Keith Elkins CrosStrike Martial Arts & Kickboxing

3 Focus Point to Peak Performance

Posted: April 11, 2016

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

 Focus Your Mind. It’s been proven that the average person has over 60,000 thoughts a day. WOW! That’s a lot of thinking. So it’s important to guard the type of thoughts that we allow to have any control over our mental focus because thoughts are things. Everything that is created starts with a thought. Any action you take anything that you say and anything that you create is all affected by the thoughts that you consistently have. What is the difference between a thought like I’m not smart enough and one that says I will learn how? Having the thought that something is a problem versus thinking that it is a challenge. Remember thoughts are things, so it’s up to you to focus your mind on the thoughts that help to empower your life.

Focus Your Body. The way you use your body is one of the most powerful and effective ways that you can change the way you feel and also change the way people around you feel as well. Your posture, breathing, eye contact, and tone of voice are all essential components that can help you to A.C.T. (Apply Correct Techniques) for Peak Performance. When you are in a negative or down state think about your posture, breathing, and overall the way you are using your body. If you change the way you A.C.T. then you can change the way you feel. Motion creates emotion. Make it a habit to focus on how you can A.C.T. in order to be a peak performer.

Focus Your Spirit. In today’s world things are moving at such a fast pace that it’s difficult to back away from the noise of everything going on around us. Focusing always on career, family, friends, finances and all the things that can cause great stress in our lives can burn you out. Just like a battery that’s always being drained on, it eventually loses its power and can’t energize anything else. When your battery loses its charge, how do you get recharged? One way is to learn how to quiet your mind everyday even for a few minutes. Listen to music that calms you. Meditate for five minutes. I started meditating daily and it was tough in the beginning. The tough part was that I couldn’t get my brain to shut up. Thoughts kept popping into my head, but with practice I have gotten better at it. Studies have shown that five to ten minutes of meditating is equivalent to a one hour nap.

 Final thought: Remember to burn up not burn out. Because nobody wants what is left of your candle when the flame goes out.