Getting to Peak Performance

by Lynn Banis PhD -

Are you tired of slugging away and not feeling you are operating on all cylinders? Are you feeling stressed and full of anxiety If you are, that is getting in the way of you operating at your best. 

We all want to be able to sustain our peak performance but it seems illusive and out of reach. Our best does not have to sap our energy, instead it should be creating energy in us. 

We should be in a state of flow where we are moving forward effortlessly. If this is not happening for you here are suggestions to help you get there.

  • What are you doing to be and stay healthy? 

As simple and repetitive as it may sound, this is a mainstay of doing your best. You must take good care of yourself. Eating right, sleeping enough and attending to you physical, mental and spiritual needs are all important. They help you create balance in your life and you need that to perform well and consistently.
  • What do you think about yourself? 

Is you self-esteem healthy and strong? What is your self-talk? It needs to be positive, supportive and encouraging. If not, it is liable to be dragging you down with negative thoughts and comments. Your critical inner voice is your own worst enemy. Do not let it be a shaping force in your life.
  • How well are you able to focus? 

If you are frustrated, anxious and stressed your focus will not be good and you will not be able to perform as well as you would like to. 

Frustration, stress and anxiety cause negative emotions to flood your brain and get in the way of it being able to function rationally. 

You want to relive your frustration, anxiety and stress to be able to function at a high level. Peak performance is about exceeding expectations. 
  • Have you set stretch goals for yourself? 

You know, goals that are reasonable and attainable but that require you to learn and grow so you can reach them? 

Attaining our stretch goals help us to exceed the expectations of others and keep us on our toes so we can perform and higher levels. They help us to grow and to be at our best.
  • Are your values and goals in alignment? 

If not you will miss out on high performance. You values drive your actions and they must be able to support your goals. This is a source of motivation for you and it keeps you going even when times are tough.

These five suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg as far as peak performance is concerned but they are good foundational things that you need to be doing to get on your way. If you get these in place you will find that peak performance is within your reach.

Lynn Banis PhD, MCC is known as America's High Performance Coach. She specializes in helping executives and entrepreneurs make the most of their opportunities and potential. Her years of working with small and large businesses has given her a depth of knowledge that is invaluable to her clients. You can reach her at or Also check out Lynn's other businesses: Coach Academy Texas, a cutting edge coach training company and Turnkey Coaching Solutions, a coaching program management and contract coach staffing company.

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