Every day that you wake and begin your daily task, you are performing. To be successful though, requires much more than your intelligence or natural skills. People who are identified as peak performers, have mastered the skills required to be on top of their game and you can too. If you desire to be at your best in what ever you do, study these 5 tips on how to achieve peak performance in life, business or your career.

Tip #1: Get Enough Sleep

A lot happens to your body when you sleep. During a good night’s sleep the body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system. Insufficient sleep can result in poor concentration and will ultimately result in poor performance. Getting 7 to 8 hours of regular nightly sleep will provide you with greater energy levels and a positive impact on your performance. Try to retire to bed at lease 2 hours before midnight and be consistent in the time you retire to bed and the time you awake.

Tip #2: Be Prepared

The difference between success and failure is often found in the preparation. As Joe Frazier once said, “Champions aren’t made in the ring, they are merely recognized there.” Sun Tzu in his book The Art of War, puts it this way, “The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought.” Critical to your success therefore, is the work you put into preparation. It’s best to be over prepared, to the point where your performance becomes second nature. That means you are pretty much automated when engaged in the task at hand. Be prepared, don’t try to wing it.

Tip #3: Stay Present

Maximize the moment and stay present during your performance. One more thing! Trust the process and the preparation you have put in. “Today is the most important day of your life, because it is the only day you can control,” says Performance Coach Brian Cain. Dwelling on yesterday’s failures and successes or daydreaming about tomorrow is distracting, creating feelings not function. Action can only be taken today, so stay present.

Tip #4: Be Optimistic

A prerequisite for peak performance is optimism – the belief that everything will work in your favour. It is looking for the best in every situation. It is maintaining an attitude that no matter what, the outcome is going to be positive. Peak performers tend to see light at the end of the tunnel but embrace the fact they must first walk through the dark. Their attitude is generally summed up in the words of leadership guru John Maxwell who says, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”

Tip #5: Spend Time Alone

Peak performers spend time alone to think, reflect and recalibrate. Time alone refreshes and recharges your physical, mental and emotional states. Like a well tuned automobile with all four wheels perfectly aligned, spending time alone reflecting, brings in alignment the mind and the body providing you with fuel for your peak performance levels.

This concludes my list of peak performance-boosting tips. Let me know how things turn out after trying these tips. Remember, improved performance will improve productivity, and improved productivity, will improve your profitability.