Elite athletes have their rituals. Their routines. They have them for gameday and they have them for practice days. Gameday rituals are more rigid. Practice rituals are just as defined and important for having an effective performance on a daily basis.
The most successful people on the planet have their rituals too.
What are your rituals?
What happens every day that results in a great day at work? A productive day? A great presentation? Getting the sale, the raise or the promotion?
When I finally became an All American wrestler it was because I learned the actions that resulted in my peak performance state. I discovered the rituals that resulted in peak performance. They included rituals for practice, the food I ate, the people I spoke to, the words I wrote in my journal, even the number of jumprope jumps right before I stepped onto the mat to do battle.
The question is how do you find your peak performance state and begin to ritualize it so that you can attain it every day?
Here are some of the most common rituals performed by those who are at the top of their game… business, politics, sports… you name it. It’s likely that you will never see them doing it but they are. None of them are sexy or glamorous but these are the rituals of success.
Pay attention to the days you feel good and the days you feel bad… your most productive time of day and the least. When you feel most confident or like hiding in your office or cubicle. Something is causing these performance states- good or bad.
Are you working out? Having a healthier than normal breakfast? Are you kissing your wife goodbye in the morning? Getting up early? Prioritizing what you want to achieve?
Here’s what I do to achieve my ideal competitive state. It starts the day before.
At 4:30 PM I have an alarm that goes off on my phone to prompt me to write down what I want to achieve the following day by the time I leave the office.
Get to bed by 10 PM.
Workout either in the morning or over lunch.
Eat a healthy breakfast that includes fruit.
Kiss my wife.
Say prayers and gratitudes on my drive to work.
State my mantra (I have a daily mantra that builds me up and puts me in a positive mindset.
I sit down and don’t check email but rather work on the first priority from the day before first.
I don’t do all of these everyday but I do most most days. The more I do the closer I am to achieving my peak performance state.