With last weeks’ book of the week being The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and learning how to change habits, it seemed only natural for this week’s book to be High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard.
So what are high performance habits? Brendon Burchard describes them as, “High performance is not achieved by a specific kind of person, but rather by a specific set of practices, which I call high performance habits.”¹
Another part of developing high performance habits is in your focus, “What’s achievable is not always what’s important.”² What’s important to you? Just because it can be accomplished, doesn’t mean it should be performed. Does it get in the way of other values or habits?
Most importantly, “…High performers outgrow their youthful need for certainty and replace it with curiosity and genuine self-confidence.”³ This is one that I’m continually working out in my life. We always want certainty. But replacing certainty with curiosity and growth makes up for what we call mistakes, and turns them into learning curves. Growth inevitably calls for wins and losses. By avoiding loosing or failure, we inevitably avoid growth.
I may not always get it right. I may fail and have critics. Fear is our enemy, not failure. Having to admit you’re wrong and facing shame gremlins sucks. Finding out you’ve been heading the wrong way, and having to recalculate your course sucks. Want to know what’s worse? Not growing. Not reaching your full potential because you were afraid to really put yourself out there. Letting fear rule your life. That is way worse.
There’s a parable about three servants that Jesus tells in Matthew 25:14-30. It’s one of my favorite stories of the Bible. The story is about three separate servants who were all entrusted with money from their master. Two of the servants were good stewards and increased what they were given by investing it wisely. The third servant, out of fear of losing on the investment, hid his money. When the master comes back, he is angry because of how the third servant handled his money. He took the one who mismanaged it away and then gave it to the one with the most. The story gives this moral, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”4 Some translations even use the word “talents” in place of money, which means a measure of money, which I love because of the double meaning to us today.
This is what Teddy Roosevelt talks about when he’s talking about the man in the arena. “It is not the the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at the least fails while daring greatly.”
Look for future posts this week. We’ll be following the book in this order…
Section One: Personal Habits; seek clarity, generate energy, and raise necessity pg 51 – 170
Thursday and Friday
Section Two: Social Habits; increase productivity, develop influence, demonstrate courage pg 171 – 288
Saturday and Sunday
Section Three: Sustaining Success pg 290 – 342
Monday and Tuesday
Vigilant Poster Girl
- Pg 12
- Pg 13
- Pg 13
The Holy Bible New Living Translation
- Matthew 25:29