Five More Myths About Peak Performers

By David BreslowDecember 17, 2003, 5:00 pm
In an earlier article I outlined six myths concerning what peak performers think and do. Here are five 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!
 
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    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

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    Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 10:33 pm

    After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.

    La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.

    "Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."


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    Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.

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    "That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."