Focus

Temper Temper

Have you ever gotten so angry that it seems you’re not in control of your own actions? So infuriated that it seems like you’re watching someone else have a fit?   In college, I lost my temper because I was behind in a friendly tennis match. I threw my racket Read more…

By Arthur Coddington, ago
Growth

Achieving Vulnerability

Top performers can seem like freaks of nature, impervious to pressure, perpetually healthy and prepared for battle. Invulnerable. I believe it’s the opposite. Being vulnerable can be mistaken for a sign of weakness, but it can actually be one of our biggest strengths. Don’t get me wrong, top performers are Read more…

By Arthur Coddington, ago
Growth

Those Damned Expectations

Peak performance is about paradox. Be intense and stay relaxed at the same time. Play with bravado and humility simultaneously. Be fully trained nearly beyond the bounds of health – and fully rested too. The bigger picture of peak performance is the same. When we commit to big goals, we Read more…

By Arthur Coddington, ago
Peak Performance

Elite Action Plan Part 5: The Zone Issue

In the Elite Action Series, we explore proven strategies elite athletes have used to reach the pinnacle of their sports and how we can apply them to our lives beyond the playing field. Last time, we explored the strategy of treating our injuries. In this last installment, it's about finding access to peak performance.

Strategy 5. Find Your Access Point

entrance Photo by Rupert Ganzer Whether it’s the warm-up routine of a MLB pitcher, a tennis player bouncing a ball exactly eleven times before each serve, a swimming slapping his chest on the starting blocks or a skateboarder listening to the song that taps him into the courage and creativity of an epic halfpipe run, elite athletes all know what they need to reach "the zone" - a mindset of nearly unconscious peak performance. It's a flow where we do what we need to do, where we exist in an elite level of performance with minimal noise in our heads. (more…)

By Arthur Coddington, ago