Article 5: Six Habits of High Performers

Would you be interested in understanding how some of the elites in the world get so much done, so quick?

These individual are what we call High Performers, meaning, they outperform their peers, and society.

They are the CEOs, Executives, Profession Athletes, Olympians, Super moms & dads…. those types of people.

So, let me ask the question again… would you be interested in understanding how some of the elites in the world get so much done, so quickly?

You are probably bouncing in your chair now or perhaps drooling with your hands in the air, screaming…. YES!  YES!  YES!!

First, let me introduce you to the High Performance Institute and its founder Brandon Burchard.  

Brandon conducted over two decade study on High Performers.  The purpose of the study was to uncover HOW COME some people just WIN in life and it seems like everything they touch, they WIN #MagicTouch?  They do so effortlessly, which makes it somewhat annoying to everyone else.  When we are unable to understand how they achieve so much, we simply settle for “They are just good at everything.”

Unbeknownst to most that these individuals have mastered habits and mindsets that helps them win and more importantly sustain such levels of achievement.

You’ve heard the quote “Success leaves clue..”, within those close are habits that are mastered and brought to bear every time and in every situation and every project.

We call those habit The High Performance Habits.  The High Performance Institute scrubbed date from global surveys, structured one-on-one interview, data analytics, academic literature reviews, coaching insights from 3,000+ high performance coaching sessions, empirical results from training.  There were over a million high performance indicator assessments, three hundred thousand organizational employee, 1.6m online students, and the list goes on.  As you see over two decades a lot of work was done in this study.  

To uncover the common denominators, Burchard needed to make sure these habits were done deliberately, they were observable, malleable, trainable, and are effective across domains.  

Finally nailing down the habit, only six habits fit in these criteria.  The habit are Clarity, Energy, Necessity, Productivity, Influence, Courage.  

Breaking these habits and applying them to your world, can make the difference.  

On your next project or task or conversation, try this:

  1. Seek Clarity: By understand the end goal of the project, helps determine what our next step is.  By understanding that, we are able to assess where we are at the moment and what is the next single step to move this project forward.  Uncovering how YOU seek clarity, start with quesitons:  When was a time, you had a huge project, something you’ve never done before, what was the very first thing you did to take the very first step?  What in life are you absolutely clear about right now?  What zaps your joy?  What brings you joy?  Answering those questions, helps you understand how you seek clarity.  
  2. Generate Energy: Energy is something we generate, just like a power plant generates energy, we as humans do the same.  Without energy, nothing is done!  We are worn-out and non responsive.  No energy means burnout!  When it comes to generating energy, we must assess our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  These are the foundations to increasing our ability to generate energy, as we charge towards our goals.  Question, how are you doing in these areas of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual?  What are you doing now, that is serving you well?  What are you doing, that is a disservice to your health?
  3. Raise Necessity: The truth is, we would do more for others than we would do for ourselves.  This is where external motivation can increase our drive to accomplish a goal or a task.  Raising necessity is asking questions that are beyond just you.  Questions such as, who needs me to show up as my best today?  Who needs me to get up for work today?  If this project or task is challenging, why must I finish it?  A great example would be, if I don’t go to work this week, my family will starve… so, I must get up and go to work regardless of how I feel today.  Finding that extra layer of motivation is raising necessity.
  4. Increase Productivity: An essential part of life is growth… and the most frustrated human is a stagnant human.  Productivity is growth and increasing productivity is the key to high performance.  When was a time you felt most productive?  What was it that brought you to that state initially and then helped you stay in such heightened state to complete the task?
  5. Develop Influence: John C. Maxwell says “Leadership is Influence, nothing more, nothing less!”  I absolutely agree!  To lead others, we must first understand we are leading ourselves and the hardest person to lead is you.  The hardest person for me to lead is me.  As we grow in different areas of our lives, through different chapters, we experience different things.  That growth happening in those moments, help influence us along with others in our network.  In order to influence others or develop influence, we must understand people don’t care what you know, until they know you care.  How are you showing up?  How are you actions perceived by others?  
  6. Demonstrate Courage: Courage as we know is not the absence of fear, but rather acting regardless of your mental, emotional, or physical state.  Courage is bold!  Much like a muscle, it takes conditioning to be courageous.  When was a time in your life, when you acted courageously?  What was going on in those moments, that forced you to act?  What was the mindset right before your courageous act?  And how can you use that mindset in coming projects?

Now that you are familiar with the six Habits of High Performers, it can be applied to any situation or conversation or project.  

Here, I will be the example of how to apply this to your life.

Six months ago, I moved from Chicago to Tampa, Florida.  Best move ever!

Getting clear (seek clarity) on my destination was my first step.  While knowing my end goal, I still needed to search for a home to live, so I jumped on a flight and came searching.  On the day I signed my lease, it was (ENERGY).  I was excited and ready for the next move.  Why was I leaving Chicago?  My family?  My friends?  Well, what’s most important to me is a healthy quality of life and the winters were getting bad, to the point of some levels of anxiety.  THAT was (raising my necessity) to move.  During packing time, I searched how to move either hitching a trailer to my car, renting a UHaul truck and trailer for my car, renting PODs container, or Haul container?  Whichever was the most cost efficient and safe would be the winner.  I had (increased my productivity) with research.  Considering I’d lived in Chicago majority of my life and mentioned to friends for about nine years in a row, that I’d moving, no one believed me.  Until the lease was signed and I was packing and on my last day, my influence grew.  All those acts led to (demonstrating courage.)  

Now, it is your turn… how can this simple framework be applied to your life?  

Your coach,

Joseph O. Arthur

Certified High Performance Coach

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