Reflections on Creative Leadership & Optimal Performance
My family was disrupted when I was five years old, when Tal, my brother, died in the Yom Kippur war in 1973. But, like with the state of Israel, one could argue the seeds of that disruption were already there for years waiting for the right moment to burst and bloom. My brother’s death was that abrupt but decisive moment in my family.
Optimal Performance is then, in this new definition, the art, and science of being ready. Ready to perform at your best whenever you are required to do so. Ready to be your best for your mission in life, whatever it may be, and whenever. Because if there is one person in the audience, you must be your best and give your all. You never know what that person will take from that encounter.
He was an inspiration, a great advisor, and an encouragement to me through the hard years of “no funds for the circus” here in Israel.
He was that for many artists worldwide for over 40 years.
You become kinder, gentler, and more generous when your needs are met, and the people around you feel it and relax into the work that needs to be done.
Obviously, I’d prefer not to need a doctor, and I wish the same for you. First, however, we should all become acutely aware of which of our life habits and behaviors support our health and which do not. I say that knowing full-well knowledge may be power, but it can be tricky regarding your own well-being.
Keeping motivation high in the face of delays you can’t control has always been one of my greatest challenges. In my life, I had the honor and privilege of leading many creative projects. Some, if not most, were big and complex, stretching over long periods and few continents.
I bet you’re thinking of new goals for 2023, right? At least, I hope you do. When one year passes, and the next begins, it’s a strangely magical time. You seem to have regained the power of renewal, and your mind and heart are buzzing with new year’s resolutions.
Minimal intentionality and vision are required to live a creative life, and if you wish to live well, optimal performance is your next best choice.
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