Super High-Octane Performance

Everybody wants to be a winner. We live in a highly-competitive world where the pressures to succeed begin from our earliest school days. We are constantly judged, evaluated and rewarded – or penalised – according to the levels of success we attain in almost every part of our lives. No wonder the world has become an increasingly pressured and stressful place to live!

But, if you still feel convinced that the quest for success is a worthwhile undertaking, how can you improve your performance and get the kind of results that you’ve always dreamed of achieving? What’s the secret to generating a major upgrade in your productivity? Is it really possible to break free from your old limitations and reach new heights of success?

The short answer is – ‘Yes, of course it is!’

Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality. – Ralph Marston

So, why is it so challenging to step up from where we are today and fulfill our latent potential for better productivity? What could possibly be getting in the way?

It might seem strange to ask ourselves how we can improve our results and break free from our limitations when we’re surrounded by advice from all sides on how to change our lives, enhance our skills and leverage our opportunities. The marketplace is awash with books and blogs and videos, all claiming to offer the secrets of success. And perhaps that’s where the real problem lies: there’s simply too much information from too many competing gurus and experts, all offering their interpretations on how to be successful. Let’s face it – they can’t all be right.

Do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to your tasks. Then the performance of your tasks will be no miracle, but you will be the miracle. – Thomas S. Monson

So, it’s fair to say that not all of this advice is helpful. In many cases, the advice offers little more than a distraction from the fundamentals that underpin all improvements. Because there really is no substitute for working your way towards your goals and dreams. That’s right. The right degree of effort applied consistently to the appropriate tasks are the foundations of extraordinary results.

Most people experience significant change in their lives when they eliminate the unessential and knuckle down each day to the key tasks that need to be done. I know. It sounds too simple, doesn’t it? And it doesn’t take an entire book to communicate this essential message. It really is powerfully simple both in concept and in application.

If the idea of eliminating unessential activities from the day seems too daunting, this is exactly where an effective coach or manager can make a world of difference. They can shine a light on the day’s distractions and help you to focus your energy precisely on everything that needs to be done. The daily To Do List become a solid track that guides your choice of activity and turns your attention to the tasks that make a measurable difference to the day – and to your goals. With a little practice, the To Do List becomes a virtuous habit that makes maximum use of the hours that are available to you each day. It sounds incredibly simple but that’s how each of us can make a major difference to our performance.

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. – Joe Paterno

The other extraordinary element in the equation for enhanced success can be found in the quality of our expectations. And this intriguing concept applies as much to ourselves as individuals as it does to the group dynamic of fellow team members and colleagues.

Whilst daily activities are easier to note and plan in advance, our expectations require a different kind of attention. Because expectations provide the foundations for our performance. They exert a powerful influence on our individual behaviour as well as on the behaviour of others at all levels.

When we experience negative expectations, this is where we encounter the dark realm of self-sabotage. This is where we unconsciously look for excuses to quit, to fall short of our targets, to offer less than our best and interpret the setbacks as evidence of our unworthiness to succeed.

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises. – Mae West

When we harness the power of positively-charged expectations, we develop a sense of personal power and an attitude of being unstoppable. And it’s an energy that translates into our relationships with others. Believing in ourselves is extremely important. Believing in others can make a world of difference to their view of themselves and their potential. This is where the power of positive expectations can produce unexpected benefits for everyone.

This is where a simple declaration of belief can change someone’s life and help them to live up to their real potential. That’s why we need to demand the very best of ourselves and, by leading through our daily example, inspire others to raise their performance and experience new levels of success and personal satisfaction.

The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance. – Brian Tracy