One of the most essential phases of an endurance athlete’s training is base training. This is when the athlete gradually starts to increase the duration of their training, which involves hours of performing long- slow distance workouts. During base training the athlete is training their body’s aerobic system and strengthening the ligaments and tendons that will allow them to perform at their peak level when racing.
In the world of corporate training and development I will often ask people: “What type of base training are you doing?” And yes, I sometimes get the strange looks; however, it does get people thinking. The reality is, we work in a competitive global marketplace, and in order to be a high-level performer, you need to develop and maintain a solid performance base. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start to develop your professional performance base.
This is essential for any professional who wants to be a high-level performer. Ongoing learning will keep you abreast of the latest changes and advancements within your profession and industry. The great news is, ongoing learning is easier now than ever before. We have an abundant supply of knowledge at our fingertips. But don’t just stop there. Building a strong performance base requires applying what you have learned. This is where the actual performance development occurs.
Long, slow and steady
Great performance doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a focused effort over a period of time to actually see performance results. This is why it’s important when you start a new job or a new position to learn as much as you can, and start to build your performance base for future performance.
If you are just starting your career, remember that even if you feel the work you’re performing is insignificant, it is playing a major role in your future performance and success.
Yes, you heard it right. A key step in developing a high-performance base is taking time off to rest and recover. Taking downtime consistently actually allows you to perform better and deliver better results for your organization. Try taking a complete rest day once a week for a few weeks and see how you feel. Improved focus and energy are some of the benefits you will receive. And if you can go a day without technology (no computer or texting), try that and see how well rested you feel the next day.
These are just a few strategies you can try to help improve your performance base. Just remember to be patient as it’s an ongoing process that requires time.
All the best in achieving your highest performance.
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