Is High Performance Habits The Secret To Success?
We all struggle to be the best version of ourselves. We all want to have the best friends and ventures of our choosing in our life. May it be career, sports, acting, or even our own business. It is painful not to be happy with the daily (real or fictional) displays of success on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Habits is an investigation into the best practices for managing stress while staying motivated to achieve your ambitions. It is Brendon’s belief that the difference between failure and success is mindset.
Brendon says that the personal habits that are essential for you to succeed are,
Hard work is the road to success but it is pointless without a map. It is your job to seek daily clarity on the status of your projects and your progress towards achieving their completion. You should also be seeking daily clarity on your goals. Perhaps you could achieve your goals using another method? Maybe you should reevaluate your objectives with new knowledge? Only by seeking clarity can you know.
Rising to the pinnacle of your profession is hard work. To succeed you will need energy beyond the capacities of caffeine and other stimulants. You can build your energy by working out and practicing meditation to maintain your optimum performance.
Brendon quit a good job as an analyst at Accenture nearly twenty years ago to strive to be a professional coach. Yet he wasn’t triumphant at first. He spent the first two years of his coaching career totally broke and living with his girlfriend in a small dingy apartment. It was the necessity to provide for his family that drove him to develop his talents in public speaking, social media, and video production.
You will also need to sharpen your social skills to achieve success.
Simply practicing a skill won’t take you to the next level. To succeed it is essential to constantly stretch your goals and challenge yourself. You can also further enhance your skills by mentoring and competing with your friends. You should also consider visualizing yourself hitting the peak of your skills.
Nobody achieves success in their industry without influence. Leadership is the central core of high performance and realizing any long term achievement in your career. Learn to ask people for favors and be ready to help them with their problems. Real influence is in teaching people to be the best version of themselves!
Courage is about resisting and in time mastering your fear. With the path to victory fought with uncertainty, it is essential that you learn to manage your discomfort. You could begin by addressing your anxieties about social situations and showing your independence to your peers. Courage is also about asserting your morality and you could practice it by defending the victims of bullying.
Success is an act of discipline in the words of Brendon Burchard. In his words it is also the exercise of developing influence because leadership is simultaneously the precursor to and the result of success. In Brendon’s view it is the job of the high performer to build value by seeking out opportunities to help others.
While the book is certainly a must read for those aspiring to reach the next level, the narrative is still problematic. Brendon likes to explain his lessons in the form of stories and these anecdotes are sometimes to brief or vague to be useful.