You may think that “peak performance” means something only available for top performers – in other words, people who, for whatever reason, have been identified as “star talent.” But peak performance is truly available to all people who want to and are ready to reach their full potential, in any area of their lives, including work. For this to happen we need a strong fortified mind.
The approaches and techniques used in high-performance borrow heavily from the worlds of sports, mindfulness and the military – areas where optimal mind performance is key. Peak performance conversations usually start with finding out people’s “why” – their visions or life ambitions. Then, it moves on to explore the directions in which people need to move to achieve those visions, and the steps they need to take now to do so.
Do You Know the Number One Reason Why People Fail?
In my experience the basic ideas are easier to understand, and when a person understands them, they can implement them faster.
To this point, there are four basic or key components for “success” (however you define success.)
Your personal vision statement guides your life; it provides the direction necessary to direct the course of your days and the choices you make about your career, relationships, your health, all aspects of your life.
Your personal vision statement is the light shining in the darkness toward which you turn to find your way. Your personal vision statement illuminates your way; it’s at the core of your personal empowerment.
Knowing your personal vision statement is the first step in focusing your life – for your joy, accomplishments, contribution and for your legacy.
Your strategy is the “big picture” of what you’d like to accomplish. What you are going to do to achieve your vision. This is your personal performance, your blueprint.
Your strategy is one or more large-scale plans that you will use to achieve your vision. A strategy looks inwards, but it also looks outward at your environment, your strength’s, weakness, the resources you have, and the resources needed. Your strategy must determine how you will become the person you want to be.
Your strategy must consider all issues and find solutions that work and that are in alignment your vision.
Your tactics are how you will achieve your strategies and when. Your tactics are the specific actions, sequences of actions, and schedules you will use to fulfill your strategy. If you have more than one strategy you will have different tactics for each. This is your peak performance.
Your mindset determines your success or failure of your tactics and is the catalyst for implementing the tactics. This is your warrior mindset, your mental training for peak performance.
Without the proper mindset you will not execute your tactics. If you don’t execute your tactics you will not accomplish your strategies. If you don’t accomplish your strategies, you will not fulfill your vision. If you don’t fulfill your vision you will have lived an empty life.
So, what is the relationship between mindset and success?
In a word, everything!
· Knowing What You Want
· Committing Yourself to Your Goal
· Taking Courageous Action
· Determination to Finish What You Start
Not so much.
Let’s take a closer look at these points:
1. Knowing What You Want and Why You Want It: Many people can’t get pass this one. They THINK they know what they want, but as soon as they hit a little resistance, BAMB! They’re blown out of the water. Sooner or later we will all come into a dip, a point in which we feel helpless. Things just aren’t going to go as planned. It’s at this time that the most people bail. This is why the importance of evaluating the worthiness of your goal and being extremely clear on what you want and why you want it is critical.
2. Committing Yourself to Your Goal: This point of failure is linked directly to “knowing what you want.” The reason most people won’t commit to their goal is they really don’t know what it is and if they really want it. Let’s face it, if you approach a goal with the attitude “it would be nice to achieve this” are you really committed? If not, why waste your time going after it!?
3. Taking Courageous Action: Notice I didn’t say timid action. I said courageous action. This means being bold, taking risk, putting yourself out there for the entire world to see. Sure, ANY action is better than no action. If you’ve got points one and two secure, you may want to take a long hard look at this one. Nothing happens without action, period! Oh sure, I can hear the followers of “The Law of Attraction” and “The Secret” pooh-poohing this one. Believe me, I’m a big believer of the Law of Attraction and parts of the whole Secret movement but only when it is used in conjunction with action, massive action. There are way too many couch creators talking about the Law of Attraction and the Secret but refuse to look at their results. Results are directly proportional to a person’s vibration AND their action, no action, no results. Timid action = timid results. Courageous action = spectacular results! The formula is truly that simple.
4. Determination to Finish What You Start: This by far is probably the toughest to work through. With the emphasis today on multi-tasking and the “next best thing” right around the corner many people become distracted. If they don’t become distracted, as soon as they hit a wall or a dip, they’ll look for an easier way or simply quit. This point is also closely tied to point #1 – “knowing what you want and why you want it.” If you truly, deeply know exactly what you want and why you want it, you will find the determination to finish what you start.
So, how does all this fit into my statement about “The Number One Reason Why People Fail and How I Can Help You?”
I’ve given the four key components for success and talked about the four characteristics of a strong mindset. And yet I haven’t given a single solitary point that absolutely points to the reason why people fail, or have I?
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll see that there is a common thread through ALL the points mentioned above. Want to know what it is?
IT’S YOUR THOUGHTS! IT’S YOUR MIND! IT’S YOUR ACTIONS. IT’S YOU!
That’s right, you’re the main reason for your success or lack thereof. I know this can sound harsh, but it’s true.
OK, so I might have been a little tough. It’s not YOU as the person; it’s YOU as the thinker. This is why mental strength coaching and training is so critical, especially these days!
Mental strength training will help you:
· Find your vision
· Develop your strategy
· Create a tactical action plan
Mental strength training will also help you develop the four characteristics of a doer mindset in many areas of your life including:
· Sales Performance
· Athletic Performance
· Fitness Performance
· Spiritual Quests
· Personal Development
If any of the above resonated with you rest assured, you’re not alone and I can help you!
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Remember: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.