Have you ever wondered why some people succeed more quickly and sustain that success over the long term? The truth is, high-performing professionals and entrepreneurs are not superhuman individuals. They are often regular people who have mastered a few basic habits that anyone can learn. In this post, we're going to dive into these six high-performance habits that can help propel you to new heights in your personal and professional life.
Now, when it comes to performance, there's a lot of advice out there that sounds good, but doesn't necessarily lead to high performance over the long term. You know the kind of advice I'm talking about: work hard, be passionate, focus on your strengths, practice a lot, stick to it, and be grateful. We all know people who do these things and yet success eludes them.
A few years ago, I was introduced to the six habits that we'll be discussing today and began to practice them. Over the last five years, I was able to go back to school, study full-time, and get my degree with honours, all while restructuring my company and continuing to serve my clients. I was even able to take weekends off (except for the odd time when class projects were due or some other commitment). Once my studies were done, in the middle of the pandemic, I was able to focus on my business, profits increased by 22% the first year and are on track to be up 15% this year.
I share all of this not to say that I'm any different from you, but to show you that these six habits really work.
Ready? Let's dive in.
Habit #1: Seek Clarity
High performers have a clear vision of what they want to accomplish and why it truly matters. They don't just go through the motions; they define their purpose and set meaningful goals that align with their values. They envision who they aspire to be, the skills they want to develop, who they will serve, and how they engage with others.
Habit #2: Generate Energy
We all know that burnout is real and can hinder our progress. High performers understand this and prioritize their well-being. They establish daily routines and rituals that help them recharge physically, emotionally, and mentally. Whether it's exercise, meditation, quality sleep, or nurturing relationships, they know that investing in themselves fuels their success. We have to learn how to generate energy, not just have it.
Habit #3: Raise Necessity
What separates high performers from the rest is their unwavering commitment to their goals. They don't see success as a luxury but a necessity. They constantly remind themselves why they must achieve their objectives, igniting a fire within them. They elevate the stakes, set high standards, and embrace the sense of urgency to propel themselves forward.
Habit #4: Increase Productivity
Being busy doesn't necessarily mean being productive. High performers understand this distinction and prioritize tasks that yield the greatest impact. They focus on producing high-quality output that makes a real difference. Productivity is not about being busy, it's about what you produce that matters.
Habit #5: Develop Influence
Success is not a solo journey. High performers recognize the power of relationships and actively cultivate their network. They surround themselves with like-minded individuals, seek out mentors, and contribute value to others. Building influence is not just about what you gain, but how you can positively impact others. So, network, connect, and invest in meaningful relationships that elevate you.
Habit #6: Demonstrate Courage
Fear of failure can hold us back from realizing our true potential. High performers, however, see challenges as opportunities for growth. They face their fears head-on, step outside their comfort zones, and take calculated risks. Remember, courage is not the absence of fear but acting despite it. Embrace discomfort, learn from failures, and watch your confidence soar.
In conclusion, high performance is not a mystery or reserved for a select few. It's a set of habits that anyone can cultivate and master with effort and dedication. By seeking clarity, generating energy, raising necessity, increasing productivity, developing influence, and demonstrating courage, you can elevate your performance and reach new heights in your personal and professional life. Start today, and unleash your potential.
But remember, incorporating these habits into your daily routine is not a one-time thing. It requires consistent effort, commitment, and a willingness to learn and grow. It's a journey, not a destination. So, start small, be patient with yourself, and celebrate your progress along the way. You have the power to reach your full potential and achieve the success you desire.