High performance...

It's got a catchy ring, doesn't it?

Admittedly, 'High Performance' is a bit of a buzzword these days.

We're not the only program to adopt the term as part of our branding. It's everywhere--from sport programs, to athletic-oriented schools, to showcase tournaments.

As is often the case with commonly used terms or phrases, the definition and original intent often gets clouded the more it's used.

Seeing how NLPT's Summer High Performance Program is starting up in a couple of weeks, I thought this would be a good time to dive deeper below the surface of this widely-used term, and explore what it really means. Or at least, how we at NLPT see it.

First, I'd like to talk about what 'High Performance' is not.

At NLPT, it's not about ability or talent. It's not about intensity, difficulty, or quality. And it's not about being a superstar, or even necessarily about being an athlete.

High Performance is a mindset. Pure and simple.

It's the attitude with which you approach your day. It's about your commitment to the details. It's about having a clear intent, and a clear plan of action. It's about being thorough and thoughtful. It's about being honest with yourself, but relentless in your execution to be someone better.

High Performance is being competitive with yourself, instead of trying to impress others.

High Performance is measuring (and knowing how to measure) your progress.

High Performance is about taking advantage of the present moment, seizing the opportunity of today, but still maintaining a long-term and patient outlook.

High Performance is consistently sticking to the process.

High Performance is accepting discomfort.

High Performance is taking a moment to breathe and focus on your warm-up instead of chatting with your buddies.

High Performance is moving the bar as fast as you can, not as fast as is needed.

High Performance is taking 5 minutes after your workout to cool down, relax, and reflect on what you did.

High Performance is going to bed an hour earlier.

High Performance is getting up 20-minutes earlier to pack your lunch.

High Performance is having the guts to push harder, the discipline to hold back, and having the wisdom to know when to do each.

High Performance is clipping your fingernails and flossing your teeth.

High Performance is ordering a water instead of a Coke.

It's not about perfection, it's the pursuit of perfection. It's improvement, commitment, and passion. Every day. Just a little bit better, whether you're A or AAA. Whether you're 12 or 20.

High Performance...is a decision.

At least that's what High Performance means to us.

Originally posted on NLPT's blog.