In this blog I want to share with you the 6 questions you need to ask yourself to become the ultimate high performer, allowing you to earn more, learn more and create the life you want by achieving anything you set your mind to. This blog will be a little special, simply because I have looked at all the feedback we have been given from the emails sent out where we asked what you want content on. The main thing that stood out from your responses was that you wanted to learn how to take action, how to stay motivated and ultimately how to be a high performer, doing the things you need to do when they need doing, and how to do this when you don’t really feel like doing it. This is a topic I cover in my high end programmes where people work more closely with me, but on this occasion I have decided to give you the material we use in those programmes for free.
What I am about to share with you is a framework we call the Commit Compass.
Performance will never be a problem for you if you use these 6 questions, nothing will stop you and you will become the ultimate achiever.
A Strong Recipe for High Performance
I want to give you a framework that you can use to check in on your own performance, holding yourself accountable for where you are right now. It consists of a number of topics with questions attached to them:
CLARITY – Do I know exactly what I need to do?
Clarity Changes your perspective, and perspective in turn changes your reality. Therefore it also effects your performance. The more clear you can be about exactly what you need to create, execute or do – the more powerful performance you will have. In future blogs we will speak more about how clarity can actually affect how you make long-term decisions, by making the long-term view as clear as the current view. I’ll give you an example of when I was on the professional tennis circuit. The more clarity I had about my game plan, the better I performed. The times where I missed shots were the times where the ball was coming and all of a sudden I had 5 different options, thinking I could go for either, but then ending up doing half of all of them. Anybody recognise that? I’ll tell you a secret – it ends up with the ball going in the bottom of the net.
This is often what happens to people who are spinning too many plates at the same time. They are trying a bit of everything and they’re not actually figuring out what is going to work and what they need to do in order to achieve the results they really want.
OWNERSHIP – Am I taking full responsibility?
I’ll go back to tennis as an example once again. Sometimes I could get a bit angry and frustrated thinking my opponents where playing so well and that my racket wasn’t as good as theirs, there was something wrong with the balls or the wind wasn’t in my favour. Taking full responsibility is taking stock of what things you can control, admitting that and being able to control them. Not blaming the other things that you can’t control.
MOTIVATION – What would make this even more meaningful to me?
It’s so important to have the energy to perform. If it’s meaningful to you, you will have the energy and motivation to do it. In the book The Compound Effect they speak about an example to sum this up: You are at the top of two buildings and put a plank of wood across them, then put a 10 dollar bill one the other side of the plank. It’s a windy day. Would you walk across the plank? Some people might, but most people wouldn’t because $10 wouldn’t necessarily change their lives. Now what if the building on the other side of the plank was on fire and the person that you love more than anything in the world is stuck on that building. Would you now go across that plank of wood? Of course you would. The meaning has completely changed and it gives you motivation to move forward.
MEASUREMENT – What is the optimum way to measure performance?
If you are going to perform, you need to be able to categorise whether the performance was good or not. Otherwise you will never know if you are getting better, you will never know if you were performing at a high level or not. This shows that the myth that says that 10k hours makes you an expert is not true. It’s not true at all, in fact it would mean that as we grow older and drive more, we would automatically always get better at driving, or as we played more golf we would automatically get better at that too. It’s never to do with the length of time you practise, it’s to do with the intensity of how you practise, measuring how well it’s improving. Just because you go out and play golf for 10k hours, it doesn’t mean you will automatically get better. The professionals realise this, they focus with such intensity and they measure how their shots are getting better, what little tweaks they can make to enhance their performance. So you have to ask yourself – What is the optimum way to measure performance for the task at hand?
INTENTION – What is my ultimate outcome?
What is the intention behind performing at your highest level? The measurement of performance should link to your ultimate outcome. These things may be different though. Let’s say it’s a business thing where you are launching something new. Your measurement there may be on how effectively you are launching, creating, or designing the new product or course. The outcome however, should not be about the performance itself, it needs to be more specific, for example you may want 100 people to buy your product, you want 5 people in the programme. There’s a difference between output which is more on the performance side of things and the outcome. When we speak about Intention we need to see the bigger picture, recognising what our ultimate outcome should be for this.
You have to decide yourself where you draw the line. You may realise that for you it’s not even about those 100 people. Your ultimate outcome may be that you want to make $50k? Or maybe you want complete financial freedom? Or if we speak about a diet – Is your ultimate outcome to lose 10 pounds or is it to look great in a bikini? To feel more good about yourself or to have more confidence? You can draw the ultimate outcome at different levels, rather than just the performance metric of deciding you need to lose 10 pounds. It’s important to recognise what the ultimate outcome is. Because really what the ultimate outcome always is, is being who you ultimately want to be.
TALENT – Are there other skills that could help me do this better?
This could be about in the moment thinking of what you can do to improve it, or you can think that when you have to do this again is there might be something you can do, think or learn in order to enhance this for next time you are doing it? Myself for instance, I often review how I can get the best performance out of my day possible when working. I learned about morning routines from some of the most successful people, allowing me to tweak my own routines to my benefit. It’s now a skill I have gained, because what I do in the morning sets me up for the rest of my day, allowing me to work at my best capacity. Another thing I learnt about is how long I work for and how many breaks I take and how that affects my performance.
