Peak Performance Mindset


One of the better books I have read in the past couple of years is called Mindset written by Carol S. Dweck, PH.D.  Dr. Dweck is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.  Her research has focused on why people (athletes, coaches, business professionals, etc) succeed.  She believes people take one of two perspectives when it comes to their belief on where ability comes from:  fixed or growth. 


People with a "fixed mindset" believe that abilities are handed out at birth and largely out of control.  I also believe athletes and coaches can get to a point in their career where they feel they have what it takes to be successful and stop growing.  I would also consider this a “fixed mindset”.  I see it all the time in coaches and players in our sport.


On the other hand, people with a “growth mindset” believe they can learn and develop any given ability if they’re willing to invest effort or study.  This would apply to coaches, players, manufacturers, high school and college programs, etc.  With a “growth mindset”, no matter where you are at right now, you can develop the skills, knowledge, etc to succeed.  These individuals are trying to learn, evolve, improve skill sets, strategies, etc.  The question they ask themselves everyday is:  “Am I better today than I was yesterday?”  This could be the mindset, physical technique, coaching, leadership, etc.


People who trend more toward “average” mindset tend to see the world through a fixed lens, viewing ability as the primary influence of success, and as something you either have or you don’t. 


People who trend more toward a “peak performance” mindset see the world through a growth lens, viewing ability as something that, along with mindset, can be developed with practice and coaching.


The goal is to have the attitudes, behaviors and traits associated with a peak performance mindset.


People With Average Mindset

People with Peak Performance Mindset

Make an excuse

Make it happen

Say it’s impossible

Say it’s going to be very difficult

Focus on how they feel

Focus on how they act and what they need to do

Use the phrase “have to”

Use the phrase “get to” or “want to”

See failure as final

See failure as positive feedback

Focus on what they can’t control

Focus on what they can control

Minimize their 86,400

Maximize their 86,400



It’s time for all of us to think of something that allows us to become better today than we were yesterday.  As I like to say: “Win the Day” or a +1 for the day.  +1, +1, +1, +1, +1 = Peak Performance/Success!!!!!