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2014 BLOG – DAY 39 :: peak performance: nothing will stop you

8 Feb

It’s amazing how far we’ve come since the Winter Games began.

I found this program from the first Lake Placid Winter Olympics today. It’s from 1932 but it seems 200 years old.

What, no snowboards?

Watching the Winter Olympics makes me ruminate even more about my promise of peak performance. (And why I have spelled it as “peek” for the last few posts? Oy vey.)

I watch and wonder.
How much training and dedication does it take to be the best?

For Sage Kotsenburg, it seems to be chewing bubble gum.

Which is not surprising since being in the zone means “flow” to positive psychologists.

Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi identify the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow. 

  1. intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  2. merging of action and awareness
  3. a loss of reflective self-consciousness
  4. a sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
  5. a distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
  6. experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience

Over here at our house, being in the zone means cookies. Specifically, the banana oatmeal cookies I left on the kitchen counter last night.

Nothing will stop our dog Brady from sniffing out food, and apparently, our countertops are not too high for his athletic leaps. Even when I say no. Even when I scowl and make myself “big” and tell him not to do it again.

Nothing. Will. Stop. Him.

And maybe that’s what it takes to be the best.
At the Olympics.
Or elsewhere.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{what makes you unstoppable?}
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