What is Your Performance Lacking?
When Queen Victoria was a child, she did not know she was in line for the throne of England. Her instructors, trying to prepare her for the future, were frustrated because they couldn’t motivate her. She didn’t take her studies seriously and was not doing well at all. Finally, her teachers decided to tell her that one day she would become the Queen of England. Upon hearing this, Victoria quietly said, “Then I will be good.” The realization that she had inherited this high calling gave her a sense of responsibility that profoundly affected her conduct from then on.
We all have several areas of our lives where we want to perform well. We want to be a good parent, spouse, friend, boss, employee, leader and whatever other hat we may be currently wearing. As a child, Queen Victoria was not aware of the great responsibility she would one day bear. Fortunately for her, she was told before it was tool late for her to alter her performance. That is not a luxury that the rest of us usually have. Performing to your potential as best as you can in every area of your life is important because you may one day be faced with a responsibility you did not know would be yours. Don’t wait to start performing when your responsibility grows, perform at your best now. Become the person that other people would say “you can count on them, they always deliver and when they do something they do it right.”
Here is some questions that you can ask yourself that may help reveal to you if your performance is lacking or not:
1. Do I wait until the last minute?
If you find yourself falling into the unhealthy pattern of waiting until the last minute you may be sabotaging your performance. Last minute work may be good compared to your colleagues, but it is still not your personal best. If you wait to the last minute try to break this habit. Plan your time out in such a way that you give each task the unrushed time it needs.
2. Do I settle for good when better is possible?
This is a definite trait among average or low performers. They do what is necessary to get by, but not get ahead. They look for the minimum work load that will get them approval by those they work with, meanwhile robbing themselves of their personal potential. Soon good isn’t necessary if average will do and before you know it, you are one step away from mediocrity.
3. Have I stopped seeking ways to improve?
Performance is a never-ending pursuit of becoming better than you already are. Think of technology, it continues to improve. Cars continue to run more efficient, planes become safer, computers become faster, virtually all of technology, science and modern medicine continues to improve. How about you? Are you continually seeking to improve, to become better then you already are? Top performers look for ways to improve, to grow in their area of expertise and to become more effective and efficient.
4. Am I growing?
Abraham Lincoln said “Leaders are learners and learners are leaders.” That is true of leaders and true of peak performers. They desire to keep growing. They meet with others for growth, seek life coaches, read great books, visit great places, talk with experts and attend great events. If you want to perform at a higher level, then you must set yourself on a growth plan. Make growing a habit and top performance will be sure to follow.
Until next time,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
“Never confuse activity with results.”
– Lou Gerstner, CEO IBM
Posted on January 10, 2010, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged Effective Leader, Habits, Leadership, performance, Personal Growth, Planning for success, Unlock Potential. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.