AXEOS PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE CASE STUDY
These days, we all live with considerable challenges/stressors — economic downturns, job demands, family conflicts, 24-hour technology and constant news cycle all contribute to ceaseless worry. While many have learned to simply “live with it,” this ongoing stress can, unless properly managed, have a serious negative impact on our ability to think clearly and make good decisions, in the short-term, and even in the long-term.
Under stress, the brain’s limbic system — responsible for emotions, memory and learning — triggers an alarm that activates the fight-or-flight response, increasing the production of stress hormones (adrenaline, epinephrine and cortisol), which work together to speed heart rate, increase metabolism and blood pressure, enhance attention, the immune system and anti-inflammatory response, and lower pain sensitivity — all good things when your very survival is on the line, but when the stressful situation is over, the body resets back to normal. However, under constant stress, the body is unable to reset. These events block the formation of new neural connections in the brain.
VALUE OF RESILIENCY
RESILIENCE: The concept, according to information on the Mayo Clinic’s website, resilience is an individual’s ability to adapt well and recover quickly after enduring stressful, life-changing situations, including adversity, trauma or tragedy.
People who have a resilient disposition are better able to maintain poise and a healthy level of physical and psychological wellness in the face of challenges. Individuals who are less resilient are more likely to dwell on problems, feel overwhelmed, use unhealthy coping tactics to handle stress, and develop anxiety and depression.
A resilient approach leads to addressing problems rather than avoiding them, a positive and optimistic outlook, and a flexible and adaptive disposition.
HUMAN PERFORMANCE CURVE: Peak performance has been defined as the ability of a person to voluntarily shift one’s state of mind in order to most effectively meet any challenge before them.
Yerkes Dodson Human Performance Curve
Over a three year period, Axeos coached several hundred executives through our Executive Reliance Training Program. Resilience training helped the individuals learn from the stressful event, adjust and become stronger—enabling them to face even more stress in the future with less negative impact. In addition, our executives shared they had more control over their body and mind states and a higher level of focused concentration. During stressful times, resilient executives maintained their productivity levels and their health.
Axeos Performance Institute developed an FDA approved, patent-pending process for assessing stress within the body and training corporate executives to manage their stress on an ongoing basis in order to be at their peak business performance. Axeos focused on training the executive to become an “executive athlete,” able to identify how they managed their reaction to outside stressors that may sabotage their performance.