Have you ever wondered what was the catalyst that started the biggest corporate giants we have today? How the hell did they get so big. Wouldn't you agree that they know something that us, mere mortals (yet) don't?
For example think of Bill gates. It all started with Bill Gates "fooling-around" with computer software because he loved it. His youthful passion made him the richest man in the world. In that same category of computer giants, Michael Dell is also a big player. He dropped out of college, in order to create a company that would one day beat IBM. After fifteen years of hard work, Dell Computer was the number-one seller of PC's in the world. Carly Fiorina became the first woman to run a fortune 20 company and then merged it with Compaq, most people swore it would never work. The super-sized Hewlett-Packard is doing well, and it even surpassed Dell. Tiger Woods turned pro at 21 and proceeded to win the Masters in his first year by twelve strokes– a victory that was followed by two more Masters titles and a total of forty championships by the time he was twenty-nine.
What could your career look like if you could handle pressure like Tiger Woods, or get unbelievably rich off your passions like Gates. Imagine what you could pull off with Dell's confidence. How great would it be to shut up all the naysayers, by realizing your wildest dreams and earning millions of dollars in the process?
Perhaps there's someone in your company or in your line of work who never ceases to impress you–your boss, a colleague or the competition. Maybe an old friend or a family member who, no matter what challenge he or she takes on, always seems to come out on top without breaking a sweat.
Let me show you how you can be one of them and boost you into the rank of High Performers.
All of the people I previously mentioned may perform like superheroes, but they are not genetic freaks; they represent what we all could be. As smart as Bill Gates might be, he would would be the first one to concede he has people working for him that know more about computers than he does.
Carly Fiorina may run one of the world's most prestigious technology company, but by her own account, she is "not a technologist. Fiorina majored in philosophy and medieval studies in college. Even though Tiger Woods is a divinely gifted golfer in every state in the nation there's some big strong guy who can hit a golf ball farther and a teenage girl who is a better putter. Natural talent and intelligence can certainly make life a lot easier. But neither is the measure of most major careers. Nor is luck. Whoever it is that you admire the most is, in fact a lot more like you than you can expect.
Except for one thing. They think differently. When the whistle blows, when the chips are down, when the deal is on the table or when they step into the limelight they are in a special mindset. What turns ordinary people into High Performers is the way they use their mind when they are called to perform. If you have the notion that only athletes, musicians, actors and other entertainers "perform", you should know that anytime you engage in your work you are performing; anytime you are not alone or talking to yourself, regardless of your profession, you are performing in public.
I will not show you how to act, but I will teach you how to think.
I will not give you my intuitions or hunches about high performance, everything that follows is based on scientific research that can help you improve your game no matter what you do.
High Performance is within the reach of every man, woman and child. But not overnight, just like a muscle that with use and resistance training gets stronger and bigger, with practice of the High Performance Mindset you will gain better control of the different ways you can use your mind.
Have you noticed that even though the self-help industry is booming (like usual), the number of high-performers isn't? Millions of americans have bought books, tapes, videos, seminars, and they expect the programs to work like a pill. After they're done with the tape/video/book/seminar they expect their habits to magically change and transform them into High Performers. The reality is that self-help books are not designed for people who are doing well and want to do better. They're designed for people who are performing poorly and want to get to normal. Can you imagine Muhammad Ali at a Tony Robbins seminar? What about Bill Gates? The thought of that happening feels absurd.
Sensible advice such as:
Use your head
Know Your Limits
Minimize Your Risk
Don't be overconfident
Even though these might sound like, rational pieces of advice, it's completely contrarian to how your body functions at its best. For anyone that wants to maximize their potential, they have to throw caution to the wind, ignore the please of parents, spouses, and bosses to be "realistic"
"REALISTIC PEOPLE DO NOT ACCOMPLISH EXTRAORDINARY THINGS"
The best performers ignore the odds, they don't limit themselves to whats probable, the best will pursue the heart-pounding, exciting, really big, difference making dreams–so long as catching them might be possible.
If you're really serious about being a high-performer listen up
1. Using your head is stupid. In high-stakes performance, the real genius is someone like Yogi Berra. On his way to earn ten World Series rings and a place in the baseball Hall of Fame, Yogi was thinking about nothing.
2. The best embrace stress–get juiced. Classic breathing and relaxation techniques tend to undermine most performances, eliminating the possibility of setting records. Stress is the high-level performer's elixir
3. There are no limits. If you really want to find out what you're capable of, you cannot put limits on yourself, and your definitely cannot be cautious.
4. Hard work is overrated. Superstars know when to stop working at their job and start playing at it. In studies and research by Dr. John Eliot (who teaches business and psychology at Rice University, and is adjunct professor at the university of Houston and SMU Cox School of Business Leadership Center. Also former director of Rice's program in sports management and performance enhancement) , too much practice will turn you into a case of the "overmotivated under performer".
5. Arrogant S.O.B.s run the world. A performer can never have too much confidence nor self-assurance. Be irrationally confident and irrationally prepared.
Great performers are by definition abnormal, they strive throughout their entire careers to separate themselves from the pack. Clinicians are schooled in psychological problems, the medical field of psychology has focused its research on health–being well adjusted, normal, and mainstream.
To be good at what you do you have to be consistently good at what you do when the stakes are high, then get even better with time. Have you ever wanted to live the life of someone who became really good at being average? I didn't think so.
In good health,
Efren Guerrero Rodriguez
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