Maximum performance is achieved on the top part of the upward slope of the performance curve where we feel stimulated, alert, are better at making decisions, are more creative and effective in achieving results. Peak performance is reached when we are dealing with just the right number and types of demands and challenges and we feel confident and well able to handle them.
On the slippery slope to disaster
However, if demands and pressures continue to increase beyond this point, our coping resources become steadily overtaxed and our performance starts to decline. We hit the downward slope of the curve. If this continues then we could find ourselves on the slippery slope of the distress zone; experiencing anxiety, fatigue, exhaustion and mental breakdown, often referred to as ‹“burnout’.