FPMG Announces Peak Performance Advice: How to Get Into “the Zone”

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A recent article in The Manilla Folder, focused on the question of achieving peak performance, concluded that productive people have different definitions for “the zone” and different ways to get there. FPMG, a performance management firm, understands while top performers may have mastered the process of getting into the zone, others need more guidance.

FPMG Announces Peak Performance Advice: How to Get Into “the Zone”

FPMG Announces Peak Performance Advice: How to Get Into “the Zone”

You have to challenge yourself—and even become uncomfortable—to be able to experience the benefit of being in the zone. Challenge actually leads to flow, an important peak performance determinant.

A recent article in The Manilla Folder, focused on the question of achieving peak performance, concluded that productive people have different definitions for “the zone” and different ways to get there. FPMG, a performance management firm, understands while top performers may have mastered the process of getting into the zone, others need more guidance.

“Many people associate peak performance with sports and the arts, and that’s where its roots are found,” says Denise Federer, Ph.D., FPMG founder. “When athletes and performers are in the zone, a state achieved by operating at peak performance, they are completely at one with what they’re doing and able to control their destiny—at least for a moment.”

Federer notes that the idea of getting into the zone isn’t limited to those who operate on a big stage, but seven essential elements are needed to experience peak performance:

  •     Strike a balance between the challenges you face and your skills.
  •     Have total absorption and concentration on the tasks required—be completely focused.
  •     Receive unambiguous feedback on the process.
  •     Realize a sense of control or confidence in yourself/your vision.
  •     Feel intrinsically rewarded.
  •     Experience a transformation of time.
  •     Identify clear and specific goals.

“Moving beyond your comfort zone is an important first step,” Federer says. “It might sound counterintuitive, but you have to challenge yourself—and even become uncomfortable—to be able to experience the benefit of being in the zone. Challenge actually leads to flow, an important peak performance determinant.”

She adds that being fully engaged, making continual adjustments based on instinct and objective data, and combatting self-doubt with positive statements are other behaviors that put people on the track to peak performance and being in the zone.

“All your efforts can go for naught unless you know where you’re going—but you must not forget to focus on the process it takes to get you there,” Federer explains. “When you’re immersed in something, it’s often effortless, and time seems to fly by. This is called being in the moment, and it takes nothing away from the end result, but is an important step toward achieving it.”

Given that each person’s successful future looks different, Federer says it can add significant value to develop a strategic plan as part of a peak performance journey. As part of that plan, it’s important to:

  •     Create a personal mission statement
  •     Identify outcome goals (production/assets under management)
  •     Identify specific behavioral process goals that will lead to outcome goals
  •     Break down goals into doable steps
  •     Identify and commit to different activities and establish the priority you believe they should have

“While you might not be focused on winning the World Series or taking home an Academy Award, you can learn from the process famed athletes and performers have used to achieve those goals,” Federer believes. “Set your sights on becoming a peak performer and working in the zone in your arena.”

About FPMG

FPMG is a Florida performance management consultancy dedicated to guiding successful people to be their best. Based in Tampa, we help you uncover the non-financial issues that impact the bottom line. FPMG offers consulting for family business problems, financial advisors legacy advising, leadership development, and more.

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