What does it mean to you to be a Peak Performer?
- Is it about being your best or better than the rest?
- Is it about being perfect?
- Is it about achieving a specific state or feeling, results or outcomes?
What you are seeking in terms of peak performance will determine how you go about achieving it. It will influence what you are measuring as success and how you feel about your achievements. For me, peak performance is about getting the best out of myself so that I can have a more positive impact on others and the world. It certainly isn’t about achieving perfection because that is an ever moving target, but it most certainly is about striving to improve!
Some people will talk of peak performance being a strategy to ‘peak’ at the right time. Often this is the case for athletes but it is now also being considered as a critical way to go for high flying executives in order to avoid burn out. This strategy can be a bit like putting all your eggs into one basket though and in doing so we also have to be strong enough to pick up the pieces when our peak moments don’t get us the results we want.
Another approach is to say that peak performance is about operating at your optimum at all times. This is about a consistent approach to getting the best out of ourselves, rather than peaking for key moments. The result is that peak performance and all that it entails becomes a lifestyle choice rather than one off push. It is about getting the right balance – mental, emotional and physical. It is about striving for consistency in what you put into your life in order to elevate your performance, and therefore your results, to the highest level for all situations. Some of the results of becoming a peak performer are:
- Healthier relationships – appropriate boundaries, balanced emotional responses, open effective communication, better able to handle conflict and deal with rejection, better able to work with diversity and higher levels of personal confidence.
- Becoming a leader – becoming inspirational to others, living by example, feeling congruent and consistent in what you do and why you do it.
- Greater success – consistent inputs result in consistent outputs, which also means if you aren’t getting the results you want it is easy to work out what you need to change in order to improve your results!
Peak performance is a fun way to live life because it brings us into the present moment, calms the mind and puts us back in control of our lives. If you would like to find out more simply get in touch.