03 Oct How To Develop High Performance Habits
Did you know that anyone can become a high performer? Let me share the news with you, finally scientifically confirmed by the largest high performance study in the world! By the way, are you performing up to your full potential? In this blog you will also get a practical guide that will help you jump to the next level by changing the habits that are holding you back now.
For many years, studies on exceptional achievement underlined the impact of creativity, personality factors and environmental conditions on reaching top performance. (Let me drop the discussion about giftedness being an innate ability – because personally I think you need to develop the talents for them to flourish). Anyway, in earlier studies highly creative people were proved to have better chances to achieve excellence and success. The same concerned people who had family and school or work support, especially access to the resources needed to complete the important tasks. Obviously, every person using the internet can access information dozens of times faster than the person looking for it in the library or not having a public library at all.
Today we simply have to rethink the approach to high performance due to the research results from the largest study ever conducted on this topic. Together with a team of psychology scientists, Brendon Burchard (the world’s leading high performance coach and personal development trainer) discovered that
High performance is not strongly correlated with age, gender, nationality, intelligence, personality, strengths, creativity, empathy, years of experience or compensation.
Years of research led him to identify the six deliberate habits that gave people the edge. Brendon Burchard also discovered that anyone can practice these habits with extraordinary results in their lives, relationships and careers. Brendon Burchard’s incredible book on self-motivation and achieving more than you imagined has disrupted quite a few ideas of excellence: “High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way.”
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In particular, Brendon was determined to answer three questions:
- Why do some individuals and teams succeed more quickly than others and sustain that success over the long term?
- Of those who pull it off, why are some miserable and others consistently happy on their journey?
- What motivates people to reach for higher levels of success in the first place, and what practices help them improve the most?
Brendon’s definition of high performance is simple and precise:
High performance means succeeding beyond standard norms, consistently over the long-term. It feels like full engagement, joy and confidence that come from giving your absolute best.
Let’s face the facts. What do we know about high performers in general?
- They are more successful than their peers, yet they are less stressed.
- They are more confident that they will achieve goals despite adversity.
- They are uniquely productive … They’ve mastered prolific quality output.
- They work passionately, regardless of traditional rewards.
- They are admired and adaptive leaders.
- They are healthier than peers.
- They feel appreciated and feel their work makes a difference.
Do you belong to high performers? If yes, congratulations! According to the excellence studies, less than 10% of the population are high achievers. Brendon’s figure is slightly higher: he discovered that these are less than 15% of the population.
After years of research, Brendon came up with the following six habits that move the needle in a long-term success story:
Seek clarity. It turns out that compared with their peers, high performers have more clarity on who they are, what they want, how to get it and what they find meaningful and fulfilling.
Generate energy. Brendon has discovered that the most effective way to help high performers increase their energy is to teach them to master transitions between activities. For example, he offers specific strategies to leave the work agenda behind you before entering your house so that you can spend quality time with your family. And vice a versa, using these strategies you can easily leave the family challenges at home and fully focus on the work tasks when working. These techniques are applicable in all life fields.
Raise necessity. According to Brendon, “Necessity is the emotional drive that makes great performance a must instead of a preference.” It helps get things done and become extraordinary. Put in other words, it is a combination of internal forces (personal standards of excellence) and external forces (social duty, obligation, purpose, task urgency) when a person is obsessed with his or her topic of expertise. A high performer would simply say: “I am the one and I love it!”
Increase productivity. To become more productive, we need to set challenging goals and maintain energy and focus every day. Brendon offers a holistic approach that helps us pay attention to nutrition, good sleep, exercise, meditation and generating positive emotions so that we can maintain high levels of energy. Keeping focused isn’t easy in the modern era with information overload where distractions and interruptions are diminishing productivity. We can use a scoring technique to proactively assess our performance daily and thus increase productivity.
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Develop influence. “Having influence means you can get people to believe in you or your ideas, buy from you, follow you, or take actions that you request of them,” he explained.
Demonstrate courage. According to Brendon, demonstrating courage is the cornerstone habit of high performance. Demonstrating courage doesn’t mean you have to save the world. Often, it means taking the first step toward real change, for example, quitting the wrong thing and starting the right one for you.
To summarize, these six habits will help anyone become a high performer.
Do you also have these habits? Are you really performing up to the full potential? Do you know a proven way to form the new winning habits and discard the old ones that do not serve you? Try “The New Habits Generator”.
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Your success in life will be largely determined by your productive habits and how fast you can create new ones that will turn you into a high achiever. Productive habits will help you reach your goals faster.
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