Reaching Your Peak Performance

Parents encourage their children to reach their full potential

Parents encourage their children to reach their full potential

If you are a parent you know what it is like to want your child to succeed.   When they come home from school with a bad grade, you let them know “you can do better, just apply yourself, you are full of potential.”  We believe this for our children and we desire the best for their lives…but what about us?  What about the potential that lies deep in our lives?  What about the idea that if you just apply yourself you can do anything you want?

It is easy to believe this for someone else, but not for ourselves.  The fact is that you are a person of potential and you have a level that can and needs to be reached.  What a tragedy it would be to get the end of your life and know that there was potential that was left untapped.  In a response to the question ‘What would you come back as after you die?’ Ralph Waldo Emerson said “I would come back as the man Ralph Waldo Emerson could have been but never was.”

Here are some steps to help you assure yourself of reaching your peak performance:

1)  Stop thinking small and start thinking big
Years ago Roget Bannister was the first man in history to run a four minute mile.  For years the experts said that it could not be done.  But one summer day he proved them wrong.  He did it…he ran the mile in 3:59.  In the following years over 400 people ran the mile in under four minutes. What was once thought as impossible became possible because one person showed the world it could be done.  What happened?  Did people all of the sudden become faster?  NO!  They simply began to think differently.

When you begin to think differently, bigger things start to happen.  You begin to see the possibilities and opportunities around you.  START THINKING BIG.  Why not?  It doesn’t cost anything.  Think big about your life, career, organization or whatever it is that you are involved in. Like Donald Trump says “You have to think, so why not think big.”

2)  Stop doubting and start believing
One of the greatest obstacles of reaching your peak performance is doubting yourself.  Doubting your abilities, talent and potential.  It is great to have someone believe in you, but you must first believe in yourself.  Believe that greatness is awaiting you.  Your life and career can be more then you have ever imagined.  Stop being crippled by the disease of doubt.

My son desires to be a baseball player (as I am sure millions of children do).  But I want to believe in him and I want him to learn to believe in himself.  So he and I play this game.  I ask him, “are you going to be a professional baseball player?”  He says “Yep!”  I say “no doubt about it.”  Then he says “no doubt about it.”  We do this little exercise a couple of times a week.  Funny as it may seem I believe that I am teaching him a valuable lesson in life.  He must believe in himself and not doubt.  Doubt is a self-imposed roadblock that only you and I can remove.

3)  Stop thinking negative and start thinking positive
We have all heard it a million times…be positive!  But no matter how many times you’ve heard it, you need to hear it again…be positive.  There is something powerful that happens when you begin to see life in a more positive way.  I am not saying to be unrealistic about problems or situations that you face…but I am saying to learn to keep a positive perspective about you, your future, your family, your career and your personal life.  Nothing good will come from being negative and the potential for great things will come from being positive.

You are someone of destiny…someone who has greatness in them.  Decide today that you will begin to reach your peak performance by thinking big, believing in yourself and begin positive every step of the way.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen

“We are not held back or pushed forward by our abilities;
but by our thoughts about our abilities.


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on September 21, 2009, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, vision and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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