The Commit Compass – Being the Ultimate High Performer
There are many things that can sharpen your sword when you go out to perform at your very best.
This is the performance recipe: Clarity, Ownership, Motivation, Measurement, Intention and Talent – as you can see it spells out COMMIT, which is why we call it the Commit Compass.
So the questions you need to ask yourself are:
- Do I know exactly what I need to do?
- Am I taking Full Responsibility?
- What would make this even more meaningful to me?
- What is the optimum way to measure performance?
- What is my ultimate outcome?
- Are there other skills that could help me do this better?
If you are struggling with your performance at any point and come back to these questions you will find a way to enhance it. You may be struggling in more than one area of your life, and there may be one part of the recipe that you are missing in all of those areas. It may be the measurement, it may be the ownership or the motivation. Once you get what it is that you are lacking, you can transform your performance across multiple areas in your life.
I challenge you to try to implement this is everyday life, think of how you can do so and how you can move forward. But I want you to be able to start this straight away, so if you go to stryvers.com/commit, then you will be able to enter your email and I will then email you the worksheet that I walk people through the programme It very easy to use and will allow you to start performing at your best capacity straight away, allowing you to become The Ultimate High Performer in your own life!
In today’s show, I’m going to share with you the six questions you need to ask yourself in order to become the ultimate high achiever so that you can earn more, have more fun, and create the life that you really love by achieving anything. So stick around to the end of the episode.
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Welcome, welcome. Welcome. Stryvers to this week’s episode of the achieve anything shirt. This way it’s going to be a special episode because I looked at all the feedback that I was getting from the emails that we sent out. I’m asking you what you want content on and the main thing that came through was that you want to know how to take action, how to be motivated, you know, so ultimately how would it be a high performer and really do the things you need to when you don’t feel like it or just do more to know whether you’re doing the right things or not. And so what I thought I’d do is actually, you know, that’s something that I cover in great detail into my high end programs and my mastermind and when people work very closely with me and with all of those, I always have a training part behind it.
So I decided to, instead of just me chatting and given you the basics, I thought I would just give you the actual video that we use in the training portal to help people with this exact problem. And I’m going to share with you our, our framework that we call the commit compass in order to make it so that performance and taking action is never ever a problem. If you use these six questions, um, and if you do this, you’ll become the ultimate high performer because there’ll be nothing that can stop you in your way to achieving anything. So here’s a video for you to enjoy this normally only available to people who pay thousands, thousands of dollars to work with me personally and tab this train port tool. But we have so much other great, amazing content in there that I’m sure they won’t mind me sharing this with you, and especially if it helps more people to achieve the things that they want and become the person they want to be and so that we can. There’s a happier, more fulfilled world. So enjoy
now and share with you the performance recipe. So unlike the performance model where this was showing you the deep levels of things that are going on in your system that you’ll over time get more control over heroin to give you a very fast way in order for you to enhance your own performance with a framework and certain questions you can use to check in on your own performance. So the very first part is clarity. And the question you need to ask yourself is, do I know exactly what I need to do? Because you see clarity changes your perspective and your perspective changes your reality. Therefore, what you do in the performance you’re having. So the more clear you can be about exactly what you need to create, execute, and do, then the more performance you’re going to have, and we’re going to talk about is in later videos, but how clarity can actually your long term, the way you make decisions by making the longterm view as clear as the present view and it changes how you make decisions.
But this is a vital part of your performance. So I’ll give you an example. When I was on professional tennis circuit, the more clarity I had about my game plan, like, okay, I’m always going to hit to his backhand or I’m always going to serve and volley. Then the better I performed, the times where you miss shots or I miss shots was where the ball’s coming and all of a sudden you’ve got like five different options. You’re thinking, oh, I could do this. I knew half do all of them and it ends up the ball going in the bottom of the net. And so this is quite often what happens with people where they’re just spinning too many plates and the trying a bit of everything and so they’re not really figuring out what is going to work, what they need to do in order to achieve the results that really want.
So that’s the very first step. Do I know exactly what I need to do? Then the next part of the recipe is ownership. And the question here is, am I taking full responsibility? So easy yours in order to create the performance, create the outcome. So I’ll go back to tennis. There’s another example. You know, sometimes I could get a bit angry and frustrated and think, oh well they’re playing so well. Again, lucky or the wind or the balls aren’t good enough, or my racket or my grips not working. Know, taking full responsibility is about taking stock of what things you can control and then admitting that and being able to control them and forgetting the rest and not blaming the other things that you can’t control. Okay? So you take full responsibility for what you can control and take awareness and ownership of that. So that’s the question you want to ask that then you’ve got to look at your motivation.
