How extraordinary people become that way?

I have been wondering about how extraordinary people became extraordinary. Therefore, I intend to find out, since I’m too aiming for the stars.

So, the question is what makes extraordinary people extraordinary?

I believe it has something to do with their habits. So, what is the sure-fire formula for achieving high performance and a happier, healthier life?

Well, excellence will demands sacrifice and constant efforts which promises a deep personal satisfaction and rewards.

So, as of now, I let’s focus on some lessons and insight of achieving high performance habit that could make us EXTRAORDINARY.

Reality Check

Hard works, knowing your strength, personality profiles, and acknowledging gratitude in itself will not take you to your peak performance. 

So, here’s what author Brendon Burchad suggest could improve our performance. 

1.Seek Clarity

Self-delusion is destructive since it gives you no added value and its distract you from your full potential.

Rather, identify your authentic values and objectives , make it truly your own personal values and objective, it does not have to be the same as what your family and friends think it should be and determine how to attain them.

Reflect on what brings you meaning and purpose, connects you with others, and aligns you with your values and sense of who you are.

Ask yourself, what skills and strengths do you need in your armory in order to reach your goals and objectives.

Get specific, give your goals a target date.

In order to gain clarity, understand yourself in these 4 key areas:

  1. Self – Consider who you want to become and start “acting like that person” – or in other words, fake it till you made it.
  2. Social – Think about how you must interact with people in order to achieve the best outcomes. I need to improve on this area myself since I can be too strict and demanding when dealing with others.
  3. Skills – High performers build the skills and knowledge they need to deliver their goals. So, make sure to block out times for learning, reading, taking courses or receiving coaching. And if possible, try to coach others. You might be able to strengthen your network as a ‘mentor’ to those younger than you. Everyone need a good mentor.
  4. Service – Think about what you do for others and the difference you make for them. The best feeling is the feeling of giving. Not’receiving’ that makes us happy, it’s in giving which we will find contentment

2.Generate Energy & Preserve It

The key is to stay mindful about your work, health, diet and sleep.

Here’s is some of the way you can increase your energy:

  • Release tensions and set intention – consider the transitional moments as you move from family time to work, from email to meetings, from work back to family and more. Remember to take in between transition to breath. Make it a habit. 
  • Bring the joy – bring joy into your life. Joy will fires all the upbeat emotions that generate energy. Remember to focus on the positive, visualize your best response to every bad situations, seek stimulating experiences, speak positively, stop complaining and gratitude and appreciate what you have.
  • Optimize health – eat well, exercise regularly, and make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Exercise will stimulate our brain repair and performance, and cuts stress. Also remember to eat LESS and eat BETTER. I need to remember this myself. 

3.Believe in the ‘necessity’of achieving your goals

You need to convince yourself on the necessity to reach your objectives and perform well.

Eric Thomas — ‘When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

So, is it your objectives and goals  as important to you as breathing?

2 significant forces we need to work on:

  • Internal forces – our inner voice when it admonishes us for our poor performance and praises us when we performed to our full potential. Hold yourself to a high standard, or raise your standard higher ! Without going to extremes, foster ‘obsession’ about what you do. Love it so much that you don’t notice that time passes when you’re doing it.
  • External forces – Embrace external expectations and deadlines. Develop a heightened sense of service, duty and accountability. Remember to prioritize what matters.

High performance demands being of service, a meaningful service. 

It involves identifying who most needs your best effort at the moment.

Determine ‘why’ you do what you do.

As Tony Robbins suggest, monetary gain is our secondary motive after such intrinsic rewards such as helping others.

4.Increase your productivity

  • Set goals and prioritize among them.
  • Reduce distractions and interruptions.
  • Don’t multitask.
  • Go for a walk in between tasks or projects to clear your mind and keep it sharp
  • Take a stroll every hour or so to help you reset your energy and let your brain’s neurochemicals rebound.

Do more of what matters

Aim for ‘prolific quality output’ or( PQO) in order to boost achieving your goals and becoming the future self you envision.

PQO is like your deliverables based on the goals and objectives you’ve set. Discover and focus on them.

Spend a minimum of 60% of your time on your POQs.

Chart your 5 moves

Determine what you must accomplish to achieve your goals.

Build the steps of precis plan for each of your 5 major moves or projects.

Align them with your PQO.

Break them down and set deadlines.

Get insanely good at key skills

Pinpoint the knowledge, skills and traits you need to meet your POQ.

Choose 5 most essential competencies and develop proficiency in them in the next 3 years.

Use progressive mastery and focused training to develop excellence in your target top 5 capabilities.

5.You Must Develop ‘Influence’

Ask for more of what you want, more often, from Allah (God), from more people, and to give to others before you asks of them.

As a leader, consider how you want your subordinate and organization teams to think of themselves. 

Give people ‘the benefit of the doubt’ and treat them compassionately.

Influence is not ‘manipulation’.

Constructively encourage others around you to aim higher and do better. Encourage candor, high ethical standards and perseverance.

Try describing what you see in people and how much they can contribute.

I have a profiling for every single member of my team and this allowed me to easily assign them the best task for their talent, tendencies and capabilities.

6.Demonstrate Courage

Courage correlates with high performance more than any other habits. 

Demonstrate courage by overcoming your fears.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but courage is about moving forward even though you are afraid”

Embrace the difficulties you’ve faced and meet these challenges head-on. Revel in hard works, expect setbacks and frustration and rejections, and persist through it all.

Remember, if you tie your definition of success to providing a benefit to someone else, either it’s someone who’s important to you, or even a random stranger, you will have the courage to carry one.

In conclusion, always seek to improve yourself since we are our biggest assets and most worthy investment. Seek out our colleagues’opinions and feedback and act on them.

Remember to stay humble and appreciative. High performers doesn’t meant being a smug.

Work hard to improve constantly.

And if you celebrate your achievements, seek joy and fun in your work, and remain curious !

Oh, don’t forget to have fun !

Reference:

  • High Performance Habits, Brendon Burchard (2017)
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