The term “peak” simply means to have reached the highest point of something like a career or academics. When someone peaks, things start to shift pretty quickly.
Peak Performance is a state in which the person performs to the maximum of their ability, characterized by subjective feelings of confidence, effortlessness and total concentration on the task.
When it comes to peak performance — whether it be entrepreneurship, athletics, or something more — there is a “method to the madness,” so to speak. Greatness, and ultimately the legacy you leave behind, is a process that takes work, determination, but also courage. It’s a mindset, and leaders in every industry, of every craft, know the power of harnessing a strong mental game.
There is a reason, though, that even the best athletes have coaches, musicians have teachers, and entrepreneurs have mentors. This is one of the keys that Ben Newman, 6-time best-selling author, international speaker and peak performance coach, emphasizes during his keynotes.
“It really comes down to being able to check your ego at the door,” said Newman.
“Regardless of past successes, part of continuing to grow and break through plateaus comes down to being willing to learn. In any new opportunity, I’ve always sought out the mentors and coaches who have been to where I want to go, so that I can understand the right habits and the work ethic that has driven their success.”
So what are ways to reach your peak mental performance?
Is that glass half full, or half empty in your eyes? This is all about reframing anything in your life. Perspective is what can make any situation either painful or positively strenuous; stressful, or an opportunity to flex your will. You decide.
Don’t just walk the walk
Talk the talk. Execute. Go through the motions with an end goal in mind. So many people walk through the motions, or simply tolerate their day to day, instead of placing their goal firmly in their mind’s eye and then striving relentlessly towards its manifestation. Just because you “did” something (like practiced your jump shot, or working a bit on your startup business concept) doesn’t mean you made any real progress. What matters is how you treat that time, how far you’re willing to reach, forcing your skills to continue to improve and at the same time, becoming less and less distracted by the allure of some “end goal.”
Set your goal, then work backwards
It’s like reverse engineering a business model but you are reverse engineering your entire legacy. The key is knowing where you want to go, so then you can work out how to get there. In order to cultivate a long-term mindset that will carry you over hurdles and through challenging trenches, you have to know what your Legacy is. Ask yourself:
- What do you truly want for yourself?
- What is the impact you want to leave behind?
- How hard are you willing to work to make it happen?
These are the questions that champions ask themselves. And if you can’t find the answers on your own, then remember: that’s why even the best players have coaches.
At BrainForest, we understand that many high performers have issues related to long-term stress, and use neurofeedback simply to promote stress reduction and improve sleep; both essential elements of long-term brain performance, endurance, and resilience.
Professional athletes use neurofeedback to build the ability to be ‘in the zone’; tuning out distractions during key situations, increasing processing speed and focusing all their energies on the task at hand. Smoother function equals greater poise under pressure, improved recovery speed after an error, and less ‘over-thinking’ in crucial moments. We are here to help your improve your game in the office, on the field, and/or in the home.