When Are You Not At Your Best?


I’m pretty obsessed with the concept of ‘at your best’ – it’s what I named this blog and it’s the title of the book I’ve been working on. But what about when you’re not at your best?

I know when I’m not at my best. I can trace it simply to when I’m feeling afraid, even a little. When my amygdala in my brain is engaged and the guard dog is triggered, I’m (like all of us) focused primarily on averting danger. The amygdala focuses on survival, not happiness.

There may be good reasons for this amygdala triggering – there may be real and present danger for example. But more likely it’s my mind chewing on some worry in the future, or something physiological like lack of sleep.

If you want to be at your best, you may need to start by bringing conscious loving attention to where you are now. The Irish poets Yeats said, “Where all the ladders start, in the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.” Start where you are, then start climbing.

Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities:

StrengthsFinder – Gallup’s online assessment of unique top five strengths. Learn your team’s strengths and learn how to put them into action.
MBTI Team Quest – Discover and leverage the various ways your people make decisions, strategize and access information, using this organizational standard. Team members begin to recognize the strengths that other types bring to the team, and the power that comes from multiple types working together.

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