“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” Dennis Waitley
In the last blog post I talked about performance zones and looked at the definitions of the two lower zones, the excuse zone and the victim zone. These zones are where many people spend most of their waking hours. So many people are finding that life is nothing great and living like life is just a great big pain. I’ll bet you know some people who are just existing and not enjoying life. Is that right? What are they saying and what are they doing?
Isn’t it tiring to listen to someone who is always telling you the reasons why they just couldn’t get it done (whatever that is)? They always have a story of why they couldn’t and they certainly “would” have if ….
Notice the language that people use. Is it filled with “Only if” or “If I …” or “I wish …”. That isn’t the language of high performance that is the language of victim level performance. Victim level performance takes energy away from others rather than elevating the energy.
What are the attributes of a performer or a high performer and how do you know you’ve met one? One of the attributes is “energy”. What kind of energy are they producing? Performer’s generate energy and give it away and it becomes this infectious smile or attitude that radiates outward.
High performer’s exude energy and charge up others. Even their bad days are only moments in time rather than most of the time. High performers have bad days and they know that bad days aren’t the rule. Low performers think that good days are unusual rather than the rare occasion.
The big difference between a top performer and low performer is the direction the energy flows. It is a choice that each person makes on what direction their energy flows. If it flows inward you’re not living your full potential. If your energy is flowing outward then you are giving your life meaning.
How do you create high performance?
1. Reduce stress in your life.
2. Increase personal learning
3. Feed yourself positive material (turn off the TV, the radio, the email, …)
4. Serve others … give your time.
5. Be clear on your mission/purpose in life.
6. Being intentional about creating high performance.
7. Develop your mental view of yourself – your personal psychology.
8. Being present … being in the moment (not the past or the future).
Eight steps to reach greater performance and all it takes is putting those ideas into practice. Do you believe that living in performance or high performance is living a better life than living a life of excuses? If you said, “Yes”, then what is stopping you from being the high performer that you can be?
“It’s not the mountain we conquer-but ourselves.”
Sir Edmund Hillary