From Coping to Performing

Uncategorized Nov 04, 2020

As I write this, we are six days away from the Presidential election in the United States. By the time you read this, the election will be over, but my guess is we won't have definitive results yet.  My prediction is that it's like hanging chad all over again.  

I can NOT wait for it to be over!

I cast my absentee ballot about a month ago, so anything I hear now that isn't a winner actually doesn't matter!  

Whether I made good choices or bad choices - the die has been cast.  And I choose not to waste any time or energy worrying about something I can not change at this point.

But what this has meant is that I am hugely annoyed by the ads on TV, the phone calls I get from "unknown" numbers, the texts, and the flyers that come fast and furious in the mail.

Basically, I have been in coping mode.

Sure, it's partially from the pandemic but it's mostly from this election season.

So, in my effort to move from coping to performing, I found these six habits from Brandon Burchard.

The First Three Personal Habits

  • Seek Clarity - anchoring into intention so that you're not pulled into distraction.  Seeking clarity means knowing your why. Know how you want to be, how you want to treat other people, and what skills you need to develop. Having clarity about how you want to show up in the world lets you live intentionally and more purposefully each day.  You'll have greater motivation and fulfillment because you know what you are after. 
  • Manage Your Energy - Manage your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual energy. Stay rested and rejuvenated so you can not only feel positive energy, but project that into the world. There's a high-level of defeatist mentality right now (yes, it's a pandemic AND an election year...) and we have to say "Yes, this is brutal, but this is the challenge that's teed up right now and I need to rise up to it."
  • Determine Your Necessity - High performers believe it's always necessary to be their best. It’s necessary to succeed. It's a must, not a preference. They're always reminding themselves of the importance of what they are doing, which raises the stakes on their identity, their performance, and how they're going to show up.

The Second Three Social Habits

  • Increase Productivity - I love this one! It's not about the how you do things, but what things you are doing. Become aware of the outputs you are creating and whether they move the needle forward or not. Don't waste precious time by having a lot of distractions.  Focus on the five things that will get you where you want to be and GO!
  • Exercise Influence - Performers are constantly aware of how they are guiding people and treating them. They create great relationships with others while still holding them accountable to high standards. They influence people’s growth and development by serving as a positive role model.
  • Demonstrate Courage - They are not afraid to share who they really are and what they think, feel, and desire. In a meeting, they are more likely to speak their mind than to hold back out of embarrassment or fear of being judged. They also speak up for others. Courage is about putting yourself out there, beyond your comfort zone, because you realize that's where life is.

The nice thing about habits is that they can serve whatever outcome, mission, or performance KPI you have, personally and professionally . But these six habits, specifically, will move you towards your goals faster.

Leaving you with this from the lighter side: There's only one key performance indicator that has been moving up and, unfortunately, that's my blood pressure!


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