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MENTAL DIET: How to Become A Peak Performer In Life (Part 4)

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Once upon a time, there lived a young farm girl who had a desire to paint, but her family and friends told her that was nonsense. They talked her out of her dreams and defined her life based on her present state or condition of life. They handed over to her the script for her life by telling her that as a farm girl, her role in life was to marry a farm boy and to have and raise farm kids. So she laid aside her dreams and lived out the script handed over to her by family and friends.

She had children by the time she was out of her teens, and more children in her 20s, by then she was in her 40s she became a grandmother, and in her 60s a great-grandmother. At the age of 75, her husband died and her children were grown, and the doctor told her that she was too old to work on the farm.

At that point, she decided to fulfill her desire to do what she really wanted to before passing on..

The aged woman moved into a space of action and bought some paints, canvasses and brushes. She went back to her settled on her farm and began painting what came to be called “primitive American landscapes.”

At the age of 78, she completed her painting.  By the time she was 101 years old, a major gallery in New York City held a showing of her works. In the last 10 years of her life, some of her paintings were selling for more than $100,000 each. She was popularly called Grandma Moses.

The amazing aspect of this story is that she had been told as a young girl that she couldn’t paint because it cost too much and no one could afford it yet Grandma Moses earned more in a year than she did earn with her husband in their entire lifetime of hard work on the farm.  

It has also been estimated that if she had begun painting in her teens just as she wanted to do and her paintings being as successful commercially as they still are today, she might have become one of the richest women in America. That’s remarkable.  

Are you living life by default? Or Are you living your life by design? Are you doing what you want to do? Or Are you doing what you’ve been told to do by someone? Have you bought into the limiting beliefs and opinions of others? Or Are you living without limits?

Peak performance is mastery-activated and consistently stretching beyond the boundaries of self-imposed limits to reach your unlimited potential.



  • What can you instinctively do that makes you distinct from others? In essence, what talents, abilities, and skills do you have that flow naturally from you?
  • What can you do best which is a struggle for others? What do you love to do which can make a difference in life?
  • What did you love doing as a child? What were your childhood dreams and inclinations?
  • What would you do if money were not a factor?
  • What would you do for free and yet could also be paid?
  • What if all occupations earned the same amount of money which work or occupation would you choose?
  • What brings the greatest excitement in so much that work becomes play and play becomes work?
  • What do you engage in of value that you lose count of time?

What burns as your passion is what you were born to do. What you are absolutely excellent at doing is what you will excel at.

Continuous improvement and consistency in your key skill areas over the long haul leads to the hallmark of mastery or peak performance.


  1. Verbal Intelligence
  2. Mathematical Intelligence
  3. Physical Intelligence
  4. Musical Intelligence
  5. Visual-Spatial Intelligence
  6. Interpersonal Intelligence
  7. Intrapersonal Intelligence
  8. Entrepreneurial Intelligence
  9.  Intuitive Intelligence
  10. Abstract Intelligence

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