In our last blog post we touched on how distorted thinking can impact on individuals in their perceptions and ultimate performance. In this post we want to follow on and look at how individual performance can be enhanced within the workplace.

Timothy Galwey in his book titled the Inner Game of Work referred to the formula P= p-I where P equals performance and p equals potential while I =Interferences.

Basically what Gallwey proposed is that individual performance is based on potential (p) minus the interferences. Therefore in order to achieve your full potential you need to recognise the interferences that are holding you back. Remove these interferences and then you should be in position to achieve your potential. Sounds simple but then often times the simple ideas prove to be the best.

So why not carry out an audit on yourself to determine the interferences that are holding you back from achieving your full potential. These can manifest themselves in many ways, they can be real or maybe they are a figment of your imagination.

The real interferences may include lack of knowledge, confidence or self-efficacy and these can be addressed. You need to identify the interferences that are holding you back from achieving your true potential, take them on now and engage with them. If you need to improve your skill sets then acknowledge that fact and take on a course,  course, sign up for some 1-to-1 coaching, diploma degree or professional qualification.

It may call for a change of ATTITUDE and to quote Charles R. Swindoll “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a relationship… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our good ship Attitudes”.