Most people are mediocre. I don't want to put too fine of a point on it but that's the definition of the word – mediocre: the median, the average, the ordinary. So how does this sit with you? Care to ramp up your performance to "excellent" or "great"? There are a number of techniques you can use to achieve this, let me share one with you.

The mediocre performer goes through the motions trying his/her best with the task at hand. Often the performer tries their best to the point of exhaustion. But that is not what elevates your output. The key is what I call "conscious practice". Some people are concerned when doctors and attorneys say that they "practice" their field of expertise. But if we were to be honest with ourselves, which of us has perfected our daily activities and can recreate that perfection on daily basis? We all have better days than others. We are all in a constant state of practice. So step one is to recognize that every time we sit down at our desk we are, like physicians and lawyer, "practicing our professions".

The second step is to be "conscious" of your practice. This simply means taking a moment and observing what are the parts of your work day which cause the greatest points of resistance, waste or frustration. And then search for a solution. Just like Tiger Wood and A-Rod making slight adjustments to their swings, we can make small changes in our daily routines which can provide significant returns. Here's an example. A client of mine several weeks ago told me when I visited him on the Day 2 part of our program that I had "saved his marriage". I asked him for more details. He told me that he has a young family and that his typical routine gets him home between 7 – 8pm. He kicks off his shoes in the foyer, drops his bag and goes upstairs where he finds his wife putting the children to bed. On a typical day he greets her only to find her berating him for leaving his stuff in hallway. This point of tension between the two of them, particularly after an exhausting day, didn't elevate either of their happiness quotients much.

After doing Day 1 with me he went home, exhausted yet again, but as he slipped off his shoes and dropped his bag he said to himself, "Look, I'm going to have to put this stuff away eventually why don't I just do it now?". So at that moment he put his shoes and bag in their appropriate place and then headed upstairs to his family. His wife met him at the top of the stairs and just out of habit started to yell at him. She stopped herself though when she looked at the foyer only to find his things put away properly. She paused a moment and then kissed her husband. My client smiled as he told me this story and finished with, "This was way cool. Such a small thing can make such a big difference".

I can't tell you how much I enjoy hearing about participants getting as much benefit from our programs in their personal life as well as their professional life. Your business's bottom line is important, and our programs support that, but having a great work/life balance is critical to success in life. Let's work on the small details together to make it all work well together.