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How To Recover From A Drop In Performance



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We all go through drops in performance. It happens

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Whether it comes from taking too much time away—vacation, illness, injury or lack of interest—or NOT taking time away, we can experience a drop in our mental and physical performance which can lead to a frustrating drop in results

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Sustained intense effort causes fatigue and lack of focus. The desire to “suck it up” and stay in the fight leads to mistakes, injuries…or worse. And there can be cultural pressure to perform, which in turn leads to deeper issues that impact confidence, desire and overall execution.



On flip side, a drop in performance after a layoff can be equally frustrating and just as debilitating. It can be hard to find the drive and motivation, especially after losing the “edge” high-performers crave.



So what can we do to combat this? 
How do we recover from a drop in performance? 
And how can we prevent it from happening agin?



Join me on this episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ podcast for a discussion on how to recover from a drop in performance in business, sports, and life.



In this episode, we explore:

– Why feelings are false and how to ignore the ones that inhibit performance

– How to recover from a stall and get back on altitude

- A 5-step execution plan for breaking inertia and getting into to big action

– The unorthodox approach a college football team takes to keep their athletes sharp

– Why worry and anxiety diminish results, and how to deal with both

– and more…



Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

~JT

The 4-Point Assessment For Excellence

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High-performers, achievers and leaders of all types invariably experience the frustration of getting knocked off their mission from time to time. It happens, but it shouldn’t be a permanent thing; and if it happens too often, it can have lasting impact on your results.

How can we prevent getting derailed from our mission? And how can we avoid costly setbacks to stay on track to our goals?

Join me on this week’s episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ podcast for a discussion on how to filter out the chaos and distractions that lead to stagnation and frustration.

In this episode, we explore:
– What happens when we are faced with confusion and opposition to our objectives
– How to anticipate mistakes and sidestep them before they occur
– What the “center of gravity of decision-making” is (and how to use it)
– Why it is so important to clarify your vision and share it with others
– What the “how behind the why” is and how to define it
– How to use you “why” to accomplish your mission
– and more

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.
~JT

Deliberate Practice and The Science of High Achievement

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What does it take to be great at what you do? How many hours of work does it really take to become an ‘expert’? What if you could shorten that time, and get even better results in the process?

Believe it or not, expertise and high achievement isn’t just about putting in the time; it’s about putting in the right kind of effort with an emphasis on high-value execution, a discipline called Deliberate Practice.

With a profound hat tip to Dr. Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, listen in as we peel back the curtain on the science of high achievement and what it takes to develop greatness through deliberate practice.

In this episode, we discuss:
– How honing in on one small aspect of your mission could exponentially increase performance
– Why focusing on “doing it better” is more effective than “being prefect”
– What happens when we apply full concentration and 100% attention on a single action
– Why focusing on what you didn’t do as well as you’d like can lead to improvement
– How to use feedback to calibrate and refine your execution
– and more

Plus, we examine Duckworth’s “cycle of skill development” and how to apply it to your business, career and life.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.
~JT

Undressing The Coaching Industry:  8 Traits of Great Coaches

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By now, it should come as little surprise that top performers in any field rely upon and follow the guidance of great coaches. From athletes to executives and entrepreneurs, the greats rely on the counsel and wisdom of coaches to elevate their game.

With that said, it pays to take a buyer-beware approach to hiring a coach. And if you identify as a coach, you owe it to those who place their trust in you to live and breathe a certain ethos that goes above and beyond just delivering “results”.

It seems like everyone is a “coach” these days. And with the proliferation of online certification programs, anyone with a few thousand bucks can almost instantly buy the title of Coach.


But there is a key and important aspect that is missing with these types of programs: they fail to teach leadership.

And while the connection of leadership to coaching is misunderstood (especially in the age of quick-and-ready coaching certification programs), the fact of the matter is in order to be a great coach, a person must be a strong leader.

Period.

But what does it take to be a great coach? And what do you need to look for when searching for a coach?

Join me for a deep-dive conversation on 8 key traits that world-class coaches share.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The difference between telling and teaching (and how great coaches know the difference)
  • How to tell a professional coach from a charlatan
  • The importance of creating and sharing the vision, and why great coaches MUST do it
  • Why coaching is more than about “how”…it’s also about who
  • The critical skill every coaching must have (and how to tell if they do)
  • Why emphasizing “peak performance” may kill your results
  • How great coaches use humility to create lasting change in their clients
  • and more…

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

~JT

Developing Purpose-Driven Leadership

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It’s been said many times over on The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ podcast that success is a team sport. And to that end, achieving optimal performance—be it individual or organizational performance—hinges on building and leaning on strong teams.

Team performance is driven by strong leadership, and high-performing leaders know that the best teams respond to a special brand of leadership: Purpose-Driven Leadership

From solo-preneurs to corporations to professional sports teams, purpose-driven leadership is a key component to high-performance in just about any field of endeavor.

But what does “purpose-driven” mean, and how is it any different from any other style of leadership?

To whom does this type of leadership apply, and who benefits from it the most?

And really…why should anyone (especially you) care?

