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The 5 Levels Of Performance

by Josiah Igono, PhD, CSCS

As an athlete, we all perform from different levels. It is all based on our mindset.

Today I wanted to share with you the 5 Levels of Performance.

Not everybody attacks their craft the same way.

When you look at this list, I want you to determine where you think you are, and what you’re going to do about it.

Level 1: “I’m happy to be here”. Wide-eyed and bushy tailed; you love the gear, the food, and the amenities. You’re just happy you made it to the Show, the League, the Big Time.

Level 2: “I just want to play”. Being here is not enough. You want to be on the field, the court, in the arena competition.

Level 3: “I don’t want to lose my spot.” Self-explanatory. You’ve done the work, and you’re trying to hold onto your position. Come hell or high water, you are going to hold on tight, not giving it up to a younger player, a transfer, a free agent, or any other competitor.

Level 4: “I’m going to show you I’m the best.” For many, this is the pinnacle of Performance. This is where you are able to demonstrate on a regular basis just how good you are, as the world takes note.

Level 5: “I know that I have been blessed with God-given talent, and I am going to use that talent to make God smile, and bless others”

When you look at this list, 4 are highly transactional: “If I do X, then Y should happen.”

Only in the last scenario are we competing from our true identity. Deion Sanders said it best, “You can’t try to be who you really are.” You are who you are. Once you know who you are, and who’s you are, everything changes. You start operating from a place of faith and true identity, instead of situational, performance-based outcomes.

In the last scenario, NO ONE can take that away from you...EVER.

Which Level are you on?

To hear how to deal with an Intimidating person, click here.

To hear how to Mike Tyson and others used words as fuel vs. infuriation, click here.

Your Friend,

Josiah Igono, PhD

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