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Three Secrets to Performing at Your Highest Level

By Brad Stulberg, Outside, 10/31/19, 8:00AM CDT

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Follow these three tips to start performing at your highest level

t’s one thing to reach the top of a mountain. It’s another thing to stay there for a long time, through good weather and bad. Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Lebron James, and Diana Taurasi are all notable examples of elite performers who have accomplished the latter. They’ve ascended to great heights, and, somehow, they’ve managed to stay there. They are perennial peak performers.

Unlike these giants, you may not be the best in the world at what you do. But the truth is you don’t have to be. After years of research, the best definition I’ve come up with for peak performance is expressing your fullest potential in a sustainable manner—and feeling good while you’re doing it. In other words, peak performance is an inside game. And it is attainable to anyone, whether that means winning Super Bowls and Grand Slams or finishing your local 5K and doing good creative work. It’s about getting the best out of yourself, over and over again.