If you have ever browsed a library shelf containing “personal development” books but only to walk away without any books in your hand because you just didn’t know where to start, then peak performance could be perfect for you.
I have read/listened to a large number of really insightful books this year and many have had a profound impact on my actions and mindset. But this book is by far the single best summary and therefore a fantastic introduction to this field. Whether you want to be on top of your game as a dentist, a mentor, an athlete, a scholar or even just a parent I strongly recommend this book.
It explains the critical balance of stress and rest, how to plan your days to get the most from them and how to factor in larger periods of rest appropriately. It discusses a very interesting study in which people who work for 60-90 minute chunks with a 10-20 minute break actually achieve far more than people who attempt to work without breaks. You may have read that last sentence and thought to yourself that this is obvious but if you did then ask yourself this: If you already know this is true why don't you already schedule proper breaks mid morning and mid afternoon?
It also gives one of the best accounts of why mindfulness is so powerful a tool and is reinvigorating my interest in that topic.
It discusses mindset, habits, exercise, purpose, teaching and more. Each topic is clear, concise, actionable and because of this it firmly embeds itself near the top in my list of books to recommend to others.
Do yourself a favour and get a copy of this book. If like me you think you will enjoy listening to an audiobook then why not take advantage of the 30 day free trial offered by audible. If you decide not to continue your subscription you can still get this book for free! https://amzn.to/2qUJWDl
Dr Chris Harper