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High Performers

I am a constant learner and there are always new perspectives thrown my way. Today, I received this breakdown of the Qualities and Characteristics of High-Performing Team Members. My first thought was, "Where do people learn how to be high-performers?" It is not learned from their family, friends, or binge-watching shows. A high-performer is most often self-made resulting from a life lived in struggle.

I work with young adults who are in the middle of overcoming difficulties. They have parents who have abandoned them, abused them, and raised them surrounded by addiction. They come in focused on the struggle and I help them find a different perspective, one where they are in control of the "rest" of their lives. When people, young and old, realize they have the power to effect change, even small change can bring hope. The steps to becoming a person of character are many, but they are paved with the blood of those who came before.

High Performers are willing to do the work even if they are unable to begin working. The most difficult part of effecting change is believing change is possible. There are always reasons to quit before you even start. So many obstacles can overwhelm the senses and defeat can seem the viable only option. The ones who refuse to accept defeat are the ones who will press on and will make the changes they desire.

Look at the list of items in the photo starting with Humble.

Humility is required and is the first step toward change. One must first recognize they don't know everything there is to know. Wisdom is acquired when you acknowledge your lack of it.

Ambition is fueled by a personal desire. The more the desire, the more ambition one will possess. It drives a person toward the goals they set for themselves. Gas must be in the car in order to reach your destination. Ambition is the gas.

People Smart means that you can read, understand, and align yourself with good people and avoid the bad. You gain people smart qualities often by watching others fail. You must seek out wise counsel and avoid the fools who will lead you astray. It's easy to be enticed by those who don't have the first 2 qualities, but they will not help you reach your goals.

Problem Solvers learned how to problem solve by solving problems in their own life. They have the ability to remove themselves from the difficulty long enough to see the possibilities. Experiencing difficulty does not make you a problem solver...solving the problem makes you a problem solver.

Resilient-Grit is a person who has learned to be an "over comer". They have gone through the fire and come out the other side stronger, more focused, and with more ambition.

Committed people do not compromise their desires. They press forward through the difficulties knowing there will be many before they reach their final destination.

Resourceful people are able to adapt to their difficulty. They have "out of the box" thinking and are creative. They look beyond what is to what might be. They see the possibilities that offer hope.

Coachable - Lifetime learners continue to grow and will repeat the cycle with each new endeavor. They are open to change and seek to learn every day of their life. They never stop learning, seeking wisdom, and finding solutions.

If you want to be a High Performer at work start with being humble at home. If you want to be ambitious start with cleaning your room. If you want to be people smart put down your phone and talk to those around you. If you want to be a problem solver ask your wife or your parents how you can help around the house. If you want resilience and grit do the work until it is finished, then offer to do more. If you want to be resourceful try something you've never done before. If you want to be coachable seek out lifetime learners who can coach you.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

James 1:2-4


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