What Is High Performance?
At Performance Lab, we constantly talk about High Performance. We don’t just talk about High Performance in a work context, but in all aspects of work and life.
But High Performance as a concept scares a lot of people. So we want to make sure you know what we’re talking about.
There are some general principles that underscore high performance in any situation. We need to be able to do our best thinking, avoid old unproductive habits, and we need to be able to control our emotions and behaviours so we can be most effective - especially under pressure.
In it’s most simple terms, high performance can be defined as doing the harder thing, when the harder thing will get you a better result in the future.
When you get working on long term projects instead of getting stuck in ‘busy work’, or you get started on that difficult task instead of procrastinating, then this represents the Harder Thing.
If you’re a manager, it could mean having difficult conversations instead avoiding them. Even on a personal level, when you get up in the morning and exercise instead of staying comfortable in your bed, this is an example of doing the Harder Thing.