Let’s review the Key Performance Equation from Part 1 of this blog series.

Performance EQUALS Potential MINUS Interference.  (Performance = Potential – Interference)

In part 2, we talked about increasing potential to increase performance.  In this video, we’re discussing decreasing interference as a means to increasing performance.

So, what counts as interference?

Interference is anything that keeps you from performing to your potential, and though it varies from person to person and situation to situation, it will likely fall into one of six buckets:  mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, physical, or social interference.

When these buckets are working well, they support high performance—when they are not, they are interfering with your performance.  Let’s summarize them here:

  1. Mental:  these are the factors that influence your ability to be focused, clear, and alert in the moment.  They include concentration, awareness, ability to access creativity and intuition, memory, balanced degree of mental stimulation and challenge, and mental focus.
  2. Emotional:  these factors involve moods, feelings, and emotions—such as being aware of your emotions, understanding them, expressing, and controlling them.  Also—which may be new to you—creating the emotions that will keep you engaged and support your performance.
  3. Spiritual:  this refers to experiencing a connection with purpose, goals, and values; creating life balance; having something to look forward to; and understanding your motivations and desires.
  4. Physical:  physical influencers on performance can be more visible than the other buckets, including for example health, sleep, nutrition, exercise, injury or illness.
  5. Environmental:  these are factors like the environmental conditions, the venue or setting, clothing, equipment, technology, and resilience to change.
  6. Social:  this includes working with others, your preferences around social interaction, relationships, communication, support systems and accountability, and influence.

We’ve suggested that you intentionally assess potential to identify areas that could be increased.  In the same way, when you want to perform better, you need to be looking for where interference might be hiding within these six buckets.   With awareness, you can make a plan to decrease the interference.

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