Performing at your best: Part 1

August 12th, 2013

Whether you are giving a presentation at work or standing over a five-foot putt to win a friendly round of golf on Sunday afternoon, you want to perform at your best. We all do. Performing well when it matters reinforces good thoughts and feelings you have about yourself. It also helps you to feel more confident when a similar situation presents itself in the future.

Most of us know someone who always seems to show up when the stakes are high. Someone who aces the final exam, shows poise during a job interview, or makes two free throws to send the game to overtime. It is also likely that you know someone who seems to shrink in the big moments. Someone who stares blankly at a test after studying for weeks, or someone whose nerves get the best of him at the wrong times.

You might also know people who are clutch in certain situations, but not-so-clutch in other situations. For example, you might have friend who performs well in high pressure situations at work, but double faults at key points during your weekend tennis match.

Over the next few weeks, I will post a series of thoughts about peak performance that explores (a) what it means to be clutch, (b) how you can get in the zone, and (c) how reducing self-doubt improves your performance.

Please stay tuned.

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