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Want to Become a High Performer? Immediately Follow These 7 Crucial Steps

 What does it mean to be a high performer?

High performers are always #1. They score the highest points, win every race, get the girl, and kick ass on the job interview. More importantly, these people know how to improve. They’re ready to take the feedback, change, become even more self-motivated, and deal with the new challenges in the best possible way.

Now the question is – do you want to become one?

First – the difference between high performer and overachiever

You might believe high performers are the best at what they do, but it’s time to consider another type of people.


The difference lays in the fact that overachievers are focused only on getting things done.

On the other hand, high performers care about fulfilling their goals but also mind how well they’ll perform while doing it.

They manage to keep the balance.

Overachievers hold themselves at the highest possible standards. They’re too harsh.

This is why overachievers might suffer from anxiety, work burnout, or the fear of failure, while high performers enjoy the path to success.

Are you a high performer already?

How do you know if you’re a high performer? Conduct this internal check-in:

What are your goals?

As a high performer, you might find yourself working all day long, but that’s because you have a goal you want to meet. You also know how to create and enjoy the values you notice while you’re going towards the finish line. You can adjust to changes, but know how to hold until you see results.

Will you be at peace when you reach your goals?

Imagine you’re finally done with what you wanted to achieve. Are you okay with where you are? If you have the utmost need to keep going and must find yourself something else to do, chances are you’re likely a workaholic or an overachiever. A high performer is done when they say they’re done. Only then can they move on to another goal.

Can you chill?

We already mentioned that high performers know how to adjust to new circumstances and are in tune with their inner voice. If you’re good at listening to it and know when you need to rest, congrats – you’re (on a path to become) a high performer.

Do you see new opportunities around you?

Simply put, high performers always look to learn from experience. So consider the last couple of tasks you have finished. Were you willing to learn something new? If all you did was eagerly waiting for someone to tell you what to do, you’re likely not a high performer.

Are you more productive than others?

The study from 2012 shows that high performers deliver 400% higher productivity than an average performer. In case you see yourself looking into strategies for improving your productivity, you’re a high performer.

The importance of being a high performer

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Many believe that being a high performer is limited to the work environment. However, being a high performer can bring benefits outside of the office.

As a high performer, you know what your goals are. This is the certainty around which you can create your life. You know exactly what you want and you’re not afraid to go for it.

Take your relationship as an example. Utilizing high performance means you’ll be open and honest about what kind of a person you want to spend your life with. You won’t allow yourself to spend time with someone who doesn’t suit you.

When it comes to finances, you’re likely to become more strategic in how you spend your money. This behavior will lead to (some) goal fulfillment.

As a high performer parent, you’ll be able to instill the right behaviors and show your children how to be improved and productive by applying the right examples.

You know how essential it is to keep the balance between all aspects of life and you’ll equally enjoy your workdays and vacation.

7 Steps to becoming a high performer

If you want to become a true high performer, you’ll have to become disciplined. Embrace the change and follow these 7 steps to start.

1. Be kind to yourself

Know when to take a break from whatever is holding you back. The world around you will sense how much you love and respect yourself, and it will react to it. Remain kind to yourself in all areas of life. Remember, you’re not there to just finish something. You’re there to also learn how to improve.

2. Never stop learning

This goes for work, relationships, families, and yourself. There will always be something new to find out, paths to take, and things to learn. This will make you a better person and help you understand the world around you.

3. Keep reading

Remember – reading shows you the worlds you didn’t know existed. Find the literature that suits your preferences and do your best to read at least a few pages each day. Reading will help you understand yourself better. It will also make you more disciplined because you’ll have to find the time to read.

4. Practice self-discipline

Even though we told you to be kind to yourself, you shouldn’t ignore the power of discipline. If you learn how to be properly disciplined, it will extend into your character and make you a better person. You’ll also be able to remain disciplined outside of work and beat laziness.

5. Fix your weaknesses

When you focus on your weaknesses rather than your strengths, a few things happen. First, you stop being self-centered. Second, you can address what you believe is stopping you from progress and move on. Third, you’ll feel super proud for managing to improve yourself.

6. (Re)evaluate your goals

By setting up the right goals you’ll be able to feel less pressured while working to get them done. You’ll also become more motivated and willing to beat the obstacles. Think about what your goals are and how you feel about them.

7. Don’t be afraid to quit

An essential part of being a high performer is the ability to recognize the moment you should quit and reassess. This will save you time, nerves, and spare you of possible negative consequences. If you feel in your guts that something doesn’t deserve you anymore, outsource it or stop focusing on it altogether.

Final word

Being a high performer brings benefits outside of the office. It allows you to live a fulfilled life and know what you want and how you want it at any time. However, if you’re not a high performer but wish to become one, get ready to invest your time to build discipline and learn more about yourself. We believe it’s totally worth it – what about you?

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