After suffering depression and surviving a car accident at the age of 19, Brendon faced what he felt were life’s last questions: “Did I live fully? Did I love openly? Did I make a difference?” His intention to be happy with the answers led to his own personal breakthroughs, and ultimately to his life’s purpose of helping others live, love and matter. He spent his 20s researching psychology and leadership, and consulting at Accenture. By age 32, he had struck out on his own and became a #1 best-selling author, an in-demand high performance coach, a sought-after speaker, and an early pioneer in the online education space.
His latest book, High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way, debuted as a Wall Street Journal Bestseller and Amazon named it in the Top 3 Best Business and Leadership Books of 2017.
Here's the brief of the book:
High performance lesson:
1. With the right habits, anyone can dramatically increase results and become a high performer in almost any field of endeavor
2. Not all habits are created equal
3. Achievement is not your problem - alignment is
4. Certainty is the enemy of growth and high performance
5. Technology won't save us
WHAT IS HIGH PERFORMANCE?
High performance refers to succeeding beyond standard norms, consistently over the long term
What we know about high performers:
1. High performers are more successful than their peers, yet they are less stressed
2. High performer love challenges and are confident that they will achieve their goals despite adversity
3. High performers are healthier than their peers
4. High performers are happy
5. High performers are admired
6. High performers get better grades and reach higher postion of success
7. High performers work passionately regardless of tradition rewards
8. High performers are assertive (for the right reasons)
9. Higher performers see and serve beyond their strenths
10. High performer are uniquely productive - they've mastered prolific quality output
11. High performers are adaptive servant leaders
THE HABITS OF HIGH PERFORMANCE
6 high performance habits (HP6):
1. Seek clarity
on who you want to be, how you want to interact with others, what you want, and what will bring you the greatest meaning. These types of questions should be asked not only at the beginning of an endeavor but consistemntly throughtout. You don't just "get clarity" once and develop a mission statement that lasts the rest of times; they consistently seek clarity again and again as times change and as they take on new projects or enter new social situations. This kind of routine self-monitoring is one of the hallmarks of their success.
2. Generate energy
so that you can maintain focus, efforts and well-being. To stay on your A game, you will need to actively care for your mental stamina, physical energy, and postivive emotions in very specific ways
3. Raise the neccessity
for exceptional performance. This means actively tapping into the reasons you absolutely must perform well. This neccessity is based on a mix of your internal standards (e.g. your identity, beliefs, values, or expectations for excellence) and external demands (e.g. social obligations, competition, public commitments, deadlines). It's about always knowing your why and stocking that fire all the time so you feel the needed drive or pressure to get at it.
4. Increase productivity
in your primary field of interest. specifically, focus on prolific quality output (PQO) in the area in which you want to be known and to drive impact. You will also have to minimize distractions (including opportunities) that steall your attention from creating PQO.
5. Developing influence
with those around you. It will make you better at getting people to believe in and support your effrots and ambitions. Unless you consciously develop a postivie support network, major achievements over the long haul are all but impossible.
6. Demonstrate courage
by expressing your ideas, taking bold action, and standing up for yourself and others, even in the face of fear, unceratainty, threat, or changing conditions. Courage is not an occasional act, but a trait of choice and will.
(High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard)