THEORY OF PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION
Behaviors, thoughts, and feelings reciprocally interact to influence performance. Because feelings are often difficult to control, a major focus at TOPPS is to achieve optimum performance through cognitive and behavioral skill development.
Continuum of Optimization
Consistent with the tenants of optimization science, all cognitive and behavioral skills are somewhere along a continuum of optimization ranging from non-optimal to optimal. Therefore, professionals at TOPPS focus on determining and efficiently optimizing patterns of behavior and thoughts that have greatest impact on performance.
Athletes are trained to recognize behaviors and thoughts that are consistent with optimal performance in the following goal domains, and they are subsequently challenged to optimize them.
Optimal Sport/Physical Health Performance
Participation in sport/exercise, nutrition, fluids, sleep/rest.
Optimal Relationship Performance
Helping others, expressing gratitude, being a leader, acting with kindness, respecting others, and participating in social events.
Optimal School/Work Performance
Homework, reading, studying, doing research.
Optimal Creativity/ Artistic Performance
Dance, choir, music, comedy, drawing, painting, computer programming, graphic design, and writing/poetry.
Optimal Mental strength & Stability/Mental Wellness Performance
Objective thinking (just the facts), positive perspective (thinking about what’s good about things), and flexible thinking (brainstorming the possibilities).