“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
~ Colin Powell, Secretary of State
Do you often wonder how certain people manage to becomehighperformers and optimizing performance for certain individuals seem difficult an aim as a visit to the North pole?
First, who is a high performer?
In simple language, a high performer can maintain his or her physical and mental energy levels throughout the day to accomplish tasks that need to be accomplished in order to enrich his or her own life, as well as enrich the lives of people who depend on him or her.
A high performer is focused on his or her goals without getting distracted or discouraged, or indulging in self-doubt. He or she can create the perfect balance between short-term tasks and long-term goals, as a habit.
In a nutshell, a high performer does what needs to be done, at the right time, with zeal, efficiency and most importantly, persistence, on an ongoing basis.
Contrary to popular belief, high performers are not born that way, although certain individuals have an inbuilt system on auto pilot that allows them to perform well consistently. But these are exceptional people.
We must develop a system that allows us to be high performers!
Many are driven and hardworking, but somehow cannot channelize their energies towards high performance because somehow, they are not following the right approach, or don’t develop the right attitude.
Listed below are the top 5 things that high performers do that somehow, intentionally or unintentionally, the non-performers don’t do.
1. Clearly define what high performance is.
Different people have different definitions of performance, so decide what performance means to you. Only when you have clarity you develop the spiritual and physical energy needed for high performance. If you can’t pin point, consult a coach, a counselor, or a guru.
SadhguruJaggiVasudevexplains the meaning of a “guru” very beautifully. He says that in guru, “gu” means darkness and “ru” means dispeller. So, a guru is a dispeller of darkness. What exactly is darkness? Darkness is simply, the absence of light. A guru can fill your surroundings with the light so that you can see clearly and make sense of the world around you.
Similarly, there can be a guru who can throw light on exactly what is high performance for you and how you can reach the state where performance becomes a habit rather than an effort.
2. Have a clearly defined value system.
The 34th President of the United States, Eisenhower once said, “A person that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
High performers have an unequivocally defined value system. They have a clear idea of what is right and what is wrong. They work smartly, they optimize their resources and abilities but when it comes to their values and principles, they never compromise!
3. Overcome your fears.
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” ~ Henry Ford.
Mahatma Gandhi said that fear is our greatest enemy; it’s not hatred, it’s not lack of knowledge, it’s not even physical weakness. It’s the fear of the unknown, the fear of not being able to succeed, is our greatest enemy.
If you apply this philosophy to the way you work and perform, you need to embrace challenges that scare you. What needs to be done, should be done, the first thing in the morning. Don’t shrug away from important, unavoidable tasks just because they seem unpleasant.
4. Learn to distinguish between performance and success.
Studies have shown that between 70-90% lottery winners go bankrupt within 2-3 years. Yes, even people who have won $50-60 million go broke within a few years. Why? Doesn’t winning so much money mean super success? It’s because people don’t know the difference between success and performance.
Success is intermittent, performance is ongoing. You can be successful even without performing, but then the foundation of that sort of success is brittle and can disintegrate any time. On the other hand, success based on your performance is long lasting, persistent, and totally in your control. So, focus on performance, without letting success come in your way.
5. Integrate learning into your lifestyle.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrificing, and most of all, love of what you’re doing or learning to do.” ~ Pele.
High performers are constantly learning. They always know more about their field than their peers and subordinates, no matter what professional or public position they hold. High performers know that learning never stops.
Many success gurus believe that high performance is a state of being. It is an attitude. Some have it, this attitude, and some need to develop it, nurture it, or need to know how to develop and nurture it. The great news is that anybody can be a high performer. You need to have the will. You need to have confidence in yourself. And you need to believe that darkness is just the absence of light.
The biggest difference between mediocre performers and high performers is the belief system. You need to develop a belief system that instills you with the right kind of confidence and wisdom that enables you to become a high performer.
Now that you have read this blog, look to see what mind space are you in and you may find yourself in one of the two contrary spaces. One would try and pull you up to take action and move forward in this area and another one will pull you down and excuses will come up to not do anything about it and delay action. The first mind space is of a high-performer and the latter is of a low-performer.
The results totally depend on your choice – who do you choose to listen to.