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Posted 26 April 2012 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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What are the five Ps of peak performance?

What is peak performance?

Peak performance is the measure of your ability to consistently operate at (or close to) the top end of your genetic potential.


To what degree do you consistently operate at (or very close to) the top end of your genetic potential?

Good question!

Most people operate at far below their potential.


Because in the western world, to survive, you don't have to work very hard.
But if you want to do more than just "survive", then you will need to access more of your ability.
You might want to become a peak performer.

How could you become a peak performer?

"Learn the Five Ps of peak performance"

What are the five Ps of peak performance?

Here they are:

  1. Purpose
  2. Plan
  3. Practice
  4. Persistence
  5. Positivity

Let's examine each in more detail:

1. Purpose

Your brain is a goal striving organism.

It works efficiently only when it knows exactly what to look for; what the target is.
If you have no clearly defined target, goal, purpose; then your brain will become less efficient.
But too many people have no clearly defined goals.
Their goals are indistinct; too vague.
Example: Sam says "My goal is to be happy and successful".
But you will be "happy and successful" only if you have achieved a worthwhile goal!

To be a peak performer you must have a clear purpose in mind.
You must set your goals and put them in writing.
You must become a goal focused, purposeful individual.

Maxwell Maltz author of the book psycho- cybernetics wrote:

"Insofar as function is concerned, the brain and nervous system constitute a marvellous and complex "goal-striving mechanism," a sort of built-in automatic guidance system which works for you as a "success mechanism," or against you as a "failure mechanism," depending upon how "YOU," the operator, set the goals.
Daily; set out goals in writing
Writing your goals every day, implants your "definite purpose" deep into your subconscious mind, and stimulates the subconscious mind to go to work to build plans.

2. Plans

You must have detailed and practical plans of action that are capable of achieving the goal you have set for your purpose.
A purpose without a plan of action is meaningless.
A purpose with a plan of action is a potent combination; capable of propelling you forwards towards a better future.

Quote from Napoleon Hill

"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action".

Quote from Louis Pasteur

"Fortune favours the prepared mind".

Quote from Victor Hugo

"He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan,
carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life.
But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign".

3. Practice

A Plan is only good if you put it into practice

Do you know people who make plans that they have no intention of putting into practice?

This can be for many reasons
They have no intention of putting the plan into practice because they are lazy.
They have no intention of putting it into practice because they fear failure.
They have no intention of putting it into practice because they fear success.
Plans don't work unless you do!

Quote from Thomas A. Edison

"Genius is one per cent inspiration,- and ninety-nine per cent perspiration".

Quote from Colin Powell

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work".

4. Persistence

When you put your plan into action you will meet with numerous setbacks, defeats and failures.
That does not sound very supportive, but it is true.
When this happens, don't worry.

Such is standard practice .

Numerous setbacks, defeats and failures are standard practice for all successful individuals and organisations.

Check the records of any successful operation and you will see it for yourself:

  • Check NASA and you will see many failures litter their history - but they persisted
  • Check Lincoln and you will see many failures litter his history - but he persisted
  • Check Churchill and you will see many failures litter his history - but he persisted
  • Check madam Curie and you will see many failures litter her history -but she persisted

You too must persist before you can hope to win.

Quote from Abraham Lincoln

"The sense of obligation to continue Is present in all of us.
A duty to strive is the duty of us all.
I felt a call to that duty."

Quote from Winston Churchill

Never give in-
Never, never, never, never,
In nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in
Except to convictions of honour and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Quote from Marie Curie

Polish-French chemist and physicist who was awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics.
She was then sole winner of a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in Chemistry.
"Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that?
We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

5. Positivity

No matter what happens, your ultimate purpose is to be happy.
Strive to maintain a positive disposition and treat people with all the warmth and good humour that you can muster.

Nobody likes a grump.

Nobody who is a grump can be truly happy.
Therefore maintain a positive mental attitude

Quote from Thomas Jefferson

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;
Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude".

Quote from Brian Tracy

"Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
Maintain a positive mental attitude".

How can you maintain a positive attitude?

Fix your mind on the following:

  1. Your definite purpose in life
  2. Your detailed plan of action
  3. What are the corrections to your current plan that, if implemented, will improve your chances next time?
  4. How can you help the people in your life who are the most important

What are the five Ps of peak performance?

Here they are:

  1. Purpose
  2. Plan
  3. Practice
  4. Persistence
  5. Positivity

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