Article Writing and Peak Performance

Peak Performance Isn’t Just for Athletes

Athletes aren’t the only ones who can benefit from targeting peak performance to become faster and stronger – Expert Authors can too!

Peak performance is that highest point of your work output that has the greatest value. Expert Authors can target peak performance to write articles more efficiently while becoming more effective every time they write.

Think You Know a Peak Performer?

A peak performer not only works fast, but they are prepared and are able to perform under any condition. From attitude to skill level, a peak performer sets goals, is focused, and creates value. What a peak performer doesn’t do: Directs blame elsewhere, talks negatively about themselves and others, and ultimately wastes time.

There are a few methods peak performers adopt into their lifestyle. Here are two core strategies we’ve identified in our best Expert Authors and our greatest leaders.

SMART Goal Setting

You can become a peak performer by identifying your goals and integrating them into a SMART plan that is conducive to your efforts.

  • S – Specific: Your goal should be detailed and unambiguous, no matter if it’s big or small. For example, “I want to write more articles” is too vague. “I want to write 100 articles” is targetable.
     
  • M – Measurable: Create meaningful milestones to help you measure your progress towards achieving your goal. Too slow? Speed up. Quality declining? Introduce quality checks. Find your balance, find your groove, and don’t let up.
     
  • A – Attainable: Identify barriers (actual and perceived); overcome these barriers by cultivating skills, adopting attitudes, and more that will help you towards your goal.
     
  • R – Relevant: Your goal needs to be realistic and beneficial. If you don’t have the skills or resources to achieve the goal, re-aim your goal to either acquire these essentials or reconsider whether that goal was misguided.
     
  • T – Time-bound: Set deadlines for your goals and milestones as well as time yourself. Commit to a timeframe and stick to it. Push yourself toward success.

Mentally Train

You know that “feel good” zone when you feel at your most productive? Many people will claim they can hold on to this for 20 minutes before they are either distracted or deflated.

You can extend the life of your peak performance with mental training. This will help build your confidence in your skills and help you actively pursue improvement. In turn, you will be able to identify factors conducive to your peak performance to extend those 20 minutes to an hour, an hour to two hours, and more.

  • Relax: If you’re keyed up, you won’t be able to focus. From your muscles to your mind, relax.
     
  • Visualize: Post your goal so you can see it. Visualize yourself achieving the goal. These methods help you reaffirm your efforts and achieve your goal.
     
  • Rehearse: Mentally go over tasks prior to tackling them. This will help you consider the task’s current state and anticipate any subsequent steps.
     
  • Focus: Clear your mind and train yourself to hold on to your focused concentration. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Find out how to productively eliminate distractions or how to become more tolerant of them.
     
  • Smile: Stay positive by not indulging in the wasteful act of negativity. That means you are not allowed one ounce of negative self-talk. Expect more of yourself and push yourself.

Mental training and becoming a peak performer is tough. You’ll come up with every excuse in the book and occasionally sabotage yourself. Just keep getting back up and pushing yourself – greatness takes time and when you have prepared yourself mentally, you can achieve anything.

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Sasangka writes:

Hi Penny. Thanks for the tips to write good articles.

Comment provided October 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

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Thanks, Penny. It’s funny how sometimes, just when I need a kick-in-the-britches to stay motivated and engaged, someone writes something worthwhile. Your post was valuable to me today. I’ll get back to setting tangible achievable goals and fight back at the distractions that I seem to gravitate toward. Thanks again!

Comment provided October 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Best of All – if you do this for a while, it becomes habit and transfers into everything else you do in life too. Hmm? How might I know that>?

Comment provided October 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

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Kara Nelson writes:

hi penny, thank you for your guidance.

Comment provided October 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM

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Randall Magwood writes:

I consider myself a peak performer. Even though I don’t write as many articles as i used to, I still manage to churn out a high quality 500+ word article everyday.

Comment provided October 24, 2012 at 2:24 AM

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Betty L Eriksen writes:

This is just what I needed to motivate me to stay focused even when the going gets tough!

Thanks for the tips.

Comment provided October 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

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