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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 July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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