You’ve probably heard the term “high performance” before (especially if you've hung around me before *wink*). Whether it’s in your Instagram feed, from one of your favorite YouTubers, or maybe an email has popped up in your inbox with this phrase, you've seen the term.
When I first heard this term, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. I wanted to know more because I felt like it described the way I wanted to approach life that I had never had words to describe before. I was always the person who wanted more...not in a dissatisfied way, but in a growth-oriented way, and high-performers are this same way!
High performance can be defined as consistently succeeding on a long term basis, and beyond what most people define as standard. Basically, it’s going above and beyond more often than not, and meeting and exceeding your goals!
Who wouldn’t want that?
Now that you know the definition, your next question is probably “That sounds great––how do I get there?” Honestly, it’s not as difficult as you might think, but it does require some careful planning and intention. In my role as a High-Performance Coach, I’ve learned ways that anyone can use to obtain sustained long-term success, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than sharing it with my clients and watching them put these strategies into action.
Ok, so let’s get down to the one thing you’ll need to launch your journey into becoming the high performing, successful leader you want to be.
Studies in the area of high performance show many ways a person reaches this level, but the number one thing all high performers have in common is a strong sense of clarity.
Sounds simple, right?
Having clarity requires discipline, but there are simple ways you can sharpen it!
First, it’s vital to have an awareness and intention about who you are and what you want to be when it comes to reaching high performance. When you know your goals and what kind of leader you want to be, you are drawing your own roadmap to success. This is a super important step that requires sitting down and visualizing where you see yourself when it comes to being successful. Write it down, share with someone you trust–-anything that helps you develop an end-game of where you want to be!
High performers also have clarity about the kinds of relationships they want to have with others. How do they want to interact with colleagues, partners, and potential clients? Defining your relationships can be as simple as taking time before big meetings to flesh out how you want your conversation to go! The important part is setting a goal in your mind so that your actions can follow.
The final way to have clarity is reflecting on and analyzing the things that have helped you succeed already. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “if it isn't broke, don’t fix it!” While there’s always room for improvement when it comes to developing into a high performer, there can be something said for using methods that have worked for you in the past, to continue succeeding in the future. The last time you met your goals, did you have a huge support network, advanced training, and did you put in hard work? These are important things to remember when road-mapping your future successes. Notice patterns that surround your success and then intentionally implement these patterns on repeat!
You can read even more in-depth about clarity over at my article, How to Find Clarity and Why It’s Important.