Peak performance in volatile markets
by Neal Weintraub and Susan Arenson
Man alone, of all the creatures of the earth, can change his own pattern. Man alone is the architect of his
own destiny. The greatest discovery in our generation is that human beings, by changing the inner
attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
Peak performance can involve any activity where a certain level of achievement is being sought. It
involves a sense of everything falling into place both mentally and physically. Dr. Jean Williams, a
well-known sports psychologist says that studies of the common qualities of successful athletes mention
the following characteristics:
•More positive preoccupation with their sport, as reflected in positive self-talk, dreams and daydreams
of sport performance.
•Better self-regulation of stress, anxiety and fears.
•Better concentration and narrowed focus of attention on the present, here-and-now task.
•Higher level of commitment to their sport.