“High performance is when those factors within our direct responsibility are being controlled and mastered—when we are completely at one with ourselves.”

-Dr. Craig Manning in The Fearless Mind


We perform every moment of every day. Living is performance. We can be both cruising through life and our responsibilities while performing. The key to being successful is not by performing, it is by performing at a high level.

High performance does not just land in anyones lap, nor is it something that once we reach sticks with us the rest of our lives. High performance is working toward an objective, achieving it, and then moving on to the next objective. There is no finish line.

To high performers, whether in athletics, business, or life, there is always another level. They never feel that they have arrived. If we ever feel that we have arrived, that is a clear indication that we have lost focus. No one reaches high performance without constantly focusing on the moment with the purpose to improve. No one is born high performing.

We are born with innate physical skills and personality traits, but these natural abilities are not an indication of what we will do in this life, rather they are indications of what we will most likely not do. A tall and heavy person will most likely not be an elite gymnast. The abilities we are born with can point us in a general direction of what we could become high performing in, but we have to want it. We have to create high performance.

Is high performance winning? Is it being more successful than others? High performance does not depend on any one else besides ourselves. Beating others depends on the skills of our opponent, and that is out of our direct control. High performance is being at our very best. It is unleashing our full potential, and feeling the satisfaction of doing so. High performance is completely intrinsic. High performance doesn’t mean that we have to do something great—any task done to the best of our abilities deserves to be called high performance.

Success and winning are normally byproducts of high performance. If we are continually focused on performing better than the day before the wins will come and so will the success. A problem occurs when we start to shift our focus from improving to beating others. When we focus on beating others we forget the most important thing—personal development. Kilian Jornet, the present day Michael Jordan of Ultra Running said this about winning in his book Run or Die: “Winning isn’t about finishing in first place. It isn’t about beating the others. It is about overcoming yourself. Overcoming your body, your limitations, and your fears. Winning means surpassing yourself and turning your dreams into reality.”

Ultimately, high performance comes through being fearless and overcoming our own limitations. High performance is that moment when everything around us seems out of control, but we stay in control of our minds with a clear focus—when everything just seems to flow.



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