Michael Phelps said, “I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.” He’s absolutely right. Many studies have shown that majority of success, or lack of success, is attributed to one’s state of mind. This means that you have the ability to achieve your goals and perform at your peak if you’re able to manage your thoughts and your mental attitude. Having sound mental performance is the difference between being good and being great.
The importance of mental performance
Whether you’re trying to do well in the personal, academic, sport, career, or business area of your life, you need to have the mental strength to cope with the changes and challenges that you’ll experience in this area. You need this strength to make necessary changes, reach peak performance and achieve your goals.
There’s often a perception that an individual’s mental performance is unchangeable, that it’s a natural trait like height or eye colour. This simply isn’t true. In the same way that your physical skills can be increased through training, your mental performance can be increased, too. There are different mental training exercises that a Mental Performance Coach can teach you. Mental training teaches you to strengthen your mind and think clearly in high stress situations and difficult periods.
As a start, here are a few simple ways in which you can improve your mental performance immediately:
1. Train your brain
You can improve your mental performance by doing short mental exercises on a regular basis. Use your cell phone to access apps that’ll allow you to test your memory, complete puzzles, solve problems, be creative, etc. Mental stimulation helps to prevent mental decline and improve mental performance
2. Move your body
It’s important to exercise your body to improve your mental performance. During exercise, your body releases powerful hormones that supports mental function and lowers mental stress. Consult with a personal trainer to get sound advice before embarking on your fitness journey
3. Eat healthily
Nutrition is important for your body and your mind. When you eat whole foods that contain the nutrients that you need, you’re able to perform at your peak physically and mentally. Restrictive diets can often have negative effects on your brain and therefore your mental performance. Be sure to consult with a registered dietician to get sound advice
4. Get enough sleep every night
A lack of sleep has been shown to have a negative impact on your mental health and performance. Work on getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night
5. Get regular health check-ups
Ensure that your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are where they need to be. High levels are shown to contribute to mental decline and therefore decreased mental performance. Be sure to consult with your doctor for guidance
6. Mind your company
The people with whom you surround yourself play an important part in your mental performance. Surround yourself with a social network that helps you to grow as a person. It’s important to have a network where you can share trust, emotions and laughs. This positive social connection is associated with a lower risk of dementia and improved mental performance.
How will you improve your mental performance today?
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