Peak Performance Training is designed to help individuals perform at their best whether it be in business, sport or the performing arts. As I listened to the commentators extolling the “mental toughness” of the latest young superstar at the US OPEN tennis championships, the 17 year old from Georgia, Oudin, I asked myself what does it really mean? I think it boils down to the idea that if you don’t have “expectations” that you “have to or are supposed to win”, you can concentrate more fully on the task at hand and play your best. Peak Performance Training is made up of many cognitive and behavioral skills that are specific to the task at hand.
One skill in Peak Performance Training is “getting rid of expectations.” By focusing on the moment, rather than the outcome or the result, performers free themselves from excess anxiety and worry.
Another skill of Peak Performance Training is developing the ability to be aware of the score without worrying about it.
By being in the present and not worrying about the future you reduce self-inflicted pressure. I remember year ago, when I was into golf, one of the best rounds I ever played was the one I didn’t keep score on! Developing the skill to be “aware” without “judging or evaluating” can help you perform at your best.
Peak Performance Training can help anyone improve their performance. Most of us don’t perform to the best of our abilities because of self limiting thoughts and beliefs. As we recognize and change these beliefs we can perform closer to our true ability.
This is why most people perform better in practice than during competition. In practice we quickly forget an error or mistake. During competition we tend to dwell upon it and berate ourselves for making it in the first place.
A good exercise is to play during competition as if it was just practice!