If we were to break our moods into quadrants [draw a box – split it vertically and horizontally – you’ll have 4 quadrants, label the top left as high emotion, top right as high performance, label the bottom left as low energy, the bottom right as low performance].
The ask, where are you today? Where were you yesterday? Where will you be tomorrow?
Try this for a few days, or in deconstructing what went incredibly right or horribly wrong – you’ll find your best achievements were high energy/high performance days. Like elite athletes!
Our best and our worst can be charted this way. So, next time you go for the brass ring, the final interview or the big-pitch, where is your energy, how is your performance? If it isn’t in that top right quadrant, how can you expect success?
I don’t know if we can consistently control our combination of emotions and energy – but it seems clear to me that we can harness them, to know when to go hard and to know when to pull back.
High energy and glowing, or low and slow – which quadrant are you in?
Rest and quiet are perfect. Until they aren’t. Restlessness seems their opposite, perverse logical companions – especially useful when we mood-swing from high to low and back again.