April 2, 2009

Shut Up and Act!

There is no underestimating the power of personal responsibility.

In over 13 years coaching and training, I have had the privilege of working with very successful, high performing leaders, and very low poor performers.

In experiencing both ends of the performance spectrum (and in between) I’ve gained clarity of view into what it takes to succeed, and fail. Out of all the variables including attitude, vision, inspiration, action, plans, you name it….being successful comes down to one thing.

Taking action and getting the results.

Pretty simple.

At the source of taking the right actions, is the thinking behind the plans, the determination to succeed, the impatience with anything less than the result. It is the context, or relationship one has to success.

This shines a light on the main difference between high and low performers. It starts with the context they think and operate from, their relationship to success, their willingness to be responsible for their results, and the velocity with which they deal with roadblocks.

Low performers see setbacks as failures and an excuse to stop and stay stopped. They get caught up in the emotions around the setback and take little or no action to shift their thinking and results. Or, they take a long time to get back into the game.

High performers see setbacks as an opportunity to learn, grow and become even more successful. Their response time to upsets can be seconds. One of my clients literally altered their emotional distress before my eyes within 5 seconds. That’s why they’re in the leadership roles.

Michael Jordan said it best “I failed over and over and over again in my life. And, that is why I succeed.”

Where there is no action and no results, there is a story, often combined with finger pointing.

“it is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” Macbeth, William Shakespeare

Where there is action, there are results, learning and moving on.

Anyone can be a high performer. Just recognize that anytime your mind is occupied with upsets or stories, stop it and get into action. Keep in action until you get a result. Build on that result to get more results and build a habit of success. Ignore the stuff in your mind. Once you achieve the results, it quiets down. If you have trouble with this on your own. Call me.

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