What does high performance mean?

If you follow me with some perseverance you will often hear me of high performance. You will know that I have worked as a physician with astronauts, athletes, military and all kinds of men, optimizing their health and increasing their functional abilities. You will also know that my doctoral work alongside that of a coach in order to increase the potential of each person and the resources he has to change and improve.

But what exactly is the high performance? How can we define it and declare it in the lives of all of us that we are neither astronauts nor elite athletes?

Often we tend to think about performance terms as something that concerns special people who we think are made of a material other than our own. We believe that high performance is the result of innate talent that some have, but that most of us do not possess. But things are not that way.

You can bestow yourself in any field, as a clerk, mum, lawyer or teacher. In every sphere of our existence. With others, with ourselves, with family members, with strangers.

The maximum performance emerges from a state of great consistency between deep needs, personal values, behaviors and results that come as a result of all this.

There are some factors that distinguish any type of high performance …

1. An enormous level of practice leading to a high degree of mastery;
2. Some form of pleasure or fun perceived in carrying out the task;
3. A mental state of deep concentration, of isolation, which makes the passage of time almost imperceptible.

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On the neurophysiological plane, high performance coincides with a condition of flow(literally flow) where a person is totally and deeply immersed in what he does, feels recharged, made almost fluid, by the fatigue faces.

This state is very similar, if not completely superimposed, to what is obtained with meditation and is caused by a specific change in brain waves and by a phenomenon called transient hypofrontality. This is a temporary de-activation of the pre-frontal cortex, the brain area responsible for most cognitive functions, including negative self-judgment, self-sabotage, doubt and background noise, our fears Which often act as main brakes for performance itself.

Contrary to what you think, high performance is not directly related to talent. It is the product of deliberate practice and well-managed over time. Mastery is achieved by progressive refinement of a gesture, but requires some prerequisites …

1. Mental Instability

You can not get a high degree of performance if your mind is bombarded by too many parallel stimuli. You need to find a way to isolate and get lost in what you are doing.

2. Operational selection

The direct consequence of the first point is the need to select a single task on which to train. When tasks are complex you may want to learn how to break them into various sub-components as an athlete trains different functions separately.

3. Emotional Pleasure

Fuel that sustains maximum performance is emotional pleasure and not sacrifice or even willpower. It is very difficult to get high performance in something you do not really like.

Everyone can get a high performance in the specific field they choose to train. Talent and genetics do not count much. What is needed is a bag of knowledge that is transformed into an action plan. Then, like a diligent athlete, it’s just a matter of repeating and continuing to improve over time.

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