The title for this article is inspired by Stephen Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘. It is common knowledge that people don’t need high IQ, be well-educated, and have secret hidden talents to perform well. I listened to the experiences of many celebrities, sportsmen, professionals, and the below points are the habits these effective performers have.
1. Performers Do What They Love
This is the first thing they say. Effective performers select a career, a business they like, and care about. There are no rewards when you do things you care less about. High performers choose work they truly prefer. They choose internal satisfaction over external rewards like a promotion, a raise in the salary, etc. But usually effective people probably end up having both because they enjoy their work. We see a lot of examples around us.
2. They Enjoy Leisure
Passionate people do not usually differentiate between work and life, but they too take breaks as much as anyone does. Some people do not like bringing work home. They usually leave work behind at office because they like to spend time some free time at home. For them work is not everything, and taking some leisure time helps them to de-stress.
3. They Visualize and Rehearse
Before encountering any challenging situation, performers usually visualize and run through their future actions mentally. That is how they plan the execution of a project. For example, a stage speaker will visualize mentally and rehearse before getting on the stage during any speaking engagement.
4. Results Matter, Not Perfection
Some hard-working professionals are so obsessed with perfection that they turn out with little work done. When performers take up an important project of their lives, they don’t wait until it is perfect. They start anyway and finish tasks. They tweak their product or service later.
5. They Take Risks
Performers do not stay in their comfort zone. They take chances. They are not immobilized by fear, and they are able to take risks because they carefully consider pros and cons. Like they say, you dive into the deep end anyway.
6. They Don’t Underestimate Their Potential
Self limiting is the biggest obstacle to executing a project. Performers do not self-limit themselves nor will they allow anyone to. Many people are happy to set limits far below than what they can actually achieve.
There was an old article which said physiology proved that humans cannot run a mile in less than four minutes. However, Roger Bannister in 1954 broke the four-minute barrier and the rest is history. Within two years ten other athletes broke his record. Performers tend to ignore such artificial barriers and hence achieve great results.
7. They Compete With Themselves
Performers concentrate on bettering their own performance than competing with others. Concentrating on your competitors’ abilities is self-defeating. They also promise themselves, and other people, and then make good on their promises.
Above all, high performers are not loners, but are team players. They know that groups can solve problems better than an individual. Such are the skills of highly effective performers. They always set themselves a target, and also encourage others to do the same.