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Motivator Yvonne Camus leads NEW to a high-performance life

Posted By Barb Francella, Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Leading a high-performance life requires being present and active in your process,” high-performance motivator Yvonne Camus told members during her closing keynote address at the NEW Leadership Summit. 

"You should explore what you are capable of when you're doing it at your best,” Camus, an extreme athlete, advised.

Living a high-performance life requires teamwork, she said. "Sharing the strengths of team members accelerates an entire team,” a lesson she learned while participating in the grueling Eco-Challenge, a multiple-day adventure race.

Often, perspectives must be adjusted. In the jungle, Camus said, everything is either present in more volume or larger than expected. Twelve hours of darkness drew a relentless stream of insects the size of the human hand to the team's head-mounted lamps. However, in that same environment, they saw beautiful toucans and amazing orangutans, beauty they would not have seen had they not experienced an environment of hardship.

People who propel themselves into high performance lives do so by practicing with the intention of improving, she said. They also share a relentless commitment of effort.

 To perform at a high level, surround yourself with incredible people, Camus advised. "If two people on a team think exactly alike, one of them isn't necessary. A B-level idea with A-level execution is a greater accomplishment than an A-level idea with B-level execution, she added.

Also, high performers need fans. "We cheer for total strangers when they throw a football. Sometimes all it takes is words of encouragement to get you going farther than you ever expected, even in times when you feel you've stopped,” she said.

The performance coach advised NEW members to "plan to be excellent.” Energy follows thought, she said. "We move toward, but never beyond, what we can imagine. Whatever you think and talk about most is what you are going to create."

Successful people, she said, now how to bet back on track after a setback.  "The physical challenge of traveling over 300 miles under the power of your body is such that you will trip over pebbles, not mountains,” Camus said. "It becomes so bad that it's all you can think about. We have our goals, but it's the tiny things that get you off track. Successful people know how to get themselves back on track.

"We must have faith in our ability as women to solve our problems. We are uniquely qualified to solve the problems that we face."

Camus emphasized the power of visualization. "Great things happen twice: first in your own mind, then in reality.”

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