5 More Myths About Peak Performers

By David BreslowOctober 31, 2003, 5:00 pm
In an earlier article I outlined six myths concerning what peak performers think and do. Here are 5 more myths surrounding peak performers that I hope you find useful.
 
MYTH #1 - THEY TRY TO CONTROL EVERYTHING
 
Here is where peak performers outshine others. They understand the PARADOX of performance. Its loaded with them! The performers who try to force and control everything are not operating in the way of the peak performer. Combining toughness with the ability to relax, let go and trust is the ultimate state of the peak performer. It is the state of NON-control that creates a natural release of their talents.
 
Strategic Tip: You can only control 1 personYOU! Take note of how many things you try to control. Let go of anything you truly cant control The high need for control usually means a LOW confidence level. The higher your confidence the less desire you will have to control other people, places or situations. Begin seeing the PARADOX yourself. They are things such as less is more, to be faster, open up inside yourself Trust yourself and learn to relax into that. This is one way to enter and entice the zone state.
 
MYTH #2 - PEAK PERFORMANCES ONLY OCCUR TO PEAK PERFORMERS
 
Really? Peak performance can occur to anyone at any time. Sure, peak performers come closer than others but they practice doing that. You can elicit peak performances by practicing, trusting, learning how to remain calm and relaxed. It has nothing to do with skills. The peak performance state is an INTERNAL state cultivated by practice.
 
Strategic Tip: Use your powers of Active Imagination to see yourself performing the way you want to. Your body doesnt know the difference between fantasy and reality so see it the way you want it! Write down your experience when youve been in the zone in any arena of your life. Keep in mind that the same qualities that produce the zone are as available to you as anyone else!
 
MYTH #3 - THEY CAN INDUCE PEAK PERFORMANCE ON COMMAND
 
When you witness a great performance by anyone, an athlete, entertainer, musician or actor, does it appear they are struggling or forcing it? I doubt it. Even if the performer isnt having their best day this is true. Forcing a performance when youre not playing your best simply does not work. Playing your best under these conditions requires a commitment to focus, solid preparation, believable mental plans and remembering to compete no matter what.
 
Strategic Plan: Top performances are released not forced. Create a believable mental/game plan, prepare with effective routines, demonstrate your routines during the performance at all times and continue to trust that you have what you need.
 
MYTH #4 - TOP PERFORMERS DONT NEED A SUCCESS COACH
 
The best never make it there alone. They understand the importance of having people around them who help foster success. As the old saying goes; Even Michael Jordan needs a coach. So does Tiger Woods or any one else you can think of. The best have someone behind them supporting, pushing, and driving their success.
 
Strategic Tip: Are you giving yourself the best chance to be successful? If not, seek the wise counsel of others who can help.
 
MYTH #5 - ONLY YEARS OF TRAINING CAN LEAD TO THE EXPERIENCE OF PEAK PERFORMANCE
 
Anyone can experience a peak performance. When you know the mind/body/performance principles and follow their laws of operation you can raise the level of your performance. The more experience you have doing this, the easier it is to create your best efforts.
 
Strategic Tip: Always keep the faith in yourself. You can always take action on what you have control over. Prepare wisely, practice wisely, and apply what you know to this point and you can begin performing better under pressure.
 
Break beyond these myths and your performance will benefit!
 

Editors Note: David Breslow is the author of Wired To Win and delivers the highly acclaimed Perform In The FlowZone Clinic for golfers everywhere. He has appeared on The Golf Channel and ESPN radio. Contact: David at 847.681.1698 Email: David@wiredtowin.net or on the web: www.wiredtowin.net Book orders: toll free: 1.888.280.7715
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.