Now it’s so important in order to have the energy to perform. So the question here is what would make this even more meaningful to me? Because if it’s meaningful to you, you will have the energy, will you have the motivation? And it’s like the story in Darren Hardy shares in the compound effect of if you’re at the top of like two huge buildings and I put a plank of wood across them, you know, 100 stories high and put $10 on the other side and it’s a windy day. Would you walk across to get the plank of wood to get the $10? Some people might, but most people wouldn’t because it’s not that meaningful. Now what if the other building was, now I’m fine. The person you love more than anyone else in the world is stuck on that building. Would you now go across the plank of wood?
The meaning is yes, of course you would. The meaning or you’d be a lot more likely to. The meaning has completely changed and it gives you energy and action to move forward. So that’s the question to ask there to get your motivation. The next one is measurement and the question is what is the optimum way to measure performance? Because if you’re going to perform, you need to know, you need to be able to categorize whether the performance was good or not. Otherwise you’ll never know whether you’re getting better, whether you did perform at a high level or not. So this is the difference between, you know, the, the myth of 10,000 hours makes you, you know, an expert or world class at something that’s not true at all. Otherwise that would mean like as we got older and drove more, we’d all get better at driving or as we played more golf, we’d all get more better at golf or whatever we do our cooking, whatever it was.
It’s never to do with that. It’s to do with the intensity of the practice. And the part of that is measuring how well it’s improving. So you know, just because you got to play golf 10,000 hours, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get better. Whereas the professionals, they focused with such intensity and measure how their shops are getting better and what little tweaks that can make to enhance their performance. That’s when stuff like the 10,000 hour rule starts to become more real to do with that level of intensity. So you’ve got to ask yourself what is the optimum way to measure performance and that links into the next one, which is your intention. So what’s the intention behind performing at your highest level? And the question to ask is what is my ultimate outcome? So this is where it’s important to measure the performance and that measure of performance should link to your ultimate outcome.
Now these two things may be different though. So your performance, you might rate on, you know, let’s say it’s a business thing, it might be on launching this new product. And so the performance measure is how effectively you’re creating or designing the new product or course or whatever it is. Whereas the outcome should not be about the the output in terms of the performance, but the actual outcome will be, well, I want 100 people to buy this or I want five people in my program, or I want to transform their. There’s a different between output which is more on the performance side and actually outcome. So with the intention part, you need to know the bigger picture of what is my ultimate outcome for this and you have to decide for yourself where you draw the line because you may draw the line. Actually, it’s not even about 100 people.
My ultimate outcome is I want to make $50,000, so that’s another abstraction away. I want the money coming in, or no, I don’t even want that. I want financial freedom. Or in terms of like a diet, what is my ultimate outcome to lose 10 pounds? Is it though, is it to lose 10 pounds or is it to look great in a bikini? Or is it to feel sexy naked? Or is it to feel good about yourself? Is it to have more confidence so you can draw the ultimate outcome at levels rather than just the performance metric of loose 10 pounds? Okay, so it’s very important to think about that. What the ultimate outcome is because really the ultimate outcome always the ultimate one is be who I want to be. And you could apply that to anything but you can decide where to draw the distinction.
And then the final one is talent and the question is, are there other skills that could help me do this better? Now that could either be something you know in the moment you think about what you could do to improve it or you can think of, okay, when I have to do this again, because most of the time you’re, you’ll be performing the same actions and stuff again. So because you’re building consistent habits. So the point is, is there anything you can learn or do in order to make, enhance this even further? So you know, certain things for me is how do I get the best performance out of my day in general of working well, I’ve honed and tweaked my morning routine so I went and learned about morning routines from some of the most successful people. So that then becomes. It’s almost not a skill, it’s another little practice, but in now is a talent like what I do in the morning, sets me up for the day or another thing is that I learned about how my time affects and how long I work for an hour breaks for effects.
So there’s different ways you can sharpen your soul in order to go and cut the tree when your performance. So that is the performance recipe. So clarity, ownership, motivation, measurement, intention and talent. It spells out commit and those are the questions that do I know exactly what I need to do? Am I taking full responsibility? What would make this even more meaningful to me? What is the optimum way to measure performance? What is my ultimate outcome, and all that other skills that could help me do this better. And if you do that or if you’re struggling with your performance at any point and you come back to these questions, you’ll find where you can enhance it and it may be you’re struggling one area, you know, consistently across multiple areas. Does that makes sense? So you’ve got different areas of your life you performing in, but there may be one part of the recipe that you’re missing in all those areas. Maybe it’s the measurement or maybe it’s the intention and you do, you get those things and it will transform the performance and that you’re capable of.
So those are the six question guys. I hope you liked that and you can think now how are you going to apply that and how are you going to move forward? And I actually want to go one step further. So if you actually go to strive as.com, forward slash commit, then you’ll be able to enter your email and I’ll email you the worksheet that I walk people through in the next video, in the program and course. Um, so you’ll be able to use yourself. And it’s very easy. You just fill it out yourself and I’ve got an example of how I answered that to do with my, um, my goals of achieving a number of giving impacts Robbie one g, one charity partners. So if you go to stripe.com forward slash commit, you’ll be able to, to get that. And that’s this week’s episode. So I hope you enjoyed it. Please leave a comment below. Hit the like button and tune in to next week.
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