Time and time again history has shown us the lives of remarkable human beings that attained monumental achievements and made their mark in the world. What may not be looked at all the time is that they too were human beings with character flaws, human beings that made mistakes, human beings that failed time and time again… but that ultimately left a legacy we can all admire.
So if they were just human beings like you and me; what eventually led them to much success, at least in some areas of their life? There are so many variables to that answer that I will have to include the complete answer in my book but for now let’s look at some of the characteristics of high-performers so we can become aware of what we can do on a day-to-day basis to improve our performance.
In my definition, a high performer is someone who is fulfilled, maintains balance and health and consistently practices effectiveness and efficiency in the realization of a worthy goal. I would not consider someone who is neglecting his/her family, health or some other aspect of his/her life for the attainment of a career goal to be a high performer. In essence, a high performer boils down to someone who exercises awareness and discipline consistently in a focused direction.
High performers are aware of their mission, values and their purpose which gives them their why, what and how of life. High achievers set goals that help them live their values, attain their mission and live on purpose; those are worthy goals. There are many ways of embarking on a journey of self-discovery that will aid us in understanding those areas of our soul. Yes, it could take us a whole life time to find ourselves but high achievers know that experiences will mold them so they don’t wait a lifetime to define themselves. They become aware of their values, define their mission and decide on their purpose. Once you have those clearly defined on paper, making decisions on what direction to go in life becomes much easier.
High achievers also practice daily disciplines. Now many people hear the word discipline and cringe because it may remind them of discomfort, pain, and/or hard-work and, who likes that? Research has proven that we first tend to consciously or unconsciously choose our habits but ultimately our habits will create the quality of our life. So if we think about it, to avoid a greater amount of pain and discomfort in our lives it is best to discipline ourselves to practice effective habits. In doing so, those habits will soon become automatic and we will begin to have better results in our lives with less effort.
Here are a few simple habits that if practiced daily can make all the difference in your life:
- Consistently focus your energy/thoughts on what you want. Not on what you don’t want or on fears or doubts.
- Spend time every day to learn something new, something that will further your career or make you better.
- Always be optimistic; always be solution oriented.
- Just do it; have action orientation. Just get it done.
- Maintain and build positive associations. Who you spend your time with makes a BIG difference.
- Remind yourself of what you are grateful often. Gratitude opens your heart to happiness.
- Stay resilient. Keep on keeping on in the midst of struggle or failure.
So remember, if you embark on your own journey of self-discovery life will be more fulfilling; if you define your mission, values and purpose decisions will be much easier to make, especially in those forks of life. Practice the habits I mentioned – daily, they will create in you the characteristics of high-achievers and succeeding will come more naturally from there. Until next time, God bless.