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PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF PEAK PERFORMANCE Gary A. Beale, Ph.D. Sierra Center for Peak Performance
This slide show represents the visual elements from a Continuing Education seminar presented in Seattle Washington on October 26, 2000 at the Tukwila Embassy Suites Hotel by Dr. Gary A. Beale of the Sierra Center for Peak Performance.
If we could engineer an ideal athlete, what psychosocial personality characteristics would we need to include to assure that this person would be maximally productive?
BASIC PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS I. Positive Self-Esteem II. Success Identity III. Sequential Analysis Skills IV. Self Discipline
POSITIVE SELF-ESTEEM The recognition of one's own worth as a person and a favorable attitude towards one's self
SUCCESS IDENTITY The ability to identify with the successes in one's life and believing that a successful experience is possible and likely
SEQUENTIAL ANALYSIS SKILLS The ability to solve problems through the selection of alternative strategies
SELF DISCIPLINE Guiding one’s own behavior from an internal locus of control
“… Thanks to Dr. Beale, I now have the tools of mental focus and relaxation on my side!" David Mannetter, Professional Skier PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team
THE PEAK PERFORMANCE CONCEPT An ideal state of mind exists for each of us that is conducive to our own best performance. We can learn what this state of mind is and how to bring it on.
Tammy Dianda, World Champion Powerlifter “… (In) my next world Powerlifting competition I set the World record in the bench press. Thank You Dr. Beale for the dream of a lifetime."
When we ask the best athletes in the world what they experience when they are performing at their best, what elements do they report as being present?
PEAK PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE I. Mentally Relaxed II. Physically Relaxed III. Confident/Optimistic IV. Focused on the Present
PEAK PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE V. Highly Energized VI. Extraordinary Awareness VII. In Control VIII. In the Cocoon
Have you experienced all or any of these feelings when you were performing at your best? We all can learn the skills needed to induce these types of feelings when we perform or compete.
"You were the first one to ever teach me about visualization and relaxation, and it helped my free throw shooting tremendously...I lead the NBA in free throw shooting in Oct. 1990" David Wood, NBA
What is the Peak Performance State?
PEAK PERFORMANCE STATE “The Zone”, “Flow State” or “Peak Performance State” can be thought of as an altered state of consciousness.
SKILLS NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THE IDEAL STATE I.Voluntary Relaxation II.Mental Rehearsal III.Cognitive Restructuring
BASIC SKILLS NEEDED: ENABLED BY: Voluntary Relaxation The Relaxation Response Mental Rehearsal The Ideosensory Capacity Cognitive Restructuring The Ideomotor Capacity
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