Our perceptions are key indicators to performance.

“How people perform correlates to how situations occur to them.” The first of three laws of performance presented by Dave Logan and Steve Zaffron in their book: The Three Laws of Performance.

My open water swimming season began on May 5th.  The air temperature was 70 with a slight sea breeze. The water temperature was a stark 47 degrees. I face this situation every May with my swimming buddy Jonathan.

I am excited for my first swim of the season. I remain calm, focused and confident as we slowly walk into the water. It takes just over 3 minutes to become fully submerged. Patience is key. The chill sets in to my muscles. I focus on my breathing. I swim about 50 yards out to the nearest mooring. I can’t keep my head under the water, the pain in my forehead hurts too much. I swim back alternating back stroke with crawl. The time reads 9 minutes. I swim until the 15 minute mark and slowly walk out of the water. With a smile on my face the season is underway.

I am called “crazy” by a few fellow open water swimmers after posting a picture to Facebook. They are willing to start swimming at 60 degrees with a wet suit. This is my edge, not theirs. I also have friends in Boston who swim in the ocean throughout the winter months. That is their edge, not mine. We all share a passion for swimming in the ocean with varying comfort depending on the circumstances.

Raise your awareness as to how you perform in particular situations in your life. How do you perceive those situations? How does that correlate with your performance? What shift is seeking to happen?

Collaborative coaching sessions can help you make the shift you are seeking.  Contact me at 401.500.5990 to reach beyond your current perceptions and raise your level of performance.