“A power plant does not have energy, it generates it.”
This concept is central to Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy. A few months back, I went to his 3-day event on the topic of high performance. Through intensive research into high performers, Brendon has defined the traits that are in high performers; he has found that the high performers are those who go and ‘just do it’. It’s not about being tired or energetic or motivated. For those who achieve things, they made them happen; they generate their own success, like a power plant.
_____ is something that you must generate. Enthusiasm, peace, happiness, success are all things that you must generate yourself. If you wait for opportunity to knock you could be waiting a very long time.
High Performance requires Desire & Discipline as well as Mindset & Methodology.
“Desire without Discipline is just Hope.”
“High Performance is heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.”
Or you can reword this to say, High performers generate heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.
Clarity – Your vision. Define it and then generate it.
Energy – Don’t let it dwindle. You must generate your own energy.
Courage – Be bold and make decisions. Don’t take too long to make decisions as you could miss out on opportunities.
Productivity – Get stuff done, but make sure it is the right things that you are getting done.
Influence – High performers have a different level of influence on the people they interact with. They influence people, society and the world.
Some interesting take-aways from the first day of his 3-day event include:
- You don’t know what you need, or else you would already have it/be there. (Remember, you generate what you want so you must know what you want first to be able to get it.)
- Nothing will change unless you change it.
- If your efforts are not working then you just need more training.
- If you want it, create it. For example, If you want more meaningful moments with loved ones, create them.
One other factor to keep in mind is that internal motivation is often not enough. You need to have something to fight for, a greater cause for those you care about.
Steps to Become A High Performer
To raise your levels of performance you need to be tracking yourself and studying your metrics. Brendon recommends taking a daily measure of your score and a weekly review of your high performance scores.
Each day, you should stop and take account of your current energy on each of these areas. Then ask why or how you can change them.
Each week, record these scores on a scale of 1-10 and also track the reason why.
Why these numbers? Why not higher? What can I do to improve my score?
A fellow High Performance Academy attendee created an easy to use Weekly Evaluation Spreadsheet. Visit his website to download the file.
This is just part one of a several part series on this High Performance Academy. Next post: Productivity.