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Your Own Peak Performance Requires Your Own Regular Personal Respect — with Understanding

STEM* findings suggest that we each will operate at our personal best, with optimal sustainability, when we pro-actively and regularly invest in our own “mindful” peace of mind.

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☞ Taking personal responsibility for HOW

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☛ We invest, by building upon personal discovery

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☞ Personally training ourselves

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Our actions will be further optimized in the context of respectfully supportive others.

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( * STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematical )

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Let’s take a peek.

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How does the regular experience of “mindful” peace of mind contribute to peak performance?

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KEY UNDERSTANDING:

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Our CNS includes four hierarchically arranged sub-systems of neurological function.

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We operate at our best when all four (4) sub-systems are operating in unison.

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All four sub-systems “in unison” is not a given

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— especially under stress —

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unless you have “uniquely” prepared yourself.

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How much are you interested in personal peak performance?

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It sure has interested me…    

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STEMHumanPerfUnderstandingsYou can now draw upon our STEM understandings of human performance to more quickly guide you.

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You can now optimize your own performance during “good” times and “bad” times.

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You can more regularly experience your own “flow,” starting today, and with increasing frequency over time.

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You can achieve personal peak performance by behaviorally optimizing your own Central Nervous System (CNS) functioning over time.

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Danger and novelty

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STEM studies have sharpened our understandings that our CNS is “pre-wired” and “pre-programmed” to automatically respond to NOVELTY and DANGER.

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When we feel reasonably safe, the experience of NOVELTY can literally “light up” all four sub-systems of our CNS functioning.

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Under the right circumstances, with all four sub-systems active and in unison, we can also experience that coveted “flow” experience.

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DangerSignIn contrast, whenever we feel in danger, our brain’s amygdala may automatically hit a “panic button.”

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This automatically sends signals — faster than thought — to specifically engage the simpler three sub-systems of our CNS functioning, to effect a more invigorated and focused “fight or flight” response by our physical body.

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 HowNrvsSystmDfndsSlfThis automatic action by our amygdala triages our CNS’s finite resources, whether for physical or interpersonal reasons, for fight or flight — and not for constructive problem-solving thinking or conversation.

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Our amygdala induces an immediate biochemical cascade of stress hormones, primarily cortisol — enough for one episode of fight or flight.

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Once secreted, it can take hours for our bodies to re-balance neuro-chemically.

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The upshot is that our abstract, intellectual processing of information can temporarily diminish.

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This can translate into hours, literally, before our full intellectual abstract thinking capacities are back “on-line” and functioning.

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Stress

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Our experience of challenges will generally lead to us

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— that is, to our CNS

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experiencing various forms of “stress.”

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Our CNS, once again, responds automatically, and again faster than thought, to measurably alter our biochemical balances in response to that stress.

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This automatic CNS response will be according to our inherited and learned CNS sensitivities to danger, first and foremost

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— and novelty, if our higher cortical functioning is still active.

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This automatic CNS response can limit our focus.

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This automatic CNS response can be modified to advantage only by prior relevant CNS experience

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— amidst maintenance of personal peace of mind.

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☞  This is one reason why “mindfulness training” can be so helpful toward sustaining peak performance through thick and thin.  ☜

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The regular experience of “mindfulness” enables you to better integrate the full range of your emotional and intellectual awarenesses into more balanced memories, more available when you need them, spontaneously and effortlessly.

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The upshot is that you are less likely to be caught off guard AND you will be less likely to be thrown into a “fight-or-flight” state of mind, unless absolutely necessary.

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Your full mind is more likely to remain intact and available to you through both thick and thin.

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PerformanceCurveCartoonedPeace of mind amidst a greater range of emotional and intellectual memories — integrated — empowers peak performance under a wider range of circumstances.

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A Deeper Look  <Click here.

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Regular emotional awareness that is integrated in an informed and balanced manner with our intellectual understandings can provide us superior personal performance with greater interpersonal and social sensitivity, than can

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  • intellectual (logical) awareness alone

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  • emotional awareness alone

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  • emotional awareness immediately shunted into action without reflection or discussion.

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☞ Integration of subjective awareness via “mindful” discussion can provide us new windows of distinctly subjective human understandings, which can be integrated with our objective intellectual understandings.

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We can thereby achieve superior personal performance with greater interpersonal and social sensitivity.

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Note again that the simultaneous processing of intellectual and emotional information is supported by a functionally relaxed and alert state of mind.

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STEM research shows that the regular practice of “mindfulness” supports peak brain performance.

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Daniel Goleman reports STEM researchers have demonstrated people’s sense of greater alertness and relaxation associated with mindfulness training is not mere illusion, but stems from actual underlying changes in brain functioning:

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Their left prefrontal lobes — the brain area that suppresses amygdala hijacks and generates positive feelings — [became] significantly more active than [prior to their mindfulness training] (p. 239).

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Key to the practice of “mindfulness” is learning to relax and engage in non-censored awareness and acceptance of all of one’s thoughts and feelings, amidst alert detachment, as they arise into awareness.

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However so engaged,

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all of these practices can serve to enhance one’s “mindful flow”

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leading to enhanced competencies, on behalf of personal and interpersonal performance, that are

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What about you?

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Where and how do you experience “flow”?

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Where and how does personal peace of mind guide you?

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Is this easy for you?

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Do you practice some form of personal mindfulness on a daily basis?

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What kinds of prioritization does this require of you?

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What are the practical benefits for you?

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Until next time, my very best.

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~Norman

Norman Jentner, Ph.D.
Peace of Mind for Peak Performance
Bridges to Culture Advantages
Conflict as Opportunity
(All grounded in Respect)

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