High Achievers are using the Five C’s – Are You?
Managers, Leaders and just regular people ask me about the key differences between the high achievers and the average performer. Sometimes, these questions are directed toward finding high achievers to hire, identifying the high achievers currently on-board and gaining a competitive advantage using people as the differentiate maker.
Then the regular people want to know what does it take to move into this high achievement group. Their reasoning are numerous – such as becoming more secure at work, getting to a new level of happiness, giving more meaning and purpose to their life and finally – to just make more money. The final reason – making more money – is probably the least powerful of the reasons due to the need for self-discipline.
When pressed to uncover the reasons or differentiators used by the high achievers it really came down to only five areas and they all began with the letter C. So, if you want to learn what the high achievers are using then read on…
The Five C’s Used by the High Achievers
This one is the starting point for the high achiever. They know exactly what they want, what they are willing to do to get it, and what they will have to let go of in order to move forward. Clarity will help you make better or higher quality choices as you move forward. It provides you with a framework of understanding what is important to you in your life. Can you summarize in a few words or one short sentence your personal clarity of what you want to achieve. Think in terms of the ideal you (which means looking into the future rather than the past) and deciding what you want to achieve in life.
An amazing thing happens to you after you gain clarity, your confidence increases since there is no longer a mystery to solve. You have the solution regarding what you want to be and now it is only a matter of moving forward with a positive expectation of success. Your confidence will increase some more as you begin to improve and see little results mounting up as well as tracking your progress using milestones to measure your progress to your ideal. By the way, positive and optimistic people accomplish more in life (this is based on research of high performers) since they are willing to take some risk to accomplish their higher level goals. These are the same people who are willing to learn more in order to achieve more in life.
This one seems to get the most debate, yet, there is a simple pathway to greater competency. Learning! Yes, no rocket science here (unless you want to be a rocket scientist. ) – just simple old learning of new things. And, surprise, the more you learn – the more you want to learn! As you become aware of new things, your curiosity kicks in and you want to learn more about the subject. Brian Tracy used to tell me that I could be an authority on a topic within two years and an expert within four by only reading books on the subject and applying what I learned to real world situations. For me, it worked. And I encourage you to get started immediately. We only have one life to live – no practice life is available to my knowledge – so make the best use of your time. Learn and master the topics you will need to get to your ideal life. Competency – when mastered – gives you a new jolt of energy and confidence to get things done at a higher level of quality.
This one is a two sided guide. First there is getting coaching for yourself to learn how things are done properly (as well as someone to be accountable to for results) and second, who can you coach to internalize what you have learned and mastered. Okay, the first part is to get a coach, However, just any coach will not do. You need a coach who can also mentor you regarding the in’s and out’s of your ideal. In other words, you coach needs a proven track record of success in the field or area of talent you aspire to become. To often people select a coach for all the wrong reasons. (And, if you look around you will find a huge number of laid off or fired people joining the ranks of coaching – yet, they could not keep their jobs or ideal in focus. Something to think about when selecting a coach.) Find a person who is at the top of your ideal and get them to coach and mentor you.
And the second part of this is to look around and based upon your choice of the ideal and what you have been learning to get you to the next level – ask yourself – Who Could I Coach What I Know to Help Them? When you learn to coach or mentor a person relative to your ideal – you will internalize everything you have learned plus you will get the benefit of seeing how someone else can apply your new found expertise. In these settings, everyone improves at a faster rate. Coaching others is another form of self application. Enjoy it.
This is the big one regarding your ultimate success. Commitment is the starting point for self-discipline. Without commitment – self discipline is unavailable – and without self-discipline the quality of your choices and decisions will be below standards for the high achiever. Just like a successful marriage – only a 100% commitment counts. Selective ethics or choices at this level are deal killers for high achievers. Be committed to your ideal. Yes, you will probably have to omit some short term self gratification choices while keeping your focus upon your bigger ideal. If others can do it – then you can do it too.
When a person understands and utilizes the five C’s in their life – high achievement, outcomes and results are the order of the day. By the way, did I mention attaining these five on a daily basis is not easy! If it were easy, then everyone would be part of the high achievers group.
The final key is applying “effort” within your life to create opportunities, maintain the high ground or to grow beyond the boundaries artificially set by others or your own mindset. Effort is the key ingredient used by successful people – including my own track record. When I would get lazy and expect things to happen – just because – I would fail miserably. Sometimes adversity must hit you in the face to move your spirit to take action to improve your own life.
Try these and the “effort over easy” and watch your life change for the better.
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