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  • Writer's pictureTony Richards

Your True Heart

Peak performing leaders are valiant fighters.

Ann Marie and I were watching movie trailers last night planning for up coming features we would like to see, when we saw Moneyball.

Moneyball is based on a book by Michael Lewis and tells the story of the Oakland A’s baseball team General Manager, Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt).

Peak performing leaders start with discovering what is really on the inside of them. These leaders find that defeating the opponent (whatever that might be) has less to do with the external events than with the battle that rages inside them. Peak performing leaders fight battles daily with inner fears, frustration, fatigue and self-doubt. They fight for the rewards of the victory over these inner things which are deeply personal and satisfying.

Winning externally is always a by-product of the victories within us.

Whatever the goal a leader sets for themselves, achieving it will require higher self-esteem, self-awareness, integrity and the ability to take risks to improve while using failure as a teacher on the road to self-discovery. Some leaders are aware of everything when they think they should be, peak performing leaders are aware of all things at all times. There is constant preparation and performance, and they realize all outcomes are the result of a strong commitment to a thorough, intense work ethic.

“We are what we consistently commit to doing”-Aristotle

Peak performing leaders believe in themselves and display a strong desire to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Even when they fail, they understand that setbacks are natural events that occur when you enter the competitive area of whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. They are willing to go all out to get that new business, serve on a higher level committee or bring an organization’s results in even in a tremendously tough economy. They won’t do it by pulling back or staying in a holding pattern, but by being aggressive in the right strategic areas that will make the most difference in achieving their organization’s goals.

How you meet challenges determines everything in your professional and personal life. Peak performing leaders fully understand and grasp what they can and can’t control in situations and always choose to focus and what they can control. Outcomes and results can not be controlled, which causes people to become tentative, tense, anxious and stressed.

You can control:

  1. Preparation

  2. Attitude

  3. Emotions

  4. Work rate and focus

  5. Effort

Your concentration on these things can help you stay relaxed, calm and focus with tremendous intent. Knowing you can control certain things builds your confidence and this will help you continuously improve. There are no guarantees on results, but if you focus on these things, they will enable you to be at your best and feel very satsified in the process. Winning for you, the peak performing leader is the ability to demonstrate your very best on a more consistent basis, by winning over those inner fears and conflicts I mentioned earlier.

Without knowing and discovering what lies within your true heart, your true inner self, winning will only be circumstantial and empty. The battle is won first within you, within your true heart.

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