How To Get Peak Performance In Your Life Now
The home team was up, it was the bottom of the ninth inning – no score, two-out, with a runner on 3rd base.
It was all or nothing. Right Here, Right Now.
Typically the last person you want at-bat in this situation is the pitcher.
Carl the pitcher was a big monstrous guy who could throw a fastball so hard that it scared the batters. The batters would often step backward as they took a swing, removing any chance of hitting the ball, or hitting it well.
Every once in awhile his aim would go a little off, and he would take a player out of the game from the sheer force of the ball hitting them.
Carl was also a slugger who could easily knock the ball clear out of the park when he hit it. Trouble was he didn’t often hit it. He also had the worst batting average on the team, maybe the whole league.
And there he was, hulking over home plate with every expectation of a champion batter.
But the look on the team’s faces said it all – We’re Doomed.
I faintly heard a voice in my right ear, “steal home” … What? I said, turning quickly to see the third base coaches face just inches away from mine.
“You’re our only choice, you’re gonna hafta steal home,” he said sternly, looking me straight in the eye this time.
I couldn’t remember ever seeing anyone in our league steal home.
“When I say go you run like hell, and then slide when you get close to home plate.”
My First Lesson In Peak Performance
There was no time to think as the first pitch crossed the plate.
Strike One! The ump yelled as Carl swung madly, missing the ball.
Two more pitches went by Carl, one ball and another strike.
I took a long lead, the pitcher took a step back starting his windup.
GO! the third base coach yelled, and like a rocket, I took off …
The unexpected yell must have startled the overconfident catcher because he was looking at me when the ball hit the side of his head.
And to make matters worse, as I slide over home plate my feet slammed into him knocking him flat on his back in a puff of soft dirt.
Carl was looking bewildered because they had failed to tell him I was coming.
But all in all, it was a heroic event and I felt damn good for a 13-year-old who just won the game.
Don’t Rely On Chance
Spur of the moment Peak Performance type of action is not ideal. Relying on chance can and will often get you into trouble ending in failure.
If you want to get Peak Performance in your life now then you must do the right things to guarantee it
So, if you want to be consistently at Peak Performance, therefore, a winner, these are the rules you must follow.
First, you need to know where you are now. What skills and abilities do you have and what resources are available to you.
Secondly, you must know your outcome. Where are you going and what is to be accomplished by the time you arrive at your destination. And how you will know that you have arrived successfully.
Third, when you know where you are starting from, and where you will be when you successfully complete, then you can start to figure out what and who will be needed to help you accomplish all the bits and pieces in between.
Forth, you must have a way to keep yourself in the Peak Performance state of mind, and therefore focusing on a positive outcome of which you are sure to accomplish. Why are you sure to accomplish it? Because if you have successfully taken steps 1, 2 and 3 then you should be able to, without a doubt, see and complete the follow-through to your goal.
My Peak Performance State
This is what I discovered that day at the ballpark more than 40 years ago.
I discovered that if I had an undeniable belief that something could be done (which was instilled upon me by the 3rd base coach), and I focused solely on the completion of that goal without hesitation, then whatever the goal was, I could accomplish it.
What I learned by failures over the years after that game was that I needed the other 2 rules in place to make it absolute. And to make sure that I did have an undeniable belief, so that the outcome was inevitable.
Your Peak Performance State
You can start bringing Peak Performance into your life now by going over any projects you are working on or have put off working on. And start to apply these four rules to accomplish them.
As a recap:
- Know where you are now. What skills and abilities do you have and what resources are available to you.
- Know your outcome. Where are you going and what is to be accomplished by the time you arrive at your destination and how you will know that you have arrived successfully.
- Figure out what and who will be needed to help you accomplish all the bits and pieces in between.
- Keep yourself in the Peak Performance state of mind and therefore focusing on a positive outcome of which, you are sure to accomplish.