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Peak Your Performance in 6 Easy Steps

Peak Your Performance in 6 Easy Steps

Peak your Performance in 6 Easy Steps

Chances are you want to develop peak performance in each area of your life. Whether it’s relationally, career-wise, financially, mentally, or spiritually, you want to maximize your performance so that you will experience the joy and peace that you’re after. Such a desire is commendable and certainly possible when you understand how to achieve peak performance.

Here are 6 easy tips to have peak performance in every area of your life:

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Prepare for pressure.

When you prepare for the pressures of life, you tend to handle the stresses associated with what comes your way much better. Think of an athlete that is competing in the Olympics. He may feel the pressure to perform, but he doesn’t let it affect his performance because he is well-prepared for competition. In the same way you can prepare for the stresses of life by training your mind, body, and spirit consistently via personal and spiritual development and physical exercise. Make a decision and commit to it whether you feel like it or not.

Focus on the present.

Yes, the future is important, but the present is more important. In order to be at your best, learn how to focus on your present circumstances. Dwelling on the past is not helpful, though it is always good to learn lessons from it. Dwelling on the future won’t truly serve you well either, especially if you are worrying about it. What about today? If you can focus on the present and do your best today in all areas of your life, you’re bound to perform at your peak.

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Negate the negative.

You’re bound to face negative thoughts and emotions, but you do not have to allow them to control you. Take some time to monitor your thought-life and see if you primarily think positive or negative thoughts. Then pay attention daily and when a negative thought arises, change it into a positive one. Retraining the brain to think positively instead of negatively is a worthy goal. Throughout life we tend to let those negative thoughts spin around in our minds more than we realize.

Envision the best.

Visualization is a powerful tool that will help you peak your performance in any area of your life. For example, if you want to be the best in your career, visualize yourself experiencing success often from promotions to favor to a jump in salary. As you envision yourself operating at your best, you gain momentum going forward and become more apt to take the actions necessary to manifest your best life.

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Stay out of your comfort zone.

Comfort zones keep you safe and tend to stunt your personal growth. It’s alright to be in your comfort zone at times, but be sure to step out once in a while. Even if you feel a bit anxious, allow courage to rise and propel you forward. Start something brand new that you’ve been putting off, finish what you’ve started, and commit to give your best in every area of your life.

Be action oriented.

Plenty of people have goals in their mind or even written down, but they do not accomplish them because they do not take consistent action towards them. You must be action oriented in order to execute peak performance. Create an action plan for each goal that you desire and commit to taking those actions. Don’t let unfinished tasks wear you down, but close the loop on them. Get them done! You’ll soon find that when you follow through with these steps one by one, you make serious headway and before you know it, you’ve achieved your success.

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Last Updated on March 5, 2021

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

Research Background

Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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“I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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It stimulates your memory

When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

It helps stay focused

When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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It helps you clarify your thoughts

Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

“It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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