The First Step To Becoming a High Performer is Knowing Your Pace

Today- the message is FAST. But the truth is, working fast, grinding, and hustling may not be the answer for all. You must know your optimal pace if you want to win big.

Hi Team…

It is time.

Time to step up or step out.

Hear me out on this.

Last week I was speaking to an executive team and I told them this,

I went on to tell them,

I said this because the talk was about burnout….

Why do some of our people burnout?

And the answer is because they can not keep up with the pace of the company anymore…

It is that simple.

Yet- many companies are trying to save the few, when the few that are experiencing this just may be out of runway…

They may not want to spring anymore as their life priorities and goals have change….

Or, they are no longer a fit for what this high performance company has become…

It is OK.

Embrace it- rather than work hard to keep burnt-out talent…

I know this may sound harsh, but that burnt out talent will find another place or start their own thing so they can re-establish a healthy pace for themselves…

But do not adapt your Company and the goals of the company or team for burnt-out talent…

Some of the best companies in the world grow at the rate of rocket-ship acceleration..

Others, a bit slower.

Those that grow slower can also win big!

Also, make sure YOU are building or are a part of the right type of company or team..

If you are a slower mover, why would you join a fast team?

If you run a fast team, why would you hire a slow mover no matter how talented they are?

I often talk about “pace” and the important role it plays yet it is often never considered as an interview/ on-boarding question…but, it is a very very important question….

Do you work well in fast-based, high- pressure environments?

Then, describe it for them so they understand and ask the question again.

This will cause some people to become really excited and step up…

It will cause others to contract and step-out….

Either is fine.

We must know if somebody (including ourselves) is willing to do Whatever It Takes.

Watch my video this week on doing “whatever it takes”..

Click here to watch.

Now, here is the thing…

If you are part of a fast moving, high-growth environment and you are burning out, it may be time for YOU to step out….


Do not feel bad that you no longer can or desire to hang…

Let that go and move towards your next place….

Sometimes we forget that we change…

We are not the same person for ever- and damn that would be depressing if we were.

Instead, embrace that you are changing and change..

Step up into something new…

Step out of what no longer serves you…

You will be very happy that you did.

Got it?

Pace matters.

Let’s go.

Your Coach,



Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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