Being Well Performing Well


This workshop is about the robust relationship between wellbeing and high performance. It is about the optimal balance of stress and how that converts to resilience in the pursuit of high value goals. It presents the four pillars of resilience: Social Resilience, Physical Resilience, Psychological Resilience andPractical Resilience.

An analogy is developed of the elite athlete: pushing boundaries of performance with very high discipline and specialized knowledge. Athletes are prone to injury because they push boundaries, so they need to be both knowledgeable and disciplined in their self-care. All this effort is worth it because they are pursuing deep satisfaction and purpose. They are also attempting to maximise ‘flow’-the experience of complete absorption in the task at hand that is good for you both physically and psychologically(Csikszentmihalyi, 1997).In the same way, resilience requires stress and pushing boundaries. It requires knowledge and applied capabilities.


Module 1, Wellbeing & Flow, Social and Physical Resilience, begins with an understanding of wellbeing as a continuum and then uncovers the relationship between stress balance and the experience of ‘Flow’. It then explores the powerful relationships between social connection, oxytocin, social support and resilience. Finally, the module provides science-based guidelines for Physical, Dietary and Sleep-based resilience with practical tips for each.


Module 2, Psychological Resilience, provides a model (Reality + Mindset = Experience) of human functioning that provides for (relative) human freedom: our ability to change mindsets and thereby our experience. This is applied practically toRealisticOptimism, Mindfulness and EmotionalIntelligence.


Module3, Practical Resilience, focuses on the importance of non-distracted absorption in work of purpose and value to us(Deep work). It provides practical guidelines for the reduction of alleged multitasking, the establishment of routines and rituals, the fundamentals of  prioritising, theart of saying ‘No’ and how to develop an ‘internal locus of control’. The module ends with practical action-planning.