High Performance as a Changemaker

High Performance as a Changemaker

Wow! It's so hard to believe that it's been two weeks since I was in sunny San Diego for a personal development event on High Performance. It feels like it was yesterday! Time is, indeed, flying by.

This event was lead by Brendon Burchard, a world-renowned best-selling author and trainer.  His coaching clients include some well-known names like Oprah and Usher. He also coaches Olympians.

I am in much gratitude for the opportunity to have participated in this event. I brought home many tips and ideas to uplevel my game. Below, you can find some summary pages I put together on ten of the top messages I heard that I thought were most applicable to changemakers.  Perhaps 1 or 2 may resonate for you to uplevel your game.

But there is one overall message that really stands out and continues to be a learning edge for me. And it's about alignment of our time and energy.

Brendon shares that, from his experience, achievement is not a problem for high performers as they tend to get stuff done. Instead, a common problem for these high performers is the alignment of their time and attention to what is actually most important to them.   

When we hear statements like that, we may think of distractions like being on social media too much or taking on another request that we don't really have time to complete. 

And while those things are issues of the high performers and being mis-aligned with what is most important, I am actually incubating on someone else...the distraction of things that actually ARE in our business plan, but just not specifically needed right at this time. 

I, like you, am a changemaker with a grand vision.

And us changemakers tend to have thick, ambitious business plans with multiple strategies involved. And while all the strategies and tactics in the plan can be good and necessary for the direction that we want to take, there can be an overwhelming amount of things to do if we attempt to take on too much of it at one time. If we try to move on too much of our business plan during a certain period of time, we’ll likely see poor results.

When there are things in our plan that we don't necessarily enjoy doing that have hard timeframes (e.g., paperwork for tax season), other items in our business plan can sound much more enjoyable to work on. They are also important, so we convince ourselves to do some of that task instead. We move to the things we should be doing later and end up creating more stress in our world down the road when those hard deadlines approach. 

We can't see the forest, for the trees. We must find clarity.

Unfortunately, I can't put a blanket task on my calendar that says: “Friday 3pm: Change the world.”  Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will the changes we seek…especially when we have big visions! Brendon also talked about this when he talked about some of his past coaching clients: 

“…the longer their lists of to-do’s and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity.”

My takeaway from this particular discussion is that I have to become super clear about what needs to be done in the here and now. And to be laser clear, I need to set more measurable tactics and identify when and how long it will take.  For example, this week I set 6 doable tactics for myself that align with my business plan and I have set my day planner focused to achieving them.  While I knew of this need before, the diligent practice wasn't always there. I was very productive, but not as productive as I could and will be. 

In another article I wrote entitled "Clarity is Magnetic", I shared this piece of advice: “If you wish to be an agent of change within your organization, your agenda must be crystal clear” … But to be a high performer as a changemaker, clarity needs to be laser focused and laden with simplicity.  

I've been drawn to the concept of minimalism and simplicity in all areas of my life. With simplicity, comes space in some form, and, in our crazy-busy information-overwhelm world, space or freedom can be the missing ingredient to achieving what matters most. 

I have also recognized that simplicity is equally applicable to driving change in an organization. To be effective, a leader needs to keep strategies simple and messages focused. If you are attempting to move more than 3-5 things at the same time, it's hard to get any momentum. 

The bottom line is, High Performance requires clarity. Clarity requires simplicity. Simplicity creates space. 

Where could increased clarity and simplicity heighten your performance as a changemaker? 


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