CONVERSATIONS WITH A HIGH PERFORMER
On the 10th of January 2018, I had the privilege of hosting the maiden edition of the Milestones Master class, Conversations with a High Performer. Conversations with a remarkable man, limitless in achievements and a plain but perfect representation of a High Performer in the person of Sir Samuel Esson Jonah (OGS), left an indelible mark on the guests of reputable and successful caliber. The discussion was centered on the topic of High Performance and the practical leads one should know on the journey to High Performance.
High Performance is not mere expertise development, nor is it the pursuit of winning accolades in hard skills such as being the world’s fastest typist. A high performer is not a one-hit wonder! They are simply not experts of a singular domain. High Performance as defined by Brendon Burchard is consistently succeeding beyond and above standard norms over the long term. One may ask, what does it take then to be a high performer? How do you manage to be present and efficient to output a long-term consistency that more than 90% of people struggle with though out their lifetime? To become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.
Seek Clarity: On the journey to be a high performer, you must have clarity about who you are. Clarity should not be confused with certainty. Taking a stance of certainty is one of the most dangerous states of mind to have. The search for clarity in life however is an unending process; a daily search for answers while being observant enough to ask the right questions. While searching for clarity, it is important that you make the most out of each day. One must find a way to reboot during the day, taking advantage of every minute with as much energy as one started the day with.
Raise a necessity: “As you search for clarity about your life, you find yourself becoming concerned about the reasons you need to excel. Most people are scared to attach their identity to their performance. High performers are willing to put themselves out there and place their identities on the line. That is why we call it raising necessity. It is necessary for them to perform with excellence. It is not a passion, it is not a preference; it is a necessity. To raise necessity, always know who you are doing it for. Ask yourself, out loud, “Who needs me to be on my ‘A’ game right now?” When I sit down at the computer, I literally say, “Who needs me on my ‘A’ game right now?” and it brings my focus back.” – Brendon Bruchard
Develop influence: We live in a world of influence. Your children grew up being influenced by your habits and actions. The ability to positively influence others is a trait of a high performer. As they challenge themselves, they consciously and unconsciously mentor others to do same. High performers grow! Growth like a seed comes with the dirt. High performers do not mind getting dirty and exposing themselves to the hardships of life. They are bold and take life by its horns and steer it in the direction of their vision. They honor the struggle as necessary to forge the kind of character that will help them deserve the outcome they desire.
So, what key lessons can we inculcate in our lifestyle in this season? What are the notable lessons and learnings only experiences and observance can teach a man and mold him into a Legend? Sir Samuel Jonah’s experience made us understand who the high performer is through the eyes of the African. One of the key things he said is that to be a High Performer, you do not take the road of least resistance, you take the road of highest resistance.
He went on to further point out the fact that everyone has an ego. Nevertheless, our job in relating to others is to know how to manage another man’s ego. Every man has a price and it is our duty to leverage this awareness to our advantage. To be legendary, you will need to have had more failures than successes in your life. The failure will come, but what will make you legendary is how you bounce back. Be mindful that your skills and your knowledge are important and will make you relevant. So, learn to fill your knowledge gap. If you know what to do and how to do it, your work will speak for you. Do not create a culture around you that encourages flattery – the critics are important!
The high performance journey is usually a process that requires commitment to understanding failures, running a post mortem on the failures and fighting to bounce back. “When you have failures in your life, your motivation to bounce back should be for the sake of others rather than yourself.” – Sir Samuel Esson Jonah (OGS)