I wrote recently about 3 Elements to Help you Make Your Decisions a Reality and how those three principles. In this post, I want to expand on those principles, which I have dubbed the Peak Performance Formula. These principles form a specific method or formula for implementing the Law of Creation for your benefit.
To begin, I want to share with you a story from the Book of Mormon, a book I believe to be scripture and which sits alongside the bible as a testament of Jesus Christ.
At the beginning of this book, we get to read about a man named Nephi and his family. Nephi’s father, Lehi, had a vision that he should take his family and leave Jerusalem because it was shown to him that it was going to be destroyed. They packed up their things and travelled into the wilderness.
After travelling for a few days, Lehi received more revelation from God that directed him to send his sons back to Jerusalem to secure some records from a man named Laban. Nephi was very willing to do, but his older brothers less so. In the end, they all went back and tried to obtain the plates in three different ways.
- Relying on the goodness of others and their family name to obtain what they were after.
- Relying on the worth of worldly things to get what they came for.
- Relying on God to provide the means to succeed in their endeavor.
Ultimately, they succeeded in their quest and returned safely to their father in the wilderness and continued their journey.
Nephi and the Peak Performance Formula
So, how does this relate to the Peak Performance Formula? First, a quick reminder of what the Peak Performance Formula is:
- Make a DECISION
- Make it SACRED
- Make it HAPPEN
Nephi was the master of these principles in my mind, and it couldn’t be more evident than when he and his brothers returned to Jerusalem to get the brass plates.
Three key elements in that story stick out to me:
Nephi Made a DECISION
Nephi made a decision to obtain the brass plates. That was that. Non-negotiable. He was not going to fail in that, because he knew it was a commandment from the Lord.
We read about him making his decision in 1 Nephi 3:7.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.1 Nephi 3:7, Book of Mormon
It is evidently clear that Nephi had a clear vision in his mind and made a very firm and clear decision that he and his brothers were going to go to Jerusalem and obtain the record of their ancestors.
Nephi Made it SACRED
Nephi (and his brothers to an extent) made it sacred. They made the decision to get the plates sacred – meaning that nothing was going to take precedence over this decision. It wasn’t something they would put off until tomorrow, or next week, or year, or whatever.
They went back to Jerusalem right away and started working to obtain the record.
Recall that Nephi and his brothers tried relying on the goodness of Laban to give them the plates, and that didn’t work. Then they relied on the worth of their worldly possessions to buy the plates, and that didn’t work either. At that point, Nephi’s brothers were ready to give up and go home. They felt they had put in an honest effort and that it just wasn’t in the cards to reach this goal they had set for themselves.
Nephi Made it HAPPEN
This is the point in the story where Nephi tells his brothers that it was time to rely on the wisdom of the Lord. He wasn’t willing to give up just yet.
So Nephi made it happen. By following the Spirit, Nephi was led directly down a path that allowed them to succeed in keeping the commandment given them.
Yes, he went down a couple wrong paths with his brothers. Yes, they could have saved time had they relied on the Lord in the first place. But even still, Nephi made it happen. He never gave up, and he followed the direction he was receiving to accomplish his aim.
These three principles are powerful when executed in our own lives. Make a firm decision on your dream. Make the rituals and routines in your life sacred to help build up your inner self to unstoppable and build the confidence to keep growing. And then go out and make your life happen – take charge of your life and don’t leave your future up to chance!
I want to issue you a challenge.
- Write in your journal a description of the decision you are making.
- Write out in detail how you will make that decision (and the tasks, rituals, routines, etc.) sacred in your life
- Write out your oath and commitment to follow through and make it happen.
- Then sign it. No joke – I want you to put pen to paper and sign that commitment you just made to yourself.
By making the firm commitment to yourself to do these things by signing your name to it, I hope that it solidifies your resolve to go out and make your dreams a reality!