"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
explore what you are capable of when you're doing it at your best,” Camus, an
extreme athlete, advised.
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.
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.
propel themselves into high performance lives do so by practicing with the
intention of improving, she said. They also share a relentless commitment of
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.
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.
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."
the power of visualization. "Great things happen twice: first in your own mind,
then in reality.”