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PEAK PERFORMANCE: Balancing Fun and Seriousness in Sports

If you have been in the sports world for long, you must have met athletes who are overall goofs. The ones who don’t take the game too seriously, make jokes or remarks to attempt to make their teammates chuckle, and who don’t spend an excessive amount of time thinking about the game because they’re just in it to have fun. Perhaps they’re new in the game or perhaps they simply have a lighthearted personality but these athletes don’t care an awful lot about coming top or dropping so long as they have a very good time. Let’s call this group of athletes the “in it for fun” athletes.

You’ve probably also met athletes who are way too serious about the game. Who seemingly don’t have any capability for jokes or laughter because they’re too busy over-analyzing each flow, putting in extra exercise runs, and going above and beyond what’s required of them. These athletes place too much emphasis on the final results of games and are deeply impacted by losses or setbacks. They’ve lost all sense of enjoyment and have entered “the risk region” because they run the threat of hurting themselves by ignoring injuries, becoming burned out, and quitting from stress overload. Let’s call this group of athletes the “overly serious” athletes. Read more

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7 PRINCIPLES TO PEAK PERFORMANCE

If we were to peer inside an athlete’s mind while he was in the middle of a great game, we would consistently find a number of predictable mental elements present. The presence of these mental components creates the special internal environment within the athlete that enables the peak performance to happen, fuels the athlete’s motivation, and keeps him involved in the sport over the long haul.

Having a general awareness of these performance elements is absolutely essential for your success as an athlete, coach, or parent.

If you can deliberately integrate these elements into your daily training and competitions, then you’ll be well on your way to achieving a mentally and physically tough strategy that can only lead to excellence and success.

Here are 7 principles to peak performance: Read more

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MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND PEAK PERFORMANCE

We have become so familiar with the phrase “peak performance”. We know that peak performance is not only attained by working hard physically but also by being mentally fit and tough. Mental toughness is the prerequisite to achieving peak performance. You have to be ready to face adversities head on and without being anxious.

Being mentally tough has nothing to do with your genetic makeup or biology. It is not hereditary and certainly has nothing to do with being nonchalant in the name of being tough. Being mentally tough is being able to perceive, face and overcome a challenge. Mental toughness is a skill that can and should be developed. It pertains to the strength of your mental game. Read more

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Examining Peak Performance: So, What Should My Self-Talk Be?

Many mental conditioning coaches and sports psychologists have begun to emphasize positive self-talk. It is considered an important tool in the attainment of peak performance and a key component in the mindset necessary for peak performance. However, most experts are pretty simplistic in their use of positive self-talk: just say positive things to yourself and don’t say negative things. Unfortunately, most coaches have few specifics about exactly what to say to yourself and when.

In a Peak Performance blog post on June 12, 2015, I discussed the peak performance mindset. In that post, I mentioned 5 modes:

1. Experimental Mode (previously called practice mode)
2. Deliberate Rehearsal Mode
2. Preparation Mode
3. Performance Mode
4. Evaluation Mode

I also alluded to the importance of self-talk in each of the modes. I now want to introduce the idea that each mode requires a different set of specific self-talk statements. The statements themselves are related what needs to be accomplished in each mode. Read more

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How to Stay Self-Motivated All the Time (PART 2)

Continued from PART 1: How to Stay Self-Motivated All the Time
Remember Your Accomplishments: Be quick to remember that time you did something awesome. Remember you successes; write them down if need be. Mere reference to these accomplishments can give you that push you need.
Emulate Your Mentors: You know those people you look up to yeah? Those ones that have gone ahead of you, ask questions, listen to them, and read about them. Study how they have accomplished the things you are trying to accomplish, let them serve as a guide. Let them inspire you.

See Failure As A Path To Success: Most people fail to do what needs to be done because of fear of failure. In truth, you have failed only when you do not do what needs to be done. See failure as just another process of learning – a path to success. It is not to stop you but to motivate you to do better. Get up from your bottom and do what needs to be done. If you fail at it, try again. Read more

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How to Stay Self-Motivated All the Time (PART 1)

You know those times when you feel as though you need someone to push to do a particular task yeah? That is you being so unmotivated that you think you need someone else’s help. What if you could motivate yourself and not need someone to push you? What if you can actually stay motivated all the time? Well…you actually can.

Here are various simple ways you can stay self-motivated all the time.

