Human Performance

Being the best you and bringing out the best in others especially during challenges

Our health, fitness and wellbeing determine how well we perform and how long we can sustain performance. The healthier or more fit a person is, the better he or she will perform. But it isn’t quite that easy; life is full of friction and fun which intervenes between wellbeing and performance.

Stress is encountered everyday in a variety of ways. Stress can enhance  or degrade our performance (eustress and distress). This stress can be intense and acute such as the trauma of being in a serious vehicle accident or it can be mild and persistent like the everyday grind of work, parenting or school. Stress can be from both positive events (promotion, having a child) or negative events (loss of a sibling or a divorce) and can even be a neutral event like changing jobs or the weather. In 1908 psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson researched the interaction between stress and performance. Eustress helps us to perform better by keeping us engaged and not bored – think of butterflies in the stomach before a speech, they can help us project our voice. On the other side of the performance curve is distress, those things that overwhelm us and diminish our abilities.

Growth is getting better at something over time, usually through practice – establishing and maintaining habits and routines. Coaches and trainers often cite 10,000 repetitions as the minimum to master a skill and research shows it takes about 90 days for the brain to physiologically re-wire in response to a change in behavior. This 90-day process is why many behavioral modification programs are 90-day programs for many clients, to re-wire the brain through behavioral changes as well as reframing the triggering event, thought, feeling and reaction process. 

Resilience is when our performance takes a hit from an event or series of events but after the initial encounter, we “bounce back” and either recover to the previous level or thrive by growing even more! We all have a fork in the road with the alternatives of continuing to deteriorate or to grow.  How we navigate process is through accepting suffering as a way to work through difficulties and growing by habitualizing skills in a small group setting.

At GAPP Strategies we create a learning environment and process to explore and understand our unique wellbeing and how life’s events and circumstances effect our performance.  We accomplish this by:

  1. Bringing evidence-based research to the individual and group in order to make informed life choices, specific and unique to each person, each group and their circumstances
  2. Engaging in life-skills work via a long-term investment approach; systematic scientific process rather than random trial and error
  3. Establishing and maintain habitualized skills in communities which bring the best out of ourselves and others

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