disconnected from what we are working on, forgetting why we got into it in the first place. So, how do we get ourselves out of this negative state of mind and back into that A-Game mentality?
First, to perform at your best you need to take care of yourself. This means eating well, sleeping well and exercising regularly. Ever heard the saying, you are what you eat? That’s because you are. What we eat affects the way we function. A Research study by Harvard Business Review found that the more fruit and vegetables people consumed the happier, more engaged and more creative they tended to be. One main reason is that fruit and vegetables contain vital nutrients that foster the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in the experience of curiosity, motivation and engagement. When we don’t take the time to eat properly we are not giving our body the fuel it needs to function at its best.
Exercise regularly. Besides being good for us, working out is a great outlet for relieving stress and a great distraction from daily pressures. Exercising regularly helps to prevent feelings of depression and other mental blocks that make success hard to achieve.
But why do we find it so hard to stick to an exercise routine? Treat your workout as an essential element to your success. It’s not just something you should do; it’s something you must do. Schedule 30 minutes to an hour of workout time into your day and just make it happen, no excuses. You’ll feel so good once you do it!
Sleeping well is also imperative. A tip to all snoozers, resist the temptation to oversleep and mess up your sleep cycle. This is what often causes us to feel groggy most of the morning.
Build good relationships with those around you. Human beings are gregarious, we are naturally social creatures craving friendship and positive interactions. The better our relationships are at work, the happier and more productive we are. By making the effort to make friends we yield several benefits. Our work becomes more enjoyable, we feel more support and things are generally lighter and more pleasant. This allows you to perform at a much higher level because you are focusing on the work rather than wasting energy on things that dont really matter.
Finally, for you to bring your A-game, you have to adopt a positive mindset and a can-do attitude. Negativity only holds us back. So, goodbye complaining, hello problem-solving.
What’s the secret recipe? An ounce of good care for yourself both mentally and physically, a nice dose of friendship and a dollop of positivity! In no time you’ll be bringing your A-Game to work and feeling great about it.