The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 26th November 2020………..

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The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance.

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from my interview with former professional rugby player and adventurer Damian Browne on adventure and testing new boundaries, as well as why ”The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking likeHow to Disarm Internal Triggers of Distractions” and a video of how male and female body language differs and how to decode it.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
— Paulo Coelho
Book & Video Recommendations
Our society seems obsessed with stress. The latest causes, risks, and even celebrity-endorsed solutions combine to keep stress in the public eye. Yet, we know stress is bad for us.
The book is a follow-up to a powerful TED talk Kelly gave in 2013, which has had more than 10 million views online. New research shows that stress can hurt you only if you believe it can. What she concludes is we may be thinking about stress all wrong.
She presents the case that how we recognize and respond to stress is as important as, if not more so, than the stress itself. For example, there is more than one kind of response to stress. There are alternatives to “fight or flight”. We can also rise to the challenge.
As McGonigal writes: “We are used to believing that we need to change everything about our lives first, and then we will be happy, or healthy, or whatever it is we think we want to experience. The science of mindsets says we have it backwards. Changing our minds can be a catalyst for all the other changes we want to make in our lives.”
McGonigal makes a compelling argument but while the book is a beneficial and interesting read you do wonder about the abundance of other research indicating that stress is harmful – who is right?
McGonigal does concede that stress can be harmful when three things are true: you feel inadequate to it, it isolates you and it feels meaningless and against your will. Unfortunately, for quite a lot of people at work and in life, those three can apply all too often.
How To Read Body Language and Decode | Vanessa Van Edwards
These two videos go hand in hand to identify the differences between the genders body language and what it actually means. Vanessa Van Edwards is Lead Investigator at Science of People and is an expert at reading people.
Vanessa focuses on the body language people give off if they’re interested in one another, the signals which may be easy to miss and the nonverbal communication we should all watch out for in this series. It may not be as relevant at the moment during the pandemic with the large presence of online and virtual dating, but once life resumes as normal it’s a great eyeopener for people who want to learn more about the opposite sex and their differences in communication. 13 minute watch
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
I found this blog from Lighthouse quite interesting. With plenty of research behind it, it explores how the highest performing teams are motivated by praise and the damage of negative comments.
“It was found that the highest performing teams had a praise to negative comments ratio of over 5.6.”
Linking to the underlying research for those of you who want to dig more deeply, this article boils it down to 3 basic words – frequent, strategic and specific and gives simple instructions for how to execute each.
Containing some very interesting observations, quotes from famous motivational speakers and even a Dilbert strip, this blog might make you think differently about how you praise your team or conversely, how you view your manager.  7 minute read
The majority of us feel that we don’t have enough time to complete all we want to in a day. However, if we all have the same 24 hours, what is it that is eating into our precious time and preventing us from reaching our potential? This article talks through the 6 major time traps we may all fall victim to.
These are essentially technology interruptions, focusing too much on money, undervaluing our time, regarding business as a status symbol, having an aversion to idleness and putting things off until tomorrow. In the interest of being more productive, we should all be keeping an eye on how much these ‘traps’ are affecting each of us and how we could reduce their impact on our day-to-day lives. This piece shows us that the happiest amongst us are those that our mindful of how we spend our spare time – therefore allowing us to complete more of our goals and spend our downtime wisely rather than wasting it. A great tip in today’s fast-paced world!
4 minute read
Thought leader on behavioural change Nir Eyal writes about distraction and how to control them. He proposes a 4-step method to handle unwanted thoughts that can derail your focus.
A central and useful premise here is that while we can’t control the 6,000+ thoughts that come into our head everyday but we can control what we do with them. So rather than trying to fight the urge, we need new methods to handle intrusive thoughts. If you consistently focus on ruminating and make it a habit, it becomes a loop, And the more you do it, the harder it is to stop.
The four steps are
Step 1. Look for the emotion preceding distraction.
Step 2. Write down the internal trigger.
Step 3. Explore the negative sensation with curiosity instead of contempt.
Step 4. Be extra cautious during liminal moments.
Another approach is to replace the thought – The idea is to reconnect with your immediate world and everything around you. When you begin to notice, you spend less time in your head.
4 minute read
My guest today is Damian Browne.
Damian Browne, former professional rugby player talks to us about the exploration of his physical and mental limits, rowing the Atlantic and conquering the Seven Summits.
Damian played elite rugby with clubs such as Leinster, Connacht and Brive. After retirement, he embarked on a life of exploration and adventure successfully defeating the Marathons des Sables, single-handedly rowing the Atlantic and is currently working his way to climbing the Seven Summits – preparing for his Mount Everest climb in 2021.
It’s an exciting narrative with some unique insights into motivation, grit, performance and pushing yourself to the limits from someone who still hasn’t found his own boundaries despite conquering some of the toughest challenges in the world.
Some excerpts / take-aways:
1: Joe Schmidt – Damian recalls working with Joe Schmidt and Joe’s focus on process, training and responsibility.
2:  Motivation – Damian talks about intrinsic motivation, his transition from team rugby to his first solo challenge the Marathon des Sables and the difference between the training.
3: The Golden Age– Damian describes some of the formidable locks he has played with and against during his rugby career.
To read a detailed summary of the discussion or to listen to the full episode and subscribe to The 1% Podcast click here.
If you enjoyed this episode of the podcast, here are some more you may appreciate…
Episode 11 Roger McMorrow reached the summit of Mount Everest the world’s highest mountain from the South side in 2007. Here he describes his momentous journey as well as the perils associated with it. Another adventure-based episode which focuses on some momentous achievements, both physically and mentally.
Episode 22 Mark Beaumont is a British long-distance cyclist, broadcaster and author. He holds the record for cycling round the world, completing his 18,000-mile (29,000 km) route on 18 September 2017, having taken less than 79 days. This is another deep-dive into adventure, determination, physical and mental endurance as well as pushing your own personal boundaries.

About the Author

Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

Managing Director 16498583

Shay Dalton is the Managing Director of Lincoln Recruitment Group. Shay is a qualified ACCA Accountant with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the placement of senior positions across a broad spectrum of Accountancy and Finance positions within the industrial and financial services sectors. Having been involved in the establishment of some of the most respected financial recruitment brands in the Irish market, Shay subsequently set up Lincoln Recruitment Specialists in 2008. He also hold’s an MSc in Organisational Management and is a member of BPS, qualified to conduct and interpret psychometric testing as well an EQi testing.

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