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4 Ways To Become A High Performer and Achieve Excellence

Want to be a high performer and achieve excellence in your work? Below are five practical strategies that you can start applying today to upgrade your performance.

If you want to be successful, there is no other alternative but to become a high performer. The only way to be better yourself is to improve and outdo yourself constantly; maintain an upward trajectory.

The strategies below apply to high-performing individuals and those seeking to upgrade their performance from average to excellent.

4 Common Qualities Of High Performers

1. Develop a complaint-free mindset 

Today, I will be as well as I can be. I have no right ever to complain or feel disappointed about anything. – Dale Carnegie.

The first step to becoming a high performer and achieving excellence is developing a “complaint-free” mindset.

A complaint-free mindset means that we refuse to complain, feel disappointed, or get upset about anything, no matter what happens in our lives.

It’s not easy at all because, as human beings, we are the only creatures who can think and feel. However, the problem is that we often allow negative thoughts to creep into our minds and stay there for long periods.

We also tend to dwell on them, which causes us even more distress than ever before; this makes us sick physically and mentally due to stress (mental exhaustion).

One way to combat this is by training your mind like an athlete. Practice positive thinking every day.

Positive thoughts can do wonders like eliminating stress, improving your mental and physical health, enhancing your attitude towards life, boosting self-confidence and self-esteem, heightening creativity, leading to higher productivity and output, and allowing you to achieve more remarkable results in less time etc.

2. Get more done by prioritizing ruthlessly

There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. – Napoleon Hill.

The second step in becoming a high performer is ruthless prioritization! Your top priority should be performed every day upon waking up and before going to sleep: read, exercise, and plan your day before starting anything else.

We should do this because, first, it will ensure that we won’t waste time or procrastinate during the day.

Second, focusing on our top priority in the morning will help us stay focused on what matters most and keep us from being distracted by unimportant things. Finally, it also sets up a restful sleep every night because you have accomplished something great for yourself.

When I say ruthless prioritization, I imply that you cut out all distractions (stop multi-tasking). Master one skill until you become an expert in it, then master another skill.

Never try to learn too many skills simultaneously because it will increase your chances of procrastinating and makes you less effective.

3. Achieve greater results in less time via learning how to say ‘NO!’ and set boundaries in every aspect of life

If you don’t prioritize your life, someone or something else will. – Randy Pausch.

The third step to becoming a high performer is to learn how to say “No!” when necessary successfully and set boundaries for everything in our lives, especially when we feel like we’re being over-extended.

It is important because saying “Yes!” too much can lead us down a dangerous path regardless of how good our intentions are. 

Often, we tend to overcommit ourselves, which causes us to feel stressed out or overextended in the long run.

Sometimes, when life gets too busy for one reason or another, it’s challenging to set boundaries in every area of our lives because we don’t have time for them.

Overcommitting ourselves can also be due to thinking that we have more time in the future than what we do. 

4. Consistently improve your health and energy because it’s impossible for you to perform at your best if you’re not healthy and well-rested

If success were doing things right, then there would be a lot more successful people.– Randy Pausch.

Finally, if you want to be a high performer in all areas of life, including family, business, social, mental, physical health, etc., you need to make sure that your health is at 110% every day!

Start by improving yourself physically today by exercising, eating healthy foods, getting enough rest each night, meditating daily, drinking more water than sodas/sugary drinks/alcoholic beverages), etc. 

Final Thoughts: 

Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.– Bill Gates.

The bottom line is that high performers are not just born. Everyone has the potential to achieve extraordinary results in any area of life by becoming a high performer. It all begins with turning your dreams into reality, which requires you to focus on what matters most and take massive action! 

Developing these habits will help you increase productivity, improve health, prioritize ruthlessly & set boundaries, develop the right mindset for success, etc.

What else must we do as well? Tell us in the comments below!

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Karthik K
Karthik K
If you stay true to yourself and pay close attention to your innate wisdom, you will be much happier and more fulfilled in life. Be confident. You got this. You are awesome!

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