Peak Performance in Your Every Day Life

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What is the very first thing that pops into your head when you hear “Peak Performance”? Do you think of athletes, performing artists, precision machinery? Discipline, hard work, and sacrifice?

Is Peak Performance something that other people strive for? Is it only necessary for high visibility, high stakes events?

Imagine…one of your typical days. You float through it with grace and ease. You think of just the right things to say at just the right times. You handle challenges without any difficulty. You even surprise yourself with creative solutions you had never thought of before. Confident, all your resources are magically available. You are at the top of your game!

We’ve all had days like this but they seem to come and go like the wind. What if you knew how to reliably duplicate being at the top of your game day after day? Would you live to your full potential? Would you be recognized by others? Would doors of opportunity open up for you?

How would Peak Performance in your everyday life serve you?

Let’s dissect the different components of Peak Performance:

  1. Nerves of steel
  2. Unshakable focus
  3. Mental Flexibility
  4. High Skill Level
  5. Personal Best

If you just glanced at this list and lost your interest – you may be very surprised if you read on!

Nerves of Steel

Simply stated, nerves of steel translates to standing in your power. Standing in your power means that you are clear on what your strengths are and you rely on them regularly. Standing in your power means that you are deeply aligned with your soul reason. Your “soul” reason is your “sole” reason and becomes your main objective. Combine your strengths with your soul reason, keep them front of mind, and you have nerves of steel.

A Realtor who gives presentations was in one of my workshops. We identified that her strengths and her soul reason were one in the same. She loves meeting people and connecting them with other people. She is in her element when she is in the act of connecting. Yet, when she was a presenter, she had connector amnesia. Once she brought her connector self to the presentations, her nerves dissipated and she showed up as her best self.

Unshakable Focus

Unshakable focus comes from knowing how to keep your thoughts aligned. Because distractions are inevitable, unshakable focus comes from having 2 homing devices for focus. The outer game homing device is to know the desired outcome and in the face of a distraction, redirect to the desired outcome. The inner game homing device is your soul reason. When you are feeling off your game you are most likely not acting from your soul reason. Dismiss the distraction and use your homing devices to stay on track.

I worked with a woman who told me up front “I have ADD”. At first I couldn’t tell but then I witnessed that she has a very active inquisitive mind. When you mention one thing she thinks of a twist on that, or the next step. She’s always flowing. Add to that if someone else at her meetings went slightly off topic…you could see how quickly the main point is getting left behind. She knew that for the meetings she presented in, she needed to stay on topic. After we talked about using the outcome of the presentation as being her external homing device and her soul reason as being her internal homing device she breathed a huge sigh of relief. You see, her mind will always be inquisitive. She can’t turn that off. These thoughts (distractions from the main point) are inevitable. Having 2 homing devices became an important tool for her to stay on task.

Mental Flexibility

A calm, relaxed mind is the best for mental flexibility. In other words, have your fight or flight response completely in check. When triggered, the fight or flight response sends the blood in your brain to the survival areas. The more intellectual areas become depleted of blood. This is why people think of just the right things to say – after a stressful situation, when the blood returns to the more intellectual parts of the brain. Blood in all parts of the brain is a great way to create mental flexibility. Therefore, incorporate regularly both a physical aerobic activity and a physical calming activity to create mental flexibility.

At the height of my violin career, I performed 3 solo performances in front of 1200 each night. I have a routine of exercises that I do that keeps the fight or flight response from triggering. While I do these daily, during these performances I did them 4 times daily with the last time being right before I walked out on stage. Because of this I enjoyed having a calm, relaxed mind, yet was clear, awake and alert. It’s easier sometimes to tell if your mind is stuck, blocked or frozen. Mental flexibility feels completely easy and that your mind is ready to go wherever you need it to in any given split second.

High Skill Level

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book the Outliers, he clearly proves that 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes a human to achieve mastery. High skill level simply put means that you continue to repeat and be in practice with the activities that you choose to become masterful in.

A friend of mine loves rock climbing but she will be the first one to tell you that she does not have a “rock climbing body”. She has stories about how people with little climbing experience but “rock climbing bodies” can surpass easily what took her years to develop. But because of her consistent practice, she is now enjoying the accumulated benefits of her learning experiences and has literally and figuratively climbed to new heights this year.

Personal Best

Achieving a personal best moment relies on having the total be greater than the sum of the parts. We’ve already discussed the parts: nerves of steel, unshakable focus, mental flexibility, and high skill level. To surpass the total of these parts you need to have a very strong and compelling intention attached. An intention is the big picture reason. Setting an intention that excites you, draws out the best in you is the key.

Listen carefully to people’s stories. What are the “why” statements that you hear? Oftentimes they have nothing to do with the activity. They are statements like “doing it for my parents”, “doing it for my country”, “standing for women world wide”, etc.

What is an intention that really pulls at your heart strings?

Aristotle

Is peak performance for everyone to use in their daily lives? YES!

Can it greatly enhance your outcomes? YES!

Does it need to come with hard work and sacrifice? NO!

Discipline? YES! But even this can be done in as little as 20 minutes per day.

Discipline is needed to keep your body ready for mental flexibility and to keep practicing that which you want to become masterful. Nerves of steel, unshakable focus, and personal best moments are all a state of mind. With discipline, you can make sure to be always using those mental states.

Peak Performance does not have to be a mystery. It does not have to be hard. You do not have to live a life of sacrifice. Having an understanding of the components of Peak Performance means that you can now make them a part of your every day life. Never under perform again. Live to your full potential.

If you are tired of under performing, or having inconsistent performance and are looking to up your game, I invite you to have a FREE consult with me: Action Steps to Increase Your Speaking Confidence & Increase Your Results. Just click here to book your time. A fake it till you make it attitude is a long, slow, laborious process. If you are looking to cut to the chase and get to the top of your game,  I look forward to supporting you!

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