1. Reward Yourself:
Make an agreement with yourself to reward yourself after every/ a particular feat is achieved. Reward yourself with something you really want to get; whether small or large. Don’t just make an agreement with yourself; see to it that you walk in line with that agreement. For instance, tell yourself “if I land me this contract, I’ll get me a car” or “when I’m done cleaning, I’d get a cup of ice cream”. Don’t get that reward until you execute the set task. The desire for a car will propel you to landing the contract. Read more

GAMIFICATION: The Fun Way To Tackling Procrastination

In a previous article, I talked about how we could tackle procrastination. So I told myself that my next article would talk about games and playing games could help us tackle the issue of procrastination.
Now there’s a little problem here… most of us procrastinate so we could do something “more fun” and games are fun. Our mobile phones have made it easier to get distracted and carried away by gaming. You know how you don’t go get groceries just because you want to finish a level of candy crush or temple run…that is exactly what I am talking about.

So am I still going to recommend a game or games that can help tackle procrastination? Yes.

Why do we play games? The answer is simple. We play games because they are fun. And the rush we get from accomplishing a gaming task motivates us to play more. Even when the next task seems harder, we still play. Accomplishment and rewards motivate us to do more.
Human beings are weird to want to play and have fun and also to seek rewards than engagement – unless that engagement is fun. Read more

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4 Tips to Help You Tackle Procrastination

How many times have you said to yourself “tsek…I’d do it later” and then forget to do it or not do it at all. The thing about tomorrow is that it never truly comes.
So why do everything tomorrow? A Spanish proverb says “tomorrow is always the busiest day of the week”. If that is true, why to plan to do what you can do now tomorrow.
Procrastination is not planning for tomorrow, don’t get me wrong. It is planning to do tomorrow, what you can do now. Procrastination is something that should be tackled. The danger in procrastination is in that when it becomes a habit, you risk NOT getting the important things done and eventually cause a negative effect on productivity and cause regrets.

So how can we tackle this issue that is procrastination? In this article are 4 tips to help you tackle procrastination. Read on.

1. Start Doing

This is obviously the opposite of procrastination. Planning to do something in the future is great. But don’t get too comfortable with planning that you actually don’t do anything about it. Many times too often, I hear people say “I have a perfect plan and I’m waiting for the perfect time”. Read more

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4 Tips to Maintaining a Happy Life | Reinvent Yourself

Happiness is something everybody wants from life. Happiness is good fortune, contentment, pleasure, and joy. People sometimes expect that events that happen to them would make them happy i.e expecting life to make lemonade instead of giving you lemons. You are in control of your life and how happy you feel. People sometimes, unconsciously and easily rob themselves of their happiness. It takes little to make you happy. It is also quite easy.
In this article, you will be seeing four tips to maintaining a happy life. Read on.

1. Spend time with “the positives”

Spend time with positive people and positive thoughts. Avoid people that tend to bring you down emotionally. Sometimes we don’t on our own dwell on negative thoughts that make us sad. Stop it. The law of attraction says that you attract what you think of and your emotional state is the reflection of what you think of. If you find you are not happy, it is very likely that your mind is focused on a negative thought.

2. Be proactive and get rid of procrastination.

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Three Incentives for Peak Performance – How to Attain Peak Performance

A performance car is one that is built specifically for speed. A Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is one of such performance cars. Why are cars like this different from other class of cars? The answer is in Engine. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a GT that has a roaring 6.3-litre V12 engine with a whopping 730BHP. For those who don’t know much about engines, this is what gives the Ferrari the horsepower and torque to give you the drive of your life.

You may be wondering why this little car review. Truth is to be an individual looking to attain peak performance at whatever we do, we must see ourselves as cars and understand the kind of engine that drives us. We need to have an idea of what propels us to peak performance.

To have an idea of this incentive, you must ask yourself the most important questions every successful performer has asked. “Why do I do what I do?” Many of us do the things we do for the wrong reasons. These reasons don’t give us enough drive. I have heard people say “I do it for the money”. What happens in a setting where there isn’t as much finance, they become less efficient. I.e. they decrease in performance rate.

I don’t know why you do what you do, but to attain peak performance at it, you need to know that there are only three(3) answers to these questions that will be able to give you the required horsepower and torque for peak performance. These are the right incentives for peak performance. Read more