GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - “Everything has its limit, iron ore cannot be educated into gold.” – Mark Twain
Everyone has their own limit. We can empower and educate someone, but it will only benefit them as much as their ability.
Motivationally speaking, anyone can be whatever they want to be, but biologically, that’s not really true, especially if you want to be great at what you do or master it.
You see, some of the things that were said many years ago based on what was thought to be true, in recent years though, science is revealing a lot around human biology which should help us review yesterday’s beliefs.
Like the one that the world was flat which existed for many years and limited how people lived their lives, but later on, with the advancement of technology, was proven wrong.
In 1908, two psychologists, Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson, came up with the curve that illustrates the relationship between arousal and performance.
Peak performance comes at the top of the graph, the spot where the level of arousal (stress) is sufficient to provide optimal focus and attention. This means without adequate arousal (stress), we are likely to feel bored or disengaged.
On the other side, when the arousal (stress) is too high – those are the instances in which our focus deteriorates into a situation of stress and we feel overwhelmed, which can even lead to panic attacks.
Your success either at a personal level or career depends on finding an environment that matches your performance profile.
If you find yourself constantly over- or under-aroused, then you need to either alter the environment or make a serious change to the kind of tasks you handle or the way you are working.