A number of weeks ago, I heard an interview with Brendon Bouchard. He was introducing his latest book High Performance Habits. The book is a summary of a 3-year research project looking at why and how high-performance people do what they do. He defined High Performance as Sustained, long-term success.
He discovered some key things that all of the people he interviewed had in common. These people were all highly successful, not only in their business but also in their personal lives. Much of what Bouchard discovered has been said by others, probably forever, but in his gathering it all together, he’s created something powerful.
He identified 6 habits that were true for every high performer he interviewed. I’ve put them in my own words and as I understand them. Here they are:
- Show Up. That’s right. Show up – daily, weekly, monthly. Do what needs doing, and don’t skip it! Turn this way of operating on a daily basis into a habit that you learn never to drop.
- Balance your life. Balance is about living well emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and sexually. This is something I learned in Shamanism, and now it’s coming into modern use. Without this kind of balance, we lose energy, and simply aren’t able to show up all the time, when we need to.
- Clarity. High performers define the feeling they’re after, like “overall contentment” on a daily basis: not having a feeling of contentment for a split second, but how, in general, they want to feel regularly. How do you get there? If you know how you want to be and feel, you can begin to define the kinds of activities that will get you to that state. For instance, I want to feel light-hearted and full of hope; and know that the kinds of things that will get me there are focusing on what’s truly important and always including time with those I love.
- Positive self-talk. Bring that inner elder to the surface so that she can guide you openly and powerfully. For instance, every day, I decide what I need to do, then I have a talk with myself. Like: Maryanne, you really need to focus on getting this document out, so make some relevant self-contracts – this is completely doable and once you’re finished, you know you’ll feel fantastic.
- Manage transitions. Take time when you’re switching from one set of tasks to another to reset your intentions. Take a break, let go of the current focus, and set the next intention. For instance, once I finish my newsletter, my next task is usually to see a client. Before I can see that client, so that I am 100% present with her, I take 10minutes. Often, I’ll cup my eyes with my hands and simply sit there, breathing and relaxing. It really works.
- Stop striving and start thriving. Full engagement, joy, confidence – those are the three things high performers feel as they work. They don’t feel stressed, striving for something they don’t yet have. They’re happy and engaged. They’re thriving, right now, in the present moment.
I encourage you to get a copy of his book, and see how you can apply what he’s found in a way that works for you.
Now I’d love to hear from you about your own experiences, knowledge, opinions. In the comments below, share one thing that you experienced as a mirror moment that changed your day, or even your life.
This newsletter is in three parts: the first part is my contribution; the second is a video I’ve found that relates to the topic in part 1; the third is a quote. I hope you enjoy the richness this brings to the topic of the week with all three parts.
Secrets to success – Richard St. John
Quote of the Week
Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
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