26 PRINCIPLES FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE
1. Focusing on the past and the future is weak; focusing on the present moment is powerful.
2. Focus on things you can control and forget about things you cannot control (controllable: effort; uncontrollable: results).
3. Exceed expectations.
4. Be a team player.
5. Set process or performance goals, instead of outcome goals.
6. The most successful people fail the most—learn from your setbacks.
7. Pressure is created by YOU, don’t worry about external forces.
8. Your only competitor is YOURSELF.
9. Trust your stuff—you can’t think and perform at the same time.
11. Be a teacher and a student—you can learn from all people and situations.
12. Repeat affirmations to yourself, e.g., “I am in total control and perform my best when it means the most.”
13. Accept negative thoughts and then let them go—you can choose what you focus on.
14. Use this relaxation technique anytime you need it—breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat up to three times.
15. Cultivate gratitude.
16. Write down any past achievements, big or small, and read them before a performance to pump yourself up.
17. Learn from/ask/interview people who are successful at doing what you want to do.
18. Be yourself. Love yourself. Accept yourself.
19. Strive for constant learning (growth mindset).
20. Use the 15-minute rule when you don’t feel like doing something—do it for 15 minutes, then you can stop (but you won’t).
21. Anybody can perform well on “good” days, the great ones perform well even on “bad” days (You can act differently than how you feel).
22. It’s not the situation, but your reactions that matter.
23. Do what you love, help others, change the world.
24. Work harder than anybody else (Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard).
25. Act as if it were impossible to fail.
26. If you don’t quit, you can’t fail.