A Life Coach’s Guide to Maintaining High Performance

High performance in individuals if often defined as the ability to consistently exceed expectations. In this blog we explore how that can be maintained over time.

A Life Coach’s Guide to Maintaining High Performance

High performance in individuals if often defined as the ability to consistently exceed expectations. In this blog we explore how that can be maintained over time.

What is High Performance?

High performance in individuals is often defined as the ability to consistently exceed expectations in a given area. It can be observed in those who are able to achieve their goals, meet deadlines, and produce high-quality work. High performers are also often characterised by their motivation, drive, and ability to stay focused under pressure.

There are many factors that contribute to high performance in individuals, including:

  1. Skill and knowledge: High performance comes from having the skills and knowledge necessary to complete tasks and achieve goals. There is a thirst for constant learning and developing new skills.
  1. Motivation: High performance is driven by motivation to succeed. There is a clear vision of what is wanted to be achieved and a willingness to put in the hard work necessary to make it happen.
  1. Drive: High performance is driven by success. This cannot be easily discouraged and there is a need to always be looking for ways to improve.
  1. Focus: High performance means being able to stay focused on goals, even when faced with distractions. Being able to block out or manage distractions and stay on task.
  1. Resilience: High performance means being resilient. An ability to bounce back from setbacks and not being afraid to take risks.
  1. Positive attitude: High performance needs a positive attitude. A belief in self and own ability to succeed. Optimism and an ability to see challenges as opportunities for growth.

What enables successful high performance?

There are many factors that enable high performance. Some of the most important include:

  • A supportive partner. Having a partner who is supportive of your success and helps out with childcare and household tasks can make a huge difference in your ability to succeed.
  • A strong support network. Having a network of friends, family, and other high performers who can offer support and advice can be invaluable.
  • Flexibility. Being able to be flexible with your work schedule and priorities can be essential for juggling work and family commitments.
  • Organisation . Being organised and efficient with your time can help you make the most of the hours you have available.
  • Self-care. It’s important to make time for yourself to relax and recharge, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed. More on this later.
  • Positive attitude. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals.

On the element of being organised, I have found huge benefit in using a planner, and this one from Brendon Buchard is my favourite.

A life coach's guide to maintaining high performance: Get Organised

Why High Performance needs Balance

There must be balance. You cannot run 100 miles an hour 24 hours of the day. This is where burnout lives. This is where stress is high and high performance is threatened. 

Balance, therefore, must come in the form of self care. Self care is important for everyone, but it can be especially important for high performers. When you’re juggling the demands of work and family, it’s easy to neglect your own needs. But taking care of yourself is essential for your physical and mental health. Remember, from my previous blog, it is ESSENTIAL to put on your own oxygen mask first. Go back and read that blog if you need a refresher.

Here are some tips for self-care for high performers:

  • Make time for yourself. It’s important to schedule time for yourself each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This could be time to read, take a bath, or just relax and do nothing.
  • Get enough sleep. When you’re sleep-deprived, it’s harder to focus and make good decisions. Each of us has our own level of enough sleep so know it and try to stick to it.
  • Eat healthy foods. Eating healthy foods will give you the energy you need to get through the day. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mood. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. This will also aid the quality of your sleep. Why not listen to something along the way to maximise the benefit? My podcast can be found here.
  • Spend time with loved ones. Spending time with friends and family can help you relax and recharge. Make time for activities that you enjoy doing together.
  • Delegate tasks. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Ask for help from your partner, family, friends, or co-workers when you need it. Never be afraid to ask for that help. Others will enjoy helping you.
  • Say no. It’s okay to say no to things that you don’t have time for or that you don’t want to do. Don’t feel guilty about putting your own needs first sometimes.
  • Take a break. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break from whatever you’re doing. Go for a walk, listen to music, or do something else that relaxes you. Remember to breath, settle yourself and go back when you are ready.
  • Seek professional help if needed. If you’re struggling to cope with stress or anxiety, talk to a therapist or counsellor. They can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms and manage your stress.

1-2-1 Coaching

Lately I have been working with individuals on a 1-2-1 basis, in person and via messaging. What strikes me is that there are so many out there who can be happy high performers, who have simply lost their way.

I can tell you from recent experience, the tough times are tough. They can take over your thoughts, your dreams and your life. They can make you feel alone. But you are never alone.

High performance needs high energy, high passion and high drive, but not 100% of the time.

I can be in the trenches with you, to look out together and to build an amazing foundation of confidence, happiness and power.

You can be a high performer. I believe in you….


If you want to become a high performer, or to rediscover your high performing self, it is important to develop the right qualities. You can do this by setting goals, taking action, and learning from your mistakes. It is also important to surround yourself with positive people who will support you and help you achieve your goals.

Remember, that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. What works for one may not work for another. The most important thing is that we find what works for you and to be flexible enough to adapt as needed.

Learning this kind of behaviour and maintaining it long term is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be good days and bad days. Just keep going and don’t give up on yourself or your dreams.

By following these tips, you can build a path to high performance. If you need personal support, why not get in touch

I would be more than happy to help.

A life coach's guide to high performance: Lisa Cobble ready to help

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