I would want to believe that everyone of us would love to perform at our best so we can make the best of our pursuits. I believe we all desire to perform at the peak of whatever personal or professional pursuits we find ourselves in. Why? Because peak performance is very pivotal for progress in any pursuit. But one may ask; ‘How do we achieve peak performance?’

Two principal principles are crucial for the attainment of peak performance. These two constitute the fulcrum on which the wheels of progress grind. They are pleasure and pressure.

PLEASURE: What brings you pleasure has a way of inspiring you to perform at the peak. What intrigues you, incites you to make an impact. When you have a picture of the future you desire for yourself, it propels you to do what you need to do so you can experience the pleasure of living in that future. The excitement you wish to enjoy from the realization of your dream spurs you on to work hard and make your dream come true.

And when you enjoy what you do, you find it fulfilling, you hardly see it as work. You just live your life doing what you love and loving what you do. You will experience bliss and at the same time perform at peak levels.

For instance, one who is hungry and wishes to enjoy the pleasures of riches will focus on the big picture and work hard towards the attainment of riches. That perceived pleasure which is likely to come with being prosperous encourages such a person to forge forward and realize their dream of being rich.

PRESSURE: What brings you pressure or pain has a way of making you perform at peak levels. But I must admit that this is purely individualistic. Everyone has a way of responding to pressure. Often this works in two ways. The pressure either makes or unmakes you. If the pressure or pain doesn’t break you, it makes you stronger. What infuriates you makes you look for solutions to mitigate it. What makes you angry incites you to find answers.

The scorch of poverty can make one go through the pain of working hard in order to attain prosperity. In this instance, the pressure poverty brings one’s way spurs him/her on to work hard despite the pain that comes with working hard so they can provide basic needs and pay bills.

Pleasure or pressure are precursors for peak performance. They can motivate and activate you for greater things but that depends on how you engage them. Getting to the very top of any pursuit may involve a lot factors but certainly pleasure and pressure cannot be left out. They are stepping stones for performing at the peak.





The author of this article, Gamel Sankarl is a conference speaker and author with 8 published books. He was a BEFFTA Best Author award nominee who used his life experience to write on personal development growth of young people. 

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