"Flow" and "Peak Performance" are terms used by today's scientists to describe extraordinary levels of performance and creativity. However, this state of mind/body has been recorded for thousands of years. For example, in Zen, the experience is referred to as Jishu-zammai, the ancient term used to describe the extraordinary state of being characterized by exceptional levels of performance, creativity and personal well-being [“Ji” means “self”, “shu” is “mastery”, “zammai” refers to the highest level of concentration].
The most common characteristics of this experience are:
(i) The mind and body are perfectly integrated. Mental concentration is 100% with no thought given to success or failure, self-evaluation, what is at stake or to other competitors.
(ii) Every movement is seamless, effortless, flawless and flowing.
(iii) Extraordinary feats can occur including exceptional creativity, energy, strength, speed and endurance.
(iv) “Spectacular” levels of performance are attained that seem “superhuman and almost impossible”.
(v) Time perception is affected to the point where everything seems in slow motion.
(vi) Feelings are experienced of “total mastery”, “a sense of invincibility”, “transcendence”.
(vii) The experience is “perfect, complete…reacted to with wonder, amazement…and even reverence, exaltation.”
All of which sounds terrific, but begs the questions, how often does it happen and what are the odds you will ever experience it?
You might be surprised to learn that a large majority of people have attained this wonderful state (the intensity and legnth can vary). The trick is getting back there!
The first step is to understand what can block the way.
Imagine a circle.
When you compete and/or perform at your very best, the circle is 100 percent complete. However, when distractions get in your way, each distraction removes a slice of the circle until you are performing at only a fraction of your potential.
By far, the most serious distraction is that voice in your head that shows up at the worst possible time to comment, question, and criticize.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Peter Haberl, senior sports psychologist for the U.S. Olympic team, says: “Nothing effective happens without awareness. If…I am not aware of where my mind is at, I am much more likely to be locked into an automatic, absentminded reaction…if I am not aware that I am overcome by nerves, I cannot work with the emotions effectively. I will be ruled by them, led down a path of automatic reactions, rather than a mindful response…Knowing where your mind is at, and having the ability to put it where you want it to be, is a crucial skill … when it comes to performing well.”
That's why this book has been written.
Quality results require quality preparation.
The most difficult challenge is just a series of steps. How you put those steps together is critical.
Pressure Proof-Mental Training For Competition, Performance explains:
-how to identify distractions;
-reviews competitively-proven, practical, easy-to-do techniques (based upon powerful, comprehensive research applied in world class, elite, training programs- see "References" at the end of these excerpts) that can be done quickly and effectively anywhere, any time- a critical advantage in high-pressure situations.
Take the Pressure Proof test to identify those specific techniques and attitudes that can most improve your performance and creative abilities.
The program is provided in the following with free access. (The program also is available in ebook and print form. A few years ago, articles were published about managing stage fright. The articles were available with free access, however, I had a surprisingly large number of requests for ebook or print versions.)
Let's get started.
We begin with "Three Important Questions" (which follows below)...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Neil F. Sharpe has extensive experience with the emotional and psychological aspects of performance, health, and well being.
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