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Peak Performance
Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success | Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
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What Makes Great? A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory, or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and journalist who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of world-class athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best. The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities--from athletic to intellectual to artistic--with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new links that hold promise as performance enhancers but that have been overlooked in our traditional ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which you will learn how to enhance your performance by optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; priming your body and mind for enhanced productivity; and developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose. In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches you on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" might be, Peak Performance will teach you how.
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“You can increase your performance by priming yourself in a positive mood prior to important work that involves problem solving and creative thinking. Equally important is to avoid a negative mood. In the interest of uping your performance, try to avoid people, places and things that may put you in a negative mood especially preceding meaningful work.”

So true! Indeed my recent practice at work. Good to know science proves it. 👍🏽 #performance

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What makes a top performer? It‘s not about the experience, but the amount of deliberate practice they put in. Practice doesn‘t make it perfect. Perfect practice makes it perfect.
What makes a perfect practice? Top performers actively seek out just-manageable-challenges, setting practice goals that barely exceed their current capabilities. The other half: deep concentration, in mastering a particular skill during the practice, be FULLY PRESENT👍🏽

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“The best kind of stress, what we‘d call it just-manageable-challenges, manifest when you take on something that makes you feel a little out of control. When the task handed is a bit beyond your skills, you are in the sweet spot to stretch your limits. For the capabilities you wish to grow, you should regularly seek out just-manageable-challenges that take you out of your comfort zone and force you to push at the point of resistance for growth.”

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Picking up a new book per recommendation from my badass runner coworker. Who doesn‘t want to have sustainable peak performance, both physical and mental! #peak #performance #whatsthesecret