Please enjoy this post from staff writer, Mitchell Pauly.
High performers are enigmas to many. Their lives are incredibly structured, rigid contraptions that operate at high efficiency. In a sense, if our lives could be compared to cars, high performers would be the sport class, while the majority of people would be economy class. Life affords opportunities that are more diverse than simply task-goal-task. But, in order to be a high performing individual, the more fluid aspects of life must be delegated to specific times. This probably sounds rather droll, and in a sense it is, but lifestyles are individual choices. We all have the same 24-hours each day, and we all have the freedom to spend them however we wish. High performers simply spend them in a manner geared towards personal goals that externally are viewed as positive, while under achievers spend them in a manner less favorable in the current pop-cultural environment. Here are three ways to help render you a high performer in the current social landscape:
Set Weekly Goals
Everyone has their goals, and most people probably like to think they work towards them every day. While this may be true for some, true high performers break their overall goals down into micro-goals and then parcel them out on a weekly basis. They hold themselves accountable to meeting them as well. Do you write out a personal to-do list every day? High performers do.
Get Up Early
The average CEO rises between five and six in the morning, no snooze and no one hour wake up period. They rise and work, like Amish people with luxury cars. If the idea of waking up early is as appealing to you as taking an enema in a building with broken plumbing, then you will have trouble being a high performing individual. This might sound ridiculous, and pending on your current life-situation, it may be. If you are single and live alone, then your evenings are yours to do with as you please; wake up fifteen minutes before work and go until 10pm. However, once a spouse, errands, kids and so on are introduced to your life, you will find that the morning is really the only time you will have that is 100% yours. Use it or lose it.
Just Do It
High performers don’t negotiate with themselves. They don’t work in half steps. And, although they are incredibly critical thinkers, they don’t overdo it; once they decide something is in their best interest they plan and execute immediately. If the plan requires an earlier wakeup call, they do it. If it requires an investment, they make it. And, if it requires an education, they get it. They don’t make excuses, they don’t consider what others will think, and they don’t doubt themselves. They execute against the goal to the fullest degree of their capability, and ask themselves constantly if they are. They just do it.
The above three habits of high performing individuals might seem obvious; you may have read about these same habits on another site. Here is my unique angle: high performance is not for society to define, but for the individual. Set your goals and step back for a minute and remember: they are unique to you, as your life is. If there aren’t any high arching, difficult to achieve goals in your life, don’t feel that you need to add any…unless you want to. While those who meet the pop-cultural definition of high performing certainly do achieve a tremendous amount in a day, whose to say a mother who does nothing more than care for her children has achieved anything less worthy?
 For example, smoking pot and watching cartoons are a legitimate life goal should someone make it so, but society doesn’t hold this goal as valuable. However, the fact remains that this person would be living their life in manner consistent with their life-goals, and so by that definition would be successful. Don’t let society dictate what success is in your life; you define your life.
Do you know anyone who is a high performer? Or, are you? What do you think sets high performers apart from the rest of society?