Listen in as JT dissects the essential points of what it takes to develop and live driven-purpose leadership.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What luxury car maker, Rolls Royce, can teach about earning “buy-in” from your team
  • How entrepreneurs, corporations and sports teams leverage purpose-driven leadership
  • Why your team must “feel” your vision before they see it in order to understand it
  • How opening the door for someone else might lead to big things for you
  • Why “walking the deck plates” will render the best ROI any leader can achieve
  • What your teams know about you without you even telling them (and why you cannot hide it)
  • and more…

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.
~JT

Breaking Dread: How To Take On A Daunting Task

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Let’s face it: we all have things in life we’d rather avoid. Call it putting off the pain, delaying the dread or just flat-out procrastination, there comes a time in everyone’s life when we have to saddle up and get the job done.

And it’s especially true for High-Performers.

Whether it’s that tough workout at the crack of dawn, the big proposal to the ideal client or filing taxes, we can either choose to stagnate and stall out or face the music and dance.

But how do we attack those things we dread?
And how can we mange the daunting tasks better, get them done more efficiently and with better results?

Join me for a deep dive on how to attack your most dreaded missions with confidence and intensity in a way that leaves you with more time (and energy) to enjoy the best parts of your day.

In this episode, we deep dive into:

  • The power of the “big picture” and how stepping back to see it might just save your bacon
  • Why snap judgements and preconceived notions can sabotage your progress
  • How smashing things to pieces might just accelerate your results
  • What happens when you try to focus on too much at once (and ONE thing you should obsess over instead)
  • and more…

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.
~JT

The Relentless Commitment To Improvement

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There are lots of slick and sexy platitudes out there, like “Commitment To Excellence” and “Dedicated To Greatness”. And what book/course/seminar on achievement would be complete with the buzz words “next level” interspersed throughout the ad copy?

The reality is that excellence, greatness and mastery all come over time. And not just the passage of time, but the application of consistent, focused effort with a singular intention: steady improvement.

But what does it take to turn consistent action into measurable growth? And how can we apply ourselves to daily improvement in order to render the results (and the excellence/greatness/mastery that we are so obsessed with)?

Join me for this week’s discussion on The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The danger of ‘perfect’ and what the “better” option is
  • Why “overnight” success is a farce, and how incremental improvement trumps rapid growth
  • How speed isn’t always the best option (and why sustainability is more important)
  • Why boosting your performances is great, but elevating your baseline is key 
  • and more…

Remember: Results are great, but improvement is crucial to sustainable success.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.
~JT

What 30 Days With No Alcohol Taught Me About Success

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I haven’t had a drop of alcohol in 30 days. No liquor, no wine, no mixed drinks, no beer (my preferred poison)…not even a blast of mouthwash.

I gave myself the challenge of abstaining for 30 days from something I love in order to learn a thing or two about someone I love: ME.

What can 30 days without alcohol teach about high performance strategy and success? Turns out it can teach plenty.

And in this episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ podcast, I break down what the last 30 days have been like, what I actually learned from it, and why I did it.

Listen in and learn:

  • How taking the difficult path is key and essential for pushing through to new levels of performance
  • Why saying no to a simple joy can lead to newfound strength in all areas of your life
  • The myths of denying yourself comfort you may take for granted (and why you should)
  • How keeping a journal is a tool to virtually guarantee your success during any challenge
  • What you can learn about your own psychology from doing a challenge like this in private
  • and more

Total confession: this has been one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Seriously. And as happy as I am to go back to enjoying frosty microbrewed IPAs, I have a newfound appreciation for myself and the discipline it takes to see something like this through to the end.

I highly encourage you to find your own challenge and undertake it.

It just might change your life.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.
~JT

Lessons From Working At Uber

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No doubt about it, Uber is a force to be reckoned with. Whether you need a ride to the airport or a lift from the bar, a person in their own vehicle is a few keystrokes away on your smartphone. They’ll even deliver food to you.

But Uber is far more than a “rideshare” company or a technology firm; Uber is a disruptor.
A tone-setting, global brand.
And Uber also serves as a tremendous laboratory of knowledge and lessons in business, leadership and success.

Join me for a deep-dive discussion on 8 takeaways from former startup founders and CEOs, and the lessons they’ve gleaned from helping build Uber into a $5 billion+ per year company.

In this episode, we explore:

  • The power of focus, and how it impacts your business and results
  • Why being aggressive means more than “going flat-out” 24/7
  • How empowering people translates to organizational success
  • When (and why) to admit when you have no clue what to do next
  • The power of purpose and priorities in accomplishing your mission
  • and much more…

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.
~JT

Confidence Vs Humility…And Why You Need Both

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It may seem like a weird combination—like bacon-infused ice cream, or Mariachi heavy metal music (more awesome than you might think)—but perhaps the greatest one-two punch in high-performance leadership is the combination of confidence and humility.

And they work together even better than you might imagine.

On the surface, it may sound strange, and perhaps that is because of the age-old misconceptions about the two virtues.

On one hand, confidence is often misinterpreted as ego or arrogance, but nothing could be further from the truth. And on the other, being humble is sometimes confused for being meek or subservient. Again…light years from accurate.

So how do these two traits work together? And how can they be used to elevate your leadership and performance in business and life?

Listen to this episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ for a deep-dive on the symbiotic relationship of confidence and humility, where we explore:

  • The difference between true confidence and arrogance (and how ego is a mask of insecurity)
  • Why authentic humility is a sign of confidence (and why too much humility is a success-killer)
  • How collaboration and teamwork depend on a healthy balance of confidence and humility
  • The “catch-and-release” method for receiving criticism and blunt feedback
  • What confident, humble leaders focus on (instead of themselves)
  • The limitation of passion (and a more effective trait all leaders should lean on instead)
  • and more…

Listen to the episode above.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.

~JT