Peak Performance through Game Theory


Peak Performance (peak experience, the zone of optimal functioning, and state of flow) refers to a moment when an individual puts it all together, when they are in the zone, when everything flows, and when they achieve an exceptional performance.


Peak Performance can be defined in many ways…

When my students study Game Theory I ask them to look at it from a number of different perspectives.

The first question they often ask during this exploration is achieving Peak Performance at what? My point of view on this question for most people is on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. I often speak of Peak Performance as an expression of efficiency, effectiveness, precision, and productivity in action. What is often referred to as holism or synergy.



Measuring a person’s present skill sets, as well as their potential can often be generally addressed through metrics and specifically through biometrics. Self-awareness, which I believe is the most important element in peak performance and excellence, cannot so easily be measured with graphs, charts, a data tree or a Matrix.  It is never easy to see the highest qualities related to human beings; being a loving, kind,  compassionate,  empathetic,  wise, and with an appreciation of beauty in mathematical terms. Still, having these qualities could be perceived  to be an expression of Peak Performance.



In Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT), the number of variables that would become involved in the process of assessing a performance would go beyond what would generally be measured or considered within classical mathematical Game Theory. For instance, the two elements that can be explored with metrics are cost benefit analysis, and risk-benefit analysis. These two measurable factors will often cross paths but not always. The goal for the skilled game theorist is to maximize their potential at the lowest possible cost. Of course cost, cannot always be measured in cash. There are many resources in game theory and gamification available to us: including time, space, information, and influence. These may also be considered costs, even if they are not cash.



The need for Peak Performance cannot be underestimated.  It is required for business, politics, ethics, medicine, sports, architecture and all the sciences. Just imagine what might happen to a skyscraper if the architect, or designer, who created it could not be shown to have reached a certain level of excellence.

In business the ability to use analytics in making economic predictions is essential. Applied Game theory is certainly required here. Much of my work as a game theory based Peak Performance Coach is applied in sports analytics, and fantasy sports; especially in soccer, football and in various elements of athletic performance.  For instance, I have worked as a consultant for a number of organizations that deal with track and field athletes, and specifically with basketball players. Peak Performance here would be defined as how high someone can jump to dunk, or even to teach how to dunk a basketball. This type of peak performance training can also be applied to doing the high or long jump, or martial arts.



Of course all of us are not going to be world champions. Here peak performance and excellence will need to be within the limitations of what we’re capable of doing. However, who knows what that limitation might be. Game Theory may enable us to strategize effectively, efficiently, precisely, and productively while maximizing our potential at the lowest possible cost.

You can learn much more about this by exploring my course

Game Theory from A to Z and Beyond. 


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Please share these ideas with your children. Many experts on early child development and peak performance have begun to study how teaching your child game theory can be used make your kid good at anything.

In conclusion remember that Game Theory in peak performance can offer the greatest benefits at the lowest possible cost by reducing risk. Game Theory is a perfect tool to take your life-game to the next level. In my wellness coaching work I have often turned for information to Your peak performance guide: a spotlight on wellness | London Business School


Lewis Harrison is a professional Business, Success and Life Coach. The author of over 20 books on game-based thinking he teaches his proprietary approach to gamification and creating winning strategies, Harrison’s Applied Game Theory.