The real difference between greatness and mediocrity comes down to habits. High performers have high-performance habits. These four habits are simple, but they will make all the difference in your life and your quest for success. High performers are normal people, they just discipline themselves to do a few things differently each day. Simple habits lead to great success.
Most of us have a lot of significant demands on our time and energy.
We have things we need to get done… and get done well. I hope you have a desire in your heart to do things well; to continually work toward greatness in the things that really matter.
Without question, the best way to live is as a peak performer; performing at your best levels in each of the important roles in your life.
I’ve been studying successful lives and principles for 20 years; here’s what I’ve observed.
#1 Peak Performers Are Holistic, Therefore Prioritized
They are keenly aware that their health, their emotions, and their relationships all have a tremendous effect on every other part of life. They guard and protect those sacred things; they’re fierce.
On the contrary, people with mediocre lives just let life happen to them. They don’t direct, they accept. They don’t understand the interrelation of fitness, emotion, spirit and mind. They hope things go well for them, but mostly play the victim, allowing circumstances and others to determine how their life goes.
#2 High Performers are Voracious Readers
(I have an audio program just on this topic that I believe will have a great impact on your life. Get your copy here.)
They read and study in their field of choice and they know their business. You have got to know your stuff and become an expert. If people were as proficient at learning as they are at texting, the world would be revolutionized. While others watch TV and play video games, you need to be reading.
Well, you don’t have to read, but I promise you won’t get the results you seek until you discipline yourself to this habit. Read half of what you could, and you’ll only get half of what you could.
Read everywhere and every time. Make reading your first thing in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed, while you wait for meeting or appointments, while you drive your car or exercise…etc Get your mind full of great ideas and inspiration.
High achievers are also very strict about the quality of their input. Don’t waste your time with trash. I’m always shocked at the sheer amount of garbage books out there. There are more good books than you could read in a couple lifetimes; there’s no time for trash.
#3 They Think
Great leaders are great thinkers. What we think about, we bring about.
If you desire to rise to the level of peak performance you have got to alter the way you think. Well, for some of us, we have to actually start thinking 🙂 Most of us just let our thoughts wander all over the place. From what we’re eating to what she’s wearing, to the game last week, to why your mom did that when you were a kid, etc. Most people don’t keep their mind focused for more than a few minutes. Distraction comes in from all sides and your thoughts get blown around like the wind. Focused thinking, identity thinking, and optimistic thinking are what will make you a great leader.
Read ‘Thinking For a Change‘ by John Maxwell
#4 They Work
But they don’t over work.
Too many people overwork and underperform. While others sleep and socialize, great achievers work. And when they work, they work. They are present and they are engaged. They have disciplined focus and they know how to get it done. They work with a mission in mind and everything is scheduled around that. They have a specific time for checking emails and social media and they eliminate all other distractions while they work.
Work without interruption or distraction for 50 minutes, then take a 10-minute energizer break. No messy around though. 😉
You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish and what you can produce in just a few hours of focused work. Do that consistently, and you and others will be shocked at what you can do with peak performance!