Whether you are an entrepreneur or part of a team, what would elevating performance do for your results?
3 Steps to Improve Performance
Take an honest inventory where currently at
Decide what has to be improved in order to produce better results
Commit to consistent and persistent action to achieve
At first glance these steps may appear over simplified yet the profound is often found in the simple.
In step 1 (take an honest inventory where currently at), the key word here is “honest.” As obvious as that sounds; like all learning and self-development; the impact is in the root or heart of the matter, which in this case means the application. Recall a time when you came face-to-face with a truth about yourself you were uncomfortable with or in the moment wished you never learned about yourself. That is the level of honesty required. Our temptation is to glaze over the surface in this step in an attempt to avoid the pain. The reality is, however, until we feel the emotional effect, we as humans ignore making the necessary changes.
How can you get honest? Consider the following:
What behaviors do I see in others that get under my skin?
What thoughts or actions of mine would cause me to be uncomfortable if others knew?
What would a playback of a recording of me expose?
Step 2 (decide what has to be improved in order to produce better results), is probably the easiest of the three steps. Once we move through our fears and set aside our excuses in step one, often we experience a sense of relief and invariably the leadership skills to improve reveal themselves in glaring fashion. The liberation we encounter from our success with step one is both a blessing and a curse.
It is a blessing because we’re finally out of the starting gate. We’ve removed the barrier to awareness and acknowledgment. Why then is the relief a curse? Actually, the curse is due to the conclusion we draw as opposed to the reprieve itself. The release of the pain from the wall we hid behind translates for many as the finish line. Phew, we’re done! This is a myth to be shattered in order to create success, as in reality this is the starting line.
Step 3 (commit to consistent and persistent action to achieve), is where most people abandon the process. In this case, two out of three is bad! This is the step where character is developed as we are confronted with a variety of excuses in the follow through.
Some common excuses . . .
No one understands what I “have” to deal with
This is soooooo hard
Why can’t (ooh, nasty word, “can’t”) I just instantly . . .
They (those who have conquered the hurdle and succeeded in the capacity we say we desire) had/have it easy because . . .
Anyone besides me hear the whining and complaining? Now for the exposing ouch, anyone besides me ever use these excuses? And of course when we do, it is with emphatic conviction, as if we are terminally unique. Operating from this premise will impede leadership development and interfere with results.
When we are willing to see beyond the grass is always greener on the other side the common journey is shown in the message of success such as . . .
Stephen Covey – begin with the end in mind
Bob Proctor – make big small
12 Step Programs – one day at a time
Anon – little by little
Barbara Streisand singing “Putting it to Together” – bit by bit
Naturally, you can see the direct correlation to yourself and how you function. What about the performance of a team? The same three steps apply for effective teambuilding. An essential component here is to refrain from finger-pointing or blaming. The dynamics with a group are magnified, as there are multiple people involved. This is where a third party has significant more influence in tapping into the unlimited potential of the individuals leading to win-win success for all involved.
Where are you at in this process? Where would you like to be? What is your next step? When will you take the necessary action?
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