A state in which the person performs to the maximum of their ability, characterized by subjective feelings of confidence, effortlessness and total concentration on the task.
Also known as “in the zone” or “in flow”, being able to operate at peak performance in business is essential for those who want to rise to the top of any industry.
The best in business, sports and art have all mastered the ability to perform at peak performance.
Peak performance doesn’t occur out of the blue. It is a combination of a deliberate brain state, the right level of challenge and a sense of purpose and meaningfulness.
The brain state required is one of mindfulness, relaxation, quiet and harmony.
The level of challenge must be enough that you are not bored, but not so much as to make you feel you are unable to achieve the desired results.
Having a sense of purpose and meaningfulness comes from having clearly defined objectives that matter deeply to you.
What’s really interesting is that each of these three key elements to achieving peak performance can be significantly improved by taking “time outs” to rest the brain, gain a bigger perspective, see the world through a different lens and allow your heart to revisit your motivation and inspiration about your life.
I’ve just completed such a time out. I sailed a 47 foot sailboat 2500 nautical miles from Maui to Vancouver. No phones, email or text and 17 days with nothing to see but the 360 degree horizon. It wasn’t a cruise and there were many unexpected challenges, but as I settle back into my routine, my work is vastly improved, my perspective clear and my motivation at an all-time high. If you are interested, I have created a slideshow of the sailing journey.
On September 11th, I am taking a small group of highly motivated real estate professionals into the backcountry of Whistler and the Chilcotin Mountains. Much of our professional work on this retreat will be geared towards giving each of us more consistent access to our peak performance. There is one spot left at the time of writing. Here are the details.
Whether in sports, art, business or any life pursuit, the ability to operate at peak performance on demand gives you the significant benefit you need to be the best.
Don’t get caught up in the busyness, chaos and stress that overwhelms most of your competition.