Optimising Performance (Part 8)

by Patrick Liew on October 29, 2011

When I studied successful people, I realized they are ordinary people that ‘do things that ordinary people do not do. They don’t do the things that ordinary people do.’

When they are given a job to do and when they are faced with challenges, they are just as concerned as everybody else. Many questions run through their mind and they are also worried about whether they can achieve success.

Despite their worries, anxieties and even stress, they maintain a state of relaxed alertness. They stay cool, calm and collected as they plan and execute their plan.

Being able to achieve a state of relaxed alertness is an important skill in optimizing performance and results.

To begin with, I like to clarify that it is normal to feel a sense of worry, anxiety and stress – as long as they do not dominate your mind and direct your actions.

When people go through such negative emotions, they flee or freeze. They abandon the project without attempting it or returning to complete it.

They may also freeze at the most critical moments. Their minds become confused. They make the wrong decisions and they cannot manage the process effectively and efficiently.

Successful people recognize that these negative emotions are chemical-driven reactions within their bodies to protect them and put them on a caution mode. They help them to confront the challenges in their lives.

They understand, accept and even expect these reactions. They learn to harness and transform these energies into positive ones to achieve success.

They use these energies to motivate themselves to plan more carefully. They learn to prepare and practice more vigorously so as to eliminate the possibilities of failures.

In addition, throughout the process, they learn effective techniques to centre themselves. They calm their minds and remain clear as to what they need to do to achieve success.

Over the years, I have learned to apply a few techniques almost on a daily basis to help me achieve relaxed alertness. They prepare me to achieve peak performance

1.       Alpha-state Relaxation

I learned how to achieve a deep relaxed state within a short period of time.

2.       Deep Breathing

I practiced deep breathing throughout the day. It calms my mind and oxygenate my body.

3.       Centering

I adopt positions that allow me to focus my energy, feel centred, and generate positive emotions.

Usually, the centre of gravity is felt at the abdominal region when I adopt such a stable and comfortable position.

4.       Self-talk

Through self-talk, I can relax my mind and body, enhance my self-confidence, and position myself for peak condition.

5.       Guided Imagination

By using my imagination, I learned to visualize success and the steps to achieve it. It puts me in a peak state to optimize my performance.

6.       Divine Communication

I communicate with our Creator and seek His power, guidance and assistance. With Him on my side, I feel that there is nothing that can prevent me from fulfilling my highest calling.


I practice these techniques and continue to improve upon them. Over time, I have learned to apply one of the techniques or a combination of them to help me face challenges in life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com

Visit my Inspiration blog at http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we overcome the effects of negative emotions?





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