Anthony Robbins said, "The difference between acting badly or brilliantly is not based on your ability, but on the state of your mind and/or body in any given moment." When the state of mind is peaking, we perform at our best and when it's slumping, life becomes a comedy of errors.
In today's world, a person's brain is its most effective tool so it stands to reason that care should be taken so that it can give a peak performance on a regular basis. And, as Robbins stated, that peak performance depends on the state of that mind, so our prime concern becomes keeping that mind in its best possible state. Â
Now, most expert agree that the brains, just like a muscle, needs exercise and just like a muscle, has to be trained different ways for different purposes. A marathon runner will not train the same way that a power lifter will and a mind that is being honed to vibrate regularly at peak state will require a different regiment than one being refined for creativity.
Peak and empowering states of mind require an atmosphere of optimism, a positive attitude and a sense of mastery and control. The level of optimism depends largely on the people that we frequent, the positive attitude depends on what we focus on and what we feed our mind on a regular basis. The sense of mastery and control is the domain of the Personal Planner.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the ways and means essential to the maintenance of a peak empowering state, it must be taken into consideration that the level of commitment differ for each individual. It's a question of personal values and personal ambition. Commitment to peak performance is a bit like personal views on physical fitness. Some people will accept nothing but the highest level of fitness whereas others might be satisfied with the bare essentials.
For the person who would be satisfied with an acceptable level of mental state control, a daily regiment of motivational and inspirational exercises of some twenty minutes would suffice. It could be done by listening to appropriate tapes or CDs as it could be done by reading some passages from a good self-improvement book. The secret is to do it on a consistent basis. That way, negative thinking would at least be kept at bay and that daily refreshment would optimize the person's natural positive inclinations.
Top-notch performers will need the basic regiment already described plus two additional elements. Tutorial guidance and a Personal Planner.
No one can reach the higher echelons of success without some type of coaching or tutorial guidance. It is even said that Tony Robbins has three personal coaches and it is a well know fact the Robbins himself coaches clients who pay one million dollar a year for the service. If billionaires and Robbins still need coaching it stand to reason that so does the budding successes.
There are two major methods of acquiring tutorial services. A personal coach can be hired or for those who are fortunate enough to have some contacts with successful people, it can be done through networking with these individuals. The ideal would be to use both methods.
As previously said, working with a Personal Planner is also essential. Daily work with the Planner is where the rather vague notions are defined and made crystal clear. It is where the goals and objectives along with the strategies to implement them are born, developed and concretized. That is where the fuzziness of the dreams is replaced with the seeds of concrete reality.
The quality of our performance depends on the state of mind at a given moment. To be at peak level the state of mind needs an atmosphere of optimism, a positive attitude and a sense of mastery and control. Those are all elements that need to be nurtured and fed on a daily basis. That can be done through regular inspirational immersion, tutorial guidance, daily planning and organization.
Mental fitness is acquired the same way that physical fitness is acquired. Through regular exercises, a favorable environment and a healthy diet. It works for the body and it also works for the mind.
Dr. Raymond Comeau aka Shamou is the Owner Administrator of the Personal Development for Personal Success Forums.