The secret of high performance in sport

There are many who believe that there are secrets, shortcuts or keys to maximum performance, which brings us closer to our most coveted successes. For all of these people this article is a way of thinking the secrets behind the word performance itself, In its etymological origins.

    What do we mean by high performance?

    Yield means to return, comes from the Latin word “reddere” (to yield). Among the meanings of the word “render” we can find the following:

    1. Defeat the enemy and force them to surrender

    It is probably because of this sense that we consider that performance in itself implies success based on the achievement of the result.

    2. Submit to the domain of a

    This would be consistent with the first, in terms of achieving the objectives.

    3. Give or give back to someone what they are owed

    On a sporting level, it would be more successful and would agree with the effort.

    As a product of the association with the word “return” the suffix “-miento”, a new word takes place, “performance”, result of the return or return of the effortIf we adapt to the third of its meanings, this is what knowledge of the sports field invites us to do. Because a high performance is not always associated with a high result, paradoxically contrary to what many might think. And if so, don’t you think that sports excellence contexts would be called high performance centers instead of high performance centers (CARs)?

    It is essential to emphasize this type of nuance in learning to sport and in life in general. The highest milestones suddenly demand, and even offering everything we have inside is sometimes insufficient, because we can meet other competitors who show more talent than what we manifest.

      The relationship between result and performance

      The result never comes before the performance. It is important to internalize it in order to develop a personal culture of work-based effort. This is the real secret of success. This and consider your own success as the enjoyment experienced by the simple fact of achieving what you want the most, what you love.

      In other words, learn to focus on the process (performance) rather than the product (the outcome). Sometimes we set goals based on high results goalsThis causes us to experience high doses of frustration, especially when the athlete is not mature enough in terms of personal self-confidence to meet these challenges.

      This is where we are at young athletes obsessed with the inevitable commission of mistakes. No one has ever learned to walk without tripping at least several times. This is also where unrealistic expectations of performance and results arise, the “I have to get it”, “I can’t fail” or “How can I not get it”. All of them are based on the moral imperative to achieve an ideal result, based on a perfect and error-free path, which inevitably pushes us towards frustration and eventually towards giving up the practice of sport.

      If as an athlete or as a person I am the product of my results, my self-confidence will suffer the blows of the mistakes made, as if it were a personal failure. Ultimately, any sport is a task that we have to face over and over again in order to improve, overcome and move forward. And the task is not us. We are the ones producing the results, not the other way around. Everyone cares about the results, however these never come without effort, without mistakes and without learning. If for every mistake I abuse the machine to produce results, I will hardly be able to produce them.

      It is important to be aware of this, in order to be able to master any skill or sporting task that we decide to bet on, without obsessing over whether I will be the best tomorrow or whether I will achieve the highest goals that would like to be. in something that makes you suffer or does not like it? Take advantage of the effort devoted to an activity that fascinates me, Without setting more expectations than that, for me, it is the real success.

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