Tuesday, September 8, 2015


peak performance

Optimize Your Mind...

You may have noticed that some people find it so easy to perform at a high level. They always seem to be kicking ass in whatever they are doing. They always come out on top, even when the odds are against them. They come out ‘smelling like a rose’ even when they’ve been beaten down, made costly errors, and other seemingly detrimental mistakes. In essence, they just generally winners.

You may have noticed those extraordinary qualities in yourself… they ARE there. But the question is how do we unlock them? How do we harness those abilities that are within us and begin to shift to optimum performance?

You may not know this, but your mind is the gateway to your success and achieving peak performance.  It holds the keys to unlock the innovation, ingenuity and potential you have within. How you think and what you think about impacts everything. In everything from competitive performance to impeccable character, mindset is the greatest dictator in our search to be the best we can possibly be. Mastering thoughts and cultivating superior thinking will serve you well in any endeavor. 

Athletes, for example, optimize their bodies, but before they can even do that, they must first harness their mind. They must develop a mindset of doing the work to hone their skills and then commit to doing it before they ever compete. It’s the same with any facet of life. It has to start with the mind. Mindset lays the foundation for high-level thinking. It involves powerful realizations about who you are and what you can achieve. This is known as a “growth mindset”.

How to start optimizing...

You can start optimizing your mindset by first recognizing self-defeating and sabotaging thought patterns. These are disruptive to performance. Replace these patterns with powerful and confident thoughts that support your goals and objectives. Manage your mind, and refuse to allow fear and insecurity to contaminate your thoughts. When you let go of those old un-resourceful thoughts and let them float away, then you’ll find much better, more resourceful ones will take their place.

You may not be aware, but “fixed mindset” people dread failure, feeling that it reflects badly upon themselves as individuals, while “growth mindset” people embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and improve their abilities. With a fixed mindset, there are feelings of powerlessness and learned helplessness. This can lead to the development of a self-defeating identity, accompanied by toxic personal statements like ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I’m not clever enough.’

On the other hand, a growth mindset is likely to encourage people to develop feelings of empowerment - people begin to see how they might take action to positively influence their own performance.

Developing a Growth Mindset is not an immediate process; rather, it will take a concentrated effort. While creating space for new ideas is important, it is only part of the process of developing a growth mindset. Linked to it, and equally vital, is providing a chance to reflect upon new ideas and consider what is learned from the process. Ideally, this reflection should focus less on whether the idea was a success or a failure, but rather on what was learned from the process. So be patient and don’t give up… A person can get tremendous satisfaction looking back and seeing they made it.

It’s easy to discover something special deep inside. However, we often are blind to our own way of thinking and stand in our own way. A person can often optimize their performance mindset through such methods as hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming, or life coaching.

I hope this has helped you…

Believe to Achieve!

Joe Vulgamore is a Life Coach, Certified Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner as well as a Personal Development Author and Speaker. He works with people who are struggling with limiting beliefs, core values, and goal setting to sharpen their edge, perform at optimum levels, and achieve excellence. He has a proven track record of helping thousands of people from over 14 countries, across 5 continents, to make life-transformations through one-to-one coaching and workshops.

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