This On Your Game Life Pyramid lays out some of the internal requirements and choices that support a high achieving life. There are many versions of motivational and meaningful-life pyramids. The main point is to recognize that external factors act on us based on who we are and where we are in the pyramid. The stronger our foundation and mid-layers, the more on our game we’ll be. This applies to daily productive boosts at the heart of being On-Game, and long-term achievement supporting On-Game living.
Firing on all cylinders over the long term means we’re investing sufficient time in all layers of the pyramid, including those individuals who matter most to us, and in our spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical needs. They all must be addressed in a sustainable way. Put together, we have the roots that incline us to be patient, helpful, kind and powerfully productive. This feels good.
If our life is a dramatic departure from this picture, it means selected parts of our lives are receiving disproportionate time, attention and emotional resources, to the detriment of others. The imbalance wears on us. We start to feel weary. With a clear picture of what’s happening, we can start to shift our patterns more on-game.
Below are descriptions of each level, and the role it plays in being On Our Game.
Foundational Level: These are things like a positive mindset, sufficient sleep, healthy eating, exercise, basic social and emotional intelligence, and often a spiritual activities. They are required baseline components from which to build an On Your Game life. Revolving around physical and mind health, they constitute the cradle and fountain of our motivation. Our depth in these foundational areas determines the vigor of our on-game conviction. It nourishes the root of our on-game spiral. This spiral is the achievement “that feeds on itself” so many interviewees talk about.
Mid-Level: Mid-level elements are the heart of daily-life decisions. Time allocation choices for work, family and friends, as well as other personal interests play out here. They are supported and determined by the depth of our Foundation Layer elements. When well rooted, on-game decisions are made and Notice, Decide, Act plays out in our achievement. This experience naturally leads to greater experience of Pinnacle elements. It’s the booster-point for the positive on-game spiral grounded and sustained in our Foundational choices.
Pinnacle: Feelings of success, contentment, presence (mindfulness), other-focused living (compassion) and plenty (abundance) arise from favorable Foundation and Mid-Level choices. This is the blooming of our OYG spiral. It’s where we become magnetic for new opportunities that hasten and broaden our achievement. It’s when we’re firmly that winner in the room. And everyone knows it.
- Which elements in the OYG Pyramid are not sufficiently prioritized in your life today?
- What result will you experience if you make these elements a higher priority?
- What impact will it have on your achievement?
- What, if anything, is keeping you from making this productive change?
When using the OYG Pyramid and Game Board, we experience smoother progress and achievement.
The volatility diagrams explain this.
Long Term OYG Living
Cut the volatility. Live an On-Game life.
We must manage the things that challenge our accomplishment. They may be minor tiffs with family members that perpetually perturb us, or seemingly major professional issues, like no room for advancement with our current employer.
Long term simmering issues ware on us. They pull us off our game. And we have a tendency to overreact once we’ve finally “had enough”. We may be unnecessarily volatile, even when dealing with predictable patterns that we know and understand…but didn’t deal with soon enough. The outcome is rarely ideal. It’s the point when feelings get hurt. When we make rash decisions. When we birth regret.
The chart below, The Volatility of Off-Game Performance, shows how it looks. This is no good.
It’s off-game at best, disruptive at worst. It means living in growing agitation. Why tolerate the turbulence? Success and life satisfaction need not be sporadic. Volatility need not reign.