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!
Copyright 2004 David Breslow. David is the author of Wired To Win and offers a highly acclaimed Perform In The FlowZone' program for sports and business. David has appeared on The Golf Channel, ESPN radio, etc. For more programs/services/products or sign up for a free newsletter (write newsletter in subject box). Also, review the new series of Performance Training Manuals available online! Contact: David Breslow at 847.681.1698 Email: David@theflowzone.net or visit the web: www.theflowzone.net For book orders call toll free: 1.888.280.7715