Renewal is essential for high performance

Summer is a great time for renewal and new life and The Quest Connection is proud to offer several workshops to assist you in your business and personal renewal. I recently listened to author Tony Schwarz on the importance of renewal to high performance no matter what field you play in. He offers four main areas to practice renewal daily: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.

His most important tip: take the first 90 minutes of your day to focus on the most important project on your plate. This is a high performance part of the day and we work in natural cycles of 90 minutes.

Renew your Business through Innovative Thinking:
Moving from Surviving to Thriving in the New Economy


Kurt Vonnegut said, “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”

It’s pretty clear whether we like it or not, a lot of us are on an edge we didn’t ask for.

So now what do you do?

Do you shrink back in fear or do you get curious, even a little bit excited, and look over the edge into the precipice. That’s what some fledgling, but insightful companies did in previous downturns — and today they are the ones you remember, like Apple and Microsoft, both founded in the middle of an oil crisis and the terrible recession of the mid-1970s.

Similarly, this moment in time presents a vast opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business people to think different and to think big. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates didn’t make the mistake of postponing innovation initiatives until the worst of the storm blew over, and you shouldn’t either. In the current “changing of the guard”, as some of the bigger dominant businesses fall away, those of us willing to innovate and produce new kinds of goods and services in new, economic ways – will have a much clearer field in which to grow.